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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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.
The Rosemount gymnastics team competed for the final time in preparation for Friday’s Section 3AA Championships last Tuesday at Lakeville North. The top-ranked Panthers won the South Suburban Conference finale with 148.925 points, while the 13th-ranked Irish matched their season average with 141.3 points. Head coach Jason Passeri figures it will take 144-145 points for his team to best 10th-ranked Eagan in the section meet.
Former Rosemount head boys’ basketball coach B ryan Schnettler has guided the Wayzata basketball team to a 17-1 start this winter. The Trojans are ranked fourth in Class 4A.
Rosemount Girls' Basketball The Rosemount girls' basketball team continued to show signs of progress while putting a scare into fourth-ranked Lakeville North Friday night. The Irish made clutch shots throughout the game to stay within striking distance, but couldn't get several potential go-ahead shots to fall in the final minute as the 18-2 Panthers escaped 48-46.
The Rosemount girls' hockey team entered Section 3AA tournament play on a high note after shutting out the St. Paul Blades 4-0 in last Wednesday's regular season finale at Rosemount Community Center. The victory gave the Irish a regular season of 9-16, the program's best showing in six years. It earned the the No. 8 seed in the Section 3AA tournament and a first-round game on the road at top-seeded Eastview Wednesday night.
Farmington built an early 1.5-point lead in the vault and held on to defeat Rosemount 141.425-139.7 last Tuesday in a clash of two state-ranked South Suburban Conference teams last Tuesday.
Rosemount Girls Hockey A pair of losses last week extended the Rosemount girls' hockey team's losing skid to six games heading into the final week of the regular season. The Irish (8-15) kept pace with two teams in the top half of the South Suburban Conference, falling to 3-0 on the road to third-place Eastview last Tuesday and being edged 3-2 by fourth-place Shakopee Saturday at Rosemount Community Center.
The likes of state powerhouses Minnetonka, Stillwater, Wayzata and Edina pushed Farmington and Rosemount to the back of the pack at Saturday’s Class 2A True Team state meet.