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 Irish senior Alex Barcus and Farmington Tiger sophomore Libby Bolton both competed at the Class AA state gymnastics meet this past Saturday, Feb. 23. Barcus qualified for the state meet on both the uneven bars and beam, while Bolton went for the floor exercise. It was both girls' first time competing at the state meet. Barcus took 45th on the balance beam with a score of 8.500 despite a fall. On the uneven bars, she finished 39th with a score of 8.825. Bolton took 48th on floor with a score of 8.050 after a fall during her routine.
The Rosemount Irish boys' hockey team blew out the Park Wolfpack in the first round of the Section 3AA playoffs Thursday night, Feb. 21, in Rosemount. The Irish beat the Wolfpack 8-2 after leading 5-1 through two periods. Sophomore Luke Levandowski and junior Connor Kenefick both had hat tricks for Rosemount, who was the No. 2 seed and Park the No. 7 seed in Section 3AA. Rosemount will face No. 3 Eagan—who beat No. 6 Bloomington Jefferson 6-2 as well on Thursday—in the next round on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Rosemount Community Center.
Rosemount Irish senior gymnast Alex Barcus is state bound after qualifying for the state meet on the uneven bars and balance beam. Barcus was sixth on the bars and third on beam at the Section 1AA meet Friday evening, Feb. 15, at Farmington High School where Rosemount took fourth as a team behind champion Owatonna, Northfield and Farmington. As team, the Irish were fourth on vault with a score of 36.700, third on bars with a 34.075 and fourth on beam (34.600) and floor (36.225). Below are Rosemount's complete results:
Three Rosemount Irish athletes signed Letters of Intent to play collegiate athletics last Wednesday, Feb. 6, in a signing day ceremony at Rosemount High School. Senior Max Carter will play football at Minnesota State University-Moorhead while senior teammate Andrew Reuter is headed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth to also play football. Senior Luke Majewski will play lacrosse at Lewis University after completing his final season this spring.
The Rosemount Irish girls' gymnastics team ended its regular season at Lakeville North on Tuesday, Feb. 5, where they fell to the Panthers 144.775-138.875. The Irish did not win any of the four events or the all-around but Rosemount head coach Jason Passeri said that Lakeville North is a very good team and if fully healthy could place in the top three at the state tournament.
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish boys' basketball teams met for the second time this season Friday night, Feb. 8, in Farmington and the result was a season sweep for the Tigers. Farmington went up big to start the game but Rosemount made a comeback to end the first half to only be down 10. However, in the second half the Tigers extended their lead which resulted in a blowout 74-45 win over Rosemount. The Irish fall to 4-15 overall after notching a win against Lakeville South on Feb. 1 to end a 10-game losing streak. The Tigers have won six of their last seven and are 10-9 and 7-4 in the South Suburban Conference, which is good for fourth place and a game and half behind Shakopee. Second time around The first meeting between the two teams was a month ago on Jan. 4 in Rosemount where Farmington edged out the Irish 58-54.
The Rosemount Irish girls' hockey team fought back from a 3-0 deficit but ended up losing to the East Ridge Raptors 3-2 in the first round of the Section 3AA playoffs Wednesday night, Feb. 6. The Irish were the No. 6 seed and traveled to East Ridge, the No. 3 seed. With the loss the season ends for Rosemount, who finish with an overall record of 11-14 including the playoffs and a 7-11 record in the South Suburban Conference.
The Rosemount Irish gymnastics, boys' swimming and diving, boys' basketball and girls' basketball teams were all in action last night as they braved the massive amounts of snow that fell over much of Minnesota. While results for gymnastics and boys' swimming were not immediately available, the girls' basketball team came away with the win over Eastview, while the boys fell to the Lightning. Below are quick summaries of each:
The Rosemount Irish girls' hockey team finished up its regular season this last week with a 3-2 win over Lakeville South on Thursday, Jan. 31, and then a 3-2 loss at Shakopee on Saturday, Feb. 2. They end the regular season with an 11-13 overall record and went 7-11 in the South Suburban Conference. It has been an up-and-down season for the Irish who started 2-0 before losing six straight. However, since that losing streak Rosemount is 9-7 and won five of its last seven games to end the regular season.