FRIDAY - JULY 1,  2016


The University of Minnesota Crookston will host the 26th Annual UMC Teambackers Golf Classic Saturday, July 16 at Minakwa Golf Club in Crookston. The event will commence with registration at 9:00 a.m. Tournament rules and guidelines will be discussed at 9:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. The tournament will be a Texas Scramble format with teams of five. If you do not have a team of five, you will be placed on a team that is in need of more members.
Proceeds from the tournament will go to funding athletic scholarships at Minnesota Crookston, specifically the Allan and Kay Larson Athletic Scholarship. Allan was instrumental in starting UMC Teambackers, the fundraising arm of UMC athletics, 26 years ago to help the Golden Eagles raise money for athletic scholarships.
If you would like to form a team or sign individually contact Delaney Kohorst at 218-281-8444. Registration for the tournament is $100 per person. This amount includes the registration fee, green fees, an entry gift, prizes, dinner and a contribution to support athletic scholarships. 



THURSDAY - JUNE 30,  2016


The Crookston American Legion Post 20 Baseball team picked up their second and third wins of the year behind a solid pitching performance by Cody Wardner who pitched all 12 innings to beat Stephen-Argyle 4-3 and 5-1 in a Tony Sipe League double header played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.
Cody Wardner set the tone for the game in the first inning when he struck out the first two Stephen-Argyle batters and got the third batter to fly out to right field.  In the bottom of the first inning, the first two Crookston batters were retired on pop outs, but Tanner Reinhart hit a blooper down the right field line and it snuck past the right fielder who took a bad route to the ball and it rolled deep into right field for a triple.  Cody Wardner followed with a deep drive to left-center field for a double and Reinhart came into score to give Post 20 a 1-0 lead.  Ethan Stroot followed with a solid single and runners were at the corners, but the next Crookston batter struck out and Crookston led 1-0 after the first inning of play.
Stephen-Argyle answered by taking advantage of two costly Crookston errors in the top of the third inning.  Wardner retired the first two batters before giving up a walk and a single up the middle and the center fielder overran the ball and allowed the lead runner to go to third base.  With runners at the corners, the next batter singled to score a run and stole second base to put runners at second and third.  The number nine batter in the lineup hit a ground ball to second base, but Crookston booted the ball and two runs came into score to give Stephen-Argyle a 3-1 lead. 
Crookston responded in a big way in the bottom of the second inning when Ben Halos led off with a single, Ryan Swenson walked and Blake Kalewski had a perfect bunt for a single to load the bases with one out.  The next Crookston batter struck out for the second out of the inning, but Reinhart laced a line drive down the left field line for a bases clearing double to give Post 20 a 4-3 lead. 
The two teams only had one hit, by Stephen-Argyle’s Cole Anderson in the fourth inning, the rest of the game and neither team scored as Crookston won 4-3.  
Cody Wardner picked up the win pitching seven innings only allowing one earned run while striking out eight.

Cody Wardner with a pitch in game one   Blake Kawlewski scores the second run of the game

Game One

6 7


0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
CROOKSTON 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 2


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Wardner-Crox 7.0 3 3 1 4 8
Cole Anderson - SA 3.0 6 4 4 2 4
Eddie Lefrooth - SA 3.0 0 0 0 2 4

For Crookston
Tanner Reinhart - 2-3, 3 rbi's, run, triple, double
Cody Wardner - 1-2, double, rbi, walk

For Stephen-Argyle
Cole Anderson - 2-3, run



In the second game of the double header, Crookston had Cody Wardner start the game after a stellar pitching performance in game one.  Cody struck out the first batter and got the next two to ground out to shortstop Chris Wavra for a 1-2-3 top of the first inning. 
In the bottom of the first inning, Crookston hit the ball and hit it hard.  Blake Kawlewski had a great at bat and drew a walk after fouling several pitches off to start the inning.  Kawlewski stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Wavra single.  Tanner Reinhart doubled to score a run, Wardner singled to score a run and Ethan Stroot doubled to score another run for a 4-0 lead.  Seth Desrosier grounded out, but Stroot advanced to third base and scored on a wild pitch to give Crookston a 5-0 lead in the first inning.
In the top of the second inning, Stephen-Argyle's Peyton Mills doubled to lead off the inning, but the next two batters were retired.  The next Stephen-Argyle batter hit a slow chopper up the middle and second baseman Ethan Stroot fielded the ball and threw to first base and Dane Anderson made a great scoop for the third out of the inning and Crookston held on to a 5-0 lead.
Stephen-Argyle scored a run in the fourth inning after a walk and wild pitch and a triple by Isaac Mills to cut Crookston's lead to 5-1, but Wardner got the next batter to ground out to get out of the inning.  Stephen-Argyle didn't score in the fifth inning and Crookston won 5-1 to complete the sweep.

