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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Farmington was left with no choice but to foul when Northfield fed its big post players the ball in the lane Friday night. Northfield's three forwards combined for 37 points and the Raiders connected on 28 of 37 free throws as three Farmington players fouled out in a 47-44 Raider victory in Northfield. "We just didn't have an answer defensively for their size advantage," said Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick, whose team led 32-31 with 7:22 remaining.
Nadia Lorencz will have a much busier schedule at this year's Class 2A State Gymnastics Meet. Lorencz qualified in three events, as well as in the all-around, while leading the Tigers to a third-place finish at the Section 3AA meet Thursday night at Park High School in Cottage Grove. Last year, Lorencz capped off her first season of high school gymnastics with a 10th-place state finish in the vault. The junior was once again at her best in the vault Thursday night, breaking her own school record with a first-place score of 9.725.
The Farmington gymnastics team broke 140 points for the second time in a row while placing third out of five teams at Friday night's Missota Conference Championships in Northfield. Defending state champion Northfield won with 150.6 points, followed by New Prague at 146.15 and Farmington at 140.95. Nadia Lorencz broke FHS coach Lynn Bauman's 2`1-year-old school record in the floor exercise with a first-place score of 9.8.
The most prominent feature of the Farmington girls hockey team during its recent run of success was its high-scoring offense. The Tigers consistently led the Missota Conference in goals scored during their stretch of 20-win seasons, Missota Conference titles and state tournament appearances from 2005 to 2011. The team scored a record 184 goals in the 2005-06 season and averaged 123 goals per season through last year. The graduation losses of some key offensive players left this year's team with some question marks, and the Tigers were never quite able to find an answer.
The Farmington wrestling team made one final tune-up for Saturday's Section 1AAA team championships by rolling past St. Agnes 57-18 in a non-conference dual last Thursday in St. Paul. The Tigers picked up 36 points courtesy of six pins. Matt Rustad recorded the first at 120 pounds and Chris McCue (145), Ridge Raddatz (152), Joe Hoeve (160), Trevor Breezley (170) and Tyler Engel (182) put the dual away with five straight falls. Taylor Venz, Jacob Gabbard and Brian Ceravantes each won via forfeit and John Walz added a decision at 138 pounds.
With injuries still taking their toll on the Farmington line-up, it was up to freshman Zach Speikers to take over in the second half of Friday's Missota Conference game against Shakopee. Speikers exploded for a career-high 15 points, all in the second half, as the Tigers overcame a four-point halftime deficit and avenged a 22-point loss earlier this season with a 48-45 victory over the Sabers at Tiger Gym. Speikers seized his opportunity to shine with teammates Nick Varner and Darren Beenken playing at less than full strength, and Mackinley Bassett, Austin Bassett and Jack Hanson all watchin
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.