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Wed
21
Jun

Irish baseball takes third at state


Maple Lake baseball set a new school record by improving upon its fourth-place-at-state finish last year. Last week the team battled its way to third place, defeating Rochester Lourdes and Marshall School, Duluth en route. The team's only loss was to returning state champions, Minnehaha Academy. Sitting, from left, Jeffrey Henrikson and Brock Goelz. Front row, from left, Ben Reilley, Ben Clapp, Hunter Malachek, Ben Goelz, Alex Marquette, Dawson McAlpine and Brandon Schmitz. Back row, from left, head coach Brooks Marquardt, coach Jordan Mathiasen, Tyler Weimer, Mitch Hoistad, Adam Holmgren, Cole Trager, Noah Zander, Nate Hogan, John Reilley, Grant Mergen, Anna Becker, coach Joe Hoffman, Kora Fuller. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl))

Maple Lake High School athletes broke another record last week as the Irish baseball team cruised to third place in Class AA at the Minnesota State High School League State Baseball Tournament, the best finish in school history.
Maple Lake secured its position among the top four by defeating No. 5 seed Rochester Lourdes 11-1 in the first round of the tournament.

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Wed
21
Jun

Lakers win three of four in busy week


Irish pitcher Derek Rachel hurls the ball toward a Montrose/Waverly batter, Sunday, June 18, at Laker Stadium. Rachel got the win with five innings pitched and had a great day at the plate with three runs, three hits and four RBIs.

The Maple Lake Lakers made the best of a busy week, winning three of four against league rivals to put themselves in sixth in the North Star League. The Lakers put up 35 runs last week thanks in part to McRae Haney, Graham Brown, Riley Decker, and Derek Rachel all hitting over .400. Maple Lake will look to continue their success as they approach the halfway point in the regular season.

Wed
07
Jun

Lakers down Buffalo 19-7 at home

The Maple Lake Lakers celebrated the career of longtime player and coach Chad Raiche on Sunday afternoon when he was inducted into the North Star League Hall of Fame after 19 seasons of play. Raiche’s combination of power at the plate, defensive capabilities, and pitching contributed to hundreds of Lakers’ victories and earned him numerous personal accolades over his storied career. Beyond that, his love for the game helped build Maple Lake baseball.

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Wed
07
Jun

Irish advance to section championship game

The Maple Lake High School baseball team will play in the Section 5AA Championship game this week for a berth in the State Baseball Tournament.
The Irish defeated Watertown-Mayer 6-0; Holy Family 6-2; and Providence Academy 7-3 for the right.
The championship game will be played at Irish Stadium at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 8.
Hunter Malachek threw a shutout on Maple Lake’s way to defeating the Royals, Tuesday, May 30, in the first round of the section tournament. He allowed just one hit.
The Irish took an early one-run lead in the first inning. The ball players scored another run in the bottom of the fourth, then tacked on four more in the fifth, thanks to doubles by Malachek and Ben Clapp and a home run by Ben Reilley.

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Wed
31
May

Track and field advances 25 to sections


The Maple Lake track and field team will advance 25 athletes to the Section 5A track and field tournament on Wednesday, May 31, at St. John’s University. Above, the boys 4x400-meter relay team finished second at sub-sections to go on. They are, from left, Jason Webb, Quinn Youngs, Noah Hayes and Aaron Reese. (Photo by Chris Fobbe)

The Maple Lake girls and boys track teams finished first and second, respectively, at the sub-section 17A meet last week and advanced 25 athletes and 10 alternates to the Section 5A meet at St. John’s this week for a shot at state.
Catie Fobbe set the school and stadium record in the discus, Tuesday, May 23, at Maple Lake High School, throwing it 124 feet and 1 inch for first place. The top four individuals and top two relays advance to sections, along with anyone who meets the section standard. Fobbe was also named Central Minnesota Athlete of the Week, due in part to her performance.
Other notable performances came from the girls 4x800-meter relay team of Ava Mergen, Sophie Pribyl, Gus Demarais, and Bionca Peterson with their first-place performance.

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Wed
31
May

Irish open tournament with shut-outs


Linsey Rachel beats the ball to second base during a Tuesday, May 23, shut-out against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in Section 5AA tournament action. The Irish continues to hold onto its perfect record going into the final games of the tournament. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish softball team opened the Section 5AA tournament last week with double-digit shut-outs over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Eden Valley-Watkins.
On Tuesday, May 30, Maple Lake was to meet East Subsection No. 2 seed Rockford in Rockford for the chance to play in the championship game and a shot at the state tournament. The final game will be held in Rockford on Thursday, June 1, starting at 4:30 p.m.
After a first-round bye, Maple Lake kicked off the tournament on Tuesday, May 23, with the home-field advantage over the Lakers.
Linsey Rachel’s double in the first inning off a wild pitch set the tone for the game as the Irish cruised to a 10-0 victory.

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Wed
31
May

Boys clinch CMC title


Ben Goelz is congratulated by his teammates after scoring during the Tuesday, May 23, game at home against Eden Valley-Watkins. Goelz had two runs and two hits in the Irish win. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake High School baseball team won its second consecutive Central Minnesota Conference title, Tuesday, May 23, at home when it defeated Eden Valley-Watkins 7-0.
The Irish finished with a 13-1 CMC record and go into playoffs this week boasting an 18-2 overall record and as the No. 1 seed.
The Irish were scheduled to kick off the tournament against Watertown-Mayer on Tuesday, May 30, after a first-round bye. The Royals, seeded No. 9, ousted No. 8 seed Litchfield last week for the opportunity. The tournament will be held at Irish Stadium.
The Irish took an early lead against the Eagles in the team’s final regular season game of the year when Brock Goelz hit a single to drive in a run.

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Wed
24
May

Maple Lake golfers are 4th in CMC

The Irish boys golf team finished fourth in Central Minnesota Conference standings after three final regular season meets last week, and two players earned top-ten honors.
Devon Lyons placed ninth in the CMC with a season average of 44.17, and Joseph Stokman placed 10th with a season average of 44.67.
On Thursday, May 18, Maple Lake traveled to ShadowBrooke in Lester Prairie where the team finished sixth led by Stokman with 45 strokes.

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Wed
24
May

Irish do well at two golf meets


Irish golfers did well at two meets last week. Above are, from left, Ashlee Martie, Andrea Peterson and Katie Webb on Friday, May 19. (Photos by Margaret Webb)

The Irish girls golfers finished up their regular season on Friday, May 19, with two Central Minnesota Conference Meets.
The Irish traveled to Osakis in the morning and played another round at Prairie View Golf Course in Brooten in the afternoon.
Katie Webb shot a season low 47 to lead the Irish at Osakis; Ashlee Martie wasn't far behind with a 51; and Andrea Peterson posted a 57.
Peterson shot the Irish's low score of 50 at Brooten; Webb came away with a 51; and Martie shot a 59.

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Wed
24
May

Malachek selected for All-Star team


Hunter Malachek was selected for All-Star team. (Photo by Chris Fobbe)

Maple Lake senior Hunter Malachek was selected to participate in the 43rd Annual Play Ball! Minnesota High School All-Star Baseball Series from Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24, in Chaska, at the Chaska Athletic Park.
The tournament is presented by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association, Play Ball! MN, B.I.G Athletics, and Cambria.

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