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At the beginning of the season, Hastings girls basketball coach Mike Harp knew that wins in the Suburban East Conference would be hard to come by this year. There were, though, some games that he knew his team had a legitimate chance to win. Two of those were this week, and in both cases, Harp's assessment was right.
Riverside Company, the top Hastings High School show choir, won another competition over the weekend. On Saturday, the team was the Grand Champion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Midwest Cup. The group also won caption awards for the best vocals and the best choreography in finals. During prelims, they won for outstanding band. It was the first time Hastings has competed at the meet. Last weekend, the team won Grand Champion in La Crosse, Wis.
The Hastings High School competitive showchoir season is off to a great start. Riverside Company won the "Grand Champion" award Saturday at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. The team also won two caption awards for the best vocals and the best choreography. Riverside Company is directed by Lin Warren. The choreography is handled by Steven Todd. "It was a big win," Warren said.
A broken cable caused a problem Wednesday afternoon for crews building the new Hastings bridge. Construction is well under way on the project, including work on the massive piers that will support the new bridge. It was while work was being done on one of the piers that the problem surfaced. Much of the work taking place right now has to do with cofferdams, which are essentially watertight compartments that run from the bottom of the river to the surface.
The Hastings girls basketball team lost to Mounds View on Friday, 61-44. While Hastings was outscored 33-19 in the first half, the team played much better in the second half, and was outscored just 28-25. "There were a couple points where we were down 25 or 26 points, but the girls kept playing hard," coach Mike Harp said.
A tough loss last Tuesday night to Woodbury was followed up by a much better game Friday against Mounds View for the Hastings boys basketball team. The end result, though, was the same, as the Raiders fell to the Mustangs, 60-37. Hastings trailed 19-18 with just more than two minutes to play in the first half, then Mounds View went on a 14-2 run to close out the half and take a 33-20 lead into haltime. "Up until that point, we had played really well," coach Chad Feikema said. Despite what the scoreboard said, Feikema was pleased with what he saw from his team.
A win, a loss and a tie have pushed the Hastings girls hockey team's record to 9-6-1 on the season. Hastings tied Forest Lake on Jan. 4, 2-2. Hastings outshot Forest Lake, 43-27. "We really dominated the game, but we just couldn't finish," Hastings coach Jeff Corkish said. "When you get 43 shots on goal, you have to finish them off. You should be averaging a goal for every 10 shots. We certainly didn't come out with that." Courtney Boucher got Hastings on the scoreboard in the second period with a goal at 8:33.
The Hastings boys swimming team had no trouble beating East Ridge last week in a Suburban East Conference dual meet. Hastings won, 93-75. "We've been continuing to mix up our lineup and we are giving everyone a chance to swim different events," coach Gerry Rupp said.
Another week. Another one-goal loss for the Hastings Raiders boys hockey team. Hastings now has a 6-6-1 record on the season. All six losses are by one goal. "We might be the best 6-6-1 team in the state," said Hastings coach Russ Welch. The latest one-goal defeat came Jan. 8 against Cretin-Derham Hall. C-DH took a 2-0 lead with goals that came late in the first period. "They had a breakaway and a two-on-one and they scored on both," Welch said. "Nothing was happening in the first period, then all of a sudden we were down 2-0." Hastings came storming back in the second period.
The Hastings Alpine ski teams are entering a very busy stretch as the season gets going in earnest this month. On Jan. 4, the team competed in a Suburban East Conference meet. Alyssa Gerlach led the Hastings girls with a 22nd-place finish.