University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the hiring of Ryan McGuigan as head tennis coach for the Golden Eagles. Ryan is currently a tennis instructor at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks, N.D. and was captain of the University of North Dakota men’s tennis team from 2012-14. 
“We are very excited to add Ryan as head tennis coach at Minnesota Crookston,” Helgeson said. “He brings an extensive knowledge of the game and a wealth of experience as a Division I player. In addition, as a former student-athlete he knows what it takes to be a successful on and off the tennis court.” In addition to working as a tennis instructor at Choice Health and Fitness, McGuigan has been a tennis manager and tennis instructor for the Fargo Park District, a tennis coach for Fargo Public Schools and a Pro Shop Assistant at Courts Plus Community Fitness in Fargo, N.D.
McGuigan played No. 1 and 2 singles for UND last season, as well as No. 2 doubles for North Dakota and Coach Tom Wynne. As a player, McGuigan was also very involved from a leadership standpoint as a 
member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Prior to transferring to UND, McGuigan was treasurer of the North Dakota State University club tennis team. In the classroom, he earned the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete award in 2014 and was a University of North Dakota Scholar-Athlete of the Year finalist. In addition, McGuigan was a Big Sky Conference Spring All-Academic Team member in 2013 and 2014. He also earned the Bryce and June Streibel Aviation Scholarship Award.
The Fargo, N.D. native earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics with a Major in Air Traffic control and a minor in psychology from the University of North Dakota in December of 2013. In addition, he earned his private pilot’s certificate from the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. McGuigan currently lives in Grand Forks, N.D.




University of Minnesota Crookston football player Greg Lofquist (Sr., LB, South St. Paul) and soccer player Rachelle Alcini (Sr., D, Ann Arbor, Mich.) have been selected as this week’s UMC Teambackers Student-Athletes of the Week. Lofquist and Alcini are the third student-athletes to receive the award for the 2014-15 season, the second year the weekly award has existed. Lofquist is the second football player honored this season, while Alcini is the first soccer player honored.
Both athletes were chosen for their performances in their respective sports during the seven-day period from Thursday, September 18 to Wednesday, September 24.
Lofquist had an outstanding performance with 19 tackles (16 unassisted, 3 solo) against Winona State University in a 33-7 loss. Lofquist’s 19 tackles is fourth all-time for total tackles and his 16 unassisted tackles is second all-time. Lofquist is currently second in the NSIC for total tackles to University of Mary linebacker Grant Singer. Lofquist leads the Golden Eagles with 37 tackles during the 2014 season. He also has two tackles for loss and one interceptions. He made the move to linebacker as a senior after playing defensive end last season.

Alcini was instrumental from her center back position in helping the Golden Eagles pick up two results on the road over the weekend with a 1-0 win over Minot State University and a 1-1 tie with University of Mary. Alcini helped limit Minot State to only eight shots in the shutout victory. She came up big, winning numerous crosses and blocking several shots and also cutting out through balls in both games. This was the second-consecutive season UMC has picked up two road results in a weekend, marking just the second time in school history.
The UMC Teambackers Student-Athlete of the Week award was created to honor Golden Eagle student-athletes for performance on or off the field of play.






What a difference an import can make for a team as the Bemidji Lumberjacks behind foreign exchange student, Finja Mahl defeated the Crookston Pirates 5-2 in a dual at the Grand Forks Choice Health and Fitness Center.
“The foreign exchange student adds a whole new dimension to Bemidji,” said Crookston head coach Mike Geffre. “She is as good a player we have seen anywhere and then you take their number two singles and she is very good in her own right, but moves down to two and it just makes their whole team so solid.”
Mahl and Bemidji’s number two singles, freshman Abbie Kelm only lost 6 games in their two wins plus Bemidji won all the doubles in pretty good fashion to secure the victory.  The Pirates won at three singles with Alyssa Fee winning a tie-break and Amy Follette won fourth singles easily at 6-3, 6-0. “We played pretty well and we went hard, which was good to see,” said coach Geffre. “When you see your girls give everything they have, that is all you can ask. They competed hard and we were just over matched at spots.”
Crookston finishes the dual season at 11-11 and now gets ready for the Section 8A playoffs that start next Thursday. The Section 8A coaches will be seeding on Wednesday and it appears that Crookston will be the number five seed and possibly could meet Roseau in a quarterfinal team match on Thursday, October 9 at the Fargo, N.D. Courts Plus. “We have about 10 days off and will try to get some scrimmages in against some of the boys in school that play tennis,” said coach Geffre. “We have some things to work on that we saw indoors today and can work on it outside to get ready for the tournament which will all be indoors.”






#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Finja Mahl Bem 6-1, 6-1


Leah Trostad Abbie Kelm Bem 6-1, 6-3


Alyssa Fee Nikki Anderson-Weir Crox 6-2, 4-6 (10-6)


Amy Follette Olivia Jones Crox 6-3, 6-0

#1 Doubles

Elisa Samuelson
Kendall Wahouske
Alexis Konecne
Taylor Offerdahl
Bem 6-0, 6-1


Jaeden Lizakowski
Tori Demarais
Erin Edlund
Mattie Osborn
Bem 6-1, 6-2


Alyssa Schultz
Elise Tangquist
Sarah McNallan
Sam Edlund
Bem 6-4, 6-2



The Warroad Warriors came back in all three sets to defeat the Crookston Pirates three games to none, 26-24, 25-21, 25-23 in a Section 8AA match in Crookston.
In the first set, the Pirates jumped out to a 10-7 lead with the serving of Kenzie Klatt including an ace and Amanda Trandem kill. Warroad came back mainly behind Molly McDonald play at the net and it was tied at 16-16.  Warroad ran off a string with a kill by Katie Johnston, an ace by Cassie Pelland and led 20-18 and the Pirates called a timeout. The Pirates responded with a Klatt hustle point, Trandem a kill and Macy Strem ace to give Crookston a 22-20 lead. Crookston would have two bad serves and coupled with a big Pelland kill it was tied at 24-24 and the Warriors would score the last two to win 26-24. “We led a lot of the time, but were unable to finish it, much like last night against Stephen-Argyle,” said Crookston head coach Meredith Hollcraft.
The rest of the match was like set number one with Warroad taking an early lead in the second set, but Crookston came back and they were tied numerous times, the last at 17-17. McDonald for Warroad and Trandem for the Pirates traded kills, but McDonald had a nice tap around a block for a point and a block to give Warroad a 24-21 lead and then some miscommunication between the Pirates and Warroad claimed the 25-21 win. “I’ve thought we had been coming out flat lately or something,” said coach Hollcraft. “Maybe it’s something else. It’s something we will have to look at and talk to the girls about.”
Crookston did get out to a 3-0 lead to start the third set, but Warroad scored the next three and then it was another back and forth with numerous ties. Crookston was getting points from Froeber with some big hits, Precious Adams on a quick set from Klatt and Strem with an ace and it was tied at 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and that is when Warroad’s McDonald stepped to the plate  again and the Warriors scored the last two points to win 25-23 to win the set and match. “It’s frustrating for the girls,” said Hollcraft. “We certainly could have won both matches this week and we are ready and playing well, but we have some of our old habits come back. It’s tougher to change the mentality than it is to change skills. We had some good efforts with Amber saving us several times and our safety valve, but things didn’t go our way.”
Crookston is 3-7 on the season and have lost four in a row and will be at East Grand Forks for another north half Section 8AA match up.  Warroad is 3-11 on the season.
JV -  Warroad won 2-1

 Amanda Trandem goes up for a kill vs Warroad       Amber Froeber sets up a teammate

  1 2 3
Warroad 26 25 25
CROOKSTON 24 21 23

For Crookston
Kills - Amber Froeber-13, Precious Adams-5, Kenzie Klatt-5, Amanda Trandem-5
Blocks -  Precious Adams-3
Assists - Kenzie Klatt - 19
Digs - Amber Froeber-15, Karlee Meyer-11
Aces - Kenzie Klatt-3, Macy Strem-3

For Warroad
Kills - Molly McDonald-13, Cassie Pelland-7
Assists - Shalese Snowden-22
Aces -  Molly McDonald-5,  Melody Kuehn-3



The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team scored a goal in each half and had another outstanding defensive performance and beat the East Grand Forks Greenwave 2-0 in a Section 8A matchup at the Crookston High School Soccer Fields.
In the first half, Crookston and East Grand Forks were even for most of the half with both goalies making some big save, but the Pirates Guthrie Dingmann took a nice pass from Jacob Roesch and was able to tap the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead late in the first half. “We actually did a drill yesterday in practice that worked on exactly what we did in the game,” said Crookston Head Coach Don Cox.  “It came across from the right side of the net and the keeper was over on the post and Jacob crossed it and it went wide and Guthrie was standing on the far post, unmarked, and the ball went past the goalies reach and Guthrie was there to tap it in.”  Crookston led 1-0 at halftime.
In the second half Crookston added another goal early in the half when Jacob Roesch scored after some nice passing to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.  In the final 10 or 15 minutes East Grand Forks tried to mount a comeback, but the defense stepped up and Pirate goalie, Michael Tate, came up with several big time saves and Crookston held on for the 2-0 victory. “We are playing better in every game and our defensive has really improved from the start of the season,” said coach Cox.  “We are playing our best soccer of the year and it is a great time to be reaching our peak.  Hopefully we can pick up two more wins this weekend and end the regular season and get a home playoff game next week.”
Crookston improves to 6-6 and will wrap up the regular season at Eveleth-Gilbert on Friday and Hibbing on Saturday.  East Grand Forks drops to 6-7-1 on the year.

