31 January 2011

Alumni Tracker: Johnson on scoring binge for Bemidji State

Erin Johnson
4 goals, 7 assists in last 10 games

After scoring just one goal in her first 18 games, former Tiger Erin Johnson, the second leading scorer in school history, has racked up four goals and seven assists in her last 10 outings for Bemidji State University. Johnson, a senior forward for the Beavers, picked up her fifth goal of the season last Saturday in a 5-3 loss to sixth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth.
Erin McNamara, a teammate of Johnson's on Farmington's 2007 Class A state tournament runner-up team that lost to Blake 2-1 in the title game, recorded 26 saves for St. Olaf College in it's 1-1 tie with Bethel last weekend...A third member of the 2007 state tournament team, Kelli Johnson, ranks as the sixth leading scorer for Wisconsin-Eau Claire with two goals and eight assists as a defender.

Cody Eich
First-team All-American

The awards just keep coming for former Tiger football and track standout
Cody Eich
. Last week Eich, a starting strong safety for the University of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA Division II national football champions, received word that he and teammate Jim Kunz had been named to the Don Hansen all-American first team for Division II players. Eich, a junior who won all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conferene honors last fall, had a career-high 76 tackles and a team-high four interceptions for the Bulldogs who claimed their second national crown in three years.

Ex-Tiger Abby Kenealy had 11 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots to help Southwest Minnesota State University to a 63-59 win over Upper Iowa last weekend...2009 FHS female Athlete of the Year Kirstee Rotty scored 11 points and had six rebounds for St. Olaf College in its recent 60-58 loss to Gustavus Adolphus College...When Tiger senior Jordan Bridges, who has helped Farmington (14-2) to its best start in school history, reports for basketball duty at Jamestown College next winter she will join another ex-Tiger at the North Dakota school. David Steege, the center on Farmington's 2009 Missota Conference championship team, is a 6-9 sophomore forward for the Jimmies men's team.
Another member of the 2009 Missota Conference champions, Jake Lippert, is a sophomore on the University of St. Thomas men's team that leads the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings...Kyle Winkelman of the FHS class of 2010 has played in five games as a back-up point guard this season for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Trey Davis
2nd in shot put at Iowa State Invite

2007 FHS male Athlete of the Year Trey Davis, a thrower for the University of Minnesota's men's track and field team, finished second in the shot put to help the Gophers to the team title at last weekend's Iowa State Invitational in Ames, Iowa...Younger brother Trevor Davis, a javelin thrower for Hamline University, is helping coach the Farmington eighth grade school and traveling basketball teams while waiting for the spring track season.
Former Tiger track standout Michael Bendix, a junior at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, high-jumped 6-8 to finish second at the Bison Indoor Invitational held earlier this month at North Dakota State University in Fargo...Jackie Beckett, a state-meet runner for the Tigers during her high school days, placed fifth in the 800-meter run for Minnesota State University, Mankato at the Minnesota Open indoor meet held at the U of M two weeks ago....Former Missota Conference shot put champion Mallory Skoff took sixth in the women's weight throw for Minnesota-Duluth at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Blizzard Open two weeks ago...
Former Tiger swimmer Kristin Peters finished fifth in both the 100 and 200 freestyle to help UW-Eau Claire to a dual meet win over UW-Whiteater last weekend.

Wrestling: Six Tigers place at Northfield Invitational

Kyle Benjamin
3-1; 3rd place at 103 lbs.

Farmington had a productive day at the Northfield Invitational held Saturday, Jan. 29, with six individuals earning places.
"We wrestled really well," Farmington coach Chad Olson said. "There were a lot of good wrestlers in the tourney and we met the challenge with great effort. Only two of our six place winners were seeded in their brackets."
Leading the way was senior Carl Elmer who won two matches before losing to nemesis Jake Siegle of Scott West 3-2 in the finals. Siegle, now ranked second in the state in Class AA at 140 lbs., beat Elmer in overtime at last weekend's Eastview Invitational.
A pair of Tigers came home with third place medals. Kyle Benjamin won three of four matches at 103 lbs. and Tyler Beckett finished 3-1 in the 160 lbs. weight class.
Two Farmington entrants finished 2-2 for the meet and placed fourth, Ridge Raddatz (145) and Brett Hoffman (285). Hoffman's appearance was his first since the opening meet of the season where he suffered a knee injury.
"Ridge Raddatz was definitely our wrestler of the day," Olson said. "He wrestled the best matches of his career."
The night before things didn't go as well for the locals in a pair of lopsided losses in a triangular meet at New Prague. The Tigers lost to New Prague 66-14 and WEM/JWP 60-12.
"We faced two great teams and it was a good learning experience for us," Olson said.
Jake Rudeen (125), Elmer (140), Raddatz (145) scored the Farmington wins against New Prague. Elmer and Alex LaVictoire (130) recorded the Farmington points in the WEM/JLP match.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Magalis sets diving record at True Team state meet

Tyler Magalis
True Team state meet record on one-meter board
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Tyler Magalis continued his dominating senior season with a new meet record in one-meter diving at the Class AA 2011 True Team State Championships held Saturday, Jan. 29, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Magalis rang up 447.80 points to shatter the old mark of 435.35 set last winter by Andres Hansen of Minnetonka who now dives for the University of Minnesota. The Tiger standout's score was 44.5 points higher than runner-up John Tellgren of Anoka.
As a team the Tigers didn't fare nearly as well, finishing 12th in the 12-team field. But coach Ryan Hamen said qualifying for the meet and and gaining the opportunity to compete against the state's best was still satisfying.
"Getting there was a huge deal for us," he said. "We saw the best teams in the state and being part of that was truly amazing."
After the record-setting performance by Magalis on the one-meter board, the next best Farmington finish came in the 200 freestyle relay where the quartet of Brian Huls, Christopher Kirchmann, Allen Berg and Magalis placed ninth.
Evan Carufel earned a top ten ranking in diving with a 10th place effort. Brian Huls turned in a pair of top 15 finishes in individual events, taking 11th in the 100 freestyle and tying for 11th in the 50 freestyle.
The 200 individual medley relay foursome of Huls, Magalis, Loren Hatten and Zach Holton ranked 13th and Berg finished 15th in the 500 freestyle.
Other Farmington Top 25 performances:
200 freestyle: 18. Berg
50 freestyle: 21. Magalis
100 butterfly: 17. Holton
400 freestyle relay: 21. Berg, Hatten, Holton, Kirchmann
100 butterfly: 17. Holton

