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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It’s been an inconsistent couple of years in the South Suburban Conference for the Farmington baseball team. The Tigers turned heads in their first year in the league in 2015, tying for second place with an 11-7 mark. Then last spring they sunk to last place with a 3-15 showing, only to show some life at the end of the season with a couple section tournament victories.
Multiple Farmington High School bands were in action Saturday, March 4. The Jazz I and Jazz II groups traveled to the University of Minnesota for their annual Jazz Festival, and members of Farmington Winter Percussion took part in a Percussion Showcase at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.
When asked what he expects his softball team’s biggest strength to be this year, Farmington head coach Paul Harrington needed a fraction of a second to answer. Experience at pitcher and catcher.
The St. Paul Area Athena Awards program honors female high school seniors for their athletic achievements.
The Farmington girls’ basketball team picked up its first section tournament win in several seasons last Wednesday before bowing out to Lakeville North in Saturday’s Section 1AAAA semifinals. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 13-15. They improved seven wins after posting a 6-21 mark last winter.
A fast field of swimmers set nine new meet records and pushed Rosemount and Farmington back in the pack over the weekend at the Class 2A state swim and dive meet. The schools competed in a combined eight individual events at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center and only one athlete was able to break into the top 19.
The season ended on a high note for all three wrestlers Farmington sent to last weekend’s Class 3A state tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Trayton Anderson and Skyler Raymond both reached the podium in their second career state appearances and freshman Luke Peterson showed he belonged in matches against two of the state’s top wrestlers in his first career state trip.
Farmington’s smallest wrestlers once again came up big at the Section 1AAA tournament. The Tigers placed seven wrestlers over the weekend at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester and three qualified for the Class 3A state tournament: 113-pounder Trayton Anderson, 120-pounder Luke Peterson and 132-pounder Skyler Raymond.
It was a busy weekend of high school sports and our local Tigers and Irish came away with more than their share of accomplishments. The Farmington girls hockey team started things out with a 4-1 loss to eventual champion Edina last Thursday at Xcel Energy Center, but came back to win its next two games to place fifth in Class 2A.
All three area entrants showed they belonged among the best gymnasts in the state at Saturday’s Class 2A state meet in Minneapolis. Farmington’s Amanda Davenport and Lauren Slayton and Rosemount’s Josey Schlie all achieved top-10 finishes in action at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.