SATURDAY - MAY 27,  2017


The Crookston Pirate Baseball team received the #5 seed and will travel to #4 Roseau on Tuesday in the first round of the Section 8AA Baseball tournament.
Warroad received the top seed in the North sub-section and will receive a first round bye while Barnesville earned the top seed in the south.  The final seeds are below. 

North Sub-section South Sub-section
1. Warroad 1. Barnesville
2. Park Rapids 2. Perham
3. East Grand Forks 3. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
4. Roseau 4. Frazee
5. CROOKSTON 5. Hawley
6. Mahnomen/Waubun 6. Breckenridge
7. Bagley 7. Pelican Rapids
  8. Ottertail Central






FRIDAY - MAY 26,  2017


The Crookston Pirates Girl's Golf team sent four golfers to the Bemidji Town and Country Club and finished third out of four teams at the Bemidji Quadrangular. Crookston shot a 367, finishing third behind Detroit Lakes' 332 and Bemidji's 356. Staples-Motley finished in fourth with a 392. Ally Tiedemann shot an 80 to finish second individually.
"It was a bit of an off day for the girls," said Crookston Assistant Coach Jaclyn Martin, who brought the girls to Bemidji. "The course was in great shape but it was just one of those days."
Crookston was without seniors Elise Tanquist and Maddie Nicholls on Friday due to graduation so it gave some younger golfers the opportunity to get out on the course and get valuable experience. Ally Tiedemann led the way for the Pirates with an 80, including a 39 on the back nine. Freshman Dani Boyle turned in an 84, sophomore Hannah Street shot a 96 and eighth grader Catherine Tiedemann rounded out the group with a 98. "It was great for someone like Hannah (Street) to get that experience playing today against some great competition," Martin said. "Opportunities like that will only benefit our program as we move forward." It was quite the battle for individual medalist honors as Detroit Lakes' Shelby Busker edged Tiedemann by one stroke with a 79 and fellow Laker Maddie Herzog by two strokes. "I'm really happy with the way the girls competed today," said Martin. "Ally bounced back nicely after a rough start and even shot an eagle! Inconsistency plagued us most of the day but we'll make sure to use practice time to iron things out."
The girls will be back in action on May 30th when they take part in the North Sub-Section 8AA Meet at the Thief River Falls Country Club. Scheduled tee-off time is 1:30 p.m.

Bemidji Quadrangular



Pirate Results


1. Detroit Lakes



Ally Tiedemann 80

2. Bemidji

356   Dani Boyle 93


367   Hannah Street 96

4. Staples-Motley

392   Catherine Tiedemann 98





Top Individuals



    1.Shelby Busker- DL 79



2.Ally Tiedemann- Crox





3.Maddie Herzog- DL 81

THURSDAY - MAY 25,  2017


The Section 8A Individual Tennis Tournament wrapped up on Thursday in Fergus Falls and the Crookston Pirates Boys Tennis team wasn’t able to send anybody to state as the doubles team of Matt Garmen and Nick Garmen finished third, just a spot out of qualifying for the state meet. The Garmen brothers ended up facing fellow Pirates Jake Widseth and Mitchell Olson in the third place match and took them down, 6-3, 6-1.
“It was an interesting dynamic with the Pirates doubles teams playing against each other,” explained Crookston Head Coach Mike Geffre. “All of the guys played hard and I was really proud of the effort put forth today.”
Matt and Nick Garmen got to the third place match after they fell to the Thief River Falls pair of Cole Gillespie and Peter Zaviska, 6-4-6-2, to start the day. Jake Widseth and Mitchell Olson also dropped their first match to Carter Onkka and Michael Magnusson of Thief River Falls to set up the rendezvous with the Garmens. Matt and Nick were able to play solid and limit the mistakes as they took down Widseth and Olson 6-3, 6-1 to take third. “They both played well and we can build on plenty of things moving forward,” said Geffre. “It goes to show that we went some really good teams down here to Fergus and yesterday and today really helped prepare us for the state tournament in a few weeks.”
After what has seemed like a rapid pace of tennis the past few weeks, the Pirates will get some much needed rest as the team prepares for the State Team Tennis Tournament that will be held June 6 and 7 in Minneapolis. “Now we can just focus on what we need to do to make things happen down at state. For example, Matt and Nick Garmen will be playing singles at state so they can get back to focusing on that,” noted Geffre. “These kids have traveled a lot and played a lot of tennis in the past four days. We’re going to take some days off and recharge our batteries both mentally and physically.”

Nick and Matt Garmen with their 3rd place medals and Jake Widseth and Mitchell Olson with their 4th place medals.

Matt Garmen
Nick Garmen
Beat Justin Mortenson/Joe Connelly (FF)  6-1, 6-0
Beat Trey Seebold/Austin Baker (DL) 6-0, 6-0

Lost to Cole Gillespie/Peter Zaviska (TRF) 6-4, 6-2
Beat Mitchell Olson/Jake Widseth in 3rd place match 6-3, 6-1
Jake Widseth
Mitchell Olson
Beat Aaron Solberg/Noah Christenson (Perham) 6-0, 6-0
Beat Gunnar Anderson/Ryan Murphy (Perham) 6-2, 6-2

Lost to Carter Onkka/Michael Magnusson (TRF) 6-1, 6-0
Lost to Matt Garmen/Nick Garmen in 3rd place match 6-3, 6-1



The Crookston Pirate Girls Track team finished third place out of 10 teams and the Pirate Boys Track team finished fourth out of nine teams in the Sub-section 31 track meet held in Roseau.  The Roseau Rams swept the meet by winning the boys and girls divisions.

Thea Oman in the 3200  Ben Andringa wins the 3200   Aleece Durbin in the 4x400

The Crookston Pirate girls are advancing seven girls in 11 events to the Section 8A meet. "It was a pretty good performance today," said Pirate Girls Track Coach Amy Boll. "We put girls in events that gave them their best chance to advance to sections and state and the kids had a great performance." The Pirates had two first place finishes with Aleece Durbin winning the long jump, Hayden Winjum won the 800 meters, edging her teammate Katherine Geist to lead the Pirates.
Jenna Porter had a personal best in the high jump clearing 4-10 to finish second, Aleece Durbin had second place finishes in the 100 and 300 hurdles.  "Jenna had a great performance in the high jump and we didn't put her in any running events and that paid off today," said Coach Boll. "Emma (Borowicz) had a great meet and ran her hardest and our throwers didn't have their best day, but they did the best they can and advance and that is the goal today."

