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 season ended Tuesday night in Apple Valley for the Hastings boys soccer team with a 10-0 loss to the state's No. 1 ranked team in the first round of the section tournament. Hastings finishes the season with a 2-15 record. Vs WBL Hastings lost to White Bear Lake on Thursday, 1-0. Despite the result, coach Shane Lanning was encouraged by what he saw from his team. "Overall, it was a pretty good game," he said. "It was, in my opinion, the best game we've played all-around. One of the things I liked about that game was the accountability factor.
In three plays, the Forest Lake Rangers covered 56 yards, scored a touchdown and took a 6-0 lead. Just five minutes had been played in Friday's homecoming game here in Hastings, and things didn't look good for the blue and gold. It didn't take long, though, for the outlook to change. Hastings scored seven minutes later and took a 7-6 lead when Aaron Stoneberg completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Matt Anderson, and Dylan Nelson converted on the kick. Forest Lake countered with a score, but the Raiders marched down the field and set up a first-and-goal from the Rangers' four yard line.
If you talk to Hastings girls soccer coach Joanne Teigland for a few minutes this week, you'll be left with the impression that the Hastings girls soccer season couldn't have gone any better than it did. She talks about teamwork, about positivity, about the leaders on her team, about the character of the girls. She talks about how fun the season was. You'd never know the team finished its season Tuesday with a 5-0 loss and that their record for the season was 1-12-1. "In my 19 years of coaching, I've had one other team like this," Teigland said.
A Hastings woman was charged with fifth degree assault Monday night after shoving a volleyball coach at Hastings High School. According to a Hastings Police Department report, Kerri Wichern was charged after grabbing junior varsity coach Tracy Anderson by the shirt collar and shoving her. Anderson had an abrasion on her neck from the incident. According to the report, Wichern was upset about a lack of playing time for a child she has in the program. Officers responded to the school and investigated the matter. They ultimately issued a citation for fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Saturday couldn't have been much busier than it was for the Hastings volleyball team. The Raiders played six matches in one day during the annual Coon Rapids Tournament. Hastings went 0-4-2 in the six. The good news for Hastings, according to coach Rita Girgen, was that a few changes made in the lineup appeared to work, and those should go a long way toward helping Hastings down the stretch. One of the changes involved moving senior setter Amy Becker to the outside left side.
The Hastings football team plays host to Forest Lake Friday night in the homecoming football game. Gametime is 7 p.m. Hastings has a 1-4 record on the season. Forest Lake is 1-4 as well. The Rangers' win came Friday night over White Bear Lake, 19-13. Hastings lost to White Bear Lake in the season's first game, 35-0. Another common opponent this season was Roseville. Forest Lake lost 41-40 to the Raiders. Vs Roseville Hastings lost to Roseville on Friday night, 37-14. Hastings fell behind 28-0 in the first half before rallying for the next two scores.
A midfield battle between Cretin-Derham Hall and Hastings was won by C-DH on Thursday, 1-0, at the Metrodome. Cretin scored the winning goal with just seven minutes left to play off a throw-in. "We just got caught ball-watching," Hastings coach Shane Lanning said. "It was a tough one to lose." The Metrodome field certainly added a wrinkle to the game. It is much wider than most fields the Raiders play on during the regular season, and Lanning said that with his team's great speed on defense, the big field worked to the team's advantage. "We could play more aggressively," he said.
Meets for the Hastings cross country teams are getting more and more important as the fall season wears on. One big meet is planned for today (Thursday) in Owatonna, the site of the upcoming section meet. The meet gives the Raiders a chance to see the course and to run against some strong section competition. It appears as though the Raider girls are getting healthy just in time for the meet. Bri Strandberg, who was held out of the race in Hudson because of illness, resumed her training schedule and was back at last week's race in Red Wing.
The perfect season for the Hastings girls swimming team has come to an end. It did so against a very familiar, and very likely, foe. Woodbury. The Royals beat the Raiders Thursday night, 99-82. "We didn't swim so well," Hastings coach Katie McAlpin said. "We gave it a shot, but this was not a great meet for us. We brushed it off and look forward to the next one." Two-a-day practices have continued for the Raiders, leaving the team tired and sore, McAlpin said. "The girls are pushing through it and continuing to train hard," she said.
The section girls tennis tournament got off to a great start for the Hastings Raiders. HHS beat Austin on Tuesday, 6-1, to advance to the second round of the tournament. Hastings plays today (Thursday) at Rochester Mayo in the second round. If Hastings wins, they'll play again Tuesday. The individual section tournament begins Thursday, Oct. 14. In the match against Austin, Hastings won three of the four spots at singles. Lindsey Reinisch cruised at No. 1 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0. Morgan Tjomsland had a close match at second singles and ended up winning, 6-7, 6-2, 1-0.