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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Saturday couldn't have been much busier than it was for the Hastings volleyball team. The Raiders played six matches in one day during the annual Coon Rapids Tournament. Hastings went 0-4-2 in the six. The good news for Hastings, according to coach Rita Girgen, was that a few changes made in the lineup appeared to work, and those should go a long way toward helping Hastings down the stretch. One of the changes involved moving senior setter Amy Becker to the outside left side.
The Hastings football team plays host to Forest Lake Friday night in the homecoming football game. Gametime is 7 p.m. Hastings has a 1-4 record on the season. Forest Lake is 1-4 as well. The Rangers' win came Friday night over White Bear Lake, 19-13. Hastings lost to White Bear Lake in the season's first game, 35-0. Another common opponent this season was Roseville. Forest Lake lost 41-40 to the Raiders. Vs Roseville Hastings lost to Roseville on Friday night, 37-14. Hastings fell behind 28-0 in the first half before rallying for the next two scores.
A midfield battle between Cretin-Derham Hall and Hastings was won by C-DH on Thursday, 1-0, at the Metrodome. Cretin scored the winning goal with just seven minutes left to play off a throw-in. "We just got caught ball-watching," Hastings coach Shane Lanning said. "It was a tough one to lose." The Metrodome field certainly added a wrinkle to the game. It is much wider than most fields the Raiders play on during the regular season, and Lanning said that with his team's great speed on defense, the big field worked to the team's advantage. "We could play more aggressively," he said.
Meets for the Hastings cross country teams are getting more and more important as the fall season wears on. One big meet is planned for today (Thursday) in Owatonna, the site of the upcoming section meet. The meet gives the Raiders a chance to see the course and to run against some strong section competition. It appears as though the Raider girls are getting healthy just in time for the meet. Bri Strandberg, who was held out of the race in Hudson because of illness, resumed her training schedule and was back at last week's race in Red Wing.
The perfect season for the Hastings girls swimming team has come to an end. It did so against a very familiar, and very likely, foe. Woodbury. The Royals beat the Raiders Thursday night, 99-82. "We didn't swim so well," Hastings coach Katie McAlpin said. "We gave it a shot, but this was not a great meet for us. We brushed it off and look forward to the next one." Two-a-day practices have continued for the Raiders, leaving the team tired and sore, McAlpin said. "The girls are pushing through it and continuing to train hard," she said.
The section girls tennis tournament got off to a great start for the Hastings Raiders. HHS beat Austin on Tuesday, 6-1, to advance to the second round of the tournament. Hastings plays today (Thursday) at Rochester Mayo in the second round. If Hastings wins, they'll play again Tuesday. The individual section tournament begins Thursday, Oct. 14. In the match against Austin, Hastings won three of the four spots at singles. Lindsey Reinisch cruised at No. 1 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0. Morgan Tjomsland had a close match at second singles and ended up winning, 6-7, 6-2, 1-0.
The Hastings Police Department and Independent School District 200 are seeking community members who are interested in serving on a special study group/task force which will explore youth prevention programming involving illegal drug and alcohol use and abuse. The formation of the study group/task force was discussed earlier this summer at the time that the School District and the Police Department decided to suspend the DARE program, which had been part of the elementary school program for years, for a year and consider possible alternatives. "The Hastings School District is continually eva
The fall flood of 2010 is finally on its way out, but onlookers at the Mississippi River here can still be treated to quite a show. Waters crested over the weekend near levels typically reserved for springtime following significant rainfall levels across the state 10 days ago. Part of the trail system in Hastings is closed because floodwaters have come up over the trail. Levels are expected to continue to recede this week.
Hastings took on the best competition that the Suburban East Conference has to offer this week, and the Raiders held up just fine. Last Tuesday Hastings faced Forest Lake and lost, 5-2. The Rangers are one of the perennial powers in the SEC. Lindsey Reinisch won at first singles, 6-1, 6-1. Kirsten Peterson fell at second singles, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Morgan Tjomsland lost a third singles, 6-2, 6-0. Hailey Lundquist won at third singles, 6-2, 6-4. In doubles, Forest Lake won all three matches. Shanna Burgmeier and Erika Nielsen lost 6-2, 6-4. Ashley Addison and Gina Dabruzzi lost 6-3, 6-4.
On paper, it was a 5-0 loss to Woodbury. For the Hastings girls soccer team, though, the game was an encouraging one. The same can be said for Hastings coach Joanne Teigland. "Woodbury is just that good," Teigland said of the state's No. 4 ranked team. "We competed. The score was 5-0, but the girls played hard right up until the end. They gave so much effort the entire game.