Sports

Wed
25
Jan

Skiers soar to first

The Annandale Co-op girls alpine ski team won a four-team tournament on its home course at Kimball's Powder Ridge, Thursday, Jan. 19.
Claire Tikkanen was the top scorer for the Annandale Co-op, finishing second overall in a time of 48.06.
Maple Lake junior Emma Spike finished 26th overall in 1:06.17. Spike is the sole competitor from Maple Lake on the team.
Alex Stone of Brainerd was the meet medalist, finishing first in 44.23.

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Wed
25
Jan

MAML hockey wins three in a row


No. 12, Devon Lyons, a junior at Maple Lake High School, sets up a play to put the puck in the net for the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake Moose hockey team, Saturday, Jan. 21, against the North Branch Vikings. The Moose defeated the Mississippi 8 Conference opponent 3-0 at home. (Photo Charlene Wurm)

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team won three games in a row last week to put them at 12-5 overall and 5-3 in Mississippi 8 Conference standings.
The Moose kicked off the week with a 5-2 win against conference opponent St. Francis on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
MAML's Tanner Mros started scoring with an even-strength goal early in the first period, assisted by Keith Holme. The remainder of the period remained scoreless as the two teams battled for possession of the puck. Troy Dahlheimer struck early in the second period for the Moose, scoring with help from Nick Zwack and Keith Holme.
St. Francis got on the score board at 7:55 of the second period on a power play by Travis Carroll.
Ben Ward answered for the Moose unassisted to make the score 3-0 in MAML's favor going into the third period. Dahlheimer opened the third period with a goal, assisted by Ward and Honza Stibingr.

Wed
18
Jan

Irish handle Paynesville, Rockford


Morgan Scheiber bullies her way to the basket against Paynesville, Friday, Jan. 13. She had three points and nine rebounds. The Irish beat the Bulldogs 47-36.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team is 5-4 overall after two more wins last week.
On Friday, Jan. 13, the Irish hosted the 1-10 Paynesville Bulldogs and came away with a 47-36 victory. The next day, on Saturday, Jan. 14, Maple Lake ball-handlers defeated Rockford 56-44, also at home.
The Irish immediately turned on the full-court pressure against the Bulldogs, which has become standard for the Maple Lake team, coach Adam Ronnenberg said. That pressure helped the home team jump to a 17-8 lead in the first eight minutes. Paynesville answered with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 17. The Bulldogs continued to slow the Irish attack by playing zone, but Maple Lake was still able to take a 23-19 lead going into the half.
After trading baskets for the first few minutes after the break, the Irish went on a 17-2 run to take a commanding 44-27 lead with about four minutes to go. From there Maple Lake cruised to another win.

Wed
18
Jan

Boys drop two


Mitch Hoistad shoots from the three-point line during Saturday’s home game against Rockford. Hoistad contributed 10 points, three rebounds and three assists in the Irish loss. (Photos by Charlene Wurm)

The Maple Lake boys basketball team is 4-7 overall and 2-3 in Central Minnesota Conference play after two games last week.
On Thursday, Jan. 12, the Irish traveled to Eden Valley to take on CMC foe the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles and lost 75 to 54.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Irish hosted Rockford. The non-conference opponent defeated Maple Lake 62-50.
The Eagles claimed the lead early, but the Irish kept it close through much of the first half.
EV-W pulled away to claim a 12 point, 38-26, lead at the break.
The Irish battled back during the second half, closing the gap to seven with seven minutes to go, but in the end, Maple Lake gave up too many second-chance points and went home with the loss.

