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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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.
The Rosemount boys hockey team was shut out by Eastview for the second time in 12 days in the opening round of the Section 3AA tournament last Thursday night. The Irish gave up two goals in the first four-plus minutes and never got on the board in a season-ending 4-0 loss at Apple Valley Sports Arena. Senior goaltender Austin Leslie stopped 34 Eastview shots. The Irish were outshot 38-27. "I don't think anybody on this team was ready to give up. We played pretty hard and ended the season on a great note," first-year head coach Brad Stepan said. "We knew Eastview was a good team.
Rosemount's streak of five straight section championships came to an end Friday at Hidden Oaks Middle School. The Irish qualified six athletes for state in eight events, but came up 14 points short of Lakeville South's 364 1/2 points. They easily outdistanced Lakeville North 350 1/2-312 1/2 in the battle for second place. The Cougars clinched the title by edging Rosemount by less than a second in a fast 400 freestyle relay where the top six teams all achieved state-qualifying times. "It came down to the last relay and Lakeville was just faster than us," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said.