Red Lake Falls head coach Trevor Page said before the game, “Crookston has a lot of speed and that is something we will have to try and slow down.” After a scoreless first period, Crookston turned up the jets in the second period scoring three goals in the second and went on to a 4-0 win at the Cardin-Hunt Arena in Red Lake Falls.
Although the Pirates had 10 shots on goal in the first period, they didn’t  have a lot of flow to their game and appeared a bit sluggish. “I thought there might have been mud on the ice down in our end in that first period,” said Crookston head coach Joel Gasper. “We seemed to be stuck a bit and were trying to figure it out.” Crookston goalie Adam Huglen was called upon for seven saves in the first period and it was 0-0 after the first 17 minutes.
Crookston would start the second period on a power play and they pounced right away by crashing the net and a loose puck was in front of Red Lake Falls goalie Bailey Schmitz and Crookston captain, Chandler St. Michel, reached out and was able to get enough stick on the puck to knock it in for the first goal of the season for Crookston and a 1-0 lead just 51 seconds into the second stanza. “I know we were working along the wall and Doug (Larson) came out and tried to crash the net with it and it was laying there and I tapped it in,” said St. Michel. That goal was like a track starter’s pistol for the Pirates as they were flying up and down the ice with all three lines and would strike again, early in the period with St. Michel blazing into the Red Lake Falls end and pumped a shot on goal and the rebound was there for senior Tanner Geatz who beat Schmitz and gave Crookston a 2-0 lead still early in the second period. “I came in on the side boards, took a shot off their goal, who played amazing tonight, and Geatzy was there to put it away,” said St. Michel. Crookston would continue to dominate play in the period with the speed that coach Page was worried about and coach Gasper was wondering where it was in the first period. The Pirates, who outshot Red Lake Falls 22-3 in the second period got another one before it was over when Bobby Tiedemann intercepted a pass in the high slot area and let a shot goal that sophomore Lauro Gutierrez got his stick on to tip it by Schmitz and Crookston had a 3-0 lead and the period would end that way, mainly because of Schmitz goaltending. “I thought the St. Michel line was the best line on the ice,” said coach Gasper. “Dane Anderson at one wing and we saw some things we haven’t seen yet this year and he really has stepped up his game. Saw some chemistry there with Tanner (Geatz) being a bull going to the net, so they have a nice blend right now.”
The Eagles goalie continued to play sparkling in the third period turning away 17 shots again, but the Pirates were able to get one more past him on a great individual play by Tiedemann who had the puck just outside the Red Lake Falls blue line, went right toward the Red Lake Falls goal, beat an Eagles defenseman and was alone on Schmitz and beat him to make it 4-0. Both teams had some opportunities, but both goaltenders shut them down and Huglen was tested a bit late in the game, but preserved his shutout with 18 saves. “Our first two lines with Bobby Tiedemann, Dougie Larson and sophomore Zach Markovich, who has very good foot speed like his line mates, so they could be our top line and have been in practices and scrimmages," said Coach Gasper. "Tonight it’s Chandlers, so that is good to see along with a young third unit, who also scored a goal. We had a lot of good things all around in the second and third period and it was a nice Section win.”  Crookston outshot Red Lake Falls 50-18 in the game and were one for one on the power play as only three penalties were called in the game with Red Lake Falls being 0-2 on the man advantage. 
Crookston is 1-0 on the season and will travel to Hopkins/St. Louis Park area to play the Blake School on Saturday afternoon. “Blake has a strong program with a lot of good history, so it’s a long trip and will be a long day, but we are looking forward to seeing them again in a tough place to play in,” said Gasper. The Pirates hockey team will take in a Minnesota Wild game that night after the Blake game and then head back home.  Red Lake Falls will take their 0-1 record on the road Saturday to Coleraine where they play Greenway-Coleraine.

          Adam Huglen makes one of his 18 saves on his way to a shutout

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Red Lake Falls 0 0 0 0

Dane Anderson with the puck looking for a shot   The Pirates celebrate one of their goals

1st Period
No scoring

2nd Period
0:51 - Crox - Chandler St. Michel (1) (Cody Wardner, Doug Larson) (PP)
2:55 - Crox - Tanner Geatz (1) (Chandler St. Michel, Parker Nicholls)
14:22 - Crox - Lauro Gutierrez (1) (Bobby Tiedemann)

3rd Period
9:32 - Crox - Bobby Tiedemann (1) (Zach Markovich)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Adam Huglen-Crookston 7  3 18
Bailey Schmitz-RLF 10  19  17 46

Bailey Schmitz looks to make one of his 46 saves!!


The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team will have a bit of a different look this year after graduating two big guys, they will be starting five guards and will look to speed up the game and they were able to do that against a bigger Win-E-Mac Patriot team and picked up a 69-48 victory in the season and home opener, without two of their top players, in front of a good sized crowd at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
Win-E-Mac won the tap to start the game and set up a nice back door cut to take an early 2-0 lead.  Crookston answered with a Ryan Porter free throw before the Patriots took advantage of an offensive rebound and put back for a 4-1 lead, their biggest lead of the ball game.  Crookston started to heat up and picked up their full court defensive pressure at this point.  Jonathan Miller sparked a 7-0 run by scoring on a 10 foot jump shot, Danny Davidson buried a three pointer and Sophomore guard Chris Wavra scored after a Davidson steal to take an 8-4 lead with 13:42 left in the half.  Win-E-Mac’s Jake Knutson made two free throws to stop the run, only to have Crookston start another run.  Davidson grabbed an offensive rebound and put the ball back in for a basket and was fouled and converted the three point play, Hollcraft followed with a steal in the full court press and scored and Davidson added another three pointer to complete a 15-2 run to give Crookston a 16-6 lead. “Once we adjusted to their press break we seemed to get some tipped balls and were able to get to loose balls more and picked up some easy baskets,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen.   Crookston continued to hit the three-ball with Porter making three over a four minute span and Hollcraft added another to give the Pirates a 32-16 lead with 3:48 left in the half. “Getting Ryan on a run like that is always good because once he hits a shot he can get on a roll,” said Coach Garmen. “A lot of our leaders our seniors now and are able to improvise and feel comfortable enough to make things happen.”  Crookston slowed down the offense in the final three minutes and was outscored 6-2 the rest of the way, but still led 34-22 at halftime. “I thought Brandt Delage did a good job defensively and was able to keep Zac Tradewell in check,” said Coach Garmen. “It was a good first half and always good when you have a lead at halftime.”
In the second half, the two teams went back and forth and Crookston led 46-36 almost halfway through the half when another sophomore, Matt Garmen, hit a three pointer to spark an 11-0 run over a three minute span.  Hollcraft added basket, Porter chipped in a free throw and Wavra had five straight points and the Pirates led 51-36 with 7:36 remaining. “It seemed like it was tighter than it was and then all of sudden you look up and we were up by 20,” said Coach Garmen. “That was a good feeling to have and hopefully we can continue to be explosive like that.”  The two teams played even the rest of the way, but the excitement was far from done as Crookston was able to play everybody and two seniors, Ben Dorman and Austin Sommerfeld, were able to get baskets to the delight of the large student body crowd. “They are the crowd favorites, as you could tell, and are two seniors that have stuck with it and have worked hard and will be in the mix for some minutes,” said Coach Garmen. Crookston ended with a 21 point victory beating Win-E-Mac 69-48.
“You never know what you are going to look like and we did what wanted to do, get out and go and tried to hit the boards, we have to shore up our half court zone and do a little better on our free throws,” said Coach Garmen. “Everybody that got in the game played well, whether it was one minute or 20 minutes they played well and played hard and got after it and weren’t afraid to mix it up.  Danny Davidson maybe surprised me more than anybody with his three point shooting and took his shots in rhythm and has really come along and did a good job inside getting a three point play after getting the rebound.  Overall it was a good start and a good game and now we have to get ready for some bigger teams this weekend.”
Crookston improves to 1-0 on the year and will play Bemidji on Friday and Grand Rapids on Saturday in the Bemidji Tournament.  Win-E-Mac, who many coaches are saying will be one of the top teams in Section 8A drops to 1-1 on the year.

