Softball players take home awards

At right, the Maple Lake softball team held its awards ceremony on Sunday, Au. 6, to celebrate a near perfect season that saw the team to a runner-up finish at the state tournament. Several athletes earned awards for their efforts. They are, front row, from left, Peyton Tongen; Morgan Scheiber was named to the Second Team All Conference, earned Academic All Conference and the Golden Glove Award; Calli Maki was named to the First Team All Conference, All Section Team, was All State and Academic All Conference; Mollie Scheiber was named to the First Team All-Conference, All-Section Team and was Academic All Conference; Megan Carlson; Ellie Haney who was named to the Second Team All Conference, was Academic All State, Academic All Conference, and named Most Improved. Back row, from left, is Megan Lind; Lucy Greenhagen who was Academic All Conference; Maddi Maas who was named to the Second Team All Conference and was Academic All Conference; Coach Tim Knudsen who was named Section Coach of the Year; Olivia Paumen who was named to the Second Team All Conference and was Academic All Conference; Amber Klug who was named to the First Team All Conference, was All State and earned the Golden Glove Award; Linsey Rachel was named to the First Team All Conference, the All Section Team, was All State, Academic All Conference, and earned the Slugger Award; Katie Goelz was named to the Second Team All Conference, was Academic All-Conference and named Hardest Worker. Not pictured, Morgan Scanlon earned Academic All Conference honors. Everyone listed also earned letters. (Photo by Mary Scheiber)

Lakers earn berth in the state games

Mitch Wurm tossed eight innings and gave up five earned runs off nine hits and one walk while striking out 10 in the final game of the tournament, securing the Maple Lake Lakers a spot in the state games. The Lakers will kick off the tournament on Friday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Dassel against Buffalo. (Photo from Messenger archives)

The Maple Lake Lakers punched their ticket to the state tournament this weekend with wins over rivals Loretto and Howard Lake.
The other side of the bracket saw Buffalo upset Hutchinson 4-1 to guarantee their trip to state.
Delano and Cokato were knocked out while Howard Lake, Dassel-Cokato, Hutchinson, and Loretto will compete for the final two spots at state this week.

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MAML hockey kids is no more - Monticello and Maple Lake will make up new co-op

The dissolution of the Monticello-
Annandale-Maple Lake
hockey cooperative this spring
won’t have much of an effect
on the Maple Lake program,
except a new name. Annandale
wasn’t so lucky.
After two years in the limelight,
including a state runnerup
trophy last winter, MAML
is being forced to disband
thanks to the Minnesota State
High School League’s reclassification
Starting this season, Maple
Lake and Monticello will
make up the co-op under the
name Monticello Moose, and
Annandale will be looking for
a new home.

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Maple Lake 11U baseball team wins state

Maple Lake 11U players show off their first-place medals after winning the Minnesota Sports Federation State Championships recently. They are, front row, from left, Kurt Raymond, Blaise Madrid, Nick Jost, Logan Salmela and Riley Jude. Back row, from left, Coach Dave Zander, Nathan Zander, Joseph Warner, Sawyer Ogilvie, Joey Gendreau, Luke Goelz and Head Coach Brandon Goelz. The team is sponsored by Production Stamping. (Photo submitted)

The Maple Lake 11U traveling
baseball team traveled to
Mankato, along with 35 other
teams, to compete in the Minnesota
Sports Federation State
Championships July 28-30.
The boys earned their way into
the tournament by placing third
in the Crow River 11U League


Lakers end week with wins, No. 2 seed

Lakers’ batter, No. 10 McRae Haney, makes contact with a D-C pitch. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake Lakers rattled off three wins last week to end the regular season, avoiding a multi-way tie for second and securing the number two seed in the upcoming league playoffs outright. The North Star League playoffs run from Wednesday, July 26, with the start of the eighth seed playoff, to Sunday, August 13, with the championship. All games, except for the eighth seed playoffs, will be in Dassel this year. Two wins qualifies a team for state while two losses ends their season. Maple Lake will play the seventh-seeded Loretto Larks at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, for the first round. Win or lose they will play either Howard Lake or Delano in the second round.

