Print this Page

Sports

1tuck

Nick Tuckner – Sports Director

Email the sports team at: sports@kdwa.com

    Raider Brake On Award, Career

    KDWA Sports was able to catch up with "Saint Paul Lions Club Senior Female Athlete of the Year", and Hastings' Own, Mallory Brake, as she discussed with KDWA's Nick Tuckner, the Lions Award, some of her fond memories from six years of varsity competition, staying in shape during the pandemic, and looking ahead to her collegiate basketball career at Creighton, beginning this Fall.

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Week In Review: Memorial Day Weekend

    KDWA Sports continued our coverage on the "Spring Season That Never Was" of 2020, this week, talking with more Coaches and Athletes from around the Tri-County Area, including a wonderful chat with Prescott Senior Three-Sport Star Riley Anfinson, news on the potential of a Summer Youth Lacrosse Season in Hastings, with Hastings Youth Lacrosse Board Member Michael Nogle, checked in on what Hastings Middle School Athletes missed out on this Spring, with HMS Athletic Director Pete McGinnis, and much more including fun sporting options for folks during these times of social distancing! Check out our "Week in Review" all Memorial Day Weekend on KDWA!

    Click here for audio

       

    Click here for audio

       

    Click here for audio

       

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Brake Honored As Lions Top Athlete

    BREAKING NEWS: Just announced, Hastings Senior Mallory Brake has been named the 2020 St. Paul Downtown Lions Club Female Athlete of the Year, by the Lions Club, and Pioneer Press. This is the 76th year, that the St. Paul Downtown Lions Club has honored Metro Student Athletes. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the honor, and we are also hopeful to chat with Brake in future sportscasts!! Stay tuned to KDWA Radio for more!!!

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Hastings Lacrosse Hopeful For Season

    With more from the Youth Sports landscape in the Tri-County Area, KDWA Sports was able to catch up with Hastings Youth Lacrosse Board Member Michael Nogle on Wednesday, to get an update on the potential for a Summer Youth Lacrosse Season of some sort, beginning soon. As Nogle told KDWA Sports on Wednesday, the board is hopeful that a Season can begin as soon as Governor Walz gives the green light.

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Hastings Middle School Without Sports

    We've talked quite a bit about the High School Athletes, and even the Youth Sports Teams over the past couple of weeks, but what about the kids caught right in the "middle", at Hastings Middle School? Hastings Middle School Athletic Director Pete McGinnis joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Tuesday to look at everything that has went down, since school, and athletics went to a virtual format. McGinnis shared the challenges of the past two months, for kids, coaches, and administrators alike.

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Cardinal Anfinson On Senior Year, Future

    Prescott Three-Sport Senior Star Riley Anfinson joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Monday afternoon to discuss his wild Senior Year, from Football, to Basketball, in through a Baseball Season that is yet to happen, if at all, in July. But the Cardinal Senior has big plans for the future, including commitments to both the United States Army, and also the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, to play football, and study! (Photo Courtesy of Jon Anfinson)

    Click here for audio

       

       

    HFC's "Return To Play" Model Unveiled

    HFC Youth Soccer in Hastings made some announcements on Sunday, regarding their registration, and fees for the upcoming season, and also had more on their "Return to Play" initiative, which the league is hoping can begin by June 1st. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on what the HFC Board has come up with for a hopeful 2020 Youth Soccer Season in Hastings.

    Click here for audio

       

        

    Week In Review: Missing Sports Badly

    Sports News never takes a week off, and with our KDWA sports "Week In Review", we look back at another busier-than-usual week as we hit Mid-May, and with Governor Walz making some changes to the Minnesota Stay at Home order, and now Wisconsin opening their State back up, the "What will happen with youth sports" question is beginning to get answered, as HFC Soccer Vice President Dan Schaack joined us this week, also more with area High School Coaches, including Emily Calabrese of the Prescott Girls and Boys Track Team, plus Taylor Pagel, Head Coach of the Hastings Baseball Team. All of that, and more in an action-packed "Week in Review" with KDWA Sports Director Nick Tuckner!

    Click here for audio

       

    Click here for audio

       

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Spring "Season" Ends Soon, Maybe July?

