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 boys swimming and diving team doesn't have to share its South Suburban Conference championship this year. After sharing the title with Eagan a year ago, the Irish took their place alone atop the league standings with a 9-0 record thanks to a 95-85 victory over Prior Lake in their regular season finale Friday night at Hidden Oaks Middle School. It's the fourth straight year Rosemount has held at least a share of the conference championship. Like most of this year's meets, Friday night's was decided early.
Pins from four seniors helped the Rosemount wrestling team lock up third in the South Suburban Conference and a No. 2 seed in the section Thursday night. Seniors Steve Levine, Adam Jackson, Alex Johnson and Stefan Sauer all won by fall as the Irish moved ahead of Lakeville North in the league standings with a 40-29 dual victory under the spotlight at Irish Gym. Rosemount finished with a 6-2 record in the conference and an overall mark of 19-4. "We finished the regular season strong. We're wrestling really well right now," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.
n The Irish handed the Cougars their ninth straight loss Friday The Lakeville South girls basketball team went into Friday night's game in Rosemount in dire need of a victory. The Irish didn't let them get one. The Cougars let a six-point halftime lead slip away as they lost for the ninth straight time, 61-58 at Irish Gym. The visitors had a record of 9-4 after they beat the Irish 58-43 back on Jan.
After defeating Apple Valley three times during the regular season, the Rosemount girls hockey team fell to the Eagles 4-3 in the opening round of the Section 3AA tournament Wednesday night. The Irish finished with a record of 8-14-4.
Pucks started to find the net, but not quite often enough to put an end to Rosemount's losing streak. The Irish scored seven goals in two games last week, the most they've scored in back-to-back conference games this season, but their skid reached six games after a pair of one-goal road losses at Eastview and Bloomington Jefferson. A promising start gave way to a frustrating finish last Tuesday at Apple Valley Sports Arena when the Irish saw a 4-0 lead disappear in a 6-5 loss to the Lightning.
A couple of injuries and a close team score made it a stressful meet early on, but it was all good news in the end for the Rosemount gymnastics team Monday night. Lizzie Thooft hyperextended her knee and Rachel Schow had to be brought to the hospital after landing on her neck on a jump from the balance beam. The two missteps delayed the meet an hour, but both gymnasts came away without serious injury and the Irish used 1-2 finishes in the floor exercise and beam to pull away for a 136.25-133.875 conference win over Eagan. "It was a crazy meet," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said.
A strong finish to the regular season earned the Rosemount girls hockey team the No. 6 seed and what appears to be a favorable match-up in the first round of the Section 3AA tournament. The Irish held on for a 3-2 road victory at rival Eastview last Tuesday and rallied to forge a 1-1 tie with Bloomington Jefferson Saturday in a regular season finale at Bloomington Ice Garden, giving them sole possession of sixth place out of 10 teams with a 5-8-4 record in the tightly-packed South Suburban Conference.
This year's senior class is certainly one worth celebrating. Jake Stern, Conor Manning, Braden McCormack, Matthew McCormack, Tyler Lawson, Luke Dowell, Nick Jeffrey, Jim Peterson and Alex Luing have helped the Rosemount swimming and diving program capture numerous school records and conference, section and state honors over the last four years. The group celebrated its Senior Night Friday by continuing its four-year run of perfection in the South Suburban Conference with a 96-82 victory over Eastview at Rosemount Middle School. "The seniors definitely went out on a good note.
Four wrestlers went undefeated as the Rosemount wrestling team improved to 18-4 with a sweep of the Blaine Duals Saturday. Steve Levine, Adam Jackson, Pat Massey and Sam Moeller all went 3-0, with their biggest wins helping the Irish edge seventh-ranked (Class 2A) Milaca, 27-26. Logan Mickie, Kouta Sugri and Payton Otterdahl also recorded wins in the dual, setting up Stefan Sauer to win the match with a 3-0 decision at heavyweight. Milaca won five of the first six matches and led 22-3 before Rosemount closed with seven wins in eight matches.
Sixth-ranked (Class 4A) Apple Valley knocked Rosemount below .500, but the Irish didn't stay there long. Coach Bryan Schnettler's team bounced back from an 81-58 loss to a talented Eagles team by surging to a 64-58 South Suburban Conference road win Friday night at Bloomington Jefferson. The Irish take a 9-9 record into this week's games against Prior Lake and Lakeville South. Rosemount led 27-22 at the break, then pulled ahead by as many as 15 points despite the 5-12 Jaguars knocking down seven three-pointers and shooting 52 percent from the field.