TUESDAY - AUGUST 23, 2016
CROOKSTON GIRL'S TENNIS SPLITS IN FIRST HOME MATCHES OF THE SEASON
The Roseau Rams Girl's Tennis team flexed their muscles this afternoon at a Crookston Tri-Angular at the Crookston High School Tennis Courts. The Rams defeated the Crookston Pirates impressively 6-1 and then took care of East Grand Forks 7-0 to make it a sweep on the day while the Pirates rebounded with a 6-1 win over the Green Wave for Crookston's first win of the season.
The Pirates lone winner was eighth grader Catherine Tiedemann who won 6-4, 6-3 at fourth singles. "Kat won a nice match," said Crookston head coach Mike Geffre. "Last year she lost a lot of matches in the third set after winning the first set. This year she is a little stronger and that has showed so far in the early season." Roseau proved to be too tough throughout their lineup in the victory, "Roseau is a good team and I could see them easily getting the top seed at Section time," said Geffre, whose Pirates are the defending Section 8A champions and the State Class A Runner ups. "After the match I asked our girls, don't tell me what you think I want to hear, but tell me how you think you played? Three said decent while the other seven said horrible. We are a young team and have so much to learn which means the weight room and our foot work. I think with that improvement during the year we could be in the top four in the section again."
Amy Follette with a forehand return in the East Grand Forks match
|#1 Singles||Ally Tiedemann||Jodi Ostroski||Roseau||6-3, 6-0|
|#2 Singles||Kendall Wahouske||Madison Lee||Roseau||4-6, 6-3 (12-10)|
|#3 Singles||Jaeden Lizakowski||Mackenzie Bergstrom||Roseau||6-2, 6-0|
|#4 Singles||Katherine Tiedemann||Ellice Murphy||Crox||6-4, 6-3|
|#1 Doubles||Elise Tangquist
|#2 Doubles||Nissa Brekken
|#3 Doubles||Elysa Christensen
Crookston-6, East Grand Forks-1
Crookston won all six of their matches in two setters in their first win of the season. "It was nice to get our first team win of the year," said coach Geffre, "It was a little weird as I was expecting more from East Grand Forks and will probably see that later in the season. They have six or seven girls back from last year and were pretty decent. Ally (Tiedemann) picked up her first win of the season and I was looking back at last year and she had lost to a Minnewaska girl like this year in our first matches and came back to beat her at state and then lost to the same Roseau girl last year she played today and came back to beat her in the Section, so maybe that shows Ally starts a little slow."
Crookston is now 1-4 on the dual season and will play in the Staples-Motley/Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational tomorrow with the singles being played in Staples and the doubles in Wadena. "I think Roseau, Staples-Motley, Park Rapids and ourselves could be the top four when all said and done," said Geffre, "We need some time with the kids and see if we can get them ready for the Sections."
Crookston will host the annual Carla Johnson Memorial Tournament on Saturday with the Pirates, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks, Hibbing, Moorhead, Perham, Thief River Falls, Wadena-Deer Creek participating.
Jaeden Lizakowski with a return Elise Tangquist eyes down a return
|CROOKSTON-6||East Grand Forks-1||Winner||Score|
|#1 Singles||Ally Tiedemann||Emma Dietrich||Crox||6-3, 6-3|
|#2 Singles||Amy Follette||Jenna Dietrich||EGF||6-3, 6-3|
|#3 Singles||Elise Tangquist||Kayla Partlow||Crox||6-0, 6-1|
|#4 Singles||Katherine Tiedemann||Geena Boyum||Crox||6-2, 6-0|
|#1 Doubles||Kendall Wahouske
|#2 Doubles||Nissa Brekken
|#3 Doubles||Elysa Christensen
MONDAY - AUGUST 22, 2016
CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL PIRATE HALL OF FAME BANQUET TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 9
The 2016 Crookston High School Pirate Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on
Friday, September 9 in the Crookston High School Commons. The program will
start at 5:00 PM with a meal catered by RBJ's Restaurant of Crookston with the
cost of a ticket at $10.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Crookston High
School office and the committee would like tickets to be purchased by September
6 so they can have a handle on the number of diners. All monies raised from the
banquet go back into the Hall of Fame committee's account to prepare for next
The inductees to the Pirate Hall of Fame will be:
Dave Barnum - 35 years as a science teacher while coaching cross-country and girl's track. He also coached 7th and 8th grade football for 18 years and taught class room drivers education for a number of years. Dave was named the National Drivers Education and Traffic Safety of the Year. He was named the State Class A Girls Track Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1999. During his career the Pirate girls won four state championships in track and won 114 first place finishes.
Paul Kuznik - Was a two-time Minnesota State Wrestling Champ, plus a top academia who went to West Point attending the U.S. Military Academy where he wrestled and was captain his senior year and qualified for the NCAA Championships twice. After his service in the Army, Paul has been in the medical device industry for the past 23 years.
Brent Reichert - A 1975 graduate where he was class valedictorian. Brent earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball (where he was All-State) and tennis where he set a state record of 102 wins and won the Region singles four straight years. Brent participated in choir, band and orchestra where he was All-State choir, highest possible ratings plus he was a Region champ in Speech finishing second at state. Brent is now a law partner with Robins Kaplan in Minneapolis.
1995 Crookston Pirates Baseball Team - The Pirates won the Minnesota State Class A Baseball Championship defeating Brooklyn Center 4-3 in 10 innings for the title and finished 22-5 that season.
Crookston won the Section 8A Tournament and started out with a 9-7 win over Melrose, 9-3 semi-final win over Luverne. In the championship game, Chris Bruggeman walked and Marty Aubol courtesy ran for him. Chris Peterson sacrifice bunted Aubol to second and Aubol ended up at third base on a wild pitch. The winning run scored on a Jerrod Hann single past the second baseman to end the longest title game at that time in 49 years!
Members of the 1995 Pirates:
Chris Bruggeman (State All-Tournament Team)
Alfredo 'Bambi' Lopez
Ben Parkin (State All-Tournament Team)
Bob Shimpa (State All-Tournament Team)
Coach: Jim Simon
Assistant Coach: Brian Follette
Student Manager : The late Travis Brekken
Also being recognized will be the inaugural Crookston High School 'Legends Hall of Fame'.
