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19
Apr

Irish win two, drop one


Grant Mergen stretches to make the out at first base during last week’s game against the Cardinals. Mergen had one run and one hit against Annandale.

The Maple Lake High School baseball team tacked on two more wins last week then fell 4-1 to Glencoe-Silver Lake on Monday, April 17, for its first loss of the season.
The Irish, now 4-1 overall, kicked off its second week of competition with an 8-0 win over Kimball at home on Tuesday, April 11. On Thursday, April 13, Maple Lake beat Annandale 2-1 at Irish stadium.

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Wed
19
Apr

Softball team wins two on the road


Freshman Olivia Paumen covers third base during a Tuesday, April 11, game at Kimball. She had two hits, two runs and three RBIs for the game. (Photos by Mary Scheiber)

The Irish softball team continued its winning ways, crushing Kimball 13-0, Tuesday, April 11, and edging Becker 7-5 on Thursday, April 13. Both games were on the road.
Maple Lake struck early against Kimball, pushing three runners past the plate in the first inning. Linsey Rachel sparked the action with a home run on the first pitch of the at bat.

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Wed
19
Apr

Prospects look good for Irish softball


The Irish softball team will be led by seniors Morgan Scheiber, left, and Ellie Haney. (Photos by Mary Scheiber)

The Maple Lake softball team is off and running with a crew of experienced players that are loaded with talent.
The Irish return the majority of the squad that played on its state-runner up team two years ago and were part of last year’s group that finished 12-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference, one game out of first place, and 19-6 overall.
Although young, with only two seniors on the team, the girls are “cocky, hard nose, passionate about the game, smart and they play hard,” coach Tim Knudson said.

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Wed
12
Apr

Irish to rebuild after stellar 2016 season

The Maple Lake High School baseball team is rebuilding after losing its entire starting infield to graduation, an infield that helped the Irish to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament last year.
At its foundation will be the return of lead pitchers Hunter Malachek and Grant Mergen, plus a talented freshman class.
“We will be young and there's plenty of spots to be filled (especially in the infield), but we do return our top two pitchers, and we have a very talented freshmen class. I expect the pieces to fall in place and we'll be playing our best baseball come playoff time,” Head Coach Brooks Marquardt said.

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Wed
12
Apr

Track teams are competitive, hungry


Thirteen seniors will lead the Irish boys and girls track and field teams this season. They are, front row, from left, Halle Geyen, Shelby Larson, Olivia Marquette, Kenzi Miller and Tayler Elsenpeter. Back row, from left, Tyler Cranston, Brady Tongen, Simon Willard, Aaron Reese, Tanner Schmidt, Ben Triplett, Michael Latour and Erik Raymond. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The boys and girls track teams are up and running and eager for another shot at State True Team.
Last season was the first in several years that neither team advanced. For coaches, getting there again is the ultimate team goal.
The boys return with a “nice” mix of older and younger athletes, including a group of seventh and eighth graders who are “very dedicated and may have an impact,” head coach Ben Youngs said.

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Wed
12
Apr

Irish track athletes show promise at Rockford


Senior Tanner Schmidt hurles the shot put during the Thursday, April 6, time trials at Rockford. Although results were not kept, coach Ben Youngs said the competition was a good way to get the athletes’ feet wet. Thursday’s meet was also the Irish’s first outdoor event.

The Irish track and field team traveled to Rockford on Thursday, April 6, for the first chance to compete outdoors this season. Although considered a time trial because results were not kept and coaches timed their own athletes, it was nice for the athletes to get a real feel for outdoor competition, Coach Ben Youngs said.

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Wed
12
Apr

Baseball win two at home


Cole Trager beats the ball to first place, Thursday, during the Irish’s home game against Litchfield.

The Maple Lake High School baseball team is off and running, claiming two wins in its season opening week.
The Irish opened on Thursday, April 6, with an 8-4 win over Litchfield. The next day, Friday, April 7, the team edged Norwood-Young America 3-2. Both games were played at Irish Stadium in Maple Lake.
Litchfield started the scoring in the top of the third inning, Thursday, with a run, but the Dragons didn’t keep the lead for long. The bottom of that same inning was a big one for the Irish who pushed six runners past the plate.

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Wed
12
Apr

Softball team kicks off season with wins


Irish pitcher Calli Maki chases down a ball for the out at first base. Maki was the winning pitcher in Maple Lake’s 5-1 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday, April 4.

The Maple Lake softball team kicked off its season with a 3-0 run, defeating Annandale, Litchfield and Norwood-Young America last week.
The Irish met the Cardinals at its season opener in Annandale, Tuesday, April 4. After a slow start, Olivia Paumen homered on the first pitch of the fourth inning, scoring what would be the first run of a 5-1 victory.

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Wed
05
Apr

Irish compete at indoor track and field meet


Senior Shelby Larson runs the last leg of the 4x200-meter relay, Thursday, March 30, at the Monticello Tootsie Pop indoor track and field meet. The Irish girls team finished fourth overall and the boys were fifth.

Senior Tyler Cranston broke his own school record on his way to a first-place finish in the pole vault.

Senior Erik Raymond prepares to throw the shot put.

Maple Lake’s Tyler Cranston and Bionca Peterson dominated the pole vault event at the Tootsie Pop Track and Field Meet at Monticello, Thursday, March 30, during spring break.
Cranston and Peterson both finished first in the event, knocking out a field of competitors from Monticello, Big Lake, Rogers and Melrose.

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Wed
05
Apr

Hoopsters win awards


The Maple Lake boys basketball team celebrated its season at an awards banquet, Monday, April 3, at Maple Lake High School. Several awards were given out. Coach Tim Staloch also announced that the basketball team will move from Section 5AA this year to Section 6AA next year. Section 6AA is home to Annandale, St. Cloud Cathedral and Melrose. Above, front row, from left, Mike Miller earned Academic All-Conference honors which means he had a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher; Aiden Staloch earned Academic All-Conference honors; Brock Goelz earned Academic All-Conference honors; and Mitch Hoistad earned Academic All-Conference honors, was voted Offensive Player of the Year by his teammates and made First Team All-Conference. Back row, from left, Cole Trager made Second Team All-Conference; Ben Reilley earned Academic All-Conference honors; Joseph Stokman was voted Most Improved and Hardest Worker by his teammates; Ben Goelz was voted Defensive Player of the Year by his teammates; and Wyatt Jacobs earned Academic All-Conference honors. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

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