The Roseau Rams showed why they are one of the top teams in Section 8AA with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-17) victory over the Crookston Pirates, in a Section 8AA matchup played in Crookston.
The first set was tight with ties at 2, 3, 7, and 8.  Roseau broke the tie with a 5-0 run behind a Kacie Borowicz kill, followed by a Lyvia Moser ace and three Crookston attack errors and all of a sudden the Rams led 13-8.  Crookston’s Katelyn Wagner stopped the run with a kill, but Roseau’s 6’2 senior Victoria Johnson took over the match, recording seven kills the rest of the set and the Rams cruised to a 25-10 victory for a 1-0 lead.  “I was really happy with how we started the match,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “Then we had a really big lull and we usually have it around 10 points.  Against certain teams we can come out of the lull, but against Roseau we couldn’t. They have some pretty good hitters over there and they were able to find the floor no matter where the serves were.”
In the second set, Crookston led 2-1 before Roseau went on a 8-0 run, which was sparked by a Johnson block.  Crookston tried to battle back, but every time they scored a point or two, Roseau would come up with a big attack for a point and they cruised to a 25-15 victory to take a 2-0 lead. “It all starts with our serve receive,” said Coach Stopa. “My team keeps fighting, we just need to fight consistently.”
The teams were tied at 1, 2, 5 and 6 in the third set before Roseau’s Erin Leverington recorded three straight kills for a 9-6 lead.  Roseau led 12-8 when they went on a 6-1 run behind two straight points from Rylie Bjerklie.  A few points later, Roseau freshman Katie Borowicz had two kills and the Rams led 17-9.  Roseau started to make some substitutions and the teams played even the rest of the way as the Rams won 25-17 to win the match 3-0.  “Roseau had some good serves and we got caught off-guard which created some lulls and we had a lot of small things that added up tonight,” said Coach Stopa. “We were scrappy tonight, but it took a while to get where we needed to be.  They have really fast arm swings so the ball comes down harder than other teams we have seen.”
Crookston drops to 5-7-2 on the year and will travel to the Barnesville tournament on Saturday.  Roseau improves to 12-7 on the year.
J.V. - Roseau won 2-0       C squad - Roseau won 2-0


Rachel Hefta eyes down the ball on a tip  Teagen Carlstrom goes for a dig


  1 2 3
Roseau 25 25 25
CROOKSTON 10 15 17

Katelyn Wagner with a dig while Katleynn Genereux looks on

For Crookston
Kills -
Aleece Durbin- 6, Hailey Seaver -5, Rachel Hefta - 4
Blocks -
Hailey Seaver -1, Rachel Hefta - 1
Assists -
Kylie Solheim- 12
Digs -
Teagen Carlstrom -13, Aleece Durbin- 7, Katelyn Wagner- 6
Aces -
Katelyn Wagner- 3, Hope Schear- 1

For Roseau
Kills -
Victoria Johnson - 19, Kacie Borowicz -10, Ella Helgeson - 6, Erin Leverington - 6
Blocks -
Victoria Johnson - 1
Assists -
Lyvia Moser - 22, Victoria Johnson - 16
Digs -
Kacie Borowicz -14
Aces -
Kacie Borowicz -2, Victoria Johnson - 1, Lyvia Moser -1




The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team is currently in 20th place after the first round of the J.R. Watkins Invitational at The Jewel in Lake City. The Golden Eagles shot an opening round of 319, currently 35 strokes out of the lead currently held by University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.  The Golden Eagles are just four strokes back from Lincoln University and Upper Iowa University and just five strokes behind Concordia University-St. Paul. UMC leads Viterbo University by 58 strokes.  Brock Farley of Washburn University leads the field after turning in a first round score of 69. He is two strokes ahead of Arkansas-Fort Smith’s Tucker Tover and Minnesota State University’s Dylan Kolquist.

The Golden Eagles were led on the opening round by Ben Koisti (Jr., Lake Norden, S.D.). He shot a two-over-par 74 to place in a tie for 31. Connor Humble (Fr., Rosemount) carded a 79 in the opening round for the Golden Eagles. Brady Wright (Fr., International Falls) turned in an 82, while Ricky Phillips (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.) and Eric Gullicks (Sr., Finley, N.D.) shot an 84.
Crookston High School graduate, Isaac Westlake, who is a member of the Winona State Men's Golf team, shot a 76 which is goof for a tie for 44th place.




At home events conducted over the next two weeks, Crookston High School will be giving special recognition and showing appreciation to the game officials that will be working each contest as part of the Minnesota State High School League’s “Thank A Ref” Campaign.
More than 6,000 officials serve Minnesota’s high schools by doing their best to ensure all contests are fair, safe and fun. Without officials, we do not have games. It is just recess.
Varsity-level officials are required to register with the MSHSL, complete annual online rules meetings and attend training clinics on a regular basis. In addition, they spend countless hours in preparation and traveling to contests.
High school officiating is an avocation, not a vocation, something done in addition to full-time employment. Officials work for the enjoyment of staying involved with the sports that they love and the opportunity to give back.
Officials are crucial in providing our student participants an opportunity to learn life lessons through education based athletics. Enforcing the rules of the game fairly and consistently, and holding students and coaches to behavior expectations are vitally important to successful high school events.
All fans attending these events to be especially appreciative of the officials and the great job they do in serving our programs. More officials are needed in all sports and at all levels. For more information, go to the MSHSL website at Scroll down and click on the “Become an Official” logo for more information, or contact the Greg Garmen, Crookston High School Activities Director at the Crookston High School.






Paul Bittner played in his second NHL exhibition game of the season for the Columbus Blue Jackets Sunday afternoon in a 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. 
Paul played over 11 minutes (11:22) in the game and had one penalty, two shots on goal and one hit. 
Bittner, a Blue Jacket second round draft pick in 2015, is trying to make the team after battling injuries last year.  If he doesn't make the team, he will play for the Blue Jacket minor league team, Cleveland Monsters. 





The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Soccer team conceded two early goals to the University of Mary Marauders on a rain-drenched UMC soccer field, and lost a Northern Sun Conference matchup played 4-1 in Crookston.
In just the third minute of action, the Marauders’ Megan Lowery (Jr., Hayden, ID) was the beneficiary of a deflection off UMC’s backline on her strike from 10 yards out as her unassisted strike found the net past the Golden Eagle’s Olivia Puttin (Soph., Rogers) to put the visitors ahead 1-0 at 2:42 into the match. At 14:33, the University of Mary would double their lead Caylin Cathey (Jr., Billings, MT) would finish an excellent feed from just outside the 18-yard box by Caitlin Dooley (Jr., Pontefract, England) with Cathey tucking her shot just left of a diving Puttin for the 2-0 advantage.
The Golden Eagles would cut the deficient in half before the halftime whistle as Jessica Withrow (Fr., Gardnerville, NV) cleaned up a rebound off Hannah Smith’s (Sr., Sacramento, CA) save to bring the Golden Eagles within a goal.  “We talk about the corner run all the time with our forwards and with the wet conditions Maggie Peterson swung it in and Withrow was where she needed to be and tapped it in,” said UMC head coach Joe Alianello.
The Marauders ensured the Crookston comeback bid would come to a halt with an early second-half goal on an excellent feed to the center of the box by Lowery, that was sent into the net with pace underneath the dive of Puttin by Taylor Pettigrew (So., Arvada, CO) to return the University of Mary two-goal lead.
“I think our mentality wasn’t great to start the half, we started getting hemmed in and weren’t challenging 50-50s and just weren’t competing, to be honest,” said Coach Alianello. “At 3-1 I knew it was going to be tough to rebound from, but if we had gotten to 2-2 it would have been anyone’s game.”
The Marauders would add one more goal for good measure on a high-arching chip shot from Jade Smith (Jr., Rochester, England) following a scramble for the loose ball in front of the net off a University of Mary corner kick to secure a 4-1 road victory.
UMC continues to search for its first win of the year, falling to 0-7 overall, 0-5 in the NSIC and will travel to Minnesota State Mankato on Friday.  Mary improves to 4-2-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the NSIC.

Maggie Gibbons beats a Mary player to the ball

  1 2 Final
Mary 2 2 4
UMC 1 0 1

Nicole Corbin kicks the ball away from a Mary player

2:42 - Mary - Megan Lowery
14:33 - Mary - Caylin Cathey (Caitlin Dooley)
32:04 - UMC - Jessica Withrow
50:11 - Mary - Taylor Pettigrew (Megan Lowery)
64:06 - Mary - Jade Smith

Saves 1 2 Total
Olivia Puttin - UMC 5 4 9
Hannah Smith - Mary 0 0 0





The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s golf team finished 13th at the Mustang Invite played this weekend at the Marshall Golf Club in Marshall. Minnesota State Mankato won the tournament with a team score of 624, 23 strokes better than runner-up Minot State. Minnesota State’s Haley Tollette won the individual tournament with rounds of 76 and 74, four strokes better than four golfers who tied for second place.
UMC’s second round was 27 strokes better than their first day total, with a 374.  Ashlee Humble (Sr., Rosemount) led the way with a 91 and an 82 to finish tied for 41st. McKenzie Harris (Jr., Nevis) shot a 100 and 90 on the tournament. Megan Ryan (Fr., Oconto, Wis.) shot a 108 in the first round and shaved 14 strokes off her first round score for a 94. Michaela Anderson (Fr., Grafton, N.D.) rounded out the pack with rounds of 102 and 108.
The Golden Eagles will return to play October 1 at the St. Cloud State Invite in St. Cloud.