The Crookston Pirate boys are advancing 10 boys in nine events to the Section 8A meet.  The boys had four first place finishes with Mason Wang continuing his domination of the 100 and 200 meter races, Ben Andringa had an impressive run in the two mile (3200 meters) and the 4x800 relay team of Jaden Lubarski, Colton Weiland, Ryan Swenson and Ben Andringa. 
Lukas Meier had a personal best in the Pole Vault clearing 12 feet, only to be bested by West Marshall’s Chris McGlynn’s new Sub-Section 31 meet record of 14 feet.  The Pirates had two relay teams finish second with the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.  "I thought we ran very well and had a lot of personal records with some nice runs and are advancing several kids," said Pirate Boys Coach Wayne Folkers. "Ben Andringa had a nice race in the 3200 and you know I love the relays and had three of them advance and we had some nice individual results with Mason winning the 100 and 200, Lukas in the pole vault with a personal record, Ben Brantner in the 1600 had a great race and we had personal bests across the board."
Crookston will take the core of the team to the section track meet. "We need to get a little better, especially in the relays with our hand offs," said Coach Folkers. "We will need a good four days of practice and hopefully we can advance a bunch of them to state."

The Section 8A Track Meet is in Bagley on June 3. 

Emma Borowicz in the 4x400    Ryan Swenson and Colton Weiland in the 4x400 relay

Boys Team Points   Girls Team Points
1. Roseau 171   1. Roseau 148.5
2. East Grand Forks 113   2. West Marshall 131.5
3. West Marshall 111   3. CROOKSTON 131
4. CROOKSTON 96   4. East Grand Forks 86.5
5. Warroad 66   5. Warroad 72
6. BGMR/Freeze 64.5   6. Red Lake County 69
7. Climax/Fisher/Sacred Heart 41   7. Kittson Co. Central 27
8. Grygla-Gatzke 12.5   8. Climax/Fisher/Sacred Heart 17.5
9. Red Lake County 12   9. BGMR/Freeze 15
      10. Grygla-Gatzke 1


(Top Four Places
that advance to Section
Event Result Place
Mason Wang 100 meters 11:58 1st
Jaden Lubarski, Colton Weiland,
Ryan Swenson, Ben Andringa
4x800 Relay 8:51.91 1st
Ben Andringa 3200 meters 10:32.60 1st
Mason Wang 200 meters 23.50 1st
Aleece Durbin Long Jump 16-06 1st
Hayden Winjum 800 meters 2:29.06 1st
Cade Salentine, Lukas Meier,
Noah Kiel, Mason Wang
4x200 Relay 1:36.31 2nd
Cade Salentine, Lukas Meier,
Noah Kiel, Anthony Borges
4x100 Relay 48.15 2nd
Lukas Meier Pole vault 12-03 2nd
Jenna Porter High Jump 4-10 2nd
Harley Barlow Shot Put 33-11.25 2nd
Thea Oman, Katherine Geist,
Emma Borowicz, Hayden Winjum
4x800 Relay 10:04.95 2nd
Aleece Durbin 100 hurdles 16.74 2nd
Emma Borowicz 400 meters 1:02.80 2nd
Aleece Durbin 300 hurdles 47.96 2nd
Katherine Geist 800 meters 2:30.05 2nd
Brita Fagerlund Discus 105-09 2nd
Aleece Durbin, Katherine Geist,
Emma Borowicz, Hayden Winjum
4x400 Relay 4:13.53 2nd
Cade Salentine 300 hurdles 44.53 3rd
Harley Barlow Discus 102-01 3rd
Ben Brantner 1600 meters 4:59.74 4th
Jaden Lubarski 800 meters 2:21.25 4th
Thea Oman 3200 meters 12:03.85 4th








WEDNESDAY -  MAY 24, 2017


The Crookston Pirates have six individuals playing the the Section 8A Individual Tennis tournament in Fergus Falls this afternoon and four of them are still alive after the first two rounds.  The two doubles teams of Matt and Nick Garmen and Jake Widseth/Mitchell Olson won their first two matches easily to advance to the section semi-finals.  The two Pirate singles players, Thomas Cymbaluk and Logan Prudhomme lost their first two matches and were eliminated. "It was a pretty good day and the singles classes were closer than the scores show," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "There

Matt and Nick Garmen won beat a team from Fergus Falls in first round match 6-1, 6-0.  In their second round they beat a doubles team from Detroit Lakes 6-0, 6-0 to cruise to the semi-finals.  "They played pretty well," said Coach Geffre. "They were able to stay in the game and keep playing hard."
Jake Widseth and Mitchell Olson didn't have any problems in their first two matches as they beat a team from Perham 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and beat the other team from Perham 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-finals to cruise to the semifinals. "There wasn't to much of a doubt in their matches," said Coach Geffre. "They played pretty well."
Both doubles teams will play teams from Thief River Falls on Thursday. "We will have to play better tomorrow against two pretty good teams," said Coach Geffre. "It was a nice day and they played some good tennis."

              Nick Garmen and Matt Garmen          Jake Widseth and Mitchell Olson

Thomas Cymbaluk had a good match, but came up short in a 6-2, 6-4 loss to a kid from Minnewaska Area and was eliminated. "Thomas played a good match and was real close," said Coach Geffre.
Logan Prudhomme started a little slow and played better as the match went along, but fell short in a loss to Tucker Skime of Thief River Falls and was eliminated. "The first set was quick," said Coach Geffre. "It was a battle in the second set against a very good player from Thief River Falls."

