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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Twenty-six personal-best performances, including 14 that landed in the top 10, carried the Farmington boys track team to sixth place out of nine teams at last Tuesday's Section 1AAA True Team section meet in Rochester. The Tigers scored 584 points, 37 off the pace of fifth-place Lakeville North. Host Rochester Mayo edged Owatonna for the team title, 902 1/2-844 1/2. Ninety-six of the team's points were scored in the four relays, which all placed in the top five. The 4x200 and 4x400 relays set the pace, each finishing in third place. Tommy Weigel was a part of both relays.
The Missota Conference softball title is still up for grabs with one week remaining in the season. But only Farmington controls its own destiny. The Tigers, tied atop the standings with Chanhassen and Shakopee with matching records of 9-3, hosted Chanhassen on Senior Night Tuesday and travel to Red Wing tonight for their regular season finale.
Drew Hegseth walked just two batters when Farmington shut out New Prague on the road, 8-0, just over three weeks ago. The Tigers ended up on the other side of a shutout in Thursday night's rematch as the offense fell silent and the pitching staff yielded seven free passes and two hit-by-pitches in a 6-0 loss to the Trojans at Tiger Field. Starter Ty Vincent walked three batters and hit another as New Prague plated three runs in the top of the first.
It took Park of Cottage Grove overtime to put an end to Farmington's program-record five-game winning streak Friday night. The game was close throughout, with neither team separating itself by more than two goals over the course of the game. It was 7-7 at the end of the first half and 13-13 at the end of regulation before the Wolfpack scored a pair of unanswered goals to get away with a 15-13 victory at Park High School. "We had a couple shots in the dwindling seconds, but couldn't get one by their goalie despite having some good opportunities," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said.
Farmington alum Trey Davis set a new personal-best in the shot put at the Big 10 Outdoor Championships last weekend in Madison. Davis finished sixth with a toss of 60 feet, 1 3/4 inches. The toss ranks eighth-best in Minnesota history. The Gophers finished seventh as a team with 70 1/2 points.
The Farmington softball team used a six-run bottom half of the sixth inning to knock Chanhassen out of a three-way tie atop the Missota Conference with a 9-5 victory Tuesday at Tiger Field. The Tigers are now tied with Shakopee at 10-3 in the league heading into Thursday's regular season finale at Red Wing. The Sabers play at Chanhassen.
The Farmington girls lacrosse team extended its winning streak to four games with its second win over Chaska/Chanhassen in eight days last Thursday in Chaska. The Tigers shut out the StormHawks in the second half as they scored seven unanswered goals to secure a 12-4 victory over their Missota Conference rivals. "I am so proud of these girls and how far they have come," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "We were 3-20 the last two seasons and we are 5-3 this season, playing the same teams. I hope these girls are believing in themselves because they are the real deal.
A prolonged offensive slump took some wind out of the sails of a Farmington boys lacrosse team that entered play last Tuesday with a record of 5-1. The Tigers trailed a talented Holy Angels team 5-4 heading into halftime last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium, but were shut out in the second half for the first time this season as the Stars pulled away, 10-4.
The jumping events belonged to Farmington in the girls portion of the Missota Conference Relays last Tuesday in Shakopee. The Tigers won the high jump, long jump and triple jump while placing fifth in the eight-team meet with 122 points. Chanhassen topped host Shakopee 170-158 for the team title.
There was some hope that the bats were starting to heat up for the Farmington baseball team when it scored 14 runs and rapped 26 hits in back-to-back wins over Chanhassen and New Prague just over two weeks ago. Before that, the Tigers had plated 10 runs over the course of a five-game losing streak. Since the two-game winning streak they have cooled back off, failing to reach double figures in hits in any of their last six games. Five of those six games have wound up losses as the team's batting average has sunk to .263 and its runs-per-game average has slipped below three.