On Saturday, Jan. 18, Maple Lake hosted the Tumble in the Jungle varsity invitational. More than 60 girls from St. Louis Park, St. James, Sartell, Paynesville/ Eden Valley/Watkins, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Maple Lake competed in the event.
Maple Lake earned a season-high score of 126.88, which was good enough for second place.
"I feel we worked very well together and helped push each other to our full potential," Delaney Sifferle said.
Jordan Sifferle took second on vault, third on bars, fourth on floor and third all-around.
The gymnasts were excited to see their hard work pay off and are determined to improve their score.
"All the girls had a great meet,” head coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said. “They've been working very hard to earn their high score. I'm excited to see what improvements are to come within the next few meets."
On Jan. 9, the Maple Lake boys basketball team hosted the No. 1 team in the state for class A, the Belgrade-Brooton-Elrosa Jaguars. The Irish put in an excellent effort but ended up losing by a score of 59-49.
In the first half, the Irish kept up very well, making a higher percentage of shots compared to the Jaguars. The Irish had solid defense and better shooting efficiency but at halftime they were still behind the Jaguars by a score of 30-27.
In the second half, the Irish allowed the Jaguars to shoot 50 percent. On the other hand, the Irish only shot 20 percent. This led to the Jaguars scoring 32 points while the Irish only scored 19 points in the last half, resulting in a loss for the Irish.
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.