Sports

Wed
11
Jan

Spike does well on ski team


Emma Spike, a student at Maple Lake High School is competing on the Annandale Co-op Alpine Ski Team. (Photo submitted)

The Annandale cooperative alpine ski team kicked off its season on Thursday, Dec. 22, with help from a single Maple Lake athlete, Emma Spike.
Spike, a captain on the team, has helped to lead the co-op to two first-place finishes and one second so far this season.
On Thursday, the co-op, which is made up of six schools, Annandale, Maple Lake, Kimball, New London-Spicer, St. Michael-Albertville and Litchfield, cruised to a first-place finish over the St. Cloud Breakaways, on the girls side. The boys team finished second.
Spike finished 12th overall in 1:08.

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Wed
04
Jan

MAML hockey has 2-1 week

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team went 2-1 at a three-day tournament at the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud last week.
After giving up a 6-2 loss to Sartell-St. Stephen on Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Moose went on to defeat Sauk Rapids-Rice 5-1 on Wednesday, Dec. 28, and River Lakes 4-0 on Thursday, Dec. 29.
Sartell-St. Stephen jumped to a 2-0 lead after the first period, then slid three more goals past Moose goal tender Tyler Klatt in the second period before MAML answered back with the first of its two goals of the evening. Casey Chiodo scored a little more than eight minutes into the second period with assists by Tanner Mros and Honza Stibingr.
Sartell-St. Stephen scored another goal in the third to expand its lead to 6-1. The Moose's Nick Zwack scored one final goal for the team with help from Troy Dahlheimer to finish with the 6-2 loss.

Wed
28
Dec

Irish boys fall to Litchfield, D-C


Senior guard, Josh Bidwell, looks for a path to the basket. The Irish lost 56-49 to the Litchfield Dragons at home.

The Maple Lake boys basketball team suffered two non-conference losses to close out the month of December.
The Irish narrowly fell to Litchfield on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at home, 56-49, to start off the week, then were over-powered 63-51 on Thursday, Dec. 22, on the road against the physically aggressive Dassel-Cokato Chargers.
The Dragons stayed one step ahead of the Irish through much of the first half, Tuesday. With a little over three minutes left Maple Lake tied the game 20-20, then pulled ahead shortly before the buzzer to go into the break with a 25-22 lead.

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Wed
28
Dec

Girls struggle on the road


Mackenna Brown takes the ball down the court at HL-W-W. Brown had five points in the Irish’s 57-32 loss Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the hands of the Lakers. (Photos by Mary Scheiber)

The Maple Lake girls basketball team is weary of the road after three games in a row away from home, the last two resulting in losses.
On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Irish traveled to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted where the team fell 57-32 to the 0-5 Lakers.
On Thursday, Dec. 22, Maple Lake endured its second loss of the week, falling 45-36 to St. Cloud Cathedral.
The Irish played soundly on both ends of the court to take an early 11-5 lead, Tuesday, but taking advantage of several Irish miscues, the Lakers answered with a 14-0 run for a 19-11 lead.
Maple Lake battled back before the half and trailed by just four, 21-25, thanks to a buzzer-beating jump shot by Morgan Scheiber.

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Wed
28
Dec

Irish gymnasts finish well at Litchfield


Susie Rieber scored a 5.95 on the bars at Litchfield last week. She was also third on the beam. (Photos by Gracie Elsenpeter)

Maple Lake seventh grader Brooke Mergen claimed two first-place finishes in a Maple Lake gymnastics team loss to Litchfield last week. The Irish traveled to Litchfield Thursday, Dec. 22, where the team took on the non-conference Dragons and fell 122.325 to 118.525.
Despite the outcome, Irish coaches called it a “great meet . . . fun and laid back,” before Christmas break.

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Wed
28
Dec

Lyons has hand in hockey

Maple Lake junior Devon Lyons had three assists in the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake hockey team’s 10-0 win over Becker-Big Lake, Tuesday, Dec. 20, in Princeton.
Ben Ward ignited Moose scoring a little over two minutes into the first period with an assist by Kayle Bocken. Honza Stibinger and Nick Zwack scored the other two goals of the period with assists by Tanner Mros, Casey Chiodo and Tyler Anderson to take a 3-0 lead over the Eagles.

