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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Coming into Friday night’s game against the Park Wolfpack, head coach Dana Strain said that it would be a challenge to contain Park’s high-octane offense. Well, it proved to be too much for the Raiders as Park ran away with the game early and won by a final of 43-14. Hastings was outgained by the Wolfpack by almost 200 total yards and gave up numerous big plays, several of them for scores. With the loss, Hastings falls to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the newly created Suburban Maroon sub-district.
The Hastings girls' tennis team has won their last three matches in a row over Waseca, Tartan and Burnsville. With those three wins, the Raiders are now 8-4 overall and have played over half their schedule. They beat Waseca 5-2, swept Tartan 7-0 and edged out a good Burnsville team 4-3.
The Hastings boys' soccer team won two games following their loss to Park two weeks ago over Minnehaha Academy and St. Croix Prep. The Raiders held on against St. Croix Prep to win 2-1 and then traveled to Minnehaha Academy where they also held onto a one-goal lead to win 3-2. However, last week they played two very good teams in White Bear Lake and North St. Paul, against whom they struggled. The Raiders were blanked by a ranked White Bear Lake team 4-0 and then by North St. Paul 5-0 at home.
Three games last week brought the Hastings girls soccer team's record to 3-3 prior to the meat of their Metro East Conference schedule. The Raiders fell in a close game to Park 2-1 on Sept. 5, before routing North St. Paul 7-2 on Sept. 7. They fell at Apple Valley 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 9.
The Hastings Raiders lost a low-scoring game to the Hill-Murray Pioneers 7-6 on Friday, Sept. 8, in Maplewood. Despite losing where it matters, on the scoreboard, the Raiders dominated in just about every statistical category.
The Hastings volleyball team is off to a slow start this season but recently earned its first win. The Raiders started the season 0-4 as they continue to adjust to losing so many contributors and mesh with new head coach Amy Johnson. However, they were able to earn their first win of the season at the Apple Valley Aerie Challenge this past weekend and are now 1-7 overall entering Metro East Conference play.
Most players start AAU as a way to play more basketball, face better competition and improve their skills. However, as they come closer and closer to the end of their high school basketball careers, many of them realize that they want to play basketball at the next level in college. While Division I college basketball garners most of the attention with full-ride scholarships, all levels of college basketball recruit and offer some sort of scholarship or potential position on the team. For those who do want to play college basketball, there are many more options than people may realize.
The Hastings boys' and girls' cross-country teams ran their first meet of the season Friday, Sept. 1, in Rosemount at the 16th annual Irish Invite. The Irish Invite is one of the largest, if not the largest, meet that the Raiders will compete in all year, with 24 teams competing in the boys' varsity division and 22 in the girls. The Raider boys took 17th out of 24 teams and had three runners place in the top 100. The girls' team placed 20th and had one runner in the top 20. The meet was a 2-mile race, while most cross-country races are usually 5 kilometers, or just over 3 miles.
Winning a championship is hard, repeating is even more difficult, and then there is what the Miesville Mudhens accomplished Labor Day. The Mudhens played four games in three days and won two games on Monday, coming up from the consolation bracket to secure their second-straight Minnesota Baseball Association Class B state tournament championship.
The Hastings Raiders lost a low-scoring game to the Hill-Murray Pioneers 7-6 Friday night, Sept. 8, in Maplewood. Despite losing where it matters, on the scoreboard, the Raiders dominated in just about every statistical category. Both teams had their only scores come in the first quarter. Hastings struck first on a four-yard touchdown run by senior wide receiver T.J. Pottinger., but they failed to convert the extra point and led 6-0. Just over a minute later, Hill-Murray scored on a 70-yard touchdown run by Liam Lannon and converted the extra point to lead 7-6, which would be the final.