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Wed
19
Jul

Maple Lake Lakers win three out of four


No. 5. Graham Brown rounds third base and heads for home, scoring another run for the Lakers in a close match-up against Albertville. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

by Matt Brown
The Maple Lake Lakers put together another 3-1 week to continue their ascent in the North Star League standings. Wins against perennial power Delano and current NSL king Hutchinson show that the Lakers are a tough team that can hang with anyone in the league. The NSL regular season ends on Sunday, July 23, and the Lakers are holding on to third place, but there is a logjam between second and seventh with many seeds in play. Maple Lake has a critical game against DC and a pair of games against teams that have losing records but are capable of upsets, so it should be a wild finish to the season.

Maple Lake 13
Delano 8

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Thu
06
Jul

Maple Lake suffers 9-0 loss to St. Michael


Brock Fobbe makes a heroic dive for the ball that slipped through his glove during Wednesday’s 9-0 loss to the St. Michael Saints. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

It’s been a busy summer for the Maple Lake Lakers, but the team had a bit of a break last week with only one game before the long, Fourth of July weekend.
On Wednesday, June 28, the Lakers hosted the St. Michael Saints at Irish Stadium and fell 9-0.
The Saints scored in the first, second, third, fifth and eighth innings with their big inning coming in the second when they scored four runs.
Mitch Wurm had two hits for Maple Lake; Brian Goedker and Donnie Mavencamp each had one hit.

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Wed
28
Jun

The rise of adult sports leagues

Fitness comes in many forms, and for a growing number of people, sports is one of the most appealing ways to stay in shape.
Health and socialization are the driving forces behind the growing popularity of adult recreational sports leagues, particularly among millennials. According to Sports Marketing Surveys USA, a research company that provides data for the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, millennials are twice as likely as their Generation X counterparts to participate in team sports as adults. However, adult leagues attract people of all ages and from both genders.

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Wed
28
Jun

Lakers fall to Litchfield then win three straight


No. 22 Mitch Wurm winds up for the pitch during a game earlier in the season against Buffalo. Last week, the Lakers lost its first game against Litchfield before beating Delano, Mound and Cokato. (Photo by Hailee Malachek)

The Maple Lake Lakers repeated their record from last week, losing their first game of the week then rattling off three wins in a row. The Lakers are now in fifth place in the North Star League, but are only a half-game behind Howard Lake and Dassel-Cokato while Hutchinson has managed a perfect 12-0 to lead the league.

Litchfield Blues 6
Maple Lake 3

The Lakers hosted the Litchfield Blues for the first time in North Star League play Wednesday, June 21, and Grant Mergen was on the mound to greet them. The Blues got on the board in the second and the Lakers answered right back when Matt Bergstrom got a lead-off single and was brought in to even the game. The Maple Lake bats went quiet until the eighth when Brian Redemske doubled and Donnie Mavencamp scored him. Mavencamp would also come in thanks to Derek Rachel, but the rally ended at two. Mergen had a solid seven innings but five team hits could not provide enough run support.

Wed
21
Jun

Irish baseball takes third at state


Maple Lake baseball set a new school record by improving upon its fourth-place-at-state finish last year. Last week the team battled its way to third place, defeating Rochester Lourdes and Marshall School, Duluth en route. The team's only loss was to returning state champions, Minnehaha Academy. Sitting, from left, Jeffrey Henrikson and Brock Goelz. Front row, from left, Ben Reilley, Ben Clapp, Hunter Malachek, Ben Goelz, Alex Marquette, Dawson McAlpine and Brandon Schmitz. Back row, from left, head coach Brooks Marquardt, coach Jordan Mathiasen, Tyler Weimer, Mitch Hoistad, Adam Holmgren, Cole Trager, Noah Zander, Nate Hogan, John Reilley, Grant Mergen, Anna Becker, coach Joe Hoffman, Kora Fuller. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl))

Maple Lake High School athletes broke another record last week as the Irish baseball team cruised to third place in Class AA at the Minnesota State High School League State Baseball Tournament, the best finish in school history.
Maple Lake secured its position among the top four by defeating No. 5 seed Rochester Lourdes 11-1 in the first round of the tournament.