    The Prescott Cardinals Girls and Boys Track and Field Team may have not had a competitive Spring Season, let alone any team practices since March, but the way this team bonded, galvanized this program for the future, and possibly in to a July competitive window, if health and State regulations allow. Head Coach Emily Calabrese joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Thursday to look back at the "Virtual Spring Season", the Senior Class, and to possibly look ahead to July!

    Click here for audio

       

       

    2011 State Champs Celebrated All Week

    As we continue to look back Tri-County Area Championship Teams of the past, we flash back to 2011, where the Hastings Raiders Softball Team went 25-2 for their best record in school history, capped off with a Suburban East Conference Title, and Section Championship, followed by the first-ever State Title in school history, with a 4-0 win over Rival Forest Lake in the Championship game. As we continue to play State Tournament Replays this week from Mankato, we were joined by Head Coach Dean Robinson, to look back. The complete interview can be heard at both 9:05am, and then 6:30pm before the KDWA Replay of the 2011 State Championship game. For now, enjoy a few clips from the show with Coach Robinson!

    Click here for audio

       

       

    What Could Have Been In Baseball

    The Hastings Raiders Varsity Baseball Season of 2020 may have finished before it started, but as Head Coach Taylor Pagel told KDWA Sports on Tuesday in our 2020 Season Recap Interview with KDWA's Nick Tuckner, this team had their sights set on some big goals, and had a shot to accomplish them all behind a four-man Senior Class, strong group of underclassmen, and crew of hungry Coaches looking for a shot at the Metro East Conference Title.

    Click here for audio

       

        

    HFC Soccer Season Update

    One of the biggest questions coming in to the KDWA Sports Department during the Co-Vid Pandemic, as been about our area youth sports, and what exactly will be happening with their respective seasons, and to parents, when might they be getting a refund, if there indeed is no season? KDWA Sports is seeking answers throughout the week from our area youth sports organizations, and first on tap, is HFC Youth Soccer. HFC Vice President, and Director of Coaching Dan Schaack joined KDWA Sports on Monday, with the latest update, including the board voting to give refunds to families, with the potential to play for FREE, if a season happens.

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Week In Review: Coaches Open Up

    Even though Sports aren't exactly being played right now, many of our area Coaches are now beginning to talk about their situations, with their resepctive teams, as they confront a lost season in the Spring of 2020, as we lost, not to another team, but an invisible virus that stripped so many area kids of their high school experience. This week, we were joined by Prescott AD Matt Smith, Hastings Boys Track Coach Jason Koch, Hastings Boys Lacrosse Coach Brady Wasvick, Prescott Baseball Coach Jeff Ryan on the 2012 State Championship, and much, much more! Check out our "Week in Review" right here, or peek around the Sports page for more Sports!

    Click here for audio

       

    Click here for audio

       

    Click here for audio

       

       

    2012 State Championship Revisited

    Eight years ago, the 2012 Prescott Cardinals Baseball Team was 14-1, and set to make a historic run, that culminated in their 26-2 State Championship Season, where so many memories were made in such a short time. Hall of Fame Head Coach Jeff Ryan joined KDWA Sports for a very special interview, which you can hear in its entirety on Saturday at Noon, for the Prescott Coaches Show. Today, we give you a preview, before replaying the 2012 State Championship Game, after the Prescott Coaches Show with Coach Ryan at 12:35pm, Saturday afternoon!

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Boys Lacrosse Deals With Lost Season

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Lacrosse Season of 2020 may have been lost due to CoVid 19, but the group of Student Athletes from this Team will never be forgotten, and Head Coach Brady Wasvick joined KDWA Sports to talk about what might have been, and to say good-bye to his Seniors. You can catch the complete interview with Coach Wasvick coming up on Saturday at 9:05am, for the Hastings Coaches Show!

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Tracksters Processing 2020 Cancellation

    We're at the point in the Spring Sports Season where we SHOULD be taking a deep look in to the Hastings Raiders Track and Field Teams rosters, and seeing who may have a shot to move on to the State Meet, however, we know that isn't happening this year. After giving our Coaches the week to process Minnesota State High School League cancelling the 2020 Season, we first caught up with Hastings Raiders Boys Track Coach Jason Koch. For Coach Koch, it is the first year in the last thirty, that he hasn't been part of some kind of Track season, as an athlete, or coach. Coach Koch joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Tuesday, to look back at the Season "that never was" in 2020.