Recognizing individuals who would qualify for entry in the Pirate Hall of Fame but distinguished themselves long before the Hall of Fame was established. The three individuals named to the Legends Hall of Fame and having their names on that plaque are:
Andrew Geer - Class of 1925. Participated in football, basketball, baseball, track, opera, class play and glee club.
Tosten 'Toddy' Johnson - Class of 1945.
First Pirate basketball player to score 500 points in a career and also lettered in football and track.
Willis Eide - Class of 1939.
Although not participating in sports, Willis actively promoted them and would be asked by the teams to travel along to the games. Willis was a bench official for local basketball games, serving as timer and scorer. Willis died at the age of 29 in an automobile accident and the school has been giving a "Willis Eide Memorial Award" each spring to a local student-athlete.
SATURDAY - AUGUST 20, 2016
CROOKSTON RUNNING CLUB HOSTS 122 RUNNERS IN LITTLE TYKES, 5K AND 10K RUNS
The Crookston Running Club hosted the annual Little Tykes, 5K and 10K run Saturday morning and had 122 participants competing on a cool morning that was perfect for running.
The winners of the 10K race were -
Male - Nathan Lizakowski (Grand Forks) - 42:56
Female - Elizabeth Crane (Fargo) - 48:21
The 5K winners -
Male - David Clason - 19:13
Female - Marietta Geist (Crookston) - 22:05
The 10K winners - Nathan Lizakowski and Elizabeth Crane
A group of runners going by Jim Karn Field on the 5K and 10K route
UMC Soccer players lead another group of runners
CROOKSTON WRESTLING CLUB HOSTS AN OUTDOOR WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
The Crookston Wrestling Club hosted the Dueling Oxen Youth wrestling tournament on Saturday morning
CROOKSTON PICKLE BALL ENTHUSIASTS HOST A PICKLE BALL TOURNAMENT
Schuster Park tennis courts were the site of the annual Pickle Ball tournament held on Saturday morning
FRIDAY - AUGUST 19, 2016
CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS TENNIS LOSES THREE MATCHES AT PARK RAPIDS TOURNEY
The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team lost two 4-3 matches to Mound Westonka and Pine City and lost 6-1 to Minnewaska Area in their first matches of the year at the Park Rapids tournament.
In the three matches the
girls played some solid tennis and at times they struggled. "We had those
moments where we played well and there were times we didn't play very well and I
have notes of stuff that we need to breakdown and work on," said Pirate Girls
Tennis Coach Mike Geffre. "I thought we showed some mental and physical fatigue
today so next week we will start getting in the weight room and work on our foot
quickness and start doing that now to help us later in the season."
Crookston showed they can win throughout the line up, but it will take a while after graduating so many seniors from last years state runner-up team. "I think that some of our younger girls will be ready by the end of the year if they stay positive and keep learning," said Coach Geffre. "Some of those kids went from playing mid JV last year to varsity this year and that is a pretty big jump."
Even though the Pirates start the season with a 0-3 record (they went 1-2 at Park Rapids last year), they had a great day of tennis and some good weather too. "It was a great day to play and now we have some things we know we need to work on the rest of the season and we will have two big section matches on Tuesday," said Coach Geffre.
Crookston will host Roseau and East Grand Forks on Tuesday starting at 10:00 a.m.
|#1 Singles||Ally Tiedemann||Evann Welty||MW||6-2, 6-1|
|#2 Singles||Megan Flateland||Alex Welty||MW||6-0, 6-0|
|#3 Singles||Hannah Street||Kristina Linder||MW||6-2, 6-0|
|#4 Singles||Elysa Christensen||Diana Hoernemann||MW||6-0, 6-1|
|#1 Doubles||Elise Tangquist
|#2 Doubles||Kendall Wahouske
|Crox||6-1, 4-6, 10-8|
|#3 Doubles||Nissa Brekken
|Crox||4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-4|
|#1 Singles||Ally Tiedemann||Joelle Thorfinnson||Minn||3-6, 6-3, 10-6|
|#2 Singles||Megan Flateland||Danielle Thorfinnson||Minn||6-1, 6-0|
|#3 Singles||Hannah Street||Myranda Thoen||Minn||6-1, 6-1|
|#4 Singles||Elysa Christensen||Aiden Riley||Minn||6-3, 6-0|
|#1 Doubles||Elise Tangquist
|Minn||6-1, 2-6, 10-8|
|#2 Doubles||Kendall Wahouske
|#3 Doubles||Nissa Brekken
|Minn||6-4, 5-7, 10-3|
|#1 Singles||Ally Tiedemann||Natalie Cahill||PC||7-6 (7-4), 6-4|
|#2 Singles||Amy Follette||Lydia Adams||Crox||6-4, 6-4|
|#3 Singles||Jaeden Lizakowski||Katie Miller||Crox||3-6, 6-4, 11-9|
|#4 Singles||Catherine Tiedemann||Rachel Johnson||Crox||7-5, 6-3|
|#1 Doubles||Elise Tangquist
|#2 Doubles||Megan Flateland
|PC||2-6, 7-5, 10-4|
|#3 Doubles||Elysa Christensen
UMC BASEBALL HIRES AN ASSISTANT COACH OUT OF KANSAS
The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the addition of
Tim Ryan as assistant baseball coach. Ryan comes to the Golden Eagles from
Highland Community College in Highland, Kan., where he was an assistant for the
past season. Ryan has 10 years of experience as an assistant and
head baseball coach. In addition, he was a NCAA Division I center fielder
earning All-Conference honors. “We are thrilled to add Tim to our coaching
staff,” said Head Coach Steve Gust. “Throughout the hiring process I was
impressed with Tim’s work ethic, desire and passion to coach and develop
players. His experience and knowledge was evident. We are going to ask a lot
from him but we believe he is up for the challenge. I am excited to continue to
move this program in a positive direction and I believe that Tim will be a big
part of that process.”
In his past stop at Highland Community College, Ryan served as an assistant coach, overseeing the outfield and the team’s hitting. He also coached third base and assisted with practice plans, workouts and recruiting efforts. Prior to the 2016 season, he was the recruiting coordinator at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., in 2015.
