Sports

Fri
06
Sep

Irish boys down Milaca, HL-W-W

On Tuesday the Irish traveled to Milaca for a sub-section game. It was a battle to the end but Maple Lake was able to hang on to the lead, winning the game by a score of 70-67.
The Irish shot very well during this game, which was one of the components to earning the win.  On the other side of the ball was where they struggled the most, though, the team was not able to stop a very quick guard from scoring which hurt the Irish, who led Milaca with 34 points.  
Fri
06
Sep

Gymnastics season ends at state meet

Last week, the Irish gymnastics team had their final meet at Sections, with Courtney Couette earning a trip to the state gymnastics tournament last weekend. 
Couette headed over bright and early Saturday morning to begin warming up for her meet. “I was pretty excited to return to state,” she said.
Since Couette had advanced in two events–floor exercise and all-around–it was all the more stressful. “There is way more pressure at a state meet than a regular one,” she admitted.
Fri
06
Sep

Four wrestlers head to state, Lightning coaches honored

Melrose High School played host to this year’s Section 6AA Individual Wrestling Tournament. The tournament ran Friday, February 25th, and Saturday, February 26th. Central Minnesota wrestling fans were treated to multiple close matches in a section that has often daunted some of the toughest wrestlers in the state. 
Fri
06
Sep

Irish girls close regular season

Last Tuesday, February 22, was Senior Night for the Irish who took on the Holdingford Huskers.  
The Huskers came in looking to avenge an 18-point loss to the Irish earlier this season. 
The game got underway with both teams playing tough man-to-man defenses. Brooke Decker had the hot hand early and led the Irish with 11 first-half points as the Irish went into the intermission leading by 4 points, 25-21.  
Fri
06
Sep

Sports Schedule

Thursday, Mar 3: TBD, Swimming: Boys Varsity State Tournament Buffalo vs. TBA @ TBA
Friday, Mar 4: TBD, Swimming: Boys Varsity State Tournament Buffalo vs. TBA @ TBA; 6:00pm, Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Kimball Area @ Maple Lake High School; 6:00pm, Basketball: Boys C Game vs. Kimball Area @ Maple Lake High School; 7:30pm, Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Kimball Area @ Maple Lake High School
Saturday, Mar 5: TBD, Swimming: Boys Varsity Meet Buffalo vs. TBA @ TBA; 9:00am, Speech: Varsity Meet vs. Fridley @ Fridley High School
Fri
06
Sep

Softball rebounds from loss for big win

On Tuesday, April 19, the Irish softball girls traveled to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted to take on their rivals, the Lakers.
The game began with Brooke Decker on the mound and the Lakers up to bat. HL-W-W’s Arvidson was walked, advanced on a passed ball then eventually scored off a Maple Lake error.
Throughout the game, the Irish struggled to get on base, as there was only one hit made throughout the whole game by Ashley Gries in the bottom of the first. 
Fri
06
Sep

Baseball goes 1-2, defeats Lakers 4-2

On Monday, April 18, the Maple Lake Irish baseball team traveled to Litchfield for a non-conference game against the Dragons. It was a battle for both teams but the Irish fell in a close game 2-1, picking up their second loss of the season thus far.  
“Offensively we struggled,” said Coach Tony Smith. “We played good defense and the pitchers threw well.”
Fri
06
Sep

Irish host home golf meet

The first golf meet of the year never fails to make members of the Irish golf team nervous. Luckily, Maple Lake was hosting the first CMC meet at Albion Ridges, so the girls’ team had a home-field advantage. 
“The day before the meet we played the course, that way we knew just how everything was,” said Gretchen Menne. 
Yet there were other things making the girls apprehensive.
Fri
06
Sep

Softball gets win over Annandale

On Tuesday, April 11, the Maple Lake softball team started their season off right with a win on their home field against the Annandale Cardinals. 
The Cardinals were up to bat first with Maple Lake’s Brooke Decker on the mound. Nilson from Annandale led off with a single. However, the next three Cardinal batters were thrown out at first, putting the Irish up to bat.
However, when the Irish stepped up to the plate, they too struggled to get on base.
Fri
06
Sep

Track teams get off to good start

A week of practice prepared the Irish track team as they headed out the school doors Thursday, April 7, and loaded onto the bus that would take them to their first track meet in Norwood-Young America. 
“Our expectations are for the kids to try hard and compete in all events, but our team goals are for May not April,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs. 
Competing against seven other schools including Sibley East, Watertown-Mayer, Lester Prairie, and others, the girls placed second while the boys took third. 

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