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    Swimmers Splish and Splash To State

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Swimming and Diving Team will be sending a relay, a swimmer, and a diver all on to the Minnesota Class AA State Meet, held at the University of Minnesota, this coming weekend. Head Coach Gerry Rupp joined KDWA Sports on Tuesday to recap the Sectional Meet, and tells fans who is moving on to the "Big Show", beginning Thursday night, and stretching through Saturday.

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    Section Semifinal Highlight Recap

    With numerous fan requests on Monday, KDWA Sports put together a highlight reel from Saturday's biggest Boys Hockey Win since beating Saint Thomas, as the Raiders sent Lakeville North home for the Season on Saturday, winning 6-4, in a THRILLING Section 1AA Semifinal, on KDWA. The Raiders' biggest and loudest Fan was on the mic for every single play on Saturday, as KDWA's Nick Tuckner got a bit crazy in the Press Box, as many would expect! But we embrace the crazy, and bring you this highlight reel that will bring back the goosebumps, as we prepare for Thursday's Championship game against Lakeville South.

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    Prescott Boys Hoops Seeded #1

    The Prescott Cardinals Boys Basketball Team was given the #1 Seed in their WIAA Division Three Playoff Bracket, and will hold a first round bye, and will not have to play until Friday, March 6th, in the Regional Semifinals, against the winner of #9 Ellsworth and #8 Hayward, who play Tuesday the 3rd. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has a complete look at the seeding, and first round matchups.

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    RAIDERS HEADED TO CHAMPIONSHIP!

    Outside of Hastings, the Raider Boys Hockey Team wasn't given much of a chance in Saturday's Sectional Semifinal Game, as some had already earmarked another All-Lakeville Section 1AA Championship, next Thursday. But the Raiders injected some new blood in to Thursday's Section 1AA Title Game, after polishing off one of the Raiders' best team wins of the season, ending Lakeville North's Season, 6-4, at the Rochester Rec Center. KDWA Sports will have more with Coach Welch on Monday, but for now, here's a little recap to look back on the victory.

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    Week In Review: Winter Playoff Season

    It sure was a fun week, looking back at the Sectional Team Wrestling Championship for the Hastings Raiders, saying good-bye to another wonderful Prescott Dance Season, checking in on the Middle Border Conference Girls Basketball Champion Prescott Cardinals, talked a little Spring Sports registration at Hastings High School, plus much, much more in our "every weekend tradition", the KDWA Sports "Week in Review".

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    Hastings 7, Farmington 5. FINAL

    It was the "War of Dakota County" that we were all expecting in the Section Quarterfinals, after Hastings and Farmington tied 3-3 earlier in season, but the #3 Raiders were the last team standing, claiming their territory at McGree Rink, in victory, 7-5, to open the Section 1AA Playoffs, over a talented #6 Farmington team. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has a short recap, as the Raiders shift their focus to Lakeville North, who beat Northfield, 5-2 in their playoff opener, also Thursday. The Raiders and Panthers will meet up at the Rochester Rec Center, Saturday at 8:00pm, in the Section 1AA Semifinals, LIVE on KDWA!

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    Coach Haneberg On Section Title

    The Hastings Raiders Wrestling Team got a bit more clarification on Thursday as to who they will be going up against in the first round of the Minnesota Team Wrestling Meet, next Thursday at the Xcel Center, LIVE on KDWA, as they will draw #1, and Nationally Ranked Shakopee, in the Quarterfinals. Before we get to State next week, Raider Head Coach Tim Haneberg joined KDWA Sports to look back on the fun we had last weekend, just punching that ticket to Team State, at home!

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    Raiders Ready For Playoffs, Tigers

    The new season begins for the Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team on Thursday, as the Section 1AA Playoffs open with the #3 Raiders hosting the #6 Farmington Tigers, with a trip to the Sectional Semifinals, and the Season on the line for both Teams. KDWA's Nick Tuckner was joined by Raider Head Coach Adam Welch on Wednesday, as his team prepares for their biggest game of the seaosn.

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    Cards MBC Champs, Raider Registration

    In our Sports Briefs for Wednesday, KDWA's Nick Tuckner talks more about the Prescott Cardinals Girls Basketball Team's first-ever Middle Border Conference Championship, secured in Tuesday's win, while Hastings High School also has Spring Sports Registration underway, and you or your child should be getting registered now, with many practices beginning March 9th. (Photo Courtesy of Prescott Girls Basketball Facebook Page)

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    Winter Recap: Prescott Dance Team

    The Prescott Dance Team closed up their 2019-20 Competition Season at the State Meet in LaCrosse, and in the process, came home with two State Runner-Up trophies in both Pom and Jazz, with an extremely young team, three Seniors, and a ton of positivity heading in to next year. Head Coach Samantha Marks, along with Seniors Jana Weber and Mackenzie Brinker joined KDWA Sports to talk about the end of their season, and for the Seniors, their Prescott Dance careers.

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    Ali, Schiller On Section Championship

    Two of our Hastings Senior State Bound Wrestlers joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner to look back at Friday's Team Section Championship, as both Muhktar Ali, and Friday Night Hero Brady Schiller looked back on how they got it done, especially against Park and Woodbury. The Raiders are now feverishly preparing for Individual Sections this weekend, at Park, and Team State in just over a week.

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    Raiders Seeded #3, Host Farmington

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team earned the #3 Seed in their Section 1AA Bracket, following Saturday's 5-2 win at Owatonna, and will now host the #6 Farmington Tigers in the Section Quarterfinals, at 7:00pm, Thursday night, LIVE on KDWA! KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the complete seeding, and bracket, as we all prepare for Thursday's first round of play!

