Farmington junior Reid Taubenheim is hardly your ordinary high school football kicker. He also doubles as the Tigers' starting strong safety.
"He works hard on his skills as an athlete," Farmington coach Mark Froehling said.
Taubenheim tied for the team lead with 10 tackles to go along with his record-setting performance as a kicker in the Tigers' season opening 19-7 victory over Rochester Mayo.
He kicked a school-record four field goals, connecting from 21, 33, 44 and a school-record 48 yards. The previous mark was 42 yards.
"He also spends time working on leg strength and accuracy as a kicker," Froehling said.
Taubenheim, who also serves as the team's punter, also had three touchbacks on his kickoffs.
"He had one of the top special teams performances that I've seen in high school football," Froehling said.Hat tricks
Senior Megan Maki and junior Erica Power each registered hat tricks in Apple Valley's 7-0 victory over Bloomington Kennedy in a South Suburban Conference girls' soccer matchup. They had 29 shots on goal.
The Eagles opened the season with four consecutive victories, including three shutouts.
On the boys' side, senior Jacob Opheim scored three goals in Eastview's 5-0 triumph over Lakeville South in conference play.Lightning strikes
After a season-opening setback at White Bear Lake, Eastview's girls' soccer team posted back-to-back impressive victories. The Lightning shut out No. 1 Wayzata 1-0 and No. 6 Eagan 2-0. Senior goalkeeper Anhthu Huynh was in the net for both wins.Ranked runner
Belle Plaine sophomore Janessa Mueleners is ranked 12th in the state in the Class 1A girls' cross-country coaches association poll.