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 girls' swimming and diving team has continued their tremendous start to the season and are now 5-0 with two recent victories over Eagan and Apple Valley. As the Irish continue the second half of their season, head coach Jake Kemna said the team is developing the consistency it needs. "We are starting to hit our stride in consistency with meets and practice, which is good since we only have two weeks left until those swimming at the junior varsity championship meet start their taper," he said.
The Rosemount boys' and girls' cross-country teams both finished in the middle of the pack at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday, Sept. 23. The boys finished 28th out of 46 teams and were led by junior Luke Labatte, who finished 13th out of 433 runners. The girls' team took 32nd out of 45 teams. The race featured some of the best teams and individual runners in the Midwest split between two divisions for boys and two for girls. It was hosted by the University of Minnesota at Les Bolsted Golf Course.
The Rosemount volleyball team continued their run of ranked opponents this past week against Lakeville North and East Ridge. The Irish lost to second-ranked in 3A Lakeville North 3-0 on Sept. 19 and then to No. 10 East Ridge 3-1 on Sept. 21, both at home. However, Rosemount was able to bounce back on Saturday, Sept. 23, during the Centennial Celebration and beat Tartan 3-0. The Irish are now 10-5 overall but 0-3 in the South Suburban Conference.
The Rosemount boys' and girls' soccer teams both played on Saturday, Sept. 23, in honor of the RHS Centennial Celebration. The Irish girls beat Park of Cottage Grove 1-0 while the boys' team tied Simley 0-0 after two overtime periods. Girls winners of two in a row The Rosemount girls' soccer team has gone 3-1-1 over the past two weeks after getting off to a slow start. They won at Prior Lake on Sept. 12, lost in Eagan on Sept. 14, tied Lakeville North on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and now have won two in a row against Eastview and Park.
The Rosemount Irish hosted the Farmington Tigers during the RHS Centennial Celebration/homecoming and shut out Farmington 24-0 on Saturday, Sept. 23. The game was a defensive struggle until the fourth quarter when the Irish were able to pull away and turnovers were once again a major problem for the Tigers. Rosemount is now 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the Metro South subdistrict, which puts them in sole possession of second place behind Lakeville North. Farmington has lost three games straight after their opening win against Woodbury, are 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the Metro South.
The Rosemount Irish football team shutout the Farmington Tigers 24-0 Saturday evening, Sept. 23, and were able to pull away late. With the win, the Irish improve to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the Metro South subdistrict, which gives them sole possession of second place behind Lakeville North.
The Rosemount volleyball team was tested this past week with two matches against ranked teams bookended by two tournaments. Two weekends ago, the Irish went 3-1 and took third at the Shakopee Invite as a warmup to conference play. On Sept. 12, they traveled to seventh-ranked in 3A and South Suburban Conference foe Prior Lake and lost in five sets. Two days later they went to second-ranked Eagan and lost another five-set match. They then ended the weekend at the Farmington Invite where they went 3-1 again and took second to Faribault.
The Rosemount boys' and girls' cross-country teams battled stiff competition and unusual heat last week at the 48th annual Mayo Invitational held Sept. 14 at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester. The Irish brought home a pair of top-five finishes and junior Luke Labatte won the boys race by almost 15 seconds.
The Rosemount girls' tennis team beat Lakeville North 4-3 on the road and had success at an eight-team tournament in Mankato this past week. Lakeville North The Irish took three singles and a doubles match from Lakeville North to win 4-3. Senior Anna Leary won first singles 6-2, 6-1; freshman Sonya Ramesh took second singles in a very close match 6-1, 3-6, 7-5, and junior Livia Leary won third singles 6-3, 6-2. Senior Tanya Ramesh was not able to finish her fourth singles match.
The Rosemount Irish football team dominated Eagan on the road 38-7 Friday night, Sept. 15. The Irish hopped out to a quick 21-0 lead and then put the game away in the second quarter while amassing over 300 yards of total offense. Rosemount is now 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the Metro South subdistrict.