Sports

Wed
28
Sep

Irish volleyball team has the experience


Seniors, from left, Morgan Scheiber and Olivia Marquette, will lead the Irish volleyball team this season. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake volleyball team returns to the court this season with two seniors and five experienced juniors.
Olivia Marquette and Morgan Scheiber will lead as the team’s seniors. Marquette is a setter who last year earned All-Central Minnesota Conference Second Team honors. Scheiber is the team’s libero who was also named to the all-conference second team last season.
Among the returning juniors are Kaleigh Beehler, a middle/right-side hitter; Amber Klug, a setter/right-side hitter who was all-conference first team last season; Brynn Paumen, a middle hitter; Linsey Rachel, an outside hitter who made All-State First Team last season, all-conference first team and broke the school record for number of kills in a season.

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Wed
28
Sep

Irish shine at “world’s largest” CC meet


Ellie Haney races for the finish line at the Milaca Mega Meet, Saturday, Sept. 24. The meet is considered the world’s largest cross country meet.

Caleb Beneke, above, ran a strong race to help lead the boys team to a 26th-place finish out of 55. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

The Maple Lake cross country teams traveled to Milaca, Saturday, Sept. 24, for what is considered the world’s largest cross country meet.
On the girls’ side, Ava Mergen set a personal best and Gus DeMarais earned a ribbon for taking 21st place. Overall the girls finished eighth out of 53 teams.

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Wed
28
Sep

Irish football team falls to Holdingford 26-22


Senior No. 80 Alex Toedter takes it up the middle for an Irish first down. The Irish fell to Holdingford 22-26 in Friday night’s game. (Photos by Charlen Wurm)

Ben Triplett, No. 34, runs a sweep to gain yardage for the Irish against Holdingford. No. 80 is Alex Toedter.

The Irish played hard Friday, Sept. 23, at Holdingford, but couldn’t overcome costly penalties and turnovers and fell 26-22 to Mid State Sub 1 foe, the Holdingford Huskers.
Friday was the first loss for the Irish in an otherwise flawless season.
Holdingford struck first on its home field by completing a six-yard catch in the end zone. The extra kick failed.
The Irish recovered with a 14-yard run by Hunter Malachek and an Andy Mavencamp kick gave them a one-point edge over the Huskers to end the quarter.
Malachek and Alex Toedter scored a touch down apiece to lengthen the Irish lead 22-6, but that is when it began to fall apart for the home team.
Mental errors in the second half led to costly penalties and turnovers.

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Wed
28
Sep

Irish volleyball continues winning ways


No. 8, Kaleigh Beehler, had one kill during Tuesday’s home match-up against the Annandale Cardinals. She also went 2-for-2 serving. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

At right, Linsey Rachel serves to Annandale, Tuesday, Sept. 20, at home. Rachel was 11-for-13 serving against the Cardinals with one ace serve. The Irish beat the Cardinals in three games, 25-12, 25-18 and 25-13.

The Irish volleyball team is 12-1 after two games and a weekend tournament last week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Irish hosted Annandale and won 3-0.
On Thursday, Sept. 22, Maple Lake traveled to Holdingford for a Central Minnesota Conference match-up and defeated the Huskers 15-25, 18-25 and 13-25.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, Maple Lake traveled to the Midwest Volleyball Warehouse for the AA Showcase where they beat New Life Academy 25-14 and 25-15, but fell to Kenyon-Wanamingo 25-17 and 25-21.

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Wed
21
Sep

Maple Lake runners do well at two meets


Gus Demarais, Mary Miller, Halle Geyen, Grace Heying, Margaret Graham, Ava Mergen and Caitlin Weege burst from the starting line Monday, Sept. 19, at Pierz.

Margaret Graham is on her way to a 10th-place finish at Delano on Friday, Sept. 16. The Irish girls cross country team won big with only 16 points. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

Brady Tongen, left, and Michael Miller finish the race at Pierz in 58th and 57th place, respectively.

The Irish girls cross country team pulled off a big win, Friday, Sept. 16, at Delano, placing all seven girls in the top 13 to beat runner-up Delano 16-46.
Gus DeMarais led with her third-place overall finish in 22:33.46. Mary Miller was close behind her in fourth with a time of 22:53.94. Both are eighth graders.
Halle Geyen came in sixth with a time of 23:15.30 and Grace Heying was eighth in 23:40.23.
The Irish continued to cross the finish line as a group with Margaret Graham coming in 10th in a time of 23:59.28 and Ava Mergen finishing 11th in 24:04.11. Bionca Peterson rounded it off with a solid 13th-place finish in 24:36.82.
Pack running has been the Irish’s strategy since the beginning of the season and they have been working the past few meets to perfect it. It all seemed to come together on Friday.

