Sports

Wed
12
Apr

Track teams are competitive, hungry


Thirteen seniors will lead the Irish boys and girls track and field teams this season. They are, front row, from left, Halle Geyen, Shelby Larson, Olivia Marquette, Kenzi Miller and Tayler Elsenpeter. Back row, from left, Tyler Cranston, Brady Tongen, Simon Willard, Aaron Reese, Tanner Schmidt, Ben Triplett, Michael Latour and Erik Raymond. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The boys and girls track teams are up and running and eager for another shot at State True Team.
Last season was the first in several years that neither team advanced. For coaches, getting there again is the ultimate team goal.
The boys return with a “nice” mix of older and younger athletes, including a group of seventh and eighth graders who are “very dedicated and may have an impact,” head coach Ben Youngs said.

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Wed
12
Apr

Irish track athletes show promise at Rockford


Senior Tanner Schmidt hurles the shot put during the Thursday, April 6, time trials at Rockford. Although results were not kept, coach Ben Youngs said the competition was a good way to get the athletes’ feet wet. Thursday’s meet was also the Irish’s first outdoor event.

The Irish track and field team traveled to Rockford on Thursday, April 6, for the first chance to compete outdoors this season. Although considered a time trial because results were not kept and coaches timed their own athletes, it was nice for the athletes to get a real feel for outdoor competition, Coach Ben Youngs said.

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Wed
12
Apr

Baseball win two at home


Cole Trager beats the ball to first place, Thursday, during the Irish’s home game against Litchfield.

The Maple Lake High School baseball team is off and running, claiming two wins in its season opening week.
The Irish opened on Thursday, April 6, with an 8-4 win over Litchfield. The next day, Friday, April 7, the team edged Norwood-Young America 3-2. Both games were played at Irish Stadium in Maple Lake.
Litchfield started the scoring in the top of the third inning, Thursday, with a run, but the Dragons didn’t keep the lead for long. The bottom of that same inning was a big one for the Irish who pushed six runners past the plate.

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Wed
12
Apr

Softball team kicks off season with wins


Irish pitcher Calli Maki chases down a ball for the out at first base. Maki was the winning pitcher in Maple Lake’s 5-1 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday, April 4.

The Maple Lake softball team kicked off its season with a 3-0 run, defeating Annandale, Litchfield and Norwood-Young America last week.
The Irish met the Cardinals at its season opener in Annandale, Tuesday, April 4. After a slow start, Olivia Paumen homered on the first pitch of the fourth inning, scoring what would be the first run of a 5-1 victory.

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Wed
05
Apr

Irish compete at indoor track and field meet


Senior Shelby Larson runs the last leg of the 4x200-meter relay, Thursday, March 30, at the Monticello Tootsie Pop indoor track and field meet. The Irish girls team finished fourth overall and the boys were fifth.

Senior Tyler Cranston broke his own school record on his way to a first-place finish in the pole vault.

Senior Erik Raymond prepares to throw the shot put.

Maple Lake’s Tyler Cranston and Bionca Peterson dominated the pole vault event at the Tootsie Pop Track and Field Meet at Monticello, Thursday, March 30, during spring break.
Cranston and Peterson both finished first in the event, knocking out a field of competitors from Monticello, Big Lake, Rogers and Melrose.

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Wed
05
Apr

Hoopsters win awards


The Maple Lake boys basketball team celebrated its season at an awards banquet, Monday, April 3, at Maple Lake High School. Several awards were given out. Coach Tim Staloch also announced that the basketball team will move from Section 5AA this year to Section 6AA next year. Section 6AA is home to Annandale, St. Cloud Cathedral and Melrose. Above, front row, from left, Mike Miller earned Academic All-Conference honors which means he had a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher; Aiden Staloch earned Academic All-Conference honors; Brock Goelz earned Academic All-Conference honors; and Mitch Hoistad earned Academic All-Conference honors, was voted Offensive Player of the Year by his teammates and made First Team All-Conference. Back row, from left, Cole Trager made Second Team All-Conference; Ben Reilley earned Academic All-Conference honors; Joseph Stokman was voted Most Improved and Hardest Worker by his teammates; Ben Goelz was voted Defensive Player of the Year by his teammates; and Wyatt Jacobs earned Academic All-Conference honors. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
05
Apr

Scheiber to play as all-star


Senior Morgan Scheiber

Maple Lake senior Morgan Scheiber will represent the Irish at the fourth annual Granite Ridge Conference vs. Central Minnesota Conference All-Star Basketball Game on Saturday, April 8, at Foley High School.
Scheiber was a starting forward for the Maple Lake girls basketball team this season and earned All Central Minnesota Conference Second Team honors. She was selected by conference coaches to compete in this event. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., Saturday.
Maple Lake High School is part of the Central Minnesota Conference.

Wed
29
Mar

Schmidt, Raymond to play college football


Tanner Schmidt became the first Maple Lake High School football player to sign with a Division 1 school when he committed to play at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. However, according to Activity Director Tim Tungseth, plenty of Irish athletes have signed with Divsion 2 schools. At right, Schmidt relaxes with Irish coach Tim Knudsen the day of the signing. (Photo submitted)
Wed
29
Mar

Irish track gets early start at indoor meet at SCSU


The Maple Lake track and field teams kicked off the season Friday, March 24, indoors at St. Cloud State’s field house. The Irish competed against Central Minnesota Conference foes Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball, Holdingford, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Paynesville, and Pierz. Results were not available at press time. On Thursday, March 30, Maple Lake boys and girls track teams will travel to Monticello High School for another competition. That meet begins at 4 p.m. Above, Irish coach Ben Youngs holds the blocks for senior Aaron Reese at the start of his 4x400 relay race.
Wed
22
Mar

Stokman named to region team

Saint John’s University sophomore guard David Stokman, a Maple Lake High School graduate, was named to the D3hoops.com All-West Region third team on Monday, March 13.
The D3hoops.com All-West Region teams included a total of 16 student-athletes, due to a tie for the 15th and final spot. Stokman was joined by fellow MIAC representatives, Grant Shaeffer, a guard from St. Thomas (first team), and Collin Olmscheid, a forward from Augsburg (third team).

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