Sports

Wed
01
Dec

Wrestling aims to build on success

by Brenda Erdahl
Annandale Advocate
The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestling team will return to the mat with strong senior leadership and a solid crew in the middle seven of 14 weight classes.
“That’s where we have the most experience,” Coach Jason Bartels said. 
Wed
01
Dec

Practice makes perfect in gymnastics

by Sally Krutzig
What requires all the hard work and brute strength of football, the poise and grace of dance, and the mind boggling moves of a team of ninjas? 
The Maple Lake Irish gymnastics team works at all these things, to excel at the sport they love. 
“I love being with my teammates and the intensity of the sport,” said Courtney Couette.
Wed
24
Nov

Another strong harvest at Camp Ripley bow hunt

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.” 
More information appears in this week's issue of the Messenger.
Tue
23
Nov

Volleyball celebrates 2010 success

by Ashley Hertwig
Players, coaches, and parents of the 2010 Irish volleyball program gathered at the Maple Lake American Legion on Sunday, November 14, to remember a great season.
The banquet began at 5:45 p.m. with people piling through the doors to get a plate full of food and to socialize before the awards started.
Tue
23
Nov

Cross Country honors top runners

by Sally Krutzig
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. 
Wed
17
Nov

Irish at the Metrodome

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Thu
11
Nov

Volleyball wins subsection title, falls to Delano for trip to state

  by Ashley Hertwig
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.
Thu
11
Nov

Irish head to state

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Thu
04
Nov

Irish win big over Hawks

by Dave Schroeder
In semi-final 4AA football on a gorgeous late October Saturday afternoon, the Maple Lake Irish did a number on the St. Paul Humboldt Hawks, pulverizing them 50-14, to move on to the Section 4AA championship game Nov. 5 at St. Cloud State University at 7:45 p.m. The Irish will play old nemesis, the Mayer-Lutheran Crusaders, for the right to play in the MSHSL football championship series.
The Irish kicked off to the Hawks to open the game and the defense immediately forced a quick three-and-out. 
Thu
04
Nov

Volleyball gets two playoff wins

by Ashley Hertwig
With the regular season over, the Maple Lake High School volleyball team went into their first playoff game on Thursday, October 28, with a different mindset: knowing they had to beat the Becker Bulldogs or the 2010 season would be over.
Having defeated Becker earlier in the season, the Irish were trying not to be too confident when they gained an early lead in the first game. However, when they came out of the first game with a 25-16 win, they couldn’t help but be excited.

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