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 cross country team made some big strides at Friday's Faribault Invitation. The Tiger girls brought all seven varsity runners in under 17 minutes on the four-kilometer course at Alexander North Park as they improved from 15th to ninth out of 18 teams with 220 points. Totino-Grace placed three runners in the top 10 and five in the top 25 to beat runner-up Lakeville North, 69-93. "It was quite an improvement from last year.
Farmington survived a chaotic final few minutes to come away from Northfield with the Tractor Trophy in hand Friday night. The eighth-ranked (Class 5A) Tigers overcame three interceptions, a bad long snap that led to a touchdown and a successful Raider onside kick in the final five minutes to retain the traveling trophy with a 27-20 victory over their Highway 3 rivals in a Missota Conference opener for both teams. Two strong quarters of offensive production gave the visitors some room for error.
Seniors Darren Beenken and Athen Ashton each scored two rushing touchdowns as the Farmington football team improved to 2-0 with a 27-20 win in their Missota Conference opener Friday night in Northfield. The eighth-ranked Tigers are back at home next Friday at Red Wing.
The Farmington football team cracked the state rankings for the first time in several years, debuting at No. 8 in the opening Class 5A poll released today by the Minnesota State High School League. The Tigers opened the season with a 19-7 win over Rochester Mayo. They travel to Northfield Friday night. Class 5A School Total Points Prv 1. Totino-Grace (3) (1-0) 48 - 2. St. Thomas Academy (2) (1-0) 45 - 3. Mankato West (1-0) 41 - 4. Spring Lake Park (1-0) 19 - 5. Rochester John Marshall (1-0) 18 - 6. Apple Valley (1-0) 13 - (tie) Rogers (1-0) 13 - 8.
The Farmington girls tennis team needed just over a week to surpass last season's win total. The Tigers, winners of two dual meets in 15 tries a year ago, made it three in a row to start the year by holding on for a 4-3 non-conference victory over Bloomington Jefferson last Wednesday at Boeckman Middle School. The Tigers held off the Jaguars by winning three of the meet's four singles matches. Megan Stivers rolled 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Ryan Jara rallied 4-6, 6-4 (10-7) at No. 2 singles and Callie Olmscheid improved to a perfect 8-0 on the season with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph at No.
Both the Farmington boys and girls cross country teams moved up to grab fifth place at last Friday's season-opening Dakota Classic in Eagan. The boys moved up from seventh at last year's meet, scoring 108 points to finish 11 off the pace of third-place teams Eagan and Lakeville South. With returning letterwinner Dan Block absent, a pair of first-time varsity runners led the charge.
It became clear last week why Farmington boys soccer coach Julian Buss wasn't overly concerned about his team's 0-2 start to the season. The Tigers seemed to have no trouble bouncing back from a pair of shutout losses as they scored a pair of 3-1 victories over Lakeville South and Rochester John Marshall at Tiger Stadium. "Four games down and we are in a good position," Buss said. "We are 2-1 in Section 1AA games and .500 after playing four quality opponents." Tyler Petter-McCauley and Jared Wolt each scored three goals last week.
Rochester John Marshall had to work to hand the Farmington volleyball team its first setback of the young season last Thursday night. The Rockets trailed in games 1-0 and 2-1 before rallying for a hard-fought 26-28, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 15-10 non-conference win over the Tigers at Tiger Gym. Coach Mike Woody's squad opened the season with 3-0 sweeps of Austin and Irondale. The home team put up some big numbers in the five-game thriller. Emma Fahning led the team with a season-high 38 digs and joined Ruthie Schmitt as the team leader with 11 kills.
The Farmington girls soccer team isn't yet hitting on all cylinders, but that didn't stop the Tigers from scoring a win and a tie against a ranked opponent as they continued their non-conference schedule last week. The team scored an early goal in its home opener against ninth-ranked (Class 2A) Lakeville South last Tuesday, but eventually had to settle for a 1-1 tie at Tiger Stadium. "We played to win in the first half of that one, but not to lose in the second half," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said.
Big plays on special teams, a smothering run defense and a steady, balanced offense made for a promising start to the season for the Farmington football team Friday night. Kicker Reid Taubenheim drilled a school-record four field goals, including a record-long boot of 48 yards, Athen Ashton returned a kick for a touchdown and the defense shut out Rochester Mayo over the final 34-plus minutes in a 19-7 win over the Spartans under the lights at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers won their opener for the first time since 2009 and avenged a 35-28 heartbreaker against Mayo in Week 1 of last season. "Ther