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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No team in the state played a tougher schedule last week than the Rosemount girls basketball team. Two of the top three teams in Class 4A came to Irish Gym for South Suburban Conference games last week and both came away with victories. No. 3 Eastview drilled 12 of 17 shots from beyond the three-point arc and 20 of 23 from the free-throw line in shooting down the Irish 80-54 last Tuesday, and No.
Putting together a full 36-minute game continues to be the goal of the Rosemount boys basketball team. The Irish experienced lulls in play that cost them in both of their South Suburban Conference road games last week. They faltered in the middle of last Tuesday's game at Eastview where a 14-point second-half deficit proved too much to overcome in a 68-64 setback.
The Rosemount gymnastics team capped off its first conference championship in 20 years with its highest team score of the season last Tuesday night. The Irish turned in 10 scores of 9.0 or higher and defeated Apple Valley 144-130.55 in their Senior Night meet at Rosemount High School. The victory completed an 8-0 run through the South Suburban Conference. "It was a great way to finish the season on a high note," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said. The big scores began in the vault where the Irish received four 9.0 scores and swept the top five places.
The Rosemount boys hockey team completed a pair of splits with league opponents last week. Last Tuesday the Irish rallied to score a 2-1 road win over a Lakeville North team that beat them in overtime in early January. The tables turned Saturday night when 20th-ranked Eastview avenged the Irish's earlier 3-0 upset win in Apple Valley by skating to a 6-0 rout at Rosemount Community Center. The 1-1 week left the Irish eighth in the 10-team South Suburban Conference with a record of 4-11 heading into Tuesday's game at ninth-place Apple Valley.
Rosemount gave 15th-ranked Eagan a serious scare in the Section 3AA tournament quarterfinals last Wednesday at Eagan Civic Arena. The Irish, seeded eighth in the nine-team section after an 8-17-1 regular season, had to beat Woodbury 5-4 in the section play-in game just to get another crack at an Eagan team they fell to 6-4 less than two weeks earlier. The rematch with the Wildcats proved just as competitive.
Money is something that we all think about. Whether we have just a little of it and are worried about paying the bills or have a lot of it and want to know where to put it, nearly everyone has concerns dealing with their income. The Dakota County Library system has long tried to offer financial literacy programs. This past year though, a grant made it possible to do a much larger initiative at the library branches across the county. Dakota County received $69,000 through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation.
The final results show two pretty similar games for the Rosemount girls basketball team last week. The Irish scored 54 points and shot 31 percent in a home loss to Prior Lake last Tuesday. Then they scored 54 points and shot 31 percent in a road setback at Lakeville South on Friday. But first-year head coach Chris Orr saw a major difference in the team's energy level in the two games. "We came out flat and absolutely no energy (against Prior Lake)," Orr said.
The Rosemount gymnastics team all but locked up its first conference championship in Jason Passeri's 15 years as head coach with a 138.85-133.375 victory at Lakeville South last Tuesday. The Irish stood at 7-0 in South Suburban Conference duals heading into their regular season finale against 1-6 Apple Valley this week. "I think the last time was in the mid-90s. I will have to do some research on that," Passeri said.
First-place finishes by Sheldon Hatlen in the 50 freestyle and Daniel Monaghan in the 1-meter dive gave Rosemount the lead and the Irish went on to a 93-91 South Suburban Conference dual win over Prior Lake Friday night at the Rosemount Middle School pool. Prior Lake held the lead for the final time at 26-20 after a 1-2 finish in the 200 individual medley. Hatlen followed by pulling away to first place with a time of 21.56 in the 50 freestyle and teammates Kyle Bodine and Derek Schnoor nabbed third and fourth, respectively, to tie the score at 31-all.
The Rosemount wrestling team is building up quite a bit of momentum heading into next Friday's Section 3AAA team tournament. The Irish put together their second straight 5-0 week last week and have now won 16 of their last 17 dual matches since the start of the new year. After defeating Eden Prairie (41-15) and Wayzata (36-22) fairly handily last Thursday at the Wayzata Triangular, the Irish continued their winning streak against some tough competition Saturday at the Blaine Tournament.