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 look at some of the numbers says it all: a 59-foot shot put toss, a 50-second 400, a 1:59 800, a 4:43 1,600. The Farmington boys track and field team is peaking at just the right time. Distances continued to climb and times continued to dwindle Thursday as the Tigers finished third with 146 1/2 team points at the highly-competitive Missota Conference Championships Thursday at Prior Lake. Host Prior Lake outscored runner-up Shakopee 199 1/2-152 for the team title.
Farmington played competitive tennis, but eventually dropped all four of its opening matches in the sub-section 1AA individual tournament last Thursday in Hastings. No. 1 singles player Seth Roberts played a great first set and picked up a 6-0 victory before dropping the final two sets, 3-6, 4-6. "Seth played so well in the first set it would have been difficult to maintain that level. I don't even have dreams where I play that well," veteran Farmington coach Jack Olwell said.
Three school-record-setting performances and three first-place finishes pushed Farmington to third place in the girls' portion of the Missota Conference Championships last Thursday in Prior Lake. The Tigers scored the bulk of their points in the relays and field events, but were still able to pile up 124 1/2 team points. That was just nine points off the pace of runner-up New Prague in a meet the host Lakers won handily with 233 1/2 points. "The kids came to perform and did so at quite a high level," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "I couldn't have asked for much more from then.
Despite striking out 15 times and collecting just five hits, Farmington managed to squeak out a 3-2, 11-inning victory over seventh-ranked Prior Lake back on May 19. The Tigers scored just three runs total in their final two games of the regular season after that -- both losses -- and the offense never got back into a groove in the Section 1AAA Tournament.
Two days after pounding out 17 hits in a section-opening victory over Rochester John Marshall, the Farmington baseball team managed just three hits in a season-ending 2-1 Section 1AAA Tournament loss Monday at Winona. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 9-13, a game better than last season and their best mark since 2006.
The Farmington baseball team will open the Section 1AAA baseball tournament with a road game at fourth-seeded Rochester John Marshall Saturday at 1 p.m. in Rochester.
A season-best team score wasn't enough to get the Farmington girls golf team out of last place at Monday's Missota Conference Championships at Crow River Country Club. The Tigers cut 66 strokes off their first team score of the year to finish with a combined 404 from their top four varsity golfers. New Prague claimed the girls championship, led by conference player of the year Stef Neisen. The Tigers were led by Alexia Rains, who carded an 18-hole round of 96. Terra Klima was four strokes back with an even 100 and Brianna Swenson carded a 103.
Farmington's boys golf team used a fifth-place team finish at Monday's Missota Conference Championships to vault into a sixth-place tie with Red Wing in the final league standings. The Tigers combined on a team score of 341, eight strokes off the pace of fourth-place Shakopee and a single stroke ahead of sixth-place Northfield.
Farmington's inaugural girls lacrosse season came to an end with an 18-4 tournament loss to Bloomington Jefferson Monday night in Bloomington. The Tigers, who finished with a record of 2-10, fell behind 10-0 by halftime against an experienced Jefferson team that had already beaten them 15-3 earlier this season. "We faced a very good Bloomington Jefferson team," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "They have had lacrosse there for a while.
Farmington's softball team experienced some highs and lows during a span of three games in three days that wrapped up the regular season last week. The Tigers outlasted senior pitching standout Brittany Lauterbach and seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Prior Lake, 3-2, in an 11-inning thriller last Wednesday night in Prior Lake only to follow it up with back-to-back league losses to New Prague and Northfield, a pair of teams they had already beaten this season. The roller coaster of a week left the Tigers at 12-8 overall and 9-5 in the Missota Conference, marks that earned them third in both the fi