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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The Rosemount boys track team scored 196 points to edge runner-up Prior Lake by four points and defend its title at the South Suburban Conference Relays last Tuesday in Prior Lake. The Irish finished first in four of the meet's 18 events and second in five others. "I felt like our team competed very well. Our experienced team leaders set a tone by the way they competed," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. "We ended up being a little bit short-handed due to a few injuries, but some less experienced kids jumped in and did a nice job.
District 196 rivals Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eastview have proven to be an evenly-matched trio this season. Rosemount split a pair of contests with its South Suburban Conference neighbors last week, defeating Eastview 16-12 on Tuesday and falling 12-9 Thursday at Apple Valley.
The Rosemount softball team's total number of hits and errors were closer than the Irish would have liked over the last three games. The team saw its losing streak stretch to four games as it registered just 14 hits and piled up 11 defensive miscues in losses to Eastview, Roseville and Kennedy. In Monday's 6-3 loss to the Eagles at the Cove, the Irish had seven hits but five errors as they slipped to 4-9 overall. Kia Henk accounted for two of the team's hits.
Last week's two South Suburban Conference games reinforced for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team the importance of playing a full game. In last Tuesday's showdown with No. 1-ranked Eastview, the No. 6-ranked Irish got a bit too comfortable after establishing an early lead and allowed the undefeated Lightning to rally in the second half for an 8-7 victory under the lights at Irish Stadium. The team once again got out to a fast start Thursday in Apple Valley, but nearly saw another lead slip away.
After being swept in singles play by Lakeville North on Tuesday afternoon, the Rosemount boys tennis team used a singles sweep of its own to take a 6-1 South Suburban Conference match from Lakeville South Thursday in Rosemount. With state-ranked No. 1 singles player Andreas Dinkelmeyer still out due to injury, the rest of the singles lineup was forced to play up a spot. The transition period was difficult as the Irish lost seven of eight singles matches during losses to Red Wing and North early in the week, but players started to settle in against South.
The last couple of weeks have been the calm before the storm for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team. The Irish, ranked sixth in the state, have built up a four-game winning streak with games that ended up 18-9, 16-2, 17-4 and 13-8 since dropping a 13-12 thriller on the road at No. 2 Minnetonka three weeks ago. Head coach Lance Kuehn knows his team now has to switch gears as it takes on No. 3 Eastview, Apple Valley and No. 1 Eagan in an eight-day span that began Tuesday night at Irish Stadium.
Close games have been the norm for the Rosemount girls lacrosse team this spring. The Irish have played seven games so far and all seven have been decided by three or fewer goals. All three of last week's games went down to the wire, starting with a 17-14 home loss to sixth-ranked Bloomington Jefferson. The Irish bounced back with a pair of road victories, knocking off Prior Lake 11-8 on Thursday and St. Louis Park 8-6 on Saturday. Maddie Johnson supplied half the team's offensive output at rainy St. Louis Park, scoring four goals.
A three-run bottom of the fifth inning broke a 4-4 tie and sparked the Rosemount softball team to its third straight win, 7-5, over Eagan Monday night at The Cove. After Eagan plated two runs in the top of the inning, Kia Henk started the bottom of the frame with a single. She scored what turned out to be the winning run on a double by Melissa Seldon.
A dramatic comeback gave way to another disappointing finish for the Rosemount baseball team Monday afternoon. The Irish overcame a 6-0 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the seventh only to have another untimely defensive miscue cost them in a 7-6, nine-inning South Suburban Conference loss to Eagan.
The 39th-annual Jim Sauer Invitational came down to the final lap of the final race Friday night at Irish Stadium. Rosemount junior Jeremy Maccitelli's anchor leg in the 4x400 relay secured fourth place -- and five points -- in the event and gave the Irish just enough to leapfrog past North St.