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Fishing, Disc Golf Opportunities

    We are all looking for some fun as we go through this uncharted book of coronavirus, and there are no rules saying you can't go outside, and in the Tri-County Area, there are some fun opportunities for both Fishing, and Disc (frisbee) Golf. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the options for both sports!

    Click here for audio

       

       

    What May July Look Like For Cards?

    Prescott High School is still hoping that their Spring Sports Athletes will still get a chance to compete during the month of July, and Cardinals Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Matt Smith joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner to open the week, looking at what a July Season may shape up to be. Again, it will all depend on the "Badger Bounceback", and the health of the state.

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Week In Review: Early May Update

    Though there weren't any games played this week, there was still planty of Tri-County Area Sports News and Notes, including more from Hastings High School Athletic Director Trent Hanson, and MSHSL Executive Director Erich Martens on the Minnesota side of the Co-Vid 19 Cancellation of the 2020 Spring Sports Season, news from Prescott High School on some fantastic athletic awards given out this Spring, area Golf Course information, some Minnesota Vikings Draft pick information, and much, much more in our "Week in Review".

    Click here for audio

       

    Click here for audio

       

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Awards Aplenty At Prescott High School

    Even though there aren't any sports being played at this time, that doesn't mean that the Spring Awards Season is over, as Prescott School has named their two Scholar Athletes in Seniors Megan Gilles and Joe Schulte, and are also looking for candidates for their "Outstanding Senior Athlete" Award and Scholarship. Along with that, Prescott AD Matt Smith also talked about the WIAA recognizing the Prescott Boys Basketball Team with some sort of award, trophy, or plaque, as they were still alive in the Sectional Semifinals when sports were halted in mid March. For the complete interview, listen Saturday at 12:05pm for the Prescott Coaches Show, or hear a few clips right here!

    Click here for audio

       

       

    MSHSL Director Speaks On Cancellation

    The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) had to make another tough decision late last week, after Governor Tim Walz declared only distance learning the rest of the school year, the Spring Sports Season of 2020 was also cancelled, with no chance for a summer season, similar to Wisconsin. MSHSL Executive Director Erich Martens joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner for an interview you can hear in its entirety, this Saturday Morning at 9:05am. For now, here are a few cuts from Martens on the tough decisions that the League has had to make since the end of the Winter.

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Minnesota, Wisconsin Courses Open

    Golf Courses are now open in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and if you are interested in getting out to play, or even to learn the sport, it's a great time to breathe some fresh air, do some social distancing, and get some great exercise. KDWA's Nick Tuckner, also an avid golfer (pictured), has more on how to get in touch with eight of our area courses, during this beautiful weather week!

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Wolfpack Update, Shock Hired

    Park High School in Cottage Grove is also dealing with the same issues in the midst of the lost Spring of 2020, with no sports or activities, and no school except for distance learning, the rest of the year. Activities Director Phil Kuemmel joined KDWA Sports on Tuesday to chat about what the Wolfpack Kids are going through at this time, as we advance through uncertain times, but also broke some positive news, as Park has hired Bay Shock as their next Girls Hockey Coach. All of that, and more in this week's Wolfpack Update!

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Raider Reaction To Squashed Spring

    As High School Spring Sports were cancelled late last week in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, Athletic Directors and Administrators were left scrambling for details, as each State set different parameters on coaches contact, and competition windows, for the Summer. In Minnesota, there will be no Summer Season at all, and Athletic Director Trent Hanson joined KDWA Sports, as we try to digest the decision by the MSHSL together as a Community.

    Click here for audio

       

       

    Vikings Draft Fifteen Players

    The Minnesota Vikings drafted fifteen players this past weekend, during the 2020 NFL Draft, including their first four picks that all could be difference makers, right away, including a top wide receiver, two Cornerbacks, and a road-grating offensive lineman. KDWA's Nick Tuckner was very excited about the Vikings Draft, as the 2020 Offseason continues remotely.

    Click here for audio

       

        

     

    Permanent link to this article: http://kdwa.com/sports/