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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Megan Stivers' rally at No. 4 singles allowed the Farmington girls tennis team to avoid a sweep at the hands of Burnsville last Tuesday. Stivers lost her first set 2-6 before recovering for a 6-2, 6-3 victory. "After a slow start I thought Megan played maybe her best match of the year," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "Her forehand, which had previously given her trouble, now is controlling the rallies and becoming a weapon." Also turning in their best performances of the year, according to Olwell, were No. 1 and 2 singles players Meghan Lindstrom and Maggie Rudorfer.
The Farmington boys cross country team finished 13th Friday in its first appearance at the Faribault Invitational, but the Tigers' spread between their first and fifth runners was the best in the 17-team field. Just 18 seconds separated team leader Adam Wallenta and No. 5 runner Dan Block over the flat 5,000-meter race. Wallenta placed 72nd out of 118 runners in 18:31 and Block came in 85th in 18:49. "I thought the meet went really well," first-year head coach Lisa Lippold said. "Last week they had three intense workouts and still did a great job working through this meet.
After blowing a 2-0 lead in a five-set loss to Red Wing in Thursday night's Missota Conference opener, the Farmington volleyball team needed something good to happen. The Tigers got that at Saturday's Coon Rapids Tournament. Coach Mike Woody's squad pulled off three-set victories over Big Lake and Benilde-St. Margaret's and were competitive in losses to Orono and Fridley en route to a 7th-place finish. "Saturday went very well," Woody said. "We pulled out a tough three-game match against Big Lake to start, which was big after the Thursday night debacle....
Farmington girls soccer coach Rob Carpentier is hoping Monday's 1-0 victory over Park in Cottage Grove will provide a spark for the Tigers as they head into the thick of their Missota Conference schedule. Coming off back-to-back losses to Hastings and Northfield last week, the Tigers overcame some missed opportunities and injuries to defeat a Park team that entered play with a record of 6-1 and had allowed just two goals in those seven games. "We finally played with sustained effort and it paid off," Carpentier said. "This was a potentially big win for us.
Chanhassen won four of the final five events to separate from Farmington in an eventual 98-88 Missota Conference dual meet loss Thursday night at Dodge Middle School. The score was tied at 0-0, 31-31, 39-39 and 55-55 before the visitors used a victory in the 500 freestyle to move ahead by two points.
In last week's season opener, Farmington played well in the first half before a poor second half resulted in a seven-point road loss to Rochester Mayo. The Tigers continued their inconsistent play Friday night, falling behind 19-0 at Red Wing in an eventual 27-19 Missota Conference road setback. It was Farmington's first loss to Red Wing since October of 2004. "Part of the issue is we have a lot of young, first-year players," Farmington head coach Mark Froehling said about his team's inconsistent play.
Farmington's fundamentals failed in its first loss of the season Monday night at Bloomington Kennedy. The Tigers allowed four second-half goals and fell from the ranks of the undefeated with a 6-1 loss to an Eagles team that entered play with a record of 3-3. "We certainly handed them the win this afternoon. They had us on our heels the whole game," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "We didn't do the basic things that you have to do at this level to be successful.
In last week's season opener, Farmington played well in the first half before a poor second half resulted in a seven-point road loss to Rochester Mayo. The Tigers continued their inconsistent play Friday night, falling behind 19-0 at Red Wing in an eventual 27-19 Missota Conference road setback. It was Farmington's first loss to Red Wing since October of 2004.
The Farmington boys soccer team finally allowed a goal Thursday night, but it didn't stop the Tigers from grabbing another win and continuing the best start to a season in program history. Goalkeeper Chad Stivers allowed his first goal of 2011 with nine minutes remaining, but stopped a late barrage of Rosemount shots as he finished with 15 saves and preserved a 2-1 win over the Irish at Tiger Stadium. "Chad Stivers had a tremendous night," Farmington coach Julian Buss said.
Megan Stivers accounted for Farmington's lone win in last Thursday's 6-1 loss at Simley. Stivers, a sophomore, used a strong finish to hold on for a 7-5, 4-6 (7-5) decision at No. 4 singles. The only other match to go to a third set was No. 3 singles, where junior Melanie Kappes lost 3-6, 6-2 (7-1). "Melanie and Megan were their usual tenacious selves, taking their opponents to the third set tiebreaker," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "Melanie's opponent picked up her play significantly in the second set and tiebreaker." Olwell also credited No.