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 Farmington boys swim and dive team finished in second place at the Section 1AA True Team section meet for the second straight year Saturday.
It wasn't always pretty, but the Farmington girls' basketball team was still happy to claim its first victory over Eagan since joining the the South Suburban Conference. Molly Mogensen scored a key basket late and knocked down the free throws necessary to secure the Tigers' 49-45 road win over the 2-11 Wildcats. It was the first time this season the Tigers found a way to win a close game. They lost by six to Prior Lake and came up seven points short against Shakopee and Northfield.
The Farmington wrestling team officially came away from the weekend's Rick Lee Duals in Bemidji with a record of 2-4, but that's not much of a concern to head coach Chad Olson. "We like to focus on the process of what is going to get us to peak in February. Our record when it came to the process was 4-2," Olson said. "We had great intensity and energy and controlled what we could control in four rounds, but did not in two of the rounds."
The Farmington gymnastics team bested the 140 mark for the first time this season while running away with the team title Saturday at its own Farmington Invitational. The Tigers scored 140.15 points to best runner-up Red Wing by nearly eight points at the Instructional Services Center. Park of Cottage Grove placed third in the nine-team field. "It was an awesome invite with tons of energy. It was fun to see the girls excited. I think they are gaining momentum and confidence for sections," Farmington coach Amanda Lund said.
The Farmington competition cheer teams had a successful day at the Spirit of America competition held by the Universal Cheerleaders Association at the Minneapolis Convention Center Saturday, Jan. 7.
Former Farmington girls soccer coach Seamus Tritchler died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer in September. Tritchler was the Tiger head soccer coach when I started at the newspaper in 2007. He loved the sport and kept popping up as a coach with various teams around the metro right up until this fall.
At last Thursday’s Rosemount girls’ hockey game, I got some photos of a Burnsville player hitting a Rosemount player in the face. You can see them on my Twitter page at @FarmRoseSports. Of course it was a hockey game, so no one seemed to think much of it and play resumed. The Burnsville girls’ hockey official Twitter response to the photos was “Play tough or go home.”
With another 2-1 stretch last week, the Farmington girls' basketball team surpassed its win total from all of last season. Coming off a 6-21 campaign last winter, the Tigers improved to 7-4 with a 56-38 non-conference victory over Rochester Mayo Saturday in Rochester. It was a far cry from last year's head-to-head meeting with the Spartans when the Tigers scored a season-low 22 points on their home court.
Visiting Lakeville South deposited three goals into the Schmitz-Maki Arena net in the first 15 minutes Saturday night and went on to blank Farmington 4-0. The Tigers' third shutout loss of the year dropped their record to 4-7 heading into their game Tuesday, Jan. 10, at St. Michael-Albertville. Playing for the first time after a 15-day holiday break, the Tigers looked rusty from the start. They were outshot 18-8 in the first period and 50-16 in the game. Goaltender Gavin Enright finished one short of his season high with 46 saves.