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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The good news is Farmington's qualifying events more than held their own at Friday's Hamline Elite Meet. The great news is there's still a month and a half for the Tigers to prepare for their planned return to Hamline for the Class 2A State Meet in mid-June.
Farmington's boys golf team dropped 16 strokes from its previous Missota Conference meet while playing in the friendly confines of its home course Monday afternoon. Led by junior Mike Dalhed's season-best round of 77, the Tigers shot a team score of 322 to place fourth out of eight teams in action at Fountain Valley Golf Course. Dalhed shot a 39 on the front nine, then came back with a 38 on the back nine.
The Farmington boys tennis team jumped out to good starts in several matches before fading in a 7-0 loss Monday at Simley. "We took it on the chin today," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "What started out to be a promising opportunity ended with disappointment as several matches got away from us." No.1 singles player Seth Roberts dropped his match, 3-6, 1-6.
Farmington's girls golf team finished last at Saturday's Faribault Invite at Legacy Golf Course with a team score of 427. New Prague won the meet with a score of 327. The Trojans were led by medalist Steffi Nelson, who fired a round of 70. Terra Klima led the Tigers with a 95. Teammate Alexia Rains was four strokes back with a round of 99, then there was an 18-stroke drop-off to No. 3 golfer Alexis House's 117.
Tommy May posted his best round of the young season in leading the Farmington boys golf team to 10th place at Monday's 13-team Tartan Invitational at Tartan Park. May fired an 18-hole round of 77, backing up his 39 on the front nine with a 38 on the back nine. He finished 10th against a field of 84 golfers. "Hopefully he can post another low score in our second conference tournament at Stonebrook (Tuesday)," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said.
It shouldn't have been a surprise that Farmington's girls lacrosse team was a bit overmatched in its first two games as a Minnesota State High School League sanctioned sport last week. Going up against teams from Apple Valley and Park of Cottage Grove that played lacrosse at the varsity level last season, the Tigers lost a pair of road games by scores of 15-2 and 17-4. Apple Valley jumped out to a 6-0 halftime advantage in last Tuesday's opener, then put nine more shots past goalie Andrea Jacobson in the second half.
The first week of the softball season provided Farmington with a pair of confidence-boosting wins over Hutchinson and Red Wing. The second week was a bit more humbling. Going up against two of the metro's elite pitchers, the Tigers managed 10 hits over two games and suffered a pair of losses to undefeated teams from Shakopee (5-0) and Prior Lake (8-1). "This week we faced some of the toughest pitching in the state," first-year coach Rob Laden said.
Farmington's boys lacrosse team stumbled out of the blocks in its first week of varsity action. The Tigers made their debut last Tuesday with a 13-5 loss at Lakeville South. They played East Ridge/Park tough in last Thursday's home opener before falling 9-4, then saw their record drop to 0-3 with a 13-6 loss Monday night at Owatonna. Three of Farmington's six goals against Owatonna came from Mitch Collier. Quinn Malcolm and Jake Bauman also found the back of the net and Justin Rees had two assists. Owatonna scored five goals in the first period and upped its lead to 8-4 by halftime.
Contributions from athletes in the open running events, hurdles, field events and relays helped the Farmington girls track team stay in the middle of the pack with a 10th-place finish at the 20-team Mega Meet Friday at Lakeville North. In all, the Tigers managed nine top-10 finished against a field that also included Fargo South, Prior Lake, Lakeville North, Minnetonka, Grand Rapids, Ribbinsdale Armstrong, Mounds View, Rosemount and White Bear Lake in the top 10. "We had some very good performances," coach Tom Hart said. "This was quite a meet with a lot of great competition.
Outside of the state meet, it would be difficult to find a more impressive lineup of prep track and field teams than the one that gathered at Lakeville North for Friday's Mega Meet. Farmington finished 12th out of a field of 17 boys teams and cracked the top 10 in only six events, but the important number to head coach Brian Helmstetter was 22 -- the number of personal records turned in by his athletes during the windy 7 1/2 hour meet. Good competition produces good times and there was plenty of both in a meet where Wayzata outscored Eden Prairie, 96-92, for the team title.