The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team knew it was going to be tough, but they thought they could play with the #1 ranked team in the country and after a slow start they went toe to toe for the final two sets in a 3-0 (25-9, 25-20, 25-20) loss to Southwest Minnesota State in a Northern Sun Conference match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
The match didn’t start as UMC had hoped with Southwest scoring the first six points of the match on their way to an 11-1 lead out of the gates.  UMC settled down, but it was too late and Southwest cruised to a 25-9 victory to take a 1-0 lead. “They came after us like we wanted to go after them,” said UMC Coach Sarah Rauen. “They had some really solid serves that rattled our passers.  They came out as the aggressors.”
The second set saw a much-improved Golden Eagle team and the teams battled back and forth with ties at 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9.  Southwest went on a 4-0 run behind a couple of kills and two UMC attack errors for a 13-9 lead and held the lead the rest of the set for a 25-20 victory. “We came out and played better and executed the game plan that we were supposed to use in the first set,” said Coach Rauen. “We came out and started to execute and we started to attack. Our serving was a lot better.”
The third set had ties at 1 and 3 before Southwest started to pull away and they built a 14-8 lead.  Southwest was able to increase their lead 21-13, before the Golden Eagles mounted a comeback with a 5-1 run behind a couple of Mustang attack errors followed by two Kassi Green (Sr. Anoka) kills and an ace to get within a 22-18 deficit.  The teams exchanged points the rest of the set and Southwest won 25-20 to win the match 3-0.  “We had them frustrated a little bit and we started to play better.  I think it is huge to know we can go toe-to-toe with the top team in the nation,” said Coach Rauen. “We try to get better each and every day.  Our defensive is passionate and it is relentless.”
UMC drops to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the Northern Sun Conference and will travel to Wayne State on Friday.  Southwest improves to 13-0 overall and 5-0 in the NSIC.

Kaycie Hagen with a set   Becca Vandenheuvel eyes down the ball  (Pictures by Terry Tollefson)

Box Score 1 2 3
SW Minnesota St 25 25 25
UMC 9 20 20

Kills - Kassi Green- 11 , Kelci Green - 5, Maggie Perrel - 4
Blocks -Kelci Green - 3, Kassi Green - 2, Maggie Perrel - 2
Assists - Kaycie Hagen- 18
Digs - Maggie Perrel - 13, Kaycie Hagen-10, Kassi Green -8, Becca Vandenheuvel - 7
Aces - Kassi Green - 1, Becca Vandenheuvel - 1




A lightning delayed start was not enough to spark the UMC offense as the seventh ranked University of Sioux Falls defense proved why they’re amongst the nation’s best in a shutout victory over Minnesota Crookston at Bob Young Field by a score of 34-0.
Depth was already an issue for Minnesota Crookston’s offense before kickoff on Saturday with Shavez Hawkins Jr (Fr., Gilbert, AZ), Spencer Stephens (R-Sr., Orange, CA), and Rod Stewart (Jr., Fort Worth, TX) all unavailable due to injuries. Things would only get worse for the Golden Eagle’s offense as UMC’s quarterback Joseph Nava (R-Fr., San Antonio, TX) was knocked out of the game with a hit to the legs suffering an apparent ankle injury on the first play of the game. With Nava unable to return Jeremy Neuman took the reigns as the Golden Eagle’s signal caller (Fr., Andover) and the offense struggled to find any rhythm offensively in the first half, picking up just one first down in the first quarter, and only four first downs total in the first half.  UMC head coach Mark Dufner made clear the challenge his backup quarterback faced going against the best defense in the NSIC with limited practice reps, “he got thrown into the fire, but I thought he did a good job and threw some nice balls, making some nice passes throughout the night.”
Sioux Falls’ offense would not face similar struggles as the Cougars jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their opening drive. Quarterback Ian Fieber (Jr., Mission Viejo, CA) started the USF possession off with a 25-yard pitch and catch to wideout AJ Garrow (Jr., Brandon, SD). All-American Max Mickey (Sr., Holden, MO) would prove why he’s the nation’s best running back, carrying the ball on consecutive plays for a combined 27 yards and ultimately capping off the scoring drive with a two-yard scoring rush for his 6th touchdown of the season.
Sioux Falls offense would find the end zone again two drives later with Mickey accounting for 36 yards on three carries during the drive, as part of his 180-yard day. This touchdown drive would end through the air, however, as Fieber found Michael Maxwell (Jr., Richmond, TX) wide-open in the end zone on a throw towards the near boundary to put the Cougars ahead 14-0 with 4:13 left in the first quarter.
With UMC’s defense continuing to battle against the stout USF rushing attack following an injury to Fieber, Matt Young (Sr., Phoenix, AZ) came in as quarterback for the Cougars, but would not be called upon to provide the thirdand final first-half touchdown for the seventh-ranked team in the country.
With 9:46 left to play in the first-half, punt returner Jason Towns (Sr., Harvey, IL) fielded a 43-yard punt from Stephen Day (Jr., Eveleth) at his own 34-yard line. Towns began the return by cutting to his left before turning up the field and finding a seem to his right outrunning the UMC coverage team to the far sideline and finding pay-dirt for 66-yard punt return touchdown, his second of the season, to put the Purple and Black ahead 21-0.
Despite the 21-0 deficit, Dufner didn’t lose confidence in his team at the break, “I felt we were still in the game and still had an opportunity to do some things and I could tell that the players felt the same way.”
The second half would play out much like the first, with UMC’s offense having no answers for a USF defense that wouldn’t so much as bend, while Crookston’s defense continued to keep them in the game. Jason Towns would provide the second-half’s lone highlight, turning on the jets on a run between the hash marks from 41-yards out to give the backup tailback his second touchdown of the game and put the Cougars final touchdown of the game on the board in their first drive of the second half.
UMC appeared poised to avoid the shutout late in the third quarter when Kevin Evans (Jr., Groveland, FL) burst to his left and found nothing but green grass separating him from the end zone. Evans cross the goal line untouched and the Golden Eagles were on the board with their first rushing touchdown of the year. As the celebration began, a penalty marker ensured it would be short-lived as wide receiver Adam Connette (Sr., Corona, CA) was penalized for holding on the play-side, perhaps explaining how the top rush defense in the country could look so vulnerable on a basic run play. With the points taken off due to the penalty, UMC would be forced to go for it on 4th and goal, but Neuman couldn’t find anyone open in the end zone and sailed a pass harmlessly into the end zone turf ensuring a zerp would remain on the visitor’s side of the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest.
The Cougars would tack on two field goals in the fourth quarter to finish the game off at 34-0 with the USF defense securing their first shutout of the season.  Dufner was pleased with his team’s performance despite the loss, afterward expressing to his team, “from beginning to end the guys did a great job and gave a lot of effort and they’ve done that all year long.”
While the defense did give up a few big plays and continued to struggle against the run allowing 296 rushing yards, Dufner was still pleased with the unit's output, “I thought they did a good job, I think they hit their mark of 10 stops and it’s one of the goals that they set.” Dufner continued on about his defense, “they battled all night long.”
The Golden Eagles continue to search for their first win since 2015 as UMC now sits at 0-4. Sioux Falls improves to 4-0 and will remain in the top 10 after being picked to finish fifth in the conference by the coaches’ preseason poll. The Golden Eagles return to the gridiron next Saturday, September 30 vs. Bemidji State at Ed Widseth Field with the Riverview Health Pre-Game show beginning at 12:20 and kick-off set for 1 PM on KROX.

Kevin Evans looks for room to run on one of his carries

Box Score


2nd 3rd 4th


UMC 0 0 0 0 0
U of Sioux Falls 14 7 7 6 34

Jeremy Neuman with a pass in his first college football game

1st Quarter
11:19 - USF- Max Mickey 2 yard run (Stephen VandenHeuvel kick)
4:13 - USF - Micheal Maxwell 20 yard pass from Ian Fieber (Stephen VandenHeuvel kick)

2nd Quarter
9:46 - USF - Jason Towns 65 yard punt return (Stephen VandenHeuvel kick)

3rd Quarter
12:31 - USF - Jason Towns 41 yard rush (Stephen VandenHeuvel kick)

4th Quarter
14:57 - USF - Stephen VandenHeuvel 22 yard field goal
5:53 - USF - Stephen VandenHeuvel 20 yard field goal 



The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team won a match and split two other pool play matches before losing to Breckenridge 2-0 (25-19, 25-13) in the Gold Division of the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal tournament.

In pool play, Crookston split with Climax-Fisher in the first match 1-1.  Climax-Fisher won the first set 25-20 before Crookston won the second set 25-18.  “We started off better than we expected, but we still needed to get our feet under us.  It was back and forth and we let them take control for a little bit,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “In the second set we pushed and made sure we took care of the ball on our side.”
In the second pool play match, Crookston beat Bagley 2-0 (25-14, 25-13).  “We played well and took care of business,” said Coach Stopa. “We were able to get everybody in and had fun in that one.”
In the third pool play match, Crookston tied Red Lake Falls 1-1.  Red Lake Falls won the first set 25-23 and Crookston won the second set 26-24.  “We were up by eight or nine points and we had one rotation where they had 10 or 11 and came back in the first set,” said Coach Stopa. “Red Lake Falls was scrappy and they wait for you to make errors and we did.  In the second set, we did a better job of not making as many mistakes.”

After the three pool play matches, Crookston and Red Lake Falls were tied for first place in the pool and Crookston won the point differential tie-breaker and they were put into the gold bracket for the pool play champions.  Crookston played Breckenridge in the first round of the tournament play and lost 2-0 (25-19, 25-13) and the Pirates were eliminated.  “I was really proud of the girls, we had a lot of fun in the match, but Breckenridge is a very good team,” said Coach Stopa. “We dug the ball and moved the ball and I thought we did a good job. We actually played pretty good for Saturday morning after homecoming, so it was pretty good.”

