Sports

Wed
15
Jan

Lightning hit highs and lows


Tanner Vassar, a 126-pounder from Maple Lake, earns a 16-1 tech fall at 3:13 over Buffalo’s Wyatt Jacobson Hanson.

 

Wed
15
Jan

Irish boys put up a good fight

 

On Jan. 9, the Maple Lake boys basketball team hosted the No. 1 team in the state for class A, the Belgrade-Brooton-Elrosa Jaguars. The Irish put in an excellent effort but ended up losing by a score of 59-49.
In the first half, the Irish kept up very well, making a higher percentage of shots compared to the Jaguars. The Irish had solid defense and better shooting efficiency but at halftime they were still behind the Jaguars by a score of 30-27.
In the second half, the Irish allowed the Jaguars to shoot 50 percent. On the other hand, the Irish only shot 20 percent. This led to the Jaguars scoring 32 points while the Irish only scored 19 points in the last half, resulting in a loss for the Irish.
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Wed
08
Jan

Magic get the best of Irish gymnasts

 

Traveling to Monticello for an away meet on Friday, Jan. 3, against the Magic, Maple Lake gymnasts were pumped up and ready to compete. The teams competed in a non-conference meet, which enabled certain gymnasts to push themselves and try newer, riskier skills they usually wouldn't attempt.
"The meet was a good base meet to try new skills like my cut-catch on bars," Heather Schlueter said.  
Several individual accomplishments contributed to the overall team score. On the varsity vault, Jordan Sifferle placed third. On the uneven bars, Schlueter tied for third place against Monticello's Mikara Mitchell. On the balance beam, Katelyn Fuller took fifth place. On the floor, Jordan Sifferle took fifth place. She finished third with her all-around score. 
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
08
Jan

Irish girls fall short by one shot

 

Coming off winter break, the Irish girls basketball team played a close game against the Cathedral Crusaders on Thursday, Jan. 2. 
The first 11 minutes of the game belonged to the Irish as the girls got out to a 13-2 lead. Cathedral quickly responded over the course of the next seven minutes, coming back and knocking down their shots. Cathedral closed the half by going on a 22-7 run, putting the Irish down by four.
Starting the second half, Cathedral opened with a full-court press. At first, the pressure affected the Irish, but they quickly capitalized and got some fast-break opportunities. Limiting the Crusaders to second chances, the Irish out-rebounded Cathedral 47-33, with Brooklyn Toedter’s 15 boards leading the Irish. With five minutes left on the clock, the Irish took a two-point lead, but quickly found themselves down six. 
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Wed
08
Jan

Irish boys defeat Kimball Cubs

 

On Jan. 3 the Maple Lake boys basketball team traveled to Kimball, where they played a very close game against the Kimball Cubs. After a total of 12 lead changes, the Irish came out on top, beating the Cubs by a score of 69-63.
"It was a great team win for us,” assistant coach Brad Baumann said. “We had a lot of guys step up and play really well.”
At halftime the Irish were clinging to a 29-27 lead. Though they struggled in their shot efficiency, their astounding defense allowed them to take home the win.
"It was probably our best defensive effort in the season so far; we did a really good job getting key stops and big defensive rebounds late in the game," Baumann said.
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.
Wed
08
Jan

Football team celebrates season


Award winners included (front) Nic Paumen, Nick Gapinski, Dominic Kaley (second row) Trevor Borell, Cal Redemske, Dusty Strub, Jordan Fonteyn, (back) Trevor Paumen and Landon Caughey.

 

The Maple Lake Irish football team had a lot to be proud of in 2013. After starting the season 4-4, the team won their section and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
“We’ll take that,” coach Tim Knudsen said. “Obviously, we ran into some injuries halfway through our season and rushed some guys back for the playoffs. We just wanted to stay healthy and go as far as we could.”
On Dec. 17, the team celebrated their accomplishments during an awards banquet at the American Legion Club.
Dusty Strub, Cal Redemske, Nic Paumen and Jordan Fonteyn received First Team All-Conference honors. 
Nick Gapinski, Landon Caughey, Trevor Borell and Dominic Kaley received Second Team All-Conference honors.
Redemske, Strub, Caughey, Paumen and Gapinski also made the All-Section team.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Tue
31
Dec

Irish gymnasts lose by a fraction of a point


Gracie Elsenpeter took second place on bars against Little Falls. She also took second on beam and all-around.

 

Tue
31
Dec

Moose get revenge, go 2-1


Nate Maas, of Maple Lake, looks to pass during a series of games in St. Cloud. He finished with one assist.

 

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