In recent years, Maple Lake Irish sports teams have exceeded expectations by sending their teams and participants to state tournaments. This year, the football team returned to the tournament for back-to-back appearances and boys’ track sent six participants to represent Maple Lake at state. For the first time in school history, the Irish volleyball team took part in the tournament and both the boys’ and girls’ track teams were sent to the True Team State Meet with girls taking fourth and boys taking first. The most recent addition to this state entrant’s list is Tabitha Latzig, the first Maple Lake golfer to ever participate at state, which took place on Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 13. After taking fifth place at the section meet, Latzig advanced to the two-day Class AA Girls’ State Golf Tournament at the Ridges of Sand Creek course in Jordan.
With a rain-shortened loss to Mound on Sunday, June 17, at the Mallard’s home field, the Lakers fall to 8-2 in the league, 11-4 overall. Manager Chad Raiche was especially disappointed because the Lakers, trailing 4-3, scored two runs in the top of the seventh, but then the rains came and the game was called. Under the official rules, Mound won because the last full inning was the sixth when Mound led 4-3. Worse, it was Mound’s first win after 11 league losses. Mitch Wurm gave up four runs to take the loss with Raiche finishing up the last two innings. Chris Harrell was the winning pitcher for the Mallards. Upcoming games: Wednesday, June 20, at Delano, 7:30; Friday, June 22, Freeport at Irish Stadium, 7:30; Sunday, June 24, Delano at Maple Lake, 6:00. Monday, June 25, Cokato Kings at Brooks Lake Park in Cokato; Wednesday, June 27, at Loretto, 7:30; Friday, June 29, North Star All-Star Game at Loretto, 7:30.
The 2012 Maple Lake American Legion baseball season kicked off on Thursday, June 7, when the boys faced off against Mound at home for a tough opener. Mound was up to bat first with Maple Lake taking the field. Mound started the inning off with a lead-off double, followed by a sacrifice out and a strikeout. The fourth batter hit a single, which sent in two runs. After drawing another walk, Mound hit a ground ball, resulting in the third out. Maple Lake took to the batter’s box and hoped to make up the 0-2 deficit right away. Unfortunately, they didn’t have much luck as their at bat consisted of ground-outs, fly balls and strikeouts. In the second inning, Mound started off with a fly-out to the Maple Lake catcher, Derek Rachel. Two errors in a row allowed two Mound runners to reach the bases and a base hit from the number four batter brought in both runners. A strikeout brought Maple Lake back on the offense.
Five lucky track athletes from Maple Lake competed in the 2012 State Track Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul on Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. On Friday, the 4x200 relay team, consisting of Cody Bakka, Drew Hanson, Forrest Coughlin, and Kevin Salveson, yet again broke the school record with a time of 131.83. With that time, the team was tied for third going into the finals which would be the following day. Battling a foot injury, Coughlin didn’t have his best day at long jump, not being able to make it to the finals on Saturday. He jumped 18-11 on Friday. On Saturday, the 4x200 relay team ran a little slower, but it was still their second fastest time throughout the season. They finished in fifth place. “I know their goal was to win it, but I think they had a solid performance, and they are all state,” said Coach Ben Youngs. That is the highest finish Maple Lake has ever had in history for a relay team. Joey Mooney competed on Saturday in high jump, being seeded third to last.
After a little over a week off due to the cancellation of the Rogers game scheduled for July 5, the Maple Lake American Legion baseball team got back on the fields to face Maple Plain as the visiting team on Monday, July 9. With one out in the first, Donnie Mavencamp got things going with a base hit followed by an RBI triple hit by Brian Redemske. Derek Rachel brought in Redemske with a sacrifice fly to right field. Bosten Fieldseth earned an RBI single to bring in the third run of the inning. On defense, Jake Johnson took the mound. A line drive and two strike-outs ended the inning. Zach Johnson led the second inning by drawing a walk and Landon Caughey advanced to first after being hit by the pitch. Mavencamp also drew a walk, bringing Redemske to the plate with bases loaded. He hit a double and Maple Lake scored three more runs. Rachel kept the bats going with a double that allowed Redemske to score. Three outs followed. Maple Plain struggled to put the ball in play as J.
