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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Rosemount VFW coach Nick Elioff is hoping the Edina Tournament will serve as a turning point for his team's season. Rosemount won two out of three games at the tournament over the weekend to capture the consolation championship, and has now won four out of six games since starting the season with a record of 1-8. "Winning these four out of six has been a pretty significant turnaround," Elioff said. "We're playing better baseball, having better at bats, and I think we're ready to finish out the season strong."
Fourteen area runners took to the track for the Star of the North Games Saturday at Macalester College in St. Paul. The open track meet is a qualifier for the State Games of America in Hershey, Penn. Rosemount's Tess Durscher, Olivia Passeri, Arianna Passeri and Lexy Berger combined to win the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Arianna Passeri and Berger each added wins in the high jump in their respective age groups and Olivia Passeri was first in the long jump.
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.