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Maple Lake Lakers win three out of four

No. 5. Graham Brown rounds third base and heads for home, scoring another run for the Lakers in a close match-up against Albertville. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

by Matt Brown
The Maple Lake Lakers put together another 3-1 week to continue their ascent in the North Star League standings. Wins against perennial power Delano and current NSL king Hutchinson show that the Lakers are a tough team that can hang with anyone in the league. The NSL regular season ends on Sunday, July 23, and the Lakers are holding on to third place, but there is a logjam between second and seventh with many seeds in play. Maple Lake has a critical game against DC and a pair of games against teams that have losing records but are capable of upsets, so it should be a wild finish to the season.

Maple Lake 13
Delano 8

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Maple Lake suffers 9-0 loss to St. Michael

Brock Fobbe makes a heroic dive for the ball that slipped through his glove during Wednesday’s 9-0 loss to the St. Michael Saints. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

It’s been a busy summer for the Maple Lake Lakers, but the team had a bit of a break last week with only one game before the long, Fourth of July weekend.
On Wednesday, June 28, the Lakers hosted the St. Michael Saints at Irish Stadium and fell 9-0.
The Saints scored in the first, second, third, fifth and eighth innings with their big inning coming in the second when they scored four runs.
Mitch Wurm had two hits for Maple Lake; Brian Goedker and Donnie Mavencamp each had one hit.

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The rise of adult sports leagues

Fitness comes in many forms, and for a growing number of people, sports is one of the most appealing ways to stay in shape.
Health and socialization are the driving forces behind the growing popularity of adult recreational sports leagues, particularly among millennials. According to Sports Marketing Surveys USA, a research company that provides data for the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, millennials are twice as likely as their Generation X counterparts to participate in team sports as adults. However, adult leagues attract people of all ages and from both genders.

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Lakers fall to Litchfield then win three straight

No. 22 Mitch Wurm winds up for the pitch during a game earlier in the season against Buffalo. Last week, the Lakers lost its first game against Litchfield before beating Delano, Mound and Cokato. (Photo by Hailee Malachek)

The Maple Lake Lakers repeated their record from last week, losing their first game of the week then rattling off three wins in a row. The Lakers are now in fifth place in the North Star League, but are only a half-game behind Howard Lake and Dassel-Cokato while Hutchinson has managed a perfect 12-0 to lead the league.

Litchfield Blues 6
Maple Lake 3

The Lakers hosted the Litchfield Blues for the first time in North Star League play Wednesday, June 21, and Grant Mergen was on the mound to greet them. The Blues got on the board in the second and the Lakers answered right back when Matt Bergstrom got a lead-off single and was brought in to even the game. The Maple Lake bats went quiet until the eighth when Brian Redemske doubled and Donnie Mavencamp scored him. Mavencamp would also come in thanks to Derek Rachel, but the rally ended at two. Mergen had a solid seven innings but five team hits could not provide enough run support.


Irish baseball takes third at state

Maple Lake baseball set a new school record by improving upon its fourth-place-at-state finish last year. Last week the team battled its way to third place, defeating Rochester Lourdes and Marshall School, Duluth en route. The team's only loss was to returning state champions, Minnehaha Academy. Sitting, from left, Jeffrey Henrikson and Brock Goelz. Front row, from left, Ben Reilley, Ben Clapp, Hunter Malachek, Ben Goelz, Alex Marquette, Dawson McAlpine and Brandon Schmitz. Back row, from left, head coach Brooks Marquardt, coach Jordan Mathiasen, Tyler Weimer, Mitch Hoistad, Adam Holmgren, Cole Trager, Noah Zander, Nate Hogan, John Reilley, Grant Mergen, Anna Becker, coach Joe Hoffman, Kora Fuller. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl))

Maple Lake High School athletes broke another record last week as the Irish baseball team cruised to third place in Class AA at the Minnesota State High School League State Baseball Tournament, the best finish in school history.
Maple Lake secured its position among the top four by defeating No. 5 seed Rochester Lourdes 11-1 in the first round of the tournament.

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