Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014.
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The Hastings Environmental Protectors partnered with Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center to host the 2017 Hastings Birding Festival to help celebrate Earth Day April 22. Registration started at 7 a.m. and the event went until 4 p.m. Featured was an all-day bird banding demonstration, a birding competition for all ages, field trips guided by experienced area birders, classes on birding, and several speakers.
The Hastings boys' tennis team is on a roll having won eight straight matches after dropping their opener to East Ridge. The Raiders beat two Metro East Conference opponents last week after they edged Northfield on Monday. Hastings hosted both North and South St. Paul, beating the Polars 7-0 and the Packers 6-1. The Raiders are now 8-1 overall.
The Hastings girls' golf team defeated Hill-Murray last Thursday 201-204 at Hillcrest Country Club.
The Hastings boys' golf team had a busy week last week as they traveled three straight days for matches and tournaments. Monday, April 17, they played in the Blaine Invite at T.P.C. Twin Cities where they finished 10th; Tuesday they played in the East Ridge Invite at Stone Ridge Golf Club and took seventh; Wednesday they faced off against Hill-Murray and St. Thomas Academy where they were barely edged by both teams.
The Hastings girls' golf team started their season off on the right foot with a win over Metro East Conference opponent South St. Paul. The Raiders beat the Packers with a score of 201 to 205.
The Hastings boys' tennis team continued to roll this past week with three straight wins. The Raiders beat Tartan 7-0 April 11; blanked Hill-Murray 7-0 April 13, and edged a very good Northfield team 4-3 April 17. Hastings is now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Metro East Conference. Tartan
Hastings' softball team notched two more wins last week to remain undefeated with a 4-0 record so far this season. They won a pair of Metro East Conference games against Tartan and Simley to remain on top of the MEC along with North St. Paul. The Raiders went to Tartan Tuesday, April 11, where they won 6-3, and then beat Simley at home last Thursday 4-1. Tartan In the win against Tartan, head coach Ken Lundquist said that pitching and defense were key against the Titans.
Athletes around the world dream of competing for their country in international competition, especially the Olympics. Meghan Gartzke, a graduate of Hastings High School and Hastings resident, fulfilled that dream a month ago when she competed in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games for Team USA in Austria as part of the alpine ski team. Gartzke was one of just two Minnesotans to be part of Team USA, which had 132 athletes from around the United States, along with Camilo Mejia of Mahtomedi.
The Hastings boys' golf team opened its season at the Bunker Hills Invite, played at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Hastings took 10th out of 33 teams and junior golfer Nick Dittrich, who made the state tournament last year, won the tournament as an individual over a field of 197 other golfers. The tournament was unique in that golfers played 27 holes, or three rounds of nine, and took the scores from their two best rounds of nine. Six golfers play on varsity and the top four scores are taken to count toward the team score.
The Hastings girls' lacrosse team started its season with a bang when they beat Grand Rapids-Greenway 14-4. With the win, the Raiders start their season 1-0 and head coach Laurie Aaronson said that with how their schedule is built, and how she believes the team is capable of playing, there is no reason why Hastings cannot start the season 4-1 or 5-0 before Metro East Conference play.