30 September 2010

Tiger Scoreboard Oct. 1, 2010

Farmington 3 Holy Angels 0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-22)

Girls Soccer
Northfield 2 Farmington 0

Boys Soccer
Northfield 6 Farmington 2

Girls Swimming
Northfield 96 Farmington 88

Girls Tennis
New Prague 6 Farmington 1

Volleyball: Tigers lose third straight; face Holy Angels Sept. 30

After playing well against top flight competition in their own tournament two weeks ago the Tigers have hit some bumpy road, losing three straight matches by identical 3-0 scores. The latest came against Rochester Mayo Tuesday night, Sept. 28, at Tiger Gym.

The first two games were typical of recent meetings between the Section 1AAA rivals with Mayo (13-3) scoring hard-fought 25-22 wins. The Spartans completed the shutout with a convincing 25-12 win in game three.

"We were again on the doorstep, but afraid to ring the doorbell," coach Mike Woody said. "We are getting better at competing in each game, but we are still trying to learn how to win."

Senior hitter Katie Habeck had another big statistical night for Farmington in the losing effort. The Concordia-St. Paul recruit finished the night with 18 serve receptions, 18 digs, 14 kills and a pair of blocks.

Brook King had a team-high 24 serve receptions while Mia Johnston and Haylee Lundquist led in set assists with 11 and eight respectively.

Farmington (5-9) returns to Missota Conference action Thursday night against Holy Angels in Jam the Gym Night at Tiger Gym. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

29 September 2010

Girls Cross Country: Tigers runner-up at New Prague

The Tiger girls placed four runners among the top 20 to earn a second place finish at the the New Prague Invitational held Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the New Prague Golf Course.
New Prague won the 11-team competition with 34 points. Farmington tallied 74, Belle Plaine 127, Mankato Loyola 135, Faribault 137, Jordan 186, Norwood-Young America 188, Montgomery 211, LeSueur 275, Cannon Falls incomplete and St. Peter incomplete.
"We were excited to place second in both the varsity and junior varsity race," Farmington coach Heidi Revels said. "Our hard work is paying off. We are stronger and more confident than we were at the start of the season."
Bailey Opsal and Maria Pacheco turned in the top Farmignton finishes with Opsal placing seventh in 16:33 and Pacheco eighth in 16:39 over the 4000-meter course.
Sofia Chadwick (14th; 16:49.1) and Maria Kiminski (15th; 16:49.6) also cracked the top 20.
Victoria Jacoby (30th; 17:40); Marissa Stewart (32nd; 17:52) and Natalie Sitzman (34th; 18:00) rounded out the Tiger scorecard.
"All seven finished at 18:00 or under," Revels said. "We had a strong race. I think having a smaller meet was a nice break for us."
In the junior varsity race, three Farmington entrants finished in the top 10: Maricella Pacheco, 4th (18:09); Morgan Medved, 5th (18:09.5) and Kayla Long, 7th (18:47).

Girls Soccer: Missed Opportunities cost Tigers

A day after a dramatic 4-3 win over Henry Sibley the Tigers played dominant soccer but couldn't put the ball in the net in a 1-0 loss to Missota Conference rival Holy Angels, Sept. 28, at Tiger Stadium.
Farmington kept the ball in the Stars end of the field most of the game and outshot the visitors by a decisive 20-4 but couldn't dent the scoreboard.
The win snapped the Tigers three-game winning streak and left them with a 7-5 season record; 2-1 in the Missota Conference.
The Stars scored the game's only goal on a penalty kick early in the first half.
"We played great but didn't get the result we wanted," coach Rob Carpentier said. "Now the girls have their backs to the wall as far as winning the conference title goes. It was tough to play so well and still lose."
The girls get a chance for redemption Thursday night at Northfield when they take on the Raiders who are a half game behind Holy Angels (4-0) in the conference standings with 3-0 record.
"For the most part we still control our own destiny," Carpentier said, "but we have to run the table from here on out."

28 September 2010

Boys Cross Country: Fenske 1st, Tigers 2nd at New Prague Invitational

Elliot Fenske successfully defended his individual title and the first five Tiger runners all finished in the top 21 as Farmington finished runner-up in the nine-team New Prague Invitational held Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the New Prague Golf Course.

Host New Prague won the meet with a low team total of 49 points. Farmington finished with 63, Belle Plaine 66, LeSueur-Henderson 76, Norwood-Young America 153, Montgomery 176, Mankato Loyola 197, St. Peter 207 and Cannon Falls 238.

Fenske, coming off a good showing at the previous Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, toured the 5000-meter course in 16:47 to repeat as meet champion. The Tiger senior clocked 17:10 to win the race last year.

Carl Elmer (18:30) and Ben Olson (18:37) finished 10th and 12th respectively while Adam Wallenta(18:58) and Dan Block (19:02) posted 19th and 21st place finishes. Alec Wilson (40th; 19:59), returning from a recent illness, and Lincoln Kirchoff (45th; 20:04), suffering from leg cramps, were the other finishers for the Tigers.

"It was good to see Elliot repeat as champion," coach Keith Revels said. "If we had been able to field a healthy lineup, I think we would have given New Prague a better run for first place. That's how it goes sometimes."

The Tigers did even better in the junior varsity race, winning the team title and placing three runners in the top five. Josh Ruthenbeck won the race while Caleb Eiffert and Justin Rees finished third and fourth respectively.

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 29, 2010

Boys Cross Country
New Prague Invitational (5000 meters)
New Prague 49, Farmington 63, Belle Plaine 66, LeSueur-Henderson 76, Norwood-Young America 153, Montgomery-Lonsdale 176, Mankato Loyola 197, St. Peter 207, Cannon Falls 239

Girls Cross Country
New Prague Invitational (4000 meters)
New Prague 34, Farmington 74,, Belle Plaine 127, Mankato Loyola 135, Faribault 137, Jordan 186, Norwood-Young America 188,, Montgomery 211, LeSueur 275, Cannon Falls incomplete, St. Peter incomplete

Girls Soccer
Holy Angels 1 Farmington 0

Boys Soccer
Holy Angels 2 Farmington 0

Rochester Mayo 3 Farmington 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-12)

Girls Tennis
Chaska 4 Farmington 3

Boys Soccer: Sibley tames Tigers 5-0

Henry Sibley broke up a scoreless game with two goals midway through the first half on the way to a 5-0 non-conference win over Farmington, Monday, Sept. 27, in West St. Paul.

"We played the first 10 minutes well and had numerous scoring opportunities," Tiger coach Julian Buss said, "but after they got the first two goals we didn't play our game."

Buss noted his team did manage to keep the Warriors off the board through the middle 40 minutes of the contest before they racked up three more goals over the final 20 minutes, including two in the final 4:39.

"To Sibley's credit, they were able to take advantage of direct kicks, placing the ball just out of the reach of our goalie," Buss said. "They also had an outstanding flip throw that allowed them to virtually turn any throw-in into a scoring opportunity."

The loss was the third straight for Farmington who saw its season record dip to 4-6.

The Tigers have two Missota Conference games on the schedule this week: Tuesday, Sept. 28, versus Holy Angels at Tiger Stadium and Thursday at Northfield.

Girls Soccer: Tigers beat the clock for 4-3 win over Sibley

In what coach Rob Carpentier called "a classic", the Tigers pulled out a 4-3 non-conference win over Henry Sibley Monday, Sept. 27, in West St. Paul.

Nadia Lorencz scored her second goal of the contest with just 1.6 seconds remaining in regulation to give Farmington its fourth win in the last five games and raise its season record to 7-4.

"It was huge what the girls did the last 40 minutes," Carpentier said. "From an effort standpoint, it was the best half I've seen from us."

The same could not have been said of the opening 40 minutes where only the solid goalkeeping of Taylor Meyer kept the Tiger deficit to 2-0. Carpentier called it the worst half of soccer his team has played in his two years here.

But the girls re-grouped over the break and started the second period with a roar.

A goal by Ashley Kimmel (from Devyn Alberts) started the comeback just 45 seconds into the half and two-and-a-half minutes later Janine Miller scored her first career varsity goal to tie the score.

Sibley didn't roll over, however, scoring a go-ahead goal with 14 minutes remaining in regulation.

With 4:30 left, Lorencz took a pass from Kimmel and banged it home to re-tie the count and set up an apparent overtime.

With 28 seconds to go, the Tigers put on a final rush, culminating in a Kelli Harstad shot that was blocked straight up in the air. Lorencz managed to run it down and blast it by the Sibley netminder as the clock ticked down to give her team the exhilarating win.

"I am so proud of the girls and the character they displayed," Carpentier said. "What a comeback!"

The Tigers don't have much time to celebrate the win. Tuesday, Sept. 28, they entertain Holy Angels in a Missota Coference showdown at Tiger Stadium.

