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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Just a week after capturing the program's first South Suburban Conference championship, the Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team garnered the No. 1 seed in Section 1AAAA and proceeded to demolish the No. 8 Rochester Century Panthers by 60 points in the first round. The Tigers finished their regular season with a 22-4 record and went 15-3 in the SSC. Having won their last three games of the regular season, Farmington went into the playoffs ranked No. 7 in Class 4A and immediately dismantled the Panthers 79-19 in the opening round. They will next face No. 4 Lakeville South (who beat No. 5 New Prague on 57-47) on Saturday, March 2, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. The two teams have already met twice this season with the Tigers winning both match-ups 52-42 and 51-46. The winner plays in the section championship game on Friday, March 8, also in Rochester.
The Farmington Tiger wrestling team qualified five wrestlers for the Class AAA individual state tournament this past weekend—freshman Hunter Frost at 106 pounds, junior Luke Peterson at 145, sophomore Austin Hamel at 152, sophomore Chase Vought at 160 and junior MacAron Kukowski at195—at the Section 1AAA tournament in Rochester Feb. 22-23. It is the second state appearance for Kukowski and third for Peterson, both of whom went last winter.
The Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving team put on a performance this past weekend at the Section 1AAA meet as they sent eight different swims to Class AA state. The 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relay teams both qualified; senior Zach Nelson in the 200 and 500 freestyle, junior Seth Krause in the one-meter dive and 200 individual medley, junior Ethan Hanes in the 50 freestyle and senior Ben Moorlach in the 100 freestyle. The meet was held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, at the Rochester Recreation Center in Rochester and the Tigers took fourth as a team with 299 points. The state meet runs Thursday, Feb. 28-Saturday, March 2, at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota's campus.
Rosemount Irish senior Alex Barcus and Farmington Tiger sophomore Libby Bolton both competed at the Class AA state gymnastics meet this past Saturday, Feb. 23. Barcus qualified for the state meet on both the uneven bars and beam, while Bolton went for the floor exercise. It was both girls' first time competing at the state meet. Barcus took 45th on the balance beam with a score of 8.500 despite a fall. On the uneven bars, she finished 39th with a score of 8.825. Bolton took 48th on floor with a score of 8.050 after a fall during her routine.
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team ended their 2018-2019 season as consolation runners-up on Saturday after falling to Maple Grove 5-1 in the consolation championship game. After losing 7-1 in the state quarterfinals on Thursday, Feb. 21, to the Andover Huskies, the Tigers bounced back on Friday when they beat the White Bear Lake Bears 2-1 to advance to the consolation championship against Maple Grove. Gerold the Herb Brooks Award Winner
Rebounding against the Bears
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team had their season come to an end Thursday night, Feb. 21, at Lakeville North where they fell 5-2 to the Panthers. It was the first round of the Section 1AA playoffs where the Tigers were the No. 7 seed and Lakeville North the No. 2 seed. The loss ends Farmington 2018-2019 campaign that saw the Tigers struggle to maintain continuity while stricken with a multitude of injuries, illnesses and absences. They went 5-17-3 during the regular season and were 3-13-2 in the South Suburban Conference. Their five wins came against Thief River Falls, Apple Valley, Shakopee, Eastview and Gentry Academy.
A rough first-period quickly snowballed for the Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team in their state quarterfinal game against the Andover Huskies. After a slow start for both teams as they felt each other out, Andover exploded for four goals over the last 12 minutes of the first period and the Tigers struggled to recover. The second period saw Farmington commit a couple costly penalties that resulted in two Huskies' power-play goals to start the period and the chances for a Tiger comeback dwindled. Trailing 7-0 heading into the third period, Farmington got on the board with a goal from senior Jenna Gerold and 7-1 was the final.
The Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team bounced back from a rough first half Tuesday night, Feb. 19, as they beat the Shakopee Sabres at home 55-45. The win over Sabres gave the Tigers 20 wins on the season and they now sit atop the South Suburban Conference with a half-game lead over Eastview and a game-and-a-half ahead of Apple Valley. It's the first time Farmington has won 20 games in a regular season since 2010-2011, when the Tigers won 22 games. They have two games left in their regular season—they travel to Lakeville North on Thursday after the game was postponed due to snow on Wednesday—and then finish at home against Eagan on Friday.