Ryan’s lone experience as a head coach came at Texas College, a NAIA school in Tyler, Texas, where he coached during the 2014-15 season. He helped get two of his players signed to professional contracts. In addition, his team had the best GPA on campus. He previously served as an assistant coach at Texas College from 2013-14.
Prior to arriving at Texas College, Ryan was an assistant coach at his alma mater of Centenary College of Louisiana. The program, which was previously NCAA Division I when Ryan played there, had moved down to NCAA Division III by the time Ryan joined their staff. During his time at Centenary, Ryan helped four players sign professional contracts. In addition, he helped Centenary to the 2013 SCAC regular-season championship. Ryan served as the outfield coach and also assisted with hitters an infielders. He helped improve the team’s batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Ryan was at Centenary from 2011-13 and also in 2007.
In between stints at Centenary, Ryan was an assistant at Lawrence University where he served as outfield, infield and hitting coach.
As a player at Centenary from 2004-06, Ryan was an All-Conference, All-Tournament and All-Louisiana pick. In addition, he had a school-record 21-game hitting streak. He was a two-year starter and team captain, batting .394 as a senior.
Prior to arriving at Centenary, Ryan played junior college baseball at Highland Community College, where he was an All-District and All-Region pick. He would go on to play independent minor league baseball with the Edmonton Crackercats where he had a franchise-record 17-game hitting streak.
The native of Wisconsin, earned his Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2011. He would earn a Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University-Irvine in 2016.
In addition to Ryan, the Golden Eagles have also added Travis Madgzas as a volunteer assistant coach. Madgzas played for Minnesota Crookston from 2013-15, including one year under Coach Gust. Magdzas was recently hired by the Crookston Police Department. Ryan and Madgzas are also joined on staff by third-year volunteer assistant Alex Sumner, a former player for Coach Gust at Dakota Wesleyan University. “Travis will be another great addition to our program,” Gust said. “I’ve coached a lot of players, and Travis ranks right up there with the best in terms of his work ethic and character. He has a passion for coaching and for the University of Minnesota Crookston. Travis will fill a lot of our coaching needs while also serving the community at an officer for the Crookston Police Department. Our program and community are lucky to have him back in Crookston.”
THURSDAY - AUGUST 18, 2016
UMC TEAMBACKER GOLF TOURNAMENTS BRING IN OVER $13,000 FOR ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS
The University of Minnesota Crookston held two golf tournaments this summer to help benefit athletic scholarships. The UMC Teambackers Golf Classic raised over $10,000 toward the Allan & Kay Larson Scholarship, while the Mark Olsonawski Scholarship Golf Tournament raised over $3,500 toward the Mark Olsonawski Scholarship. In total, over $13,000 was raised this summer towards athletic scholarships.
The winners of the 26th Annual UMC Teambackers Golf Classic were the All State-Corbin Insurance/Dee, Inc. team, which included Joey Corbin, Scott Corbin, Chad Erdmann, Jon Street and Travis Nicholas.
The UMC Teambackers Golf Classic had hole sponsored by Aspen Chiropractic, Ottertail Power Company, Lifetime Vision Center, Dee, Inc., Norby’s Work Perks, KROX Radio, Fischer, Rust & Stock, Happy Joe’s Pizza, Valley Plains Equipment, Gasper Air Spray, Inc., Riverview Healthcare, Premier Signs, Altru, Bremer Bank and Andy Oman – State Farm Insurance.
Teams were sponsored by Crook's Club, Riverview Healthcare, Christian Brothers Ford, Dee, Inc., Ness Cafe, KROX Radio, Crookston Eagles Club, Americinn Lodge and Suites, Crookston Daily Times, American Crystal Sugar, Biermaier Chiropractic, Bremer Bank, D&D's Thomforde Garden Center, Ye Olde Printe Shoppe, HN Quality Plumbing, Inc., Crookston National Park, All-State-Corbin Insurance, Allan and Kay Larson, Ampride, Ozark National Life, CVC, Ozark National Life, Abrams Farming Service, Evergreen Insurance Agency and LeBlanc Realty.
The UMC Teambackers Golf Classic was held July 16, while the Mark Olsonawski Tournament was held June 23.
The Mark Olsonawski Scholarship Golf Tournament was sponsored by United Valley Bank, Crop Insurance Associates, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, North Star Genetics, Markit Country Grain, Farmers Store, Valley Vision Clinic, Lifetime Vision Center, Norby’s Work Perks, KROX Radio, Johnson Oil, Co., Hallock Co-Op Elevator, Pennie’s Café, Hallock Lions, C&M Ford, Anderson Pharmacy, Valley Vision, Burgess Greenhouse, Auto Value Parts Store, Morrison Implement, Redbarn Liquor Store, Cenex, Farmer Union Insurance, Younggren Photography, Caribou Grill, Thrivent Financial, Ed Lehrke and American Federal Bank.
WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 17, 2016
AL'S GALS/BRAULT BLADING/EDWARD JONES WINS CROOKSTON WOMEN'S SOFTBALL LEAGUE
The Al’s Gal’s/Ray Brault/Edward Jones women's softball team won the Crookston Park and Rec Wednesday night women's softball league last week. The team is pictured below-
Front Row: Melanie Lessard, Andrea Charlebois, empty chair for Grandpa Al who passed away this year at 101 - Longtime supporter and sponsor of our team, Julie Beyer-Buse, Carly Kleven and Katie Lariviere
Back Row: Loretta Buse, Courtney Ekstein, DaLee Wilkinson, Sunny Bowman, Shannon Dillabough and Chris Kleven
Not pictured: Kayla Schmitz
CROOKSTON PIRATE BOYS SOCCER TEAM LOOKING FOR TWO MANAGERS
The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team is looking for two students, boys or girls, in grades 9 thru 12 who want to be a team manager. Among the responsibilities, the managers would be keeping the team scorebook for all matches, home and away for both varsity and JV matches. If interested in working with the team as a manager, please contact head coach Don Cox at 701-610-1389 or email at email@example.com, or go to the high school soccer field during our practice time – daily from 3:45 to 7:00 p.m.
