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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For the last two years, Farmington has only had to defeat two teams - Northfield and Owatonna - while winning back-to-back Section 1AA True Team championships. Hastings and Winona were added to the fold at Saturday's True Team meet in Northfield, but Farmington still came out on top. The Tigers once again used their superior depth to rack up 37 top-10 finishes and outscore runner-up Hastings 825 ½-750 for their third straight True Team championship.
A slow start doomed the Farmington girls basketball team in its fifth straight setback Friday night in Richfield. The Tigers fell behind 29-15 by halftime and couldn't gain any ground in the second half of a 60-45 Missota Conference loss to the Stars. Sofia Chadwick and Alicia Hett paced the visitors with 14 points apiece.
Farmington's Kiana Lord turned in a clean sweep of all four events at Friday night's Missota Conference meet against Chaska/Chanhassen. Lord scored 9.0 or better in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise en route to a season-best all-around score of 36.7 in leading the Tigers to a season-best team score in a 136.9-133.7 victory at the Instructional Services Center.
With several team members fighting illness, Farmington sent just seven wrestlers to compete in the Eastview Invite Saturday in Apple Valley. Second-ranked 106-pounder Taylor Venz captured the Tigers' lone individual title, upping his record to 26-1 with a perfect 3-0 day. Venz opened with a technical fall, and then won his semifinal match 14-9 over a Shakopee wrestler that entered with a record of 21-4. In the finals, Venz scored a 10-2 major decision over the state's fifth-ranked 106-pounder, Christian Bahl of Stillwater. Matt Rustad and Jamie Scavone each added fifth-place finishes.
The last time the Farmington boys hockey team won back-to-back games via shutout, Pluto was still a planet and "Malcolm in the Middle" was still filming new episodes. The Tigers blanked two straight opponents for the first time since January of 2006 last week, scoring a 4-0 shutout last Tuesday at Chaska and a 2-0 blanking of Shakopee Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. "I can't recall ever having back-to-back shutouts," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We end the first round of the conference schedule at 3-3-1.
Big scoring runs to start each half propelled Farmington past fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Holy Angels 84-76 in a battle of top Missota Conference teams Friday night at Tiger Gym. The Tigers jumped out of the gate with a 15-2 run and maintained a double-figure lead throughout a first half that ended with the score 40-28. "We've had some solid starts so far in the conference schedule and last (Friday) was about as good as we could ask for," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said.
Christopher Kirchmann and Eric Schimmel were each part of three first-place finishes for Farmington in a 101-82 Missota Conference victory over Red Wing last Thursday at the Dodge Middle School pool. "Red Wing always has some great swimmers and most duals they usually take us," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "The meet went well." After a second-place finish in the opening 200 medley relay, Schimmel edged three strong Red Wing competitors to win the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 57.33 seconds.
After hovering around the .500 mark throughout the first month of the season, the Farmington boys basketball team seemed to hit its stride just in time for the start of the Missota Conference season. The Tigers (8-5) surged to the top of the league standings by scoring a pair of road wins last week.
Two of the state's premier Class 3A teams made short work of Farmington last week. Fourth-ranked Chaska led by 25 points at halftime in a 66-32 bouncing of the Tigers last Tuesday in Chaska. The return to Tiger Gym saw the Tigers close the gap some on Friday, but third-ranked Red Wing still exited with a 54-37 decision. "We are in a tough stretch right now. The Missota Conference is very tough this year, so we knew with a young squad like we have this season they would have some challenges competing.
Farmington finally put an end to its streak of 133-point team scores Saturday at its own Farmington Invitational. The Tigers scored a team-high 135.3 points to place second behind a talented Austin team's 143.1 at the Instructional Services Center. Minneapolis South followed with 112.8 points and Columbia Heights rounded out the four-team field with 97.25 points. "We are out of the 133 slump. The girls did great!" Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said.