Sports

Wed
10
Aug

Lakers win 1, lose 1 in league playoffs


Graham Brown, #5, takes a swing in the first playoff game against Loretto.

The Lakers kicked off the North Star League playoffs with a game against Loretto last Wednesday that they went on to win 7-3. (Photo by Hailee Malachek)

Chad Raiche, #19, gets a Hutchinson player out at first base. (Photos by Hailee Malachek)

The North Star League playoffs kicked off last Wednesday and the action did not disappoint. All four of the high seeds lost their opening game which resulted in the number-two seed Dassel-Cokato and the number-four seed Maple Plain being eliminated from the competition.
Maple Lake 7
Loretto 3

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Wed
10
Aug

Borgert competes in AAU National Gymnastics Meet

Elizabeth Borgert, of Maple Lake, competed in the AAU National Gymnastics meet in Orlando, Florida. She competed in the Gold level for the 12-year-olds. She received:
• 7th in the All Around
• 7th on the bars with a score of 8.65
• 6th on the vault with a score of 8.8
• Tied for 2nd on the beam with a score of 9.15.

Wed
03
Aug

Maple Lake wraps up regular season and preps for playoffs


#25, Hunter Malachek, started on the mound for the Lakers. The Lakers went on to defeat Jordan 7-6 in 12 innings.

First baseman, Chad Raiche, made an out for the Lakers.

#10, McRae Haney, beat out the throw to first base and was called safe by the umpire. Haney was the first Laker player to score which tied the game in the match-up against Jordan. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

The Maple Lake Lakers wrapped up the regular season on Saturday and now look to the North Star League playoffs on Friday, August 5th, at 8:00 p.m. in Loretto. The Lakers split with the Larks in the regular season, first winning 4-3 then losing 4-10, so a win would take the season-series while also avenging the playoff defeat Loretto gave Maple Lake last year.

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Wed
03
Aug

The Old Timers face off against the current Lakers


Former Laker players got together Saturday for a match-up against the current Laker players at the Old Timers Classic. Back Row: Pat Meuwissen, Joe Jude, Bobby Fobbe, Pat Cruikshank, Bill Wurm, Ben Elsenpeter, Paul Decker, Dale Decker and Ron Geyen. Front Row: Daryl Hennen, Ryan Klingelhofer, Gary Porter, Ron Rassat, Kevin Gruenhagen, Cody Decker, Billy Porter, Tony Wurm and Joe Hofman. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

Reaching to make the catch for an over-throw was first baseman, Ben Elsenpeter.

Dale Decker batting for the Old Timers Black team watches the ball land in the outfield. The catcher behind home plate is Cody Decker, Dale's son.

Nolan O'Connor, 2 1/2-year-old grandson of Dale Decker came to cheer on his grandpa at the Old Timers game and Olivia Decker came to cheer on her dad, Cody Decker, and grandpa, Dale Decker.
Wed
27
Jul

More highlights from the 12th Annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament


Barb Schneider poses with some of the silent auction items the night before the tournament. All proceeds go towards a scholarship for a MLHS graduate.

4th Place - Ryan Holt and Matt Schneider holding his son, Silas, with Maple Lake Ambassador, Sydney Louis.

3rd Place - Mary and Jack Kiffe with Maple Lake Ambassador, Sydney Louis.

2nd Place - Jack Peterson and Dale Glader with Maple Lake Ambassador, Sydney Louis.

1st Place - Chad Chapman and David Asp with Maple Lake Ambassador, Sydney Louis.

Some of the results from the 12th Annual Christopher Schneider Bass Tournament that took place on Saturday, July 16, were unavailable at press time last week. For more photos from this event stop into the Maple Lake Messenger office to pick up the July 20th issue of the paper or subscribe and receive a free e-edition to view any issue at any time from www.maplelakemessenger.com.

Bass Tournament winners
• 1st Place - 15lb., 13oz. bass caught by Chad Chapman, of Ramsey, MN, and David Asp, of Birchwood, WI.
• 2nd Place - 15 lbs., 7oz. bass caught by Dale Glader, of Maplewood, MN, and Jack Peterson, of Northfield, MN.
• 3rd Place - 14lbs., 3oz. bass caught by Jack and Mary Kiffe, of Coon Rapids, MN.
• 4th Place - 13lbs., 13oz. bass caught by Matthew Schneider, of Buffalo, MN, and Ryan Halt, of Monticello, MN.

Wed
27
Jul

Maple Lake girls softball finishes seventh in tournament


Top Row: Emily Weese, Alison Zander, Brooklyn Ernhart, Kendra Jude, Jordyn Demarais and Lyndsie Carlson. Bottom Row: Molly Erickson, Emma Jude, Gwen Geyen and Bryn Elsenpeter. Not Pictured: Coaches - Ben Elsenpeter, Mike Grant and Brad Erickson. (Photo submitted by Gracie Elsenpeter)

On July 21-24 the following Maple Lake team competed in the 12U NAFA Northern Nationals Softball Fastpitch Tournament in Eagan, Minnesota. They finished 7th in the gold division and 33rd overall out of 104 teams. They finished the season with an overall record of 32-12.

Wed
20
Jul

Lakers guaranteed a top seven spot


After brief showers a rainbow formed over the ballpark during Wednesday’s game against Howard Lake. Luck was given to the home-field players as the Orphans won 6-5.

The Lakers hit five home runs this week as part of an offensive flurry to end the regular season in the North Star League. The win against Hutchinson proved critical as it guaranteed the Lakers a spot in the top-seven for the league, avoiding the four-team play-in for the eighth spot in the playoffs. Because they finished league play early, Maple Lake is one of only two teams guaranteed a top-seven spot in the league, setting up an exciting finish for the rest of the North Star League.

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Wed
20
Jul

Jude hits Hole-In-One


A fundraising event for St. Timothy’s School took place at Southbrook Golf Course on July 10th. During the round of golf Max Jude, son of Peter and Ann Marie Jude of Maple Lake, hit a hole-in-one. Jude made the incredible shot on hole 15, a 172 yard par 3 using a 3 iron. (Photo submitted)
Wed
20
Jul

Girls earn awards at softball banquet


Front Row: Linsey Rachel, Morgan Scheiber, Mollie Scheiber, Ellie Haney and Peyton Tongen. Back Row: Morgan Scanlon, Olivia Marquette, Coach Tim Knudson, Olivia Paumen, Megan Carlson and Amber Klug. (Photo by Mary Scheiber)

The Maple Lake High School softball team held its end-of-the-season awards ceremony recently. Several athletes won awards. Earning First Team All-Conference honors were short stop Linsey Rachel, first baseman Amber Klug and catcher Morgan Scheiber. Earning Second Team All-Conference honors were center fielder Mollie Scheiber, left fielder Ellie Haney and pitcher Olivia Marquette. Earning All-Section honors were Rachel, Klug and Mollie Scheiber. Earning First Team All-State honors were Klug and Rachel. Rachel also won the Silver Slugger award; Klug and Morgan Scheiber earned the Golden Glove award; Ellie Haney was named Most Improved and Klug was named Hardest Worker.

Wed
13
Jul

Lakers hold third place in standings


Laker catcher, Matt Bergstrom, was ready to tag out a Loretto player who was trying to steal home on July 6th.

Laker Graham Brown safely steals second base at the July 1st game against Dassel-Cokato.

The Maple Lake Lakers earned a tentative hold on third place in the North Star League standings over the last two weeks with two games left in the season. A major part of their success was thanks to Dusty Decker going 10-17 at the plate with three doubles and a home run.

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