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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After scoring five runs in its previous three games, the Rosemount softball team’s offense started to come to life last week. The Irish cranked out 22 runs in their latest three-game stretch and picked up two wins, the latest a 10-0 rout of Centennial on Friday.
A slow start led to the Rosemount girls’ lacrosse team’s first loss of the season Saturday against Visitation. The Irish trailed 8-1 by halftime in their eventual 11-5 setback. “That was too much to overcome against a very good team,” Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. “Hopefully it turns out to be a good learning experience as we head into the conference season.”
The Rosemount pitching staff combined to give up just one earned run over 14 innings last week. The efforts of pitchers Aidan Maldonado, Griffin Lanoue and Cole Kraemer, along with a few timely hits, helped the Irish notch a couple of cleanly-played South Suburban Conference victories.
The Rosemount girls’ golf team landed four players in the top 20 at last Thursday’s first South Suburban Conference meet of the spring at a rainy and windy Valleywood Golf Course. The Irish ended up third out of nine teams with a score of 354. They finished nine strokes off the pace of meet champion Lakeville North and six behind runner-up Eagan. Farmington settled for 10th place for the ninth SSC meet in a row, but came within three strokes of ninth-place Burnsville with a score of 449.
The Rosemount girls’ track team hit the ground running in its first outdoor meet of the spring last Thursday at Prior Lake. The Irish won nine of the meet’s 17 events while capturing the team title at the five-team Prior Lake Invitational.
One swing of the bat by Izzy Yahr turned defeat into victory for the Rosemount softball team last Thursday. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, two strikes in the count and the Irish trailing Lakeville North by a run, Yahr smashed a triple off the right field wall to bring in two and give the home team the walk-off 4-3 triumph.
The Rosemount girls’ lacrosse team started the season off on the right foot by rolling to an 11-6 road win over Park of Cottage Grove last Thursday. “It was a strong start to the season on both ends of the field. It was a good effort by everyone,” Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. “We have to fine tune some things, but it was a very good foundation from which to build the season.”
Another gem by Aidan Maldonado helped the Rosemount baseball team secure its second win of the season last Wednesday. Coming off six innings of three-hit ball in the Irish’s first game of the season five days earlier, Maldonado fanned 10 Eagan batters and allowed just four hits over six innings in the Irish’s 6-1 South Suburban Conference road win over the Wildcats. Maldonado allowed his first run of the season in the sixth inning, raising his ERA to 0.58.
The annual Farmington Invite continued its recent growth when it welcomed nine teams to Tiger Stadium last Thursday. Teams like Elk River and Lakeville South provided strong competition for the Farmington and Rosemount boys in their first outdoor meets of the spring. The Irish captured four first-place finishes while placing second with 126 points, 80 fewer than meet champion Lakeville South. The host Tigers ended up sixth with 49.5 points, but had plenty of solid performances to build on.
Tyler Cookas will join Brett Larson as co-head coach of the Irish wrestling team, the Rosemount High School athletic department announced last week. Cookas placed fourth at the freestyle state tournament while wrestling for the Eastview Lightning. In college he was a captain of the Winona State wrestling team. He has been with the Irish as an assistant coach the past seven seasons. Over the last seven years, the Irish have qualified 18 wrestlers, including nine all-staters and one state champion, for the state tournament.