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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While the Raider boys tennis team has had mixed results this season, recent matches against East Ridge and White Bear Lake ended with seven Hastings wins each. Vs. East Ridge Hastings played seven matches against East Ridge May 13 and came home with wins on every court. In singles, Ben Carlson won 6-2 and 6-0; Josh Houska won 6-2 and 6-4; Matt Lund won 2-6, 6-4 and 6-3; and Chase Kasel won 6-1 and 6-2. Steve Roach lost 2-8 in an exhibition match. After splitting up for a few matches, Jake Langeslay and Brett Peterson teamed up again in doubles for a 6-4 and 6-3 win.
With just a couple games left to play before the playoffs, the Raider baseball team won two games in a row, putting an end to their season-long hunt for a conference victory. Vs. Forest Lake The Raiders won 8-3 May 14 against Forest Lake, the team's first Suburban East Conference win all season. "We received an outstanding pitching performance from David Schoeberl," head coach Paul Hartmann said. "He threw 72 percent strikes, which was the most command of the strike zone he has had all season.
Think "Amish" and images of horses and buggies, bearded men and farm life may spring to mind. At the Amish Furniture Showroom in Coates, Amish means quality handcrafted furniture made with real, solid wood. Eric and Lori Heil of Wabasha opened the warehouse/showroom in Coates last November in addition to their original store in Nelson, Wis. The showroom in Coates is filled with furniture of all sorts and sizes.
Dr. Xiangdong Yu's clinic is still young. He just opened for business about a month ago. Yu is a licensed acupuncturist with a Ph.D. in integrated Chinese and western medicine. He's also a M.D. in China. He's been a professor, clinic director and faculty member at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville.
After a tough year that ended 0-13 two years ago, the boys lacrosse team has built itself up and is looking for a top spot in at least the section tournament this year. "(The seniors) say their goal is to win state," head coach Brian Jenson said. He's thinking one step at a time. "Our goal right now is to win our conference," he said. With the depth the team has this year, he said he's confident they can make it into the top four, and the chances of winning conference are good. "They're good," he said.
A Hastings High School golfer bested players from 12 other teams May 8. Max Fox shot a 74 and won first place at the Dakota County Championship, held at Emerald Greens Golf Course. "I was super happy," Fox said. "I hadn't won since sections last year." His score was largely due to his short game. "My short game was really good," he said, and so was his ball striking, he added. While on the course, Fox didn't realize he was on track to win the tournament. "I didn't think I was playing particularly well," he said. Fox's best score was a 69 he shot last year.
The Hastings Hawks have completed the first of five goals for the season. "You have to win your first game," the team's manager, Adam Barta, said. The Hawks faced the Stewartville Sharks May 5 and ended the day with a 8-3 win. Tony Kaiser pitched most of the game - nearly seven innings. Barta picked up a save, and Derrick Pheffer pitched a scoreless ninth. The Hawks started the game scoring slow and steady with one run in each of the first, second and fourth innings, but they blew the game open in the seventh with five more runs. Jordy Horsch, T.J.
Vs. East Ridge Hastings nearly had its first conference win May 5 against East Ridge. Nick Bachman gave up four runs in the bottom of the first inning to give East Ridge an early lead.
In order to excel, many athletes give up some part of their lives - entertainment, social outings or chocolate cake, to name a few. One former Hastings High School student decided to fly halfway across the country to attend a school that integrated his sport and education. Alex Wagner, 17, is a junior at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Hastings' boys tennis team earned another win, against Forest Lake May 4. The Raiders won 4-3. It was a tough day for singles matches. Ben Carlson lost 0-6 and 2-6, Brett Peterson lost 3-6 and 6-7 (4-7 tiebreaker) and Chase Kasel lost 0-6 and 2-6. Josh Houska managed a win in three sets, scoring 1-6, 7-5 and 7-6 (9-7 tiebreaker). The Raiders played a strong doubles game. Matt Lund and Jake Langeslay won 6-4 and 6-3, Elliot Siebenaler and Cody Arndtson won 6-2 in both sets, and Charlie Carpenter and Mitch Murphy won 4-6, 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker) and 6-4. Vs.