Ethan Stroot throws to first base for an out   Chris Wavra gets ready to catch the ball for the final out of game 2

Game Two



0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0
CROOKSTON 5 0 0 0 0 5 6 0


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Wardner-Crox 5 2 1 1 0 2
Isaac Mills - SA 2 4 5 5 1 1
TJ Boman - SA 2 1 0 0 0 1

For Crookston

Cody Wardner - 2-2, rbi, run
Chris Wavra - 1-1, rbi, run


For Stephen-Argyle
Isaac Mills - 1-2, triple, rbi
Peyton Mills - 1-2, double








In its ongoing support of high school athletics, RiverView Health will offer free sports physicals to area school athletes in grades seven through 12 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. July 19, 26 and August 2 at its North Clinic, Crookston. The exams will be conducted by Erika Beckett, NP, Andrea Kraft, FNP-C, Natalie Royal, FNP-C, Angela Salveson, PA, and Dr. Erik Kanten.
“As a community hospital, we want to encourage students to participate in physical activity. We certainly don’t want the cost of a sports physical to be a barrier to anyone that wants to participate in athletics,” said Dr. Kanten who has provided sideline coverage for a number of different area sports teams for many years.
Athletes should bring the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Sports Qualifying Physical Examination Clearance Form with them to the exam. Click here for the form. The form must be completed and signed by the student and parent before the exam can be performed.
While the free physicals meet all of the requirements for participation in sports by the MSHSL, they are not intended to replace annual, comprehensive physical exams. Annual exams are recommended for all children.
To make an appointment for a free sports physical at RiverView Clinic in Crookston, call 218-281-9595.




The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball camps hosted earlier this June showed exponential growth in their second year as they had 100 campers between the Junior Eagle Day Camp and the Offensive Skills Day Camp. The pair of camps were run by members of the UMC men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the coaching staff of the men’s basketball team. “Our goal has always been to run one of the best basketball camps for kids in our region,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “I think seeing the growth that we have had over the course of one year really shows that our participants come away with a great experience. I want to thank the players on the men’s and women’s basketball teams for helping make our camps a success.”

Campers were provided t-shirts from KROX Radio and camp basketballs from Crookston United Insurance for their participation in the camps. “I want to thank KROX Radio and Crookston United Insurance, because without their support it would not be able to be a first class camp. And that is what we strive to be. We look forward to growing the camps and hope to see everyone back next year.”

The Golden Eagles are hoping to see the exponential growth they saw in year two as they head into the camp in 2017. The camp grew by around 40 campers in just one year. UMC will have more space available for the camps next year with the opening of the UMC Wellness Center this summer. This will provide auxiliary space on top of Lysaker Gymnasium, where the camp is already hosted. 

The University of Minnesota Crookston Basketball camp participants and UMC Golden Eagle Coaches and players (Picture by UMC Sports)





The Crookston Reds had a 2-1 lead, but the Ada Athletics scored six runs in the fourth inning and that proved to be the difference as the A's won 8-2 in a Norman-Polk League game played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.
Ada scored a run in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.  Crookston responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning when Scotty Mortenson singled, stole second and third base and scored on a Lars Brevik double to tie the game at 1-1.
Crookston added another run in the bottom of the third inning when Noah Zimmerman walked, Dave Grabowski singled and Joey Koenig singled to score a run and the Reds led 2-1.
Ada broke the game open in the fourth inning when they had scored six runs on six hits and a couple walks to take a 7-2 lead.  Ada added another run in the fifth inning after a walk, hit batter and both runners advanced on an error on the catcher.  The next batter walked with the fourth ball coming on a wild pitch, which allowed a run to score and Ada led 8-2.  Neither team scored the rest of the way and Ada picked up the Norman-Polk League game victory by an 8-2 score.
Crookston drops to 5-6 on the year and will host Ada on July 6.

Aaron Hollcraft with a pitch   Justin Johnson throws the ball to first base

6 7 8 9


0 1 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 8 13 2
CROOKSTON 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 3

      Lars Brevik puts the ball in play in one of his four at bats


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft-Crox 4.0 9 7 7 4 3
Lars Brevik - Crox 4.0 4 1 1 4 3
Joe Kvidt - Crox 1.0 0 0 0 1 1

For Crookston
Lars Brevik - 2-4, double




The Crookston Park and Rec has a sand volleyball league with eight teams competing and fun had by all participating.  They play Monday nights at the Crookston Sports Center in the new sand volleyball courts in the outdoor skating rink at the Crookston Sports Center with three nets/courts.  They play games at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.  The standings and some pictures by Sandy Desrosier are below. 

Team                             Wins Loss
Noah Insurance              21     3
Crookston Eye Clinic     18     6
IC Muggs                        14    10
LMN Contracting            11   13
Aspen Chiropractic          10   14
SWAT Team                    10   14
Neon Spike                       7     17
Eagles Wing                      5     19

Three courts of volleyball being played on Monday at the Crookston Sports Center during the park and rec volleyball league (Picture by Sandy Desrosier)

Everybody enjoying the sun and some sand volleyball at the CSC (Picture submitted by Sandy Desrosier)



TUESDAY - JUNE 28,  2016


The Crookston American Legion Post 20 Baseball team was swept by Argyle 8-1 and 7-1 in a double header in Argyle.

