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 Black Dirt Improv troupe performed Friday, Jan. 5, at the Hastings Arts Center in front of anyone willing to brave the freezing cold. There were two showings at 7 and 9 p.m. — the latter attracting about 50 people. The troupe brought eight of their performers, led by emcee Joren Skov, and performed a variety of skits and bits in general improv format, similar to the hit show hosted by Drew Carey "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
The Hastings Raiders girls' basketball team competed in the tough Holiday Hoops Classic held at St. Olaf College this past week. The Raiders faced a trio of South Suburban Conference teams in Eastview, Eagan and Prior Lake. They went 1-2 in the three matchups, beating Eagan for the second time this season while falling to Prior Lake and no. 2 in class 4A Eastview. Hastings lost to Prior Lake 74-63 but no stats were available at the time of writing.
The Hastings girls' hockey team is in the midst of a slump, having lost six games in a row. Last week, the Raiders played in the Louis-Schmitz Holiday Classic at Schmitz-Maki Arena in Farmington. They played Red Wing, River Lakes and Northfield. While Red Wing proved too much to handle, the Raiders lost two close ones to River Lakes and Northfield.
The Hastings boys' basketball team fell to 3-6 overall after dropping two games at their own holiday tournament last week. The Raiders fell to across-the-river rival Prescott 77-67 in their first game and then in the final seconds to Irondale 64-63 during the third-place game.
The Hastings Raiders wrestling team competed in The Clash XVI held at Rochester Community and Technical College. The Clash is considered one of the best, if not the best, dual tournament in the nation, featuring the best teams in Minnesota, across the Midwest and nationally ranked teams from across the country. The Raiders took 20th after going 2-1 on the first day and 0-3 on the second day.
The Hastings boys' swimming and diving team beat the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders last week 95-91 before holiday break. Hastings and Cretin split the 12 events right down the middle, 6-6, and the meet came down to the last event, the 400 freestyle relay.
The Hastings community has seen a wide range of success and inspiring stories from its sports teams and athletes. From Vova Tipler's state diving championship to Krystal Carlson becoming the leading scorer in Hastings basketball history, and even the retirement of Raider institution Jake Moore, it's been a great year for Raider nation. Read below for 10 (unranked) of the best sports stories from the year 2017.
The Hastings Raiders boys' basketball team started the season out hot, but their shooting recently cooled off as they dropped two in a row before bouncing back. Last Tuesday, Dec. 12, they lost at home to Eastview 68-59 in a game where they trailed by much more but were able to make a comeback. Two days later, they hosted Rosemount and beat them 61-51 in a well-balanced offensive performance for the Raiders. Hastings is now 3-2 overall as they head into Metro East Conference play. Eastview
Rogers Hastings senior Trey Rogers finally got his Santa hat. After taking fourth at 182 pounds last year in the annual Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Rogers beat Tyler Buesgens of Scott West by an 8-6 decision to win the 195-pound championship and was handed a Santa hat by a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' hockey teams struggled this past week in Metro East Conference play. The two teams combined to go 0-4 and were outscored 32-6 as they faced some of the best teams in the area in Hill-Murray and Mahtomedi. With the losses, the Raider boys are now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the MEC. Meanwhile, the Hastings girls are 3-9 with a 1-4 record in the MEC, which is good for a tie for fifth in the conference. Boys