SUNDAY - APRIL 26,  2015


The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team lost the first game 8-5, but bounced back to win the second game 8-7 over the Northern State Wolves for a split in the final road games of the season, which were played in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

GAME ONE –  Box Score

UMC struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning when Kenny Perez (Jr. Orlando, FL) singled in two runs for a 2-0 lead.  Northern State answered back in the bottom of the inning scoring six runs, three of the runs were unearned and Northern State led 6-2.  Northern State added two more runs on a couple of singles and held off a UMC rally for an 8-5 victory.

GAME TWO – Box Score

Northern State had a 4-0 lead after four innings of play and answered with four runs of their own in the top of the fifth inning.  Zach Frazier (Fresh. Grand Rapids) singled and Dalton Parks (Jr. West Valley City, Utah) followed with a bunt single and Patrick Higgins was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Ryan Haggstrom (Jr. Apple Valley) hit a double to score two runs and Colton Haight (Jr. Rogers) followed with a single to score another run and UMC tied the game at 4-4.  The Golden Eagles added another run in the sixth inning on a Higgins fielders choice to take a 5-4 lead.  Northern State answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth.  Both teams had a big offensive inning in the seventh.  UMC scored three runs and it started when Perez singled, and two straight walks to load the bases.  With the bases loaded Frazier doubled to score three runs and the Golden Eagles led 8-5.  Northern State had bases loaded and nobody out scored two runs, but UMC closed the door the rest of the way and Crookston hung on for an 8-7 victory.
UMC improves to 12-36 overall and 6-26 in the NSIC and will host Minot State on Wednesday in a double header. Northern State is 23-20 overall and 16-14 in the NSIC.





Minnesota State Moorhead used three home runs for a 5-1 victory in the first game and scored 13 unanswered runs to win the second game 13-4 to sweep the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagles in the season finale for both teams in Crookston.


Game One- MSUM 5 UMC 1

UMC scored the first run of the game when Kaylin Beatty (Jr., Andover) hit a home run over the left field fence for her second career collegiate home run to give the Golden Eagles an early 1-0 lead. Moorhead answered with three home runs the rest of the way to win 5-1.

      Kaylin Beatty is welcomed home after her first game home run                       Shelby Hollinger makes contact

UMC started the game by scoring four runs in the first inning three straight singles from Victoria Bayliss (Fr., West Bloomfield, MI), Sam Hollinger (Sr., Neudorf, Saskatchewan) and Allison Foley (Jr., Lockport, IL) to loaded the bases. Alexis Khoshaba (Jr., Richmond, British Columbia) followed with a walk to put UMC up 1-0. A few batters later, with the bases loaded and a 2-0 lead, Gabby Antolak (Fr., Zimmerman) worked a 10-pitch at bat and drew another walk to give UMC a 3-0 lead. The Golden Eagles added one more and came out of the first inning with a 4-0 advantage.
  MSUM dominated the game the rest of the way and scored in every inning, including six runs in the fourth inning, to run away with the 13-4 victory.

The game marked the last of their college careers for Golden Eagle seniors Brooke Vatthauer, Josee Plante and Shelby Hollinger. They were honored in between games with flowers and framed pictures.

Minnesota Crookston finished the 2015 season 4-44 overall and 0-30 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in Head Coach Don Stopa’s first season. 

       Brooke Vatthauer with her mom and dad on senior day                                 Josee Plante and her family on senior day


                       Shelby Hollinger and her family on senior day




Augustana College won its sixth straight NSIC/US Bank Women's Golf Championship as the Vikings finished round four with a tournament low team score of 316 to beat Concordia-St. Paul by 22 strokes at Dacotah Ridge Golf Course in Morton, Minnesota.  The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women's Golf team shot a four round total of 1539 and finished 11th out of 12 teams. Augustana's Sierra Langie shot a 312 to earn medalist honors, seven strokes ahead of teammate Emily Israelson UMC’s top golfer was Katie Sheetz (Jr. Grand Rapids) with a 350, which was good for 21st place.
The first 36-holes of the 72-hole NSIC/US Bank Women's Golf Championship were played back on October 4-5, 2014 at The Classic at Madden's near Brainerd.

Team Round 1   Round 2    Round 3    Round 4 Total Par
1. Augustana 321 327 320 316 1284 +132
2.Concordia-St. Paul 336 330 318 322 1306 +154
3.Upper Iowa 354 339 332 325 1350 +198
4.Minnesota State 364 334 340 338 1376 +224
5.St. Cloud State 364 356 342 320 1382 +230
6.Southwest Minnesota State 363 353 339 343 1398 +246
7.Sioux Falls 374 355 343 345 1417 +265
8.Winona State 373 359 358 354 1444 +292
9.Bemidji State 388 354 353 352 1447 +295
10.Minot State 412 386 362 372 1532 +380
11.Minnesota Crookston 391 383 398 367 1539 +387
12.MSU Moorhead 408 404 393 379 1584 +432





University of Minnesota Crookston student-athletes Matt Borowicz (Sr., Football, Stephen) and Ashley Martell (Sr., Women’s Basketball, Somerset, Wis.) have been named NSIC Honor Student-Athlete Award winners for UMC. Both student-athletes were in consideration for the 2015 Dr. William Britton Scholar-Athlete Award and 2015 William R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award. 
The Britton Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence, in its 31st year, recognizes the NSIC’s top male student-athlete and the Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award, in its 30th year, is presented to the NSIC’s top female student-athlete. 

