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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Being an exchange student in a new country far from home would be difficult enough for most high schoolers. Add in playing varsity sports and it can be overwhelming. But not for Emilia Svaerd—a junior exchange student from Sweden—who qualified for the Class AAA state girls' golf meet last Monday, June 3, as part of the Rosemount Irish girls' golf team. She finished tied-for-fourth at the Section 3AAA meet with a two-day score of 18-over-par (162).
He's known as Benny to hockey fans across generations in Hastings, but his name is Steve Benson and after almost two decades with the Hastings girls' hockey program—with a few small breaks—he has decided to step back from the program. Benson's daughter Sam was a senior on the team this past winter and he coached that senior group their whole careers. With Sam graduating, Benson said his plan is to sit back and enjoy his time with family and some neglected hobbies, though he did not rule out the possibility of a return.
While the Farmington Tigers wrestling team had a great deal of success this season, one individual's biggest accomplishment came off of the mat. Over the past two years, Matt Clark has embodied the Tigers' mission to develop young men not only as wrestlers, but off the mat as well.
A competitive first half quickly took a turn for the worse for Red Wing boys' basketball in their Section 1AAA semifinal game against the Austin Packers in Rochester Monday night. The Wingers played some tough defense in the first half and trailed the Packers by just six at halftime, but a run to start the second half helped Austin pull away and eventually win by 27. With the loss to Austin, Red Wing's season came to an end in sections after edging out the Simley Spartans in the first round.
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 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 Miesville Mudhens are returning to the Minnesota Baseball Association Class B state tournament after sweeping the Rochester Royals, and will look to bring home their third state championship in a row. The Mudhens took Game 1 at Jack Ruhr Field, 16-3, in seven innings with the help of the home run ball while lightning spread across the sky. Sunday, they traveled to Rochester where they took the best-of-three series with a 10-0 win in seven innings on the back of a complete-game, one-hit shutout by Shannon Ahern.
The Red Wing Aces traveled to Jack Ruhr Field on the Fourth of July for the second game of their holiday series against the Miesville Mudhens. The Aces took down the Mudhens, 3-0, in Red Wing on Memorial Day earlier in the season and headed to Miesville looking for the series sweep. However, it was not to be as the Mudhens' power was on full display, scoring seven of its eight runs on three home runs, defeating the Aces 8-2.
The Red Wing Wingers' girls hockey team saw their state championship hopes dashed Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center with a 3-1 upset loss to the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage. The second-seeded Wingers saw a very different Mirage team than their first meeting back in December when Red Wing won 5-2 on three power play goals and got a hat trick from senior, and University of Minnesota, commit Taylor Heise. This time, the Mirage were ready for, and had a plan to contain ,Heise, and give Red Wing's offense fits. Stifling defense