Wrestlers compete at Monticello Duals

Hunter Malachek won an 8-2 decision over Willmar's Breck Erickson.

Josh Gindele won by a fall at 1:34 over Willmar's Nathan Laurence.

Tanner Vassar won a 10-9 decision over Monti's Jack Bourgeois.

Hunter Hicks won by a fall at 2:48 over Monticello's Jared Schnappauf.

Cullen Gallagher won by a fall at 3:42 over CR's Ethan Moser.



Gymnasts back on the mat after long break


The Maple Lake gymnasts were back on the mat, Friday, Jan. 9, after a four-week holiday break, to take on Rush City on the road.
Although the Irish lost, Coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said it was a good starting point for their first meet back after such a long break.
Maple Lake junior, Jordan Sifferle, had probably the best day of all the Irish gymnasts. Her shining moment was a beautifully executed Pike Tsuk off the vault, Helmbrecht said.
According to Amy Van Deusen, gymnastics expert from About Sports, in a Tsuk the gymnast jumps off the springboard and performs a quarter turn onto the horse, then pushes off her hands and does a back flip, often with multiple twists, or even more than one flip. Sifferle performed a 1/1/2 back flip to impress the judges, Friday.
“Jordan just had a really good meet overall,” Helmbrecht said.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.

A-ML Lightning wrestlers do well at big meet

The Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team traveled to Fargo last weekend for the ninth annual Rumble on the Red Wrestling Championships at the Fargo Dome.
A-ML managed to secure a seventh-place team finish at the event that draws more than 60 varsity teams, and 1,400 varsity and junior varsity wrestlers who compete over three days (Friday, Jan. 2-Sunday, Jan. 4) on 19 mats running continuously.
The Lightning garnered 125.5 points as a team behind Scott West, the tournament’s top finisher with 170.5 points; Sidney in second with 162; Coon Rapids with 156; West Fargo with 151; Omaha Skutt with 141; and Albert Lea with 140.5.
The top finisher for the Lightning was Tanner Vassar at 126 pounds. He earned third place by defeating Wade Sullivan of Lakeville North in the final round on a 9-3 decision.

A year in sports: Looking back at 2014

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.

The Maple Lake Irish 4x800 team - Jackson Willard, Andrew Schonnesen, Scott Jordan and Ryan Kalinowski - pose with coaches Ben Youngs and Craig Grams (front) and Paul Fouquette (back) after their second-place finish at the state meet.

Zach Johnson and Rayne Coughlin participate in the first GRC vs. CMC basketball All-Star games.

Tanner Vassar, of Maple Lake, took third place at the 2014 Minnesota State Wrestling tournament.



M-A-ML hockey falls to Red Wing

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team is two for six after a 5-1 loss to Red Wing, Tuesday, Dec. 23, on the road.
The Moose started off on the right foot, slipping the puck past Wingers goalie Adam Defore midway through the first period to get themselves on the scoreboard. Moose junior forward Nick Johnson had the honor, assisted by Nick Zwack and Maple Lake’s own Nate Maas, also a junior forward for the Moose.
M-A-ML’s lead lasted until 9:09 in the second period when Red Wing’s Cole Siewert tied things up with an even strength goal. But it wasn’t until the third period that Red Wing really opened things up, and they didn’t look back. The Wingers went on a shooting spree, connecting for four power-play goals at 1:37, 4:44, 10:14 and 15:48 in the final period.
Moose goalie Nathan Isaacson took the loss. He had 25 saves for the night. Defore held off 20 attempts by the Moose.

Boys basketball claims tournament championship

Junior David Stokman maneuvers his way around a couple of Foley Falcons on his way to the basket, Friday, Dec. 19, during a Maple Lake hosted tournament. Stokman had 24 points against the Falcons. The Irish won 68-39.

No. 24, Alex Toedter, and No. 30, Nick Paumen, go up for the rebound despite being surrounded by Foley guards.

No. 32, Brandon Borell, scoring for the Irish. Borell had 6 points against the Mayer Lutheran Crusaders.
The Maple Lake boys basketball team won their own pre-holiday tournament last week by handily defeating both Mayer-Lutheran and Foley.
The Irish started off the two-day event with an 82-65 win over Mayer-Lutheran, on Thursday, Dec. 18. On Friday, Dec. 19, they went on to defeat Foley, 68-39 for the championship.
“It was fun to see the players after the games smiling and wearing their tournament champion t-shirts,” head coach Tim Staloch said after Friday night’s game.
The entire team contributed Thursday against the Royals. The Irish jumped to a quick lead and only lengthened it as the game went on. By the end of the first half the home team was up 43-28.
The lead allowed some of the bench to get some “well deserved” extended minutes, Staloch said.
In total, 12 different Irish players scored.
 More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.


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