30 January 2011

Boys Hockey: Century rally burns Tigers 5-4

Tyler Grubb (top) 24th goal of season
Aaron Dahl 33 saves
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Rochester Century rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Tigers 5-4 in a battle of Section 1AA rivals Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Rochester Recreation Center.
The Farmington (9-10) loss presents double trouble because it could impact seeding for the section post-season tournament as the teams entered the night with almost identical records. (Century is 9-8).
"It was pretty frustrating," Tiger coach Keith Revels said. "We set goals of having three or fewer penalties and 30 shots on net and we were able to accomplish both.
"Seeding-wise it was a big game because a win would have put us in a good position for a home game in the section. Now it looks like we'll be fifth through seventh depending on how we finish and how the rest of the Big Nine season goes."
The visitors looked to be hitting on all cylinders in the first period with three different players--Matt Provost, Zak Payne and Tyler Grubb--scoring goals for an all too easy and too early 3-0 lead.
The Panthers did manage to score late in the opening frame but Farmington came right back on Grant Hauswirth's score in the period's final minute to take a 4-1 lead to the first break.
Century switched goaltenders for the second period and the change paid immediate dividends as the Panthers rattled off thee unanswered goals to tie the game with a period to play.
The Panthers won the contest at 6:20 of the thrid period on a seeing-eye shot from the blue line that snaked its way through traffic and past Tiger goalie Aaron Dahl.
Century outshot the locals 38-34 but Revels said his team had more than its share of opportunities.
"We maintained the good pressure in the second period but their back-up goalie played well," Revels said. "Their two goals late in the second really hurt."
Farmington returns to the ice Tuesday, Feb. 1, when it entertains league-leading Holy Angels. Thursday the Tigers head to Northfield for another Missota Conference contest.

Tiger Scoreboard: January 30, 2011

Boys Swimming and Diving
Class AA True Team State Championships at U of M Aquatic Center
Minnetonka 2063, Edina 1929.5, Eden Prairie 1871, Rosemount 1799.5, Stillwater 1568.5, Maple Grove 1508.5, Mounds View 1419, Lakeville South 1307.5, Cretin-Derham Hall 1181.5, Brainerd 1074, Anoka 963.5, Farmington 916.5

Boys Hockey
Rochester Century 5 Farmington 4

Farmington at Northfield Invitational

29 January 2011

Girls Basketball: New Prague hands Tigers second loss of season 45-42

Taylor Meyer (top) 11 points, 8 rebounds
Jordan Bridges 9 points, 12 rebounds
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

New Prague used some good shooting and physical defense to outlast the Tigers 45-42 in a battle of Missota Conference contenders Friday, Jan. 28, at New Prague.
The loss was just the second of the season (in 16 games) for Farmington who dropped out of a first place tie with Shakopee in the conference standings with the loss. The Tigers are tied with New Prague and Chanhassen at 5-2 for second place after the first round of league play.
"Their aggressiveness and physical play really affected us," Tiger coach Jason Berg said, "especially around the basket....We were able to get some good looks but we were not able to finish."
The Trojan defense forced several first half turnovers that turned into points on the way to a 22-15 lead. Of the nine New Prague field goals in the first 18 minutes, four came directly as a result of Farmington miscues.
"When we got our defense set, we did a pretty good job of contesting shots," Berg said, "but the points off turnovers hurt us."
The Trojans started to pull away early in the second half, building a 12-point lead before the visitors started to whittle down the deficit. With 90 seconds to play New Prague led by three when Taylor Meyer hit one of two free throws to make it a two-point game.
After the Trojans made a free throw to go back up by three, Meyer scored on a driving lay-up to pull her team within a point. New Prague scored the clinching basket with 14 seconds left off an out-of-bounds play.
The Trojans won the game with their shooting, canning 17 of 37 shots from the field (46 percent), the highest percentage allowed by the Tigers this season. Farmington finished at 34 percent, converting 17 of 37 attempts.
Meyer paced the Farmington offense with 11 points with Jordan Bridges and Elena Koch chipping in with nine apiece. Jamie Kenealy added eight.
The Tigers dominated the glass, owning a 37-22 advantage. Bridges led the way with an even dozen, including six at the offensive end. Meyer added eight and Koch pulled down seven.
The Tigers take a break from their rugged conference schedule with a non-league road game at Rochester Century next Tuesday (Feb. 1) and then jump back into league play Friday at Red Wing.

Girls Hockey: Tigers repeat as Missota Conference Champions

Hannah Alexander (No. 15) 2 goals, 2 assists
Krystal Baumann (No. 23) 3 goals, assist
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Make room for a new addition to the trophy case. The 2011 Missota Conference girls hockey hardware is bound for Farmington.
The Tigers ground out a 6-4 win over Shakopee Friday night, Jan. 28, at Schmitz-Maki Arena to claim their second straight league championship. Farmington, 16-6 overall, is a perfect 10-0 in league play with two games to play, three games ahead of Shakopee.
"I think this is the first time Farmington has won back-to-back Missota championships, so the girls are really proud of that," coach Jon Holmes said. "That was one of our goals at the start of the season."
The win over the Sabers was the Tigers second in as many nights and although they got the better of the play most of the night, it wasn't decided until Haley Doll's open-net goal with 16 seconds to play in regulation.
"We were a little tired aafter playing a very physical game with Hastings the previous night," Holmes said. "But we played well enough to win against a good team that had been playing very well lately."
The teams traded goals twice in the wide-open first period with the high-octane duo of Krystal Baumann and Hannah Alexander each scoring for Farmington.
The pace slowed a little in the second frame with each team finding the net once. Alexander registered the Tiger goal, her 19th of the season, to set up an exciting final 17 minutes.
Baumann got the third period off to a flying start with two goals, one on the power play, in the first 1:53 to give her team a 5-3 lead that would hold until the game's final minutes.
Shakopee's Amy Menke netted her second goal of the night with 1:54 remaining to make it a one-goal game and set up a final rush by the Sabers. But goalie Jessica Erchul and the defense weathered the storm and Doll's empty-netter added an exclamation point to victory.
Baumann's hat trick ran her season goal total to 41 and with an assist matched linemate's Alexander's game total of four points (2 goals, 2 assists).

Jessica Erchul 27 saves
Betsy Anderson 3 assists
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Defender Betsy Anderson assisted on three of the Farmington goals. Chloe Batta added two and Rachel Peroutky one for the winners.
Erchul finished with 27 saves to record her 16th win of the season. Through 22 games the junior netminder owns a save percentage of .912 and a goals against average of 2.30.
The Tigers close out their regular season the week of Jan. 31 with a road game Tuesday at Holy Angels and a home contest with Northfield on Friday. Section 1AA play begins at home Friday, Feb. 14.
"We will be working at getting better each game to make the transition into the playoffs," Holmes said. "We'd like to make it a perfect season in the conference."

