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 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
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.