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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hastings native and 2017 HHS graduate Alec Rudh just finished his sophomore year at St. Mary's University of Minnesota where he plays tennis for the Cardinals. Over the past year-fall of 2018 and spring of 2019-Rudh played in 19 singles matches and 18 doubles matches. His singles matches mostly came at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots with some appearances at No. 1 as well and he had a record of 3-16. In doubles he played a lot with former Hastings Raider teammate Brandon Kurilla (see further down this article) at the No. 2 and 3 spots and had a record of 5-13 (3-9 with Kurilla).
The Cardinals were 7-12 overall and 1-8 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Rudh is studying sports management and business intelligence and analytics.
Bri Froehling is another 2017 Hastings graduate who just completed her sophomore year at the University of North Carolina-Asheville where she is on the Bulldogs women's track and field team. This spring, Froehling competed in the Gamecock Invitational on April 13 hosted by the University of South Carolina and ran the 400-meter run in 1 minute, 5.38 seconds. Two weeks later, she ran the same event to finish the regular season at the Don McGarey Invitational and ran a 1:04.96.
Brandon Kurilla just finished his freshman year at St. Mary's University of Minnesota where he and fellow Raider Alec Rudh play tennis for the Cardinals. The 2018 Hastings graduate played 17 singles matches and 17 doubles matches. Most of his singles matches came at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots and he went 5-12. For doubles he was paired with Rudh in 12 matches and went 3-9 while he was 6-11 overall. Kurilla is a pre-med/biology major.
Hastings native and 2015 graduate Madeline Carlson just finished her senior year at Eckerd College (an NCAA Division II school) in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she plays tennis for the Tritons in the Sunshine State Conference. Carlson played in 5 singles matches where she went 1-4 and another eight doubles matches. As a freshman, she played in 19 total matches and 15 as a sophomore. Carlson was named to the SSC Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll her first three years.
While at Hastings, Carlson was a two-year captain, received all-conference honors and was also a pole vaulter on the track and field team. She is the daughter of Jeff and Stacy Carlson.