Sports

Fri
06
Sep

Boys' basketball falls to BBE, Pierz

The Maple Lake Irish began the 2011 Central Minnesota Conference season against two of its toughest opponents, BBE and Pierz.  On Jan. 4, the Irish traveled to BBE where they battled hard against a big and experienced team that had the majority of its players returning from last year's conference championship team.  
The Jaguars, who are used to high-scoring games, were contained by a solid man defense by the Irish which held them to only 20 points in the first half.  
Fri
06
Sep

Lightning win Mora Invitational

Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestlers wasted little time getting back into the season last week as they traveled to Orono on Thursday, Jan. 6, and Mora on Saturday, Jan. 8.
The team picked up two dual wins on Thursday in Orono as they downed the host Spartans and defeated Zimmerman.
On Saturday the grapplers joined nine other teams vying for individual champion honors in the annual Mora Invitational. Both events proved to be successful ventures for the Lightning.
Fri
06
Sep

Irish girls start new year with win

The New Year brought the Irish girls’ basketball team home for the first time in four games, a span of nearly three weeks’ time. On Tuesday, January 4, the Royalton Royals came to town for a non-conference match-up.  
The game began with both teams playing tough defense but using different styles, as the Irish settled in man-to-man and the Royals a zone defense. Scoring was held at a minimum as neither team burned up the nets, but the Irish did take a 17-13 lead into halftime.  
Fri
06
Sep

Gymnasts soar over Rockford

Sometimes in sports such as gymnastics, people concentrate so much on the technicalities of it that they forget about the human side. They judge a girl's performance based on numbers instead of her reaction. One glance at Bonnie Jude's face on Thursday, January 6, against Rockford and they would have learned all they needed to know about the true meaning of winning. 
“After my floor routine I just couldn't stop smiling,” said Jude still grinning at the memory, “I felt like I'd rocked it.” She wasn't the only one rocking it that day, as seen by the varsity's team score of 120.05. Rockford, on the other hand, ended up on rocky ground when they lost by over 30 points with a total of 99.8.
Fri
06
Sep

Sports Schedule

Thursday, Jan 13: 4:00pm, Basketball: Boys 7th Grade Game vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Howard Lake Middle School (Old High School); 4:00pm, Basketball: Boys 8th Grade Game vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Howard Lake Middle School (Old High School); 6:00pm, Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Eden Valley-Watkins @ Eden Valley-Watkins High School; 6:00pm, Basketball: Boys C Game vs. Eden Valley-Watkins @ Eden Valley-Watkins High School; 6:00pm, Hockey: Girls Varsity Game Bison Girls Hockey vs. Rogers @ Rogers Ice Arena; 6:00pm, Swimming: Boys Varsity Meet Princeton vs. Buffalo @ Buffalo Community Middle School; 6:30pm, Wrestling: Varsity Meet Glencoe-Silver Lake vs. Annandale/Maple Lake @ Maple Lake High School; 7:00pm, Hockey: Boys Varsity Game Hutchinson vs.
Fri
06
Sep

Gymnasts soar over Rockford

Sometimes in sports such as gymnastics, people concentrate so much on the technicalities of it that they forget about the human side. They judge a girl's performance based on numbers instead of her reaction. One glance at Bonnie Jude's face on Thursday, January 6, against Rockford and they would have learned all they needed to know about the true meaning of winning. 
“After my floor routine I just couldn't stop smiling,” said Jude still grinning at the memory, “I felt like I'd rocked it.” She wasn't the only one rocking it that day, as seen by the varsity's team score of 120.05. Rockford, on the other hand, ended up on rocky ground when they lost by over 30 points with a total of 99.8.
Fri
06
Sep

Irish football team celebrates 2010

Players, coaches and parents celebrated the best season for a football team in school history with a program on Wednesday, Dec. 22, in the Maple Lake High School auditorium. 
Head Coach Tim Knudsen emceed the program, with help from assistance coaches Tim Staloch, Tony Smith, Adam Ronnenberg and Aaron Hegle. 
Knudsen began by thanking his wife, Mary, and noted they will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary on January 19. “She’s been a big part of my life, doing what I love to do, and that’s coach football,” he said. 
Fri
06
Sep

Zimmerman gets win over Irish

The Maple Lake boys’ basketball team ran into their toughest opponent of the year thus far on Tuesday, December 21, when the Irish hosted the Zimmerman Thunder.  
Nothing went right for the Irish who had difficulty working against Zimmerman's relentless defensive pressure. By the end of the game, Zimmerman had forced the Irish to turn the ball over 26 times, most of which resulted in points for the Thunder. At the same time, Maple Lake was not able to get into an offensive rhythm and only scored 25 total points to 63 for Zimmerman for the second Irish loss of the season. 
Fri
06
Sep

Gymnasts face Watertown-Mayer

It was a very close meet on Tuesday, December 21, against Watertown-Mayer. 
“We did pretty well, but we had a lot of girls gone,” said Nina Simonette. 
Perhaps due to those absences, the Irish ended up taking a loss. When the final score was announced, Watertown-Mayer scored a team total of 130.975 points. Maple Lake was not far behind, with a 124.3 total.
Fri
06
Sep

Irish girls at holiday tourney

On Tuesday, December 28th, the Irish traveled to Upsala to take on a tough Class A team, the Bertha-Hewitt Bears.  
Like the Bears, Maple Lake began the game in a zone defense. Unfortunately, Bertha-Hewitt hit five first-half three-pointers, deeming the zone to be ineffective. 
“We struggled to identify shooters and they capitalized early on in the first half,” said Head Coach Adam Ronnenberg.

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