    Ryan Porter with a jump shot      Danny Davidson with a sweet no look pass to Jonathan Miller


1st Half

2nd Half



22 26 48


34 35 69

      Jonathan Miller with a jump shot over a Win-E-Mac player

For Crookston Points Rebounds
Ryan Porter 18 3 2 steals
Aaron Hollcraft 17 6 4 assists/3 steals
Jonathan Miller 11 6 2 assists
Danny Davidson 9   3 assists/2 steals
Chris Wavra 7 6 2 assists
Matt Garmen 3 2 assists/1 steal
Ben Dorman 2
Austin Sommerfeld 2


For Win-E-Mac Points
Zac Tradewell 17
Hunter Chaput 8
Austin Tadman 7
Jake Knutson 6
Travis Kaster 4
Hunter Plante 4
Chase Svalem 2


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team made a late run, but fell short in a 69-68 exhibition loss to the North Dakota State Bison, while the game counted for NDSU  in a game played at Scheels Arena in Fargo.  NDSU is playing at the hockey arena while the Bison Sports Arena is going under a hug multi-million dollar renovation.
NDSU jumped out to a nine point lead 28-19 with less than seven minutes to go in the first half, but answered with a little run when Kevin Larson (Sr. New Ulm) recorded a basket and a foul for a three point play and two free throws by another senior, Sam Howell (Seattle, WA) to bring UMC within a four point deficit (28-24).  The Golden Eagles would continue to play well and tied the game at 31-31 with 3:32 left in the half, but NDSU answered with an 8-3 run the rest of the half for a 39-34 lead going into the break.
In the second half
UMC, who shot over 50 percent in the game on their three pointers, had a three pointer by Tyler West, Jr. (Sr. Portland, OR) to bring the Golden Eagles within two points (39-37).  NDSU slowly built their lead to 10 points with 3:49 left in the game, but UMC’s West sparked a run by hitting another three pointer 38 seconds later.  Derrick Redd (Jr. Menifee, CA) made two free throws and John Hughes (Sr. San Diego, CA) answered with two more free throws 25 seconds later and all of a sudden UMC trailed by three points (63-60) with 1:13 left.  After a missed NDSU shot, UMC’s Hughes buried a three pointer to tie the game with 24 seconds left. Hughes was 2-14 for 14 percent on three point attempts this year coming into the game.  NDSU looked for the last shot, but was fouled with two seconds left in the game and after making one free throw the Bison led 64-63.  After the second free throw attempt was missed, UMC had a last second prayer heaved up by Redd and it missed and NDSU picked up the 64-63 victory.
The Golden Eagles will start NSIC play Saturday as they head to Bemidji to face Bemidji State University at 4:00 p.m. 
I hope we can build off this. That will be the message starting Wednesday in practice. Proud of how our guys represented Crookston,"
said UMC head coach Dan Weisse.


1st Half

2nd Half



34 29 63

North Dakota State

39 25 64


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Tyler West, Jr. 12 11
John Hughes 10 8
Derrick Redd 10 4 5 assists, 2 steals
Sam Howell 7 3
Lucas Reller 7
Tim Lubke 6
Kevin Larson 5 5 2 assists
Jim Warmack 4 4
Brian Enriquez 2 2 assists




One of the more talented student-athletes to come out of Crookston High School, senior Danica Brekken signed a letter of intent this morning at the Crookston High School to attend Jamestown College and play for the Jimmies Women’s Soccer program. The three-sport athlete says after getting some letters in basketball and softball, she knew what she wanted to do last year, “My first two years, my freshman and sophomore year, I didn't score that much, but I started picking it up in that department and that is when I really knew this is what I wanted to do in college.”

Proud mom, Jackie Brekken looks on while Danica signs

Brekken scored 18 goals this season in soccer and has been captain and leading scorer for the Pirates soccer team for the past two seasons as a sweeper, forward and center mid.
Danica is captain for the second year on the Pirates girls basketball team where she has started for four years and in the spring she is a shortstop and pitcher for the girl’s softball team where she has started since eighth grade and also a captain. “I got letters for basketball and some for softball, but I knew my junior year I wanted to play soccer in college.”  She said that she had a process of deciding which college to go to, “My search started my junior year and I started with Bemidji State and Minnesota State-Moorhead and I talked to Jamestown and finally made a visit out there and I just fell in love with the campus and a big part of my decision and I’m excited to go.”

Brekken is not only talented on the fields and courts, but she carries a 4.0 grade point average out of 4.0, a member of the National Honor Society, volunteers for many organizations, a student council member and was Homecoming Queen this past fall. “I will major in elementary or secondary education and if I do secondary I will do it in math.”
She can concentrate now on school, basketball and softball. “It’s good to get the signing and decision done and I don’t have it over my head now, so I’m excited to get it done.”

