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 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.
n The Irish also lost to Lakeville North and beat Henry Sibley By Matthew Steichen Sports Editor The Rosemount girls soccer team split its first two South Suburban Conference games against a pair of ranked teams last week, then got back in the win column against a section opponent on Saturday. The Irish (5-2, 1-1) opened their league season by upsetting fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Burnsville 3-2 last Tuesday at Irish Stadium. It was the program's first win over a ranked team since it beat then No. 7 Burnsville in 2009.
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 a late touchdown, but still rolled to 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.
Rosemount showed some resiliency in its first match of the season last Tuesday. The Irish, facing a Faribault team that had already played, and won, its first game of the season, fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 in games before rallying for a season-opening 22-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 15-13 victory at Irish Gym. "We made some adjustments and eliminated some errors," Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek said. "We made a couple of mistakes, but then refocused and finished....