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    Late surge too much for Wolfpack

    The Hastings Boys Hockey team faced off against regional rival Park High School Tuesday night at the Civic Arena.

    The two teams put on a dynamic show of special teams, skill and physicality in front of a packed house of raucous fans. The Raiders got on the board early as their power play continued to click. After a flurry of chances forced Park to chase the play, center Connor Stoffel swirling in the corner after receiving a feed from Collin Stewart, slid the puck to Luke Savage in the spot Ovechkin made famous and buried the one-timer past a sprawling Harden. Park was quick to respond with a power play goal of their own, as freshman Jackson Rudh snuck a shot past a screened Kody Neiderkorn to the game at 1 a piece. The hustle of the Raiders paid off late in the period as Stewart and Stoffel this time found a streaking Jake Harris who beat Harden on a breakaway.

    The second period saw a bevy of penalties on both sides as the physicality ratcheted up. Hastings extended their lead to 2 goals as Senior Jack Nicklay recorded his first varsity goal on a feed from Stephen Reifenberger, but Park quickly closed that to 1 on their second power play goal of the night; this time by Samuel Janski.

    The Raiders proved too much in the final frame, as they continue to own the third period. Jake Harris again exploded out of the raiders zone, splitting two flat footed Park defenders and Hastings defender Ben Zacardi threw a tape to tape dart. Harris proved too deft again on the breakaway and the Raiders lead opened up for good. Tempers continued to boil, and Reifenberger, obviously frustrated by missed opportunities was called for a high stick. The two minutes in the box may have been just what the lanky senior needed. Immediately after exiting the box defender John Chorlton floated a pass to spring him on a breakaway that he buried far post on the Park netminder. Connor Stoffel capped the night with his second goal of the season as the Raiders cruised to a 3-0 third period and 6-2 win. Junior goaltender Kody Neiderkorn in his first varsity start earned the win, stopping 18 of 20 shots for the night.

    The Raiders have little time to enjoy their victory, with only one practice Wednesday to prepare for a Thursday night section tilt against the Farmington Tigers. KDWA will be live for a 7:30 puck drop as new head coach Matt Klein works to extend his unbeaten start to 3.

    One Last Highlight Reel For The Road

    KDWA Sports Director Nick Tuckner released one final "Highlight Reel" from the last handful of years at KDWA Radio, on his last day, and though every highlight from 19 years couldn't make it on the reel, the fun over the years can be summed up in one fun final cut!

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    Prescott AD Caudill Wraps Up First Fall

    New Prescott High School Athletic Director Andrew Caudill must be some kind of lucky charm, as in his first Sports Season at Prescott, this Fall, the Cardinals won a second-straight Golf Championship, sent two Athletes to the State Cross Country Meet, won a home playoff Volleyball match with a young up and coming team, and of course the Prescott Football Team went back to the playoffs after an 8-year drought. Caudill joined KDWA Sports to wrap up the Fall Sports Season!

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    Raiders Close Season With Banquet

    The Hastings Raiders Football Team ended their 2021 Season with a 7-3 overall, and a Section 3AAAAA Runner-Up Trophy, following their loss to undefeated Section Champ Saint Thomas Academy. The Raiders then wrapped up the year, with their team banquet (pictured) on Sunday, at Almquist Farm. Suburban Maroon District "Coach of the Year" Dana Strain joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner to wrap everything up, one final time.

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    Raiders Close Season At 7-3 Overall

    Even though the Hastings Raiders Football Team fell 28-0 in the Section 3AAAAA Championship Game to undefeated Saint Thomas Academy, that doesn't take away from the fantastic, memory-laden 2021 Season, that we all were able to witness. KDWA's Dick Cragg breaks down the final game of the season, with one last Stat recap of the year, from Saint Thomas Academy, on Friday night!

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    Friday Preview: Section 3-5A Championship

    The waiting is nearly over, and the preparation has been wonderful throughout the week at Todd Field, and now it's just about playing their best football game of the season on Friday night, in the Section 3AAAAA Championship at Saint Thomas Academy. Head Coach Dana Strain joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Thursday for a preview, and Tuck also prods the humble Head Coach on his Suburban Maroon "Coach of the Year" Award, with that news breaking leading in to the big game.

