Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014.
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The Rosemount Irish boys' and girls' cross-country teams both came oh-so close to winning at least one South Suburban Conference championship last Friday at Eagan High School. The two teams both finished as runners-up, the boys just eight points behind winners Eastview and the girls 30 points behind champion Farmington. Senior Luke Labatte won the boys' race by 25 seconds for his second-straight SSC championship and seventh-grader Daisy Islas continued her strong season with a fourth-place finish.
Last week saw the Rosemount Irish girls' soccer team, fresh off a historic South Suburban Conference championship, advance to the Section 3AA championship game with shutout wins over Hastings and Eastview. They played Eagan on Tuesday to go to state. Meanwhile, the Irish boys lost at Apple Valley 2-1 in the opening round.
A tight game and a come-from-behind win is what the Rosemount Irish football team delivered Friday night at home against the Burnsville Blaze. The Irish trailed 19-7 in the second quarter and 25-13 in the third, but were able to make the comeback with 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win 26-25. With the victory, Rosemount is now 5-2 overall and 5-0 in the Metro South sub-district, which they sit atop of a half-game ahead of Lakeville North. There will be a quick turnaround as the Irish travel to Shakopee on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
The regular season is finished and section play about to start for the Rosemount Irish boys' and girls' soccer teams. The Irish girls finished their regular season undefeated in the South Suburban Conference for the SSC championship, as well as winning their last seven matches and nine of their last 10. They also earned the No. 2 seed in section 3AA behind Eagan and face No. 7 Hastings tonight (Tuesday). Meanwhile, the Rosemount boys battled inexperience and injuries throughout much of the season and finished 5-6-4 overall (2-4-3 in the SSC). They received the No. 5 seed and take on No. 4 Apple Valley on the road.
The Rosemount Irish girls' tennis team had no trouble with St. Paul Highland Park last Wednesday afternoon and won 6-1 to advance out of the first round. The Irish then upset No. 3-seeded Simley 4-3 on Saturday after their match was rained out on Friday. The win over the Spartans came down to the last few matches. With the win, they advance to the semifinals on Wednesday at the Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville. They will face the winner of No. 2 Woodbury and No. 10 Visitation, who play on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Whoever wins the semifinal match would then face the winner of No. 1 Eagan and No. 5 East Ridge on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Lifetime Fitness.
A more miserable night for a homecoming football game would be hard to imagine than what the Rosemount Irish football team played in Friday night, but none of that mattered as the Irish went on to rout the Lakeville South Cougars. The Irish beat the Cougars 31-15 in the misting rain, cold and mud, but the game was not as close as the score would make it appear. Rosemount led 31-0 at halftime and Lakeville South was only able to score during the quarter-plus garbage time in the second half. With the win the Irish are now 4-2 overall and have won four straight since starting the season 0-2. They sit atop the Metro South sub-district at 4-0, a half game ahead of Lakeville North and Prior Lake who are 3-0 in the sub-district.
The Rosemount Irish boys' and girls' cross-country teams have had a busy week as they competed in two prestigious tournaments—the annual Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota and the Ev Berg Invitational in Owatonna. The Irish ran in the Roy Griak on Saturday, Sept. 29, where the boys took 23rd out of 55 teams and the girls 22nd out of 49 teams. Senior Luke Labatte took fourth in the boys' race with a time of 16 minutes, 3.90 seconds, while for the girls seventh-grader Daisy Islas finished 32nd with a time of 19:07.10. Rosemount then raced at the Ev Berg Invitational in Owatonna on Thursday, Oct. 4, and both teams won the event, with Labatte and Islas both taking first.
A clean sweep of Cretin-Derham Hall helped the Rosemount Irish volleyball team celebrate senior night Wednesday evening during their homecoming week. The Irish beat the Raiders 25-7, 25-10, 25-18 as they continue to build confidence after an up-and-down start to the season that was beset by injuries. However, Rosemount is almost fully healthy now and with the win improve to 9-11 overall and 3-3 in the South Suburban Conference.
The Rosemount Irish girls' tennis team had no trouble with St. Paul Highland Park Wednesday afternoon and won 6-1 to advance to the next round of sections. The No. 6-seeded Irish swept all four singles matches and the only match they dropped was No. 3 doubles. They now move on to the section quarterfinals against Simley (the No. 3 seed) at Simley on Friday, Oct. 5. Should they win they would play the winner of second-seeded Woodbury and whoever advances between Visitation and St. Paul Harding. The semifinal match would be at East Ridge on Oct. 9 and the final at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville on Oct. 11.
The Rosemount Irish football team continued their winning ways Friday night as they extended their winning streak to three games with a close victory over the Eastview Lightning, 13-9. The Irish special teams helped put them over the top. With the victory, Rosemount improves to 3-2 over all and 3-0 in the Metro South sub-district.