Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.
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The Hastings Raiders boys' soccer team extended their winning streak to six matches this past week as they added victories over Simley, New Life Academy and Minneapolis South to their resume. Hastings is now 9-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Metro East Conference, which puts them alone in fourth with two conference matches left.
The Hastings girls' tennis team followed up a difficult tournament two weeks ago with a tough Metro East Conference stretch this past week. The Raiders went 1-2 last week with a win against North St. Paul and losses to Simley and Mahtomedi. Hastings is now 11-10 overall with sections right around the corner.
The Hastings Raiders football team dropped their fourth game in a row on the road to the St. Thomas Academy Cadets 14-7 Friday night, Sept. 29. With the loss, the Raiders are now 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the Suburban Maroon subdistrict.
The Hastings volleyball team hosted Mahtomedi in a Metro East Conference matchup last Thursday, Sept. 21, and then traveled to River Falls, Wis., for a tournament on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Raiders went 0-4 in those four matches and are now 1-13 overall and 0-3 in conference.
The Hastings girls' swimming and diving time continued their win streak with dual wins over North St. Paul and Woodbury. The Raiders won all 12 events against North St. Paul that they did not exhibition in to beat the Polars 86-72. They then had a close one against Woodbury where each team won the same amount events, but Hastings pulled out the win 96-90.
Hastings' defense kept the Raiders in the game the entire way, but the offense was unable to get anything going against the Simley Spartans. Hastings fell to Simley 10-7 at home on Friday, Sept. 23, and has now lost three games in a row since beating Henry Sibley in the season opener. The Raiders are now 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the Suburban Maroon subdistrict halfway through the season.
The Hastings boys' soccer team has won three matches in a row and have exploded offensively. Meanwhile, after winning two matches in a row, the Raider girls were shut out in two straight matches this past week. Both teams have just two weeks left in their regular season schedule before section playoffs begin. Boys' offensive explosion The Raider boys have won three matches in a row and scored a total of 15 goals in those three games, which is five more than they had scored in the previous eight matches combined.
Hastings’ defense played great and kept the Raiders in the game the entire way, but the offense was unable to get anything going against the Simley Spartans. Hastings fell to Simley 10-7 at home on Friday, Sept. 23, and has now lost three games in a row since beating Henry Sibley in the season opener. The Raiders are now 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the Suburban Maroon subdistrict halfway through the season.
Heading into last Friday's game against the Park Wolfpack, head coach Dana Strain said that it would be a challenge to contain Park's high-octane offense. Well, it proved to be too much for the Raiders as Park ran away with the game early and won by a final of 43-14. Hastings was outgained by the Wolfpack by almost 200 total yards and gave up numerous big plays, several of them for scores. With the loss, Hastings falls to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the newly created Suburban Maroon sub-district.
The Hastings girls' swimming and diving team is on an impressive winning streak. Going back to Aug. 31 and the Metro East Conference Relays, the Raiders have won the Relays, their own Hastings Invite and a dual against Mahtomedi. MEC relays Hastings won the MEC relays by 40 points, won seven out of nine events and set two new records. The two new records were set in the 200 breaststroke relay (Shannon McCullough, Jocelyn Brink, Brooklyn Byrd and Katie Gjelhaug) and the 400 freestyle relay (Drew Gerlach, Emma Gelhar, Kendra Kosmoski and Natasha Girgen).