On Friday night, Sept. 30, the Irish hosted Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa for the annual Homecoming game. Maple Lake played well and won the game 32-18.
The Irish came out slowly and were outscored 10-0 in the first quarter, but bounced back strong in the second quarter by scoring 21 unanswered points.
The first touchdown was scored by senior running back Dedrek Berndtson, who put his head down and punched the ball over the goal line for six, followed by an extra point from senior kicker Forrest Coughlin.
On Friday night, Sept. 23, the Irish football team hosted the Kimball Cubs for a conference game. Maple Lake found themselves turning the ball over six times in their heart-breaking loss which ended in overtime by a score of 8-7.
Throughout the game both teams couldn't seem to find an offense that could produce a score, and when the Irish did find themselves close to the end zone it would be countered with a fumble or a penalty.
The Maple Lake Irish cross country team traveled to Pierz on September 19 to compete in the Pierz Pioneers Stampede meet. The Irish competed very hard and had many successful races, especially for a Monday meet.
In the varsity competition, the boys took seventh and the girls placed sixth. Mollie Graham led the Irish girls in the varsity competition with a time of 16:58. Leading the boys from Maple Lake and taking 12th place was Greg Dorow, crossing the finish line at 17:39.
After a long school day on Tuesday, September 20, the Maple Lake Irish volleyball players stepped off the bus in Mayer Lutheran and began to prepare themselves for the very challenging task ahead.
Both teams stepped onto the court ready to give it their all as game one was underway. Sticking to their game strategy, Maple Lake was able to take control early during the first few points. But with height on their side, Mayer Lutheran got a touch on every ball and won the game with a final score of 25-19.
On Thursday, September 8, the Irish cross country team was fired up and ready to compete at their meet in Delano. The Irish showed strong performances and had a very successful day with many runners ranking in the top 10.
“The meet at Delano was the best the team has run this season. In the first two meets the team was a little lackluster, but at Lake Rebecca we ran up to our potential,” said Coach Ben Youngs.
Coming off a tournament championship, the Irish volleyball players hoped to continue their winning streak while they got ready for the night’s upcoming competition against Holy Family on September 12.
Starting off strong, Maple Lake took the lead early in game one. After many good plays, Holy Family was able to put points on the scoreboard and catch up to the Irish. Thanks to a 10-point serving run from Holy Family, they were able to pull ahead during the final plays of the game and win 25-23.
On Friday night the Irish football team traveled to Rockford for their second conference game of the season. Maple Lake rolled over the Rockets, winning the game easily by a score of 33-7.
The Irish scored right away on the opening drive, starting with a long reception by senior wide receiver Joey Mooney putting the Irish near the Rockford endzone. During the week the team put in a new goal line offense called "Buffalo" which would set up senior Derek Rachel for a short touchdown run as he drove through a pile of defenders.
As if becoming the first section champions in school history wasn’t enough to excite a team, walking through a tunnel of high-fives and pats on the back from proud classmates and staff pushed the Maple Lake Irish volleyball players to the brink of anticipation.
On Friday night, Nov. 11, the Irish traveled to Farmington High School for the first round of the state football tournament. Their opponent was the Caledonia Warriors, who are the defending state champions. The game was a struggle for Maple Lake, which lost 47-12.
The Irish started off strong, scoring on the fourth play of the game, coming from a 60-yard touchdown run from senior running back Brady Gagnon.
On Tuesday, November 1, the Maple Lake Irish hosted the second playoff game against the Rockford Rockets. Playing Rockford once before, the Irish volleyball players knew what to expect when the game begun.