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' hockey teams continued their winning ways as they went a combined 3-0 over the last week. The boys won their season opener by soundly beating Rochester Mayo on the road 6-2 and the girls scored 13 goals in two games against Rochester Lourdes and Eden Prairie. The Tiger girls are now 3-1 overall and are tied for third in the South Suburban Conference. Starting 1-0
The Farmington Tigers girls' swimming and diving team sent two relay teams and freshman Rachel Lentsch to the Minnesota State High School League girls' swimming and diving state meet held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 16-18. Lentsch qualified in the 100 breaststroke while the Tigers also sent their 200 medley and freestyle relay teams.
The Farmington girls' hockey team split its first two games of the season, two of five straight home games to start the season for the Tigers. They fell to Lakeville North and then dominated Prior Lake to start the year at .500 in the South Suburban Conference, in which they are tied for second with several other teams.
All that practice and hard work paid off for Farmington High seniors who devoted themselves to mastering the competitive skills of a sport. Seven FHS athletes signed their letters of intent Wednesday morning to play collegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I, II, III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, or National Junior College Athletic Association level.
The Farmington Tigers girls' swimming and diving team is sending multiple swimmers to the class AA state tournament to finish the year. Freshman Rachel Lentsch qualified in the 100 breaststroke, the 200 medley relay team of senior Lexie Bray, sophomore Rory Kent, freshman Chloe Gehrke and freshman Anna Urbach, and the 200 freestyle relay team of junior Mari Dougherty, Chloe Gehrke, Anna Urbach and sophomore Anna Singewald.
The Farmington girls' tennis team had an interesting season as they faced the bane of every sports team's existence: injuries. However, head coach Blake Olmscheid said that his Tigers eventually ended up where they planned to be at the start of the season.
The Farmington girls' cross country team took sixth out of 16 teams on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Class AA state cross country meet held at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Freshman Anne Fenske took second in her bid to repeat as state champion and junior Lauren Peterson finished sixth. As a team, the Tigers scored 168 points and were just 24 points out of fourth place.
The Rosemount Irish cross-country teams both notched solid finishes at the Class AA state cross-country meet last weekend at St. Olaf College. The boys finished eighth and were led by junior Luke Labatte, who took third. The girls' team placed 10th and had three runners finish in the top-100. Boys finish 'on a high note'
The Farmington Tigers football team had their season end in the cold and snow after a tightly-fought matchup against the Roseville Raiders. The Tigers fell 7-0 to the Raiders in the opening round of sections for class 6A and finished their season with an overall record of 2-7.
The Farmington girls' cross-country team won the section 1AA title last week at Brooktree Golf Course in Owatonna, finishing 12 points ahead of second-place Lakeville South. This is the Tigers' second trip to the state tournament in the past three years (they took second in sections to qualify two years ago). The boys' team took sixth and sophomore Noah Revels qualified for the state tournament individually after taking sixth. He narrowly missed out on qualifying for the state meet last season.