Boys Basketball: Tigers stumble in 50-30 loss to New Prague

Austin Bassett
3 first-half 3-pointers
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

There wasn't much to cheer about for the Tigers in a 50-30 Missota Conference loss to New Prague Friday night, Jan. 28, at Tiger Gym.
Turnovers, poor shooting and an inability to run its half-court offense combined to dig the locals a Grand Canyon-sized first half hole from which they could never recover.
"You can talk about defense and hustle and a lot of other things that are important in basketball," Tiger coach Shane Wyandt said. "But in the end, if you don't put the ball in the basket it generally isn't going to matter.
"The last two games we have been unable to run our offense and we've committed too many turnovers. "We're just not good enough to do that and win. Not many teams are."
The first half stat sheet told the tale. The Tigers made just five of 19 field goal tries (26 percent) and two of six (33 percent) from the free throw line over the first 18 minutes.
Add to the mix 14 turnovers, most of them in the half-court, and the fact that leading scorer Alex Michels (16.3 points a game) was held scoreless by a relentless Trojan defense and the final result was a 33-15 Trojan lead.
Farmington played outstanding defense in second half, holding New Prague to just four field goals and 17 points, but the offense never came around.
"When we did manage to run our offense and get the shot we wanted, we missed it," Wyandt said.
Farmington made just six of 17 shots after intermission and could never cut its deficit to fewer than 16 points.
Austin Bassett led the Tigers in scoring with nine points on three first-half three-pointers. Michels tallied six, all in the second half.
The Tigers hope to regain their shooting touch by next Tuesday when they travel to Chanhassen for a Missota Conference match-up with the Storm.

Tiger Scoreboard: January 29, 2011

Girls Hockey
Farmington 6 Shakopee 4
Tigers clinch second consecutive Missota Conference championship. Krystal Baumann (3) and Hannah Alexander (2) combine for five goals.

Girls Basketball
New Prague 45 Farmington 42
Tigers fall one game behind first place Shakopee in Missota Conference. Taylor Meyer leads offense with 11 points.

Boys Basketball
New Prague 50 Farmington 30
Tigers make only 11 field goals in falling to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in Missota Conference.

WEM/JWP 60 Farmington 12

28 January 2011

Gymnastics: Busy week takes its toll

Terra Klima
Tied for first on the uneven bars
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Having two dual meets in three nights showed in the score book as the ninth-rated Tigers dropped a 145.55-136.65 dual meet decision to top-ranked Northfield Tuesday night, Jan. 27, in Northfield.
"The girls were a bit sore and tired due to just having a meet on Tuesday," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said, "but I believe they held up pretty well. The judging was a bit difficult for both teams because they were short one judge."
Terra Klima scored the only first place finish for Farmington, tying for the top spot on the uneven bars with a 9.35 mark.
Nadia Lorencz tied for second in the vault (9.4), finished third in floor exercise (9.05) and placed third in all-around with a total score of 34.3.
Kylie Wharton tallied 33.95 points to take second in the all-around competition.
The Tigers will have five days to heal and prepare for their next meet, a non-conference dual with Faribault Tuesday night, Feb. 1, at the District Service Center.

Girls Hockey: Tigers squeak by Hastings 3-2 on Alexander's late goal

Hannah Alexander scored the game-winner, celebrated
...and the band played on
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

In the championship game of the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic played in late December the Tigers roared to a five-goal lead and cruised to an easy 6-2 victory over Hastings.
In a regular season rematch played Thursday night, Jan. 27, at Schmitz-Maki Arena the Raiders made things much more interesting.
"In many ways this game was similar to the last one with them," Tiger coach Jon Holmes said, "but this time they didn't make the mistakes that we were able to turn into goals. Their goalie also played very well with 36 saves."
Farmington eventually prevailed thanks to another clutch goal by senior forward Hannah Alexander who scored the game-winner in the 3-2 victory with just 3:05 remaining in regulation.
The winners finished with a solid 39-26 shots on goal advantage but could never shake Hastings (7-6-2) who brought a much more physical brand of hockey to the arena for the re-do of the tournament title game.

A very physical game

"The officials called the game like it was a boys' game," Holmes said. "There were many checking situations they let go on both sides. I was glad to see that both sides stepped up their play and minimized compromising situations along the boards."
The visitors got on the board just two minutes into the game on Brittney Huenke's goal with the Tigers tying the count later in the period on a goal by Haleigh Zwart (from Emily Severson).
Krystal Baumann's 38th goal of the season gave the locals their first lead of the night 27 seconds into the second frame but the Raiders responded midway through the period on a score by Sami Claussen to set up a pressure-packed final 17 minutes.
Alexander ended the suspense with her second game-winner of the season at 13:55 on an assist from Baumann.
Tiger goalie Jessica Erchul continued her stellar play between the pipes, rejecting 23 shots while earning her 15th win of the season.
The Tigers will take a 15-6 record into Friday night's Missota Conference home game with Shakopee where a victory would sew up their second straight conference championship. Face-off is 7:15 at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Tigers tune up for True Team state with 98-83 win over Mayo

Brian Huls
3 first-place finishes
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Farmington geared up for its first-ever appearance in the True Team State Championships with a workmanlike 98-83 dual meet win over Rochester Mayo Thursday night, Jan. 27, at the Dodge Middle School pool.
The Tigers used their superior team depth to build a commanding lead and swam the meet's final event in exhibition status.
"We didn't have a lot of time drops but had a meet we expected," Tiger coach Ryan Hamen said. "We are in the middle of the season and the boys are really working on swimming smart.
"Practices are getting tougher and the boys are really working on their cardiovascular endurance and fine tuning their strokes."
Brian Huls, Tyler Magalis, Allen Berg and Zach Holton each turned in multiple first place finishes with Huls, Magalis, Holton and Loren Hatten starting the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay.
Later, Huls would capture the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke races while Berg would lead the field in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Magalis cruised to an easy win in the one-meter diving competition and Holton touched first in the 100 butterfly.
Hatten (100 backstroke) and Aaron Lane (100 breaststroke) scored the only two Tiger runner-up finishes.
Five other Farmington entrants supplied third place points: Christopher Kirchmann, 100 and 200 freestyle; Aaron Cochnauer, 100 butterfly; Matthew Stephan, 100 breaststroke; Magalis, 50 freestyle and Holton, 200 medley relay.
The Tigers hit the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center this Saturday for the Class AA True Team Championships.

