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 girls' swimming and diving team is on a roll through the first part of their schedule. They have competed in three dual meets and two invitationals and have come away with the win in all of them. The Raiders have beat Metro East Conference foes North St. Paul and Simley, as well as against Dakota County opponent Farmington. They have also dominated the MEC relays as well as the meet they hosted with five other teams (Henry Sibley, Mahtomedi, North St. Paul, Woodbury and St. Paul Highland Park).
Stifling defense and an effective offense continue to be the Hastings Raiders' calling cards as they won a close game for the second week in a row Friday night. The Raiders won on the road, 14-6, over the Simley Spartans to remain undefeated at 4-0 and atop the Suburban Maroon sub-district. It was the second week in a row that Hastings faced a tough test and was able to prevail.
The Hastings boys' and girls' cross-country teams faced a combination of Minnesota and western Wisconsin teams last week at the Hudson Raider Invitational. The boys took third out of nine teams with three top-20 finishers while the girls finished fifth out of seven teams.
The Hastings Raiders girls' tennis team beat the Tartan Titans, 7-0, last week on Sept. 6 and then followed up that win with another over South St. Paul, 6-1, on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Results of last nights match against Henry Sibley were not yet available. The Raiders traveled to Eagan Saturday morning for an invitational, went to Simley on Monday, Sept. 17, and hosted Mahtomedi on Sept. 20.
Friday night's comeback win for the Hastings Raiders football team over Park was also the annual "Tackle Cancer Night" for the Hastings football program. The Raiders and the Hastings community raised money for cancer research during the game and honored cancer survivors, past and present, and those that have been lost to cancer before the opening kickoff. Football teams all over the state of Minnesota hold "Tackle Cancer Night" games sometime during their season.
The Hastings Raiders football team faced plenty of adversity Friday night against the Park Wolfpack but they proved they are the better team when they made a second-half comeback and won 24-21 over their Hwy. 61 rival. Senior running back Corbin Leflay was near-unstoppable again with three touchdowns despite missing time in the second half after being hobbled. The Raiders' defense played well against Park's speed, giving up just a few big plays that unfortunately went for touchdowns. Hastings remains undefeated at 3-0 and will travel to Simley next Friday, Sept. 21.
The Hastings volleyball team fell to rival Park of Cottage Grove 3-1 at HHS Tuesday night in a match that was much closer than the final score. The Raiders took the first set 26-24 but then dropped the next three 25-22, 26-24 and 25-20. With the loss, Hastings is now 3-6 overall while Park is 4-2. The Raiders travel to Mahtomedi on Thursday, Sept. 13, and then go to Apple Valley on September 18.
Addison Bourdages first rode an Arctic Cat snowmobile when she was 5-years-old and after asking her dad, Carl, to go faster, she was hooked. Addison, now 14 and a freshman at Rosemount High School, has been riding and racing ever since. "I rode it and I didn't want to get off," she said about the experience. "I asked him if it could go faster and that's where we got into racing."
The Hastings Raiders boys and girls cross country team hosted their annual Dewey Minnaert Invitational at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park on Thursday, Sept. 6. Both teams finished in eighth place in fields of 12 teams for the boys and eight for the girls. Sophomore Linnea Urban was the top runner for both teams in the 5,000-meter race with a fourth-place finish and a time of 20 minutes, 26.26 seconds (20:26.26).