Sports

Wed
03
Sep

Irish outrun Mustangs, win first game


McRae Haney tries to shake off a defender after making a reception. He also returned an interception for a touchdown.

Dustin Strub celebrates as he scores on a 30-yard run.

Nate Maas makes a tackle against the Mora Mustangs.

 

Wed
03
Sep

Irish girls start season with two wins


Pictured is Emily Webb.

Pictured is Brooklyn Toedter.

The Maple Lake Irish volleyball team has started its season with six wins, including against Blooming Prairie on Aug. 23 and Litchfield on Aug. 26, both in three sets. More information from coach Marty Kiebel was not available.

Wed
03
Sep

Cross country teams looking strong early


(Front) Cullen Gallagher, Kayla Hoistad, Mollie Graham, Jenna Maczewski, Scott Jordan, (back) Jackson Willard, Adam Ruhland, Andrew Schonnesen, Alec Hauslauden, Dan Upcraft, (not pictured) Charlie Stejskal and Ryan Kalinowski are seniors on the cross country teams.

 

Packing in the summer miles, the Maple Lake cross country team prepped themselves for their upcoming 2014 season. A total of 128 running shoes showed up bright and early at Ney Park, with runners anxious to begin training at 7 a.m. Aug. 11. 
Head coach Ben Youngs will be assisted by J McClelland and Nichole Rengel. Former coach Nikki Christiansen recently accepted a kindergarten teaching position with the St. Michael/Albertville school district. Being 10 minutes from her home, this position was a better fit for her and her family. The Maple Lake cross country team has appreciated everything she has done over the years and will miss her greatly. 
The team had substantial highlights a year ago. 
“As far as the competitive aspect, last year was the best year in the program's history,” Youngs said. 
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
03
Sep

Irish football team eying return trip to state


(Front) Scott Jordan, McRae Haney, Mike Scherber, Hunter Hicks, Gabe Hance, Dustin Strub, (back) Charlie Stejskal, Wyatt Richards, Josh Gindele, Cal Redemske, Dominic Kaley, Ryan Kalinowski, Tony Goelz and (not pictured) Walker Rask are seniors on the football team.

 

The Maple Lake Irish football team began two-a-days on Aug. 11. The practices are four hours long and are very intense and not a minute is wasted to shape the 2014 season for the Irish. Three new coaches were added to the team's staff: offensive line coach Kyle Inforzato, linebacker coach Jaime Leither and offensive line coach Andrew Boman. 
"We needed help at the offensive line and defense and these coaches give us a lot of experience and knowledge," coach Brad Baumann said about his new colleagues.
This season will be huge for the Irish as last season resulted in an 8-5 record and a trip to the state tournament semi-final game. Expectations will be higher than ever. 
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
03
Sep

Irish volleyball team shows many strengths


(Front) Chloe Callahan, Jordyn Trager, Maya Ortiz, Emily Webb, (back) Jenni Pomije, Jillian Goelz and Maria Bischoff are seniors on the volleyball team.

 

Wed
27
Aug

Recognizing individual accomplishments

Marty Kiebel adheres the names of the top five Maple Lake runners in the girls’ 4,000-meter run. The school commons now features all of Maple Lake’s individual record holders. Kiebel worked with Ben Youngs to compile the records and create the record boards. Greg Helmbrecht made the project possible by repainting the walls in the area. The wall graphics can easily be replaced to correct or update a record.

Wed
27
Aug

Grim Run


The cross country team relaxes at Maple Lake following the four-mile Grim Run on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Coaches Ben Youngs and J McClelland lead the Maple Lake Irish cross country team up the hill from the school to Maple Lake during the Grim Run.
Wed
27
Aug

Grim Run


The cross country team relaxes at Maple Lake following the four-mile Grim Run on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Coaches Ben Youngs and J McClelland lead the Maple Lake Irish cross country team up the hill from the school to Maple Lake during the Grim Run.
Wed
27
Aug

Albany Early Bird Tournament


The Maple Lake Irish volleyball team celebrates during the Albany Early Bird Tournament on Friday. The team took first by beating Braham, Rocori, Osakis and Sauk Center.

The Irish took first place at the Albany Early Bird Tournament. The team also defeated Blooming Prairie at the Side Out Classic on Saturday in Hopkins.
Wed
27
Aug

Football Scrimmages


The Maple Lake Irish football team practices their running schemes during their inter-squad watermelon scrimmage on Thursday.

The Irish scrimmage against themselves during their watermelon scrimmage, leading up to their scrimmage against Paynesville on Saturday. Their first game is Thursday at home.

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