In their final dual of 2010, the Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning notched another victory. This time the win came against Wright County Conference opponent Delano by a 58-17 margin Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Delano.
“We wrestled a great match in both our wins and losses,” coach Jason Bartels said.
The weather the previous day had canceled after-school activities and practices, which can be tough for wrestlers as they prepare for a match the next day.
Maple Lake hosted the first of three games this week against the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles on Tuesday, January 25.
The Eagles came out in a matchup zone that kept the Irish guessing for most of the game, while the Irish played a multitude of defenses trying to find an answer for the Eagles’ inside game.
“We got off to a slow start on both ends and found ourselves down 16-2 early. The girls fought hard to get back into it before the half, but it is tough to overcome that deficit,” said Head Coach Adam Ronnenberg.
The week was packed with dual action for the Lightning as they took on Hutchinson, another Wright County Conference team, Thursday, Jan. 27, and then hosted their annual Lightning Duals tournament on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Annandale High School.
The team ran into tough competition but was able to stay undefeated in conference meets and end the week with three more wins against only one loss.
On Monday, January 24, the Irish traveled to Hallenbeck Hall at St. Cloud State University to battle the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders. It was a battle for the team all the way through the game but the Irish could not find any rhythm and were defeated by a score of 64-48.
The Irish played tough defense at times, but had lapses in their rebounding which led to easy baskets for the Crusaders.
After recovering from a week of losses, the Maple Lake gymnastics team came back strong at the Annandale meet on Friday, January 28. It was one of the closest meets yet, with Maple Lake winning by less than 3 points. In the end, Maple Lake earned a 128.55 and Annandale held a total of 126.075.
“This was a good meet for all of us, both JV and varsity,” said Coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht. “The girls have all been working so hard this past week and the improvements in their routines showed on Friday night. All of us coaches are proud of each and every gymnast and can’t wait to see more improvements in our final meets of the season.”
Thursday, Feb 3: 4:00pm, Basketball: Boys 7th Grade Game vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Maple Lake High School; 4:00pm, Basketball: Boys 8th Grade Game vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Maple Lake High School; 6:00pm, Basketball: Girls JV Gamevs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Maple Lake High School; 6:00pm, Basketball: Girls C Gamevs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Maple Lake High School; 6:00pm, Swimming: Boys Varsity Meet Buffalo vs. Saint Michael-Albertville @ STMA Middle School East; 7:00pm, Hockey: Boys Varsity Game Princeton vs. Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake @ Moose Sheritt Arena; 7:30pm, Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Rockford Area Schools District @ Maple Lake High School
The Lightning added another win to their overall and conference records this week as they downed Waconia in action Friday evening. The ANML wrestlers also claimed team championship honors at the Eden Prairie Invitational on Saturday. The annual individual tournament hosted by the Eden Prairie wrestling team saw seven Lightning wrestlers in the finals with five claiming the title at their respective weights.
On Tuesday, January 18, the Irish boys basketball team hosted a conference game against the Holdingford Huskers. The Irish were able to jump out to an early lead which would expand as the game continued with a final score of 66-41.
The Irish played solid defense throughout, picking up the slack after senior Mitch Wurm went down with an ankle injury which kept him out the rest of the game.
In their only game of the week, the girls’ basketball team went on the road to face sub-section opponent the Milaca Wolves, on Tuesday, January 18. Despite the long trip it is good for the team to see sub-section competition throughout the year to help with the seeding process prior to playoffs.
The game saw both defenses in man-to-man, neither team applying full-court pressure. The Wolves struck first, but it would be the only lead of the game for them. The Irish, on the other hand, were able to screen and “roll” their way to a half-time lead of 13 points, 25-12.