MONDAY - OCTOBER 20,  2014


Crookston’s Paul Bittner and his Portland Winterhawks continued a long road trip by coming as close to Crookston as they will play by coming to Brandon, Manitoba, which is about a four hour drive from Crookston.  About 20 Crookston residents made the trip to see Paul play for the four time defending Western Conference Western Hockey League Champions.  
Portland has gotten off to a slow start this year after losing their coach Mike Johnston who is now the Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins and also losing Defenseman Matt Dumba who is playing for the Minnesota Wild.  They currently have 2 wins, 8 losses, and 2 overtime shootout losses on the year. The Winterhawks were coming off a 6-2 win against Moose Jaw on Friday Night. Unfortunately, the Brandon Wheatkings are having a great year and are leading the Eastern Conference of the Western Hockey League with an 8-2-1 record.  The game ended in a route as Brandon ran away with a 10-3 win.  Bittner was able to record an assist on a very nice goal, and played a pretty good game despite the lopsided score.
Paul's year has gotten off to a slow start along with the entire Winterhawks team.  Thru 12 games Paul has 3 goals and 1 assist.  But he's starting to show signs of breaking out of the slump.  He made numerous good passing plays that resulted in good scoring chances and by the third period he had moved from the 2nd line to the first line with two dynamic players Nic Petan who is a Winnipeg Jets draft pick and Oliver Bjorkstrand who is a Columbus Blue Jacket draft pick.  This is Paul's draft year and he is currently projected to be a first round draft pick in the NHL draft in April.

      Bittner (closest wing) waits for a faceoff                       The Crookston crowd with Paul, Jon and Jo Bittner after the game



SUNDAY -  OCTOBER 19, 2014


It was a defensive battle on the UMC pitch this afternoon with both teams having six shots attempted in the match and only two shots on goal for each team. UMC scored on half of their shots on goal when for the second match in a row she scored the first goal of the match, Miranda Mosher (Fresh-Osseo H.S., Mn) tipped in a long pass from Rachelle Alcini (Sr-Ann Arbor, Mi) just 19 minutes into the match and the Golden Eagles had a 1-0 lead. On this afternoon, UMC’s defense would give up nothing the rest of the way and Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi) stopped the only shot on her and records her fifth shutout of the season. Mosher has scored three goals on the season and the three have come in the last four games for the Golden Eagles. With the win, UMC moves into sixth place in the Northern Sun Conference with a 5-4-2 mark and a big victory as far as keep their goal of being in the final eight and qualify for the conference post-season tournament. UMC is 6-5-3 overall and will be at home next weekend for conference games against two of the top four teams  on Friday and Saturday when they host Upper Iowa and Winona State.  Northern State has lost five in a row and are 4-10 on the year and 3-8 in the conference.



2nd Final
Northern State 0 0 0
UMC 1 0 1

19:05 -   UMC -  Miranda Mosher  (Rachelle Alcini)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Brittany Tietz-Northern State 1 1 2
Lexie Gauger-UMC 1 0 1


The Crookston Pirates Volleyball team though much improved from last year, were seeded seventh of eight teams for the Section 8AA North Sub-Section and will travel to Thief River Falls, the number two seed, for a first round match in the Section Tournament.  Hawley was the number one seed in the North, while Perham had the nod as the number one seed in the South Sub-Section.  The 8AA Tournament starts on Thursday (October 23) at high seeds. For the complete Section 8AA Tournament brackets, click here.


The Ada-Borup Cougars, ranked ninth in the Minnesota High School Class A volleyball polls, are the number one seed in the North Sub-Section of 6A and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross receives the top seed in the South Sub-Section.  The Section 6A Tournament starts on Thursday, October 23 with six pigtail matches and then the eight quarterfinal matches will be played on Friday.  The Section 6A Championship match will be on Saturday, November 1 at the Hawley High School.  For the complete Section 6A Volleyball Tournament brackets, click here.



After a shaky start, the University of Mary's defense stonewalled the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) offense and the Marauders rallied back to take a 17-10 Northern Sun Conference victory at Ed Widseth field in Crookston.
UMC showed some glimpses of the ability to move the ball against the Marauders on their first drive, which was eight plays, but they were forced to punt and also punted on their second possession. After UMC defensive back, Robert Gausi (Jr-Brooklyn Park, Mn) made a big hit and recovered a Mary fumble, the Golden Eagles would put together a scoring drive starting with a couple short runs by Dre Person (Soph-Detroit, Mi), Ben Bucholz (Jr-Perham, Mn) found Dante Jones (Jr-Landover, Md) for a 10 yard pass, Bucholz found his favorite receiver, Adam Connette (Fresh-Corona, Ca), who made a catch and terrific 44 yard run for the touchdown to give UMC the lead 7-0 after a Mike Maw (Soph-White Bear Lake, Mn) extra point kick with just under three minutes left in the first quarter, which is how the quarter ended.
The University of Mary would not allow the Golden Eagles much yardage the entire quarter and the Marauders would have ample opportunities to take the lead, but UMC’s defense would give up some yardage, but come up with the stops when needed.  One of the big stops was a Mychal Traylor (Soph-Cerritos, Ca) interception on one drive.  The next UMC defensive stop game when Mary started at their own 20 yard line. Led by the Marauders quarterback, Ben Jolliffe, they would go 79 yards on 16 plays, but on the 16th play and Mary having a second and goal at the one yard line, UMC’s Ben Taliulu (Fresh-Hawaii) hit forced the ball out on the ball carrier and it was recovered by the Golden Eagles at the one yard line.
After the two teams traded punts, the Marauders would keep driving the ball and in the final minute were stalled at the UMC 33 yard line and Brody Riggs kicked a 50 yard field goal, his longest of the season, to put Mary on the scoreboard with 30 seconds left to go in the half.  UMC led for the first time this season at half-time at 7-3. “We’re certainly pleased leading at the half,” said UMC head coach Mike Fritze. “Our defense got us a couple turnovers, but we have to do a better job of finishing off our drives. Mary is pretty strong up front and good linebackers, we just have to keep going at them.”
Whether the momentum of scoring a field goal at the end of the first half or the way their defense had played in the second quarter, Mary came out on the opening possession of the second half and moved the ball 70 yards with Jolliffe hitting a couple passes and some big gains on the ground by Dariouse Gravely and Vince Ferrante with 19 yards and 24 yards respectively on back to back runs. On a first and goal at the five, Ferrante scored to give the University of Mary their first lead of the game at 10-7 early in the second half. Later in the third quarter, UMC’s Bucholz was picked off by Mary’s Jacob Parker and it only took four plays to go 39 yards and Jolliffe found Jake East for a 13 yard touchdown pass with 47 seconds left in the third quarter and the University of Mary widened their lead to 17-7 at the end of the quarter.
UMC had about 50 yards of offense in the second and third quarters and they went to a second quarterback, Travon Hearns (Fresh-Bloomington Kennedy, Mn). After UMC’s Timothy Mack (Fresh-Inglewood, Ca) returned the kickoff 41 yards to midfield, UMC and Hearns maneuvered a drive to the Marauders 15 yard line, where it stalled and a Maw 22 yard field goal attempt was wide and the Golden Eagles still trailed 17-7 with 12 and a half minutes left in the game.  The Golden Eagles defense stopped the Marauders and after a punt that went into the end zone, UMC started at their own 20 yard line.
Hearns using the hurry up offense, found Connette for a 14 yard pass and the Golden Eagles were at the Marauders 39 yard line. After a UMC timeout and a third and 15, Hearns threw a strike to Caleb Seger (Jr-Lakeville South, Mn) for a first down and they were at the Mary 17 yard line. After a sack and two incomplete passes, UMC went to Maw who booted a 36 yard field goal with 2:16 left in the game and UMC trailed by seven, 17-10. “Ben (Bucholz) knee was acting up again, so we put Travon in and he gives us a different dimension,” said coach Fritze. “We are limited in what we can call as Travon doesn’t take as many snaps in practice, but he got us in position at the end.”
UMC needed to get the ball back and went with an onside kick, but it was recovered by Mary. The Marauders needed at least one first down to seal the victory and Jolliffe was able to run a bootleg on a third and nine to pick up the first down and then they took the knee twice to run out the clock and claim a 17-10 Northern Sun Conference win. UMC had 118 yards of offense in the first quarter, but could only put together 97 yards the rest of the game as the Mary defense was sharp. “Mary made a lot of nice adjustments after that first quarter,” said coach Fritze. “We had a lot of dropped balls and some other things that contributed as well and although it’s a little better feeling the way we played today, the way we hung together as a group, we still have things to work on as we head to Minot next week.”
UMC is 0-7 on the season and will travel to Minot, North Dakota next Saturday to play the other winless team in the conference, Minot State.  The University of Mary improves to 4-3 on the season and will home to host Minnesota State-Moorhead next Saturday.