Argyle started the game by scoring two runs on two hits in the first inning for a quick 2-0 lead.  In the second inning they added six runs on four hits, two walks and two errors for an 8-0 lead.  Crookston didn’t get more than one base runner on in an inning until the seventh when Alex LaFrance walked, Luke Froeber reached on an error and Jackson Seibel singled and LaFrance scored on one of the plays, but the rally wasn’t enough and Argyle won 8-1.
Ryan Swenson struggled early, but settled down and pitched all six innings for Crookston giving up eight hits (six in the first two innings), four walks and had two strike outs.   Chris Wavra was 2-3, with two doubles.  Peyton Mills was the winning pitcher for Argyle .

In the second game of the double header Argyle took a quick lead, scoring two runs in the first inning for a 2-0 lead.  Crookston responded with a run in the second inning when LaFrance walked, Ryan Swenson sacrificed LaFrance over to second and moved to third on a ground out.  Froeber walked and Crookston tried a double steal and it worked as Froeber reached second and LaFrance scored to bring Crookston within a 2-1 deficit.
Argyle broke the game open in the third inning after Crookston pitchers had some control problems.  Argyle had four runs on two hits, while taking advantage of four walks and one hit batter to take a 6-1 lead.  Argyle added another run in the fourth inning on three singles for a 7-1 lead.  In the last three innings (third, fourth and fifth) Crookston was retired in 1-2-3 fashion.
Crookston used four different pitchers, Blake Kawlewski, Jackson Seibel, Ethan Stroot, and Ryan Swenson.
Crookston only had one hit in the game and that was by Blake Kawlewski.
Crookston drops to 1-11 on the year and will host Argyle in a double-header on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.




The U19 Crookston Youth Soccer Association Soccer team was on the road last Wednesday night playing in Detroit Lakes. 
In game one – Alexandria beat Crookston 4-0
Game two – Detroit Lakes beat Crookston 2-1

Logan Wardner tries to catch an opponent in one of the games at DL (Picture submitted by Melissa Dingmann)



MONDAY - JUNE 27,  2016


The Crookston American Legion Post 20 baseball team split a double header with Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Post 88 with a 1-0 loss and bounced back with a 5-1 victory in games played in Greenbush.  The first game was the only game that mattered as far as points in the district standings.

The first game was a pitchers dual with BGMR winning by a score of 1-0.  In the first inning Crookston had a great scoring opportunity with a two out rally that loaded the bases after Tanner Reinhart reached on a fielders choice, Cody Wardner and Ethan Stroot singled, but the next batter flew out to center field for the third out.
Neither team had much of a threat the rest of the game, but BGMR took advantage of a two out hit batter and followed with a double to score the only run of the game in the fifth inning for a 1-0 lead.  Crookston had runners at first and second base in the sixth inning, but couldn’t score and BGMR held on to the 1-0 victory.
Seth Desrosier pitched well for Crookston going all six innings while throwing less than 60 pitches, striking out five batters and only giving up two hits.

Crookston started the second game with three runs in the first inning and held on for a 5-1 win in the second game.
In the first inning, Seth Desrosier got things started with a leadoff walk, Blake Kawlewski and Reinhart singled to score a run and Cody Wardner doubled to score two runs for a 3-0 lead. 
BGMR answered with a run in the bottom of the inning after a single, stolen base a hit batter and another single.
Crookston added a run in the third inning when Wardner doubled, Stroot walked and Jackson Seibel singled to score Wardner for a 4-1 lead.  Post #20 added an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning when Reinhart walked and Wardner doubled to give Crookston a 5-1 lead.  BGMR tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the fifth inning with a single and a fielders choice, but the Pirates Desrosier retired the next three batters for the 5-1 victory and the split.
Desrosier pitched all five innings, going the distance in the second straight game and struck out eight and allowing one run on five hits.  Cody Wardner was 3 for 3 with two doubles and 2 rbi’s and a run.
Crookston improves to 1-9 on the year and will travel to play Stephen-Argyle Tuesday for a 5:00 p.m. double-header.




WEDNESDAY - JUNE 22,  2016


The Ada A's took advantage of some timely hitting and a few Crookston Reds errors to defeat the Reds 8-1 in a Norman-Polk League game at the Tony Sipe Baseball Field in Ada on Wednesday night.
Ada had a 3-0 lead when the Reds scored their only run of the game when Justin Johnson led off with a single and eventually scored on an Aaron Hollcraft sacrifice fly, but would be all the Reds would get the rest of the way as Ada pitching gave up only two hits the rest of the way in the convincing win.
Hollcraft had five strikeouts in the first two innings but two Reds errors in the second inning allowed for a run to score with Hollcraft getting a strikeout with bases loaded to end the inning. Ada had a double and four hits in a two run third inning and then put it away with two in each of the fifth and sixth innings.  Crookston is 5-5 on the season and 1-1 against rival Ada so far this season. Crookston is off until next week.

