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 physical Shakopee team made life tough for Farmington on both ends of the court during Friday's Missota Conference opener at Tiger Gym. The Sabers established a 33-15 rebounding advantage, forced 26 turnovers and held the Tigers to 27 percent shooting from the field during a 70-37 win. "They were playing without their starting center too, which added insult to injury there," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "It's like a broken record, but we have to rebound and we were horrendous at that. And we have to shoot the basketball decently and take care of the ball.
Ninth-ranked Farmington got beat at its own game Friday night. The previously-unbeaten Tigers played their usual suffocating defense, but Shakopee's was even better. The Sabers, playing in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, allowed just 12 points in the second half and forced 21 turnovers as they improved to 3-0 in the Missota Conference with a 41-34 win. "It was a great high school game. Good crowd, lots of energy," Farmington coach Jason Berg said.
Carl Elmer and Joe Hoeve were the only Farmington wrestlers to post 2-0 records during last Thursday's triangular meet against Rosemount and Northfield at Farmington High School. The Tigers fell to Rosemount, 57-24, in the opening dual, then lost to Northfield, 54-19. Elmer picked up his 98th and 99th career victories, pinning both of his opponents at 140 pounds. Teammate Joe Hoeve followed with a pair of pins of his own at 145 pounds, improving his record to 9-7. John Walz added a pin at 112 pounds against Rosemount and Godfrey Mpetey won via forfeit at 215 pounds.
The Farmington gymnastics team had to wait a long time to perform for the first time at their new home gym. After starting the season with five straight road meets over the past month, the Tigers looked more than comfortable in their first official home meet last Tuesday night at the Instructional Services Center gym. The final results was a seven-point loss to defending Class 2A champion Northfield, but coach Lynn Bauman's team once again broke the school team scoring record with 142.70 points.
Another 2-0 week has Farmington in great position to win its second straight Missota Conference title. The Tigers beat second-place Chaska/ Chanhassen, 4-3, last Tuesday, then shut out New Prague, 2-0, on Thursday to extend their winning streak to seven and their conference lead to two games with four to play. The win over New Prague was a mirror image of the first game between the two teams back on Dec. 2. In that game, the Tigers posted a 41-15 advantage in shots on goal, but it took goaltender Jessica Erchul's first shutout of the season to preserve a 2-0 win.
Boys basketball @ Richfield Farmington 44, Holy Angels 43 Girls basketball @ Tiger Gym Farmington 58, Holy Angels 26 Boys hockey @ Chanhasssen Chanhassen 3, Farmington 2 Girls hockey @ Schmitz-Maki Arena Blake (No. 2 in Class 1A) 5, Farmington 1
Farmington capped off a busy week with a third-place finish in the Bronze division of the Maroon and Gold Invitational Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The Tigers finished in the top eight in all 12 events and finished with 289 team points. Fergus Falls easily won the division with 426.5 points and Mankato West followed with 338.5 points. Hibbing (184), Andover (172.5), River Falls (169.5), Woodbury (168), Hopkins (156), Montevideo (152.5), Blaine (115.5), St.
Farmington carried over the momentum from its three-game sweep of the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic with a pair of lopsided Missota Conference wins last week. The Tigers stayed a game ahead of Chaska/Chanhassen in the league standings by shutting out Holy Angels, 7-0, at home last Tuesday night and doubling up Northfield, 6-3, Thursday night at Northfield Ice Arena. The team has scored 26 goals in its last 14 periods since being shut out four straight periods against Rochester Mayo and Apple Valley in late December.
A promising dual loss to a tough Faribault team Thursday night gave way to a long weekend for the Farmington wrestling team. The Tigers had the Falcons on the ropes, winning seven of the first 10 matches to start the dual. The home team rallied by taking the final four weights -- with three pins and a forfeit -- to secure a 40-33 win.
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. Red Wing led 21-18 late in the first half before the home team closed with a 10-2 scoring run.