Logan Prudhomme  Thomas Cymbaluk

Thomas Cymbaluk Lost to Tate Reichmann (Minnewaska) 6-2, 6-4 and was eliminated
Logan Prudhomme Lost to Tucker Skime (TRF) 6-0, 6-3 and was eliminated
Matt Garmen
Nick Garmen
Beat Justin Mortenson/Joe Connelly (FF)  6-1, 6-0
Beat Trey Seebold/Austin Baker (DL) 6-0, 6-0
Will play Cole Gillespie/Peter Zaviska (TRF) in semi's on Thursday
Jake Widseth
Mitchell Olson
Beat Aaron Solberg/Noah Christenson (Perham) 6-0, 6-0
Beat Gunnar Anderson/Ryan Murphy (Perham) 6-2, 6-2
Will play Carter Onkka/Michael Magnusson (TRF) in semi's on Thursday



It was quite the battle between the Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team, Roseau, East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls at the East Grand Forks Invite at Valley Golf Course as Roseau won the tournament by three strokes over Crookston with a 331. The four teams were separated by a total of seven strokes.
Crookston finished second with a team score of 334 and were led by Brock Heppner’s 80 on the scorecard. Nate Deziel of East Grand Forks was the individual medalist with a 71. “It was a competitive day with the four teams being so close,” said Crookston Assistant Coach Wes Hanson. “It helps the golfers individually too keep their focus and grind out good scores because they’re going toe-to-toe with opponents in their group.”
Heppner led the way for Crookston with an 80, Ben Trostad shot an 82, Ethan Magsam and Trey Christopherson each had scores of 86, Lukas Andringa turned in a 90 and Jack Ricord rounded out the group of six with a 95. “Brock led team with an 80 which was nice to see. He missed a few putts that he wanted back but he did a lot of things well out there,” said Hanson. “He knows there were some strokes out there that he can get back. We had some seniors gone today so it gave us an opportunity to put some younger guys in the lineup. It was nice to see us stay competitive with the other schools even with an altered lineup.”
The regular season is now in the books for the Pirates and they’ll have some practice time before the North Sub-Section 8AA Meet in Thief River Falls on Tuesday. “We were hoping to win this one but we’re still confident heading into next week,” noted Hanson. “We have some time to prepare now for the postseason. The guys are looking forward to seeing courses they’ve seen before and getting things going. Practice time will help us work out some kinks.”


EGF Invitational



Pirate Results





Brock Heppner 80


334   Ben Trostad 82

3.East Grand Forks

337   Ethan Magsam 86

4. Thief River Falls

338   Trey Christopherson 86


    Lukas Andringa 90


    Jack Ricord 95





Top Individuals





1.Nate Deziel- EGF 71




2.Bauer Brown- EGF





T-3. Gus Vatnsdal- ROS 79

T-3.Brendan Bushy- TRF


TUESDAY  -  MAY 23, 2017


The #2 seed Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team met the #1 seed Thief River Falls Prowlers in the Section 8A Boys Tennis Championship for the eighth time in the last 10 years and most of those eight years the match has been decided by a 4-3 score and this year wasn’t any different. Crookston's Matt Garmen, a senior, outlasted his opponent to win a three set match and the Pirates beat Thief River Falls 4-3 to advance to state for the third straight year. Crookston lost six of the 10 in the starting line up from last years state tournament team to pull off the upset. "This is a real sweet one. We lost a lot of great kids from last year and we knew we would have to put something together to do this and these guys did," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "It is like the Miracle on Ice thing, these guys really pulled it off."
Most of the matches were nail biters and the match was tight from start to finish. The first match complete was fourth singles where Thief River Falls won in straight sets. Crookston won second doubles, where Blake Fee and Mason LaPlante won 6-3, 7-6 and 7-2 in the second set tie-breaker to tie the team score at 1-1. Crookston won the next match when Jake Widseth won his third singles match 6-4, 6-1 to take a 2-1 team lead. Thief River Falls answered with a win at first doubles in straight sets before Crookston’s Nick Garmen won a hard-fought marathon at second singles and beat Carter Onkka in three sets (5-7, 6-1, 6-4) to give Crookston a 3-2 lead. Thief River Falls bounced back to win a tight third doubles match in three sets (4-6, 7-5, 6-4) and the match was tied at 3-3 with one match left for a trip to the state tournament.
Matt was taking on Cole Gillespie and the match was a hard-fought battle between two great players. Matt lost the first set in a tie-breaker, but bounced back to win the second set to force a third and final set. Matt led 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4. The two players were battling and Matt was able to win the third set 7-5 and the Pirates are going back to state!!!!! "The third set was back and forth and Matt ended up breaking for the match and the kids stormed the court and that was incredible," said Coach Geffre. "Our kids did a great job with sportsmanship and credit to the parents too."
The Pirates got great effort from every player as they left everything on the court. "Top to bottom, in every single position, the boys played hard, never quit and they believed and that is the big thing," said Coach Geffre. "There was no matches where we got beat bad at today and we competed hard in every match and that is what I like to see."
improves to 14-6 in duals and advances to the Minnesota State High School League State tournament where they will play the Section 2 representative, #1 ranked Blake School, on June 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Reed Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis.  The Section 8A Individual tournament will be held Wednesday and Thursday.  The trip to the state tennis tournament is Coach Mike Geffre's 22nd trip to state tennis (boys and girls).

Click on the video above to see the match winning point, celebration and medal ceremony

Jake Widseth with a forehand return   Thomas Cymbaluk with a return   Mitchell Olson with a forehand

  CROOKSTON-4 Thief River Falls-3 Winner Score
#1 Singles Matt Garmen Cole Gillespie Crox 6-7 (7-5), 7-5, 7-5
#2 Nick Garmen Carter Onkka Crox 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
#3 Jake Widseth Tucker Skime Crox 6-4, 6-1
#4 Logan Schultz Camden Broadwell TRF 6-0, 6-0
#1 Doubles Mitchell Olson
Logan Prudhomme
Michael Magnusson
Peter Zaviska
TRF 7-5, 6-2
#2 Blake Fee
Mason LaPlante
Noah Rupprecht
Daniel Hustad
Crox 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
#3 Jack Garmen
Thomas Cymbaluk
Tranden Lehrer
Brock Borchardt
TRF 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Logan Prudhomme with a forehand baseline return    Matt Garmen eyes down the ball on the return (We used all five seniors for our pictures today)



