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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Former Rosemount head boys’ basketball coach B ryan Schnettler has guided the Wayzata basketball team to a 17-1 start this winter. The Trojans are ranked fourth in Class 4A.
Both coming off road losses to the top two teams in the South Suburban Conference earlier in the week, Farmington and Rosemount entered Saturday's matinee at Schmitz-Maki Arena fired up, looking to establish a physical tone and get their seasons back on a winning track. In the end, it was Farmington that emerged with a 2-1 victory in a game that featured an astounding 26 penalties that totalled 58 minutes, and a combined 20 power plays.
Farmington built an early 1.5-point lead in the vault and held on to defeat Rosemount 141.425-139.7 last Tuesday in a clash of two state-ranked South Suburban Conference teams last Tuesday.
The likes of state powerhouses Minnetonka, Stillwater, Wayzata and Edina pushed Farmington and Rosemount to the back of the pack at Saturday’s Class 2A True Team state meet.
Girls Basketball Rosemount and Farmington both have similar profiles this season; teams in the neighborhood of .500, fighting it out in the middle of the South Suburban Conference pack. But Rosemount has had the upper hand in recent years, and that experience helped the senior-led Irish pull away 51-42 when the two teams squared off last Thursday at Irish Gym. The Tigers stayed within two points of the Irish until halftime by shooting 57 percent from the field, but could only put up 17 points in the second half.
A day off recharged Farmington’s gymnasts, brought them together, and resulted in a record-setting performance in Tuesday’s meet against Eagan.
Farmington Area Public Schools announced the winners of the 2016-2017 Academics, Arts, and Athletics, or Triple "A", Award: Jacob Zakoski and Ryan Jara. The award is given to high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in all three categories of academics, arts and athletics.
An eight-point defeat Friday night didn’t diminish the fact that head coach Liz Carpentier had seen her Farmington girls’ basketball team play at a level it has rarely reached in recent years. Playing on the road, the Tigers stuck within a point of fourth-ranked Apple Valley through the first 18 minutes and ended up posting their highest point total of the season in an 82-74 defeat. It was a far cry from the team’s performance three days earlier against a similarly-skilled Lakeville North team where they lost by 28.
The scores continued to climb for the 19th-ranked (Class 2A) Farmington gymnastics team Tuesday at Lakeville South.
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.