25 November 2014

Today's Events

Boys Basketball host the Edina Hornets tonight at 7pm, and the boys hockey team hosts Lakeville North at 7:30pm.

24 November 2014

Updated Schedule for BBB at Northfield on 11/29/14

Boys Basketball Schedule Change for 11/29/14
We have had some confusion with the game times for this Saturdays boys basketball game at Northfield.  Here is the updated schedule, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014(Week 21) 

4:45pm Basketball:Boys 9A GameNorthfield @ Northfield Bridgewater Elementary 
4:45pm Basketball:Boys B-Squad GameNorthfield @ Northfield High School 
5:45pm Basketball:Boys 9B GameNorthfield @ Northfield Bridgewater Elementary 
6:00pm Basketball:Boys JV GameNorthfield @ Northfield High School 
7:30pm Basketball:Boys Varsity GameNorthfield @ Northfield High School 

21 November 2014

Tiger news/scores

Boys Basketball started it season last night with a tough loss to Mayo.  Mayo scored on a tip in as the time ran out in the game giving them the 70-68 victory.  The Tigers host a tough JM team on Saturday at 3pm.

Girls Basketball-The girls start their season off Saturday with the four team scrimmage.  The teams coming to scrimmage at FHS are Orono, East Ridge and Orono.

Boys Hockey-The boys started the season off last night with a big 5-1 win over Rochester JM.  Coach Greg May gets a win in his first game as the Tigers coach.  The Tigers will host Lakeville North next Tuesday at Schmitz-Maki.

Girls Hockey-The girls host Shakopee tonight Friday, November 21st at Schmitz-Maki

Tiger Dance Team- The Tiger Dance Team starts their season this Saturday at Eagan.

Urinetown The Musical will have performances again this Weekend on Friday and Saturday at the Boeckman Theater.

20 November 2014

Wonderful Article from the MSHSL about Coach Froehling

Farmington’s Mark Froehling Announces Retirement
Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 11/19/2014 1:25:21 PM
Mark Froehling announced this week that he is retiring as the head football coach at Farmington High School. He told his team first, which is exactly what you would expect from a man who has always cared for his players above all else.

One of the highlights of my many years writing about high school sports came in the fall of 2006. I spent homecoming week with the Farmington Tigers, watching every football practice, sitting in on Froehling’s chemistry classes, enjoying homecoming festivities and writing about what took place.

That was a joyful week because I was able to write about one of the finest coaches I have ever known. As Farmington activities director Bill Tschida told me, “Mark is a treasure.”

Froehling, 52, has been a head football coach for 23 years; eight years at Caledonia and 15 years at Farmington. His career record is 122-101, but wins and losses is about the last thing for which he will be remembered. His players always knew that he cared about them as people and not just as football players.

He is known as a coach who interrupts practice to read to his team. The players rest on the field as their coach stands in their midst and reads aloud from books that are usually inspirational and always motivational.

After reading to the Tigers during a practice in 2006, he said quietly to me, “You’ve got to build a team somehow. If you just play football, then it’s only about football. This is all about team. I choose books about team, with the philosophy of being part of something bigger than yourself.”

He and his wife Lori made the retirement decision after the 2014 season ended. He will continue to teach chemistry.

“We’ve been talking about it the last couple years,” he said. “I wanted to make good decisions about where things stood. We’ve had multiple changes with the team, conference, classes, and I didn’t want to abandon the program during those transitions. They can be challenging and you want some stability.”

Indeed, Farmington has seen changes in recent years. The football team has moved from Class 4A to 5A to 6A, and when the Missota Conference dissolved this year Farmington joined the South Suburban Conference, which was a big step. The Tigers didn’t win a game this fall.

“We anticipated facing very good football teams every week,” Froehling said of the South Suburban. “And they didn’t disappoint. Every team was well-prepared, every team had great athletes and a good number of athletes, they knew how to play the game well.

