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 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.
Less than a month ago, Farmington qualified for state by winning its first-ever Section 1AA True Team championship. The year of firsts continued Saturday as the Tigers used victories in four events to claim their first-ever 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.
Farmington held Shakopee to 11 first-half points and never trailed in a 46-32 Missota Conference win Friday night at Tiger Gym. With the victory, the Tigers set the school record for wins in a season with 18. They also avenged an earlier conference loss to the Sabers and moved into a second-place tie with them in the league standings at 7-3. New Prague and Chanhassen sit at 8-2. Taylor Meyer led the Tigers with 17 points.
Krystal Baumann scored four goals, giving her 50 for the season, and the Farmington girls hockey team rolled past sixth-seeded Dodge Center 8-1 in the opening round of the Section 1AA Tournament Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers (19-6) advance to face No. 2 Lakeville North in the section semifinals Tuesday night in Lakeville. The Panthers advanced with a 4-1 win over Rochester Mayo.
A season-high 24 points from senior Jordan Bridges helped Farmington tie a school record with its 17th victory of the season Thursday night at Hastings. The Tigers (17-3) held Hastings under 20 points in each half and rolled to a 51-34 win. They will try to set the record and avenge an earlier loss tonight when first-place Shakopee comes to Tiger Gym for a Missota Conference game.
The return of Terra Klima and Kiana Lord to the lineup helped Farmington improve its team score in the final dual of the regular season last Friday in Chaska. Lord placed in all four events and won the all-around with a score of 35.425 as the Tigers defeated Chaska/Chanhassen 139.6-134.525. Lord placed third in the vault (8.975), bars (8.75) and beam (8.625) before capping off the meet with a second-place floor exercise score of 9.175. Klima, who missed the previous meet with a sore back, led the Tigers in two events, winning the balance beam with a score of 8.95 and placing second in the u
Farmington held leads of 2-0 and 4-3, but couldn't hang on in a 5-4 overtime loss Thursday night at Northfield. Northfield's Andrew Scofield tied the game with a goal in the final minute of regulation, then gave the Raiders the win with another score three minutes into overtime. The Tigers (9-12) took an early 2-0 lead on goals from Jake Sorensen and Quinn Malcolm, then fell behind 3-2 before Tyler Grubb and Andrew Peterson scored to make it 4-3 with under five minutes remaining.
Farmington finished the Missota Conference the same way it started, by winning in dominating fashion. The 15th-ranked Tigers capped off the program's second undefeated run through the league -- and second straight league championship -- by downing Northfield 7-2 Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. They also posted a 7-0 shutout against Holy Angels last Tuesday in Richfield. The wins capped off an 18-6 regular season that earned the Tigers the No. 3 seed in the Section 1AA Tournament, which gets under way with a home matchup against No. 6 seed Kasson-Mantorville Friday night.
Scoring has been a problem for the Farmington boys basketball team since it piled up a season-high 74 points against Prescott (Wis.) on Jan. 11. Since then, the Tigers have averaged 43.6 points per game and lost five of seven games, dropping their record to 7-11. Their losing streak stretched to four games with a 62-42 setback against Red Wing Friday night at Tiger Gym. "We're not shooting the ball well. The game of basketball comes down to putting the ball through the hoop and we're not shooting it through the hoop," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season the Missota Conference race is wide open. Four teams sit tied atop the league standings at 6-2 -- Farmington, Shakopee, Chanhassen and New Prague. The Tigers did their part to keep pace by holding off ninth-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing 48-43 Friday night in Red Wing, and now control their own fate as they play host to Chanhassen and Shakopee this week, then close out the regular season with a home date against New Prague Feb.