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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Do not expect a whole lot of change outside of roster turnover for this year's Hastings girls' soccer team. After winning just three games in 2016, the Raiders showed plenty of improvement last year as they compiled a 7-9 overall record. Despite having 13 players graduate from last year's team, head coach Scott Meier said he returns a solid core from which to build around in 2018.
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' soccer teams started their regular seasons with a slate of non-conference matchups. The girls' lost their season and home opener on Friday, 2-1, to Byron while the boys went 1-1 with a 1-0 win over Richfield Thursday on the road before falling to Park, 5-3, at home on Saturday.
The Raiders girls' tennis team started their season this past weekend at a quadrangular in Duluth. They played three matches, against Duluth East, Virginia and Simley, coming away with a win over Virginia, 4-3, while falling to Duluth East and Simley, 4-3.
The Hastings Hawks baseball team ended their season in the Section 1B playoffs when they were swept and eliminated by the Northfield Knights. Despite being swept and a less than stellar regular season record, manager Shawn Matson said he believes his team finished the year playing their best ball and made important strides over the summer.
Photos from throughout the season for the Hastings Raiders Legion baseball team, who had their season end in the sub-state playoffs.
The Hastings Hawks had their season end Sunday at Veterans Park as they were eliminated from the Section 1B playoffs by the Northfield Knights. The Hawks fell 10-0 in the elimination game after losing 16-4 on Friday in Northfield. Hastings finishes the season with a 4-26 overall record behind an increasingly younger roster.
The renovation of the basketball courts at Pioneer Park is complete and Wednesday the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with the City of Hastings, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the event. The refurbishment of the courts at Pioneer Park was made possible by the Minnesota Timberwolves' FastBreak Foundation and its Our Courts, Our Future program, in partnership with U.S. Bank. This past spring, the Pioneer Park courts (along with courts in Hibbing, St. Cloud and St. Paul) won an online vote to be renovated by the Timberwolves.
The Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount Legion Green baseball teams all had their seasons end last week in the Division 1 Sub-state 5 and Sub-state 6 playoffs. The team from Farmington made it to the farthest, losing in the finals of the winners bracket before dropping down to the consolation where they were eliminated. Rosemount and Hastings were both eliminated in two games.