"Now let's see if we are energized or drained by the Sibley game," Carpentier said. "This is a very important game if we are going to win the Missota."

Tiger Scoreboard Sept 28, 2010

Girls Soccer
Farmington 4 Henry Sibley 3

Boys Soccer
Henry Sibley 5 Farmington 0

27 September 2010

Alumni Alley: Ex-Tigers still on course

Three former Tigers are playing golf for collegiate teams this fall. Greg Werner (2009) and Patti Serdar (2008) are members of the men's and women's teams, respectively, at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Two weeks ago Werner fired rounds of 73 and 74 to finish in a fifth place tie in a field of 74 golfers as the Mavericks won the Husky Invitational, played at the St. Cloud Country Club.

Rachel Lamberty, a 2008 Tiger grad and a junior transfer at St. Mary's University in Winona, is the third ex-Tiger playing collegiately this fall. Two weeks ago, Lamberty shot 90-91 to place ninth in a field of 37 at the Ripon (Wisconsin) Invitational.

Many current and past FHS coaches took part in the Kyle Malin Scramble Tournament played Saturday, Sept. 18, at Heritage Links Golf Club in Lakeville. Among the Tiger coaching alumni were Dick Arnold, who guided the Tigers to their only state baseball tournament appearance in 1977; Gerry Greupner, Byron Olson, Terry Holmes and Pete Boelter.

Members of the current coaching staff who played in the event to raise funds for Malin who lost parts of both legs while on combat duty for the US Army in Afghanistan were Jason Berg, Mike Winters, Jon Graff, Jon Holmes, Shawn Anderson, Jon Lund, Glenn Mogensen, Gary Burr, Loren Cartwright, Dan Pickens and Chad Olson.

Terry Holmes, Jon Holmes, 1996 FHS male co-Athlete of the Year Scott Holmes and Steve Sabetti, a coach at Lakeville North shot a 13-under par 59 to win the tournament.

25 September 2010

Girls Tennis: Tigers fall at Northfield

Farmington got its best singles play of the season but still couldn't win a match in a 7-0 dual meet loss Friday, Sept. 24, at Northfield.

The loss was the ninth straight for the Tigers who have yet to post a win this season.
The top Farmington performances came at the second and third singles positions where Meghan Lindstrom and Melanie Kappes each lost in three sets.

Lindstrom won the first set at the second spot 6-3, before dropping the next two 3-6 and 1-6.

"Meghan continues to impress with her footwork, determination and big forehand," coach Jack Olwell said.

Kappes lost 2-6, 6-2, 0-6 but still drew words of praise from her coach.

"Melanie is a tremendous mover," he said. "This was probably her best match which is good because her previous match was the best before this one."

The Tigers close the regular season next week with Missota Conference dual meets with New Prague and Chaska. Section 1AA team play begins the following week.

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 25, 2010

Shakopee 34 Farmington 0

Girls Tennis
Northfield 7 Farmington 0

24 September 2010

Volleyball: A long week

It was a long week for the Tigers who dropped back-to-back 3-0 decisions to Rochester Century and defending state champion Shakopee.

Tuesday night, Sept. 21, at Tiger Gym the Panthers eked out a 25-22 win in the first game before rolling in games two and three, 25-16, 25-17.

Two nights later in Shakopee the Tigers played well in the first two games, losing 25-21 and 25-22 before suffering a crushing 25-8 defeat in the finale.

"Other than Katie Habeck and Jordan Bridges we didn't play very well," coach Mike Woody said of the Century loss. "Our serve receive was horrible and we gave them free balls all night long. Shakopee lost a lot from last year's team but they still know how to compete. The first two games were great for us. The third was a bad game all-around."

Habeck had 16 serve receptions, 15 digs, 13 kills and three blocks to lead the effort against Century.

Haylee Lundquist totaled 16 set assists and 10 digs. Brook King hit double figures in serve receptions with 11 and Bridges led in blocks with four. Mia Johnston had a team-high three service aces.

Habeck recorded 13 of the team's 26 kills against the Sabers and added 12 service points, 11 serve receptions and seven digs.

Bridges chipped in with six kills and six blocks. King had 13 digs and also served for 11 points. Johnston and Lundquist distributed the ball well, finishing with 12 and 11 set assists respectively.

The losses dropped the Tigers season record to 5-8; 1-2 in Missota Conference play.

Alumni Alley: Kyle Malin benefit a huge success

When former Farmington High School athletic director Byron Olson began organizing a benefit golf tournament to assist 2002 FHS graduate Kyle Malin, he had no idea what a rousing success it would become.

Malin, who lost parts of both legs while on combat duty with the United States Army in Afghanistan, is undergoing rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
All in all, the event designed to provide financial assistance to Malin his wife Alicia and young sons Cy and Kalib raised more than $54,000.

Almost 200 golfers participated in the best-ball scramble held Saturday, Sept. 18, at Heritage Links Golf Club in Lakeville. More than 400 attended the post-tournament dinner that included a huge silent auction and an assortment of raffles.

Retired FHS coach Terry Holmes, Tiger boys golf and girls hockey coach Jon Holmes, 1996 FHS co-Athlete of the Year Scott Holmes and Steve Sabetti, a coach at Lakeville North combined for a 13-under par 59 to win top honors in the golf tournament.

Farmington residents Rod and Pam Frost and Al and Jan Venz combined to win the mixed division.

"It exceeded our wildest expectations," Olson said. "We made double what our goal was. The organizing committee did an awesome job in generating hole sponsors and raffle and silent auction items."

The highlight of the event came during dinner when FHS coach Jon Malin put his son on a speaker phone from San Antonio.

Kyle thanked everyone who helped make the event a success and gave a brief update on how his recovery was progressing.

"In a year or two, I'll be up there walking with you guys," he said.

Boys Soccer: Storm edge Tigers 3-2 in OT

Chanhassen scored the game-winning goal with 2:10 remaining in the second five-minute overtime period to edge the Tigers 3-2 Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Chanhassen.

The loss dropped Farmington's season record to 4-5 and left the Tigers 1-1 in Missota Conference play.

"Chanhassen has a good team" Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "They were able to limit our scoring opportunities and they had a lot of chances themselves."

The Storm piled up 24 shots on net over the 90 minutes with Tiger goalie Chad Stivers registering a season-high 21 saves.

"Chad had an outstanding game," Buss said. "He has certainly established himself as an elite goalkeeper. He was definitely our player of the game."

The Storm scored first but Tiger sophomore Reid Wolf sent the teams to intermission tied at 1-1 when he knocked in a loose ball in front of the Chanhassen goal with 10:15 to play.

Justin Thelen gave his team its only lead of the contest eight minutes into the second half and it held up until Chanhassen sent the game into overtime with a score with just 90 seconds to play in regulation.

"This was our toughest loss of the season," Buss said. "We were so close to walking away with a win."

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 24, 2010

Shakopee 3 Farmington 0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-8)

Boys and Girls Cross Country
Pine Island Invitational, postponed

Boys Soccer
Farmington at Shakopee, postponed until Oct. 4

Girls Soccer
Farmington at Shakopee, postponed until Oct. 4

Girls Tennis
Farmington at Northfield, postponed until Sept. 24

22 September 2010

Girls Tennis: Tigers still looking for first win

The Tigers continued to show improvement on the court but their win column remained empty after back-to-back home court losses to Minnehaha Academy and Holy Angels, Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 20 and 21, respectively.

Farmington fell to the Red Hawks 5-2 and the Stars 7-0. The losses dropped the Tigers dual meet record to 0-8.

"I thought we played a great match against Minnehaha," coach Jack Olwell said. "We showed great improvement in singles and we won two out of three doubles matches."

Against Minnehaha, the No. 2 doubles team of Emilee Shearer and Brianne Hasak (pictured above) won 7-5, 6-4 while the No. 3 tandem of Rachel Molitor and Jessica Autey rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 victory.

"Emily and Brianne were outstanding," Olwell said, "and Jessica and Rachel played smart and aggressively in a surprisingly easy win."

Olwell said the shutout loss to Holy Angels was closer than the final score with his team having several opportunities to break into the win column.

The third doubles duo of Autey and Lucy Gentilini, paired together for the first time, played especially well in a 6-7(2), 2-6 loss.

Girls Swimming: Tigers experiment in loss to Centruy

With her team competing for the fifth time in the last 13 days, Tiger coach Jen Marshall decided to experiment in a dual meet with Rochester Century, Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Dodge Middle School pool.

The Panthers led from start to finish and won the battle of Section 1AA rivals 95-88.

"We gave the girls a break and had them compete in something other than their usual events," Marshall said. "It helps them mentally and lets them do something different."

Century, the second-ranked team behind Rochester John Marshall in the section pecking order, bolted to a 10-4 lead after the first event and led 96-75 before swimming the final two events as exhibitions.

