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The Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team was upset Friday night by the Lakeville North Panthers in the Section 1AAAA championship game 37-35 in a game filled with its fair share of drama including a wild ending.
Farmington Tiger juniors Luke Peterson and MacAron Kukowski both found the podium last weekend at the state individual wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center March 1-2. Peterson took fourth in his third trip to the Class AAA state tournament at 145 pounds while Kukowski finished sixth in his second time at state at 195. Also competing in their first trips to state were freshman Hunter Frost at 106, sophomore Austin Hamel at 152 and fellow sophomore Chase Vought at 160.
Members of the Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving team competed in eight different events this past weekend at the Class AA state swimming and diving meet and all eight of those entries advanced to either the consolation or championship finals. Making the championship finals were junior Seth Krause—who took sixth in the one-meter dive with a total of 342 points—an improvement of six spots from last year; senior Zach Nelson in the 500-yard freestyle who took eighth with a time of 4 minutes, 46.35 seconds after swimming a 4:40.89 in the preliminaries and the 400 freestyle relay team of Krause, Nelson and seniors Eric Heddinger and Ben Moorlach that also took eighth with a time of 3:13.10 (3:11.80 in the preliminaries).
The Farmington Tigers girls' basketball team will play in their second-straight Section 1AAAA championship game against the Lakeville North Panthers Friday, March 8, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. If the Tigers' play has proven anything the past few weeks, it is that they're more than ready for the challenge.
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