SATURDAY  -  AUGUST 19, 2017


The Crookston Reds were making their first appearance in the Minnesota State Class C Amateur Baseball Tournament tonight at Irish Park in Green Isle, Minnesota and for most of the game were playing stride for stride with Buffalo. Then the wheels fell off starting in the seventh inning with Buffalo leading 2-1, the Bulldogs scored 14 runs in the last three innings exploding for a 15-1 win over the Reds to end Crookston's season. Buffalo will advance to next Friday when they will play Fairmont in a second round game in the single elimination tournament that runs through labor day at Green Isle, Hamburg and Norwood.

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Buffalo Bulldogs 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 9 15 17 1
CROOKSTON Reds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Sean Minder - Crookston 6.2 11 6 1 1 0
Greg Salvevold - Crookston 1.1 6 9 1 1 0
Drew Olsonawksi -Crookston 0.67 0 0 0 1 0
Jon Euerle - Buffalo 8 3 1 1 1 6

For Crookston

For Buffalo

FRIDAY  -  AUGUST 18, 2017


The Crookston Pirate Girl's Tennis team started the season on a good note with a 5-2 victory over the Aitkin Gobblers before having the last two matches rained out in a dual played in Park Rapids. Crookston wasn't at full strength with three girls not able to make the trip, one of them is state tennis tournament participant Amy Follette.  Amy is in the Miss Crookston pageant, so she wasn't able to make the trip.
The girls that were able to play, showed some good signs and also showed that it was their first match of the year. The Pirates swept all four singles matches in straight sets and the fifth win came at second doubles with Elyssa Christensen and Hayden Winjum. "At times I thought we had kids playing very well and at times I thought man that isn't very pretty, so a lot of that has to do with the first match out.  We aren't really match sharp right now and we have a lot of work to do.  We have a lot of foot work to do and work on the vertimax."
Coach Geffre was happy with two of his newcomers and their performance in the first varsity match. "Having Emma Osborne and Audrey Harbott playing in their first varsity match and losing 11-9 in a tie-breaker was good," said Coach Geffre. "They played a good match and that was nice to see."  Only having four practices before the first match gave Geffre a good list of things they have to work on in practice. "I have a lot of notes on things we really need to work on," said Geffre. "We have a lot of things to work on."
The Pirates had started their second match with Pine City when the rain moved in.  Coach Geffre said they were losing two matches, winning one and just starting the rest when the rain came down.
With the loss of two matches, Crookston is looking to get two matches elsewhere and have a couple options to try to get them in.  We will update our schedule as soon as they solidify something.
Crookston improves to 1-0 on the year and will have their first home match on Tuesday when they host defending Section 8A champ, Roseau, who is the favorite again this season as the Rams return their entire squad. Section 8A rival East Grand Forks will also be in Crookston on Tuesday for the Tri-Angular.



Aitkin- 2



#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Brynn Wilson Crox 6-4, 6-4


Jaeden Lizakowski Addie Sandord Crox 7-6 (7-2), 7-5


Catherine Tiedemann Annie Coortemande Crox 6-4, 6-2


Hannah Street Jessica Shaver Crox 6-2, 6-3

#1 Doubles

Nissa Brekken
Emma Borowicz
Angel Beaufeaux
Heather Gaulke
Aitkin 3-6, 6-4, 10-5


Elyssa Christensen
Hayden Winjum
Bryanna Baugh
Brooke Hanson
Crox 6-2, 6-4


Emma Osborne
Audrey Harbott
Ellie Jindra
Abi Monge
Aitkin 6-4, 3-6, 11-9



The Crookston Reds are getting ready for their first trip to the Minnesota Amateur State Class C Baseball Tournament since 1999 as they play Buffalo on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Green Isle.  Crookston used a great 3-2 come from behind 3-2 10 inning victory over Moorhead in the semi-finals to assure a trip to state. The Reds trailed twice at 1-0 & 2-1 in the game.  Down to their final two outs the Reds Noah Zimmerman scored to tie the game at 2-2.  In the 10th they got a two-out RBI single from Tanner Reinhart to take a 3-2.  Sean Minder sent the Miners down in order on seven pitches in the bottom of the 10th to clinch the Reds first state tournament berth since the '99.  
They said that the action starts for the Reds on Saturday night when they play Buffalo. "They should be a pretty good team; we haven’t ever had a chance to play them, and I haven’t seen them in any of the Twin Cities teams I have played for. It’ll be some different competition from all across the state, so it should be fun," said Morin.  "The Bulldogs have a former UMC player, Colton Haight, on their team, so there is a bit of a connection. There is probably a pretty good fan base down there. I’ve talked to people who have been down to the tournament before, and they said there are 400 to 500 people at the games. It’ll be a lot of fun to play in front of a bunch of people. Being close to the Cities, there are people who take the weekend and just watch some good baseball. The tournament is single elimination – one and done. It definitely puts you on edge, and you have to be at your best in every inning. It’ll be a dogfight the whole way through. We have a lot of young players; Alex LaFrance, who is going into his senior year, and Tanner Reinhart, who just graduated. They bring a lot of energy to the field. There are also a lot of younger guys from the area who are recent college students – they definitely make me feel young.”
The Reds head into the State Tournament with a record of 12-17. The Reds have now made 26 state tournament appearances with the first trip to state back in 1947. The best finish for Crookston was a trio of third place finishes in 1972, '73 and '76.





15 teams competed in three divisions in the RiverView Health Dodgeball tournament as part of Ox Cart Days at the University of Minnesota Crookston Wellness Center.  The tournament was another success with 90 boys and girls competing for the title of 2017 dodge ball champions.  The top three teams in each division are listed below and the champions are pictured below.  We also have a bunch of pictures by clicking on the link below.

White Division

1st Place - Average Joe’s: Carter Bruggeman, Jacob Miller, Joey Wagner, Gunnar Gunderson, Cade Deleon, Ashton Larson, Sam Stewart
2nd Place – Dodge These: Antonio Romero, Adrian Rodriguez, Norberto Corona, Josiah Corona, Miles Moore, Ean Pruneda
3rd Place – Under Armors: Hayden Winjum, Ally Perreault, Breanna Kressin, Baily Cameron, Ellie Nesseth, Emma Osborn, Madison Hoiland

Blue Division

1st Place – Wild Winners: Jack Everett, Riley Helgeson, Brandon Colburn, Michael Bochow, Teegan Lubinski, Ryan Street, Aiden Fisketjon
2nd Place – Zam“BRO”nies: Brady Chandler, Dylan Thode, Masen Reitmeier, Parker Kelly, Tate Hamre, Greyson Ecker
3rd Place – Wild Warriors: Ryan Clauson, Carter Fee, Jaxon Stassen, Jakob Stassen, Rylan Lubarski, Reggie Winjum

Gold Division

1st Place – Drafts Bad News Bears: Alex Longoria, Braxton Volker, Jackson Reese, Jack Doda, Blake Melsa, Jackson Demarais
2nd Place – Peterson Wrecking Crew (PWC): Ethan Bowman, Evin Trudeau, Gavyn Hucny, Hunter Knutson, Carter Coauette, Jake Erickson
3rd Place – Dodgers: Halle Winjum, Emma Gunderson, Isabelle Smith, Joey Nesseth, Kaylie Clauson, Cassie Solheim




TUESDAY - AUGUST 15,  2017


The Minnesota Class EE State Champions - Abrams Farm Services/Synergy
Back row - Justin Roue, Cody Holtman, Cole Johnston, Nick Jensrud, Dave Grabowski, Kollin Erdman, and Mike Knutson
Front row - Jesse Defrang, Seth Hanson, Kris Nelson, batboy Reid Nelson and Jake Abrams.

