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' swimming and diving team competed in their Section 3AA preliminary races Wednesday evening at the Bluewater Aquatic Center in Apple Valley. All relays made it to the finals on Friday as well as swimmers in every event. Diving preliminaries take place Thursday evening. The top two swimmers/teams in each event, plus anyone under the qualifying standard time in the events. The top four divers in each section also qualify for the state meet. Below are those swimmers who qualified for the finals by event, the top eight relays and 16 swimmers in each event advanced.
Senior Luke Labatte and the Rosemount girls' varsity cross-country team competed in the Class AA state cross-country meet this Saturday on the campus of St. Olaf College. Labatte went for the win with an aggressive plan in his last race for the Irish and ended up taking seventh with a time of 15 minutes, 40.4 seconds in a talented field. The Irish girls finished 11th with 269 points, just 13 points behind 10th-place Marshall and return all seven varsity runners next season.
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