Jonathan Miller tries to kick the ball away from the EGF player



2nd Final
East Grand Forks 0 0 0

     Michael Tate makes one of his nine save on his way to a shutout

32:35 - Crox - Guthrie Dingmann (Jacob Roesch)
48:21 - Crox - Jacob Roesh (Ian Johnson)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Austin Monda - EGF 3 5 8
Michael Tate-Crookston 4 5 9


The states leading scorer, Riley Koberinski, scored six goals as East Grand Forks cruised to an 11-1 victory over the Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team in a Section 8A matchup at the Crookston High School Soccer Field.
Koberinski started the scoring with a goal in the first minute of the game and added three more in the first half.  Crookston was trailing 4-0 halfway through the first half when Danica Brekken scored to bring the Pirates within a 4-1 deficit.  Koberinski, as you would expect from the state scoring leader, answered a minute later with another goal and East Grand Forks added two more goals for a 7-1 lead at halftime.
In the second half, East Grand Forks had to go into the wind, but still scored four goals, including two from Koberinski on their way to the 11-1 victory.  “Koberinski scored a bunch of nice goals and is such a nice player.  She has such composer on breakaways and has her eyes up to see where the keeper is at and what part of the net is open and would kick it there and she is quick,” said Pirate assistant coach Steve Kofoed.  “In the second half we changed things up and had some scoring chances, but just couldn’t get it in the net.  We are happy to have Bemidji and East Grand Forks behind us, I will say that.  It has been a tough four day schedule and now we will get rested up for the weekend and hopefully end the regular season with a couple good games.”
Crookston drops to 3-10 on the year and will be at Eveleth-Gilbert on Friday and Hibbing on Saturday.  East Grand Forks improves to 11-3 on the year.

Brita Fagerlund tries to stop an East Grand Forks player



2nd Final
East Grand Forks 7 4 11

1:00 - EGF - Riley Koberinski
10:00 - EGF - Rachel Jenson
15:00 - EGF - Riley Koberinski
16:00 - EGF - Riley Koberinski (Brooke Filipi)
20:00 - Crox - Danica Brekken
21:00 - EGF - Riley Koberinski
30:00 - EGF - Paige Hjelle
39:00 - EGF - Sara Hulteng
52:00 - EGF - Riley Koberinski
65:00 - EGF - Riley Koberinski
70:00 - EGF - Mckenzie Whalen
74:00 - EGF - Lauren Pesch

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Sam Rarick - EGF 1 0 1
Madison Crane - Crox 9 10 19


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Men's Golf team shaved off five strokes off their team score today, but it wasn't enough for the Golden Eagles to climb out of tenth place in the Northern Sun Conference Fall Championships played at the Jewel Golf Course in Lake City, Minnesota.  Augustana College rallied today to surpass St. Cloud State for the team championship and Mitch Holm of Winona State and Tyler Jensvold of Augustana College tied for medalist honors as both had two day totals of 143's, which was one over par.  UMC was led by Matt McClure (Sr-Grand Rapids, Mn) who shot a 74 today and coupled with his 77 yesterday, finished in 20th place individually. Jesse Roscoe (Sr-Big Stone City, S.D.) had an 81 today and finished in 35th place, Zach Cymbaluk (Sr-Crookston, Mn) had an 88, Michael Roedl (Jr-Minneapolis, Mn) had a 79 and Reed Bohm (Soph-Thief River Falls, Mn) shot a 95.  St. Cloud State's Wyatt Hanson, a former Crookston Pirate shot a 78 today and finished 27th.  For the final results, click here.



Stephen-Argyle is one of the top teams in Section 8A and showed a lot of the reasons why tonight defeating the Crookston Pirates in three straight, 25-23, 25-20, 26-24 in Crookston.
The Storm came into the match with a 13-1 record with their only loss to Kittson County Central, this despite being a relatively young squad with only four seniors, but one of them 6’3 Leanna Haugen, who was a force at the net either hitting or blocking as they outlasted the Pirates 25-23 in the first set.  The Storm had three Haugen’s contributing in the first match with Emily as a setter and then they throw an 8th grader at the Pirates with the 5’7 Abigail McGlynn showing a lot of hops at the net. “We had so many missed serves, four or five in the set and we lose by two points,” said Crookston head coach Meredith Hollcraft. “It’s those unforced errors and we certainly could have won the set and it would have changed momentum.”
In the second set, Crookston got out to a 3-1 lead, but the Storm with great net play by Philomena Kazmierczak and Stephen-Argyle took a 9-6 lead. Crookston would battle back with solid net play of Amber Froeber and Shelby Solheim and cut Stephen-Argyle’s lead to 18-16. The Storm with Leanna Haugen using her 6’3 frame for a block and Olivia Riopelle to give the Storm a 23-18 lead and eventually winning 25-20 to take a two games to none lead. “With the serving problems in the first set we were serving sensitively, just hoping it would get across and they picked up on that,” said Coach Hollcraft. “Stephen-Argyle is playing well this season and are a good team, but we are right there with them and just have to be more aggressive at the net.”
The third set appeared to be Crookston’s all the way when Froeber had a huge smash for a kill to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The set was tied at 9-9 and Crookston started to make a move with a Precious Adams block for a point, Froeber and Solheim had kills behind the serving of Annie Hajostek the Pirates were up 17-12.  Crookston kept the lead with Amanda Trandem getting into the act with a nice send across for a point and Adams had a quick tap across and Crookston led 24-19 and were serving for the set to stay alive. Then it was Leanna Haugen time again as the 6’3 senior blocked three straight attempts by the Pirates and smacked a kill to give the Storm a 25-24 lead and it was finished off with a Riopelle kill and Stephen-Argyle won 26-24 to win the match in three straight. “It’s unacceptable to let them run off seven straight points,” said coach Hollcraft. “It’s a mental thing. We are waiting for this team to explode because it’s in there. As frustrating as this loss is, we have another match tomorrow with Warroad and we have to look at our mistakes in a positive way, keep our feet moving and be part of the plays. Winning is an attitude and we need more excitement, more energy and aggressive attacking and hopefully that will be tomorrow.”
Crookston is 3-6 on the year and host Warroad on Tuesday night. Stephen-Argyle improves to 14-1 on the year and will have a rematch with Kittson County Central on Tuesday night.

Karlee Meyer on the serve receive          Macy Strem with a serve                    Shelby Solheim with a set

1 2 3
Stephen-Argyle 25 25 26
CROOKSTON 23 20 24

For Crookston
Kills - Amber Froeber-15, Precious Adams-10, Shelby Solheim-8
Blocks - Precious Adams-4
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-30
Digs - Amber Froeber-15, Jenna Porter-10, Kenzie Klatt-8
Aces - Kenzie Klatt-1

For Stephen-Argyle
Kills - Leanna Haugen-8, Deborah Haugen-7, Olivia Riopelle-7, Abigail McGlynn-7
Blocks - Leanna Haugen-7
Assists - Emily Haugen-15, Rachel Weberg-10
Digs - Kelsey Lindgren-16
Aces - Kelsey Lindgren-2


Bemidji scored six goals in each half to defeat the Crookston Pirates 12-0 in a match played in Bemidji.
The first time Crookston and Bemidji met was September 4 when Bemidji came to Crookston and defeated the Pirates 9-1. Bemidji came into this match losing five matches in a row, but they didn’t let the losing streak bother them as they popped in six goals in each half to defeat the Pirates 12-0 in a match in Bemidji.
The Lumberjacks wasted very little time when Bailey Luna scored three minutes into the contest and Annah Schussman added another at the 14 minute mark from 12 feet out. “We started out pretty well actually,” said Crookston assistant coach Steve Kofoed. “We had a couple opportunities and didn’t get a shot on net and we have a couple breakdowns and they score on them.”  Bemidji broke it open with four goals in the last 11 minutes of the half and led 6-0. “They would get some crossings and roll the ball through our defense and then it was like a free-for-all in the 12-18 yard area,” said coach Kofoed. “We were having a hard time marking their attackers.”
Bemidji started the second half the same way they started the game scoring just one minute and then bunching up four more goals in eight minutes to open up a 10-0 lead. “We had some breakdowns and they are a good team taking advantage. We had one defender on the ball side and then they would have an attacker on the other side, unmarked and with good speed and some skilled players to convert,” said Kofoed.
Bemidji added a couple more to make it a 12-0 win. “We played them in the third game of the year and I thought they moved the ball better today than early in the year,” said Kofoed. “They had seven or eight breakaways and scored on six of them.  We did change up our defense and had a little better rotation, but good teams take advantage of breakdowns, which is what happened to us.”
Crookston has lost four in a row and are 3-9 on the year and will host East Grand Forks on Tuesday. Bemidji girl’s, who play in Section 8AA are now 8-5-1 on the year.

