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Wed
05
Oct

Melrose hands Maple Lake Irish a 21-14 loss


No. 80 Alex Toedter clears the way for No. 24 running back, Logan McCollough. Melrose defeated the Irish 21-14 on Friday, Sept. 30. The Irish will take on Rockford this week at its homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 7.

No. 9, tight end, Cole Trager, holds the ball for Irish kicker, Andy Mavencamp. Mavencamp had two good kicks in the Irish loss to Melrose. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

Melrose muscled past Maple Lake to hand the Irish its second loss in two weeks, Friday, Sept. 30, at Melrose with a 21-14 victory.
The Irish were up 14-7 after touchdowns by Alex Toedter and Ben Triplett in the Mid State Sub-Division I match-up. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that injuries and penalties cost them the lead and the game.
Toedter ran 28 yards on nine carries for the Irish and scored one touchdown in the first quarter. Kicker Andy Mavencamp got the extra point.

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Wed
05
Oct

Runners first and fifth at St. John’s


From left, Mary Miller and Halle Geyen both won bread by finishing in the top 10 at St. John’s University. The girls team won the meet for the second year in a row.

 The Maple Lake girls cross country team cruised to a first-place finish at the Fr. Otto Weber Cross Country Invitational at St. John’s Prep for the second year in a row, Thursday, Sept. 29.
Led by Irish senior Halley Geyen, the team garnered only 35 points compared to runner-up St. Cloud Apollo who finished with 60. Eight complete teams competed.
Geyen finished third overall in a time of 21:52, but only seconds behind her was Mary Miller, an eighth grader, who crossed the finish line in 21:58 for fourth place.
Maple Lake continued to dominate the top 10 with Ava Mergen’s fifth-place finish in 22:13.

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Wed
05
Oct

Irish volleyball team tops D-C, defeats B-B-E


No. 6 Brynn Paumen had three kills against Dassel-Cokato, Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Irish’s 3-0 win.

The Maple Lake volleyball team is ranked No. 2 in the state, according to the latest poll after two more wins last week.
The Irish are now 17-1 overall and 4-0 in Central Minnesota Conference standings after defeating Dassel-Cokato and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
The Irish hosted the D-C Chargers on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and defeated the non-conference foe 3-0 with game scores of 25-12, 25-22 and 25-15.
Olivia Marquette went four-for-eight serving with 20 assists and three digs; Amber Klug went 10-for-four serving with one ace, eight kills, 20 assists and four digs; Linsey Rachel went 17-for-17 serving with three aces, 12 kills and seven digs; Morgan Scheiber went eight-for-nine serving with two aces and 13 digs; Brynn Paumen went 10-for-10 serving with three kills and one dig; Mollie Scheiber went 18-for-19 serving with 10 kills and 10 digs; Kaleigh Beehler had six kills and one dig; Kora Fuller had one dig; and Brielle Paumen had three kills.

Wed
28
Sep

Irish volleyball team has the experience


Seniors, from left, Morgan Scheiber and Olivia Marquette, will lead the Irish volleyball team this season. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake volleyball team returns to the court this season with two seniors and five experienced juniors.
Olivia Marquette and Morgan Scheiber will lead as the team’s seniors. Marquette is a setter who last year earned All-Central Minnesota Conference Second Team honors. Scheiber is the team’s libero who was also named to the all-conference second team last season.
Among the returning juniors are Kaleigh Beehler, a middle/right-side hitter; Amber Klug, a setter/right-side hitter who was all-conference first team last season; Brynn Paumen, a middle hitter; Linsey Rachel, an outside hitter who made All-State First Team last season, all-conference first team and broke the school record for number of kills in a season.

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Wed
28
Sep

Irish shine at “world’s largest” CC meet


Ellie Haney races for the finish line at the Milaca Mega Meet, Saturday, Sept. 24. The meet is considered the world’s largest cross country meet.

Caleb Beneke, above, ran a strong race to help lead the boys team to a 26th-place finish out of 55. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

The Maple Lake cross country teams traveled to Milaca, Saturday, Sept. 24, for what is considered the world’s largest cross country meet.
On the girls’ side, Ava Mergen set a personal best and Gus DeMarais earned a ribbon for taking 21st place. Overall the girls finished eighth out of 53 teams.

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Wed
28
Sep

Irish football team falls to Holdingford 26-22


Senior No. 80 Alex Toedter takes it up the middle for an Irish first down. The Irish fell to Holdingford 22-26 in Friday night’s game. (Photos by Charlen Wurm)

Ben Triplett, No. 34, runs a sweep to gain yardage for the Irish against Holdingford. No. 80 is Alex Toedter.

