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 pair of varsity newcomers helped a short-handed Farmington wrestling team come away with a sweep of the Northfield Triangular Thursday night. Brian Caravantes picked up his first career varsity win with a decision at 138 pounds and Kirk Knapp did the same with a pin at 195 pounds as the Tigers rallied for a 34-33 dual victory over the host Raiders. "We had a few starters out, but some of our replacements did a great job filling in," Farmington coach Chad Olson said.
Farmington boys basketball coach Shane Wyandt didn't try to sugar-coat his team's 67-45 Missota Conference-opening loss at Shakopee Thursday night. "We came out with little intensity or toughness and we got the result it deserved," he said of the Tigers' sixth road loss in eight games. "We need to do something better as coaches to figure out why we can play so differently from home to the road.
Last season the Farmington swimming and diving team went to Northfield for the Section 1AA True Team meet and came back with the program's first championship. This year the Tigers got to defend that championship on their home turf. They won four of the meet's 12 events and sprinkled in 38 top-10 finishes in edging runner-up Owatonna 436-406 for Section 1AA True Team title Saturday at Levi Dodge Middle School.
Farmington showed some progress and exacted some revenge during a pair of Missota Conference contests last week. The Tigers opened the week with a 5-1 loss at Chaska/Chanhassen, but played the league leaders much tougher than they did earlier in the season when the Stormhawks invaded Schmitz-Maki Arena and came away with an 8-1 decision. The team returned home Friday night and skated to a 3-1 victory over a New Prague team they fell to 2-0 on Dec. 1. Haleigh Zwart gave Farmington the lead with an unassisted goal in the second period.
Southwest Minnesota State senior Abby Kenealy became the 18th member of the 1,000-point club finishing with 16 points but it would not be enough as Northern State University (10-7, 6-6 NSIC) went on to take a 69-55 win from the Mustangs on Saturday night in Marshall. Kenealy was 7 of 14 from the field to lead the Mustangs in scoring for the game. She was the only Mustang to reach double-digits. Kenealy is currently tied for 16th in scoring at SMSU with 1,014 career points. Kenealy, a 2008 Farmington High School graduate, was also a 1,000-pointer scorer for the Tigers.
Farmington defeated runner-up Owatonna 436-406 to capture its second straight Section 1AA True Team championship Saturday at Dodge Middle School. The Tigers will compete at the True Team State Meet next Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
Farmington ended up 13th against a talented field of teams in the Maroon Division of the Maroon and Gold Invitational Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The Tigers scored just 71 points, but head coach Ryan Hamen was pleased with his team's effort. "We did not score well, but the boys swam well," he said. "This is going to help us in true team, our depth. The boys are working very hard at their techniques and after every swim are talking about what they have to work on.
Just three games into its Missota Conference schedule, the Farmington boys hockey team has already experienced three extremely different results. After skating to a fairly comfortable 5-1 win over Shakopee in their league opener, the Tigers were blown out 11-2 by Holy Angels last Tuesday at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The team bounced back by playing rival Northfield to a 2-2 tie last Thursday at Northfield Ice Arena. "We bounced back well and played a very solid game," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We competed and worked hard, which is what we are asking them to do.
Farmington broke out of its season-long scoring funk for at least one night, dropping five goals on Northfield in a 5-2 Missota Conference victory Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers scored more than three goals in a game for the first time this season as they won their third in a row since being swept at the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic two weeks ago.
Taylor Meyer's return to the lineup provided an immediate spark for the Farmington girls basketball team. The senior did exactly what first-year head coach Sondra Chadwick had hoped -- she helped the players around her perform at a higher level -- despite a narrow 70-68 loss in the Tigers' Missota Conference opener Friday night in Red Wing. Meyer, a 1,000-point career scorer and three-time all-conference selection, scored 18 points and hauled in nine rebounds in her first time on the court in a live game since suffering an ACL injury last summer.