WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 20,  2014

PIRATE GIRLS TENNIS WINS FIRST MATCH OF THE YEAR BY BEATING SECTION FOE, ROSEAU, 4-3

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team lost all three of their matches on Friday, but showed improvement throughout the day and that improvement continued Wednesday as they beat Roseau 4-3 in a Section 8 dual in Roseau.  Crookston won first and second singles (Ally Tiedemann and Alyssa Fee) and first and second doubles (Leah Trostad/Elisa Samuelson and Amy Follette and Jaden Lizakowski) for the four victories.  “I felt pretty good about Ally and her match and she played well and won pretty easily.  I know Alyssa Fee played her opponent twice last year and beat her in three sets both times and this year she won easier than last year and that tells me she has made some improvement from last year.” said Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre. “Jaden has been a nice addition to the team and is 3-1 so far this year and we picked up some nice wins at both first and second doubles.” The third doubles team of Megan Frisk and Kendall Wahouske had a close match, but fell short.
“It was good to see where we stacked up against somebody else in the section and I think Roseau and Crookston will be the middle of the pack during the season and it is nice to move up in the seeding process when you can,” said Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre. “We threw a little bit of a different lineup out there today and you can tell what kids went out and were ready to play at the start of the season.  I was a little disappointed in some of the losses because I thought we would be more competitive in those matches, but we saw some more improvement from Friday especially at some of our doubles.”
Crookston improves to 1-3 on the year and will host the Crookston Pirate Booster/Carla Johnson Memorial tournament on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  Teams competing in the tournament besides Crookston will be
Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks, Hibbing, Moorhead, Perham and Thief River Falls.

  CROOKSTON-4 Roseau - 3

Winner

Score

#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Marrisa Jevne Crox 6-1, 6-1
#2 Alyssa Fee Sarina Goos Crox 6-4, 6-2
#3 Marie Sandman Jodi Ostroski Ros 6-1, 6-1
#4 Allysa Schultz Josee Lundgren Ros 6-2, 6-3
#1 Doubles Elisa Samuelson
Leah Trostad
Heather Fettig
Juli Miller
Crox 6-1, 7-5
#2 Jaden Lizakowski
Amy Follette
Lauren Johnson
Kate Wensloff
Crox 6-2, 7-5
#3 Megan Frisk
Kendall Wahouske
Madison Lee
Haley Ostgaard
Ros 6-4, 6-4

 

 

CROOKSTON MEN'S LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAM FINISHES SECOND IN STATE D TOURNAMENT

Crookston's Michelob Golden Light men's league slow pitch softball team participated in the State softball tournament in Detroit Lakes August 16-17 and came home with 2nd place in Class D.
Team members are pictured and listed below.


Back Row- Elliott Hulst, Derek Kimble, Todd Kalpakoff, Chris Erdmann, Kyle Schmitz, Joe Helm
Front Row- Casey Sannes, Alex Sumner, Jeff Kalpakoff, Brett Larson, Jerry Rhode

 

 

TUESDAY - AUGUST 19,  2014

UMC SOCCER PICKED TO FINISH 13TH, MANKATO FIRST IN NSIC SOCCER POLL

Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked by the league's coaches to win the NSIC in the preseason poll. Since 2008 Minnesota State has been picked to win the league three times, including two of the last three years.  The Mavericks received seven first place votes and tallied 214 points, ranking them just ahead of Minnesota Duluth (206), which received six first place votes. Winona State also received two first place votes as they ranked third with 204 points. SMSU was fourth with 185 points and one first place vote.  UMC was picked to finish 13th after a competitive 2013 season.  The Golden Eagles officially got fall camp under way Monday, August 18 after 22 student-athletes reported to campus over the weekend. The 2014 campaign will mark the third season under Head Coach Joe Alianiello.
The Golden Eagles conducted two practices, which included their fitness test in the morning session. The Golden Eagles return 15 student-athletes from last season while they welcome in seven new faces. The Golden Eagles will be led by their three captains, Rachelle Alcini (Sr., D, Ann Arbor, Mich.), an All-NSIC pick in 2013, Cayla Bendel (Sr., MF/D, Lakeville, Minn.) and Erin Mears (Sr., MF, Sioux Falls, S.D.). In addition, sophomore Goalie Lexie Gauger (Green Bay, Wis.) who held a 1.31 goals against average with four shutouts, will add security with her play in net. 
The Golden Eagles will officially open up their season Saturday, September 6 against Finlandia University at the UMC Soccer Field at 11:00 a.m. 


