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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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
Junior Kaitlyn O'Reilly supplied Farmington's two first-place finishes during last Tuesday's 101-85 Missota Conference dual loss at Northfield. "We were very pleased with the meet,"?Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. "When comparing results with last year's at this time, we're leaps and bounds faster right out of the gate, which should prove for very fast times come championship season." O'Reilly opened the meet by joining Chelsea Gehrke, Cora Ruzicka and Kirsten Kracke for a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, the first of 10 second-place finishes in 12 events for the Tigers.
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 triumph 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. "
Longtime Farmington girls tennis coach Jack Olwell thought before last week it had been at least 10 years since his team had won the Mound Doubles Tournament. After another successful week, Olwell is pushing the comparisons back even further.
A couple of shutout losses to start the season haven't dampened Farmington boys soccer coach Julian Buss's spirits or lowered his expectations for his team this season. The Tigers started the fall season with a pair of 2-0 losses to South Suburban Conference opponents Rosemount and Lakeville North last week, but Buss liked the level of play they displayed and is confident his team will turn things around as the season progresses. "I like our game and our chances this year. Yes, we wound up losing our first two, but Rosemount and Lakeville North were worthy opponents," he said.
Lopsided wins over Faribault and Byron didn't prepare the Farmington girls soccer team for a Prior Lake squad coach Rob Carpentier considered the best his team may face all season. After opening the season with a 5-2 win over Faribault last Thursday, the Tigers improved to 2-0 with a 5-1 victory over Byron Friday in the first round of the four-team Katie Drentlaw Invitational in Prior Lake. The decision advanced the Tigers to the championship game where they were dealt a 5-0 shutout by the host Lakers. "On Saturday we took a huge step up in competition," Carpentier said.