The results and stats leaders from each match are below-

Pool Play match 1 1 2
Climax-Fisher 25 18

For Crookston
Kills - Hailey Seaver - 6, Rachel Hefta-5
Blocks - Hailey Seaver - 4, Rachel Hefta 1
Assists - Kylie Solheim - 15
Digs - Teagen Carlstrom - 4

Pool Play match 2 1 2
Bagley 14 13

For Crookston
Kills - Rachel Hefta - 6, Katelyn Wagner - 5
Blocks - Rachel Hefta - 1
Assists - Kylie Solheim - 11
Aces - Hailey Seaver - 2, Aleece Durbin-1, Hope Schear - 1, Teagen Carlstrom-1

Pool Play match 3 1 2
Red Lake Falls 25 24

For Crookston
Kills -  Hailey Seaver - 13, Rachel Hefta - 6 ,Katelyn Wagner - 5
Blocks - Hailey Seaver - 2, Rachel Hefta - 1, Kylie Solheim - 1
Assists - Kylie Solheim - 20
Digs - Teagen Carlstrom-15

Gold Bracket 1 2
Breckenridge 25 25

For Crookston
Kills - Hailey Seaver - 3 kills
Blocks - Hailey Seaver - 3, Kylie Solheim - 1
Assists - Kylie Solheim - 9 assists
Digs - Teagan Carlstrom - 7



The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team had two second place finishes at the Litchfield tournament with Hayden Winjum at fourth singles and the second doubles team of Emma Borowicz and Hannah Street. “Hayden lost to a foreign exchange student from Litchfield in the championship match and she was very good.  Hayden played pretty good today,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “The second doubles team played some pretty good matches and lost to a pretty good Litchfield team in the championship.”
“We had a lot of close matches and we were a few points from winning a couple more matches,” said Coach Mike Geffre. “We played pretty well, but we had some consistency issues again and were a tie-breaker away from being in the championship.  The girls played pretty well for the most-part and we saw some good competition and some good teams.  This is the time when we need to make our jump to get ready for the postseason and most of the girls did that today and we have a couple weeks to get ready.” Owatonna won the tournament, edging the number three ranked Class A team, Litchfield by one point. The Pirates finished fourth of the eight teams.

1.  Owatonna -  34
2.  Litchfield -  33
3.  St. Peter -  21
4.  CROOKSTON -  17
5.  Chanhassen - 15
6.  Annandale -13
7.  Benson - 10
8.  Staples-Motley - 4





#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Josie Carlson - St. Peter  W 6-2, 6-4
Abby Niebeling - Chanhassen  L 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
Shanna Kinney - Litchfield  L 5-7, 0-6


Amy Follette Jenna Groth - Annandale  W 7-6, 1-6 (8-6)
Sara Anderson-Owatonna  L  0-6, 0-6
Lili Elofson - St. Peter  L 4-6, 4-6


Jaeden Lizakowski Natalie Nelson - Litchfield  L  4-6, 2-6
Grace Arnold - Benson  6-4. 6-3
Amelia Hildebrandt - St. Peter    L 3-6, 2-6


Hayden Winjum Susan Knutson - Benson  W  6-1, 6-1
Anna Roberts - Annandale  W  6-2, 6-1
Alanis Thesenvitz - Litchfield  L  1-6, 1-6

#1 Doubles

Nissa Brekken
Catherine Tiedemann
Alissa Weider-Lauren Betti-Owatonna L  6-7, 0-6
Haley Dietman-Bryn Williams - Staples-Motley   W  6-3, 6-7, 6-3
Emma Heinzig-Olivia Hoffman - Benson  W 6-3, 5-7 (7-1)


Emma Borowicz
Hannah Street
Beth Johnson-Haylee Wold - Staples-Motley   W  2-6, 6-2 (7-3)
Anne Samuelson-Brenna Kutson - Benson  W  6-3, 6-2
Vaida Behnke-Neriah Lara - Litchfield  L  4-6, 3-6


Eden Haller
Elyssa Christensen
Emma Osborn
Ella Boomgaarden-Emily Salfer - Chanhassen   L  7-5, 4-6 (6-8)
Lexi Schueller-Olivia Honsey - Annandale   W  6-4, 4-6 (7-3)
Maddy Rimstad-Lexie Blaschko - St. Peter   L  4-6, 6-7 (7-9)


The Crookston Pirates have three student-athletes that run cross-country and they competed in one of the top meets of the season at the Milaca Mega Meet at the Stone's Throw Golf Course in Milaca. They meet had many different divisions with Ben Andringa is competing in the boys Class A division, Katherine Geist in the girls Class A division and Emily Gillette are in the girl's sophomore division.
Katherine Geist finished 8th in her division with a time of 20:32.11 with 238 runners competing. The winning time of 18:57.48 was ran by Ava Hill of Mesabi East.
Emily Gillette finished 116th of 205 runners in her division. Emily's time was 27:32.37 which was won by Abby Tweeton of Perham at 20:56.72
Ben Andringa finished 80th out out 285 runners with a time of 19:11.74. Emmet Anderson of Staples-Motley had the top time of 16:33.56.


The University of Minnesota Crookston’s women’s golf team currently sits at the bottom of the 13-team leaderboard after the first day of the Mustang Invitational hosted by Southwest Minnesota State University at the Marshall Golf Club trailing leaders Minnesota State by 86 strokes following UMC’s opening round team score of 401.
Ashlee Humble (Sr, Rosemount) continues to compete, as the Golden Eagles top performer carding an opening round 91 to finish in 59th place through one round. McKenzie Harris (Jr, Nevis) sits in 71st place and Michaela Anderson (Fr., Grafton, ND) shot 100. Anderson sits in a tie for 72nd place with a 102. Megan Ryan (Fr, Oconto, WI) is in 77th place after carding a 108. The Golden Eagles will compete in the second and final day of the Mustang Invite on Sunday.




The Crookston Pirate Football team came from behind to win with a Cade Salentine touchdown with less than three minutes left in the game for a 26-21 homecoming game victory over the Breckenridge Cowboys in a game played at the Crookston/UMC Football field in front of a big crowd.
Breckenridge started the game with the ball and on the six play, inside the 20 yard line, they passed over the middle and Crookston’s Jackson Seibel intercepted the pass at the five yard line and returned it to the 10 and the Pirates defense came up with a big stop.  Crookston started slow on the offensive side for the fourth straight game, running three plays and they had a 41 yard Blake Fee punt, but the Cowboys still had the ball at the Pirate 46 yard line.
Breckenridge couldn’t take advantage of the good field position on the drive, partially because Colton Weiland had a big quarterback sack and the Cowboys were forced to punt.   The Pirates started their second offensive series at their own five yard line and on the fifth play of the drive they threw an interception. 
Breckenridge had the ball at their own 41 yard line and marched down the field and on the sixth play, Tommy Hiedeman scored on an eight yard run and after the extra point kick, the Cowboys led 7-0, six seconds into the second quarter.
Crookston ran two plays on their next drive and on the second play they threw another interception on a great catch along the far sideline and Breckenridge had the ball at their own 44 yard line.  It took five plays for Hiedeman to score his second touchdown of the game to give the Cowboys a 14-0 lead with all 14 points coming after a Pirate turnover.  On the next drive, Crookston put together one of their best drives of the season.  The Pirates started the drive at their own 16 yard line with 8:20 left in the half.   On the second play of the drive, Ben Trostad was looking for Mason Wang down the sideline and as the ball came down a Cowboy player leaped in the air and had the ball in his hands, but Wang stripped the ball away before they hit the ground and the Pirates had a 36 yard passing play (see a series of pictures showing the play below).  Five plays later, Crookston had a fourth and three and Cade Salentine picked up the first down to keep the drive going.  Three plays later Crookston had another fourth down, this time two yards to go and the Pirates Trostad found Wang for an eight yard pass for another first down and fourth down conversion.  A couple plays later Cade Salentine scored on a five yard run and Seibel kicked the extra point and with 57 seconds left in the half, the Pirates trailed 14-7.  Crookston’s drive was 11 plays and chewed up over seven minutes (7:30) off the clock.  Breckenridge took a 14-7 into halftime, but Crookston was happy.  “That touchdown before the half was huge,” said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. “You go in 14-7 and your getting the ball to start the second half, you have a chance to tie it right away.  We needed to take as much time as we could on that drive so we could get to halftime and adjust.  That drive set the tone for the second half.”
In the second half, there wasn’t any scoring in the fourth quarter as both teams defenses came up with big stops, but things got exciting in the fourth quarter.  Cade Salentine intercepted a pass to get the ball back and Crookston had the ball and was moving down the field.  The Pirates had the ball at the Breckenridge 38 yard line for the first play of the fourth quarter.  Trostad dropped back to pass and saw Wang streaking down the middle of the field and threw a beautifully place ball to hit Wang on the run for a 38 yard touchdown pass and after the extra point, the game was tied at 14.  “Cade stepped up in the flat and put us in a great position,” said Coach Butt. “Ben waited for the safety to go under and he threw a perfect ball to Mason for the touchdown, that was a nice play.”
Breckenridge answered the Pirate score with a touchdown of their own as they marched the ball down the field with relative ease and scored on a two yard Andrew Kram run to take a 21-14 lead.  Crookston didn’t let the score get them down, as they came right back and took advantage of good field position with the ball on their own 41 yard line.  Mason Wang gave the Pirates a spark with a 14 yard run on the third play of the drive and a couple plays later Cade Salentine broke a big run for a 38 yard touchdown run to bring Crookston within an extra point.  On the extra point kick attempt, a Breckenridge player came flying from the left side and blocked the extra point kick and the Pirates trailed 21-20 with 5:19 left in the game.  “We had momentum,” said Coach Butt.  “It was a nice run by Cade and he followed the puller.”
The Pirate defense held Breckenridge to a fourth and long one yard and when the Cowboys tried to draw Crookston off sides, they jumped and were forced to punt.  The Breckenridge punt only went 15 yards and Crookston had the ball at their own 43 yard line.  The Pirates were going to go with a heavy dose of Cade Salentine and on the first carry he didn’t gain a yard, but he made up for it on the next two carries.  Cade carried the ball 32 yards on the second play of the series to get the ball down to the 25 yard line.  The third play was the charm, when Cade got another handoff and broke a tackle and busted loose for a 25 yard touchdown with 2:46 to go in the game to give Crookston a 26-21 lead.  The two point conversion pass was incomplete.  “We did not give up,” said Cade Salentine on the KROX postgame show. “We were standing tall in the last offensive series and it paid off.  When I broke loose, I was thinking too soon, too soon, but I wasn’t worried because we have one of the top defenses in the section.”
Crookston kicked the ball with a short squib kick, giving Breckenridge good field position.  The Cowboys had a fourth and long situation and on the snap, the ball got away from the quarterback and he chased after it.  When the quarterback scooped up the ball, the Pirates had four or five guys chasing him and when they hit the quarterback the ball went flying down the field.  The Pirates tried to scoop the ball, but after several failed attempts, they decided to jump on top of the ball and get the turnover on downs to solidify the win.  Crookston took a knee and ran out the clock and the celebration started.  “For us seniors in our last homecoming, we didn’t want to lose this one.  It was a close game and we knew we could win this and we just had to believe and that is what we did and look where it got us,” said Colton Weiland in the KROX postgame show. “Defensively I think we played tough after we fixed some things and we finished it off strong.  I love this team and this group of seniors and I just want to keep winning.”
Cade Salentine led the Pirates with 171 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns.  “We were communicating up there (on the line) and we were making some good blocks,” said Pirate lineman, Brady Butt. “We made some big holes for Cade and he made everything happen.  He is always in the weightroom and I love our seniors.”
Crookston improves to 3-1 on the year and they were scheduled to play Frazee next week, but the Hornets have cancelled their season so the Pirates are 4-1 on the year and will host #2 ranked Barnesville on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. “We are going to have two weeks to get ready for Barnesville,” said Coach Butt.  “We will need two weeks because they are a very good football team.”  Breckenridge drops to 2-2 on the year.