2014 NSIC Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

1

Minnesota State (7)

214

2

Minnesota Duluth (6)

206

3

Winona State (2)

204

4

Southwest Minnesota State (1)

185

5

Upper Iowa

167

6

Bemidji State

150

7

Augustana College

139

8

Minot State

135

9

University of Mary

99

10

Northern State

97

11

St. Cloud State

89

12

Concordia-St. Paul

78

13

Minnesota Crookston

45

14

MSU Moorhead

40

15

Wayne State

38

16

Sioux Falls

34

 

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UMC VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF 2014 SEASON WITH FIRST PRACTICE ON MONDAY

The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team officially got practice under way Monday, August 18. The Golden Eagles held two practices on the day with 14 girls reporting for the 2014 season. 
The Golden Eagles return 10 players from last year’s team that went 15-14 (10-10) and made the top eight in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), the nation’s best NCAA Division II volleyball conference. UMC brought in four newcomers to supplement their returnees. UMC will be led by 2013 All-NSIC First Team selection Brittany Looker (Sr., OH, Rochester). In addition, the Golden Eagles will be aided by returning starters Morgan VanGerpen (Sr., MH, Overland Park, Kan.) and Sierra Trost (So., S, Ham Lake). The Golden Eagles will open the season September 5 at 11:00 a.m. against Kentucky Wesleyan College in St. Louis, Missouri at the Maryville Tournament.

 

 

 

SATURDAY - AUGUST 16,  2014

2014 BREMER BANK CROOKSTON CLASSIC RUN WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The 2014 Bremer Bank Crookston Classic run was held on Saturday morning as part of the Ox Cart Days Festival.  All the winners of the 5K and 10K are listed below.

2014 Crookston Classic 5K Top Finishers

Age Group                  Male                                        Female
12 & under                  Blake Biermaier 23:51            Katherine Geist  23:22
13-20                           Sebastian Sowada  16:38        Marietta Geist  20:59
21-30                           Lee Sims  18:54                      Terri Knott  27:18
31-40                           John Bridgeford  25:26           Katie Overgaard  27:32
41-50                           Dale Trudeau  28:53               Mary Sowada  26:59
51-60                           Mike Novak  26:25                 Jacki Berglund  27:53
60+                              Dennis Koch  22:19                none

Overall 5K Winners    Sebastian Sowada  16:38        Marietta Geist  20:59

 

2014 Crookston Classic 10K Top Finishers

Age Group                  Male                                        Female
12 & under                  none                                        none
13-20                           none                                        none
21-30                           James Matthews  55:03           Danielle Thompson  42:03
31-40                           Andrew Fowler  43:46            Elizabeth Dyrdal  54:11
41-50                           Chris Stroot  45:28                  Brenda Crane  52:21
51-60                           Rick Tonder  56:19                 Gladys Bakken  53:41
60+                              Earl Beal  56:18                      none

Overall 10K Winners  Andrew Fowler  43:36            Danielle Thompson  42:03

 

 

FRIDAY -  AUGUST 15, 2014

CROOKSTON GIRL'S TENNIS SQUAD IS THE FIRST LOCAL TEAM TO START THEIR SEASON WITH A QUAD

The Crookston Pirate Girl's Tennis team stumbled out of the gates, but showed some improvement throughout the day as they lost their first three matches of the season in a 7-0 match to Mound Westonka (Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre's alma mater), and 4-3 losses to Minnewaska Area and Aitkin all played in Park Rapids.
In the Mound Westonka match, there were a couple close matches and in the next two matches most of the individual matches were close as the Pirates showed some improvement.  Crookston was missing one player, Taylor Perry, who was competing in the Miss Crookston pageant.
"It was a hot day and we shortened the matches a bit to get them done quicker.  I think we learned a lot today and the kids learned a few things about the game of tennis and how it is played and we will have a couple days to practice before we get ready for Roseau," said Coach Geffre. "I saw some improvements as the day went along and I look at Aitkin and they beat both Roseau and Park Rapids today so we are right there with them.  I think as the season goes along we will be right there as far as being competitive.  We just started a little slow today."  Ally Tiedemann ended the day by taking on the first singles player from Aitkin, who finished fourth at state last year. "Every match is going to be a tough one this year for Ally at first singles, but it was a good way to open the season, playing some very good competition right away," said Coach Geffre.
Crookston drops to 0-3 on the year and will be at Roseau for a dual on Wednesday.


Ally Tiedemann with a return in her match against Minnewaska

  CROOKSTON-0 Mound-Westonka-7 Winner

Score

#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Evann Welty MW 6-4, 7-5
#2 Amy Follette Kristina Linder MW 6-3, 6-4
#3 Alyssa Fee Alex Welty MW 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
#4 Jaden Lizakowski Jaime Goldberg MW 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
#1 Doubles Kendall Wahouske
Leah Trostad
Rachel Lee
Erin Ehlers
MW 6-3, 6-3
#2 Megan Frisk
Elisa Samuelson
Lauren Brady
Sam Burris
MW 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 10-5
#3 Emily Ricord
Alyssa Schultz
Hannah O'Borsky
Ellie Burris
MW 6-2, 6-3


