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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Boys soccer Farmington 3 New Prague 0 Girls soccer Farmington 7 New Prague 0 Volleyball Farmington 1 Northfield 3 Cross country at Rogers Invite Girls 2nd place Boys 5th place (Elliot Fenske second in season-best time of 16:24)
The Farmington boys and girls soccer teams scored a sweep of Chaska in Missota Conference play Tuesday afternoon at Tiger Stadium. The girls opened the doubleheader with a 4-0 win, then the boys hung on for a 4-3 victory.
The Farmington volleyball team picked up an easy three-set win over Holy Angels in front of a big Jam the Gym crowd Thursday night. That momentum didn't carry over into the weekend, however, as the Tigers continued their recent trend of coming up just short in close games. The team lost three competitive matches during a fifth-place finish at the Rochester Century Tournament. The Tigers opened with a 26-24, 25-17 loss to the host Panthers, then fell 25-21, 25-21 to a White Bear Lake team they beat two weeks ago.
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 points off 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.
The Farmington swimming and diving team made a splash at the Marauder Invite at St. Catherine's College Saturday. The Tigers opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay and freshman Kaitlyn O'Reilly went on to win two individual races, helping the team to a second-place finish out of 15 teams. Mounds View ran away with the team title in the true team scoring format with 1,608.5 points, but the Tigers topped the rest of the field with 1,172.5 points. O'Reilly was a big reason why.
Apparently, the Farmington girls soccer team used up all its offense in the second half of last Monday's 4-3 come-from-behind win over Henry Sibley. Since scoring four goals in the final 40 minutes of that game, the Tigers have netted just one goal in 250 minutes of play, leaving them with a pair of shutout losses last week and a 1-1 tie Monday at Shakopee. "We are struggling to finish," coach Rob Carpentier said. The Tigers had a 20-4 edge in shots on goal last Tuesday at home against Holy Angels, but the Stars used a penalty kick to sneak away with a 1-0 victory.
Farmington's losing streak stretched to six games with a 4-0 loss Monday night at Shakopee. The Tigers have been outscored a combined 22-4 and been shut out four times since their 2-1 win over Red Wing on Sept. 16. The team fell 2-0 at home last Tuesday against Holy Angels before scoring its only goals of the week during a 6-2 setback Thursday at Northfield. The Raiders built a 5-0 first-half lead before junior Brandon Scott got the Tigers in the scoring column with his second goal of the season on a pass from Cole Landwehr.
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.
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.