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'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.
The Rosemount girls golf team finished sixth in the final South Suburban Conference standings and placed three golfers on the all-conference team. The Irish finished fifth, fifth and fourth in the three SSC meets players were able to complete this year. Sophomore Monica McDonald was the team's top scorer in two of the three meets and tied with senior Molly Flynn for the team lead with an 84 in the third meet May 23 at Rich Valley Golf Club. Junior Molly Reber shot an 85 at Rich Valley, Ashlee Humble had a 90 and eighth grader Gretchen McDonald had a 93.
The Rosemount girls lacrosse team is hoping its matchup with Prior Lake in the first round of the section tournament proves to be a favorable one. The Irish, riding a five-game losing streak, earned the No. 7 seed in Section 3. That meant going on the road to face the No. 2 seed on Wednesday, which turned out to be a Prior Lake team they nearly knocked off in a 16-15 loss earlier this month. "We feel we match up well with them.... We have shown signs of playing very well, and we have been very close to putting it together for a full game.
Rachel Schow and Katie Duff were crowned conference champions for the Rosemount girls track team last Wednesday in Eagan. Schow's sweep of the hurdle races and Duff's big spin in the discus accounted for nearly half of the Irish's points as they moved up three spots from last year to place fifth with 62 points at the South Suburban Conference Championships. Lakeville South dominated the girls' portion of the meet with 156 points.
Ben Smith came up big for Rosemount in his first section tournament start. The junior pitcher held visiting Simley to one earned run over 6 1/3 innings as the Irish advanced to the second round of the Section 3AAA tournament with a 3-2 victory last Friday. Smith allowed just four hits and walked none while striking out five. A hit and an error in the top of the seventh made it a one-run game, but Luke Dahl came on in relief and got the final two outs to pick up the save. Rosemount scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the second. Carl Waite started the rally with a one-out single.
The Rosemount softball team put a scare into some of the top teams in the state in the Section 3AAA tournament. The Irish were finally knocked out after a 3-1 loss to No. 1-ranked Lakeville North last Thursday. Before that, they held a one-run lead late in a 2-1 loss to returning state tournament team Bloomington Jefferson. The Irish opened the tournament by upsetting ninth-ranked Eastview 5-3 in eight innings last Tuesday at Dred Scott in Bloomington. The 1-2 postseason showing left the Irish with a record of 10-8 on the spring. The 18 games were played in a span of 28 days. Vs.
In 2009, Rosemount captured its second Lake Conference boys track title in its 23rd year in the league. It took just three years in the South Suburban Conference for the Irish to match that total. Thanks to three relay victories, three individual first-place finishes and a collection of other medal-winning efforts, the Irish scored 122 ½ points to outscore runner-up Eastview by 15 last Wednesday at Eagan High School. "Our team bounced back nicely from the state True Team meet," said coach Jay Hatleli, whose team placed sixth in its eighth True Team trip in nine years.
When the Rosemount girls lacrosse team has struggled this season, it's had a tough time slowing down opposing offenses. The Irish allowed 17 goals per game while losing their first four to start the season. While winning a pair earlier this month, they held Park to 11 and Bloomington Jefferson to six.
The Rosemount baseball team couldn't get the offense it needed to avoid a doubleheader sweep at the hands of visiting Apple Valley Monday afternoon. The Irish had 12 hits in Game 1, but couldn't add on to their early 3-0 lead as the Eagles rallied for three runs in the sixth and won the game with a go-ahead single in the top of the 11th. Anthony Winters had three hits in Game 2, but the rest of the lineup combined to go 1 for 23 and strike out 10 times in a 3-1 setback.