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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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.
Rosemount freshman Abby Nelson went into her second state meet hoping to finish in the top six in the balance beam and reach the medal stand. Coming within 25-thousandths of a point of winning an individual state title was just icing on the cake. Nelson moved up from 14th last year to third place Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion with a score of 9.525.
Rosemount coach Brett Larson put a positive spin on his team's 29-28 loss to Henry Sibley in the Section 3AAA team tournament semifinals Friday night at Henry Sibley High School. If they had won, the Irish would have had to face Apple Valley in the finals. The national powerhouse went on to destroy Henry Sibley, 65-9. "That's the good news. You just have to face Apple Valley anyway," he said. "It was a great dual from a fan's standpoint. It's still frustrating for the fans and coaches, but it was a good dual all-around.
Eagan came up with the final run in a game that was full of them last Tuesday in Rosemount. The Wildcats closed with a 16-4 spurt to spoil the Irish's Senior Night with a 46-41 victory at Irish Gym. The Irish led 11-4 in the opening minutes, but Eagan used a charge late in the first half to even the score at 23-23 heading into the break. The visitors then went up 29-23 to open the second half, but the Irish answered with a 14-1 charge that gave them a seven-point lead with nine minutes to go.
A slow start left Rosemount with too big a hole to get out of in Friday night's loss to ninth-ranked Lakeville North. The Irish trailed 42-22 at the break and fell behind by as many 22 points before closing the gap to three points late in an eventual 77-65 South Suburban Conference setback at Irish Gym. The win improved the Panthers' record to 18-4, while the Irish slipped to 6-16 with their fourth straight loss. "We played very flat in the first half," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. "The lesson from the game is that if you play hard good things will happen.