             Cade Salentine on a TD run and Colton Weiland with a tackle
                    (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd 3rd 4th


Breckenridge 0 14 0 7 21
CROOKSTON 0 7 0 19 26

The nine picture sequence shows the pass that was intercepted, but Mason Wang was able to strip the ball away for a reception

            All the pictures in the sequence were taken by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography

1st Quarter
No Scoring

2nd Quarter
11:54 - Breckenridge - Tommy Hiedeman 8 yard run (Charles Boldingh kick)
8:27 - Breckenridge - Tommy Hiedeman 5 yard run (Charles Boldingh kick)
:57 - Crookston - Cade Salentine 5 yard run (Jackson Seibel kick)

3rd Quarter

No Scoring

4th Quarter
11:52 - Crookston - Mason Wang  38 yard pass from Ben Trostad (Jackson Seibel kick)
6:36 - Breckenridge - Andrew Kram 2 yard run
(Charles Boldingh kick)
5:19 -
Crookston - Cade Salentine 38 yard run (kick failed)
2:46 -
Crookston - Cade Salentine 24 yard run (pass failed)

Joe Doda (28) and Leyton Salentine with a tackle (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

  CROOKSTON Breckenridge
First Downs 12 15
Rushing-Yards 32-187 54-300
Passing 5-10-2 3-7-2
Passing Yards 130 43
Total Yards 314 343
Fumbles-Lost 0 2-2
Penalties-Yards 2-15 2-15
Punts-Yards Ave. 3-24.3 2-27


Crookston Breckenridge
Cade Salentine         22-171 Tommy Hiedeman     36-206
Ben Trostad             4-2 Andrew Kram           9-36
Mason Wang           3-28 Quentin Johnson-Hemmah    8-57
Jaden Lubarski       2- (-5) Hunter Feigum             1-1
Ethan Magsam       1- (-9)  


Ben Trostad      3-5-1    82 yards

Andrew Kram     3-7-2    43 yards

Ethan Magsam   2-5-1   48 yards



Mason Wang     4-94 Hunter Feigum     1-19
Cade Salentine   1-36 Tommy Hiedeman  1-13
  Quentin Johnson-Hemmah   1-11

                The Crookston High School Marching Band performing at halftime of the homecoming football game on Friday night

The Crookston High School 2017 Homecoming queen, Karlie Brekken and her court with their fathers (Amy Follette was in Litchfield for tennis)

Some lightning in the clouds after the game to the northeast of Crookston



A pair of first-half goals for the Crookston Pirates Boys Soccer team with an assist from mother nature saw the team’s three-game losing streak come to an end in a storm-shortened game in a 2-1 victory over Grand Forks Central at Cushman Field in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The Grand Forks Central Knights struck first as Mason Macias beat Crookston goalkeeper Logan Wardner on a powerful blast in the 11th minute to give GFC a 1-0 lead. Crookston Pirate’s head coach Don Cox was pleased with his keeper’s effort on the early goal against him, “it was basically a laser-rocket outside the 18-yard box and Logan just missed it by a tiny, little bit.”

The Pirates would respond 14 minutes later as captain Alex LaFrance earned Crookston a penalty-kick and converted to tie the match at 1-1. “Alex had the ball and was inside their 18-yard box,” said Cox. “He was just about to take a final touch and get a shot on the ball until they tripped him up from behind and tumbled him forward. On the penalty kick, he lined it up nicely and faked the keeper out. The keeper went left and Alex put the ball to his right.” Although Alex is the team’s captain, Cox clarified after that, “he took the (penalty kick) because he was the one that was fouled.”

The eventual match-winning goal would come at 30:44 on a free kick by Jake Anderson that was redirected off the knee of teammate Noah Kiel right in front of the Knights goalie to put Crookston ahead for good at 2-1. “We got a free kick just to the right side of their net and Jake Anderson took that free kick,” recalled Cox. “He sent it right in and it was going to the far-post, high and Noah Kiel came flying in from the left and up in the air and I think he got a knee on it because their keeper was reaching out to slap it away and instead he ended up slapping Noah a little bit. Noah didn’t run into him, or anything like that, but the keeper reached out and slapped Noah.”

The weather would also contribute to Crookston’s victory as Don Cox explained afterward, “We had a delay with roughly 33 minutes left for lightning, so we were in a 30-minute delay. At 8:06 they checked again and they saw the radar had lightning all over the place so their AD said we could be there until 9 o’clock with even more lightning coming so they called it. We checked with the ref to make sure it was a complete game and because we had already completed one-half we got the win.”
Coach Cox was pleased with his team’s performance and confident with the result despite the shortened length of the game, “we were controlling the game in the first half with lots of very good passing and our defenders were working as one complete unit.”

With the win, Crookston improves to 5-7 on the year and will travel to Fergus Falls Hillcrest on Tuesday.  Grand Forks Central drops to 4-8-1.

  1 2 Final
G.F. Central 1 0 1

10:37 - GFC - Mason Macias
23:58 - Crookston - Alex LaFrance (PK)
30:44 - Crookston - Noah Kiel (Jake Anderson)

Saves 1 2 Total
Logan Wardner - Crookston 2 1 3
G.F. Central N/A N/A N/A



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) volleyball team played some of their best volleyball of the season but were unable to close out critical points as they fell 3-1 (24-26, 23-25, 25-21, 20-25) to University of Sioux Falls in a Northern Sun Conference match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.

UMC kept with the Cougars early on as they traded points to make it 12-12. The Golden Eagles took a 13-12 lead on a Kassi Green (Sr. Anoka) kill. Sioux Falls bounced back and took a 21-19 lead on a Kaitlin Sikkink attack error. The Cougars led 24-22 after a kill. Minnesota Crookston did not give in on set point as they used a Perrel kill and a Yaksich attack error to knot the set up 24-24. However, an attack error and service error from Kassi Green gave the set to Sioux Falls 26-24.

USF got out to a 5-3 lead on a kill from Scott. Minnesota Crookston responded with a 4-0 run culminated by block assists from Sikkink and Kelci Green to make it 7-5 Golden Eagles. Minnesota Crookston took two points advantage three times over the Cougars but would be unable to extend their advantage.  The Cougars seized the opportunity presented by the Golden Eagles as they took a 14-13 lead with a Yaksich kill. USF would be able to move their lead to 19-14 with a 5-0 run 

completed by a Scott kill. The Golden Eagles responded and took 9-of-14 points to pull within 24-23 on a Kassi Green kill. However, USF closed out the set 25-23 on a kill to go up 2-0 on the match.

UMC responded right out of the gate of the third set as they controlled play early on going up 11-3 led by great service from Hagen. The Golden Eagles continued to lead 17-8 following a Lam service error. USF closed to within 22-18 late on a Kelci Green attack error. However, the Golden Eagles closed out the set with a 25-21 win on a kill from Hagen to cut the lead to 2-1 for Sioux Falls.
UMC pushed out to a 4-2 advantage in the fourth set on a Kassi Green kill. Sioux Falls responded and took a 7-5 lead with a kill. USF moved their lead out to 11-6 on a Kassi Green attack error. The Golden Eagles closed within 20-16 on a Callie Schapekahm (Jr., MH, Eagan) kill. However, Sioux Falls would continue to hold the momentum of the set to take the 25-20 set win and 3-1 match victory despite a strong effort from the Maroon and Gold.

UMC falls to 4-8 (1-3 NSIC) and will return to action Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against No. 1 Southwest Minnesota State University at Lysaker Gymnasium. Sioux Falls improved to 7-2 (2-2 NSIC) with the victory.


      Maggie Perrel hits the ball                 Kaitlin Sikkink with a big attack

Box Score 1 2 3 4
U of Sioux Falls 26 25 21 25
UMC 24 23 25 20

Kills - Kassi Green -22, Maggie Perrel - 8, Kelcie Green - 7
Blocks -Kelcie Green - 7,  Kaitlin Sikkink- 6
Assists - Kaycie Hagen- 39
Digs - Ali Schueler - 14, Maggie Perrel - 11, Becca Vandenheuvel - 10  
Aces -Kaycie Hagen- 3, Becca Vandenheuvel - 2




The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Soccer team’s offensive woes continue as they were shutout again in an 8-0 loss to the Minot State Beavers in a game played in Minot, North Dakota.

The Beavers wasted no time establishing their dominance as Haley Berryman (Jr., Ephrata, WA) notched her second tally of the season off an assist from Andrea Franco (Jr., Long Beach, CA) to put the hosts ahead in the fourth minute of action. In the 12th minute the scoring would continue for Minot State. Sofia Lewis (Fr., Minot, ND) cracked in her fourth goal of the season tucking her shot inside the right post from just inside the 18-yard box, giver the Beavers a 2-0 advantage.  UMC’s defense would hold strong for a stretch in the opening half before Sydnee Canales (Jr., Manteca, CA) broke through the resistance for her first goal of the 2017 campaign less than two minutes before the half-time whistle, giving her side a 3-0 lead heading into the break.

The onslaught would continue in the second half for the Beavers as Andrea Franco tallied a goal found the net on a pass from the right side thanks to excellent passing between her sister Ashley and Morgan Meyers (Fr., Yuba City, CA), who found Andrea on the left side of the net unmarked for the assist in the 57th minute.

Goal five for Minot State would come from a lengthy strike by Autumne Haskell (Soph., Minot, ND), who’s 15-yard strike from the right side of net put the Beavers ahead 5-0 in the 67th minute off a feed from Jordyn Cook (Fr., Long Beach, CA).

