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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Hastings boys basketball coach Trent Hanson has resigned. He will be the athletics director for the new high school in the Woodbury/Cottage Grove district, East Ridge.
Paul Vaith, who has coached wrestling at Hastings for the last 23 years, has announced he will retire from coaching. He has a career record of 412-99-1 over 31 years of coaching. His Hastings team won a state title in 1996 and he has coached numerous state champions. Look for a complete story in this week's printed edition.
The Hastings girls track team placed second out of six teams at an invitational in Richfield recently. Hastings finished with 108 points. Richfield won the meet with 187. DeLaSalle, Minnehaha Academy, Simley and the International School also competed. Results from the meet went like this: 100 meter dash -- Savannah Fultz, ninth, 15.50; Alison Smith, 11th, 16.33; Angela Schulist, 12th, 16.62; 200 meter dash -- Fultz, 13th, 31.58; Cassie Rother, 14th, 31.78; Anastacia Gergen, 15th, 32.20; 400 meter dash -- Alicia Alverson, third, 1:05.38; Fultz, sixth, 1:08.93; Alicia Beattie, ninth
The Hastings boys baseball team is now 3-9 on the season after a win over Farmington and a pair of Suburban East Conference losses. The Farmington game had to be one of the season highlights, especially considering the way Devon LaCoursiere pitched for the Raiders. He threw a complete game, struck out nine, walked nobody and allowed just three hits. "It all started and ended with the positive performance we received from Devon," HHS coach Paul Hartmann said. "He was around the plate the entire game and did not walk a batter.
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.