Sports

Wed
08
Feb

Ski teams do well in Kimball

The Annandale Co-op alpine ski team finished well at a home event at Powder Ridge in Kimball, Thursday, Feb. 2.
The girls team finished first out of three complete teams, edging the St. Cloud Breakaways, 101 to 99.
Lakes Area finished third with 69 points. Underwood attended, but did not compete with a complete team.
Emma Spike, Maple Lake’s sole competitor on the Annandale team, finished 13th overall with a time of 1:08.58. Claire Tikkanen was the top placer for the Annandale Co-op, finishing second overall. Leah Wimmer of the Breakaways won with a time of 49.94. Tikkanen finished in 53.96.
The boys team finished second with 23 points behind the Breakaways with 67.
“Athletes are beginning to put great runs together and when they do we are seeing great team results, too,” coach Lori Rice said. “I am most excited to see all athletes improving and getting stronger as a team.”

Wed
01
Feb

Irish are 2-1 for week


No. 11 Anna Becker charges the basket during a Friday, Jan. 27, home game against the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers. She had four points.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team is 8-6 overall and 4-3 in Central Minnesota Conference play after three games last week.
On Monday, Jan. 23, the Irish came up one point short in a 49-48 road loss to Milaca. Maple Lake players were out of town again, Tuesday, Jan. 24, to battle Pierz. The Irish defeated the Pioneers 43-40. Maple Lake ended the week at home on Friday, Jan. 27, with a 45-40 win over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
Monday’s contest featured the non-section, non-conference Wolves. The Irish jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, “showing great energy and focus on a day when there was no school and the first of two long road trips,” coach Adam Ronnenberg said.

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Wed
01
Feb

Boys break down Bulldogs


Sophomore guard Ben Goelz goes up for two points. He had 11 points against Mayer-Lutheran, Monday, Jan. 23, at home. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake boys basketball team improved its record to 5-9 overall and 3-3 in Central Minnesota Conference standings by defeating Paynesville, 68-54, Thursday, Jan. 26, in conference action.
The Irish went on the road to face the Bulldogs.
Stymied by cold shooting the Irish couldn’t find the bottom of the basket that first half, allowing the Bulldogs to pull away by as many as seven points.
Maple Lake clawed its way back to get within one. The score was 28-27 in Paynesville’s favor at the break.

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Wed
01
Feb

ANML edged by Royals, second at tournament


Jack Klug controls his Watertown-Mayer opponent, Thursday, Jan. 26, at home. Klug won by fall in 1:10 over Riley Hertzog at 120 pounds.

Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning wrestlers gave up one too many points to fall 34-33 to Watertown-Mayer-Mayer Lutheran in Wright County Conference competition, Thursday, Jan. 26, at home.
Two days later, on Saturday, Jan. 28, Lightning wrestlers finished second at a 10-team tournament in Rochester.
On Thursday, the Lightning took part in what coach Ben Youngs considers “the most exciting dual of the season thus far.”
With four missing starters, ANML took Watertown-Mayer-Mayer Lutheran to the final match and came up just one point short. It was Youth Night, where the ANML youth wrestlers got in free with their shirt, and Senior Night, where the team said goodbye to its seniors, so the gym was packed and full of electricity.

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Wed
01
Feb

Record wins for wrestlers


Quinn Youngs recorded his 100th varsity wrestling career win on Saturday, Jan. 28, at a tournament in Rochester. Youngs also took first place in the tournament at 126 pounds. (Photos submitted)

Nathan Carlson achieved his 125th varsity wrestling career win on Thursday, Jan. 26, at MLHS during the dual meet against Watertown-Mayer.
Wed
01
Feb

Moose edge Bluejackets, lead conference


Lyons moves the puck down the ice.

Devon Lyons battles into position in front of the net to help the Moose score a goal against Cambridge-Isanti.

The Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake boys hockey team is on a winning streak after dominating the non-conference Legacy Christian 11-0, Tuesday, Jan. 24, then edging Cambridge-Isanti, 5-4, at home in Mississippi 8 Conference action.
Casey Chiodo jump-started scoring for the Moose in the first five minutes of the first period and MAML never looked back, Tuesday. Chiodo scored two more goals during the game; one more in the first and another in the third.
By the end of the first, the Moose were up 4-0.
Maple Lake junior Devon Lyons provided an assist late in the second period to help claim an 8-0 lead. MAML scored its last three goals in the third period.

Wed
01
Feb

Gymnasts fall to Flamingos

The Maple Lake gymnastics team traveled to Rush City on Friday, Jan. 27, where the gymnasts met Granite Ridge Conference foe Rush City-Pine City-Hinkley-Finlayson. The Irish fell 125.05-135.8 to the Flamingos. T
he Irish gymnasts were scheduled to return to the mat on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Becker. On Thursday, Feb. 2, the team was to travel to Paynesville for a contest with Paynesville-Eden Valley-Watkins.
The Maple Lake team will compete at home again on Saturday, Feb. 11, when the Irish host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted-Holy Trinity. The meet begins at 11 a.m.

Wed
25
Jan

Boys suffer three losses


Maple Lake’s No. 10, Andy Mavencamp, had 12 points in the Irish loss to HL-W-W at home, Friday, Jan. 20. Maple Lake fell to the Lakers 51-61.

The Maple Lake boys basketball team suffered three losses last week, two at the hands of Central Minnesota Conference foes.
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Irish went on the road to face Holdingford and fell 71-47 to the Huskers. On Friday, Jan. 20, Maple Lake hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and lost 61-51.
On Monday, Jan. 23, the Irish fell 75-66 to Mayer Lutheran.
The Huskers shot well from the get-go, claiming the lead and building on it through the first period for a 41-25 half-time lead.
It was more of the same the second period as the Irish continued to get beat up in the rebounding department. Overall, they were out-scored 19-2 in second-chance points.
Mitch Hoistad led scoring with 16 points and six rebounds. Cole Trager had 13 points for Maple Lake.

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Wed
25
Jan

Irish girls rout royals


Linsey Rachel aims for the bucket during a Thursday, Jan. 19, game against Kimball. She had nine points in the loss.

The Maple Lake girls basketball team is 7-6 overall and 4-3 in Central Minnesota Conference play after three games.
The Irish traveled to Royalton for the first of four consecutive games on the road on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and defeated the Royals 55-38. On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Irish lost to CMC foe Kimball, 45-54, and on Monday, Jan. 23, the Irish fell to Milaca, 48-49.
A non-conference, non-section opponent, Royalton came out in a tough man-to-man in response to Maple Lake’s full-court pressure.

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Wed
25
Jan

Wrestlers fall to Foley, defeat Mound, Minneapolis


Ben Schuldt struggles to gain the upperhand on his opponent from Foley, Dylan Young. Young pinned the Lightning wrestler in 2:42. (Photos by Mary Christen)

Annandale-Maple Lake wrestlers took on the No. 4 in-state ranked Foley to kick off the week, Tuesday, Jan. 17, and fell 43-16, then defeated Minneapolis South and Mound-Westonka on Friday, Jan. 20.
Foley came into Tuesday’s meet with nine straight state meet appearances under their belt and as favorites to win the section yet again.
“They were tough, but I thought we wrestled them well,” Lightning head coach Ben Youngs said. “If a couple of the close matches would have gone our way the score could have been much closer. The highlight may have been the big pin by Cole Patch at heavyweight. It was a loud headlock and really got the crowd noisy.”

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