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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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.
The season got going in earnest last week for the Hastings girls golf team. The Raiders had five meets in seven days to start the season. The season opened with a meet at the Stillwater Country Club. Hastings took sixth place with a team total of 198. The Raiders were led by junior Jordy Klimek, who shot a 46. Ellen Bergschneider had a 48, Hannah Hoffman had a 51, Taylor Thoreson shot a 53, Sadie Karbo shot a 53 and Lexie Harp had a 60. On Tuesday, April 21, Hastings played at the White Bear Yacht Club and placed eighth. Karbo had a 53 and Klimek a 55 to pace the Raiders.
Hastings improved to a perfect 4-0 in Suburban East Conference boys tennis action with a close 4-3 win over Woodbury April 23. Hastings won all three doubles matches, including two three-set victories. Big wins came from the No. 1 team of Adam Ernst and Josh Houska, who won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The No. 3 team also won in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Lars Schauerhammer and Elliot Siebenaler made up the third team. The No. 2 doubles team of Brett Peterson and Jake Langeslay also had a big win.
The news just keeps getting better for the Hastings High School softball team. Over the weekend, the Raiders beat the state's No. 1-ranked team during a tournament in North St. Paul. That win has moved the Raiders up the rankings into the No. 1 spot. "It's crazy," HHS coach Dean Robinson said. "There's no place I'd rather be right now. It's just incredible. It proves what hard work does. The girls know what it takes to get to the places they want to go. The last three or four years, they've been battling and getting better.
The Hastings boys and girls track teams took a road trip to Irondale for a unique Friday night meet. Hastings placed sixth at the meet. "We were hoping to finish in the middle of the pack," Hastings girls coach Greg Sandkamp said. "There were some really good teams there." The meet combines the boys and girls events, and all the results are put together for one team score. "Our kids really love this meet," Sandkamp said.
One year ago, the Hastings boys tennis team lost to Cretin-Derham Hall in a Suburban East Conference match, 1-6. "We thought that was our worst match last year," Hastings coach Mick Willette said. This year, things were much different.
David Vogelgesang sure knows how to snap a losing streak. The Hastings High School senior threw a no-hitter against White Bear Lake Friday and the Raiders won, 11-2. The team had started 0-4 on the season. "That was a big day for our kids," Hastings coach Paul Hartmann said. "David came out and pitched really well. We had a tough week. It just seemed like we took out all the frustration from our previous four games on White Bear Lake on Friday." Vogelgesang got into some trouble in the first inning when he walked the first two batters and threw a wild pitch.
Regular season golf meets don't get much bigger than the one the Hastings Raiders played in over the weekend. In the two-day, 24-team Tri-State Invitational, featuring some of the top teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, Hastings had two golfers place in the top 17. Alex Wagner, a Hastings High School sophomore, placed sixth overall with a two-day total of 147. Par was 142.