Maple Lake hosts Victoria on Friday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Moorhead on Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. for Fan Appreciation Day to close out the regular season schedule. The big news is that the Lakers have earned the Number 1 seed going into the region playoffs. With the 20-game North Star League schedule completed on Sunday, July 15, here are the final rankings: Maple Lake 15-5, Howard Lake 15-5, Loretto 14-6, D-C Saints 14-6, Hutchinson 12-8, Maple Plain 11-9, Delano 10-10, Cokato Kings 7-13, Rockford 5-15, Buffalo 4-16, Mound 3-17. The top 8 teams will play in the region tournament, the other three will pack up their equipment. The top 7 automatically qualify. The bottom four teams will compete in single elimination games this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend winner (8 seed) will play Maple Lake on Thursday, July 26, in the first round of the double-elimination tournament.
On Thursday, July 19, the Maple Lake American Legion Baseball team hosted their first playoff game against Howard Lake. Jake Johnson stepped onto the mound for Maple Lake and kept Howard Lake scoreless. On offense, Landon Caughey took first base after he was hit by the pitch. One out later, Brian Redemske hit a double and Derek Rachel put the ball in play to advance the runners. At the end of the first, the score was 2-0 in favor of Maple Lake. In the second, two Howard Lake batters were allowed first base when they were hit by the pitch. They were put into scoring position when the top of the lineup came around. Fortunately, Maple Lake was able to hold them off with strong defense, but could not score in their half of the inning. Both the third and fourth innings were scoreless. For Howard Lake, the fifth was similar to the fourth as they sent four hitters to the batter’s box resulting in one hit and three outs.
The top-seeded Maple Lake Lakers face the Cokato Kings on Thursday, July 26, at Dassel Stadium, 7:30 p.m., to open Region 12C double-elimination action. By edging Mound 8-7 on Saturday and Buffalo 2-1 on Sunday, the Kings won the play-in for the eighth seed. Mound and Buffalo were eliminated. The winner of Thursday’s game will play on Thursday, August 2, at 7:30. The loser will fight to stay alive on Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m. All region games will be played at Dassel. To see the complete region schedule, go to the league website: northstarleague.org
by Jake Johnson The 2012 Maple Lake Irish baseball team closed their season with an awards banquet on Tuesday night, June 26th. The night began with a long list of thank-you's to everybody that contributed to this year's season from Head Coach Dave Schroeder, followed by a summary of the year, and finishing with the awards. A few highlights for the boys included winning the first Central Minnestota Conference Championship title in school history with a record of 13-1, as well as having the most total season wins in school history with an overall record of 16-5. Up next were the letter winners: Cal Redemske, Zach Johnson, Tony Goelz, Landon Caughey, Matt Strub, Donnie Mavencamp, Dylan Kotilinek, Bosten Fieldseth, Hunter Thiel, Zach Stokman, Dedrek Berndtson, Jake Johnson, Brian Redemske, and Derek Rachel. Following the letters were the team voted awards and then the All-Conference selections.
With a loss to Howard Lake, the Lakers drop to third in North Star League rankings. At the conclusion of the league games on July 8, the teams stacked up like this: Howard Lake 13-4 in first place, Loretto second at 12-4, Maple Lake third 12-5, and the D-C Saints, who lost 9-7 to Cokato on Sunday, in fourth place at 12-6. On Wednesday, July 11, the Lakers travel to Cokato to take on the Kings at Brooks Lake Park at 7:30 p.m. On July 13 the Lakers host Hutchinson at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 15, Buffalo comes to Irish Stadium for a 2 p.m. game to end the Lakers’ league schedule. On Saturday, July 14, the Lakers hold their annual Portside Open along with Delano to raise funds to prepare for the 2013 State Tournament. Interested golfers should contact Chad Raiche to see if registration for this event is still possible. Howard Lake 5, Lakers 3