Enjoy the Journey

Aiden Staloch

Taking a Step Back Before Moving Forward


The moral of this season for the boys basketball team was to enjoy the journey. Coach Tim Staloch came up with it before the season and hopes all his players strive for this in the season. “I chose ‘Enjoy the Journey’ because I wanted all members of our program to find joy in all the wonderful things that high school athletics has to offer. Sometimes we get too caught up in the wins and losses ad forget the life long lessons, lasting memories, and camaraderie that comes with a season,” said Staloch.


The Irish are currently 6-7 this season. After starting the season of 2-5, the Irish have won four of their last six games. They had a big win Monday, January 20 against the Foley Falcons. The Irish started off to a strong lead, but the Falcons started climbing back. From there it was back and forth until halftime where Maple Lake led 28-25.


The second half started where the first left off and continued to be a close game. Midway through the second half the Irish began to pull away and maintained a solid lead for the rest of the game.


The Irish were led by Senior Guard Jackson Berscheid who went off for 36 points and 4 rebounds. “My teammates did a great job finding me; and, they were an aggressive team so every time I drove in I got fouled,” said Berscheid. Berscheid was a perfect 13-13 from the free throw line against Foley. Bercheid looks at the season so far, saying “We have been unfortunate with injuries and sickness but we have battled through it and gotten better every game.”  

Senior Aiden Staloch contributed 13 points with 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals in the win. Juniors Ryley Hagen and Bradeyn Belanger also chipped in with Hagen having 6 points and Belanger having 2 points and 7 rebounds. “Bradeyn and Ryley have stepped up big for us this year with Bradeyn grabbing a ton of rebounds and playing great defense on the other teams post and Ryley has done a great job knocking down threes like crazy and being a go to offensive weapon,” said Aiden Staloch.


 Besides rebounding and defense Belanger strives to contribute to the team in other ways too. “I try to work hard everyday in practice to try to make the team better, and also try to be supportive of all my teammates on and off the court,” said Belanger. While the season hasn’t started exactly the way Belanger pictured, he is optimistic the Irish will finish strong. 


The rest of the season the Irish hope to continue winning, while they enjoy every step along the way.