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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Boys' Hockey The Hastings boys' hockey team dropped their first two conference games this last week against Mahtomedi (9-3) and Henry Sibley (3-2 in overtime), both games at home. Hastings is now 0-5 on the season and 0-2 in the Metro East Conference. Mahtomedi The Raiders fell to Mahtomedi 9-3 at home Tuesday, Dec. 6, in a game where they only trailed 4-3 at the start of the third period. However, things snowballed quickly for Hastings in the third period, giving up five goals, four of which came in the first 10 minutes.
Rita Girgen resigned her position as head volleyball coach for the Hastings Raiders this past week. Girgen had been with the Hastings volleyball program for the past 15 years, 11 of which were spent at the varsity level. Girgen said her decision to resign was not for any single reason, but rather that it was just time for her to pursue other goals.
Girls' Basketball The Hastings girls' basketball team started its season with a pair of losses to nonconference opponents. The Raiders fell 79-68 to Cretin-Derham Hall, the 10th-ranked team in Class 4A, Tuesday, Nov. 29. On Friday, the Raiders traveled to Rosemount where they lost 60-40 to the Irish. Cretin-Derham Hall Head coach Padrick Judd said Hastings showed a lot of determination against Cretin-Derham Hall, coming back from large deficits several times. But they were unable to close the gap at the end.
Boys' Hockey The Hastings boys' hockey team lost their first three games this week as they started their season. The Raiders lost their season opener at Bloomington Jefferson 5-3 on Tuesday, Nov. 29. In their home opener on Thursday, Dec. 1, the Raiders lost to East Ridge and then Saturday, Dec. 3, they traveled to Woodbury, where they fell 8-2. Bloomington Jefferson Head coach Adam Welch said his team started slow against Bloomington Jefferson but picked up their play as the game went on.
Girls' Hockey The Hastings girls' hockey team dropped a pair of games this last week as the Raiders ended a rough stretch of nonconference games. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Hastings hosted Hudson where they lost 7-2. They then traveled to Farmington Friday, Dec. 2, where they lost 6-3. Hastings dropped to 1-7 after the loss to Farmington, having lost seven in a row after beating Mahtomedi in their opener. Hudson
Wrestling Hastings' wrestling team kicked off its season by hosting the annual Hastings Raider Duals tournament. Eight teams participated in the tournament, each wrestling three dual matches against other teams. Hastings finished third with a record of 2-1. They defeated Elk River 66-12, lost to St. Francis 41-30 and beat Centennial in the third-place match 52-28. The teams who participated were St. Francis (who took first), Prior Lake (second), Hastings, Centennial (fourth), Coon Rapids (fifth), Elk River (sixth), Minnetonka (seventh) and Highland Park (eighth).
The Hastings boys' basketball team started its season off with a bang by defeating the Red Wing Wingers 74-62 in the Raiders' season and home opener. The Wingers took third in state for Class 3A last season, but have started this season with two losses.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again be stopping in Hastings this December to put on a holiday performance. The Holiday Train, which stops in communities across Canada and the northern U.S. from Nov. 25 to Dec. 15, aims to "raise money, food and awareness for local food banks and food shelves," according to its website. It will stop in Hastings on Thursday, Dec. 8, with a performance from 8:45-9:15 p.m. The performance is free; however, any food and monetary donations received during the event will go to Hastings Family Service.
Girls' Hockey The Hastings girls' hockey team struggled against the Burnsville Blaze on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The Raiders gave up seven goals, which Burnsville spread out evenly over the three periods. While Hastings was able to notch three goals of their own, it was too little, too late for the Raiders, who were down big right from the start. Just over five minutes into the first period, Burnsville struck quickly, scoring two goals within seven seconds of each other to go up 2-0 right away. Jenna Hartung and Amanda Jackson scored the two goals for the Blaze.
The Hastings girls’ swimming and diving team had two girls take part in the Minnesota State High School League Girls’ Swimming and Diving state tournament this past Thursday and Friday. Johanna Ingenerf qualified in the 100 breaststroke and Natasha Girgen the 100 and 200 freestyle. The preliminaries took place on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The swimmers with the top 16 preliminary times in each event advanced to the finals on Friday. Ingenerf took 21st in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries with a time of 1 minute, 9.01 seconds.