The Irish played hard Friday, Sept. 23, at Holdingford, but couldn’t overcome costly penalties and turnovers and fell 26-22 to Mid State Sub 1 foe, the Holdingford Huskers.
Friday was the first loss for the Irish in an otherwise flawless season.
Holdingford struck first on its home field by completing a six-yard catch in the end zone. The extra kick failed.
The Irish recovered with a 14-yard run by Hunter Malachek and an Andy Mavencamp kick gave them a one-point edge over the Huskers to end the quarter.
Malachek and Alex Toedter scored a touch down apiece to lengthen the Irish lead 22-6, but that is when it began to fall apart for the home team.
Mental errors in the second half led to costly penalties and turnovers.

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Wed
28
Sep

Irish volleyball continues winning ways


No. 8, Kaleigh Beehler, had one kill during Tuesday’s home match-up against the Annandale Cardinals. She also went 2-for-2 serving. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

At right, Linsey Rachel serves to Annandale, Tuesday, Sept. 20, at home. Rachel was 11-for-13 serving against the Cardinals with one ace serve. The Irish beat the Cardinals in three games, 25-12, 25-18 and 25-13.

The Irish volleyball team is 12-1 after two games and a weekend tournament last week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Irish hosted Annandale and won 3-0.
On Thursday, Sept. 22, Maple Lake traveled to Holdingford for a Central Minnesota Conference match-up and defeated the Huskers 15-25, 18-25 and 13-25.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, Maple Lake traveled to the Midwest Volleyball Warehouse for the AA Showcase where they beat New Life Academy 25-14 and 25-15, but fell to Kenyon-Wanamingo 25-17 and 25-21.

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Wed
21
Sep

Maple Lake runners do well at two meets


Gus Demarais, Mary Miller, Halle Geyen, Grace Heying, Margaret Graham, Ava Mergen and Caitlin Weege burst from the starting line Monday, Sept. 19, at Pierz.

Margaret Graham is on her way to a 10th-place finish at Delano on Friday, Sept. 16. The Irish girls cross country team won big with only 16 points. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

Brady Tongen, left, and Michael Miller finish the race at Pierz in 58th and 57th place, respectively.

The Irish girls cross country team pulled off a big win, Friday, Sept. 16, at Delano, placing all seven girls in the top 13 to beat runner-up Delano 16-46.
Gus DeMarais led with her third-place overall finish in 22:33.46. Mary Miller was close behind her in fourth with a time of 22:53.94. Both are eighth graders.
Halle Geyen came in sixth with a time of 23:15.30 and Grace Heying was eighth in 23:40.23.
The Irish continued to cross the finish line as a group with Margaret Graham coming in 10th in a time of 23:59.28 and Ava Mergen finishing 11th in 24:04.11. Bionca Peterson rounded it off with a solid 13th-place finish in 24:36.82.
Pack running has been the Irish’s strategy since the beginning of the season and they have been working the past few meets to perfect it. It all seemed to come together on Friday.

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Wed
21
Sep

Irish volleyball wins two more


Mollie Scheiber sends the ball back to the Lakers’ side of the net. The Irish won at home 3-0. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Amber Klug serves the ball.

Olivia Marquette gets under the ball during the Thursday, Sept. 15, home game against Howard Lake-Waverly Winsted.

The Maple Lake volleyball team cruised to two wins last week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Irish handed Sartell-St. Stephen a 3-0 loss in nonconference action. Then on Thursday, Sept. 15, Maple Lake hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and defeated the Lakers 3-0.
Sartell-St. Stephen as no match for the Irish despite the Sabre’s home-court advantage, falling 25-16, 25-18 and 25-22 to Maple Lake.
On Thursday, the Irish squeaked past the Lakers 26-24, in a close first match that had the home crowd on its feet. Maple Lake went on to defeat HL-W-W by more comfortable margins, 25-16 and 25-9, to continue their perfect-season record.

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Wed
21
Sep

Irish crush Lakers with single wing plays


No. 25 Hunter Malachek carries the ball. He went 128 yards on 21 carries with one touchdown.

The Irish handily defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 40-0 on their home field. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

#24, Logan McCollough, scored a touchdown in Friday night’s victory over the Lakers.

The Maple Lake football team has introduced a new strategy and it seems to be paying off.
On Friday, Sept. 16, the Irish crushed Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 40-0 at home by using a single-wing formation that doesn’t require the use of a quarterback.
Instead the snap is tossed, not handed, to the tailback or fullback instead of the quarterback who may find himself doing more blocking.
“In our offense the ball can be hiked to two different players,” Irish coach Tim Knudsen said. “It’s old school and the kids are having a blast running it.”
It’s not something the Irish have tried before, but it seems to be working as they celebrate a 3-0 season.

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