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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Girls Basketball Rosemount and Farmington both have similar profiles this season; teams in the neighborhood of .500, fighting it out in the middle of the South Suburban Conference pack. But Rosemount has had the upper hand in recent years, and that experience helped the senior-led Irish pull away 51-42 when the two teams squared off last Thursday at Irish Gym. The Tigers stayed within two points of the Irish until halftime by shooting 57 percent from the field, but could only put up 17 points in the second half.
Struggling offensively over the course of its four-game losing streak, the Rosemount girls’ basketball team used its defense to get back on track last Tuesday. The Irish turned up the intensity from the start on their home floor and held high-scoring Prior Lake to 17 first-half points in their 59-42 victory at Irish Gym. Laker tandem McKenna Hofschild and Riley Wheatcraft entered averaging 45 points per game between them but were limited to 23 by the swarming Irish.
The Rosemount Irishettes dance team turned in its best performance of the season Saturday at the Bloomington Kennedy Invitational.
After a three-year absence, the Rosemount boys swim and dive team will be back at the True Team state meet.
2007 Rosemount graduate Tom Compton and the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21 Sunday in the NFC championship game. The Falcons will face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Feb. 5 in Houston. Compton, an offensive lineman, played four years at the University of South Dakota before being drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. He played four years with the Redskins, playing in 44 games and starting 10, before being signed by the Falcons last off-season.
After being edged by four-tenths of a point by Lakeville South the previous week, the Rosemount gymnastics team got a close meet to go its way last Tuesday. The Irish, ranked 11th in Class 2A, outscored Eagan in the floor exercise by 2.3 points to come from behind for a 137.975-137.575 South Suburban Conference victory. "We have the potential to be very good, but just can't seem to put it together," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said. "We need to control our nerves and fight for landings."
Offensive struggles continued to haunt the Rosemount girls' basketball team last week as its losing skid stretched to four games. The Irish shot 30 percent from the field in their 55-47 loss to Apple Valley last Tuesday at Irish Gym and made just 12 field goals Friday night in their 56-42 South Suburban Conference setback at Shakopee. The team hasn't scored more than 27 points in any of its eight halves of basketball since the Rochester holiday tournament in late December.
The Rosemount boys' hockey team made some mistakes in the second period of its showdown with second-place Burnsville Saturday, and the Blaze were quick to capitalize. The visitors scored three goals in a nine-minute span and never looked back in a 5-1 win at Rosemount Community Center.
Ezayah Oropeza continued to be a bright spot at 195 pounds for the Rosemount wrestling team last week.