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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We were thrilled to learn this week about the success of the Hastings Music Festival. A day after the event, organizer Nick Langley was busy tallying up receipts, donations and cash. He was happy to report that within the next few weeks, at least $12,000 will be donated to Hastings Family Service. The donation will be possible because of great support from the business community, some key donations of time and energy, and some cash donations.
Day two of the state golf tournament sure resembled Day one of the state golf tournament for Max Fox of Hastings. The HHS junior shot an 83 on Tuesday. Fox then shot an 83 on Wednesday. Both rounds were at Bunker Hills. "He scrambled, and he made some great par saves," HHS coach Pete McGinnis said. "He just had trouble getting it going, putting together two good shots in a row. "He still struggled with the putter." Fox was playing his best golf of the season heading into the state tournament. He shot a 69, for example, in the first round of the section tournament.
Hastings had two competitors at the state track and field meet Friday at Hamline University in St.
Commencement exercises were held Friday June 5 for the Hastings High School Class of 2009. In all, 412 graduates strolled across the stage at McNamara Stadium at Todd Field and received their diplomas. It was the 139th commencement at Hastings High School.
The Hastings softball team beat Forest Lake, 5-0, to win third place in the state tournament Friday in Mankato. Jenelle Trautmann pitched for Hastings and got the win. She struck out 12.
The Hastings softball team had a late rally, but ended up losing to Elk River Thursday evening in Mankato. Hastings will play Forest Lake in the third-place game at 11 a.m. Friday. Elk River led 1-0 going into the seventh inning, but Hastings managed to tie the game 1-1 on a single by Kaitlin Stark. In the bottom of the seventh, though, Elk River scored a run to win, 2-1. The Elks will play North St. Paul in the state championship game.
After the team season ended for the Hastings tennis team, the individual sub-section tournament got under way Thursday, May 21. Hastings had two singles players and two doubles teams in the sub-section tournament. Here are the results: Mike Lund, who played No. 1 singles for Hastings all season, got a bye in the first round. He won his first match over an opponent from Austin, 6-4, 6-1. Ben Carlson won his first round match over a Lakeville South opponent, 6-0, 6-0. Next, he beat the No.
The Hastings girls track team had its season come to an end Thursday at the finals of the section track meet. Hastings finished 15th out of 16 teams at the meet.
The Hastings boys track team will be represented in two events at this weekend's state track meet at Hamline University. Dan Guelle, a Hastings junior, has qualified for the state meet in the 400-meter run. Kyle Francis, a Hastings senior, has qualified for the state meet in the pole vault. The pole vault is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday, June 5, at Hamline. Francis sits in the middle of the pack in terms of the field. Blake Weimerskirch of Robbinsdale Armstrong has the top height in the state at 14-2.
Hastings High School junior Max Fox shot an 83 at the first round of the state golf tournament Tuesday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. For most players, an 83 at a difficult course like Bunker Hills would signal a pretty good round. But Fox was hoping for better. "He's happy to be here, but he's also looking to compete for the championship," Hastings coach Pete McGinnis said. Fox had 35 putts in the round and one birdie. "He was having trouble out of the tee box," McGinnis said. "He was going back and forth between his driver, and his three-wood.