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' tennis team played six matches in six days in what was the final week of their regular season before section playoffs. The Irish have had some rough stretches this season as they are a young team with just two seniors and four juniors. They dropped four matches during the week against Eagan, Lakeville South, Hastings and Woodbury and then hosted Stillwater and St. Thomas Academy in a round-robin on Saturday, May 11, in which they lost two close matches as well.
The Rosemount Irish girls' and boys' track and field teams competed at the Section 3AAA True Team meet Tuesday, May 7, at Prior Lake and came away with tremendous results. The Irish girls are Section 3AAA True Team champions with 1,066.5 points—more than 100 head of second-place Prior Lake—while the boys were runners-up with 1,013 points, just 17 points out of first.
The Farmington and Rosemount boys' lacrosse teams came into their Thursday, May 2, matchup in remarkably similar circumstances. Both teams had gotten off to a slow start and had been hit hard by injuries and illness. And both are making adjustments on the fly and just now getting into a groove.
The Rosemount Irish girls' golf team hosted their annual tournament at Emerald Greens Golf Course on Saturday, May 4, in what was probably the nicest day of spring so far. The Irish welcomed 10 teams to Emerald Greens and played on its silver course, which is the longer of the two 18-hole courses there. Rosemount shot a 351 as a team and the top three teams were Edina, Red Wing and Lakeville North.
The Rosemount Irish and Farmington Tigers girls' lacrosse teams faced off in the first game of an Irish/Tiger doubleheader last Thursday, May 2, at Tiger Stadium. Rosemount prevailed 16-6 after scoring six unanswered goals to start the second half. The Irish are now 4-4 overall after beating Burnsville 17-8 last Tuesday, April 30, and falling to Park (8-7) on Friday, May 3, and Prior Lake (19-3) on Monday. Meanwhile, the Tigers are 1-6 after losing to Rosemount and Apple Valley 15-7 last Tuesday.
The Rosemount Irish boys' golf team has weathered a cold and rainy start and it was no different last Wednesday, May 1, when they played in their first South Suburban Conference meet at Fountain Valley Golf Club in Farmington. It was in the low 50s with not a ray of sunshine to be found, but scores were decently low all around. The Irish took seventh out of 11 teams with a team score of 328, 16 points behind sixth-place Farmington.
The Rosemount Irish baseball team pitched well enough to win and played solid defense Monday, April 29, at Irish Field but fell to the Lakeville North Panthers 3-0. The offense struggled as it had more strikeouts than hits and managed just six base runners all game. With the loss, the Irish are now 3-7 overall and in the South Suburban Conference. Rosemount travels to Hastings on Tuesday, April 30, and then to Eastview on Wednesday. They return home to host Apple Valley on Thursday.
Track athletes from Farmington and Rosemount competed at the Hamline Elite Meet held at Hamline University on Friday, April 26. Only those with the qualifying marks were allowed to compete. Rosemount sent 11 individual athletes and five relay teams to compete in a total of 19 events and had two champions in three events—senior Lauren Peterson in the 800-meter run and senior Max Otterdahl in the discus and shot put. Farmington had three relays compete.
The Rosemount Irish girls' track and field team hosted Apple Valley and Eagan on Tuesday, April 16. The Irish dominated by winning every single event and racked up 130 events to Apple Valley's 13 and Eagan's eight. Rosemount next goes to Farmington on Tuesday, April 23, and then those that qualify go to Hamline University on Friday, April 26, for the Hamline Elite Meet and Hamline University.
Rosemount Irish senior lacrosse players Thomas Purfeerst and Luke Majewski will remain teammates beyond high school as they both signed Letters of Intent Wednesday morning, April 17, to play men's lacrosse at Lewis University. Lewis University is in Romeoville, Ill., and just announced the founding of their men's lacrosse program last fall with 2019-2020 its inaugural season. The Flyers are an NCAA Division II program that will compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.