Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014.
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On a boat in the middle of one of the lakes in the Jefferson chain near Mankato, the Farmington High School Fishing Team will compete in the first tournament of its inaugural season on June 21. The team is less than a year old and was founded last September by Andy Boyum of Mankato, a Farmington resident who has loved fishing almost his entire life and has been a competitive fisherman on and off since he was 14. He said he first came up with the idea for the team after a fortunate misunderstanding.
The Farmington Tigers boys' and girls' track and field teams combined for three athletes and relay at the Class AA state track and field meet this past weekend, Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8. The Tigers were led by junior Nyeaee Robins as she found the podium in all three of her events, while sophomore Anna Fenske and the Tiger boys' 4x800 relay both placed as well.
Farmington Tiger softball saw their state run come to an end on Thursday, June 6, at Caswell Park in Mankato with two losses on day one. The Tigers—who were seeded No. 5 in Class AAAA—fell to No. 4 and defending state champion Stillwater 6-2 in the first game where timely hitting was an issue for Farmington. Dropping to the consolation bracket, they then faced St. Michael-Albertville and lost 5-2 to end their season. Farmington finished 2019 with a 15-11 overall record after going 11-9 during the regular season with an 8-6 South Suburban Conference mark, which was good for sixth.
Being an exchange student in a new country far from home would be difficult enough for most high schoolers. Add in playing varsity sports and it can be overwhelming. But not for Emilia Svaerd—a junior exchange student from Sweden—who qualified for the Class AAA state girls' golf meet last Monday, June 3, as part of the Rosemount Irish girls' golf team. She finished tied-for-fourth at the Section 3AAA meet with a two-day score of 18-over-par (162).
The Farmington Tigers' baseball season came to an end on Saturday, June 1, with a 4-2 loss to No. 5-seeded Rochester John Marshall in Dundas. The Tigers—who were the No. 2 seed in Section 1AAAA—bounced back from their 6-2 opening round loss to No. 7 Owatonna with two straight consolation bracket victories. They beat No. 6 Lakeville South 6-0 on Tuesday, May 28, and then prevailed 16-6 in a rematch with Owatonna on Thursday, May 30. With the loss to the Rockets, Farmington finishes the playoffs with a 2-2 record and two games short of the section championship game. They end the season with an overall record of 15-9, 13-7 in the regular season and 12-6 in the South Suburban Conference, which was good for a tie for second.
The Farmington boys' and girls' lacrosse teams both fell in the second round of the Section 1A playoffs last week to end their 2019 seasons. The Farmington girls—who were the No. 3 seed—were coming off an 18-8 blowout of No. 6 Mankato but fell to No. 2 Lakeville South at Lakeville South 13-9 on Friday, May 31. Meanwhile, the No. 4-seeded Tiger boys lost at No. 1 Lakeville North 17-1 on Friday as well after they easily handled No. 5 Rochester Mayo 9-5 just days before. Both teams went 1-1 in the section playoffs and they also both finished 5-10 overall.
Three members of the Farmington girls' track and field team and the boys' 4x800-meter relay team are headed to the Class AA state meet after the Tigers competed in the Section 1AA meet Thursday, May 30, and Saturday, June 1, at Lakeville South High School. Junior Nyeaee Robins took home section championships in the 100, 200 and 400 and advanced in all three events. Sophomore Anna Fenske returns to the state meet for the third year in a row after taking second in the 1,600 and junior Lauren Lee qualified in the triple jump with a second-place finish as well. Meanwhile, the Tiger boys' 4x800 relay team of freshman Ramy Ayoub, senior Regan Sevenich and juniors Noah Revels and Aaron Kruse finished as runners-up to advance to state. The Farmington girls took second as a team with 95 points behind champion Rosemount (176.5 points), while the Tiger boys finished fifth with 63 points, just two points out of fourth.
The Farmington Tigers softball team is state bound once again after defeating No. 4-seeded New Prague 5-0 on Thursday, May 30, at Todd Park in Austin, Minn. The Tigers return to the state tournament for the second time in three years after they won the Class AAAA state championship in dramatic fashion in 2017. Farmington was one game away from state last summer before falling to Lakeville North in the section championship.
The Farmington boys' and girls' lacrosse teams each hosted a home section playoffs game on Tuesday, May 28, at Tiger Stadium. The Tiger girls—who are the No. 3 seed—beat No. 6 Mankato 18-8 in the first game to advance to the section semifinals. Right after them, the No. 4-seeded Farmington boys beat No. 5 Rochester Mayo 9-5 and will also play in the semifinals. The girls face No. 2 Lakeville South on Friday, May 31, in Lakeville South. Should they win, they would play the winner of No. 1 Lakeville North and No. 5 Rochester John Marshall on June 4. The boys also play on Friday, May 31, at No. 1 Lakeville North, with the winner going on to play either No. 2 Lakeville South or No. 3 Northfield.
Five Christian Life Academy (CLA) athletes participated in a ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, where they announced their commitments to play collegiate athletics. The five athletes were Caleb Carlson, Hanna Thompson, Ethan Eide, Caleb Fouss and Kaitlynn Corley.