Sports

Wed
01
Feb

Gymnasts fall to Flamingos

The Maple Lake gymnastics team traveled to Rush City on Friday, Jan. 27, where the gymnasts met Granite Ridge Conference foe Rush City-Pine City-Hinkley-Finlayson. The Irish fell 125.05-135.8 to the Flamingos. T
he Irish gymnasts were scheduled to return to the mat on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Becker. On Thursday, Feb. 2, the team was to travel to Paynesville for a contest with Paynesville-Eden Valley-Watkins.
The Maple Lake team will compete at home again on Saturday, Feb. 11, when the Irish host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted-Holy Trinity. The meet begins at 11 a.m.

Wed
25
Jan

Boys suffer three losses


Maple Lake’s No. 10, Andy Mavencamp, had 12 points in the Irish loss to HL-W-W at home, Friday, Jan. 20. Maple Lake fell to the Lakers 51-61.

The Maple Lake boys basketball team suffered three losses last week, two at the hands of Central Minnesota Conference foes.
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Irish went on the road to face Holdingford and fell 71-47 to the Huskers. On Friday, Jan. 20, Maple Lake hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and lost 61-51.
On Monday, Jan. 23, the Irish fell 75-66 to Mayer Lutheran.
The Huskers shot well from the get-go, claiming the lead and building on it through the first period for a 41-25 half-time lead.
It was more of the same the second period as the Irish continued to get beat up in the rebounding department. Overall, they were out-scored 19-2 in second-chance points.
Mitch Hoistad led scoring with 16 points and six rebounds. Cole Trager had 13 points for Maple Lake.

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Wed
25
Jan

Irish girls rout royals


Linsey Rachel aims for the bucket during a Thursday, Jan. 19, game against Kimball. She had nine points in the loss.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team is 7-6 overall and 4-3 in Central Minnesota Conference play after three games.
The Irish traveled to Royalton for the first of four consecutive games on the road on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and defeated the Royals 55-38. On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Irish lost to CMC foe Kimball, 45-54, and on Monday, Jan. 23, the Irish fell to Milaca, 48-49.
A non-conference, non-section opponent, Royalton came out in a tough man-to-man in response to Maple Lake’s full-court pressure.

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Wed
25
Jan

Wrestlers fall to Foley, defeat Mound, Minneapolis


Ben Schuldt struggles to gain the upperhand on his opponent from Foley, Dylan Young. Young pinned the Lightning wrestler in 2:42. (Photos by Mary Christen)

Annandale-Maple Lake wrestlers took on the No. 4 in-state ranked Foley to kick off the week, Tuesday, Jan. 17, and fell 43-16, then defeated Minneapolis South and Mound-Westonka on Friday, Jan. 20.
Foley came into Tuesday’s meet with nine straight state meet appearances under their belt and as favorites to win the section yet again.
“They were tough, but I thought we wrestled them well,” Lightning head coach Ben Youngs said. “If a couple of the close matches would have gone our way the score could have been much closer. The highlight may have been the big pin by Cole Patch at heavyweight. It was a loud headlock and really got the crowd noisy.”

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Wed
25
Jan

Irish drop Flyers


Olivia LaTour leaps to a fourth-place finish for her routine on the beam, earning a 7.45 from judges. The Irish gymnastics team tumbled and flipped their way to a win over the Little Falls Flyers, Friday, Jan. 20, at home.

Maple Lake gymnastics team had a good night, Friday, Jan. 20, against the Little Falls Flyers.
Led by Gracie Elsenpeter, who won every event, the Irish cruised to a 126.375 to 105.4 victory.
"This was a good meet for the girls," Irish coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said. "Susie Rieber had a great bar routine. She kept the routine flowing and stuck her dismount."
Senior Hannah Praska "performed well on both beam and floor," Helmbrecht said, and it happened on Senior Night.
Elsenpeter had a "great floor routine. We still have more to add so we are excited to see where the rest of the season takes her," Helmbrecht said.
Elsenpeter won with her floor routine, earning a 9.225 from judges. Irish athletes also claimed the second- through fourth-place spots in that event. Brooke Mergen was second with an 8.225; Olivia LaTour was third with a 7.95; and Shauni Johnson was fourth with a 7.875.

