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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The Farmington girls golf team dealt with injuries and inexperience during back-to-back last place finishes last week. Consistent top-two team finisher Terra Klima sat out with an injured back and Brenna Donnelly played through pain as the Tigers shot a team score of 458 Thursday in a Missota Conference meet at Fountain Valley Golf Course. Senior Alexia Rains led the varsity team with an 18-hole round of 105, but it was eighth-grader Brianna Swenson who led the Tigers with a round of 100 in the JV portion of the meet.
The Farmington girls lacrosse team is getting closer to nabbing the program's first victory. The Tigers, after losing the first three games of the season by a combined score of 47-9, ran stride-for-stride with an undefeated Rochester John Marshall team in their first home game last Thursday before suffering a 9-6 setback at Tiger Stadium. "We played our best game this year," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "We battled, but couldn't quite hold them off.... We are improving at an exponential rate, and our speed on the field is starting to show.
Farmington's boys lacrosse team is getting shown every game just how good it will have to get in order to be competitive against the established varsity programs in southern Minnesota. The Tigers, in their first varsity season after years playing at the club level, fell to 0-4 after a 10-2 loss to Lakeville North last Tuesday night in Lakeville. The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first quarter and ended up scoring on 22 percent of their shots while outshooting the Tigers, 46-14. "We have been a varsity program for just over three weeks now and have already played four games a
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.