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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Former Hastings girls' hockey head coach Jeff Corkish, who coached the team for 17 years and helped build the program into what it is today, will be inducted into the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the end of the season. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Herbies in the Park between the afternoon and evening sessions of the Minnesota State High School League girls' state hockey tournament. Coming to Hastings
December was a fast month for the Hastings Area Swim Team. HAST swimmers had the opportunity to swim in three meets during the month: the Northfield Winter is Coming Invite Dec. 2-3, the BAC Holiday Classic Swim Meet Dec. 9-10 and the HAST Conf. C/Pre C Meet Dec. 15.
The Hastings girls hockey team is not where they would like to be record wise. The Raiders are 4-16-1 overall, and 3-5-0 in the Metro East Conference with four games left in the regular season. The good news is that head coach Josh Colvin has identified several problem areas that need improvement over the end of the season.
The Hastings Raiders wrestling time is finally rounding into shape after battling injuries, sickness and trying to find replacements for the wrestlers who left after last year's fourth-place finish at state. The Raiders beat two solid teams in River Falls (Wis.) and Totino-Grace last week in a pair of duals on Friday, Jan. 19, and also honored the achievements of its youth program.
The Hastings boys' basketball team has won three of their last five and knocked off then seventh-ranked Mahtomedi at home on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 72-62, in what has been the signature win of the season so far. Despite falling at Tartan last Friday, 71-51, the Raiders are on the upswing and are currently 6-8 overall and 3-3 in the Metro East Conference (tied for fifth). Mahtomedi
The Hastings Raiders wrestling team hosted North St. Paul in a Metro East Conference dual last Thursday, Jan. 11, for Parents Night. The Raiders won 69-12 by virtue of winning nine matches (eight by fall) and receiving three forfeits.
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' alpine ski teams are off to fantastic starts to their 2018 competition seasons. The boys won both the Welch Invite and the first Metro East Conference meet, while the girls finished seventh at the Welch Invite and second at the MEC meet. The Raiders were able to have two boys and two girls teams compete at the Welch Invite. The Hastings squad 2 took fourth in the squad two meet, while the girls squad 2 took seventh.
The Hastings Raiders boys' swimming and diving team hosted the second-ranked St. Thomas Academy Cadets Thursday, Jan. 11, on Parents Night. While the Raiders lost 108-75, head coach Gerry Rupp said he was happy with how his team raced. "We could not have swam any better against them," he said. "St. Thomas Academy was ranked second in the state in this week's poll, so we did an outstanding job hanging with them. We were missing three personnel, so the rest of the team really stepped up their game."
Hastings High School recently released its recipients of the Minnesota State High School League Triple "A" Awards and ExCel Awards.