Abby Brekken kicks the ball away from a Lumberjack   Luisa Bernia kicks the ball up field
                         (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd Final
Bemidji 6 6 12

3:00 -  Bemidji -  Bailey Luna unassisted
14:00- Bemidji -  Annah Schussman  (Rachael Holm)
29:00 - Bemidji -  Jacie Lalli  (Destiny Christofferson)
30:00 - Bemidji -  Brianna Bang  (Eva Herrmann)
34:00 - Bemidji - Brianna Bang  (Jacie Lalli)
39:00-  Bemidji -  Hannah Willford (Rachel Gray)
41:00 - Bemidji -  Laura Bieberdorf (Brianna Bang)
48:00 - Bemidji -  Emily Halberg  (Jacie Lalli)
50:00 - Bemidji -  Eva Herrmann unassisted
51:00 - Bemidji -  Rachael Holm unassisted
56:00 - Bemidji - Hannah Willford  (Laura Bieberdorf)
67:00 - Bemidji -  Eva Herrmann (Laura Bieberdrof)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Madison Crane-Crookston 3 4 7
Brita Fagerlund-Crookston X 3 3
Laura Bieberdorf-Bemidji 2 X 2
Leighton Rockensock-Bemidji X 1 1



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Men’s Golf team struggled a bit today in the first round of the Northern Sun Conference Falls Championships. The Golden Eagles 327 score puts them in 10th place of the 10 teams competing at the Jewel Golf Course in Lake City, Minnesota.  St. Cloud State with a 292 was two strokes better than Augustana College.
Christian Archer of Upper Iowa and Tyler Jensvold of Augustana College had the low round of the day shooting one under par 70’s.
Jesse Roscoe (Sr-Big Stone City, S.D.) was the only UMC player in the top 25 as his 75 was good for a tie for 16th place.  Matt McClure (Sr-Grand Rapids, Mn) shot a 77, Zach Cymbaluk (Sr-Crookston, Mn) had an 85, Michael Roedl (Jr-Minneapolis, Mn) had a 90 and Reed Bohm (Soph-Thief River Falls, Mn) shot a 92.  St. Cloud State's Wyatt Hanson, a former Crookston Pirate shot a 75 at today's first round.
The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday.  For the first day results, click here



Three different players scored to lead the undefeated Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks to a 3-0 win over the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) in a Northern Sun Conference match in Mankato. The Mavericks scored six minutes into the match and dominated the rest of the way. UMC only had one shot on goal in the match, which was taken by Nikki Dogan (Fresh-Grand Forks, N.D.), while the Mavericks kept UMC goalkeeper, Lexie Gauger (Soph-Gren Bay, Wi) busy with six saves. UMC is 2-3-3 on the season and 1-2-2 in the conference and will host Wayne State on Saturday. Minnesota State-Mankato is 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference.



2nd Final
UMC 0 0 0
MSU-Mankato 1 2 3

6:09 - MSUM -  Sydney Temple  (Emily Moris, Sidni Trotter)
51:13 - MSUM -  Kiana Nickel  (Sydney Temple, Emily Moris)
53:47 - MSUM -  Korey Kronforst  (Jessica Bowe)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Lexie Gauger-UMC 1 5 6
Molly McGough-MSUM 0 1 1



Concordia-St. Paul quarterback Jared Russo threw for three touchdowns to lead the Golden Bears to a 44-3 win over the University of Minnesota Crookston in a Northern Sun Conference football game in St. Paul.

Concordia University of St. Paul  (CSP) Uzziah Davis started the game with a 47 yard return to midfield and on their second offensive play, Jared Russo found Cordell Smith alone for a 46 yard pass for a touchdown and 55 seconds into the game the Golden Bears had a 7-0 lead over the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC). The next time CSP had the ball, they went to multiple formations with a new quarterback, Ben Schramski who moved it quickly with two passes completed for 48 yards and set up a first and goal for the Golden Bears.  UMC’s defense stepped up with pressure on Schramski, including a sack by the Golden Eagles Greg Lofquist (Sr-South St. Paul, Mn) to force Concordia into a field goal attempt and Tom Obarski, who UMC head coach Mike Fritze coached in high school at Apple Valley, Mn, nailed a 45 yard field goal to give the Golden Bears a 10-0 lead. 
UMC’s quarterback, Ben Bucholz (Jr-Perham, Mn) did connect on a 20 yard pass to Jordan Hester (Fresh-Arlington, Tx) to near midfield, but two plays later, Abdullah Asad stepped in front of a Bucholz pass for the first turnover of the game, but UMC’s defense again held and forced a punt, which Tyler Hansen (Sr-Morris, Mn) put down at the Concordia-St. Paul’s eight yard line. UMC’s Talo Pascal (Jr-Arlington, Tx) got UMC out of trouble with a 14 yard run followed by a Bucholz to Jacob Pinder (Sr-Orlando, Fl) nine yard pass and the Golden Eagles had the ball at their own 29 yard line when the first quarter ended and Concordia-St. Paul holding a 10-0 lead. 
The Golden Eagles would have another pass picked off in the second quarter and Concordia-St. Paul had to settle for an Obarski 48 yard field goal to give the Golden Bears a 13-0 lead.  After Obarski kicked the kickoff through the end zone, UMC started from their own 25 yard line and proceeded to have their best drive of the half, using 12 plays with Timothy Mack (Fresh-Inglewood, Ca) had a couple nice runs, Bucholz connected with Adam Connette (Fresh-Corona, Ca) and Pascal, but the Golden Eagles tried a run with Hester, which ended in a loss and two incomplete passes forced UMC to try a field goal and Mike Maw (Soph-White Bear Lake, Mn) nailed a 37 yard strike to put UMC on the board, trailing Concordia-St. Paul 13-3 with seven and a half minutes left in the half.
Concordia-St. Paul quarterback Russo fumbled the ball after being hit by A. J. Wallace (Jr-New Richmond, Wi) and recovered by Wallace to give UMC the ball at their own 24 yard line. The Golden Eagles squandered that turnover by going three and out and another Hansen punt to give the Golden Bears the ball at midfield with just under two minutes left in the half. This is where Russo continued his assault on the UMC defensive backfield as he was six for seven in passing, mixing in a couple running plays and with four seconds left in the half, Russo found Smith for the second time in the game, this time a two yard connection for a touchdown to give the Golden Bears a 20-3 lead at half. “We have a lot of things we have to clean up in the second half,” said UMC head coach Fritze, “we are not being competitive enough at the corners and giving up way too many big plays obviously. At times we’ve moved the ball offensive and at times made some nice stops defensively, but we have to be more consistent. We’ve protected the quarterback pretty well in the first half, but we have to make the passes and put some points on the board.”
The University of Minnesota Crookston started with the ball in the second half and on the second play, Pascal busted off a 27 yard run to near midfield, but he fumbled the ball at the end and it was recovered by Concordia-St. Paul!!  UMC’s defense would come through again with very good pressure and hurrying Russo, particularly Lofquist and Drew Silvestra (Jr-Eagan, Mn) and forced a punt, the Golden Eagles, although they didn’t have field position, did have the ball at their own 15 yard line. With the Golden Bears defense stopping UMC and forcing a punt into the wind, Concordia-St. Paul at the UMC 34 yard line, but UMC’s defense continued their great play as well and a holding penalty forced the Golden Bears to go to Obarski again, who drilled a 47 yard field goal, his third of the day to put Concordia-St. Paul up 23-3 with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
Concordia-St. Paul started a drive near the end of the third quarter and got to the UMC 25 yard line as time expired and the Golden Bears leading 23-3. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Russo connected with Sammy Baucham, who was wide open for the 25 yard scoring pass and Concordia-St. Paul led 30-3 just into the fourth quarter. The Golden Bears added a couple long drives into touchdowns to come away with a 44-3 win for their first of the season. 
Concordia St. Paul had 499 yards of total offense and limited UMC to 158 in the game. Russo finished off his best game of the season as the Golden Bears quarterback was 22 of 28 in passing for 248 yards and  three touchdown passes. “Not to take anything away from Concordia, but we had so many things happen to us today,” said UMC coach Fritze, “we thought we matched up pretty well with them, but it’s evident we have a ways to go. We didn’t get any offense going or get into a flow and on defense we had some stops, but were not consistent.  We will have to evaluate everything that we are doing and get better.”  Lofquist, who had 19 tackles last week, led UMC again in that department with 13 including the quarterback sack. UMC is 0-4 on the season and will host St. Cloud State on Saturday for homecoming.  Concordia-St. Paul improves to 1-3 and the Golden Bears will be at the University of Sioux Falls next Saturday night.