The Tigers finished with four wins, including three in individual events: Kaitlyn O'Reilly in the 100 breaststroke; Caitlin Kracke in the 50 freestyle and Jade Alm on the one-meter board.
The 400 relay team of Kirsten Kracke, Caitlin Kracke, Ellie Sundet and O'Reilly closed the meet with a victory.

Four other Farmington performers registered second place points: Kirsten Kracke in the 200 freestyle; Caitlin Kracke in the 100 butterfly; Robin Ellis in the 100 backstroke and Elizabeth Wolfe in the 100 breaststroke.

Kendall Novak finished third (diving) as did Hannah Setzinger (100 butterfly) and Sarah O'Reilly (100 freestyle).

Girls Soccer: Alberts, Kimmel lead Tigers by Storm

Devyn Alberts and Ashley Kimmel led the offense with a goal and an assist apiece and the defense allowed just three shots on goal as Farmington (2-0) remained perfect in Missota Conference play with a 2-0 victory Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Chanhassen.

"We started flat again," coach Rob Carpentier said. "Chanhassen worked hard early and we didn't match that until we got that first goal. Then we picked up our game."

The goal came from Alberts on a a left-footed shot from 10-yards out after taking a long pass from Kimmel with three minutes remaining in the first half.

The Tigers totally dominated possession in the second half and outshot the Storm 21-3for the game but managed just one more goal on a shot from the box by Kimmel from a pass from Alberts.

"We didn't finish well," Carpentier said, "and that's got to change."

The Tiger defense and goaltender Taylor Meyer had another productive day, posting their sixth shutout of the season.

"It was a job done and now it's on to the next one on Thursday in Shakopee," Carpentier said "If we want to win the conference we have to be successful there."

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 22, 2010

Girls Soccer
Farmington 2 Chanhassen 0

Boys Soccer
Chanhassen 3 Farmington 2 (OT)

Rochester Century 3 Farmington 0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-17)

Girls Swimming
Rochester Century 95 Farmington 88

Girls Tennis
Holy Angels 7 Farmington 0

20 September 2010

Boys and Girls Cross Country: Tigers finish well back at Applejack Invite

Neither Farmington cross country team fared exceptionally well at the Applejack Invitational held last Friday afternoon, Sept. 17, at Lakeville's Aronson Park.

The Tiger boys ranked 17th in a field of 22 teams; the girls placed an identical 17th among 21 entrants.

"This wasn't our best meet," girls' coach Heidi Revels said. "We had a situation where one runner (Bailey Opsal, pictured) lost a shoe during the race and had to run without a spike the last mile and a couple of others girls were not feeling so well. The good things is that our first four runners all came in within a minute of each other."

Maricia Pacheco led the Tiger pack in 58th place overall with a 16:29 clocking over the 4000-meter course. Maria Kiminski finished 77th, 16:45.1; Opsal, 92nd, 17:05.3; Sofia Chadwick 100th, 17:21.1; Victoria Jacoby 109th, 17:32.3; Nicole Clifton 120th, 18:05.2 and Marissa Stewart 122nd, 18:09.5.

On the boys side, senior Elliot Fenske continued to run with the leaders, placing 16th in a field of 152 runners in the 5000-meter race.

The next Tiger finisher, Lincoln Kirchoff, didn't hit the chute until almost two minutes after Fenske, placing 105th in 18:36.1. Carl Elmer ranked 113th, 18.47.7; Dan Block 127th, 19:08.3; Alec Wilson 136th, 19:27.5 and Adam Wallenta 140th, 19:31.8.

"After Elliot we have a nice grouping from No. 2 to No. 5," coach Keith Revels said. "We have to continue to bring that group's time down and see what happens."

Both Tiger coaches are looking forward to this week's Pine Island Invitational, a smaller meet against some non-metro area competition.

"It will be a welcome change of pace after running against 22 and 32 teams the last two meets," Keith Revels said.

Girls Swimming: Tigers roll at Kennedy quadrangular

Farmington swimming and diving coach Jen Marshall has repeatedly said her team's depth was going to translate into a lot of success this season and after dominating a four-team meet at Bloomington Kennedy, Saturday, Sept, 18, her prediction appears to be right on.

"The girls are swimming and diving really well right now," Marshall said. "They are starting to believe in themselves and each other and this belief will help them achieve great things this season."

Farmington rolled up 850.5 points to run away with the meet. Bloomington Jefferson finished a distant second at 456, followed by host Kennedy 427 and Eau Claire (Wis) 356.

Depth meant points in the quadrangular where the top 16 performers in each individual event and all relay teams earned markers.

The Tigers set the tone for the day in the first event when Kirsten Kracke, Elizabeth Wolfe, Kaitlyn O'Reilly and Ellie Sundet combined to win the 200 medley relay and three other Tiger quartets finished third, sixth, and seventh respectively for 122 points.

All in all, Farmington won six of the 12 events with O'Reilly claiming two, the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Cora Rizicka prevailed in the 100 butterfly as did Sara Kintner in the 500 freestyle and Wolfe in the 100 breaststroke.

The foursome of Sarah O'Reilly, Kaitlyn O'Reilly, Sundet and Kracke provided an exclamation point to the productive day with a win in the 400 freestyle relay.

Sarah O'Reilly and Kracke finished second in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke respectively and O'Reilly (500 freestyle), Sundet 100 freestyle, Robin Ellis (100 backstroke) and Abby Haugen (100 breaststroke) each scored third place points.

Three Farmington relay teams finished third: Delaney Wright, Haugen, Ruzicka and Ellis in the 200 medley; Ellis, Haugen, Kintner and Sarah O'Reilly in the 200 freestyle and Chloe Holton, Wright, Ruzicka and Kintner in the 400 freestyle.

Girls Tennis: Kennedy nets 6-1 win

The good news is that the Tigers broke out of their five-match slide where they failed to score a point in a dual meet played Friday, Sept. 17, at Bloomington Kennedy.

The bad news is that it was just one point in a 6-1 non-conference loss to the Eagles.

"I can't say it was a moral victory," coach Jack Olwell said, "but we enjoyed this match more than most. We had some outstanding chances to win at two or three positions."

The Farmington point came at second singles where Meghan Lindstrom played one of her best matches of the season in a 6-1, 6-4 win.

Two Tiger doubles teams were also in position to win but couldn't finish. The duo of Danielle Froehling and Katie Burgess led 4-0 in the first set in a 5-7, 3-6 loss and the No. 3 tandem of Jessica Autey and Rachel Molitor played well in a 4-6, 6-7(2) defeat.

"We may have played our best match of the year," Olwell said. "We knew that we had to have a lot of things go right for us to win and for awhile it looked like that might happen."

19 September 2010

Boys Soccer: Tigers fall to South 2-0

Lakeville South scored a goal in each half, the second coming a minute before the final horn, in a 2-0 win over the Tigers Saturday, Sept. 18, at Tiger Stadium.

The loss to the their Section 1AA rival left Farmington with a 5-5 season record heading into the first full week of Missota Conference play.

"We played a solid game against a tough section opponent," coach Julian Buss said. "If there is such a thing as a good loss, this was one. We played aggressively all game and out-hustled them. We had our chances to score. I can walk away from this one knowing that our boys played tough all game."

The Tigers, 1-0, in Missota Conference play, have a pair of big conference road games coming up this week, Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Chanhassen and Thursday, Sept. 23, in Shakopee.

Volleyball: Tigers 8th at Farmington Invitational

Farmington won one of four matches and finished eighth in a 16-team field at the Farmington Invitational held Saturday, Sept. 18 at Tiger Gym.

Lakeville South defeated Jordan 25-18 and 25-16 to win the tourney championship.
The Tigers started the day-long event on the right foot with a 2-1 win over White Bear Lake before losing consecutive decisions to Jordan (2-0); Delano (2-1) and Osseo (2-0).

"I was definitely pleased with our progress in the tournament," Farmington coach Mike Woody said, "not to mention holding our own against Osseo in the fourth match without Katie Habeck. We learned how to compete and be in every game. Now we need to learn how to win."

Habeck, the Tigers best all-around player, sat out the tournament finale due to a nagging back injury.

Habeck and fellow hitter Jordan Bridges each landed a spot on the all-tournament squad.
Farmington (5-6) returns to action, Tuesday, Sept. 21, with a match against Section 1 rival Rochester Century at Tiger Gym.

Football: Tigers come up empty at Chanhassen

The on-and-off offense produced just five first downs and two critical errors on special teams led directly to Chanhassen touchdowns as the Storm defeated the Tigers 20-0 Friday, Sept. 17, in Chanhassen.

The loss dropped Farmington's season record to 1-2; 1-1 in Missota Conference play.

"We did some pretty good things," coach Mark Froehling said. "I thought our pass protection was good and our defense played well even though some miscues on special teams gave us bad field position.

