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    Week In Review: Raiders Fall Friday

    In our KDWA Sports "Week in Review", we tackled plenty of Winter Sports Fun, including news on our local area Ice Rinks and Lake Ice Safety with Hastings Parks and Recreation's Phil Vargas, talked Basketball with Prescott Boys Coach Nick Johnson, Swimming with Hastings Coach Gerry Rupp, plus some recaps from our area games from Friday night, on the hardwood! Check it all out, the "Week In Review".

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    Two More Cardinal Wins, GC Friday

    The Prescott Cardinals Boys Basketball Team remained undefeated following their wins against highly-ranked Thorp, Saturday, and at Ellsworth, this past Tuesday, and are now preparing for Friday's Home Opener against Glenwood City, and beyond! Head Coach Nick Johnson joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner to peek back at the last two games for the Cards, and to look forward to Glenwood City and New Richmond.

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    Busy Week For Raider Swimmers

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Swimming and Diving Team is in the midst of a big week, after finishing third in the Metro East Conference Relays, just behind Simley, and swam hard at Farmington on Tuesday night, falling by seven to the Tigers, 94-87. Now, the Raiders continue their busy week, coming back home on Thursday night, this time hosting Henry Sibley, at 6pm, at the Middle School Pool! Head Coach Gerry Rupp joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner with more on Wednesday!

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    Cardinals 3-0, At Panthers Friday

    The Prescott Cardinals Girls Basketball Team is out to a 3-0 start under new Head Coach Rob Radloff, with wins over Glenwood City, Eleva Strum, and a huge win at Amery, last Friday night. Now the Cardinals prepare for a huge Middle Border Conference showdown with Saint Croix Central, on the road, this Friday night, and Coach Radloff is looking forward to the game, but looks back on the huge win over Amery!

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    All-American Junker Joins KDWA

    Former Hastings Raider Multi-Sport Star Mikey Junker joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner for a very special interview between periods of the Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Game against Henry Sibley, and for those that missed it, we talked about Junker's Collegiate All-American Award for his work on the field for the Bemidji State Football Team, but also much more, including the potential of someday playing at a higher level!

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    City Set To Flood Rinks, Ice Safety

    The Snow is here, and the COLD is sure to follow throughout the week, so many area Winter Sports Enthusiasts are beginning to ask about outdoor fun, which includes Skating, Hockey, Ice Fishing, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, and more, across the City of Hastings Parks landscape! So Monday was a prefect time to catch up with Hastings Parks and Recreation's Sports and Recreation Coordinator Phil Vargas to chat about those opportunities!

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    Raiders Survive Park In Overtime

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Basketball Team won a huge early-season section seeding showdown, 99-98 in overtime, at Highway 61 Rival Park, at Park High School, on Tuesday night. Head Coach Chad Feikema joined KDWA Sports again on Wednesday to talk about the win that put the Raiders up one game in the section, early, and looks ahead to next Tuesday's game at another Sectional rival, Eagan.

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    Another Hot Raider Highlight Package

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team jumped to 2-0, following Tuesday's 7-3 road win at Tartan, in the Metro East Conference Opener, and are preparing for two huge games to round out the week, at home against Henry Sibley on Thursday, and at Mahtomedi, on Saturday. KDWA's Nick Tuckner assembled another fun highlight package, as the Raiders get ready for the Warriors!

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    Raiders Racing Towards Relays

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Swimming and Diving Team is now past the one week mark in their 2019-20 Season, and Head Coach Gerry Rupp has been pleased so far, not just with their early perfomance in the pool, but also the leadership out of it. Coach Rupp has more on the early portion of the season as they prepare for the Metro East Conference Relays, later this week!

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    Junker Named NCAA All-American

    Chalk up another award in the decorated Collegiate Football career for Former Hastings Raider Multi-Sport Star Mikey Junker, as now you can add ALL-AMERICAN to the list of accolades. According to a Tuesday Press Release from Bemidji State University: Bemidji State University football senior Michael Junker became the second Beaver defensive back in two seasons to earn a spot on the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coachesí All-America First Team as the AFCA released the first and second teams Tuesday. Junker joins former Beaver Gunner Olszewski as AFCA All-Americans and is one of four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference student-athletes named to the AFCA All-America First Team. Junker, a senior defensive back from Hastings, Minnesota, ended his final season as an All-NSIC First Team Defense selection as the leagueís leader in interceptions. His eight interceptions ranked tied for fourth among all of NCAA Division II and his 18 passes defended ranked tied for 11th nationally. Junker returned two interceptions for touchdowns and led the nation with 272 interception return yards this season. He ranked eighth on BSU with 43 total tackles and tied for 10th with 2.5 tackles for a loss. Junker finishes his career as BSUís all-time leader in interception return yards (378) and the programís runner-up in career interceptions (17). He joins Olszewski and former Beaver kicker-punter Zach Pulkinen as the only football student-athletes selected to the AFCA Division II Coachesí All-American First Team since at least 2002. This is Junkerís first career All-American selection, which joins his 2018 All-NSIC North Division Honorable Mention, 2018 Fall NSIC All-Academic Team and 2017 Fall NSIC All-Academic Team laurels. (Photo Courtesy Of BSUBeavers.com)

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    Raider Hoops Wins Opener, Park Next

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Basketball Team had a bit of a weird week over Thanksgiving Break, with a postponed game, some more practice time, and then a season-opening, 72-66 win over Kasson-Mantorville on Saturday, at Red Wing High School, to begin the season at 1-0, with Park looming on Tuesday. Head Coach Chad Feikema joined KDWA Sports on Monday to look back at the win, and to preview Tuesday at Park!

