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Wed
08
Feb

Illness takes toll on Irish


No. 11, senior guard Josh Bidwell looks for an opening against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at home, Friday, Feb. 3. Bidwell had four rebounds in the 54-44 Central Minnesota Conference loss. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish boys basketball team had a tough week in Central Minnesota Conference play.
Hindered by illness, the Maple Lake team fell 62-43 to Kimball on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and lost 54-44 to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Friday, Feb. 3.
“Kimball is a good team that shot the ball very well. Our guys did a nice job of moving the ball and creating some open looks, but the ball wasn't falling for us tonight,” Staloch said. “There were times when we defended well, but in order to beat quality opponents like Kimball we have to defend every possession.”
By the end of the first half the Cubs were up 36 to 25. Kimball out-scored the Irish 26-18 in the second half.

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Wed
08
Feb

Girls come up short against Huskers


No. 10, senior forward Morgan Scheiber maneuvers around a Husker during Thursday’s game in Holdingford. Scheiber had eight points.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team fell to Holdingford, 59-52, Thursday, Feb. 2, in Central Minnesota Conference play.
The Irish traveled to Holdingford for its second match-up of the year with the Huskers.  Maple Lake won the first contest 55-47 and was looking to repeat.
Coming into the game the Huskers were 4-6 in the conference and the Irish were 6-3.  Holdingford applied pressure defense from the word go. 
“It didn’t cause extra turnovers so much as it kept the Irish out of rhythm for most of the game,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said.

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Wed
08
Feb

Wrestlers wrangle with illness, injury


ANML’s Zach Pribyl battles with ACGC’s Jake Mortenson at 106 pounds. Mortensen won a 4-1 decision over Pribyl. (Photos by Sara Youngs)

Illness and injury plagued the Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team last week, leaving the team with weights to fill at a Thursday, Feb. 2, quad in Pierz.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City took advantage of the Lightning’s lack of depth to defeat ANML 40-30.
Pierz wrestlers came out strong in the second match of the evening against ANML wrestlers who had to forfeit five weights.
The Pioneers claimed the first four matches before the Lightning’s Quinn Youngs pinned his opponent.
Cole Patch was the other Lightning wrestler to get a win against the Pioneers, who cruised to a 60-12 upset.
Patch won by fall in :46 over Levi Schimschock, a wrestler that pinned him in an earlier season match-up.

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Wed
08
Feb

Gymnasts win, lose on the road


Shauni Johnson completes a vault. Her performance on the vault earned her an 8.55 from judges for third place, at Paynesville, Thursday, Feb. 2. The Irish defeated the Bulldogs 122.875 to 122.525. (Photos submitted)

Irish gymnasts had a busy week with two meets on the road last week.
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Maple Lake traveled to Becker to take on the traditionally tough Bulldogs and fell 125.2 to 143.7, despite some strong individual performances.
On Thursday, Feb. 2, the Irish traveled to Paynesville where the girls squeaked out a narrow 122.875 to 122.525 victory over the Bulldogs.

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Wed
08
Feb

The Moose win five straight

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team hung on for its fifth straight win, Thursday, Feb. 2, when the Moose defeated Chisago Lakes 4-2.
The win puts the team at 15-5 overall and 6-3 in Mississippi 8 Conference standings which ties them with Rogers.
Chisago Lakes held a 2-0 lead more than halfway through the second period, Tuesday, before the Moose players got their scoring going on an even-strength goal by Tyler Anderson, assisted by Nick Zwack and Troy Dahlheimer.

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Wed
08
Feb

Ski teams do well in Kimball

The Annandale Co-op alpine ski team finished well at a home event at Powder Ridge in Kimball, Thursday, Feb. 2.
The girls team finished first out of three complete teams, edging the St. Cloud Breakaways, 101 to 99.
Lakes Area finished third with 69 points. Underwood attended, but did not compete with a complete team.
Emma Spike, Maple Lake’s sole competitor on the Annandale team, finished 13th overall with a time of 1:08.58. Claire Tikkanen was the top placer for the Annandale Co-op, finishing second overall. Leah Wimmer of the Breakaways won with a time of 49.94. Tikkanen finished in 53.96.
The boys team finished second with 23 points behind the Breakaways with 67.
“Athletes are beginning to put great runs together and when they do we are seeing great team results, too,” coach Lori Rice said. “I am most excited to see all athletes improving and getting stronger as a team.”

Wed
01
Feb

Irish are 2-1 for week


No. 11 Anna Becker charges the basket during a Friday, Jan. 27, home game against the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers. She had four points.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team is 8-6 overall and 4-3 in Central Minnesota Conference play after three games last week.
On Monday, Jan. 23, the Irish came up one point short in a 49-48 road loss to Milaca. Maple Lake players were out of town again, Tuesday, Jan. 24, to battle Pierz. The Irish defeated the Pioneers 43-40. Maple Lake ended the week at home on Friday, Jan. 27, with a 45-40 win over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
Monday’s contest featured the non-section, non-conference Wolves. The Irish jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, “showing great energy and focus on a day when there was no school and the first of two long road trips,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said.

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Wed
01
Feb

Boys break down Bulldogs


Sophomore guard Ben Goelz goes up for two points. He had 11 points against Mayer-Lutheran, Monday, Jan. 23, at home. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake boys basketball team improved its record to 5-9 overall and 3-3 in Central Minnesota Conference standings by defeating Paynesville, 68-54, Thursday, Jan. 26, in conference action.
The Irish went on the road to face the Bulldogs.
Stymied by cold shooting the Irish couldn’t find the bottom of the basket that first half, allowing the Bulldogs to pull away by as many as seven points.
Maple Lake clawed its way back to get within one. The score was 28-27 in Paynesville’s favor at the break.

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Wed
01
Feb

ANML edged by Royals, second at tournament


Jack Klug controls his Watertown-Mayer opponent, Thursday, Jan. 26, at home. Klug won by fall in 1:10 over Riley Hertzog at 120 pounds.

Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestlers gave up one too many points to fall 34-33 to Watertown-Mayer-Mayer Lutheran in Wright County Conference competition, Thursday, Jan. 26, at home.
Two days later, on Saturday, Jan. 28, Lightning wrestlers finished second at a 10-team tournament in Rochester.
On Thursday, the Lightning took part in what coach Ben Youngs considers “the most exciting dual of the season thus far.”
With four missing starters, ANML took Watertown-Mayer-Mayer Lutheran to the final match and came up just one point short. It was Youth Night, where the ANML youth wrestlers got in free with their shirt, and Senior Night, where the team said goodbye to its seniors, so the gym was packed and full of electricity.

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Wed
01
Feb

Record wins for wrestlers


Quinn Youngs recorded his 100th varsity wrestling career win on Saturday, Jan. 28, at a tournament in Rochester. Youngs also took first place in the tournament at 126 pounds. (Photos submitted)

Nathan Carlson achieved his 125th varsity wrestling career win on Thursday, Jan. 26, at MLHS during the dual meet against Watertown-Mayer.

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