TUESDAY - APRIL 15, 2014
DAN WEISSE NAMED UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH
University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the hiring of Dan Weisse as head men’s basketball coach. Weisse, most recently an assistant coach at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) school Minnesota State University Moorhead, is no stranger to the conference and the region as he takes over the helm of the Golden Eagle program. In addition he has worked under some of the top basketball minds in the game in his promising young coaching career. “We are excited to have Dan join UMC as the head men’s basketball coach,” Helgeson said. “We are happy to bring in someone with familiarity with the NSIC and the region having coached at MSU Moorhead and North Dakota State over the past seven seasons. We believe Dan will have a significant impact on our program and look forward to working with him.”
Weisse, who has been coaching in the Red River Valley for the past seven seasons, spent the past three seasons at MSU Moorhead under head coach Chad Walthall. He was the lead assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Dragons. Weisse helped an MSU Moorhead squad to an NCAA Division II tournament berth, where they picked up their first NCAA tournament win since 1965. In addition to earning a tournament berth, the Dragons hosted their first NSIC Tournament game since 1994 and achieved their first national ranking in program history.
Last season, Weisse helped the Dragons to a 21-8 record and a berth in the NSIC Championship Game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., where they lost to Winona State University.
In his time at MSUM, Weisse helped coach five players to All-NSIC nods including all-conference first team accolades for Alex Novak and D.J. Hamilton.
Before joining MSU Moorhead, Weisse spent four seasons across the Red River at NCAA Division I North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. Weisse served as the director of operations at NDSU under Saul Phillips, where he gained experience in recruiting, film exchange, travel preparation, video editing, running all Bison basketball camps, community service programs and academic monitoring. While at NDSU, the Bison won their first-ever Summit League regular-season championship, their first-ever tournament championship and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
Prior to arriving in the Fargo-Moorhead metro, Weisse spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. During his time at MTSU, Weisse was responsible for academic monitoring, video editing, on-campus recruiting efforts and community service programs.
Weisse was a graduate assistant at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the 2004-05 season prior to making the move down south and was responsible for recruiting student-athletes from the state of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
While finishing up his undergraduate degree, Weisse was an assistant coach at Milwaukee Rufus King High School, where he helped the Generals capture the Wisconsin State Division I basketball championship in 2004.Weisse also assisted Ritchie Davis of the Wisconsin Playground Warriors based in Kaukauna, Wis. Weisse helped his team reach the Sweet 16 at the National AAU Tournament in Orlando, Fla.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Weisse played at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he had the opportunity to learn under two of the nation’s most prominent basketball minds in Bruce Pearl, currently the head coach Auburn University, and Bo Ryan, currently the head coach at the University of Wisconsin. Under Pearl, Weisse was a part of the Panthers’ first-ever Horizon League tournament championship and NCAA tournament appearance.
Originally from Oshkosh, Wis., Weisse graduated from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2004 with a degree in secondary education with an emphasis in broad field social studies. He earned his master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State in 2007 in sport management. Wiesse was inducted into the Oshkosh West Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2013.
Weisse is married to Andrea. He has one daughter, Makenna, and a son, Ethan.
Dan Weisse File
2003-04: Assistant Coach, Rufus King High School
2004-05: Assistant Coach, Wisconsin-LaCrosse
2005-07: Graduate Assistant, Middle Tennessee State
2007-11: Director of Operations, North Dakota State University
2011-present: Assistant Coach, MSU Moorhead
UMC BASEBALL'S OFFENSE CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE, ARE SWEPT BY CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team’s offensive struggles continued as the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears swept a double header 3-0 and 16-1 in St. Paul.
GAME ONE – Box Score
UMC started the game with Josh Brehmer (Sr. Falcon Heights) reaching on a throwing error and advancing to second base on a sacrifice bunt. But, the next two batters were retired and Brehmer was stranded at second. Neither team scored until Concordia had an rbi single and then a double to score three runs in the fifth inning for a 3-0 lead. UMC wasn’t able to score in the final two innings and the Golden Bears picked up a 3-0 victory. Concordia only outhit UMC 7-6, but came up with timely hits for the win.
GAME TWO – Box Score
Concordia-St. Paul didn’t waste any time scoring in the second game after
scoring five runs in the first and added three runs in the second and four more
runs in the third for a 12-1 lead after three innings. UMC scored their lone
run of the game in the third inning when Matt Korte singled to score a run.
Concordia-St. Paul added four more runs in the sixth inning to pick up the 16-1
victory. Concordia-St. Paul outhit UMC 18-4 in the game.
UMC drops to 1-31 overall and 0-20 in the NSIC, while Concordia-St. Paul improves to 18-8 on the year and 10-6 in the NSIC.
MONDAY - APRIL 14, 2014
UMC TO NAME NEW HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH THIS WEEK FROM THREE FINALISTS
The University of Minnesota Crookston Athletic Department has whittled down their choices for a new head Men’s Basketball coach to three finalists who were interviewed last week to replace Jeff Oseth who did not have his contract renewed after a 4-23 season in which they lost their last 20 games.
Kevin Williamson, an assistant coach at Minnesota-Duluth; Dan Weisse, an assistant coach at Minnesota State-Moorhead; and Jeff Kaminsky, the head men’s basketball coach at Valley City State in North Dakota are the three finalists that were interviewed by a committee last week and made their recommendations known to UMC Athletic Director Steph Helgeson. The committee had about 60 candidates and from that list phone interviewed seven candidates and originally got down to four candidates, but Chad Welk, an assistant coach at Southwest Minnesota State pulled out. Helgeson said, “I meet with Chancellor Wood on Tuesday and I hope to have an announcement Wednesday morning or possibly earlier.”
following bio’s on the three candidates was taken from their current college
Kevin Williamson has been a part of head coach Matt Bowen's coaching staff for the past four seasons, first at Bemidji State and for the past two seasons at UMD.
"By being with me the past [four] years, Kevin has a firm grasp of what I want to do here and how I want to do it," said Bowen. "He certainly was integral in the success we had at Bemidji (which included an outright Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title last season) and opened up some new recruiting avenues nationally for us up there -- particularly on the west coast. As a coach, he relates extremely well with the players, having played himself not so long ago at the collegiate level."
During his tenure on Bowen's staff, Williamson has helped to recruit and produce eight All-NSIC selections, most recently UMD's Jordan Reetz ('14), as well as NCAA II National Player of the Year, Central Region Player of the Year, and NSIC Player of the Year James Ellisor and NSIC Newcomer of the Year Dermaine Crockrell at Bemidji State.
Before joining Bowen in Bemidji, Williamson served as an assistant coach at Glendale Community College (Phoenix, Ariz.). Before that, he was employed as a physical education teacher and boy's basketball coach at Cathedral Catholic High School, where, during his one season of service, guided the Dons to a 17-14 overall record and a spot in the 2009 San Diego Section Division III title game. Williamson's prep head coaching resume also includes a one-year stint (2007-08) at Kofa High School in Yuma, Ariz. Under his watch, the Kings set a school single-season record for wins, going 21-11 on the year, captured the Gila Valley Region championship and gained a Arizona 5A II State Tournament semifinal round berth -- the first ever by any Yuma public high school. For his efforts, Williamson was chosen the Gila Valley Region Coach of the Year.
A native of San Diego, Calif., Williamson was a two-sport athlete at the University of Great Falls (Mont.) from 2005-07, competing in both basketball and golf. As a senior while playing for head coach Steven Silsby, he secured National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Academic All-American honors and in addition to qualifying for the Frontier Conference All-Academic Team for a second time.