"We didn't sustain drives on offense because our blocking wasn't what it needs to be and we were not consistent in throwing or catching the ball when we had the opportunities."

The Storm built a 14-0 halftime lead with both scores coming as a result of errant snaps out of punt formation inside the Farmington 25-yard line. The Tigers had another punt blocked deep in its own territory before the defense got the ball back on a Sebren Baer pass interception.

Chanhassen added an insurance score in the fourth period to close out the scoring.

The Farmington offense that rushed for 276 yards in the previous week's win over Red Wing managed just 31 against the Storm. Workhorse CJ Record accounted for 29 on 17 carries.

Sophomore quarterback Darren Beenken threw 21 times and completed nine for 111 yards with a pair of interceptions. Austin Bassett had three catches for 25 yards; Dayne Eich two for 57 and Alex Chadwick two for 19.

Tommy Korbein led a defense that was on the field much of the night with 10 tackles. Eric McWright totaled eight, Blake Weinand six and Jake Mendela five.

This Friday, Sept. 24, the Tigers head to Shakopee to take on the unbeaten Sabers (3-0) who defeated Chaska 37-14 Friday night.

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 19, 2010

Girls Swimming
Bloomington Kennedy Quadrangular
Farmington 850.5, Bloomington Jefferson 456, Bloomington Kennedy 427, Eau Claire (Wis,) 356

Farmington Invitational
8th place (out of 16 teams)
Farmington defeated White Bear Lake 25-9, 12-25, 15-12
Jordan defeated Farmington 25-17, 25-21
Delano defeated Farmington 23-25,25-21, 15-12
Osseo defeated Farmington 25-16, 25-21

Boys Soccer
Lakeville South 2 Farmington 0

Girls Soccer
Lakeville South 1 Farmington 0

18 September 2010

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 18, 2010

Chanhassen 20 Farmington 0

Girls Tennis
Bloomington Kennedy 6 Farmington 1

Boys Cross Country
Applejack Invitational at Lakeville
17th of 22 teams
Top Farmington finisher: Elliot Fenske, 16. 16:37.5 (5000 meters)

Girls Cross Country
Applejack Invitational at Lakeville
17th of 21 teams
Top Farmington finisher: Maricia Pacheco, 58. 16:29.5 (4000 meters)

17 September 2010

Volleyball: Storm spike Tigers

The Tigers gave up a late lead in the first game at Chanhassen Thursday night, Sept. 16, and the Storm roared the rest of the way on the way to a 3-0 Missota Conference victory.
Chanhassen eked out a 25-23 win in the first game and then rolled 24-14 and 25-16 in the next two.
"I went in looking for a close match," coach Mike Woody said. "Unfortunately we gave away three points on mental and physical errors at the end of game one.
"From there we decided to go back to our old habits of playing stand-around defense, being timid on serve reception and overall lacking confidence.
"Right now Katie Habeck and Jordan Bridges are playing great volleyball. Once the rest of the girls decide to join them, we will be very dangerous."
Despite playing with a sore back, Habeck filled up the stat sheet with 18 kills, 31 serve receptions, seven blocks and a service ace.
Haylee Lundquist and Mia Johnston each hit double figures in assists with 12 and 10 respectively. Bridges added three kills and a pair of blocks and Brook King chipped in with 11 serve receptions.

Boys Soccer: Tigers open Missota campaign with a win

Farmington opened its 2010 Missota Conference schedule on a positive note Thursday, Sept. 16, with a 2-1 win over Red Wing at Tiger Stadium. The victory raised the Tigers record to 4-3 with the four wins matching last season's total.
"It feels good to start the conference season with a win," coach Julian Buss said. "That puts us in position to reach our goal of finishing in the top three."
The triumph over the Wingers didn't come easily. The visitors struck first with a goal just before halftime and held the lead until senior captain Justen Thelen tied the count midway through the second period on a direct kick after Cole Landwehr was fouled.
Sam Leske, who moved to midfield from his sweeper position after intermission, scored the unassisted game-winner with just 3:14 remaining in regulation.
Leske opened some space with his speed and buried a shot from close range to avenge a tough 4-3 loss to the Wingers late in the 2009 season.
"Sam has a knack for creating scoring opportunities," Buss said.

Girls Swimming: Tigers take two

Farmington ran its season dual meet record to 4-1 with a pair of wins this week. Tuesday, Sept. 14, the Tigers clipped Minneapolis Edison 91-90 at Dodge Middle School in a meet not nearly as close as the final score; Thursday they downed Shakopee 96-89 at Shakopee Junior High School.

Depth played a key role in both victories. Against Edison, Farmington scored just four first place finishes in the first 10 events yet still managed to build a commanding 91-65 lead. The Tigers swam the final two events as exhibitions (no points awarded).

The 200 freestyle relay team of Kaitlyn O'Reilly, Biff Donner, Hannah Seitzinger and Delaney Wright was victorious as were O'Reilly (50 freestyle); Ellie Sundet (200 medley) and Jade Alm (one-meter dive) in individual events.

Farmington really made hay in second place points, finishing runner-up in eight of the 10 events actually contested.

Six different Tigers placed second in individual events: Elizabeth Wolfe, 200 freestyle; Sarah O'Reilly, 100 butterfly; Nikki Cayard, one-meter diving; Donner, 200freestyle; Wright, 100 freestyle and Sundet, 500 freestyle.

The Missota Conference road win over Shakopee was close throughout but in the end, Farmington's ability to score points for second through fifth place finishes made the difference.

"It was an incredible meet," coach Jen Marshall said. "The girls avenged a tough loss to Shakopee from last year. Every athlete really stepped up and performed.

"The medley relay team set the tone for the meet. There was a lot of excitement in the pool for that race."

That medley relay squad of Kirsten Kracke, Sarah O'Reilly, Abby Haugen and Wolfe won the race by .24 of a second to set the stage for the rest of the meet.

Other Farmington blue ribbon performances went to Kaitlyn O'Reilly, 200 medley; Sarah Kinter, 500 freestyle and Wolfe, 100 breaststroke.

Second place points went to Sundet, 100 and 200 freestyle; Robin Ellis, 100 backstroke; Sarah O'Reilly, 500 freestyle; Kaitlyn O'Reilly, 100 butterfly; Haugen, 50 freestyle and Alm, diving.

Girls Soccer: Tigers tame Wingers 2-0

The Tigers overcame a sluggish first half to defeat Red Wing 2-0 Thursday, Sept. 16, at Tiger Stadium. The victory raised Farmington's season record to 5-3; 1-0 in Missota Conference play.

"We played very poorly in the first half," coach Rob Carpentier said, "even though we dominated play. We were clearly mentally flat and Red Wing played with a lot of intensity."

The Tigers outshot their guests 11-4 over the first 40 minutes but didn't have much in the way of legitimate scoring opportunities.

The second half proved to a different story as Farmington put constant pressure on the Winger net, building an 18-1 shot advantage after intermission.

Devyn Alberts scored the first Tiger goal shortly after the break on a feed from Ashley Kimmel and Kelli Harstad netted the second on a header from Shelby Calhoun with 10 minutes to play.

"I liked the way we took care of business and picked up our play in the second half," Carpentier said. "We have to learn to be mentally as well as physically sharp for the entire 80 minutes."

Goalie Taylor Meyer (91 percent season save percentage) and the defensive corps did an other outstanding job. In each of the five Tiger wins they have shut out the opposition.

Elena Koch, Amber Johnson and Rachel Beck all received high grades from their coach.

"We've allowed seven goals in eight games and only one of them was really the fault of the defense," he said. "They have been our best unit so far."

Girls Tennis: Tough schedule takes toll on Tigers

Tiger coach Jack Olwell is hoping better days are in sight after his team's third straight 7-0 loss to a Missota Conference power, this one to Shakopee, Thursday afternoon,, Sept, 16, at Shakopee Junior High.

"We've opened our conference season with Chanhassen, Red Wing and Shakopee," Olwell said, "and the way I see it, they are the three best teams in the league.

"Hopefully the most difficult matches are behind us. We look forward to being in some competitive matches over the next two weeks."

Maggie Rudorfer won the only game for the Tigers in singles play at the No. 1 position and earned some words of praise from her coach.

"Maggie has been getting a lot better over the past few weeks," Olwell said, "and is ready to break through to the next level."

The No. 3 doubles tandem of Jessica Autey and Rachel Molitor also played well in a 1-6, 2-6 loss.
"Their level of play has risen dramatically in the last two weeks," Olwell said.

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 17, 2010

Girls Soccer
Farmington 2 Red Wing 0

Boys Soccer
Farmington 2 Red Wing 1

Girls Swimming
Farmington 96 Shakopee 89

Chanhassen 3 Farmington 0 (23-25, 14-25, 16-25)

Girls Tennis
Shakopee 7 Farmington 0

16 September 2010

Girls Tennis: Stuck in a rut

The Tigers stayed stuck in a rut in a 7-0 a Missota Conference loss to Red Wing, Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Boeckman Middle School courts. Farmington (0-4) has lost all four dual meets this season by identical 7-0 scores.

