Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014.
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Doubleheader is a word that baseball fans across the state of Minnesota will hear all spring, and none more so than fans of the Farmington Tigers. Farmington started their regular season two weeks ago and have played four doubleheaders against South Suburban Conference foes. They dropped their first two games at Shakopee, 9-8 and 8-2, on Thursday, April 26. Last Monday, they bounced back for their home opener and swept Burnsville 3-1 and 7-4. On May 3, they hosted Lakeville North and were swept 4-2 and 11-3, despite leading for much of Game 1. Then on Monday, they lost both games at Rosemount 10-9 and 8-4. The Tigers are 2-6 overall, and 2-6 in the SSC, which is tied for last with Lakeville South and Rosemount.
Boys' head coach Adam Lippold said that Farmington's last few meets has highlighted the team's growing depth. "We placed third at the Lakeville Mega Meet, just missing second-place Lakeville North," he said. "We are developing some depth in many events that we haven't seen in a while. The quality of our third and fourth runners are solid, and our field events and hurdles are improving on last year as well. It will be exciting to see how our True Team meets go in the next two weeks."
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.