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 Legion baseball team got five no-hit innings from starter JD Hinks as it advanced in the district tournament with a 9-6 win over St. Paul Park in an 8 vs. 9 play-in game Monday night at Legion Field in Apple Valley. The win earned Post 189 (6-12) at least two more tournament games, starting with a showdown against top-seeded Burnsville tonight at 7:30 at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville.
Farmington High School athletics director Jon Summer has accepted an expanded position as the athletic director and assistant principal at Chaska High School. Summer will begin at his new position Monday, July 29, pending approval by the Eastern Carver County School Board at its meeting July 18. Summer, who has served as the athletics director in Farmington for the last eight years, said the opportunity to work in an administrative role alongside his duties as athletics director was something that drew him to the job.
The Farmington Legion baseball team came away from the 90-team Gopher Classic tournament with a 1-4 record for the second straight year. Post 189 picked up its lone victory of the weekend Friday night when Austin Martinsen took advantage of some early run support and went the distance in a 4-2 win over Bemidji. Martinsen allowed eight hits and struck out four.
A couple of strong outings from starting pitchers Parker Holmstrom and Maverick Carlson helped the Farmington VFW baseball team improve to 11-3-1 in league play with back-to-back victories to close out last week. After playing to a 7-7 tie with Chaska last Tuesday, Post 7662 got back in the win column Wednesday thanks in large part to Holmstrom, who limited Providence Academy - which was coached by former Twins pitcher Kevin Tapani - to one unearned while striking out seven in the first five innings of a 3-1 win.
The new Farmington varsity girls soccer coach is a familiar face for many members of the team. Tracie Randall was a JV coach for the Tigers for several seasons and coached some members of this year's senior class on a U15 club team that won a state championship in 2010. She will once again work with those players when practices get under way for the fall season on Aug. 13.
There were a lot of tense moments for the Farmington VFW baseball team during last weekend's Edina Tournament. Farmington played in four games, and the first three were all decided by a single run. The VFW won two of those games to make it to Sunday's consolation championship, but Eagan 2 used a five-run fourth to turn another close game into a 7-2 final. "It was a great tournament. There were lots of good teams and the kids worked hard to make it to Sunday," Farmington coach Jon Graff said. "They battled the whole way and I'm proud of that."
Farmington's Ricky Martin earned a pair of wins in Fourth of July racing at Raceway Park in Shakopee. In the Turtles Bar & Grill Wild'n'Crazy Figure-8s, it didn't take long for the group to start mixing it up in the X with several multi-lap near misses as the field slowly began to spread out over the first feature. Martin continued to add to his wins, followed by Mark Bronstad of Maple Plain in second, and Hastings driver Dave Nogle in third.
The Farmington Legion baseball team found out the hard way Friday night the risk that comes with bringing nine players to a game.
Last week the Farmington High School athletic department named longtime assistant coach Jon Graff as the new head coach of the Tiger baseball team. Former coach Mike Winters resigned three weeks ago after 13 years with the program. Graff, a Northfield native, has been coaching baseball for 25 years, including the last 17 years at various levels in the Farmington school district.
Missed opportunities came back to haunt the Farmington VFW baseball team last Thursday night. Post 7662 left 12 runners on base and had runners in scoring position in six of seven innings of a 6-4 home loss to Minnetonka 2. The tying run reached second base with nobody out in the seventh, but the next three batters were retired in order to end the game. "That's been our story, just not being able to get that clutch hit at times and tonight it came back to bite us," Farmington coach Jon Graff said.