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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.
Help protect the Hastings Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural area (SNA) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27. With its tall grass and wildflowers, the Sand Coulee offers a different kind of beauty. While not your average park visitor's destination, for animals and insects it is no less than an oasis in a desert of habitat; some 14 rare plant and animal species call the coulee home.
A Rally for Russell Johnson will be held on Saturday, June 22, at Dugarel's. There will be a silent auction, raffles and a beer bash from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $15 per person for the beer bash. The spaghetti dinner is $8.99 for adults and $4.99 for children. Russell Johnson is one of Dugarel's bartenders and he was diagnosed in January of 2013 with colorectal cancer. He is currently receiving treatment at Masonic Cancer Clinic University.
Discover where dinosaurs lived, how they hatched, how large they were, what they ate and what they may have sounded like from science teacher Rob Ellos. See real dinosaur fossils. Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, June 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ages: 4-10.