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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This week the focus is former Hastings Raider athletes on the diamond, both baseball and softball. A handful of recent Raider ball players are featured at a variety of levels of competition. As usual, if you know of any former Raider athletes competing at the collegiate level or beyond, or are having success in athletics in another capacity, please reach out at email@example.com .
A week of rain and the beginnings of immense snow melt have already created troublesome flooding that is bound to get worse over the next few weeks. At the same time, some spring sports have already started—softball and track and field started on Monday, March 11—while baseball and boys' and girls' golf started on the 18th with the rest coming a week later. Just like last year, we are potentially looking at a delayed spring sports season as fields dry out. And that will create a hectic and stressful April and May.
The Hastings Raiders boys' basketball team are Class AAAA academic state champions, head coach Chad Feikema announced two weeks ago. The Raiders had a cumulative team GPA of 3.68 and they were joined by Class AAA champions Bemidji, Class AA Minnewaska Area and Class A Hancock. Hastings represented Section 3 in AAAA. Section 1 champions were Lakeville South, Section 2 was Chanhassen, Woodbury from Section 4, Spring Lake Park in Section 5, Wayzata from Section 6, Andover from Section 7 and St. Cloud Tech from Section 8.
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 are hitting their prime while playing for their college teams. If you know of someone who is continuing their passion for sports past high school from Hastings, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org .
While the Farmington Tigers wrestling team had a great deal of success this season, one individual's biggest accomplishment came off of the mat. Over the past two years, Matt Clark has embodied the Tigers' mission to develop young men not only as wrestlers, but off the mat as well.
The 2018-2019 season for Hastings Raiders girls' hockey was one of ups and downs in numerous ways. They finished the regular season with an 8-15-1 overall record that saw the Raiders win a couple games but then lose a couple and they were never quite able to string together more than two victories in a row. However, a goal here and a goal there would have made a big difference.
Seniors Megan Mattson and Corbin Leflay were named Hastings High School's 2019 Athena and Apollo award winners which honor two outstanding senior athletes, one female (Athena) and one male (Apollo). According to a release put out by the HHS athletic department, "consideration is given based on excellence and accomplishments in both individual and team sports, throughout the duration of the student-athletes career" while other aspects are "secondary accomplishments (which) include leadership, character, and GPA".
The Hastings boys' basketball season came to an end Tuesday night in Eagan as the No. 6-seeded Raiders fell to the No. 3 Wildcats 80-62 in the first round of the Section 3AAAA playoffs.
The Hastings Raiders boys' basketball teams heads into the Section 3AAAA playoffs as the No. 6 seed and will face the No. 3-seeded Eagan Wildcats in Eagan on Tuesday, March 3. The Raiders have won three of their last six games over the last three weeks, but dropped their last two games of the regular season in what has been an up-and-down season.
The Hastings Raiders wrestling team sent six entrants to the Class AAA individual state tournament held at the Xcel Energy Center Friday and Saturday, March 1-2. Seniors Luke Chamberlain, Godswill Pepple, Alex O'Connor, Mac Wilson, Lynden Wilson and Matt Myers all competed on day one, with Pepple the lone wrestler to advance to day two. Winning matches at state were Mac Wilson, Pepple and Chamberlain, though no Raider placed.