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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Gymnastics The Hastings' gymnastics team has had a busy start of the season, hosting three out of their first four meets at the Hastings' National Guard Armory and also traveling to Henry Sibley. While the Raiders have yet to win a match, head coach Jeanne Kasel said her team is improving every week. "Each meet the girls see more and learn more about what they need to correct or even step-up to the next level on," Kasel said. "We have such a young team this season and we are excited about the direction we can move in going forward."
Girls' Basketball After an 11 day break, the Hastings girls' basketball team was back in action this last week on a road trip. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Raiders traveled to East Ridge where they lost 63-47. Two days later they crossed the Mississippi for a short trip to Hudson, Wis., where they lost 68-42. The two losses drop Hastings to 2-5 overall on the season with conference play coming up after the holidays. East Ridge Hastings led the Raptors at halftime, 27-25, and head coach Padrick Judd said they controlled much of the first half.
The Hastings wrestling team competed at one of the premier wrestling tournaments in the region this past weekend. The Raiders took 14th (99.5 points) out of 34 teams at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament held in Rochester Dec. 16-17. The tournament featured several nationally ranked teams and some of the best teams in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and North Dakota. Hastings is ranked eighth in Minnesota for Class AAA. Ten of the top 12 teams in Class AAA competed at the tournament, missing only second-ranked Apple Valley and Eastview, which is 12th.
Boys' Swimming and Diving The Hastings boys' swimming and diving team beat Henry Sibley, 92-70, Thursday, Dec. 15. The Raiders won eight out of 11 events coming off of a strong showing Dec. 8 at the Metro East Conference Relays.
The Hastings boys' hockey team got its first win against Simley this past week. The Raiders went 1-2 in a busy week and are now 1-3 in conference play and 1-7 overall. Eastview Hastings started the week on the road against Eastview where they lost, 3-0, Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Raiders were outshot 30-10 and struggled offensively according to head coach Adam Welch. "One area of concern for us is on the power play," Welch said. "We had a five-minute power play to begin the game and also a 5-on-3 and did not create many chances."
Girls' Basketball The Hastings girls' basketball team had a busy week. They played three nonconference games, two of which were on the road. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Raiders traveled to Eagan where they beat the Wildcats 73-62. Then on Thursday they hosted their opponents from across the Mississippi River, the Prescott Cardinals, beating the Cardinals 68-42. Finally, the next day they traveled to Burnsville where Hastings lost a close contest 73-70. The Raiders are now 2-3 on the season. Eagan
Boys' Basketball This last week could have been called "Rivalry Week" for the Hastings boys' basketball team. The Raiders faced a pair of neighbors in two nonconference matchups against Rosemount and Park. They lost 69-58 in Rosemount Tuesday, Dec. 6, but then blew out Park at home Friday 70-49. With the week's split, the Raiders are now 2-1 overall. The first class of "Wall of Honor" recipients were awarded during halftime of the Park game. Rosemount
Girls' Hockey The Hastings girls' hockey team started conference play last week and they immediately put their early season woes behind them. The Raiders pitched two shutouts and beat North/Tartan and Mahtomedi 1-0 each. Hastings has won their first three conference games, two of which were over Mahtomedi. They are 3-0 in conference and 3-7 overall. North/Tartan
Hastings Athletics Hastings High School honored its first class of "Wall of Honor" award recipients this past Friday during halftime at the Hastings versus Park boys' basketball game. Gay Johnson, Tom Johnson, Vicki Davis and Don Miller were inducted as the inaugural class. Each received a plaque that will hang on the Wall of Honor in the Hastings fieldhouse with their picture and a description of their accomplishments.
Hastings Athletics Four Hastings High School student-athletes have received awards from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). Juniors Josephine Kummer and Trey Rogers are recipients of the ExCEL Award, while seniors Aaron McCullough and Molly Utecht received the Triple "A" Award. All four will be eligible for state-level recognition as well. Kummer and Rogers received the ExCEL Award (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership). ExCEL is a program designed for high school juniors who show leadership and are active in their school and their community.