FRIDAY -  AUGUST 28, 2015


Barnesville took advantage of two early botched punt plays by Crookston to score twice and then the Trojans cruised to a 38-8 win over the Pirates in a Section 8AA game in Barnesville.
The good news for the Pirates was the first two times they had the ball they almost took up the entire first quarter. The bad news was they couldn’t finish off either drive and would have to punt both times and each ended with short snaps that bounced to the punter, the first time was a fumble recovered by Barnesville and one play later, Josh Tweeton scored from eight yards out. The next punt was the same and this time Chris Wavra made an athletic play to get away, but had
a running punt partially blocked and recovered by the Trojans who would score quickly going 64 yards with Tweeton scoring again from 16 yards out this time and near the end of the first quarter Barnesville led 14-0. “We didn’t come out to play with the upperclassmen making mistakes and couldn’t hold on to the football,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt, “we are young but we have to grow up quickly.” The Pirates did figure out their punting on their next possession and
a 35 yarder pinned Barnesville back in Crookston territory, but the Pirate defense was unable to hold the Trojans who kept a 71 yard drive going with a couple fourth down pickups and quarterback Jared Affield scored from four yards out to put Barnesville ahead 21-0 early in the second quarter. Crookston would have some moments on offense but were unable to sustain anything and with their defense on the field way too long in the first half, Barnesville was able to
continue offensively, picking up a fourth and one at midfield on a Jimmy Kletsch run with just under four minutes to go in the first half. The Trojans would continue to run on the Pirates outside with pitches and runs of 12 and 16 yards and managed to get it close when
Affield threw a 12 yard pass for another touchdown for the Trojans with 35 seconds left in the half to take a 28-0 into half-time. “We talk about it all the time of taking care of the little things before they grow into big things and that is what happened in the first half. We did some decent things, but we can’t sustain a drive and kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” said coach Butt, "we gave them great field position the entire half and it puts a lot of pressure on our defense, which is very young, but I thought we grew up a little bit in the second quarter."

The half time talk did well for Crookston who started the second half stopping Barnesville on their opening drive which was the first time the Pirates were able to force the Trojans to punt. Crookston would then put together a sustained drive on their opening possession of the second half moving the ball effectively with Wavra picking up a first down at the Barnesville 30 yard line by inches to keep the drive alive. On the next play Wavra was sacked for a loss and the Pirates ended at the Barnesville 27 missing on a fourth and 17 pass that quarterback Wavra just overthrew an open Ryan Swenson by inches. "We told the kids at half time that we can't do anything about the first half, so let's go out and move on and win the third quarter. I nstead of being the punching bag, let's do some punching, which I thought we did in the second half."
The Crookston defense continued to play a strong second half and stopped a surprising gambling possession for Barnesville who went for a fourth down play and missed on an incomplete pass and turned the ball over at their own 18. It only took three plays for Crookston on a nice run by sophomore tailback Cade Salentine inside the Barnesville 10 yard line and on the third play junior Wavra ran in from two yards and the first Crookston score. Wavra found a wide open Ryan Swenson for a two point conversion and late in the third quarter Barnesville's lead was cut 28-8.
Barnesville appeared to have a Josh Tweeton long touchdown on the next possession but a holding penalty called back a 53 yard run and two plays later the Trojans fumbled with the Pirates Zach Lutz fumbling to get Crookston the ball back with quite a bit of momentum going.
The Pirates continue to struggle with their passing game as Wavra was sacked and put Crookston in a long situation as the third quarter came to end with Barnesville still leading 28-8.
Crookston would complete their first pass of the game and season when Wavra hit Swenson on a quick hitter for 14 yards to put the Pirates at a third and five play and then Wavra pitched a ball to Salentine to pick up a first down at the Barnesville 40 yard line. Crookston was faced with another fourth down and seven at the Trojans 42 yard line and elected to go for it but a delay of game penalty of Crookston made it fourth and 12 at the 47 yard line and after a time-out, Wavra handed off to Ben Trostad who tried to find Salentine down field but was picked off by Josh Tweeton and with eight minutes left in the game the Trojans took over at their own 41 yard line.
Barnesville was having a hard time moving again on the Pirates defense with a sack by Ethan Christopherson, but in a bit of a Statue of Liberty play, which was the second time it was used by Barnesville, Josh Tweeton busted off a 27 yard run to the Crookston three yard line and two plays later Tweeton would go in from two yards out to score his third touchdown of the game and the Trojans regained control with under four minutes left in the game and now lead 35-8.
The ensuing kickoff was bobbled by Crookston and recovered by Barnesville at the Crookston 12 yard line to set up another possible score for the Trojans who now had a new backfield and they got to the Crookston two yard line and faced with a fourth down which led to a timeout and they settled for a 17 yard Affield field goal and a 38-8 lead. Crookston also went to their bench on their next possession and failed to gain a first down and Barnesville ran out the clock to pick up their first win of the season 38-8 win and hand the Pirates their second loss of the year."Barnesville is a very good team," said Crookston coach, "they did a nice job of mixing things up, but we made them look better than maybe they should be. We just have to start a game better, learn how to prepare to start and not being like a deer in the headlights."
Barnesville outgained Crookston 315 to 110 yards in the game with the Pirates picking up only 15 yards. "We certainly got better as the game went on and continue to grow up," said coach Butt, "Chris Wavra will be a great player in this Section by the time he is done, Cade Salentine is only a sophomore. We moved Luke Froeber from defensive tackle to an end and he was in there banging people around, so we will continue to get better and one thing I know is this team won't quit. We have a tough opening schedule, but I believe in playing teams like this and D-G-F next week will only make us better."  Crookston is 0-2 on the season and will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in Crookston next Friday night in a 6:00 PM game. D-G-F lost to Breckenridge tonight 28-20 and will come in at 1-1 on the year.  Barnesville is now 1-1 on the year and will be at undefeated Breckenridge next Friday.



