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Wed
24
May

Irish ball players win No.1 seed

The Maple Lake baseball team ended its regular season with another win, giving them a 17-2 record and the No. 1 seed going into playoffs next week.
The Irish bettered its record with a 5-1 win over Providence Academy on Tuesday, May 16, on the road.
Maple Lake pushed one runner across the plate in the first and third innings, but it wasn't until the fifth inning that the Irish pulled away and secured the win. Ben Clapp and Nate Hogan each hit singles for three runs that inning. Providence Academy scored one run in the bottom of the fourth. Hunter Malachek earned the win on the mound. He threw seven innings, gave up one run, five hits and struck out eight. The Irish had 10 hits for the game. Ben and Brock Goelz and Hogan each had two hits to lead the Irish. As a team, Maple Lake didn't commit a single error in the
field.

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Wed
17
May

Track teams return to state True Team


Maple Lake High School’s boys and girls track and field teams won the right to compete at the True Team State Championships in Stillwater this weekend after ousting the competition at the True Team qualifier, Tuesday, May 9, in Maple Lake. (Photo by Tim Tungseth)

Maple Lake’s boys and girls track teams are both headed to the True Team State Track and Field Championships in Stillwater after coming up big, Tuesday, May 9, at the true team 4A meet in Maple Lake.
The two teams have been perennials at the prestigious event until losses last year ended a four-year winning streak for the Irish.
“It’s nice to go back,” head coach Ben Youngs said.
The boys were in a dogfight the whole way, Tuesday, according to Youngs. “They were trading the lead with Concordia Academy the last half of the meet. After the 3,200, with three events left, it was a 2.5-point difference. Concordia Academy gained on us in pole vault, but we gained more than that in discus, so we had a 9.5 lead going into the 4x4. We took second and they took 11th, so we gained 27 to make it look less close than in really was.”

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Wed
17
May

Trap team is ranked seventh


A member of the Maple Lake trap shooting team takes aim last week during its third week of competition for the season (Photo by Suzee Schaunaman)

Sports Editor
The Maple Lake trap team is ranked seventh in Class 3A Conference 1 competition after three weeks of competition.
Emma Spike claimed the top female shooter spot for Maple Lake this week with an overall season average of 15.33, while Serina Benson is still holding her own with a 12.17 average. Both girls earned Top 25 Average by conference for female shooters for the second week in a row.

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Wed
17
May

Lakers win one, lose one


Lakers pitcher Mitch Wurm winds up for the toss. (Photo by Hailee Malachek)

The Maple Lake Lakers split their two games last week, putting them towards the top of the North Star League with a 2-1 overall mark. Derek Rachel showed his power this week, hitting at least one double in each game.
Montrose/Waverly 2
Maple Lake 8
Visiting Montrose/Waverly wasted little time jumping on Friday night’s starter Luke Fobbe, putting the home team in an early hole. The Lakers rallied around Fobbe, putting up one in the first, two in the second, and another in the third. The runs must have had a calming effect on Fobbe, who went for five innings, giving up the one run while getting three strikeouts. Nick Preisinger and Logan Orazem each contributed two more innings to finish out the game.

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Wed
17
May

Irish girls do well at two golf meets


Ashlee Martie, left, and Katie Webb shot the low scores for the Irish at Pierz last week. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Maple Lake High School's girls golfers did well at two meets last week.
On Friday, May 12, the Irish traveled to Pierz for a Central Minnesota Conference meet.
Although the girls don't qualify as a team because they don't have enough members, the Irish did well individually.
Katie Webb and Ashlee Martie posted 55s for the day and Andrea Peterson shot a 59.

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Wed
17
May

Irish golfers ranked third in CMC


Joseph Stokman, left, and Devon Lyons lead Irish at two meets. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake boys golf team competed twice last week.
On Tuesday, May 9, the Irish hosted its Central Minnesota Conference meet and finished fourth, only six strokes behind the first-place winner Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
On Monday, May 15, Maple Lake traveled to Paynesville's Koronis Golf Course and this time edged B-B-E out of second place by shooting a 180.
Joseph Stokman and Devon Lyons led on Tuesday, shooting a 43 and 44 respectively on their home course.

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Wed
17
May

Irish are perfect for playoffs


Amber Klug makes the out at first while Katie Goelz prepares to back her up. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish softball team extended its winning record to 20-0 after six games, including two double-headers.
On Tuesday, May 9, the Irish defeated Holdingford 11-0 and 19-3; on Thursday May 11, Maple Lake ousted Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at home 11-1 and 18-0; on Friday, May 12, the Irish defeated Rockford 7-2; and on Monday, May 15, Maple Lake beat Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball 8-3.
Irish pitcher Callie Maki gave up just two hits and Linsey Rachel went 4-for-4 at the plate to help capture the first win against Holdingford.

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Wed
17
May

Baseball wins three more


Brock Goelz heads to third base during a Wednesday, May 10, game against Rockford at Irish Stadium. Maple Lake defeated the Rockets 5-4. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish baseball team gained three more wins last week to boost its record to 16-2 for the season.
On Wednesday, May 10, the Irish hosted Rockford and snuck by with a narrow 5-4 win. On Thursday, May 11, Maple Lake defeated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 3-0 and 7-4 in a double-header.
The Irish were tied 4-4 with the Rockets in the bottom of the seventh inning and up to bat when an error opened the way to the game-winning run.
Rockford claimed the lead early in the game, scoring in the top of the first inning, and held onto it until the Irish tied it up with a run of its own in the bottom of the fourth.

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Wed
10
May

Irish hold onto perfection


Ellie Haney takes a swing at a Kimball pitch, on Tuesday, May 2, at home. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake High School softball team is 14-0 after four more wins.
The Irish kicked off its latest winning spree on Tuesday, May 2, when it hosted Kimball. Maple Lake defeated the non-central Minnesota Conference team 9-0. On Thursday, May 4, the Irish traveled to Pierz for a doubleheader with the CMC foe and came out on top 9-3 and 5-0. On Monday, May 8, Maple Lake hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and won 12-5 in another conference show-down.

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Wed
10
May

Baseball wins four of five


Mitch Hoistad pitches against Pierz last week. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Only two losses mar the Maple Lake baseball team’s otherwise perfect record after five more games. The loss came at the hands of Pierz, Thursday, May 4, in the first game of an exciting doubleheader at Maple Lake.
The Irish got off to a strong start with a 6-2 win over Kimball on Tuesday, May 2, on the road before falling 5-3 to Pierz. Maple Lake claimed the second game against the Central Minnesota Conference foe with a 4-3 win over the Pioneers.

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