The Crookston Pirates Girls Softball team gave Warroad a little scare but the Warriors eventually came back and pulled away for a 12-5 win over the Pirates in the first round of the Section 8AA Softball Tournament played in Warroad.
Crookston couldn't have started any better when they had half their hits in the game in the first inning and batted eight to score four runs. Jaeden Lizakowski and Kaitlyn Thingelstad both singled to start the game. With one out, Amanda Trandem hit a ball to deep short and the throw to third was not caught to get the lead runner and everyone was safe with bases loaded. Pirate third baseman Tiffany Hanson blasted a double to center to score two runs and the Pirates were up 2-0. It went to 3-0 on a Jayden Allrich ground out that scored Trandem and followed by Amy Follette's single up the middle to plate Hanson and Crookston was ahead 4-0 after a half an inning. "We knew we wanted to get off to a quick start," said Crookston head coach Katie Lariviere, "those top two in the lineup got us going and the middle of our batting order hit the ball well. It was a great start for us."
Warroad was not phased too much by the quick Crookston start as they also had back to back singles and then a couple errors by the Pirates on the same play allowed two runs to score. Crookston Macy Strem did walk Hannah Christian and then two singles scored another run and the Pirates lead was cut 4-3 after an inning. "We knew that they would come back," said coach Lariviere, "they are a good team and they had some well placed infield or outfield hits in the inning."
After a shaky first inning , Warroad pitcher Elise Anderson settled down to retire Crookston in order in the second inning and then her teammates got her the lead with two runs in the second with a couples walks and two wild pitches that put Warroad ahead 5-4. Crookston would tie it up with a run in the third as Strem led off with a sharp single to center that the centerfielder overplayed to allow Strem to reach second base. With one out a ground by Tiffany Hanson scored Strem to tie the game at 3-3.
Warroad would then take control with two runs in the third and fourth innings taking advantage of some walks and a couple Pirate errors and after four innings Warroad was now leading 9-5. "We did have a couple errors there and Macy ran into a little control problems, but we were an out away from getting out of trouble in the one inning," said Lariviere.
Anderson, the only senior on the Warroad roster started getting into a groove and allowed only three hits over the last four innings and at one time retired eight Pirate batters in a row. The only runner to reach third base was Lizakowski who had a one out double off the left field fence in the seventh but was stranded at third. Warroad put it away with three runs in the sixth with the big hit a Tahra Johnson triple and the Warriors would win 12-5 to advance to the second and third rounds in Thief River Falls where the Section 8AA Tournament goes into double elimination format. "Overall I thought Macy pitched well," said Lariviere, "she had some walks but scattered the hits pretty well and even though we had five errors, I thought we played pretty well defensively. We played with the number two team in the North throughout the game and I thought this could have been one of the best games of our season!"
Crookston's season ends at 5-15 and the seniors who played their last game as a Pirate were Kaitlyn Thingelstad, Macy Strem, Amanda Trandem, Tiffany Hanson, Jayden Allrich, Brooke Cymbaluk and Michelle Cuno. "We had seven seniors and we appreciated all the work they've put into their careers here and will be missed," said Lariviere, "we will need some of the younger players to work on their game in the off-season and that doesn't even mean softball, but if they play some others sports and do lifting and get bigger, stronger and faster, because that is what we'll need."
Warroad is now 15-6 on the year and move onto the second round which is double elimination and face their rivals, Roseau Rams at 4:00 PM on Thursday in Thief River Falls.

Jayden Allrich swings at a pitch and Maddie Salentine swings at a pitch

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7




CROOKSTON 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 8 5
Warroad 3 2 2 2 0 3 X 12 12 2

Macy Strem throws to first base for an out
    (Pictures taken for KROX by Mackenzie Epema)

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Macy Strem -Crookston 6.0 12 12 9 9 4
Elise Anderson- Warroad 7.0 8 5 1 0 7

For Crookston
Jayden Lizakowski - 2-4, double, run
Macy Strem - 2-4, run
Tiffany Hanson - 1-3, double , 3 rbi
Amy Follette - 2-3, rbi

For Warroad
Tiffani Foster - 2-3, rbi
Caitlin Culleton - 3-5
Marlie Johnston - 2-2 run rbi
Tahra Johnson - 2-3, triple, 2 rbi
Allyssa Nash - 2-4, double, 2runs, 2 rbi



It was a tough way to end the season for the Crookston Pirates Baseball team as they got swept by the East Grand Forks Green Wave in a double header at Stauss Field in East Grand Forks. The Green Wave shut out the Pirates 10-0 in five innings in game one then completed the sweep with a 12-9 victory in game two.

Chris Wavra slides into third base for a triple in game 2



The Pirates fell behind 5-0 after the first two innings and couldn’t get the bats going to mount a comeback as the Green Wave took game one, 10-0 in five innings. Crookston starter Chris Wavra (Sr., P/IF) got pounced on in the first when EGF’s Alex Mushitz scored on a single by Jake Hjelle. East Grand Forks pushed the lead to 5-0 when they sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs. “Game one was just not our best effort tonight,” said Crookston Head Coach Mitch Bakken. “It seemed like the focus wasn’t there and we weren’t prepared to play and East Grand Forks was and they took advantage of it.”
Crookston’s bats struggled in the game as they managed three hits off Green Wave starter Cade Spencer. The sophomore pitched five innings, giving up those three hits while striking out two Pirates. “Their pitcher didn’t do anything too special on the mound but they had our guys guessing at the plate the entire game,” said Bakken. “The Pirates are capable of way better plate appearances and luckily we saw that later in the day.”
After both teams went scoreless in the fourth, Spencer shut the Pirates down in the top of the fifth and the game was final because of the run rule.
“I think the guys learned that, no matter where you’re at in the season, you have to be ready to play from that first pitch,” said Bakken. “I think it was a great learning experience and if we can cut down on the mental errors we know we can win some ball games.”

