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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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.
Nordic Skiing The Hastings boys' and girls' Nordic ski teams competed in a non-conference meet Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Henry Sibley. The boys took third out of four teams and the girls third out of three teams. The other participating schools were Henry Sibley, St. Thomas Academy and Highland Park.
What is bandy? An adjective? A food? A funny name for a stretchy fastener? Actually, it is a popular sport in Europe that combines ice hockey, field hockey and soccer. The only place in the United States that bandy is played is in the Twin Cities, where several recreational leagues of varying skill are held, and Hastings native Joe Welch is one of the people playing. Welch is part of the U.S. national team traveling to play in the bandy world championships in Sweden over the next week and a half.
The Hastings wrestling team had a light week this past week, at least compared to the previous month's schedule. Their only action was a Metro East Conference dual meet Friday, Jan. 20, against Tartan in Hastings. The Raiders won decisively, 67-3, losing only one match. The Raiders received three forfeits that started the Tartan Titans in a deep hole. Hastings won five matches by pin fall and two more by technical fall to rack up 40 team points. They also won a three matches by decision and only lost one match overall. The full results are:
The Hastings boys' swimming and diving team beat North St. Paul, 96-86, Thursday, Jan. 19. The Raiders then swam in a True Team meet Saturday, Jan. 21, in Farmington where they finished fourth. North St. Paul Despite taking first in only four events, Hastings was able to use its numbers and numerous high finishes to beat North St. Paul. Aaron McCullough won the 200 freestyle, John Rupp the 200 individual medley, Vova Tipler the 1-meter dive and the team of Jack Gergen, McCullough, Carter Williams and Rupp won the 200 freestyle relay.
Boys' Basketball The Hastings boys' basketball team struggled this past week against two top-of-the-conference teams in North St. Paul and Tartan. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Raiders traveled to North St. Paul where they fell, 71-44, to the Polars. Then on Friday, they went to Tartan to face the perennial powerhouse Titans and lost with an almost identical score, 71-46. Hastings is now 6-8 overall and 2-3 in the Metro East Conference. North St. Paul
Girls' Basketball The Hastings girls' basketball team extended their Metro East Conference winning streak to four in a row this week with wins over North St. Paul and Tartan at home. The Raiders got their offense going again when they scored 70 against the Polars in a 70-50 win. They carried over that momentum to the next game, where they held Tartan to just 36 points for a 50-36 victory. Hastings is now 8-8 overall but is tied with Mahtomedi atop the MEC standings with an undefeated 5-0 conference record. North St. Paul
The Hastings girls' hockey team won their only game of the week against North/Tartan, 4-1, at home during Senior Night. The Raiders' four goals tied the season-high. Hastings is now 6-15-1 overall and 5-4 in conference, which is good for third in the Metro East Conference.
The Hastings gymnastics team hosted the North St. Paul Polars on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Hastings National Guard Armory. The Raiders fell to the Polars 128-118.25 and Hastings' top finisher was freshman Rachel Hughes, who took second in the parallel bars. Hastings junior varsity team beat North St. Paul 90.25-89.55. The Raiders next compete Thursday, Jan. 26, against Tartan in Hastings at the National Guard Armory. The team only has four competitions left before sections begin in mid-February.