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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To say that the Farmington Tigers girls hockey team's recent schedule has been tough would be an understatement. Daunting would probably be a better descriptor, or the old but apt cliche "meat grinder." The Tigers' last three opponents have been top-ranked in class 2A Blake, seventh-ranked in 2A Maple Grove and South Suburban Conference rival Prior Lake. While the Tigers went 1-2 over that stretch, they certainly showed their mettle. Farmington fell at home to Maple Grove 2-1, won at Prior Lake 5-4 and then played a tough Blake Bears team for three full periods before losing 4-2.
If you have driven by Rosemount High School and the Rosemount Community Center in the last few months, you most likely have seen a solitary wall standing in the middle of the practice fields. Standing 12-feet tall and 20-feet wide, it is the "Legacy Wall," conceived by boys lacrosse head coach Lance Kuehn and built with the support of the Rosemount boys lacrosse program, Irish alumni and the Rosemount community. The concept of the wall is simple; players throw balls against it to practice passing, shooting, fielding the ball, etc.
The Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team competed in the Holiday Hoops Classic held at St. Olaf College Dec. 28-30. The Tigers faced their toughest competition of the season so far as they went 1-2 in the tournament, where they beat Providence Academy handily and fell to Beaver Dam (Wis.) and Grand Rapids. The tournament losses brought an end to their undefeated season and they are now 8-2 overall (3-0 and tied for first in the South Suburban).
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team swept the field at their own Louis-Schmitz Holiday Classic last week. The Tigers outscored their opponents 18-2 in the three games and improved to 11-3 overall (5-3 in the South Suburban Conference).
The Farmington Tigers boys' basketball team continued its strong play with two resounding wins over Irondale and Prescott in the Hastings Holiday Tournament. The Tigers defeated Irondale 81-61 in the first round on Thursday, Dec. 28, and then beat Prescott in the championship game 73-56. With the two wins, Farmington is now 6-2 overall (0-1) in the South Suburban Conference.
The Farmington gymnastics team is off to a fast start to the season as they performed extremely well at the Becker Invite at the beginning of December and then had a close meet with Lakeville North.
The past year has been momentous for Farmington Tiger sports. The Farmington community has seen its first team state championship, several other individuals and teams make their state tournaments and the first individual Tiger tennis player to qualify for state. Below are the top eight stories of 2017 for Farmington sports:
Farmington was well represented at this year's 2017 Minnesota Sports Awards as members of the 2017 softball team received two awards at the prestigious event. The team won the Sports Moment of the Year for their thrilling run through the 4A state tournament last spring, culminating in a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning by Emma Frost to win Farmington's first-ever team state title.
The Farmington and Rosemount boys' swimming and diving teams squared off Friday, Dec. 15, at Levi P. Dodge Middle School in Farmington. The Tigers got the win over the Irish 97-88 in a meet that came down to the very last event, the 400 freestyle relay, where Farmington was able to snag the first and third places to seal their victory. Results Both teams split the amount of events won fairly equally, with Farmington winning seven to Rosemount's five. Below are the top-three finishers in each event:
The Farmington Tigers wrestling team had to overcome being far from full strength this past weekend at the annual Minnesota Christmas Tournament held at Rochester Community Technical College. The Tigers, according to head coaches Chad Olson and Henry Gerten, were missing several wrestlers due to illness and injury heading into the weekend, which opened up opportunities for several young wrestlers.