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Season Recap: Hastings Wrestling

Head Coach Josh McLay (far right) joined KDWA Sports on Wednesday for a 2014-15 Season Recap on the Hastings Raiders Wrestling Season. First, Coach McLay talked about the eight student-athletes who competed at last weekend's State Individual Meet, at the Xcel Energy Center, in St. Paul.

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Rinks Close As Warmth Looming

With temperatures forecasted for the 40's and maybe even the 50's next week, the outdoor skating in Hastings is pretty well over. The rinks will stay open until they begin to melt, but the warming houses are closed for the year. Hastings Parks and Recreation Coordinator Phil Vargas joined KDWA Sports on Wednesday to explain the situation.

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Time To Prove Critics, Coaches Wrong

The Hastings Raiders Girls Basketball Team will look to prove the critics, including all of the Section 1AAAA Coaches wrong on Wednesday night, as the #5 Raiders (21-5) head to #4 Rochester Century (18-8), LIVE on KDWA, at 7pm. Head Coach Padrick Judd, Senior Captain Gretta Utecht, and Junior Mackenzie Cadwell all joined KDWA Sports for a preview!

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Basketball Ticket Pre-Sale Wednesday

Pre-Sale Tickets will be available for Friday's Prescott Boys Basketball Semifinal Game, beginning on Wednesday at Noon, at Prescott High School. Prescott Athletic Director Kyle Igou joined KDWA Sports on Tuesday to talk about the pre-sale protocol, beginning at Noon, Wednesday.

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History Making Section Title For Raiders

It's been 25 years in the making, but the Hastings Raiders Boys Swimming and Diving Team won the entire Section 1AA Team Meet over the weekend, in Rochester, and also swept every one of the Section Post Season awards. A very excited Head Coach Gerry Rupp joined KDWA Sports on Monday for a recap, and a preview of State, this weekend!

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21-5 Earns Raiders #5 Seed In 1AAAA?

The Section 1AAAA Girls Basketball Seeding sure didn't go the way The Raider Players, Coaches, Parents, Fans, Media Members, or anybody else affiliated with the 21-5 Raiders thought it would. The Section 1AAAA Coaches gave the Raiders a #5 Seed in the bracket, out of the 8-team field, and will have to travel to #4 Rochester Century (18-8 overall) on Wednesday at 7pm. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the first round match-ups.

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Raiders Win, Cardinals End Season

In Friday night Girls Basketball action, the Hastings Raiders closed out their regular season at 21-5, after their 50-47 win over a tough Park Wolfpack squad, while the Prescott Girls ended their season with a 60-22 loss at #1 Baldwin-Woodville. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has a complete recap!

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Week In Review: Coaches Step Aside

In our KDWA Sports "Week in Review" we talked with two Raider Coaches stepping away from their respective Head Coaching positions, and were also joined by Hastings Girls Basketball Coach Padrick Judd, plus much more!

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Cards Cap Off Undefeated MBC Title

The Prescott Cardinals Boys Basketball Team capped off an undefeated Middle Border Conference Championship (12-0) and finished the overall regular season with a 21-1 record, beating New Richmond, 63-50, behind 21 points from Clay Seifert (23) and 17 more from fellow Senior Charlie Tayson. The Cardinals will now have a week off as they prepare for the WIAA Division 3 Regional Semifinals at PHS, next Friday, March 6th! We will have more with Coach Johnson at Saturday's Prescott Coaches Show from Ptacek's at Noon!

   

Coach Lanning Also Stepping Aside

KDWA Sports has learned that there is now two Head Coaching vacancies at Hastings High School on Thursday, as Head Boys Soccer Coach Shane Lanning, became the second coach this week to step aside, joining Boys Hockey Coach Russ Welch in leaving their respective Raider Programs. Coach Lanning will remain involved in the program to some extent, but would like to spend more time on his blossoming insurance business, and his young family. Lanning joined KDWA on Thursday.

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Individuals Prepare For State Meet

The Hastings Raiders Wrestling Team will have eight student-athletes competing in the Individual State Meet, beginning on Friday morning at the Xcel Energy Center, in St. Paul. Head Coach Josh McLay joined KDWA Sports from weigh-ins on Thursday, for a Pre-State Report!

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Raiders Celebrate Overtime Playoff Win

Even though the #7 Farmington Tigers gave the #2 Hastings Raiders all they could handle in the Section 1AAAA Boys Basketball Quarterfinals, Hastings (21-5 overall) came through in overtime, beating the Tigers, 76-68, in front of another HUGE Hastings High School Crowd. As you can see in the picture, Raider Nation was able to storm the court for the second time in two days, following the Girls win on Tuesday. KDWA will have more with Coach Chad Feikema on Thursday! Hastings will now play at Rochester Civic Center, against #4 Lakeville North, at 8:15pm, Saturday night!

   

MEC Champs Set For Friday Rivalry

The Hastings Raiders Girls Basketball Team also won their 20th game of the season on Tuesday, and with the victory, won the Metro East Conference Championship, sharing it with the team they beat Tuesday, Hill Murray. Head Coach Padrick Jedd shared his excitement with KDWA Sports on Wednesday, and also looks ahead to Friday's Senior Night, against Park!