"Unfortunately, most of the teams we have played so far have overpowered us," coach Jack Olwell said, "but at least they point out where the work needs to be done and the girls are hanging in there."

The top Farmington effort in singles play came at the No. 4 position where Lucy Gentilini lost 1-6, 2-6.

"Lucy is in constant motion," Olwell said. "She is always on the run."

In doubles, the No. 3 duo of Jessica Autey and Rachel Molitor played what Olwell termed "their best match of the season" in a 1-6, 3-6 setback.

The Tigers are hoping for better results Friday when they face Bloomington Kennedy in a non-conference match.

"We beat them last year and it should be close again this year," he said

15 September 2010

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 15, 2010

Girls Swimming
Farmington 91 Minneapolis Edison 90

Girls Tennis
Red Wing 7 Farmington 0

14 September 2010

Girls Tennis: Chanhassen too strong for Tigers

Missota Conference newcomer Chanhassen made a strong statement Monday afternoon, Sept. 13, with a decisive 7-0 dual meet win over the Tigers in Chanhassen.

The powerful Storm (9-1) did not lose a game in four singles matches, winning by a combined 48-0 score.

Farmington (0-3) had its best shot at first doubles where the tandem of Danielle Froehling and Katie Burgess had the opposition on the run before losing 4-6, 4-6.

The Tiger duo finished the first set with a rally and then jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second before fading down the stretch.

"Despite the scores we showed some improvement," coach Jack Olwell said. "We still need to learn how to close out games but we are getting closer to that goal."

Volleyball: Farmington wins Battle of the Tigers

Farmington dominated play most of the night in its 3-0 shutout (25-22, 25-17, 25-21) home victory over the Albert Lea Tigers Monday night, Sept. 13.

The win in the non-conference "Battle of the Tigers" raised Farmington's season record to 4-2.

"The scores were a little closer than the games appeared," Farmington coach Mike Woody said. "We held big leads in the first and third games before giving up a lot of points late. The second game was pretty close before we pulled away down the stretch.

Katie Habeck turned in another dominating performance for the winners with 25 serve receptions, 18 kills, 16 digs and five blocks.

Jordan Bridges was a force at the net with six blocks and five kills and also served up three aces. Brook King recorded 11 digs and 10 serve receptions while setter Haylee Lundquist had 16 assists.

Woody tried an experiment in game three by moving Habeck from middle to left side hitter and said the strategy paid some dividends.

"It worked pretty well and is something we might do on nights when we aren't passing very well," he said.

Girls Soccer: Tigers blank Park 1-0

Ashley Kimmel scored the game's only goal on a pin-point pass from Devyn Alberts late in the first half to give the Tigers a hard-earned 1-0 win over Park of Cottage Monday, Sept. 13, at Tiger Stadium.

The victory against the perennially tough Wolfpack raised Farmington's season record to 4-3. Park stands at 3-2-1.

Junior goalkeeper Taylor Meyer recorded her fourth shutout of the season for the winners whose all four victories have come on whitewashes.

"The girls played well but not as well as they did against Rosemount last week (a 2-0loss)," coach Rob Carepntier said. "We should have scored more goals but their goalie is a University of Minnesota recruit and she was outstanding.

"Still, we found a way to win and we made them impotent at the end when the game was on the line. Once again our team showed its mental toughness."

Carpentier said that the major significance of the non-conference victory was that it came against a program with a solid winning tradition.

"It's always nice to beat a 'name' program," he said. "It helps us become one of them ourselves."

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 14, 2010

Farmington 3 Albert Lea 0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-21)

Girls Soccer
Farmington 1 Park of Cottage Grove 0

Boys Soccer
Park of Cottage Grove 8 Farmington 0

Girls Tennis
Chanhassen 7 Farmington 0

13 September 2010

Alumni Alley

Former Tiger Ben Froehling (FHS class of 2007), son of the Tiger football coach Mark Froehling, is the starting center for the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse football team that lost 24-19 to Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) 24-19 last Saturday...

Another 2007 Tiger grad, JJ Akin, played for Gustavus Adolphus College last week in its 27-6 loss to Wartburg...

2009 FHS male athlete of the Year Derek Waldbillig continued to carry the ball for Bethel University, picking up 31 yards in six carries in the Royals 54-10 rout of Concordia-Wisconsin...

Ex-Tiger Mike Doherty (2008)started at defensive tackle for Hamline in the Pipers season-opening 27-20 loss to Pacific Lutheran. Another former Tiger from the Class of '08, Trevor Davis, also played for Hamline in the contest....

Brothers Corey (2007) and Danny Tutewohl (2009) each recorded tackles for St. Olaf in its 34-0 win over Simpson last Saturday...

Former Tiger Cody Eich had three tackles for Minnesota-Duluth in the Bulldogs 62-13 romp over Upper Iowa...

Four members of the 2009 Tiger football team are on collegiate rosters this fall: Bubba Friedlund (Bethel); Tyler Barnes (Valley City State); Steven Arentz (Wisconsin-Eau Claire) and Jimmy O'Meara (Vermillion Community College).

2009 FHS female Athlete of the Year Kirstee Rotty transferred from the University of St. Thomas to St. Olaf College this fall where she has joined the nationally-ranked Oles volleyball team. Rotty, who totaled more than 2000 digs in her Tiger career, ranks second for the Oles in that department...

2010 FHS grad Danielle Dombeck is a defensive specialist for the North Dakota State University volleyball team...

1979 FHS grad Mike Markuson was probably feeling better after Mississippi's 27-13 win over Tulane on Saturday. Markuson, the running game coordinator for Ole Miss, saw the Rebels lose to small school Jacksonville State on opening day...

Janet (Brownawell) Smith
(Class of 1999) is the girls cross country coach at Faribault High School...

Brother Bob Brownawell, (2002) an Iowa State University graduate, is attending the Chicago School of Osteopathic Medicine...

Volleyball: Habeck sparks comeback over Red Wing

Katie Habeck turned in another stellar individual performance to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 comeback win over Red Wing Thursday, Sept. 10, in the their Missota Conference opener at Tiger Gym.

Farmington won the first game 25-21 before falling 25-16 and 25-23 in the next two. The Tigers rallied for a 25-20 victory in the fourth contest before prevailing 15-8 in a deciding fifth game.

"Anytime you can have a young team rally and come from behind, it's a good thing," coach Mike Woody said. "This will allow us to truly believe it can be done the next time we are down in a match."

Habeck, one the the best middle hitters in Minnesota, showed her versatility by filling up the box score.

The 6-2 senior lead the team with 28 kills, 26 digs, 20 service points and 20 serve receptions. She also had four blocks and a trio of service aces.

"Katie is totally the difference maker," Woody said. "She continues to play very well from everywhere on the court. She is also balancing high expectations and patience with the new group of players she has around her."

Laura Steege finished with 12 digs, 10 serve receptions and six kills while Jordan Bridges totaled seven kills and six blocks. Brook King chipped in with 20 serve receptions and three service aces, and Haylee Lundquist had a team-high 16 set assists.

Earlier in the week, the Tigers played well but came up short in a non-conference 24-26, 21-25, 24-26 home court loss to Rosemount.

The split leaves the Tigers with a 3-2 record heading into a busy week of play.

They host Albert Lea, Monday, Sept. 13, before traveling to Chanhassen for a Missota Conference match on Thursday. Saturday they host their annual invitational tournament at Tiger Gym.

11 September 2010

Tiger Cheerleaders: Bringing the Spirit

Most sports fans have an idea of the hard work and dedication it takes to play a high school sport, but they may not have a clue as to all that goes into being a cheerleader.

Each spring at FHS tryouts are held for the next fall's varsity and junior varsity cheer squads. Candidates are judged by their performance of a new cheer, a dance routine, and spirit and jumps.

"We look for leaders in both our school and community," Tiger cheer coach Nancy Stein said. "When they wear the uniform and are appearing in public they are held to a higher standard."

Stein said that at FHS everyone who tries out is placed on either the varsity or junior varsity based on their tryout scores.

Pre-school captains' practices start in late June and in July the team attends a summer camp. Daily pre-season practices begin in mid-August and after school starts, the girls practice three days a week in preparation for that week's game.

In addition to football, the cheerleading squads also perform for boys and girls basketball and wrestling.

The Minnesota State High School League formerly classified cheerleading as a sport, but has since designated it as an "activity". Regardless of the semantics, Stein, the FHS cheer coach since 2007, said her protegees are definitely athletes.

"Executing stunts like elevators, full extensions and basket tosses take many hours of practice and skills," she said.

