Sports

Fri
10
Jul

Legion baseball team rolls to 8-0

On Thursday, July 2, the Maple Lake Legion baseball team traveled to Buffalo for their first away game of the season. The host Buffalo plays double-headers that consist of two six-inning games. Buffalo's record was 5-1 and proved to be a tough opponent. Game one saw Maple Lake fall behind early but rally back in the late innings to keep their undefeated season alive. Good pitching highlighted the second game where Maple Lake held the advantage for most of the game and never let it go to improve their record to 7-0 under first-year coach Bobby Fobbe Jr.

Fri
26
Jun

Home runs score wins for Lakers

On Monday, Bert Marsnik, Graham Brown and Ben Jungers were selected to represent the Maple Lake Lakers in the North Star League All-Star game.

"They've had a good season to this point," said Lakers' manager Dale Decker. "These guys have been playing well and will represent the Lakers well."

Decker said Chad Raiche and Nate Johnson also were offered an invitation to play on the All-Star team but declined to use the week off to rest.

"Chad Raiche is by far the best player for the Lakers this year," Decker said.

He said Raiche decided not to interrupt the week of rest with games on back-to-back nights.

The all-star game will be held on Thursday, July 2, in Dassel.

The Lakers lost a close battle to Dassel-Cokato on Sunday, June 28.

Maple Lake held the lead until the ninth inning when D-C tied the game and added an extra run. The Lakers faced tough pitching and the game ended 11-10 in favor of D-C.

Fri
26
Jun

Legion baseball stays undefeated

After a week where they went 3-0, the Maple Lake Legion baseball team hosted Breck on Thursday, June 25. Maple Lake got out to a double-digit lead early in the game. Errors and mental mistakes allowed Breck back into the game, but the home team scored enough runs in the late innings to improve their record to 4-0 under coach Bobby Fobbe Jr.

In the top of the first, Breck's first three hitters were retired by starting pitcher Mitch Wurm, who struck out two. Maple Lake answered with one run in the bottom of the first when Aaron Rassat scored on a Luke Fobbe RBI single to rightfield. Wurm then struck out the side in the second to bring his total to five strikeouts through two innings. Maple Lake extended the lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second with RBIs from Jordan Kelm, Riley Decker, and Rassat.

Fri
30
Jan
Thu
04
Sep

Volleyball gets off to good start

With the season approaching quickly, the Irish volleyball team got a jump start by attending the Early Bird Tournament in Albany on August 22. The Irish took both the JV and the Varsity to the tournament. Some teams which the Irish could see again in Sections were there, including: Rocori, Little Falls, and Albany.

"Every year we play at this tournament I am surprised less and less by players making great plays you weren't expecting or players you think will be steady having an off game," said Head Coach Marty Kiebel.

The Varsity team started out looking a little rusty against St. Cloud Apollo, losing the first game. However, with tough serves the Irish came out on top, winning the second game. Then the score was all tied up 1-1. With the next game only going to 15, Maple Lake started out strong and came out with a win.

Thu
04
Sep

Irish host home meet at Ney Park

Maple Lake hosted the first and only cross country meet of the season at Ney Park on Thursday, August 28.

Jeana Renier was the shining star of the team, finishing in first place for the varsity girls in a time of 17.25 minutes. Shelby Lengyel finished in seventh place, just 34 seconds behind Renier. These two top-10 performances allowed the Maple Lake girls to place second with a team score of 71.

"Girls' varsity picked up right where they left off from last year. The girls had an individual winner, which made it fun," said Assistant Coach Ben Youngs.

To help give the team the winning push, Alyssa Redemske finished 18th at 18.59 minutes, Nikki Blizil, 25th timing in at 19.47; Danae McGregor, 26th at 19.53 and Kaiti Clark in 34th at 20.44.

Varsity girls' team results are: 1st, Eden Valley/Watkins/Kimball, 57; 2nd, Maple Lake, 71; 3rd, Dassel/Cokato, 102; 4th, Watertown/

Thu
21
Aug

Virulent disease confirmed in Minnesota water birds

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, reports that several wild water birds from two Minnesota lakes have tested positive for the virulent form of Newcastle disease. This strain of virus can be highly contagious among double-crested cormorants, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The birds that tested positive were from Minnesota Lake in Faribault County, Pigeon Lake in Meeker County, and Lake Kabetogama in Voyageurs National Park, according to Dr. Erika Butler (DVM), DNR wildlife veterinarian.

Thu
21
Aug

The Old Coach Sez

A TOUCHY SUBJECT

It seems rather ridiculous to me that any discussion of racial differences is simply not politically correct. I watch the American Olympic basketball team, and am made aware of the fact that by and large, white men simply are not as quick and do not have the skills that their Afro-American counterparts do. And there are a lot of other areas in sports in which white athletes are outshone by black athletes, like running the 100 or 200 meter sprints or the hurdles. Our country is so well represented by these athletes. Let's face it, they are our best in these events.

You don't have to watch very much professional football to realize that there are more black players than there are whites. This is particularly true at the skill positions.

Thu
14
Aug

Registration begins for Buffalo Hospital Foundation fishing tourney

Anglers are invited to sign up now to compete in Buffalo Hospital Foundation's second annual fishing tournament, Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Buffalo Lake. The fishing tournament will raise funds to support Project Lifesaver and Heart Safe Communities, two initiatives designed to save lives in Wright County.

Thu
14
Aug

The Old Coach Sez

ADVANTAGE, LEFTY

I have always marveled at the fact that there are so many left-handed baseball players. After all, 90% of the population in America is right-handed. David Peters has also wondered why this is true. Peters is a baseball nut who is an engineering professor at Washington University in St. Louis. His engineering background led him to do some research. He concluded that only 75% of the baseball players are right-handed.

His observations intrigued the powers that be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Their studies indicated that 21 percent of the pitchers in the Hall of Fame were lefties. More than twice the percentage in the general population. The numbers for hitters were even more surprising. Forty-five percent of the hitters in the Hall were left-handers. Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Barry Bonds and George Brett, to mention a few, were all left-handed.

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