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Nick Tuckner – Sports Director

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    Week In Review: Spring Fun, Awards

    Looking back at the week that was in Local, Tri-County Area Sports, we opened the 2021 Lacrosse Season with Hastings Boys Head Coach Brady Wasvick, checked in with Park High School AD Phil Kuemmel, and Prescott Native Peter Brookshaw joined KDWA Sports to fill fans in on his Baseball Season at North Dakota State. Plus, all of your Hastings High School All-Conference, and Honorable Mention athletes from the 2020-21 season! Check it all out in our "Week in Review"!

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    Wolfpack Update: Athena, Slow Spring

    In our April edition of the "Wolfpack Update", KDWA's Nick Tuckner caught up with Park High School Activities Director Phil Kuemmel, as we talked at length about Park's 2020-21 Athlena Award Winner, Shauna Miller, plus more on the Spring Sports Season, that has been slowed by Covid and Weather, this past week. Dive in to the Spring Season across the Tri-County Area, with KDWA Radio Sports!

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    Raider Hockey All-Conference Players

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team also announced their All-Conference, and All-Conference Honorable Mention Players on Thursday, and KDWA Sports was able to break down the list of very deserving Raiders, from the 2020-21 campaign. You can also find the honorees from other sports during the Winter Season, on the KDWA Sports page of our website, from Wednesday's sports updates.

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    Raiders Ready For Radio Opener

    The Hastings Raiders Girls Softball Team has not played a game since late May of 2019, when the Raiders fell to Eastview at Richfield in the Section 3AAA Playoffs, ending their season, and also longtime program stalwart Ken Lundquist's tenure as Head Coach. New Raider Head Coach Jen Thesing took the job over in March of 2020, and then, everybody knows what happened after that. After losing the 2020 Season due to covid, the Raiders are ready to get back on the field, especially on Thursday, when Henry Sibley comes to town on KDWA Radio, and also our website, with video! Gametime is 4:15pm. Coach Thesing joined us on Wednesday, to get fans ready for the opening broadcast of the Spring on KDWA, Thursday, at the HHS Softball Field!

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    2020-21 Hastings All-Conference Honors

    The 2020-21 Winter Sports All-Conference, Honorable Mention, and All-State List has been released by the Hastings High School Athletic Department, this week, and KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on all of the Raiders earning honors! We break down the list alphabetically, starting with Basketball, and working our way down, with Boys Hockey and Alpine Ski not released yet. KDWA Sports will have more on both Sports, when they are released to the respective teams and players. But for now, take a listen to which of your favorite Raiders earned honors!

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    2021 Preview: Hastings Boys Lacrosse

    The Hastings Raiders Boys Lacrosse Team is now underway, as they build towards their first game of the season, on Thursday night, against the Park Wolfpack, at Wolfpack Stadium in Cottage Grove, and Head Coach Brady Wasvick joined KDWA Sports for our 2021 Season Preview! Coach Wasvick talked about the excitement with practice starting, after missing all of 2020, including a very talented team coming out for 2021!

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    Brookshaw Leads By Example With Bison

    If you missed this past weekend's "Prescott Coaches Show", you missed a GOOD one on Saturday, as Prescott High School Alum, and North Dakota State University Second Baseman Peter Brookshaw joined KDWA Sports, to talk about his 2021 Season, thus far. We talked at length about coming back to baseball, after losing the 2020 Season due to covid, some of his favorite places to play, the Bison as a team, and much, much more. Check out cuts from Saturday's show, right here! (Photo Courtesy of NDSU Baseball Roster).

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    Week In Review: Patience Pressed

    In our KDWA Sports "Week In Review" we look back at some of the top stories from the last week, including more on the Hastings Baseball quarantine situation, a preview on the Prescott Cardinals Baseball Team, and some news on our local Hastings Parks, with Hastings Parks and Rec's Sports and Recreation Coordinator Phil Vargas, as we hit the weekend of fun! Check it out 22 minutes after every hour this weekend, or any time you want, right here!