          Mike Maw kicks a field goal                      Travon Hearns with a pass



2nd 3rd 4th


U of Mary












  Greg Lofquist (41) with one of his conference leading tackles      Adam Connette tries to break a tackle after a reception

1st Quarter
12:10 - UMC - Adam Connette 44 yard pass from Ben Bucholz (Mike Maw kick)

2nd Quarter
14:56 - Mary - Brody Riggs 50 yard field goal

3rd Quarter
3:12 - Mary - Vince Ferrante 5 yard run (Brody Riggs kick)
14:11 - Mary - Jake East 13 yard pass from Ben Jolliffe (Brody Riggs kick)

4th Quarter
12:44 - UMC - Mike Maw 36 yard field goal

         AJ Wallace finishes off a tackle on a University of Mary run



Despite spending the majority of the match in Minnesota State Moorhead’s territory and outshooting the Dragons by a wide margin, Minnesota State Moorhead’s Jessica Johnson, who hadn’t scored a goal thus far into the season, scored two goals four minutes apart late in the first half to lift the Dragons to a 2-1 win over the University of Minnesota Crookston in a Northern Sun Conference match in Crookston.
UMC struck first when Rachelle Alcini (Sr-Ann Arbor, Mi) pass in front of the Dragon’s goal to Miranda Mosher (Fresh-Osseo H.S., Mn) and the freshman scored to give the Golden Eagles the early lead. Then it was good five minutes for Johnson, scoring her first on a long shot, near 40 yards out that sailed by UMC goalie Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi). Four minutes later and after a Golden Eagle penalty, Johnson scored on a free kick to give the Dragons a 2-1 lead and despite UMC outshooting MSU-Moorhead 9-2 that is how the first half ended.
The second half was more of the same as UMC completely dominated, but were putting shots wide, high or right at the Dragons goalkeeper, Ashley Leintz. UMC had a number of corner kicks, straight on kicks, but Leintz stopped everything thrown at her and the Dragons hung on to the 2-1 victory. UMC had 22 to 4 advantage in shots, led by Beth Lastovich (Fresh-White Bear Lake, Mn) with five and Mosher added four more shots.
UMC is now even on the season with a 5-5-3 overall record and 4-4-2 in the conference. The Golden Eagles will play Northern State on Sunday at 1:00 PM at the UMC Soccer Field. MSU-Moorhead snaps a four match losing streak and are 3-9 overall and 2-8 in the conference.

Courtney Armborst puts one of her five shots on goal



2nd Final
MSU-Moorhead 2 0 2
UMC 1 0 1

 Beth Lastovich tries a centering pass in the second half

23:11 -  UMC -  Miranda Mosher  (Rachelle Alcini)
35:39 -  MSUM -  Jessica Johnson  unassisted
39:45 -  MSUM -  Jessica Johnson unassisted

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Ashley Leintz-MSU-Morhead 8 5 13
Lexie Gauger-UMC 0 1 1



After a tough opening set win, the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons used the momentum to breeze to a Northern Sun Conference volleyball win over the University of Minnesota Crookston, 25-21, 25-18, 25-14 in a match at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.
The first set was a battle between the two rivals as they tied at 7 and again at 14-14. This is where the Dragons took off and led 24-19, but Erin Schwarz (Soph-Eden Prairie, Mn) had a block for a point and followed by a Kaycie Hagen (Fresh-Burnsville H.S., Mn) serve to get UMC within 24-21, but the Dragons Maggie Gruber had a big hit for a kill and the Dragons took set one 25-21.
Momentum is a big part of volleyball and MSU-Moorhead had it after the opening set victory and jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the second set.  UMC did put together a little string with kills and blocks by the freshmen twins from Anoka, Mn, Kassi and Kelci Green and a kill by Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Il) UMC tailed 5-4. This didn’t faze the Dragons as the built up a 17-10 behind four kills in a row by Gruber, a senior from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. The Dragons weren’t done as Kaitlin VanWinkle hit down two in a row and it was 21-10.  UMC tried to get back into it with kills by Kassi Green and Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Ks), but the Dragons were on fire to win 25-18 and take a two set to none advantage.
Things didn’t change to start the third set with the Dragons getting off to a 6-3 lead and they kept building on it despite Looker and Kelci Green kills, MSU-Moorhead wasn’t going to be headed off with a 20-12 lead and five away from set and match, which they did with VanWinkle putting it away with a 25-14 win for the match.
UMC has lost five of their last six, 10 of their last 12 matches and are 9-12 on the year and 3-9 in the Northern Sun Conference. The Golden Eagles will be at the University of Mary and Minot State next weekend.  Minnesota State Moorhead had lost five of their last six matches coming in today are 9-12 overall and will host St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.

 Morgan VanGerpen tips the ball over the net and two MSUM blockers

MSU-Moorhead 25 25 25
UMC 21 18 14

Stephanie Pearson with an attack   Brittany Looker gets a kill

Kills - Brittany Looker-8,  Morgan VanGerpen-5, Stephanie Pearson-4, Erin Schwarz-4
Blocks - Kelci Green-8, Morgan VanGerpen-6, Erin Schwarz-5
Assists - Sierra Trost-13
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-24, Brittany Looker-13
Aces - Brittany Looker-1

FRIDAY  -   OCTOBER 17, 2014


Northern State was ranked 24th in NCAA Division II Volleyball and the Wolves were taken to the wire by the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) in a five setter that Northern State won 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 18-25, 15-13 in a Northern Sun Conference match at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.
With the first set pretty close and the Golden Eagles leading 7-6, UMC ran off a number of points behind Kelci Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) and Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) kills and mistakes by Northern State gave UMC a 17-12 lead forcing the Wolves into a timeout. Northern State as ranked teams will do, rallied back and cut UMC's lead down to 22-21. There was a point that UMC won during this time that swung the momentum back in their favor when both teams went back and forth at least six times with terrific saves on both sides until the Golden Eagles Sierra Trost (Soph-Blaine, Mn) finished the point off with a kill. After Looker and Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Il.) kills, UMC was serving for the set at 24-21, but Northern State scored a point before Looker banged a nice set from Trost to finish the set and a UMC 25-22 win. “We came out very aggressive, which you had to be in this match,” said UMC head coach Lee Anderson. “We had a number of players that contributed.”
The two teams went back and forth to begin the second set and were at 13-13 when Northern State ran off three in a row and although UMC kept chipping away at the Wolves lead behind Kelci Green's two kills and her twin sister, Kassi Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) also having a kill to close the gap to 22-20 in favor of Northern State. This is when Kelsey Chambers, who was tough the whole match, took over with two kills and then she served an ace to end it with Northern State winning 25-20 to tie the match at one set apiece. “It was fun to watch two of the top players in the conference go head to head,” said UMC coach Lee Anderson. “They went toe to toe and it was fun to watch.”
The win in the second set energized Northern State as they zoomed out to an 8-3 lead, but UMC came back with Looker having two straight kills and followed by Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Ks) and cut Northern State’s lead to 12-11. The Wolves took advantage of some mishits by UMC and Northern State’s Jussy Tushcherer pounded a couple hits down and the Wolves were up 18-12 and cruised to 25-14 lead and they took a two games to one lead.
In a must win fourth set for UMC, they started well with the score tied at 7-7. The Golden Eagles started to make a move, particularly their All Conference player, Looker, who had two kills in a row and served an ace for three straight points. Rachel Freund (Fresh-Jordan, Mn) went high and a well place kill and point and an error by Northern State and UMC was up 14-8 and forced Northern into a timeout.   UMC never let up with a couple more Looker kills a Golden Eagles 20-14 lead and went on to win on a Becca Vandenheuvel (Fresh-Cannon Falls, Mn) serving ace and a UMC 25-18 win to force a game five.
In the fifth set, UMC jumped out to a 3-1 lead and the two teams were tied at 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, 8, 9 and 10!!!!  Northern State's Chambers continued her strong play with a kill and Northern State led 11-10 and added another as UMC was called for a lift and Northern State led 12-10 forcing UMC to call a timeout.  The timeout didn’t bother Chambers as she had another kill for a 13-10 lead for the Wolves, but they committed a net violation and their lead was 13-11 and only two points away from a victory.
UMC had aggressive attack and the hit went too far and out of bounds and now Northern State was serving for the set and match, but UMC took their second timeout. This break worked as UMC’s Looker and Freund had kills and close the gap to 14-13, but the Wolves Tushcherer knocked the winner down to give Northern State a 15-13 win and the win. “You look at every set was won by the aggressiveness of the winning team,” said coach Anderson. “The fifth set was just back and forth and a great battle and they won, but it was a good match. We had so many kids with good performances, which was nice.”
UMC is now 9-11 on the year and 3-9 in the conference and will host Minnesota State-Moorhead on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM. “Moorhead is a good team that made a few changes this year and they serve well and are aggressive, so it will be another great match tomorrow,” said Anderson.
Northern State ups their record to 14-6 overall and 7-5 in the conference.

 Kaycie Hagen with a set in the 3rd set      Mary Mikutowski with one of her 16 digs

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5
Northern State 22 25 25 18 15
UMC 25 20 14 25 13

Kills - Brittany Looker-24, Kassi Green-14, Kelci Green-7, Erin Schwartz-6
Blocks - Kelci Green-5, Kassi Green-4, Erin Schwartz-2, Morgan VanGerpen-2
Assists - Sierra Trost-31, Kaycie Hagen-23, Stephanie Pearson-3, Kelci Green-2
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-16, Sierra Trost-13, Brittany Looker-9, Stephanie Pearson-7
Aces - Brittany Looker-2, Kaycie Hagen-2



The Crookston Pirates who have won their last two regular season games will take their 2-6 record to Barnesville on Tuesday in the first round of the Section 8AA Football Playoffs.  The Pirates lost to Barnesville in the second game of the season by a 34-21 score in Crookston. Barnesville is 5-3 on the season, but has lost their final two regular season games.  The Section 8AA first round game in Barnesville will be at 7:00 PM.
For the complete Section 8AA Football playoffs bracket, click here.


The defending champion, Mahnomen Indians Football team, is the number one seed in the Section 8A Football playoffs that begin on Tuesday, October 21.  Fertile-Beltrami is the fourth seed and will host the fifth seed, Red Lake County Rebels in the first round.  Polk County West (Climax-Fisher-Sacred Heart) is the seventh seed and will be at the second seeded Fosston on Tuesday. For the bracket click here.

