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 gymnastics team kicked off its schedule with a second-place finish in the Winter Warm-up Saturday at the Austin YMCA. The host Packers looked to be in midseason form as they won the meet with a team score of 142.05. The Tigers headed up the rest of the nine-team field with a score of 126.5, four points better than third-place Stewartville. Richfield, Rochester Mayo, Century and John Marshall also competed. "As a team I was very proud of our girls. We performed everything we've been practicing," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said.
A pair of freshmen led the Farmington wrestling team at its first meet of the season. Jamin LeDuc and Taylor Venz each captured individual titles as the Tigers moved up three places from a year ago to place seventh out of 14 teams with 99 points at Saturday's Lakeville North Paul Wolf Panther Invite. Hudson (Wis.) won the team title 183-172 over runner-up Scott West. North was third with 117 points, followed by Park of Cottage Grove, Chaska/Chanhassen, Henry Sibley, Farmington, Lakeville South, New Richmond (Wis.), Woodbury, Northfield, South St.
Two Farmington football players were named to all-state teams after helping the Tigers to a 7-3 season and a share of the conference title. Senior quarterback Darren Beenken was named to the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Association 5A Academic All-State team. Beenken finished his career as the school-record holder for passing yards in a season (1,661), career yards (3,830) and completion percentage (career: 54 percent, season: 62 percent). Junior kicker Reid Taubenheim was named Associated Press honorable mention all-state.
It didn't take the Farmington boys hockey team long to shake off its season-opening loss to Hastings. The Tigers rebounded with a pair of road wins over section opponents last week in Rochester, first edging Rochester John Marshall 4-3 on Tuesday and then rolling to their first-ever victory over Rochester Century by a 6-0 count last Thursday at the Rochester Recreation Center. Thursday's game didn't become a blowout until the third period. Despite outshooting the Panthers 33-8 over the first 34 minutes, the Tigers led just 1-0.
Farmington got out to a good start, but Rochester John Marshall had an even stronger finish in Friday night's season opener at Tiger Gym. The Tigers started the game with an 18-3 run, but the Rockets snuck back within 11 by halftime and then scored a whopping 57 points in the second half to rally for an 85-70 victory. "In the first half we struggled shooting, but made up for it with our defense and rebounding. That led to a quick transition game, which gave us a number of lay-ups off the break," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said.
Shane Wyandt didn't need any scores kept to find out quite a bit about his Farmington team during a pair of scrimmages over the weekend. The Tigers hosted Spring Lake Park and Belle Plaine Friday night at Tiger Gym, and then traveled to Hill-Murray Saturday where they took on White Bear Lake, Trinity and Woodbury on Saturday. The busy slate allowed all 18 members of the JV and varsity squads to get court time in the team's final dress rehearsals before tomorrow night's opener vs.
Seven players saw their first career varsity ice time as the Farmington boys hockey team fell 6-2 in its regular-season opener against Hastings Saturday at Hastings Civic Arena. "It sounds a little bit worse than it was. We played better and better as the game went on, which is something we can build on as we move forward," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We are young and a work in progress....
The scoring struggles that plagued the Farmington girls hockey team during last year's 9-17 season reemerged during a pair of non-conference road losses last week. The Tigers, coming off a seven-goal eruption against Rochester Mayo, were outscored 11-1 in back-to-back setbacks at 15th-ranked Hopkins and Eastview. Hopkins scored three goals in each of the first two periods and one in the third last Tuesday at Minnetonka Arena in a 7-0 win.
A weekend of scrimmages produced some promising results for the Farmington boys hockey team. The Tigers made the 220-mile trip to Virginia, Minn., for a series of scrimmages and came away with a record of 5-0-1. The team hit the road Friday afternoon and geared up for a busy Saturday in Virginia by defeating Richfield in a pair of scrimmages Friday night in Hoyt Lakes. The 11th and 12th graders came out on top 3-1 in a 30-minute scrimmage and the Farmington ninth and 10th graders won, 2-1. Saturday's get-together in Virginia pitted four teams from the metro -- Farmington, Richfield, St.
It was another successful trip the Class 2A state meet for the Farmington swimming and diving team. The Tigers got two more all-state performances from junior Kaitlyn O'Reilly and all four swimmers in the 15th-place 200 freestyle relay turned in lifetime-best splits as the team placed 19th out of 34 scoring teams with 31 points at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. "We're happy with our results," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said.