FRIDAY - JANUARY 30,  2015

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GETS A MUST NEEDED NSIC ROAD WIN AT UPPER IOWA

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team shot 59 percent in the second half to outscore the Upper Iowa Peacocks 45-26 and picked up an important Northern Sun Conference road win 79-59 in Fayetville, Iowa. 
In the first half, UMC was able to pick up a six point lead several times in the first half, the last six point lead coming at 23-17 with seven minutes left in the half. Upper Iowa was able to come back and take a 29-25 lead with 3:03 remaining.  UMC battled back with Katrina Moenkedick (Jr. Perham) and Micaela Noga (Fresh. Parkers Prairie) baskets to tie the game at 29-29.  UMC was trailing by one point when Ebony Livingston (Sr. Minneapolis) made two free throws with 23 seconds left for a 34-33 lead going into halftime.
Early in the second half, UMC was leading 38-37 when the Golden Eagles blew the gates open by going on a 15-0 run!!  UMC had seven points from Alexa Thielman (Jr. Buffalo), four points from Moenkedick, and two points apiece from Emily Gruber (Fresh, Monticello) and Megan Taylor (Soph. Estelline, SD) in the run for a 53-37 lead.  UMC never looked back and built a lead up to 25 points and cruised to the 79-59 victory.  All five UMC starters reached double figures in the scoring column to lead the Golden Eagles.
UMC improves to 8-7 in the NSIC and 9-10 overall and will take on Winona State Saturday.  With the win UMC stays in a three way tie for third place with St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth.  Upper Iowa drops to 3-12 in the NSIC and 5-14 overall.


Emily Gruber and the Upper Iowa center on the opening jump
(Picture by the UMC Sports Information Department)

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC 34 45 79
Upper Iowa 33 26 59

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Katrina Moenkedick 18 7 4 Assists
Alexa Thielman 17   2 Assists /2 Steals
Ebony Livingston 13 8 3 Assists
Emily Gruber 12 8
Micaela Noga  10 3 3 Assists
Ashley Martell 3  
Maria Loughlin 2  
Megan Taylor 2 4
Dawn Leland 2

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL FALL SHORT IN LOSS TO UPPER IOWA

The Upper Iowa Peacock Men’s basketball team used a 7-0 run late in the second half and to take the lead and held off the UMC Golden Eagle rally for a 63-55 victory in NSIC play in Fayettville, Iowa.
The start of the game was close with ties at 4, 6, and 11, before Upper Iowa went on a 9-2 run to build a 20-13 lead with 7:36 left in the half.  UMC would get the deficit back to three points, but Upper Iowa came right back and scored four straight points to regain a seven point lead, 24-17.  UMC mounted a little run with a lay-up by John Hughes (Jr. San Diego, CA) and back to back baskets by Derrick Redd, Jr. (Jr. Menifee, CA) to bring UMC within a 24-23 deficit with 24 seconds left in the half.  Neither team was able to score the rest of the half and Upper Iowa led 24-23 at halftime.
UMC’s Derrick Redd started the second half with a three pointer to give the Golden Eagles their first lead since they led three minutes into the game.  Upper Iowa responded in a big way, by going on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes and led 36-26 five minutes into the half.  UMC battled back with a Lucas Reller (Lead, SD) three pointer, and after an Upper Iowa free throw Reller buried another three.  John Hughes wanted to get on the three pointer action and rattled home a three pointer and about a minute later he made a jump shot for his ninth point of the game and all of a sudden the Golden Eagles had tied the game with an 11-1 run over a four minute span and with 11:21 left in the game the two teams were tied at 37-37.  UMC tied the game at 40-40 after a Redd three pointer, but Upper Iowa answered by scoring the next seven points for a 47-40 lead with seven minutes remaining in the game.  Upper Iowa held a seven point (53-46) lead until Lucas Reller hit a another three pointer with 4:02 left to get the Golden Eagles back within a two possession deficit, but the 7-0 run by the Peacocks proved to be too much as they held on for the 63-55 victory.
UMC drops their eighth game in a row and are now 6-13 overall and 4-11 in the NSIC and will take on Winona State on Saturday.  Upper Iowa improves to 9-6 in the NSIC and 13-8 overall.

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC 23 32 55
Upper Iowa 24 39 63

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Lucas Reller 16 6
Derrick Redd 12 5 2 assists
John Hughes 10 5 3 blocks
Tyler West 6 6
Sam Howell 6
Kevin Larson 5 2 assists

 

 

UMC BASEBALL TEAM A UNANIMOUS PICK TO FINISH LAST PLACE AFTER BY NSIC COACHES

The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team was picked to finish 15th in the 2015 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll released Thursday by the conference office. The Golden Eagles received 14 votes in the poll. UMC is in their first season under new Head Coach Steve Gust, who is looking to turn around a program that went 1-47 during the 2014 season.
Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked to win the league for the sixth season in a row. St. Cloud State University was picked second, while Augustana College (S.D.) was picked third. 
Minnesota State catcher Nolan Johnson was chosen as the NSIC Preseason Player of the Year after earning Daktronics First Team All-America honors last season. Wayne State College pitcher Eric Browning was named the NSIC Preseason Pitcher of the Year after earning First Team All-NSIC and First Team 
All-Region honors last season.
UMC senior pitcher Richie Navratil was picked as a UMC Player to Watch. Navratil returned for his senior season after already earning a degree in Sports and Rec Management. He is currently pursuing a second degree from UMC. Navratil, a native of Blansko, Czech Republic, led the team with a school-record 67 innings pitched on the season. Navratil had 30 strikeouts on the season. 
UMC junior first baseman Ryan Haggstrom, an Apple Valley, Minn. native, was named UMC’s Player to Watch in the field. Haggstrom had a breakout season for the Golden Eagles as a sophomore, hitting .359 with 26 runs scored, seven doubles, four triples and 20 runs batted in. In addition, Haggstrom is strong in the field, holding a .989 fielding percentage last season.
The Golden Eagles return 13 players from last season’s roster and have also brought in 16 players, bringing the total number of players to 29, up from just 18 players that finished the season last year, which was the first order of business for Coach Gust. UMC will open the Gust era on Feb. 14 with a pair of games at Wasburn University in Topeka, Kan.

  NSIC Preseason Baseball Coaches' Poll Points
1 Minnesota State (12) 194
2 St. Cloud State (1) 172
3 Augustana 170
4 Winona State (2) 166
5 Southwest Minnesota State 128
6 Northern State 125
7 Concordia-St. Paul 122
8 Wayne State 119
9 Bemidji State  81
10 Minnesota Duluth 76
11 Sioux Falls 72
12 Minot State 62
13 Upper Iowa 43
14 U-Mary 31
15 Minnesota Crookston 14
First place votes in ( ) (Previous Preseason Polls)

