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 gymnastics program is in its fourth year under head coach Amanda Lund and the rebuilding and retooling phase is done. Expectations are high under Lund after the Tigers broke numerous varsity and junior varsity records the past two years.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Farmington and Rosemount U-12B girls' hockey teams last Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Schmitz-Maki Arena in Farmington. Their game was chosen as the Minnesota Wild's Youth Hockey spotlight game, where the Wild organization picks a youth hockey game, comes to the arena and gives the players involved as close to a professional hockey experience as possible. Mike Cassano, the director of player development for the Farmington Youth Hockey Association, detailed all the effort that went into making the event happen.
The Farmington boys basketball team's season and home opener against the Rochester Century Panthers last Friday, Dec. 1, was almost perfect. It was exciting, fast-paced, back-and-forth with plenty of drama. But being the first game of the season for both teams, it wasn't the cleanest game. All that matters, though, is the Tigers won 94-80 to start their season off on the right foot and establish that they will have zero problems scoring despite the loss of 20-plus points per game scorer Sam Wilson.
Just over a year ago, then Farmington eighth-grader Anne Fenske won the MSHSL class AA girls' state cross-country championship in a spectacular performance. Fenske started running varsity the year before as a seventh-grader and finished in the top-10 at state that year as well, however she really began to assert her dominance last season. She and teammate/running partner Lauren Peterson finished first-second, respectively, at the 2016 state meet and burst onto the national running scene at the same time.
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team began its 2017-2018 regular season last week with a win over Rochester Mayo. The Tigers come into the season after having a disappointing 2016-2017 campaign where they went 8-16-1 following a trip to the state tournament the year before.
The Farmington boys' and girls' hockey teams continued their winning ways as they went a combined 3-0 over the last week. The boys won their season opener by soundly beating Rochester Mayo on the road 6-2 and the girls scored 13 goals in two games against Rochester Lourdes and Eden Prairie. The Tiger girls are now 3-1 overall and are tied for third in the South Suburban Conference. Starting 1-0
The Farmington Tigers girls' swimming and diving team sent two relay teams and freshman Rachel Lentsch to the Minnesota State High School League girls' swimming and diving state meet held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 16-18. Lentsch qualified in the 100 breaststroke while the Tigers also sent their 200 medley and freestyle relay teams.
The Farmington girls' hockey team split its first two games of the season, two of five straight home games to start the season for the Tigers. They fell to Lakeville North and then dominated Prior Lake to start the year at .500 in the South Suburban Conference, in which they are tied for second with several other teams.
All that practice and hard work paid off for Farmington High seniors who devoted themselves to mastering the competitive skills of a sport. Seven FHS athletes signed their letters of intent Wednesday morning to play collegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I, II, III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, or National Junior College Athletic Association level.
The Farmington Tigers girls' swimming and diving team is sending multiple swimmers to the class AA state tournament to finish the year. Freshman Rachel Lentsch qualified in the 100 breaststroke, the 200 medley relay team of senior Lexie Bray, sophomore Rory Kent, freshman Chloe Gehrke and freshman Anna Urbach, and the 200 freestyle relay team of junior Mari Dougherty, Chloe Gehrke, Anna Urbach and sophomore Anna Singewald.