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 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.
Farmington football fell to Shakopee on the road 18-16 Friday night, Sept. 9. Head coach Adam Fischer said the offense struggled to execute when they defense gave them several chances to win the game. Shakopee opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead. The Tigers responded with a 74-yard interception returned for a touchdown by junior defensive back Adam Weed and led 7-6 to end the first quarter. Shakopee retook the lead on another long touchdown pass but failed on the two-point conversion and led 12-7.
The Farmington Tigers split its two matches last week. They traveled to Rochester John Marshall on Aug. 29 and won 3-2, then went back to Rochester to face Rochester Century on Thursday, Aug. 31, where they lost 3-1. The Tigers are now 2-1 on the season overall.
The Farmington boys' soccer team is off to a fast 5-0-1 start and are winners of five straight, including three victories last week. The girls' soccer team has taken their lumps in a difficult non-conference schedule but look to turn things around with conference play coming up. Undefeated last week
The Farmington girls' swimming and diving team started its season off on the right foot with a win at Hastings on Aug. 24. Both teams won six events each but the Lady Tigers were able to collect enough points to edge out the Raiders. Head coach Jen Marshall said that her team came into the season having continued to improve over the off-season. "We had a great first meet as many girls are as fast or faster in the water than where they finished last year," she said. "This is very exciting for the remainder of the season."
The Tigers started their season against the same team that ended their 2016 season. Farmington lost to Owatonna in the section finals last year but were able to exact some measure of revenge against them with a 1-1 tie.
AAU basketball has exploded in popularity and with the positives come the negatives. Its reputation is far from sterling and has just as many detractors as supporters. Kobe Bryant believes it is bad for basketball, claiming it does not develop fundamentals and the right skills. Others say that AAU promotes the individual and is detrimental to team play and learning how to win as a team.
The Farmington VFW baseball team did something no other Farmington VFW team has ever done before: reach the district championship game. While they ended up taking second to New Ulm Gold, it was a fantastic finish to the season. What makes it even more remarkable is that until the playoffs began, they had their struggles.