Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014.
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The Hastings Hawks baseball team ended their season in the Section 1B playoffs when they were swept and eliminated by the Northfield Knights. Despite being swept and a less than stellar regular season record, manager Shawn Matson said he believes his team finished the year playing their best ball and made important strides over the summer.
Photos from throughout the season for the Hastings Raiders Legion baseball team, who had their season end in the sub-state playoffs.
The Hastings Hawks had their season end Sunday at Veterans Park as they were eliminated from the Section 1B playoffs by the Northfield Knights. The Hawks fell 10-0 in the elimination game after losing 16-4 on Friday in Northfield. Hastings finishes the season with a 4-26 overall record behind an increasingly younger roster.
The renovation of the basketball courts at Pioneer Park is complete and Wednesday the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with the City of Hastings, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the event. The refurbishment of the courts at Pioneer Park was made possible by the Minnesota Timberwolves' FastBreak Foundation and its Our Courts, Our Future program, in partnership with U.S. Bank. This past spring, the Pioneer Park courts (along with courts in Hibbing, St. Cloud and St. Paul) won an online vote to be renovated by the Timberwolves.
The Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount Legion Green baseball teams all had their seasons end last week in the Division 1 Sub-state 5 and Sub-state 6 playoffs. The team from Farmington made it to the farthest, losing in the finals of the winners bracket before dropping down to the consolation where they were eliminated. Rosemount and Hastings were both eliminated in two games.
The Miesville Mudhens withstood a gritty Hastings Hawks team Friday night at Jack Ruhr Field and won 5-1 to sweep the season series between the two teams.
The 40th Rivertown Days has come to a close and so has the 40th Rivertown Days Tennis Tournament. Played over the course of the weekend at the courts by Roadside Park and the high school, the tournament crowned champions in 25 divisions and for a total of 75 place-winners.
High school sports have changed gradually over the last decade and one of the areas you see that the most today is during the offseason. Less than a decade ago, strength programs were just getting started and most (not all) sports maybe had a three-day camp during the summer. Today, every sport has some sort of summer strength program on top of summer leagues, holding their own camps and traveling to others.
Upcoming Hastings junior Terry Kuhn is playing some of the best golf of his young career and his confidence is at an all-time high. Kuhn, who was an integral part of the Raiders varsity boys' golf team this past spring, has played in a handful of tournaments this summer and won two Junior Professional Golf Association (Jr. PGA) tournaments the week of the Fourth of July.