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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It wasn't an easy week for the Hastings boys and girls track teams. The Raiders each placed 10th out of 10 teams at the Suburban East Conference championships. The competition in the SEC is incredibly strong again this season, and the Raiders saw this up close at the SEC meet. The Hastings boys were just 1.5 points out of ninth place. Stillwater won the meet with 186.5 points and Roseville was second with 168.
The Hastings baseball team came to an end Saturday with a 9-0 loss to Rochester Mayo. "We picked a bad day to play our worst game of the year," coach Paul Hartmann said.
They did it again. On Tuesday night in Austin, the Hastings softball team won its fourth straight section softball title, beating Rochester John Marshall, 6-0, in the finals. Through four games in the tournament, Hastings outscored its opponents by a combined score of 29-1. "It was just a huge section tournament for us," coach Dean Robinson said. "The defense stepped up. The pitching was fabulous and we just hit the ball all over the place." Against John Marshall, Hastings pitcher Treya Connell earned the win.
Memorial Day observances were held Monday in Hastings. Hundreds of residents attended the day's main ceremony at Roadside Park. A link to a photo gallery from the day is attached to this article.
They did it again. On Tuesday night in Austin, the Hastings softball team won its fourth straight section softball title, beating Rochester John Marshall, 6-0, in the finals. Through four games in the tournament, Hastings outscored its opponents by a combined score of 29-1.
For a few years, Mike Haege's sister lived in north Minneapolis. He knows the neighborhood at least a little bit, and when a tornado tore through the area on Sunday, May 22, he took notice. On the news he saw trees strewn about lawns and streets. Then inspiration struck. He wanted to help. His schedule for Monday, May 23, was wide open. And, since he operates Custom Cut, a tree trimming business here, he figured his services could be put to good use. "I thought it would be the perfect chance to help," he said. "I knew there would be people needing help." He was right. By 10:30 a.m.
A team of eighth-grade girls from Hastings Middle School last week accomplished something that no other class in HMS history had been able to. Bitsy Lien's gym class beat the HMS teachers in the annual tug-of-war. The teachers, though, weren't upset for long. The event raised a record amount of money for Hastings Family Service. The student raised $6,000, which was presented to HFS just before the tug-of-war began.
The Hastings boys golf team turned in a season-best score of 309 in a Suburban East Conference match at Highland National. Hastings finished fourth out of 10 teams. Nick Tusa and Jacob Cooper led the way for the Raiders with 76s. Matthew Radke had a 77 and Sean Eglington had an 80. Sam Otto and Mark Huneke also played varsity for the Raiders.
Hastings fell behind early to Cretin-Derham Hall after an odd play at home plate on Monday, but Hastings didn't let that weird start stop them from turning the game in their favor. Hastings went on to beat Cretin, 6-3. With a runner on third base and a Cretin player in the batter's box, Hastings pitcher Aaron Stoneberg prepared to deliver a pitch. Just as he was in his windup, the home plate umpire stood up and waved his arms.
Perfect timing: Now that the weather is warming up, the Hastings girls golf season is winding down. The Hastings Raiders are preparing for their conference tournament today (Thursday) at Oak Glen in Stillwater. Next is the first round of sections, set for June 1 at Phalen.