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The Rosemount bass fishing team competed in their second Greater South tournament of the season last Friday, July 12, at Cannon and Wells Lakes outside of Faribault. Head coach Jeremy Abbott said it was a tough lake to fish on and a tough tournament overall as half of the competing teams did not catch a single fish.
The Rosemount bass fishing team competed in their first Greater South Regional tournament on Friday, June 21, on the Jefferson Chain (of lakes) near Elysian, Minn. The Irish teams were littered throughout the top 20 while Matt Boerboom took home the award for the largest bass caught at 5.24 pounds, along with his partner Ben Hoover.
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The Rosemount Irish boys' golf team saw their season end at the Section 3AAA golf meet held at Bunker Hills Golf Club—also the site of the Class AAA boys' and girls' state tournaments—May 31 and June 3. The Irish were four strokes as a team from advancing to day two after shooting an 18-hole score of 321, but two individuals—junior Ethan Schnichels and freshman Owen Rexing—qualified for day two as individuals. Schnichels posted a day one score of 75 and Rexing shot a 77.
The Rosemount Irish boys' lacrosse team fell to South Suburban Conference rival Prior Lake in the Section 6A championship game for the second year in a row Thursday, June 6, in the Prior Lake. The Irish held a one-goal lead in the fourth quarter over the Lakers, but Prior Lake scored tied the game to send it to overtime and went on to win 4-3. The Lakers went on to win the state championship on Saturday, June 15, over Benilde-St. Margaret's 5-3.
The season came to a heartbreaking end for the Rosemount Irish girls' lacrosse team when they fell to Cretin-Derham Hall 12-11 in the Section 3A championship game on June 6. It was the second overtime game in two days during the playoffs for the Irish who beat Park the day before 9-8. Rosemount was the No. 4 seed in Section 3A and blew out No. 5 East Ridge 16-3 in the first round on May 31. They then traveled to Park—the No. 1 seed—on June 5 and dominated the first half before the Wolfpack came back in the second half to force overtime.
Rosemount junior and Swedish exchange-student Emilia Svaerd represented the Irish well last Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12, where she tied-for-16th at the Class AAA state girls' golf tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Club. Svaerd shot an 81 on day one and then improved on day two with a 79 for a two-day score of 160. She was just eight strokes out of the top-10 and the winner—freshman Isabella McCauley of Simley—shot a 9-under-par 135, 10 strokes ahead of the second-place finisher.
On a boat in the middle of one of the lakes in the Jefferson chain near Mankato, the Farmington High School Fishing Team will compete in the first tournament of its inaugural season on June 21. The team is less than a year old and was founded last September by Andy Boyum of Mankato, a Farmington resident who has loved fishing almost his entire life and has been a competitive fisherman on and off since he was 14. He said he first came up with the idea for the team after a fortunate misunderstanding.
The Rosemount Irish girls' track and field team trailed by 10.25 points heading into their last event, the 4x400-meter relay. Second place, only worth 10 points, would not be enough. The team of seniors Lauren Peterson and Amber Johnson, and freshmen Ava Cinnamo and Jenna Johnson had to win to take home a Class AA girls' state track and field championship. They had set a personal record the day before and proceeded to run a time of 3 minutes, 51.89 seconds in the championship race to beat that PR by almost seven seconds and set a new Rosemount school record. They beat runner-up Wayzata by more than three seconds to secure the state championship.
Being an exchange student in a new country far from home would be difficult enough for most high schoolers. Add in playing varsity sports and it can be overwhelming. But not for Emilia Svaerd—a junior exchange student from Sweden—who qualified for the Class AAA state girls' golf meet last Monday, June 3, as part of the Rosemount Irish girls' golf team. She finished tied-for-fourth at the Section 3AAA meet with a two-day score of 18-over-par (162).