“It was a little tough for us this particular season; we happened to be in a year where we just brought back about four starters from last year and we ended up doing this transition with a very young team. But to their credit, if you had come to practice you wouldn’t know what our record was. The kids came to play every week and practice was always positive. I told the seniors they were a great group to go out with. It has to be fun and they allowed that to happen.”

Froehling is only the second coach Farmington has had in 35 years. Earl Wetzel had the job for 20 years and Froehling was an assistant under him for two years; when Wetzel retired, Froehling was named head coach.

Trey Davis, a 2007 Farmington graduate who went on to compete in football and track at the University of Minnesota, said, “His impact goes beyond football to the example he sets as a man and just how much he cares about his athletes. It speaks to the way he did his retirement, waiting until after the banquet.”

Davis, now assistant activities director at Shakopee High School, added, “You never questioned that he cared about you. He would give you the shirt off his back if it meant you would be a more successful person.”

Tschida said Froehling set an example for all coaches at all schools.

“Some people are able to set their ego aside and really understand the true purpose of education-based athletics,” he said. “Mark is one of those people who has always looked at the greater good when it came to coaching. It was never about serving his ego and collecting accolades. It was always ‘How can I make a positive impact on the young men I’m coaching.’ That’s why he is so well-respected. He kind of sets the gold standard on how you can coach in this very machoistic sport yet do it in a manner that’s respectful of the individuals.”

Last season I was at Farmington for a game against Northfield. After warm-ups, the Tigers gather in the school weight room for last-minute words from Froehling. Here is what he told his team that day…

“We’ve got to be ready to play. I want to see effort and I want to see execution, right away. Let’s be moving out there, let’s get this thing going at our pace, not at their pace. Let’s dictate the pace, let’s run ‘em out of gas and take care of business, fellas. We’ve got to withstand any initial surge they might have.

“We know how to face adversity. This is football, gentlemen. There is always going to be adversity, nothing’s going to be perfect. There are going to be things we’ll have to overcome. Let’s not pretend that nothing bad’s never going to happen. We’ve just got to be prepared for it; how are we going to react to it? It’s a sign of the character of this team. And we know what kind of character we have, right? We know we can handle anything if we handle it together, can’t we?

“We’ve got to be able to play this one play at a time, right? Whatever happened on the last play, do we really care about that? No. Does it really matter what the next play is, the play after the one that’s being played right now? No. Will you please give me great focus on that play? Work your technique, do your job; you know your buddy’s counting on you to be focused right then, don’t you? He needs you. We all need each other, and let’s be sure we’re all taking care of our friends out there on the football field.

“Let’s show respect for our opponents tonight by the way we play the game. Every time we walk out on that field, we’re going to respect the game and make sure that we’re playing good, tough Tiger football. Gentlemen, let’s bring it in here and take a knee. What a beautiful night for the game of football, right fellas! This has gotta be fun, and let’s be thankful for being able to be here.”

Notice, Froehling didn’t say one word about winning the game. He talked about togetherness and focus and teamwork and being thankful.

After practice one day during that homecoming week in 2006, I talked with then-senior J.J. Akin, who went on to play football and graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College, where he now works as coordinator of marketing and technology and an admissions counselor.

Akin said to me, “Our coaches talk a lot about family, and they back it up. It brings unity. We’re not always going to be football players. We’re going to be husbands and fathers. Those are important things in life.”

And those lessons are taught by important people.

