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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Justin Hyytinen was part of plenty of first-place finishes during his freshman track campaign last spring. He added a cross country gold medal to his collection last Tuesday in New Prague. The sophomore clocked in at 16 minutes, 38 seconds on the 5K?course, placing him first out of 85 runners. He led the Tigers to fourth place out of 12 teams. Freshman Alex Hart also cracked the top 20, placing 19th in 17:53.
The sixth-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington football team hung on for a 27-23 victory in Friday's Homecoming game at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers (4-0) led by as many as 10 points on Athen Ashton's 17-yard touchdown run on a draw play early in the second quarter before the Hawks answered with two straight touchdown drives. With the score 20-20, the Tigers drove 85 yards on nine plays in the final 2:13 of the half to take a 27-20 lead on a 25-yard heave from quarterback Darren Beenken to Mac Bassett in the back of the end zone with 18.5 seconds remaining.
The Farmington boys and girls cross country teams both finished a close second in the final standings at last Thursday's Pine Island Invitational at Pine Island Golf Course. The Tiger boys scored 77 points, 16 off the pace of meet champion Faribault. Justin Hyytinen once again paced the Orange and Black with a third-place time of 16 minutes, 63 seconds on the 5,000-meter course.
The last two-plus seasons of Farmington volleyball have been riddled with competitive matches that didn't go the Tigers' way in the end. It had been over two years since the Tigers had pulled out a five-game match before last Tuesday night when they pulled away from Rochester Century 15-10 in the decisive game of a five-game thriller at Tiger Gym. The home team won Game 1 25-19 before falling 18-25, 18-25 in the next two. A 25-22 win in Game 4 set the stage for the Tigers' first five-game victory since Sept.
The Farmington girls soccer team hasn't allowed a goal in its last four games, but head coach Rob Carpentier doesn't get the sense his squad is brimming with confidence at the moment. That's because the Tigers played nearly 80 minutes of scoreless soccer against a reeling New Prague team before Hannah Miller's free kick in the final minute bounced off a defender and into the net to secure a 1-0 victory on Thursday. The Tigers out-shot the Trojans 37-1 before Miller's goal. "I think our confidence took a hit by only scoring once against New Prague.
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.