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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Jon Holmes is beginning his first year as head boys golf coach. He also coached the Farmington girls hockey team to another successful season this winter. How long have you played golf? What is your background in the sport? Have you ever had a hole-in-one? I grew up playing at Fountain Valley. I started golfing about the time I could start walking. I played with my dad and older brother almost daily in the summers. When Harvey Pennick released his memoirs in 1991-92 when I was 12 I read the book that night. I also scored a job at Fountain Valley around age 11 washing carts.
Rob Carpentier is beginning his first year as head girls golf coach. He also coached the Farmington girls soccer team to a winning record last fall. How long have you played golf? What is your background in the sport?
Farmington girls track and field coach Tom Hart is looking for 22 returning varsity letter-winners to keep his program going in a positive direction after a 2009 season where the Tigers finished fourth at both the conference and section meets and qualified a record four events for the state meet. "We return a very strong nucleus of experienced athletes in both the track and field events. We are looking forward to the daily competition in practice," Hart said. "My goal, as always, is to improve upon the previous season's finishes.
Rob Laden has some talent to work with and some holes to fill in his first season as a high school softball coach. Laden, who has spent the last 12 years coaching club, youth and traveling softball in Lakeville, ran his first practice Monday afternoon with a varsity squad that was missing five starters from last year's team that Heather Ballstadt guided to a 14-10 record. "As a new coach I don't know a lot about the players yet. I am excited to start practice and get to know the players and see what we have," Laden said.
Rochester Mayo's Sam Calcagno almost single-handedly knocked Farmington out of the Section 1AAAA basketball tournament last Wednesday night. Calcagno, who entered averaging 10 points per game for the 10-14 Spartans, drilled four three-pointers and rang up a career-high 37 points in an 84-76 victory over the fifth-seeded Tigers in Rochester. "We really struggled defending him," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "He made the difference both off his penetration and shooting." Calcagno helped the Spartans overcome an early deficit and take a 37-33 lead into the break.
Owatonna's packed-in zone defense dared Farmington to make some perimeter jump shots during last Saturday's Section 1AAAA semifinals. The Tigers couldn't do it. Coach Jason Berg's team shot just 28 percent from the field -- including a 1-for-14 showing from beyond the three-point arc -- in a 50-31 season-ending loss to the second-seeded Huskies. "We just did not make any perimeter jump shots. (Taylor ) Meyer hit one three and we hit only two other jump shots," Berg said.
It was only fitting that the Farmington basketball team's final game of the regular season would be decided by one point and come down to the final second. A 7-19 regular season that has featured 11 games decided by five points or fewer, four games decided by a single point and four more decided by two or three points concluded with a 63-62 road win Friday night at Red Wing.
Tyler Magalis just keeps getting better every year he dives at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Farmington junior improved his score at the Class 3A State Meet for the third year in a row on Saturday, finishing sixth with a total score of 366.85. Magalis came in 12th against a tough field last year with a 310.85 and was 11th as a freshman with a score of 281.6. Magalis moved up from seventh to sixth after scoring a 247.65 in the semifinal round.
Farmington's Eric Adrian showed no signs of being intimidated in his first appearance at the Class 3A State Wrestling Tournament. The senior won his first two matches by fall and went on to place fifth in the 160-pound bracket last weekend at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Adrian's upper lip was split open during his first-round match against Richard Carlson of Mounds View, but the senior managed to fight through the pain and score a third-period pin.
Senior Eric Adrian was the lone Farmington wrestler to win his opening match at the Class 3A State Wrestling Tournament. Adrian, making his debut at Xcel Energy Center, opened with a pin in his 160-pound match. State returners Carl Elmer and Nick Albano each lost their first-round matches.