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY -  JANUARY 29, 2015

THIEF RIVER FALLS SCORES AN FLUKY OVERTIME GOAL TO BEAT CROOKSTON 3-2

Thief River Falls scored on a flukey play in overtime to defeat the Crookston Pirates 3-2 in a Section 8A Boys Hockey game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. After Crookston was flagged for a penalty early in the overtime, the Prowlers were set up in the Crookston zone and had the puck deep and a pass went from the side to in front of the net. The puck was deflected and Crookston center Bobby Tiedemann quickly corralled the puck and turned and was trying to dump it behind the Pirate goal only to have it go in to give the Prowlers the overtime winner. “Bobby was right where he should have been,” said Crookston head coach Joel Gasper. "When a defenseman is pulled up, a forward has to come back and that is what Bobby did and he was just trying to clear it into the corner and he just reacted and that happens all the time at all levels of hockey and it’s unfortunate, but if Bobby Tiedemann doesn’t score that big time second period goal we wouldn’t probably be in overtime.”
Thief River Falls scored the only goal of the first period and it was on their first shot on goal when Keaton Huot, who was credited with the winner in overtime let a shot go from just inside the blue line that went off the glove of Pirate goalie Ian Johnson just four minutes into the game and although the shots were even with Crookston having some quality opportunities, the Prowlers had a 1-0 lead. “It was a good first period and we had some good chances and felt pretty good of how we were playing,” said Coach Gasper.
With both teams at times going up and down the ice in the second period, both goalies performed well, particularly the Pirates Johnson, who stopped some in close point blank shots as well as some peppering from the blue line especially sophomore defenseman Brendan Bushy who seemingly had about 10 himself. Crookston would score the only goal of the period with just under a minute left when Chandler St. Michel fed Tiedemann with a pass and he would turn it into a two on one with Dane Anderson and using Anderson as a decoy, Tiedemann went in close and fired a shot off the glove of Prowler goalie Kade Nelson to tie it at 1-1 after two periods. “It was a great goal and gave us some momentum going into the third period,” said coach Gasper. “I thought both teams played very well and Ian was just outstanding in goal for us.”
Crookston would continue the momentum taking their first lead of the game just a minute and a half into the third period on a battle behind the Thief River Falls goal on work by Tanner Geatz, Dane Anderson and the puck was taken by Harrison Bjorgo who spun around the Prowler goal and stuffed it before Nelson, the Thief River Falls goalie could get over and Crookston had the 1-0 lead.  Thief River Falls, ranked #10 in the state would respond in a big way by taking the play to the Pirates the rest of the period and did score about hallway through when Ethan Johnson in the low slot whistled a shot by the glove of Crookston goalie Ian Johnson to tie the game. Thief River Falls kept up that pace the rest of the period and only more superb goaltending by Ian Johnson kept it 2-2 at the end of regulation. “We didn’t play very well with the lead,” said coach Gasper. “We were doing things that we haven’t done all year and I think the lead got to us a little bit. When Thief River Falls scored in the third, I think we woke up a sleeping giant in a way because they played much better the rest of the way. Saying that, I’m extremely pleased with our effort all night. I told them after the game that it has been a tough week, but this is playing better and better there is no doubt in my mind and it’s what you are supposed to do this time of year. We are getting better every day and I don’t think a lot of teams will want to play us in the playoffs.” Crookston, who was playing without their 23 goal scorer Doug Larson, is now 10-11-1 on the year and are off until Friday, February 6 when they play at Lake of the Woods in Baudette. Thief River Falls is 11-9 on the season.
JV -  Thief River Falls won 7-3


     Tanner Geatz getting ready to make a move behind the Prowler net

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


         Chandler St. Michel gets a shot off on a break away

1st Period
4:03 - TRF - Keaton Huot (Brendan Bushy)

2nd Period
16:01 - Crox - Bobby Tiedemann (14) (Chandler St. Michel)

3rd Period
1:24 - Crox - Harrison Bjorgo (5) (Tanner Geatz, Andy Gjerswold)
8:22 - TRF - Ethan Johnson (Zeb Nelson)

Overtime-
4:08 - TRF - Keaton Huot  (Wyatt Ortloff, Brendan Bushy)  (PP)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
Ian Johnson-CROOKSTON 8 12 13 2 35
Kade Nelson-Thief River Falls  9 5 4 0 18


 

 

EAST GRAND FORKS GIRLS HOCKEY SCORES SIX UNANSWERED GOALS TO BEAT THE PIRATES

The East Grand Forks Greewave scored six unanswered goals in a 7-1 victory over the Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey game in the regular season finale and a Section 8A game at the Crookston Sports Center.  The game didn’t mean much as the Section 8A Girls Hockey seeds were released on Wednesday with East Grand Forks receiving the third seed and Crookston the fourth seed.
East Grand Forks scored the only goal of the first period half way through even though Crookston outshot the Greenwave 6-3.  “I thought it was a good first period for the Pirates,” said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault. “We outshot them, and had some chances and I thought their goaltender made some nice saves.”
Crookston scored 2:36 into the second period on a Sabrina Delorme goal to tie the game at 1-1. “It was a nice goal after we had some sustained pressure and passed it under the net and then out to the point,” said Coach Perreault. “Sabrina did her job and shot the puck low and hard and it found the net.”  East Grand Forks scored three goals less than five minutes apart to take a 4-1 lead, which they took into the second intermission. “We switched the line up a little bit and it really seemed to spark them and we were happy with that,” said Coach Perreault.  “But, they exploded in the second period with a couple quick goals and never looked back.”
East Grand Forks scored three goals in the third period and coasted the rest of the way for a 7-1 victory.  “It was disappointing and what we have to do as a coaching staff and players is just forget about this one,” said Coach Perreault.  “It is done, it’s over with, we didn’t compete like we wanted to compete and now we need to be 100 percent focused on Park Rapids in our first playoff game.”
Crookston ends the regular season with a 6-16-1 and will host #5 seed Park Rapids on Thursday, February 5 at the Crookston Sports Center.  The winner of that game would play #1 ranked and #1 seed Thief River Falls on the following Monday at the Crookston Sports Center at 6:15 p.m.  East Grand Forks improves to 13-6-2.


    Maddi Rauner gets ready to pass to a teammate in the third period

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 1
East Grand Forks 1 3 3 7


              Kendall Wahouske fends off a Greenwave player

1st Period
9:03 - EGF - Erica Eades (Riley Koberinski)

2nd Period
2:36 - Crox - Sabrina Delorme  (4)   (Leah Trostad, Annie Hajostek)
6:28 - EGF - Cynthia Loven (unassisted)
10:31 - EGF - Cyynthia Loven (Riley Koberinski)
11:00 - EGF - Ashley Ayotte (Leah Pesch, Livia Pesch)

3rd Period
2:56 - EGF - Tiffany Hanson (Paige Hjelle, Courtney Nelson)
9:36 - EGF - Courtney Nelson (Riley Koberinski, Erica Eades)  PP
11:32 - EGF - Nicole Schlenk (Courtney Nelson, Tiffany Hanson)
 

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Lexie Cormican - Crox 2 8 12 22
Kenzie Whalen - EGF 6 4 3 13

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY SEEDED FOURTH AND WILL HOST PARK RAPIDS IN A FIRST ROUND SECTION PLAYOFF GAME

The Crookston Pirates were the fourth seed of the five teams in Section 8A Girl's Hockey and will host Park Rapids on Thursday, February 5 in a first round playoff game at the Crookston Sports Center. The Pirates will be at home as long as they keep winning as the Section 8A Semi-finals and Championship games will be at the Crookston Sports Center this year.  Thief River Falls is ranked #1 in the State Class A polls and the Prowlers are the number one seed and they along with Warroad (#2 seed) and East Grand Forks (#3 seed) will have first round byes.  The Pirates own two victories over Park Rapids, 2-0 in Thief River Falls in November and a 4-0 win at home on January 13. The Park Rapids at Crookston game on Thursday will be a 7:00 PM start and that winner will draw the top seed Prowlers.
For the Section 8A Girl's Hockey Tournament bracket click here.





