Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.
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The Hastings Raiders softball team will have to take the more difficult path through the consolation bracket if they hope to make the state tournament. Following their close win over Henry Sibley at home in the first round last Tuesday, Hastings fell to No. 2 Eastview on the road 3-0 on Thursday. Sent down to the consolation bracket, the Raiders responded by eliminating the Rosemount Irish on Saturday 4-3. They now play No. 7 Eagan on Tuesday and should they win, they will play the loser of Eastview and Park on Wednesday to see who will play in the section championship game.
Hastings High School athletic director Trent Hanson announced today (Wednesday) the hiring of a new girls' basketball coach. Joe Lynch, formerly the girls' basketball coach at Cretin-Derham Hall, becomes the new head coach of the Hastings Raiders.
The Hastings Raiders boys' tennis team fell to No. 2-seeded Eastview Lightning 4-3 in the section semifinals Monday evening, ending their team season. The Raiders swept No. 6 seed Woodbury in the quarterfinals last Thursday .
No matter what the sport is, one of the most important things is to peak at the right time and be playing your best when it comes time for whatever kind of postseason there is. Well, the Hastings Raiders girls' golf teams are definitely playing their best golf as they wrap up their regular season and head into conference championships and sections.
The Hastings Raiders girls' lacrosse team finally broke through for their first win of the season Tuesday night in a game that also served as the Raiders' home-opener. Hastings beat the Rochester Century Panthers, 11-9, in a back-and-forth game that saw plenty of lead changes.
The Hastings Raiders boys' tennis team clinched its first outright Metro East Conference championship with back-to-back sweeps of Hill-Murray and Mahtomedi on Friday. The Raiders finished the season undefeated, the big win coming over Mahtomedi against whom Hastings lost to last year for the conference championship. It has been the Zephyrs and Raiders at the top of the conference the last several years and the two teams have even shared a conference title in the past.
Seniors John Rupp and Carter Williams have been named as academic All-Americans by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. The NISCA overseas the All-American selections for swimming, diving and water polo. Head coach Gerry Rupp said that the criteria to make the academic All-America team athletes is to maintain above a 3.75 GPA from ninth grade through the first semester of their senior year. John Rupp maintained a 4.0 GPA through those seven semesters while Williams had a 3.86.
Both the Hastings boys' and girls' track and field teams put in solid showings at the True Team section 2AAA meet in Eagan on Tuesday. The girls took third with 667.5 points behind Stillwater and the winner, Eagan. Meanwhile, the boys finished fourth with 597.5 points, just one point out of third-place Park and behind Eagan and champion Stillwater. Competing at the meet were Stillwater, Eagan, Park, East Ridge, Woodbury, Henry Sibley and Tartan.
The Hastings boys’ lacrosse team is nearly halfway through its regular season and shows no signs of slowing down. The Raiders started the season off with three-straight wins over Park, Simley and Tartan. They lost at home in a tight game against Orono, but have won two-straight over Hill-Murray and North St. Paul since then.
The Hastings girls' golf team hosted an LPGA Day event on April 27 at Hidden Greens Golf Course along with the Cannon Falls girls' golf team. Head coach Becky Hartung said that they had four LPGA teaching professionals put on a clinic for the two teams.