Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014.
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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.
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.