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 season-best team score wasn't enough to get the Farmington girls golf team out of last place at Monday's Missota Conference Championships at Crow River Country Club. The Tigers cut 66 strokes off their first team score of the year to finish with a combined 404 from their top four varsity golfers. New Prague claimed the girls championship, led by conference player of the year Stef Neisen. The Tigers were led by Alexia Rains, who carded an 18-hole round of 96. Terra Klima was four strokes back with an even 100 and Brianna Swenson carded a 103.
Farmington's boys golf team used a fifth-place team finish at Monday's Missota Conference Championships to vault into a sixth-place tie with Red Wing in the final league standings. The Tigers combined on a team score of 341, eight strokes off the pace of fourth-place Shakopee and a single stroke ahead of sixth-place Northfield.
Farmington's inaugural girls lacrosse season came to an end with an 18-4 tournament loss to Bloomington Jefferson Monday night in Bloomington. The Tigers, who finished with a record of 2-10, fell behind 10-0 by halftime against an experienced Jefferson team that had already beaten them 15-3 earlier this season. "We faced a very good Bloomington Jefferson team," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "They have had lacrosse there for a while.
Farmington's softball team experienced some highs and lows during a span of three games in three days that wrapped up the regular season last week. The Tigers outlasted senior pitching standout Brittany Lauterbach and seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Prior Lake, 3-2, in an 11-inning thriller last Wednesday night in Prior Lake only to follow it up with back-to-back league losses to New Prague and Northfield, a pair of teams they had already beaten this season. The roller coaster of a week left the Tigers at 12-8 overall and 9-5 in the Missota Conference, marks that earned them third in both the fi
Farmington failed to pick up a match against No. 3-seeded Winona in the first round of last week's Section 1AA team tournament. The Winhawks followed up the 7-0 victory with a 4-3 win over No. 2-seeded Hastings to advance to a semifinal match against No. 1 Rochester Mayo. Meanwhile, the Tigers were left to look ahead to the individual section tournament, which also features Winona, Albert Lea and Hastings and gets under way tonight in Hastings. Seth Roberts lost his No. 1 singles match at the team section by a score of 2-6, 4-6.
Experienced lacrosse teams from Holy Angels, Prior Lake and St. Thomas Academy made it a rough final week of the regular season for Farmington. The Tigers were outscored 52-5 as their winless inaugural season came to a close with three straight lopsided setbacks. Trevor Howard provided two of the team's three goals in Friday's 14-3 road loss to St. Thomas Academy. Howard finished the 11-game season with 10 goals scored. Alex Rojesky also scored a goal against St.
Farmington's boys track team looked fully-prepared for this week's Missota Conference Championships as it posted 41 personal-best performances during the Dan Foley Classic last Thursday at Carleton College in Northfield. "They competed well and the mix of weather and hard work in practice is all coming together for the conference meet next week in Prior Lake," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said.
Farmington's girls track team warmed up for this week's Missota Conference Championships with an appearance at the Pat Foley Classic last Thursday at Carleton College in Northfield. The Tigers won eight of the meet's events, including all three of the sprint relays. Erin Hickey was part of all three victories, teaming up with Nadia Lorencz, Lauren McHenry and Jessica Arey to take the 4x100 in 52.13 seconds and with Alyssa Parco, Amy Kiminski and Maria Kiminski to top the field in the 4x200 and 4x400.
Ben Cline overcame a 1-6 opening-set loss to pick up what turned out to be Farmington's lone win in a 6-1 match loss to New Prague last Thursday in New Prague. Cline won his next two sets 7-6(2) and 6-0 to earn the victory at No. 2 singles. Blake Olmsheid did just the opposite at No. 3 singles, winning 6-1 before falling 0-6, 1-6. Seth Roberts was competitive in a 1-6, 5-7 loss at No.
Tommy May fired a three-under-par 33 on the back nine last Thursday at Mississippi National Golf Course to finish with an 18-hole score of 73 to lead the Farmington boys golf team. May earned medalist honors at the meet, giving him 17.5 points in the conference's individual standings. "Tommy has all the right tools in his belt to be a great golfer, and we are just starting to see how well he is able to play," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said.