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 girls basketball team continued to build confidence for the upcoming South Suburban Conference season while handling two unfamiliar foes at the Grand Rapids Invitational. The Irish pulled away for a 57-47 victory over host Grand Rapids last Thursday, then overcame a slow start to throttle Duluth Denfeld 68-47 in the championship game of the four-team tournament Friday. "I'm very happy with how we're playing.
The Rosemount gymnastics team turned in a season-high score in the vault, but a season-low in the uneven bars resulted in a dual loss to Farmington Thursday. The Irish scored just 29.7 points in the bars as the Tigers escaped Rosemount with a narrow 133.75-133.15 non-conference victory. In the vault, the Irish had three of the meet's top five performers and totaled 35.85 points.
The Rosemount boys basketball team continued its recent roll at last week's Granite City Classic. The Irish scored a pair of lopsided victories over Sartell/St. Stephen and St. Cloud Tech as they pushed their winning streak to six games and won the championship of the Diamond Division at the tournament in St.
Playing with its full, healthy lineup for the first time in a month, the Rosemount girls hockey team got back on track at the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic. The Irish, who entered with a four-game losing streak, advanced all the way to the championship game of the eight-team tournament before falling 2-0 to 10-3-1 Lakeville North in the championship game last Thursday at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
Contributions from up and down the lineup helped the Rosemount wrestling team make a name for itself in the program's first appearance in the Rumble on the Red tournament. Eleven wrestlers won events and four came away with seventh-place finishes or better as the Irish tied for 10th out of 60 teams with 112 points last weekend at the Fargodome. "To tie for 10th in that tough of a tournament with 60 teams from six states was outstanding. It probably went as well as it could have," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.
Another uneven performance left Rosemount on the short end of a 5-0 South Suburban Conference loss to Eastview Thursday night at Rosemount Community Center. The Irish, still playing without several regulars due to various injuries, fell behind by a goal five minutes into the game and never recovered as they lost their fifth straight game. "I just thought we came out flat that game. That's basically it," Rosemount coach Scott Macho said. "Once we got some momentum going, then a silly penalty would take it away from us....
Down two points after the vault and bars, the Rosemount gymnastics team outscored Prior Lake by nine points in the balance beam and floor exercise to remain undefeated in the South Suburban Conference with a 132.6-129.6 victory last Tuesday at Twin Oaks Middle School. Eighth-grader Abby Nelson led a 1-2-3 Rosemount finish in the balance beam with a score of 9.05. It was her third score of at least 9.0 in the beam this season. Jenna Schlukebier and Rachel Schow rounded out the top three in the beam. The Irish finished 2-3-4 in the floor exercise, led by Schow's second-place score of 8.85.
Rosemount bounced back from a one-point loss to Park of Cottage Grove by downing Eagan 43-22 in the finale of a double dual between three section rivals last Wednesday at Eagan. Six Irish wrestlers picked up wins in both duals. It was the additional victories turned in by Austin Swanson and Sebastian Paradise that turned out to be the difference-makers against Eagan. Swanson continued a strong start to the dual by registering a pin at 132 pounds in his second varsity match, extending the Irish lead to 19-4.
Rosemount withstood a long second-half drought to rally for its fourth straight victory Thursday night at Irish Gym. The Irish saw a 12-point second-half lead over Cretin-Derham Hall turn into a seven-point deficit before a series of clutch shots and defensive stops in the final four minutes forced overtime. The Raiders broke a 53-53 tie with the first basket of overtime, but those were the last points they would score.
Since scoring six points in the second half of a 50-point loss to Edina on Nov. 29, the Rosemount girls basketball team has started to turn things around. The Irish followed up that debacle by beating Farmington and Tartan and putting forth what head coach Sam McDonald called a "much, much better effort" in a 24-point loss to fourth-ranked Lakeville North.