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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Apple Valley showed why it's the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Friday night's Section 3, Class 4A, championship game. Highly-touted junior guard Tyus Jones set the tone with a steal and a lay-up on the first trip down the court and the Eagles led from start to finish in a 94-63 victory over Rosemount at Burnsville High School. The state-bound Eagles shot 57 percent from the floor, 87 percent from the free-throw line and drilled 10 three-pointers in their 27th straight victory.
With 13 returning varsity players, this year's Rosemount softball team could look a lot like last year's. But head coach Tiffany Rose is hoping an additional year of experience will produce different results. The Irish finished with a record of 6-12 and averaged just two runs per game last season. "The last couple of years our thing has been to get people on base and move them around. We had decent at bats last year and not a ton of strikeouts," Rose said.
Whether it was after Rosemount's five-game losing streak in mid-December, its six-game skid in February or its 40-point home loss in the final game of the regular season, head coach Bryan Schnettler was always quick to point out that his team's primary mission was to be playing its best by the time the Section 3AAAA tournament rolled around. It's that approach that now has Rosemount, after a 7-19 regular season, playing to go to the state tournament tomorrow night in Burnsville.
Another slow start and continued rebounding struggles made for a tough night for Rosemount last Wednesday in the opening round of the Section 3AAAA basketball tournament. The Irish fell behind 13-0 out of the gate, and gave up five baskets on five offensive rebounds, as 10th-ranked Park of Cottage Grove pulled away for a 70-43 victory. The Wolfpack went on to defeat Apple Valley and face No. 2-ranked Eastview in tonight's section finals. "On the defensive side our initial defense was great.
Rosemount's Sam Moeller didn't hang his head after losing a 5-4 heartbreaker in Saturday morning's Class 3A state semifinals. Instead, Moeller returned to the Xcel Energy Center mat to compete in the consolation bracket and scored two major decisions to earn third place at 182 pounds. "He wrestled a quality wrestler and just came up a point short. If they wrestled 10 times they would probably split them," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. "It was nice to see him rebound after that tough loss.
Rosemount is a streaky shooting team, and head coach Bryan Schnettler is hoping his team can start a new streak in the Section 3AAAA tournament. The Irish closed out the regular season by posting their lowest point total in more than eight years in a 71-31 loss to Prior Lake Friday night at Irish Gym. They shot just 22 percent, got to the free-throw line just twice and only scored 11 points in the second half. "Prior Lake played a zone and they have two guys over 6-10. We struggled to score in the paint and we rushed some jump shots," Schnettler said.
A couple of missing teeth didn't keep Daniel Monaghan from flashing a winning smile at the top of the podium at Saturday's Class 2A state meet. The Rosemount junior lost two teeth and scraped his lip and nose last week when he hit the diving board during a routine dive in his first practice after winning the Section 3AA title.
Cheryl Kluender wasn't sure how much interest there would be in a watercolor painting class. So the Rosemount area artist was thrilled when she had to add a class to accommodate all the people who have signed up. "I'm overwhelmed by the response. It's going to be great," said Kluender. Kluender will teach watercolor classes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March. She will work with beginners and advanced students. Classes will begin March 4. The class will cover design, color and value.
There was good news and bad news for the Rosemount wrestling team at Saturday's Section 3AAA individual tournament in Burnsville. The good news was the Irish entered 13 wrestlers and -- for the first time ever -- all 13 placed in the top six in their respective weight classes. Of those 13, senior Sam Moeller, junior Payton Otterdahl and freshman Adam Hedin qualified for the Class 2AAA state meet, which gets under way tomorrow morning at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. "Everyone wrestled on Saturday and everyone medaled, which is phenomenal," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.
The Rosemount boys basketball team drilled 12 three-pointers while chipping away at a 22-point deficit in an eventual loss to ninth-ranked Lakeville North two weeks ago. The offense that heated up during that second-half charge went cold during a pair of South Suburban Conference losses last week. The Irish scored just 14 points in the first half and shot 24 percent from the field in a 53-52 home loss to Burnsville last Tuesday, and were left in the dust by No.