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 football coach Mark Froehling was recently named the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Power of Influence award winner for 2012. The award is presented annually to a high school football coach whose positive influence is reflected in his community service, mentoring and role modeling, and the lives he has touched and changed, according to the association's website. It will be presented to Froehling at the MFCA Hall of Fame banquet April 6 at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis. "It's an unbelievable honor.
Taylor Venz has been dreaming about winning a state championship for the last three years. At least, he's been trying to. That's why he wrote "state champion" on his pillow case with a Sharpie. He wanted that goal to be the last thing he saw every night before he went to bed. "I was at a wrestling camp and they said to put your goals somewhere where you would see it every day," said the Farmington freshman.
Farmington freshman Taylor Venz captured the Class 3A state title at 106 pounds with a 6-0 decision in the finals Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center. Venz opened his second straight state meet appearance with an 11-0 victory in the opening round Friday night. He advanced to the semifinals with a 5-0 decision and reached the finals with a 9-6 decision. In the finals he defeated Brad Osatiuk of Maple Grove. The full story on the state wrestling tournament will appear in next week's print edition of the Farmington Independent.
Chanhassen put the finishing touches on its Missota Conference championship with a 71-35 victory over Farmington Friday night at Tiger Gym. The Storm outscored the Tigers 45-16 in the second half as they won for the 12th time in 15 games. "We came out aggressive in the first half, keeping within seven. We came out aggressive and handled their pressure well," Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said. "Chanhassen's depth and athleticism began to wear us down in the second half.
Taylor Venz will have some company when the Class 3A state wrestling tournament gets under way tomorrow morning at Xcel Energy Center. The Farmington wrestling team's lone state qualifier a year ago, Venz will be joined by three fellow Tigers who advanced through Saturday's Section 2AAA finals in Shakopee. Freshman Jamin LeDuc, sophomore Kyle Benjamin and junior Joe Hoeve all placed second at the section meet and will compete in their first career state meets when matches begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow in St. Paul. "We had a great individual section tournament this weekend.
A close game finally went Farmington's way Friday night in Chanhassen. After losing three straight Friday night games by a combined five points, the Tigers made some big shots down the stretch to close out a 61-59 road win over the Storm. The Tigers trailed 25-18 at the break, but exploded for 43 points over the final 18 minutes. Mac Bassett drilled a late three-pointer to give the visitors the lead for good and Darren Beenken followed with a steal and slam dunk to help seal the win. "It was a slugfest in the last few minutes," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said.
The Farmington swimming and diving team didn't place as high in the team standings as it would have liked, but still qualified for state in six events at Saturday's Section 1AA finals at the Rochester Recreation Center. The Tigers settled for a third-place total of 309 points as Rochester Century outscored runner-up Hastings 431 1/2 -370 1/2 for the section title. Rochester John Marshall, Northfield, Owatonna, Rochester Mayo and Winona rounded out the eight-team section. "We had some great swims and a few disappointments.
Farmington stuck with top-seeded Lakeville North for the first 40 minutes of Saturday's Section 1AA semifinals. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the final 11 minutes belonged to the Panthers. They scored three goals during that time -- including an empty-netter -- and advanced to the section finals with a 5-2 victory at Rochester Recreation Center. "They carried the play for the most part, things were just not clicking for us offensively," coach Keith Revels said. "The boys fought hard until the end, no surprises there.
One was a returning state competitor and one was a newcomer, but both of Farmington's gymnasts showed up prepared for Saturday night's Class 2A state meet. Sophomore Kylie Wharton made her presence felt in her first time competing at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, placing seventh out of 32 competitors in the balance beam with a score of 9.35.
Last week's incident set off conversations and arguments on various social media websites and internet message boards about what actions are appropriate for high school athletes when dealing with disagreements with coaches. Marty Gliva, Facebook: Can't say I support what Krause did. I didn't start, or really even play that much my senior year of lacrosse, because there were sophomores and juniors who were better than me, but I still tried my hardest whenever I did. Obviously, I wasn't the biggest fan of my coaches either, but your team isn't about your coaches, it's about your team.