CROOKSTON WRESTLERS BEAT EAST GRAND FORKS WITHOUT A SENIOR IN THE LINEUP AND HAVE AN INTERESTING FINISH

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team did not have a senior wrestling in the match and only had two open weights on their way to an exciting 45-36 victory over East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart on Parent's Night at the Crookston High School gymnasium.
The match started fast and furious with five pins.  At 106 pounds Hunter Hitchen scored a pin 16 seconds into the match to give Crookston a quick lead.  EGF won the 113 match by a pin, only to have the Pirates respond with with two more pins at 120 and 126 with Hunter Baranski and Lukas Meier getting pins.  "I was trying to get a sweep all the way up to 126 pounds," said Pirate Coach Chad Hitchen. "I honestly felt that we had the best line up tonight and were able to win three out of four matches at the beginning and that was a good start." At 132 pounds, Crookston's Cody Weiland was out of the line up after he tweaked his knee in the Fertile-Beltrami match as a precaution to let him rest up for a couple more days to make sure he is 100 percent before going back out.  With Weiland's absence East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart was able to win by a pin.  Cody's "little" brother,  Colton Weiland picked up a win by decision and Crookston led 21-12.  EGF won the next two matches by pin to take a 24-21 lead with five matches.  At 160 pounds Jake Wagner picked up a nice pin and the Pirates won the next two matches by forfeit for a 39-24 lead.  EGF won the next two matches by forfeit and the Pirate lead was 39-36 with the Heavyweight match left.  Jesse Bosquez checked in and East Grand Forks' Isaac Flores checked in.  Flores weighed in at 196.3 pounds and could only wrestle at 195 or 220 pounds, but not heavyweight.  After some discussion at the scorers table the official said according to the rules you can only wrestle at the weight you weigh in at or the weight above, not two weights above and Crookston won the heavyweight match by forfeit for a 45-36 victory. "The rule book says a wrestler can only qualify for two weights and it is unfortunate we had to get to that point and I would have liked to seen the match at heavyweight, but the boys were excited to get the win and we needed one desperately, especially after the Fertile-Beltrami dual and even better on parents night in our last home dual. We had to be creative tonight and it is our last home dual so we weighed every wrestler and only had two open weights and we were creative and low and behold we picked up the win," said Coach Hitchen. "Right now we were young and I told the team we did it without the seniors so I know we can do it and this really was what our team will look like next year.  It was nice to see the underclassmen step up and perform for us tonight.  We had to keep Cody out, just to make sure he is healthy for sections in a couple weeks and might even hold him out of the Fertile Tournament this weekend, we will see."
Crookston will be at the Fertile Tournament on Saturday.

   
     Luis Argueta starts off strong in his match at 145 pounds                    Colton Weiland grabs the leg and looks to get a takedown

  PIRATES - 45 East Grand Forks/SH-36 Winner Result
106 lbs Hunter Hitchen Jaden Fjerstad Crox Pin :16
113 lbs Cameron Hulst Will Rohrich EGF Pin 1:22
120 lbs Hunter Baranski Wyatt Rohrich Crox Pin :34
126 lbs Lukas Meier Zack Ziegler Crox Pin 3:00
132 lbs Luke Trandem Javier LaMora EGF Pin 1:14
138 lbs Colton Weiland Stanley Peltier Crox 8-5
145 lbs Luis Argueta Eddie Bushaw EGF Pin 2:43
152 lbs Damian Hodgson Zack Greenwood EGF Pin :41
160 lbs Jake Wagner Cameron Bridgeford Crox Pin 3:34
170 lbs Zach Lutz OPEN Crox Forfeit
182 lbs Jonny Frazee OPEN Crox Forfeit
195 lbs OPEN Evan Deziel EGF Forfeit
220 lbs OPEN Grant Sullivan EGF Forfeit
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez OPEN Crox Forfeit

 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL HAS STRONG SECOND HALF IN ROMP OVER SACRED HEART 75-47

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team may have been looking ahead to Saturday’s big game against Hawley a bit, or just weren’t focused early as they faced a double-digit deficit in the first half, but came back to rout the Sacred Heart Eagles, 75-47, at Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks.

Both teams would trade baskets early and a Michelle Reimer three-pointer put Sacred Heart up 11-9 and force a Pirate timeout just over five minutes in to the game. The timeout didn’t do much for the Pirates as Sacred Heart would continue to hit shots and after another Reimer three, the Pirates found themselves trailing 22-9. “We decided to press early and they were splitting it and getting some easy buckets,” said Pirates coach Lon Boike. “For the first eight or nine minutes of the first half it didn’t look very good for us because we were having a hard time stopping the ball.” Crookston would claw their way back thanks in large part to seniors Sydney Boike and Amber Froeber. The latter scored seven points amidst a 9-0 Pirate run to put her team on top 34-33 late in the half. It was the first lead for Crookston since they led 5-4 in the opening minutes. “We quit pressing, fell back into our 2-3 defense and stopped the ball from getting into the paint,” Boike said of what turned things around. “We found their shooters, boxed out and outplayed them from that point on.” The Pirates would finish the half on a 16-5 run and go into the break with a 39-35 lead.

It was the Amber Froeber show to start the second half as the 5’10” center scored six points in the first few possessions to increase the lead to 51-37 for the Pirates. “Amber had a big mismatch tonight down in the paint,” Coach Boike said, “so we tried to get her the ball down there as much as possible.” Crookston would continue to pour it on as the run went to 18-2 and the lead was 57-37 after Danica Brekken’s fourth steal of the game which resulted in a lay-up with 13 minutes left. The Pirate defense was stout, holding the Eagles scoreless for a six minute span in the half and recording 18 steals in the game, six by Brekken. “We didn’t change anything from what we were doing the last seven minutes of the first half,” Boike stated. “We just did not let them anywhere near the paint or let them drive. It seemed to slow them down.” The Pirates would push the lead to 65-42 after another Froeber bucket and 74-45 after back-to-back baskets by Brekken and Elisa Samuelson. Coach Boike would empty the bench with two minutes to play and the Pirates would go on to win, 75-47.

Danica Brekken had a phenomenal all-around game for Crookston, finishing with 24 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals. Amber Froeber had 18 points and six rebounds and Sydney Boike posted another double-double as she finished with 16 points and 16 boards. “Danica was able to get some points from running and shooting the three,” Coach Boike said of his offensive standouts, “and Syd (Boike) did a little bit of everything all over the place.”

