Boys Basketball Practice updates

A few updates to the team practice calendar.

Practice on Thursday, December 21st will be from 3:30-5:30 pm for 9th-12th grade at Dodge Middle School not Boeckman.

Also originally there was a tentative team meal scheduled for December 21st. That is no longer happening on that date. The team meals at Barley & Vine will be January 11th and February 22nd after practice.

Finally, the practice on February 1st that was scheduled to be at Boeckman Middle School is now back at the Farmington High School after another event was moved. Varsity/JV/10A will practice after school until 5:30 pm. 9th grade teams will practice late starting at 4:45 pm.

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Defense Carries Tigers Past St. Anthony | by Pat Rupp

Defense Carries Tigers Past St. Anthony

by Pat Rupp

Farmington improved its early season record to 3-1 with a grind-it-out 57-39 non-conference win over St. Anthony Saturday afternoon at Tiger Gym.

Defense was the key for coach Tharen Johnson’s squad, holding the Huskies, who had averaged 63 points in their first two games, to just 16 first half points.

“I thought we played a lot better defensively today,” Johnson said. “We continue to get better at cutting down on our number of fouls because guys are starting to stay positioned better.”

St. Anthony held an early lead but it didn’t last long. Miles Mendes’ three-point play tied the game at 11-11 and the winners closed the first half on a 12-5 run for a 23-16 halftime advantage.

The lead at intermission could have been even bigger had the home team converted more shots in the paint and cashed in on their free throw opportunities. The Tigers made just eight of 26 shots over the first 18 minutes and converted only of five of 10 chances from the foul line.

“I don’t think we executed very well in the first half,” Johnson said. “We got caught up playing at their pace and were shooting too quickly. Caden (Freetly) was doing a nice job of attacking and getting to the foul line though.

“We did do a great job of getting offensive rebounds. Brock (Mogensen) and Miles (Mendes) were very active inside.”

Farmington opened the second half on a 10-5 run, sparked by four inside points apiece from Freetly and Mogensen, and held a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

All in all, 14 players saw action for the Tigers with eight of them denting the scoring column. Freetly led the way with 17 points with Zach Hedquist adding 13. Mendes had nine points and Mogensen finished with eight.

The Tigers dominated the glass, finishing with a 46-24 advantage. Mendes pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. Jamer Shrum had eight and Freetly seven.

In the end, however, it was the Farmington defense that carried the day. The Tigers’ sticky man-to-man approach forced the Huskies into many long possessions and eventually poor shot selection.

“Jamer Shrum and Adam Weed did a nice job of defending their two top scorers,” Johnson said. “Mickey Jah (16 points) and Tait Nelson (13 points) ended up getting to double figures but they had to take a lot of shots to get there.”

With the big second half cushion, Johnson was able to get some floor time for the Tiger reserves and he liked what he saw.

“Collin Hansen took a big charge on defense and Gabe Bassett scored his first varsity points, knocking down a three-pointer,” he said.

The Tigers will have a week to prepare for their next game, a road contest against Bloomington Jefferson Friday night, Dec 15, in Bloomington. The Jaguars are 1-1 in the early going, defeating Duluth East 57-31 and losing to Shakopee 80-54.

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Tigers Sink Skippers with Balance | by Pat Rupp

Tigers Sink Skippers with Balance

by Pat Rupp

On paper, Thursday night’s home contest with Minnetonka looked like a tall order for the home team. The visiting Skippers featured a front line that averaged 6’7. Farmington’s tallest player was 6-5.

In the end, however, size didn’t matter so much as the smaller Tigers eked out an exciting 63-61 win that wasn’t decided until the final horn sounded.

“We knew they had the superior size,” Farmington coach Tharen Johnson said, “but we have some guys who have spent a lot of time in the weight room and can hold their ground. We did a nice job on the boards tonight.”

For the second straight game the winners had a rough time finding the basket in the early going, making just 10 of 33 shots in the first half. Still, a 10-0 run midway through the opening stanza, held up for a slim 25-22 halftime lead. A full-court press fueled the run the produced the spurt.

