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 had two strong performances over the weekend, and head coach Tami Carlson has the numbers to prove it. Carlson calculated that her swimmers turned in season-best times in 43 percent of their events while setting four pool records in a 143-39 South Suburban Conference rout of Bloomington Kennedy Friday night at Oak Grove Junior High.
Outside shooting helped Rosemount overcome a couple of slow starts and a rebounding disadvantage to play three competitive games at last weekend's St. Thomas Tournament. The Irish knocked down 33 three-pointers during the three games in St. Paul, including 11 in a 59-50 first-round win over Providence Academy.
Rosemount's season-best performance on the balance beam accounted for most of its margin of victory in a 139.9-133 non-conference win over Farmington in a holiday break meeting Friday night in Rosemount. The Irish led by less than a point after the vault and the uneven bars before outscoring the Tigers 36-31.4 on the beam. Shannon McCoy led three Irish over 9.0 for the first time this season with a score of 9.6, Abby Nelson scored a 9.5 and Josey Schlie earned a 9.1. "That was the difference in the meet," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said.
The Rosemount boys hockey team got its offense going last weekend at the Heritage Holiday Classic. Coming off a three-game losing streak where they scored a combined five goals, the Irish netted 13 goals in three games while placing third out of eight teams at Heritage Sports Center in Duluth. Lukas Gillett's hat trick paced the Irish in a 6-3 first-round win over St. Louis Park last Thursday afternoon. Gillett scored goals in all three periods, with the third pushing the lead to 5-3 at the 10:33 mark of the final period after St. Louis Park had closed within a goal.
Rosemount head coach Josh Hoekstra saw some good and some bad from his team at last week's Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic. The Irish played well in last Thursday's opener, but fell to the consolation bracket after 18th-ranked (Class 2A) Hastings scored in the final minute to sneak away with a 3-2 decision. The team returned to Schmitz-Maki Arena Friday afternoon and allowed four goals in a span of less than three minutes in a 6-1 loss to Shakopee. The Irish finally got in the win column with a 2-1 win over host Farmington in the seventh-place game Saturday morning.
The Rosemount girls basketball team produced its two highest-scoring games of the year in winning its third straight title at the Grand Rapids Invitational last week. The Irish opened the tournament last Thursday night by routing host Grand Rapids, 79-54. They started slowly in Friday's championship game against Duluth Denfeld, but overcame a 28-23 halftime deficit to score a 64-59 win. The team shot 52 percent from the field, handed out a season-high 21 assists and had just 11 turnovers against a Grand Rapids team that entered with a record of 6-1.
Twenty-one turnovers and 32-percent shooting proved too much for Rosemount to overcome in a 58-50 South Suburban Conference loss at Prior Lake last Tuesday. With their second straight loss, the Irish slipped to 3-5 overall. They hosted Lakeville South Friday and are back on the court tonight at the Grand Rapids Invitational. "The effort is there and that's always something you are looking for as a coach. We just need to make better decisions down the stretch, make a few more shots and we will start to come out on the other side of these close games," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said.
A pair of varsity newcomers continued to make a big impact for the Rosemount gymnastics team last Tuesday. Seventh-graders Josey Schlie and Shannon McCoy finished 1-2 in the all-around for the Irish in a 137.575-126.975 South Suburban Conference win over the Lightning at Eastview High School. Schlie won all four events and took the all-around competition for the second meet in a row, improving her total score to 36.45.
Rosemount bombarded Woodbury's goaltender with 28 shots over the final two periods of last Thursday's matchup at the Rosemount Community Center. Unfortunately, only one of those shots found the back of the net. Meanwhile, the Royals netted three goals while producing half as many shots and skated to a 4-2 victory. The Irish (2-6) took an early lead thanks to a power-play goal by Austin Anderson 10:27 into the first period. Luke Meade and Anthony Winters assisted.
Bonus points were the difference for Rosemount in Thursday night's South Suburban Conference dual meet against Eastview. Each team won seven of the dual's 14 matches, but the Irish scored bonus points in all seven of their victories as they secured their first league win of the season 39-37 under the spotlight at Irish Gym. "Eastview is a solid team coming in with a 7-2 record, so it was nice to get our first conference win," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. Austin Swanson, Kwame Owusu, Sam Moeller and Craig Syzmanski each won via fall for the Irish.