The Crookston Park and Rec Men's league slow pitch softball league was represented well in the Minnesota State Class EE Men's championship game with Abram Farm Services/Synergy beating Drafts Sports Bar and Grill/Lithia Ford in the championship game.  Abrams/Synergy lost to Drafts/Lithia the first time they played in the tournament so Abrams/Synergy battled back to get to the championship game and beat Drafts/Lithia twice in the championship game on Sunday (their fourth game of the day) to win the championship in exciting fashion.
Team members are Justin Roue, Cody Holtman, Cole Johnston, Nick Jensrud, Dave Grabowski, Kollin Erdman, Mike Knutson, Jesse Defrang, Seth Hanson, Kris Nelson and Jake Abrams.

The Abrams Farm Services/Synergy (orange) and Drafts Sports Bar/Lithia Ford teams after the championship game




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) volleyball program officially lifted the lid on the 2017 season with their first practices on Monday. The Golden Eagles have a strong core of returnees including 13 players from last season’s roster. In addition, the Golden Eagles added four talented newcomers from Minnesota to the roster, who will look to push and compete for time this season.

“The girls definitely came in ready to go today,” said Head Coach Sarah Rauen. “They came in and competed at a high level right away. We did a lot of competing today, so we could see where they are at after this summer. They came in with a lot of energy. Our technique needs a little bit of work, but that is what we will continue to work on the rest of the preseason.”

The Golden Eagles are coming off a 10-18 mark during the 2017 season. They return a lot of talent and a lot of experience from last season. UMC will be led by fifth-year seniors Maggie Perrel (Sr., OH, New Germany), Kassi Green (Sr., OH, Anoka) and Kelci Green (Sr., MH, Anoka). In addition, Callie Schapekahm (Jr., MH, Eagan) and Ali Schueler (So., Lib., Howards Grove, Wis.) were starters for the Golden Eagles last season. They return 13 players in total who were with the team last year. The returnees adjusted to their new coach in the spring and are excited about the season under Coach Rauen.

“We definitely have adapted really well and I think we can really go up from here,” Kelci Green said. “We had great energy today and kept up a competitive nature all practice.”

Rauen, is in her first year at UMC after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at North Dakota State University.

In addition to a strong group of returnees, UMC also welcomes talented newcomers, all from Minnesota. One of those newcomers, Sydney Kruisselbrink (Fr., S, Rochester), talked about the adjustment to the college game that started this morning with practice. “The main difference is the speed and intensity of the game itself,” Kruisselbrink said. “Everything is much faster. The sets, the defense, the hits, everything, it is something you have to adjust to.”

UMC will open up their season in Durant, Oklahoma, September 1 and 2 with matches against University of Central Missouri, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarene University and Ouachita Baptist University.

Coach Rauen (in black) talks with the team during the first practice of the season





The University of Minnesota Crookston soccer program officially opened up practice for the 2017 season Monday. The Golden Eagles have 23 student-athletes in camp for the 2017 season, including 11 returnees and 12 newcomers.

Minnesota Crookston enters their sixth season under Head Coach Joe Alianiello. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 3-13-2 season.  The Golden Eagles return a strong core led by five seniors with Nicole Corbin (Sr., D, Ramsey), Gabby Kekke (Sr., MF/F, Argyle), Brettschneider (Sr., D/MF, Lakeville), Maggie Gibbons (Sr., D, Cohasset) and Nikki Dogan (Sr., D/MF, Grand Forks). Gibbons returns to the fray after a two-year hiatus. The senior defender was a starter as a freshman for Alianiello’s squad. The Golden Eagles also return Lindsey Daml (So., D/MF, North Pole, Alaska) and Madison Korus (R-Jr., D/MF, Lexington), who saw considerable time as starters.

In net, UMC has experience returning with Olivia Puttin (So., GK, Rogers), who started two matches with a 0.91 goals against average and 16 saves last season. She will also be pushed by newcomer Athena DiMario Done (Fr., GK, Windsor, Ontario).

The Golden Eagles have a strong freshman class coming in with 12 newcomers, including Gibbons. UMC brought in a strong group from the west coast with players from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Nevada. Vanessa Shelton (Fr., MF/F, Tacoma, Wash.), one of those players, gave her impression of her first day of camp. “It was a good first day,” Shelton said. “I was nervous coming in but I got some of the nerves out this morning. We have done a lot of team bonding, including a scavenger hunt last night. We have done a lot of activities to help the transition to college soccer and to help us get to know each other.”

In addition to the west coast flair, the Golden Eagles also stayed true to their Midwest roots with two players from Minnesota, one from Wisconsin and one from Illinois.

The Golden Eagles will continue their preparations, as they get ready for their opener September 1 against Lindenwood University. The match will be in St. Paul, Minn. The Golden Eagles will then face Maryville University on September 3 in St. Paul, before opening up NSIC play September 5 at 5:00 p.m. at home at UMC Soccer Field against Bemidji State University.

Shonali Pierce and Maggie Gibbons during a drill (Picture by UMC Athletics)



MONDAY - AUGUST 14,  2017



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) athletic department announced the retirement of Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations Gary Warren Monday, April 14. Warren was a staple for UMC athletics for 16 seasons, originally serving as head men’s hockey coach from 2001-09 before being named assistant athletic director for facilities and operations in 2009. Warren spent 37 years as a coach or administrator in collegiate athletics including his stops at UMC, North Dakota State University-Bottineau (now Dakota College at Bottineau) and the United States Air Force Academy.


“Right now I view retirement like going off to kindergarten for the first time,” Warren said. “Having been a country kid I wasn’t exposed to athletics until I was bused into junior high and I’ve been involved in athletics ever since. It will be hard finding a substitute for that, but one thing is for sure, family is most important and to get close to them is paramount. Now I have all week to read the Sunday newspaper.”


“It’s tough to lose a wingman,” said Director of Athletic Stephanie Helgeson. Gary is someone with very high character, is extremely dependable, accountable, and competitive. He challenged myself and the coaches on a daily basis and helped make us better. Gary truly had the best interest of the Minnesota Crookston athletic department in mind. He was and is a mentor to me and I appreciate all that he has done. We wish Gary the best in his retirement. We will miss him and his many stories.”


Warren, a native of Munger, Minnesota, led the UMC men’s hockey program to two Midwest Hockey Association Championships in 2003 and 2004. He was named a finalist for the NCAA Division III Eddie Jeremiah Coach of the Year Award in 2003 and 2004. Warren was selected MCHA Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005. In his eight seasons as head coach at UMC, Warren coached five players to 10 All-MCHA honors including Todd Chandler, Erik Kraska, Brock Anundson, Ben Perkins and Marc Tveit, all of whom were All-MCHA First Team honorees at least once in their career. Anundson and Tveit were two-time All-MCHA First Team selections, while Anundson was selected as MCHA Co-Player of the Year during the 2004-05 season.