“We thought their point guard was a pretty good ball handler,” Johnson said, “but that some of their other guys would be a little shaky against pressure. Our press gave them a different look and we got some points off turnovers.”

Turnovers in the open court proved a thorn in the side all night for the visitors. The Skippers finished with 17 miscues that turned into 20 Farmington points.

The second half was a see-saw battle that saw the Tigers hold onto the lead until the final six minutes when Minnetonka’s leading scorer, Cameron Steele, converted three straight free throws to give his team a 47-46 edge. The Skippers’ size seemed to be taking its toll as Farmington’s “big” men, Miles Mendes and Caden Freetly, each had four fouls.

Minnetonka then twice led by three points, the last at 53-50, as Mendes fouled out to make Farmington’s size disadvantage even more profound.

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A basket by Freetly and a huge three-pointer by Jarrett Hunt gave the lead back to the Tigers. Freetly’s free throw and a reverse lay-up Jacob Bormann off a Freetly pass gave the home team a 58-53 lead with 2:23 to play.

The game was far from over, however. First, Steele canned a three-pointer to cut the lead to a basket before Bormann countered with a free throw and a basket to stretch it back to five at 61-56.

Jamer Shrum made two clutch free throws with 47 seconds left in regulation to make it a seven-point game but the Skippers still had life. A lay-up and yet another trey by Steele, who would finish with a game-high 26 points, left the score at 63-61 with 7.5 seconds remaining.

Brock Mogensen went to the free throw line but missed both to give Minnetonka one last shot. Steele’s desperation toss from just inside half court rattled off the rim as time expired.

Farmington won the game with offensive balance. Zach Hedquist, Bormann and Freetly led the way with 13, 12 and 10 points respectively. Hunt had eight, Mendes seven, Adam Weed six and Shrum 5.

The Skippers finished with a 32-28 edge on the boards but the Tigers held their own with four players—Shrum, Mendes, Freetly and Mogensen—each pulling down five.

Farmington tallied 26 points in the paint to help their cause. That proved invaluable as Minnetonka outshot the Tigers by a dozen points (20-8) at the foul line.

“I thought everybody who played contributed for us tonight,” Johnson said. “We learned that if we play like we can, we can be competitive in our conference. There are a couple of teams in the conference that will bring both size and the strength so we will have to be ready to play every night.”

Farmington (2-1) entertains St. Anthony Saturday afternoon and then is off until next Friday night when it travels to Bloomington Jefferson for another non-conference game.

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A Foul Loss in Rochester | by Pat Rupp

A Foul Loss in Rochester

by Pat Rupp

A quick glance at the stat sheet from Tuesday night’s non-conference game at Rochester Mayo showed the Tigers having the better of the numbers in all but a couple of categories. Farmington finished with more field goals, more rebounds, more points off turnovers, more points in the paint, more transition points, more assists and fewer turnovers.

But two big numbers proved the difference in the 61-56 loss for the Tigers—personal fouls and points on free throws. For the second time in as many games Farmington committed an eye-catching 25 infractions that resulted in an 11-point differential at the charity stripe. The Spartans made 16 of 27 at the line while the visitors converted just five of 11 attempts.

Cold Tiger shooting was also a factor in the outcome, especially in the opening half. Farmington (1-1) cashed in on just nine of 36 tries (25%) over the first 18 minutes and trailed 27-23 at intermission.

The Tigers jumped to an early 6-3 lead but a 14-0 spurt by the Spartans gave them a lead they would hold all the way to the break.

Early second half baskets by Miles Mendes, Adam Weed and Zach Hedquist pulled the Tigers even at 29-29 but another Mayo mini-run, this one an 8-0 eruption, ran the deficit back up to eight.

Jarrett Hunt canned a three-pointer later in the half to give Farmington a 43-42 lead and the visitors would stretch that margin to 48-45 on another Hunt trey before the foul trouble kicked into high gear.

Mayo would go onto score 16 more points in the contest with 10 of them coming from the foul line.

