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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A year of transition finished up with the Rosemount volleyball team heading in the right direction. The Irish closed out the 2012 season with a 19-25, 22-25, 23-25 loss on the road at 19-6 Burnsville in the Section 3AAA tournament last Thursday night. They wound up with a record of 18-11 after finishing at 13-14 the previous fall. "Overall, the season was solid. Our seniors did a great job of leading our team and driving some critical changes to the program's culture," Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek said.
The 20-mile jaunt down Highway 3 from Rosemount to Northfield has become a yearly tradition for Hannah Grim. The Rosemount junior will become the first cross country runner in school history to compete at the state cross country meet four straight years when the Class 2A girls race gets under way at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Olaf College.
Depth once again separated the Rosemount boys cross country team from the rest of the field last Thursday at the Section 3AA Championships. Fourth and fifth runners Ryan Brumm and Ryan Condon combined to defeat their Eastview and Burnsville counterparts by 22 and 32 places, respectively, and that was the difference for the eighth-ranked Irish, who outscored runner-up Eastview 59-80 to earn their third consecutive trip to the Class 2A State Meet. The Irish compete Saturday afternoon at St. Olaf College in Northfield where they've placed third and fourth the last two years.
The clock rarely stopped running during the first three quarters of Friday night's Section 3AAAAAA playoff opener between Lakeville South and Rosemount. A scoreless first half that took just 42 minutes to complete was followed by a 20-minute third quarter as the two .500 South Suburban Conference teams kept the clock moving by combining for 11 punts and throwing just a handful of incompletions in the game's first 14 possessions. But something clicked for Rosemount when the number 4 lit up under the quarter sign on the Irish Stadium scoreboard.
The Rosemount girls swimming and diving team won eight of 12 events last Tuesday night to cap off an unbeaten run through the South Suburban Conference with a 94-87 win over Lakeville South at Kenwood Trail Middle School. The team score was locked at 31-31 through four events, but the Irish pulled away with a pair of 1-2-3 finishes. The first came in the 1-meter dive where Claire Judeh won with a score of 166.65 and teammates Sawyer Murray and Kristina Terhaar rounded out the top three. The 100 butterfly followed and Grace Herron reached the finish in 1 minute, 3.67 seconds to claim first.
The clock rarely stopped running during the first three quarters of Friday night's Section 3AAAAAA playoff opener between Lakeville South and Rosemount. A scoreless first half that took just 42 minutes to complete was followed by a 20-minute third quarter as the two .500 South Suburban Conference teams kept the clock moving by combining for 11 punts and throwing just a handful of incompletions in the game's first 14 possessions. But something clicked for Rosemount when the No. 4 lit up under the Qtr. sign on the Irish Stadium scoreboard.
Rosemount will once again be well-represented at next weekend's Class 2A state cross country meet. The Irish boys advanced by dominating the team race, winning the Section 3AA championship by placing five runners in the top 17 at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley. The girls team will be represented by Hannah Grim, who qualified for her fourth straight state meet with a ninth-place finish. Grim was part of two 10th-place state teams before qualifying as an individual the last two years. Trevor Capra and Sam Ivanecky each finished in the top 10 for the Rosemount boys.
The ninth-ranked Rosemount girls swimming and diving team improved one spot - both from their ranking and their finish last year - at Saturday's Class 2A True Team State Meet. Ninth a year ago in their first trip to the meet, the Irish placed eighth with 1,131 1/2 points in action at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. No. 1-ranked Minnetonka defeated No. 2 Wayzata 2,203-2,100 1/2 for the True Team state title. "We didn't rest for the meet; we went about business as usual (with our training). Considering that, they did very good," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said.
Seventh-ranked (Class 6A) Lakeville North turned in its second straight shutout and put the finishing touches on a 7-1 regular season with a 35-0 blanking of Rosemount last Wednesday in Lakeville. The Panthers opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run on their opening drive and had their way on the ground the rest of the game. Jamiah Newell ran the ball in from two yards out later in the first quarter to make it 14-0 and went on to rush for 128 yards and three touchdowns -- all in the first half.
After working through some early-season struggles, the Rosemount volleyball team is hitting its stride at just the right time. The Irish closed out the regular season with a 3-1 victory over Prior Lake last Tuesday night, giving them sole possession of sixth place in the tough South Suburban Conference. The team has won nine out of its last 10 matches since its record dropped to 8-9 with a loss at the St.