The Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey team received the fifth seed in the Section 8A Boys Hockey seeding meeting today and will have a rematch with the Detroit Lakes Lakers in the first round of the Section 8A Boys Hockey Tournament with the first round games played on Thursday, February 18.  The seeds went pretty much as expected and are listed below-

1. Thief River Falls
2. East Grand Forks
3. Warroad
4. Detroit Lakes
5. Crookston
6. Park Rapids
7. Northern Lakes
8. Red Lake Falls
9. Lake of the Woods
10. Bagley-Fosston
11. Kittson County Central

Play-in games - Tuesday, February 16 at high seed
#11 Kittson County Central at #6 Park Rapids
#10 Bagley-Fosston at #7 Northern Lakes
#9 Lake of the Woods at #8 Red Lake Falls

First round games - Thursday, February 18 (At high seed)
Game one - #1 Thief River Falls hosts the winner of RLF/LOW
Game two - #4 Detroit Lakes hosts #5 Crookston
Game three - #2 East Grand Forks hosts the winner of Bagley-Fosston/Northern Lakes
Game four - #3 Warroad hosts the winner of KCC/Park Rapids

Semi-finals -  Saturday, February 20 (At East Grand Forks)
6:00 p.m. - Game one winner vs game two winner
8:15 p.m. - Game three winner vs game four winner

Championship - Thursday, February 25 (At East Grand Forks)
7:00 p.m.



KROX Radio, B & E Meats and Erickson Embroidery have teamed up to buy 100 tickets to the UND vs St. Cloud State Women's hockey game at UND on Saturday, February 13 (Game time is 4:07 p.m.).  Saturday night is senior night and they will be honoring Crookston's own Shannon Kaiser, who is a fifth year senior.  KROX will be giving away all 100 tickets on a first come first serve basis - so stop by the KROX Radio studios to get the tickets.  KROX's Chris Fee talked with UND Women's Hockey Coach Brian Idalski and he said Shannon has had a great year and career. "Shannon has had a great year, not only from a leadership stand point, but she is a dependable and solid two way hockey player for us," said Coach Idalski. "She has been solid and has really worked hard on consistency and mentally being tough and competing shift out and shift in regardless of what her goal is and now she is killing penalties consistently for us and has played center, she has played wing and has played a little bit of everything for us."  Kaiser has made tremendous progress from her first year at UND. "Shannon came in and showed flashes and has really worked hard on consistency.  She started out going in and out of the line up to somebody you can't take out of the line up this year.  I am super happy for her and she has the maturity, she has grown as a person and a hockey player over her career.  She is solid in school and solid all around.  She has been a great leader for our younger kids and kind of telling her story on how she has worked hard for everything she has got and if you stick with it and have a consistent effort good things will happen."
With senior night and weekend coming up this weekend it is always a bittersweet time. "Senior weekend is always a lot of emotions and memories and it doesn't matter how many times you tell them it goes quick and the realization that it is almost over brings a flood of emotions," said Coach Idalski. "It will be no different this weekend."




Some Crookston youth wrestlers competed in the Gopher State National Wrestling tournament in Monticello on Sunday, February 7.  Carter Coauette, a fourth grader at Highland School finished sixth place in the 66 pound weight class while three others from Crookston competed in the tournament.  The results are below -

Carter Coauette, son of Andy Coauette and Hollie Fontaine (23 wrestlers competing)
Champ. Round 1: Carter Coauette (Crookston) over Drew Chandler (Marshall Tigers) (Fall 0:23) 
Champ. Round 2: Elliott Viland (Faribault) over Carter Coauette (Dec 1-0) 
Cons. Round 2: (Bye) 
Cons. Round 3: Carter Coauette over Sam Graunke (Kasson-Mantorville) (Dec 6-0) 
Cons. Round 4: Carter Coauette over Kaden Fischer (BOLD) (SV-1 2-0) 
Cons. Round 5: Carter Coauette over Caden Wong (Wayzata) (Dec 9-2) 
Cons. Semi: Tyler Leonard (Prior Lake) over Carter Coauette  (SV-1 4-2) 
5th Place Match: Daniel Gunlogson (UNITED) over Carter Coauette  (Dec 6-0) 

Evin Trudeau, son of Dale and Kari Trudeau-4th grader, 60 pound weight class, 18 wrestler bracket
Champ. Round 1: Eli Hamberger (Watertown) over Evin Trudeau (Crookston) (Fall 0:26) 
Cons. Round 1: Evin Trudeau (Crookston) over () (Bye) 
Cons. Round 2: Ivan Mares (Willmar) over Evin Trudeau (Crookston) (Fall 0:34) 

Hunter Knutson, son of Justin and Tracey Knutson-5th grader, 95 pound weight class, 20 wrestler bracket
Champ. Round 1: Blake Miller (Winneconne) over Hunter Knutson (Crookston) (Fall 1:17) 
Cons. Round 1: Hunter Knutson  (Bye) 
Cons. Round 2: Vander Mathiowetz (Wabasso/RRC Bobcats) over Hunter Knutson (Crookston) (TF 17-2) 

Ethan Bowman, son of Dave and Sunny Bowman-5th Grader, 74 pound weight class, 24 wrestler bracket
Champ. Round 1: Griffen Fieldseth (Monticello Warriors) over Ethan Bowman (Crookston) (Dec 10-6) 
Cons. Round 1: Ethan Bowman (Crookston) over (Bye) 
Cons. Round 2: Elijah Wald (Wayzata) over Ethan Bowman (Crookston) (TF 15-0) 

Carter Coauette (left) on the award stand at the Gopher State tourney




The roaring of ice augers, laughter, skates gliding on the ice, slap shots, campfires crackling; these are all sounds of how the Crookston Mite 3 hockey team spent Hockey Day Minnesota 2016 on Saturday. 
The Crookston Mite 3 team is made up of 32 rambunctious young boys including four players from small towns outside of Crookston (where youth hockey isn’t offered) who’s dedicated parents commute over 30 miles one way for two to three practices each week and put on many more miles for numerous games and tournaments.
The Crookston Mite 3 team celebrated Hockey Day 2016 out on a local lake playing some pond hockey and broomball.  Further out on the lake there was ice fishing, parents and players racing to the tip-up flags hoping to catch enough for a good shore lunch later in the evening. 
Hockey Day 2016 will be a fun day of team bonding, fresh air, good times and building many exciting and lasting memories. 

Some of the players during the pond hockey game (Picture submitted by Lisa Street)

   The Mite 3 team were all smiles after some pond hockey (Picture by Lisa Street)






Crookston senior Doug Larson scored 30 goals last year ending with 57 points and people were wondering what can the kid do for an encore his final high school season? The Pirate sniper scored his second hat-trick in as many games scoring both a power play goal and a shortie to lead Crookston to a 6-0 Section 8A win over Red Lake Falls at the Cardin-Hunt Arena in Red Lake Falls.
Larson set up the only goal of the first period with his patented end to end rush that took about five seconds, snapped a shot on outstanding Red Lake Falls goalie Bailey Schmitz who gave up a rebound to his right where Dane Anderson was lurking and Anderson banged in the rebound and about half way through the first period Crookston led 1-0. "Dougie got the puck and he does what he does best," said Anderson, "when he's on that wall he just wheels and he put on a far pad shot and I was just there to fire it home."  Crookston would have some other great chances in the first period but Schmitz, who came into the game with a 2.5 goals against and a save percentage north of 93 percent, was his usually strong self to keep the game manageable. On the other end with Crookston taking the only two penalties in the period, Red Lake Falls didn't have a lot of sustained pressure but the Eagles did manage some good chances only to be thwarted by Pirate goalie, Ian Johnson and it was 1-0 after the first period. "We were a little concerned after the first period," said Crookston head coach Joel Gasper, "we had some poor defensive choices in the period and gave up some odd man rushes, but Ian made the saves and that is what it takes, you make a mistake and your teammates have your back."
Red Lake Falls would take the only two penalties of the second period and the first one was early and costly when Larson took away a puck in the Red Lake Falls zone and snapped a shot from about 15 feet out past the glove of Schmitz and Larson's 31st goal of the season and seventh power play goal put Crookston up 2-0 early in the second period.  Crookston added another about a minute and a half later and this time it was senior winger Cody Wardner showing his strength, surprising speed and hands to score his third goal in the three games since being moved from defense up to forward. When Ethan Magsam knocked the puck off the boards to Wardner in the Red Lake Falls zone about the circle to the right of the Eagles goal, Wardner got control of the puck and made a dash for the net and on his backhander put it high and past Schmitz for a Crookston 3-0 lead. "It's unbelievable to see the chemistry built up already between he and Bobby Tiedemann and Magsam. You won't see many backhand short side tucks like that from a 6'3 or 6'4 frame to make a nice little skilled play like that is awesome," said coach Gasper.  Crookston would add another with under two minutes to go in the period and it was the 10th of the season from sophomore Magsam. Many people say Tiedemann has eyes in the back of his head and those people would point to the Pirates fourth goal when Tiedemann was behind the Red Lake Falls net and a no look behind the back pass in front to Magsam who quickly one-timed the shot and Crookston goes into the locker room with a 4-0 lead after two periods and outshooting Red Lake Falls 24-3 in the period. "It was a very good period for us and it's fun to watch them as we have two pretty scary lines out there right now and even our third line is getting their chances too. It's a lot of fun."
Larson would score both third period goals to get his hat trick with the first one just 24 seconds into the period he pounded home a rebound from Anderson and a 5-0 lead. "He's a hell of a player," said Anderson talking about Larson, "one of the best in the Section if not the state. When he has the puck it's a lot of fun and he can get me the puck in places I can score and I know if I can get it on net and not score he'll be around for a rebound. Our line is really clicking now with Harry (Bjorgo) doing such a good job in the corners doing the unnoticed work."  Larson would cap off the scoring four minutes into the game and this time when the Pirates were shorthanded and it was familiar for Pirate fans with Tiedemann winning a draw and Larson sniping a shot for his 33rd goal of the season to go with 25 assists which puts him at one more point than last year and one regular season game and at least one playoff game to go.  Crookston has scored 40 goals in their last seven games including 21 in their last three games since shifting around their lines (breaking up Tiedemann and Larson). "It's a nice thing to see this time of year," said coach Gasper, "when you have a defenseman in perfect position to take it back or someone working hard on the back check or a goalie ready to stop a penalty shot, it's all good stuff this time of year and the production continues as it's crazy how many this team has been scoring lately."
Crookston goalie, Ian Johnson had to work hard in the last two and a half minutes of the game to preserve his third shutout of the season, first making a sensational glove save off a redirected puck and the last one came on a Red Lake Falls penalty shot. Taylor Kenfield had the opportunity and came in slowly and tried to shoot it past Johnson, but the Pirate goalie gave no ground and easily made the save and Crookston would win 6-0.
Crookston won their third game in a row for the first time this season and raise their record to 11-13 and will conclude the regular season on Thursday night when they host Roseau. JV game is at 4:00 PM and Varsity at 6:00 PM.  Red Lake Falls regular season is over with a 9-12-4 record.  The Section 8A coaches will gather in Thief River Falls tomorrow to seed 1-11 teams to set up the Section 8A Tournament. Crookston will be looking for at least a number four seed while Red Lake Falls is hoping for at least a number eight seed and home ice for the first round. That is what both teams are hoping for, what will happen won't be known until around NOON tomorrow.

   Cody Wardner scores his seventh goal of the season with a back hand shot in tight

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

     Red Lake Falls' Bailey Schmitz makes one of his 42 saves in the game

1st Period
8:14 - Crookston- Dane Anderson (15)  (Doug Larson)

2nd Period
2:27 - Crookston - Doug Larson (31)  unassisted  (PP)
4:07 - Crookston - Cody Wardner (7)  (Ethan Magsam)
15:36 - Crookston -
Ethan Magsam (10)  (Bobby Tiedemann, Cody Wardner)

3rd Period
:24 - Crookston - Doug Larson (32)  (Dane Anderson, Harrison Bjorgo)
4:09 - Crookston  - Doug Larson (33) 
(Bobby Tiedemann ) (SH)

  Harrison Bjorgo watches the puck as he gets a shot on goal                 Doug Larson bows the stick on a big slap shot

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Ian Johnson-Crookston 10 3 8 21
Bailey Schmitz-RLF 12 21 9 42



Crookston’s Chris Wavra scored a career high 33 points and tied Nick Garmen’s school record for three pointers in a game with eight and led the Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team to a 74-67 victory in a Section 8AA game against Pelican Rapids at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
The first half was a slow half with both teams using a full court defense to slow things down, but Crookston shot well early and took an 8-3 lead after Patrick Deng make two three pointers and added a steal and lay-up three minutes into the game. "Patrick played with high energy like he always does," said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. "He gave us a good boost and had a nice steal to get us going early." Pelican Rapids responded with four straight points by Logan Knorr before Crookston’s Luke Froeber blocked a shot and got a long pass up to Chris Wavra for a layup and a few seconds later he added a three pointer before Froeber finished a 7-0 run with a basket inside for a 15-7 lead with 12:13 to go in the first half. Pelican Rapids settled down and went on an 11-2 run over six minutes and led 18-17. Crookston tied the game at 18 with a Froeber free throw and regained the lead with a Matt Garmen steal and layup. Pelican Rapids answered with three pointer to regain the lead before the Pirates made three three-pointers in as many possessions and led 29-23 in a matter of 53 seconds!! The teams exchanged points over the final three minutes and Crookston led 31-27 at halftime. Chris Wavra led the Pirates with 13 points in the half. "We were struggling to attack their zone pressure and didn't get much going inside and missed some bunnies again," said Coach Garmen. "We were a little lethargic and need to come out with more energy at this time of year.  We need a little more desire and passion to make things happen early in the game."
Crookston took a 34-29 lead after a Matt Garmen three pointer two minutes into the half, but Pelican Rapids took advantage of three straight Pirate turnovers during a 9-0 run and the Vikings had a 38-34 lead, their biggest of the game. Wavra stopped the run with a three pointer and after Pelican Rapids basket, Froeber stole the ball and got a pass to Wavra who buried another three to tie the game at 40 with less than 11 minutes to go in the game. The teams would go back and forth the rest of the game with ties at 42, 46, and 51. Matt Garmen made a free throw to give Crookston the lead and Froeber grabbed an offensive rebound and scored and the Pirates led 54-51 with 4:57 to go. 20 seconds later, Frober fouled out and Pelican Rapids scored four straight points to take a 55-54 lead. Crookston stopped the run when Mitchell Olson scored inside and with a defender in his face Wavra made a three pointer in front of the Pirate bench and a little over a minute later he made another three pointer, his eighth of the game to tie his teammate Nick Garmen’s record for three’s in a game, but more importantly Crookston led 62-55 with 1:59 to go. Crookston made their free throws and with 28 seconds left Wavra made two free throws for his 33rd point of the game to tie Papou Maiga for sixth with 33 points in a game. A few seconds later Wavra grabbed a rebound after a missed Pirate shot and instead of going for a layup, he dished the ball off to Quentyn Haglund who scored and Crookston held on for the 74-67 victory. "I didn't even realize that Chris (Wavra) had that many points.  Coach Robbe Nessler said I don't think he has missed and I look up at the board and he had over 30 points! He can shoot the lights out as we have seen all year and he had a nice game for us and we needed all the points.  The guys share the ball and nobody really cares how many points they have, they just want to win." said Coach Garmen. "We couldn't stop them and really had a tough time, but at the end I thought we did a good job of handling the pressure than we did most of the game for some reason.  Any win you can get is a good one and nice to have two in a row with some big ones coming up."  Crookston made 15 of their 20 free throws (75%) in the game and made 13 three pointers in the game. "We shot the ball well from the free throw line and that was big," said Coach Garmen. "That is why we practice them all the time."
Crookston improves to 10-12 on the year and will travel to Barnesville on Thursday for another Section 8AA match-up. Pelican Rapids drops to 3-19 on the year.

Chris Wavra with one of his eight three pointers   Luke Froeber goes up for the ball


1st Half

2nd Half


Pelican Rapids

27 40 67


31 43 74

  Matt Garmen drives by a Viking defender





Chris Wavra

33   3 assists
Matt Garmen 15   3 assists/2 steals
Patrick Deng 11   2 assists/2 steals
Luke Froeber 5 8 2 blocks
Mitchell Olson 4 6  
Nick Garmen 3 7  
Quentyn Haglund 2    
Todd Boeger 1    


For Pelican Rapids


Oakley Haugrud 20
Donavan Young 16
Logan Knorr 11
Britton Erickson 7
Jacob Gottenborg 7
Joey Coronado 3
Dillon Such 3



The Section 8A and 8AA Wrestling tournament seeds were announced on Monday afternoon and evening.  Both tournaments will be held at the Ralph Englestad Arena in Thief River Falls on Saturday, February 13 with 22 teams competing throughout the day.  Crookston received the ninth seed out of 10 teams and will take on the eighth seeded Roseau Rams in the first round at 11:00 a.m.  Roseau beat Crookston 45-30 in a dual on January 7 in Crookston.  The seeds are below –

Section 8A -
1. Frazee
2. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
3. Park Rapids
4. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
5. Fertile-Beltrami
6. United North Central
7. Mahnomen-Waubun
8. Roseau
9. Crookston
10. Red Lake County Central

First round – 11:00 a.m.
#8 Roseau vs #9 Crookston
#7 Mahnomen/Waubun vs #10 Red Lake County Central

Quarterfinals – 12:30 p.m.
#1 Frazee vs Roseau/Crookston winner
#2 Badger-Greenbush-Middle River vs Mahnomen/Waubun and RLCC winner
#3 Park Rapids vs #6 United North Central
#4 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton vs #5 Fertile-Beltrami

Semi-finals – 4:00 p.m.

Championship – 6:00 p.m.



