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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Rosemount head coach Josh Hoekstra saw some good and some bad from his team at last week's Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic. The Irish played well in last Thursday's opener, but fell to the consolation bracket after 18th-ranked (Class 2A) Hastings scored in the final minute to sneak away with a 3-2 decision. The team returned to Schmitz-Maki Arena Friday afternoon and allowed four goals in a span of less than three minutes in a 6-1 loss to Shakopee. The Irish finally got in the win column with a 2-1 win over host Farmington in the seventh-place game Saturday morning.
The Rosemount girls basketball team produced its two highest-scoring games of the year in winning its third straight title at the Grand Rapids Invitational last week. The Irish opened the tournament last Thursday night by routing host Grand Rapids, 79-54. They started slowly in Friday's championship game against Duluth Denfeld, but overcame a 28-23 halftime deficit to score a 64-59 win. The team shot 52 percent from the field, handed out a season-high 21 assists and had just 11 turnovers against a Grand Rapids team that entered with a record of 6-1.
Twenty-one turnovers and 32-percent shooting proved too much for Rosemount to overcome in a 58-50 South Suburban Conference loss at Prior Lake last Tuesday. With their second straight loss, the Irish slipped to 3-5 overall. They hosted Lakeville South Friday and are back on the court tonight at the Grand Rapids Invitational. "The effort is there and that's always something you are looking for as a coach. We just need to make better decisions down the stretch, make a few more shots and we will start to come out on the other side of these close games," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said.
A pair of varsity newcomers continued to make a big impact for the Rosemount gymnastics team last Tuesday. Seventh-graders Josey Schlie and Shannon McCoy finished 1-2 in the all-around for the Irish in a 137.575-126.975 South Suburban Conference win over the Lightning at Eastview High School. Schlie won all four events and took the all-around competition for the second meet in a row, improving her total score to 36.45.
Rosemount bombarded Woodbury's goaltender with 28 shots over the final two periods of last Thursday's matchup at the Rosemount Community Center. Unfortunately, only one of those shots found the back of the net. Meanwhile, the Royals netted three goals while producing half as many shots and skated to a 4-2 victory. The Irish (2-6) took an early lead thanks to a power-play goal by Austin Anderson 10:27 into the first period. Luke Meade and Anthony Winters assisted.
Bonus points were the difference for Rosemount in Thursday night's South Suburban Conference dual meet against Eastview. Each team won seven of the dual's 14 matches, but the Irish scored bonus points in all seven of their victories as they secured their first league win of the season 39-37 under the spotlight at Irish Gym. "Eastview is a solid team coming in with a 7-2 record, so it was nice to get our first conference win," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. Austin Swanson, Kwame Owusu, Sam Moeller and Craig Syzmanski each won via fall for the Irish.
The Rosemount basketball team was in desperate need of a third scoring threat last Tuesday night at Benilde-St. Margaret's. Garrett Goetz and Jack Kessler combined for 35 points, but the rest of the Irish combined to make just 3 of 18 shots in a 47-45 setback in Plymouth. It was the Irish's fourth straight loss since defeating Shakopee in their season opener. "We played hard, but did not have a second perimeter guy step up and put the ball in the hoop. It was a low possession game so every possession was huge and magnified," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said.
The Rosemount boys hockey team slipped to 0-3 in the South Suburban Conference after being doubled up 6-3 at Lakeville South Saturday at Dakota Ice Arena. The Irish overcame a two-goal deficit to tie the game on Anthony Winters' goal late in the second period, but the Cougars responded with a goal just over a minute later and reeled off three straight over the first five minutes of the third to take a 6-2 lead. Ted Schultz got Rosemount on the board 12:13 into the second and Zach Bichler tacked on goal No. 3 with four seconds left.
The Rosemount girls hockey team lost a two-goal lead and had to settle for a 2-2 overtime tie in a South Suburban Conference showdown with Burnsville last Thursday at the Rosemount Community Center. The Irish (2-8-1) got on the board first thanks to a goal by Kendra Goodrich at 13:55 of the first period. Kristen Reuter provided the assist. Ashlee Humble's goal (assist to Samantha Rhody) made it 2-0 early in the second period.
Some positives emerged for the Rosemount boys basketball team during the second halves of losses to a pair of quality opponents last week. The Irish showed improvement on the offensive end as they played point-for-point with Cretin-Derham Hall (72-55) and Woodbury (83-61) after falling behind by double figures early on in both contests. "We played two good teams and we are learning what it takes to play at that level. Our goal is to be able to compete with and beat teams like that in March," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said.