Robert Gausi tackles a Golden Beat wide receiver after a reception



2nd 3rd 4th


UMC 0 3 0 0 3
Concordia-St. Paul 10 10 3 21 44

Marvin Miller tackles the Golden Bear running back

1st Quarter
0:55 -  CSP -  Cordell Smith  46 pass from Jared Russo  (Tom Obarski kick)
9:09 -  CSP -  Tom Obarski  45 yard field goal

2nd Quarter
1:23 - CSP - Tom Obarski 48 yard field goal
7:28 - UMC - Mike Maw 37 yard field goal
14:56 - CSP - Cordell Smith 2 yard pass from Jared Russo (Tom Obarski kick)

3rd Quarter
4:38 - CSP - Tom Obarski 47 yard field goal

4th Quarter
0:05 - CSP - Sammy Baucham 25 yard pass from Jared Russo (Tom Obarski kick)
4:52 - CSP - Tre Spears 24 yard run (Tom Obarski kick)
12:54 - CSP - Bruce Russell 1 yard run (Tom Obarski kick)

Jordan Hester gets to the outside on one of his runs




The Crookston Pirate Girl's Tennis team split on the day as they finished their home season with a 4-3 to Park Rapids, but rebounded with a 5-2 win over Roseau. With the split, it appears the Pirates will be the number four seed for the Section 8A Team Tournament and will have a rematch with Roseau, who appears to be the number five seed.
In the Park Rapids match, the Panthers swept the singles to pick up the win. In the Roseau match, Crookston made it a sweep of the doubles play in both matches, plus picking up wins at the top two singles. "I think we are playing better and better," said Crookston head coach Mike Geffre, "we lost to Park Rapids earlier 5-2, lost today 4-3 and could have won even though we were missing a player. Earlier in the year with Roseau we won 4-3, today we won 5-2 again without one of our players. I believe that by section time we will be as good as anyone in the section. It will take a team effort to keep getting better and prepping for the section tournament." Crookston is 11-10 in duals on the year and will finish their regular season on Tuesday against Bemidji in Grand Forks at 10:30 AM.

     Leah Trostad with a return as Elisa Samuelson looks on during the Roseau match



Park Rapids-4



#1 Singles

Leah Trostad Julia Smith PR 6-0, 6-0


Alyssa Fee Hope Johnson PR 6-1, 6-0


Jaeden Lizakowski Natalie Kinkel PR 6-3, Default


Elise Tangquist Drew Hilmanowski PR 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

#1 Doubles

Ally Tiedemann
Elisa Samuelson
Sarena Kinkel
Lindsey Girtz
Crox 6-3, 6-3


Kendall Wahouske
Tori Demarais
Morgan Knott
Mariena Dearstyne
Crox 6-3, 6-2


Alyssa Schultz
Taylor Perry
Tori Hilmanowski
Haley MacPherson
Crox 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Marie Sandman with a forehand return vs Roseau







#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Marrisa Jevne Crox 6-0, 6-0


Alyssa Fee Juli Miller Crox 6-2, 6-4


Megan Frisk Morgan Bicker Roseau 7-5, 6-2


Marie Sandman Sarina Goos Roseau 6-1, 6-0

#1 Doubles

Leah Trostad
Elisa Samuelson
Lauren Johnson
Kate Wensloff
Crox 6-2, 6-3


Tori Demarais
Kendall Wahouske
Josee Lundgren
Jodi Ostroski
Crox 5-7, 6-2  (15-13)


Taylor Perry
Jaeden Lizakowski
Madison Lee
Mackenzie Bergstrom
Crox 6-2, 6-3



In a match that had over 30 ties and many lead changes, the University of Sioux Falls outlasted the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Volleyball team for a 3-2 victory in an NSIC match in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Sioux Falls jumped out to a 5-1 lead to start the match, but UMC battled back to tie the set at 9-9.  The rest of the set was close with ties at 10, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 21.  UMC used a kill by Brittany Looker (Sr. Rochester, MN) and three straight Sioux Falls attack errors to win the first set 25-21.
In the second set Sioux Falls jumped out to a 4-1 lead and just like the first set, UMC was able to come back to tie it at 10-10.  Sioux Falls would build the lead to three or four points until UMC would tie the set at 23-23 after a Sierra Trost (Soph. Ham Lake, MN).  Sioux Falls responded with two straight kills to win the set 25-23 and tie the match at 1-1.
In the third set, UMC had the biggest lead by either team, four points (15-11), and held the lead around three or four points until Sioux Falls came back to tie it at 18.  The set was tied at 19, 22, 23 and 24 when Sioux Falls had a service error and UMC’s Stephanie Pearson (Jr. Frankfort, Ill) service ace for a 26-24 victory for a 2-1 match lead.
Sioux Falls would even things up in the fourth set, but like the first three sets it was tight from start to finish.  The match was tied at 13 times with the last time at 14-14 (the only time at 1 though 14 it wasn’t tied was at 2!  Sioux Falls took a 16-14 lead after two UMC attack errors and never looked back the rest of the set for a 25-21 victory to tie the match at 2-2.
In the fifth set was tied six times with the last tie at 13-13 when Sioux Falls had a kill and then UMC had an attack error and won the set 15-13 and the match 3-2.  UMC has lost their fifth match in a row and drops to 7-7 on the year and 1-5 in the NSIC.  Sioux Falls improves to 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the NSIC.

  1 2 3 4 5
UMC 25 23 26 21 13
U of Sioux Falls 21 25 24 25 15

Kills - Brittany Looker-27, Stephanie Pearson-11, Morgan VanGerpen-10
Blocks - Kassi Green-1, Stephanie Pearson-1, Morgan VanGerpen-1
Assists - Sierra Trost-48
Digs - Sierra Trost-19, Brittany Looker-17, Casey Cashman-14
Aces - Brittany Looker-2, Sierra Trost-2



The Crookston Pirates Girls Soccer team gave up many goals in a short period of time in their last game with Detroit Lakes and a loss. "That was a focus coming into this game," said Crookston assistant coach Steve Kofoed, "we wanted to get off to a good start and if they scored, make sure we don't get down and give up anymore quick ones. The problem was we weren't all plugged in on that early." Fergus Falls Keanna Overland scored a minute into the match on a header from a corner kick by Hannah Baker. Fergus Falls would scored two more in a two minute span with the third goal glancing off a Pirate into the net, but Fergus Falls led 3-0 10 minutes into the match and that would be the way the first half would end. "The coaches have been preaching for the last two weeks on how we have been playing very good soccer for 60-70 minutes in a match, but then we have mental breakdowns where we give up a bunch of goals," said Kofoed, "We play well for 65 minutes, but it's the other 15 minutes that we have problems with." Fergus Falls scored early again to start the second half when Annie Magnusson was able to put a ball past Pirate goalkeeper, Madison Crane to give the Otters a 4-0 lead just two minutes into the final half.  Fergus Falls added two more scored in the next 18 minutes, the sixth goal was another header from a corner kick that was banged in by Brittany Kollman. "Fergus Falls was phenomenal at the corner kicks," said Kofoed, "they were placing them just perfectly and if we should meet them later in a playoff, that is something we will have to be aware of."
Crookston's Sabrina Delorme, who has been moved up into an attack position about two weeks ago and has been on a bit of a scoring streak, scored two more, 10 minutes apart late in the match. The first was on a pass from Danica Brekken and Delorme connected from about 18 yards and then Serenity Adams rolled a pass by the Otters defenders to Delorme whose shot from about 12 yards was good to pull Crookston within 6-2, but time ran out and the Otters picked up the 6-2 victory. "We did give up the early goal in the second half, but I thought we were pretty solid for most of the half. Shelly (Erdmann-assistant coach) and I had thought about pulling some of our girls and try to have them figure it out with Bemidji and East Grand Forks coming up next week, but the first goal by Sabrina seemed to spark everyone and we played well the rest of the way."
Crookston is now 3-8 on the season and they will conclude their final week of the regular season with four matches next week starting at Bemidji on Monday. Fergus Falls is now 3-7-2 on the year.
JV -  Fergus Falls won 8-1

