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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Hastings native Ben Utecht is well known for his accomplishments on the gridiron, from Todd Field all the way to Super Bowl XLI. Less well known is his talent as a singer, a lifelong passion of Utecht's, but since his retirement from the NFL has been able to pursue professionally. Utecht will perform "Moon River: The Best of Andy Williams" at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the Ames Center in Burnsville at the Masquerade Dance Theater. He was first introduced to Williams' music when he first moved back to Minnesota and performed in a Christmas show called "An Andy and Bing Christmas."
The Hastings Hawks had rival Miesville on the ropes the first six innings before the Mudhens rallied with three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to win 11-6 on Tuesday, July 16, at Jack Ruhr Field. It was a surprisingly calm and composed game for a rivalry that has seen some truly heated moments in the past and always seems to sport an underlying tension for each match up. The win was Miesville's fifth in a row since their 5-4 win over Red Wing on July 4, which broke a stretch where the Mudhens had lost five of their last six. Meanwhile, the loss to Miesville was the latest in a seven-game losing streak for the Hawks. However, with their move to Class C this year, the Hawks still sit in good position as playoffs approach for Region 5C.
Boys high school soccer meeting An informational meeting for the boys' high school soccer program will be held at the Hastings High School Lecture Hall on Monday, July 22, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Topics will include: Important calendar dates including fundraising events, registration, introduction of coaches, program values and a question and answer session. Hastings Little Raiders Football notice
When football fans enter the newly renovated Todd Field at McNamara Stadium, they will be greeted by a brand new sight courtesy of some die-hard Raider fans and parents—a fully renovated, replica Viking longship.
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 email@example.com . 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.