“We got into foul trouble again,” Farmington coach Tharen Johnson said. “Some of them were our fault and were not smart decisions. Some others were very questionable calls by one particular official…We also had a no call on an offensive goaltending that ended up being a big two points for them.”

Even with the endless trip to the Mayo free throw line, Farmington held its last lead at 51-50 before managing just two field goals the rest of the way.

“Our kids battled back and we had the lead toward the end of the game,” Johnson said. “Jarrett hit some big three’s in the comeback. But we couldn’t get stops when we needed to and they got bailed out by shooting free throws down the stretch.”

Johnson said he was encouraged by his team’s defense against Mayo’s sophomore twin combo of Gabe and Mason Madsen, both considered top-level post-high school recruits.

“Caden (Freetly), Jamer (Shrum), and Adam (Weed) all did a nice job on them,” he said. “But then we let two kids off their bench do some damage against us that didn’t help.”

Mendes put together a statistical double-double for Farmington in the loss, scoring 10 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Hunt had nine points on a trio of three-pointers. Shrum scored eight points to go with seven assists and six rebounds. Freetly also tallied eight along with seven boards and five assists.

The Tigers don’t have much time to dwell on the loss as they entertain Minnetonka Thursday night at Tiger Gym.

“We need to be more disciplined offensively and defensively if we are going to compete with Minnetonka,” Johnson said.
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Tiger Game Day!

School names links to google maps.  See you there!!

Basketball: Boys Varsity Game
7:30PM  Away vs. Rochester Mayo
Rochester Mayo High School 


Basketball: Boys JV Game
6:00PM  Away vs. Rochester Mayo
Rochester Mayo High School

Basketball: Boys 10A Game
4:45PM  Away vs. Rochester Mayo
Rochester Mayo High School

Basketball: Boys 9A Game
6:00PM  Away vs. Rochester Mayo
Rochester Ben Franklin Elementary

Basketball: Boys 9B Game
7:00PM  Away vs. Rochester Mayo
Rochester Ben Franklin Elementary

 

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Tigers Down Century in a Shootout | by Pat Rupp

Tigers Down Century in a Shootout

by Pat Rupp

Before Friday night’s season opener with Rochester Century Farmington coach Tharen Johnson voiced concern about where his team’s points would come from after losing Sam Wilson and Kole Hinrichsen to graduation last spring.

After the Tigers’ 94-80 non-conference win at Tiger Gym, Johnson must feel a bit of relief as five Tigers scored nine or more points against their Section 1AAAA rivals.

“Usually the defense is ahead of the offense in the early games,” Johnson said but tonight we did a good job of moving the ball and finding the open man. We missed some shots we should have made but overall I was pleased with how we ran the offense and shared the ball.”

The game was decided by three distinct Farmington runs. The first came right out of the gate when baskets by Jamer Shrum and Caden Freetly and a three-pointer by Zach Hedquist keyed an opening 16-4 spurt before the Panthers could get their game legs.

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Century pecked away at its early deficit and closed the first half on a 17-10 run of its own to close the margin to 45-37 at the halftime break. Freetly had ten first half points, Shrum nine and Brock Mogensen eight.

A big side story of the first half was the mounting foul trouble for both teams. A total of 24 infractions were whistled in the first 18 minutes, 14 of them against Farmington. Thirteen of the visitors’ points in the first half came from the charity stripe.

Just as it had in the first half the home team came out blazing after intermission, canning five of its first seven field goal tries in a 14-4 spurt to extend the lead to a game-high 18 points at 59-41.

The Panthers wouldn’t go away, however, and with 5:00 minutes remaining in regulation the visitors had made it a two-possession game at 79-73.

That’s when Farmington stepped on the gas and put together its third big run of the night, this one a 15-7 closing spurt to seal the deal. Miles Mendes had six of the Tiger points in the outburst, including a rim-rattling dunk with 1:40 to play.

“I thought Brock (Mogensen) also played a big part in how well we closed the game,” Johnson said. “He had a big put-back of a miss by Miles and then hustled all the way down to the other end of the floor to make a key defensive play.”

