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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Josie Hamann, a third-grader at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, has been on a serious run of luck lately. Since the new year, Hamann has won two local contests to skate with Minnesota Wild players. Josie, whose parents are Sara and Randy Stenger, is the only daughter in a family with four brothers and is the only hockey player in her immediate family — she plays on the U8 girls' hockey team in Hastings. Because of this, extended family members enter her in hockey contests on a regular basis.
Hastings learned in the semifinals that Apple Valley’s reputation as the team to beat in Minnesota is well deserved. The Raiders lost to the Eagles 52-12 and once things were out of reach, head coach Josh McLay was able to give some more wrestlers a chance to wrestle in the state tournament. Hastings won four out of 14 matches; Adam McSorley at 132 pounds, Alex O’Connor at 160, Josh Miser at 195 and Jackson Schichel at 220. The full results are below: 106 lbs: John Kendall lost to Regan Schrempp by fall in 1:51 (6-0 Apple Valley).
The Hastings wrestling team won its quarterfinal dual against Owatonna 36-29 this morning to advance to the semifinals. The Raiders won eight out of 14 matches to beat the Huskies.
The Hastings wrestling team showed why it's one of the best wrestling programs in the state this last weekend at the section 3AAA individual tournament. The Raiders dominated the tournament by sending nine wrestlers to the individual state tournament, on top of the team having already qualified for team state. Head coach Josh McLay was also honored as being section 3AAA Coach of the Year and said he could not be more proud of his team.
Krystal Carlson is now the all-time scoring leader in not only Hastings girls' basketball history, but also Hastings High School basketball in general. Carlson passed the former record-holder, Erin Ahneman (formerly Ditty), Feb. 14 at North St. Paul. Ahneman, who played on Hastings' state championship team during the 1995-96 season, previously held the record with 1,604 points. As of Feb. 28, Carlson had racked up a total of 1,672 points. Carlson said that breaking the record was not a goal of hers until this season.
Hastings High School has hired Amy Johnson to be the new head volleyball coach at HHS. The announcement came Friday, Feb. 24, nearly three months after former head coach Rita Girgen resigned at the end of the 2016 season.
Girls' Basketball Junior Krystal Carlson became the all-time leading scorer for both the girls' and boys' basketball programs in Hastings this past week and helped the Raiders win two road games in the Metro East Conference. Carlson passed Erin Ditty's 1,604 career points Tuesday, Feb. 14, against North St. Paul in a 68-29 win for the Raiders. They also won at Tartan Friday, Feb. 17, 55-48. Hastings has just two games left in the regular season and if they win both they clinch a share of the MEC championship at the very least. North St. Paul
Four members of the Hastings boys' and girls' alpine ski teams competed in the state tournament Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn. Jacob Peine, Shannon O'Connor, Josie Pechous and Kayla Boogren, all juniors, each made two downhill runs and were placed by those two runs' combined time.
Over 900 wins. More than 800 players. Coached for 46 years. Part of HHS boys' basketball for almost five decades. Five different athletic directors and seven head coaches. All of these are accurate ways to quantify coach Jake Moore's tremendous career coaching freshman basketball at HHS. After coaching the freshman boys' basketball team for almost half a century, Coach Moore announced last week after winning his 900th game that he was retiring after this season.
The Hastings boys' hockey team was unable to close out a victory against Park during Senior Night Thursday, Feb. 16. The Raiders led the Wolfpack 3-1 in the third period and seemed to have the game well in hand until Park exploded for five goals over a nine-minute stretch. Hastings was unable to make a comeback and lost the regular season finale 6-3.