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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When the Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches' Association all-state softball teams came out shortly after the season ended, there was a surprise awaiting Hastings Raider softball fans. Freshman (now-rising sophomore) shortstop Kendal Jenkins made the Class AAAA First-Team All-State team in her first season as a starter for the Raiders.
The Miesville Mudhens and Red Wing Aces met at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville on the Thursday, the Fourth of July, to celebrate the day with some town baseball. After the Mudhens got out to a quick lead, the Aces were able to chip away and eventually tie the game. Tied 4-4, the game went into extra innings until Miesville walked off victorious 5-4 after an RBI single by Austin LaDoux.
The new turf playing surface is in at Todd Field and renovations continue on McNamara Stadium. A new ticket gate by the parking lot is taking form, paving of the parking lot is coming soon and the concession stand is also undergoing some work. Check out the photos for progress so far.
Numerous past Hastings Raiders athletes and Hastings natives are having success playing collegiate sports around the country. Others are coaching or have continued their love for athletics in other ways. Below are several former Raiders who saw success in athletics after leaving Hastings High School. If you know of someone who is continuing their passion for sports past high school from Hastings, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org . Alec Rudh
The Hastings Raider Legion Post 47 baseball team cruised past West St. Paul Tuesday night, June 25, at Veterans Park. The Raiders won 10-0 in six innings and could have ended the game even earlier but they left nine runners on base through the first four innings.
The Hastings Hawks and Miesville Mudhens are both about halfway through their 2019 season with the jam-packed months of July and August ahead. The Hawks sit at 3-6 overall though there are some missing results, while the Mudhens are 7-4 but have lost three straight.
Hastings' (now graduated) senior Hannah Hubbart put together a fitting end to her Raider sports career last Wednesday, June 12, when she tied-for-65th at the Class AAA state girls' golf tournament held at Bunker Hills Golf Club. Hubbart improved by 10 strokes on her day one score of 96 to end day two with an 86 for a 182.
Hastings junior Terry Kuhn admitted he was nervous for a large part of day one at the Class AAA state boys' golf tournament Tuesday, June 11, at Bunker Hills Golf Club. However, he was able to bounce back on day two and finished strong at his first state tournament appearance.
On a boat in the middle of one of the lakes in the Jefferson chain near Mankato, the Farmington High School Fishing Team will compete in the first tournament of its inaugural season on June 21. The team is less than a year old and was founded last September by Andy Boyum of Mankato, a Farmington resident who has loved fishing almost his entire life and has been a competitive fisherman on and off since he was 14. He said he first came up with the idea for the team after a fortunate misunderstanding.
The 2019 spring trap and skeet league seasons are now well underway. Hastings has made it through two practice weeks, a reserve score week and two competition weeks. The team has 126 trap shooters (89 male and 37 female) of which 39 are new, and 34 skeet shooters (28 male and six female) of which 16 are new. The Hastings teams are again the largest in the nation and now the world.