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 and Burnsville girls hockey teams have proved to be pretty evenly matched this season. The squads skated to a 1-1 tie Saturday at Burnsville Ice Center, the second deadlock they have played to in the last month and a half. The first match-up in early December resulted in a 5-5 draw. Despite the drop in goals, Irish coach Josh Hoekstra said the two games had a lot in common. "Saturday's game was very similar to the first one," he said. "Both teams played hard and had a chance to win." Each team went scoreless over the 17-minute third period and eight-minute overtime.
A slow start against top-ranked (Class 4A) Eastview set the tone for another frustrating couple of games for the Rosemount boys basketball team last week. The Irish scored just 11 points in the first half of last Tuesday's game against the Lightning in Apple Valley and eventually fell 65-45 after playing to a 34-34 draw in the final 18 minutes. The team dug another big hole for itself Friday night, falling behind 48-30 by the break in a 76-49 loss to a .500 Eagan team. The Irish (7-7) have lost five of six games since finishing the 2011 portion of the schedule with a 6-2 mark.
The Rosemount swimming and diving team went into Saturday's Class 2A True Team State Meet looking to match the program-best third-place finishes achieved by the 2009 and 2010 teams. The Irish did just that, scoring 1,888 1/2 points at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center to easily finish ahead of fourth-place Stillwater and fifth-place Edina. They almost moved up another spot, coming within 81 points of runner-up Minnetonka (1,969 1/2) as top-ranked Eden Prairie claimed the state title with 2,157 points. "It was a great meet for us.
Nine wrestlers placed in the top four in their respective weight classes as Rosemount came away from Saturday's Eastview Invite with a third-place finish. The Irish tallied 186 points, 10 off the pace of runner-up Scott West and 24 behind tournament champion Shakopee. The Sabers won just two weight classes, but placed third in four and fourth in three others. Steve Levine and Adam Jackson each posted 4-0 records while winning divisions for Rosemount.
The Rosemount swimming and diving team went into Saturday's Class 2A True Team State Meet looking to match the program-best third-place finishes that were achieved by the 2009 and 2010 teams. The Irish did just that, scoring 1,888.5 points at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center to easily finish ahead of fourth-place Stillwater and fifth-place Edina. They almost moved up another spot, coming within 81 points of runner-up Minnetonka (1,969.5) as top-ranked Eden Prairie claimed the state title with 2,157 points. "It was a great meet for us.
Rosemount slipped to 3-11 overall and 0-7 in the South Suburban Conference after a pair of league setbacks last week. The Irish were on the short end of a 5-1 contest at Lakeville North last Thursday. They returned home for a matchup against Apple Valley on Saturday and were dealt a 4-2 loss at Rosemount Community Center. North surged to a 3-0 lead on Thursday before Trevor Kolden got Rosemount on the board with a short-handed goal (assist to Tyler Frank) at the 14:54 mark of the second period.
The Rosemount girls hockey team broke out of an offensive slump last Thursday against Prior Lake. After scoring three goals over the course of a three-game losing streak, the Irish found the net three times in the third period alone as they salted away a 5-2 South Suburban Conference victory over the Lakers at Rosemount Community Center. "We made a few changes at the beginning of the week and the girls have responded well and played with much more energy and passion," Rosemount coach Josh Hoekstra said.
Thirty-one top-10 finishes. Six runner-up finishes. Four event championships. Not a bad day's work at the Section 3AA True Team Championships for the Rosemount swimming and diving team, especially considering head coach Patti Wegner says her team is training through the regular season, rather than resting up between meets. The Irish still managed to separate themselves from the rest of the seven-team field, scoring 1,260 points in action at Kenwood Trail Middle School en route to their fifth straight True Team title.
Rosemount girls basketball coach Sam McDonald has been pretty satisfied with many aspects of his team's performance during its current four-game losing streak. But everything else goes out the window when you're trying to hang with good teams while shooting 32 percent. The Irish went cold late and were outscored 17-4 down the stretch in a 58-43 South Suburban Conference road loss to Lakeville South last Tuesday.
As its shooting has cooled off, wins have become harder to come by for the Rosemount boys basketball team. The Irish averaged 62 points per game during the six-game winning streak that brought them to the start of South Suburban Conference play Jan. 3 against Bloomington Jefferson. Since then, they have averaged 50 points per game and shot 40, 32, 39 and 36 percent from the floor while losing three of their first four league games.