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Wed
14
Sep

Irish beat Pierz for first time in 20 years


No. 34, senior running back Ben Triplett, makes a break for it during the Friday, Sept. 9, game in Pierz. The Irish defeated the Pioneers 20-6.

Right: Junior running back Alex Toedter, No. 80, tackles Pierz’s Brett Kapsner. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

No. 25 Hunter Malachek dodges Pierz defenders. Malachek went 84 yards on 25 carries and scored Maple Lake’s three touchdowns and one two-point run against the Pioneers.

The Maple Lake football team made history, Friday, Sept. 9, when it defeated Pierz for the first time in more than 20 years.
The Irish held the Pioneers to just one touchdown, winning 20-6 despite Pierz’s home-field advantage, and status as the defending state champions. They are also ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, according to Irish coach Tim Knudsen.
“We played very well as a team,” Knudsen said.
Senior running back Hunter Malachek went 84 yards on 25 carries, scoring Maple Lake’s three touchdowns and one two-point run.
Lane Girtz provided Pierz’s lone touchdown, going 42 yards on 11 carries.

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Wed
14
Sep

Football: Irish rest hopes on teamwork, staying healthy


Front row, from left, Ben Triplett RB, Logan McCollough RB; Ben Gindele DL; Michael LaTour DB; Hunter Malachek RB. Back row, from left, Jake Liljequist OL; Erik Raymond OL; Mike Ness OL; Luke Mooney DL; Tanner Schmidt RB. (Photo courtesy of Zahler Photography)

The Irish came into this year’s football season with low numbers and nursing the loss of its starting quarterback, top running back and top receiver from last year’s squad to graduation, but so far the team hasn’t let it bring them down.
The Irish are currently 2-0 after early season wins over Kimball and Pierz. The Pierz Pioneers happen to be the defending state champs, are ranked number one in class 3A, and haven’t been beaten by an Irish squad in 20-plus years.
Coach Tim Knudsen cited lack of depth as one of the team’s greatest weaknesses, but its strength lies in its line size, speed and never-say-quit attitude.

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Wed
14
Sep

Lakers finish the season in round eight at State

The Maple Lake Lakers came up short in their bid for another state championship but managed to play some great baseball along the way. Chad Raiche hit .500, collecting nine hits, six RBIs, one run, two doubles, and a home run to earn a spot on the Class C All-Tournament team. Jeremy Schmidt joined him by pitching 25 innings with a 0.36 ERA, giving up 10 hits, one walk, one run, and one earned run with 24 strikeouts to give him three wins. The Lakers were cheered on by massive crowds for all of their games.
Maple Lake 3
Waconia 0
Saturday, September 3rd, saw a showdown between two Laker squads that were playing great baseball. Waconia, picked by some writers to win it all, won a tough Region 7 and had cruised to victory in their previous game. Maple Lake was coming in hot, though, having slugged 14 runs in their last two games and the action did not disappoint.

Wed
14
Sep

Dorow member of Luther cross country team

Greg Dorow, a 2013 graduate of Maple Lake High School, is a member of the Luther College cross country team.
Luther is led by head coach Steve Pasche who begins his 12th year. During his tenure, the Norse have made five trips to the NCAA Division III National Championships and have been crowned Iowa Conference champions five times.

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Wed
14
Sep

Irish win twice on the road


No. 13 Brielle Paumen sends the ball over to the Pierz side of the net, Thursday, Sept. 8, at Pierz. Maple Lake beat the Pioneers 3-0. (Photos by Mary Scheiber)

No. 7 Mollie Scheiber gets the kill against the Crusaders, Tuesday, Sept. 6., at St. Cloud Cathedral. Maple Lake won 3-0.

The Maple Lake volleyball team secured one Central Minnesota Conference win and one non-conference win last week on the road.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Irish traveled to St. Cloud Cathedral where they defeated the Crusaders 3-0 in non-conference action. Then on Thursday, Sept. 8, Maple Lake defeated CMC foe Pierz 3-0 at the Pioneer’s home gym.