After graduating from Sedona Rock High School (Ariz.) in 2003, Williamson
attended Arizona State University, but sat out his two years with the Sun Devil
basketball program while nursing a torn ACL. In 2004-05, under then-head coach
Rob Evans, ASU posted a 18-12 record and were part of the NIT Tournament field.
Williamson earned a B.A. degree in secondary education (physical education and health) from the U. of Great Falls in 2007 and completed his Master's degree in sports studies from Bemidji State. His father, Craig, was the head boy's basketball coach at Sedona High School during Kevin's senior year, and his brother, Kyle, is currently the assistant boy's basketball coach at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego.
Dan Weisse enters his third season as the lead assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Dragons. Weisse was a part of a Dragons team that hit several milestones for the program’s history.
The 2012-13 season saw MSUM go a solid 19-11 and host a first-round NSIC tournament game, which the Dragons won, 87-78 over Southwest Minnesota State. MSUM also beat No. 11-ranked St. Cloud State during the season and had an eight-game winning streak.
The 2011-12 season was a milestone year for the Dragons. The team traveled to Golden, Colo., where they competed in the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament. They defeated Southwest Minnesota State in the first round, the first Dragons win in the NCAA Tournament since 1965. On the way to the tournament, the Dragons hosted a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference playoff game for the first time since 1994. For the first time in program history the Dragons were ranked nationally, reaching as high as 16th.
Before joining the Dragons, Weisse spent four seasons as the director of operations for the North Dakota State men's basketball program. In his time at NDSU, Weisse gained experience in recruiting, film exchange, travel preparation, video editing, running all Bison basketball camp programs, community service programs, and academic monitoring. Under the guidance of Saul Phillips, he helped NDSU win its first ever Summit League regular season championship, their first ever tournament championship, and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
Prior to NDSU, Weisse spent two seasons (2005-07) as a graduate assistant at Middle Tennessee State, where he was primarily responsible for academic monitoring, video editing, on-campus recruiting efforts, and community service programs.
He was also a graduate assistant at Wisconsin-La Crosse for one season (2004-05) under coach Ken Koelbl and recruited many student-athletes out of the state of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
While Weisse was finishing up his undergraduate degree he became an assistant coach under Jim Gosz at Milwaukee Rufus King High School, and helped the Generals capture the Wisconsin State Division I basketball championship in 2004.
Weisse also assisted Ritchie Davis of the Wisconsin Playground Warriors based in Kaukauna, Wisc. Weisse helped his team reach the Sweet 16 at the Nationall AAU Tournament in Orlando, Fla.
Weisse played at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1999-2003) for two seasons under current Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan, and played two years under Bruce Pearl who guided the Panthers to their first ever Horizon League tournament championship and NCAA tournament appearance in 2003.
A native of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Weisse graduated from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2004 with a degree in secondary education broad field social studies. He earned his masters degree from Middle Tennessee State in 2007 in sport management. Weisse was inducted into the Oshkosh West Hall of Fame in the fall of 2013.
Weisse currently resides in Fargo with his wife, Andrea, and their children,
daughter Makenna and son Ethan.
Dan Weisse File
2003-04: Assistant Coach, Rufus King High School
2004-05: Assistant Coach, Wisconsin-LaCrosse
2005-07: Graduate Assistant, Middle Tennessee State
2007-11: Director of Operations, North Dakota State University
2011-present: Assistant Coach, MSU Moorhead
begins his ninth year as head men’s basketball coach for Valley City State
University. Having established the basketball program with an identity of “Where
the Defense Never Rests”, Kaminsky has led the Vikings back to prominence with
20-win seasons in four of the last six years.
Last year, Kaminsky guided the Vikings to their first National Tournament appearance since 1987. A 75-72 loss to Indiana Southeast in the opening round ended the Viking season with a 23-7 record. They finished the year receiving votes in the Top 25 poll, and guard Sekani Milligen was named a 2nd Team All American. VCSU ranked No. 8 in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.401) and No. 12 in scoring defense per game (62.4).
Kaminsky led the Vikings in 2007-08 to the program's first 20-win season in 20 years with a 22-8 record. He followed it up by leading the Vikings to the DAC Co-Championship in 2009-10, finishing 20-10. The Vikings once again finished with a 20-10 record in 2011-12. His overall record at VCSU is 135-101.
Prior to arriving at VCSU, Kaminsky served 11 seasons as head coach at University of Wisconsin-Superior and has been a head coach for 25 seasons with an overall head coaching record of 404-324.
Highlights include having the WIAC Player of the Year, sweeping 2004 National Champion UW-Stevens Point in conference play, and building a competitive program. He also served as the interim athletic director for an athletic department with 16 sports from 2000-2004.
Prior to his time at UW-Superior, Kaminsky spent seven seasons as the Head Coach of Mid State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. While there, he guided the Cougars to a 153-70 record, and three consecutive Wisconsin Junior College State Championships. From the 1990-91 season to the 1993-94 season, MSTC had a record of 109-31 and three WTCC Conference Championships. Kaminsky's emphasis on defense and team play established Mid State as a contender on the state and national levels of junior college basketball.
Before taking over the MSTC program, Kaminsky was a graduate assistant at Division I Kent State University. At Kent, Kaminsky earned a master's degree in Sports Psychology and helped the Golden Flashes to a 19-10 record and a second-place finish in the Mid American Conference during the 1986-87 season.
As a player, Kaminsky was named to the Junior College All-American Honorable Mention Team in 1982-83, when he led the College of DuPage (IL) to a 28-4 record. After graduating from DuPage, Kaminsky went on to play at Grand Valley State University (MI). In his senior year, he was voted scholar athlete of the year and best defensive player, leading his team to a 21-7 record and a 'Sweet Sixteen' appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament.
Kaminsky graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State and was named the GLIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. As a graduate assistant at Division I Kent State, he received his master's degree in Sport Psychology.
SATURDAY - APRIL 12, 2014
CROOKSTON PIRATE BOYS TENNIS TEAM GOES 2-1 AT ALEXANDRIA TEAM TOURNEY
The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team won two matches and lost one at the
Alexandria team tournament on Saturday in Alexandria. Crookston beat
Litchfield 7-0, and Alexandria 4-3, while losing to Becker 5-2. Matt
Garmen and Jacob Roesch won all three of their matches on the day to lead the
In the Litchfield match, Crookston breezed to a 7-0 winning half the sets by 6-0 scores.
In the Alexandria match there were two matches that went three sets with Bobby Tiedemann winning a three setter at first singles and Andy Gregg lost a hard fought match at second singles. Crookston's depth came through with wins at second and third doubles to pick up the 4-3 victory.
Becker was able to do something that most teams don't do to the Pirates, win all four singles matches. The first and second singles matches were very close, but Becker was able to win both matches to help them to the 5-2 victory. Crookston's wins came at first and second doubles.
"I thought we made improvements in many parts of our game and it was nice to see some different competition," said Pirate Boys Tennis Coach Mike Geffre. "Becker is a nice team and so is Alex. Litchfield is a very young they are going to be a good team in the future. Matt Garmen, and Jake Roesch had three wins on the day. Bobby Tiedemann went 2-1 and had the deciding win coming from behind to beat Alexandria so that was a big win."
