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 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.
When the Rosemount girls lacrosse team has struggled this season, it's had a tough time slowing down opposing offenses. The Irish allowed 17 goals per game while losing their first four to start the season. While winning a pair earlier this month, they held Park to 11 and Bloomington Jefferson to six.
The Rosemount baseball team couldn't get the offense it needed to avoid a doubleheader sweep at the hands of visiting Apple Valley Monday afternoon. The Irish had 12 hits in Game 1, but couldn't add on to their early 3-0 lead as the Eagles rallied for three runs in the sixth and won the game with a go-ahead single in the top of the 11th. Anthony Winters had three hits in Game 2, but the rest of the lineup combined to go 1 for 23 and strike out 10 times in a 3-1 setback.
Rosemount's seven-game winning streak ended Monday night, but head coach Lance Kuehn doesn't think a loss to one of the top teams in the state did much to slow his team's momentum. "I don't think we've lost any momentum last night. We played a good game and we're still in a good spot," he said. "It was a battle of two great teams and we were really happy with our performance. " Defending state champion Eastview, ranked fourth in the state, scored four unanswered goals late in the third quarter to pull away from the sixth-ranked Irish 11-8 Monday night at Irish Stadium.
Rosemount had to make some major adjustments to its lineup just before the start of Friday night's Class 2A True Team state meet. One of the team's fastest runners was ruled ineligible to compete in the meet, forcing head coach Jay Hatleli to adjust his relay lineups and move new runners in to fill each event.
The Rosemount softball team got some timely hits and another solid effort from pitcher Gabby Sprang in the opening round of the Section 3AAA tournament. Sprang scattered six hits, walked none and struck out eight Apple Valley hitters in a 4-0 victory over the Eagles last Wednesday at The Cove. The Irish resumed tournament play Tuesday afternoon in Bloomington against a ninth-ranked Eastview team they defeated 4-1 during the South Suburban Conference season.