Kelsie Kelm goes up for a block in a scrimmage against her teammates in a showcase for the girls’ parents before the season begins. The Irish girls were scheduled to play Albany on Friday and have their first home game coming up on Tuesday.
The Maple Lake Irish cross country teams took a step toward starting their seasons when they held time trials recently to determine who would run varsity for the first meet. “The time trial was encouraging,” coach Ben Youngs said. “The girls’ times were, on average, improved from last year, as were the boys. The boys are very deep and it will be competitive to stay on varsity.” More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
The Maple Lake American Legion baseball team took on the Delano Tigers in the final game of the year. The Irish, who missed the playoffs by one game, were playing for bragging rights against a stout Tiger team. The Irish gave an outstanding effort, but in the end lost yet again by a score of 7-6. Tony Goelz started on the mound for Maple Lake; he pitched well but was forced to leave the hill by a sore shoulder after only three innings. Goelz kept his team in the game, throwing strikes while relying on his teammates to make plays in the field. Sullivan Graham entered the game in relief of Goelz and quickly found his stride. Graham too, kept his team in the game, throwing quality pitches when it counted. More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Members of the Maple Lake cross country teams cool off in Maple Lake following the four-mile ‘Grim Run.’ Participating in the run were seventh graders Michael Miller, Caleb Beneke, Luke Tollefson, Matt Gendreau, Josh Pettit and Sean Cranston; eighth graders Sam Neutz, Ben Smail, Joe Elsenpeter, Emily Rasset and Margaret Graham; freshmen Tanner Severson, Brady Tongen, Tyler Cranston, Josh Ruhland, Mackenzie Miller, Halle Geyen and Grace Thiele; juniors Ben Brinza, Alec Hausladen, Blake Paumen, Mollie Graham and Kayla Hoistad; and seniors Sullivan Graham, Evan Hertwig, Adam Jude, Keenan Sowa, Jessica Wohlrabe, Maddie Gagnon, Blair Stewig, Rayne Coughlin and Anna Thiele. In total, 56 student athletes make up the boys and girls cross country teams.
The Maple Lake Irish cross country team kicked off their season with fantastic performances at their home meet. On Friday, 12 teams participated in the Maple Lake Invitational located in Robert Ney Memorial Park. The cool air and blue skies that morning made for a perfect day for a race. The first gun was shot off at 9 a.m., starting with the junior high teams, followed by the girls and boys varsity and ending with the junior varsity teams.
With 10 complete teams competing in the girls varsity race, the Maple Lake Irish took home the trophy with a team score of 67 points. Coming across the finish line first for Maple Lake was Sommer Carlson in fourth place with a time of 17:04.
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
More than 1,000 fans filled Irish Stadium for a beautiful night and Laker win on Saturday.
With a convincing 9-2 win over the Watkins Clippers before a large crowd at Irish Stadium on Friday, the Maple Lake Lakers advanced to the final weekend of the State Amateur Baseball Tournament. The Lakers will take on the Luverne Redbirds this Saturday at Irish Stadium. Game time is 5 p.m. In a second game that evening, Sartell takes on Sobiesksi. The crowd was already building at Irish Stadium as the first game began—Jordan vs. Bertha—at 5 p.m., and the noise and excitement continued to build as the stands were filling up. Before the tournament, the chairs had estimated seating for 900, but paid attendance grew to 1,003. The grandstand was packed, all the bleachers were filled, and many fans were standing down both baselines all the way to the bullpens. The crowd noise drowned out the PA system at times. Now the Laker tournament committee is bracing for another big night on Saturday with Sobieski expected to bring a large contingent.
It was an exciting first meet for the Irish girls’ gymnastics team at Litchfield on Dec. 2. Not only did they take first as a team, but there were many individual triumphs as well. Hopefully, this is just a taste of what is to come this season.
On vault, Maple Lake, with a score of 33.6, just barely beat Litchfield's score of 33.15. Courtney Couette had the best score with 8.9, earning her second place. Next was Nina Simonette in third place, with a score of 8.8. After her was Bonnie Jude with 8.05, Jordan Sifferle with 7.85, and Courtney Pribyl with 7.5.
Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestlers kicked off their 2010-2011 season with the annual trip to the Monticello Duals on Saturday, Dec. 4.
The tournament has historically provided solid competition and a good early-season test for the local team and this year’s proved to be no different.
Coach Jason Bartels said that coming into the tournament, even with the fact that over half his starters were not regular varsity starters for last season’s team, his staff felt optimistic about their chances.