Sports

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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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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