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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Hastings’ offense looked the best it has all season and the defense forced two turnovers in the rain and mud to defeat Tartan 27-14 Friday, Oct. 6, during homecoming. The Raiders’ power running game proved invaluable in the slippery muck and they thoroughly dominated the line of scrimmage the entire game. With the win, Hastings is now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Suburban Maroon sub-district.
Tom Schiller and Scott Tjomsland, aka the "Red Dogs," are local football institutions. The two, and their longtime assistant of 12 years Dave Pevonka, have coached, given nicknames to and touched the lives of hundreds of kids in their combined 44 years of coaching youth football. However, after nearly two decades, they are retiring from coaching their Little Raiders Red football team.
The Hastings Raiders girls' tennis team earned the seventh seed in section 1AA and beat 10th-seed Winona 4-3 in the opening round of section playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Anytime Fitness in Lakeville. The week prior, Hastings beat Hill-Murray 5-2 in their last regular season dual on Thursday, Sept. 28. Hill-Murray
The Hastings girls' soccer team lost four matches in a row including two losses this past week to Hill-Murray and St. Paul Central. With the losses, the Raiders are now 5-8-0 and 2-3-0 in the Metro East Conference, which puts them alone in fifth place. Hastings has just three matches left in the regular season before section playoffs begin.
The Hastings Raiders boys' soccer team extended their winning streak to six matches this past week as they added victories over Simley, New Life Academy and Minneapolis South to their resume. Hastings is now 9-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Metro East Conference, which puts them alone in fourth with two conference matches left.
The Hastings girls' tennis team followed up a difficult tournament two weeks ago with a tough Metro East Conference stretch this past week. The Raiders went 1-2 last week with a win against North St. Paul and losses to Simley and Mahtomedi. Hastings is now 11-10 overall with sections right around the corner.
The Hastings Raiders football team dropped their fourth game in a row on the road to the St. Thomas Academy Cadets 14-7 Friday night, Sept. 29. With the loss, the Raiders are now 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the Suburban Maroon subdistrict.
The Hastings volleyball team hosted Mahtomedi in a Metro East Conference matchup last Thursday, Sept. 21, and then traveled to River Falls, Wis., for a tournament on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Raiders went 0-4 in those four matches and are now 1-13 overall and 0-3 in conference.
The Hastings girls' swimming and diving time continued their win streak with dual wins over North St. Paul and Woodbury. The Raiders won all 12 events against North St. Paul that they did not exhibition in to beat the Polars 86-72. They then had a close one against Woodbury where each team won the same amount events, but Hastings pulled out the win 96-90.
Hastings' defense kept the Raiders in the game the entire way, but the offense was unable to get anything going against the Simley Spartans. Hastings fell to Simley 10-7 at home on Friday, Sept. 23, and has now lost three games in a row since beating Henry Sibley in the season opener. The Raiders are now 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the Suburban Maroon subdistrict halfway through the season.