UMC PICKED TO FINISH 13TH IN NSIC PRESEASON SOCCER COACHES POLL, AUGUSTANA AND MANKATO THE FAVORITES
The defending NSIC Tournament Champions of Augustana University were
picked to win the NSIC in the preseason coaches' poll. This marks the first time
since joining the NSIC that the Vikings have been picked to win the NSIC and the
first time dating back to the 2000 season that either Winona State or Minnesota
State have not been picked to win the league.
The Vikings received eight first place votes and tallied 215 points, ranking them just ahead of Minnesota State (213), which received seven first place votes. Winona State, which also received a first place vote, came in third with 188 points while Minot State was fourth with 188 points. All four teams were selected for NCAA postseason play in 2015.
The coaches pick for preseason offensive player of the year is Minnesota State Mankato's Kian Nickel (Sr. Wayzata) and the preseason defensive player of the year is Augustana's Taylor Machecek (Jr. Sioux Falls, S.D.)
The UMC Golden Eagles return nine players from last years team and have finished ninth in the conference standings each of the last two seasons.
The 2016 NSIC Soccer Regular Season Champion will be determined by a 15 game league schedule, with a win earning a team three points and a tie one point.
The 2016 NSIC Soccer season will see its first action on Thursday, September 1 as six matches kickoff the season.
2016 NSIC Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Augustana (8)
2. Minnesota State (7)
3. Winona State (1)
4. Minot State
5. Bemidji State
6. St. Cloud State
7. Minnesota Duluth
8. Concordia-St. Paul
9. Northern State
10. Upper Iowa
11. Wayne State
13. Minnesota Crookston
14. Southwest Minnesota State
15. MSU Moorhead
16. Sioux Falls
first place votes in ( )
TUESDAY - AUGUST 16, 2016
UMC'S GARY WARREN INDUCTED INTO THE PROCTOR HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME
University of Minnesota Crookston Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities &
Operations Gary Warren was inducted over the
weekend into the Hall of Fame at Proctor High School in Proctor, Minnesota. His
induction comes a year after being honored as part of the inaugural class into
the Hall of Fame at
Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids.
As a youth in tiny Munger, Minnesota, Warren would develop a keen interest in sports. By grade eight, he would ride his bike into Proctor to play baseball. Warren would find his way to Proctor High School in 1967. As a freshman, his path would be influenced by Coach Bill McGann, helping him find his calling as a member of the hockey program. McGann would recruit Warren out of his ninth grade physical education class to play hockey. After serving as a spare goalie early on in his prep career, Warren would turn into an excellent goalkeeper, earning the starting spot and setting the saves records in 1970 in district tournament play.
Warren would captain three sports at Proctor High School and would become heavily reliant on the “Late Bus” to get back to Munger due to his involvement in the athletic program. Warren would be named a 1971 Honor Athlete as a senior.
After his graduation in 1971, Warren would continue his athletic career at Itasca Community College, where he competed in both football and hockey. In 1971, he would help the Itasca football team to a North Division Runner-Up finish, playing both offense and defense. As a member of the hockey team, Warren helped lead the 1972 Viking squad to a Minnesota Junior College Athletic Association (MJCAA) State Hockey Championship manning the net as goalkeeper for the squad. The Vikings would go on to win the 1972 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Hockey Championship. For his contributions in net, Warren earned NJCAA All-American honors in 1972. He also earned All-Tournament honors.
Warren would graduate from Itasca Junior College in 1973, later joining the Bemidji State hockey program and also having a stint with the BSU football team before graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1977.
After his very successful playing career, Warren would go on to a highly illustrious coaching career. He would get his start in the high school ranks coaching in Eveleth, Minot, N.D. and Austin before getting his first collegiate coaching job at the United States Air Force Academy, where he would serve as assistant coach from 1980-83.
Warren would earn his first head coaching job in 1984, taking over at Dakota College at Bottineau, which was then North Dakota State University-Bottineau and would also be known as Minot State University-Bottineau before becoming Dakota College at Bottineau. Warren would mold the Lumberjacks into a nationally respected powerhouse, coaching the school to three NJCAA National Championships in 1986, 1991 and 1998. His squads would also with nine North Central Region XIII titles. Warren would earned ten Coach of the Year accolades while in Bottineau. During his time in Bottineau, he also served as President of the National Junior College Hockey Coaches Association and produced a North Dakota College Athlete of the Year and a two-time National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Champion in Dustin Penner, who earned the Cup with the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings and played 11 seasons in the league. At Bottineau, he would coach many NJCAA All-Americans. Warren entered the North Dakota Hall of Honor in 1998.
He would take over the Golden Eagle hockey program in 2001, where he led the team to two Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Championships. He was a finalist for the NCAA Division III Eddie Jeremiah Award for coaching in 2003 and 2005. Warren would conclude his hockey career in 2009, earning 11 Coach of the Year honors and achieving 437 career wins.
In his role as Assistant Athletic Director, Warren has been an integral part of the department, heading up the games management for all 11 intercollegiate athletic programs at the school.
MONDAY - AUGUST 15, 2016
UMC FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF IS COMPLETE WITH LATEST ADDITIONS
The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) football team
announced the addition of former professional football player Sam Smith to their
football staff. Smith will coach the cornerbacks and also will assist with the
special teams. He comes to UMC after one season at Western State Colorado
NCAA Division II school, where he coached the defensive backs.
During his year at Western State, Smith helped the Mountaineers to a 4-7 mark.
“Sam brings a lot of experience to the defensive back position as he has
coached at both the high school and college level,” said Head Coach Mike Fritze.
“In addition, he has NFL experience as a player, which contributes to his
expertise in the defensive backfield. I am looking forward to having Sam be a
part of this football program. With his passion for the game of football I know
he will be a great addition to the Golden Eagle nation.”
Prior to joining Western State, Smith served as an assistant coach at St. Petersburg High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he assisted the defensive backs, linebackers and special teams for three seasons. In addition to coaching, Smith also taught physical education and health to students in kindergarten through 12thgrade in the Pinellas County School District.