Serenity Adams with a header      Kari Gillette keeps the Fergus Falls player away from the ball
                              (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd Final
Fergus Falls 3 3 6

1:00 -  FF -  Keanna Overland  (Hannah Baker)
8:00 -  FF -  Annie Magnusson
10:00 - FF - Hannah Baker
42:00 - FF -  Annie Magnusson
53:00 - FF -  Paige Kaseman
60:00 - FF -  Brittany Kollman  (Hannah Baker)
63:00 - Crox -  Sabrina Delorme  (Danica Brekken)
73:00 - Crox -  Sabrina Delorme  (Serenity Adams)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Madison Crane-Crookston 2 9 11
Alicia Niblock-FF 1 0 1



The Crookston Pirates showed they still had some gas in the tank taking nine first place finishes to win the Fosston-Bagley Invitational for the first time in Fosston.
The Pirates not only displayed their top end talent with the nine champs, but the younger girls added the necessary depth for Crookston to win the meet by a comfortable 77 points despite they vaunted 200 freestyle relay team winning their event, but being disqualified for an early start. “The girls swam very well with lots of energy,” said Crookston head coach Marley Melbye. “Almost every girl cut their personal bests today. We finished second in this meet last year and had a chance going into the last race, so the girls had a taste and were determined today and it showed with the score we managed.”
Haley Roed and Kate MacGregor had three wins apiece and were denied the fourth because of the DQ. “The girls had set a new pool record, but were disqualified and although they were disappointed, they didn’t hang their heads," said Coach Melbye. "As a group they went to our 400 relay teams and told them to keep up the high energy we have had today and the top relay cut seven seconds off their best and our second 400 relay team cut 15 seconds off. It showed great leadership by Haley, Kate, Sierra (Pry) and Marietta (Geist).”
The Pirates Merran Dingmann won two races as the freshman continues to improve. “Merran cut seven seconds off her 200 free, which is a huge time cut and she wasn’t expected to win that race, but beat the Perham girl (Anna Dale) by a second," said Coach Melbye. "It’s been a great week winning the two duals, but the girls dug deep and all the girls including the younger ones were responsible for our victory.”
Crookston will go back to Fosston on Thursday, this time for a dual. “We will probably switch up some of the events that the girls swim, but the 200 free girls want to try and set that pool record, so we will see how they do,” added Melbye.

1.  CROOKSTON-    277
2.  Perham-200
3.  Staples-Motley-167
4.  Thief River Falls-149
5.  Fosston-Bagley-115

The Pirate Girls Swim team after their first place finish at the Fosston Invite Saturday afternoon.  (Picture by Nicole Roed)

Pirate top finishes Event Time Place
Sierra Pry, Thea Oman
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:02.57 1st
Merran Dingmann 200 Freestyle 2:13.48 1st
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:28.87 1st
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 25.97 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:06.53 1st
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 57.02 1st
Marietta Geist 500 Freestyle 5:56.72 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:02.75 1st
Maddie Nicholls 100 Breaststroke 1:19.03 1st
Merran Dingmann, Maddie Nicholls
Elizabeth Erdman, Marietta Geist
200 Medley Relay 2:07.47 2nd
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:31.00 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:13.88 2nd
Thea Oman 100 Breaststroke 1:19.46 2nd
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman
Maddie Nicholls, Thea Oman
400 Frees Relay 4:12.83 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 200 IM 2:38.52 3rd
Marietta Geist 100 Free 59.96 4th
Maddie Nicholls 50 Free 28.97 6th
Muira MacRae, Alison Olson
Kelsey Roed, Lucy Whiting
200 Free Relay 2:06.73 6th



Frazee, who led 14-7 at half-time, scored two touchdowns in about three minutes early in the second half on their way to a 38-15 win over the Crookston Pirates in a Heart O Lakes Football Conference game in Frazee.
Frazee used a short field to put two scores on the board early in the game, the first was a safety as Crookston was punting from their 20 yard line and a low snap went off the ground and got past the Pirate punter, Chris Wavra, at the goal line and Wavra made a nice play allowing it to go into the end zone for a safety, rather than give Frazee the ball at the one yard line, but Frazee had the early  2-0 lead. Crookston’s free kick was returned by the Hornets to the Crookston 30 yard line and it took five plays for the Hornets Tanner Bachmann to score from a yard out and four minutes into the game, Frazee had an 8-0 lead. Some fans might have been thinking déjà vu when these two teams met last year in a Section 8AA playoff game in Frazee, a game where the Hornets scored 21 points to start the game before the Pirates ever ran off a play! That would be a distant memory for the Pirates, who responded nicely with a much needed drive of 60 yards on seven plays. The big drive was keyed by the quick fullback dive with senior Mikey Hajostek using a Pirate offensive line that was dominating the point of attack for big yards and the hard running of Hajostek who finished it off with a 24 yard touchdown run and with Ryan Porter’s extra point kick, Frazee’s lead was 8-7, which is the way the first quarter ended.  “Our defense was playing outstanding, our kids played extremely hard,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt.
Frazee showed they don’t always need a short field when starting the second quarter and at their own 47 yard line, they took it the distance on eight plays and using over four minutes of the clock and Hornet’s quarterback Hesston Bachman ran a quarterback draw up the middle for a seven yard score and after another missed two point conversion, Frazee led 14-7.  Crookston would put together another one of their better drives that included a couple nice runs, a hook and ladder play that picked up a fourth down. With time running down, Parker Salentine found Danny Davidson for a 10 yard pass to the Hornet’s five yard line and time ran out on the clock, but the officials said there was one second left on the clock, so the Pirates elected to try an apparent field goal attempt from 22 yards out, but it was a fake and the kicker, Ryan Porter’s pass was knocked down in the end zone and Frazee held on to their 14-7 lead at the half. “When they gave us one more play, we thought about the field goal, but at the last second decided to go for it,” said Coach Butt. “We thought we had to do something to tie the game at that point because I thought if we go into half time tied, it would be an easier second half, but we didn’t get it.”
Frazee, who was ranked 10th in Class AA until they lost last week to #1 ranked Hawley broke open the game with two quick scores early to start the second half. Crookston received the ball to start the half and was in pretty good field position at their 36 yard line. The Pirates couldn’t move the ball against the Hornet’s defense and when faced with a fourth and one at their own 45 yard line, the Pirates elected to punt the ball. “The way our defense was playing up to that point, I thought we would punt, pin them back a bit and hold them and get some field position, but it didn’t work,” said Crookston coach Butt. The Hornet’s had a good return by Hesston Bachmann and started out at their own 40 yard line. It took one play when Hesston Bachmann made a nice fake and rolled out, which bought him an enormous amount of time to look down field and found Riley Utley wide open and it turned into a 60 yard touchdown pass and it was the spark that Frazee needed as they converted the two point on a Tanner Bachmann run to give Frazee a 22-7 lead.  “On the second play of the Pirates next possession was an interception by the Hornets middle linebacker Garrett Malstrom to the Pirates 24 yard line and four plays later Hesston Bachmann scored his second touchdown to make it a 30-7 lead with only five minutes gone in the second half. “
Hesston Bachmann capped off his night scoring his third touchdown in the fourth quarter on an eight play 70 yard drive for the Hornet’s after they held the Pirates on downs at the 30 yard line.  Crookston did score with under a minute to go in the game when Wavra, who picked up 34 yards on a previous play, scored from two yards to make the final 38-15. “Frazee made some nice adjustments at half-time,” said coach Butt. “As well as we played in the first half, we didn’t do the same in the second half. We were banged up with injuries coming into the game and had some more go down tonight and we were just running out of players and running out of gas.”  Crookston had three starters missing the game, plus they lost two more during the game tonight. “We want to get healthy for one thing,” said coach Butt. “We want to keep doing the good things that we have been doing and I think we can win some football games. I’m very proud of how hard our kids played tonight and we have some little things to correct and a lot of positives even though it was a 38-15 game.”  Crookston, 0-5 on the year will be at Pelican Rapids on Friday and play two of their last three games on the road. “We go to Pelican, come home to play Warroad and then get to go to Staples and we are not going to give up and we are going to keep coming after it, get better and that is all I ask the kids to do,” said Butt, “keep trying to get better and that is what they are doing.”  Frazee improves to 4-1 on the year.