The defending champion, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebel Football team, is the number one seed in the Section 8AAA football playoffs that also begin on Tuesday, October 21.  East Grand Forks is the fifth seed and we be at the fourth seed, Perham, in the first round.  For the tournament bracket click here.



The Stephen-Argyle Storm football team is the number one seed for the Section 8A  9-Man football playoffs which starts on Tuesday, October 21. Not many points separated the top four teams.  The defending Section 8 9-Man champion is Kittson County Central.  For the complete playoff bracket, click here.

Undefeated Waubun is the number one seed for the Section 6A 9-Man football playoffs with Nevis getting the second seed. Ada-Borup is the defending Section champion and for the complete Section brackets, click here.


The defending Section 8AAAA football champions, the Detroit Lakes Lakers, are the number one seed again this year after going through the regular season unbeaten and are 8-0.  The Lakers and Albany, the number two seed will have first round byes in the six team Section.  For the 8AAAA football playoff brackets, click here.

Section 6AA Football

Section 8AAAAA Football



The Crookston Pirate Seventh grade football team was 7-0 this fall.  In the process of the seven wins, they outscored opponents 218-32.  Members of the team are:
Quinn Westlake, Leyton Salentine, Thomas Hollcraft, Hunter Hitchen, Ben Andringa, Joey Doda, Ty Hamre, Walker Winjum, Logan Hartjie, Caden Osborn, Peyton Swanson, Gavin Boman, Joseph Ramirez, Brady Butt, Josh Bernia, Quinn Winand, Nick Schulz, Preston Schehr, Anthony Jalan, Scott Cordova, and Jade Selzer.  The team is coached by Chad Hitchen and Lon Boike.




The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team was chosen to finish 13th in the 2014-15 NSIC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll released last Thursday by the conference office. They were selected seventh in the NSIC North. 
Concordia University, St. Paul was picked first with 216 points and 10 first-place votes, while Wayne State College (Neb.) was selected second with six first-place votes and 213 points. Northern State University’s Rachel Krogram, who was a Second Team All-Central Region pick during the 2013-14 season, was picked NSIC North Division Preseason Player of the Year. She averaged 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. Concordia’s Anika Whiting was picked as the NSIC South Division Preseason Player of the Year.
UMC junior guard Alexa Thielman was picked as UMC’s NSIC Player to Watch after a breakout year last season. Thielman averaged 15.2 points and 4.4 assists as a sophomore. She started all 27 games at guard and led the team with 60 assists. Thielman poured in a career-high 30 points November 30 against Bemidji State and tallied 20 or more points on eight occasions.
The Golden Eagles open up their regular-season schedule November 14 at the MSU Moorhead Tournament in Moorhead against Northern Michigan University. 




North Division


1. Concordia-St. Paul (10)


1. Northern State (7)


2. Wayne State (6)


2. Minot State (1)


3. Northern State


3. St. Cloud State


4. Minnesota State


4. MSU Moorhead


5. Augustana


5. Minnesota Duluth


6. Sioux Falls


6. University of Mary


7. MSU Moorhead


7. Minnesota Crookston


8. Minnesota Duluth


8. Bemidji State


9. Minot State


South Division


10. St. Cloud State


1. Wayne State (5)


11. University of Mary


2. Concordia-St. Paul (3)


12. Winona State


3. Minnesota State


13. Minnesota Crookston


4. Augustana


14. Upper Iowa


Sioux Falls


15. Bemidji State


6. Winona State


16. Southwest Minnesota State


7. Upper Iowa


first place votes in ( )


8. Southwest Minnesota State






The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team was picked to finish 16th in the 2014-15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll released Wednesday afternoon by the conference office. The Golden Eagles received 15 points in the poll.
Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked first overall in the poll with all 15 first-place votes possible (you cannot vote for your own team) and 225 overall points. Augustana College (S.D.) received one first-place vote with 205 overall points. Minnesota State University Moorhead was picked first in the NSIC North Division, while Minnesota State was picked first in the South Division.

Bemidji State University’s Brock Lutes was selected the NSIC North Preseason Player of the Year after averaging 22.2 points per game in his first season with the Beavers and securing Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team honors and NSIC Newcomer of the Year. Minnesota State University Mankato’s Zach Monaghan was selected NSIC South Division Player of the Year after being named NSIC Player of the Year last season after averaging 15.4 points per game and earning Daktronics All-American Second Team honors.

UMC’s Kevin Larson (Sr., New Ulm) was picked as the Golden Eagles’ Player to Watch. He was the only UMC player to start all 27 games last season. Larson averaged a team-high 30.4 minutes last season and averaging 4.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He dished out five assists against Bemidji State, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Winona State University and Minnesota State University.

The Golden Eagles are in their first season under new head coach Dan Weisse, who comes over from MSU Moorhead where he was an assistant. Weisse has brought in a new mindset to the UMC locker room as the Golden Eagles look to turn things around starting with the 2014-15 season. UMC returns Derrick Redd, Jr. (Jr., Menifee, Calif.), who averaged 10.2 points per game, and Tyler West, Jr. (Sr., Portland, Ore.) who averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. In addition, UMC has seven seniors on the roster including Larson and West. 

The Golden Eagles open up regular-season play in Seattle, Washington against Central Washington University November 14 at 5:00 p.m. 



North Division


1. Minnesota State (15)


1. MSU Moorhead (5)


2. Augustana (1)


2. St. Cloud State (2)


3. MSU Moorhead


3. Northern State (1)


4. Winona State


4. Minnesota Duluth


5. St. Cloud State


5. Bemidji State


6. Northern State


6. University of Mary


7. Minnesota Duluth


7. Minot State


8. Sioux Falls


8. Minnesota Crookston


9. Southwest Minnesota State


South Division


10. Upper Iowa


1. Minnesota State (7)


11. Bemidji State


2. Augustana (1)


12. Concordia-St. Paul


3. Winona State


13. University of Mary


4. Sioux Falls


14. Minot State


5. Southwest Minnesota State


15. Wayne State


6. Upper Iowa


16. Minnesota Crookston


7. Concordia -St. Paul


first place votes in ( )


8. Wayne State







The Crookston Pirates scored twice off Staples-Motley turnovers to defeat the Cardinals 14-0 and extend Staples-Motley losing streak to 37 straight games in a Heart O Lakes Conference football game in Staples. It also gave the Pirates their second straight win of the season heading into the playoffs.
Nobody scored in the first quarter although Crookston was moving the ball effectively on their first possession and fumbled the ball inside the Staples-Motley 30 yard line.  The Cardinals also were moving the ball fairly effectively with big chunks at a time, but nobody could finish and the first quarter ended 0-0.
With Staples-Motley electing not to punt and going for first downs near midfield, Crookston continued to get good field position and had some good drives they couldn’t finish off as well. Late in the second quarter the Cardinals were moving into Crookston territory again, when the Pirates Matt Garmen stepped in front of a Cardinal pass for his first high school interception and gave Crookston the ball at the Staples-Motley 33 yard line. Crookston went to the pitch to Hollcraft for some big gains and up the middle with Mikey Hajostek and the Pirates had a nine play 67 yard drive with Hollcraft finishing it off with a 14 yard run to give Crookston the first score with just under seven minutes to go in the first half. “We had a lot of success running the toss because I think our offensive linemen were quicker than they were,” said Hollcraft. “Dane Anderson, Mikey and Ryan (Porter) were doing some nice blocking. On the touchdown I just followed Mikey’s blocking and Ryan and give them all the credit for the run.” Most of Hollcraft’s 142 yards came from the toss. “Staples was bound and determined they were going to take away the dive and trap,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt, “the toss was working good for us especially to the left, as I thought Cody Wardner did an outstanding job on the defensive end, locking him up. What made it even more special was Mikey Hajostek was just pounding the linebacker and he did a great job of sealing, especially on the touchdown run by Aaron. Also huge for us was Matty’s (Matt Garmen) interception, because besides the one Patrick Deng had last week, we haven’t had many.”
Staples-Motley did get the ball to the Crookston 15 yard line late in the quarter, but Crookston came up with great defensive plays, particularly Patrick Berg, who had two quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery in the game. “I don’t think it was our best game overall or for our defense,” said Berg, “but we made the right plays at the right times, which was great.”
With Crookston leading 7-0 to start the second half, Staples-Motley had about a 45 yard kickoff return, but the Cardinals fumbled.  For the majority of the second half, both teams moved the ball, but were unable to finish any drive off and the game continued on with a Pirate 7-0 until the Cardinals were on a huge drive and inside the Crookston 40 yard line, deep into the third quarter and Crookston forced another fumble which they recovered at the Staples-Motley 31 yard line. “That was a big turning point in the game,” said coach Butt. “What I liked about it was we were putting the hat (helmet) on the ball and not lollygag tackling.” The Pirates did finish this one off using seven plays and after having a short touchdown run earlier on the drive called back, the Pirates Brandt Delage weaved his way two yards for a touchdown and give the Pirates a 14-0 lead, which is how the third quarter ended. “We talked at half-time about containment and responsibilities and moved our nose a bit and I thought those adjustments worked,” said Crookston coach Butt. “We probably shouldn’t have been throwing the ball as much toward the end of the first half, so we were going to use the toss in the second half, which is what we did.”
Staples-Motley was held on downs twice in the fourth quarter, once at the Pirate 42 yard line and the last time at the Crookston 38 yard line. The Pirates on their last possession did move it down to the one yard line with less than a minute to go on some great clock management by quarterback Parker Salentine and his coaching staff, but the Pirates took a knee to end the game with the 14-0 win. “The season didn’t go the way we wanted,” said coach Butt. “But, the ending to our regular season was great and it was all led by our seniors. They haven’t given up all year, kept fighting, kept coming back and I couldn’t be more proud of a group of kids that never quit. I feel so happy for them that they got these two wins in a row going into the playoffs.”
Crookston is 2-6 on the season and will start the Section 8AA Playoffs on Tuesday on the road at either Bagley or Barnesville, which will be determined late Thursday night or Friday morning.  The Pirates ended with 316 yards of total offense, 271 yards on the ground. “Our offensive tonight was totally dictated by our offense,” said Butt. Staples-Motley finishes the regular season at 0-8 and will be on the road for a first round Section 6AA playoff game on Tuesday. “I give Staples-Motley a lot of credit,” said coach Butt. “They are doing some good things and our players were commenting on how hard they hit and that says something for a team that hasn’t won many games lately. They are going in the right direction.”




