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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By the standards of the previous 15 years, 2010 was a very successful season for the Farmington gymnastics team. The Tigers finished fifth -- their highest team placing ever -- at the Section 1AA meet and qualified an individual for state for the first time since head coach Lynn Bauman in the early 90s. The 2011 edition of the Tigers has taken the program to another level.
There's a four-way tie for first place in the Missota Conference heading into the final night of the regular season. Farmington hung on for a 48-47 win over Chaska Tuesday night, while Shakopee breezed past Red Wing and New Prague defeated Chanhassen, 87-78. That means all four teams at the top of the standings - Farmington, Shakopee, New Prague and Chanhassen - sit at 10-3 going into their season finales Friday night. At least one of the teams will be knocked out of the top spot as Farmington (21-3) hosts New Prague (18-7) at Tiger Gym.
For the third straight year, a Lakeville school will represent Section 1AA at the Class 2A State Girls Hockey Tournament. No. 12-ranked Farmington was able to avenge last year's section loss to Lakeville North with a thrilling triple-overtime win last Tuesday, but the Tigers ran out of steam in Friday's Section 1AA championship game.
Farmington (13-12) earned a No. 5 seed and will travel to Rochester Thursday night to open the Section 1AA Tournament against fourth-seeded Rochester John Marshall (15-10). The Rockets won their season opener 7-1 over Farmington in late November. But the Tigers have improved since then, moving up to third place in the Missota Conference with four straight wins to close out the regular season. The top seed in Section 1AA went to Lakeville South, followed by Lakeville North and Rochester Mayo.
By the standards of the previous 15 years, 2010 was a very successful season for the Farmington gymnastics team. The Tigers finished fifth - their highest team placing ever - at the Section 1AA meet and qualified an individual for state for the first time since head coach Lynn Bauman in the early 90s. The 2011 edition of the Tigers has taken the program to another level.
Junior Taylor Meyer scored her 1,000th career point and Farmington held Northfield to nine first-half points in a 53-42 Missota Conference win Friday night at Tiger Gym. The second-place Tigers kept pace with first-place Chanhassen with their school-record 20th win of the season. Jordan Bridges scored 11 pionts and Isis Alexander added 10 as nine different Farmington players got in the scoring column.
Top-seeded Lakeville South advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament with a 6-2 win over Farmington in the Section 1AA Finals at Four Seasons Center in Owatonna. Krystal Baumann put the Tigers on the board first in the first period, but the Cougars evened things up before the end of the period, then added two in the second one more in the third before Haleigh Zwart scored Farmington's second goal. Lakeville South added two more before the end of the game to seal the section title.
Lakeville South Overall record: 23-2-2 Section seed: 1st Letsplayhockey.com ranking: 4th Conference record: 15-1-2 (first in the South Suburban Conference) Goals for/against: 119-35 Section 1AA road: Defeated Rochester Mayo 4-1, defeated Owatonna 6-1 Head-to-head: Defeated Farmington 5-1 Nov.
Farmington's PeeWee A boys hockey team has played 48 games since late October and lost just 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.
A team record score in the floor exercise helped the Farmington gymnastics team to a third-place finish at the Missota Conference Championships last Tuesday at the New Prague Gymnastics Center. The Tigers placed three individuals in the top 10 in the event and earned 36.85 of their 142.1 team points. Defending state champion Northfield outscored New Prague 149.3-142.9 for the team title. "The floor was the most entertaining event for us," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. "The girls really performed their hearts out.