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Fri
06
Sep

Lightning undefeated in six tilts

The Lightning had three days of wrestling last week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Opponents included Orono, Delano, Princeton, Goodhue, Fillmore-Lanesboro and Minneapolis Southwest. The Annandale-Maple Lake team was 6-0 for the week. Results ANML 63, Orono 12 106 Nate Carlson, ANML, pin over Ronan Winkels, Orono,4.50; 113 Tanner Vassar, ANML, pin over Spencer Schuh,Orono, 1:04; 120 Joe Mosley, ANML, pin over Jacob Williams, Orono, 2:14; 126 Bennett Erickson, ANML, pin over Jim Williams, Orono, 4:17; 132 Nick Anderson, pin over Bobby Striggow, Orono, :19; 138 Austin Hurrel, ANML, dec.

Fri
06
Sep

Moose lose on the road, bounce back at home

Last week was a busy week for the Moose with two away games and one home game. Tuesday evening, the Moose traveled the three-hour drive to take on the State A ranked Rochester Lourdes. Lourdes capitalized on the power plays that resulted from Moose penalties and scored four goals. The Moose's sole goal, scored by Drew Brockman and assisted by Oliver Winsor, was not enough to bring home the win as Lourdes won 4-1. Thursday evening, the Moose traveled to Isanti to take on the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets. This game was a close, clean game that was determined by one goal. That goal, thoug,h was not scored by the Moose, but rather the opposing team. That goal helped the Bluejackets win 1-0.
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Fri
06
Sep

Gymnasts fall just behind Little Falls

Maple Lake gymnasts competed in their last home meet of the 2012-2013 season on Friday, Jan. 25. They fought a tough battle and ended up right on the Little Falls Flyers’ heels at the end of the evening. Maple Lake finished with a final score of 128.4, and Little Falls with a score of 129.125. The coaches were excited to see their teams’ improvements. Coach Paul Fouquette simply said, “Vault rocked!” The team score on vault was 34.275. Jordan Sifferle placed second, with a score of 9.125. Courtney Pribyl came in third, with a score of 8.6. Delaney Sifferle, Marisa Henrikson, and Heather Schlueter also placed in the top ten for vault. The team score for bars was 30.2. Scoring a 7.95, Pribyl placed second. Jordan Sifferle came in third, with a score of 7.725. Ellie Haney came in fourth, with a score of 7.375. Schlueter and Halle Geyen also placed in the top ten on bars.
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Fri
06
Sep

Lightning Third at Eden Prairie Invitational

The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning traveled to Eden Prairie for an invitational tournament Saturday, Jan. 19, and came away with a third-place finish. Earlier in the week, the Lightning traveled to New London-Spicer, where they suffered a 37-27 loss to the No. 8 ranked 2A team. “We wrestled good against New London-Spicer,” said Lightning co-captain Jordan Hanan. “I think if we didn’t have some guys out, I think we could have beaten them.” NL-S 37, ANML 27 Lightning wrestlers who won their matches on Thursday, Jan. 17, included the following: Nate Carlson won by a decision at 106 pounds, contributing three points to the team’s score; Nick Anderson won by a major decision at 132; at 145 pounds, Hanan won by a pin at 1:18; at 170 pounds, Hendrickson won by a 16-0 technical fall at 5:25, earning five points; at 182, Teddy Erickson won by a forfeit for six points; and Spencer Ogden won by a 3-2 decision at 195.
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Fri
06
Sep

Moose add another win to their record

This past week for the Moose was one filled with three home games in four days against difficult teams. Some great goaltending, defense, and offensive connection led to a win and another close game. Buffalo 2 Moose 1 Tuesday night's game against Buffalo stayed close thanks to some support in the net from Darien Jones. The first period ended at 0-0, as a result of goaltending on both sides. The Moose killed a penalty in the first, which prevented Buffalo from scoring. In the second, the Moose had an advantage after a Buffalo elbowing penalty. Unfortunately, after a defensive error, Buffalo scored a shorthanded goal for the 1-0 lead. With just under five minutes left, Buffalo scored another goal for the 2-0 lead. Going into the third, the Moose needed offensive momentum to close the deficit.
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Fri
06
Sep