          Megan Frisk eyes down the ball on a return

  CROOKSTON-3 Minnewaska-4 Winner

Score

#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Jada Hoffman Crox 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 10-4
#2 Leah Trostad Miranda Thoer MIN 3-6, 6-3, 10-8
#3 Amy Follette Danielle Thorfinnson MIN 6-3, 7-5
#4 Alyssa Schultz Aiden Riley MIN 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-7
#1 Doubles Kendall Wahouske
Alyssa Fee
Joelle Thorfinnson
Makenna Hanson
MIN 6-4, 6-3
#2 Jaden Lizakowski
Elisa Samuelson
Sarah Freske
Karissa LaMont
Crox 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
#3 Megan Frisk
Elise Tangquist
Emily Haus
Anna Vold
Crox 3-6, 7-5, 10-6


Elise Tangquist with a return at the net              Jaden Lizakowski with a forehand return

  CROOKSTON-3 Aitkin-4 Winner

Score

#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Claire Browning AIT 6-2, 6-2
#2 Alyssa Fee Lydia Browning Crox 6-3, 6-4
#3 Kendall Wahouske Brynn Wilson AIT 7-5, 6-2
#4 Jaden Lizakowski Amber Kuhlmann Crox 6-4, 6-3
#1 Doubles Leah Trostad
Amy Follette
Lisa Anderson
Elise Courtemanche
Crox 6-3, 6-2
#2 Elisa Samuelson
Megan Frisk
Marissa Kinzer
Maren Butenhof
AIT 6-4, 6-4
#3 Emily Ricord
Elise Tangquist
Corri Sanbeck
Nikki Courtemanche
AIT 6-2, 6-2





WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 13,  2014

UMC FOOTBALL TEAM OFFICIALLY STARTS PRACTICE TODAY

The University of Minnesota Crookston football team officially opened up their 2014 Fall Camp Tuesday, August 12 as 92 players reported to camp. The number was up from the 75 players that reported in 2013, due to hard work from the UMC coaching staff during the recruiting season to add nearly 50 new players. The Golden Eagles brought in a large influx of players from within the region, with a high concentration from Minnesota and North Dakota. In addition, UMC brought in a large amount of players from Texas, Georgia, Florida and California with two even joining the program from the state of Hawai’i.
The players have received their gear over the last couple of days and will start meetings Wednesday before hitting the LeClair Practice Fields for the first time on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. The Golden Eagles will go once a day for the first five days before opening two-a-days on Tuesday, August 19. The team will hold their first scrimmage Wednesday, August 20 at 8:40 a.m. and will hold another scrimmage a week later on August 27 at 3:40 p.m. UMC will open up their schedule Saturday, September 6 hosting Augustana College (S.D.) at Ed Widseth Field.

 

 

TUESDAY - AUGUST 12,  2014

NO SURPRISE, CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL NAMED THE FAVORITE IN NSIC VOLLEYBALL COACHES POLL, UMC PICKED 10TH

For the 11th consecutive season the Concordia University, St. Paul Golden Bears have been picked as the top team by the league coaches in the NSIC Preseason Volleyball Poll. After winning the past seven NCAA National Championships, the Golden Bears received all 15 first place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team).
Minnesota Duluth finished second in the coaches poll and received the other first place vote. Southwest Minnesota State came in third followed by Northern State.
The University of Minnesota Crookston was picked to finish 10th after finishing tied for seventh place in 2013.  UMC
had their winningest season in program history in 2013 with a 15-14 mark and their first-ever berth in the NSIC/US Bank Tournament in the current eight-team format. Minnesota Crookston tied for seventh place in the league with a 10-10 conference mark with big wins over perennial-contender Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota State University, Moorhead and Augustana College (S.D.). Gone our six seniors who made a major impact for the Golden Eagles but returning is a strong group of players led by 2013 All-NSIC First Team pick Brittany Looker (Sr., Rochester), who has etched her name into the record books in her three years with UMC. Looker, the team’s NSIC Player to Watch for 2014, was only the second player in school history to earn NSIC First Team honors. She needs just 260 kills to surpass the all-time kills mark at UMC. In 2013, she tallied 403 kills and 295 digs. In addition, she averaged 3.84 kills per set and led the team with 32 service aces.
In addition to Looker, UMC also returns starters with Sierra Trost (So., S, Ham Lake) and Morgan VanGerpen (Sr., MH, Overland Park, Kan.). Both Trost and VanGerpen were impact players in 2013 with Trost averaging 9.84 assists per set and VanGerpen averaging 1.80 kills per set and 0.90 blocks per set.
The Golden Eagles return to camp this weekend. They will officially open up the season at the Maryville University Tournament Sept. 5-6 in St. Louis, Mo. with their first match pitting them against Kentucky Wesleyan College September 5 at 11:00 a.m.


 

 

Preseason Coaches' Poll

Points

1.

Concordia-St. Paul (15)

225

2.

Minnesota Duluth (1)

206

3.

Southwest Minnesota State

196

4.

Northern State

176

5.

Wayne State

174

6.

Augustana

147

7.

Sioux Falls

127

8.

Minnesota State

126

9.

MSU Moorhead

121

10.

