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Wed
22
Feb

Irish down Johnnies, fall to B-B-E in overtime


Morgan Scheiber fights for the rebound. She had five points, four rebounds and three assists against the B-B-E Jaguars.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team defeated St. John's Prep, Tuesday, Feb. 14, on the road, then fell to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Thursday, Feb. 16, at home.
Despite the loss of statistical leader Linsey Rachel, and shooting woes, the Irish managed to down the Johnnies 47-25 with the help of some full-court pressure.
It was a slow start to the non-conference, non-section showdown on both ends of the floor for the Irish. Maple Lake trailed two different times in the first half, 2-6, and again at 7-11 against the 0-13 Johnnies.

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Wed
22
Feb

Boys suffer losses at home


Maple Lake’s Cole Trager charges the basket during a Friday, Feb. 17, home game against Holdingford. The Irish lost 67-51. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The The Maple Lake boys basketball team suffered two losses last week.
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Irish fell 65-43 to Eden Valley-Watkins, then on Friday, Feb. 17, the team lost 67-51 to Holdingford. Both games were at home.
The Irish came out ready to play against the Eagles, Tuesday. By the break, the teams were tied 28-28.
Maple Lake ball-handlers struggled to get their shots to fall in the second half and started to fall behind.
EV-W outscored the home team 37-15 that half.
Ben Goelz led scoring with 15 points. He also contributed five rebounds.
Mitch Hoistad contributed 10 points and Joe Stokman had nine points.

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Wed
22
Feb

Wrestlers edged out of state meet berth


Above, Hunter Manka is on his way to winning an 8-4 decision over Big Lake’s Sam Wennblom at 138 pounds, at the Section 6AA tournament in Foley, Saturday, Feb. 18. (Photos by Mary Christen )

The Lightning wrestlers competed in the Section 6AA wrestling tournament for the chance at a berth in the state tournament. The Lightning won the quarter-final match, but lost in the semi-finals, Saturday, Feb. 18, in Foley.
In the quarter-finals, ANML faced the Big Lake Hornets. The higher-seeded Lightning squeaked past by the slimmest of margins. The dual ended in a tie, but the Lightning won the tie-breaker.

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Wed
22
Feb

Irish gymnasts’ season ends

The Maple Lake gymnastics team ended its season, Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Section 6A meet in Willmar and didn't send anybody to state for the first time in several years.
As a team, the Irish finished sixth out of nine teams with 128.075 points; Melrose won with 149.175 points, and Willmar was second with 145.85 points.
“We are in one of the toughest sections in the state and that can be very intimidating to the gymnasts,” Irish Head Coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said.

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Wed
22
Feb

Moose secure top playoff seed

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team tacked one more win to its schedule, early last week, then dropped a match-up against St. Cloud Cathedral on Thursday, Feb. 16, to end its regular season.
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Moose traveled to Little Falls where MAML defeated the Flyers 3-2 in overtime.
After a scoreless first period, the Moose jumped to a two-goal lead early in the second period off goals by Tanner Mros, assisted by Maple Lake junior Devon Lyons, and Jaden Jarmuzek, assisted by Mros.

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Wed
15
Feb

Wrestlers down Milaca, fall to Cambridge, Elk River


Above, Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestler Adam Neumann battles his Elk River opponent at 145 pounds, Thursday, Feb. 9, during a dual at Annandale Middle School. (Photos by Mary Christen)

The Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team came out firing against Milaca and were up early for a change, Friday, Feb. 10, at the Milaca Triangular.
Zach Schmidt got a quick pin for the Lightning at 106 pounds and Zach Pribyl bumped up against a heavier kid and didn't give up a pin at 113.
Jack Klug won by forfeit, but the marquee match of the night was when ANML’s No. 5-in-state-ranked Quinn Youngs took on Milaca’s No. 7-in-state-ranked Jon Hall. Youngs came away with a decisive 9-3 win, and the Lightning rolled from there, wrestling very well despite still missing Nate Carlson and Joe Driscoll, coach Ben Youngs said.

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Wed
15
Feb

Gymnasts finish third in conference


Above, Shauni Johnson performs on the beam during the Saturday, Feb. 11, Granite Ridge Conference Tournament, hosted by Maple Lake High School.

The Maple Lake gymnastics team finished third among a strong field of athletes, Saturday, Feb. 11, at home at the Granite Ridge Conference tournament.
The third-place finish also secured the Irish third in final conference standings.
Becker won the meet with 144.875 points, which also clinched the conference title for them.
Rush City-Pine City-Hinckley-Finlayson finished second with 137.225 points at the meet and Maple Lake earned 128.275 points.

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Wed
15
Feb

MAML hockey team soars to top of conference

Sports Writer
The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team tied with Rogers then defeated St. Francis in Mississippi 8 Conference action last week.
The Moose faced Rogers on Thursday, Feb. 9, at home and ended up with its first tie of the season.
After a scoreless first period, the Royals scored back-to-back goals by Jordan Fischer and Michael VanStelten at 1:52 and 1:57 of the second period.
MAML’s Honza Stibingr scored on a power play at 4:52 of the second period with assists by Ben Ward and Troy Dahlheimer to close the gap.
At 6:10 of the same period, Ward snuck another puck past Rogers’ goalie Jonathan Preusse to make the score 2-2. He was assisted by Tanner Mros.
Rogers closed out the period with one more goal to claim a narrow, one-point lead going into the third.

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Wed
15
Feb

Ski team sends one to state Tikkanen places 11th to qualify

The Annandale Co-op alpine ski team will send a single athlete on to the Nordic Skiing State Meet after a stellar performance at sections.
Claire Tikkanen finished 11th at the Section 5 meet at Afton, Thursday, Feb. 9, to qualify.
She finished with a time of 1:11.83.
As a team, the girls placed fifth overall, with all six racers finishing with “excellent individual results,” coach Lori Rice said.
Orono won the meet with 309 points; Minnetonka was second with 209 points; Brainered was third with 281 points; and Breck was fourth with 263 points.
The Annandale Co-op earned 256 points.
The boys team finished 13th overall.
Minnetonka won with 317 points.
“The boys also skied well,” Rice said.
Emma Spike, a junior at Maple Lake, is a member of the Annandale Co-op team.
Spike did not race on varsity at Thursday’s section meet.
Tikkanen will compete on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Giant's Ridge near Biwabik.

Wed
08
Feb

Illness takes toll on Irish


No. 11, senior guard Josh Bidwell looks for an opening against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at home, Friday, Feb. 3. Bidwell had four rebounds in the 54-44 Central Minnesota Conference loss. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish boys basketball team had a tough week in Central Minnesota Conference play.
Hindered by illness, the Maple Lake team fell 62-43 to Kimball on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and lost 54-44 to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Friday, Feb. 3.
“Kimball is a good team that shot the ball very well. Our guys did a nice job of moving the ball and creating some open looks, but the ball wasn't falling for us tonight,” Staloch said. “There were times when we defended well, but in order to beat quality opponents like Kimball we have to defend every possession.”
By the end of the first half the Cubs were up 36 to 25. Kimball out-scored the Irish 26-18 in the second half.

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