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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Apparently that tough stretch is over for the Hastings girls hockey team. After starting goalie Stefanie Wical got hurt during the Mounds View game, Hastings struggled through a tough stretch of games against very good teams and went 0-4-1 during five games. Wical is back. And so are the Raiders. Hastings beat Burnsville, the No.
Hastings wrestlers won 34 of 42 matches during a quadrangular last week. Hastings beat Cretin-Derham Hall, Roseville and Harding in the process. The meet opened with a 51-19 win over Roseville. In the first dual of the night, Hastings took 10 of the 14 matches on its way to a convincing win. They racked up five pins, two technical falls, two major decisions and one decision. Luke Rowh (an eighth-grader), wrestling in his first varsity match, started the dual by pinning December Htoo at 103.
Last week, Hastings coach Russ Welch and members of the Raiders boys hockey team gathered to talk about a couple letdowns they had the previous week. It seemed to Welch that when the Raiders got down, they threw in the towel. Apparently, the team has turned over a new leaf. Welch was encouraged by what he saw from his team in a back-and-forth 3-3 tie against White Bear Lake Thursday. For starters, the Raiders trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before taking a lead with approximately 2.5 minutes to play.
After back-to-back meets in which everything fell into place for the Hastings gymnastics team, the Raiders had a bit of a setback last week. Hastings lost to Stillwater, 133.75-130.475. The score was four points lower than Hastings' season best a week earlier. "We had a difficult meet," Hastings coach Megan Latch said.
For 17 years, the Hastings boys swim team has been coached by Gerry Rupp. Going into this season, his team had defeated Woodbury just once. So, forgive Rupp if he's especially happy this week. Hastings beat Woodbury last week, 86-79, in a meet that wasn't nearly as close as the score would indicate. "That was fun," Rupp said. "1995 is the last time we beat Woodbury in a dual meet." Hastings swam exhibition-only in the final two events to give some points to the Royals so the score would look more respectable.
All in all, it was a very successful day Friday for the Hastings Alpine ski teams. The Raiders competed at the Welch Village Invitational in Welch. There were two boys teams, and two girls teams, and highlights were found on all those teams. "It went very well for us," Hastings coach Jim Peine said. "It was a very successful day." The regular season is quickly coming to a close for the Raiders. The team's final conference meet was Tuesday night at Welch Village. The Hastings girls are in second place in the Suburban East Conference.
Heather Russell of Hastings spends her life in a battle against her body. She wants it to do one thing. It wants to do another. And every day, her body wins. Whether she wants to open a can of pop, or tie her shoelaces, she needs help. Try as she might, her fingers don't listen to her anymore. They ball themselves up into a fist. Minutes later, one will pop free and she'll have control. The muscles in her neck do to the same thing, contracting on their own schedule. This is 25-year-old Heather Russell's life with dystonia. "I call it 'the beast,'" she said.
After starting the season off with an impressive 12-2-2 record, the Hastings girls hockey team has hit a bit of a rough patch lately. Hastings is 0-3-1 in its last four games. On Friday, one of those losses came against Forest Lake. Hastings lost 4-0 in a game where Hastings actually held a shots-on-goal advantage of 30-24. "That was a tough one," Hastings coach Jeff Corkish said. "We thought our kids worked hard. We just made some errors that led to their goals. I think we played hard. It was just a bunch of bounces.
Hastings High School senior Wyatt Behrends made it clear Monday he is one of the Suburban East Conference's top Nordic skiers. At the White Bear Lake Martin Luther King Invitational, Behrends placed second overall. Behrends was in third place after the Classic leg of the race with a time of 14 minutes, 17.4 seconds.
The Hastings gymnastics team again topped its own season-high score last week. In the team's first home meet of the season Wednesday, Hastings scored 134.925 points. The Raiders lost to White Bear Lake in the dual meet. The Bears finished with 138.225 points. "We were extremely happy with the score," Hastings coach Megan Latch said. "It was another great meet. All around, we just had good performances. Everybody had a good night." Hastings was led by its lone senior, Michelle Willis. She won the all-around with a four-event total of 35.05 points, including a pair of 9s.