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 pair of varsity newcomers continued to make a big impact for the Rosemount gymnastics team last Tuesday. Seventh-graders Josey Schlie and Shannon McCoy finished 1-2 in the all-around for the Irish in a 137.575-126.975 South Suburban Conference win over the Lightning at Eastview High School. Schlie won all four events and took the all-around competition for the second meet in a row, improving her total score to 36.45.
Rosemount bombarded Woodbury's goaltender with 28 shots over the final two periods of last Thursday's matchup at the Rosemount Community Center. Unfortunately, only one of those shots found the back of the net. Meanwhile, the Royals netted three goals while producing half as many shots and skated to a 4-2 victory. The Irish (2-6) took an early lead thanks to a power-play goal by Austin Anderson 10:27 into the first period. Luke Meade and Anthony Winters assisted.
Bonus points were the difference for Rosemount in Thursday night's South Suburban Conference dual meet against Eastview. Each team won seven of the dual's 14 matches, but the Irish scored bonus points in all seven of their victories as they secured their first league win of the season 39-37 under the spotlight at Irish Gym. "Eastview is a solid team coming in with a 7-2 record, so it was nice to get our first conference win," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said. Austin Swanson, Kwame Owusu, Sam Moeller and Craig Syzmanski each won via fall for the Irish.
The Rosemount basketball team was in desperate need of a third scoring threat last Tuesday night at Benilde-St. Margaret's. Garrett Goetz and Jack Kessler combined for 35 points, but the rest of the Irish combined to make just 3 of 18 shots in a 47-45 setback in Plymouth. It was the Irish's fourth straight loss since defeating Shakopee in their season opener. "We played hard, but did not have a second perimeter guy step up and put the ball in the hoop. It was a low possession game so every possession was huge and magnified," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said.
The Rosemount boys hockey team slipped to 0-3 in the South Suburban Conference after being doubled up 6-3 at Lakeville South Saturday at Dakota Ice Arena. The Irish overcame a two-goal deficit to tie the game on Anthony Winters' goal late in the second period, but the Cougars responded with a goal just over a minute later and reeled off three straight over the first five minutes of the third to take a 6-2 lead. Ted Schultz got Rosemount on the board 12:13 into the second and Zach Bichler tacked on goal No. 3 with four seconds left.
The Rosemount girls hockey team lost a two-goal lead and had to settle for a 2-2 overtime tie in a South Suburban Conference showdown with Burnsville last Thursday at the Rosemount Community Center. The Irish (2-8-1) got on the board first thanks to a goal by Kendra Goodrich at 13:55 of the first period. Kristen Reuter provided the assist. Ashlee Humble's goal (assist to Samantha Rhody) made it 2-0 early in the second period.
Some positives emerged for the Rosemount boys basketball team during the second halves of losses to a pair of quality opponents last week. The Irish showed improvement on the offensive end as they played point-for-point with Cretin-Derham Hall (72-55) and Woodbury (83-61) after falling behind by double figures early on in both contests. "We played two good teams and we are learning what it takes to play at that level. Our goal is to be able to compete with and beat teams like that in March," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said.
Rosemount needed just eight events to clinch a victory over Burnsville in Friday's South Suburban Conference meet at Burnsville High School. The Irish finished 1-2-3 in four straight events and built an 89-35 lead in an eventual 89-73 triumph over the Blaze. Burnsville led after one event, but Rosemount moved back ahead thanks to a first-place finish by Andrew Urness in the 200 freestyle.
Rosemount came away with a third-place finish out of 10 teams at a balanced Kenyon-Wanamingo Dave Mauseth Invitational Saturday. The Irish scored 156 points, 16 off the pace of runner-up Cannon Falls/Randolph and 23 ½ behind team champion Kenyon-Wanamingo. They weren't able to defend their team championship, but they did crown two individual champions - seniors Dan Rosa and Sam Moeller. "We've done well at this meet in the past and we thought we'd do well again. Third was a good finish," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.
It was an up-and-down three-game home stand for the Rosemount girls basketball team last week. In a span of five days, the Irish lost to Shakopee in a game that came down to the final seconds, defeated Bloomington Jefferson in their South Suburban Conference opener and hung with ninth-ranked Park of Cottage Grove, all without leaving town. "It was a busy week, to say the least," Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. "The girls competed hard in all three games and huge progress has been seen since the beginning of the year.