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Hastings girls’ volleyball dropped a pair of home matches this last week to North St. Paul and New Life Academy. With the losses, the Raiders fell to 6-8 overall this season and 2-2 in conference, tied with Mahtomedi for third. North St. Paul The Raiders dropped three straight sets to the Polars (11-25, 19-25, 16-25), who lead the Metro East Conference. Lexy Langenfeld had eight kills and Marissa Stockman 6. Taeler McVicker led the team with 15 assists and was second in digs with 12 behind Haley Anderson’s 21.
The Hastings Raiders’ football team lost to the Mahtomedi Zephyrs 31-14 on Friday, dropping the Raiders to 2-3 on the season as they head into their last three games before section playoffs. Mahtomedi remains undefeated at 5-0 and is now ranked fourth in the state in class 5A. Hastings stayed with undefeated Mahtomedi in the first half, thanks to stellar play by the Raiders’ defense. On the first play from scrimmage the Zephyrs completed a 71-yard pass to Andy Voyen, which led to a 3-yard touchdown run by Jalen Frye and a quick lead.
The eighth seed Hastings girls' tennis team beat ninth seed Farmington 4-3 on Tuesday, Oct. 4, to advance to the next round of section playoffs. The Raiders won one singles match and swept the doubles matches in order to edge Farmington. Emily Beyer took Hastings' lone singles win in fourth singles, and in doubles the combinations of Amy Roach/Bridget Anderson, Ava Hernlem/Rachel Weber and Morgan Reinardy/Anna Lindner won all their matches in convincing fashion. Hastings next plays Rochester Mayo, the first seed, on Thursday, Oct. 6 in Rochester.
The Hastings' football team lost to the Mahtomedi Zephyrs 31-14 Friday night. Hastings falls to 2-3 on the season having lost their last two games. Mahtomedi stays undefeated at 5-0, tied with South St. Paul atop the Metro East Red sub-district standings. The Raiders were able to move the ball against the Mahtomedi defense for most of the night, however turnovers brought an end to several drives. Also, turnovers gave Mahtomedi a short field on several of their scoring drives.
The Hastings girls’ tennis team hosted St. Paul North and Mahtomedi this last week, splitting the two matches in drastic fashion. The Raiders beat St. Paul North 7-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 20, but then fell to Mahtomedi by the same score on Thursday, Sept. 22. St. Paul North Polars The match against the Polars was a clean sweep for Hastings, with all of the singles players and doubles teams winning convincingly.
The Hastings cross-country team competed in the Hudson Raider Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 20, where the boys’ team took sixth out of 14 teams and the girls placed ninth out of 11 teams. Head coach John Dewall said the course is very flat except for two large hills, which can make the course challenging. The girls ran without one of their top runners, Cora Anderson, who was out with an injury, but Dewall said she will be back by the next race.
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.