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 Hampton Cardinals won their first game in the Minnesota state amateur baseball tournament last week, beating Fort Ripley, 1-0, to advance in the tournament Hampton scored the game's only run in the top of the seventh inning. Ryan Giefer singled and was replaced on the base paths by pinch-runner Keegan Bryne. Joe Robinson singled Bryne to third, and Bryne scored on a throwing error at third base. Duane Slinde pitched six innings and earned the win for Hampton. Corey Lorenzen threw the final three frames and earned the save. Giefer finished with two hits.
The Hastings Hawks did it again. After shocking local fans and beating Dundas to qualify for the state tournament, Hastings faced the state's No. 1 team and reigning state champion, the Mankato Twins. Mankato entered the game with a 22-2 record. Hastings entered with a 22-17 record. But none of that mattered. Hastings won, 7-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of the state amateur baseball tournament in Gaylord. "Mankato was the favorite to win the state championship going into that game," Hastings player/manager Adam Barta said. "Our guys knew that.
Early Monday morning, the phone rang at Corey Loesch's house. The caller had good news. It was Coborn's Superstore calling. Corey, age 12, had won a bicycle in a drawing as part of the grocery store's Kids' Week. The bad news for Corey was that the bike was too small for him. The solution was right outside his door, where 4-year-old Cody Ellsworth and Corey often play. Cody also had a bike that was too small for him. That's no longer the case. Corey gave Cody the shiny and bright Mongoose dirt bike.
Kari Harrison and her friends have a lot of new things to talk about these days. Sitting around waiting for an interview to start last week they talked about new bicycles and getting used to clip-in pedals. They weighed the merits of energy gels versus power-boosting jelly beans and debated the best clothes to wear as they looked forward to the now completed YWCA women's triathlon at Baker Park in Maple Plain. All five of the women are active. Most have competed in 10-kilometer races or half-marathons. But this triathlon thing is new to them. The running part they've got down.
For the fifth time since 2001, the Hastings Hawks are headed to the state amateur baseball tournament. The Hawks will play the Mankato Twins at 8:30 p.m. Friday in Gaylord. Hastings qualified by beating the Dundas Dukes in a best-of-five series last week. Hastings lost the first game to Dundas, then stormed back to win three in a row and advance to the state tournament. Game 3 With the series tied 1-1 and the action in Hastings for games three and four, Derrick Pfeffer strolled to the mound for the Hawks.
One big inning and solid defense lifted Miesville to an 8-3 victory Wednesday over Red Wing. The win gave the Mudhens a sweep of the best-of-five Section 1 playoff series and a trip to the Class B state tournament. It is the third year in a row that Miesville has advanced to the Minnesota Baseball Association state tournament and the 24th time in team history. "The better team won the series," Red Wing player/manager Corey Tauer said. "... It seems whenever we scored, they responded. In baseball, that's so important." Luke Rasmussen earned the win, allowing three runs in seven innings.
It was 20 years ago that Edward Jefferson walked into a Hobby Warehouse store with his good friend Dan Olivarez. When Jefferson walked into the store, he saw cars everwhere, and planes hanging from the ceiling. It was like a candy store in many ways. He didn't know what to look at first. Since then, Jefferson has had a love for all things remote control, from cars and airplanes to boats and helicopters. He's now turned that hobby into a business. He has opened Fast Eddie's RC Warehouse at 200 E.
By Brett Boese Red Wing Republican-Eagle A bloop and a blast gave Miesville a commanding 2-0 series lead over Red Wing in the best-of-five Section 1B playoff series by way of two walkoff winners. Brian Schmitz's three-run homer capped a 10-run rally and sent the Mudhens home with a 12-2 victory in Game 1.
The Miesville Mudhens and the Red Wing Aces will play a best-out-of-five series in local amateur baseball playoff action. The series begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville. The second game will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, again in Miesville. The third game is set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, in Red Wing. Game four (if necessary) is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, in Red Wing. Game five (if necessary) is back in Miesville at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15. The winner of the series advances to the state tournament.