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Wed
04
Oct

Irish fall to Huskers in Homecoming loss


No. 80, Alex Toedter, makes a break for it. He scored the Irish’s first touchdown of the night Friday, punching it in from two yards out.

The Maple Lake High School football team lost its Homecoming game, 20-15, to the Holdingford Huskers on a pleasant, fall evening, Friday, Sept. 29, despite a valiant effort on the field.
The Huskers jumped to a 7-point lead as time expired in the first quarter. Irish players rallied for a touchdown of their own in the second when Alex Toedter reached the end zone from two yards out to cut Holdingford’s lead to 7-6. The extra point was no good.

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Wed
27
Sep

Irish runners take on mega race


Above, varsity runners erupt from the starting line at the Milaca Mega Meet, also known as the world’s largest high school cross country meet. They are, from left, Catie Fobbe, Margaret Graham, Ashley Carlson, Ava Mergen and Calli Lafave. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

The boys and girls cross country teams competed at two meets last week.
On Monday, Sept. 18, the Irish traveled to Pierz where the girls claimed an impressive third place, the highest any Maple Lake team has finished at that event.
The girls came in close behind the No. 2 in state ranked Annandale and ahead of section foe, Mora.
“If we can race like that, or a little better, we will definitely be in the hunt come section time,” coach Ben Youngs said.

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Wed
27
Sep

Football team holds out against Lakers


The Maple Lake Irish and the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers faced off in Howard Lake Friday before a picturesque sunset. The Irish defeated the arch rival Lakers 7-0. This week the Irish will host Holdingford on Friday, Sept. 29, in the big Homecoming game. There will also be a parade Friday, starting at 5:45 p.m. and a dance to follow. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

The Irish football team secured its second shut-out of the season when it defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on the road, Friday, Sept. 22.
The long-time rivals and Mid State Sub 1 District foes faced off on the Lakers home field. The Irish squeezed out a 7-0 win, but there was nothing pretty about it.
“A win, a win, but it was ugly,” head coach Tim Knudsen said. “Penalties, turnovers and poor execution offensively kept HL-W-W in the game.”
Maple Lake’s Alex Toedter made the only touchdown of the evening, scoring on a 25-yard run. The extra point put the Irish up 7-0, where it stayed.
The remainder of the game was a defensive battle with neither team performing offensively.

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Wed
27
Sep

Maple Lake swimmer performs well with Bison


Maple Lake freshman Trinity Geyen represents her school as part of the Buffalo High School varsity swim and dive team.

Maple Lake freshman Trinity Geyen has earned herself a spot on the Buffalo High School varsity swim and dive team. On Thursday, Sept. 21, Geyen and her team faced the Monticello Magic and came out on top 103 to 83.
Geyen competed in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay on varsity, and the 50-yard freestyle on junior varsity.

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Wed
27
Sep

Irish volleyball team jumps to 17-0 record


The Maple Lake volleyball team is pictured, front row, from left: Calli Maki, Mollie Scheiber, Kora Fuller, Alexus Jackson. Second row, from left: Mackenna Brown, Linsey Rachel, Anna Becker, Katie Goelz, Ella Kiebel, Maddi Maas. Back row, from left: Coach Amy Voigt, Amber Klug, Kaleigh Beehler, Head Coach Marty Kiebel, Brynn Paumen, Brielle Paumen, Coach Monica Turner. (Photo by Zahler Photography)

The Irish volleyball team is still perfect after seven more wins in a series of away matches last week to boost their record to 17-0.
Maple Lake went on the road to take on Annandale, Tuesday, Sept. 19. On Thursday, Sept. 21, they rallied to beat a tough Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted team, and over the weekend they participated in a tournament at the Midwest Volleyball Warehouse.
Amber Klug went 11-for-14 serving, had eight kills, 17 assists and five digs in the Irish’s 3-0 win over non-conference foe Annandale to kick off the week. Game scores were: 25-22, 26-24 and 25-19.

