Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.
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Playing AAU basketball is a unique experience, different from anything else in youth sports. The travel, competition, facilities and culture make it unforgettable. Here is what it's like from a player's perspective: The shot misses and the buzzer sounds. Only a handful of high school basketball teams end their seasons with a win, the rest end with a loss. Whether that loss comes in the first playoff or the state championship game, it signals the end of the high school basketball season. It also heralds the start of AAU.
The Farmington High School football team held its 17th annual Ironman Competition on July 28 under the supervision of strength and conditioning coach Scott Meier. This year's winner was senior Brock Mogensen with 5,047 points. In second was senior Avery Filipek with 4,961 points and junior Adam Weed took third with 4,767 points. The FHS strength and conditioning website explains the event as a "decathlon-style format with points assigned based on performance. Athletes are randomly assigned to one of seven testing stations, and rotate through all seven stations in the same order."
The Farmington High School softball team held a celebration Tuesday, July 25, in the recital hall at FHS in front of over 150 people to honor their state championship. The team's state title is the first team state championship in FHS sports history.
The Farmington American Legion baseball team got off to a promising start at the sub-state five playoff bracket that determines who goes to the state tournament. They beat Lakeville North 5-4 and St. Paul Park 7-3 to start 2-0, but then lost their next two games to eventual champion Burnsville (8-2) and Woodbury (12-0). St. Paul Park
Wade Jacobson of Farmington is closing out his high school rodeo career in style. This past June, Jacobson won the all-around championship at the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association's state finals. He also won the cutting event, took second in team roping, third in tie down roping and fourth in reined cow horse.
Twenty-five combined runs. Twenty-seven hits. Seven errors. The American Legion baseball game between Rosemount Legion Green and the Burnsville Cobras did not lack excitement or entertainment, even though it may not have been the cleanest game every played. Burnsville snuck out a win 13-12 over Rosemount in a game that saw runs scored in every inning but the sixth. Six pitchers were used and with the wind blowing out of Irish Field, there were plenty of long fly balls over outfielders heads and off the wall.