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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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
The Hastings boys' hockey team lost a nonconference matchup, 6-1, to Eagan on Tuesday. However, the Raiders bounced back Thursday against Henry Sibley, avenging a loss to the Warriors from early in the season by winning 4-2. Hastings is now 8-16 overall and are sixth in the Metro East Conference with a 5-7 record. Eagan Hastings was only down 2-0 going into the third period after playing well, according to head coach Adam Welch, but then in the third, things snowballed.
Girls' Basketball The Hastings girls' basketball team started their week with a one-point loss (49-48) to neighbor Park of Cottage Grove, but then held on to beat Simley 59-50 in order to stay one game behind Mahtomedi in the Metro East Conference. The Raiders have a .500 record at 11-11 overall, but remain one game behind the Zephyrs with a record of 8-2 in the MEC. Park Hastings had a 13-point lead over the Wolfpack going into the second half with the score 27-14. However, Park came back and won 49-48.
The Hastings girls' hockey team lost 8-0 in the first round of Section 3AA playoffs last Wednesday, Feb. 8, to the Eagan Wildcats. The Raiders finished their season with an 8-17-1 overall record (including playoffs), and were 5-4-0 in Metro East Conference play.
Alpine Skiing The Hastings alpine ski teams competed in their section meet at Wild Mountain, and while neither team qualified, the Raiders did have four individuals advance to state. Kayla Boogren, Shannon O'Connor, Josie Pechous and Jacob Peine all qualified for the state meet Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Giant's Ridge.