EDITOR'S NOTE: These are highlights from Farmington High School games held in the last week.
Softball team edges Ste. Genevieve
Hannah Hight pitched a four-hitter and struck out six without allowing a walk as the Farmington softball team edged Ste. Genevieve 4-3 at home.
Olivia Siebert and Emily Briese contributed RBI hits, and Hight paced the offense by going 2-for-4. Allison Pingel, Alyson Tucker and Brittany Link also singled for Farmington.
Knights strike for seven goals in first 19 minutes
The starting lineup earned itself an extended rest period on Aug. 29 as the Farmington boys soccer team logged its fourth match in the opening week of the season.
Six different players scored with the first 19 minutes of action before the first string was pulled, and the Knights safely cruised past Festus 7-0 at Haile Memorial Stadium.
Andres Castro netted two goals by finishing a pair of accurate crosses, and freshman Bryce Sancegraw tallied four assists plus a marker of his own in the victory.
Junior back Alex England controlled a weak clearing attempt and began the scoring spree with a 20-yard strike in the fifth minute. The Knights would ultimately connect on their first four shots.
The lead jumped quickly to 3-0 when senior Matt Eaton and freshman Tristan Stotler found the back of the net 37 seconds apart.
Eaton dribbled past two defenders outside of the box before burying his shot, and Stotler rattled a rising drive off the opposite post after settling along the left side.
Stotler assisted with a cross on the next goal by Castro, then took a long feed from Tyler Scales before setting up Sancegraw, who netted a hat trick during a previous road 4-2 win over Parkway West.
Castro added his second of the day to make it 6-0, still in the 14th minute, and sophomore Alex Gerstner capped the scoring in front after Sancegraw calmly dribbled toward an open right sideline.
Goalkeeper John Bader was untested while recording the first shutout win of his senior season, and had his first touch nearly three minutes into the second half.
Farmington hosted district opponent Cape Central on Sept. 1.
Lady Cats defeat Knights with final match tiebreaker
FREDERICKTOWN – It came down to the last match on the courts in a conference meet between the Farmington Knights and the Fredericktown Lady Cats on Aug. 31.
With the score knotted up at four matches apiece, Fredericktown’s Bailey Stamp and Farmington’s Kenzie Holland were locked in a game-for-game battle at No. 6 singles. Holland gained the advantage at 8-7, but Stamp produced a couple of winners on serve to force the tiebreak. Stamp took the advantage at 6-4 in the tiebreak, but Holland remained tough to fight off two match-points and force a two-point ending. Stamp finally prevailed to win the tiebreak at 8-6, giving the Lady Cats a 5-4 win as a team.
Martha Schwalenberg and Anna Slinkard both exacted a little bit of revenge in their singles matches as Schwalenberg defeated Pinkley in No. 1 singles 8-4, and Slinkard beat Rehkop in No. 2 singles 8-1. Coleman also made up for her loss at No. 2 doubles as she bested Cole, 8-4 in No. 3 singles
Baily Burks and Savannna Talley won their No. 4 and No. 5 matches respectively with identical scores of 8-1 for the Lady Cats, setting up the drama of the final match between Stamp and Holland.
Knights push Lady Bulldogs to three sets
The Farmington Knights suffered their first volleyball loss of the new season on Aug. 27, but not before putting up a strong fight to force the match to a full three sets. The Knights lost to the Cape-Notre Dame Lady Bulldogs 22-25, 25-18, 17-25.
The Knights quickly made up lost ground to pull even with the Lady Bulldogs after a kill at center net by freshman Jesse Miller tied the score, 11-11. Neither team was able to pull away as they matched kill for kill. A missed serve by the Lady Bulldogs knotted the score up again at 18-18, but from there the Lady Bulldogs took control of the first game by scoring the next three points.
What wasn’t blocked was dug up by Farmington’s back row by Kasia Kaiser and Hunter Vargo as libero. The Lady Bulldogs after recording 14 kills in the first set was limited to only five by the Knights’ defense in set two. Kaiser, Vargo and Ainslee Finch made eight digs each in the match.
Farmington’s attacks dominated the play in the second set as setters Haley Graven and Chase Vargo kept their hitters well supplied. Chase Vargo made 14 assists in the match and Graven had 13.
Miller connected for five of her match’s nine kills in the second set, and Katie Scism powered down four of her nine.
The Knights jumped out to a 9-3 lead with Miller serving four straight, capping her run with an ace serve.
Hunter Vargo and Graven also strung together a series of serves as the Knights stayed well ahead the entire set. The Lady Bulldogs called time with the score 22-16, but to no avail as Scism answered with back-to-back kills and Sydney Neiter stuffed a spike by the Lady Bulldogs at center net.
Finch led the Knights at the net in the third set as she collected five of her team-high 10 kills.