Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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The Farmington volleyball team has gotten back on track since losing five straight matches earlier this month. The Tigers picked up back-to-back 3-0 sweeps of Hastings and Red Wing last week, and then split four matches to place sixth out of 16 teams Saturday at the Farmington Invite. At 8-7, the team has already surpassed last season's total of seven victories. "We had a very good tournament," Farmington coach Mike Woody said.
A busy week was full of ups and downs for the Farmington girls tennis team. The Tigers started their hectic slate last Tuesday by defeating Red Wing for the first time since 1997. Second-set rallies in the top three singles matches helped secure a 4-3 victory at Boeckman Middle School. Megan Stivers won 6-2, 7-6 (2) at No. 1 singles, Ryan Jara held on 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 and Callie Olmscheid improved to 10-1 with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) triumph at No. 3. "We ended up coming back from a long ways down at 1, 2 and 3 singles to secure unlikely victories at each flight.
Ball-control, defense and goalkeeping have all been strengths for the Farmington girls soccer team this season. When the Tigers have struggled, it's been because of their inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities. That was the case Saturday afternoon as a sub-.500 Rochester Mayo team came to Tiger Stadium and escaped 80 minutes of regulation and two overtimes with a scoreless tie. The Tigers slipped to 6-2-2 despite outshooting the Spartans, 21-4. "We dominated possession and moved the ball around well. However, we still struggled to finish our many opportunities in the box.
Red Wing was just a few yards away from tying the score late in the first half of Friday night's Missota Conference meeting at Tiger Stadium. Trailing 7-0, the Wingers held onto the ball for over eight minutes and traveled 71 yards on 16 plays before the Tigers stopped them one yard short of a first down at the three-yard line.
Rochester Mayo came out shooting in a possible section tournament preview Saturday in Rochester. The Spartans sent the ball toward the Farmington net early and often and improved to 6-2 with a 4-0 shutout of the Tigers. "Credit Mayo for continually attacking and taking shots. If there is one thing we need to work on it is taking more shots," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "We battled and had some very good possession and play throughout the game....
Red Wing was just a couple of yards away from tying the score late in the first half of Friday night's Missota Conference meeting at Tiger Stadium. Trailing 7-0, the Wingers held onto the ball for over eight minutes and traveled 71 yards on 16 plays before the Tigers stopped them one yard short of a first down at the three-yard line.
The Farmington girls tennis team had its three-match winning streak come to an end as it dropped a pair of matches last week. The Tigers managed just one singles win and one doubles win in a 5-2 loss at Burnsville last Tuesday, and then were saved from a sweep thanks to a strong showing at No. 1 doubles in last Thursday's 6-1 Missota Conference setback at Northfield. "We took it on the chin (against Burnsville) but not because we didn't give them all we had. They just had a little bit more firepower," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "Northfield, as usual, was pretty strong.
The Farmington girls swimming and diving team won nine of 12 events as it breezed to an 89-86 Missota Conference dual win over Red Wing Thursday night at the Dodge Middle School pool. Juniors Kaitlyn O'Reilly and Cora Ruzicka, sophomore Kirsten Kracke and freshman Chelsea Gehrke were all part of three of those first-place finishes. Individually, O'Reilly claimed titles in the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley, Ruzicka won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, Gehrke came out on top in the 200 freestyle and Kracke set the pace in the 100 backstroke.
The Farmington volleyball team put an end to its five-match losing streak and came on strong to collect 13th place by coming away victorious in its final two contests Saturday at the Keller Klassic in Coon Rapids. The Tigers played competitively in their first two matches, but eventually lost to Grand Rapids 25-27, 12-25 and Benilde-St. Margaret's 27-25, 18-25 and 12-15. "We played quite well in most of our first match against Grand Rapids. Game 2 of that was better than the score indicated. Grand Rapids had so many extraordinary defensive plays.
Two quick goals put Farmington in a hole it couldn't dig out of in Saturday's non-conference matchup in Burnsville. The Blaze played well with the lead and tacked on another goal in the final 10 minutes as they extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-0 shutout. "Burnsville was a solid team and we played them very well. The fact is that we played a tough team, we kept up with the pace of the game and walked away a better team because of it," said Farmington coach Julian Buss, whose squad slipped to 3-3-1 on the season.