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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Tiger stadium was loud and raucous Friday night as Farmington celebrated its homecoming, but the Rosemount Irish quickly quieted the crowd as they routed the hometown team 35-7. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders while the Tiger offense had trouble finishing drives and preventing big plays. Rosemount improves to 2-2 and gets back to .500 for the first time this season while Farmington drops to 0-4.
The Rosemount Irish volleyball team has had an up-and-down first half of their season as they fight injuries and inconsistent play.
Two Rosemount Irish alumni and former cross-country/track and field athletes crossed paths this past weekend on September 15. Sydney Hansen, who graduated this past spring, runs for the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Falcons team, while 2017 graduate Morgan Lawler competes for the University of South Dakota Coyotes. The two reunited this past weekend in Lincoln, Neb., for the 2018 Woody Greeno/Dirksen Invitational. Hansen took 54th in the 6,000-meter race with a time of 23 minutes, 15.8 seconds.
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish girls swimming and diving teams met last week at Dodge Middle School in Farmington and the Irish came out on top 98-88 in an exciting meet from start to finish. The meet came down to the last few events and the Tigers needed to take first and second in the 400 freestyle relay to win, but ended up getting second and third.
The Rosemount Irish football team suffered two tough losses to start the season and decided to take out their frustration on the Eagan Wildcats to the tune of a 50-7 score. Senior running back Garrison Green scored four touchdowns in the first half as the Irish put up a 40-spot on the Wildcats before halftime. With the win, Rosemount is now 1-2 and travels to Farmington next week to take on the Tigers, who lost at Lakeville North and are now 0-3.
Addison Bourdages first rode an Arctic Cat snowmobile when she was 5-years-old and after asking her dad, Carl, to go faster, she was hooked. Addison, now 14 and a freshman at Rosemount High School, has been riding and racing ever since. "I rode it and I didn't want to get off," she said about the experience. "I asked him if it could go faster and that's where we got into racing."
Rosemount faced yet another tough opponent this week when they traveled to Edina to take on the Hornets. As was the case last week, it was a tight game until the very end but ultimately the Irish lost 17-14. They are now 0-2 on the season but start Metro South sub-district play next week when they host the Eagan Wildcats.
The Rosemount boys' soccer team is three games into its regular season and is off to its best start under head coach Todd Farrington. The Irish won their season opener at Rochester Century 1-0 on August 23 and then took their home opener over Cretin-Derham Hall 4-3 August 25. They then hosted the top-ranked Stillwater Ponies on August 31 and kept the game close until late before falling 4-0. Their match against South St. Paul earlier this week was rescheduled due to the rain and they welcome Eagan to Irish Stadium Thursday night for their first South Suburban Conference matchup.
The Rosemount cross country teams hosted their annual Irish Invite last week, their first competition of the season. Both teams took sixth in their respective two-mile races, with senior Luke Labatte taking second behind Acer Iverson and seventh-grader Daisy Islas impressed with a 10th-place finish.