SUNDAY - AUGUST 19,  2018

163 RUNNERS PARTICIPATE IN THE 5K/10K RUN ON SATURDAY

The Altru-Crookston Running Club Ox Cart 5K/10K Run hosted 163 runners on Saturday, August 18 (19 Little Tykes, 132 5K runners, 12 10K runners). The Crookston Running Club wishes to thank the many sponsors, volunteers, participants and fans for making this event a great success.  The results were as follows -

Top Finishers 5K
Male 
Ben Andringa (18:14)
Jonathan Carpenter (20:49)

Female 
Jacqueline Burke (23:10)
Kayla Stangeland (23:36)


Top Finishers 10K
Male
Jochum Wiersma (43:09)
Jackson Dauksavage (48:32)

Female
Diane Palkert (52:31)
Gladys Bakken (53:32)

 

 

SATURDAY - AUGUST 18,  2018

CROOKSTON REDS FALL TO BELLE PLAINE IN STATE TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Reds ran into a very difficult opponent and were unable to advance past the Belle Plaine Tigers falling 12-2 in the first round of the Minnesota Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Joe Schleper Stadium in Shakopee. 

A pitcher’s duel shaped the complexion of the game early on with Crookston’s Sean Minder starting on the mound and tossing three scoreless innings to start the game including double plays to end both the second and third innings. Belle Plaine took control of the game in the fourth inning with an offensive outpouring. The Tigers put together eight hits in a row after a lead-off walk. With the bases loaded Derek Dahlke drove home a run with a base hit before Pat Schultz dropped in a two-run scoring single giving Belle Plaine a 3-0 lead. Tyler O’Brien plated another run before Aiden Ladd concluded the fourth inning rally with a two-out double giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead after four innings. Belle Plaine added two more runs in the fifth inning with a walk followed by a rbi double and sacrifice groundout pushing the Tigers’ lead to 8-0. Crookston scraped its only two runs across in the sixth inning. Noah Zimmerman and Taylor Kenfield singled and doubled to start the inning with two runners in scoring position. Bailey Schmitz hit into a groundout scoring Zimmerman before Cody Wardner reached on a fielder’s choice that plated Kenfield cutting the deficit to 8-2. Belle Plaine took one run back with a solo home run hit by Derek Dahlke before adding three more runs in the top of the ninth inning to close out the 12-2 win. “Missing the five big bats at the top of the order, we were putting guys in who hadn’t necessarily swung the bat much over the past few weeks,” explained Reds player/manager Rob Silvers. “I thought the guys played a lot better here than we did last year. You could see the maturity in this state tournament. We made fewer errors, took better approaches at the plate so there were a lot of positive things to take away for the players that were playing in this game.”
The Reds end their season with a record of 23-17 and a second straight state tournament appearance. Belle Plaine improves to 21-8 and advances to the second round of the State tournament next Sunday at 7:30 PM in New Prague against Kimball.

 


Blake Kawlewski puts the ball in play in one of his at bats

 

 

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Sean Minder with a pitch early in the game

 

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For Crookston
Lars Brevik – 2-3
 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY - AUGUST 17,  2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS TENNIS OPENS UP THE SEASON WITH A WIN AND TWO LOSSES

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team had four practices under their belt and play three matches today at the Park Rapids north vs south challenge.  The Pirates beat Aitkin 6-1, lost to Pine City 5-2 and lost to Mound Westonka 6-1.  


Hannah Lindemoen eyes down the ball on a return in her first match

CROOKSTON VS AITKIN
Crookston started the season with a 6-1 victory over the Aitkin Gobblers.  The Pirates were missing three of their players for various reasons and the absecene of some of the veterans didn't seem to phase them as they won three of their matches in three sets.  “It was a good performance.  We didn’t know what to expect with our girls and we didn’t know what to expect from Aitkin,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “We both lost a lot of key players to graduation and it proved to be a competitive match. The girls battled in the match and I thought our kids did a good job of finishing the match and nice to start the season with a win.”
Crookston lost their all time leader in career victories with the graduation of Ally Tiedemann.  Ally played first singles for over four seasons, but there was still a Tiedemann playing first singles in the Aitkin match.  Catherine Tiedemann, a sophomore and Ally's sister, took over the top spot and won her match in three sets.  "She is a very good player and we will use her and Hayden Winjum at first singles most of the time," said Coach Geffre. "Between her brother Bobby, Ally and now Catherine, there has been a Tiedemann at the first singles spot for a long time.  They are good tennis players and competitors and we are looking forward to our top returners (Tiedemann, Hayden Winjum and Emma Borowicz) to lead us and have a great season." 
 

  Crookston-6 Aitkin-1 Winner Score
1st Singles Catherine Tiedemann Anne Courtemanche Crox 7-5, 4-6, 10-7
2nd Hayden Winjum Abby Monse Crox 6-3, 6-3
3rd Emma Borowicz Ellie Jindra Crox 6-3, 7-5
4th Hannah Lindemoen Grace Janzen Crox 7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 10-3
1st Doubles Elysa Christensen
Eden Haller
Jessica Shaver
Brooke Hanson
AIT 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 10-6
2nd Audrey Harbott
Halle Bruggeman
Kelsi Welle
Breanna Hines
Crox 6-3, 6-2
3rd Macy Fee
Halle Winjum
Sophie Ryan
Ashly Berg
Crox 7-6 (11-9), 6-2
4th Emma Gunderson
Abby Borowicz
Alex Brucker
Aliyah Fayaz
Crox 6-2, 6-3


Emma Borowicz with a forehand return in the Aitkin match
 

CROOKSTON VS PINE CITY
The second match of the season proved to be tougher for the Pirates in a 5-2 loss to Pine City.   Crookston’s two wins came at first doubles with Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz picking up a hard-fought three set (7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 10-4 victory and the third doubles team of Eden Haller and Halle Winjum won 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 for the two victories.
The second doubles team of Hannah Lindemoen and Elysa Christensen lost a competitive three set match with an 11-9 super tiebreaker loss.  Pine City swept the rest of the matches by 6-2, 6-2 scores.  "We had some competitive matches and we were basically one shot away from a 4-3 loss," said Coach Geffre. "In singles they were very good and they put a lot of balls on the court and their first singles player made it to state last year.  With the team we brought down today and how young we are, it is pretty impressive."
Pine City beat Thief River Falls earlier in the day.

