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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Last year, Hastings placed sixth out of seven teams at the section True Team meet. This year, the Raiders placed fifth out of eight teams. It's the kind of steady improvement Hastings coach Greg Sandkamp is looking for out of his team. "One of our goals is always to get a little bit better each time you compete," Sandkamp said. "We're looking pretty good, really, with the small bunch of girls we have." Hastings has just more than 30 athletes out for the team, but the Raiders haven't been using that as an excuse.
At Monday's Suburban East Conference match at Hastings Country Club, things couldn't have gotten off to a worse start for Max Fox. The key member of the Hastings team started the day with a seven on the first hole. But boy did he turn things around. Fox played exceptionally well the final 17 holes and ended up shooting a 76 on the day, good for fourth place out of 54 golfers. "It was a great comeback for Max," HHS coach Pete McGinnis said.
At first glance, the Hastings baseball team's record of 4-12 on the season would lead one to believe it has been a long season for the Raiders. But, consider this: Hastings has lost five games by one run. Had those games been just a little different, Hastings could be sitting at 9-7 instead of 4-12. Two more one-run losses have come in the last week of play, with a 2-1 defeat to Roseville and a 5-4 setback against White Bear Lake. "If we turn around a few of those games, it can change a season in a hurry," Hastings coach Paul Hartmann said.
The regular season for Hastings boys tennis is now a thing of the past. Already. The good news for the Raiders is that thanks to a great season record of 11-3, the team has earned the No. 1 seed in the north for Section 1AA. That means the Raiders earned a first-round bye in the 14-team section. Hastings will begin its section tournament at home Thursday, May 14, against Austin. The match will start at 3:30 p.m. Rochester Mayo earned the south's No. 1 seed.
The Hastings boys track team placed sixth out of eight teams at the Section 2AAA True Team meet last week at Park High School in Cottage Grove. The Raiders ended with 480.5 points. Eagan won the meet with 833. Park was second with 801.5. Hastings had one event champion.
An 8-2 game certainly doesn't sound close.
The Hastings High School boys baseball team will play host to the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders at 7:30 p.m. May 15 at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville. The game will feature a ceremony for the players and coaches from the 1999 team that won the state tournament. It will also be youth night. All kids should show up in their Raiders uniforms by 7 p.m. The 1999 team advanced to the state tournament by beating Cretin-Derham Hall twice in the section tournament. The first win snapped Cretin's 66-game winning streak. It was a wild, 11-10 victory.
Chrysler announced today that it will close 789 dealerships across the United States as part of its bankruptcy restructuring plan. Hastings Chrysler is not among the dealerships that will close. Sales manager Eric Mech said the dealership learned of the good news Thursday. The dealership employs 35 people.
Hastings boys basketball coach Trent Hanson has resigned. He will be the athletics director for the new high school in the Woodbury/Cottage Grove district, East Ridge.
Paul Vaith, who has coached wrestling at Hastings for the last 23 years, has announced he will retire from coaching. He has a career record of 412-99-1 over 31 years of coaching. His Hastings team won a state title in 1996 and he has coached numerous state champions. Look for a complete story in this week's printed edition.