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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Inexperience didn't affect the Farmington golf team's performance in its first meet of the season. Despite losing four seniors from last year's varsity lineup, and playing without projected No. 2 golfer Erik Holmstrom, the Tigers opened with a 15 1/2-8 1/2 match play victory over Rosemount last Wednesday at Fountain Valley Golf Course. Points were awarded in each foursome for winning the front nine, winning the back nine, winning the overall 18-hole competition and winning the 18th hole.
Lakeville North closed out the first quarter with five unanswered goals in a 9-4 lacrosse victory over Farmington last Thursday at Lakeville North High School. "We ran into a stiff, defensive-minded, ball-control team. Time of possession favored them, 75-25 percent," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "We just weren't up for the challenge tonight.... It was a tough loss because I felt we matched up pretty well and our talent level was definitely there....
The Farmington girls golf team is short on depth and experience and it showed at the first meet of the season Saturday in Faribault. The Tigers shot a team score of 545 to place 12th out of 12 teams at Legacy Golf Course. New Prague defeated St. Croix Lutheran 331-338 for the team title. Returning letterwinner Brianna Swenson paced the Tigers with an 18-hole round of 110. Newcomer Amanda Stienkeoway paced the rest of the squad with a 140. Halea Wright carded a 147, Jessica Singwald turned in a 156 and Kaitlin Jokinen added a 148. "This meet was a learning opportunity.
The Farmington girls lacrosse team finally had a close game go its way Monday night. The Tigers, who lost four games by a single goal last season, one of them to Lakeville South in double overtime, exacted some revenge and evened their record at 1-1 by rallying for a 12-10 victory over the Cougars at Tiger Stadium. "You have no idea how good it feels to have one of those games go our way. The girls earned it and deserved it," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said.
The Farmington softball team secured the program's first 3-0 start since the 2004 season with a 5-0 shutout of Northfield last Thursday at Tiger Field. The Tigers scored all five of their runs in the first three innings and pitcher Ashley Betzold took advantage of the support with her third straight victory. She limited the Raiders to two hits and struck out eight, giving her 25 punch-outs against just two walks in three games. Betzold, a .429 hitter, also drove in Brooke Searles with the first run of the game with a double over the centerfielder's head in the bottom of the first.
Farmington swept the relays and came through with first-place finishes in 11 of 18 events while tying host New Prague for first place at last Thursday's New Prague Triangular. The Tigers and Trojans each finished with 68 points, while Shakopee ended up third with 50 points. "I thought the meet was a success for our team,"?Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "The ladies competed extremely hard and we had a number of personal records, so we are progressing in the right direction.
Former thrower Troy Hoffman emerged to win a pair of sprint events in leading the Farmington boys track team to second place at the closely-contested New Prague Triangular last Thursday. Hoffman ran personal-record times of 11.99 and 24.05 seconds in winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes. As a team, the Tigers won seven events, set 97 personal records and scored 57 points to edge the host Trojans by half of a point. Shakopee won the meet with 72 1/2 points. "(Hoffman) has looked great in practice this last week and has gained some confidence.
Simley used a sweep of doubles play to secure a 5-2 victory over Farmington Monday afternoon at Simley High School. The Tigers picked up their victories in singles play, where Ivan Rodriguez and Bennett Lagro each improved to 2-0 on the season. Rodriguez, a sophomore, picked up a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 3 singles, while Lagro, an eighth-grader, won the last four games to claim his second straight three-setter, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. The other two singles matches were well-contested. Blake Olmscheid fell 4-6, 2-6 at No. 1 singles and Ben Cline fell 2-6, 3-6 at No.
A fast start gave way to a disappointing finish for the Farmington girls lacrosse team in Monday night's season-opening contest at Lakeville North. The Tigers took an early lead with three goals in the first six minutes, but were outscored 9-0 the rest of the first half in an eventual 16-5 setback to the Panthers. "I didn't really have any expectations going into this game. We need to find our identity yet," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "We started well, unfortunately they kept ball control the rest of the half after that and took advantage of our defense.
So far, so good for the Paul Harrington coaching era in Farmington. The Tiger softball team is off to a 2-0 start after an 8-1 rout of Holy Angels Monday in Richfield. Harrington's squad opened the season with a head-turning 3-2 victory over defending Missota Conference champion Shakopee last Thursday in Farmington, ending a six-game losing streak against the Sabers during which it scored a total of five runs. "The girls were very excited about the game and looking forward to playing them," Harrington said. "The girls were determined to win the game.