Sports

Wed
31
Dec

A year in sports: Looking back at 2014


Junior David Stokman poses with his parents, Paul and Lisa, and the game ball he used to score his 1,000th point as a varsity basketball player for the Maple Lake Irish.

The Maple Lake Irish 4x800 team - Jackson Willard, Andrew Schonnesen, Scott Jordan and Ryan Kalinowski - pose with coaches Ben Youngs and Craig Grams (front) and Paul Fouquette (back) after their second-place finish at the state meet.

Zach Johnson and Rayne Coughlin participate in the first GRC vs. CMC basketball All-Star games.

Tanner Vassar, of Maple Lake, took third place at the 2014 Minnesota State Wrestling tournament.

 

Wed
31
Dec

M-A-ML hockey falls to Red Wing

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team is two for six after a 5-1 loss to Red Wing, Tuesday, Dec. 23, on the road.
The Moose started off on the right foot, slipping the puck past Wingers goalie Adam Defore midway through the first period to get themselves on the scoreboard. Moose junior forward Nick Johnson had the honor, assisted by Nick Zwack and Maple Lake’s own Nate Maas, also a junior forward for the Moose.
M-A-ML’s lead lasted until 9:09 in the second period when Red Wing’s Cole Siewert tied things up with an even strength goal. But it wasn’t until the third period that Red Wing really opened things up, and they didn’t look back. The Wingers went on a shooting spree, connecting for four power-play goals at 1:37, 4:44, 10:14 and 15:48 in the final period.
Moose goalie Nathan Isaacson took the loss. He had 25 saves for the night. Defore held off 20 attempts by the Moose.
Wed
24
Dec

Boys basketball claims tournament championship


Junior David Stokman maneuvers his way around a couple of Foley Falcons on his way to the basket, Friday, Dec. 19, during a Maple Lake hosted tournament. Stokman had 24 points against the Falcons. The Irish won 68-39.

No. 24, Alex Toedter, and No. 30, Nick Paumen, go up for the rebound despite being surrounded by Foley guards.

No. 32, Brandon Borell, scoring for the Irish. Borell had 6 points against the Mayer Lutheran Crusaders.
The Maple Lake boys basketball team won their own pre-holiday tournament last week by handily defeating both Mayer-Lutheran and Foley.
The Irish started off the two-day event with an 82-65 win over Mayer-Lutheran, on Thursday, Dec. 18. On Friday, Dec. 19, they went on to defeat Foley, 68-39 for the championship.
“It was fun to see the players after the games smiling and wearing their tournament champion t-shirts,” head coach Tim Staloch said after Friday night’s game.
The entire team contributed Thursday against the Royals. The Irish jumped to a quick lead and only lengthened it as the game went on. By the end of the first half the home team was up 43-28.
The lead allowed some of the bench to get some “well deserved” extended minutes, Staloch said.
In total, 12 different Irish players scored.
 More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Wed
24
Dec

Irish girls basketball claims two wins


No. 2, Mollie Graham, goes up for two points.

No. 4, Linsey Rachel, dribbles toward the basket during the Tuesday, Dec. 16, home game against Holdingford. The Irish won 38-26.

No. 3, Emily Webb, looks for an open Irish teammate in Tuesday’s game against Holdingford.

 

Wed
24
Dec

Lightning win on the road, take third at tournament


Four ANML wrestlers went undefeated at the Frazee Duals meet on Saturday. Pictured are Holden Youngs, Tanner Vassar, Spencer Ogden and Quinn Youngs.

ANML Lightning wrestler Cullen Gallagher against Perham at the Frazee Duals tournament.

ANML Lightning wrestler Tanner Vassar against Perham at the Frazee Duals tournament.

ANML Lightning wrestler Cory Schmidt against Perham at the Frazee Duals tournament.
The Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team will go into the holiday break with several more wins under their belts and a third- place finish at the Frazee Les Kertscher Duals over the weekend.
The Lightning kicked off the week on the road, wrestling Glencoe-Lester Prairie on Thursday, Dec. 18, at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School and came away with a 45-25 win.
On Saturday, Dec. 20, they traveled to Frazee for a seven-team tournament. A-ML defeated Perham and Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Area on their way to third place. Their only loss was against Minneota, the team that would go on to win the tournament championship.
Individually, four Lightning wrestlers went undefeated for the day: Tanner Vassar, Spencer Ogden, Holden Youngs and Quinn Youngs made it through the entire tournament without being beaten once.
Wed
17
Dec

Irish boys basketball wins two more


Nick Paumen, No. 30, gets a look at the basket and scores two points for the Irish.

Chase Olson, No. 21, scores two points for the Irish while Brandon Borell, No. 32, watches for a potential rebound.

Tony Goelz, No. 5, with one of his many three-pointers that night. Goelz went four for ten from the three-point line against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

 

Wed
17
Dec

Girls basketball sees improvements


A D-C defender tries to catch No. 2, Mollie Graham, on a Maple Lake break-away.

No. 3, Emily Webb, goes for two despite D-C pressure. She scored 16 points against the Chargers Tuesday night.

Maple Lake’s No. 23, Brynn Paumen, looks to pass at a home game against Dassel-Cokato. Maple Lake lost the battle 66-46.
The young Maple Lake girls basketball team is showing signs of growth after two games last week.
The Irish took on Dassel-Cokato to kick off the week, Tuesday, Dec. 9, at their home opener. Although they lost 66 to 46, coaches are pleased with how much the squad has improved since the start of the season.
“The score of this game really doesn't reflect the improvements we made from our first game,” Coach Adam Ronnenberg said.
“Offensively, we cut down the number of turnovers we had and executed our offense much better. In the first half we took away some of their inside game by playing zone defense, but unfortunately, gave up some easy looks at three-point shots. In the second half we attacked the basket despite being undersized and our transition game led to some easy baskets providing us with a chance mid-way through the second half,” Ronnenberg said.
Wed
17
Dec

Gymnasts set season high score

 

 The Maple Lake gymnastics team may have lost to a tough Becker squad Thursday, Dec. 11, in Becker, but they did what they set out to do, and that was to score a team high and set some personal records.
“We knew going into this meet that Becker was going to be tough. Our team goal was to achieve personal and team bests and we definitely accomplished a team best and had many personal bests for this season,” Coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said.
Junior Jordan Sifferle led the team to a season-high score of 128.95 when she tied for first on the vault with a score of 9.275, which was the best finish of the night for the Irish. She was also second on the beam with a score of 8.5, second in the all-around with a score of 34.35 and fourth on the floor with a score of 8.75.
Becker bested the Irish with a score of 138.025.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
17
Dec

Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey falls twice at home

 

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team went 0-2 last week after battling two tough teams from the north. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, the Moose welcomed Brainerd to their home ice in Monticello, the Moose Sherritt Arena, where they fell 3-2.
Four days later, on Saturday, Dec. 13, they hosted Bemidji and fell 4-0.
The Warriors jumped to an early lead at 5:52 in the first period, Tuesday, off a goal by Cole Ball with help from Eric Stout. The Warriors extended their lead to two when Adam Fisher found the net on a power play, assisted by Matt Casperson.
M-A-ML responded at 16:50 in the first period on an even-strength goal by Jaden Jarmuzek, assisted by Trevor Nodland.
The second period remained scoreless until 16:00 when Nodland put in a power-play goal for the Moose, assisted by Charlie Voller to tie things up.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.

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