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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Sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Rosemount finished second behind third-ranked Minnetonka in a battle of top-10 teams last Saturday at the 10-team Marauder Invite in St. Paul. The Irish claimed two of the meet's first three events, starting with Megan Wenman's winning swim in the 200 freestyle. Her 1:58.97 clocking was a meet record. Olivia Johnston followed with a first-place finish in the 200 individual medley. Johnston added a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. The Irish placed second in all three relays.
Sports Editor Rosemount used a clean sweep of Bloomington Jefferson to cap off a 15-3 season in the South Suburban Conference last Wednesday afternoon at the Rosemount High School courts. The mark was good enough for fourth in the league behind champion Prior Lake, Eagan and Lakeville North. The Irish drew the No. 3 seed behind Eagan and North in the section tournament, which gets under way this week. They will likely host a second-round match this afternoon at RHS. "We had a great season," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said. "We are getting geared up for the beginning of team sections...
The Rosemount volleyball team saw some of the improvement it's been looking for during back-to-back wins last week. The Irish ended a four-game losing streak by hanging on for a five-set victory at Bloomington Kennedy last Tuesday. They won Game 1 by a score of 25-17, and then lost the next game 15-25 before moving back ahead with a 25-22 decision in Game 3. The hosts squared the match back up with a 25-19 win in Game 4, but the Irish held on with a 15-11 triumph in Game 5. "We played well, but continue to struggle with our consistency," Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek said.
Going into last Monday's non-conference game at Richfield, the Rosemount boys soccer team had scored just one goal in its previous four games. An added emphasis on taking open shots helped the Irish scored three times in their next two games, a 1-1 tie against Richfield and a 4-2 South Suburban Conference setback last Tuesday at Bloomington Kennedy. "It was nice to see our players taking shots and the ball going in the goal," Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said after the Kennedy contest. "It was a hard-fought game." The Irish (3-8-2) played Kennedy to a 2-2 draw over the first 60 minutes.
The best way to slow down the high-octane Lakeville South offense, Rosemount coach Jeff Erdmann figured, was to keep it off the field. The Irish did just that over the first half of their South Suburban road game Friday night in Lakeville. The undefeated and fourth-ranked Cougars settled for a short field goal on their first possession, and then managed just two punts and a turnover on downs over their next three possessions.
The Rosemount girls soccer team's ability to bounce back from its worst loss of the season has it in position to play for second place in perhaps the state's toughest conference heading into the final week of the regular season. The Irish, after falling 4-0 to Lakeville South on its home field two weeks ago, responded with a 5-1 road win at Bloomington Kennedy last Tuesday. The victory improved the team to 4-2-1 in the South Suburban Conference, good enough for a tie for fourth with third-ranked (Class 2A) Eagan. No. 1 Lakeville North, No. 4 Burnsville and No.
Fourth-ranked (Class 5A) Lakeville South scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the second half in a 17-0 shutout of Rosemount Friday night in Lakeville. The Irish have lost two straight since starting the season 3-0.
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.