Warren would conclude his hockey coaching career in 2009 after the difficult decision was made to disband the Golden Eagle men’s hockey program. He was named assistant athletic director in 2009, a role he held for eight years. During this time, he was an integral part of the leadership team for athletics at UMC. His main responsibilities included heading up the games management for all 11 intercollegiate athletic programs.


Warren’s athletic career started in tiny Munger, where he would develop a keen interest in sports. By grade eight, he would ride his bike into Proctor to play baseball. Warren would find his way to Proctor High School in 1967. As a freshman, his path would be influenced by Coach Bill McGann, helping him find his calling as a member of the hockey program. McGann would recruit Warren out of his ninth grade physical education class to play hockey. After serving as a spare goalie early on in his prep career, Warren would turn into an excellent goalkeeper, earning the starting spot and setting the saves records in 1970 in district tournament play.

Warren would captain three sports at Proctor High School and would become heavily reliant on the "Late Bus" to get back to Munger due to his involvement in the athletic program. Warren would be named a 1971 Honor Athlete as a senior. He was named to the Proctor High School Hall of Fame in 2016.


After his graduation in 1971, Warren would continue his athletic career at Itasca Community College, where he competed in both football and hockey. In 1971, he would help the Itasca football team to a North Division Runner-Up finish, playing both offense and defense. As a member of the hockey team, Warren helped lead the 1972 Viking squad to a Minnesota Junior College Athletic Association (MJCAA) State Hockey Championship manning the net as goalkeeper for the squad. The Vikings would go on to win the 1972 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Hockey Championship. For his contributions in net, Warren earned NJCAA All-American honors in 1972. He also earned All-Tournament honors. Warren was named to the inaugural Itasca Community College Hall of Fame in 2015. 

Warren would graduate from Itasca Junior College in 1973, later joining the Bemidji State hockey program before graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1977.

After his successful playing career, Warren would go on to a highly illustrious coaching career. He would get his start in the high school ranks coaching in Eveleth, Minn., Minot, N.D. and Austin, Minn. before getting his first collegiate coaching job at the United States Air Force Academy, where he would serve as assistant coach from 1980-83.

Warren would earn his first head coaching job in 1984, taking over at Dakota College at Bottineau, which was then North Dakota State University-Bottineau and would also be known as Minot State University-Bottineau before becoming Dakota College at Bottineau. Warren would mold the Lumberjacks into a nationally respected powerhouse, coaching the school to three NJCAA National Championships in 1986, 1991 and 1998. His squads would also with nine North Central Region XIII titles. Warren would earned ten Coach of the Year accolades while in Bottineau. During his time in Bottineau, he also served as President of the National Junior College Hockey Coaches Association and produced a North Dakota College Athlete of the Year and a two-time National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Champion in Dustin Penner, who earned the Cup with the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings and played 11 seasons in the league. At Bottineau, he would coach many NJCAA All-Americans. Warren entered the North Dakota Hall of Honor in 1998. The North Dakota Hall of Honor is located in the Jamestown Civic Center.

Warren ended his coaching career with 11 Coach of the Year honors, 437 career wins and three National Championships.
Warren currently resides near Fertile. He plans to spend time with his children and grand-children in Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington.  





The Crookston Reds Amateur Baseball team hasn't made the state amateur baseball tournament in 17 years, but that all changed on Saturday afternoon when the Reds beat the Moorhead Miners 3-2 in 10 innings in the semi-finals of the region tournament to earn their first state tournament appearance since 1999.
In the championship game, #1 seed Bemidji beat Crookston 7-3, but the Reds still advance to the Minnesota Class C State Amateur Baseball tournament in Green Isle on Saturday (August 19) at 7:00 p.m. against the third place team from Region 12.  You can hear the state game on KROX.



Moorhead scored the first run of the game, in the bottom of the first inning for an early 1-0 lead.  Crookston responded in the top of the second inning with a leadoff single by Rob Silvers, who advanced to second base on a wild pitch and came into score on an error to tie the game at 1-1.  Both pitchers were on top of their game as the two teams combined for a total of 17 hits in the game, but Moorhead was able to score another run in the sixth inning for a 2-1 lead.  It looked like Crookston was in trouble going into the ninth inning, trailing by one run, but the Reds found a way to tie the game.  The lead off batter in the ninth inning flew out to center field, but Noah Zimmerman singled, advanced to second base on an error and moved over to third base on a wild pitch and the tying run was 90 feet away.  Zimmerman came into score on a Matt Morin fly to right field and the game was tied at 2-2.  Moorhead had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, but went down in order.

In the top of the 10th inning, the Crookston leadoff batter flew out to first base, but Adam Burgess drew a walk and stole second base to put the go ahead run in scoring position.  The next batter popped up to the short stop for the second out of the inning, but recent Crookston High School graduate, Tanner Reinhart, singled to score Burgess from second and the Reds had their first lead of the game at 3-2.  In the bottom of the 10th inning, Moorhead flew out to right field for the first out and the next two batters flew out to center field and the Reds won the game 3-2 to advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1999.  Crookston's Sean Minder pitched the complete game, 10 inning eight hitter to pick up the win on the mound.
Crookston improves to 12-16 on the year and advance to the region championship game.


Semi-finals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10




Crookston Reds 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 9 2
Moorhead 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 3

For Crookston
Noah Zimmerman - 2-4, run
Rob Silvers - 2-5
Tanner Reinhart - 1-5, Game winning rbi



The #1 seed Bemidji Blue Ox proved to be too much for the Crookston Reds in the championship game as Bemidji won 7-3 in a game played in Bemidji. The Blue Ox used the outstanding pitching of soon to be UMC Golden Eagle Baseball player Ben Thoma, a Bagley High School product, who pitched seven innings of four hit ball to beat Crookston.
Bemidji scored two runs on three hits in the second inning and added three more runs in the third for a 5-0 lead.  Crookston finally got on the board in the seventh inning when Lars Brevik walked, Noah Zimmerman singled and Brevik scored on a ground out and the Reds trailed 5-1.  Bemidji responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh to regain a five run lead at 6-1.
Crookston battled in the eighth inning when Adam Burgess was hit by a pitch, Aaron Hollcraft and Tanner Reinhart singled and Burgess scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Rob Silvers to cut the deficit to 6-2.  Bemidji answered with another run in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 7-2 lead. 
Crookston led off the ninth inning with a single from Zimmerman who advanced to third on an error and scored on a ground out and the Reds trailed 7-3 with two outs.  The next batter was retired and Bemidji won the championship and Crookston finished runner-up and both teams advance to the state amateur tournament. 
Crookston drops to 12-17 on the year and will play in the first round of the state tournament on Saturday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Green Isle.   KROX will have all the Reds state tournament games on the radio and online.