Chris Wavra scores his first varsity touchdown and adds the two point conversion (Click above to see video)



2nd 3rd 4th














Patrick Deng makes a tackle after a reception    Mikey Hajostek crosses the goal line for a touchdown

1st Quarter
1:54 - Frazee - SAFETY (punt snapped in end zone)
4:10 - Frazee - Tanner Bachmann 1 yard run (run failed)
6:35 - Crox - Mikey Hajostek 24 yard run (Ryan Porter kick)

2nd Quarter
4:17 - Frazee - Hesston Bachmann 7 yard run (run failed)

3rd Quarter
1:50 - Frazee - Riley Utke 60 yard pass from Hesston Bachmann (Tanner Bachmann run) 
3:47 - Frazee - Hesston Bachmann 2 yard run (Tanner Bachmann run)

4th Quarter
4:58 - Frazee - Hesston Bachmann 7 yard run (Tanner Bachmann run)
11:13 - Crox - Chris Wavra 2 yard run (Chris Wavra run)

The Pirate defense surrounds the Hornet (Ryan Porter, Danny Davidson, and Aaron Hollcraft leaps over a teammate)

First Downs 12 12
Rushing-Yards 37-171 38-177
Passing 8-20-1 2-5-0
Passing Yards 84 67
Total Yards 255 244
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 5-45 3-30
Punts-Yards Ave. 2-31.0 2-32.5

                     Cody Weiland tackles the Frazee running back in the first half


Crookston Frazee
Mikey Hajostek                  12-57 Tanner Bachmann          20-132
Brandt Delage                     14-53 Hesston Bachmann        10-17
Chris Wavra                          2-36 Austin Torma                   1-15
Aaron Hollcraft                      6-20 Riley Utke                       2-14
Parker Salentine                     2-3 Jon Hoffmann                  1-0
Luke Edlund                           1-2 Grant Jepson                   4-(-1)


Parker Salentine             8-19-1     84 yards

Hesston Bachmann         2-4-0     67 yards

Ryan Porter                    0-1-0          0 yards

Tanner Bachmann           0-1-0       0 yards


Ryan Porter              5-60 Matt Daggett               1-7
Danny Davidson       3-24 Riley Utke                   1-60



The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team played their fourth straight match against a nationally ranked opponent and the results were the same as the previous three matches, as UMC dropped three straight sets in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 27-25) loss to the NCAA Division II number seventh ranked volleyball team Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. The Mustangs had no problems winning the two sets with over 40 percent hitting rate in the two, but UMC didn’t give up and battled in the third set before succumbing 27-25. UMC was led by Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) in kills, but only eight and Sierra Trost (Soph-Blaine H.S., Mn) with 27 assists.  UMC is 1-4 in the Northern Sun Conference and 7-6 overall and will be at the University of Sioux Falls, who beat Bemidji State on Friday night in three games. Southwest Minnesota State is 9-5 overall and 4-2 in the conference

UMC 12 14 25
Southwest Mn State 25 25 27

Kills -  Brittany Looker-8, Rachel Freund-6, Kelci Green-6
Blocks - Erin Schwarz-3
Assists - Sierra Trost-27
Digs - Brittany Looker-9, Sierra Trost-6, Casey Cashman-4, Rachel Freund-4
Aces -  Brittany Looker-1, Sierra Trost-1



Although the University of Minnesota Crookston soccer team didn’t score a goal tonight and have only two goals in their last four matches, they have one win, no losses and three ties in those four games, including a 0-0 overtime tie tonight with Concordia University of St. Paul in St. Paul. Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi) had six saves tonight for the shutout and has given up just two goals in this four game stretch. UMC’s Delaney McIntyre (Jr-Flin Flon, Manitoba) had two of the UMC three shots on goal in tonight’s contest. UMC is now 2-2-3 on the season and will be at Minnesota State-Mankato on Sunday afternoon. Mankato is ranked number two in the nation. Concordia University is 1-4-1 on the season



2nd OT OT Final
UMC 0 0 0 0 0
Concordia-St. Paul 0 0 0 0 0


Saves 1st 2nd OT OT Total
Lexie Gauger-UMC 1 4 0 1 6
Emma Gartner-CSP 1 1 1 0 3


UMC's Katie Sheetz (Jr-Grand Rapids, Mn) shot a five over par 77 to win the individual medalist title at the Bemidji State Tri-Angular meet at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. Sheetz was six strokes better than anyone else on the course, but Bemidji State used better team balance to claim the team title by eight strokes over UMC, who was 12 strokes better than Minnesota State-Moorhead which finished third. The Golden Eagles Marina Farrow (Fresh-Arlington, Tx) finished in fifth place with an 88.  For the entire results, click here.





The Bemidji Lumberjacks scored 2:32 in the game and added another goal halfway through the first half and held on to beat the Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team 2-0 in a Section 8A game played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field.  
Bemidji scored the first goal 2:32 into the game for a 1-0 lead.  Crookston struggled getting any offensive pressure against the Lumberjacks, but only trailed 1-0.  Bemidji added another goal halfway through the first half to take a 2-0 lead, which they held going into halftime.  "I was very happy with how we played in the first half," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "We had two or three guys just recover from the respiratory stuff that is going around and we were missing a couple more so we were down in numbers and used some J.V. guys that don't normally play so we were very happy with how we played in the first half."
The lack in numbers and experience for some started to show as Crookston started to slow down and Bemidji dominated the second half and outshot Crookston 9-3 in the half.  Bemidji wasn't able to score in the second half because of the many fantastic save by Pirate goalie, Michael Tate, who was making diving, sliding and leaping saves to keep Crookston in the game. "Michael came up big time today and he got a big hug at the end of the game," said Coach Cox with a laugh. "He has been playing phenomenally for us and continues to play that way and kept us in the game."  Even though Bemidji didn't score, they held on for the 2-0 victory.  "We were very happy with how we played.  It was the second game in a row that we shut out a very strong team in the second half," said Coach Cox. "Defensively we are playing very well and offensively we should be a little better when we get everybody back healthy."  Crookston drops to 5-6 on the year and will host East Grand Forks in another big Section 8A matchup on Tuesday. Bemidji improves to 10-2 on the season.

 Ruben Fernandez tracks down the ball    Michael Tate leaps to make a save



2nd Final
Bemidji 2 0 2

2:32 - Bem - Leo Spry (Travis Slettvedt)
21:04 - Bem - Taylor Nord

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Bruno Cheney-Bemidji 0 3 3
Michael Tate-Crookston 4 9 13



Detroit Lakes scored three goals in a three minute span late in the first half and added four more in an eight minute span in the second half to defeat the Crookston Pirates 7-0 in a girls soccer match in Crookston.
To start the game, the Pirates came out and played well, having a number of scoring opportunities, one off the top cross-bar, but couldn’t get that first goal. Detroit Lakes seemed to gather more offense as the first half went along and Foster scored the first goal 28 minutes into the match and then her teammates added two more in two minutes to give Detroit Lakes the 3-0 half-time lead. “We were playing really well,” said Crookston Coach Sarah Reese. “You take away that three minute scoring frenzy and we were doing things well.”
Crookston came out in the second half and again carried a lot of the play at Detroit Lakes, but didn’t have anything to show for it on the scoreboard. “We possessed the ball in the second half, but only had one shot on goal, which makes it hard to win matches when you don’t put the ball in the net,” said Coach Reese.  With about 15 minutes left in the match, Detroit Lakes exploded for four goals, the last with seven minutes left in the game to give  the Lakers the 7-0 and then the win. “Detroit Lakes is talented, but I certainly think we had our opportunities to be more successful,” said Coach Reese. “The score wasn’t totally indicative of the play. Outside of the 13 combined minutes of mental breakdowns and their scoring frenzy, we played much better than the first time we played them and we were more competitive.”  Crookston had lost 8-3 ten days ago at Detroit Lakes. With the loss, the Pirates are now 3-7 on the year and will be at Fergus Falls on Saturday.  Detroit Lakes improves to 7-3-2.

