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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Rosemount didn't need to score a goal to play its best game of the season last Thursday. The Irish defense held fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Bloomington Jefferson in check for the duration of their 0-0 tie in Bloomington. "The boys played out of their minds," Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said. "Jefferson out-shot us 13-1 but most of their shots came from outside the box because our defense was doing such a good job and Zach Traeger had some unbelievable saves.
Things began going No. 9 Rosemount's way during the 1-meter dive at last night's South Suburban Conference met against Apple Valley at Rosemount Middle School. Sawyer Murray won the dive to secure Rosemount's second first-place finish in the meet's fifth event, and the Irish went on to claim victory in seven of the meet's final eight events en route to a 91-87 victory. "We had a great meet last night," said Rosemount coach Tami Carlson, whose team improved to 3-0 in dual meets. "The girls did very well since we have been swimming and lifting hard...
A sweep of three doubles matches carried the Rosemount tennis team past Lakeville South 4-3 in a South Suburban Conference match Thursday in Rosemount. "I moved some people around in the lineup as I knew their singles players were strong and we would need all the doubles to come through," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said. "There were some close sets in doubles, but they played well and pulled out the tie-breakers." The No.
Rosemount learned its lesson after a slow start resulted in a 1-1 tie at Bloomington Jefferson last Thursday. The Irish scored in the third minute of their non-conference contest Saturday in Hastings and made that goal stand in a 1-0 victory over the Raiders. "We discussed the slow start... The Irish heard the message loud and clear," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said. Junior Hannah Halterman did the damage, scoring her team-leading seventh goal on a pass from defender Jackie Kemnic.
A spread of 29 seconds between its No. 1 and 5 runners - the best in the 14-team field - was key in helping the Rosemount boys win its first Applejack Invitational title since 2007 Friday afternoon at Aronson Park in Lakeville. The Irish, ranked third in Class 2A, placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 15 out of 100 runners at the competitive meet. That strong presence at the front of the pack gave them a 43-55 edge over sixth-ranked Andover. "The varsity had a nice race. We got out well and kept a strong pace throughout the competition," Rosemount coach Chris Harder.
The defense of seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Rosemount may have been overshadowed during the first two weeks of the season as the offense put up 66 points in two games the team won going away. There was no overlooking the Irish defense Friday night at Prior Lake.
The Rosemount football team moved to 3-0 with a 13-6 win Friday night at Prior Lake. Check back with www.rosemounttownpages.com for more updates.
Another 2 1/2 -game stretch without a goal was quickly forgotten as the Rosemount boys soccer team finished with a flourish Saturday in Hastings. The Irish broke a scoreless tie with a pair of goals and ended their five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over section rival Hastings. "We did not have our game faces on at the beginning of the game. We lacked enthusiasm and came out flat," Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said of the first half. "We started to play our game a lot better (in the second half)....
The Rosemount girls tennis team just missed completing a clean sweep of its own Irish Invitational Saturday at Rosemount High School. The Irish won the team trophy by defeating Orono 8-0, Henry Sibley 8-0 and Cannon Falls 7-1. The team's lone individual loss came at No. 4 doubles where Cannon Falls' team won a third-set super-tiebreaker. The rest of the meet was all Rosemount. In singles play, Virginia Norder, Ally Baker, Mariah McGivern and Rachel Hoffman all went 3-0.
By the end of Friday night's season opener at Irish Stadium, the only question was whether Rosemount would complete its first shutout since the 2009 season. The eighth-ranked (Class 5A) Irish allowed Burnsville to score a touchdown with seven seconds left, then celebrated a 38-7 South Suburban Conference victory. Senior quarterback Nate LeMoine ran 65 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and the Irish, now 2-0, led the rest of the way.