Scheduled to be played at Howard Lake on Friday, July 1, the North Star League All Star Game was one more blow against baseball by the summer of rains. Cancelled due to stormy weather, the game will not be made up.
Dusty Decker, Mike Kloeppner, and Jeremy Schmidt were named to represent the Lakers on the West squad.
For the first time ever, the Cross Country team traveled to Holdingford on Thursday, September 8 to compete. The Irish did exceptionally well considering this has only been their second meet of the season.
In the varsity competition, the Irish boys took fifth and the girls’ team placed fourth. Maple Lake’s Greg Dorow led the boys for the Irish taking eighth place with a time of 18:05. Dorow improved his time from the last meet by an astonishing minute and a half.
Getting back into the routine of school, the final bell rang and let the students out of class. Among those students were the Irish volleyball players who hosted their first after school game, and first conference game, against the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles on Thursday September 8.
Waking up early in the morning for tournaments is the price to pay in order to be gain experience and confidence for a volleyball team. On Friday, August 26, the Maple Lake Irish volleyball team stepped off the bus in Albany and prepared for the competition ahead of them.
First to face the Irish was Minnewaska, followed by Watertown, Little Falls and finally Albany for the championship.
Despite the hot weather and humidity on September 1, the Maple Lake Irish cross country team hosted the 2011 Irish Invitational at Ney Park. Although the heat was an obstacle, the athletes managed to push through and perform a solid first meet.
Cross country at Maple Lake High School is now rivaling football in terms of the number of participants. A big jump of 20 additional students makes 62 athletes who will compete on this year’s junior high through varsity boys’ and girls’ squads.
The six seniors who will provide team leadership are Michael Thomas, Kevin Salveson, Jake Johnson, Laura Wagner, Kayla Sturm and Savannah Goelz.
While students take pleasure in soaking up the sun and sleeping in on weekdays during their last days of summer, hitting the snooze was not an option for the Maple Lake Irish volleyball program. Starting on August 15, they said hello to their 7 a.m. alarm buzzer and headed for the track to begin the 2011 volleyball season.