Sommer Carlson (front, left) and Halley Geyen (front, center) earned all-state honors at the MSHSL State Cross Country Meet, while Andrew Schonnesen (back, center) also competed, earning 111th place out of 176 runners. They are pictured with coach Nikkie Christiansen, head coach Ben Youngs and coach J McClelland.
The team is made up of (front) Scott Jordan, Jordan Lorentz, Austin Becker, Dusty Strub, Tim Vogel, Hunter Hicks, Jordan Fonteyn, Landon Caughey, Josh Bidwell, Trevor Paumen, Nick Gapinski, Drew Seibert, Ryan Kalinowski, (second row) Hunter Malachek, Chase Swenson, Devin Lowers, Michael Scherber, Wyatt Moeller, Wyatt Richards, Trevor Borell, Jerrod Derheim, Michael LaTour, (third row) Gabe Hance, John Treadwell, Damian Kaley, Nate Maas, Dominic Kaley, Nic Paumen, Zach Johnson, Brandon Lyons, Lucas Fobbe, Ryan Cargill, Greg Giebenhain, Blake Wellsted, (fourth row) coach Brad Baumann, Cal Redemske, Sam Schaust, Tony Goelz, Nick Preisinger, Derek Reller, Kyle Pilger, Zach Johnson, Cody Bakka, coach Tim Knudsen, Principal Dave Hansen, Josh Gindele, Tanner Vassar, Eli Hance, Ben Gindele, Garret Anderson, (back) Brian Redemske, Cam Knudsen, Chase Olson, Tanner Schmidt, Charlie Stejskal, Morgan Moeller, coach Derek Picha, coach Andrew Brown, coach Dennis Klug, (not pictured) Riley Scadden and Ryan Elsenpeter.
The team includes (front) Kelsie Kelm, Anna Treptau (second row) Mollie Scheiber, Jordyn Trager, Olivia Marquette, Taylor Pilger, Maya Ortiz, Chloe Callahan, Emily Webb, Mariah Jackson, (third row) Ellie Haney, Brooklyn Toedter, Jillian Goelz, Linsey Rachel, Jeni Pomije, Morgan Scheiber, Maddy Neu, Macy Wurm, (back) coach Leah Davis, head coach Marty Kiebel and coach Amy Voigt. See Sports on pages 8 and 9 for more information about volleyball, football and cross country post-season efforts.
The Maple Lake Irish football team defeated rival Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 48-21 on Thursday at St. Cloud State University to earn the right to advance to the state tournament. The Irish volleyball team also became section champions on Thursday evening with a win over Park Center in five games at St. Michael-Albertville High School. Starting out with two losses, they rallied to make it happen. Their scores were 19-25, 19-25, 25-10, 25-22 and 15-12.
The Irish came into playoffs with a record of 20-8. Already having a successful season, the team strived to advance their winning record. Carrying momentum from their last game, the Irish played an aggressive game and added another win, when they played the Blake Bears Thursday, Oct. 25.
Game one was a start of a great match for the Irish. They showed all their skills and made the Bears work for every point. Playing tough, they won the set 25-11.
Maple Lake also won game two, 25-8. The Irish were really playing well, leaving little room for error. "We played really well as a team and our communication was great," said junior Jillian Goelz.
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Coming off an important and exciting win the previous Tuesday where the Irish won the title of Central Minnesota Conference Champions, the team carried their momentum into their Oct. 20 game at home. Maple Lake faced the Zimmerman Thunder and once again came out on top.
In the first set, the Irish looked prepared. They came out with strong serves and really performed well at the net. The Thunder had weak passing and had difficulty playing the ball back. Maple Lake continued their strength through game one and beat Zimmerman 25-22.
The Irish only improved after game one. In game two the team really came together. With great effort and communication, the Irish played the ball back at full force and made the Thunder fight for every point they earned. Maple Lake had an aggressive game two, Zimmerman failed to earn enough points and the Irish won 25-12.