The Maple Lake Lakers were saddened at practice on Monday with news of the loss of a treasured member of the Laker faithful. Joe Stumpf passed away on Monday, March 27, at the age of 77. Stumpf was a proud fan and volunteer for decades, taking tickets at home games and cheering on his team whenever he could. His funeral was on May 1st, the scheduled start of the 2015 Laker season, and included several Laker players serving as pallbearers. He was a great presence around the ball park and he will be missed.
The Lakers were supposed to start their season on Friday but St. Peter could not rally enough players to complete a roster. Sunday’s game against St. Francis was also cancelled by the visiting team. The Lakers now hope to start their season against Sartell at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at home. The Sunday game will be at 5 p.m. in Maple Plain.