6 7 8 9


0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 4
Ada 0 1 2 0 2 2 1 0 X 8 10 1


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft-Crookston 6.0 8 7 4 3 11
Matt Morin-Crookston 2.0 2 1 0 2 1

For Crookston

Justin Johnson  2-4, run
Noah Zimmerman  2-4
Joey Koenig  2-4



Seven Crookston Pirate golfers are playing in the 2016 Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association Players Tour this summer and they competed in Duluth on Monday at the Northland Country Club.
In the boys division there were 61 golfers and Ben Trostad was the top Crookston golfer with an 82 good for 19th place.  Isaac Westlake shot an 84 for 28th, Brock Heppner shot an 86 for 36th, and Charles Eickhof shot an 88 for 46th place.  The top area golfer was Nate Deziel of East Grand Forks with a 78 for ninth place.

In the girls division there was only 12 golfers and Ally Tiedemann was the top Crookston golfer with a 93 for eighth place, Maddie Nicholls shot a 95 for ninth and Elise Tangquist shot a 99 for 11th.

Ben Trostad, Brock Heppner, Charles Eickhof, Isaac Westlake, Maddie Nicholls, Elise Tangquist and Ally Tiedemann. (Picture by Sis Eickhof)



TUESDAY - JUNE 21,  2016


The Crookston American Legion Baseball team was swept by Roseau in a double header at Jim Karn Field in Crookston 14-3 and 11-1 in two District games. 

In the first inning, Crookston scored a run on a Cody Wardner single to take a 1-0 lead.  Roseau responded in the top of the second inning after a walk and later scored on a fielder’s choice to tie the game at 1-1.  In the bottom of the inning Crookston took the lead when Seth Desrosier hit a single up the middle to score a run and Crookston led 2-1.
Roseau answered with a run in the top of the third inning to tie the game at 2-2.  Crookston regained the lead with an Ethan Stroot double that scored Alex LaFrance to give Post 20 a 3-2 lead.
Roseau responded with a run on a single and with runners on second and third they scored two runs on a beautiful bunt and an error and added a fourth run in the inning on a solid single for a 6-3 lead.  Roseau wasn’t done as the next batter laced a line drive to left centerfield for an rbi double to score another run and Crookston brought in Cody Wardner to pitch and he was able to get the final two outs to get out of the inning.
In the fifth inning, Roseau added two more runs with a two rbi single for a 9-3 lead.  A few batters later the bases were loaded and they drew a walk and the next batter hit a line drive to score two runs and the throw into the infield was off the mark allowing another run to score for a 13-3 Roseau lead.  Roseau added another run on a single and took a 14-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning.  Crookston wasn’t able to score and Roseau won the game 14-3.

Game One 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Roseau 0 1 1 5 7 14 9 1
Crookston 1 1 1 0 0 3 6 5


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Chris Wavra - Crox 3.1 6 7 6 2 3
Cody Wardner - Crox 1.2 3 7 0 5 0
Adam Hedlund - Ros 5 6 3 3 6 4

For Crookston

Cody Wardner - 2-2, rbi, walk
Alex LaFrance - 1-1, 2 walks, run
Blake Kawlewski - 1-2, run, walk

For Roseau
Hunter Lund - 2-2, 3 runs, rbi, walk
Will Woolover - 2-2, rbi, run, double, walk

Alex LaFrance scores a run and Blake Kawlewski with a swing



Roseau started the second game by putting a bunch of runs on the board.  The scoring started right away with an rbi triple and after a wild pitch another run scored for a 2-0 lead.  Two more runs scored on back-to-back bases loaded walks and Roseau added two more runs to take a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Roseau scored two more runs on an error in the second inning for an 8-0 lead.  Crookston got on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Alex LaFrance and Jackson Seibel walked and a Tanner Reinhart singled scored LaFrance and Post 20 trailed 8-1. 
Roseau added three more runs in the third inning with a walk and stolen base, a single followed by a double and three more singles to take a 11-1 lead.  Neither team scored the rest of the way and the game was called in the fifth inning for the second straight game because of the 10 run rule and Roseau earned the sweep.
Roseau improves to 3-1 on the year.  Crookston drops to 0-6 on the year and will play in the East Grand Forks Tournament on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. against Park River.  Crookston will play Grafton at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Game Two 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Roseau 6 2 3 0 0 11 8 0
Crookston 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 0


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Alex LaFrance - Crox 1 5 6 6 4 1
Jackson Sieble - Crox 4 3 5 5 5 5
Paxton Pierce - Ros 5 5 1 1 4 6

For Crookston

Tanner Reinhart - 1-1, walk
Alex LaFrance - 1-2, walk
Chris Wavra - 1-2, walk

For Roseau
Bryce Johnson - 1-2, 2 rbi
Adam Hedlund - 1-2, 2 rbi, run




The Crookston U10 Soccer Team had a busy day this past Saturday when they hosted seven teams for their tournament.  Crookston’s first game ended in a 2-2 tie with Thief River Falls.  They had a competitive first half in the second game against Fergus Falls and trailed 1-0 at halftime, but Fergus Falls had a strong second half to win 5-0. 
The Crookston U10 Soccer team will travel to Detroit Lakes this Saturday for two more games. 