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    Huge Friday Night Football Schedule

    There will be plenty of playoff football across the area on Friday, with not only the Hastings Raiders taking to the field in the Section 3AAAAA Championship, but many others including: Cannon Falls, East Ridge, Woodbury, Tartan and more all active, looking to move on! KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the wild Friday night playoff schedule.

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    Winter Preview: Raider Boys Hockey

    Winter Sports will continue to open over the next three weeks, and that includes the Hastings Raiders Boys Hockey Team, under New Head Coach Matt Klein, as they will hit the ice for the first time on the 15th. Coach Klein talked about the kids being active this past summer, getting ready for his first year, and continuing to build on what former Coach Adam Welch built over the past seven years. Take a listen to our Pre-Season Interview, from Wednesday afternoon!

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    Pucksters Enjoying Opening Week

    With the season now underway, Head Coach Tim Duggan of the Hastings Raiders Girls Hockey Team joined KDWA Sports on Tuesday, to talk about opening practices and try-outs for the year, the compete level in the Girls, plus looked ahead to Saturday's huge pre-season scrimmage, against three tough programs, at Eden Prairie.

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    Korfhage Takes Over Cardinal Program

    The Prescott Cardinals Girls Basketball Team is less than one week away from their 2021-22 Season, with practices opening on Monday under new Head Coach Joan Korfhage. Coach Korfhage joined KDWA Sports to introduce fans to our new Cardinal Head Coach, plus look forward to the season, including that first week of practices and try-outs.

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    Coach Strain on Win, Title Game Friday

    Head Coach Dana Strain of the Hastings Raiders Football Team joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner after practice on Monday, as they looked back at the 42-20 Section Semifinal win over Bloomington Kennedy from Saturday, but also look forward to Friday's Section Championship Game at Saint Thomas Academy! There's plenty to be excited about as the Raiders fire up for Friday.

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    Winter Sports Are Open In Minnesota!

    The Hastings Raiders Girls Hockey Team opened their 2021-22 Winter Sports Season, and KDWA Sports was there for some early photographs and fun, taking in the first day, leading in to their first scrimmage, already, this Saturday at Eden Prairie! As KDWA's Nick Tuckner told sports fans on Monday, it will be a fun start to the year, with three straight home games! More pictures from Monday on our Facebook and Twitter feeds!

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    Raiders Move On To Section Title Game

    The Hastings Raiders Football Team jumped to 7-2 overall and are one win away from Head Coach Dana Strain's first trip to the State Tournament, following their 42-20 Section Semifinal shallacking of the Bloomington Kennedy Eagles, on a spooky Saturday night at Todd Field! KDWA's Dick Cragg has a stat recap of the win, as the Raiders now focus on Saint Thomas, on the road, in the Title Game, Friday at 7pm, LIVE on KDWA!

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    Hastings Swimmers Win Metro East

    The Hastings Raiders Girls Swimming Diving Team is your 2021 Metro East Conference Champions, after an undefeated run in the Conference Dual Meet Season, and are now prepared to make a strong push for a Section 3AA Team Championship, beginning November 10th, in prelims! Head Coach Katie McAlpin joined KDWA Sports on Thursday to look back at how they secured the Conference Crown, and what's coming up this weekend, in the pool.

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    Loucks, Johnson Prep For State Meet

    The Wisconsin State Cross Country Running Meet will take place on Saturday, in Wisconsin Rapids, and the Prescott Cardinals have two entrants in both Junior Ella Johnson, plus fellow Junior, and Sectional Champion Tyler Loucks! Prescott Head Cross Country Coach Alexsis Lahn joined KDWA Sports on Wednesday, to introduce you to the State Participants, and look back at a memorable 2021 Season, so far! (Photo Courtesy of Coach Lahn)

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    Raiders To Host Bloomngton Kennedy

    The Hastings Raiders Football Team now knows who they will host on Saturday night in the Section 3AAAAA Semifinals, as the #3 Bloomington Kennedy Eagles squeaked past the #6 Two Rivers Warriors, 24-19, in Tuesday's Quarterfinal match-up in Bloomington. That will set up Apple Valley at Saint Thomas at 1pm, Saturday, while the #2 Raiders and Kennedy will square off at 7pm, at Todd Field, LIVE on KDWA! KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the Semifinal Bracket, leading in to the weekend!