Gymnasts break season high

The gymnasts competed against Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The Maple Lake girls came out on top with a score of 128.525, just ahead of their opponents who finished with a 125.175. The girls are very proud and supportive of one another at their meets. “Improvements in each meet just keep getting better. We always make sure we have eachothers’ backs as a team and keep positive attitudes,” said Heather Schlueter. The girls finished with a total score of 35 on vault. High scorers were Jordan Sifferle (9.2), Marisa Henrikson (8.7), Delaney Sifferle (8.6), and Courtney Pribyl (8.5). The final score on bars was 29.825. High scorers included Jordan Sifferle (7.65), Ellie Haney (7.6), Courtney Pribyl (7.45), and Heather Schlueter (7.125).
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Fri
06
Sep

Irish boys show resilience, go 2-1 in tough stretch

On Jan. 14, the Maple Lake boys basketball team started their three-game week at Foley. The Foley Falcons seemed to be a good competitive matchup for the Irish, as both teams entered the game with a record around .500. From the start, the game was back-and-forth between the battling teams. The Irish took good shots in the first half, which resulted in the team shooting a very nice 47 percent. Another key to the Irish’s offensive success was that they really valued the ball and rarely turned the ball over. The team seemed to keep pace with Foley, but could never quite break away with a big lead. Just as the Irish had success on offense, they lacked a little bit on the defensive end, allowing Foley to shoot 55 percent in the first half. “Our defense in the first half allowed too many easy looks for Foley,” coach Tim Staloch said. The Irish were only down 30-33 at halftime, but needed to improve defensively to come out with the win.

Fri
06
Sep

Irish girls drop two conference games

by Rachel Latour Monday night’s game was the first of three games for the Irish throughout the week, as the Royalton Royals came to town for a nonconference matchup, which the Irish won 47-43. The Irish got off to a slow start and Royalton jumped to a 14-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game. The Irish spent the half fighting their way back into the game, rotating 10 girls on and off the floor, looking for ways to change any aspect of the game to go in their favor. Halftime came with the Irish trailing 22-21.

The Irish gained their first lead early in the second half, which was the second of seven lead changes throughout the game. Trailing by five (34-39) with a total of eight minutes to play, the Irish finished the game on a 13-4 run to seal the victory by four points
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Fri
06
Sep

Second-chance points hurt Irish in loss

Both teams entered Thursday night’s game with a 2-2 conference record, each looking for a win to chase down conference leaders EV-W and HLWW. The shots weren’t falling in the first half for the Irish, but they found a spark on the defensive end which ignited a flame on the offensive end. Unfortunately the Irish couldn’t make up their deficit, and lost 60-47. Pierz came out with a flurry and jumped to an early 10-point lead as the Irish struggled to put the ball through the net. Pierz maintained a double-digit lead for most of the first half, and led by 14 points at halftime, leaving the score 30-16. The Irish lacked some intensity which was well needed to get their game rolling. Anyone in the stands could agree that there was a new team on the court the second half.
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Fri
06
Sep

Moose add two wins to their record

This week was one filled with much-deserved wins for the Moose. Hard work and persistence helped the Moose win against the Lightning, along with a win against Buffalo in which the Moose had to come back from a three-goal deficit. Moose 4, Northern Lakes Lightning 1 Thursday evening the Northern Lakes Lightning traveled to the Moose's home rink for the second matchup of the season. Previously, the Moose fell to the Lightning on the road. With the support of a filled arena, the Moose were hoping for a win. The first period of play was evenly matched between the teams. The offense from both teams was able to set up many good scoring chances. The Moose were the first to complete the scoring chance with a goal. With five minutes left in the period, Reese Carstens shot the puck from the corner, which was saved by the goalie. Drew Brockman came in for the rebound and scored. The period ended with the Moose ahead by one goal.

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