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 seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington football team has already found a few different ways to win during the first half of the 2012 season. In Week 1, it was the leg of kicker Reid Taubenheim and a solid defense that sealed a victory over Rochester Mayo.
The Farmington boys soccer team kept pace with the leaders in the Missota Conference with a pair of league victories last week. The Tigers pulled away for a 3-1 win over Red Wing on their home field last Tuesday, and then overcame a slew of missed opportunities to hang on for a 1-0 shutout last Thursday at New Prague. The team now sits at 7-4-1 overall and 3-0-1, a half-game behind sixth-ranked (Class 1A) Holy Angels and Chaska, in the league standings. "We put together a good number of scoring opportunities, but had difficulty finishing.
Seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington spoiled New Prague's Homecoming with a 14-7 Missota Conference victory over the Trojans Friday night in New Prague. The Tigers (4-0) got on the board in the first half on a touchdown pass from Darren Beenken to Mac Bassett. A second-half touchdown run by Athen Ashten capped the scoring.
A touchdown pass from Darren Beenken to Mac Bassett has the seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington football team leading 7-0 at halftime tonight at New Prague. The Tigers (3-0) are back at Tiger Stadium next Friday night for their Homecoming game against Chaska.
The Farmington girls cross country team once again moved up in the standings at Friday's Applejack Invitational in Lakeville. The Tigers brought in all five of their scoring runners in 17 minutes or better for the second straight meet as they placed 11th out of 21 teams with 345 points. The team placed 14th out of 17 teams at last year's Applejack Invitational. Eagan placed five runners in the top 13 to top Lakeville South 38-83 for the team title. "I was so proud of the girls' finish," Farmington coach Heidi Revels said.
The Farmington swimming and diving team may be wearing out its welcome at the Bloomington Kennedy Eagle Invitational. The Tigers won the meet for the third straight year Saturday afternoon, winning four events as they outscored runner-up Minneapolis Southwest/Henry 590-525. Teams from Bloomington Jefferson (377), Red Wing (363), Eau Claire North (286) and Bloomington Kennedy (163) also competed. "Last year we won it by over 300 points. Keeping that in mind, we really mixed up the events the girls swam," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said.
The Farmington volleyball team has gotten back on track since losing five straight matches earlier this month. The Tigers picked up back-to-back 3-0 sweeps of Hastings and Red Wing last week, and then split four matches to place sixth out of 16 teams Saturday at the Farmington Invite. At 8-7, the team has already surpassed last season's total of seven victories. "We had a very good tournament," Farmington coach Mike Woody said.
A busy week was full of ups and downs for the Farmington girls tennis team. The Tigers started their hectic slate last Tuesday by defeating Red Wing for the first time since 1997. Second-set rallies in the top three singles matches helped secure a 4-3 victory at Boeckman Middle School. Megan Stivers won 6-2, 7-6 (2) at No. 1 singles, Ryan Jara held on 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 and Callie Olmscheid improved to 10-1 with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) triumph at No. 3. "We ended up coming back from a long ways down at 1, 2 and 3 singles to secure unlikely victories at each flight.
Ball-control, defense and goalkeeping have all been strengths for the Farmington girls soccer team this season. When the Tigers have struggled, it's been because of their inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities. That was the case Saturday afternoon as a sub-.500 Rochester Mayo team came to Tiger Stadium and escaped 80 minutes of regulation and two overtimes with a scoreless tie. The Tigers slipped to 6-2-2 despite outshooting the Spartans, 21-4. "We dominated possession and moved the ball around well. However, we still struggled to finish our many opportunities in the box.
Red Wing was just a few yards away from tying the score late in the first half of Friday night's Missota Conference meeting at Tiger Stadium. Trailing 7-0, the Wingers held onto the ball for over eight minutes and traveled 71 yards on 16 plays before the Tigers stopped them one yard short of a first down at the three-yard line.