2nd 3rd 4th




0 8 0 8
Barnesville 14 14 0 10 38

1st Quarter
2:06  -Barnesville -Josh Tweeton 8 yard run  (kick failed)
10:05 -Barnesvile - Josh Tweeton  16 yard run  (Jimmy Kletsch run)

2nd Quarter
3:38 - Barnesville  -  Jared Affield 4 yard run   (Jared Affield kick)
11:25 -  Barnesville -  Brady Tweeton 12 yard pass from Jared Affield   (Jared Affield kick)

3rd Quarter
9:28 -  Crookston -   Chris Wavra 2 yard run   (Ryan Swenson pass from Chris Wavra)

4th Quarter
8:20 -  Barnesville  -   Josh Tweeton  2 yard run  (Jared Affield kick)
8:48 -  Barnesville -    Jared Affield 17 yard Field Goal

  CROOKSTON Barnesville
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The Crookston Pirates Girl's Soccer team opens up the season this weekend with a pair of Section 8A road matches starting later this afternoon at St. John's Prep High School near St. Cloud.  The match will begin at 5:00 PM.  The Pirates will stay overnight and play at Fergus Falls tomorrow morning.



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St. John's Prep     1



Saves 1st 2nd Total



University of Minnesota Crookston Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities & Operations Gary Warren became part of the inaugural Itasca Community College Sports Hall of Fame class last week. Warren was one of seven individuals and two teams who were honored by the college for their athletic excellence and their representation of Itasca Community College well after their athletic careers were completed.

Warren has been an Assistant Athletic Director at UMC for the past seven years, prior to that he was head men’s hockey coach for the Golden Eagles from 2001-09. 

A native of Munger, Minnesota, Warren attended high school at Proctor H.S. prior to moving on to then Itasca State Junior college. At Proctor, Warren was named a 1971 Honor Athlete after serving as captain for three sports. At Itasca, he competed in both football and hockey. In 1971, he helped the football team to a North Division Runner-Up finish, playing both offense and defense. As a member of the hockey team, Warren helped lead the 1972 Viking squad to a Minnesota Junior College Athletic Association (MJCAA) State Hockey Championship manning the net as goalkeeper for the squad. The Vikings would go on to win the 1972 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Hockey Championship. For his contributions in net, Warren earned NJCAA All-American honors in 1972. He also earned All0-Tournament honors. 

Warren would graduate from Itasca Junior College in 1973, later joining the Bemidji State hockey program and also having a stint with the BSU football team before graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1977.

After his very successful playing career, Warren would go on to a highly illustrious coaching career. He would get his start in the high school ranks coaching in Eveleth, Minot, N.D. and Austin before getting his first collegiate coaching job at the United States Air Force Academy, where he would serve as assistant coach from 1980-83.

