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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Last spring the Rosemount baseball team lost eight games by three runs or fewer and finished with a record of 5-15. Head coach Chris Swansson is hoping the experience provided by his six returning regulars will be enough to put the Irish on the other side of a few of those close games and push the team's record back toward the .500 mark. "We lost so many close games. It seemed like we just kept finding ways to lose with errors or leaving guys in scoring position. Every game we found ways to lose instead of finding ways to win," Swansson said. "We've been talking a lot about that.
The expectations just keep getting greater and greater for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team. A new program just a few years ago, the Irish have climbed their way up to become one of the top programs in the state. They followed up a 10-5 season with a 13-2 campaign last year that culminated in the program's first conference championship, but ended with a 14-13 upset at the hands of Burnsville in the section semifinals.
Head coach Tiffany Rose doesn't change the expectations she has for her Rosemount softball team. Even after losing a class of five all-South Suburban Conference seniors -- including three-year starting pitcher Rachel Hoeppner -- from last year's 6-11 team, Rose said she expects to put a team on the field that is ready to be competitive from Day 1 -- the April 9 home opener against Eastview. "I've never been a fan of rebuilding years. We're a varsity team and we're there to win, so I'm expecting to take what we have and make a strong varsity team.
The Rosemount boys basketball team only shot 40 percent in its 57-55 overtime win over Cretin-Derham Hall back in late December. The Irish hit on 42 percent of their shots in last Wednesday's Section 3AAAA tournament rematch with the Raiders, but got a very different result. Cretin-Derham Hall grabbed the early momentum by forcing many of Rosemount's 18 turnovers in the first half, and then pulled away thanks to a barrage of 11 three-pointers in a 68-48 victory in St. Paul. "The biggest difference between the first meeting and the second meeting was the turnovers.
Rosemount graduate and Iowa Hawkeyes basketball player Andrew Brommer has been getting nationwide attention this week for a shot he made at practice at Carver Hawkeye Arena that was posted to YouTube Monday.
Today marks the official start of the spring sports season for Minnesota State High School League softball and track teams. For photos from the first day of softball and track practices at Farmington and Rosemount, and previews of the upcoming softball seasons, check out Thursday's print editions of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages.
All five Rosemount wrestlers won their opening matches, four made it to the second day of competition and one made it all the way to the finals at last weekend's Class 3A State Wrestling Meet at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Senior standout Adam Jackson, state runner-up last year at 160 pounds, found himself in the same position this year at 152 pounds. Jackson trailed TJ O'Hara of Tartan 1-0 in the second period of the 152 finals when O'Hara countered a takedown attempt by Jackson and rolled him over for a two-point takedown and a three-point near fall.
Two of the top teams in the state assured Rosemount would take a losing streak into this week's Section 4AAAA tournament. The Irish closed out the regular season by falling to Tyus Jones and fifth-ranked Apple Valley 79-58 Friday night at Apple Valley. Three nights earlier, they were dealt a 64-40 setback at second-ranked and South Suburban Conference champion Lakeville North. The Irish finished with a record of 11-15, earning them the No. 6 seed in the section and a first-round road game Wednesday night at Cretin-Derham Hall.
Just like the Rosemount girls hockey team, the Rosemount girls basketball team's season came to an end with a trip to Apple Valley. The sixth-seeded Irish scored just 14 points in the first half and shot 26 percent from the floor in a 69-39 loss to the third-seeded Eagles last Wednesday night in the opening round of the Section 3AAAA tournament.
Rosemount senior Adam Jackson capped off his standout career with his second straight runner-up finish at the Class 3A State Wrestling Meet. Jackson lost to TJ Ohara of Tartan (40-2) in the 152-pound final Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center. He finished the season with a record of 41-4.