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 summer season continues for two area amateur baseball teams. The Hastings Hawks won their state tournament game Saturday in Willmar, setting up a big 7:30 p.m. game this Saturday against Shakopee in Bird Island. If the Hawks win, they'll play against at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Willmar against the winner of the Sauk Rapids and Burnsville game. The tournament continues Sept. 4-6. The second area team still alive are the Hampton Cardinals.
Like many people, a poor economy meant Terry Gilomen was looking for work. For eight years, he worked as the service manager at Tahoe Sports in Rosemount, fixing boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles and everything in between. The business closed a few years ago as the economy took its toll on the marine and powersports industry, and Gilomen needed work. Slowly he began fixing broken down toys at his home south of Farmington. It didn't take long for him to realize he was going to make a living at it.
One year ago, the Hastings boys soccer coaching position came available after longtime coach Jim Niemann stepped down. Former Hastings goalkeeper and HHS graduate Shane Lanning thought long and hard about applying for the position, but with his second child on the way, the timing was anything but ideal. He decided against applying. It turns out, he didn't have to wait long to get his chance to lead the Raiders. After one season with the varsity program, Marshall Morehead resigned just two weeks ago.
In 14 regular season Classic Cannon Valley League games, the Miesville Mudhens were perfect. Fourteen wins. Zero losses. It stood to reason, then, that the money was on the Mudhens when the Section 1 tournament began last week between Miesville and Hastings.
Shane Lanning is the new boys soccer coach at Hastings High School. The hiring was announced Thursday. Lanning replaces Marshall Morehead, who coached for one season. Lanning is a graduate of HHS. He played goalie for the Raiders, then played collegiately at Viterbo University.
When Lawrence Interiors moved from its location in the industrial park to downtown Hastings, they left behind one very big building. That building didn't stay vacant for long. The site at 624 Spiral Blvd. will soon be an important hub of activity related to the construction of the new Hastings bridge over the Mississippi River. Lunda Construction, Ames Construction and the Minnesota Department of Transportation will all have space in the building.
Friday Hastings won the first game of the series on Friday night in Miesville, 8-5. Barta was the winning Hastings pitcher. He threw 8 1/3 innings before being relieved by Mark Moriarty. Hastings scored two runs in the second inning after Pat Kelly, Jordy Horsch, Jake Swartout and David Vogelgesang all singled. In the fifth inning, Steve Krashaar reached on an error and advanced to third on a hit by Brandon Peterson.
For good friends Randy Johnson and Jim Hunt, Monday morning was supposed to be spent floating on the St. Croix River and catching walleyes. Instead, the two Farmington men escaped tragedy, then spent the new few hours watching from shore as crews fished their truck and trailer out of the water. At 6 a.m., Hunt picked up Johnson and they traveled to the public boat launch in Hastings, located on the Mississippi River. They got the boat in the water, but it wouldn't start and they eventually drained the battery on the boat.
Over five days last week, the Hampton Cardinals played 51 innings of baseball. Thankfully, all those innings mattered as the Cardinals pulled off a major upset Saturday -- twice. The story begins last Tuesday as Hampton and Randolph faced off in the first round of the Class C amateur baseball playoffs in Cannon Falls. After six innings, the game was halted because of rain. It resumed Wednesday and Hampton won. Hampton played Thursday and Friday in Cannon Falls, essentially setting up a big series against Cannon Falls on Saturday.
According to the calendar, the state amateur baseball tournament doesn't start for a few weeks. Don't tell that to the Hastings Hawks, though. They might not believe you. "Our state tournament doesn't start in two weeks," player/manager Adam Barta said. "Our state tournament begins on Friday." Barta says that because on Friday Hastings opens the second round of the playoffs with one very challenging matchup. Hastings will face Miesville in a best-of-five series.