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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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).
The Hastings girls' tennis team hit a bit of a snag this past week as they attempted to battle through a tough part of their schedule. The Raiders have gone 2-4 overall since Sept. 11, over the course of three duals and an invitational. They now have a record of 10-8 and have just four matches left before section playoffs. Duals
The Hastings Raiders' volleyball team is becoming more and more competitive every match as they had into the heart of Metro East Conference play. The Raiders lost at rival Park 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 24-26, 17-25) on Sept. 12, and then had a loss at Tartan (25-28, 25-20, 7-25, 15-25) on Thursday, Sept. 14. Hastings is now 1-9-0 overall and 0-2 in the MEC. Park
The Hastings boys' and girls' cross country teams competed in the Lakeville AppleJack Invitational hosted by Lakeville North at Aronson Park on Saturday, Sept. 16. The boys' team took 14th out of 27 teams. The girls' team is fighting a rash of injuries so the Raider girls' ran as individuals. Freshman Linnea Urban was the top finisher between both teams. Urban finished eighth out of 162 runners for the girls' race with a time of 20 minutes and 27.88 seconds. Senior David Nogle was the top runner for the boys as he took 30th out of 184 runners in 18:03.27.
The Hastings boys' and girls' soccer teams have been in goal slumps over the past two weeks, but each have the slow part of their schedule to engineer a turnaround. Both teams have near identical records, with the boys' team 3-4-1 overall while the girls are 3-4-0. The Raider boys are tied for last in the Metro East Conference with a record of 0-2-1, while the girls are fourth in the MEC at 1-1. Raider boys' 0-3-1 in last two weeks
The Hastings boys' and girls' cross-country teams hosted the annual Dewey Minnaert Invitational on Sept. 7 at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. The girls' team finished fifth out of nine teams with 113 points while the boys took seventh out of 12 teams with 174 points.
Coming into Friday night’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' tennis team has won their last three matches in a row over Waseca, Tartan and Burnsville. With those three wins, the Raiders are now 8-4 overall and have played over half their schedule. They beat Waseca 5-2, swept Tartan 7-0 and edged out a good Burnsville team 4-3.