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 last time the Farmington boys hockey team won back-to-back games via shutout, Pluto was still a planet and "Malcolm in the Middle" was still filming new episodes. The Tigers blanked two straight opponents for the first time since January of 2006 last week, scoring a 4-0 shutout last Tuesday at Chaska and a 2-0 blanking of Shakopee Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. "I can't recall ever having back-to-back shutouts," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We end the first round of the conference schedule at 3-3-1.
Big scoring runs to start each half propelled Farmington past fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Holy Angels 84-76 in a battle of top Missota Conference teams Friday night at Tiger Gym. The Tigers jumped out of the gate with a 15-2 run and maintained a double-figure lead throughout a first half that ended with the score 40-28. "We've had some solid starts so far in the conference schedule and last (Friday) was about as good as we could ask for," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said.
Christopher Kirchmann and Eric Schimmel were each part of three first-place finishes for Farmington in a 101-82 Missota Conference victory over Red Wing last Thursday at the Dodge Middle School pool. "Red Wing always has some great swimmers and most duals they usually take us," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "The meet went well." After a second-place finish in the opening 200 medley relay, Schimmel edged three strong Red Wing competitors to win the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 57.33 seconds.
After hovering around the .500 mark throughout the first month of the season, the Farmington boys basketball team seemed to hit its stride just in time for the start of the Missota Conference season. The Tigers (8-5) surged to the top of the league standings by scoring a pair of road wins last week.
Two of the state's premier Class 3A teams made short work of Farmington last week. Fourth-ranked Chaska led by 25 points at halftime in a 66-32 bouncing of the Tigers last Tuesday in Chaska. The return to Tiger Gym saw the Tigers close the gap some on Friday, but third-ranked Red Wing still exited with a 54-37 decision. "We are in a tough stretch right now. The Missota Conference is very tough this year, so we knew with a young squad like we have this season they would have some challenges competing.
Farmington finally put an end to its streak of 133-point team scores Saturday at its own Farmington Invitational. The Tigers scored a team-high 135.3 points to place second behind a talented Austin team's 143.1 at the Instructional Services Center. Minneapolis South followed with 112.8 points and Columbia Heights rounded out the four-team field with 97.25 points. "We are out of the 133 slump. The girls did great!" Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said.
Eagan won by criteria after finishing in a 33-33 deadlock with Stillwater in the opening match of last Thursday's triangular at Farmington High School. The host Tigers made sure the next two matches weren't near as close. Farmington wrestlers won the first five weights in a 50-25 win over Stillwater, and then claimed seven of the first nine in a 47-19 decision over Eagan in the finale. After two forfeits went to the home team, Jacob Gabbard set the tone with a 13-3 major decision against Stillwater.
A slumping offense and a difficult slate of opponents made for another tough week for the Farmington girls hockey team. The Tigers managed just two goals in three games as they slipped to 2-15-1 overall and 1-7 in the league last week. Sixteenth-ranked (Class 1A) Northfield came to Schmitz-Maki Arena last Tuesday and skated away with a 2-0 shutout. The Tigers then hit the road to Chaska Thursday and got dealt a 4-1 setback by Chaska/Chanhassen. The week wrapped up with a 7-1 home loss to third-ranked (Class 1A) Blake.
Farmington finally started cashing in on its opportunities around the net as it picked up its first Missota Conference win of the winter Friday night. The Tigers scored a pair of goals in each period and skated to a 6-2 victory over Chanhassen at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
Things were looking good for the Farmington girls basketball team in the first half of last week's game against Shakopee. Fresh from the consolation championship of a holiday tournament in Monticello, the Tigers seemed to have some momentum. They were finding open shooters and making their shots, and when the half ended they were within a basket of the Sabers at 28-26. Things turned quickly when the second half began, though. Farmington gave up an 11-0 run in the first three minutes, and the outcome was never really in question after that. The Sabers won the game 57-43.