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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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.
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: