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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The young Rosemount boys swim team showed the progress it’s made over the course of the season by climbing into the top half of a talented field of teams at Friday’s Section 3AA Championships. The Irish ended up scoring 274.5 points to place fourth behind Eagan, Eastview and East Ridge at Bluewater Aquatic Center in Apple Valley. In the process, diver Stephen Satnik and swimmer Grant Toenges qualified for the upcoming Class 2A state meet.
All three area entrants showed they belonged among the best gymnasts in the state at Saturday’s Class 2A state meet in Minneapolis. Farmington’s Amanda Davenport and Lauren Slayton and Rosemount’s Josey Schlie all achieved top-10 finishes in action at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.
A renewed focus on contesting shots and rebounding made a world of difference for the Rosemount boys’ basketball team in its second meetings with Shakopee and Prior Lake. The first time through the South Suburban Conference, the Irish allowed a combined 146 points while losing to both the Sabers and Lakers. In last week’s rematches, the Irish surrendered a total of 84 points on their way to back-to-back victories.
When the Rosemount girls' basketball team gives up 50 or fewer points, it is tough to beat. Going back to the start of the 2014 season, the Irish have won 39 games while losing just eight when they accomplish that feat. They did it twice last week and came away with two more victories, which locked up a top-half finish in the South Suburban Conference.
The Rosemount boys' hockey team built up a little bit of momentum heading into the Section 3AA tournament by winning two of three games to close out the regular season last week.
The latest Section 3AA gymnastics meet once again brought out feelings of both joy and disappointment for the Rosemount gymnastics team.
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Playing last-place Burnsville in the friendly confines of Irish Gym was just what the doctor ordered for a Rosemount basketball team that had been struggling on the offensive end of the court. The Irish, who entered averaging just 52 points over their previous four games, played more aggressively and fundamentally sound while disposing of the Blaze 72-64 last Tuesday. The win completed a season sweep of the South Suburban Conference series.
The Rosemount boys' swimming and diving team got in the win column twice in last Tuesday's South Suburban Conference dual meet against Shakopee. Stephen Satnik won the 1-meter dive and Grant Toenges raced to first in the 100 backstroke in the Irish's 96-82 loss to the Sabers.
The Rosemount girls' hockey team's season came to an end after a 5-1 loss to top-seeded Eastview in the opening round of the Section 3AA tournament last Wednesday at Apple Valley Sports Arena. The loss closed out a 9-17 season. It was the Irish's highest win total since the 2010-11 season when they last reached the state tournament.