Crookston improves to 3-6 on the year and will host Thief River Falls on Monday, April 21.
|#1 Singles||Bobby Tiedemann||Josh Prahl||Crox||6-1, 6-0|
|#2 Singles||Andy Gregg||Jordan Carew||Crox||6-0, 6-0|
|#3 Singles||Matt Garmen||Nick Lundin||Crox||6-0, 6-0|
|#4 Singles||Jake Widseth||Peyton Aller||Crox||6-2, 6-2|
|#1 Doubles||Kal Salentiny
|#2 Doubles||Harrison Bjorgo
|#3 Doubles||Adam Erickson
|#1 Singles||Bobby Tiedemann||Devon Crowe||Crox||3-6, 6-4, 7-3|
|#2 Singles||Andy Gregg||Mark Kallevig||DL||6-2, 5-7, 7-3|
|#3 Singles||Matt Garmen||Levi Dewenhoegge||Crox||6-3, 6-0|
|#4 Singles||Harrison Bjorgo||Graham Hegstad||Alex||6-4, 6-4|
|#1 Doubles||Kal Salentiny
|#2 Doubles||Jake Widseth
|#3 Doubles||Jordan Bengston
|CROOKSTON-2||Becker - 5||Score||Place|
|#1 Singles||Bobby Tiedemann||Dawson Brown||Beck||6-3, 6-4|
|#2 Singles||Andy Gregg||Josiah Borst||Beck||5-7, 7-5, 7-5|
|#3 Singles||Harrison Bjorgo||Austin Hill||Beck||6-2, 6-2|
|#4 Singles||Jake Widseth||Jackson Lefebvre||Beck||6-2, 6-0|
|#1 Doubles||Matt Garmen
|#2 Doubles||Kal Salentiny
|Crox||4-6, 6-2, 7-4|
|#3 Doubles||Adam Erickson
|Beck||6-0, 4-6, 7-3|
UMC MEN'S GOLFERS IN FIFTH AFTER THIRD ROUND OF THE NSIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team remained in fifth place at
the NSIC Men’s Golf Championship as they completed the third round at Tiburon
Golf Club in Omaha, Nebraska. UMC's Matt McClure (Jr., Grand Rapids) also
remains in the top 10 after shooting a 77 in the third round. McClure is tied
for seventh and is just one back stroke back of fifth place and six strokes back
St. Cloud State remains in the team lead with a three-round score of 890. The total included the rounds played during the Fall at the Classic at Madden’s in Brainerd, Minn. UMC is just four strokes out of fourth place, which is currently held by Winona State University. They are 18 behind second-place teams Minnesota State University, Mankato and Concordia University, St. Paul.
Jesse Roscoe (Jr., Big Stone City, S.D.) came out with a big round for the Golden Eagles Saturday. Roscoe’s one-under-par 71 tied the course lead for the day. Roscoe improved his placement by 18 places, as he sat in 31st coming into Saturday. Roscoe is just six strokes back of McClure.
In addition to McClure and Roscoe, Michael Roedl (So., Minneapolis) shot an 82 and is in a tie for 23rd. Seth Heppner (Jr., Crookston) shot an 81 Saturday and sits tied for 25th. Jordan Radcliffe (So., Roseau) put up a solid round with a 78. His score counts toward the team, but since he didn’t compete in the Fall Championship, his score does not count individually toward standings.
St. Cloud State’s Tyler Koivisto remains in the individual lead with a three-over-par 219. Minnesota State’s Ross Miller is three strokes back of him with a 222.
|School||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Total|
|1. St. Cloud State||296||303||291||890|
|2. Concordia-St. Paul||305||319||296||920|
|3. Minnesota State Mankato||309||305||306||920|
|4. Winona State||318||311||305||934|
|7. Minot State||323||320||301||944|
|8. Bemidji State||314||329||304||947|
|9. Upper Iowa||329||317||319||965|
|10. Sioux Falls||338||325||305||968|
THURSDAY - APRIL 10, 2014
PIRATE TENNIS SPLITS AT THE THIEF RIVER FALLS TRI-ANGULAR
The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team split a triangular by beating Detroit
Lakes 4-3 and losing to Thief River Falls 6-1 in Thief River Falls. The matches
were eight game pro-set matches to ensure all the matches would be played with
the lack of court space available. Pirate Bobby Tiedemann was the lone Pirate
to win both of his matches.
MATCH ONE -
Crookston had a first singles victory from Bobby Tiedemann and the three doubles teams of Matt Garmen and Jacob Roesch, Harrison Bjorgo and Jordan Bengston, and Jake Widseth and Elijah Phaiah all picked up victories for a Pirate 4-3 win over Detroit Lakes. Andy Gregg lost a close 9-7 match at third singles.
Crookston’s only win was at first singles with Bobby Tiedemann picking up a convincing 8-3 victory. Thief River Falls controlled the rest of the matches, except for the second and third doubles where they won 9-7 and 8-6.
“We did not play as well as we have been. I thought we made a lot of mental mistakes and made some poor decisions during points,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “Two and three doubles vs Thief River Falls could have gone either way. Adam Erickson is at State knowledge bowl and when he comes back it will strengthen our doubles line up. Bobby had a nice day winning both of his matches and I thought Matt (Garmen) played well.”
Crookston drops to 1-5 on the season in duals and will travel to the Alexandria Tournament on Saturday.
|#1 Singles||Bobby Tiedemann||Alex Fondrick||Crox||8-3|
|#2 Singles||A.J. Biermaier||Caleb Howard||DL||8-3|
|#3 Singles||Andy Gregg||Chandler Hanks||DL||9-7|
|#4 Singles||Kal Salentiny||Austin Nelson||DL||8-5|
|#1 Doubles||Matt Garmen
|#2 Doubles||Harrison Bjorgo
|#3 Doubles||Jake Widseth
|CROOKSTON-1||Thief River Falls-6||Winner||Score|
|#1 Singles||Bobby Tiedemann||Hunter Blowers||Crox||8-3|
|#2 Singles||Andy Gregg||Jorde Hutton||TRF||8-0|
|#3 Singles||Matt Garmen||Ethan Johnson||TRF||8-4|
|#4 Singles||Harrison Bjorgo||Brady Nessen||TRF||8-4|
|#1 Doubles||A.J. Biermaier
|#2 Doubles||Jake Widseth
|#3 Doubles||Elijah Phaiah
PIRATE GIRLS BASKETBALL HOLDS END OF THE YEAR BANQUET
The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team held their end of the year awards banquet on Tuesday and handed out the following awards, while garnering some nice academic team honors. The team academic and individual award winners are below.
Section 8AA Team Academic Champions (GPA of 3.87)
Section 8AA Academic Champions, State Runner up and fourth place in all classes!!
Individual Team Awards -
MVP – Sydney Boike
Best Offensive Player – Sydney Boike
Best Defensive Player – Danica Brekken
Most Dedicated – Sydney Boike and Elisa Samuelson
Most Improved – Anna Miller and Precious Adams
Hustle Award – Haley Roed
Best Teammate Award – Danica Brekken
Coaches Award – Danica Brekken
Captains for next year – the four soon to be seniors – Danica Brekken, Sydney Boike, Amber Froeber, and Kenzie Klatt.
Pirate Award winners - Haley Roed, Danica Brekken, Elisa Samuelson, Precious Adams, Sydney Boike and Kenzie Klatt (Not pictured Anna Miller)
WEDNESDAY - APRIL 9, 2014
UMC BASEBALL SWEPT BY ST. CLOUD STATE IN A DOUBLE-DIP IN MOORHEAD
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team still hasn’t had a home game this season after moving their double header with the St. Cloud State Huskies to Moorhead, where they had less snow over the past couple of weeks, but the result was the same as the Huskies won easily 20-0 and 15-2 in an NSIC double-header.
GAME ONE –
St. Cloud State started the scoring with a run in the first inning with an rbi single for a 1-0 lead. The Huskies blew open the game with 11 runs in the second inning and cruised to a 20-0 victory in seven innings. UMC only had three hits while committing three errors in the game.