Minnesota Crookston

110

11.

Winona State

75

12.

St. Cloud State

68

13.

Minot State

63

14.

Upper Iowa

54

15.

Bemidji State

35

16.

University of Mary

17

 

first place votes in ( )

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY - AUGUST 8,  2014

MINNESOTA DULUTH AND MANKATO PICKED TO FINISH FIRST AND SECOND, UMC LAST IN NSIC FOOTBALL POLL

The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs were selected by the league coaches as the overall and north division preseason favorite in the NSIC in 2014.  The Bulldogs received eight first place votes and amassed 215 points, just edging out Minnesota State (212), who garnered seven first place votes and was the coaches' top choice in the south division. Winona State was picked third overall (189) and received a first place vote, while St. Cloud State (188) was fourth followed by Sioux Falls in fifth (147).
As in the past six seasons, the NSIC football schedule will be broken into two divisions (north/south). Each team will play 11 conference games that will count towards the NSIC Overall Champion as well as seven divisional games that will count towards the NSIC North/South Division Championships. In all, three league championships will be awarded (Overall Champion, North Division Champion, South Division Champion). Ties will not be broken for overall or division champions.

UMC finished with a 2-9 record for the 2013 season with victories in their rivalry games against Minnesota State University Moorhead and Bemidji State University. The Golden Eagles return 13 starters overall with six on offense and seven on defense. Leading the way for UMC will be NSIC players to watch - Sam Smith (Sr., OL, South St. Paul) and Brody Davidson (Sr., LB, Crookston). Smith is the only player during the last three seasons to start every single game for the Golden Eagles. Smith has been a staple as the team’s starting center since his freshman season and is a team captain for the season. Davidson has played almost as much as Smith during his time playing for his hometown Golden Eagles. He racked up 70 tackles last season and led the team with seven tackles for loss and was second on the squad with three sacks.
UMC will report August 11 with practice beginning next week. UMC will have the largest group of players in recent years with 93 players set to report to camp in 2014. That number is up from 77 players who reported to camp in 2013. In addition, the Golden Eagles return all but one member of last season’s staff with Robby Case now assuming Offensive Coordinator duties and Wes Nurse moving over from University of North Dakota to coach the running backs. 

 
     Brody Davidson                    Sam Smith
 

NSIC Overall Preseason Coaches Poll

Points

North Division

Points

1. Minnesota Duluth (8)

215

1 Minnesota Duluth (7)

48

2. Minnesota State (7)

212

2. St. Cloud State (1)

40

3. Winona State (1)

189

3. Bemidji State 

33

4. St. Cloud State 

188

4. Northern State 

29

5. Sioux Falls

147

5. University of Mary

26

6. Augustana College

145

6. MSU Moorhead

26

7. Southwest Minnesota State 

140

7. Minot State University

13

8. Bemidji State 

118

8. Minnesota Crookston

9

9. University of Mary

100

South Division

Points

10. Northern State 

96

1. Minnesota State (6)

48

11. Upper Iowa 

87

2. Winona State (1)

43

12. Concordia- St. Paul

81

3. Sioux Falls (1)

33

13. Wayne State 

74

4. Augustana 

30

14. MSU Moorhead

73

5. Southwest Minnesota State 

26

15. Minot State 

34

6. Upper Iowa

19

16. Minnesota Crookston

21

7. Wayne State

16

 first place votes in ( )

 

8. Concordia-St. Paul

9

 

 

THURSDAY - AUGUST 7,  2014

UMC WOMEN'S GOLFER KATIE SHEETZ WINS BIRCHMONT TOURNAMENT

University of Minnesota Crookston women’s golfer Katie Sheetz (Jr., Grand Rapids) took home the Women’s Championship division title for the second year in a row at the 90th-annual Birchmont Golf Tournament played at the Bemidji Town and Country Club in Bemidji. Sheetz remains unbeaten in the Birchmont as this is only her second time playing in the Women’s Championship division at the amateur match play tournament. 
Sheetz edged Emily Israelson of Staples, outlasting her opponent by going 1-up in the 21 holes in the championship match. Sheetz opened up the final with a 3-up lead after eight holes over her competitor but Israelson would put up a fight, forcing overtime with a par on No. 18. Sheetz was able to take the match after carding a five on the 21st hole of the day, which was hole three at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. 
Sheetz has been a staple in the UMC lineup for the women’s golf team for the past two years. She will be entering her junior year during the 2014-15 season.

 

 

TUESDAY - AUGUST 5, 2014

KATHLEEN BROWN NAMED ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT UMC

University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the hiring of Kathleen Brown as assistant athletic director/senior women’s administrator (SWA) and director of marketing and promotions. Brown spent the last six years at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) in Martinsville, Va., where she was most recently the athletic director for the past year. Brown was previously the head women’s softball coach at PHCC from 2008-13 and the assistant athletic director at PHCC from 2011-13.

“We are very excited to add Kathleen Brown as assistant athletic director and senior women’s administrator,” Helgeson said. “Kathleen comes in with three years of administrative experience as an assistant athletic director and athletic director at the junior college level. I believe she will be able to bring the leadership, understanding and organizational skills necessary for this position. She is also very experienced with creating relationships with student-athletes both from her time as head softball coach and time as an administrator, which will be key in her role working with NCAA Champs/Life Skills and with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at UMC.”

Brown’s main role at PHCC as athletic director was to provide administrative direction and oversight for all intercollegiate and recreational athletics staff, programs, facilities and activities. In addition to her role as athletic director, she was also the international student coordinator at PHCC for the past two years.  Prior to assuming her role as athletic director, she was the assistant athletic director for two years, where she assisted the athletic director in all administrative duties. In addition, she ensured the athletes’ eligibility requirements were met, provided mentoring and academic advising for student-athletes, helped to familiarize the student-athletes with the entire student experience and helped provide public relations content and scores for the PHCC athletic website. 

Brown was the softball coach for six seasons at PHCC prior to her move to administration. During her time as softball coach she helped to recruit and develop players for the Patriots, as well as to oversee the day-to-day operations of the program. She helped lead her team to the Region X Conference Tournament title in 2012 and was the Region X Softball Coach of the Year in 2011. During her time at PHCC, she coached against current UMC softball coach Don Stopa, who was the head coach at fellow Region X school Louisburg  College.
Brown was also an adjunct professor for developmental math, student development, recreation and parks, physical education and health classes at PHCC. In addition, she was the upward bound advisor for one year.
Prior to arriving at Patrick Henry Community College, Brown spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach at her alma mater Peru State College in Peru, Neb.
Brown was a student-athlete at National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) affiliate Peru State College, competing for the softball team. Brown was a two-time NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete. She was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for three years while at Peru State and was on the Dean’s List for two years. 
Brown, an Omaha, Neb. native, earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with endorsements in 
Secondary Education and Coaching from Peru State College in 2007. She earned her Master of Science in Education from Peru State in 2008 and a Doctor of Education in Sports Management with an emphasis in Sports Leadership from the United States Sports Academy in 2012.


 

MONDAY - AUGUST 4,  2014

UMC SOCCER SIGNS A GRAND FORKS CENTRAL PLAYER TO PLAY THIS FALL

The University of Minnesota Crookston soccer team and Head Coach Joe Alianiello announced the addition of Nikki Dogan (MF, 5-4, Grand Forks, N.D./Grand Forks Central H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Dogan will begin playing for the Golden Eagles during the 2014 season. Dogan is the seventh player to sign with the Golden Eagles for the 2014 recruiting class. “I am very excited that Nikki has decided to continue her education and soccer career at UMC,” Alianiello said. “She is an athletic center mid who is only going to get better when she gets acclimated to the NSIC. I am looking forward to having her on the team because her attitude and work rate are fantastic.”
Dogan was named the Central H.S. Most Valuable Player two times during her prep career. In addition, she was an All-Eastern Dakota Conference selection and an All-Senior EDC selection. 
She is the daughter of Zeljko and Zora Dogan. Dogan plans to major in health science at UMC. Her full name is Nikolina Dogan. 
Dogan joins Ellie Brettschneider (M/D, 5-6, Lakeville/Lakeville South H.S.), Nicole Corbin (D/M, 5-7, Ramsey/Anoka H.S.), Maggie Gibbons (D, 5-6, Fr., Cohasset/Grand Rapids H.S.), Gabby Kekke (M, 5-6, Argyle, Stephen-Argyle H.S.), Beth Lastovich (M/F, 5-9, Hugo/White Bear Lake H.S.) and Miranda Mosher (F, 5-10, Watertown/Orono H.S.) as players to sign with the Golden Eagles.
The seven signees will join 15 returnees for the Golden Eagles as the team will field a roster of 22 for the 2014 season. Minnesota Crookston will officially open up the season Sept. 6 at home at 11 a.m. against Finlandia University.

 

 

FRIDAY - AUGUST 1,  2014

CROOKSTON WRESTLING CLUB HOSTS NDSU WRESTLING CAMP

The Crookston Wrestling Club hosted a three day NDSU Bison Wrestling camp this week and had some pretty impressive talent helping the Crookston youth at the camp.


3rd Place NCAA All American Steven Monk Headlined the final day of camp. Monk is the highest place finisher for the Bison since moving to Division 1 in wrestling.


Former Pirate Wrestler and current Bison Wrestler Anthony Caputo headlined Day 2 of the Bison Wrestling Camp during the youth session at UMC Turf room.


NDSU assistant coach Manny Rivera and Bison wrestler Justin Scherkenbach giving instruction on day 1 of the youth camp session at the UMC Turf room.