1. Perham
2. Bemidji
3. Ottertail Central
4. Sauk Centre/Melrose
5. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus
6. Thief River Falls
7. Detroit Lakes
8. Fosston/Bagley
9. Morris/Hancock
10. United Clay Becker
11. Fergus Falls
12. East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart





The Crookston Pirates boys hockey team came into this afternoon's game with International Falls outscoring their opponents 40-25 in the second period. On Tuesday night in a win over Lake of the Woods the Pirates were held scoreless in the second period and then after hearing from their coaches about the lackluster play they tallied five times in the third to beat Lake of the Woods 8-0. This afternoon, leading 2- 0 after a period, the Pirates erupted in the second period again, this time five times to break it open and would go on to beat International Falls 7-1 in a game at the Crookston Sports Center.
Crookston's big guns started it early with two goals less than two minutes apart early in the first period. Bobby Tiedemann started it off just three minutes into the game when his new linemate Cody Wardner did a job of clearing out bodies in the offensive zone and then finding Tiedemann in the circle to the right of the International Falls goalie Lane Skallman and Tiedemann torched a shot that beat the goalie to his right side.  Then it was Doug Larson's turn as the senior scored the first of his three on the afternoon, the first coming off blocking an International Falls defenseman shooting the puck into Larson, it caromed out to the neutral zone and Larson was off to the races on a breakaway, "This year it seems I only have one move on a breakaway," said Larson, "I hold the puck on my backhand skating up ice to get the goalie frozen and go to my forehand like I'm going to shoot it and then go back to my backhand and it's usually an open net almost every time and was able to score there."  Crookston led 2-0 after the first period despite being outshot 14-13. "We rely on those guys to get us started," said Crookston assistant coach Josh Hardy, who was acting head coach for Joel Gasper who is on a business trip in Arizona dealing with Sugar Beets.  Hardy by the way is a former International Falls player and was captain for the Broncos and one of his coaches was the current head coach for International Falls, George McDonald. "We always talk about how important those first five, six and seven minutes are in a game, setting the tone for the rest of the game," said Hardy, "and Bobby and Doug stepped up to the plate today."
Crookston's experiment of moving Cody Wardner up to a forward continues to work as the senior scored his second goal in his second game at wing with this one coming just 27 seconds into the second period and came on the smartness and great vision of Tiedemann. The Pirate senior who appears to be getting stronger every game after battling a high ankle sprain came into offensive zone and showed great patience waiting for a teammate to get into the Bronco's zone with him and then he threaded a pass across to a streaking Wardner who blasted a shot that found the back of the net and Crookston was leading 3-0. Then it was fast and furious for about a minute and a half with four goals scored, three of them by Crookston. Larson netted his second goal with assistance from linemates Harrison Bjorgo and Dane Anderson who got the puck in front and Larson found the mark. 27 second later Ethan Magsam got into the act when Tiedemann found him point blank in front of Skallman for the sophomore's ninth goal of the season and Crookston was now up 5-0. 13 seconds later the Broncos scored their only goal when Brandon Podpesker jumped on a rebound in front of Crookston goalie Ian Johnson, dragged the puck more in front of the goal and scored.  It kept being a crazy, frantic pace when 56 seconds later, Tanner Reinhart, a third line centerman has been scoring some goals this time he was standing to the left of the International Falls goal and with a rolling puck to Reinhart and the goalie down he lifted the puck over a sprawled defenseman and goalie for the goal and just over four minutes into the second period Crookston led 6-1. "Tanner has been a goal scorer all the way through the youth program and the JV," said Larson, "every time you give him an opportunity to score he is going to do it. He is just a goal scorer."
Things slowed down a bit for the rest of the period except when Crookston had a late power play and this is when Larson scored his hat-trick. Bjorgo won the draw to the point to Tiedemann who put the shot directly on Skallman and a juicy rebound was laying to the downed goaltenders right side and Larson popped it in to make it 7-1. "Harry did a really good job of tying up their center, Dane grabbed the puck passed it back to Bobby who had an open lane and shot. We were laughing that it was probably the first time I have gone to the net on a power play when the defense shoots the puck," said Larson, "I'm usually sitting back on the dots for a one-timer or something. I just tapped it in and it was all Bobby there." It was the 30th goal of the season for Larson, which ties his mark of goals scored last year and he has two regular season and at least one playoff game if not more coming up!
Nobody scored in the third period as Crookston ran three lines continually along with five defenseman and came close to putting another one up that involved Larson again but this time he showed his unselfishness coming into the Broncos zone on a two on one with fellow senior Tim Cymbaluk who has been playing the entire season on JV and Larson did a little spin move and a behind the back pass to Cymbaluk who was robbed by Skallman to keep it at 7-1 for the final score.  "We sat Cody (Wardner) in the third period as he tweaked his wrist a little bit and we also didn't want him to get another major and have to sit," said Hardy about his senior wing who took a five minute major for charging in the first period, "we played everyone, got our seniors in there and wanted to keep everyone healthy, so it was a good period for us in that respect."
Crookston has won two in a row and improves to 10-13 on the season and will have a final regular season Section 8A game at Red  Lake Falls on Tuesday night, which is the day before the Section 8A coaches have their seeding meeting. "We've stubbed our toe in the past before the seeding meeting," said Hardy, "I don't think that is going to happen to this group as they are pretty focused, dedicated , ready to go and exciting to play Red Lake Falls again and against players they know very well."
How did feel to be the head coach for his first game and have it come against his alma mater? "I played there, was a captain and coached there for a while," said Hardy, "I still bleed a little purple and gold and I want to see them do well pretty much any game except us." Hardy is 1-0 as a 'head coach' but will relinquish the duties back to Coach Gasper in Red Lake Falls.
International Falls is now 10-12-1 on the season and will conclude their regular season on Thursday at Lake of the Woods. The Broncos played in Section 7A that has Hermantown, Hibbing, Greenway-Coleraine and Duluth Denfeld in their same section, which is four teams that are ranked in the top 11 in the state!!
JV -  Crookston won 6-2

Doug Larson makes a move and gets the goalie to bite and then scores on a backhand shot

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
International Falls 0 1 0 1

                                    Ethan Magsam puts a shot on goal

1st Period
3:03 - Crookston -
Bobby Tiedemann (17)  (Cody Wardner)
5:16 - Crookston - Doug Larson  (28)  unassisted

2nd Period
:27 - Crookston -
Cody Wardner (6)   (Bobby Tiedemann)
2:39 - Crookston - Doug Larson (29)  
(Harrison Bjorgo, Dane Anderson)
3:06 - Crookston -
Ethan Magsam (9)   (Bobby Tiedemann)
3:19 - International Falls -
Brandon Podpeskar   (Brett Lindvall)
4:13 -
Crookston - Tanner Reinhart (4)  unassisted
10:11 - Crookston - Doug Larson (30)  (Bobby Tiedemann, Harrison Bjorgo)  (PP)

3rd Period
No Scoring

    Ian Johnson with one of his 28 saves in the game

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Lane Skallman - International Falls 11 9 3 23
Ian Johnson - Crookston 14 6 8 28



Pequot Lakes head coach Ben Starns kiddingly said after the game, "I don't like that kid,". He was talking about Matt Garmen the Crookston junior guard who for the second year in a row put a late shot up to defeat the Patriots. This afternoon it was Matt Garmen banking in a shot with just under a minute to go in the game to give Crookston a 52-51 lead and then his younger brother, freshman Nick Garmen grabbed a missed Pequot Lakes shot, was fouled and made two free throws with 11 seconds to go to give Crookston a 54-41 lead and a desperation shot by the Patriots was short and Crookston not only picked up a much needed win, but it was also the 300th career win as a head coach for coach Greg Garmen (pictured right)!! About one year ago the Pirates were playing in Pequot Lakes and Matt Garmen grabbed a rebound and hit a short shot at the buzzer to defeat the Patriots. This is head coach Garmen's 20th season at Crookston and his 300th win and with three years at Waubun he has 346 overall wins.. How about his first win in Crookston? "I really don't remember," said the coach, "but it could have been over Thief River Falls. I really didn't know it was going to be my 300th win until Ed Nelson (former assistant and Crookston Athletics Historian) told me a week or so ago." Ed Nelson confirmed that Coach Garmen's first win at Crookston was a 61-50 win over Thief River Falls.
The two teams battled it out in the first half with much the same style of play in that both like to get out and down the floor. Crookston took an early 7-4 lead with Nick Garmen hitting two three's. Crookston was in foul trouble again in the first half with Patrick Deng sitting with three and Luke Froeber and Chris Wavra having two and were sitting quite a bit. "Elias (Walski), Guthrie (Dingmann) along with Todd Boerger played a lot of minutes in the first half and not only played but contributed big time for us," said coach Garmen, "we really needed them to step up at that time and they didn't disappoint. Boerger has been scoring quite a bit on the JV side so we are going to continue to give him some more minutes on the varsity and see what happens."  Crookston was down 27-20 late in the first half when Wavra got hot and nailed back to back three pointers to pull Crookston within 27-26. "I took Chris out after those two threes as we didn't want him getting a third in the first half," said Greg Garmen. Neither team would score the rest of the half with Pequot Lakes leading 27-26 at intermission.
The second half was not much different than the first in that it was tight throughout. The Pirates started the half by getting the ball inside to Froeber for an easy basket to take the lead and in some respect's change the game. "Luke got all his six points in the second half," said Greg Garmen, "he played aggressively but they put two players on him then and that opened up things for the other players on the team." Crookston might have been able to open up more breathing room except they missed at least 10 'bunnies' or layups. "Coach Nessler started counting and we were up to 10 bunnies missed and that might have not been all of them," said Coach Garmen, "on one trip we missed three of them. Just a lack of focus." Nick Garmen was able to get some good looks and drained four three point shots in the second half and six in the game and although a freshman he set a school record earlier this year for three point shots made in a game.  Neither team was able to get more than a three point lead the rest of the way and then the heroics by the Garmen brothers at the end to help their dad get his 300th win!!!
"We were more aggressive this afternoon than last night against Crosby-Ironton," said coach Garmen, "we got a little more going inside and I think Pequot Lakes wanting to get up and down the floor is much better suited for us than a team that will walk the ball down the court."
Crookston was led by Nick Garmen's double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds and he was the only Pirate in double figures. "If you told me before the game that Patrick Deng would have no points, I would have thought we probably didn't stand a chance," said Greg Garmen, "but we had good play off the bench as I said and were able to hit some shots and get enough play inside. We really needed this win after the last week or so and this should be good in the QRF rankings and help us move up a bit in the section standings."  Crookston is now 9-12 on the season and will have three games next week starting at home on Tuesday with Pelican Rapids, at Barnesville on Thursday and home with Thief River Falls on Friday. "There are a couple Section games in there along with Thief River Falls so if we can pick up some wins it will really help us in the rankings," said coach Garmen.
Pequot Lakes falls to 12-10 on the season and will be at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Tuesday.
JV -  Pequot Lakes won 63-38
C-Squad -  Pequot Lakes won 57-30


