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' tennis team ended their fantastic season with a loss to East Ridge in the section 3AA championship for the chance to go to state.
Several hundred people braved the potential rain and storms Monday, May 29, to attend the Memorial Day ceremony at Hastings Roadside Park put on by VFW Post 1210, American Legion Post 47 and their Ladies Auxiliaries. The program was just one of many that day, with others held at locations like the Minnesota Veterans Home and the Soldiers and Sailors Cemetery.
The Hastings boys' golf team won a triangular against North St. Paul and Henry Sibley at Manitou Ridge Golf Course on May 16, and then took second in another triangular against St. Thomas Academy and Mahtomedi at Mendakota Country Club on May 18.
The Hastings boys' tennis team had made it to the sectional finals for what head coach Michael Willette thinks is the first time since the mid-1990s. The Raiders beat South St. Paul 7-0 at home May 18, and then edged out Eagan 4-3 on Monday, May 22, to advance to the sectional finals. The Raiders faced East Ridge on Wednesday, May 24.
The Hastings baseball team was on a roll through the first half of May. They won nine Metro East Conference games in a row, from April 28 until Monday, May 22, when they lost to St. Thomas Academy in the last game of the regular season. The Raiders finished the season 11-9 overall and 11-5 in conference, which was good for second place behind Tartan.
The grand opening of the Mississippi River Trail at Spring Lake Park Reserve was held Saturday, May 20, during a cold and wet morning. Despite the weather conditions, almost 100 community members, dignitaries and volunteers showed up for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hastings' section of the Mississippi River Trail near Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center.
The No. 3 seed Hastings softball team beat sixth-seed Eastview 2-1 on Monday, May 22, in the first round of section playoffs. On Friday, May 19, the Raiders lost to Champlin Park 14-12 at home making it the second time Hastings has lost to the Rebels. Hastings finished its regular season with a record of 12-7 and 11-2 in the Metro East Conference, finishing behind North St. Paul who beat the Raiders for the championship May 11. Champlin Park
Despite the horrible weather the last two weeks, the Hastings girls' golf team has found a way to stay busy. The Raiders hosted Tartan on May 11 at Hidden Greens Golf Course. The Titans edged Hastings 200-207, but sophomore Hannah Hubbart was a medalist and shot a 46. Head coach Becky Hartung said that Hubbart was able to shoot a quality score by hitting a lot of fairways and putting well. Sophomore Sam Benson shot a 52, senior Nicole Neuman came in with a 53 and seventh-grader Lauren Hubbart shot a 56.
The Hastings boys' lacrosse team has gone 2-1 over the last two weeks, with one game postponed. The Raiders beat TrIMAC 22-1 on May 15, lost to Park of Cottage Grove 14-7 on the road May 19 and beat Rochester Mayo 18-9 on Monday, May 22. Their final game against St. Thomas Academy was postponed until Wednesday, May 24. Hastings is 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the Metro East Conference. Should the Raiders beat St. Thomas Academy, they will finish 3-3 in the MEC and be tied with the Cadets and possibly Simley for third place.
The Hastings softball team (No. 3 seed) beat sixth seed Eastview 2-1 on May 22 in the first round of section playoffs. Senior outfielder Rachel Reinke won the game for the Raiders with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh with two outs.