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 orange and black of Farmington High School was lost in the crowd at Friday's Applejack Invitational. Competing alongside some of the best individuals and teams from around the metro, the Tiger boys finished 17th out of 22 teams on the soggy course at Aronson Park. Senior Elliot Fenske was once again the Tiger to watch as he stayed within range of the lead pack for most of the 5,000-meter race before settling into 16th place against a field of 152 runners.
Another well-played game against a South Suburban Conference opponent ended in defeat for the Farmington girls soccer team Saturday. The Tigers, who entered at 5-3 with all three losses coming at the hands of South Suburban schools, played even with Lakeville South for nearly 77 minutes before the Cougars booted a 20-yard free kick past goalkeeper Taylor Meyer to earn a 1-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. "It was a very, very even game with both teams only getting a few real chances at goal," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said. "Our kids played a solid game.
Farmington used its depth to pile up 850.5 points in winning the Eagle Invitational quadrangular swimming and diving meet Saturday at Bloomington Kennedy. Bloomington Jefferson finished a distant second with 456 points, followed by Kennedy and Eau Claire (Wis.) The Tigers won seven of the meet's 12 events, but it was performances like the one in the 200 freestyle that showcased the team's depth and helped turn the quadrangular into a blowout. Farmington swimmers finished second, third, fourth and fifth, scoring the team 62 points.
The Farmington football team slipped to 1-2 after a 20-0 Missota Conference loss at Chanhassen Friday night. The Tigers, now 1-2, were shut out for the first time since last year's 14-0 loss at Prior Lake. The team goes back on the road Friday to take on Shakopee before returning for a Homecoming game against Holy Angels Oct. 1.
The Farmington boys and girls soccer teams swept Red Wing Thursday night at Tiger Stadium. The Tiger boys started the doubleheader with a 2-1 victory. The girls followed with a 2-0 win, their fifth consecutive shutout victory.
Chanhassen won three of the final four events to come from behind for a 96-90 win over Farmington in the first-ever Missota Conference matchup between the two schools' swimming and diving teams Thursday night at Chaska Middle School East. The Tigers won four of the meet's first eight events, and took their final lead at 64-62 when Sara Kintner and Sarah O'Reilly finished 1-3 in the 500 freestyle. Chanhassen responded by winning the 200 relay, 100 backstroke and 400 relay to close out the meet. "It was an intense meet to say the least.
Moving up from 3,200 to 5,000 meters didn't have much of an effect on the performance of Elliot Fenske. The Farmington senior followed last week's season-opening fourth-place finish at the Dakota Classic in Eagan with a sixth-place time of 16 minutes, 52 seconds on the tough 5,000-meter course at Thursday's Redbird Invitational cross country meet in Montgomery. His high finish helped the Tigers place eighth in the 32-team field with 302 team points despite the loss of Chad Retterath, who dropped out of the race with a leg injury. Junior Lincoln Kirchoff stepped into the No.
The results were mixed for the Farmington volleyball team during a recent stretch of three home games in six days. The Tigers played point-for-point with an undefeated Rosemount team during a 3-0 loss last Tuesday at Tiger Gym, then came out sharp before losing some focus and playing sloppy in stretches during back-to-back victories over Red Wing and Albert Lea. Still, another 2-1 stretch has the Tigers sitting at 4-2 despite a roster that features just two regulars back from last year's team.
Back-to-back shutout losses to Rosemount and Park of Cottage Grove have the Farmington boys soccer team back at an even 3-3 heading into tonight's 5 p.m. home game against Red Wing. The Tigers opened last week with a 2-1 victory over Hastings before the offense went cold. Zach Wyatt opened the scoring against the Raiders with an unassisted goal from about 30 yards out just over five minutes into the game.
Farmington's offense finally started consistently producing scoring chances and goalkeeper Taylor Meyer posted her fourth shutout in seven games to lift the Tigers past Park of Cottage Grove, 1-0, in a non-conference clash Monday night at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers opened a 2-1 week by scoring just one goal last Tuesday in a shutout win over Hastings.