Sports

Wed
24
Dec

Lightning win on the road, take third at tournament


Four ANML wrestlers went undefeated at the Frazee Duals meet on Saturday. Pictured are Holden Youngs, Tanner Vassar, Spencer Ogden and Quinn Youngs.

ANML Lightning wrestler Cullen Gallagher against Perham at the Frazee Duals tournament.

ANML Lightning wrestler Tanner Vassar against Perham at the Frazee Duals tournament.

ANML Lightning wrestler Cory Schmidt against Perham at the Frazee Duals tournament.
The Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team will go into the holiday break with several more wins under their belts and a third- place finish at the Frazee Les Kertscher Duals over the weekend.
The Lightning kicked off the week on the road, wrestling Glencoe-Lester Prairie on Thursday, Dec. 18, at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School and came away with a 45-25 win.
On Saturday, Dec. 20, they traveled to Frazee for a seven-team tournament. A-ML defeated Perham and Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Area on their way to third place. Their only loss was against Minneota, the team that would go on to win the tournament championship.
Individually, four Lightning wrestlers went undefeated for the day: Tanner Vassar, Spencer Ogden, Holden Youngs and Quinn Youngs made it through the entire tournament without being beaten once.
Wed
17
Dec

Irish boys basketball wins two more


Nick Paumen, No. 30, gets a look at the basket and scores two points for the Irish.

Chase Olson, No. 21, scores two points for the Irish while Brandon Borell, No. 32, watches for a potential rebound.

Tony Goelz, No. 5, with one of his many three-pointers that night. Goelz went four for ten from the three-point line against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

 

Wed
17
Dec

Girls basketball sees improvements


A D-C defender tries to catch No. 2, Mollie Graham, on a Maple Lake break-away.

No. 3, Emily Webb, goes for two despite D-C pressure. She scored 16 points against the Chargers Tuesday night.

Maple Lake’s No. 23, Brynn Paumen, looks to pass at a home game against Dassel-Cokato. Maple Lake lost the battle 66-46.
The young Maple Lake girls basketball team is showing signs of growth after two games last week.
The Irish took on Dassel-Cokato to kick off the week, Tuesday, Dec. 9, at their home opener. Although they lost 66 to 46, coaches are pleased with how much the squad has improved since the start of the season.
“The score of this game really doesn't reflect the improvements we made from our first game,” Coach Adam Ronnenberg said.
“Offensively, we cut down the number of turnovers we had and executed our offense much better. In the first half we took away some of their inside game by playing zone defense, but unfortunately, gave up some easy looks at three-point shots. In the second half we attacked the basket despite being undersized and our transition game led to some easy baskets providing us with a chance mid-way through the second half,” Ronnenberg said.
Wed
17
Dec

Gymnasts set season high score

 

 The Maple Lake gymnastics team may have lost to a tough Becker squad Thursday, Dec. 11, in Becker, but they did what they set out to do, and that was to score a team high and set some personal records.
“We knew going into this meet that Becker was going to be tough. Our team goal was to achieve personal and team bests and we definitely accomplished a team best and had many personal bests for this season,” Coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said.
Junior Jordan Sifferle led the team to a season-high score of 128.95 when she tied for first on the vault with a score of 9.275, which was the best finish of the night for the Irish. She was also second on the beam with a score of 8.5, second in the all-around with a score of 34.35 and fourth on the floor with a score of 8.75.
Becker bested the Irish with a score of 138.025.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
17
Dec

Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey falls twice at home

 

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team went 0-2 last week after battling two tough teams from the north. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, the Moose welcomed Brainerd to their home ice in Monticello, the Moose Sherritt Arena, where they fell 3-2.
Four days later, on Saturday, Dec. 13, they hosted Bemidji and fell 4-0.
The Warriors jumped to an early lead at 5:52 in the first period, Tuesday, off a goal by Cole Ball with help from Eric Stout. The Warriors extended their lead to two when Adam Fisher found the net on a power play, assisted by Matt Casperson.
M-A-ML responded at 16:50 in the first period on an even-strength goal by Jaden Jarmuzek, assisted by Trevor Nodland.
The second period remained scoreless until 16:00 when Nodland put in a power-play goal for the Moose, assisted by Charlie Voller to tie things up.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
17
Dec

Boys traveling basketball finishes 5th


Pictured in the front row are: Ben Goelz, Joe Stokman, Jackson Gallagher, Mike Miller and Gabe Riviere. In the back row are: Coach Wayne Hoistad, Zach Cargill, Trent Miller, Mitch Hoistad, Maxx Pribyl, Josh Pettit and Coach Brandon Goelz.

The Maple Lake 8th grade boys traveling basketball team traveled to Sauk Rapids on Saturday, Dec. 6th. The boys finished in 5th place by beating St. Michael-Albertville 49-47 in overtime. On Saturday, December 13, the team finished 1st in a tournament in Howard Lake. They defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 24-8 in the first game. The Irish then played Annandale and won 38-32 in a very hard-fought game. In the championship game the Irish prevailed over Lester Prairie by the score of 46-40. The team would like to thank the Maple Lake Legion for their generous donation as well as their sponsors, MP Nexlevel and West Suburban Auto Sales. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Wed
17
Dec

ANML youth wrestlers have successful weekend out of state


Participating in the tournament were: Porter Pribyl (2nd-grade), Mitchell Koss (4th –grade), Noah Gindele (4th-grade), and Adam Neumann (6th-grade). Neumannplaced 1st, Pribyl and Koss placed 2nd, and Gindele placed 3rd in their respective brackets.

A few of the ANML youth wrestlers participated in the Hawkeye Nationals wrestling tournament held in Waterloo, Iowa on December 6 and 7. Hawkeye is the first of three legs of the Midwest wrestling tour with the other two events being Badgerland Nationals in LaCrosse, Wisconsin (Jan. 3-4, 2015), and Gopher State Nationals in Monticello, MN (Feb. 7-8, 2015). This tournament drew in more than 600 wrestlers representing nine different states. The kids also had an opportunity for an autograph session with Dan Gable, 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist and former coach at the University of Iowa, where he coached the Hawkeyes to 15 team titles.

Wed
17
Dec

Lightning wrestling piles up the wins


ANML's Tanner Vassar (returning state participant and captain) won a 13-5 major decision over Litchfield's Logan Nelson.

ANML's Hunter Hicks (a senior and captain) won an 11-3 MD over Litchfield's Cody Klabunde.

ANML's Holden Youngs won a 7-4 MD over Litchfield's Ezra Kaping.

ANML's Ben Gindele won a 4-3 MD over Litchfield's Logan Wagner.

 

Wed
10
Dec

Irish boys basketball is 3-1


Maple Lake’s No. 4. Andrew Schonnesen, jumps up for two despite heavy Cardinal defense. He had seven points for the night.

The Maple Lake’s No. 32, Brandon Borell, fights his way to the basket. He contributed 10 points in the Maple Lake win.

Michael Scherber reaches for two points. He contributed seven points on Tuesday.

David Stokman charges the basket, Tuesday, Dec. 2, at home against Annandale. He was the high scorer with 32 points that night.

 

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