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 boys' and girls' cross-country teams competed in the annual Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul. Freshman Anna Fenske continued her fantastic season by finishing third, with a time of 18 minutes and 31.40 seconds, in a field of 415 runners that featured some of the best runners in the Midwest. Led by Fenske, the Farmington girls' team took 14th out of 45 teams in the Gold division. Meanwhile, the boys' team took 31st out of 46 teams.
The Rosemount Irish hosted the Farmington Tigers during the RHS Centennial Celebration/homecoming and shut out Farmington 24-0 on Saturday, Sept. 23. The game was a defensive struggle until the fourth quarter when the Irish were able to pull away and turnovers were once again a major problem for the Tigers. Rosemount is now 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the Metro South subdistrict, which puts them in sole possession of second place behind Lakeville North. Farmington has lost three games straight after their opening win against Woodbury, are 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the Metro South.
The Farmington Tigers' volleyball team played eight matches in seven days stretching Sept. 14-20, battling through fatigue and injuries. They went 2-6 over that week with two of those losses coming to ranked opponents (Prior Lake and Eagan). "We nicknamed this week going in 'the Gauntlet'," head coach Michael Woody said. "We haven't had a practice. Everything we've learned in the last eight matches we've not been able to work on. We've learned a lot and we've talked about them but we haven't worked on them, so those things will come faster."
The Farmington Tigers were shutout for the second game in a row Saturday, Sept. 23, when they lost at Rosemount 24-0. Turnovers were once again a problem for the Tigers as they threw three interceptions, fumbled twice and had a punt blocked. Farmington has now lost three in a row, are 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the Metro South subdistrict.
The Farmington football team was routed at home by No. 7 in 6A Lakeville North on Sept. 15, by a score of 51-0. The Tigers struggled in all facets of the game against the Panthers' starters in the first half as well as turning the ball over several times. With the loss, Farmington drops to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the Metro South subdistrict.
The Farmington cross-country teams took home a pair of third-place finishes at the Lakeville AppleJack Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 16, held at Aronson Park in Lakeville.
The Farmington boys' and girls' soccer teams both were tired by the end of last week as they played a combined seven matches in five days. The boys' team continued their fantastic start and went 2-1 with victories over Apple Valley (2-0) and Burnsville (4-2) before they were blanked by Rochester Mayo 3-0. The team is tied for fourth in the Suburban South Conference but boast the conference's second-best overall record at 7-1-2.
The Farmington football team was routed at home by No. 7 in 6A Lakeville North Friday night, Sept. 15, by a score of 51-0. The Tigers struggled in all facets of the game against the Panthers’ starters in the first half as well as turning the ball over several times. With the loss, Farmington drops to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the Metro South subdistrict.
The Farmington girls' tennis team may be off to a slow start, but they could not ask for any better competition to start their season. The Tigers played Eagan and Prior Lake, which could be considered two of the top teams in the state. Prior Lake has made several state tournaments in a row while Eagan returns several players from last year's class 2A state runner-up team. Lakeville North
Farmington volleyball coach Michael Woody said he wanted the Tigers to start the season on the right foot against their nonconference opponents and for the most part they have. After starting 2-0 with wins over Owatonna and Rochester John Marshall, they hit a bump with two straight losses to Rochester Century and Northfield. However, they righted the ship with a win against Cannon Falls as they head into South Suburban Conference play. While Woody said the team hoped to start 3-1, the loss to Northfield in three straight sets (17-25, 18-25, 21-25) dropped Farmington to 2-2.