Crookston improves to 13-3 on the season and will face Hawley on Saturday in a big Section 8AA matchup. The Pirates are the top team in the north subsection while Hawley is the top team in the south subsection. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Crookston High School Gym.  The Pirates Boys will also host Hawley and they will start at 4:00 p.m. Sacred Heart was led by Anya Edwards’ 19 points and falls to 10-5 on the year. 
J.V. - Crookston won 40-38

   
Danica Brekken gets up for the lay up    Amber Froeber and Karlee Meyer on D    Sydney Boike tries to get by a box out
                                                   (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

39 36 75

Sacred Heart

35 12 47

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Danica Brekken

24 5 6 steals/5 assists
Amber Froeber 18 6 3 steals
Sydney Boike 16 16 2 assists/2 steals
Elisa Samuelson 8 5 5 assists/3 steals
Karlee Meyer 4    
Anna Miller 2   2 assists
Jenna Porter 1   2 steals

 

For Sacred Heart

Points

Anya Edwards 19
Michele Remer 15
Jocelyn Adolphson 4
Hannah Reimer 4
Jessica Reimer 3
Hannah Hollcraft 2





WEDNESDAY - JANUARY 28,  2015

UMC SOFTBALL PICKED 15TH IN NSIC SOFTBALL POLL

The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program was picked to finish 15th in the 2015 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Softball Coaches’ Poll. The Golden Eagles are in their first season under Head Coach Don Stopa. Winona State University was picked to finish first after sharing first-place with Minnesota State University, Mankato in the poll last season. Reining NSIC regular-season champions Minnesota State shared second place with Augustana College, who advanced to the NCAA Central Super Region Championship last season.
Augustana’s Jenelle Trautmann was named NSIC Softball Preseason Player of the Year. Trautman was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Second Team. Minnesota State’s Coley Ries was named NSIC Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Ries was NSIC Pitcher of the Year as a freshman.

UMC’s Josee Plante (Sr., 3B, Manitou, Manitoba) and Bailey Braatz (So., RHP, Buffalo) were selected as UMC’s Players to Watch. Plante hit .252 with nine runs scored and 10 runs batted in as a junior. Braatz appeared in 15 games last season in the circle with 46.2 innings pitched and 30 strikeouts.
The Golden Eagles will open up the Stopa era February 25 as they take on Minot State University and Bemidji State University in West St. Paul in a pair of dome games. UMC will take on Minnesota State University Moorhead and Minot State in two more dome games February 26.

  NSIC SOFTBALL COACHES POLL  
1. Winona State (5) 213
2. Augustana (6) 209
     Minnesota State (5) 209
4. Wayne State 166
5. Minnesota Duluth 162
6. Sioux Falls 150
7. Minot State 137
8. U-Mary 126
9. Concordia-St. Paul 120
10. Upper Iowa 115
11. Southwest Minnesota State 75
12. St. Cloud State 73
13. Northern State 68
14. MSU Moorhead 50
15. Minnesota Crookston 24
16. Bemidji State 23
First place votes in ( ) / (Previous Preseason Polls)

 

 

 

UMC BASEBALL TO HOLD HIGH SCHOOL CAMPS FEBRUARY 8

The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball program will hold a pair of high school camps February 8 at the UMC Sports Center. The camps will focus on hitting and defense and pitching and catching.
The hitting and defense camp will begin Sunday, February 8 and run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., covering hitting and defense specifically but will touch on almost every facet of the game. The camp will teach proper hitting mechanics including stance, grip, proper bat path, hip rotation and strike zone recognition. The defensive portion will be broken down by each position where the proper fundamentals will be taught. 

The second camp will begin Sunday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m. and run until 6:00 p.m. and focus on pitching and catching. The camp will cover the entire realm of pitching including basic mechanics, grips, pelvic loading, pickoffs and the mental side of pitching. Catcher drills will include receiving, blocking, throwing, footwork and other basic fundamentals. 
The cost for each camp is $75. All camps are staffed by all coaches and current players at UMC under the direction of Head Coach Steve Gust. Students should bring indoor shoes, glove, bat and pants or shorts.
If you are interested in attending the camp, contact Coach Gust at 218-281-8445.

 

 

 

TUESDAY -  JANUARY 27, 2015

CODY WEILAND WINS 200TH BUT FERTILE-BELTRAMI WINS THE MATCH

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team knew they were going to be behind 30 points before the match even started, and only won three of the nine matches, but one of the wins was the 200th career win for the Pirates Cody Weiland, as Fertile-Beltrami won 57-13 in a dual in Fertile.

The highlight of the night for Pirate fans was Cody Weiland winning his match by a 13-1 decision to earn his 200th victory of his career. “It really never crossed my mind to hit 200 wins when I first started, I thought 100 wins was cool at the time,” said Weiland on KROX Radio after the match. “It is really cool and pumped that it turned out this way. Tonight was just another match and just wanted to go out and get the win to help out the team.”  Weiland said going a full six minutes again was good. “It was good to push the lungs here at the end of the season to keep going the whole match that is real big coming down the stretch,” said Weiland. “At the beginning of this season all my goals were set, and they all are in the postseason, really that is what matters to me is what happens then and at the beginning of the season I thought if I get the 200 wins I would be happy, but it is all about what happens in the offseason for me, but it definitely is a special night.”
Pirate Coach Chad Hitchen said 200 wins is a huge milestone. “It is a very special night and a big milestone in the state,” said Hitchen. “Not many people reached the 200 wins plateau.  Cody has worked so hard and deserves everything he gets.”
The Pirates also had a win from Hunter Baranski who had a pin 42 seconds into his match, and Colton Weiland won his match by a 5-2 decision.  The Pirates had a couple hard fought losses with Lukas Meier, an eighth grader, losing to a senior 10-4; Damian Hodgson, an eighth grader losing to a senior 5-4; and Jake Wagner, a freshman, losing to a senior 12-8.  “I was happy with how those guys wrestled,” said Coach Hitchen. “I hate losing, but those guys wrestled seniors and wrestled well and keep getting better every time out and that is what we want to see.”  Jonny Frazee lost his match by a pin and at the end of his match he was thrown to the mat and landed on his shoulder and had some muscle spasms and back pain, so the medical staff brought put a neck brace on him and took him for medical observation on a stretcher.  The Pirate coaching staff said it sounds like Jonny will be okay, but they were being cautious just in case.
Crookston drops to 5-7 in duals and will host East Grand Forks on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on parents night.

 


Cody Weiland gets his 200th Career victory at Fertile-Beltrami Tuesday night click to see match

 

  PIRATES - 13 Fertile-Beltrami - 57 Winner Result
106 lbs OPEN Justin Boit FB Forfeit
113 lbs Cameron Hulst Willie Meine FB :19
120 lbs Hunter Baranski  Ross Hamre Crox :42
126 lbs Lukas Meier Maverick Gunufson FB 10-4
132 lbs Cody Weiland Quinten Desrosier Crox 13-1
138 lbs Colton Weiland Hunter Olson Crox 5-2
145 lbs Damian Hodgson Gunnar Berhow FB 5-4
152 lbs Jake Wagner Jesse Anderson FB 12-8
160 lbs OPEN Carter Moser FB Forfeit
170 lbs Jonny Frazee Chris Moser  FB Pin 2:12
182 lbs OPEN Wyatt Beauchane FB Forfeit
195 lbs OPEN Tyler Shultz FB Forfeit
220 lbs OPEN Adam Riddle FB Forfeit
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez Jorgen Qualley FB Pin 2:48


 
   Jake Wagner with a take down late in his match                     Damian Hodgson trying to get his opponent onto his back

 

 

 

