The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestling team traveled to New London-Spicer on Thursday, Dec. 13, for a double dual meet and came away with victories over Waconia, 49-21, and Mound-Westonka, 48-26. Co-captain, Teddy Erickson thought it was a good meet. “Yeah, we had some very good matches, especially in our upper weights,” Erickson said. “Our big guys finished the job and sealed off the win.” Erickson was also impressed with wrestlers Hunter Hicks and Kody Rolfzen. Hicks had a good win after losing a close one right before it and Rolfzen also wrestled two good matches even though he lost. More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
The Irish football squad wrapped up their season on Saturday, Dec. 15, with the awards Ccremony. The team had set many goals at the beginning of the year and accomplished many of them. A few of the goals they accomplished include: Beating Eden Valley-Watkins, starting out 5-0, playing at the “Husky Stadium”, getting a home playoff game and ending the year with a winning season. The year ended for the Irish against a strong Mayer Lutheran team in the section finals just a few short weeks ago.
Princeton 3, Monticello 1 Tuesday evening, the Moose were back at the Moose Sherritt Ice Arena to take on the Princeton Tigers. The rink was filled with fans and lively thanks to the tunes of the Monticello Pep Band. The puck dropped at 7p.m. to begin what would be an intense game. At 2:35 in the period a Tigers' five minute major penalty brought a Moose power play and man advantage. The Moose quickly lost this advantage upon a Moose penalty for holding. This was the first of many penalties for the Moose. After the beginning penalties, evenly matched play continued between the two teams. It wasn't until 13:28 of the 17 minute period that there was any change in the score. Unfortunately, it was a goal for the Tigers, which caused them to take the 1-0 lead. The Moose ended the period scoreless as well as in the penalty box off of an interference call. More information and stats appears in this week's Messenger.
The Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning had little trouble defeating Glencoe-Silver Lake 60-8 amid a string of forfeits Thursday, Dec. 20, but they fell short, 34-30, to the double dual meet host, Hutchinson. The match between the Lightning and the Panthers started close in the lower weights, with the ANML’s Nate Carlson defeating Jacob Jewett in an 8-6 decision. Aaron Donnay defeated ANML’s Tanner Vassar 14-13 to tie the match 3-3. The Lightning picked up wins by forfeit at 120 and 126 but G-SL came back strong at 132 when Brandon Richter defeated ANML’s Nick Anderson by a technical fall, 21-6 at the 6-minute mark. But that was the last victory for the Panthers because the Lightning won the rest of the matches, which included four more forfeits at 145, 170, 195 and 285. Hutchinson came out on top over ANML in a close 34-30 match during the double dual meet hosted by the Tigers.
Like Washington bureaucrats shutting down the NASA rocket programs, the Maple Lake Irish followed suit and completely cut the Rockford Rockets’ game day budget by grinding them to a halt and moving their own agenda onward and upward, literally running through and passing over Rockford. The Irish put up 490 yards of offense, pounding the visitors 46-7 before a big Parent’s Night crowd.
It is nearing the end of summer and while most high school students are taking advantage of these last days to sleep in late while they still can, the opposite is true for one group of dedicated individuals. Every morning, members of the Maple Lake cross country team roll out of bed at the crack of dawn, pull on their running shoes and head over to Ney Park to hit the trails. There, they warm up and run several miles, all before most of their classmates are even awake.
Just like the Charles Dickens’ novel where a young man turns youth and adversity into maturity and eventual success, the 2010 Irish football team is hopefully up to doing the same. With 23 letter winners, 10 offensive starters and seven defensive starters returning for the 2010 season, and with senior and junior maturity rearing its head, expectations are running high in Irish country.
The Laker baseball season came to an end on Saturday as Maple Lake dropped their final game to the Hutchinson Huskies. The game was originally scheduled for August 12 but, due to unfavorable weather conditions, was rescheduled.
Playing on August 14, Hutchinson jumped out to an early three-run lead in the top of the first. The Lakers then answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of that inning as Graham Brown was able to connect for a home run. Brown also recorded a double in the game.