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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Experience. Composure. Maturity. Those were the three words Hastings High School volleyball coach Rita Girgen used to describe her team after their first match. The match was a loss to Farmington, but Girgen was encouraged by what she saw, to say the least. The Tigers took it to the Raiders in the first two games, 12-25 and 12-25. But Hastings rallied back to win the third game, 25-23, before falling in the fourth game, 26-28. "Years ago, if we would have lost two games like that, we would have just crumbled," Girgen said. "These girls know we can do it.
It has been a busy start to the season for the Hastings High School girls tennis team. The Raiders played in two out-of-town invitationals, one Aug. 22 in Duluth and the second Aug. 26 in Lakeville. Hastings finished in third at the Lakeville tournament, and the Raiders finished the two tournaments with a 3-3 record. Lakeville tournament Hastings defeated Armstrong in the first round of a tournament in Lakeville on Aug. 26, 4-2. Shanna Burgmeier won at first singles, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Lindsey Reinisch and her Armstrong opponent had their match stopped after Hastings secured the fourth win.
The first game of the season ended as a loss in the record books for the Hastings High School girls soccer team, but that doesn't mean HHS coach Joanne Teigland was disappointed. Rather, she was upbeat and happy about how her team played in its 3-2 loss to Apple Valley. "It was awesome," she said. "We just played really well. We came out really strong. It was a great first game." Hastings fell behind 1-0 in the first half, but rallied to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. The Eagles scored two second-half goals to get the win. "We were just tired, I think," Teigland said.
The Hastings Hawks are still alive in the state amateur baseball tournament. On Saturday, Hastings lost to Prior Lake, but in an elimination game Sunday, the Hawks beat Elko to extend their state tournament experience at least another week. Hastings will play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Savage in Gaylord. Should the Hawks win, they'll play at 1 p.m. Sunday against the winner of the Cold Spring and Sauk Rapids game. If Hastings wins, they'll play the loser of the game between Shakopee and Prior Lake. "We really think we can get to the final day," Hastings player/manager Adam Barta said.
MaryLou and Bernard Bauer did the paperwork. Attended the classes. And were given the go-ahead. They could adopt children to live on their farm south of Hastings near Highway 52. And then the great news came. MaryLou was pregnant. The great news, though, came at a bit of a price. The Bauers would slide to the bottom of the adoption priority list. The Bauers went on with their lives, figuring adoption might not be in their plans. Then one winter day, the phone rang. MaryLou, just a month away from giving birth, raced around the farmyard, looking for Bernard.
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.