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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It's been a successful last seven seasons for the Rosemount football team. The Irish have won 55 games and lost just 24 since the start of the 2005 season. They've won conference titles in two conferences -- the Lake and South Suburban -- and they've made three trips to the Metrodome while winning at least half of their games every year. If that streak is going to continue, the Irish are going to have to get contributions from a large group of first-time varsity players.
Last year the team went 15-3 in the conference and once again qualified for state, where it finished fourth. What are some of your favorite memories from the season? Last year was so bittersweet. Especially having five seniors on the team and two sets of sisters, the Harringtons and the Hoffmanns. My favorite memories are of our section semis and section final matches where Rosemount was the underdog and went in to win both matches 4-3.
Rosemount's brief appearance in the section playoffs played out much like the last third of the season did. The Black Sox got good pitching and made the plays defensively, but were ultimately defeated as their offense failed to produce enough runs. In last Tuesday's section play-in game at Alimagnet Field in Burnsville, the fourth-seeded Black Sox managed to push across just one run in a 2-1 loss to the fifth-seeded Savage Outlaws. The Sox finished the season with a six-game losing streak that left them with a record of 11-15.
Rosemount's late-season slide continued in Sunday afternoon's regular season finale against the Austin Blue Sox. The Black Sox managed just four hits and starter Mihael Robohm allowed four runs (two earned) over the first six innings in a 6-0 loss in Rosemount. Robohm tossed seven shutout innings in an early-season 4-0 blanking of the Blue Sox in Austin. "It was ugly. It was the same things it has been, we struggled to put the ball in play and get runners across," Rosemount player/coach Dave Molde said.
Town Pages sports editor Matthew Steichen is celebrating his fifth anniversary covering Rosemount sports by counting down the best Rosemount High School teams of the past half decade. Number 10 Boys track, 2011 Expectations have to be pretty high for nine top-10 finishes at the state meet to feel like a bit of a disappointment. That's how high the Rosemount boys track team raised the bar in the spring of 2011. After winning the True Team state championship, the South Suburban Conference championship and the Section 1AA meet by a whopping 95 points, the Irish scored an unde
Last year's team played strong toward the end of the season before falling in a closely-contested game to third-ranked Eagan in the section tournament. In what areas was the team executing well at the end of the year? And in what areas is there still the most work to be done? We had tremendous chemistry on the team last year and fought through mid season injuries to some key players.
169 runners battled heavy rain to complete the annual Run for the Gold four-mile race Saturday morning in Rosemount. Former Rosemount High School distance running standout Shane McCallum was the overall winner, completing the race in 20 minutes, 49 seconds. He defeated runner-up Mike Bumgarner of Rosemount by 19 seconds.
You were in Marshall last week for the Southwest Minnesota State team camp. How did that go? It is one of the best team camps in the region and it was our first year attending. It ran from (last) Monday through Thursday. There were over 30 high school teams from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota at the camp. Many of the teams were very strong so the competition was great. We played a lot of volleyball in four days and really worked hard in some pretty hot, humid environments.
The Rosemount Black Sox bats came alive late in last Wednesday's game in Lonsdale. The Sox plated 10 runs over the final three innings as they pulled away for a 13-5 rout of the Aces. The team is now 11-9, including a 6-1 mark when scoring 10 or more runs. Leadoff hitter Brady Loew stayed hot at the plate with four more hits and three runs scored, upping his average to a team-best .413 in 75 at bats this summer.
The Rosemount Aces got one of three close games to go their way last week at the Senior Babe Ruth State Tournament in Eagan. Rosemount got a tough draw in the opening round of the 10-team tournament and lost to Edina, 2-0, last Tuesday. Edina's pitcher fired a seven-inning perfect game, striking out 14 of 21 hitters he faced. "That was a little disappointing. I don't think we got the bat on the ball as well as we could have," Rosemount coach Steve Lufkin said. "The kid threw a good game and kept our kids off balance.