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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The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team left no doubt how good they were through the first two games of section 1AA playoffs. The Tigers buried Rochester Century 14-1 at Schmitz-Maki Arena in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Feb. 7, and then they shut out South Suburban Conference rival Lakeville North 6-0 on Saturday, Feb. 10, at home in the semifinals to advance to the section finals. Farmington now plays Lakeville South, with whom they tied for second in the SSC during the regular season, on Thursday, Feb. 15, in Owatonna at 5 p.m. in the Owatonna Four Seasons Center.
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team took their lumps at home this past week with losses to Lakeville North and Prior Lake. The Tigers fell on Monday, Feb. 5, 8-3 to Lakeville North and then on Friday 5-2 against Prior Lake. The game against Prior Lake was Military Appreciation Night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers wore special, military-themed uniforms that were later auctioned off. Farmington is now 6-16 overall with the two losses and 3-13 in the South Suburban Conference. They have three games left, all this week before section play starts.
The Rosemount Irish gymnastics team came out ahead against the Farmington Tigers 142.325-139.35 two weeks ago as both teams begin to wind down their regular seasons and start to look toward sections. Senior Josey Schlie of Rosemount won four of the five events, including the all-around and senior Lauren Slayton of Farmington placed in all five events, including second behind Schlie in the all-around. Irish head coach Jason Passeri said that it was a big win for his team as they went into the meet short-handed and any South Suburban Conference win is an achievement.
The Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving team beat the Lakeville North Panthers 98-85 on Feb. 2, as they begin to prepare for sections in earnest. Against the Panthers, head coach Ryan Hamen said that he liked how his team responded to facing some of the best competition they will see all year. "The boys knew they had to step up on the relays as Lakeville North has Andrew Trepanier," he said. "He is one of the best swimmers in the state and can carry a number of relay teams to a victory."
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