  1 2 3 4 5




CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
East Grand Forks 1 4 0 5 X 10 8 0

Tanner Reinhart with one of his hits on the day

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Chris Wavra- Crookston (LP) 3.1 7 8 8 3 3
Jonathon Olson- Crookston 0.2 1 2 2 1 2
Kade Spencer- East Grand Forks (WP) 5 3 0 0 0 2

For Crookston
Chris Wavra- 1-2
Tanner Reinhart- 1-2, double
Brady Butt- 1-2

Carter Beck- 2-3, triple, run, two rbi's
Jake Hjelle- 2-2, run, two rbi's
Dylan Selk- 2-3, run, RBI



Different game, same story as far as the start went for the Crookston Pirates in game two as they fell behind early and couldn’t overcome the deficit as East Grand Forks won the second half of the double-dip, 12-9.  “Our issue all year has been falling behind early,” said coach Bakken. “Because we don’t have a big bat in the lineup and rely on finding holes and moving runners over, it’s tough to claw back after falling behind early.”
The Green Wave made Crookston starter Drew Dragseth’s (Jr., P/OF) night on the mound short as they scored six runs off of him in the first inning to force the Pirates to go to their bullpen early.
Crookston didn’t go quietly into the night though as they started to climb back into the game, starting with the second inning. The impressive part was the rally came with two outs! Luke Froeber (Sr., 1B) and Dante Norris (Sr., OF) reached on a walk and fielder’s choice then the top of the order and came up and Ethan Stroot drove in Froeber with a single. Chris Wavra laced a single into left center to score Norris and Stroot to make it 6-3 then Blake Kawlewski scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 6-4! “The guys were a lot more dialed in at the plate in the second game. The Green Wave pitchers tried to mix some off-speed stuff in but the guys were reading the pitches well and squaring it up,” said Bakken. “Those kinds of at bats made the difference and we were able to limit some mistakes and make a game of it.”
The Pirates tied things up in the top of the fourth thanks to a Kawlewski double and a Tanner Reinhart (Sr., IF) single and just like that, it was a ball game again!
East Grand Forks responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the bottom of the sixth off Crookston pitcher Tim Parr to retake the lead and go on to win, 12-9.
After a dismal performance at the plate in game one, the Pirates were able to get the bats going in game two with the nine runs on 10 hits. Crookston also drew three walks after not drawing a walk in game one. Chris Wavra led the way at the plate for Crookston, finishing a home run short of the cycle. “Chris has been swinging the bat well lately, which has been nice to see,” Bakken said of his senior pitcher/shortstop. “He’s been consistent for us near the top of the lineup and really saw the ball well today and was able to put the barrel on it.”
The Pirates finish the season with a 6-12 record and will begin the Section 8AA Tournament on Tuesday, May 30. “Heading into the playoffs, we need contributions from everybody who puts on that uniform,” said Bakken. “I’m really looking to our eight seniors to bring the energy and focus in practice and have that transfer to the rest of the team. I know they want to keep their high school careers going for as long as possible and the younger guys on the team want to keep playing baseball this spring too! This week of practice will be a great indicator of how bad our guys want it and how focused they can be.” East Grand Forks finishes their regular season with a 9-11 record.


Ethan Stroot throws to first to complete a double play (Picture by Bruce Brierly of the Exponent)

GAME #2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7




CROOKSTON 0 4 0 2 0 2 1 9 8 1
East Grand Forks 6 0 0 0 3 3 X 12 15 3

Blake Kawlewski hits a drive to left center field for a double

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Drew Dragseth- Crookston 1 7 6 6 0 2
Tim Parr- Crookston (LP) 5 9 6 5 1 1
Victor Saucedo- EGF (WP) 5.2 9 8 4 1 3
Jake Hjelle- EGF (S) 1.1 1 1 1 2 1

For Crookston
Chris Wavra- 3-4, double, triple, run, three rbi's
Ethan Stroot- 3-4, HBP, three runs, two rbi's
Tanner Reinhart- 2-4, two rbi's


Dylan Selk- 2-2, two doubles, three runs, RBI
Alex Mushitz- 2-4, double, run, RBI
Jake Osowski- 2-3, two rbi's



The Crookston Pirates Girl's and Boy's Golf teams both turned in first place performances at the Thief River Falls Golf Club today, which is significant for the golfers because it will be the same course they will play in the North Sub-Section 8AA Tournament next Tuesday. The girl's shot a 355 to win their meet by seven strokes over Park Rapids and the boys turned in a 319 to take down Roseau by 10 strokes.

Ally Tiedemann and the Pirates Girl’s Golf team continued to pile up the wins as they won their meet with a team score of 355, seven strokes better than Park Rapids’ 362. Thief River Falls turned in a 379 for third place honors.
“It was a tough day to play for the girls,” explained Crookston Head Coach Jeff Perreault referring to the winds that gusted up to 30 miles per hour on some areas. “Ally made it look easy but the rest of the team was affected by the weather and the wind. Our team score was higher than what we’d like to see it but the five golfers who went today learned more about the course.”
Tiedemann, golfing for the first time this week, shot the second best score of the day on the course between the boys and the girls with a 75 as she picked up individual medalist honors. “Shooting a 75 on a day like today is impressive,” said Perreault. “Nothing seemed to bother her out there. She felt she left a few strokes out there, including a short putt, but those things happen sometimes. Ally did what she always seems to do and that’s stay consistent and put up good scores.”
The rest of the Pirates fought the course throughout the day. Catherine Tiedemann finished with a 91, Joslynn Leach scored a 92, Dani Boyle fired a 97 and Maddie Nicholls rounded out the group of five with a 98. “We have a little work to do as a team and it’s nice that we have some practice time coming up to address areas of concern,” said Perreault. “There were some girls who were very frustrated with their scores and know they can play better than they did today.”
The Pirates will be back at the Thief River Falls Country Club on May 30 for the North Sub-Section 8AA Meet. “Today was a great opportunity for us to play a course that we’ll play next week. It was a mentally-taxing day which will help the girls grow as golfers,” said Perreault.”It also gave all of the coaches a chance to see the course and be better prepared for it.”
Crookston will have a few days of practice before they send four golfers to Bemidji on Friday to make up for an event that was affected by weather earlier in the season.

