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Rosemount boys basketball ends season with loss to Apple Valley

Senior Sam Willmott, a Division 1 football commit, lays it in against Burnsville. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Senior Luke Siwek goes up for the layup earlier in the season against Burnsville. Siwek led the Irish in scoring this year. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

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.

Heading into the section game, Walsten said despite the team's record, they had come a long way since the beginning of the season. He said it had been an adjustment year as the team got used to his expectations and he adjusted to them.On top of that, this year the Irish returned just one significant contributor from last year's matchup with the Eagles in the section playoffs, senior Luke Siwek.

Tuesday night Rosemount struggled to slow down Apple Valley and Duke University commit Tre Jones. The Eagles put up 55 points in the first half while the Irish struggled to score and Apple Valley led 55-16 after the half. Rosemount was able to find their offense in the second half, scoring more than double their first-half output (36 points) but they were still outscored by 10 by the Eagles. The final was 101-52 Apple Valley.

Junior Andrew Reuter, who Walsten called his team's most versatile scorer, led the Irish with 17 points. Right behind him with 14 was senior Luke Siwek, who has been the team's floor general and leading scorer this season. Junior Jacob Siwek added eight points fellow junior Keaton Miller had five.

Rosemount graduates four seniors this spring; Luke Siwek, Samuel Lindemann, Brady Kubitz and Samuel Willmott. However, they had 10 juniors on varsity this year that will return next year. Check back for more comments from the team.

Alec Hamilton

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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