Three more goals would ensure the ugly result for the Golden Eagles with Daniela Fonseca (Soph., Glendale, AZ) scoring her first goal of the year from a whopping 30-yards away in the 70th minute and Jordyn Cook netting a 35-yard strike 1:01 later to continue to pour it on. The final goal came with just 24 seconds remaining as Maritssa Perez (Sr., Santa Ana, CA) scored her first goal of the season to finishing things off at 8-0.

With the loss UMC falls to 0-6 on the season and they will host the University of Mary on Sunday.  Minot State improves to 3-3-1 on the year.

  1 2 Final
UMC 0 0 0
Minot State 3 5 8

3:48 - Minot - Haley Berryman (Andrea Franco)
11:23 - Minot - Sofia Lewis
43:13 - Minot - Sydnee Canales
56:19 - Minot - Andrea Franco (Morgan Myers)
66:38- Minot - Autummne Haskell (Jordyn Cook)
69:34 - Minot - Daniela Fonseca
70:35 - Minot - Jordyn Cook
89:36 - Minot - Maritssa Perez

Saves 1 2 Total
Olivia Puttin - UMC 0 0 0
Athena Dimario Done - UMC 2 3 5
Erin Rafferty -Minot 0 0 0



  Coach Ashley Stopa (orange shirt) talks with some of the Pirates after the match

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team had a slow start and lost the first set, but they bounced back to win the next three to beat the Red Lake County Central Mustangs 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-17) in a match played at the Crookston High School gymnasium.
Crookston had a good start to the first match when they scored the first two points, but Red Lake County Central answered with nine points of their own behind three service aces from Sarah Christensen for a 9-2 lead.  Crookston settled down and tried to fight back the rest of the way, but the early deficit was too much and Red Lake County Central won the first set 25-20.  "We were slow and our skills were a little off today and we were reacting instead of going after it," said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. "We weren't moving our feet very well.  Once we were in that hole and we were tied it didn't work so well."
Crookston started the second set with a Katelyn Wagner kill for a 1-0 lead and that seemed to get the girls fired up.  The Pirates built a 4-1 lead and had great net play from Hailey Seaver and Rachel Hefta with several blocks and kills and Crookston coasted to a 25-18 victory.  "We did much better and we started to fight," said Coach Stopa.  "They started to move a little bit faster in the second set.  Hailey (Seaver) and Rachel (Hefta) did a good job at the net for us and they were excited because we were pushing it to the middle and they capitalized on it."
Crookston jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third set behind back-to-back Hope Schear aces.  Red Lake County Central answered with six straight points for a 7-3 lead.  The Mustangs served out of bounds, Wagner had an ace, Schear and Hefta had kills and all of a sudden the Pirates tied the set at 8-8, for the second tie of the set.  The teams were tied at 11, 13, 17, 19, and 22.  RLCC served out of bounds and Wagner had a kill for a 24-22 lead.  Crookston was called for a lift before Hefta ended the set with a strong kill for a 25-23 victory and a 2-1 match lead. "Other than a few runs, we battled back and forth and Seaver did a great job for us," said Coach Stopa. "When our middles are hitting well that opened up the outside for Katelyn and Kylie did a good job of mixing it up and getting the ball to different players tonight."
The fourth set was another back and forth matchup.  The teams were tied at 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, and 14 before Rachel Hefta took over the match with a block for a kill and she added three more kills to give the Pirates an 18-14 lead.  Crookston led 22-17 when they ended on a 3-0 run with a Schear ace, Wagner kill and Seaver kill for the match winner and a 25-17 win to win the match 3-1.  "I think it was a free ball over and Teagen (Carlstrom) dug it and got it up to Kylie and she set it to me and I tipped it to the open spot.  It felt good," said KROX's Pirate Player of the Game Hailey Seaver in the post-game show. "We realized that we needed to push and we weren't talking good at the beginning. Kylie's sets were on point tonight and it was nice to get the win."

Crookston improves to 4-5 on the year and will travel to the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal tournament on Saturday.  Red Lake County Central drops to 3-10 on the year.
J.V. – Crookston won 2-1        C squad – Crookston won 2-0

              The Pirate Volleyball team with their Pirate Sisters before the game

  1 2 3 4
Red Lake County Central 25 18 23 17
CROOKSTON 20 25 25 25

Katelyn Wagner (left) and Aleece Durbin with digs on the serve receive

For Crookston
Kills - Rachel Hefta-16, Hailey Seaver - 10, Katelyn Wagner-7
Blocks - Rachel Hefta 4, Hailey Seaver - 2
Assists - Kylie Solheim - 37
Digs - Teagen Carlstrom - 10, Katelyn Wagner - 10
Aces - Hope Schear - 3

For Red Lake Country Central
Kills - Julia Bernstein - 9, Jenna Pahlen - 9
Assists - Hannah Kolstoe - 19, Calyssa Eskeli - 10
Aces - Sarah Christensen - 4

    The Crookston Pirate Pep Band plays at the volleyball game



The Crookston Pirates Boys Soccer team could not overcome a first-half two-goal deficit falling to rival East Grand Forks 3-1 in a Section 8A match-up. In the opening half, Mohammed Barkadleh of the Green Wave finished a feed into the box from Mohammed Yusuif to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. East Grand Forks would add a second tally to the scoreboard before the half-time whistle as Conner Tice finished a loose ball off a deflected pass from Ben Kern to give the Green and White a 2-0 edge at 28:10. Crookston would not go without chances to finish in the first half as EGF goalie Drew Kallock was forced to make 5 first-half saves, but the breaks wouldn’t go the way of the pirates in the opening frame. “We just weren’t able to coordinate,” Pirates head coach Don Cox would say of his team’s first half performance. “We had a lot of bad breaks. We hit posts and hit the crossbar. The wind was messing around on the ball with us there, but the wind is not an excuse, we were just not coordinating our attack. We were only sending two people up instead of the four to six that we are supposed to have in there.”
In the second-half, the Pirates appeared poised to turn the tide on their rivals as captain Alex LaFrance’s shot beat the keeper Kallock to bring the Pirates within one goal just four minutes into the half off an assist from Mason LaPlante. “It was basically pretty well placed,” according to coach Cox. “Mason crossed it over to (LaFrance) and he took a settling touch. A right-foot kick right over to the post and round posts are both a blessing and a curse, the first couple of ours hit the bar and bounced out, that one we hit the upright and it went in.” The Pirates comeback bid would come up short and would also be marred by a late red-card. In the 79th minute Mason LaPlante would be issued a red card, his second of the season, which means he will miss the next four games. EGF would add insult to injury with one final goal in the waning seconds of play with Barkadleh netting his second shot of the game at 79:20 to seal the Green Wave victory 3-1. As composure continues to fall short late in games, coach Cox addressed his strategy in handling his young team, saying “before each game we do an exercise to get everybody calm, focused, and under control. I tell them all the time you can’t control anything out there except your focus and attitude. If you lose either one of those, you’re going to have trouble and sometimes we lose focus.” Going forward, Cox remains confident in his team heading into the final games of the regular season, “I’ve never stopped believing that these guys can’t do what needs to be done and I tell them that every day. They can’t have any self-doubts because I don’t have any doubts.”
With the loss, Crookston falls to 4-7 and they travel to Grand Forks Central on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  East Grand Forks improves to 3-5-1.

Sam Overgaard plays the ball before a Green Wave player can get it

  1 2 Final
East Grand Forks 2 1 3

Noah Dragseth plays the ball along the sideline in the first half

12:50 - EGF -
Mohammed Barkadleh (Mohammed Yusuif)
28:10 - EGF - Abdinajib Abdi (Ben Kern)
43:30 - Crookston - Alex Lafrance (Mason LaPlante)
79:20 - EGF - Mohammed Barkadleh

            Noah Kiel kicks the ball up the field to a teammate

Saves 1 2 Total
Drew Kallock - EGF 5 6 11
Logan Wardner - Crookston 7 5 12





The West Ottertail Central Storm, a co-op between Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls Hillcrest Academy, took advantage of what Crookston head coach Sarah Reese would deem, “lucky goals,” in a 3-0 victory over the Crookston Pirates in Fergus Falls.
With possession being exchanged primarily in the middle third of the field, West Ottertail Central’s Maria Jennings broke through from 35 yards out on a low shot that took a challenging bounce to get past Pirates goalkeeper Kylee Meier to give the Storm a 1-0 lead.  Hannah Engerbretsen tacked on a second goal for the hosts in the 33rd minute finishing from close range after taking several touches and being left unmarked by the Crookston back-line.
The Storm would add their final goal in the second half with Kindra Peterson placing her shot inside the right post from eight yards away just four minutes into the second half for a 3-0 lead.  Neither team scored the rest of the way and West Ottertail Central held on for the 3-0 victory.   As a lack of depth continues to plague the team, Coach Reese remained positive about her side’s performance in the team’s fourth straight loss.  “I’m proud that they played hard the whole game, we never gave up and played hard all 80 minutes,” said Coach Reese. “Kylie Meyer never gave up (in goal) and played all 80 minutes.”  Reese praised the performances of Hannah Emanuel for her, “rock solid defense,” as well as Luisa Bernia’s “excellent crosses and passes” and the “aggressiveness and persistence” of Hailey Spivey.
With the loss Crookston drops to 1-6-1 and will host East Grand Forks on Monday.  The Storm improves to 5-5.

Luisa Bernia looks to make a move (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

  1 2 Final
West Ottertail 2 1 3

Brinna Egeland kicks the ball (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

10:00 - West Ottertail - Maria Jennings
33:00 - West Ottertail - Hannah Engebretsen
44:00 - West Ottertail -Kindra Peterson 

Saves 1 2 Total
Kylee Meier - Crookston 3 1 4
Paige Schultz - West Ottertail 2 7 9






Crookston’s Paul Bittner played in the Columbus Blue Jackets exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night.  St. Louis won the game 3-2 in overtime, but Paul played over 15 minutes (15:14), took one shot on goal, had a hit, he also had two take-aways and won 33 percent of his face off’s.
Columbus is 0-1-1 in exhibition play after a 5-2 loss to Chicago on Tuesday. 
Paul is trying to make the Blue Jackets after playing for their AHL affiliate, Cleveland Monsters last season where he was hampered by injuries.

