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 basketball team followed up its most lopsided loss of the season with what head coach Shane Wyandt called "a better half than we've played all season" on the second day of the Hastings Holiday Tournament last Wednesday. The Tigers, after being outmanned by fifth-ranked (Class 4A) Eastview 73-45 on Tuesday, surged to a 43-22 halftime lead against host Hastings and held on 71-51 for their second win over the Raiders in 20 days. "We were forcing a lot of turnovers.
Farmington boys swimming and diving coach Ryan Hamen acknowledged that his team started out "pretty flat" before moving up to eighth place with a strong second-half performance at last Thursday's 11-team Apple Valley Eagle Invitational. Of the Tigers' eight top-10 finishes, seven came in events five through 11 when the team accumulated the majority of its 1,541 points.
Farmington scored early and often and rolled past Hastings 6-2 in the championship game of the sixth-annual Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic last Thursday at Schmitz-Maki Arena. It was the Tigers' second title at their home tournament, their first since the first event in 2005.
For the second time in five years, the Farmington girls basketball team has won its first eight games to start the season. The winning streak continued with another lopsided affair last Wednesday at Ellsworth, Wis., as the Tigers surged to a 35-11 halftime advantage and gave up a season-low 31 points while coasting to a 58-31 victory. Six-foot-two senior post player Jordan Bridges out-scored Ellsworth 13-11 in the first half and finished with a season-high 22 points. She was 9 of 11 from the field and hauled in six rebounds while helping the visitors to a 33-19 edge on the glass.
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Girls basketball Farmington 68 Faribault 25 (The Tigers set a school record with their ninth straight win. Taylor Meyer led the way with 17 points.) Girls hockey Farmington 7 Holy Angels 0 (Krystal Baumann scored her second hat trick in three games, giving her 25 goals this season. The Tigers lead the Missota Conference at 5-0). Boys basketball Farmington 64 North St.
For the second time in five years, the Farmington girls basketball team has won its first eight games to start the season. The Tigers continued their perfect start with another lopsided win last Wednesday, a 58-31 road triumph at Ellsworth (Wis.). The team hosts Faribault Tuesday afternoon before opening Missota Conference play Thursday against third-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing.
After a bit of a slow start, the Farmington girls hockey team rolled through its competition at the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic. The Tigers trailed 4-7 Apple Valley by a goal through the first 17 minutes of Tuesday's opener at Schmitz-Maki Arena. They rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Eagles before defeating Park of Cottage Grove 5-0 and Hastings 6-2 to capture the tournament title. The full story will appear in next week's print edition of the Independent.
Boys hockey Shakopee 1, Farmington 1 Boys basketball Eastview 73, Farmington 45 @ Hastings Holiday Tournament Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic @ Schmitz-Maki Arena Farmington 2, Apple Valley 1 Lakeville North 2, Sartell-Sauk Rapids 1 Hastings 2, Rosemount 1 Park Cottage Grove 5, Eastview 1
Rochester Mayo outscored Farmington 16-3 at the free-throw line -- including eight successful shots in the final minutes -- while closing out a 72-68 win over the Tigers in a battle between section rivals last Tuesday night at Tiger Gym. The Tigers (2-3) trailed 32-28 at the break, but rallied to take a brief lead early in the second half. The Spartans responded with a basket of their own and never lost the lead the rest of the way. Seniors Alex Michels and Josh Ruthenbeck each provided double-doubles for the hosts.