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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Tommy May will end his Farmington High School golf career at the state tournament. The FHS senior qualified for next week's competition with a two-round total of 149 that tied him for fourth place at the Section 1AAA tournament played Thursday and Monday at Bellwood Oaks Golf Club in Hastings. He shot a 74 on the par-73 course in last week's first round and followed up with a 75 Monday. "Tom showed some real character (Monday) by fighting and grinding around the course to shoot a 75," golf coach Jon Holmes said.
The Farmington boys track team saved its best for last at Saturday's Section 1AA Championships. None of the team's events had finished any higher than third before the 4x400 relay team raced around the track in 3 minutes, 29.58 seconds in the meet's final event to grab second place and earn a spot in this weekend's Class 2A State Meet.
Paul Harrington has participated in plenty of state softball tournaments since graduating from Farmington High School in 1974. He was a player-coach for Farmington's men's fast-pitch teams that placed in the top two at the state tournament eight times from 1977 to 2001. He got into high school coaching in the mid-90s and went on to guide the Totino-Grace program to five state tournament appearances in 11 seasons. Now, Harrington is taking his alma mater to state.
The Farmington boys and girls track teams combined to qualify eight events for the upcoming state meet at Saturday's Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South. Seven of those performances were turned in by the Tiger girls, who set three section meet records in the process. Junior Nadia Lorencz set new section marks while winning the 100 hurdles and triple jump and also qualified for state in the long jump. Senior Alyssa Parco will make another trip to state in the 300 hurdles after setting a new personal-best and running a section-record time in the event.
Allie Rice and Ashley Betzold smashed home runs and Betzold threw seven strong innings as the Farmington softball team qualified for its second-ever state tournament with a 5-1 victory over Rochester John Marshall in the Section 1AAA championship game Thursday night at Todd Park in Austin. Betzold doubled with two outs in the first inning and Rice followed with an opposite-field home run that gave the Tigers all the runs they would need. Rice and Toni Hunsinger each added RBI singles in the fifth to make it 4-0 and Betzold smashed her third hit of the game over the left field wall in the six
The Farmington softball team carried a late-season offensive surge right into the Section 1AAA tournament. After scoring 20 runs over two wins that clinched a share of the Missota Conference title, the Tigers opened section play by plating 21 runs in back-to-back victories over seventh-seeded Winona and sixth-seeded Rochester Mayo last week. The second-seeded Tigers then knocked off Hastings, the defending state champions, 4-3 in Tuesday's semifinal at Todd Park to advance to today's championship round.
The Farmington boys and girls track teams accumulated their points in very different ways at Friday's Missota Conference Championships. While the girls were scoring big in a few events, and none in several others, to earn a second-place team finish, the boys were scoring a few points in just about every event while placing sixth with 82 points at Tiger Stadium. Chanhassen won the conference championship 206 ½-142 ½ over runner-up Shakopee. The Tigers scored in 17 of the meet's 18 events - they went without a point in the 1,600 - and notched three second-place finishes.
The Missota Conference Championships were moved back a day due to severe weather last Thursday, but when the competition resumed the Farmington girls track team was ready to go. Six event titles and five runner-up finishes spearheaded the Tigers to second place in action Friday afternoon at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers scored 147 points, 24 1/2 fewer than meet champion Northfield and seven more than third-place Shakopee. "I was so proud of how hard our ladies fought and the desire to compete they showed," Farmington coach Tom Hart said.
Tennis players from the Rochester schools and Red Wing combined to take all eight section final spots - four in single and four in doubles - at the Section 1AA individual tournament last week at the Rochester Athletic Club. "Rochester is a formidable tennis town," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "Of the four singles and four doubles teams advancing to the section finals are all from a Rochester school except the two singles players from Red Wing, and we know how good they are." Farmington's season-long No.
Fourth-seeded Rochester Mayo needed just five innings to knock ninth-seeded Farmington out of the Section 1AAA tournament with a 10-0 blanking Monday afternoon in Rochester. The Spartans (14-7) scored six runs on seven hits, including three extra-base hits, over the first two-plus innings against Farmington starter JD Hinks. Relief pitcher Drew Hegseth was touched up for three more doubles as he allowed four runs (two earned) the final 2 1/3. The Farmington defense finished with four errors. The Tigers (7-13) managed just one hit, a double by senior John Stibal. "They hit, we didn't.