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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Progress continues on the "Legacy Wall" project that was started by the Rosemount boys' lacrosse team and head coach Lance Kuehn. After collecting enough donations to build the wall last fall, the next step was to have Rosemount students paint the wall and then put on plaques commemorating those people, groups and organization who donated.
With the NCAA College World series having ended, the collegiate baseball season has officially ended and several Irish and Tiger baseball and softball players had outstanding seasons this past year. Read below their accomplishments on the diamond this spring and summer:
Payton Otterdahl is a very strong man, and is the oldest son in a family of very strong men. A 2014 graduate of Rosemount High School who played football, wrestled and threw for the boys' track team, Otterdahl has quickly become one of the best throwers in the country as part of the North Dakota State University men's track and field team. Over the past season, he has broken numerous school records and at one point was No. 1 in the country for the shot put.
The Rosemount Irish boys’ and girls’ golf teams were well-represented at the Class AAA state golf meet Tuesday and Wednesday, held at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Seniors Sydney Regalado, Wyatt Ebner and Parker Trana all ended their prep golf careers for the Irish, while sophomore Luke Rexing has a bright future ahead of him.
The Rosemount boys’ and girls’ track and field teams dominated this past weekend at the Class AA state meet held at Hamline University. The girls’ team found the podium with a third-place finish and the boys’ were fifth. Individually, junior Max Otterdahl won the state championship in the shot put, fellow junior Alexys Berger tied a school record in the pole vault and was runner-up, and several other Irish athletes compiled excellent finishes.
Day two at the Class AA state track and field meet saw the Rosemount Irish runners have their turn to shine as they continued to perform well in the field events. The Irish continually found the podium throughout the day, though they narrowly missed adding a few more state championships to their arsenal.
The season came to an end Thursday night for the Rosemount boys' lacrosse team after a rematch with No. 4-ranked Prior Lake. The Irish, who were the No. 1 seed in Section 6, took on the No. 2 Lakers in Edina at the Edina Community Center and fell 11-2. It was round two between the two teams, who played in the last game of the regular season for the Irish, which Rosemount won 6-3. However, this game bore little resemblance to the first game, which was a defensive battle.
The Rosemount boys' and girls' track teams had several standout performances on day one of the Class AA state track meet held at Hamline University. Junior Max Otterdahl won the shot put state championship with a throw of 58 feet and 7.25 inches (58-7.25). Fellow junior Luke Labatte finished eighth in the 3,200 with a time of 9 minutes and 19.98 seconds (9:19.98). Meanwhile, the girls' team had two pairs of girls place in their events. Senior Shae Buchman and junior Arianna Passeri both placed in the long jump. Buchman was seventh with a finals jump of 17-8 and Passeri finished fifth with a 17-9.50. In the girls' high jump, sophomore Lauren Preiner took seventh and senior Alex Wolf tied for fourth, both with their highest jumps being 5-4.
Rosemount boys' lacrosse is just one game away from the state tournament and their journey so far through sections has been one of dominance. The Irish, the No. 1 seed in Section 6, will play rival and No. 2 Prior Lake in a rematch of the last game of the regular season at the Edina Community Center Thursday night. Rosemount has rolled through their first two games of sections, beating Bloomington Jefferson 11-2 in a rematch of the first game of the regular season, and then last night defeating Academy of Holy Angels 13-6.
The Rosemount Irish boys' and girls' track teams competed in the Section 1AA meet this last weekend at Lakeville South and they will be sending a whole crew of athletes to the state meet this weekend at Hamline University. Both teams combined are sending 11 different individual athletes and three relay teams to the state meet.