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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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.
Farmington's PeeWee A boys hockey team has played 48 games since late October and lost just 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.
A team record score in the floor exercise helped the Farmington gymnastics team to a third-place finish at the Missota Conference Championships last Tuesday at the New Prague Gymnastics Center. The Tigers placed three individuals in the top 10 in the event and earned 36.85 of their 142.1 team points. Defending state champion Northfield outscored New Prague 149.3-142.9 for the team title. "The floor was the most entertaining event for us," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. "The girls really performed their hearts out.
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.