1st Half

2nd Half


Pequot Lakes

27 24 51


26 28 54






Nick Garmen

20 11  
Matt Garmen 9 5 6 assists
Chris Wavra 9   4 assists
Todd Boerger 6    
Luke Froeber 6 4  
Mitchell Olson 2    
Elias Walski 2    


For Pequot Lakes


CJ Borleis 17
Nathan Traut 11
Gage Westlund 6
Austin Young 6
Hunter Larson 5
Zach Sjoblad 4
Josh Buell 1
Andy Voges 1


The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team used a 14-0 run at the end of the first quarter to blow the game open and never looked back on their way to an 85-65 victory over the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs in a Northern Sun Conference game in Marshall, Minnesota.
UMC was leading 14-13 with 4:09 remaining in the first quarter when Alexa Thielman (Sr. Buffalo) hit a three pointer to spark a 14-0 run to end the quarter.  In the run Isieoma Odor (Fresh. Bloomington) had eight points and Emily Gruber (Soph. Monticello) added a three pointer and the Golden Eagles led 28-13 at the end of the first quarter.  “We got on a roll and had contributions from different people and were able to get some stops and great inside play,” said UMC Coach Mike Roysland.
The Mustangs would open the second quarter with a three to end the UMC run and cut the deficit to 28-16, but the Golden Eagles would again respond with back-to-back three-pointers from Katrina Nordick (Sr-Perham, Mn) and Thielman and with five and a half minutes left in the half, UMC led 37-23. UMC took a 16 point lead when Odor slashed through the lane for another basket and an 8-0 run for UMC. UMC had their biggest lead after a Thielman lay up and would go into half-time with a comfortable 51-33 lead.
UMC would up the lead to 23 when Odor scored followed by a basket from Alisa Hughes (Fresh-Janesville, WI) and it was 57-34. Thielman and Gruber continued the onslaught with a basket and free throws respectively and UMC led 70-47 going into the fourth quarter. UMC's three point shooting is one of the top programs in the nation and they continued that to start the fourth quarter when Micaela Noga (Soph-Parkers Prairie, Mn) hit the Golden Eagles 11th trey of the game. Hughes would add another later in the quarter to end the game with 12 treys for the team and an 85-65 win to stop a two game losing
streak, remain in a tie for third place in the North Division of the conference with a 12-6 mark and an overall record of 15-7. UMC is a game behind Northern State and Minnesota State-Moorhead in the North.  “This game tape will be good to watch to show the girls this is how are offense should look,” said Coach Roysland. “I was happy we didn’t settle and we kept playing hard in the second half and to see the improvement from yesterday.  We have been playing well, we just ran into some tough teams that played a little better.  Tonight we made shots and last night we didn’t make enough.”
UMC has two weekends left of the regular season and their last regular season home games next weekend when they host Minot State and the University of Mary on Friday and Saturday. Southwest Minnesota State is 5-19 overall and 3-15 in the conference.

   Emily Gruber drives by a Southwest Minnesota State defender

Box Score


2 3




28 23 19 15 85

SW Mn State

15 18 14 18 65

Caitlin Michaelis dives on the ground for a loose ball in the first half

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alexa Thielman 18 5 2 assists/2 steals
Isieoma Odor 17 4  
Katrina Nordick 16 9 7 assists
Alison Hughes 13    
Emily Gruber 9 10
Micaela Noga 7   6 assists
Caitlin Michaelis 5 3  



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Men's Basketball team only had three rebounds in the first half and trailed 58-24 at halftime as the Southwest Minnesota State cruised to a 100-68 Northern Sun Conference victory on Hawaii night in Marshall, Minnesota. 
The crowd of 2,500 fans seemed to fuel the Mustangs in the first half as they dominated the boards and shot extremely well in the first half and jumped out to a 10-3 lead to start the game.  Southwest grabbed the first eight rebounds of the game and led 18-5.  Southwest made over 60 percent of their first half shots and built a 58-24 lead going into halftime.  At halftime, Southwest had as many dunks as UMC had rebounds with a total of three.  "I have never seen that before," said UMC Coach Dan Weisse. "I have never seen a team only get three rebounds in a half.  The crowd obviously gave them a big boost to start the game, they were hitting shots and they forced us to hurry up our game and we were taking shots with 25 seconds left on the shot clock and that worked in their favor."
In the second half, the UMC goal was to outscore Southwest and they did that by a 44-42 score and everybody got in the game for both teams as Southwest cruised to the 100-68 victory.  "We did a better job rebounding in the second half and we outscored them, but they dropped the pressure and both teams played the bench and I thought we saw some good things from our bench players.  They played hard and made some things happen and we had players diving for loose balls and that was good to see."
UMC drops to 3-19 overall and 1-17 in the NSIC and will host the University of Mary and Minot State next weekend in the final home games of the year.  Southwest Minnesota State improves to 12-11 overall and 8-10 in the NSIC and will host Augustana. 

       A.J. Walton drives to the lane             Chase Knickerbocker with a three

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half



24 44 68

Southwest State

58 42 100

Just some of the student body section at the men's game on Hawaiian night

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
C.J. Polk 15    
Kobe Chritchley 11   2 assists
Derrick Redd 9 4 2 assists
Chase Knickerbocker 8    
Xavier Hall 6    
Nate Lorenz 5
Gable Smith 5    
Ben Grygiel 4 4  
Aaron Hollcraft 3    
A.J. Walton 2    



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Women’s Basketball team struggled offensively and only scored 55 points in the game in a 64-55 loss to the University of Sioux Falls in a Northern Sun Conference game in Sioux Falls, S.D.  UMC has lost three of their last four games with all three losses to the first, second and third place team in the 16 team conference.
Sioux Falls jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game before an Alexa Thielman (Sr. Buffalo) three pointer and an Isieoma Odor (Fresh. Bloomington) basket to cut the deficit to 7-5.  Sioux Falls’ Taylor Varsho (Sr. Chili, Wis) scored five straight points before UMC ended the quarter on a 6-0 run with baskets by Micaela Noga (Soph. Parkers Prairie), Thielman and Odor and Sioux Falls took a 12-11 lead into the second quarter.
Sioux Falls’ Varsho scored the first four points of the second quarter, but UMC responded with a three pointer by Thielman and two free throws by Odor to tie the game at 16.  Sioux Falls made two free throws to regain the lead, but UMC answered with back-to-back three pointers by Katrina Nordick (Sr. Perham) and Noga and the Golden Eagles had their biggest lead of the game at 22-18.  Sioux Falls controlled the final five minutes of the quarter and went on a 9-0 run to build a 27-22 lead and took a 30-24 lead after Varsho made a three pointer with 43 seconds left in the half for her 18 point of the game.  UMC was outrebounded 34-13 in the first half and Sioux Falls had 16 offensive rebounds, three more than UMC had total rebounds in the half.  “This disheartening thing in the first half was our rebounding,” said UMC Coach Mike Roysland. “We weren’t putting a body on them and they were tipping rebounds out and getting second and third opportunities, but we still only were down by six points and were in the game.”
In the third quarter UMC got within three points with over a minute remaining but Varsho made another three pointer and Sioux Falls led 43-38 going into the fourth quarter.
UMC was able to get within two points after a Nordick basket with 8:37 to go in the game, but Sioux Falls answered with an 8-2 run including a three pointer by Varsho for a 53-44 lead with six minutes left in the game.  UMC couldn’t recover in the final six minutes and Sioux Falls won 64-55.  “Sioux Falls is a good team, but we had too many turnovers and a lot of uncharacteristic plays and that hurt us.  We missed some free throws when we needed to make them and our two best players were 3 of 12 and 4 of 12 and all of it combined was tough,” said Coach Roysland. “We played hard and we had a great effort, but Sioux Falls is a good team and give them credit, they were able to take away some things tonight.”
UMC drops to 14-7 overall and 11-6 in the NSIC and will travel to Marshall, Minnesota to play Southwest Minnesota State at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Sioux Falls improves to 19-4 overall and 13-4 in the NSIC.

