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 girls hockey team made the long trip to Red Wing last Thursday and was handed an 8-1 setback by the Wingers at Prairie Island Arena. At least the Tigers are in good company. The Wingers won for the 21st time in 23 outings this season and - at 6-1 - are one win or one Shakopee loss away from clinching the Missota Conference title. The Wingers, whose only losses have come to third-ranked Blake and sixth-ranked New Prague, scored two goals in each of the first two periods Thursday night.
The Farmington boys hockey team continued its high-scoring ways and extended its winning streak to four games with four goals in the final seven minutes of a 6-4 come-from-behind road victory last Tuesday at Faribault. Back at Schmitz-Maki Arena Friday night, the Tigers' luck ran out. After scoring 18 goals in four games, they were dealt a 1-0 shutout by a Red Wing team that entered the week with a record of 0-13-1. "The Red Wing goalie played well with a very stingy defense behind him.
A big second period carried the Farmington girls hockey team to its third victory of the season Saturday at Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights. The Tigers scored three goals in the period and pulled away for a 6-3 win over Simley, which has now lost seven in a row. Six different Farmington players scored goals, starting with Madeline Oines in the first period. Dani Wright and Breanna Raske provided assists. Wright scored a goal of her own in the second, with assists going to Megan Stivers and Haleigh Zwart.
For the last two years, Farmington has only had to defeat two teams - Northfield and Owatonna - while winning back-to-back Section 1AA True Team championships. Hastings and Winona were added to the fold at Saturday's True Team meet in Northfield, but Farmington still came out on top. The Tigers once again used their superior depth to rack up 37 top-10 finishes and outscore runner-up Hastings 825 ½-750 for their third straight True Team championship.
A slow start doomed the Farmington girls basketball team in its fifth straight setback Friday night in Richfield. The Tigers fell behind 29-15 by halftime and couldn't gain any ground in the second half of a 60-45 Missota Conference loss to the Stars. Sofia Chadwick and Alicia Hett paced the visitors with 14 points apiece.
Farmington's Kiana Lord turned in a clean sweep of all four events at Friday night's Missota Conference meet against Chaska/Chanhassen. Lord scored 9.0 or better in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise en route to a season-best all-around score of 36.7 in leading the Tigers to a season-best team score in a 136.9-133.7 victory at the Instructional Services Center.
With several team members fighting illness, Farmington sent just seven wrestlers to compete in the Eastview Invite Saturday in Apple Valley. Second-ranked 106-pounder Taylor Venz captured the Tigers' lone individual title, upping his record to 26-1 with a perfect 3-0 day. Venz opened with a technical fall, and then won his semifinal match 14-9 over a Shakopee wrestler that entered with a record of 21-4. In the finals, Venz scored a 10-2 major decision over the state's fifth-ranked 106-pounder, Christian Bahl of Stillwater. Matt Rustad and Jamie Scavone each added fifth-place finishes.
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.