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    Raider Baseball Benched Due To Virus

    Tough news from the Hastings Raiders Baseball Team, as they will be quarantined through their first four games of the season, following a COVID positive within the Team, the Hastings High School Athletic Department, and KDWA learned, on Wednesday afternoon. Hastings High School Athletic Director Trent Hanson joined us again on Thursday for an impromptu chat on the COVID situation, and also more on the Hastings Raiders Girls Basketball Program searching for a new Head Coach.

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    Parks Update, Adult Athletics Too!

    It's not only transition time for our area Youth and High School Sports Athletes, but it's also transition time for our Hastings Parks and Recreation Department, as they closed up the Winter Skating Season, the melt came, and now Spring-like weather has us all chomping to get outdoors! Parks and Recreation Sports Director Phil Vargas joined us on Wednesday, to look back at Winter, getting the parks ready for Spring, and much more on Registration for both Adult Softball and Volleyball, which is slated to begin in just about a month.

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    April 19th Approaching Fast For Cards

    With over half of their "Coaches Contact" days in, and only two weeks to go until their first official practice on April 19th, the Prescott Cardinals Baseball Team and Head Coach Jeff Ryan have been very busy with pre-season preparation for the 2021 Campaign. Coach Ryan discussed the early contact days, developing new leaders, and also gave an update on Prescott Alum Peter Brookshaw, who is batting north of .300 at North Dakota State, this Spring!

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    Games, Meets, Matches Open This Week

    Spring Sports games, meets, and matches begin at Hastings High School this week, and that includes Tennis on Tuesday, Track at home and Softball on the road Thursday, with the big Highway 61 Rivalry Baseball Game between Hastings and Park, LIVE on KDWA, Friday! Hastings High School Athletic Director Trent Hanson joined us, as the first week of practice wrapped up, and the real fun begins.

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    Week In Review: Spring Has Sprung!

    In our KDWA Sports "Week in Review", we continue our preparation for the 2021 Spring Sports Season, with Hastings Raiders Baseball Coach Taylor Pagel on their first week, Prescott Softball Coach Nick Johnson joins good Buddy Nick Tuckner, and also hear from Hastings Native and Minnesota State Mankato Outfielder Joey Werner on winning two straight NSIC Player of the Week Awards, in Baseball! Check it all out, and more in our Weekend Fun!

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    2021 Preview: Prescott Track and Field

    The Prescott Cardinals Girls and Boys Track and Field Team is looking to make up for a lost 2020 Season, as the Team has been able to partake in "Coaches Contact Days", with all of the other Spring Teams have across Wisconsin! Head Coach Emily Calabrese joined KDWA Sports to open the season, looking at prep for the year, after missing 2020, getting kids in the right spots to succeed, and what the Coaching staff will bring to the squad, in 2021!

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    Hastings Native Werner Awarded Again

    KDWA's Nick Tuckner was able to catch up with one of the hottest bats in College Baseball this Spring, as Hastings High School Alum, Miesville Mudhen, and current Minnesota State-Mankato Senior Outfielder Joey Werner (Pictured-Courtesy MSU Baseball Roster) has now won two consecutive Northern Sun Conference "Player of the Week" honors. Werner has demolished area pitchers this 2021 Season, hitting well over .400, with six home runs, heading to this weekend's Interstate showdown at Saint Cloud State! We break down Werner's 2021 Season, and also look ahead to the future, with the former Raider.

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    2021 Preview: Prescott Softball

    The Prescott Cardinals Softball Program is also deep in to their Coaches Contact Days, as they hit Spring Break, and are counting the days until official practices begin towards the end of April, with games beginning shortly soon after. New Head Coach Nick Johnson joined KDWA Sports for a 2021 Season Preview, as the Redbirds look to pave their road back to Madison!

