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'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.
Farmington's girls hockey team was knocked out of the Section 1AA Tournament Tuesday night after a 5-3 loss to Lakeville North. The Tigers fell behind 2-0 in the opening 10 minutes, but rallied to tie the score by the end of the first period. They allowed two more goals early in the second, but got back within 4-3 heading into the third. The score stayed 4-3 until Lakeville North scored an empty netter with 19.7 seconds left.
The Farmington girls hockey team took the first step in its pursuit of another state tournament berth with an 8-0 rout of Dodge County Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers, seeded third in the section, got three goals apiece from Krystal Baumann and Hannah Alexander. The team plays again Tuesday night in a section semifinal at No. 2 Lakeville North. The winner will likely take on top-seeded Lakeville South for a trip to the state tournament.
Farmington came out playing some solid defense in the first half of both of its home wins at the end of last week. The Tigers held Rochester Century to 15 points in the opening 18 minutes of last Thursday's 58-47 decision, then limited Hutchinson to 13 first-half points in Friday's 39-30 conference win. Hutchinson shot just 25 percent from the floor, while Farmington connected on 38 percent of its shots in the slow-paced affair.
Farmington won all 12 events in a dominating 95-81 Missota Conference win over Shakopee Thursday at Dodge Middle School. Five Tigers were part of three first-place finishes: Aaron Lane, Tyler Magalis, Loren Hatten, Allen Berg and Brian Huls. Lane, Hatten, Magalis and Zach Holton set the tone for the meet by swimming to a first-place time of 1:49.28 in the opening 200 medley relay.
Farmington's boys hockey team had to travel about 80 miles to the northwest to find the end to its 10-game losing streak. The Tigers made the long trip to Hutchinson Friday night and earned their first Missota Conference win of the season while also spoiling the home team's Senior Night with a 4-1 victory at Burich Arena. The decision also served as revenge for a 5-2 loss to Hutchinson in mid-January at Schmitz-Maki Arena. "Nice to end the slide. It's been tough on everyone," Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
Tenth-ranked (Class 3A) Hutchinson built a 27-19 halftime advantage and led the rest of the way in Friday's 71-60 home win over Farmington. The visiting Tigers committed 28 turnovers and were out-rebounded, 38-33, while losing their third game in a row. "Very physical game, which is their style, and that gave us problems," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "They are big and athletic. We committed way too many turnovers and they outplayed us." Hutchinson started the season with 12 straight wins before losing Missota Conference road games to Holy Angels and Shakopee in late January.
Haley Luhman tied coach Lynn Bauman's Farmington High School record in the balance beam with a first-place score of 9.4 in Friday night's dual meet against Prior Lake at Twin Oaks Middle School. Unfortunately for the Tigers, that was the only beam routine they stuck and Prior Lake's 2-3-4 finish in the event turned out to be the difference in the Lakers' narrow 138.575-138.075 win. Luhman once again finished first in the all-around competition with a score of 36.3.
Farmington's wrestling team got off to a slow start and came away with just one dual win against an undermanned Minneapolis Patrick Henry team at Saturday's Cannon Falls Duals. Head coach Jon Lund said his team matched up well but didn't turn in a very strong effort in an opening 43-25 loss to Eagan. The Tigers won just three of the 10 matches wrestled -- Joey Liden's 11-7 decision at 112 pounds, Carl Elmer's pin at 140 pounds and Eric Adrian's 11-0 win at 160 pounds. "We came out flat in a very winnable dual," Lund said. "We did not win any of the three close matches.
Opponents scheduled to face Farmington's girls hockey team during the second half of the season had better come prepared. The Tigers are building a reputation as a team that may struggle through its first few games, but will diagnose its problems and improve in time for the playoffs. Their latest second-half surge culminated with a 9-1 win over Hutchinson in the final game of the regular season Thursday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. It was the squad's ninth win in its last 10 games and gave the program its fifth Missota Conference championship since 1999.