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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Ten games into the girls hockey season, there probably isn't a happier coach in the state than Hastings' coach Jeff Corkish. His team is off to a 7-2-1 start, including a win over the state's No. 1-ranked team from Stillwater. "We're very, very happy with so many things," Corkish said Tuesday. "There are so many players playing above where we thought they would, or where they were last year. Our conference, and our schedule, it's one of the toughest you can have.
A back-and-forth non-conference game last week between the Hastings Raiders and the Rosemount Irish ended up going the wrong way for the home team. Hastings lost in overtime to Rosemount, 5-4, in the season opener for both teams. Hastings fell behind, 1-0, and then stormed back in the second half to take a 2-1 lead. Rosemount later scored two second-period goals of its own to take a 3-2 lead. The Raiders tied it early in the third before Rosemount scored again to go up 4-3.
The Hastings boys basketball team has returned from its western Minnesota road trip with a 0-2 record. Hastings played at Willmar Friday night, and then faced Delano Saturday afternoon before returning home Saturday night. Both games were close, and both were against very good competition. Hastings found out Friday why Willmar is the No. 6-ranked team in Class 3A in a fun and entertaining game against the Cardinals.
The Hastings girls basketball team is young and inexperienced. The last thing they needed during the first week of the season was for one of their two seniors to fall ill. Unfortunately for Hastings, that's exactly what happened. That certainly didn't make things easier for the Raiders when they traveled to Shakopee last week for a non-conference game against the Sabers. Shakopee ended up winning, 54-40, in a game that was much closer than the final score indicates.
Three Hastings swimmers signed their national letters of intent to swim collegiately starting in the fall of 2010. Elliott Wilcox will swim at the University of North Dakota. Leah Roesler will swim at the University of Wyoming. And Emily Alitz will swim at the University of South Dakota. All three are Division I programs. "They've all decided this is something they really want," Hastings Area Swim Team coach Kim Olson said. "They want to try Division I. They are going to take their shot. They want to give it a whole-hearted effort. "They know it's going to be hard.
Five games into the girls hockey season, the Hastings Raiders still haven't lost a game. The Raiders are off to a 4-0-1 start after a close 3-2 win over Eastview Saturday afternoon at Hastings Civic Arena. It was a big win over a non-conference opponent, especially considering the fact that the Lightning are in Hastings' section. "Our kids came to play hard," Hastings coach Jeff Corkish said. "The kids, from the first line to the third line and our extras, came and worked their tails off. Our defense played really well, and we played tough.
At the little Appleton High School in west central Minnesota, Dell Barduson was good at about everything when it came to sports. He was a three-year football starter, a three-year baseball starter and played a little basketball, too. It was 1940 and, like his classmates, Barduson had to decide what to do next. College? Stay home and work on the farm between Montevideo and Benson?
A new youth baseball league is coming to Hastings. Raider Nation Little League plans to begin its first season in just six months. The program will be for boys ages 9 through 12. Organizers are planning for their league to be a rich experience for young boys with uniforms, announcers at games, competition among teams and no traveling, except for the playoffs. It will not be part of the Hastings Youth Athletic Association. HYAA will continue to operate its program as well.
Had last week's section swimming and diving meet been just the section swimming meet, the Hastings Raiders would be your section champions. Alas, diving is included. And, due to a pool that is too shallow to permit a diving program, Hastings surrendered 63 points to Woodbury. Those 63 points sure came in handy for the Royals, who ended up beating Hastings by 44 points. "Oh well," Hastings coach Katie McAlpin said. "There's nothing we can do about it. We outswam them, for what it's worth." Woodbury finished with 413 points.