#2 RANKED EAST GRAND FORKS THWARTS CROOKSTON COMEBACK IN 6-3 SECTION 8A WIN

East Grand Forks had won six games in a row outscoring those opponents 26-6 and had risen to the number two ranked team in Minnesota Class A Boy’s Hockey. The Green Wave looked like a second rank team exploding for four goals and a 4-1 lead after one period over the Crookston Pirates to stun the local Crookston crowd at the Crookston Sports Center. The Pirates responded with one of their better periods with the only two goals of the second period to close it to 4-3 after two period only to have the wheels fall off with penalties in the third period and East Grand Forks took advantage with two scores and a 6-3 win to keep atop the Section 8A standings.
East Grand Forks Dixon Bowen scored on the first shot of the game from the top of the circle to the right of Crookston goalie Adam Huglen and put a sharp shot to Huglen’s left and a 1-0 Green Wave lead just 32 seconds into the game. East Grand Forks big winger Tanner Tweten made it 2-0 using his body behind the Crookston net, came in front and a couple whacks got it by Huglen and a 2-0 lead. East Grand Forks Braden Shea made it 3-0 half-way through the period when he and Jace Pesch were in on a two on one and Pesch shot was kicked out to Shea and the score.  Crookston did have some chances in the first period and mainly on the speed of Chandler St. Michel who created some chances, but it was an East Grand Forks turnover inside their own blue line putting a puck on the Pirates leading goal scorer, Doug Larson who took a couple steps in the high slot and rang a wrister off the pipe and by the Green Wave goalie Garrett Lieberg and it was 3-1 with just under three minutes left in the period to give the Pirates some life. It didn’t last long as the Green Wave top line of Bowen, Tweten and Reed Corbid worked the puck low in the Crookston end, sent a pass back to defenseman Sam Larson whose shot eluded Huglen and the Green Wave had a 4-1 lead after the first period. “We didn’t play all that badly in the first period I didn’t think,” said Crookston assistant coach Josh Hardy, “East Grand Forks was very opportunistic and buried their chances. We were down 4-1 and we weren’t very happy about that.”
After dropping a 3-1 game last night in Hallock and now trailing 4-1 after a period to a top ranked team, how would Crookston respond? They responded with aggressive play in the Green Wave zone for a good part of the period and going right at the powerful East Grand Forks team. It paid off with the Pirates top line putting some work in the Green Wave zone by Bobby Tiedemann and St. Michel who got the puck pretty much in the same spot he scored the first goal, but on a different end, Doug Larson snapped another one in the high slot by Lieberg and half-way through the second period Crookston trailed 4-2.
East Grand Forks would take a penalty and Crookston responded 37 seconds later on a tremendous individual play by St. Michel who picked up a puck at his own blue line, blazed into the Green Wave end, turned a defenseman and ducking around him right on the Green Wave goal where the senior slid the puck past and Crookston trailed 4-3 with four and a half minutes left in the second period. Things were getting interesting and both teams having some chances with the Pirate goalie now being Ian Johnson, who stopped all 14 shots thrown at him in the period. “Adam played well in the first period and the goals were not his fault,” said Coach Hardy, “we were down 4-1 and we needed to make a change in that situation and brought Ian in. Ian didn’t play all that well his last game, but he came in and played outstanding.” Even though the Pirates were outshot 14-12 in the period, they not only pulled within a goal, but had numerous chances to tie the game. “We wanted to keep playing well down low and behind the net,” said Coach Hardy, “by doing that we were able to sustain some pressure. We told the boys between periods to get down there and keep moving our feet and I thought we put them back on their heels a little bit in the period.”
it was a new game now starting the third period and both teams played like that until a couple rarely called penalties against Crookston gave East Grand Forks a lot of power play time. Five minutes into the period, the Pirates leading scorer Doug Larson was called for a butt ending penalty which carried a five minute major plus a game disqualification. The Pirates lose one of their top players and the Green Wave go on a five minute power play. “We did an outstanding job killing off the major,” said coach Hardy, “Bobby Tiedemann and Chandler St. Michel were terrific as well as the others.” Crookston did kill off most of the major penalty but with about 26 seconds left in it, the Pirates were called for another strange penalty. “Chandler had broken his stick late on the major penalty we were trying to kill off and as we finally got the puck out of our zone, he came skating by and Harry Bjorgo sort of threw his stick out to Chandler and the referee’s called it an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and now we are two men short for a short period,” said Hardy.  Crookston skated off the rest of the major penalty, but six seconds after the major was over, the Green Wave struck in the form of their leading scorer Bowen. Bowen had been like in a shooting gallery on the major power play whipping shots from all over the ice calling for the puck and whistling shots either on or just wide. This time he got a crisp solid pass from Tweten and finally buried one past Johnson to give East Grand Forks some breathing room with the 5-3 lead with over six minutes left in the game. East Grand Forks added another with two and a half left when Grant Loven scored after the Pirates failed to clear the puck out of their zone and that would make it a 6-3 win for East Grand Forks.   Crookston is now 10-10-1 on the season but will take the positives from the loss. “I thought Chandler played very well and Bobby Tiedemann might have played his best game of the year so far,” said Coach Hardy, “he was confident all over the ice, he was strong. We have to take the positive things from this game and use them as we get ready for Thief River Falls on Thursday.”  Crookston will be without their leading scorer, Doug Larson, who will have to sit one game because of the game disqualification.  East Grand Forks improves to 16-3 on the season and will host Kittson County Central on Thursday before traveling to Warroad on Saturday.
JV -  East Grand Forks won 6-1


   Bobby Tiedemann fights off a Greenwave player as he looks to get a shot off

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
East Grand Forks 4 0 2 6
CROOKSTON 1 2 0 3

 
       Dane Anderson looks to pass                            Parker Nicholls brings the puck up the ice

1st Period
:32 - EGF - Dixon Bowen (Reed Corbid)
4:54 - EGF - Tanner Tweten  unassisted
8:07 - EGF - Branden Shea (Jace Pesch)
14:09 - Crookston - Doug Larson (22) unassisted
15:25 - EGF - Sam Larson (Dixon Bowen, Tanner Tweten)

2nd Period
8:28 - Crookston - Doug Larson (23) (Bobby Tiedeman, Chandler St. Michel)
12:34 - Crookston - Chandler St. Michel (12) unassisted  (PP)


3rd Period
10:11 - EGF - Dixon Bowen (Tanner Tweten)  (PP)
14:38 - EGF - Grant Loven (Austin Monda, Jace Pesch)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Garrett Lieberg-EGF  5  10 4 19
Adam Huglen-Crookston  11 X X 11
Ian Johnson-Crookston X  14 17 31



 

PIRATE BOYS BASKETBALL POUR IN 92 POINTS IN A 92-74 WIN OVER DILWORTH-GLYNDON-FELTON

The Crookston Pirates rode the red hot Ryan Porter and Seth Desrosier, who combined for 58 points, to take down the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels 92-74, in a hard fought Section 8AA matchup in front of a big crowd at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.

Seth Desrosier came out firing for the Pirates, scoring the team’s first five points as they jumped out to a 5-2 lead. The Rebels responded with a 5-0 run to retake the lead at 7-5 before a Ryan Porter three and lay up put the Pirates back on top, 10-7, with 12:10 left. The senior would continue to pour it on, hitting another triple to increase the Pirate lead to 15-9. Crookston was efficient, assisting on their first nine field goals. Desrosier would catch fire to push the lead to double digits. He hit three pointers on three straight possessions to push the lead to 24-12 with 8:23 left. The Pirates floor general and leading scorer, Aaron Hollcraft, picked up his second foul about halfway through the first half and had to sit the rest of the half without scoring a point in the first half.  “DGF plays a lot of diamond and one defense so we knew Ryan and Seth would be open tonight,” said Crookston head coach Greg Garmen. “We were joking that he (Porter) might get 100 tonight but I guess 27 isn’t bad. We moved the ball well, got hot and just did our stuff.” Porter would hit Crookston’s eighth three-pointer in the first 10 minutes of play to increase the lead to 30-19.  DGF would make a run in the latter stages of the half and Crookston led 46-40 at halftime. Porter and Desrosier combined for 27 of Crookston’s first 31 points.

