Front Row: Jackson Gallagher and Dylan Swanson. Middle Row: David Nolan, Matthew Clark, Jacob Beckman, Eliot King and Nathan Moe. Back Row: Payton Erickson, Nick Mathana, Nicholas Braiedy, River Johnson, John Bjork, Nick Lund, Garrett Robinson and Coach Trent Braiedy. Not Pictured: Brock Wuerger.
The Wright County Soccer Boys U14C3 team won the 30th Annual Eden Prairie Cup held June 26-28. On Friday, their first game against Tonka United was called due to weather, resulting in a 0-0 tie. Saturday morning they faced Eden Prairie – Brama. Goalie Nick Lund saved a penalty kick in the last seconds of the game to preserve the win, 2-1. Later in the afternoon they had a solid win over the Fusion with a score of 7-1.
The team advanced to the semi-finals on Sunday morning. They beat Eden Prairie - Yeboah by a score of 5-2, earning the berth to the championship game.
The championship game was a rematch with Eden Prairie – Brama. A hard-fought game resulted in a win with a score of 2-1. The team has three remaining league games before they participate in the end of year league tournament. With two more league wins the team will earn the promotion from C3 to C2 for the 2016 season.
Pictured are Thursday night’s award winners. They are, front row, from left, Jenny Brings who earned the Leadership Award; Chloe Callahan who was all-conference and named Hardest Worker; Amber Klug who was all-conference, named a member of the all-state first team and Hardest Worker; Emily Webb who was all-conference and all-section. Back row, from left, Olivia Marquette who was all-section; Morgan Scheiber who was all-conference; Linsey Rachel who was all-conference, named a member of the all-state second team and earned the Silver Slugger award; Kennedy Haney who was all-conference, all-section and honorable mention all-state; Summer Knudsen who was all-conference, all-section and earned the Golden Glove Award; and Taylor Pilger who was all-conference, all-section and earned the Golden Glove Award. Not pictured is Emily Rose who was named Most Improved.
The Maple Lake softball team celebrated a successful season, Thursday, June 18, at its end-of-the-season awards banquet. The Irish’s season culminated with a second-place finish at the Minnesota State High School League Tournament.
Maple Lake 14AA team - Front Row: Brock Goelz, Justin Fobbe, Jordan Mortenson, Joseph Stokman and Ben Clapp. Back Row: Coach Brandon Goelz, Mitchell Hoistad, Matthew Gendreau, Josh Pettit, Trenton Miller, Zach Cargill, Ben Goelz and Coach Wayne Hoistad. Not Pictured: Noah Zander and Ben Reilley.
(Photo submitted by Brandon Goelz)
Maple Lake hosted the 1st Annual Pot O’ Gold Baseball Tournament this past weekend. The local 14AA team won the three-day tournament held at the Diamonds and Dreams Complex and Bolduan Fields. They started the tournament Friday evening with a 12-5 win over the Little Falls Flyers. On Saturday they faced Paynesville who beat Sartell 21-9 Friday evening. Maple Lake was able to beat the Bulldogs 14-7. This win placed the local squad into the championship game vs. the Pierz Pioneers, who earned their way into the championship by beating a strong Litchfield Dragons team 12-7. Both teams started out a little slow offensively, with neither one scoring a run in the 1st inning. Maple Lake’s bats came to life in the 2nd when they put up 4 runs. Pierz was again held scoreless. In the 3rd inning the Irish tacked on 6 more runs to take a 10-0 lead entering the 4th. The hot bats continued into the 4th when they scored 3 more runs to take 13-0 lead and cruised to a 13-9 win over the Pioneers.
The Maple Lake Fastpitch Softball team took first place at the Bison Showdown on June 6 and 7. Back Row: Coach Ben Elsenpeter, Emma Jude, Dani Geyen, Lucy Greenhagen, Olivia Paumen and Coach Joe Paumen. Middle Row: Ellie Jude, Megan Carlson and Megan Lind. Front Row: Bryn Elsenpeter, Katie Goelz and Lexy Bakeberg. Not pictured: Coach Adam Geyen. (Photo submitted by Jessica Elsenpeter)
Walleye stocking efforts can be found on page 11 of this week's Messenger.
Anglers are never far from a lake where they can catch walleye in Minnesota. Fish stocking keeps it that way.
Stocking walleyes involves taking eggs from waters that have reproducing walleye populations and releasing newly hatched fry or small walleye fingerlings into lakes that don’t have reproducing populations.
More information on walleye stocking can be found in this week's Messenger...
Ashley Becker, Miss Teen of Minnesota, with president and CEO of Special Olympics of Minnesota.
On Thursday, June 18, the torch for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games made its way to Minnesota where a special celebration was held at the Mall of America to honor not only the torch's arrival and the Minnesotan athletes attending the World Summer Games, but also the first World Summer Games held in the United States in 16 years.
To see the rest of the Special Olympics story, check out this week's Maple Lake Messenger.
Laying down the perfect bunt was Riley Decker which advanced the runners and Decker was safe at first, loading the bases for the Lakers.
The Maple Lake Lakers extended their win streak to 14 and improved their record to 12-1 in the North Star League thanks to dominant pitching and early leads. After the game Sunday, the Lakers’ pitching staff has a combined ERA of .98, a WHIP of .82, and has collected 168 strikeouts against 84 hits and 36 walks in 147 innings pitched.
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Front: Nate Johnson, Todd Fuller, Graham Brown, Bert Marsnik, Brian Redemske, Riley Gruenhagen, McRae Haney and TJ Fuller (batboy). Back: Luke Fobbe, Derek Rachel, Chad Raiche, Riley Decker, Jeremy Schmidt, Mitch Wurm, Ben Jungers, Brian Russell and Bobby Fobbe. Not pictured: Matt Bergstrom, Dusty Decker, Matt Brown, Cal Redemske, Dusty Strub. The trophy is a bat donated by Meridian Bats. Meridian Bats is a bat company recently started by former Laker Marcus Zahn.
Members of Maple Lake’s state qualifying athletes and their alternates pose for a group picture at Hamline University during the state track and field meet last weekend. They are, from left, Ross Hickey, Devin Deringer, Tanner Vassar, Charlie Stejskal, Jackson Willard, Ryan Kalinowski, Andrew Schonnesen, Scott Jordan.
Members of Maple Lake’s 4x800-meter relay team stand on the podium at the state track and field meet Saturday, June 6, at Hamline University after accepting their second place medals. They are, from left, Ryan Kalinowski, Andrew Schonnesen, Scott Jordan and Jackson Willard.