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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A big day from Nadia Lorencz led Farmington to third-place finish at the six-team Tiger Invite Thursday afternoon at Tiger Stadium. Lorencz, a state qualifier in the long jump as a freshman last spring, won two individual events, finished second in another and set a new school record in the process. Her leap of 35 feet, 1 inch won the triple jump and broke the previous mark of 34-8.75 set by Lyndsey Thoma in 1998.
Farmington headed up the second tier of teams in its first conference meet of the season Monday afternoon. Opening on their home course at Fountain Valley, the Tigers posted a team score of 326 to place fifth out of eight teams. League newcomers Chaska and Chanhassen battled it out for the top spot, with Chaska scoring a 308-314 victory in its first Missota Conference meet. Shakopee edged New Prague 316-317 in the battle for third place. "For it being the first Missota tournament of the year we fared pretty well," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said.
One big inning was all Farmington needed to score a 6-0 shutout of Holy Angels in its home opener last Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers, who were retired in order through four innings, plated all six of their runs with six hits in the decisive fifth inning. Aleah Williamson started the rally with a sharply-hit single, then Danny Muelken and Alyssa Hagen followed with singles to load the bases. Williamson came around to score the game's first run on a suicide squeeze bunt by Paige Lindrud. Alyssa Kalmes followed with another single and Taylor Yousse walked to re-load the bases.
Fifteen penalties were too much to overcome for Farmington in Monday night's 10-3 loss to Rochester John Marshall at Tiger Stadium. The Rockets scored four goals while playing a man up and ended up pulling away by outscoring the Tigers 8-2 in the second half. "We have to coach better, play better and learn how to win as a team," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "The first one will be the hardest, so we've got to fight and claw that much more to get that first win." The Tigers outshot their opponent 24-17, just as they did in last week's season-opening loss to Lakeville South.
The Farmington boys track team took advantage of a near-perfect day of weather as it hosted the Tigers Co-Ed Quadrangular last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium. Lakeville South won the boys portion of the meet 107-80.5 over runner-up Woodbury.
Three first-place finishes spearheaded the Farmington girls track team to a third-place finish out of 11 teams at the highly-competitive Mega Meet at Lakeville North Monday afternoon. Prior Lake won the meet, outscoring runner-up Lakeville North 169.5-164. Farmington topped the rest of the field with 69.25 points, followed closely by Waconia (58), Minneapolis Southwest (51.25), Grand Rapids (50), St.
After giving up 27 runs in its first two games, the Farmington baseball team finally got the pitching it will need to be competitive this season Wednesday afternoon against Edina. Starting pitcher Jonathan Ellis and reliever Nathan Graham combined to hold Edina to three unearned runs on six hits over seven innings as the Tigers got in the win column with a 9-3 victory over the Hornets in Farmington. "The pitching was awesome. Hopefully we're starting to realize that success starts with strikes," Farmington coach Mike Winters said.
Just about every Farmington High School varsity sporting event scheduled to take place from Wednesday to Saturday has been put on hold due to inclement weather. All varsity events scheduled from Wednesday through Friday have either been canceled or rescheduled. Saturday's softball game in Lakeville has been moved up from a 7 p.m. start to a 2 p.m. start.
Sam Hanson's senior season is off to a flying start. At the first indoor meet of the season, Hanson tied the school's indoor record with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches. He bested that by five inches at Thursday's first outdoor meet at St. Thomas Academy, soaring to a jump of 6-7 that broke the school record previously held by Nick Rechtzigel, who cleared 6-5 in 2004. Woodbury outscored St. Thomas Academy 90-57 for the team title at the triangular.
Relays have been a strong suit for the Farmington girls track and field team over the last few seasons. That continued to be the case at Saturday's indoor triangular at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where the Tigers won four relays and placed second in the other during a second-place team finish. Shakopee won the meet with 71 points, 21 more than the runner-up Tigers. Holy Angels finished third with 38 points. "We ran pretty well on the track, but we are needing to find ways to score in the field events," Farmington coach Tom Hart said.