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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It didn't take long for the Farmington boys hockey team to match last year's win total in the Missota Conference. Just 2-12 in the league last season, the Tigers ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-2 in the league with a 6-1 win over rival Northfield Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
Gymnastics Northfield 149.625, Farmington 142.70 The Tigers, competing in their first home meet at the Instructional Service Center gym, scored a school-record 142.70 points while losing to the defending Class 2A State champions.
Farmington forward Krystal Baumann was just getting started when her unassisted goal tied the score at 1-1 early on in Thursday night's Missota Conference game against Northfield. The senior scored one more time in the first period to give the Tigers the lead, then added a hat trick in the third period en route to a career-high five goals in a 6-3 victory at Northfield Ice Arena. Baumann also assisted on Molly Friedlund's first goal of the season, which made it 3-1 2:52 into the second period. Baumann now has 30 goals and 10 assists in 16 games for the 11-5 Tigers.
A day after debuting at No. 9 in the Class 4A rankings, the undefeated Farmington girls basketball team showed it belonged. The Tigers, facing their first ranked opponent of the season in third-rated (Class 3A) Red Wing, established a 28-23 lead by halftime and held on for a 61-57 victory Thursday night at Tiger Gym. Taylor Meyer paced the winners with a game-high 20 points. The Tigers will put a 10-0 record on the line next Tuesday at Chanhassen.
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.