The member institutions of the NSIC nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the Britton and Kelly Awards. The nominees must meet the following criteria: a grade point average of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale); evidence of academic excellence beyond the minimum grade point average (scholarship prizes and other academic recognition), evidence of participation in the life of the institution, and evidence of participation in at least two-thirds of the varsity events of the individual’s primary sport. The award is voted on by the NSIC Faculty Athletic Representatives.
The 32 student-athletes nominated for the NSIC’s two most prestigious awards will also be honored as NSIC Male and Female Honor Student-Athletes of the Year at their respective institutions.



SATURDAY - APRIL 25,  2015



The Northern State University Wolves won the first game 4-3 and cruised to an 11-1 victory in the second game of an NSIC double header played in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

GAME ONE – Box Score

UMC struck first with a run in the top of the first inning when Colton Haight () singled and Ryan Haggstrom (Jr. ) scored for a 1-0 lead.  Northern State answered with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 1-1.  Northern State added another run on a double in the third inning, only to have UMC answer with two runs  in the fifth inning when Haggstrom tripled to score a run and then came into score on a Kenny Perez (Jr. Orlando, FL) for a 3-2 lead.  Northern State scored a run a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and added the go ahead run in the sixth inning after a double and held on to win 4-3.


GAME TWO – Box Score


UMC started the game by scoring a run in the top of the first inning after a Haggstrom single and for the second straight game the Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead.  Northern State answered in a big way,  by scoring a run in every inning, except for the sixth inning and won the game by the 10 run rule in the seventh inning 11-1.
UMC drops to 11-35 overall and 5-25 in the NSIC and will play Northern State on Sunday in two more games.  Northern State improves to 22-19 overall and 15-13 in the NSIC.






The Northern State University Wolves used an 11th inning home run for a 4-3 victory in the first game and cruised to a 9-0 win in the second game to sweep a conference double header over the University of Minnesota Crookston at the UMC softball field.


Game One- Box Score


UMC struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on a Josee Plante (Sr., Manitou, Manitoba) single that scored Shelby Hollinger (Sr., Neudorf, Saskatchewan). UMC held the lead until the fourth inning when Northern State’s Eryn Yancy hit a home run to tie the game at 1-1. NSU took the lead in the top of the seventh inning, but UMC responded in the bottom of the seventh with a Gabriel Antolek (Fr., Zimmerman) home run over the left field fence to tie the game at 2-2 and send it to extra innings. Northern State got a two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning to take a 4-2 lead.  UMC drew a walk in the bottom of the 11th inning and then scored a run when Antolek doubled to score a run to bring the Golden Eagles within a 4-3 deficit.  The next two Golden Eagles were retired and Northern State held on to the 4-3 victory. 

Game Two- Box Score

The two teams were scoreless through the first two innings, before Northern State as they scored three runs in three separate innings on their way to a 9-0 victory.  

The Golden Eagles sit at 4-42 overall, 0-28 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. UMC will host Minnesota State Moorhead in a doubleheader on Sunday at UMC to finish up their season. With the win, Northern State improves to 30-20 overall and 17-10 in the NSIC.  




Concordia-St. Paul shot a third round low score of 318 to cut two strokes into Augustana's lead, but the Vikings hold a 16-stroke lead headed into the final round of the NSIC/US Bank Women's Golf Championships. The Viking's Sierra Langlie continues to top the individual leaderboard after she shot a third round 80 to sit at 235 (+19) for the championship, six strokes ahead of Concordia's Rachel Gray, who shot a 79 in round three.
Augustana, the five-time defending NSIC champion, has shot rounds of 321-327-320 to sit at 968 (+104), 16 shots ahead of CU and 57 shots ahead of third place Upper Iowa (1025). The Vikings have three of the top four golfers on the leaderboard as Emily Israelson is third at 242 (+26) and Jordan Bormann is tied for fourth at 244. CU's Kari Opatz is tied with Bormann as both players have shot identical rounds throughout the championship (86-81-77=244).  UMC's top individual is Katie Sheetz (Jr. Grand Rapids), who is in 25th place.
The final 18 holes of the 2014-15 NSIC/US Bank Women's Golf Championship will begin on Sunday at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The first 36-holes of the 72-hole championship were played back on October 4-5 at The Classic at Madden's near Brainerd, Minn.


