After qualifying the week before, Irish track and field teams headed to St. John's University for the Section 5 finals. The top place in each event qualified to move on to the state meet at Hamline University on June 11 and 12. In addition, participants who met standard qualifying time would also advance to the state meet.
“Twenty-six is the most we have ever sent to sections and those who went enjoyed the day,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs. “The kids competed hard and it was a joy to go and coach them.”
It was a bittersweet day for the Irish boys’ golf team on June 2, when they played their last meet at the 2010 5AA Sections. The end of the season meant no more late practices, and more importantly. the beginning of summer. But at the same time they had made lots of fun memories and good times all throughout the season. It was especially sad for seniors Evan Kadlec, Dom Lauer, and Gary Welch, who will be leaving the Maple Lake golf team.
The Lakers were home for their only game of the week on Wednesday, May 26, against the Buffalo Bull Dogs.
After leaving runners stranded to start the game, the Lakers recorded a run when Tyler Decker got things started with a homer to left. Sam Marsnik was next to get on base and was brought in by Riley Decker's pop to center.
On a warm Tuesday, May 25, Maple Lake High School was host to the Section 5A Sub-Section 17 track and field meet. In addition to Maple Lake, Annandale, Dassel-Cokato, Meadow Creek Christian, Rockford, Howard-Lake-Waverly-Winsted, and Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity were also in attendance.
In order to advance to the section meet at St. John's on Wednesday, June 2, athletes must place in the top four in all individual races and in the top two for relay races.
As the school year winds down, so does the golf season. This week, the JV teams had one final practice,before their golf season came to a close, while the varsity had only one meet this week on Monday, May 24, at Albion Ridges.
Now that conference play is over, the team is just playing a few easy invitationals at which the main goal is to just let the golfers have fun and play a round with other people their age.
After being rescheduled due to unfavorable weather, the Section 7A True Team track and field meet was held on Thursday, May 13 in Holdingford. Although the meet was rescheduled in hopes of finding a day with better weather, it was less than successful as Thursday was cold and wet.
Unlike many other meets, all participants in each event earn points for their team. With all points totaled the girls ended the evening in third place and the boys finished in second.
At the Pierz golf course on Friday, May 21, the Irish girls’ golf team played their final CMC match of the year. Maple Lake placed sixth out of seven teams. Tying for first was K-EV-W and Rockford, with 178; then was Osakis, 184; Pierz, 201; B-B-E, 208; Maple Lake 210; and HL-W, 234.
Individual scores were as follows: Emily Carey, 48; Tabitha Latzig, 54; Maggie Carey, 54; Gretchen Menne, 54; Kirstin Kubian, 57; Annie Schwede, 57; and Ashley Becker, 58.