Sports

Wed
22
Mar

Stokman named to region team

Saint John’s University sophomore guard David Stokman, a Maple Lake High School graduate, was named to the D3hoops.com All-West Region third team on Monday, March 13.
The D3hoops.com All-West Region teams included a total of 16 student-athletes, due to a tie for the 15th and final spot. Stokman was joined by fellow MIAC representatives, Grant Shaeffer, a guard from St. Thomas (first team), and Collin Olmscheid, a forward from Augsburg (third team).

Wed
22
Mar

Local athletes return with trophy


Local players from the state runner-up Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake hockey team pose with the team’s second-place trophy. They are, from left, Devon Lyons, Scott Alm and Justin Fobbe. (Photo submitted)
Wed
22
Mar

Ball players earn awards at banquet


The Maple Lake girls basketball team held its annual awards banquet, Monday, March 20, to celebrate a 12-14 season, as well as individual accomplishments. Above, front row, from left, Shelby Larson earned Academic All Conference honors as well as senior Academic All State honors; Grace Heying was voted Most Improved by her teammates and earned Academic All Conference honors; Kaleigh Beehler tied a school record with six blocks in a single game; Morgan Scheiber was voted Defensive Player of the Year, and was named to the All Central Minnesota Conference Second Team; Calli Maki earned Academic All Conference honors. Back row, from left, Megan Wassermann earned Academic All Conference Honors; Linsey Rachel was voted Offensive Player of the Year, was Academic All Conference, Athlete of the Week, and was named to the All Central Minnesota Conference First Team; Mollie Scheiber was named to the All Central Minnesota Conference Second Team; Lauren Borell earned Academic All Conference honors; Anna Becker earned Academic All Conference honors and MacKenna Brown was voted Most Improved, earned the Hustle Award and broke a school record by going 7-for-7 from the free-throw line in a single game. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
15
Mar

Gymnasts earn awards


The Maple Lake gymnastics team celebrated its season with an awards ceremony, Thursday, March 2, at The V by HH. Several awards were given out at the event. Pictured, from left, Brooke Mergen earned all-conference honorable mention and the Hardest Worker Award; Hannah Praska was voted Most Improved and Gracie Elsenpeter earned all-conference honors and was named Most Valuable Gymnast. (Photo by Kaitlyn Helmbrecht)
Wed
15
Mar

Wrestlers honored at banquet


The Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team held its annual end-of-the-season awards banquet, Sunday, March 12, at the Maple Lake High School after a successful season that saw three individuals advance to the state tournament. Pictured, front row, from left, Hunter Manka earned all-conference honors and was named hardest worker; Joe Driscoll earned all-conference honorable mention; Adam Neumann was named most improved; Quinn Youngs was all-conference and finished the season with 114 career wins, and Linus Brown was named most improved junior varsity wrestler. Second row, from left, Aaron Reese was named hardest worker for JV; Dominick Braun earned all-conference honors; Trae Bedford was all-conference honorable mention and most valuable wrestler; Nathan Carlson earned all-conference honors and finished the season with 135 career wins; and Cuyler Helwig was named JVs most valuable wrestler. (Photo by Mary Christen)
Wed
15
Mar

First-round defeat ends Irish season

The Maple Lake boys basketball team ended its season, Thursday, March 9, in the first round of the Section 5AA playoffs.
The Irish, who were seeded No. 12, found themselves pitted against a quick and long opponent in the No. 5 seeded Breck.
“We knew to have a chance to beat them we were going to have to shoot the ball well,” Irish coach Tim Staloch said.
Unfortunately for the Irish players, their shots did not fall the way they wanted them to. The Mustangs’ height, speed and overall defense made it difficult at times for the Maple Lake ballhandlers to even get a good look at the basket.
From tip-off to buzzer, Breck controlled the game, building a solid lead that the Irish attempted to chip away at with no real luck. By the break, the Mustangs held a 19-point, 36-17 advantage.

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Wed
08
Mar

Hockey team earns first-ever trip to state

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team has made it to the state tournament for the first time in the history of the program.
On Thursday, March 2, the Moose (No. 1 seed) defeated Chisago Lakes (No. 3 seed) 3-1 in the Section 5A championship for the opportunity.
This is a team that, prior to last year, had never won a section quarter-final game.
“It’s a great feeling. However, I’m not sure it’s completely sunk in yet,” coach Eric Nelson said.
Maple Lake has three players on the team: Devon Lyons, a junior, plays varsity, and Justin Fobbe and Scott Alm play JV for the Moose. MAML, which is now 21-6-1 overall, will take on the No. 2 seeded Delano at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, at the Xcel Energy Center.

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Wed
08
Mar

Girls win first playoff game in years

The Maple Lake girls basketball team won its first playoff game since 2012 on Thursday, March 2, at home when the Irish took on the Spectrum Sting and triumphed 41-31.
Two days later, on Saturday, March 4, the No. 8 seeded Maple Lake fell to No. 1 seed Watertown-Mayer 62-32 in the second round of the Section 5AA Tournament to end the season at St. Michael-Albertville.
“It is never enjoyable when your season comes an end, but we have so many things to be proud of.  We haven’t played in the second round of playoffs for five years,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said.
Not only have the Irish not won a section game in years, the team hasn’t hosted one since 2011. Armed with the home-court advantage, the Maple Lake ball-handlers came out ready to play, Thursday, anxious to beat a team they had already beaten once this year.

Wed
08
Mar

Irish down Bulldogs

The Irish boys basketball team defeated the Paynesville Bulldogs 72-59 on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at home, then narrowly lost a fast-paced match-up against the Kimball Cubs on Friday, March 3, to end the regular season.
The Irish shot well and played a strong team defense the first half against Paynesville, out-scoring the Bulldogs 37-19 to take an 18-point lead at the break.
The Irish weren't as productive on either end of the floor in the second half, allowing Paynesville to out-score them 40-35, but in the end they couldn’t close the gap.
Overall, the Irish had very balanced scoring and outscored the Bulldogs 14-8 in second-chance points.

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Wed
08
Mar

Wrestlers bring home state hardware

All three Annandale-Maple Lake wrestlers came home with top-five finishes after competing in the Individual State Wrestling Tournament last week.
Quinn Youngs took home a fourth-place medal at 126 pounds; Nate Carlson finished fifth at 160 pounds; and Trae Bedford finished fourth at 170 pounds Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
"It was great to see all three kids earn a medal. I was proud of how all of them overcame some disappointments to finish the year strong," Lightning coach Ben Youngs said.
Quinn got off to a slow start with a first-round, 7-0 loss to Brock Luthens of Hutchinson.
Once his opponent won, he was guaranteed another match, Youngs said.

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