Sports

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06
Sep

Irish football comes close to bringing down Eagles

The Maple Lake Irish home football opener did not go as planned, with the Irish losing an overtime thriller to the Eden-Valley Watkins Eagles by a score of 37-29 on Friday, September 9.  
The Irish coaching staff made a few position adjustments after their opening game loss at Mayer, but untimely turnovers proved to be the difference-maker in this one.
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06
Sep

Football squad falls short in opener

by Jake Johnson
 On a hot Thursday evening, the Maple Lake Irish football team kicked off their season against the Mayer-Lutheran Crusaders.  
It was a struggle for both teams to put any points on the board, but in the end the Irish would fall by a score of 16-9.  
“We played slow all night but we can take it as a learning experience and build from our mistakes this week,” said Captain Zack Schaunaman.
Fri
06
Sep

Volleyball rolls to perfect 5-0 start

by Lexi Pingel
 Waking up early in the morning for tournaments is the price to pay in order to be gain experience and confidence for a volleyball team. On Friday, August 26, the Maple Lake Irish volleyball team stepped off the bus in Albany and prepared for the competition ahead of them.
First to face the Irish was Minnewaska, followed by Watertown, Little Falls and finally Albany for the championship.
Fri
06
Sep

Hot time for cross country at Ney Park meet

by Rachel Latour
Despite the hot weather and humidity on September 1, the Maple Lake Irish cross country team hosted the 2011 Irish Invitational at Ney Park. Although the heat was an obstacle, the athletes managed to push through and perform a solid first meet.
Fri
06
Sep

Cross country sets sights on conference titles

by Theresa Andrus
Cross country at Maple Lake High School is now rivaling football in terms of the number of participants. A big jump of 20 additional students makes 62 athletes who will compete on this year’s junior high through varsity boys’ and girls’ squads.
The six seniors who will provide team leadership are Michael Thomas, Kevin Salveson, Jake Johnson, Laura Wagner, Kayla Sturm and Savannah Goelz.
Fri
06
Sep

Experienced volleyball team leads to high expectations

by Lexi Pingel
While students take pleasure in soaking up the sun and sleeping in on weekdays during their last days of summer, hitting the snooze was not an option for the Maple Lake Irish volleyball program. Starting on August 15, they said hello to their 7 a.m. alarm buzzer and headed for the track to begin the 2011 volleyball season.
Fri
06
Sep

Return to state is goal of Irish football team

by Theresa Andrus
Getting back to state is going to be the goal of the 2011 Maple Lake High School football team.
Fri
06
Sep

Lakers bow out of state tourney

by Don Gadow
It was an amazing playoff run and a successful start to state tournament action with a 6-0 win over Dumont in round one on August 20, but the bubble finally burst on August 26 at Veterans Memorial Field in Hutchinson. The New Prague Orioles of the D-R-S (Dakota-Rice-Scott) League took advantage of 13 hits and a couple of Laker errors to eliminate Maple Lake by the score of 8-3. When the Lakers went ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, things were looking good, but the team put only one run on the board during the rest of the game.
Fri
06
Sep

Lakers head to state as top seed from Region 12C

by Ashley Hertwig
Adding two more wins to their undefeated record in region play, the Maple Lake Lakers are advancing to the State Tournament with the number-one seed.
Lakers vs. Loretto
A loss in the Thursday, Aug. 11, game against the Loretto Larks would have put the Lakers in the loser’s bracket where they would have had to continuously win in order to advance to state, but losing was never on their agenda.
Fri
06
Sep

Cross country competes in Litchfield Invitational

On Thursday, October 6, the Irish Cross Country team headed to Litchfield to compete. The runners ran hard to help them prepare for the upcoming conference meet they have ahead of themselves on October 11. 
In the girls’ varsity competition, the Irish took third out of 11 teams with 96 points. Crossing the finish line back-to-back-to-back were Sommer Carlson, 17:10, 16th; Skyler Manka, 17:12, 17th; and Halle Geyen, 17:16, 18th. 
On Thursday, October 6, the Irish Cross Country team headed to Litchfield to compete. The runners ran hard to help them prepare for the upcoming conference meet they have ahead of themselves on October 11. 

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