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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Watch out for the Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team. A year after they went 17-9 in the regular season and lost in the Section 1AAAA championship game to Lakeville North, almost all of last year's team is back. They're another year older, another year better and another year more experienced.
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish boys' swimming and diving teams kicked off their 2018-19 seasons Friday evening at Rosemount Middle School. The Tigers came out victorious 98-88 in a meet that came down to the final event — the 400-yard freestyle relay. Farmington won 10-of-12 events to hold off the Irish.
The Farmington High School gymnasium was the site of two big comebacks last night, but both fell just short as the the Farmington boys' basketball team fell in their home opener to the Chanhassen Storm 69-64. After trailing by double-digits for a significant portion of the first half, the Tigers cut the Storm's lead to just three and went into halftime down 39-32. In the second half, Farmington played much better and actually outscored Chanhassen after being down 59-46 with eight minutes left. The Tigers cut it to a one-point game with under 30 seconds left but were unable to get a basket and Chanhassen hit their free throws to end the game at 69-64. Farmington falls to 1-1 and they travel to Minnetonka next Tuesday, Dec. 11. They start South Suburban Conference play on Dec. 18 at Apple Valley.
The Farmington boys' and girls' basketball teams started its seasons off on the right foot last week as both beat teams from Rochester to start 1-0. The Tiger boys edged past Century on the road on Friday, Nov. 30, 72-64, though no stats were available. The Farmington girls also traveled to Rochester as they played Mayo last Tuesday, Nov. 27, where they blew out the Spartans 59-22.
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team came away with a tie and a loss last week as it continued its non-conference schedule to start the season. The Tigers tied with St. Cloud 3-3 after overtime on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Schmitz-Maki Arena and then fell to St. Thomas Academy 6-2 on Saturday at home. Farmington led 3-1 in the third period against St. Cloud before St. Cloud forced overtime and against St. Thomas Academy they were down 3-1 after the first period. With the tie and loss, Farmington is now 1-2-1 overall and started South Suburban Conference play on Tuesday at home versus Apple Valley. They then go to Lakeville South on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team had the game well in hand Tuesday night as they led St. Cloud 3-1 heading into the third period. However, St. Cloud scored two goals in the middle of the third to send the game into overtime and the contest eventually ended in a 3-3 tie. With the tie, the Tigers are 1-1-1 through their first three games and host St. Thomas Academy on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team began its season with a loss in its home opener to Rosemount but followed with a road blowout of Prior Lake. The Tigers fell 5-2 at home to the Irish on Tuesday, Nov. 13, but then bounced back that Saturday at Prior Lake where they won 7-1. They did not play the week of Thanksgiving. Farmington traveled to Lakeville North on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and hosts Burnsville Thursday, Nov. 29.
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team started its season with two road matchups against Roseau and Thief River Falls on back-to-back nights. They fell at Roseau on Friday, Nov. 24, 1-0 and then went to Thief River Falls on Saturday where they won 2-1.
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish girls' swimming and diving teams both had representatives compete at the Class AA state swimming and diving tournament Nov. 14-16. Rosemount finished 17th as a team with 47 points while Farmington was 28th with 12 points.
The Farmington Tigers girls' swimming and diving team competed in the Section 1AA meet last week and sent a diver, two relays and two swimmers to the Class AA state meet. The Tigers were also the Section 1AA runner-up and head coach Jen Marshall was named Section 1AA Coach of the Year.