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Wed
20
Jan

Gymnasts do well on the road and at home


 Gracie Elsenpeter looking for the landing on her layout full in her first tumbling pass on the floor.

Jordan Sifferle showing her dynamic dance pose in her floor routine. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

Marisa Henrikson completing a full twist on her handspring full vault.

Gracie Elsenpeter led Irish gymnasts to a decisive 126.200 to 111.950 victory over Little Falls, Tuesday, Jan 12, by winning all of her events.

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Wed
20
Jan

Irish win two, lose one


Linsey Rachel, #4, went for a layup against Spectrum Monday night. Rachel had 20 points in the Irish win. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Lauren Borell, #32, set up a screen freeing Linsey Rachel, #4, of a Rockford defender at Saturday’s game.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team won two games last week before falling to Rockford.
The Irish hosted the Spectrum Sting, Monday, Jan. 11, in their first of the three games and came away with a 54-42 win thanks to some stingy defense and solid free-throw shooting.

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Wed
20
Jan

Moose fall to Princeton, North Branch

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team endured two tough losses in a row last week in Mississippi Conference action, falling first to Princeton, 5-2 on Friday, Jan. 15, at home, then losing 4-1 to North Branch, Saturday, Jan. 16, on the road.

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Wed
20
Jan

Lightning out-wrestle White Hawks 57-13


ANML senior wrestlers were honored Friday - Austin Hurrle, Dondrae Burns, Nick Preisinger, Cory Schmidt, Tanner Vassar and Holden Youngs.

Tanner Vassar won a 6-2 dec. over Mound-Westonka’s Neil Schmalz.

Cory Schmidt was defeated by fall at 3:25 by Bobby Sweet of Mound-Westonka.

Youth wrestlers were introduced during Friday night’s match.

One of the several youth matches that night was ANML wrestler Andrew Wurm. (Photos by Mary Christen)

The Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team earned a decisive 57-13 victory over Mound-Westonka Friday, Jan. 15, in Wright County Conference action in Maple Lake.

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Wed
20
Jan

Irish defeat Kimball, fall to B-B-E, Rockford


Chase Olson, #21, drives toward the basket. He had 21 points in the Irish win. (Photos by Brenda Erdah

Alex Toedter, #24, goes up for two points against Kimball on Tuesday, Jan. 12. The Irish beat the Cubs 65-47 at home.

Damian Kaley, #23, avoids a Kimball defender on his way toward the basket.

The Maple Lake boys basketball team kicked off the week with a 65-47 win over the Kimball Cubs then fell to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Rockford to make them 8-6 overall and 4-2 in Central Minnesota Conference play.

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Wed
13
Jan

Irish gymnasts finish second at Monticello

Senior Jordan Sifferle posted the top finish of the day for Irish gymnasts, Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Monticello with her event-winning performance on the bars, leading the Maple Lake team to a cumulative 124.625 finish. The Magic finished just ahead of them with 133.925 points to claim the team win.
Gracie Elsenpeter produced a second-place performance for the Irish on the vault, earning a 9.1 from the judges.
Sifferle completed her first layout tsuk of the season on the vault, and although her landing wasn’t perfect, according to coaches, she was still able to earn a 9 for third place. The winner, Mikara Mitchell from Monticello, scored a 9.125.
Also placing for the Irish on the vault were Delaney Sifferle who finished seventh with an 8.3; Callie LaFave who finished eighth with an 8.3; and Marisa Henrikson who finished 10th with an 8.15.

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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