Jackie Brekken, Danica, Soccer coach Sarah Reese
Back Row: Soccer coach Steve Kofoed, supporter Dale Umlauf, former basketball coach Dave Aamoth



Hawaii Pacific University scored 49 points in the second half and after trailing by six at half time, the Sharks pulled away late in the second half to defeat the University of Minnesota Crookston 85-77 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
UMC managed to get out to an 18-15 lead with Emily Gruber (Jr-Monticello, Mn) having six points early, but Hawaii Pacific came back to take a lead. UMC moved back up by a 33-29 lead with four and a half minutes in the half, but a Chenise Peone four point play for the Sharks closed the gap 39-36. UMC finished off the half with an Alexa Thielman (Jr-Buffalo, Mn) three pointer to allow UMC to take a 42-36 into halftime.
The second half started out to be all UMC as they built up their biggest lead of the game, 52-41, about three and a half minutes into the half. Then, Hawaii Pacific University caught fire with a 17-5 run for the next four and a half minutes led by Kylie Huerta to take a 58-57. UMC’s Ashley Martell (Sr-Somerset, Wi) had a big three pointer to bring  UMC within a three point deficit (69-66). The Golden Eagles were trailing 78-68, but scored five points in a row to cut it 78-73 with three and a half minutes left in the game. Hawaii Pacific’s Huerta made a three point basket that was the dagger with 2 minutes left and put the Sharks back up with an 83-75 lead and then Huerta capped it off with a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left and Hawaii Pacific comes away with an 85-77 win. “We made poor decisions in the second half against a 2-3 zone and it came back to haunt us,” said UMC head coach Mike Roysland. “Give them credit as they did a better job in transition, and they handle the game better during that time. They’ve got great play inside and out, great speed, post presence and we’re going on all fours. We made it more difficult than it should have. We have to take some things to improve on to do better.”  UMC, who was led by Thielman's 21 points, split in Hawaii and are now 1-3 on the season and will start Northern Sun Conference play on Saturday at Bemidji State. “We’ve seen a lot of different styles in our four games,” said Coach Roysland. “We’ll get back to practice on Wednesday and prepare and hopefully we have learned some things in the first four games and now we get ready for Bemidji.

Hawaii Pacific is now 2-1 on the season.

Katrina Moenkedick goes for a lay up    Isieoma Odor with a block              Maria Loughlin with a shot


1st Half

2nd Half



42 35 77

Hawaii Pacific

36 49 85


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alexa Thielman 21 3
Katrina Moenkedick 15 3 2 assists
Emily Gruber 12 6
Maria Loughlin 8 3 assists
Ebony Livingston 7 4
Ashley Martell 6 3
Micaela Noga 4    2 assists
Isieoma Odor 4 3  




The University of Minnesota Crookston's (UMC) senior Ebony Livingston (Minneapolis, Mn) made two late three point baskets to lead the Golden Eagles to a 69-64 win over Hawaii-Hilo in a game played in Honolulu, Hawaii.
UMC and University of Hawaii-Hilo went back and forth in the first half with neither having more than a four point lead and UMC’s and they were tied a number of times, UMC did go up by six when Alexa Thielman (Jr-Buffalo, Mn), but Hilo answered with a 10-2 run and Hilo took a late 28-26 lead. The Golden Eagles answered when Maria Loughlin (Jr-Rogers, Mn) went hard to the basket and tied the game. UMC committed a foul underneath the basket, after a missed free throw, and Hilo made one of two free throws to take at 29-28 lead with just over a minute to go in the half. UMC’s Emily Gruber (Fresh-Monticello, Mn) made two free throws to tie the game 31-31 with under 10 seconds left in the half, which was the way the first half ended. “We didn’t shoot as well as we have and Hawaii-Hilo is fast and close things out,” said UMC head coach Mike Roysland. “We were turning the ball over too many times with poor decisions and had great opportunities and miss layups and when we did get fouled we couldn’t make free throws, which isn’t a good combination.”
The second half started out the same with teams trading baskets including a nice inside pass and a basket by Isieoma Odor (Fresh-Bloomington, Mn) to tie the score at 33-33. Hilo would make one of two free throws and then added a basket to take at 36-33 lead. The Golden Eagles came back with two free throws by Gruber and then after a steal Katrina Moenkedick (Jr-Perham, Mn) made a nice pass to Thielman who scored and UMC took the lead 37-36 just three minutes into the second half. UMC led 39-38 with 15 minutes left when Gruber made two more free throw and was 6-6 at the free throw line by the freshman.  Hilo would answer big, in particular Jordan Kealoha, with a couple jumpers, including a three and had five points in a row for a 45-39 lead, which was Hilo’s biggest lead with just under 14 minutes left in the game. Hilo maintained the lead of six points for a considerable time, 49-43, but UMC had a nifty inside move by Gruber to cut it to 49-45 and Moenkedick added another and with eight and a half minutes left, UMC trailed 49-47 and forced Hilo into a timeout.  UMC tied the game at 49-49 on a couple more Gruber free throws. Hilo, behind CC Rode and McKenzie Mangino baskets, took a 58-53 lead and UMC needed a time out with seven minutes left. The Golden Eagles answered in the form of Ebony Livingston (Sr-Minneapolis, Mn), who made a huge three and almost had five points in a row, but she missed a bunny and the Hilo lead was now 58-56. “I was open probably because I hadn’t hit anything all game long,” Livingston told Chris Fee on KROX RADIO on the post game show after the game. “I threw it up there and it went in.” Hilo’s Alex Jacobs made a move inside and scored plus she made a free throw for the three point play to give Hilo a 61-56 lead with three and a half minutes left in the game. UMC came out of the timeout and had a nice play that Odor converted into a basket, but she missed the free throw and UMC trailed 61-58. Odor then committed her fourth foul and Mangino made one of two free throws and a 62-58 for the Vulcans. Thielman came back with a nice jump shot to cut the lead to two points at 62-60. After a miss by Hilo, UMC came back with a Laughlin scoop shot to tie the game at 62-62 with two minutes left. Livingston would connect on her second three point shot to give UMC a 65-62 lead with just over a minute left.  Moenkedick made one of two free throws and UMC led 66-62 with one minute left and the Golden Eagles defense forced some bad shots by the Vulcans and the Golden Eagles were able to get the ball back and called a timeout with 34 seconds left. Hilo got back within a one possession game making a basket to cut the lead 67-64 with 11 seconds left. The Golden Eagles Livingston was fouled with eight seconds left and the senior would get her ninth and 10th points of the game, making both free throws to protect the 69-64 lead and win. “Eb (Livingston) made a couple big baskets down the stretch which is what we needed and the senior stepped up," said coach Roysland. "We needed a win and we got it and although we didn’t play as well as we can. We hopefully can build up some confidence now.” UMC is 1-2 on the season and will finish their trip to Hawaii with a final game against Hawaii Pacific Sunday night. Hawaii-Hilo is 0-2 on the year.

