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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Senior Alijah Moe signed his Letter of Intent to play football at Bemidji State University on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Moe played wide receiver for the Tigers this past season and is in the middle of his senior basketball campaign.
Back to state
Farmington Tiger sophomore gymnast Libby Bolton is headed to state after qualifying for the floor exercise last Friday, Feb. 15, as her team hosted the Section 1AA meet. Bolton took fifth with a score of 9.325 on the floor to make her first state meet. As a team, Farmington finished third with a total score of 141.950 behind runners-up Northfield (146.425) and champions Owatonna (147.025).
The Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving team had their last regular season dual meet on Feb. 5 before the Section 1AA meet. They hosted the Shakopee Sabres at Levi Dodge Middle School and ended up falling 97-89. The Tigers won five of the 12 events including two of the relays. Below are the results:
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish boys' basketball teams met for the second time this season Friday night, Feb. 8, in Farmington and the result was a season sweep for the Tigers. Farmington went up big to start the game but Rosemount made a comeback to end the first half to only be down 10. However, in the second half the Tigers extended their lead which resulted in a blowout 74-45 win over Rosemount. The Irish fall to 4-15 overall after notching a win against Lakeville South on Feb. 1 to end a 10-game losing streak. The Tigers have won six of their last seven and are 10-9 and 7-4 in the South Suburban Conference, which is good for fourth place and a game and half behind Shakopee. Second time around The first meeting between the two teams was a month ago on Jan. 4 in Rosemount where Farmington edged out the Irish 58-54.
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team advanced to the Section 1AA championship game for the third-straight year Saturday night, Feb. 9, when they beat the Lakeville South Cougars 8-0 in Farmington. The Tigers have absolutely breezed through the playoffs so far with an 11-0 win over Rochester John Marshall. Farmington is the No. 1 seed in Section 1AA while Rochester John Marshall was No. 9 and Lakeville South No. 5. Farmington will play No. 2 Lakeville North on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna.
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team had no problem in their first-round game of the Section 1AA playoffs. The No. 1-seeded Tigers blew out No. 9 Rochester John Marshall—who beat No. 8 Rochester Mayo in a play-in game on Monday-- 11-0 Wednesday night, Feb. 6, at Schmitz-Maki Arena. Farmington scored three goals in the first period, two in the second and six in the third to advance to the semifinals where they will face No. 5 Lakeville South on Saturday, Feb. 9, in Farmington. The Cougars beat No. 4 Northfield 3-1 on Wednesday as well.
Numerous Farmington Tigers teams were in action last night besides the heavy snowfall. Both basketball teams, the boys' hockey team, boys' swimming and diving and gymnastics were all in action Tuesday night. While results were not available for gymnastics at the time of writing, it was a rough night for the Farmington teams as just girls' basketball came away with a win. Read summaries of the nights events below:
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team once again sits atop Section 1AA as the playoffs start. Last year, they were the No. 1 seed in last year's section playoffs but fell in a high-scoring section championship game to Lakeville South. This year, they are again the No. 1 seed over Lakeville North, which was the better team according to QRF. However, the Tigers went 5-0 against Section 1AA opponents during the regular season as opposed to Lakeville North's 3-2 record. The Tigers also swept the Panthers during the regular season with 4-2 and 3-0 victories.