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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Volleyball Katie Habeck, Concordia University, St. Paul: Habeck, a freshman, had nine kills and two blocks as the top-ranked Golden Bears remained undefeated with a 3-0 sweep of St. Cloud State Saturday in St. Paul. Habeck ranks third on the team with 114 kills and has the top kill percentage at .429. She also leads the team with 51 blocks. Kirstee Rotty, St. Olaf College: Rotty had nine digs, an ace serve and one set assist in a 3-1 loss to Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the final game of the Wartburg College Tournament Saturday in Waverly, Iowa.
Farmington's volleyball team wasn't fazed by a 2-0 sweep at the hands of second-ranked Jackson County Central in the opening round of the Rochester Century Invitational Saturday. The Tigers, after seeing their losing streak stretch to 12 games with a 25-7, 25-16 loss to the eventual tournament champions, won two of their next three matches to finish fifth in the 16-team competition. Farmington responded with a 25-17, 25-21 victory over a White Bear Lake team it lost to in three games in the final round of the Farmington Invitational three weeks ago.
Lakeville South's only second-half shot on goal came on a confusing penalty kick that allowed the Cougars to escape with a 1-0 home win over Farmington Thursday afternoon. With the score tied at 0-0 early in the second half, a Lakeville South player fell down in front of the goal and was awarded a penalty kick. According to Farmington coach Julian Buss, the officials couldn't identify who the penalty was on, then gave the Cougars a penalty kick without goaltender Chad Stivers in the goal.
Northfield won 8 of 12 events in a 97-89 victory over Farmington last Thursday at the Dodge Middle School pool. The host Tigers won the first event of the meet as the foursome of Kaitlyn O'Reilly, Abby Haugen, Zoe Avestruz and Kirsten Kracke claimed the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 54.52 seconds. O'Reilly came back to top the field in the 200 freestyle, tying the score at 23-23 through three events. Northfield proceeded to earn first-place finishes in the next six events, building a 77-63 advantage.
The seventh-ranked teams in Class 1A and 2A, respectively, served as tough tests for the Farmington girls soccer team last week. For the most part, the Tigers passed the tests with flying colors. They pulled off a 1-0 upset of Holy Angels last Tuesday in Richfield, and then played through 80 minutes of scoreless regulation before falling to Eagan 2-0 last Thursday at Tiger Stadium. "We did a great job of keeping Eagan out of really dangerous scoring opportunities. Our second half may have been the best half of soccer in the program's history.
Farmington's inability to execute offensively ended up giving the Holy Angels offense too many opportunities in Friday night's Missota Conference meeting in Richfield. After a 42-yard touchdown run by senior Athen Ashton on their opening drive, the Tigers allowed five unanswered touchdowns - including three in the fourth quarter - in a 35-7 loss to the eighth-ranked (Class 4A) Stars in their Homecoming game at the StarDome. "We looked good early on, then we couldn't sustain our drives. We missed throws, had some drops and some overthrows.
Another week of training and the move from the Applejack Invitational to the Pine Island Invitational allowed the Farmington boys cross country team to go from last place to first place in a span of two meets. After finishing 14th out of 14 teams despite running well at the competitive Applejack Invitational in Lakeville, the Tigers placed all seven of their runners in the top 17 en route to a 40-63 victory over runner-up Rochester Lourdes Thursday at Pine Island. Junior Jordan Lugowski led the pack for the Tigers, coming in fourth out of 98 runners on the 5,000-meter course in a personal-be
Some untimely mistakes resulted in a pair of 2-1 home losses for the Farmington girls soccer team last week at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers' three-game winning streak ended last Tuesday with a 2-1 loss to Chanhassen. Destiny Schmitz's goal on a pass from Kelli Harstad gave the hosts a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Storm put two shots past keeper Ashley Becker in a six-minute span in the second half to pull out the victory. "In the second half we played slow, without intensity or urgency and regressed off the same things that we did well the week before," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said.
The results weren't pretty, but Farmington volleyball coach Mike Woody liked the effort he saw from his team against No. 3-ranked Shakopee Thursday night at Tiger Gym. The Sabers were dominant early, winning the first two games 25-10 and 25-6, before needing a late 7-1 run to pull away 25-16 in Game 3 of a Missota Conference sweet. The victory improved the Sabers to 14-2 on the season. "The No. 3 team in the state came to town and proved they deserved to be No. 3," said Woody, whose team has lost nine in a row since the Coon Rapids tournament 2 ½ weeks ago.
The long drive to Grand Forks proved to be worth the effort. The Farmington girls swimming and diving team got to compete against top competition from Minnesota and North Dakota while securing a fifth-place finish at the University of North Dakota Invitational. The Tigers turned in second-place finishes in five of the meet's 12 events and accumulated 222 points. Prior Lake defeated Century (N.D) 346-278 for the team title in a meet that also featured Marshall (266), Majettes, N.D. (240), Eagan (218), Grand Forks Central (175), Blue Jays, N.D. (151.5), Bismarck (132), Mandan, N.D.