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 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.
The Farmington boys soccer team was less than three minutes away from playing to its second straight tie Saturday afternoon when Owatonna scored late in the second overtime to grab a 2-1 victory in a battle between section rivals in Owatonna. The Huskies, who entered with an overall record of just 3-7-1, played an efficient game on the offensive end. They booted just eight shots at Tiger goalkeeper Chad Stivers, but found the net on two of them. "Owatonna is a good counter-attack team with some strong, fast wings.
Volleyball Rochester Mayo def. Farmington, 27-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-13 Girls soccer Farmington 1, No. 7 (Class 1A) Holy Angels 0 Boys soccer Holy Angels 6, Farmington 0 Cross country at New Prague Farmington boys, third Farmington girls, third
Shakopee's power running game wore down Farmington Friday night. After a scoreless first quarter, the defending Missota Conference champions piled up 170 rushing yards on two long drives before the halftime break to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room. The second half was more of the same as the undefeated Sabers ran up their total to 377 ground yards in a 42-10 victory at Tiger Stadium. "I thought we did a pretty good job of slowing down their running game in the first half. Then they kind of overpowered us in the second half," Farmington coach Mark Froehling said.
Shakopee remained undefeated with a 42-10 victory over Farmington Friday night at Tiger Stadium. For the full story, check out next week's edition of the Farmington Independent.
Boys cross country at Pine Island Invitational Farmington 40, Rochester Lourdes 63, Zumbrota-Mazeppa-Kenyon/Wanamingo 66, United South Central 94, Lewiston-Altura 138, Pine Island 166, Cannon Falls 171, Kingsland 212 Girls cross country at Pine Island Invitational United South Central 41, Rochester Lourdes 56, Farmington 58, Zumbrota-Mazeppa-Kenyon/Wanamingo 110, Cannon Falls 136, Lewiston-Altrura 138, Pine Island 183, Kingsland 214 Boys soccer Farmington 1, Shakopee 1 Girls Soccer Shakopee 2, Farmington 1 Volleyball Shakopee 3, Farmington 0 (25-10,
The rest of the five-team field was no match for Farmington at Saturday's Kennedy Invitational at Oak Grove Middle School in Bloomington. The Tigers won eight of the meet's 12 events and racked up an even 800 points, 298 more than runner-up Red Wing's 502. Teams from Eau Claire North (394), Minneapolis Southwest/Henry (370) and Bloomington Kennedy (231) also competed. All three relays went to the Tigers, starting with the 200 medley relay.
For Farmington boys soccer coach Julian Buss, missed opportunities were what he thought about when looking back at Saturday's home game against section rival Rochester Mayo. The Tigers outshot the Spartans and had plenty of direct kicks and corner kicks, but failed to find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss at Tiger Stadium. "This was a tough loss. We outplayed Mayo and had more opportunities. Unfortunately for us, we were unable to finish," said Buss, whose team was shut out for just the second time in nine games.
Playing on your home court is usually an advantage, but it hasn't helped the reeling Farmington volleyball team over the last 10 days. Fans looking on at Tiger Gym have seen the Tigers lose six straight home matches during that stretch, including all four at Saturday's Farmington Invitational, dropping their record to 4-10. In the opener, the Tigers dropped a back-and-forth 28-26 contest to Jordan, and then fell 25-10 in Game 2. Two more close games didn't go the home team's way against New Ulm (25-23, 25-21), and then Bloomington Kennedy rolled past the Tigers, 25-15, 25-11.