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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Commencement exercises were held Friday June 5 for the Hastings High School Class of 2009. In all, 412 graduates strolled across the stage at McNamara Stadium at Todd Field and received their diplomas. It was the 139th commencement at Hastings High School.
The Hastings softball team beat Forest Lake, 5-0, to win third place in the state tournament Friday in Mankato. Jenelle Trautmann pitched for Hastings and got the win. She struck out 12.
The Hastings softball team had a late rally, but ended up losing to Elk River Thursday evening in Mankato. Hastings will play Forest Lake in the third-place game at 11 a.m. Friday. Elk River led 1-0 going into the seventh inning, but Hastings managed to tie the game 1-1 on a single by Kaitlin Stark. In the bottom of the seventh, though, Elk River scored a run to win, 2-1. The Elks will play North St. Paul in the state championship game.
After the team season ended for the Hastings tennis team, the individual sub-section tournament got under way Thursday, May 21. Hastings had two singles players and two doubles teams in the sub-section tournament. Here are the results: Mike Lund, who played No. 1 singles for Hastings all season, got a bye in the first round. He won his first match over an opponent from Austin, 6-4, 6-1. Ben Carlson won his first round match over a Lakeville South opponent, 6-0, 6-0. Next, he beat the No.
The Hastings girls track team had its season come to an end Thursday at the finals of the section track meet. Hastings finished 15th out of 16 teams at the meet.
The Hastings boys track team will be represented in two events at this weekend's state track meet at Hamline University. Dan Guelle, a Hastings junior, has qualified for the state meet in the 400-meter run. Kyle Francis, a Hastings senior, has qualified for the state meet in the pole vault. The pole vault is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday, June 5, at Hamline. Francis sits in the middle of the pack in terms of the field. Blake Weimerskirch of Robbinsdale Armstrong has the top height in the state at 14-2.
Hastings High School junior Max Fox shot an 83 at the first round of the state golf tournament Tuesday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. For most players, an 83 at a difficult course like Bunker Hills would signal a pretty good round. But Fox was hoping for better. "He's happy to be here, but he's also looking to compete for the championship," Hastings coach Pete McGinnis said. Fox had 35 putts in the round and one birdie. "He was having trouble out of the tee box," McGinnis said. "He was going back and forth between his driver, and his three-wood.
The Hastings High School softball team won its opening round game in the first round of the state tournament in Mankato this morning. Hastings beat Osseo, 3-1. Hastings scored all of its runs in the third inning on a 3-run over-the-fence home run by Jenelle Trautmann. Linnea Haler started the inning with a walk and Jordan Schaffer singled. Trautmann's homer sailed over the fence in left field. Treya Connell pitched the first five innings for Hastings. Trautmann pitched the final two. Hastings will face Elk River in the state tournament semifinals at 3 p.m.
The Hastings High School softball team will begin play in the state softball tournament at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 4, in Mankato against Osseo. Hastings has a 21-2 overall record. Osseo is 22-4. Results of the game will be posted live on the home page of the Star Gazette. If the Raiders win, they'll play at 3 p.m. June 4 against the winner of the game between Mankato West and Elk River. The championship game is planned for 2 p.m. June 5. All games are at Caswell Park in Mankato. Hastings beat Rochester Mayo 5-0 on Friday night in Austin to advance.
Hastings boys tennis coach Mick Willette put it like this: "All good things come to an end, I guess." The good thing Willette referred to last week was the season the Raiders had. It certainly was a strong one. Hastings finished with a 12-4 overall record, and a second-place finish in the Suburban East Conference. The Raiders earned the first seed in the north sub-section, and started the section tournament with a win. Then came the second round.