Chad Richardson has been the general manager and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette since 2007. 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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The Hastings High School softball team won its opening round game in the first round of the state tournament in Mankato this morning. Hastings beat Osseo, 3-1. Hastings scored all of its runs in the third inning on a 3-run over-the-fence home run by Jenelle Trautmann. Linnea Haler started the inning with a walk and Jordan Schaffer singled. Trautmann's homer sailed over the fence in left field. Treya Connell pitched the first five innings for Hastings. Trautmann pitched the final two. Hastings will face Elk River in the state tournament semifinals at 3 p.m.
The Hastings High School softball team will begin play in the state softball tournament at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 4, in Mankato against Osseo. Hastings has a 21-2 overall record. Osseo is 22-4. Results of the game will be posted live on the home page of the Star Gazette. If the Raiders win, they'll play at 3 p.m. June 4 against the winner of the game between Mankato West and Elk River. The championship game is planned for 2 p.m. June 5. All games are at Caswell Park in Mankato. Hastings beat Rochester Mayo 5-0 on Friday night in Austin to advance.
Hastings boys tennis coach Mick Willette put it like this: "All good things come to an end, I guess." The good thing Willette referred to last week was the season the Raiders had. It certainly was a strong one. Hastings finished with a 12-4 overall record, and a second-place finish in the Suburban East Conference. The Raiders earned the first seed in the north sub-section, and started the section tournament with a win. Then came the second round.
Hastings finished eighth out of nine teams at the Suburban East Conference meet last week in Cottage Grove. Forest Lake won the meet with 178 points.
The Hastings girls golf team wasn't able to qualify a golfer for next week's state tournament, but the fact that the Raiders had four golfers qualify for the second round of the section tournament has HHS coach Becky Hartung excited about the future of her program. She's especially excited considering none of the golfers who advanced at sections are seniors. Jordy Klimek led the Raiders with a two-day total of 180. She is a junior. Ellen Bergschneider had a 93 and a 95 and she, too, is a junior. Lexie Harp had a 95 on the first day of play and a 98 on the second day.
The Hastings girls track team settled for an eighth-place finish out of nine teams at the Suburban East Conference meet last week in Cottage Grove. It was an incredibly competitive meet, yet the Raiders were able to score one event winner and a couple solid finishes as the team prepares for the section meet. Carlin Bunting was the conference champion in the long jump with a leap of 16-11.
The section baseball tournament got off to a great start for the Hastings baseball team. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the tournament didn't end as well as it started. Hastings beat Red Wing in the opening game, 7-1, on Saturday. That win moved Hastings into the second round against Rochester John Marshall, and later Saturday, the Raiders fell to JM, 12-3. The two teams faced one another again Monday in the double-elimination tournament, and JM won again, 4-0, to end Hastings' season.
Last Tuesday, Max Fox shot the golf round of his life, scoring a 69 in the first round of the section tournament. Then, for a week, the Hastings High School junior had to wait for the second round of the section tournament. The wait lasted forever. Finally, on Tuesday, that second round came at Bunker Hills. Apparently, rust wasn't a factor. Fox shot a 75 in the second round and won the section tournament by two shots with a two-day total of 144. "Max was striking the ball very well today," HHS coach Pete McGinnis said.
Hastings beat Rochester Mayo Tuesday night in Austin, 6-0, to advance to the section championship game. Hastings will play either Mayo or Northfield at 5 p.m. Friday for the section title. Hastings doesn't have a loss in the tournament. Mayo and Northfield each have one loss. That means either of those teams would have to beat Hastings twice on Friday to knock the Raiders out of the double elimination tournament.
The section tennis tournament couldn't have started much better for the Hastings boys team. The Raiders beat Austin in the first round of play, 6-1. At first singles, Mike Lund won 6-4, 6-3. Non Wiwatwongthorn won at second singles, 6-1, 6-1. Ben Carlson also cruised to a win, his coming at third singles, 6-1, 6-1. Matt Lund also won. He played fourth singles and he won 6-4, 6-2. In doubles play, Adam Ernst and Josh Houska suffered a rare loss at the first spot.