GAME TWO –
UMC scored the first run of the game in the second inning when Tony Madsen (Sr. Mounds View) had a sacrifice bunt to score Travis Magdzas (Jr. Duluth) for a 1-0 lead. The Golden Eagle lead didn’t last long as St. Cloud State scored six runs in the third inning to take a 6-1 lead. UMC answered with another run in the bottom of the third inning when Josh Brehmer (Sr. Falcon Heights) singled to centerfield to score J. Jennings and the Golden Eagles trailed 6-2. St. Cloud State blew the game open with another big inning, this time scoring eight runs in the fourth to take a 14-2 lead. They would add one more run in the seventh inning and coasted to a 15-2 victory. UMC was only able to record three hits in the game, while the Huskies pounded out 19.
UMC drops to 1-25 overall and 0-14 in the NSIC, while St. Cloud State improves to 21-6 overall and 10-3 in the NSIC.
TUESDAY - APRIL 8, 2014
CROOKSTON FALLS 5-2 TO BEMIDJI IN BOYS TENNIS
The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team's hard work of shoveling and snowblowing the Highland Tennis courts the past couple of weeks finally paid off as they were able to play their first outdoor match of the season, but lost 5-2 to the visiting Bemidji Lumberjacks. The Pirates had wins at third singles with Matt Garmen and second doubles with Adam Erickson and Jacob Roesch. "We played pretty well for the first time outdoors, Bemidji is always a tough opponent," said Coach Mike Geffre. "We lost 5-2 but if we could have switched around the two tie-breakers we would have won 4-3. We had a nice win by Matt Garmen at third singles and a good come from behind win at second doubles with Adam Erickson and Jake Roesch." Crookston drops to 0-4 in duals on the year and will participate in the Thief River Falls Tri-Angular and will face Detroit Lakes at 4:00 p.m. and Thief River Falls at 5:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Bobby Tiedemann with a backhand return with snow in the background
|#1 Singles||Bobby Tiedemann||Matt Hokanson||Bem||6-4, 3-6 (10-7)|
|#2 Singles||Andy Gregg||Noah Holter||Bem||6-2, 6-3|
|#3 Singles||Matt Garmen||Spencer Konecne||Crox||6-0, 6-1|
|#4 Singles||Jake Widseth||Kevin Sorensen||Bem||7-5, 3-6 (10-5)|
|#1 Doubles||A.J. Biermaier
|#2 Doubles||Adam Erickson
|Crox||2-6, 6-3 (11-9)|
|#3 Doubles||Harrison Bjorgo
The Crookston Pirate Tennis team and coaches clearing off the Highland Tennis courts last week
UMC SOFTBALL PICKS UP A SPLIT, GETS FIRST NSIC WIN THIS SEASON
Cloud State Huskies beat up on the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden
Eagle Softball team by no-hitting them in a 9-0 victory in game one of the
double header, but UMC bounced back to win game two 4-3 for their first NSIC
victory of the season to garner a split in a conference double header played at
the St. Cloud State Husky Dome in St. Cloud.
GAME One – Box Score
St. Cloud State scored two runs in the first inning behind two doubles to take an early 2-0 lead. In the second inning the Huskies added five runs on five hits, taking advantage of one error. St. Cloud State added another run in the fourth inning and another run in the fifth for a 9-0 lead and the game was called after five and a half innings because of the eight run rule.
CROOKSTON YOUTH WRESTLERS COMPETE IN STATE AND INVITE TOURNEY
Several Crookston youth wrestlers competed in the 2014 NYWA State and invite
wrestling tournament this past weekend and three of them placed. The wrestlers
and results are below.
Colton Weiland - 3rd place state tournament
Damian Hodgson - competed in the state tournament
Ethan Bowman - competed in the state tournament
Carter Coauette - 1st place invite tournament
Zach Brown - 3rd place invite tournament
Cameron Hulst - competed in the invite tournament
The state and invite participants with Coach Dan Halland
MONDAY - APRIL 7, 2014
NORTHERN STATE USES FOUR HOME RUNS TO SWEEP UMC BASEBALL
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team was swept by the Northern State Wolves 8-3, and 14-3 in a double header played in Redfield, South Dakota. Northern State blasted four home runs in the second game of the double header.
GAME One –
Northern State scored two runs in the first inning with two outs taking advantage of a balk and what is usually a rare occurrence, a Wolves player stealing home to score one of the two runs. This is at least the second time an opponent has swiped home on the Golden Eagles this season. In the third inning Northern State added three more runs on one hit, while taking advantage of two UMC errors. UMC responded with three runs in the third inning when Patrick Higgins (Fresh. Eagen), Matt Korte (Sr. St. Cloud), and Ryan Haggstrom (Soph. Apple Valley) all singled with Higgins scoring on Haggstrom’s hit to bring UMC within a 5-1 deficit. With bases loaded, R. Smothers walked to score another run and the final run of the inning when Marcus Campbell (Soph. St. Croix Falls, Wis) hit a sacrifice fly to center field and UMC trailed 5-3 and UMC was back in the game. Northern State responded by scoring a run in the bottom of the third and then they added two runs in the fourth for an 8-3 lead. Nobody scored in the final two and a half innings and Northern State won the game 8-3.
SUNDAY - APRIL 6, 2014
UMC MEN'S GOLF FINISHES FIFTH AT UPPER IOWA SPRING INVITE
The University of
Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team placed fifth out of nine teams at the Upper
Iowa University Spring Invite at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Columbus, Nebraska.
The Golden Eagles were led by Matt McClure (Jr., Grand Rapids) who shot a 74 and
a76 in the two rounds to finish in a tie for eighth place, individually.
St. Cloud State University won the team portion with a 596, edging Concordia-St. Paul by six strokes. The Golden Bears’ Adam Petterson was the top individual golfer with a 144. “The guys had a solid tournament considering our lack of practice time. However, we just did not finish today, no one really got it in, we played the last three holes of our rounds poorly and in the NSIC you just can't do that,” said UMC Men’s Golf Coach Jason Tangquist. “But, we were in contention and so there is a lot we can take from that going into next week. It is the final two rounds of the NSIC Championships and we are only seven strokes out of 3rd, it is time to put two good rounds together.”
The Golden Eagles will now head to the NSIC Spring Championships where they are in fifth place and just seven strokes out of third place.
|School||Round 1||Round 2||Total|
|1. St. Cloud State||303||293||596|
|2. Concordia-St. Paul||306||296||602|
|3. Minot State||308||298||606|
|4. Winona State||314||301||615|
|4. Minnesota State Mankato||312||309||621|
|8. Bemidji State||320||303||623|
|9. Upper Iowa||325||307||632|
8 Matt McClure 74 76 - 150
13 Jesse Roscoe 76 76- 152
22 Michael Roedl 79 77- 156
29 Seth Heppner 78 80- 158
43 Jordan Radcliffe 81 81- 162
Playing as individuals (but, UMC golfers)
53 - Matt Bjorgo - 83 89 - 172
55 - Zach Cymbaluk - 87 86 - 173
BIG INNINGS HURT UMC BASEBALL AGAIN AS NORTHERN STATE SWEEPS NSIC DOUBLE HEADER
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team out-hit
Northern State 20-17 on the day, but gave up four home runs on the day and lost
9-2 and 9-3 in an NSIC double header played in Redfield, South Dakota.
