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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Raiders wrestling bounced back quickly from their opening-round loss to Anoka. They faced off against Stillwater in the consolation semifinals and won 44-21. Hastings won the first two matches but then the Ponies were able to build an 18-9 lead heading into the 145 pound weight class. However, from there on Hastings won seven of the last eight matches, including a forfeit to senior Trey Rogers at 195 which sealed the match for the Raiders.
The Hastings Raiders wrestling team dropped their first dual of team state to second-seeded Anoka 39-22. Anoka got out to a large lead in the lower weights and it was too much for the Raiders to make up in the upper weights. Many had pegged Anoka as the team to beat this year even before Apple Valley was upset by Shakopee. Hastings goes on to wrestle Stillwater right away in the consolation semifinals. The winner wrestles again at 5 p.m. in the consolation finals.
ROCHESTER — The Hastings Raiders gymnastics team competed at the section 1AA meet this past Friday at Rochester John Marshall High School. As a team, the Raiders finished seventh with a score of 124.55, three points ahead of Rochester John Marshall and seven points behind Rochester Mayo. Hastings also received a gold academic award with a 3.85 team GPA. While Hastings did not have any gymnasts place in the top 10 of events, they did perform more difficult routines then they had all season.
BIWABIK, Minn. — Hastings Raiders sophomore Trevor Caflisch competed at the Minnesota State High School League state nordic ski tournament last week at Giants Ridge.
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' alpine ski team competed in the state meet last week in Biwabik, Minn., and both placed very respectably. The boys finished fourth and could have done even better, according to head coach Jim Peine, who said they had a few second runs go awry. "We were probably sitting close to first after the first run but then Jack Caturia straddled a gate and Sam Molitor lost a ski, so that brought us down a bit," he said.
The Hastings Raiders wrestling team returns to the Minnesota State High School League's team state wrestling tournament for the third straight year after winning the Section 3AAA championship. The Raiders beat Cretin-Derham Hall, East Ridge and Eagan on their way to the section championship. The dual against Eagan came down to the Raiders needing a pin by junior heavyweight Luke Chamberlain to advance and he came through. Hastings beat CDH 69-3, East Ridge 39-22 and Eagan 28-25. Cretin-Derham Hall and East Ridge
A little over a month ago, Hastings High School juniors Sydney Radke and Addie Buck became heroes when they helped save the life of a man who had collapsed in his driveway. Ever since, the two have deservedly had their heroism recognized and both said that the response has surprised them. Now slightly removed from the incident, the two reflected on the events of that day, how they felt and the response of the Hastings community since then. The incident
The Hastings Raiders boys and girls alpine ski teams both qualified for the state meet after finishing first and second respectively at their section meet last week. A year after qualifying four individuals for the state meet in 2017, the Raiders knew they had a very good chance of qualifying one or both teams this season and followed through on that potential. Both teams were led by their seniors as the boys finished first ahead of St. Thomas Academy by 14 team points and the girls were second, 23 points behind Minneapolis Southwest.
BLOOMINGTON — Hastings sophomore Trevor Caflisch qualified for his first state nordic ski championship, clinching the last individual spot during the Section 1 championship meet on Feb. 6 at Hyland Park in Bloomington. In the girls' race, freshmen Linnea Urban and Emma Bratvold also came very close to a state bid as they finished one and two spots behind the last qualifier. The top two teams and then top six individuals qualify for the state meet.
The Hastings Raiders girls' hockey team was a period away from upsetting the second seed in section 3AA, Apple Valley, in their home rink Wednesday night, Feb.7. The seventh-seeded Raiders were up 2-0 on the Eagles heading into the third period and the result looked to be a foregone conclusion as Hastings had all the momentum and were being absolute pests on defense. Apple Valley would not go away, however, and they managed two goals in the third period and another in overtime to win 3-2.