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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Farmington couldn't come all the way back after a pair of poor first halves last week. The Tigers spotted fifth-ranked (Class 4A) Prior Lake eight points at halftime in an eventual six-point home loss last Tuesday. It was more of the same Friday at Northfield when the host Raiders built a 10-point advantage before the break and held on for a 12-point win. The Tigers cut the deficit to five points midway through the second half, but scored just six points over the final 10 minutes. Meanwhile, the Raiders were a model of efficiency on the offensive end.
It's been 17 years since a Farmington gymnast competed at the State Gymnastics Meet. That will change when junior Terra Klima approaches the uneven parallel bars Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Klima, who set the school record in the event in her first year in the high school program, qualified for state with a third-place score of 9.4 in the event at the Section 1AA Championships Friday at Owatonna. The Tigers of fourth-year head coach Lynn Bauman finished fifth out of nine teams with their highest-ever section team score, a 140.375.
The Farmington boys hockey team is hoping one game can create enough momentum to turn around a half-season worth of struggles. After losing 13 of their 14 games dating back to the first of the year, the Tigers came out fired up and scored three quick first-period goals in Thursday's 4-2 victory over rival Northfield in the final game of the regular season at Schmitz-Maki Arena. Despite the winning final note, the Tigers (9-15-2) earned a No. 6 seed in the Section 1AA Tournament and will face third-seeded Lakeville North (8-15-2) of the Lake Conference in tonight's opening round. The No.
Tyler Magalis' second-place total of 397.40 points in the 1-meter dive was Farmington's best finish during a fifth-place team showing at Saturday's six-team Missota Conference Championships at Hutchinson Middle School. The Tigers scored 290 points to finish 48 behind fourth-place Red Wing. Prior Lake outscored runner-up Northfield 426-394.5 for the team title and host Hutchinson placed a close third with 393.5 points. Shakopee rounded out the field with 122 points. Magalis also led the Tigers in the swimming events.
Wins and losses don't always tell the whole story when a team's progress is being measured. The Farmington girls basketball team fell to 10-10 overall with a pair of losses last week. But considering both of the losses came by single digits, on the road against teams in the top three in the Missota Conference, head coach Jason Berg was pleased with the way his team competed. "We played well in both games. We gave ourselves a chance to win. I feel like they won the games more than we lost them," he said. "Red Wing is rated and Shakopee has only lost two conference games.
The late-game heroics of Connor Duffy helped the Farmington boys basketball team avoid another heartbreaking loss last week. The Tigers had let an 11-point lead slip away in the final five minutes of last Tuesday's home game against Red Wing after the Wingers used a free throw to go up by a point with 16 seconds to go. With the clock winding down, Duffy picked up a loose ball and tossed it in off the glass with two seconds left to give Farmington the lead.
A trio of scores over 9.0 led the Farmington gymnastics team during a fourth-place finish at the five-team Missota Conference Championships Friday night at Boeckman Middle School. Terra Klima was the team's highest finisher with her third-place score of 9.275 in the bars. Jade Alm added a breakout performance in the balance beam, where she was fourth with a score of 9.075, and Haley Luhman's sixth-place score of 9.2 in the vault highlighted her seventh-place all-around performance. As a team the Tigers weren't quite on top of their game.
With top-seeded Bloomington Jefferson/Kennedy looming in the first round of next weekend's Section 2AAA tournament, Farmington's chances at a state team berth don't appear to be very good. But several individual members of the team still have plenty to wrestle for.
Lakeville North was on the verge of knocking the numbers right off of Krystal Baumann's jersey Tuesday night. Baumann, a junior who scored 41 goals during an injury-shortened 21-game season, was harassed by the Panthers throughout and held scoreless in Farmington's 5-3 loss in the Section 1AA semifinals at Lakeville North. "We were just looking at it and the stitching on the numbers was coming off," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said of his star forward's jersey. "They were yelling 'body' every time she got the puck.
Farmington's boys hockey team avoided going winless in the Missota Conference when it scored a 4-1 victory at Hutchinson two weeks ago. The momentum from that game carried over into the first two periods of last Tuesday's matchup with Red Wing, but the Tigers saw a two-goal third-period lead turn into a 5-4 setback. Back at Schmitz-Maki Arena Thursday, coach Keith Revels' squad fell behind 3-0 in the first period and never mounted a serious threat in a 5-1 loss to Shakopee. "Once again we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory," Revels said of the Red Wing game.