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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Thirty-one top-10 finishes. Six runner-up finishes. Four event championships. Not a bad day's work at the Section 3AA True Team Championships for the Rosemount swimming and diving team, especially considering head coach Patti Wegner says her team is training through the regular season, rather than resting up between meets. The Irish still managed to separate themselves from the rest of the seven-team field, scoring 1,260 points in action at Kenwood Trail Middle School en route to their fifth straight True Team title.
Rosemount girls basketball coach Sam McDonald has been pretty satisfied with many aspects of his team's performance during its current four-game losing streak. But everything else goes out the window when you're trying to hang with good teams while shooting 32 percent. The Irish went cold late and were outscored 17-4 down the stretch in a 58-43 South Suburban Conference road loss to Lakeville South last Tuesday.
As its shooting has cooled off, wins have become harder to come by for the Rosemount boys basketball team. The Irish averaged 62 points per game during the six-game winning streak that brought them to the start of South Suburban Conference play Jan. 3 against Bloomington Jefferson. Since then, they have averaged 50 points per game and shot 40, 32, 39 and 36 percent from the floor while losing three of their first four league games.
The Rosemount wrestling team turned in another dominating performance Saturday at the Moorhead Gadberry Duals. The Irish improved to 12-2 overall by winning four lopsided duals, the last one a 51-15 rout of Grand Forks Central in the championship round of the eight-team tournament.
2008 Rosemount graduate JT Brown is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. The award is given annually to a college hockey player who exhibits strength of character, displays outstanding skills in all phases of the game and outstanding scholastic achievement and sportsmanship. Every head hockey coach at an accredited Division I NCAA school receives one ballot. Coaches are asked to pick the top three players in their league and the top three players in the nation. Coaches from 58 schools receive a ballot.
The Rosemount girls hockey team slipped to 5-10-2 overall and 2-5-2 in the South Suburban Conference after a 6-2 loss to Bloomington Jefferson last Tuesday at Rosemount Community Center. Rosemount took on 15th-ranked Lakeville North Tuesday night in a rematch of the championship game of the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic, a contest the Panthers won 2-0 on Dec. 29. The Irish are back home tonight when they host Prior Lake.
Dan Rosa's technical fall victory at 113 pounds started a run of nine straight wins that lifted the Rosemount wrestling team to a 38-15 South Suburban Conference dual triumph over Bloomington Kennedy at Irish Gym. The Irish are now 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference. "Overall, from start to finish, this was our best team effort we've had in a dual meet," Rosemount wrestling coach Brett Larson said. "Starting out at 113 pounds we won nine straight matches. Any time you do that, you're doing pretty good. Kennedy is always a good opponent, a good, scrappy team.
First-place individual showings by Jim Peterson and Jacob Stern, along with three high relay finishes, led Rosemount to fifth place out of 12 teams in the Gold Division at the Maroon and Gold Invite Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The Irish scored 393.5 points, which bested teams from Edina, East Ridge, Prior Lake, Rochester Century, Cretin-Derham Hall, Chaska and Hopkins.
The final results didn't show it, but Rosemount head coach Scott Macho thinks his team began to make some progress last week. The Irish started the week by letting a late lead slip away, thanks in part to an own goal that tied the game in the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss to Bloomington Jefferson Thursday at Rosemount Community Center. Back on the home ice less than 48 hours later, penalties proved costly as Prior Lake used a pair of power-play goals to pull away late in a 5-2 decision.
Rosemount wasn't able to carry its early-season success into the start of its South Suburban Conference schedule last week. The Irish saw their six-game winning streak come to an end with a 61-54 setback against Bloomington Jefferson in their league home opener last Tuesday at Irish Gym, then dropped their second in a row when they scored a season-low 45 points in a 14-point loss at Prior Lake Friday. "We did not play with the same energy and effort that we had been playing with during our six-game winning streak.