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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The Rosemount softball team won four out of seven games in a busy final week to complete their first above-.500 regular season in three years. The Irish finished with an overall mark of 8-6 and a 4-6 record in the South Suburban Conference, good enough to earn them the No. 7 seed in Section 3AAA and a first-round home game against 10th-seeded Apple Valley Wednesday afternoon. The winner will take on No. 2 seed Eastview in the second round tomorrow afternoon. The regular season came to a close with a 4-0 loss to Lakeville North on Monday afternoon.
A pair of doubleheader sweeps last week have the Rosemount baseball team sitting in the top half of the South Suburban Conference standings. The Irish took a pair of nail biters from Eagan last Tuesday, 7-6 and 2-1, and busted out offensively in a 14-11, 9-5 sweep of Bloomington Jefferson Saturday.
The Rosemount girls lacrosse team played well in spurts while losing four straight games to start the season. The Irish's effort was finally good enough to net them a 12-11 win in game number five last Tuesday against Park in Cottage Grove. "It was a team effort," Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. "In our other losses we have had spots of very good play, but inconsistency has been our Achilles. The South Suburban Conference teams are too talented to play well part of the game and the opposite in any part of the game." Maddie Johnson led the Irish with three goals and one assist.
The Rosemount girls track team finished squarely in the middle of the pack at last Tuesday's Section 3AAA True Team meet, placing fifth out of 10 teams at Apple Valley. The Irish scored 658 points, 50 fewer than fourth-place Apple Valley and 40 more than sixth-place Burnsville. Prior Lake won the meet with 967 points. The Irish's best showing came in the 100 hurdles, where Rachel Schow placed first in 16.06 seconds and teammate Ellie Vraa was right behind in second place in 16.19 seconds.
With four varsity regulars missing from the lineup due to AP testing, the Rosemount boys tennis team nearly knocked off Prior Lake in a South Suburban Conference meeting Friday afternoon. The Lakers won three out of four singles matches, and won tiebreakers at No. 1 singles and No. 4 singles, in edging the Irish, 4-3. Sean Hatlen broke up the Lakers' run in singles play with a 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles. In doubles play, Justin Berg and Nick Olson moved up from the JV squad and earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 3 doubles. Alex Clausen and Gunnar Anderson added another win at No.
It took a one-goal first quarter to wake up the Rosemount boys lacrosse team last Thursday night. The eighth-ranked Irish shook off the slow start with five goals in the second, and then scored five more in the third and fourth en route to a 16-4 rout of the Cougars at Irish Stadium. "The boys came out a little flat and were lacking energy and just needed to wake up," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "We weren't as well-prepared for the game as we should have been and they came out with more energy.
Whether it's in the sprints, distance races, jumps, throws or hurdles, the Rosemount track team prides itself on having a number of athletes who can step in and compete. The True Team scoring format counts scores from the top three performers from each team in each event, and that once again played to the Irish's advantage last Tuesday. They won five events, placed multiple competitors in the top 10 in most others and scored 866 points to claim their eighth Section 3AAA True Team championship in nine years in Apple Valley.
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. .