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Wed
13
Jan

Irish fall to top teams


Kaleigh Beehler, #21, goes up for a shot at Tuesday’s game against Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity.

Linsey Rachel, #4, drives toward the basket.

Mollie Scheiber, #22, dribbles toward the basket as Morgan Scheiber, #10, gets ready to block.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team returned from Christmas break recovered from some early season injuries, but faced two difficult games to kick off the second half of the season.
On Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Irish traveled to Lester Prairie to take on the 10-0 Bulldogs and fell 77-47. Three days later, on Friday, Jan. 8, Maple Lake hosted Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, the highest scoring team in the Central Minnesota Conference, and fell 53-42.
The Bulldogs came into Tuesday’s game ranked No. 6 in Class A and boasting an experienced group of athletic shooting guards and a 6-foot, 4-inch post player.
Maple Lake battled for much of the first half, but struggled to maintain tempo and ended up trailing by 17 to make the score 23-40 by the break. The second half was a carbon copy of the first as the Bulldogs continued to stretch their lead until time ran out.

Wed
13
Jan

Moose take tough losses

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake hockey team suffered tough losses at the hands of Mississippi 8 Conference leader Rogers and Little Falls, a team that has been to state six times in the last 11 years.
On Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Moose hosted the 10-5 Panthers who are currently at the top of conference standings, and fell 3-2.
Three days later, on Friday, Jan. 8, the Flyers visited the Moose Sherritt Arena and claimed a 4-1 win over the home team.
The Moose started out strong against Rogers. MAML’s Ryan Ashwill made the first goal of the night, about 16 minutes into the first period, with an assist by Nate Maas.
Rogers answered 10 minutes into the second period with a goal by Vinny Billing, assisted by Travis Limoseth, to tie the game at 1-1.

Wed
13
Jan

Irish defeat Bulldogs, move to 7-4 overall


Brandon Borell, #32, stretches for a rebound at Thursday’s game against Paynesville.

Chase Olsen, #21, goes up for two points. Olsen made 30 points during Thursday’s game vs. Paynesville.

Ryan Rasset, #4, takes a shot for three points during Thursday night’s game. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

The boys basketball team came back from the break with less than a full roster, Tuesday, Jan. 5, when they fell 55-43 to Litchfield on the Dragons’ home court.
Still missing players due to injuries, the Irish returned to the court on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Paynesville where they fared much better, pulling off a 73-36 win despite having only 10 out of 14 varsity players in uniform.
The Dragons took advantage of Alex Toedter’s absence, who was out with a sprained ankle, and Irish shooting woes, Tuesday. By the end of the first half, Litchfield had out-shot Maple Lake 33 to 17, going 8 for 11 from the three-point line.
“They shot the ball extremely well in the first half,” Irish coach Tim Staloch said.
Meanwhile, the Irish struggled to find a rhythm, turning the ball over and just not shooting well from anywhere.

Wed
13
Jan

Lightning defeat Rockets, do well at tournament


Hunter Manka shown in the Lightning’s win over Buffalo.

Jonah Hayes won a 9-2 decision over his Willmar opponent.

Hunter Malachek wins by fall over his Willmar opponent.

Quinn Youngs vs. a Shakopee wrestler.

The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestling team had two successful outings on the road last week.
On Thursday, Jan. 7, they traveled to Rockford where they defeated the Rockets 66-12. Then on Saturday, Jan. 9, they competed at the Monticello Duals where they won three meets before falling to Shakopee in round four. The Lightning kicked off the tournament with a 43-23 win over Monticello in round 1. In round two, they found themselves up against Willmar. The Lightning defeated the Cardinals 38-27 before moving on to round three where they beat Buffalo 65-7.
Shakopee handed the Lightning their only loss of the tournament, defeating the ANML team 48-13.

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Wed
06
Jan

Moose hockey defeats Providence Academy

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team won the final game of the Granite City Classic last week after first falling to St. Cloud Tech and River Lakes earlier in the tournament.
The Moose took on St. Cloud Tech on Monday, Dec. 28. Maple Lake senior Nate Maas had one goal in the 6-3 loss.
St. Cloud Tech put the first points on the board when Logan Johnson put the puck past Moose goalie Connor Bird who had 28 saves for the game.
Maas scored at 12:10 of the second period, assisted by team mates Nick Zwack and Jaden Jarmuzek. The Tigers scored two more goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead.