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Wed
21
Jun

Lakers win three of four in busy week


Irish pitcher Derek Rachel hurls the ball toward a Montrose/Waverly batter, Sunday, June 18, at Laker Stadium. Rachel got the win with five innings pitched and had a great day at the plate with three runs, three hits and four RBIs.

The Maple Lake Lakers made the best of a busy week, winning three of four against league rivals to put themselves in sixth in the North Star League. The Lakers put up 35 runs last week thanks in part to McRae Haney, Graham Brown, Riley Decker, and Derek Rachel all hitting over .400. Maple Lake will look to continue their success as they approach the halfway point in the regular season.

Wed
07
Jun

Lakers down Buffalo 19-7 at home

The Maple Lake Lakers celebrated the career of longtime player and coach Chad Raiche on Sunday afternoon when he was inducted into the North Star League Hall of Fame after 19 seasons of play. Raiche’s combination of power at the plate, defensive capabilities, and pitching contributed to hundreds of Lakers’ victories and earned him numerous personal accolades over his storied career. Beyond that, his love for the game helped build Maple Lake baseball.

Maple Plain 7
Maple Lake 6

Wed
07
Jun

Irish advance to section championship game

The Maple Lake High School baseball team will play in the Section 5AA Championship game this week for a berth in the State Baseball Tournament.
The Irish defeated Watertown-Mayer 6-0; Holy Family 6-2; and Providence Academy 7-3 for the right.
The championship game will be played at Irish Stadium at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 8.
Hunter Malachek threw a shutout on Maple Lake’s way to defeating the Royals, Tuesday, May 30, in the first round of the section tournament. He allowed just one hit.
The Irish took an early one-run lead in the first inning. The ball players scored another run in the bottom of the fourth, then tacked on four more in the fifth, thanks to doubles by Malachek and Ben Clapp and a home run by Ben Reilley.

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Wed
31
May

Track and field advances 25 to sections


The Maple Lake track and field team will advance 25 athletes to the Section 5A track and field tournament on Wednesday, May 31, at St. John’s University. Above, the boys 4x400-meter relay team finished second at sub-sections to go on. They are, from left, Jason Webb, Quinn Youngs, Noah Hayes and Aaron Reese. (Photo by Chris Fobbe)

The Maple Lake girls and boys track teams finished first and second, respectively, at the sub-section 17A meet last week and advanced 25 athletes and 10 alternates to the Section 5A meet at St. John’s this week for a shot at state.
Catie Fobbe set the school and stadium record in the discus, Tuesday, May 23, at Maple Lake High School, throwing it 124 feet and 1 inch for first place. The top four individuals and top two relays advance to sections, along with anyone who meets the section standard. Fobbe was also named Central Minnesota Athlete of the Week, due in part to her performance.
Other notable performances came from the girls 4x800-meter relay team of Ava Mergen, Sophie Pribyl, Gus Demarais, and Bionca Peterson with their first-place performance.

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Wed
31
May

Irish open tournament with shut-outs


Linsey Rachel beats the ball to second base during a Tuesday, May 23, shut-out against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in Section 5AA tournament action. The Irish continues to hold onto its perfect record going into the final games of the tournament. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish softball team opened the Section 5AA tournament last week with double-digit shut-outs over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Eden Valley-Watkins.
On Tuesday, May 30, Maple Lake was to meet East Subsection No. 2 seed Rockford in Rockford for the chance to play in the championship game and a shot at the state tournament. The final game will be held in Rockford on Thursday, June 1, starting at 4:30 p.m.
After a first-round bye, Maple Lake kicked off the tournament on Tuesday, May 23, with the home-field advantage over the Lakers.
Linsey Rachel’s double in the first inning off a wild pitch set the tone for the game as the Irish cruised to a 10-0 victory.

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