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    Prescott Girls Hoops Seeded #2

    The Prescott Cardinals Girls Basketball Team will hold the #2 Seed in their WIAA Division Three Playoff Bracket, as the Cardinals will have a first round bye, and will not open their Regional Playoffs until Friday, February 28th, at home, against the Nekoosa-Black River Falls winner. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the complete seeding, and bracket!

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    Raiders Win Section, Back To State!

    The Hastings Raiders Wrestling Team is heading back to State as a Team, following their Section 3AAA Championship victory on Friday night, at the Hastings High School Field House, beating Saint Paul Central 78-3, Park 39-24, and then beating the #1 Woodbury Royals, 33-29 on Brady Schiller's thrilling first period pin at heavyweight, to seal the Championship, in front of a raucous Raider Nation crowd. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has a complete recap from start, to the exciting finish! State will be in two weeks, at the Xcel Energy Center, with Individual Sections, still, next weekend, at Park.

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    Nordic Ski Trio At State Friday

    The Hastings Raiders Nordic (Cross Country) Ski Team will have three representatives at Friday's State Meet, at Giants Ridge, in Biwabik, as the Boys Team will send Trevor Caflisch, while the Girls Team will have two, in Linnea urban, and Emma Bratvold. Head Coach John DeWall used the extra day of preparation to chat with KDWA's Nick Tuckner, about the regular season, and what to look forward to on Friday, at State!

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    Raiders Ski Tough At State Alpine

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Alpine Ski Team finished their State Meet, with an Eighth Place Team finish, while Raider Girls Individual Abby Pelava finished her State Meet appearance finishing in 51st place out of the 88-athlete field, at Giants Ridge, in Biwabik, on Wednesday afternoon. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on how everybody fared in Blue and Gold!

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    Raider Wrestlers Seeded #2 Friday

    The Hastings Raiders Wrestling Team closed up the regular season with a 17-13 overall record, good enough for the #2 Seed in the Section 3AAA Team Wrestling Tournament, this Friday, hosted by the Raiders at Hastings High School, and broadcast LIVE on KDWA! Head Coach Tim Haneberg joined KDWA Sports on Wednesday, first to look back at the regular season, and then flips to a preview of Friday night, with a trip to State on the line!

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    Tuesday Night Sports Recap

    In Tuesday Night High School Sports action, the Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team fell to Section 1AA Powerhouse Lakeville North, 4-1, while it was a winning night on the basketball court, with the Hastings Boys winning over highly-ranked Blake, the Prescott Girls getting back on track with a win, and the Hastings Girls also winning in the Metro East over Tartan!

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    Three Game Win Streak For Cardinals

    The Prescott Cardinals Boys Basketball Team is down to their final four games of the regular season, and as of Tuesday, the Cards are on a three-game winning streak, including home wins on back-to-back nights, against both Osceola, and vaunted G-E-T. Head Coach Nick Johnson joined KDWA Sports on Tuesday, to look back at the two big wins, as Somerset lurks in the distance, on Thursday night, in Middle Border Conference action.

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    Final Week Of Regular Season Begins

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team is 16-4-2, and headed in to their final week of the regular season, with three games, on Tuesday at Lakeville North, Thursday back home for Senior Night against South Saint Paul, before closing up the year with another big Sectional Seeding tilt at Owatonna, on Saturday afternoon. KDWA's Nick Tuckner caught up with Head Coach Adam Welch for an in-depth interview as we get ready for the Panthers, Tuesday, LIVE on KDWA!

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    SEAS Girls 2-0, Boys Win Consolation

    The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Patriot Tournament closed up its 60th year on Saturday at the SEAS School Gym in Hastings, with the SEAS Girls winning both of their games in the tournament over Oakdale, finishing in game two with a 48-24 win, while the Boys scored a win in the Consolation Championship, knocking off Hill-Murray in a thriller, 57-51. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on how the tournament closed for both SEAS teams.

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    Trio Of Wins For Tri-County Teams

    The Hastings Raiders Boys and Girls, along with the Prescott Boys Basketball Teams all earned huge conference wins on Friday, with the Raider Boys winning 75-73 at South Saint Paul, Hastings Girls stinging the Packers, 67-54, and the Cardinals took care of Osceola 81-47. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has a little on each of the three Friday night wins.

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    SEAS Split Friday Night Games

    The 60th Annual Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) Patriot Basketball Tournament kicked off on Friday with three games, two of which were on KDWA Radio, featuring the Patriots "A" Squad Girls, who handled Oakdale, 41-19, before the SEAS "A" Squad Boys fell to the crosstown Hastings Public 7th Grade Team, 49-28. More tournament action from SEAS, coming up on Saturday, beginning at 2:00pm.

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    Raiders Sweep STA, Now 11-7 Overall

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Basketball Team continued their 2019-20 Season, with a win and season sweep over Saint Thomas Academy on Tuesday, and now stand at 11-7 overall, with some huge games still coming up before playoffs begin. Head Coach Chad Feikema joined KDWA Sports with more on the Raiders, before practice, on Thursday afternoon. The Raiders travel to South Saint Paul, on Friday night at 7:00pm.

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    Double OT Win Fuels Cardinals

    The Prescott Cardinals Boys Basketball Team has been playing much better basketball over the past week, beating Ellsworth, playing one of the top Big Schools in the State tough in a loss at River Falls, and bouncing back with a giant 82-80 double-overtime win over New Richmond, on Tuesday night. Head Coach Nick Johnson joined KDWA Sports on Thursday, as they prepare for Osceola on Friday, and GET on Saturday, both at home!

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