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    2019 Spring Recap: Raider Softball

    As the final 2019 Spring Recaps continue to trickle in to the KDWA Sports Department, this week, KDWA's Nick Tuckner checked in one final time this season, with Hastings Raiders Softball Coach Ken Lundquist, looking back at another great year, and wonderful Senior Class. Also, the Raider cupboard will not be bare next year, with numerous young, talented players ready for 2020 and beyond!

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    Prescott Football Camp Underway!

    Summer Football Camp is now underway at Prescott High School, with the High School Kids kicking off their camp on Monday, and the Youth Kids to follow on Tuesday, as it rolls on throughout the week. What that means, according to Cardinals Varsity Head Coach Kevin Haglund, who joined KDWA Sports on Monday, is that we have just about a month remaining until the 2019 Season begins on Monday, August 5th. Coach Haglund and KDWA's Nick Tuckner have more from Monday's Sports!

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    2019 Hastings Spring All-Conference

    The Hastings High School Athletic Department has released the 2019 Spring All-Conference, and Honorable Mention list for the year, and it was another fantastic Sports Season for Raider Nation, with numerous representatives for the Raiders, including one Hastings Athlete that was All-Conference in not just one sport, but TWO Spring Sports at Hastings High School. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has it all to open the week of Sports!

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    Handful Of Spring Recap Interviews

    With Summer Vacation now here, KDWA Sports has a handful of season recap interviews for you, including with Hastings Athletic Director Trent Hanson, Raider Boys Tennis Coach Mick Willette, Baseball Coach Taylor Pagel, Boys Track Coach Jason Koch, and also Boys Lacrosse Coach Brady Wasvick! Kick back and enjoy the recaps throughout the week!

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    A.D. Smith Wraps Up School Sports

    Over the next two days, KDWA Sports will be catching up with Prescott High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Matt Smith, as we close up the 2018-19 School Year at PHS, by talking about the fantastic run from the Prescott Softball Team to wrap it up, and in Part Two, we look ahead to the Fall, and what Smith is doing to prepare for 2019-20. Plus, we also announce that Cross Country Coach and Counselor Steve Peterson will be leaving PHS, for a job in the Hastings School District. All of that and more in our AD Update to close the Spring!

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    Field Of Angels Softball Tournament

    The "Field of Angels" Co-Ed Softball Tournament will take place on Saturday, July 20th, and Sunday, July 21st, at the Prescott High School Softball Fields, benefitting organizations that help parents dealing with the loss of a child. The two-day tournament is limited to the first 12 teams, that register. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on this awesome weekend of fun!

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    Hastings Parks and Rec Sports Update

    With an update on Hastings Parks and Recreation Sports, Sports and Recreation Coordinator Phil Vargas joined KDWA Sports on Tuesday, to discuss the Summer Sports Season, with Softball and Volleyball underway, Fishing, Kids Safety Camp coming up next week, and the cancellation of the Rivertown Days Kittenball Tournament, plus much more on what will be happening for our annual festival weekend, in Mid July!

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    Kuhn Set For State Tuesday

    The 2019 Minnesota State Golf Meet will begin on Tuesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course, and the Hastings Raiders Boys Golf Team will be represented by Junior Terry Kuhn, who finished in 2nd place overall at the Section 1AAA Meet, at the Jewel in Lake City, just over a week ago. Head Coach Pete McGinnis joined KDWA Sports to look back at the regular season for the whole team, and then the run through Sections for Kuhn.

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    Softball Season Ends In Madison

    The Prescott Softball Season came to a conclusion on Friday in Madison, as #1 Poynette used 11 walks, 7 wild pitches, and timely hitting to outlast the #4 Cardinals, 7-0 in the Division 3 State Semifinals, ending the year with a wonderful 20-11 overall record. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has a recap of the game, but stay tuned next week for a complete Season Recap interview with Head Coach Abbie Morris.

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    State Bound Players Speak

    With the Prescott Girls Softball Team now in Madison, and less than 24 hours away from the first pitch of State, KDWA Sports caught up with two of the Cardinal Players that will be key contributors on the field, once the squad hits the field at Goodman Diamond. Both Senior Second Baseman Kiki Carey, and Sophomore Catcher Heather Hudak talked about the thrill of qualifying for a second straight trip to Madison, and what it will take to upset Poynette, on Friday at Noon, LIVE on KDWA Radio!

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    State Bound Cardinals Sent Off In Style

    The Prescott Cardinals Softball Team was sent off in style on Wednesday, across the City, with their big Pep Fest at Prescott High School, followed by a police and fire escort around town, stopping at the other schools in town, before heading to Madison on a Team Coach Bus. KDWA's Nick Tuckner was there for the Pep Fest on Wednesday afternoon, and you can hear more from A.D. Matt Smith, and Head Coach Abbie Morris!

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    Myers, Huntington To State Meet

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Track and Field Team will be sending two representatives on to this weekend's State Meet, with Senior Matt Myers going in the Pole Vault, and Junior Isaac Huntington headed to Hamline, in the 400. Coach Koch joined KDWA Sports on Wednesday with more on their qualification, and chances for a medal heading on to the weekend.

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    A.D. Smith On Wednesday Sendoff

    The Prescott Cardinals Girls Softball Team will leave town on Wednesday, heading for Madison, and their second-consecutive State Tournament Appearance, as they get set to face Poynette, in the State Semifinals, at Noon, Friday, LIVE on KDWA! Prescott Athletic Director Matt Smith joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Tuesday to talk about all of the Pre-State Fun at Prescott High School on Wednesday afternoon.