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Crookston Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 8 1
Bemidji Blue Ox 0 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 - 7 10 0

For Crookston
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-2, walk, hit by pitch
Rob Silvers - 2-4




FRIDAY - AUGUST 11,  2017


The Crookston Pirate Fall sports teams will have their first practices on Monday, August 14.  We have a first week of practice schedule from all five teams below-

PIRATE FOOTBALL – Coach Scott Butt
Aug 11th 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Equipment Hand out at the shed

Aug 14 - 1st practice 9am -11:00am   2nd Practice 6:30pm -8:30pm
Aug 15 - 3rd Practice Weights 7:00am  -8:30am     4th Practice 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Aug 16 - 5th Practice 9:00am- 11:00am     6th Practice 6:30pm-8:30pm
Aug 17 - 7th Practice Weights 7:00am-8:30am      8th Practice 6:30pm-8:30pm
Aug 18 -  9th Practice 9:00am-11:00am      10th Practice 6:30pm -8:30pm
Aug 19 -  11th practice 9:00am-11:00am

PIRATE GIRLS SOCCER -  Coach Sarah Reese
They will have two practices a day for the first week at the Crookston High School Soccer Fields.
August 14 - 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
  and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
August 15 - 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
  and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
August 16 - 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
  and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
August 17 - 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
  and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
August 18 - 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
  and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

PIRATE VOLLEYBALL – Coach Ashley Stopa
August 14 – 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and Noon to 2:00 p.m.
August 15 - 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and Noon to 2:00 p.m.
August 16 - 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and Noon to 2:00 p.m.    UMC Ice Cream Social at 3:00 p.m. and FAST Program
August 17 - 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and Noon to 2:00 p.m.
August 18 - 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and Noon to 2:00 p.m. and FAST PROGRAM
August 19 – Ox Cart Days Parade – 7:00 p.m. 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, and from 3:45 to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday’s - 3:45 to 6:00 p.m.
Coach Cox said that will be the schedule for at least three weeks. 

Practice is for 7-12 graders
August 14 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the high school courts.
August 15 – 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
August 16 – 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
August 17 – 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
August 18  – First matches – at the Park Rapids Quad at 10:30 a.m.

Practice is for 7-12th graders

August 14 – Dryland Training 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.       Pool practice – 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.
August 15 - Dryland Training 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.       Pool practice – 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.
August 16 - Dryland Training 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.       Pool practice – 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.
August 17 - Dryland Training 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.       Pool practice – 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.
August 18 – Riverside Hills – 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.       Pool practice – 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.






Story by Shawn Smith (UMC Athletics)

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) football program opened up fall camp officially on Thursday, August 10 with their first practice of the 2017 season. The Golden Eagles had 88 players in camp for the first day.  “I thought we had a good start to our fall camp today,” said Head Coach Mark Dufner. “It was good to see the returners and see how they have progressed since spring ball. We haven’t seen the new guys aside from film, so it was great to get a better evaluation of them.”

The Golden Eagles had a day jam packed with team meetings, team meals, the team’s first practice and a walk through. The day was focused on introducing schemes and drills in a walk through to the younger players. Starting at 1:30, they took the drills and schemes to more of a live tempo. The Golden Eagles wore just practice uniforms and helmets. They will go into full pads as the week continues.

 “We are looking for improvement every day. We are going to focus on fundamentals here in camp and work on team-building,” said Coach Dufner who was impressed with the leadership of several of his upperclassmen, who helped guide the 40 newcomers who started their collegiate careers Thursday.  “I noticed a couple of seniors who did a very nice job coaching up the younger guys,” Dufner said. That is what we need in order to be successful.”


One key senior returnee is Adam Connette (Sr., WR, Corona, Calif.), who is the program’s all-time leading receiver. Connette was excited for the season, which is also bittersweet due to it being his final year in the maroon and gold. “It was my last first day as a UMC football player,” Connette said. “As a freshman, you never think it is going to come, but now that it is here it is sad but I am excited for this season coming up.” One of Connette’s main focuses was on what he could do to help the younger players get acclimated to the schemes and collegiate football. “Really it is telling these young guys that they need to get in their playbooks and the biggest thing is effort,” Connette said. “You can’t teach effort. I am really excited about these young guys because they have done a good job learning our plays.” Though Connette was impressed with the effort on day one, he also knows that the excitement must be controlled in order for the team to succeed this season. “We are all excited, it is the first day,” Connette said. “The biggest growth we need to see is how we get that excitement controlled, so that we aren’t wild out there and are controlled when we take the field for the first time against Upper Iowa Aug. 31.”


One of the newcomers that made an impact on day one was Markos Bockru (Fr., DB, Winnipeg, Manitoba).  “I thought the first day went well,” Bockru said. “It was high intensity like I thought it would be. I thought I did a pretty good job out there.” Bockru talked about his interception during the practice and how it gave him a confidence boost. “Getting the ball, it was a confidence booster,” Bockru said. “It made me feel like I am capable of good things. It came about just as a quick decision I made in coverage and I was in position to pick the ball off.” Though Bockru was excited about what he was able to do on the first day, he also knows that he must improve to be able to see the field for the first game. “My focus as we continue in camp is on getting faster as a defensive back and physically stronger on the field,” Bockru said.


The Golden Eagles will hold their first scrimmage on Tuesday, August 15 at 1:30 p.m. and their first game will be Thursday, August 31 at 4:00 p.m. when they host Upper Iowa University as part of a double header of football with the Crookston High School hosting the East Grand Forks Green Wave at 8:00 p.m.

The UMC Football team in their first day of practice (Picture by UMC Athletics)






The Crookston Park and Rec Women’s Softball league tournament was rained out the past two Wednesday nights and with Ox Cart Days coming up next week, they decided to end the season with Bremer/Riverview Health/Drafts Sports Bar and Grill as the league champions.  They finished first in the league this year and are pictured below. 

2nd place:  Mid Valley/IC Muggs/Donarski Brothers
3rd place: NAPA/Kustom Kollision
4th place: Michaelson Farms/Voyageurs View/Paiges Country Creations

“The Crookston Women's Softball Teams would like to say a special THANK YOU to their sponsors,” said Sandy Desrosier. “We are looking for more players and teams to join next summer!!  A meeting will be held in April of next year, but please call Crookston Park and Rec at 281-1242 for more information.”

Back row: Leann Kawlewski, Katrina Lazur, Paige Tice, Kaylee Desrosier, Samantha Maki, Sandy Desrosier
Front row: Tanya Kildahl, Katelyn Goodman, Anita Gust, Amanda Bochow, Brooke Cymbaluk, Amanda Trandem






The Crookston Park and Rec Women's Sand Volleyball League wrapped up their season on Monday evening with RS Grain winning the league tournament championship.  This year 13 teams participated in the league, up from eight teams last year.
The regulars season league champions were Noah Insurance with Side Street Bar and Grill and RS Grain finishing second and third respectively. 
In the league tournament, RS grain won the Gold Division championship with Noah Insurance finishing runner up.  Side Street Bar and Grill finished third place and Neon Spike won the consolation championship.  The Silver Division champion was Midwest Hydraulics.

