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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They're no longer the Wild Irish, but they had a wild first week of the season. The Rosemount girls lacrosse team started their first solo season after several years as a co-op with Eagan by rallying for a pair of tightly-contested victories last week.
Rosemount boys tennis coach Dana Beck has high expectations for her team this season, and its performance during a busy first week did nothing to lower them. The Irish opened the season with a 7-0 sweep of South Suburban Conference rival Bloomington Kennedy last Tuesday, and then improved to 2-0 with a 6-1 victory over Burnsville Thursday. The team capped off the week with a third-place finish at the eight-team Royal-Raptor Invitational in Woodbury. "The first week of play showed great promise for the upcoming season," Beck said.
Senior Chandler Dye was part of both of Rosemount's first-place finishes during a second-place team showing at last Tuesday's Prior Lake Invitational. The Irish scored 96 points, well off the pace of meet champion Blaine's 143 points. Prior Lake (84), Burnsville (80) and Roseville Area (58) also competed. "I think we continued to get some good experience. We're still in the mode of trying to figure out who will round out our varsity spots in several events," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said.
The Rosemount girls lacrosse team prepared for its inaugural season as an independent program by competing in a pair of scrimmages last week. The Irish took on Minnehaha Academy last Wednesday, then squared off against Hastings Friday at Irish Stadium. The team showed some signs of improvement over the two days, according to head coach Jeff Smith. "I was pleased with how we looked better than the previous scrimmage,"he said.
Eastview's big day at the plate spoiled Rosemount's home softball opener Monday afternoon. The Irish allowed double figure runs for the first time in nearly three years as the Lightning cruised to a 12-5 South Suburban Conference victory in Rosemount. Rosemount did the bulk of its damage against Eastview pitcher Marissa Lennars in the third inning, scoring four runs on three hits. Summer Lindelien started the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on a base hit by Sarah Jacobs.
The Rosemount baseball team got an early taste of some of the top-end competition they'll face in the South Suburban Conference this season. The Irish opened league play Monday afternoon and were shut down by Eastview senior ace Adam Moorse in a 9-0 loss to the fifth-ranked Lightning. Moorse also did some damage at the plate, breaking open a 1-0 game with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the fifth. The Lightning went on to plate six runs in the inning and chase Rosemount starter Jordan Tumilson. "They have a lot of seniors back from their team last year.
A Rosemount boys track team with plenty of new faces had a dress rehearsal of sorts at last Thursday's Eastview Invitational. No official results were kept and coaches kept times for their own athletes via stop watch as the Irish got on the track for the first time this spring in Apple Valley. "I thought our guys did a great job of preparing themselves for the first competition of the year. The first meet of the year is sometimes as much about finding a uniform that fits and getting the right spikes in your shoes as it is running a fast time ...
Rosemount girls track coach Sara Hatleli is hoping a group of 10 returning letterwinners can vault the Irish into the top half of the conference and section fields this spring. The Irish lost lots of potential points with the graduation of All-State 400 runner Shade Pratt, so it will take contributions from up and down the lineup if the Irish are going to improve on seventh-place finishes in both the South Suburban Conference and Section 3AA meets. "I definitely think there is room for improvement. I'd like to finish in the top half of the conference.
The Rosemount track team has been able to hit the ground running the last few seasons, with plenty of talented athletes returning each spring after helping the team to South Suburban Conference and section championships the previous year. This season will be different in that regard. The Irish return just two of the 12 runners, throwers and jumpers they sent to the Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University last June.
JT Brown, a 2008 Rosemount High School graduate, has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brown was a top college free agent after scoring a team-high 24 goals and 47 points for a University of Minnesota Duluth team that came up a game short of the Frozen Four last week. "I am excited about this opportunity to come to Tampa Bay and play for the Lightning," Brown said in the statement. "I see the organization as a great fit for me and although I had a tough decision to make, I definitely feel it was the right one.