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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Farmington VFW Post 7662 coach Jared Rowan knows his team has the talent to put together a successful season. But he said the first thing his players need to do is learn how to forget about their past failures. Post 7662 came away with one win in four games last weekend at the Burnsville Tournament at Alimagnet Park. After opening with a competitive 5-3 loss to Eau Claire, Farmington folded early in a 16-4 loss to host Burnsville. Post 7662 rebounded for a 10-9 victory over a talented Woodbury team Saturday night, but closed out the tournament Sunday with a 14-4 setback against Wayzata.
The future looks bright for the Farmington girls track program. The Tigers wrapped up the 2010 season with five athletes competing at the Class 2A State Meet last weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul, and four of those athletes will be back next spring after helping the team to a 40th-place total of six points. "It was a lot of fun to be right there in races with the best in the state," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "I told them there are 120 other teams in Class 2A that wanted to get to state in March, so where you finish now is where you rank out of 120 teams.
Farmington senior Logan Hussung was one inch away from being a state champion in two events. But it didn't take him long to decide that being the state's best discus thrower and the state's second best shot putter wasn't so bad. "I was disappointed with the shot, but now that I look at it, first and second is pretty good. I don't think Trey (Davis) ever did that," said Hussung, who will continue his throwing career as a teammate of Davis, a state shot put champ and 2007 Farmington alum, at the University of Minnesota.
The season couldn't have gotten off to a much better start for Farmington's Post 189 baseball team last Thursday in Lonsdale. Post 189 pounded out 19 hits and got two solid pitching efforts from Justin Tang and Cody Carlson in a 10-0, 6-4 season-opening sweep. "To sum up both games, power was on display. Everyone picked up where they left off in school ball," Farmington coach Andy Pierskalla said. "Everybody made solid contact, even the singles were line drive, hard hits.
Farmington's winless inaugural boys lacrosse season came to an end with a 19-3 loss to Burnsville in the opening round of the section tournament May 26. The Tigers trailed 5-0 after the opening quarter and were still behind 12-2 at the halftime break. The Blaze finished the job and advanced in the tournament after posting a convincing 7-1 edge in the second half. Farmington got just eight shots on goal, but Matt Ackerman, Quinn Malcolm and Trevor Howard each managed to find the back of the net.
Inexperience once again proved to be the downfall of the Farmington girls golf team in the Section 1AAA tournament last week. With a lineup featuring two eighth-graders, two freshmen and just one senior, the Tigers finished last with a round of 454 at Cannon Falls Golf Course. Lone senior Alexia Rains closed out her career with a team-best round of 110 for 18 holes. Brianna Swenson followed with a 114 and Alexis Preese and Terra Klima provided matching rounds of 115.
There was an audible gasp from the crowd as Logan Hussung's second preliminary shot put toss sailed high through the air at last Thursday's Section 1AA Championships. Seconds later, there was thunderous applause when the distance of the heave was announced on the loud speakers at Lakeville South High School's track: "60 feet, six and one-half inches." Hussung didn't hear any of it. He has trained himself not to.
From 2005 to 2007, the Farmington girls track team didn't qualify a single event for the Class 2A State Meet. But in the last three years, it's become commonplace to see Tiger athletes competing alongside other top performers in the section and earning their place on the Hamline University track.
Farmington's VFW Post 7662 baseball team had both of its practices rained out during the week-and-a-half off between when the high school season ended and the summer season began. That down time resulted in some rust.
A look at some of the numbers says it all: a 59-foot shot put toss, a 50-second 400, a 1:59 800, a 4:43 1,600. The Farmington boys track and field team is peaking at just the right time. Distances continued to climb and times continued to dwindle Thursday as the Tigers finished third with 146 1/2 team points at the highly-competitive Missota Conference Championships Thursday at Prior Lake. Host Prior Lake outscored runner-up Shakopee 199 1/2-152 for the team title.