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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Rosemount's season-long struggle to score runs continued in the opening round of the Section 3AAA tournament. The Irish had nine hits, but still ended up being shut out for the fourth time this season in an 8-0 season-ending loss to sixth-seeded St. Thomas Academy Friday night in Mendota Heights. St. Thomas Academy (13-9) took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning against Rosemount starter Jake Schulze. The Cadets doubled their lead to 4-0 with a two-run home run in the third, and then did it again an inning later with a grand slam that made it 8-0.
Natalie Busher's big jump in the triple jump highlighted the Rosemount girls track team's appearance at the South Suburban Conference Championships. Busher, seventh last year in the event, was Rosemount's lone conference champion thanks to a leap of 37 feet, 3/4 inches. She fouled on her first two preliminary jumps before qualifying for finals with leap of 35-5, and then had two 34-foot efforts before breaking out on her last jump of the day. The Irish dropped one place from last year, coming in eighth out of 10 teams with 46 1/2 points at the league meet in Burnsville.
Rosemount got to exact a little revenge while playing its way back into the Section 3 semifinals Friday night at Irish Stadium. The sixth-ranked Irish gained control of the game early against Burnsville and rolled to a 13-10 victory over a Blaze team that knocked them off 14-13 in last year's section tournament. "It was sweet revenge," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "It's nice to know we're back in the sweet 16, essentially, in the state. It's good to be there." Even more sweet for the Irish would be an upset of their own against fourth-ranked Eagan.
Rosemount boys track coach Jay Hatleli felt his athletes did everything they could to defend their South Suburban Conference title during Wednesday's finals at the league meet in Burnsville. A victory in the meet-closing 4x400 relay left the Irish in second place with 125 points, two points off the pace of champion Apple Valley. "I felt like the guys that competed in finals on the second day of the meet did everything they could to make a run at winning the meet. We maximized our opportunities and scored a lot of points that maybe we weren't expected to score," Hatleli said.
boys lacrosse Rosemount 18, Hastings 1 Girls lacrosse Park 12, Rosemount 8
A better defensive effort was a main goal for the Rosemount girls lacrosse team heading into Monday's Section 3 playoff game against Rochester John Marshall. It's easy to see why, considering the Irish allowed their four highest goal totals - 17, 19, 22 and 24 - in the final four games of the regular season.
It took the best team in the section to put an end to the Rosemount tennis team's post-season run. The Irish, after knocking off South St. Paul and Burnsville in the first two rounds last week, fell 4-3 to top-seeded Bloomington Jefferson Monday afternoon in Eagan. The Jaguars took control of the match in singles play where they won three of four matches. Andreas Dinkelmeyer picked up the lone singles win for the Irish at No. 1 singles. The No. 2 doubles team of Grayson Freking and Taji Onesirosan and the No.
Despite a 5-15 regular season, Rosemount baseball coach Chris Swansson feels pretty good about his team heading into the section tournament. "We won three out of our last six, so we feel pretty good about that. We feel like we've had some ups and downs, but our guys have started to come around and win some of these close games," he said. "We're excited. We feel like we have just as good of a shot as a lot of teams." The Irish started their late-season upswing with back-to-back wins over the two Bloomington schools two weeks ago.
The final game of the season went the same way as many others did for the Rosemount softball team. The Irish put up a fight and never gave up, but ultimately came up just short of victory as they fell 6-5 to Park of Cottage Grove in the opening round of the Section 3AAA tournament last Thursday. Seventh-seeded Park plated six runs in the first three innings against starter Nicole Johnson and reliever Gabby Sprang, and then had to hold on as the No.
The Rosemount boys lacrosse team has a rematch with second-ranked Eagan on its mind. After losing to the Wildcats 15-8 just over two weeks ago, the sixth-ranked Irish reeled off four straight victories to close out a 10-3 regular season. They earned the No. 3 seed in the section tournament and now need two more wins to earn a rematch with Eagan in next week's section semifinals. "It's nice to be on the upswing heading into the section tournament. We had some very close defeats bring us down and then some blowouts that didn't really help," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said.