Warren would earn his first head coaching job in 1984, taking over at Dakota College at Bottineau, which was then North Dakota State University-Bottineau and would also be known as Minot State University-Bottineau before becoming Dakota College at Bottineau. Warren would mold the Lumberjacks into a nationally respected powerhouse, coaching the school to three NJCAA National Championships in 1986, 1991 and 1998. His squads would also win nine North Central Region XIII titles. Warren earned 10 Coach of the Year accolades while in Bottineau. During his time in Bottineau, he also served as President of the National Junior College Hockey Coaches Association and produced a North Dakota College Athlete of the Year and a two-time National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Champion in Dustin Penner, who earned the Cup with the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings and played 11 seasons in the league. At Bottineau, he would coach many NJCAA All-Americans. Warren entered the North Dakota Hall of Honor in 1998.

He would take over the Golden Eagle hockey program in 2001, where he led the team to two Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Championships. He was a finalist for the NCAA Division III Eddie Jeremiah Award for coaching in 2003 and 2005. Warren would conclude his hockey career in 2009, earning 11 Coach of the Year honors and achieving 437 career wins. 

In his role as Assistant Athletic Director, Warren has been an integral part of the department, heading up the games management for all 11 intercollegiate athletic programs at the school. 




The University of Minnesota Crookston held an offense vs defense scrimmage on Wednesday evening at Ed Widseth Field. The Golden Eagles starting offense took on the second string defense and the first string defense went against the second string offense.  The offense was able to throw the ball and struck on a 60 yard touchdown on the first plaey of the scrimmage, but they struggled to run the ball with only 33 yards on the ground against the second string defense. Tra Hearns (So., Bloomington). Hearns was 9-of-10 for 158 yards with two touchdowns.  Dre Person (Jr., RB, Detroit, Mich.) led the way with five rushes for 26 yards. 
UMC's defense was led by Calderon with 3.5 tackles and one interception. Marvin Miller (Sr., Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) added four tackles. Drew Selvestra (Sr., Eagan) had one sack and 2.5 tackles. Major Rogers, III (Jr., Sterling, Va.) and Austin Howard (Jr., New Albany, Miss.) each had sacks. 
The Golden Eagles will officially open up play September 5 against Wayne State (Neb.) in Wayne, Neb.






“The defensive line is one of the most important pieces to any defense; everything starts up front.”


University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Levi Bullerman hit the nail on the head when asked about the importance that the defensive line will have to the Golden Eagles’ success in the 2015 season. With Greg Lofquist’s 160 tackles (second most in all of Division 2) gone, unproven linebackers and a young secondary, the 2015 UMC defense will have to be led by the guys up front.


Luckily for Golden Eagle fans, the defensive line has two fifth-year seniors leading it, AJ Wallace and Drew Selvestra. A New Richmond, Wisconsin native, Wallace started at defensive tackle in 2014 and also saw time at defensive end. The 6’4”, 262 pounder tallied 51 tackles including 2.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks. As expected with being a fifth-year senior, Wallace feels like he’s playing his best football right now. “I really worked on getting stronger in the weight room,” Wallace said. “My ability to shoot gaps has improved and I’m a much smarter player than I’ve been at any other point in my career.”


Selvestra, who was named a “Player to Watch” by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) this season, knows that he’ll have a big role this year. “I’m putting a huge leadership role on myself being one of the older guys on this team,” the Eagan, Minnesota native stated. “We have no choice but to step up and use our experience to lead this team.” Selvestra will try to replicate his 2014 season where he picked up 88 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.


“I think they’ve taken on a pretty large leadership role,” defensive line coach Levi Bullerman said of Wallace and Selvestra. “Being around the program for five years is a huge deal. I’ve told them to not only lead by example but also be vocal leaders if they need to.”


Being leaders on the team gives Selvestra and Wallace a chance to send a strong message to their younger teammates, one of commitment. “We want people to be here, to stick it out and see what can happen to you if you spend time in a program and stay committed to it,” said Wallace. “I’ve made great friends, great memories and I absolutely love playing football. That’s an example of what can happen when you stick things out.”


Selvestra wants his teammates to buy in to the program. “I’ve been telling the guys to buy into what we’re doing here and trust the coaches,” the 2014 All-NSIC Honorable Mention said. “Guys need to know that even if they don’t have a big role right away, if they stick with it and continue to work hard and get better good things will happen.”


