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06
Sep

Irish volleyball gets wins over Holy Family, Kimball

by Rachel Latour The Irish had the challenge of having another Monday game on Sept. 24 against Holy Family. The Irish overcame the obstacle of not being used to Monday games and took Holy Family down in three games. Game 1: For being a Monday, the girls got off to a good start. Two serving streaks were made by both senior outside hitters, Shelby Rachel and Jen Puncochar. After senior setter Carissa Knott was done serving, the score was 20-6, then Holy Family had a little stretch of points. The Irish had a tough time passing serve, something that usually just comes naturally to them. The Holy Family Fire found a weak spot in the middle to tip which proved effective in that game. However, the Irish proved their dominance in game one with a final score of 25-17. Game 2: In game two, and throughout the night, the Irish did a great job of just getting a touch at the net, or even a solid block.

Fri
06
Sep

Cross country girls take 1st, boys 3rd at St. John's

The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams headed to St. John’s Prep on Thursday, September 27. They competed against Watertown-Mayer, Hinckley-Finlayson, Rush City, St. John’s Prep, Christ’s Household of Faith, and Braham Area. The girls’ varsity team placed 1st overall with a score of 39. Halle Geyen placed second with a time of 16:02. Placing 5th was Sommer Carlson with a time of 16:21. Mollie Graham finished with a time of 17:03, placing 6th. Blair Stewig placed 12th with a time of 17:45. Kayla Hoistad took 14th with a time of 17:55. Placing 16th with a time of 18:00, was Bernadette Loch. Jordan Sifferle finished with a time of 18:25, placing 20th. Placing 23rd was Mackenzie Miller with a time of 18:38. Baylyn Riviere came in 24th with a time of 18:41. Jessie Wohlrabe finished in 28th with a time of 18:47. Skyler Manka took 29th with a time of 18:51. Kennedy Gorres placed 39th with a time of 20:00. Kelly Beissel finished with a time of 20:35, placing 46th.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish stay perfect with win over Cubs

The Maple Lake Irish traveled to Kimball on Friday evening, Sept. 28, to take on the Cubs in what was an important contest to determine Central Minnesota Conference supremacy. The Cubs were determined to make a game of it, but the Irish quickly took control of the contest after getting a feel for what the Cubs were doing. The opening kickoff was taken by Irish running back Drew Hanson who ran the ball back to the 47 yard line. However, the Irish were unable to move the ball. Irish quarterback and punter, Donnie Mavencamp, who had a stellar evening kicking the ball, pinned the Cubs at their own 10 yard line. The Irish defense held the Cubs to only one yard on three plays, forcing them to punt the ball away. Beginning at the Cubs’ 40 yard line, the Irish employed their power running game to punish the Cub defense. Two quick passes by Mavencamp to senior wide-out Bosten Fieldseth helped keep the Cub defense on its heels.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish stay perfect with win over Cubs

The Maple Lake Irish traveled to Kimball on Friday evening, Sept. 28, to take on the Cubs in what was an important contest to determine Central Minnesota Conference supremacy. The Cubs were determined to make a game of it, but the Irish quickly took control of the contest after getting a feel for what the Cubs were doing. The opening kickoff was taken by Irish running back Drew Hanson who ran the ball back to the 47 yard line. However, the Irish were unable to move the ball. Irish quarterback and punter, Donnie Mavencamp, who had a stellar evening kicking the ball, pinned the Cubs at their own 10 yard line. The Irish defense held the Cubs to only one yard on three plays, forcing them to punt the ball away. Beginning at the Cubs’ 40 yard line, the Irish employed their power running game to punish the Cub defense. Two quick passes by Mavencamp to senior wide-out Bosten Fieldseth helped keep the Cub defense on its heels.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish volleyball falls to Pierz in four games

On Thursday, October 11, the volleyball team hauled a coach bus all the way to Pierz. The match went into four games, with Pierz coming out on top. Game 1: The Irish started off the first game sort of sluggish. With the score of 7-2, the Irish took a timeout. After the timeout, the players came back with a few points and made the score 7-5. However, the Pioneers shot back with a 12-7 lead over the Irish. Not willing to go down easy, the Irish started fighting their way back mid-game. Unfortunately, the Irish came up short, and lost game one, 17-25.
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish girls' cross country earns conference crown

