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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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.
The Rosemount girls' basketball team finally got a close one to go its way Friday at the Rochester Rotary Classic.
Josey Schlie won all four events in leading the 10th-ranked Rosemount gymnastics team past Bloomington Jefferson 141.475-128.325 Friday at Rosemount High School. Schlie bested the 9.0 mark in all four events. She won the floor exercise with a meet-best 9.7 to lead a 1-2-3-4 Irish team finish in the event. Megan McKenzie (9.15), Arianna Passeri (8.825) and Lexy Berger (8.7) rounded out the top four.
The Shakin’ Shamrocks and Lucky Charms gymnastics teams won their divisions, and the Leaping Leprechauns placed third at the Rosemount Invite. In the 9-under division, Maren Laurent won the balance beam and placed second in the all-around. In the 10-11 division, winners were Rosella Zaske in the vault and beam, Summer Davis in the bars, and Faith Green in the floor exercise and all-around. Alexa Paresh was all-around champion and an individual first-place finisher in the 12-13 vault, bars and beam. Maisie Krieghbaum won the floor exercise.
The Rosemount wrestling team was among the 74 teams in the Fargodome over the weekend for the Rumble on the Red tournament. Ezayah Oropeza was the top Irish finisher, going 4-2 to come within one match of placing. Kameron Werk also won a match.
A win would have been nice, but last Wednesday's four-hour drive to Greenway was still a productive trip for the Rosemount boys' hockey team. The Irish bused up for their game with Greenway a day early and got to spent some time bonding as a team before playing to a 3-3 tie last Thursday at historic Hodgins-Berardo Arena.