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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Friday night's comeback win for the Hastings Raiders football team over Park was also the annual "Tackle Cancer Night" for the Hastings football program. The Raiders and the Hastings community raised money for cancer research during the game and honored cancer survivors, past and present, and those that have been lost to cancer before the opening kickoff. Football teams all over the state of Minnesota hold "Tackle Cancer Night" games sometime during their season.
The Hastings Raiders football team faced plenty of adversity Friday night against the Park Wolfpack but they proved they are the better team when they made a second-half comeback and won 24-21 over their Hwy. 61 rival. Senior running back Corbin Leflay was near-unstoppable again with three touchdowns despite missing time in the second half after being hobbled. The Raiders' defense played well against Park's speed, giving up just a few big plays that unfortunately went for touchdowns. Hastings remains undefeated at 3-0 and will travel to Simley next Friday, Sept. 21.
The Hastings volleyball team fell to rival Park of Cottage Grove 3-1 at HHS Tuesday night in a match that was much closer than the final score. The Raiders took the first set 26-24 but then dropped the next three 25-22, 26-24 and 25-20. With the loss, Hastings is now 3-6 overall while Park is 4-2. The Raiders travel to Mahtomedi on Thursday, Sept. 13, and then go to Apple Valley on September 18.
Addison Bourdages first rode an Arctic Cat snowmobile when she was 5-years-old and after asking her dad, Carl, to go faster, she was hooked. Addison, now 14 and a freshman at Rosemount High School, has been riding and racing ever since. "I rode it and I didn't want to get off," she said about the experience. "I asked him if it could go faster and that's where we got into racing."
The Hastings Raiders boys and girls cross country team hosted their annual Dewey Minnaert Invitational at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park on Thursday, Sept. 6. Both teams finished in eighth place in fields of 12 teams for the boys and eight for the girls. Sophomore Linnea Urban was the top runner for both teams in the 5,000-meter race with a fourth-place finish and a time of 20 minutes, 26.26 seconds (20:26.26).
The Hastings Raiders boys and girls soccer team welcomed Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa (PIZM) and Apple Valley to Todd Field at McNamara Stadium on Saturday for back-to-back matches. The Raiders certainly put on a show as they combined for 11 goals and two wins in front of the home crowd.
The Hastings Raiders football team was nothing short of dominant when they hosted the Hill-Murray Pioneers Friday night and won 36-6. The Raiders scored 36 points or more in their second straight game and have only given up one touchdown so far this season. Hastings improves to 2-0 and will welcome the Park Wolfpack next Friday, Sept. 14.
The Hastings volleyball team has already matched their win total from 2017 so far this fall and have been competitive in all three of their matches. The Raiders started their season 1-2 with a 3-1 win over St. Paul Highland Park at home and losses to Simley (3-0) and Minneapolis South (3-2). Thursday night they continue Metro East Conference play when they travel to Hill-Murray.
The Miesville Mudhens' quest to win their third straight Class B state championship came to an end on Labor Day against a familiar foe. After beating the Chanhassen Red Birds 3-2 on Saturday in the champion's bracket final, the Mudhens once again took on the Red Birds in the state championship game. Miesville need to win just one out of two games, while Chanhassen, who came up through the consolation bracket on Sunday, had to win two. The Red Birds were successful, beating the Mudhens 6-1 and 7-4 in back-to-back games Monday to win their first-ever state championship.
Hastings girls' swimming and diving head coach Katie McAlpin said that she has been anticipating this season the last couple years. After only graduating a handful of seniors from last year, this year's team returns Natasha Girgen, a senior who has already qualified for state the last couple years, as well as a young but experienced team.