*Schools/teams John has visited: 184
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2014-15: 4,556
Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn

Today's Athletic Schedule

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Thursday, Nov 20, 2014(Week 20) 
4:45pm Basketball:Boys 9A Gamevs. Rochester Mayo @ Farmington High School 
4:45pm Basketball:Boys B-Squad Gamevs. Rochester Mayo @ Farmington High School 
4:45pm Basketball:Boys 10A Gamevs. Rochester Mayo @ Farmington High School 
5:30pm Hockey:Boys JV GameJohn Marshall @ Rochester Rec Center 
5:45pm Basketball:Boys 9B Gamevs. Rochester Mayo @ Farmington High School 
6:00pm Basketball:Boys JV Gamevs. Rochester Mayo @ Farmington High School 
7:15pm Hockey:Boys Varsity GameJohn Marshall @ Rochester Rec Center 
7:30pm Basketball:Boys Varsity Gamevs. Rochester Mayo @ Farmington High School 

19 November 2014

Girls hockey ties Eastview

Tiger girls hockey tied Eastview last night 4-4.  The girls are now 1-0-1 in the SSC.

18 November 2014

Coach Froehling to retire

November 18, 2014

Farmington High School Football Coach Retires After 28 Years of Service
FARMINGTON, Minn., Nov. 18, 2014 – Mark Froehling, Football Coach at Farmington High School for the past 15 years, has announced his retirement from the Head Coach position. Mr. Froehling coached the Tigers to 5 Conference Championships and 2 State Tournament appearances during his 15 years as Head Coach of Farmington. In recent years Mr. Froehling was the recipient of Minnesota's 2012 Power of Influence Award, given by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA). With a total of 28 years of coaching experience, he has had a great effect on the athletics department, the football program, and the lives of countless students.
Bill Tschida, Farmington High School Athletics Director, said “He has had great success on the field over the years, but his greatest impact was on the lives of the young men that he influenced by his coaching.  We are grateful to Mark for all that he has done for Farmington High School.” Mr. Froehling will continue on at Farmington High School as a science teacher where he plans to keep having a positive impact on the lives of students.

Farmington Area Public Schools serve more than 6,500 students and 30,000 residents with K-12, Community Education and Special Education programs. The mission of Farmington Area Public Schools is to ensure each student reaches his or her highest aspirations while embracing responsibility to community. For more information please visit www.farmington.k12.mn.us or contact Sally McConnaughey at (651)463-5079, sreynolds@farmington.k12.mn

Girls Hockey at Eastview/GBB and Wrestling started Monday

Girls hockey travels to Eastview tonight for an SSC matchup.  The Tiger wrestlers and girls basketball players began their seasons yesterday, the winter season is just about in full swing.  Boys swimming will begin on Monday, Dec 1st.

14 November 2014

FHD Students perform Urinetown the Musical

The FHS drama department will be performing Urinetown the Musical at the Boeckman Theater. Performances will be:
November 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd at 7pm, and on November 16th there is a matinee performance at 2pm.

Blazing Cats in the Adaptive Soccer State Tournament

Good Luck to  the Blazing Cats. They are headed to their 7th straight State Tournament. The Cats play at 8pm tonight at Stillwater High School in the first roun

Girls Hockey losses to Number 3 ranked Eden Prairie

The Tigers girls hockey team lost 6-2 last night to Eden Prairie. The Eagles came into the game ranked third in the state.  The Tigers record is 2-1 and 1-0 in the SSC.

13 November 2014

Captain Council Meeting November 19th, 7:30am

We will have a guest speaker at the next Captains meeting next Wednesday November 19th, at 7:30am in the Large Lecture Hall.  Mr. Pete Buesgens will be our guest speaker. Pete is the AD from Apple Valley High School.  You are all also welcome to attend.

Events today

Today's Events for our Tiger Athletes
Girls Swim and Dive continues at the U of M
Girls Hockey host Eden Prairie tonight at 7:30pm looking to move to 3-0 on the young season.

Tiger athletes sign National Letters of Intent

We had three student athlete sign National Letters of Intent to continue there athletic careers after high school
Parker Holstrom-baseball Winona State
Kirsten Kracke-Swimming Nebraska Omaha
Justin Hyytinen-CC and Track at the U of M
Great job and congrats to these student athletes!

