On March 6, 2008, Brett Favre announced his retirement from the National Football League for the second time. He had been the Green Bay Packers' quarterback for 17 years. A three-time MVP, he leads the league in touchdown passes and total yards passing. He started 253 consecutive games, more than any quarterback in history. On his retiring, he said he didn't think he had anything left to give.
I have always been a Brett Favre fan, but I have not approved of the manner in which he has kept his management and teammates in limbo as far as his playing status is concerned. It is almost as if he is grandstanding. He has now told some teammates that he "has the itch" to come back now that training season is about to start.
In their only game of the week due to the Fourth of July holiday, the Lakers took a tough 6-3 North Star League loss against Dassel-Cokato on Wednesday, July 2. Then on Sunday, two Lakers suited up again for the annual North Star League All-Star game.
Maple Lake vs. D-C
In their second match-up of the season, Maple Lake lost the first 1-0, D-C and Maple Lake squared off in what was a much anticipated game, as both are in the top half of the West division.
Ben Jungers took the mound to start the game for the Lakers and he threw seven innings of work, giving up four runs on four hits, three errors, and four walks.
The Saints got off to a quick start as they scored two runs in the top of the first inning. A lead-off walk, a sacrifice bunt, another base-on-balls, and then a two-run single did the damage.
The Maple Lake Legion baseball squad had a busy week as they competed in four games, including a tournament that fielded numerous big school teams.
The week started out with Maple Lake traveling to D-C where they would fall in both games of the double-header. Then on Friday they headed to Osseo High School to take on Apple Valley in the Bob Letourneau Classic, only to find out the game would be cancelled due to the rain. So, on Saturday they headed to Champlin High School where they would end up short against Cenntenial and Bloomington.
Maple Lake vs. D-C
Maple Lake stepped to the plate to start the night, and they started off strong and scored two runs. Riley Decker swung his bat for a double, and Nick Hudek followed suit with a hit of his own that scored Decker. Rob Hannon kept them going as he got a hit to score Hudek.
It was a bitter-sweet week of baseball for the Maple Lake Lakers as they lost in extra innings to Monticello on Wednesday, a team they beat in extra innings earlier in the season. Then, after being rained out on Friday against St. Michael, the Lakers came back on Sunday to defeat Howard Lake, a team they recently lost to in extra innings.
Maple Lake vs. Monticello
Maple Lake hosted the Monticello Polecats on Wednesday, June 25, in what turned out to be a grueling, 11-inning game that ended with the Polecats scoring the game-winning run in the top of the 11th.
Chad Raiche started the game on the mound for the Lakers and he gave up just two runs while scattering nine hits in seven innings of work.
Watching the Masters golf tournament this year brought to mind the big difference between golf and most other sports. On two occasions, participants in the tournament were addressing the ball to putt when the ball moved ever so slightly. In one case, even the TV cameras couldn't catch it. Both golfers, one of whom was in the running to be close to the top, called a penalty on themselves.
Thus the huge difference between golf and other sports. In football, players get away with as much holding, illegal blocking, and other punishable behavior as they can. It now takes several officials to police the game. We even have coaches who will secretly and illegally film opposing teams' signals. Can you imagine a lineman coming up to the the referee and saying, "I broke the rule, I held my opponent and should be penalized"?
It was a tough week for the Maple Lake Legion baseball squad as they competed against two teams that just finished playing in the Minnesota State High School League state baseball tournament.
On Monday, June 16, the squad travelled to St. Michael where they played a double header and lost both games due to the 10-run rule. Then on Thursday they hosted Annandale in yet another double header and in the first game they lost a close one 8-7 and the second ended with a score of 9-0.
Maple Lake vs. St. Michael
Behind the pitching of Noah Kelm and their defense, Maple Lake gave up a total of 11 runs in the first two innings, two in the first and nine in the second.
Maple Lake, on the other hand, scored just one run in two innings of play. Luke Fobbe, who led off the game by getting on base, scored their only run.
After gaining a big come-from-behind victory against Hutchinson early in the week, the Lakers dropped two close ones against D-C and Howard Lake to finish the week off.
Maple Lake vs. Hutchinson
At Hutchinson on Wednesday, June 18, Chad Raiche took the mound and went all nine innings to pick up the North Star League victory as the Lakers avenged their only loss of the season.
The Lakers and Huskies battled back-and-forth for the first three innings, and it wasn't until the fourth inning that either team scored. In the top half of the inning, Maple Lake had two players reach the basepaths, but a double play snuffed their rally. The Huskies, however, capitalized on a walk and scored the first run of the game.
It wasn't until the bottom of the sixth that another run would score, and unfortunately, it was Hutchinson that blasted two home-runs and put three more runs on the board.
Due to recent heavy rains, and road and bridge construction, many roads and trails in Minnesota's state forests are temporarily closed to vehicle use, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These temporary travel restrictions will remain in effect until conditions improve.
"Closures can be unpredictable, and may vary in duration from one location to another, so it is important to always check with the DNR first," said Mary Broten of the DNR Trails and Waterways Division.
Current information about temporary road and trail closures is available on the DNR's Web site at www.mndnr.gov or at www.findthetrails.com. Click on "trail closures" and on "temporary state forest road closures" for a current listing of road and trail conditions all across Minnesota.
More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.
In a week of two tightly-matched, thrilling, baseball games, the Maple Lake Lakers came up big with two victories. They kicked off the week on Friday, after being rained out on Wednesday, as they beat Sauk Rapids in the bottom of the ninth, and then on Sunday they travelled to Delano and picked up a North Star League victory.
Maple Lake vs. Sauk Rapids
Behind the arm of Todd Fuller, the Lakers' defense took the field to start the game. Fuller, in his first start of the year, allowed two walks in the inning, but he fired back and struck the next player out. Offensively, the Lakers put the ball in play, but the Cyclones were able to make the defensive plays.
Fuller, in the top of the second, allowed two more walks, but once again he managed to get out of the inning without any damage done. In the bottom of the second, Fuller reached on a two-out single, but he would be left stranded on first.