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 String Academy 2010 held its finale concert Friday evening. The concert was a collection of songs performed by string quartets and one string quintet. The musicians, all between grades six and nine, only had one week of "string camp," as they call it, to rehearse their songs together.
The Hastings School District gave a number of its staff awards for their years of service at the school. For five years of service, the district recognized Lori Best, David Clark, Diane Cooke, Nick Erickson, Kelly Ferris, Tom Fuchs, Roseanne Kafczynski, James Klimek, Erin Lee, Michelle Munger, Edward Muniak, Michelle Myrick, Diane Peterson, Darrell Pipo, Lisa Poncelet, Emily Preston, Katie Richardson, Kate Ries, Sarah Rutherford, Charise Skoog, Julie Skoyen and Michael Versland. For 10 years of service, the district recognized Nancy Alitz, Christy Baum, Susan Beskau, Robin Bitzegaio, Suzanne
The Hastings Hawks won the consolation championship at the Dewey Tauer Tournament in Red Wing last weekend. "Overall it was a very good weekend," player/manager Adam Barta said. The Hawks had a tough game on day one of the tournament last Thursday, losing 5-4 to New Richmond. Hastings played without a handful of its starters and had multiple errors that allowed New Richmond to win, even though Hastings out-hit New Richmond 10-5.
The Hastings Raiders lacrosse club finished its season Sunday at the state quarterfinals. The Raiders were the No. 2 seed from the South Conference and they played the No. 1 seed from the North Conference, St. Cloud South. The Raiders lost in overtime, 10-9. "Once again we struggled to start off well," head coach Brian Jenson said. "We had a lot of trouble at first getting groundballs and making good passes." Ryan Bussey scored the Raiders' first goal to tie the game in the first quarter, but St.
Amateur baseball fans watched the Miesville Mudhens and the Hastings Hawks face off Sunday in a pitching battle that ended with 14 strike-outs, four hits, one broken bat, and, in eight and a half innings, no runs. "That's what happens when you have the two best pitchers in the league," Hawks player/manager Adam Barta said. Mark Moriarty pitched eight complete innings for the Hawks at Miesville's Jack Rohr field. His only strategy was simply to "pound the strike zone," he said. It worked.
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For the first year, high school senior baseball and softball athletes are being chosen for a state-wide award, the Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball awards. On June 2, Jordan Schaffer received a text message from her softball coach telling her she was a finalist for the award. "It's the greatest honor to even be selected," Schaffer said. The seven finalists for each award were selected by college coaches and scouts.
Freshman Sadie Karbo wrapped up her golf season showing considerable improvement over last year. She and the Hastings Raiders girls golf team competed at the section tournament June 3 and June 4. The first day of sections was held at Phalen Golf Course in St. Paul. Karbo shot a 90 and Hannah Hoffman shot a 95. Josie Stepan finished the day with 102, Ellen Bergschneider shot a 104, Lexie Harp shot 109 and Maddie Bauer shot 113. On the second day, the girls played a course that was 400 yards longer than Phalen. Karbo shot 90, her personal best.
The boys golf team ended its season Friday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in day two of the section 3AAA golf tournament. The team had a two-day total of 632, 18 shots behind section champion Eagan. Max Fox missed qualifying for state in a three-player play-off. He finished with a 77, giving him a two-day total of 154, a score that would have qualified him for state in the other sections, head coach Pete McGinnis said. Fox shot a 40 on the front and came back with a 37 on the back. Matt Radke, who shot 155, missed the play-off by just one shot. On day one at Keller Golf course, he shot a 74.
High school senior Dan Guelle will compete in both the 200- and 400-meter dash at the state track and field meet. Guelle ran two qualifying times in the 200. In the preliminary heat he ran a 22.6, and he beat that time by .03 seconds in the final heat. He needed a 22.72 to qualify for state. He ran the 400 in 49.22 seconds in the section final, just under the 49.73 needed for state. The state tournament will be held at Hamline University. The preliminary round will be Friday, June 11. Guelle will compete in the 400-meter at 11:15 a.m. and in the 200-meter at 12:29 p.m.