Sports

Thu
19
Dec

Taking the mat by force


Freshman Hunter Malachek, of Maple Lake, puts up a fight against No. 2 ranked Tyler Funk, a senior from Foley. The rookie resisted the pin and lost by tech fall.

 

After a 47-24 loss to the AA state-ranked Foley Falcons on Tuesday, the Annandale-Maple Lake boys wrestled back with a set of impressive wins, especially against the accomplished Mound-Westonka Whitehawks and Waconia Wildcats Thursday.
The Lightning walked into Waconia High School as heavy underdogs, but soon proved their worth, handling Mound-Westonka 38-28. After a short break, the boys then proceeded to strike the home team Wildcats 43-19.
This wasn't it for ANML, however. With Saturday came the Columbia Heights Invitational tournament with Minneapolis Patrick-Henry, St. Paul Washington, Spectrum, Austin, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Totino-Grace, Park Center, Minneapolis Roosevelt and the hometown Columbia Heights high schools. The grapplers dominated the opposition scoring 219.0 points, 86 points ahead of the second-place Patrick-Henry.
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Wed
11
Dec

Moose fall to rival Bison

 

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake Moose made the short journey to Buffalo Civic Center for a big rivalry against the Buffalo Bison.
In the beginning of the game, the Bison and the Moose were neck-and-neck. At the end of the first period the game was scoreless and the Bison were only ahead of the Moose by one shot on goal with eight shots on Monticello senior goalie Darien Jones. 
Within the second period, the Moose had six minutes of penalties, three infractions and the Buffalo Bison stepped up their game, increased their shots on goal and were able to get one past MAML goalie, Jones.  The second period ended with the Moose down 0-1 and a shots-on-goal count of 13-21, Bison. 
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Wed
11
Dec

Bison girls get the best of their rivals

 

Every school has their own rival team they have to face. Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Bison girls faced their rivals, the North Wright County River Hawks. Both teams hit the ice with their eyes on the prize, the win. The game overall was a very intense and aggressive one and the Bison came out with a 4-2 win.
During the first period, the North Wright County River Hawks were always on the puck. They crashed the net hard and that’s how they got their two goals. Toward the end of the first period, the Bison showed up and got three goals, scored by sophomore No. 8 Abby Halluska, junior captain No. 7 Ashley Effertz and junior No. 5 Madi Jewell. SOG for the first period: Buffalo-13, North Wright County-8.
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Wed
11
Dec

Irish boys can’t keep up with first two competitors


Nic Paumen holds onto a rebound against four defenders during Maple Lake’s 96-84 home loss to the Rockford Rockets on Friday.

 

Wed
11
Dec

Puncochar named to All-Tournament Team

Jen Puncochar, a 2013 graduate of Maple Lake High School, was named to the NJCAA Division III All-Tournament Team for her performance as part of the Ridgewater Warrior Volleyball Team at the National Tournament in Rochester, on Nov. 15-16. Puncochar led the team in kills with 42 for the tournament. She also contributed 24 digs and three service aces as she helped Ridgewater garner a National Runner-Up finish. Puncochar was also named Second team All-Conference in MInnesota College Athletic Conference for her contributions in the regular season.

Wed
11
Dec

Lightning wrestlers kick off season


Josh Gindele, of Maple Lake, defeated Wayzata’s Corrie King.

 

Wed
04
Dec

Girls, boys hockey teams come up short

 

“Our first period and half of the second period we were not on our game,” Buffalo Bison head coach Ray Dahlof said. “The (South St. Paul) Packers came out with their feet moving.” 
In the first period, the Bisons’ passes wouldn’t connect. They also needed to stay out of the penalty box. Having three penalties in a row hurt them quite a bit. The Packers capitalized on their oppurtunity and scored on a power play. Toward the end of the first, Buffalo picked it up and sophomore Abby Halluska scored to tie up the game, leaving the ice with a score of 1-1. Shots on goal: Bison- 8 shots, Packers-9 shots.
During the second period, the Bison seemed to lose focus.
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