Team Round 1   Round 2   Round 3  Total Par
1. Augustana 321 327 320 968 +104
2. Concordia-St. Paul 336 330 318 984 +120
3. Upper Iowa 354 339 332 1025 +161
4. Minnesota State 364 334 340 1038 +174
5. Southwest Minnesota State 363 353 339 1055 +191
6. St. Cloud State 364 356 342 1062 +198
7. Sioux Falls 374 355 343 1072 +208
8. Winona State 373 359 358 1090 +226
9. Bemidji State 388 354 353 1095 +231
10. Minot State 412 386 362 1160 +296
11. Minnesota Crookston 391 383 398 1172 +308
12. MSU Moorhead 408 404 393 1205 +341







The Crookston Pirates softball team swung the bats well, but the Thief River Falls Prowlers scored 15 runs combined in the fourth and fifth inning in a 21-3 Section 8AA matchup played at the Donnie Lauf/Crookston American Legion Softball field in Crookston.

Danelle Trandem got the start in the circle for the Pirates and looked solid early, but getting two quick outs with good zip on her pitches. After a Kora Torkelson walk, Tatyana Miles struck out, but the ball got away from Pirate catcher Amanda Trandem. The throw to first was off the mark and Torkelson came all the way around to score on the strikeout for the early 1-0 lead. Miles scored on a Morgan Martell single and TRF picked up the early 2-0 lead. The Pirates responded in their half of the innings when Jaeden Lizakowski (Fr., SS) singled to center then came around to score on a Prowler error to get within a 2-1 deficit.  Thief River Falls responded with four runs in the top of the second inning for a 6-1 lead.  Crookston answered in the third inning when Danelle Trandem led off with a double, went to third on a Lizakowski single then scored when Macy Strem poked a base hit through the middle. Nicole Goosen followed with an RBI single of her own and trailed 6-3 after three innings. “We started off good, it was good to see us to respond and get that run in the bottom of the first inning,” said Pirate head coach Katie Lariviere. “We took advantage of the pitcher not throwing too fast so the girls timed it well and were able to get the bats around and pick up some hits.”

The fourth inning is where the Prowlers broke the game open, sending 13 batters to the plate, knocking out six hits and scoring nine runs to take a 15-3 lead. TRF followed that with a six-run fifth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate, including a grand slam home run by Anna Robson. “You could see in those two innings the confidence level of the girls was hurting,” said Coach Lariviere. “We need to work on staying in the game mentally the entire way and not letting the other team take advantage of mistakes.” Crookston managed some hits in the bottom of the fifth but couldn’t bring any runs across as they fell by the 21-3 final.

The Pirates picked up nine hits in the game, many coming by swinging at the first pitch in the at-bat. “I didn’t tell our girls to necessarily swing at the first pitch, but just to be aggressive at the plate,” said Lariviere. “The contact we made was starting to drop in and turn into hits. The message was to get up there and do whatever you can to get those base runners on.” Lizakowski and Strem had multi-hit games and Tiffany Hanson (So., OF), Nicole Goosen, Brooke Cymbaluk (So., IF), Amanda Trandem and Danelle Trandem all had a hit a piece.

Crookston is now 0-6 on the season and will host Warroad in a doubleheader on April 28. Thief River Falls improves to 6-2 with the win. 
Jr. High - TRF won 22-10

           Brooke Cymbaluk with a swing                        Danelle Trandem with a pitch

  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Thief River Falls  2 4 0 9 6 21 14 1
CROOKSTON 1 0 2 0 0 3 9 4

Jaeden Lizakowski stands on second base

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Danelle Trandem - Crox 3 10 14 10 5 2
Macy Strem - Crox 2 4 7 2 4 2
Bailey Nordheim- TRF 4 8 3 2 0 1
Gillian Trudeau-TRF 1 1 0 0 0 0

For Crookston-
Jaeden Lizakowski - 2-3, 2 runs
Macy Strem - 2-4, rbi
Nicole Goosen - 1-3, rbi

For Thief River Falls-
Anna Robson - 1-1, grand slam, 4 rbi's
Kora Torkleson - 2-3, double



The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team won all four singles matches to beat Fergus Falls 4-3 and then beat a short handed East Grand Forks 7-0 to complete the sweep at the Crookston Tri-angular at the Crookston high School Tennis courts.
In the first match, Crookston got a big win from Bobby Tiedemann at first singles in straight sets and the rest of the Pirate singles players (Andy Gregg, Matt Garmen, and Jordan Bengston) dominated in straight set victories to give the Pirates four wins against Fergus Falls.  The Pirates lost a close match at third doubles when Eric Sullivan and Nick Garmen lost the first set 6-2 and then lost 7-6, but 14-12 in the tie breakers, but Crookston still picked up the 4-3 Section 8A victory.
In the East Grand Forks match, the Greenwave were missing their best player, Zach Straw, and several other players and were shorthanded and the Pirates took advantage in a 7-0 victory, winning all six matches that were played in straight sets. "We played pretty well today and we figured that Fergus Falls was going to use that line up and we told the kids that they will see a lot of those type of line ups (loading up the doubles)," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "We will have to look at changing up some stuff in our doubles teams to try to make them a little stronger.  We expected Bobby's match to be a close one, but he won 6-2, 6-3 against a pretty good player from Fergus Falls.  Bobby is playing really well right now and obviously the rest of the singles did really well only giving up three sets in three matches.  In the doubles matches we didn't play that bad, we were just exposed in a couple spots and will work on getting better in practice and maybe trying different partners."
In the second match Crookston didn't have any problems with the shorthanded Greenwave and won all six matches that were played.  Only six matches were played because East Grand Forks only had nine players so the fourth singles spot was open.
#8 ranked Crookston improves to 9-2 on the year and host Moorhead on Tuesday.

  Eric Sullivan with the forehand return         Nick Garmen with a serve

  CROOKSTON-4 Fergus Falls-3 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Jordan Schneeberger Crox 6-2, 6-3
#2 Andy Gregg Nick Johnson Crox 6-0, 6-1
#3 Matt Garmen Jacob Viger Crox 6-2, 6-0
#4 Jordan Bengston John Hermes Crox 6-0, 6-0
#1 Doubles Elijah Phaiah
Jacob Roesch
Brady Anderson
Jake Steen
FF 6-1, 6-3
#2 Ian Johnson
Jake Widseth
Cody Drake
Mike Mortenson
FF 6-2, 6-4
#3 Eric Sullivan
Nick Garmen
Nick Houge
Tyler Hobbs
FF 6-2, 7-6 (14-12)


  CROOKSTON-7 East Grand Forks-0 Winner Score
#1 Singles Andy Gregg Cody Nelson Crox 6-2, 6-0
#2 Matt Garmen Kyle Schliemon Crox 6-0, 6-0
#3 Jordan Bengston Ethan Kringlan Crox 6-1, 6-3
#4 EGF didn't have enough players - didn't play Crox Forfeit
#1 Doubles Jake Roesch
Bobby Tiedemann
Matt Cummings
Aaron Havis
Crox 6-0, 6-0
#2 Ian Johnson
Elijah Phaiah
Tyler Schauer
Ben Kern
Crox 6-1, 6-0
#3 Mitchell Olson
Nick Garmen
Logan Dietrich
Isaiah Nelson
Crox 6-0, 6-0




The Crookston Pirate Baseball team was led by Cody Wardner, who hit a home run and had two doubles and also pitched all six innings for a 15-5 victory over the Bagley Flyers in a game played in Bagley
Crookston scored six runs in the second inning and it was all started when Seth Desrosier reached on an error, Mikey Hajostek singled, Cody Wardner, Joey Koenig singled and Cody Weiland drew a walk, and with bases loaded, Chris Wavra walked to score the third run of the innings and Aaron Hollcraft hit a bases clearing triple and the Pirates led 6-0.  "Aaron's triple was on an 0-2 count and the pitcher made a mistake and Aaron made him pay," said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. "Aaron is one of the best hitters around and he didn't sit back and and was waiting for a strike and hit it hard to right-center field."  Bagley answered in a big way with five runs in the bottom of the second inning to cut Crookston's lead to 6-5.  The Pirates added a run in the third inning on a Wardner home run over the centerfield fence for a 7-5 lead.  "The ball was left up and Cody crushed the ball on a line drive," said Coach Bakken. "It went over the fence and almost hit a car that was parked on the other side of the fence and we got Cody the ball so he could have it."  The Pirates blew the game open with three runs in the fifth inning and preserved the lead as Crookston turned a double play to end the bottom of the fifth inning.  Crookston added five runs on five hits in the sixth inning and turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the game for a 15-5 victory in six innings because of the 10-run rule.  Ryan Porter had three rbi's in the last two innings to help spark the Pirates on their way to the victory.  "Everybody has been hitting the ball well through the entire lineup and it was another one of those days that we hit well and the guys are putting themselves in good position to get some hits," said Coach Bakken. "We played well defensively and Aaron (Hollcraft) made a nice over the shoulder catch in center field play and we ended the fifth inning with a 5-4-3 double play and Tanner Reinhart made a nice backhanded pick and threw a strike to Joey (Koenig) at second and then he threw over to Ryan Porter at first and that was great.  In the sixth inning we turned another double play and the crowd erupted, it might have been the loudest I have heard a crowd in a while.  The win was a good team effort, we hit the ball well, played well defensively and Cody (Wardner) threw the ball well and helped himself too.  It was a nice win."
Crookston improves to 4-1 on the year and will travel to Roseau for the first Section 8AA matchup of the year in a double header.  Both games will be on KROX Radio.  Bagley drops to 3-4 on the year.


  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
CROOKSTON 0 6 1 0 3 5


14 0
Bagley 0 5 0 0 0 0 5 7 3


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Wardner -Crox (WP) 6 7 5 5 3 4
Jordan Loiland-Bagley (LP) 4 7 7 3 4 5
Colton Adams - Bagley 1 2 3 3 3 1
Andrew Gebhart - Bagley 1 5 5 3 0 0

For Crookston-
Cody Wardner 3-4, home run, two doubles, 3 rbi's, 2 runs
Joey Koenig - 3-5, 2 runs, rbi
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-4, triple, double, 4 rbi's, run
Tanner Reinhart 2-4, double, run
Ryan Porter - 2-5, double, 2 runs, 2 rbi's

For Bagley-
Colton Adams - 2-3, run
Andrew Gebhart - 2-3, rbi, run
Ben Thoma - 1-3, 2 rbi's




The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team finished eighth place out of 10 full teams at the Bemidji Invitational at the Town and Country Club in Bemidji.  Fosston won the meet with a 386, edging Bemidji by four strokes and Crookston had a 414.  The Pirates were led by Ally Tiedemann with a 93, good for fifth place individually while the medalist was Mandy Boyle of Moorhead with an 80.  The conditions were cold and windy and that caused some the scores to be a little higher than they normally would.  "I give credit to the girls.  Four teams pulled the pin and didn't come this morning because of the cold, so I am happy our girls toughed it out and played well all things considered," said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault. "The girls struggled a bit with the conditions, but played well and Ally and Maddie (Nicholls) weren't happy with their rounds and had some spots they could have cut some strokes."  The Pirates will have a busy week coming up with meets in Park Rapids on Monday and Roseau on Friday.