Alison Hughes with a pass and Katrina Nordick drives into the lane

Box Score


2 3




11 13 14 17 55

U Sioux Falls

12 18 13 21 64


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 18 8 2 steals
Alexa Thielman 11 3 2 assists/2 blocks
Katrina Nordick 10 7  
Micaela Noga 7 3  
Alison Hughes 3 4 3 assists
Emily Gruber 3 3
Caitlin Michaelis 3    




The University of Sioux Falls Cougars used a 23-5 run in over a four minute span in the second half and beat the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team 73-60 in a Northern Sun Conference game in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Sioux Falls jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first two-plus minutes of the game and held a 22-16 lead with 7:11 left in the first half.  UMC started to settle down in the final seven minutes of the half and was sparked by an NBA three pointer by Kobe Critchley (Fresh. Roseville) who then made a spinning shot in the lane on the next possession and Derek Redd Jr. (Sr. Menifee, Cal) made a three pointer to give the Golden Eagles a 24-22 lead with 4:11 to go in the first half, but UMC didn’t score the rest of the way and trailed 29-24 at halftime.  UMC was in the game despite shooting 28 percent (8-29) from the field in the first half.  “Other than the shooting it wasn’t a bad first half for us.  We have to help ourselves out and shoot the ball better,” said UMC Coach Dan Weisse. “We missed some open shots and they are a good defensive team.  I liked our effort and how hard we played, but again we didn’t make shots.”
C.J. Polk (Soph. Milwaukee, Wis) scored the first points of the second half and UMC slowly chipped away at the deficit and after a three point play by Redd the Golden Eagles trailed 40-39 with 12:50 to go in the game.  The UMC offense went into a lull over the next four-plus minutes as Sioux Falls went on a 23-5 run and took a 63-44 lead with eight minutes left in the game.  UMC was able to cut the deficit to nine points late in the game, but Sioux Falls held on for a 73-60 victory. “They scored 25 points in 12 possessions and our goal is to hold teams to one point per possession and we didn’t do that and it was that stretch that killed us,” said Coach Weisse. “They made shots and give them credit, but I would like to make some tough shots, but we aren’t doing that right now.  We need to play 40 minutes and if we would have done that tonight we would have won the game.”  UMC was without a starting post player with Gable Smith missing the game with the stomach flu and he is questionable for Saturday.
UMC drops to 3-18 overall and 1-16 in the NSIC and will travel to Marshall, Minnesota to play Southwest Minnesota State at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Aaron Hollcraft with a reverse lay up  Derrick Redd goes up for a basket

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half



24 36 60

U Sioux Falls

29 44 73


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Derrick Redd 16 4 2 assists/2 steals
CJ Polk 14 3 3 Steals
Kobe Chritchley 14 5 4 Assists
AJ Walton 5 3  
Ben Grygiel 3    
Nate Lorenz 2 6
Xavier Hall 2    
Aaron Hollcraft 2    
Jim Warmack 2 4  




Crosby-Ironton head coach Dave Galovich has been a head coach for 38 years starting out at Erskine, Minnesota with a couple more years in St. Michael-Albertville before settling the last 31 years as the Rangers head man said he hasn't had many if any teams that have had all five of his starters playing in their 21st game that all average in double figures in scoring! That balance inside and outside was tough for the undersized Pirates to defend as the Rangers pulled away in the second half to defeat Crookston  66-51 in a boys basketball game at the Crookston High School on Friday night.
The game started out well enough for the home team when the Pirates Chris Wavra opened up with a three point shot and then he and Luke Froeber both hit short turnarounds down low to give Crookston a 7-3 lead three minutes in. Crosby-Ironton did not get rattled because when you have a smooth left handed 6'6 post man like junior Noah Gindorff, you get him the ball which the Rangers did and he when he received an entry pass he was up so quick with the shot and two straight baskets and Crosby-Ironton took their first lead at 8-7. This was followed up by a 6'5 perimeter player Jack Silgen who had a three and then took it inside for a basket and the Rangers were up 15-7 with a 9-0 run and just under 10 minutes left in the first game and the Pirates called a quick timeout.  The Pirates have been a three point shooting team this season and even against the size of Crosby-Ironton they were able to get their shots off in the first half and making them. Matt Garmen struck with a long bomb, followed by a Froeber baby hook and Crookston trailed 15-12 with eight and a half minutes left.  Crosby-Ironton would then show they can dial up long range as well with Silgen and appropriately named Trey Jacobs hitting back to back treys and the Rangers had their biggest lead at 21-12 with seven plus minutes left in the half. Crookston kept answering, this time with a Matt Garmen three and although Gindorff had a couple more inside baskets, Crookston would not be deterred with Patrick Deng and Matt Garmen connecting with back to back three point shots and with two and a half minutes left in the half, Crosby-Ironton led 27-26. The last four points of the half? Gindorff with Froeber sitting with three fouls had two strong inside moves and Crosby-Ironton went into half time with a 31-26 lead. "Gindorff goes hard," said Crookston head coach Greg Garmen, "he's a lefty and went that way almost every time but our kids didn't make the adjustment getting to that side and he was tough for us to guard. We gave it a whirl and tried but didn't come out on top of guarding him. We needed to attack their zone and quit being so shy about it. We wanted to attack the basket, but they were blocking shots, but we thought we needed to get to the hoop at least get a foul. We only had three shots inside in the first half but we've said it all year, we are going to live and die by the three and we did do well there to keep us in the game at half."
Evan Edmundson who didn't score in the first half and didn't even look to score was a different player offensively to start the second half. The 6'1 junior averages over 11 points a game and took the first two shots of the second half for Crosby-Ironton and both rippled the net from way out and the Rangers opened up a 37-26 lead in the first minute of the second half. The Rangers used their size more effectively in the second half with some traps at half-court and 6'5 Silgen out on top in a zone defense which had the Pirates Deng and Matt Garmen lobbing passes way up there to get over the long arms of Silgen. Crookston kept trying to answer Crosby-Ironton with Nick Garmen, who didn't score in the first half nailing a three, Wavra hit a couple more long ones and when the Pirates 6'6 junior post player, Mitchell Olson went up strong for a basket and added a free throw and the three point play pulled the Pirates within 42-38 with 10 minutes left in the game. That would be as close as the Pirates would get again as they ran off six points in a row with Jacobs hitting two, one beating the Pirates press and an easy basket and the ever present Gindorff with a put back and it was 48-38 that quick. "Their 1-3-1 defense gave us fits because they are so long," said coach Garmen, "we had some nice lobs and some of those floaters got your heart going waiting for them to pick them off, but I think it only happened one time. We would try to have Matt or Patrick try to split the gap and when they did they would find two guys there and have to come back out. We were trying and didn't back down, but give them credit as they played very good defense and didn't foul." Even with four fouls which has been a common problem for Froeber, the big guy played strong inside and had a put back, a nice little turn around to make it 51-45 with just over five minutes left. "Luke didn't foul out which is good for us," said coach Garmen, "we need him in the entire game and he still played aggressively inside." In a span of two minutes Gindorff would rack up seven points to finish with 24 and the Rangers won going away 66-51.
Crookston is now 8-12 on the year and have lost three games in a row and continued the delay of head coach Garmen picking up his 300th career win. The Pirates will host Pequot Lakes tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM. Pequot Lakes is having a good year with a couple wins in a row to improve to 12-9 on the year. "They have a lot of kids back from last year and they really get out and go," said coach Garmen, "they are a little bigger than we are, not huge, but 6'2's and they like to shoot and will let it go from the yellow line on the floor where the volleyball service line is. They like to trap and get a bunch of layups and quick points, so we'll have to be ready."
Crosby-Ironton, which starts four juniors with 6'2 senior Ben Jordan, improves to 17-4 on the year and it is also the 658th win of coach Galovich's career. The Rangers will be at Roseau tomorrow afternoon.
JV -  Crookston won 52-45 with Todd Boerger getting 27points

Patrick Deng goes in for a shot    Mitchell Olson with a basket in the paint


1st Half

2nd Half



31 35 66


26 25 51

Matt Garmen looks to pass while in the air





Chris Wavra

17 3 3 assists
Luke Froeber 10 5  
Matt Garmen 8   6 assists/3 steals
Nick Garmen 7 6 2 assists/2 steals
Patrick Deng 3 5  
Guthrie Dingman 3    
Mitchell Olson 3    


For Crosby-Ironton


Noah Gindorff 24
Jack Silgen 15
Trey Jacobs 10
Evan Edmundson 8
Ben Jordan 7
Jake Larson 2



