Sports

Thu
19
Dec

Irish boys rebound from close, overtime loss, get first win

 

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Maple Lake boys basketball team traveled to play Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. It was an overtime thriller against the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers. The Irish played head-to-head the whole way through, eventually falling by a score of 75-72.
In the first half, both teams scored 23 points. They followed that performance by nearly doubling their scoring to put the score at 66-66 after two halves. Facing a tie, they had to battle it out in overtime, where the Lakers scored nine points, three more than the Irish.
 “It was a very good basketball game that was close the entire way,” head coach Tim Staloch said. “We put ourselves in a great position to win, but couldn’t quite close it out.”
David Stokman was the Irish lead scorer with 24 points. Stokman, Landon Caughey, and Brandon Borell all made 100 percent of their free throws.
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Thu
19
Dec

Taking the mat by force


Freshman Hunter Malachek, of Maple Lake, puts up a fight against No. 2 ranked Tyler Funk, a senior from Foley. The rookie resisted the pin and lost by tech fall.

 

After a 47-24 loss to the AA state-ranked Foley Falcons on Tuesday, the Annandale-Maple Lake boys wrestled back with a set of impressive wins, especially against the accomplished Mound-Westonka Whitehawks and Waconia Wildcats Thursday.
The Lightning walked into Waconia High School as heavy underdogs, but soon proved their worth, handling Mound-Westonka 38-28. After a short break, the boys then proceeded to strike the home team Wildcats 43-19.
This wasn't it for ANML, however. With Saturday came the Columbia Heights Invitational tournament with Minneapolis Patrick-Henry, St. Paul Washington, Spectrum, Austin, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Totino-Grace, Park Center, Minneapolis Roosevelt and the hometown Columbia Heights high schools. The grapplers dominated the opposition scoring 219.0 points, 86 points ahead of the second-place Patrick-Henry.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
11
Dec

Moose fall to rival Bison

 

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake Moose made the short journey to Buffalo Civic Center for a big rivalry against the Buffalo Bison.
In the beginning of the game, the Bison and the Moose were neck-and-neck. At the end of the first period the game was scoreless and the Bison were only ahead of the Moose by one shot on goal with eight shots on Monticello senior goalie Darien Jones. 
Within the second period, the Moose had six minutes of penalties, three infractions and the Buffalo Bison stepped up their game, increased their shots on goal and were able to get one past MAML goalie, Jones.  The second period ended with the Moose down 0-1 and a shots-on-goal count of 13-21, Bison. 
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
11
Dec

Bison girls get the best of their rivals

 

Every school has their own rival team they have to face. Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Bison girls faced their rivals, the North Wright County River Hawks. Both teams hit the ice with their eyes on the prize, the win. The game overall was a very intense and aggressive one and the Bison came out with a 4-2 win.
During the first period, the North Wright County River Hawks were always on the puck. They crashed the net hard and that’s how they got their two goals. Toward the end of the first period, the Bison showed up and got three goals, scored by sophomore No. 8 Abby Halluska, junior captain No. 7 Ashley Effertz and junior No. 5 Madi Jewell. SOG for the first period: Buffalo-13, North Wright County-8.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
11
Dec

Irish boys can’t keep up with first two competitors


Nic Paumen holds onto a rebound against four defenders during Maple Lake’s 96-84 home loss to the Rockford Rockets on Friday.

 

Wed
11
Dec

Puncochar named to All-Tournament Team

Jen Puncochar, a 2013 graduate of Maple Lake High School, was named to the NJCAA Division III All-Tournament Team for her performance as part of the Ridgewater Warrior Volleyball Team at the National Tournament in Rochester, on Nov. 15-16. Puncochar led the team in kills with 42 for the tournament. She also contributed 24 digs and three service aces as she helped Ridgewater garner a National Runner-Up finish. Puncochar was also named Second team All-Conference in MInnesota College Athletic Conference for her contributions in the regular season.

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