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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Rosemount struck first but ended up on the losing side of its first two games of the season last week. The Irish got on the board on Kristen Reuter's unassisted goal just 42 seconds into last Thursday's season opener at Shakopee, but the Sabers tallied three unanswered goals before having to hold on for a 5-4 victory on their home ice.
Nobody knows who we are!" Rosemount head coach Jeff Erdmann said when he addressed his team on the sideline after Thursday night's Class 6A state tournament quarterfinal. They do now. The Irish, who started the season with three losses in their first four games, overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to turn plenty of heads with 14-10 upset of No. 1-ranked Edina at the Metrodome. They advance to the program's fourth semifinal appearance in seven years Thursday, where they take on fourth-ranked Lakeville North. The Panthers handed the Irish their last loss 35-0 on Oct.
The Rosemount football team is going back to the Metrodome. The Irish, who sat at 1-3 after a homecoming loss to Prior Lake in late-September, continued their second-half surge with a 7-6 upset at third-ranked Stillwater in a section crossover game Friday night. The team will take a 6-4 record into this afternoon's inaugural Class 6A state tournament game against No. 1-ranked Edina (9-1) under the Teflon roof in Minneapolis. "I think every team has the goal of making it and competing against the best teams in the state.
On paper, this looked to be a year of transition for the Rosemount boys cross country team. Six runners who went on to compete collegiately this fall graduate from last year's fourth-place team and several of the top teams in the section returned quality runners. Those obstacles didn't faze the Irish, who defended their South Suburban Conference and Section 3AA titles in convincing fashion before culminating the season with a fifth-place finish at Saturday's Class 2A state meet in Northfield. The lineup at St.
Rosemount's Hannah Grim moved up 63 places with a 59th-place showing at the Class 2A state meet Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Grim, competing in her fourth straight state meet, surged to the front quarter of the pack early on with an opening mile of 5:39 before settling for a 15:14 clocking on the hilly 4,000-meter course. "Hannah got out and competed. Her goal was all-state honors and she put herself in position to accomplish that goal," Rosemount coach Chris Harder said.
A year of transition finished up with the Rosemount volleyball team heading in the right direction. The Irish closed out the 2012 season with a 19-25, 22-25, 23-25 loss on the road at 19-6 Burnsville in the Section 3AAA tournament last Thursday night. They wound up with a record of 18-11 after finishing at 13-14 the previous fall. "Overall, the season was solid. Our seniors did a great job of leading our team and driving some critical changes to the program's culture," Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek said.
The 20-mile jaunt down Highway 3 from Rosemount to Northfield has become a yearly tradition for Hannah Grim. The Rosemount junior will become the first cross country runner in school history to compete at the state cross country meet four straight years when the Class 2A girls race gets under way at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Olaf College.
Depth once again separated the Rosemount boys cross country team from the rest of the field last Thursday at the Section 3AA Championships. Fourth and fifth runners Ryan Brumm and Ryan Condon combined to defeat their Eastview and Burnsville counterparts by 22 and 32 places, respectively, and that was the difference for the eighth-ranked Irish, who outscored runner-up Eastview 59-80 to earn their third consecutive trip to the Class 2A State Meet. The Irish compete Saturday afternoon at St. Olaf College in Northfield where they've placed third and fourth the last two years.
The clock rarely stopped running during the first three quarters of Friday night's Section 3AAAAAA playoff opener between Lakeville South and Rosemount. A scoreless first half that took just 42 minutes to complete was followed by a 20-minute third quarter as the two .500 South Suburban Conference teams kept the clock moving by combining for 11 punts and throwing just a handful of incompletions in the game's first 14 possessions. But something clicked for Rosemount when the number 4 lit up under the quarter sign on the Irish Stadium scoreboard.
The Rosemount girls swimming and diving team won eight of 12 events last Tuesday night to cap off an unbeaten run through the South Suburban Conference with a 94-87 win over Lakeville South at Kenwood Trail Middle School. The team score was locked at 31-31 through four events, but the Irish pulled away with a pair of 1-2-3 finishes. The first came in the 1-meter dive where Claire Judeh won with a score of 166.65 and teammates Sawyer Murray and Kristina Terhaar rounded out the top three. The 100 butterfly followed and Grace Herron reached the finish in 1 minute, 3.67 seconds to claim first.