  Crookston-2 Pine City-5 Winner Score
1st Singles Hayden Winjum Lydia Adams PC 6-2, 6-2
2nd Audrey Harbott Ella Sell PC 6-2, 6-2
3rd Halle Bruggeman Elizabeth Cahill PC 6-2, 6-2
4th Abby Borowicz Maddie Berglund PC 6-2, 6-2
1st Doubles Catherine Tiedemann
Emma Borowicz
Emily Carpenter
Katie Miller
Crox 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 11-9
2nd Elysa Christensen
Hannah Lindemoen
Hannah Hasom
Lindsay Miller
PC 6-3, 5-7, 11-9
3rd Eden Haller
Halle Winjum
Allison Unverzagt
Addison Sell
Crox 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
4th Macy Fee
Isabella Smith
Emily Guzik
Claire Emmons
PC 6-2, 6-2


Halle Winjum eyes down the ball on a return in her first varsity match
 

CROOKSTON VS MOUND WESTONKA
Crookston ran into another tough opponent in their third match of the day and lost to Mound Westonka, Coach Geffre’s alma mater.  
The only close match in the first four came at fourth singles.  Emma Gunderson and Isabel Smith, two seventh graders, lost a hard-fought match by a 7-5, 7-5 score.  “They played pretty good today,” said Geffre talking about the two seventh graders. “They didn’t look intimidated in their first varsity matches and said they could have won their match, so they had a pretty competitive day.”  The fourth doubles result didn’t count towards the team score, but the score counted towards their varsity record.
There was a break a half hour or more between the fourth and fifth match because Mound Westonka had to come from other courts that were running behind.  Crookston had their only win with an impressive performance from the first doubles team of Emma Borowicz and Hyden Winjum.  The Pirate duo won their match 6-3, 6-2.  “They played real well,” said Coach Geffre. “The Mound Westonka coach was saying our girls were getting to everything and they were super athletic.”

Crookston went 1-2 on the day and Coach Geffre was happy with his teams play.  “We were short three players at the start of the day and four girls short for the last match and it will be nice to have our full team in our next match,” said Geffre. “Our junior high girls probably haven’t played three matches in a day and most of them had some success, which was nice to see.  We have some work to do and I look forward to seeing what we can do as the season goes along.”

  Crookston-1 Mound Westonka-6 Winner Score
1st Singles Catherine Tiedemann Alex Welty MW 6-2, 6-2
2nd Eden Haller Carter Phillips MW 6-2, 6-2
3rd Elysa Christensen Kate Velander MW 6-2, 6-2
4th Halle Winjum Sarah Velander MW 6-2, 6-3
1st Doubles Hayden Winjum
Emma Borowicz
Grace Prchal
Lily Hames
Crox 6-3, 6-2
2nd Audrey Harbott
Halle Bruggeman
Grace Peterson
Lauren Burris
MW 6-3, 6-3
3rd Macy Fee
Abby Borowicz
Kali Worth
Leandra Oconnel
MW 6-3, 6-2
4th Emma Gunderson
Isabel Smith
Avery Finch
Gabby Yonker
MW 7-5, 7-5

 

 

 

THURSDAY - AUGUST 16,  2018

OVER 100 KIDS COMPETE IN OX CAR DAY AG COUNTRY PEDAL PULL

111 kids competed in the Ox Cart Days Ag Country Pedal Pull on Thursday afternoon.  We have pictures of all 111 kids and the top three placers in each category below-


Two Pedal Pull participants compete in the nine year old division
 

Age 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
4 years old Kamden Lessard Corbin Caillier Jase Benoit
5 years old Judson Reese Logan Petry Kelby Fee
6 years old Emma Howard Braiden Gunufson Levi Kresl
7 years old Keaten Goodyke Brady Samuelson Lyla Oman
8 years old Daniel Jacobson Adley Vigness Abigail Bruley
9 years old Jake Howard Evan Wagner Gavyn Erickson
10 years old Halle Nicholas Isaiah Donarski Ashlyn Bailey
11 years old Hunter Nicholas Naomi Johnson Addie Fee

FOR THE 4 AND 5 YEAR OLDS - CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE FOR THE 6 AND 7 YEAR OLDS

FOR THE 8 AND 9 YEAR OLDS - CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE FOR THE 10 AND 11 YEAR OLDS

 

 

 

16 TEAMS COMPETE IN THE OX CART DAYS YOUTH DODGEBALL TOURNEY

RiverView Health sponsored the Ox Cart Days Youth Dodgeball Tournament held at the University of Minnesota Crookston Wellness Center on Wednesday evening.  16 teams competed in three divisions.  The top three teams from each division are listed below-

White Division

1. Bad News Bears (pictured above): Blake Melsa, Jackson Reese, Alex Longoria, Jack Doda, Jackson Demarais
2. Target Hunters: Hunter Kresl, Ethan Bowman, Ethan Boll, Jaren Bailey, Hunter Knutson, Tatum Lubinksi
3. Splatters: Ellie Nesseth, Hayden Winjum, Bailey Cameron, Breanna Kressin, Ally Perrault, Mallorie Sundeen

Gold Division

1. Dirtballs (pictured above): Evin Trudeau, Gavyn Hluchy, Carter Coauette, Spencer Newss, Matthew Contreras, Jamie Brown
2. Dodgefathers: Brady Chandler, Dexter Janek, Gvin Aaukhus, Parter Kelly, Tate Hamre, Greyson Ecker
3. Wild Ones:Ryan Street, Brandon Colborn, Riley Helgeson, Teagen Lubinski, Jack Everette, Aiden Fisketjon

Blue Division

1. Wild Warriors (pictured above): Ryan Clauson, Reggie WInjum, Garrett Fischer, Carter Fee, Jaxon Stassen, Jakob Stassen
2. Incrediballs: Sawyer Anderson, Jaycer Davis, Mady Knutson, Ryker Arnold, Alex Zammert, Jace Motl
3. There's Gotta Be a Badge for This!: Wyatt Marsyla, Lucas Smith, Makoti Weber, Kacee Oswalt, William Kromschroeder, Lennon Prudhomme

 

 

SATURDAY - AUGUST 11,  2018

CROOKSTON REDS RALLY TO CLINCH RETURN TRIP TO THE STATE TOURNAMENT

Semi-final game - Crookston vs Bemidji

The Crookston Reds scored seven runs in the seventh inning to complete a thrilling comeback in a 12-8 semifinal win over the Bemidji Lumberjacks, securing a second-straight trip to the State Tournament, in the Region 10C tournament hosted at Jim Karn Field in Crookston. 

