Sports

Wed
15
Nov

Awards given at CC banquet


Irish cross country runners were recognized for a job well done, Monday, Nov. 13, at the team awards banquet. Pictured, front row, from left are Sophie Pribyl who earned most valuable runner, most improved runner and all-conference honors and Mike Miller who was named most valuable runner, hardest worker and all-conference. Back row, from left, are Mary Miller who earned the hardest worker award and all-conference honors; Joe Elsenpeter who received most improved; and Gus Demarais who earned all-conference honors. (Photo by Chris Fobbe)
Thu
09
Nov

Irish swimmer ends strong season with Bison


Maple Lake freshman Trinity Geyen, center, ended a successful season as a member of the Buffalo Swim and Dive team last week. (Photos submitted)

Maple Lake freshman Trinity Geyen ended her swim season with the Buffalo Bison, last week at St. Michael-Albertville. A successful swim season ended for Geyen with two first and two second-place finishes.
Geyen finished second overall in the 50-freestyle with a time of 27.83, only 0.38 of a second behind first place
She was also second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1.02.71 only .39 of a second behind first place.
Geyen was also a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that finished first with a score of 2:05.53. She swam freestyle for the event with a time of 27.53. Other members were Natalie Bobick, Ellie Carik and Emily Strommen.
Geyen's 200 yard freestyle relay team also took first place with a score of 1:53.47 and a split time of 27.61. Other members of the relay team were Emily Strommen, Zoe Carik and Ellie Carik.
After a brief Hiatus, Geyen will be starting back in swim competition this winter when she re-joins WAVE Swim Club.

Thu
09
Nov

Girls are seventh at state, Miller makes history


The Maple Lake girls Cross Country team finished seventh at the state cross country meet, Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. They are, from left, Grace Praska, Kate Graham, Margaret Graham, Ava Mergen, Gus Demarias, Sophie Pribyl, Mary Miller and Grace Heying. The girls are holding Mike Miller who advanced as an individual. He finished 51st at state. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

Members of the Irish girls cross country team line up at the starting line of the state cross country meet. The girls finished higher than expected and surprised some of the competition with their performance Saturday. They are pictured, from left, Kate Graham, Grace Praska, Ava Mergen, Grace Heying, Gus Demarias, Mary Miller and Sophie Pribyl.

Irish runners continued to make history last week with their seventh-place team finish at the state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Once the dust settled, Saturday, Nov. 4, Maple Lake had accomplished some record-setting feats, including the first two personal bests at state in the 14 races run there since the program restarted in 2001, and the highest boys finish in school history.
Despite some pre-race jitters, the girls managed to outdo what was projected of them and surprised some of the competition in the process.

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Thu
09
Nov

Irish are Section 4AA football runners-up


No. 53 Dylan Neska tries to stop a Minneapolis North ball carrier.

The Maple Lake Football team with their Secton 4AA runner-up trophy. The Irish lost their bid for state when Minneapolis North beat them 44-30 on a snowy, Friday, Nov. 3.

The Maple Lake football team ended its season as the Section 4AA runner-up after a valiant battle against a fast Minneapolis North at a snowy, final game, Friday, Nov. 3, in Monticello.
The Irish cruised through the section tournament the week before, winning by double-digit numbers over Concordia Academy and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, and they weren’t an easy mark for the metro team who ultimately claimed the 44-30 victory.

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Thu
02
Nov

BUll C2 soccer wins state


The local BU11 C2 soccer team claimed the Fall State Championship title. They are, front row, from left, Trevor Panek, Cayce Peterson, Hunter Scott, Quinlin Boie, Kaleb Anderson, Isaac Brandstrom. Back row, from left, Dylan Dokkebakken, Alex Barta, Wyatt Anderson, Gavin Johnson, Jacob Hahessy, Will Tulkki, coach Joshua Brandstrom. Not pictured: Jake Studer and coach Steve Doimer. (Photo submitted)

The local BU11 C2 soccer team won the state championship in Rochester recently. The semifinal game pitted them against Shakopee and the U11s came out strong and prevailed 3-1, sending them to the final game against a previously unbeaten team from Hudson, WI. The local U11s out-classed and out-lasted a tough Hudson squad for a convincing 3-0 victory and were crowned state champs.

