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 won nine of 12 events as it breezed to an 89-86 Missota Conference dual win over Red Wing Thursday night at the Dodge Middle School pool. Juniors Kaitlyn O'Reilly and Cora Ruzicka, sophomore Kirsten Kracke and freshman Chelsea Gehrke were all part of three of those first-place finishes. Individually, O'Reilly claimed titles in the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley, Ruzicka won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, Gehrke came out on top in the 200 freestyle and Kracke set the pace in the 100 backstroke.
The Farmington volleyball team put an end to its five-match losing streak and came on strong to collect 13th place by coming away victorious in its final two contests Saturday at the Keller Klassic in Coon Rapids. The Tigers played competitively in their first two matches, but eventually lost to Grand Rapids 25-27, 12-25 and Benilde-St. Margaret's 27-25, 18-25 and 12-15. "We played quite well in most of our first match against Grand Rapids. Game 2 of that was better than the score indicated. Grand Rapids had so many extraordinary defensive plays.
Two quick goals put Farmington in a hole it couldn't dig out of in Saturday's non-conference matchup in Burnsville. The Blaze played well with the lead and tacked on another goal in the final 10 minutes as they extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-0 shutout. "Burnsville was a solid team and we played them very well. The fact is that we played a tough team, we kept up with the pace of the game and walked away a better team because of it," said Farmington coach Julian Buss, whose squad slipped to 3-3-1 on the season.
Last week served as a measuring stick for the Farmington girls soccer team -- an opportunity to see how they stacked up against the best of the rest in the Missota Conference and Section 1AA. The Tigers passed the first test with flying colors Thursday as they rolled to their third shutout in a row in a 1-0 victory on the road over fellow league favorite Chanhassen. Saturday's challenge proved more difficult, as No.
The Farmington girls cross country team made some big strides at Friday's Faribault Invitation. The Tiger girls brought all seven varsity runners in under 17 minutes on the four-kilometer course at Alexander North Park as they improved from 15th to ninth out of 18 teams with 220 points. Totino-Grace placed three runners in the top 10 and five in the top 25 to beat runner-up Lakeville North, 69-93. "It was quite an improvement from last year.
Farmington survived a chaotic final few minutes to come away from Northfield with the Tractor Trophy in hand Friday night. The eighth-ranked (Class 5A) Tigers overcame three interceptions, a bad long snap that led to a touchdown and a successful Raider onside kick in the final five minutes to retain the traveling trophy with a 27-20 victory over their Highway 3 rivals in a Missota Conference opener for both teams. Two strong quarters of offensive production gave the visitors some room for error.
Seniors Darren Beenken and Athen Ashton each scored two rushing touchdowns as the Farmington football team improved to 2-0 with a 27-20 win in their Missota Conference opener Friday night in Northfield. The eighth-ranked Tigers are back at home next Friday at Red Wing.
The Farmington football team cracked the state rankings for the first time in several years, debuting at No. 8 in the opening Class 5A poll released today by the Minnesota State High School League. The Tigers opened the season with a 19-7 win over Rochester Mayo. They travel to Northfield Friday night. Class 5A School Total Points Prv 1. Totino-Grace (3) (1-0) 48 - 2. St. Thomas Academy (2) (1-0) 45 - 3. Mankato West (1-0) 41 - 4. Spring Lake Park (1-0) 19 - 5. Rochester John Marshall (1-0) 18 - 6. Apple Valley (1-0) 13 - (tie) Rogers (1-0) 13 - 8.
The Farmington girls tennis team needed just over a week to surpass last season's win total. The Tigers, winners of two dual meets in 15 tries a year ago, made it three in a row to start the year by holding on for a 4-3 non-conference victory over Bloomington Jefferson last Wednesday at Boeckman Middle School. The Tigers held off the Jaguars by winning three of the meet's four singles matches. Megan Stivers rolled 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Ryan Jara rallied 4-6, 6-4 (10-7) at No. 2 singles and Callie Olmscheid improved to a perfect 8-0 on the season with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph at No.
Both the Farmington boys and girls cross country teams moved up to grab fifth place at last Friday's season-opening Dakota Classic in Eagan. The boys moved up from seventh at last year's meet, scoring 108 points to finish 11 off the pace of third-place teams Eagan and Lakeville South. With returning letterwinner Dan Block absent, a pair of first-time varsity runners led the charge.