The Irish gymnastics team took on Becker on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The girls finished with a season high score of 126.775, behind Becker, who scored a 138.550. The outcome of the meet may not have been what they wanted, but the coaches were proud. “We definitely had our best meet of the year, on both varsity and JV. It was great to see the girls fight through their fear and attempt skills they had not competed in a meet before,” assistant coach Paul Fouquette said. The girls took on the vault. Jordan Sifferle scored a 9.150, Courtney Pribyl scored an 8.550, Marisa Henrikson scored an 8.200, Heather Schlueter scored an 8.000, and Delaney Sifferle scored an 8.350. The event total was 34.250. More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Annandale Advocate The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning ended a solid week with four wins in six meets. The Lightning defeated Litchfield Thursday, Jan. 10, and lost to Dassel-Cokato at a double dual meet at Maple Lake High School. On Saturday, Jan. 12, the team defeated teams from Hopkins, No. 6 Class AA ranked Monticello and Willmar at the Monticello Invitational. But the Lightning lost 45-24 in their fourth match of the day to Shakopee, ranked No. 6 in state Class AAA. More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Coming off a few wins, the Irish boys’ basketball team looked to carry their momentum into two matchups against conference opponents Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Rockford. In order to improve their conference standing, the Irish needed to play tough and win some of these conference battles, but fell short in both attempts. Tuesday, Jan. 22, Maple Lake took on the Lakers of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at the Lakers’ home court. Maple Lake versus Howard Lake is always a big time rivalry, and always provides an exciting display of basketball. Howard Lake entered the game at 9-4 and is a very impressive team, which showed in the first half as HLWW outshot the Irish 52 percent to 40 percent. HLWW also forced the Irish into a lot of bad decisions on offense and the Irish struggled to take care of the ball. Defensively, the Irish had a tough time guarding the many offensive threats from HLWW.
Thursday, Jan. 24, was a special night as the girls’ basketball team hosted a home game against the Holdingford Huskers on Coaches vs. Cancer night. In support of cancer research, the basketball program shot free throws after the game and with every free throw made, money would be donated toward cancer research. This game was the second of three games between these two teams. Maple Lake won the first matchup 58-54 in the black bracket championship game at the Upsala Holiday tournament. Thursday was also a high-scoring game, in which Maple Lake came out on top, 63-53. The Irish sprang out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, showing they meant business. The Huskers quickly answered with a 10-2 run of their own to tie the game at 10-10. This was the only tie of the game and the only time the Irish didn’t have the lead. Maple Lake shot nearly 50 percent from the floor in the first half compared to 28 percent for the Huskers to progressively extend the lead to 13, 34-21 at the half.
The Lightning had three days of wrestling last week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Opponents included Orono, Delano, Princeton, Goodhue, Fillmore-Lanesboro and Minneapolis Southwest. The Annandale-Maple Lake team was 6-0 for the week. Results ANML 63, Orono 12 106 Nate Carlson, ANML, pin over Ronan Winkels, Orono,4.50; 113 Tanner Vassar, ANML, pin over Spencer Schuh,Orono, 1:04; 120 Joe Mosley, ANML, pin over Jacob Williams, Orono, 2:14; 126 Bennett Erickson, ANML, pin over Jim Williams, Orono, 4:17; 132 Nick Anderson, pin over Bobby Striggow, Orono, :19; 138 Austin Hurrel, ANML, dec.
Last week was a busy week for the Moose with two away games and one home game. Tuesday evening, the Moose traveled the three-hour drive to take on the State A ranked Rochester Lourdes. Lourdes capitalized on the power plays that resulted from Moose penalties and scored four goals. The Moose's sole goal, scored by Drew Brockman and assisted by Oliver Winsor, was not enough to bring home the win as Lourdes won 4-1. Thursday evening, the Moose traveled to Isanti to take on the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets. This game was a close, clean game that was determined by one goal. That goal, thoug,h was not scored by the Moose, but rather the opposing team. That goal helped the Bluejackets win 1-0. More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Maple Lake gymnasts competed in their last home meet of the 2012-2013 season on Friday, Jan. 25. They fought a tough battle and ended up right on the Little Falls Flyers’ heels at the end of the evening. Maple Lake finished with a final score of 128.4, and Little Falls with a score of 129.125. The coaches were excited to see their teams’ improvements. Coach Paul Fouquette simply said, “Vault rocked!” The team score on vault was 34.275. Jordan Sifferle placed second, with a score of 9.125. Courtney Pribyl came in third, with a score of 8.6. Delaney Sifferle, Marisa Henrikson, and Heather Schlueter also placed in the top ten for vault. The team score for bars was 30.2. Scoring a 7.95, Pribyl placed second. Jordan Sifferle came in third, with a score of 7.725. Ellie Haney came in fourth, with a score of 7.375. Schlueter and Halle Geyen also placed in the top ten on bars. More information appears in this week's Messenger.
The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning traveled to Eden Prairie for an invitational tournament Saturday, Jan. 19, and came away with a third-place finish. Earlier in the week, the Lightning traveled to New London-Spicer, where they suffered a 37-27 loss to the No. 8 ranked 2A team. “We wrestled good against New London-Spicer,” said Lightning co-captain Jordan Hanan. “I think if we didn’t have some guys out, I think we could have beaten them.” NL-S 37, ANML 27 Lightning wrestlers who won their matches on Thursday, Jan. 17, included the following: Nate Carlson won by a decision at 106 pounds, contributing three points to the team’s score; Nick Anderson won by a major decision at 132; at 145 pounds, Hanan won by a pin at 1:18; at 170 pounds, Hendrickson won by a 16-0 technical fall at 5:25, earning five points; at 182, Teddy Erickson won by a forfeit for six points; and Spencer Ogden won by a 3-2 decision at 195. More information and stats appears in this week's Messenger
This past week for the Moose was one filled with three home games in four days against difficult teams. Some great goaltending, defense, and offensive connection led to a win and another close game. Buffalo 2 Moose 1 Tuesday night's game against Buffalo stayed close thanks to some support in the net from Darien Jones. The first period ended at 0-0, as a result of goaltending on both sides. The Moose killed a penalty in the first, which prevented Buffalo from scoring. In the second, the Moose had an advantage after a Buffalo elbowing penalty. Unfortunately, after a defensive error, Buffalo scored a shorthanded goal for the 1-0 lead. With just under five minutes left, Buffalo scored another goal for the 2-0 lead. Going into the third, the Moose needed offensive momentum to close the deficit. More information and stats appears in this week's messenger.
The gymnasts competed against Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The Maple Lake girls came out on top with a score of 128.525, just ahead of their opponents who finished with a 125.175. The girls are very proud and supportive of one another at their meets. “Improvements in each meet just keep getting better. We always make sure we have eachothers’ backs as a team and keep positive attitudes,” said Heather Schlueter. The girls finished with a total score of 35 on vault. High scorers were Jordan Sifferle (9.2), Marisa Henrikson (8.7), Delaney Sifferle (8.6), and Courtney Pribyl (8.5). The final score on bars was 29.825. High scorers included Jordan Sifferle (7.65), Ellie Haney (7.6), Courtney Pribyl (7.45), and Heather Schlueter (7.125). More information and stats appears in this week's Messenger.