When you are 2-22 on the season and have lost to a team twice by a total score of 13-2 and now you're playing them in a first round tournament game, what do you do as a coaching staff and the players themselves? "We had nothing to lose and wanted the girls to go out and have some fun and leave everything out on the ice," Jaclyn Martin the Crookston first year head coach said before the game. That is exactly what her team did as the heavy underdog Pirates gave the three seeded East Grand Forks Green Wave everything and more, but East Grand Forks outlasted the Pirate 5-3 in the first round of the Section 8A Girl's Hockey Tournament in East Grand Forks.
Being on the road Crookston knew they had to have a good start and not get into a spot where they would have to dig themselves out and they did just that by scoring the only goal of the first period. It came on good work in the offensive zone by Sabrina Delorme who split the Green Wave defensemen by muscling through them, got down low and was covered by two Green Wave players but pushed a pass back to the blue line to Jayden Allrich who skated in a couple strides and her wrist shot beat Mckenzie Whalen the East Grand Forks goaltender and half way through the opening period Crookston had a 1-0 lead. "Jayden had a nice shot on net putting it glove side and top shelf and that was a big one to get on that goalie," said coach Martin, "we were really feeling it."  Crookston kept up the play with some nice chances and particularly late in the period when they had a short power play and had some great chances that Whalen had to be very good to stop. Defensively Crookston was keeping everything away from in front of their net and Pirate goaltender Brelee Jobe was perfect with six saves in the period as the Pirates led 1-0 after the first period. "It was a great period for us as we were doing everything well," said Martin, "at the end of the period we were getting a little tired because of the exciting and intensity of everything, but you couldn't have asked for a better start. We were picking up sticks, putting our entire bodies in front of pucks and giving our goalie a chance to see those shots."
East Grand Forks has had some trouble scoring goals this year but they found their touch in the second period scoring four times. The first came on an early power play and it took 23 seconds with the extra person for the Green Wave to tie it up. East Grand Forks had a nice breakout of their zone when Tyra Chupka hit Leah Pesch at center ice to set up a two on one and after Tiffany Hanson received the pass she snapped a shot past Jobe and it was 1-1 just two minutes into the period.  The Green Wave took their first lead six minutes into the period when Cynthia Loven scored on a rebound to make it 2-1. Chupka would make it 3-2 with just over three minutes to go in the period when she knocked down a Crookston clearing pass and was to the left of the Crookston goal and appeared to be trying a pass to the other side when it was deflected in.  Crookston was reeling a bit but received a boost late on some great forechecking by the entire line of Macy Strem, Leah Trostad and Maddie Nicholls. All three were behind the Green Wave net and would not allow East Grand Forks to clear the puck and after many attempts they were able to get the puck in front where Trostad redirected it past Whalen and the huge goal cut the East Grand Forks lead to 3-2 with 1:44 left in the period.  One of the killers of the game from the Crookston point of view came with 37 seconds left in the period when Hanson picked up a loose puck just outside the Crookston blue line, stormed into the zone and let another nice wrister past Jobe to give the Green Wave a cushion going into the second period break with a 4-2 lead. "I think we started hanging our heads a little bit in the second period," said Martin, "we've down in that situation before and we knew that we could come back and we did late in the period and felt pretty good going into the third period."
East Grand Forks had taken a penalty with three seconds left to go in the second period so the Pirates started the period with a near full power play and they would score with the person advantage to make it a one goal game again. Crookston's defenseman, Kendall Wahouske, was keeping the puck in the offensive zone at the blue line and had enough time to spot Nicholls parked at the left side of the Green Wave net and Wahouske gave her the pass. Nicholls was denied the first time by Whalen, but the Pirate junior stayed with it and on the second rebound put it in and just over a minute into the third period, Crookston now trailed 4-3. "Having a power play on fresh ice to start the period was big as you don't get many chances," said Martin, "we knew what we had to do and we told the girls that we really needed to get a goal here and they did. Now we're right back in it, momentum is on our side." Both teams had some chances as the final period went on, but either shots were being blocked, going wide or high or stopped by the two goalies and with time running down on Crookston, they needed something to happen. Unfortunately for the Pirates it was a sophomore defenseman, Meghan Weber who was just able to keep a puck from getting out of the Crookston zone, she carried it around from left to right on her back hand around to the other side of the slot and got to her forehand where she let a shot go that somehow found it's way through a maze of players in front of a screened Crookston goalie Jobe for the score with 1:52 to go in regulation and East Grand Forks led 5-3.  "Brelee couldn't see it with all those players in front of her. Unfortunately they caught us at the end of a shift and I think the girl that scored was at the beginning of her shift," said Martin, "they can wheel and deal and you can't let them do that and we kind of backed off a little bit and letting them shoot as Brelee was playing her best game of the season, seeing everything all night and I think we expected her to make that save. We couldn't have asked for Brelee to play any better than she did tonight." Crookston would call a time out and pulled their goalie with 50 seconds left in the game but could not get any real threat and the season ran out on the Pirates with East Grand Forks defeating the Pirates 5-3 for their third win of the season over Crookston. "
Crookston finishes the season 2-23 and lose four seniors, Sabrina Delorme, Tori Demarais, Annie Hajostek and Leah Trostad. "I thought all four of them played a tremendous game," said coach Martin, "Leah had her wheels going, Annie did a great job of positioning herself well in the defensive zone, Sabrina had a little extra step right away and kept it going the whole game and Tori gives it all every game. Those four girls had a heck of a last game. I'm so proud of all the girls as they grinded it out all season. Everybody knew how the season might go with two inexperienced goaltenders but I think we easily outplayed half the teams we played this season. As a first year head coach I couldn't have asked for a better or more fun team to coach and a team that gave it an all around effort."
East Grand Forks is now 11-15 and will advance to the semi-finals on Monday at Thief River Falls when they play the defending Minnesota State Class A champs, Thief River Falls in their own arena.

The four seniors - Tori Demarais, Sabrina Delorme, Leah Trostad, and Annie Hajostek after playing their last Pirate Hockey game

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
East Grand Forks 0 4 1 5

Leah Trostad on a break away gets a shot off while the EGF goalie looks on

1st Period
8:37 - Crookston -  Jayden Allrich (3)  (Sabrina Delorme)

2nd Period
2:19 - East Grand Forks - Tiffany Hanson (Leah Pesch, Tyra Chupka) (PP)
6:08 - Eat Grand Forks - Cynthia Loven  (Geena Boyum)
13:49 - East Grand Forks - Tyra Chupka  unassisted
15:16 - Crookston -
Leah Trostad (14) (Macy Strem, Maddie Nicholls)
16:23 - East Grand Forks - Tiffany Hanson  unassisted

3rd Period
1:15 - Crookston -
Maddie Nicholls  (5) (Kendall Wahouske)  (PP)
15:08 - East Grand Forks - Meghan Weber  unassisted

     Jayden Allrich (4) and goalie Brelee Jobe stop a Green Wave shot

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brelee Jobe - Crookston 6 7 9 22
McKenzie Whalen - East Grand Forks 11 6 7 24



The Crookston Pirate Wrestlers lost a dual to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (DGF) 42-31 in the regular season finale in Crookston.  The Pirates were celebrating senior night and honored all four seniors (Zach Lutz, Jonny Frazee, Aric Riddle, and Jesse Bosquez). Even with a team loss the Pirates were celebrating as the final match was complete because one of the four seniors, Jesse Bosquez, won his heavyweight match by a pin in the second period.  As Jesse got his opponent on his back the Pirates started chanted Bosquez, Bosquez to give their teammate the edge to hold on for the pin and when the referee’s hand slapped the mat the crowd and Pirates went wild and it was a fitting way to end senior night, with one of the seniors winning by pin.  “It was great to see for Jesse.  He was battling hard the first period and was maybe getting pushed around a bit,” said Pirate Coach Wes Hanson. “Jesse showed in the second period that he can be dangerous with the pin.  It was a great way to end senior night.” 
DGF took an 18-0 lead with two pins and a forfeit to start the match.  Cameron Hulst picked up the first Pirate victory when he won by a pin with one second left in the second period.  “DGF is tough in the lower weights so we knew it was going to be tough,” said Coach Hanson. “Cameron was losing his match before he came back to get the fall and he continues to show he is strong late in the match.”
Crookston’s Lukas Meier lost a tough 8-7 decision in the next match, but he wrestled well and just came up short after missing over a month of action because of an injury. “He was disappointed with the loss, but he left everything out there,” said Coach Hanson. “It was nice to see him on the mat and he will have some success soon!”
The Pirates answered back-to-back wins by decision with Colton Weiland winning 6-2 and Preston Desrosier picking up a major decision at 12-2 to bring Crookston within a 21-13 deficit.  “They both battled some adversity early by giving up some points,” said Coach Hanson. “They both wrestled hard and got the job done.”
DGF won the next two matches to build a 30-13 lead before Zach Lutz, another senior, won by an injury default.  Zach was in control of the match and had his opponent wrapped up and made a move and the DGF wrestler injured his elbow and wasn’t able to finish the match giving Zach the win by injury default. “Zach was wrestling well and showed he wasn’t going to be pushed around on senior night,” said Coach Hanson. “He built up a pretty big lead before the injury and unfortunately injuries are part of the sport.”  In the final four matches Crookston won two of them with Jonny Frazee, a senior, winning by forfeit and the exciting win by Bosquez at the end of the match and DGF held on for the 42-31 victory. “You couldn’t have scripted senior night any better with our three seniors (on varsity) getting 18 points on senior night,” said Coach Hanson. “It was a tough loss, but we have to get ready for the team tournament next weekend and get healthy and try to find the best lineup we can.”
Crookston ends the regular season with a 6-10 dual record and will wrestle in the Section 8A Wrestling tournament on Saturday, February 13 in Thief River Falls.  KROX will have all the Pirate team tournament matches on the radio. DGF improves to 13-7 on the year.

