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The Old Coach Sez

JOHNNY MILLER

If you appreciate golf as I do, then you enjoy listening to 61 year old Johnny Miller, NBC's lead golf analyst, give his viewpoints during major golf events. He is so well prepared. He often seems to know what is going to happen before play unfolds. He is an expert analyst, and he is not afraid to call it like it is. If he thinks a player is making a mistake, he will say so. He will tell us which way a putt is going to break. He is almost always right. A very blunt commentator, he is just a lot of fun to listen to. So who is this hot shot? On what basis can he back up his comments and criticisms? Most of us don't know too much about him.

Thu
31
Jul

Legion team moves on in playoffs

The Maple Lake Legion baseball put it all together just in time to make a play-off run and continue on to the Division 6 play-offs in Cross Lake. In their double elimination three-team bracket, Maple Lake beat Howard Lake in their first game, but lost to Breck in their second play-off game. However, Breck lost to Howard Lake, so after the first-round all three teams had one loss. Maple Lake then eliminated Howard Lake and went on to beat Breck in the final game.

Maple Lake vs. Howard Lake

Howard Lake came to town on Tuesday, July 22, and the two teams battled it out in the first game of play-offs in Maple Lake, the site of the play-off bracket.

Thu
31
Jul

Lakers wrap up regular season play

by Andrea Rachel

It was a tough week of baseball for the Maple Lake Lakers as they competed in three non-league games and wrapped up the regular season. They managed to get one victory against the Soderville Outlaws, but the squad took two losses, one against a hard hitting Coon Rapids team and the other to St. Louis Park.

Maple Lake vs. Coon Rapids

Maple Lake hosted the Coon Rapids Redbirds, another Class B team that won the Metro Minny League, on Wednesday, July 23.

Ryan Klingelhofer took the mound to start the game, and after a lead-off single, a sacrifice bunt, and a hit, the Redbirds managed to score one run. Then in the bottom of the first, things were looking good as Nate Johnson led off with a single. Marcus Zahn advanced N. Johnson with a sacrifice bunt, but then two straight outs left the runner stranded.

Thu
24
Jul

The Old Coach Sez

TIME TO QUIT

Congratulations, DALE DECKER. Decker played for the Maple Lake Lakers from 1975 to 1999. What a record he had. He was league ERA winner as a pitcher in 1979, 1980, and 1987. Last month, Decker was elected to the North Star League hall of fame. During his 24-year career, he was voted MVP three times. He was a batting champion many years. What an athlete. Voted the league's most valuable player in 1996, it must have been very hard for such a competitor to quit in 1999, thinking he probably had some good years left. I wish Randy Johnson had the same good sense.

Thu
24
Jul

Legion edged in offensive blowout

The Maple Lake Legion baseball team finished off their regular season with a loss to Monticello on Monday, July 14. The nine inning match-up featured numerous hits and runs produced by both teams.



Maple Lake vs. Monticello

Maple Lake, as the visiting team, stepped to the plate first and connected with the ball, but Monticello was able to make the plays and they went down with three ground-outs. In the bottom half of the inning Monticello went down with three ground-outs, as well, as Mitch Wurm hurled from the mound for Maple Lake.

With two outs in the top of the second, Cameron Knudsen connected for a single and Ryan Kotila reached on a walk, but a fly-out ended the rally. Monticello got back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the second, but three straight outs got Maple Lake out of the inning unharmed.

Thu
24
Jul

Lakers close league play with wins

The Maple Lake Lakers North Star League play was wrapped up as the Lakers posted exciting league victories over Delano, a Class B team, and NSL North division leader, St. Michael. Then they fell to the Minneapolis Angels in a non-league game.

Maple Lake vs. Delano

The Lakers competed in their first game of the week on Tuesday, July 15, as they hosted the Delano Athletics, a Class B team that the Lakers needed to be victorious against for the play-off seedings.

Veteran Ryan Klingelhofer took the mound to start the game, and Delano connected at the plate right away as they rallied to score two runs. Mic Johnson in center field and Marcus Zahn at the shortstop position recorded the outs for the Lakers as Johnson caught two fly-outs and Zahn recorded a ground-out. Maple Lake stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first, but they didn't have the hot bats in the first inning.

Thu
10
Jul

The Old Coach Sez

BRETT FAVRE-WHAT IF????

On March 6, 2008, Brett Favre announced his retirement from the National Football League for the second time. He had been the Green Bay Packers' quarterback for 17 years. A three-time MVP, he leads the league in touchdown passes and total yards passing. He started 253 consecutive games, more than any quarterback in history. On his retiring, he said he didn't think he had anything left to give.

I have always been a Brett Favre fan, but I have not approved of the manner in which he has kept his management and teammates in limbo as far as his playing status is concerned. It is almost as if he is grandstanding. He has now told some teammates that he "has the itch" to come back now that training season is about to start.

Thu
10
Jul

Raiche is All-Star home run king

In their only game of the week due to the Fourth of July holiday, the Lakers took a tough 6-3 North Star League loss against Dassel-Cokato on Wednesday, July 2. Then on Sunday, two Lakers suited up again for the annual North Star League All-Star game.



Maple Lake vs. D-C

In their second match-up of the season, Maple Lake lost the first 1-0, D-C and Maple Lake squared off in what was a much anticipated game, as both are in the top half of the West division.

Ben Jungers took the mound to start the game for the Lakers and he threw seven innings of work, giving up four runs on four hits, three errors, and four walks.

The Saints got off to a quick start as they scored two runs in the top of the first inning. A lead-off walk, a sacrifice bunt, another base-on-balls, and then a two-run single did the damage.

Wed
02
Jul

Legion team plays in tough tourney

The Maple Lake Legion baseball squad had a busy week as they competed in four games, including a tournament that fielded numerous big school teams.

The week started out with Maple Lake traveling to D-C where they would fall in both games of the double-header. Then on Friday they headed to Osseo High School to take on Apple Valley in the Bob Letourneau Classic, only to find out the game would be cancelled due to the rain. So, on Saturday they headed to Champlin High School where they would end up short against Cenntenial and Bloomington.



Maple Lake vs. D-C

Maple Lake stepped to the plate to start the night, and they started off strong and scored two runs. Riley Decker swung his bat for a double, and Nick Hudek followed suit with a hit of his own that scored Decker. Rob Hannon kept them going as he got a hit to score Hudek.

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