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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Other than the schedule, everything went right for the Rosemount volleyball team at Saturday's Farmington Invite. Of the 16 teams in attendance at Tiger Gym, the Irish were the unlucky ones who got paired up with Owatonna in the first round. The 11-3 Huskies went on to win the tournament with four straight sweeps, while the Irish rebounded from their first-round 13-25, 18-25 setback to win three straight matches and the consolation championship. "We made too many mistakes to beat a strong team like Owatonna.
The Rosemount girls soccer team's offense finally started producing in the second half Thursday afternoon in Eagan, just in time to put an end to the Irish's five-game losing streak. The Irish had scored just two total goals in its previous 5 1/2 games before it put two balls into the back of the net after the halftime break. Eagan responded with two goals of its own and the two South Suburban Conference teams battled through two scoreless overtime periods to a 2-2 tie. "We found a number of positives coming out of the Eagan game," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said.
Warmer temperatures and a half-mile longer race may have had an effect on the Rosemount girls cross country team at Friday's Applejack Invitational in Lakeville. The Irish finished 10th out of 21 teams with 330 points in their first four-kilometer race of the season at Aronson Park. "Historically, we have difficulty in our first four-kilometer of the season. Hopefully we got that out of our system," Rosemount coach Chris Harder said. "We had some difficulty today and can run much better, like we showed at the Irish Invitational....
The Rosemount boys cross country team executed its race strategy to perfection Friday afternoon at the Applejack Invitational. The seventh-ranked Irish ran comfortably with the rest of the pack for the first half of the race before making their move on the second half of the 5,000-meter course at Aronson Park in Lakeville.
Most of the columns on the stat sheet favored Bloomington Kennedy Friday night, but the only one that mattered went Rosemount's way. The Irish were outgained by over 100 yards, ran about half as many plays and had the ball nearly half as much, but a couple of big plays in the second half sparked them to a 21-14 South Suburban Conference victory over the Eagles at Irish Stadium. Rosemount got the ball to start the second half in a 7-7 game and drove to the Kennedy 26-yard line before running back Ali Al-Khatib ran it in for the go-ahead touchdown.
Any break from its tough South Suburban Conference schedule is a welcome sight for the Rosemount boys soccer team. The Irish, after losing a pair of one-goal games to conference foes Lakeville North and Prior Lake last week, regained some confidence with a 3-0 shutout of Hastings Saturday at Irish Stadium. The victory improved coach Mike Floersch's team to 5-0 with four shutouts in non-conference games this season. Kohl Sparrman supplied two of the goals and Biruk Tefera scored once.
Two undefeated teams ranked in the top five in the state made for a difficult first week of the South Suburban Conference season for the Rosemount girls soccer team. The Irish were shut out for the third straight time last Tuesday when No. 1-ranked (Class 2A) Lakeville North used a pair of second-half goals to pull away for a 2-0 victory at Irish Stadium.
Rosemount volleyball coach Smokey Vitek wants her young team to be aggressive offensively, while also being patient and consistent. The Irish continued to struggle finding the right balance between the two while losing a pair of 3-1 non-conference matches last week. The team had 50 or more unforced errors, according to Vitek, in last Tuesday's home loss to New Prague and plenty more against Roseville back at Irish Gym on Thursday. "All the sets were within two or three points and we gave away too many points, which impacted our ability to win sets (against New Prague)," Vitek said.
Chanhassen used a sweep of four doubles matches to score a 6-2 win over Rosemount and win the four-team Irish Invitational Tournament Saturday afternoon. The Storm scored 19 points while going 3-0. They defeated Cannon Falls 7-1 and Shakopee 6-2. Rosemount defeated Cannon Falls 8-0 and Shakopee 7-1 en route to scoring 17 points. Rosemount No. 2 singles player Ally Baker was the only member of the team to make it through the tournament undefeated, going 3-0 to win an individual medal. She defeated Shakopee's No.
It took just eight events for the Rosemount girls swimming and diving team to put its season-opening meet into exhibition scoring last Thursday night. The Irish won the first eight events of the meet - and placed second in seven of them - as they built a commanding 98-28 lead in an eventual 98-78 South Suburban Conference dual win over Apple Valley at Valley Middle School. "Rosemount had a great start to the swim season. We are four weeks in to the season and the girls have been working extremely hard," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said.