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    Park Names Press Athena Athlete

    At Park High School in Cottage Grove, they were able to recognize one of their top Senior Female Athletes, both in the classroom, and on the field or rink, as Wolfpack three-sport Athlete Tina Press is the 2018 recipient of the Park Athena Award. Activities Director Phil Kuemmel shared more on this awesome student-athlete on Thursday afternoon!

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    Raider Tennis Winning Early

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Tennis Team is out to a hot start, with a couple of big early season wins against top opponents in the conference, and area. Head Coach Mick Willette joined KDWA Sports on Wednesday for an update on the squad, and their upcoming trip to Saint Cloud!

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    Slugfest Ends In Thrilling Prescott Win

    We have waited long enough for Spring Sports on KDWA, and in the Spring Broadcast debut of 2018, the Prescott Cardinals Softball Team used some late game heroics, which began with some stout baserunning, to sneak by rival Ellsworth, 8-7, Tuesday night, at Frey Memorial Field! KDWA's Nick Tuckner has the recap!

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    Boys Lacrosse Crushes Park, Simley

    The Hastings Boys Lacrosse Team is out to a 2-0 start after huge wins over both Park and Simley, in consecutive order, and Head Coach Brady Wasvick was very pleased with the way the Raiders played in both games. Coach Wasvick joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Tuesday afternoon, with more.

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    Fields Almost Ready To Go

    What a difference one week makes, when Mother Nature finally behaves herself, going from a historic blizzard, to 70 degrees, and snowbanks melting in to small tributaries throughout the Tri-County Area. Now, the Student-Athletes that have waited so long to compete, will now get their chance, beginning this week!

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    Prescott Patience Paying Off

    With the warm weather finally here, with 70 degree temperatures on Monday, the Prescott Cardials Track Team and many others will finally get their first taste of what Spring Sports really should be like in April! Co-Head Coach Mark DeWitz talked with KDWA's Nick Tuckner to open the week, as the Cardinal Athletes have been very patient for their two outdoor meets, on Tuesday and Thursday.

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    Week Ends, Melting Begins

    After Mother Nature held the Tri-County Spring Sports Season hostage for over a month, many of our teams are expected to begin competition in earnest, throughout a warm forecast, next week. Take a listen to our "Week In Review", with news from Spring, and even a flashback to Winter, with Prescott Boys Basketball Coach Nick Johnson.

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    MEC Baseball To Begin April 30th

    With the wacky Metro East Conference Schedule now HOPEFULLY set in stone, with three five-inning doubleheaders per week, through the rest of the season, Head Coach Taylor Pagel of the Hastings Baseball Team joined KDWA Sports on Thursday to explain the third, and final draft, which is set to begin on Monday, April 30th.

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    Brookshaw, Johnson, Ptacek All-Stars

    While Winter tries to hold on in the Tri-County Area, we have some exciting Winter Sports news to talk about, as the State Champion Prescott Boys Basketball Team will have three representatives in the upcoming Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All Star Game, in June. Point Guard Peter Brookshaw, Head Coach Nick Johnson, and Assistant Coach Pat Ptacek will all represent the Cardinals. Head Coach Nick Johnson joined KDWA Sports on Wednesday to talk about the event, funraising for beating Childhood Cancer, and shares his final thoughts on the State Title Team.

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    MEC Baseball Schedule Changes Again

    The Metro East Conference has made their second switch to the Conference Baseball Schedule in a week, this time moving ALL MEC games to five-inning doubleheaders on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons, beginning April 30th. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has the early details, with more from Raider Coach Taylor Pagel, later this week.

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    Louden Gets Hall Call In October

    Longtime Hastings Baseball Coach, and 1999 State Champion, Mike "Doc" Louden will be inducted in to the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, coming up in October. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on this special Blue and Gold honor!

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    Wolfpack Hoping For Fast Spring Melt

    It hasn't been any easier up Highway 61, in Cottage Grove, for the Park Wolfpack Student Athletes, looking to finally begin their 2018 Spring Sports Season, especially after this past weekend's epic April blizzard. Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel joined KDWA Sports on Tuesday to talk snow, re-scheduling, and also has a bulletin on the Park Hall of Fame nomination period opening now.

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    Raider Softball Buried Again

    The Hastings Raiders Softball Field is under another foot of snow, after this past weekend's Blizzard, and with the Conference Schedule now set to begin on April 30th, will that even be enough time for fields to get ready? To answer that question and more, Raider Assistant Coach Chad Feikema joined KDWA Sports to open another snowy week in APRIL.