Freetly and Mogensen led all Farmington scorers with 18 points each. Freetly also contributed 4 rebounds and 5 assists despite battling foul trouble most of the night. Mogensen, who averaged three points a night as a junior, did his damage on 8 of 9 shooting from the field and Shrum added 17 to go with a solid floor game. Mendes scored all 11 of his game total in the second half. Jacob Bormann added nine, Adam Weed seven and Hedquist and Jarrett Hunt six apiece.

The Tigers committed 11 more fouls in the second half, giving them a game total of 25 that helped Century finished with 23 points at the foul line.

“I think officials call games closer early in the season,” Johnson said. “But we had some bad fouls where we were caught not moving our feet and at times our transition defense was pretty poor. We will have to get better there.”

As for the gaudy point total in game one, Johnson said his team always likes to play at a faster pace but that on this night the opportunities dictated the big number on the home half of the scoreboard

“When you run the offense and move the ball, you get good shots,” he said.

Next up on the schedule is a trip to Rochester next Tuesday night for a date with another Section rival, Rochester Mayo. Thursday the Tigers return home to entertain Minnetonka and Saturday they host St. Anthony in a rare matinee game.

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Tigers Looking for Scorers in 2017-18 | by Pat Rupp

Tigers Looking for Scorers in 2017-18

by Pat Rupp

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Farmington finished 8-19 overall and 3-15 in the rugged South Suburban Conference in Tharen Johnson’s first season at the helm of the Tiger hoops program last season. Johnson and his staff are looking to improve on that mark in 2017-18 but will need to overcome a couple of obstacles in order to achieve that goal.

Gone from last year are all-conference forward Sam Wilson and his 20 points a game and classmate Cole Hinrichsen who averaged almost nine a night while providing solid floor leadership.

“Those two combined for almost half of our points last year,” Johnson said, “so early on scoring might be a concern for us.”

Another concern will be the team’s lack of height. “We don’t have a lot of size,” Johnson said. “We’ll have to compensate for that with our physical strength.”

But Johnson, in his 14th year in the Tiger boys’ program, is the first to point out that the Farmington cupboard is far from empty. All-South Suburban Conference honorable mention senior forward Caden Freetly (8 points, 7 rebounds per game) returns as do fellow seniors Brock Mogensen (3.7 points); Jarrett Hunt (2.6 points) and Zach Hedquist (1.3 points).

Returning juniors who saw varsity action last winter include Adam Weed (6.2 points); Miles Mendes (5.4 points, 4.3 rebounds); Jamar Shrum (2.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists) and Brady Bean (2.0 points).

Senior forward Collin Hansen and junior guard Jacob Borman also figure to compete for varsity floor time this winter.

A couple of areas where Johnson feels his team will make major strides over last season are defense and rebounding.

“Our overall strength and conditioning should be strong points for us,” he said. “Our team has really bought into the weight room. Strength and conditioning coaches Scott Meier and Shane Wyandt have done a great job getting our guys bigger, faster and stronger.”

According to Johnson, a less tangible but essential attribute of this year’s Tiger team is a dedication to get better.

“Almost all of the guys bought into working out over the summer,” Johnson said. “My coaching staff did an excellent job running them through individual drills to improve their skills.”

Johnson wasn’t ready to put a number on how many wins it might to take to make a successful season but rather explained his expectations in terms of solid night-in and night-out play.

“We have several guys back from last year but many of them were playing as sophomores and will still need to mature at the varsity level,” he said. “Last year we had some moments like beating Prescott, a Wisconsin state tournament team, by 30 points and pushing Minnesota state champion Apple Valley to the final second of overtime.

“But we also had several blowout losses and a 10-game losing streak. The goal this year is to bring the same level of play to every game. That will be needed to compete in the conference and advance in the section.”

Johnson will also have an eye on the future this season. This year’s sophomores were very competitive in the South Suburban in 2016-17 and the incoming freshmen finish fourth in the eighth grade travel team state tournament last winter.