Katrina Moenkedick with a lay up   Micaela Noga drives into the lane


1st Half

2nd Half



31 38 69


31 33 64

Alexa Thielman drives into the lane and is greeted by three Hilo defenders

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alexa Thielman 14  9 3 assists
Emily Gruber 11 7  
Ebony Livingston 10 3 steals
Katrina Moenkedick 9 6 3 steals
Michaela Noga 9  4 2 assists/2 steals
Isieoma Odor 8  5 3 blocks
Maria Loughlin 4   3 assists
Megan Taylor 2    
Christine Thorn 2    




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC), led by senior Tyler West Jr (Portland, Or) double-double and with Lucas Reller (Sr-Lead, S.D.) some clutch shooting, the Golden Eagles survived an 83-79 double overtime win at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.
UMC started well as red hot Derrick Redd Jr. (Jr-Menifee, Ca) hit a three point shot, but Crossroads College scored the next five points and were up 5-3. The Golden Eagles took a 17-13 lead on a Kevin Larson (Sr-New Ulm, Mn) scored, but Crossroads comes right back and they tied at 24-24 with just over five minutes in the half. Jim Warmack (Fresh-East Grand Forks, Mn) the 6’7 rookie tried a three point shot and missed, but seconds later, he used his frame inside for a basket to tie it at 26-26 with under four minutes left in the first half. Redd hit another three pointer and UMC took a lead 29-28 with three minutes. Nobody scored the next minute until West made two free throws. When John Hughes (Jr-San Diego, Ca) scored his first basket of the game, UMC led 35-30 with under a minute left and Isaac Bowles scored for Crossroads with four seconds left and they went into half with UMC leading 35-32 at the half.
The Golden Eagles came out of the locker room with a lot of energy behind West, Hughes a three point shot and when Redd scored, UMC took a 42-32 lead and the 7-0 run came just two and a half minutes into the second half. UMC kept the pace with Crossroads with West and Redd scoring and Bowles trying to keep his team close, but the Golden Eagles would keep the score at the 10 and Crossroads got as close as seven points when Gave Davila made a three point shot and another basket to cut the UMC lead to 55-50 with seven and a half minutes left in the game.  West would score a jumper as the senior had a double-double going with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Things got interesting in the last two minutes of the game and Crossroads Davila scored with a 1:07 left to tie the game at 63-63. Davila would make two more free throws and Crossroad with 14 seconds left in regulation. UMC’s leading scorer in the early season, Redd came through with a huge shot with seven seconds left to tie the game at 66-66 and send it to overtime.
Neither team were able to score most of the overtime and when Crossroad’s Bowles scored, it gave Crossroad a 70-68 lead with 40 seconds left in the OT and A. J. Kuhn added a basket and now Crossroads had a 72-68 lead with 27 seconds left. The Golden Eagles came back and West nailed a huge three point shot to get within a point 72-71 with 13 seconds left. After UMC caused a turnover and West was fouled with 20 seconds to go and he made one of two to tie the game at 72-72, which is how the first overtime would end.
The second overtime saw both teams holding the ball and waiting for a good shot and UMC’s Hughes was fouled a minute into the second OT and he made one of two and UMC had a 73-72 lead. Davila made another jump shot to put Crossroads in the lead 74-73 and on the next possession the Golden Eagles were fouled and Hughes again made one of two and it was tied again at 74-74 with just under three minutes left. Another senior Golden Eagle, Reller jumper gave UMC a 76-74 lead with two minutes left. Then it was Kuhn nailing a three for Crossroads and West came back with a basket and UMC led 78-77 with just over a minute left.  The Golden Eagles Larson made a steal and the outcome would be getting the ball to Reller, who was fouled, making both free throws and UMC led 80-77 with 20 seconds left in the second overtime. Davila would score a basket, which was his 34th point of the game, but it came with three seconds left. After a UMC timeout, Larson was fouled and he made one of two to secure the 83-79 win and give UMC their second win of the year and first double overtime win a number of years. UMC had four players in double figures and led by West with a huge game with 26 points and a career high 18 rebounds. Hughes had 12 rebounds and Redd 16 points as UMC is now 2-2 on the season and will play a last exhibition game on Tuesday at North Dakota State and then they will open up the Northern Sun Conference season at Bemidji on Saturday afternoon. Crossroads is now 1-8 on the season.


1st Half

2nd Half


2 OT


Crossroads College

32 34 6 7 79


35 31 6 11 83


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Tyler West, Jr. 26
Derrick Redd 16 6 3 assists
Kevin Larson 11 6 4 assists
Lucas Reller 10
John Hughes 7 12 3 assists
Giorgi Koguashvili 7 4
Jim Warmack 4 3
Sam Howell 2 2



The Crookston Pirates Girl’s Hockey team who are 0-3 on the season have been victimized by last minute scoring in periods and this afternoon was no different as Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors scored two goals in the last 50 seconds of the first period and would hold on to a 2-1 win over the Pirates in a game played at the Brainerd Civic Center.
Crookston and Brainerd both came out playing up and down hockey with both having some scoring opportunities, but both goalies, Pirates Lexie Cormican and Brainerd eighth grader, Olivia King were on. When it appeared it might be a scoreless first period, the Pirates were whistled for a penalty and the Flying Warriors would finish the period on the power play, or would they? No they wouldn’t because Maddie Ellingson was given a pass in the low slot and made a nice shot on the high glove side to give Brainerd a 1-0 lead with 50 seconds to go in the period. They weren’t done as they got the faceoff immediately in the Pirates end and from behind the net a pass in front again, this time to Brooke Watland who scored and the Flying Warriors were pumped with a 2-0 lead after one period with those late goals. “The first one was a power play and during the game they had three power plays in the game and we did not have one,” said Crookston head coach Jeff Perreault, “we thought there were some times where maybe a penalty on them should have been called, but they weren’t. Anyway, we have to figure out about giving up those late goals. The second goal we had two of our players in front next to the girl who scored, but we didn’t go after the body and were just reaching with our sticks. With only having two lines skating right now, we are getting tired and that could be another reason, but we have to figure out that we have to really focus on those last minutes of a period.”
Crookston did get within one about half way through the second period when senior Abby Parr made a nice individual play, picking up a loose puck outside the Brainerd blue line, raced into their zone and snapped off a shot glove high just under the crossbar to make it a 2-1 game. “That was good to see,” said Perreault, “Abby has very good speed and when she has those type of opportunities she has a strong shot and showed it there. We need some more of our players to get into the scoring department.”  That would be it, as they played scoreless the next 26 and a half minutes and Brainerd/Little Falls held on to the 2-1 win. “We had some good chances, but both goalies really played well and both teams had certainly enough shots,” said Perreault, “Lexie played well again and she is making those initial saves, we have to give her help to clear the other team out in front of her and clear the puck before they have those second and third chances. Overall, I thought we are starting to see the girls getting our systems, which is good to see. It still the little things that are hurting us and we have to eliminate them.”   Crookston is now 0-3 on the season and will be at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls on Friday and Saturday for the Ralph’s Holiday Girl’s Hockey Classic.  Crookston will play Park Rapids on Friday and Proctor/Hermantown on Saturday.  Brainerd is 2-1 on the year.
JV -  Brainerd/Little Falls won 8-6

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Brainerd 2 0 0 2

1st Period
16:10 -  Brainerd -  Maddie Ellingson  (Megan Tschida, Brooke Mimmack)
16:24 -  Brainerd -  Brooke Watland (Allyson Smith, Mariah Lennander)

