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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Coming off a fourth-place finish at the state tournament last fall, the Rosemount girls tennis team picked up right where it left off last week. The Irish opened the season by winning three straight matches - including a 7-0 sweep in their South Suburban Conference opener against Bloomington Kennedy - before winning the Hastings Tournament Friday.
Two games into the season the Rosemount boys soccer team is right where it was hoping to be - 2-0. The Irish shut out Farmington 2-0 in an evenly-matched season opener last Thursday night at Irish Stadium and came back Friday afternoon to defeat Cloquet, 2-1. The team's first 2-0 start in at least six years is made even more promising by the fact that the Irish offense produced four goals in two games. They scored two goals in a game just once over their final 15 games last season and tallied eight total goals during that span. "Our goal for the week was to go 2-0.
With nine newcomers making their varsity debuts for the Rosemount girls soccer team last week, the Irish's returning players took it upon themselves to lead the team to a pair of lopsided victories. Hannah Halterman, Jennifer Dean, Kaylie Hanson and Jana Elliott combined to score eight goals and dole out four assists as the Irish knocked off Cloquet 4-0 and Hermantown 5-1 in a pair of non-conference road games. The Irish started slow in their opener last Friday at Cloquet, but managed to break through for their first goal 23 minutes into the first half when Halterman scored on a pass from De
The alumni men's team and the varsity girls came away with the team titles at Rosemount's 16th annual alumni/community meet Friday night outside Rosemount High School. The alumni team dominated the men's two-mile race, placing seven runners in the top nine while defeating the Irish varsity, 19-42. It was their ninth team victory in the 16-year history of the meet. Shane McCallum, a 2011 graduate and member of the Augustana College track and cross country teams, won individual honors with a time of 10 minutes, nine-tenths of a second.
It's been a successful last seven seasons for the Rosemount football team. The Irish have won 55 games and lost just 24 since the start of the 2005 season. They've won conference titles in two conferences -- the Lake and South Suburban -- and they've made three trips to the Metrodome while winning at least half of their games every year. If that streak is going to continue, the Irish are going to have to get contributions from a large group of first-time varsity players.
Last year the team went 15-3 in the conference and once again qualified for state, where it finished fourth. What are some of your favorite memories from the season? Last year was so bittersweet. Especially having five seniors on the team and two sets of sisters, the Harringtons and the Hoffmanns. My favorite memories are of our section semis and section final matches where Rosemount was the underdog and went in to win both matches 4-3.
Rosemount's brief appearance in the section playoffs played out much like the last third of the season did. The Black Sox got good pitching and made the plays defensively, but were ultimately defeated as their offense failed to produce enough runs. In last Tuesday's section play-in game at Alimagnet Field in Burnsville, the fourth-seeded Black Sox managed to push across just one run in a 2-1 loss to the fifth-seeded Savage Outlaws. The Sox finished the season with a six-game losing streak that left them with a record of 11-15.
Rosemount's late-season slide continued in Sunday afternoon's regular season finale against the Austin Blue Sox. The Black Sox managed just four hits and starter Mihael Robohm allowed four runs (two earned) over the first six innings in a 6-0 loss in Rosemount. Robohm tossed seven shutout innings in an early-season 4-0 blanking of the Blue Sox in Austin. "It was ugly. It was the same things it has been, we struggled to put the ball in play and get runners across," Rosemount player/coach Dave Molde said.
Town Pages sports editor Matthew Steichen is celebrating his fifth anniversary covering Rosemount sports by counting down the best Rosemount High School teams of the past half decade. Number 10 Boys track, 2011 Expectations have to be pretty high for nine top-10 finishes at the state meet to feel like a bit of a disappointment. That's how high the Rosemount boys track team raised the bar in the spring of 2011. After winning the True Team state championship, the South Suburban Conference championship and the Section 1AA meet by a whopping 95 points, the Irish scored an unde
Last year's team played strong toward the end of the season before falling in a closely-contested game to third-ranked Eagan in the section tournament. In what areas was the team executing well at the end of the year? And in what areas is there still the most work to be done? We had tremendous chemistry on the team last year and fought through mid season injuries to some key players.