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Wed
11
Oct

Irish volleyball improves to 26-0


The Irish volleyball team celebrates another point on their way to a 3-1 win over Hill-Murray. The Irish defeated the Pioneers 22-25, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-23.

The Irish volleyball team bettered its record to 26-0 after seven more wins last week on the road.
Maple Lake kicked off the series on Tuesday, Oct. 3, with a 3-1 win over Hill-Murray.
The Irish defeated the non-Central Minnesota Conference opponent 22-25, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-23.
On Thursday, Oct. 5, Maple Lake cruised to a 3-0 win over conference foe Kimball, 25-10, 25-21 and 25-17, and on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, the girls won the 32-team Midwest Fall Classic at St. Michael-Albertville.
The Irish were scheduled to host Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and on Thursday, Oct. 12, the team will travel to Dassel-Cokato for a 7 p.m. match. On Saturday, Oct. 14, Maple Lake will compete at Benilde-St. Margaret at 9 a.m., and on Tuesday, Oct. 17, Maple Lake will go to Paynesville for a 7:15 p.m. match-up.

Wed
11
Oct

Geyen swims well at meets


Maple Lake freshman Trinity Geyen at the start of her race.

Maple Lake freshman Trinity Geyen helped the Buffalo High School swim team to a win over Cambridge-Isanti last week.
The Bison kicked off the week on Tuesday, Oct. 3, with a meet against Delano. Buffalo fell 105-81.
Geyen was part of the fifth-place 200-medley relay team. The group posted a time of 2:09:40. She was also a part of the fourth-place 200-relay team that finished with a time of 1:50:56.
Geyen also swam the 50 free and 100 breast on junior varsity and finished first and third, respectively.
On Thursday, Oct. 5, the Bison took on Cambridge-Isanti and won 108 to 73.
Geyen was part of the 200 free varsity relay that took third place in 1:55:08.
Up next for the Bison is Big Lake on Thursday, Oct. 12. Geyen will also compete with Buffalo on Saturday, Oct. 14, in Elk River.

Wed
11
Oct

Irish fall to Melrose 21-13


No. 7 Ben Goelz went 10-for-72 yards rushing with a 63-yard touchdown in the Irish’s loss to Melrose. (Photo by Chad Pingel)

Melrose used a home-field advantage to outscore Maple Lake 21-13, Friday, Oct. 6.
The Dutchmen struck first with a two-yard touchdown run by R. Nelson. An on-target kick for the extra point gave the home team a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Nelson struck again in the same quarter, throwing to J. Middendorf for a 50-yard touchdown pass. Nelson again supplied the extra point to make it 14-0 in the Dutchmen’s favor going into the second quarter.
The Irish rallied for a touchdown of their own in the second when Ben Goelz ran the ball 63 yards into the end zone. A two-point conversion run attempt failed to keep the score 14-6 in Melrose’s favor going into the half-time break.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Dutchmen struck with another touchdown pass from Nelson to Middendorf. The extra point gave Melrose a 21-6 lead.

Wed
11
Oct

Cross Country teams compete at Litchfield


Thursday, Oct. 5, was a busy night for Irish runners who invited members of the elementary community education program Run Like the Wind to compete in a race of their own at Litchfield. Above, Kass Fynboth, left, and Kurt Raymond race to the finish. “It was fun to have the elementary runners accompany us and run a race of their own. It brought energy to the evening to say the least,” coach Ben Youngs said. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Ava Mergen rounds a flag during last week’s cross country meet in Litchfield. Mergen finished 46th out of more than 100 runners in a time of 21:28. (Photos by Chris Fobbe )

Sophie Pribyl led the girls’ cross country team to a sixth place finish at a 15-team Litchfield meet, Thursday, Oct. 5, with a medal-winning time of 20:07.
Pribyl’s time, which earned her 12th overall, moved her to fourth all-time for Maple Lake High School, coach Ben Youngs said.
Gus Demarais ran a season best to finish 15th in 20:11 on a soggy course at the Litchfield Golf Club; Ava Mergen finished 46th in 21:28; Mary Miller was 51st in 21:39; Grace Praska ran a personal best to finish 54th in 21:41.171; Grace Heying ran a eason best 21:41.261 for 55th place and Margaret Graham fi-ished 107th in 23:54. There were a total of 112 runners.
“The team, as a whole, ran well,” Youngs said. “We are dropping times at the end, which is what we want to do. However, section foes Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Annandale finished well ahead of us, so we have some work to do to catch them if we want to qualify for state as a team,”

Wed
04
Oct

Runners claim fourth win of the season


Caleb Beneke, left, and Gabe Smail tackle the tough, rut- and rock-ridden cross country course at St. John’s Prep School last week. (Photo by Chris Fobbe)

The Maple Lake High School girls cross country team claimed its fourth win of the season, beating 10 other teams at St. John’s Prep, Thursday, Sept. 28, during the Fr. Otto Weber Cross Country Invitational.
“It was a beautiful evening in a picturesque setting, contrasted by a tough course with ruts and rocks--a true cross-country course,” coach Ben Youngs said.
The rugged course worked to the advantage of Gus Demarais, who is a strong runner and does well on courses like this, Youngs said.
Demarais was the meet champion, beating the runner-up by nearly 30 seconds with a time of 20:44.