It will be an uphill battle for the Golden Eagles as they were picked to finish last in the league in the preseason coaches’ poll. Coaches will tell you all the time that preseason polls don’t matter (they don’t) but it’s interesting to get a player’s take on it. “It makes some of our guys mad, which isn’t a bad thing, it lights a fire under us to know that we have to do something different,” said Wallace. “I don’t really pay attention it it,” Selvestra added. “I know we’re capable of being better, we just have to go out and do it.”


Aside from Wallace and Selvestra, UMC’s line also has sophomore Jake Christopherson and Anthony Peterson as players who have starting experience. Christopherson, who hails from Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota, had 14 tackles last season. Peterson, a Swanville, Minnesota native, added 15 tackles for the maroon and gold. Redshirt-Freshman Tory Slater is expected to see time and newcomers Isaiah Armstrong, Abram Cook II and Casey Kraska could are also vying for playing time.


There is no doubt, however, that the defense starts with Wallace and Selvestra up front. And both of those guys know that it will be another tough year in the NSIC. “It’s tough playing defensive line in this conference,” Wallace noted. “You think you’re big and strong, and then you go against these guys who are bigger than you.” Selvestra echoed what more and more people around the country are noticing, “this is one of the best conferences in the country, this is good football,” the 6’3”, 250 pounder said. “Offensive linemen in this conference are as big as division one guys and there have been guys from this conference who have played professionally.”    


The Golden Eagles will have a scrimmage, a mock game and a few more practices before they load the bus on September 4 and travel the 436 miles to Wayne, Nebraska. The season kicks off September 5th against the Wildcats. Fans can listen to every snap of Golden Eagles football this season on KROX Radio (1260 AM), online by clicking on the listen live button at the top of the page, and on your cell phone by downloading the the KROX mobile app in the Itunes or Google Play app stores. 



TUESDAY -  AUGUST 25, 2015


The #9 ranked Crookston Pirates Girl's Tennis team beat Roseau 5-2 and took a 4-0 lead over East Grand Forks early in the match and held on for a 6-1 victory for two big section victories and a sweep of the Crookston Triangular, which was played at tennis courts in East Grand Forks and across the river at Riverside Park in Grand Forks.  Crookston was supposed to open their home season in Crookston, but the re-surfacing of the Crookston High School courts wasn't finished so they moved the matches to East Grand Forks and Grand Forks.

Crookston won two singles matches with Alyssa Fee and Elise Tangquist winning at second and third singles and Tori Demarais and Elisa Samuelson, and Kendall Wahouske and Jaeden Lizakowski won at second and third doubles, respectively for a big 5-2 section victory.  "It is always nice getting a section win," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "The kids and myself probably think we weren't on top of our game today, but Roseau is a competitive team and have some really good athletes who compete hard.  Give a lot of credit to Roseau as they come out with an attitude of we are going to win and that is something that we have to start doing."  Elise Tangquist won her third singles match in impressive fashion, 6-1, 6-1.  "We had some nice wins like Elise Tangquist and that was big for us," said Coach Geffre. "She went out and dominated her match and that was nice to see."  In the first four matches of the year Crookston won two and lost two, all four matches have been close. "The kids have to realize we realize we aren't going to blow people out," said Coach Geffre. "We have a good team, but we won't blow anybody out because we have to work hard, and we won't win unless we work hard in practice and the match and we will win as a team.  Plus, we know Roseau has a lot of good athletes, and have a lot of kids out for tennis so we knew it was going to be a tough match."

Leah Trostad with a backhand return   Amy Follette with a shot at the net

  CROOKSTON- 5 Roseau- 2 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Jodi Ostroski Crox 6-4, 6-1
#2 Alyssa Fee Josee Lundgren Crox 6-3, 6-3
#3 Elise Tangquist Sable Knockenmus Crox 6-1, 6-1
#4 Catherine Tiedemann Kacie Bjerk Ros 6-4, 6-4
#1 Doubles Leah Trostad
Amy Follette
Madi Lee
Haley Ostgaard
Ros 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 10-5
#2 Tori Demarais
Elisa Samuelson
Lauren Johnson
Kate Wensloff
Crox 3-6, 6-1, 10-6
#3 Kendall Wahouske
Jaeden Lizakowski
Mack Bergstrom
Ellie Murphy
Crox 6-4, 6-2