Maddie Harbott
tries to get by a Fergus Falls defender (Picture by Melissa Dingmann)


MONDAY - JUNE 20,  2016



The University of Minnesota Crookston football program will hold an individual football camp Sunday, July 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus.

The camp is for students going into grades 9 through 12 and will be a non-contact, non-padded football camp and will include: combine testing, speed/agility training, position specific coaching and competition drills. The camp also includes important information regarding academic eligibility, the recruiting process and character components that make or break a football career.

The camp will begin with check-in at 10:30 a.m. at the UMC Sports Center. It has previously produced four current Golden Eagles. The camp costs $30 If you have questions or are interested in participating in the camp contact Assistant Coach Dave Volk at or register online at




FRIDAY - JUNE 17,  2016


The Crookston High School Varsity Trap team competed in the Minnesota State High School Trap Shooting competition on Friday and shot a 413 and finished 25th in Class 4A.   The top team in the class was Apple Valley with a 481.

Team scores (Top 10) -
1. Apple Valley - 481
2. United North Central - 468
3. Pequot Lakes - 463
4. Tri-City United - 458
5. New York Mills - 456
6. Zimmerman - 456
7. Pierz - 454
8. Holy Family Catholic - 453
9. Jordan - 451
10. Breckenridge - 450

The varsity shooters scores are below-

Pirate Varsity Score Rank   Pirate J.V. (Male) Score Rank
Jacob Owens 92 34th   Cameron Neimela 89 10th
Steven Newquist 83 174th   Dylan Haller 86 35th
Jade Selzer 81 205th   Thomas Cymbaluk 81 79th
Ty Hamre 79 224th   Caden Bruley 81 79th
Noah Metzger 78 235th   Jonathan Abeld 76 128th
        Casey Tiedemann 74 154th
        Cole Tiedemann 71 194th
        Wyatt Lukow 69 210th
        Perry Larson 69 210th
        Jake Wagner 66 230th
        Pirate J.V. (Female)    
        Ariel Laplante 81 11th
        Brooke Gornowicz 69 32nd
        Macy Larson 66 38th
        Ellie Morlan 56 61st



WEDNESDAY - JUNE 15,  2016


The Crookston Pirates had five golfers competing in the Minnesota State High School League State Class AA Golf Tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan and Ally Tiedemann finished sixth place and Maddie Nicholls finished 50th for the girls.  On the boys side,  Isaac Westlake and Doug Larson finished in a tie for 20th and Dane Anderson finished 45th. 
Detroit Lakes won the girls team title while the Blake School won the boys title.

Ally Tiedemann with her 6th place medal    The top eight individual golfers, Ally is 3rd from the left and Kate Smith of Detroit Lakes in on the right.

Pirate Scores Round 1 Round 2 Total Place
Ally Tiedemann 83 75 158 6th
Doug Larson 77 77 154 20th
Isaac Westlake 81 73 154 20th
Dane Anderson 80 79 159 45th
Maddie Nicholls 93 91 184 50th

The Crookston Pirate Girls Golfers had their first individual state golf tournament medal since 1996 as Ally Tiedemann, a sophomore, shot an 83 and 75 for a two day total of 158, which was tied for sixth place in her third straight state golf tournament.  Ally hit the ball well today to tie a career best score of a 75 and had a birdie on all the par fives to get on the medal stand. "It is really exciting and nice to improve on the second day.  I was hitting all my clubs better today.  Yesterday was a struggle so I was determined to come out today and play better," said Tiedemann. "This is the best I hit my driver all year so that was nice. I didn't make any huge mistakes today and was consistent."
Ally finished 56th place as an eighth grader and 31st place last year as a freshman. "I was a lot more comfortable this year and playing here earlier this year was nice because I know the course pretty well and that makes it easier."  Ally's finish was the best Pirate Girls Golfer performance at state since Jenny Bruun won the State tournament in 1996. "I am very proud of Ally, she played great golf today and putting up a 75, which ties her personal best and to post your career best in the state tournament is what it is all about," said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault. "She is a competitor and was hitting the ball and had a birdie on all the par fives today.  Her game off the tee was solid and she had several par tap ins.  I am very proud of her and next year she could be in the running for a state title and that is exciting.  All the credit goes to Ally, she works hard at her game."

