Sports

Thu
21
Sep

Cross country teams do well at multiple meets


The Irish varsity boys cross country team “rocked” the Delano Invitational, Thursday, Sept. 14, at Lake Rebecca by finishing fourth overall. Mike Miller, sixth from left, won the boys varsity race in a time of 10:25. (Photo by Michelle Lewis)

Above, Irish girls receive awards after performing well Monday, Sept. 18, at the Pierz Pioneers Stampede. The girls finished third and the boys were 11th. More on Monday’s performance will be available in the Wednesday, Sept. 27, Maple Lake Messenger. Earlier in the week the girls team won the Delano Invitational for the third straight year. (Photo by Ben Youngs)

Maple Lake’s boys and girls cross country teams competed in two meets last week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Irish traveled to Mora for the 16-team invitational that featured more than 100 runners in both varsity races.
The girls team finished 11th and the boys were 17th.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, Maple Lake traveled to Lake Rebecca for the Delano Invitational. The girls team won for the third straight year and the boys finished fourth against some “very good teams,” coach Ben Youngs said.

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Thu
21
Sep

Football falls hard to Pierz at home


Pierz players pile up on an Irish ball-holder during a Friday, Sept. 15, home game in Maple Lake. Maple Lake struggled against the tough Pioneers and ultimately fell 34-7. Friday night was also Parent’s Night for the Irish. This Friday, Sept. 22, The Irish will travel to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted for a 7 p.m. match-up. The Lakers are 1-2 for the season. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

Irish’s No. 7 Ben Goelz chases down Pierz running back Jalen Jansen. Goelz went five-for-four yards rushing Friday night against the Pioneers.

Maple Lake struggled against the undefeated Pierz, Friday, Sept. 15, ultimately falling 34-7 Parent’s Night.
Mistakes plagued the Irish throughout all four quarters. Alex Toedter had the only touchdown of the night when he scored in the second quarter on a one-yard run. Andy Mavencamp's kick was good to give the Irish their seven, but they didn't see the end zone again.
Pierz struck first in the first quarter to make the score 7-0. Two more touchdowns in the second boosted their lead to 14-7. The third quarter remained scoreless, but Pierz capped off the night with two more touchdowns in the fourth.

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Thu
21
Sep

Volleyball team gets a Parent’s Night win at home


Linsey Rachel sets up a serve against the Pioneers. Rachel was 13-for-14 serving with two aces, 11 kills and six digs.

Coach Marty Kiebel gives the girls some pointers during a team huddle at Tuesday’s on-the-road-win over Sauk Rapids-Rice, Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Irish are now 10-0 overall and ranked No. 1 in recent polls. (Photo by Mary Scheiber)

The Irish volleyball team remains undefeated with a 10-0 record after two more games last week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Maple Lake traveled to Sauk Rapids-Rice to take on the non-conference Storm.
The Storm fell 3-0 to the Irish with game scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 27-25.
Amber Klug went 19-for-19 serving with two aces Tuesday night. She also had eight kills, 13 assists and five digs; Linsey Rachel went 10-for-11 serving with eight kills and 18 digs; Ella Kiebel also went 10-for-11 serving with one ace, six assists and three digs; Calli Maki was 6-for-7 serving with eight digs; Maddi Mass was 4-for-6 serving with one ace, five assists and three digs; Brynn Paumen was 3-for-3 serving with five kills and four digs; Mollie Scheiber was 6-for-8 serving with 10 kills and 12 digs; Kaleigh Beehler had two digs; Kora Fuller went 4-for-6 serving with one ace and two digs; and Brielle Paumen had two digs.

Wed
13
Sep

Girls win at Holdingford, boys are seventh

The Maple Lake High School girls cross country team came home with its second team win of the season last week.
The Irish traveled to Holdingford on Thursday, Sept. 7, where the runners met nine teams including a tough Albany team.
The girls ousted all of them with top runners claiming the fourth- through sixth-place spots.
Eighth grader Sophie Pribyl was the top finisher for the Irish, claiming fourth place out of 60 runners. Her time was 21:53.580.
Right behind her in fifth place was freshman Mary Miller with a time of 21:55.380 and claiming sixth was Gus Demarais with a time of 22:03.638.

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Wed
13
Sep

Volleyball team wins two more


The Irish volleyball team celebrates a hard-fought point during Tuesday’s battle with the Crusaders. Maple Lake defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 3-1 with scores of 25-22, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-12. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

from left, Kaleigh Beehler and Linsey Rachel attempt to block.

The Irish volleyball team tacked two more wins onto its season record to be undefeated after four outings.
Maple Lake defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 3-1, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at home in four exciting games that had fans from both sides on their feet.
On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Irish knocked down the visiting Eden Valley-Watkins, 25-14, 25-13, 25-12.

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Wed
13
Sep

Maple Lake football team crushes Eden Valley-Watkins at home


Above, the Irish struggle to keep possession of the ball.

