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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The Hastings Raiders wrestling team competed in The Clash XVI held at Rochester Community and Technical College. The Clash is considered one of the best, if not the best, dual tournament in the nation, featuring the best teams in Minnesota, across the Midwest and nationally ranked teams from across the country. The Raiders took 20th after going 2-1 on the first day and 0-3 on the second day.
The Hastings boys' swimming and diving team beat the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders last week 95-91 before holiday break. Hastings and Cretin split the 12 events right down the middle, 6-6, and the meet came down to the last event, the 400 freestyle relay.
The Hastings community has seen a wide range of success and inspiring stories from its sports teams and athletes. From Vova Tipler's state diving championship to Krystal Carlson becoming the leading scorer in Hastings basketball history, and even the retirement of Raider institution Jake Moore, it's been a great year for Raider nation. Read below for 10 (unranked) of the best sports stories from the year 2017.
The Hastings Raiders boys' basketball team started the season out hot, but their shooting recently cooled off as they dropped two in a row before bouncing back. Last Tuesday, Dec. 12, they lost at home to Eastview 68-59 in a game where they trailed by much more but were able to make a comeback. Two days later, they hosted Rosemount and beat them 61-51 in a well-balanced offensive performance for the Raiders. Hastings is now 3-2 overall as they head into Metro East Conference play. Eastview
Rogers Hastings senior Trey Rogers finally got his Santa hat. After taking fourth at 182 pounds last year in the annual Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Rogers beat Tyler Buesgens of Scott West by an 8-6 decision to win the 195-pound championship and was handed a Santa hat by a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' hockey teams struggled this past week in Metro East Conference play. The two teams combined to go 0-4 and were outscored 32-6 as they faced some of the best teams in the area in Hill-Murray and Mahtomedi. With the losses, the Raider boys are now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the MEC. Meanwhile, the Hastings girls are 3-9 with a 1-4 record in the MEC, which is good for a tie for fifth in the conference. Boys
While the Hastings boys' basketball team might have wanted a better record last season, that's not to say it was not a successful season for the Raiders.
Hope, wish, pray, cross your fingers and your toes this winter for plenty of snow, if only for the sake of the Hastings Nordic (and alpine) ski teams. After the very small amount of snow last season, and the trend of not much snow over the last couple seasons, head coach John Dewall said that teams across the area have shrunk as interest has waned.
The Hastings wrestling team started its season 2-2 this past weekend with a Metro East Conference win over Tartan on Friday, Dec. 1, and then went 1-2 at its own Raider Duals event. The Raiders beat Tartan 53-18, lost to 12th-ranked in class AAA St. Francis 51-22, beat a solid Coon Rapids team 39-26 and then fell to third-ranked in AAA Prior Lake 37-32.
Sophomore Mallory Brake reached 1,000 points last Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Hastings' win over Eagan. Brake, having played varsity since seventh grade, need 23 points to hit 1,000 on the nose headed into the game against Eagan. She reached the mark with a free throw in the second half and the game was halted to recognize here achievement. Brake is the seventh girls basketball player in Hastings history to score 1,000 points or more and is the 15th between the boys and girls programs combined to do so.