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Wed
18
Jan

Hockey falls in overtime


No. 12 Devon Lyons of Maple Lake passes the puck to No. 7 Jaden Jarmuzek, setting up a play that resulted in a goal for the Moose. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team suffered a one-point overtime loss to Chisago Lakes in its only game of the week, last week.
The Moose hosted Mississippi 8 Conference foe the Wildcats on Thursday, Jan. 12, and lost 4-3 to drop them to 2-2 in conference standings which, at the time, tied them with Princeton and St. Francis for the top spot.
MAML started scoring 13 minutes into the first period when Nick Zwack put the puck past Wildcat goalie Brooks Stangle. Ben Ward and Charlie Voller assisted.
Chisago Lakes answered only seconds later on an even-strength goal by Nickolas Pautz, assisted by Mason Hill and Jace Meierhoff.

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Wed
18
Jan

Get ready, get set, wrestle


These young wrestlers competed in a youth wrestling tournament hosted by the Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling program, Sunday, Jan. 15, at Maple Lake High School. Above, Aiden Fitzgerald of Maple Lake gets the upper hand over his opponent.
Wed
18
Jan

Skiers race at Giant’s Ridge


The Annandale Co-op ski team, back row, from left, Arthur Kjar, Rachael Boesen, Jessica Scheer, Sage Sparks, Toby Stumpf, Emma Spike, Kirkland Allen, Riley Mattheisen, Lori Rice. Middle row, from left, Anika Norgren, Suzanne Schneider, Violet Sparks, Vivian Weindl, Noelle Scheer, Isabel Wester, Kaylee Mackenstadt-Everett, Anne Boesen. Front row, from left, Megan Hendrickson, Claire Tikkanen, Talia Stumpf, Holly Ekholm, Faith Mader, Tommy Becker.

The Annandale Co-op Alpine team raced in the MLK race at Giants Ridge on Saturday, Jan. 14, with 20 team members competing. For many this was the first time at Giants Ridge, a challenging course with multi-competitive teams, coach Lori Rice said.
Overall, there were several “accomplished” individual results, and many members learned how to ski the courses and experience Giants Ridge, Rice said.
Maple Lake has one athlete on the cooperative, junior Emma Spike. She finished Saturday’s race in 1:54.40.

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Wed
18
Jan

Gymnasts second at MLHS “Tumble”


Brooke Mergen came away with two eighth place finishes Saturday, Jan. 14, at home. (Photo by Gracie Elsenpeter)

The Irish gymnastics team finished second to St. Louis Park at its eight-team Tumble in the Jungle, Saturday, Jan. 14.
Gracie Elsenpeter led scoring with four first-place finishes and one second, including a first-place finish in the all-around.
“This is my favorite meet of the year. This meet gave each team the opportunity to compete eight gymnasts per event, which is three more than normal. Watching the sportsmanship of all teams makes this a great meet,” coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said.

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Wed
11
Jan

Girls rout Huskers, fall to the Eagles


Junior forward Anna Becker drives to the basket, Tuesday, Jan. 3, during the Irish’s home game against Holdingford. Maple Lake beat the Huskers 55-47. Becker had three points for the night.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team split last week, beating Holdingford at home 55-47 before falling to Eden Valley-Watkins on the road, 56-42, in Central Minnesota Conference action.
The games put them at 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
The Irish went into Tuesday night’s, Jan. 3, game at home with an agenda. Last year the Huskers swept the home team and Maple Lake wanted revenge. Despite that, the team started out slowly, trailing by as many as 10 points (4-14) in the opening minutes of the game. Maple Lake broke away on a 13-0 run to take the lead, 17-14. The game stayed close thanks, in part, to several first-half turnovers on the part of the Irish, but Maple Lake retained a two-point lead, 22-20 going into the break.

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Wed
11
Jan

Irish win two


Cole Trager goes up for two points.

Irish boys basketball players had a busy week with three games in four days, two of them on the road, but they didn’t disappoint.
The young Maple Lake ball players tacked two more wins to their record, beating Central Minnesota Conference foes Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 58-45 and Pierz 76-60. The Irish had one loss for the week against the non-conference St. Cloud Cathedral to boost the home team’s record to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in CMC standings.
Maple Lake kicked off the week on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at B-B-E. The Irish started out slow, trailing by as much as eight early in the game, but crawled back to within one by the break to make the score 29-28.

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