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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Hopkins won eight of 12 events to secure a 100-86 dual win over Farmington Thursday night at the Hopkins North Junior High pool. The hosts won the meet's first three events before Topher Kirchmann put the Tigers in the win column with a first-place time of 23.50 seconds in the 50 freestyle.
Taylor Meyer can't get back soon enough for the Farmington girls basketball team. The young Tigers continued to struggle last week without their six-foot senior leader, falling to 0-8 after lopsided losses to Hudson (Wis.) and Rochester Mayo. Meyer, a three-time all-conference selection and 1,000-point scorer, tore a ligament in her knee late last summer that forced her to miss the entire soccer season and the start of basketball. After a recent check-up with her doctor, she's hoping to be back in the lineup for the Tigers' Missota Conference opener next Friday at Red Wing.
It's been 10 years since the Farmington wrestling team has been on a roll like this. The Tigers, who started the season having gone without a dual win in nearly two years, are now in the midst of their longest winning streak since the 2001-02 season. They improved to 5-4 on the season with their fifth straight dual win, 57-14 over Lakeville South Thursday night at the Farmington High School Auxiliary Gym. Tiger wrestlers won 11 of the meet's 14 matches, including eight in a row at one point.
Rebounding struggles once again kept Farmington from getting into the win column Friday night. The Tigers bested their previous season-high point total by 12 points, but got outrebounded by Minneapolis Washburn 36-12 in a 57-50 non-conference clash at Tiger Gym. "Although it is always tough to lose, they are showing increased confidence on the court and as I've said all along, our success will be measured by our improvement from game to game," said first-year coach Sondra Chadwick, whose team fell to 0-6.
A full week of practice made a world of difference for the Farmington girls hockey team last week. The Tigers were well prepared for their home game against Shakopee Friday night and earned their first Missota Conference victory of the season 2-1 at Schmitz-Maki Arena. "We had a four-day practice week and it paid off. The girls worked hard all week at the new concepts and we did a nice job of implementing them against Shakopee," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said.
Seven first-place finishes lifted the Farmington swimming and diving team to a 94-87 victory over Northfield in its first Missota Conference meet of the season Thursday at Northfield Middle School. "Our varsity athletes showed a little more improvement from our invite in Prior Lake. Most swimmers are working very hard in order to achieve their goals. Practices have gotten more rigorous and, although the swimmers are having to get used to them, they are stepping up at meet time to perform," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "We did very well but still are not satisfied.
The Farmington wrestling team has gone straight from a two-year dual losing streak into a four-dual winning streak. After falling to 0-4 with a loss to Prior Lake at the host Lakers' dual tournament last weekend, the Tigers knocked off Montgomery-Lonsdale/LeCenter, Eastview, Richfield/Edina and Minnetonka in a span of seven days. They now carry a record of 4-4 into tonight's home dual against Lakeville South. "It is fun to see how contagious winning and wrestling with aggression and attitude can be," Farmington coach Chad Olson said.
Farmington's attempt to overcome a three-goal third-period deficit fell just short in a 3-2 loss to Rochester Mayo Saturday at Graham Arena in Rochester. The Spartans put two redirections and a rebound past goaltender Victor Simones in a five-minute span early in the second period to take control of a scoreless tie. It stayed 3-0 until 3:41 into the third when Blake Weinand scored on the power play to get the Tigers in the scoring column. Just over five minutes later, Jack Erickson made it a one-goal game with a power-play score of his own.
After coaching high school softball for 18 years, Paul Harrington is coming home. Harrington, a 1974 Farmington High School graduate, was named the new head coach of the Tigers on Wednesday. Rob Laden stepped down in November after two years as head coach. "I am excited about the level of knowledge and experience Coach Harrington will bring to our Tigers softball program," Farmington athletic director Jon Summer said. "He has a very strong background as a player, umpire, and coach in the sport of softball.
Another standout individual effort by Kiana Lord couldn't get Farmington past New Prague in a Missota Conference dual meet last Tuesday at the Instructional Services Center. Lord won the vault with a score of 9.1, the floor exercise with a 9.5 and the all-around competition for the second straight meet with a score of 35.3, but the Trojans won, 141.575-131.375. Lord was also the Tigers' top finisher in the bars with a score of 8.0, but that netted her fifth place as New Prague claimed the top four spots.