Tiger Scoreboard: January 28, 2011

Girls Hockey
Farmington 3 Hastings 2
Hannah Alexander game-winning goal with 3:05 remaining in regulation

Boys Swimming and Diving
Farmington 98 Rochester Mayo 83
Brian Huls, Tyler Magalis, Allen Berg and Zach Holton multiple winners

Northfield (No. 1 Class 2A) 145.55 Farmington (No.9 Class 2A) 136.65

27 January 2011

Boys Basketball: No. 9 Chaska takes down Tigers

Andy Born
9 points vs Chaska
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Chaska lived up to its No. 9 state ranking and position atop the Missota Conference standings with an impressive 82-49 win over Farmington Tuesday night, January 25, in Chaska.
The Hawks, newcomers to the Missota this year, have won all four of their league games and own a 12-3 season mark. The Tigers fell to 2-2 in the conference and 7-8 overall.
"They outplayed us in just about every category," Tiger coach Shane Wyandt said. "They have two Division I recruits in their lineup and beyond that have some other nice players. They're a very talented group."
Sebren Baer drained a three-pointer to get the Tigers off to a good start but Chaska gradually pulled away and by intermission was sitting on a 37-22 lead.
Jake White and Ross Travis, Chaska's two big-time college signees, led Chaska with 34and 12 points respectively.
Alex Michels had a dozen points for the Tigers and also led his team in rebounds with 11 for a double-double. Dareen Beenken and Andy Born each added nine in the losing effort.
The winners shot the lights out from the field, finishing at 69 percent overall and 75 percent on two-point attempts.
"You can see they had a lot of easy shots," Wyandt said.
The Tigers will be looking to rebound when they entertain New Prague in a Missota Conference tilt Friday night. Tip-off is 7:30 at Tiger Gym.

26 January 2011

Boys Hockey: Peterson's power play goal in OT beats Kennedy 3-2

Andrew Peterson (below) 2 goals, including game-winner
Grant Hauswirth 1 goal 2 assists
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Andrew Peterson's power play score 12 seconds into overtime gave the Tigers a 3-2 non-conference victory over Bloomington Kennedy Tuesday night, Jan. 25, at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
The win evened Farmington's season record at 9-9 and snapped a recent three-game losing streak.
"It wasn't a pretty win, but it was what we needed," Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
After a scoreless first period, Grant Hauswirth, who had a hand in all three Tiger goals, scored shorthanded 11 seconds into the second for a 1-0 lead.
The lead held until a rash of Farmington penalties led to the Eagles scoring twice in a span of 1:06 late in the second period to send the locals to the break facing a 2-1 deficit.
The entire contest featured a constant parade to the penalty box with Kennedy enjoying seven power play opportunities and Farmington five.
Peterson's rebound tied the score seven minutes into the final period and later Kennedy shot itself in the foot with a couple of untimely penalties and gave the Tigers a 5-on-3 advantage heading into the eight-minute extra period.
Peterson's wrist shot on Farmington's first rush of overtime sent the home town crowd home with a smile on its face.
Aaron Dahl, a hard-luck loser in his last two starts in goal, picked up his second win of the season with 17-save performance.
Revels said that looking back, the scoreless first period made the game a lot more interesting than it needed to be.
"We had a 14-4 shot advantage, but we had to kill off two penalties," he said. "We would have liked to have had a lead going into the second but we didn't finish very well. We have to do a better job of that and limiting our penalties."
The Tigers are off until Saturday night when they hit the road for a game against Section 1AA rival Rochester Century at the Rochester Recreation Center.

Girls Basketball: Defense carries Tigers past Chaska 58-37

All hands on deck
Taylor Meyer, Jordan Bridges and Elena Koch apply the pressure
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

When the offense isn't hitting on all cylinders Tiger girls basketball coach Jason Berg knows he can count on one thing. That would be defense with a capital D.
The stingy Farmington defense held Chaska to 14 first half points and bought the early struggling offense some time in a 58-37 Missota Conference victory Tuesday night, Jan. 25, at Tiger Gym.
"I thought we came out a little flat after a poor practice last night," Berg said. "Offensively, we were standing around watching for awhile and not setting any picks but our defense never let up.
"Eventually the defense created some opportunities for us and we started to get into a rhythm offensively. We know that getting the ball into the paint usually means something good for us, but we weren't doing that in the first half."
Farmington led just 11-8 midway through the first half before finally starting to find the basket, closing the half on a 17-6 spurt to pull away.
Jamie Kenealy scored seven points in a 9-0 run to start the second half and then the winners went on another 12-0 tear sparked by Taylor Meyer and Jordan Bridges to build their biggest margin of the night at 54-21.
"I thought Jordan (Bridges), Elena (Koch) and Sarah (Silber) started setting good picks in the second half," Berg said. "That freed up our shooters for some really good looks at the basket."
In addition to the ever-present defense, the Tigers dominated the glass (36-29) with Koch and Bridges leading the way with 10 and nine respectively.

Jordan Bridges (below) 15 points, nine rebounds
Taylor Meyer (No. 50) 14 points
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Farmington also got a balanced effort on offense. Bridges finished with a team-high 15 points with Meyer and Kenealy right behind with 14 ad 13. Shelby Calhoun who led in assists with five, added seven points and Paige Steele tallied five.
The win moved Farmington (14-1) into a first place tie with Shakopee in the Missota Conference standings with a 5-1 mark.
Friday night the girls travel to New Prague to take on the Trojans who own an 11-5 season record and sit 4-2 in league play.
"We'll have to take care of the basketball and play defense like we have been," Berg said. "They have some good athletes and they come after you."

Wrestling: Frosh compete at state meet

The future is staring to looking bright for the Tiger wrestling program.
Farmington's ninth grade team finished second in its nine-team section and earned a berth in the state meet held last weekend at Hastings High School. At state the Tigers went 1-2, defeating Willmar 44-27 and competing well in losses to Rosemount (42-33) and Hutchinson (39-34).
"We knew we were going to have some really good young wrestlers this year," Farmington varsity coach Chad Olson said, "so we joined the league to get them more matches and experience in big tournaments. It's worked out pretty well."
Members of the state meet team included Taylor Venz (95 lbs); Kyle Benjamin (100); Jacob Gabbard (105); John Walz (112); Joe Liden (119); Jake Rudeen (125); Brian Caravantes(130); Chris McCue (135); Logan Haakana (140); Joe Hoeve (145); Sam Kealy (152) and Godfrey Mpetey (189).
Venz and Gabbard were each division champions at the section individual meet and Benjamin, Liden, Rudeen and Hoeve finished second to give Farmington six entrants in the ninth grade individual state championships slated for Saturday, Feb. 5, at Champlin Park High School.

