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 Tiger football team finally built some momentum last week with the historic win at TCO Stadium over the Eagan Wildcats. However, Friday night they were unable to carry on that momentum at Burnsville where they fell to the Blaze 55-17 after trailing 42-3 at halftime. Turnovers were big for the Tigers as Burnsville forced two fumbles and grabbed three interceptions. Meanwhile, Farmington averaged less than three yards per carry on the ground and were gashed on defense to the tune of almost 400 yards rushing for the Blaze. With the loss, Farmington is now 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the Metro South.
The Farmington boys' and girls' cross-country teams are both in the middle of fantastic seasons and that was embodied by their performances at the annual roy Griak Invitational put on by the University of Minnesota this last Saturday. The Tiger girls took eighth out of 49 teams in a field that featured some of the best teams from Minnesota and around the Midwest, while the boys finished 16th out of more than 50 teams. Senior Lauren Peterson continued her dominant season by taking third behind familiar foes Emily Covert of Minneapolis Washburn and Tierney Wolfgram of Math and Science Academy. Sophomore Anna Fenske finished 20th. The Tiger girls had all six of their runners finish in the top-150 in a field of over 450 runners, 342 of which scored points.
The Farmington Tigers volleyball team ended a three-match losing streak Monday night with a 3-0 win over the Burnsville Blaze. After losing consecutive losses to South Suburban Conference opponents—Prior Lake, Shakopee and Rosemount—the Tigers beat the Blaze 25-13, 25-23, 26-24. With the win, Farmington improves to 11-8 overall towards the end of an up-and-down season and are now 2-4 in the SSC.
Friday night will be a night the Farmington football team remembers for a long time. They held off a furious Eagan comeback in the third quarter to win 41-28 and spoil the Wildcats' homecoming. They won their first game of the season. But what they will never forget is playing in front of over 6,000 people at Twin Cities Orthopedics' (TCO) Stadium in the Minnesota Vikings' new practice facility and being the first high school football team to ever win there.
Tiger stadium was loud and raucous Friday night as Farmington celebrated its homecoming, but the Rosemount Irish quickly quieted the crowd as they routed the hometown team 35-7. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders while the Tiger offense had trouble finishing drives and preventing big plays. Rosemount improves to 2-2 and gets back to .500 for the first time this season while Farmington drops to 0-4.
The Farmington Tigers girls' tennis team has battled so far this season despite losing eight players from last year's varsity squad. Head coach Blake Olmscheid said that the team is exceeding expectations. "A step back was expected and relative to that, we actually probably outperformed our expectations and we really have over the course of the year," he said. "We have a squad full of girls who basically have never had any time on varsity before, that are all doing pretty well."
The Farmington Tigers boys' and girls' cross-country teams did some weekend work as they dominated the annual Lakeville Applejack Invitational on Saturday. The Tiger boys won the event while the Farmington girls took third. Senior Lauren Peterson took first for the girls while senior Regan Sevenich and sophomore Brennen Peterson were back-to-back in fifth and sixth as the boys' top finishers.
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish girls swimming and diving teams met last week at Dodge Middle School in Farmington and the Irish came out on top 98-88 in an exciting meet from start to finish. The meet came down to the last few events and the Tigers needed to take first and second in the 400 freestyle relay to win, but ended up getting second and third.
The Farmington Tigers football team knew they had their work cut out for them in the form of the No. 2-ranked Lakeville North Panthers. While the game started out promising, things quickly snowballed and they trailed 42-13 at halftime and ended up losing 62-34. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 0-3 on the season but look to rebound next Friday when the host rival Rosemount during their homecoming week.