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Wed
02
Nov

The Irish advance in playoffs


No. 3, Amber Klug, dives for the ball. The Irish beat Zimmerman in three games to advance to the second match of the tournament. Maple Lake will meet Annandale on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at home. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

junior outside hitter Linsey Rachel serves to Zimmerman during the first round of the Section 6AA tournament, Thursday, Oct. 27, at home. She went 15-for-16 serving that night.

The Irish volleyball team dominated its first Section 6AA playoff match, Thursday, Oct. 27, defeating No. 8 seed Zimmerman in three games to move on.
As the No. 1 seed, the Irish had the home-court advantage and they didn't waste it, cruising to a 25-13 first-set win. Maple Lake claimed the next two games 25-11 and 25-18 to secure a spot in match two, which was also to take place at home, this time against rival Annandale on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
“We were very confident,” junior outside hitter Mollie Scheiber said. “I think we all played well. Everyone on our team had a good night.”

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Wed
26
Oct

Irish fall in final Mid State-Sub 1 game Receive No. 2 seed for section tournament


No. 6 sophomore Mitchell Hoistad snaps the ball to No. 17, freshman quarter back Ben Clapp. Despite Wednesday's loss, the Irish snagged the No. 2 seed in the Section 4AA football tournament scheduled to start on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

No. 17 Ben Clapp tries to bully his way through a mob of Eagle defenders in the Wednesday, Oct. 19, final Mid State-Sub 1 game at Eden Valley-Watkins High School. The Irish lost 44-0. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

Snake bit by injuries, the Maple Lake football team sent a younger, less experienced squad to Eden Valley-Watkins, Wednesday, Oct. 19, to face the Eagles in its final Mid State-Sub 1 game of the season.
The Irish put up a fight, according to coach Tim Knudsen, but in the end lost 44-0 to the Eagles who tied with Pierz for the top spot in the conference.
"The younger kids competed on every snap to the end of the game. That's the Maple Lake way," Knudsen said. "We will fight to the very end."
Ben Clapp ran 30 yards on 11 carries to lead the Irish. Mitchell Hoistad ran seven yards on eight carries and sophomore running back Darby Hanson ran two yards on one carry.
As a team, the Irish ran 40 yards on 29 carries.
Knudsen expected to have a handful of players back for the start of playoffs, Tuesday, Oct. 25. The Irish earned the No. 2 seed in the Section 4AA tournament and were to face No. 8 seed Minneapolis Edison in the first game.

Wed
26
Oct

Maple Lake volleyball wins CMC title


Maple Lake volleyball team won the Central Minnesota Conference title by defeating Eden Valley-Watkins 3-0. The Irish finished the CMC with a 7-0 record. They are, back row, from left, coach Marty Kiebel, Anna Becker, Kaleigh Beehler, Brynn Paumen, Amber Klug, Brielle Paumen, Amy Voigt and Karla Mavencamp. Middle row, from left, Dani Geyen, Katie Goelz, Linsey Rachel, Mackenna Brown, Mollie Scheiber and Megan Lind. Front row, from left, Lindsey Carlson, Olivia Marquette, Morgan Scheiber, Kora Fuller and Lexy Bakeberg. (Photos by Mary Scheiber)

Linsey Rachel leaps into the air to connect with the ball. She had 14 kills Tuesday night at EV-W.

Amber Klug delivers a serve to Eden Valley-Watkins, Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the final CMC match of the season. She went eight-for-10 serving in the Irish win.

The Irish volleyball team secured the Central Minnesota Conference title with a 7-0 record Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Eden Valley-Watkins after defeating the Eagles 3-0 on the road.
The Irish had already beaten all seven teams in the conference, most in three games. Only Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa pushed the match to four games before finally falling to Maple Lake.
“It was a competitive conference,” assistant coach Amy Voigt said. “All teams but one had a winning record.”
The win also boosted the Irish’s overall record to 23-3, which earned the team the No. 1 seed in the 6AA south subsection.

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Wed
26
Oct

Runners do well at CMC finale


Irish cross country runners take part in their final regular season meet at Pierz. The event was also the final Central Minnesota Conference race. Pictured, front to back, are seniors Mackenzie Miller and Peyton Tongen, junior Caitlin Weege, senior Ellie Haney and junior Rachel Loch. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

Five Maple Lake cross country runners earned all-conference honors at the Central Minnesota Conference meet in Pierz Tuesday, Oct. 18, on their way to second- and seventh-place team finishes.
Gus DeMarais, an Irish eighth grader, posted the top finish for the home team and led the girls to second place overall. Her fourth-place finish in 20:02.60 earned her all-conference honors.
Michael Miller led the boys team to seventh overall with his 12th-place individual finish in 18:31.10. He earned all-conference honorable mention.

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Wed
19
Oct

Irish football falls to Paynesville Bulldogs 34-7


Sophomore running back No. 43, Zach Cargill, makes a break for it. Cargill scored the lone touchdown for the Irish in the team's 34-7 loss to Paynesville, Friday, Oct. 14, at home. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

Junior running back No. 80, Alex Toedter, charges down the field. He went 75 yards on 14 carries for the Maple Lake Irish against the Paynesville Bulldogs Friday night.

