Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.
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Rosemount Irish senior Shae Buchman has been chosen as Rosemount's 2018 St. Paul Area Athena Award winner. The Athena Award "honors female high school seniors for their outstanding athletic achievements." Her selection was announced at the end of February and she will be honored, along with the other Athena Award winners around the state, at a luncheon on April 25. Buchman is a three-year varsity letter winner and starter on the RHS volleyball team. This past season she was co-captain, Academic Athlete of the Year and All-Conference Honorable Mention.
The Rosemount Irish boys' basketball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday night, March 6, at Apple Valley High School. The eighth-seeded Irish lost ot top seed Apple Valley 101-52 in the section 3AAAA quarterfinals. With the loss, Rosemount wraps up a difficult 2-25 season (including the playoff loss) under first-year head coach Lance Walsten.
Rosemount Irish junior wrestler Ezayah Oropeza took second place in the 220-pound weight class in his first trip to the state wrestling tournament. Oropeza won his first three matches, including by fall of Jagger Schack of Osseo in the first round, a 7-0 decision against Hunter Koenig of Prior Lake and a 4-3 decision over Sam Horn of Eden Prairie. Oropeza then faced Austin Rendler of Faribault, and lost by a 3-2 decision to take second.
Rosemount Irish swimmers Grant Toenges and Cody Spaeth competed at the state swimming and diving meet this past week held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Toenges, a senior, qualified for the state meet in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke, while Spaeth, a junior, qualified in the 500 freestyle.
The fifth-seeded Rosemount Irish girls' basketball team had No. 4-seed Hastings Raiders on the ropes Wednesday night, Feb. 28, in Hastings but were not quite able to pull off the upset, losing 54-50. Rosemount is vastly improved since the last time they played Hastings back in December, when the Raiders beat the Irish by 21. Since then, the young Rosemount squad has matured and improved, giving Hastings perhaps much more than they expected.
Rosemount Irish swimmers Grant Toenges (senior) and Cody Spaeth (junior) both qualified for the Minnesota State High School League's state boys' swimming and diving tournament this past weekend at their section meet. Toenges qualified in the 100 backstroke and butterfly while Spaeth is going in the 500 freestyle.
The Rosemount Irish wrestling team competed at the Section 2AAA individual tournament this past weekend at Shakopee High School. Junior 220-pounder Ezayah Oropeza qualified for the individual state tournament for the first time after winning the section championship for his weight class. Oropeza was ranked fifth at 220 in Class AAA heading into individual sections and is seeded fourth for the state individual tournament.
Rosemount Irish junior gymnast Arianna Passeri competed at the Minnesota State High School League's state gymnastics meet on February 24. Passeri qualified for her first state meet after winning the vault at the section 1AA meet the week before. "I was really excited to make state," Passeri said. "It was one of my goals for the season." <
The Rosemount Irish boys' hockey team had its spectacular season end on Saturday with a loss on the road to the second-seeded Eastview Lightning. The loss comes on the tail of a 3-2 win over Apple Valley a few days prior in the quarterfinals. The Irish finish their season with a 21-5-1 overall record including the playoffs. The last time Rosemount made the section semifinals was 2015-16, when they also beat Apple Valley in the first section game before falling at Burnsville. Apple Valley
The Rosemount Irish boys' hockey team has not lost since January and are now in Section 3AA playoffs as the No. 3 seed. The Irish finished the regular season 20-4-1 and were second in the South Suburban Conference, just one point behind Eastview. Rosemount won five of their last six, the only game that was not won was a tie at home against Lakeville North. The Irish face No. 6 Apple Valley on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Rosemount Community Center. Should they win, they will play the winner of No.2 Eastview and No. 7 Bloomington Jefferson.