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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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.
The Hastings Raiders' baseball team goes into next season with momentum. They just finished their best season in years and certainly since they moved into the Metro East Conference. The Raiders ended the regular season two games over .500 with an 11-9 record and finished second in the MEC. At one point during the season, Hastings won nine straight MEC matchups. However, they struggled in nonconference play, going 0-4 in the regular season (Park, Rosemount, Woodbury and East Ridge) and 0-2 in the playoffs (East Ridge and Apple Valley).
Amateur baseball started amid the ever-changing weather in May. While the Hastings Hawks have already played 11 games over the last six weeks, the defending state-champion Miesville Mudhens have played just seven games so far. Hastings Hawks
The Hastings girls' golf team finished fourth in the Metro East Conference but did not advance as a team to the second day of sections. Head coach Becky Hartung said the end-of-season results were a mixed bag in regards to her expectations. "My goals for the season may have fallen a little short, but my goals for the future of the girls' golf team are starting to happen," she explained. "We were in the hunt for second (place) and ended up fourth in our conference. We had many opportunities this year (to) place better than we did and the girls realize every stroke matters."
The Hastings High School class of 2017 celebrated its commencement on a beautiful night Friday, June 9 McNamara Stadium at Todd Field was full as over 300 members of the class of 2017 graduated and move on to the next stage of their lives.
The Hastings boys' golf team took fourth at the rain-shortened section 1AAA golf tournament at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City Thursday and Saturday, June 1 and 3. Junior Nick Dittrich qualified for the Minnesota State High School League state boys' golf tournament for the second year in a row and was a co-medalist at the section tournament, which was shortened from 36 to 27 holes due to weather.
An two-vehicle accident occurred Friday afternoon around 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Tiffany Dr. and Red Wing Blvd by Coborn's Superstore in Hastings. Traffic was diverted at the intersection as the Hastings Police Department, Dakota County Sheriff's Office and Hastings Fire Department responded. No other details are available at this time.
The Hastings boys' lacrosse team beat Woodbury 14-7 in the first round of section playoffs May 31 before they lost 20-6 to top-seeded Eagan on June 2. The Raiders finished the season with an 8-7 record overall after tieing for third in the Metro East Conference with a 3-3 conference record.
The Hastings girls' golf team competed at their section 1AAA tournament June 1 and June 5 at Cannon Falls Golf Club. They took eighth out of 13 teams and had three girls advance to day two — Hannah Hubbart, Nicole Neuman and Megan Brown. Hubbart shot a 90 on day one and then a 99 on day two for a 189 total to lead the Raiders. Brown shot a 100 in the first round and a 97 in the second for a 197. Neuman shot a 100 and a 102 for a 202 total.