It is nearing the end of summer and while most high school students are taking advantage of these last days to sleep in late while they still can, the opposite is true for one group of dedicated individuals. Every morning, members of the Maple Lake cross country team roll out of bed at the crack of dawn, pull on their running shoes and head over to Ney Park to hit the trails. There, they warm up and run several miles, all before most of their classmates are even awake.
Just like the Charles Dickens’ novel where a young man turns youth and adversity into maturity and eventual success, the 2010 Irish football team is hopefully up to doing the same. With 23 letter winners, 10 offensive starters and seven defensive starters returning for the 2010 season, and with senior and junior maturity rearing its head, expectations are running high in Irish country.
The Laker baseball season came to an end on Saturday as Maple Lake dropped their final game to the Hutchinson Huskies. The game was originally scheduled for August 12 but, due to unfavorable weather conditions, was rescheduled.
Playing on August 14, Hutchinson jumped out to an early three-run lead in the top of the first. The Lakers then answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of that inning as Graham Brown was able to connect for a home run. Brown also recorded a double in the game.
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.