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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A marathon game ended the way very few baseball games do last week for the Rosemount American Legion baseball team: In a tie. The Rosemount Legion team went 11 innings in what should have been a seven-inning game Monday night against Lakeville North, but when the game finally ended the score was still knotted at 5-5. Legion coach Tom Buske said his relief staff were the stars of the game. Alex Duffy, John Birkholz and Dennis Reinhardt gave up just one earned run on three hits over six innings pitched.
The Rosemount VFW baseball team has had a tough time getting its offense going so far this season. The team has scored just eight runs in five games, and didn’t...
The Rosemount High School girls golf team wrapped up a frequently delayed, sometimes frustrating season over the weekend with its annual awards banquet. Senior Molly Flynn and sophomore Monica McDonald were recognized as the team's most valuable golfers. McDonald also won the Ms. Irish award. McDonald's sister Gretchen, a freshman, won the Rookie of the Year Award. Jessica Peterson and Ashlee Humble shared the Most Improved award and Petersen shared the Hardest Worker award with Molly Reber.
Payton Otterdahl reached the podium twice at last week's Class 2A state track meet, but he's already got higher goals in mind for next year. The junior was happy with the personal-best throw of 56 feet, 1 3/4 inches that earned him second in the shot put. He was not as pleased with his third-place distance of 158-2 in the discus, as he had thrown five feet longer previously and cleared 160 feet several times during warm-ups.
Rachel Schow had never run the hurdles before last spring. Luckily for the Irish, the sophomore has proven to be a pretty quick learner. Midway through last season, Schow ran the 100 hurdles for the first time. She went on to place sixth in the event at the state meet. Schow continued to perfect her 100 hurdles race this spring, while also putting in some time working on a new race -- the 300 hurdles. By Saturday afternoon, she was a state champion in both events. "I am completely surprised.
Seventh-seeded Rosemount's upset bid came up short against No. 2 seed Prior Lake in the opening round of the Section 3 tournament last Wednesday. The Lakers broke a halftime tie by outscoring the Irish 9-4 in the second half of an 18-13 victory. "Part of that lead occurred when we were down two players due to yellow cards. From there we just couldn't find a way to climb back in it," Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. "Credit goes to Prior Lake for their aggressive play and very good ball control, especially in the second half." The Lakers improved to 11-3 with their fourth straight win.
A couple of closely-contested losses knocked the Rosemount baseball team out of the Section 3AAA tournament last week. The Irish were sent to the consolation bracket after Eastview walked off with a 3-2 eight-inning victory in last Tuesday's second-round match up at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. A day later, the Irish led Eagan by three runs early, but saw their 9-12 season come to an end with a 7-5 loss. The Wildcats got away with walking 11 Rosemount batters by allowing just four hits and clubbing 12 of their own.
Playing in Section 3 once again meant a tough playoff matchup for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team last Friday. The Irish, ranked sixth in the final state rankings, had to go on the road for a semifinal showdown at Eagan and were dealt a 19-15 setback by the third-ranked Wildcats. The Irish have won 40 regular season games against just 11 losses over the last four seasons, but have yet to make it through a talented Section 3 that includes the likes of Eagan and Eastview, the state's fourth-ranked team, which once again took on the Wildcats in Tuesday's section finals.
Rosemount's lone returning state qualifiers from a season ago will be back at Hamline University this weekend. Sophomore Rachel Schow once again swept the hurdle races and senior Katie Duff qualified in the discus while leading the Irish to a fourth-place total of 61 points at the Section 3AA Championships at St. Thomas. Eagan edged Prior Lake 132 1/2-129 1/2 for the team title. Eastview followed in a distant third with 85 points. Schow won the 100 hurdles, an event she finished sixth in a year ago at state, in a time of 14.79 seconds, and the 300 hurdles in 44.19.
The Rosemount boys track team had to take the good with the bad at last Thursday's Section 3AA Championships. The good news was the Irish qualified four events for this weekend's Class 2A state meet in St. Paul. The bad news was a couple of events finished just outside of the qualifying state standards and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays were both done in by bad exchanges that left them out of the state meet. The Irish wound up third in the final team standings at St. Thomas with 80 points.