Team Day 1 Crookston Scores
1.Fosston 386 Ally Tiedemann - 93
2. Bemidji 390 Maddie Nicholls - 94
3. Moorhead 390 Elise Tangquist - 111
4. Staples-Motley 402 Elise Erdman - 116
5. Thief River Falls 411 Dani Boyle - 120
6. Fergus Falls 412 Hope Schear - 123
    Wadena-Deer Creek 412  
8. CROOKSTON 414 Medalist
9. Grand Rapids 430 1. Mandy Boyle (Mhd) - 80
10. East Grand Forks 436 2. Morgan Williams (Bem) - 85
    3. Kailey Carlin (Fos) - 89




The Crookston Pirate Girls Track team won the East Grand Forks Invitational while the Pirate Boys Track team finished second out of seven teams at the East Grand Forks track.  The Pirate girls won in impressive fashion, beating runner-up East Grand Forks by 87 points, while Thief River Falls won the boys division by beating Crookston by 70 points.  

The Pirate Girls had five individuals and two relay teams finish first.  Danica Brekken and Marietta Geist with both girls getting an individual first place and they were both members of two first place relay teams.   Aleece Durbin had two first places in the 100 meters and the long jump and Katherine Geist had two first place finishes to lead the Pirates.  "We have a lot of depth on our team and there were a lot of events where we had three girls in the top eight and we had several personal records, even with the cold and wind," said Pirate Girls Track Coach Amy Boll. "Overall, I was happy with the meet today and the girls are really progressing nicely.  We had pole vaulters for the first time in a long time and they cleared opening height and we had kids going over to cheer the girls on and that was fun to see.  Everybody did well with a lot of time cuts, it was across the board so it was a very exciting meet."  Between the beautiful cushiony track and not having a meet in over a week the results were solid for the Pirates. "East Grand Forks has a very nice track after they redid it a couple years ago," said Coach Boll. "Not having a meet for over a week was a factor, we worked them hard in practice, but they were excited for the meet and it was only a short bus ride so that probably helped, along with the hard work in practice."

Thief River Falls had a dominant day winning most of the events, but Brandt Delage was able to get a first place in the 400 meters and he was also a member of the 4x200 along with Mason Wang, Elias Walski, and Patrick Deng.  The Pirates had four second place finishes with Patrick Deng getting two of them in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Mason Wang hands off to Elias Walski in the 4x200 relay (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Boys Teams Points   Girls Teams Points
1. Thief River Falls 185   1. CROOKSTON 218
2. CROOKSTON 115   2. East Grand Forks 131
3. East Grand Forks 107.5   3. Thief River Falls 101
4. Red Lake County 86   4. Red Lake County 85
5. Grafton 62   5. BGMR/Freeze 50
6. BGMR/Freeze 48.5   6. Grafton 36
7. Climax-Fisher-Sacred Heart 26   7. Climax-Fisher-Sacred Heart 31.5

 Amber Froeber clears the bar in the high jump (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Crookston Results (Top 2) Event Time/distance Place
Aleece Durbin 100 meters 13.55 1st
Danica Brekken 800 meters 2:24.88 1st
Marietta Geist 3200 meters 12:19.39 1st
Rachel Hefta, Katherine Geist,
Marietta Geist, Luisa Bernia
4x400 Relay 4:27.21 1st
Luisa Bernia, Katherine Geist,
Marietta Geist, Danica Brekken
4x800 Relay 10:18.81 1st
Aleece Durbin Long Jump 15-11.75 1st
Harley Barlow Shot Put 32-02 1st
Brandt Delage 400 meters 52.39 1st
Brandt Delage, Mason Wang,
Elias Walski, Patrick Deng
4x200 Relay 1:36.07 1st
Katherine Geist 1600 meters 5:50.49 2nd
Aleece Durbin 300 hurdles 52.67 2nd
Teagan Carlstrom, Bailey Folkers,
Amber Froeber, Rachel Hefta
4x100 Relay 55.66 2nd
Amber Froeber High Jump 4-4 2nd
Alyssa Schultz Triple Jump 29-04 2nd
Jaden Lubarski 800 meters 2:16.91 2nd
Patrick Deng 110 hurdles 16.77 2nd
Patrick Deng 300 hurdles 43.93 2nd
Erik Jacobson, Guthrie Dingmann,
Jaden Lubarski, Lucas Meier
4x800 Relay 9:38.73 2nd


