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Boys' Basketball The Hastings boys' basketball team split its last two games of the regular season. They hosted St. Thomas Academy Tuesday, Feb. 28, coming off of their upset win over Mahtomedi. However, they were not able to come away with the win and lost to the Cadets 76-51. They finished the regular season at home Friday, March 3, where they beat Henry Sibley 62-48. Hastings ended the regular season with a 12-14 overall record and were 8-8 in the Metro East Conference, which was good for a fifth-place finish in the MEC.
The Hastings alpine ski teams wrapped up their seasons last week with the state individual tournament at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn. Both the boys' and girls' teams finished third at the section meet and just missed qualifying for the state tournament. However, Hastings High School did have success on an individual basis and sent four racers, one boy and three girls, to the state tournament. All four — Jacob Peine, Shannon O'Connor, Kayla Boogren and Josie Pechous — finished in the middle of the pack.
HHS wrestling lost a heartbreaker to St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) 36-33 in the third-place match Thursday evening at the Xcel Energy Center. The dual was tied at 33 apiece heading into the 285 weight class when Evan Foster of STMA was able to hold off Drake Guck to win 5-1. The results were as follows: 106 lbs: John Kendall lost to Nathan Nygaard by fall in 1:13 (6-0 STMA). 113 lbs: Paul Kendall lost to Brandon Psyk by fall in 3:11 (12-0 STMA). 120 lbs: Croix Mader lost to Patrick Mckee by fall in 1:18 (18-0 STMA).
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