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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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.
The Farmington Tigers girls' tennis team has battled so far this season despite losing eight players from last year's varsity squad. Head coach Blake Olmscheid said that the team is exceeding expectations. "A step back was expected and relative to that, we actually probably outperformed our expectations and we really have over the course of the year," he said. "We have a squad full of girls who basically have never had any time on varsity before, that are all doing pretty well."
The Farmington Tigers boys' and girls' cross-country teams did some weekend work as they dominated the annual Lakeville Applejack Invitational on Saturday. The Tiger boys won the event while the Farmington girls took third. Senior Lauren Peterson took first for the girls while senior Regan Sevenich and sophomore Brennen Peterson were back-to-back in fifth and sixth as the boys' top finishers.
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish girls swimming and diving teams met last week at Dodge Middle School in Farmington and the Irish came out on top 98-88 in an exciting meet from start to finish. The meet came down to the last few events and the Tigers needed to take first and second in the 400 freestyle relay to win, but ended up getting second and third.
The Farmington Tigers football team knew they had their work cut out for them in the form of the No. 2-ranked Lakeville North Panthers. While the game started out promising, things quickly snowballed and they trailed 42-13 at halftime and ended up losing 62-34. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 0-3 on the season but look to rebound next Friday when the host rival Rosemount during their homecoming week.
Addison Bourdages first rode an Arctic Cat snowmobile when she was 5-years-old and after asking her dad, Carl, to go faster, she was hooked. Addison, now 14 and a freshman at Rosemount High School, has been riding and racing ever since. "I rode it and I didn't want to get off," she said about the experience. "I asked him if it could go faster and that's where we got into racing."
The Farmington Tigers have had trouble putting teams away so far this season and Friday night against the Shakopee Sabres was no different. A week after they led the Woodbury Royals 28-21 with half a quarter left in the game and then gave up 28 unanswered points, the Tigers had 14-0 and 21-15 leads over Shakopee but ended up falling 28-21 to the Sabres. Farmington is now 0-2 and travels to Lakeville North next Friday, Sept. 14, who upset the top-ranked Eden Prairie on Friday.
The Farmington Tigers volleyball team continues to develop in significant ways after winning just six matches last season with a very young squad. However, after graduating no seniors in the spring, the Tigers bring back their team with more experience and another year of development. The results are already showing as Farmington has started their season 3-1 with wins over Owatonna (3-0), Faribault (3-0) and Rochester Century (3-0). Their lone loss came to Northfield Tuesday night in five sets.
The Farmington Tigers cross country team got off to a hot start at the Irish Invite last week, their first of the season. Both the boys and girls teams took third in their races. Senior Lauren Peterson won the girls' two-mile race, while sophomore Anna Fenske finished fifth. Junior Noah Revels took 15th for the boys.
The first three quarters between Farmington and Woodbury Friday night were back and forth and entertaining, but the Tigers seemed to have the advantage with a seven-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, from there Farmington committed too many mistakes and the Royals made some big plays, which resulted in 28 unanswered points by Woodbury and the Tigers lost 49-28. A good first three quarters