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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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.
A pair of clutch three-pointers ended Rosemount's four-game losing streak and lifted the Irish to a 64-61 South Suburban Conference win over Lakeville South Friday night at Irish Gym. With the Irish trailing by three, Cole Northwick splashed his third long-range shot of the game to tie the score. Jeremy Macchitelli then splashed a three of his own from the right wing to give the home team the lead for good. It was Macchitelli's only shot of the game. "Our energy was great and we had some guys step up big down the stretch," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said.
The Rosemount girls hockey team got its confidence going with a four-goal flourish late in a 6-4 loss to 16th-ranked Eagan two weeks ago. That confidence turned into a wave of momentum that helped the Irish put together their first three-game winning streak and earn a rematch with the Wildcats in the Section 3AA tournament Wednesday night back in Eagan.
The Rosemount wrestling team continued its strong start to the 2013 portion of its schedule, winning five straight matches over the weekend at Irish Gym. Since starting the season with four losses in five duals against a tough early slate of opponents, the Irish have won 10 of their past 11. Saturday's tournament-opening 43-24 dual win over 14-1 Simley was the most important of them all as it locked up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming section tournament. "It was a very good weekend for us. All of our guys are wrestling very well and continue to improve," Rosemount coach Brett Larson said.