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 deep and talented collection of conference teams pushed Rosemount back in the pack in the girls' portion of the South Suburban Conference Relays last Tuesday in Prior Lake. The host Lakers won the meet with 1,790 1/2 points, followed by Lakeville South, Lakeville North, Eastview and Eagan in the top five. The Irish finished just off the pace of Burnsville in eighth place with 1,084 points. Most of the Irish's depth showed itself in the hurdle races.
Another strong pitching performance from Ben Smith helped the Rosemount baseball team salvage a doubleheader split at Prior Lake Saturday afternoon. The Lakers produced eight runs on nine hits in winning Game 1, but managed just two runs on four hits over six innings against Smith in Game 2. Jordan Turner's walk-off single in the seventh gave the Irish a 3-2 victory. Luke Dahl pitched a scoreless top half of the seventh to get the win. Prior Lake took the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but the Irish answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
The Rosemount girls lacrosse team fell behind 12-5 by halftime and couldn't make up ground in the second half of a 15-9 South Suburban Conference loss to the Eagles Monday night at Apple Valley. It was the fourth straight loss to start the season for the Irish, who lost a 16-15 heartbreaker at home to Prior Lake last Thursday. Sydney Lubeley scored a season-high six goals in that contest and Maddie Johnson had four. Angela Bodine added a hat trick and Madi Lubeley scored twice. Alexis Raeth stopped eight Prior Lake shots. .
The Rosemount softball team got back above the .500 mark with a 4-1 South Suburban Conference win over Eastview Monday afternoon at The Cove in Rosemount. The Irish broke a scoreless tie with one run in the bottom of the fourth. They added one more in the fifth and two in the bottom of the sixth. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Gabby Sprang kept the Lightning in check. She struck out three, walked none and allowed just four hits. The visitors pushed their first run across in the seventh. Sprang also contributed in the batter's box with a pair of hits and an RBI.
A change in the scoring format worked in Rosemount's favor at the South Suburban Conference Relays last Tuesday. This year's meet awarded points for each team's top four finishers in each event, compared to awarding points to each of the top three in previous seasons. That played right into the hands of the Irish, who used their across-the-lineup depth to rack up 1,778 points, 120 more than host Prior Lake and nearly 500 more than third-place Burnsville. "We took advantage of that format change....
It looks like starting the season with losses to two of the top teams in the state didn't have much of an effect on the Rosemount lacrosse team. The Irish have since put together a three-game winning streak, with the latest triumph coming by a 12-8 score on the road Monday at Apple Valley. The Eagles led 6-4 at halftime, but the Irish rallied with eight goals in the third quarter to take a 12-7 lead into the fourth. "We've been playing in waves.
An inexperienced lineup, a challenging early-season schedule and weather that has made it difficult practice or hold meets have all factored into a slow start to the season for the Rosemount boys tennis team. The Irish fell to 0-4 in the South Suburban Conference and 0-5 overall with a 6-1 loss to Eagan Thursday afternoon.
Five untimely errors factored into all six of Lakeville South's runs in Rosemount's 6-1 loss to the Cougars Monday afternoon at The Cove. Before that, the Irish were errorless in the field in starting the season with back-to-back wins. In a 4-2 victory over Irondale Friday afternoon, they were flawless on the nine defensive plays left up to them as starter Gabby Sprang struck out 12 in a no-hitter. Melissa Seldon ripped an RBI triple and scored on a passed ball to give the Irish an early 2-0 lead.
Rosemount took the early lead with a victory in the 4x800 relay and ran away with the team title at the 40th-annual Jim Sauer Invitational Friday afternoon at Irish Stadium. Alex Berhe, Cody Sedbrook, Michael Sampers and Zaffer Hussein teamed up for the first-place finish, which was one of seven for the Irish. They outscored runner-up Woodbury 216-148 and North St. Paul finished third in the eight-team field with 122 1/2 points. Payton Otterdahl was a double winner in the field events.
Games against two of the top five teams in the state made for a difficult first week for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team. The Irish played well in their opener against third-ranked (Class 2A) Eagan last Thursday night in West St. Paul, but came up short in a 17-13 loss to the conference and section rival Wildcats. Two days later, the team traveled to Blaine and got handed a 16-4 pounding by a Bengals team that then vaulted to fourth in state rankings. "It was a tough start. Both Eagan and Blaine are very good teams with developed programs.