While coaching at St. Petersburg High School, Smith also served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the St. Petersburg Tide of the PSAFL.
Before commencing his coaching career, Smith played in the National Football League (NFL) for one year, Indoor Football League (IFL) and Arena Football League (AFL) from 2006-12. His stint in the NFL came in 2006 as a rookie safety for the New England Patriots. He joins fellow UMC Assistant Coach Dave Volk as Golden Eagle coaches to play in the NFL. Volk played for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
In addition to his NFL stint, Smith played for the Iowa Barnstormers and Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League as a wide receiver and linebacker.
As a collegiate player, Smith attended Delaware State University, where he served as a three-year captain and was a three-time all-conference pick and two-time All-America selection. He would earn his bachelor’s degree from Delaware State in 2006 in sports management.
Smith replaces assistant coach Sean Knox, who left to take a position as defensive coordinator at Reedley Community College in Reedley, California.
In addition to Smith, the Golden Eagles have added a pair of interns for the 2016 season.
Rich Hageman will coach the tight ends and fullbacks and comes to UMC from Montana State University, where he was a player and coach.
Alex Leitch also joins the Golden Eagles. The University of Minnesota graduate and Tartan High School graduate will assist with the defensive line.
In addition, former UMC players Tommy Smith and Marvin Miller will serve as student assistant coaches.
The rest of the UMC staff remains unchanged with Head Coach Mike Fritze, Offensive Coordinator Robby Case, Defensive Coordinator Mark Dufner, Defensive Line Coach Levi Bullerman, Wide Receivers Coach Taylor Summers and Safeties Coach Tom Miller all returning. The only changes are that Case will coach the quarterbacks and Volk will coach the offensive line.
SATURDAY - AUGUST 13, 2016
ROSEAU SCORES SEVEN RUNS IN LAST FOUR INNINGS TO ELIMINATE THE CROOKSTON REDS 8-4
Roseau's Nathan Voll had pretty good success at the Jim Karn Baseball Field since his high school days with Roseau playing the Crookston Pirates and he's continued that into amateur baseball. The lefthanded batter belted a three run homer in the fifth inning to break open a pitcher's duel and then the Royals chipped three runs in the last two innings to win going away 8-4 over the Crookston Reds in a District 10 Amateur Baseball Tournament in Crookston. With the win, Roseau punched their ticket to the Minnesota State Class C Amateur Baseball Tournament that starts next week in Litchfield, Dassel and Hutchinson. Before that though, the Royals are playing the unbeaten Bemidji Blue Ox at 3:30 PM this afternoon in Crookston and if Roseau would win, it would force another championship game tomorrow afternoon in Crookston but both Roseau and Bemidji are advancing to the State and now determining who is the number one seed and the other would be number two.
It started out as a pitching duel with Crookston's Lars
Brevik and the Royals T.J. Erickson matching zeroes on the scoreboard for the
first three innings. Each team would score a single run in the fourth.
Crookston's Scott Mortenson led off with a walk. The Reds in the first six
innings had the lead off batter on by walk four times and once on a base hit!
Mortenson was sacrificed to second by Joey Koenig and Mortenson scored on a
Justin Johnson two out single. Roseau came right back with a run when Voll led
off with a double and after stealing third base he scored on a wild pitch and it
was 1-1 after four innings.
In the fifth Roseau broke it open for the first time and an error on a ground ball started things off for the Royals as they scored four unearned runs capped by Voll launching one over the right field fence with two runners on and Roseau had a 5-1 lead. Just before Voll hit the home run, Crookston had a conference on the mound and the Reds player-manager, Cody Magsam said, "We told Lars (Brevik) we don't want to intentionally walk Voll and pitch him down and away but he had a fastball that was up and Voll caught it for that big home run." It was on the first pitch after the conference on the mound!
Even though the Crookston Reds were the visitors on the Jim Karn Field scoreboard, the local lads came back in the sixth inning taking advantage of some wildness from Royals pitcher T.J. Erickson who threw a lot of pitches and allowed lead off men on but he battled and had shutdown the Reds until the sixth when Mortenson led off with a walk, Koenig followed with a single to put two men on with nobody out. The Reds Johnny Olson and number nine hitter laid down a perfect bunt and eventually was safe when the second baseman dropped the ball at first to put bases loaded and nobody out for Crookston. The Reds leadoff hitter Justin Johnson drew a walk to bring in a run and Roseau changed pitchers at this point with Jarrad Nelson coming in with bases full and still no one out. He got Noah Zimmerman to pop out on a nice catch by the second baseman and wild pitch scored Koenig and the Reds trailed 5-3. The Reds Matt Morin flew out to left field to score Olson but Johnson was thrown out trying to go to third to end the rally but the run scored before Johnson was tagged out and Roseau's lead was cut to 5-4.
Brevik who had given up only four hits and of the four runs only one was earned had not walked anybody and struck out seven batters including the side back in the fifth inning when he gave up the homer to Voll. Brevik had hit one batter earlier but with one out in the sixth he hit three straight batters to load the bases and this is when the Reds brought in lefty Aaron Hollcraft to pitch. Hollcraft proceeded to get a pop out to the catcher and a semi line-drive back to the pitcher to get out of the jam without giving up any runs and Roseau's lead was still 5-4.
The Reds had trouble with relief pitcher Nelson for Roseau. The righthander faced 12 batters in the last four innings and retired 11 of them. He gave up a lead off double to Mortenson but retired the next three batters. Meanwhile, Roseau broke it open with two runs in the seventh inniing when Hayden walked, advanced to second and third on wild pitches and scored on T.J. Erickson's single and added another when Andy Ziegler had a two out rbi single and Roseau led 7-4 after seven innings. They added another in the eighth for good measure with two outs Alex Ziegler singled, stole second AND third base and scored on a Hayden single to up the Royals lead to 8-4. Nelson got the Reds in the ninth inning on three ground balls to lift Roseau into the State Amateur Class C Tournament with the 8-4 win. "We made some mistakes that cost us," said Magsam. "Not holding runners, some mental mistakes in the field and running the bases. I thought we competed hard and our hitters were seeing the ball OK but we couldn't string anything together in the late innings."
