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 girls basketball team is still without a victory to show for its efforts despite a couple more promising performances last week. The Tigers saw a nine-point lead slip away in a 55-54 loss to Apple Valley last Tuesday at Tiger Gym, and then led for much of the first half in an eventual 80-66 road setback at fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing in their Missota Conference opener Friday night. The team sits at 0-7 and has lost 11 straight dating back to last season. "Those were two good games for the girls last week, although we did not find ourselves on the winning end of either.
Hopkins won seven of the 12 events at last Thursday's dual at the Dodge Middle School pool, but Farmington's depth allowed it to score a 95-89 victory. "The boys really stepped up.... Hopkins has some top swimmers who earned a number of first-places with great times. However, our depth gave us many 2-3-4 or 2-3-5 finishes, giving us more points to win," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "I'm very proud of how our guys swam." Hopkins won the first three events, but Farmington kept the score close by placing 2-3-4 in both the 200 medley relay and 200 individual medley.
Shakopee's Amy Menke scored her second goal 13 seconds into the third period and Farmington could only muster three shots over the final 17 minutes as it attempted to rally in a 2-0 loss to the Sabers Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers, who were outshot 30-19 for the game, slipped to 1-7-1 overall and 0-3 in the Missota Conference. The schedule doesn't get any easier as they faced second-ranked (Class 1A) Red Wing Tuesday and take on No. 9 New Prague on the road tonight. Goaltender Maddie Bowe finished with 28 saves in the loss.
Two more closely-contested duals slipped out of Farmington's grasp in last Thursday's home triangular at the FHS auxiliary gym. The Tigers lost to ninth-ranked (Class 2A) Monticello 36-33 on a pin in the heavyweight match, and then suffered two falls and an overtime decision in the three final three matches of a 42-31 setback against Eastview. "We wrestled well again, but left too many bonus points on the mat, which cost us both duals," Farmington coach Chad Olson said. The Tigers got out to an early lead against Monticello thanks to a forfeit at 106 pounds and a quick pin by fifth-ranked (
The Farmington boys basketball team entered Friday night's road game at Lakeville North averaging 78.5 points in its first four outings. The 10th-ranked (Class 4A) Panthers allowed an average of 55 over their first four games, all victories, and their defense was once again up to the task in an 84-63 win. Standout JP Macura dropped in a game-high 36 points, including 10 straight early in the second half that helped North extend its 46-34 halftime lead. Eli Rockett led the Tigers with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Zach Speikers added a season-high 14 points.
The Farmington dance team recently competed in a pair of Missota Conference meets. The varsity dancers placed fifth in the kick competition Nov. 29 at Holy Angels in Richfield and fourth in the jazz competition Dec. 3 at Tiger Gym. The JV squad placed second in kicks at Holy Angels and fifth in jazz at Farmington before coming in eighth Saturday at the Lakeville North Invitational. "The girls worked hard and performed very well at both conference meets.
A pair of close losses offered good news and bad news for the Farmington girls basketball team last week. The good news was the young and inexperienced Tigers were getting closer to their elusive first victory after losing their first three games by 30, 15 and 10 points.
A pair of ranked teams handed Farmington dual setbacks at Saturday's Prior Lake Tournament. The Tigers opened with a 54-15 loss to No. 1-ranked (Class 2A) Simley, and then fell 39-15 to fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Prior Lake before closing out the day with a 42-30 win over Tri-County. "The boys wrestled very well today," Farmington coach Chad Olson said. "Our focus all week has been confidence. They wrestled with a lot of confidence today and did not back down from the challenge." Three Farmington wrestlers went head-to-head with state-ranked opponents and came away with victories.
Two big scoring runs sparked the Farmington boys basketball team to a pair of lopsided victories last week. The Tigers started the second half with a 16-0 surge in last Tuesday's 71-54 win over Rochester Mayo at Tiger Gym. They continued to click offensively Friday night and put a young Hastings team away early with a 10-0 run out of the gate in an eventual 77-38 romp. Every player on the roster saw game action and 11 got in the scoring column against Hastings as the Tigers pulled in front 38-20 by halftime.
Owatonna's opening goal seemed to wake up the Farmington boys hockey team last Thursday night. After the Huskies broke a scoreless tie early in the second period, the Tigers piled up eight unanswered goals in an 8-1 rout of their Section 1AA rivals at Schmitz-Maki Arena. "We had a bit of a sluggish start. We were about as off as we have been in this young season," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "It was a good response from us after giving up the first goal. We got better as the game went on.