GAME ONE – Box Score
Northern State opened up the scoring in the second inning with two outs. After a line out and a ground out, the next batter was hit by a pitch and the next Wolves batter hit a home run over the centerfield fence for a 2-0 lead. UMC answered in the third inning when J. Jennings doubled and came into score on a P. Higgins base hit to left field and the Golden Eagles trailed 2-1. Northern State added to their lead with two runs on three hits and a 4-1 lead. Northern State blew the game open when they scored five runs in the fifth inning on five hits, including another home run and led 9-1. UMC added another run in the top of the seventh inning, but the late rally came up short and Northern State won 9-2.
GAME TWO – Box Score
UMC had 12 hits in the game, but five of those were in the first inning and Northern State, as every team against UMC has done this year, used a big inning to break open a close ball game and go on to a 9-3 victory.
In the first inning, UMC scored two runs on five hits and took a 2-0 lead. In the third inning Northern State scored a run on a solo home run to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Wolves added another run in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a UMC error and the score was tied 2-2. Northern State added another run in the sixth inning and then blew the game open with six runs including one run scoring on a wild pitch and the Wolves led 9-2. UMC added another run in the ninth in a late rally, but again, it fell short and Northern State won 9-3 to sweep the double header.
UMC drops to 1-21 overall on the season and 0-10 in the NSIC. Northern State improves to 12-10 on the year and 6-6 in the NSIC.
UMC SOFTBALL SWEPT BY #13 RANKED AUGUSTANA
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Softball team gave up 25 runs on 24 hits and committed five errors as they were swept 14-1 and 11-1 by the #13 ranked Augustana Vikings in a double header in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
GAME ONE –
Augustana scored two runs in the first inning on a two run home run for a 2-0 lead. Augustana scored four more runs on four hits in the third inning for a 5-0 lead, but the game got out of hand in the fourth inning when the Vikings scored eight runs on seven hits, including two home runs and the Vikings cruised to a 14-1 victory.
UMC WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES NINTH OUT OF NINE TEAMS AT UPPER IOWA INVITE
The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s golf team placed ninth out of nine
teams at the Upper Iowa University Spring Invite, which was played at Quail
Ridge Golf Course in Columbus, Nebraska.
UMC was led by Katie Sheetz (So., Grand Rapids) who turned in a 179 with a 97 the first day and an 82 on day two. Sheetz tied for 27th in the tournament field.
Augustana College (S.D.) took the team title for the tournament with a combined score of 638, edging out Minnesota State University Mankato. The Mavericks’ Kanyapak Sethasomponbe took home the individual title after turning in a combined score of 155 over the two rounds.
In addition to Sheetz, Mary Mikutowski (Jr., Stillwater) turned in a 201 for the tournament to finish in 45th. Jacy Christenson (Sr., Shoreview) finished in 46th. Baillee Hauser (Fr., Raymond) finished in 47th and Rikki Roscoe (So., Big Stone City, S.D.) finished in 49th.
The Golden Eagles are slated to head to the Augustana College Invite April 12-13 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
SATURDAY - APRIL 5, 2014
UMC MEN'S GOLFERS TURN IN A SOLID FIRST ROUND, IN THIRD OUT OF NINE TEAMS AT UPPER IOWA MEET
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men's Golf team is in
third place out of nine teams after the first round of the Upper Iowa invitation
in Columbus, Nebraska. St. Cloud State leads the team totals with a 15
over par 303, three strokes better than runner-up Concordia-St. Paul and four
strokes better than UMC.
UMC was led by Matt McClure (Jr. Grand Rapids) with a 74 and Jesse Roscoe was tied for seventh individually with a 76. "The guys played well. Jesse Roscoe and Matt McClure played great. Seth Heppner started slow and was like seven over after nine holes and played even par coming in, so that was great and we needed it," said UMC Men's Golf Coach Jason Tangquist. "We had to move the invite from Wayne, Nebraska as they got five inches of snow on the ground Thursday night, so we moved it to Columbus, Nebraska. Nobody got a practice round, so tomorrow will be interesting now that everyone has seen the golf course now."
Kowan O'Keefe of Minot State leads individually with a 70 (2 under par). The final day of the invite will be Sunday.
|1. St. Cloud State||303|
|2. Concordia-St. Paul||306|
|4. Minot State||308|
|5. Minnesota State Mankato||312|
|6. Winona State||314|
|8. Bemidji State||320|
|9. Upper Iowa||325|
Place - UMC Golfer - Score
4 - Matt McClure - 74
7 - Jesse Roscoe - 76
13 - Seth Heppner - 78
20 - Michael Roedl - 79
32 - Jordan Radcliffe - 81
Playing as individuals (but UMC golfers)
42 - Matt Bjorgo - 83
52 - Zach Cymbaluk - 87
SNOW PUSHES GAMES BACK THREE HOURS, BUT WAYNE STATE BEATS UMC SOFTBALL TWICE - BY 9-1 SCORES
The University of Minnesota Crookston Softball team traveled seven hours to the south to the play two softball games in Wayne, Nebraska, which is located in the Northeast corner of Nebraska. The Golden Eagles probably thought they wouldn't have to worry about any snowfall, but in this crazy winter it shouldn't have surprised them to wake up with snow covering the ground, forcing the start of the double header to be pushed back three hours! Wayne State won both games by identical 9-1 scores.
GAME ONE -
The offensive woes continue for UMC as they were only able to record four hits in the game in a 9-1 loss. Wayne State took advantage of a couple hits and a UMC error and scored two runs in the second inning and then blew the game open by taking advantage some wild UMC pitching and a big three run home run with five runs in the third for a 7-0 lead. UMC finally got on the board in the sixth inning when Paige Schaust (Sr. Delano) singled advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a pass ball to bring the Golden Eagles within a 7-1 deficit. Wayne State scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the game 9-1 by the eight run rule.
GAME TWO -
The UMC offense continued to struggle in the second game by only recording two hits while Wayne State blew the game open in the first inning with five runs on five hits, including a two run home run. UMC responded with a run in the second inning when Josie Plante (?? ) hit a home run over the right field fence to bring UMC within a 5-1 deficit. Wayne State added two more runs in the second inning taking advantage of a UMC error. Wayne State scored one run in the fourth inning and one more in the sixth inning for another 9-1 victory by the eight run rule.
UMC drops to 2-17 overall and 0-6 in the NSIC and will be at Augustana for a conference double-header on Sunday starting at Noon. Wayne State improves to 22-10 overall and 8-2 in the NSIC.
FRIDAY - APRIL 4, 2014
PIRATE SOFTBALL OPENS SEASON WITH A LOSS TO SACRED HEART AT TWIN VALLEY
The Crookston Pirate Softball team was able to find a playable field in
Twin Valley and lost to one of the top teams in Section 8A, the Sacred Heart
Eagles 13-1 in the season opener. Sacred Heart has fantastic pitching and showed it in the game, only
giving up one run and one hit.
Sacred Heart scored two runs in the first inning, taking advantage of two Crookston errors. In the second inning Sacred Heart blew the game open with seven runs, including the leadoff batter reaching on another Pirate error. The next Eagle batters singled and walked before a bases clearing triple for Hanah Remer. After a line out Sacred Heart had single and another triple, this time by Hanah Modeen. After another single Sacred Heart led 9-0 at the end of two innings. The Eagles added three more runs in the third and one run in the fourth for a 13-0 lead. Crookston was able to get on the board in the fifth inning when Tiffany Hanson, a freshman in her first varsity game, reached on a walk, stole second and third and came into score on a base hit by Tori Demarais. That would be all the Pirates could get in the fifth in fell 13-1 in five innings, because of the 10 run rule. "We had five errors and some timely hits by the other team. Our defense knows they need step up now and help our pitcher out. It gets to be long innings and heads start to drop," said Pirate Head Coach Katie Lariviere. "We had 10 strike outs that didn't help us getting on the base path. Being more confident up at the plate will come with more live hitting instead of just the pitching machine. It was good to see Tori Demarais in her first varsity game get our lone hit on the day, and Tiffany Hanson, in her first varsity game, scored the only run on the day. We were missing three players due to the quick change in the schedule so when we get them back we will be deeper."
