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Wed
18
Jan

Boys drop two


Mitch Hoistad shoots from the three-point line during Saturday’s home game against Rockford. Hoistad contributed 10 points, three rebounds and three assists in the Irish loss. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

The Maple Lake boys basketball team is 4-7 overall and 2-3 in Central Minnesota Conference play after two games last week.
On Thursday, Jan. 12, the Irish traveled to Eden Valley to take on CMC foe the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles and lost 75 to 54.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Irish hosted Rockford. The non-conference opponent defeated Maple Lake 62-50.
The Eagles claimed the lead early, but the Irish kept it close through much of the first half.
EV-W pulled away to claim a 12 point, 38-26, lead at the break.
The Irish battled back during the second half, closing the gap to seven with seven minutes to go, but in the end, Maple Lake gave up too many second-chance points and went home with the loss.

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Wed
18
Jan

Hockey falls in overtime


No. 12 Devon Lyons of Maple Lake passes the puck to No. 7 Jaden Jarmuzek, setting up a play that resulted in a goal for the Moose. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team suffered a one-point overtime loss to Chisago Lakes in its only game of the week, last week.
The Moose hosted Mississippi 8 Conference foe the Wildcats on Thursday, Jan. 12, and lost 4-3 to drop them to 2-2 in conference standings which, at the time, tied them with Princeton and St. Francis for the top spot.
MAML started scoring 13 minutes into the first period when Nick Zwack put the puck past Wildcat goalie Brooks Stangle. Ben Ward and Charlie Voller assisted.
Chisago Lakes answered only seconds later on an even-strength goal by Nickolas Pautz, assisted by Mason Hill and Jace Meierhoff.

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Wed
18
Jan

Get ready, get set, wrestle


These young wrestlers competed in a youth wrestling tournament hosted by the Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling program, Sunday, Jan. 15, at Maple Lake High School. Above, Aiden Fitzgerald of Maple Lake gets the upper hand over his opponent.
Wed
18
Jan

Skiers race at Giant’s Ridge


The Annandale Co-op ski team, back row, from left, Arthur Kjar, Rachael Boesen, Jessica Scheer, Sage Sparks, Toby Stumpf, Emma Spike, Kirkland Allen, Riley Mattheisen, Lori Rice. Middle row, from left, Anika Norgren, Suzanne Schneider, Violet Sparks, Vivian Weindl, Noelle Scheer, Isabel Wester, Kaylee Mackenstadt-Everett, Anne Boesen. Front row, from left, Megan Hendrickson, Claire Tikkanen, Talia Stumpf, Holly Ekholm, Faith Mader, Tommy Becker.

The Annandale Co-op Alpine team raced in the MLK race at Giants Ridge on Saturday, Jan. 14, with 20 team members competing. For many this was the first time at Giants Ridge, a challenging course with multi-competitive teams, coach Lori Rice said.
Overall, there were several “accomplished” individual results, and many members learned how to ski the courses and experience Giants Ridge, Rice said.
Maple Lake has one athlete on the cooperative, junior Emma Spike. She finished Saturday’s race in 1:54.40.

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Wed
18
Jan

Gymnasts second at MLHS “Tumble”


Brooke Mergen came away with two eighth place finishes Saturday, Jan. 14, at home. (Photo by Gracie Elsenpeter)

The Irish gymnastics team finished second to St. Louis Park at its eight-team Tumble in the Jungle, Saturday, Jan. 14.
Gracie Elsenpeter led scoring with four first-place finishes and one second, including a first-place finish in the all-around.
“This is my favorite meet of the year. This meet gave each team the opportunity to compete eight gymnasts per event, which is three more than normal. Watching the sportsmanship of all teams makes this a great meet,” coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said.

