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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Saturday night's Section 3, Class 5A semifinal was anything but your typical grind-it-out, late-October football game. Second-seeded Farmington and third-seeded Minneapolis Southwest opted to stick with their pass-friendly spread offenses and it paid off for both teams. The two offenses combined for 84 points despite temperatures that dipped into the upper 20s at Tiger Stadium. But it was the Farmington defense that stepped up to make the game's biggest plays when it mattered most.
Two Farmington cross country runners qualified for the upcoming Class 2A state meet while leading their respective teams to sixth-place finishes at the Section 1AA Championships Thursday in Owatonna. Sophomore Justin Hyytinen extended his season with a third-place finish at Brooktree Golf Course. He'll be joined at state by junior Maricia Pacheco, who placed 12th in the girls race.
Another top-10 finish from Justin Hyytinen and a pack of four runners that crossed the finish line in a 10-second span helped the Farmington boys cross country team improve three places in the eight-team field at the Misssota Conference Championships last Tuesday at New Prague Golf Course. The Tigers scored 109 points to edge Northfield (115) and Red Wing (121) in the battle for fourth place. Chaska defeated Chanhassen 50-72 for the team title and Shakopee followed in third with 74 points. Hyytinen continued his impressive debut season by placing second out of 54 runners.
Two weeks ago the Farmington girls soccer team had to share the Missota Conference title after losing on the road to Shakopee in its regular season finale. The same thing happened to the Farmington football team last Wednesday night. The sixth-ranked (Class 5A) Tigers produced a season-low 186 yards and finished even with Chanhassen and Holy Angels at 5-2 in the league after a 35-7 loss to the Sabers. The Sabers set the tone on the game's opening drive, chewing up 80 yards on 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead.
The Farmington girls soccer team went into its first Section 1AA title game last Tuesday night at Lakeville North knowing it would need to play a near-perfect game to advance. That didn't happen, but head coach Rob Carpentier was pleased to see his scrappy Tigers make the top-ranked (Class 2A) Panthers sweat a little bit as they punched another ticket to the Class 2A State Tournament with a 2-0 victory, their 15th shutout in 19 games this season. "I am happy we brought a great effort and didn't get intimidated by the situation.
The Farmington volleyball team finished the regular season with a record of 13-14 after a 3-0 loss to Missota Conference co-champion Shakopee in last Tuesday's regular season finale. The Sabers cruised 25-16, 25-15 and 25-9. Emma Fahning led the Tigers with five kills and two ace serves. Mackenzie Hesse led the defense with 15 serve receptions and Rachel Eckert added 13. Ruthie Schmitt provided nine set assists and Mia Johnston six. The Tigers finished sixth in the Missota at 2-5 and earned the No. 6 seed in Section 1AAA, which gave them a first-round home game against No.
The sixth-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington football team settled for a share of its first Missota Conference championship after a 35-7 loss at Shakopee in Wednesday night's regular season finale in Shakopee. The Tigers joined Chanhassen and Holy Angels at 5-2 in league play. They earned the No. 2 seed in Section 3AAAAA and, after a first-round bye, will face the winner of the game between Minneapolis Washburn and Bloomington Jefferson Saturday, Oct. 27, at Tiger Stadium.
The Farmington volleyball team's eight seniors celebrated Senior Night by helping the team get back to the .500 mark with a three-game sweep of Holy Angels last Tuesday at Tiger Gym. The Tigers opened with a 25-8 rout and went on to win the next two games, 27-25 and 25-15. Senior Mia Johnston led the Tigers with 18 assists. Senior Rachel Eckert led the defense with 14 serve receptions and senior Emily Nelson tied Makenzie Hesse for the team lead with six digs.
It's already been a season of firsts for the Farmington girls soccer team. The Tigers won a share of their first-ever Missota Conference championship. Then they hosted, and won, the program's first-ever section tournament home game. Then, to advance to their first-ever state tournament, the Tigers had to be the first Class 2A team to defeat Lakeville North this season. The Panthers, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, brought a 15-1-2 record into Tuesday's Section 1AA finals. They have won 14 games via shutout so far this season, including a 3-0 win over the Tigers in early September.
The Farmington boys soccer team was held scoreless for the fourth straight game in the opening round of the Section 1AA tournament last Thursday in Rochester. The fourth-seeded Mayo Spartans shut out the fifth-seeded Tigers for the second time in a month, this time a 3-0 decision that advanced them to a second-round game with top-seeded Northfield, which they lost 4-1 on Saturday. The Tigers had their chances to score, but never came through with a response after the Spartans lit up the scoreboard in the final 10 minutes of the first half. "To say we had opportunities is an understatement,"