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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Farmington started the season with three goals - to win the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic, win their second straight Missota Conference title, and win the Section 1AA title. Two goals down, one to go. The Tigers clinched their second straight league title - and sixth in 11 years - by holding off second-place Shakopee 6-4 Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The victory improved coach Jon Holmes' team to 10-0 in the league with two games remaining this week against Holy Angels and Northfield. "An undefeated conference season has never happened in hockey here before," Holmes said.
After losing a couple of lopsided dual meets Friday night, Farmington's wrestling team turned in six place-winning performances at Saturday's Northfield Invite. "We wrestled really well and got better from Friday to Saturday," Farmington coach Chad Olson said. "There was a lot of good wrestlers in the tourney and we met the challenge with great effort." Sixth-ranked Carl Elmer was once again Farmington's top performer, placing second at 140 pounds.
A stretch of four meets in nine days may have taken a bit of a tole on the Farmington gymnastics team. The Tigers lost a close 141.35-140.875 contest to New Prague last Tuesday at the Instructional Services Center, then saw their team score drop to 136.65 in a nine-point loss to the defending Class 2A State champion Raiders Friday at Northfield. "The girls were a bit sore and tired due to having a meet on Tuesday, but I believe they held up pretty good," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said.
Sitting on a three-goal lead seven minutes into the second period Saturday night, Farmington was in good position to defeat Rochester Century and possibly earn a section tournament home game. Instead, the Panthers rallied for a 5-4 victory that dropped the Tigers to 9-10 and put the possibility of a tournament game at Schmitz-Maki Arena in jeopardy. "This was a big game for us seeding-wise. A win probably gets us a home playoff game.
Tyler Magalis has had some success diving at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The senior capped off each of his last three seasons with appearances in the 1-meter dive at the Class 2A State Meet. Last winter, he achieved his highest placing yet with a sixth-place finish. Back at the Aquatics Center Saturday as part of Farmington's first True Team State qualifying team, Magalis set the meet record with a winning 11-dive score of 447.80. He broke Andres Hansen's previous mark of 433.35 set last season and blew away runner-up John Tellegren of Anoka by 44 1/2 points.
For parts of four days last week the Farmington girls basketball team held a share of first place in the Missota Conference. With a Shakopee loss at Red Wing and a 58-37 victory over Chaska Tuesday night, the Tigers drew even with the Sabers at 5-1 in the league. The deadlock was broken Friday night when the 14-2 Tigers -- ranked ninth in Class 4A -- suffered their second conference road loss of the season, 45-42 at ninth-ranked (Class 3A) New Prague. The physical Trojans shot better than any team has against Farmington this season, connecting on 46 percent of their shots from the floor.
Boys basketball @ Chanhassen Chanhassen 69, Farmington 53 Alex Michels (14 points), Austin Bassett (13) and Darren Beenken (12) all scored in double figures, but the 7-10 Tigers dropped their third straight league game. Girls basketball @ Rochester Farmington 63, Century 42 Taylor Meyer and Elena Koch combined for 30 points as the Tigers improved to 15-2. Boys hockey @ Schmitz-Maki Arena Holy Angels 5, Farmington 2 Tyler Grubb and Andrew Peterson each scored for the Tigers, now 9-11. Girls hockey @ Richfield Farmington 7, Holy Angels 0 Krystal Baumann sco
Farmington clinched its second straight Missota Conference championship with a 6-4 win over Shakopee Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. University of Vermont recruit Krystal Baumann scored a hat trick, pushing her season goal total to 41, and fellow senior Hannah Alexander scored two goals and assisted on two others. Betsy Anderson had three assists and Chloe Batta added two. The Tigers, 16-6 overall and 10-0 in the Missota, close out the regular season next week with a road game at Holy Angels Tuesday and a home game against Northfield on Friday.
Hannah Alexander's goal with just over three minutes to play gave Farmington a 3-2 win over Hastings Thursday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. Haleigh Zwart and Krystal Baumann also scored for the Tigers, who improved to 15-6 overall. The Tigers are 9-0 in the Missota Conference and can clinch their second straight league title with a win tonight over second-place Shakopee in Farmington.
The Farmington gymnastics team celebrated its first appearance in the Class 2A state rankings by breezing past Red Wing in a conference dual Friday night at the Instructional Services Center gym. The ninth-ranked Tigers got three first-place finishes from Nadia Lorencz and one from Terra Klima while topping the Wingers, 136.775-121.75, in their Senior Night and Parent's Night meet. Klima, one of the team's two seniors along with Erin Hickey, won the balance beam with a score of 8.95.