Desrosier and Porter continued their hot shooting, scoring the first 11 Pirate points of the half as Crookston used an 11-6 run to take a 59-46 lead just two minutes into the second half. A pair of free throws by the Rebels’ Gunnar Payne would bring the game to single digits at 63-55, but Desrosier would respond with a pair of free throws to put the lead back to 10. “Our guys didn’t get frazzled, they’re seniors,” Garmen said of whenever the Rebels would cut the lead down. “That senior leadership is big and we were able to hit shots to answer those runs.” An Aaron Hollcraft three would give the Pirates their biggest lead of the night at 78-61 with just under six minutes to play. DGF would get a few baskets late, but Crookston was able answer with free throws and baskets by Austin Sommerfeld and Ben Dorman and the big crowd erupted as the Pirates held on for the 92-74 win. “The second half we seemed to get more of those hustle plays and loose balls,” said Garmen. “We were a little quicker and defended their perimeter guys well.”

The Pirates had 10 different players score on the night, including extended minutes for the 6'6 sophomore post Mitchell Olson.

The Pirates are now 17-1 on the season and will host the Hawley Nuggets on Saturday in a huge Section 8AA contest in a battle of the top teams in North and South subsections. “From tonight on out we know there are going to be a lot of tough opponents that we’ll face,” Garmen said about the end of the season. “We just have to keep playing our game, keep people healthy and keep shooting well.” 

 

   
       Seth Desrosier drives by a rebel                 Ryan Porter with a lay up           Mitchell Olson with a free throw
                                                         (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

40 34 74

CROOKSTON

46 46 92

 
Matt Garmen hangs in the air looking to pass to either Jonathan Miller or Ryan Porter
                   (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Seth Desrosier 30 6 2 Steals
Ryan Porter 28 6 3 Steals
Aaron Hollcraft 11 5 7 Assists/ 3 Steals
Jonathan Miller 7 4  
Danny Davidson 4    
Elias Walski 4    
Patrick Deng 3   2 Steals
Austin Sommerfeld 2    

Ben Dorman 

2    

Mitchell Olson

1    

 

For D-G-F

Points

Ethan Edeen 25
Spencer Ewan 13
Gunnar Payne 11
Kyle Rothschadl 10
Cole Tahran 9
Ryan Kaste 4
Jay Wadeson 2


 




MONDAY -  JANUARY 26, 2015

KITTSON COUNTY CENTRAL BEARCATS MUSCLE UP A 3-1 VICTORY OVER THE CROOKSTON PIRATE BOYS HOCKEY TEAM

The Kittson County Central (KCC) Bearcats football team went to the state football semi-finals this past fall and did it behind defense, only giving up 11 points per game.  They were coming off a 9-1 loss on Saturday at Detroit Lakes, but got back on the ice Monday evening and continued the defensive mastery they had during the football season by blocking at least 20 Crookston shots and the Bearcat goalie, Jackson Soliah, made 32 saves on their way to a big 3-1 Section 8A victory over the visiting Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey team in Hallock.  "I thought they defended extremely well," said Pirate Coach Joel Gasper, talking about the Bearcats. "They must have blocked 40 shots tonight and we had a hard time getting it to the net against a strong team of young men like them."
The first period was a fast paced back and forth period with Crookston holding play for about 70 percent of the period with several high scoring chances, but Soliah came up with big save after big save to keep the Pirates off the board.  Late in the first period, Crookston was on a power play and coughed up the puck at the blue line and KCC's John Karboviak picked up the puck flew into the Pirate zone and as he was getting ready to shoot he was bumped on the play by a hustling Tanner Geatz.  As Karboviak was bumped he started to spin and the puck slid off his stick and got past the Pirates goaltender for the first goal of the game with 1:15 left in the period. "Give credit to there guy," said Coach Gasper. "He took advantage of our mistake and made a play."  KCC took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Crookston tied the game in the second period when Dane Anderson found Zach Markovich in between the circles and he rifled a wrist shot past Soliah to tie the game at 1-1. "That was a nice goal and big to tie tie up," said Coach Gasper. "Dane has been playing well for us and finds his teammates that was a nice goal."  KCC seemed to pick up the physical play and every time the Pirate first line would touch the puck they would be hit or at least they were bumped on the play.  It seemed to affect the Pirates and over three minutes after the Pirate goal, KCC answered with a beautiful one timer goal to take a 2-1 lead.  KCC's John Kaboviak was behind the Pirate net and found Anders Lindegard, who was sliding on one knee in front of the Pirate net for a one timer and blasted the shot into the back of the net and the Bearcats took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. 
"One thing that I was disappointed in was that we were extremely focused on the officials and that has to stop," said Coach Gasper.  "I thought it hurt us in the first two periods, but we did a better job in the third period of focusing on playing.  I thought the officials did a good job tonight of calling it both ways.  We have to be bigger men and just worry about us."
In the third period both teams had several scoring opportunities and couldn't solve each others goaltender.  KCC finally solved Huglen again with 3:32 remaining in the game when the Pirates turned the puck over, and again KCC took advantage as Billy Thorstenson skated into the Pirate zone along the boards and when he got the circle and put a shot on goal and Huglen made the initial save, but it bounced off his pad off to his right and Alex Strege was following on the play and was in front to slap the puck in the net for a 3-1 KCC lead.  The Pirates pulled their goal with 1:20 remaining and had a couple shots on goal, but Soliah made the saves and the Bearcats get a big section win by a 3-1 score.
"I thought they defended very well and they were blocking our shots and they were blocking a lot of our shots.  They were physical and Doug Larson came back to the box a couple times with his jersey all white because he was getting hit and sliding on the ice," said Coach Gasper. "It stings a little bit right now and I don't know what it will mean in the section standings, but we can erase this with a couple wins the rest of the week."
The Pirates drop to 10-9-1 on the year (5-5 in section play) and will host the defending State Class A Champs, East Grand Forks, on Tuesday and travel the Thief River Falls on Thursday.  Kittson County Central improves to 12-7 on the year and are also 5-5 in Section 8A play.
J.V. - Crookston won 7-2


             Zach Markovich scores on this shot from the top of the circles

  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 1
Kittson County Central 1 1 1 3


Harrison Bjorgo tries to stuff a rebound past KCC goalie Jackson Soliah

1st Period
15:45 - KCC - John Karboviak (unassisted) (SH)

2nd Period
5:03 - Crox - Zach Markovich (7) (Dane Anderson)
8:24 - KCC - Anders Lindegard (John Karboviak)

3rd Period
13:28 - KCC - Alex Strege (Billy Thorstenson)


   Michael Tate keeps the puck away from a Bearcat player

Saves 1 2 3 Total
Adam Huglen-Crookston  7   7  8  22
Jackson Soliah-KCC  11  11  10  32


