Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.
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Farmington Tigers senior Ellie Moser was announced as the district's 2018 St. Paul Area Athena Award winner at the end of February. The Athena Award, according to a release put out by Farmington schools, "honors female high school seniors for their outstanding athletic achievements."
The Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team lost just one game away from moving on to the Minnesota State High School League's state tournament. The Tigers fell 65-43 to Lakeville North in the section 1AAAA championship game at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. This was the first time that section runners-up Farmington had played in a section championship game in years and puts a cap on a great 19-10 season, including the playoffs.
The Farmington Tigers boys' basketball team lost in the first round of section 1AAAA playoffs Wednesday night, March 7, to Lakeville South. The Tigers (who were the fifth seed) lost to the fourth-seeded Cougars 58-47 in a game where they trailed pretty much the whole game. With the loss, Farmington ends the season with a 14-13 overall record including the playoffs.
Farmington Tigers' sophomore swimmer and diver Seth Krause took 12th in the one-meter dive at the state swimming and diving tournament this last week. Krause advanced through the preliminaries to the semifinals of 20 divers. He then made it to the finals with a score of 248.25, and, in the finals, he took 12th out of 16 divers with a combined score of 342.55. He was just eight points outside of the top 10. The winner was P.J. Lenz of Prior Lake with a score of 467.05.
Farmington Tigers wrestlers Trayton Anderson, Luke Peterson and MacAron Kukowski all competed in last week's individual state tournament. Anderson, a junior, took third in his third appearance at state. While he wrestled at 126 pounds this year, he was runner-up last season at 113. Peterson, in his second trip to state, went 0-2 at 132 and Kukowski was 0-1 at 182 in his first appearance. Anderson
The Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team advanced to the section 1AAAA finals this past week with wins over New Prague (the seventh seed) and No. 3 Lakeville South. The Tigers beat New Prague 80-58 on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at home and then traveled to Rochester where they beat South 45-41 at Mayo Civic Center on Saturday, March 3. With the two wins, Farmington makes the section finals for the first time this decade. New Prague
Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving sophomore Seth Krause is headed back to the Minnesota State High School League's boys' swimming and diving state tournament. Krause took second in the one meter dive with a score of 360 points in the section 1AA diving competition, held at the Rochester Recreation Center. He finished just 13 points behind section champion Brennigan Las of Rochester John Marshall, and more than 20 points ahead of third-place finisher Darrin Koblas of Lakeville South.
The Minnesota State High School League's class AA state gymnastics tournament is a familiar stage for Farmington Tiger senior Lauren Slayton. She's been there before and this year she returned for the third and final time with a different perspective than in the past. "I was much more prepared for state this year," Slayton said. "It was more special, mainly just because I'm a senior. I knew that I would be competing my routines for the very last time which caused me to take in and enjoy every moment."
Scoring 1,000 points in a career is something many basketball players dream of and very few accomplish. When they do, it's often in the middle of their senior season as a fitting cherry on top of a great prep career. The Farmington Tigers' Molly Mogensen passed 1,000 points last Friday in the Tigers' regular season finale against Lakeville North. It was made special by the fact that she was completely unaware of how close she was to the mark and the reaction of her fans, teammates and coaches when she did it.
The Farmington Tigers wrestling team spent two days in Rochester this past weekend for the Section 1AAA individual section tournament. Junior Trayton Anderson and sophomores Luke Peterson and MacAron Kukowski all qualified for the Minnesota State High School League's individual state tournament by placing first or second in the weight classes. Anderson was the section champion at 126 pounds while Peterson (132) and Kukowski (182) were both runners-up.