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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Junior Lauren Peterson and freshman Anna Fenske were the Farmington Tigers' representatives on day two of the Class AA state track meet. The two distance runners both competed in the 1,600 meter run a day after they ran the 3,200. Last year, Fenske won the event while Peterson placed fourth. This year was a different story though as Peterson finished third with a time of 4 minutes and 57.95 seconds. Fenske was well off her time from last year, placing 14th in 5:10.33.
Junior Lauren Peterson and freshman Anna Fenske put together terrific performances for the Farmington Tigers' track and field team today at the Class AA state meet held at Hamline University. Peterson finished second in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 10 minutes and 40.46 seconds (10:40.46), behind Emily Covert of Minneapolis Washburn who ran away with the race. Fenske was fourth with a time of 10:49.45, outracing her fifth-place opponent by less than three-hundredths of a second.
The spectacular section playoffs run that saw the Farmington Tigers baseball team win four elimination games in a row came to an end Tuesday night in Dundas when they fell to South Suburban Conference rival Lakeville North 9-0 in the Section 1AAAA championship game. The Tigers went into the game knowing they would have to beat North twice in one night to advance to the state tournament, but according to head coach Jon Graff, they were confident in their ability to give the Panthers all they could handle.
The Farmington baseball team is playing its best ball at the perfect time as they advanced to the Section 1AAAA championship game this past weekend. The Tigers' section run got off to a rough start on May 26 when they (the No. 6 seed) fell at No. 3 New Prague 3-2 and dropped down to the consolation bracket right away. However, from there they got hot as they won four games in three days thanks to the storms and rain that wrecked playoff schedules across the state last week.
Farmington softball has made a living this spring by making timely comebacks, never giving up and getting clutch performances in crucial situations. This did not change during the section playoffs, and the Tigers came oh-so-close to returning to the state tournament to defend their title. However, it was not meant to be as they faced off against rival Lakeville North for the fourth and fifth times this season yesterday (Thursday) at Todd Park in Austin, Minn. Farmington came up through the consolation bracket after falling to the Panthers in the semifinals on Tuesday. They made the Section 1AAAA championship game against Lakeville North and had to beat them twice yesterday to advance to state. The Tigers took the first game in a blowout 13-2, but then lost a close one 8-7 in the second game to end their season.
Section playoffs for baseball started this past Memorial weekend with mixed results for the Farmington and Rosemount teams. The Tigers, who are the No. 6 seed in section 1AAAA, faced off against No. 3 New Prague in New Prague on Saturday and fell 3-2, sending them down to the consolation bracket. The Irish started play on Memorial Day after receiving the No. 3 seed in Section 3AAAA and beat No. 6 Apple Valley 10-0.
Neither the Farmington boys' or girls' lacrosse teams may be satisfied with their regular season records, but once section playoffs start all of that goes out the window. The girls have started to turn around their season as winners of two of their last four and three of their last six after a losing streak. Meanwhile, while the boys only managed one win during the regular season, they still managed to get the No. 5 seed in section 1 and will have the chance to test their mettle outside of the hyper-competitive South Suburban Conference.
The Farmington boys' tennis team had its season end this past week when they hosted part of the individual section 1AA tournament. The Tigers hosted sub-section B for singles and doubles last Thursday, May 24, but did not have any of their singles or doubles players advance to the finals.
The Farmington softball team continues its quest to repeat as class 4A state champions as they advance to the section 1AAAA semifinals. The Tigers (the No. 2 seed) walked-off against No. 3 Rochester John Marshall Thursday evening to win 1-0 after they routed Rochester Mayo 10-6 on Tuesday. Farmington will face No. 4 Lakeville North on Tuesday, May 29, in Austin. Should they win that game, they would then face whoever comes out of the consolation bracket on Thursday, May 31.
The Farmington Tigers boys' golf team competed in their last South Suburban Conference tournament on Monday at Inverwood Golf Course. The varsity finished seventh out of nine teams with a total score of 335 and the junior varsity was third out of eight teams. Lakeville North was the varsity champion with an even 300 and Prior Lake won junior varsity with a 344.