Mackenna Brown leaps to a second place finish in the long jump. She went 14 feet, 7 inches, helping the Irish girls’ team to a first place finish out of eight teams.
(Photos by Chris Fobbe)
At right, Aaron Reese competes in the 110-meter hurdles at NY-A last week.
The Irish girls finished first and the boys were second at a track and field meet, Thursday, April 13, at Norwood-Young America.
On the girls’ side, Maple Lake started off with a big win in the 4x800 meter relay. Halle Geyen, Sophie Pribyl, Bionca Peterson and Ava Mergen were a part of that team.
“Ava had a slim lead over the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted anchor runner, who is very good. The HL-W-W girl got right on her tail, but Ava was able to pull away. It was a gutsy performance and shows that Ava's off-season training is paying off,” coach Ben Youngs said.
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Students of the Maple Lake High School choir participated in the Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest in Annandale, Monday, April 10. Alyssa Bergeron received an excellent rating for singing "Send Forth a Song" and Andrea Peterson received an excellent rating for singing "American Lullaby." Audrey Berndt and Anna Becker received a superior rating for their duet performance of "Homeward Bound." The girls ensemble that consisted of Keiara Anderson, Anna Becker, Alyssa Bergeron, Audrey Berndt, Hannah Budke, Kora Fuller, Katelyn Fuller, Mara Hayes, Caitlin Johnson, Emily Jude, Mikayla Koss, Kaitlyn Murphy, Lindsey Paumen, Andrea Peterson, Natasha Raymond, Katie Treadwell, Avery Triplett, Megan Wasserman and Samantha Wasserman received two very exciting ratings. The ensemble received a superior rating for their performance of "Changes" by Audrey Snyder. The song was performed a cappella and incorporated rhythmic hand percussion. The girls were also awarded Best in Site. They were chosen as the best performance in their room by their judge.
(Photo by Nick Pawlenty)
Joshua Medley will compete in the State Speech meet on Saturday, April 22..
(Photo by Bob Zimmerman)
Joshua Medley will represent Maple Lake High School at the state speech meet after his performance at the Section 4A meet in Watertown-Mayer, Saturday, April 8. Medley finished third in Storytelling for the right to advance to the prestigious event which will be held on Saturday, April 22, at Apple Valley High School. Other finalists from Maple Lake were Tyler Russell who placed fifth in Great Speeches; Linsey Hanson who was sixth in Discussion; Emma Carlson who was sixth in Informative and Lucy Greenhagen who placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Maple Lake speech coach Eric Meyer presents Josie Wagner with a medal. Wagner placed third in extemporaneous reading.
The Maple Lake speech team tied for second place at the Central Minnesota Conference meet, Thursday, March 23, in Maple Lake.
Placing for the Irish were: Linsey Hanson, third place in discussion; Olivia LaTour and Josie Niemec, sixth place in duo interpretation; Caleb Hagen and Ivan LaTour, fifth place in duo interpretation; Emily Miller and Katie Goelz, conference champions in duo interpretation; Josie Wagner, third place in extemporaneous reading; Lucy Greenhagen, fifth place in extemporaneous speaking; Mary Miller, sixth place in great speeches; Emma Carlson fourth place in informative speaking; Kayla Hanson sixth place in serious drama; Claire Carlson, fifth place in serious poetry, and Alyssa Hadler, third place in serious prose.
Students at Maple Lake Elementary School celebrated renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss' birthday, Thursday, March 2. The day traditionally brings to a close, February's "I Love to Read Month.” Above, Nick Jost dressed up as Thing 2 and Nathan Zander was Thing 1, characters from Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat." With them are Isabelle Lewis, left, and Sarah Jensen. (Photo submitted)
Maple Lake junior and high school bands held the annual Pops Concert on Monday, March 6, at the high school gym. Fifth- through eighth-grade bands, plus the senior high and jazz bands, performed music from “Indiana Jones” “Les Miserables”, “Toto,” “Jurrasic Park,” Pirates of the Caribbean” and more. Above, Anna McClelland keeps the beat on her drums at Monday’s event. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Maple Lake High School’s 9th through 12th grade choir received three superior ratings at a Minnesota State High School League sanctioned Large Group Contest at Watertown-Mayer on Wednesday, March 1. The choir performed “Come to Me, O My Love” by Allan Petker and “Will You Teach Me?” by Victor C. Johnson for three judges. Each judge gave a rating on the following categories: intonation, rhythm, balance/blend, tone quality, attacks/releases, interpretation/musicianship, diction, choice of literature, facial expression and other performance factors. The choir received a superior rating from each judge. Pictured are, front row, from left, Mara Hayes, Alyssa Bergeron, Nikki Wilson, Kora Fuller, Anna Becker, Andrea Peterson, Audrey Berndt, Callie Maki and Saige Lindahl. Second row, from left, Emily Jude, Keiara Anderson, Hannah Budke, Kaitlyn Murphy, Avery Triplett, Natasha Raymond, Caitlin Johnson and Katelyn Fuller. Third row, from left, Katie Treadwell, Megan Wassermann, Eric Jude, Collin Giebenhain, Ben Rivers, Ben Clapp, Samantha Wassermann, Anna Zaske and Lindsey Paumen. Fourth row, from left, Dylan Neska, Trenton Miller, Colton Christopherson, Josh Pettit, Michael Ness, Kyle Scherber, Daniel Goelz and Noah Zander.
The Maple Lake Irish speech team finished third at an 18-team home meet on Saturday, Feb. 25. They are, front, Victoria Rollings; second row, from left, Gabby Fritz, Katie Goelz; third row, from left, Sami Hayes, Calli Hadler, Mary Miller, Madeline Gindele, Abby Deyo; fourth row, from left, Maya Heeralall, Mia Cochrane, Caleb Beneke, Lucy Greenhagen, Emily Miller, Anna Zaske, Claire Carlson, Alayna Jude, Hope Jude, Mara Hayes, Alyssa Hadler; back row, from left, Ashley Schmitz, Ashlee Martie, Emma Carlson, Tyler Russell, Sam Neutz, Linsey Hanson, Brady Tongen, Natalie Neumann, Kayla Hanson, Josie Wagner, Lexi Hanson, Ivan LaTour, Abby LaTour, Josh Medley.
At left, Victoria Rollings, left, and Tyler Russell get onstage for the awards ceremony. Rollings accepted the team’s third-place trophy and Russell received an award for his first-place finish in great speeches. At right, Emma Carlson received an award for finishing sixth and second, respectively, in the “informative” category during a Saturday, March 25, home speech meet.
(Photos by Bob Zimmerman)