Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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For about 270 students in the Raiders Express program at Hastings High School, summer is no time for a break. They could be out having fun with friends, earning money with a summer job or just sleeping in, but these kids get up early to make use of the school's athletic equipment and hone their physical skills. HHS has held the Raiders Express program for more than 15 years. "It's been a long standing program in the community I know that's been well-used," said Dana Strain, one of the program's organizers.
For the second year, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is sponsoring the Tour de Hastings bike ride during Rivertown Days. The rides will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 18, at the Hastings YMCA. The route is similar to last year's, but runs backwards this time to prevent congestion around the parade route, event organizer Bruce Petersen said. Another change from last year is that riders must pay to join the ride.
The Hastings Heat Junior Olympic volleyball 14-1's team took the court at the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships last Friday after airline delays forced the team to forfeit their first three games last Thursday. Six losses to teams from Texas, Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin dropped the girls into last place in the division. It wasn't for lack of trying. Once the Hastings girls finally got to play, they scored at least 15 points in all but two of the 12 sets they played.
For the first time in as long as their coach can remember, ten eighth-grade Hastings girls are going to Reno, Nev., to compete in the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships. "This is the first Hastings Heat team to ever go to nationals," head coach Rita Girgen said. "We are very excited to go and compete." The Hastings Heat Junior Olympic volleyball 14-1's team qualified for the championships through a regional qualifier in Bloomington in April. To receive a bid, the team had to place in the top three at the qualifier. The girls have been training since December.
Now that the high school varsity season is over, Hastings Legion Baseball is under way. There are 13 players on the team this year, and many of them are also playing for the Hastings Hawks when the legion schedule allows. The team is mostly made up of the same guys who played on the high school varsity team, and head coach Mark Bauer said he's looking to build on that team's post-season success. There are 26 games scheduled for the team over six weeks. Playoffs start July 21.
By the time school starts this fall, Hastings could be home to a new Salvation Army family store and donation center. "Family store is the term we use for thrift store," explained Bill Price, the administrator of the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center. The organization is looking at 1110 Vermillion St., a 18,000 square-foot space beside Thrifty White Drug. Lease negotiations should be finalized within the next 30 days, Price said. The Hastings store has been a long time coming. "We've been working on this project for almost a year," Price said. Why Hastings?
The Hastings String Academy 2010 held its finale concert Friday evening. The concert was a collection of songs performed by string quartets and one string quintet. The musicians, all between grades six and nine, only had one week of "string camp," as they call it, to rehearse their songs together.
The Hastings School District gave a number of its staff awards for their years of service at the school. For five years of service, the district recognized Lori Best, David Clark, Diane Cooke, Nick Erickson, Kelly Ferris, Tom Fuchs, Roseanne Kafczynski, James Klimek, Erin Lee, Michelle Munger, Edward Muniak, Michelle Myrick, Diane Peterson, Darrell Pipo, Lisa Poncelet, Emily Preston, Katie Richardson, Kate Ries, Sarah Rutherford, Charise Skoog, Julie Skoyen and Michael Versland. For 10 years of service, the district recognized Nancy Alitz, Christy Baum, Susan Beskau, Robin Bitzegaio, Suzanne
The Hastings Hawks won the consolation championship at the Dewey Tauer Tournament in Red Wing last weekend. "Overall it was a very good weekend," player/manager Adam Barta said. The Hawks had a tough game on day one of the tournament last Thursday, losing 5-4 to New Richmond. Hastings played without a handful of its starters and had multiple errors that allowed New Richmond to win, even though Hastings out-hit New Richmond 10-5.
The Hastings Raiders lacrosse club finished its season Sunday at the state quarterfinals. The Raiders were the No. 2 seed from the South Conference and they played the No. 1 seed from the North Conference, St. Cloud South. The Raiders lost in overtime, 10-9. "Once again we struggled to start off well," head coach Brian Jenson said. "We had a lot of trouble at first getting groundballs and making good passes." Ryan Bussey scored the Raiders' first goal to tie the game in the first quarter, but St.