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 week the Farmington High School athletic department named longtime assistant coach Jon Graff as the new head coach of the Tiger baseball team. Former coach Mike Winters resigned three weeks ago after 13 years with the program. Graff, a Northfield native, has been coaching baseball for 25 years, including the last 17 years at various levels in the Farmington school district.
Missed opportunities came back to haunt the Farmington VFW baseball team last Thursday night. Post 7662 left 12 runners on base and had runners in scoring position in six of seven innings of a 6-4 home loss to Minnetonka 2. The tying run reached second base with nobody out in the seventh, but the next three batters were retired in order to end the game. "That's been our story, just not being able to get that clutch hit at times and tonight it came back to bite us," Farmington coach Jon Graff said.
The Farmington VFW baseball team started slowly in last Thursday's matchup with league-leading New Prague, but boy did they finish strong. Farmington fell behind 5-1 early while playing without much energy, coach Jonathan Graff said. But the local team started to pick things up with three third-inning runs, then really got going with another eight runs in the fourth. "It was a great two-out rally in the fourth when the first two batters got out, the next 11 reached base, including six of the next seven guys getting hits," Graff said.
With the exception of one thrilling inning, it was a pretty quiet week in the batters box for the Farmington American Legion baseball team. The Legion team split a doubleheader June 19 at South St. Paul and went 0-4 in a tournament at Grand Rapids over the weekend, but coach Jared Rowan said all that was missing from his team's effort was some good fortune on offense. "We pitched well. We played good defense. We just weren't getting hits," Rowan said. "That was kind of the story of the whole last week."
The Farmington VFW Post 7662 baseball team allowed just three runs while winning three games in three days last week. Coming off back-to-back shutout road wins over Bloomington Gold and...
Three of last year’s four first-place finishers defended their titles at Saturday morning’s 34th-annual Dew Run.<p> Former Farmington High School standout Ben Kampf won the feature four-mile race for the...
The Farmington Legion Post 189 baseball team came out swinging to start the season. Post 189 ripped a combined 25 hits in its first two games, defeating St. Paul Park...
The Farmington boys track team accomplished its goal of getting all three of its relays to Saturday's finals at the Class 2A state track meet. The 4x800 came away with the highest finish, breaking its own school record with a fifth-place time of 7 minutes, 57.89 seconds. Jared Wolt got the team out to a good start with a strong first 600 meters, but faded to the middle of the pack on the final straightaway.
The Farmington girls 4x400 relay saved its best performance of the season for last. The Tiger foursome of Maria Kiminski, Alicia Hett, Megan Graham and Izzie Ferm ran a season-best time of 3 minutes, 55.73 seconds to earn second place and all-state honors Saturday afternoon at the Class 2A state track meet in St. Paul. Ferm moved the Tigers into the lead on the final backstretch of the Hamline University track, but Minnetonka came back to win the state title in 3:54.04. "The goal time based on my predicted splits was 3:55 and they met the challenge," Farmington coach Tom Hart said.
A couple of bad breaks early on set the tone for Farmington's second straight 0-2 showing at the Class 3A state tournament in North Mankato. After getting the leadoff hitter on base in last Thursday's first-round game against Forest Lake, No. 2 hitter Molly Berdan hit a ground ball that looked destined for right field. Instead, the ball hit the base runner for an out and the Tigers went quietly in the top of the first. An inning later, a close call at second base went Forest Lake's way and paved the way for a two-run inning.