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 cross-country teams continued their exceptional seasons with their last meet before sections, the South Suburban Conference championship at Eagan High School. The Tiger girls' won the SSC title last year and successfully defended it this season for back-to-back championships. They had four of their runners place in the top 10. The Farmington boys finished third behind Rosemount and champion Eastview and had three runners in the top-20.
The Farmington Tigers football team fell behind early and by several score to the Trojans before they were able to find their grove Friday night. The Tigers trailed 28-0 before they got on the board and ended up falling 49-33 on the road. Farmington is now 1-6 overall and 1-4 in the Metro South sub-district, but will not have much time to get over the loss as they host Lakeville South in their regular season finale on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
The Farmington Tigers boys' and girls' soccer teams both had their seasons end Thursday night at the hands of the Lakeville North Panthers in the Section 1AA semifinals. The boys, who were the No. 1 seed, beat No. 8 Rochester John Marshall 3-0 on Tuesday night but then fell to No. 4 Lakeville North 1-0 near the end of overtime Thursday night. Meanwhile, the No. 4-seeded girls beat No. 5 Rochester Century 1-0 in overtime Tuesday before losing 1-0 to the top-seeded Panthers.
The Farmington Tigers girls' swimming and diving team has been very busy over the course of the end of September and early October. Since a loss to Hastings in the middle of September, the Tigers have been on an absolute tear that culminated this past weekend in them winning the Section 1AA True Team Invite. Over the course of that stretch, they also beat Shakopee and Apple Valley, as well as took fourth at the Marcussen Invite in Iowa. Their only loss came at the hands of Eagan. Farmington hosts Eastview on Tuesday, Oct. 9 (tonight), then compete at True Team State on Saturday, Oct. 13, held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
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.