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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Aleve made last week's boys tennis match between Hastings and Park of Cottage Grove a lot more interesting than people thought it would be. In recent years, Hastings has dominated Park in the sport. This year figured to be closer, as the Wolfpack has a relatively strong team. And then came the Aleve. On Tuesday, Hastings' No. 2 singles player, Non Wiwatwongthorn had an allergic reaction to the pain reliever. He was scratched from the lineup late in the day, forcing Hastings coach Mick Willette to shuffle his lineup at the last minute. Still, the raiders won, 5-2.
The Hastings boys golf team went into Monday's Don Saatzer Invitational hoping to win the tournament title. The Raiders were edged out by Hill-Murray last year, and wanted to get the title back. Unfortunately for the Raiders, that didn't happen. The team ended up placing 13th in a very competitive field. "(It was) not a good day from our team," Hastings coach Pete McGinnis said. "I thought we were tight and played with too much pressure." Alex Wagner shot a 77 and finished seventh overall.
The Hastings boys track team placed third out of six teams at an invitational in Richfield April 29. The Raiders finished with 96 points. DeLaSalle won the meet with 154 points. Simley was second with 142, and Richfield was third with 93. Also competing were Minnehaha Academy and the International School. "I was pretty pleased," Hastings coach Jason Koch said. "It was the first big meet we've been in this year. The guys got after it." The 4x800 relay team of Tim O'Brien, Mike Rough, Wyatt Behrens and Chase Keilers won their race with a time of 8:52.56. The 4x400 team also won.
After Thursday's 4-1 loss to Park, the Hastings softball team gathered around coach Dean Robinson. It was a critical part of the season. The Raiders had won their first 10 games, then suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Wolfpack. "I told the girls, it was pretty sweet to be talking about our first loss in our 11th game of the season," Robinson said. "I just told them not to lose that winning spirit, and we'll just get back on track and do it all over again. We need to be in our prime at the end of the season, not now." The team must have listened.
It continues to be a busy spring for the Hastings girls golf team. For two days in a row late last week, the Raiders played at home at the Hastings Country Club. On Thursday, the Raiders played host to a Suburban East Conference tournament. Hastings placed seventh out of nine teams. The Raiders were led by Ellen Bergschneider, who shot a 51.
When she was 8 years old, Stacy Morgan was riding her bicycle to a neighborhood store in Hastings. She was on her way to buy some candy. She ended up getting a ticket. A Hastings patrol officer said he saw Morgan ignore a stop sign. He gave her a citation and sent her on her way. Morgan was devastated. She spent the rest of her day on her bike, convinced that once she told her parents about the ticket, she wouldn't see the light of day again. To her surprise, her parents (Darlene and the late Ron Shearer) were not upset.
The 8th Annual Nick Clare Memorial Run will be on Saturday, May 2. The first memorial run was done as a way to give tribute to the life of Nick Clare. Because it was so successful in benefiting the Hastings Community and the Hastings High School athletic programs, the run has continued. Contributions from the run go to the Hastings High School athletic programs and the scholarship in his name. Contributions have helped needy students participate in sports and receive scholarship money.
Thanks to a great day from its No. 3 and No. 4 players, the Hastings High School boys golf team posted a season-best score of 314 at a conference match last week. The Raiders placed third at the meet, held at Highland National. Max Fox and Alex Wagner, the team's top two players, had their typical strong scores, each coming in with a 77. The real story, though, were the scores turned in by Bryce Martin and Josh Brewster. Martin had a 79. "He's been putting the ball very well," HHS coach Pete McGinnis said. "That's been the difference in his score." Martin had 28 putts during his round.
Bad. Good. Bad. That's how the season has gone so far for the Hastings baseball team. The Raiders lost their first four games of the season. Then won their next two. Then lost their next three. "We ran into a tough stretch of games this past week," Hastings coach Paul Hartmann said. "Our team defense played really well. We made a lot of great plays and our defense is not hurting us like it did early in the year. We need to pitch a little bit better, and we need to stay disciplined at the plate. "Our margin for error is very small. We need to play very well if we want to win.
Elizabeth Kimmes, a quiet sixth-grader at Hastings Middle School, just went for one heck of a ride in Denver. She is part of the Courage Rolling Rowdies wheelchair basketball team, which competed in the Prep Junior Nationals in Colorado March 21-22. The Rowdies entered the tournament as quite an underdog -- they were seeded 10th out of 11 teams.