Crookston won the first four matches and cruised to the 6-1 victory over the East Grand Forks Green Wave.  Ally Tiedemann won her match at first singles against Emma Dietrich 6-3, 6-4.  East Grand Forks used a bit of a different line up because they had a girl out with a concussion so Chessa Jones, who usually plays first singles moved to first doubles and that moved the rest of the singles players up for East Grand Forks and Crookston was able to take advantage by winning three of the four singles matches.  Alyssa Fee won her match at third singles easily and Jaeden Lizakowski outlasted her opponent to win at fourth singles. 
In doubles, Crookston won all three matches including an exciting first doubles match with Elisa Samuelson and Amy Follette beat Chessa Jones and MacKenzie Burris in three sets, 6-3, 3-6 and 16-14 in the super tie-breaker!  "East Grand Forks was a little banged up in a couple spots and we will probably see another line up next time we play them, but a win against a section opponent is good, especially after they beat Roseau 5-2 is great," said Coach Mike Geffre. "We played a lot better in the second match with some nice wins.  It was a good team effort and I think pretty much everybody got after it.  It was probably our best tennis of the year so far, which means we are moving forward and getting better."
Crookston improves to 3-2 on the year and will host the Carla Johnson Memorial/Pirate Booster Tennis tournament on Saturday at the Crookston High School Tennis courts.

Elise Tangquist eyes down the ball on a return   Alyssa Fee with a forehand

  CROOKSTON- 6 East Grand Forks- 1 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Emma Dietrich Crox 6-3, 6-4
#2 Leah Trostad Cynthia Loven EGF 6-2, 6-0
#3 Alyssa Fee Jenna Dietrich Crox 6-2, 6-2
#4 Jaeden Lizakowski Emily Strezishar Crox 7-5, 6-4
#1 Doubles Amy Follette
Elisa Samuelson
Chessa Jones
MacKenzie Burris
Crox 6-3, 3-6, 16-14
#2 Tori Demarais
Kendall Wahouske
Geena Boyum
Kayla Partlow
Crox 6-2, 6-1
#3 Marie Sandman
Elise Tangquist
Tessa Birkholz
Delaney Aaker
Crox 6-3, 6-2


MONDAY - AUGUST 24,  2015


The University of Minnesota Crookston announced the addition of Megan Rinke as assistant athletic trainer. Rinke will work primarily with the volleyball and baseball teams at Minnesota Crookston and will also help with strength and conditioning efforts for UMC’s athletic programs.

“We are thrilled to have Megan joining our athletic training staff,” said Head Athletic Trainer Liam Higginson. “We are excited to now have three athletic trainers who are experienced in using strength and conditioning as a means of 
developing athleticism and preventing injury. We really feel that this is going to help us develop all of our athletes to be fitter and injury-free!”

“I am excited to join the athletic training department at UMC and be able to work alongside Liam and Steven,” Rinke said. “I think one of the biggest things Liam and Steven were looking for, and the athletic department as a whole, was someone who had experience in both strength and conditioning and athletic training. One of the main focuses of the department is to use strength and conditioning to help prevent injury. I also did a lot with manual therapy through my Master’s program at St. Scholastica and I think is another big thing I can bring to the athletic training department at UMC.”

Rinke comes to UMC from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, where she just received her Master of Science in Athletic Training. While at St. Scholastica, Rinke worked with the school’s football, women’s basketball and baseball teams, facilitating rehabilitation programs and performing injury evaluations. She also helped out with the University of Minnesota Duluth football team, where she designed and executed rehabilitation programs, performed initial evaluations of injuries and assisted in sideline prevention and therapy. She has also applied therapeutic modalities and manual therapy at all of her stops as an athletic trainer. During the Spring of 2015, Rinke also worked with baseball, softball and track and field programs at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

In addition to her work at the college level, Rinke has helped out at Marshall High School and Hermantown High School and also performed clinical experience with Essential Health East Region and St. Luke’s Hospital.

Prior to pursuing a graduate degree at the College of St. Scholastica, Rinke, a Beldenville, Wis. native, spent four years at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she earned her degree in health and human performance with a minor in coaching and an interdisciplinary program with athletic training. She was also a student-athlete at Wisconsin-River Falls, competing on the indoor and outdoor track and field teams. While with the Falcons, Rinke was a scholar-athlete and earned Athlete of the Week honors. She also did two study abroad trips, going to Belize in 2010 and Costa Rica in 2011.