 

 

TUESDAY - JULY 29,  2014

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT TO HOLD PARENT, ATHLETE AND COACH MEETING AUGUST 4

The Crookston High School Athletic Department will be holding the Fall Sports Parent/Athlete/Coach (PAC) meeting on Monday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School Auditorium.  Crookston High School Activities Director Greg Garmen will give a presentation to start the program.  After the program the sports will split up.
*There will be a meeting at the beginning of each season this year, so Monday's meeting is for those athletes that will be playing a fall sport this year.

 

 

FRIDAY - JULY 25, 2014

RED LAKE COUNTY RALLIES AGAIN AGAINST THE CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL TEAM, THIS TIME ENDING CROOKSTON'S SEASON

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for, because it might come true!! After picking up a win last night in a loser out game over Warroad, Crookston was hoping they would meet Red Lake County again today to try and even things up again as Red Lake County had handed Crookston three of their four losses this American Legion baseball season. They got their wish, but things haven’t changed, Red Lake Count rallied with eight runs in the last three innings, including three in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Crookston 11-9 in a loser out game in the District 9, Division II American Legion baseball tournament in Pelican Rapids.
Crookston started out quickly with three runs in the first inning after a couple walks and an error loaded the bases, which were cleared on a Cody Wardner double over the left fielder’s head to give Crookston a 3-0 lead after an inning.  Seth Desrosier was pitching well giving up a walk in the first inning and a two out double to Bailey Schmitz in the second, but stranded him there after a pop out to end the inning.
Red Lake County would put together a two out rally when Alex Erickson singled, Wyatt Casavan walked and one of the best hitters in the tournament, Lars Brevik, blasted a line drive shot over the left field fence for a three run homer to tie the game in the third inning at 3-3.
Crookston would regain the lead in the fourth inning taking advantage of some wildness by Jake Magnell, the Red Lake County starting pitcher who walked the first two batters in the inning, but did pick one off second base for seemingly a big out at that point. Magnell gave up a single down the third base line to Ryan Porter and a walk to Crookston leadoff hitter, Joey Koenig to load the bases. Cody Magsam chopped a ball just to the right of the pitching mound that nobody could field to bring in a run. Desrosier singled in another run and with bases still loaded Aaron Hollcraft was hit by a pitch to bring in another run and it was 6-3. Crookston wasn’t done when Brandon Kresl’s sacrifice fly brought in another run. With Desrosier on third base, Hollcraft stole second and Wardner pounded another double that was one hop off the left center field fence to bring in two more runs and Crookston now led 9-3 and forced a pitching change for Red Lake County to get out of the inning, but trailing by six runs.
Red Lake County came right back in the top of the fifth inning with one out getting two hits and a walk to load the bases. Taylor Kenfield drove in one run with a single and Tristan Knott brought in another with a fly out, but Desrosier did get another fly out to end the inning with Crookston leading 9-5.
Many would say, Red Lake County had Crookston right where they wanted them with the history of the previous three games against each other, including the North Sub-District championship game last Sunday when Red Lake County rallied in the last inning to win. Today it was a lot of the same, as Red Lake County scored three times in the sixth inning and with two outs and a runner on base, Magnell walked and Casavan singled in a run, followed by another drive by Brevik that scored two more to close the Crookston lead at 9-8. After a Kenfield infield single and runners on first and second, Knott lined an out to short to end the inning with Crookston leading 9-8.
Casavan, who missed the first two days of the tournament attending a hockey camp/tryout, was stingy on the mound, hitting a batter and giving up a hit to Hollcraft was all in the two plus innings he worked in relief to keep this team in the hunt and it worked out with another rally by the Red Lake County veteran squad, who most of the older players have had two Minnesota State High School appearances under their belt.
Crookston brought Joey Koenig in to pitch the seventh inning and a one run lead and he struck out the first batter, but gave up back-to-back singles to Scott Schultz and Ryan Amiot with one out. Koenig induced a fly out that moved Schultz to third with the tying run and two outs and Magnell at the plate. Amiot stole second uncontested to put runners at second and third and two strikes on Magnell. Koenig and Magnell had a battle as Magnell fouled a bunch of pitches off and then got one he wanted and doubled to right field to drive in two runs and give Red Lake County a 10-9 lead now!!! They weren’t done though as Casavan singled up the middle for his third hit in a row and second rbi to put Red Lake County up 11-9 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Crookston would start with Wardner beating out an infield single and Casavan walking Epema, so Crookston had something going with Cody Weiland, pinch running for Wardner at second and Epema on first with nobody out.  Red Lake County coach Seth Schmitz then went to their ace, Lars Brevik to come in and try to shut down Crookston. Brevik got Mikey Hajostek to fly out to centerfield,  Porter to pop out to third base for two outs and then the big righthander blew a fast ball to getting a called third strike on Koenig to end the game and the mastery of Crookston continues for Red Lake County legion baseball and with the win they advance with a 16-3 record to the next round to play Parkers Prairie in another loser out game this afternoon.
Crookston’s season ends at 14-5 and four of their losses to Red Lake County!!!