GIRL'S -  Pre-Section Meet



Pirate Results





Ally Tiedeman 75

2.Park Rapids

362   Catherine Tiedemann 91

3.Thief River Falls

379   Joslynn Leach 92

4.United North Central

390   Dani Boyle 97

5.East Grand Forks

406   Maddie Nicholls 98





Top Individuals



INC   1.Ally Tiedemann- Crox 75




2.Sabela Valverde Andrade- PR





3.Gina Wensloff- Roseau


Battling winds anywhere from 15 to 30 miles per hour, the Crookston Pirates Boy’s Golf team didn’t let the weather faze them as they won the Pre Sub-Section Invite at the Thief River Falls Country Club. The Pirates had five of their six golfers shoot 87 or below and defeated second place Roseau by 10 strokes with a team score of 319. East Grand Forks rounded out the top three with a 337.
The Thief River Falls Golf Club was still feeling the effects of some weather as far as course conditions go but the Pirates were able to battle the conditions and get the win. “The course was still recovering from some weather but the guys played it well,” said Crookston Head Coach Steve Kofoed. “The key today was to get a feeling of where we are at compared to other teams in the sub-section. We haven’t seen teams like UNC or Warroad too often so that was good to see.”
Ethan Magsam led the way for the Pirates, finishing second overall with a 77! “Ethan didn’t shoot anything bigger than a bogey and he scored very well on the back nine,” explained Kofoed. “He was making his pars and was able to offset some bogeys with a couple birdies. He was consistent all day long and that’s the way we know he’s capable of playing.”
Balance was the name of the game once again for the Pirates with Brock Heppner and Dane Anderson both turning in 80’s, Ben Trostad shot 82, Charles Eickhof and 87 and Jack Ricord tallied a 92.  “Everybody was pretty happy with their scores but they still knew they could have shot a little better. The front nine and the back nine presented some different conditions for the guys so they had to adjust as the day went on,” stated Kofoed. “There were some hiccups on the cards on certain holes so hopefully we can correct those next time we play the course.”
The Pirates will be right back at it tomorrow when they travel to East Grand Forks to complete their regular season at the East Grand Forks Invitational at Valley Golf Course. “I love the consistency that we showed from top to bottom,” exclaimed coach Kofoed. “We have a lot of guys who can put up good scores and hopefully they can carry this momentum over into tomorrow at Valley in East Grand Forks.” The boys are scheduled to tee off at 9:00 AM.  

BOY'S -  Pre-Section Meet



Pirate Results





Ethan Magsam 77


329   Brock Heppner 80

3.East Grand Forks

337   Dane Anderson 80

4.Thief River Falls

346   Ben Trostad 82

5.Park Rapids

356   Charles Eickhof 87


361   Jack Ricord 92

7.United North Central




Top Individuals





1.Nate Deziel- EGF 74




2.Ethan Magsam- Crox





3.Quinn Tangen- Roseau


MONDAY  -  MAY 22, 2017


The #2 seed Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team had a solid first round victory when they beat the #7 seed Fergus Falls Otters 6-1 in the first round of the Section 8A Boys Tennis tournament in Fergus Falls. “We hadn’t seen them since the first match of the year,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “We didn’t know what to expect and they moved some of their players around a bit, but we played well enough to win.”
Crookston won all four singles matches, winning three of the matches in straight sets and Logan Prudhomme winning a third set super tie-breaker at third singles to complete the singles sweep. “Logan Schultz stepped in at four singles and picked up a win for us and that was nice,” said Coach Geffre. “Logan Prudhomme had a nice third set tie-break win at third singles so that was nice.”
Crookston lost a third set super tie-breaker at first doubles, but cruised to victories in the second and third doubles matches for the team victory. The two three set super tie-breakers were shortened because Crookston already had four matches won so they shortened the matches. “It was nice to see third doubles get a straight set win,” said Coach Geffre. “It is nice to get your feet wet and hit some balls and get acclimated to the facility. I thought we were pretty aggressive today. As a team we played pretty well and some of the kids think they haven’t elevated their game enough yet. We are hoping to play a little better in the next match.”
Crookston improves to 12-6 in duals and will play the Perham Yellowjackets in the semi-finals about 2:30 p.m. The other semi-final match has #1 seed Thief River Falls taking on #4 seed East Grand Forks.

        Logan Schultz with a return in his 4th singles match                       Logan Prudhomme lunges for a return at 3rd singles

  CROOKSTON-6 Fergus Falls-1 Winner Score
#1 Singles Matt Garmen Noah Tarczon Crox 6-0, 6-1
#2 Nick Garmen Isaac Ahlgren Crox 6-1, 6-0
#3 Logan Prudhomme Caleb Danielson Crox 6-3, 4-6, 10-5
#4 Logan Schultz Connor Ackerson Crox 6-2, 6-2
#1 Doubles Jake Widseth
Mitchell Olson
Tyler Hobbs
Matt Monke
FF 6-4, 5-7, 10-8
#2 Thomas Cymbaluk
Blake Fee
Joe Connelly
Justin Mortenson
Crox 6-4, 6-1
#3 Jack Garmen
Mason LaPlante
Maverec Kalenberg
Colton Partain
Crox 6-2, 6-2

Mitchell Olson reaches for a backhand return and Jake Widseth with a baseline return in their first doubles match

Crookston knew their semi-final match was going to be close because they beat Perham 10 days ago by a 4-3 score. The Pirates were up to the task again as they were tied 3-3 after the first six matches and it came down to a couple of sophomores, Blake Fee and Mason LaPlante, on the second doubles team. Fee and LaPlante won the first set 6-2, but lost the second set 7-5. In the third set, Fee and LaPlante played some solid tennis and had some great points to cruise to a 6-2 third set win to win their match and the Pirates won 4-3 to advance to the section championship. “Perham has some really good athletes,” said Coach Geffre. “They move well and know what to do on the court and they have some good coaches and I was impressed with how they played and of course it came down to one match.”
The top three singles players of Matt Garmen, Nick Garmen and Jake Widseth dominated their matches and outscored their opponents 36-10 for three straight set victories and the Pirates were off to a good start. “They played real well,” said Coach Geffre. “Those three beat Perham the first time we played so we kept them in their same spots and knew we needed one more win somewhere.” Crookston lost at fourth singles, although Logan Schultz played a solid match.
Third doubles couldn’t get things going and lost in straight sets and first doubles lost in two sets and the match was tied at 3-3. Fee and LaPlante were the only ones left on the court and knew it was probably close, but they weren’t sure what the score was. The two sophomores didn’t want to let their team (5 of the 10 in the tournament line up are seniors) down. Fee hammered some big shots and LaPlante had some great returns and the boys had a 5-2 lead in the third set with the serve. Fee, serving for match point, hit the first serve out and got his second serve across and the Perham return went into the net and the Pirates won the match 4-3. “I thought both Blake and Mason handled it very well on the court in a pressure situation and it didn’t seem to bother them,” said Coach Geffre. “It seemed like we were pretty much in control of the third set and played some pretty good tennis.”
Crookston, the two-time defending section champ, advances back to the section championship and will play a familiar opponent in Thief River Falls. It is believed this will be the eighth time in the last 10 years that Crookston and Thief River Falls has met in the championship. “The boys are excited and we will be staying in Fergus Falls tonight and we will be ready for the championship at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning,” said Coach Geffre. “Thief River Falls is playing well and we haven’t played our best tennis yet and I am expecting us to do that tomorrow. It should be another good match tomorrow and we are looking forward to it.”
Crookston and Thief River Falls did not play in a dual during the regular season after a rain out, but they have played each other at a couple tournaments.



