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 three-point loss may have been more evidence of improvement than a 50-point win for the Farmington girls basketball team last week. The Tigers, who sported a record of 1-12 just over two weeks ago, ran their winning streak to three games with a 76-26 blowout over winless Faribault on the road last Tuesday. The team returned home Friday night and led by as many as 12 points in the second half before bowing out 59-56 to a 12-6 New Prague team. The home team was left with several positives to take away from the game, despite the result.
Shakopee scored a pair of short-handed goals in the first period and forged a season split of the Missota Conference series with a 4-2 victory over Farmington Thursday night at Shakopee Ice Arena. The Sabers took an early lead with a goal at 5:30 of the first, then netted two short-handed goals in a span of 47 seconds to cap a first period where they had a 15-8 advantage in shots on goal. The play in the second period was just as lopsided. The Sabers had a 17-7 advantage in shots on goal and scored with 11 seconds left to take a 4-1 lead into the third.
The Farmington Tiger Elite cheer team placed first last weekend in the Novice Division at the MCCA State Cheer Competition at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. The Tigers scored 181.5 points to defeat first-year teams from Northfield (135) and Minnetonka (125.55). FHS's Cheryl Wetterlind and Meagan Peterson were among the 30 cheerleaders selected to the Honor Team of Excellence The Tigers are back in action Sunday in Maple Grove.
The Farmington gymnastics team is once again on the verge of a 140-point team score. The Tigers reached the mark several times last season, including at the Section 1AA Championships when they peaked at a school-record 142.75. This year's team has missed most of its top performers at one time or another, including Thursday night when Kathryn Beckett was out of the lineup for a 149.225-138.625 home loss to defending state champion Northfield.
The Farmington hockey team's offense finally broke out of its slump Friday night against Shakopee. After scoring four goals in their previous five games -- all losses -- the Tigers netted four goals against the Sabers and got back in the win column with a 4-2 Missota Conference victory at Schmitz-Maki Arena. "It was nice to see the boys' hard work pay off, especially in the scoring department," Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
Last Tuesday's meet against Hastings didn't result in a win, but it did give the Farmington swimming and diving team an opportunity to turn in some of its best performances of the season as it prepares for the upcoming Missota Conference and Section 1AA meets. The Tigers led 37-35 after a 1-2 finish by Evan Carufel and Jonathan Bovee in the 1-meter dive, but the Raiders rallied for a 96-84 victory at Dodge Middle School. "It was a very exciting meet.
When you're a squad with as much youth as the Farmington wrestling team, the ninth-grade state tournament can cause quite a conflict. The Tiger varsity squad wrestled to a ninth-place total of 62.5 points at Saturday's Eastview Invite while five regulars were in Hastings helping the ninth-grade team to its best state showing ever, a fifth-place finish, at the Ninth Grade League Team State Tournament. "We did not fill a full lineup and had five JV wrestlers wrestling varsity at Eastview," Farmington coach Chad Olson said.
Competing without three of its top scorers due to illness or injury -- including all-state performers Nadia Lorencz and Kiana Lord -- the Farmington gymnastics team still managed to hang on for its second Missota Conference road win of the week Friday in Red Wing. Kathryn Beckett stepped into a lead role and several JV gymnasts contributed in a 125.325-123.85 victory. "We had a fun meet in Red Wing. We did have a lot of girls out due to sickness and minor injuries, most of them being our varsity girls," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said.
The Farmington boys basketball team found a couple of different ways to win last week. The Tigers used a big offensive night to secure their first Missota Conference win of the season last Tuesday in Tiger Gym, putting four players in double figures in a 70-67 triumph over Holy Angels. Three nights later, it was the team's defense that stepped up in a 58-47 road win at rival Northfield. The Tigers have won 4 of 6 games since starting the season 2-7.
One bad minute resulted in three Maple Grove goals Monday night, capping off one bad week that resulted in three Farmington losses. Farmington (8-14) trailed Maple Grove 1-0 in the third period when the Crimson reeled off three goals in a 58-second span to put the game away.