The Tiger cheerleaders don't routinely take part in "competitions", but at their Universal Cheerleaders Association summer camp they do get to match talents with other schools. At last year's competition, Farmington won the first place prize in Home Dance and Cheer and placed second in Extreme Routine.

Because of that strong showing, the girls received a bid to perform at the 2011 Capital One Bowl football game in Orlando, Florida in January.

Members of the 2010 varsity Tiger Cheer Team include captains Alexa Behnke, Lindsay Brothers, Meagan Peterson and Julie Tang; Erin Suppes, Kelsey King, Aleah Williams, Alaura Fried, Ashlie Tisland, Ashley Fogarty, Sarah Burke, Nora Lenz, Tabitha Payne, Heather Torkelson, Emily Olsson, Layce Arleth, Marra Tietz, Alyssa Nelson, Hallie Jenkins and Rachel Thornberg.

Cheryl Wetterlind, Sadie Brewer, Brea Metzger, Britney Moreno, Hannah Wynn, Nasiba Nurmatova, Krista Stranger and Hannah Lundquist make up the junior varsity team.

Stein has two assistant coaches to help her with the cheer team, Bailey Martin and Teresa Stein, both former Tiger cheerleaders.

Football: Record runs Tigers by Wingers

C.J. Record (pictured) piled up 237 yards on 37 carries and scored a touchdown to lead the Tigers to a 21-14 come-from-behind win over Red Wing Friday night, Sept. 10, at Tiger Stadium.

The victory in the Missota Conference opener for both teams evened Farmington's record at 1-1.

"We changed some blocking assignments from last week and we executed better tonight," coach Mark Froehling said. "We controlled the football and our offensive line did a better job at the line of scrimmage.

"We still made a lot of mistakes and turned the ball over too much. We have a lot of work to do, but there was a lot of improvement from game one to game two."

Early on, the Tigers gave their fans little to cheer about. First, a snap out of punt formation sailed out of the end zone. Then the ensuing free kick went out of bounds and gave the Wingers excellent field position that led to a quick touchdown.

The visitors led 14-0 early in the second period before the Tiger offense finally got out of neutral and scored on Record's three-yard run and two-point conversion just before halftime.

A bad Red Wing snap out of punt formation set up the go-ahead Farmington touchdown in the fourth quarter with Record covering most of the 42-yard drive. Darren Beenken sneaked in from the one and sophomore kicker Aaron Lozano, in for the injured Tyler Grubb, tacked on the extra-point for a one-point lead with 4:06 to play.

Sophomore cornerback Aften Ashton, picked off a pass on the next Winger possession to set the stage for an insurance score, another one-yard sneak by Beenken set up by a 49-yard scamper by Record.

Offensive line coach Pat Hudak said his charges made some big strides from the previous week when the Tigers posted a -11 yards rushing against Hudson. Tommy Korbein, John Schimmel, Cory Johnson, Tyler Bagley, Luke Matthees, Jacob Lee and Dillon Pariseau all played a role in helping the offense rack up 277 yards rushing against a Red Wing defense that shutout Austin in its opener.

"Part of it was a change in blocking scheme," Hudak said, "but the big thing is that these guys grew up a lot tonight."

Beenken threw sparingly but still completed five of 11 passes for 48 yards. Sebren Baer had two catches for 30 yards and Austin Bassett two for 13.

Defensively, coach Gary Burr's unit gave up a 249 yards, 131 rushing and 118 passing.
"Overall, I think we did a good job, especially with the field posiiton we had early," Burr said. "They (Red Wing) never really did put together a long drive."

As for Record's individual performance, it was one of Farmignton's best in many years.
"He gained a lot of yards and most of them were tough yards," Froehling said. "The line gave him some room and he took it from there."

The Tigers will try to build on the momentum from Friday's win when they travel to Chanhassen this Friday (Sept. 17) for another Missota Conference game. The Storm (0-2) lost 35-14 to Shakopee Friday night.

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 11, 2010

Farmington 21 Red Wing 14

Red Wing 8 6 0 0 14
Farmington 0 8 0 13 21
RW-Safety, ball snapped out of end zone
RW-Noesen 5 run
RW-Kelly 23 pass from Newman (kick failed)
Far-Record 3 run (Record run)
Far-Beenken 1 run (Lozano kick)
Far-Beenken 1 run (kick failed)

10 September 2010

Girls Swimming: Chanhassen splashes by Tigers 96-90

Chanhassen won the last race of the night, the 400 freestyle relay, by .15 of a second to hand the Tigers (2-1) their first dual meet loss of the young season Thursday, Sept. 10, at Chanhassen Middle School East.

"It was an amazing meet," Tiger coach Jen Marshall said. "The lead went back and forth with every event. The relays were really fun to watch."

Farmington won five of the 12 events in its first-ever competition against the Storm, one of two new members of the Missota Conference. Chaska also joined the league this fall.

Kaitlyn O'Reilly was involved in three of the Farmington blue ribbon performances. She won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly and joined with Kristin Kracke, Elizabeth Wolfe and Biff Donner to claim the 200 medley relay.

Wolfe and Sara Kinter provided the other Farmington firsts; Kinter in the 500 freestyle and Wolfe in the 100 breaststroke.

Three Tiger swimmers turned in runner-up finishes: Ellie Sundet in the 100 and 200 freestyle; Kracke in the 100 backstroke and Cora Ruzicka in the 100 butterfly.

Sarah O'Reilly scored third place points in the 200 and 500 freestyle as did Nikki Cayard in the one-meter dive; Kracke in the 50 freestyle, and Donner in the 100 freestyle.

Despite the loss, Marshall was upbeat about her team's effort and the outlook for the rest of the season.

"We're looking for great things to come this season," she said.

The girls have two meets on tap this week. Tuesday, Sept. 14, they entertain Minneapolis Edison at the Dodge Middle School pool before resuming their Missota Conference schedule on Thursday with a trip to Shakopee.

Girls Cross Country: Tigers rank 9th at Montgomery

The Tiger girls missed the presence of Bailey Opsal in the lineup but still managed a ninth place finish in the 29-team Redbird Invitational held Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Montgomery Golf Course in Montgomery.

Opsal became ill and had to be dropped from the lineup just before race time, leaving the team with just six varsity runners. Still, the depleted squad produced positive results.

"In spite of running a longer distance this week (4000 meters instead of 3200), I think the girls were much more confident in this race," coach Heidi Revels said. "Most of them were familiar with the course and the conditions were much better than last year."

Maricia Pacheco led the tight pack of Farmington finishers that crossed the finish line in a span of 65 seconds with a 41st place finish in 16:59.8.

Maria Kiminski took 59th in 17:19; Sofia Chadwick 60th in 17:20.3; Victoria Jacoby 65th in 17:29.1; Nicole Clifton 68th in 17:33.9 and Marissa Stewart 92nd in 18:04.5.

As well as the shorthanded varsity lineup ran, Revels said the performance of the day belonged to middle schooler Morgan Medved who placed 21st and earned a medal in her first-ever junior varsity meet.

"Morgan was very nervous about moving up to the JV," Revels said, "but she is definitely right where she belongs right now."

Boys Cross Country: Tigers 8th at Redbird Invite

The Farmington boys used a strong performance by senior Elliot Fenske and a surprising one from freshman Dan Block to forge an eighth place finish at the the 32-team Redbird Invitational held Sept. 10 at the Montgomery Golf Course in Montgomery.

Fenske again ran with the lead pack, ranking sixth in the 226-runner field with a finishing time of 16:52.6 over the hilly, 5000-meter course.

"Elliot had a very solid race," Revels said. "Breaking 17:00 on that type of course was impressive."

Linclon Kirchoff and Carl Elmer held on to the second and third spots in the Tiger pecking order with respective times of 18:22.4 and 18:32.4. Kirchoff finished 48th and Elmer 55th.

Block, who earned a spot in the varsity lineup with a strong showing in last week's junior varsity race, finished 96th in 19:18.5. Ben Olson was right behind in 97th place in 19:19.5; Josh Ruthenbeck placed 159th in 20:28.3.

Chad Retterath, who placed fourth for the Tigers in the season opener, started the race but did not finish because of a nagging leg injury.

"We had a span of 2:27 between out No. 1 and No. 5 runners," Revels said. "That's much too high. I'm hoping with some more training we can make a push in the coming weeks."

Girls Soccer: Tigers have no luck with Irish

FHS girls soccer coach Rob Carpentier got the effort and performance he wanted from the Tigers Thursday, Sept. 9, in Rosemount. He just didn't get the win go with them.

The Irish prevailed 2-0 to stay unbeaten (5-0-1) for the season while Farmington slipped to 3-3.
"That's the best game we've played since I've been here," Carpentier said. "The defense especially played great. They (Rosemount) only got two shots in the box the entire game.

