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 Rosemount boys track team with plenty of new faces had a dress rehearsal of sorts at last Thursday's Eastview Invitational. No official results were kept and coaches kept times for their own athletes via stop watch as the Irish got on the track for the first time this spring in Apple Valley. "I thought our guys did a great job of preparing themselves for the first competition of the year. The first meet of the year is sometimes as much about finding a uniform that fits and getting the right spikes in your shoes as it is running a fast time ...
Rosemount girls track coach Sara Hatleli is hoping a group of 10 returning letterwinners can vault the Irish into the top half of the conference and section fields this spring. The Irish lost lots of potential points with the graduation of All-State 400 runner Shade Pratt, so it will take contributions from up and down the lineup if the Irish are going to improve on seventh-place finishes in both the South Suburban Conference and Section 3AA meets. "I definitely think there is room for improvement. I'd like to finish in the top half of the conference.
The Rosemount track team has been able to hit the ground running the last few seasons, with plenty of talented athletes returning each spring after helping the team to South Suburban Conference and section championships the previous year. This season will be different in that regard. The Irish return just two of the 12 runners, throwers and jumpers they sent to the Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University last June.
JT Brown, a 2008 Rosemount High School graduate, has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brown was a top college free agent after scoring a team-high 24 goals and 47 points for a University of Minnesota Duluth team that came up a game short of the Frozen Four last week. "I am excited about this opportunity to come to Tampa Bay and play for the Lightning," Brown said in the statement. "I see the organization as a great fit for me and although I had a tough decision to make, I definitely feel it was the right one.
RHS athletic trainer Jenna Arnold answers a few questions. Hometown: Rochester, Minn. High school: John Marshall College: Winona State University Family: Sid Arnold, husband. Five siblings, 11 nieces and nephews. Years at Rosemount:?Four What's your favorite part of being an athletic trainer? Working will all of the teams and athletes. Are there any parts of the job you don't enjoy? Cleaning up puke, etc.
The Wild Irish girls lacrosse team enjoyed a memorable post-season run last spring as the Rosemount-Eagan cooperative followed up a 6-6 regular season with three straight section tournament wins to advance within a game of the state tournament. Now, both teams will see what they can do on their own. With the roster ballooning to 50 players last season, the schools decided to end their six-year partnership and form their own teams.
Last spring the Rosemount baseball team lost eight games by three runs or fewer and finished with a record of 5-15. Head coach Chris Swansson is hoping the experience provided by his six returning regulars will be enough to put the Irish on the other side of a few of those close games and push the team's record back toward the .500 mark. "We lost so many close games. It seemed like we just kept finding ways to lose with errors or leaving guys in scoring position. Every game we found ways to lose instead of finding ways to win," Swansson said. "We've been talking a lot about that.
The expectations just keep getting greater and greater for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team. A new program just a few years ago, the Irish have climbed their way up to become one of the top programs in the state. They followed up a 10-5 season with a 13-2 campaign last year that culminated in the program's first conference championship, but ended with a 14-13 upset at the hands of Burnsville in the section semifinals.
Head coach Tiffany Rose doesn't change the expectations she has for her Rosemount softball team. Even after losing a class of five all-South Suburban Conference seniors -- including three-year starting pitcher Rachel Hoeppner -- from last year's 6-11 team, Rose said she expects to put a team on the field that is ready to be competitive from Day 1 -- the April 9 home opener against Eastview. "I've never been a fan of rebuilding years. We're a varsity team and we're there to win, so I'm expecting to take what we have and make a strong varsity team.
The Rosemount boys basketball team only shot 40 percent in its 57-55 overtime win over Cretin-Derham Hall back in late December. The Irish hit on 42 percent of their shots in last Wednesday's Section 3AAAA tournament rematch with the Raiders, but got a very different result. Cretin-Derham Hall grabbed the early momentum by forcing many of Rosemount's 18 turnovers in the first half, and then pulled away thanks to a barrage of 11 three-pointers in a 68-48 victory in St. Paul. "The biggest difference between the first meeting and the second meeting was the turnovers.