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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Pitching continued to dominate during the Rosemount baseball team’s recent stretch of South Suburban Conference games. The Irish held opponents to six runs over the 21-inning span, but came away with just one win and a pair of close losses to show for it. They beat Eagan at home 4-2 last Wednesday, but then dropped back-to-back 2-0 contests to Lakeville North and Burnsville.
Three Rosemount players broke 80 at Saturday’s Dakota County Invitational, leading the Irish to a second-place finish. The Irish’s top four totaled 316 strokes, 10 off the pace of meet champion Lakeville South. Connor Humble fired a 35 on the back nine to finish with a third-place round of 76. Teammate Nick Peare and Farmington’s Kyle Berg tied for fourth with rounds of 77. Parker Trana (79) and Nathan Roberts (84) provided Rosemount’s other counting scores.
Rosemount ended up as the third team among three that pulled away from the rest of the field at last Tuesday’s South Suburban Conference Relays in Shakopee. Prior Lake won the meet with 222 points, followed by Lakeville South with 199 and the Irish with 184. Burnsville paced the rest of the 10-team field with 128 points. Farmington ended up sixth with 96 points.
The wrong team received the trophy and celebrated victory at the conclusion of last Tuesday’s South Suburban Conference Relays in Shakopee.
It finally stopped raining long enough for the Rosemount tennis team to go outside and earn its first match win of the season 7-0 Friday over visiting Highland Park. In singles play, Anshul Bharath, Aashish Bharath and Ben Olson won in straight sets. All three doubles teams won while allowing a combined nine points.
Rested pitching staffs and cool and rainy conditions have kept runs at a premium in recent weeks for the Farmington and Rosemount baseball teams.
The Rosemount girls came out on top through 14 events at last Tuesday’s rainy Wildcat Invitational in Eagan before the final three events were called off due to a malfunctioning timing system. The Irish scored 107 points, 17 more than runner-up Edina. Farmington placed fifth out of nine teams with 58 points.
It’s rare a team moves up in the rankings after suffering its first loss of the season, but that’s what the Rosemount boys’ lacrosse team did after going toe-to-toe with fourth-ranked Eastview last Thursday. The Irish, who entered ranked 13th, fell behind 4-1 early before chipping away and eventually tying the score in the final minutes of their eventual 7-6 setback in Apple Valley. They had a chance to tie it on their final possession, but were unable to convert.
The best of the best? Farmington and Rosemount’s entrants were more like the elite of the elite at Friday’s Hamline Elite Meet.
The nerves and tentativeness one might expect from a bunch of first-time varsity players are nowhere to be found when the Rosemount boys’ lacrosse team takes the field.