Winner Score
#1 Singles Matt Garmen Carter Cresap Crox 6-0, 6-4
#2 Nick Garmen Ben Winkels Crox 6-0, 6-2
#3 Jake Widseth Drew Birkeland Crox 6-4, 6-0
#4 Logan Schultz Josh Peterson Per 6-0, 6-0
#1 Doubles Mitchell Olson
Logan Prudhomme
Gunnar Anderson
Ryan Murphy
Per 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
#2 Blake Fee
Mason LaPlante
Noah Christenson
Aaron Solberg
Crox 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
#3 Thomas Cymbaluk
Jack Garmen
Anthony Reese
Wyatt Guck
Per 6-3, 7-5

         Matt Garmen with a return, Nick Garmen with a return, Jack Garmen with a return and Thomas Cymbaluk with a return

                  Mason LaPlante reaches for a return at the net and Blake Fee lunges for a return in their 2nd doubles match




After falling behind early, the Crookston Pirates Baseball team got the bats going in convincing fashion to take down the Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Gators, 9-4, in a rain shortened game at Jim Karn Field in Crookston. After the first two innings took nearly an hour, the teams were able to get four innings of the seven inning game in due to heavy rains that made the field unplayable in the top of the fifth. Because the game didn't last four and a half innings, it doesn't officially count towards the standings. So, despite neither team getting credit for a win or a loss, it was still a nice performance for the Pirates. “Our guys responded well after a tough start to the game,” said Crookston Head Coach Mitch Bakken. “We were able to put together some good plate appearances, draw some walks and get that lead right back!”
Crookston sent freshman Leyton Salentine to the hill on Monday night and the right hander struggled in the early stages. BGMR’s Tyler Isane’s double got his squad on the board and then the Gators followed with an infield RBI single, a bases loaded walk and a fielder’s choice to take a 4-0 lead after the top of the first. “I was struggling to find the strike zone early but it wasn’t really working for me,” Salentine told KROX Radio after the game,” I started to settle down a bit and felt a lot better going forward.”
The Pirates didn’t let that phase them as their bats got to work right away in the bottom of the first. Ethan Stroot worked a beautiful at bat into a walk and scored when Chris Wavra (Sr. IF) drove one to the opposite field gap. Crookston kept chipping away when Tanner Reinhart found some space through the right side to score Wavra and cut the lead to 4-2. “We need to continue to work on putting that ball in the opposite field if pitchers are going to throw us outside,” explained Bakken. “Again, we don’t have big hitters who can drive the ball over the fence so we have to take what the pitchers give us and do the little things right.” After Brady Butt walked, Drew Dragseth poked a single to right to score Reinhart and trim the deficit to one. The comeback was complete two batters later when Dante Norris hit the Pirates’ third single of the inning to score Butt and tie the game at 4-4. Crookston took the lead two batters later on a bases loaded walk to Stroot and headed to the second inning leading 5-4.
That helped ease the stress of Salentine on the mound as he went to work the next three innings. Salentine retired nine of the next 11 batters he faced, striking out four and giving his offense a chance to give him some insurance. “I started to mix up my pitches after the first inning,” said Salentine. “I started to use my curveball more and changed speeds a bit.”
The insurance came in the bottom of the second inning as everybody continued to contribute for the Pirates. Crookston took advantage of two Badger-Greenbush-Middle River errors in the inning and got timely hitting to take an 8-4 lead after two. After Chris Wavra and Tanner Reinhart reached on back to back errors, Brady Butt singled home Wavra and advanced Reinhart to third. Reinhart scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-4. After Drew Dragseth made his way to second, Alex LaFrance hit a two-out single to score Dragseth to make it 8-4. The Pirates added a run in the bottom of the third to make it 9-4.
After both teams went scoreless in the fourth, the Gators were about to step up to the plate to begin the fifth inning when the skies opened and the rains poured down on Jim Karn Field. Salentine got the win for the Pirates, pitching four innings, allowing four runs and striking out five. “Leyton started to get more confidence in his curveball after the first inning,” said Bakken. “He had the Gator batters really guessing up there at the plate and that’s what we need him to continue to do.” The Crookston offense was balanced as seven different players recorded an RBI and seven of the nine starters reached base.
Crookston will finish up their regular season on Tuesday in East Grand Forks with a double header against the Green Wave. First pitch is set for 4:30 PM.

