Numerous past Hastings Raiders athletes and Hastings natives are having success playing collegiate sports around the country. Others are coaching or have continued their love for athletics in other ways. Below are several former Raiders who saw success in athletics after leaving Hastings High School. If you know of someone who is continuing their passion for sports past high school from Hastings, please let me know at email@example.com.
Brandon McCarthy is a Hastings native who is in his senior year at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he plays football for the Falcons. McCarthy came to UWRF from Iowa Central Community College and this past fall he recorded 23 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in nine games played at defensive back.
Zack Benning is a 2014 Hastings High School graduate who is a redshirt senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he runs cross-country and is a distance runner for the Badgers' track and field team.
So far this track and field season, Benning competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time for the Badgers and took 12th, as well as finishing 22nd overall at the Iowa State Classic. In past years, Benning received Academic All-Big Ten honors once in track and field and three times in cross-country.
While at Hastings, he took second in the 3,200 at the state track and field meet as a senior and finished fifth as a senior at the state cross-country meet. In spring of 2013 he also took second in the 3,200 at the state track and field meet and set a school record in the event. He is studying neurobiology.
Jake Dale is a 2016 graduate of HHS and a junior at Upper Iowa University where he plays baseball for the Peacocks.
Dale has played nine games so far this spring in the infield-starting five-and is hitting .227 with five hits, seven RBI and three runs scored. He did not play in 2018, but as a freshman in 2017 he played in four games with three starts.
Dale is an environmental science major and the son of Julie Dale.
Jenna Conzemius is a Hastings native who attended Cretin-Derham Hall and is now a redshirt sophomore at the University of Minnesota where she is on the women's track and field and cross-country teams.
This past fall Conzemius ran in four races for the Gopher women's cross-country team and was named Academic All-Big Ten. During the indoor track and field season this winter, she is competing in the 800.
Conzemius graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall in 2016 where she was twice an All-State honoree and All-Conference four times. She was part of Cretin-Derham Hall's 2014 track and field state championship team.
She is the daughter of Joyce and Mike Conzemius and is studying marketing.
Austin Eichmann is a Hastings native and 2016 HHS graduate who is a junior at the University of Mary where he wrestlers for the Marauders.
This past winter, Eichmann wrestled at 165 pounds and took fourth at their NCAA Division II Super Regional after going 3-2 and losing 5-4 in the third-place match, just missing out on making the NCAA Division II Championships. As a sophomore, he went 12-13 at 174 and his freshman year he was named the team's Freshman of the Year.
While at Hastings, Eichmann was a standout wrestler and also played football. He was a two-year captain of the Raider wrestling team and his senior year he took second at state with a 41-7 record. His career prep record was 129-52 and also took sixth at state his sophomore year. He was named All-Conference four times and All-State twice.
He is the son of David and Andrea Eichmann and is studying athletic training.