2nd 3rd 4th














Patrick Berg grabs the Cardinal QB for one of his two sacks

1st Quarter
No scoring

2nd Quarter
5:10 - Crookston - Aaron Hollcraft 14 yard run (Ryan Porter kick)

3rd Quarter
8:05 - Crookston - Brandt Delage 2 yard run (Ryan Porter kick)

4th Quarter
No scoring

    Mikey Hajostek with a run                 Patrick Deng brings down the Cardinal

  CROOKSTON Staples-Motley
First Downs 18 16
Rushing-Yards 44-271 45-249
Passing 3-7-0 5-10-2
Passing Yards 45 40
Total Yards 316 289
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 7-50 11-80
Punts-Yards Ave. 3-31.3 0-0

        Brandt Delage on a run          Ryan Porter makes the grab for a 39 yard reception


Crookston Staples-Motley
Aaron Hollcraft                 16-142  Hunter Berggren          25-155
Mikey Hajostek               14-73 Jacob Swendsrud          11-56
Brandt Delage                    8-42 John Lund                        4-19
Luke Edlund                       3-13 Mason Rychner               2-12
Parker Salentine                 3-1 Obed Lazano                    3-7


Parker Salentine        3-7-0     45 yards

Jacob Swendsrud       4-9-2        26 yards


Hunter Berggren        1-1-0       14 yards


Ryan Porter           3-45 John Lund                   2-14
  Mason Rychner          2-26
  Hunter Berggren         1-0


The Fosston Greyhounds grabbed the top seed in the East Sub-Section of 8A with an 18-10 record, while the Kittson County Central Bearcats are the top seed in the West Sub-Section with 21-7 record.  The Section 8A Tournament will start on Monday with six play-in matches and then all the teams will play in first round matches on Thursday, October 23
The East will play quarterfinals at Bemidji State and the West at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls and the winners will gather in Bagley for the semi-finals on Tuesday, October 28.  The Section championship will be on Halloween night, Friday, October 31 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  Win-E-Mac is the defending Section 8A champions.  For the Section 8A Tournament Bracket, click here.



After rallying for a first set win, 25-21, the Roseau Rams put their game in an extra gear and dispatched the Crookston Pirates quickly in the next two sets, 25-10, 25-8 to win the final regular season match of the year for both teams played in Roseau.
Roseau did get out to an early 7-0 lead in the first set behind a monster front line of six-footer, Amelia Johnson and the high flying Kalleen Kvien and Kiley Borowicz.  Crookston did start chipping away with a couple blocks for points by Precious Adams and two kills by Amber Froeber pulled the Pirates within 13-8. Crookston scored the next five points to tie it at 13-13 and were feeling a victory when they were ahead 20-17. The problem was, Roseau had other ideas like running off seven points in a row to regain a 24-17 lead and would get the winning point on a Pirate missed serve for a 25-17 win. “I was really proud of the way the girls came out in the first set,” said Crookston head coach Meredith Hollcraft. “Our intensity was up, we were serving well, passing well and we were right there with a very good volleyball team in Roseau.”
Crookston started slow in the second set being behind by a 9-3 score and this time Roseau wasn’t letting the Pirates back into the set with Kvien, Borowicz and Johnson provided the fireworks with some huge hits for points. Crookston’s Adams and Shelby Solheim had a couple blocks for points back to back, but that would be it for the Pirates as Roseau won 25-10.
The Rams were even more dominate in the third set jumping out to a 6-2 lead and it was 14-5 and Roseau just kept coming to win 25-8 and win the match three games to none. “Roseau has a lot of weapons and we couldn’t carry over that intensity from the first set,” said coach Hollcraft. “As Roseau continued to widen the lead, our intensity went down. That has been one of our weaknesses this season is letting teams run off a lot of points in a row against us like tonight.”
Crookston finishes the regular season 8-15 after going winless last season and will be off until the first round of the Section 8AA Tournament that starts Thursday, October 23 and they will be on the road, possibly at Thief River Falls. “We will work on passing, serving to areas and continue to work on the fundamentals,” said Hollcraft.   Roseau is now 22-7 on the season and they will be hosting a first round match in the Section tournament.
JV -  Roseau won 2-0

       Kenzie Klatt with a serve               Amber Froeber goes up for a kill

  1 2 3
Roseau 25 25 25

For Crookston
Kills -  Amber Froeber-7, Precious Adams-3
Blocks - Precious Adams-4, Kenzie Klatt-2
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-12
Digs - Amber Froeber-15, Kenzie Klatt-12
Aces - Amber Froeber-1, Amanda Trandem-1

For Roseau
Kills - Nicole Miller -9, Amelia Johnson-9
Blocks - Kalleen Kvien-2, Nicole Miller-2
Assists - Morgan Melby-14, Alexis Melby-9
Digs - Kylie Borowicz-13, Gracie Helgeson-11
Aces - Morgan Melby-4, Alexis Melby-4



After winning a marathon first set, the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) volleyball team sprinted by St. Cloud State in three straight, 28-26, 25-18, 25-9 in a Northern Sun Conference match in St. Cloud.
In the first set, UMC was down as much as 20-13 before the Golden Eagles started responding. St. Cloud State was within four points with a 21-15 lead when UMC’s Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Kansas) had a block for a point, freshman Kassi Green (Anoka, Mn) had a kill and the Golden Eagles started getting high at the net forcing Huskies errors and blocks by VanGerpen and Erin Schwarz (Soph-Eden Prairie, Mn). When Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Illinois) slammed a big hit down it tied the score at 24-24 and they were tied at 25 and 26 when Kassi Green and VanGerpen had kills for points to give UMC a 28-26 win for the first set.
St. Cloud State wouldn’t let UMC carry over a lot of that first set momentum as the two were tied numerous times early in the second match until UMC ran off five straight points to take a 13-8 lead. VanGerpen continued to step up with a couple kills and Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn), who was abnormally quiet tonight had a big kill and UMC maintained that throughout the rest of the set to win 25-18.
The third set was all UMC as they took a 25-8 win and the match which snapped a three game losing streak and a much needed win on the road as UMC had lost eight of their last night matches. The Golden Eagles are now 9-11 overall and 3-8 in the conference and they will be home on Friday night and Saturday afternoon to face Northern State and Minnesota State-Moorhead.
St. Cloud State is 7-12 overall and 1-10 in the conference.

UMC 28 25 25
St. Cloud State 26 18 9

Kills -  Kassi Green-8, Stephanie Pearson-7, Morgan VanGerpen-7
Blocks - Kelci Green-8, Kassi Green-5, Kellan Flynn-3
Assists - Sierra Trost-58
Digs -  Mary Mikutowski-14, Brittany Looker-12, Stephanie Pearson-11
Aces - Sierra Trost-3



The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers lost a couple close duals to Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River in a double dual meet at Grand Forks Central High School. The two Grand Forks schools also defeated Thief River Falls. The four teams swam one meet and then calculated the points on how they do against each other in duals. Grand Forks Red River edged the Pirates by 7 points. "We were a little nervous going into this meet because Saturday was not the best meet for us, but the girls pulled it together and swam their normal times and the came on strong," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "Grand Forks brings another level of competition and that is good for the girls to see that and the girls rose to the occasion and swam well.  Thea Oman looked really good in her 200 IM and was excited with her performance cutting some time off.  The girls swam well and overall it was a great meet and we are starting to get ready for sections."
Crookston will be off until the conference meet at Warroad on Friday, October 24.

Crookston-80     vs   Grand Forks Central-103
Crookston -83    vs   Grand Forks Red River-90
Grand Forks Red River-110    vs   Thief River Falls-65
Grand Forks Central-121  vs  Thief River Falls-61

Pirate top finishes (Top 3 finishes) Event Time Place
Marietta Geist 200 Freestyle 2:12.28 1st
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:30.00 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Fly 1:07.26 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:04.52 1st
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 26.19 2nd
Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:04.47 2nd
Marietta Geist, Thea Oman,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Free Relay 1:46.99 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Fly 1:16.44 3rd
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 57.06 3rd
Merran Dingmann, Kelsey Roed,
Madison Nicholls, Elizabeth Erdman
400 Free Relay 4:19.87 3rd


MONDAY - OCTOBER 13,  2014


The Crookston High School Winter season PAC (Parent-athlete-coach) meeting will be Monday, October 20 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School auditorium. The meeting is for all parents/athletes, even if you participated in an activity during the fall season. In an attempt to avoid long lines after the meeting, the window at the high school office will be open beginning at 6:30 to collect paperwork and fees and issue clearance cards. If your athlete did not play a fall sport, please come at 6:30 to take care of paperwork.  If you have any questions, you can call Crookston High School Activities Director, Greg Garmen, at 281-2144.




Each fall, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) recognizes collegiate softball teams, and individuals, for their excellence in the classroom during the previous season. For the 2014 season, UMC softball returned to the list of NFCA NCAA Division II All-Academic Teams with their combined grade point average of 3.306, while five individuals earned NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete awards.

2014 senior pitcher Cateline Fafard (Dauphin, Manitoba) joined junior infielder Shelby Hollinger (Neudorf, Saskatchewan) as the two upper-classmen to be honored while sophomores Allison Foley (Lockport, Ill.) and Alexis Khoshaba (Richmond, British Columbia) also made the academic list. Pitcher, Bailey Braatz (Buffalo, Minn) was the lone frosh to be recognized, with all five honorees hitting the minimum requirement of a 3.5 GPA, based on the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semester’s combined grades.




SUNDAY -  OCTOBER 12, 2014


Southwest Minnesota State played a stellar defensive match, limiting the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagles to just one shot, which was not on goal, for the entire match, plus the Mustangs scored a goal in each half to defeat UMC 2-0 in a Northern Sun Conference women’s soccer match in Marshall, Minnesota.
The only goal Southwest Minnesota State needed came with less than 10 minutes to go in the first half as the Mustangs record holder for goals scored in a season, Miranda Cadena scored her 11th of the year converting a pass from Kendahl Fisher. Fisher would score the only second half goal to secure the win for the Mustangs. UMC’s only shot on goal was from Beth Lastovich (Fresh-White Bear Lake, Mn) and the Golden Eagles goalkeeper, Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi) had five saves, all in the second half, while Denae Brooks, the Mustangs goalie didn't have to make a save in recording the shutout.
UMC’s three match win streak comes to an end and they are 5-4-3 on the year and 4-3-2 in the conference.  UMC will host Minnesota State-Moorhead and Northern State on Saturday and Sunday.
Southwest Minnesota State improves to 7-4-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the conference.



2nd Final
UMC 0 0 0
SW Minnesota State 1 1 2

36:26 - SWMS -  Miranda Cadena  (Kendahl Fisher)
63:46-  SWMS -   Kendahl Fisher  (Lizzy Bruder)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Lexie Gauger-UMC 0 5 5
Denae Brooks-SWMS 0 0 0



The Crookston Pirate doubles teams of Ally Tiedemann and Leah Trostad lost a pair of matches today to finish in fourth place at the Section 8A Individual Girl's Tennis Tournament in Fargo, N.D.
In their semi-final match to start the day, Tiedemann and Trostad, who were the number one seed, fell in a two setter to Karly Fyle and Sydney Holt of Pequot Lakes, 4-6, 2-6.
"Against Pequot Lakes we played pretty well,” said Crookston head coach Mike Geffre, “Both the Pequot girls are singles players and they put a lot of balls on the court and were winning long, long rallies. We couldn’t make some of the changes to counteract and it was really a bad match up for us. We didn’t play bad, just never got on track to play as well as could.”
The two Pirates then played for third place and lost to Nikki Edin and Grace Wolhowe of Staples-Motley 3-6, 0-6 to end the Pirates twosome season.
In the third place match, we looked like we didn’t have anything left in us, whether it was emotional because we thought EGF was a better team and would probably win the championship, which they did and we wouldn’t get a true second. We had bits and pieces of playing well, but not enough to get back into it,” said Geffre.

Leah Trostad and  Ally Tiedemann

Pirates Opponent Result
Doubles  Friday  
Ally Tiedemann
Leah Trostad
Jordin Roberts/Robyn Harper (New York Mills)
Juli Miller/Marissa Jevne (Roseau)
Won 6-0, 6-0
Won 6-0, 6-1
Semi-Final Karly Fyle/Sydney Holt (Pequot Lakes) Lost 6-4, 6-2
3rd Place Nikki Edin/Grace Wolhowe  (Staples-Motley) Lost  6-3, 6-0



Bemidji’s Alex Schussman, who is second all-time in points for the Lumberjacks boys soccer team added five points, including three goals to lead Bemidji to a 5-0 win over the Crookston Pirates in a Section 8A Playoff quarterfinal game at Bemidji State’s Chet Anderson Stadium.  The shutout for Bemidji is their 12th, which is a school record.
Schussman set up two first half goals, including the first just over nine minutes into the match and the Lumberjacks superior speed on the artificial turf was evident from the outset. "Bemidji was very good and they play on this field a lot, I found out tonight, so it gives them a big advantage, especially playing on a college sized soccer field, which is larger than the field we are use to," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "Bemidji's speed gave us problems all night long and they passed the ball very well."  Schussman scored a first half goal in between the two he set up. Schussman is now two points away from being the all-time leading scorer in Bemidji boy’s soccer history when the Lumberjacks host Sartell on Tuesday in a Section semi-final match. Despite giving up the five goals, Pirate goalkeeper, Michael Tate was busy with nine saves while the Bemidji keeper was called on only two times.  Crookston finishes the season at 8-8 and Bemidji goes into the semi-finals with a 13-2-2 record.  "This was the best record we have had in my 10 years and a large reason is the five seniors," said coach Cox. "The seniors, of course, are very disappointed with the loss.  They have left a good legacy of hard work and good leadership that the team that is coming back will be able to build on next year.  It was a great season with two wins against East Grand Forks, two wins against Detroit Lakes, and played well against Bemidji and Fergus Falls Hillcrest during the regular season.  It was a memorable season and the guys all got along and always played hard." The other boy’s semi-final on Tuesday finds West Ottertail United (Hillcrest/Pelican Rapids) traveling to St. Cloud Apollo.

Ben Dorman makes a move as a Lumberjack tries to stop him



2nd Final
Bemidji 3 2 5

 Ruben Fernandez kicks the ball up field    Guthrie Dingmann makes a nice move fooling the Bemidji player

9:23 - Bem - Josh Swanson (Alex Schussman)
13:24 - Bem - Alex Schussman (Peyton Christofferson)
36:27 - Bem - Lineas Whiting (Alex Schussman)
44:00 - Bem - Alex Schussman (Peyton Christofferson)
45:47 - Bem - Alex Schussman (Cole Mitchell)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Michael Tate-Crookston 6 3 9
Bruno Cheney- Bemidji 1 1 2



The University of Minnesota Crookston won their third conference match in a row defeating the University of Sioux Falls 3-1 in a Northern Sun Conference women’s soccer match in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Golden Eagles struck first, just 11 minutes into the match when Beth Lastovich (Fresh-White Bear Lake, Mn) found Molly Buck (Soph-Rosemount, Mn) in front of the University of Sioux Falls goal and Buck rifled it from 12 yards out to score her first goal of the season and her first collegiate goal to give UMC an early lead.  UMC’s leading scorer, Courtney Armborst (Jr-Henry Sibley, Mn) got a loose ball in the box and managed to squeak a shot off the Cougars goalie hands to make it a 2-0 lead for UMC with about 15 minutes to go in the first half. The University of Sioux Falls did cut the UMC lead in half on a goal by Tionne Webb on a rebound and with 11 minutes left in the half UMC led 2-1, which is how the first half ended.
The only scoring in the second half came after a University of Sioux Falls foul, which gave UMC a penalty kick and the Golden Eagles Elizabeth Busch (Junior) playing in her home town of Sioux Falls nailed a free kick home to give the Golden Eagles an insurance goal with 19 minutes left in the match and UMC continued to apply pressure and ride out the 3-1 win for their third win and third conference win in a row.  UMC’s Busch and Lastovich each had two shots on goal to lead the Golden Eagles while Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi) had three saves to earn another victory in goal.  UMC is now 5-3-3 on the season and 4-2-2 in the conference and will be at Southwest Minnesota State on Sunday afternoon in Marshall, Mn.  The University of Sioux Falls is 1-9-1 on the year and 1-7 in the conference.



2nd Final
UMC 2 1 3
U of Sioux Falls 1 0 1

11:14 -  UMC -  Molly Buck  (Beth Lastovich)
29:34 -  UMC -  Courtney Armborst  unassisted
33:45 -  USF -   Tionne Webb  (Ciara Howerton)
71:39 -  UMC -  Elizabeth Busch  (Rachelle Alcini)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Lexie Gauger-UMC 4 0 4
Jordin Crosby-USF 2 1 3



Bemidji State scored 38 unanswered points and the Beavers defense limited the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) to less than 70 yards of offense in the second half as Bemidji State defeated UMC 38-3 in a Northern Sun Conference football game in Bemidji.
After UMC couldn’t get much going on their opening possession, Bemidji State started offensively with a terrific drive that used almost six minutes of the clock, but UMC’s defense came up with a couple key defensive plays, particularly defensive back Mychal Traylor (Soph-Cerritos, Ca) with a couple stops and the Beavers were held on downs after going 57 yards mainly on the ground.
The two teams traded punts and on their second possession of the game, UMC had their best drive of the first half when they started near midfield and a big play in the nine play drive was Ben Bucholz (Jr-Perham, Mn) 39 yard strike to Adam Connette (Fresh-Corona, Ca) to the Bemidji State 10 yard line and with a first and goal, UMC had a short rush and two incomplete passes and settled for a Mike Maw (Soph-White Bear Lake, Mn) 23 yard field goal and UMC had a 3-0 lead, which is how the first quarter would end.
Bemidji State quarterback, Ryan Shields started warming up in the second quarter, directing two drives of over 60 yards each and both ending with Brady Schmidt touchdowns, the first on a five yard run and the second on an eight yard pass from Shields to put Bemidji State in front 14-3.  The Beavers defense pretty much shutdown UMC’s offense and gave the ball back to Shield who put together a 13 play drive with surgical passing, timely running, but the Golden Eagles Landon Cook (Fresh-San Clemente, Ca) stuffed a running play and Bemidji State was forced to take a 23 yard field goal to widen their lead to 17-3.  Bemidji State outgained UMC by almost a 3 to 1 margin with 294 yards to UMC’s 115. “We had some opportunities to stop a few of their drives with people in position, but couldn’t make the play” said UMC head coach Mike Fritze on a couple chances for interceptions. “We need to establish a drive as we’ve had something happen on almost every drive, whether a penalty or something like that. We have to go out and score to start the second half and get it within one score.”
The wind, which was near 30 mph at times came into play early in the second half as it drove down a UMC punt and gave Bemidji State the ball at the UMC 33 yard line and nine rushing plays later, Tahi Nomane scored from two yards out to put the Beavers up 24-3 half-way through the third quarter.
With the wind, UMC executed a fake punt and picked up a first down and after a big run by Talo Pascal (Jr-Arlington, Tx) along with a pass completion to Connette for almost 10 yards and a late hit moved it 15 yards more and the Golden Eagles were at the Beavers 40 yard line, but couldn’t get another first down and this time punted to the Bemidji State 31 yard line. On the very first play, Shields found Blake Holder wide open for the 69 yard passing score and Bemidji State was off and running with a 31-3 lead.
Bemidji State added another touchdown in the fourth quarter on another Nomane short run to make the final 38-3.  UMC managed only 69 yards offensively in the second half and were outgained 504 to 184. “We have a ways to go offensively and will have to back to the drawing board and see if what we are doing is right or we have the right personnel,” said UMC coach Fritze, “defensively, I didn’t think we played all that badly with about four missed assignments that they turned into big plays. We made some big defensive stops in the red zone, but couldn’t get anything going with the offense.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 0-6 and will return home next Saturday for a homecoming game with the University of Mary.  Bemidji State is 2-4 on the year.

Jake Neubauer tackles the Bemidji State quarterback on a run up the middle



2nd 3rd 4th








Bemidji State






Lethzee Calderon tries for an INT in the end zone        Tyler Hanson and Greg Lofquist with a sandwich tackle

1st Quarter
10:31 - UMC - Mike Maw 23 yard field goal

2nd Quarter
2:34 - BSU - Brady Schmidt 5 yard run (Kyle Fodness kick)
7:11 - BSU - Brady Schmidt 8 yard pass from Ryan Shields (Kyle Fodness kick)
13:23 - BSU - Kyle Fodness 26 yard field goal

3rd Quarter
8:00 - BSU - Tahi Nomane 2 yard run (Kyle Fodness kick)
11:40 - BSU - Blake Holder 69 yard pass from Ryan Shields (Kyle Fodness kick)

4th Quarter
5:23 - BSU - Tahi Nomane 5 yard run (Kyle Fodness kick)



The Crookston Pirates volleyball team capped off a busy week and two weeks in fact by winning one match and dropping three to finish in 8th place at the Barnesville Tournament.
In their pool play, where teams played two sets up to 21 points, the Pirates started with a 21-7, 21-14 win over Rothsay, “We probably traveled the longest, but really started out strong,” said Crookston head coach Meredith Hollcraft, “we were serving well, passing pretty good and I was happy with the effort.”
Crookston then met Hankinson, N.D. and lost 21-14, 21-18 “Hankinson was a very good team and doesn’t have many losses on the season.” said Hollcraft. “I thought we played well scoring 18 in the second set and had chances, so we were right there, so I was not disappointed.”  Hankinson went on to win the tournament.
In the final pool play match, Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal beat Crookston in two sets, although going overtime in the first set at 23-21 and winning 21-15. “Norman County East wasn’t very big, but they hit the ball very hard,” said coach Hollcraft. “We didn’t respond very well, started to pause, not mixing it up. Our passing struggled and when you Kenzie setting from the middle of the floor, it’s hard.”
Crookston then was put in the Silver Division and played Battle Lake and lost 25-12, 25-11. “We waited about an hour and a half to play Battle Lake and when we did, they were a very big team,” said Hollcraft. “They had a 6 foot outside hitter, a 6 foot middle hitter. We didn’t pass well again and Amber had a couple nice hits, but we weren’t consistent.”
Crookston is now 8-14 on the year after a week of three matches, winning two and today’s tournament. “It really has been a long two weeks with all the matches and two tournaments,” said Hollcraft. “We’ve had a lot of activity and maybe we got a little tired today. We are making improvements each time out, now we just have to get more consistent and more focused.”
Crookston will finish their regular season on Tuesday traveling to Roseau.

  1 2
Rothsay 7 14


  1 2
Hankinson, N.D. 21 21


  1 2
NCE/UH 23 21


  1 2
Battle Lake 25 25

Totals for Crookston on the day

Kills - Amber Froeber-16, Shelby Solheim-8
Blocks - Precious Adams-7, Shelby Solheim-7
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-29
Digs -  Kenzie Klatt-17, Amber Froeber-15
Aces -  Kenzie Klatt-5, Karlee Meyer-4



In a battle of evenly matched squads, Upper Iowa rallied from being down two games to none to win the next three sets to steal a win on the road over the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) in a Northern Sun Conference volleyball match.
Upper Iowa took an early 7-2 lead in set one, but the Golden Eagles jumped right back in to tie it at 9-9 and then it was back and forth until UMC took charge behind the serving and a couple kills by Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) and back to back kills from Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Il) to give UMC a 21-17 lead.  Upper Iowa battled back to close the Golden Eagles lead to 22-21, but points at the net by Looker and Pearson again gave UMC the 25-23 opening set win.
UMC took a 4-0 lead to start the second set and the rest of the way it would be a tight until Upper Iowa took a 15-11 lead after four points in a row. The Golden Eagles stormed back behind Looker and Pearson at the net and then Kelci Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) took over with three kills at the end to give UMC a 25-22 win and take a two sets to none lead.
All the matches as the scores would indicate were even, but Upper Iowa was facing elimination with an 11-11 score and the Peacocks scored three points in a row to take a 14-11 lead, but UMC kept coming back and the Golden Eagles had taken a 21-19 lead after a kill by Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Ks) and a mishit by Upper Iowa. After UMC led 22-20 when Looker smashed a point down, Upper Iowa scored five of the next six points to win 25-22 and just started turning the momentum wheel.
Same thing in game four with Upper Iowa leading 24-21 when UMC’s Kassi Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) scored a point off a kill and another Peacock mistake and Upper Iowa was still leading, but it was cut to 24-23. The Peacocks scored on a kill from Alisha VanderWoude to win 25-23 and tie the match at two apiece.
Upper Iowa had all the momentum at this point and the Peacocks came out blazing with a 7-1 start to game five, built it to 10-5. UMC tried to get back into it closing the score to 11-8, but the Peacocks held off the Golden Eagles with the 15-11 win and the match.
UMC has lost seven of their last eight matches and fall to 8-10 on the year and 2-6 in the Northern Sun Conference and will be at St. Cloud State for a Tuesday night contest.  Upper Iowa comes up with a conference weekend sweep after beating Bemidji State last night in four games improves to 10-8 overall and 5-5 in the conference.

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5
Upper Iowa 23 22 25 25 15
UMC 25 25 23 23 11

Kills - Brittany Looker-23,  Stephanie Pearson-13, Kelci Green-12
Blocks - Kassi Green-4, Kelci Green-4, Erin Schwarz-4
Assists - Sierra Trost-30
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-32, Brittany Looker-18, Sierra Trost-14
Aces - Brittany Looker-3



The Bemidji Lumberjacks edged Detroit Lakes by 10 points to win the Section 8A True Team swimming meet held in Bemidji. You have to wonder if what pure coincidence that the top four teams all had lakes within their city boundaries (Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids, and Warroad).The Crookston Pirates had three first place finishes and finished fifth as a team out of the nine teams competing. The true team meet rewards those who have depth like the bigger schools as the points awarded are for every placing. For instance, if there are 20 swimmers in one event, the winner gets 20 points for her team, second gets 19 points and all the way down to the 20th place gets one point. Crookston's three winners were Marietta Geist in the 200 freestyle, Kate MacGregor in the 100 backstroke and Haley Roed in the 100 freestyle. Merran Dingmann finished second in two events, the 200 Individual Medley and 500 freestyle race.  With only Fergus Falls and Perham from Section 8A not in the true team, this meet does give swimmers and coaches an idea of who is the swimmers to beat in the events for the Section 8A Swimming and Diving Meet that will be held in November. "We are still a little less than a month away from the meet that counts, but today I think we let nerves get the best of us," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "Kate MacGregor was solid in her 100 backstroke and has a goal to get the state qualifying time.  Merran Dingmann had a really, really strong 500 and cut a considerable amount of time and looked strong.  McKenna Hall and Sarah Ryan swam well and cut some time off of their best times, so it was great to see some of the younger kids continue to improve." The Pirates will be at Grand Forks Central on Tuesday for a triple dual meet against Grand Forks Central, Grand Forks Red River and Thief River Falls. "We have some work to do and our starts are a little slow, but our girls have the heart and determination to make sure we continue to improve and swim our best in the section meet when the times count," added coach Melbye.

    Merran Dingman gets a quick shot of air on her way to a second place finish in the 500 meters

1. Bemidji - 1216
2. Detroit Lakes - 1206
3. Park Rapids - 1137
4. Warroad/Roseau - 954
5. CROOKSTON - 876
6. Thief River Falls - 735
7. Staples-Motley - 680
8. Fosston-Bagley - 661

      Marietta Geist gets some air on her way to a fourth place finish in the 500 meters

Pirate top finishes (Top 10 finishes) Event Time Place
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:03.04 1st
Marietta Geist 200 Freestyle 2:11.11 1st
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 58.06 1st
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:26.05 2nd
Merran Dingmann 500 Freestyle 5:55.80 2nd
Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Free Relay 1:45.49 2nd
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:04.74 3rd
Sierra Pry, Thea Oman
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:02.67 3rd
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:31.61 4th
Marietta Geist 500 Freestyle 6:03.47 4th
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 26.68 5th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Buttterfly 1:13.94 5th
Merran Dingmann, Maddie Nicholls
Elizabeth Erdman, Marietta Geist
200 Medley Relay 2:12.74 6th
Sierra Pry 100 Freestyle 1:01.65 6th
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman,
Maddie Nicholls, Thea Oman
400 Free Relay 4:15.57 6th
Sierra Pry 200 Freestyle 2:20.94 7th
Maddie Nicholls 100 Breaststroke 1:20.21 7th
Thea Oman 100 Breaststroke 1:20.57 8th
Elizabeth Erdman 200 IM 2:39.93 10th

                   Thea Oman on her way to an eighth place finish in the 100 meter breaststroke

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 10,  2014


The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team has six individuals participating in the Section 8A Girls Tennis Individual Tournament at Courts Plus in Fargo, ND.

In doubles, Crookston's Ally Tiedemann and Leah Trostad were the top seed and showed why winning their first two matches easily and will play a team from Pequot Lakes Saturday morning in the semi-finals.
The other doubles team of the Tori Demarais and Amy Follette won their first match against a team from Staples-Motley and then lost to the #2 seed, Chessa Jones and Emma Dietrich, in two sets and were eliminated.  "It was nice to see Toria and Amy win their first match against a pretty good Staples doubles team and handle them pretty well and then they ran into a very good doubles team from East Grand Forks," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Ally and Leah played like a first seed and played pretty well and they attacked well against Roseau in the second match and beat two pretty girls.  They will have to step up their play in the next round on Saturday.  I told the girls they have to win the next two matches so they are guaranteed a trip to state.  If they win and then lose they will have to wait and see if there is a true second match."  Tiedemann and Trostad went to state two years ago and are looking to make the return trip this year with two more wins.

                Leah Trostad and Ally Tiedemann                                  Tori Demarais and Amy Follette

Alyssa Fee lost her first match to Cynthia Loven of East Grand Forks and was eliminated.   Jaeden Lizakowski lost to one of the top singles players in the section, Julia Smith of Park Rapids and was eliminated.  "Both of our singles players, Alyssa and Jaeden, had tough draws and played against some pretty good players," said coach Mike Geffre. "Jaeden had to play somebody that just beat the eighth ranked girl in the state so she is playing well and Alyssa played somebody that was a tough matchup for her so they had a tough draw."

                           Alyssa Fee                                              Jaeden Lizakowski

Pirates Opponent Result
Alyssa Fee Cynthia Loven-EGF Lost 6-3, 6-1
Jaeden Lizakowski Julia Smith- PR Lost  6-0, 6-1
Ally Tiedemann
Leah Trostad
Jordin Roberts/Robyn Harper (NYM)
Juli Miller/Marissa Jevne (Ros)
Won 6-0, 6-0
Won 6-0, 6-1
Tori Demarais
Amy Follette
Lauren Nelson/Lexi Johnson (SM)
Chessa Jones/Emma Dietrich (EGF)
Won 6-3, 6-4
Lost 6-1, 6-3



The Crookston Pirate Football team ready to sing "You Are My Sunshine after the win." (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Crookston’s Ryan Porter’s 10 yard touchdown pass from Parker Salentine with 2:48 left in the game, gave the Pirates a 16-14 rally to defeat Warroad. It was Crookston’s first win of the season and snapped a 14 game losing streak that dated back to last year when they defeated Warroad in the season opener.
Both teams moved the ball the first time they had it in the game, with Warroad turning it over on downs at the Crookston 35 yard line after a four minute drive. Crookston would do the same thing with a nine play drive, all on the ground with Brandt Delage scoring from three yards out and a 7-0 lead as each team had the ball one time and there was only four minutes left of the first quarter.
Warroad had a couple golden scoring chances in the second quarter that they couldn’t finish off, fumbling at the Crookston goal line on one series and having an apparent 55 yard touchdown pass called back because of an ineligible man down field in the last minute of the half, but Crookston took a 7-0 lead into half-time. “Warroad ate up a lot of the clock in the half,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt. “We were able to get that first touchdown, but it seemed to light a fire under them and they started to really bring it to us. We weren’t able to finish at times and we were a little concerned at half-time.”
Both teams had three and outs to start the second half and after exchanges of punts Crookston ended up starting a drive near midfield. They put together an eight play drive that stalled out, but Porter kicked his first high school field goal, a 32 yarder late in the third quarter to give Crookston a 10-0 lead.  Crookston’s kickoff was a line drive that a Warroad front man reactionary reached out and touched it, which Crookston recovered at the 50 yard line, but Crookston was unable to do anything with it, in fact, they lost a yard and were forced to punt. The punt snap got away on Crookston and after Crookston punter Chris Wavra made a nice play to gain seven yards, they turned it over to Warroad at their 44 yard line. The Warriors behind sophomore quarterback Beau Wilmer, started a drive that put them at the Crookston three yard line as time expired in the third quarter and Crookston’s lead 10-0 being tenuous. On the first play of the final quarter, Wilmer snuck behind a surging offensive line for the touchdown and the Warriors didn’t pick up the extra point conversion and trailed 10-6, but the momentum was definitely changing to Warroad. After the Warrior defense held Crookston again on a three and out, a Crookston 15 yard punt gave Warroad the ball at their 46 yard line. Warroad ran tailback Tommy Villaphone left and right for big gains, quarterback sneaking Wilmer behind a massive interior line, one sneak for 15 yards, set the Warriors up with a Villaphone 19 yard run up the middle for a score to put Warroad in the lead for the first time and after Wilmer snuck for the two-point conversion, Warroad led 14-10 with 6:41 left in the game.
Crookston had a lot of big plays in their winning drive. It started with Seth Desrosier, returning a kickoff for the first time this season, finding a seam and returning it 33 yards to the Pirate 45 yard line. Crookston ran 10 plays, including a 35 yard pass to Porter to set up the winning score. Salentine would go to his favorite target again, this time on a 10 yard scoring strike with a Warroad defensive back falling down and Porter grabbed the wide open pass for the score and Crookston regained a 16-14 lead with 2:48 left in the game. “I had told coach that I could beat the defensive back covering me earlier,” said Porter. “On the touchdown, I took off, saw the guy fall and P-Sal (Parker Salentine) put it right into my hands and thankfully I didn’t drop it.” Crookston had only 24 yards passing until the 35 yard pass to Porter. “We had run a play we call sluggo that Parker and Ryan hooked up for that big 35 yard pass,” said coach Butt. “On the touchdown pass we had thought of hitting tight end Danny Davidson with a pass into the back of the end zone, but Ryan said he could beat him on sluggo again and I looked at him and said, OK run it and he ran out and told Parker that is what I said and he ran it and the corner fell down, Parker made a good throw. I give Ryan a lot of credit of being aware of what he could get done and I thought, well it’s senior night, let’s let them get it done.”
Warroad started at their own 36 yard line and Wilmer managed to move them down into Crookston territory with the clock running. Although the Warriors were picking up good yardage on the ground they had to go to the air as time was running away on them and with Danny Davidson and Mikey Hajostek putting a huge rush on Wilmer, his pass was picked off by Patrick Deng to preserve the Crookston win at 16-14. “We ended up with a fresh body in there at the end,” said coach Butt. “We rolled a lot of guys through there and at half-time, Coach Hennings (David) said we may not want to do it, but we might have to put Mikey (Hajostek) back in. I said if we gotta, we gotta and we didn’t use him and didn’t use him until that last drive and Mikey had fresh legs and was wreaking havoc and Danny found a second wind and they came through there and pressured him and Patrick is always where he is supposed to be and made the catch and to be honest, I almost dropped to my knees I was so happy.”
With their first win of the season, Crookston is 1-6 going into the last regular season game on Wednesday in Staples. “It feels so amazing as we’ve been so close the last two seasons,” said  Crookston linebacker, Cody Weiland. “It was frustrating to get so close and not get a win. We came up with big plays when we had to tonight and to win like this, it’s all worth it.”
It was the first win in the Heart O Lakes Conference and Section 8AA this year for the Pirates, who are hoping to start a winning streak on Wednesday at winless Staples-Motley.  Warroad is also 1-6 on the season and will host number one ranked Hawley on Wednesday.