The South Suburban Conference, winners of four of the last five Class 4A state titles, should once again be one of the strongest leagues in the state. Apple Valley is the odds-on favorite to take league honors again with six-time champion Lakeville North the likely choice in the Section 1AAAA race.

Johnson will have a veteran coaching staff with which to work. Tiger grad Jacob Sand will serve as varsity assistant with Daniel Beyer handling the junior varsity team. AJ Dubek returns for his second season with the sophomores while Adam Huppert and Roland Bradley direct the ninth grade A and B teams respectively.

The Tigers open their regular season Friday, Dec. 1, with a non-conference home contest against Section 1AAAA rival Rochester Century.

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Farmington 9-12th grade practice schedule updates

There were a couple of updates to the practice schedule. The Varsity/JV scrimmages at Northfield this Wednesday will be from 3:30-5:30 pm instead of 3-5 pm because of final exams.

Also the 10-12th grade practice on December 26th had incorrect times entered when it was copied and pasted over from last season. The practice on December 26th will be from 2:30-5:00 pm instead of 8:00-10:30 am to allow for anyone traveling back from the Holiday.

For the complete practice schedule click below.

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Boys basketball tryouts begin Monday, November 13. Register now

Tryouts for Farmington 9th grade basketball begin Monday, November 13th. In order to tryout, players need to have an up to date physical on file and be registered through FeePay. Click here to register through FeePay. Tryouts for 9th grade will begin after school on Monday, November 13th.

Tryouts for grades 10-12 will begin Monday, November 20th at 6:30 am before school. Players need to have an up to date physical on file and be registered through FeePay. Since the tryouts begin in the morning before our Athletic Office is open it is highly suggested that registration be done BEFORE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 to ensure that players can tryout. If players bring a registration the morning of the tryouts they will be unable to tryout as the Athletic Office will not be open yet.

We look forward to an exciting season of Farmington basketball!

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Fall League week 4 schedule and rosters for this Sunday, November 12

Last week of fall league this Sunday. JV Orange and 9th Grade Black are both playing at Bloomington Kennedy High School and the other three teams are playing at Bloomington Jefferson. Please check the rosters below to see what team you will be playing on. These rosters do not have any reflection about which team a player will play on for winter season. Those teams will be determined at try-outs.  Again please try to arrive 20 minutes before your first scheduled start time and wear the reversible black and white Farmington practice jerseys. Also please let the coaches know if you will not be able to make it on Sunday.

Any players that received a jersey last Sunday should make sure and bring $15 for the jersey or make sure they return the jersey when fall league is complete. These reversible jerseys will be used everyday for practice from 9th through 12th grade.

Week 4:

Varsity

9:40 am vs Burnsville Black

10:25 am vs Bloomington Jefferson

JV Black

4:20 pm vs Apple Valley Gold

5:05 pm vs Austin Red

JV Orange (Games at Bloomington Kennedy not Bloomington Jefferson)

11:20 am vs Austin White (at Bloomington Kennedy)

12:05 pm vs Holy Angels Blue (at Bloomington Kennedy)

9th Grade Black (Games at Bloomington Kennedy not Bloomington Jefferson) 

1:00 pm vs Holy Angels Blue (at Bloomington Kennedy)

1:45 pm vs Chanhassen (at Bloomington Kennedy)

9th Grade Orange 

2:40 pm vs Wayzata Orange

3:25 pm vs Eastview

Click below for the full fall league schedule

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Rosters

Varsity JV Black JV Orange 9 Black 9 Orange
Bormann Ask Buch Berreth Dahlberg
Freetly, C Batta Buchert Cochnauer Edmiston
Hansen Freetly, D Comes Darrington Hibbard
Hedquist Hertaus Dohrmann Eggers Koch
Hunt Huschka Duro Elsen Lofgren
Lofgren Moe Feil Green Ludowese
Mendes Olson Kiage Holoch More
Mogensen Tarango Laramy Miller Pearson
Shrum Todd Rust Patterson Reuter
Weed Vettrus Sundet Spain
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