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 Raiders boys' hockey team ended their regular season this past weekend on a high note as they beat Rochester Mayo and secured the No. 1 seed for the Section 1AA playoffs. The Raiders finished the season on a three-game winning streak and won of nine of their last 11 games. Overall, they were 19-4-1 and 10-2 in the Metro East Conference. As the No. 1 seed, Hastings will play the winner of a play-in game in the first round of sections—either No. 8 Rochester John Marshall or No. 9 Dodge County—on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Hastings Civic Arena.
The Hastings Raiders gymnastics team ended its season Friday, Feb. 15, in Farmington at the Section 1AA meet. The Raiders finished seventh out of eight teams with a team score of 120.00 while the Section 1AA champions were Owatonna with a score of 147.025. Hastings took seventh in each of the four events as well with a 32.425 on vault, 26.800 on bars, 29.650 on beam and 31.125 for the floor exercise. Their top finisher was eighth-grader Kyra Bartholomew who finished 19th overall in the all-around with a score of 30.475. Below are the Raiders' scores and places for each event:
Three senior Raider athletes signed their Letters of Intent to play collegiate athletics Friday, Feb. 15, at Hastings High School. Natasha Girgen, Noah Kullmann and Matt Schlottman will all continue their sports careers at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels.
Senior Alexa Kimmes, junior Sam Molitor and eighth-grader Aaron Herber represented the Hastings Raiders at the state alpine ski meet on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Biwabik, Minn. It was the second state meet for both Kimmes and Molitor who were a part of last year's boys' and girls' state teams for the Raiders. This year, they qualified as individuals along with Herber in his first state meet.
Hastings' junior Trevor Caflisch and sophomore Linnea Urban competed in the state nordic skiing meet in Biwabik, Minn., this past Thursday, Feb. 14. Urban finished in 16th and qualified for All-State honors after being in the Top-25. Meanwhile, it was Caflisch's second-straight state meet and he took 57th. Urban was in 15th after the freestyle portion of the race, which she completed in 17 minutes and 58 seconds, and then completed the Classic portion in 19:28 for a total Pursuit time of 37:14. The girls' winner was Mara McColler of Wayzata with a time of 34:51.
Since the start of 2019, the Hastings boys have gone 4-6 after a six-game losing streak to end the month of December.
Three Hastings Raider alpine skiers qualified for the state meet after competing at the Section 4 meet on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Senior Alexa Kimmes, junior Sam Molitor and eighth-grader Aaron Herber will all head to Giants Ridge in Biwabik for the state meet, which takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 13. It is the second trip to state for Kimmes and Molitor who were both part of last year's state boys and girls teams.
Junior Trevor Caflisch and sophomore Linnea Urban will represent Hastings at the state nordic ski meet in Biwabik, Minn., after winning Metro East Conference championships and each taking second at the Section 1 race on Tuesday, Feb. 5. It will be Caflisch's second-straight trip to the state meet after he finished 133rd last winter in a race where he was still recovering from the flu and broke a pole early on in the race. It will Urban's first state meet as she has followed up an incredible cross-country season with an even more successful nordic one.
The Hastings Raiders girls' hockey team traveled to Eagan Civic Arena in between snow storm Wednesday night to take on the Eagan Wildcats in the first round of the Section 3AA playoffs. The Raiders entered the night as the No. 8 seed while the Wildcats were the No. 1 seed in Section 3AA. After being down 1-0 at the end of the first period, Hastings had a rough second period that cost them and they fell 4-1, ending their season. The Raiders finish the 2018-2019 season with an overall record of 8-16-1 including the playoffs and 3-6-1 in the Metro East Conference.