Sports

Wed
25
Jun

The Old Coach Sez

IT'S A DIFFERENT GAME

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"?

Wed
25
Jun

Tough competition downs Legion team

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.

Wed
25
Jun

Lakers get a win, two close losses

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.

Wed
18
Jun

DNR reminds state forest visitors to check for road, trail closures

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.

Wed
18
Jun

Lakers continue winning streak

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.

Thu
12
Jun

Maple Lake team is runner-up in Wooden Bat Tourney

A 10 & Under youth baseball team from Maple Lake was the runner-up at the Glencoe Brewers/Bluejays Youth Wooden Bat Tournament 10U Division over the weekend of May 31-June 1.

More information appears in this weeks issue of the Messenger.

Thu
12
Jun

Lakers end one streak, start another

It was a big week of North Star League match-ups this past week for the Maple Lake Lakers as they took on the Hutchinson Huskies and Buffalo Bulldogs in back-to-back days.

Maple Lake vs. Hutchinson

On Friday, June 6, the Lakers hosted the Hutchinson Huskies for their first game in five days.

With Ben Jungers on the mound, the Lakers' defense put the Huskies down one, two, three in the top of the first. Then, in the bottom half of the inning, Nate Johnson led off the offensive threat with a single and later stole second. With Johnson in scoring position on second, Keith Jerpseth ripped a double to right center that moved Johnson around to score the Lakers' lone run of the inning.

A lead-off walk, two singles, and an error yielded two runs for Hutchinson in the second inning. The Lakers had their chance in the bottom of the second to tie the game back up at two all, but Todd Fuller was left stranded at third.

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