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    Hubbart Preparing For State Meet

    The Hastings Raiders Girls Golf Team will cap off their 2019 Season next week, as Senior Captain Hannah Hubbart moves on to the State Meet, at Bunker Hills, following her 4th place finish at the Section 1AAA Meet, qualifying for the Big Show! Head Coach Becky Hartung, and Hubbart both joined KDWA Sports on Tuesday! (Photo Courtesy of HHS Girls Golf Twitter)

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    State Tournament Excitement Begins!

    State Tournament week is now underway for the Prescott Softball Team, and KDWA Sports is kicking off our State-intensive broadcast schedule this week, by talking with Assistant Coach Bart Matzek on qualifying for the Big Show, and also news on the seeding, and first round match-ups in our Bracket Segment!

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    Week In Review: Sectional Success

    Though it was a short week with Memorial Day on Monday, our KDWA Sports "Week in Review" takes us around the Tri-County Area, with the Prescott Cardinals Softball Team winning the Section, and advancing to State, plus news on two Raider Golfers heading to their State Meet, more on the Prescott Track Team, and also the final recap of the Hastings Baseball Season, following Thursday's loss to Rosemount.

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    BACK TO BACK SECTION CHAMPS!

    The Prescott Softball Team is headed back to Madison for a second consecutive season, after beating Bloomer on their home field, in Thursday's Division Three Sectional Championship, 6-4, LIVE on KDWA Radio! Now, the Cardinals head to Madison, for State, with their opener on Friday, and the Championship game on Saturday, at Goodman Diamond. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more in the game recap, but KDWA Sports will have plenty more on the Cardinals all next week, leading up to Madison!

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    Rosemount Ends Raiders Season

    The 2019 Season came to a close for the Hastings Raiders Baseball Team on Thursday in Burnsville, as the Rosemount Irish eliminated the Raiders, 11-5, in the Section 3AAAA Elimination Game, LIVE on KDWA. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more in our Game Recap, but stay tuned as the Spring comes to an end, as we will have a complete season recap with Head Coach Taylor Pagel in future sports updates!

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    Raiders 6th, Kuhn Qualifies For State

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Golf Team finished in sixth place overall in the Section 1AAA Meet, at the Jewel in Lake City on Tuesday and Wednesday, but did qualify Junior Terry Kuhn for State, finishing in second place overall, and will now compete in State, at Bunker Hills, on June 11th and 12th. Head Coach Pete McGinnis joined KDWA Sports on Thursday, with a full report. Don't forget, hear from Raider Girls Golf Coach Becky Hartung on Saturday, at the Hastings Coaches Show, with more on Senior Hannah Hubbart qualifying for State, in the Girls State Meet, as well!

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    Blaze Burn Raiders Late In Playoffs

    The Hastings Raiders Baseball Team played one of their best games of the season, against an extremely tough pitcher, in Burnsville's Max Carlson, but Carlson, nor Hastings Starter Tom Ritt factored in to the win on Wednesday, in the Section 3AAAA Playoffs, as the Blaze clawed back on Hastings, to win 3-2, in eight innings, at Burnsville's Alimagnet Park, LIVE on KDWA. Nick Tuckner has the recap from Wednesday's heartbreaker.

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    Hubbart, Kuhn, Qualify For State

    The Hastings Raiders Boys and Girls Golf Teams will both have a representative in the State Golf Meet, next week, after Junior Terry Kuhn of the Boys Team, and Senior Hannah Hubbart of the Girls Team both qualified for the "Big Meet", with Kuhn finishing 2nd overall, and Hubbart at 4th overall in Section 1AAA.

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    Cardinal Track Ready For State

    The Prescott Track and Field Team is looking forward to this weekend in Lacrosse, as the Cardinals will be sending two relays, and six individual events to the State Meet, and KDWA Sports caught up with Co-Head Coach Emily Calabrese to chat about the Sectional Meet, Qualifying for State, and looking ahead to the big show, this weekend, in Lacrosse!

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    Cardinals 9, Orioles 3. FINAL.

    The Prescott Cardinals Girls Softball Team is headed back to their second consecutive Sectional Championship game on Thursday, after beating Stanley-Boyd, 9-3, in a come-from-behind win at Biggs Frey Memorial Field, Tuesday, LIVE on KDWA! KDWA's Nick Tuckner has a recap of the win, as the Cardinals will now travel to #1 Bloomer, and play the Blackhawks on their home field, for a chance to head back to Madison, and the State Tournament!

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    Shortage Of Umps Postpones Playoffs

    The Hastings Raiders Baseball Team not only had to wait until Tuesday because of our Memorial Day Rain, but also lost Tuesday's chance at opening the Section 3AAAA Playoffs because of what Section 3AAAA Rep Scott Larson called on Tuesday afternoon a "shortage of umpires" and not poor field conditions. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the re-formatted bracket, that will now begin Wednesday, with the chance of playing up to three games in three straight days. Also, Head Coach Taylor Pagel joined KDWA Sports to look forward to that first game of Sections, whenever that may be.

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    Lightning Zap Raiders Season

    The Hastings Raiders Girls Softball Team ended their 2019 Season with a 13-10 overall record, folowing their 4-3 loss, in a see-saw game with Eastview, in the Section 3AAAA Elimination Game, at Richfield Middle School, LIVE on KDWA. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has a brief recap, but will have a complete season recap interview with Coach Lundquist, coming up soon.

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