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 prolonged offensive slump took some wind out of the sails of a Farmington boys lacrosse team that entered play last Tuesday with a record of 5-1. The Tigers trailed a talented Holy Angels team 5-4 heading into halftime last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium, but were shut out in the second half for the first time this season as the Stars pulled away, 10-4.
The jumping events belonged to Farmington in the girls portion of the Missota Conference Relays last Tuesday in Shakopee. The Tigers won the high jump, long jump and triple jump while placing fifth in the eight-team meet with 122 points. Chanhassen topped host Shakopee 170-158 for the team title.
There was some hope that the bats were starting to heat up for the Farmington baseball team when it scored 14 runs and rapped 26 hits in back-to-back wins over Chanhassen and New Prague just over two weeks ago. Before that, the Tigers had plated 10 runs over the course of a five-game losing streak. Since the two-game winning streak they have cooled back off, failing to reach double figures in hits in any of their last six games. Five of those six games have wound up losses as the team's batting average has sunk to .263 and its runs-per-game average has slipped below three.
Holy Angels 6, Farmington 1 Singles Olmscheid lost 0-6, 6-6 Cline lost 0-6, 1-6 Rodriguez won 7-6 (3), 6-1 Lagro lost 6-4, 4-6, 7-10 Doubles Olson and Zakoski lost 2-6, 2-6 Tremmel and Kortenbusch lost 1-6, 2-6 Rau and Zakoski lost 3-6, 4-6 Northfield 7, Farmington 0 Singles Olmscheid lost 2-6, 2-6 Cline lost 2-6, 6-7 (5) Rodriguez lost 1-6, 1-6 Lagro lost 0-6, 0-6 Doubles Olson and Zakoski lost 1-6, 2-6 Tremmel and Kortenbusch lost 0-6, 1-6 Rau and Zakoski lost 1-6, 3-6
Back-to-back road wins and a pair of Chanhassen losses last week vaulted Farmington into a first-place tie with Shakopee in the Missota Conference standings. The Tigers blew past Holy Angels 9-2 last Tuesday in Richfield, then held on for a narrow 1-0 shutout at rival Northfield on Thursday to improve to 9-2 overall and 8-2 in league play with four Missota games to go. Junior pitcher Ashley Betzold fired a two-hit shutout and struck out seven against the Raiders.
Members of the Farmington boys track team were as surprised as anyone when they were crowned champions at last Tuesday's Missota Conference Relays in Shakopee. Without winning any events, the Tigers racked up 177 points to win the meet by a comfortable margin over runner-up Chanhassen, which scored 161 points.
The Farmington boys golf team had several good rounds at the first Missota Conference meet of the season, but they still added up to sixth place in an eight-team meet. The Tigers shot a 317 April 24 at Stonebrooke Golf Club, the best they have scored in a conference meet in at least four years, according to coach Jon Holmes. Chaska won the meet with a 299 and Red Wing was second with a 301, just a stroke ahead of Chanhassen. Farmington finished ahead of Holy Angels (324) and Northfield (335). Erik Holmstrom led the way for the Tigers with a round of 76, good for 11th place overall.
For the first time in its three-year history, the Farmington girls lacrosse team has a winning record. The Tigers matched their season high with 16 goals and extended their winning streak to three games with a 16-14 victory over Missota Conference rival Holy Angels Monday night in Richfield. "It was nice to get a win against Holy Angels and keep our streak going," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "This was the halfway point for the season and we are hopefully just hitting our stride." Haley Bradshaw led the Tigers on the offensive end with five goals and two assists.
A five-run first inning Friday helped Shakopee grab plenty of momentum, not only in its game against Farmington, but in its charge back up the Missota Conference standings. The Sabers held on for a 6-3 victory over the Tigers, avenging a season-opening 3-2 loss, and moved back into a second-place tie in the league standings.
A couple of late leads slipped away and left the Farmington boys tennis team on the losing end of a 4-3 decision against Minnehaha Academy Monday afternoon at Boeckman Middle School. Two of the Tigers' wins came in singles play. Ben Cline moved his record above .500 with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph at No. 2 singles and Ivan Rodriguez rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 win at No. 3 singles. "He saved two match points in the second set before forcing a tiebreaker to save the second set," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said of Rodriguez.