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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Don’t let last season’s 10-13 record fool you. The Rosemount softball team wasn’t far from being a 15-win team last season. The Irish managed to lose a whopping nine one-run games last spring, and with a more experienced lineup and all-state pitcher Gabby Sprang back for her senior season, they’re hopeful more of those close, low-scoring games will go their way this time around.
A 14-minute field goal drought in the middle of the game was too much for Rosemount to overcome against top-seeded Eastview in last Thursday’s Section 3AAAA finals. The Irish saw their early 12-11 lead turn into a 33-13 halftime deficit courtesy of a 22-1 Lightning run and the hole proved too big to climb out of in a season-ending 59-49 loss at Hutton Arena in St. Paul.
The Rosemount boys basketball team came alive on the offensive end in the second half of Friday night’s Section 3AAAA semifinals as it rallied past Eastview 60-55 at Tiger Gym in Farmington. The Irish put up just 17 points over the first 18 minutes as Eastview clamped down with double teams in the post and hit a few threes on the other end to take a 28-17 lead. The Irish made the necessary adjustments at halftime and the changes resulted in 43 second-half points and a come-from-behind victory.
A fast field of swimmers set nine new meet records and pushed Rosemount and Farmington back in the pack over the weekend at the Class 2A state swim and dive meet. The schools competed in a combined eight individual events at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center and only one athlete was able to break into the top 19.
Even though head coach Chris Orr wasn't able to be with his Rosemount girls' basketball team for Saturday night’s Section 3AAAA semifinals, his presence was felt throughout Hamline University's Hutton Arena.
The St. Paul Area Athena Awards program honors female high school seniors for their athletic achievements.
The city’s youngest residents came out to the Rosemount Community Center Friday night for an evening of free family fun sponsored by Rosemount Parks and Recreation.
It was a busy weekend of high school sports and our local Tigers and Irish came away with more than their share of accomplishments. The Farmington girls hockey team started things out with a 4-1 loss to eventual champion Edina last Thursday at Xcel Energy Center, but came back to win its next two games to place fifth in Class 2A.
The young Rosemount boys swim team showed the progress it’s made over the course of the season by climbing into the top half of a talented field of teams at Friday’s Section 3AA Championships. The Irish ended up scoring 274.5 points to place fourth behind Eagan, Eastview and East Ridge at Bluewater Aquatic Center in Apple Valley. In the process, diver Stephen Satnik and swimmer Grant Toenges qualified for the upcoming Class 2A state meet.
All three area entrants showed they belonged among the best gymnasts in the state at Saturday’s Class 2A state meet in Minneapolis. Farmington’s Amanda Davenport and Lauren Slayton and Rosemount’s Josey Schlie all achieved top-10 finishes in action at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.