2nd Period
7:39 -  Crookston -  Abby Parr (1)  unassisted

3rd Period
No Scoring

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Lexie Cormican-Crox       38
Olivia King-Brainerd       31



The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team announced the signing of Ali Schueler (OH/DS, 5-7, Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent.
"Ali is an extremely hard working, grinding type of an athlete," Anderson said. "She will bring a level of intensity and work ethic that will have an impact in the practice gym on day one!" "I have very high expectations for Ali, I know she will become a great collegiate player and I am very happy she decided to become a Golden Eagle!"
Schueler was an All-State Honorable Mention pick in Wisconsin as a senior and a First Team All-Central Lakeshore Conference pick as a senior. She has been selected to the All-Area Team twice in the last two years and achieved the 1,000 kill benchmark in 2014. In addition, Schueler was a First Team All-Conference pick as a junior and a Second Team All-Conference pick as a sophomore. Schueler accumulated 1,055 kills and 1,321 digs in her prep career and had 139 service aces. 
Schueler is the daughter of Tim and Wendy Schueler and plans to major in animal science. 
Schueler is the sixth signee for the Golden Eagles, joining Kaitlin Sikkink (MH, 5-11, St. Charles, Minn./St. Charles H.S.), Alex Oakes (S, 5-9, Cloquet, Minn./Cloquet H.S.), Devan Miliner (DS/Lib., 5-2, Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley H.S.), Callie Schapekahm (MH, 6-0, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.) and Sabrina Leuer (MH, 5-10, Hamel, Minn./Wayzata H.S.) as early signees. Schueler's signing wraps up the early signing period for Head Coach Lee Anderson and the Golden Eagle volleyball program.

     Ali Schueler signs her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at UMC



The University of Minnesota Crookston equestrian program announced the signing of Mazie Pini  (Grayslake, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to begin competing for the program for the 2015-16 season. Pini is the first signee for this recruiting cycle for Head Coach Brooke Leininger.
Pini had 14 years experience combined in both hunt seat and western equestrian disciplines. She is a multi-ribbon winner in over 40 hunt seat events including recent first-place finishes in AA High Training Jumper events. In addition, Pini volunteers at Equestrian Connection, which provides therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. She is a member of the Mundelein H.S. Dean's List and Honor Roll and plans to major in Animal Science. She is the daughter of Andrew and Melissa Pini. Her brother John Pini plays football at St. Norbert College, while her other brother Andy plays lacrosse at St. Norbert. 





The Winnipeg Wild from the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey will be playing Jungadler Mannheim (under 18 team from Germany) at the Crookston Sports Center at 3:30PM on Saturday, November 22.  Manneheim tied 3-3 earlier this week with Faribault Shattuck St. Mary’s. The German team is making a month trip through North America playing games.

The game was to be played at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., but because of scheduling difficulties it was moved to Crookston.



The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team held their end of the season banquet on Sunday evening at the Crookston High School Commons and handed out the following awards-

MVP - Ally Tiedemann
Most Improved - Megan Frisk
Most Dedicated - Amy Follette
25 Win Season Club - Elisa Samuelson
Rookie of the Year - Elise Tangquist, Jaeden Lizakowski
Sportsmanship Award - Taylor Perry
Outstanding Leader - Leah Trostad

Taylor Perry, Amy Follette, Ally Tiedemann, Megan Frisk, Elisa Samuelson, Elise Tangquist, Jaeden Lizakowski, and Leah Trostad





The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball Team picked up their first win of the 2014-15 season with a 74-65 non-conference victory over the University of Jamestown Jimmies at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.

The teams proved to be very evenly matched and that showed from the start, as the Golden Eagles and Jimmies traded leads throughout the first half. A Derrick Redd, Jr. (Jr. Menifee, CA) layup started the scoring, giving the Golden Eagles an early lead less than a minute in. After falling behind 5-2, John Hughes (Jr. San Diego, CA) and senior Kevin Larson (Sr. New Ulm) hit back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game at 8-8. The first half saw the teams shoot a combined 27 three’s. Jamestown hit 3-of-13 from beyond the arc while UMC knocked down 6-of-14 triples.
The Golden Eagles would go to the locker room clinging to a 36-34 lead. 15 of the 36 points for UMC in the first half would come from the reserves with Sam Howell (Sr. Seattle, WA) and Tim Lubke (Sr. St. Paul) contributing five points apiece.
Jamestown would get the first bucket of the second half before a pair of Tyler West, Jr. (Sr. Portland, OR) free throws would put UMC back on top. The Portland, Oregon native went 9-for-9 from the line in the second half and 11-of-16 in the game. Jamestown would retake the lead with 13:40 left in regulation on a Matt Wingo three. The Jimmies’ reserve had seven points in the game and put his squad up by two at that point but UMC’s Redd would respond. UMC’s leading scorer hit a shot from beyond the arc to put his team up, 47-46. Redd went 3-of-3 on three-pointers in the game. With 5:38 left, Cedric Smith’s layup put Jamestown up 59-57. After a pair of Lucas Reller free-throws would tie it up, neither team scored for close to two minutes until a Reller triple would put the Golden Eagles up for good, 62-59. UMC would make clutch free-throws down the stretch, shooting 24-of-31 from the line in the second half alone, en route to a 74-65 final.
Multiple things stood out for the Golden Eagles in the victory. Derrick Redd, Jr. (22), Tyler West, Jr (11). and Lucas Reller (10) all scored in double-figures and 10 different players found the score sheet. UMC shot 32-of-42 from the free-throw line and hit 10-of-24 three-pointers. Reller led a bench effort that contributed 30 points as a unit and the Golden Eagles committed just five turnovers. UMC’s defense also held Jamestown leading scorer Brequan Tucker to just 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting (1-of-10 three-pointers). Overall, it took a team effort for the Golden Eagles to get first-year head coach Dan Weisse his first win as a head coach.
UMC improves to 1-2 on the season and will host Crossroads College at Lysaker Gymnasium on Saturday, November 22. Jamestown falls to 4-5.


1st Half

2nd Half


Jamestown College

34 31 65


36 38 74


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Derrick Redd 22 8
Tyler West, Jr. 11 9
Lucas Reller 10 2 2 assists
Kevin Larson 8 4 2 assists
Giorgi Koguashvili 6 3
Sam Howell 5 2
Tim Lubke 5
John Hughes 3 3
Jim Warmack 2 3


The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the signing of Chase Knickerbocker (F, 6-6 175, Annandale, Minn./Annandale H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to begin playing for the Golden Eagles during the 2015-16 season.
“Chase can flat out shoot the ball,” said UMC Head Coach Dan Weisse. “He has good size and can play multiple positions for us. He also just understands how to play the game. Chase is a great fit in our system. He is a great addition to our basketball program and community. He will have a big impact on our program for four years and I’m excited to coach him.”
Knickerbocker is the 54th ranked player in the state of Minnesota according to North Star Hoops Report, joining Critchley (30), Lorenz (31) and Gamble (88) as Top 100 players in the state of Minnesota to sign with UMC. Knickerbocker averaged 17.2 points and shot 50.5 percent from beyond the arc for Annandale H.S. last season. He averaged 4.4 rebounds per game. Knickerbocker played AAU for the Minnesota Fury.

