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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The Farmington boys lacrosse team bounced back from its first two losses of the season by doubling up Rochester Century 14-7 Saturday at Tiger Stadium. Quinn Rudrud paced the Tigers on the offensive end, scoring five goals. Dante Buck added two goals and a pair of assists and Thomas Fogerty scored twice and grabbed a team-high seven ground balls.
Heidi Revels recently stepped down from her position as Farmington High School’s girls cross country coach. Revels coached the Tigers for seven seasons. She brought individual runners to state four times and in 2015 guided the Tigers to their first team berth since 1989. Last fall, Farmington runners Anna Fenske and Lauren Peterson placed 1-2 at state, the highest individual finishes in school history.
Rested pitching staffs and cool and rainy conditions have kept runs at a premium in recent weeks for the Farmington and Rosemount baseball teams.
The Rosemount girls came out on top through 14 events at last Tuesday’s rainy Wildcat Invitational in Eagan before the final three events were called off due to a malfunctioning timing system. The Irish scored 107 points, 17 more than runner-up Edina. Farmington placed fifth out of nine teams with 58 points.
Farmington girls lacrosse coach Steph LaVictoire described her team’s play as “sluggish” during portions of both its games last week. Fortunately for the Tigers, those sluggish stretches came after fast starts that put them in control early in South Suburban Conference showdowns with Rosemount and Lakeville North.
The best of the best? Farmington and Rosemount’s entrants were more like the elite of the elite at Friday’s Hamline Elite Meet.
Farmington and Rosemount headed in opposite directions after their South Suburban Conference clash last Monday in Rosemount. The Third-ranked Tigers bounced back from their first loss of the season by rolling by Rosemount 7-1, and then followed that up by knocking off Eastview 5-2 later in the week. Meanwhile, the Irish ended up losing four straight games before blowing out 2A LeSueur-Henderson 17-2 Saturday in the consolation bracket of the Shakopee Tournament.
The Rosemount girls’ golf team landed four players in the top 20 at last Thursday’s first South Suburban Conference meet of the spring at a rainy and windy Valleywood Golf Course. The Irish ended up third out of nine teams with a score of 354. They finished nine strokes off the pace of meet champion Lakeville North and six behind runner-up Eagan. Farmington settled for 10th place for the ninth SSC meet in a row, but came within three strokes of ninth-place Burnsville with a score of 449.
Farmington’s red-hot bats were finally cooled off Saturday in the championship game of the Mankato East Tournament. The Tigers touched up New Ulm and Mankato East pitching for a total of 21 runs on their road to finals before being shut down by Prior Lake, 7-0. The Lakers have allowed just three runs and gone 6-0 since dropping their season opener in Farmington April 11.
The Farmington girls owned the individual track events at their home invitational last Thursday. Tiger athletes won six of the eight individual races on the Tiger Stadium track while leading the team to a third-place total of 114 points. South Suburban Conference rival Lakeville South (156) and Eagan (138) did their damage in the relays and field events while claiming the top two spots in the team competition.