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Thu
02
Nov

Irish cruise to finals


No. 30, Ben Reilley, pushes through St. Paul Humboldt defense Tuesday, Oct. 24, at home. The Irish beat the Hawks 55-6. (Photo by Chad Pingel)

The Maple Lake football team has made it to the final game of the Section 4AA tournament. The only thing that stands between them and a state tournament berth is Minneapolis North, the No. 1 seeded team in the section.
The No. 3 seed Irish earned its first section 4AA win Tuesday, Oct. 24, when it defeated No. 6 seed St. Paul Humboldt. The Irish overpowered the Hawks 55-6 on Maple Lake’s home field.
The Irish took a commanding lead in the first quarter ignited by a Cole Trager interception return and a two-point conversion by Ben Reilley for eight points. Zack Cargill then completed a 16-yard run, and with Andy Mavencamp’s extra point, the Irish were up 15-0. Brock Goelz picked off a Humboldt pass and returned it to the second yard line for an easy touchdown by Cargill. Mavencamp’s extra point was good to make the score 22-0.

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Thu
02
Nov

Irish advance in sections


No. 8, Kaleigh Beehler, with the block during the Thursday, Oct. 26, Section 6AA game at home. The Irish beat Spectrum 3-0 to advance in the tournament. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The No. 1 seeded Irish cruised past No. 8 seed Spectrum in the first game of the Section 6AA volleyball tournament, Thursday, Oct. 26, at home.
Maple Lake claimed victory in three games, winning 25-8, 25-12 and 25-11 to boost the team’s overall record to 30-0 and advance them to the sub-section semi-finals that were to take place, Tuesday, Oct. 31, at home. It’s there they were to meet No. 5 seed Dassel-Cokato. A win Tuesday would advance the Irish to the sub-section finals in Sauk Rapids on Thursday, Nov. 2, to face either No. 2 seed Annandale, or No. 3 seed Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

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Thu
26
Oct

Girls CC takes title, boys finish seventh


The girls cross country team won the conference title for the first time since 2012. They are, front row, from left, coach Jamie Heying, Ava Mergen, Grace Praska, Kate Graham, head coach Ben Youngs. Back row, from left, coach J McClelland, Sophie Pribyl, Gus Demarais, Mary Miller, Grace Heying, coach Paul Fouquette.

Jamie Heying cheers on Sophie Pribyl as she heads into the finish line. Pribyl led the Irish girls cross country team to a Central Minnesota Conference championship with her second-place finish last week. The Irish traveled to Kimball for the event. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

The Irish girls cross country team ousted two ranked teams to win the Central Minnesota Conference for the first time since 2012 last week.
The Irish traveled to Kimball on Tuesday, Oct. 17, to face off against nine conference schools. Maple Lake edged Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball by one point for the title. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted finished third and Pierz was fourth.

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Thu
26
Oct

Swim team shares conference title


The Bison girls swim and dive team tied STM-A 93-93 for a share of the Mississippi 8 Conference last week.

The Bison swim team tied with St. Michael-Albertville for the Mississippi 8 Conference title last week with the help of Maple Lake freshman Trinity Geyen.
The Bison traveled to STM-A for the Tuesday, Oct. 17, meet that ended in a 93-93 tie.
Geyen was to compete again with the Bison on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at St. Cloud Tech, where she was to swim in two varsity relay events. Geyen will finish the season with the Bison on Friday, Oct. 27, at the JV Champs Swim Meet in St. Michael, but will continue to support the varsity team as they compete at sectionals and state in the month to follow, her mom, Rebecca Kaiser, said.

Thu
26
Oct

Irish claim CMC title two years straight


The Maple Lake High School volleyball team won the Central Minnesota Conference title for the second year in a row, Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Paynesville. The Irish kick off post-season play this week at home with a perfect 29-0 record and the No. 1 seed. They take on No. 8 seed Spectrum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. (Photos by Mary Scheiber)

Amber Klug and Katie Goelz block at the net. Klug had one block for the night, plus 10 kills, 18 assists and one dig. Goelz racked up three kills and three blocks in the Irish win.

Sports Editor
After winning the state volleyball title last year with virtually the same team as this year, the Maple Lake High School volleyball team was predicted to go far. Ranked No. 1 from the get-go, the Irish never strayed far from their path, powering their way to a 29-0, perfect season.
The Maple Lake team closed the door on the regular season, Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Paynesville where they won 3-0 to earn the Central Minnesota Conference championship for the second year in a row. The Irish start the section tournament this week as the No. 1 seed in the Class 6AA east sub-section. Rocori claimed the high honor on the west side of the sub-section.

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