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 girls' golf team started their season off on the right foot with a win over Metro East Conference opponent South St. Paul. The Raiders beat the Packers with a score of 201 to 205.
The Hastings boys' tennis team continued to roll this past week with three straight wins. The Raiders beat Tartan 7-0 April 11; blanked Hill-Murray 7-0 April 13, and edged a very good Northfield team 4-3 April 17. Hastings is now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Metro East Conference. Tartan
Hastings' softball team notched two more wins last week to remain undefeated with a 4-0 record so far this season. They won a pair of Metro East Conference games against Tartan and Simley to remain on top of the MEC along with North St. Paul. The Raiders went to Tartan Tuesday, April 11, where they won 6-3, and then beat Simley at home last Thursday 4-1. Tartan In the win against Tartan, head coach Ken Lundquist said that pitching and defense were key against the Titans.
Athletes around the world dream of competing for their country in international competition, especially the Olympics. Meghan Gartzke, a graduate of Hastings High School and Hastings resident, fulfilled that dream a month ago when she competed in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games for Team USA in Austria as part of the alpine ski team. Gartzke was one of just two Minnesotans to be part of Team USA, which had 132 athletes from around the United States, along with Camilo Mejia of Mahtomedi.
The Hastings boys' golf team opened its season at the Bunker Hills Invite, played at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Hastings took 10th out of 33 teams and junior golfer Nick Dittrich, who made the state tournament last year, won the tournament as an individual over a field of 197 other golfers. The tournament was unique in that golfers played 27 holes, or three rounds of nine, and took the scores from their two best rounds of nine. Six golfers play on varsity and the top four scores are taken to count toward the team score.
The Hastings girls' lacrosse team started its season with a bang when they beat Grand Rapids-Greenway 14-4. With the win, the Raiders start their season 1-0 and head coach Laurie Aaronson said that with how their schedule is built, and how she believes the team is capable of playing, there is no reason why Hastings cannot start the season 4-1 or 5-0 before Metro East Conference play.
Hastings High School held a ceremony where four of its athletes signed their letters of intent to play collegiate athletics April 12. Jackson Schichel, Rachel Reinke, Adam McSorley and Bri Froehling all gathered to sign their letters before family, friends and HHS students.
The Hastings baseball team opened its season with two familiar foes, neighboring Park of Cottage Grove and Rosemount. The Raiders traveled Wednesday, April 5, to Park to play the Wolfpack where they lost 4-3. On Friday, they held their home opener against the Irish in a defensive battle that Rosemount won 3-0. Park
The Hastings boys' tennis team opened its season last week against East Ridge, in what was an immediate litmus test for the Raiders. Hastings was swept by the Raptors, who won each singles match, two out of three doubles matches and are considered one of the best teams in the state coming into this season. "We broke past the mystique factor of East Ridge a bit," head coach Michael Willette said. "We know we can compete with them and now we need to go about the business of getting better."
The Hastings softball team is focused on making the state tournament this year for the fifth time in 11 years. Last season, the Raiders went 14-7 overall, took second place in the Metro East Conference behind North St. Paul and were bounced by Eagan in the section playoffs. This year, head coach Ken Lundquist said all of their goals geared toward making it to state.