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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Last year's success has raised expectations for the Farmington boys lacrosse team. The Tigers combined to win just one game in two seasons before emerging to go 7-5 in the regular season and defeat Rochester John Marshall for the program's first section victory last spring. Seventeen letter-winners are back from that team and looking to build off their breakout season. "We have a lot of returning players from that team....
Farmington native John Barger was inducted into the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a banquet March 7 at the River Centre Grand Ballroom in St. Paul. Barger was born and raised in Farmington. His family moved to Hallock before his senior year of high school in 1970 and he continued his hockey career at Mankato State. He started his 28-year coaching career at Northfield High School in 1977 and spent 26 years as a head coach, with 19 of those years at Jamestown, N.D., St. Louis Park and Burnsville.
Everything came together for the Farmington softball team during its run to the state tournament last spring. Now, Mother Nature is keeping the Tigers from fully preparing for a fitting encore. All three starting outfielders graduated from the 2012 squad that finished with a record of 17-6 and won a share of the Missota Conference championship, and the latest round of snow means it could be weeks before head coach Paul Harrington can get his newcomers outside the Boeckman Middle School gym to take fly balls.
Ninth-ranked Lakeville North scored 51 points in the first half and shot 54 percent from the field in ending Farmington's season with a 94-65 decision in the Section 1AAAA semifinals Saturday night in Lakeville. "We got off to a poor start and just could not recover," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "They were very good and could have beaten just about anyone with how well they shot the basketball. We came out a little jittery on offense and for some reason we had some guys missing assignments on defense." Those missed assignments helped the Panthers free up for a 13 three-pointers.
More than 200 youth gymnasts came to Farmington Saturday and Sunday for the Division 4, 5 and 6 MAGA state championships. The Farmington Twisters and Rosemount Lucky Charms both competed in Division 6 Saturday morning. The Lucky Charms placed third with a score of 118.65 and the Twisters were sixth at 116.25. On Sunday, Rosemount's Shakin' Shamrocks placed third in Division 4 with a 123.55. "Congrats to all the girls. They did an amazing job," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. "I think everything went very well.
Farmington senior track standout Nadia Lorencz will sign a letter of intent to continue her career at Michigan State University next season. "I decided on Michigan State because not only do they have very successful athletic programs but on the academic side of things, they are pretty impressive as well," said Lorencz, a Class 2A state champion for the Tigers last year in the long jump and 100 hurdles. "I absolutely loved how diverse the campus was and I also loved that I had so much in common with so many of the people I met while I was there.
The ninth-ranked Lakeville North girls basketball team wasted little time pulling away from Farmington in the opening round of the Section 1AAAA tournament last Wednesday. After falling behind 4-0 early on, the Panthers went on a 20-0 run and advanced to the second round with a 59-27 home victory. Their 20th victory of the season was also the Tigers' 15th straight defeat since winning back-to-back games at the Monticello tournament in late December. "Lakeville North has a very deep and athletic team that presses the whole game.
The Farmington boys basketball team wrapped up a regular season full of close games with two more that went down to the wire last week. Farmington was outscored 9-0 late in overtime in a 76-70 loss to Chaska on Senior Night last Tuesday. Three days later at Shakopee they were outscored 11-2 over the final six minutes as the Sabers clinched a tie with Holy Angels for the Missota Conference title. The Tigers finished in a tie for fifth in the conference with a record of 6-8.
The Farmington boys swimming and diving team brought six events to the Class 2A state meet and finished right in the middle of the 45-team field at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The Tigers placed 22nd with 26 points, one point behind 21st-place Tartan and five off the pace of Elk River Area and a spot in the top 20. "The team did okay. We finished a little better than most years, getting two relays and two individuals in the finals," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said.
Farmington football coach Mark Froehling was recently named the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Power of Influence award winner for 2012. The award is presented annually to a high school football coach whose positive influence is reflected in his community service, mentoring and role modeling, and the lives he has touched and changed, according to the association's website. It will be presented to Froehling at the MFCA Hall of Fame banquet April 6 at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis. "It's an unbelievable honor.