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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Summer is no time to slow down for members of the cross country teams at Farmington and Rosemount high schools. Runners from the boys and girls teams at both schools have been getting together to train over the last two months in preparation for the fall season, which gets under way Monday, Aug. 12. The Irish have been meeting every morning at 7 a.m. on the trails at Lebanon Hills, with anywhere from 15 to 30 runners participating daily, while the Tigers have had slightly smaller groups in their first year of organized summer practices.
The Rosemount Legion baseball team lost late leads in both of its district tournament games last week. In last Thursday's first-round game in Apple Valley, seventh-seed Rosemount set the tone early with two runs in the first inning, but was shut out the rest of the way before falling 3-2 to No. 2 Woodbury on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. Back at Legion Field a day later, Rosemount held leads of 3-0, 6-2 and 7-3, and still held a 7-5 advantage with two outs in the ninth inning before Apple Valley pushed across five runs to rally for a 10-7 win.
The Rosemount Pipers split four games over a busy weekend to square their record at 10-10 heading into the final week of the regular season. The Pipers opened Friday night's meeting with Woodbury by completing a game that was called due to weather with the score tied at 2-2 back in late June. Woodbury won the make-up game with a run in the seventh inning, but didn't score the rest of the night as Dan Hegberg tossed a four-hit shutout in a 3-0 Pipers victory in Game 2. Craig Liebaert, Jason Schwab and Bobby Downs each supplied two of the Pipers' 10 hits.
A sweep at the hands of the defending Class 2A state champions didn't put too much of a damper on the Rosemount Pipers' first Family Day. Player/manager Ken Fry estimates 200 people turned out for the Pipers' 10-3 and 6-2 losses to the Burnsville Bulldogs Sunday afternoon at Dakota County Technical College.
A lot rides on the Rosemount Legion baseball team's pitching and defense as it opens the district tournament tonight in Apple Valley. When those two aspects of the game go well, Rosemount can come out on top like it did in Saturday's 2-0 shutout victory over Prior Lake at Memorial Park. When the pitching and defense falter, the team is just as capable of falling behind like it did a few hours later in a 9-2 loss to Shakopee in its regular-season finale Saturday night at Dakota County Technical College.
Two-hundred and eighty-four runners participated in the 27th-annual Run for the Gold Saturday morning outside the Rosemount Community Center. 2012 Rosemount graduate and current St. Olaf College distance runner Calvin Lehn won the title in the feature four-mile race, covering the winding course in 20 minutes, 34 seconds to top the field of 183 runners. He bettered his time from a year ago when he ran 22:05 to place third.
It took a couple of rallies for the Rosemount Pipers to finally overtake the Minnetonka Lakers Sunday night. The Pipers spent six innings chipping their way back into the game after spotting Minnetonka four runs via four straight walks in the top of the second inning. Three runs in the bottom of the sixth gave Rosemount a brief 6-5 lead, but the Lakers answered back with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to pull back in front.
The Rosemount American Legion team pitched well and played good defense, but its offense couldn't get going over the weekend during a 1-4 showing in pool play at the 90-team Gopher Classic. Rosemount allowed just 17 runs in its five games at the Maple Grove site. The team plated only five in four straight losses before closing out the tournament with a 5-3 win over Chippewa Falls (Wis.) on Sunday afternoon.
One bad inning was enough to spoil the Rosemount Pipers' chances against the top-ranked Minnetonka Saints Monday night. The Pipers held the Saints scoreless for most of the game and took a lead in the top of the third when Ken Fry came across on a hit by Greg Sell. But the lead didn't last long. Rosemount gave up six unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning and lost the game, 6-1.
The Rosemount Legion Post 65 baseball team has been short on quality starts during its 2-8-1 start to the season. It finally got one last Tuesday when Luke Dahl held...