Blue skies and sunshine welcomed the Lakers onto the field for their season opener on Sunday, May 16, against the Howard Lake Orphans.
Due to a lack of players who would be able to attend the game, the Lakers attempted to forfeit, but because the Orphans were inducting Mike Gagnon in the North Star League Hall of Fame, the game was played as planned.
On Monday, May 2, the Irish softball team was seeking revenge against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted after they lost their first match-up against them 1-0 just two weeks before. This time, however, the Irish felt they had an advantage playing on their home field.
Brooke Decker was on the mound, as the Lakers stepped up to bat first. After walking the first batter, Decker was back in the zone, striking out the next two batters. An out at first ended the top of the first and put the Irish up to bat.
It was an exciting meet for the Irish girls’ golf team on Thursday, May 5. They fell just two points shy of taking second place. It would seem that the Maple Lake girls’ golf team is improving more and more with each meet they attend. Part of Thursday's victory could have been due to the fact that it was at Kimball, a course they had just played the week before, coming away with three medals.
When the final scores had been added up, it was found that Osakis took first with 189, in second was Rockford with 197, in third place came Maple Lake with 199, totaling 200 was K-EV-W, Pierz shot a 215, B-B-E scores 221, and HL-W had 215.
The Irish track teams left the school early on Friday, May 6, going on their way to one of the last regular season meets at St. John’s Prep.
“The St. John's Invitational was a blast. It's fun to go to the best track facility in the area on a Friday night and not have to worry about going to school the next morning,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs.
Even though the lineup was not set up to maximize points, the Irish ended the meet with impressive results, the girls placing third while the boys took first.
On May 2, the Maple Lake Irish baseball team hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted for a conference game. The game was a struggle for the Irish as they battled back from some runs allowed early in the game, but they pulled out the victory with a final score of 11-9.
The Irish picked up their first run of the game when Justin Bidwell hit a double. He was then able to score off an error coming from the bat of Josh Serfas.
Thursday, May 12: 4:00am, Softball: JV Double Header vs. Eden Valley-Watkins @ Eden Valley-Watkins High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: JV Double Header vs. Eden Valley-Watkins @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: 7th Grade Game vs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Rockford High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: 8th Grade Game vs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Rockford High School; 4:00pm, Softball: Varsity Double Header vs. Eden Valley-Watkins @ Eden Valley-Watkins High School; 4:00pm, Softball: 7th Grade Game vs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Softball: 8th Grade Game vs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Track & Field: Varsity Invitational vs.
On Friday, the Irish baseball team traveled to Rockford for a conference game against the Rockets. It was a close game throughout but the Irish picked up the victory by a score of 5-2.
The team scored their first runs of the game in the third inning when Dedrek Berndtson started things off with a walk. Shortly after he was able to score off a Jake Johnson double. Up next was Mitch Wurm who followed with a single, allowing Johnson to come around from second base and score. This concluded the scoring for the third inning.
It was a blustery day on April 26 when the boys’ golf team played their home course at Albion Ridges. When non-competive golfers feel like playing a round, they usually pick a warm, sunny Sunday. If it does happen to be bad weather, they more than likely just take a rain check and wait for a better day. Not so for the boys’ golf team. They must play whatever the type of day. Even if, like at the Albion meet, it turns out to be miserable.
On Thursday, April 29, the Maple Lake Irish softball team traveled to Pierz for a double-header against the Pioneers.
The top of the first led off with Brooke Decker hitting a single, followed by Sydney Knudsen, also with a single. The Irish took an early 1-0 lead over the Pioneers when Brittany Negley’s sacrifice out allowed Decker to score.
The bottom of the first was dominated by Decker’s pitching as the Pioneers went three-up and three-down by striking out.