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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A little over a month ago, Hastings High School juniors Sydney Radke and Addie Buck became heroes when they helped save the life of a man who had collapsed in his driveway. Ever since, the two have deservedly had their heroism recognized and both said that the response has surprised them. Now slightly removed from the incident, the two reflected on the events of that day, how they felt and the response of the Hastings community since then. The incident
The Hastings Raiders boys and girls alpine ski teams both qualified for the state meet after finishing first and second respectively at their section meet last week. A year after qualifying four individuals for the state meet in 2017, the Raiders knew they had a very good chance of qualifying one or both teams this season and followed through on that potential. Both teams were led by their seniors as the boys finished first ahead of St. Thomas Academy by 14 team points and the girls were second, 23 points behind Minneapolis Southwest.
BLOOMINGTON — Hastings sophomore Trevor Caflisch qualified for his first state nordic ski championship, clinching the last individual spot during the Section 1 championship meet on Feb. 6 at Hyland Park in Bloomington. In the girls' race, freshmen Linnea Urban and Emma Bratvold also came very close to a state bid as they finished one and two spots behind the last qualifier. The top two teams and then top six individuals qualify for the state meet.
The Hastings Raiders girls' hockey team was a period away from upsetting the second seed in section 3AA, Apple Valley, in their home rink Wednesday night, Feb.7. The seventh-seeded Raiders were up 2-0 on the Eagles heading into the third period and the result looked to be a foregone conclusion as Hastings had all the momentum and were being absolute pests on defense. Apple Valley would not go away, however, and they managed two goals in the third period and another in overtime to win 3-2.
The Hastings Raiders gymnastics team put together their best score of the season two weeks ago when they hosted the Henry Sibley Warriors. The Raiders achieved a varsity team score of 124.1, but lost to Henry Sibley (132.0). Head coach Jeanne Kasel said that the junior varsity also posted their highest score of the season so far, a 107, and lost by just three points.
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' Nordic (cross-country) ski teams competed in the Metro East Conference championship meet last week and freshman Linnea Urban came home a champion after running away with the girls' race. Behind her was fellow freshman and teammate Emma Bratvold as the runner-up. For the boys, sophomore Trevor Caflisch finished second after falling victim to some semi-controversial strategy. As teams, the Hastings girls finished third with 435 points behind Henry Sibley and Mahtomedi, while the boys took fifth with 399 points.
The Hastings Raiders boys' swimming and diving team had its meet against the Simley Spartans come down to the very last event, the 400-meter freestyle relay. The Spartans edged out the Raiders 94-92 as Hastings was not able to finish first and third in the event to win it. Despite the loss, Hastings was able to win eight-out-of-12 events and, in that 400 freestyle relay, the team of John Rupp, Joe Everson, Jack Gergen and Avery Stoffel beat their best time of the season by three seconds according to head coach Gerry Rupp.
The Hastings Raiders girls' hockey team won their last three games of the regular season to head into the section playoffs with confidence and momentum. One of those wins was over Rosemount, which helped the Raiders clinch the seventh-seed in section 3AA over the Irish, who are the bottom seed.
The Hastings Raiders boys' hockey team knows that the next few weeks to wrap up the regular season will be huge in regards to their section fortunes. Hastings moves to section 1AA this year, joining schools like Farmington and the three Rochester schools. Winners of two of the last four, a turnaround at this time is important for the Raiders to gain momentum and avoid a bottom seed come section playoffs. Currently, Hastings is 4-14-1 and 3-8-0 in the Metro East Conference.
The Hastings Raiders boys' basketball team continued to play some of its best ball of the season last week as they won their second game in a row over Henry Sibley at home on Coaches vs. Cancer Night. The Raiders beat the Warriors 81-72 in a game that did not seem that close to get back to .500 on the season (8-8) and 5-3 in the Metro East Conference, which puts them in sole possession of fourth place and just a half game out of second.