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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The Hastings Raiders baseball team defied the odds last weekend, winning two playoff games to earn a spot in the Section1 AAA final four tournament after a 2-16 Suburban East Conference season. The last time the team made it to the final four was in 2007, when they also advanced to the state tournament. Hastings entered the playoffs as the No. 11 seed. The team faced Albert Lea (12-6) in the first round May 29 and pulled an eight-inning upset, defeating the No.
Junior Matt Lund defeated three opponents Thursday, May 27, to win the section 1AA subsection singles tennis tournament. Hastings, Albert Lea, Farmington and Winona took the court at Hastings in the tournament. Lund started the day with a 6-2 win in both sets against Albert Lea's Brian Reindl. He won 6-2 in two sets again in the second match when he faced Winona's Evan Draves. For first place, Lund faced Cameron Weess of Winona and won 6-4 and 6-1. "It was a great day of tennis for him," head coach Mick Willette said.
The Hastings Raiders boys golf team finished day one of the Section 3AAA tournament at Keller Golf Course Tuesday. "Right now we're in fifth place," head coach Pete McGinnis said.
A five-year veteran on the Hastings High School girls golf team, senior Ellen Bergschneider is wrapping up her last season as a captain with the Raiders. "It's been a really good experience, and this group of girls has been really fun," she said. She said that she hopes to continue playing at the college level next year. In Bergschneider's home, golf is a family event. When she was just 10, her parents decided to take her along on one of their golf outings to see if she liked it.
HFC United held its first large-scale fundraiser May 22-23 at Vets Park in Hastings. The River City Rumble brought 54 youth soccer teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin into Hastings for a tournament. The tournament was organized largely by tournament director Brady Robinson. Robinson and others had been planning the event since last fall. HFC United is still in its first year and serves young soccer enthusiasts ages 9 through 12.
Hastings High School's boys golf team is young. Only two of the six varsity players attend the high school. Three are in eighth grade. And then there's Matt Radke, a seventh-grader. His age, however, is no indicator of his ability. Radke has been keeping up with his older teammates and has consistently been one of the team's leaders this season. "It's really fun knowing that I can go out there and compete with the high schoolers," he said. He's not just talking about his own team.
Ask a Hastings baseball fan to name the best players in town, and many would be able to rattle off a long list. After all, Hastings is home to a number of top-performing athletes. In a few years, however, the names rolling off fans' tongues will be different.
The Hastings Raiders baseball team is putting the regular season behind them and getting ready for playoffs, which begin Saturday. Senior captain Tyler Rohr is working to keep his team motivated and ready to play. "Every game, I've got to keep complimenting the guys," he said. This season has not been anything like what Rohr expected. "I expected the season to go a lot differently," he said. He explained that he figured his teammates' hard work would have paid off more than it has. Even though their season record is discouraging, the boys aren't done fighting.
The Hastings Hawks dedicated their May 21 game to a special group of people. They called it Hastings Heroes Night, and the Hastings Area Professional Network stepped in to honor a few locals for their acts of bravery and kindness. Three individuals accepted honors. Bob Theesfeld is the president of Hastings Community Car Care. Theesfeld coordinates and works with those who need assistance with various car repairs. Volunteers do the labor, and parts are paid for by donations from community members and groups.
The Hastings boys tennis team finished its team play last week. Six players will compete Thursday, May 27, in the first round of the individual tournament. "We played our best tennis our last couple weeks," head coach Mick Willette said. Early in the season the Raiders battled minor injuries and illnesses and suffered a couple early losses, but they recovered and put up some dominant performances later in the season. "It's a season where we really improved greatly over the year," Willette said. Vs. Albert Lea The Raiders started section playoffs on the right foot May 18.