These five gymnasts were given awards at their end-of-the-year banquet, Thursday, March 12, at The V by H.H. They are, front row, from left, Katelyn Fuller who earned All-Conference Honorable Mention; Gracie Elsenpeter who earned All-Conference Honorable Mention and a Minnesota Gymnastics Coaches Association Honorable Mention on vault; Jordan Sifferle who earned a Minnesota Gymnastics Coaches Association Honorable Mention on floor, was All-State on vault, received All-Conference honors and was named Hardest Worker and Gymnast of the Year by her peers. Back row, from left, Halle Geyen earned All-Conference Honorable Mention and Danica Westrich was named Most Improved Gymnast by her teammates.
Two Maple Lake athletes earned awards for their efforts as members of the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team. McRae Haney (left), a senior, earned All-Conference honors and was named Most Valuable Player. Nate Maas (right), a junior, earned All-Conference Honorable Mention. The two Maple Lake students helped the Moose to their 10-17-0 season record and a fourth place finish in the Mississippi 8 Conference.
The Maple Lake 7th grade girls travelled to Oakdale and competed in the MYAS Grade State Basketball Championships March 7-8, bringing home a State Championship.
On Saturday, the girls started out with a win over Wayzata in the first round 32-20 and then followed that up with a 37-27 win over #1 seed Eagan. Sunday morning, the girls came out vs. Milaca, determined to get the title game. The girls played great team defense and held Milaca to 1 point in the first half, en route to a 27-18 win.
In the championship game, the Maple Lake squad found themselves trailing a talented and feisty Faribault team 15-13 after a hard-fought first half. The girls came out of halftime focused on defense and it showed. They held their opponent scoreless in the second half, while tallying 10 points themselves to claim the win. With great coaching and amazing team effort they came out on top.