Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.
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Rosemount gymnasts continued to round into form last week as they hosted Apple Valley-Eastview on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Rosemount High School. The Irish edged out AV/Eastview by the skin of their teeth, winning by mere tenths of a point 142.125 to 141.8. Head coach Jason Passeri said the evenly matched teams helped create a tense and exciting atmosphere, which could be plainly seen with the entire crowd on their feet while Rosemount completed the floor exercise and AV/Eastview wrapped up balance beam routines.
The Rosemount Irish girls' basketball team seems to have found some momentum and turned a corner over the past few weeks. After starting the season with six straight losses and trying to overcome the loss of several key contributors from the past several years, the Irish notched their first victory back in mid-December against Lakeville South. Including that first victory, Rosemount has gone .500 with a 4-4 record. Over the past three weeks, they are 3-1 with two more South Suburban Conference wins against Eagan and Burnsville.
Rosemount athletic director Michael Manning sent out word at the end of December that Rosemount's Sara Hatleli has been chosen as the Minnesota class AA Track and Field Coach of the Year. Hatleli is both a teacher and coach for Rosemount High School. She has been the girls' head track and field coach for the past 13 years and led the team to the section 3AA championship the last two years, as well as the True Team section 3AA championship last season and sixth at the True Team state meet.
The Rosemount Irish gymnastics team has continued its winning ways after ending last season with both highs and lows. Last February, the Irish finished just one-eighth of a point behind East Ridge to go to state as a team, but they also sent now-senior Josey Schlie to her fifth-straight state meet, where she placed ninth in the all-around, third in the floor exercise, 13th on the vault and 20th on the uneven bars. The good thing is that last year's team only graduated one senior and this year has hit the ground running.
The Rosemount Irish boys' basketball team dropped two South Suburban Conference road games to Eastview and Eagan this past week. The Irish struggled Jan. 4 against a .500 Eastview Lightning team, falling 75-42. Rosemount then traveled to Eagan on Jan. 6 where they led the Wildcats most of the game before losing 55-52.
If you have driven by Rosemount High School and the Rosemount Community Center in the last few months, you most likely have seen a solitary wall standing in the middle of the practice fields. Standing 12-feet tall and 20-feet wide, it is the "Legacy Wall," conceived by boys lacrosse head coach Lance Kuehn and built with the support of the Rosemount boys lacrosse program, Irish alumni and the Rosemount community. The concept of the wall is simple; players throw balls against it to practice passing, shooting, fielding the ball, etc.
The Rosemount Irish girls' hockey team seems to have turned a corner. After an eight-game streak without a win (one tie and seven losses), the Irish have won four of their last seven games and have scored 22 goals over that period. They played in a three-game holiday tournament in Le Sueur, Minn., Dec. 28-30. Rosemount won their first two games over Mankato West and Minnesota River before losing the finale to Minnehaha United. They then fell Jan. 4 to Northfield.
We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's AAA award. The award is given to seniors that have demonstrated excellence in Academics, Athletics and Fine Arts. The winners are: Timothy McNamara. He maintains a GPA of 4.0 and has taken numerous AP classes throughout his high school career as well as college courses. He is an Advanced Placement Scholar and has been awarded the Outstanding Academic Athlete Award and the Scholar Athlete Award both his junior and senior years. He is a member of the Tri-M Honors Society and Pep Band.
The Rosemount Irish basketball team is not off to its ideal start. The Irish have started the season 1-6 overall in its non-conference schedule. However, they were able to go into the winter break with a win and momentum before they start their South Suburban Conference schedule.
The Rosemount Irish boys' hockey team continued its winning ways over the winter break with three road victories in northern Minnesota. They beat Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl 5-1, Hibbing/Chisholm 4-2 and Greenway 5-3 to improve to 8-2 overall (4-1 in the SSC).