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Wed
28
Dec

Lightning wins Bolt battle


Joe Driscoll works on pinning Peyton Sell of Glencoe-Silver Lake at 220 pounds. Driscoll won by fall in 3:08.

Trevor Wilson battles Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Eric Wilson at 113 pounds during a Dec. 22 meet in Annandale where the Lightning took on the Panthers and Dassel-Cokato in two big, Wright County Conference matches and annual Battle of the Bolt. ANML defeated both teams to claim the trophy. (Photos by Mary Christen)

The Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team moved to 9-3 on the season with wins over conference foes Glencoe-Silver Lake and Dassel-Cokato, Thursday, Dec. 22, at Annandale, in the annual “Battle of the Bolt.”
The Lightning started the tournament by defeating the G-SL Panthers 51-23 in a dual with little surprises, coach Ben Youngs said.
Joe Driscoll had a noteworthy match at 220 pounds, pinning a “very solid” Peyton Sell to continue his winning ways. Six of the other Lightning wins were by forfeit.
“When I see a match like this, I appreciate the ability to fill our lineup. G-SL has some tough kids, but they just can't fill the 14-weight class roster.”
Next for the Lightning was D-C, an important section and Wright County Conference match-up. Also at stake was the traditional Battle for the Bolt trophy. The Lightning pulled away from the Chargers late in the match to win 46-23.

Wed
21
Dec

Volleyball stars earn awards


The Maple Lake volleyball team held its award ceremony, Sunday, Dec. 11, to celebrate a stellar season that saw the team to a state volleyball championship. Pictured are Sunday's award winners. Front row, from left, Kora Fuller earned the Go Award for her hustle on the court; Olivia Marquette was named to the Central Minnesota All-Academic Team, the 2016 Individual All-State Academic Team, and was first team All-Conference; Linsey Rachel was named to the CMC All-Academic Team, the 2016 Individual All-State Academic Team, was first team all-conference, CMC Player of the Year and Player of the Year; Morgan Scheiber was second team All-Conference and won the Go Award; Kaleigh Beehler earned the Most Improved award. Back row, from left, Brynn Paumen was second team All-Conference and Player of the Year; Amber Klug was first team All-Conference; Mollie Scheiber was second team All-Conference, and most improved. Not pictured, coach Marty Kiebel was named CMC Coach of the Year. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
21
Dec

Football players bring home hardware


The Maple Lake football team celebrated its season, Saturday, Dec. 10, with an awards ceremony. From left, Zack Cargill earned All-District Second Team honors and All-Section honors; Hunter Malachek earned the All-Conference Academic award and All-District First Team honors; Logan McCollough was named Most Improved and was All-District Honorable Mention; Erik Raymond was named Lineman of the Year, earned All-District First Team honors and All-Section honors; Luke Mooney earned All-District Second Team honors and All-Section Honors; Tanner Schmidt earned the Hardest Worker award and All-District Honorable Mention; Mike Latour earned the Specialist award and was All-District Honorable Mention; and Alex Toedter earned the Offensive Player award, All-District First Team honors and All-Section honors. Not pictured, Jordan Gries, Jake Fynboh, Henry Stecker, Brock Goelz, Ben Reilley, Aiden Staloch, Ben Gindele and Mitch Hoistad earned All-Conference Academic honors. (Photo by Chad Pingel)
Wed
21
Dec

Irish girls win three in a row


Linsey Rachel takes a shot from the free-throw line. Rachel had a season high 21 points for the Irish.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team rallied its way to a third straight win and second Central Minnesota Conference victory, Thursday, Dec. 15, when the Irish traveled to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
The last time the Irish beat the Jaguars was back in 2012, and they went in expecting a fight. They weren’t disappointed. After a dominating first half, the Jaguars came back and put the scare into the Maple Lake players before eventually falling 43-38 to the Irish.
Maple Lake ballhandlers came out focused and played tough defense early to jump to a 9-0 lead. Solid full-court pressure and outstanding rebounding allowed the Irish to go into the break with a comfortable 11-point, 25-14, lead.

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