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’ tennis team continues to improve as their season takes off with non-conference play. This past week they defeated Red Wing at home 6-1 and lost to Northfield in Northfield 5-2. Home against Red Wing Against Red Wing the Raiders swept all of the doubles matches and went 3-1 in singles. Isabella Kranz played first singles and lost 0-6, 0-6. Second singles was Elizabeth Henrichs who won 6-4, 6-2. Lone senior Sara Lund won the third singles matches 6-0, 6-0. In fourth singles Emily Beyer won 6-1, 6-0.
The Hastings Raiders football team beat the Henry-Sibley Warriors 14-8 in the season opener last Friday night. The Raiders came out on top in a sloppy game full of turnovers and inopportune penalties thanks to a few big plays and a bend but don’t break mentality on defense. On the very first possession of the game, the Warriors ran the ball right down the field with the Raiders struggling to stop them. However, the Warriors fumbled at the Hastings’ 23 yard line which the Raiders recovered.
The Miesville Mudhens won the Minnesota Baseball Association’s Class B state championship on Labor Day with a 6-3 win over the Moorhead Brewers. The Mudhens won Saturday, Sept. 4, 5-4 in walk-off fashion against the Shakopee Indians to advance to the state championship game. Starting pitcher Steve Maher took a complete game shut-out into the ninth inning and the Miesville bats slowly chipped away at the Brewers, scoring two runs in the first, one in the second and third, and then single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Going into the ninth the Mudhens led 6-0.