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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If one game is any indication, the Farmington girls basketball team has already made some progress since last season. The Tigers opened the 2010-11 season Tuesday night with a 53-45 non-conference road victory at Owatonna. The Huskies knocked Farmington out of the section tournament last winter with a 50-31 second-round win.
For the second year in a row, Farmington's boys and girls cross country teams capped off their seasons with a trip to the Nike Nationals Heartland Regional Cross Country Championships held Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. The girls placed second out of 16 teams in the open 5,000-meter race, led by Maricia Pacheco's second-place time of 20:05 on the Yankton Trail Park course. Teammate Bailey Opsal also cracked the top 10, coming in seventh in 20:26.
Three top-10 finishes lifted the Farmington girls swimming and diving team to its best team finish at the Class 2A Championships lasta weekend. The Tigers accumulated 43 points to finish 17th out of 39 scoring teams in the field at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The program's previous best showing came in 2005 when 26 1/2 points was good enough for 21st place. "This is the most successful state meet we have ever had," coach Jen Marshall said.
With seniors Krystal Baumann and Hannah Alexander anchoring the forward spots, it was expected the Farmington girls hockey team would score plenty of goals this season. The Tigers have put the puck past opposing goalies nine times in their first three games. It's the other end of the ice that's been a problem, as three opponents combined to score 13 goals and put 114 shots on goalie Jessica Erchul in three games last week.
Three top-10 finishes helped the Farmington girls swimming and diving team accumulate 43 points at the Class 2A State Meet. The Tigers sit 15th in the team standings heading into the meet's final event. The 200 medley relay started the scoring with a ninth-place finish. Freshman Kaityln O'Reilly came back to place eighth in the 100 backstroke finals in 58.60 seconds and senior Elizabeth Wolfe closed out the meet with a seventh-place 1:07.77 clocking in the 100 breaststroke final.
The Farmington girls hockey team had the defending Class 1A State runners-up on the ropes late in Tuesday night's season opener. Breck, 25-4-1 a year ago, scored three goals in a four-minute span late in the third period to rally for a 5-4 victory over the Tigers. Senior Krystal Baumann scored all four goals for the Tigers, now 0-1. Senior Hannah Alexander assisted on the first three before Baumann's power play goal made it 4-2 midway through the third. Jessica Erchul finished with 33 saves.
Keith Revels is in his third year as Farmington's head boys hockey coach after coaching the girls program for 12 years. Here are his thoughts heading into the Tigers' 2010-11 season. Last year, the team started 7-2-1 before stumbling during the first half of the Missota Conference season. What areas need to be improved upon for the team to be more competitive against league opponents? We did get off to a great start with some key section wins over JM and Mayo and a tie at Owatonna.
For the first time ever, the whole Farmington girls swimming and diving team got to compete at the True Team State Meet earlier this season. Ten of the Tigers get to go back to the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center tomorrow afternoon. Five events qualified for tonight's Class 2A State Meet during a string of strong performances -- including four school-record swims -- in the finals at Saturday's Section 1AA Championships at the Rochester Recreation Center. The Tigers crowned three section champions as they moved up from fourth to second in the team standings on the meet's final day.
The Farmington girls basketball team has had just one senior on its roster each of the last two seasons -- Kirstee Rotty in 2008-09 and Lauren McHenry last season. That was not looked at as a positive at the time, but it now serves as an advantage for the orange and black heading into the 2010-11 season. The Tigers are blessed with plenty of experience.
First-team all-conference Girls Soccer: Devyn Alberts, Laine Trowbridge, Shelby Calhoun and Taylor Meyer Girls Swimming and Diving: Caitlin Kracke, Kirsten Kracke and Kaitlyn O'Reilly Football: CJ Record and Cory Johnson Boys Soccer: Justen Thelen and Sam Leske Volleyball: Katie Habeck Cross Country: Elliot Fenske Honorable Mention Girls Swimming and Diving: Elizabeth Wolfe and Sarah O'Reilly Girls Soccer: Kelli Harstad and Elena Koch Football: Eric McWright and Tommy Korbein Boys Soccer: Chad Stivers and Christian Thao Volleyball: Jordan Bridges Cross Country: Maria