Sports

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Sep

Irish cross country teams shine at Delano meet

On Thursday, September 8, the Irish cross country team was fired up and ready to compete at their meet in Delano. The Irish showed strong performances and had a very successful day with many runners ranking in the top 10.
“The meet at Delano was the best the team has run this season. In the first two meets the team was a little lackluster, but at Lake Rebecca we ran up to our potential,” said Coach Ben Youngs.
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06
Sep

Volleyball stays undefeated with two more wins

Coming off a tournament championship, the Irish volleyball players hoped to continue their winning streak while they got ready for the night’s upcoming competition against Holy Family on September 12. 
Starting off strong, Maple Lake took the lead early in game one. After many good plays, Holy Family was able to put points on the scoreboard and catch up to the Irish. Thanks to a 10-point serving run from Holy Family, they were able to pull ahead during the final plays of the game and win 25-23. 
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06
Sep

Football gets big win over Rockford

On Friday night the Irish football team traveled to Rockford for their second conference game of the season. Maple Lake rolled over the Rockets, winning the game easily by a score of 33-7.
The Irish scored right away on the opening drive, starting with a long reception by senior wide receiver Joey Mooney putting the Irish near the Rockford endzone.  During the week the team put in a new goal line offense called "Buffalo" which would set up senior Derek Rachel for a short touchdown run as he drove through a pile of defenders.  
Fri
06
Sep

Stewartville, Sauk Centre end Irish volleyball season

As if becoming the first section champions in school history wasn’t enough to excite a team, walking through a tunnel of high-fives and pats on the back from proud classmates and staff pushed the Maple Lake Irish volleyball players to the brink of anticipation.
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06
Sep

Caledonia defeats Irish in state opening round

On Friday night, Nov. 11, the Irish traveled to Farmington High School for the first round of the state football tournament. Their opponent was the Caledonia Warriors, who are the defending state champions. The game was a struggle for Maple Lake, which lost 47-12.
The Irish started off strong, scoring on the fourth play of the game, coming from a 60-yard touchdown run from senior running back Brady Gagnon.  
Fri
06
Sep

Irish volleyball headed to first state tournament

by Lexi Pingel
On Tuesday, November 1, the Maple Lake Irish hosted the second playoff game against the Rockford Rockets. Playing Rockford once before, the Irish volleyball players knew what to expect when the game begun.  
Fri
06
Sep

Football team earns second consecutive trip to state

   by Jake Johnson
On Friday night, Nov. 4, the Irish football team traveled to the Husky Stadium at St. Cloud State University. It was the third straight time the Irish have made it to the Section 4-2A championship game. Fighting hard on both sides of the ball Maple Lake was able to pull off a victory against the Norwood-Young America Central Raiders, 24-21, earning their second trip to the state tournament.
The first half started slowly, with a scoreless first quarter. Both teams played solid defense and did not allow much room for any scores.  
Fri
06
Sep

Irish football wins

On October 25 the Irish football team hosted the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers for a first-round playoff game.  Similar to the game before, Maple Lake controlled the game with solid defense as well as a good showing from the offense, winning the game 40-28.  
The opening kickoff went to the Lakers, they would go three plays and punt.  
The first offensive play for the Irish went up the middle to senior fullback Dedrek Berndtson who would bust it open to the goal line.  The next play the ball was given to Berndtson again for the 1-yard touchdown run.  
Fri
06
Sep

Volleyball keeps win streak going into playoffs

After a long MEA break, the Maple Lake volleyball players hoped to complete their regular season with a win over Buffalo on Monday, October 24. 
Game one started off with an intense rally that ended in Buffalo’s favor. Showing how badly each team wanted the win, Maple Lake and the Bison played scrappy, keeping the ball off the floor no matter what which caused a battle for the lead. At 13-13 a remarkable dig from Jenny Puncochar gave the Irish momentum to push forward. 
After a long MEA break, the Maple Lake volleyball players hoped to complete their regular season with a win over Buffalo on Monday, October 24. 
Fri
06
Sep

Dorow just four seconds from qualifying for cross country state

 On Thursday, the 27th of October, the varsity runners from the Maple Lake cross country team competed in the Section meet held at Pierz. There were great performances, with almost every runner getting a personal best time. Unfortunately, no Irish runners advanced to State but a few came close.
“The course is one we are very familiar with, because we go there every year for sections, their invitational, and after this year, the CMC meet will be held there each year, too,” said Coach Ben Youngs. “It is a beautiful course, but I wouldn't call it easy. There are rolling hills, but all-in-all, our teams have run well there year after year.”

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