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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If you had asked Rosemount sophomore Jonathan Mann what he envisioned his future in athletics to look like, he would have told you he saw himself running track in college. Life comes at you fast, however, and this past fall Mann saw his life change thanks to his talent on the football field. In the span of weeks, the Irish wide receiver saw himself go from a talented, young pass catcher to receiving scholarship offers from Division I football programs. Now, as of April 17, Mann is verbally committed to the Minnesota Gophers and head coach P.J. Fleck.
Rosemount girls' lacrosse struggled against Eastview at home on Tuesday in a 15-5 loss. The Irish were not able to get much going offensively outside of individual efforts by eighth-graders Sayla Lotysz and Emma Duchscherer and sophomores Larisa O'Neil and Delaney Smith.
A strong start to the season by the Rosemount Irish softball team has recently turned as they have dropped three in a row. The Irish started the year with big wins over Lakeville South, Hopkins and Winona, and close wins over Apple Valley and Bloomington Jefferson, with only one loss to Shakopee. However, this past week Rosemount had four games in four days and hit a losing streak. After beating Apple Valley Monday, they have lost three straight to Lakeville North, Eastview and a rematch with the Eagles. The Irish are now 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the South Suburban Conference.
The Rosemount Irish and Farmington Tigers boys' tennis teams faced off last week at the courts above Rosemount High School. The Irish swept the Tigers 7-0 and with a later win over Burnsville, Rosemount is now 4-1 in the South Suburban Conference, while Farmington continues to struggle.
Expectations are high this season for the Rosemount boys' lacrosse team despite losing their three captains from last season's team that went 10-3 in the regular season. The Irish only graduated five seniors from last year, and return much of their varsity lineup from 2017. Head coach Lance Kuehn said that they will surprise teams this season with the changes they have made on both the offensive and defensive ends, and that they will have a "huge advantage" over others at the start of the season.
Athletes from the Farmington and Rosemount boys' and girls' track teams competed at the prestigious Hamline Elite Meet held at Hamline University in St. Paul this past weekend. Qualifying for the Hamline Elite Meet is based on electronic times from the current season, or in this year's case because of the weather limit competition, times from 2017. Rosemount
The Rosemount baseball team struggled in its home and season opener last Thursday, April 26, and was 10-runned in five innings by Prior Lake. The next day, the Irish traveled to Prior Lake for a rematch, and this time the result was much closer, though the Irish fell once again by a score of 5-3. Rosemount starts the season 0-2 and 0-2 in the South Suburban Conference.
Youth sports is one of the most hot-button topics in athletics today. There is the debate between multi-sport athletes and specialization, appropriate competitiveness at younger levels, the rise of club sports/AAU, parent-coach dynamics and the shortage of officials. Behind all this is the common refrain that kids these days are lazy, inactive and need constant guidance, all brought on by the rise of technology.
Twenty area athletes committed and signed to continue their careers at the collegiate level last week on the spring national signing day. Eighteen Farmington athletes across 11 different teams took part in the festivities on Wednesday morning, April 11, while a pair of Irish tracksters will also compete at the next level. Farmington
Their record the past couple years may not show it, but head coach Jeff Smith said that the Rosemount Irish girls’ lacrosse team has been “continually developing”. The Irish were 3-10 last season, but as Smith pointed out they did have success in their non-conference schedule. Two of their three wins came against non-conference opponents in Woodbury and Park, and there were a few close South Suburban games that Smith said his team needs to convert in the future if they are going to make that next step.