Crookston finishes the season at 10-15. "I thought it was a good year," said Magsam. "We had some new players that really melded in well like Noah Zimmerman at catcher and they mixed in well with the veterans and about half-way through the season we were playing well, even in the games we lost, we were in everyone of them. So, hopefully we can get everyone or at least the nucleus back next year, add some players and see what happens."
Roseau then lost 14-3 to the Bemidji Blue Ox for the District 10 championship so Bemidji goes as the number one seed and Roseau the second seed in the Minnesota State Amateur Class C Tournament that will start next weekend. The Tournament is being played in Hutchinson, Litchfield and Dassel. Roseau will play next Friday night while the District champion Bemidji doesn't play for two weeks. The Amateur Baseball Tournament runs through Labor Day.
Joey Koenig lays down a bunt in one of his at bats
Johnny Olson with a base hit in the game
|Lars Brevik-Crookston (LP)||5.1||5||4||1||0||7|
|Aaron Hollcraft - Crookston||2.2||4||3||3||1||0|
|T. J. Erickson-Roseau (WP)||5.0||7||4||1||6||3|
|Jarrad Nelson-Roseau (Save)||4.0||1||0||0||0||2|
Eight different players had one hit each!!
Scotty Mortenson had a double
Justin Johnson had 2 rbi
Nathan Voll 2-4, double, home run, 3 rbi, 2 runs
Kenny Hayden 2-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi
THURSDAY - AUGUST 11, 2016
UMC MEN'S GOLF TEAM EARNS AN ACADEMIC AWARD FOR THEIR 3.19 GPA
University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team was one of 42 NCAA Division II
squads to earn the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-Academic Team
Award for maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
To be eligible for the GCAA All-Academic Team honor a college or university must submit the cumulative GPA's for each player on its official squad list for the academic year. A record 210 teams submitted GPA's of 3.00 or higher to earn All-Academic Team recognition.
The University of Minnesota Crookston posted a 3.19 cumulative GPA as a team for the 2015-16 season.
WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 10, 2016
UMC VOLLEYBALL PICKED TO FINISH 14TH IN THE NSIC PRE-SEASON COACHES POLLFor the 13th consecutive season the Concordia University, St. Paul Golden Bears have been picked by the league coaches in the NSIC Preseason Volleyball Poll. The Golden Bears, which won the NSIC regular season and the NSIC Tournament last season, received 13 first place votes to tally 219 points.
The 2016 NSIC Volleyball season will begin with non-conference matches on
Thursday, September 1 while the NSIC schedule begins Thursday, September 15. The
2016 NSIC regular season champion will be determined by the 20-game conference
schedule. The top eight teams will play in the single elimination
NSIC Volleyball tournament starting November 16. Quarterfinals will be
hosted on campus by the top four seeds while the semifinals and championship
will be hosted by the highest remaining seed following the first round of play.
|NSIC Volleyball coaches poll||Points|
|1. Concordia-St. Paul (13)||219|
|2. Southwest Minnesota State (1)||194|
|3. Minnesota Duluth||185|
|4. Winona State||174|
|5. Wayne State (2)||171|
|7. Northern State||148|
|8. Minnesota State||137|
|9. Sioux Falls||105|
|10. MSU Moorhead||101|
|11. Upper Iowa||73|
|12. University of Mary||65|
|St. Cloud State||65|
|14. Minnesota Crookston||60|
|15. Minot State||29|
|16. Bemidji State||25|
|first place votes in ( )|
LONGTIME CROOKSTON PIRATE ASSISTANT TENNIS COACH LEE MEIER NAMED UMC TENNIS COACH
The University of Minnesota Crookston
athletic department announced the hiring of Lee Meier as head women’s tennis
coach. “We are very
excited to announce Lee Meier as our head tennis coach at Minnesota Crookston,”
said Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. “Lee brings to UMC a wealth of
knowledge about tennis and also has a deep connection with the tennis community
around the area through his connections with the high school and Crookston
Tennis Association. We can’t wait for Lee to get started and continue to build
our Golden Eagle tennis program.”
Meier has been a big part of the Crookston tennis community for nearly 20 years, serving as Assistant Boy’s Tennis Coach at Crookston High School and also serving as co-founder and former chairman of the Crookston Tennis Association.
"I have a passion for tennis and am very excited for the opportunity to work with the women's tennis team at UMC," Meier said. "I have been blessed with the opportunity to be involved with tennis for most of my life. My philosophy of coaching is to instill sportsmanship, integrity, and develop future citizens that will have a positive impact on society. I am excited to build upon what has been done with the Golden Eagles in the past as we continue to develop quality student-athletes on and off the tennis court."
In 2015 and 2016, Meier helped the
Crookston High School boy’s tennis team earn the Section 8-A Championship. The
Pirates would also send the doubles pair of Bobby Tiedemann and Andy Gregg on to
the State Tournament last season. The Crookston High School team would make it
to the first round of the state tournament. The previous season, Meier helped
the Pirates advance to the semi-finals of the state tennis tournament.
Throughout his time with the Pirates, he has been instrumental in helping teams
and players advance to section and state tournaments.
In addition to his work at Crookston High School, Meier has helped build the tennis community in Crookston through his work with the Crookston Tennis Association. Appointed as the first chair of the group in 2001, Meier has helped to foster a love for tennis to all ages, races and socioeconomic groups around the Crookston area.
Over the last four years, Meier has conducted weekly tennis drills for adults in order to promote an appreciation of the game.
Meier also works as the Executive Director of the Northwest Minnesota
Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. He has served in this role
since 1987. In this role, he operates Housing, Community and Economic
Development programs in 11 counties in Northwest Minnesota.
Meier is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor of science in health service management. He also holds his Minnesota Real Estate License.
