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' hockey team had their season come to an end Thursday night, Feb. 21, at Lakeville North where they fell 5-2 to the Panthers. It was the first round of the Section 1AA playoffs where the Tigers were the No. 7 seed and Lakeville North the No. 2 seed. The loss ends Farmington 2018-2019 campaign that saw the Tigers struggle to maintain continuity while stricken with a multitude of injuries, illnesses and absences. They went 5-17-3 during the regular season and were 3-13-2 in the South Suburban Conference. Their five wins came against Thief River Falls, Apple Valley, Shakopee, Eastview and Gentry Academy.
A rough first-period quickly snowballed for the Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team in their state quarterfinal game against the Andover Huskies. After a slow start for both teams as they felt each other out, Andover exploded for four goals over the last 12 minutes of the first period and the Tigers struggled to recover. The second period saw Farmington commit a couple costly penalties that resulted in two Huskies' power-play goals to start the period and the chances for a Tiger comeback dwindled. Trailing 7-0 heading into the third period, Farmington got on the board with a goal from senior Jenna Gerold and 7-1 was the final.
The Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team bounced back from a rough first half Tuesday night, Feb. 19, as they beat the Shakopee Sabres at home 55-45. The win over Sabres gave the Tigers 20 wins on the season and they now sit atop the South Suburban Conference with a half-game lead over Eastview and a game-and-a-half ahead of Apple Valley. It's the first time Farmington has won 20 games in a regular season since 2010-2011, when the Tigers won 22 games. They have two games left in their regular season—they travel to Lakeville North on Thursday after the game was postponed due to snow on Wednesday—and then finish at home against Eagan on Friday.
Senior Alijah Moe signed his Letter of Intent to play football at Bemidji State University on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Moe played wide receiver for the Tigers this past season and is in the middle of his senior basketball campaign.
Back to state
Farmington Tiger sophomore gymnast Libby Bolton is headed to state after qualifying for the floor exercise last Friday, Feb. 15, as her team hosted the Section 1AA meet. Bolton took fifth with a score of 9.325 on the floor to make her first state meet. As a team, Farmington finished third with a total score of 141.950 behind runners-up Northfield (146.425) and champions Owatonna (147.025).
The Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving team had their last regular season dual meet on Feb. 5 before the Section 1AA meet. They hosted the Shakopee Sabres at Levi Dodge Middle School and ended up falling 97-89. The Tigers won five of the 12 events including two of the relays. Below are the results:
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish boys' basketball teams met for the second time this season Friday night, Feb. 8, in Farmington and the result was a season sweep for the Tigers. Farmington went up big to start the game but Rosemount made a comeback to end the first half to only be down 10. However, in the second half the Tigers extended their lead which resulted in a blowout 74-45 win over Rosemount. The Irish fall to 4-15 overall after notching a win against Lakeville South on Feb. 1 to end a 10-game losing streak. The Tigers have won six of their last seven and are 10-9 and 7-4 in the South Suburban Conference, which is good for fourth place and a game and half behind Shakopee. Second time around The first meeting between the two teams was a month ago on Jan. 4 in Rosemount where Farmington edged out the Irish 58-54.