Sports

Wed
05
Aug

Lakers faced a trio of tough Class B opponents


Jeremy Schmidt, #16, was the starting pitcher for the Lakers on Thursday night’s game against Cold Spring.

Laker, Bert Marsnik, #21, made the play, a close call when a Cold Spring player slid safely into third base.

Luke Fobbe, #2, kept a close eye on the ball after hitting a double.

 

The Maple Lake Lakers finished up the regular season last week with a trio of tough Class B opponents. The games gave the team some looks at tough opponents with good (really good) pitching and put the team in situations they haven’t been in often this season.
 
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Wed
05
Aug

Maple Lake Lakers Fan Appreciation Day


The First Base Laker Fan Club was out in good numbers for Appreciation Day enjoying the game and the bargain prices that went with it.

Bean-bag competition was stiff Sunday. Shown are Dan Rassat and Nicole Elfmann (tossing) in the final game. Bean Bag Tourney Results - First Place was Cody Decker and Dan Rassat, Second Place was Joe Blizil and Nicole Elfmann, Third Place was Steve and Matt Blizil and Fourth Place was Lori Blizil and Vicki Decker.

Second baseman Nate Johnson completed a double play in the 4th inning when he caught a line shot and threw to Chad Raiche on first for the second out.

Raiche doubled in the second inning Sunday, but was thrown out at home on Dusty Decker’s single.

Umpire Jeff Grasto, Big Lake, and a familiar figure in Maple Lake, took a foul ball on his right forearm in the 4th inning while Bert Marsnik was batting. Raiche is on the left. There was a brief game delay while he iced the injury. “At first I thought it was broken,” he said after the game, noting the swollen giant goose-egg just below his elbow.

 

 
Maple Lake Laker baseball fans didn’t have a lot to cheer about with Moorhead shutting them out 8-0 Sunday afternoon. The flip side were the bargain basement prices on food and beverages ($1.00); and the reduced prices on Laker t-shirts and other apparel.
Adding to the excitement of the day were the bean-bag games with the team of Dan Rassat and Cody Decker winning the eight-team, double-elimination affair. Ironically Rassat and Decker pulled off a win from behind effort, taking two straight from the undefeated Joe Blizil and Nicole Elfmann team. Decker commented their only defeat came from Blizil and Elfmann.
 
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Wed
29
Jul

Lakers win against Maple Plain, Loretto and Mound


The Maple Lake Lakers were joined by Trevor Pribyl, #7, Porter Pribyl, #1, and Zachary Pribyl, #25, during the singing of the national anthem.

Riley Decker, #1, got a hit and advanced to first base.

Laker Brian Redemske, #3, stole home plate and was safe.

Under the watchful eye of Todd Fuller, Trevor Pribyl threw out the first pitch of the game on Wednesday night at Laker stadium. Later that evening Trevor handed out freezees to kids at the game; and during the seventh inning stretch, instead of singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", a prayer was written by Pastor Culynn Curtis, from Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and read for Trevor and his family for his upcoming brain surgery in August.

The Maple Lake Lakers wrapped up the regular season with a lot of offense, out-scoring opponents 50-13 during their three-game home stand. The Lakers stand atop the North Star League with a 21-1 record.  While the games last week would not impact the first-place finish in the North Star League, individual players got a couple of notable “firsts” this week.

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Wed
29
Jul

U16 Irish Girls Fastpitch Summer League places fourth


Junior Olivia Marquette pitching during the third game of the tournament against Saint Peter.

Sophomore Amber Klug running to home base.

Junior Morgan Scheiber catching during the game against Saint Peter.

Sophomore Anna Becker preparing to run to third base.

