"We knew they had a good outside hitter and that we had to go out and fight hard, especially because it was a conference game," said Maddy Neu speaking for her team about the Sept. 19 game against the Rockford Rockets.
The Irish started game one with lots of intensity and played a very consistent game. Both teams had strong serves that were difficult to pass. The tough passes made it a close game between the Irish and the Rockets. However, the Irish fought to the last point and won 26-24.
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Varsity girls Katelyn Kramer, Jessie Wohlrabe, Halle Geyen, Kayla Hoistad, Skyler Manka, Jordan Sifferly and Sommer Carlson pose for a photo before the “Mega Meet” in Milaca. Photo-bombing them are varsity boys Cullen Gallagher, Jackson Willard, Scott Jordan, Ross Hickey and Devin Deringer.
Devin Deringer (center) leads the way for teammate Adam Ruhland. Deringer finished 11th in 19:10 and Ruhland took 23rd in 20:15.
Katelyn Kramer (right) finished 15th, with a time of 18:38, and teammate Skyler Manka was right behind her in 16th, with a time of 18:40
Running against five other teams, the Maple Lake Irish cross country team competed in the Delano Invitational on Sept. 12. With cool air and the sun shining, it made for an awesome day for a run.
Racing against the Irish were four new teams they hadn't seen at any meets.
The girls varsity team had good competition against the Waconia Wildcats. Standing still in the sun, waiting intensely for the gun to go off, the girls were ready. On their way through the winding trails, the Irish kept near to the top and ran strong to stay with the Wildcats. The course consisted of a downhill winding trail and going down always means climbing back up. To finish the race, a long and large hill remains, but the Irish girls ran strong and gave it all they had to finish their race.
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The Maple Lake 14U fastpitch softball team is made up of (standing, left) Angela Reid and Mollie Scheiber; (front) Linsey Rachel and Maddy Neu; (middle) Anna Becker, Lauren Heeralall, Morgan Scheiber, Amber Klug and Ellie Haney; and (standing, right) Emma McClanahan and Olivia Marquette. The team was coached by Dennis Klug and Ryan Haney.
The Maple Lake 14 and under fastpitch softball team traveled to Bismark, ND to compete in the Northern National Girls 14 and under B tournament, along with 21 other teams, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4.
On Aug. 1, they began with pool play against Grand Forks, falling 6-2, and Rapid City, SD, falling 10-9.
They fell 8-5 in their third game against Dickenson, ND on Aug. 2.
Later that day, they faced a fellow Minnesota team, from Champlin Park, and got into the win column with a 10-6 victory.
They kept the winning going with a 4-2 score against Rapid City, SD Extreme on Aug. 3.
A Smash team from South Dakota got the best of them, 4-3 in the sixth and final game.
Maple Lake placed eighth or ninth in the tournament.
They would like to thank everyone who helped support them in their quest to Nationals.