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 looks to be another year of transition for the Farmington boys basketball team. Missota Conference champions two years ago, the Tigers said goodbye to four senior starters that provided the bulk of their scoring and rebounding after the 2008-09 season.
For a while on Saturday afternoon, it looked like Farmington's girls hockey team might finally break through for the quality win it's been looking against one of its Section 1AA rivals. The Tigers, facing a Lakeville North team that knocked them out of the section tournament last February, led 1-0 after a period and remained deadlocked at two apiece through two before the Panthers skated away for a 4-2 win Saturday at Ames Arena. The Panthers outshot the Tigers 42-18, including 39-10 over the final two periods.
The offense wasn't bad, the defense was alright, but the transition from offense to defense hurt the Farmington boys hockey team in its season opener Saturday at Hastings Civic Arena. The Raiders scored four transition goals as they skated to a 5-2 victory over the Tigers. "We worked very hard and had numbers backchecking, but need to communicate on who is taking whom so there are not opposing players unaccounted for to hurt us off the rush or off a rebound shot," Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
Rochester John Marshall scored seven times in the first 25 minutes and coasted to a 7-1 win over Farmington in boys hockey action Tuesday night in Rochester. Senior Tyler Grubb scored the lone goal for the Tigers, who dropped to 0-2.
Grace Gavin and Krystal Baumann each scored two goals in Farmington's 6-4 Missota Conference win over Red Wing Tuesday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The full story will appear in next week's print edition of the Independent.
If one game is any indication, the Farmington girls basketball team has already made some progress since last season. The Tigers opened the 2010-11 season Tuesday night with a 53-45 non-conference road victory at Owatonna. The Huskies knocked Farmington out of the section tournament last winter with a 50-31 second-round win.
For the second year in a row, Farmington's boys and girls cross country teams capped off their seasons with a trip to the Nike Nationals Heartland Regional Cross Country Championships held Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. The girls placed second out of 16 teams in the open 5,000-meter race, led by Maricia Pacheco's second-place time of 20:05 on the Yankton Trail Park course. Teammate Bailey Opsal also cracked the top 10, coming in seventh in 20:26.
Three top-10 finishes lifted the Farmington girls swimming and diving team to its best team finish at the Class 2A Championships lasta weekend. The Tigers accumulated 43 points to finish 17th out of 39 scoring teams in the field at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The program's previous best showing came in 2005 when 26 1/2 points was good enough for 21st place. "This is the most successful state meet we have ever had," coach Jen Marshall said.
With seniors Krystal Baumann and Hannah Alexander anchoring the forward spots, it was expected the Farmington girls hockey team would score plenty of goals this season. The Tigers have put the puck past opposing goalies nine times in their first three games. It's the other end of the ice that's been a problem, as three opponents combined to score 13 goals and put 114 shots on goalie Jessica Erchul in three games last week.
Three top-10 finishes helped the Farmington girls swimming and diving team accumulate 43 points at the Class 2A State Meet. The Tigers sit 15th in the team standings heading into the meet's final event. The 200 medley relay started the scoring with a ninth-place finish. Freshman Kaityln O'Reilly came back to place eighth in the 100 backstroke finals in 58.60 seconds and senior Elizabeth Wolfe closed out the meet with a seventh-place 1:07.77 clocking in the 100 breaststroke final.