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    Raider Baseball "Back To Business"

    The Hastings Raiders Baseball Team is one of many that will be beginning Spring practices throughout the week, across Minnesota, and exclusively, at Hastings High School, as the Spring Season is now officially here! Head Coach Taylor Pagel joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner to set the table for the first week of tryouts, look back at "arm care week", and peek ahead to the challenges brought forth by missing the whole 2020 season. Check out our 2021 Season Preview!

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    Raider Coach Addyman Steps Aside

    The Hastings Raiders Girls Basketball Team is saying goodbye to Head Coach Scott Addyman, as the second-year leader of the Raiders is stepping away from the game, to spend more time with his family, effective immediately. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the story that broke on our Social Media channels, over this past weekend.

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    Week In Review: Winter Wraps and More

    With the Winter Sports Season fading away for the 2020-21 campaign, this week's edition of the KDWA Sports "Week in Review" centers around teams closing up shop, with Spring Sports on our tails! KDWA's Nick Tuckner had three big feature interviews this past week, wrapping up Winter, including Prescott Activities Director Matt Smith, Hastings Boys Swim Coach Gerry Rupp, and Raider Girls Hockey Coach Tim Duggan! Check it all out throughout the weekend, 22 minutes after every hour, or anytime, right here, on our website!

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    Transition Period At Prescott This Week

    With Dance Team winning a double Regional Title last weekend, and the Forensics squad also racing in to the postseason, Winter Sports are coming to a close fast, with Spring Sports already breathing new life in to Prescott High School, as coaches contact days begin. As we hit this busy period of excitement, and also anticipation, Prescott Activities Director and Assistant Principal Matt Smith joined KDWA Sports to navigate listeners through the fun!

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    Lester, Jensen Compete At State

    With the Hastings Raiders Boys Swimming and Diving Season coming to a close, with the State Meet, and two Raiders moving on to the Big Show, Head Coach Gerry Rupp joined KDWA Sports on Wednesday, to look back. Coach Rupp breaks down the State Meet for both Senior Ryan Lester, and Junior Phil Jensen, while also looking forward to a normal offseason, and hopefully a full schedule in 2021-22.

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    2020-21 Recap: Hastings Girls Hockey

    The Hastings Raiders Girls Hockey Program continued to show improvement this 2020-21 Season, and even though there were less games to play, the Raiders won more games, individual skill increased, and team play followed, as the entire program continues to progress, under Head Coach Tim Duggan. Coach Duggan joined us to wrap uo the Season, by looking back at the season as a whole, the final game, saying goodbye to our Seniors, and peeking ahead to a bright future.

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    "Fantastic Five" Qualify For State

    The Hastings Raiders Wrestling Team qualified five Individuals for the Minnesota State AAA Wrestling Meet, coming up this Thursday, at Saint Michael-Albertville High School, with Blake Beissel, Josh Route, Aiden Erickson, Nolan Myers, and Austin Leflay heading to the BIG SHOW! KDWA's Nick Tuckner was joined by Section 3AAA Coach Of The Year Tim Haneberg, to recap the individual side of the 3AAA-4AAA SuperSectional, and to preview Thursday!

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    Cougars Display Skill, Ending Raiders Run

    The 2020-21 Season came to an end in the Section 1AA Semifinals for the Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team, as the #4 Raiders were worn down by a big, fast, strong, and skilled, undefeated Lakeville South Team, as the #1 Cougars ran away with a 7-1 playoff victory. The Raiders end their season with a 12-7-0 overall record, and KDWA Sports will have a Season Recap interview with Coach Adam Welch, next week!

       

    Week In Review: Winter Playoff Grind

    In our KDWA Sports "Week In Review", we were able to say good-bye to our Senior Girls Hockey Players, after their Section 3AA Quarterfinal loss to Eastview on Tuesday, give some attention to four youth hockey teams moving on to their regional tournaments, and also explain what happened with the Hastings Raiders Girls Basketball Team, as their postseason ended before it was slated to begin, this past Wednesday. All of that and more, in our KDWA Sports "Week In Review"!

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