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 girls' hockey team won their only game of the week against North/Tartan, 4-1, at home during Senior Night. The Raiders' four goals tied the season-high. Hastings is now 6-15-1 overall and 5-4 in conference, which is good for third in the Metro East Conference.
The Hastings gymnastics team hosted the North St. Paul Polars on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Hastings National Guard Armory. The Raiders fell to the Polars 128-118.25 and Hastings' top finisher was freshman Rachel Hughes, who took second in the parallel bars. Hastings junior varsity team beat North St. Paul 90.25-89.55. The Raiders next compete Thursday, Jan. 26, against Tartan in Hastings at the National Guard Armory. The team only has four competitions left before sections begin in mid-February.
The Raiders girls' basketball team notched a solid conference win against Hill-Murray in their lone action of the week. Hastings beat the Pioneers by 16, 45-29, in a game where both teams played good defense in the first half and struggled to score. The Raiders led 18-8 at halftime before both teams stepped up their offense, but Hill-Murray was not able to close the gap. Hastings improves to 6-8 overall and is still undefeated in the Metro East Conference, sitting alone atop the conference standings at 3-0.
The Hastings alpine skiing teams had success in two meets last week. The Raiders boys and girls competed in a Metro East Conference meet Tuesday at Afton Alps, where both squads took second. On Friday they competed in the Welch Invitational, where the boys' team won and the girls took third out of 17 teams. MEC meet Both Raiders teams once again finished behind Mahtomedi at the conference meet Tuesday, Jan. 10. However, the boys finished just two points behind the Zephyrs, and the girls were just five points behind.
The Hastings boys' basketball team was able to right the ship last week after losing three games in a row. The Raiders traveled to Hill-Murray on Tuesday, Jan. 10, where they won by 21 points, 78-57. They then hosted Simley on Friday and beat the Spartans in a close one, 64-63. Hastings is now 6-6 overall on the season and 2-1 in the Metro East Conference.
The Hastings girls' hockey team dropped two conference games last week after starting 4-2 in the Metro East. The Raiders lost at home Tuesday, Jan. 10, to Simley, 3-1, and then traveled to conference leader Hill-Murray where they struggled and lost 9-1. Hastings is now 5-15-1 on the season and 4-4 in conference. Simley Head coach Josh Colvin said the team knew it would be a tough matchup with Simley going into the game.
Boys' Hockey Hastings boys' hockey lost at Hill-Murray, 9-1, and then bounced back with a 3-2 victory at home against North St. Paul last week. The Raiders improved to 5-11 overall and 3-5 in the Metro East Conference.
The Hastings wrestling team knew it would be a grueling three days last week as they wrestled Thursday at North St. Paul, a quadrangular Friday at Park, and then the well-known Kiffmeyer Duals on Saturday. A total of seven duals over the course of three days, head coach Josh McLay arranged for the tough stretch on purpose to prepare his team for state. "We did this because the state tournament is three-straight days of wrestling," McLay said. "We wanted to expose them to that before tournament time came and to see how they reacted."
The Hastings Nordic ski teams raced Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Lake Elmo where the boys finished first and girls third in the conference meet. Hastings took first on the boys' side ahead of Henry Sibley, Mahtomedi, Tartan, North St. Paul, St. Thomas Academy and Simley. The Raiders finished back-to-back-to-back in the top five, with Jake Rabaey in second with a time of 20 minutes and 51 seconds, Trevor Caflisch third in 21:38 and Eric Howd third with a time of 22:05.
Girls' Hockey The Raiders girls' hockey team lost 4-0 at Eagan Tuesday, Jan. 3, but then beat Henry Sibley on their own ice Friday 3-2. Hastings is now 5-13-1 overall, but is second in the Metro East Conference with a record of 4-2. Eagan Despite the lopsided score, head coach Josh Colvin said his team really stayed with the Wildcats and were on the wrong side of some unfortunate bounces.