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 boys track team got the chance to see how it stacked up against some of the elite programs in the state on its own turf last Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers finished sixth in a talented six-team field at the Farmington Invitational with 34 1/3 points, but turned in 29 personal bests and began to see some of the depth they've been hoping would emerge from a large group of first-year athletes. Among the most notable developments were season-best times in two relays -- including the 4x800, where four runners broke 2:10 -- the shot put, where three throwers recorded tosses of 40 fee
Last Friday's meet at Lakeville South was put together at the last minute, but the Farmington girls track team showed up well-prepared. Shortly after last Thursday's home meet was rained out, coach Tom Hart signed the team up for an impromptu triangular with South and Eagan. There were no relays, and no team scores were kept, but the Tigers came away from the meet with six first-place finishes and a pair of new school records. Junior Nadia Lorencz did the bulk of the damage, winning three events and breaking her own school records in two of them.
The Farmington girls lacrosse team hoped its string of bad luck had ended with a 12-10 victory over Lakeville South last Monday. Before that, the Tigers had lost every close game in the program's short history, including four decided by a single goal last season. But the curse continued at the end of last week as the Tigers surrendered late leads twice, first in an 8-7 double-overtime loss to Eastview on Tuesday, and then in a 9-8 heartbreaker to Rosemount Friday night at Tiger Stadium. "Unbelievable....
It took extra innings to decide Monday night's battle for first place in the Missota Conference softball standings. But in the end it was Chanhassen that took advantage of Farmington's season-high four errors and remained undefeated with a 5-4 eight-inning victory on its home field. "Both teams played and fought hard until the end. They just managed to score one more run than us in the extra inning," Farmington coach Paul Harrington said. "We had some defensive lapses during the game.
The fourth time was the charm for the Farmington tennis team in its series of early-season matches against non-conference foes. After opening the season with competitive losses to Lakeville South, Simley and Park of Cottage Grove, the Tigers got in the win column with a 7-0 sweep of Faribault on a windy, sometimes rainy afternoon Monday at the Boeckman Middle School courts. "It was a tough day weather-wise, but we played solid tennis," veteran head coach Jack Olwell said. No.
Inexperience didn't affect the Farmington golf team's performance in its first meet of the season. Despite losing four seniors from last year's varsity lineup, and playing without projected No. 2 golfer Erik Holmstrom, the Tigers opened with a 15 1/2-8 1/2 match play victory over Rosemount last Wednesday at Fountain Valley Golf Course. Points were awarded in each foursome for winning the front nine, winning the back nine, winning the overall 18-hole competition and winning the 18th hole.
Lakeville North closed out the first quarter with five unanswered goals in a 9-4 lacrosse victory over Farmington last Thursday at Lakeville North High School. "We ran into a stiff, defensive-minded, ball-control team. Time of possession favored them, 75-25 percent," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "We just weren't up for the challenge tonight.... It was a tough loss because I felt we matched up pretty well and our talent level was definitely there....
The Farmington girls golf team is short on depth and experience and it showed at the first meet of the season Saturday in Faribault. The Tigers shot a team score of 545 to place 12th out of 12 teams at Legacy Golf Course. New Prague defeated St. Croix Lutheran 331-338 for the team title. Returning letterwinner Brianna Swenson paced the Tigers with an 18-hole round of 110. Newcomer Amanda Stienkeoway paced the rest of the squad with a 140. Halea Wright carded a 147, Jessica Singwald turned in a 156 and Kaitlin Jokinen added a 148. "This meet was a learning opportunity.
The Farmington girls lacrosse team finally had a close game go its way Monday night. The Tigers, who lost four games by a single goal last season, one of them to Lakeville South in double overtime, exacted some revenge and evened their record at 1-1 by rallying for a 12-10 victory over the Cougars at Tiger Stadium. "You have no idea how good it feels to have one of those games go our way. The girls earned it and deserved it," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said.
The Farmington softball team secured the program's first 3-0 start since the 2004 season with a 5-0 shutout of Northfield last Thursday at Tiger Field. The Tigers scored all five of their runs in the first three innings and pitcher Ashley Betzold took advantage of the support with her third straight victory. She limited the Raiders to two hits and struck out eight, giving her 25 punch-outs against just two walks in three games. Betzold, a .429 hitter, also drove in Brooke Searles with the first run of the game with a double over the centerfielder's head in the bottom of the first.