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The Hastings Raiders girls’ volleyball team split two matches against Eastview and Mahtomedi this past week to stay at .500 overall this season (6-6). They are 3-2 in the Metro East Conference for second place. Eastview Hastings dropped the match to Eastview 3-1, winning the first set and then losing three straight (26-24, 13-25, 11-25, 17-25). “It was an interesting match to say the least,” head coach Rita Girgen said.
The Hastings boys’ soccer team went 2-1 this last week with victories over Hill-Murray (2-1) and Byron (1-0), but a loss to St. Thomas Academy (2-1). They improved to 7-4 overall this season and 3-2 in conference for sole possession of third place in the Metro East Conference. St. Thomas Academy The match against St. Thomas Academy was one that head coach Jamie Swanson said that the Raiders could have won.
The Hastings girls’ soccer team won, lost and tied this past week in their three matches. They lost to Bloomington Jefferson 5-3, beat Hill-Murray 1-0 and tied with Farmington 1-1. The Raiders are now 2-9-2 overall and 2-1-1 in conference, which puts them tied for third. Bloomington Jefferson The match against Bloomington Jefferson was a high scoring affair, which Hastings lost 5-3.
The Hastings girls’ swimming and diving team finished second out of four teams at their home meet on Saturday, Sept. 24, behind Rochester Mayo and ahead of Mahtomedi and North St.
The Hastings Raiders’ football team fell to the South St. Paul Packers 26-0 Friday night, in once again rainy and muddy conditions. The Raiders fall to 2-2 on the season and are now in the middle of the pack in the East Metro-Red standings, tied with Tartan, Henry Sibley and St. Thomas Academy. South St. Paul dominated much of the game, racking up 15 first downs to Hastings’ eight and doubling the Raiders’ total yards.
The Hastings' football team lost at home to the South St. Paul Packers 26-0 Friday night in the wet and muddy conditions. The game was the exact opposite of last week's win versus Hill-Murray where the Raiders controlled the game and the tempo with their running attack. Against South St.
Cross-Country The Hastings boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams ran in the Metro East Conference Preview at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park and then in the Mayo Invite at Eastwood Golf Club. At the conference preview the boys finished second out of nine teams and the girls finished fourth out of eight teams.
Girls’ Soccer Hastings girls’ soccer players notched their first win this past week against Tartan 2-1, and tied earlier in the week against North St. Paul 1-1. North St. Paul Head coach Scott Meier said that the girls played their best match of the season against North St. Paul. “We competed for the full 80 minutes and then also the 10 minutes of overtime,” Meier said. “It was a fun match to be involved with, as both teams controlled play at times.” Paige Newman scored the first goal of the match for the Raiders on the assist by Ari Green.
Girls’ Tennis The Hastings girls’ tennis team had a week of road trips as they traveled to Visitation, South St. Paul and Eagan. Their match at Tartan was cancelled due to weather. Visitation The Raiders took their lumps in their matches against Visitation, losing the match 1-6. Hastings’ lone win came in first doubles. In singles, Isabella Kranz lost first singles 1-6, 1-6. Elizabeth Henrichs lost second singles 0-6, 0-6 and Sara Lund lost third singles by the same score.
The Hastings Raiders’ football team beat the Hill-Murray Pioneers 23-7 last Friday night, Sept. 16, in the midst of torrential downpour and a 30 -minute lightning delay. Running back Ovie Embu once again had a strong outing for the Raiders, rushing 24 times for 130 yards and a touchdown. Jake Brown started at quarterback for Hastings in place of starter Colin Kummer who is sidelined with an injury.