Missota Conference: 36 Tigers named to all-Missota teamsThirty-six Farmington athletes were named to the fall season all-conference teams recently released by the Missota Conference.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Thirty-six Farmington athletes were named to the fall season all-conference teams recently released by the Missota Conference.
Ten of those selections came from the Farmington football team, which went undefeated in the league for the third time in four years before bowing out to Lakeville South, 34-23, in the Section 1AAAAA tournament. The Tigers' high-powered offense was represented by first-team selections Josh Zitzmann (wide receiver), Derek Waldbillig (running back), Brent Beenken (quarterback) and Dan Tutewohl (offensive line). On the other side of the ball, defensive backs Adam Sturm and Isaiah Rockett and defensive linemen Drew Schaeppi and John Gardner were all named to the first team.
A pair of juniors, Logan Hussung and Nick Albano, were named to the honorable mention team at tight end and linebacker, respectively.
On the girls side, both the volleyball and swimming and diving teams were awarded with three first-team selections and a pair of honorable mention nods.
The volleyball team, coming off its second straight 20-win season, was awarded with repeat first-team selections for state digs leader Kirstee Rotty and left-side hitter Danielle Dombeck. Sophomore Katie Habeck joined them after finishing among the state's leaders in blocks for the second straight season. Honorable mention honors went to a pair of seniors, setter Breanna Guzek and middle hitter Kaitlin Mincke.
The Tiger swimming and diving team managed to send just two athletes to last week's state meet, but was once again well-represented on the Missota Conference teams. First-team honors went to senior Katrina Fitzgerald, who finished ninth at the state meet in the 1-meter dive, sophomore Caitlin Kracke and seventh grader Kaitlyn O'Reilly. Junior Kristin Peters and sophomore Elizabeth Wolfe, a state qualifier in the 100 breaststroke, each earned honorable mention.
Both the boys and girls soccer teams earned four all-conference selections. Seniors Josh Jackson and Aaron Wratz each made the first team for the boys, while goalkeeper Derian Vietti and Patrick Mooney each wound up on the honorable mention list.
On the girls side, midfielder Devyn Alberts and Katrina Waltz each earned first-team honors. Junior defender Kayla Seivert was given honorable mention status, as was Hannah Zak, who missed a large portion of her senior season due to injury.
Farmington cross country runner Elliot Fenske was slowed by injury at the section meet in Owatonna, but his effort at the Missota Conference Championships were good enough for a first-team nod. Senior teammate Ryan Monroe earned first-team honors for the third straight season and Nick Arenberg once again earned honorable mention for his conference finish.
The girls team continued to move up in the conference team race thanks in large part to the top three of senior Jackie Beckett, sophomore Nicole Clifton and freshman Bailey Opsal. All three led the Tigers at some point during the season and all three earned honorable mention all-conference.
The Tiger tennis team was once again largely inexperienced overall, but a pair of seniors helped led the way. Jaco Burke was once again awarded honorable mention all-conference for her play at No. 1 singles and Breanna Thompson was a first-time honorable mention choice at No. 2 singles.