Complete Ninth Grade State Meet Results

Farmington 44 Willmar 27.
103: Jacob Gabbard, FHS, pinned Josef Johnson, 9th, 3:32. 112: John Walz, FHS, pinned Eli Gunderson, 9th, 3:20. 119: Joe Liden, FHS, dec. Travis Deegan, 9th, 8-3. 125: Jake Rudeen, FHS, dec. Estavon Navarro, 9th, 2-0. 130: Trevor Frost, FHS, dec. Justin Shaaro, 9th, 6-4. 135: Mike Heitzman, 9th, pinned Brian Caravantes, FHS, 4:18. 140: Un Known, 9th, won by forfeit . 145: Un Known, 9th, won by forfeit . 152: Blake Krueger, 9th, dec. Sam Kealy, FHS, 2-0. 160: Joe Hoeve, FHS, pinned Kory Welgraen, 9th, 4:15. 171: Un Known, 9th, won by forfeit . 189: Godfrey Mpetey, FHS, won by forfeit . 215: Taylor Venz, FHS, pinned Noah Johnson, 9th, 4:37. 285: Kyle Benjamin, FHS, tech. fall Logan Walkow, 9th, 0:00 15-0.

Hutchinson 39 Farmington 34
103: Jacob Gabbard, FHS, won in overtime over Tyler Karl, 9th , 6-4. 112: Truston Kostelecky, 9th , dec. John Walz, FHS, 7-6. 119: Joe Liden, FHS, pinned Darnell Mateski, 9th , 3:31. 125: Jake Rudeen, FHS, dec. Logan Sondergaard, 9th , 6-0. 130: Luke Pungsack, 9th , pinned Trevor Frost, FHS, 4:19. 135: Chris Schmidt, 9th , pinned Brian Caravantes, FHS, 4:01. 140: Un Known, 9th , won by forfeit . 145: Un Known, 9th , won by forfeit . 152: Ryan Duehn, 9th , pinned Sam Kealy, FHS, 5:15. 160: Joe Hoeve, FHS, maj. dec. Gregor Fraser, 9th , 9-1. 171: Un Known, 9th , won by forfeit . 189: Godfrey Mpetey, FHS, pinned Mitch Sims, 9th , 3:49. 215: Taylor Venz, FHS, pinned Jayden Mackedanz, 9th , 4:22. 285: Kyle Benjamin, FHS, pinned Ethan Link, 9th , 5:02.

Rosemount 42 Farmington 33
103: Jacob Gabbard, FHS, dec. Connor Hagen, 9th, 5-2. 112: John Walz, FHS, dec. Ty Abbott, 9th, 7-0. 119: Jake Baker, 9th, pinned Joe Liden, FHS, 4:15. 125: Jake Rudeen, FHS, pinned Josh Payette, 9th, 4:28. 130: Grant Jockson, 9th, pinned Trevor Frost, FHS, 4:26. 135: Nick Paxson, 9th, pinned Brian Caravantes, FHS, 4:27. 140: Un Known, 9th, won by forfeit . 145: Un Known, 9th, won by forfeit . 152: Sam Kealy, FHS, won by forfeit . 160: Joe Hoeve, FHS, tech. fall Connor Busho, 9th, 0:00 18-3. 171: Un Known, 9th, won by forfeit . 189: Payton Otterdohl, 9th, pinned Godfrey Mpetey, FHS, 4:16. 215: Taylor Venz, FHS, pinned Tommy Willman, 9th, 3:16. 285: Kyle Benjamin, FHS, maj. dec. Angelo Lynn, 9th, 10-2.

Gymnastics: Tigers lose nail-biter to Trojans; Records fall on uneven bars

Terra Klima
New school record on uneven bars (36.325)
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

The Tigers lost the war but won a couple of major battles in a showdown between a couple of state-rated teams Tuesday night, Jan. 25, at the District Service Center.
New Prague (No. 4 Class 1A) edged Farmington (No. 9 Class 2A) 141.35-140.875 despite the Tigers setting new individual and team school records on the uneven bars.
"What a nail-biter," Tiger coach Lynn Baumann said. "We were leading by three points after vault and bars and then came the beam.
"We scored two points lower than we usually pull and New Prague pulled ahead by one point. Then they beat us by .4 of a point in floor...It's all starting to come together. If we could only have all the girls stay on the beam we will be golden."
Terra Klima and her teammates had an exceptional night on the bars. Klima broke her own school record with a winning 9.65 mark and teammates Kiana Lord, Nadia Lorencz and Kylie Wharton finished second, third and fifth respectively and rang up a new school record team total of 36.325.
"We were amazing on bars," Baumann said. "The energy in the gym tonight was exciting."
The Tigers placed first in three of the four events with Lorencz winning the vault (9.45) and floor exercise (9.175) to go with Klima' victory on bars. Wharton took second in floor and her all-around total of 34.1 ranked second.
Kathryn Beckett placed fourth in vault and fifth in floor. Jade Alm finished fourth and Klima fifth on the balance beam.
The girls have just two days to get ready for their next meet, a Missota Conference dual meet at No. 1 ranked Norhfield on Thursday.

Tiger Scoreboard: January 26, 2011

Girls Basketball
Farmington 58 Chaska 37
Jordan Bridges 15 points, Taylor Meyer 14 and Jamie Kenealy 13
Farmington (14-1) moves into first place tie in Missota Conference with Shakopee

Boys Basketball
Chaska (No. 9 Class 4A) 82 Farmington 49
Alex Michels 12 points

Boys Hockey
Farmington 3 Bloomington Kennedy 2 (OT)
Andrew Peterson winning goal

New Prague (No. 4 Class 1A) 141.35 Farmington (No. 9 Class 2A) 140.875
Nadia Lorencz 1st place vault and floor exercise; Terra Klima 1st place uneven bars with school record score of 9.65; new team record on uneven bars of 36.325.

23 January 2011

Wrestling: Elmer runner-up at Eastview Invite

(photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington brought a skeleton crew and finished 10th among 11 teams in the Lightning Invitational held Saturday, Jan. 22 at Eastview High School in Apple Valley.
Senior Carl Elmer was the only one of the seven Tiger grapplers in the varsity division of the tournament who earned a place in the meet, taking second in the 140 lbs. weight class.
Elmer pinned Colin Busho of Rosemount in the opening round and then scored a 4-0 decision over Frank Cramer of Maple Grove to reach the title match against Jake Siegle of Scott West, the third-rated Class AA 140-pounder in Minnesota.
Elmer gave Siegle a good run, eventually losing an 8-6 decision in overtime.
"Carl wrestled well in the finals and had a great shot to win in overtime," coach Chad Olson said. "He has wrestled some very good competition all year and that should help come tourney time."
The 2-1 tournament showing leaves Elmer, rated sixth in the most recent Class AAA 145 lbs. rankings, with a season mark of 20-6.
Matt Rustad (112 lbs.), Conner Phu (119), Alex LaVictoire (130), Tyler Beckett (160) and Tyler Engel (171) were the other Tiger entrants in the Eastview meet.

