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’ swimming and diving teams defeated South St. Paul 102-72 Tuesday, Oct. 18, and then put in a strong showing at the diving invitational the Raiders hosted Saturday, Oct. 29. The junior varsity also had their conference meet Thursday, Oct. 27. South St. Paul The Raiders won seven out of 12 varsity events on their way to a 102-72 victory over South St. Paul in their last dual meet of the season. Hastings also compiled eight second-place finishes as well as eight thirds. The Raiders took the top three spots in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
Hastings Raiders’ football ended its season Saturday after going 1-1 in section playoffs. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the Raiders beat fifth seed Henry Sibley at home 43-22, but then they fell to the first seed Apple Valley Eagles on Saturday, Oct. 29, 28-21. Hastings finishes the season with a 5-5 overall record after having taken fifth in the East Metro Red sub-district. Henry Sibley Hastings used a spectacular second half to blow out the Warriors 43-22 in the first round of section playoffs.
The Hastings Raiders' football team lost to the Apple Valley Eagles in the second round of section playoffs 28-21 on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Raiders finished their season with a 5-5 record overall, 1-1 in the playoffs. The first half was back and forth between the two teams. Ovie Embu broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the first quarter. Later in the first, Apple Valley was able to capitalize after Raiders' quarterback Colin Kummer fumbled and the Eagles recovered.
The Hastings girls’ tennis team took a real step forward this year under new head coach Marissa Welch. The Raiders went 5-2 in conference to take second and were able to secure a section playoff win over the eighth seed Farmington before losing to Rochester Mayo.
The Hastings boys’ and girls’ cross country teams continued their string of successful meets with the Metro East Championships at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The boys’ team took second out of nine teams, only finishing behind Henry Sibley. The girls took fourth out of eight teams. Crimzon Anderson and Griffin Myers once again led the Raider boys, both finishing in the top five. Anderson finished second with a time of 17:02, while Myers finished in fifth with a time of 17:30.
The Hastings boys’ soccer team has officially wrapped up its season. The Raiders significantly improved their record from last year, ending this season at 9-7-0, including the playoffs. Despite going 5-3 and finishing fourth in conference, the Raiders received a No. 6 seed and a tough match-up in the first round, where they fell to North St. Paul. Looking back on the season, head coach Jamie Swanson said that this was one of the most intelligent and skilled squads he’s coached. “The guys on this team had a very good summer coach in Tom Brenny,” Swanson said.
The Hastings girls’ soccer team has officially wrapped up their season in which they went 3-11-3 overall, including sections. The Raiders were bounced from the playoffs in their first round match against Eagan after they went 3-3-1 in conference for a fifth place finish.
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.