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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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
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.