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 wrestling team has battled injuries and other absences throughout their lineup so far this season. However, with the coming of the New Year the Tigers are getting healthy and coming closer and closer to the lineup that they will take into February and sections. They hosted the Kodak Classic duals on Saturday, Jan. 5, and wrestled United South Central, St. Francis and Scott West, going 1-2. Then on Friday, Jan. 11, Farmington hosted Lakeville North and won 38-34. The Tigers next go to Eastview on Friday, Jan. 18, for a dual and then return the next day for a tournament.
The Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving team is off to a great start to the season and more recently, 2019. The Tigers beat Burnsville 94-59 in Burnsville on Friday, Jan. 4, and then competed in the Maroon and Gold Invite at the University of Minnesota the next day, where they won the Tiger division with 573 points. Then this past Tuesday, they traveled to Hastings where they defeated the Raiders 96-88. So far this winter, Farmington is undefeated in the South Suburban Conference and their only loss has come at Northfield.
The Farmington Tigers gymnastics team traveled to Faribault for the Faribault Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5, just their third competition of the season. The Tigers took eighth out of 16 teams with a total score of 137.00, just one point behind Rosemount. The winner was Owatonna with a score of 146.250. As a team, Farmington finished ninth in vault with a 35.250, tied-for-ninth on the uneven bars with a 32.100, scored a 34.500 on the balance beam which was good for fifth and then took ninth for the floor exercise with a 35.150.
The Rosemount Irish and Farmington Tigers boys' basketball teams met for the first time this season in Rosemount last Friday night, Jan. 4. Farmington led the entire game and by double-digits for most of it, but Rosemount was able to slowly chip away at the Tigers' lead and trailed by just six with less than a minute to play. However, Farmington was able to hold them off and the Tigers beat the Irish 58-54. With the win Farmington is now 4-5 overall and 2-0 in the South Suburban Conference. Meanwhile, Rosemount lost to Bloomington Jefferson the day after and is now 3-7 overall and 0-2 in the SSC.
The Farmington and Rosemount girls' basketball teams met for the first time this season on Thursday, Jan. 3, in Farmington. The Tigers came away with a 63-40 victory after both teams got off to a slow start offensively in a game that saw good defense on both sides, but Farmington simply just had more weapons and ways to generate offense.
The past year saw Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish athletics achieve great things both on and off the field of play. From state championships to new records, it has been a memorable 2018 for both towns' sports teams. There were so many stories that could have made this list, but check out below 10 of the best sports stories of 2018:
The Farmington dance team athletes and coaches recently participated in the Farmington Police Department's "Toys for Town" campaign. The Tiger dancers and their coaches each brought a donation to the Target in Apple Valley—a total of $1,259.29—and broke up into teams to purchase toys for all ages. They then dropped off the purchased toys at the Farmington Police Department.
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team has kept its head above water during a difficult stretch to start the 2018-2019 season. The Tigers are 4-3-1 overall and in the South Suburban Conference as they have yet to play a non-conference game. Six of their first 10 games, leading right up to the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic, are on the road. Since their 1-1 start, Farmington has beat Lakeville North 4-2, Lakeville South 5-2 and Shakopee 4-3. They have lost to Burnsville 3-0 and Eagan 3-2 on Saturday afternoon, with a 2-2 tie to Apple Valley mixed in.