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 Rosemount boys hockey team advanced in the Section 3AA tournament with a 4-3 road win at Woodbury Tuesday night. The eighth-seeded Irish (6-20) advance to face Eagan, the state's third-ranked team in Class 2A, Thursday night in Eagan. The Wildcats won the two South Suburban Conference meetings with Rosemount, 10-2 and 9-1.
Rosemount put a scare into No. 1-ranked (Class 4A) Eastview Friday night. The Irish played their most efficient game of the season, turning the ball over a season-low seven times, in a 51-46 loss to the 21-1 Lightning in front of a big crowd at Irish Gym. "We played more focused and with more passion than we have all year long," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. "We missed some good looks in the second half.... We have four games left and we need to play with that effort and energy from now on.
There's no shame in losing a wrestling dual to Apple Valley. The Rosemount wrestling team was more than pleased to come away from Friday's Section 3AAA team tournament with the runner-up plaque after falling 65-2 to the Eagles, ranked first in the state, third nationally and wrestling in front of their home crowd at Apple Valley High School. The Irish defended their No. 2 seed, first defeating No. 7 Eagan 39-25, and then advancing to the section finals for the first time since 2003 with a 43-14 rout of No. 3-seeded Henry Sibley. "Our goal coming in was to go after second.
The Rosemount boys hockey team is hoping the success it experienced in last Saturday's regular season finale will carry over into the Section 3AA tournament. The Irish ended a month-long nine-game losing streak by downing Farmington 5-1 in a non-conference section tune-up at Rosemount Community Center. The victory improved the team to 5-20 overall after finishing a game out of last place in the South Suburban Conference with a record of 1-15. That record earned the Irish the No. 9 seed in Section 3AA and a first-round game at No. 8 Woodbury Tuesday night at Bielenberg Arena in Woodbury.
Losses to the top two teams in the South Suburban Conference -- and two of the top Class 4A teams in the state -- sent Rosemount to the bottom of the league standings last week. The Irish opened the week with a 92-43 setback at fifth-ranked Bloomington Kennedy last Tuesday. The schedule didn't get any easier, as less than 48 hours later the team took the court in Apple Valley and was dealt a 60-38 decision by seventh-ranked Eastview.
Rosemount added to its conference lead in goals allowed while stretching its losing streak to eight games last week. The Irish surrendered five second-period scores in an 8-2 loss to Prior Lake at the Dakotah Ice Center last Tuesday. A slow start proved too much to overcome back at Rosemount Community Center when Lakeville South surged ahead with three first-period goals and earned a 6-3 decision. The Irish have allowed 102 goals while scoring just 31 in 16 conference games. Three players scored goals for the Irish on Saturday.
If you believe sports clichés, beating a team three times in one season is a tough thing to do. Beating a team four times in one season, then, must be even more difficult. That's the challenge the Rosemount girls hockey team faced in the opening round of the Section 3AA tournament. Playing an Apple Valley team they had already swept in South Suburban Conference play and knocked from the winner's bracket in the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic, the Irish came out on the short end of a back-and-forth 4-3 final last Wednesday at Apple Valley Sports Arena.
Rosemount saw late leads slip away in both of its South Suburban Conference games last week. The Irish saw a 10-point second-half lead disappear in a 52-50 home loss to Prior Lake last Monday at Irish Gym. The same thing happened Friday at Lakeville South as the Cougars overcame a double-figure deficit in the second half to force overtime and earn a 65-63 win. "Both games were mirror images of each other. We started playing not to lose instead of going out there and finishing the game and playing to win," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said.
The Rosemount boys swimming and diving team doesn't have to share its South Suburban Conference championship this year. After sharing the title with Eagan a year ago, the Irish took their place alone atop the league standings with a 9-0 record thanks to a 95-85 victory over Prior Lake in their regular season finale Friday night at Hidden Oaks Middle School. It's the fourth straight year Rosemount has held at least a share of the conference championship. Like most of this year's meets, Friday night's was decided early.
Pins from four seniors helped the Rosemount wrestling team lock up third in the South Suburban Conference and a No. 2 seed in the section Thursday night. Seniors Steve Levine, Adam Jackson, Alex Johnson and Stefan Sauer all won by fall as the Irish moved ahead of Lakeville North in the league standings with a 40-29 dual victory under the spotlight at Irish Gym. Rosemount finished with a 6-2 record in the conference and an overall mark of 19-4. "We finished the regular season strong. We're wrestling really well right now," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.