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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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."
The Farmington Tigers’ came back from 21 points down in the rain and storms Friday, Oct. 6, during homecoming, but lost to Burnsville 35-27. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Buchert passed for almost 300 yards and three TDs in the comeback effort, but the loss drops Farmington to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the Metro South sub-district.
The Farmington Tigers football team ended their three-game losing streak with a 31-16 victory over the Eagan Wildcats at home Friday, Sept. 29. The Tigers came from behind down 13-0 in the second quarter and with the win are 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the Metro South subdistrict.
Recent Farmington High School graduate Maddie Muelken is well known for her dominance on the softball field, helping the Tigers' softball team to a 4A state championship this past season, however she may have just won her most important victory yet: beating cancer. Just a little more than five months after being diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma, Muelken received the fantastic news in August that she was cancer free.
The Christian Life Academy girls' volleyball team is 7-3 overall on the season so far and are in sole possession of second place at 3-1 in TCAC-Div I, just a half game behind Nova Classical. So far, the Hawks have wins against North Lakes, Trinity, Shattuck-St. Mary's, Community of Peace, Heritage Christian, Hmong Academy and Calvin Christian. Their three losses have come at the hands of West Lutheran twice and Nova Classical. Last week
The Farmington boys' and girls' cross-country teams hosted the Farmington Cowbell Classic this past week at Southern Hills Golf Course. The boys won the meet ahead of Eagan and the girls were runners-up to Henry Sibley. Freshman Anna Fenske won the girls' varsity race by more than half a minute (18 minutes, 11.14 seconds) and behind her in second was junior Lauren Peterson (18:49.46). Combined, the two teams had five runners in the top-10, nine in the top-25 and almost all their runners in the top-50. The fields in both races featured over 100 runners each.