Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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Members of the Hastings High School Band Program have been awarded numerous honors throughout the school year so far. Last year, four students (Lane Manke, Mary Haglund, Joe Poncelet and Chase Fasbender) were selected and awarded the highest honor in the state for band students - All State Band. These four students attended a week-long camp last summer at Concordia College in Moorhead and will be presenting their final All State Performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
Last week's swim meet between Hastings and Roseville didn't exactly get off to a very good start for the blue and gold. In the event's first race, the 200 medley relay, the top Hastings relay team was disqualified for an early start. In the second event, Hastings went second and fourth. That wasn't how coach Gerry Rupp had envisioned the meet beginning. Hastings trailed 16-14, and Rupp knew that his team would be giving up 13 points in diving. "I was starting to get a little upset at how we were swimming," Rupp said. "I felt that our team was taking Roseville too lightly.
The Hastings boys hockey team turned a tight game with the No. 3 ranked team in the Suburban East Conference into a blowout thanks to a rally started on a short-handed goal. With Hastings leading 1-0 midway through Saturday's game against Roseville, Hastings took a penalty and Roseville went on the power play. It was Hastings, though, who scored. Nate Flynn scored at 8:01 and Hastings went up 2-0. "That was a big goal," Hastings coach Russ Welch said." That broke their back a little bit.
The Hastings girls basketball team found out against Thursday why the Woodbury Royals are again one of the best teams in the Suburban East Conference. Woodbury beat Hastings on Thursday, 55-20. Woodbury improved to 11-2 in the SEC. Hastings is now 1-12 in league action. "Woodbury is very good, and they're very athletic," coach Mike Harp said. "We just don't match up with them very well. They shot the ball very well, too. "Generally, down at our place, teams don't shoot extremely well. I was hoping that would be the case.
Hastings ran into all kinds of trouble on the boys basketball court in a game last week against Woodbury. The Royals shot the lights out and, in the process, had no problem with the Raiders. Woodbury won, 94-58. "They shot the ball really well," coach Chad Feikema said. "They went on a run and there wasn't a lot we could do." Hastings had three players score in double figures, with Josh Monjeau leading the way. He had 15 points. "He played exceptionally well," Feikema said. "He's just getting much better about attacking the basket and being able to finish.
Squad cars race down the street. You see them pull up to a neighbor's house and, ultimately, curiosity gets the best of you. You wonder what is happening there. Now, with your personal computer, you can find out with a couple pecks at the keyboard. On Monday the service was up and running and that night, Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell shared the news with the city council. Essentially, the city uploads its crime data daily to a mapping service. That service, which costs the city $99 a month, plots out the crimes on a map.
The season ended Tuesday afternoon in Apple Valley for the Hastings Nordic ski teams. The Raiders will not have a racer at the state meet next week, but they did have one racer come within two minutes of qualifying. Sarah Peterson led the Hastings girls with a 16th-place finish. She had a time of 22 minutes, 20 seconds in the classic and a time of 20:08.51 in the freestyle. Her combined time was 42:28.6. Peterson is a junior. The meet was won by Sonja Hedblom, a sophomore from Eagan, who had a time of 36.12.9. Makaila England, a freshman, finished 44th for the Raiders.
It wasn't the best game of Liz Keena's career. Nor was it the best game of the season for the Hastings girls basketball team. But, with about 90 seconds to play against Woodbury, it suddenly became quite memorable for the HHS senior and her teammates. Keena hit a jump shot for her 11th point of the night and the 1,000th point of her high school career in Hastings. She is just the fourth player in Hastings history to record 1,000 points. On the next possession, Keena was fouled and went to the free throw line, where she hit both attempts.
The Hastings girls basketball team got a much-deserved notch in the win column with a 51-39 win over Forest Lake last Tuesday. A balanced scoring attack helped the Raiders on offense, with three players hitting double figures. Hastings held a 17-12 halftime lead, then outscored Forest Lake in the second half, 34-27. Senior Liz Keena led the way for Hastings with 17 points. Emily Daggett had 15 points and Kallie Dylla had 10. Mary Haglund scored 8 and Jordan Marshall had 1. Hastings is now 1-17 on the season. Vs.
The Hastings Nordic ski teams competed last week in what must have been one very memorable race. The top three racers in each grade level, after all, each won cookies. There was a huge cookie for first place, a medium sized cookie for second and a smaller cookie for third. One Hastings skier came home with a baked good. Sarah Peterson, a junior, placed third. "That was really exciting," coach John Dewall said. The format was unique. Races were 2.5K sprints.