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The Minnesota State High School League announced section realignments for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 season on Thursday, April 4. The only Raider sports team that is set to move is the girls' golf team, which will move from Section 1AAA to Section 3AAA next spring. They will still compete in Section 1AAA this spring and summer. In the Raiders' new section next year will be Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, East Ridge, Eastview, Henry Sibley, Park, Rosemount, Simley and Woodbury.
The Hastings baseball team is coming off one of its most successful seasons in recent memory, and the Raiders now aim to get back to that level, at least, heading into this spring.
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' track and field teams both won Metro East Conference championships last season, and boys' head coach Jason Koch said that remains the goal.
The 2019 softball season could be special for the Hastings Raiders as they bring back nine seniors, including a majority of starters from last season that saw them go 2-2 in the section playoffs.
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 . P.J. Piotrowski
The Hastings Raiders boys' tennis team enters the 2019 season as defending Metro East Conference champions, and despite some significant turnover in singles, head coach Mick Willette said he expects his team to have a good shot to defend their title.
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' track and field teams started their season Thursday night, March 28, when the hosted Red Wing and Park for indoor time trials at Hastings High School. While results were not officially kept, it offered the teams the opportunity to compete against others besides their own teammates and simulate a real meet.
Another year and the Hastings trap and skeet shooting club continues to make history. “We are the largest again, they actually said we’re the largest in the world,” said trap head coach Earl Robinson. “That’s what the league told me, I don’t know where they pull the figures from, but I know in the nation we are for sure. We have 126 trap shooters and 34 kids shooting skeet this year.” Out of those 160 kids, the club also has 39 females shooting this year, which Robinson said is the most they have ever had.
Joe Lynch will not return next winter as the Hastings girls' basketball head coach after the school district chose not to renew his contract. Whomever Hastings chooses as its next girls' basketball coach will be the third in a calendar year for the Raiders.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .