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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First-place individual showings by Jim Peterson and Jacob Stern, along with three high relay finishes, led Rosemount to fifth place out of 12 teams in the Gold Division at the Maroon and Gold Invite Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The Irish scored 393.5 points, which bested teams from Edina, East Ridge, Prior Lake, Rochester Century, Cretin-Derham Hall, Chaska and Hopkins.
The final results didn't show it, but Rosemount head coach Scott Macho thinks his team began to make some progress last week. The Irish started the week by letting a late lead slip away, thanks in part to an own goal that tied the game in the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss to Bloomington Jefferson Thursday at Rosemount Community Center. Back on the home ice less than 48 hours later, penalties proved costly as Prior Lake used a pair of power-play goals to pull away late in a 5-2 decision.
Rosemount wasn't able to carry its early-season success into the start of its South Suburban Conference schedule last week. The Irish saw their six-game winning streak come to an end with a 61-54 setback against Bloomington Jefferson in their league home opener last Tuesday at Irish Gym, then dropped their second in a row when they scored a season-low 45 points in a 14-point loss at Prior Lake Friday. "We did not play with the same energy and effort that we had been playing with during our six-game winning streak.
The Rosemount girls basketball team slipped back to 6-6 after a pair of South Suburban Conference losses last week. The Irish led by a point before being outscored 39-25 in the second half of a 58-45 setback to Prior Lake Friday night at Irish Gym. Sophomore guard Hannah Grim scored a team-high 21 points, including five three-pointers, but shot just 6 of 24 from the field.
Rosemount got healthier and picked up a couple of much-needed victories last week at the Heritage Classic in Duluth. After getting bounced to the consolation bracket with a 7-1 loss to eventual tournament champion Andover, the Irish picked up their first back-to-back wins of the year over St. Louis Park and Fort Frances (Ontario) to finish fifth out of eight teams. "We kind of regrouped," Irish coach Scott Macho said.
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.