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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Being a catcher means being a motivator. At least that's how Hastings High School junior Austin Nelson sees it. Nelson is the catcher for the Raiders baseball team. His is a position of leadership, he said. "The catcher is the core of the team, and you really got to take charge out there when you're catching," he said. Head coach Paul Hartmann also called Nelson a player who leads by example. "He's not a real vocal kid," Hartmann said.
Ten games into the season and the Hastings Raiders baseball team is having a difficult time finding an elusive first win in the Suburban East Conference. Three more losses put the Raiders in a 10-game losing streak after having won their season opener, a non-conference game against Farmington. Vs. Stillwater Stillwater shut out Hastings April 28, sending the Raiders home with their eighth loss of the season. Hastings held Stillwater to three runs, all scored in the third inning, and lost 3-0. Vs.
The spring turkey hunt is in full swing, and two Hastings kids are bringing home some impressive birds. Dakota Theodorson, a freshman at Hastings High School, remembers the exact time he fired the shot that brought down his second turkey. It was at 6:22 a.m. Wednesday, April 17. Theodorson's first kill was a 14-pound bird last year, he said. This one was nearly twice the size, a 24-pound tom with a nine-and-a-half-inch beard. Theodorson and his uncle had been out for about 20 minutes when they saw a deer walk into their line of sight.
May 21, Star Wars fans from all over the Midwest will gather in Hastings to celebrate the 30th anniversary of "The Empire Strike Back." They'll be attending Charity Con, the first Star Wars convention to be held in Hastings. "As far as I know, this is the only Star Wars convention in Minnesota," said Keith Garrick, the event's coordinator. Already Garrick knows of people from Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas who are planning to attend. Charity Con is more than just a Star Wars convention. "It's a Star Wars themed charity convention with the aim of raising donations for the local food shelf
What do you get when you put nine of the best high school runners in the state on one track for one shot at a year's worth of bragging rights? The Hamline Elite Meet. The name says it all - Hamline University's high school track and field meet only takes the best of the best from across Minnesota. Not every school gets a shot at competing there, but there was one Hastings uniform on the Hamline track last weekend. Hastings High School senior Dan Guelle ran in the 400-meter dash Friday evening. He first heard about the meet last year after seeing other athletes with T-shirts from the event.
As a team, the Hastings boys golfers had too many strokes to contend for the Tri-State Tournament title. The Raiders scored 689 and placed 23rd out of 24 teams at the two-day tournament last weekend.
The girls golf team began its conference play last week with a tournament April 22 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury. The Raiders ended with a score of 206 and took eighth place out of 10 teams. The best score of the day came from Lexi Harp, who shot a 49. Hannah Hoffman scored 50, Jordy Klimek scored 53, captain Ellen Bergschneider scored 54, Sadie Karbo scored 56 and Maddy Bauer also scored 56. The girls improved by six strokes April 26 at Forest Lake Golf Club.
The boys track and field team scored 41 points at the Packer Invitational in Austin last Saturday, leaving them in last place. Hastings' boys team competed against Austin, Mankato East, Rochester Mayo, Esko and Rochester Century high schools. Mankato East dominated the meet with 144 points. The Raiders' only first-place finish came from senior Michael Rough. Rough ran the 3200 in 9:50.48. The only other boys to finish in the top three in an event were seniors Dan Guelle and Blake Reynolds. Guelle placed second in the triple jump and third in the 200.
Hastings' girls track and field team scored 41 points against Rochester Century, Mankato East, Visitation, Austin, Esko and Owatonna high schools Saturday at the Packer Invitational meet in Austin. The Raiders placed sixth out of the seven teams. Rochester Century took first place with 135.5 points. The top finishers for the Raiders were seniors Alicia Alverson and Kelly Pechous. Alverson earned two third-place finishes, one in the 400 dash and another in long jump. Pechous placed third in the 1600 and second in the 3200.
The Raider baseball team lost its seventh game in a row Monday to Woodbury. The Raiders are 1-7 for the season. Their only win was their season opener against Farmington. Vs. Roseville The Raiders faced Roseville April 21 at Hastings High School. Roseville kept a steady flow of runs throughout the game while Hastings were only able to score in the second inning. Roseville led the game off with three runs in the top of the first thanks to a string of singles with Aaron Stoneberg on the mound.