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 is making a habit out of spoiling its opponents' Senior Nights. The suddenly streaking Tigers closed out the regular season last Thursday night with a 3-2 win over Red Wing on the Wingers' Senior Night. The Tigers' fourth straight win also vaulted them into a third-place tie with the Wingers in the final Missota Conference standings.
Junior Taylor Meyer scored her 1,000th career point with a free throw early in the first half and Farmington went on to win its school-record 20th game of the season, 53-42 over Northfield Friday night at Tiger Gym. The game wasn't as close as the final score would indicate. The Tigers held Northfield scoreless over the first five-plus minutes and led 29-9 at the break.
By the standards of the previous 15 years, 2010 was a very successful season for the Farmington gymnastics team. The Tigers finished fifth -- their highest team placing ever -- at the Section 1AA meet and qualified an individual for state for the first time since head coach Lynn Bauman in the early 90s. The 2011 edition of the Tigers has taken the program to another level.
There's a four-way tie for first place in the Missota Conference heading into the final night of the regular season. Farmington hung on for a 48-47 win over Chaska Tuesday night, while Shakopee breezed past Red Wing and New Prague defeated Chanhassen, 87-78. That means all four teams at the top of the standings - Farmington, Shakopee, New Prague and Chanhassen - sit at 10-3 going into their season finales Friday night. At least one of the teams will be knocked out of the top spot as Farmington (21-3) hosts New Prague (18-7) at Tiger Gym.
For the third straight year, a Lakeville school will represent Section 1AA at the Class 2A State Girls Hockey Tournament. No. 12-ranked Farmington was able to avenge last year's section loss to Lakeville North with a thrilling triple-overtime win last Tuesday, but the Tigers ran out of steam in Friday's Section 1AA championship game.
Farmington (13-12) earned a No. 5 seed and will travel to Rochester Thursday night to open the Section 1AA Tournament against fourth-seeded Rochester John Marshall (15-10). The Rockets won their season opener 7-1 over Farmington in late November. But the Tigers have improved since then, moving up to third place in the Missota Conference with four straight wins to close out the regular season. The top seed in Section 1AA went to Lakeville South, followed by Lakeville North and Rochester Mayo.
By the standards of the previous 15 years, 2010 was a very successful season for the Farmington gymnastics team. The Tigers finished fifth - their highest team placing ever - at the Section 1AA meet and qualified an individual for state for the first time since head coach Lynn Bauman in the early 90s. The 2011 edition of the Tigers has taken the program to another level.
Junior Taylor Meyer scored her 1,000th career point and Farmington held Northfield to nine first-half points in a 53-42 Missota Conference win Friday night at Tiger Gym. The second-place Tigers kept pace with first-place Chanhassen with their school-record 20th win of the season. Jordan Bridges scored 11 pionts and Isis Alexander added 10 as nine different Farmington players got in the scoring column.
Top-seeded Lakeville South advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament with a 6-2 win over Farmington in the Section 1AA Finals at Four Seasons Center in Owatonna. Krystal Baumann put the Tigers on the board first in the first period, but the Cougars evened things up before the end of the period, then added two in the second one more in the third before Haleigh Zwart scored Farmington's second goal. Lakeville South added two more before the end of the game to seal the section title.
Lakeville South Overall record: 23-2-2 Section seed: 1st Letsplayhockey.com ranking: 4th Conference record: 15-1-2 (first in the South Suburban Conference) Goals for/against: 119-35 Section 1AA road: Defeated Rochester Mayo 4-1, defeated Owatonna 6-1 Head-to-head: Defeated Farmington 5-1 Nov.