2019 Tiger Fan Club Awards

2019 Tiger Fan Club Awards
Posted on 09/06/2019
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Liz Carpentier 

Coach of the Year 

     Liz Carpentier has been chosen as the 2019 Coach of the Year! Carpentier is entering her fifth season as the Head Varsity Coach of the Farmington High School Girls Basketball Team. This will be her 17th year coaching girls basketball at the high school level.

     Over the course of her coaching career, Carpentier has accumulated an impressive resume of records and awards. She is a three-time recipient of the Section Coach of the Year award. She coached the South Suburban Conference Champions (2018-2019) and the Section 1AAAA Team Academic Champions with an overall team GPA of 3.81. At FHS she holds the coaching record (4 years; 62-51), the record for most wins in a season for girls basketball (24), and the first SSC girls basketball title.

     Records and awards are great but for Carpentier it’s really about the experience. Coaching has come with a treasure trove of wonderful memories like watching players live out their purpose statements, working with dedicated staff, and watching Farmington beat Eastview and Lakeville North for the first time in school history. “Some of my favorite memories from the past year were helping develop players both on and off the court, our team trip to The Character Challenge Course, watching former student-athletes compete at the collegiate level, and raising my family in the gym,” said Carpentier. 

     “My goal is to continue to build positive, lasting memories for my student-athletes at Farmington High School,” she shared. “None of the wins, championships, and success of our program would have happened without the great support of my family, current and former players, coaching staff, administration at FHS, and the Farmington community. Thank you!”   


Spencer Elvebak

Activities Advisor of the Year 

     Spencer Elvebak is the 2019 Activities Advisor of the Year! Elvebak is the Head Coach of the Farmington High School FIRST Robotics Team, also known as Rogue Robotics 2987. He has been working with the team for the past seven years and has been head coach for five years. During his time as head coach, the robotics team has qualified for the MSHSL State Tournament three times and the World Championships twice. The team has also received several event awards including the 2017 Innovation in Control Award, 2018 Industrial Design Award, 2018 Outstanding Engineering and Design Award, and the 2019 Imagery Award.   

     Over the past year, under Elvebak’s leadership, the robotics team significantly expanded the scope of their work. He explained: “The team has always participated in community outreach events to introduce STEM to the youth of Farmington, but last year we took on the challenge of modifying electric toy vehicles for children whose families couldn’t afford powered wheelchairs. After appearing on KARE 11, major media outlets like CNN, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt made our story go viral worldwide. The recognition led to an invitation to the White House to be honored at the first anniversary of the first lady’s ‘Be Best’ initiative.”

     “These accomplishments were only possible thanks to the hard work of the students on the team, and from the mentors who give their time and talent to make being on the team an amazing opportunity to learn about the STEM field, and to learn how to use their new talents to give back to the community,” said Elvebak. He also credits local businesses for their sponsorship which provides financial support, helping pay for parts and event registration fees. 

     As much as Elvebak appreciates the sponsors, they appreciate him and the work that he does. “His mentoring has had an overwhelming positive impact on the student team members, the FHS student body, and the Farmington community as a whole,” said Kirk Cash, who is a team parent, a mentor, and a corporate sponsor. The Tiger Fan Club is pleased to recognize Spencer Elvebak for his outstanding work with Rogue Robotics. 

Sue Dentinger

Volunteer of the Year 

     Sue Dentinger is the 2019 Volunteer of the Year! She has spent decades volunteering in the Farmington community and for Farmington Area Public Schools in many capacities. She served on the board of Farmington Youth Baseball for over ten years, on the Community Education Advisory Council for two years, and as the Committee Chair for the largest Boy Scout troop in Farmington for eleven years.

     In a letter of recommendation Kim Donohue shared about Dentinger, “She is the type of person that you go to to get things done. She is masterful at taking something from grassroots and growing it into an organization that flourishes… She does the work for the love of our community and the Farmington schools, and to better the programs, opportunities and lives for the families and the kids of Farmington… It is truly amazing how she continues to give of herself with such grace.” 


