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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Losses to the top two teams in the South Suburban Conference -- and two of the top Class 4A teams in the state -- sent Rosemount to the bottom of the league standings last week. The Irish opened the week with a 92-43 setback at fifth-ranked Bloomington Kennedy last Tuesday. The schedule didn't get any easier, as less than 48 hours later the team took the court in Apple Valley and was dealt a 60-38 decision by seventh-ranked Eastview.
Rosemount added to its conference lead in goals allowed while stretching its losing streak to eight games last week. The Irish surrendered five second-period scores in an 8-2 loss to Prior Lake at the Dakotah Ice Center last Tuesday. A slow start proved too much to overcome back at Rosemount Community Center when Lakeville South surged ahead with three first-period goals and earned a 6-3 decision. The Irish have allowed 102 goals while scoring just 31 in 16 conference games. Three players scored goals for the Irish on Saturday.
If you believe sports clichés, beating a team three times in one season is a tough thing to do. Beating a team four times in one season, then, must be even more difficult. That's the challenge the Rosemount girls hockey team faced in the opening round of the Section 3AA tournament. Playing an Apple Valley team they had already swept in South Suburban Conference play and knocked from the winner's bracket in the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic, the Irish came out on the short end of a back-and-forth 4-3 final last Wednesday at Apple Valley Sports Arena.
Rosemount saw late leads slip away in both of its South Suburban Conference games last week. The Irish saw a 10-point second-half lead disappear in a 52-50 home loss to Prior Lake last Monday at Irish Gym. The same thing happened Friday at Lakeville South as the Cougars overcame a double-figure deficit in the second half to force overtime and earn a 65-63 win. "Both games were mirror images of each other. We started playing not to lose instead of going out there and finishing the game and playing to win," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said.
The Rosemount boys swimming and diving team doesn't have to share its South Suburban Conference championship this year. After sharing the title with Eagan a year ago, the Irish took their place alone atop the league standings with a 9-0 record thanks to a 95-85 victory over Prior Lake in their regular season finale Friday night at Hidden Oaks Middle School. It's the fourth straight year Rosemount has held at least a share of the conference championship. Like most of this year's meets, Friday night's was decided early.
Pins from four seniors helped the Rosemount wrestling team lock up third in the South Suburban Conference and a No. 2 seed in the section Thursday night. Seniors Steve Levine, Adam Jackson, Alex Johnson and Stefan Sauer all won by fall as the Irish moved ahead of Lakeville North in the league standings with a 40-29 dual victory under the spotlight at Irish Gym. Rosemount finished with a 6-2 record in the conference and an overall mark of 19-4. "We finished the regular season strong. We're wrestling really well right now," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.
n The Irish handed the Cougars their ninth straight loss Friday The Lakeville South girls basketball team went into Friday night's game in Rosemount in dire need of a victory. The Irish didn't let them get one. The Cougars let a six-point halftime lead slip away as they lost for the ninth straight time, 61-58 at Irish Gym. The visitors had a record of 9-4 after they beat the Irish 58-43 back on Jan.
After defeating Apple Valley three times during the regular season, the Rosemount girls hockey team fell to the Eagles 4-3 in the opening round of the Section 3AA tournament Wednesday night. The Irish finished with a record of 8-14-4.
Pucks started to find the net, but not quite often enough to put an end to Rosemount's losing streak. The Irish scored seven goals in two games last week, the most they've scored in back-to-back conference games this season, but their skid reached six games after a pair of one-goal road losses at Eastview and Bloomington Jefferson. A promising start gave way to a frustrating finish last Tuesday at Apple Valley Sports Arena when the Irish saw a 4-0 lead disappear in a 6-5 loss to the Lightning.
A couple of injuries and a close team score made it a stressful meet early on, but it was all good news in the end for the Rosemount gymnastics team Monday night. Lizzie Thooft hyperextended her knee and Rachel Schow had to be brought to the hospital after landing on her neck on a jump from the balance beam. The two missteps delayed the meet an hour, but both gymnasts came away without serious injury and the Irish used 1-2 finishes in the floor exercise and beam to pull away for a 136.25-133.875 conference win over Eagan. "It was a crazy meet," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said.