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    Season Recap: Prescott Football 2021

    KDWA Sports was able to wrap up the 2021 Prescott Cardinals Football Season with Head Coach Jordan Hansen on Tuesday, looking back at his second year at the helm, and the first playoff appearance for a Cardinal Football Team in eight years. We looked back at the season as a whole, some big moments, and also looked forward to what will be an exciting 2022 campaign!

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    Prescott Tandem Qualifies For State

    The Prescott Cross Country Running Team will be sending two individuals on to the State Meet, this weekend, as Ella Johnson (7th Overall) and Tyler Loucks (Sectional Champion) are headed to the "Big Path" for a shot at an individual State Championship! The Boys and Girls also finished very well as a team. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the Sectional Race from Rice Lake! (Photo Courtesy of Prescott Cross Country Facebook)

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    Raider Girls Hit The Ice Monday!

    We are less than one week away from the Hastings Raiders Girls Hockey Season opening, as practice will kick-off after school next Monday, and KDWA's Nick Tuckner takes a look back at the covid-shortened 2020-21 Season, and more on what is to come through the first three games of 2021-22.

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    Raiders Close Regular Season 6-2

    With their 54-34 win over Cretin last Wednesday night, the Hastings Raiders Football Team closed out the regular season with an impressive 6-2 overall record, with their only two losses coming to highly ranked Saint Thomas, and Chanhassen. Now, Hastings awaits Tuesday's winner of the Section 3AAAAA Quarterfinal between Bloomington Kennedy and Two Rivers, for Saturday's Section Semifinal at McNamara Stadium (Todd Field). Head Coach Dana Strain looked back at some of the highlights from the Cretin win, and knows either Semifinal match-up will be a test on Saturday.

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    Cardinal Foursome Wins All-State Honors

    The Prescott Cardinals Girls Golf Team announced their 2021 All-State Honorees on Monday Morning, as the two-time, back-to-back Division Two State Champions recognize Rhi Stutz (All-State Honorable Mention), Jessica Heinsch (All-State Honorable Mention), Liz Rohl (All-State Honorable Mention), and Ava Salay (All-State First Team) for their season of excellence! KDWA's Nick Tuckner has the news!

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    Cardinals Leave It All On The Field

    The Prescott Cardinals Football Team ended their 2021 Season with a 5-5 overall record on Friday night, after playing their hearts out in a 17-14 loss to the West Salem Panthers, in Level One of the WIAA Playoffs. KDWA's Nick Tuckner has more on the final game, but join him alongside Head Coach Jordan Hansen for the Prescott Coaches Show on Saturday at 12:05pm, from Ptacek's, looking back at the awesome year that was. Join them on KDWA AM 1460, and FM 97.7, Saturday, and also more in next week's sports updates, in our 2021 Season Recap!

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    Raiders Earn #2 Seed, First Round Bye

    Seeding was released on Thursday morning for the Section 3AAAAA Minnesota High School Football Playoffs, and your Hastings Raiders have the #2 seed, with their 6-2 record, and will have a first round bye on Tuesday. The #2 Raiders will now host Tuesday's winner of #6 Two Rivers and #3 Bloomington Kennedy, on Saturday, October 30th, for an almost-spooky Sectional Semifinal game, Halloween Weekend! KDWA's Nick Tuckner has all of the details.

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    Playoff Preview: Prescott at West Salem

    The Prescott Cardinals Football Team (5-4 Overall) will play in their first playoff game in eight years on Friday night, as they travel to West Salem (7-1 Overall), LIVE on KDWA Radio! The game will be a radio-only broadcast at 7:00pm, with the Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm. KDWA's Matt Leifeld will have all of the playoff play-by-play on Friday night. Before we get there, Head Coach Jordan Hansen joined us for our Pre-Game interview on Thursday!

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    Football FINAL: Hastings 54, Cretin 34

    The Hastings Raiders Football Team closed out the 2021 Regular Season with a wild 54-34 win over Cretin Derham-Hall, that was not short on any excitement, and KDWA's Stats King Dick Cragg has a bumper crop in our Sports Updates! With the win, the Raiders lock up the #2 seed in the upcoming Section 3AAAAA Playoffs, and will have a first round bye. Stay tuned to KDWA Sports over the next few days for more on the brackets, seeds, and matchups! We also have scores from all over the area from Wednesday, with KDWA's Nick Tuckner! Get it all right here!!

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