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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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.
169 runners battled heavy rain to complete the annual Run for the Gold four-mile race Saturday morning in Rosemount. Former Rosemount High School distance running standout Shane McCallum was the overall winner, completing the race in 20 minutes, 49 seconds. He defeated runner-up Mike Bumgarner of Rosemount by 19 seconds.
You were in Marshall last week for the Southwest Minnesota State team camp. How did that go? It is one of the best team camps in the region and it was our first year attending. It ran from (last) Monday through Thursday. There were over 30 high school teams from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota at the camp. Many of the teams were very strong so the competition was great. We played a lot of volleyball in four days and really worked hard in some pretty hot, humid environments.
The Rosemount Black Sox bats came alive late in last Wednesday's game in Lonsdale. The Sox plated 10 runs over the final three innings as they pulled away for a 13-5 rout of the Aces. The team is now 11-9, including a 6-1 mark when scoring 10 or more runs. Leadoff hitter Brady Loew stayed hot at the plate with four more hits and three runs scored, upping his average to a team-best .413 in 75 at bats this summer.
The Rosemount Aces got one of three close games to go their way last week at the Senior Babe Ruth State Tournament in Eagan. Rosemount got a tough draw in the opening round of the 10-team tournament and lost to Edina, 2-0, last Tuesday. Edina's pitcher fired a seven-inning perfect game, striking out 14 of 21 hitters he faced. "That was a little disappointing. I don't think we got the bat on the ball as well as we could have," Rosemount coach Steve Lufkin said. "The kid threw a good game and kept our kids off balance.
Last year's team was one of the most successful the program has ever had, winning the True Team section, conference meet and section meet in the same year for the first time ever. What was it about that group of swimmers that allowed them to have such a great season? It was the perfect storm -- the veteran swimmers trained hard off season and came to the season in pretty good shape and the new team members filled in the gaps from the previous season. The girls came with strong leadership and tough goals and worked very hard to attain them.
Things fell apart for the Rosemount Black Sox late in Sunday's game against the Eagan Bandits. The home team saw a 6-4 lead disappear as the Bandits scored seven runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth en route to a 16-6 victory. The game was called after eight innings due to the 10-run rule. Rosemount starter Michael Robohm cruised through six innings before a couple of doubles and a couple of walks opened the floodgates in the seventh. Robohm finished with three strikeouts and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. "His command started to go and he was leaving pitches up.
The Rosemount Senior Babe Ruth baseball team gave up four runs in the top of the first inning of its White Division district tournament opener last Thursday at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. After that, it was all Aces. The Aces rallied to defeat Elko 9-4 and went on to take a pair of games from Apple Valley over the weekend to capture Rosemount's second straight trip to the Senior Babe Ruth State Tournament. The Aces, with a record of 13-6, opened play in the 10-team double-elimination tournament Tuesday morning against Edina at Eagan High School.
Monday night's loss to Lakeville North reminded Rosemount Legion Post 65 coach Scott Eul of many of his team's other setbacks during its 1-11 start to the season. Rosemount stuck around for a while, but the offense never got going and the defense eventually faltered in an 8-1 final at Lakeville North. "They got a few hits and there were a few plays we should have made where we got a little lazy. We couldn't finish out the game. That's what's been happening to us lately," Eul said. "We play a good first few innings, but we aren't finishing on a positive note.