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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When the three-pointers aren't falling, offense has been tough to come by for the Rosemount boys basketball team this winter. The Irish have averaged just 52 points a game over their last seven outings, and produced just 17 points in the second half of Friday night's 52-43 South Suburban Conference loss to Bloomington Jefferson at Irish Gym. Cole Northwick knocked down four three-pointers, but the rest of the team combined to go just 2 of 16 from beyond the arc. "The game was close at half time, but Jefferson played a lot tougher than we did throughout the game.
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Offense was not a problem for the Rosemount girls basketball team last week. The Irish had eight different players score at least six points last Tuesday against Burnsville when they lit up the Irish Gym scoreboard for a season-high 82 points in an 82-60 South Suburban Conference win over Burnsville.
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.