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 East Ridge girls' basketball team traveled to Hastings on Saturday, Dec. 9, to face the Raiders and lost 54-17. A day earlier at home against White Bear Lake, they fell 61-46 and on Tuesday, Dec. 5, they lost to Edina 52-23. With those losses, the Raptors are now 0-5 overall on the season and 0-1 in the Suburban East Conference. Edina and White Bear Lake
It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Farmington and Rosemount U-12B girls' hockey teams last Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Schmitz-Maki Arena in Farmington. Their game was chosen as the Minnesota Wild's Youth Hockey spotlight game, where the Wild organization picks a youth hockey game, comes to the arena and gives the players involved as close to a professional hockey experience as possible. Mike Cassano, the director of player development for the Farmington Youth Hockey Association, detailed all the effort that went into making the event happen.
Six Park High School athletes across three sports signed their National Letters of Intent to play collegiate athletics next year at their chosen institutions. Softball teammates Delaney Young, Alayna Silvis and Riley Perryman; basketball player Molly Wenner; and lacrosse teammates Grant Glazier and Zakk Morse each committed to different schools.
Both the north and south-bound lanes of Highway 61 are partially blocked as of 3:30 p.m. due to a crash. A semi-truck crashed into a median on Highway 61, just before the stoplight next to the Holiday gas station. The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and other services were on scene.
The Woodbury boys' soccer team had not advanced out of the section quarterfinals in years and head coach Joe Quintavalle said doing that was this year's goal, no matter who the Royals played. The Royals achieved that goal and then some as they shut out Hastings 8-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and then edged crosstown rival East Ridge 1-0 on Thursday, Oct. 12, to advance to the section finals against top-seeded Stillwater.
Tom Schiller and Scott Tjomsland, aka the "Red Dogs," are local football institutions. The two, and their longtime assistant of 12 years Dave Pevonka, have coached, given nicknames to and touched the lives of hundreds of kids in their combined 44 years of coaching youth football. However, after nearly two decades, they are retiring from coaching their Little Raiders Red football team.
The Hastings Walleye first home game at Hastings Civic Arena against the Blaine Lycans can be described by one word: spectacle. The team and crowd were dressed in the bright blueish-purple and gold of the Walleye, which contrasted with the bright green of the turf they played on. Over 200 community members, families and youth lacrosse players gathered to watch the first-ever indoor box lacrosse game played in Hastings, where they proved to be a raucous crowd.
Stephen Hansmann will not be your average marathon runner come Oct. 1 when he runs the Twin Cities Marathon, but he will be the most recognizable. Just look for the large Wounded Warrior Project flag he will be carrying every step of the 26.2-mile race.
Playing AAU basketball is a unique experience, different from anything else in youth sports. The travel, competition, facilities and culture make it unforgettable. Here is what it's like from a player's perspective: The shot misses and the buzzer sounds. Only a handful of high school basketball teams end their seasons with a win, the rest end with a loss. Whether that loss comes in the first playoff or the state championship game, it signals the end of the high school basketball season. It also heralds the start of AAU.
As soon as the high school season ends, they are starting practices and tournaments. Whether they play for a local organization that participates in a handful of regional tournaments, or compete with the best players in the country on a shoe-sponsored circuit, AAU basketball is a growing phenomenon that can be found in your backyard.