Sports

Wed
18
Oct

Bison swim and dive team is second at True Team


The Buffalo swim team celebrates its second-place finish at the True Team Section, Saturday, Oct. 14. Trinity Geyen, a student at Maple Lake High School, swims on the Buffalo team. (Photo submitted)

The Buffalo varsity swim and dive team earned second place at the True Team Sectional, Saturday, Oct. 14, with the help of Maple Lake freshman Trinity Geyen.
Geyen competed in three varsity events at True Team in Elk River, assisting her team to runner-up behind Maple Grove.
Prior to True Team, on Thursday, Oct. 5, the Bison defeated Big Lake 99-82 at a regular season competition.
Geyen was part of the third-place medley relay on Thursday, the fifth-place 200 freestyle relay, and she competed in the 100-yard breaststroke.

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Wed
18
Oct

Volleyball team improves to 27-0


Members of the Irish varsity volleyball team huddle up. The Irish defeated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Dassel-Cokato last week to better their already perfect record to 27-0. (Photos by Mary Scheiber)

The Maple Lake volleyball team continued its perfect run last week as the end of the regular season approaches. The Irish improved to 27-0 and 6-0 in Central Minnesota Conference standings with wins over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Dassel-Cokato.
Maple Lake took on CMC foe B-B-E on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and came away with a 3-0 win, then on Thursday, Oct. 12, the Irish defeated D-C 3-0 with game scores of 25-15, 25-9 and 25-23.

Wed
18
Oct

Irish rout Rockford Rockets 23-10


No. 11, quarterback Brady Scanlon, looks for an open teammate. The Irish play again on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Paynesville at 7 p.m., the last regular season game.

Above, Maple Lake’s No. 73 makes his move during the Friday, Oct. 13, away game against Rockford. The Irish defeated the Rockets 23-10 for the win. Below, No. 6. Brayden Belanger, makes a break for it. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

The Maple Lake football team traveled to Rockford, Friday, Oct. 13, where they defeated the Rockets, a Mid State Sub 1 foe, 23-10 to better their record to 3-4 on the year.
Friday night’s game was also their “tackle cancer” game and the team honored Maple Lake High School math teacher Michael Hojnacke who has been struggling with the disease. The players’ jerseys sported Hojnacke’s name in pink lettering for the occasion.
The Irish struck first on an Andy Mavencamp field goal to take a 3-0 lead over the Rockets. Rockford tied up the score with a field goal of their own just before the half-time break.
An Irish touchdown in the third quarter gave Maple Lake a 9-3 edge going into the fourth quarter where the team lengthened its lead to 16-3 thanks to a 17-yard touchdown run by Ben Goelz. Mavencamp secured the extra point.

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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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