Jesse Bosquez with a pin to end the match and the crowd and Pirates erupted with excitement

Weight Crookston-31 D-G-F-42



106 lbs Nolan Dans Zander Jenson DGF Pin 1:48
113 lbs Cameron Weiland Jack Fuchs DGF Pin 1:08
120 lbs OPEN Matthew Pollock DGF Forfeit
126 lbs Cameron Hulst   Brayden Johnson Crox Pin 3:59
132 lbs Lukas Meier Dacotah Coggins DGF 8-7
138 lbs Colton Weiland Jacob Schlicting Crox 6-2
145 lbs Preston Desrosier Brady Brown Crox 12-2
152 lbs Luis Argueta Garrett Scheel DGF Pin 3:16
160 lbs Damian Hodgson Jacob Arends DGF 4-2 OT
170 lbs Zach Lutz Andy Oberg Crox Inj Default
182 lbs Colin Leckie Trevor Dufault DGF Pin :58
195 lbs Jonny Frazee OPEN Crox Forfeit
220 lbs OPEN Tyler Oberg DGF Forfeit
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez Hunter Macziewski Crox Pin 2:43

Zach Lutz close to a pin before he got the win by injury default



The University of Minnesota Crookston soccer program announced the addition of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The Golden Eagles signed Lindsey Daml (MF/F, 5-4, North Pole, Alaska/North Pole H.S.), Paige Pettit (D, 5-8, St. Michael, Minn./Buffalo H.S.), Olivia Puttin (GK, 5-10, Rogers, Minn./Rogers H.S.), Chloe Smith (D, 5-6, Brainerd, Minn./Brainerd H.S.), Carolyn Stacey (MF/F, 5-4, Woodbury, Minn./New Life Academy) and Kayla Stangeland (MF/F, 5-5, Mitchell, S.D./Mitchell H.S.).  "I'm thrilled with the first part of our 2016 signing class,” Alianiello said. “It is a very humbling experience when these wonderful student-athletes choose to further their academic and athletic careers at the University of Minnesota Crookston and buy into the vision we have for the Women's Soccer program.  This is a hard-working group who will relish the chance to play Division II soccer in one of the premier conferences in the nation and continue to help us improve as we have each of the last 3 seasons.   I have no doubt they are going to represent the University of Minnesota Crookston with class and dignity both on and off the field.  It's a great day to be a Golden Eagle."
The 2016 class marks the fourth full recruiting class for Coach Alianiello, who is heading into his fifth season leading the charge for the Golden Eagles. UMC finished ninth in the Northern Sun Conference with a 7-10-1 (7-8 NSIC) mark, which marked the program-best for wins.

Lindsey Daml/MF-F/ North Pole, Alaska/North Pole H.S.
High School: Was an All-Mid-Alaska Conference pick for soccer in 2014 and 2015…Served as team captain for her soccer team during the 2014 and 2015 seasons…Served as team volleyball captain in 2015.
Personal: Daughter of Joanne Murrell of North Pole and William Daml of Fairbanks…Plans to major in health sciences…Born Nov. 11, 1997. “Lindsey is a quick player with some excellent pace and vision,” Alianiello said. “She is a lefty that can finish and play the killer play in behind and that is something that we really need. She also plays dangerous set pieces with that left foot of hers and we will look to take full advantage of that. I am really excited to have her on board as a Golden Eagle.”

Paige Pettit/D/5-8/St. Michael, Minn./Buffalo H.S.
High School: For Wright County helped take her team to fourth-state finish at state…At Buffalo H.S., was an All-Mississippi 8 Honorable Mention pick…She earned a varsity letter the last three years…She transferred from Buffalo H.S. from St. Michael-Albertville H.S. to pursue soccer.
Personal: Daughter of Geary and Julie Pettit…Plans to major in criminal justice…Born July 24, 1998…Mother Julie Pettit participated in track and field at St. Cloud State University from 1985-90. “Paige is going to be a great fit for us,” Alianiello said. “She is quick, aggressive and has good size.  I really like her anticipation in snuffing out through balls as well.  With her physical traits and the way she reads the game, I see her competing for multiple spots right away. “

Olivia Puttin/GK/5-10/Rogers, Minn./Rogers H.S.
High School: Helped lead her club team to a win at the Disney Soccer Tournament…Has led her team to the Minnesota State Tournament…A four-year varsity letterwinner…Played goalie for Rogers H.S…Has been Spotlight on Scholarship recipient the last three years.
Personal: Full name is Olivia Johnson Puttin…Daughter of James and Kelly Puttin…Born April 22, 1998…She is undecided on a major…Is the first person in her family to play a college sport…Has always dreamed of being an athlete at a U of M school.
"I'm really excited we were able to bring in Olivia,” Alianiello said. “She is a solid shot stopper, has some solid distribution skills and is going to develop into one of the best goalkeepers in the Northern Sun.  She is going to push our current goalkeepers and we are going to have a great competition and depth at this position next year."  

Carolyn Stacey/F-MF/5-4/Woodbury, Minn./New Life Academy
High School: Was an First Team All-Minnesota Christian Conference pick the last three years…Earned All-Conference Honorable Mention accolades in eighth and ninth grade…Nominated for All-State as a junior.
Personal: Daughter of Steve and Linda Stacey…Undecided on major…Born Sept. 21, 1997.
 "Carolyn is the type of player we love to have in the midfield,” Alianiello said. “She is hard-nosed and not afraid to use her physicality.  She has a great engine as well.  I am glad to she chose UMC to further her education and athletic career.  “

Chloe Smith/D/5-6/Brainerd, Minn./Brainerd H.S.
High School: Appeared in 17 games as a defender for Brainerd H.S. as a senior...Helped Brainerd H.S. to 12-0 mark and a Championship of Central Lakes Conference.
Personal: Daughter of Kelly and P.J. Smith...Born March 20, 1998...Undecided on major...Father was a captain for the St. Cloud State football team...Had a sister that was a gymnast at Winona State and a sister that ran track at Minnesota...Her uncle played hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth and Pittsburgh Penguins...Another unclde played football for St. Cloud State and Team Italy...Her aunt is an Athletic Hall of Famer for track at Concordia College. "I am really happy Chloe has decided to come to UMC," Alianiello said. "I was lucky enough to work with her at Midwest Elite Soccer Camp and knew she was exactly the type of student-athlete we want here.  She has an awesome attitude, works extremely hard and is a dogged defender."

Kayla Stangeland/F-MF/5-5/Mitchell, S.D./Mitchell H.S.
High School: Was a six-year letter winner at Mitchell H.S…Served as team captain the last two years…A 2015 All-State ESD First Team pick…An All-State Second Team pick…Holds record for most goals in a single-season for Mitchell H.S…Played club soccer for South Dakota United from 2012-15 and Dakota Alliance from 2013-16.
Personal: Daughter of Jim and Gail Stangeland…Born March 25, 1997…Plans to major in elementary education…Holds a 4.0 GPA and is a member of National Honor Society. “I was lucky enough to see Kayla perform at Midwest Elite Soccer Camp and was really impressed with her work rate and attitude at camp,” Alianiello said. “She is athletic, quick and I really like her movement off the ball and ideas she has going forward.  She is going to fit in very well with the current squad.”





The University of Minnesota Crookston football program announced one of their biggest signing classes in school history with 51 players in the fold heading into the 2016 season. The class includes 44 high school signees, two transfers and six players who enrolled at UMC at semester. “We are very excited about the group of student-athletes we were able to sign for the 2016 signing class,” said UMC Coach Mike Fritze. “Since I first got here we have always tried to put an emphasis on the region and most importantly the state of Minnesota. I think we were able to keep some of the most talented players in Minnesota right here in their home state and I am excited to watch those players, along with the other talented student-athletes we brought in from across the region and the nation develop.”

A large part of UMC’s success on the recruiting trail, which brought in one of the largest signing day classes in school history, was due to the return of the entire coaching staff, which was able to identify talent and generate excitement about the program. “The energy that all of these student-athletes have about UMC football and being part of building something special here was exciting for us as a coaching staff,” Fritze said. “We are excited about the building blocks we were able to put together.”

 The 51 signees will join 62 returning players on the roster, several of which had key roles on the team in 2015. The Golden Eagles look to enter the 2016 season with 113 players on their roster.

“One of the most exciting parts going into next season is how much competition and depth we will have at each position,” Fritze said.

UMC signed 17 offensive players, 29 defensive players, one special teams player and four guys who can play either offense or defense. 

The Golden Eagles are looking to build on a 1-10 season in 2015 as Coach Fritze enters his fourth year leading the charge. UMC will be led by returning All-NSIC players Dre Person (Sr., RB, Detroit, Mich.), Adam Connette (Jr., WR, Corona, Calif.) and Noah Lee (So., OL, Vadnais Heights, Mich.).


