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.
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.
December was a fast month for the Hastings Area Swim Team. HAST swimmers had the opportunity to swim in three meets during the month: the Northfield Winter is Coming Invite Dec. 2-3, the BAC Holiday Classic Swim Meet Dec. 9-10 and the HAST Conf. C/Pre C Meet Dec. 15.
The Prescott football team beat the Amery Warriors 6-0 Friday night, Sept. 1, at Laney Field but the score could have been far worse. The Cardinals dominated much of the game and moved the ball steadily on the Warriors, but had several drives stall deep in Amery territory. With the win Prescott improves to 3-0 after beating Rhinelander and receiving a forfeit from Three Lakes/Phelps who had to cancel the game due to lack of numbers.
Victory was sweet for the Prescott Cardinals in their season-opening win at home over Rhinelander 27-13 Friday night. It was made even sweeter by the fact it broke a losing streak that went back to October of 2015. The Cardinals beat the Hodags by thoroughly controlling the game both on offense and defense, which was highlighted by breakout individual performances on both sides of the ball.
As soon as the high school season ends, they are starting practices and tournaments. Whether they play for a local organization that participates in a handful of regional tournaments, or compete with the best players in the country on a shoe-sponsored circuit, AAU basketball is a growing phenomenon that can be found in your backyard.
Throwing the discus or shot put is the most technique-heavy event in track and field. Thowers have to be perfect in every motion from their feet to their arms to excel.
PLUM CITY -- The Plum City girls’ volleyball team celebrated their homecoming in grand fashion after beating the Glenwood City Hilltoppers 3-0 on Thursday, Sept. 29. The Blue Devils improved to 2-10 overall on the season and 1-4 in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play to leapfrog Glenwood City in the standings after falling to Elmwood on Tuesday.
PRESCOTT -- The Prescott girls’ volleyball team lost to New Richmond at home 3-1 during its Homecoming festivities on Thursday, Sept. 22. The Cardinals lost 25-27, 26-24, 16-25, 16-25. They drop to 3-1 in the Middle Border Conference, in third behind Osceola and St. Croix Central.