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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The Hastings boys swimming team finished second at last weekend's Packer Invitational in South St. Paul. The only team to beat Hastings at the meet was Eau Claire Memorial, one of the best teams in Wisconsin. "We were pretty happy with that," Hastings coach Gerry Rupp said. "We mixed the lineup up a bit. The boys swam quite well. We had a lot of season-best swims on Saturday." Elliott Wilcox won one event at the meet and took second in another. Thomas Everson placed third in the 100 backstroke. "That was totally out of nowhere," Rupp said.
After a rough 12 games, the Hastings girls basketball team scored its first win of the season Tuesday night. The Raiders beat East Ridge in the first meeting between the two schools, 44-33. A strong first half gave the Raiders an 18-7 lead at halftime. The two teams each scored 26 points in the second half. Hastings is now 1-12 on the season. The Raiders were led in scoring by Mary Haglund, who had 14 points. Also scoring were Emily Daggett, 9; Lisa Kranz, 3; Lexie Harp, 3; Kallie Dylla, 2;Ashley Addison, 2; Liz Keena, 5; and Michelle Mages, 6. Vs Mounds View On Friday, Jan.
A strong performance on the balance beam helped the Hastings gymnastics team to its best score of the season in a Suburban East Conference meet last week in Cottage Grove. Hastings scored a season-high 134.025 points in the meet. The Raiders lost to the Wolfpack, but first-year coach Megan Latch was thrilled with what she saw from her team. "We improved by almost five points from the previous meet," Latch said. "Everything came together. We had four varsity beam routines that were stuck. That was great.
One game was a loss. One game was a win. But for the Hastings boys hockey team, both games are being considered big successes. Hastings beat Park on Saturday, 5-3. Obviously, any time Hastings beats Park it's a nice win. The loss, though, was even full of good news. It came against Cretin-Derham Hall, one of the state's top teams. They were ranked as high as No. 9 a few weeks ago. Hastings scored one goal in first period and another early in the second to take a 2-0 lead. "We played probably our best period of hockey in the first period," Hastings coach Russ Welch said.
Snow and gusting winds made travel difficult and dangerous Thursday and Friday. Emergency crews in Hastings responded to at least two single-car rollovers, one on Thursday morning at Highway 55 and Jacob Avenue, and another Friday morning on Highway 55 near Goodwin Avenue.
Good news keeps pouring in for the Hastings girls hockey team. Between Christmas and the New Year's holidays, the Raiders won an eight-team tournament in Farmington to improve to 11-2-2 on the season. All that positivity was bolstered over the holiday break by continuing contributions from former Raiders.
The Clash is certainly one of the nation's top dual-meet wrestling tournaments. And it's finally here. This weekend, the Hastings wrestlers will travel to Rochester for the tournament. Hastings is the No. 4-seeded team in its bracket. There are 32 teams in the meet. Included in the field are Apple Valley (No. 3 nationally), Simley (No. 8), Montini Catholic, Ill. (No. 17), Wisconsin Rapids (No. 25), Wausau, Wis., West (No. 26), Hastings (No. 27), Park Hill, Mo. (No. 30), Grand Island, Neb. (No. 34), Roseburg, Ore. (No. 37) and Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa (No. 38). The other 22 teams?
All things considered, it has been one amazing start for the Hastings boys hockey team. The team's record isn't necessarily all that amazing at 5-6, but there are a couple factors to consider when looking at that record. First, Hastings has played just two home games all season. Second, the team just concluded a stretch during which they played nine games in 20 nights.
Five third-period goals were the difference in Tuesday's boys hockey game. Unfortunately for Hastings, it was Eagan that scored five times. In the third period, Eagan put up five goals, including four unanswered scores in nine minutes to seal the deal. "We just kind of ran out of gas and ran out of bodies," Hastings coach Russ Welch said. "We had seven guys out of the lineup between junior varsity and varsity, with injuries, illnesses and guys being out of town.
A 57-36 win at Prescott last Tuesday helped the Hastings boys basketball team enter the Christmas break with some good news. That break, though, won't last for long. This week, the Raiders are playing host to their own tournament at the high school. The tournament began Tuesday, Dec. 29, with a game against Rosemount and continues Wednesday. The other two teams in the tournament are Farmington and St. Thomas Academy. Hastings enters tournament play with a 2-4 overall record, but that mark is a bit deceiving. Three of the losses were close ones, coming down to the final minutes.