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 boys' basketball team hosted the Farmington Tigers on Friday, Feb. 2, in a battle of two teams looking to get back on track in South Suburban Conference play. Heading into the night, it appeared that it could be a very close game as both teams are guard-oriented and play with pace. The game also featured a matchup, or maybe I should say collision, in the post between two Division 1 football players; Farmington's senior Brock Mogensen (headed to the University of South Dakota) and Rosemount's Sam Willmott (signed with South Dakota State University).
Girls finish strong before sections The Farmington girls' hockey team won four straight games heading into the section 1AA playoffs. After losing on the road Jan. 25 to Lakeville South, the Tigers rebounded by winning on Jan. 27 at Shakopee 3-1 with a goal from Jenna Gerold and two from Ellie Moser.
The Rosemount Irish boys' hockey team continues to win and win often. After going on a 12-game winning streak from the start of December to the middle of August (which, while unconfirmed, sounds like the longest in team history), the Irish have won three of their last five. The two losses in that span are nothing to sneeze at, as one came at Eastview, who is tied with Rosemount atop the South Suburban Conference, and the second on the road at Lakeville South who is just a point behind Rosemount and Eastview in the standings. Rosemount is 16-4 overall and 11-3 in the SSC.
The Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team once again demonstrated why it is one of the best teams in the state Saturday night when it absolutely stifled an improving East Ridge Raptors team. Despite the Raptors early-season struggles, it appeared they had improved and started to figure things out in their conference season. However, Farmington showed them that they still have a long ways to go.
The Farmington and Rosemount wrestling teams both had plenty of action this past week. The two teams met in a co-meet on Thursday, Jan. 18. Farmington wrestled later that night against top-ranked in class 3A Apple Valley, while Rosemount competed at the Eastview Invitational over the weekend.
Something special will come to an end later this winter. Christian Life Academy, a Christian school in Farmington that serves grades pre-K through high school, has a dominant girls basketball team led by four seniors. Those four have played together since they were freshmen and, as of this week, are in possession of a remarkable streak: the Hawks have won or tied 42-straight games in the regular and postseason against conference opponents according to the Star Tribune's MN Girls' Basketball Hub. How it began
The third period of the Farmington vs. Rosemount girls' hockey game was superb Jan. 17, and the previous two periods were not too shabby either. Both teams combined for eight goals in the final period that featured two comebacks and five goals in less than five minutes. Eventually though, there had to be a winner and Farmington came out on top 7-4. The Tigers are now 14-6 overall on the season and tied for second in the South Suburban Conference, while the Irish are 5-14-1 and winless in the SSC. The game
December was a fast month for the Hastings Area Swim Team. HAST swimmers had the opportunity to swim in three meets during the month: the Northfield Winter is Coming Invite Dec. 2-3, the BAC Holiday Classic Swim Meet Dec. 9-10 and the HAST Conf. C/Pre C Meet Dec. 15.
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team played three close games this past week against South Suburban Conference foes Prior Lake and Burnsville, and then a nonconference matchup versus Blake. Against Prior Lake and Blake, the Tigers either led or were tied in the third period, while against Burnsville they were able to make a comeback to within a goal in the third against the Blaze. However, Farmington ended up falling in all three games, extending their losing streak to the last seven. The Tigers are now 4-9 overall and 2-6 in the SSC.
The Farmington Tiger gymnastics teams hosted their annual Farmington Invite on Saturday, Jan. 13, and dominated both the junior varsity and varsity levels. They hosted teams from Faribault, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Hendricks, Red Wing and White Bear Lake. The Tigers had two junior varsity teams compete, Black (125.35) and Orange (124.45), that took first and second, respectively. The two teams took nearly every top-10 spot in all four events plus the all-around.