Rinke resides in Crookston and joins a training staff that consists of Higginson, who is in his third year at UMC and Assistant Athletic Trainer Steven Krouse, who is in his second year at UMC. Krouse is also a product of the College of St. Scholastica athletic training program.





The Crookston Pirate Football team only has seven seniors this year and they know there will be some growing pains after graduating 18 seniors from last years team.  In the first game of the season it was the East Grand Forks Green Wave's senior quarterback, Trevor Selk, that did most of the damage as he ran for 212 yards and passed for 108 in a 32-8 victory over the Crookston Pirate Football team in the 2015 season opener for both teams at Ed Widseth Field in Crookston.

Crookston started the game by winning the toss and elected to receive and put an impressive drive together that lasted 10 plays while eating up over five minutes, but the drive stalled after a false start penalty and they were forced to punt.  East Grand Forks answered with an eight play, four minute drive before they had to punt and neither team was able to get a big play early on. 
Crookston's second possession was a three and out and after a 32 yard punt and a nice return East Grand Forks had great field position at the 25 yard line.  East Grand Forks scored the first points of the game 10 seconds into the second quarter when Donny Musgrove took a handoff from his wide receiver position and found a seem for a 33 yard touchdown and after the extra point kick was good the Green Wave led 7-0.  "That gave them a big spark," said Pirate Coach Scott Butt.  "We jammed them and jammed them and they came out of the gate and made the big play when they needed it and didn't make the tackles like we should."  The touchdown run capped a four play drive. 
Crookston responded with a nice drive that was fueled by a Patrick Deng 28 yard run and the Pirates had the ball down to the Green Wave 10 yard line, but Crookston couldn't convert on a fourth down play and the drive stalled without any points. After the two teams exchanged punts, East Grand Forks got the ball with 49 seconds left in the first half.  They had a five play drive and marched 56 yards for a touchdown that was capped by a Dylan Selk two yard run with 6.7 seconds left and after the extra point kick they led 14-0 going into halftime.  "We needed to punch it in when we had the chance late in the half," said Coach Butt. "When they scored late in the half that really hurt, because we didn't score when we had the chance and they come back and score and then we had to kick off to start the second half.  When you don't take advantage of your chances and make mental mistakes that kills you.  I can live with physical mistakes, it is hard to take the mental mistakes."
In the second half, mainly early in the third quarter, things were a little more exciting offensively.  After a short Pirate kick, East Grand Forks had the ball at their own 39 yard line to start the second half.  East Grand Forks put a five play drive that was sparked by some big runs, including Trevor Selk's 28 yard run to set up his five yard touchdown run a few seconds later and after the extra point kick failed the Green Wave led 20-0.  "We knew he (Selk) was going to be good and he did a nice job and is a very good player," said Coach Butt.  "We didn't contain him and everybody we see this year will have somebody that can hurt you and we will have to tighten things up."  Crookston answered in a big way on the ensuing drive when they put a six play drive that was sparked by a 23 yard Patrick Deng run and a 15 yard facemask penalty against the Green Wave for a 38 yard play setting up a 15 yard Chris Wavra touchdown for the first Pirate score of the season.  Crookston went for two point conversion and Wavra dumped a pass to a wide open Cade Salentine in the corner of the end zone and Crookston trailed 20-8. "We were able to finish a drive for the first time in the game and I thought Chris (Wavra) did a great job of keeping his composure and he made the right read on the veer and that was a good drive and to get the extra point.  We needed something positive and it is nice to watch film on Monday to have something.  I thought it was a start of something good."   East Grand Forks had other ideas as they answered with a three play 65 yard drive that was capped by Trevor Selk's 53 yard run for a touchdown and after the extra point pass failed East Grand Forks had a 26-8 lead.  "That was the straw that broke the camels back," said Coach Butt. "I thought we had some opportunities to get there, but it wasn't meant to be. You have to give them a lot of credit, they played well, but we made a lot of mistakes that young teams make.  They wore us down and we were out on the field for a long time tonight, defensively."
East Grand Forks had the ball late in the fourth quarter in a first and goal from the 36 yard line after a couple penalties.  The Green Wave had a couple nice plays to get the ball down to the one yard line and scored another touchdown to take a 32-8 lead and held on for the victory.  "Our kids played hard tonight, but we made a lot of young team mistakes and had some mental mistakes.  They seemed to wear us down as the game went along," said Coach Butt.   "I thought our backfield played hard and ran the ball well and we have a lot of positives to take from the game and we have some players that had nice games and will try to build on that as we get ready for Barnesville on Friday."
Crookston drops to 0-1 on the year and will travel to Barnesville on Friday.  Barnesville lost to Ottertail Central 35-14 in their season opener.  East Grand Forks improves to 1-0 on the year and will host Perham on Friday.  Perham beat Hawley 36-14 in their season opener.

