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Wed
03
May

Maki throws shut-outs

The Maple Lake softball team jumped to an early lead and didn’t look back in a 10-0 win against Eden Valley-Watkins last week.
The Irish defeated the Eagles on Tuesday, April 25, at home in the rain. Three days later, on Friday, April 28, Maple Lake traveled to Watertown where the Irish defeated the Watertown-Mayer Royals 8-0.

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Wed
03
May

Track teams win at home


Irish girls dominate the 200-meter dash. Pictured above, are, from left, junior Kaleigh Beehler, freshman Sam Wasserman, sophomore Brianna Deringer, and junior Catie Fobbe. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

The Maple Lake track and field teams cruised to wins at home, Monday, April 24, at the Lions Invitational.
The girls’ side finished first out of six complete teams, claiming 15 first-place finishes. Four of them were relay wins and the others individual wins.
The Irish girls dominated in the sprints, earning top honors in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. They were just as successful in the field events.
The boys team finished first out of seven complete teams, claiming nine first-place finishes for the day.

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Wed
03
May

Golfers have cold, wet start


Ashlee Martie and Katie Webb are two of three athletes on the girls golf team this season. Not pictured is Andrea Peterson. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake girls golf team is few-in-number, but loaded with experience.
Seniors Ashlee Martie, Katie Webb and sophomore Andrea Peterson are the three athletes who made up last year’s team and all of them are back on the course under the leadership of coach Bruce Bakeberg.
Although too few to make a complete team, the girls all have three years of golfing varsity under their belts, and Bakeberg expects them to do well individually this season.
“These girls really work hard and keep on improving,” Bakeberg said.

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Wed
03
May

Lyons, Stokman lead golfers at large meet

The Maple Lake boys golf team finished sixth at a large 18-hole meet at Rivers Bend, Friday, April 28.
The Irish traveled to New Prague where the golfers met seven 3A and 2A metro schools in non-Central Minnesota Conference action.
Devon Lyons and Joseph Stokman shot 95s to lead the team to its sixth-place finish. Jackson Gallagher shot a 101 for the day; Sam Zappa shot a 103; Ben Weese produced a 105; and Jack Peterson finished with a 139.
Shakopee won the tournament with a team score of 324.
The Irish will compete again this week on Thursday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m. at the Kimball Golf Course.

Wed
03
May

Irish trap team is off and shooting

The Maple Lake trap team is ranked sixth in Class 3A Conference 1 after a successful first week of competition, last week.
Leading the Irish shooters were Sam Schaunaman with a score of 22/20, 42; Hunter Wurm 20/21, 41; Matt Neumann 19/20, 39; Ryan Peterson 16/21, 37; and Jack Peterson 18/19, 37.
The top female shooter for Maple Lake after week one is Andrea Peterson with 11/15, 26. The top male shooter for Maple Lake after week one is Schaunaman. He is also listed on the league website as Top 25 Average by Conference.  
The Irish compete at the Annandale Conservation Club. Conference 1 teams include Comfrey High School, Dassel-Cokato, Goodhue, Lakes International Language Academy, Maple Lake, Proctor, Truman and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. Competition Week 2 starts this week.

Wed
26
Apr

MLHS edge Bulldogs


Nate Hogan beats the ball to first base during the first game of Friday’s double-header with Paynesville at home. He had one run, two hits and 1 RBI for the day.

The Irish baseball team snuck past Paynesville twice in one night, Friday, April 21, at Irish Stadium, beating the Bulldogs 4-2 in game one and 5-4 in game two of a double-header to boost its record to 6-1 overall.
Maple Lake struck first in the opening inning off a Ben Goelz single.
The Bulldogs put its two runs past the plate in the top of the third inning.
The Irish tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Nate Hogan singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.

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Wed
26
Apr

Irish are 8-0 after shut outs


Amber Klug rounds a base after her third home run of the day against Paynesville, Thursday, April 20. (Photos by Mary Scheiber)

The Maple Lake softball team tacked three more wins to a spotless record with shut outs over Central Minnesota Conference foes Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Paynesville last week.
On Tuesday, April 18, the Irish traveled to HL-W-W where the girls beat the Lakers 12-0. On Thursday, April 20, Maple Lake traveled to Paynesville for a double- header, defeating the Bulldogs 17-0 in game one and 10-0 in game two. The team is now 8-0 overall.

Wed
26
Apr

New golf coach brings experience, knowledge to Maple Lake’s game


Patrick Groehler, a professional golf coach who has taught in Wisconsin, Mexico and Minnesota, will coach the boys high school golf team this season. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Patrick Groehler comes to the Maple Lake High School golf program with years of experience teaching golf. He was the golf instructor for the Buffalo Heights Junior Program; head golf professional at Tumblebrook C.C. in Pewaukee, WI; golf instructor at Pierre Marque Golf Course in Acapulco, MX; director of golf at Silver Spring in Monticello; golf instructor and owner of the Monticello Driving Range. He has a home on Maple Lake and jumped at the opportunity to coach at his local high school.

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Wed
26
Apr

Irish golfers are eager to re-build


Irish golfers kicked off the season last week. They are, from left, Joseph Stokman, Devon Lyons, Sam Zappa, Ben Weese and Jackson Gallagher. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake boys golf team kicked off its season on Thursday, April 20, with a new team and a new coach.
Led by professional golf instructor Patrick Groehler, the Irish finished fourth, but only nine shots out of first place at the seven-team, Central Minnesota Conference meet.
Junior Devon Lyons took home individual honors by shooting a 41 on the Pierz Golf Course to tie for second overall.
The Irish are in the re-building stage after losing the five seniors that helped them to a 2016 conference championship.
Returning with some varsity experience from last year is sophomore Joseph Stokman, and junior Ben Weese.

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Wed
26
Apr

Irish battle cold and wind at home meet


Bionca Peterson hands off to Gus Demarais at a Tuesday, April 18, dual in Maple Lake.

The Maple Lake Irish did well at its first home track and field meet, Tuesday, April 18, in a dual with Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity.
Both boys and girls teams came out winners, defeating the Bulldogs 130 to 48 (girls) and 123 to 58 (boys) despite cold, windy weather.
Several athletes took home top honors, and many placed in the top four.

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