Seth Desrosier puts the ball in play as Red Lake County catcher Wyatt Casavan looks on

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Red Lake County 0 0 3 0 2 3 11 15 1
CROOKSTON 3 0 0 6 0  0  0 9 9 1


Cody Wardner on second after his three rbi double

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Seth Desrosier-Crookston   6.0 11 8 8 4 4
Joey Koenig-Crookston     (LP) 1.0 4 3 3 0 1
Jake Magnell- RLC 3.2 7 9 6 7 2
Wyatt Casavan - RLC    (WP) 2.1 2 0 0 1 3
Lars Brevik-RLC           (SAVE) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1


            Cody Magsam puts the ball ball in play in one of his at bats

For Crookston
Cody Wardner   3-4, 2 doubles, 5 rbi
Cody Magsam  1-2, 2 runs, rbi
Aaron Hollcraft   1-2, 2 runs, rbi



For Red Lake County
Lars Brevik  2-4, home run, 5 rbi
Wyatt Casavan  3-3, 3 runs, 2 rbi
Scott Schultz  2-4
Ryan Amiot  2-4, 2 runs
Jake Magnell  2-2, 3 runs, 2 rbi, double
Taylor Kenfield  2-4, rbi

 

 

THURSDAY - JULY 24, 2014

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL TEAM BEATS WARROAD 4-2 BEHIND EPEMA IN A LOSER OUT GAME

When you lose your first game of an eight team double elimination tournament, about the only way you are going to get back into it is by having someone step up, someone maybe unexpectedly. That happened for the Crookston American Legion team this afternoon in a loser out game when Parker Epema got what some would say was a surprise start and the veteran right hander pitched Crookston to a 4-2 win over Warroad to keep alive in the District 9, Division II American Legion baseball tournament in Pelican Rapids.

Epema, who pitched well for Crookston in the sub-district championship game against Red Lake County on Sunday, was superb at scattering eight hits, at least one in each inning. Warroad did not have a runner reach second base until a one-out double by Jackson Nash in the fourth inning, but he was stranded there. Epema while striking out only four batters in the game, but he threw strikes and unlike yesterday in a 5-1 loss to Parkers Prairie, Crookston’s defense was sharp in helping out their pitcher. “The first play of the game, Aaron (Hollcraft) made a great catch in center and our team made some great plays behind me today,” said Epema.
Crookston scored twice in the third inning which was started by Mikey Hajostek getting hit by a pitch, Ryan Porter bunted him to second and Warroad threw a ball away on a Joey Koenig ground ball to score Hajostek to give Crookston a 1-0 lead.  Cody Magsam walked and with one out, Seth Desrosier bunted to try and move the runners up and he beat out a perfectly place bunt to load the bases.  Crookston’s cleanup hitter, Aaron Hollcraft walked to bring in another run and make it 2-0, but Mason McPherson, who went all the way for Warroad on the mound, got the next two batters to keep it a 2-0 game. “That was a couple big runs at that time for us taking advantage of what they gave us,” said Crookston head coach Jesse Jennings.
Epema continual worked out of some jams, like the fifth inning after Warroad threatened with a hit, a Crookston error and a walk, but Epema got a line out and a ground out to get out of the inning unscathed. “I felt pretty good out there, my arm is a little sore, but I hung in there. My curve was moving the way I wanted to and the knuckle was perfect, starting high and dropping right in there,” said Epema. Crookston did add a couple big insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth and it started with two outs when Hollcraft singled, stole second and third bases. Brandon Kresl walked and he stole second and the extra bases taken by Crookston came into play when Cody Wardner singled in both of them to give Crookston and Epema a 4-0 lead. “Their pitcher wasn’t keeping our runners close on base and we finally took advantage with Aaron’s speed and it was good to get Brandon over at second which enabled us to score two on Cody’s base hit,” said Jennings.
Warroad’s Jackson Nash had half of Warroad’s eight hits, as the first baseman led off with his second double of the game and scored on a Mitchell Roberts triple. Epema would leave Roberts on third with his fourth strikeout of the game and a ground out and Crookston lead was now 4-1.  “Parker pitched an outstanding game today,” said coach Jennings, “It was absolutely a nice turnaround for Parker and I think it helped him to get ready for this game.” Crookston had a threat go by the board in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hajostek led off with a double, but was caught trying to extend it into a triple.
Warroad would not go down quietly as Keegan Moyer was hit by a pitch with one out in the seventh inning and followed by a McPherson single and an error in the outfield and Warroad had runners on second and third with the tying run at the plate.  After getting Trevor Otto to fly out to shallow right field, which couldn’t allow the runner from third to score. That brought up Nash and he singled by third base to bring in Moyer to make it a 4-2 Crookston lead and Warroad had the tying run on second base, but Epema induced an infield pop out to give Crookston the win.
Crookston improves to 14-4 on the season and will meet Red Lake County at 2:00 PM on Friday afternoon.  Three of Crookston's losses have come at the hands of Red Lake County and it's a rematch of the North Sub-District Championship on Sunday when Red Lake County won in extra innings. Warroad’s season ends at 10-11-1.   For the District Tournament bracket 
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          Mikey Hajostek slides into third base as the Warroad player applies the tag

