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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Four first-place finishes and 24 top-10 showings carried Rosemount to its sixth straight Section 3AA True Team championship Saturday at Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake. Rosemount scored 1,341 ½ points, over 150 more than runner-up Lakeville South's 1,188 ½.
Rosemount crowned three individual champions and finished fourth as a team with 144 ½ points Saturday at the Eastview Lightning Invitational in Apple Valley. Shakopee defeated Faribault 189-168 for the team title. Host Eastview was third with 147 points and the Irish were right behind despite entering wrestlers at 11 of 14 weights. "It was a very competitive and balanced tournament," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. "Fourth was very good considering the weight classes we didn't fill." Payton Otterdahl, Sam Moeller and Dan Rosa all won championships for the Irish.
Rosemount couldn't complete its goal of a four-game winning streak, but head coach Brad Stepan was still pleased with his team's effort after Saturday's 3-2 loss to Lakeville South at Rosemount Community Center. "Our kids played pretty hard," Stepan said. "We took an unnecessary penalty in the third period and that cost us a goal, but we're making progress. It was a good four-game stretch for us." The Irish's three-game winning streak began after a 5-4 loss to Lakeville North on Jan. 5. At that point, Stepan and his team set the short-team goal of winning its next four games.
The Rosemount gymnastics team maintained its spot atop the South Suburban Conference with a sweep of Bloomington Jefferson and Kennedy last Tuesday in Rosemount. The Irish scored 139.9 points as they moved to 5-0 in the league. Jefferson defeated Kennedy, 121.925-100.675. Seventh-grader Josey Schlie once again paced the winners in the all-around with a score of 36.3. She won the vault (9.4), uneven bars and floor exercise (personal best of 9.6) and placed second to teammate Abby Nelson in the balance beam.
The Rosemount gymnastics team celebrated its debut at No. 7 in the Class 2A state rankings by defeating Prior Lake 138.125-129.425 in a South Suburban Conference meet last Thursday at Rosemount High School. Rosemount finished first in all four events and Irish gymnasts finished 1-2-3 in the all-around competition.
Six undefeated wrestlers helped Rosemount place third as a team at Saturday's Centennial Duals. The Irish opened with a 40-12 win over Champlin Park, then lost 32-26 to host Centennial before defeating Wabasha-Kellogg 46-21 in the third-place match. A ranked Simley team defeated Centennial in the championship. "It was a very good day for us. We won a lot more close matches than we have in the past," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.
Slow the game down, limit possessions and shoot a lot of three-pointers. If that was Rosemount's game plan heading into last Tuesday's game against Eastview, the Irish executed it to perfection. The home team took 20 of its 35 shots from beyond the three-point arc and swished nine of them in a 53-49 victory over Eastview at Irish Gym. "The guys followed the game plan very well and more importantly played extremely hard," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said.
A promising first half gave way to a disappointing second half for the Rosemount girls basketball team last Thursday in Eagan. The Irish saw a 12-point lead disappear as they turned the ball over 11 times, gave up 11 offensive rebounds and made just 4 of 15 shots from the free-throw line in the final 18 minutes of a 63-55 South Suburban Conference loss to the Wildcats. "The second half they came out right away and hit a couple threes and we tightened up and started rushing ourselves on offense and didn't contest their shots as well as we did in the first half," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said
Rosemount's Andrew Urness, Sam Kendall and Kyle Bodine finished 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle and the Irish led the rest of the way in a 95-85 South Suburban Conference dual win over Apple Valley Friday night at the Valley Middle School pool. The sweep put the visitors up 19-11 after two events. It ended up being the first of five first-place finishes that stretched the Irish advantage to 60-33 by the meet's halfway point.
Eighteenth-ranked Apple Valley put 11 more shots on goal and netted a pair of power-play scores, but a little extra effort helped Rosemount come away with a 4-3 upset of the Eagles last Thursday at Apple Valley Sports Arena. "It was a big win. It is a great example of what this team can accomplish when they work hard. It is a simple formula with our team. When we work very hard we are a difficult team to play against," Rosemount coach Josh Hoekstra said. "You cannot cut corners in hockey.