No. 2 Irish kicker Andy Mavencamp kicks for the extra point after one of four Irish touchdowns against Eden Valley-Watkins Friday night.

Above, No. 59 Henry Stecker, right, tries to save his teammate from a pack of Eagles.

The Maple Lake football team cruised to a 28-0 win over conference foe Eden Valley-Watkins, Friday, Sept. 8, at home.
The Irish struck first early in the first quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run by senior Alex Toedter. Senior Andy Mavencamp converted the extra point to make it 7-0.
The Irish threatened again with about a minute to go in the first half when sophomore Brock Goelz completed an interception at the 21st yard line.
Maple Lake junior Zach Cargill scored the next touchdown of the night in the second quarter with a 17-yard run to the end zone. Mavencamp came through with the the extra point again to make the score 14-0.
The Irish leapt ahead 21-0 in the third quarter with a three-yard touchdown run by Alex Toedter and kick by Mavencamp. Junior Ben Goelz put the final points on the board in the fourth with Mavencamp completing the extra point.
The Irish, now 1-1, will host Pierz on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

Wed
06
Sep

Girls cross country team wins first outing at home


Grace Praska, front, and Eva McClelland, third back, race through Ney Park in Maple Lake during the Irish cross country team’s home meet and home opener, Friday, Sept. 1. Praska finished 23rd overall and McClelland was 25th. The girls won the event, beating 11 visiting teams to do so.

The Maple Lake boys cross country team burst from the starting line at Ney Park last week. Pictured from the Irish team are, from left: Quinn Youngs, Michael Miller, Jake Fynboh and Ben Smail. Miller placed the highest among the group, finishing fourth overall in 17 minutes. The boys team finished ninth out of 15 teams in a tough field. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish cross country teams kicked off the season with a 12-team invitational at Ney Park near Maple Lake.
The highlight of the morning was the girls team win and victory over the No. 5 ranked team in state, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
The Irish slipped by Rockford (another Section 5A opponent) in second 65 to 66 and HL-W-W was close on their heels with 69 points.
“The fact that three teams were within four points made it exciting, and shows how important every place is in a race,” Irish Head Coach Ben Youngs said.

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Wed
06
Sep

Irish struggle in season opener


The Irish fell 23-6 to a bigger, stronger Minnewaska team Thursday, despite a fourth quarter rally that saw the Irish onto the scoreboard. Above, No. 17, QB Ben Clapp moves the ball down the field. Clapp went 4-for-1 rushing and was 0-for-2 passing. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

No. 43, Zach Cargill, charges down the field. He had the lone touchdown in the Irish loss to Minnewaska, Thursday, Aug. 31, in Minnewaska.

The Maple Lake Irish football team had a tough first game against a veteran Minnewaska, Thursday, Aug. 31, on the road.
The bigger, faster, stronger Minnewaska crew jumped to an 8-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The home team tacked on another touchdown and two-point conversion in the second quarter to gain a 16-0 upper-hand on the Irish going into halftime.
Maple Lake held the Lakers scoreless in the third then allowed another run in the fourth and finalquarter.
The Irish battled back with a touchdown run by Zach Cargill. The kick was unsuccessful, leaving the final score 23-6.
“We didn't move the ball very well offensively in the first half and kept our defense on the field too long,” coach Tim Knudsen said after the game.
“We had a nice 96-yard drive in the third quarter. Unfortunately, we couldn't punch it in from the six. We have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said.

Wed
06
Sep

Volleyball downs Dragons on the road


The Maple Lake volleyball team did well on the road last week. The Irish traveled to Litchfield on Tuesday, August 29, where the team defeated the Dragons 3-0. Above, No. 10, senior outside hitter Mackenna Brown sets up her serve Tuesday against the Dragons. (Photos by Mary Scheiber)

Irish blockers stop the ball in its tracks during Tuesday’s, game against the Litchfield Dragons.
Wed
06
Sep

Cross country teams look strong


A strong group of seniors will lead the Maple Lake boys and girls cross country teams. They are, front row, from left: Jordyn Hausladen, Margaret Graham and Caitlin Weege. Second row, from left: Rachel Loch, Catie Fobbe, Hanna Stewig. Third row, from left: Quinn Youngs, Ben Smail, Joe Elsenpeter, Jake Fynboh. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake girls and boys cross country teams are on the hunt again for top Central Minnesota Conference finishes and state meet berths.
On the girls’ side, the Irish return 2016 state meet qualifiers Gus Demarais and Mary Miller. Although it’s early in the season, both have already bettered their time trials significantly this year, and are looking to head back to state as individuals.
On the boys’ side, Mike Miller will be on the hunt for a state meet berth after a successful spring on the track team. He put in alot of miles over the summer and Head Coach Ben Youngs expects him to be the team’s top returning runner.
Team-wise, state may be a tall order to fill on both sides.
The Irish girls are part of the toughest section (5A) in the state, with rivals like Annandale and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the mix. In the CMC, HL-W-W and Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball will be the teams to shoot for as two ranked teams in the conference.

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