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Wed
09
Dec

Lightning wrestlers start season with a bang


Jonah Hayes wins a 12-3 major decision against Milaca. (Photos by Mary Christen)

Holden Youngs during his match against a Milaca wrestler. Youngs lost to a 3-1 decision.

The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestling team grappled to a 37-29 win Thursday, Dec. 3, in its season opener dual, then finished second out of 12 teams at a Maple Grove tournament on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Trae Bedford went undefeated through both events and was the champion at the Crimson Invite, Saturday.
“Trae looks ready for a great season ahead,” coach Elliot Zander said.
Also going undefeated at the weekend tournament was Cory Schmidt. Schmidt pinned his way through the tournament to become the Crimson Invite champion two years in a row.
Tanner Vassar, last year’s state finalist, “showed great effort this week as he wrestled two No. 1-ranked wrestlers in their respective division,” Zander said.
“Tanner did not come out on top in either of the matches, but looks like he is ready for a great season ahead. There are also a handful of kids not mentioned that had some great performances that weekend,” Zander said.

Wed
09
Dec

MAML hockey loses two close games: Maas leads Moose in scoring


No. 11, Captain Nate Maas, a senior at Maple Lake High School, leads the Monticello-Annandale- Maple Lake boys hockey team in scoring so far this season with four goals and four assists in four games. Above, he handles the puck during a Saturday, Dec. 5, game against Buffalo. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

MAML defenseman Brandon Lyons, a Maple Lake High School senior, maneuvers the puck down the ice during Saturday’s game. MAML lost to the Bison 4-2.

Maple Lake senior Nate Maas leads the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team in scoring after two more games last week.
On Thursday, Dec. 3, the Moose traveled to St. Michael-Albertville where they lost a hard-fought game to the Knights 5-2, then on Saturday, Dec. 5, they fell to Buffalo 4-2 on the Bison’s home Ice.
STM-A led off with the first goal at 3:20 of the first period, Thursday, followed by another at 9:28. The Moose’s Casey Chiodo answered at about 10 minutes with assists by Ville Salovaara and Ben Ward. St. Michael-Albertville found the back of the net one more time to end the first period with a 3-1 lead.
The Moose’s Ben Ward opened the second period with a power-play goal, assisted by Maas. STM-A followed with one more goal in the second and a final goal in the third to seal the win.

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Wed
09
Dec

Irish fall to Annandale, defeat Pierz


Blake Wellsted, #10, steals the ball from the Cardinals and takes it down court for a lay-up and two points for the Irish during Tuesday’s game at Annandale.

Damian Kaley, #23, shoots over the Cardinals’ block to score two for the Irish. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

The Maple Lake boys basketball team opened the week with a 68-63 loss to Section 5-2A foe Annandale Tuesday, Dec. 1, then turned things around by defeating Pierz 50-42 in the first Central Minnesota Conference match-up of the Season on Friday, Dec. 4. Both games were on the road.
Irish shooting was right on the first half of Tuesday night’s game, allowing Maple Lake to build a double-digit lead at one point against the Cardinals, but Annandale was able to cut it down with a few key three-pointers to take a one-point lead, 35-34, at the end of the half.
The second half was Annandale’s turn to shine when it came to shooting. They managed to out-score the Irish 33-29 that half to cement a five-point victory.
“The second half they shot the ball very well and we didn’t,” Maple Lake coach Tim Staloch said.

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Wed
09
Dec

Irish basketball: Boys led by returning starters

Senior post Chase Olson and senior forward Brandon Borell return from last year’s Central Minnesota Conference Championship team to lead this season’s Irish basketball squad.
Both were starters on the 2014/15 team that set a school record with 26 wins against only two losses and claimed the CMC title with a record of 13-1. Annandale ended their reign in the sub-section championship last year, handing them their second loss of the season. The Cardinals later went on to win the section and advance to state.
Not returning from that squad, due to graduation, are David Stokman, Andrew Schonnesen and Tony Goelz, all starting guards.
Filling out the rest of the positions on this year’s Irish roster are senior post Nick Paumen, senior guards Damian Kaley and Blake Wellsted; sophomore post Alex Toedter; junior post Tanner Schmidt; and sophomore guard Cole Trager.

