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 sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Rosemount girls swimming and diving team moved one step closer to an undefeated run through the South Suburban Conference with a 96-78 dual win over Burnsville last Thursday at the Rosemount Middle School pool. A year after finishing 8-1 and sharing the title with Lakeville North and Prior Lake, the Irish are 6-0 with dual meets remaining against Bloomington Jefferson, Eastview and Lakeville South. Burnsville took the early lead with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay Thursday, but it was all Irish after that.
Rosemount's football season looked to be slipping away when a 17-7 loss to Prior Lake on homecoming dropped the team to 1-3. But just two weeks later, the Irish took the field on a chilly night at Lakeville South and looked rejuvenated. They made some changes to a turnover-plagued offense and used their fourth straight strong defensive showing to spoil the Cougars' homecoming with a 12-0 shutout victory Friday night.
The final three games of the regular season served as a reminder to Rosemount of just how good the boys soccer is in the South Suburban Conference. Coming off a 1-0 loss to second-ranked (Class 2A) Apple Valley, Rosemount overcame a three-goal deficit in the last 20 minutes to forge a 3-3 tie on the road at Burnsville last Tuesday. The team then closed out the conference slate with another 1-0 setback, this time at sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Eastview last Thursday.
The Rosemount football team moved back to 3-3 and spoiled Lakeville South's homecoming with a 12-0 shutout victory over the Cougars Friday night in Lakeville. After a scoreless first half, first-time starting quarterback Jackson Erdmann gave Rosemount the lead with a one-yard sneak across the goal line. The run was set up by a 55-yard punt return by Dimitri Williams. The Irish put the game away with a 16-play, 84-yard drive that spanned the first six-plus minutes of the fourth quarter.
There was no letdown for the Rosemount volleyball team against an Apple Valley squad that entered last Thursday's match on a nine-game losing streak. The Irish played well from the start and improved to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the South Suburban Conference with a 25-20, 25-23, 25-14 league win at Irish Gym. "We knew we had to play smart and battle through each point," Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek said. "We came out strong and played strong through the entire match." Katie Duff led a balanced offensive effort with 14 kills and three ace serves.
The Rosemount boys soccer team gave No. 1-ranked (Class 2A) and unbeaten Apple Valley all it could handle last Thursday night at Irish Stadium. The Eagles hung on for a 1-0 South Suburban Conference victory -- their fourth straight via shutout -- but the Irish didn't go down without a fight.
For the second straight week the Rosemount girls soccer team looked like two different teams in a span of 48 hours. Head coach Kevin Adams was pleased with the team's effort in both games, but the offense failed to produce a goal for the fifth time this season in a 0-0 overtime tie against a defensive-minded Apple Valley squad Thursday night at Irish Stadium. Back at home for Senior Night on Saturday, the Irish took advantage of a reeling Hastings team by hanging up a season-high seven goals as they sent the Raiders to their fifth straight loss. "We played two very good games this week.
Lakeville North didn't enter any athletes in the 1-meter dive at last Thursday's South Suburban Conference dual meet in Rosemount. Those 13 points that went eighth-ranked Rosemount's way ended up being the difference as the Irish improved to 5-0 atop the league standings with a 93-90 win. "If they had any divers, we just would have swam faster," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson joked after the meet. The home team took the early lead thanks to victories by the 200 medley relay team and Megan Wenman in the 200 freestyle.
A regression from last year's third-place finish was inevitable for a mostly-inexperienced Rosemount boys cross country team going up against many of the top teams from around the Midwest at Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational. The eighth-ranked (Class 2A) Irish fell a bit further back in the pack than they would have liked, but still cracked the top half of the 44-team field at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights with a 21st-place total of 565 team points. No.
Brandon Ekeren's 31-yard field goal with 17 seconds left lifted the Rosemount football team to a 17-16 victory on the road Friday night at Eagan. The Irish trailed by nine points before Ali Al-Khatib scored a five-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.