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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Upcoming Hastings junior Terry Kuhn is playing some of the best golf of his young career and his confidence is at an all-time high. Kuhn, who was an integral part of the Raiders varsity boys' golf team this past spring, has played in a handful of tournaments this summer and won two Junior Professional Golf Association (Jr. PGA) tournaments the week of the Fourth of July.
Jack Ruhr Field saw some major fireworks on the Fourth of July and that's not counting whatever display they might have had that night. The Miesville Mudhens overpowered the Red Wing Aces with three home runs to get the 8-2 win, a revenge game after the Aces handed the Mudhens one of their two losses on Memorial Day.
Take one look at the Hastings Hawks' roster and you will see plenty of familiar names with one thing in common; youth. Over the past few years the Hawks have become progressively younger, especially this season as half their roster is made up of recent Hastings and Park of Cottage Grove graduates.
Two different Hastings Raiders legion baseball teams came to play Thursday night as they hosted St. Paul Park for a doubleheader at Veterans Park. The Raiders, with a team made up of players who played on different levels this past high school season, won the first game easily, 10-1, before falling in the second game, 10-4, as the weekend's heat wave rolled in.
Drive by the baseball fields at Pioneer Park this summer and you may come across a little league baseball game with a big-league atmosphere. This season, the Hastings 13AA youth baseball team has added a few wrinkles to its pre-game program in the form of flag bearers, the national anthem and community members throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Hosting Austin The Miesville Mudhens solidly put away the Austin Greyhounds 8-1 last Wednesday night at Jack Ruhr Field. With it being Wednesday the game did not attract the largest crowd, but it did not affect the Mudhens as they hopped on the Greyhounds early and never looked back. They scored two runs in the bottom of the second, three in the fourth and three more and in eighth to put the game away. Austin scored their lone run in the top of the seventh.
Archery is uncommon in the realm of school-sponsored athletics, but at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton catholic school (SEAS) in Hastings the sport is thriving among their elementary and middle school-aged students. This spring, SEAS’ middle school team (sixth-through-eighth graders) qualified for the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) national tournament in Louisville, Ky. Head coach Jeff Dohmen said that while this is not the first time a SEAS team has made Nationals, this year’s team was different with how they were able to consistently score.
Raider senior Nick Dittrich's two rounds at Bunker Hills Golf Club for the Class AAA state golf meet were remarkably consistent. Both days he shot 3-over-par 75, a 38-37 on day one and 34-41 for day two. Dittrich said he thought he played well on both days. On day two, his first nine started with a two-under 34 that saw him make four birdies and two bogies with a hot putter. However, he said his putting cooled off on the second nine (players played the nine-hole East and West courses each day) which resulted in a 5-over 41 to wrap up his tournament.
Raider senior Nick Dittrich’s two rounds at Bunker Hills Golf Club for the Class AAA state golf meet were remarkably consistent. Both days he shot three-over-par 75’s, a 38-37 on day one and 34-41 for day two. Dittrich said he thought he played well on both days. On day two, his first nine started with a two-under 34 that saw him make four birdies and two bogies with a hot putter. However, he said his putting cooled off on the second nine (players played the nine-hole East and West courses each day) which helped result in a five-over 41 to wrap up his tournament. Dittrich finished tied for 20th with a two-day score of 150, 11 strokes behind winner Tristan Nelko of Wayzata. He improved 10 spots and four strokes from last year’s state tournament when he tied for 30th with a 154. Two years ago he also tied for 20th with a 152.
The boys' 4x800 relay team of seniors Griffin Myers and Josh Lewanski, and sophomores Isaac Huntington and Jakub Youngstrom represented Hastings as the Class AA state track meet at Hamline University on Saturday. The team finished 15th with a time of 8 minutes and 15.83 seconds in the finals after qualifying for state by taking second in the Section 1AA meet at Lakeville South with a time of 8:09.89 behind Lakeville South.