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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In 2009, Rosemount captured its second Lake Conference boys track title in its 23rd year in the league. It took just three years in the South Suburban Conference for the Irish to match that total. Thanks to three relay victories, three individual first-place finishes and a collection of other medal-winning efforts, the Irish scored 122 ½ points to outscore runner-up Eastview by 15 last Wednesday at Eagan High School. "Our team bounced back nicely from the state True Team meet," said coach Jay Hatleli, whose team placed sixth in its eighth True Team trip in nine years.
When the Rosemount girls lacrosse team has struggled this season, it's had a tough time slowing down opposing offenses. The Irish allowed 17 goals per game while losing their first four to start the season. While winning a pair earlier this month, they held Park to 11 and Bloomington Jefferson to six.
The Rosemount baseball team couldn't get the offense it needed to avoid a doubleheader sweep at the hands of visiting Apple Valley Monday afternoon. The Irish had 12 hits in Game 1, but couldn't add on to their early 3-0 lead as the Eagles rallied for three runs in the sixth and won the game with a go-ahead single in the top of the 11th. Anthony Winters had three hits in Game 2, but the rest of the lineup combined to go 1 for 23 and strike out 10 times in a 3-1 setback.
Rosemount's seven-game winning streak ended Monday night, but head coach Lance Kuehn doesn't think a loss to one of the top teams in the state did much to slow his team's momentum. "I don't think we've lost any momentum last night. We played a good game and we're still in a good spot," he said. "It was a battle of two great teams and we were really happy with our performance. " Defending state champion Eastview, ranked fourth in the state, scored four unanswered goals late in the third quarter to pull away from the sixth-ranked Irish 11-8 Monday night at Irish Stadium.
Rosemount had to make some major adjustments to its lineup just before the start of Friday night's Class 2A True Team state meet. One of the team's fastest runners was ruled ineligible to compete in the meet, forcing head coach Jay Hatleli to adjust his relay lineups and move new runners in to fill each event.
The Rosemount softball team got some timely hits and another solid effort from pitcher Gabby Sprang in the opening round of the Section 3AAA tournament. Sprang scattered six hits, walked none and struck out eight Apple Valley hitters in a 4-0 victory over the Eagles last Wednesday at The Cove. The Irish resumed tournament play Tuesday afternoon in Bloomington against a ninth-ranked Eastview team they defeated 4-1 during the South Suburban Conference season.
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.