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Wed
27
Jan

Lightning lose heartbreaker to Royals, win Rochester tournament


Dom Braun scored a fall at 3:27 over Watertown-Mayer’s Adam Sweeney.

Quinn Youngs’ 5-3 decision over Watertown-Mayer’s Lucas Gilbert.

Tanner Vassar won by fall at :58 over Watertown-Mayer’s Kevin Burns.

Nate Carlson won by fall at 1:1:46 over Watertown-Mayer’s Zach Lokken. (Photos by Mary Christen)

The Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team lost a heart-breaking dual with Watertown-Mayer 31-30, Thursday, Jan. 21, but rebounded on Saturday, Jan. 23, to win the Rochester Century Invite.

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Wed
27
Jan

MAML hockey falls to Blue Jackets


Nate Maas, #11, keeps a watchful eye on the puck during a face-off against the Buffalo Bison. The Moose went on to defeat Buffalo 6-4 in the matchup Saturday, Jan. 23rd. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake hockey team lost 4-0 to Cambridge-Isanti last week.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Moose traveled to the Isanti Ice Arena where they took on the Blue Jackets.

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Wed
27
Jan

Boys basketball wins three in a row


Nick Paumen reaches for the basket during Friday night’s home game against Pierz. Paumen had four points in the Maple Lake win.

Cole Trager maneuvers around a Johnnies defender during Monday night’s, Jan. 25, home game against St. John’s Prep. Trager had 12 points in the Irish win. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish boys basketball team tacked two more Central Minnesota Conference wins to their season last week when they defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on the road and Pierz at home, putting them at the top of the conference standings with a 6-2 record.

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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.

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