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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Live Blog: New Prague (1-6) at Farmington (3-4) Missota Conference game Oct. 19 at Tiger Stadium -Farmington got the ball first and turned it over on the first play from scrimmage. Quarterback Darren Beenken threw over the middle, but his receiver fell down and the ball sailed right to New Prague's safety. -Three plays later, New Prague fullback Nathan Preston ran the ball in from 20 yards out. Quarterback Kyle Stepka added a two-point conversion with a keeper to the left. (8-0, 10:10 left in the first) -The Tigers countered with a 72-yard touchdown drive.
The most successful season in program history came to abrupt end last Thursday night in Northfield. Fourth-seeded Northfield led 4-0 by the end of the first half and advanced past fifth-seeded Farmington with a 5-1 victory in the Section 1AA Tournament. The Raiders went on to upset No.
Less than two weeks ago, the Farmington football team was coming off back-to-back lopsided losses to Shakopee and Holy Angels and had just one win to show for its efforts over the first five weeks of the season. Now it looks like a 27-0 Homecoming win over Northfield in Week 6 might have been a turning point for the Tigers. They followed that up with a 14-3 road victory over Chaska Friday night, the program's first Missota Conference road win since 2008.
Chaska quickly disposed of Farmington 25-11, 25-14, 25-14 in a Missota Conference game last Thursday in Chaska. Chaska remained in third place in the league standings with one game to go, while the Tigers (7-19 overall) slipped into a tie for last place with Holy Angels at 1-5 overall. The regular season concluded with a home game against New Prague Tuesday night at Tiger Gym. Emma Fahning led the Tigers with 19 digs and 15 serve receptions. Adrienne Jolicoeur and Rachel Eckert each added 12 serve receptions. Laura Steege led the team in kills with five.
All four of Farmington's entrants were knocked out of the Section 1AA individual tournament last Thursday at Fred Wells Tennis Center at Fort Snelling. The Tigers' closest match came from the doubles team of Katie Burgess and Ally Midboe, which lost 4-6, 1-6. Meghan Lindstrom and Maggie Rudorfer were swept 0-6, 0-6 in the other doubles match. Melanie Kappes and Megan Stivers each lost in straight sets in singles competition.
Farmington geared up for this week's Missota Conference Championships with an appearance at the Shakopee Invitational last Tuesday at Memorial Park. Thanks to the finish of No. 6 runner Maricella Pacheco, the Tiger girls won the tiebreaker and the rights to fifth place in the 10-team field. Both the Tigers and Robbinsdale-Cooper finished with 159 points in a meet the host Sabers won 42-62 over runner-up Holy Family Catholic. New Prague (118), Northfield (120), Chanhassen (170), Richfield (197), St. Francis (208) and St.
A 13-4 disparity in fouls and a game-tying goal taken off the board had Farmington girls soccer coach Rob Carpentier more than a little frustrated after last Thursday's 1-0 Section 1AA Tournament loss to Northfield. "I think it's a travesty, and this is the first time in my coaching career that I've ever said this, but the official had a huge say in the outcome of the game," Carpentier said.
Sophomore Kaitlyn O'Reilly was part of two meet-record performances, and finished first in all four of her events in leading Farmington to second place in the Section 1AA True Team Meet Saturday at Dodge Middle School. The Tigers scored 596 points, 25 off the pace of meet champion Rochester John Marshall. Owatonna placed third with 425 points and Winona was fourth with 393 points. "The meet was exciting from start to finish,"?Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. "John Marshall just had a little more than we did at the end.
The Farmington girls swimming and diving team improved its dual meet record to 6-2 by edging Chaska 92-91 in a Missota Conference clash last Thursday at the Chaska Middle School East pool. Kaitlyn O'Reilly was part of three first-place finishes, starting with a winning time of 2 minutes, 18.76 seconds in the 200 individual medley.
Seniors accounted for eight of the team's goals as Farmington achieved the highest Missota Conference finish in program history with a 10-0 shutout of New Prague on Senior Night last Thursday at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers finished the regular season 8-6-2 overall, including 4-2-1 in the league. Holy Angels won the conference with a perfect 7-0 mark and Northfield placed second, one-half game ahead of Farmington. "It was a good homecoming. We played a good game of possession and passing," Farmington coach Julian Buss said.