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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Allowing 13 runs and committing four errors in a loss to Holy Angels two weeks ago must have left a bad taste in the mouth of the Farmington baseball team. Since then, the Tigers have allowed just 11 runs and committed six errors over a span of five games. They won just three of those five contests, but the improved defense and more reliable starting pitching have been pleasant sights and provided reasons to be hopeful for the future for head coach Mike Winters. "The key to these games has been pitching. We used four pitchers in our four conference games last week," he said.
The Farmington boys golf team was already in a tricky position this year with a very young lineup. Throw in weather-related delays that meant the team didn't play its first meet until April 30 and it was hard to know how things would go. Turns out, not too bad. The Tiger boys finished fifth in their first Missota Conference competition of the season. The Tigers scored scored 336 in the meet at Creeks Bend in New Prague. Chanhassen won the meet with a 287, New Prague was second with a 314, Shakopee was third with 315 and Chaska was fourth with 327.
Farmington survived a scare to pick up its first-ever lacrosse win over Holy Angels last Tuesday at McMurray Field in St. Paul. The Tigers stormed to a commanding 10-2 lead before the Stars rallied with eight unanswered goals to tie the score and force overtime. In the extra session, Jake Bauman scored his third goal of the game to lift the Tigers to a 3-2 victory. Brendan Berg and Chris Fitzgibbons each added two goals for the winners.
The Farmington girls lacrosse team jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and finally picked up its first win of the season 9-4 over Park of Cottage Grove last Thursday at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers entered the game having lost four straight to start the season, including their last three by a combined four goals. "It was well-deserved for the girls.... We truly looked like a team out there, especially in the first half," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "Park, like us, graduated much of their scoring last year and has been struggling to find it.
Three points separated Farmington from a team title last Tuesday at the Missota Conference Relays in Chaska. The Tigers won seven events and scored 178 points, just three off the pace of first-place Chanhassen's 181. Third-place New Prague was well off the pace of the top two teams with 137 points. "The ladies performed very well," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "We needed a few more points and we could have come out on top. It definitely shows us that we have potential to do well at the conference meet." Izzie Ferm was part of three of those top finishes.
The Farmington baseball team was on both sides of a pair of doubleheader sweeps last week. The Tigers had their largest offensive output of the young season last Tuesday when they knocked off New Prague 13-2 and 5-2 at Memorial Park in New Prague. Two days later at Donaldson Park in Richfield, Holy Angels did more damage with the bats in a 4-3, 13-7 sweep. Holy Angels had just four hits in the opener, but took advantage of four walks and two errors that led to a pair of unearned runs.
Before the season started, Farmington softball coach Paul Harrington wondered who would pick up the slack for his team offensively with cleanup hitter Allie Rice lost to graduation. So far, it's been the entire lineup. The Tigers have reeled off eight straight victories, including their first six Missota Conference games, where they averaged 9.7 runs while sweeping Red Wing, Holy Angels and New Prague.
Last spring the Farmington boys track team won the Missota Conference Relays without finishing first in any of the meet's 17 events. There was no shortage of gold-medal-winning performances for the Tigers last Tuesday at Chaska. They topped the field in seven events and finished second in five others in defending their conference relays title 201-177 over runner-up Chanhassen. "Our running events dominated the meet. I believe only one or two events were third place, otherwise we took first and second in each running event," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said.
A pair of closely-contested losses kept the Farmington girls lacrosse team winless last week. The Tigers couldn't muster the offense to rally in a 7-5 loss to Rochester Century Friday night at Tiger Stadium. A day later the team put together a furious three-goal rally late to tie the score against Burnsville only to have the Blaze secure the victory with a goal in the final 30 seconds. "It was a tough one for our girls to swallow because they battled hard against a good Burnsville team," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said.
The Farmington girls track team sent five events to the Hamline Elite Meet Friday night in St. Paul and all five came away with top-10 finishes. Defending state 110 hurdles champion Nadia Lorencz placed third in the event in 15.53 seconds and added a fourth-place long jump of 16 feet, 9 1/4 inches and a ninth-place triple jump of 33 feet, 8 1/2 inches. The Tigers also turned in a pair of fifth-place relays.