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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Two members of the Farmington track and field team have continued competing since the school season came to an end last month. Sophomore Chad Retterath qualified for the upcoming Region 8 Meet in Indianola, Iowa, with high finishes in both the 1,500-meter run and 400-meter run at the USATF Minnesota Association Championships June 20 in Eagan. Senior teammate Logan Hussung, fresh off a state championship in the discus, made a trip to Iowa last Thursday to compete in the Junior competition at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines.
Since losing eight straight games to start the season, the Farmington 15AAA baseball team has come on strong. The Tigers have won 11 of their past 18 games and qualified for the MBT State Tournament thanks to their showing at the Eagan Tournament in late June. The team continued to play well over the weekend with four victories by a combined score of 34-4 in the first four games of its own Farmington State Qualifying Tournament. With a depleted pitching staff, the 15AAA boys settled for a 7-1 loss to Chisago Lakes in Sunday's championship game and a second-place finish.
Farmington's Senior Babe Ruth League baseball team doesn't give up easily. The Combines proved that Sunday after they allowed nine Woodbury runs in the first inning of a doubleheader. They crawled back to within a run before losing the opener, 10-8, then came back to split the doubleheader with a 4-3 win in game 2. "I loved the way my guys battled back in this game," Combines coach Shane Ferrozzo said. "After giving up nine runs in the first inning we shut them out the rest of the way, giving up only four runs over the next 13 innings.
A pair of rain-outs have left the Farmington Combines Senior Babe Ruth League baseball team with just three games played three weeks into its summer season. The Combines opened the season with an 8-0 loss to Eastview on June 3, but bounced back with a 15-1 blowout victory over Lakeville South on June 6. Taylor Bednar broke the game open with a three-run home run that made it 6-0 in the fourth inning.
Four strong pitching performances helped the Farmington Legion Post 189 baseball team win its pool and go 2-2 at the Fredrickson Wood Bat Invitational, which was held over the weekend in Elko and Lakeville. The efforts of Justin Lavey and Justin Tang, a pair of All-Missota Conference pitchers for the Tigers this spring, carried Post 189 to back-to-back 4-3 wins over South St. Paul and Anderson, Neb., in the first two games of the tournament.
Josh Schoen of Northfield, a former University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse runner, was the big winner at Saturday's 31st-Annual Dew Run. Schoen, 29, crossed the finish line first out of 311 runners in the four-mile race with a time of 20 minutes, 59 seconds. He defeated runner-up Adam Lippold of Elko by 33 seconds and third-place finisher Tyler Olson of Maple Grove by 40 seconds. The top Farmington finisher was Carl Elmer, who is a member of the Farmington High School cross country and track teams. Elmer was third in his division and 10th overall in a time of 24:53.
Farmington VFW Post 7662 coach Jared Rowan knows his team has the talent to put together a successful season. But he said the first thing his players need to do is learn how to forget about their past failures. Post 7662 came away with one win in four games last weekend at the Burnsville Tournament at Alimagnet Park. After opening with a competitive 5-3 loss to Eau Claire, Farmington folded early in a 16-4 loss to host Burnsville. Post 7662 rebounded for a 10-9 victory over a talented Woodbury team Saturday night, but closed out the tournament Sunday with a 14-4 setback against Wayzata.
The future looks bright for the Farmington girls track program. The Tigers wrapped up the 2010 season with five athletes competing at the Class 2A State Meet last weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul, and four of those athletes will be back next spring after helping the team to a 40th-place total of six points. "It was a lot of fun to be right there in races with the best in the state," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "I told them there are 120 other teams in Class 2A that wanted to get to state in March, so where you finish now is where you rank out of 120 teams.
Farmington senior Logan Hussung was one inch away from being a state champion in two events. But it didn't take him long to decide that being the state's best discus thrower and the state's second best shot putter wasn't so bad. "I was disappointed with the shot, but now that I look at it, first and second is pretty good. I don't think Trey (Davis) ever did that," said Hussung, who will continue his throwing career as a teammate of Davis, a state shot put champ and 2007 Farmington alum, at the University of Minnesota.
The season couldn't have gotten off to a much better start for Farmington's Post 189 baseball team last Thursday in Lonsdale. Post 189 pounded out 19 hits and got two solid pitching efforts from Justin Tang and Cody Carlson in a 10-0, 6-4 season-opening sweep. "To sum up both games, power was on display. Everyone picked up where they left off in school ball," Farmington coach Andy Pierskalla said. "Everybody made solid contact, even the singles were line drive, hard hits.