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Wed
18
Sep

Climbing to the top: Boys and girls XC teams finish second


Devin Deringer (center) leads the way for teammate Adam Ruhland. Deringer finished 11th in 19:10 and Ruhland took 23rd in 20:15.

Katelyn Kramer (right) finished 15th, with a time of 18:38, and teammate Skyler Manka was right behind her in 16th, with a time of 18:40

 

Running against five other teams, the Maple Lake Irish cross country team competed in the Delano Invitational on Sept. 12. With cool air and the sun shining, it made for an awesome day for a run.
Racing against the Irish were four new teams they hadn't seen at any meets. 
The girls varsity team had good competition against the Waconia Wildcats. Standing still in the sun, waiting intensely for the gun to go off, the girls were ready. On their way through the winding trails, the Irish kept near to the top and ran strong to stay with the Wildcats. The course consisted of a downhill winding trail and going down always means climbing back up. To finish the race, a long and large hill remains, but the Irish girls ran strong and gave it all they had to finish their race. 
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
18
Sep

Irish lead from the start, win again


Charlie Stejskal hits an extra point. He also made a 35-yard field goal.

 

Wed
11
Sep

14U team competes at Nationals


The Maple Lake 14U fastpitch softball team is made up of (standing, left) Angela Reid and Mollie Scheiber; (front) Linsey Rachel and Maddy Neu; (middle) Anna Becker, Lauren Heeralall, Morgan Scheiber, Amber Klug and Ellie Haney; and (standing, right) Emma McClanahan and Olivia Marquette. The team was coached by Dennis Klug and Ryan Haney.

 

The Maple Lake 14 and under fastpitch softball team traveled to Bismark, ND to compete in the Northern National Girls 14 and under B tournament, along with 21 other teams, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4.
On Aug. 1, they began with pool play against Grand Forks, falling 6-2, and Rapid City, SD, falling 10-9.
They fell 8-5 in their third game against Dickenson, ND on Aug. 2.
Later that day, they faced a fellow Minnesota team, from Champlin Park, and got into the win column with a 10-6 victory.
They kept the winning going with a 4-2 score against Rapid City, SD Extreme on Aug. 3.
A Smash team from South Dakota got the best of them, 4-3 in the sixth and final game.
Maple Lake placed eighth or ninth in the tournament. 
They would like to thank everyone who helped support them in their quest to Nationals.
Wed
11
Sep

One heated race: Girls lose tiebreaker for first, boys place third


Lined up for the Irish boys were Scott Jordan, Adam Ruhland, Cullen Gallagher, Ross Hickey, Jackson Willard, Andrew Schonnesen and Devin Deringer.

Kayla Hoistad finished third for the Irish, and 12th overall, as they tied the home team and were forced into second by a tie-breaker.

 

Wed
11
Sep

Irish girls rally in final three games to beat Lakers

 

“Even though we were down the first two games we never got down on each other and we stayed motivated the whole time,” senior Kelsie Kelm said after a winning effort against the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers, on Sept. 5.
Game one was a challenge for the Irish. Competing against strong serves, the Irish defense couldn’t return the ball as well as they hoped. Though they played hard, the game resulted in a 27-25 loss for the Irish. 
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
11
Sep

Crusaders compete, but can’t beat the Irish girls

The Maple Lake High School gymnasium was filled with rallied fans excited for the new season of volleyball on Sept. 3. Students and families were there to see the first home game for the Irish volleyball team against St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders.The team came into the match knowing they were under-estimated because of their age. With six seniors graduating last year, there were many spots to be filled on this year’s varsity team. The young team faltered and lost the first game of the set 22-25. Despite losing the first game, the Irish didn’t let their inexperience become an obstacle.

More information appears in this week's Messenger.

 
Wed
11
Sep

Strong second half powers Irish past Lakers


The Irish team up for a tackle.

Landon Caughey scores one of his two touchdowns, while his teammates cheer en route to a 34-21 win over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

 

Fri
06
Sep

Lightning win two of three for week

Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestlers went 2-1 in three meets last week to improve their record to 5-3 overall while boosting their Wright County Conference record to 2-0. 
“Overall, our performance this week was solid,” head coach Jason Bartels said after the Lightning match against Mound-Westonka on Thursday night, Dec. 16. “We beat good wrestlers and were competitive with some of the state’s best.” 
Fri
06
Sep

Gymnastics competes at home, Annandale

After so many meets where only two teams competed, it was a nice change for the gymnastics team to have a large invitational. On Saturday, December 18, Annandale held their Holiday Invitational with eight teams competing. It turned out to be a close meet, with less than 18 points between the best and worst scores. Becker finished first with 143.4 as their score. The Maple Lake Irish weren't too far behind, though, when they finished in the middle of the pack by taking fourth place with a score of 127.6.
Fri
06
Sep

Girls' basketball drops two games

The Irish began the conference schedule at home on Tuesday, December 14, against the Jaguars of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. 
BBE brought a record of 1-1 into the game and questions about who they were going to be as a team. Maple Lake was 2-1 and at the time trying to bounce back after a tough loss against Dassel-Cokato the previous Friday. 
As the game got underway BBE began with full-court pressure trying to force the Irish into turning the ball over. The pressure was not successful, but the Irish struggled to put the ball in the basket. 

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