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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Farmington withstood a late Albert Lea charge to open the season with a four-game victory Thursday night in Albert Lea. The Tigers rolled in the first two games, winning 25-13 and 25-16, before the host Tigers claimed a tight third game, 25-23. The visitors claimed the match by holding on for a 25-23 decision of their own in Game 4. Bekah Lippert led the Farmington front row in the program's first game since 2006 without standout Katie Habeck, slamming 12 kills in 21 attempts and recording five blocks.
The Farmington football team prepared for tomorrow night's season opener at Rochester Mayo by taking on three teams in a scrimmage Saturday at Lakeville North. The Tigers faced Lakeville North first, then took on North St. Paul before finishing with a matchup against Armstrong. "I thought that we saw good improvement throughout the scrimmage and we had some pretty good execution both on offense and defense," said Farmington head coach Mark Froehling, who returns nine starters from last year's 1-8 team. "There were a few errors in technique and in assignments both on offense and defense.
A scoreless tie Saturday night signaled a big step forward for the Farmington boys soccer program. The Tigers ran stride-for-stride on the road with a Lakeville North team that knocked them out of last year's Section 1AA tournament and went on to qualify for the Class 2A State Tournament. "We passed another test," coach Julian Buss said. "Can we play tough on the road, under the lights, against last year's Section 1AA champs? The answer is yes. The boys proved (Saturday) that we have elevated the level of play that can be expected to come from the Farmington boys varsity soccer program....
Apple Valley won seven of 12 events in its season-opening meet against Farmington last Thursday night at Levi Dodge Middle School. The Eagles couldn't match the Tigers' depth, however, as the Orange and Black used four 2-3-4 and three 1-2-3 finishes to open the season with a 92-85 dual win. The score was tied 15-15 through two events. Kirsten Kracke then gave the home team the lead for good by placing first in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2 minutes, 25.15 seconds.
Farmington soccer coach Rob Carpentier came away from the first week of the season more concerned about his team's lone loss than he was pleased with its two easy victories. As they did a season ago, the Tigers had little trouble disposing of Faribault and Waconia while picking up their first two wins. And like last year, they suffered their first defeat at the hands of a Lakers team that went on to finish just 6-8-3 against a strong South Suburban Conference schedule last season.
The Farmington tennis team didn't pick up any wins, but managed to be competitive while playing in three different match formats last week. The Tigers opened the season last Monday by placing second out of three teams in the Mound Doubles Tournament.
Volleyball (2-0) Farmington 3, Austin 0, 25-22, 25-20, 25-11 Boys Soccer (2-0-1) Farmington 2, Rochester John Marshall 0 Girls Swimming (2-0) Farmington 90, Red Wing 88 Girls Soccer (2-2) Apple Valley 2, Farmington 0
Boys soccer: Farmington 4, Faribault 0 Girls soccer: Farmington 6, Faribault 0 Swimming and diving: Farmington 92, Apple Valley 85 Volleyball: Farmington 3, Albert Lea 1
The results of last week's annual Ironman competition might be a good indicator of what to expect from this year's Farmington football team. Overall, the Tigers scored their third-fastest 40-yard dash times in the last 11 years in the seven-event skills test while ranking no better than seventh in any of the weight-lifting events.
Farmington strength and conditioning coach Scott Meier had good news and bad news to report from the Tiger football team's annual season-opening Ironman competition. The bad news: The top performers didn't score as well as in years past. The good news: The scores from the bottom half of the 67 athletes who completed the seven-event skills competition were higher than ever. "I think it's pretty safe to say that this is the best performing bottom half that we have ever had. This is somewhat reflected in the narrower range and smaller deviation," Meier said.