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 boys' basketball team is in the midst of a four-game winning streak, the latest of which came Thursday night, Jan. 31, at home with a 64-55 win over the Apple Valley Eagles. The win completed the season-sweep of Apple Valley for the Tigers, while Farmington had not won against them since joining the South Suburban Conference. During their winning streak, the Tigers have defeated the Eagles, Burnsville, Eagan and Eastview. Farmington now sits at .500 with an 8-8 overall record and are 6-3 in the SSC, which puts them all alone in fourth. They travel to Woodbury on Saturday, Feb. 2, and then to Prior Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
The Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving team hosted the Lakeville North Panthers on Tuesday, Jan. 22, for a meet that saw one pool record fall and almost had another broken. The Panthers beat the Tigers 98-87 and North's senior Andrew Trepanier broke the pool record for the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 46.55 seconds, breaking the previous pool record set in 2015 of 47.40. Farmington's 200 freestyle relay team of seniors Ben Moorlach and Eric Heddinger, and juniors Seth Krause and Ethan Hanes also went for the pool record but came up just short with a time of 1:29.07.
The Farmington Tigers wrestling team split a pair of duals on Friday, Jan. 25, at a quadrangular in Rosemount. In the opening round they beat their Irish hosts 45-25 and then in their second dual fell to Apple Valley 46-22. Junior Luke Peterson recorded his 75th career victory that night at 145 pounds and is currently ranked No. 7 in Class AAA for his weight class. He is joined by fellow junior Mac Kukowski, who is ranked No. 10 at 195 in the class. Freshman Hunter Frost was 2-0 in his two matches at 106, sophomore Parker Venz went undefeated with a match at 170 and 182 and Kukowski was 2-0 with two pins.
Hastings wrestling has a rich history, but it had been lacking until the end of December when seventh-grader Skyler Little Soldier became the first Hastings female wrestler to record a varsity takedown, pin and win in the history of the program. Little Soldier wrestled at the Bi-State Classic Dec. 28-29 in the 113-pound weight class and went 1-2 in the tournament. All three of the records she set came in her second match against Gabe Weiks of Athens when she got a takedown and then pinned Weiks 44 seconds into the third period.
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 Koda 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 gymnastics team hosted, and absolutely dominated, their annual invitational this past Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Farmington Instructional Service Center. The Tigers took first as team with a score of 141.95, a season-high for them by over four points. They also had four varsity gymnasts take first in their events. The field consisted of Farmington, White Bear Lake, Red Wing, Minneapolis South and Princeton.
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.