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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HHS Athletics Two Hastings High School football players signed their letters of intent this last week to play collegiate football. Senior running back Ovie Embu and senior linebacker Josh Miser both committed to playing collegiate football at the Division II level Thursday, Feb 2. Embu will be attending Concordia University in St. Paul, while Miser will go to Minnesota State University, Moorhead to play for the Dragons. Both schools are part of the Northern Sun Conference.
The Hastings girls' hockey team wrapped up its regular season this past week with a conference win at Simley followed by a loss at Apple Valley. The Raiders finished the season with a final record of 8-16-1 overall. Official conference rankings have not yet been announced. Simley The Raiders continued their offensive tear against the Spartans and scored six goals. Head coach Josh Colvin said his team continued with their improvement from previous games.
Boys' Basketball The Hastings boys' basketball team split a pair of Metro East Conference games last week. They traveled to Mahtomedi Tuesday, Jan. 24, where they lost 80-68. Then Friday, they hosted South St. Paul for Coaches vs. Cancer Night, which the Raiders won 73-64. Hastings is now 7-9 overall and 3-4 in the MEC. Mahtomedi The Raiders played conference-leading Mahtomedi tough in the first half and the two were tied at 42 going into the second half. However, the Zephyrs were able to separate from Hastings in the second half to win 80-68.
Boys' Hockey The Hastings boys' hockey team lost two conference games this past week, including a lopsided loss to St. Thomas Academy Thursday, Jan. 26, and a close one to Tartan Saturday, Jan. 28. The Raiders are now 6-14 overall and seventh in the Metro East Conference with a 4-7 conference record. St. Thomas Academy
Nordic Skiing The Hastings boys' and girls' nordic ski teams each took fourth place at the Metro East Conference's pursuit championships last week. The boys finished behind Henry Sibley, St. Thomas Academy and Tartan, while the girls were behind Henry Sibley, Mahtomedi and Tartan.
Boys' Swimming The Hastings boys' swimming and diving team beat Tartan 98-83 at home Thursday, Jan. 26, during the Raider's Senior Night. The Raiders won five events and once again were able to use their depth to rack up points for another Metro East Conference win. Jack Gergen won the 200 IM, John Rupp won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Vova Tipler the one meter dive and Aaron McCullough the 100 breaststroke.
Girls' Basketball The Hastings girls' basketball team's 27-game win streak in the Metro East Conference came to an end this past week. When all else is even, basketball comes down to making shots. On Tuesday Jan. 24, Mahtomedi made more than Hastings and came away with the win, giving the Raiders their first loss in the Metro East Conference since the 2014-15 season. Hastings lost 53-46 on Military Appreciation Night to fall to 8-9 overall and are now in second place in the MEC with a 5-1 conference record.
Girls' Hockey The Hastings girls' hockey team had eight days to prepare for Henry Sibley to come to town, and they certainly took advantage. The Raiders hosted Henry Sibley Saturday, Jan. 28, where they scored a season-high nine goals to win 9-2. The Hastings girls are now 7-14-1 overall and second in the Metro East Conference with 12 points on a 6-4 record.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) was Feb. 1. Established by Congress in 1987, the Women's Sports Foundation says the holiday was created in order to recognize women's sports and the progress made since the passing of Title IX in 1972. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in any education programs or activities that receive federal funding. One of the greatest impacts Title IX has made is in the advancement of girls' and women's sports in schools and colleges across the country.
Last week was a complete success for the Hastings gymnastics team as they swept Tartan with wins by both the varsity and junior varsity teams. Varsity won 121.725 to 114.825 and junior varsity won 97.55 to 85.75. The Raiders had top finishers in all four events on varsity. Hailey Weber took second on vault with a score of 8.2. Rachel Hughes took first on the parallel bars with a season-high 7.625, while Madison Hynnek took second with a 7.1.