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 grand opening of the Mississippi River Trail at Spring Lake Park Reserve was held Saturday, May 20, during a cold and wet morning. Despite the weather conditions, almost 100 community members, dignitaries and volunteers showed up for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hastings' section of the Mississippi River Trail near Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center.
The No. 3 seed Hastings softball team beat sixth-seed Eastview 2-1 on Monday, May 22, in the first round of section playoffs. On Friday, May 19, the Raiders lost to Champlin Park 14-12 at home making it the second time Hastings has lost to the Rebels. Hastings finished its regular season with a record of 12-7 and 11-2 in the Metro East Conference, finishing behind North St. Paul who beat the Raiders for the championship May 11. Champlin Park
Despite the horrible weather the last two weeks, the Hastings girls' golf team has found a way to stay busy. The Raiders hosted Tartan on May 11 at Hidden Greens Golf Course. The Titans edged Hastings 200-207, but sophomore Hannah Hubbart was a medalist and shot a 46. Head coach Becky Hartung said that Hubbart was able to shoot a quality score by hitting a lot of fairways and putting well. Sophomore Sam Benson shot a 52, senior Nicole Neuman came in with a 53 and seventh-grader Lauren Hubbart shot a 56.
The Hastings boys' lacrosse team has gone 2-1 over the last two weeks, with one game postponed. The Raiders beat TrIMAC 22-1 on May 15, lost to Park of Cottage Grove 14-7 on the road May 19 and beat Rochester Mayo 18-9 on Monday, May 22. Their final game against St. Thomas Academy was postponed until Wednesday, May 24. Hastings is 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the Metro East Conference. Should the Raiders beat St. Thomas Academy, they will finish 3-3 in the MEC and be tied with the Cadets and possibly Simley for third place.
The Hastings softball team (No. 3 seed) beat sixth seed Eastview 2-1 on May 22 in the first round of section playoffs. Senior outfielder Rachel Reinke won the game for the Raiders with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh with two outs.
Christa McAuliffe Elementary School hosted the the Many Nations, One Celebration event put on by the Parent-Teacher Coalition and AFS-USA Friday, May 12.
The Hastings boys' lacrosse team beat Northfield 18-10 on May 8 and then lost to Metro East Conference-leading Mahtomedi 18-8 on May 11. The Raiders are now 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the MEC. Northfield
The Hastings boys' and girls' track and field teams traveled to Eagan last week for another True Team meet. The Raider girls took third out of eight teams behind Eagan and Stillwater, while the boys took fifth.
The Hastings boys' tennis team finished its regular season last week. They beat Rosemount 5-2 on Friday, May 12, but then faced Mahtomedi on Monday, May 15, in a match that would determine the Metro East Conference championship. Hastings lost 4-3 to the Zephyrs and finished their season 17-2 overall and 6-1 in the MEC.
The Hastings boys' golf team competed in three triangulars last week, winning two and taking second in the other. They beat North St. Paul and Tartan in North St. Paul on May 9, took second behind Hill-Murray while beating South St. Paul on May 10 and then beat both Simley and Tartan on May 11.