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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Two Hastings pole vaulters could be competing in San Diego, Calif., next year in the State Games of America track and field meet. Brett Stricker and Trevor Lucking, both high school seniors next year, qualified for the meet through their performances at the Star of the North Games in Rochester June 19-27. Lucking finished first in his age group and Stricker finished second in the ages 17 and 18 group. "It was kind of a bad day, but I still managed to make 11 feet," Stricker said. Lucking vaulted 12-06. His jump was "alright," he said.
One of HFC United's U12 girls soccer teams is playing this week in the Schwan's USA Cup in Blaine.
The Hastings American Legion baseball team suffered a 1-0 loss to St. Paul Park July 6, but it was one of their best defensive games of the season, head coach Mark Bauer said. The defense was led by pitcher David Schoeberl. "Dave Schoeberl pitched one of the best high school games I have ever seen," Bauer said.
This weekend, the local Black Dirt Theater company will be performing The-Super-Fun-Time-Sing-A-Long in Prescott's Freedom Park. One week later they'll be performing for their hometown in Rivertown Days. Black Dirt Theater, which includes Hastings residents Andy Langenfeld, Mandy Langenfeld, Nathanael Raway and Tommy Brauks, will celebrate its two-year anniversary this year. The sing-a-long show is their way to bring people together to have fun. "We were looking for a way to create a fun event for people that by nature was either live or interactive," Andy Langenfeld said.
Paul Schnell's first few days as Hastings Chief of Police were a whirlwind of meetings, introductions and immersion into the community. He's been spending his time meeting with every employee in the department, meeting key leaders at City Hall such as the mayor and council members, and he's been getting out into the community to get to know people in the schools, the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and more.
Hastings High School senior Trevor Lucking competed in the Minnesota Junior Olympics June 19 in Eagan and earned a spot in the Region 8 Junior Olympics this weekend in Indianola, Iowa. Lucking jumped 13 feet in Eagan, his personal best. He was able to make the height because he didn't stop jumping when school got out, he said. "After track season ended I kept going out," he said. Lucking is spending all this week practicing for the Region Junior Olympics in hope of a top finish. "Top five would be awesome," he said. He competes this Saturday.
Monique Crisp of Hastings will be running in Boston next year.
The Hastings Heat 14-1's volleyball team suffered a tough set of losses in Reno, Nev., last week at the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships, but after arriving home late last Tuesday night their coach found them ready to practice again the next morning. "They're ready to get going for the school season," head coach Rita Girgen said. The girls faced obstacles every step of the way, starting with a series of delayed flights that caused them to miss their first day of competition and forfeit their first three games. Once they started playing, the team couldn't shake their
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.