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 Tigers gymnastics team competed at their Section 1AA meet on Friday, Feb. 16, and senior Lauren Slayton qualified for state by taking third in the all-around. This will be Slayton's third time qualifying for the state meet after she qualified on floor and vault last season, where she took ninth with her floor routine. As a team, Farmington finished fourth with a score of 143.05, their highest this season. They were a little over two points behind Northfield who took third. Owatonna was Section 1AA champs and Rosemount finished second.
The season came to an end for the Farmington Tigers girls hockey team Feb. 15, when they lost to Lakeville South 6-5 at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna. The Tigers led 5-3 heading into the third period but gave up three unanswered goals to the Cougars. This was Farmington's second year in a row making the section championship game, which they won last season on the way to being state consolation champions. The Tigers finish the season with a 21-8 overall record including the playoffs.
The season came to an end for the Farmington Tigers girls hockey team Thursday night, Feb. 15, when they lost to Lakeville South 6-5 at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna. The Tigers led 5-3 heading into the third period but gave up three unanswered goals to the Cougars in the third. This was Farmington's second year in a row making the section championship game, which they won last season on the way to being state consolation champions. The Tigers finish the season with a 21-8 overall record including the playoffs.
The Farmington Tigers wrestling team is looking to head into sections with momentum, health and a full lineup. The Tigers have gone 2-3 during the month of February with tough losses to Northfield, Faribault and Owatonna while handling Burnsville easily and then holding off Lakeville South for a win to end their regular season. Farmington has battled injury, illness and a depleted squad in general for much of the season.
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team left no doubt how good they were through the first two games of section 1AA playoffs. The Tigers buried Rochester Century 14-1 at Schmitz-Maki Arena in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Feb. 7, and then they shut out South Suburban Conference rival Lakeville North 6-0 on Saturday, Feb. 10, at home in the semifinals to advance to the section finals. Farmington now plays Lakeville South, with whom they tied for second in the SSC during the regular season, on Thursday, Feb. 15, in Owatonna at 5 p.m. in the Owatonna Four Seasons Center.
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team took their lumps at home this past week with losses to Lakeville North and Prior Lake. The Tigers fell on Monday, Feb. 5, 8-3 to Lakeville North and then on Friday 5-2 against Prior Lake. The game against Prior Lake was Military Appreciation Night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers wore special, military-themed uniforms that were later auctioned off. Farmington is now 6-16 overall with the two losses and 3-13 in the South Suburban Conference. They have three games left, all this week before section play starts.
The Rosemount Irish gymnastics team came out ahead against the Farmington Tigers 142.325-139.35 two weeks ago as both teams begin to wind down their regular seasons and start to look toward sections. Senior Josey Schlie of Rosemount won four of the five events, including the all-around and senior Lauren Slayton of Farmington placed in all five events, including second behind Schlie in the all-around. Irish head coach Jason Passeri said that it was a big win for his team as they went into the meet short-handed and any South Suburban Conference win is an achievement.
The Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving team beat the Lakeville North Panthers 98-85 on Feb. 2, as they begin to prepare for sections in earnest. Against the Panthers, head coach Ryan Hamen said that he liked how his team responded to facing some of the best competition they will see all year. "The boys knew they had to step up on the relays as Lakeville North has Andrew Trepanier," he said. "He is one of the best swimmers in the state and can carry a number of relay teams to a victory."
The Rosemount Irish boys' basketball team hosted the Farmington Tigers on Friday, Feb. 2, in a battle of two teams looking to get back on track in South Suburban Conference play. Heading into the night, it appeared that it could be a very close game as both teams are guard-oriented and play with pace. The game also featured a matchup, or maybe I should say collision, in the post between two Division 1 football players; Farmington's senior Brock Mogensen (headed to the University of South Dakota) and Rosemount's Sam Willmott (signed with South Dakota State University).
Girls finish strong before sections The Farmington girls' hockey team won four straight games heading into the section 1AA playoffs. After losing on the road Jan. 25 to Lakeville South, the Tigers rebounded by winning on Jan. 27 at Shakopee 3-1 with a goal from Jenna Gerold and two from Ellie Moser.