 




SATURDAY - JANUARY 24,  2015

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS BASKETBALL WINS 12TH GAME 55-46 OVER BARNESVILLE

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team held the Barnesville Trojans scoreless for five and a half minutes late in the game and was able to hold on for a 55-46 Section 8AA victory at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
Barnesville took an early 4-0 lead with a basket by Ali Skogen and two free throws by Peyton Boom.  Crookston responded nicely with a 9-0 run after a three point play by Sydney Boike, a nice pass from Amber Froeber two trips in a row led to Elisa Samuelson lay ups, and a Froeber steal led to another Boike basket and the Pirates led 9-4.  Barnesville chipped away at the deficit to tie the game at 18-18 with 6:47 left in the half.  Crookston used another run, this time a 8-0 run to open another lead after Froeber scored, Samuelson had back to back baskets with the last coming off another nice pass from Frober and then Boike scored and the run was capped with a free throw by Danica Brekken and the Pirates led 26-18 with four minutes remaining in the half.  Crookston built their biggest lead of the half 31-20 with a minute left, but a three pointer Rachel Solum cut the Pirate halftime lead to 31-23. "I was happy with our performance in the first half," said Pirate Coach Lon Boike. "We were clicking and moving the ball well, shooting well and defensively it was a great all around effort."
In the second half, the teams went back and forth for the first seven minutes and Crookston led 40-31.  Barnesville started to play a little more aggressive and picked up their play with some good old fashion physical play and the Trojans went on a 6-0 run with a basket by Boom (a sophomore post), and four points by Nicole Herbranson (a Freshman guard) and Crookston’s lead was 40-37 with 8:50 left in the game.  The Pirates showed tremendous grit and determination at this point as they got after Barnesville on the defensive end and seemed to pick up their intensity on the offensive end.  The intensity and grit was huge over the next five and a half minutes as Barnesville didn’t score in that span and the Pirates scored 11 points for a 51-37 lead.  One of the leaders in the run was 5’4 sophomore guard, Jenna Porter, who had four straight points, a couple rebounds and two steals.  “I don’t mind the physical game and like to chase down rebounds and use my speed,” said Porter during the postgame show on KROX. “Our team gets along and we knew Barnesville was going to play physical because that is what they do, but we were ready for it and played pretty well.”  The Pirates had the 14 point lead with 3:20 left in the game, their biggest of the night and held off the tenacious Trojans the rest of the way for a 55-46 victory.  "I thought we played better in the first half and passed the ball exceptionally well and executed well and only gave up 23 points and were feeling pretty good in the locker room," said Coach Boike. "In the second half it was a little more physical and don't think we played that well, but came up with the big stretch were we didn't let them score.  Things got close at the end and Jenna Porter had a big baseline jump shot and a couple free throws and I was really proud of how well she played down the stretch and she was huge for us."
Crookston improves to 12-3 on the year and will travel to East Grand Forks Sacred Heart on Thursday.  Barnesville drops to 6-9 on the season.
J.V. - Barnesville won 54-32
C Squad - Crookston won 33-20


    Danica Brekken drives by a Trojan defender        Sydney Boike looks to drive by a Barnesville player

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

31  24  55 
Barnesville 23  23 46

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Sydney Boike 20 3  
Elisa Samuelson 12   3 assists

Danica Brekken 

11 3 3 steals
Amber Froeber 6 8 5 steals/4 assists
Jenna Porter 6 3 2 steals

 

For Barnesville

Points

Rachel Solum 12
Nicole Herbranson 12
Ali Skogen 11
Peyton Boom  6
Megan Nielson 3
Kaitlin Meyer 2

 

 

WEILAND GOES 4-0 TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED AND SIX PIRATES PLACE AT THE GRAND RAPIDS TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team's Cody Weiland won the championship at 132 pounds and was also named the Tournament's Outstanding Wrestler at the Skip Nalan Tournament in Grand Rapids.  The Pirates had six wrestlers place in the tournament.
Crookston's Cody Weiland won his first three matches by pin in a total of 1:43 to get to the championship match at 132 pounds.  Cody's opponent was David Brenden of Grand Rapids, the sixth ranked wrestler in Class AA at 132 pounds.  Cody started the championship match with a take down in the first 13 seconds for a 2-0 lead.  Cody let Brenden go before getting another take down seven seconds later for a 4-1 lead and then let Brenden go again before getting another take down for a 6-2 lead at the end of the first period.  Cody picked down to start the second period and had a reversal for an 8-2 lead and that was all the scoring in the second.  In the third period, Brenden choose neutral and Cody got a takedown and let Brenden escape before getting another take down and won 12-3.  Cody dominated the match from the start and all three points Brenden scored were from Cody letting him go.  "I was a little surprised by how Cody dominated the championship match, but I shouldn't be because he has been wrestling like this all year long," said Pirate Wrestling Coach Chad Hitchen. "Every point that the kid got was Cody letting him get them and it was an impressive win for Cody.  He came right out and set the tone from the beginning and it was a good match because he went the full six minutes and he was pushed and he will need some more matches like this the rest of the season to get him ready for sections."  Cody improves to 27-0 on the year.
The Pirates had five other wrestlers place in the tournament.  Fourth place finishes for Colton Weiland and Jake Wagner. "Colton had two close losses and could have easily won either of those matches, but hopefully he learns from it and to place fourth it was a good day," said Coach Hitchen. "Jake needed a good tournament for his confidence and he had a great day. He wrestled very well and had a very good tournament."  Jesse Bosquez and Zach Lutz had fifth place finishes. "You always want to finish with a win and that is what Jesse did and hopefully he will gain some confidence and use it to get some more wins the rest of the season," said Coach Hitchen. "Zach had a tough day and just wasn't himself today, but he had a nice win last night so he will bounce back."  Hunter Baranski was the last Pirate to place with a sixth place finish, going 2-2 on the day. "Hunter continues to wrestle well and had a good day today," said Coach Hitchen. "He is getting that confidence and when you can place in a good tournament like this it is a good day."
Crookston will be back in action when they travel to Fertile on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. match against the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons.  KROX will have the match on the radio with a pre-match show at 5:30 p.m.


Coach Hanson, Coach Merten, Cody Weiland with his Outstanding Wrestler award and Coach Hitchen


1.  Grand Rapids-  256
2. Aitkin-  235
3. Rush City/Braham-  109
4. Mahnomen-Waubun-87
5. North Branch-86
6. Deer River-80
7. CROOKSTON-75
8. Virginia-73
9. Ashland (Wi)-33.5
10. Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway-31
11. International Falls-15
12. Proctor-8