Madison Crane makes one of her saves     Jessenia Argueta kicks the ball up field



2nd Final
Detroit Lakes 3 4 7

28:00 -  DL -  Kyley Foster
30:00 -  DL -  Annie Mettert
31:00 -  DL -  Halle Jordan
65:00 -  DL -  Addie Kay Johnson
71:00 -  DL -  Halle Jordan
72:00 -  DL -  Jade Olson
73:00 -  DL -  Kyley Foster

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Payton Carlblom-DL 3 1 4
Madison Crane-Crookston 6 5 11



The Crookston Pirates Girl's Swimming team won their second straight dual by beating the Thief River Falls Prowlers 91-63 in a dual at the Thief River Falls pool.  Crookston had 10 first place finishes out of the 11 swimming races.  Leading the way for Crookston was the usual suspects, with Haley Roed and Kate MacGregor with four first place finishes.  Marietta Geist had three first and one second place finish, while Merran Dingmann had three first place finishes.  Thea Oman had one first place and three second place finishes to lead the Pirates.  Crookston will wrap up a busy week with their third event of the week on Saturday when they travel to the Fosston/Bagley meet in Fosston.

Pirate top finishes (Top 3 places)




Sierra Pry, Merran Dingmann,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed

200 Medley Relay



Marietta Geist

200 Freestyle



Merran Dingmann

200 IM



Haley Roed

50 Freestyle



Kate MacGregor

100 Butterfly



Haley Roed

100 Freestyle



Marietta Geist

500 Freestyle



Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed

200 Freestyle Relay



Kate MacGregor

100 Backstroke



Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman, Maddie Nicholls, Thea Oman

400 Freestyle



Thea Oman, Maddie Nicholls, Elizabeth Erdman, Marietta Geist

200 Medley Relay



Thea Oman

200 IM



Thea Oman

100 Breaststroke



Elizabeth Erdman

100 Butterfly



Merran Dingmann

100 Freestyle



Maddie Nicholls

100 Breaststroke



Muira MacRae, Lexi Cormican,
Kelsey Roed, Lucy Whiting

400 Freestyle





Minnesota-Duluth won their 11th match of the season and the #2 ranked NCAA Division II Bulldogs were challenged in the first set, but the Bulldogs breezed through the second and third set to defeat the University of Minnesota Crookston 3-0, 25-23, 25-16, 25-10 in a Northern Sun Conference match in Crookston.
The first set was one of the better ones the Golden Eagles have played in this season as they started out with ties at 1, 2, 5 and 6 before Duluth went on a 5-0 run to take an 11-6 lead.  UMC trailed 18-13 when they started scoring in bunches with two kills by Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Ks), some good serving and another VanGerpen kill to tie it at 19-19. “We were in process and were playing with one of the best teams in the country,” said UMC head coach Lee Anderson, “we were in system and our process was really good and we played with them through that first set.”  The two teams went back and forth the rest of the way with ties at 20, 21, 22 and 23 before Duluth scored the last two points for a 25-23 victory.
The second set was much the same as the first set as the two teams traded back and forth and they were tied at 14-14 and then Duluth showed the fans why they are ranked two in the nation. The Bulldogs scored four in a row and scored 11 of the final 13 points to win 25-16 behind the big hitting of Monica Turner. “She is so tough,” said coach Anderson. “We knew what was coming, but we couldn’t do anything about it!”
The third set, Minnesota-Duluth kept up the momentum, scoring the first four points and then out to 7-1 and 10-2 leads. The Golden Eagles did get kills from VanGerpen and Green and a service ace by Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) who leads the conference in kills and only had four on the night. “They were tipping out on Brit tonight and then we used her as a decoy when Sierra (Sierra Trost-Soph-Blaine H.S.) would go to someone else, but they have so many weapons,” said Anderson. The Bulldogs ran out the rest of the set to win easily 25-10 and win three games to none. “We played the top team in the country for a set and a half,” said coach Anderson. “We have to learn from that and continue to grow. We are better, but we are not quite there yet.” The match was the third match in a row that UMC has played a nationally ranked team. “We knew this was going to be a tough row for us,” said Anderson. “We also wanted to see where we are at this point. We will learn and be better for it as we go along this season.”
UMC has lost three in a row and four of their last five matches and are 7-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference. They will be at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall on Friday and the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday.  Minnesota-Duluth is 11-1 on the year and will continue on the road on Friday at Augustana College and at Wayne State on Saturday.

  Sierra Trost with a set in the first set             Erin Schwarz with a big attack

1 2 3
Duluth 25 25 25
CROOKSTON 23 16 10

Morgan VanGerpen with a big attack

Kills - Morgan VanGerpen-8, Kassi Green-5, Brittany Looker-4, Erin Schwarz-4
Blocks - Sierra Trost-4, Morgan VanGerpen-3
Assists - Sierra Trost-21
Digs - Stephanie Pearson-8, Sierra Trost-7, Brittany Looker-6
Aces - 4 with 1 each



The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team finished second, four points behind Thief River Falls in the Northwest Quad played this year in Moorhead.  Crookston had two champions, the first doubles team of Ally Tiedemann and Leah Trostad and the second doubles team of Elisa Samuelson and Tori Demaris.  The Pirates also had three second place finishes at second through fourth singles.  Second singles was Amy Follette, third singles was Kendall Wahouske and fourth singles was a combination of Jaeden Lizakowski and Megan Frisk.  The Pirate girls tennis team enjoyed the beautiful morning and afternoon in Thief River Falls and continue to play solid tennis.  "The girls played well today," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre.
Crookston will be off until Saturday when they host Roseau and Park Rapids on Parents Day.

Kendall Wahouske with a forehand return in her second match of the day

Team Results:
1. Thief River Falls - 17
3. Moorhead - 8
4. East Grand Forks - 4





1st Singles

Alyssa Fee

Lost to Cynthia Loven (EGF)  6-1, 6-3
Beat Brianna Storm (MHD) 1-6, 7-5, 10-4
Lost to Kora Torkelson (TRF) 6-4, 6-1


2nd Singles

Amy Follette

Beat Emily Strezishar (EGF) 6-3, 6-3
Beat Mallory Smith (MHD) 6-0, 6-2
Lost to Callie Fagerstrom (TRF) 1-6, 6-4, 10-6


3rd Singles

Kendall Wahouske

Lost to Ellie Jorgenson (TRF) 6-0, 6-2
Beat Jenna Dietrich (EGF) 6-0, 6-2
Beat Melissa Glatto (MHD) 6-0, 6-2


4th Singles

Jaeden Lizakowski
Megan Frisk

Beat Mackenzie Burris (EGF) 6-2, 6-0
Beat Kira Beier (TRF) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
Lost to Becka Wilke (MHD) 6-1, 6-1


1st Doubles

Ally Tiedemann
Leah Trostad

Lost to BreAnn Adamek/Anna Steinwand (MHD) 1-6, 6-2, 10-7
Beat Chessa Jones/Emma Dietrich (EGF) 1-6, 7-6 (6-4), 10-8
Beat Carly Lunsetter/Juliet Tunberg (TRF) 6-2, 6-2


2nd Doubles

Elisa Samuelson
Tori Demarais

Beat Allie Okeson/Shawna Spears (TRF) 6-2, 6-2
Beat Bethany Van Eps/Kayla Cremers (EGF) 6-2, 6-2
Beat Annie Wilke/Erika Houby (MHD) 6-2, 6-1


3rd Doubles

Alyssa Schultz
Elise Tangquist
Taylor Perry
Marie Sandman

Beat Ellie Vonesh/Kayla Partlow (EGF) 6-3, 6-0
Lost to Franny Marshall/Sadie Cleven (TRF) 6-2, 6-2
Lost to Maren Tollefson/Samantha Hansen (MHD) 5-7, 7-6 (10-8), 10-8


Amy Follette eyes down the ball on  a forehand return      Alyssa Fee with a backhand return in her second match



Crookston scored in the first four minutes of the match, but West Ottertail United scored the final three goals to defeat Crookston 3-1 in a Section 8A match up in Fergus Falls.
The Pirates came out charged up to start with play in the West Ottertail United end and they put together a nice passing triumvirate starting with Danica Brekken dribbling to about the Storm’s 18 and a nice cross that was headed by Jackeline Argueta to Sabrina Delorme, who has been on a pretty good steady scoring streak as of late and gave the Pirates the early 1-0 lead. “It was a nice play and capped off a great start for us,” said Crookston assistant coach Steve Kofoed. “But, that turned around when they scored their first goal.” It came eight minutes after the Pirates opened up the scoring and the two teams played the rest of the half to a 1-1 tie. “I think we might have got caught up a bit with some overconfidence,” said Kofoed. “We beat them 8-3 two weeks ago in Crookston, score the early goal and we might have thought it was going to be easy again.”
The second half saw the Storm score early to take their first lead and then late for an insurance goal and get the 3-1 win. “West Ottertail didn’t have great spacing and we were doing the same thing,” said Kofoed. “We were putting the ball in the air and a lot of passes and couldn’t settle the ball. We did have quite a few opportunities in the second half, so they kept competing. Danica and Sabrina had about eight to 10 breakaways or near breakaways and either missed the net, shot it wide or right into the goalie who had six saves.”
Crookston is 3-6 on the season and will host Detroit Lakes on Thursday.  West Ottertail United, which is a cooperative between Fergus Falls Hillcrest Academy and Pelican Rapids, improves to 3-7 on the season.

