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 best of the best? Farmington and Rosemount’s entrants were more like the elite of the elite at Friday’s Hamline Elite Meet.
Farmington and Rosemount headed in opposite directions after their South Suburban Conference clash last Monday in Rosemount. The Third-ranked Tigers bounced back from their first loss of the season by rolling by Rosemount 7-1, and then followed that up by knocking off Eastview 5-2 later in the week. Meanwhile, the Irish ended up losing four straight games before blowing out 2A LeSueur-Henderson 17-2 Saturday in the consolation bracket of the Shakopee Tournament.
The Rosemount girls’ golf team landed four players in the top 20 at last Thursday’s first South Suburban Conference meet of the spring at a rainy and windy Valleywood Golf Course. The Irish ended up third out of nine teams with a score of 354. They finished nine strokes off the pace of meet champion Lakeville North and six behind runner-up Eagan. Farmington settled for 10th place for the ninth SSC meet in a row, but came within three strokes of ninth-place Burnsville with a score of 449.
Farmington’s red-hot bats were finally cooled off Saturday in the championship game of the Mankato East Tournament. The Tigers touched up New Ulm and Mankato East pitching for a total of 21 runs on their road to finals before being shut down by Prior Lake, 7-0. The Lakers have allowed just three runs and gone 6-0 since dropping their season opener in Farmington April 11.
The Farmington girls owned the individual track events at their home invitational last Thursday. Tiger athletes won six of the eight individual races on the Tiger Stadium track while leading the team to a third-place total of 114 points. South Suburban Conference rival Lakeville South (156) and Eagan (138) did their damage in the relays and field events while claiming the top two spots in the team competition.
The most lopsided victory in program history wasn’t even the biggest win of last week for the Farmington girls’ lacrosse team. Coming off a 23-0 blowout of Rochester Century last Monday, the Tigers showed they belong in any conversation about the top teams in the state by coming from behind to defeat third-ranked Stillwater 7-6 last Thursday in Stillwater. They trailed by two goals at the break before outscoring the Ponies 4-1 in the second half.
Farmington’s performance in the 100-meter dash encapsulated its day at the Lakeville North Mega Meet Saturday. The Tigers scored just one point in the event, thanks to an eighth-place finish by Colton Ralidak, but teammates Alija Moe and Maurice Houston followed closely in ninth and 12th, respectively, showing team depth that could lead to more success down the road.
The friendly confines of Tiger Field have provided a nice home field advantage for the Farmington baseball team so far this spring. The Tigers improved to 3-0 on their home field with a 12-4 rout of Shakopee Friday. They have scored 27 runs in those three games, compared to the seven total runs they’ve scored in four road games so far, all losses.
Great pitching, near-flawless defense and timely hitting have all played a role in the Farmington softball team’s first 5-0 start since the 2012 season. The Tigers kept their perfect start alive and moved into first place in the South Suburban Conference Monday afternoon by rallying for two runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Apple Valley, 5-4.
The Farmington girls’ track team landed six performances on the state honor roll list in its first outdoor meet of the spring last Tuesday night at Lakeville South. “The girls really got after it on Tuesday,” Farmington coach Tom Hart said. “The weather cooperated and it was a beautiful night to run track.”