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' soccer team got hot at the right time last season after winning just two matches during the regular season. However, once section playoffs started they won their first two matches before falling in the sectional final. The Tigers bring many experienced players back this season but head coach Aaron Johnson said they also have an influx of youth who have proved they belong at the varsity level.
Both the Rosemount Irish and Farmington Tigers boys' and girls' soccer teams started competition over the weekend with non-conference matches. The Farmington boys and girls played a combined five matches from last Thursday on, going 3-1-1. Meanwhile, the Irish played four total matches and went 3-1.
Farmington head gymnastics coach Amanda Lund announced her resignation Friday afternoon in a message posted over Twitter. In her statement, she said that after much consideration, her decision is "best for myself and my family." Lund goes on to thank the Farmington community and to emphasize the commitment and work all high school coaches make while coaching.
The best photos of the Farmington Legion baseball team playing in the Gopher Classic.
The Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount Legion Green baseball teams all had their seasons end last week in the Division 1 Sub-state 5 and Sub-state 6 playoffs. The team from Farmington made it to the farthest, losing in the finals of the winners bracket before dropping down to the consolation where they were eliminated. Rosemount and Hastings were both eliminated in two games.
Farmington High School was loud last Wednesday evening. Screams, yells and clangs rang out the entire evening as the Tigers' football team held their 18th annual Ironman competition under the direction of physical education teacher and strength and conditioning coach Scott Meier.
The Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) announced today that the Farmington Tigers' football team will play in the first-ever high school game at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. The TCO Performance Center is the home of the Vikings' new practice facility which includes a turf stadium that can seat 6,000 fans. Farmington will face off against Eagan (the home team) on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
High school sports have changed gradually over the last decade and one of the areas you see that the most today is during the offseason. Less than a decade ago, strength programs were just getting started and most (not all) sports maybe had a three-day camp during the summer. Today, every sport has some sort of summer strength program on top of summer leagues, holding their own camps and traveling to others.
The Farmington American Legion Post 189 baseball team competed in the annual Gopher Classic this past weekend. The tournament consisted of pools in 16 different locations around Minnesota with the winner of each pool advancing to the round of 16. Farmington went 2-2 at the Prior Lake site, beating Papillion, Neb. and Prior Lake while losing to Brandon Valley, S.D. and Coon Rapids. Farmington is now 12-4 overall on the season.
With the NCAA College World series having ended, the collegiate baseball season has officially ended and several Irish and Tiger baseball and softball players had outstanding seasons this past year. Read below their accomplishments on the diamond this spring and summer: