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 team went 9-5-2 in your first year of coaching, then with a pretty similar roster posted a 9-8-1 record against a tougher schedule last season. How would you compare the overall level of play of the team from your first to second year? The level of play certainly increased as the girls were competitive in every game they played. That wasn't the case the year before. However, it was the growth the girls saw from year one to year two that certainly contributed to the increased competitiveness. The girls wouldn't have been as good last season without the growing pains of the first year.
Aaron Lane has spent the last seven months honing his skills in all the disciplines required of a 19th-century soldier. But the 16-year-old son of Bob and Bobbi Lane of Farmington isn't some overly-dedicated Civil War reenactor. He's a pentathlete.
The Farmington VFW baseball team showed just how much its offense has improved during a fourth-place finish at the sub-district tournament. Farmington belted three home runs --including two grand slams -- and tallied 34 runs while splitting four games at South St. Paul. A 5-4 extra-inning loss to South St. Paul on Saturday left the team with a 14-8 record for the summer. "Our approach at the plate improved drastically over the season. By the end we were more disciplined hitters, hitting strikes and not chasing balls.
Farmington head football coach Mark Froehling was pleased with the progress his spread offense made over the course of last season. Playing the pass-friendly style for the first time in Froehling's 11th season, the traditionally run-heavy Tigers bounced back from back-to-back shutout losses in Weeks 3 and 4 by scoring 77 points over their final five games.
The new Farmington boys cross country coach won't be new at all to the distance runners who have competed for the track team over the last few years. Lisa Lippold, an assistant distance coach for the boys and girls track teams for the last three seasons, was recently announced as the successor to Keith Revels, who guided the Tiger cross country teams for five seasons.
The Farmington VFW Post 7662 baseball team won three out of four games to capture fifth place over the weekend at the 16-team Eagan Tournament. Farmington opened with a cleanly-played 2-1 win over Edina in its tournament opener Friday afternoon, but fell to the consolation bracket after an 11-1 rout at the hands of Stillwater Saturday morning.
Thirteen Farmington residents completed the 10th annual Life Time Fitness Triathlon held Saturday in Minneapolis. Paul Watson was Farmington's top performer on the international course, placing 210th out of 799 finishers in 2:39.19. Competitors in this division swam 1 1/2 kilometers, biked 40 kilometers and ran 10 kilometers.
Playing with its full roster, Farmington's Legion baseball team lost to South St. Paul 7-2 last Wednesday. With five starters missing from the lineup attending the University of South Dakota football camp, Post 189 was predictably worse off in Monday's rematch. The team committed seven errors that led to eight unearned runs in a 14-4 five-inning loss at South St. Paul. "We drew positions out of a hat. I was hoping that would have some positive effect," Legion coach Andy Pierskalla said. "We needed a change of pace, but it didn't really work out too well." South St.
Fifth-seeded Farmington managed to make some noise in the South Division Senior Babe Ruth Tournament last weekend. Farmington upset fourth-seeded Faribault 7-4 in the opening round, then put a scare into top-seeded Bloomington, holding a 5-2 lead late in an eventual 8-5 loss on Friday night. The team concluded a 3-14 summer season with a 10-8 loss to No. 3 Lakeville North on Saturday at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. "We finished relatively strong. We weren't scoring a lot of runs up until this last week when we hit the ball pretty well," Farmington coach Scott Molitor said.
A little over a year ago, Katie VandenBosch played tennis for the first time. Now, she owns an Olympics bronze medal. VandenBosch, a Farmington High School graduate, was one of eight Minnesota athletes selected to participate for Team USA in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which began in late June in Athens, Greece. The former state qualifier for the Farmington/Lakeville/Burnsville Blazing Cats adapted soccer, hockey and softball teams came in third place in her division in the tennis singles event, competing against players from Great Britain, Germany and Austria.