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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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.
Last Sunday, the Rosemount Black Sox hosted Prior Lake with nothing on the line. The teams will square off again this Sunday in Prior Lake with much more at stake. The third-seeded Black Sox will be trying to reverse the results of last week's 10-7 loss in the final game of the regular season when they take on the Jays in the opening round of the Section 4 Tournament. The top two teams from the four-team section -- which also includes No. 1 Savage and No.
More than 300 runners competed in Saturday's Run for the Gold in Rosemount. Eight of the top 10 finishers were locals, including champion Chris Massey, who pulled away from the field in a time of 21 minutes, 45 seconds, on the four-mile course. The former Irish distance running standout topped runner-up Kyle Mills by 22 seconds. Irish distance runner Shane McCallum placed third in 22:22, followed by Nathan Rock in fourth at 22:25. Mike Bumgardner, 22, was the oldest runner in the top 10 and finished fifth in 22:30.
Former Rosemount High School distance running standout Chris Massey captured the title in the four-mile Run for the Gold Saturday morning in Rosemount. Massey clocked in at a winning time of 21 minutes, 45 seconds, to defeat runner-up Kyle Mills by 22 seconds. Shane McCallum placed third. Rebecca Pachuta of Eagan was the top female finisher and placed 20th overall in 26:32. For more photos from the event, check out next week's print edition of the Rosemount Town Pages.
Just when the Rosemount Senior Babe Ruth baseball team started to play well, it ran out of players. After a 10-0 first-round loss to eventual champion Minnetonka last Wednesday sent them to the loser's bracket, Rosemount bounced back by blowing out Apple Valley 15-5 on Thursday. Friday's entire slate of games was rained out, which pushed Rosemount's third game against Champlin Park to Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and created some roster issues.
With the playoffs getting underway tonight at South St. Paul, Rosemount VFW coach Scott Eul used the last two games of the regular season to gain a little bit more experience for his pitching staff. Six pitchers toed the rubber during last week's games. Some threw pretty well, according to Eul, while others struggled at times, but ultimately it was eight errors that hurt Rosemount in an 8-1 home loss to Farmington and a 12-2 setback against New Prague. "We pretty much tried to get all of our pitchers in. Nobody got in more than three innings.