Knickerbocker joins a talented Minnesota-based signing class that features all four players who are ranked in the top 100 in the state of Minnesota per Northstar Hoops Report. UMC has also signed Kobe Critchley (G, 6-0 160, Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area H.S.), Connor Gamble (G, 6-0 155, Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area H.S.) and Nate Lorenz (F, 6-7 210, Breckenridge H.S.) to National Letters of Intent.   The quartet of players will provide UMC a strong foundation as Coach Weisse starts to build UMC into a contender in the NSIC. The class has already been labeled as one of the strongest in-state classes so far for this recruiting cycle by Northstar Hoops Report.



The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team announced the signing of Kaitlin Sikkink (MH, 5-11, St. Charles, Minn./St. Charles H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to begin playing for the Golden Eagles during the 2015 season.
“Kaitlin is a very athletically talented athlete that always competes with a lot of energy and passion for the game,” said UMC Head Coach Lee Anderson. “She will bring a level of enthusiasm on a daily that will be infectious!” “I forsee great things for Kaitlin and I am so excited that she decided to make her home at UMC and become a member of the Golden Eagle Volleyball family!”
She played for SMV (Southern Minnesota Volleyball), which has helped produce UMC greats such as Brittany Looker and Chelsea Wiesner. Sikkink helped lead her club to first place in the 2013 Med City Cup and second place in the 2013 Frostbite Tournament. Sikkink was All-State Honorable Mention in 2014 and was an All-Three Rivers Conference pick in 2013 and 2014. She has been very involved in her school, serving as National Honor Society treasurer and secretary, a member of student council, including serving as president in 2014. She has also been honored for her academic excellence throughout her academic career.

Sikkink is the daughter of Mike and Amy Sikkink. She plans to major in biology. Sikkink was born November 5, 1996.
Sikkink is the fifth signee for the Golden Eagles for the 2015 signing class. She joins Alex Oakes (S, 5-9, Cloquet, Minn./Cloquet H.S.), Devan Miliner (DS/Lib., 5-2, Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley H.S.), Callie Schapekahm (MH, 6-0, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.) and Sabrina Leuer (MH, 5-10, Hamel, Minn./Wayzata H.S.) as signees for the Golden Eagles.




The University of Minnesota Crookston basketball program announced the signing of Caitlin Michaelis (G, 5-8, Marshfield, Wis./Marshfield H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to begin playing for the Golden Eagles during the 2015-16 season. Michaelis joins Lindsey Weber (F, 5-11, Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine H.S.) as signees with the Golden Eagles.
“Caitlin is a player that will bring a lot of talent to our back court,” said UMC Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She has the ability to stretch the court with her shooting ability and does a great job as a point guard of seeing the floor and getting the ball to everyone. She also does a nice job of accelerating off the bounce. We are excited to have Caitlin join the UMC women’s basketball team.”

Michaelis is entering her fourth year as a varsity member of the Marshfield H.S. basketball team. She earned Honorable Mention All-Wisconsin Valley Conference in ninth grade. In 10th grade, she was a First Team All-Wisconsin Valley Conference and set the record for three-pointers in a game with nine. As a junior, she was a First Team All-WVC pick and earned the Leadership Award and set the school record for three-pointers in a career. Michaelis finished fifth in the league in scoring with 11.7 points per game. She averaged 2.8 assists per game and made 22 three-pointers. 
Michaelis is the daughter of Heidi and Craig Michaelis. She was born January 30, 1997. Michaelis is undecided on her major. Both of her parents were college athletes at Miami University (Ohio). 




The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the early signing period. David Olson (C, 6-1 195, Stillwater, Minn./Vermillion C.C.), Eric Newman (RHP, 6-3 188, Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo H.S.), Clarke Peterson (C, 5-6 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.) and Zach Seipel (C, 6-2 185, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.) have all signed with UMC in Head Coach Steve Gust’s first full recruiting class leading the program.
“I am extremely excited to sign these four student-athletes,” Gust said. “They all have talent, but more importantly, they exhibited the character traits we are looking for as we build this program. They have great passion for the game and school, and all of them are ready to give their best effort to what we are trying to accomplish here.”
The quartet of players are just a start for Gust’s first recruiting class as he looks to build upon the numbers and talent on the UMC roster. The Golden Eagles are currently slated to have 30 players on the roster for 2015 season and will lose four players to graduation.

Zach Seipel (C, 6-2 185, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.)
Seipel hit .383 with 16 runs scored, four doubles, 19 runs batted in and a .400 slugging percentage for the Eagan Patriots, junior American Legion team, in 2013. In 2013, Seipel helped lead Eagan to the American Legion state tournament in 2014. Seipel hit .319 during the legion season in 2014.
Seipel is the son of Kim and Larry Seipel. He plans to major in health management. Seipel was born Oct. 17, 1996. 

“Zach has a bright future at UMC,” Gust said. “He has all the intangibles we are looking for both on and off the field. We are excited to have him as a member of our baseball team.”

Clarke Peterson (C, 5-6 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.)
Peterson hit .375 with 10 runs scored, 10 RBI, four doubles and one triple. He had a .374 batting average for East Grand Forks H.S. Peterson also plays football for East Grand Forks H.S.
Peterson is the son of Michael and Karen Peterson. He plans to major in sports and rec management. Peterson was born March 4, 1997.
“Clarke is one of the top catchers in the region,” Gust said. “We are very fortunate to sign him early because he is a kid that projects very well at this level. We are very excited to see him develop during his time here at UMC.”

Eric Newman (RHP, 6-3 188, Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo H.S.)
Newman was a letterwinner in baseball and strength and conditioning. Newman played American Legion for Buffalo. He joins current UMC player Colton Haight as players from Buffalo H.S. to play for the Golden Eagles. Student-athletes Alexa Thielman (women’s basketball) and Bailey Braatz (softball) are also Buffalo-products.
Newman is the son of John and Angela Newman. He is undecided on his major. Newman was born Aug. 21, 1996.
“Eric has a bright future at UMC,” Gust said. “He has all the physical tools to be a good pitcher. He needs to develop but he has tremendous up side and we are excited to be able to have him in a UMC uniform.” 

