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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Fourth-ranked Rosemount finished third out of 50 teams in the Larry Zirgibel Gold Division high school race at the Roy Griak Invitational last Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course. Bismarck, led by individual champion Jake Leingang, topped runner-up Des Moines Dowling Catholic 102-166 for the team title. The Irish scored 271 points, two better than fourth-place Wayzata. Junior Trevor Capra emerged to lead the Irish with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds, on the 5,000-meter course.
Seventh-ranked Rosemount lost three fumbles in the first half and fell behind 14-0 in an eventual 28-7 loss to eighth-ranked Lakeville North Friday night at Irish Stadium. The Panthers improved to 4-0, while the Irish fell to 3-1.
Seventh-ranked Rosemount hosts eighth-ranked Lakeville North in a battle of undefeated South Suburban Conference teams tonight at Irish Stadium. The Irish, defending conference champions and Class 5A State runners-up, haven't lost a conference game since a 17-0 setback at Lakeville North in Week 7 of the 2009 season. They have defeated Bloomington Kennedy, Burnsville and Prior Lake by a combined 79-19 in their three victories this season. Lakeville North, meanwhile, has blown by then-ranked Eastview, Apple Valley and Edina by a combined 114-50.
The Rosemount volleyball team played "pretty well" throughout Saturday's Farmington Invitational, according to coach Smokey Vitek, but saw where it still had some room for improvement when it faced better competition in the later rounds. The Irish knocked off New Prague and Class 2A state-ranked Visitation to advance to the final four in the 16-team tournament, and then got swept 25-16, 25-16 by fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Lakeville South and 25-21, 25-22 by Owatonna in finishing fourth. "We played well, but we need to reduce passing and digging errors in order to better compete with teams like
Rosemount didn't need to score a goal to play its best game of the season last Thursday. The Irish defense held fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Bloomington Jefferson in check for the duration of their 0-0 tie in Bloomington. "The boys played out of their minds," Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said. "Jefferson out-shot us 13-1 but most of their shots came from outside the box because our defense was doing such a good job and Zach Traeger had some unbelievable saves.
Things began going No. 9 Rosemount's way during the 1-meter dive at last night's South Suburban Conference met against Apple Valley at Rosemount Middle School. Sawyer Murray won the dive to secure Rosemount's second first-place finish in the meet's fifth event, and the Irish went on to claim victory in seven of the meet's final eight events en route to a 91-87 victory. "We had a great meet last night," said Rosemount coach Tami Carlson, whose team improved to 3-0 in dual meets. "The girls did very well since we have been swimming and lifting hard...
A sweep of three doubles matches carried the Rosemount tennis team past Lakeville South 4-3 in a South Suburban Conference match Thursday in Rosemount. "I moved some people around in the lineup as I knew their singles players were strong and we would need all the doubles to come through," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said. "There were some close sets in doubles, but they played well and pulled out the tie-breakers." The No.
Rosemount learned its lesson after a slow start resulted in a 1-1 tie at Bloomington Jefferson last Thursday. The Irish scored in the third minute of their non-conference contest Saturday in Hastings and made that goal stand in a 1-0 victory over the Raiders. "We discussed the slow start... The Irish heard the message loud and clear," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said. Junior Hannah Halterman did the damage, scoring her team-leading seventh goal on a pass from defender Jackie Kemnic.
A spread of 29 seconds between its No. 1 and 5 runners - the best in the 14-team field - was key in helping the Rosemount boys win its first Applejack Invitational title since 2007 Friday afternoon at Aronson Park in Lakeville. The Irish, ranked third in Class 2A, placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 15 out of 100 runners at the competitive meet. That strong presence at the front of the pack gave them a 43-55 edge over sixth-ranked Andover. "The varsity had a nice race. We got out well and kept a strong pace throughout the competition," Rosemount coach Chris Harder.
The defense of seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Rosemount may have been overshadowed during the first two weeks of the season as the offense put up 66 points in two games the team won going away. There was no overlooking the Irish defense Friday night at Prior Lake.