MONDAY - AUGUST 8, 2016
CROOKSTON LIONS JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Crookston Lions Club held their annual junior golf tournament on Monday at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston. The winners in each age group are below-
15-17 Year olds
Boys - Girls
1st - Trey Christopherson 1st - Joslynn Leach
2nd - Cameron Harren
1st - Grant Wilson
2nd - Grant Skalunsky
3rd - Mason Snowman
1st - Hampton Skalunsky
2nd - Zach Johnson
9-10 year olds
1st - Hunter Nicholas 1st - Addison Fee
2nd - Sam Widseth 2nd - Kylie Clauson
3rd - Isaac Ramirez 3rd - Allyson Wagner
15-17 year olds - Josslyn Leach, Trey Christopherson, Cameron Harden
13-14 year olds- Mason Snowman, Grant Skalunsky, and Grant Wilson with their awards
11-12 year olds - Hampton Skalunsky and Zach Johnson with their awards
9-10 year olds David Threatt, Sam Widseth, Hunter Nicholas, and Isaac Ramirez
9-11 girls - Addison Fee, Kylie Clauson, and Allyson Wagner
SATURDAY/SUNDAY - AUGUST 6/7, 2016
CROOKSTON REDS ONE WIN AWAY FROM FIRST STATE TOURNEY SINCE 1999
The Crookston Reds came into the Region 10C Amateur Baseball tournament as
the bottom seed from the Norman-Polk League and after a first round loss they
bounced back to win their next two elimination games and are now a win away from
advancing to the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball tournament for the first time
Crookston lost to Roseau 4-1 on Saturday in the first round of the region tournament and beat Warroad 6-1 and Ada 9-4 on Sunday and will take on Roseau at Noon on Saturday, August 13 at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.
GAME ONE vs Roseau
The Reds first game of the tournament was Saturday afternoon against the
Roseau Royals. The game was a pitchers dual through the first five innings
with each team having two hits apiece.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Roseau had back to back walks and a hit batter to load the bases and Wyatt Peppel singled to score a run for a 1-0 lead. In the eighth inning, Roseau had four hits, a walk and took advantage of an error to score three runs for a 4-0 lead.
Crookston finally got on the board in the top of the ninth inning. There were two outs and Jonny Olson reached on a fielders choice and Cody Magsam singled to score Olson, but that would be it for the Reds in a 4-1 loss in the first round of the Region 10C tournament at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.
Scotty Mortenson slides intro third base against Ada on Sunday
|Aaron Hollcraft - Crox (LP)||8||7||4||3||4||3|
|Matt Howell - Ros (WP)||7.1||5||0||0||3||6|
|Aaron Dostal - Ros (S)||1.2||2||1||1||1||3|
Cody Magsam - 2-3, rbi, walk
Justin Johnson - 2-4, walk, stolen base
GAME TWO vs Warroad
The Crookston Reds scored four runs in the fourth inning and held on for a 6-1 win over the Warroad Muskies in a loser out game.
Crookston didn't have a hit in the first three innings before they exploded for five hits and four runs in the fourth inning. Matt Morin singled with one out to start the inning, Aaron Hollcraft singled and Cody Magsam walked to load the bases. Lars Brevik singled and scored Morin and Hollcraft was thrown out at home for the second out. Scott Mortenson singled to score a run, Jonny Olson singled in another run and Mortenson scored on a wild pitch for a 4-0 lead.
The Reds were retired in order in the next three innings before they added two insurance runs in the eighth inning. Justin Johnson led off the inning with a walk, Noah Zimmerman singled and Morin reached on an error to load the bases. Hollcraft reached on a fielders choice and a run scored on the play and Magsam grounded out and another run scored for a 6-0 lead after eight innings.
Warroad tried a later ninth inning rally with a lead off single, a walk, hit batter and a wild pitch to score a run, but that is all they would get and Crookston held on for a 6-1 victory to keep the season alive.
Seth Desrosier with a single in the Ada game on Sunday night
|Matt Morin - Crox (WP)||8||5||0||0||1||2|
|Joe Kvidt - Crox||1||1||1||0||2||1|
|Logan Wallace - War (LP)||8||6||6||5||3||4|
Scotty Mortenson - 2-3, run, rbi
Jonny Olson - 1-3, rbi
GAME THREE vs Ada
In the second straight loser out game, Crookston faced off with their rival, the Ada Athletics. The Reds couldn't have started the game any better when Noah Zimmerman singled and scored on an error for a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. In the bottom of the first inning, the Reds' Lars Brevik and the defense behind him retired Ada with three ground outs. In the second inning, Crookston exploded for eight runs on eight hits. Scotty Mortenson singled, Seth Desrosier reached on a fielder's choice and after the second out of the inning the Reds Justin Johnson walked to load the bases. Noah Zimmerman walked for an rbi, Matt Morin singled in two runs, Aaron Hollcraft tripled to score two runs, Cody Magsam singled to score a run, and Lars Brevik doubled to score a run and Crookston led 9-0.
Ada scored two runs in the sixth inning and added two more runs in the eighth to get within a 9-4 deficit. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Ada had a lead off double before the Reds retired the next three batters for a 9-4 victory.
Crookston improves to 10-14 on the year and will play Roseau at Noon on Saturday, August 13 at Jim Karn Field in Crookston in the Region 10C tournament. The winner will advance to state and play Bemidji in the championship, the losers season comes to an end.
Lars Brevik with a pitch vs Ada Cody Magsam tries to turn a double play
|Lars Brevik - Crox (WP)||9||10||4||4||2||3|
|Blake Fetting - Ada (LP)||1.2||8||9||7||2||0|
|Aaron Cook - Ada||7.1||6||0||0||0||1|
Matt Morin - 3-5, 2 rbi, run
Cody Magsam - 3-5, run
Lars Brevik - 3-5, rbi
Scotty Mortenson - 2-5, run
WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 3, 2016
UMC FOOTBALL PICKED TO FINISH LAST IN THE NSIC COACHES PRE-SEASON POLL
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle football team was picked to
finish last place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference pre-season
coaches poll released Wednesday morning. UMC was 1-10 last year and beat
Minot State 45-13 in the second to last game of the year for their lone victory.
UMC has 12 starters from last years team. Offensively, the Golden Eagles are led by three All-NSIC picks from 2015. All-NSIC North Second Team pick Dre Person (Sr., RB, Detroit, Mich.) returns after rushing for 767 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. Fellow All-NSIC North Second Team selection Adam Connette (Jr., WR, Corona, Calif.) also returns. Connette is on pace to break every receiving record at UMC after 671 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore. UMC also returns All-NSIC Honorable Mention pick Noah Lee (R-So., OL, Vadnais Heights) on the offensive line.