Crookston struck first as Will Zimmerman singled to open the first inning before stealing second and third base. Zimmerman ultimately scored from first base giving the Reds a 1-0 lead after one inning. In the bottom of the second inning Bemidji responded in the second inning. The Lumberjacks started the inning with a strikeout before Bazil Zuehlke was hit by a pitch. Terry Hadden reached on an error and with runners at first and second base Mitch Hendricks blasted a home run over the left field fence giving Bemidji a 3-1 lead. Crookston countered with one run in the top of the third inning. Will Zimmerman walked before stealing second and third base followed by a Bailey Schmitz sacrifice fly hit to centerfield scoring Zimmerman while cutting the deficit to 3-2. Bemidji started the bottom of the third inning with three-straight singles loading the bases before Matt Baier drove a fly ball into left field deep enough to plate Cody Rutledge giving Bemidji a 4-2 lead. A strikeout and groundout ended the threat from Bemidji in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Aaron Hollcraft singled to start a Reds’ rally before advancing to second base on a wild pitch. Cody Wardner singled into the outfield to score Hollcraft dropping Crookston’s deficit down to 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. The Lumberjacks started their half of the fourth inning with a groundout before a single and walk put runners at first and second base. Cody Rutledge singled to plate one run before Zach Braun hit a double plating two more runs and boosting Bemidji’s lead to 7-3. A Matt Baier base hit plated the final run of the inning pushing the Lumberjacks ahead 8-3. Two straight scoreless innings from both sides sent the game into the seventh inning with Bemidji leading Crookston 8-3. Dave Grabowski started the inning with a solo home run for the Reds cutting the deficit down to 8-4. Matt Morin followed with a single before Aaron Hollcraft was hit by a pitch putting two runners on for Lars Brevik who doubled plating both Hollcraft and Morin putting Crookston within two runs of Bemidji. Brevik advanced to third base on a wild pitch followed by a Taylor Kenfield walk to get runners on the corners. Will Zimmerman hit a single to plate Brevik before Noah Zimmerman doubled plating both runners and giving the Reds a 9-8 lead. Dave Grabowski connected on a two-out single to complete the seven-run inning pushing the Crookston lead to 10-8. Bemidji looked poised to tie the game in the eighth inning with the base loaded and only one out but a strikeout and fly out dialed up by relief pitch Lars Brevik eliminated that threat preserving the Reds’ 10-8 lead into the eighth inning. Crookston added some insurance runs in the ninth inning. Taylor Kenfield walked with one out followed by a Will Zimmerman walk putting runners on first and second base before an errant throw to first base, trying to retire Noah Zimmerman on a ground ball, ended up along the first base line fencing plating two runs to give Crookston a 12-8 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Lars Brevik stepped back on the mound three outs away from a return trip to the State tournament and picked up back-to-back groundouts before a dropped fly ball in center field allowed Bemidji to get a runner on base. The next batter popped up to shortstop Will Zimmerman who made the catch to secure the 12-8 comeback victory. “I don’t think words can describe it, it’s exciting,” explained Crookston player/manager Matt Morin, “two years in a row and beating a team that finished third in the state last year to get there, we’re excited to say the least.”



            Aaron Hollcraft scores a run for the Reds

 

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                                                        Will Zimmerman throws out a runner at first base

 

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        Cody Wardner puts a ball in play

For Crookston
Will Zimmerman – 3-3, 4 runs, rbi
Dave Grabowski – 4-5, run, 2 rbi


 

Championship game - Crookston vs Ada

The Ada A’s dominated the Crookston Reds 14-2 in the Championship game of the Region 10C Tournament hosted at Jim Karn Field in Crookston. 

Ada wasted little time setting the tone for this championship game. In the bottom of the first inning Blake Fetting singled to score Brett Fetting giving the A’s a 1-0 lead. Josh Casavan hit a double to plate Blake Fetting doubling Ada’s lead. Braiden Fetting was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Dillon Lundin connected on a bases-clearing double pushing the A’s lead to 5-0. Ada added four more runs in the second inning. A passed ball scored Matt Pietsch from third base before an error by the catcher plated Blake Fetting. Dillon Lundin came through with another run-plating double bringing two more A’s home while expanding Ada’s lead to 9-0. The A’s continued to pour it on in the third inning when Ethan Opsahl went deep for a three-run home run giving Ada a 12-0 lead after three innings.  Crookston scraped their first run across in the fourth inning. Aaron Hollcraft was hit by a pitch followed by a walk issued to Matt Morin putting runners on first and second base before Blake Kawlewski singled plating Hollcraft and cutting the deficit to 12-1. The Reds added one more run in the sixth inning when Rob Silvers hit a single to score Lars Brevik cutting the Reds’ deficit down to 12-2. Ada took two runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning on an infield error and wild pitch before closing things down in the seventh and final inning of the run-rule 14-2 win.

The Reds drop to 23-18 and will open up the Minnesota State Class C Amateur Baseball Tournament on Saturday, August 18 in Shakopee against the Belle Plaine Tigers.



      Blake Kawlewski puts a ball in play                                                                     

 

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For Crookston
Bailey Schmitz - 2-4



 


THURSDAY - AUGUST 9,  2018

UMC SOCCER TEAM PICKED TO FINISH 15TH IN NSIC COACHES POLL

The University of Minnesota Crookston soccer program was slotted 15th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Golden Eagles received 29 votes in the poll.

Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked to finish first in the NSIC with 220 overall points and 12 first-place votes. Bemidji State University was selected second with 206 points and two first-place votes. Augustana University and Minot State University also received one first-place vote apiece.

The UMC soccer program enters their seventh year under Head Coach Joe Alianiello in 2018. The Golden Eagles are looking to get back to the form they had in 2014 and 2015 when they fell one spot short of the NSIC Tournament. Minnesota Crookston returns eight players with substantial starting experience. The Golden Eagles are led by Jessica Scott (Sr., D, Post Falls, Idaho) and Vanessa Shelton (So., MF, Tacoma, Wash.). Scott scored one goal last season and started 11 games in the back row, while Shelton started 16 of 17 games in the middle of the park. Jessica Withrow (So., MF/F, Gardnerville, Nev.) also returns after leading the team with two goals in 2017. In net, Olivia Puttin (Jr., GK, Rogers, Minn.) returns as she looks to improve upon a 2.37 goals against average last season.

The Golden Eagles open up the 2018 season August 30 against Adams State University in Nampa, Idaho.