   The Crookston Pirate Football team takes the field at the start of the game



2nd 3rd 4th


East Grand Forks 0 14 12 6 32
CROOKSTON 0 0 8 0 8

1st Quarter
No Scoring

2nd Quarter
11:50 - EGF- Donny Musgrove 33 yard run (Dylan Selk kick)
0:06 - EGF - Dylan Selk 2 yard run (Dylan Selk kick)

3rd Quarter
11:08 - EGF - Trevor Selk 5 yard run (kick failed)
9:25 - Crox - Chris Wavra 15 yard run (Chris Wavra pass to Cade Salentine)
8:09 - EGF - Trevor Selk - 53 yard run (pass failed)

4th Quarter
0:45 - EGF - Dylan Selk 1 yard run (kick failed)

  Matt Garmen breaks up a Green Wave pass     Chris Wavra knocks down a Green Wave
                                    (Pictures by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

First Downs 11 17
Rushing-Yards 173 335
Passing 0-5-2 7-12-0
Passing Yards 0 108
Total Yards  173  443
Fumbles-Lost  1-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards  5-30  7-60
Punts-Yards Ave.  3 -33.0 2-34.0


Crookston EGF
Patrick Deng      10-66 yards Trevor Selk           22- 212 yards 
Chris Wavra       23-54 Donny Musgrove   5-83
Cade Salentine    13-51 Jordan Young         7-23
Ben Trostad          1 - 2 Nick Derrick         1-11
  Dylan Selk             2-4
  Braden Shea         1 - 2


Chris Wavra      0-5-2       0 yards

Trevor Selk       7-12-0  108 yards


None Cole Hammargren   2-27
  Tommy Pace           2 - 29
  Gunnar Welsh        2 - 50
  Braden Shea           1 - 2


   Cade Salentine on the run         Felix Longoria (51) and Colton Weiland with a tackle


FRIDAY - AUGUST 21,  2015


The Crookston Pirate Girl's Tennis team played three beat Pine City 4-3, and lost to Aitkin and Minnewaska Area by 4-3 scores at the North/South Challenge in Park Rapids.  The Pirates were without Leah Trostad, who was sick and not able to make the trip and Alyssa Schultz wasn't able to make it to the match because of prior commitments.   To top it off, Elisa Samuelson became ill after the second match and wasn't able to play in the Minnewaska Area match.  Since each team was playing three matches on the day each match started with a score of 2-2, so it was important to get off to a good start in each match.

In the first match of the day, and the season for that matter, Crookston edged Pine City by a 4-3 score.  The match came down to the first doubles match and Elisa Samuelson and Kendall Wahouske held on to win in a third set super tie-breaker 10-5.  "They were able to get the win in three sets, so it was nice to have a pressure situation in the first match of the season," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre.  "The first time out you never know what to expect.  We have been working on hitting a lot of balls in practice, but when you get into the match is is different.  It was a nice win.  Pine City has a nice team and they're always one of the favorite teams in section 7.  I think we could have played better, but we played well enough to win."

  CROOKSTON- 4 Pine City- 3 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Natalie Cahill PC 6-3, 6-4
#2 Amy Follette Gracie LeBrun Crox 6-3, 6-2
#3 Alyssa Fee Anna Miller Crox 6-2, 6-3
#4 Catherine Tiedemann Lydia Adams PC 4-6, 6-4, 10-0
#1 Doubles Elisa Samuelson
Kendall Wahouske
Raven Rarick
Emily Carpenter
Crox 5-7, 6-4, 10-5
#2 Tori Demarais
Jaeden Lizakowski
Morganne Johnson
Allie Brown
Crox 7-5, 6-3
#3 Marie Sandman
Elise Tangquist
McKenzie Kloeckl
Caitlyn Furber
PC 4-6, 6-4, 10-4

  Jaeden Lizakowski with the return     Marie Sandman with a forehand return

In the second match of the day, Crookston lost to Aitkin 4-3.  There was one three set match at third doubles where Crookston had a 7-3 lead in the tie-breaker, but Aitkin finished strong and won the tie-breaker 10-7.  "That was a tough loss to swallow, because I thought we were a better team, but they were the better team today," said Coach Mike Geffre.  "A couple key points in the third doubles match changed the match.  I thought we had the third doubles match in hand and a couple shots changed the outcome.  The team loss was a little disappointing and granted we were missing a couple girls, but I thought we were good enough to win the match." 

