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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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 No. 4 lit up under the Qtr. sign on the Irish Stadium scoreboard.
Rosemount will once again be well-represented at next weekend's Class 2A state cross country meet. The Irish boys advanced by dominating the team race, winning the Section 3AA championship by placing five runners in the top 17 at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley. The girls team will be represented by Hannah Grim, who qualified for her fourth straight state meet with a ninth-place finish. Grim was part of two 10th-place state teams before qualifying as an individual the last two years. Trevor Capra and Sam Ivanecky each finished in the top 10 for the Rosemount boys.
The ninth-ranked Rosemount girls swimming and diving team improved one spot - both from their ranking and their finish last year - at Saturday's Class 2A True Team State Meet. Ninth a year ago in their first trip to the meet, the Irish placed eighth with 1,131 1/2 points in action at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. No. 1-ranked Minnetonka defeated No. 2 Wayzata 2,203-2,100 1/2 for the True Team state title. "We didn't rest for the meet; we went about business as usual (with our training). Considering that, they did very good," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said.
Seventh-ranked (Class 6A) Lakeville North turned in its second straight shutout and put the finishing touches on a 7-1 regular season with a 35-0 blanking of Rosemount last Wednesday in Lakeville. The Panthers opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run on their opening drive and had their way on the ground the rest of the game. Jamiah Newell ran the ball in from two yards out later in the first quarter to make it 14-0 and went on to rush for 128 yards and three touchdowns -- all in the first half.
After working through some early-season struggles, the Rosemount volleyball team is hitting its stride at just the right time. The Irish closed out the regular season with a 3-1 victory over Prior Lake last Tuesday night, giving them sole possession of sixth place in the tough South Suburban Conference. The team has won nine out of its last 10 matches since its record dropped to 8-9 with a loss at the St.
The Rosemount football team closed out a 4-4 regular season with a 35-0 loss at sixth-ranked (Class 6A) Lakeville North Wednesday night. The Irish earned the No. 4 seed in Section 3AAAAAA and will host No. 5 Lakeville South in the first round of the section tournament Friday, Oct. 26, at Irish Stadium. The Irish topped the Cougars 12-0 earlier this season.
When it comes to weekend tournaments, the third time was the charm for the Rosemount volleyball team. After first-round losses led to consolation championships earlier this season at the Farmington and Cannon Falls Invitationals, the Irish broke through with a 4-0 day and a tournament championship Saturday at Nomeland Gym in Faribault. The Irish closed out the tournament with a 10-3 run that gave them a 15-8 victory in the third set of their championship match against Faribault.
There was no upset of top-seeded Prior Lake in the cards this time around. After advancing to the state tournament with a 4-3 win over the Lakers in last year's section finals, the Rosemount girls tennis team was handed a 7-0 sweep by the South Suburban Conference champions in last Thursday's showdown at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville. "They definitely were the stronger team, especially indoors," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said. "We were very happy to make it to the finals and I am proud of the girls for their awesome season.
Every team but the state champion ends the season with a loss, but some of those teams come away from that loss feeling better about their season than others. That was likely the case for the Rosemount boys soccer team. The Irish's season came to an end with a 2-0 loss to fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Apple Valley last Thursday night.
Rosemount is going back to the True Team State Meet. A year after winning their first True Team section title, the Irish advanced as a wild card with a second-place finish at Saturday's Section 3AA True Team meet at the Rosemount Middle School pool. The Irish led through nine events, but East Ridge surged ahead over the final three to win the section title, 1,007-980. Rosemount opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay as Claire Tolan, Olivia Johnston, Megan Wenman and Madeline Ryan combined to post a one-second margin of victory.