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Wed
07
Dec

Down but not out Boys basketball looks to new talent


Juniors Cole Trager, left, and Alex Toedter were elected team captains. The only two players with returning varsity experience, both are currently benched because of injuries. Trager expects to be back on the court soon, but Toedter will be out the majority of the season. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake boys basketball team is ready to play despite having no real varsity experience to fall back on.
The loss of seven seniors from last year’s 17-and-10 squad was the first blow to the Irish program, then came the second. The only two returning athletes, juniors Cole Trager and Alex Toedter, are both injured.
Trager suffers a broken thumb, left over from the football season, and Toedter has a broken tibia and fibula, also from football. Trager expects to be back on the court soon, but Toedter could be out much of the season.
Despite the setback, coach Tim Staloch is optimistic about the up-and-coming talent.
“Without Al and Cole we lack size and experience, but we should be able to shoot the ball well,” he said.
Josh Bidwell, a guard, is the Irish’s lone senior. Bidwell is a smart player who defends well, Staloch said.
Junior Andy Mavencamp is a “good all-around player that will help us in every aspect of the game.”

Wed
07
Dec

Young Irish come up short at first home game


Joe Stokman charges toward the basket during the Irish’s Friday, Dec. 9, home opener. The sophomore guard had 12 points in Maple Lake’s 64-57 loss to Norwood-Young America.

The young Irish came out ready to play, Friday, Dec. 2, in the boys basketball home opener.
Despite no significant varsity experience, the Maple Lake ball-handlers dominated the first half against Norwood-Young America, but ultimately fell 64-57 to the Raiders in the non-conference match-up.
“I was extremely proud of the players for the way they came out ready to play.  Nobody had significant varsity experience and they played smart and with a lot of poise,” coach Tim Staloch said.
Maple Lake played well on both sides of the ball that first half, jumping to a 35-15 lead by the break.

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Wed
30
Nov

Turkey Trot raises money for wrestlers


Above, a total of 140 runners and walkers burst from the starting line at the Annandale-Maple Lake wrestling team’s annual Turkey Trot 5K run/walk. The event raises money for the joint program and gives away turkeys to top finishers.

Above, Maple Lake alumni Devin Deringer races toward a first-place finish at Thursday’s, Nov. 24, pre-Thanksgiving dinner Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk in Annandale.

The ANML Lightning wrestling team gave away four turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving dinner, Thursday, as part of its annual Turkey Trot 5K run/walk. A total of 140 people competed in the event that takes runners and walkers through the streets of Annandale in an effort to raise money for the Annandale/Maple Lake high school wrestling program. The top men and women finishers in the 39 years and younger class, and the 40 and over class earned turkeys. Maple Lake alumni Devin Deringer was the overall winner, Thursday, and the winner of the mens 39 and younger class. Deringer is a former MLHS track and cross country runner and currently races for Moorhead State University. Mark Klaverkamp and Kim Nygaard won in the 40 and over class and Mikaela Algren won the women's 39 and under race.

Wed
30
Nov

Irish bring back experienced ballplayers


From left, Macy Wurm, Shelby Larson and Morgan Scheiber will lead the Maple Lake Irish basketball team this season as its three seniors. The team boasts an experienced squad after losing none to graduation last year. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake girls basketball team kicked off its season this week against Norwood-Young America with a roster full of experienced players.
The Irish lost no seniors to graduation last year and bring almost everyone back, making them one of the most experienced teams in the Central Minnesota Conference, head coach Adam Ronnenberg said.
That will bode well for the team that was scheduled to go on the road to face N-YA Tuesday, Nov. 29, a team that lost in the first round of the state tournament last season and look to be strong again this year.
“We will be much deeper as a team providing us some opportunities to press teams and create offense with our defense,” Ronnenberg said.
Last year the Maple Lake crew finished 8-17 overall and were 4-10 in the conference. They were defeated by top-seeded Annandale in the first round of playoffs.

