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 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.
Five members of the Farmington Competition Cheer team — a Farmington Community Education program — were given the opportunity to march in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade as All-Americans. Those chosen were Mackenzie Spice, Sydney Seegmiller, Bryar Chaix, Charlotte Kroshus and Mallory Ludgate. Seegmiller, Spice and Chaix are in middle school and Kroshus and Ludgate are in elementary school, all in the Farmington school district.
Watch out for the Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team. A year after they went 17-9 in the regular season and lost in the Section 1AAAA championship game to Lakeville North, almost all of last year's team is back. They're another year older, another year better and another year more experienced.
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish boys' swimming and diving teams kicked off their 2018-19 seasons Friday evening at Rosemount Middle School. The Tigers came out victorious 98-88 in a meet that came down to the final event — the 400-yard freestyle relay. Farmington won 10-of-12 events to hold off the Irish.
The Farmington High School gymnasium was the site of two big comebacks last night, but both fell just short as the the Farmington boys' basketball team fell in their home opener to the Chanhassen Storm 69-64. After trailing by double-digits for a significant portion of the first half, the Tigers cut the Storm's lead to just three and went into halftime down 39-32. In the second half, Farmington played much better and actually outscored Chanhassen after being down 59-46 with eight minutes left. The Tigers cut it to a one-point game with under 30 seconds left but were unable to get a basket and Chanhassen hit their free throws to end the game at 69-64. Farmington falls to 1-1 and they travel to Minnetonka next Tuesday, Dec. 11. They start South Suburban Conference play on Dec. 18 at Apple Valley.
The Farmington boys' and girls' basketball teams started its seasons off on the right foot last week as both beat teams from Rochester to start 1-0. The Tiger boys edged past Century on the road on Friday, Nov. 30, 72-64, though no stats were available. The Farmington girls also traveled to Rochester as they played Mayo last Tuesday, Nov. 27, where they blew out the Spartans 59-22.