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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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.
Farmington's early-season Section 1AA preview tour yielded more promising results last week. Coming off a loss and a tie to Rochester John Marshall and Rochester Century to open the season, the Tigers had no trouble lighting up the scoreboard in back-to-back road wins over section opponents Winona and Owatonna.
Poor shooting and turnovers continued to plague the Farmington girls basketball team during Friday's road game at Rosemount. The Tigers turned the ball over 27 times against the Irish's full-court pressure defense, shot 36 percent from the free-throw line and managed just 15 points in the second half of a 38-34 non-conference loss at Irish Gym. First-year head coach Sondra Chadwick was pleased with her team's effort on the defensive end, but knows the offense will have to continue to improve if the Tigers are going to get in the win column. "We will need to focus on taking better care of th
Another strong performance from Kiana Lord led Farmington past Red Wing in its Missota Conference opener Friday night at the Instructional Services Center. Lord won the all-around with a score of 34.275 as the Tigers improved their team score from last week's opener at Austin by just over half a point in a 133.275-121.425 victory. Lord opened the meet by earning the top spot in the vault with a score of 9.2. She went on to add first-place finishes in the uneven bars (8.45) and the floor exercise (9.15).
The Farmington wrestling team was rewarded for its effort after a grueling opening week to the dual season. After dropping four straight duals to state-ranked teams between Friday night's home double dual with Albert Lea and Anoka and the first two rounds of Saturday's Prior Lake Duals, the Tigers ended their two-year losing streak with a 39-30 victory over Montgomery-Lonsdale/LeCenter. "We were tested this weekend with some really tough competition.
A short-handed Farmington boys swimming and diving team opened the season with a third-place finish at Saturday's seven-team Prior Lake Invitational. The host Lakers won the meet, outscoring runner-up Cretin-Derham Hall 478-392. The Tigers were third with 288 points, followed by Watertown-Mayer-W-D-Holy Family (250), Apple Valley (214), White Bear Lake (198) and Shakopee (190). "The meet went pretty well," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said.
Farmington led by nine points early in the second half Friday night before turnovers and poor shooting allowed Hastings to rally for a 62-55 non-conference win. The Tigers opened the second half with a 10-2 run, but made just two field goals over the final nine minutes as the Raiders got back in the game. The visitors led for the final time at 50-48 before the Raiders closed the game with a 14-5 run. "They hit a couple of threes and capitalized on some poor turnovers on our part and the game started to get out of control," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said.
Farmington's two games last week provided perfect examples of the extremes at which a talented, but young and inexperienced hockey team can play. The Tigers ended their longest losing streak in recent memory, a six-game skid, with a 1-0 upset of 15th-ranked (Class 2A) Eden Prairie last Tuesday at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
Already playing with a short bench, the last thing the Farmington girls basketball team needed Friday night against Rochester John Marshall was foul trouble. The Tigers charged to an early 16-15 lead in their home opener before starters Mariah Mincke and Sofia Chadwick were whistled for their third fouls. The Rockets responded by going on a 13-0 run to end the first half and never trailed the rest of the way as they picked up win No.
The Austin Winter Warm-up was just what the Farmington gymnastics team needed to get its season started Saturday afternoon. The Tigers looked a little rusty as they suffered multiple falls in all four events, but coach Lynn Baumann was still pleased with the difficult routines her gymnasts attempted while finishing second out of seven teams with 132.7 points. The host Packers won the meet with a score of 137.3. "We had a very up and down meet, literally.... In saying that, this is why I like going to Austin. (That's why) they call it the Winter Warm-up," Baumann said.