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' 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
The third period of the Farmington vs. Rosemount girls' hockey game was superb Jan. 17, and the previous two periods were not too shabby either. Both teams combined for eight goals in the final period that featured two comebacks and five goals in less than five minutes. Eventually though, there had to be a winner and Farmington came out on top 7-4. The Tigers are now 14-6 overall on the season and tied for second in the South Suburban Conference, while the Irish are 5-14-1 and winless in the SSC. The game
December was a fast month for the Hastings Area Swim Team. HAST swimmers had the opportunity to swim in three meets during the month: the Northfield Winter is Coming Invite Dec. 2-3, the BAC Holiday Classic Swim Meet Dec. 9-10 and the HAST Conf. C/Pre C Meet Dec. 15.
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team played three close games this past week against South Suburban Conference foes Prior Lake and Burnsville, and then a nonconference matchup versus Blake. Against Prior Lake and Blake, the Tigers either led or were tied in the third period, while against Burnsville they were able to make a comeback to within a goal in the third against the Blaze. However, Farmington ended up falling in all three games, extending their losing streak to the last seven. The Tigers are now 4-9 overall and 2-6 in the SSC.
The Farmington Tiger gymnastics teams hosted their annual Farmington Invite on Saturday, Jan. 13, and dominated both the junior varsity and varsity levels. They hosted teams from Faribault, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Hendricks, Red Wing and White Bear Lake. The Tigers had two junior varsity teams compete, Black (125.35) and Orange (124.45), that took first and second, respectively. The two teams took nearly every top-10 spot in all four events plus the all-around.
To say that the Farmington Tigers girls hockey team's recent schedule has been tough would be an understatement. Daunting would probably be a better descriptor, or the old but apt cliche "meat grinder." The Tigers' last three opponents have been top-ranked in class 2A Blake, seventh-ranked in 2A Maple Grove and South Suburban Conference rival Prior Lake. While the Tigers went 1-2 over that stretch, they certainly showed their mettle. Farmington fell at home to Maple Grove 2-1, won at Prior Lake 5-4 and then played a tough Blake Bears team for three full periods before losing 4-2.
If you have driven by Rosemount High School and the Rosemount Community Center in the last few months, you most likely have seen a solitary wall standing in the middle of the practice fields. Standing 12-feet tall and 20-feet wide, it is the "Legacy Wall," conceived by boys lacrosse head coach Lance Kuehn and built with the support of the Rosemount boys lacrosse program, Irish alumni and the Rosemount community. The concept of the wall is simple; players throw balls against it to practice passing, shooting, fielding the ball, etc.
The Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team competed in the Holiday Hoops Classic held at St. Olaf College Dec. 28-30. The Tigers faced their toughest competition of the season so far as they went 1-2 in the tournament, where they beat Providence Academy handily and fell to Beaver Dam (Wis.) and Grand Rapids. The tournament losses brought an end to their undefeated season and they are now 8-2 overall (3-0 and tied for first in the South Suburban).