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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A group of four new runners will be the latest to represent the Farmington boys track team in the 4x800 relay at the Class 2A state meet.
It was just over a week earlier on May 24, on the same Lakeville South track, that the Farmington girls track team’s 95 points were good enough for fifth out of 10 teams at the South Suburban Conference Championships, 34 off the pace of meet champion Lakeville South.
Last spring the Farmington softball team’s season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion when it lost two one-run games to New Prague in the Section 1AAAA finals. Last week the Tigers returned the favor, defeating the Trojans 3-2 and 8-7 in a pair of epic extra-inning battles to advance to their fourth state tournament in the last six years.
Farmington had nine wrestlers from grades 3-10 compete in the MN/USA State Greco Tournament on Saturday, May 20, and Freestyle Tournament on Sunday, May 21, at Monticello High School. Mac Kukowski placed first to lead seven placewinners in the Greco tournament. Fellow Tiger high school wrestler Luke Peterson earned second and Cole Han Lindemyer finished third. Cash Raymond (fourth), Austin Hamel (fifth), Charli Raymond (sixth), Dylan Henrikson (sixth), Chase Stevens and Payton Talley also wrestled in the Greco tournament.
The Farmington High School athletic department announced last Wednesday, May 24, it had named John Marsh the new head coach of the Tiger varsity boys hockey team. Marsh has been coaching hockey since 1985 and most recently served as an assistant coach for the Tigers last winter.
The fifth-ranked Farmington softball team played its way back to the Section 1AAAA semifinals in dramatic fashion last Thursday, May 25.
Whether it was with one squibbing single or two long home runs, the Farmington baseball team found a way to win its first two Section 1AAAA tournament games. Senior Mitch Fox outdueled Kansas State commit Alex Belch of Rochester John Marshall 2-0 in Saturday’s playoff opener, and then the Tigers busted out their bats in an 8-3 romp over New Prague Monday at Mayo Field in Rochester.
Four former Farmington lacrosse players were part of the Missouri Valley College men’s lacrosse team that won its second straight Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship and reached the NAIA national tournament semifinals where it finished with a record of 14-2.
Emma Record, Anna Fenske and Lauren Peterson combined to win four individual titles, set two new conference records and run several career-best times while leading the Farmington girls track team to fifth place at last Wednesday’s South Suburban Conference Championships. The Tigers scored 95 points to finish six off the pace of fourth-place Eagan. They placed eighth last year with 55 points.
The Farmington baseball team held on for a .500 finish in the South Suburban Conference by splitting with a pair of state-ranked teams in its final two league tilts. The Tigers outslugged sixth-ranked Lakeville North 7-5 in their Senior Night home finale Friday, May 19, and then led for much of their SSC finale Monday, May 22, at No. 7 Burnsville before falling 4-3 at Alimagnet Park.