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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Friday night will be a night the Farmington football team remembers for a long time. They held off a furious Eagan comeback in the third quarter to win 41-28 and spoil the Wildcats' homecoming. They won their first game of the season. But what they will never forget is playing in front of over 6,000 people at Twin Cities Orthopedics' (TCO) Stadium in the Minnesota Vikings' new practice facility and being the first high school football team to ever win there.
Tiger stadium was loud and raucous Friday night as Farmington celebrated its homecoming, but the Rosemount Irish quickly quieted the crowd as they routed the hometown team 35-7. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders while the Tiger offense had trouble finishing drives and preventing big plays. Rosemount improves to 2-2 and gets back to .500 for the first time this season while Farmington drops to 0-4.
Addison Bourdages first rode an Arctic Cat snowmobile when she was 5-years-old and after asking her dad, Carl, to go faster, she was hooked. Addison, now 14 and a freshman at Rosemount High School, has been riding and racing ever since. "I rode it and I didn't want to get off," she said about the experience. "I asked him if it could go faster and that's where we got into racing."
The Miesville Mudhens' quest to win their third straight Class B state championship came to an end on Labor Day against a familiar foe. After beating the Chanhassen Red Birds 3-2 on Saturday in the champion's bracket final, the Mudhens once again took on the Red Birds in the state championship game. Miesville need to win just one out of two games, while Chanhassen, who came up through the consolation bracket on Sunday, had to win two. The Red Birds were successful, beating the Mudhens 6-1 and 7-4 in back-to-back games Monday to win their first-ever state championship.
The renovation of the basketball courts at Pioneer Park is complete and Wednesday the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with the City of Hastings, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the event. The refurbishment of the courts at Pioneer Park was made possible by the Minnesota Timberwolves' FastBreak Foundation and its Our Courts, Our Future program, in partnership with U.S. Bank. This past spring, the Pioneer Park courts (along with courts in Hibbing, St. Cloud and St. Paul) won an online vote to be renovated by the Timberwolves.
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.
Several months have passed since I have had the room and time to check in on Rosemount and Farmington athletes competing beyond high school. Below are Irish and Tiger athletes who have just started their collegiate athletic journeys, are finding great success and are even playing professional ball:
A little over a month ago, Hastings High School juniors Sydney Radke and Addie Buck became heroes when they helped save the life of a man who had collapsed in his driveway. Ever since, the two have deservedly had their heroism recognized and both said that the response has surprised them. Now slightly removed from the incident, the two reflected on the events of that day, how they felt and the response of the Hastings community since then. The incident
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' Nordic (cross-country) ski teams competed in the Metro East Conference championship meet last week and freshman Linnea Urban came home a champion after running away with the girls' race. Behind her was fellow freshman and teammate Emma Bratvold as the runner-up. For the boys, sophomore Trevor Caflisch finished second after falling victim to some semi-controversial strategy. As teams, the Hastings girls finished third with 435 points behind Henry Sibley and Mahtomedi, while the boys took fifth with 399 points.
The Rosemount cheerleading team are state champions, winning every single competition they have taken part in. The Irish won the Land of 10,000 Lakes regional competition, the East Ridge Extreme and qualified for the finals at state, where they took first in the non-tumbling, class 2A Division 2. Because of their finish at the regional competition, they will head to the national competition at Disney World in Florida.