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Wed
04
Oct

Volleyball moves to 19-0 on the season


No. 7 Mollie Scheiber punches the ball over the net. Scheiber had seven kills, one assist and three digs in the Thursday, Sept. 28, Homecoming win over the Holdingford Huskers. The Irish are now 19-0. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish volleyball team claimed two more decisive wins last week, boosting their record to 19-0 overall and 4-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference.
On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Maple Lake took on Mayer Lutheran, the No. 1 ranked team in class 1A and the defending Class A champs. In a great display of high school volleyball, the Irish, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, defeated the Crusaders 3-1 with game scores of 25-23, 25-18, 25-27 and 26-24.
On Thursday, Sept. 28, Maple Lake hosted CMC foe Holdingford during Homecoming week. The Irish pulled off the Homecoming win, defeating the Huskers 3-0 with game scores of 25-13, 25-15 and 25-10.

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Wed
04
Oct

Irish swimmer performs well at two meets


Maple Lake freshman Trinity Geyen competed in two meets last week as a member of the Buffalo varsity and junior varsity swim teams. Geyen was 15th in the 200 individual medley; 18th in the 100 breastroke; and first in the 200 freestyle relay. (Photo by Rebecca Kaiser)

Maple Lake freshman Trinity Geyen competed in two meets last week as a member of the Buffalo varsity and junior varsity swim teams.
On Thursday, Sept. 28, she placed first in the JV 200 individual medley with a time of 2:43:59 and was second in the JV 100 freestyle with a time of 1:05:44. She also competed in varsity events, but results were not available.
On Saturday, Sept. 30, Geyen traveled with the Bison to Circle Pines for Centennial High School's Tuna Meet. The Bison were among seven teams present for students in 7th through 9th grades. Geyen's 200 medley relay team finished sixth overall. Geyen completed the freestyle portion of the relay with a split time of 25.50 and a final time of 2:10:91. Other members of the relay team were Kaylie Carik, Marna Hanson and Ellie Carik, of Buffalo.

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Wed
04
Oct

Irish fall to Huskers in Homecoming loss


No. 80, Alex Toedter, makes a break for it. He scored the Irish’s first touchdown of the night Friday, punching it in from two yards out.

The Maple Lake High School football team lost its Homecoming game, 20-15, to the Holdingford Huskers on a pleasant, fall evening, Friday, Sept. 29, despite a valiant effort on the field.
The Huskers jumped to a 7-point lead as time expired in the first quarter. Irish players rallied for a touchdown of their own in the second when Alex Toedter reached the end zone from two yards out to cut Holdingford’s lead to 7-6. The extra point was no good.

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Wed
27
Sep

Irish runners take on mega race


Above, varsity runners erupt from the starting line at the Milaca Mega Meet, also known as the world’s largest high school cross country meet. They are, from left, Catie Fobbe, Margaret Graham, Ashley Carlson, Ava Mergen and Calli Lafave. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

The boys and girls cross country teams competed at two meets last week.
On Monday, Sept. 18, the Irish traveled to Pierz where the girls claimed an impressive third place, the highest any Maple Lake team has finished at that event.
The girls came in close behind the No. 2 in state ranked Annandale and ahead of section foe, Mora.
“If we can race like that, or a little better, we will definitely be in the hunt come section time,” coach Ben Youngs said.

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Wed
27
Sep

Football team holds out against Lakers


The Maple Lake Irish and the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers faced off in Howard Lake Friday before a picturesque sunset. The Irish defeated the arch rival Lakers 7-0. This week the Irish will host Holdingford on Friday, Sept. 29, in the big Homecoming game. There will also be a parade Friday, starting at 5:45 p.m. and a dance to follow. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

The Irish football team secured its second shut-out of the season when it defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on the road, Friday, Sept. 22.
The long-time rivals and Mid State Sub 1 District foes faced off on the Lakers home field. The Irish squeezed out a 7-0 win, but there was nothing pretty about it.
“A win, a win, but it was ugly,” head coach Tim Knudsen said. “Penalties, turnovers and poor execution offensively kept HL-W-W in the game.”
Maple Lake’s Alex Toedter made the only touchdown of the evening, scoring on a 25-yard run. The extra point put the Irish up 7-0, where it stayed.
The remainder of the game was a defensive battle with neither team performing offensively.

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