Sports

Fri
06
Sep

The Old Coach Sez

If you watched the New York Giants upset the unbeaten New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, you saw a cool Eli Manning completing passes while a harried and rushed Tom Brady was either throwing too soon or winding up on his back. As an old offensive lineman, I could appreciate what was going on. Brady simply had no protection.

So this year when draft time rolled around, it was interesting to see how the philosophy of the owners and managers had changed. Quarterbacks always seem to be the glamour picks, followed by highly publicized running backs. These are the names the fans hear about. These are the names that sell tickets.

Fri
06
Sep

Football squad is built for speed

The charge of the Irish Light Brigade might be a fitting theme for the 2008 Irish football team. With only one returning starter over 200 pounds and an offensive line that averages 165 pounds, the Irish will have to rely on their speed and quickness to neutralize many of the CMC's much larger teams.

Led by captains Riley Decker, Rob Hannon, Ryan Kotila and Sean Lawler, along with the other Irish seniors, Brent Puncochar, Tony Elfmann, Nick DeChene, Alex Christian and Aaron Rassat, the Irish will open things up with a home non-conference game on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. at Irish Country Stadium against the Mayer Lutheran Crusaders, an always tough foe and a Section 4AA adversary.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish downed by Eagles 52-23, get past Jags 55-47

On Tuesday, December 11, the Irish hosted their first conference game against the Eden Valley- Watkins Eagles. The first half showed great skill and effort by both teams, but the Irish failed to keep up with Eden Valley in the second half and were outscored 52-23. The game couldn’t have started off better for the Irish as they had a 12-0 lead six minutes into the game. Although the Irish were prepared, a mix of full-court zone pressure and tough half-court defense slowed the Irish attack as the Irish trailed at halftime by the score of 18-21. The second half was nothing like the first, as the Irish were plagued by turnovers and missed shots. Scoring five second half points and struggling to defend the post play of the Eagles proved to be too much to overcome. One of the many important factors in the game was that the Irish shot 21% from the floor while EVW shot 45%.

Fri
06
Sep

Cubs defeat Irish in close battle

On Friday, Dec. 14, the Irish hosted their first conference game against the Kimball Cubs. Both teams were fighting to gain early control in the Central Minnesota Conference. The teams were fairly evenly matched and familiar with one another being conference rivals. The Irish knew they would have to be successful on the boards and grab a significant amount of rebounds to beat the Cubs. In the first half the game went back-and-forth on nearly every possession. Both teams shot decent with the Cubs shooting around 50 percent and the Irish at around 40 percent. The Irish knocked down three of nine three-pointers to help their cause and had tied the Cubs 25-25 at halftime. In the second half, the Irish made it a goal to take good shots, rebound, get to the free-throw line, and create turnovers. In a back-and-forth game, the lead changed nine times and was tied nine times.
More information and stats appears in this week's Messenger.

Fri
06
Sep

Moose fall to Lightning 4-3

The Moose made the long trek north to take on the Northern Lakes Lightning. This game would yet be another close one for the Moose. Starting the first period off with a quick goal at 4:36 into the period was Robbie Stromme, unassisted. The Moose now had the lead at 1-0. The Lightening would respond quickly with a goal from Ben Moe at 6:24 tying the game at 1-1. Going into the second period both teams were at one goal apiece. The second period would not fare well for either team in regards to goals. The only scoring that occurred during the second was unfortunately for the Lightening.
More information and stats appears in this week's Messenger.

Fri
06
Sep

Gymnasts start season

The “first” of anything is always the hardest. As for the first meet of the gymnastics season, the girls’ nerves factored into how they felt about their performance. “I was very, very nervous. Taking a break from gymnastics for that long and then jumping back onto it is hard,” said eighth grader Halle Geyen. The Irish gymnastics team bused to Princeton on Friday, Dec. 7 and competed in vault, bars, beam, and floor. Jordan Sifferle placed first on vault with an average score of 8.7. Courtney Pribyl held the third place position on vault with an 8.35 average. Delaney Sifferle took fourth place on vault, averaging a final score of 8.25. The team’s overall score on vault was 33.45, leading over Princeton who had a 32.25. Heather Schlueter placed second on bars, receiving an average of 7.525. Jordan Sifferle came in fourth place on bars with a 7.225 average. Courtney Pribyl finished on bars with an average of 7.025.

Fri
06
Sep

Lightning go two for two at New London-Spicer

The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestling team traveled to New London-Spicer on Thursday, Dec. 13, for a double dual meet and came away with victories over Waconia, 49-21, and Mound-Westonka, 48-26. Co-captain, Teddy Erickson thought it was a good meet. “Yeah, we had some very good matches, especially in our upper weights,” Erickson said. “Our big guys finished the job and sealed off the win.” Erickson was also impressed with wrestlers Hunter Hicks and Kody Rolfzen. Hicks had a good win after losing a close one right before it and Rolfzen also wrestled two good matches even though he lost.
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.

Fri
06
Sep

Footballers receive awards

The Irish football squad wrapped up their season on Saturday, Dec. 15, with the awards Ccremony. The team had set many goals at the beginning of the year and accomplished many of them. A few of the goals they accomplished include: Beating Eden Valley-Watkins, starting out 5-0, playing at the “Husky Stadium”, getting a home playoff game and ending the year with a winning season. The year ended for the Irish against a strong Mayer Lutheran team in the section finals just a few short weeks ago.

Fri
06
Sep

Moose lose two close tilts in one

Princeton 3, Monticello 1 Tuesday evening, the Moose were back at the Moose Sherritt Ice Arena to take on the Princeton Tigers. The rink was filled with fans and lively thanks to the tunes of the Monticello Pep Band. The puck dropped at 7p.m. to begin what would be an intense game. At 2:35 in the period a Tigers' five minute major penalty brought a Moose power play and man advantage. The Moose quickly lost this advantage upon a Moose penalty for holding. This was the first of many penalties for the Moose. After the beginning penalties, evenly matched play continued between the two teams. It wasn't until 13:28 of the 17 minute period that there was any change in the score. Unfortunately, it was a goal for the Tigers, which caused them to take the 1-0 lead. The Moose ended the period scoreless as well as in the penalty box off of an interference call.
More information and stats appears in this week's Messenger.

Fri
06
Sep

Lightning go 1-1 at double dual meet

The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning had little trouble defeating Glencoe-Silver Lake 60-8 amid a string of forfeits Thursday, Dec. 20, but they fell short, 34-30, to the double dual meet host, Hutchinson. The match between the Lightning and the Panthers started close in the lower weights, with the ANML’s Nate Carlson defeating Jacob Jewett in an 8-6 decision. Aaron Donnay defeated ANML’s Tanner Vassar 14-13 to tie the match 3-3. The Lightning picked up wins by forfeit at 120 and 126 but G-SL came back strong at 132 when Brandon Richter defeated ANML’s Nick Anderson by a technical fall, 21-6 at the 6-minute mark. But that was the last victory for the Panthers because the Lightning won the rest of the matches, which included four more forfeits at 145, 170, 195 and 285. Hutchinson came out on top over ANML in a close 34-30 match during the double dual meet hosted by the Tigers.

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