      Teagan Carlstrom in the pole vault                  Katherine Geist down the stretch         Brandt Delage coasts to the victory
                                                                (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



THURSDAY - APRIL 23,  2015


The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team shot a 317 and tied Hill Murray for the best second round score and finished fourth place out of 18 teams at the Pequot Lakes Invitational at the Legacy Golf Course at Craguns resort.  The top Pirate golfer was Isaac Westlake with a two day total of 157, which was good for fifth place individually.  "Isaac golfed very well and we were paired up with Staples, which has the defending state champ and he edged Isaac by one stroke today," said Pirate Coach Steve Kofoed. "The funny thing is, when I was walking with him for three holes he hit into the water on all three, so he had three penalty strokes right there and still had a 74!"  The medalist was Frank Seiler of Hill Murray with a 154.
In the first round, Crookston shot a 352 in cold windy conditions and bounced back on a warmer and less windy day with a 317, shaving 35 strokes from the first round score.  "It was a huge improvement and all the guys were happy with their round today.  Doug was a little frustrated with his round and had some tough shots, but some great shots," said Pirate Coach Steve Kofoed. "We had a conversation last night about being mentally tough after we weren't as tough as we needed to be yesterday and did a better job today.  I was happy with how we rebounded today and the biggest difference was how we were mentally.  Something in our brains clicked 100 percent and now we have to remember this and how we played."
Crookston will have over a week off from competition before they travel to the Fergus Falls invite on May 1 and 2.

Team Day 1 Day 2 Total Crookston Scores
1. Hill Murray 315 317 632 Isaac Westlake-83, 74 -157
2. Brainerd 327 331 658 Ben Trostad - 88, 81 - 169
3. Buffalo 346 318 664 Doug Larson-87, 85 - 172
4. CROOKSTON 352 317 669 Charles Eickhof - 94,82 - 176
5. Roseau 339 333 672 Parker Nicholls -96, 80 - 176
6. Farmington 353 322 675 Ethan Christopherson-103, 81 - 192
7. Duluth Marshall 341 337 678  
8. Hermantown 357 333 690 Medalists
9. Bemidji 354 337 691 1. Frank Seiler - HM - 154
10. East Grand Forks 363 334 697 2. Henry Ventura - HM - 155
11. Detroit Lakes 362 338 700 3. Andrew Meuise - Brainerd - 156
12. Grand Rapids 372 333 705 4. Sam Carlson - Hill Murray - 157
13. Crosby-Ironton 355 354 709      Will Czeh - Roseau - 157
14. Pequot Lakes 359 364 723       Isaac Westlake - Crox - 157
15. Staples-Motley 386 344 730  
16. Monticello 393 368 761  
17. Fergus Falls 390 396 786  
18. Pine River-Backus 475 432 907  



The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team swept the Park Rapids Tri-angular by beating Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes by identical 6-1 scores.  Against Park Rapids the Pirates won all four singles and the first and second doubles matches.  In the Detroit Lakes match, Crookston won all three doubles matches and won three of the four singles matches for the win.  Bobby Tiedemann, Andy Gregg, Nick Garmen, Matt Garmen, Ian Johnson and Elijah Phaiah all won two matches while Jacob Roesch and Jordan Bengston were 1-0.  "Park Rapids has a lot of seniors, but they are inexperience after all the kids they lost to graduation last year and Detroit Lakes was missing a couple players.  We played well regardless today and we won a nice match in the Detroit Lakes match with our first and third singles (Bobby Tiedemann and Matt Garmen) beat the first and second singles players in a fun match to watch," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Everybody played pretty well.  We worked on some things in practice this week and tried to put some of things into play today.  We might have been a little rusty today after being off a week.  It was a good day and we played a bunch of kids and saw what we need to work on or keeping working on over the next three weeks." 
Crookston will host East Grand Forks and Fergus Falls in a Tri-angular on Friday afternoon.  Thief River Falls was going play, but were going to be missing some players so they won't be able to make it.  "With East Grand Forks and Fergus Falls we will have some good section matches," said Coach Geffre. "It will be the only time we see Fergus Falls so it will be a big match for seeding the team and individuals."

J.V. - Crookston beat Detroit Lakes 12-2

  CROOKSTON-6 Park Rapids-1 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Bobby Bruce Crox 6-0, 6-0
#2 Andy Gregg Logan Johnson Crox 6-0, 6-0
#3 Jake Widseth Marcus McKeever Crox 6-1, 6-0
#4 Nick Garmen Nolan Booge Crox 6-2, 6-2
#1 Doubles Matt Garmen
Ian Johnson
Nick Lopez
Jeff Dickinson
Crox 6-4, 6-2
#2 Jordan Bengston
Elijah Phaiah
Jackson Kimball
Jaden Olson
Crox 6-4, 6-2
#3 Eric Sullivan
Tim Cymbaluk
Alex Boyd
Ben Baumgartner
PR 6-4, 4-6, 10-8


  CROOKSTON-6 Detroit Lakes-1 Winner Score
#1 Singles Andy Gregg Karol Zych Crox 6-0, 6-0
#2 Jake Widseth Paul Stewart DL 3-6, 6-4, 10-4
#3 Jordan Bengston Tucker McDermond Crox 6-3, 6-0
#4 Nick Garmen Conner Froke Crox 6-0, 6-0
#1 Doubles Matt Garmen
Bobby Tiedemann
Alex Fondrick
Caleb Howard
Crox 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
#2 Jacob Roesch
Elijah Phaiah
Trey Seebold
Sam Boomgarten
Crox 6-1, 6-1
#3 Eric Sullivan
Ian Johnson
Austin Baker
Cade Benson
Crox 6-0, 6-4









The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team is in sixth place out of 18 teams after the first round of the Pequot Lakes Invitation al the Legacy Golf Course at Craguns Resort.  Hill Murray leads after day one with a 315 and Brainerd is second with a 327.  Crookston shot a 352 and was led by Isaac Westlake with an 83.  "Only six kids broke 80 today so it was a tough day.  The course was in pretty good shape, the fairways were in good shape, but the greens were a little slow, which actually helped keep the scores where they were, so we can't complain by any means," said Pirate Coach Steve Kofoed. "The boys weren't thrilled with their play today, the goal today was to avoid the big numbers and the guys started really slow and recovered nicely after that.  We had some guys lose their focus and mentally checked out early and the big golf course took over.  We were golfing well, they were just hoping to shoot better."  The second round start time on Thursday has been pushed back to a Noon start because of frost issues.  "It was good to get out today and these are the tournaments we love to get in," said Coach Kofoed. "The kids have to remember they are playing a beautiful course and just find a way to improve and try to get into the top five."


Team Day 1 Crookston Scores
1. Hill Murray 315 Isaac Westlake-83
2. Brainerd 327 Doug Larson-87
3. Roseau 339 Ben Trostad - 88
4. Duluth Marshall 341 Charles Eickhof - 94
5. Buffalo 346 Parker Nicholls -96
6. CROOKSTON 352 Ethan Christopherson-103
7. Farmington 353  
8. Bemidji 354  
9. Crosby-Ironton 355 Leaders after day one
10. Hermantown 357 1. Henry Ventura - Hill Murray-75
11.Pequot Lakes 359 2. Joe Vatnsdahl - Roseau - 77
12. Detroit Lakes 362 3. Andrew Meuise - Brainerd - 78
13. East Grand Forks 363     Sam Carlson - Hill Murray - 78
14. Grand Rapids 372  
15. Staples-Motley 387  
16. Fergus Falls 390  
17. Monticello 393  
18. Pine River-Backus 475  



TUESDAY - APRIL 21,  2015


The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program announced the addition of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, joining Head Coach Don Stopa’s first signing class. The Golden Eagles have added Rebecca Colboth (1B, Pleasantville, Iowa/Pleasantville H.S.), Morgan Duda (UT, 5-5, Clinton Township, Mich./Clintondale H.S.), Mikayla Jones (P/IF, Huxley, Iowa/Ballard H.S.), Lexie Santoyo (OF, 5-3, Kansas City, Mo./Park Hills H.S.) and Maycee Trujillo (3B/C, Sioux Falls, S.D./Washington H.S.) to their 2016 roster.

The signings of these five student-athletes bring UMC’s class to seven student-athletes as they join early signees Maggie Morales (OF, 5-6, Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro H.S.) and Sam Rarick (OF, 5-4, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.).  “This year’s recruiting class is shaping up well.,” Stopa said. “Versatility is the key as every player plays multiple positions as we have pitchers that can hit, true utility players and a few positon players that pitched in high school and summer ball. We are building a team with some pretty good depth, but we are not done yet as I am looking to add two or three more players to round out our signing class.”

Rebecca Colboth/1B/5-8/Pleasantville, Iowa/Pleasantville H.S.
Colboth had a strong sophomore season for Pleasantville H.S., hitting .286 with one run scored, five doubles, one home run, seven runs batted in (RBI’s). She posted a .413 slugging percentage and .328 on-base percentage during her sophomore season. As a junior, helped the team to a 13-17 mark. She appeared in 14 games with one RBI on the season. 
She is the daughter of Sara and Ernie Colboth and was born Nov. 27, 1996. She plans to major in health science and biology at UMC.  “Rebecca brings a big bat to the table,” Stopa said. “She is a corner infielder who can swing it with some pop.”

Morgan Duda/UT/5-5/Clinton Township, Mich./Clintondale H.S.
Duda was a four-year varsity member of the softball team at Clintondale H.S. She was named a Macomb Conference Honorable Mention pick and earned All-Macomb Silver Division First Team honors. In addition, Duda was a Scholar-Athlete for Clintondale H.S. In 2014, Duda hit .569 with 36 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 23 RBI’s with a .648 on-base percentage. She also competed for the bowling team for three years, competing as a regional finalist and state qualifier both individually and on a team level. Duda earned four volleyball letters during her time as a prep. She was a MCVCA Class B-C-D Honorable Mention Second Team All-League and All-Region pick.
She is the daughter of Christine and Terrence Duda and was born Feb. 10, 1997. Duda plans to major in biology at UMC.  “Morgan is a kid that can play anywhere on the infield and the outfield,” Stopa said. “She is a true utility player who has some great bat speed.”

Mikayla Jones/P-IF/5-3/Huxley, Iowa/Ballard H.S.
Jones competes for the softball team at Ballard H.S. She hit .474 with 53 runs batted in (RBI’s) and 16 doubles during the 2014 season, combining stats for both Ballard H.S. and her club team. As a pitcher, Jones pitched in 163 innings with a 1.33 earned runs average (ERA), 121 strikeouts and 43 walks. Works with pitching coach Katie Murphy, a former University of Georgia student-athlete.
She is the daughter of Russ and Becky Jones and was born Aug. 13, 1996. Jones plans to major in sports and recreation management. She also received All-State honors in band, sppech and National History Day and has been active in Student Council. “Mikayla is a great signing for us as she will not only help us in the circle, she is an infielder who can swing it too; she has great bat speed,” Stopa said.

Lexie Santoyo/OF/5-3/Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill H.S.
Santoyo was an All-Suburban Red First Team All-Conference pick in 2014. She earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2013. Santoyo earned the Golden Glove Award in 2014 and 2015 and was a Silver Slugger in 2015. She lettered in softball for four years at Park Hill H.S. Santoyo helped the team to a Conference Championship during the 2011 season. She also was an Honor Roll student during each of her four years at Park Hill H.S.
She is the daughter of Cheryl and Felix Santoyo, Jr. and was born Oct. 16, 1996. Santoyo plans to major in elementary education at UMC.  “I really like Lexie’s athleticism,” Stopa said. “As an outfielder she has the skills to get the job done and she has a little pop at the plate.”

Maycee Trujillo/3B-C/ 5-1/Sioux Falls, S.D./Washington H.S.
Trujillo was listed as one of the Best Players in the USSSA for 18-U during the 2014 season. She helped lead Washington H.S. to a state tournament runner-up finish during the 2014 season. Trujillo was named to the South Dakota High School Fastpitch Softball All-Tournament Team in 2014 after hitting .700 with three home runs. Trujillo was an All-State Softball pick in 2014. She hit .458 with an .802 slugging percentage and a .578 on-base percentage in 2014. She served as team captain for the 2014 season. Trujillo was selected to the World Star Games roster at USSSA Nationals. She also played club for the SD Fusion White squad, hitting .424 with a .652 slugging percentage and a .58 on-base percentage. In 2013, helped her high school team to a South Dakota State Championship.
She is the daughter of Mitchell and Dana Trujillo and was born Jan. 21, 1997. Her father Mitchell and her uncle Richard were wrestlers at Augustana College (S.D). Trujillo was a four-year honor roll student and 2015  Regent Scholar.  “Maycee could be a difference maker from day one,” Stopa said. “She will have a chance to earn time behind the dish and at third. Her biggest asset could be her bat as she can swing it.”




MONDAY - APRIL 20,  2015


The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team announced the addition of Leanna Haugen (C, 6-3, Argyle, Minn./Stephen-Argyle Central H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. A local product, Haugen is the third signee of the Spring signing period for the women’s basketball program and the fifth for the team for the 2015 class. She will begin competing for the Golden Eagles during the 2015-16 season.  “We are excited to find such a talented player right in our back yard,” said UMC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Mike Roysland. “The thing that I really like about Leanna is her shot-blocking ability but also her ability to alter shots. She also runs to court well and finishes the ball high around the basket. She is a player who I think still has her best days in front of her as she continues to grow into her body and gets stronger through our lifting program. We are excited to have Leanna as a Golden Eagle and look forward to watching her progress into the player we think she can become.”

Haugen was an All-North Border Conference pick as a junior and senior at Stephen-Argyle Central H.S. She tallied 105 blocks as a senior and shot 51 percent from the field. In addition, she tallied 161 offensive and 122 defensive boards during her senior season. Haugen was an NCTC Holiday All-Tournament selection as a sophomore and senior. She played basketball and volleyball for the Storm. Haugen averaged 14.8 points per game as a senior. Haugen helped lead her team to the state tournament as a senior, where they lost to Maranatha Christian Academy. She had 13 points and 17 rebounds in the game. 
She is the daughter of David and Linda Haugen and plans to major in biology/health science with a minor in chemistry. 

Haugen joins Katie Klein (G, 5-5, Park Rapids, Minn./Park Rapids H.S.), Alison Hughes (G, 5-7, Janesville, Wis./Janesville Craig H.S.), Caitlin Michaelis (G, 5-8, Marshfield, Wis./Marshfield H.S.) and Lindsey Weber (F, 5-11, Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine H.S.) as signees for the Golden Eagles.
UMC looks poised for a strong 2015-16 season, returning two All-NSIC First Team selections Alexa Thielman (Sr., G, Buffalo) and Katrina Moenkedick (Sr., F, Perham). In addition, UMC returns two more starters in Emily Gruber (So., F/C, Monticello) and
Micaela Noga (So., G, Parkers Prairie). UMC returns eight players from last season’s squad and have five players inked for the 2015-16 signing class.



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