The league tourney champs - RS Grain (Picture by Sandy Desrosier)

Noah Insurance was the regular season champ and tourney runner-up (Picture by Sandy Desrosier)

Side Street Bar and Grill finished third place in the tournament and second place in the regular season  (Picture by Sandy Desrosier)




MONDAY - AUGUST 7,  2017


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) soccer program was picked to finish 15th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll released by the conference office.  UMC enters their sixth season under Head Coach Joe Alianiello in 2017. The Golden Eagles will look to get back on track after a down season in 2016 as they finished with a 3-13-2 mark.  UMC looks to be led by Lindsey Daml (So., North Pole, Alaska) and Ellie Brettschneider (Sr., Lakeville). Daml scored two goals and had nine shots on goal as a true freshman in 2016. Brettschneider has been a staple for the Golden Eagles for her first three years, filling whatever role necessary either as a center back or in the central midfield.
The Golden Eagles only return four starters from last season in Daml, Ellie Brettschneider, Nicole Corbin (Sr., Ramsey) and Madison Korus (Jr., Arlington).

Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked to win the league for the sixth time since joining the NSIC in 2008. The Mavericks earned 11 first-place votes and 217 overall points. Augustana University was close behind with five first-place votes and 210 overall points, while Bemidji State University had 188 points and was picked third.
Morgan Cottew, a forward from Minnesota State, was selected as the NSIC Preseason Player of the Year, while Minot State defender Kelli Cresse from Minot State University was picked as the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year.

The Golden Eagles will open the 2017 season September 1 against Lindenwood University. They will then play Maryville University September 3. Both matches will be played in St. Paul.

NSIC Soccer Coaches' Poll
1. Minnesota State (11) 217
2. Augustana (5) 210
3. Bemidji State 188
4. Minot State 187
5. St. Cloud State 165
6. Minnesota Duluth 160
7. Northern State 134
8. Concordia-St. Paul 119
9. Upper Iowa 107
10. Winona State 94
11. Wayne State 78
12. UMary 71
13. Sioux Falls 51
14. Southwest Minnesota State 50
15. Minnesota Crookston 45
16. MSU Moorhead 44
first place votes in ( )  




SUNDAY - AUGUST 6,  2017


After a first round loss, the Crookston Reds Amateur Baseball team bounced back with two big wins on Sunday win with a 5-2 victory over the Warroad Muskies and a 7-4 win over the Roseau Royals in loser out games in the Region 10C Amateur Baseball tournament played in Bemidji. 

Crookston got off to a good start in the top of the first inning when Tanner Reinhart reached on a fielders choice and with two outs, Rob Silver singled and Matt Morrin singled to score the first run of the game for a 1-0 lead.  In the third inning, Crookston added another run with two outs.  The inning started with an Adam Burgess single.  After a wild pitch, Burgess advanced to second base and Matt Morin singled to score a run for a 2-0 lead.  Roseau responded with a run in the fourth inning to cut the Crookston lead in half, but the Reds answered with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.  Alex LaFrance and Burgess had back to back walks and Reinhart singled to score a run and another run scored after an error for a 4-1 lead.  Roseau added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning and Crookston led 4-2.  The Reds added an insurance run in the ninth inning when Burgess walked, stole second base, advanced to third on an error and scored on a Reinhart double for a 5-2 lead.  Crookston's pitcher, Seth Desrosier, retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Reds won 5-2.  Logan Forseth picked up the win on the mound, while Desrosier earned the save.
Crookston improves to 10-16 on the year and will have a rematch with Roseau in another loser out game at 7:00 p.m. 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9




Crookston Reds 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 5 8 1
Warroad 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 3

For Crookston
Rob Silver - 2-5, rbi
Tanner Reinhart - 2-5, 2 rbi, run
Matt Morrin - 2-5, 2 rbi



In a rematch of Saturday's first round game, Crookston was able to get revenge with a 7-4 victory over the Roseau Royals, avenging a 10-1 loss in the first round.
Roseau scored in the top of the first inning when they scored a run in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead.  Crookston responded in the third inning when Noah Zimmerman singled, Adam Burgess walked and both came into score for a 2-1 lead.  Crookston added two more runs in the fifth inning when Seth Desrosier singled, Tanner Reinhart doubled and Rob Silvers followed with a single to score a run.  Bailey Schmitz followed with a single later in the inning and Crookston had a 4-1 lead.  Lars Brevik had a sacrifice to score another run and the Reds took a 5-2 lead. Roseau answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth and Crookston led 5-2.  Crookston added another run in the seventh inning when Silvers singled and later came into score for a 6-2 lead.  Roseau answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Reds scored an insurance run in the ninth inning when Matt Morin was hit by a pitch and came into score on a Zimmerman base hit for a 7-3 lead.  Roseau had a big threat going in the bottom of the ninth inning after scoring a run, but they left the bases loaded and Crookston held on for a 7-4 victory.  Sean Minder pitched a complete game on the mound to earn the win.
Crookston improves to 11-16 on the year and will play Moorhead on Saturday with the winner advancing to the championship game and also receiving a state tournament birth.

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Crookston Reds 0 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 1 7 11 1
Roseau 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 4 12 0

For Crookston
Bailey Schmitz - 3-5, rbi
Rob Silvers - 2-5, 2 runs, rbi
Noah Zimmerman - 2-5, rbi, run






The Crookston Reds Amateur Baseball team had a slow start in the first round of the Region 10C Amateur baseball tournament and lost to Roseau 10-1 in a game played in Bemidji. 
Roseau scored a run in the first inning to take a quick 1-0 lead, but they broke the game open in the third inning when they scored six runs on five hits in the inning. Crookston only managed two hits through the first six innings.  In the seventh inning, Tanner Reinhart doubled to lead off the inning and came into score on a Bailey Schmitz single, but that is all Crookston would get in the inning.  Roseau added three runs in the eighth inning for a 10-1 lead and that was the final score.
With the loss, Crookston drops to the losers bracket of the double elimination tournament and will play Warroad at 10:00 AM on Sunday. 
Crookston drops to 9-16 on the year.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9




Crookston Reds 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7
Roseau 1 0 6 0 0 0 3 0 - 10 11 0

For Crookston
Bailey Schmitz - 2-3, rbi
Tanner Reinhart - 2-4, run






The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball program was picked to finish 12th in the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
Defending NCAA Division II National Champion Concordia University-St. Paul was picked as the league favorite as they were slotted first with 10 first-place votes and 218 overall points.  Southwest Minnesota State University came in close at second with three first-place votes and 202 overall points, while University of Minnesota Duluth was one point back at 201 points and two first-place votes as they were picked third.
Taylor Reiss, an outside hitter from Southwest Minnesota State, was picked as the NSIC Preseason Player of the Year.
enters their first season under Head Coach Sarah Rauen in 2017. Rauen comes to the Golden Eagles after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at North Dakota State University.
The Golden Eagles has a strong core returning to the fold with five starters returning to the fray for 2017. The Golden Eagles will look to Player to Watch Kassi Green to lead the way. Green, an outside hitter, averaged 2.13 kills per set and hit .133 as a redshirt junior in 2016.  Kelci Green, who will anchor the middle for the Golden Eagles tallied 2.13 kills per set and hit .324 on the season. She led the team with 0.78 blocks per set. In addition, redshirt senior outside hitter Maggie Perrel returns. Perrel led the team with 3.50 kills per set as a redshirt junior. The Golden Eagles also return libero Ali Schueler and middle hitter Callie Schapekahm as starters.
UMC will look to improve upon their 10-18 mark last season. The Golden Eagles had a record of 6-14 conference mark last season led by a key conference victory over Minnesota State University-Mankato.
The Golden Eagles will commence the 2017 season at the South Central Classic in Durant, Okla. Sept. 1-2. UMC will play matches against University of Central Missouri, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarene University and Ouachita Baptist University and the Golden Eagles open practice for the 2017 season August 14. 

