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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After a performance head coach Jason Berg said lacked energy last Tuesday against Chanhassen, Farmington cranked its defense up a notch to close out the week with back-to-back wins. The Tigers allowed 53 points against the Storm -- the second most they've allowed in a game this season -- in losing their first home game of the season by three points. They responded by holding Hastings to 12 field goals in a 51-34 road win Thursday.
Farmington's boys and girls basketball teams picked up Missota Conference wins over Holy Angels Tuesday night. The Tiger girls (19-3) traveled to Richfield and came away with a 58-40 victory. Junior Taylor Meyer led the way with 22 points. The girls team moved into a three-way tie for second place in the conference as New Prague fell to Shakopee.
Hannah Alexander's goal five minutes, 33 seconds into the third overtime period advanced 15th-ranked Farmington past 12th-ranked Lakeville North 5-4 in a classic Section 1AA semfinal contest Tuesday night at Ames Arena. The Tigers (20-6) trailed 4-2 late in the third period, but scored twice in the final 4:27 to force overtime.
Tyler Magalis Magalis posted the highest 11-dive score in the state this year with his record-setting 447.80 at the True Team State Meet last month. His six-dive score of 258.55 ranks third in the state this year. Magalis, sixth at the Class 2A State Meet last winter, figures to be among the favorites as a senior. Krystal Baumann Baumann scored 46 goals in the regular season, the fourth-highest total in the state. She had four more in last Friday's win over Dodge County in the Section 1AA Tournament.
Farmington's PeeWee A boys hockey team has played 48 games since late October - and lost twice. The Tigers' latest victory came by a narrow 2-1 score over Woodbury Sunday at Schmitz-Maki Arena, and gave them what head coach Mike Hauswirth said was the first District 8 PeeWee championship for a Farmington team in recent memory. The team finished 15-0-1 in district play and improved its overall mark to 43-2-3 entering tomorrow's regular season finale at home against Minnetonka.
Farmington started the Section 1AA tournament the same way it did last season, by piling up eight goals in a home victory over Dodge County Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers are hoping their second tournament game will play out differently than it did a year ago, when they lost 5-3 in a semifinal showdown at Lakeville North.
Less than a month ago, Farmington qualified for state by winning its first-ever Section 1AA True Team championship. The year of firsts continued Saturday as the Tigers used victories in four events to claim their first-ever Missota Conference championship in front of a big home crowd at Dodge Middle School. Farmington piled up 490 points, 37 more than runner-up Northfield. Red Wing (381),Chaska/Chanhassen (333) and Shakopee (202) also competed. "We had a great day ... I told the boys before the meet that the day was going to be very close with Red Wing and Northfield.
Farmington held Shakopee to 11 first-half points and never trailed in a 46-32 Missota Conference win Friday night at Tiger Gym. With the victory, the Tigers set the school record for wins in a season with 18. They also avenged an earlier conference loss to the Sabers and moved into a second-place tie with them in the league standings at 7-3. New Prague and Chanhassen sit at 8-2. Taylor Meyer led the Tigers with 17 points.
Krystal Baumann scored four goals, giving her 50 for the season, and the Farmington girls hockey team rolled past sixth-seeded Dodge Center 8-1 in the opening round of the Section 1AA Tournament Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers (19-6) advance to face No. 2 Lakeville North in the section semifinals Tuesday night in Lakeville. The Panthers advanced with a 4-1 win over Rochester Mayo.
A season-high 24 points from senior Jordan Bridges helped Farmington tie a school record with its 17th victory of the season Thursday night at Hastings. The Tigers (17-3) held Hastings under 20 points in each half and rolled to a 51-34 win. They will try to set the record and avenge an earlier loss tonight when first-place Shakopee comes to Tiger Gym for a Missota Conference game.