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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Moving up from 3,200 to 5,000 meters didn't have much of an effect on the performance of Elliot Fenske. The Farmington senior followed last week's season-opening fourth-place finish at the Dakota Classic in Eagan with a sixth-place time of 16 minutes, 52 seconds on the tough 5,000-meter course at Thursday's Redbird Invitational cross country meet in Montgomery. His high finish helped the Tigers place eighth in the 32-team field with 302 team points despite the loss of Chad Retterath, who dropped out of the race with a leg injury. Junior Lincoln Kirchoff stepped into the No.
The results were mixed for the Farmington volleyball team during a recent stretch of three home games in six days. The Tigers played point-for-point with an undefeated Rosemount team during a 3-0 loss last Tuesday at Tiger Gym, then came out sharp before losing some focus and playing sloppy in stretches during back-to-back victories over Red Wing and Albert Lea. Still, another 2-1 stretch has the Tigers sitting at 4-2 despite a roster that features just two regulars back from last year's team.
Back-to-back shutout losses to Rosemount and Park of Cottage Grove have the Farmington boys soccer team back at an even 3-3 heading into tonight's 5 p.m. home game against Red Wing. The Tigers opened last week with a 2-1 victory over Hastings before the offense went cold. Zach Wyatt opened the scoring against the Raiders with an unassisted goal from about 30 yards out just over five minutes into the game.
Farmington's offense finally started consistently producing scoring chances and goalkeeper Taylor Meyer posted her fourth shutout in seven games to lift the Tigers past Park of Cottage Grove, 1-0, in a non-conference clash Monday night at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers opened a 2-1 week by scoring just one goal last Tuesday in a shutout win over Hastings.
Friday night's Missota Conference opener was plenty sloppy, but the Farmington football team will take it. In a rain-filled game that featured nearly 20 penalties, five turnovers and three long snaps that sailed over the heads of punters, the Tigers overcame an early 14-point deficit to get in the win column with a 21-14 victory over Red Wing under the lights at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers took their first lead in the final four minutes.
Friday night's Missota Conference opener was plenty sloppy, but the Farmington football team will take it. In a rain-filled game that featured nearly 20 penalties, five turnovers and three long snaps that sailed over the heads of punters, the Tigers overcame an early 14-point deficit to get in the win column with a 21-14 victory over Red Wing under the lights at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers (1-1) took their first lead in the final four minutes.
The Farmington soccer teams scored a pair of one-goal victories on the Tiger Stadium turf while the volleyball team was inside Tiger Gym being swept by Rosemount Tuesday night. The Tiger soccer teams are back in action tonight in a doubleheader at Rosemount, beginning with the girls game at 5 p.m. The volleyball team is home once again against Red Wing, as is the girls tennis team. The swimming team is in action against Chanhassen in Chaska, and the cross country teams compete at the Redbird Invitational in Montgomery.
Farmington's No. 1 doubles team of Danielle Froehling and Lucy Gentilini kept their match close in a meet otherwise dominated by Burnsville, 7-0, last Wednesday in Burnsville. The tandem, playing together due to an injury to Katie Burgess, won its first set 6-4 before falling 4-6 (3-10). "Here was a great match," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "Danielle matched their firepower and volleying skills while Luch kept them off the net and off balance with some nice lobs.
The Farmington girls swimming and diving team beat Red Wing for the first time ever last season. The wait for victory No. 2 over the Wingers wasn't nearly as long. The Tigers won nine of the meet's 12 events last Tuesday at Dodge Middle School and rolled to a lopsided 95-77 win over their Missota Conference rivals. The foursome of Kirsten Kracke, Katelyn O'Reilly, Elizabeth Wolfe and Abby Haugen won the meet-opening 200 medley relay in 1:57.55 and the Tigers went on to sweep all three relays. O'Reilly went on to post a school record in the 500 freestyle with a first-place time of 5:24.04.
The Farmington boys soccer team looked vastly improved from a season ago when it scored a combined 10 goals to open the 2010 season with back-to-back wins. Even stronger evidence for the Tigers' improvement may have come in its first loss of the season Thursday night when it fell 2-1 in overtime to a Winona team that rolled to an 8-0 victory in last year's meeting. "We played Winona much better this year," second-year Farmington coach Julian Buss said.