Sports

Fri
06
Sep

Girls' basketball shoots for a title

After such a successful fall sports season, Maple Lake teams got little to no time until the winter sports began. Transitioning from cross country, volleyball, or no sport to basketball was not easy in any situation. Getting used to dribbling or shooting a basketball was very different than running at a meet or competing on the volleyball court. 
Fri
06
Sep

Volleyball celebrates record season

Coaches, players, and parents of the 2011 Irish volleyball program came together to celebrate the end of a memorable season at the Maple Lake American Legion on Sunday, November 20.
The banquet began at 5 p.m. to ensure a proper social hour and dinner where attendees could view a slide show summarizing the season and reminisce about the great memories made. 
Fri
06
Sep

Cross country runners honored

The Maple Lake High School cross country team drew a big crowd of students and families to the MLHS auditorium on November 1 for team recognition and individual awards at the conclusion of the 2011 season. 
Coaches Ben Youngs and Nikki Christiansen issued words of thanks to school administrators, families, volunteers, and most of all, the big group of athletes who is forming the basis of a strong cross country program. 
The Maple Lake High School cross country team drew a big crowd of students and families to the MLHS auditorium on November 1 for team recognition and individual awards at the conclusion of the 2011 season. 
Fri
06
Sep

Gymnasts take the win over HLWW

The varsity gymnastics team headed to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Jan. 4 to compete on bars, beam, vault, and floor routines. The girls fought hard, and in the end, they came out way ahead of the HLWW girls. Maple Lake ended the meet with a total team score of 121.55, placing first over HLWW, who finished with a score of 106.8. Head coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht was proud of her team’s performance. “This meet went well, especially being our first meet back after the holiday break. We had girls trying new skills and they were successful,” Helmbrecht said. Team captain Heather Schlueter ended with a solid, first-place spot on the beam, scoring 7.875. She was just ahead of her teammate Jordan Sifferle who placed second with a score of 7.2.
More information and stats appears in this week's Messenger.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish fall to impressive BBE Jaguars

On Jan. 3, the Irish started off the New Year with a road trip to face conference rival Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars. The Jaguars are one of the top-rated teams in the state this year, having not lost yet this season. The Irish hoped to challenge the BBE team and pull off an upset. BBE is a strong and dangerous offensive team, and the Irish looked for a way to counter the aggressive offense of the Jaguars but couldn’t get it done, as they failed to put the ball through the hoop and had several turnovers. The Irish offense couldn’t seem to find rhythm and were rattled by the BBE defense. BBE took control with their high-scoring offense that gave the Irish defense a lot of trouble. The Irish had some moments of solid team defense in the first half, which allowed them to go on a few scoring runs, but they still trailed at halftime 36-28. In the second half, it was the same story for the Irish, as they allowed BBE to shoot 57 percent and failed to contain their best scorers.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish can't keep up with Kimball Cubs

Maple Lake was riding a four-game winning streak going into Friday night’s home game against the Kimball Cubs. Unlike Kimball, the Irish didn’t really have a great night shooting the ball. Throughout the game, Kimball was 7/18 from the three-point line. Maple Lake just couldn’t keep up with the hot shooting by the Cubs and lost the game 54-33. Maple Lake knew they would have to use their speed to neutralize the inside game of the Cubs from the start. In the early minutes of the game, neither team had difficulty scoring, with a score of 21-19 in favor of the Cubs, with six minutes to go in the first half. Unfortunately, after that the Irish went cold and didn’t score again in the first half and trailed by seven, 26-19, at the break. Forcing a quick turnover, the Irish were the first to score in the second half from a jump shot made by Rayne Coughlin to cut the lead to five.

Fri
06
Sep

Girls win two at tournament

Over the holidays, the girls’ basketball team didn’t get much of a Christmas break as they participated in the Upsala Holiday Tournament Dec. 27 and 28. The Irish’s first matchup was against Bertha-Hewitt. The game began with the Irish jumping out to an 11-4 lead. Bertha-Hewitt took advantage of the stagnant Irish man defense and tied the game 11-11 halfway through the first half. After the Irish switch to zone defense, the Bertha-Hewitt Bears scored only four more points in the half and Maple Lake took a 25-15 lead into the intermission. In the second half, the Irish were focused on execution and flustering the Bear offense into poor decisions. From that point on, the Irish maintained a commanding lead and downed the Bears by a 56-31 score. Maple Lake out-rebounded Bertha, 37-22. Maple Lake also shot a season high 44% on 25/56 from the floor, while holding the Bears to 23% on 11 of 47 shooting.
More information and stats appears in this week's Messenger.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish take third place at holiday tournament

On Thursday, Dec. 20, the Irish had their first game of a three-day holiday tournament at St. John’s Prep. They faced off against the Milaca Wolves, hoping to start the tournament off with a win. Milaca came out very strong and confident, easily handling the pressure put on by the Irish. The Wolves had forced the Irish into an 11-point deficit at one point but the Irish would not give up. “Our boys showed again that they never give up and kept on fighting,” coach Tim Staloch said. The team shot the ball well in the second half and made a few clutch three-pointers. On defense the Irish managed to force Milaca into poor decisions, resulting in turnovers. The Irish took a 68-65 lead with only seconds left in the game, and trying to foul the Milaca player ended up resulting in three free throws for the Wolves. The first two went in, making the score 68-67.

Fri
06
Sep

Moose win twice in busy week

On Saturday, December 22, the Moose took on their rival from across the Mississippi, the co-op team from Becker-Big Lake. It was a well-attended game, with only standing room available. The Moose were trying for a win after two close losses earlier in the week. To start off the game, the Moose scored at 6:35 with a goal from Robbie Stromme, assisted by Oliver Winsor and Mark Rieger-Borer. With the 1-0 lead, the Moose would be put on the penalty kill after a 5-minute major penalty. The Eagles were able to capitalize on this advantage, when they scored at four minutes into the penalty. With the period coming to an end, the Moose desired one more goal for the lead. Sam Johnson took the lead with two minutes left, having some assistance from Colton Jones and Reese Carstens.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish fall to Pioneers, come back to beat Eagles

Conference opponent Pierz Pioneers entered the Maple Lake gymnasium Jan. 8 ready for a battle with the home team the Irish. The Irish were eager to get back on track and find a way to win a key conference game, but fell short 62-58. In the first half, the Irish had the challenge of stopping Pierz’s balanced offensive attack and matching the depth of the Pierz team. The Irish defense did a nice job of playing smart and controlled, but the Pioneers still found a way to shoot 52 percent in the first half. Offensively for Maple Lake in the first half, they were quietly successful. They only shot 36 percent, but they made just enough shots to keep them alive. With both teams going back and forth in the first half, the score was knotted up 25-25 at halftime. The second half started basically 0-0 again and neither team had an advantage going in. Both teams really came out with a focus and knocked down several shots.

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