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 boys' soccer team is off to a fast 5-0-1 start and are winners of five straight, including three victories last week. The girls' soccer team has taken their lumps in a difficult non-conference schedule but look to turn things around with conference play coming up. Undefeated last week
The Farmington girls' swimming and diving team started its season off on the right foot with a win at Hastings on Aug. 24. Both teams won six events each but the Lady Tigers were able to collect enough points to edge out the Raiders. Head coach Jen Marshall said that her team came into the season having continued to improve over the off-season. "We had a great first meet as many girls are as fast or faster in the water than where they finished last year," she said. "This is very exciting for the remainder of the season."
The Tigers started their season against the same team that ended their 2016 season. Farmington lost to Owatonna in the section finals last year but were able to exact some measure of revenge against them with a 1-1 tie.
AAU basketball has exploded in popularity and with the positives come the negatives. Its reputation is far from sterling and has just as many detractors as supporters. Kobe Bryant believes it is bad for basketball, claiming it does not develop fundamentals and the right skills. Others say that AAU promotes the individual and is detrimental to team play and learning how to win as a team.
The Farmington VFW baseball team did something no other Farmington VFW team has ever done before: reach the district championship game. While they ended up taking second to New Ulm Gold, it was a fantastic finish to the season. What makes it even more remarkable is that until the playoffs began, they had their struggles.
Farmington senior football player Brock Mogensen announced on Twitter Aug. 11 that he was committing to the University of South Dakota. Mogensen, a standout on defense at inside linebacker who played some wide receiver last season, also had an offer from Winona State University. He said that he was also receiving interest from the University of Minnesota, the University of North Dakota, the University of Northern Iowa, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Northern State University and a few other schools.
Stephen Hansmann will not be your average marathon runner come Oct. 1 when he runs the Twin Cities Marathon, but he will be the most recognizable. Just look for the large Wounded Warrior Project flag he will be carrying every step of the 26.2-mile race.
Playing AAU basketball is a unique experience, different from anything else in youth sports. The travel, competition, facilities and culture make it unforgettable. Here is what it's like from a player's perspective: The shot misses and the buzzer sounds. Only a handful of high school basketball teams end their seasons with a win, the rest end with a loss. Whether that loss comes in the first playoff or the state championship game, it signals the end of the high school basketball season. It also heralds the start of AAU.
The Farmington High School football team held its 17th annual Ironman Competition on July 28 under the supervision of strength and conditioning coach Scott Meier. This year's winner was senior Brock Mogensen with 5,047 points. In second was senior Avery Filipek with 4,961 points and junior Adam Weed took third with 4,767 points. The FHS strength and conditioning website explains the event as a "decathlon-style format with points assigned based on performance. Athletes are randomly assigned to one of seven testing stations, and rotate through all seven stations in the same order."
The Farmington High School softball team held a celebration Tuesday, July 25, in the recital hall at FHS in front of over 150 people to honor their state championship. The team's state title is the first team state championship in FHS sports history.