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 boys’ lacrosse team is nearly halfway through its regular season and shows no signs of slowing down. The Raiders started the season off with three-straight wins over Park, Simley and Tartan. They lost at home in a tight game against Orono, but have won two-straight over Hill-Murray and North St. Paul since then.
The Hastings girls' golf team hosted an LPGA Day event on April 27 at Hidden Greens Golf Course along with the Cannon Falls girls' golf team. Head coach Becky Hartung said that they had four LPGA teaching professionals put on a clinic for the two teams.
Fill the Hill The Hastings boys' tennis team hosted its third annual "Fill the Hill" night where they play a match under the lights at the courts across from Roadside Park. Last Friday, they hosted Rosemount in front of over 100 spectators that sat on the hill next to the courts. Free food was provided and the Raider seniors were honored before the match.
Hastings girls' basketball head coach Padrick Judd recently announced his resignation as both a teacher and coach in order to pursue opportunities elsewhere. Judd, who teaches physical education and social studies at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, is taking a physical education position in Moose Lake, Minn., which is just off of Interstate Highway 35 and south of Duluth.
Hastings baseball's early-season hitting woes might just be a relic of the past if their offensive performance in the first week of action is any indication. The Raiders swept the Hill-Murray Pioneers in a doubleheader 7-0 and 2-0 last Monday. They then beat Woodbury on the road 7-5 on Thursday before losing at East Ridge on Friday 15-5. However, they bounced back on Saturday by taking a doubleheader at North St. Paul 8-1 and 4-2.. It's an ideal start to the season and Metro East Conference play for Hastings after they got off to a slow start last year.
The Hastings boys' golf team hosted their annual Don Saatzer Invite, named after the former Raiders golf coach, at Dakota Pines Golf Club on Monday, April 30. Hastings finished second with a score of 334, 12 strokes behind Wayzata. Raider senior Nick Dittrich, who has qualified for the state tournament the last two years, won the tournament with a 76. Hastings featured a second team called Hastings Gold, which shot a 387, in the 15-team tournament.
The season has started off on the right foot for the Hastings girls' golf team. The Raiders had the advantage of being able to use Hidden Greens' driving range when the weather was not cooperating, and it payed off with a two-stroke victory over Simley.
The Hastings boys' tennis team continues its dominance of the Metro East Conference after sweeping both Simley and Henry Sibley last week. The Raiders beat the Spartans last Tuesday, 7-0, and then the Warriors last Thursday by the same score. Hastings is now 7-1 overall, and 4-0 in the MEC. Simley
The Hastings Raiders' softball team started its season in unusual fashion: they played a double-header in the middle of the school day in a dome. The Raiders faced off against Forest Lake and Anoka last Friday in a double-header with games at noon and 2 p.m. Hastings fell to Forest Lake 1-0 in the first game, with the Rangers only run coming on a home run. Against Anoka, one inning cost the Raiders, a four-run fourth from which they never recovered in a 4-0 loss.
The Hastings Raiders boys' lacrosse team has hit the ground running for the start of this season and are taking no mercy. The Raiders obliterated their rival, Park, in the season opener at Park last Friday night for a 11-2 victory. They followed up that victory with another win over Metro East Conference opponent, the Simley Spartans, on the road, 18-7, on Monday, April 23.