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    Snow Forces MEC Baseball To Double Up

    In an effort to be proactive against the snow, bad field conditions, and lack of warmth to help with either, the Metro East Conference has now complete re-made the Conference Baseball Schedule, which consists of ALL doubleheaders, on Mondays and Thursdays, beginning on Monday, April 23rd, only if fields are playable by then. Hastings Baseball Head Coach Taylor Pagel joined KDWA Sports after practice on Thursday to explain the situation.

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    Hastings Winter All-Conference List

    The Hastings High School Athletic Department has released the Winter All-Conference, and Honorable Mention list from this past 2017-18 Season, and KDWA's Nick Tuckner shared it with listeners, on Wednesday!

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    Senior Leaders Speak On Snow

    KDWA Sports was also able to catch up with some of the Senior Leaders from the Prescott Cardinals Baseball Team, as Peter Brookshaw, Joe Roosen, and Payton Brownell got in to all of the indoor practice sessions, and also looked forward to the 2018 Schedule, whenever that may begin! Go away, Snow!!

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    2018 Hastings Boys Lacrosse Preview

    Head Coach Brady Wasvick joined KDWA Sports after their first week of Raider Boys Lacrosse Practice, which included school being closed Monday for Easter, and then a snow day cancelling the first day of practice last Tuesday. As this trying 2018 Spring Season continues, Coach Wasvick gets in to the details from week one, in our KDWA Season Preview.

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    2018 Prescott Baseball Preview

    The Prescott Cardinals Baseball Team is waiting for Mother Nature, Father Winter, or whoever else keep ordering the snow in the Tri-County Area, to stop, so the fields can melt, thaw, and get prepared for actual, Spring game play! Cardinals Head Coach Jeff Ryan joined KDWA Sports for our Season Preview interview, to open the week.

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    Baseball Battling Spring Blizzards

    It will be a while before we have Baseball games at Grossman Field, let alone anywhere else in the Tri-County Area, with the snow on Tuesday, and a forecast for more of the evil four-letter word, this weekend. Head Coach Taylor Pagel of the Raiders is taking a proactive approach to practices and scrimmages indoors.

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    Smith On Snowy Spring Start

    We continued to search for Spring with Prescott High School Athletic Director, and Head Girls Softball Coach Matt Smith, but ended up talking more about the indoor practices, lack of green grass, and surplus of Tri-County Area snow. Mr. Smith delved in to the wacky Spring, so far, with KDWA's Nick Tuckner.

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    Raiders Indoors Indefinitely With Snow

    Hastings High School Athletic Director Trent Hanson joined KDWA Sports Director Nick Tuckner on Tuesday, in hopes of solving the mysteries of meteorology, including April Snowstorms, and what this is already doing to the Spring Schedule across the board, in the Tri-County Area. The Snow Day on Tuesday didn't help anybody, either.

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    Snow Snarling Cardinal Spring

    KDWA Sports has more on some of the early cancellations for Prescott High School Sports Teams, with events postponed on Tuesday, and Thursday. Nick Tuckner delved in to the week of action, or lack thereof, coming up for the Cardinals!

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    Snow, Cold Slowing Tracksters

    The Prescott Girls and Boys Varsity Track and Field Team has also been battling the late Winter in the Tri-County Area, but Co-Head Coach Emily Calabrese and Squad is ready for whenever they are able to get outdoors. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more with the Coach, and a couple of Athletes.

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    Week In Review: Minimal Melting

    The snow just won't melt fast enough in the Tri-County Area, as many, if not all of our High School Spring Sports Teams are still cooped up indoors at Hastings, Prescott, and Park High Schools. As we continue our transition from Winter, to hopefully Spring, our KDWA Sports "Week In Review" has a little of something for everybody, with more State Basketball rewind, from the Ptacek's Free Brunch, and Previews with Hastings Baseball and Softball Coaches Taylor Pagel, and Ken Lundquist. We also have more news on the upcoming Hastings Girls Soccer Breakfast at the Green Mill, in April!

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    2018 Hastings Baseball Preview

    The Hastings Raiders Baseball Team is more than ready to get outdoors, and begin the 2018 Season, however, Mother Nature has had other plans over the first three weeks of practice. As the Raiders itch to get outside, Head Coach Taylor Pagel joined KDWA Sports on Thursday for a Season Preview!

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