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 girls' basketball team competed in the Rochester Rotary Holiday Classic Dec. 27-28 at the Mayo Civic Center where they went 2-0. The Irish beat Rochester John Marshall 62-42 on Thursday, Dec. 27, and then Chaska 53-47 on Dec. 28. With the two wins, Rosemount is now 7-3 overall and heads into the bulk of South Suburban Conference play after the New Year. Right now all three of their losses have come to SSC opponents and they travel to conference-leading Farmington on Thursday, Jan. 3.
The Rosemount boys' basketball team has made great strides so far this season after winning just two games in 2017-2018. The Irish have already eclipsed last year's win total and sit at 3-5 overall. They beat Hastings at home before Christmas by 19 and then played in a holiday tournament at East Ridge High School before New Years. In game one of the tournament the fell to East Ridge—the No. 5 team in Class 4A—94-39 and in game two they lost to New Prague 57-47.
The past year saw Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish athletics achieve great things both on and off the field of play. From state championships to new records, it has been a memorable 2018 for both towns' sports teams. There were so many stories that could have made this list, but check out below 10 of the best sports stories of 2018:
The Rosemount Irish gymnastics time has a few competitions under the belt heading into the holiday season. They opened their season on Dec. 8 at the Prior Lake Invite, went to Lakeville South on Dec. 11 and then hosted Eagan on Dec. 18.
Rosemount seniors Andrew Reuter and Evan Geiwitz returned to the gridiron this past Saturday as they played one last prep football game—the 2018 Minnesota Football Showcase held at U.S. Bank Stadium—an all-star game featuring 92 players from across the state. Geiwitz and Reuter played on the Minnesota South All-Star team, which beat the North 33-12.
The Irish girls' hockey team ended a six-game losing streak Thursday night with a 6-2 win over conference-foe Prior Lake. Rosemount started the season 2-0 with a non-conference win at Hastings and then beat Farmington for the first time since the 2012-2013 regular season before the Tigers joined the South Suburban Conference. However, after that the Irish dropped six in a row to Apple Valley, Eagan, Simley, Lakeville North, Eastview and Burnsville. Rosemount improves to 3-6 overall with the victory over the Lakers and are 2-5 in the SSC.
Rosemount boys' basketball already has half the wins they had in 2017-18 after starting the season 1-2. The Irish beat Minneapolis Southwest 57-44 in its season opener on the road but then dropped two home games to Benilde-St.Margaret's, 65-57, and Woodbury, 61-53.
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish boys' swimming and diving teams kicked off their 2018-19 seasons Friday evening at Rosemount Middle School. The Tigers came out victorious 98-88 in a meet that came down to the final event — the 400-yard freestyle relay. Farmington won 10-of-12 events to hold off the Irish.
The 2018-2019 season is off to a great start for the Irish boys' hockey team as they stayed undefeated Thursday night with a 5-2 win at home over the Chaska Hawks. The game was a blowout with Rosemount leading 4-0 late in the second period before Chaska got on the board and penalties were plentiful with both teams combining for 10 power plays and 27 penalty minutes on 13 infractions. The irish are now 3-0 with non-conference wins over the Hawks and Bloomington Jefferson (3-2) and a South Suburban Conference victory at Eastview in a 7-6 shootout.
The Rosemount Irish girls' basketball team opened up its season last week with two blowout home wins against non-conference opponents. Rosemount beat the Tartan Titans in their season and home opener, 64-37, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and followed that up with a rout of the Hastings Raiders, 66-30, on Thursday, Nov. 29. The Irish and Burnsville are the only two teams in the South Suburban Conference to start the season undefeated having played more than one game. Rosemount had another home game against Park of Cottage Grove on Tuesday, and then travel to Henry Sibley for their first road contest on Friday, Dec. 7.