Wyatt Wagner 

Assistant Coach of the Year 

     Wyatt Wagner has been chosen as the 2019 Assistant Coach of the Year! Wagner was the Varsity Assistant Coach for the FHS Boys Varsity Soccer Team during the fall 2018 season. He has served as the varsity assistant coach for the boys soccer program for the past three years. Last year the boys soccer team finished their regular season with a record of 11-2-3 and a conference record of 7-1-1 leading to the first boys soccer South Suburban Conference title in school history. They eventually lost in the section semifinals with ten seconds left in overtime.  

     Notable moments from the season included winning against Lakeville North for the first time in program history, having the best record in the history of the Farmington program, tying for the best defensive team in the state (in terms of goals against the team) and the 18th best defensive team in state history. Also, ranking as the 4th team in the AA in the QRF rankings. 

     Under Wagner’s leadership the team boasted six All-Conference players, two All Conference Honorable Mention players, and one 1st Team All-State player. Additionally, Wagner was named the Section 1AA Assistant Coach of the Year and the State Class AA Assistant Coach of the Year. He would like to thank all the players, coaches, and support leading to this great success of the program and this individual award. 

Melissa Murnane Buck 

Hall of Fame 

     Melissa Murnane Buck is one of two 2019 Hall of Fame inductees. A 2002 graduate of Farmington High School, she played Varsity Softball throughout high school. She was a three time All Conference player, a two time All State player, All Metro, All Section, Most Valuable Player, and Team Captain during her softball career. She played on the Minnesota All Star Team and the Tri-state All Star Team, representing Minnesota. She was also awarded the St. Paul Area Athena Award for outstanding female high school senior student-athletes.  

     During high school, Buck also competed in Gymnastics, Hockey, and Volleyball. Additionally, she served as the Football Manager and Statistician during her junior and senior years. After high school, Buck went on to attend the University of Minnesota on an athletic scholarship for softball. She majored in Deaf Education and most recently, in addition to her full-time career as a teacher for the deaf / hard of hearing at the Northern Lights Special Cooperative in Northern Minnesota, she served as the 2019 Assistant Softball Coach for Hermantown High School. 

     “Melissa was a great leader and a pleasure to work with,” said former Head Softball Coach Gary Burr, “I had one opposing coach tell me that we had an unfair advantage just because she was so good.”   

     Assistant Coach Loren Cartwright shared: “I can still remember the first practice her freshman year. It was her turn in the batting cage to take some swings. The ball exploded off her bat like I had not seen before. I knew right away she was going to be a special player.” 

     For her outstanding athletic career and exceptional leadership, we are pleased to welcome Melissa Murnane Buck to the Farmington High School Hall of Fame. 

Kallie Flor Cummings

Hall of Fame 

     Kallie Flor Cummings is one of two 2019 Hall of Fame inductees. She was a 2006 graduate of Farmington High School and an exceptional hockey player. She played on the Girls Varsity Hockey Team for six years, a total of 163 games. She was voted Team Captain two years in a row and was a four time MVP. As of today, she remains the FHS All Time Leader in goals (239), assists (182), and points (421). She was a member of the All Conference Team six times and the All State Team twice. She was also a member of the 2003 All State Tournament Team. Her senior year she was a Ms. Hockey Semi-Finalist, FHS Female Athlete of the Year, and an Athena Award Winner. In addition to her outstanding hockey career, Cummings received multiple All Conference honors in Softball and Volleyball.

     After high school, Cummings attended Quinnipiac University where she played Division 1 hockey and received a full scholarship. She was Assistant Captain as a junior, Captain and MVP as a senior at Quinnipiac. After graduating from university, she returned to Minnesota and has been active in Farmington Youth Hockey. She eventually applied for and was hired as the Girls Varsity Hockey Coach in Eagan. 

     Jason Kohlbeck, Girls Varsity Hockey Assistant Coach, said, “Kallie is a high quality candidate for the Farmington Hall of Fame, She has had great success in her endeavors but is true to her roots. She has been a mode and advocate for girls sports throughout her career. Kallie exemplifies what Hall of Fame is all about!”

     We are pleased to welcome Kallie Flor Cummings to the Farmington High School Hall of Fame. 

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