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 Farmington softball team secured the program's first 3-0 start since the 2004 season with a 5-0 shutout of Northfield last Thursday at Tiger Field. The Tigers scored all five of their runs in the first three innings and pitcher Ashley Betzold took advantage of the support with her third straight victory. She limited the Raiders to two hits and struck out eight, giving her 25 punch-outs against just two walks in three games. Betzold, a .429 hitter, also drove in Brooke Searles with the first run of the game with a double over the centerfielder's head in the bottom of the first.
Farmington swept the relays and came through with first-place finishes in 11 of 18 events while tying host New Prague for first place at last Thursday's New Prague Triangular. The Tigers and Trojans each finished with 68 points, while Shakopee ended up third with 50 points. "I thought the meet was a success for our team,"?Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "The ladies competed extremely hard and we had a number of personal records, so we are progressing in the right direction.
Former thrower Troy Hoffman emerged to win a pair of sprint events in leading the Farmington boys track team to second place at the closely-contested New Prague Triangular last Thursday. Hoffman ran personal-record times of 11.99 and 24.05 seconds in winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes. As a team, the Tigers won seven events, set 97 personal records and scored 57 points to edge the host Trojans by half of a point. Shakopee won the meet with 72 1/2 points. "(Hoffman) has looked great in practice this last week and has gained some confidence.
Simley used a sweep of doubles play to secure a 5-2 victory over Farmington Monday afternoon at Simley High School. The Tigers picked up their victories in singles play, where Ivan Rodriguez and Bennett Lagro each improved to 2-0 on the season. Rodriguez, a sophomore, picked up a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 3 singles, while Lagro, an eighth-grader, won the last four games to claim his second straight three-setter, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. The other two singles matches were well-contested. Blake Olmscheid fell 4-6, 2-6 at No. 1 singles and Ben Cline fell 2-6, 3-6 at No.
A fast start gave way to a disappointing finish for the Farmington girls lacrosse team in Monday night's season-opening contest at Lakeville North. The Tigers took an early lead with three goals in the first six minutes, but were outscored 9-0 the rest of the first half in an eventual 16-5 setback to the Panthers. "I didn't really have any expectations going into this game. We need to find our identity yet," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "We started well, unfortunately they kept ball control the rest of the half after that and took advantage of our defense.
So far, so good for the Paul Harrington coaching era in Farmington. The Tiger softball team is off to a 2-0 start after an 8-1 rout of Holy Angels Monday in Richfield. Harrington's squad opened the season with a head-turning 3-2 victory over defending Missota Conference champion Shakopee last Thursday in Farmington, ending a six-game losing streak against the Sabers during which it scored a total of five runs. "The girls were very excited about the game and looking forward to playing them," Harrington said. "The girls were determined to win the game.
All the optimism surrounding the Farmington boys lacrosse team looked justified after Monday night's season opener. The third-year program started the season with a victory for the first time ever as it blew by Simley 15-3 at Tiger Stadium. Mitch Collier paced a list of six Farmington goal-scorers with five goals and an assist. Matt Ackerman scored a career-high four goals and supplied two assists and Trevor Howard set a team record with eight points, backing up two goals with six assists. Brendon Berg scored a pair of goals and single goals were supplied by Cory Rudrud and Jacob Bauman.
Missota Conference rival Shakopee nipped Farmington 75-71 to win the two-team girls race at the season-opening Farmington Co-Ed Meet last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium. Returning all-stater Nadia Lorencz and Maria Kiminski won two events apiece as the Tigers claimed titles in half of the meet's 18 events. Lorencz, the Class 2A state runner-up in the 100 hurdles and long jump last spring, breezed to first-place finishes in both events.
Farmington won four events and came in third in the team race in its outdoor debut last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers scored 48 points, while Burnsville outscored Shakopee 75-63 for the team title at the three-team co-ed meet. The 4x200 relay team of Mason Auge, Sean McHenry, Tyler Lerbakken and Mason Gaylord scored the team's first victory with a time of 1 minute, 38.44 seconds. Freshman Justin Hyytinen followed that up by turning heads with a winning time of 4:42.54 in the 1,600.
Four Farmington errors led to two unearned runs and double plays killed rallies in the sixth and seventh innings as the Tigers dropped a 5-4 contest to Missota Conference rival Holy Angels Monday night at Feely Fields. "This is the type of game we needed to win, we just didn't execute defensively," veteran Farmington coach Mike Winters said. "We were in positions to make plays and didn't follow through. We need to clean that up.... Our pitching and hitting were fine." The Stars extended their lead to 5-1 with three runs against Farmington starter Jonathan Ellis in the top of the sixth.