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' hockey team advanced to the Section 1AA championship game for the third-straight year Saturday night, Feb. 9, when they beat the Lakeville South Cougars 8-0 in Farmington. The Tigers have absolutely breezed through the playoffs so far with an 11-0 win over Rochester John Marshall. Farmington is the No. 1 seed in Section 1AA while Rochester John Marshall was No. 9 and Lakeville South No. 5. Farmington will play No. 2 Lakeville North on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna.
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team had no problem in their first-round game of the Section 1AA playoffs. The No. 1-seeded Tigers blew out No. 9 Rochester John Marshall—who beat No. 8 Rochester Mayo in a play-in game on Monday-- 11-0 Wednesday night, Feb. 6, at Schmitz-Maki Arena. Farmington scored three goals in the first period, two in the second and six in the third to advance to the semifinals where they will face No. 5 Lakeville South on Saturday, Feb. 9, in Farmington. The Cougars beat No. 4 Northfield 3-1 on Wednesday as well.
Numerous Farmington Tigers teams were in action last night besides the heavy snowfall. Both basketball teams, the boys' hockey team, boys' swimming and diving and gymnastics were all in action Tuesday night. While results were not available for gymnastics at the time of writing, it was a rough night for the Farmington teams as just girls' basketball came away with a win. Read summaries of the nights events below:
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team once again sits atop Section 1AA as the playoffs start. Last year, they were the No. 1 seed in last year's section playoffs but fell in a high-scoring section championship game to Lakeville South. This year, they are again the No. 1 seed over Lakeville North, which was the better team according to QRF. However, the Tigers went 5-0 against Section 1AA opponents during the regular season as opposed to Lakeville North's 3-2 record. The Tigers also swept the Panthers during the regular season with 4-2 and 3-0 victories.
The Farmington Tigers boys' basketball team is in the midst of a four-game winning streak, the latest of which came Thursday night, Jan. 31, at home with a 64-55 win over the Apple Valley Eagles. The win completed the season-sweep of Apple Valley for the Tigers, while Farmington had not won against them since joining the South Suburban Conference. During their winning streak, the Tigers have defeated the Eagles, Burnsville, Eagan and Eastview. Farmington now sits at .500 with an 8-8 overall record and are 6-3 in the SSC, which puts them all alone in fourth. They travel to Woodbury on Saturday, Feb. 2, and then to Prior Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
The Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving team hosted the Lakeville North Panthers on Tuesday, Jan. 22, for a meet that saw one pool record fall and almost had another broken. The Panthers beat the Tigers 98-87 and North's senior Andrew Trepanier broke the pool record for the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 46.55 seconds, breaking the previous pool record set in 2015 of 47.40. Farmington's 200 freestyle relay team of seniors Ben Moorlach and Eric Heddinger, and juniors Seth Krause and Ethan Hanes also went for the pool record but came up just short with a time of 1:29.07.
The Farmington Tigers wrestling team split a pair of duals on Friday, Jan. 25, at a quadrangular in Rosemount. In the opening round they beat their Irish hosts 45-25 and then in their second dual fell to Apple Valley 46-22. Junior Luke Peterson recorded his 75th career victory that night at 145 pounds and is currently ranked No. 7 in Class AAA for his weight class. He is joined by fellow junior Mac Kukowski, who is ranked No. 10 at 195 in the class. Freshman Hunter Frost was 2-0 in his two matches at 106, sophomore Parker Venz went undefeated with a match at 170 and 182 and Kukowski was 2-0 with two pins.
Hastings wrestling has a rich history, but it had been lacking until the end of December when seventh-grader Skyler Little Soldier became the first Hastings female wrestler to record a varsity takedown, pin and win in the history of the program. Little Soldier wrestled at the Bi-State Classic Dec. 28-29 in the 113-pound weight class and went 1-2 in the tournament. All three of the records she set came in her second match against Gabe Weiks of Athens when she got a takedown and then pinned Weiks 44 seconds into the third period.
The Farmington Tigers wrestling team has battled injuries and other absences throughout their lineup so far this season. However, with the coming of the New Year the Tigers are getting healthy and coming closer and closer to the lineup that they will take into February and sections. They hosted the Koda Classic duals on Saturday, Jan. 5, and wrestled United South Central, St. Francis and Scott West, going 1-2. Then on Friday, Jan. 11, Farmington hosted Lakeville North and won 38-34. The Tigers next go to Eastview on Friday, Jan. 18, for a dual and then return the next day for a tournament.
The Farmington Tigers gymnastics team hosted, and absolutely dominated, their annual invitational this past Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Farmington Instructional Service Center. The Tigers took first as team with a score of 141.95, a season-high for them by over four points. They also had four varsity gymnasts take first in their events. The field consisted of Farmington, White Bear Lake, Red Wing, Minneapolis South and Princeton.