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The Hastings wrestling team showed why it's one of the best wrestling programs in the state this last weekend at the section 3AAA individual tournament. The Raiders dominated the tournament by sending nine wrestlers to the individual state tournament, on top of the team having already qualified for team state. Head coach Josh McLay was also honored as being section 3AAA Coach of the Year and said he could not be more proud of his team.
Krystal Carlson is now the all-time scoring leader in not only Hastings girls' basketball history, but also Hastings High School basketball in general. Carlson passed the former record-holder, Erin Ahneman (formerly Ditty), Feb. 14 at North St. Paul. Ahneman, who played on Hastings' state championship team during the 1995-96 season, previously held the record with 1,604 points. As of Feb. 28, Carlson had racked up a total of 1,672 points. Carlson said that breaking the record was not a goal of hers until this season.
Hastings High School has hired Amy Johnson to be the new head volleyball coach at HHS. The announcement came Friday, Feb. 24, nearly three months after former head coach Rita Girgen resigned at the end of the 2016 season.
Girls' Basketball Junior Krystal Carlson became the all-time leading scorer for both the girls' and boys' basketball programs in Hastings this past week and helped the Raiders win two road games in the Metro East Conference. Carlson passed Erin Ditty's 1,604 career points Tuesday, Feb. 14, against North St. Paul in a 68-29 win for the Raiders. They also won at Tartan Friday, Feb. 17, 55-48. Hastings has just two games left in the regular season and if they win both they clinch a share of the MEC championship at the very least. North St. Paul
Four members of the Hastings boys' and girls' alpine ski teams competed in the state tournament Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn. Jacob Peine, Shannon O'Connor, Josie Pechous and Kayla Boogren, all juniors, each made two downhill runs and were placed by those two runs' combined time.
Over 900 wins. More than 800 players. Coached for 46 years. Part of HHS boys' basketball for almost five decades. Five different athletic directors and seven head coaches. All of these are accurate ways to quantify coach Jake Moore's tremendous career coaching freshman basketball at HHS. After coaching the freshman boys' basketball team for almost half a century, Coach Moore announced last week after winning his 900th game that he was retiring after this season.
The Hastings boys' hockey team was unable to close out a victory against Park during Senior Night Thursday, Feb. 16. The Raiders led the Wolfpack 3-1 in the third period and seemed to have the game well in hand until Park exploded for five goals over a nine-minute stretch. Hastings was unable to make a comeback and lost the regular season finale 6-3.
The Hastings wrestling team once again qualified for the team state tournament after hosting the section 3AAA duals this past Friday. The Raiders swept St. Paul Harding 84-0, beat East Ridge 62-10 and then qualified with a solid victory over Eagan 40-15.
The Hastings boys' basketball team dropped two games to North St. Paul and Tartan this last week, both whom are at the top of the Metro East Conference. The Raiders hosted the Polars on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and lost 62-61 after leading with less than 30 seconds left. Then Tartan came to town and showed why they are considered one of the top teams in class 4A, beating the Raiders 86-46. Hastings is now 9-13 overall and have dropped four in a row. They are fifth in the MEC with a 5-7 conference record. North St. Paul
The Hastings wrestling team hosted Simley, Thursday, Feb. 9, for the Metro East Conference title. Both teams came into the match undefeated in conference action and the winner would walk away with the championship. The Raiders fell in a close match to the Spartans, 28-24. Results are as follows: 106 pounds: John Kendall lost by decision 13-7 113 pounds: Paul Kendall lost by pin fall 120 pounds: Croix Mader won by decision 9-4 126 pounds: Jesse Mimbach won by decision 4-2 132 pounds: Hastings forfeited