Danica Brekken pitched all four inning and suffered the loss. "Danica pitched really well for first outing. She's been working on her change up and hitting locations and doing a great job with it," said Coach Lariviere. "Amanda Trandem was also solid behind the plate and didn't let much by and really eliminated base runners from advancing."
Crookston drops to 0-1 on the year and they might be able to get the game in on Tuesday, after Ada-Borup said their field is coming along. A decision will be made closer to Tuesday. Sacred Heart improves to 1-0.
|Dannica Brekken - Crox||4||11||13||9||3||2|
|Hanna Reimer - SH||5||1||1||1||1||10|
Tori Demarais - 1 for 2, rbi
Tiffany Hanson - walk, run
For Sacred Heart-
Stacey Remer - 3 for 4, double, 2 runs
Hanah Modeen - 3 for 3, triple, run
THURSDAY - APRIL 3, 2014
PIRATE BOYS TRACK TAKE 3RD, GIRLS FINISH 4TH AT PINE TO PRAIRIE MEET AT CONCORDIA COLLEGE
The Crookston Pirate Boys Track team was led by two first place finishes by Brandt Delage and finished third out of 10 teams, with Dilworth-Glyndon Felton winning the meet easily with 192 points, more than double the runner-up East Grand Forks with 87. The Crookston Pirate Girls Track team was led by a first and second place finish by Aleece Durbin and finished fourth out of 10 teams, with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton winning handily with 147 points, 55 points better than runner-up Ada-Borup.
Alyssa Valdez-Peck clears the bar at 4'8 in the high jump, a new personal best
The Pirate boys were led by Brandt Delage with first place finishes in the 400 meters and after a personal best vault of 11 feet six inches, he also finished first in the pole vault. Delage added a third place finish on the 4x200 relay team and a seventh place finish in the 200 meters. "Brandt had a very good day today," said Pirate Boys Coach Wayne Folkers. "Brandt had a very good performance in the pole vault, considering we haven't had a chance to work on it this year since we have been outside. He had an all around good day today." The Pirates were also led by Patrick Deng, who had a second place finish in the 55 hurdles, he was on the third place 4x200 relay team, and also finished third in the triple jump. "Patrick also had a good day," said Coach Folkers. "He had a very good hurdles race, was good in the relay and had a very good jump in the triple jump in his first time competing in the event this year. He also had a good day."
Crookston had several youngsters (7th and 8th graders) competing and they held their own. "Since we had a choir concert tonight some kids had to miss the track meet, which is fine because we want our kids to be involved and in as many things as they can be, so we brought some younger kids with today," said Folkers. "Those guys really did a nice job running hard and turned in some very solid times for their first varsity meets."
The third place finish showed a good effort by the Pirates. "Everybody competed hard today and turned in some good times and even some more personal bests, which is great because we haven't had time to do a lot of the things we would do if we were outside," said Folkers. "Now we will have over one week off and will work on some things and hopefully get outside for practice soon."
Brandt Delage clears the bar for a personal best 11-06 in the Pole Vault
The Pirate Girls Track team was led by Aleece Durbin's first place finish in the 200 meters and second place in the 55 meter hurdles, she was a member of the fifth place 4x200 relay and was eighth in the long jump. "Aleece is such a competitor," said Pirate Girls Coach Amy Boll. "She was neck and neck in the final leg of the 4x200 relay and she wouldn't let the opponent pass her and actually took off as soon as the other team tried to pass her. The determination was great to see in a young girl." Marietta Geist finished second in the 1600 and Alyssa Valdez-Peck had a personal best jump of 4 feet 8 inches in the high jump. "Marietta was back to her old self today and ran a very good race," said Coach Boll. "I was so happy for VP (Allysa Valdez-Peck). Her previous personal best was 4'4 and when she cleared the bar at 4'6 that was great and then she cleared it again at 4'8 to break her personal best twice. That was great to see her do such an awesome job. Luisa Bernia and Jenna Porter had two third place finishes apiece. "Those two girls really ran hard and also ran some good splits in the relay, which was great to see."
Coach Boll said the girls were excited to get back out and compete, especially after they couldn't make the meet in Bemidji on Tuesday. "I am so proud the girls and how hard they competed and it was great to see some personal bests today and now we have to continue to work hard and will have a week of practice next week.
Crookston Boys and Girls Track teams are scheduled to be at the Park Rapids meet on Tuesday, April 15.
Teagen Carlstrom in the 400 Lukas Meier in the 1600 Aleece Durbin in the 4x400 relay Jenna Porter in the 3200
|1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton||192||1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton||147|
|2. East Grand Forks||87||2. Ada-Borup||92|
|3. CROOKSTON||75||3. East Grand Forks||85|
|4. Fertile-Beltrami||55||4. CROOKSTON||73|
|5. Park Christian||54||5. Fertile-Beltrami||53|
|6. Mahnomen/Waubun||40||6. Park Christian||44|
|7. Lake Park-Audubon||39||7. Barnesville||33|
|8. Barnesville||25||8. Lake Park-Audubon||24|
|9. Ada-Borup||14||9. Mahnomen-Waubun||21|
|21||10. Climax-Fisher-Sacred Heart||7|
FOR THE COMPLETE GIRLS RESULTS
FOR THE COMPLETE BOYS RESULTS
Ben Dorman in front of teammate Erik Jacobson in the 3200 meters
|Event||Pirates (Top 8 finishes)||Time/Distance||Place|
|400 meters||Brandt Delage||55.28||1st|
|Pole Vault||Brandt Delage||11-06||1st|
|200 meters||Aleece Durbin||28.95||1st|
|55 hurdles||Aleece Durbin||9.39||2nd|
|55 hurdles||Patrick Deng||8.93||2nd|
|1600 meters||Marietta Geist||6:03.58||2nd|
|High Jump||Alyssa Valdez-Peck||4-08||2nd|
|4x200 Relay||Brandt Delage, Mason Wang,
Patrick Deng, Emmanuel McCullough
|4x800 Relay||Ben Dorman, Eduardo Flores,
Erik Jacobson, Jaden Lubarski
|Triple Jump||Patrick Deng||38-10.50||3rd|
|Shot Put||Michael Hefta||43-02||3rd|
|800 meters||Luisa Bernia||2:46.57||3rd|
|3200 meters||Jenna Porter||14:21.73||3rd|
|4x800 Relay||Kennedy Cwikla, Marietta Geist,
Jenna Porter, Luisa Bernia
|3200 meters||Ben Dorman||12:05.14||4th|
|Long Jump||Emmanuel McCullough||17-03.50||4th|
|Shot Put||Emmanuel McCullough||42-11||4th|
|3200 Meters||Erik Jacobson||12:15.16||5th|
|55 meters||Elise Tangquist||8.30||5th|
|4x400 Relay||Teagen Carlstrom, Marietta Geist,
Elise Tangquist, Aleece Durbin
|Shot Put||Harley Barlow||30-10.5||5th|
|Triple Jump||Alyssa Schultz||26-08||6th|
|200 meters||Brandt Delage||25.91||7th|
|3200 meters||Amber Froeber||15:59.83||7th|
|400 meters||Emmanuel McCullough||58.78||8th|
|Long Jump||Aleece Durbin||13-02.50||8th|
|Triple Jump||Kennedy Cwikla||26-02||8th|
Two eighth graders, Cade Salentine takes the handoff from Mason Wang in the 4x400 relay
CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS GAMES POSTPONED FOR NEXT WEEK
The Crookston High School Spring Sports teams have been hampered with the snowfall earlier this week and some events for next week have been postponed, moved or changed. We have the latest schedule for this coming week.
