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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For any but the best few boys lacrosse teams in the state, putting Farmington in the loss column was a challenge this season. Fitting, then, that it took second-ranked Eastview to knock Farmington out of the Section 3 tournament with a 16-7 victory Friday night in Apple Valley. The second-round loss left the Tigers with a final record of 8-6, by far the best in the program's three years as a sanctioned varsity sport. Those six losses came against teams with a combined record of 57-29. "We lost to a tough Holy Angels team twice, the No.
Another possession or two and the Farmington girls lacrosse team would have been able to run out the clock on the biggest win in program history last Wednesday night. Instead, third-seeded Bloomington Jefferson won a pair of late face-offs and scored four goals in the final four minutes of regulation to overcome a two-goal deficit and edge the sixth-seeded Tigers 14-13 in the Section 3 quarterfinals in Bloomington.
Farmington graduate Ben Froehling, the son of Tiger head football coach Mark Froehling, was recently hired to teach chemistry and coach the sophomore team's offensive line at Wayzata High School. Froehling is joined at Wayzata by fellow Tiger alum Andy Pierskalla, who is in his second year as varsity defensive line coach. Wayzata lost to Eden Prairie 13-3 in last fall's Class 5A State championship game at the Metrodome.
Delayed a day because of rain, the Missota Conference Track and Field Championships get under way this afternoon at Tiger Stadium.
Boys lacrosse Farmington 10, John Marshall 9 Girls lacrosse Bloomington Jefferson 14, Farmington 13 Softball Farmington 9, Winona 2
As of last Saturday's release of the Section 3 playoff seedings, the Farmington lacrosse team has accomplished just about all the goals it set before the season. Coach Paul Sorensen said the third-year program's main objectives were to beat Lakeville North and Lakeville South, finish with a .500-or-better record at home and finish in the top half of the section. The Tigers knocked off Lakeville South on the road in an overtime thriller in late April and clinched a 4-2 record at Tiger Stadium by downing Rochester Mayo 9-4 in last Tuesday's regular season finale.
One more year of experience has made all the difference for the Farmington girls lacrosse team. Last May 23, the Tigers wrapped up a 1-11 season with a 20-8 loss to Bloomington Jefferson in the first round of the section tournament. The two teams met again on May 23, but this time with the Tigers sporting a 9-4 record and coming off an 13-11 win over Bloomington Kennedy in the opening round Monday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.
The Farmington track teams geared up for this week's Missota Conference Championships by competing against Northfield and Rochester John Marshall at the three-team Pat Foley Classic last Thursday at Carleton College in Northfield. The meet isn't scored and a traveling trophy goes to the team that wins a randomly-chosen event. This year the event was the 110-meter hurdles, so Rochester John Marshall was awarded the hardware. Despite windy conditions, both the Farmington boys and girls teams turned in several personal records.
Farmington was knocked out of the Section 1AA tournament after a 7-0 loss to Owatonna in the opening round last Tuesday in Owatonna. "We had three very close matches in which we led but couldn't close out," Tiger coach Jack Olwell said. "First, second and fourth singles all had some great chances." Blake Olmscheid led early on in his No. 1 singles match before falling 3-6, 4-6. At No. 2 singles, Ben Cline fell 7-5, 1-6 (8-10). Bennett Lagro held a 4-3 lead in the second set at No.
It took a pair of come-from-behind victories last week for Farmington to earn a share of its first Missota Conference softball title since 2007. The Tigers scored six runs in their last at bat to secure a 9-5 win over Chanhassen last Tuesday, and then fell behind 3-0 last Thursday at Red Wing before plating nine runs in the final three innings of an 11-5 win. The team finished the regular season with an overall record of 13-4 and a league mark of 11-3 matched only by co-champion Shakopee. "The girls worked hard all year and deserve the credit," Farmington coach Paul Harrington said.