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Wed
09
Dec

Six awarded at volleyball banquet


The Maple Lake volleyball team held its annual end-of-the-year banquet, Sunday, Dec. 6, to honor athletes and coaches who have excelled in the sport of volleyball over the season. Pictured are six varsity players who earned awards. Front row, from left, Olivia Marquette was named to the second team all-conference and the Central Minnesota Conference All Academic Team for holding a cumulative GPA 3.70 or above; Amber Klug was named to the first team all-conference and the CMC All Academic Team; and Linsey Rachel was named to the first team all-conference, earned the 2015 Player of the Year award, was named Central Minnesota Conference Player of the Year and earned a spot on the CMC All-Academic Team. Back row, from left, Mollie Scheiber was named Most Improved Player; Morgan Scheiber earned the “Go” Award for her speed and hustle throughout the season and was named to the second team all-conference; and Shelby Larson made the CMC All Academic Team. Not pictured, Brooklyn Toedter was the 2015 serving leader. Head varsity coach Marty Kiebel was also named Section 6-2A Coach of the Year. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)
Wed
09
Dec

Gymnastics returns with experience

The Maple Lake gymnastics team returns to the mat this year with virtually no change to the previous season’s squad that finished fourth in the Granite Ridge Conference, sixth in sections and 3-5-1 overall.
Leading the group is Jordan Sifferle, a senior with six years of gymnastics under her belt, including several state meet appearances.
Jordan is coming off a section championship in the vault and seventh-place state meet finish. She is also the school vault record holder.
Delaney Sifferle is another senior with six years of experience under her belt. She is joined by senior, Marisa Henrickson, who has been in gymnastics six years as well.
Shauni Johnson and Katelyn Fuller are sophomores who have been in gymnastics for four years and Gracie Elsenpeter and Callie LaFave are freshmen who return to the mat with three years of experience.

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Wed
09
Dec

Irish launch season with two wins


Linsey Rachel shoots over the head of a Milaca player, Tuesday. She led the Irish to its 46-45 victory over the Wolves with 20 points.

Mollie Scheiber takes a shot during the Tuesday, Dec. 1, home opener against Milaca. She had 10 points in the Irish win. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake girls basketball team kicked off the season with two wins at home last week.
The Irish started by beating Milaca 46-45 at their home opener, then defeated St. John’s Prep 55-40 in a “hard-fought game to start the year,” according to coach Adam Ronnenberg.
Maple Lake went into the Tuesday, Dec. 1, game looking to avenge a loss to Milaca last season. The Irish led by as many as eight points in the first half and held the Wolves to just 15 first-half points thanks to a stingy zone defense.
Maple Lake led 18-15 at the half.

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Wed
09
Dec

Irish basketball: Girls are young but hopeful

What the Maple Lake girls basketball team lacks in experience this season, they make up for with heart, according to head coach Adam Ronnenberg.
“This group gets along great and genuinely wants the best for our team,” he said. “It is exciting to see where this mentality might take us.”
The Irish return only two starters from last year’s squad that finished 9-18 overall and 6-8 in the Central Minnesota Conference.
“We have several gaps to fill, but I feel confident we have the players to do it,” Ronnenberg said.

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Wed
02
Dec

Moose hockey kicks off season with a win

Maple Lake senior captain Nate Maas scored his first varsity hat trick in the Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake hockey team’s 10-0 win over Prairie Center, Friday , Nov. 20.
The win was a solid start to the boys hockey season. Eight days later, on Saturday, Nov. 28, the Moose fell to Orono 3-2.
The Moose saw goals from Ben Ward, Nick Johnson, Jaden Jarmuzen, Ville Salovaara and Casey Chiodo, in Friday’s victory.
Maas shot his first goal late in the first period then two more in the second. Maas also had two assists for the day. Maple Lake’s Devon Lyons also had an assist.
Orono proved to be a tougher opponent when they met on the Moose’s home ice, the Moose Sherrit Ice Arena in Monticello, Saturday.

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Wed
02
Dec

Irish defeat Raiders 64-62

The Maple Lake boys basketball team celebrated another early season victory when they defeated Norwood-Young America 64-62, Tuesday, Nov. 24, in non-conference action to make them 2-0 overall.
The win came despite 26 turnovers on the part of the Irish on the Raiders home court.
“We are not going to win very many games with 26 turnovers,” Irish coach Tim Staloch said.
It was a back and forth game the entire night with Maple Lake squeezing out a one point, 27-26 lead to end the first half. The second half was just as close, but again the Irish managed to keep a one point lead to outscore the Raiders 37-36.

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