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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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
The Lake City, Randolph, Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Cannon Falls dance teams all competed in the Class A High-Kick state dance tournament this past Saturday. Zumbrota-Mazeppa also participated Friday in the Class A Jazz tournament.
The Red Wing Wingers girls' hockey team is returning to the state tournament after a two-year hiatus and will look to make their mark in what senior captain Taylor Heise called a "wide open class A". The Wingers beat Rochester Lourdes 4-1 in the section 1A finals held at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna. Heise scored two goals and Red Wing's defense stifled Lourdes for almost the entire game, holding them to just 15 shots on goal (only eight through two periods). Red Wing is ranked third in class A on the MN Girls' Hockey Hub website and can reasonably expect a good seeding when the state tournament starts next week.