Paul Bittner at the NHL Draft after being drafted by Columbus





The Crookston High School seniors (pictured above) won the 2017 Powder Puff football games on Wednesday evening under the lights at the Ed Widseth Football field on the UMC campus.  The win makes it two years in a row for the girls. 

                               The Juniors were runner-up

                              The Sophomores were 3rd

       The Freshman were 4th in their first year of Powder Puff football






The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team trailed 2-1, but won the final two sets to win their first home and conference match of the season, 3-2 (26-24, 20-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-9) over the Bemidji State Beavers in a Northern Sun Conference match played at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.

The Golden Eagles got off to a slow start as the visitors from Bemidji took the first five points of the opening set. UMC would finally pick up a point thanks to Kelci Green (R-Sr., Anoka) who elevated above the net to slam the set from Kaycie Hagen (Sr., Savage) into the hardwood and giving UMC their first point at 5-1. Following a Minnesota Crookston timeout trailing 11-6, the Golden Eagles battled back to swing momentum and the first set. Becka Cronin’s (Fr., Evansville, WI) attack error brought UMC within 4. The Golden Eagles would take two more points in a row before Kassi Green’s attacking error gave one point back to the visitors, putting BSU ahead 12-9. Kassi Green and twin sister Kelci Green would follow up the Beaver point with back-to-back kills bringing Minnesota Crookston within one at 12-11. UMC would have to wait to take their first lead of the match until late in the opening set. With the score tied at 21, an errant set by Bemidji State’s Sami Leach (Jr., New Berlin, WI) gave the Golden Eagles their first lead at 22-21. Jessica Reega’s (Jr., Scottsdale, AZ) kill with Bemidji State facing set-point would extend the opening set, but UMC would comeback with two-straight spikes from Kassi Green sealing the first set 26-24.
The Beavers would take the next two sets 25-20, 25-21, to take the momentum and the lead into the intermission, but the Golden Eagles would come out of the locker room firing on all cylinders. UMC jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the fourth set, with the hosts looking to force a fifth set. BSU would continue to hang around in the set, but UMC would always respond when necessary including a pivotal kill from Callie Schapekahm (Jr., Eagan) with the set tied at 9. UMC would not look back the rest of the fourth set, growing the lead to as large as 17-12, before the Beavers fought within one late in the fourth set before Deaira Gresham’s (Fr., Maplewood) finesse shot floated over a pair of blockers and found the floor ensuring a tie-breaker set with UMC securing the fourth set 25-23. “We played some great defense and gave our hitters opportunities with Kaycie Hagen (Sr., Savage) doing a great job getting everyone involved,” said UMC head coach Sarah Rauen.
Bemidji State would provide little resistance in the final set as UMC took the first three points of the deciding frame. Bemidji State would threaten to spoil the comeback bid tying the match at 6 following another Jessica Reega spike forcing a blocking error from Gresham. The Golden Eagles remained poised and ensured this would be their night taking four straight points. Kelci Green would take two straight points via kills, followed by a point earned by her sister Kassi’s attack. An attacking error from Julie Touchett (Soph., Milwaukee) ensured UMC would take the deciding set as the Golden Eagles would finish the four-point run leading 10-6. “The serves are the start of our defensive set and it something we pride ourselves on and once we were able to (serve aggressively) we were able to affect their offense and get them to do what we wanted them to,” according to coach Rauen.  One final four-point run would clinch the match for good, as Kassi Green would tally her 18th and final kill to secure match point with the hosts taking the fifth set 15-9.  “Every night in this conference is a battle, it doesn’t matter what team is on the other side of the net,” said Coach Raune. “We can play with any team in this conference and we know how to win now.”
UMC improves to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the NSIC and
returns to Lysaker Gymnasium for a pair of matches this weekend against the University of Sioux Falls on Friday at 6 PM and Saturday against the #1 team in the nation, Southwest Minnesota State, at 2 PM. The match with SMSU can be heard on KROX with the Riverview Health pre-match show beginning at 1:30 PM.  Bemidji State falls to 3-8 overall and 0-3 in the NSIC. 

Kaitlin Sikkink with a big kill as her teammates on the floor and on the bench look on

Box Score 1 2 3 4 5
Bemidji State 24 25 25 23 9
UMC 26 20 21 25 15

Kassi Green tips the ball over two BSU blockers       Kelci Green with a big kill in the fourth set

Kills - Kelci Green - 19, Kassie Green -18, Kaitlin Sikkink - 9
Blocks -Callie Schapekahm - 4 , Kelci Green - 3, Kassi Green - 3
Assists -Kaycie Hagen - 54, Becca Vandenheuval - 1, Maggie Perrel - 1
Digs - Kaycie Hagen - 15, Becca Vandenheuvel - 15, Maggie Perrel - 14
Aces - Ali Schueler - 2, Callie Schapkahm - 1, Kassie Green - 1

               To see the the final point of the match click on the video above


The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team knew their opponent was going to be tough when they faced the Park Rapids Panthers, who was receiving votes and in the Class AA state polls, and it proved to be the case as Park Rapids used some nice jump serving to cruise to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-8) victory in a Section 8AA matchup in Park Rapids.
The first set was close early on until Crookston struggled with a jump server from Park Rapids and the Panthers went on a run to win the first set 25-12. “Our blocking was having troubles finding their hitters, but our back row did an amazing job of digging the balls, but we struggled getting it back over the net,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “Our serve receive did a pretty good job, but we had some miscommunication errors.”
In the second set, Crookston took a 3-1 lead and they kept siding out and had some great digs, but ran into the same Panther server that sparked a run for a Park Rapids 25-12 victory to take a 2-0 match lead. “We ran into the tough setter again and they went on a run,” said Coach Stopa. “We struggled handling her serves and the pulled away again.”
In the third set, Park Rapids seemed to physically and mentally wear Crookston down with their outstanding talent and cruised to a 25-8 win to take the match 3-0. “We were thinking too hard and they had some good hitters and swung hard,” said Coach Stopa. “They were really scrappy and all-around they were very good.  We needed to talk a little more and we played pretty hard, but they are definitely a very good team.”
Crookston drops to 3-5 on the year and will host Red Lake County Central on Thursday.  Park Rapids improves to 7-0 on the year.

  1 2 3
Park Rapids 25 25 25

For Crookston
Kills - Rachel Hefta - 6
Blocks - None
Assists - Kylie Solheim - 6
Digs - Aleece Durbin - 6
Aces - Teagan Carlstrom - 1



The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team split their two matches at the Bemidji triangular with a 4-3 victory over Detroit Lakes and a 6-1 loss to Bemidji in matches played at the Bemidji High School tennis courts.
In the first match, Crookston beat Detroit Lakes 4-3 with wins at first singles from Ally Tiedemann, and Hayden Winjum at fourth singles in straight sets. “Ally went out and got a nice win, even though she was sick,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre.  “Hayden had a nice day with her play today.”
The second doubles team of Nissa Brekken and Hannah Street along with the third doubles team of Emma Borowicz and Elysa Christensen all picked up wins for the Pirates.  The third doubles victory was in a third set tie-breaker with a 12-10 score.  “We didn’t play with a lot of intensity in the match and we didn’t really come out with a lot of fire,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “We had to win the third doubles match and we had a match point against us and it was saved on a nice play by Emma Borowicz who had to hit a winner on a full run to get it to 10-10.  It was a pretty tight match.”



Detroit Lakes-3



#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Shelby Busker Crox 6-1, 6-0


Amy Follette Brina Smith DL 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)


Emily Barrus Makenna Duncan DL 6-1, 7-5


Hayden Winjum MaKenna Burhans Crox 6-0, 6-0

#1 Doubles

Catherine Tiedemann
Jaeden Lizakowski
Emily Skjonsberg
Kenzie Braukmann
DL 2-6, 6-4, 10-5


Nissa Brekken
Hannah Street
Mary Nelmark
Josey Allen
Crox 6-4, 7-5


Emma Borowicz
Elysa Christensen
Olivia Hanninen
Maddie Herzog
Crox 6-0, 4-6, 12-10

In the Bemidji match the third doubles team of Emma Borowicz and Elysa Christensen were the only Pirates to win with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.  The fourth singles match with Hayden Winjum lost a hard fought match with a 6-4, 7-5 loss. “I thought we played better in the Bemidji match than our first match,” said Coach Geffre. “Our kids played with a little more enthusiasm and got after it and had a good attitude.  We know what we have to do to get ready for the Section tournament and if we do it we will have a chance to play at the state tournament.  If we don’t do it, we will be watching from the sidelines.”
Crookston is now 12-6-1 on the year and will travel to the Litchfield Tournament on Saturday.



Bemidji- 6



#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Abbie Klem Bem 6-2, 6-3


Jaeden Lizakowski Laura Palmer Bem 6-0, 6-3


Nissa Brekken Savannah Haugen Bem 6-1, 6-2


Hayden Winjum Denee Barett Bem 6-4, 7-5

#1 Doubles

Catherine Tiedemann
Amy Follette
Sam Edlund
Taylor Offerdahl
Bem 6-4, 6-2


Emily Barrus
Hannah Street
Caitlin McCollum
Alexis Leitner
Bem 6-2, 6-3


Emma Borowicz
Elysa Christensen
Bethany Chatteron
Aftyn Schmidt
Crox 6-2, 6-2



The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team was hoping to solidify themselves in the top half of the north sub-section of 8A boys soccer, but the Detroit Lakes Lakers had different ideas as they beat Crookston 3-1 in a game called because of lightning with 25 minutes left in a Section 8A matchup in Detroit Lakes.
Detroit Lakes scored the first goal of the game for an early 1-0 lead.  Crookston bounced back to tie the game after a goal from Eric Delorme.  “Eric had a nice game and that was a good goal,” said Pirate Coach Don Cox. “It was a physical game and Eric did a great job and getting the kick off to tie the game up.”
Detroit Lakes responded with goal on a cross from the left side of the net and the Laker looped it high enough that it was going over the head of the Pirate goalie and it might have gone off his fingertips for a 2-1 lead going into halftime.
Detroit Lakes added to their lead about 13 minutes into the second half for a big 3-1 lead.  There was some lightning a short time later and the officials and Detroit Lakes Activities Director decided it would be in the best interest to call the game and with the severe weather going through the Fargo/Moorhead area they decided to call the game.  “It was unfortunate because I think we could have made up the deficit,” said Pirate Coach Don Cox. “It looks like it will be official, which hurts because they will have two wins over us and it could hurt us in the standings and the QRF.”
Crookston drops to 4-6 on the year and will host East Grand Forks on Thursday.  Detroit Lakes improves to 4-5-1 on the year.

