On Tuesday the Maple Lake boys’ basketball team hosted Eden Valley-Watkins for a conference game. The Irish were able to dominate most parts of the game and won by a score of 76-44.
The keys in this victory were solid defense and good shooting, which put the Eagles behind early. The Irish led the game 40-21 at halftime, and never looked back until the final buzzer, which put them up by 32 points by the end of the game.
“We played one of our best all around games,” said Coach Tim Staloch. “We shot the ball well and did a good job on the defensive end.”
Thursday, Feb 24: TBD Hockey: Girls Varsity State Tournament TBA vs. TBA @ TBA; 4:00pm, Basketball: Boys 7th Grade Game vs. Saint John's Prep @ St. John's Prep @ Old Gym, Collegeville, MN; 4:00pm, Basketball: Boys 8th Grade Gamevs. Saint John's Prep @ St. John's Prep @ Old Gym, Collegeville, MN; 6:00pm, Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Maple Lake High School; 6:00pm, Basketball: Boys C Game vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Maple Lake High School; 7:30pm, Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Maple Lake High School
On Thursday, February 10, the gymnastics team had another home meet. Home meets are always exciting because it gives the Maple Lake gymnastics team a slight advantage. They know just where everything is and are used to all the equipment. Of course, one is hardly able to say this is the only reason for the team's success on Thursday at their last meet of the regular season. It took talent and skill as well. All in all, it turned out to be a close meet. Maple Lake came out victorious with 129.3. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted wasn't too far off with a team total of 125.175.
On Tuesday, February 8, the Irish traveled to Kimball for their second conference match-up with the Cubs.
The Irish, one of the shortest teams in the conference, needed to play well against the strong post play of the Cubs in order to put themselves in a position to win, and indeed they did just that.
“We needed to keep their big girls off the glass, and for the most part we did,” said Head Coach Adam Ronnenberg. “It helped that one of their post players got into foul trouble thanks in part to our aggressive play around the basket.”
The Lightning wrestlers took to the mat this last week against the Wildcats of New London-Spicer and the Dragons of Litchfield. These two duals rounded out the regular season for the team but also carried a degree of importance as NL-S and Litchfield are both in section 6AA with the Lightning. Wins and losses carry additional weight as all three teams jockey for section seeds.
On Tuesday, Feb. 8, the Irish boys’ basketball team hosted Litchfield for a non-conference game. The Irish were out-shot by Litchfield who hit 12-27 three-pointers and ended up defeating Maple Lake by a score of 70-49.
The Irish also have a new all-time leading scorer for the program, with senior Mitch Wurm breaking the record in the first half of the Litchfield game.
Thursday, Feb 17: 7:00pm, Hockey: Boys Varsity Game Park Center vs. Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake @ Moose Sheritt Arena
Friday, Feb 18: 6:00am, Basketball: Girls C Game vs. St. Cloud Cathedral @ St. Cloud Cathedral High School; 6:00pm, Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Holdingford @ Holdingford High School; 6:00pm Basketball: Boys C Game vs. Holdingford @ Holdingford High School; 6:00pm, Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. St. Cloud Cathedral @ St. Cloud Cathedral High School; 7:30pm, Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Holdingford @ Holdingford High School; 7:30pm, Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. St. Cloud Cathedral @ St. Cloud Cathedral High School