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Kleinschmidt's Three Rescues Cardinals Season

In one of the wildest finishes in recent memory, the #4 Prescott Cardinals defeated the #5 Osceola Chieftains 39-37 in Tuesday's Girls Basketball Regional Quarterfinal, but the way it was done, was sure something special. Down one, with one second to go, Cardinal Forward Jen Kleinschmidt hit a buzzer-beating three pointer, to end Osceola's season. Head Coach Ron Murphy put the win in to words on Wednesday! (The Cardinals now play at #1 Baldwin on Friday at 7pm)

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Oh, What a NIGHT!!!

What a night Tuesday was in Girls Basketball in both Hastings and Prescott, as the Raiders won their 20th game of the season, and also won a share of the Metro East Conference Championship, with their thrilling 62-60 win over Co-Champion Hill-Murray. Add in the Prescott Girls Basketball Team's 39-37 Playoff win over Osceola, on a last-second shot from Jen Kleinschmidt, to move on to Friday's Regional Semifinals at #1 Baldwin-Woodville. KDWA Sports will have both Prescott Girls games replayed on this week's edition of Prescott Sports Saturday. at 12:35pm!

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BREAKING: Coach Welch Announces Retirement

After 34 total years of coaching, 31 as a Head Coach, and the last 21 years spent here in his hometown of Hastings, Raider Head Boys Hockey Coach Russ Welch announced his retirement to KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Tuesday afternoon. Coach Welch guided teams from both South St. Paul and Hastings, to a combined NINE State Tournament appearances. From all of us at KDWA Radio, congratulations on a wonderful career, Coach Welch!!

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Cardinals Earn Top Regional Seed

The Prescott Cardinals Boys Basketball Team will have the #1 Seed in the WIAA Division 3 Regional Playoffs, which are scheduled for next week. The #1 Cardinals will host the winner of #5 Ellsworth and #4 Osceola, on Friday, March 6th. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the Regional Seeding.

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Conference Title On The Line Tuesday

It will be their biggest game in nearly 20 years on Tuesday night. The Hastings Raiders Girls Basketball Team (19-5 Overall) will host Hill-Murray (19-5 Overall), for a split of the Metro East Conference Title, LIVE on KDWA, at 7pm. A win for the Raiders, and they share the title with the Pioneers, a Hill-Murray win would give them the Metro East Championship outright. Head Coach Padrick Judd joined KDWA Sports on Monday, to get Raider Nation riled up for Tuesday!

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#2 Raiders Finish 20-5, Host #7 Tigers Wednesday

The Hastings Raiders Boys Basketball Team (20-5 Overall) earned the #2 Seed in the Section 1AAAA Bracket, just behind Rochester John Marshall (21-5 Overall), and will host #7 Farmington (8-18 Overall) on Wednesday night, at the HHS Field House, at 7pm, LIVE on AM 1460 KDWA! Head Coach Chad Feikema has news on the seeds, the Regular Season finale win at Sibley, Craig Nielsen's 1000 Point Milestone, and MORE!

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Hastings Girls, Boys; Prescott Boys All Win

The Hastings Raiders Girls Basketball Team won their 19th game of the season on Friday night, as Henry Sibley played the Raiders tough, but the Blue & Gold prevailed 61-51, LIVE on KDWA! Also Friday, the Hastings Boys Basketball Team finished their regular season at 20-5, following their 76-62 win at Henry Sibley, and the Prescott Boys Basketball Team also won, throttling Durand, 77-26, jumping to 20-1 overall. Stay tuned for Hastings and Prescott Boys Basketball Playoff Seeding later this weekend.

   

Week In Review: Awards, Postseason, and MORE!

In this weekend's edition of our KDWA Sports "Week In Review", we talked with Hastings Schools Superintendent Tim Collins, on his Friday morning show, breaking some news on one of the Raiders' assistant coaches, and the Wrestling Team both being honored, more with Coach Dean Robinson of the Hastings Softball Team on thier final fundraiser of the offseason, and also had a chat with Prescott Girls Basketball Coach Ron Murphy, as they are set to open Regionals on Tuesday.

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Outright Title, Sibley Preview

Friday night, the Metro East Conference Champion Hastings Raiders Boys Basketball Team will wrap up the regular season, in search of their 20th win of the year at Henry Sibley, before Section 1AAAA Seeding on Saturday. Head Coach Chad Feikema talked outright conference title, the loss to Hill-Murray, and a preview of Friday at Sibley!

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Kimmes Crowned "Athena" At Hastings

Hastings High School has announced their 2015 Athena Award Winner, which goes to the top female student athlete at Hastings High School, and is recognized among the top athletes in the metro, in a banquet, held in April. This year, the Hastings High School Nominee is Elizabeth Kimmes. Hastings High School Athletic Director Tom Johnson joined KDWA Sports for a rundown of Kimmes' impressive resume' on Thursday!

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Seventh Straight Win For Raider Girls

The Hastings Girls Basketball Team won their 18th game of the season, and seventh in a row, polishing off the South St. Paul Packers, 50-20, in their most dominant defensive performance of the year, Tuesday. Head Coach Padrick Judd joined KDWA Sports on Wednesday to recap the win, and preview Henry Sibley, LIVE on KDWA, Friday night!

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Coach Murphy Preparing Cardinals

The Prescott Cardinals Girls Basketball Team ended their regular season with a 47-43 loss to New Richmond on Tuesday night, but the Red Birds are now looking forward to opening the Regional Playoffs Tuesday, at home, against Osceola. Head Coach Ron Murphy talked with KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Wednesday morning!

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