Preseason Soccer Coaches’ Poll

                                                                        Points

1.    Minnesota State (12)................................ 220     

2.    Bemidji State (2)....................................... 206     

3.    Augustana (1)............................................ 194     

4.    Minot State (1).......................................... 189     

5.    Concordia-St. Paul.................................... 156     

6.    Minnesota Duluth..................................... 146     

7.    University of Mary................................... 142     

8.    Winona State ............................................ 138     

9.    St. Cloud State ......................................... 116     

10.  Northern State ........................................... 99      

11.  Upper Iowa ................................................ 76      

12.  Wayne State............................................... 69      

13.  Sioux Falls................................................. 69      

14.  MSU Moorhead......................................... 51      

15.  Minnesota Crookston................................ 29      

16.  Southwest Minnesota State ...................... 20

       first place votes in ( )  

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 8,  2018

FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE FOR PIRATE FALL SPORTS IS MONDAY

The Crookston Pirate practice times starting on Monday, August 13 for each sport are listed below-

9-12th GRADE FOOTBALL - August 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. is equipment handout at the football shed behind the high school
                                                 August 13 - 1st Practice - 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. at Crookston High School

7TH /8TH GRADE FOOTBALL - August 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Equipment handout at the football shed behind the high school
                                                       August 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - First practice at the high school
                    
VOLLEYBALL - Varsity, J.V., C team - August 13 at 6:00 a.m. at Crookston High School
                              7th Grade - August 13 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Crookston High School
                              8th grade - August 13 at 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. at Highland School

BOYS SOCCER - August 13 - 1st Practice - 3:45 to 7:00 p.m. at the CHS Soccer Field

GIRLS SOCCER - August 13 - 1st Practice - 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the CHS Soccer Field

GIRLS TENNIS - August 13 - 1st Practice - 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Crookston High School Tennis courts

GIRLS SWIMMING - August 13 - 1st Practice - Dryland from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.   Pool practice from 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

TUESDAY - AUGUST 7,  2018

UMC VOLLEYBALL PICKED TO FINISH 13TH IN NSIC COACHES POLL

The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball program was selected 13th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll released today by the conference office. The Golden Eagles received 50 votes in the poll.
Concordia University-St. Paul was picked to finish first in the NSIC with 15 first-place votes and 225 overall points. The Golden Bears have won nine NCAA Division II National Championships in the last 11 seasons. Southwest Minnesota State University was selected second in the preseason poll with 210 points and one first-place vote. Taylor Reiss, the 2017 AVCA Division II Player of the Year, was picked as the NSIC Preseason Player of the Year.

UMC enters their second season under Head Coach Sarah Rauen as they open the 2018 campaign. The Golden Eagles are looking to improve on a 7-21 (4-15 NSIC) mark. The Golden Eagles must replace seven graduating seniors, including All-NSIC Second Team pick Kassi Green. UMC returns two starters in Callie Schapekahm (Sr., MH, Eagan) and Kaitlin Sikkink (Jr., MH, St. Charles). Ali Schueler (Jr., DS/Lib., Howards Grove, Wis.) is also experienced having started 11 games in the back row for the Golden Eagles in 2017. Minnesota Crookston will have to rely on several young players in 2018, but they are excited about the group they have after a strong spring season. The Golden Eagles also added five newcomers to the squad, who will look to compete for jobs for the 2018 season.
Schapekahm was picked as the Player to Watch for Minnesota Crookston. Schapekahm returns as a starter at middle hitter. She started all 28 matches for the Golden Eagles. Schapekahm averaged 1.28 kills per set in 2017, along with 0.54 blocks per set for Minnesota Crookston. Schapekahm is also a two-time NSIC All-Academic pick, and a Butch Raymond Scholarship Recipient. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA for her entire time in the Maroon and Gold.

The Golden Eagles are set to open up the season August 24 at the Parkside Hampton Inn Tournament, hosted by University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  

                                                          Points

1.   Concordia-St. Paul (15)............... 225   

2.   Southwest Minnesota State (1)....  210   

3.   Minnesota Duluth........................   194   

4.   Northern State ............................. 176   

5.   Wayne State......................... ........ 164   

6.   Augustana .............................. ..... 145   

7.   Winona State ..............................   138   

8.   Upper Iowa .............................. ... 130   

9.   Sioux Falls......................... ..........  123   

10. Minnesota State......................... ..  102   

11. St. Cloud State .............................   89    

12. MSU Moorhead...................... ...... 75    

13. Minnesota Crookston...................   50    

14. University of Mary.......................    40    

15. Bemidji State .............................. .  31    

16. Minot State .............................. .... 28

      first place votes in ( )        

 

 

 

SUNDAY - AUGUST 5,  2018

CROOKSTON REDS BEAT DILWORTH AND MARBLE TO ADVANCE IN REGION TOURNEY

The Crookston Reds scored in seven of the eight innings and Lars Brevik pitched a complete game to beat the Marble Mallards 13-7 in a loser-out game in the Region 10C Amateur Baseball tournament at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.

The Reds started the game on a good note with Will Zimmerman hitting a line drive over the center fielders head and Noah Zimmerman followed with a single through the left side of the infield for a 1-0 lead.  Bailey Schmitz followed with a single and Dave Grabowski hit a line drive to the right-center field gap for a triple to score two runs for a 3-0 lead.  Aaron Hollcraft followed with a single to left field and the Reds took a four-run lead.  Lars Brevik joined the hit parade with a single to center field and runners were at the corners.  Alex LaFrance gave the Reds their seventh hit of the inning with a single to score another run for a 5-0. 
 Marble answered with two runs in the top of the second inning, but Crookston answered with a Schmitz double off the base of the right field fence.  Grabowski reached on a fielder’s choice and Schmitz scored on a wild pitch to give the Reds a 6-2 lead. 
 Marble added another run in the top of the third inning after a couple of hits and a Crookston error.  The next batter, Marble had a hit to score a run and Crookston committed an error and that allowed two more runs to score and the Mallards tied the game at 6-6.
Crookston regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Matt Morin tripled to score a run for a 7-6 lead.   The Reds added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Schmitz single for a 9-6 lead through six innings.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Matt Morin reached on a bunt and Hollcraft singled before Brevik helped his cause with a two rbi double to center field for an 11-6 lead.
Marble responded with a run in the top of the seventh inning only to have Crookston score another run when Grabowski hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Noah Zimmerman for a 12-7 lead.
Crookston added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Cody Wardner singled to score Hollcraft for a 13-7 lead going into the ninth inning.
The top of the ninth inning, Crookston's Brevik retired the side in 1-2-3 fashion to pick up the 13-7 victory to advance in the Region 10C tournament. 
Crookston improves to 22-17 on the year and will play the Bemidji Blue Ox on Saturday, August 11 and the winner of that game will advance to the state tournament.

