Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.
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The Hastings boys' golf team competed in three triangulars last week, winning two and taking second in the other. They beat North St. Paul and Tartan in North St. Paul on May 9, took second behind Hill-Murray while beating South St. Paul on May 10 and then beat both Simley and Tartan on May 11.
The Hastings High School softball team went 5-1 over the last two weeks, but the one game they lost was to North St. Paul for the Metro East Conference championship. They hosted Tartan on May 2 and won 10-4, traveled to Simley on May 4, where they won 7-4 and then hosted Mahtomedi on May 5, who they beat 4-2. This past week, the Raiders beat Hopkins 3-1 on May 8, routed South St. Paul 12-0 on May 9, but fell to the Polars 2-1 for the second time this season in a game for sole control of the MEC.
The Hastings High School baseball team played five games in four days this past week and seemed to be back on track after losing three in a row. The Raiders won three straight conference games last week against North St. Paul (4-3), Simley (8-0) and defending state champions Henry Sibley (13-12). However, they then played a doubleheader against Woodbury and East Ridge at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville on Saturday and dropped both games. Hastings is now 6-8 overall, 6-4 in the MEC which puts them in second place behind Tartan.
The Hastings boys' tennis team won six more matches this past week to improve their record to an astounding 19-1. The Raiders have not lost since they dropped their season-opener to East Ridge. Hastings beat Simley, Eagan, Burnsville, Cretin-Derham Hall, Bloomington Jefferson and Hopkins to keep their streak alive.
The Hastings boys' golf team put together three strong finishes over the last week, including winning their home invite, the Don Saatzer Tournament. The Raiders took third at Stillwater on May 2, second in a tri-meet May 4 with Henry Sibley and Simley, then won the Don Saatzer May 8 at Dakota Pines Golf Club.
Despite the cold, wet and rainy weather of last week, the Hastings girls' golf team still managed to compete. They took fifth at the Hill-Murray Invitational that head coach Becky Hartung said was shortened from an 18-hole tournament to nine due to the weather, which included sleet. The Raiders then knocked off Henry Sibley at Hidden Greens on Thursday, May 4. Then on Monday, May 8, Hastings took second at their mid-conference tournament.
The Hastings boys' and girls' track and field teams both had their Metro East Conference Relays this past week. Hastings hosted the boys' meet while the girls traveled to Mahtomedi. The Raider boys took first while the girls came in a close second behind Mahtomedi.
Throwing the discus or shot put is the most technique-heavy event in track and field. A thrower has to perfect every motion from their feet to their arms to excel.
The Hastings High School softball team won three Metro East Conference games this past week. They hosted Tartan on May 2, and won 10-4. On Thursday, May 4, they traveled to Simley where they won 7-4, and then they hosted Mahtomedi on Friday, May 5, who they beat 4-2. The Raiders are now 11-5 overall and 10-1 in the MEC, which puts them tied for first with North St. Paul in the loss column. They play the Polars again, in Hastings, on Thursday. Simley
The Hastings boys' and girls' track and field teams had their best combined finishes this past week at the Spartan Invite in Richfield. The boys' team took first out of seven teams with a score of 169.50, over 20 points ahead of River Falls, while the girls' team finished second with 112.83 points behind River Falls, who had an astounding 248.