Sports

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06
Sep

Volleyball defeats Lakers, falls to Bison

by Ashley Hertwig
On Monday, October 18, the Irish hosted the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers for their last conference game of the season.
Game one began with the Irish gaining a big lead over the Lakers. With smart plays and keeping the ball off the ground, the Irish played their way to a 25-14 win over HL-W-W.
Fri
06
Sep

Howard Lake meet ends regular season for cross country

  by Sally Krutzig
The cross country meet on Tuesday, October 19, was not quite what the Maple Lake team was expecting. Instead of the usual woodsey park, it was at the Howard Lake School. The ground there turned out to be uneven and bumpy.
This was not the only thing that hurt the boys’ team. 
“Our top two boys were out,” said Coach Ben Youngs. “It was more of a practice meet.”
Fri
06
Sep

Pierz wins close contest over Irish

by Dave Schroeder
The Irish headed north on a beautiful fall Friday to do battle with the Pierz Pioneers. Both teams had identical 5-1 records and each needed a big win to help their playoff pushes. What was billed as a close call, the game was just that, a well-played, tight football game that ended with the Irish on the wrong side of the score, 7-14.
Fri
06
Sep

Irish fall to Thunder, win at Pierz

by Ashley Hertwig
On Tuesday, October 12, the Irish volleyball team traveled to Zimmerman High School for a non-conference match against the Thunder.
The first game was a battle, with both teams playing their hardest trying to get a lead. The game was close up until the end, when it came down to the final serves, and who would make the mistakes. The Irish fell just short of the win when game one ended with a score or 23-25 in Zimmerman’s favor.
Fri
06
Sep

Cross country boys take second, girls third in CMC

by Sally Krutzig
Weeks of training over the summer, during the school year, on their own time, and with the team, all led up to one big event for the Irish cross country team: the Central Minnesota Conference meet on Tuesday, October 12, in Pierz.
 All of the cross country runners had their own opinions and methods of training. 
Fri
06
Sep

Irish take down Kimball Cubs 47-8

by Dave Schroeder
After a week of heavy rains and indoor practices, the Irish finally got out to the great outdoors on Friday night to do a little mudding and bear hunting in Kimball territory. 
The Irish practiced a bit of capture and release as they captured a big 47-8 victory, releasing a potent ground game to roll up 418 yards rushing and a season high in points. The Irish have put up 93 points and over 950 yards of offense the past two weeks. This with four starters and three back-ups on the injured reserves.
Fri
06
Sep

Irish volleyball gets two more wins

by Ashley Hertwig
Tuesday, September 21, the Irish were hoping to keep their at-home winning streak going when they faced the Dassel-Cokato Chargers.
The Chargers started the game off making good plays and taking an early lead over the Irish. Maple Lake took awhile to warm up during game one, causing them to lose 25-20.
Dassel-Cokato once again took the lead in the second game as the Irish began to feel frustrated. 
Fri
06
Sep

Pierz meet largest of season for Irish

 by Sally Krutzig
It was the Maple Lake cross country team's largest meet yet this season at Pierz on Monday, September 20. With 16 teams competing at the varsity level, Maple Lake runners had to be extra competitive if they wanted to place well.
“In a big meet there are more runners, so it's a totally different field. There are usually people all around, while at smaller meets you might be running by yourself,” said Coach Ben Youngs.
Fri
06
Sep

Irish depth could be key to success

    On Monday, November 21, the Irish boys’ basketball season began. The boys met in the weight room to discuss guidelines about how the season will go. 
“I'm very excited to get a chance to work with this year's players,” said Head Coach Tim Staloch. “It will be very important for us to play as a team and accept different roles.”  
Following, each player was handed a practice jersey and a basketball. At about five o'clock in the evening warm-ups began and practice proceeded. The team has had morning practice as well as after school for the last three days.
Fri
06
Sep

Hardworking Irish gymnastics team ready to start new season

Gymnastics requires pure strength, technical expertise, flexibility, and a lot of dedication and determination. 
The Maple Lake Irish gymnastics team works to excel at all these things in order to achieve their personal goals and expectations of others.
 “My expectations for the gymnasts and season is for the girls to go out and do their best in each routine and to have fun while doing it,” said Head Coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht.
Gymnastics requires pure strength, technical expertise, flexibility, and a lot of dedication and determination. 

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