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 girls swimming and diving team built a big lead early and swam the final three events as exhibitions as it improved to 3-1 in the Missota Conference with a 90-87 dual win over Chaska last Thursday at Dodge Middle School. "We had a decent meet last (Thursday)," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. "We're starting to enter what we have coined as the 'Dog Days' of the season. The excitement of the beginning has worn off and it's too early to get pumped for championship season. "We're still seeing time drops though and that is impressive.
Farmington only picked up one individual win while dropping a pair of Missota Conference girls tennis matches last week. Megan Stivers was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at No. 1 singles as the Tigers dropped a 6-1 match to Chaska last Thursday. The team also fell to 18-0 Chanhassen 7-0 last Tuesday. The Hawks are ranked ninth in the state. The Tigers fell to 4-6 overall and 1-4 in Missota Conference duals. The Tigers won just four points, all by Callie Olmscheid, in four singles losses to the Hawks. The closest doubles match went to Beth Fairchild and Jess Novotny, who lost 3-6, 2-6 at No.
The seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington football team has already found a few different ways to win during the first half of the 2012 season. In Week 1, it was the leg of kicker Reid Taubenheim and a solid defense that sealed a victory over Rochester Mayo.
The Farmington boys soccer team kept pace with the leaders in the Missota Conference with a pair of league victories last week. The Tigers pulled away for a 3-1 win over Red Wing on their home field last Tuesday, and then overcame a slew of missed opportunities to hang on for a 1-0 shutout last Thursday at New Prague. The team now sits at 7-4-1 overall and 3-0-1, a half-game behind sixth-ranked (Class 1A) Holy Angels and Chaska, in the league standings. "We put together a good number of scoring opportunities, but had difficulty finishing.
Seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington spoiled New Prague's Homecoming with a 14-7 Missota Conference victory over the Trojans Friday night in New Prague. The Tigers (4-0) got on the board in the first half on a touchdown pass from Darren Beenken to Mac Bassett. A second-half touchdown run by Athen Ashten capped the scoring.
A touchdown pass from Darren Beenken to Mac Bassett has the seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington football team leading 7-0 at halftime tonight at New Prague. The Tigers (3-0) are back at Tiger Stadium next Friday night for their Homecoming game against Chaska.
The Farmington girls cross country team once again moved up in the standings at Friday's Applejack Invitational in Lakeville. The Tigers brought in all five of their scoring runners in 17 minutes or better for the second straight meet as they placed 11th out of 21 teams with 345 points. The team placed 14th out of 17 teams at last year's Applejack Invitational. Eagan placed five runners in the top 13 to top Lakeville South 38-83 for the team title. "I was so proud of the girls' finish," Farmington coach Heidi Revels said.
The Farmington swimming and diving team may be wearing out its welcome at the Bloomington Kennedy Eagle Invitational. The Tigers won the meet for the third straight year Saturday afternoon, winning four events as they outscored runner-up Minneapolis Southwest/Henry 590-525. Teams from Bloomington Jefferson (377), Red Wing (363), Eau Claire North (286) and Bloomington Kennedy (163) also competed. "Last year we won it by over 300 points. Keeping that in mind, we really mixed up the events the girls swam," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said.
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.