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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When Farmington’s athletic programs joined the South Suburban Conference in the fall of 2014, softball was one of the programs with the least ground to make up.
Farmington High School graduate and 2016 Masters Tournament participant Sammy Schmitz won the Minnesota Golf Champions tournament over the weekend at Dellwood Country Club. Schmitz shot a three-day total of 208 to finish eight under par and win by six strokes. He is the first amateur to win the event since 2005.
Emma Record, Lauren Peterson, Anna Fenske, Amanda Davenport and Myiah Scott combined for seven event championships in leading the Farmington girls track team to third place at a Section 1AA True Team meet May 9 at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers scored 828.5 points, about 100 off the pace of runner-up Lakeville North. Lakeville South won the True Team section title with 1,125 points.
The Farmington softball team is hitting its stride just in time for the upcoming Section 1AAAA tournament. The third-ranked Tigers reeled off five wins in five days last week, launching five home runs in the process, as they kept pace with No. 2 Prior Lake atop the South Suburban Conference standings. At 15-3 overall and 11-2 in the league, the Tigers entered the final week of the regular season one game out of first place.
The Farmington baseball team put an end to its three-game losing streak in dramatic fashion May 11. Trevor Brettin’s squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Trevor Wright, who led off the inning with a double, and gave the Tigers a 7-6 walk-off victory over Eastview. The Lightning led 5-0 before the Tigers clawed back with seven runs in the final four innings.
The Farmington girls lacrosse team is back on a winning streak. Since their loss May 2 to third-ranked Prior Lake that halted their perfect 5-0 start, the Tigers have reeled off four more wins, improving their record to 9-1 and earning them the No. 5 spot in the state rankings.
The third-ranked Farmington softball team faced its first real bumps in the road last week when it took on the other three top teams in the South Suburban Conference in a span of three days. The Tigers opened the challenging stretch by edging fourth-place Burnsville 3-2 despite recording just one hit. They followed that up with a 4-2 home loss the next day against first-place Prior Lake, and then fell behind four runs early last Thursday in a 5-2 setback against third-place Eagan.
The Farmington girls lacrosse team finally met its match in third-ranked Prior Lake last Tuesday. The sixth-ranked Tigers’ unbeaten start came to an end after their 13-8 loss to the Lakers at Dan Patch Stadium. The home team surged to a 10-3 lead by the break, thanks in part to some uncharacteristic Farmington mistakes.
The Farmington baseball team put in some extra time last Thursday to finish off Eagan, cap off a 3-0 week and move into the top half of the South Suburban Conference standings.
The wrong team received the trophy and celebrated victory at the conclusion of last Tuesday’s South Suburban Conference Relays in Shakopee.