Gymnastics: Tigers honor seniors, parents with win over Red Wing

Nadia Lorencz
1st in vault, uneven bars and floor exercise
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

The Tigers had a couple of things to celebrate at their dual meet with Red Wing Friday night, Jan. 22, at the District Service Center.
First of all, the meet had been designated as Senior and Parent's Night. Then there was the fact that the team had been informed the previous day that it had been ranked among the top ten Class AA teams in Minnesota for the first time in school history.
Injuries kept the ninth-rated Tigers from their customary team score but their final tally of 136.775 was easily enough to prevail over the Wingers who scored 121.75.
"We had some ups and downs," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. "Erin Hickey, one of our two seniors, is slowly coming back from her broken hand and Kiana Lord was out on vault, beam and floor because of an ankle injury...but overall it was a successful night."
Nadia Lorencz had a big night for Farmington, winning three events: vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. Terra Klima made it a clean sweep for Farmington with a win on the balance beam.
Kylie Wharton took second in beam and floor, third in vault and fourth on the unevens to capture the all-around title with 34.425 points.
Klima placed second on bars to go with her win on beam and Lord, the team's top all-around scorer for the season, managed a third in the event, her only appearance of the night.
Kathryn Beckett placed in three events: fourth in vault and floor and fifth on the beam. Tahra Eckert finished third in floor and fifth on beam and Jade Alm ranked fourth on beam. Hickey tied for fifth in the vault.
Bauman is hoping for a healthy lineup Tuesday night when New Prague comes to town for a Missota Conference dual meet. The Tigers have never beaten the Trojans who scored a 141.85-138.1 win earlier in the season.
"We are looking forward to hosting New Prague," she said. "The girls have been working very hard so hopefully it will pay off."

Tiger Scoreboard: January 23, 2011

Boys Swimming and Diving
Section 1AA True Team Championships at Northfield
Farmington 797, Northfield 723, Owatonna 621, Hastings 526, Winona 354

Farmington at Eastview Invitational

Boys Swimming and Diving: Section 1AA True Team Champs!

Team captains Tyler Magalis, Allen Berg, Brian Huls and Matthew Stephan

For the first time in school history the Tigers have won a Section 1AA True Team championship.
Farmington's superior depth paid big dividends as it piled up 797 points at the Section 1AA Championships held Saturday, Jan. 22, in Northfield. With the title coach Ryan Hamen's team punched its ticket to this weekend's True Team State meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Host Northfield finished second at the five-team section meet, followed by Owatonna 621, Hastings 526 and Winona 354.
"It was another great meet for Farmington swim and dive," Hamen said. "I am so glad that the boys are able to see such positive results from all of the hard work and dedication they are pouring into this season.
"We look forward to next Saturday and swimming at the U and going up against so many other great teams."

Tyler Magalis
3 1sts and a second
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Farmington scored four first place finishes and Tyler Magalis had a hand in three of them.
Individually, he dominated the one-meter diving competition with a point total of 407.70, more than 51 points more than the second place finisher, and also placed second in the 50 freestyle.
The versatile senior also joined with Brian Huls, Loren Hatten and Zach Holton to win the 200 individual medley and teamed up with Huls, Allen Berg and Christopher Kirchmann to capture top honors in the 200 freestyle relay.
Matthew Stephan provided the other Farmington first place finish with a victory in the 100 breaststroke.
Huls added a pair of strong showings in individual events to his two relay wins, taking second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 200 individual medley.
Berg also did well in individual events, claiming second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle.
Hatten placed second in the 100 breaststroke and Holton finished third in both the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. Aaron Lane ranked third in the 100 backstroke.
Other Farmington top 10 finishes:
200 freestyle: 5. Kirchmann; 8. Eric Schimmel
200 individual medley: Lane; 7. M. Stephan; 10. Nick Stephan
50 freestyle: 9. Conner Kealy; 10. Andrew Cayard
One-meter diving: 4. Evan Carufel; 8. Jonathan Bovee
100 butterfly: 7. Aaron Cochnauer; 10. Hatten
100 freestyle: 9. Kealy; 10. Schimmel
100 breaststroke: 10. N. Stephan
400 freestyle relay: 3. Berg, Hatten, Kirchmann, Holton

22 January 2011

Boys Basketball: Free throws in OT give Tigers 50-49 win over Raiders

Alex Michels
Team-high 14 points vs. Northfield

Farmington convereted five of eight free throws in overtime to eke out a 50-49 Missota Conference win over Northfield Friday night, Jan. 21, at Tiger Gym.
The squeaker was the second straight for the Tigers who beat Holy Angels 44-43 on Sebren Baer's jumper at the buzzer on Tuesday.
Farmington made hard work of its second win in three conference games, squandering a 13-point halftime lead and needing a last minute rally in regulation to force the extra session.
"In the first half we were working the ball inside-out and knocking down shots," Tiger coach Shane Wyandt said. "We were also getting some offense from our transition game."
Austin Bassett scored nine points and Baer and Alex Michels added eight apiece in the first half to give the home team a seemingly comfortable 31-18 halftime lead.
But the Raiders cranked up the defense after intermission and the Tigers shooting eye went blind. Farmington made only four field goals in the second half while scoring just 14 points.
Northfield held a seven-point lead with fewer than four minutes to play but this time it was the Tigers who picked themselves up off the mat. Darren Beenken's three-pointer from the corner gave the locals a one-point lead before the visitors tied it to force overtime.
In the extra period Farmington scored all five of its points from the line, two apiece by Bassett and Baer and one by Michels. The Raiders had the final possession but a hasty 20-footer failed to draw iron.
Wyandt said his team's second half meltdown showed its need to be more consistent in its half-court offense but added the win was still a positive step for his mostly inexperienced squad.
"A year ago we probably would have lost this game," Wyandt said. "Winning like we did on Tuesday gave us some confidence we could do it again. We got all the loose balls down the stretch. We really hustled our way back into it."
Michels led the Tigers with 14 points with Bassett and Baer pitching in with 11 and 10 respectively. Beenken finished with eight.
The Tigers face two of the top teams in the Missota this week, traveling to Chaska on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and hosting New Prague Friday night at Tiger Gym.