  1 2 Final
Detroit Lakes 2 1 3

?? - Detroit Lakes
?? - Crookston - Eric Delorme
?? - Detroit Lakes
53:00 - Detroit Lakes

Saves 1 2 Total
Logan Wardner-Crox 5 3 8
Detroit Lakes 4 2 6



The Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team is still missing three girls because of concussion and only had three girls on the bench as reserves so Coach Sarah Reese asked the girls to play a different defense about five minutes before the game.  The defense worked, for the most part, until the final six minutes of the first half and Detroit Lakes was leading 7-0 with 30 minutes left in the game when lightning moved in and forced the officials and teams to call the game for the Detroit Lakes victory.
Crookston was settling in with their new defense when Detroit Lakes scored two goals in the first 11 minutes of the match for a 2-0 lead.  Crookston’s defense played better for the next 20-plus minutes until Detroit Lakes scored two goals in the final six minutes of the half for a 4-0 lead at halftime.  “We played a different defense and the girls did a good job most of the time in how they played it,” said Pirate Coach Sarah Reese. “Overall, except for a couple defensive miscues, we played well.  Detroit Lakes is a very good team and we gave them a good fight for most of the first half.”
Detroit Lakes scored three goals in the first eight minutes of the second half to take a 7-0 lead and shortly after the game was called because of lightning.  “We seem to attract the weather the past couple of days, but I am glad the girls came out and played hard and left it all out here,” said Coach Reese.  “I really like how the girls respond to what we are trying to do and have a great attitude and keep working hard.”
Crookston drops to 1-6-1 on the year and will travel to Fergus Falls Hillcrest on Thursday.  Detroit Lakes improves to 7-2 on the year.

Hailey Spivey gets past a DL defender (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

  1 2 Final
Detroit Lakes 4 3 7

Bailey Folkers kicks the ball to a teammate (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

8:00 - DL - Lauren Tschider
11:00 - DL - Ava Steinmetz
34:00 - DL - Nicole Swanson
35:00 - DL - Anna Payne
42:03 - DL - Anna Payne
44:58 - DL - Nicole Swanson
47:30 - DL - Anna Payne

Saves 1 2 Total
Luisa Bernia - Crox 6 2 8
Payton Carlblom - DL 0 0 0



The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team was missing two girls and used a different line up and had several girls swimming in races they haven’t swam before or for several years and lost a dual to Park Rapids 102-68 at the Crookston Community Pool.  “We tested the versatility of our team tonight,” said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye.  “We threw a lot of girls in events they hadn’t swam for years or maybe never, just to see what they could do and the girls shocked themselves in their different events.”
Crookston won 6 of the 11 races, but Park Rapids’ depth proved to be the difference in the victory.  Leading the way for Crookston was Kate MacGregor and Merran Dingmann with three first place finishes and a second place. Thea Oman had two first place and two second place finishes.  “Thea Oman looked awesome in her 200 IM and I think she was shocked on how well she did,” said Coach Melbye. “Merran Dingmann hasn’t done the 200 freestyle for a while and looked solid in that.”
Coach Melbye said they had a lot of great performances in the meet. “We had Elizabeth Erdman swimming in back-to-back races and did very well in two events she isn’t used to in the 100 and 400 Freestyle.  Claire Oman went back-to-back-to-back in the second half of the meet and did very well, but she might not be loving me tonight.  It was a good home meet and being down two girls today, we didn’t know what that would bring.  The girls did a great job tonight.”
Crookston will travel to the Bemidji Invitational on Saturday.

                   Muira MacRae takes a quick breath while swimming in the 100 Butterfly

Pirate  (Top 3 places) Event Time Place
Merran Dingman 200  Freestyle 2:29. 48 1st
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:50.49 1st
Kate Macgregor 50  Freestyle 29.79 1st
Kate MacGregor 100  Fly 1:14.31 1st
Merran Dingmann 100 Backstroke 1:15.85 1st
Elizabeth Erdman, Merran Dingman,
Thea Oman, Kate MacGregor
400 Freestyle 4:32.44 1st
Merran Dingman, Elizabeth Erdman
Kate MacGregor, Thea Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:16.77 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Freestyle 1:09.58 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 400 Freestyle 5:28.32 2nd
Mackenzie Aamoth, Sarah Ryan,
Muira MacRae, Claire Oman
200 Freestyle Relay 2:25.17 2nd
Thea Oman 100 Breaststroke 1:29.16 2nd

                Claire Oman gets a quick breath during the 100 breast stroke




The Crookston Pirate Cross Country runners traveled with East Grand Forks to the big Bagley Invitational.   There were 17 boys teams competing with Staples-Motley winning the event with 67 points, 10 points better than runner-up Ada-Borup/Norman County West.  On the girls side, East Grand Forks won the meet with 79 points, 26 points better than Perham.  
Crookston had two runners with Ben Andringa and Emily Gillette competing.   
Ben Andringa finished second in the boys varsity race with a time of 17:12.  Emmet Anderson of Staples-Motley won the race with an impressive time of 16:38.  Ada-Borup/Norman County West’s Christian Sterton was third.  There were 138 runners in the boys division.
Emily Gillette finished with a time of 27:52, which was good for 98th place with 106 kids total in the race.  Jerzie Finstad of Thief River Falls won the race with a time of 20:01.




The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team had their seven match winning streak snapped when they lost to the Thief River Falls Prowlers 5-2 in a dual played in Thief River Falls. 
Crookston won the first singles match with Ally Tiedemann cruising to a straight set victory, while the first doubles team of Amy Follette and Catherine Tiedemann won their match in straight sets.  Thief River Falls won all five of their matches in straight sets.  The loss was a mixed bag for Pirate Coach Mike Geffre who was happy they finally got the match in after it was postponed last week, but he felt they didn’t play as well as they were last week. “They were good matches, but it was kind of frustrating because we were ready to play last week and we were flying and we didn’t come out like that today,” said Coach Geffre. “I thought we got better as the match went along.  We didn’t look very good at the start and I thought we finished strong, but you can’t get behind early to a team like Thief River Falls.”  Overall it was a good match for the Pirates. “Overall, it was good to play them.  They are deep and a nice team,” said Coach Geffre. “It was nice to get it in.  I wish we would have played a little bit better, but I am looking forward to Bemidji and Detroit Lakes.”
Crookston drops to 11-5-1 on the year and will host Bemidji and Detroit Lakes in a triangular on Tuesday at the Crookston High School Tennis courts.



Thief River Falls- 5



#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Karryn Leake Crox 6-1, 6-1


Jaeden Lizakowski Bela Nelson TRF 6-0, 6-2


Emily Barrus Kat Malone TRF 6-0, 6-1


Elyssa Christensen Emma Fagerstrom TRF 6-3, 6-2

#1 Doubles

Amy Follette
Catherine Tiedemann
Josie Davis
Khloe Lund
Crox 6-3, 6-0


Emma Borowicz
Nissa Brekken
Hailey Kvick
Breanna Wienen
TRF 6-1, 6-2


Hannah Street
Hayden Winjum
Brea Prickett
Brooklyn Brouse
TRF 6-4, 6-3




The University of Minnesota Crookston’s (UMC) women’s golf team finished 13th place out of 13 teams at the Concordia-St. Paul Fall Classic played at Edinburgh Golf Course in Brooklyn Park.  UMC had a two day total of 795, while Augustana won the invite with a 617, 41 strokes better than runner up, Central Missouri.  

The Golden Eagles improved upon a team opening round score of 401, shooting a combined score of 394 on Monday.  Ashlee Humble (Sr, Rosemount) once again was the top performer for Golden Eagles carding an 89 improving upon her opening round 91.  Natasha Maninga (Sr, Menahga) followed her opening round 99 shooting a 102 on day two. Megan Ryan (Fr, Oconto, WI) finished her second collegiate tournament with UMC, showing tremendous improvement following up her opening round 108 shaving nine strokes for a 99 on Monday. McKenzie Harris (Jr, Nevis) was unable to crack the triple-digits in either of her two rounds in the competition following her first-round score of 103 with a 104 in round two. 
The top two individual golfers were from Northwest Minnesota, with Alex Stone (Fresh. Pequot Lakes High School) winning the invite with a 152 and her Augustana teammate, Emily Israelson (Sr. Staples-Motley High School) was runner up with a 153.

UMC will travel to the Southwest Minnesota State Fall Invitational in Marshall on Saturday.


 Team Scores  Total   Par 
 1. Augustana (SD)   310  307  617   +41
 2. Central Missouri   328  330  658   +82
 3. Sioux Falls   336  327  663   +87
 4. Bellevue (Neb.)   341  325  666   +90
 5. Northwest Missouri   339  330  669   +93
 6. Concordia-St. Paul   345  337  682   +106
 7. Southwest Minnesota State   340  346  686   +110
 8. Minot State   349  349  698   +122
 9. St. Cloud State   360  356  716   +140
 10. Upper Iowa   361  360  721   +145
 11. Bemidji State   370  362  732   +156
 12. MSU Moorhead   394  371  765   +189
 13. Minnesota Crookston   401  394  795   +219



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Soccer team finally took the lead in a match for the first time this season, but the Golden Eagles were held scoreless the rest of the way as the Upper Iowa Peacocks scored five unanswered goals on their way to a 5-1 victory in a Northern Sun Conference game played in Crookston.
Nikki Dogan (Sr., Grand Forks, ND) would give the Golden Eagles an early advantage netting a lengthy finish on a strike from the top of the box past Upper Iowa keeper Caila Petire (Sr., Loves Park, IL) with the assist credited to Ellie Brettschneider in the 18th minute. “The clearance it rolled right to (Nikki Dogan) and she hit a heck of a shot,” said UMC Coach Joe Alianiello. 

