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' own Luke Larson and Colin Sieh will play in one of Minnesota's greatest hockey traditions, the CCM High Performance Ted Brill Great 8 hockey tournament. The Ted Brill Great 8 has been held for more than 30 years and allows the top high school players in Minnesota to showcase their talents in front of coaches and scouts from colleges, junior leagues and professional teams.
The Hastings girls' basketball team took a step forward this season when they won their first section playoff game against Park after losing in the opening round to Rosemount last year. Getting into the second round was a goal of the Raiders heading into this season.
The Hastings gymnastics team finished up their season after taking fifth out of seven teams in the Metro East Conference. The team's highest score this year was 123.4 and head coach Jeanne Kasel said her team really worked hard down the stretch at the end of the season.
The Hastings girls' hockey team finished their season after a section playoff loss to Eagan, but once again proved they were one of the best teams in the Metro East Conference (MEC) with a 7-4-0 record in conference (8-17-1 overall). "We had the second-best record behind only Hill-Murray, which was our goal going into the season," head coach Josh Colvin said. "Our goal was to be competitive in every game, but in section play we struggled to keep up with some of the teams, so we will need to improve that for next year."
The Hastings boys' hockey team finished its season with an 8-18 overall record after losing to Park of Cottage Grove 3-1 in the first round of section playoffs. The Raiders took sixth in the Metro East Conference after compiling a 5-7 record in the MEC. However, head coach Adam Welch said that this season cannot be measured by just wins and losses.
The Hastings boys' and girls' alpine ski teams held their annual end-of-season banquet recently where several skiers received Minnesota State High School League and conference awards. The girls' section team of Shannon O'Connor, Kayla Boogren, Josie Pechous, Logan Doty, Alaina Kremer and Vika McGrath received the MSHSL Ski Coaches' Association Academic Gold Award. The boys' section team of Jacob Peine, Sam Molitor, Jake Molitor, Hayden Niebur, Josh McKinney and Thomas Karnick received the MSHSL Ski Coaches' Association Academic Silver Award.
The Hastings boys' basketball team lost to Rosemount 70-40 in the first round of section 3AAAA playoffs Tuesday, March 7. The Raiders, the No. 6-seed, traveled to Rosemount to face the third-seeded Irish in a rematch from earlier in the season — when Hastings also traveled to Rosemount and lost 69-58. The Raiders finished their season with a 12-15 overall record and took fifth in the Metro East Conference after going 8-8 in the MEC.
Wrestling The Hastings wrestling team had nine wrestlers compete in the MSHSL individual state wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4 at the Xcel Energy Center. Coming off a fourth-place finish at team state the day before, the Raiders had three wrestlers place in their weight classes for class AAA. Seniors Adam McSorley and Jackson Schichel ended their prep careers with a bang. McSorley took third at 132 pounds and Schichel fourth at 220 pounds. Junior Trey Rogers took second at 182 pounds and will shoot to win the state championship next year.
Boys' Swimming and Diving The Hastings boys' swimming and diving team competed at the MSHSL state swim meet and junior Vova Tipler won the class AA diving state championship by a landslide this past weekend. Hastings sent Tipler for diving, junior John Rupp in the 100 backstroke and two relay teams (200 medley and 400 freestyle) of Rupp, Jack Gergen, Aaron McCullough and Carter Williams.