The first cross country meet of the year was a successful event for Maple Lake High School. Not only did the Irish host the event, but both the boys’ and girls’ teams posted strong showings on Sept. 2 during the 2010 Irish Invitational at Ney Park.
With fall just around the corner, students try to enjoy their last days of summer by sleeping in and relaxing. However, starting on August 16, the Maple Lake Irish volleyball program was up at the crack of dawn ready to begin the 2010 volleyball season.
The Maple Lake Irish fastpitch 12U team placed second at the Buffalo MMFL State Tournament on July 31 through August 1. The team defeated St. Paul Como 11-4, Becker 12-5, Sartell 24-4, Buffalo White 12-0 and Becker 9-8 before heading into the championship game against Pipestone. Here, the Irish fell 3-12 and were named as the tournament runners-up. Pictured are (front) Sadie Pingel, Maddie Weninger, Linsey Rachel, Mollie Scheiber, Olivia Marquette, (middle) Abbie Bentley, Amber Klug, Catie Fobbe, Katie Webb, Grace Stokman, (back) Coach Jana Marquette, Bailey Prowatzke, Coach Chris Fobbe, Miranda VanLith and Coach Mary Scheiber.
The Maple Lake girls 14-U fastpitch softball team won first place at the state qualifier on June 24 in Monticello. After an 11-1 season, the team swept the state qualifer after a tough game against Anoka-Ramsey. Pictured above are (front) Brittany Kaiser ,Taylor Pilger, Jordyn Trager, Tabitha Latzig, (back) Kayla Hoistad, Jenni Pomije, Amy Lynch, Jillian Goelz, Coach Geoff Bryant, Hayley Zappa, Blair Stewig, Maria Zaske, Head Coach Brenda Pilger and Alainna Bryant.
Cancellations cut the Lakers' three-game week down to just one as Maple Lake hosted the Minneapolis Angels on July 23. Injuries forced the Lakers to call off a game against a strong Shakopee team on July 20 before Rochester was unable to put a team together for the July 25 game.
“We had a busy stretch for awhile and had some sore legs and arms, so it didn’t hurt to have a few days off,” Manager Dale Decker said.
Diving into the 2010 playoffs, the Maple Lake American Legion baseball team got things started with a game against Howard Lake before continuing with a game against Breck and another game against the same Breck team the following day. The team then traveled to Paynesville where they played Cross Lake, Staples, Sebeka and Holdingford.
After taking a week off the Lakers got back to business with a busy four-game week against Winsted, Moorhead, Plato and Hutchinson. Although the team’s record for the week was 1-3, Manager Dale Decker said that the record does not reflect the team’s performance.
“We played good ball even though we lost,” Decker said. “We just played some good teams.”