Hastings Raiders early athletic results for the week of Feb. 7:
Hastings nordic skiing competed at the Section 1 meet on Tuesday and is sending sophomore Josiah Trost on to the state meet. Trost took sixth with a total pursuit time of 28 minutes, 45.1 seconds to advance. For more on how the Raiders did, click here.
Raiders girls basketball blew out the North St. Paul Polars 86-61. Hastings led 40-24 at halftime and continued to build their lead in the second half. Lilly Nuytten led the way for the Raiders with a 34 point, 13 rebound double-double along with three assists and two blocks. She shot 14 of 30 from the field and was 4-for-9 from 3-point range.
Keagan McVicker narrowly missed out on a double-double with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists and was 3-for-5 from three. Maggie Schlottman added 13 points and seven rebounds on an efficient 5 of 8 from the field. Emma Bakker added eight points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Hastings boys basketball won a close game at home over the North St. Paul Polars 59-54. The game was tied at 27 at halftime but the Raiders edged out the Polars in the second half. Jonathan Watson led the Raiders with 19 points while Owen Bernatz added 16 for Hastings. Will Hubbard contributed six points while Kelvin Maher, Axel Arnold and Ty Krick each had five.
Raiders boys hockey won its 15th straight game with a 8-1 blowout of the East Ridge Raptors at Hastings Civic Arena. The Raiders scored five goals in the first period to all but seal the win early. Those five goals came from seniors Luke Savage, Logan DeBettignies, Connor Stoffel, Jackson Sweeney and Collin Stewart.
East Ridge scored its lone goal in the opening minute of the second period but Hastings responded with two more goals from sophomore Luke Chorlton and senior Jake Harris. Stoffel scored his second goal of the game in the third period for the 8-1 final.
Hastings girls basketball hosted Two Rivers and won 71-50 after out-scoring their opponents by 16 in the second half. Stats were not yet available at the time of writing. The Raiders are now 14-7 with four games left to play. They host South St. Paul on Wednesday, Feb. 16, and then go to Mahtomedi on Friday, Feb. 18.
Raiders girls hockey traveled to Cretin-Derham Hall for the first round of the Section 3AA playoffs. Hastings, the No. 7 seed, fell to No. 2-seeded Cretin 7-1 to finish their season. Go here for more information on the loss.
Hastings alpine skiing is sending its boys team along with seventh-grader Kate Nowak and sophomore Abbigail Pelava to the state meet next week at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. The Raider boys - consisting of seniors Charlie Millhollin and Caleb Kimmes, juniors Aaron Herber and Zach Rother, sophomore Jackson Reents and Cole Caturia, freshman Gavin Molitor and team consultant Fernando Castello – are Section 4 champions. Visit later this week for more information.
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