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Wed
21
Sep

Irish volleyball wins two more


Mollie Scheiber sends the ball back to the Lakers’ side of the net. The Irish won at home 3-0. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Amber Klug serves the ball.

Olivia Marquette gets under the ball during the Thursday, Sept. 15, home game against Howard Lake-Waverly Winsted.

The Maple Lake volleyball team cruised to two wins last week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Irish handed Sartell-St. Stephen a 3-0 loss in nonconference action. Then on Thursday, Sept. 15, Maple Lake hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and defeated the Lakers 3-0.
Sartell-St. Stephen as no match for the Irish despite the Sabre’s home-court advantage, falling 25-16, 25-18 and 25-22 to Maple Lake.
On Thursday, the Irish squeaked past the Lakers 26-24, in a close first match that had the home crowd on its feet. Maple Lake went on to defeat HL-W-W by more comfortable margins, 25-16 and 25-9, to continue their perfect-season record.

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Wed
21
Sep

Irish crush Lakers with single wing plays


No. 25 Hunter Malachek carries the ball. He went 128 yards on 21 carries with one touchdown.

The Irish handily defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 40-0 on their home field. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

#24, Logan McCollough, scored a touchdown in Friday night’s victory over the Lakers.

The Maple Lake football team has introduced a new strategy and it seems to be paying off.
On Friday, Sept. 16, the Irish crushed Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 40-0 at home by using a single-wing formation that doesn’t require the use of a quarterback.
Instead the snap is tossed, not handed, to the tailback or fullback instead of the quarterback who may find himself doing more blocking.
“In our offense the ball can be hiked to two different players,” Irish coach Tim Knudsen said. “It’s old school and the kids are having a blast running it.”
It’s not something the Irish have tried before, but it seems to be working as they celebrate a 3-0 season.

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Wed
14
Sep

Irish beat Pierz for first time in 20 years


No. 34, senior running back Ben Triplett, makes a break for it during the Friday, Sept. 9, game in Pierz. The Irish defeated the Pioneers 20-6.

Right: Junior running back Alex Toedter, No. 80, tackles Pierz’s Brett Kapsner. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

No. 25 Hunter Malachek dodges Pierz defenders. Malachek went 84 yards on 25 carries and scored Maple Lake’s three touchdowns and one two-point run against the Pioneers.

The Maple Lake football team made history, Friday, Sept. 9, when it defeated Pierz for the first time in more than 20 years.
The Irish held the Pioneers to just one touchdown, winning 20-6 despite Pierz’s home-field advantage, and status as the defending state champions. They are also ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, according to Irish coach Tim Knudsen.
“We played very well as a team,” Knudsen said.
Senior running back Hunter Malachek went 84 yards on 25 carries, scoring Maple Lake’s three touchdowns and one two-point run.
Lane Girtz provided Pierz’s lone touchdown, going 42 yards on 11 carries.

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Wed
14
Sep

Football: Irish rest hopes on teamwork, staying healthy


Front row, from left, Ben Triplett RB, Logan McCollough RB; Ben Gindele DL; Michael LaTour DB; Hunter Malachek RB. Back row, from left, Jake Liljequist OL; Erik Raymond OL; Mike Ness OL; Luke Mooney DL; Tanner Schmidt RB. (Photo courtesy of Zahler Photography)

The Irish came into this year’s football season with low numbers and nursing the loss of its starting quarterback, top running back and top receiver from last year’s squad to graduation, but so far the team hasn’t let it bring them down.
The Irish are currently 2-0 after early season wins over Kimball and Pierz. The Pierz Pioneers happen to be the defending state champs, are ranked number one in class 3A, and haven’t been beaten by an Irish squad in 20-plus years.
Coach Tim Knudsen cited lack of depth as one of the team’s greatest weaknesses, but its strength lies in its line size, speed and never-say-quit attitude.

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Wed
14
Sep

Lakers finish the season in round eight at State

The Maple Lake Lakers came up short in their bid for another state championship but managed to play some great baseball along the way. Chad Raiche hit .500, collecting nine hits, six RBIs, one run, two doubles, and a home run to earn a spot on the Class C All-Tournament team. Jeremy Schmidt joined him by pitching 25 innings with a 0.36 ERA, giving up 10 hits, one walk, one run, and one earned run with 24 strikeouts to give him three wins. The Lakers were cheered on by massive crowds for all of their games.
Maple Lake 3
Waconia 0
Saturday, September 3rd, saw a showdown between two Laker squads that were playing great baseball. Waconia, picked by some writers to win it all, won a tough Region 7 and had cruised to victory in their previous game. Maple Lake was coming in hot, though, having slugged 14 runs in their last two games and the action did not disappoint.

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