This year's Irish boys’ basketball banquet was hosted at Madigan's Pub & Grill on Sunday, April 10.
The banquet started out with a list of numerous thank-you's to all the people who made the basketball season possible, and successful. That was followed with a summary of the season given by Coach Tim Staloch.
“The 2010-2011 season was a very enjoyable season,” Staloch said. “Our players stayed positive, worked hard, and never stopped believing. They represented our school well, on and off of the floor.”
Thursday, Apr 21: 4:30, Softball: JV Game vs. Kimball Area @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: 8th Grade Game vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Area High School; 4:00pm Baseball: 7th Grade Game vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Area High School; 4:00pm, Track & Field: Varsity Invitational vs. Howard Lake-WW/Lester Prairie @ Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted H.S.; 4:15pm, Golf: Boys Varsity Meet Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball Area, Osakis., Rockford Area Schools District vs. Pierz Healy @ Pierz Golf Course; 4:30pm, Baseball: Varsity Game vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Area High School; 4:30pm, Baseball: JV Game vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Area High School; 4:30pm, Softball: Varsity Game vs. Kimball Area @ Maple Lake High School
The Maple Lake Irish baseball team began practice indoors on March 21. The team was inside due to weather, and the fields being covered with snow as well as too wet to play on. But the Irish are ready for a good season.
“This year's team has some experience to work with,” said Coach Tony Smith. “Last year's team tied for second in the conference, and reached section playoffs.”
During the first week of practice the Irish split off into an infield group and an outfield group, in which they would rotate every other day between weight lifting and practice.
After one of the snowiest winters in years, everyone was happy to see spring come to Minnesota at last. There are many signs of spring, including the first robin of the year, trees blossoming, and finally being able to wear shorts, but at the Albion Ridges Golf Course, a sure sign that winter is over is the sight of a yellow school bus parked out front.
“It was so fun to be out there again,” said Emily Carey. “But at the same time it was stressfull because it was difficult to get back in the swing of things after being off the course for so long.”
The days of snow angels and snowmen couldn’t fade away faster for the Maple Lake track team who look forward to the start of the 2011 season.
Although some spots have yet to be filled, the first weeks of practice have been successful thanks to last year’s completion of the new activity center which includes a triple jump pit, pole vault dish and other areas to practice events such as shot put, hurdles, and running.
After a long off-season consisting of camps and other softball programs, the 2011 Maple Lake Irish softball team came together for the first practice on Monday, March 14.
So far, practices have consisted of mainly drills and conditioning.
“We do a throwing four corner drill, infield and outfield conditioning, skill drills, and a lot of hitting,” said senior captain Alyssa Redemske.
by Lexi Pingel
Since 1993 there have been only two times when one school has won both CMC track titles – Maple Lake in 2008 and again this year. Tuesday, May 17, the Irish headed off to Belgrade for the CMC meet with hopes of becoming the next champions. With perseverance and tenacity, both teams were successful in achieving this goal.
On Friday, May 6, the Irish left school early to travel to Bruten-Belgrade-Elrosa for two conference games. The team split the games with the Jaguars, losing the first game 5-2.
The Irish scored their first run in the first inning when Mitch Wurm reached on a fielder's choice. Soon after, he was hit around to score off a Derek Rachel double; Justin Bidwell followed with a single, but the Irish failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position.