                For the Pirate touchdowns and field goal video's click above                                     Danny Davidson dives forward for a couple more yards after a catch
                                                                                                                                                                      (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd 3rd 4th














  Parker Salentine with a pass        Seth Desrosier with a big return          Mikey Hajostek on a run up the middle

1st Quarter
7:55 - Crox - Brandt Delage 3 yard run (Ryan Porter kick)

2nd Quarter
No scoring

3rd Quarter
8:14 - Crox - Ryan Porter 32 yard field goal

4th Quarter
0:04 - War - Beau Wilmer 3 yard run (run failed)
5:19 - War - Tommy Villaphone (Wilmer run)
9:12 - Crox - Ryan Porter 10 yard pass from Aaron Hollcraft (kick failed)

     Danny Davidson with a tackle in the first half                       Patrick Berg dives for a fumble after a bad Warroad handoff

First Downs 11 17
Rushing-Yards 38-156 49-250
Passing 7-12-1 5-15-1
Passing Yards 66 71
Total Yards 222 321
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 1-5 5-30
Punts-Yards Ave. 4-33.8 3-28.3

    Ryan Porter gets by a Warrior for a big gain                  The Crookston Pirate offensive line is ready for a big run in the second half
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)


Crookston Warroad
Aaron Hollcraft                   12-69 Tommy Villaphone          28-161
Mikey Hajostek                  10-49 Mitchell Roberts             11-46
Brandt Delage                     10-19 Beau Wilmer                     9-35
Parker Salentine                   3-8 Jade Cole                          1-8
Chris Wavra                          1-7  
Luke Edlund                          2-4  


Parker Salentine            7-12-1        66 yards

Beau Wilmer            5-15-1      71 yards




Ryan Porter                3-42 Jason Cole              2-27
Seth Desrosier           2-11 Jade Cole                1-8
Danny Davidson        1-15 Noah Harren           1-35
Aaron Hollcraft          1-(-2) Mitchell Roberts     1-1

               Patrick Deng makes a diving tackle                                         Shad Steer dives for the Warroad quarterback
                                                   (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

                                                   The Pirate Seniors lead the way through the We Love Our Seniors sign after halftime



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team started the season red hot, winning their first six matches, but have struggled against NSIC opponents and tonight was no different when Winona State swept UMC 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 27-25) at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
The first set was tied at 10-10 until Winona State, behind three straight Taylor Goar kills, went on a 7-1 run for a 17-11 lead and the Warriors kept that lead the rest of the way for a 25-18 victory.
In the second set, it was tied at 2-2 and Winona State went on a 4-0 run with a couple kills, an ace and a UMC attack error and led 6-2.  UMC slowly chipped away at the Warrior lead and got back to within a one point deficit a couple times, the last time at 15-14.  With all the energy UMC expended to get back into the game, Winona State took advantage as they went on a 6-0 run and coasted to a 25-17 victory for a 2-0 lead.
UMC jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set behind a couple kills and several Winona State attack errors.  The Golden Eagles continued to play well and built a 13-7 lead only to have Winona State rally and tie the set at 15-15.  UMC didn’t seem to be phased as they bounced back with a 5-0 run of their own with three kills from three different players and two Warrior attack errors for a 20-15 lead.  Winona State took over the set the rest of the way and outscored UMC 12-5 and won the set 27-25 for a 3-0 match victory.

UMC drops to 8-9 on the year and 2-7 in the NSIC and will host Upper Iowa on Saturday.  Winona State improves to 12-3 overall and 7-2 in the NSIC.

Winona State 25 25 27
UMC 18 17 25

Kills -Brittany Looker-12, Kassi Green-7, Rachel Freund-6, Kelci Green-3
Blocks - Erin Schwartz-6, Kelci Green-1, Brittany Looker-1, Kassi Green-1
Assists - Sierra Trost-15, Kaycie Hagen-14, Kelci Green-1
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-7, Casey Cashman-6, Rachel Freund-6, Stephanie Pearson-5
Aces - Rachel Freund-2





The third time was the charm for the Roseau Ram's as they beat the Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team 4-3 in the first round of the Section 8A Girls Tennis tournament in Fargo, ND.  Crookston had beaten Roseau twice during the regular season by a 4-3 and 5-2 scores, but the Roseau had the last laugh with the victory in the playoffs to advance to the section semi-finals. 
Crookston picked up wins from Ally Tiedemann at first singles and from the first doubles team of Elisa Samuelson and Leah Trostad, but trailed 3-2.  Amy Follette lost her first set at third singles, but came back to win the next two sets to tie the match at 3-3.  Alyssa Fee was the last Pirate on the court and dropped her first set, but bounced back to win the second set to force a final third set.  Roseau's Juli Miller jumped out to a 5-1 lead and Fee bounced back to win the next two sets and it appeared she was going to win another set, but a return that would have been good for a point nicked the top of the net and bounced back onto Fee's side and Miller won the next point to win the individual and team match.  "I give credit to Roseau for coming out and being ready to play because they really got after it today. We had our line up out there and I think we might have won more games today, but Roseau won the match.  Roseau has four or five seniors and we only have one and that showed a little bit today, and sometimes you are led by the seniors and that was the case today," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "It wraps up a great team season.  We have come a long way from the beginning of the season, but it was a great team as far as the team getting along and team cohesiveness and there is a lot of tears and upset girls, but hopefully this will be incentive for the girls to come back ready to give it their best shot next year."
Crookston ends the year with an 11-12 dual record and will have Alyssa Fee and Jaeden Lizakowski in the Section 8A individual singles tournament on Friday, while Leah Trostad and Ally Tiedemann along with Tori Demarais and Amy Follette in the doubles tournament.

     Ally Tiedemann eyes down the ball on a backhand return vs Roseau






#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Marissa Jevne Crox 6-2, 6-0


Alyssa Fee Juli Miller Ros 6-4, 3-6, 6-3


Amy Follette Lauren Johnson Crox 5-7, 6-2, 6-2


Jaeden Lizakowski Jodi Ostroski Ros 6-4, 6-3

#1 Doubles

Elisa Samuelson
Leah Trostad
Morgan Bicker
Sarina Goos
Crox 4-6, 6-3, 6-3


Kendall Wahouske
Tori Demarais
Josee Lundgren
Kate Wensloff
Ros 7-5, 6-3


Alyssa Schultz
Taylor Perry
Madi Lee
Haley Ostgaard
Ros 5-7, 6-4, 6-1

Leah Trostad also eyes down the ball on a forehand return in her match vs Roseau





The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team has relied on their goalie, Michael Tate, all season long to make big save after big save and it wasn't any different in the first round of the Section 8A Boys Soccer tournament when Crookston beat the East Grand Forks Green Wave 1-0 after a 2-0 shootout victory in East Grand Forks.
Neither team was able to score in the first half in large part because both teams defenses were playing well.  East Grand Forks controlled play for about 75 percent of the half and had a couple solid scoring opportunities, but the Pirate defense and goalie, Michael Tate, came up with some big stops to preserve the scoreless tie.  Crookston's two shots on goal in the first half were from a distance and not a real threat.  "Both teams were playing some pretty good defense and I was happy with our team," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "The game was pretty physical and neither team was backing off and you had a scoreless first half."
In the second half, East Grand Forks dominated play again and had the first point blank scoring opportunity 19 minutes into half, but Tate and Jonathan Miller came up with a huge save to keep the shutout alive.  Over the next couple of minutes there was some more extra-curricular activities with some pushing and physical play and both teams were warned to keep it clean and the official made two players shake hands.  The message worked because the two teams played hard and clean the rest of the half.  East Grand Forks was continuing to put pressure on, but with six minutes left in regulation, the Pirates had their best scoring chance of either half with a point blank shot on goal, but the Green Wave goalie made the save.   Neither team was able to score the rest of the way and it was scoreless going into sudden death overtime. 
In the first overtime, Crookston had the best scoring opportunity when Jacob Roesch meandered his way through five or six Green Wave defenders and blew by the final one and had a wide open shot, but kicked it over the net. "Jacob had a good shot and just missed over the bar," said coach Cox.   East Grand Forks had a last chance effort when they kicked the ball to the left of the net and missed a scoring opportunity with 20 seconds left. 
In the second overtime, Crookston had an excellent scoring chance when Guthrie Dingmann broke away for a breakaway and the Green Wave goalie came up with another big save.  Neither team was able to score forcing a shoot out.
In the shoot out both teams selected five players.  East Grand Forks was the home team and the high seed so they shot first.  The Green Wave player's kick was stopped by Tate.  Jacob Roesch was the first to kick for the Pirates and faked like he was going to the right and punched it in the lower left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead in the shoot out.  EGF was stopped on their second kick with another save by Tate.  Andy Gregg was the second Pirate and tried to sneak a kick in the upper right of the net and just missed over the net, but Crookston still led 1-0.  In the third round the Green Wave missed the net on their kick and Jacob Owens kick was saved and Crookston still led 1-0.  In the fourth round, EGF missed the net on their kick again and that left the door wide open for the Pirates.  The Pirates went with a unique choice for their fourth kicker by selecting the goalie, Michael Tate, and it was only fitting that the goalie that has come up with save after save in the game to keep the scoreless tie, not only had a chance to win the game by making saves in the shoot out, but he also had a chance to win the game with his foot.  Tate, who probably had the most impressive kick of the night, fired a line drive over the head of the Green Wave goalie into the back of the net for the victory 2-0 shootout victory and the 1-0 game win to advance to the second round of the playoffs. "That is very prophetic I think.  When we were setting up who we were going to have kick we had some penalty kicks in practice yesterday and the five we had were the most consistent.  Michael has been so steady as the keeper and doing the penalty kick for us it is pretty fantastic," said coach Cox. "We figured this game was going to be close and a shoot out was a possibility and that is why we worked on it in practice yesterday.  I was hoping we wouldn't have one because it is to hard on my heart, but we got the win and that is all that matters right now.  This was a fantastic win and one of the more, if not the most exciting win I have been a part of in my 10 years."
Crookston improves to 8-7 on the year and will travel to Bemidji to take on the #1 seed Lumberjacks at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in the section quarterfinals.
For the Section 8A Boy's Soccer Tournament brackets, click here.

See every shot of the shootout by clicking above!



2nd 1 OT 2 OT Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 1
East Grand Forks 0 0 0 0 0

 Parker Nicholls gets by a defender     Jonathan Miller kicks the ball away            Jacob Roesch keeps the ball in play


Shootout -
Crox - Jacob Roesch
Crox - Michael Tate

Saves 1st 2nd 1 OT 2 OT Total
Michael Tate-Crookston 5 6 1 2 14
Austin Monda -EGF 2 2 3 1 8


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