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 five-run first inning Friday helped Shakopee grab plenty of momentum, not only in its game against Farmington, but in its charge back up the Missota Conference standings. The Sabers held on for a 6-3 victory over the Tigers, avenging a season-opening 3-2 loss, and moved back into a second-place tie in the league standings.
A couple of late leads slipped away and left the Farmington boys tennis team on the losing end of a 4-3 decision against Minnehaha Academy Monday afternoon at Boeckman Middle School. Two of the Tigers' wins came in singles play. Ben Cline moved his record above .500 with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph at No. 2 singles and Ivan Rodriguez rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 win at No. 3 singles. "He saved two match points in the second set before forcing a tiebreaker to save the second set," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said of Rodriguez.
The Farmington baseball team capped off stretch of three road games in four days with a 6-5 nine-inning loss to St. Cloud Apollo Friday night at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. The Tigers led 4-0 early thanks to two-run rallies in the top of the first and third. Nathan Graham started the first with a walk and singles by Jordan Lugowski and Spencer Merle set up bases-loaded walks to Drew Hegseth and Kevin Olund. Ty Vincent started the third with the first of his team-leading three hits and scored on an error to make it 3-0.
A second-place finish in the 4x800 relay early on in last Tuesday's Eagan Wildcat Invitational ended up being the high point of the meet for the Farmington boys track team. The foursome of Chad Retterath, Eric Stoeckman, Justin Hyytenin and Tyler Lerbakken turned in a season-best time of 8 minutes, 30.15 seconds to finish behind only Apple Valley in the event. As a team, the Tigers ended up seventh among eight squads with 27 points. Hyytenin and Reid Taubenheim were the Tigers' leaders in the individual events, each garnering third-place honors.
Farmington's Nadia Lorencz came a combined three inches from capturing two individual titles at the state's most prestigious regular-season track meet. The junior finished a close second in both the long jump and triple jump at the Hamline Elite Meet Friday night at Klas Stadium in St. Paul. She covered 17 feet, 4 inches in the long jump to finish 1 1/2 inches behind meet champion Gabrielle Murphy of North St. Paul's 17 5 1/2 inches and sailed 36-4 1/2 in the triple jump to fall just short of North St.
The Farmington lacrosse team's Revenge Tour 2012 made a couple more stops last week. The Tigers opened the week by overcoming four man-down goals to score a tightly-contested 8-7 victory over a Rochester Century team they lost to 14-5 a season ago. The team then made the trip to Woodbury Thursday and knocked off an East Ridge team that won last year's meeting, 12-3.
The Farmington boys tennis team opened its Missota Conference schedule with a pair of 6-1 defeats. The Tigers first fell last Tuesday on the road against a Red Wing team that figures to challenge for the league title. Back at Boeckman Middle School Monday, visiting Chanhassen overcame early deficits in six of seven matches to secure the win. "Things still looked promising after the first set where we won four of the seven first sets. We ended up playing a third set at five of the seven flights and lost all five.
A 13-hit attack and a solid outing from starting pitcher Jonathan Ellis helped the Farmington baseball team put an end to its five-game losing skid Monday afternoon. The Tigers started a busy stretch of four games in five days with a 6-2 victory over Chanhassen. "It was a big win to start a four-game week," said coach Mike Winters, whose team improved to 2-5. Jake Baskerville got the Tigers on the board with a single that brought in Ryan Schoening in the bottom of the second.
The Farmington boys track team got the chance to see how it stacked up against some of the elite programs in the state on its own turf last Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers finished sixth in a talented six-team field at the Farmington Invitational with 34 1/3 points, but turned in 29 personal bests and began to see some of the depth they've been hoping would emerge from a large group of first-year athletes. Among the most notable developments were season-best times in two relays -- including the 4x800, where four runners broke 2:10 -- the shot put, where three throwers recorded tosses of 40 fee
Last Friday's meet at Lakeville South was put together at the last minute, but the Farmington girls track team showed up well-prepared. Shortly after last Thursday's home meet was rained out, coach Tom Hart signed the team up for an impromptu triangular with South and Eagan. There were no relays, and no team scores were kept, but the Tigers came away from the meet with six first-place finishes and a pair of new school records. Junior Nadia Lorencz did the bulk of the damage, winning three events and breaking her own school records in two of them.