As the fall sports season came to a close, there wasn’t much time before winter sports started up. The Maple Lake girls’ basketball team wasn’t about to waste any time preparing for the 2010-2011 season as they arrived at school at 6:15 a.m., before the sun was even up, on Monday, November 15, for their first practice.
With the fall sports coming to a close the Maple Lake Irish basketball team began practice on Monday, November 22. Each year the team has a motto, chosen by Head Coach Tim Staloch, and this year’s is “Our Time is Now.”
“I wanted to get the players to understand that they have the opportunity for great things this year and also to realize that high school years go by very fast. They need to work hard and enjoy each moment,” said Staloch.
Archers harvested 220 deer and took eight bucks weighing more than 200 pounds at the second two-day hunt held at Camp Ripley on Oct. 30-31, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Those deer, coupled with the 287 taken during the Oct. 21-22 hunt, represent the third highest harvest at the Camp Ripley bow hunts. The four-day total of 507 deer is about 64 percent above the long-term average harvest of 310 deer for the two hunts, and only nine fewer than the record 516 deer taken in 2008.
“Excellent weather helped hunters achieve a near record harvest and to take 28 bucks that weighed more than 200 pounds,” said Beau Liddell, DNR Little Falls Area wildlife manager. “The overall harvest and large buck harvest are both well over average, so this was an excellent hunt by any measure.”
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It is always sad when something comes to an end. On Monday, November 1, the Maple Lake High School cross country team brought their season to a close with a final banquet. It started with a potluck of delicious food. As they ate, Coach Ben Youngs started out the evening with the first speech.
“I always wish I could talk about each kid for ten minutes,” said Youngs.
With a long drive to a neutral site in Milaca on November 1, the Irish had plenty of time to mentally prepare themselves to beat the Zimmerman Thunder and advance to the next round of playoffs.
Game one began with the Irish hitting the court with strong serves and good plays right away. The Thunder found it hard to keep up with the Irish and the first game ended with a score of 25-12 in Maple Lake’s favor.