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The Farmington high school bass fishing team just finished up the conference season of its inaugural year and as of right now will have two teams move on to the state tournament, with the possibility of more being added. The combinations of Joe Hinrichs and D.J. Marsh, and then Reed Kadrlik and Ryan Rouleau, both finished in the top 10 of the Greater South Region to move on to the state tournament Aug. 24-25 on the Le Homme Dieu chain of lakes outside of Alexandria.
The Farmington legion baseball team competed in the 96-team Gopher Classic July 12-14. They played at the Maple Grove site in a pool of six teams including Eastview, Harrisburg, S.D., Lincoln, Ill., Maple Grove and Wayzata. The Tigers went 4-1 in pool play with wins over Eastview, Maple Grove, Lincoln and Harrisburg. Their only loss came to pool champion Wayzata. Farmington came up just short of advancing to the Sweet 16 and continuing play into the week of July 15. With 16 pools, only the pool winners advanced to keep playing.
Despite her senior softball season being done, Farmington's Olivia Hazelbaker continues to bring home awards after an incredible spring and career with the Tigers. Hazelbaker was named a finalist for the 2019 Play Ball! Minnesota Ms. Softball Award at the end of May and on June 23 she attended a banquet Target Field for everyone involved.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.