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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It was an up-and-down three-game home stand for the Rosemount girls basketball team last week. In a span of five days, the Irish lost to Shakopee in a game that came down to the final seconds, defeated Bloomington Jefferson in their South Suburban Conference opener and hung with ninth-ranked Park of Cottage Grove, all without leaving town. "It was a busy week, to say the least," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. "The girls competed hard in all three games and huge progress has been seen since the beginning of the year.
The Rosemount wrestling team didn't waste any time testing itself against some of the best competition in the state. The Irish opened the regular season last Thursday by hosting a triangular where they lost 52-15 to No. 1-ranked Apple Valley and 40-27 to a Lakeville North team that appears in The Guillotine's Lean and Mean list of state contenders. They got on the bus a day later and traveled to Cambridge where they fell 49-18 to a Cambridge-Isanti squad ranked third in the state.
Rosemount fell behind by 10 points early in the first half before rallying for a 55-51 road win last Thursday against Farmington at Tiger Gym. After the slow start, the Irish got more aggressive on offense (season-high 20 of 32 from the free-throw line) while also committing a season-low 10 turnovers. Kaylie Hanson's free throws with 2.7 seconds left clinched the team's second win in four tries this season. "A huge part of winning is learning how to win, especially when you don't play your best, and we did that against Farmington.
Ten of the 12 players who stepped on the Irish Gym court for Rosemount in its season opener against Shakopee were getting their first varsity action. So when it got down to crunch time, the Irish looked to their two experienced players. Cole Northwick and Garrett Goetz each hit big shots down the stretch and Goetz provided the buzzer-beater that lifted the Irish to a 57-55 victory last Tuesday. Goetz hit 10 of 14 shots from the floor, connected on all five of his free throws and canned a pair of three-pointers en route to a career-high 27 points.
It's just three games into the season, but Rosemount first-year head coach Brad Stepan already has a pretty good idea of the identity of his hockey team. His Irish are all about physicality over finesse. If they can outmuscle their opponents they can compete, like they did in last Tuesday's 6-4 road win over Farmington at Schmitz-Maki Arena. Saturday night the Irish matched up against a stronger Eagan team in their South Suburban Conference opener at Eagan Civic Arena and were dealt an 8-0 loss. "Playing physical is crucial.
One slip off the block gave Eagan a dual win over Rosemount in the Irish's first meet of the season last Friday at Rosemount Middle School. The leadoff swimmer of Rosemount's top 400 freestyle relay team was disqualified after slipping off the block and Eagan placed its three relays 1-4-5 to outscore the Irish 8-6 in the event and win the dual, 94-92. Rosemount had rallied to tie the score at 86-86 heading into the final event after falling behind by as many as 12 points after five events. Despite Daniel Monaghan's victory in the one-meter dive, Eagan pushed its lead to 45-33.
It's fair to say the Rosemount gymnastics team has owned the Simley Invitational. The Irish opened their season by winning the meet for the ninth year in a row Saturday, outscoring runner-up Bloomington Jefferson 132.95-129.9. Hudson, St. Anthony, Simley, Bloomington Kennedy, South St. Paul, North St. Paul and Henry Sibley rounded out the nine-team invite. "We should be competitive in all meets," said 15th-year head coach Jason Passeri. "We had 40 girls come out this year.
Turnovers and poor shooting continued to plague the Rosemount girls basketball team in its home opener last Tuesday night at Irish Gym. The Irish gave the ball away 29 times and shot just 30 percent from the field in a 68-43 loss to Wayzata. "We also gave up 11 offensive rebounds and you won't win many games when you give teams 40 extra possessions," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said.
The Rosemount girls hockey team finally got into the win column with a 4-1 South Suburban Conference triumph over rival Eastview last Thursday at the Rosemount Community Center. The Irish lost their first five games of the season, then sat through an eight-day Thanksgiving break before getting back on the ice against the Lightning. Once the eight-day layoff was over, the Irish wasted little time in getting on the board.
A few missed lay-ups kept the Rosemount girls basketball team from starting the season with a pair of victories at last weekend's Hamline Invitational in St. Paul. The Irish failed to connect on more than their share of close-range shots in a season-opening 66-60 loss to Orono Friday night, but salvaged a weekend split thanks to a defense that sparked a big first-half run in a 48-37 decision over Kenyon-Wanamingo Saturday. "We always expect to win, so we were a little disappointed we didn't come away 2-0.