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 baseball team had two close games last week at home that they managed to split. The Raiders fell to St. Thomas Academy, 4-3, April 26 but then beat Hill-Murray 2-0 Friday. Hastings is now 3-6 overall and 3-4 in the MEC.
Hastings boys lacrosse dropped two straight home games to Metro East Conference opponents Simley and Tartan. The Raiders lost to Simley, April 25, by a score of 10-4 and then fell to Tartan 20-6 April 27. Hastings is now 2-3 on the season.
The Hastings softball team took its lumps two weekends ago in a tournament at Forest Lake and against Blaine, but they were able to show they can hang with the best teams in the state. The Raiders went 0-3 in the tournament with losses to second-ranked in class 4A Forest Lake (3-2), third in 4A Anoka (5-1) and Champlin Park (7-3). They also made a trip to Blaine for a fourth game in the middle of the day and lost to sixth-ranked in 4A Blaine 9-3. Just two days later Hastings played Metro East Conference rival North St. Paul and lost 2-1 before bouncing back April 28 against Henry Sibley, 6-0. The Raiders are now 7-5 overall and tied for first atop the MEC.
Despite sporting events being canceled left and right this past week due to the cold and rain, the Hastings girls' golf team still managed to complete a match against Simley and a mid-season conference meet at Keller Golf Course. The Raiders fell to Simley, 175-196, April 25 at Inverwood Golf Course and then took fourth at the Metro East Conference meet April 27. Hastings finished just one stroke behind third-place at the 18-hole tournament in which the wind elevated many scores.
The Hastings boys' golf team knocked off two Metro East opponents this past Thursday at Southview Country Club. The Raiders finished with a team score of 167, ahead of Mahtomedi who shot a 173 and South St. Paul with a 185.
The Hastings boys' tennis team continues to stay hot as it extended its win streak to 12 this past week in between rain outs. The Raiders knocked off St. Thomas Academy with a sweep and then won the tournament in St. Cloud when they narrowly beat St. Cloud Tech, swept Virginia and soundly beat Thief River Falls. Hastings is now 12-1 with their only loss coming to East Ridge to start the season. St. Thomas Academy
The Hastings boys' lacrosse team has won two out of three games to start the 2017 season. The Raiders knocked off Breck 20-3 in its season opener April 13, lost to St. Michael-Albertville 18-5 April 17, and beat Roseville 18-8 April 18.
The Hastings High School boys' and girls' track and field teams competed in the Wisconsin-Minnesota Border Battle track meet in River Falls, Wis., this past Friday, April 21. The girls' team took fifth out of nine teams with 63 points and the boys' team finished fourth out of eight teams with 102 points. Also competing were Hudson, River Falls, East Ridge, Irondale, Somerset, Chippewa Falls (Wis.), Osceola and White Bear Lake (girls team only).
The Hastings' baseball team went 2-3 over the last two weeks after a rough 0-2 start to their season. The Raiders picked up conference wins over North and South St. Paul but also lost to Henry Sibley and Mahtomedi. Hastings is 2-5 overall and sitting toward the bottom of the Metro East Conference with two-thirds of its schedule remaining.
The Hastings High School trap and skeet team continues to grow and this season, according to head trap coach Earl Robinson, the team is the largest in the country.