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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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.
The Farmington boys basketball team wrapped up its pre-conference schedule with a record of 6-5 by cruising past North St. Paul 56-42 Saturday night in St. Paul. Mac Bassett paced the visitors with 17 points. Alex Chadwick added 12 points and a pair of early three-pointers that helped the Tigers build a 29-17 halftime lead. A slow start cost the Tigers last Tuesday when they made the trip south to take on Owatonna. They scored a season-low 15 points in the first half and saw their late rally fall a point short in a 52-51 setback. Bassett finished with a game-high 22 points.
The Farmington girls hockey team finally put an end to its 12-game winless streak Thursday night. The Tigers outshot Holy Angels 25-12 and grabbed their first victory since Nov. 15 with a 2-0 shutout of the Stars at Richfield Ice Arena. Goaltender Maddie Bowe stopped all 12 Holy Angels shots to pick up her second shutout. She got all the support she would need when Grace Gavin scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the second period. Haleigh Zwart and Megan Stivers provided assists. Later in the period, Michaela Tonsager scored on an assist from Haley Doll to make it 2-0.
After two good periods against Holy Angels and an overtime win against Simley, Farmington boys hockey coach Keith Revels has some high hopes for the future of his young team. The Tigers got a goal from Tanner Grubb 3:55 into overtime Saturday against Simley to earn the win. "It certainly did not come easy," Revels said. "We had the better of play throughout but were not able to put away opportunities.
Farmington came out on top in the "36 seconds of Talent" exhibition at Saturday's Faribault Invitational. The goal of the special event was "to wow the crowd with any talent or skit you could come up with," according to Farmington coach Lynn Bauman. The Tigers performed a circus act that featured a ringmaster, an elephant, a tiger, clowns and monkeys. The Tigers finished in the middle of the pack in the regular portion of the meet, placing ninth out of 17 teams with 133.05 points.
The Farmington wrestling team saw early leads slip away in both of its team losses during a seventh-place finish at the Koda Classic Saturday at Tiger Gym. The hosts opened their first-round dual with ninth-ranked Lakeville North by winning the first five matches, only to lose seven of the final nine in a 31-29 setback.
Farmington's Christopher Kirchmann shined against some tough competition Saturday at the Maroon and Gold Invitational. The senior won the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.26 seconds, placed second in the 50 freestyle in 22.68 and anchored two top-eight relays for the Tigers, who finished eighth out of 11 teams with 257 points. Lakeville South outscored Wayzata 522 ½-492 for the team title. "It is always fun to swim with similar and faster teams. This meet is a good picture of how many teams in the state of Minnesota are doing," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said.
Rosemount's season-best performance on the balance beam accounted for most of its margin of victory in a 139.9-133 non-conference win over Farmington in a holiday break meeting Friday night in Rosemount. The Irish led by less than a point after the vault and the uneven bars before outscoring the Tigers 36-31.4 on the beam. Shannon McCoy led three Irish over 9.0 for the first time this season with a score of 9.6, Abby Nelson scored a 9.5 and Josey Schlie earned a 9.1. "That was the difference in the meet," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said.
The Farmington wrestling team made its mark at the largest prep tournament in the nation last weekend. The Tigers moved up 25 spots from a year ago to place 27th out of 65 varsity teams with 69 points at the Rumble on the Red at the Fargo Dome in Fargo. Albert Lea and West Fargo (N.D) tied for the team championship with 166.5 points apiece. Returning state qualifier Taylor Venz led five Farmington wrestlers who made it to the second day of the varsity tournament. He ended up going 5-2 to place fourth at 106 pounds.