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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There was no letdown for the Rosemount volleyball team against an Apple Valley squad that entered last Thursday's match on a nine-game losing streak. The Irish played well from the start and improved to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the South Suburban Conference with a 25-20, 25-23, 25-14 league win at Irish Gym. "We knew we had to play smart and battle through each point," Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek said. "We came out strong and played strong through the entire match." Katie Duff led a balanced offensive effort with 14 kills and three ace serves.
The Rosemount boys soccer team gave No. 1-ranked (Class 2A) and unbeaten Apple Valley all it could handle last Thursday night at Irish Stadium. The Eagles hung on for a 1-0 South Suburban Conference victory -- their fourth straight via shutout -- but the Irish didn't go down without a fight.
For the second straight week the Rosemount girls soccer team looked like two different teams in a span of 48 hours. Head coach Kevin Adams was pleased with the team's effort in both games, but the offense failed to produce a goal for the fifth time this season in a 0-0 overtime tie against a defensive-minded Apple Valley squad Thursday night at Irish Stadium. Back at home for Senior Night on Saturday, the Irish took advantage of a reeling Hastings team by hanging up a season-high seven goals as they sent the Raiders to their fifth straight loss. "We played two very good games this week.
Lakeville North didn't enter any athletes in the 1-meter dive at last Thursday's South Suburban Conference dual meet in Rosemount. Those 13 points that went eighth-ranked Rosemount's way ended up being the difference as the Irish improved to 5-0 atop the league standings with a 93-90 win. "If they had any divers, we just would have swam faster," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson joked after the meet. The home team took the early lead thanks to victories by the 200 medley relay team and Megan Wenman in the 200 freestyle.
A regression from last year's third-place finish was inevitable for a mostly-inexperienced Rosemount boys cross country team going up against many of the top teams from around the Midwest at Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational. The eighth-ranked (Class 2A) Irish fell a bit further back in the pack than they would have liked, but still cracked the top half of the 44-team field at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights with a 21st-place total of 565 team points. No.
Brandon Ekeren's 31-yard field goal with 17 seconds left lifted the Rosemount football team to a 17-16 victory on the road Friday night at Eagan. The Irish trailed by nine points before Ali Al-Khatib scored a five-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.
Rosemount boys soccer coach Mike Floersch couldn't be more pleased with the progress his team has made this season. Coming off a 3-11-2 season where it won just one South Suburban Conference game, the Irish improved to 7-5 last week as they reeled off back-to-back league wins and played Edina competitively in a 2-1 loss. "We are really starting to play well. As a coach, you want your team to improve as the season goes on and I think these boys are surprising even themselves as to how good they could be," Floersch said.
The Rosemount volleyball team rebounded from a 3-0 sweep at the hands of Lakeville South last Tuesday by sweeping Bloomington Kennedy 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 last Thursday in Bloomington. Despite missing Meghan Schuster and Haley Zweber due to injuries, the Irish surpassed their season-long goal with a side-out rate of over 61 percent as they evened their record at 6-6. "This takes solid passing, smart setting and patient hitting," Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek said. "We played solid all the way around, as well as consistent." Brittany McLean led a balanced offensive attack with nine kills.
The Rosemount girls tennis team lost to conference champion Prior Lake last regular season before exacting some revenge and upsetting the Lakers in the section tournament finals. The Irish were left hoping for another opportunity for revenge after falling to the undefeated Prior Lake last Tuesday in Rosemount. The Lakers swept doubles play as they handed Rosemount its second league loss and all but locked up another South Suburban title. Virginia Norder held on to win a tough first set and picked up the team's lone win at No. 1 singles, 7-6, 6-1.
Rosemount girls soccer coach Kevin Adams figures he saw his team both at its best and at its worst in a span of two days last week. The Irish played what Adams called "their most complete 80-minute game of the season" in front of a big Community Night crowd last Tuesday night and eked out a 2-1 win over Lakeville South at Irish Stadium. Two nights later, the team traveled to Bloomington and lost by the same score to a 4-7 Kennedy team that had lost its previous three games by a combined score of 22-0. "We followed that emotional game with our poorest effort of the season.