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Warroad 0 0 0 0  0 1 1 2 8 3
CROOKSTON 0 0 2 0 2 0 X 4 6 2


           Cody Wardner puts the ball in play                    Parker Epema with a pitch       

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Parker Epema-Crookston  (WP) 7.0 8 2 2 1 4
Mason McPherson- Warroad  (LP) 6.0 6 4 2 4 4

For Crookston
Aaron Hollcraft - 1-2, rbi, run
Brandon Kresl - 1-2, run
Mikey Hajostek - 1-2, double, run
Ryan Porter - 1-2
Cody Wardner - 1-3, 2 rbi's
Seth Desrosier - 1-3



For Warroad
Jackson Nash - 4-4, 2 doubles, rbi
Mitchell Roberts  1-3, triple, rbi

 

 

UMC MEN'S GOLF RELEASES THE 2014 FALL SCHEDULE

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team officially release the fall portion of their 2014-15 schedule Wednesday, July 23. The Golden Eagles will partake in five events during the fall season including the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Fall Men’s Golf Championship at the Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn. September 29-30. 
The Golden Eagles return an experienced squad led by All-NSIC Performers Matt McClure, UMC’s 2013-14 Student-Athlete of the Year, and Jesse Roscoe. The Golden Eagles also return Senior Seth Heppner and Junior Michael Roedl who played integral roles in UMC’s success last season. UMC will again be led by Head Coach Jason Tangquist.

Men’s Golf Schedule
September 7-8    Bemidji State University Invite    Bemidji
September 14-16    Nebraska Kearney Invite        Axtell, Minn
September 21-22    SCSU Husky Classic                St. Cloud
September 29-30    NSIC Fall Championship          Lake City, Minn
October 13-14    Central Region Invite                St. Joseph, Mo.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY -  JULY 23, 2014

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL OPENS UP DISTRICT 9 TOURNAMENT AGAINST PARKERS PRAIRIE

The Crookston American Legion Post 20 Baseball team scored 28 runs in three games in the Sub-District 9 Division II tournament in Roseau last weekend, but also committed nine errors.  Before the first round of the District tournament, Crookston Coach Jesse Jennings jokingly said “We scored 28 runs in the three games, but had just as many errors.  That has been a problem all year.”  The problem all year carried over into the first round of the double-elimination District 9 Division Tournament in Pelican Rapids when Parkers Prairie beat Crookston 5-1. 
The first inning was a sign of things to come when the first Parkers Prairie batter was hit by a pitch, stole second base and advanced to third base on a pass ball.  After a strikeout the next batter reached on an error that also allowed a run to score.  The second run of the inning came into score on a ground ball out and Parkers Prairie led 2-0, without getting a base hit.  Parkers Prairie expanded their lead with a run in the second after back to back singles the run scored on another error and Crookston trailed 3-0.
In the fourth inning, Crookston‘s Aaron Hollcraft walked and then came into score when Brandon Kresl blasted a line drive to the left centerfield fence.  On the throw home to try to get Hollcraft, the ball got away from the catcher and rolled to the backstop.  Both the catcher and pitcher chased after the ball and nobody was at home plate so Kresl, who advanced to third on the throw home, tried to score.  Kresl lost the footrace with the catcher and was out at home.  On the next pitch, Cody Wardner singled, but Crookston wasn’t able to take advantage and trailed 3-1.  Parkers Prairie added two insurance runs in the sixth inning taking advantage of two walks and a double.  Crookston wasn’t able to get anything going in the sixth or seventh innings and lost 5-1.  Aaron Hollcraft suffered the loss on the mound going six innings and striking out six, while the Parkers Prairie pitcher, Logan Riedel, who played baseball at Bemidji State this past spring, picked up the win going the distance and struck out eight.
Crookston drops to 13-4 on the year will play Warroad at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday in a loser out game. Parkers Prairie improves to 20-6-1 on the year and will play Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

FOR THE COMPLETE BRACKET of the tournament  CLICK HERE


         Brandon Kresl tries to elude a tag by sliding into the home in the fourth inning

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Parkers Prairie 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 5 5 0
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 4


        Joey Koenig pitching in relief             Aaron Hollcraft scores a run in the fourth

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Logan Reidel-PP 7.0 4 1 1 3 8
Aaron Hollcraft-Crox 6.0 5 5 2 2 6
Joey Koenig-Crox 1.0 0 0 0 0 0

For Crookston
Aaron Hollcraft 1-1, 2 walks, run
Brandon Kresl - 1-3, double, rbi
Cody Magsam - 1-3
Cody Wardner - 1-3


For Parkers Prairie
Alec Alberts - 2-3, rbi
Mitch Thoennis - 1-4
Hunter Arnold - 1-4
Kyle Schlosser - 1-3
 

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