 

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For Crookston
Noah Zimmerman - 3-4, 2 runs, rbi
Bailey Schmitz - 3-5, 2 runs, 2 rbi
Lars Brevik - 3-5, 2 rbi, run
 

 

 

 

Third round game - Crookston vs Dilworth

The Crookston Reds beat the Dilworth Raildogs 12-2 in seven innings in the Region 10C tournament played in Crookston at Jim Karn Field.

The Reds started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning behind some base hits and Dilworth control issues.  Dave Grabowski started the inning with a line drive to left-center field and after an out, Lars Brevik singled through the left-side of the infield, Cody Wardner followed with a hit to left-center field to load the bases and Blake Kawlewski was hit by a pitch to give Crookston a 1-0 lead.  Will Zimmerman drew a walk to score another run for a 2-0 lead.  Noah Zimmerman hit a slow roller to the shortstop and the speedy Will Zimmerman beat the throw to second base for the out and the Reds too a 3-0 lead.  Dilworth answered with a run in the fourth inning when their cleanup hitter hit a line drive off the fence in the deepest part of the park (at the 401 sign) to cut the Reds lead to 3-1.  Crookston added more in the bottom of the fourth inning when Alex LaFrance and Will Zimmerman had back-to-back single.  Noah Zimmerman advanced the runners on a ground out to the second baseman and Dave Grabowski drove in two runs when he blasted a fly ball to left-center field. The center fielder dove for the ball, it went off his glove and Grabowski hustled to third base and Crookston led 5-1.
The Reds added another run in the sixth inning when Will Zimmerman singled, stole second base and scored on a Matt Morin single for a 6-1 lead. Dilworth added a run in the top of the seventh inning on a solo home run over the right field fence and Crookston’s lead was 6-2.  The Reds answered in a big way in the bottom of the seventh inning when they scored six runs behind some hits and a lack of control by the Dilworth pitcher.  Lars Brevik and Cody Wardner singled, Blake Kawlewski singled to score a run for a 7-2 lead.  Will Zimmerman walked and Noah Zimmerman had a two run single, which was followed up by a Matt Morin single to score two more runs for an 11-2 lead.  Crookston loaded the bases and Jackson Seibel was pinch hitting and drew a walk to score the winning run for a 12-2 victory in seven innings to advance. 
Crookston will play the winner of Marble and Warroad at 7:00 p.m. tonight.


Cody Magsam swings at a pitch and Jackson Seibel watches the ball for ball four

 

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Mikey Hajostek scores the game winning run on the Seibel walk

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7

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For Crookston
Dave Grabowski - 3-4, triple, 2 rbi
Cody Wardner - 3-4, 2 runs
Will Zimmerman - 2-3, 3 runs, rbi
Lars Brevik - 2-4, 2 runs

 

 

 

SATURDAY - AUGUST 4,  2018

CROOKSTON REDS BEAT WARROAD, LOSE TO BEMIDJI IN FIRST DAY OF REGION 10C TOURNEY

The Crookston Reds beat Warroad with a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning in the first round and lost to the defending champion Bemidji Blue Ox 9-4 in the second round of the Region 10C Amateur Baseball tournament held in Crookston.

Second Round vs Bemidji-
The Reds struck first in the top of the first inning and Noah Zimmerman got things started with a five-pitch walk.  Dave Grabowski had a two out single to score the first run of the game.  Aaron Hollcraft followed with a single to load the bases and Cody Wardner added another single to score Grabowski and the Reds took a 2-0 lead. 
Crookston added another run in the top of the second inning with a two-out rally.  Will Zimmerman singled, stole second base and advanced to third base on a throwing error and on the next pitch he stole home to give Crookston a 3-0 lead.  Bemidji scored a run in the bottom of the second inning to get within a 3-1 deficit.  Neither team scored for three inning and Bemidji broke the scoreless inning streak in the bottom of the sixth inning with two runs to tie the game at three.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Bemidji led off with back-to-back singles and the runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt.  Bemidji scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch for a 4-3 lead.  Red’s pitcher, Sean Minder, retired the next two batters, but Bemidji took a 4-3 lead into the eight inning.
Crookston tried to mount a comeback in the top of the ninth inning when Will Zimmerman reached on an error and later came into score to bring the Reds within a 9-4 deficit, but that is all they would get in a 9-4 loss to Bemidji.
Crookston drops to 20-17 on the year and will play Dilworth at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday in a loser out game.


Cody Wardner fires the ball across the diamond to first base

 

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Mikey Hajostek watches a pitch hit the dirt and Sean Minder with a pitch

 

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For Crookston

Cody Wardner - 3-4, run
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-4
Will Zimmerman - 2-5, 2 runs
Matt Morin - 2-5
Dave Grabowski - 2-5, run, rbi
 

 

First Round vs Warroad-

Warroad scored two runs in the top of the first inning with a single, three walks and a Crookston error.  The Reds answered in a big way in the bottom of the first inning when the first five batters reached and Aaron Hollcraft had a two rbi double and Mikey Hajostek had a two rbi single and Crookston took a 4-2 lead.   Warroad added another run in the fourth inning to get within a run, but Crookston answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on an rbi double by Dave Grabowksi. 
Warroad scored another run in the top of the fifth inning, but Crookston answered when Blake Kawlewski singled and scored on a Hajostek single for a 6-4 lead.  Warroad scored another run in the sixth inning and Crookston responded with three runs.  Will Zimmerman started the inning with a solo home run and Noah Zimmerman was hit by a pitch, Lars Brevik walked and a run scored on a Hollcraft single and the third run of the inning scored on a Kawlewski fielder’s choice for a 9-5 lead.   
Warroad answered with three runs in the seventh inning and one run in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at 9-9.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Crookston’s Hollcraft walked, Alex LaFrance was hit by a pitch and Matt Morin was intentionally walked to load the bases and Cody Magsam followed with a bases loaded walk and the Reds won the game 10-9 to advance in the tournament.