12 November 2014

Girls Hockey opens the SSC schedule with a win

Farmington vs. Prior Lake 11/11/14

By Pat Rupp
11/11/2014, 11:15pm CST

Tigers Rally to Down Lakers in SSC Opener

Tigers rally to down Lakers in SSC opener
by Pat Rupp
Farmington (2-0) allowed visiting Prior Lake three first period goals before roaring back over the final two periods to defeat the Lakers 6-4 Tuesday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
The win was a historical one for coach Jon Holmes and his young Tigers who notched a victory in their first-ever South Suburban Conference game.
“This was a roller coaster ride both physically and emotionally for the girls,” Holmes said. “It was their first home game and, of course, the first game in our new conference. They were more amped up than normal and it showed in the first period.”
Things didn’t look good early for the home team as the Lakers scored on three of their first seven shots to hit the first intermission with a 3-1 lead. The Farmington score came on a shorthanded goal from Ellie Moser on an assist from Morgan Medved.
Strong special teams play pulled the Tigers back in the game in the second period. Maddi Oines netted her first goal of the season and Marissa Agerter from Hauswirth and Medved chalked up the third goal of the game on the power play to cut the Laker lead to 4-3 with a period to go.
The Farmington offense kicked into a new gear in the third period, scoring three unanswered goals much to the delight of the home crowd.
“We definitely gained confidence as we went through the second and third periods,” Holmes said. “We started to control the puck more and make better passes. 
“We didn't ever really hit our full stride but we surely proved we have the ability to come back and win and not let ourselves get down and check out. That is a quality I could not be more proud of in such a young team.”
Hauswirth rang up the tying goal early in the third and less than a minute later Emily Rubins (from Kenna Cavanaugh and Dani Wright) supplied what proved to be the game-winner. Marissa Agerter added a cherry to the victory sundae with an empty net goal in the game’s final minute.
Holmes liked what he saw from both his veterans and his youngsters in the conference opener.
“Our returning players stepped up to fill in the gaps nicely and played solid down the stretch,” he said,” and our Valley Fair line of Hauswirth, Agerter and Medved continued to be aggressive with the puck.”
Holmes explained the unique name for the line came from the observation that none of the three would probably meet the minimum height requirement to enjoy the rides at the Shakopee amusement park.
Freshman Abby Bollig drew her first start in goal for the Tigers and turned away 13 of 17 Prior Lake shot attempts in recording the win. Farmington finished the night with a 24-17 shots on goal advantage.
“Abby is an extremely hard worker and made some real big saves late in the game to keep us on top,” Holmes said.
The Tigers don’t get much time to savor their win as they’re back on the Schmitz-Maki ice Thursday night for a non-conference match-up with Eden Prairie.
“We surely have a long way to go as far as learning and executing goes,” Holmes said, “but it was good to see us overcome such a big hurdle in our first conference game.”

11 November 2014

Girls Hockey starts SSC schedule tonight

The Tiger girls hockey team hosts Prior Lake tonight in their first SSC contest at 7:30pm. Good Luck Tigers!

10 November 2014

Winter sports heating up

Boys hockey, boys hoops and gymnastics started today, the winter season is starting to heat up. Girls hoops and wrestling start next week, with boys swim and dive getting under way on Dec 1st.

Tiger Girls Swim Team Update

The Tiger Girls Swim and Dive team did well last week at the Section meeting in Rochester.  They finished runner ups and have an number of girls advancing to the state meet this week at the U of M.

State Qualifiers are
Kendall Novak - Diving
Kirsten Kracke - 50 Free & 100 Free
Chelsea Gehrke - 100 Breast
200 Free Relay - Gehrke, Ellie Sundet, Emily Ley, Kracke

400 Free Relay - Kracke, Sundet, Mari Dougherty, Gehrke

The state meet schedule is as follows
Wednesday - Diving Prelims
Thursday - Swimming Prelims
Friday - Swimming & Diving Finals
Each night starts at 6pm

Good Luck Tigers!

