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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The Hastings girls’ volleyball team beat Henry Sibley 3-1 Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Raiders’ last match of the regular season, which was also senior night. Hastings finished the season 10-14 overall and 4-4 in the conference, which was good for fifth in the Metro East Conference. The Raiders played consistent and solid volleyball in their season finale, except for a hiccup in the second set which they overcame. Hastings beat Henry Sibley in four sets (25-16, 14-25, 25-12, 25-23). “I think our seniors really stepped up tonight,” head coach Rita Girgen said.
The Hastings Raiders’ football team beat the Titans easily in a game that was nowhere near as close as the score indicated. Both the Hastings offense and defense put together strong performances against the Titans, who scored 12 points at the end, when the game was all but over.
The Hastings Raiders routed the Henry Sibley Warriors Tuesday night 43-22 in the first round of section playoffs in McNamara Stadium at Todd Field. While the Raiders trailed at halftime, they caught fire in the second half. Hastings scored first late in the first quarter when Ovie Embu broke off an 81-yard touchdown run to put the Raiders up 7-0. However, Henry Sibley responded with two consecutive touchdowns and two-point conversions to take the lead 16-7.
The Dakota County Historical Society put on their annual Harvest Haunting event at the LeDuc Historic Estate from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. The family friendly event put on several activities for children and families, featuring skits telling the story of Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow by re-enactors in the woods of the LeDuc estate.
The Hastings Raiders’ football team looked like they might have blown out the North St. Paul Polars last Friday night during their homecoming game, but instead they survived a comeback by the Polars to win 34-27. The Raiders improved to 3-4 overall and should they beat Tartan on Wednesday night, could host a first-round section playoff game next week. Hastings started the game fast and furious, scoring on their first four possessions of the game to get out to a quick 27-0 lead over the Polars.
Vicki Davis is iconic in the history of Hastings athletics and after 45 years of varying levels of involvement, she is stepping away from her last role of working the scoring table for Raiders’ volleyball. Davis has been a trailblazer for women’s athletics in Hastings and started her remarkable journey at a young age. Growing up in St. Peter, Minnesota, Davis attributes her love for sports to having three older brothers. “When I went to school, there was no athletics for girls,” Davis said. “I followed my brothers around and my first love was baseball.
Members of the Hastings girls’ tennis team competed in individual sections this past week in Rochester. The Raiders sent two doubles teams and two singles players to Rochester but none were able to advance. The losses bring the team’s season to an end. Isabella Kranz and Elizabeth Henrichs played first doubles and won their first match against a team from Farmington 6-3, 6-0. They then played Lakeville South and lost 4-6, 3-6. Amy Roach and Bridget Anderson took the second doubles slot and also beat a team from Farmington 6-1, 6-0.
The Hastings girls’ soccer team fell to second-seed Eagan on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4-1. This marks the end of the Raider girls’ season, which they finish with an overall record of 3-11-3. The Raiders went into their Oct. 12 match-up against Eagan knowing they faced a tough match. Eagan finished the regular season as the fourth ranked team in Minnesota for class 2A. “We knew coming in that Eagan had some speed and some skill,” head coach Scott Meier said.
The Hastings Raiders boys’ soccer team fell 5-0 to the North St. Paul Polars in the first round of section playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The Raiders were the sixth seed when they traveled to North St. Paul who was the third seed. The boys’ soccer team finished the season with an overall record of 9-7 including the playoff loss. Head coach Jamie Swanson said his team was prepared for their familiar foe. “We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Swanson said. “This is the fourth time now we’ve played them in the last two seasons, so we knew what we were facing going in.
The Hastings’ volleyball team hosted its Dig Pink cancer awareness/fundraiser match during homecoming week last Tuesday, Oct. 11. They raised over $19,000 but lost to Simley 3-0. They also honored Vicki Davis, who for the last 45 years has been an institution in Hastings as an educator and a founder of most of the girls’ athletics in Hastings. Davis is now retiring from her last remaining duties as a scorer for the volleyball team. On Thursday, Oct. 13, the Raiders fell to Hill-Murray 3-0. Dig Pink vs.