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 defending state champion Eden Prairie Eagles took advantage of six Rosemount turnovers to score a 34-7 win over the Irish Friday night at Irish Stadium. The Irish made it 14-7 late in the first quarter when Dimitri Williams hauled in a 31-yard catch and run from quarterback Sean Kalinowski on fourth and seven.
After the Rosemount volleyball team attended the Southwest Minnesota State team camp in July, head coach Smokey Vitek talked about 2012 being a potential breakthrough season for an Irish program that has hovered within a couple games of the .500 mark for most of the last four seasons. If the first two matches of the season are any indication, Vitek may be onto something.
It didn't take long for the Rosemount boys soccer team to surpass last season's victory total. The Irish carried their hot start into last week as they stretched their winning streak to four games with back-to-back shutouts on the road at Shakopee and Rochester Century. Last Thursday's 3-0 shutout of Century was the fourth win in eight days for a team that was 3-11-2 a year ago. "It has been a great start to the season, no doubt. I knew the boys soccer program was getting stronger, but I did not expect the scoring to be so good so quickly," Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said.
The seventh-rated (Class 2A) Rosemount boys cross country team lived up to its appearance in the first state rankings of the year by defending its team title at the Irish Invitational Friday morning. The Irish had a spread of just 40 seconds, third best out of 17 teams in the field, between senior Trevor Capra and No. 5 runner Ryan Brumm as they scored 91 points. Runner-up White Bear Lake was second with 112 points, followed by Mounds View with 124. Capra ran a second-place time of 10 minutes, 17 seconds on the two-mile course outside Rosemount High School.
The Rosemount girls tennis team had never beaten Eagan during the conference season since Dana Beck began coaching in 2001. At least, not before last Thursday afternoon. The Irish used a sweep of the three doubles matches to score a 4-3 win over the Wildcats and improve to 3-0 in the South Suburban Conference. "We were very excited as we made history with this match," Beck said. "Eagan is always a rival of ours and the girls were very geared up to win the match." No. 1 and 2 doubles were both won in exciting fashion. Monica McDonald and Abby Kohagen held on for a 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) win at No.
There were a lot of "what if" scenarios for the Rosemount football team to look back on after Thursday night's season-opening game in Apple Valley. What if the offense would have gotten going before the second half? What if they would have converted on third and one and retained possession with a one-point lead and 2:33 remaining, instead of committing the third of four second-half turnovers? What if the clock operator hadn't failed to start the clock late in the fourth and given the Eagles an extra 25 seconds to operate on their final drive?
Rosemount and Apple Valley are locked in a 6-6 defensive battle in tonight's South Suburban Conference season-opening football game in Apple Valley. The Irish produced just 39 yards of offense in the first half, but tied the score thanks to a short field. The team had negative 13 total yards on its first three drives before Jeremy Macchitelli snagged an interception and returned it to the Apple Valley 20-yard line.
Coming off a fourth-place finish at the state tournament last fall, the Rosemount girls tennis team picked up right where it left off last week. The Irish opened the season by winning three straight matches - including a 7-0 sweep in their South Suburban Conference opener against Bloomington Kennedy - before winning the Hastings Tournament Friday.
Two games into the season the Rosemount boys soccer team is right where it was hoping to be - 2-0. The Irish shut out Farmington 2-0 in an evenly-matched season opener last Thursday night at Irish Stadium and came back Friday afternoon to defeat Cloquet, 2-1. The team's first 2-0 start in at least six years is made even more promising by the fact that the Irish offense produced four goals in two games. They scored two goals in a game just once over their final 15 games last season and tallied eight total goals during that span. "Our goal for the week was to go 2-0.
With nine newcomers making their varsity debuts for the Rosemount girls soccer team last week, the Irish's returning players took it upon themselves to lead the team to a pair of lopsided victories. Hannah Halterman, Jennifer Dean, Kaylie Hanson and Jana Elliott combined to score eight goals and dole out four assists as the Irish knocked off Cloquet 4-0 and Hermantown 5-1 in a pair of non-conference road games. The Irish started slow in their opener last Friday at Cloquet, but managed to break through for their first goal 23 minutes into the first half when Halterman scored on a pass from De