Wed
25
Jan

Skiers soar to first

The Annandale Co-op girls alpine ski team won a four-team tournament on its home course at Kimball's Powder Ridge, Thursday, Jan. 19.
Claire Tikkanen was the top scorer for the Annandale Co-op, finishing second overall in a time of 48.06.
Maple Lake junior Emma Spike finished 26th overall in 1:06.17. Spike is the sole competitor from Maple Lake on the team.
Alex Stone of Brainerd was the meet medalist, finishing first in 44.23.

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Wed
25
Jan

MAML hockey wins three in a row


No. 12, Devon Lyons, a junior at Maple Lake High School, sets up a play to put the puck in the net for the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake Moose hockey team, Saturday, Jan. 21, against the North Branch Vikings. The Moose defeated the Mississippi 8 Conference opponent 3-0 at home. (Photo Charlene Wurm)

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team won three games in a row last week to put them at 12-5 overall and 5-3 in Mississippi 8 Conference standings.
The Moose kicked off the week with a 5-2 win against conference opponent St. Francis on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
MAML's Tanner Mros started scoring with an even-strength goal early in the first period, assisted by Keith Holme. The remainder of the period remained scoreless as the two teams battled for possession of the puck. Troy Dahlheimer struck early in the second period for the Moose, scoring with help from Nick Zwack and Keith Holme.
St. Francis got on the score board at 7:55 of the second period on a power play by Travis Carroll.
Ben Ward answered for the Moose unassisted to make the score 3-0 in MAML's favor going into the third period. Dahlheimer opened the third period with a goal, assisted by Ward and Honza Stibingr.

Wed
18
Jan

Irish handle Paynesville, Rockford


Morgan Scheiber bullies her way to the basket against Paynesville, Friday, Jan. 13. She had three points and nine rebounds. The Irish beat the Bulldogs 47-36.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team is 5-4 overall after two more wins last week.
On Friday, Jan. 13, the Irish hosted the 1-10 Paynesville Bulldogs and came away with a 47-36 victory. The next day, on Saturday, Jan. 14, Maple Lake ball-handlers defeated Rockford 56-44, also at home.
The Irish immediately turned on the full-court pressure against the Bulldogs, which has become standard for the Maple Lake team, coach Adam Ronnenberg said. That pressure helped the home team jump to a 17-8 lead in the first eight minutes. Paynesville answered with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 17. The Bulldogs continued to slow the Irish attack by playing zone, but Maple Lake was still able to take a 23-19 lead going into the half.
After trading baskets for the first few minutes after the break, the Irish went on a 17-2 run to take a commanding 44-27 lead with about four minutes to go. From there Maple Lake cruised to another win.

Wed
18
Jan

Boys drop two


Mitch Hoistad shoots from the three-point line during Saturday’s home game against Rockford. Hoistad contributed 10 points, three rebounds and three assists in the Irish loss. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

The Maple Lake boys basketball team is 4-7 overall and 2-3 in Central Minnesota Conference play after two games last week.
On Thursday, Jan. 12, the Irish traveled to Eden Valley to take on CMC foe the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles and lost 75 to 54.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Irish hosted Rockford. The non-conference opponent defeated Maple Lake 62-50.
The Eagles claimed the lead early, but the Irish kept it close through much of the first half.
EV-W pulled away to claim a 12 point, 38-26, lead at the break.
The Irish battled back during the second half, closing the gap to seven with seven minutes to go, but in the end, Maple Lake gave up too many second-chance points and went home with the loss.

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Wed
18
Jan

Hockey falls in overtime


No. 12 Devon Lyons of Maple Lake passes the puck to No. 7 Jaden Jarmuzek, setting up a play that resulted in a goal for the Moose. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team suffered a one-point overtime loss to Chisago Lakes in its only game of the week, last week.
The Moose hosted Mississippi 8 Conference foe the Wildcats on Thursday, Jan. 12, and lost 4-3 to drop them to 2-2 in conference standings which, at the time, tied them with Princeton and St. Francis for the top spot.
MAML started scoring 13 minutes into the first period when Nick Zwack put the puck past Wildcat goalie Brooks Stangle. Ben Ward and Charlie Voller assisted.
Chisago Lakes answered only seconds later on an even-strength goal by Nickolas Pautz, assisted by Mason Hill and Jace Meierhoff.

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