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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Last year, Chris Dittman coached the Farmington 15AAA baseball team that started the season with nine straight losses before closing the season around the .500 mark. Dittman is coaching the same group of players this summer with the VFW Post 7662 team, which fell to 0-4 with a 16-12 loss at Prior Lake last Thursday. "Some of these kids didn't play school ball, some played varsity, some played JV and some played sophomore ball (in the spring), so we're still getting everybody back together," Dittman said.
Farmington picked the perfect time to run its best three races of the season. Following Nadia Lorencz's second-place finish in the long jump on Friday, the Tigers ran season-best times in all three of their races on Saturday to secure the school's best team finish -- a fourth-place total of 34 points -- at the Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. "It was really exciting to see them compete at such a high level," Farmington coach Tom Hart said.
Sam Hanson's top two goals were accomplished before he even arrived at the Class 2A State Meet. The senior had already set a new school record during the regular season with a high jump of 6 feet, 7 inches, and qualified for state. Once at Hamline University Saturday morning, however, Hanson focused his attention in on a new goal: clearing the bar at 6-4, which he figured would put him in the running for a top-eight finish and a spot on the podium. And he got oh, so close.
Farmington picked the perfect time to run its best three races of the season. Following Nadia Lorencz's second-place finish in the long jump on Friday, the Tigers ran season-best times in all three of their races on Saturday to secure the school's best-ever team finish - a fourth-place total of 34 points - at the Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Lorencz, a sophomore, bounced back from the narrow defeat in the long jump to place second in the 100 hurdle finals.
Farmington's Nadia Lorencz finished second in the long jump at the Class 2A State Meet Friday morning at Hamline University in St. Paul. Lorencz, who entered with the longest section jump in the state with a leap of 18 feet, 8 inches last week in Lakeville, managed a jump of 17-10. Senior Rosey Erickson of Alexandria capped off her track career with the state title in the event, jumping 18-1 3/4. All three of Farmington's other events will compete again Saturday after qualifying for finals.
The Farmington boys golf team fought through windy conditions to advance to the second day of the Section 1AA Championships at Bellwood Oaks Golf Club in Hastings. The Tigers shot a team score of 337 on the opening day to earn the eighth and final qualifying spot in the 12-team field. The team stayed in that spot after a score of 342 on the same course Monday afternoon. Lakeville North won the meet with a total score of 614, 15 strokes better than runner-up Lakeville South. Cooper Loew led the Tigers on the first day of play with a round of 81.
The Farmington Legion Post 189 baseball team got the pitching performance it needed in the second game of Saturday's season-opening doubleheader against West St. Paul. After watching a 9-2 loss in the opener, Zach Wallace took the mound and held West St. Paul to two hits in a 6-0 complete-game shutout. "It was great to see," Farmington coach Andy Pierskalla said. "The nice thing is some kids that didn't play in the first game came in and made the plays they needed to make.
The beginning of the 2011 season may already be a bit of a blur to the Farmington Senior Babe Ruth League baseball team. Due to some bad weather and conflicts with the final week of FHS spring sports, Farmington held its first team practice of the season last Tuesday night. By Thursday, the team had failed to score a run in back-to-back losses to Rosemount and Apple Valley. "Hopefully we can get our offense going this week with two home games," coach Scott Molitor said. "It's still early in the season and I have not coached most of the players on this team.
One bad handoff in the 4x200 and one inch of distance in the triple jump kept the Farmington girls track and field team from qualifying six events for this weekend's Class 2A State Meet. Still, the Tigers were able to earn their way onto the Hamline University track in four events while scoring 52 points and finishing fifth out of 14 teams at Saturday's Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South High School. Lakeville North beat cross-town rival South 140-105 for the team championship, while Rochester Mayo (93) and Rochester Century (74 1/2) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Sam Hanson lived up to his status as the top seed in the high jump at last weekend's Section 1AA Championships. Hanson, who entered with the best jump in the field after clearing a school-record 6 feet, 7 inches at Farmington's first outdoor meet of the season in early April, captured the section title with a jump of 6-4 Saturday afternoon at Lakeville South. The senior will serve as the Tigers' lone representative at the Class 2A State Meet this weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul where his section jump ranks in a tie for 11th among qualifiers.