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 Nordic ski teams competed last week in what must have been one very memorable race. The top three racers in each grade level, after all, each won cookies. There was a huge cookie for first place, a medium sized cookie for second and a smaller cookie for third. One Hastings skier came home with a baked good. Sarah Peterson, a junior, placed third. "That was really exciting," coach John Dewall said. The format was unique. Races were 2.5K sprints.
Hastings High School senior Liz Keena did it. The HHS senior scored 13 points in Thursday night's game against Woodbury and now has 1,002 for her career. Keena will continue her basketball career next year at North Dakota State University. Hastings lost the game to Woodbury. She is just the fourth player in HHS history to reach 1,000 career points, joining Erin Ditty, Amber Wirth and Kathryn Reuter. Hastings plays host to Farmington on Thursday, Feb. 10.
The Hastings boys hockey team is on a three-game winning streak thanks to a couple close wins last week. One of those wins came Saturday over Mounds View, 2-1, in overtime. "It was not one of our better games as a team," coach Russ Welch said. "But, after losing seven one-goal games, to come back and win a couple of one-goal games, back-to-back, was big for our kids. "The difference in the game for us was our goalie, Connor Thomas, With less than five minutes left in the game, he stopped a penalty shot. Then he stopped two point-blank shots in overtime.
Gunnar Dancer kept peering out the windows. Madness had erupted on the streets of Cairo, and he just wanted to get back to his apartment with his roommates. Moments earlier they were offered shelter by strangers who had a valuable commodity. They had vinegar, which would ease the burning in their eyes brought on by the tear gas. As they looked out the windows, nobody could quite believe what they were seeing below. Rubber bullets were flying by.
While Hastings has a small and young swimming team, that doesn't, by any stretch of the imagination, mean the Raiders aren't a talented bunch. Sure, there's just one senior. Sure, there are no juniors. But Hastings' tradition of strong swimmers continues as evidenced by last week's 99-79 win over Park. At one point, even while using a mixed-up lineup, Hastings led 99-54. Just how good are the youthful Raiders?
Hastings High School senior Liz Keena hopes to score her 1,000th career point tonight, Feb. 3, during a game against Woodbury. Keena is just 11 points away from the milestone. Only three other players in HHS history have hit 1,000 career points. They are Erin Ditty, Amber Wirth and Kathryn Reuter. Tonight's game begins at 7:15 p.m.
Believe it or not, the Hastings girls hockey team has just one regular season game left this season. On Saturday, Hastings plays host to Forest Lake at 5:15 p.m. in the regular-season finale. By Wednesday, the Raiders will open play in the section tournament. Just who the Raiders will play still hasn't been determined. The section seeding meeting is planned for Sunday. The top four seeds in the section will play host to a first-round game. The semifinal and final round is planned for Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights. The semifinal round is Feb.
Football coaches say it all the time. Defense wins championships. Baseball coaches say it all the time. If you pitch well and play good defense, you'll have a chance to win every game out there. Basketball coaches praise defense, too, but at some point, some offense needs to be mixed in. It's that part of the game that Hastings is struggling with right now, and the result is a 2-15 record. "In basketball, sooner or later, somebody has to score," Hastings coach Chad Feikema said. "You can play great defense, but somebody still has to score for you.
by Chad Richardson Editor When Rob and Justina Groth decided to open their own restaurant and bar in Prescott, Wis., they figured they'd work hard to get the place open by mid-February. Then the Green Bay Packers kept winning and suddenly, all the plans changed for Groths. With the Packers playing in this weekend's Super Bowl, the Groths sped things up and will be open for business at 11 a.m. Sunday. "We were thinking mid-February, and then, all of a sudden, the Packers were in the Super Bowl," Rob Groth said.
Snow Week coronation was held Friday afternoon at Hastings High School. Freshmen winners were Kit Ruedy and Connor Fultz. Sophomore winners were Holly Schluessler and Andrew Rivera. Junior winners were Quinn Aakre and Natalie Wilson. Senior winners were Tom Blissenbach and Katie Gapp.