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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Back in late August, Farmington finished a lonely third place at the first-ever Missota Conference Relays. They watched as talented Chanhassen and Northfield squads pulled away and the rest of the eight-team field lagged well off the pace. The Missota Conference Championships unfolded the same way last Saturday in Northfield. Chanhassen won the team title 495-476 over the host Raiders, the Tigers once again placed third, this time with 330 points, and the rest of the eight-team field finished over 100 points back. The Tigers' top individual finishes came from Kaitlyn O'Reilly.
The Farmington volleyball team fell short in a marathon 29-27 opening set and couldn't recover in a sweep at the hands of Rochester Mayo in the second round of the Section 1AAA tournament last Friday in Rochester. The third-seeded Spartans (16-11) advanced to face Faribault in the semifinals by winning the last two sets, 25-20 and 25-10. The Tigers closed out the season with a record of 14-15, a seven-win improvement from last season and the most wins since the team went 20-12 in 2009.
Both the Farmington boys and girls cross country teams placed sixth and advanced an individual to the state meet at last Thursday's Section 1AA Championships at rain-soaked Brooktree Golf Course in chilly Owatonna. The boys will be represented at St. Olaf College in Northfield Saturday afternoon by sophomore Justin Hyytinen, who ran a third-place time of 16 minutes, 18 seconds, for 5,000 meters in his first-ever section cross country meet.
Saturday night's Section 3, Class 5A semifinal was anything but your typical grind-it-out, late-October football game. Second-seeded Farmington and third-seeded Minneapolis Southwest opted to stick with their pass-friendly spread offenses and it paid off for both teams. The two offenses combined for nearly 800 yards and 84 points despite temperatures that dipped into the upper 20s at Tiger Stadium. But it was the Farmington defense that stepped up to make the game's biggest plays when it mattered most.
Saturday night's Section 3, Class 5A semifinal was anything but your typical grind-it-out, late-October football game. Second-seeded Farmington and third-seeded Minneapolis Southwest opted to stick with their pass-friendly spread offenses and it paid off for both teams. The two offenses combined for 84 points despite temperatures that dipped into the upper 20s at Tiger Stadium. But it was the Farmington defense that stepped up to make the game's biggest plays when it mattered most.
Two Farmington cross country runners qualified for the upcoming Class 2A state meet while leading their respective teams to sixth-place finishes at the Section 1AA Championships Thursday in Owatonna. Sophomore Justin Hyytinen extended his season with a third-place finish at Brooktree Golf Course. He'll be joined at state by junior Maricia Pacheco, who placed 12th in the girls race.
Another top-10 finish from Justin Hyytinen and a pack of four runners that crossed the finish line in a 10-second span helped the Farmington boys cross country team improve three places in the eight-team field at the Misssota Conference Championships last Tuesday at New Prague Golf Course. The Tigers scored 109 points to edge Northfield (115) and Red Wing (121) in the battle for fourth place. Chaska defeated Chanhassen 50-72 for the team title and Shakopee followed in third with 74 points. Hyytinen continued his impressive debut season by placing second out of 54 runners.
Two weeks ago the Farmington girls soccer team had to share the Missota Conference title after losing on the road to Shakopee in its regular season finale. The same thing happened to the Farmington football team last Wednesday night. The sixth-ranked (Class 5A) Tigers produced a season-low 186 yards and finished even with Chanhassen and Holy Angels at 5-2 in the league after a 35-7 loss to the Sabers. The Sabers set the tone on the game's opening drive, chewing up 80 yards on 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead.
The Farmington girls soccer team went into its first Section 1AA title game last Tuesday night at Lakeville North knowing it would need to play a near-perfect game to advance. That didn't happen, but head coach Rob Carpentier was pleased to see his scrappy Tigers make the top-ranked (Class 2A) Panthers sweat a little bit as they punched another ticket to the Class 2A State Tournament with a 2-0 victory, their 15th shutout in 19 games this season. "I am happy we brought a great effort and didn't get intimidated by the situation.
The Farmington volleyball team finished the regular season with a record of 13-14 after a 3-0 loss to Missota Conference co-champion Shakopee in last Tuesday's regular season finale. The Sabers cruised 25-16, 25-15 and 25-9. Emma Fahning led the Tigers with five kills and two ace serves. Mackenzie Hesse led the defense with 15 serve receptions and Rachel Eckert added 13. Ruthie Schmitt provided nine set assists and Mia Johnston six. The Tigers finished sixth in the Missota at 2-5 and earned the No. 6 seed in Section 1AAA, which gave them a first-round home game against No.