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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The Rosemount Irish and Farmington Tigers boys' tennis teams faced off last week at the courts above Rosemount High School. The Irish swept the Tigers 7-0 and with a later win over Burnsville, Rosemount is now 4-1 in the South Suburban Conference, while Farmington continues to struggle.
Athletes from the Farmington and Rosemount boys' and girls' track teams competed at the prestigious Hamline Elite Meet held at Hamline University in St. Paul this past weekend. Qualifying for the Hamline Elite Meet is based on electronic times from the current season, or in this year's case because of the weather limit competition, times from 2017. Rosemount
The Farmington Tigers girls' lacrosse team made history last year when they qualified for the state tournament for the first time in program history, but they're not satisfied with only going once. The Tigers return much of last year's team and are focused on returning to the state tournament by winning one game at a time.
The Farmington Tigers boys' lacrosse team played their season opener Monday night against the Owatonna Huskies and came away with a gritty win from what was a physical, low-scoring game. While most lacrosse games feature around 20 goals scored combined, the Tigers and Huskies combined for just 11 on the first day this spring with 70-degree weather.
Youth sports is one of the most hot-button topics in athletics today. There is the debate between multi-sport athletes and specialization, appropriate competitiveness at younger levels, the rise of club sports/AAU, parent-coach dynamics and the shortage of officials. Behind all this is the common refrain that kids these days are lazy, inactive and need constant guidance, all brought on by the rise of technology.
Twenty area athletes committed and signed to continue their careers at the collegiate level last week on the spring national signing day. Eighteen Farmington athletes across 11 different teams took part in the festivities on Wednesday morning, April 11, while a pair of Irish tracksters will also compete at the next level. Farmington
A new sport is in town and the excitement around it is palpable. Farmington High School is fielding a boy’s volleyball program for the first time this spring, and last night they hosted the school’s first-ever boys’ volleyball matches. The Tigers varsity and junior varsity squads, under the leadership of A.J. Dubek and Ann Wilcek, welcomed Eastview and Henry Sibley last night at FHS for a triangular.
The Farmington track and field team hosted the Farmington Boys Invite last Thursday, April 12, the first outdoor meet of the season for both Tigers' teams as well as the Rosemount Irish boys' team. Seven boys teams (as well as three girls' teams including the Tigers) made the trip to Farmington for the meet in the windy and overcast weather that still felt warm with its 50 degree temperature. The snow was melting and runners in the outer lanes needed water skis at times, but everyone was happy to finally be outside competing.
The same story plays out nearly every year, yet it never ceases to cause chaos and consternation. Winter sports end, the weather starts to turn for the better just in time for spring sports, but it is only a tease by Mother Nature. She responds with mounds of snow, dropping temperatures and swirling winds to thwart athletes, coaches and fans all over Minnesota and the Midwest in general.