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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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.
Competing for the third time in a span of five days, the Farmington boys' swim and dive team still managed to break into the top half of the field at Saturday's Maroon and Gold Invitational. The Tigers, who competed against Eastview Friday night, were back in the pool by 6 a.m. Saturday warming up for what turned out to be a seventh-place finish out of 15 teams in the Bronze Division at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. They scored 266 points to finish 13 off the pace of sixth-place St. Louis Park.
Both the Rosemount and Farmington gymnastics teams wound up in the middle of a pack loaded with ranked opponents Saturday at the Faribault Invitational.
Matching 4-1 losses to ranked teams last week dropped the Farmington girls' hockey team's record to 8-7-1. The Tigers took the ice for the first time since winning their own Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic last Wednesday and couldn't keep pace on the road at second-ranked Maple Grove. They resumed South Suburban Conference play Friday at Schmitz-Maki Arena and fell to eighth-ranked Lakeville South.
Despite a rash of injuries and illnesses, the Farmington wrestling team found a way to come away from a busy weekend at Tiger Gym with a 3-3 record.
For the second straight meet the Farmington boys' swim and dive team won more events but came up short in the team race. The Gators won just five of the meet's 12 events, but secured 16 out of a possible 24 second- and third-place finishes while securing a 99-88 victory in their home pool last Thursday at Northfield Middle School.
The Farmington girls' basketball team continued to see progress last week in its first-ever appearance at the St. Olaf College Holiday Hoops Classic. Some new players stepped up and the Tigers found a way to win two out of three close games and tie Eastview for second place in Northfield. Molly Mogensen and Sydney Blandin were each named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.
Farmington finished first in seven of 12 events in last Tuesday's dual meet with Rosemount, but the Irish's depth allowed them to outscore the Tigers 99-87 in a South Suburban Conference dual at the Rosemount Middle School pool.