"We couldn't finish. When we pick it up offensively we could go a long way because we are very solid in every other aspect of the game."

Each team managed a dozen shots on goal in the contest with Tiger goalie Taylor Meyer picking up 10 saves.

The Tigers continue their tough non-conference schedule with a home game Monday night, Sept. 13, against Park of Cottage Grove. They kick off their Missota Conference season two nights later with a home contest with Red Wing.

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 10, 2010

Farmington defeated Red Wing 3-2 (25-21, 16-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-8)

Boys Cross Country
Redbird Invitational at Montgomery Golf Course (5000 meters)
8th place out of 32 teams
Top finisher: Elliot Fenske, 6th (16:52.6)
Girls Cross Country
Redbird Invitational at Montgomery Golf Course (4000 meters)
9th place out of 29 teams
Top finisher: Maricia Pacheco, 41st (16:59.8)

Boys Soccer
Rosemount 1 Farmington 0

Girls Soccer
Rosemount 2 Farmington 0

Girls Swimming
Chanhassen 96 Farmington 90

Girls Tennis
Red Wing at Farmington (postponed, rain)

08 September 2010

Girls Soccer: Trowbridge goal gives Tigers 1-0 win over Hastings

Senior captain Alaina Trowbridge scored the game's only goal midway through the second half to give the Tigers a 1-0, non-conference win over Hastings, Tuesday night, Sept. 8, at Tiger Stadium.

According to coach Rob Carpentier, the contest mirrored last year's 1-0 loss to the Raiders, a game ultimately decided by a penalty kick.

"We outshot them badly tonight, just like we did last year," he said. "I think the main difference is that our players have matured so much since then. They have become mentally tough and have shown the ability to dig down and make the big play when they need it."

The Tigers controlled the ball most of the game and had several good scoring opportunities but couldn't find the back of the net. Part of that was due to a swirling northwest wind that made every pass and shot an adventure.

"We could have just as easily had five more goals," Carpentier said.

Trowbridge netted the game-winner by slamming home a crossing pass from Alyssa Parco who had carried the ball from midfield down the right sideline.

Junior goalkeeper Taylor Meyer had a quiet night in net, finishing with five saves while posting her third win of the season.

The victory raised Farmington's season record to 3-2.

Boys Soccer: Tigers handle Hastings 2-1

Farmington upped its regular season record to 3-1 with a 2-1 non-conference victory over Hastings Tuesday night, Sept. 7, at windy Tiger Stadium.

Zach Wyatt scored his first goal of the season from a tough corner angle 5:20 into the contest to give the Tigers a lead they would not surrender.

Farmingon led 1-0 at the break and then added an insurance goal early in the second half when Cole Landwehr capped a four-man rush featuring several crisp exchanges.

Sweeper Sam Leske took the ball to midfield, hit Blake Smith who dumped the ball off to Justen Thelen out front. Thelen's shot was deflected by a Raider defender but the senior captain controlled the rebound and got it to Landwehr who headed the ball into the back of the net.

"The boys did a good job of controlling the pace of the game," coach Julian Buss said. "They had some really nice, crisp passes that resulted in quite a few scoring opportunities despite the low score."

Buss also lauded the continued strong play of goalkeeper Chad Stivers who posted his third win of the season with five saves.

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 8, 2010

Boys Soccer
Farmington 2 Hastings 1

Girls Soccer
Farmington 1 Hastings 0

Rosemount defeated Farmington 3-0 (24-26, 21-25, 24-26)

06 September 2010

Volleyball: Tigers tame Austin, fall to South

The Tigers continued their early season travels with a split of road matches last week. Tuesday, Aug. 31, coach Mike Woody's squad survived the long bus ride to Austin and came home with a 3-1 win. Two nights later, things didn't go as smoothly in a 3-0 loss at ninth-ranked Lakeville South.

In Austin the visitors rallied for a 25-21 win in the first game only to lose game two 25-14. The Tigers won the final two contests 25-19 and 25-18.

Katie Habeck had another productive night for the winners, totaling 16 digs, 13 kills and four blocks.

Jordan Bridges was also a major contributor with six blocks and six kills. Haylee Lundquist and Mia Johnston led in set assists with 12 and eight respectively. Brook King chimed in with eight digs.

The Cougars got the better of the play in all three games on Thursday, posting 25-19, 25-13 and 25-11 wins.

Good defense limited Habeck to eight kills, although the 6-2 middle hitter had a solid night defensively with 15 digs. Laura Steege chipped in with four kills and Lundquist had a team-high five assists.

Boys Soccer: Winhawks edge Tigers in OT

Winona scored the deciding goal 3:39 into the first of two five-minute overtime periods to hand the Tigers a 2-1 loss Thursday, Sept. 2, at Tiger Stadium.

"We lost to them 8-0 last year so we played them much better this time," Tiger coach Julian Buss said. "I feel we were the more talented team but we were unable to capitalize on some pretty good scoring opportunities."

The Winhawks broke a scoreless tie with a goal 12 minutes into the second half before Farmington's Brandon Scott evened the count with an unassisted score with 8:39remaining in regulation.

"This was a tough loss because both the boys and I feel we were the better team," Buss said. "Periods of weak communication and lack of movement certainly didn't help."

With the loss the Tigers dropped to 2-1 for the season, all against Section 1AA opponents.

05 September 2010

Alumni Alley: Ex-Tigers take it to the next level

Former Tiger two-sport standout Cody Eich kicked off his junior season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth with five tackles and an assist in a 35-10 win over nationally ranked Central Washington two weeks ago. Eich is the starting strong safety for the Bulldogs who are currently ranked No. 3 in the American Football Coaches Association national poll...

Two ex-Tigers helped Bethel to a 30-12 win over Simpson last Saturday. Sophomore running back Derek Waldbillig, who transferred from the University of St. Thomas last winter, picked up nine yards in three carries and freshman lineman Bubba Friedlund saw action on the offensive line...

Two more FHS alumni played for St. Olaf in its 28-21 victory over Luther. Senior Corey Tutewohl started at defensive end for the Oles and had a couple of tackles, including a nine-yard quarterback sack, and younger brother Danny Tutewohl played on the offensive line in a reserve role...

Two members of the 2006 Missota Conference champion Tiger team, Wade Fischer (center) and Jimmy Deegan (tight end) started on the offensive line for William Penn University (Iowa) in its season-opening 30-3 win over Gracleand.

Tiger grad Patti Serdar played for the Minnesota State, Mankato women's golf team that won a triangular meet at the New Ulm Country Club last weekend...Katrina Waltz of the FHS class of 2010 saw her first collegiate soccer action last week for Minnesota State, Mankato in the Mavericks 1-0 triumph over Ferris State...

Former Tiger volleyball standout Kate Otten is serving as student manager for the Central Methodist University (Missouri) team. Otten played for the Eagles the past two seasons...

1988 FHS Athlete of the Year Matt Walter guided his Annandale High School team to a 32-20 win over Watertown-Mayer last Friday night...

Former Tiger running star Ben Kampf is an assistant cross country coach at Cretin-Derham Hall this fall.

04 September 2010

Boys Cross Country: Fenske 4th, Tigers 5th at Dakota Classic

Tiger senior Elliot Fenske kicked off his senior season in fine fashion, finishing fourth overall in a quality, 53-runner field at the Dakota Classic held Friday, Sept. 3, at Eagan High School.
Fenske toured the 3200-meter course in 10:34.6, 5.4 seconds behind winner Sidney Speier of Eagan.

Eagan finished 1-2 in the individual race and won the team title 35-57 over runner-up Apple Valley. Lakeville South ranked third at 76, followed by Hill-Murray 108, Farmington 149, New Prague 151, Hastings 173 and Simley 207.

Nearly a minute separated Fenske from junior Lincoln Kirchoff, the second Farmington finisher, who clocked 11:33.7 for 29th place.

Senior Carl Elmer took 33rd in 11:37; junior Chad Retterath 39th in 11:53.5; sophomore Ben Olson 44th in 12:01.8; sophomore Adam Wallenta 46th in 12:24.7 and sophomore Alec Wilson 48th in 12:34.

"We're getting a good grouping of our second through fifth runners," Farmington coach Keith Revels said, "but we'll need to cut the time between that group and Elliot if we are going to progress. It's tough to tell in this race because it's only 3200 meters but it's a good start. We'll see what a difference the longer distance (5000 meters) makes at Montgomery."

The Tigers head to the Montgomery Golf Club this Thursday, Sept, 9, for their annual appearance in the Redbird Invitational.

Girls Cross Country: Tigers 6th at Dakota Classic

State power Lakeville South finished with a meet-low 22 points to capture the team title at the Dakota County Classic held Friday, Sept. 3, at Eagan High School.