Maddie shot a first round 93 and a second round of 91 for a 184 and even though she didn't get the score she was hoping for she still golfed two solid rounds. "Maddie left a lot of strokes out there yesterday and played better today.  She had a couple mistakes that kept her from being in the 80's today, which was her goal, but she still had a good round," said Coach Perreault. "It is her second time down here and make some improvements and make a run like next here in her third year, like Ally did in her third trip.  Maddie has the game and the work ethic to do it, she will just have to fine tune a couple things and she will be right there."

History was made in the girls tournament when Detroit Lakes' Kate Smith won her fifth straight state title.  She was actually co-champion as she tied with Anni Heck of Visitation School with a two round total of 139.  Smith had to sink a tough putt on the final hole to get her 139 and the putt was right on line with the hole and it looked like it was going to stop, but rolled in at the last second for a 139.

Girls Team Score   Top Individuals Score
1. Detroit Lakes 633  

1. Kate Smith - DL

2. Lake City 642       Annie Heck - Visitation 139
3. Breck 675  

3. Alayna Eldred - Osakis

4. St. Cloud Catherdal 719  

4. Alex Stone - Pequot Lakes

5. Minnewaska Area 720  

5. Emily Schmibeno - Lake City

6. International Falls 733  

6. Ally Tiedemann - Crox

7. Jordan 759  

    Abby Schramel - DL

8. Visitation 764  

8. Grace Zumwinkle - Breck



Ally Tiedemann with a putt  Maddie Nicholls watches a putt

The Pirate Boys finally wrapped up their first 18 holes this morning with Doug Larson leading the way with a 77.  Doug had an eagle on the 7th hole (see picture below) and turned in the top Pirate round and followed with a second round 77 for a total of 154.  "Doug putted the ball very well today.  He relaxed after the first couple holes and settled in and played great golf to finish his Pirate career," said Pirate Boys Golf Coach Steve Kofoed. "Doug has played five years on the section team and has counted his score in every postseason tournament and it is bitter sweet."
Isaac Westlake struggled a little in his first round with an 81, but bounced back with a one over par 73 on his second round for a 154.  "Isaac hasn't played great the last couple of weeks and he hit a lousy shot on number 11 and lost the ball in a hazard and re-teed and stuck the ball within 10 to 12 feet of the pin and almost made the put to save bogey.  I don't know if a light clicked inside his head or what, but he went on a birdie tear and finished with a 73 which is a very good score," said Coach Kofoed. "It was a great way to end his Pirate career, playing good golf."
Dane Anderson shot a first round 80 and was rolling to start the second round and ran into a little trouble on the last few holes and shot a 79 for a total of 159.  "I was golfing lights out for the first 12 holes (of the second round) and it caught up to me, I guess," said Anderson. "It was fun playing that many holes today."  Dane was two or three over par a couple holes into his first round and then caught fire and was hitting the ball well and making some putts and all of a sudden he had a couple bad holes," said Coach Kofoed. "It was a good day for Dane and making it around 33 holes with a bum leg is pretty impressive."

The Pirates had three good rounds and it was a great way to wrap up the season. "The guys played well today, especially playing 33 holes today.  It is a long golf course and is very tough to walk for 10 to 12 hours, but they were excited to play today and that helped out," said Coach Kofoed. "We couldn't control what happens with mother nature yesterday, but the guys played well."

Doug Larson sinks an eagle putt      Dane Anderson with a putt on hole 7    Isaac Westlake hits from the 17th fairway    

Boys Team Score   Top Individuals Score
1. Blake 589   1. Derek Hitchner - Blake 134
2. Holy Family Catholic 604   2. Alex Wilson - HFC 145
3. Hermantown 614   3. Drew O'Hern - St. Paul Academy 147
    Minnewaska Area 614       Esten Stensrud - Minnewaska 147
5. Detroit Lakes 620       Cecil Belisle - Red Wing 147
6. Becker 642   6. Alex Syverson - Albert Lea 148
7. Rochester Lourdes 652       Paul Stankey - Providence Acad. 148
8. Albert Lea 666  

8. Dylan Kolquist - Hermantown


    Lincoln Cizek - HFC






TUESDAY - JUNE 14,  2016


Five Crookston Pirate Golfers are competing in the Minnesota State High School League Class AA Boys and Girls Golf tournament in Jordan at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course and they had their first round of 18 holes slowed down because of weather.  We don't have first round scores for the Pirates yet because they will finish their first round Wednesday morning. 

