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 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.
It's been an all-or-nothing kind of season for the Farmington boys hockey team. In 17 games, the Tigers have scored six more more goals eight times and two or fewer goals nine times. Predictably, they're 8-0 in the high-scoring games. In the low-scoring games, they're 0-9. They have yet to score three, four or five goals in a game. Last week's games were of the low-scoring variety and the Tigers dropped them both.
The performance of Carl Elmer was once again a bright spot during last Thursday's 60-14 dual loss to Shakopee at Tiger Gym. Elmer, ranked sixth in the state in Class 3A, won by fall at 140 pounds to become the 11th Farmington wrestler to reach 100 career victories. "It is a great accomplishment," Farmington coach Chad Olson said. "I know Carl was excited to reach 100 wins and also relieved to have it over.
Close games haven't been kind to Farmington over the last couple of years. Entering last week, the Tigers were 6-15 in their last 21 games decided by single digits. That dated back to a 53-51 section tournament loss to Winona at the end of the 2008-09 season. The Tigers finally saw some late-game breaks start to fall in their favor -- and some late-game shots fall through the basket -- last week as they scored a pair of one-point Missota Conference wins over Holy Angels and Northfield.
What a difference a healthy Krystal Baumann can make. With Baumann playing through an illness Tuesday night, the Farmington girls hockey team as a whole looked "sick, tired and out of it," according to head coach Jon Holmes, in a 5-1 loss to second-ranked (Class 1A) Blake at Schmitz-Maki Arena. Three days later, a healthier Baumann scored four goals as the Tigers continued their perfect run through the Missota Conference with a 5-0 shutout win in Red Wing. "At the Blake game, Baumann came into the game barely able to stand," Holmes said.
A career night from Taylor Meyer helped Farmington keep pace with Shakopee in the Missota Conference race. Meyer scored a season-high 27 points as the Tigers improved to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the league with a 67-44 blowout of rival Northfield Friday night in Northfield. Shakopee knocked off previously-unbeaten Farmington last week and is now 5-0 atop the standings. The Tigers pulled away with a 24-10 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half. Meyer scored 12 points during that stretch and finished 12 of 16 from the field, including 3 of 3 from beyond the three-point arc.