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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A 57-36 win at Prescott last Tuesday helped the Hastings boys basketball team enter the Christmas break with some good news. That break, though, won't last for long. This week, the Raiders are playing host to their own tournament at the high school. The tournament began Tuesday, Dec. 29, with a game against Rosemount and continues Wednesday. The other two teams in the tournament are Farmington and St. Thomas Academy. Hastings enters tournament play with a 2-4 overall record, but that mark is a bit deceiving. Three of the losses were close ones, coming down to the final minutes.
So far, so good. The Hastings wrestling team is off to a perfect 7-0 start on the season, and first-year coach Justin Hahn couldn't be much happier than he is. That said, it would take a monumental effort for the Raiders to emerge from The Clash tournament in Rochester with that perfect mark still intact. Consider this: Hastings' is the No. 4 seed. Sounds good, right? But that's for their 8-team bracket. Out of the 32 teams from across the nation, 10 are ranked nationally. Included in the field are Apple Valley (No. 3 nationally), Simley (No. 8), Montini Catholic, Ill. (No.
The Hastings Nordic ski teams combined for a seventh-place finish out of eight teams at the Suburban East Conference coed relays Thursday at Troll Hollow. The Raiders had two teams. The first was made up of Wyatt Behrends and Sergey Parasich on the boys side and Alicia Beattie and Sarah Peterson for the girls. Behrends led the race off for Hastings with a time of 5 minutes, 56 seconds in the classic discipline. Beattie followed with a time of 9:41 in classic. Parasich then raced in the skate and had a time of 6:16.
Through most of the first half of Thursday's boys basketball game against Edina, the Hastings Raiders held a lead. At one point toward the end of the first half, the Raiders led 20-16. But turnovers doomed the Raiders from that point on, and Edina went on to win, 55-52. Hastings is 0-3 on the season. With Hastings holding the four-point lead, the Hornets began using a trap and the visitors forced some Hastings turnovers and converted those turnovers into easy points.
The Hastings boys swimming team placed right in the middle of the pack at the annual Suburban East Conference relays Thursday night in Stillwater. Hastings placed fifth out of nine teams. Stillwater won the meet with 120 points. Cretin-Derham Hall was second with 118 and Mounds View third with 116. The Raiders had the smallest team at the meet, but the team was able to win one event and place third in another to rack up some big points. Hastings was just one point away from fourth place.
After two losses to open the season, the Hastings boys hockey team rebounded with a nice win Thursday night over East Ridge, 4-1. It was the first meeting on the ice for the two teams. East Ridge is the new high school in the Woodbury and Cottage Grove school district. "We played well," Hastings coach Russ Welch said.
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.