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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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.
The Rosemount Irish girls' hockey team got off to a great start with wins over Hastings and Farmington. Since then, the Irish have lost three games — two to South Suburban Conference opponents. They lost at home to Apple Valley and Eagan, and then on the road to Simley and now sit at 2-3 overall. Their lone game this week is on the road Thursday, Nov. 29, at Lakeville North.
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish girls' swimming and diving teams both had representatives compete at the Class AA state swimming and diving tournament Nov. 14-16. Rosemount finished 17th as a team with 47 points while Farmington was 28th with 12 points.
Fourteen Rosemount Irish athletes signed their Letters of Intents to play collegiate athletics Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, on the first day of the early signing period. Fourteen commitments to play Division I and II athletics on one signing day is a record for Rosemount High School and sports from all three seasons were represented. Below are the athletes, where they are headed to and what sport they will play.
The season started off on the right foot Saturday night for the Rosemount Irish girls' hockey team as they traveled to Hastings and beat the Raiders 3-2 in a game that did not seem as close as the score indicates. The Irish dominated play for much of the game and were only outshot as they fended off the Hastings' comeback attempt late in the third period.
Senior Anna Wenman, junior Molly Urkiel and the 400-yard freestyle relay of Wenman, Molly Urkiel, Grace Urkiel and Taylor Barabash all qualified for the Class AA state meet for the Rosemount Irish girls' swimming and diving team. The team competed in the Section 3AA swimming and diving meet last Wednesday-Friday in Apple Valley where they had 14 entries in 11 events including diving. They will compete at the state meet, held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Nov. 14-16. The preliminaries are Thursday and the finals Friday. Heading to state
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.