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Girls' Basketball The Hastings girls' basketball team started their week with a one-point loss (49-48) to neighbor Park of Cottage Grove, but then held on to beat Simley 59-50 in order to stay one game behind Mahtomedi in the Metro East Conference. The Raiders have a .500 record at 11-11 overall, but remain one game behind the Zephyrs with a record of 8-2 in the MEC. Park Hastings had a 13-point lead over the Wolfpack going into the second half with the score 27-14. However, Park came back and won 49-48.
The Hastings girls' hockey team lost 8-0 in the first round of Section 3AA playoffs last Wednesday, Feb. 8, to the Eagan Wildcats. The Raiders finished their season with an 8-17-1 overall record (including playoffs), and were 5-4-0 in Metro East Conference play.
Alpine Skiing The Hastings alpine ski teams competed in their section meet at Wild Mountain, and while neither team qualified, the Raiders did have four individuals advance to state. Kayla Boogren, Shannon O'Connor, Josie Pechous and Jacob Peine all qualified for the state meet Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Giant's Ridge.
Boys' Swimming The Hastings boys' swim team took third in the Metro East Conference despite a loss in the last conference meet to Simley. The Raiders fell to the Spartans 101-83, which vaulted the Spartans to second place in the MEC. Hastings won five events: the 400 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle relay and the one-meter dive. On the 400 freestyle relay was Aaron McCullough, Carter Williams, John Rupp and Jack Gergen; Rupp won the 100 backstroke; the 200 freestyle relay consisted of the same members as the 400 and Vova Tipler won the diving.
Alpine Skiing The Hastings alpine ski teams took first and second in the Jack Zahr Memorial Race, their last meet of the season before sections. The boys' team took first out of five teams and the girls placed second behind Mahtomedi out of four teams. The boys' team had three racers finish in the top 10 and seven in the top 20. Jacob Peine took fifth with a combined time of one minute and 58 hundredths of a second (1:00.58). Jake Molitor placed eighth with a time of 1:02.81 while Hayden Niebur finished just behind him in ninth place in 1:03.21.
Wrestling Hastings' high school wrestling program went 7-0 over the weekend across the varsity and junior varsity levels. Varsity beat South St. Paul Thursday, Feb. 2, 39-17, while JV won 55-15. On Friday, the JV team won three varsity duals against Mound-Westonka 54-25, Southwest Minneapolis 82-0 and Edina 65-15. Then on Saturday, the varsity team swept three duals at Cannon Falls, where they beat Kenyon-Wanamingo 33-18, Rochester John-Marshall 62-9 and Stewartville 55-8. South St. Paul
Girls' Basketball Hastings started off last week with a tough loss to Hill-Murray, 54-50, but bounced back with back-to-back wins against Henry Sibley, 61-47, and South St. Paul, 52-25, last Friday and Saturday. The Raiders are now 10-10 on the season and second place in the Metro East Conference with a 7-2 conference record. Hill-Murray
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.