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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The annual Farmington Invite continued its recent growth when it welcomed nine teams to Tiger Stadium last Thursday. Teams like Elk River and Lakeville South provided strong competition for the Farmington and Rosemount boys in their first outdoor meets of the spring. The Irish captured four first-place finishes while placing second with 126 points, 80 fewer than meet champion Lakeville South. The host Tigers ended up sixth with 49.5 points, but had plenty of solid performances to build on.
Tyler Cookas will join Brett Larson as co-head coach of the Irish wrestling team, the Rosemount High School athletic department announced last week. Cookas placed fourth at the freestyle state tournament while wrestling for the Eastview Lightning. In college he was a captain of the Winona State wrestling team. He has been with the Irish as an assistant coach the past seven seasons. Over the last seven years, the Irish have qualified 18 wrestlers, including nine all-staters and one state champion, for the state tournament.
Farmington and Rosemount had spring egg hunts Saturday morning, April 8. The Farmington Business Association brought its event outdoors to the soccer fields at Dodge Middle School, while the Rosemount Lions Club hosted its event at Dakota County Technical College.
Applebee’s Grill & Bar announced via Facebook post Monday it will be permanently closing its Rosemount location Friday, April 14, at midnight. “We have been very grateful for all of your patronage for the 12 years we have been a part of the Rosemount community,” the message stated. “Come join us this week and help us go out with a bang!”
A familiar face was missing from the middle of the diamond when the Farmington softball team took the field for its season opener Friday against Edina. Standout senior pitcher Maddie Muelken wasn't far away, just in the Tiger dugout keeping the scorebook, but it was unfamiliar territory for a player so used to being in the center of the action. The same could be said for the entire last month: Muelken was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma on March 14.
No matter who the Rosemount boys’ lacrosse team loses to graduation, it always seems to be ready to reload with another wave of young talent. The Irish will try to do it again this spring after losing seven senior all-conference players to graduation, including scoring leader Luke VanOverbeke and defensive MVP Gabe Ames. With just eight returning letter winners, a host of varsity newcomers will have to contribute for the Irish to continue their streak of seven straight 10-win seasons.
The Rosemount girls’ lacrosse team made big strides last spring, winning six games after totaling just seven over the previous three seasons combined. Now with their leading scorer, several strong defensive players and their starting goaltender back, the Irish are thinking about making the next step this spring.
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.