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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Rosemount High School seniors Luke Labatte and Abbie Doran have been selected as Section 3AA's candidates for the Triple "A" Award (Academics, Arts and Athletics), an award sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award is given to seniors who have at least a "B" GPA and participate MSHSL-sponsored athletics or arts. There will be four total Triple "A" Award recipients—who will be announced in March—a girl and boy from Class A and Class AA.
The Rosemount Irish boys' swimming and diving team took down the Lakeville North Panthers in their first meet since the holiday break last Friday, Jan. 4. The Irish edged out the Panthers 95-90 at Rosemount Middle School after winning half of the night's events, with the meet coming down to points in the lower places.
Hannah Grim—a 2014 graduate of Rosemount High School—will be honored as the newest inductee into the Rosemount Girls' Basketball Hall of Fame Friday, Jan. 12, before the Irish girls' home game against Burnsville. Grim played for the Irish from 2009-2014 and is the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,793 points.
The Rosemount Irish and Farmington Tigers boys' basketball teams met for the first time this season in Rosemount last Friday night, Jan. 4. Farmington led the entire game and by double-digits for most of it, but Rosemount was able to slowly chip away at the Tigers' lead and trailed by just six with less than a minute to play. However, Farmington was able to hold them off and the Tigers beat the Irish 58-54. With the win Farmington is now 4-5 overall and 2-0 in the South Suburban Conference. Meanwhile, Rosemount lost to Bloomington Jefferson the day after and is now 3-7 overall and 0-2 in the SSC.
The Farmington and Rosemount girls' basketball teams met for the first time this season on Thursday, Jan. 3, in Farmington. The Tigers came away with a 63-40 victory after both teams got off to a slow start offensively in a game that saw good defense on both sides, but Farmington simply just had more weapons and ways to generate offense.
The Rosemount Irish wrestling team is back with an experienced squad this season after graduating just three wrestlers from 2017-2018. Returning standouts for the Irish are state runner-up Ezayah Oropeza, Max Otterdahl, Kameron Werk and Zach Young—all of whom are captains this year and the team has 12 seniors overall.
The Rosemount Irish girls' basketball team competed in the Rochester Rotary Holiday Classic Dec. 27-28 at the Mayo Civic Center where they went 2-0. The Irish beat Rochester John Marshall 62-42 on Thursday, Dec. 27, and then Chaska 53-47 on Dec. 28. With the two wins, Rosemount is now 7-3 overall and heads into the bulk of South Suburban Conference play after the New Year. Right now all three of their losses have come to SSC opponents and they travel to conference-leading Farmington on Thursday, Jan. 3.
The Rosemount boys' basketball team has made great strides so far this season after winning just two games in 2017-2018. The Irish have already eclipsed last year's win total and sit at 3-5 overall. They beat Hastings at home before Christmas by 19 and then played in a holiday tournament at East Ridge High School before New Years. In game one of the tournament the fell to East Ridge—the No. 5 team in Class 4A—94-39 and in game two they lost to New Prague 57-47.
The past year saw Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish athletics achieve great things both on and off the field of play. From state championships to new records, it has been a memorable 2018 for both towns' sports teams. There were so many stories that could have made this list, but check out below 10 of the best sports stories of 2018:
The Rosemount Irish gymnastics time has a few competitions under the belt heading into the holiday season. They opened their season on Dec. 8 at the Prior Lake Invite, went to Lakeville South on Dec. 11 and then hosted Eagan on Dec. 18.