David Olson (C, 6-1 195, Stillwater, Minn./Vermillion C.C.)
Olson was an All-Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) selection at Vermillion C.C. At Vermillion, Olson hit five doubles, three triples and one home run as a freshman for the Ironmen. Olson drove in 13 runs, had four walks and hit .385 on the season. He scored 11 runs as a freshman. While at Stillwater Area H.S., he lettered in baseball and wrestling. Olson earned the Impact Award and Coaches Award on the wrestling mat. He earned the Joey Gaulo Memorial Scholarship.
Olson is the son of Kristine Olson of Stillwater, Minn. and Corky Olson of Wyoming, Minn. He plans to major in sports and rec management. He was born Sept. 19, 1994. 
“David is going to come in here and help from day one,” Gust said. “His passion, desire and talent will allow him to do great things for us. We are very excited to sign someone of David’s caliber early.”






Kora Torkelson scored three goals in the second period and four on the night to lead the Thief River Falls Prowlers to a 9-0 win over the Crookston Pirates in a Section 8A Girl’s Hockey game at the Crookston Sports Center.
The Pirates knew they had to get good goaltending, play very good defense and try to score on any opportunities to beat a team like Thief River Falls, who is ranked second in the Minnesota State Class A rankings. They did that for the most part in the first period, although they gave up an early one to center Sylvia Marolt who picked up a loose puck in the Crookston zone and took advantage of Crookston’s Abby Parr losing her stick.  Marolt made a couple nice moves around Parr to score and Thief River Falls was up 1-0 just a minute and a half into the game. It appeared that would be the way the period would end with Cormican turning everything else away in the period, but the Prowlers Marolt was able to get a stick on a slow pass in the slot area and changed directions of the pass and it slid past Cormican to give Thief River Falls a 2-0 lead with five seconds left of the first period. “We were doing some good things in the period and thought we would go in to the locker room trailing 1-0, but that second goal really hurt,” said Crookston head coach Jeff Perreault. “The play was being dictated by Thief River Falls in the period, but we were doing what we wanted to and the late goal you could see the shoulders slumping and it’s tough to get them back up.”
Evidently the momentum of the last second goal continued for Thief River Falls as they scored two goals 20 seconds apart in the first minute of the period. Torkelson tipped a nice crisp pass from Emily Bergland on the ice to the side of the Crookston net. The Prowlers next goal came on their ability to crash the Crookston net and create some traffic in front of Cormican, who was sharp and they did just that when Morgan Martell knocked in a puck from a scrum in front of Crookston’s goal and it was 4-0.  “We’ve been talking about being able to close periods out and start periods,” said Coach Perreault. “It’s such a momentum thing in the game of hockey. If we could have eliminated those few minutes it might have been a little different score, but Thief River Falls is a very good hockey team.”  
The Prowlers continued the pressure in the period and scored three goals in the last two minutes of the second period to open up a 7-0 lead with Torkelson adding two more for a second period hat-trick with her second coming on a breakaway and 10 seconds later a shot that she half fanned on and the change of pace shot fooled Cormican. Abbie Olson finished the scoring with 22 seconds left of the period on a perfectly executed two on one.  The Prowlers outshot Crookston in the second period 30-2 and led 7-0. “They have three solid lines, excellent defenseman and an All-State goalie and there is a reason they are ranked second in the state,” said Perreault.
Thief River Falls added two more, the fourth by Torkelson and Kira Johnson finished it off to make it a 9-0 win over the Prowlers. “They just wore us down in each period with their aggressiveness,” said Coach Perreault. “Forcing us into mental mistakes that cost us. They are really good on capitalizing on mistakes that end up in our net, so give them credit.”
Crookston is 0-2 on the year and will be at Brainerd for a game on Saturday afternoon. “It should be a competitive game for us against Brainerd as we’ve fared fairly well against them in the past,” said Coach Perreault. “I’m hoping we can skate four lines against them and see what happens and stay healthy.” 
Crookston’s starting defenseman, Tori Demarais did not play tonight and is expected to miss about a month as she broke a finger in the Saturday game against White Bear Lake. 
Thief River Falls is 3-1 on the year and will host Park Rapids in another Section 8A game on Thursday night. 
JV -  Thief River Falls won 8-0

 Macy Strem with the shot as the Thief River Falls defenseman tries to block

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd FINAL
Thief River Falls 2 5 2 9
CROOKSTON 0 0 0  0

      Maddie Nicholls beats a Thief River Falls player to the puck behind the net

1st Period
1:28 - TRF - Sylvia Marolt unassisted
16:55 - TRF - Sylvia Marolt (Kaylee Eskeli, Kora Torkelson)

2nd Period
0:31 - Kora Torkelson (Emily Bergland)
0:51 - Morgan Martell (Kira Johnson, Sylvia Marolt)
15:09 - TRF - Kora Torkelson (Kira Johnson)
15:19 - TRF - Kora Torkelson unassisted
16:38 - TRF - Abby Olson (Madison Poole)

3rd Period
4:35 - TRF - Kora Torkelson (Callie Fagerstrom, Tessa Jorde)
5:39 - TRF - Kira Johnson unassisted

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Frances Marshall - TRF 4 2  X
Mariah Nelson - TRF X X 2 2
Lexie Cormican - Crox 13 25 13 51




The University of Minnesota Crookston football team had three players to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) teams released Tuesday morning by the conference office. UMC was led by Greg Lofquist (Sr., LB, South St. Paul), who was named to the NSIC North Division All-Conference First Team, becoming the first player since Richard Haley in 2011 and 2012 to receive First Team honors from UMC. 
Lofquist was joined on the All-NSIC team by Andrew Hall (Sr., LB, Detroit, Mich.) and Drew Selvestra (Jr., DL, Eagan), who were named NSIC North Division All-Conference Honorable Mention. This is Hall’s second time being honored as he earned All-NSIC, as he was All-NSIC Second Team a season ago. Selvestra is a first-time honoree.

led the Golden Eagles with 160 tackles, which was the most tackles a player has ever had in a single-season at UMC, surpassing the previous mark set by Neil Austin in 2001. Lofquist’s 98 tackles were also a single-season record, as were his 62 solo tackles. Lofquist led the NSIC in tackles on the season and was third in the nation in total tackles. The senior was moved to linebacker from defensive end prior to the start of his senior campaign due to injury and far exceeded expectations with his performance. Lofquist had nine-straight games with 10 or more tackles and ended his season with 20 tackles against Minnesota State University Moorhead, which ranks third all-time in a single game. Lofquist had 13.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and one interception on the season.

was injured earlier on in the season but ended his senior campaign strong. Hall was third on the team with 78 tackles and had two tackles for loss. Hall had 13 tackles against Minot State University and 11 against No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth. 

was the NSIC leader for defensive lineman with 88 tackles on the season, which was second on the team. Selvestra had 8.5 tackles for loss and led the team with 4.5 sacks on the season. Selvestra had 10 tackls against Southwest Minnesota State University, 11 tackles against Winona State, 12 against Bemidji State University, 11 against University of Mary and 12 against Minnesota Duluth.

