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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One of the best seasons in recent memory for the Hastings Raiders boys' hockey team came to an end Saturday morning when they lost to the Lakeville South Cougars 8-1. The Raiders—who earned the No. 1 seed in Section 1AA—beat No. 8 Rochester John Marshall 9-0 at Hastings Civic Arena on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the first round sections. They then traveled to the Rochester Recreation Center for their showdown with No. 4 Lakeville South on Saturday, Feb. 23, and found themselves immediately trying to play catch up.
Hastings is sending six entrants to the individual state wrestling meet next week after once again dominating at the Section 3AAA individual section meet at Bloomington Kennedy High School. Those qualifying for state are seniors Matt Myers (120 pounds), Lynden Wilson (126), Mac Wilson (152), Alex O'Connor (170), Godswill Pepple (195) and Luke Chamberlain (285). Every single Raider wrestler placed at the conclusion of the two-day meet, and all but one finished in fourth-place or better.
The Hastings Raiders boys' hockey team turned Rochester John Marshall into little more than a speed bump Thursday night as the blew past the Rockets 9-0 in the first round of the Section 1AA playoffs. The Raiders jumped on John Marshall right from the beginning and never let up as they amassed an amazing 68 shots on goal. Hastings—the No. 1 seed in Section 1AA—will now face No. 4 Lakeville South on Saturday, Feb. 23, in Rochester at the Rochester Recreation Center. The Cougars beat No. 5 Rochester Mayo 4-1 on Thursday as well.
The Hastings Raiders boys' hockey team ended their regular season this past weekend on a high note as they beat Rochester Mayo and secured the No. 1 seed for the Section 1AA playoffs. The Raiders finished the season on a three-game winning streak and won of nine of their last 11 games. Overall, they were 19-4-1 and 10-2 in the Metro East Conference. As the No. 1 seed, Hastings will play the winner of a play-in game in the first round of sections—either No. 8 Rochester John Marshall or No. 9 Dodge County—on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Hastings Civic Arena.
The Hastings Raiders gymnastics team ended its season Friday, Feb. 15, in Farmington at the Section 1AA meet. The Raiders finished seventh out of eight teams with a team score of 120.00 while the Section 1AA champions were Owatonna with a score of 147.025. Hastings took seventh in each of the four events as well with a 32.425 on vault, 26.800 on bars, 29.650 on beam and 31.125 for the floor exercise. Their top finisher was eighth-grader Kyra Bartholomew who finished 19th overall in the all-around with a score of 30.475. Below are the Raiders' scores and places for each event:
Three senior Raider athletes signed their Letters of Intent to play collegiate athletics Friday, Feb. 15, at Hastings High School. Natasha Girgen, Noah Kullmann and Matt Schlottman will all continue their sports careers at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels.
Senior Alexa Kimmes, junior Sam Molitor and eighth-grader Aaron Herber represented the Hastings Raiders at the state alpine ski meet on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Biwabik, Minn. It was the second state meet for both Kimmes and Molitor who were a part of last year's boys' and girls' state teams for the Raiders. This year, they qualified as individuals along with Herber in his first state meet.
Hastings' junior Trevor Caflisch and sophomore Linnea Urban competed in the state nordic skiing meet in Biwabik, Minn., this past Thursday, Feb. 14. Urban finished in 16th and qualified for All-State honors after being in the Top-25. Meanwhile, it was Caflisch's second-straight state meet and he took 57th. Urban was in 15th after the freestyle portion of the race, which she completed in 17 minutes and 58 seconds, and then completed the Classic portion in 19:28 for a total Pursuit time of 37:14. The girls' winner was Mara McColler of Wayzata with a time of 34:51.
Since the start of 2019, the Hastings boys have gone 4-6 after a six-game losing streak to end the month of December.