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 boys' and girls' track and field teams competed in the Section 1AAA True Team meet on Tuesday, May 7, at Lakeville South. The Farmington girls took second with 974.5 team points—31 behind champion Lakeville South—while the Tiger boys finished fourth with 928 points. The winner of each True Team section meet automatically advances to True Team State at Stillwater High School on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. However, the second-through-fifth place finishers in each of the eight sections compete in a "paper" meet—in which those 32 teams' True Team section results are compared to each other to determine the four best teams—and they are considered wild card teams who will also compete. Those teams are announced on Saturday, May 11. Both teams will compete in the South Suburban Conference championships on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21-22, at Rosemount. Sections are May 30 and June 1 at Lakeville South.
The Farmington and Rosemount boys' lacrosse teams came into their Thursday, May 2, matchup in remarkably similar circumstances. Both teams had gotten off to a slow start and had been hit hard by injuries and illness. And both are making adjustments on the fly and just now getting into a groove.
The Rosemount Irish and Farmington Tigers girls' lacrosse teams faced off in the first game of an Irish/Tiger doubleheader last Thursday, May 2, at Tiger Stadium. Rosemount prevailed 16-6 after scoring six unanswered goals to start the second half. The Irish are now 4-4 overall after beating Burnsville 17-8 last Tuesday, April 30, and falling to Park (8-7) on Friday, May 3, and Prior Lake (19-3) on Monday. Meanwhile, the Tigers are 1-6 after losing to Rosemount and Apple Valley 15-7 last Tuesday.
The Farmington Tigers boys' golf team was kept busy last week as they played in four meets over the course of five days in their first significant action of the season.
Farmington started the season 4-2, but this past week suffered a three-game skid in a busy week before righting the ship against Burnsville. The Tigers started the week with an 8-4 loss at Eastview on Tuesday, April 23, dropped a home game to Eagan 5-4 on Wednesday and another road game at Apple Valley on Thursday, 11-7. However, they were able to end the losing streak with a 6-2 win over Burnsville at home on Friday, April 26. Farmington is now 5-6 overall and 4-5 in the South Suburban Conference.
The Farmington Tigers softball team has been on a tear the past two weeks as they have won seven of their last eight games and five-of-six since last week. The Tigers started back up after the mid-April snowstorm with wins over Rosemount and Lakeville North.
Track athletes from Farmington and Rosemount competed at the Hamline Elite Meet held at Hamline University on Friday, April 26. Only those with the qualifying marks were allowed to compete. Rosemount sent 11 individual athletes and five relay teams to compete in a total of 19 events and had two champions in three events—senior Lauren Peterson in the 800-meter run and senior Max Otterdahl in the discus and shot put. Farmington had three relays compete.
Tiger baseball hosted the Eagan Wildcats Wednesday, April 24, on a blustery day at Tiger Field 1. It was a tight game that eventually saw the Wildcats prevail 5-4. One bad inning cost Farmington as they allowed four runs in the top of the fourth. While they eventually tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, Eagan responded with a go-ahead run in the top of the seventh and held on to win. The loss moves the Tigers to 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the South Suburban Conference. They traveled to Apple Valley Thursday evening and host Burnsville Friday, April 26.
Fifteen Farmington Tiger athletes spanning sports across all three seasons committed to playing collegiate athletics Wednesday morning, April 17, with thirteen of them participating in the signing day ceremony in the Farmington High School lecture hall before school started.
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 email@example.com .