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.
“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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Volleyball award winners included Anna Treptau and Jillian Goelz (Second Team All Conference), Linsey Rachel (First Team All Conference and Player of the Year), Emily Webb (First Team All Conference), Morgan Scheiber (Second Team All Conference and “Go!” Award) and Kelsie Kelm (Most Improved Player). Not pictured: Jenni Pomije (First Team All Conference).
Maple Lake cross country award winners include (front) Blair Stewig, All-Conference and Hardest Worker; Halle Geyen, All-State and Runner of the Year; Jessie Wohlrabe, Most Improved Runner; Sommer Carlson, All-State and All-Conference; (back) Andrew Schonnesen, Runner of the Year; Ross Hickey, Most Improved and Hardest Worker; and Jackson Willard, All-Conference.