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 Rosemount and Farmington girls' golf teams played Rich Valley Golf Course a couple of times earlier this month. Both teams battled the warm and humid conditions May 16 at the Lightning Invitational, and then returned two days later and played through the cool and wet weather at the second South Suburban Conference meet of the spring. The Irish girls, ranked 10th in the state, cut two strokes May 18 for a second-place total of 341. They finished seven off the pace of meet champion Lakeville North.
Rosemount’s lacrosse seniors celebrated their Senior Night by becoming the eighth straight class to lead the Irish to double-figure victories. The Irish capped off a 10-3 regular season by defeating Simley 13-5 last Thursday at Irish Stadium. The win earned the team the No. 2 seed behind second-ranked Eagan in Section 3 and a home game against the winner of the play-in between East Ridge and TriMac Friday, May 2, at Irish Stadium.
An 8-10 regular season doesn’t mean much when you’re entering the section tournament with two dominant starting pitchers.
The Rosemount boys' tennis team advanced past Simley 7-0 before being eliminated 5-2 by Cretin-Derham Hall in the section semifinals. Anshul Bharath and Aashish Bharath continued their strong seasons in singles play, each winning their matches against the Raiders. Ben Haisting lost 4-6, 2-6 at No. 3 singles. Jake Green won his first set 6-2 before bowing out 4-6, 4-6 at No. 4 singles. The Irish's No. 3 doubles team also lost in three close sets, 6-4, 4-6, 5-7.
Standout individual performances led the Rosemount boys and girls track teams to matching third-place finishes at last Wednesday’s South Suburban Conference Championships. The Irish girls were in the running for the team title, but placed just over a point behind runner-up Lakeville North with 111 points. Host Lakeville South won the meet with 129 points.
The Rosemount baseball team will take a four-game losing streak into the Section 3AAAA tournament after dropping another pitcher's duel in the regular season finale Monday, May 22. Three pitchers combined to hold Northfield in check in a 4-2 loss that left the Irish with a record of 9-11 heading into their Section 3AAAA opener Thursday, May 25, against Simley (3-13).
After winning four straight games by a total of six goals, the eighth-ranked Rosemount boys’ lacrosse team finally got the chance to catch its collective breath last week. The Irish stretched their winning streak to six games by pulling away from Burnsville 10-2 and Apple Valley 11-2 in back-to-back South Suburban Conference games at Irish Stadium. “It was nice to be able to work on some things in preparation for this week,” Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said.
Dan Hegberg tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in leading the Rosemount Pipers baseball team past the Minnetonka Lakers 5-0 May 18 in Minnetonka. Hegberg struck out eight and left with a five-run lead after he walked and scored on a fielder’s choice in the top of the sixth. Reliever Jeremy Belisle got the final five outs to complete the shutout for the Class A senior men’s defending state champions.
The Rosemount softball team advanced in the Section 3AAAA tournament by knocking off East Ridge 9-4 in the opening round Monday, May 22, at The Cove. Maria Back paced the Irish at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a career-high six RBI. Bri Hollenbeck and Renee McKinnon each went 3-for-4, as well. Gabby Sprang got the start on the mound and struck out eight East Ridge hitters. Hailey Sickler came in to get the final three outs. The Irish (1-9), the fourth seed in the section, took on top-seed Park of Cottage Grove (15-4) in the second round Wednesday, May 24.
The Rosemount boys made the most of their last chance to compete before the South Suburban Conference meet. The Irish placed 1-2-3-4-5 in the 300 hurdles and won six other individual events while racking up 144.5 points May 18 at the Ron Thelen Classic at Tiger Stadium in Farmington. In addition to giving athletes a chance to make the lineup for the conference meet, which was held Tuesday, May 23 at Lakeville South, the second-year meet also provides athletes with an opportunity to try something new.