       Maddi Rauner controls the ball           Sabrina Delorme puts a shot on goal - Pictures by Dave Emanuel (Wildfire Photography)



2nd Final
West Ottertail United 1 2 3

West Ottertail United and Crookston players huddle after the game for a moment of prayer - Picture by Dave Emanueal of Wildfire Photography

4:00 -  Crox -  Sabrina Delorme  (Jackeline Argueta, Danica Brekken)
12:00 - WOU -  Birgette Helle
51:00 - WOU -  Kindra Peterson
70:00 - WOU - Hannah Enerhaug

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Madison Crane - Crox 3 0 3
Kari Simionsen-WOU 2 6 8




The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team lost 10-1 last time they played West Ottertail United on September 4 and the matchup today was a big time improvement as the Pirates lost 3-1 at the Crookston High School Soccer Field.
West Ottertail United took a 1-0 lead early in the match, only to have Crookston respond with a goal by Ian Johnson to tie it up three minutes later.  “We had nice passing in there and got a nice pass from Guthrie (Dingmann) and Ian finished it off to tie it up,” said Pirate Head Coach Don Cox.  West Ottertail United answered with two more goals in the final 17 minutes of the half to take a 3-1 lead into halftime. “We played very well and had several chances to add to the score, but we just couldn’t do it,” said Coach Cox.  “We were happy and the boys were happy with how they played.  We played hard and made it a lot tougher today, especially in the first half!”
In the second half West Ottertail United took advantage of the wind at their backs and outshot Crookston 8-0, but wasn’t able to score because of some very nice saves by the Pirate goal keeper Michael Tate, who had 13 saves in the game and West Ottertail United picked up the 3-1 victory. “Today was much better than the first time we played.  We met all of our goals today, we held them to under five goals and we scored a goal, which we wanted to do,” said Coach Cox. “Michael Tate was busy and made some very good saves and he was pushing the shots away and over the top.  He has been doing a very good job for us this year.”
Crookston drops to 5-5 on the year and will host Bemidji on Thursday.

  Jacob Roesch tries to keep the ball in bounds              Jacob Owens kicks the ball up field



2nd Final
West Ottertail United 3 0 3

7:35 - WCU - Thomas Isakesen  (Eduardo Urbano)
10:35 - Crox - Ian Johnson (Guthrie Dingmann)
23:03 - WCU - Jonas Kvam  (Danny Martinez)
35:13 - WCU - Abdul Ahmed  (Jordan Foss)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Michael Tate - Crox 5 8 13
Robby Dzialo - WCU 2 0 2


The Crookston Pirate Girl's Swimming team made the long trip north and took first place in every varsity event except for diving, because the Pirates don't have any divers, and beat Warroad/Roseau 144-74 in a dual at the Warroad pool. 
Crookston won 11 of the 12 events with Thea Oman, Kate MacGregor, and Haley Roed all getting four first place finishes.  The Pirates even had two races that they finished first, second and third!! “All in all the girls had an exceptional meet today.  They really swam strong from wall to wall and it was fun to see,” said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. “It was really a meet where all the girls participated in the success tonight.  It was fun to see that we took first in all the swimming events and took first and second in quite a few events, and a first that I've ever seen taking first, second and third in two events.”
The Pirates continue to see improvements from some of the younger swimmers. “Thea Oman had a strong meet tonight cutting four seconds off of her 200 IM and taking first place in the breaststroke. She was really looking sound in the water,” said Coach Melbye. “Merran Dingmann continued to have great meets, getting under six minutes in the 500 freestyle and second in the 200 IM. She really has found her competitive edge this season and is really taking a big leadership role on this team.”
The Pirates had a lot of practice time getting ready and they continue to impress both in practice and in the meets. “I couldn't be prouder of how these girls have competed this year,” said Coach Melbye. “They have really worked hard and have had a wonderful season so far. I'm excited to see how it continues throughout the year and to see what sections will bring.”

Pirate top finishes (1st and 2nd) Event Time Place
Sierra Pry, Thea Oman,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:04.94 1st
Marietta Geist 200 Freestyle 2:23.01 1st
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:31.65 1st
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 26.49 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:08.63 1st
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 58.46 1st
Merran Dingmann 500 Freestyle 5:56.90 1st
Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Freestyle Relay 1:49.43 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:05.20 1st
Thea Oman 100 Breaststroke 1:20.26 1st
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman,
Maddie Nicholls, Thea Oman
400 Freestyle Relay 4:20.45 1st
Merran Dingmann, Maddie Nicholls,
Elizabeth Erdman, Marietta Geist
200 Medley Relay 2:12.13 2nd
Sierra Pry 200 Freestyle 2:23.01 2nd
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:32.27 2nd
Maddie Nicholls 50 Freestyle 29.92 2nd
Marietta Geist 100 Freestyle 1:00.81 2nd
Sierra Pry 500 Freestyle 6:13.11 2nd
Maddie Nicholls 100 Breaststroke 1:20.99 2nd






Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton won their fifth straight match in quick fashion defeating the Crookston Pirates in three games, 25-14, 25-19, 25-15 at the Crookston High School.
The Rebels  have a number of big hitters and they were all on display right from the first serve, led by sophomore Faith Anderson who put the Rebels up quickly in the first set and they had little problems in winning 25-14 and had the Pirates on their heels from the start. “They just have too many weapons and hit so hard,” said Crookston head coach Meredith Hollcraft.
The second set was the better one of the night for the Pirates, who trailed from the start, but were within 10-13 with the serving of Annie Hajostek and the play at the net of Shelby Solheim. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton behind Anderson, Frannie Mercil and Maggie Stickney opened up a 17-12 lead. The Pirates kept trying to chip away with Kenzie Klatt sneaking a tip over to close it to 19-16, but the Rebels went on to a 25-19 to take a two games to none lead. “We were playing hard and we were doing as good as we can adjusting at the level we are at right now,” said coach Hollcraft. “It’s very good for us to see this level of play against a team like this.”
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton continued to come at the Pirates in the third set as they led 12-5 and there wasn’t much Crookston could do to off-set the talented front row play and the Rebels cruised to a 25-15 win to win the game and match. “We are still waiting for our offense to get going,” said Hollcraft. “A team like Dilworth exploited our weaknesses and things for us to work on in practice. I thought we worked hard, didn’t fold or give in. They had so many girls hit that it was hard to know what to defense, because you never knew where the setter was going. They are a very good team and maybe the best we’ve played so far.”
Crookston is 3-5 on the season and have a week off before they host Stephen-Argyle next Monday.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton improves to 5-4 on the season after losing their first four matches.
JV-  Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton won 2-0
Freshmen -  Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton won 2-0

Shelby Solheim taps the ball over a blocker     Macy Strem plays the ball as Karlee Meyer looks on

1 2 3
D-G-F 25 25 25
CROOKSTON 14 19 15

For Crookston
Kills - Amber Froeber-6, Kenzie Klatt-6, Shelby Solheim-6
Blocks - Several with 1
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-20
Digs - Amber Froeber-18, Kenzie Klatt-11, Annie Hajostek-10, Shelby Solheim-10
Aces - None

For D-G-F
Kills - Faith Anderson-16, Maggie Stickney-11
Blocks - Faith Anderson-2
Assists - Ally Reno-19, Kassidy Bergee-16
Digs - Paige Fabre-20
Aces - Ally Reno-2



The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team placed 14th of 14 teams at the St. Cloud State Fall Classic at St. Cloud Country Club in St. Cloud. 
The Golden Eagles were led by the play of Jesse Roscoe (Sr., Big Stone City, S.D.), who shot a 75 and a 79 to place in a tie for 39th on the tournament. Matt McClure (Sr., Grand Rapids, Mn) shot a 77 and an 80 to finish tied for 50th in the 14 team tournament. Michael Roedl (Jr., Minneapolis, Mn) shot an 81 and a 78 to finish tied for 58th. Reed Bohm (So., St. Hilaire, Mn) shot a 91 and an 85. Zach Cymbaluk (Sr., Crookston, Mn) shot a 91 and an 85.
Minnesota State University, Mankato won the tournament with a 574 overall team score, while Maverick golfer Ross Miller took home the individual title.
For the complete results, click here.


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