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Wed
14
Sep

Cross country girls second, boys sixth at Holdingford


The Maple Lake boys and girls junior varsity teams burst from the starting line, Thursday in Holdingford. Both the girls varsity and JV teams finished second overall. They are, in no particular order, Emily Rasset, Emma Carlson, Hunter Manka, Bionca Peterson, Chloe Riviere, Jordyn Hausladen, Peyton Tongen, Caitlin Weege, Ellie Haney, Ashlee Martie, Quinn Youngs. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

The Irish girls cross country team arrived ready to race at Holdingford, Thursday, Sept. 8, running to a second-place finish in a “tough field” of nine accomplished high school teams, coach Ben Youngs said.
Gus Demarais continued to lead the team, finishing third with a time of 20:41.60 after leading for much of the race. The two athletes who passed her were Kate O’Brien of Sauk Centre and Kristine Kalthoff of Albany, two “established runners,” Youngs said.
“Her (Demarais’) time puts her as the third-fastest 5k runner for the school behind Sommer Carlson and Halle Geyen,” he added.

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Wed
07
Sep

Teamwork will be key to cross country success


Leading the Maple Lake cross country team this year are seniors, back row, from left, Halle Geyen, Ellie Haney, Mackenzie Miller, Emma Carlson, Emma Hagen, Ashlee Martie. Front row, from left, Tanner Severson, Tyler Willard, Aaron Reese, Simon Willard, Brady Tongen. (Photo submitted)

Teamwork will be the strategy of the Maple Lake girls cross country team as runners prepare for the upcoming season. With the loss of Sommer Carlson, the most decorated female distance runner in the program’s history, there will be only one stand-out runner left to guide them.
Halle Geyen returns with three state meet appearances under her belt to lead and keep the close-knit team tied together. For years Carlson and Geyen were the top two Irish runners, often finishing near the front of the race.
“It will be even more important for our varsity girls to pack run and have the fourth and fifth runners up near our top girls,” coach Ben Youngs said. “That will be the key to this team's success. We are already fashioning workouts to help try to achieve this.”

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Wed
07
Sep

Irish start volleyball season with wins

The Maple Lake volleyball team kicked off the season with a string of wins including four at an Early Bird Tournament in Albany.
On Friday, Sept. 26, the Irish traveled to Albany for an early season contest that pitted them against an assortment of non-Central Minnesota Conference teams.

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Wed
07
Sep

Irish second and sixth at first meet


Irish senior Brady Tongen splashes through the flooded trail at Ney Park during Maple Lake’s early-season invitational on Friday, Sept. 2. The boys cross country team finished sixth out of 14 teams.

Senior Halle Geyen finished 11th at Ney Park despite challenging course conditions.

The Maple Lake cross country teams finished second and sixth at their season opener Friday, Sept. 2, at Ney Park near Maple Lake.
The girls team tackled the hilly, muddy course to finish runner-up behind Buffalo by only three points at their inaugural event. Eighth grader Augusta DeMarais led the Irish with her fourth place finish in 21:21.8. She was followed by Halle Geyen who finished in 22:27 for 11th place.
“It's always nice to get to the first race,” coach Ben Youngs said. “It seems like we're just running as a club until we compete, and then kids get the feel for what we are trying to accomplish. Our home meet is a great way to start. We get a lot of fans, and the uniqueness of having to run through water and mud made it a great experience for the runners.”

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Wed
07
Sep

Irish football rout Cubs 56-12


Maple Lake went 411 yards on 55 plays for seven touch downs in their first game of the season against the Cubs.

The Irish plow through the Cubs defense on its way to a 56-12 victory at home over Kimball, Thursday, Sept. 1, in its season opener.

Junior running back Alex Toedter, No. 80, went 188 yards on 13 carries for two touchdowns in the Irish’s win over Kimball. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

The Maple Lake Irish football team came out tough against Kimball Thursday, Sept. 1, defeating the cubs 56-12 to kick off the season.
The Irish rose to the occasion on their home field despite a depleted roster including the loss of its starting quarterback, top running back and top receiver from last year’s squad to graduation.

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