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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With the NCAA College World series having ended, the collegiate baseball season has officially ended and several Irish and Tiger baseball and softball players had outstanding seasons this past year. Read below their accomplishments on the diamond this spring and summer:
History was made this past spring when Farmington High School welcomed boys' volleyball as a non-MSHSL sponsored sport. It was an instant success for the Tigers as they saw good numbers and great results under coaches A.J. Dubek and Ann Wilcek. A varsity and junior varsity team was formed with each team playing around 20 games against fellow South Suburban Conference and metro schools.
Wrestling has been a significant part of Taylor Venz's life since he was a young kid, starting when he was first exposed to the sport early on in life. Since then, Venz's love for wrestling has only increased year by year and led him to where he is today—a standout athlete on the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers' wrestling team. This past season, Venz was named an All-American, qualified for the NCAA Championships where he took fourth at 184 pounds and was named the Huskers' Most Valuable Wrestler.
Farmington High School athletes and students are gaining a new weight room this summer and the renovations is almost finished. Aptly named "The Jungle", when finished in July it will complement the already existing weight room.
The 39th annual Dew Run in Farmington this past Saturday attracted runners of all ages and abilities. Official results were compiled for the one-and-four-mile races with over 100 competitors on the four-mile race and over 70 in the one mile. Brian Peterson, 37, of Edina won the one-mile with a time of 5 minutes, 9.9 seconds, six seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Khoi Le, 16, of Farmington (and a member of the cross country team this past year) won the four-mile race with a time of 22:52. The top-three places in the four-mile race all belong to runners from the Farmington boys' cross country team.
Junior Lauren Peterson and freshman Anna Fenske were the Farmington Tigers' representatives on day two of the Class AA state track meet. The two distance runners both competed in the 1,600 meter run a day after they ran the 3,200. Last year, Fenske won the event while Peterson placed fourth. This year was a different story though as Peterson finished third with a time of 4 minutes and 57.95 seconds. Fenske was well off her time from last year, placing 14th in 5:10.33.
Junior Lauren Peterson and freshman Anna Fenske put together terrific performances for the Farmington Tigers' track and field team today at the Class AA state meet held at Hamline University. Peterson finished second in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 10 minutes and 40.46 seconds (10:40.46), behind Emily Covert of Minneapolis Washburn who ran away with the race. Fenske was fourth with a time of 10:49.45, outracing her fifth-place opponent by less than three-hundredths of a second.
The spectacular section playoffs run that saw the Farmington Tigers baseball team win four elimination games in a row came to an end Tuesday night in Dundas when they fell to South Suburban Conference rival Lakeville North 9-0 in the Section 1AAAA championship game. The Tigers went into the game knowing they would have to beat North twice in one night to advance to the state tournament, but according to head coach Jon Graff, they were confident in their ability to give the Panthers all they could handle.
The Farmington baseball team is playing its best ball at the perfect time as they advanced to the Section 1AAAA championship game this past weekend. The Tigers' section run got off to a rough start on May 26 when they (the No. 6 seed) fell at No. 3 New Prague 3-2 and dropped down to the consolation bracket right away. However, from there they got hot as they won four games in three days thanks to the storms and rain that wrecked playoff schedules across the state last week.
Farmington softball has made a living this spring by making timely comebacks, never giving up and getting clutch performances in crucial situations. This did not change during the section playoffs, and the Tigers came oh-so-close to returning to the state tournament to defend their title. However, it was not meant to be as they faced off against rival Lakeville North for the fourth and fifth times this season yesterday (Thursday) at Todd Park in Austin, Minn. Farmington came up through the consolation bracket after falling to the Panthers in the semifinals on Tuesday. They made the Section 1AAAA championship game against Lakeville North and had to beat them twice yesterday to advance to state. The Tigers took the first game in a blowout 13-2, but then lost a close one 8-7 in the second game to end their season.