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
The Irish gymnastics team earned another win on Tuesday, February 1, over Orono. It was an action-packed meet, with Maple Lake scoring high in some events, and nerve-wrackingly low in others. In the end, the girls walked away smiling.
Maple Lake dominated on vault when they took the top four places. “Vault has always been one of our strongest events,” said Heather Schlueter.
Jordan Sifferle scored 9.1, Nina Simonette had 8.85, Courtney Pribyl's event score was 8.55, and Bonnie Jude was right behind her with 8.525. Taking 6th place, Schlueter scored 8.125.
Lightning wrestlers added another successful week to their season, capturing the Wright County Conference title, going 2-0 in duals and picking up another first-place finish in individual tournament action.
Annandale-Maple Lake had a chance to spend most of the week preparing for two big matches Friday night, Feb. 4.
Many Maple Lake, Annandale, and A-ML alumni showed up at Annandale High School to watch the Lightning battle the Watertown-Mayer Royals for the Wright County Conference crown and the Big Lake Hornets for Section 6, Class 2A seeding preference.
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