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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Numerous past Farmington and Rosemount athletes are having success playing collegiate sports around the country. Others are coaching or have continued their love for athletics in other ways. Below are several former Irish and Tigers who saw success in athletics after leaving their respective high schools. If you know of someone who is continuing their passion for sports past high school, please let me know at email@example.com .
The Farmington Tigers boys' golf team took fifth overall at the Section 1AAA meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28-29, to end their 2019 season. The meet was played at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City and the Tigers shot a two-day score 637, just three strokes out of fourth-place Northfield. Lakeville South won the event and advanced to the state tournament with a score of 605.
The Farmington Tigers girls' golf team ended their season at the Section 1AAA meet on May 28-29 at Legacy Golf in Faribault, and head coach Keith Revels said that from what they could find, it was the Tigers' best sections finish since 2007.
The 8th annual Louis Schmitz Foundation Memorial Golf Classic was held Friday, June 14, at Southern Hills Golf Course in honor of Farmington legend Louis Schmitz. Schmitz founded the Farmington Youth Hockey Association, created the first Farmington women's hockey team decades before it became a Minnesota State High School League sport and made an indelible mark on Farmington youth athletics as a whole. He passed away at the end of 2011 and the Louis Schmitz Foundation was created in his memory.
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.