Irish boys reflect on basketball season, receive awards

The award winners on the boys basketball team included (from left) Andrew Schonnesen, Evan Hertwig, Tony Goelz, Nic Paumen, David Stokman and Zach Johnson.



Gymnasts celebrate year with awards banquet

Maple Lake High School gymnasts for the 2013-14 year included (from left): Mariah Jackson, Shelby Jackson, Delaney Sifferle, Heather Schlueter, Jordan Sifferle, Shauni Johnson, Katelyn Fuller, Gracie Elsenpeter, Shelby Ankerfelt, Susie Rieber, Sydney Bakeburg and Hannah Praska.


On Monday, gymnasts gathered in Maple Lake High School for the gymnastics awards banquet. 
There they reflected back to the sports season and recognized individuals for their success. 
Seven girls earned letters.To letter in gymnastics girls must compete in three varsity meets. 
First-year letter winners included Maddi Maas and Gracie Elsenpeter. Katelyn Fuller was a second-year letter winner. Third- year letter winners included Delaney Sifferle and Marisa Henrikson. Jordan Sifferle was a fourth-year letter winner. Heather Schlueter has lettered for six consecutive years. 
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Scamperers run 5K race to support track and field teams

Nate Hoffman, of South Haven, was the top male runner, with a time of 15:51.63.

Mandy Stoesz, of Buffalo, finished in 20:29.56 as the first female runner across the finish line.



Laker DeMarais set to be inducted into North Star League Hall of Fame


Another Maple Lake Laker is being inducted into the North Star League Hall of Fame.
Todd DeMarais played town team baseball for 23 years as a pitcher and was one of the aces of the Maple Lake Lakers’ bullpen.
DeMarais won 47 games for the Lakers and, in 1994, set a North Star League record of allowing only four walks in a season.
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State wrestling: Vassar third, Carlson sixth

Tanner Vassar, of Maple Lake, took third place at the 2014 Minnesota State Wrestling tournament. Fellow Annandale-Maple Lake wrestler Nate Carlson, also of Maple Lake, finished sixth, while teammates Joe Mosley and Spencer Ogden also competed.


The stands of the Xcel Energy Center saw the most black, white, and silver in years over the weekend, all thanks to the qualification of four Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestlers accomplishing state championship berth.  
For 113-pound freshman Nate Carlson, 120-pound sophomore Tanner Vassar, 132-pound senior Joe Mosley and 195-pound junior Spencer Ogden, the Minnesota State Championship Tournament was the culmination of their season.  
Vassar’s efforts led to a third-place finish, while Carlson took sixth.
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Stokman hits 1,000 points

Junior David Stokman poses with his parents, Paul and Lisa, and the game ball he used to score his 1,000th point as a varsity basketball player for the Maple Lake Irish.


Feb. 18 marked a milestone for junior David Stokman, as he scored his 1,000th point as a varsity basketball player for the Maple Lake Irish in a home win over Milaca.
Stokman loves the sport of basketball and works very hard to be the best player he can be. He practices as much as he can during the basketball season and also spends most of his free time in the summer training at basketball camps. Stokman started playing on the varsity team as a freshman.
“David is an excellent player that has put a tremendous amount of time into the sport of basketball,” head coach Tim Staloch said. “His work ethic is very impressive. It was a very special moment seeing him present the game ball to his parents." 
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