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 Rosemount wrestling team was among the 74 teams in the Fargodome over the weekend for the Rumble on the Red tournament. Ezayah Oropeza was the top Irish finisher, going 4-2 to come within one match of placing. Kameron Werk also won a match.
A win would have been nice, but last Wednesday's four-hour drive to Greenway was still a productive trip for the Rosemount boys' hockey team. The Irish bused up for their game with Greenway a day early and got to spent some time bonding as a team before playing to a 3-3 tie last Thursday at historic Hodgins-Berardo Arena.
Farmington finished first in seven of 12 events in last Tuesday's dual meet with Rosemount, but the Irish's depth allowed them to outscore the Tigers 99-87 in a South Suburban Conference dual at the Rosemount Middle School pool.</p><p>"It was a fun meet and very close," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "I was hoping to get more small points and I foresaw us finishing with a couple more firsts, but Rosemount showed more power than I originally thought they had.
For the third time in the last four games, a few late-game turnovers left the Rosemount girls' basketball team on the losing side in a road game against a strong opponent. The Irish stayed within a basket of Champlin Park with four minutes to go last Thursday, but ended up falling 61-51. "We had two tough turnovers, and they made their free throws down the stretch," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. "Our effort has been outstanding. With our margin for error being so small, we have to do a better job of executing down the stretch."
Rosemount’s string of fast starts continued Thursday night and carried it to another victory.
Hannah Enright's goal evened the score up in the second period of last Thursday's girls hockey game at Rosemount Community Center, but the tie didn't last long. Minneapolis answered with a goal of its own just 15 seconds later and went on to double-up the Irish 4-2 in a nonconference meeting.
A few strong individual efforts emerged from the Rosemount wrestling team's losses in its home triangular Dec. 15. The Irish fell 39-18 to Bloomington Kennedy and 70-6 against Wayzata, but Zach Young won by pin in both of his matches. "Zach has had a very good start to his season and has shown much improvement from last year," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. Also winning against Kennedy were freshman Vlad Batvinka, who scored a pin in his first varsity match, and Ezayah Oropeza, who also earned a pin at 195 pounds.
Playing with the lead made life much easier for the Rosemount boys' hockey team in a pair of big South Suburban Conference wins last week.
When it comes to dethroning Eastview in Section 3AAAA, the Rosemount girls' basketball team looks to be in the same position it has been in each of the previous two seasons.
A strong finish carried the Rosemount boys' swimming and diving team past Burnsville in its dual meet opener Dec. 13. The Irish trailed 41-37 through five events, but won the last six in a row to finish off a 92-76 victory over the Blaze at the Burnsville High School pool. "We had a good first dual meet against Burnsville. We have a very young team, and it's exciting to watch these guys step into these big roles and swim very well," Rosemount coach Jake Kemna said. "We're excited to see what this team can do down the road."