2017 NSIC Volleyball Poll Points
1. Concordia-St. Paul (10) 218
2. SW Minnesota State (3) 202
3. Minnesota Duluth (2) 201
4. Augustana (1) 172
5. Winona State 171
6. Wayne State 157
7. Sioux Falls 146
8. Northern State 133
9. Minnesota State 113
10. MSU Moorhead 77
11. Upper Iowa 74
12. Minnesota Crookston 71
13. St. Cloud State 70
14. UMary 54
15. Bemidji State 46
16. Minot State 15
first place votes in ( )







The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) volleyball program hosted three camps on campus this summer with the Little Eagles Camps, Golden Eagles camps and Individual Skills Camps. The Crookston camp had 40 campers overall. In addition, UMC has already hosted a satellite camp at Fertile-Beltrami High School and will host a camp at Clear Like High School in Clear Lake, Wisconsin next week. “We are very pleased with the turnout and success of our first summer of volleyball camps,” said Head Coach Sarah Rauen. “We really enjoyed working with the local players of Crookston and the surrounding areas, as well as campers from all around the Midwest. We look forward to seeing our campers in the stands at our games and hosting future camps.”

The Golden Eagles had campers from all over Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. Campers each received a UMC volleyball bag and water bottle.

UMC will open practice for the 2017 season on Monday, August 14 at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles will open the season at the South Central Classic, hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, September 1-2 at Bloomer Sullivan Arena in Durant, Oklahoma. 

UMC Volleyball camp participants during one of the camps (Picture by UMC Athletics)






Drafts Sports Bar and Grill/Lithia Ford won the Crookston Park and Rec Men's League slow pitch softball tournament on Tuesday evening.  Drafts/Lithia beat Michelob/DS Beverages 22-21 in the first game and since Drafts came through the losers bracket, they had to beat Michelob again.  In the second game, Drafts beat Michelob/DS Beverages 18-13 to win the tournament championship.

Back Row -
Nick Bergan, Tony Kuchan, Rainer Simmons, Devin Barton, Josh Morgan and Matt Hann
Front Row -
Ryan Edevold, Justin Johnson, Wally Bakken, Chris Demarais, Wade Demarais and Heath Hanson




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) athletic department announced Krayton Nash as head women’s tennis coach and assistant men’s basketball coach. Nash has been a coach at the high school, prep school and collegiate level for the last 14 years.  “We are excited to welcome Krayton Nash to UMC,” said Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. “We believe Krayton will bring great stability and energy to the UMC tennis program and will be a great addition to Coach Weisse’s coaching staff for the men’s basketball team.”

Nash comes to UMC from St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, where he was most recently the associate director and head basketball coach of the Post Graduate Leadership Program for the last five seasons. During his time at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, Nash recruited and placed 31 players into colleges to play basketball with 15 playing at the NCAA Division I level. “I want to thank Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson and Coach Weisse for this amazing opportunity,” Nash said. “I look forward to becoming a part of the Crookston community and having the privilege of working with the Golden Eagles tennis program and men’s basketball team every day.”


“We are excited to welcome Krayton to our men’s basketball family,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Weisse. “I have known Krayton for over 15 years. We have the same basketball family tree and we have very similar basketball minds. I believe Krayton will be able to come in and hit the ground running from day one. He already knows and understands our system because he ran it when he was a player and ran it as a coach. Above all, he is a loyal and trustworthy person that our players will be able to relate to and enjoy being around. I can’t wait to introduce him to our players and am excited to get started working with him.”

Prior to arriving at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, Nash spent nine seasons as an assistant coach at the collegiate level instrumental in amassing an overall record of 163-79. His most recent stop was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Cardinal Stritch University, a NAIA school in Milwaukee, Wis. During his time with the Wolves the team went 78-25 overall. He helped the team to a pair of top 10 national rankings and three-straight NAIA Division II Tournaments, with the team reaching the NAIA Elite 8 during the 2011-12 season. He had a significant role in recruiting and developing the team that would later go on to win the 2013 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship.
From 2007-2009, Nash was an assistant at Concordia University-Chicago, an NCAA Division III school.  Upon his arrival, Nash helped increase the teams win totals each year, doubling the Cougar’s win total in his last year there. In addition, his team finished first in the conference in rebounding that season.
In the 2004-07 seasons, Nash served as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Carroll College (now Carroll University). He helped guide to the most successful period of competition in the history of the men’s basketball program. During his tenure, the team went 54-23. They achieved the program’s first ever national rankings, while winning the 2006-2007 Midwest Conference Championship. They made Carroll’s first two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and reached the Sweet 16 in the 2006-2007 tournament.

His first college coaching job came at his alma mater University of Wisconsin-Platteville during the 2003-04 season. Nash helped the Pioneers to a runner-up finish at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Tournament.
Nash played at the college level at Wisconsin-Platteville, where he was a member of former University of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan’s 1999 NCAA Division III National Championship squad. Nash earned his Bachelor of Science in industrial technology management from Wisconsin-Platteville in 2004. He obtained his Master of Education in health education from Carroll University in 2012. Nash was enshrined in the Wisconsin-Platteville Athletic Hall of Fame in May of 2015 along with the entire 1999 championship team.
Nash, a native of Mequon, Wis., has also held a variety of administrative positions in education including as a transfer counselor at Cardinal Stritch and Concordia-Chicago. He also worked for the Mequon/Thiensville School District in a variety of roles. He plans to reside in Crookston.
Nash joins a men’s basketball staff that includes Coach Weisse and Assistant Coach Bryan Beamish, both of whom are entering their fourth season with UMC. “I put a lot of trust and responsibility on our coaches and I am very fortunate to have two great coach in Krayton and Bryan that will give all they can to help our players become better on and off of the basketball floor,” Weisse said. 





The Crookston Park and Rec Department will be hosting a Crookston Youth Football Camp on Monday, August 7 - Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening.  The camp will be held at the Crookston High School practice fields and cost is $50.  You can register online at or with Parks and Rec located at City Hall.




