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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After Thursday's 4-1 loss to Park, the Hastings softball team gathered around coach Dean Robinson. It was a critical part of the season. The Raiders had won their first 10 games, then suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Wolfpack. "I told the girls, it was pretty sweet to be talking about our first loss in our 11th game of the season," Robinson said. "I just told them not to lose that winning spirit, and we'll just get back on track and do it all over again. We need to be in our prime at the end of the season, not now." The team must have listened.
It continues to be a busy spring for the Hastings girls golf team. For two days in a row late last week, the Raiders played at home at the Hastings Country Club. On Thursday, the Raiders played host to a Suburban East Conference tournament. Hastings placed seventh out of nine teams. The Raiders were led by Ellen Bergschneider, who shot a 51.
When she was 8 years old, Stacy Morgan was riding her bicycle to a neighborhood store in Hastings. She was on her way to buy some candy. She ended up getting a ticket. A Hastings patrol officer said he saw Morgan ignore a stop sign. He gave her a citation and sent her on her way. Morgan was devastated. She spent the rest of her day on her bike, convinced that once she told her parents about the ticket, she wouldn't see the light of day again. To her surprise, her parents (Darlene and the late Ron Shearer) were not upset.
The 8th Annual Nick Clare Memorial Run will be on Saturday, May 2. The first memorial run was done as a way to give tribute to the life of Nick Clare. Because it was so successful in benefiting the Hastings Community and the Hastings High School athletic programs, the run has continued. Contributions from the run go to the Hastings High School athletic programs and the scholarship in his name. Contributions have helped needy students participate in sports and receive scholarship money.
Thanks to a great day from its No. 3 and No. 4 players, the Hastings High School boys golf team posted a season-best score of 314 at a conference match last week. The Raiders placed third at the meet, held at Highland National. Max Fox and Alex Wagner, the team's top two players, had their typical strong scores, each coming in with a 77. The real story, though, were the scores turned in by Bryce Martin and Josh Brewster. Martin had a 79. "He's been putting the ball very well," HHS coach Pete McGinnis said. "That's been the difference in his score." Martin had 28 putts during his round.
Bad. Good. Bad. That's how the season has gone so far for the Hastings baseball team. The Raiders lost their first four games of the season. Then won their next two. Then lost their next three. "We ran into a tough stretch of games this past week," Hastings coach Paul Hartmann said. "Our team defense played really well. We made a lot of great plays and our defense is not hurting us like it did early in the year. We need to pitch a little bit better, and we need to stay disciplined at the plate. "Our margin for error is very small. We need to play very well if we want to win.
Elizabeth Kimmes, a quiet sixth-grader at Hastings Middle School, just went for one heck of a ride in Denver. She is part of the Courage Rolling Rowdies wheelchair basketball team, which competed in the Prep Junior Nationals in Colorado March 21-22. The Rowdies entered the tournament as quite an underdog -- they were seeded 10th out of 11 teams.
The season got going in earnest last week for the Hastings girls golf team. The Raiders had five meets in seven days to start the season. The season opened with a meet at the Stillwater Country Club. Hastings took sixth place with a team total of 198. The Raiders were led by junior Jordy Klimek, who shot a 46. Ellen Bergschneider had a 48, Hannah Hoffman had a 51, Taylor Thoreson shot a 53, Sadie Karbo shot a 53 and Lexie Harp had a 60. On Tuesday, April 21, Hastings played at the White Bear Yacht Club and placed eighth. Karbo had a 53 and Klimek a 55 to pace the Raiders.
Hastings improved to a perfect 4-0 in Suburban East Conference boys tennis action with a close 4-3 win over Woodbury April 23. Hastings won all three doubles matches, including two three-set victories. Big wins came from the No. 1 team of Adam Ernst and Josh Houska, who won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The No. 3 team also won in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Lars Schauerhammer and Elliot Siebenaler made up the third team. The No. 2 doubles team of Brett Peterson and Jake Langeslay also had a big win.
The news just keeps getting better for the Hastings High School softball team. Over the weekend, the Raiders beat the state's No. 1-ranked team during a tournament in North St. Paul. That win has moved the Raiders up the rankings into the No. 1 spot. "It's crazy," HHS coach Dean Robinson said. "There's no place I'd rather be right now. It's just incredible. It proves what hard work does. The girls know what it takes to get to the places they want to go. The last three or four years, they've been battling and getting better.