  PIRATES Opponent/Result Place
106 lbs Cameron Hulst Lost to Kellen Schauer (GR) by pin :24
Lost to Brady Long by pin 3:36
DNP
113 lbs Hunter Baranski Beat Anthony Hermanson (RCB) by pin 3:20
Lost to Mike Bisek (MW) by pin 2:57
Bye
Beat Luke Nadeau (NB) 9-2
Lost to Tanner Hinzman (Vir) by pin :49
6th
120 lbs OPEN    
126 lbs Lukas Meier Lost to Bryce Haugly (Ait) by pin 1:59
Lost to Caden Spiering (Vir) 4-2
DNP
132 lbs Cody Weiland Beat London Rassmussen (IF) by pin :24
Beat Aaron Robillard (NB) by pin at :47
Beat Dalton Mielke (RCB) by pin :32
Beat #6 in AA - David Brenden (GR) 12-3
1st
138 lbs Colton Weiland Bye
Lost to Dan Nordean (Ait) 7-5
Beat Nick Syverson (MW) by pin at 1:33
Lost to Phillip Murphy (GR) 3-2
4th
145 lbs Damian Hodgson Lost to Jackson Schauer (GR) by pin :32
Lost to Luke Irons (PH) 4-2
DNP
152 lbs Jake Wagner Beat Grayson Devlin (RCB) 6-2
Lost to Jake Nelson (GR) by pin 3:10
Beat Chase Haggert (NB) by pin 1:22
Lost to Grayson Devlin (RCB) by pin 4:30
4th
160 lbs Zach Lutz Lost to Parker Davis (Vir) by pin 2:28
Lost to Austin Nelson (GR) 9-0
5th
170 lbs Jonny Frazee Beat Zach Pocquette (NKG) by pin :53
Lost to Nick Hedtke (IF) by pin 1:18
Beat Charlie Jepson (NB) by pin 1:21
Lost to Kenny Hesse (Ait) by pin 1:40
DNP
182 lbs Mike Kostrewzski Lost to Isaiah Johnson (RCB) by pin 1:28
Lost to Jack Wornis (MW) Injury Default
DNP
195 lbs OPEN    
220 lbs OPEN    
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez Lost to Jared Rabbit (DR) by pin 1:59
Lost to Cole Walters (GR) by pin 3:49
Beat Randy Espe (MW) by pin 2:47
5th

 

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUTED BY #15 RANKED NORTHERN STATE 66-42

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles looked to rebound from a tough loss on Friday night as they took on the #15 Northern State Wolves at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, South Dakota. UMC was unable to overcome a cold start from the field and couldn’t contain the Wolves inside as they fell by a 66-42 final.

With us, we just need to find consistency in this stretch,” Golden Eagle coach Mike Roysland stated. “We would have a good possession, but then come down the next time and struggle. Northern kept us off balance all night long made us play their pace.”

Northern State had their foot on the gas early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. Golden Eagle forward Katrina Moenkedick (Jr, Perham, MN) was able to stop the run with layup and make it a 7-2 game. “That just shows how important the opening minutes of the game are,” Golden Eagle head coach Mike Roysland said. “We missed five or six shots early on and just couldn’t get enough momentum. They showed why they are at the top of the standings.” Northern State would go on another run, this time 8-2, to take a 15-4 lead with 12:11 left. Minutes later, Ashley Martell (Somerset, WI) free throws would cap a 8-2 UMC run and cut the score to 17-12. Much like Friday night, the Golden Eagles struggled to shoot the ball in the first half on Saturday. UMC hit just 25% of their shots in the first 20 minutes (7-of-28) and couldn’t contain Northern State forward Rachel Krogman who had 13 points and six rebounds in the first half alone. The Golden Eagles headed into the break trailing 32-18.  

It was the Golden Eagles coming out firing in the second half, going on a 6-0 run to cut the score to 32-24. The Wolves would respond though, going on an 8-1 run to jump back ahead 40-25. It was the Krogram and Sadie Stotesbery show in the second half for the Wolves as the tandem combined for 26 of Northern’s 34 points in the half.

UMC was led by Alexa Thielman (Jr, Buffalo, MN) who had 14 points, three rebounds and a steal. Moenkedick added eight points and a team-high six rebounds and Emily Gruber (Fr, Monticello,MN) had seven points and three rebounds. Northern State’s Krogman led all scorers with 30 points and had a double-double with 11 rebounds as well. “Her team got her the ball in some good spots,” Roysland said of Krogman, “and she was able to get the shots to go in. We were just a little late in getting to her. That’s a credit to her ability. She had the hot hand tonight.”

The Golden Eagles drop to 8-10 overall and 7-7 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, and are in a three way tie for third place in the NSIC North. UMC will travel south next weekend for a pair of games against Upper Iowa and Winona State. Northern State improves to 17-3 overall and 11-3 in the NSIC. 

 

 
     Ebony Livingston with a free throw                  Alexa Thielman uses a Megan Taylor pick
 

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

18  24  42
Northern State 32 34 66

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alexa Thielman 14 3 1 Steal
Katrina Moenkedick 8 6 1 Assist
Ebony Livingston 7 3 1 Assist/ 1 Steal
Emily Gruber 7 3 1 Assist/ 1 Steal
Kenzie Church 3
Micaela Noga  2  
Ashley Martell 1 2

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL EDGED BY NORTHERN STATE 58-48

The Northern State Wolves jumped out to an early lead and were able to withstand multiple University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team rallies en route to a 58-48 win at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

“When you lose a game giving it all you have, I can live with that,” Golden Eagles head coach Dan Weisse said postgame. “If can play like that day in and day out good things will eventually happen. Our guys fought and battled tonight, I’m proud of them.”

The Wolves jumped out early on the Golden Eagles, going on an 11-4 run to start the game, forcing the Golden Eagles to play catch up early. With Northern State leading 15-6, point guard Kevin Larson (Sr, New Ulm, MN) hit one of two free throws to bring UMC to within eight at 15-7 with 11:45 left in the first. UMC was having issues finding the bucket as they hit just 2-of-13 shots out of the gates. The Golden Eagles would finally get a few shots to fall as Larson hit back to back three’s to trim the lead to 19-13 with 4:52 left. The Wolves would respond by going on a 6-0 to push their lead to 25-13. UMC closed the half on a 7-2 run but Northern State held the lead 27-20 at the half.

It was Northern State jumping on Minnesota Crookston in the opening moments of the second half on back to back baskets by Skye Warwick and DJ Pollard to increase the lead to 31-20. A pair of Tyler West, Jr. (Sr, Portland, OR) free throws brought UMC to within seven at 34-27 five minutes into the half. The pace would stay on the slower side but the Wolves were able to get multiple second chances via a 11-7 advantage on the offensive boards. UMC was able to make things interesting late in the half but couldn’t string together enough defensive stops as they fell by a 58-48 final. “If we can compete like this, we will be able to win more ball games,” Weisse said. “I think our players understand that, now they just have to show us in our next game on Friday.”

Tyler West, Jr led the way for UMC with 15 points and seven rebounds. Kevin Larson added 11 points and six boards and Sam Howell (Sr, Seattle, WA) chipped in seven points off the bench. Northern State’s Seth Bachand led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting. “Tyler West showed up tonight,” Weisse said of his senior. “The thing for him now is consistency. When he can produce like that, it will lift the entire team.”

The Golden Eagles drop to 6-12 on the year and 4-10 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. UMC will travel to Upper Iowa and Winona State for a pair of games next weekend. Northern State improves to 17-3 overall and 11-3 in the conference.  

 

 
         Kevin Larson goes in for a lay up              Derrick Redd Jr. looks to pass

 

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

20 28 48
Northern State 27 31 58

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Kevin Larson 11 7 3 Steals
Tyler West 15 7 2 Assists/ 1 Steal 
Sam Howell 7    
Lucas Reller 6    
John Hughes 5    
Derrick Redd 4    2 Steals

 

Webmaster-Chris Fee
Copyright ©2015 KROXAM.COM All Rights Reserved.