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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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.
The Farmington Tigers boys' and girls' track and field teams both put in great showings at the South Suburban Conference championships held at Rosemount High School last week, May 22-23. The Tiger girls finished as runners-up behind champion Rosemount, while the Farmington boys took fourth. Between the two teams they had four individual champions and numerous strong finishes. Freshman Ramy Ayoub won the 800-meter run, the boys' 4x800 relay team were champions and junior Nyeaee Robins took the 100 and 200.
Heading into their Friday, May 24, Section 1AAAA playoff game at home against Owatonna, the Farmington Tigers were riding an eight-game winning streak. They finished in a tie-for-second in the South Suburban Conference and that winning streak including wins over section opponent Lakeville North and against Eastview. They earned the No. 2 seed in the section and faced No. 7 Owatonna at home on Friday. Farmington led 2-0 and were in complete control of the game until the sixth inning. However, Owatonna scored one run in the sixth and one in the seventh to send the game into extra innings before scoring four more runs in the top of ninth and then held on for the 6-2 wins. In the end, it was the Tigers' own mistakes and offensive struggles that cost them the game. Farmington drops to the consolation bracket and will face the loser of No. 3 New Prague and No. 6 Lakeville South on Tuesday, May 28, in Farmington. Should they win, they then would play the loser of a semifinal game.
The weather may have conspired against the Farmington Tigers softball team, but that did not stop them from winning their first two games of the Section 1AAAA playoffs in a doubleheader Thursday, May 23, at Todd Park in Austin. The Tigers—who are the No. 3 seed—beat No. 6 Rochester Mayo 12-0 in five innings behind a no-hitter by senior pitcher Rebecca Hoeve, and then immediately beat No. 2 Rochester John Marshall 5-2 to advance to the semifinals. Farmington was initially slated to host Rochester Mayo on Tuesday, May 22, but the game was moved to Wednesday due to rain. It was then announced on Wednesday that they would play a doubleheader in Austin on Thursday. They will now face No. 4 New Prague—who knocked off top-seeded Lakeville North 3-0—on Tuesday, May 28, at Todd Park.
Farmington baseball could not be any hotter heading into the Section 1AAAA playoffs, even if they literally were on fire. The Tigers ended their regular season with eight-straight wins—including Eastview and Lakeville North—to tie-for-second in the South Suburban Conference and finish with a 13-7 overall record. They start section play on Friday, May 24, as the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Owatonna. Should Farmington win, they would then play the winner of No. 3 New Prague and No. 6 Lakeville South in Farmington on Tuesday, May 28. The Tigers did not play Owatonna during the regular season, but they did lose to New Prague 2-1 in the season opener and split two games with the Cougars.