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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It's been almost four years since the Farmington baseball team has put together this good a stretch of play. Going back to a 10-9 road victory over New Prague on April 27, the Tigers have won four of their last five games. The last time coach Mike Winters' team did that was from May 17-29 of the 2006 season. Winters said the team has been improving in all three phases of the game -- hitting, pitching and defense -- during its current run. "We've really been hitting and pitching well. At the plate we're doing a good job of staying back and going with the pitch.
Despite losing quite a few of its varsity players from last year's team, Northfield had no trouble disposing of Farmington, 7-0, in a Missota Conference tennis meet last Thursday at Boeckman Middle School. "This team was amazingly good for having graduated seven of their top 12 from last year," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. Top singles players Seth Roberts and Ben Cline both lost by 0-6, 0-6 margins, while Blake Olmsheid and Simon Lindstrom managed a point in their singles losses. The doubles teams of Tyler Olson and Topher Kirschmann and Austin Rau and Scott Young were also handed 0-6
Farmington's inaugural lacrosse season has been filled with firsts. Two more noteworthy firsts were achieved last week when the Tiger girls picked up their first home victory, as well as their first win over a Missota Conference opponent, with a 9-8 rally past Holy Angels Thursday at Tiger Stadium. "To win the first-ever matchup against a team we will be playing for years was great," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said.
Both of Farmington's track teams finished in the middle of the pack at last Tuesday's Missota Conference Relay Meet at Shakopee Junior High School. The boys tied Shakopee for the most top-three finishes with 10, but ended up fourth in a tight team race with 149 points. Prior Lake topped Shakopee 169-164 for the team title and Holy Angels was third with 155 points. "We had a lot of great performances, but because the competition was so tight, we all needed to have a big day and our weak spots hurt us," Farmington boys coach Brian Helmstetter said.
Two relay wins and eight top-three individual finishes helped Farmington's girls track team finish fourth -- and just 6 1/2 points out of second -- against an impressive eight-team field at Saturday's Eden Prairie Booster Invitational. Host Eden Prairie won the meet, outscoring runner-up Moorhead 153.5-124.5. Wayzata was third with 122.5 points and the Tigers were right behind with 118 points. "We ran pretty well and raced extremely hard," Farmington head coach Tom Hart said.
On a night where 19 runs scored, 24 hits were pounded out and eight errors were committed, a bunt ended up being the difference. Matt Rudorfer's suicide squeeze bunt scored Justin Tang with Farmington's 10th run in the top of the eighth inning last Tuesday at New Prague and the Tigers held on for a 10-9 win over the Trojans. The back-and-forth game moved into the eighth tied at 7-7.
Eighth-grader Brianna Swenson and senior Alexia Rains supplied Farmington's top two scores during a ninth-place finish at last Wednesday's 11-team Stan Otness Invitational at Fountain Valley Golf Course. The Tigers shot a team score of 434 to finish ahead of Holy Angels and Richfield. Missota Conference rival Northfield claimed the team title. Swenson led Farmington with an 18-hole round of 97 and Rains was five strokes back with a 102.
Third-place Farmington kept pace with the leaders in the Missota Conference softball standings with a pair of league wins last week. The Tigers put on a good show for the nearly 100 local youth players in attendance with a 3-1 victory over New Prague on last Tuesday's Farmington Girls Fastpitch Association Youth Night, then improved their record to 6-3 overall after slugging their way to a 10-8 win Thursday at Hutchinson. "The team is playing very good ball," first-year head coach Rob Laden said. "The best part of the week was our FYFA Youth Night ...
Farmington's girls lacrosse team suffered some lopsided losses during its first two weeks of varsity play in late April. But head coach Dan Pickens remained confident his players would learn from the setbacks and improve as the season wore on. It didn't take long for his team to prove him right. The Tigers, just two days after a 22-3 home loss to a tough Lakeville South team, picked up the first varsity win in program history on Thursday, rallying for a 13-5 decision over Rochester Century in Rochester. "We played a very good game, our best of the year.
Logan Hussung was just getting started when he turned in a couple of second-place finishes in the throwing events at the Hamline Elite Meet two weeks ago.