Sports

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.

Thu
14
Aug

Lakers take a long road to state

The Minnesota State Amateur Baseball tournament in Chaska and Shakopee is the next stop for the Maple Lake Lakers. It is a long-awaited opportunity for the Lakers since their last state appearance was in 1995, thirteen years ago.

The squad is state-bound as they finished off their Region 8B run in second place, which earned them the number two seed from their region. After picking up a big first-round victory over Hutchinson, the Lakers moved on to the second round where they fell to St. Michael. Coming back through the loser's bracket, Maple Lake beat Delano in a thrilling game and earned a berth in the state tournament. In the final round of the regional play-offs, the Lakers fell to St. Michael, which left them with the second 8B seed in State.

Maple Lake vs. Hutchinson

In their first game of the second round of Region 8B play-offs, the number four seeded Maple Lake Lakers took on the first seed, Hutchinson on August 6.

Thu
07
Aug

Cross country gears up to go

Where has summer gone? Our fall season of cross-country is fast approaching. As usual, we'll be meeting at Ney Park on August 11 at 7:00 a.m. for our first practice. Bring your own water bottle or Gatorade if you need something to quench your thirst following practice. Mosquitoes have been a pain, but a little spray should help deter them. The deer flies have been a menace, so a good baseball cap should be of help. Sandals are nice to slip on after your shoes get soaked from the dew-covered grass. Practices will end between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m., but you can estimate day-to-day based on the scheduled workout outlined.

Before practice can begin, however, there is the annual PACT meeting for all potential athletes and parents. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. at our high school auditorium. Please consult the Messenger for more details or call Activities Director Dave Schroeder at the high school if you have any questions or concerns.

Thu
07
Aug

The Old Coach Sez

THE EVOLUTION OF A

FISHERPERSON

Looking at recent photos in the Messenger of large walleyes being caught in nearby lakes reminded me of my experience with a youngster who grew up in a nearby community.

I learned of this first or second grader who was really excited about fishing but was a little young to handle the rod and reel bit. He had gone fishing with members of the family a couple of times, but had been disappointed.

Thu
07
Aug
Thu
31
Jul

The Old Coach Sez

JOHNNY MILLER

If you appreciate golf as I do, then you enjoy listening to 61 year old Johnny Miller, NBC's lead golf analyst, give his viewpoints during major golf events. He is so well prepared. He often seems to know what is going to happen before play unfolds. He is an expert analyst, and he is not afraid to call it like it is. If he thinks a player is making a mistake, he will say so. He will tell us which way a putt is going to break. He is almost always right. A very blunt commentator, he is just a lot of fun to listen to. So who is this hot shot? On what basis can he back up his comments and criticisms? Most of us don't know too much about him.

Thu
31
Jul

Legion team moves on in playoffs

The Maple Lake Legion baseball put it all together just in time to make a play-off run and continue on to the Division 6 play-offs in Cross Lake. In their double elimination three-team bracket, Maple Lake beat Howard Lake in their first game, but lost to Breck in their second play-off game. However, Breck lost to Howard Lake, so after the first-round all three teams had one loss. Maple Lake then eliminated Howard Lake and went on to beat Breck in the final game.

Maple Lake vs. Howard Lake

Howard Lake came to town on Tuesday, July 22, and the two teams battled it out in the first game of play-offs in Maple Lake, the site of the play-off bracket.

Thu
31
Jul

Lakers wrap up regular season play

by Andrea Rachel

It was a tough week of baseball for the Maple Lake Lakers as they competed in three non-league games and wrapped up the regular season. They managed to get one victory against the Soderville Outlaws, but the squad took two losses, one against a hard hitting Coon Rapids team and the other to St. Louis Park.

Maple Lake vs. Coon Rapids

Maple Lake hosted the Coon Rapids Redbirds, another Class B team that won the Metro Minny League, on Wednesday, July 23.

Ryan Klingelhofer took the mound to start the game, and after a lead-off single, a sacrifice bunt, and a hit, the Redbirds managed to score one run. Then in the bottom of the first, things were looking good as Nate Johnson led off with a single. Marcus Zahn advanced N. Johnson with a sacrifice bunt, but then two straight outs left the runner stranded.

Thu
24
Jul

The Old Coach Sez

TIME TO QUIT

Congratulations, DALE DECKER. Decker played for the Maple Lake Lakers from 1975 to 1999. What a record he had. He was league ERA winner as a pitcher in 1979, 1980, and 1987. Last month, Decker was elected to the North Star League hall of fame. During his 24-year career, he was voted MVP three times. He was a batting champion many years. What an athlete. Voted the league's most valuable player in 1996, it must have been very hard for such a competitor to quit in 1999, thinking he probably had some good years left. I wish Randy Johnson had the same good sense.

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