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 finished in the middle of the pack in their final tune-up for championship season. The girls placed fourth out of eight teams with 115 points and the boys fifth out of 11 teams at last Tuesday's Shakopee Invitational at Memorial Park in Shakopee.
Three runner-up finishes led the Farmington girls swimming and diving team to fifth place out of six teams at Saturday's True Team section meet in Rochester. Junior Kaitlyn O'Reilly placed second in both the 200 IM and 100 backstroke and joined Kirsten Kracke, Cora Ruzicka and Chelsea Gehrke for a second-place showing in the 400 freestyle relay.
The Farmington football team got to celebrate a couple of victories Friday night. The first was a 41-28 shootout over Holy Angels that sent the team's seniors off in winning fashion and capped a perfect 4-0 mark on the Tiger Stadium turf this season.
Farmington's girls tennis season came to a close with four first-round losses in the Section 1AA individual tournament last Thursday at the Fort Snelling Tennis Club. In singles play junior Megan Stivers and eighth-grader Ryan Jara each fell in straight sets. Stivers entered as a No. 6 seed and lost 0-6, 2-6. Jara lost 1-6, 0-6. "The second set was better (for Stivers), but Lakeville North's player was too steady," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "(Jara) played tough, but didn't have the consistency and firepower to punish her opponent.
The Farmington football team got to celebrate a couple of victories Friday night. The first was a 41-28 shootout over Holy Angels that sent the team's seniors off in winning fashion and capped off a perfect 4-0 mark on the Tiger Stadium turf this season. The second came about 10 minutes after the final whistle when, with the Tigers gathered at midfield, athletic director Jon Summer delivered the news that Shakopee had defeated Chanhassen, 24-14, giving seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington at least a share of its first Missota Conference title since the 2008 season.
The seventh-ranked Farmington football team has scored on all four of its possessions and leads Holy Angels 24-7 at Tiger Stadium in a battle between two teams tied atop the Missota Conference. Reid Taubenheim got the scoring started with a 20-yard field goal, and then intercepted a pass on Holy Angels' next possession to set up a 12-yard touchdown run by quarterback Darren Beenken.
The Farmington swimming and diving team won eight events as it cruised past Minneapolis Southwest/Henry 92-91 on its Senior Night last Tuesday at Dodge Middle School. The final two events were swum as exhibitions after Kirsten Kracke's second-place finish in the 100 backstroke pushed the home team's lead to 92-62. "It was our fourth meet in eight days and we're starting to turn the corner from fatigue and getting back to fast swimming," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. Junior Kaitlyn O'Reilly continued to pile up the first-place finishes, claiming gold in four events.
The Farmington boys soccer team never lost when it scored a goal this season. The Tigers finished the regular season 8-7-1 and were shut out in all seven of their losses, including two last week that ended hopes of a first-ever Missota Conference championship and left them third in the eight-team league for the second straight year. Fifth-ranked Holy Angels came to Tiger Stadium for a matchup of conference unbeatens last Tuesday and left with a 7-0 victory that all but locked up its second straight league title.
Six turnovers and a slew of costly penalties dropped fourth-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington from the ranks of the unbeaten at chilly Chanhassen Friday night. It also set up a three-horse race for the Missota Conference championship. Chanhassen took advantage of the Tigers' numerous mistakes to pull away, 28-3, for the first homecoming victory in the four-year history of the school.
Both the Farmington boys and girls cross country teams came away from Saturday's long trek north to Duluth with 10th-place finishes. The Tiger boys placed 10th out of 29 teams with 303 points, while the girls were 10th out of 24 teams with 261 points at the Swain Invitational. Sophomore Justin Hyytinen continued his standout sophomore campaign with a fourth-place finish out of a field of 188 runners at Enger Park.