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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The Farmington Tiger football team fell in its regular season finale Wednesday night, Oct. 18, on the road at Lakeville South 17-14. All the scoring for both teams took place in the first half and at one point the Tigers had a 14-7 lead. With the loss, Farmington finishes the regular season 2-6 overall and 1-6 in the Metro South sub-district. They travel to Roseville on Friday, Oct. 27, as the seventh seed in section 3-6A. Roseville is the no. 2 seed in section 4-6A.
The Farmington girls cross-country team are South Suburban Conference champions after they blew out the competition Friday, Oct. 13, at Eagan High School. The Tigers finished 46 points ahead of second-place Eagan and had five runners finish in the top-20 and earn all-conference honors. Meanwhile, the boys team took sixth and were just 10 points out of fourth place. Sophomore Noah Revels was the Tigers' top finisher in seventh and he also earned all-conference honors. Girls continue dominance
Farmington Tiger senior tennis player Brooke Hapuku advanced to the MSHSL class AA state tournament Tuesday, Oct. 17, after going 1-1 on the day. Hapuku qualified for state by winning her semifinals match against junior Emily Rahrick of Owatonna 6-3, 6-0, avenging her sections loss to Rahrick from last season. In the section championship match, Brooke fell to junior Emma Trncic of Rochester Mayo 2-6, 6-2, 4-6. Trncic was the overall top seed for the section and is now a two-time state qualifier. Hapuku will next play on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 8 a.m.
The Farmington boys’ and girls’ soccer teams both played against Lakeville North, at North for section 1AA championships Tuesday night, Oct. 17. With a trip to the state tournament on the line, the Farmington girls were the first game on the schedule and fell to North 5-0. The boys, playing immediately following the girls, also lost to the Panthers by a score of 5-0. Including section playoffs, the Lady Tigers finished the season with an overall record of 4-13-2 after getting healthy and off to a hot start to the playoffs.
The Farmington Tiger football team had too many turnovers, committed too many costly penalties and allowed too many big plays to come out with the win Friday, Oct. 13, at home against the Eastview Lightning. The Tigers fell 34-14, dropped to 2-5 overall on the season and are just 1-5 in the Metro South subdistrict. The game
Having a sport reach the section championship game is an achievement to be proud of. Having two teams in a season do it is uncommon and something to take note of. Having the boys and girls teams of the same sport both reach the championship game, and play on the same pitch for the championship to support one another, is something for the record books. The Farmington boys and girls soccer teams both advanced to their section 1AA championship games this past week, and both teams played Lakeville North on Tuesday, Oct. 16, with a chance advance to the state tournament.
Members of the Farmington girls tennis team competed in individual sections after the team portion of their season had ended. Seniors Brooke Hapuku and Ellie Moser both played in the singles portion, while the teams of seniors Jamie Ellis/Kjerstin Hall, and freshman Ashley Renwick/junior Makayla Bauer played in the doubles tournament. Singles Hapuku made it to the Final Four for singles last season and head coach Blake Olmscheid said this year was much of the same. She received the top seed in her bracket and received a first-round bye before starting play.
The Farmington girls' tennis team had their team season end this past week after they lost to Rochester Mayo 7-0 in the second round of section playoffs. Days earlier they beat Rochester John Marshall 7-0 in the first round after having an up and down regular season marred by injuries and an ever-changing lineup.
The Farmington boys' soccer team ended its regular season with a 1-0 loss to Lakeville South and a 1-0 victory over Eagan. They finished with a 9-2-5 overall record and were 4-1-4 in the South Suburban Conference, which put them in fourth place. Meanwhile, the girls finished the regular season in a slump by losing six straight and closed with a 2-12-2 overall record. However, head coach Aaron Johnson said his team still has plenty of optimism, especially given their draw in the section playoffs.
The Farmington Tigers girls' swimming team narrowly edged Apple Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Robert Boeckman Middle School. The meet came down to the last event, the 400 freestyle relay, and the Tigers took first and second in the event to seal the victory. Overall, Farmington won just three events but were able to rack up points in the other places. "The Apple Valley meet was very exciting as it came down to the last relay," head coach Jennifer Marshall said. "Finishing first and second in that event was quite an impressive race."