The Pirate girls, Ally Tiedemann and Maddie Nicholls weren't done with their first nine holes when rain and thunderstorms came in delaying the round about two hours.  Ally shot a 41 in her first nine holes and Maddie Shot a 43 in her first nine.   The girls were in the process of wrapping up their round of 18 holes when another storm system came through and Nicholls was on the 18th hole fairway and Tiedemann was on the 17th green when play was stopped again. "It's tough, it really is.  Anytime you get going and have some momentum and the horn blows it is tough," said Pirate Girls Golf Coach Jeff Perreault. "Maddie was almost ready to make the turn (be done with her first nine holes) and Ally was a couple holes from making the turn when the horn sounded the first time.  Then the girls had to wait for two hours and our hope was that we would get the first 18 holes in.  We had one group that was on the 17th green with Ally in the group and Maddie's group was on the 18th green and the horn sounded again and we had to wait again."  The four groups of girls that have to finish their first round of 18 at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.  After they are done with their first round of 18 on Wednesday morning they will start their second round at approximately at 9:00 a.m.  "After being here 10-plus hours it is tough that we couldn't post a score yet," said Coach Perreault. "I know they would like to do away with today.  Ally's score will be in the low 80's and Maddie struggled with the short game a little bit and she struggled out of the first long delay and everybody is going through it, but it is hard on the girls.  It is what it is and the girls will have to come out early tomorrow and wait two hours and start the second round.  It isn't ideal, but it is what it is and everybody is dealing with it."

The boys have three competing - Isaac Westlake, Doug Larson and Dane Anderson.  The boys tee times have been pushed back two hours because of the rain and lightning.  Isaac was in the middle of his third hole, Doug just finished his third hole and Dane was in the middle of his fourth hole when play was suspended.  A decision was made to send the boys home and they will finish their first round of 18 on Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. on the hole they left off Tuesday afternoon.  The goal is to have the boys play their second round of 18 holes after they complete their first 18 for a total of 30 to 33 holes played on Wednesday.  "The kids have played 36 holes in one day multiple times so it shouldn't be a big issue," said Pirate Boys Golf Coach Steve Kofoed. "Obviously playing two golf tournaments on one course in two days when weather comes in is the hard part.  All the guys have two to three holes under their belt and haven't had any huge issues so that is good and they will get themselves back into it tomorrow.  Getting up early will be the hard part for the guys and possibly not finishing until eight or nine o'clock will be the hard part for the kids."  The three Pirates were sitting in good shape when they were pulled off the course. "They all left off in a decent place and Doug made a couple nice par putts and he is happy to be in the hole and sitting on the tee box on the 13th hole to start tomorrow," said Coach Kofoed. "Both Isaac and Dane are currently sitting in the fairway with a seven iron in the fairway for Dane on the 14th and a wedge in his hand for Isaac so they left off in good spots.  Wednesday will be a busy day and we hope it is a good weather day."

Maddie Nicholls hits out of the sand trap on the ninth hole



Pirate Round 1 Round 2 Total Place
Ally Tiedemann 41
Through 9
Maddie Nicholls 43
Through 9
Isaac Westlake        
Doug Larson        
Dane Anderson        

Ally Tiedemann hits from the fairway  Dane Anderson hits onto the green   Doug Larson chips   Isaac Westlake hits from the fairway




MONDAY - JUNE 13,  2016


The Crookston American Legion Baseball team knew it was going to be tough when they saw the Grand Forks Royals on the schedule and Crookston hung tough, but the Royals proved to be to much in a 13-3 victory in seven innings in Grand Forks.  The two teams were supposed to play two seven inning games, but they decided to play one nine inning game and because of the 10 run rule the game was called in the seventh inning.
In the top of the first inning, Crookston was retired in 1-2-3 fashion.  Grand Forks scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, Cody Wardner singled, but the next three batters were retired.  In the third inning, Crookston's Ryan Swenson reached and later scored without a hit in the inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Grand Forks scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead.
Crookston responded in the fourth inning when Cody Wardner hit a blast for a solo home run to cut the deficit to 4-2, but Grand Forks responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning for a 9-2 lead.  Grand Forks added three runs in the fifth inning and another run in the sixth inning to build a 13-2 lead.  Crookston scored a run in the seventh inning when Jackson Seible reached on an error and Parker Salentine singled and Seible came into score, but that is all they would get and Grand Forks won 13-3 in seven innings.
Crookston drops to 0-4 on the year and continues to struggle to hit the ball with 10 strike outs in the game.




SATURDAY - JUNE 11,  2016


Aleece Durbin and Marietta Geist with their medals from the State Track Meet

The Crookston Pirate Boys and Girls Track teams will have six individuals participating in the Minnesota State High School League Track and Field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.  The Pirate girls had two participating today and Aleece Durbin placed sixth in the 300 hurdles, Marietta Geist was ninth in the 1600 meters and the boys 4x800 relay team of Jaden Lubarski, Lukas Meier, Colton Weiland and Anthony Borges finished 16th.


