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 Hastings Raiders boys' tennis team was able to pack three matches into two days before the snow started last Wednesday, They played back-to-back matches against Apple Valley and Lakeville North at home on Monday, April 8. On Tuesday they also hosted Henry Sibley for their first Metro East Conference match of the spring.
The Hastings Raiders baseball team played a surprise home opener Monday evening at Grossman Field after Hill-Murray's field was deemed unplayable. The game between the Raiders and Pioneers was played in gusting winds and was a roller-coaster of exciting moments, both good and bad. After seeing several ties and lead changes, Hastings held off a Pioneer comeback in the top of the seventh to win 7-6 despite committing seven errors over the course of the game. They improve to 1-1 on the season after losing their season opener to Park, but now the season is on hold due to the snow storm currently blanketing much of the state.
Hastings sophomore Linnea Urban is in the middle of an incredible athletic year for the Raiders and recently added yet another accolade. Just days after competing at the state Nordic skiing meet for Hastings this past February, Urban raced in the final of four junior national Nordic ski qualifying races and qualified for the U.S. Junior National Nordic Ski Championships in Anchorage, Alaska, as part of the Midwest Junior National Nordic Ski team.
Numerous past Hastings Raiders athletes and Hastings natives are having success playing collegiate sports around the country. Others are coaching or have continued their love for athletics in other ways. Below are several former Raiders who saw success in athletics after leaving Hastings High School. If you know of someone who is continuing their passion for sports past high school from Hastings, please let me know at email@example.com .
The Hastings Raiders girls' lacrosse team ended their 2018 season as winners of three of their last six before falling to Woodbury in the section playoffs. Entering their second season under head coach Corwyn Berg, he said his team will be ready to get off to a much faster start this season.
The Hastings Raiders boys' lacrosse team is coming off its best regular season in seven years despite a disappointing first-round section playoff loss to Park after beating the Wolfpack early on in the season. However, the Raiders are looking to retool after losing 12 seniors across their lineup.
A familiar refrain the last few years about the Hastings girls' golf team has been how young and inexperienced they are. But no longer. While technically still young, the team comes back this spring with plenty of experience and the ability to surprise some people.
The Hastings Raiders boys' tennis team hosted the East Ridge Raptors in their season and home opener Wednesday, April 3, at the tennis courts by Hastings High School and lost 6-1. The Raiders' lone win came at No. 1 doubles courtesy of seniors Matt Schlottman and Carson Konrady. Hastings hosts Apple Valley, Lakeville North and Roseville on Saturday, April 6, and then have two matches and a tournament next week.
The Hastings Raiders boy's golf team lost three very good golfers to graduation after last season, including multi-time state entrant Nick Dittrich. But do not make the mistake of thinking they won't be competing for a Metro East Conference title this year. Last year, Hastings was near the top of the MEC and took fourth at sections, just three points behind third-place Lakeville North. Expect much of the same this season.
The Minnesota State High School League announced section realignments for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 season on Thursday, April 4. The only Raider sports team that is set to move is the girls' golf team, which will move from Section 1AAA to Section 3AAA next spring. They will still compete in Section 1AAA this spring and summer. In the Raiders' new section next year will be Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, East Ridge, Eastview, Henry Sibley, Park, Rosemount, Simley and Woodbury.