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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A promising start gave way to another disappointing finish Friday night in Shakopee. The Farmington boys basketball team hung within 31-27 at the break before falling to the Sabers for the second time this season, 66-39. The Tigers continued to struggle from the field, hitting just two shots and scoring four points over the first eight minutes of the second half. They finished with a season-low 12 points after the break. "We out-scrapped them in the first half. We were getting to loose balls and rebounding pretty well," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said.
New Prague skated off the Schmitz-Maki Arena ice Jan. 14 after a 7-1 thumping of a Farmington team riddled with injuries and illnesses. A healthy version of the Tigers traveled to the New Prague Community Center Thursday night and returned the favor with a 5-1 win over a Trojan team that entered the game second in the Missota Conference with a record of 9-2. "We watched the film this week. I had forgotten how big a fiasco it was last go round," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "At one point we only had six forwards and one of the six was a defender.
Less than a month ago, Farmington qualified for state by winning its first Section 1AA True Team championship. The year of firsts continued Saturday as the Tigers used wins in four events to claim their first Missota Conference championship in front of a big home crowd at Dodge Middle School. Farmington piled up 490 points, 37 more than runner-up Northfield. Red Wing (381), Chaska/Chanhassen (333) and Shakopee (202) also competed. "We had a great day.... I told the boys before the meet that the day was going to be very close with Red Wing and Northfield.
The Farmington wrestling team almost knocked off Lakeville South in a dual meet last Friday in Lakeville. The Tigers held a 34-33 lead heading into the heavyweight match, but South's top-ranked Zane Peterson pinned Brett Hoffman to give the Cougars a 39-34 win. "It was by far the best we wrestled all year," Farmington coach Chad Olson said. "We still had to forfeit two weights due to two wrestlers not making weight on Friday, but were still able to be competitive in the dual.
Farmington started the Section 1AA tournament the same way it did last season, by piling up eight goals in a home victory over Dodge County Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers are hoping their second tournament game will play out differently than it did a year ago, when they lost 5-3 in a semifinal showdown at Lakeville North.
After a performance head coach Jason Berg said lacked energy last Tuesday against Chanhassen, Farmington cranked its defense up a notch to close out the week with back-to-back wins. The Tigers allowed 53 points against the Storm -- the second most they've allowed in a game this season -- in losing their first home game of the season by three points. They responded by holding Hastings to 12 field goals in a 51-34 road win Thursday.
Farmington's boys and girls basketball teams picked up Missota Conference wins over Holy Angels Tuesday night. The Tiger girls (19-3) traveled to Richfield and came away with a 58-40 victory. Junior Taylor Meyer led the way with 22 points. The girls team moved into a three-way tie for second place in the conference as New Prague fell to Shakopee.
Hannah Alexander's goal five minutes, 33 seconds into the third overtime period advanced 15th-ranked Farmington past 12th-ranked Lakeville North 5-4 in a classic Section 1AA semfinal contest Tuesday night at Ames Arena. The Tigers (20-6) trailed 4-2 late in the third period, but scored twice in the final 4:27 to force overtime.
Tyler Magalis Magalis posted the highest 11-dive score in the state this year with his record-setting 447.80 at the True Team State Meet last month. His six-dive score of 258.55 ranks third in the state this year. Magalis, sixth at the Class 2A State Meet last winter, figures to be among the favorites as a senior. Krystal Baumann Baumann scored 46 goals in the regular season, the fourth-highest total in the state. She had four more in last Friday's win over Dodge County in the Section 1AA Tournament.
Farmington's PeeWee A boys hockey team has played 48 games since late October - and lost twice. The Tigers' latest victory came by a narrow 2-1 score over Woodbury Sunday at Schmitz-Maki Arena, and gave them what head coach Mike Hauswirth said was the first District 8 PeeWee championship for a Farmington team in recent memory. The team finished 15-0-1 in district play and improved its overall mark to 43-2-3 entering tomorrow's regular season finale at home against Minnetonka.