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 couple of closely-contested losses knocked the Rosemount baseball team out of the Section 3AAA tournament last week. The Irish were sent to the consolation bracket after Eastview walked off with a 3-2 eight-inning victory in last Tuesday's second-round match up at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. A day later, the Irish led Eagan by three runs early, but saw their 9-12 season come to an end with a 7-5 loss. The Wildcats got away with walking 11 Rosemount batters by allowing just four hits and clubbing 12 of their own.
Playing in Section 3 once again meant a tough playoff matchup for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team last Friday. The Irish, ranked sixth in the final state rankings, had to go on the road for a semifinal showdown at Eagan and were dealt a 19-15 setback by the third-ranked Wildcats. The Irish have won 40 regular season games against just 11 losses over the last four seasons, but have yet to make it through a talented Section 3 that includes the likes of Eagan and Eastview, the state's fourth-ranked team, which once again took on the Wildcats in Tuesday's section finals.
Rosemount's lone returning state qualifiers from a season ago will be back at Hamline University this weekend. Sophomore Rachel Schow once again swept the hurdle races and senior Katie Duff qualified in the discus while leading the Irish to a fourth-place total of 61 points at the Section 3AA Championships at St. Thomas. Eagan edged Prior Lake 132 1/2-129 1/2 for the team title. Eastview followed in a distant third with 85 points. Schow won the 100 hurdles, an event she finished sixth in a year ago at state, in a time of 14.79 seconds, and the 300 hurdles in 44.19.
The Rosemount boys track team had to take the good with the bad at last Thursday's Section 3AA Championships. The good news was the Irish qualified four events for this weekend's Class 2A state meet in St. Paul. The bad news was a couple of events finished just outside of the qualifying state standards and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays were both done in by bad exchanges that left them out of the state meet. The Irish wound up third in the final team standings at St. Thomas with 80 points.
The Rosemount girls golf team finished sixth in the final South Suburban Conference standings and placed three golfers on the all-conference team. The Irish finished fifth, fifth and fourth in the three SSC meets players were able to complete this year. Sophomore Monica McDonald was the team's top scorer in two of the three meets and tied with senior Molly Flynn for the team lead with an 84 in the third meet May 23 at Rich Valley Golf Club. Junior Molly Reber shot an 85 at Rich Valley, Ashlee Humble had a 90 and eighth grader Gretchen McDonald had a 93.
The Rosemount girls lacrosse team is hoping its matchup with Prior Lake in the first round of the section tournament proves to be a favorable one. The Irish, riding a five-game losing streak, earned the No. 7 seed in Section 3. That meant going on the road to face the No. 2 seed on Wednesday, which turned out to be a Prior Lake team they nearly knocked off in a 16-15 loss earlier this month. "We feel we match up well with them.... We have shown signs of playing very well, and we have been very close to putting it together for a full game.
Rachel Schow and Katie Duff were crowned conference champions for the Rosemount girls track team last Wednesday in Eagan. Schow's sweep of the hurdle races and Duff's big spin in the discus accounted for nearly half of the Irish's points as they moved up three spots from last year to place fifth with 62 points at the South Suburban Conference Championships. Lakeville South dominated the girls' portion of the meet with 156 points.
Ben Smith came up big for Rosemount in his first section tournament start. The junior pitcher held visiting Simley to one earned run over 6 1/3 innings as the Irish advanced to the second round of the Section 3AAA tournament with a 3-2 victory last Friday. Smith allowed just four hits and walked none while striking out five. A hit and an error in the top of the seventh made it a one-run game, but Luke Dahl came on in relief and got the final two outs to pick up the save. Rosemount scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the second. Carl Waite started the rally with a one-out single.
The Rosemount softball team put a scare into some of the top teams in the state in the Section 3AAA tournament. The Irish were finally knocked out after a 3-1 loss to No. 1-ranked Lakeville North last Thursday. Before that, they held a one-run lead late in a 2-1 loss to returning state tournament team Bloomington Jefferson. The Irish opened the tournament by upsetting ninth-ranked Eastview 5-3 in eight innings last Tuesday at Dred Scott in Bloomington. The 1-2 postseason showing left the Irish with a record of 10-8 on the spring. The 18 games were played in a span of 28 days. Vs.
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.