FRIDAY -  AUGUST 29, 2014


The Crookston Pirates Boy's Soccer team has opened the season with a two match winning streak for the first time in Coach Don Cox's 10 years as coach after beating Detroit Lakes 2-1 in a Section 8A matchup on a wet field in Detroit Lakes.  "This is the first time in my 10 years here that we have started the season 2-0 and even better they have both been section opponents," said Pirate Coach Don Cox.
Crookston outshot Detroit Lakes 6-3 in the first half and even though neither team scored, the Pirates were happy with their play. "We played pretty even in the first half," said Coach Cox. "It had rained so it was wet and that slowed us down a little bit. We were very happy with the effort and pressure we put on and we had quality shots on net, but couldn't get past one of their defenders."
Halfway through the second half Crookston's Jacob Roesch scored the first goal of the game to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. "We were off on the keepers left side and just inside the 18 and had a pass Guthrie (Dingmann) and Jacob took the shot and I think the keeper didn't know it was coming as he barely moved," said Coach Cox. "It was a nice play and a quick shot and good to take the lead." 
Crookston added another goal with 1:32 left in the game when Ben Dorman scored to give the Pirates an important 2-0 lead.  "The second goal was similar to the first with a pass from Jonathan Miller to the front and Ben took that shot and snuck it past the keeper off the post and in," said Coach Cox. "The guys were feeling really good at that point and were pretty fired up."
Detroit Lakes answered 26 seconds after the second Pirate goal to get within a 2-1 deficit. "The field helped a bit on the goal because it was really wet and took a bad bounce off Andy Gregg's foot and skipped and came across the goal mouth and bounced away from Michael and give credit to Detroit Lakes to kick it in," said Coach Cox.
Crookston was able to run down the final minute to hold onto a 2-1 victory. "In the second half we had a lot more gas than they did and we out shot them and our defense was solid again and Michael Tate was solid in net," said Coach Cox. "In the last 30 minutes you could tell Detroit Lakes was starting to run out of gas. It was a good win and a good game and the guys really played hard and went 100 percent the entire game." 
Crookston improves to 2-0 on the year and will be at East Grand Forks on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. start.



2nd Final
Detroit Lakes 0 1 1

62:41 - Crox - Jacob Roesch (Guthrie Dingmann)
78:28 - Crox - Ben Dorman (Jonathan Miller)
78:54 - DL - Garret Armstrong

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Michael Tate - Crox 3 3 6
Connor Johnson - DL 6 3 9


The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team had an impressive performance and beat a solid Moorhead team 6-1 in a match played in Moorhead.  Crookston swept the singles matches and top two doubles teams in straight sets.  The only loss for Crookston was at third doubles and that was a close match with Moorhead winning in three sets. "That was a tight match," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "That match could have gone either way and was up in the air and was a competitive and fun match."  Ally Tiedemann flexed her muscles by beating Anna Steinwand 6-0, 6-0.  "Ally's match kind of surprised me because the girl she played is tough.  She is a great player and we lost to her every time last year," said Coach Geffre. "For Ally to win 6-0, 6-0 was very impressive and kind of a shock she was able to win so convincingly."  The Pirates keep improving in each match and even though they are much improved from day 1, the 6-1 victory still surprised the coach. "I was a little surprised on the score.  I thought it would be a 4-3 match with what Moorhead had coming back.  Actually, Moorhead only lost two players from last years squad and they had all their singles players back," said Coach Geffre. "Anytime you beat a AA school it is a good day. We played pretty well and keep carrying it forward we will win a lot of matches the rest of the way."
Crookston improves to 3-5 on the year and will be at East Grand Forks on Thursday.

CROOKSTON-6 Moorhead-1



#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Anna Steinwand Crox 6-0, 6-0
#2 Alyssa Fee Mallory Smith Crox 6-4, 6-2
#3 Amy Follette Melissa Glatt Crox 6-1, 6-4
#4 Jaeden Lizakowski Olivia Rockstead Crox 6-2, 6-0
#1 Doubles Leah Trostad
Elisa Samuelson
Erika Hoaby
Breann Adamek
Crox 6-1, 6-0
#2 Tori Demarais
Kendall Wahouske
Annie Wilke
Becky Wilke
Crox 6-3, 6-3
#3 Megan Frisk
Elise Tangquist
Maren Tollefson
Samantha Hansen
MHD 4-6, 7-2 (7-2), 10-6




The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team was looking to break a 27 match losing streak that dated back to October of 2012, and did that with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-17) victory over the visiting Mahnomen Indians.  The last Crookston Volleyball victory came on October 8, 2012 when the Pirates beat Climax-Fisher 3-2.

Crookston lost their season opening match at Fosston, but the coaching staff was happy that the girls got better in every game and improved as the evening progressed.  That improvement continued in the second match of the season as they took on the less experience Indians, who graduated a very good group of seniors from last season. 
In the first game, Crookston built a 3-0 lead after a Kenzie Klatt kill, a Mahnomen attack out of bounds and a Macy Strem ace.  Mahnomen mounted a comeback and tied the game at 6-6 and trailed 10-9.  It was at this juncture that Crookston picked up their play with a Annie Hajostek ace, a Precious Adams kill and after a few Mahnomen hitting errors the Pirates led 15-11.  Amber Froeber started to warm up the rest of the way as she had three kills and a bunch of service points to give the Pirates a 20-13 lead.  Crookston continued to play solid defensively the rest of the way and took advantage of five Mahnomen hitting errors to win the first game 25-15.  “We talked about starting this match where we left off against Fosston,” said Pirate Coach Meredith Hollcraft. “We weren’t exactly where we wanted to be, but we were close.
In the second game, Mahnomen took a 5-3 lead and things looked like the Indians were going get things going.  Give credit to Crookston, as they settled down and dominated the rest of the game, and it all started with a Pirate 11-0 run.  The run started with a Klatt ace, a Mahnomen miss-hit, Froeber added another kill and the Indians miss-hit three straight points and Crookston led 9-5.  Klattt followed with an ace, Strem had a kill and Klatt added two more aces before Mahnomen hit out of bounds and Crookston led 15-5.  The Pirate continued to control play the rest of the way with Abby Parr putting the finishing touches with an ace for a Crookston 25-8 victory and a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third game, it was tied at 1, 2, 3, and 4 before Klatt had two aces in a row, Amber Froeber added a kill and some mistakes by Mahnomen gave the Pirates a 12-7 lead.  Crookston kept on building on their lead and when they were leading 18-11 they had a couple Froeber kills, Alyssa Valdez-Peck (who missed the first match of the season) added a kill and Crookston led 21-12.  Mahnomen tried to mount a comeback, but after recording three straight points the Pirates settled down and had a focus that hasn’t been seen for several years.  Crookston was sparked by a quick set from Klatt to Adams, who buried hammered the ball to the floor for a big kill and the Pirates scored a few more points and won 25-17 and more importantly won the match 3-0.  “At the end of the third set there was that feeling of excitement and the feeling of winning well and we had controlled the match the entire night and the girls aren’t used to that feeling yet and hopefully we will get use to being in control,” said Coach Hollcraft.  “It was a great team effort tonight.  We used a lot of girls and we almost ran out of substitutions as we are trying to find the best combinations. It is good to have some good options on the bench.  We were looking for a big match from Amber and it was good to see her slamming the ball on the floor and having that confidence again.  We passed better tonight and that helped Kenzie (Klatt) and she was solid and she really served well for us tonight.  She is intense and focused and it showed tonight.  It was great to see the girls with big smiles on their faces and you can’t hide it when you are doing well.  It is nice to get the first win out of the way.  The girls knew they were going to win some matches this year, but there is always that cloud and what if.  I am happy for the girls that we got the win and winning is always great, these girls are capable of so much and it is great to see it.”
Crookston improves to 1-1 on the year and will travel to Red Lake Falls on Tuesday, September 2. Mahnomen drops to 0-1 on the season
J.V. - Crookston won 2-0


     Nicole Goosen with an attack           Shelby Solheim taps the ball across

1 2 3
Mahnomen 15 8 17
CROOKSTON 25 25 25

                      Karlee Meyer with a dig on the serve receive

For Crookston
Kills - Amber Froeber-8, Shelby Solheim-6
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-16, Macy Strem-2
Digs - Amber Froeber-20, Abby Parr-20
Aces - Kenzie Klatt- 7, Macy Strem-3

For Mahnomen
Kills - Justine Haugo-5, Mackaylee Swanson-5
Assists - Abby Johnson - 7, Ashley Johnson-6
Aces - Justine Haugo - 1


The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers dominated the Thief River Falls triangular by winning all 11 events and adding four second place finishes to beat Thief River Falls 78-18 and Fosston-Bagley 78-20 at the Thief River Falls pool.  Thief River Falls beat Fosston-Bagley 54-38. 
Crookston's Kate MacGregor and Haley Roed continue to swim very well as they won all four of the events they swam, including two of the same relays.  Merran Dingmann and Maddie Nicholls won three events and Marietta Geist won two events and finished second in another to lead Crookston.  "We took first in all of the varsity events today and we took second in four more events," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "We had some time cuts today and some really good swims.  Marietta Geist swam her fastest 100 freestyle and got under the one minute mark for the first time and has been a goal of hers forever.  Maddie Nicholls had a wonderful race and had an exciting finish in one of her races.  Overall we had a lot of time cuts and great performances." 
The Pirates state participants from last year, Haley Roed, Sierra Pry, Kate MacGregor and Marietta Geist started where they left off last season with another first place finish in the 200 free relay. "We had the same four in the same order today and they didn't reach their state tournament time, but beat their conference meet time," said Coach Melbye. "They are sitting at a very good spot.  Overall it was a very good night, a great meet and all the girls from one to 16 swam well and we had a lot of time cuts, even from Monday's meet."
Crookston will travel to Bemidji for the Bemidji Invitational on Saturday, September 6.

Pirate top finishes Event Time Place
Sierra Pry, Maddie Nicholls,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:02.15 1st
Marietta Geist 200 Freestyle 2:13.47 1st
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:28.87 1st
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 26.29 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Fly 1:07.70 1st
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 57.34 1st
Merran Dingmann 500 Freestyle 6:09.77 1st
Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Free Relay 1:48.56 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:06.72 1st
Maddie Nicholls 100 Breaststroke 1:19.55 1st
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman,
Maddie Nicholls, Thea Oman
400 Free Relay 4:22.07 1st
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:38.74 2nd
Marietta Geist 100 Freestyle 59.57 2nd
Sierra Pry 500 Freestyle 6:31.13 2nd
Thea Oman 100 Breaststroke 1:19.75 2nd


Former Crookston Pirate, Paul Bittner was one of 42 American born players that will be eligible for the NHL Draft who were invited to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be held Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.  Bittner who has been projected to be a possible first round pick in next year’s NHL Draft is in his 2nd year with the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League and one of four Minnesotans invited. Paul is the son of Jo and Jon Bittner of Crookston (who are pictured with Paul above).



The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program officially announced their 2014-15 schedule Thursday afternoon. The Golden Eagles’ schedule will feature exhibitions against Division I foes University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and North Dakota State University, along with non-conference tilts with NCAA Division II power Seattle Pacific University and Central Washington University in Seattle, Wash. In addition, the Golden Eagles will have 22 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) games including 13 regular-season home dates.
“When we put together this schedule, we had a purpose,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “We want to expose our players to as high of a level of competition as we can. I feel like our non-conference schedule will prepare us for our league which is second to none in the country. Our guys will have a great experience on the road and will hopefully come together as a unit heading into our difficult NSIC schedule.

We are also excited about the schedule we have at home and hope that the Crookston community will come out and watch our players hard work come together beginning with the first exhibition game against Wisconsin-Superior. I think people will like what they see and I know we are excited to get this journey started.”
The Golden Eagles will open up the 2014-15 slate as they host the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets, November 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium. Wisconsin-Superior is an NCAA Division III member.  Following their exhibition, the Golden Eagles will play four games in six days to open the season.
UMC will open up the NSIC season as they head to Bemidji to face Bemidji State University November 29 at 4:00 p.m. The Beavers shared the NSIC North title last season.
UMC is in their first season as Weisse as head coach, taking over for Jeff Oseth.
The Golden Eagles currently have a 16-man roster featuring seven seniors. Weisse will be joined on the bench by former Colorado State University player Mike Annese, who has been an assistant at Truman State University and Iowa Lakes Community College, and Bryan Beamish, who played at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and was a graduate assistant at University of Miami (Fla.) and an assistant at Saint Leo University.

11/8/2014 University of Wisconsin-Superior (Exhibition) Crookston TBA
11/14/2014 Central Washington University Seattle, Wash. 5 p.m.
11/15/2014 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, Wash. 9 p.m.
11/17/2014 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Exhibition) Milwaukee, Wis. TBA
11/19/2014 Jamestown College Crookston TBA
11/22/2014 Crossroads College Crookston TBA
11/25/2014 North Dakota State University (Exhibition) Fargo, N.D. TBA
11/29/2014 Bemidji State University Bemidji, Minn. TBA
12/5/2014 University of Minnesota Duluth Crookston 8 p.m.
12/6/2014 St. Cloud State University Crookston 6 p.m.
12/12/2014 Wayne State College (Neb.) Wayne, Neb. 8 p.m.
12/13/2014 Augustana College (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. 6 p.m.
12/20/2014 Bemidji State University Crookston 6 p.m.
1/2/2015 University of Mary Crookston 8 p.m.
1/3/2015 Minot State University Crookston 6 p.m.
1/9/2015 St. Cloud State University St. Cloud 8 p.m.
1/10/2015 University of Minnesota Duluth Duluth 6 p.m.
1/16/2015 Concordia University, St. Paul Crookston 8 p.m.
1/17/2015 Minnesota State University Crookston 6 p.m.
1/23/2015 Minnesota State University Moorhead Moorhead 8 p.m.
1/24/2015 Northern State University Aberdeen, S.D. 6 p.m.
1/30/2015 Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa 8 p.m.
1/31/2015 Winona State University Winona 6 p.m.
2/6/2015 University of Sioux Falls Crookston 8 p.m.
2/7/2015 Southwest Minnesota State University Crookston 6 p.m.
2/13/2015 Minot State University Minot, N.D. 8 p.m.
2/14/2015 University of Mary Bismarck, N.D. 6 p.m.
2/20/2015 Northern State University Crookston 8 p.m.
2/21/2015 Minnesota State University Moorhead Crookston 6 p.m.


TUESDAY -  AUGUST 26, 2014


The Fosston Greyhounds won the first two games fairly easily and then rallied back in game three to defeat the Crookston Pirates three games to none, 25-11, 25-17, 25-22 in the season opening volleyball match for both teams in Fosston.
It was the first match under the first year Pirate head coach Meredith Hollcraft and it appeared the Pirates had the jitters to start as Fosston jumped out to an 8-2 lead behind the serving of Emily Curfman. The Pirates were never really able to get back into the first set mainly because of the net play of another Fosston underclassmen, Abby Swanson, who showed great leaping ability to open the gap to 15-4 and kept going to grab the opening  win at 25-11. “We really did have the jitters and it was kind of like a deer in the headlights kind of thing,” said Crookston coach Hollcraft. “You can practice and scrimmage, but it’s not quite the same.”
The second game started back and forth and a tie game at 6-6 as Crookston’s Amber Froeber and Shelby Solheim both had some kills. The Greyhounds Swanson used a jump serve very effectively to score four in a row and Fosston was up 10-6. The closest the Pirates would get would be 20-14 with Solheim and Precious Adams playing above the net, but Fosston ran it out for a 25-17 win to take control two games to none. “We played better in the second set and we have to work on our middle hitters, Precious and Shelby, to back off the net so they can get a full swing in,” said Coach Hollcraft. “When they are able to swing fully, they will be hard to stop.”
The third set was certainly the best one of the night for Crookston as they took a 5-2 lead. Crookston continued to play well in all aspects with Froeber hammering a kill, Abby Parr followed with three service points and a beautiful quick-set from Pirate setter Kenzie Klatt to Adams and Crookston led 12-6. Fosston has a lot of weapons, but it was Curfman and Swanson doing a lot of damage to get the Greyhounds back to within a 13-11 deficit. Adams and Froeber continued their strong play at the net and would put the Pirates up 17-14. Fosston ran off three in a row to tie the set at 17-17, but Macy Strem would serve two points in a row and Crookston led 19-17 only to have Curfman come up with a big block and point and Fosston eventually took their first lead at 20-19. Fosston was up 23-20 when Adams had a big kill to pull Crookston within 23-21, but a Curfman kill and a Fosston block and point gave the Greyhounds a 25-22 win and the match three games to none.  “We continued to improve, but we have some things to work on. Our passing wasn’t very good and we had poor Kenzie running all over the floor," said Coach Hollcraft. "We have to make her job easier at the setter position. Aside from losing, we continued to make the improvements and we will continue to be patience with these girls because they are going to get much better.”
Crookston will take their 0-1 record to Thursday’s home opener when they host Mahnomen. Fosston will try to go to 2-0 on Thursday when they host Red Lake County Central.
JV -  Fosston won 2-0
Freshmen -  Fosston won 2-0

      Amber Froeber with a dig           Precious Adams for a kill

1 2 3
CROOKSTON 11 17 22
Fosston  25  25 25

For Crookston
Kills - Precious Adams-5, Amber Froeber-4
Blocks - Shelby Solheim-4, Precious Adams-2, Kenzie Klatt-2
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-11
Digs - Amber Froeber-25, Karlee Meyer-17, Abby Parr- 17, Annie Hajostek-12, Kenzie Klatt-12, Macy Strem-12
Aces - Macy Strem-1

For Fosston
Kills - Abby Swanson-14
Blocks - Emily Curfman-2
Assists -Emily Curfman-14
Digs - Noelle Dufault-22
Aces - Abby Swanson-6


The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team won their first match of the day by beating Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6-1, but lost the next two matches to Section 8A favorites, Park Rapids and Pequot Lakes by identical 5-2 scores in the Park Rapids Quadrangular.
In the first match of the day, Crookston didn’t have any problems and picked up a decisive 6-1 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.  The matches got a little tougher in the second and third matches as the Pirates took on two of the Section 8A favorites in Park Rapids and Pequot Lakes.   In the Park Rapids match, the score was a little deceiving as the Pirates lost two three set matches, while winning a three set match. 
In the Pequot Lakes match, the Patriots dominated the four singles matches, although Amy Follette lost a three set match at third singles.  Crookston picked up wins at first and second doubles and lost a close third doubles match. 
Two Pirates won all their matches, Jaeden Lizakowski went 3-0 on the day and Alyssa Schultz was 2-0.
Crookston drops to 2-5 on the year and will travel to Moorhead to take on the Spuds on Friday.

CROOKSTON-6 Long Prairie-1



#1 Singles Leah Trostad Mckenzie Barth LP 7-5, 6-0
#2 Amy Follette Lupita Mora-Bautista Crox 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
#3 Jaeden Lizakowski Natalie Strassburg Crox 6-0, 6-0
#4 Elise Tangquist Emily Krousey Crox 6-1, 6-2
#1 Doubles Ally Tiedemann
Alyssa Fee
Abigail Ecker
Allison Ecker
Crox 6-1, 6-2
#2 Tori Demarais
Elisa Samuelson
Amanda Tschida
Alison Guggleberger
Crox 6-0, 6-0
#3 Alyssa Schultz
Marie Sandman
Sam VanWienen
Whitney Eckel
Crox 6-0, 6-1


CROOKSTON-2 Park Rapids-5



#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Julia Smith PR 6-4, 6-3
#2 Alyssa Fee Hope Johnson PR 6-3, 6-2
#3 Leah Trostad Natalie Kinkel PR 1-6, 6-4, 10-7
#4 Jaeden Lizakowski Tori Hilmanowski Crox 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
#1 Doubles Tori Demarais
Amy Follette
Sarena Kinkel
Lindsey Girtz
PR 1-6, 6-4, 10-6
#2 Kendall Wahouske
Elisa Samuelson
Morgan Knott
Mariena Dearstyne
PR 6-3, 6-3
#3 Alyssa Schultz
Marie Sandman
Drew Hilmanowski
Haley MacPherson
Crox 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-6


CROOKSTON-2 Pequot Lakes-5



#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Haley Wiebolt PL 6-0, 6-1
#2 Alyssa Fee Sydney Holt PL 6-4, 6-1
#3 Amy Follette Carly Fyle PL 3-6, 6-0, 10-6
#4 Kendall Wahouske Madison Galligan PL 6-0, 6-1
#1 Doubles Leah Trostad
Elisa Samuelson
Lauren Bengtson
Alex Nelson
Crox 6-1, 6-1
#2 Tori Demarais
Jaeden Lizakowski
Maggie Heggerston
Mallory Goerges
Crox 6-3, 4-6, 11-9
#3 Marie Sandman
Taylor Perry
Cassidi Herrlich
Renee Anick
PL 6-4, 6-4


MONDAY - AUGUST 25,  2014


The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers started off the season with a solid second place finish in the Detroit Lakes Pentathlon.  The top four teams were close as Detroit Lakes won their own event, beating the Pirates by 12.5 points, while Crookston edged Fergus Falls for second place by 11.5 points.  The Pentathlon meet has five events (50 yard backstroke, 50 yard breaststroke, 50 yard butterfly, 50 yard freestyle, and the 100 yard IM), and all the swimmers could participate in all five events.  All the races had over 100 swimmers competing in each event.
Crookston's Haley Roed finished in the top 10 in all five of her events with her top finish of second place in the 50 freestyle.  Kate MacGregor finished in the top 10 in four of her five events with a top finish of second place in the 50 Backstroke. 
"It was fun to see the girls compete and they swam hard and we had about five girls in the top 20 of each event and that is pretty spectacular," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "The girls had to be on their A game to finish in the top 10 and I was pretty impressed."  The girls put in a lot of time during the offseason, combined with a couple weeks of good practices (at the Ada pool), and the great times turned in by the girls didn't surprise their coach. "The girls are sitting on average about two or three seconds faster than they were last year at this time so that is a great place to start so hopefully we can continue to build on that," said Coach Melbye. "About 10 of the girls swam this summer and it shows in their times today.  From number one to the last one we had great races today.  It was a great team effort today and Kate MacGregor had a great start to the season and surprised me a bit, Haley Roed and Merran Dingmann had some great races, Thea Oman and Maddie Nicholls were our top dogs and really swam well today."
The Pirates will be at the Thief River Falls triangular on Thursday to swim against the Prowlers and Fosston-Bagley at 5:00 p.m.

1. Detroit Lakes - 256
2. CROOKSTON - 243.5
3. Fergus Falls - 232
4. Park Rapids - 211
5. Thief River Falls - 91
6. Perham - 89
7. Staples-Motley - 36.5
8. Fosston-Bagley - 6



Pirate Top 10 finishes Event Time Place
Kate MacGregor 50 Backstroke 30.68 2nd
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 26.60 2nd
Haley Roed 50 Butterfly 29.70 4th
Haley Roed 100 IM 1:08.76 4th
Kate MacGregor 50 Butterfly 30.51 6th
Kate MacGregor 50 Freestyle 27.25 6th
Kate MacGregor 100 IM 1:11.14 6th
Merran Dingmann 50 Backstroke 32.27 7th
Marietta Geist 50 Freestyle 27.87 9th
Haley Roed 50 Backstroke 32.53 10th
Haley Roed 50 Breaststroke 37.50 10th





Providence Academy’s head football coach Derek Asche had 30 letterwinners returning this year and he knew that the experience would help as his team met Crookston in a season opener a week earlier than usual and it showed, particularly from senior tailback Ryan Richelsen, who scored four touchdowns including a highlight reel 80 yarder to lead the Lions to a 34-0 win to spoil the Pirates home and season opener.
Not only does Providence Academy have the experience, but when you average 6’2 and 240 pounds in the offensive line, 6’3 and 225 pounds in the defensive line like the Lions, then add in athleticism, it’s a mixture that spelled trouble for the Pirates.  “They just wore us down,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt. "They are a big physical football team.”
Crookston started the game with an eight play drive, which was stalled with some penalties, and a short punt gave Providence Academy, a private Catholic school in Plymouth, a short field starting at the Crookston 49 yard line. Providence used nine plays with Richelsen running over and carrying Pirate tacklers for 10 yards and a touchdown to give Providence Academy a 6-0 lead after the extra point failed.  Crookston answered with some spark provided by sophomore Chris Wavra’s return to midfield to start the Pirates second possession, but it was three and out and another punt.
The Crookston defense was pretty active and held Providence on their next possession and moved the ball pretty well with Pirate quarterback Parker Salentine picking up a first down on a boot-leg run and the first quarter ended with the Lions leading 6-0 and Crookston had the ball. Crookston found it hard moving the ball on the run against the Lions and were stalled, but in Providence territory. “They are big and quick from their 6’4 quarterback, their backs were big, receivers were big,” said coach Butt. “We didn’t have much running inside or outside to be honest.”  Crookston was faced with third and long at the Lions 35 and elected to punt and try and pin Providence deep and although the punt was into the end zone, they had Providence at their own 20 yard line.  On the first play of the drive Richelsen took a handoff designed to go off tackle, which he did, but he ran over a couple Pirates, out ran a bunch of others, was caught from behind by three Pirates near the 20 yard line, pulled away from one and carried two Pirates into the end zone with him for a touchdown to give Providence a 12-0 lead just into the second quarter. “Ryan is tough as nails,” said Providence Head Coach Asche. “He got gassed out there a bit, but he comes to play and uses our great offensive line well.”
Crookston couldn’t do much offensively the rest of the second quarter and punted two more times, but the Pirate defense did rise up and hold the Lions on downs at the Crookston 27 yard line with just over two minutes to go in the half. “That was a great hold for our defense as they kept battling in the half,” said Coach Butt. “At one point in the half, I looked up at the clock and it was 12-0 for them and I thought, it’s only 12-0.”  Lions coach Asche concurred, “Man, I really liked Crookston’s defense and their aggressive play. They took some things away from us, like the pass. That is a good defense.” 
In the second half, Providence Academy took advantage of a short field with great field position the whole game and also physically wearing down Crookston. The Lions broke open the game with two late third quarter touchdowns by Richelsen, both coming on just three play drives and going about 40 yards each to widen the Lions lead to 28-0 after three quarters.
Providence Academy scored another touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a Conor White 21 yard run from a wing spot to make it 34-0.  Crookston’s chance to avert the shutout came on their last possession, getting the ball at the Providence Academy’s 32 yard line after the Lions had a punting attempt snap of the ball sail over punter Richelsen’s head and he was downed at the 32. Crookston’s Aaron Hollcraft was able to sweep to the left and for one of the first times in the game, get around the edge for 24 yards and Crookston was first and goal, but on a fourth and goal at the one foot line, a Hollcraft leap fell short and Providence Academy put some of their big guns back in on defense to get the stop and then ran out the clock for the victory. “I thought we grinded it out today,” said Providence Academy Coach Asche, “We do have some excellent size and speed in our line and I thought they wore down Crookston. We have some things to work on though, particularly the passing game.” 
Providence Academy had 313 yards of total offense compared to Crookston’s 110. Richelsen had 159 yards rushing, but his last ‘carry’ was running back and recovering a botched punt attempt which cost him 28 yards on that play. Hollcraft was the Pirates leading rusher with 29 yards on 10 carries, 24 on the one late run and the Pirate fullback, Mikey Hajostek had 28 yards rushing with a couple nice gains on some quick pops. “We played hard, but again, were just worn down,” said Crookston Coach Butt.
Crookston was playing without a couple linemen who would be starters, but out with eligibility issues and Patrick Berg, a possible two-way starter was out with an injury. “We would move the ball at times, but then would do something to shoot ourselves in the foot and go backwards,” said Coach Butt. “Now we know, we’ve played a game and we know some things that we have to do better and we have to learn from this.”
Crookston will now by Minnesota State High School rules open be able to practice three times next week, do not play next weekend and then have regular practice the following week to get ready for Barnesville, their next opponent on Friday, September 5 in Crookston.  Providence Academy will play at the Breck School on Friday, August 29. Breck knocked Providence Academy out of their Section playoffs last year in a first round game, 6-0. “We were very concerned about Crookston and now this game is done, we can start thinking about Breck.” said Providence Coach Asche. “That loss last year in the playoffs really stung and our players have been thinking about that one for a long time.”

Brandt Delage (middle) follows Mike Hajostek (left) and Dane Anderson's block



2nd 3rd 4th














      Danny Davidson with a big hit               Elias Walski hits the QB                Chris Wavra on a punt return

1st Quarter
6:25 - PA - Ryan Richelsen 10 yard run (run failed)

2nd Quarter
2:02 - PA - Ryan Richelsen 80 yard run (kick failed)

3rd Quarter
7:22  - PA - Ryan Richelsen 8 yard run (Richelsen run)
10:10 - PA -  Ryan Richelsen 22 yard run (Conor White)

4th Quarter
1:46 - PA - Conor White 21 yard run (kick failed)

       Adam Torres (54) and a bunch of Pirates in on a tackle

  CROOKSTON Providence
First Downs 7 15
Rushing-Yards 35-77 38-316
Passing 3-15-1 2-8-0
Passing Yards 33 -4
Total Yards 110 312
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-40 7-60
Punts-Yards Ave. 8-27.5 2-40.5


Crookston Providence
Aaron Hollcraft             10-29 Ryan Richelsen                13-159
Mikey Hajostek            7-28 Conor White                       7-78
Brandt Delage               7-17 Jackson Baird                    8-53
Luke Edlund                   4-5 Will Johnson                       2-10
Parker Salentine             7-(-2) Caleb Paulson                     5-8
  Henry Van Dellen               2-5
  Charlie Kral                         1-3


Parker Salentine                        2-13-1

Henry Van Dellen               2-8-0

Seth Desrosier                           1-2-0



Joey Koenig                  2-16 Jackson Baird          2-(-4)
Ryan Porter                   1-17  

    Brandt Delage, Cody Wardner tackle the Lions running back



The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team had one champion and four second place finishes in a four team Crookston Pirate Booster/Carla Johnson Memorial Tournament in Crookston.  There was eight teams scheduled to compete in the tournament, but Pirate Coach Mike Geffre called four of the teams and said he didn’t want to have them travel since there was an 80 percent chance of rain.  As luck would have it, the rain never came and they were able to play all the scheduled matches with the four team tournament.
Crookston’s Ally Tiedemann and Leah Trostad, who went to the state doubles tournament two years ago, teamed up and won the first singles, while the Pirates had runner up finishes from Alyssa Fee, Kendall Wahouske, and the combo of Megan Frisk/Elise Tangquist in singles.  The second doubles team of Jaden Lizakowski and Elisa Samuelson also finished second.
“Whenever there is an 80 percent chance of rain and you get all your matches in it is a good day,” said Coach Geffre. “I thought we played pretty well and I saw a lot of good things today with some nice hard work and some nice comebacks and now we have to keep moving forward.”
Crookston will travel to Park Rapids again for a quadrangular on Tuesday.

Leah Trostad with a return in her 2nd match    Amy Follette with a baseline return 


 Alyssa Fee eyes down the ball on a return

  CROOKSTON Opponents/Results Place
#1 Singles Alyssa Fee beat Jordan Hyduke (Hib) 7-6 (6-5), 6-3
lost to Chessa Jones (EGF) 6-0, 6-2
#2 Amy Follette lost to Callie Fagerstrom (TRF) 6-4, 6-1
beat Molly Scipioni (Hib) 6-2, 6-1
#3 Kendall Wahouske beat Emily Strezishar (EGF) 7-5, 6-3
lost to Shawna Spears (TRF) 6-1, 6-2
#4 Megan Frisk/Elise Tangquist beat Kaitlyn Maki (Hib) 6-0, 6-3
lost to Karryn Leake (TRF)
#1 Doubles Ally Tiedemann
Leah Trostad
beat Elle Jorgenson/Carly Lunsetter (TRF) 6-3, 6-0
beat Emma Dietrich/Jenna Dietrich (EGF)
#2 Jaden Lizakowski
Elisa Samuelson
beat Kayla Cremers/Geena Boyum (EGF) 6-0, 6-2
lost to Franny Marshall/Juliet Tunberg (TRF) 6-2, 6-4
#3 Nissa Brekken/Taylor Perry/
Marie Sandman/Alyssa Schultz
lost to Lilly Rewertz/Jonnie Farr (Hib) 7-5, 5-7, 10-3
beat Ellie Vonesh/Delaney Aaker (EGF) 6-2, 6-1




Many coaches say the biggest improvement in a team’s season comes between the first and second game of the year and the Crookston Pirates proved that theory is correct after they played a tremendous game and fell short in a 3-2 loss to St. Johns Prep in a Section 8A match played in Collegeville.  Crookston lost to Spring Lake Park Friday night by a 14-1 score and recovered nicely and played a much better game, but fell just short.
Crookston came out more aggressive to start the game and it showed as they only gave up one goal in the first half and trailed 1-0 at halftime.  “We were a completely different team today,” said Pirate Coach Sarah Reese. “We played more aggressive, used green space, and moved the ball well.”
In the second half St. Johns Prep scored two minutes into the half and things weren’t looking favorable for the Pirates at that point.  Give credit to Crookston girls as they bounced back and scored a goal almost halfway through the half when Danica Brekken scored a goal from about 30 yards out, similar to her goal on Friday night, to bring the Pirates within a 2-1 deficit.  St. Johns Prep answered with a goal a minute later to regain a two goal lead.  Crookston responded with another goal six minutes after the Prep goal when the ball deflected off a St. Johns Prep player and went into the net.  Since Brekken was the last Pirate to touch the ball she received credit for the goal and Crookston was trailing by one goal with 15 minutes left.  Neither team was able to score the rest of the way and St. Johns Prep held on to a 3-2 victory.  “We played awesome today and we left everything out on the field,” said Coach Reese. “Danica had a nice day and was an offensive threat and was in on almost every attack toward the net today.  Sabrina Delorme had a great game with good field vision and decision making and Jayden Allrich did a great job of going to the ball and passing the ball.  Our goalkeeper, Madison Crane, was good in goal and continues to learn the position.”
Crookston drops to 0-2 on the year and will have some practice time before their next game when they host Bemidji on Thursday, September 4.



2nd Final
St. John's Prep 1 2 3

27:00 - SJP - Taylor McFarling
42:00 - SJP - Taylor Nydeen
58:00 - Crox - Danica Brekken
59:00 - SJP - Ellen Arnold
65:00 - Crox - Danica Brekken

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Madison Crane - Crox 8 5 13
Anna Bender - SJP 4 5 9



The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team opened up the season in a positive way by beating the Fergus Falls Otters 1-0 in a Section 8A matchup in Fergus Falls.
Crookston dominated play for most of the day and out shot Fergus Falls 12-3 in the game didn’t allow the Otters a shot on goal in the second half.
Neither team was able to score in the first half, but Crookston got on the board with 13 minutes left in the game when Parker Nicholls scored to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. “That was a nice goal and it started with a good play by Ian Johnson and Parker was able to finish it off for the big goal,” said Pirate Coach Don Cox.  Crookston kept the defense going, and although they started to run out of gas in the last 10 minutes, they were able to grind it out and finish strong for the 1-0 season opening win.
“It might have been the best game that we have played since I have been here,” said Coach Cox. “We had a lot of energy and our defense was solid and we were down on their side of the field for about 80 percent of the game. Jonathan Miller had a superb game and made a huge goal line save.  Our back line was phenomenal and we have improved so much and played so hard.  Everybody played great both offensively and defensively.
Crookston improves to 1-0 on the year and will be at Detroit Lakes on Friday for another Section 8A matchup at 7:00 p.m.



2nd Final
Fergus Falls 0 0 0

67:00 - Crox - Parker Nicholls (Ian Johnson)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Michael Tate-Crox 3 0 3
Nick Weaver-Fergus Falls 6 5 11


FRIDAY - AUGUST 22, 2014


The Spring Lake Park Panthers only scored double digits once last year and only had three wins on the year, but they have most of their girls returning this season and started the year with a bang by beating the Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team 14-1 in the season opener for both teams in a game played on artificial turf in Anoka.  “Playing on turf is a lot different than playing on grass.  It bounces higher and moves faster along with their speed and aggression was a little too much for us,” said Pirate Coach Sarah Reese.
Spring Lake Park set the tone early by scoring a goal in the fourth minute and added two more goals in the 11th and 12th minute to take a 3-0 lead.  Then Spring Lake Park’s freshman, Madison Beams took over the game by scoring two goals in the 19th minute and after another Panther goal in the 21st minute, Beams scored again in the 25th minute for the hat trick and a 7-0 lead.  Spring Lake Park added one more goal and took an 8-0 lead into halftime.  “In the first 30 minutes I thought we played pretty well. Most of the play in the first half was in the middle of the field, but unfortunately they were able to capitalize on all of their opportunities and put the ball in the net,” said Coach Reese. “We had some goalkeeper and defensive errors and the score got racked up in a hurry when you are playing an experienced team with skilled players that play year round.”
In the second half, Spring Lake Park scored two goals in the first eight minutes for a 10-0 lead.  Crookston was able to get on the board when Pirate Captain, Danica Brekken, scored a goal on a nice kick from about 30 yards away. “I have been telling Danica for several years and I don’t know how many times I have told her to kick it from farther out and not wait until she was six or eighteen yards away,” said Coach Reese. “She had some green space in front of her and was just past midfield and she let it rip and it went right over the goalies hands and it was a beautiful goal and she was a little surprised that it went in.  She has a strong powerful kick and it was good to see it go in and it gave us a little momentum.”
Things were even for the next 10 minutes until the Pirates ran out of gas physically and Spring Lake Park attacked by scoring four goals in the last 11 minutes, including the fourth and fifth goals by Madison Beams and the Panthers cruised to a 14-1 victory. “I didn’t see as much aggression and intensity from the girls as we have seen in practice, in the second half I did see a lot of windows of opportunity so that was good to see and the girls played with good sportsmanship and just ran out of gas at the end,” said Coach Reese, who added she was happy with her goal keepers play in the second half. “I thought Madison Crane did a great job considering how much she was getting hammered down there.”
Crookston drops to 0-1 on the year and will play St. Johns Prep in a Section 8A matchup at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning.



2nd Final
Spring Lake Park 8 6 14

Scoring (minute - team - player)
4:00 - SLP - Madeline Wallraff
11:00 - SLP - Kylie Cooper (corner kick)
12:00 - SLP - Alaina Doehrmann
19:00 - SLP - Madison Beams
19:30 - SLP - Madison Beams
21:00 - SLP - Rochelle Perzel (penalty kick)
25:00 - SLP - Madison Beams
34:00 - SLP - Caitlin Monson
43:00 - SLP - Laila Bensaad-Johnson
48:00 - SLP - Charlotte Wolf
50:00 - Crox - Danica Brekken
69:00 - SLP - Laila Besaad-Johnson
72:00 - SLP - Madison Beams
74:00 - SLP - Madison Beams
78:00 - SLP - Madeline Wallraff

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Brita Fagerlund - Crox 5 - 5
Madison Crane - Crox - 11 11
Maddy Iskierka - SLP 1 1 2



The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the addition of eight student-athletes to Offers of Admission to play for the Golden Eagles. The signing class is the first for Head Coach Steve Gust, who took over the program in June. 
Patrick Amerson (IF, 5-9 170, Eloy, Ariz./Dakota Wesleyan), David Anaya (IF, 5-11 170, Tucson, Ariz./Dakota Wesleyan), Ethan Mushitz (IF, 6-0 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.), Jarad Nelson (P, 5-10 180, Karlstad, Minn./Northland C.T.C.), Dalton Parks (OF, 5-9 135, West Valley City, Utah/Brown Mackie College), Colt Trebesch (IF/P, 5-10 165, Glencoe, Minn./Mesabi Range C.T.C.), Timothy Scott, Jr. (OF, 6-1 185, Macon, Ga./Mesabi Range C.T.C.) and Nolan Wahlberg (P, Blaine, Minn./Century College) all signed Offers of Admission to play baseball at UMC.
“I am very pleased with the guys that we’re bringing in this Fall,” Gust said. “It was extremely difficult to find quality student-athletes late in the recruiting process, but I feel like these guys fit a lot of the needs of the program on and off the field.
The eight signees join six student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent (NLI’s) to play for the Golden Eagles while former Head Coach Chris Vito was still leading the program. In addition, the Golden Eagles have 13 student-athletes returning from last season’s squad.
The student-athletes listed today as having signed National Letters of Intent or Offers of Admission to play at University of Minnesota Crookston have been verified by the UMC Compliance Office once they sign the National Letter of Intent and financial aid agreement or once the student-athlete has accepted an Offer of Admission from UMC.

Patrick Amerson (IF, 5-9 170, Eloy Ariz./Dakota Wesleyan) will be a sophomore eligibility wise. Prior to UMC: Spent a season playing for Steve Gust at Dakota Wesleyan, an NAIA school in Mitchell, S.D...Did not appear in any games as a freshman for the Golden Eagles...Played at Dakota Wesleyan with David Anaya.
High School: Played for Vista Grande H.S. in Eloy, Ariz...Earned three varsity letters and was a three-year starter...Held a .391 batting average in 203...Batted .238 in 2012...Played three seasons of baseball for the Spartans Post 8...Lettered three times in football and once in basketball...A three-year member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Mary Ann Amerson and Coy Ameron...Major in management...Born Dec. 20, 1994...Uncle Jim O’Donnell played baseball at Phoenix College...Uncle Patrick O’Donnell played baseball at University of Arizona...Uncle Dan O’Donnell was an All-American diver at Arizona State University...Cousin Ryan O’Connell played baseball for national championship University of Arizona squad an the San Diego Padres organization...Uncle Joe O’Donnell played baseball for National Championship University of Arizona squad.
“Patrick is not only a good ball player but also a great student,” Gust said. “His upside is huge because he has all the character traits I look for in a player. He is a team player, hard worker, a good listener and will do whatever it takes to succeed both on and off the field.”

David Anaya (IF, 5-11 170, Tucson, Ariz./Dakota Wesleyan) will be a sophomore eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Played a season at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. under Steve Gust but did not appear in any games...Played at Dakota Wesleyan with Patrick Amerson.
High School: Played for Pueblo Magnet School...Helped Catalina Magnet School to a state title in 2011...Batted .324 as a sophomore...Also played in the Pony League and Kino Collegiate League.
Personal: Born April 25, 1995...Cousin Nathan Arevalo played at Cameron University.
“We signed David to challenge for a starting middle infielder spot from day one,” Gust said. “He has talent, but his biggest asset is his passion to be the best. He has all the tools to be a pretty good all-around player for us.”

Ethan Mushitz (IF, 6-0 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.)
High School: Hit .364 with 12 RBI’s and eight runs scored as a senior for East Grand Forks...Earned a varsity letter in baseball. 
Personal: Son of Elaine Brustad and Bob Mushitz...Majoring in criminal justice...Born Jan. 26, 1996.
“We’re excited to add an are product with talent to our program,” Gust said. “More important though, he has some tools that will help him contend for playing time this year. We believe he can be a very good player in due time.”

Jarad Nelson (P, 5-10 180, Karlstad, Minn./Northland C.T.C.) will be a junior eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Played two years at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minn...Threw 28.1 innings as a sophomore and struck out 16 batters.
High School: Earned four varsity letters at Tri-County High School and earned All-Conference in 2010, 2011 and 2012...Named the Northwest Conference MVP in 2012 and All-Section 8AA in 2012.
Personal: Son of Randy and Kathy Nelson...Majoring in education...Born Aug. 11, 1993.
“Jarad was one of the top prospects coming out of the Northern Freeze program two years ago,” Gust said. “With two years to grow and develop at Northland Community College, we believe he is even better now. He will be looked to as a pitcher who can keep us in conference games.”

Dalton Parks (OF, 5-9 135, West Valley City, Utah/Brown Mackie College (Kan.) will be a junior eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Played at Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kan...Hit .262 with one home run, 16 RBI’s, 24 runs scored and six stolen bases as a sophomore...Earned All-Region for Brown Mackie...As a freshman, hit .232 with nine runs scored and four RBI’s.
High School: Played at Hunter H.S...An All-Region team pick...Earned four high school letters
Personal: Son of Shawn and Cindy Parks...Majoring in sports and rec management...Born June 13, 1994.
“We feel very fortunate to get a student-athlete like Dalton,” Gust said. “He is a good defensive outfielder and can hit at the top of our order. Offensively, his strengths lie in his ability to get on base and earn quality at-bats.”

Timothy Scott, Jr. (OF, 6-1 185, Macon, Ga./Mesabi Range C.T.C.) will be a junior eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Junior college teammate of Colt Trebesch...Played at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia, Minn...As a sophomore, hit .278 with two home runs, 14 RBI’s, 16 runs scored and five stolen bases...As a sophomore for Mesabi Range, hit .295 with 14 RBI’s, 23 runs scored and seven stolen bases...Had 1.000 fielding percentage.
High School: Played at Central H.S. in Macon, Ga...Was Second Team All-Region pick...Led team in RBI’s as a junior and senior...Led team in home runs as a senior.
Personal: Son of Hope Cooper and Timothy Scott, Sr...Majoring in elementary education...Born Aug. 11, 1990.
“Tim provides depth to our lineup both defensively and with the bat,” Gust said. “His best baseball is yet to come. He has some tools we are excited to see.”

Colt Trebesch (IF/P, 5-10 165, Glencoe, Minn./Mesabi Range C.T.C.) will be a junior eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Junior college teammate of Timothy Scott, Jr...Played at Mesabi Range C.T.C. in Virginia, Minn...Hit .270 with 13 RBI’s, 23 runs scored and 10 stolen bases as a sophomore...Also pitched at Mesabi Range CTC...Picked up a win as a pitcher against Dakota Wesleyan JV giving up four earned runs in seven innings....Hit .333 with six RBI’s, 18 runs scored and nine stolen bases as a freshman.
High School: Served as team captain for Glencoe-Silver Lake H.S...All-Conference in 2010 and Honorable Mention All-Conference in 2009...Earned Defensive MVP in 2009...Team participated in state in 2008.
Personal: Son of Robert Trebesch and Pamela Herrmann...Born Dec. 3, 1992...Undecided on major.
“Colt is a blue collar player; he’s tough and a no nonsense type of guy,” Gust said. “He will work hard to do what it takes for our program. He is also very versatile, which is what we need in the program.”

Nolan Wahlberg (P, 6-6 230, Blaine, Minn./Century College) will be a junior eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Played at Century College where he helped lead team to an NJCAA National Runner-Up finish...Was the winning pitcher in the semi-final game of the World Series.
High School: Played at Blaine H.S...Was an All-Conference pick twice...Served as team captain...Named High School Pitcher of the Year for Blaine H.S. twice...Was named team MVP.
Personal: Son of Douglas and Rachelle Wahlberg...Born June 24, 1993...Majoring in criminal justice.
“Nolan comes from one of the top junior college programs in the nation,” Gust said. “We believe he has the ability to blossom into a great pitcher. He will definitely add much needed depth to our pitching staff.”

 The eight signees join Brayden Larson (P/UT, 6-0 195, Middle River, Greenbush/Middle River H.S.), Cody Magsam (IF, 5-10 150, Crookston, Fisher Public School), Matt Nelson (UT, 6-3 215, Lakeville/Lakeville South H.S.), Adam Sellner (P, 5-11 175, Sleepy Eye,/Riverland C.C.), Luke Thoma (P, 5-11 200, Little Falls) and Riley Thompson (OF/P, 6-1 200, Owatonna) who has previously signed with the Golden Eagles.






The University of Minnesota Crookston football team concluded their first week of practice with a scrimmage Wednesday morning at Ed Widseth Field. The Golden Eagles have battled some injuries and sickness lately but went out to culminate their first week. The current squad is sitting at 86 student-athletes with a solid mix of newcomers and returning starters aiding UMC’s efforts in the second season of Head Coach Mike Fritze leading the Golden Eagles.

At quarterback, Ben Bucholz (Jr., QB, Perham), who came out of Spring ball as the No. 1 quarterback, saw most of the reps with the first string with Travon Hearns (Fr., QB, Bloomington) seeing time with both the No. 1 and No. 2 units in the scrimmage. Bucholz was a highly touted athlete out of Perham, but has been well traveled playing basketball at St. Cloud State University and basketball and football at University of Minnesota Duluth before arriving at UMC last Fall. 

Running Back
The running back position might be the most talented group UMC has with returnee Talo Pascal (Jr., RB, Arlington, Texas) coming back after having an improved season in 2013 with 129 carries for 423 yards and four touchdowns. Also returning is Tommy Smith, Jr. (Jr., RB, Naranja, Fla.), who rushed 69 times for 288 yards as a sophomore. Adding to the fray for UMC will be talented sophomore Dre Person (So., RB, Detroit, Mich.) who redshirt last season and will help to fill the absence in terms of power that Keith McBride provided for the backfield. Also looking to contribute will be talented freshman Timothy Mack (Fr., RB, Inglewood, Calif.)

Tight End
UMC will look to three seniors at the position led by returning starter Jacob Pinder (Sr., TE, Orlando, Fla.), who had a breakout year in 2013 with 13 catches for 212 yards. Also returning is Adam Eyton (Sr., TE, Burnsville), who had six grabs for 80 yards in an injury-plagued year in 2013. Making the conversion to tight end, is senior LaMar Daniels (Sr., TE, Toledo, Ohio), who has always been one of UMC’s most athletic players. He has moved over from defensive end and will make an impact in 2014. 

Wide Receivers
The leader of the unit will be captain Marcus Cheatham (Sr., WR, Stockton, Calif.) who had 17 grabs for 154 yards and a touchdown last season. Also looking to make an impact will be Constant Jackson (Jr., WR, Jacksonville, Fla.), a transfer from Northland Community and Technical College who was with the team during Spring ball. Freshmen Adam Connette (Fr., WR, Corona, Calif.) and Jordan Hester (Fr., WR, Arlington, Texas) should see instant playing time at wide reciever. Converted safety Marvin Miller, Jr. (Jr., WR, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) will also see time, as will Taylor Crassweller (So., WR, Regina, Saskatchewan) and Caleb Seger (Jr., WR, Lakeville).

Offensive Line
The Golden Eagles struggled last season on the offensive line but return a lot of experience from last season with five guys who started a lot of games last year returning. At left tackle, super senior Jeff Pryor (Sr., OL, Havana, Ill.), who is entering his sixth season with the Golden Eagles, has made the conversion and looks to make an impact. At left guard, Drew McDurmin (So., OL, Aiea, Hawai’i), who started three games as a freshman will look to improve in 2014. At center, look for team captain Sam Smith (Sr., OL, South St. Paul), who has started every game of his collegiate career, to continue to anchor the Golden Eagle attack. At right guard, Tyman Hayashi (So., OL, Kalihi, Hawai’i) looks to make an impact after having a year under his belt. At right tackle, Matt Borowicz (Sr., OL, Stephen) will look to build on a good year in 2013. Also pressing for time on the offensive line will be Joe Machacek (So., OL, Eagan), who started eight games in 2013. Freshman J.T. Moran (Fr., OL, North Richland Hills, Texas) and Julian McElroy (Fr., OL, Sacramento, Calif.) will also look to contribute.

Defensive Line
The defensive line looks to be one of UMC’s top returning positions with three starters returning and another player who saw significant action. At defensive end, Drew Selvestra (Jr., DL, Eagan) will again be an anchor after making 22 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore. At defensive tackle, A.J. Wallace (Jr., DL, New Richmond, Wis.) returns as a starter after making 30 tackles in 2013. Rene Lawson, Jr. (Jr., DL, Arlington, Texas) also returns after playing as a reserve in 2013 but making 28 tackles and four sacks. At rush end, the Golden Eagles return Greg Lofquist (Sr., DL, South St. Paul) who has also been working with the linebackers due to injuries there. Lofquist, a team captain, made 46 tackles with two sacks in 2013. If Lofquist plays linebacker, look for Benjamin Taliulu (Fr., DL, Aiea, Hawai’i) to play at rush end. Also on the defensive line, look for a couple players who had good Springs with Jake Neubauer (R-Fr., DL, Bismarck, N.D.) and Jake Christopherson (R-Fr., DL, Sturgeon Lake) to make an impact. Also sophomore Anthony Peterson (So., DL, Swanville) to provide depth at defensive end, as will Derek Greene (Fr., DL, Covington, Ga.)

UMC has unfortunately missed their two returning starters during the start of Fall camp but will hope to have both players either by the first game or early on in the season with All-NSIC Second Team selection Andrew “Rock” Hall (Sr., LB, Detroit, Mich.) and team captain Brody Davidson (Sr. LB, Crookston). Lofquist has been practicing with the linebackers and started there during the scrimmage, along with Austin Strukel (So., LB, Virginia). Landon Cook (R-Fr., LB, San Clemente, Calif.) will also be a major player in 2014. Freshman Jearld McGlothin (Fr., LB, Arlington, Texas) missed the first scrimmage but could play a role here in 2014.

Tyler Hansen (Sr., DB, Morris), a team captain, has missed portions of camp, but should return to action soon at the strong safety slot. In his absence, freshman Damarkus Jones (Fr., DB, Tarpon Springs, Fla.) started there in the scrimmage and will play a major role in 2014. At free safety, Trent Galkoski (So., DB, La Mesa, Calif.) will be a major player in 2014. Lethzee Calderon (Jr., DB, Eagan) moved over from corner back to weak safety and will be a huge part of the defensive back unit. Also pressing for time along with Jones, will be Jake Newman (Fr., DB, White Bear Lake) and Maurice Turner, Jr. (Fr., DB, Tarpon Springs, Fla.). 

At corner, look for Northland Community and Technical College transfer Robert Gausi (Jr., DB, Brooklyn Park) to make an impact after joining the team for Spring ball. Mychal Traylor (So., DB, Cerritos, Calif.) will also be a major part of UMC’s plans at corner. Also look for Jamaal Burgess (Fr., DB, Homestead, Fla.) and Kureem Edwards (Fr., DB, Homestead, Fla.) to see action.

Special Teams
UMC returns kicker Michael Maw (So., K, White Bear Lake) from a season ago. Challenging Maw is newcomer Stephen Day (Fr., K, Eveleth). At punter, Javon Hering (Fr., P, Eagan) will look to lock down the role after Hansen, a defensive back, did the punting in 2013. 






The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team lost all three of their matches on Friday, but showed improvement throughout the day and that improvement continued Wednesday as they beat Roseau 4-3 in a Section 8 dual in Roseau.  Crookston won first and second singles (Ally Tiedemann and Alyssa Fee) and first and second doubles (Leah Trostad/Elisa Samuelson and Amy Follette and Jaden Lizakowski) for the four victories.  “I felt pretty good about Ally and her match and she played well and won pretty easily.  I know Alyssa Fee played her opponent twice last year and beat her in three sets both times and this year she won easier than last year and that tells me she has made some improvement from last year.” said Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre. “Jaden has been a nice addition to the team and is 3-1 so far this year and we picked up some nice wins at both first and second doubles.” The third doubles team of Megan Frisk and Kendall Wahouske had a close match, but fell short.
“It was good to see where we stacked up against somebody else in the section and I think Roseau and Crookston will be the middle of the pack during the season and it is nice to move up in the seeding process when you can,” said Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre. “We threw a little bit of a different lineup out there today and you can tell what kids went out and were ready to play at the start of the season.  I was a little disappointed in some of the losses because I thought we would be more competitive in those matches, but we saw some more improvement from Friday especially at some of our doubles.”
Crookston improves to 1-3 on the year and will host the Crookston Pirate Booster/Carla Johnson Memorial tournament on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  Teams competing in the tournament besides Crookston will be
Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks, Hibbing, Moorhead, Perham and Thief River Falls.

  CROOKSTON-4 Roseau - 3



#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Marrisa Jevne Crox 6-1, 6-1
#2 Alyssa Fee Sarina Goos Crox 6-4, 6-2
#3 Marie Sandman Jodi Ostroski Ros 6-1, 6-1
#4 Allysa Schultz Josee Lundgren Ros 6-2, 6-3
#1 Doubles Elisa Samuelson
Leah Trostad
Heather Fettig
Juli Miller
Crox 6-1, 7-5
#2 Jaden Lizakowski
Amy Follette
Lauren Johnson
Kate Wensloff
Crox 6-2, 7-5
#3 Megan Frisk
Kendall Wahouske
Madison Lee
Haley Ostgaard
Ros 6-4, 6-4




Crookston's Michelob Golden Light men's league slow pitch softball team participated in the State softball tournament in Detroit Lakes August 16-17 and came home with 2nd place in Class D.
Team members are pictured and listed below.

Back Row- Elliott Hulst, Derek Kimble, Todd Kalpakoff, Chris Erdmann, Kyle Schmitz, Joe Helm
Front Row- Casey Sannes, Alex Sumner, Jeff Kalpakoff, Brett Larson, Jerry Rhode



TUESDAY - AUGUST 19,  2014


Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked by the league's coaches to win the NSIC in the preseason poll. Since 2008 Minnesota State has been picked to win the league three times, including two of the last three years.  The Mavericks received seven first place votes and tallied 214 points, ranking them just ahead of Minnesota Duluth (206), which received six first place votes. Winona State also received two first place votes as they ranked third with 204 points. SMSU was fourth with 185 points and one first place vote.  UMC was picked to finish 13th after a competitive 2013 season.  The Golden Eagles officially got fall camp under way Monday, August 18 after 22 student-athletes reported to campus over the weekend. The 2014 campaign will mark the third season under Head Coach Joe Alianiello.
The Golden Eagles conducted two practices, which included their fitness test in the morning session. The Golden Eagles return 15 student-athletes from last season while they welcome in seven new faces. The Golden Eagles will be led by their three captains, Rachelle Alcini (Sr., D, Ann Arbor, Mich.), an All-NSIC pick in 2013, Cayla Bendel (Sr., MF/D, Lakeville, Minn.) and Erin Mears (Sr., MF, Sioux Falls, S.D.). In addition, sophomore Goalie Lexie Gauger (Green Bay, Wis.) who held a 1.31 goals against average with four shutouts, will add security with her play in net. 
The Golden Eagles will officially open up their season Saturday, September 6 against Finlandia University at the UMC Soccer Field at 11:00 a.m. 

2014 NSIC Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll


Minnesota State (7)



Minnesota Duluth (6)



Winona State (2)



Southwest Minnesota State (1)



Upper Iowa



Bemidji State



Augustana College



Minot State



University of Mary



Northern State



St. Cloud State



Concordia-St. Paul



Minnesota Crookston



MSU Moorhead



Wayne State



Sioux Falls



first place votes in ( )





The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team officially got practice under way Monday, August 18. The Golden Eagles held two practices on the day with 14 girls reporting for the 2014 season. 
The Golden Eagles return 10 players from last year’s team that went 15-14 (10-10) and made the top eight in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), the nation’s best NCAA Division II volleyball conference. UMC brought in four newcomers to supplement their returnees. UMC will be led by 2013 All-NSIC First Team selection Brittany Looker (Sr., OH, Rochester). In addition, the Golden Eagles will be aided by returning starters Morgan VanGerpen (Sr., MH, Overland Park, Kan.) and Sierra Trost (So., S, Ham Lake). The Golden Eagles will open the season September 5 at 11:00 a.m. against Kentucky Wesleyan College in St. Louis, Missouri at the Maryville Tournament.






The 2014 Bremer Bank Crookston Classic run was held on Saturday morning as part of the Ox Cart Days Festival.  All the winners of the 5K and 10K are listed below.

2014 Crookston Classic 5K Top Finishers

Age Group                  Male                                        Female
12 & under                  Blake Biermaier 23:51            Katherine Geist  23:22
13-20                           Sebastian Sowada  16:38        Marietta Geist  20:59
21-30                           Lee Sims  18:54                      Terri Knott  27:18
31-40                           John Bridgeford  25:26           Katie Overgaard  27:32
41-50                           Dale Trudeau  28:53               Mary Sowada  26:59
51-60                           Mike Novak  26:25                 Jacki Berglund  27:53
60+                              Dennis Koch  22:19                none

Overall 5K Winners    Sebastian Sowada  16:38        Marietta Geist  20:59


2014 Crookston Classic 10K Top Finishers

Age Group                  Male                                        Female
12 & under                  none                                        none
13-20                           none                                        none
21-30                           James Matthews  55:03           Danielle Thompson  42:03
31-40                           Andrew Fowler  43:46            Elizabeth Dyrdal  54:11
41-50                           Chris Stroot  45:28                  Brenda Crane  52:21
51-60                           Rick Tonder  56:19                 Gladys Bakken  53:41
60+                              Earl Beal  56:18                      none

Overall 10K Winners  Andrew Fowler  43:36            Danielle Thompson  42:03



FRIDAY -  AUGUST 15, 2014


The Crookston Pirate Girl's Tennis team stumbled out of the gates, but showed some improvement throughout the day as they lost their first three matches of the season in a 7-0 match to Mound Westonka (Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre's alma mater), and 4-3 losses to Minnewaska Area and Aitkin all played in Park Rapids.
In the Mound Westonka match, there were a couple close matches and in the next two matches most of the individual matches were close as the Pirates showed some improvement.  Crookston was missing one player, Taylor Perry, who was competing in the Miss Crookston pageant.
"It was a hot day and we shortened the matches a bit to get them done quicker.  I think we learned a lot today and the kids learned a few things about the game of tennis and how it is played and we will have a couple days to practice before we get ready for Roseau," said Coach Geffre. "I saw some improvements as the day went along and I look at Aitkin and they beat both Roseau and Park Rapids today so we are right there with them.  I think as the season goes along we will be right there as far as being competitive.  We just started a little slow today."  Ally Tiedemann ended the day by taking on the first singles player from Aitkin, who finished fourth at state last year. "Every match is going to be a tough one this year for Ally at first singles, but it was a good way to open the season, playing some very good competition right away," said Coach Geffre.
Crookston drops to 0-3 on the year and will be at Roseau for a dual on Wednesday.

Ally Tiedemann with a return in her match against Minnewaska

  CROOKSTON-0 Mound-Westonka-7 Winner


#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Evann Welty MW 6-4, 7-5
#2 Amy Follette Kristina Linder MW 6-3, 6-4
#3 Alyssa Fee Alex Welty MW 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
#4 Jaden Lizakowski Jaime Goldberg MW 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
#1 Doubles Kendall Wahouske
Leah Trostad
Rachel Lee
Erin Ehlers
MW 6-3, 6-3
#2 Megan Frisk
Elisa Samuelson
Lauren Brady
Sam Burris
MW 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 10-5
#3 Emily Ricord
Alyssa Schultz
Hannah O'Borsky
Ellie Burris
MW 6-2, 6-3

          Megan Frisk eyes down the ball on a return

  CROOKSTON-3 Minnewaska-4 Winner


#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Jada Hoffman Crox 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 10-4
#2 Leah Trostad Miranda Thoer MIN 3-6, 6-3, 10-8
#3 Amy Follette Danielle Thorfinnson MIN 6-3, 7-5
#4 Alyssa Schultz Aiden Riley MIN 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-7
#1 Doubles Kendall Wahouske
Alyssa Fee
Joelle Thorfinnson
Makenna Hanson
MIN 6-4, 6-3
#2 Jaden Lizakowski
Elisa Samuelson
Sarah Freske
Karissa LaMont
Crox 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
#3 Megan Frisk
Elise Tangquist
Emily Haus
Anna Vold
Crox 3-6, 7-5, 10-6

Elise Tangquist with a return at the net              Jaden Lizakowski with a forehand return

  CROOKSTON-3 Aitkin-4 Winner


#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Claire Browning AIT 6-2, 6-2
#2 Alyssa Fee Lydia Browning Crox 6-3, 6-4
#3 Kendall Wahouske Brynn Wilson AIT 7-5, 6-2
#4 Jaden Lizakowski Amber Kuhlmann Crox 6-4, 6-3
#1 Doubles Leah Trostad
Amy Follette
Lisa Anderson
Elise Courtemanche
Crox 6-3, 6-2
#2 Elisa Samuelson
Megan Frisk
Marissa Kinzer
Maren Butenhof
AIT 6-4, 6-4
#3 Emily Ricord
Elise Tangquist
Corri Sanbeck
Nikki Courtemanche
AIT 6-2, 6-2



The University of Minnesota Crookston football team officially opened up their 2014 Fall Camp Tuesday, August 12 as 92 players reported to camp. The number was up from the 75 players that reported in 2013, due to hard work from the UMC coaching staff during the recruiting season to add nearly 50 new players. The Golden Eagles brought in a large influx of players from within the region, with a high concentration from Minnesota and North Dakota. In addition, UMC brought in a large amount of players from Texas, Georgia, Florida and California with two even joining the program from the state of Hawai’i.
The players have received their gear over the last couple of days and will start meetings Wednesday before hitting the LeClair Practice Fields for the first time on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. The Golden Eagles will go once a day for the first five days before opening two-a-days on Tuesday, August 19. The team will hold their first scrimmage Wednesday, August 20 at 8:40 a.m. and will hold another scrimmage a week later on August 27 at 3:40 p.m. UMC will open up their schedule Saturday, September 6 hosting Augustana College (S.D.) at Ed Widseth Field.



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