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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Hastings diver and upcoming senior Vova Tipler has been named an All-American by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association for the 1-meter dive. Hastings High School boys' swimming and diving head coach Gerry Rupp said that the top 100 diving performances from public and private high schools throughout the country were selected. Tipler won the class AA Minnesota state diving championship last March and was the only diver from Minnesota selected. He will return this next winter for his senior season as part of a very young Raiders swimming and diving team.
The Hastings Tennis Association and Hastings High School collaborated, with generous help from several community members, and built a new tennis storage shed at the HHS tennis courts this past spring. The shed will be dedicated 7 p.m. Friday, July 21, during the Rivertown Days Tennis Tournament. The ceremony will also recognize the gift from the Lyle Steffenson Memorial that helped make building the shed this year possible.
The 39th annual Rivertown Days put on by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and its volunteer committee will be July 21-23.
The Hastings Hawks played three games this past week and during the Fourth of July weekend. Hastings fell to the Hampton Cardinals 12-1 on July 4; snapped their losing streak with a win over the Austin BlueSox 5-3 on Saturday, July 8; but then lost to the Red Wing Aces 8-6 on July 9.
The Hastings Post 47 senior American Legion baseball team dropped a doubleheader against Mahtomedi at Veterans Park on Sunday, July 9. The Raiders lost the first game 4-0 and then the second game 6-2 in eight innings. Hastings was shutout and managed just five hits in the first game against the Zephyrs. Drew Davis led the Raiders with two hits, while Jake Erridge, Braden Svoboda and Jake Biermaier each had one.
The Hastings Hawks fell in a close game to the Rochester Royals at Veterans Park 8-7 on July 1. While the Hawks trailed for much of the game, they were able to mount a comeback to tie the game at seven apiece, however the Royals were able to score one last run in the seventh to win the game. Mat Nicklay once again got the start for Hastings. He pitched five innings, gave up six runs on six hits, but it was his five walks that really hurt. Nicklay also struck out four.
The rain and storms on June 28 reduced Jack Ruhr Field to a muddy mess. Miesville Mudhens players worked for hours that evening to make the field playable, determined to get the game in. After over an hour delay, the first pitch against the Austin BlueSox was thrown just a little after 9 p.m. and the Mudhens came out on fire. Miesville quickly outclassed Austin by scoring 16 runs in six innings to end the game in seven due to the mercy rule.
The Miesville Mudhens and Hastings Hawks were both back in action last week as they passed the halfway point in their seasons. The Mudhens, now 11-3 overall, went 2-1 by beating Lake City and Northfield but lost to Elko. The Hawks fell to Elko and Dundas and now are 4-11 overall, though some results are potentially missing. Miesville
The Hastings Raiders boys' lacrosse team put together a solid season and were able to advance in the section playoffs. The Raiders went 7-6 in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs, beating Woodbury and then falling to Eagan. They finished tied for fourth in the Metro East Conference with a 3-3 record, along with Simley.
Hastings junior Nick Dittrich tied for 30th this past week at the Minnesota State High School League class AAA boys' state golf tournament held at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, Minn. Dittrich shot a two-day score of 154, which was about eight strokes off of the medalists and 11 behind the winner from Wayzata, Van Holmgren. On day one Dittrich struggled a little, shooting a front-nine 41. However, he was able to gather himself and shoot a 38 on the back for a score of 79.