Position Breakdown

Quarterback (2)

Running Back (4)

Fullback (1)

Wide Receiver (3)

Offensive Line (7)

Defensive Line (10)

Linebacker (8)

Defensive Back (11)

Athletes (4)

Long Snapper (1)









The Crookston Pirates Boy's Hockey team has averaged over five goals a game in their last five games. They have also given up an average of near five goals a game during that same stretch that only saw two wins. So you're scoring enough goals to win a game so what do you do to shore up the other end? For Crookston head coach Joel Gasper it was move up one of my three regular defensemen up to a wing! Say what? The Pirates moved senior defenseman Cody Wardner up to a wing with Bobby Tiedemann and Ethan Magsam and not only did Wardner have a goal and an assist but the line combined for three goals as the Pirates defeated the Lake of the Woods Bears 8-0 in a Section 8A hockey game at the Crookston Sports Center on Tuesday night.
"If we are going to try some different things, now is the time to do it," said Crookston coach Gasper, "we looking for more depth and giving Ethan Stroot and Charles Eickhof more playing time on defense and moving an offensive type defenseman like Cody up is something we will try and see how it goes." It went well with the Pirates scoring three times in less than five minutes in the first period. Starting it out was the Pirates leading scorer, Doug Larson with his signature wheeling from the far boards, swinging into the slot and snapping off a wrister to the stick side of Bears goalie Cody Nelson for a 1-0 lead just over three minutes into the game. Less than a minute later Crookston junior defenseman Ethan Christopherson scored his first goal of his varsity career on a nice passing play started by Tiedemann to the point to Ben Trostad who slid a quick partner pass to Christopherson and his shot was low and found it's way past Nelson to make it 2-0. "I was at the top of the point and I was trying to get as many shots as I can as I'm the last guy on the team that hasn't scored yet," said Christopherson, "it wasn't my best shot but I like to keep the shot low so it can be tipped or whatever and let the forwards do their job. Luckily the Lake of the Woods guy kind of kicked in for me."  Christopherson who seen limited action on the varsity on defense last year has become one of the Pirates regular blue liners with more ice time in every game. So, with the team giving up some goals lately and looking to shore that up, what did he think about Wardner moving up to forward and now it was he and two sophomores patrolling the point? "Cody is a very offensive minded defenseman so I think the coaches made the right move putting him up to forward. I think they are trying to give some young guys some experience back there on defense. Wards was doing a real good job up front and the young guys are making some real good plays so it's worked out pretty nice."  Crookston's Tanner Reinhart was the recipient of Wardner using his strength from beside and behind the Bears net to get a pass to Reinhart in front and a little to the left of the Bears goal and the junior center man snapped a quick shot by Nelson to make it 3-0 which is how the period ended and could have been much worse if not for Nelson's play in goal with 16 saves many of them of the high end variety. Lake of the Woods had their only shot on goal on a shot from the blue line and it came nine minutes into the period. "We really came out flying in the period," said Gasper, "we were rolling the three lines, playing four defenseman. We had a tremendous amount of chances and their goalie was really battling. We were a little nervous coming into the game because he has had some tremendous outings this year. It was a great period and we felt good with the 3-0 lead."
Crookston appeared to take a period off in the second even though they outshot the Bears 8-2, it was a scoreless period with not much energy shown. "Complacency is the best way to describe it," said coach Gasper, "we stopped moving our feet expecting things to happen. We weren't finishing our checks, standing around and expecting our teammates to do something. It was addressed thoroughly after the second period."
It worked as Crookston scored twice in a minute and a half in the first three minutes of the period started by the third line scoring their second of the game, this time with good work on the fore check by Brandon Boetcher to get the puck in front to Drew Dragseth whose backhander got past Nelson for a 4-0 scored just over two minutes into the final period. Crookston continued their renewed energy and although he didn't get an assist or point, it was Larson who created Dane Anderson's first goal of the game as Larson jumped up on a Lake of the Woods defenseman who coughed up the puck to Anderson and a quick shot beat Nelson and now it was 5-0. Crookston sent the game to running time with nine and a half minutes to go in the game when Wardner struck with great work by Magsam who dogged the Bears stole the puck and found Wardner in front to make it 6-0.  The Pirates would add two more with Anderson scoring his second of the game on a rebound and Magsam scoring when Tiedemann cleaning won a draw in the circle to the right of the Bears goal to Magsam to make it an 8-0 win for Crookston. "We responded to a lack luster second period by playing a strong third period again," said Gasper, "we weren't taking marathon shifts out there like the second and had good quick 45 second shifts with more energy and certainly created the goals. We played everyone a lot and nice to get those seniors that don't get much if any varsity time like Trace Sanders and Timmy Cymbaluk out there too. It was a nice section win."  Crookston goalie Ian Johnson rang up his third shutout of the season with only nine saves with six in the third period and although he was not tested he was active with some long passes to center ice when Lake of the Woods was changing lines. "Ian must have watched the NHL All Star game this past weekend," said Gasper, "he was throwing the long passes trying to get assists. We told him to quit doing that and he settled down and made one of the best saves of the game at the buzzer robbing them with the glove save and nice to see him earn the shutout."  Crookston outshot Lake of the Woods 40-9 in the game to improve to 9-13 and stop a two game losing streak. The Pirates will host International Falls on Saturday afternoon and then finish off the regular season next week with a game at Red Lake Falls on Tuesday, the Section 8A coaches seeding meeting on Wednesday and finish with Roseau next Thursday at home with another early 6:00 PM start.
Lake of the Woods two game winning streak ended to leave the Bears at 7-15-1 but they are 5-7-1 in Section games and have only two games left of the regular season and both are next week. They are off until next Tuesday when they go to Warroad and next Thursday they host International Falls.

           Tim Parr looks to shoot as a Bear looks on

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Lake of the Woods 0 0 0 0

Ethan Stroot passes from neutral ice

1st Period
3:15 - Crookston - Doug Larson (27)  (Harrison Bjorgo)
- Crookston - Ethan Christopherson (1) (Ben Trostad, Bobby Tiedemann)
8:05 - Crookston - Tanner Reinhart (3)  (Cody Wardner, Brandon Boetcher)

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
2:09 - Crookston -
Drew Dragseth  (4)  (Brandon Boetcher)
3:39 - Crookston - Dane Anderson  (13)  unassisted
7:32 - Crookston -
Cody Wardner  (5)  (Ethan Magsam, Bobby Tiedemann)
9:40 - Crookston - Dane Anderson  (14)  (
Harrison Bjorgo, Doug Larson)
14:18 - Crookston -
Ethan Magsam  (8)  (Bobby Tiedemann)

Ben Trostad dumps the puck into the zone

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Cody Nelson - Lake of the Woods 16 8 8 32
Ian Johnson - Crookston 1 2 6 9



The Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey team was thinking a split with the Park Rapids Panthers and having a plus-two goal differential would give them an advantage, but the big losses to Thief River Falls, Warroad and East Grand Forks proved to move them to the last spot at number six.  "Both Gary Vaudrin (the Park Rapids coach) and I argued for the fifth seed and I said we beat them in their rink 4-1 and we lost in overtime earlier in the season on neutral ice," said Coach Martin. "The reason why we were the sixth seed is the scores against Warroad, Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks and it was tough to argue that."  Crookston lost to Warroad 12-0 and 16-1, and they lost to Thief River Falls 15-0 and 12-1, and lost to East Grand Forks 5-0 and 8-2.  Park Rapids lost to Warroad 8-0 and 11-1, lost to Thief River Falls 7-1 and 3-0, and they lost to East Grand Forks 7-0 and 4-1.  As you can see it is tough to argue with those numbers and Crookston will play East Grand Forks in the first round on Thursday.  "The girls are excited and want to play East Grand Forks," said Coach Martin. "We just need to figure out how to score on their goalie and it should be a good game."
The top seed was pretty much unanimous by the coaches as Warroad has beat like opponents by more goals than Thief River Falls.  The seeds and tournament schedule are below.

1. Warroad
2. Thief River Falls
3. East Grand Forks
4. Detroit Lakes
5. Park Rapids
6. Crookston

First round games (at high seed) - Thursday, February 4
Warroad and Thief River Falls receive a bye
Crookston at East Grand Forks - 7:00 p.m.
Park Rapids at Detroit Lakes - 7:00 p.m.

Semi-finals at Thief River Falls - Monday, February 8
6:00 p.m. - #1 Warroad plays winner of  Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes
8:15 p.m. - #2 Thief River Falls plays winner of Crookston and East Grand Forks

Championship - Thursday, February 11
7:00 p.m.




The Crookston Fourth Grade girls CYBA Basketball team won the first tournament the attended this season on Saturday, January 30 in Roseau.  Crookston went 3-0 on the day and Beat the Northern Freeze 19-8, beat Roseau 22-8 in the semi-finals and in the championship they beat Grafton 22-0!

Back Row:  Keona Arnold, Bailey Turnwall, Elsa Dingmann, Calleigh Fanfulik, Grace Meiners, Emma Gunderson,
Front Row:  Isabelle Smith, Katelyn Christensen, Halle Winjum, Brooke Simpkins, Amelia Cordova



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