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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Farmington senior Elliot Fenske cut 23 seconds off last year's time and defended his meet title at Tuesday's New Prague Invitational. Fenske, who ran a 17:10 on the course last fall, outclassed the field with a 5,000-meter time of 16:47. His high finish helped the Tigers to a second-place team score of 63 points in the nine-team meet. The Tigers finished 14 pointsoff the pace of team champion New Prague, but head coach Keith Revels thought his team would have had a shot at the title had Chad Retterath and Lincoln Kirchoff been healthy. Instead, Carl Elmer stepped up into the team's No.
Twenty-nine runners from Farmington competed at Saturday's Twin Cities Marathon, with the top finish going to David Dykhuizen. Dykhuiszen, 43, finished the 26.2-mile race in 3 hours, 14 minutes, 14 seconds to place 541st in the field of 8,212 total runners. He was 53rd out of the 598 male runners in his age category. Rob Donahue and Earnest Parten were Farmington's next two finishers. Donahue completed the race in 3:28:49 and Parten crossed the finish line at 3:32:46. The city's top female finisher was Jil-Renee Dessler, who crossed the line in 3:42:55.
Farmington head coach Mark Froehling envisioned Nate Graham catching a pitch from the holder, breaking around the side of the defensive line and sprinting into the right corner of the end zone for a go-ahead two-point conversion late in Friday's Homecoming game. Instead, the flip on the fake extra point sailed high, hit off of Graham's hands and fell to the Tiger Stadium turf.
The Farmington volleyball team ended its six-game losing streak last night by scoring a 25-16, 25-16, 25-22 win over Holy Angels in front of a big Homecoming Jam the Gym Night crowd at Tiger Gym. The Tiger soccer teams didn't fare as well in their trip to Northfield. The boys team dropped its fifth straight contest by a 6-2 score and the girls were shut out for a second straight game, 2-0, to drop their record to 7-6.
Farmington's girls tennis team remained winless, but came away with some positives after three straight losses last week. The Tigers played some of their most competitive singles tennis of the season in Friday's 7-0 loss at Northfield, and the team's doubles play was in good form during home losses to Holy Angels and Minnehaha Academy last Monday and Tuesday. Friday's match featured a three-setter from Meghan Lindstrom at No. 2 singles. Lindstrom won 6-3 before falling 3-6 and 1-6.
A talented Rochester Century team helped Farmington's swimmers post some solid times during a 95-88 dual lost last Tuesday at Levi Dodge Middle School. Among the solid times was a victorious 5:21.26 clocking in the 500 freestyle for Kaitlyn O'Reilly, who broke her own school record in the event. O'Reilly helped account for three of the Tigers' five first-place finishes in the meet as she also claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.77 and helped the 400 relay to a first-place time of 3:51.11.
Things looked bleak for the Farmington girls soccer team heading into halftime of Monday's game at Henry Sibley. The Tigers had just played what coach Rob Carpentier called their worst half of soccer in the last two years, and they faced a 2-0 deficit. "We were flat in the first half," Carpentier said. "The kids were frustrated with themselves and each other. We had a nice calm halftime talk about effort and what it means to be mature on the field. We talked about lifting our effort but more importantly lifting each other." The talk worked.
The middle 40 minutes of Monday's non-conference game at Henry Sibley looked like a showdown of two evenly-matched teams. It was the first 20 and last 20 minutes where Henry Sibley dominated. The Warriors, who entered with a record of 2-8-2, scored two goals early in the first half and pulled away with three more goals late in the second half of a 5-0 shutout of Farmington. "To Henry Sibley's credit, they were excellent at taking advantage of direct kicks, placing the ball perfectly in the air just out of the reach of our goalie time and time again," Farmington coach Julian Buss said.
In Farmington's first loss of the season Sept. 2 against Lakeville South, the Tigers hung with the talented Cougars throughout a 25-19 Game 1 loss, then fell well off the pace over the final two games of an eventual sweep. Several matches have followed that formula for the Tigers, who now find themselves at 5-8 after a streak of five straight losses. They lost by scores of 26-24 twice during a loss to Rosemount, dropped a 25-23 Game 1 during a loss to Chanhassen and played close games throughout their three losses at the Farmington Tournament two weekends ago. "We've had that happen a lot.
Points have been hard to come by for the Farmington football team over the last couple of weeks. The Tigers were shut out for the second straight game in Friday night's 34-0 Missota Conference loss at Shakopee. The Sabers took advantage of two short Tiger punts and a fumble to score on their first three possessions and improve their record to 4-0 to stay tied with Northfield atop the league standings. "Against a good football team you can't make those errors. They were better in all phases of the game and we just didn't play well enough," Farmington coach Mark Froehling said.