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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Injuries to attacker Natalie Busher and libero Nicole Valentini made it a tough week for the Rosemount volleyball team. Busher suffered a high ankle sprain in practice last Monday and Valentini sustained a concussion in a recent car accident, leaving the Irish without much depth as they lost five out of seven matches and saw their record slip to 9-11. Last week started with a pair of competitive South Suburban Conference losses, a 3-1 setback to Eastview Tuesday at Irish Gym and a 3-0 sweep at the hands of fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Eagan on Thursday. The Irish regrouped for the 32-team St.
Rosemount swept doubles play in both of its matches while advancing through the first two rounds of the Section 3AA team tournament last week. Irish head coach Dana Beck figured it would take another solid doubles effort if the third-seeded Irish were to advance past second-seeded Eagan in Tuesday's section semifinals at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville. The Wildcats defeated Rosemount 6-1 in their early-season South Suburban Conference match. "I believe we can give them a good fight in the semis....
Rosemount relished the opportunity to host winless Apple Valley in its homecoming game Friday night after back-to-back losses to top-10 teams Lakeville North and Lakeville South. Senior running back Andy Gustafson ran 80 yards for a touchdown 24 seconds into the game and the Irish ran away with a 40-6 victory in front of a big crowd at Irish Stadium. Gustafson finished with a team-high 112 yards on eight carries as the Irish piled up 346 yards on the ground. After Gustafson's early fireworks, the Irish wasted little time getting back in the end zone.
Coming off back-to-back losses to state-ranked conference rivals Lakeville North and Lakeville South, the Rosemount football team is probably looking forward to its matchup against winless Apple Valley in tonight's Homecoming game at Irish Stadium. The Irish (3-2) have won their last three games against Apple Valley by a combined score of 101-16. The Eagles (0-5) haven't scored in their last two games and have been outscored 195-34 in their five losses this season. Overall, the program has won just three of its last 24 games.
Sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Rosemount finished second behind third-ranked Minnetonka in a battle of top-10 teams last Saturday at the 10-team Marauder Invite in St. Paul. The Irish claimed two of the meet's first three events, starting with Megan Wenman's winning swim in the 200 freestyle. Her 1:58.97 clocking was a meet record. Olivia Johnston followed with a first-place finish in the 200 individual medley. Johnston added a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. The Irish placed second in all three relays.
Sports Editor Rosemount used a clean sweep of Bloomington Jefferson to cap off a 15-3 season in the South Suburban Conference last Wednesday afternoon at the Rosemount High School courts. The mark was good enough for fourth in the league behind champion Prior Lake, Eagan and Lakeville North. The Irish drew the No. 3 seed behind Eagan and North in the section tournament, which gets under way this week. They will likely host a second-round match this afternoon at RHS. "We had a great season," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said. "We are getting geared up for the beginning of team sections...
The Rosemount volleyball team saw some of the improvement it's been looking for during back-to-back wins last week. The Irish ended a four-game losing streak by hanging on for a five-set victory at Bloomington Kennedy last Tuesday. They won Game 1 by a score of 25-17, and then lost the next game 15-25 before moving back ahead with a 25-22 decision in Game 3. The hosts squared the match back up with a 25-19 win in Game 4, but the Irish held on with a 15-11 triumph in Game 5. "We played well, but continue to struggle with our consistency," Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek said.
Going into last Monday's non-conference game at Richfield, the Rosemount boys soccer team had scored just one goal in its previous four games. An added emphasis on taking open shots helped the Irish scored three times in their next two games, a 1-1 tie against Richfield and a 4-2 South Suburban Conference setback last Tuesday at Bloomington Kennedy. "It was nice to see our players taking shots and the ball going in the goal," Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said after the Kennedy contest. "It was a hard-fought game." The Irish (3-8-2) played Kennedy to a 2-2 draw over the first 60 minutes.
The best way to slow down the high-octane Lakeville South offense, Rosemount coach Jeff Erdmann figured, was to keep it off the field. The Irish did just that over the first half of their South Suburban road game Friday night in Lakeville. The undefeated and fourth-ranked Cougars settled for a short field goal on their first possession, and then managed just two punts and a turnover on downs over their next three possessions.
The Rosemount girls soccer team's ability to bounce back from its worst loss of the season has it in position to play for second place in perhaps the state's toughest conference heading into the final week of the regular season. The Irish, after falling 4-0 to Lakeville South on its home field two weeks ago, responded with a 5-1 road win at Bloomington Kennedy last Tuesday. The victory improved the team to 4-2-1 in the South Suburban Conference, good enough for a tie for fourth with third-ranked (Class 2A) Eagan. No. 1 Lakeville North, No. 4 Burnsville and No.