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 baseball team watched the momentum it had built come to a screeching halt Monday at Apple Valley. Coming off a week where they put an end to a 10-game losing streak by sweeping the Bloomington schools and played 11th-ranked Lakeville North to a one-run defeat, the Irish produced just one run and committed four errors in a 10-1 South Suburban Conference loss to the Eagles. "We came out Monday really flat and didn't seem like we were ready to play," Rosemount coach Chris Swansson said.
The Rosemount girls golf team got a sixth place finish from Molly Flynn and a top-10 performance from Monica McDonald on the way to third place at its own invitational May 12 at Emerald Greens Golf Course. Red Wing was a runaway winner with a score of 313. Edina took second with a 336 and Rosemount was third with 350. Chaska was fourth with a 358. Flynn, a junior, tied for sixth with an 18-hole score of 82. McDonald, a freshman, had an 84. Rosemount's other two counting scores came from senior Mackenzie Gogolin, who shot an 89, and sophomore Molly Reber, who had a 95.
The Rosemount softball team continued to struggle at the plate as it closed out the regular season with two losses in its final three games. The Irish scored four runs and had 13 hits over the course of those three games and didn't score more than three runs in any of their final six games as they finished with a record of 6-10.
The Rosemount girls track team used a combination of its hurdle depth and individual strength in the sprints and jumps to earn its highest finish in several years at the Section 3AAA True Team meet last Wednesday in Apple Valley. The Irish won two events -- the 100 hurdles and high jump -- and placed 22 individual performances in the top 10 as they placed second behind Prior Lake at the nine-team meet with 801 points.
The Rosemount boys lacrosse team finally got a chance to catch its breath last weekend after forging through one of the toughest stretches of games any team in the state has faced this season. The Irish squared off against second-ranked Eastview, fourth-ranked Eagan, a 7-3 Apple Valley team and a 6-2 Lakeville North club over the first 11 days of May and came away with a record of 2-2.
Goals were being scored in bunches last week at Irish Stadium. The Rosemount girls lacrosse team scored a program-record 25 goals in a 25-24 nail-biter last Tuesday against former co-op partner Eagan, and then watched as visiting Lakeville North rang up 22 goals in a 22-11 loss under the lights on Thursday night. The Irish take a 7-4 record into their final two games of the regular season this week against Lakeville South and Bloomington Kennedy. The Irish trailed Eagan by six early in the second half and 23-20 with five minutes to play before rallying.
The True Team state champions will get the chance to defend their title. The Rosemount boys track team outscored runner-up Apple Valley 850-808 1/2 and ran away from the rest of the field as it captured its seventh Section 3AAA True Team championship in eight years last Wednesday at Apple Valley. "We're thrilled with the way the meet played out. Apple Valley and Prior Lake have both shown that they have very good teams and were going to take a shot it. Our team stepped up and competed like we've become accustomed to when championships are on the line," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said.
The Rosemount boys track team won the section 3AAA true team section meet last night by scoring 850 points to runner up Apple Valley's 808.5. It's the Irish's seventh section championship in the last eight years. The team will compete next Friday night at Stillwater High School against the seven other section winners across the state, plus plus wildcard team, for the state championship. Rosemount won true team state championships in 2011 and 2009, and was runner up in 2010. The Irish girls finished second in the True Team section.
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.