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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The Farmington girls swimming and diving team qualified five events for next weekend's Class 2A State Meet during a second-place team finish at the Section 1AA Championships Saturday in Rochester. Kaitlyn O'Reilly will represent the Tigers in a pair of individual state events - the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Teammate Elizabeth Wolfe will also return to state after qualifying in the 100 breaststroke. The Tigers will also send two relays, the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle. The Class 2A State Meet gets underway Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Mark Froehling was far from discouraged by his football team's first one-win season since 1982. In fact, the veteran Farmington head coach was more than pleased with the effort and improvement his team showed -- as well as the lessons it learned -- while playing to a record of 1-8. "I told the kids they were one of the most improved teams I've had with their development as we went through the season. We worked in a new offense and started to be more efficient in our execution and we were able to put up some points and be competitive against some pretty good football teams," Froehling said.
Elliot Fenske has improved as a runner over the past year. Unfortunately for the Farmington senior, so have many of the other elite Class 2A prep runners from around the state. Fenske finished 40th out of 154 runners at Saturday's Class 2A State Cross Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield, running a time of 16 minutes, 31 seconds, on the hilly 5,000-meter course. Fenske lowered his time by five seconds from last season, when his 16:36 clocking earned him 28th place. "His time was a little better than last year.
It's commonplace to hear a head coach talk in the pre-season about how talented his team is or how high their expectations are. But by revamping the schedule for the 2010 season, Farmington fourth-year girls hockey coach Jon Holmes is showing just how much he believes in his program. This season, the Tigers will take on Breck, Wayzata and Lakeville South in their first three games before opening their Missota Conference shedule Nov. 23 at league newcomer Chaska/Chanhassen.
Farmington's streak of three straight trips to the Section 1AAA vollyeball semifinals ended with a 3-0 sweep at the hands of Northfield Friday night in Northfield. The Tigers, coming off three straight 20-win seasons and their first-ever trip to the state tournament, called it a season having amassed a 9-19 record. The team hadn't won fewer than 16 games since head coach Mike Woody's first season in 2006. "In the big picture, I'd say the learning curve took longer than I'd hoped for," said Woody, who returned just two regulars from last year's team.
Farmington finished behind Northfield at the recent Missota Conference Championships, but got its revenge by edging the Raiders for 10th place in the girls portion of the Section 1AA Championships. The Tigers scored 249 team points to edge the Raiders by three. Lakeville North beat Lakeville South, 40-84, for the team title, then Big Nine Conference teams occupied the Nos.
A strong finishing kick in the final half-mile earned Elliot Fenske another trip to the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet. The Farmington senior moved up four places with his sprint to the finish line at Thursday's Section 1AA Championships at Brooktree Golf Course, finishing the 5,000-meter course in a time of 16 minutes, 25 seconds, to earn seventh place out of 98 runners. "Battling a bit of a cold he faltered a bit and was seventh at the two-mile. He was struggling a bit with 800 meters left and fell out of state meet qualifying at 11th," Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
Farmington's girls tennis team finished the 2010 season winless at 0-7 in the Missota Conference and 0-13 overall, but coach Jack Owell still saw improvement from his team throughout the season. "We improved greatly from the start of the season through the finish. Even though we got steamrolled by Century in both the team and individuals, most of our players hit their peak during that competition," he said. "I was most pleased that our kids' efforts did not flag during the losing streak.
The list of 2010 accomplishments keeps getting longer for the Farmington girls swimming and diving team. Coming off an 11th-place finish at the program's first-ever appearance at the Class 2A True Team State Meet, the Tigers improved from fifth to second at Saturday's Missota Conference Championships in Northfield. The runner-up Tigers finished with 342 points to the Raiders' 455, but the battle between the league's top two teams was closer than it appeared as Northfield held a 51-point edge in the 1-meter dive and a 40-point advantage in the 400 freestyle relay, where Farmington's No.
The Lakeville North Panthers and a steady 40-mile-per-hour wind teamed up to blow Farmington out of the Section 1AAAAA football playoffs Tuesday night. The second-seeded Panthers overcame a slow start to lead 17-6 by halftime, then pulled away in the third quarter to post a season-high point total in a 39-14 win. The Tigers (1-8) pulled within 7-6 on a 14-yard touchdown run by senior running back CJ Record with 3:36 left in the first quarter.