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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Ezayah Oropeza continued to be a bright spot at 195 pounds for the Rosemount wrestling team last week.
Kiersten Browning skates through traffic with the puck during the Rosemount girls’ hockey team’s 2-1 loss to Burnsville last Thursday at Rosemount Community Center. The Irish (8-12) played again Saturday and Browning scored the team’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss at Northern Lakes.
Former Farmington girls soccer coach Seamus Tritchler died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer in September. Tritchler was the Tiger head soccer coach when I started at the newspaper in 2007. He loved the sport and kept popping up as a coach with various teams around the metro right up until this fall.
At last Thursday’s Rosemount girls’ hockey game, I got some photos of a Burnsville player hitting a Rosemount player in the face. You can see them on my Twitter page at @FarmRoseSports. Of course it was a hockey game, so no one seemed to think much of it and play resumed. The Burnsville girls’ hockey official Twitter response to the photos was “Play tough or go home.”
For life-long Minnesota Twins fan Steve Lufkin, vacations don’t come any better than the one he just returned from: A little sight-seeing, time with family and seven days spent in the Florida sun rubbing elbows with Twins greats at the Twi
Saturday's game against sixth-ranked East Ridge played out in an all-too-familiar fashion for the Rosemount girls' basketball team. It followed pretty much the same script as the Irish's game on the same court just 24 hours earlier against seventh-ranked Lakeville North.
With two more victories last week, the Rosemount girls' hockey team matched its highest win total since the 2011-12 season. After Saturday's 6-2 road loss to Lakeville North at Ames Arena, the Irish stand at 8-10 with seven games remaining in the regular season. The program tallied just nine wins in the previous four seasons.
Taking on a talented Eagan team Friday night didn't keep the Rosemount swimmers from coming back and turning in a solid effort Saturday at the Maroon and Gold Invitational. The Irish made the early trip to Minneapolis and came away with fifth place out of 14 teams, scoring 339 points in the Maroon Division at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
The Rosemount boys' hockey team couldn't stay out of the penalty box Saturday night and it cost the Irish on the road against seventh-ranked Lakeville North. The Panthers posted a 38-19 shot advantage and scored a pair of power-play goals in their 5-3 South Suburban Conference victory over the Irish at Ames Arena. "I thought the kids played hard. We have to learn that when you play good teams you have to stay out of the penalty box. We gave them opportunities and they took advantage," Rosemount coach Brad Stepan said.
Both the Rosemount and Farmington gymnastics teams wound up in the middle of a pack loaded with ranked opponents Saturday at the Faribault Invitational.