Alumni Tracker: November 2014

Red Taubenheim
2014 FHS grad Reid Taubenheim is having a strong freshman season for the University of North Dakota football team. Taubenheim, who owns all of the FHS placekicking records, has converted 11 of 12 extra points and nine of 13 field goal tries this fall.

Tiger grad Bubba Friedlund, an all-MIAC offensive lineman for Bethel University last fall, has helped the Royals to a 7-2 record this season...Another former Tiger, Godfrey Mpetey is a freshman lineman at Bethel...CJ Record, a 1000-yard rusher in his playing days for the Tigers, has five tackles and five assists as a safety for Southwest Minnesota State...2013 FHS male Athlete of the Year Darren Beenken is a back-up quarterback at Winona State University.

2012 male Athlete of the Year Drew Hegseth is a junior linebacker at St. John's University...Former all-Missota Conference performer Josh Patterson is a freshman offensive lineman at the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City...Patterson's high school teammate Jordan DeCroock is a freshman wide receiver at Augsburg College.

The Tigers didn't advance in the 2014 football playoffs but Farmington was well-represented in the Class 6A state quarterfinal game at Edina between South Suburban Conference powers Rosemount and Lakeville North last Friday night. Principal Jason Berg and ex-Tiger Pat Carey were both on the officiating crew working the contest won by North 14-13.

Mike Markuson
Three former Tiger football players have been working the sidelines as coaches this fall. At the collegiate level, Mike Markuson (1979) returned to coaching and has helped Eastern Illinois to a recent four-game winning streak as the assistant head coach in charge of the offensive line. 2004 male Athlete of the Year Matt Simon is in his first year as wide receivers coach at Western Michigan.

At the high school level, ex-Tiger and St, John's University player Andy Pierskalla was defensive coordinator for Bloomington Jefferson which won the Section 3AAAAA title and advanced to the state tournament for the first time in many years... Pierskalla's high school classmate Nate Rowan had an interesting summer working as an intern for the Kansas City Royals who lost a seven-game World Series to the San Francisco Giants.

Former Tiger all-stater Sam Leske was a top defender for the Gustavus Adolphus College men's soccer team that won the MIAC playoff title this fall...Jared Wolt, an all-Missota Conference forward for the Tigers last season, scored a pair of goals and started nine games for St.Mary's University in his freshman season with the Winona school.

Ruthie Schmitt
 Two ex-Tiger girl's soccer standouts, freshman Isabelle Ferm and sophomore Sydney Eckert, saw a lot of playing time for Viterbo University (Wisconsin) this season...Another former Tiger soccer player, Ashley Kimmel,was a defender for St. Olaf College.

Ruthie Schmitt, a standout Tiger volleyball player last fall is a freshman on the Briar Cliff University team in Sioux City, Iowa....
2009 FHS female Athlete of the Year Kirstee Rotty was an assistant volleyball coach at Rosemount High School this fall.

Ex-Tiger state meet track runner Tyler Lerbakken is a sophomore on the Hamline University men's cross-country team.

Ex-Tiger and Gustavus Adolphus College cross country runner Anton Moody was elected to the Grand Marais City Council last Tuesday night.

07 November 2014

Girls Hockey starts the year off with a win/Section swimming Saturday

The Tiger girls hockey team got off to a great start last night with a 7-2 win over Rochester Mayo. The team will be in Hibbing this weekend for two days of scrimmages.  They resume play next week with their first SSC game home vs Prior Lake

The Tiger girls swim and dive team will compete tomorrow in the final events to qualify for the state tournament.  Good luck ladies!

06 November 2014

Girls Hockey starts tonight/Girls Swim Section meet

The Tiger girls hockey team starts their season tonight with their first game.  They will be traveling to Rochester.
The Tiger girls swim and dive team will be competing in the Section Swim meet today at the Rochester Rec Center.