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After winning the first three games of the season over Stewartville, Pine Island and the Minneapolis Patriots, the Hastings Hawks lost their first League game of the season last Sunday, losing to Northfield 6-1 at Veteran's Park. Hastings' own Josie Velez started on the hill for the Hawks and went 8-1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out five. Andrew Flack relieved Velez in the ninth, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out one. The Hawks gave up a run to the Knights in the first inning on a single, a walk and a single.
The season came to an end for the Hastings boys tennis team with in the second round of the Section 1AA playoffs. Coming off a 4-3 win over Winona in the opening round, Hastings had its tables turned, falling 4-3 to Lakeville South in round two, held Thursday, May 16, at Lakeville South High School. Though fifth-seeded Hastings won all three doubles matches, No. 1-seeded Lakeville South swept singles play to avoid the upset and earn the home-court victory. "We gave them our best shot, but we just came up a little short," Hastings head coach Mick Willette said.
The Hastings boys golf team took top honors in its host invitational last week. The Raiders golfers tallied a 304 with a team-high 18 birdies to take first place in the 10-team Suburban East Conference match on Thursday, May 16, at Hastings Country Club. Sam Otto led with way, shooting a 73 with six birdies and six pars. "Sam has really been putting well lately and today only needed 29 putts," Raiders coach Pete McGinnis said after the match. Jacob Cooper finished with a 75 after shooting 39 on the front nine. He had four birdies and nine pars.
Only in its second year as a varsity high school program, the Hastings girls lacrosse team is learning on the fly. Last week, the Raiders took their lumps on the field, but showed progress and determination, according to Hastings head coach Nicole Peterson. "In all the games, my assistant coach (Tracy Paskey) and I have been extremely impressed and very happy with our girls," Peterson said. "Even if they are down by one point or 10, they never give up.
Seven different players scored goals and goalie Zach Chilson made 16 saves as the Hastings boys lacrosse team beat Suburban East Conference foe Roseville 8-5 and earned one of the best wins in the program's short history last week. Hastings (4-6; 2-6 SEC) scored four goals in the first period against Roseville on Wednesday, May 15, to take command of the game early. Hastings added a goal in the second period, held a 5-2 halftime lead and hung on for the three-goal win over the other Raiders (4-8; 2-6 SEC). Sophomore midfielder R.J.
The Hastings boys and girls track teams tuned up for the Suburban East Conference and Section 3AA championship meets at Park's "Last Chance" quadrangular on Friday, May 17, in Cottage Grove. Overall, the Hastings boys took second place with 66.66 points and the Hastings girls took fourth place with 38.83 points in the four-team meet. The Woodbury boys and girls won the meet with 112.833 points and 104.5 points, respectively. In the boys meet, Hastings dominated the pole vault, taking first through fourth. Wes Evansen won the event, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches.
The Raiders softball team opened section play this week with high hopes. After finishing third in the Suburban East Conference behind a 12-6 record, Hastings opened Section 1AAA play on Wednesday in a game played after the Star Gazette went to press. Hastings coach Dean Robinson had high hopes going into the game, where the Raiders drew a No.
There are already a large number of older active adult Americans participating in the classes and activities at the Hastings Area YMCA. More are being invited to learn more about the YMCA, and the opportunity to do just that is next Wednesday, May 29. As part of National Senior Health and Fitness Day, the Hastings Y, 85 Pleasant Drive, is holding an open house from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at its location. The day is free and open to the community. "The Y holds Senior Health and Fitness Day every year on this day," said Hastings Y Active Older Adult Coordinator Amy Kohn.
The "Summer Stretch" program, coordinated by St. Philip's Lutheran Church, Our Savior's Lutheran Church and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, is open to the community and is set to go again for the 2013 summer. During the program, Hastings youths do community service, have fun and make new friends. Summer Stretch is a seven-week service and recreational program intended to expose youth to service work while providing a safe faith environment for them to socialize and create fellowship with peers.
Anytime Fitness corporate staff members and club members from the Hastings area are gathering supplies to send to Moore, Okla., to aide those left homeless by a tornado that destroyed the area May 20. The Anytime Fitness club in Moore was significantly damaged by the tornado. No one at the club was injured; however, hundreds of Anytime Fitness members in Moore are now homeless.