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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Several members of the Farmington softball team played in summer leagues last year. The extra work paid off as the Tigers went 17-6 this spring, won a share of the Missota Conference and qualified for state for the first time in nine years. Nine players from the state team are back on the diamond this summer: Allie Rice (The Rookies), Ashley Betzold (Minnesota Stars), Toni Hunsinger (Arctic Blast), Jordyn Keprios (Ice), McKenzie Nelson (Minnesota Synergy), Molly Berdan (Minnesota Synergy), Taylor Yousse (Invasion), Amber Doyle (Thunderboltz) and Hailey Monroe (Minnesota Irish).
A 4-3 eight-inning loss to Eastview was the only blemish on a 5-1 week for the Farmington VFW baseball team. Post 7662 bounced back from the opening-round loss to Eastview at the Eagan tournament, defeating Holy Angels, Minneapolis Southwest and host Eagan to win the consolation championship. Eastview went on to place third in the 10-team tournament, which was won by Minnetonka. "It was a good tournament. I wish the first game could have gone the other way and kept us in the upper bracket," Farmington coach Mike Winters said.
An inexperienced pitching staff made it difficult for the Farmington Senior Babe Ruth baseball team to slow down Woodbury during last week's Green Division district tournament. Farmington was missing its top two pitchers as it lost to Woodbury 10-6 and 14-4, ending its season with a record of 2-10. Eastview later routed Woodbury 14-0 to earn a bid to this week's state tournament in Eagan. "Our best pitcher was out and our next guy was gone. That left us short-handed and we ended up throwing guys who hadn't pitched a whole lot.
The Farmington Legion Post 189 baseball team was flying high after Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Faribault. Coming off a second-place finish at the Grand Rapids Tournament, Post 189 got a complete-game effort from pitcher Drew Hegseth as it improved to 7-4 on the season. Then the combination of 90-degree temperatures and Northfield's hot bats joined forces in bringing the team back down to earth. A couple of Farmington players battled heat exhaustion in a 15-5 home loss to Northfield last Wednesday.
After 11 years of attending the University of South Dakota football camp in Vermillion, the Farmington football team gave another camp a try this year. Sixty-four Tiger players traveled just up the road to Sioux Falls last Sunday where they spent three days participating in practices and scrimmages at the Legends/Celebrity Football Camp at Augustana College.
A collection of players who spent the spring season playing anywhere from varsity, to JV and even freshman ball came together last weekend to earn the Farmington Legion team some attention at the Grand Rapids Tournament. Post 189 won four out of six games, including two over teams ranked in the top 10 in the state, as it finished second out of 10 teams in action at Portage Park in Cohasset, just down the road from Grand Rapids.
Coming off a 17-2 rout of Rosemount that gained it sole possession of first place in the division, the Farmington VFW baseball team played a game it would rather forget about Thursday in West St. Paul. Missing some key players due to a football camp, the Tigers fielded a lineup that churned out just six hits in a 4-1 loss at St. Croix Lutheran. Buck Lester drove home the team's lone run when he followed Ryan Giebel's base hit with an RBI single in the second. Lester finished with two hits. St.
A record 546 runners participated in the 33rd-annual Dew Run as part of the Dew Days festivities Saturday morning in Farmington. The feature four-mile race was won by former Farmington High School distance running standout Ben Kampf, who crossed the finish line on Oak Street nearly two minutes ahead of the next competitor. Kampf clocked in at a time of 20 minutes, 29 seconds on the flat course. Eric Thies of Mankato, Adam Lippold of Elko, Scott Fikksdal of Hastings and Sam Thomas of Delano rounded out the top five. The next highest local finisher was 2011 FHS grad Carl Elmer.
The Farmington VFW baseball team is alone on top of the South Suburban League's Blue Division standings following a big win over Rosemount on Monday. Farmington beat Rosemount, the league's only other one-loss team coming into the week, 17-2 in five innings. Farmington batters had 10 hits and walked 10 times while Rosemount committed seven errors. Pitcher Jonathon Hinks went all five innings to earn his third win of the season.
Farmington senior Tommy May missed 16 of 18 fairways and slipped 22 places on the second day of the Class AAA State Golf Tournament. Still, the four-year varsity golfer was able to close out his career with a 35th-place finish out of 84 golfers at Bunker Hills last Wednesday. "All in all it was a great season for Tom.... I could not be more proud of Tom and I am thankful for the lifelong memories," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said.