           Drew Dragseth beats the throw and tag at second base and slides in safely

  1 2 3 4




Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 4 0 0 0 4 3 5
CROOKSTON 5 3 1 0 9 9 0

Leyton Salentine with a pitch                 Brady Butt scores one of the nine Pirate runs

Pitching IP H R ER BB/HB SO
Shaun Waage -BGMR 1 1 5 4 3 1
Colby Wooten -BGMR 3 2 4 2 1 1
Leyton Salentine -Crox 4 3 4 4 3 4

For Crookston

Tanner Reinhart- 2-3, two runs, two rbi's
Chris Wavra- 2-3, double, three runs, RBI
Ethan Stroot- 1-2, walk, hit by pitch, run
Alex LaFrance- 1-2, walk, RBI

For B-G-MR
Tyler Isane- 1-2, double, run, RBI
Colby Wooten- 1-2, RBI
Keegan Rustad- 0-0, two walks, RBI





It was another win for the Crookston Pirates Girl’s Golf team as they went to Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks and brought back first place by a commanding 35 strokes in the East Grand Forks Invitational. The Pirates shot a 364, Thief River Falls finished second with a 399, Roseau’s 407 put them in third and East Grand Forks rounded out the four teams with a 426.
The Pirates competed without their number one golfer, Ally Tiedemann, who had other commitments but still were able to win convincingly. “Even without Ally in the lineup today we still were able to put together a solid team score,” said Crookston Head Coach Jeff Perreault. “The girls were ready to compete and it was nice to see every one play pretty well. Our team score wasn’t super low but we’ll take it considering the conditions.”
According to Perreault, the wind was over 20 miles per hour on different parts of the course, but it didn’t seem to bother senior Elise Tanquist, who got individual medalist honors with an 86!  
“Elise has been dialed in as of late. She played well today considering the conditions. The wind was unforgiving but she battled through it,” said Perreault. “The wind affects you on different parts of the course. She pointed out to me that she played the front side of the course better than she ever has before. She really attacked it. The mental side of her game was working today and I’m really proud of her. It’s the first time she’s been a medalist in her high school career.”
Maddie Nicholls finished third overall with a 90, Catherine Tiedemann shot a 92, Joslynn Leach chipped in a 96. Hannah Street, playing in her first varsity match, shot a 107 and Dani Boyle rounded out the group of six with a 113. “It was great to see Hannah (Street) get varsity experience today,” noted Perreault. “She really enjoyed it and it benefits our program because she is definitely part of our future.”
Crookston will be right back at it tomorrow when they head to Thief River Falls as both boys and girls teams will be competing. Coach Perreault is confident in his girls heading into day two of a back-to-back. “The determination from all six girls really stood out to me today. It was uncomfortable out there and they kept plugging away even though they would get a bit frustrated which shows a lot about our character.”
The teams will tee off Tuesday morning in Thief River Falls at 10:00 AM.


East Grand Forks Invite



Pirate Results





Elise Tangquist 86

2.Thief River Falls

399   Maddie Nicholls 90


407   Catherine Tiedmann 92

4.East Grand Forks

426   Joslynn Leach 96


    Hannah Street 107


    Dani Boyle 113








Top Individuals





1. Elise Tangquist - Crox 86




2. Gina Wensloff - Roseau



3. Maddi Nicholls - Crox


SATURDAY  -  MAY 20, 2017



The Crookston Pirate Softball team received the seventh seed in the Section 8AA North Sub-section and will play the #2 seed Warroad Warriors on Tuesday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m. in Warroad.  The winner of the game would advance to the double elimination portion of the tournament at Thief River Falls on Thursday.
East Grand Forks and Park Rapids received the top seeds in their respective sub-section and will receive first round byes.  The tournament seeds and bracket is below.


North Sub-section South Sub-section
1. East Grand Forks 1. Park Rapids
2. Warroad 2. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
3. Roseau 3. Barnesville
4. Mahnomen/Waubun 4. Hawley
5. Bagley 5. Breckenridge
6. East Polk 6. Pelican Rapids
7. CROOKSTON 7. Frazee






The Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Gators and the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans received the top seed in their respective sub-sections for the Section 8A Softball tournament that begins on Tuesday, May 23.
The seeds and tournament bracket are below -


North Sub-section South Sub-section
2. Red Lake Falls 2. Sacred Heart
3. West Marshall 3. Norman County
4. Blackduck 4. Red Lake Co. Central
5. Fertile-Beltrami 5. Lake of the Woods
6. Kelliher/Northome 6. Lake Park-Audubon
7. Northern Freeze 7. Cass Lake-Bena
8. Red Lake  









The Crookston Pirates Girl's Golf team continued their great season today with a convincing win at the Roseau Invitational at the Oak Crest Golf Course in Roseau. The Pirates took home first place with a team score of 331, 27 strokes better than second place Thief River Falls! Roseau rounded out the top three with a 376.
The Pirates continue to get great performances from all six of their golfers. “Everybody was happy with our team score of 331,” said Crookston Head Coach Jeff Perreault. “Our goal as a team is to be in the 320’s and we know that we are just on the cusp of getting there.”
Ally Tiedemann earned top medalist honors with a 74 and senior Elise Tanquist posted a career-best 81! The future University of Northwestern-St. Paul Eagle was able to scramble her way around the course. “Elise has had a roller coaster ride this year but she was really relaxed today,” said Perreault. “She had a personal best today and that was due in large part to her ability around the greens.”
Maddie Nicholls shot an 84, eighth grader Catherine Tiedemann continued to show her improvement as she turned in a 92, Joslynn Leach tallied 94 and Dani Boyle rounded out the group with a 97. “The great thing about this team is that they turned in their best team score of the year but aren’t satisfied,” said Perreault. “Right after the meet they were going over some of their shots and talking together to figure out how they can get even better. This is an extremely driven group of girls.”
At this point of the season, there have been a lot of tournaments, early morning car rides and time put on the course, but the Pirates’ energy level is in a good place. “I think everybody is feeling good physically and mentally,” explained Perreault. “We had a slower week last week which allowed for some good practice time and the girls to recharge their batteries.”
The Pirates will play at East Grand Forks on Monday and Thief River Falls Tuesday to get ready for the North Sub-Section 8AA Meet on Tuesday, May 30 at Thief River Falls Golf Club, then finish up at a Bemidji Tournament at the Town and Country Club, so the Pirates will be playing at Thief River Falls and Bemidji, the two courses that host the Sub-Section and Section Tournaments! “We want to be playing our best mentally and physically right now,” said Perreault. “It’s all about focusing on the little things that we need to do to get to our ultimate goal.”


Roseau Invitational



Pirate Results





Ally Tiedemann 74

2.Thief River Falls

358   Elise Tanquist 81


376   Maddie Nicholls 84

4.East Grand Forks

395   Catherine Tiedemann 92


426   Joslynn Leach 94

6.Roseau 2

INC   Dani Boyle 97



Top Individuals





1.Ally Tiedemann- Crox 74




2.Gina Wensloff- Roseau



3.Jill Safranski- TRF



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