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 boys' swimming and diving tallied a win and a tie two weeks ago as they approach the end of their regular season and head into sections. The Irish beat Prior Lake 94-92 on Friday, Jan. 11, and then tied the Lakeville South Cougars with 93 apiece on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Results for their last home meet on Jan. 22 against Shakopee were not yet available at the time of writing. The Irish end their regular season with a meet at Burnsville on Friday, Feb. 1, travel to Apple Valley on Feb. 5 and then compete in a diving invitational on Feb. 16.
The Rosemount Irish gymnastics team won its last two home dual meets over Prior Lake and Farmington. The Irish beat the Lakers 136.425 to 133.15 on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and then edged out Farmington by one-tenth of a point during Senior Night on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 140.6 to 140.5. Head coach Jason Passeri said that heading into the floor exercise against the Tigers his team needed a 37.075 to tie and instead they put together a season-high 37.175. "It was a fun way for our seniors to end their career at Rosemount," he said.
Hastings wrestling has a rich history, but it had been lacking until the end of December when seventh-grader Skyler Little Soldier became the first Hastings female wrestler to record a varsity takedown, pin and win in the history of the program. Little Soldier wrestled at the Bi-State Classic Dec. 28-29 in the 113-pound weight class and went 1-2 in the tournament. All three of the records she set came in her second match against Gabe Weiks of Athens when she got a takedown and then pinned Weiks 44 seconds into the third period.
The Rosemount Irish wrestling team faced a tough test Friday, Jan. 25, when they hosted Farmington, Eastview and Apple Valley for a quadrangular. The Irish ended up going 0-3 on the night, falling to Farmington in the first round 45-25, 42-33 to Eastview and then 59-21 against Apple Valley. Senior Ezayah Oropeza put in another tremendous effort on the night, going 3-0 with two pins and a forfeit. Oropeza is still the top-ranked wrestler in Class AAA at 220 pounds and has also cracked the InterMat national rankings—where he is No. 12 in the country—and has signed to wrestled at St. Cloud State University after graduation. Junior Johnny Thai also went 3-0 with two pins.
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.