The Paynesville Bulldogs took advantage of Irish injuries to take down Maple Lake, 34-7, in Mid State Sub-District 1 play, Friday, Oct. 14, in Maple Lake.
Penalties plagued the Irish early, hurting Maple Lake's drives and keeping the home team out of the end zone in the first half. Zach Cargill snuck in a 38-yard run in the second quarter for the Irish's lone touchdown. Andy Mavencamp's kick was good for the extra point.
Paynesville kept on coming with a touchdown in the first and second quarters to end the half 14-7. Maple Lake made an attempt early in the third with a "nice" drive before injuries set in again, coach Tim Knudsen said.
The Bulldogs made it to the end zone three more times before the night was over.

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Wed
19
Oct

Irish are 6-0 in CMC after big conference win


Kaleigh Beehler goes in for the kill against the Bulldogs. She had four kills that night.

Olivia Marquette went 13-for-16 serving against Paynesville, Thursday, Oct. 13, at home. Maple Lake won 3-0.

The Maple Lake volleyball team continues to win as the Irish prepare for the post season.
The Irish kicked off the week on Tuesday, Oct. 11, with a big win over No. 2 in state Class A ranked Mayer Lutheran 3-1. Two days later, on Thursday, Oct. 13, Maple Lake earned another big win by defeating Central Minnesota Conference rival Paynesville 3-0.
“Mayer Lutheran was a very tough team. We had to play our best to beat them and we knew that coming into that Tuesday night,” junior outside hitter for the Irish, Mollie Scheiber, said. “Mr. Kiebel told us to play with our hearts that night and I believe that we did that. Everyone of us girls never gave up and gave it our all.”

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Wed
19
Oct

Runners place second and fifth


Eighth grader Gus Demarais approaches the finish line at Kimball. She led the Irish girls team to second place with her third-place finish at the EV-W-K meet.

From left, Tanner Severson and Gabe Smail stuck together until the finish line at Kimball last week. Severson was 37th and Smail was 36th.

The Maple Lake girls and boys cross country teams were second and fifth, respectively, Monday, Oct. 10, at Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball.
Both teams looked a little tired going into Monday’s race, coach Ben Youngs said. They were coming off a Thursday, Oct. 6th, meet at Litchfield and a busy homecoming weekend. The boys were also running without a few regulars due to sickness and injury.
Gus DeMarais finished third overall in 21:29 to lead the varsity girls team; Halle Geyen finished 12th in 22:18; Eva McClelland was 16th in 23:02; Margaret Graham was 20th in 23:46; Kate Graham was 21st in 23:50; Bionca Peterson was 27th in 24:53; Caitlin Weege was 30th in 25:07 and Rachel Loch was 33rd in 26:14.

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Wed
12
Oct

Irish girls serve up losses


Morgan Scheiber stretches for the dig and successfully returns the ball to Hill-Murray.

 The Maple Lake volleyball team is 19-1 overall and 5-0 in Central Minnesota Conference standings after two more wins last week during homecoming.
The Irish hosted Hill-Murray on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and defeated them 3-1. Two days later, on Thursday, Oct. 6, the home team hosted Kimball and defeated the Cubs 3-0.
“So far this season we have been playing really well together,” junior outside hitter Mollie Scheiber said. “What's working for us is that we are sticking together and playing as a team. We all have stepped it up this year and I believe we all are playing our role very well.”
The Irish defeated the private metro school, Hill-Murray, with game scores of 25-18, 17-25, 25-18 and 25-18 in the non-conference match-up.

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Wed
12
Oct

Runners flourish on fast course


Brady Tongen runs to a personal best finish at Litchfield to place himself among the top all-time runners in MLHS history.

Rachel Loch, Margaret Graham, Ava Mergen, and Bionca Peterson use a pack-running strategy to finish eighth as a team out of 16 competing schools. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

Maple Lake cross country runners achieved some of their best times ever on their way to eighth- and 18th-place team finishes, Thursday, Oct. 6, at Litchfield.
Gus DeMarais moved to No. 2 for all-time 5K school finishes with her time of 19:52.06. She was 14th out of 107 runners. Mary Miller moved to No. 4 with her time of 20:51.44. She was 37th overall. Bionca Peterson and Ava Mergen bettered their all-time 5Ks with times of 21:51.31 and 21:53.72, respectively.
Halle Geyen had a solid time as well, finishing in 21:09.06 for 46th place, coach Ben Youngs said.
“All-in-all, our scorers were on fire,” he said.

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Wed
05
Oct

“The Maple Lake Challenge” nine mile run


On Friday, Sept. 30, the Irish Cross Country team participated in the “Maple Lake Challenge,” a nine mile run that takes runners around Maple Lake. According to coach Ben Youngs, when J McClelland started the challenge several years ago it was called “eight miles for ice cream” and the course was just over eight miles long. Now that the road has been changed around the south side of Maple Lake, it is called “I ran nine and the ice cream is mine.” Team members who completed the run were rewarded with several kinds of ice cream. Above, runners take on the nine mile run. (Photos submitted)

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