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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Improving its offensive attack was a goal going into the season for a Rosemount boys soccer team that scored just 11 goals in 17 games last season. The Irish looked like they had made strides toward that goal last Thursday night when they opened the season with a 6-0 shutout victory over Rosemount First Baptist at Irish Stadium. However, the offense faltered less than 24 hours later in a 3-0 shutout loss at Cloquet. It was the 24th time Rosemount has been shut out in its last 53 games dating back to the start of the 2008 season.
The Rosemount girls soccer team opened the season with back-to-back road victories last week. The Irish beat Cloquet 4-0 last Friday, then returned to the field for a 3-1 win over a physical Hermantown Saturday afternoon. "Hermantown presented some challenges for us with their physical play," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said. "We rely on our speed and had to make some adjustments because Hermantown neutralized that with their style of play.
There were split results in the Rosemount High School cross country team's 15th annual competition between varsity athletes and alumni.
Last year's team didn't pick up a lot of wins, but improved over the course of the season before losing 2-0 to Park in the section tournament. Based on what you've seen the first week of practice, do you think this year's team can pick up where last year left off? We were pretty young last year so I am looking for some better performances this year from the players. We seem to be deeper than we were last year so I am hoping to pick up where we left off. We always seem to need time to play together (a few weeks) and then in the second half of the season we start to improve.
The combination of three talented running backs and one of the state's premier offensive lines was tough to handle for most of Rosemount's opponents in 2010. The Irish started the season by rolling to an 8-0 record and their first South Suburban Conference championship, then won four straight playoff games before falling to Wayzata, 31-14, at the Metrodome in the program's first state title game appearance since 1981.
Chris Couillard has never been to the Minnesota Baseball Association state tournament. When he attends his first Saturday night in Hutchinson, he'll likely be in the starting lineup for the Miesville Mudhens in their Class B opening-round game against the Chaska Cubs. Couillard, a 2010 graduate of Rosemount High School where he was a three-year varsity letter-winner and an all-conference performer, helped the Mudhens earn one of two state bids with a pair of victories last weekend.
Last year's team had a great run, going 11-4-4 before losing to fifth-ranked Eagan in the Section 3 playoffs. What kind of off-season work have the players been doing to get ready for another run? Do you feel like the players are ready to pick up where they left off? The team last year was not satisfied with a close semi-final loss to an excellent Eagan team. They did not take advantage of their opportunities. This year's team is focused on putting in the work to repeat the success of 2010 and also take that next step to the section finals.
A botched double play grounder closed the book on Rosemount starter Michael Robohm and reliever Justin Wallace gave up a three-run blast to the first batter he faced in the fifth inning of last Wednesday's Section 4 amateur baseball playoff game in Prior Lake. The host Jays used the five-run inning to pull away for a 9-5 victory that advanced them to a second-round matchup with the top-seeded Savage Outlaws. Meanwhile, the Black Sox exited the playoffs and ended the season with a record of 15-17.
Cross country is a sport that usually requires a lot of off-season work to be successful. Are your returning runners on any kind of summer training program? What are they doing to get ready for the season? Our runners participate in the Rosemount Distance Project, our off-season training program. We have different levels for the athletes depending on their chronological and training age. We also encourage and support multi-sport athletes, so some of our members are part of other school training programs as well.
A pair of lopsided losses at last week's Sub-District Touranment left the Rosemount VFW baseball team with a 7-19 record for the summer. Rosemount, seeded sixth in the six-team tournament, opened with a 15-5 loss to Inver Grove Heights Thursday afternoon in South St. Paul. The team started out better in Friday's loser's bracket game against Farmington, but eventually got out-slugged, 19-10. "Our season had a lot of ups and downs. The kids showed a lot of promise and a lot of skills that they can work on," Rosemount coach Scott Eul said.