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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Going into this season, Hastings coach Dana Strain had a couple big goals for his team. Atop that list? Being competitive in every single game. Strain's aim was to have his team in position to win games in the second half. On Friday night against Mounds View, Hastings accomplished just that. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the game ended in a 13-6 loss, but the Raiders were right there with the Mustangs. Last year, Mounds View beat Hastings, 42-7. Hastings fell behind 13-0 in the first half.
Derrick Radke and his fiancée were out for a relaxing weekend on the Mississippi River. They had boated to Prescott from Hastings and had pulled up to shore, where they were going to pitch a tent. That's when Radke noticed what he thought was a muskrat swimming toward the shore. The more they watched the creature, the more they realized it wasn't a muskrat. It was a three-foot-long alligator. A pet owner had apparently let the creature go when it outgrew its home.
The Hastings football team lost its season-opener to Mounds View on Friday night, 13-6. Hastings fell behind 13-0 before Aaron Stoneberg connected with Ellis Williams on a touchdown pass. The two teams were scoreless in the second half. The game was played at McNamara Stadium at Todd Field. Hastings travels to Woodbury on Friday for its second game.
The Hastings girls soccer team has already equaled its win total from the 2010 season. On Thursday, in the season opener, Hastings beat Henry Sibley, 3-0. The Raiders scored two first-half goals, then added another in the second half. "They played so awesome," coach Joanne Teigland said. "It was so fun. They played really well. We dominated pretty much the entire game.
I guess you could consider me a camping snob. While car camping is better than getting a sharp stick poked into my eye, I'm not a big fan. It is to camping like turkey bacon is to the bacon at Little Oscar's. It's better than nothing, but it just makes you yearn for the real thing. So over the years, when I've wanted to camp, I've gone to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.
Just more than a week into the season, the Hastings girls tennis team has already played 10 matches. The good news is that the Raiders have won seven of them. Two of those wins came Friday during the Hastings Invitational tournament. Hastings beat Woodbury and Eastview before falling to Rosemount. In the match against Woodbury, Hastings cruised to a 7-1 win. Hailey Lundquist won at first singles, 6-3, 6-2. She is a junior. Morgan Tjomsland won at second singles, 6-4, 6-0. She is a junior. At No. 3, Annika Peterson had little trouble, cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 win.
The first 70 minutes of the Hastings boys soccer season went about as well as could be expected. Then came a corner kick, and a positive result eluded the Raiders. Hastings ended up losing the game to Simley, 1-0. The Spartans capitalized on a corner kick with just 10 minutes left to play. Set plays like that had plagued the Raiders during a pair of scrimmages in the preseason. "It's definitely been a problem for us," coach Shane Lanning said.
The fall swimming season is under way for the Hastings girls team. So far, things look good for the Raiders, who improved their place at the annual Suburban East Conference relays by one spot as compared to last year. Hastings scored 70 points to place fifth in the meet. Stillwater won the relays with 154 points. Woodbury was second (138), Mounds View was third (112) and East Ridge was fourth (76). The Hastings swimmer of the meet was freshman Morgan McCullough, who had three personal-best times in her three events. She led off on a 400 medley relay team doing the backstroke.
So far, so good. That's the story for the Hastings volleyball team, which began its season Friday with a win in three games over St. Louis Park. Hastings won 25-10, 25-22 and 25-18. "Everything went right for us," coach Rita Girgen said. "Offensively, we took care of the ball. Defensively, we did a really good job reading things and making great plays." Girgen was able to rotate in every player on the team, a big accomplishment the Raiders savored. "That's usually something we're only able to do on senior night," Girgen said. "To start that way is really exciting.
At first glance, the 2010 version of the Hastings High School girls soccer team had what would appear to be a rough season. The Raiders were able to get just one victory last season. But that record doesn't accurately portray the kind of season it was for Hastings. The Raiders were in almost every game they played, and lost six games down the stretch, surrendering the winning goal with just a few minutes left to play. "Our record doesn't show it from last year, but we were very competitive," coach Joanne Teigland said.