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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Stephen Hansmann will not be your average marathon runner come Oct. 1 when he runs the Twin Cities Marathon, but he will be the most recognizable. Just look for the large Wounded Warrior Project flag he will be carrying every step of the 26.2-mile race.
Lance Walsten was announced as the new head basketball coach at Rosemount High School last week in a release sent out by athletic director Michael Manning. He spent the last three years as the head boys basketball coach in Faribault while teaching at McGuire Junior High in Lakeville. On top of being named the new boys basketball coach, Walsten was also hired on as a social studies teacher at RHS, which was part of the draw of the situation.
Playing AAU basketball is a unique experience, different from anything else in youth sports. The travel, competition, facilities and culture make it unforgettable. Here is what it's like from a player's perspective: The shot misses and the buzzer sounds. Only a handful of high school basketball teams end their seasons with a win, the rest end with a loss. Whether that loss comes in the first playoff or the state championship game, it signals the end of the high school basketball season. It also heralds the start of AAU.
Rosemount's Legion Green American Legion baseball team went 1-2 in the American Legion sub-state playoffs last week. They beat East Ridge 4-2 in the first round July 18. They then lost to Burnsville 16-2 on July 20, and to Woodbury 11-1 on July 21. All games were nine innings, as opposed to the seven-inning games of the regular season. East Ridge
Twenty-five combined runs. Twenty-seven hits. Seven errors. The American Legion baseball game between Rosemount Legion Green and the Burnsville Cobras did not lack excitement or entertainment, even though it may not have been the cleanest game every played. Burnsville snuck out a win 13-12 over Rosemount in a game that saw runs scored in every inning but the sixth. Six pitchers were used and with the wind blowing out of Irish Field, there were plenty of long fly balls over outfielders heads and off the wall.