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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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.
There's nothing like a quality opponent to help a coach evaluate his own team's weaknesses. Eighth-ranked (Class 3A) Lakeville South did just that for Farmington head coach Mike Woody Thursday night. Woody's group of largely inexperienced passers struggled and that led the Tiger offense to shut down during periods of their 25-19, 25-13, 25-11 road loss. "(The match) told our story. When we passed well, we played competitive volleyball. Then, for seven or eight points at a time, we couldn't pass and they crushed us," Woody said.
Fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Eagan got all it could handle from Farmington last Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats trailed by a goal for much of the game before a spurt of three goals in less than 10 minutes allowed them to escape their home field with a 3-2 win over the Tigers. "This was a blessing in disguise as the girls spent the last 20 minutes of the game overwhelming the No. 5 team in the state," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said. "If we had played for the majority of the game like we did in the last 20 minutes the outcome would have been different. I was really proud of the girls.
The Farmington boys finished fifth and the girls sixth at the season-opening Dakota Classic cross country meet Friday in Eagan. The boys scored 149 points, placing them two ahead of Missota Conference rival New Prague. Eagan placed three runners in the top five to take the team title, 35-57, over runner-up Apple Valley. Senior and returning state qualifier Elliot Fenske led the Tigers with a fourth-place time of 10:34 on the 3,200-meter course. Junior Lincoln Kirchoff stepped into the No. 2 spot and finished 29th out of 52 runners in 11:33.
A couple of big plays gave Farmington some hope, but a stagnant second half on the offensive end allowed Hudson (Wis.) to take control in a 30-13 home opener Friday night at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers, who return just four players who saw significant time for last year's varsity team, were on the verge of trailing 17-0 late in the first half before Hudson lost a fumble inside the Farmington five-yard line.