Host Eagan took the runner-up spot with 39 points, followed by Forest Lake 81, Apple Valley 103, New Prague 119, Farmington 151, Hastings 222, Hill-Murray 225 and Simley 262.

"I am very pleased with how the girls ran for a first meet," coach Heidi Revels said. "All of them have been working very hard in practice. It was nice to see them rewarded with good times, especially considering the conditions."

Temperatures hovered in the 50's with gusty northwest winds providing a challenge to the runners over the 3200-meter course.

Junior Opsal turned in the highest Farmington finish, taking 19th place in the talented field with a finishing time of 13:28.4. Freshman Maricia Pacheco was the second Tiger to hit the finish line, ranking 21st in 13:32.2

Sophomore Maria Kiminski and senior Nicole Clifton ran together most of the way with Kiminski finishing 33rd in 13:50.5 and Clifton 38th in 13:54.9. Eighth grader Sofia Chadwick placed 40th in 14:03.8; eighth-grader Victoria Jacoby 42nd in 14:09.1 and junior Marissa Stewart 47th in 14:39.4.

"Bailey (Opsal) ran like a machine today," Revels said, "and Maricia wasn't far behind. I'm excited to see how we improve the season goes on."

Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Montgomery on Thursday, Sept. 9, for an appearance in the Redbird Invitational held at the Montgomery Golf Club.

Football: Hudson spoils Tiger opener

The Farmington defense spent too much time on the field and the new spread offense suffered some growing pains as Hudson, Wis. defeated the Tigers 30-13 in the season opener Sept. 3 at Tiger Stadium.

"There were some positives to take away from this game," Farmington coach Mark Froehling said. "I thought the hitting on defense was good at times and we had some kids perform well in their first varsity game. It was tough going up against an option offense in the first game and they (Hudson) already had a game under their belt. We learned a lot about where we are and what things we need to work on next week."

The Raiders dominated play in the opening half but led just 10-7 at intermission thanks to a couple of big Farmington plays.

First, C.J. Record recovered a fumble inside his own three-yard line. A series later, sophomore quarterback Darren Beenken connected with senior wideout Dayne Eich (pictured above) on a 74-yard pass play to set up Beenken's one-yard touchdown with just seconds remaining in the half.

Hudson took the second half kickoff and looked headed for the north end zone when Tyler Grubb scooped up yet another fumble and outraced the entire Hudson team for a 65-yard touchdown. Unfortunately, that would be end of the Farmington highlights on opening night.

Hudson controlled the clock and the statistics, finishing with 263 yards rushing and 95 passing for 358 total yards. The Tigers, meanwhile, gained 166 yards passing and -11 rushing for a net of 155 yards. Farmington gained just five first downs in the contest.

Beenken had a solid game in his first varsity start, completing eight of 15 throws for 166 yards and scoring the only offensive touchdown.

"Darren did a nice job," Froehling said. "He was poised and he didn't get rattled under pressure."

Eich led the receivers with three catches for 125 yards. Alex Chadwick caught two balls for 37 yards.

Eric McWright had eight tackles and Blake Weinand notched seven to lead a defense that spent much of the night on the field.

The Tigers will be looking to clean things up this week as they prepare to open Missota Conference play against Red Wing Friday, Sept. 10, at Tiger Stadium. The Wingers snapped a 22-game losing streak with a season-opening 19-0 win over Austin.

Girls Soccer: Wildcats nip Tigers 3-2

Eagan, ranked among the metro area's top 10 teams, scored three goals in an eight-minute flurry early in the second half and held on for a 3-2 win over the Tigers Friday, Sept. 2 in Eagan.

The Wildcats used their speed to their advantage in the first half, outshooting the Tigers 12-1, but still found themselves trailing 1-0 at intermission. Alyssa Parco scored the Tiger goal on an assist from Devyn Alberts.

Eagan went on its three-goal run after the break, but the Tigers came back to control play the final 20 minutes. Alberts' sixth goal of the season on an assist from Gabby White accounted for the final Farmington point.

"Devyn is really one of the best players in the state," Tigers coach Rob Carpentier said. "She was physically beaten up the entire game and was still the best player on the field."

Carpentier said he was proud of his girls comeback against one of the better teams in the area.

"We could have packed it in when we got down two goals," he said. "Eagan barely lost to Woodbury the other night, so now I think our girls know when they play physically and mentally the way they are capable, they can play with anyone in the state."

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 4, 2010

Hudson (WI) 30 Farmington 13
Hudson 3 7 7 13 30
Farmington 0 7 6 0 13
H-FG Denison 27
H-Kelly 39 pass from Miller (O'Reilly kick)
Far-Beenken 1 run (Grubb kick)
Far-Grubb 65 fumble return (kick blocked)
H-Miller 8 run (Denison kick)
H-Lenzen 1 run (Denison kick)
H-Lubinski 7 pass from MIller (kick failed)

Boys Cross Country
Dakota Classic at Eagan
Eagan 35, Apple Valley 57, Lakeville South 76, Hill-Murray 108, Farmington 149, New Prague 151, Hastings 173, Simley 207

Girls Cross Country
Dakota Classic at Eagan
Lakeville South 22, Eagan 39, Forest Lake 81, Apple Valley 103, New Prague 119, Farmington 151, Hastings 222, Hill-Murray 225, Simley 262

03 September 2010

Girls Tennis: Blaze blank Tigers

Burnsville dominated singles play and rolled to a 7-0 win over the Tigers Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Burnsville. The Blaze won the four singles matches by a lopsided 48-2 count.

Farmington played more competitively at the three doubles positions but still suffered its second consecutive shutout loss.

"We kind of lost our mojo in this match," Tiger coach Jack Olwell said. "Burnsville was the better team but I thought only a little better. We played hard but it was not our best performance. I'd like to have another shot at playing them."

The strongest Tiger effort came from the No. 1 doubles team of Danielle Froehling and Lucy Gentilini. The newly formed tandem lost 6-4, 4-6 (10).

"Danielle matched their firepower and Lucy kept them off balance with some nice lobs," Olwell said. "It was a marvelous effort especially considering they had never played together."

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 3, 2010

Boys Soccer
Winona 2 Farmington 1 (OT)

Girls Soccer
Eagan 3 Farmington 2

Lakeville South 3 Farmington 0 (19-25, 13-25, 11-25)

02 September 2010

Alumni Alley: Ben Kampf still on the run

When Ben Kampf graduated from Farmington High School in 2005 he took his passion for running with him. The former state track and cross country meet qualifier moved on to the University of Minnesota where he ran for the Gopher men's track and cross country teams.
After completing an undergraduate degree in kinesiology, Kampf enrolled in graduate school at the University of Minnesota where he will complete a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration this winter.

Despite his busy academic schedule, Kampf has also found time to keep up his running regimen. Last Saturday, August 28, he led a field of 484 runners in winning the Rochester Half-Marathon. His 1:09.45 finishing time was more than a minute faster than second place finisher Ben Marvin of Rochester.

Kampf used the Rochester race as a tune-up for the 2010 Twin Cities Marathon which he plans to run in October.

Between now and then, the former Oscar Lubke Award winner will also find time to wed Heather Dorniden of Rosemount, a former University of Minnesota women's track all-American currently running as a professional for Team USA Minnesota.

Kampf is the son of John and Lori Kampf of Farmington.

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 2, 2010

Girls Tennis
Burnsville 7 Farmington 0

01 September 2010

Girls Swimming: Tigers down Red Wing for second straight

Last fall Farmington defeated Red Wing in girls swimming and diving for the first time in school history. The second dual meet win over the Wingers didn't take nearly as long.

Coach Jen Marshall's squad won nine of the first 11 events and coasted to a 95-77 dual meet win over the Wingers, Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Dodge Middle School pool. The victory was the second in as many tries for Farmington this season.

Ellie Sundet, Kirsten Kracke and Kaitlyn O'Reilly each had huge nights for the winners, scoring first place points in three events.

Sundet won the 100 and 200 freestyle races and also led off the victorious 200 freestyle relay.
Kracke captured the 100 butterfly and logged a leg on both the winning 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams.

O'Reilly also swam on the two winning relays and set a school record in the 500 freestyle with a finishing time of 5:24.04, more than two seconds faster than the old mark set by Lindsey Ternes in 2006.
Other first place finishers included Jade Alm on the one-meter board and Elizabeth Wolfe and Abby Haugen in the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays.

Sara Kinter provided second place points in the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
Other runner-up finishes went to Sarah O'Reilly (100 freestyle); Kaitlyn O'Reilly (50freestyle) and Kracke (100 butterfly).

Tiger Scoreboard Sept. 1, 2010

Girls Swimming
Farmington 95 Red Wing 77

Farmington 3 Austin 1 (25-21, 14-25, 25-19, 25-18)

Girls Soccer
Apple Valley at Farmington (postponed)

Boys Soccer
Apple Valley at Farmington (postponed)