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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Hastings senior Nick Dittrich has made his senior year a victory-lap of sorts as he racks up award after award. Dittrich added to his list of accomplishments yesterday as he shot a 141 in two rounds during the Section 1AAA golf tournament at The Jewel Golf Club, claiming his spot as co-medalist and qualifying for the state tournament for the third year in a row. This is on top of the Metro East Conference championship he claimed last week at Keller Golf Course and the numerous tournaments he has won in this condensed season.
The Hastings Raiders boys' golf team finished its regular season the past two weeks with three meets, including the Metro East Conference championship. They took first on their home course of Dakota Pines in their final conference meet before the championship, took 11th at the East Ridge Invite at Stone Ridge and then competed in the Metro East Conference championship at Keller Golf Course.
The girls' golf team finished their regular season with a match against Mahtomedi and their Metro East Conference championships. The Raiders fell to Mahtomedi and then finished fourth in conference, with several girls bring home all-conference honors.
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' track and field teams finished their regular season with a bang as both teams brought home the hardware as Metro East Conference champions. After some weather delays and having to run the 4x400 meter relay on Friday due to those delays, the result was never in doubt. Both teams combined to win nine events plus numerous top five finishes.
The Hastings Raiders' baseball team saw its playoff journey become much more difficult on Memorial Day after they fell in the opening round to Burnsville 2-0. The Raiders, who were the No. 2 seed, faced Burnsville at Alimagnet Park, pretty much a home game for the Blaze. They were unable to get the bats going and now drop down to the consolation bracket for the double elimination playoffs. Hastings will take on No. 6 Apple Valley on Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles were 10-runned by Rosemount.
The season came to an end this past week for the Hastings Raiders boys' tennis team. The Raiders finished their season by competing in the section 3AA individual singles and doubles tournaments held at the Life Time Fitness in Lakeville on May 25. Competing for Hastings were singles players John Rupp and Brandon Kurilla, both seniors. The doubles teams were brothers Colby (sophomore) and Joe Zak (senior) and then junior Carson Konrady and senior Grant Hollar.
The Hastings Raiders softball team will have to take the more difficult path through the consolation bracket if they hope to make the state tournament. Following their close win over Henry Sibley at home in the first round last Tuesday, Hastings fell to No. 2 Eastview on the road 3-0 on Thursday. Sent down to the consolation bracket, the Raiders responded by eliminating the Rosemount Irish on Saturday 4-3. They now play No. 7 Eagan on Tuesday and should they win, they will play the loser of Eastview and Park on Wednesday to see who will play in the section championship game.
Hastings High School athletic director Trent Hanson announced today (Wednesday) the hiring of a new girls' basketball coach. Joe Lynch, formerly the girls' basketball coach at Cretin-Derham Hall, becomes the new head coach of the Hastings Raiders.
The Hastings Raiders boys' tennis team fell to No. 2-seeded Eastview Lightning 4-3 in the section semifinals Monday evening, ending their team season. The Raiders swept No. 6 seed Woodbury in the quarterfinals last Thursday .
No matter what the sport is, one of the most important things is to peak at the right time and be playing your best when it comes time for whatever kind of postseason there is. Well, the Hastings Raiders girls' golf teams are definitely playing their best golf as they wrap up their regular season and head into conference championships and sections.