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Wed
06
Jan

Lightning do well at Rumble on the Red

Tanner Vasser recorded the top finish for Annandale-Maple Lake varsity wrestlers, Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Rumble on the Red in Fargo, North Dakota, leading the Lightning to a 17th-place finish out of 68 teams.
After suffering a tough loss in the semi-finals thanks to some early take-downs by opponent Jared Franek of West Fargo, Vasser came back in the consolation semi-final for a shot at third, but lost to Tyler Shilson of Centennial in the third-place match to finish fourth overall.
“Tanner wrestled back hard to finish fourth,” coach Josh Howk said.
Holden Youngs wrestled at 106 pounds for the first time this season on Wednesday, and finished fifth overall.
“He wrestled tough throughout the tournament,” Howk said. “He lost by a point in the semi-finals, but came back on the back side and finished fifth.”
Quinn Youngs suffered a tough loss on the front-end in the quarter-finals and ended up finishing sixth at 120 pounds.

Wed
30
Dec

Maple Lake gymnasts out-perform D-C


Danica Westrich performs on the beam, Tuesday. She finished sixth with a score of 7.1.

Callie LaFave launches herself off the vault during a Tuesday, Dec. 22, home meet. LaFave finished fifth overall with a score of 8.35. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Marisa Henrikson swings to a fourth-place finish on the bars. Her performance earned her a score of 7.3.

The Maple Lake gymnastics team earned a 127.5 to 122.625 win over Dassel-Cokato, Tuesday, Dec. 22, at its second home meet of the season.
The Irish came away with top performances by Jordan Sifferle and Gracie Elsenpeter and accumulated three first-place finishes and five second-place finishes for the night.
Sifferle earned top honors in the all-around, which was based on her performance in each of the night’s four events. Her cumulative score was 33.575. Elsenpeter was second with an all-around score of 33.35; and Marisa Henrikson scored 30.575 for fourth place.
The Irish started the meet on the vault where Sifferle’s score of 9.3 landed her in first place. Second went to Elsenpeter with her 9.125.
Judges awarded Delaney Sifferle an 8.55 for third place.
“Delaney Sifferle had a good night on the vault, getting a season high,” coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said.

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Wed
30
Dec

Hockey: Moose fall 5-0 to Sabres

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team fell 5-0 to non-conference foe Sartell-St. Stephen Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Bernick’s Ice Arena in Sartell.
The loss puts them at 5-5 overall.
Sartell scored its first goal at 4:51 of the first quarter off a goal by Matthew Moran, assisted by Jack Hennenmann and Matthew Michaud. The home team scored one more in that period, one in the second and two more in the third for the win.
MAML goalie Connor Bird played for 47.06 minutes and had 24 saves. Tyler Klatt goaltended for 3:54 minutes for the Moose and had one save.
The Moose were to play again on Monday, Dec. 28, in St. Cloud at the Granite City Classic where they were to take on St. Cloud Tech at 1:45 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, they were to face the River Lakes Stars and on Wednesday, Dec. 30, they will face Providence Academy at 11:30 a.m. All games are at the St. Cloud MAC Arena.

Wed
30
Dec

Players earn awards at football banquet


The Maple Lake football team held its annual end-of-the-year banquet recently and announced the names of the season’s award winners. They are, front row, from left, Nick Preisinger, tied for Lineman of the Year, was named to the All-District First Team and the All-Section Team; Lucas Fobbe earned a place on the All-District First Team. Back row, from left, Damian Kaley earned Offensive Player of the Year, was named to the All-District First Team and the All-Section Team; Alex Toedter earned Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the All-District Second Team and All-Section Team; Nate Maas earned Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-District Second Team; Tanner Schmidt earned the Hardest Worker award and tied for Lineman of the Year. Not pictured, Chase Olson earned All-District Team Honorable Mention; Jackson Stengler earned All-District Team Honorable Mention; and Austin Becker was named to the All-Section Team. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
23
Dec

Moose hockey wins three at home


No. 11 Nate Maas had two goals and three assists in the Moose hockey team’s three wins last week.

No. 35 Brandon Lyons had two assists in the Moose hockey team’s three wins last week against St. Francis, Red Wing and Becker-Big Lake.

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake Moose boys hockey team claimed three wins at home last week, including a 4-1 victory over St. Francis on Tuesday, Dec. 15, a 6-1 win over Red Wing on Thursday, Dec. 17, and a 7-0 win over Becker-Big Lake on Saturday, Dec. 19.
Senior captain Nate Maas had two goals and three assists for the week. Teammate Brandon Lyons had two assists.
The Moose’s overall record is now 5-4.
Up next for the MAML team is Sartell at Bernick’s Pepsi Arena in Sartell on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 7:15 p.m. On Monday, Dec. 28, they will face St. Cloud Tech at the Granite City Classic, then on Tuesday, Dec. 29, they will travel to the St. Cloud MAC Arena for a two-day tournament. On Tuesday they will meet the River Lakes Stars at 11:30 a.m., and on Wednesday, Dec. 30, they will face Providence Academy, also at 11:30 a.m.

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