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It's not deja vu if the end of the season for the Rosemount Irish football team feels awfully familiar—for the second straight year the Irish have been eliminated from the Class 6A playoffs by the Minnetonka Skippers. Rosemount fell at home Friday night to Minnetonka 13-10 in a close game where the Irish committed too many turnovers. However, it was a closer game than last year when the roles were reversed as the Irish traveled to Minnetonka in the fresh snow and cold and lost 21-7 to end their season. With this year's loss, Rosemount's seven-game winning streak comes to an end after starting the season 0-2 and they finish the season 7-3.
Rosemount volleyball faced off with the top-ranked Eagan Wildcats Tuesday night in Eagan for the chance to advance to the Section 3AAA championship match. The Irish knew going in that they would have to play close to flawless volleyball to be able to beat the Wildcats, and while they played well, it was not enough as they were swept by Eagan 3-0—25-13, 25-16, 25-14. Rosemount finishes the season with an overall record of 13-18 and will graduate six seniors that made up the core of this year's squad.
The Rosemount Irish girls' swimming and diving team beat the Eastview Lightning during Senior Night last Tuesday as they capped off the regular season. The Irish won eight of the twelve events as they head into the postseason with the Section 3AA meet at BlueWater Aquatics in Apple Valley Nov. 7-9.
The Rosemount Irish cross-country teams continued their tradition of sending teams and individuals to the state meet when they competed at the Section 3AA meet at Valleywood Golf Course last Thursday. The Irish girls won the section title for the second year in a row while the boys took third, one place away from qualifying. Senior Luke Labatte won his second straight section title and seventh-grader Daisy Islas continued her tremendous debut season with a championship of her own to help lead the Rosemount girls.
The Rosemount Irish volleyball team has made short work of its first two Section 3AAA opponents on their way to a semifinal showdown with No. 1 seed and top-ranked Eagan. The Irish (who are the No. 5 seed) swept No. 12 South St. Paul last Tuesday 3-0 and then last Thursday traveled to Inver Grove Heights, where they swept the No. 4 Simley Spartans. They will face the Wildcats on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Eagan for a chance to play for the section championship and go to state. Should they beat the Wildcats, they would play the winner of No. 2 East Ridge and No. 3 Eastview in Prior Lake on Saturday.
The Rosemount Irish volleyball team advanced in Section 3AAA playoffs Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over No. 10 South St. Paul. The Irish swept the Packers 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-4) at Rosemount High School and will now play at No. 4 Simley on Thursday in the section quarterfinals.
A long road
The Rosemount Irish volleyball team is the No. 5 seed in Section 3AAA and will host No. 12 South St. Paul on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Rosemount High School. The winner goes on to play No. 4 Simley at Simley on Thursday, Oct. 25. Also ahead of the Irish are No. 1 Eagan, No. 2 East Ridge and No. 3 Eastview.
The Rosemount Irish football team won its sixth game in a row as they wrapped up the regular season Wednesday night with a close 17-14 win on the road over the Shakopee Sabres. The Irish are 6-2 after dropping their first two contests of the season and finish 6-0 atop the Metro South sub-district. Heading into the Class AAAAAA tournament, Rosemount received the No. 2-seed in their sub-district behind Lakeville North and will host No. 7 Stillwater next Friday, Oct. 26.