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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A wealth of talent and depth helped the Farmington boys swimming and diving team rise above the rest of the five-team field at Saturday's Section 1AA True Team Championships. The Tigers won four events, notched 11 other top-five finishes and scored 797 points to capture their first true team championship at Northfield Middle School.
Girls basketball Farmington 58, Chaska 37 The Tigers held Chaska to 14 first-half points and moved into a tie for first place in the Missota Conference with a 21-point win at Tiger Gym Tuesday night. The team's third straight win improved it to 14-1 overall and 5-1 in the league along with Shakopee, which fell 59-48 Tuesday night in Red Wing. Jordan Bridges led the Tigers with 15 points.
Boys basketball Farmington 50, Northfield 49 (OT) Farmington evened its record at 7-7 with its second straight one-point Missota Conference victory Friday night at Tiger Gym. The Tigers led 31-18 at halftime, but scored just 14 second-half points as Northfield rallied to force overtime.
Farmington accumulated 357.5 points in earning a second-place finish at the nine-team South St. Paul Invitational Saturday at Central Square Community Center. Cambridge-Isanti won the meet with 414 points. Hastings was third with 319 points, followed by River Falls (Wis.), South St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Tartan, St. Cloud Apollo and St. Paul Como Park. Senior Tyler Magalis had another solid meet, placing first in the 1-meter dive and second in the 50 freestyle.
Five New Prague players found the net during the second period of Friday night's Missota Conference boys hockey game at Schmitz-Maki Arena. In all, six players scored goals as the balanced Trojans stayed tied atop the Missota Conference standings with a 7-1 win over Farmington. "No excuses, we needed to be more physical and play with greater energy and discipline in the defensive zone," Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
A physical Shakopee team made life tough for Farmington on both ends of the court during Friday's Missota Conference opener at Tiger Gym. The Sabers established a 33-15 rebounding advantage, forced 26 turnovers and held the Tigers to 27 percent shooting from the field during a 70-37 win. "They were playing without their starting center too, which added insult to injury there," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "It's like a broken record, but we have to rebound and we were horrendous at that. And we have to shoot the basketball decently and take care of the ball.
Ninth-ranked Farmington got beat at its own game Friday night. The previously-unbeaten Tigers played their usual suffocating defense, but Shakopee's was even better. The Sabers, playing in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, allowed just 12 points in the second half and forced 21 turnovers as they improved to 3-0 in the Missota Conference with a 41-34 win. "It was a great high school game. Good crowd, lots of energy," Farmington coach Jason Berg said.
Carl Elmer and Joe Hoeve were the only Farmington wrestlers to post 2-0 records during last Thursday's triangular meet against Rosemount and Northfield at Farmington High School. The Tigers fell to Rosemount, 57-24, in the opening dual, then lost to Northfield, 54-19. Elmer picked up his 98th and 99th career victories, pinning both of his opponents at 140 pounds. Teammate Joe Hoeve followed with a pair of pins of his own at 145 pounds, improving his record to 9-7. John Walz added a pin at 112 pounds against Rosemount and Godfrey Mpetey won via forfeit at 215 pounds.
The Farmington gymnastics team had to wait a long time to perform for the first time at their new home gym. After starting the season with five straight road meets over the past month, the Tigers looked more than comfortable in their first official home meet last Tuesday night at the Instructional Services Center gym. The final results was a seven-point loss to defending Class 2A champion Northfield, but coach Lynn Bauman's team once again broke the school team scoring record with 142.70 points.
Another 2-0 week has Farmington in great position to win its second straight Missota Conference title. The Tigers beat second-place Chaska/ Chanhassen, 4-3, last Tuesday, then shut out New Prague, 2-0, on Thursday to extend their winning streak to seven and their conference lead to two games with four to play. The win over New Prague was a mirror image of the first game between the two teams back on Dec. 2. In that game, the Tigers posted a 41-15 advantage in shots on goal, but it took goaltender Jessica Erchul's first shutout of the season to preserve a 2-0 win.