Sports

Wed
05
Mar

State wrestling: Vassar third, Carlson sixth


Tanner Vassar, of Maple Lake, took third place at the 2014 Minnesota State Wrestling tournament. Fellow Annandale-Maple Lake wrestler Nate Carlson, also of Maple Lake, finished sixth, while teammates Joe Mosley and Spencer Ogden also competed.

 

The stands of the Xcel Energy Center saw the most black, white, and silver in years over the weekend, all thanks to the qualification of four Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestlers accomplishing state championship berth.  
For 113-pound freshman Nate Carlson, 120-pound sophomore Tanner Vassar, 132-pound senior Joe Mosley and 195-pound junior Spencer Ogden, the Minnesota State Championship Tournament was the culmination of their season.  
Vassar’s efforts led to a third-place finish, while Carlson took sixth.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Thu
27
Feb

Stokman hits 1,000 points


Junior David Stokman poses with his parents, Paul and Lisa, and the game ball he used to score his 1,000th point as a varsity basketball player for the Maple Lake Irish.

 

Feb. 18 marked a milestone for junior David Stokman, as he scored his 1,000th point as a varsity basketball player for the Maple Lake Irish in a home win over Milaca.
Stokman loves the sport of basketball and works very hard to be the best player he can be. He practices as much as he can during the basketball season and also spends most of his free time in the summer training at basketball camps. Stokman started playing on the varsity team as a freshman.
“David is an excellent player that has put a tremendous amount of time into the sport of basketball,” head coach Tim Staloch said. “His work ethic is very impressive. It was a very special moment seeing him present the game ball to his parents." 
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
26
Feb

Knudsen is a Semper Fi coach


Maple Lake High School football coach Tim Knudsen, center, received the Semper Fidelis Award at the Glazier Clinic on Friday.

 

Maple Lake High School football coach has had a busy and successful 2013-14 season.
Not only did his team make it to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, but he was also named the section 4AA.
On Friday, Knudsen received the Semper Fidelis Award during the Glazier Clinic.
“I think it’s a great award for my coaching staff and myself,” Knudsen said. “Our staff works hard to develop these kids into leaders. Every player is different and comes from a different background. One thing we do as a coaching staff is dissect that. We know who’s who and we try to instill the character in the kids during and after the football season.”
Knudsen added that trying not to make mistakes on and off the field is a good way to go through life.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
26
Feb

Sifferle saves her best for state


Jordan Sifferle, center, poses with her fan club at the state gymnastics meet, where she recorded her career-best vault score of 9.4 and finished 12th.

 

Going to state is what every gymnast hopes to do. Sophomore Jordan Sifferle achieved that goal. 
Thursday night, through the snow and rain, Sifferle traveled down to the Twin Cities for the state banquet. 
A day later, Sifferle competed at 11 a.m. Saturday. With a big support group by her side, she knew it would be a good day. 
Competing at the state meet braught pressure, nerves and a bunch of energy. 
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
26
Feb

Irish boys finish regular season strong


Landon Caughey takes a three in Maple Lake’s win over Milaca. Caughey scored 20 points in three games in the week.

 

Wed
26
Feb

Several Lightning wrestlers place, four going to state


Head coach Jason Bartels addresses his wrestlers before the 6AA Individual Section Tournament.

 

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