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'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.
With eighth-grader Brianna Swenson missing from the lineup due to a choir conflict, the Farmington girls golf team finished in last place at Monday's Missota Conference meet at Crow River Country Club in Hutchinson. The Tigers' bright spot came from senior Alexia Rains, who shot a career-best round of 89 to lead the team. Mia Johnston finished second on the team with a 109, followed by Brenna Donnelly with a 114. Terra Klima and Alexis Preese tied for the No. 4 spot with matching rounds of 118 and Alexis House carded a 121.
Fifteen personal-best performances weren't enough to lift Farmington from the middle of the pack in the boys portion of the drizzly Section 1AA True Team Championships last Tuesday in Rochester. The throwers, 300 hurdlers and sprint relays battled the elements while posting Farmington's top finishes, but overall depth cost the Tigers as they scored a fifth-place total of 694 points in the nine-team meet.
Farmington's girls lacrosse team couldn't turn its first halftime lead into its third win of the season Thursday night against Prior Lake. The Tigers surged to a 3-2 lead by the break courtesy of three goals by team scoring leader Ally Midboe, but were shut out in the second half of a 7-3 setback to the Lakers at Tiger Stadium. "We controlled most of the first half, jumping passes, using our speed and playing solid defensively. We had a lot of chances, just couldn't get many quality shots on their goalie," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "The second half did not go our way.
Farmington's softball team likely improved its position in the Section 1AAA tournament seeding with a pair of wins over section opponents last week. The Tigers, who open section play next week at Todd Park in Austin, improved to 10-6 overall by sweeping Owatonna and Rochester Century, 2-0 and 7-1, Friday night in Owatonna. "I think the team established itself as one of the top teams in Section 1," first-year Farmington coach Rob Laden said after the doubleheader. Farmington's freshman pitcher Ashley Betzold allowed just one unearned run on seven hits while striking out 15 over the 14 inning
It was a matchup of contrasting pitching styles Monday afternoon in Farmington. Both senior starting pitchers -- Farmington's Justin Tang and Prior Lake's T.J. Larson -- entered among the Missota Conference's leaders in wins and ERA. Tang had used his control and ability to change speeds to compile a 3-0 record, a save and a 1.82 ERA so far this season, but it was Larson, a power pitcher, who used seven strikeouts to hold Farmington to one unearned run over six innings and pick up his sixth win in Prior Lake's 6-4 victory.
Farmington didn't have the depth to hang with the likes of Lakeville North, Lakeville South and Rochester Mayo in the girls portion of last Tuesday's Section 1AA True Team Meet in Rochester. The Tigers continued to get strong performances in standout events like the 300 hurdles and the 4x200 and 4x400 relays -- all of which finished first -- but it was the teams that could place three competitors in the top 10 of the individual events that rose to the top in a meet where the top 27 finishers were awarded points.
Farmington's first-year boys lacrosse team finished five goals in back of a pair of opponents last week, dropping a 12-7 decision to Owatonna and an 11-6 verdict to Spring Lake Park. Quinn Malcolm accounted for three of the goals Monday against Spring Lake Park, giving him nine for the season. Matt Ackerman added two goals and Justin Rees scored once. Assists were provided by Nick Midboe (2), Alex Rojesky and Mitch Collier. Charlie Weierke played 40 minutes in goal and allowed nine of Spring Lake Park's goals.