Aleece Durbin on the award stand - Aleece clears the final hurdle

Aleece Durbin set a school record in the 300 hurdles on Friday and finished sixth place in the 300 hurdle finals with a time of 46.46. "It feels great.  I have been running a lot faster lately starting at sections and I knew I had to keep up with the pack and I thought I had a pretty good start and maintained it," said Aleece. "I hit one hurdle at the end, but made it through it and it felt great to know that I am one of the top ones in the state."
Aleece wasn't as nervous for the finals knowing she was going to get a medal. "She wasn't as nervous today and she ran such a good race," said Pirate Coach Amy Boll. "She finished the year running her best and that is great and we expect great things over the next two years too."

Marietta Geist wrapped up her outstanding high school track career with a ninth place finish in the 1600 with a time of 5:24.65.  Marietta came in to the state track meet as the 10th seed and by moving up one spot to ninth place she received a medal.  "It was a different race.  I started the race knowing that this was the last one and I wanted to be proud of myself when I finished," said Marietta. "I was seeded 10th and nine places got medals so I wear this brown medal with pride."  The race was run well by Marietta and she knew going into the last lap she needed to pass one more to get on the award stand. "I knew it was my last lap and I knew I would be disappointed with myself if I didn't get the ninth places since I was so close to it," said Marietta. "I went out fast and settled into it and finished hard.  It felt good when I crossed the finish line, I was relieved."
Marietta had a great high school career and will run track and cross country at Carleton College next school year.  "It was an awesome race by Marietta and she was so determined and did a great job and a good way to end her senior year," said Pirate Coach Boll. "I have a little tear in my eye and it will tough to say good bye to such a great kid and runner."

Marietta passes a girl for the ninth spot on the final lap, then gives thumbs up on the award stand



The Pirate Boys 4x800 relay team of Jaden Lubarski, Anthony Borges, Colton Weiland and Lukas Meier finished 16th with a time of 8:50.22 which was about 14 seconds slower than their section time.  With the temperature in the 90's it might have slowed the guys down a bit, but they still ran a tough race. "It wasn't too bad of a race.  It wasn't our best race this year, but that is all right because we have two freshman, a sophomore and a junior," said Pirate Boys Track Coach Wayne Folkers. "This was a great experience for the guys to see what the state track meet is all about.  Jaden Lubarski had a good start for us and ran one of his better times and we were with the pack, but the other teams started to pull away the rest of the race.  I am proud of these guys, they had a great season and for all the kids I brought down had a great experience down here."

Jaden Lubarski, Lukas Meier, Colton Weiland and Anthony Borges running the 4x800 relay at state

300 hurdles Aleece Durbin 6th 46.46
1600 meters Marietta Geist 9th 5:24.65
4x800 Relay Jaden Lubarski, Anthony Borges,
Colton Weiland, Lukas Meier
16th 8:50.22




Meleah Biermaier (middle) with her championship medal in the 300 hurdles

The Thief River Falls Prowlers’ Meleah Biermaier broke her own state record as she won the 300 hurdles in the Minnesota State High School League Class AA track meet at Hamline University in St. Paul today. 
Meleah broke her own record with a time of 41.35 which beat her record time last year of 42.13.  Biermaier had an outstanding start and made up the stagger in the first 100 meters and blew the field away on her way to her third state championship in the 300 hurdles.  “It is so incredible, I don’t know what to think right now,” said Meleah after the race. “I knew I had to go out as hard as I could and the first thing I thought of was the first three hurdles and the rest will come.  After the first three hurdles I didn’t know where everybody else was, but I knew I had to finish strong.”  When Meleah found out she broke the state record again it was overwhelming. “I was like, did that just really happen,” said Meleah. “It is crazy and so awesome and so cool.”
Meleah won the 300 hurdles this year, in 2015 and as an eighth grader in 2012.  She finished second place as a freshman and sophomore.

Meleah had a second place finish in the 100 meter hurdles and also had a third place finish in the 4x100 relay team with Carley Johnson, Mia Nelson and Kira Johnson.  “In the 100 hurdles I
came in seeded fifth and to finish second is great, I will take it.  In the relay we came in seeded ninth and we ran faster than we had and making it to finals, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Meleah who wrapped up her day with one word. “Incredible.”
Meleah also had a sixth place finish as a freshman in the 100 hurdles at state.

Meleah’s coach, Mike Biermaier who is also her dad, was thrilled with Meleah’s performance today. “We couldn’t draw up a better day.  I don’t think she would say one medal is more important than another because they are all special and a little bit of a surprise in their own way,” said Mike. “In the 300 hurdles, the goal was to win the race and try to get the state record and we knew we could get close and wow it was a great finish. She had a great start and I told her to get to the first three hurdles faster than anybody else because she can finish better than anybody in the state and she did that. The fast start was the key.”
As a father, Mike got emotional talking about Meleah’s career and her last high school track meet and event. “It has been an amazing experience being her dad.  To watch her walk off the Hamline track one last time with that state championship medal is priceless,” said Mike with a tear coming down his cheek, but a smile on his face!

Meleah will run track for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers next year.

Meleah Biermaier wins the 300 hurdles in impressive fashion and with another state record


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