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 young and inexperienced Farmington wrestling team faced its share of challenges while competing in the largest high school wrestling tournament in the nation last week. The Tigers scored 16 points while going up against all-state performers, state champions and national competitors from around the midwest at the 56-team Rumble on the Red at the FargoDome in Fargo. Scott West outscored Jackson County Central 201.5-182.5 for the team title. Senior Carl Elmer accounted for 12 of the team's 16 points while placing eighth in the 145-pound bracket.
The Farmington gymnastics team closed out the 2010 season by doing something it had never done before -- beating Rosemount. The Tigers got a pair of first-place finishes from Nadia Lorencz and Terra Klima while edging the Irish, 136.75-136.6 at Rosemount High School last Thursday night. "It wasn't our best meet by far, but it was a win," coach Lynn Bauman said. Bauman said the highlight of the meet was the vault, where Lorencz won with a score of 9.3.
After averaging over seven goals per game during its recent four-game winning streak, the Farmington boys hockey team managed to find the net just three times during back-to-back road losses last week. The Tigers opened the week with a 2-1 overtime loss to a Shakopee team they'd beaten 6-1 just 11 days earlier. Their tough stretch continued Thursday night at Cottage Grove Ice Arena where Park scored the first six goals in an eventual 8-2 win.
The Farmington boys basketball team followed up its most lopsided loss of the season with what head coach Shane Wyandt called "a better half than we've played all season" on the second day of the Hastings Holiday Tournament last Wednesday. The Tigers, after being outmanned by fifth-ranked (Class 4A) Eastview 73-45 on Tuesday, surged to a 43-22 halftime lead against host Hastings and held on 71-51 for their second win over the Raiders in 20 days. "We were forcing a lot of turnovers.
Farmington boys swimming and diving coach Ryan Hamen acknowledged that his team started out "pretty flat" before moving up to eighth place with a strong second-half performance at last Thursday's 11-team Apple Valley Eagle Invitational. Of the Tigers' eight top-10 finishes, seven came in events five through 11 when the team accumulated the majority of its 1,541 points.
Farmington scored early and often and rolled past Hastings 6-2 in the championship game of the sixth-annual Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic last Thursday at Schmitz-Maki Arena. It was the Tigers' second title at their home tournament, their first since the first event in 2005.
For the second time in five years, the Farmington girls basketball team has won its first eight games to start the season. The winning streak continued with another lopsided affair last Wednesday at Ellsworth, Wis., as the Tigers surged to a 35-11 halftime advantage and gave up a season-low 31 points while coasting to a 58-31 victory. Six-foot-two senior post player Jordan Bridges out-scored Ellsworth 13-11 in the first half and finished with a season-high 22 points. She was 9 of 11 from the field and hauled in six rebounds while helping the visitors to a 33-19 edge on the glass.
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Girls basketball Farmington 68 Faribault 25 (The Tigers set a school record with their ninth straight win. Taylor Meyer led the way with 17 points.) Girls hockey Farmington 7 Holy Angels 0 (Krystal Baumann scored her second hat trick in three games, giving her 25 goals this season. The Tigers lead the Missota Conference at 5-0). Boys basketball Farmington 64 North St.
For the second time in five years, the Farmington girls basketball team has won its first eight games to start the season. The Tigers continued their perfect start with another lopsided win last Wednesday, a 58-31 road triumph at Ellsworth (Wis.). The team hosts Faribault Tuesday afternoon before opening Missota Conference play Thursday against third-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing.