FRIDAY -  DECEMBER 19, 2014

CROOKSTON WRESTLERS COMPETE AT THE BIG BEAR INVITATIONAL IN CASS LAKE

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team along with 36 other schools are competing in the 13th Annual Big Bear Invitational Wrestling Tournament held at Cass Lake-Bena High School in Cass Lake. The two day competition starts at 11:00 AM this morning and the finals will be held tomorrow. The Pirates has one champion last year, Blake Bergeron, who now wrestlers at Concordia College in Moorhead.

  PIRATES Opponents/Results Place
106 lbs Cameron Hulst Drake Swanson-West Central   L  pin  :31
Bryce Bergerson-RLCC  won  pin   2:19
Gavin Haag - Spectrum (Elk River)  W 10-4
Caleb Stetz-Barnesville  Lost pin  1:32
DNP
113 lbs Hunter Baranski Landon Burlingame-Park Rapids  L  pin  4:43
Bradyn Boe-United Clay-Becker  Won  pin  :47
Silas Berg-Aitkin   Lost  pin  2:19
DNP
120 lbs OPEN    
126 lbs Lukas Meier Austin Bitker-DGF   L  pin  2:58
Zach Halvorson-West Marshall  Won  pin  :58
Alex Wolfe-Fosston-Bagley  Won 11-2
Heath Foster-Big Lake   Lost pin  1:59
DNP
132 lbs Cody Weiland Bye
Marcus Mergen-Albany  Won  pin  1:25
Nash Sovde-BGMR  Won  Tech Fall  4:59  (21-6)
Tyler Bare-Aitkin
 
138 lbs Colton Weiland Cody Gagner-RLCC    L  4-3
Tommy Snobl-Fosston-Bagley  Won pin  1:29
Tyler Onstad-West Central   Won 8-1
Nolan Booge-Park Rapids  Won by Forfeit
Zach Scott- Holdingford
 
145 lbs Damian Hodgson Jeffrey Thorson-Hutchinson    L   pin  1:12
Aaron Billings- Fergus Falls   Won  pin  3:38
Breck Erickson-Willmar   Won 10-4
Seth Dostal-BGMR   Lost  6-0
DNP
152 lbs Jake Wagner Kyle Mickelsen-West Central   L  pin  1:05
Ben Schnellman-Zimmerman  W  pin  6:41 (OT)
Dillon Nichols-Pequot Lakes/PR   L  pin  :43
DNP
160 lbs Zach Lutz Parker Davis-Virginia  L  pin  2:27
Dallas Kern-DGF   Won pin   1:37
Calvin Waterhouse-Zimmerman   Lost  12-3
DNP
170 lbs Jonny Frazee Liam Constante-Roseau   Won  pin  2:23
Holton Truax-Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale  L  pin 1:42
Daron Sikorski-BGMR  Won  pin  1:43
Zach Nelson-Park Rapids   Lost  pin  1:46
DNP
182 lbs Mike Kostrzewski Bye
Nick Wamre- United Clay-Becker   L  pin  1:07
Devin Pries - BGMR  Lost pin  2:14
DNP
195 lbs OPEN    
220 lbs Felix Longoria Adam Lorenson-BGMR   Won  pin  2:47
Tanner Templin-Blackduck-Cass Lake  L  pin 3:19
Conner Jensen-West Marshall  Won pin  :59
Jacob Bittmann-Park Rapids   Woin  15-2
Matt Hennes-Willmar
 
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez Drew Hawk-DGF   L  pin  1:02
Bye
Michael Roth-Aitkin   Lost pin  3:25
DNP

 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL TAKES ON SEVENTH RANKED AND UNDEFEATED THIEF RIVER FALLS

The Crookston Pirate Girl's Basketball team has won four games in a row including an overtime win at Barnesville last night and are 4-1 on the season. They will play their toughest opponent to date tonight when they host the Thief River Falls Prowlers who are 6-0 on the year. The game will start at 6:30 PM and leads off a doubleheader with the boys who will play after. The game will be on KROX RADIO starting at 6:00 PM and also the internet by going to the ON THE AIR link at the top of this page.

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Thief River Falls

33 24 57

CROOKSTON

17 17 34

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Amber Froeber  13 5 2 Assists/ 2 Steals 
Danica Brekken  13   2 Assists /3 Steals
Sydney Boike  8 10  
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

For TRF

Points

Madison Brekke  20
Tiahna Nicholson  11
Makayla Peterson  11
Meleah Biermaier  8
Jenna Tadych 4
Kylea Praska  3
   
   


 

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL WILL ALSO HOST THE THIEF RIVER FALLS PROWLERS

The Crookston Pirate Boy's Basketball team has had terrific starts all season long and did again last night defeating Park Rapids in a Section 8AA game 84-56 to run their record to 8-0 on the season. Tonight they host Thief River Falls, who has been dominant over the Pirates in the last years and the Prowlers come in with a 5-1 record suffering their first loss on Tuesday night at Detroit Lakes. Tonight's game is part of a doubleheader and follows the Pirates and Prowlers girls game about 8:00 PM.  It will be on KROX RADIO and kroxam.com, by going to the ON THE AIR link at the top of this page.

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Thief River Falls

19    

CROOKSTON

48    

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

For TRF

Points

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   




CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY ALSO PLAYS THIEF RIVER FALLS AT HOME

It's been a while since the Crookston Pirate Boy's Hockey team has beaten a Thief River Falls team and they will try to end that streak tonight when the two teams meet at the Crookston Sports Center. The Pirates are 3-4-1 on the year and coming off a nice 8-1 Section 8A victory at Park Rapids on Tuesday and Thief River Falls is 3-5 on the year, but the Prowlers are still ranked ninth in the Minnesota State Class A polls. The game will be at 7:30 PM.

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Thief River Falls 1 3 1 5
CROOKSTON 0 1 1 2

1st Period
2:13 -  TRF -  Zeb Nelson  (Lucas Magnusson)
 

2nd Period
7:33 -  TRF -  Keaton Huot  (Chris Sanders)
11:45 - Crookston -  Tanner Geatz  (Zach Markovich)
15:30 - TRF -  Zach Lee  (Riley Bakken)
16:13 - TRF   Ethan Johnson (Brendan Bushy)   (PP)

3rd Period
4:42 - Crookston -  Cody Wardner  (2)   (Chandler St. Michel, Doug Larson)   (PP)
15:48 -  TRF -  Zeb Nelson  (Ethan Johnson, Blair Lindholm)   (Open Net)
 

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Kade Nelson-TRF 7 6 6 19
Adam Huglen-Crookston 12 11 5 28


 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GOES FOR THE SWEEP OVER BEMIDJI STATE


The University of Minnesota Crookston women's basketball team has only played five Northern Sun Conference games, but they will complete their two games with Bemidji State tonight when the two meet at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.  UMC is 2-3 on the conference season including a 66-53 over Bemidji State on November 29 in Bemidji. The Beavers are winless in the conference at 0-5 and 2-7 overall.  Game time tonight is 6:00 PM.

BOX SCORE

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Bemidji State

 32  40  71

UMC

 28 41  69

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Katrina Moenkedick 13 9  
Alexa Thielman 13 4 4 steals
Ebony Livingston 12 7  
Ashley Martell 11    
Micaela Noga 9    
Kenzie Church 6
Maria Loughlin 4 5 4 assists
Erika McRoberts 1    


 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL WITH NICE PRESENT FOR THE HOLIDAYS, A WIN OVER BEMIDJI STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston men's basketball team has won two of their last three Northern Sun Conference games and will try to get to five hundred in the conference and overall when they host Bemidji State tonight at Lysaker Gym in Crookston. UMC is 2-3 on the conference season, which includes a 78-50 loss at Bemidji State at the end of November. The Beavers is coming of a nice win at Wayne State last weekend and like UMC are 2-3 in the conference and Bemidji State is 6-3 overall. The game tonight at 8:00 PM will be the last game before the Christmas and New Years holidays for both teams. Game time is 8:00 PM.

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Bemidji State

34 30  64

UMC

37 36 73

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals

Derrick Redd Jr 

15  5  
Tim Lubke  14  3  
John Hughes  12  5  
Kevin Larson  11  4 4 Steals 
Jim Warmack  9  7  
Tyler West  8 6 2 Assists 
Lucas Reller  4    
       
       





THURSDAY -  DECEMBER 18, 2014

EAST GRAND FORKS SHUTS OUT CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY 3-0

East Grand Forks freshman Livia Pesch scored two second period goals two minutes apart to lead the Green Wave to a 3-0 win over the Crookston Pirates in a Section 8A Girl’s Hockey game at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
After having East Grand Forks get off to a good start to the game and carry the play to the Pirates, the Green Wave took a penalty and although they didn’t score on the power play, Crookston started to get some confidence after getting some shots on goal and in fact, the Pirates had seven straight shots on goal as they continued to be the aggressor after the extra man was over. “There was a little back and forth feeling each other out,” said Crookston head coach Jeff Perreault, “but we got the power play and I thought the ice tilted a bit in our favor and we got into their end a little more and we were getting some pucks to the net, but unfortunately we weren’t able to bury one, which would have been huge in their building.”
The second period was a combination of things for Crookston, as they were skating with seven forwards and when Maddie Nicholls couldn’t start the period because she was being stitched up by Dr. Erik Kanten after taking a puck under her shin pad. “Thankfully we have about the greatest medical crew for any high school hockey team and they were able to give Maddie stitches, but we were haven’t to mix players around with our lines and it just didn’t work out and they took advantage of a few of our mistakes to take the lead,” said Perreault.  On the first mistake, the Pirates didn’t dump the puck and it ended up with Pesch picking it up just outside the Crookston blue line and came in on a breakaway and was able to fire a shot past Pirate goalie Lexie Cormican for a 1-0 lead. On her next shift, exactly two minutes later, Pesch was parked in front of the Crookston goal and when an East Grand Forks defenseman’s shot was going wide, it hit some bodies, fell down in front of the Crookston net and Pesch was able to get her stick on it and make it a 2-0 game early in the second period. “That all came in that time period Maddie was being attended to,” said Perreault, “it’s unfortunate, but those things happen in hockey.”  The goals sparked the Green Wave as they continually put pressure on Crookston and only the solid goaltending of Cormican, who had 20 saves in the period, kept it a 2-0 score after two periods of play.
Crookston did get a little step back in the third period with some plays that could have turned into scoring chances, but they were unable to get anything toward the net. Macy Strem worked hard with a couple chances working down the slot area, but had to go through a number of defensive minded Green Wave players, who wouldn’t allow a shot at their goalie. “There were times out there where we had opportunities and I thought we didn’t make the best decisions like a two on one and dumping it in or having a girl in the slot and we try to push it through their girls,” said Perreault, “they are just little things that we are going to talk about and clean it up on our end and be a better hockey team.”
The Green Wave did get one more goal late in the third period when another freshman, Nicole Schlenk was able to get in deep and swung around the Pirate defense and through the Pirate crease and although she seemed to lose control of the puck, it went drifting in to net for a score and wrapped up a 3-0 win for East Grand Forks. “I think we could have played better tonight overall,” said Perreault, “ our M.O. this year has been little lapses and they end up in our net and that has to stop.”
Crookston is 1-10 on the season and will be at Fargo North (N.D.) on Monday night. “We were undefeated against North Dakota teams last year and we will talk about that as something we want to do again this season and it will start on Monday in Fargo,” said Perreault.
East Grand Forks is 7-4 on the season and will be at Park Rapids on Monday night in another Section 8A game.


Sabrina Delorme looks to pass (Picture by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0
East Grand Forks 0 2 1 3


Kendall Wahouske also looks to pass (Picture by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

1st Period
No Scoring 

2nd Period
4:52 EGF- Livia Pesh unassisted
6:52 EGF- Livia Pesh (Colleen Mochoruk, Riley Koberinski)

3rd Period
11:11 EGF Nicole Schlenk unassisted


Annie Hajostek (left) and Leah Trostad (right) try to get a stick on the loose puck

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Lexie Cormican-Crookston  8 20 12 40
Mckenzie Whalen- EGF  8 4 7 19


 

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL HAS ANOTHER QUICK START TO PICK UP THEIR EIGHT STRAIGHT WIN, 84-56 OVER PARK RAPIDS

The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team jumped out to a big lead to start the game and never looked back, defeating the Park Rapids Panthers 84-56 in a Section 8AA matchup at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
Crookston jumped out to a 9-0 lead before fans could even settle in to their seats behind three straight three-pointers from senior guard Aaron Hollcraft. “The key to our start was the same as usual,” said Pirate head coach Greg Garmen. “We shot the ball well, moved it well and played defense. That got us going.”
After Park Rapids went on a 6-2 run to cut the lead to five, Hollcraft responded with another triple and Ryan Porter followed with a steal, a bucket and free-throw to put the lead back to double digits at 17-6. The lead would grow to 35-14 after Matt Garmen scored five straight points and Jonathan Miller added two. “Our team is very confident right now,” coach Garmen pointed out. “They’re all seniors for the most part, they know what’s going on, share the ball well and are shooting well so that leads to the confidence.”
A Patrick Deng three, the seventh of the half for Crookston, would push the lead to 47-20 with less than two minutes left in the half and the Pirates went into the locker room with a 49-23 advantage.
The Pirate starters would begin the second half much like they began the game, moving the ball around and hitting their shots. Porter’s third three-pointer pushed the Pirate lead to 57-29. Hollcraft added his 17th and 18th points of the game via an offensive putback to put his team up 68-39 with 9:41 left and was able to rest the remainder of the game. Coach Garmen emptied his bench and rested his starters the last nine minutes of the game. “It was good (to rest the starters in the second half) because we need to have our guys fresh for tomorrow,” explained Garmen. “I went to the bench a little sooner than I normally do so I was able to save their legs.”  Coach Garmen was able to get all 13 players in the game with 12 of those players scoring in the 84-56 victory.

Crookston improves to 8-0 on the year and will host Thief River Falls Friday night at 8:00 p.m.  The Pirate Girls Basketball team will host Thief River Falls at 6:00 p.m. in a double header on Friday.  Park Rapids drops to 3-5 on the season.
J.V. - Crookston won 41-31
C Squad - Crookston won 38-37
 


                      Danny Davidson glides through the lane for a lay up

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Park Rapids

23 33 56

CROOKSTON

49 35 84

 
Ryan Porter looks to pass as a Panther keeps a close watch

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Aaron Hollcraft

18 4 2 Assists 
Ryan Porter  15   3 Steals 
Seth Desrosier  11 1 5 Assists 
Jonathan Miller   10 3  
Ben Dorman  6    
Matt Garmen  5 2 2 Assists 
Danny Davidson  4 1  3 Steals 
Chris Wavra  4 2  
Austin Summerfeld  4    
Patrick Deng 3    
Brandt Delage 2    
Luke Froeber 2    

 

For Park Rapids

Points

Derek Porozinski  23
Remingtin Hagen  6
Damion Hanke  6
Hunter Jewison  5
Jordan McCollum  4
Nicolas Lopez 4
Adam Herberg  2
Connor Byer 2



 

PIRATE GIRLS BASKETBALL MOUNTS A BIG COMEBACK LATE FOR AN OVERTIME VICTORY AT BARNESVILLE

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team trailed by eight points with 53 seconds left, but mounted an unbelievable rally to tie the game and force overtime and won the game on an offensive rebound and putback by Elisa Samuelson with five seconds left for a 66-64 overtime victory in a Section 8AA matchup in Barnesville.
Barnesville made a three pointer 23 seconds into the game, but Crookston responded nicely with a 9-0 run behind some great crisp passing.  Amber Froeber scored the first Pirate basket after a nice pass from Danica Brekken, Sydney Boike made a three pointer 17 seconds later, Brekken scored after she stole the ball and passed to Froeber who had a nice pass back to Danica for the basket and then Elisa Samuelson capped the run when she scored after another nice pass from Brekken and Crookston led 9-3 and things were looking pretty good 2:58 into the ball game. "We started pretty good and had some run outs early and our press caused them to rush some things," said Pirate Coach Lon Boike.  The two teams exchanged baskets before the Trojans went on a 10-0 run behind a couple three pointers and had a 15-11 lead.  Crookston, who seemed to be struggling to keep up with Barnesville five or six minutes into the game, got their second wind when Boike had six points and Brekken added a steal and lay up to cap an 8-0 run for a 19-15 lead with 6:22 remaining in the half.  The rest of the half would be back and forth and Barnesville used some offensive rebounds and good passing against the Pirate zone to take a 30-29 lead into halftime.  "We were up and had decent leads and then they would answer with a run of their own," said Coach Boike.
In the second half, Barnesville was leading 39-36 when they went on a 7-0 run over a minute and a half span for their biggest lead of the game, 46-36.  Crookston battled back with some better defense and nice passing with a Brekken basket after a Froeber rebound and pass,  then a free throw apiece by Boike and Brekken.  Barnesville answered with a big three pointer by Rachel Solum, only to have the Pirates answer with a banked three pointer by Brekken and a Samuelson steal and layup to bring Crookston within a four point deficit, 49-45, with 4:37 remaining.  The two teams exchanged baskets and then Barnesville went on a 7-1 run to tie their biggest lead of the game (10 points) 58-48 with 2:11 left in regulation.  The Pirates Karlee Meyer answered in a big way with a three pointer from the corner.  After a Barnesville free throw, Crookston’s Brekken buried a three pointer to bring the Pirates within a five point deficit. After a time out, Meyer stole a pass and got the ball to Boike who nailed a three pointer and was fouled!!!! Boike made the free throw for a rare four point play to bring Crookston within one point (59-58) with 34 seconds remaining.  Barnesville inbounded the ball against a Pirate full court press and Brekken tipped a pass, it went off a Trojan out of bounds and it was Crookston ball.  Crookston inbounded to Boike, who was fouled.  She missed the front end of the bonus, but Samuelson grabbed the rebound and got the ball to Brekken who drove the lane and was called for a charge, giving Barnesville the ball.  The Trojans were fouled on a jump shot from about 10 feet out and had two free throws, only making one for a 60-58 lead with 8.8 seconds remaining.  Crookston brought the ball up the floor and Brekken found Boike in the free throw line area and she spun and banked a shot home to tie the game 60-60 at the end of regulation, forcing overtime. "That was pretty exciting," said Coach Boike. "With about two minutes left I was thinking this doesn't look good, but we decided to go with a full court press and were able to get some turnovers and had some wild things happen with Danica making a three and Sydney getting the four point play.  That was as crazy as a finish as I have seen, it was one of the most exciting games I have coached."
Barnesville was fouled on the first possession of overtime and made two free throws to take a 62-60 lead.  Amber Froeber was fouled after she grabbed a rebound on a missed Barnesville shot and made two free throws to tie the game at 62-62.  Neither team scored on their next offensive possession before Meyer was fouled and made two free throws to give Crookston a 64-62 lead.  Barnesville came right back and made a jumper in the paint to tie the game with 1:21 left in overtime.  After taking over 40 seconds off the clock, Crookston was fouled and missed two free throws, but Barnesville lost the ball out of bounds and the Pirates had the ball back with less than 30 seconds on the clock.  Pirate coach Lon Boike called a time out with 15.4 seconds left in overtime.  The Pirates drew up a play to get the ball inside to Sydney Boike, she got the ball in the post and made a spin move and her shot bounced off the rim, but Samuelson was there for the offensive rebound and scored on the put back to give the Pirates a 66-64 lead with a couple seconds left.  A Barnesville half court shot at the buzzer was off the mark and the Pirates wrapped up an amazing come from behind 66-64 overtime victory. "The last thing I said in the huddle during the last time out was everybody crash the boards because you don't know what is going to happen and Elisa was on the spot and put it back in and that was pretty exciting," said Coach Boike. "It was a big victory and the girls played so hard and are drained.  It was a fun win and a big confidence builder."
Crookston improves to 3-1 on the year and will host Thief River Falls on Friday at 6:00 p.m.   Barnesville loses their second game of the year in overtime and drops to 1-3 on the season.
JV -  Barnesville  won  37-12
C-Squad -  Barnesville won 28-14


Elisa Samuelson makes the game winning shot in overtime (Click on video above to see)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

OT

Final

CROOKSTON

29 31 6 66

Barnesville

30 30 4 64

   
Sydney Boike with the game tying shot  Elisa Samuelson with the game winner
                        (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Sydney Boike

22 7 2 assists
Danica Brekken 17   5 assists/4 steals
Elisa Samuelson 12 5 3 steals
Karlee Meyer 9   2 steals
Amber Froeber 6 7 2 assists/2 steals


             The Pirates and their bus driver, Dan Bratvold (lower right) celebrate!! 
                                (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For Barnesville

Points

Peyton Boom 14
Alli Skogen 13
Nicole Harbranson 13
Rachel Solum 10
Ariel Olson 7
Emma Nielsen 3
Kaitlin Meyer 2
Anna Bang 2





WEDNESDAY - DECEMBER 17,  2014

UMC HAS 24 STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO NSIC ALL ACADEMIC TEAM

The University of Minnesota Crookston had 24 student-athletes recognized on the 2014 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Fall All-Academic Team as released Tuesday afternoon by the conference office. The NSIC had 624 student-athletes earn NSIC All-Academic honors for the 2014 fall athletic season. UMC’s 24 student-athletes is four better than last year. 
To be eligible for this honor, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better. Furthermore, the student-athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her/his institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.

The UMC football team had eight student-athletes recognized as NSIC Fall All-Academic performers including: Ben Bucholz (Jr., QB, Perham), Matt Borowicz (Sr., OL, Stephen), Nathan Cole (So., QB, Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Tyman Hayashi (So., OL, Kalihi, Hawai’i), Joe Machacek (So., OL, Eagan), Myint Maung (Sr., WR, St. Paul), Drew McDurmin (So., OL, Aiea, Hawai’i) and Drew Selvestra (Jr., DL, Eagan). The Golden Eagle football team had six student-athletes recognized last season.

The Golden Eagle soccer team had 10 student-athletes recognized including Cayla Bendel (Sr., D/MF, Lakeville), Samantha Deutsch (So., D, Lakeville), Danielle Gau (So., D, Monticello), Kallie Gau (So., MF/F, Monticello), Lexie Gauger (So., GK, Green Bay, Wis.), Delaney Kohorst (So., D, Cohasset), Delaney McIntyre (Jr., MF, Flin Flon, Manitoba), Erin Mears (Sr., MF, Sioux Falls, S.D.), Lindsey Paul (So., MF, Otsego) and Kary Sheppard (So., MF, Grand Rapids). The UMC soccer team had seven individuals honored during the 2013 season.

The UMC volleyball team had six student-athletes honored including Casey Cashman (So., DS/Lib, Ashland, Wis.), Kali Erickson (So., OH, Fargo, N.D.), Brittany Looker (Sr., OH, Rochester), Mary Mikutowski (Sr., Lib., Stillwater), Stephanie Pearson (Jr., OH, Frankfort, Ill.) and Sierra Trost (So., S, Ham Lake). The Golden Eagle volleyball team had seven individuals recognized in 2013. 

 

 

TUESDAY -  DECEMBER 16, 2014

DOUG LARSON SCORES FOUR TIMES TO LEAD CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY IN AN 8-1 WIN OVER PARK RAPIDS

Whether it was a signature game for the Crookston Pirates as a team or for their first line is yet to be determined, but Doug Larson scored four times, Chandler St. Michel scored once, but had four assists, two of them deemed for the highlight reel and Bobby Tiedemann added a goal and two assists to lead the Crookston Pirates to an 8-1 win over the Park Rapids Panthers.
St. Michel who is gifted with speed, showed it off right away, like seven seconds into the game, beating two Panthers defensemen in the zone and rifled a shot past the Panthers freshman goalie, Austin Jerger. “It really fueled the engine,” said Doug Larson. “A road game and a long bus trip and getting one that quick was great to see.” Then it was Larson’s turn scoring twice in the first period with the first one on a great individual effort picking up a puck near the Park Rapids blue line, completely undressed a Panther defenseman and Larson snapped off a wicked wrist shot that beat the Panther goalie and knocked his water bottle in the air. 20 seconds later, Larson struck again, this time Mikey Hajostek put a shot from the point on net and the rebound in front and Larson had an open net to put the rebound in and Crookston led 3-0 at the end of the first period. “I’ve been watch Chandler play for three years now and that was his prettiest goal for sure and it was a great start and we really never looked back,” said Crookston head coach Joel Gasper.
Although they only scored twice in the second period Crookston stepped it up even more in the period scoring early and late. The first came as the Pirates were in the midst of a line change and Larson was able to feed Zach Markovich at the top of the circle to the right of the Panthers net and the sophomore snapped a shot that Jerger got his glove on, but it glanced off and in and the Pirates led 4-0.  Larson put his wicked shot on display later in the period when Tiedemann cleanly won a draw to the left of the Park Rapids goal to Larson, whose quick trigger went top shelf again knocking the goalies water bottle and the Pirates enjoyed the 5-0 lead after two periods. “The truth be told, Bobby missed practice yesterday being sick and Lars and Chandler were both driven from the beginning and never stopped,” said Gasper.
Park Rapids scored their only goal early in the third period on a power play when Cole Coborn sent a shot toward the Crookston goal and Chase Brand was in line of the shot and got his stick on it and knocked it through Crookston goalie Adam Huglen’s five hole and the Panthers cut the lead to 5-1.
Then it was St. Michel time again with two spectacular passes to set up goals one minute apart, the first was a two on one with St. Michel coming in from the right and put a behind his back pass over to Tiedemann who buried it for a 6-1 lead. “I had just gotten on the ice on a change and I see Chandler skating up the ice and the behind the back to Bobby and Bobby is going to bury it every time there,” said Larson. Next, St. Michel came with Larson on a two on one and falling down, Chandler was able to get a pass to Larson who wasted little time in scoring his fourth goal of the season and gave Crookston a 7-1 lead and the game went to running time. “I thought Chanc was going to beat the defenseman wide, but he put the break’s on, made a nice move and the kid ended up tripping him and he slipped the puck across for me and I was able to find the back of the net tonight,” said Larson. The Pirates added one more when Cody Wardner from just inside the blue line blasted a huge slap shot past the new Park Rapids goalie, Ben Naugle, to put the finishing touches on the Pirates 8-1 win. “I’ve never been to a game where the water bottle has been knocked off three times,” said Gasper. “I made a comment to Hardy (assistant coach Josh) in practice that I don’t know if it’s the one pieces (hockey sticks) or what it is, but it seems like they’ve got them figured out and we have a handful of guys that can really shoot the puck and they certainly were tonight. Our goal was to win each period and we did that tonight.”
Crookston is 3-4-1 on the season and will now host Thief River Falls on Friday night at the Crookston Sports Center. “Coach Bergland does a tremendous job at Thief River Falls and we can expect a very tough game on Friday,” said Gasper. “They had a tough game with Warroad tonight and we will be coming in with some confidence. We took another step tonight for the program and we have a chance to take another one in our home rink on Friday.”
Park Rapids is 2-5 on the season.
JV – Park Rapids won 4-1


       Doug Larson, who had four goals in the game, skates by two Park Rapids players

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 3 2 3 8
Park Rapids 0 0 1 1


The Pirates celebrate Zach Markovich's (pictured left) goal in the second period

1st Period
0:07 - Crox - Chandler St. Michel (5)  unassisted
11:38 - Crox - Doug Larson (5)  unassisted
11:58 - Crox - Doug Larson(6)  (Mikey Hajostek, Chandler St. Michel)

2nd Period
3:42 - Crox - Zach Markovich (2)  (Doug Larson)
11:46 - Crox - Doug Larson (7)  (Bobby Tiedemann)

3rd Period

3:46 - PR- Chase Brand (Cole Coborn) (PP)
6:08 - Crox - Bobby Tiedemann (5)   (Chandler St. Michel, Parker Nicholls)
7:08 - Crox - Doug Larson (8)  (Chandler St. Michel)
14:04 - Crox -  Cody Wardner (1)  (Bobby Tiedemann, Chandler St. Michel) 

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Adam Huglan - Crox 4  6 5 15
Austin Jerger - Park Rapids  4  13 X 17
Ben Naugle - Park Rapids X X 2 2



 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL SCORE FIRST 17 POINTS ON THEIR WAY TO BIG WIN AGAINST EAST GRAND FORKS

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team used a 17-0 run to start the game and never looked back on their way to a 68-42 victory in a Section 8AA matchup in the Crookston High School gymnasium. 
Crookston started the game down one starter, as Amber Froeber was home with the flu a day after her brother missed a game, mixed with Kenzie Klatt (who tore her ACL at Perham) on the bench in street clothes the Pirate coaching staff wasn’t sure what to expect from their squad.  Boy did the Pirate girls erase any questions with a huge exclamation point, by scoring the first 17 points of the game.  Elisa Samuelson started the scoring with an offensive rebound and put back and the gates were opened.  Danica Brekken followed with a steal on a full court press and went in for a layup and was fouled for a three point play.  Syndey Boike scored the next four points, Karlee Meyer added a basket before Boike scored four more points and the run was capped by another Brekken basket for a 17-0 lead. “That is the kind of start you would like to see every game,” said Pirate Coach Lon Boike. “We had some nice outside shots and were getting some run outs off of turnovers and they couldn’t stop Sydney in the post so that was awesome to see the good all around offense.”  East Grand Forks scored their first points when Mallory Aitchison made a jump shot with 13:26 left in the half.  The two teams exchanged baskets for a couple minutes and Crookston led 23-9 before scoring the next six points with Boike adding four and Brekken two more and the Pirates led 29-9.  East Grand Forks started to make some shots and trailed 33-15 with 1:27 left in the half when Elisa Samuelson went on a 6-0 run by herself to end the half and Crookston had a 39-15 lead at halftime.  “I told Matt (Bjorgo – the assistant coach) with about two minutes left in the half that I would really like to see us end on a nice run,” said Coach Boike. “We did that perfectly and Elisa really finished strong and that was great going into halftime.  You couldn’t ask for a better start and finish of a half.”
In the second half, Crookston was able to build the lead to 35 points (64-29) on a Boike basket with 6:27 left in the game and the starters came out shortly after, allowing all 12 players to play in the game.  In the final minutes, East Grand Forks put a little run together to get the deficit into the 20’s, but the Pirates held on for the 68-42 victory.  “It was good to see everybody contribute tonight,” said Coach Boike. “The girls stepped in and picked up their play and everybody got in the game.  I was pretty happy defensively in the first half and had a lot of turnovers and I was really happy with how the girls played tonight.”
Crookston improves to 3-1 on the year and will travel to Barnesville on Thursday and host Thief River Falls on Friday.  East Grand Forks drops to 1-3 on the season.
J.V. – Crookston won 35-32
C Squad - Crookston won 28-20

   
 Brooke Bergeron goes in for a lay up       Claire Dufault brings the ball up the floor

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

East Grand Forks

15 27 42

CROOKSTON

39 29 68

 
    The Pirates were all smiles on the bench, enjoying the big lead
          (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Sydney Boike

22 12 6 assists
Danica Brekken 20 3 6 steals/3 assists
Elisa Samuelson 14 8 3 assists
Karlee Meyer 4   2 steals
Brooke Bergeron 4 3  
Jenna Porter 2    
Precious Adams 2    

 

For EGF

Points

Chloe Vonacek 10
Dani Filipi 9
Haylie Carlstrom 8
Rylee Skyberg 6
Mallory Aitchison 5
Sara Hulteng 2
Kaylyn Cummings 2


 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY PLAYS WELL FOR TWO PERIODS, THEN RUNS OUT OF GAS IN 7-1 AT MOORHEAD

The Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey team scored the first goal of the game, but the Moorhead Spuds scored the next seven goals on their way to a 7-1 victory in Moorhead. 
The Pirates faced some adversity from the start of the game as Senior captain, Abby Parr, was the starting goaltender in her first ever varsity game in goal.  The Pirates seemed to come out with some fire and got after Moorhead right away and after a Spud penalty, Crookston's Tori Demarais scored a goal after a pass from Macy Strem and scored a power play goal for a 1-0 lead.  "That was a nice way to start the game with a power play goal," said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault. "It sure is nice having Tori back on the blue line and she has been playing very well since coming back from the injury."   Moorhead's Kara Werth, who had a goal and four assists, tied the game at 1-1 over five minutes later and the two teams were tied at 1-1 going into the first intermission. "Abby (Parr) had a very good first period for us in her first varsity action," said Coach Perreault. "I was really proud of her and how she stepped up to help the team was great."
In the second period, Crookston played very well and had several scoring chances, but couldn't solve the Moorhead goalie Brianna Storms, who made save after save.  Moorhead was able to score two goals in the last two minutes of the period to take a 3-1 lead and that seemed to be the straw that broke the camels back. "We played very well in the second period," said Coach Perreault. "We were getting some quality scoring opportunities and we outshot Moorhead, but they were able to get those two goals late and that hurt."
In the third period Moorhead scored four goals a little over five minutes apart and went on to a 7-1 victory, for their first win of the season. "We got a little tired and maybe those two second period goals deflated us and we didn't have the same hop in our step," said Coach Perreault. "When they stretched it out, we just couldn't keep up and didn't have the same hop in our step in the third period.  I was really proud of the Abby for stepping up and all the girls for coming out and playing hard and playing a very good second period.  Hopefully we can learn from this one and get ready for East Grand Forks on Thursday.
Crookston drops to 1-9 on the year and will be at East Grand Forks on Thursday, a game you can hear on KROX.  Moorhead improves to 1-6-2 on the year.
J.V. - Moorhead won 5-3

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 1
Moorhead 1 2 4 7

1st Period
3:47 - Crox - Tori Demarais (3) (Macy Strem) PP
9:08 - MHD - Kara Werth

2nd Period
14:51 - MHD - Brenna Mjoness (Kara Werth)
15:22 - MHD - Brenna Mjoness (Kara Werth, Marissa Herdt)

3rd Period
4:17 - MHD - Marissa Herdt
7:51 - MHD - Hailey Raske  PP
8:09 - MHD - Brenna Mjoness (Werth)
10:11 - MHD - Hailey Raske (Megan MacFarlane, Kylie Harrom)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Abby Parr - Crox 6 12 7 25
Brianna Storms - MHD 2 15 7 24


 

CROOKSTON WRESTLERS BEAT WEST MARSHALL AND RED LAKE COUNTY CENTRAL IN TRIANGULAR

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team swept a triangular in Warren by beating West Marshall (Warren-Alvarado-Oslo and Stephen-Argyle Coop) 60-12 and then Red Lake County Central 39-24.
In the first match, Crookston won seven matches by forfeit after four or five kids for West Marshall had to leave for a music concert/program.  Picking up the only wins in a match were Lukas Meier and Zach Lutz, both by pins.  “They only had four wrestlers in our dual so it was a quick match,” said Pirate Coach Chad Hitchen. “They are trying to build the program and are a section opponent so we need to wrestle them and hopefully they can get the numbers up in the future.”
In the second match, Crookston only won two matches by forfeit, but that would be the difference as the Pirates won 39-24.  “The match was a little closer than I wanted it to be,” said Coach Hitchen. “We had an open weight at 126 pounds and that will be a tough weight for us to fill this year.  We were open at 113 pounds with Cameron Hulst at home sick and then we didn’t make weight at 220 pounds so it was an interesting match.” The Pirates had nice wins at 106 pounds with Hunter Hitchen and another youngster, Damian Hodgson. “Hunter (Hitchen) was able to gain some weight to wrestle and then pick up a pin to start the dual and then Damian Hodgson had a nice win by pin and that was a nice win for us,” said Coach Hitchen. “It was two section wins and that is always good.  You always have some individual seeds on the line when you wrestle a section opponent and the guys did a good job of staying focused and wrestling well tonight.”
Crookston will be at the Big Bear Tournament in Cass Lake on Friday and Saturday.

  CROOKSTON- 60 West Marshall - 12 Result Winner
106 lbs Hunter Hitchen OPEN Forfeit  Crox
113 lbs OPEN OPEN Double Forfeit  -
120 lbs Hunter Baranski OPEN Forfeit Crox
126 lbs OPEN OPEN Double Forfeit  -
132 lbs Lukas Meier Zach Halvorson Pin 1:27 Crox
138 lbs Cody Weiland OPEN Forfeit Crox
145 lbs Colton Weiland OPEN Forfeit Crox
152 lbs Damian Hodgson OPEN Forfeit Crox
160 lbs Jake Wagner Hunter Roller Pin 1:02 WM
170 lbs Zach Lutz Trevor Matelski Pin 1:10 Crox
182 lbs Jonny Frazee Leo Pruneda Pin :29 WM
195 lbs Mike Kostrzewski OPEN Forfeit Crox
220 lbs OPEN OPEN Double Forfeit -
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez OPEN Forfeit Crox

 

  CROOKSTON- 39 Red Lake Co. Central -24 Result Winner
106 lbs Hunter Hitchen  Bryce Burgeson Pin Crox
113 lbs OPEN OPEN Double Forfeit -
120 lbs Hunter Baranski Tyler Sandahl Pin 2:28 Crox
126 lbs OPEN Dylan Gustafson WM RLCC
132 lbs Lukas Meier Ben Kolly Pin RLCC
138 lbs Cody Weiland OPEN Forfeit Crox
145 lbs Colton Weiland Cody Gagner Decision RLCC
152 lbs Damian Hodgson Kyle Gagner Pin Crox
160 lbs Jake Wagner Cameron Lundceau Pin RLCC
170 lbs Zach Lutz OPEN Forfeit Crox
182 lbs Jonny Frazee Nick Paulen Pin Crox
195 lbs Mike Kostrzewski Kyle Flihartz Decision Crox
220 lbs OPEN OPEN Double Forfeit -
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez Triston Larson Decision RLCC





MONDAY - DECEMBER 15,  2015

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL WINS BIG AGAIN, THIS TIME AT BAGLEY

The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team only allowed 42.5 points per game in their first six games and have used a nice combination of offense and defense to win five of their six games easily.  They kept the trend going Monday night as they used a 16-2 run in the final five minutes of the first half to build a 22 point lead and cruised the rest of the way and beat the Bagley Flyers 74-34 in a Section 8AA North subsection game in Bagley. 
Neither team scored in the first two minutes of the game, but Crookston’s Aaron Hollcraft scored to lift the lid of the basket and then Ryan Porter buried a three pointer and Crookston had a 5-0 lead. "I thought in the early part of the game our passes were off a little bit and weren't hitting our shooters in the shooters pocket and hitting them in the knee cap or foot and once we got the passes on the target we seem to shoot better," said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. Crookston built a 12-4 lead and held that same eight point lead when they led 28-20 with five minutes left in the half and that is when they started to dominate the game.  The Pirates only allowed two points in the final five minutes while scoring 16.  In the run, four Pirates scored with Seth Desrosier scoring six, Hollcraft chipped in five, Jonathan Miller added a basket and Porter was fouled on a three pointer and made all three shots from the charity stripe with 1.8 seconds left in the half to give Crookston a 44-22 lead at halftime. "We moved the ball well and made plays on both ends of the floor and we keep finding ways to get things done," said Coach Garmen. "We did the same thing the entire first half and the guys started to make more plays towards the end of the half."
After the halftime break Crookston wanted to take any thoughts of a Bagley comeback and throw them away and they did just that with a 14-1 run in the first six minutes for a 58-23 lead.  Hollcraft had eight points in the run and the Pirates were off and running.  "We wanted to come out in the first five minutes and put the game away and we did that," said Coach Garmen. "We had only given up five points in the half with about eight minutes left." The starters would check out for the final nine minutes of the game while the bench did a nice job of expanding the lead to 42 points (71-29) on the way to a 74-34 victory.  Nine of the 12 Pirate players scored in the game.  Crookston made 12 three pointers in the game. "One night we might be cold and not have a good shooting night, but we have so many different players that are making shots and hopefully somebody will be able to make some shots," said Coach Garmen. "We won on the road and will enjoy it on the bus ride home then get ready for Park Rapids on Thursday night."
Crookston improves to 7-0 on the year and will host Park Rapids on Thursday, Thief River Falls on Friday and Perham on Monday, December 22.  Bagley drops to 2-5 on the year.

J.V. - Bagley
won 60-55.
C Squad - Bagley won 52-14

 
  Jonathan Miller goes in for two of his nine points          Patrick Deng goes in for a lay up

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

44 30 74

Bagley

22 12 34


           Seth Desrosier, surrounded by Flyers, with a pass

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Aaron Hollcraft

26 9 4 Assists
Ryan Porter 12    
Seth Desrosier 9 5 3 Assists/2 Steals 
Jonathan Miller 9    
Patrick Deng   6   4 Steals 
Matt Garmen  4 4 4 Assists/3 Steals  
Austin Sommerfeld  4    
Chris Wavra 3    
Brandt Delage 1    

 

For Bagley

Points

Louis Larson 6
Justin Olson 6
Hunter Syversom 6
Jordan Loiland 5
Jack Laudon 3
Travis Willberg 3
Mark Lundsten 2
Scott Lundsten 2
Lucas Culkins 1




UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER EMILY GRUBER NAMED NSIC NORTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK

University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball player Emily Gruber (Fr., Monticello) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North Division Player of the Week. Gruber is the second UMC women’s basketball player to earn the honor so far on the 2014-15 season as Katrina Moenkedick (Jr., Perham) received the honor following the Bemidji State University game.
Gruber had the best weekend of her young career as she tallied an NSIC-high 23.5 points per game to go with 6.5 rebounds per game as the Golden Eagles beat #7 ranked Wayne State 67-58. Gruber notched 26 points and six rebounds in the win at Wayne State and tallied 21 points and seven rebounds in a 97-90 overtime loss at Augustana. Gruber was 52.9 percent from the field (18-34) and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe (10-12) in the two games while adding three assists and two steals.

Augustana’s Shaunteva Ashley was named NSIC South Division Player of the Week after helping Augie to a pair of wins over UMC and Bemidji State.

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS SWIM TEAM HANDS OUT AWARDS

The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team held their end of the year banquet on Sunday at the Crookston Eagles Club and handed out the following awards.

Most Valuable Swimmer -Haley Roed and Marietta Giest
Most Dedicated - Sierra Pry and Thea Oman
Most Improved - Merran Dingmann
Rookie of the Year - Elizabeth Erdman


                Haley Roed, Sierra Pry, Elizabeth Erdmann, Thea Oman, Marietta Geist, and Merran Dingmann 

 

 

PIRATE EIGHTH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAMS WINS SACRED HEART TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Pirate 8th Grade Boys Basketball team won all three of their games to win the Sacred Heart tournament on Saturday, December 13.
In the first round
Crookston beat Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 36-18, in the semi-finals they beat Stephen-Argyle 20-17, and in the championship they beat Thief River Falls 33-32.


Back Row - Coach Travis Ross, Blake Fee, Nick Garmen, Jaden Lubarski, John Abeld, Coach Wade Hanson.
Front Row - Noah Danielson, Shawn Nelson and Chris Kazmericek

 


 

CROOKSTON CROCS SWIMMERS COMPETE IN GRAND FORKS MEET

The Crookston Crocodile Swim Team made a big showing at the RRVY Santa Invite on Saturday December 13 at the UND Hyslop Center. Claire Oman, Kaleb (KJ) Pry, and Elizabeth Erdman each participated in 4 individual events and cut time off of most them.

Claire competed in the 100 Freestyle, 50 Back, 100 IM, and 50 Breast stroke with three top 10 finishes (7, 8, 9, 13) cutting over 32 seconds off of her times. “Claire was a little nervous before the meet, but once she got into the water, she focused on her technique and did really well. We’ve been working a lot on her turns and starts at practice which really showed today,” said Coach Christine Erdman. “Claire just aged up and is now swimming against 11 and 12 year olds so to finish in the top 10 on 3 of her events is wonderful.”

KJ competed in the 100 Freestyle, 100 Breast stroke, 100 IM, and 50 Breast stroke with four top three finishes (1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd) cutting over 20 seconds off of his times. “KJ has a lot of energy and it shows in the water as he has a great finish to all of his races,” said Coach Erdman. “He has really improved his techniques with his strokes and his turns are phenomenal.”

Elizabeth competed in the 200 IM, 200 Back, 100 Fly, and 500 Free style with 4 First place finishes. “Elizabeth has been chopping large amounts of time on her 500 free. She is continuing to improve her endurance and stroke techniques,” said Coach Erdman. “She, along with all of the swimmers, has a passion to succeed.”

The Crocs continue to practice hard but will be enjoying a little break over the Christmas Holiday before their next meet in January.

 

 

 

SATURDAY -  DECEMBER 13, 2014

CODY WEILAND WINS SIXTH RODD OLSON WRESTLING INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, PIRATES FINISH FOURTH


Pirate Wrestling Coach Chad Hitchen gives Cody Weiland his tourney MVP plaque

Cody Weiland became the second wrestler to win six championships at the Rodd Olson Invitational Wrestling Tournament held at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.  Crookston finished fourth, while United North Central won their fourth straight team title with 174 points, 18 points better than Roseau.
Cody Weiland won a 3-2 decision in the championship match at 138 pounds and won his sixth title at the tournament and joins Garrett Hoffner as the only two that have accomplished the feat.  “That is an amazing accomplishment to win as a seventh grader and then winning it every year after that is amazing,” said Pirate Coach Chad Hitchen. “Obviously, Cody has put his time in and it has paid off.  Hoffner is the only other one to do it and he won a state championship so it is pretty good company.”  Weiland was also named the tournament Most Valuable Wrestler.  “It feels pretty special and to have wrestled with a lot of my teammates over the years that have had great careers and they have three and four championships you realize it is something pretty special,” said Cody Weiland. “My championship match was close and I was really focused on the match and wanted to stay mentally focused the entire match and not give up those stupid takedowns after I gave one up on Thursday.  It is pretty special, but my main goal is to improve every day and get better every match.”
The Pirates had two second place finishes with Cameron Hulst at 113 pounds and Colton Weiland at 145 pounds in a tough 8-7 loss to Roseau’s Brett Jerome.  “I was proud of Colton and the way he wrestled against a senior.  With Colton being a freshman it was a very good match and he opened some eyes today and is starting to turn the corner and has been wrestling very well,” said Coach Hitchen. “Cameron is smiling and is happy with his day.  He has been wrestling well and has had a nice start to the season and keeps getting better every day and it will be fun to watch him wrestle in the future too.”
Zach Lutz had a third place finish and Luke Edlund suffered a knee injury in his third match of the day and wasn't able to finish the match and had to forfeit the final match.
Crookston will host a West Marshall and Red Lake County Central in a tri-angular on Tuesday and head to the Big Bear next weekend in Cass Lake.


Colton Weiland looking to get his opponent, Brett Jerome, on his back in the championship match

  Team

Points

1. United North Central 174
2. Roseau 156
3. Hillsboro 155
4. CROOKSTON 128
5. United Clay Becker 117
6. East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart 98
7. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 78
8. Mahnomen-Waubun 70
9. Red Lake County Central 60
10. West Marshall 33


Mike Kostrzewski looks for some points in his 3rd place match

  PIRATES Opponents/Results Place
106 lbs OPEN    
113 lbs Cameron Hulst Bye
Beat Bradyn Boe (UCB) by pin 1:28
Lost to Riley Eidsmoe (Ros) by pin :40
2nd
120 lbs Hunter Baranski Lost to Brett Dale (Ros) by pin 1:02
Bye
Lost to Ben Johnson (UNC) 12-0
Beat Wyatt Kovarik (EGF) by pin 2:26
5th
126 lbs OPEN    
132 lbs Lukas Meier Lost to Luke Hastings (Hill) by pin 1:05
Bye
Lost to Javier Lamora (EGF) 10-4
Lost to Ben Kolling (RLCC) by pin 2:01
6th
138 lbs Cody Weiland Bye
Beat Matt Vanyo (EGF) by pin 1:08
Beat Tom Tellers (UNC) 3-2
1st
145 lbs Colton Weiland Beat Tristan Hopen (WHA) by pin 1:02
Beat Tucker Cain (Hill) by pin 5:07
Lost to Brett Jerome (Ros) 8-7
2nd
152 lbs Damian Hodgson Bye
Lost to Casey Warner (Ros) by pin 1:33
Lost to Drew Hendrickson (UNC) 7-5
Beat Kyle Gagner (RLCC) 12-0
5th
160 lbs Jake Wagner Lost to Cameron Lundeen (RLCC) by pin 1:30
Beat Zach Greenwood (EGF) by pin 4:24
Lost to Tyler Eckman (UNC) by pin 1:57
4th
170 lbs Luke Edlund Beat Trevor Matelski (MW) by pin 1:03
Lost to Tanner Bacon (UNC) by pin 5:07
Lost to Zach Iverson (Hill) by Injury Default
Lost to Trevor Matelski (WM) by Injury Default
6th
182 lbs Zach Lutz Bye
Lost to Jake Worms (MW) by pin 1:36
Beat Nick Pahlen (RLCC) by pin 3:34
Beat Craig Isaacson (UNC) 7-4
3rd
195 lbs Mike Kostrzewski Lost to Dakota Zimmer (WHA) by pin 2:50
Bye
Beat Shane Banks (WM)  16-11
Lost to Dakota Zimmer (WHA) by pin 2:05
4th
220 lbs Felix Longoria Beat Devin Jensen (Ros) 5-2
Lost to Wyatt Schultz (Hill) by pin :20
Beat Connor Jenson (WM) by pin 1:11
Lost to Nick Fisher (WHA) by pin 3:17
4th
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez Lost to Kieren Oksanen (Ros) by pin 2:27
Bye
Lost to Brady Siebels (Hill) by pin 2:37
Beat Brady Vry (UNC) by pin 1:22
5th


Cody Weiland in control in the championship match - where he won his sixth tourney championship
 

 

CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY RALLIES AND THEN SETTLES FOR A 4-4 TIE WITH HIBBING

The Crookston Pirates rallied from a three goal deficit and although they took the lead after the second period, Hibbing scored the only goal the rest of the way as the two teams played to a 4-4 tie at the Hibbing Memorial Arena.
Hibbing scored the only goal of the first period catching the Pirates in a line change and there was nobody to pick up Joe Fenstermacher coming up the slot and he took a pass from Kylan Yoki and Fenstermacher snapped off a shot that beat Crookston goalie Adam Huglen. “I think it was a line change on that one,” said Crookston head coach Joel Gasper, “It was a defenseman coming off and Hibbing made the most of their chances.” 
The second period was a wild one with six goals scored, four were power plays and six goals on only 16 shots in the period. Crookston took a couple penalties in the first half of the period and Hibbing scored on both of them, mainly because of the play of their sophomore defenseman, Scott Perunovich. He set up another sophomore Zach DeBoom walking up the slot with a crisp pass on the ice. Half way through the period Perunovich did the same thing to Jake Bestul, whose quick shot in front found its way and the Bluejackets were enjoying a 3-0 lead about half-way through the game. 
Crookston didn’t wait too long after trailing by three as they had Parker Nicholls playing up front on a few shifts in the second period and the junior defenseman was behind the Hibbing goal and made a quick pass in front to Chandler St. Michel skating through and although a little off balance was able to knock one past the Hibbing goalie and Crookston trailed 3-1. The first goal for the visiting Pirates was a spark and the top line put in another one of some nifty passing down low in the Bluejackets zone and started with Doug Larson pass from behind the Hibbing goal to the other side of the net and St. Michel quickly one timed a pass in front to Bobby Tiedemann who did the same thing, a quick one-timer and Crookston was now trailing 3-2. About 30 second later, Hibbing took a major for checking from behind and Crookston had a five minute power play and made good use of it in the last minute of the second period, scoring two goals. The first came when the Pirates Dane Anderson was in the Hibbing zone, threw a shot at Isiah Dilley, the Bluejackets goalie, who made the save and then was going to send the puck to the side boards, but instead lofted it right back at Anderson, who was hit in the chest with the puck, it fell below him and Anderson quickly put it by the startled goalie and the Pirates tied the game at 3-3 with 48 seconds left in the period. Crookston added another power play with 15 seconds left in the period when Tiedemann was able to pick up a loose puck in the Hibbing zone and circle down low from the goalies left and Tiedemann had the goalie moving over to his right and Tiedemann shot back to his right for the goal and the Pirates went into the locker room with a 4-3 lead and two and a half minutes left with the man advantage to start the third period. “In my short two years of coaching I’ve learned that trailing 3-0, it can go one of two ways, you can pack it in or do something. Chandler’s goal stopped the momentum, Bobby added the next one and then we get that major penalty and score two on it. We were opportunistic and made them pay, which was clutch. I couldn’t be happier with the play of that first line,” said coach Gasper.
The Pirates has some rest and came out with the man advantage to start the third period. “I told them between that period break that it’s time for this program to make a step, “ said Gasper, “so many times we have been in this situation and third periods have been tough on us this year, but it’s time for Crookston to not let one slip away.”  Both teams had great chances in the period but were unable to get one until Perunovich jumped up into the action and in the Crookston zone, made another nifty pass to Bestul who was on his backhand in front of Huglen and was able to get it past the glove side and the tying goal with just under five minutes to go in regulation.  In that last five minutes, both teams had chances to possibly win the game, but the best chance was for the Pirates Tiedemann, who came in with a two on one and using his wing as a decoy, let a wrist shot go that clanked off the pipe with just over a minute left and time ran out and the two teams were going to overtime.
The eight minute extra frame was pretty much all Crookston with the play in the Hibbing end and Dilley was sharp with the pressure on and on the other end, Huglen had one big stop, plus a stop of a rebound to keep it 4-4, which is how the game ended. Hibbing did end up outshooting the Pirates 25-22. It wasn’t what Crookston wanted, the tie, but it was a good come from behind effort by Crookston. “I was really proud the way we came and it showed a lot, especially on the road,” said Gasper, “I said from day one this year to the players, how do you want to be remembered, the 2014-15 Pirates? Do you want to make a step forward and get us on the winning track or just kind of fall in the same footsteps the way it’s been going? Hibbing ended up tying the game, but Bobby Tiedemann hits the post in the third and I thought we dominated the overtime period. Dane Anderson scoring as a sophomore and contributing and all kinds of great things from this game as Adam continues to play well in goal. The Olympic sheet created some problems, maybe more defensively as our gaps were wider, but we did a lot of very good things and hopefully we can carry them over to a big Section 8A week next week.”
Crookston is 2-4-1 on the season and will be at Park Rapids on Tuesday and host Thief River Falls on Friday. Hibbing was playing their fifth game in seven days and have a 4-3-1 record.
JV -  Hibbing won 7-0


Bobby Tiedemann with a shot on goal as the Hibbing goalie dives for the puck

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
CROOKSTON 0 4 0 0 4
Hibbing 1 2 1 0 4


Zach Markovich with a pass to a teammate while holding off a Hibbing player

1st Period
5:52 - Hib - Joe Festermacher (Kylan Yoki)

2nd Period
4:45 - Hib - Zach DeBoom  (Scott Perunovich)  PP
7:48 - Hib - Jake Bestul   (Scott Perunovich Zach Deboom)  PP
8:59 - Crox - Chandler St Mitchel (4)   (Parker Nicholls)
13:59 - Crox - Bobby Tiedemann (3) (Chandler St. Mitchel, Ian Larson)
16:12   Crox - Dane Anderson (2)   PP
16:45 - Crox - Bobby Tiedemann(4)  PP

3rd Period

12:03 - Hib - Jake Bestul   (Scott Perunovich)

Overtime
No scoring 

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
Adam Huglan- Crox  6 7 2 21
Isiah Dilly- Hibbing   4 2 5 18





FERGUS FALLS USES BIG SECOND PERIOD TO BEAT THE PIRATE GIRLS HOCKEY TEAM

The Fergus Falls Otters scored three goals in the first nine minutes of the second period and held off a furious Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey team rally for a 5-4 victory in Fergus Falls.
Fergus Falls started the scoring less than three minutes into the game on a Abby Hobbs goal.  Crookston responded with a goal seven minutes later when Macy Strem carried the puck all the way into the zone and went behind the net and rifled a shot through the five hole for a goal to tie the game 1-1, which is how the first period ended.
In the second period, Fergus Falls scored three goals in the first nine minutes to take a 4-1 lead.  Crookston bounced back when Leah Trostad tried a pass and it was deflected by a Fergus Falls defender and the puck went right to Annie Hajostek’s stick in front of the Otter net and she put the puck in the net for a power play goal.  The Pirates added another goal 66 seconds later when Macy Strem was at the left point and put a shot on goal and it got past the goalie and Crookston trailed 4-3.
  "As a coaching staff, we weren't happy with the second period even if that is the period where we had half our offense," said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault. "We let the girls know we weren't happy and and needed a better effort than what we got."
Fergus Falls was looking to take away the momentum that Crookston had at the end of the second period and they did that 4:22 into the third period when Sophie Rausch scored her second goal of the game on a deflection in front of the Pirate goal and the Otters, behind the big goal, led 5-3.  Crookston scored their fourth goal of the game when Annie Hajostek split the defense and went into the zone all alone and put a shot on goal, the Otter goalie made the spot, but gave up the rebound and Hajostek followed the shot and slapped at the loose puck and scored to bring the Pirates within a one goal deficit.  "Annie is a good shooter," said coach Perreault. "She put it on net and good things happen with a mucker type goal, but she stuck with it and was rewarded."  Crookston kept the pressure on during the final three minutes and had a chance on the power play, but couldn't get the equalizer and Fergus Falls held onto the 5-4 victory.  "We knew it was going to be a tight game, but I think the thing for the Pirates was we couldn't recover from a poor second period.  We had three shots on net in the entire second period, the good news was we managed two goals so that was the bright side to get us back within striking distance," said Coach Perreault. "We needed better effort tonight, like the effort we get when we play Warroad or Roseau."
Crookston drops to 1-8 on the year and will be at Moorhead on Tuesday.  Fergus Falls improves to 4-7.

J.V. - Crookston won 7-4


Kendall Wahouske with the puck looking to pass to a teammate

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 1 2 1 4
Fergus Falls 1 3 1 5


             Maddie Nicholls skating after a loose puck

1st Period
2:52 - FF - Abby Hobbs  (Ashley Vaughn, Alex McKinnell)
10:27 - Crox - Macy Strem  (3)  (Taylor Zawchenuck)  

2nd Period
4:19 - FF - Annie Magnusson
5:51 - FF - Sophie Rausch  (Annie Magnusson, Annika Ohman)
8:50 - FF - Keanna Overland (Annie Magunsson)
13:24 - Crox - Annie Hajostek (3)  (Leah Trostad)  PP
14:30 - Crox - Macy Strem (4) 

3rd Period
4:22 - FF - Sophie Rausch (Abby Moxness, Lydia Mann)
13:58 - Crox - Annie Hajostek (4)  

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Lexie Cormican -Crox  9  11  6  26
Katie Shelstad - FF  4  1  4  9


 


UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TRIES FOR A SWEEP ON THE WEEKEND


The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team grabbed an offensive rebound with about 10 seconds left in the game with a two point lead, but tried to shoot the ball and after a miss the Augustana Vikings came back to tie the game with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime and the Vikings won 97-90 in overtime.
Augustana took a 14-8 lead early before UMC answered with lay up’s by Katrina Moenkedick (Jr. Perham) and Maria Loughlin (Jr. Rogers) and then another basket by Moenkedick to tie the game at 14-14.  Augustana answered by pulling away to build a 34-20 lead with 5:23 left.  UMC slowly chipped away at the deficit over the final five minutes of the half and trailed 43-38 at halftime.
In the second half, UMC trailed by 10 points (53-43) before Micaela Noga (Fresh. Parkers Prairie) scored five straight points.  Augustana scored a basket and UMC responded with five straight points again to get within two points.  Augustana, as they would all game long, pulled away and had an 80-73 lead with 3:55 remaining in regulation.  Emily Gruber (Fresh. Monticello) scored in the paint and Kenzie Church (Jr. Fairmount, ND) added another basket in the paint.  UMC kept the pressure on and had two Ebony Livingston (Sr. Minneapolis) free throws and then a three pointer and UMC had the lead 82-80 with 2:00 remaining.  UMC had the ball with 39 seconds left and worked the shot clock down and took a shot and missed with 13 seconds left and the Golden Eagles grabbed the rebound and shot the ball, missed the shot and Augustana grabbed the rebound and pushed it up the floor and scored on a lay up with three seconds left in the game to tie the game at 82-82.
In overtime, UMC took the lead with a Gruber basket, but it was all Augustana the rest of the way for a 97-90 victory.
UMC drops to 2-3 in the NSIC and 3-6 overall and will host Bemidji State on Friday, December 19.

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

OT

Final

UMC

38 44 8 90

Augustana College

43 39 15 97

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Emily Gruber 21 7  
Katrina Moenkedick 14 4 2 assists
Alexa Thielman 13 4 3 assists/3 steals
Ebony Livingston 11 4  
Micaela Noga 8 4 5 assists
Maria Loughlin 8
Kenzie Church 5    
Megan Taylor 5 5  
Christine Thorn 2 4  
Ashley Martell 2    
Erika McRoberts 1    


 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL GOES AFTER THEIR THIRD STRAIGHT CONFERENCE WIN AT AUGUSTANA COLLEGE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men's Basketball team was on a rare conference two game winning streak and looking to make it three, but the 18th ranked Augustana Vikings jumped out to a big lead early and coasted the rest of the way in a 67-50 victory in Sioux Falls, S.D. 
Augustana jumped out to a 9-3 lead to start the game and then expanded it to a 19-7 lead eight minutes into the game.  UMC's Jim Warmack (Fresh. East Grand Forks) made a three pointer, but the Vikings answered with back to back baskets and coasted to a 34-18 lead at halftime.  
In the second half, Augustana quickly built a 25 point lead and then put on the cruise control, but give UMC credit as they kept working hard and chipped away at the deficit, but fell short 67-50.
UMC drops to 2-3 in the Northern Sun Conference and 4-5 overall.  Augustana College improves to 4-1 in the conference and 10-1 overall.  

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

18 32 50

Augustana College

34 33 67

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Jim Warmack  11    
Tyler West Jr. 10  9 2 assists
John Hughes 8    
Derrick Redd Jr. 5    
Lucas Reller 5    
Brian Enriquez 5 3 2 assists
Kevin Larson 3   3 assists/2 steals
Tim Lubke 2 3  
Austin Dierks 1    





FRIDAY -  DECEMBER 12, 2014

CROOKSTON GIRL’S BASKETBALL SET THE TONE EARLY AND ROLL TO A 70-27 WIN AT WARROAD

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team finished the final 10 minutes of the first half on a 24-0 run and cruised to a 70-27 victory over the Warroad Warriors in a Section 8AA matchup in Warroad.
If there was any concern among the coaches how a long bus ride would affect the Crookston Pirates Girls Basketball team, it was answered pretty quickly when the Pirates gave up the first basket to Warroad, but then Crookston ran off 16 points in a row using good defense and excellent shooting.  Elisa Samuelson got the Pirates going, scoring the first four Pirate points and then Danica Brekken had seven of the next nine points with a Sydney Boike basket sandwiched in the middle and Samuelson added another basket and the Pirates led 16-2. Amber Froeber was picking the pockets of the Warriors on defense tallying eight steals in the game and most of the steals led to a number of easy baskets. The Pirates took advantage of the Warroad turnover bug and scored the last 24 points of the half to take a 49-11 half-time lead. “We weren’t quite sure what to expect tonight to start,” said Crookston head coach Lon Boike. “We had scrimmaged them earlier and played OK, but we press them with our 2-2-1 and half court traps and made a lot of steals and they turned into run outs for us and some easy baskets and Danica taking advantage of that. We had our second group in there for a lot of the half and they played well and the whole team is very unselfish and they don’t care who scores and they get the ball to the open person, which we did very well.”
Warroad started the second half by scoring the first five points, but then Crookston went into high gear again and played the entire bench and still were able to build a 57-19 lead with 12:20 left in the game.   Crookston scored seven straight points with Precious Adams, Brita Fagerlund, and Brooke Bergeron grabbing a couple offensive rebounds and put-backs in some extended varsity time.  The game went to running time and the Pirates continued to dominate and finished with the 70-27 win over the Warriors and the second straight win for the Pirates.  “After that first half there wasn’t much to say in the locker room and we probably could have ran up the score, but that is not who we are,” said coach Boike. “In the second half we played hard with no pressing or trapping and play good solid defense and score when the opportunity presented itself. That is exactly what we did in the second half and it was a nice win for us.”
Crookston was led by Brekken with 22 points, 19 of them in the first half, she also was a ball hawk with six steals along with four assists. Boike and Samuelson followed with 14 points each for the Pirates who now are 2-1 on the season and will host East Grand Forks on Tuesday in another North Sub-Section 8AA game. Warroad is 1-4 on the year and will play Pelican Rapids on Thursday at Bemidji State.     
JV -  Crookston won 41-7
C-Squad -  Crookston won 35-15 

 
 Karlee Meyer goes in for a lay up      Jenna Porter brings the ball up the floor
                   (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

49

21

70

Warroad

11

16

27

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Danica Brekken

22   4 assists/6 steals
Sydney Boike 14 7 2 assists
Elisa Samuelson 14   4 steals
Precious Adams 7    
Brooke Bergeron 4    
Amber Froeber 3 4 4 assists/8 steals
Brita Fagerlund 2 3  
Karlee Meyer 2    

Anna Miller

2    

 

For Warroad

Points

Teresa Oftedahl 7
Molly McDonald 5
Rachel Oftedahl 5
Suzan Dalen 4
Talia Khemmany 2
Sydney Mosher 2
Georgia Nash 2





THE CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL TEAM MAKES IT SEVEN STRAIGHT TO START SEASON WITH 77-38 WIN OVER WARROAD


The Crookston Pirates boys basketball team improved to 6-0 this season with a convincing 77-38 victory over the Warroad Warriors in a Section 8AA game at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
The Warriors tried to slow the Pirate offensive attack down early, playing a 2-3 zone the entire game, but Crookston would exploit it. Aaron Hollcraft’s three-pointer gave his squad an early 12-4 lead. “Our game plan against the zone was to keep doing what we have been doing,” Pirate head coach Greg Garmen. “That is to move the ball, be patient and get our shooters open. And they were on fire.”
The fourth of 15 three’s for Crookston came from Seth Desrosier and gave the home team a 20-6 lead that they would eventually stretch to 32-11 after Ryan Porter hit one of his five three-pointers in the game. Coach Garmen also pointed out the confidence his players had on the court. “Anytime you can hit shots early it’s a different ball game, compared to if you miss and it throws you off,” said coach Garmen. “If one guy isn’t going then we have other kids who can shoot the ball too.” The lead would stretch to 30 for the Pirates after another Porter jumper and then Matt Garmen would put the icing on the cake in a phenomenal first half with a three-pointer at the buzzer and Crookston went into the break with a 51-21 lead.
The second half featured the Pirates emptying their bench, running time and continued stifling defense from the home team. The Pirate defense effort was fantastic, causing 24 Warrior turnovers and swiping 17 steals. “We played all man defense tonight, which was something we haven’t done all year,” coach Garmen pointed out. “Our kids played hard on the d-end. They made some things happen, had active hands going and got some run-outs because of it.” Patrick Deng became the ninth Pirate to score in the game after his offensive rebound and put-back made it 70-33. The Pirates would tack a couple more points on the board and win by a 77-38 score.
Ryan Porter led the Pirates with 19 points, one assist and a team-high six steals. Seth Desrosier added 15 points, knocking down three three-pointers in the process and Aaron Hollcraft commanded the offense well with 12 points and a team-high six assists. Nine different players scored and the Crookston bench contributed 22 points in the win. “Anytime you have balance, it’s harder to guard,” Coach Garmen stated postgame. “That helps, you have more weapons and people have to concentrate on more than one guy. We have to keep doing that.”
The Pirates are now 6-0 on the season and will hit the road to take on Bagley on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 PM.  Warroad is 1-5 on the year and will host Lake of the Woods on Tuesday.
J.V. - Crookston won 69-24

 
       Ryan Porter with a three pointer                 Seth Desrosier gets a pick from Danny Davidson

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Warroad

21

17 38

CROOKSTON

51

26 77

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Ryan Porter 

19

 

6 Steals 

Seth Desrosier  15 5 2 Steals
Aaron Hollcraft  12   6 Assist 
Jonathan Miller  8 3 2 Assists/3 Steals   
Matt Garmen  7 4 2 Assists 
Chris Wavra  6    
Patrick Deng  4    
Ben Dorman  4    

Brandt Delage

2    

 

For Warroad

Points

Caleb Fast  13
Kobe Ratsavongsy-Sivixay 9
Lucas Garbe  7
Phillip Ness 3
Tyler Skarp  2
Jason Cole  2
Mitchell Roberts  1
Lucas Garbe  1



 

UMC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL’S STRONG SECOND HALF DOWNS #7 RANKED WAYNE STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston was trailing by 13 points at halftime, outscored the seventh ranked team in NCAA Division II basketball, Wayne State 41-19 in the second game to win going away 67-58 in a huge upset in Wayne, Nebraska.
The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) started the game pretty well behind the play of Katrina Moenkekick (Jr-Perham, Mn) and Emily Gruber (Fresh-Monticello, Mn) had success against the high powered defense of Wayne State and the two teams were tied at 18-18 with just under eight minutes to go in the first half. That was the point that the Wildcats forced UMC into numerous turnovers which Wayne State converted into points as they went on an 11-0 run in about three minutes to jump out to a 29-18 lead with five minutes left in the first half. The Wildcats maintained that lead the rest of the way and outscored UMC 21-8 in the last 7:45 of the half and led 39-26 at the break.
The Golden Eagles made some nice adjustments at half-time and they were rolling to start the half with Moenkedick and Gruber doing a lot of aggressive work inside and being rewarded with either baskets or free throws and doing the scoring and Ebony Livingston (Sr-Minneapolis, Mn) causing all kinds of problems for the Wildcats offense. Livingston’s quick hands caused a number of turnovers in the UMC 19-8 run to pull them within 47-45 and now you’ve got a ball game with just over 11 minutes left to in the game. When Gruber hit a jumper and a career high 22 points for the freshman, it tied the score at 50-50 with seven and a half minutes left. UMC kept it going as the Wildcats were having a hard time hitting a basket and when Livingston hauled in a rebound and led a fast break where Gruber scored another one as Wayne State had no answer for the youngster and the Golden Eagles had rallied back to take a 52-50 lead and forced Wayne State into a timeout. The rest didn’t help Wayne State because UMC was still on fire on both ends of the court with steals and great passes that set up Alexa Thielman (Jr-Buffalo, Mn) for a basket, only her second of the game, but she made up for it inside snagging eight rebounds, but her basket put UMC up 58-55 with under five minutes left.
On this night it would be the Moenkedick and Gruber show as the two continued the onslaught the rest of the way either at free throw line or burying one inside against on this night, overmatched Wildcats. The two Golden Eagles certainly had help with Thielman making a couple free throws in the last minute, Maria Loughlin (Jr-Rogers, Mn) scored her first points by making two free throws and UMC the win 67-58. UMC not only outscored Wayne State 41-19 in the second half, but the out-rebounded the Wildcats  49-28 in the game and Gruber and Moenkedick had 50 points and 15 rebounds between them with Gruber’s career high 26.  UMC, who dropped two conference games at home last weekend, rebound tonight to 2-2 in the conference and 3-5 overall and will be at Augustana College on Saturday to try for a weekend sweep in Sioux Falls, S.D.  Wayne State is also 2-2 in the conference and 8-2 overall.

BOX SCORE

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

26 41 67

Wayne State

39 19 58

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Emily Gruber 26 4  
Katrina Moenkedick 24 9 2 steals
Ebony Livingston 6 6 3 assists/3 steals
Alexa Thielman 6 8 4 assists
Ashley Martell 3 3  
Maria Loughlin 2 2 assists/3 steals



 

UMC MEN’S BASKETBALL DOES ANOTHER SECOND HALF STOMP AND A FIRST EVER WIN AT WAYNE STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) outscored Wayne State 19-6 to start the second half and then would hang on to a 61-57 Northern Sun Conference win over the Wildcats and it's the first back-to-back wins in the Northern Sun Conference by a UMC team since February of 2005 and add to that it is the first time UMC has ever won at Wayne State!!
Last Saturday UMC set records with a 60 point second half to defeat St. Cloud State and another second half explosion continued tonight in Wayne, Nebraska, as the Golden Eagles tied 30-30 at half-time and then the 19-6 run to start the second half.
It was a nip and tuck game in the first half, but the excitement for UMC came in the second half when Derrick Redd (Jr-Menifee, Ca.) hit a three point basket and followed by a nifty 30 seconds from Kevin Larson (Sr-New Ulm, Mn) who made a basket, then a steal and drained a three point shot and UMC was up 43-34 with 15 minutes left in the game. Neither team was shooting particularly well as they went over three minutes without scoring and that drought was broken on a couple free throws from Tyler West (Sr-Portland, Or) and a 49-36 lead for UMC with nine minutes left. Wayne State cut UMC’s lead into single digits with four minutes left on a basket by the Wildcats Jamie Pearson and it was 54-48 with just over three minutes left. UMC’s West, who had another double-double with 14 points matched with 14 rebounds, ripped off a rebound and was fouled and the senior calmly made both free throws to put a little halt to Wayne State’s rally and UMC  had a 56-48 lead going into the final two minutes. Tim Lubke (Sr-St. Paul, Mn), who had made a big three point shot earlier, committed a foul and both free throws were made by the Wildcats Joel Heesch to cut the lead to six. Pearson though would nail a three point shot to cut UMC’s lead to 56-53 with 1:43 left in the game, but Redd hit just a huge three point shot to put the lead back to 59-53 with just over a minute left. Now it was a position that if UMC made their free throws, they would probably win the game and Lubke made two and UMC would hold on to the 61-57 upset at Wayne State for the Golden Eagles second Northern Sun Conference win in a row. The Golden Eagles are 2-2 in the conference and 4-4 overall as they make their way to Sioux Falls, S.D. on Saturday to face Augustana College, who was ranked #11 in the NCAA Division II polls. Wayne State if 0-4 in the conference and 2-7 overall.

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

30 31 61

Wayne State

30 27 57

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Kevin Larson 16   3 assists/ 2 blocks
Tyler West 14 14 3 assists
Tim Lubke 11    
John Hughes 7   3 assists
Derrick Redd 6 5 2 assists/2 steals
Lucas Reller 3
Brian Enriquez 2    
Jim Warmack 2    





 

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