The Crookston Lions held their Junior Golf Tournament at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston on Monday.  The winners are listed below-


8 and Under – 1st place Girls – Jayde Uttermark  1st place Boys – Joe Beiswinger

9 – 10 Girls: 1st Place Kaylee Clauson, 2nd Ava Martin, 3rd Addi Fee

9-10 Boys: 1st Hunter Nicholas, 2nd Garrett Fischer, 3rd Teegan Lubinski

11-12 Boys: 1st Caleb Danielson, 2nd Kaden Ames, 3rd Jayden Steinbrink

11-12 Girls: 1st Grace Fischer, 2nd Hannah Brause

13-14 Girls: 1st Samantha Sanders

15-17 Boys: 1st Josh Olson, 2nd Gus Vetender, 3rd Ben Andringa

15-17 Girls: 1st Dani Boyle, 2nd Hannah Street


Closet to the pin: Quinn Westlake

Longest Drive: Josh Olson

Longest Put: David Dauksby

      The 8 and under participants after their round of golf

    The Boys 9-10 year old participants after their round of golf

                               The Girls 9-10 year old participants after their round of golf

   The Boys 11-12 year old participants after their round of golf

11 and 12 year old girls Grace Fischer and Hannah Brause     13-14 year old champion Samantha Sanders

             The 15-17 year old boys participants after their round        Girls 15-17 year old participants Hannah Street, Dani Boyle and Crookston Lion Linda Morgan





The University of Minnesota Crookston Football team has been picked to finish 16th place (last place) in the Northern Sun Conference Preseason Coaches poll that was released Monday (July 31) morning by the conference office.  UMC was also tabbed to finish eighth place (out of eight teams) in the NSIC North. 

Minnesota State Mankato was picked by the coaches to win the NSIC and the south division.  They had four first place votes and edged Minnesota Duluth, who had seven first place votes.  Bemidji State came in third place with two first place votes.
Bemidji State quarterback Jordan Hein (Sr. Perham) and Minnesota State University Moorhead wide receiver Damon Gibson were named NSIC North preseason offensive players of the year and Bemidji State’s Gunner Olszewski was named the north defensive player of the year, while University of Sioux Falls running back Max Mickey was named the NSIC offensive player of the year and Mankato’s Evan Perrizo was named the defensive player of the year. 

UMC enters their first season under Head Coach Mark Dufner, a long-time assistant coach for the Golden Eagles, in 2017. Dufner will look to put UMC on a positive trajectory after going 0-11 last season. The Golden Eagles will have new coordinators on both sides of the ball with returning staff member Levi Bullerman taking over as defensive coordinator and returning staff member Dave Volk sharing the offensive coordinator duties with new addition Michael Orts.

On the offensive side of the ball, UMC will look to the program’s all-time leading receiver Adam Connette (Sr., WR, Corona, Calif.), an NSIC Player to Watch. Connette will look to put a stamp on an already great career as he heads into his senior season. Last season, he had 72 catches for 760 yards with five touchdowns.  On the defensive side of the ball, the Golden Eagles look to Ali Alkhatib (R-Jr., LB, Rosemount), who is also an NSIC Player to Watch. The Rosemount-native was second on the team with 77 tackles last season. He led the team with 11 tackles for loss and added one sack on the year.

UMC will kick off the 2017 season Thursday, August 31 at 4:00 p.m. against Upper Iowa University at Ed Widseth Field.





North Division


1. Minnesota State (4)



1. Minnesota Duluth (6)


2. Minnesota Duluth (7)



2. Bemidji State (2)


3. Bemidji State (2)



3. MSU Moorhead


4. Augustana (1)



4. Northern State


5. Sioux Falls (2)



5. St. Cloud State


6. Winona State 



6. Minot State


7. MSU Moorhead



7. UMary


8. Southwest Minnesota State 



8. Minnesota Crookston


9. Northern State 



South Division


10. St. Cloud State 



1. Minnesota State (6)


11. Upper Iowa 



2. Augustana (1)


12. Wayne State



3. Sioux Falls (1)


13. Concordia-St. Paul



4. Winona State


14. Minot State 



5. Southwest Minnesota State


15. UMary



6. Wayne State


16. Minnesota Crookston



7. Upper Iowa


first place votes in ( )


8. Concordia-St. Paul






MONDAY - JULY 31,  2017



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) athletic department has announced Bryant Friskop as head golf coach. Friskop will take over leadership of both the men’s and women’s golf programs and will continue his duties as assistant women’s basketball coach, a position he has held for the past two seasons.  “We are very excited to name Bryant Friskop as head men’s and women’s golf coach at Minnesota Crookston,” said Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. “We are very appreciative of the work that Jason Tangquist and Bryan Beamish did for both programs, but due to recent NCAA legislation changes we had to make shifts in our department. I have been very impressed with the work Bryant has done for our women’s basketball program and know that we will see the same work ethic and leadership put toward our golf programs."

Friskop started his role as assistant coach for the UMC women’s basketball team prior to the 2015-16 season. In his two seasons, Friskop has helped the Golden Eagles to a pair of NSIC/Sanford Health Quarterfinal appearances. During the 2015-16 season, UMC reached a school-record 18 wins, which included a school-record 14 conference wins.  “I would like to thank Stephanie Helgeson, Mike Roysland, and the search committee for giving me this opportunity to be the head men’s and women’s golf coach as well as remain a part of the women’s basketball staff,” Friskop said. “I’ve had an incredible two years at UMC and I’m more than excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with the wonderful student-athletes that we have at our university.”


Friskop came to UMC from the University of North Dakota, where he served in various capacities with the women's basketball program over four years. Friskop worked as a student manager during the 2014-15 season, where he was responsible for taking bench statistics and also helped with game film and exchange for the team where he filmed all home games for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. He also assisted in daily practices, took part in staff meetings, set up the equipment for the team, helped with the practice squad, and opponent scouting.

Prior to serving as manager, Friskop was a member of the practice squad for the UND women's basketball team, playing against UND's squad in practice, getting them ready for upcoming games. During his time at North Dakota, he worked under legendary UND coach Gene Roebuck, who led North Dakota to three National Championships and over 600 wins. He also worked under Travis Brewster, who led the team to a 2014 Big Sky Championship and an NCAA First Round appearance in 2014. 

Prior to transferring to UND, Friskop played college basketball for one year at Concordia College Moorhead.

The Wahpeton, N.D. native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from UND in 2014 with a minor in athletic coaching. He earned his Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from North Dakota in 2017. He currently resides in Grand Forks, N.D. 


Tangquist will continue his role as associate athletic director/compliance coordinator. Tangquist’s move from men’s golf after 18 seasons comes due to NCAA legislation that passed in 2015 requiring schools to have a full-time compliance administrator without coaching duties. The legislation has an effective date of fall 2018. Tangquist’s time as head men’s golf coach was highlighted by an NSIC Championship in 2002 and two NCAA Division II Super Regional appearances as a team in 2003 and 2006. In addition, Tangquist helped Branden Schwartz to an individual NSIC title in 2002 and to a seventh-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Super Regional. 


Bryan Beamish will continue in his role as assistant men’s basketball coach. In addition, Beamish will assist Friskop with the golf programs. 