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Wed
11
Jan

Girls rout Huskers, fall to the Eagles


Junior forward Anna Becker drives to the basket, Tuesday, Jan. 3, during the Irish’s home game against Holdingford. Maple Lake beat the Huskers 55-47. Becker had three points for the night.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team split last week, beating Holdingford at home 55-47 before falling to Eden Valley-Watkins on the road, 56-42, in Central Minnesota Conference action.
The games put them at 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
The Irish went into Tuesday night’s, Jan. 3, game at home with an agenda. Last year the Huskers swept the home team and Maple Lake wanted revenge. Despite that, the team started out slowly, trailing by as many as 10 points (4-14) in the opening minutes of the game. Maple Lake broke away on a 13-0 run to take the lead, 17-14. The game stayed close thanks, in part, to several first-half turnovers on the part of the Irish, but Maple Lake retained a two-point lead, 22-20 going into the break.

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Wed
11
Jan

Irish win two


Cole Trager goes up for two points.

Irish boys basketball players had a busy week with three games in four days, two of them on the road, but they didn’t disappoint.
The young Maple Lake ball players tacked two more wins to their record, beating Central Minnesota Conference foes Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 58-45 and Pierz 76-60. The Irish had one loss for the week against the non-conference St. Cloud Cathedral to boost the home team’s record to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in CMC standings.
Maple Lake kicked off the week on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at B-B-E. The Irish started out slow, trailing by as much as eight early in the game, but crawled back to within one by the break to make the score 29-28.

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Wed
11
Jan

ANML Lightning win two out of three


ANML wrestler Nate Carlson takes on Jacob Gik of Albany. Carlson pinned Gik in 2:40 at 170 pounds. The Lightning won all but one match at the Little Falls tournament last week, falling hard to the Pierz Pioneers 54-8 and slipping past the Flyers 37-36. (Photos by Sara Youngs)

The Lightning wrestling team won two out of three matches in Little Falls, Friday, Jan. 6.
ANML began by squeaking past Little Falls 37-36, lost big to No. 2 ranked team in Class A Pierz, 54-8, then handily defeated Albany 51-27.
Joe Driscoll gave the Lightning its big one-point finish when he pinned Flyers’ Ryan Graves at 285 pounds. ANML was down by just five points at the time. His pin was worth six points.
“There’s no way to get a more exciting ending than that,” coach Ben Youngs said.
ANML won eight of its matches to Little Falls’ six, but the Flyers’ six wins were all pins.

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Wed
11
Jan

Gymnasts are on the mend


Olivia LaTour launches herself off the vault at a home meet against Monticello, Tuesday, Jan. 3. LaTour finished fifth in the all-around that evening. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Christmas break did wonders for Maple Lake gymnasts who are starting to get back to normal after being plagued by sickness and injury earlier in the season. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Irish hosted the Class 7A Monticello with a line-up that is almost back to what it used to be.
Despite a 132.15 to 122.65 loss to the larger school, the Irish came away with two-second place finishes, two thirds, two fourths and a fifth by the time the meet was through.
Gracie Elsenpeter snagged the two second-place finishes with her performances on the bars and the floor. She earned an 8.3 from judges on the bars and an 8.575 for her dynamic floor routine. Her performances that night also earned her third place in the all-around with a total score of 33.1.

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Wed
11
Jan

Moose submit to Sartell, ruin Rogers


Maple Lake junior forward Devon Lyons moves the puck down the ice. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team fell 7-2 to Sartell-St. Stephen, Tuesday, Jan. 3, in Monticello then defeated Rogers 3-2 on Saturday, Jan. 7, on the road.
Sartell started scoring early in the first period with a Jack Hennenmann goal assisted by Spencer Meier. The Sabres’ scored again 11 minutes in to make the score 2-0. Charlie Voller got the Moose on the score board shortly after with assists by Troy Dahlheimer and Nick Zwack to narrow the gap.
The Sabres quickly answered with another goal to end the period with a 3-1 lead.
Sartell put two more goals past the Moose goalie in quick succession. Ben Ward answered for the Moose with a Zwack assist.

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