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Wed
13
Sep

Maple Lake football team crushes Eden Valley-Watkins at home


Above, the Irish struggle to keep possession of the ball.

No. 2 Irish kicker Andy Mavencamp kicks for the extra point after one of four Irish touchdowns against Eden Valley-Watkins Friday night.

Above, No. 59 Henry Stecker, right, tries to save his teammate from a pack of Eagles.

The Maple Lake football team cruised to a 28-0 win over conference foe Eden Valley-Watkins, Friday, Sept. 8, at home.
The Irish struck first early in the first quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run by senior Alex Toedter. Senior Andy Mavencamp converted the extra point to make it 7-0.
The Irish threatened again with about a minute to go in the first half when sophomore Brock Goelz completed an interception at the 21st yard line.
Maple Lake junior Zach Cargill scored the next touchdown of the night in the second quarter with a 17-yard run to the end zone. Mavencamp came through with the the extra point again to make the score 14-0.
The Irish leapt ahead 21-0 in the third quarter with a three-yard touchdown run by Alex Toedter and kick by Mavencamp. Junior Ben Goelz put the final points on the board in the fourth with Mavencamp completing the extra point.
The Irish, now 1-1, will host Pierz on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

Wed
06
Sep

Girls cross country team wins first outing at home


Grace Praska, front, and Eva McClelland, third back, race through Ney Park in Maple Lake during the Irish cross country team’s home meet and home opener, Friday, Sept. 1. Praska finished 23rd overall and McClelland was 25th. The girls won the event, beating 11 visiting teams to do so.

The Maple Lake boys cross country team burst from the starting line at Ney Park last week. Pictured from the Irish team are, from left: Quinn Youngs, Michael Miller, Jake Fynboh and Ben Smail. Miller placed the highest among the group, finishing fourth overall in 17 minutes. The boys team finished ninth out of 15 teams in a tough field. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish cross country teams kicked off the season with a 12-team invitational at Ney Park near Maple Lake.
The highlight of the morning was the girls team win and victory over the No. 5 ranked team in state, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
The Irish slipped by Rockford (another Section 5A opponent) in second 65 to 66 and HL-W-W was close on their heels with 69 points.
“The fact that three teams were within four points made it exciting, and shows how important every place is in a race,” Irish Head Coach Ben Youngs said.

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Wed
06
Sep

Irish struggle in season opener


The Irish fell 23-6 to a bigger, stronger Minnewaska team Thursday, despite a fourth quarter rally that saw the Irish onto the scoreboard. Above, No. 17, QB Ben Clapp moves the ball down the field. Clapp went 4-for-1 rushing and was 0-for-2 passing. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

No. 43, Zach Cargill, charges down the field. He had the lone touchdown in the Irish loss to Minnewaska, Thursday, Aug. 31, in Minnewaska.

The Maple Lake Irish football team had a tough first game against a veteran Minnewaska, Thursday, Aug. 31, on the road.
The bigger, faster, stronger Minnewaska crew jumped to an 8-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The home team tacked on another touchdown and two-point conversion in the second quarter to gain a 16-0 upper-hand on the Irish going into halftime.
Maple Lake held the Lakers scoreless in the third then allowed another run in the fourth and finalquarter.
The Irish battled back with a touchdown run by Zach Cargill. The kick was unsuccessful, leaving the final score 23-6.
“We didn't move the ball very well offensively in the first half and kept our defense on the field too long,” coach Tim Knudsen said after the game.
“We had a nice 96-yard drive in the third quarter. Unfortunately, we couldn't punch it in from the six. We have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said.

Wed
06
Sep

Volleyball downs Dragons on the road


The Maple Lake volleyball team did well on the road last week. The Irish traveled to Litchfield on Tuesday, August 29, where the team defeated the Dragons 3-0. Above, No. 10, senior outside hitter Mackenna Brown sets up her serve Tuesday against the Dragons. (Photos by Mary Scheiber)

Irish blockers stop the ball in its tracks during Tuesday’s, game against the Litchfield Dragons.
Wed
06
Sep

Cross country teams look strong


A strong group of seniors will lead the Maple Lake boys and girls cross country teams. They are, front row, from left: Jordyn Hausladen, Margaret Graham and Caitlin Weege. Second row, from left: Rachel Loch, Catie Fobbe, Hanna Stewig. Third row, from left: Quinn Youngs, Ben Smail, Joe Elsenpeter, Jake Fynboh. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake girls and boys cross country teams are on the hunt again for top Central Minnesota Conference finishes and state meet berths.
On the girls’ side, the Irish return 2016 state meet qualifiers Gus Demarais and Mary Miller. Although it’s early in the season, both have already bettered their time trials significantly this year, and are looking to head back to state as individuals.
On the boys’ side, Mike Miller will be on the hunt for a state meet berth after a successful spring on the track team. He put in alot of miles over the summer and Head Coach Ben Youngs expects him to be the team’s top returning runner.
Team-wise, state may be a tall order to fill on both sides.
The Irish girls are part of the toughest section (5A) in the state, with rivals like Annandale and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the mix. In the CMC, HL-W-W and Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball will be the teams to shoot for as two ranked teams in the conference.

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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