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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Turnovers and poor shooting continued to plague the Rosemount girls basketball team in its home opener last Tuesday night at Irish Gym. The Irish gave the ball away 29 times and shot just 30 percent from the field in a 68-43 loss to Wayzata. "We also gave up 11 offensive rebounds and you won't win many games when you give teams 40 extra possessions," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said.
The Rosemount girls hockey team finally got into the win column with a 4-1 South Suburban Conference triumph over rival Eastview last Thursday at the Rosemount Community Center. The Irish lost their first five games of the season, then sat through an eight-day Thanksgiving break before getting back on the ice against the Lightning. Once the eight-day layoff was over, the Irish wasted little time in getting on the board.
A few missed lay-ups kept the Rosemount girls basketball team from starting the season with a pair of victories at last weekend's Hamline Invitational in St. Paul. The Irish failed to connect on more than their share of close-range shots in a season-opening 66-60 loss to Orono Friday night, but salvaged a weekend split thanks to a defense that sparked a big first-half run in a 48-37 decision over Kenyon-Wanamingo Saturday. "We always expect to win, so we were a little disappointed we didn't come away 2-0.
Practice started last Monday. What have you learned about the team since then? We have a very young group that does not have a lot of varsity experience. The guys have a lot to learn and experience yet, but they got a lot better as the week went on. We learned a lot from our scrimmages on Saturday and they showed us what level we have to practice at every day in order to compete. Matt Nelson was lost to graduation after leading the team with 16.6 points per game.
The schedule so far this season has not been kind to the Rosemount girls hockey team. The Irish have played three teams in the state rankings and have lost all three during their 0-5 start. The latest was a 9-2 setback to fourth-ranked Lakeville North in their South Suburban Conference opener last Tuesday at Ames Arena. "In addition to working through some early-season off-ice issues, we have played three top-20 teams. While the start has been rough, there is no sign of quit from anyone associated with our team," Rosemount coach Josh Hoekstra said.
A couple of all-state performances by Megan Wenman helped the Rosemount swimming and diving team improve nine spots in the team standings with a 13th-place finish Saturday at the Class 2A state meet in Minneapolis. Wenman opened Saturday's finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center by swimming to a sixth-place time of 1 minute, 50.78 seconds in the 200 freestyle. The clocking earned her all-American consideration. The freshman earned the same distinction later in the meet with a second-place effort in the 100 freestyle.
Rosemount was on the wrong side of a pair of 4-2 decisions as its record dropped to 0-4 last week. The Irish fell behind 4-0 in last Tuesday's home loss to Wayzata, and then dug a 3-0 hole on the road in last Thursday's setback to Park at Cottage Grove Gardens. The visitors had a 36-31 edge in shots on goal against Park, but didn't get on the board until Kristen Reuter found the net (assists from Amanda Comstock and Alexandra Malecha) at 13:00 of the second period.
Rosemount's hopes of a third straight upset of a top-five ranked team were dashed by Lakeville North's relentless, swarming defense in Thursday night's Class 6A state semifinals at the Metrodome. The fourth-ranked Panthers allowed 68 yards and four first downs on the Irish's opening drive of the game before holding them to two first downs, 35 yards and no points over the final 3 1/2 quarters as they advanced to the Prep Bowl XXXI championship game with a 28-7 victory. The Irish suffered their last loss to the Panthers 35-0 in a late-season South Suburban Conference game, but had since knocke
The Rosemount girls swimming and diving team cleaned up like Adele at the Grammys at Friday's Section 3AA Championships. The Irish won section titles in eight of 12 events and qualified 10 individuals and all three relays for this weekend's Class 2A state meet as they defended their section team title 499 1/2-361 1/2 over runner-up East Ridge at Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake. "The girls worked extremely hard all season with no breaks. We just kept on working.
Rosemount struck first but ended up on the losing side of its first two games of the season last week. The Irish got on the board on Kristen Reuter's unassisted goal just 42 seconds into last Thursday's season opener at Shakopee, but the Sabers tallied three unanswered goals before having to hold on for a 5-4 victory on their home ice.