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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A couple of three-game streaks were running parallel for the Rosemount boys soccer team heading into last Thursday's home game against Lakeville South - a three-game scoreless streak and a three-game winless streak.
Rosemount couldn't recover after a marathon match with fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Lakeville South in Game 1 of last Thursday's contest at Irish Gym. The Cougars held on 32-30 in the opener and went on to finish the Irish by scores of 25-13 and 25-15 as they improved to 15-1 with a South Suburban Conference sweep. "Set 1 against Lakeville South was our best game of the season. Lakeville South is a very strong team and we battled every point with them," said Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek, whose team has now dropped four in a row.
The Rosemount girls soccer team entered last Thursday's home game against Lakeville South riding streak of four wins and a tie in its last five games. Then the Irish turned in what coach Kevin Adams called "their poorest performance of the season" in a 4-0 shutout loss to the Cougars. It was just the second time Rosemount has been shut out this season, with the first coming in their last setback Sept. 8 at 10th-ranked Lakeville North. The Irish posted a 15-9 advantage in shots on goal, but couldn't put a shot past the Lakeville South goalkeeper.
A sweep of four singles matches helped the Rosemount girls tennis team improve to 14-3 with a 6-1 win over Apple Valley Thursday afternoon. Three of the singles decisions came via straight sets. Virginia Norder cruised 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Ally Baker won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and Kirsten Hoffman rolled 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. Mariah McGivern completed the sweep with a hard-fought 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 triumph at No. 3 singles. In doubles play, the Irish got wins from the duos of Layna Mestad and Abby Kohagen and Rachel Hoffman and Emily Harrington.
The home pool at Rosemount Middle School has been quite kind to the Irish girls swimming and diving team over the first three weeks of the season. The Eighth-ranked Irish opened the season with four straight home meets and won them all, the most recent a 105-81 victory over Prior Lake last Thursday. "The girls have a lot of energy and have been working hard because they are seeing great results," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said. "As coaches it has been really exciting to coach them and watch them work hard and race fast.
Four turnovers kept seventh-ranked Rosemount from putting its best foot forward in Friday's showdown with eighth-ranked Lakeville North. The Irish lost four fumbles, three of which came on plays where the ball-carrier wasn't hit, as their 20-game home winning streak and 12-game conference winning streak came to an end with a 28-7 loss in front of a big crowd at Irish Stadium. The Panthers improved to 4-0 and stayed tied with Lakeville South atop the South Suburban Conference standings. "It was one of those games where you walk away feeling like you were the better team.
Fourth-ranked Rosemount finished third out of 50 teams in the Larry Zirgibel Gold Division high school race at the Roy Griak Invitational last Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course. Bismarck, led by individual champion Jake Leingang, topped runner-up Des Moines Dowling Catholic 102-166 for the team title. The Irish scored 271 points, two better than fourth-place Wayzata. Junior Trevor Capra emerged to lead the Irish with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds, on the 5,000-meter course.
Seventh-ranked Rosemount lost three fumbles in the first half and fell behind 14-0 in an eventual 28-7 loss to eighth-ranked Lakeville North Friday night at Irish Stadium. The Panthers improved to 4-0, while the Irish fell to 3-1.
Seventh-ranked Rosemount hosts eighth-ranked Lakeville North in a battle of undefeated South Suburban Conference teams tonight at Irish Stadium. The Irish, defending conference champions and Class 5A State runners-up, haven't lost a conference game since a 17-0 setback at Lakeville North in Week 7 of the 2009 season. They have defeated Bloomington Kennedy, Burnsville and Prior Lake by a combined 79-19 in their three victories this season. Lakeville North, meanwhile, has blown by then-ranked Eastview, Apple Valley and Edina by a combined 114-50.
The Rosemount volleyball team played "pretty well" throughout Saturday's Farmington Invitational, according to coach Smokey Vitek, but saw where it still had some room for improvement when it faced better competition in the later rounds. The Irish knocked off New Prague and Class 2A state-ranked Visitation to advance to the final four in the 16-team tournament, and then got swept 25-16, 25-16 by fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Lakeville South and 25-21, 25-22 by Owatonna in finishing fourth. "We played well, but we need to reduce passing and digging errors in order to better compete with teams like