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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Jen (Leonard) Zanon, a former HHS basketball and volleyball player, is leading a great life in Nashville. Her husband, Greg, plays for the NHL's Nashville Predators as a defenseman. The couple has two daughters, Rylynn and Alayna. Rylynn, who was born three weeks early and weighed just 4.5 pounds, is Nashville's March of Dimes ambassador this year. Last year, Jen raised $4,700 for the March of Dimes. After graduating from Hastings, Jen attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha and played volleyball.
The Hastings boys basketball team lost to Owatonna Wednesday night, 61-44, in the first round of the Class 4A, Section 1 tournament. The loss ends the season for Hastings. Hastings had two main sticking points in the loss to the Huskies: The first was their field goal percentage, and the second was turnovers. Both were too close to 20. As a team, the Raiders made 21 percent of their shots from the field. And, as a team, the Raiders had more than 20 turnovers. "It was a tough night," coach Trent Hanson said.
Hastings Police and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division are investigating alleged liquor license violations by the Levee Café that occurred between July 2008 and early March.
Kelsey Myers gets high in the air while performing a dance routine with Taylor Herbek during the Hastings Middle School's Spotlight Show last week.
A roast is planned for former Hastings High School football coach Bob Majeski. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the Country Inn and Suites in Hastings. Dinner will be catered by the Green Mill. As Hastings' coach, Majeski won nine conference titles, six section titles and played in three state championship games. The Raiders won the state title in 2001. Cost is $20, which will cover food, beverages and gift. RSVP to Pete McGinnis at 480-7146 and mail money to Hastings Middle School, 1000 W. 11th St. Anyone is welcome.
The Hastings boys basketball team lost to Owatonna Wednesday night, 61-44, in the first round of the Class 4A, Section 1 tournament. The loss ends the season for Hastings.
It's section tournament time for the Hastings boys basketball team. On Wednesday night, the Raiders traveled to Owatonna for the first round of the Class 4A Section 1 tournament against the Huskies. Results of the game were not available at press time. Hastings earned the No. 6 seed in the tournament with an 11-15 record. Owatonna is the No. 3 seed, holding a 17-9 record. Should Hastings have won Wednesday, they'll play at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center against the winner of the Northfield/Rochester John Marshall game.
The season ended last Wednesday for the Hastings girls basketball team. Hastings lost to Farmington in the opening round of the Class 4A, Section 1 tournament, 49-36.
In the winter of 2004-05, Gerry Rupp came out of coaching retirement and took his old job as head swimming coach at Hastings High School. That first year he was back, his team didn't win a single meet. But those athletes he first saw as eighth-graders got a little bit better over the years, and all that improvement was showcased over the weekend at the state swimming meet at the University of Minnesota.
Six members of the Hastings wrestling team earned All State honors at last weekend's Minnesota State High School League state wrestling tournament. In all, eight wrestlers from Hastings qualified. There was one state champion from Hastings, one state runner-up, two third-place finishers and two fourth-place finishers. The strong showing at state capped another great season in Hastings wrestling. "We're just proud of how the kids wrestled, and proud of the great support we had up there," HHS coach Paul Vaith said.