University of Sioux Falls quarterback Luke Papilion was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Year. Minnesota State University, Mankato defensive end Josh Gordon earned NSIC Defensive Player of the Year. The NSIC Offensive Newcomer of the Year was Minnesota State quarterback Nick Pieruccini. Dion Roche was the NSIC Defensive Newcomer of the Year, while Northern State University’s Tom Dosch was NSIC Coach of the Year. 

            Greg Lofquist                    Drew Selvestra                       Rock Hall





Did you or somebody you know shoot a buck?  If they did, email it to chrisjfee@yahoo.com or text them to 218-280-1516 and we will get it on our website.  We had a lot of pictures submitted last year and we are posting every picture we get again this year.

 Chris Huffman with his eight point buck            Seth Goehring with a 10 point buck                   Jamey Lemke with his buck




The West Polk County (Climax-Fisher-Sacred Heart Co-op) Football banquet was held on November 13 at the Fisher School.  The award winners are listed and pictured below.

Ryan Holte (A.C.E. Award), Ty Klein (Mr. Practice), Kane Perrin (Co-Mr. D and All Conference), Paul Gapp (Rookie of the Year), Devin Evavold (Co-Mr. D), Riley Wavra (Co-Mr. D), Joe Sullivan (Co-Mr. D), Eddie Bushaw (MVP and All Conference), and Matt Vanyo (Co-Most Improved).  Not Pictured Tyler Johnson (C-Most Improved)





The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers started the second half on a 13-0 run and never looked back the rest of the way for a 75-54 victory over the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s basketball team in an exhibition game in Milwaukee. The Panthers spoiled the homecoming for UMC head coach Dan Weiss, who played basketball for the Panthers.
UMC shot 29 percent from the field in the loss to Seattle Pacific on Saturday and things weren’t looking good again at the beginning of the game by missing their first six shots. UMC settled in and made the next three shots, including three pointers by Tyler West Jr. and Derrick Redd (Jr. Menifee, CA) for an 8-6 lead with 13:54 remaining.  The two teams were tied at 10-10 and after a Lucas Reller three pointer UMC led 15-12.  Milwaukee-Wisconsin jumped on the Golden Eagles and went on a 9-0 run for a 21-15 lead.  UMC answered with another three pointer, this time by Tim Lubke (Sr. Tartan) to bring the Golden Eagles within three points.  With Milwaukee-Wisconsin leading 23-20, they went on a 6-0 run to open up a nine point lead with less than three minutes remaining in the half.
Miwaukee-Wisconsin took a 12 point lead with under a minute left in the half, only to have Reller make another three pointer with three seconds left in the half and the Panthers led 35-25 at halftime.
If UMC had any thoughts of mounting a comeback, those thoughts were squashed in the first five minutes of the second half when Milwaukee-Wisconsin scored the first 13 points of the half for a 48-25 lead and the two teams played even the rest of the way as the Panthers cruised to the 75-54 victory.
UMC is 0-2 on the year and will be back home on Wednesday, when they host Jamestown College.


1st Half

2nd Half



25 29 54


35 30 75


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Tyler West 9 8 2 assists
Tim Lubke 8 3  
Sam Howell 6 3  
Lucas Reller 6    
Derrick Redd 5 3  2 assists
Giorgi Koguashvili 5    
Tomas Parker 4    
Alec Koepp 4    
Brian Enriquez 3 6 2 assists
Jim Warmack 2 4  
Kevin Larson 2   3 assists




The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team announced the signing of Nate Lorenz (F, 6-7 200, Breckenridge) to a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Golden Eagles beginning at the start of the 2015-16 season. Lorenz joins Kobe Critchley (G, 6-0 160, Roseville) and Connor Gamble (G, 6-0 155, Stillwater) in what has been labeled by North Star Hoops Reports as one of the best classes of in-state talent so far this recruiting cycle.
“Nate is a physical but skilled big,” said UMC Head Coach Dan Weisse. “He is able to stretch a defense with his shot, but also mix it up in the post. Our guards will love playing with him because he will be able to open up the floor. Nate was a player we identified early in the recruiting process and are excited that he stayed close to home. He will have a big impact on our program for the next four years.”

Lorenz is the 31st ranked player in the state of Minnesota per North Star Hoops Report. He has been a three-time All-Heart O’ Lakes Conference selection at Breckenridge H.S. In addition, Lorenz is the school’s all-time leading rebounder and a 1,000 point scorer. Lorenz plays AAU for the Comets. He also played football at Breckenridge H.S. 
Lorenz is the son of Doug and Lori Lorenz. He was born May 20, 1996. Lorenz plans to major in health science.




The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team announced the signing of Sabrina Leuer (MH, 5-10, Hamel, Minn./Wayzata H.S.) and Devan Miliner (5-2, DS/Lib., Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley H.S.) to play for the Golden Eagles beginning in the Fall of 2015.

Sabrina Leuer (MH, 5-10, Hamel, Minn./Wayzata H.S.)
Leuer tallied 203 kills as a senior for Wayzata H.S. She hit .306 for the season in 153 sets player. In addition, Leuer had 69 blocks of the season and had 41 service aces. She played for Minnesota Select club team for two years and Vital club team for one year. “Sabrina is a strong and physical athlete!,” said UMC Head Coach Lee Anderson. “She jumps well and hits the ball hard, Sabrina has a great work ethic and I think she will be an awesome teammate, I am very happy she is a part of the Golden Eagle Volleyball family!” Leuer is the daughter of Steve and Jackie Leuer. She was born July 7, 1997. Leuer plans to major in agriculture on UMC. Her father Steve wrestled at MSU Moorhead.

Devan Miliner (5-2, DS/Lib., Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley H.S.)
Miliner competed at the club level for M1 volleyball at the 16’s, 17’2 and 18’s level. Prior to moving to M1,  Miliner competed for Northern Lights volleyball. Her coach at the club level was former UMC player Kendra Corneliusen. Miliner played defensive specialist for Apple Valley H.S. Led her high school to a 14-12 mark during her senior season.
Miliner is the daughter of Christopher and Lisa Miliner. She was born Aug. 7, 1997. Miliner is undecided on a major. Sister Garet Miliner is a sophomore on the South Dakota State volleyball team. Father Christopher Miliner played football at University of Northern Iowa.

Leuer and Miliner joins Alex Oakes (5-9, S, Cloquet), Callie Schapekahm (6-0, MH, Eagan) and as signees for the 2015 class so far. The Golden
Eagles return 11 players from last year’s roster.

       Sabrina Leuer signs to play volleyball at UMC                            Devan Miliner dives for a dig in one of her matches this season





The Pirate Girls hockey team held their first Pirate Sister event of the year; a meet and greet on November 14. The girls all had a potluck and then all went for a skate together!

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