Defensively, UMC also returns six starters on the defensive side of the ball. The Golden Eagles return a lot of experience in the secondary led by Jake Newman (Jr., DB, White Bear Lake), who had 58 tackles last season with three interceptions. Dion Wallisch (R-So., DB, Oakdale) also returns after a strong freshman year, as does Ali Alkhatib (R-So., DB, Rosemount). UMC also returns Bubba Cook (So., DL, Surprise, Ariz.) on the defensive line. Cook had 40 tackles and five tackles for loss as a freshman.
Minnesota State University, Mankato was selected by the league coaches as the overall and south division preseason favorite in the NSIC for 2016. The Mavericks received 11 first place votes and amassed 216 points, 18 points ahead of Augustana (198) and 22 points ahead of Minnesota Duluth (194), which garnered a first place vote and was the coaches’ top choice in the north division. Sioux Falls was picked fourth overall (192) and received two first place votes. Northern State and SMSU also received first place nods in the preseason poll.
UMC's first football game will be on Thursday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Winona State.
|1. Minnesota State(11)||216||1 Minnesota Duluth (6)||47|
|2. Augustana||198||2. Bemidji State (1)||42|
|3. Minnesota Duluth (1)||194||3. Northern State (1)||35|
|4. Sioux Falls (2)||192||4. St. Cloud State||31|
|5. Bemidji State||153||5. MSU Moorhead||28|
|6. Northern State (1)||143||6. Minot State||19|
|7. SMSU (1)||140||7. University of Mary||12|
|8. Winona State||139||8. Minnesota Crookston||10|
|9. St. Cloud State||132|
|10. MSU Moorhead||97||1. Minnesota State (6)||47|
|11. Upper Iowa||88||2. Augustana||40|
|12. Wayne State||71||Sioux Falls (1)||40|
|13. Concordia-St. Paul||52||4. SMSU (1)||30|
|14. Minot State||44||5. Winona State||27|
|15. University of Mary||40||6. Upper Iowa||18|
|16. Minnesota Crookston||21||7. Wayne State||14|
|first place votes in ( )||8. Concordia-St. Paul||8|
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS FORD WINS THE TUESDAY NIGHT MEN'S SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Christian Brothers Ford won the Crookston Park and Rec Tuesday night Men's Softball League Championship on Tuesday night. Christian Brothers Ford and Lean Packaging/One N' Only were tied for first place at the end of the regular season, but Christian Brothers Ford won the tournament and were crowned league champions.
Back Row (L-R): Jamison St. Germain, Ryan St. Germain, Taylor Sannes, Derek Christianson, Alex Wentzel, Jedd Sylvester, and Jake Rarick
Front: Nic Thompson, Mike St. Germain, and Markie Broden (Picture submitted Taylor Sannes)
TUESDAY - AUGUST 2, 2016
CROOKSTON GOLFERS COMPETE IN BIRCHMONT GOLF TOURNAMENT IN BEMIDJI
The Birchmont Golf Tournament was held at Bemidji Town and Country Club last weekend and some Crookston golfers competed and played well. The Crookston results are below-
In the Men's Championship -
Isaac Westlake lost in the first round to Bemidji's Justin Johnson 1up. In the consolation Isaac lost to Conner Bjugstad of San Antonio, Texas and was eliminated.
Vice President's Flight-
Dane Anderson lost to Skylar Belgarde of Grand Forks 2-1. In the second round, Dane lost to Matthew Gregg of Bemidji 4-3 and was eliminated.
Letter A Flight-
Brady Heppner beat Kyle Wagner of St. Francis in 26 holes! In the second round he lost to Jeff Stadheim of Mason City, Iowa 5-3.
Brock Heppner beat Anna Tolette in 19 holes. He lost to Bryce Bye of Fargo. In the consoaltion bracket Brock beat Dyson Thacker of Fergus Falls and in the consolation championship he be Bryce Golden of Bemidji.
Junior 2nd Flight -
Charles Eickhof lost to Keaton Gilbertson 5-4. In the consolation, Charles beat Joey Kennelly of Grand Forks 3-2 and in the consolation championship he beat Zach Hinschberger of Grand Forks.
Junior 3rd Flight -
Ethan Christopherson lost to Tyler Schacher of Hawley 3-1. In the consolation bracket, Ethan beat Colton Mitchell of Cass Lake 1up and lost to Croix Golden of Bemidji in the consolation championship
MONDAY - AUGUST 1, 2016
LITHIA FORD/ABRAMS FARM SERVICE/MUGOOS WIN THE MONDAY NIGHT MENS SOFTBALL LEAGUE
The Lithia Ford/Abrams Farm Service/Mugoos softball team beat Michelob Golden Light 21-18 in the Crookston Park and Rec Monday night men's softball league on Monday night.
Back row - Matt Hann, Nick Bergan, Collin Erdman, Ryan Melsa, Jake Abrams, Rainer Simmons, Jeremy Yeager
Front row - Curt Anderson, Wade Demarais, Wally Bakken, Ryan Edevold, Chris Demarais
NOAH INSURANCE WINS THE CROOKSTON PARK AND REC SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE
The Crookston Park and Rec Women's Sand Volleyball
finished their season at the Crookston Sports Center Monday evening with eight
teams competing. The regular season and playoff champions was Noah Insurance.
Noah Insurance was the regular season and tournament champions (Picture by Sandy Desrosier)
1st: Noah Insurance
2nd: Crookston Eye Clinic
3rd: LMN Contracting
1st: Noah Insurance
3rd: Crookston Eye Clinic
SWAT finished second place in the tournament (Picture by Sandy Desrosier)
The Crookston Eye Clinic finished third place in the tournament (Picture by Sandy Desrosier)
FRIDAY - JULY 29, 2016
CONCORDIA WRESTLERS PUT ON WRESTLING CAMP IN CROOKSTON
Joe Heinz and Adam Pressler were the technicians for Day 1 of the Cobber Camp. (Picture by Dan Halland)
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