Will Zimmerman dives into second base on a stolen base attempt

 

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Aaron Hollcraft scores a run and Cody Wardner with a pitch

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Wardner - Crox 6.1 9 8 6 9 4
Noah Zimmerman - Crox 0.2 0 0 0 1 0
Blake Kawlewski - Crox 2.0 2 1 1 2 0

 

For Crookston
Noah Zimmerman - 2-3, 3 runs
Mikey Hajostek - 2-4, 3 rbi
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-4, 3 rbi, 2 runs

 

 

 

FRIDAY - AUGUST 3,  2018

MINNESOTA VIKINGS’ WELCOME RADIO-AFFILIATES TO NEW FACILITY FOR TRAINING CAMP

The Minnesota Vikings debuted their new home for training camp, the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center to their Vikings Radio Network affiliates on Thursday, August 2 in Eagan.  KROX's Steve Krueger and Leo Blavin took in the practice and press conferences.   
The state-of-the-art facility boasts a 6,900 square foot cafeteria along with 8,000 square feet of training space including 10 treatment tables, an electronic cryotherapy room, and a hydrotherapy room. Of course, there is no shortage of iron in the 6,100 square feet providing no shortage of space in the weight room and last but not least the Vikings will have no trouble finding green grass or turf in their new facility which has both an indoor and outdoor turf field, with the outdoor turf field located within a permanent stadium equipped with a full press box and luxury boxes as well. The morning walk-through took place in this new mini-stadium before the players strapped on the pads for the afternoon and venturing to the four, natural-grass fields on the opposite side of the facility for their afternoon practice. The biggest takeaway from radio-affiliates day at Vikings’ training camp had nothing to do with the players on the field. TCO Performance Center is nearly unparalleled in terms of training facilities designed to improve teams in every facet on and off the field. While nostalgia will always leave die-hard Vikings’ fans yearning for a return to Mankato for the preseason, you won’t hear any players requesting a return to dorms and a college cafeteria. 
The Vikings, led by new quarterback Kirk Cousins, take the field for the first time this season on Saturday, August 11 opening the preseason in Denver against the Broncos at 8 p.m. a game you can hear on KROX.


Coach Zimmer was all smiles at the press conference   The receivers taking it easy at the walk-through practice


   The Vikings practice on Thursday afternoon at the new facility                    The offense goes through plays during the walk-through practice

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 1,  2018

UMC SOFTBALL PROGRAM TO HOLD A FALL CAMP ON SEPTEMBER 15

The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program will hold a Fall Camp Saturday, September 15. The camp will have two sessions at $50 for each camp or a discounted $90 for both sessions. The first session will run from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and will focus on hitting, while the second session will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and will key in on defense and pitching.
The hitting portion will focus on hitting mechanics that mimic the top hitters in the game, including drills and tools for improving contact, exit velocity, power and mechanics.
The defensive portion will focus on footwork, transfers/glove work, angles to improve range and fielding, and the pitching session will focus on movement of the fundamental pitches, velocity, and video of the game’s top pitchers including drills to help mechanics.
To register for the camp or for any inquiries, contact Head Coach Travis Owen at towen@crk.umn.edu or 303-656-1415. Owen is in his first season as head coach for the Golden Eagles.
 

 

 

TUESDAY - JULY 31,  2018

CROOKSTON LIONS/MINAKWA JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The 35th annual Crookston Lions Club/Minakwa Golf Course Junior Golf tournament was held on Monday and the winners from each age group and contest is listed below-

Boys 15-17
1. Ben Andringa
2. Quin Westlake

Boys 13-14
1. Drake Lord
2. Nathan Kelly
3. Jack Anderson

Boys 11-12
1. Ross Koerner
2. Teagan Lubinski
3. Hunter Nichols

Boys 9-10
1. Ryan Clauson
2. Garret Fischer
3. Evan Shockman

Girls 15-17
1. Sophia Rezac

Girls 13-14
1. Hannah Brouse
2. Grace Fischer
3. McKenzie Aamoth

Girls 11-12
1. Addie Fee
2. Georgia Sanders
3. Kaylee Clauson

Girls 9-10
1. Hailey Nichols
2. Ava Martin
3. Taylor Weiland

Longest Putt - Garrett Fischer
Longest Dive - Ben Andringa
Closest to the Pin - Georgia Sanders


Quinn Westlake and Ben Andringa (15-17)   Drake Lord and Nathan Kelly (13-14) (Pictures courtesy of Aaron Horak)


  
Teagan Lubinski, Ross Koerner, Hunter Nichols (11-12) (Picture courtesy of Aaron Horak)


Taylor Weiland, Ava Martin, Hailey Nichols, Addie Fee, Georgia Sanders, Kailey Clauson (9-10 and 11-12) (Picture courtesy of Aaron Horak)


Grace Fischer, McKenzie Aamoth, Hannah Brouse, Sophia Rezac (13-14 and 15-17) (Picture courtesy of Aaron Horak)


 

 

MONDAY - JULY 30, 2018

CROOKSTON REDS CLINCH BERTH IN REGION TOURNAMENT WITH SPLIT IN LEAGUE TOURNEY

The Crookston Reds topped the Dilworth Raildogs 7-2 in their opening game of the Red River League Tournament on Saturday to clinch a berth in the Region Tournament before falling to the Ada A’s in the Tournament championship on Sunday in a pair of games played at Ada’s Tony Sipe Athletic Field. 

Game One -
The Reds continued their season-long trend of playing come-from-behind baseball with Lars Brevik settling in for a complete nine-inning game on the mound, but not before allowing Dilworth to take a 2-0 lead with runs scored in the third and fourth innings. Cole Honl connected for a solo home run giving the Raildogs a 1-0 lead after three innings before Paul Ness drove home Michael Hanson with a single to give Dilworth a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. Crookston plated its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning after Dave Grabowski blasted a solo homer over the centerfield fence cutting the deficit in half before Blake Kawlewski scored on a rbi single hit by Noah Zimmerman in the fifth inning tying the game at 2-2. The Reds exploded for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to put Dilworth away. Dave Grabowski started the inning with a double followed by a double hit by Matt Morin plating Grabowski to give Crookston a 3-2 lead. Aaron Hollcraft singled to put runners on the corners before an intentional walk issued to Blake Kawlewski loaded the bases with just one out in the inning. Following a strikeout, Will Zimmerman sent a ball into left-center field to clear the bases expanding the Reds’ lead to 6-2 before later scoring on a passed ball to secure the 7-2 win guaranteeing Crookston a berth in the Section Tournament with the victory. 
 

