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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Hastings native Max Fox recently won the 26th Twin Cities Championship golf tournament at his home course of Dakota Pine Golf Club. Fox stayed within striking distance by posting a strong outing in the first round at Baker National Golf Club. Going into the final nine holes at Dakota Pines, he trailed by a handful of strokes but was able to make the comeback and pull out the win.
Look at your local high school basketball roster. Do a little Googling and you will most likely find a player, or several, that play AAU basketball. As soon as the high school season ends, they are starting practices and tournaments. Whether they play for a local organization that participates in a handful of regional tournaments, or compete with the best players in the country on a shoe-sponsored circuit, AAU basketball is a growing phenomenon that can be found in your backyard.
The Hastings Hawks and Miesville Mudhens have both made the section 1B playoffs. The Hawks will play the Austin BlueSox 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, in Hastings with the winner playing top-seeded Miesville in a best-of-three series.
The Miesville Mudhens extended their winning streak to 14 games this past week with wins over the Hastings Hawks (12-0) on July 21, and the Austin BlueSox (4-0) on July 23. The Mudhens are now 24-3 (14-2 Classic Cannon Valley), haven't lost in over a month and have clinched the top seed in the section 1B playoffs.
The Hastings Tennis Association helped put on the Rivertown Days Tennis Tournament, which spanned multiple sites and three days of competition. There were 23 different divisions that saw different mixes of age groups; men, women and children; and doubles or singles.
The Hastings Hawks dropped their last three games to bring their record to 5-20 on the season and 3-12 in the Classic Cannon Valley. Hastings lost a barn burner to the Cannon Falls Bears 16-11 on July 19, were blown out by the Mudhens in Miesville 12-0 on July 21, and fell in a close game to the Austin Greyhounds at home 7-3 on July 23. The Hawks will most likely be the eight or nine seed in the playoffs and will have to play in the play-in game against the other bottom seed. The winner would then play a best-of-three series against the Mudhens. Against Miesville
The Hastings American Legion baseball team finished its summer season by going 2-2 in the American Legion baseball sub-state six playoffs. They lost in the first round to Northfield 5-1, beat South St. Paul (7-5) and Eagan (6-5) in the consolation bracket before losing to Eastview. All playoff games were nine innings as opposed to the standard seven-inning games in high school and the legion regular season. Doubleheader
The weather was beautiful (if a little hot) and large crowds turned out for the 39th-annual Rivertown Days this past weekend, July 21-23. The Mississippi River was lined with spectators for the Twin Cities Power Boat Races put on by the Twin City Power Boat Association, which included local racers Scott, Joel and Mackenzie Stricker. Families strolled through Jaycee Park during the carnival while kids of all ages took turns trying out the Conquer Ninja Warrior Course.
Hastings diver and upcoming senior Vova Tipler has been named an All-American by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association for the 1-meter dive. Hastings High School boys' swimming and diving head coach Gerry Rupp said that the top 100 diving performances from public and private high schools throughout the country were selected. Tipler won the class AA Minnesota state diving championship last March and was the only diver from Minnesota selected. He will return this next winter for his senior season as part of a very young Raiders swimming and diving team.
The Hastings Tennis Association and Hastings High School collaborated, with generous help from several community members, and built a new tennis storage shed at the HHS tennis courts this past spring. The shed will be dedicated 7 p.m. Friday, July 21, during the Rivertown Days Tennis Tournament. The ceremony will also recognize the gift from the Lyle Steffenson Memorial that helped make building the shed this year possible.