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Thu
21
Sep

Cross country teams do well at multiple meets


The Irish varsity boys cross country team “rocked” the Delano Invitational, Thursday, Sept. 14, at Lake Rebecca by finishing fourth overall. Mike Miller, sixth from left, won the boys varsity race in a time of 10:25. (Photo by Michelle Lewis)

Above, Irish girls receive awards after performing well Monday, Sept. 18, at the Pierz Pioneers Stampede. The girls finished third and the boys were 11th. More on Monday’s performance will be available in the Wednesday, Sept. 27, Maple Lake Messenger. Earlier in the week the girls team won the Delano Invitational for the third straight year. (Photo by Ben Youngs)

Maple Lake’s boys and girls cross country teams competed in two meets last week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Irish traveled to Mora for the 16-team invitational that featured more than 100 runners in both varsity races.
The girls team finished 11th and the boys were 17th.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, Maple Lake traveled to Lake Rebecca for the Delano Invitational. The girls team won for the third straight year and the boys finished fourth against some “very good teams,” coach Ben Youngs said.

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Thu
21
Sep

Football falls hard to Pierz at home


Pierz players pile up on an Irish ball-holder during a Friday, Sept. 15, home game in Maple Lake. Maple Lake struggled against the tough Pioneers and ultimately fell 34-7. Friday night was also Parent’s Night for the Irish. This Friday, Sept. 22, The Irish will travel to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted for a 7 p.m. match-up. The Lakers are 1-2 for the season. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

Irish’s No. 7 Ben Goelz chases down Pierz running back Jalen Jansen. Goelz went five-for-four yards rushing Friday night against the Pioneers.

Maple Lake struggled against the undefeated Pierz, Friday, Sept. 15, ultimately falling 34-7 Parent’s Night.
Mistakes plagued the Irish throughout all four quarters. Alex Toedter had the only touchdown of the night when he scored in the second quarter on a one-yard run. Andy Mavencamp's kick was good to give the Irish their seven, but they didn't see the end zone again.
Pierz struck first in the first quarter to make the score 7-0. Two more touchdowns in the second boosted their lead to 14-7. The third quarter remained scoreless, but Pierz capped off the night with two more touchdowns in the fourth.

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Thu
21
Sep

Volleyball team gets a Parent’s Night win at home


Linsey Rachel sets up a serve against the Pioneers. Rachel was 13-for-14 serving with two aces, 11 kills and six digs.

Coach Marty Kiebel gives the girls some pointers during a team huddle at Tuesday’s on-the-road-win over Sauk Rapids-Rice, Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Irish are now 10-0 overall and ranked No. 1 in recent polls. (Photo by Mary Scheiber)

The Irish volleyball team remains undefeated with a 10-0 record after two more games last week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Maple Lake traveled to Sauk Rapids-Rice to take on the non-conference Storm.
The Storm fell 3-0 to the Irish with game scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 27-25.
Amber Klug went 19-for-19 serving with two aces Tuesday night. She also had eight kills, 13 assists and five digs; Linsey Rachel went 10-for-11 serving with eight kills and 18 digs; Ella Kiebel also went 10-for-11 serving with one ace, six assists and three digs; Calli Maki was 6-for-7 serving with eight digs; Maddi Mass was 4-for-6 serving with one ace, five assists and three digs; Brynn Paumen was 3-for-3 serving with five kills and four digs; Mollie Scheiber was 6-for-8 serving with 10 kills and 12 digs; Kaleigh Beehler had two digs; Kora Fuller went 4-for-6 serving with one ace and two digs; and Brielle Paumen had two digs.

Wed
13
Sep

Girls win at Holdingford, boys are seventh

The Maple Lake High School girls cross country team came home with its second team win of the season last week.
The Irish traveled to Holdingford on Thursday, Sept. 7, where the runners met nine teams including a tough Albany team.
The girls ousted all of them with top runners claiming the fourth- through sixth-place spots.
Eighth grader Sophie Pribyl was the top finisher for the Irish, claiming fourth place out of 60 runners. Her time was 21:53.580.
Right behind her in fifth place was freshman Mary Miller with a time of 21:55.380 and claiming sixth was Gus Demarais with a time of 22:03.638.

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Wed
13
Sep

Volleyball team wins two more


The Irish volleyball team celebrates a hard-fought point during Tuesday’s battle with the Crusaders. Maple Lake defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 3-1 with scores of 25-22, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-12. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

from left, Kaleigh Beehler and Linsey Rachel attempt to block.

The Irish volleyball team tacked two more wins onto its season record to be undefeated after four outings.
Maple Lake defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 3-1, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at home in four exciting games that had fans from both sides on their feet.
On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Irish knocked down the visiting Eden Valley-Watkins, 25-14, 25-13, 25-12.

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