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    Raiders Go 1-2 At Home Duals

    The Hastings Raiders Wrestling Team made their much-anticipated 2019-20 Debut on Saturday at home in the Raider Duals, one of the toughest brackets they have put together, going 1-2 against some stiff early-season competition. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on their three dual meets, from Saturday's festivities.

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    Prescott Dance Set For Competition

    The Prescott Cardinals High School Dance Team will look to have another year where they compete for one of the top spots in the State, come playoff time, but at this point in the Winter Competition Season, Head Coach and Former Cardinal, Samantha Marks has been feverishly preparing for 2019-20. Coach Marks, alongside Maddie Tibayan, and Grace Carlson joined KDWA Sports to talk about the year so far, and what to expect in their routines!

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    Mayo Snowed Out, Tartan Up Next

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team had their Tuesday night game with Rochester Mayo postponed due to the weather, so they hopped back on the practice ice, now with a week off to prepare for the Metro East Conference opener at Tartan, next Tuesday, the 3rd. Head Coach Adam Welch of the Raiders joined KDWA Sports to look back at the first game of the season, this past Saturday, talk about the postponed game, and look ahead to a three game week, beginning next Tuesday.

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    Raider Highlight Rewind: First Win

    In less than 24 hours, the Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team will take to the ice in Game Two of the 2019-20 Season, as Rochester Mayo comes to town, but many Raider Fans haven't gotten enough of their team, following Saturday's eye-popping, 11-2 home win over a much-improved Dodge County Team. KDWA Sports felt the same way, so to begin the week, here is the first of what could be many Raider Highlight Reels, of this 2019-20 Winter Sports Season. ENJOY!

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    Bumpy Road, But Improving Steadily

    The Hastings Raiders Girls Hockey Team may not have the record they hoped for through the first quarter of the regular season, but the Blue and Gold are not hanging their heads, as they prepare for the Metro East Conference Opener, at Henry Sibley on Tuesday. Head Coach Tim Duggan has more on some of the big early positives for the Girls, heading in to December!

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    Raider Boys Score 11 In Opener!

    In our KDWA "Super Sports Saturday" Hockey Doubleheader, the Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team opened their 2019-20 Season with a giant 11-2 team victory over Dodge County, in front of a big crowd at McGree Rink, LIVE on KDWA, while the Raider Girls played well, but fell to the Wildcats, 6-1, earlier in the day. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the doubleheader.

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    Week In Review: The Early Gym Grind

    In our KDWA Sports "Week in Review", the Sports Department hit the Winter Sports Scene hard this week, talking Boys Basketball, with Head Coach Chad Feikema, and Wrestling with Hastings Head Coach Tim Haneberg, and Prescott Head Coach Jordan Poirier, as all three teams opened their respective seasons this week. Plus hear news on the Hastings All-Conference and Honorable Mention Awards from the Fall, that were released on Thursday, plus much more, right here!

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    2019-20 Preview: Raider Boys Swim

    The last Tri-County Area Winter Sport to open practice for the 2019-20 Season will be the Hastings Raiders Boys Swimming and Diving Team, and Head Coach Gerry Rupp joined KDWA Sports, not to talk football anymore, but to look ahead to the year, in the pool, for the Raiders! Monday will mark the first day of practice, as the Raiders prepare for the Conference Relays on December 5th!

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    Hastings Fall Sports All-Conference List

    The 2019 Fall Sports list of All-Conference and All-Conference Honorable Mention Athletes has been released to KDWA Sports on Thursday, and KDWA's Nick Tuckner has the complete list of honors from a wonderful Fall Season at Hastings High School!

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    Fun First Win, Big Games Coming

    The Hastings Raiders Girls Hockey Team earned their first win of the season on Tuesday over Red Wing, and between this week's games, Head Coach Tim Duggan joined KDWA Sports on Wednesday, to look back at his first win as Raider Head Coach, and to look forward to the rest of a busy week, continuing Thursday at home against Chisago Lakes, and Saturday, as part of our KDWA Hockey Doubleheader against Dodge County.

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    2019-20 Preview: Raider Boys Hoops

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Basketball Season is now underway, and Head Coach Chad Feikema joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Monday to talk about tryout week, dividing the teams, high numbers of kids coming out, and a preview of the always-tough Metro East Conference, in our 2019-20 Season Preview. The Raiders will continue tryouts throughout the week, and hit practice hard in preparation for their first games of the year.

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    Complete Team Victory In First Win

    The first win of the 2019-20 Season sure was sweet for the Hastings Raiders Girls Hockey Team on Tuesday night, not only winning their first game of the year, but it also marked the first win for New Head Coach Tim Duggan, in a 5-1 victory over Red Wing, LIVE on KDWA. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the win.

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    Cardinal Wrestlers Also Underway

    Continuing with our wrestling trend this week, with both Hastings and Prescott Wrestling beginning practices for the 2019-20 Season on Monday, we talked with Prescott Head Wrestling Coach Jordan Poirer, as the Cardinals are set for another rough and tumble Middle Border Conference schedule, and beyond!

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    Raider Wrestlers Start Their Engines

    The Hastings Raiders Wrestling Team is one of two Raider Teams that were also cleared to begin practice on Monday, and New Head Coach Tim Haneberg joined KDWA Sports to talk about the excitement surrounding the new season, preview the first week or so of practice, and what the Raiders will be doing to get ready for their first meets of the season, at the Raider Duals on November 30th, at the HHS Field House.

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