Sports

Wed
06
Sep

Volleyball has high hopes


Front row, from left: Calli Maki, Mollie Scheiber, Kora Fuller, Alexus Jackson. Second row, from left, Mackenna Brown, Linsey Rachel, Anna Becker, Katie Goelz, Ella Kiebel, Maddi Maas. Back row, from left, Coach Amy Voigt, Amber Klug, Kaleigh Beehler, Head Coach Marty Kiebel, Brynn Paumen, Brielle Paumen, Coach Monica Turner. (Photo by Zahler Phototography)

The Maple Lake High School volleyball team has a promising season ahead of them with the loss of only two players from last year’s state championship team.
A total of 10 seniors make up this year’s squad and they have already secured themselves the No. 1 spot in pre-season rankings.
Olivia Marquette and Morgan Scheiber have moved on since last year’s success that ended with the school’s first-ever state volleyball title. Returning are seniors Calli Maki, Amber Klug, Linsey Rachel, Brynn Paumen, Mollie Scheiber, Kaleigh Beehler, Mackenna Brown, Kora Fuller, Alexus Jackson and Anna Becker, plus an array of underclassmen, many of whom have seen their share of varsity action.

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Wed
06
Sep

Football team has the experience


The Maple Lake football team is led by 10 seniors. They are, front row, from left: Adam Holmgren, Cole Trager, Ben Weese, Tyler Weimer, Andy Mavencamp. Back row, from left: Henry Stecker, Kyle Scherber, Alex Toedter, Jason Webb, Austin Pingel. (Photo by Zahler Photography)

Fourteen experienced players return to the Irish football field this fall including eight seniors.
Among them are Alex Toedter RB/LB; Kyle Scherber OL, Henry Stecker OL; Jason Webb OL/DL; Cole Trager OL/FS; Austin Pingel LB; Adam Holmgren WR; and Andy Mavencamp PK.
Also returning with plenty of varsity playing time under their belts are juniors, Zach Cargil RB/LB; Ben Goelz DB; Devin Peura DL; and Trenton Miller, OL.

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Wed
30
Aug

Irish win early bird tournament


The Maple Lake varsity volleyball team got off to a good start Friday, August 25, by winning the Albany Early Bird Tournament at St. Cloud University in its first official outing of the season. The Irish defeated Rocori 25-20, 19-25, 18-16 in the championship round for the title. Rocori finished the day in second, Albany was third and Sauk Centre finished fourth. Above, the varsity team poses with their first-place medals. (Photos by Mary Scheiber) 

No. 4 Linsey Rachel gets the kill during the Friday, Aug. 25, Albany Early Bird Tournament at St. Cloud State University.
Wed
30
Aug

Lakers end season at state tournament


The Maple Lake Lakers baseball team ended its season Saturday night, Aug. 26 in Green Isle with a tough loss to the Jordan Brewers at the State Amateur Baseball Tourament. The Lakers lost a close 4-3 battle with the Brewers on a wet and wild Saturday night to halt their tournament run. Maple Lake started the tournament strong with a 2-0 win over St. Joseph the week before after a strong regular season that saw them to a 22-11 record and the No. 2 seed heading into state. (Photo submitted)

The Maple Lake Lakers ended their season Saturday night, Aug. 26, with a tough loss to the Jordan Brewers. It was a rough weekend overall for the North Star League, with Hutchinson falling to St. Peter and Howard Lake falling to Sartell. Buffalo is the only remaining team from the league going into the final weekend.
Maple Lake 3
Jordan 4

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Wed
16
Aug

Lakers seeded second heading into state


Luke Fobbe makes contact with the ball against Buffalo. Fobbe was also the winning pitcher for his three innings of relief work.

The The Maple Lake Lakers (22-11) secured the second seed in the Minnesota State Tournament last week to set up a first-round game against St. Joseph in Hamburg on Friday, August 18, at 5 p.m. to kick off the tournament.
The St. Joseph Joe’s were runners up in the Sauk Valley League and have a record of 14-8 on the year. Hutchinson took the top seed while Buffalo took the third and Howard Lake the fourth for the North Star League.

