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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A short bench made it tough for the Farmington girls basketball team to run with Chanhassen and Shakopee last week. Abby Gallus battled the flu, Desi Loftus was on the bench with a broken finger and Gabby White went down with a dislocated elbow, leaving the Tigers with seven varsity regulars in their rotation during a 65-49 loss at Chanhassen Monday and a 53-38 loss at Shakopee Friday. The Sabers, who held Farmington to a season-low 30 points on Jan. 13, completed the season sweep by holding the Tigers to 12 field goals. Senior Taylor Meyer led the way with 15 points.
Farmington crowned two conference champions in three events and garnered 27 top-10 finishes while finishing second as a team at Saturday's Missota Conference Championships in Northfield. The Tigers finished with 441 points, 28 off the pace of league champion Chaska-Chanhassen's 469. Red Wing (407), Northfield (302) and Shakopee (239) rounded out the field. "We had some phenomenal swims and our depth was what kept us so close to first," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said.
The 3-2 losses are getting a little hard to stomach for the Farmington boys hockey team. The Tigers suffered their third straight setback by that score against New Prague Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The team's fourth straight one-goal loss, their eighth overall this season, was made even more frustrating by the fact Farmington blew a 2-0 lead, and outshot the Trojans 4-2 to start the overtime period before surrendering a short-handed goal. "With all the narrow defeats we're having trouble playing with confidence late in games.
The Farmington girls hockey team bowed out of the Section 1AA tournament after a 3-0 loss at fourth-seeded Dodge County Wednesday night. The Tigers finished with a record of 9-17.
Injuries to four starters -- Darren Beenken, Nick Varner, Austin Bassett and Mac Bassett -- left the Farmington boys basketball team short on experience during its two Missota Conference games last week. Beenken and Mac Bassett missed last Tuesday's home game against Chanhassen and Varner and Austin Bassett were out of the lineup Friday at Red Wing as the Tigers saw their losing streak stretch to four games with matching 77-55 losses. "We are really struggling right now. It has really been a struggle plugging guys into new roles and really testing them," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said.
The Farmington gymnastics team is peaking at just the right time. With the Missota Conference championships coming up tomorrow night and the Section 3AA meet slated for next week, the Tigers ran out a healthy lineup last Friday and established a new season-high team score in a 141.625-135.675 league victory over Chaska-Chanhassen at the Instructional Services Center. "These girls are really looking good," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. "We have been working very hard in the gym and it's starting to show. I am so excited for the girls.
The Farmington girls basketball team went 2-5 in its first trip through the Missota Conference. The second run through the schedule began Friday night and gave the Tigers reason to think they will have more success this time around. Four players scored in double figures as the Tigers avenged a two-point loss to Red Wing with a 66-58 victory at Tiger Gym. "This was a great team effort. We played tough team defense, rebounded well and maintained our composure when the game was on the line," said coach Sondra Chadwick, whose team is 4-2 since starting the season 1-12.
Injuries and illnesses left the Farmington wrestling team without five starters during a pair of meets last week. The Tigers fell to New Prague (57-19) and Chaska-Chanhassen (54-12) in a Missota Conference double dual last Thursday at Tiger Gym, and then lost to Lakeville North (45-25) and New Richmond-HEG (57-21) before defeating a JV team made up of wrestlers from various teams Friday night at the Panther Duals in Lakeville. "We gave Lakeville North the best dual of the tourney, despite missing five starters. They will be the No. 3 seed in our section," Farmington coach Chad Olson said.
Generating offense has been a season-long struggle for the Farmington girls hockey team. The team finished second to last in the Missota Conference with an average of 1.6 goals per game. The Tigers scored just six goals in their five-game losing streak before breaking out with four scores in a 4-1 league victory over rival Northfield in last Thursday's regular season finale. The Tigers finished with an overall record of 9-16. They went 5-7 in the league, good enough for fifth out of seven teams, and earned the No. 5 seed in Section 1AA, advancing them to an opening-round game at No.
Chaska-Chanhassen finished 1-2-3 in the 500 freestyle and went on to win four of the last five events in a 92-89 Missota Conference dual win over Farmington last Thursday at Chaska Middle School East. The Tigers won four races and set four personal bests in their final meet before Saturday's Missota Conference Championships in Northfield. The first victory came from Christopher Kirchmann, who topped the field in the 50 freestyle with a personal-record time of 22.85 seconds. That ended a string of three straight first-place finishes for the StormHawks as they built an early 30-16 advantage.