Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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Returning all-state thrower Trevor Otterdahl is one of a handful of standouts back to lead the Rosemount boys’ track team’s various position groups this spring. Otterdahl, who has already signed to join his brother, Irish state champion Payton Otterdahl, on the North Dakota State University track team, was a double place-winner at state last season when he placed fourth in the shot put and eighth in the discus.
The Rosemount girls’ track team accomplished a lot last spring, improving seven places at the South Suburban Conference meet, winning its first-ever Section 3AA title and qualifying six events for the state meet.
A couple pitchers with Division I collegiate careers in their futures are back to head up the Rosemount rotation this spring. Senior Griffin Lanoue and junior Aidan Maldonado are back after combining to throw over 60 innings for last year’s 8-14 Irish team. Lanoue, who has already signed to play at Xavier, struck out 44 batters while posting a 1.57 ERA in 40 innings. Maldonado tossed 22 varsity innings as a sophomore last spring and is already committed to pitch at Illinois.
The Rosemount boys’ basketball team came alive on the offensive end in the second half of Friday night’s Section 3AAAA semifinals as it rallied past Eastview 60-55 at Tiger Gym in Farmington. The Irish put up just 17 points over the first 18 minutes as Eastview clamped down with double teams in the post and hit a few 3-pointers on the other end to take a 28-17 lead. The Irish made the necessary adjustments at halftime and the changes resulted in 43 second-half points and a come-from-behind victory.
Don’t let last season’s 10-13 record fool you. The Rosemount softball team wasn’t far from being a 15-win team last season. The Irish managed to lose a whopping nine one-run games last spring, and with a more experienced lineup and all-state pitcher Gabby Sprang back for her senior season, they’re hopeful more of those close, low-scoring games will go their way this time around.
A 14-minute field goal drought in the middle of the game was too much for Rosemount to overcome against top-seeded Eastview in last Thursday’s Section 3AAAA finals. The Irish saw their early 12-11 lead turn into a 33-13 halftime deficit courtesy of a 22-1 Lightning run and the hole proved too big to climb out of in a season-ending 59-49 loss at Hutton Arena in St. Paul.
The Rosemount boys basketball team came alive on the offensive end in the second half of Friday night’s Section 3AAAA semifinals as it rallied past Eastview 60-55 at Tiger Gym in Farmington. The Irish put up just 17 points over the first 18 minutes as Eastview clamped down with double teams in the post and hit a few threes on the other end to take a 28-17 lead. The Irish made the necessary adjustments at halftime and the changes resulted in 43 second-half points and a come-from-behind victory.
A fast field of swimmers set nine new meet records and pushed Rosemount and Farmington back in the pack over the weekend at the Class 2A state swim and dive meet. The schools competed in a combined eight individual events at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center and only one athlete was able to break into the top 19.
Even though head coach Chris Orr wasn't able to be with his Rosemount girls' basketball team for Saturday night’s Section 3AAAA semifinals, his presence was felt throughout Hamline University's Hutton Arena.
The St. Paul Area Athena Awards program honors female high school seniors for their athletic achievements.