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 Farmington hockey team's offense finally broke out of its slump Friday night against Shakopee. After scoring four goals in their previous five games -- all losses -- the Tigers netted four goals against the Sabers and got back in the win column with a 4-2 Missota Conference victory at Schmitz-Maki Arena. "It was nice to see the boys' hard work pay off, especially in the scoring department," Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
Last Tuesday's meet against Hastings didn't result in a win, but it did give the Farmington swimming and diving team an opportunity to turn in some of its best performances of the season as it prepares for the upcoming Missota Conference and Section 1AA meets. The Tigers led 37-35 after a 1-2 finish by Evan Carufel and Jonathan Bovee in the 1-meter dive, but the Raiders rallied for a 96-84 victory at Dodge Middle School. "It was a very exciting meet.
When you're a squad with as much youth as the Farmington wrestling team, the ninth-grade state tournament can cause quite a conflict. The Tiger varsity squad wrestled to a ninth-place total of 62.5 points at Saturday's Eastview Invite while five regulars were in Hastings helping the ninth-grade team to its best state showing ever, a fifth-place finish, at the Ninth Grade League Team State Tournament. "We did not fill a full lineup and had five JV wrestlers wrestling varsity at Eastview," Farmington coach Chad Olson said.
Competing without three of its top scorers due to illness or injury -- including all-state performers Nadia Lorencz and Kiana Lord -- the Farmington gymnastics team still managed to hang on for its second Missota Conference road win of the week Friday in Red Wing. Kathryn Beckett stepped into a lead role and several JV gymnasts contributed in a 125.325-123.85 victory. "We had a fun meet in Red Wing. We did have a lot of girls out due to sickness and minor injuries, most of them being our varsity girls," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said.
The Farmington boys basketball team found a couple of different ways to win last week. The Tigers used a big offensive night to secure their first Missota Conference win of the season last Tuesday in Tiger Gym, putting four players in double figures in a 70-67 triumph over Holy Angels. Three nights later, it was the team's defense that stepped up in a 58-47 road win at rival Northfield. The Tigers have won 4 of 6 games since starting the season 2-7.
One bad minute resulted in three Maple Grove goals Monday night, capping off one bad week that resulted in three Farmington losses. Farmington (8-14) trailed Maple Grove 1-0 in the third period when the Crimson reeled off three goals in a 58-second span to put the game away.
Goals have become hard to come by for the Farmington boys hockey team since it scored four in a shutout win over Chaska on Jan. 10. The Tigers have scored just three goals since then and have lost four games in a row. Missota Conference-leading Chanhassen left Schmitz-Maki Arena with a 5-0 blanking last Tuesday, then Red Wing used a barrage of three late goals to rally for a 3-1 victory over the Tigers Friday night at Prairie Island Arena. Farmington (5-9-2) controlled play through the first two scoreless periods against the Wingers, posting a 23-13 advantage in shots on goal.
Despite a second straight 12th-place finish, Farmington head coach Ryan Hamen said the True Team State Meet is a great experience for his swimmers. "It's a great opportunity for our boys to swim at the University of Minnesota.... Every chance we have to swim at the U is a chance to feel like a great swimmer and earning the spot to attend is always a pleasure," said Hamen, whose Tigers qualified by winning their second straight Section 1AA True Team title. "We had a lot of great times ...
Apparently the Farmington girls basketball team didn't dwell on its season-low 30 points in a recent home loss to Shakopee. Instead, the Tigers doubled that total with their best shooting night of the season as they picked up Missota Conference win No. 1 with a 60-51 victory over Holy Angels last Tuesday in Richfield.
The return of Nadia Lorencz helped the Farmington gymnastics team to its highest team scores of the season last week. The Tigers opened the week by falling to defending state champion Northfield 145.3-136.8 on Tuesday. They bested that outing with a second-place score of 137.95 at Saturday's Farmington Invitational at the Instructional Services Center. Austin won the meet with a score of 142.15. "The scores are starting to climb, and yet there is still room for improvement," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said.