Sports

Wed
31
May

Track and field advances 25 to sections


The Maple Lake track and field team will advance 25 athletes to the Section 5A track and field tournament on Wednesday, May 31, at St. John’s University. Above, the boys 4x400-meter relay team finished second at sub-sections to go on. They are, from left, Jason Webb, Quinn Youngs, Noah Hayes and Aaron Reese. (Photo by Chris Fobbe)

The Maple Lake girls and boys track teams finished first and second, respectively, at the sub-section 17A meet last week and advanced 25 athletes and 10 alternates to the Section 5A meet at St. John’s this week for a shot at state.
Catie Fobbe set the school and stadium record in the discus, Tuesday, May 23, at Maple Lake High School, throwing it 124 feet and 1 inch for first place. The top four individuals and top two relays advance to sections, along with anyone who meets the section standard. Fobbe was also named Central Minnesota Athlete of the Week, due in part to her performance.
Other notable performances came from the girls 4x800-meter relay team of Ava Mergen, Sophie Pribyl, Gus Demarais, and Bionca Peterson with their first-place performance.

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Wed
31
May

Irish open tournament with shut-outs


Linsey Rachel beats the ball to second base during a Tuesday, May 23, shut-out against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in Section 5AA tournament action. The Irish continues to hold onto its perfect record going into the final games of the tournament. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish softball team opened the Section 5AA tournament last week with double-digit shut-outs over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Eden Valley-Watkins.
On Tuesday, May 30, Maple Lake was to meet East Subsection No. 2 seed Rockford in Rockford for the chance to play in the championship game and a shot at the state tournament. The final game will be held in Rockford on Thursday, June 1, starting at 4:30 p.m.
After a first-round bye, Maple Lake kicked off the tournament on Tuesday, May 23, with the home-field advantage over the Lakers.
Linsey Rachel’s double in the first inning off a wild pitch set the tone for the game as the Irish cruised to a 10-0 victory.

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Wed
31
May

Boys clinch CMC title


Ben Goelz is congratulated by his teammates after scoring during the Tuesday, May 23, game at home against Eden Valley-Watkins. Goelz had two runs and two hits in the Irish win. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake High School baseball team won its second consecutive Central Minnesota Conference title, Tuesday, May 23, at home when it defeated Eden Valley-Watkins 7-0.
The Irish finished with a 13-1 CMC record and go into playoffs this week boasting an 18-2 overall record and as the No. 1 seed.
The Irish were scheduled to kick off the tournament against Watertown-Mayer on Tuesday, May 30, after a first-round bye. The Royals, seeded No. 9, ousted No. 8 seed Litchfield last week for the opportunity. The tournament will be held at Irish Stadium.
The Irish took an early lead against the Eagles in the team’s final regular season game of the year when Brock Goelz hit a single to drive in a run.

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Wed
24
May

Maple Lake golfers are 4th in CMC

The Irish boys golf team finished fourth in Central Minnesota Conference standings after three final regular season meets last week, and two players earned top-ten honors.
Devon Lyons placed ninth in the CMC with a season average of 44.17, and Joseph Stokman placed 10th with a season average of 44.67.
On Thursday, May 18, Maple Lake traveled to ShadowBrooke in Lester Prairie where the team finished sixth led by Stokman with 45 strokes.

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Wed
24
May

Irish do well at two golf meets


Irish golfers did well at two meets last week. Above are, from left, Ashlee Martie, Andrea Peterson and Katie Webb on Friday, May 19. (Photos by Margaret Webb)

The Irish girls golfers finished up their regular season on Friday, May 19, with two Central Minnesota Conference Meets.
The Irish traveled to Osakis in the morning and played another round at Prairie View Golf Course in Brooten in the afternoon.
Katie Webb shot a season low 47 to lead the Irish at Osakis; Ashlee Martie wasn't far behind with a 51; and Andrea Peterson posted a 57.
Peterson shot the Irish's low score of 50 at Brooten; Webb came away with a 51; and Martie shot a 59.

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Wed
24
May

Malachek selected for All-Star team


Hunter Malachek was selected for All-Star team. (Photo by Chris Fobbe)

Maple Lake senior Hunter Malachek was selected to participate in the 43rd Annual Play Ball! Minnesota High School All-Star Baseball Series from Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24, in Chaska, at the Chaska Athletic Park.
The tournament is presented by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association, Play Ball! MN, B.I.G Athletics, and Cambria.

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Wed
24
May

Irish ball players win No.1 seed

The Maple Lake baseball team ended its regular season with another win, giving them a 17-2 record and the No. 1 seed going into playoffs next week.
The Irish bettered its record with a 5-1 win over Providence Academy on Tuesday, May 16, on the road.
Maple Lake pushed one runner across the plate in the first and third innings, but it wasn't until the fifth inning that the Irish pulled away and secured the win. Ben Clapp and Nate Hogan each hit singles for three runs that inning. Providence Academy scored one run in the bottom of the fourth. Hunter Malachek earned the win on the mound. He threw seven innings, gave up one run, five hits and struck out eight. The Irish had 10 hits for the game. Ben and Brock Goelz and Hogan each had two hits to lead the Irish. As a team, Maple Lake didn't commit a single error in the
field.

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Wed
17
May

Track teams return to state True Team


Maple Lake High School’s boys and girls track and field teams won the right to compete at the True Team State Championships in Stillwater this weekend after ousting the competition at the True Team qualifier, Tuesday, May 9, in Maple Lake. (Photo by Tim Tungseth)

Maple Lake’s boys and girls track teams are both headed to the True Team State Track and Field Championships in Stillwater after coming up big, Tuesday, May 9, at the true team 4A meet in Maple Lake.
The two teams have been perennials at the prestigious event until losses last year ended a four-year winning streak for the Irish.
“It’s nice to go back,” head coach Ben Youngs said.
The boys were in a dogfight the whole way, Tuesday, according to Youngs. “They were trading the lead with Concordia Academy the last half of the meet. After the 3,200, with three events left, it was a 2.5-point difference. Concordia Academy gained on us in pole vault, but we gained more than that in discus, so we had a 9.5 lead going into the 4x4. We took second and they took 11th, so we gained 27 to make it look less close than in really was.”

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Wed
17
May

Trap team is ranked seventh


A member of the Maple Lake trap shooting team takes aim last week during its third week of competition for the season (Photo by Suzee Schaunaman)

Sports Editor
The Maple Lake trap team is ranked seventh in Class 3A Conference 1 competition after three weeks of competition.
Emma Spike claimed the top female shooter spot for Maple Lake this week with an overall season average of 15.33, while Serina Benson is still holding her own with a 12.17 average. Both girls earned Top 25 Average by conference for female shooters for the second week in a row.

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Wed
17
May

Lakers win one, lose one


Lakers pitcher Mitch Wurm winds up for the toss. (Photo by Hailee Malachek)

The Maple Lake Lakers split their two games last week, putting them towards the top of the North Star League with a 2-1 overall mark. Derek Rachel showed his power this week, hitting at least one double in each game.
Montrose/Waverly 2
Maple Lake 8
Visiting Montrose/Waverly wasted little time jumping on Friday night’s starter Luke Fobbe, putting the home team in an early hole. The Lakers rallied around Fobbe, putting up one in the first, two in the second, and another in the third. The runs must have had a calming effect on Fobbe, who went for five innings, giving up the one run while getting three strikeouts. Nick Preisinger and Logan Orazem each contributed two more innings to finish out the game.

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