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 swimming and diving team didn't place as high in the team standings as it would have liked, but still qualified for state in six events at Saturday's Section 1AA finals at the Rochester Recreation Center. The Tigers settled for a third-place total of 309 points as Rochester Century outscored runner-up Hastings 431 1/2 -370 1/2 for the section title. Rochester John Marshall, Northfield, Owatonna, Rochester Mayo and Winona rounded out the eight-team section. "We had some great swims and a few disappointments.
Farmington stuck with top-seeded Lakeville North for the first 40 minutes of Saturday's Section 1AA semifinals. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the final 11 minutes belonged to the Panthers. They scored three goals during that time -- including an empty-netter -- and advanced to the section finals with a 5-2 victory at Rochester Recreation Center. "They carried the play for the most part, things were just not clicking for us offensively," coach Keith Revels said. "The boys fought hard until the end, no surprises there.
One was a returning state competitor and one was a newcomer, but both of Farmington's gymnasts showed up prepared for Saturday night's Class 2A state meet. Sophomore Kylie Wharton made her presence felt in her first time competing at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, placing seventh out of 32 competitors in the balance beam with a score of 9.35.
Last week's incident set off conversations and arguments on various social media websites and internet message boards about what actions are appropriate for high school athletes when dealing with disagreements with coaches. Marty Gliva, Facebook: Can't say I support what Krause did. I didn't start, or really even play that much my senior year of lacrosse, because there were sophomores and juniors who were better than me, but I still tried my hardest whenever I did. Obviously, I wasn't the biggest fan of my coaches either, but your team isn't about your coaches, it's about your team.
A 3-1 victory road victory over Shakopee in last Thursday's regular season finale at Shakopee Ice Arena moved the Farmington boys hockey team into a tie for fourth in the final Missota Conference standings and earned the Tigers the No. 4 seed in the Section 1AA tournament. That means the team will host its first section game at Schmitz-Maki Arena since it moved to Class 2A in 2003. The Tigers open the playoffs tonight against a fifth-seeded Rochester John Marshall team they beat 4-3 in the second game of the season back in late November. "The No.
The word seems to have gotten out around the Missota Conference that Farmington has a tough time dealing with full-court defensive pressure. Eighth-ranked New Prague and Holy Angels both visited Tiger Gym last week and used their press to give the Tigers problems. The Trojans forced 24 turnovers in their 60-45 win last Tuesday and the Stars came to town Friday and limited the home team to 13 first-half points while forcing 24 turnovers in a 51-35 decision.
It was just another typical Friday night in February for the Farmington boys basketball team. The Tigers lost a Friday Missota Conference contest on a shot in the last 10 seconds for the third straight week, this time falling to fourth-ranked Holy Angels 77-75 on a shot from the lane with six seconds left. The previous week the Tigers fell 61-59 at home to Red Wing on a shot with seven seconds left and the week before that Shakopee escaped overtime at Tiger Gym by winning on a buzzer-beater, 67-66.
Lakeville North pinned its way past Farmington in the second round of the Section 2AAA team tournament last Thursday night at Lakeville North. The third-seeded Panthers won eight of 14 matches and seven came via fall in a 46-25 win over the sixth-seeded Tigers. "You can not compete against good teams when you give up bonus points," Farmington coach Chad Olson said.
The Farmington gymnastics team got healthy and hit its stride just in time to post its best score of the season at Friday's Section 3AA Championships in Eagan. The Tigers, ranked 16th in the state, bested their regular season average score by nearly three points with a 140.525. They finished third out of eight teams behind meet champion Park (145.65) and second-place Rosemount (143.45). Kiana Lord led the Tigers in the all-around throughout the season and did it again on Friday.
Farmington wasn't able to carry any momentum from last Friday's upset of Rochester John Marshall into the opening round of the Section 1AA tournament. The seventh-seeded Tigers allowed multiple goals in all three periods and bowed out in the first round for the second straight year after a 7-0 loss to second-seeded Lakeville South last Wednesday at Hasse Arena. Three days later the 14th-ranked Cougars were upset 7-5 at home by the Dodge County team that knocked out Farmington last season. The Tigers finished with a record of 5-19-2 after suffering their seventh shutout of the season.