Wed
30
Nov

2016 Community Education football teams grades 5 & 6


EAGLES (Green Team) Front Row: #9 Eddy Neu, #5 Nicholas Lind, #8 Charlie Nelson and #12 Tyson Mills. Middle Row: #7 Cooper Latour, #6 Shay McClory, #14 Jacob Klatt, #11 Carter Scanlon and #3 Marcus Weimer. Back Row: Coach Chad Weese, #13 Travis Gaffaney, #2 Gwen Geyen and Coach Adam Geyen. Not Pictured: Coach Jason Weimer, #1 Jacob Weese, #4 Evan Krasnow and #10 Kurt Raymond. (Photos submitted)

COWBOYS (White Team) Front Row: #10 Ashton Daluge and #11 Noah Gindele. Middle Row: #1 Sam Marquette, #3 Wyatt Wurm, #2 Fred Main, #6 Aaron Althoff and #5 Wyatt Lindahl. Back Row: Coach Kevin Marquette, #4 Riley Hall, #8 Ethan O’Brien and Coach Keith Lindahl. Not Pictured: Coach Fred Main, Coach Josh Wurm, #7 Aiden Stai, #9 Luke Aasen, #12 Samuel Hughes, #13 Layton Johnston and #14 Matthew Aasen.
Wed
23
Nov

Runners earn awards at end-of-year banquet


The Maple Lake High School Cross Country teams celebrated a successful season, Monday, Nov. 14, at an awards banquet. From left, senior Brady Tongen was named Most Improved, Hardest Worker and earned the Academic All-Conference Award; Michael Miller was named Most Valuable Runner, earned All-Conference Honorable Mention and Academic All-Conference Honors; Ava Mergen was named Hardest Worker and Academic All-Conference; senior Halle Geyen was All-Conference Honorable Mention; Gus DeMarais was named Most Improved, Most Valuable Runner, was a Central Minnesota Conference Athlete of the Week, All-Conference and State Meet qualifier; Mary Miller earned Most Improved Honorable Mention, All-Conference and was a State Meet qualifier. (Photo by Chris Fobbe)
Wed
23
Nov

MLHS volleyball athletes named to Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team


Back row, from left, Maple Lake’s Brynn Paumen, Linsey Rachel and Amber Klug were named to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament team with other athletes that competed in the state tournament. (Photo by Mary Scheiber)

Wells Fargo, the premier corporate sponsor of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), announced that Amber Klug, Linsey Rachel and Brynn Paumen of Maple Lake High School, have been named recipients of this year’s Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team award for Class AAA volleyball.

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Wed
16
Nov

Treadwell’s hard work earned her big rewards


Katie Treadwell, of Maple Lake, accepting a 3rd place individual honors award. (Photo submitted)

This young Maple Lake Sophomore, Katie Treadwell, recently earned 3rd place individual honors out of 44 contestants at a recent National Judging Competition in Tulsa, OK on October 29th. The competition took place during the U.S. National Arabian and Half Arabian Championship Horse Show. The team she was on also took Reserve Champion honors in their division and it included Fallon Ryan from Delano, Andrea Lowen from St. Paul and Heather Giefer from New Ulm, MN. The team was coached by Cindy Schneider of Delano, MN for the MN Half Arabian Horse Association under the guidance of youth director Debbie Treadwell.

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Wed
09
Nov

Volleyball heads to State as Section 6AA champs


Irish players erupt from their seats as their teammates on the court clinch another point against the Rocori Spartans. The Irish defeated the No. 2 seeded Spartans 3-0 at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School to win the Section 6AA South Subsection title, Thursday, Nov. 3. The win advanced them on to the final round where they met the winner of the North Subsection, Sauk Centre. (Photo by Mary Scheiber) 

The Maple Lake volleyball team is headed to state for the fifth time in six years after defeating Section 6AA No. 1 north subsection seed Sauk Centre, Saturday, Nov. 5, at Halenbeck Hall.
The Irish traveled to St. Cloud State University for the final game of a week-long marathon that saw them to wins over Annandale and Rocori before finally defeating the Mainstreeters 3-1, Saturday. The Irish will head to the Excel Energy Center as the No. 2 seed to face Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, on court two.
Maple Lake, the south subsection No. 1 seed, kicked off its winning spree on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at home when the team took on Annandale, the No. 5 seed.
Amber Klug led the Irish to a 3-0 win, serving 13-for-16 over the Cardinals with five aces. She also had nine kills, 11 assists and one dig.
Game scores were 25-18, 25-15 and 25-16.

Wed
09
Nov

Raiders dash Irish hopes of State


No. 25 senior running back Hunter Malachek cuts a path through a pack of Norwood-Young America defenders during the Section 4AA finals at St. Cloud State University, Saturday, Nov. 5. Malachek went 37 yards on 15 carries against the N-YA Raiders. (Photos by Chad Pingel)

The Maple Lake football team ended its season at its eighth consecutive section finals game, Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Cloud State University when it faced Norwood-Young America and fell 3-0.
The loss also dashed all hopes of advancing to the state football tournament which begins this week.
The Irish and the Raiders were evenly matched, holding each other to a scoreless game all the way until the third quarter. Both teams had opportunities, but couldn't put the football in the end zone.

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