Girls Hockey: Baumann scores four as Tigers blank Wingers 5-0

Krystal Baumann (below) 4 goals
Emily Severson (top) goal, assist
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

When Red Wing visited Schmitz-Maki Arena in December it gave Farmington all it could handle in a 6-4 Tiger win. The rematch played Friday, Jan. 21, at Prairie Island Arena in Red Wing was a completely different story.
Krystal Baumann scorched the Wingers for four goals and goalie Jessica Erchul rang up her fifth shutout of the season in a 5-0 Farmington win.
The win moved the locals a step closer to their second consecutive Missota Conference title. The Tigers sit atop the conference standings with a perfect 9-0 record, two and half games in front of second place Shakopee (6-2).
Baumann scored her first of three power play goals late in the opening period to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the first break and then went on to score three more times in the second stanza.
The only break in Baumann's offensive assault came on a score by teammate Emily Severson who notched her second of the year (from Haleigh Zwart) early in the period.
Baumann's hat trick plus one bumped her season goal total to 37 and marked the fourth time this season the University of Vermont recruit has scored four or more goals in a game.
"Against Blake on Tuesday Krystal was sick and could barely stand up," coach Jon Holmes said, "but she still managed to score our only goal. Tonight she was almost completely recovered and she was hungry.
"She has a relentless ability to get the puck to the net and a natural talent for sniping the corners. That was very apparent in this game."
Rachel Peroutky had a pair of assists for the winners; Zwart, Severson, Brooke Raske and Hannah Alexander each had one.
Netkeeper Jessica Erchul continued her solid play, stopping all 27 Red Wing shots. The shutout was her fourth since Dec. 28 and lowered her season goals against average to 2.23.
Jessica Erchul 5th shutout; 27 saves
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

The Tigers step out of the Missota Conference to take on Hastings on Tuesday, Jan. 25, in a rematch of the title game from the Louie Schmitz Holiday Classic won by Farmington 6-2. Friday night they can wrap up the conference championship with a win over visiting Shakopee at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

Girls Basketball: Tigers notch No.13 with 57-44 win at Northfield

Taylor Meyer (below right) 27 points, 12 rebounds
Paige Steele 10 points, 3 assists
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Farmington registered its 13th win in 14 games with a convincing 57-44 Missota Conference victory Friday, Jan. 21, at Northfield.
Junior forward Taylor Meyer scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds to pace the Tigers who moved to 4-1 in Missota Conference play, a game behind first place Shakopee.
"We had a little trouble with their switching defenses early," Tiger coach Jason Berg said, "but we closed the first half on a big run.
"The big thing for us, just like it's been all season, was our defense. We contested every shot and made them work for every point."
With 10 minutes remaining in the opening half the Tigers led just 10-8 before ending the period on a 24-10 spurt. Paige Steele had a pair of three-pointers in the closing run.
The visitors expanded their lead after intermission with a balanced team effort that saw eight different players dent the scoring column.
The stat sheet told the story of the game. Farmington shot 50 percent from the field and went 6-10 from three-point range. Northfield made just 13 field goals in the contest.
The Tigers also dominated the glass by a 34-16 margin with 13 of that number coming at the offensive end. Northfield finished with 20 turnovers while Farmington had just 11.
Meyer made 12 of 16 field goal tries and was a perfect 3-3 from behind the three-point arc to account for her 27 points. Steele joined her in double figures with 10 points and Elena Koch and Jamie Kenealy added eight apiece.
Isis Alexander led in assists with five and Koch and Jordan Bridges each had a pair of blocks.
The Tigers close out the opening round of conference play with a home contest with Chaska Tuesday, Jan. 24, followed by a big road game at New Prague on Friday.
"I think we still have some improving to do as far as offensive execution goes," Berg said, "but if we keep playing defense like we have been we will be right where we want to be."

Tiger Scoreboard: January 22, 2011

Girls Basketball
Farmington 57 Northfield 44

Boys Basketball
Farmington 50 Northfield 49 (OT)

Girls Hockey
Farmington 5 Red Wing 0

Farmington 136.775 Red Wing 121.75

21 January 2011

Boys Hockey: Sluggish start costly in 4-2 loss to Red Wing

Aaron Dahl (below) 37 saves
Tyler Grubb 23rd goal of the season
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

A slow start coupled with a rash of untimely penalties cost the Tigers in a 4-2 Misssota Conference loss to Red Wing Thursday night, Jan. 20, at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
The Wingers, who went winless in nine non-conference games, raised their league mark to 4-3 while Farmington slipped to 8-9 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
The visitors rang up a pair of first period goals to take a lead they would never surrender.
"We got off to a sluggish start to say the least," Tiger coach Keith Revels said. "They outshot us 16-4 and we had two penalties to none for them. One of their goals came when we were shorthanded."
The second stanza featured seven penalties--four more for Farmington--and the Wingers made the most of their opportunities, scoring twice, including another power play goal.
The Tigers only answer came from Dan Handberg who netted a power play goal (from Zak Payne) of his own.
Tyler Grubb garnered his 23rd goal of the season for the only score of the final period.
Aaron Dahl drew his second straight start in net and finished with 37 saves in 41 shots, a save percentage of .902.
"The sluggish start was our demise," Revels said. "We played better as the game wore on, especially when we were five-on-five. Our depth was compromised by all of the specialty play."
The Tigers take a break from Missota Conference play Tuesday Jan. 25, when they entertain Bloomington Kennedy at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Tigers roll by Raiders 98-86

(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Tyler Magails and Brian Huls each had his fingerprints on four first place finishes to prpopel the Tigers to a 98-86 Missota Conference win over Northfield Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Dodge Middle School pool.
Farmignton coach Ryan Hamen liked what he saw in his team's performance and said it bodes well for the future.
"We had a lot of great time drops against Northfield," he said. "We're looking forward to the True Team sections on Saturday."
Magalis continued to show his versatility against the Raiders, winning the one-meter diving and 50 freestyle events and swimming a leg on the victorious 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.
Huls posted individaul wins in the 200 medley and 100 freestyle and joined Magalis on the two winning relay teams.
Three other Farmington swimmers also grabbed first place honors: Allen Berg in the 500 freestyle; Aaron Lane in the 100 backstroke and Loren Hatten in the 100 breaststroke.
Four Tigers turned in second place finishes: Berg in the 200 freestyle; Evan Carufel in diving; Zach Holton in the 100 butterfly and Matthew Stephan in the 100 breaststroke.
Three more Farmington entrants finished third, including Christopher Kirchmann in the 200 freestyle; Jonathan Bovee on the one-meter board and Holton in the 200 individual medley.
The Section 1AA True Team Championships will be held this Saturday, Jan. 22, at Northfield.