Upper Iowa, a team with players all over the globe, would respond when defender Rachel Fowler (Sr., Kennoway, Scotland) finished off a feed from Maddie North’s (Soph., Leysdown-On-Sea, England) free kick as the pair of internationals gave the visitors level footing in the 21st minute.

A second free kick for the Peacocks was equally fruitful as Rachel Fowler needed no assist, cracking home the shot beyond the reach of UMC net-minder Olivia Puttin (Soph., Rogers) as Upper Iowa took their first lead at 2-1 in the 28th minute.

Upper Iowa would continue to pour it on offensively the remainder of the first half. The Peacocks did not look like a previously winless squad netting three more goals in the opening frame.

Corel Carmichael (Soph., Trinidad & Tobago) would score on a cross from the far side via teammate Birgit Rjinders (Soph., Berlaar, Belgium) to put the visitors ahead 3-1 at minute 31. The lead would grow to 4-1 as Jordyn Ostrowski (Jr., Ringle, WI) would score her first of two straight goals on a chip over the head of Puttin following a poor clearance attempt by the Maroon and Gold three minutes later. Ostrowski’s second goal of the first half would be a highly technical finish tucking her curling shot just inside the far post three minutes before the halftime whistle to give Upper Iowa a 5-1 lead at the break.

Both teams were held scoreless in the second half as the Peacocks were more than comfortable dominating possession and settling for ambitious strikes from distance while limiting any UMC opportunities to preserve the 5-1 victory.  “We gave up a pretty soft goal on the first one and the second one too and being a young team that kind of threw us for a loop,” said Coach Alianiello. “All Kids will learn at this level that if you hang your head for a moment you’re going to give up a goal, and a goal, and a goal.” 

With the loss, UMC falls to 0-5 on the season while Upper Iowa picks up their first win of the season to improve to 1-3-1. The Golden Eagles return to pitch on Friday, September 22 at Minot State kicking off at 7:00 PM.


Maggie Gibbons kicks the ball to a teammate


  1 2 Final
Upper Iowa 5 0 5
UMC 1 0 1

Nikki Dogan controls the ball after a pass from a teammate

17:10 - UMC - Nikki Dogan (Ellie Brettschneider)
20:07 - UIU - Rachel Fowler (Maddie North)
28:23 - UIU - Rachel Fowler
30:33 - UIU - Corel Carmichael (Birgit Rjinders)
33:58 - UIU - Jordyn Ostrowksi
41:52 - UIU - Jordyn Ostrowski

Saves 1 2 Total
Olivia Puttin - UMC 3 - 3
Athena DiMario Done - UMC - 2 2
Caila Petrie - UIU 1 0 0





The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team dropped their home opener in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-17) loss to the St. Cloud State Huskies in Northern Sun Conference play in the Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
St. Cloud State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before Kaitlin Sikkink (R-So., St. Charles) put the Golden Eagles on the board with a kill. UMC would respond with two more points off a second kill from Sikkink followed by Kelci Green’s (R-Sr., Anoka) first point sealing spike of the match to tie things up at three. St. Cloud State would take two points back, but UMC was not done fighting as the Maroon and Gold took a three-point swing in their favor with twins Kelci and Kassi Green accounting for three consecutive kills giving the hosts their first lead 6-5. The two sides would continue going back-and-forth in opening set with UMC 11-10, before St. Cloud State would impose their will as the Huskies rattled off four straight points and would not look back taking the first set 25-21.
Set two proved to be even more convincing for the visitors with St. Cloud State never trailing in the second frame and leading by as many as 9 points, setting up a potential sweep with a 25-14 set win heading into the intermission.
The third set would prove equally fruitless for the Golden Eagles as the Huskies took 9-straight points in the middle of the sweeping set, sealing the match in style 25-17.
UMC Head Coach Sarah Rauen was disappointed with how well St. Cloud State was able to execute their game plan, “they kept throwing the ball back at us and waiting for us to make the error and we did, we obliged.”
Rauen did praise the performances of two Golden Eagles who provided the little spark Minnesota Crookston showed throughout the contest, “our two middles, Callie (Schapekham) and Kelci (Green), played extremely well and when we were able to get them the ball it looked really good, but when we weren’t we looked a little unsure on our side.”
UMC falls to 3-7 overall and 0-2 in the NSIC and will host Bemidji State on Tuesday, a match you can hear on KROX.  The Huskies improves to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the NSIC.

Box Score 1 2 3
St. Cloud State 25 25 25
UMC 21 14 17

For Crookston
Kills - Kelci Green -12, Kassi Green - 8, Callie Schapekahm -7
Blocks - Callie Schapekahm -2, Kelci Green- 2 , Kaitlin Sikkink- 1
Assists - Kaycie Hagen - 29, Alex Oakes - 3, Callie Schapekahm - 1
Digs - Becca Vandenheuvel -12, Kaycie Hagen - 10, Maggie Perrel - 10




The Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team traveled to Melrose to play two games and had a little bit of everything as far as weather goes, with rain, wind, sunshine and a lightning delay, but they were able to get both games in and lost two close games with a 1-0 loss to Rocori and a 2-1 loss to Melrose.

Aleah Bienek kicks the ball to a teammate in the second game

In the first game of the day, the Pirates played a solid defensive game and Katelyn Wagner was tough in goal and after the first half of play, the game was scoreless.
A little over halfway through the second half, Rocori scored a goal to take a 1-0 lead.  The Pirates continued their solid defensive play, but they had a hard time getting the offense going with several girls at different positions and Rocori held on for a 1-0 victory.  “We played a pretty good game,” said Pirate Coach Sarah Reese. “With several girls out for injuries, we had some girls playing in new positions and they played well.  Play was in the middle for most of the game and I was happy with that.”

Luisa Bernia kicks the ball up the field to a teammate

  1 2 Final
Rocori 0 1 1

65:00 - Rocori - Clare Pederson

Saves 1 2 Total
Katelyn Wagner - Crox 4 8 12
Janessa Steil - Rocori 2 4 6



The game against Melrose was a carbon copy of the Rocori game with a scoreless first half. 
Eight minutes into the second half, Crookston scored their first goal of the day when Sophie Sanders had a corner kick and Hannah Emanuel got the ball in the “garbage area” and kicked a line drive into the net from about 25 yards out to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.  “Sophie had a nice kick and Hannah had a one liner drive right into the goal and that was awesome,” said Coach Reese. Just over halfway through the second half, Melrose tied the game with a goal and with eight minutes left in the game they scored again for a 2-1 lead.  “We got a little too comfortable after we scored our goal,” said Coach Reese. “Melrose was aggressive and they were able to score the two goals.” A few seconds after Melrose scored their second goal, it started to rain and there was some thunder and lightning, forcing a 30 minute delay.  When the teams resumed, Crookston had the ball in the Melrose zone, but they couldn’t get a shot off and Melrose held on for a 2-1 victory.  “We came out and played well, but we couldn’t finish,” said Coach Reese. “We had to back to back games and we were a little short handed and I am proud of the girls because they played very well and they worked all 80 minutes of each game.”
Crookston drops to 1-5-1 on the year and will host Detroit Lakes on Tuesday.

Bailey Folkers battles for the loose ball

  1 2 Final
Melrose 0 2 2

48:00 - Crox - Hannah Emanuel (Sophie Sanders)
64:00 - Melrose - Esmerelda Raya
72:00 - Melrose - Mackinze Wolbeck

Saves Total
Katelyn Wagner - Crox 7
Wendy Smith - Melrose 4

Sophia Sanders controls the ball at midfield




The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team finished seventh out of 12 teams in a talent rich University of North Dakota High School meet at the Hyslop Pool in Grand Forks.  Crookston had 141 points while Minot won the invite with 346 points.  Crookston had one first place finish with Kate MacGregor in the 100 yard backstroke.  The only other top three finish was Merran Dingman with a third place finish in the 200 yard backstroke.

1. Minot - 346
2. Fargo Sheyenne - 288.5
3. Grand Forks Red River - 240
4. Grand Forks Central - 235
5. West Fargo - 201
6. Williston - 197
7. Crookston - 141
8. Fargo Shanley - 139
9. Mandan - 137.5
10. Dickinson - 135
11. Jamestown - 130
12. Thief River Falls - 65

Pirate (Top 6 finishes) Event Time Place
Kate MacGregor 100 yard Backstroke 1:02.51 1st
Merran Dingmann 200 yard IM 2:26.50 3rd
Kate MacGregor 100 yard Butterfly 1:05.29 4th
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman
Thea Oman, Kate MacGregor
400 yard Freestyle Relay 4:03.98 5th
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman
Thea Oman, Kate MacGregor
200 Yard Medley 2:03.06 6th
Thea Oman 100 yard Freestyle 59.98 6th





The Winona State Warriors utilized two first-half goals and strong defense throughout the match to top the  University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles 2-1 for a NSIC road victory.
In the 36th minute of the first half, Abby Bohnaski (Jr., Plover, WI) netted her first goal of the year winning the foot race on a feed from Darian Molter (Jr., Marshfield, WI) to track down the ball before UMC goalie Olivia Puttin (Soph., Rogers) could get to it, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. The Warriors would continue to dominate possession in the second half as Courtney Wiencek (Soph., Mequon, WI) benefited from a shot off the crossbar, finishing the loose ball on the doorstep using her chest to navigate the ball into the goal giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead. UMC would try to mount a late rally as Jessica Withrow (Fr., Gardnerville, NV) scored the team’s second goal of the season off an assist from Maggie Peterson (Fr., Princeton) but it proved to be too little to late as the Minnesota Crookston comeback bid would come up short with the Purple and Black hanging on for the 2-1 victory. With the loss, UMC falls to 0-4 on the season while Bemidji State improves to 2-2-1. The Golden Eagles return to pitch on at home against Upper Iowa at 1:00 PM.

  1 2 Final
UMC 0 1 1
Winona State 1 1 2

11:48 - WSU - Abby Bohanski (Darian Molter)
70:28 - WSU - Courtney Wiencek
83:03 - UMC - Jessica Withrow (Maggie Peterson)

Saves 1 2 Total
Olivia Puttin - UMC 0 5 5
Rachel Oleson - Winona State 0 1 1


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