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 trio of scores over 9.0 led the Farmington gymnastics team during a fourth-place finish at the five-team Missota Conference Championships Friday night at Boeckman Middle School. Terra Klima was the team's highest finisher with her third-place score of 9.275 in the bars. Jade Alm added a breakout performance in the balance beam, where she was fourth with a score of 9.075, and Haley Luhman's sixth-place score of 9.2 in the vault highlighted her seventh-place all-around performance. As a team the Tigers weren't quite on top of their game.
With top-seeded Bloomington Jefferson/Kennedy looming in the first round of next weekend's Section 2AAA tournament, Farmington's chances at a state team berth don't appear to be very good. But several individual members of the team still have plenty to wrestle for.
Lakeville North was on the verge of knocking the numbers right off of Krystal Baumann's jersey Tuesday night. Baumann, a junior who scored 41 goals during an injury-shortened 21-game season, was harassed by the Panthers throughout and held scoreless in Farmington's 5-3 loss in the Section 1AA semifinals at Lakeville North. "We were just looking at it and the stitching on the numbers was coming off," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said of his star forward's jersey. "They were yelling 'body' every time she got the puck.
Farmington's boys hockey team avoided going winless in the Missota Conference when it scored a 4-1 victory at Hutchinson two weeks ago. The momentum from that game carried over into the first two periods of last Tuesday's matchup with Red Wing, but the Tigers saw a two-goal third-period lead turn into a 5-4 setback. Back at Schmitz-Maki Arena Thursday, coach Keith Revels' squad fell behind 3-0 in the first period and never mounted a serious threat in a 5-1 loss to Shakopee. "Once again we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory," Revels said of the Red Wing game.
Farmington's girls hockey team was knocked out of the Section 1AA Tournament Tuesday night after a 5-3 loss to Lakeville North. The Tigers fell behind 2-0 in the opening 10 minutes, but rallied to tie the score by the end of the first period. They allowed two more goals early in the second, but got back within 4-3 heading into the third. The score stayed 4-3 until Lakeville North scored an empty netter with 19.7 seconds left.
The Farmington girls hockey team took the first step in its pursuit of another state tournament berth with an 8-0 rout of Dodge County Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers, seeded third in the section, got three goals apiece from Krystal Baumann and Hannah Alexander. The team plays again Tuesday night in a section semifinal at No. 2 Lakeville North. The winner will likely take on top-seeded Lakeville South for a trip to the state tournament.
Farmington came out playing some solid defense in the first half of both of its home wins at the end of last week. The Tigers held Rochester Century to 15 points in the opening 18 minutes of last Thursday's 58-47 decision, then limited Hutchinson to 13 first-half points in Friday's 39-30 conference win. Hutchinson shot just 25 percent from the floor, while Farmington connected on 38 percent of its shots in the slow-paced affair.
Farmington won all 12 events in a dominating 95-81 Missota Conference win over Shakopee Thursday at Dodge Middle School. Five Tigers were part of three first-place finishes: Aaron Lane, Tyler Magalis, Loren Hatten, Allen Berg and Brian Huls. Lane, Hatten, Magalis and Zach Holton set the tone for the meet by swimming to a first-place time of 1:49.28 in the opening 200 medley relay.
Farmington's boys hockey team had to travel about 80 miles to the northwest to find the end to its 10-game losing streak. The Tigers made the long trip to Hutchinson Friday night and earned their first Missota Conference win of the season while also spoiling the home team's Senior Night with a 4-1 victory at Burich Arena. The decision also served as revenge for a 5-2 loss to Hutchinson in mid-January at Schmitz-Maki Arena. "Nice to end the slide. It's been tough on everyone," Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
Tenth-ranked (Class 3A) Hutchinson built a 27-19 halftime advantage and led the rest of the way in Friday's 71-60 home win over Farmington. The visiting Tigers committed 28 turnovers and were out-rebounded, 38-33, while losing their third game in a row. "Very physical game, which is their style, and that gave us problems," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "They are big and athletic. We committed way too many turnovers and they outplayed us." Hutchinson started the season with 12 straight wins before losing Missota Conference road games to Holy Angels and Shakopee in late January.