 

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For Crookston
Will Zimmerman – 3-5, run, 3 rbi
Matt Morin – 2-4, rbi
Dave Grabowski – 2-4, 2 runs, rbi
Rob Silvers – 2-4
Noah Zimmerman – 2-5, rbi




Game Two -

The Reds set the tone early in the League championship game scoring three runs in the opening inning. Noah Zimmerman started the rally with a single followed by another base hit from Bailey Schmitz to put runners at first and second base. Dave Grabowski connected for a three-run home run to give Crookston a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the first inning. Ada took one run back in the bottom of the first inning on a rbi groundout cutting the deficit to 3-1 for the Tournament’s top seed. The Reds took one run back in in the second inning after Will Zimmerman hit a sacrifice fly into left field to score Aaron Hollcraft giving Crookston a 4-1 lead. Ada responded in the third inning tying the game at 4-4. A single and an error scored the A’s second run of the game before Seth Schmitz sent a hit over the fence for a two-run home run tying the game at 4-4 after four innings. In the fourth inning, Braiden Fetting and Bill Atwood provided consecutive hits to put runners on second and third base. A two-rbi single hit by Matt Pietsch put Ada ahead for the first time giving the A’s a 6-4 lead after four innings. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Ethan Opsahl singled before Seth Schmitz drove a home run pushing Ada’s lead to 7-4. Ada added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With runners on second and third base, a rbi groundout grew the lead to 8-4, before a wild pitch plated Brett Fetting giving the A’s a 10-4 edge. Crookston tried rallying back with three runs in the top of the seventh inning with Cody Magsam walking before Will Zimmerman doubled putting runners on second and third base. Noah Zimmerman singled to plate Magsam before Bailey Schmitz hit a single to score Will Zimmerman. The Reds ended the inning with a Dave Grabowski sacrifice fly cutting the deficit to 10-7. Ada put the game away in the bottom of the seventh inning with five more runs. A single followed by an error put runners on the corners before Bill Atwood singled to plate Sunny Resnick. A walk loaded the bases before Ethan Opsahl hit a double to score two more runs with a wild pitch plating the final run of the inning pushing Ada ahead 15-7. The A’s walked-off as League Tournament champions in the bottom of the eighth inning. Sunny Resnick singled followed by a hit-by-pitch and another single loading the bases before a Blake Fetting double clinched the 17-7 walk-off victory. 
 

 

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For Crookston
Noah Zimmerman – 2-4, 2 runs, rbi
Dave Grabowski – 2-4, run, 4 rbi
Bailey Schmitz – 2-4, run, rbi

The Reds enter the Section Tournament 19-16 and will return to the diamond on Jim Karn Field in Crookston beginning on Saturday, August 4 at 1 p.m. against either Thief River Falls or Warroad.


 

 

SUNDAY - JULY 29,  2018

CROOKSTON 12U BASEBALL TEAM PLACES SECOND AT STATE

The Crookston 12U Baseball team competed in the Minnesota Sports Federation State Baseball tournament and finished runner-up.

In pool play, Crookston got off to a slow start with a 10-0 loss to Pierz and a 4-0 loss to Watertown-Mayer.  After pool play, teams were put into the AA or A championship bracket and Crookston went to the A bracket.
First round – Crookston beat Redwood Falls 11-6
Second round – Crookston beat Roseville by forfeit
Semi-finals – Crookston beat Marshall 12-7
Championship – Minnetonka beat Crookston 14-4

Members of the team are Lucas Miller, Teagen Lubinski, Carter Coauette, Blake Melsa, Mathew Contreras, Antonio Romero, Koda Donarski, Ean Pruneda, Jackson Dauksavage, Evin Trudeau and Landon Kraft.
The team is coached by Lisa Brintell and Brad Miller.


The Crookston 12U Baseball team with their 2nd place medals (Picture by Ashley Melsa)

 

 

 

THURSDAY - JULY 26,  2018

UMC FOOTBALL PICKED TO FINISH LAST IN NSIC FOOTBALL COACHES POLL

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) football team was selected 16th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Golden Eagles received 15 points in the poll.  Every NSIC coach picked UMC to finish last place with a total of 15 votes.  Minnesota State was the unanimous favorite to win the conference.  The Mavericks garnered 15 of the 16 first place votes (Coaches cannot vote for their own team).

UMC is going into their second season under Head Coach Mark Dufner. The Golden Eagles will have new coordinators this season with Jared Hottle as offensive coordinator and Tom Miller as defensive coordinator. The Golden Eagles return Kevin Evans (Sr., RB, Groveland, Fla.) in the backfield and Rod Stewart (Sr., WR, Fort Worth, Texas) at wide receiver. Jeremy Neuman (So., QB, Andover) appeared in six games as a redshirt freshman at quarterback and will compete for the starting job. On the offensive line, experienced starters Noah Lee (Sr., OL, Vadnais Heights), Logan Moreau (Jr., OL, Lake Nebagoman, Wis.) and Josh Lanasa (So., OL, Soo Hill, Mich.) return to the fray. The Golden Eagles return three All-NSIC picks with Stewart, defensive back Will Cole (Sr., DB, Compton, Calif.), and punter Stephen Day (Sr., K/P, Eveleth). In addition to Cole, UMC returns Will Cross (R-Jr., LB, Turtle Lake, Wis.) and Ali Alkhatib (Sr., LB, Rosemount) at linebacker. At defensive back Anfernee Cooper (So., Fort Worth, Texas) and Trevor Long, Jr. (Jr., DB, Brooklyn Park), join Cole, while the Golden Eagles return several experienced players up front led by Brent Reed, Jr. (So., DL, Arlington, Texas), who recorded 48 tackles last season.

Rod Stewart (Sr., WR, Fort Worth, Texas) and Will Cross (Jr., LB, Turtle Lake, Wis.) were selected as Minnesota Crookston’s Players to Watch. Stewart returns after earning All-NSIC First Team honors as a kick returner and All-NSIC Second Team accolades as a wide receiver. Stewart was second in the league in kickoff returns at the conclusion of the season averaged 28.3 yards per game. Stewart finished the season ranked 18th in the nation in kickoff returns. He also earned Don Hansen NCAA Division II Honorable Mention honors as a junior. Stewart had a strong season as a receiver for the Golden Eagles in 2017 with 47 receptions for 633 yards and five touchdowns. Cross finished third on the team with 79 tackles in 2017 and was an All-NSIC Honorable Mention pick in 2016.

Minnesota State University was selected first in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Mavericks received 225 points and 15 first-place votes after going 13-1 in 2017 and advancing to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals. Winona State University was slotted second with 197 points and one first-place vote.

Minnesota State wide receiver Shane Zylstra was selected as the NSIC South Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Minnesota State defensive tackle Zach Dodge was named NSIC South Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. University of Minnesota Duluth wide receiver Jason Balts was selected as NSIC North Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Bemidji State University defensive back Gunner Olszewski garnered NSIC North Preseason Defensive Player of the Year accolades.

UMC opens up the season Thursday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. against Minnesota State University Moorhead at Alex Nemzek Stadium in Moorhead.

