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The Hastings boys' basketball team was able to right the ship last week after losing three games in a row. The Raiders traveled to Hill-Murray on Tuesday, Jan. 10, where they won by 21 points, 78-57. They then hosted Simley on Friday and beat the Spartans in a close one, 64-63. Hastings is now 6-6 overall on the season and 2-1 in the Metro East Conference.
The Hastings girls' hockey team dropped two conference games last week after starting 4-2 in the Metro East. The Raiders lost at home Tuesday, Jan. 10, to Simley, 3-1, and then traveled to conference leader Hill-Murray where they struggled and lost 9-1. Hastings is now 5-15-1 on the season and 4-4 in conference. Simley Head coach Josh Colvin said the team knew it would be a tough matchup with Simley going into the game.
Boys' Hockey Hastings boys' hockey lost at Hill-Murray, 9-1, and then bounced back with a 3-2 victory at home against North St. Paul last week. The Raiders improved to 5-11 overall and 3-5 in the Metro East Conference.
The Hastings wrestling team knew it would be a grueling three days last week as they wrestled Thursday at North St. Paul, a quadrangular Friday at Park, and then the well-known Kiffmeyer Duals on Saturday. A total of seven duals over the course of three days, head coach Josh McLay arranged for the tough stretch on purpose to prepare his team for state. "We did this because the state tournament is three-straight days of wrestling," McLay said. "We wanted to expose them to that before tournament time came and to see how they reacted."
The Hastings Nordic ski teams raced Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Lake Elmo where the boys finished first and girls third in the conference meet. Hastings took first on the boys' side ahead of Henry Sibley, Mahtomedi, Tartan, North St. Paul, St. Thomas Academy and Simley. The Raiders finished back-to-back-to-back in the top five, with Jake Rabaey in second with a time of 20 minutes and 51 seconds, Trevor Caflisch third in 21:38 and Eric Howd third with a time of 22:05.
Girls' Hockey The Raiders girls' hockey team lost 4-0 at Eagan Tuesday, Jan. 3, but then beat Henry Sibley on their own ice Friday 3-2. Hastings is now 5-13-1 overall, but is second in the Metro East Conference with a record of 4-2. Eagan Despite the lopsided score, head coach Josh Colvin said his team really stayed with the Wildcats and were on the wrong side of some unfortunate bounces.
Alpine Skiing The Hastings boys' and girls' alpine skiing teams opened competition Thursday, Jan. 5, with a conference meet where the boys finished third and girls second out of five teams. The boys' team had one racer finish in the top 10 and three total in the top 20, while the girls' had racers take first and second, as well as one other in the top 10, and two more in the top 20.
Afton Alps held its inaugural "Brewers Battle" downhill ski race and ski-bike extravaganza Saturday, Jan. 7, in Afton. In an effort to raise awareness for pediatric cancer, Afton Alps organized a ski race between 10 breweries from Minnesota and the Midwest, the prize being a tap-line at Afton Alps for an entire year.
The Hastings boys' basketball team lost in overtime, 66-60, at St. Thomas Academy in their only game of the week Friday. The loss drops the Raiders to 4-6 overall and 0-1 in conference play, while St. Thomas Academy is 9-2 so far this season and tied atop the Metro East Conference at 2-0. Despite the loss, head coach Chad Feikema was encouraged by what he saw in his team after losing twice in the Hastings holiday tournament.
The Hastings boys' hockey team lost on the road and then won at home this past week. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, they traveled to Shakopee where they lost 3-2 despite a third-period comeback that fell just short. Then on Thursday, they played host to South St. Paul, who they beat 4-2 for their fourth win of the season. The Raiders are now 4-10-0 on the season and are 2-4 in the conference. Shakopee