Sports

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06
Sep

Salveson earns trip to state

by Lexi Pingel
With the optimism of advancing to state, the Irish track teams headed to St. John’s University on Wednesday, June 1, for the very important section meet, taking with them the several hours of hard work put in at practice, and during the off-season, the advice from their coaches and hopes of achieving their goals. Competing against very tough opponents such as St. Cloud Cathedral, Annandale and Dassel-Cokato, the girls placed 27th while the boys took 10th.
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06
Sep

Golf teams wrap up season at Section tourney

On Thursday, June 2, most Maple Lake students were in school taking their end of the year finals, but the Irish golf team was in St. Michael at the Fox Hollow golf course, busy with a completely different kind of final. It was Sections, the final meet of the year for many of the golfers. This was what the entire season had come down to. Every golfer on the course was wondering the same questions. Would they move on to the second day? Could they make it to State? “Sections is so much more intense and involves a lot more concentration,” said Tabitha Latzig.
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06
Sep

Baseball is Sub-Section runner-up

On Tuesday, May 31, the Maple Lake Irish baseball team began their playoff season, hosting Becker.  The game was a battle throughout, going into extra innings, but the Irish found a way to win by a score of 6-5.  
“It was a hard-fought victory,” said Coach Tony Smith. “We left a lot of guys on base, but we were able to get that run across in the ninth. We advanced!”
Fri
06
Sep

Softball is Section 5AA runner-up

The Irish traveled to Watertown for the Section 5AA semi-finals game on Tuesday, May 31, where they were up against the Park Center Pirates, a school more than five times the size of Maple Lake High School.
The Irish were the underdogs in this game since Park Center was the defending 2010 state champ and they had only lost one player from the past year. 
Nevertheless, the Irish put up a fight, winning the game 7-1.
Fri
06
Sep

Lakers fall to D-C, shut out Kings

After ending the Memorial weekend with a West Division record of 1-1, the Lakers resume action on Wednesday, June 1, hosting non-division Elk River in a 7:30 p.m. game. Home 7:30 p.m. games with Minneapolis Cobras on June 3 and Victoria on June 4 continue exhibition play before Rockford comes to Irish Stadium on Sunday, June 5, for a 2 p.m. game. Mark June 10 on your calendars when Buffalo comes to Maple Lake for an important division game rescheduled from the May 22 rain out. This game is a replacement for Albert’s Gators that you see on your schedules.
 
Fri
06
Sep

Decker's no-hitters lead Irish to Sections

by Ashley Hertwig
It was a week to remember for Irish softball last week as the team won the Sub-section championship and advanced to Section 5AA competition behind two back-to-back no-hitters pitched by Brooke Decker.
After a first-round bye, the Irish had their first playoff game on Tuesday, May 24, against the Dassel Cokato Chargers in St. Michael-Albertville.
Fri
06
Sep

Track sends big crowd to sections

Fired up and ready, the Irish track teams headed to Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday, May 24, for the meet they’ve been preparing for since the start of the season, sub-sections. Here, the Irish faced off against teams such as Howard Lake, Annandale and Rockford. In the end the girls finished third and the boys placed second.
“Our goal was to send as many kids as possible to the section meet, and I think we have achieved this objective,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs.
Fri
06
Sep

Baseball goes into playoffs with win

On Monday, May 23, the Irish baseball team traveled to Eden Valley-Watkins to wrap up conference play. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Maple Lake but due to the weather, the field was too wet to be played on.  The Irish struggled again to string any offense together, losing the game 9-0. Throughout the entire game, the team managed to only get three hits.  
“Our second trip to Watkins wasn’t very good,” said Coach Tony Smith. “We were only able to collect three hits. Against EV-W that isn’t going to be enough.”
Fri
06
Sep

Lakers to play for trip to state

by Ashley Hertwig
Lakers’ fans got quite the show at Saturday’s game against the Maple Plain Diamond Devils when it all came down to the final play.
The game began slow with both teams playing good defense to keep the other from scoring. It wasn’t until the third inning that Maple Plain scored the first run of the game.
Fri
06
Sep

Softball team celebrates season

by Ashley Hertwig
The 2011 Irish softball team, along with parents and coaches, all gathered on Thursday, August 4, to celebrate a successful season.
Head Coach Tim Knudsen opened the banquet by thanking many people that contributed to the season such as his wife, Mary, athletic director, Dave Schroeder, bus driver, Marilyn Blizil, and scoreboard keeper, Linsey Rachel.

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