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 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.
The Rosemount wrestling team turned in another dominating performance Saturday at the Moorhead Gadberry Duals. The Irish improved to 12-2 overall by winning four lopsided duals, the last one a 51-15 rout of Grand Forks Central in the championship round of the eight-team tournament.
2008 Rosemount graduate JT Brown is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. The award is given annually to a college hockey player who exhibits strength of character, displays outstanding skills in all phases of the game and outstanding scholastic achievement and sportsmanship. Every head hockey coach at an accredited Division I NCAA school receives one ballot. Coaches are asked to pick the top three players in their league and the top three players in the nation. Coaches from 58 schools receive a ballot.
The Rosemount girls hockey team slipped to 5-10-2 overall and 2-5-2 in the South Suburban Conference after a 6-2 loss to Bloomington Jefferson last Tuesday at Rosemount Community Center. Rosemount took on 15th-ranked Lakeville North Tuesday night in a rematch of the championship game of the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic, a contest the Panthers won 2-0 on Dec. 29. The Irish are back home tonight when they host Prior Lake.
Dan Rosa's technical fall victory at 113 pounds started a run of nine straight wins that lifted the Rosemount wrestling team to a 38-15 South Suburban Conference dual triumph over Bloomington Kennedy at Irish Gym. The Irish are now 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference. "Overall, from start to finish, this was our best team effort we've had in a dual meet," Rosemount wrestling coach Brett Larson said. "Starting out at 113 pounds we won nine straight matches. Any time you do that, you're doing pretty good. Kennedy is always a good opponent, a good, scrappy team.