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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Despite a 5-15 regular season, Rosemount baseball coach Chris Swansson feels pretty good about his team heading into the section tournament. "We won three out of our last six, so we feel pretty good about that. We feel like we've had some ups and downs, but our guys have started to come around and win some of these close games," he said. "We're excited. We feel like we have just as good of a shot as a lot of teams." The Irish started their late-season upswing with back-to-back wins over the two Bloomington schools two weeks ago.
The final game of the season went the same way as many others did for the Rosemount softball team. The Irish put up a fight and never gave up, but ultimately came up just short of victory as they fell 6-5 to Park of Cottage Grove in the opening round of the Section 3AAA tournament last Thursday. Seventh-seeded Park plated six runs in the first three innings against starter Nicole Johnson and reliever Gabby Sprang, and then had to hold on as the No.
The Rosemount boys lacrosse team has a rematch with second-ranked Eagan on its mind. After losing to the Wildcats 15-8 just over two weeks ago, the sixth-ranked Irish reeled off four straight victories to close out a 10-3 regular season. They earned the No. 3 seed in the section tournament and now need two more wins to earn a rematch with Eagan in next week's section semifinals. "It's nice to be on the upswing heading into the section tournament. We had some very close defeats bring us down and then some blowouts that didn't really help," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said.
The True Team scoring system once again played to the strength of the Rosemount boys track team at Friday's Class 3A True Team State Championships. The deep Irish placed athletes among the leaders in the sprints, distance races, relays, throws and jumps as they cracked the top three for the fourth consecutive year with a third-place total of 716 points at Stillwater.
The fourth-seeded Rosemount tennis team advanced past No. 13 South St. Paul 7-0 in opening round of the section team tournament Tuesday afternoon. The Irish host No. 5 Burnsville in the second round Thursday at the RHS courts.
The Rosemount baseball team watched the momentum it had built come to a screeching halt Monday at Apple Valley. Coming off a week where they put an end to a 10-game losing streak by sweeping the Bloomington schools and played 11th-ranked Lakeville North to a one-run defeat, the Irish produced just one run and committed four errors in a 10-1 South Suburban Conference loss to the Eagles. "We came out Monday really flat and didn't seem like we were ready to play," Rosemount coach Chris Swansson said.
The Rosemount girls golf team got a sixth place finish from Molly Flynn and a top-10 performance from Monica McDonald on the way to third place at its own invitational May 12 at Emerald Greens Golf Course. Red Wing was a runaway winner with a score of 313. Edina took second with a 336 and Rosemount was third with 350. Chaska was fourth with a 358. Flynn, a junior, tied for sixth with an 18-hole score of 82. McDonald, a freshman, had an 84. Rosemount's other two counting scores came from senior Mackenzie Gogolin, who shot an 89, and sophomore Molly Reber, who had a 95.
The Rosemount softball team continued to struggle at the plate as it closed out the regular season with two losses in its final three games. The Irish scored four runs and had 13 hits over the course of those three games and didn't score more than three runs in any of their final six games as they finished with a record of 6-10.
The Rosemount girls track team used a combination of its hurdle depth and individual strength in the sprints and jumps to earn its highest finish in several years at the Section 3AAA True Team meet last Wednesday in Apple Valley. The Irish won two events -- the 100 hurdles and high jump -- and placed 22 individual performances in the top 10 as they placed second behind Prior Lake at the nine-team meet with 801 points.
The Rosemount boys lacrosse team finally got a chance to catch its breath last weekend after forging through one of the toughest stretches of games any team in the state has faced this season. The Irish squared off against second-ranked Eastview, fourth-ranked Eagan, a 7-3 Apple Valley team and a 6-2 Lakeville North club over the first 11 days of May and came away with a record of 2-2.