Buffalo 2
Maple Lake 3

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Wed
09
Aug

Softball players take home awards


At right, the Maple Lake softball team held its awards ceremony on Sunday, Au. 6, to celebrate a near perfect season that saw the team to a runner-up finish at the state tournament. Several athletes earned awards for their efforts. They are, front row, from left, Peyton Tongen; Morgan Scheiber was named to the Second Team All Conference, earned Academic All Conference and the Golden Glove Award; Calli Maki was named to the First Team All Conference, All Section Team, was All State and Academic All Conference; Mollie Scheiber was named to the First Team All-Conference, All-Section Team and was Academic All Conference; Megan Carlson; Ellie Haney who was named to the Second Team All Conference, was Academic All State, Academic All Conference, and named Most Improved. Back row, from left, is Megan Lind; Lucy Greenhagen who was Academic All Conference; Maddi Maas who was named to the Second Team All Conference and was Academic All Conference; Coach Tim Knudsen who was named Section Coach of the Year; Olivia Paumen who was named to the Second Team All Conference and was Academic All Conference; Amber Klug who was named to the First Team All Conference, was All State and earned the Golden Glove Award; Linsey Rachel was named to the First Team All Conference, the All Section Team, was All State, Academic All Conference, and earned the Slugger Award; Katie Goelz was named to the Second Team All Conference, was Academic All-Conference and named Hardest Worker. Not pictured, Morgan Scanlon earned Academic All Conference honors. Everyone listed also earned letters. (Photo by Mary Scheiber)
Wed
09
Aug

Lakers earn berth in the state games


Mitch Wurm tossed eight innings and gave up five earned runs off nine hits and one walk while striking out 10 in the final game of the tournament, securing the Maple Lake Lakers a spot in the state games. The Lakers will kick off the tournament on Friday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Dassel against Buffalo. (Photo from Messenger archives)

The Maple Lake Lakers punched their ticket to the state tournament this weekend with wins over rivals Loretto and Howard Lake.
The other side of the bracket saw Buffalo upset Hutchinson 4-1 to guarantee their trip to state.
Delano and Cokato were knocked out while Howard Lake, Dassel-Cokato, Hutchinson, and Loretto will compete for the final two spots at state this week.

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Wed
02
Aug

MAML hockey kids is no more - Monticello and Maple Lake will make up new co-op

The dissolution of the Monticello-
Annandale-Maple Lake
hockey cooperative this spring
won’t have much of an effect
on the Maple Lake program,
except a new name. Annandale
wasn’t so lucky.
After two years in the limelight,
including a state runnerup
trophy last winter, MAML
is being forced to disband
thanks to the Minnesota State
High School League’s reclassification
process.
Starting this season, Maple
Lake and Monticello will
make up the co-op under the
name Monticello Moose, and
Annandale will be looking for
a new home.

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Wed
02
Aug

Maple Lake 11U baseball team wins state


Maple Lake 11U players show off their first-place medals after winning the Minnesota Sports Federation State Championships recently. They are, front row, from left, Kurt Raymond, Blaise Madrid, Nick Jost, Logan Salmela and Riley Jude. Back row, from left, Coach Dave Zander, Nathan Zander, Joseph Warner, Sawyer Ogilvie, Joey Gendreau, Luke Goelz and Head Coach Brandon Goelz. The team is sponsored by Production Stamping. (Photo submitted)

The Maple Lake 11U traveling
baseball team traveled to
Mankato, along with 35 other
teams, to compete in the Minnesota
Sports Federation State
Championships July 28-30.
The boys earned their way into
the tournament by placing third
in the Crow River 11U League
Tournament.

Wed
26
Jul

Lakers end week with wins, No. 2 seed


Lakers’ batter, No. 10 McRae Haney, makes contact with a D-C pitch. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake Lakers rattled off three wins last week to end the regular season, avoiding a multi-way tie for second and securing the number two seed in the upcoming league playoffs outright. The North Star League playoffs run from Wednesday, July 26, with the start of the eighth seed playoff, to Sunday, August 13, with the championship. All games, except for the eighth seed playoffs, will be in Dassel this year. Two wins qualifies a team for state while two losses ends their season. Maple Lake will play the seventh-seeded Loretto Larks at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, for the first round. Win or lose they will play either Howard Lake or Delano in the second round.

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