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.”
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.
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.
This year's Irish boys’ basketball banquet was hosted at Madigan's Pub & Grill on Sunday, April 10.
The banquet started out with a list of numerous thank-you's to all the people who made the basketball season possible, and successful. That was followed with a summary of the season given by Coach Tim Staloch.
“The 2010-2011 season was a very enjoyable season,” Staloch said. “Our players stayed positive, worked hard, and never stopped believing. They represented our school well, on and off of the floor.”
Thursday, Apr 21: 4:30, Softball: JV Game vs. Kimball Area @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Baseball: 8th Grade Game vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Area High School; 4:00pm Baseball: 7th Grade Game vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Area High School; 4:00pm, Track & Field: Varsity Invitational vs. Howard Lake-WW/Lester Prairie @ Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted H.S.; 4:15pm, Golf: Boys Varsity Meet Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball Area, Osakis., Rockford Area Schools District vs. Pierz Healy @ Pierz Golf Course; 4:30pm, Baseball: Varsity Game vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Area High School; 4:30pm, Baseball: JV Game vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Area High School; 4:30pm, Softball: Varsity Game vs. Kimball Area @ Maple Lake High School
The Maple Lake Irish baseball team began practice indoors on March 21. The team was inside due to weather, and the fields being covered with snow as well as too wet to play on. But the Irish are ready for a good season.
“This year's team has some experience to work with,” said Coach Tony Smith. “Last year's team tied for second in the conference, and reached section playoffs.”
During the first week of practice the Irish split off into an infield group and an outfield group, in which they would rotate every other day between weight lifting and practice.
After one of the snowiest winters in years, everyone was happy to see spring come to Minnesota at last. There are many signs of spring, including the first robin of the year, trees blossoming, and finally being able to wear shorts, but at the Albion Ridges Golf Course, a sure sign that winter is over is the sight of a yellow school bus parked out front.
“It was so fun to be out there again,” said Emily Carey. “But at the same time it was stressfull because it was difficult to get back in the swing of things after being off the course for so long.”
The days of snow angels and snowmen couldn’t fade away faster for the Maple Lake track team who look forward to the start of the 2011 season.
Although some spots have yet to be filled, the first weeks of practice have been successful thanks to last year’s completion of the new activity center which includes a triple jump pit, pole vault dish and other areas to practice events such as shot put, hurdles, and running.