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 old sports cliche says you should take one game at a time, but when you’re in the Farmington girls’ lacrosse team’s position, it’s hard not to think ahead, at least a little bit, to the Section 1AA tournament.
A trio of state qualifiers are back to try to help the Farmington girls’ track team move up in its three most important meets — the South Suburban Conference championships, the True Team section meet and the Section 1AA championships — this spring. Lauren Peterson, Anna Fenske and Emma Record all return for a Tiger squad that came on strong after an eighth-place finish at the conference meet and a sixth-place showing at the True Team section to place fourth at the section meet.
A group of over 70 underclassmen make the Farmington boys’ track team a bit of an unknown heading into the spring season. Head coach Adam Lippold will see many of his athletes compete for the first time when the Tigers travel to River Falls, Wis., to host a four-team indoor meet Thursday, April 6. He’s hoping to see some of his runners, jumpers and throwers begin building the foundations for careers that will also help build the Tiger program in the coming years.
It’s been an inconsistent couple of years in the South Suburban Conference for the Farmington baseball team. The Tigers turned heads in their first year in the league in 2015, tying for second place with an 11-7 mark. Then last spring they sunk to last place with a 3-15 showing, only to show some life at the end of the season with a couple section tournament victories.
Multiple Farmington High School bands were in action Saturday, March 4. The Jazz I and Jazz II groups traveled to the University of Minnesota for their annual Jazz Festival, and members of Farmington Winter Percussion took part in a Percussion Showcase at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.
When asked what he expects his softball team’s biggest strength to be this year, Farmington head coach Paul Harrington needed a fraction of a second to answer. Experience at pitcher and catcher.
The St. Paul Area Athena Awards program honors female high school seniors for their athletic achievements.
The Farmington girls’ basketball team picked up its first section tournament win in several seasons last Wednesday before bowing out to Lakeville North in Saturday’s Section 1AAAA semifinals. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 13-15. They improved seven wins after posting a 6-21 mark last winter.
A fast field of swimmers set nine new meet records and pushed Rosemount and Farmington back in the pack over the weekend at the Class 2A state swim and dive meet. The schools competed in a combined eight individual events at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center and only one athlete was able to break into the top 19.
The season ended on a high note for all three wrestlers Farmington sent to last weekend’s Class 3A state tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Trayton Anderson and Skyler Raymond both reached the podium in their second career state appearances and freshman Luke Peterson showed he belonged in matches against two of the state’s top wrestlers in his first career state trip.