Wrestling: Elmer makes it an even 100

(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Senior Carl Elmer made it an even 100 career victories with a pin in the 140 lbs. bout in Farmington's 60-14 Missota Conference loss to Shakopee Thursday night, Jan. 20, at Tiger Gym.
"This is a great accomplishment for Carl," coach Chad Olson, the all-time career win leader at FHS, said. "He is only the 11th Farmington wrestler ever to reach that number.
"I know he is excited and relieved that he's reached that goal. Now he can focus on the remainder of his senior season."
Elmer, ranked sixth in the state by The Guillotine, Minnesota's premier wrestling magazine, raised his season record to 18-5 win with the milestone victory.
Despite the lopsided final score first-year coach Olson seemed satisfied with his team's performance.
"The score didn't reflect how close some of the matches actually were," he said. "We had a great week of practice and carried it into the meet."
Kyle Benjamin and Joe Hoeve provided the other Tigers wins. Benjamin posted a 2-0 decision in the 103 lbs. match and Hoeve scored a technical fall in the 145 lbs. bout.
Olson was also impressed with the work of 130-pounder Alex LaVictoire who wrestled what his coach called "the best match of his career."
Next up for the Tigers is the Eastview Invitational scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 22. at the Apple Valley school

Tiger Scoreboard: January 21, 2011

Boys Swimming and Diving
Farmington 98 Northfield 86

Boys Hockey
Red Wing 4 Farmington 2

Shakopee 60 Farmington 14

19 January 2011

Dance Team: Tigers 4th at Missota Conference competition

(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Farmington finished fourth overall at the 2011 Missota Conference Dance Championships held Saturday, Jan. 15, at Holy Angels. The Tigers placed third in the six-team meet in kick and sixth in jazz.
Holy Angels won the kick competition, followed by Chaska, Farmington, Chanhassen, Shakopee, and Northfield. Chaska took top honors in jazz, followed by Holy Angels, Chanhassen, Northfield, Shakopee, and Farmington.
"Our points improved significantly in both kick and jazz and the girls are really stepping it up," Tiger coach Shelby Kuphal said.
"I'm really proud of how hard our girls have worked and they are constantly looking for ways to improve!"
The Tigers next meet is the Cannon Falls Invitational scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3. The Section 1AAA Championships take place Feb.12 at Bloomington Kennedy.

Gymnastics: Tired Tigers still defeat Stormhawks

Kiana Lord (top) 1st in all-around and beam; 4th in vault and floor
Kylie Wharton (below) 2nd in all-around and vault; 3rd in floor and 5th on bars
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Even a busy three-meet week couldn't keep the Tigers from the winner's circle in a Missota Conference dual meet against Chaska/Chanhassen Tuesday night, Jan. 19, at the District Service Center.
The final team score was more than five points off the school record set last week but it was still good enough for a 137.55-130.3 victory.
"The girls had a tough week but they held together," coach Lynn Bauman said. "Three meets in a week is hard on your performance.
"I have faith in these girls that they can pull it back together and continue to break more records."
Kiana Lord had another big night for Farmington, winning the balance beam and all-around competition while and taking fourth in both the uneven bars and vault.
Terra Klima (top) 1st on bars and 4th on beam
Nadia Lorencz (below) 1st in vault; 2nd in floor and 3rd on bars
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Two other Tigers came away with event titles: Terra Klima on the uneven bars and Nadia Lorencz in vaulting. Lorencz also took second in floor and third on the bars and Klima placed fourth on the beam.
Kylie Wharton had another productive night for the winners. She finished second in the vault, tied for third in floor exercise and placed fifth on bars. Her 33.775 all-around points ranked second to Lord's winning total of 34.225.
Kathryn Beckett placed in two events: third in vault and third (tie) in floor. Tahra Eckert was fifth in both beam and all-around.
The Tigers will celebrate both Senior Night and Parents' Night Friday when they host Red Wing in another Missota Conference dual meet at the District Service Center.

Girls Hockey: Blake snaps Tiger win streak at seven

Krystal Baumann
33rd goal of the season
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Blake, the No. 2 rated Class A team in Minnesota, lived up to its billing with a convincing 5-1 win over Farmington Tuesday night, Jan. 18, at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
The loss snapped the Tigers seven-game win streak that started on Dec. 28 and left their season record at 13-6. Blake moved to 14-3-1.
The contest also marked the first time the two schools have faced each other since the Class A state championship game of 2007 when the Bears prevailed 2-1. The following year Farmington moved up to Class AA.
The visitors made a statement early scoring two unanswered goals in the opening period and then adding another in the second to go up 3-0 before Krystal Baumann finally broke the scoring ice for Farmington with her 33rd goal with 2:30 left in the period.
But the Bears countered with a score just 49 seconds later to make it 4-1 with a period to play. Blake's Abbie Lund's power play goal 1:45 into the final period accounted for the final score of the night.
Both teams had their scoring opportunities with the Bears finishing with a 36-31 advantage in shots on goal.
Tiger goalkeeper Jessica Erchul had a busy night between the pipes, registering 31 saves.
The Tigers return to action Friday night when they travel to Red Wing for a Missota Conference game at Prairie Island Arena. Farmington, a perfect 8-0 in league play, beat the Wingers 6-4 earlier in the season at Schmitz-Maki.

18 January 2011

Boys Hockey: Storm overtakes Tigers 3-2

Dan Handberg
2 goals vs. Chanhassen
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

The Tigers fought back from a one-goal deficit to lead 2-1 with 9:36 to play in regulation but Chanhassen rallied for two late scores, the last with four minutes to go. to post a 3-2 Missota Conference win over the Tigers Tuesday night, Jan. 18, at Victoria Arena.
"We played well enough to win, but unfortunately we didn't," Tiger coach Keith Revels said. "But we competed and that is what we are after."
The Storm led 1-0 after the first period before Dan Handberg countered in the second with his first of two power play goals.
Handberg's second goal of the night gave the locals a shot at their ninth win of the season but two defensive lapses resulted in the tying and winning goals for the Storm who posted their first league win.
"We left players uncovered in front of the net," Revels said. "All three goals we gave up were from areas where we cannot be giving up shots."
Tyler Grubb, the team's leading scorer, had assists on both of linemate's Handberg's goals. Andrew Peterson and Zak Payne also had assists for Farmington.
Goalie Aaron Dahl performed well in the nets, stopping 26 of the 29 shots sent his way.
"The loss was disappointing, but we competed," Revels said. "If we continue to do that, we will be in every game the rest of the way."
The Tigers (8-8) next game is Thursday when they entertain Red Wing at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

Girls Basketball: Tigers back in win column with 58-26 win over Holy Angels

Jamie Kenealy (left) 14 points
Elena Koch 11 points, 8 rebounds
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

It didn't take long for the Tigers to get their first loss off the season out of their system.
Farmington (12-1) dominated from start to finish in a runaway 58-26 Missota Conference victory over Holy Angels Tuesday night, Jan. 18, at Tiger Gym.
Jamie Kenealy scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the first half to help stake the winners to a lopsided 33-11 halftime lead.
Elena Koch scored seven points, Jordan Bridges added six and a tenacious Tiger forced the visitors into several costly turnovers.
The defense didn't let up in the second half, holding the Stars scoreless for the opening five minutes of the period.
The offense continued to do its thing too, with 10 different Farmington players scoring points after intermission.
Kenealy and Koch (11 points) were the only Farmington players to score in double figures. Bridges and Isis Alexander each chipped in with eight.
The Tigers, now 3-1 in the conference, travel to Northfield Friday night to take on the Raiders who own a 5-8 overall record and are winless in five league games.