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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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.
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.