Tuesday - April 8 the game hosting Badger-Greenbush-Middle River has been postponed
Thursday - April 10 the game at the Northern Freeze has been postponed
Monday - April 7 at Sacred Heart has been moved to Friday, April 4 (today) at Twin Valley.
Tuesday - April 8 hosting Ada-Borup could possibly be moved to Ada. A decision will be made closer to Tuesday.
Tuesday - April 8 scheduled to host Bemidji. A decision on if it will be played will be made on Monday (April 7)
Thursday - April 10 - A tri-angular at Thief River Falls has been scheduled. The first match, Crookston will play Detroit Lakes at 4:00 p.m. and vs TRF at 5:30 p.m.
UMC TEAMBACKERS NAMED MCCLURE AND SALM THE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golfer Matt McClure (Jr., Grand Rapids)
and western equestrian rider Shannon Salm (Jr., Larsen, Wis.) have been named
UMC Teambackers Student-Athletes of the Week.
Both athletes were chosen for their performances in their respective sports during the seven-day period stretching from Thursday, March 27 to Wednesday, April 2. McClure has earned the honor three times this season. The men’s golf team has received recognition four times so far this season. This is the first time Salm has received the award. This is the fourth time the western equestrian team has received the honor and the seventh time overall the equestrian team has received the honor.
McClure had a standout performance on the golf course at the Quarry Oaks Collegiate in Ashland, Nebraska. McClure, golfing in his first tournament of the Spring, shot a two-round score of 153 with a 75 in the first round and a 78 in the second round. McClure finished in eighth place in the tournament field, his third top 10 performance of the 2013-14 season.
Salm also had a standout performance for Minnesota Crookston as she was competing at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Assoication (IHSA) Semifinals in Canyon, Texas last weekend. Salm was among the Top 4 riders in her Individual Novice division after strong rides both days in order to advance to the IHSA Finals May 1-4 in Harrisburg, Pa. She will compete against the Top 12 Individual Novice riders in the country.
THURSDAY - APRIL 3, 2014
UMC FOOTBALL TO START SPRING PRACTICE TODAY, APRIL 3
The University of Minnesota Crookston football team will officially open up
Spring practice today, April 3, in Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles will
then move outside with their first outdoor practice scheduled to take place
Friday, April 4 at 4:00 p.m. at the Jim LeClair Practice Fields in Crookston.
The Golden Eagles’ Spring practice slate will culminate in a Spring scrimmage
April 27 at 4:00 p.m. at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D., in which UMC
will run through drills, as well as some game-simulated situations.
Minnesota Crookston is entering camp with 51 players. 52 players technically return from last season’s squad but Jeff Pryor (Sr., Havana, Ill.) is greyshirting and taking off the Spring session in order to have a sixth year of eligibility in the Fall.
The Golden Eagles are entering their second season under Head Coach Mike Fritze in 2014. Fritze came to UMC after 18 years as head coach at Apple Valley High School. The UMC boss has infused a sense of optimism and excitement in the program in his short time leading the ship for the Golden Eagles. UMC is coming off of back-to-back two win conference seasons after failing to win a game in the league for four years, showing signs of a program on the rise.
Minnesota Crookston will return seven starters on offense led by all five starters on the offensive line from last season. The Golden Eagle offense will be led in the 2014 by Fritze, who takes over the duties this season after a vast amount of experience coaching the offense during his days at Apple Valley High School. He will be assisted by Pass Game Coordinator Mike Clark and Run Game Coordinator Robby Case. UMC’s forces will be led by senior linemen Matt Borowicz (Sr., OL, Stephen), Sam Smith (Sr., OL, South St. Paul) and Pryor, along with senior wide receiver Marcus Cheatham (Stockton, Calif).
On defense, UMC heads into their second season under Defensive Coordinator Mark Dufner, who has been with the team for 12 seasons. The Golden Eagles showed improvement in 2013 and will return six starters from that squad. Leading the way will be local product Brody Davidson (Sr., LB, Crookston) and NSIC Second Team pick Andrew “Rock” Hall (Jr., LB, Detroit, Mich) at linebacker. They will join with defensive linemen Greg Lofquist (Sr., DL, South St. Paul), A.J. Wallace (Jr., DL, New Richmond, Wis.) and Drew Selvestra (Jr., DL, Eagan) and cornerback Lethzee Calderon (Jr., DB, Eagan) to provide the core of the UMC defense.
WEDNESDAY - APRIL 2, 2014
UMC VOLLEYBALL TEAM TO OPEN UP SPRING SCHEDULE WITH A MATCH ON FRIDAY VS BEMIDJI STATE
The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team will open up their Spring
schedule with four dates during the month of April as they get ready for the
2014 Fall season.
The Golden Eagles will open things up with a match at 5:00 p.m. Friday April 4 against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rival Bemidji State University at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles will then head to North Dakota State University Saturday, April 5 for a tournament. The Golden Eagles will get in matches against Minot State University, University of North Dakota, Minnesota State University Moorhead and the North Dakota State University alumni team.
Minnesota Crookston will continue their Spring schedule Saturday, April 12 as they head to a tournament at University of Minnesota Duluth. The Golden Eagles will face-off with Northern Michigan University, St. Cloud State University, University of Wisconsin-Superior, College of St. Scholastica and Viterbo University.
The Golden Eagles will close out their Spring slate Saturday, April 26 at the University of Minnesota tournament. The schedule for the tournament has not yet been decided but last year’s field included several Division I foes, as well as some Division II opposition.
Minnesota Crookston volleyball is coming off a 15-14 (10-10 NSIC) record, the best the team has posted in program history. The Golden Eagles would finish tied for seventh in order to earn a berth in the NSIC Volleyball Tournament. UMC will be entering their eighth season under Head Coach Lee Anderson in 2014. They return 11 players from last season’s roster including Brittany Looker (Sr., OH, Rochester) who became the second player in school history to earn All-NSIC First Team honors. The Golden Eagles return four starters to the fray including Looker. They currently have four players signed to start playing volleyball at UMC in the Fall of 2014.
MONDAY - MARCH 31, 2014
PIRATE WRESTLERS HOLD THEIR POST SEASON BANQUET
The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team held their end of the year banquet at the Crookston High School commons on Sunday evening. The following awards were handed out-
Most Valuable Wrestler - Blake Bergeron and Nate Merten
Rod Hanson Most Dedicated - Cody Weiland
Most Improved - A.J. Biermaier
Rookie of the Year - Feliz Longoria
Most Pins - Blake Bergeron with 28
Most Wins - Cody Weiland with 40
All Conference - A.J. Biermaier, Blake Bergeron, Nate Merten, Cody Weiland,
Felix Longoria and Colton Weiland.
All Conference Honorable Mention - Hunter Baranski, Kyle Caputo, Luke Edlund, and Preston Desrosier
Award winners - A.J. Biermaier, Blake Bergeron, Nate Merten, Cody Weiland, and Felix Longoria
All Conference Award winners - A.J. Biermaier, Blake Bergeron, Nate Merten, Cody Weiland, Felix Longoria
Front row - Hunter Baranski, Kyle Caputo, Luke Edlund, and Colton Weiland (Not Pictured - Preston Desrosier)
UMC MEN'S GOLF FINISHES SEVENTH IN TWO DAY MEET IN NEBRASKA
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s Golf team finished
seventh of 10 teams in the Quarry
Oaks Collegiate meet at Quarry Oaks Golf Club in Ashland, Nebraska.
