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's Alyssa Parco had an impressive freshman track campaign last spring. She consistently finished near the top in the hurdle events throughout the season and qualified for the state meet. The season finished on a sour note, however, when she stumbled over a hurdle on the Hamline University track and finished last in the Class 2A 300-meter hurdles.
Farmington's inconsistency at the plate continued last week as the Tigers dropped two of three games. Coach Mike Winters' offense, coming off a season-high 12-run output last Saturday at the Metrodome, turned nine hits, four walks and four sacrifices into seven runs in a 7-2 home victory over Northfield last Tuesday.
The Farmington softball team won its first two games of the regular season, then ran into some tough pitching and lost its next two. The second week of the season played out pretty much the same way. The Tigers racked up 22 hits in two games while scoring Missota Conference wins over Northfield and Holy Angels last week, then managed just five hits Monday against Rosemount's Rachel Hoeppner in a 3-1 loss to the eighth-ranked Irish. The Tiger bats were cold throughout much of last Thursday's game against Holy Angels.
The good news is Farmington's qualifying events more than held their own at Friday's Hamline Elite Meet. The great news is there's still a month and a half for the Tigers to prepare for their planned return to Hamline for the Class 2A State Meet in mid-June.
Farmington's boys golf team dropped 16 strokes from its previous Missota Conference meet while playing in the friendly confines of its home course Monday afternoon. Led by junior Mike Dalhed's season-best round of 77, the Tigers shot a team score of 322 to place fourth out of eight teams in action at Fountain Valley Golf Course. Dalhed shot a 39 on the front nine, then came back with a 38 on the back nine.
The Farmington boys tennis team jumped out to good starts in several matches before fading in a 7-0 loss Monday at Simley. "We took it on the chin today," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "What started out to be a promising opportunity ended with disappointment as several matches got away from us." No.1 singles player Seth Roberts dropped his match, 3-6, 1-6.
Farmington's girls golf team finished last at Saturday's Faribault Invite at Legacy Golf Course with a team score of 427. New Prague won the meet with a score of 327. The Trojans were led by medalist Steffi Nelson, who fired a round of 70. Terra Klima led the Tigers with a 95. Teammate Alexia Rains was four strokes back with a round of 99, then there was an 18-stroke drop-off to No. 3 golfer Alexis House's 117.
Tommy May posted his best round of the young season in leading the Farmington boys golf team to 10th place at Monday's 13-team Tartan Invitational at Tartan Park. May fired an 18-hole round of 77, backing up his 39 on the front nine with a 38 on the back nine. He finished 10th against a field of 84 golfers. "Hopefully he can post another low score in our second conference tournament at Stonebrook (Tuesday)," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said.
It shouldn't have been a surprise that Farmington's girls lacrosse team was a bit overmatched in its first two games as a Minnesota State High School League sanctioned sport last week. Going up against teams from Apple Valley and Park of Cottage Grove that played lacrosse at the varsity level last season, the Tigers lost a pair of road games by scores of 15-2 and 17-4. Apple Valley jumped out to a 6-0 halftime advantage in last Tuesday's opener, then put nine more shots past goalie Andrea Jacobson in the second half.
The first week of the softball season provided Farmington with a pair of confidence-boosting wins over Hutchinson and Red Wing. The second week was a bit more humbling. Going up against two of the metro's elite pitchers, the Tigers managed 10 hits over two games and suffered a pair of losses to undefeated teams from Shakopee (5-0) and Prior Lake (8-1). "This week we faced some of the toughest pitching in the state," first-year coach Rob Laden said.