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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The Metro East Conference championships were held last week, May 23 (prelims) and May 25 (finals), at Tartan High School. Hastings hosted just the discus events due to difficulties resulting from the recent wet weather. The boys' team took second out of nine teams with 123 points, behind just Mahtomedi who won with 159 points. The girls' team took third with 106.5 points, behind North St. Paul in second (121.25) and Mahtomedi (136.75).
The Hastings' softball team beat Eagan 5-3 May 24 to advance in the winner's bracket of the section 3AAAA playoffs. With their win over Eagan, the Raiders were 2-0 in the double-elimination playoffs and just Park of Cottage Grove stood between them and the section championship game. However, they fell to Park 2-1 on May 26 to drop down to the consolation bracket. They then lost to Eagan in a rematch 2-1 to end their season right before this article went to print.
The Hastings baseball team ended its season after losing to East Ridge and Apple Valley in section playoffs. The Raiders fell to the Raptors for the second time this season on May 25, 6-2. They then faced Apple Valley in the consolation bracket on Memorial Day and lost 2-1 in a game that went 10 innings.
The Hastings girls' lacrosse team finished their regular season 4-9 overall and 1-7 in the Metro East Conference. The Raiders lost to second-place Tartan on May 15 16-10 and fell to MEC champion Hill-Murray 16-6 on May 18. Last week, they hosted Mahtomedi on May 23 and lost 15-3. They were then edged out by rival North St. Paul 9-6 in their last regular season game on May 25.
The Hastings boys' golf team put together a strong third-place finish at the Metro East Conference championship held May 24 at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood. The Raiders tied with Mahtomedi for third with a team score of 312. St. Thomas Academy won the tournament to remain undefeated in MEC for the season and Hill-Murray finished in second.
The Hastings boys' tennis team ended their fantastic season with a loss to East Ridge in the section 3AA championship for the chance to go to state.
Several hundred people braved the potential rain and storms Monday, May 29, to attend the Memorial Day ceremony at Hastings Roadside Park put on by VFW Post 1210, American Legion Post 47 and their Ladies Auxiliaries. The program was just one of many that day, with others held at locations like the Minnesota Veterans Home and the Soldiers and Sailors Cemetery.
The Hastings boys' golf team won a triangular against North St. Paul and Henry Sibley at Manitou Ridge Golf Course on May 16, and then took second in another triangular against St. Thomas Academy and Mahtomedi at Mendakota Country Club on May 18.
The Hastings boys' tennis team had made it to the sectional finals for what head coach Michael Willette thinks is the first time since the mid-1990s. The Raiders beat South St. Paul 7-0 at home May 18, and then edged out Eagan 4-3 on Monday, May 22, to advance to the sectional finals. The Raiders faced East Ridge on Wednesday, May 24.
The Hastings baseball team was on a roll through the first half of May. They won nine Metro East Conference games in a row, from April 28 until Monday, May 22, when they lost to St. Thomas Academy in the last game of the regular season. The Raiders finished the season 11-9 overall and 11-5 in conference, which was good for second place behind Tartan.