Monday night, January 31, found the Irish at home against the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers for the first of three games at home this week.
The game got off to a slow start by both teams with neither looking very intense in their man-to-man defenses. However, the hot shooting of the Lakers began to roll, allowing them to take a 31-16 lead into the half.
Thursday, Feb 10: 4:00pm, Basketball: Boys 7th Grade Game vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Area High School; 4:00pm, Basketball: Boys 8th Grade Game vs. Kimball Area @ Kimball Area High School; 6:00pm, Basketball: Boys JV Gamevs. Pierz Healy @ Pierz High School - MAC Gym; 6:00pm Basketball: Boys C Game vs. Pierz Healy @ Pierz High School - PAC - Gym; 6:00pm, Gymnastics: Girls Varsity Meetvs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Maple Lake High School; 6:30pm, Wrestling: Varsity Meet Litchfield vs. Annandale/Maple Lake @ Maple Lake High School; 7:00pm, Hockey: Boys Varsity Game Saint Michael-Albertville vs. Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake @ Moose Sheritt Arena; 7:30pm, Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Pierz Healy @ Pierz High School - MAC Gym
The Maple Lake High School gymnastics team concluded a successful season with a banquet at Madigan’s Pub & Grill on March 7.
The team posted a 6-4 record during the 2010-2011 season, took fourth place at the section meet and sent gymnast Courtney Couette to state in the floor exercise and all-around.
Coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht announced the following individual honors: Most Valuable Gymnasts, Courtney Couette and Heather Schlueter; Most Improved, Heather Schlueter; and Hardest Worker, Jordan Sifferle.
JAGS Gymnastics Team 2 qualified and competed earlier in March in a Division 5 meet hosted by the Northfield Gymnastics Club. The Midwest Amateur Gymnastics Association (MAGA) has 85 teams that participate in the organization.
There are 10 divisions which are divided by taking the top four scores from the regular season schedule, throwing out the top score and averaging the next three scores for the rankings.
JAGS Gymnastics Team 1 qualified and competed last weekend in Division 3 hosted by Jr. Huskies Gymnastics Club in Jackson, MN. Midwest Amateur Gymnastics Association (MAGA) has 85 teams that participate in the organization. Clubs are located in South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Some high schools do not have a high school gymnastics program and MAGA allows these areas the opportunity to practice and be involved in competitive gymnastics. Where schools do have a high school program, MAGA gives opportunity for gymnasts to prepare for high school gymnastics, continuing to build and master high level skills and keeps the high school program vibrant.
On Thursday the Maple Lake boys’ basketball team hosted Milaca, for the first round of playoffs. It was a battle for both teams but the Irish would live to see another game, winning by a score of 68-53. The team would later travel to St. Michael for the next round of playoffs against St. Cloud Cathedral.
Maple Lake jumped out to an early lead right away in the first half, and by the end of it, the score was 36-21. The Irish played very well in the first half, and were also able to maintain the lead through the second half as well.
On Tuesday, March 8, the Maple Lake Irish girls’ basketball team made history as the first girls’ team to ever play in the 5AA sub-section final game.
The girls were matched up with Central Minnesota Conference foe and co-champion, the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles in the game at Dassel-Cokato High School. This was the third time these two teams met this season with the Eagles coming out on top in the previous two.
“We knew we would have to play our best game of the year to take them down,” said Head Coach Adam Ronnenberg.
David Zaske of Maple Lake competed in the State Swimming Tournament, which as held March 4-6 at the University of Minnesota.
Competing with the Buffalo-Maple Lake swim team, Zaske qualified for state competition in the 200 Medley Relay with teammates Max Ranson, Blake Solberg and JD O’Donnell. In individual competition, Zaske qualified in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Breaststroke.