FRIDAY - JULY 28,  2017


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Teambacker Golf Classic was held Friday, July 14, 2017, at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston, and the tournament helped the UMC Football Alumni Scholarship exceed the $25,000 needed to endow it.  The 27th annual tournament raised more than $8,000 with a total of 16 teams of 79 golfers participating.
The winning team, sponsored by Lithia Ford Lincoln, included Nick Bergan, Austin Skjei, Jake Abrams, Steve Hagen, and Brice Enger. They took home the Altru Cup with a score of 55. Second place went to the team sponsored by Bremer which was Tom Skjei, Scott Sanders, Jay Ricord, Mark Bruggeman, and Rich Clauson. The third place team sponsored by Dee, Inc. was Chad Erdmann, Travis Nicholas, Scott Corbin, Tony Huotte, and Jon Street.
Teambackers would like to extend a special thanks to the members of the 1997 UMC Athletic Hall of Fame Football team who came back to participate in the Golf Classic including Cory Schreifels, Chad Marthauler, Chris Bruggeman, and Mark Olsonawski. Thanks are also extended to the many volunteers and our many loyal sponsors who helped make the tournament a success. 
Mark your calendar for next year's Teambacker Golf Classic slated for Friday, July 20. 

UMC Associate Development Officer Derek Martin, Nick Bergan, Brice Enger, Steve Hagen, Jake Abrams, Austin Skjei, and UMC Chief Development Officer Brandy Chaffee.



THURSDAY - JULY 27,  2017


The Crookston High School Athletic Department was awarded a $6,000 gift card from Scheels as part of the Back to Practice Essay contest.  Area schools turned in an essay and Crookston was selected as one of the three finalists.  The essay was authored by Robbe Nessler, Leah Kent and Greg Garmen.  Scheels had online voting over the the past couple weeks and Crookston won the online vote.  The money will be used to purchase equipment for the weight room.

Darin Zimmerman and Greg Garmen (middle white shirts) accept the $6,000 gift card on Wednesday.





WEDNESDAY - JULY 26,  2017


The Crookston Park and Rec 12U Baseball team will be competing in the Minnesota Sports Federation Class 12AA Youth Baseball State tournament at Pinecone Park in Sartell and Whitney Fields in St. Cloud.  Members of the team are - Braxton Volker, Tatum Lubinski, Hunter Kressl, Cayden Ames, Sam Sundquist, Martino Garcia, Ethan Boll, Ethan Bowman, Thor Harbott, Alex Longoria, Jack Doda, Hunter Knutson, Layten Fuentes, and Jackson Demarais.  The team is coached by Chito Longoria.
Crookston will play two games on Saturday in pool play.  The first game will be against Royalton at 8:00 a.m. and Alexandria Cardinals Red at 10:15 a.m.
There are eight pools of play with three teams in each pool.  East Grand Forks is also competing in the tournament.

Back row- Braxton Volker, Tatum Lubinski, Hunter Kresl, Coach Chito Longoria, Cayden Ames, Sam Sundquist, Martino Garcia, Ethan Boll
Front row - Ethan Bowman, Thor Harbott, Alex Longoria, Jack Doda, Hunter Knutson, Layten Fuentes, Jackson Demarais




TUESDAY - JULY 25, 2017


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) football program announced the addition of Derek Derr as an assistant coach. Derr will serve as strength and conditioning coordinator and tight ends coach for the Golden Eagles. Derr comes to UMC from Peru State College in Peru, Neb., where he spent the last seven seasons, most recently serving as defensive coordinator, linebacker coach and strength and conditioning coordinator. “Derek is very highly regarded by his peers at Peru State College,” said Head Coach Mark Dufner. “He has a great passion for coaching; in addition, Derek has a firm background in strength and conditioning. He will be an outstanding addition to the Golden Eagle football staff.”

In 2016, Derr was named the Co-Assistant Coach of the Year for the Heart of America Athletic Conference North Division. His defense was ranked in the top 20 nationally for total defense, pass defensive efficiency and pass defense per game. They led the Heart of America Athletic Conference in total defense per game and pass defense per game and were fourth in pass defense efficiency and fifth for overall sacks. In 2015, Derr helped the Bobcats to a 7-4 mark, their best record since 2000. His 2015 squad was ranked in the top 20 nationally for rushing defense per game and was second in the conference for total defense per game.

During his time at Peru State, he coached nine all-conference players in two years as defensive coordinator. He had eight players named all-conference during his time as linebacker coach.

Derr also helped mold the Bobcats into a strong team with his work in the weight room as strength and conditioning coach. He developed football specific programs for weight-room and field conditioning, organized lifting/running programs, improved student-athlete lifting/running techniques and instructed proper techniques to ensure safety. Derr is a USAW Certified Sports Performance Coach.

During his time at Peru State, he also served as intramural director for two years and was an adjunct professor for one year.

Derr earned his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management in 2010 from Peru State, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He obtained his Master of Science in Organization Management with an emphasis in Sports and Recreation Management in 2014 from Wayne State College (Neb.).

Derr, a native of Maitland, Mo., lettered for four years for Peru State, serving as team captain as a senior. He was a member of the Peru State College 3.0 club for four years and was named an NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete two years. He played indoor football for the Iowa Blackhawks from 2010-11, winning the American Professional Football League (APFL) Championship in 2010.

Derr joins a staff at UMC that includes: Mark Dufner (Head Coach), Dave Volk (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line-Running Backs), Michael Orts (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Pass Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks-Wide Receivers), Levi Bullerman (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line-Linebackers), Tom Miller (Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator/Safeties) and Sam Smith (Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks. The Golden Eagles will commence the 2017 schedule Aug. 31 as they host Upper Iowa University on a Thursday evening at 4 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field.



MONDAY - JULY 24,  2017


Crookston’s Travis Ross competed in the Minnesota State Open Golf tournament this past weekend at StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater.  Travis shot a three round total of 9 under par and tied for third place.  Travis was consistent over the three rounds of golf with a 3-under par (69) in each round and shot a three round total of 207.  Travis turned in the second best professional score and received $5,000 in prize money.  There were over 150 golfers competing in the tournament with 63 making the cut.
The tournament was won by Ben Greve, of Minneapolis Golf Club, with a 15-under par 201.  It was the second straight year Greve won the title.  John Harris and Tom Lehman are the only other two-time State Open tournament champions.



FRIDAY - JULY 21,  2017


The Crookston Ponies fastpitch softball team traveled to Fosston and won the tournament by going 3-0 on the day on Thursday. 

In the first round Crookston beat Fosston 3-1.
Second round – Crookston beat Warroad 4-3
In the championship – Crookston beat Fertile 5-0.

The championship was the second of the summer for the Crookston Ponies team.  They took second place in the other tournament they played in.
Members of the team are Jenna Coauette, Kendall Bergquist, Brianna Kelly, Lexi Reinhart, Kailee Magsam, Macy Fee, Quinn Seigle, Julia Lalliare, Emilee Tate, Halle Winjum and Ally Perrault.  The team is coached by Lacia Hanson, Jasmin Hanson and Kenze Epema.

Back row - Coach Kenze Epema, Jenna Coauette, Kendall Bergquist, Brianna Kelly, Lexi Reinhart, Kailee Magsam, Macy Fee, Coach Jasmin Hanson
Middle row - Quinn Seigle, Julia Lalliare, Emilee Tate, Halle Winjum
Front row - Ally Perrault

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