The event was won by St. Cloud State University with a 599, 22 strokes better
than runner-up Concordia-St. Paul. UMC finished two strokes out of fourth place
and were led by Matt McLure (Jr. Grand Rapids) with an eighth place finish
individually with a two round total of 153. Michael Roedl (Soph. Minneapolis)
also cracked the top 20 individually with a two round total of 159, good for
18th place. The top individual was Devin Holmes of St. Cloud State with a 143,
five strokes better than the runner up. For all the individual scores
The Golden Eagles next outing will be at the Upper Iowa Spring Invite, April 4-7 in Waterloo, Iowa at Sunnyside Country Club.
|School||Round 1||Round 2||Total|
|1. St. Cloud State||299||300||599|
|2. Concordia-St. Paul||301||320||621|
|3. Minot State||309||316||625|
|5. Sioux Falls
|8. Minnesota State Mankato||322||321||643|
|9. Bemidji State||332||331||663|
|10. Upper Iowa||328||341||669|
UMC SOFTBALL OFFENSIVE WOES CONTINUE, SWEPT BY MANKATO
The University of Minnesota Crookston Softball team’s offensive woe’s continued as they were shutout in a conference double header with Minnesota State Mankato in a double header played in St. Paul. Mankato won game one 10-0 and game two 5-0. UMC only had five hits total in the two games.
GAME ONE –
UMC was the home team on the scoreboard and Minnesota State Mankato took advantage of batting first by scoring five runs in the first inning. Mankato added a run in the second and then added one more run in the third for a 7-0 lead. Mankato added three more runs in the fifth inning and the game was called after five innings with the Mavericks winning 10-0. UMC only had three hits in the game and struck out 12 times.
GAME TWO –
Mankato scored the first run of the game in the second inning and added two more runs in the third for a 3-0 lead. The UMC bats were shutdown again, only getting two hits in the game. Mankato added one run a piece in the fifth and seventh innings and went on to a 5-0 victory. UMC had three errors and two hits in the game, while striking out eight times.
UMC drops to 2-15 overall and 0-4 in the NSIC. The games with the University of Mary on Tuesday have been postponed. Minnesota State-Mankato improves to 22-6 on the year and 6-0 in the NSIC.
SUNDAY - MARCH 30, 2014
UMC MEN'S GOLFERS IN SIXTH PLACE AFTER DAY ONE OF A TWO DAY MEET IN NEBRASKA
The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team is in sixth place out of
10 teams at the Quarry Oaks Collegiate at Quarry Oaks Golf Club in Ashland,
Nebraska after the first day of the two day tournament. The Golden Eagles were
led by a strong performance from Matt McClure (Jr., Grand Rapids), who shot a
four-over par 75 to be in seventh place after day one. Jesse Roscoe (Jr.,
Big Stone City, S.D.) and Michael Roedl (So., Minneapolis) both shot 81’s. Seth
Heppner (Jr., Crookston) turned in an 82. Roscoe and Roedl are in a tie for 31st
place while Heppner is in a tie for 35th. Jordan Radcliffe (So., Roseau) shot a
93 on day one.
The Golden Eagles are just four strokes behind University of Sioux Falls, who is in fifth place, and six strokes behind Winona State University, who is currently in fourth place. St. Cloud State University is leading after the first round following a team score of 299. Minot State University’s Kowan O’Keefe is in first place after shooting a one-under-par 70.
Day two will be Monday. For all the individual scores click here.
|1. St. Cloud State||299|
|2. Concordia-St. Paul||301|
|3. Minot State||309|
|4. Winona State||313|
|5. Sioux Falls||315|
|8. Minnesota State Mankato||322|
|9. Upper Iowa||328|
|10. Bemidji State||332|
UMC BASEBALL SWEPT BY AUGUSTANA IN NSIC DOUBLE HEADER IN SIOUX FALLS, S.D.
The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team was swept again by Augustana, 7-0 and 14-5, in a double header played in Sioux Falls, S.D.
GAME ONE – Box Score
In the top of the first inning, UMC went down in 1-2-3 fashion and Augustana jumped on the opportunity to take the lead by scoring four runs in the first inning to take a 4-0 lead. Things looked good for UMC in the first inning when they retired the first two batters, but back to back singles and a hit batter led to a 2 rbi single, a pass ball allowed another run to score and an rbi double scored the fourth run of the inning.
Augustana scored three more runs in the second inning, and the highlight of the inning was when a Viking stole home for one of the three runs and they had a 7-0 lead after two innings of play. Augustana didn’t score the rest of the game, but they limited UMC to only 3 hits in the game and went on to the 7-0 victory.
GAME TWO – Box Score
In the second game, UMC finally scored a run after not scoring in the first three games in Sioux Falls. Patrick Higgins (Fresh. Eagan) led of the game with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a fly out. Ryan Haggstrom (Soph. Apple Valley) singled to score the first run of the weekend and of course the game for a 1-0 lead.
Augustana answered with three runs on two hits and a costly UMC error and took a 3-1 lead. The Vikings added a run in the second and one more in the third inning for a 5-1 lead. Augustana continued to add to their lead by scoring three runs in the fourth for a commanding 8-1 led. UMC answered with a run in the fifth inning when Jesse Jennings (Jr. Robbinsdale) tripled to right-center field and Higgins flew out to the outfield to score Jennings and the Golden Eagles trailed 8-2. UMC made things interesting in the sixth innings when they scored three runs on one hit, while taking advantage of two Viking errors to get within an 8-5 deficit. Augustana responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and three more runs in the seventh inning for a 14-5 lead and they would hold on for a win by the same score to complete the weekend sweep.
UMC drops to 1-19 overall and 0-8 in the NSIC, while Augustana improves to 17-7 overall and 7-1 in the NSIC.
UMC was scheduled to play the University of North Dakota April 2, but that game has been postponed to a later date.
UMC SOFTBALL NO HIT AND SWEPT BY CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL
The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) softball was no-hit in a 22-0 loss and then dropped the second game of a double header 6-2 to the Concordia University, St. Paul Golden Bears in UMC’s NSIC conference opener at the West St. Paul Regional Athletics Center in West St. Paul. The games were technically home games for UMC, but the field was not playable in Crookston so they moved the games to a domed stadium in St. Paul.
GAME ONE –
Concordia-St. Paul scored in all five innings, including putting six runs on the board in the second and fifth innings. The UMC offense wasn’t able to solve the Concordia-St. Paul pitcher, who is now 4-12 on the year, as the Golden Eagles weren’t able to get a hit in the game and the Golden Bears cruised to a 22-0 victory.
GAME TWO –
In the second game, Concordia-St. Paul was able to lead off the game by scoring two runs in the first inning and added another run in the second and fourth inning and led 4-0 after four innings of play. UMC scored their first run of the NSIC season when A. Manusos singled to right-center field to score Paige Schaust (Sr. Delano) and the Golden Eagles trailed 4-1. Concordia-St. Paul answered with a home run in the top of the sixth inning, only to have UMC’s Alyssa Foley (Soph. Lockport, IL) answer with a home run of her own to bring UMC back to within three runs, trailing 5-2. The Golden Bears answered with an insurance run in the seventh inning and held on for a 6-2 victory for the NSIC sweep. UMC had eight hits in the game and Manusos led the way with two hits.
UMC falls to 2-13 overall and 0-2 in the NSIC and will play Minnesota State Mankato on Monday in St. Paul, while the Golden Bears improve to 7-17 overall and 2-2 in the NSIC.
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