Climbing into the bus on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 16, the runners on the Maple Lake cross country teams didn’t know what to expect. Some were excited, while others were nervous. They were headed to Pierz for a meet of which for some, decided their “fate.” But all they could do was try their best and run their hardest. And that’s exactly what they did. The girls ended up as Central Minnesota Conference champions, with the boys not far behind. The girls’ varsity team finished in 1st place, conquering Holdingford by a mere 2 points. The Irish girls were filled with emotion. “We were super excited when we found out we won,” said varsity runner Blair Stewig. “We were also surprised because we thought we lost by one point but it turned out we won by two! We all hugged the Holdingford team and everyone on our own team.

Fri
06
Sep

Football closes regular season with loss to Pierz

The Maple Lake Irish traveled to Pierz on Wednesday evening to take on the Pioneers in the final game of the regular season. The Irish started out hot on what was otherwise a cold, rainy evening, but were unable to maintain any momentum. The Irish took the opening kickoff and began a methodical drive down the field behind solid blocking by the front line and powerful running by sophomore fullback Cal Redemske. However, the Irish were turned away when a pass into the end zone was intercepted by a Pioneer defender. Pierz took possession of the ball at the 20 yard line and easily sliced through the Irish defense, scoring a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. On its next possession, the Irish again drove down the field, but were forced to punt. Great coverage by Irish linebacker Nick Gapinski forced the Pioneers to begin their next drive at the 35 yard line.
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.

Fri
06
Sep

Football team suffers season's first loss

The Maple Lake Irish football team traveled to Belgrade on Friday evening, Oct. 5, to take on the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars in an important Central Minnesota Conference matchup. The game was played in windy, cold conditions with some snowflakes in the air. In fact, it was cold enough to cause Coach Tim Knudsen to put away his summer shorts. The Irish were looking to extend their undefeated streak to six games, but the Jaguars had other ideas. It was a sloppily played contest with both teams making uncharacteristic mistakes that killed drives. In the end, the Jaguars were able to put together the game-winning drive, resulting in a final score of BBE 14 and Maple Lake 7. BBE returned the opening kickoff to the 18 yard line where they began their first drive. The Jags gained a first down by penalty, but were otherwise unable to move the ball thanks in large part to a big sack by senior Isaac Hendrickson. A poor punt gave the Irish good field position at its own 43 yard line.

Fri
06
Sep

Maple Lake volleyball squad gets win over Cardinals, falls to BBE

On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Maple Lake Irish faced a neighboring rival, Annandale. With much focus the Irish brought the Cardinals down in three games. Game 1: Annandale started off with a 3-0 lead against the Irish. For most of the first set, the Irish were trailing by a few points. Annandale found an open spot in the middle of the court that proved to be effective. The Irish passed some tough serves pretty well that just might have brought them back into the game. The Irish pulled ahead, and kept the couple point lead until the end of game one was over, 25-23. Game 2: In the beginning of game two, the Irish were falling behind again by a few points. The Irish defense also covered middle tips better. At the net, the Irish were getting good touches on blocks, slowing down the speed of the ball. On offense, the Irish were just pounding the ball down. With a score of 16-12, Annandale called a timeout.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish volleyball defeats Holdingford

With all the excitement of Homecoming throughout the week, the Irish were more than ready to play against Holdingford on Thursday, October 11, for their Homecoming match. Game 1: To start off game one, Carissa Knott had a 7-0 serving streak. Holdingford had a couple good servers, which caused the Irish to have trouble passing serve. At one point during the game, the score was 16-8. Communication started to diminish though. All of a sudden, Holdingford was coming back into the game. As Coach Marty Kiebel said one time throughout the night, “Yes, it was our gym, but it wasn’t our pace.” At a score of 23-23, there was a high ball in the middle of the net, then a Holdingford player put it deep in the back of the court and they scored that point. The Irish hit the ball out of bounds the next play, resulting in a win for the Huskers in game one, 23-25. Game 2: The Irish came out more focused, and without all the jitters they had in the previous game.

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