 

Last weekend, the U16 Irish Girls Fastpitch Summer League softball team participated in the State Tournament held in Saint Peter, Minnesota. At the end of day one, the Irish were 2-1 after defeating New Ulm and The Minnesota Force teams, but falling to the hosting Saint Peter team.
The Irish returned to Saint Peter for the second day of the State Tournament where they took the field against New Ulm for a second time and defeated them once again. Following their victory, they faced Lakeville Ice who they lost to which ended their time at the State Tournament in 4th place.
Wed
29
Jul

Wurm places in finals at the NBHA Youth World Championships

 

Holly Wurm of Maple Lake competed July 19-25 at the 2015 NBHA Youth World Championships in Perry, GA. This invitation only event is the largest youth  barrel race in the world.
NBHA Youth World participants numbered over 1,100 in the Teen Division (13 and over) and approximately 800 in the Youth Division (12 and under). Contestants ran for over $300,000 in cash and prizes. Riders came from over 36 states, Canada, France, Panama, and Australia. Contestants must qualify each year in their respective states to compete in the NBHA Youth World Championships and are the finest youth equine athletes in the world.
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Wed
22
Jul

Lakers win against Dassel-Cokato, Hutchinson and Delano


Up to bat for the Lakers was Derek Rachel, #17, who got a hit against the Hutchinson Huskies Friday night at Irish Stadium.

Starting on the mound for the Lakers was Jeremy Schmidt, #16. Schmidt had 14 strikeouts for the night.

Laker manager, Bobby Fobbe, #9, gave Dusty Decker, #29, the sign to hold up. Decker advanced to steal third base on an over-throw to first.

 

 
The Maple Lake Lakers won all three of their games last week to move to 18-1 and clinch the North Star League regular season with three games left to play. Each game was exciting and showed that the Lakers can manage to come back from deficits and win games that matter. Looking to the playoff picture, Howard Lake got a big boost from the Laker victories over Hutchinson Huskies and Delano Athletics and moved into second place in the NSL at 14-5.  
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Wed
22
Jul

Maple Lake Lakers 20th Annual Portside Open Golf Tournament at Albion Ridges


Natalie Roth of Detroit Lakes, Cassie Wurm and Lloyd Wurm of Hudson, WI, and current Laker, Todd Fuller of Maple Lake, put together Team NDSU. They are either current students or alumni of NDSU.

Welcoming the 19 teams of golfers to the Portside Open was Gary Porter, former player and manager for the Lakers. Porter gave the final instructions about the tournament after he shared with the group how blessed and fortunate he was to be a part of such a great group.

A group of golfers practiced their putting skills prior to T-off at the 20th Annual Portside Open.

 

The Maple Lake Lakers hosted the 20th Annual Portside Open Golf Tournament at Albion Ridges Golf Course on Saturday, July 18. Nineteen teams participated in the four-person scramble that included 18 holes of golf. 
• 1st place with a score of -17 was  Josh Harmala, Ted Ahlgren, Ryan Erickson and Darin Young, from Cokato.
• 2nd place with a score of -15 was  Jeff Wisdom, Hans Anderson, Trevor O'Shaughnessy, and Trevor Johnson, from Burnsville.
• 3rd place with a score of -12 was  Chad Raiche, Jeff Baker, Adam Almich and Adam Gregg, from Maple Lake.
Other optional games were longest drive, closest to the pin, par three betting, hole-in-one challenge, skins game, prize pool and mulligans. 
 After the tournament, the golfers gathered at Madigan’s Pub & Grill where they were awarded their prizes and enjoyed pizza and socializing.
Wed
15
Jul

Lakers winning streak ends at 21


Luke Fobbe got a hit for the Lakers and advanced the runners at their game against Rockford on Friday, July 10, at Irish Stadium.

Pinch runner, Dusty Strub, #6, slid in to steal second and was safe on the base.

Laker Dusty Decker, #29, caught the ball for an out on first base. The Lakers went on to defeat the Rockford River Bandits 8-4.

Going the distance on the mound for the Lakers was pitcher Chad Raiche, #19.

 

The Maple Lake Lakers saw their 21-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday, matching the winning streak they posted last season. Fortunately, the loss was a non-conference game against the Class B Coon Rapids Redbirds so it did not hurt their North Star League standings.  The Lakers have a tough week ahead but will look to start a new streak that runs deep into the playoffs.
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Wed
01
Jul

30th Annual Eden Prairie Cup champions


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. 

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