Overall                                             Points

1. Minnesota State (15)..................... 225   

2. Winona State (1)............................ 197   

3. Sioux Falls..................................... 195   

4. Minnesota Duluth.......................... 194   

5. Bemidji State ................................ 165   

6. Augustana...................................... 148   

7. St. Cloud State............................... 133   

8. Northern State................................ 114   

9. Wayne State................................... 111   

10. MSU Moorhead............................ 99    

11. Upper Iowa................................... 96    

12. Southwest Minnesota State.......... 69    

13. Minot State................................... 63    

14. Concordia-St. Paul....................... 62    

15. University of Mary....................... 34    

16. Minnesota Crookston................... 15

 

North Division                                Points

1. Minnesota Duluth (7)..................... 49    

2. Bemidji State ................................. 42    

3. St. Cloud State (1).......................... 33    

4. Northern State................................. 32    

5. MSU Moorhead.............................. 26    

6. Minot State..................................... 20    

7. University of Mary......................... 15    

8. Minnesota Crookston...................... 7

 

South Division                                 Points

1. Minnesota State (7)........................ 49     

2. Winona State (1)............................ 43     

3. Sioux Falls...................................... 37     

4. Augustana....................................... 28     

5. Wayne State................................... 25     

6. Upper Iowa..................................... 18     

7. Concordia- St. Paul........................ 14     

8. Southwest Minnesota State............ 10

 

 

WEDNESDAY - JULY 25,  2018

CROOKSTON REDS DROP REGULAR SEASON FINALE IN EXTRA INNINGS TO DILWORTH RAILDOGS
 
The Crookston Reds ended the regular season with their second-straight loss despite a ninth-inning rally against the Dilworth Raildogs in a 6-5 loss in 10 innings in a Red River Amateur Baseball League game and regular-season finale played at Bob Marshall Field in Dilworth. 
 
Crookston started quickly taking a lead in the first inning. Will Zimmerman singled to open the game before stealing both second and third base. Noah Zimmerman drove a sacrifice fly to center field plating Will Zimmerman giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. Jackson Seibel was dominant on the pitcher’s mound for Crookston protecting the 1-0 lead while not allowing a run through the first six innings. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Dilworth took the lead. Back-to-back walks followed by a single plated the tying run before Connor Robley hit a single scoring Andrew Herian and giving the Raildogs a 2-1 lead. Following a walk to load the bases, the Reds made a pitching change, but Dilworth only continued to add to their new-found lead. Michael Hanson connected on a two-out, bases-clearing double to bust the game open putting the hosts ahead 5-1. Crookston rallied back for one run in the eighth inning. Noah Zimmerman started the inning with a single. A walk issued to Bailey Schmitz put runners on first and second base before Lars Brevik doubled allowing Zimmerman to score from second base cutting the deficit to 5-2. The Reds continued their comeback in the ninth inning. Mikey Hajostek walked to start the inning before Alex LaFrance was hit by a pitch bringing the tying run to the plate with nobody out. Will Zimmerman walked to load the bases before Noah Zimmerman hit a sacrifice fly to move all three runners up one base including Mikey Hajostek to home plate. Bailey Schmitz completed the comeback with a two-run single tying the game at 5-5. Blake Kawlewski delivered a clean ninth inning on the mound to force extra innings. In the bottom of the tenth inning, the Raildogs used a walk to get the winning run on base. A passed ball moved the runner into scoring position before Andrew Herian hit the game-winning single to secure the 6-5 walk-off win. 
The Reds fall to 18-15 overall and 6-6 in Red River Amateur League play. Crookston starts its postseason on Saturday in Ada with a rematch against Dilworth at 4:00 p.m. to open the Red River Amateur Baseball League Tournament at Tony Sipe Field.

 

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For Crookston
Noah Zimmerman – 2-4, 2 rbi, run
Lars Brevik – 2-4, 2 rbi
Bailey Schmitz – 2-4, 2 rbi

 

 

 

TUESDAY - JULY 24,  2018

UMC FOOTBALL HIRES MICHAEL HEPP AS AN ASSISTANT COACH

The University of Minnesota Crookston football program announced the hiring of Michael Hepp as assistant coach. Hepp will work with the defense, but the exact position group has yet to be determined. Hepp comes to the Golden Eagles after spending the last four seasons on the staff at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. The Tigers have been one of the top NCAA Division II programs in the nation, advancing to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2017.

“We are very excited to add Michael Hepp to our coaching staff,” said Head Coach Mark Dufner. “Coach Hepp comes from a great background having worked for a very strong program at Fort Hays State. We believe he will be a great addition to our staff.”

“I’m excited to get up there and get working with the student-athletes,” Hepp said. “It was awesome to be around Coach Dufner and his staff. I was very impressed with Coach Dufner when I was there for my interview. He has been at every level of the Minnesota Crookston program and has a great passion for the Golden Eagles and wants to see the program move in the right direction. I truly believe he is going to get things going in the right way. I was also impressed with the Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. She is an exciting person to be around. It was a fun experience and I can’t wait to get to Crookston.”

Hepp has been the assistant special teams coordinator for Fort Hays State since the 2014 season. In addition, Hepp has coached the safeties since 2016. He previously worked with the defensive line during the 2014 and 2015 season. In his four seasons with Fort Hays State, the Tigers have gone 34-13. The 2017 version of the Tigers won the school’s first-ever MIAA Championship and set the school record for wins with 11. Hepp helped coach Fort Hays State to back-to-back-to-back post-season appearances over the last three seasons, including the Mineral Water Bowl in 2015 and the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in 2016. 
While at Fort Hays State, Hepp assisted in the development of the defensive game plan against the run and pass game each week for the Tigers. He also served as video coordinator, social media coordinator, equipment manager, assistant recruiting coordinator, and assistant camp coordinator during his four seasons with Fort Hays State.
Prior to arriving at Fort Hays State, he was the graduate assistant running backs coach for Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan. While at Ottawa, Hepp was responsible for all aspects of the running back position. Hepp also assisted in weekly game planning, specifically in the run game. He also helped break down opponent film, served as video coordinator, equipment manager, and social media coordinator. In addition, he assisted with recruiting.
Prior to Ottawa, Hepp served as offensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for Campbellsport High School in Campbellsport, Wis.
Hepp earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Ripon College in Ripon, Wis. In 2012. He is currently pursuing his Master of Science degree in Education from Fort Hays State University. Hepp is a native of Campbellsport, Wis.
Hepp joins a staff that currently consists of Dufner as head coach, along with Jared Hottle as offensive coordinator, and Tom Miller as defensive coordinator. Sam Smith is special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach, while Sam Gooding is the recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach. The Golden Eagles are also currently working on finalizing two interns for the staff.

 




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