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 wrestling team continued its strong start to the 2013 portion of its schedule, winning five straight matches over the weekend at Irish Gym. Since starting the season with four losses in five duals against a tough early slate of opponents, the Irish have won 10 of their past 11. Saturday's tournament-opening 43-24 dual win over 14-1 Simley was the most important of them all as it locked up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming section tournament. "It was a very good weekend for us. All of our guys are wrestling very well and continue to improve," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.
n Kendra Goodrich scored a hat trick in the second period of a 6-4 loss By Matthew Steichen Sports editor Rosemount came up just short in its upset at 17th-ranked (Class 2A) Eagan Saturday afternoon. The Irish fell behind by four goals before storming back to within one in the third period of their 6-4 South Suburban Conference loss to the Wildcats at Eagan Civic Arena.
Friday night seemed like it was going to be a good bounce-back opportunity for the Rosemount girls basketball team. Coming off a disappointing second half in a loss to Apple Valley on Tuesday, the Irish had reason to be confident going on the road to take on a Bloomington Jefferson team that had lost seven games in a row and they had defeated by 10 points in mid-December. The Jaguars didn't cooperate, however, and shot 54 percent from the field while holding the Irish to 28 percent in a 69-52 South Suburban Conference contest. "It was a tough night and a very unexpected night as we just did
n No. 10 Burnsville and No. 7 Eagan combined to outscore Rosemount, 13-1 After last Saturday's 3-2 loss to Lakeville South, Rosemount head coach Brad Stepan predicted it would be a tough week ahead for his hockey team. He was right. The Irish were dealt a 5-0 shutout on the road at No. 10-ranked Burnsville last Tuesday, and then returned home last Thursday and suffered an 8-1 loss to seventh-ranked Eagan at the Rosemount Community Center. A third straight ranked team - No.
Fives were wild for the Rosemount swimming and diving team Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. Five fifth-place finishes helped the Irish place fifth out of 12 teams with 1,580 ½ points in their sixth straight appearance at the True Team state meet. They finished third at the meet in three of the previous four years. Eden Prairie won the state title 2,313-2,159 ½ over runner-up Minnetonka, and Stillwater and Edina rounded out the top four. Junior diver Daniel Monaghan was crowned meet champion in the 1-meter dive with a total score of 415.95.
When the three-pointers aren't falling, offense has been tough to come by for the Rosemount boys basketball team this winter. The Irish have averaged just 52 points a game over their last seven outings, and produced just 17 points in the second half of Friday night's 52-43 South Suburban Conference loss to Bloomington Jefferson at Irish Gym. Cole Northwick knocked down four three-pointers, but the rest of the team combined to go just 2 of 16 from beyond the arc. "The game was close at half time, but Jefferson played a lot tougher than we did throughout the game.
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Offense was not a problem for the Rosemount girls basketball team last week. The Irish had eight different players score at least six points last Tuesday against Burnsville when they lit up the Irish Gym scoreboard for a season-high 82 points in an 82-60 South Suburban Conference win over Burnsville.
Four first-place finishes and 24 top-10 showings carried Rosemount to its sixth straight Section 3AA True Team championship Saturday at Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake. Rosemount scored 1,341 ½ points, over 150 more than runner-up Lakeville South's 1,188 ½.
Rosemount crowned three individual champions and finished fourth as a team with 144 ½ points Saturday at the Eastview Lightning Invitational in Apple Valley. Shakopee defeated Faribault 189-168 for the team title. Host Eastview was third with 147 points and the Irish were right behind despite entering wrestlers at 11 of 14 weights. "It was a very competitive and balanced tournament," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. "Fourth was very good considering the weight classes we didn't fill." Payton Otterdahl, Sam Moeller and Dan Rosa all won championships for the Irish.