Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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Great pitching, near-flawless defense and timely hitting have all played a role in the Farmington softball team’s first 5-0 start since the 2012 season. The Tigers kept their perfect start alive and moved into first place in the South Suburban Conference Monday afternoon by rallying for two runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Apple Valley, 5-4.
The Farmington girls’ track team landed six performances on the state honor roll list in its first outdoor meet of the spring last Tuesday night at Lakeville South. “The girls really got after it on Tuesday,” Farmington coach Tom Hart said. “The weather cooperated and it was a beautiful night to run track.”
The annual Farmington Invite continued its recent growth when it welcomed nine teams to Tiger Stadium last Thursday. Teams like Elk River and Lakeville South provided strong competition for the Farmington and Rosemount boys in their first outdoor meets of the spring. The Irish captured four first-place finishes while placing second with 126 points, 80 fewer than meet champion Lakeville South. The host Tigers ended up sixth with 49.5 points, but had plenty of solid performances to build on.
The Farmington boys tennis team came away from a busy start to the season with a 1-3 record after falling to Shakopee 7-0 in a South Suburban Conference match last Thursday. The Tigers picked up their lone win in non-conference play April 4 when they knocked off Simley 4-3 at Boeckman Middle School. No. 1 singles player Jake Bauer breezed to a 6-1, 6-0 victory and leads the team with a record of 3-1. Tyler Samion also picked up a win in his first career varsity singles match.
After falling behind early in its first two games last week, the Farmington baseball team was the one scoring early and often in last Thursday’s South Suburban Conference meeting with Eagan. The Tigers scored runs in four of the first five innings as they put an end to their two-game slide with an 8-0 shutout of the Wildcats. Earlier in the week they trailed Apple Valley 7-0 after three and gave up four runs in the first inning on the road at Prior Lake.
Farmington and Rosemount had spring egg hunts Saturday morning, April 8. The Farmington Business Association brought its event outdoors to the soccer fields at Dodge Middle School, while the Rosemount Lions Club hosted its event at Dakota County Technical College.
Applebee’s Grill & Bar announced via Facebook post Monday it will be permanently closing its Rosemount location Friday, April 14, at midnight. “We have been very grateful for all of your patronage for the 12 years we have been a part of the Rosemount community,” the message stated. “Come join us this week and help us go out with a bang!”
A familiar face was missing from the middle of the diamond when the Farmington softball team took the field for its season opener Friday against Edina. Standout senior pitcher Maddie Muelken wasn't far away, just in the Tiger dugout keeping the scorebook, but it was unfamiliar territory for a player so used to being in the center of the action. The same could be said for the entire last month: Muelken was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma on March 14.
Lee Goren announced April 4 he was stepping down from his position as head coach of the Farmington boys hockey team after one season. Coming off the program’s first trip to the state tournament in 16 years, the Tigers finished with a record of 9-17-1 in Goren’s first season as a high school head coach.
An added emphasis on aggressiveness helped propel the Farmington baseball team to a 7-6 win Tuesday in its season opener against New Prague. The Tigers stole four bases, the last of which moved Mikey Fredrickson into scoring position in the seventh inning and allowed him to come home on Brock Mogensen’s walk-off single.