  CROOKSTON- 3 Aitkin- 4 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Claire Browning AIT 6-4, 6-2
#2 Amy Follette Maren Butenhoff Crox 6-2, 6-3
#3 Alyssa Fee Brynn Wilson AIT 6-3, 6-2
#4 Elise Tangquist Angel Beaufeaux Crox 6-4, 6-4
#1 Doubles Elisa Samuelson
Kendall Wahouske
Lydia Browning
Bethany Kinzer
AIT 6-3, 7-5
#2 Tori Demarais
Jaeden Lizakowski
Amber Kuhlman
Nikki Courtemanche
Crox 6-3, 6-2
#3 Catherine Tiedemann
Danissa Brekken
Grace Liljenquist
Heather Gaulke
AIT 3-6, 6-2, 10-7

  Ally Tiedemann with a baseline return         Tori Demarais with a forehand return

In the third and final match of the day, Crookston loaded up the doubles side and Minnewaska took advantage by winning all four singles matches for a 4-3 victory.  "We loaded up our doubles in the match because we knew we weren't going to be able to win the tournament so we used a different lineup," said Coach Geffre. "Even without the three girls we were missing today (Leah Trostad, Alyssa Schultz and Elisa Samuelson) I thought we could have beat them, but we changed the line up a bit and had the girls play in some different spots."
Playing three 4-3 matches was a good test for the Pirates. "We played well and have a few things to take care of and weren't as consistent as we need to put three, four, five shots on the court and need to practice on playing games and will need to learn how to play matches," said Coach Geffre. "The season is young and nice to get them under our belt to see what we have to work on."
Amy Follette and Tori Demarais won three matches on the day and Kendall Wahouske and Jaeden Lizakowski both won two matches apiece on the day.
Crookston is now 1-2 on the year and will play Roseau and East Grand Forks in the Crookston Tri-angular on Tuesday.

  CROOKSTON-3 Minnewaska Area-4 Winner Score
#1 Singles Alyssa Fee Joelle Thorfinnson  Minn 6-4, 6-4
#2 Jaeden Lizakowski Myranda Thoen  Minn 6-2, 6-3
#3 Elise Tangquist Danielle Thorfinnson  Minn 6-2, 6-2 
#4 Catherine Tiedemann Raelynn Wildman  Minn 2-6,7-6 (7-5), 10-6) 
#1 Doubles Ally Tiedemann
Amy Follette
Makenna Hanson
Annika Pederson
Crox 6-3, 6-2 
#2 Tori Demarais
Kendall Wahouske
Michaela England
Anna Vold 
Crox 6-3, 6-3
#3 Marie Sandman
Danissa Brekken
Cammy Mithon
Greta Reickmann
Crox  6-4, 3-6, 11-9 



Crookston Pirate Falls sports student-athletes will be handing out fall sports schedules at seven Crookston businesses today (Friday).   The Pirates will be greeting citizens and handing out schedules at each location and the public is invited to stop by and wish them good luck on their upcoming seasons.  The effort is a part of getting more Pirate Pride in the community and trying to get more people out to the games.  As part of trying to spread Pirate Pride businesses and residents of Crookston are asked to spread Pirate Pride by putting up blue and gold, Go Pirates banners, pennants, etc in the windows of businesses or homes, or inside businesses.  If you are a business that would like to host Pirate athletes you can email Gary Stegman at or Chris Fee at to set up a day and time.  The schedule of the Pirates appearances are below.

  Group 1                  Group 2
10:00           Hugo's                    Four Season's Clothing
11:00           Hugo's                    Irishman's Shanty
12:00           RBJ's                     Happy Joe's
1:00             Draft's                    Crookston Hardware Hank



Crookston Pirate fans are asked to wear yellow or gold shirts to help GOLD OUT the Pirate football game on Saturday, August 22 when they host the East Grand Forks Green Wave at 7:00 p.m. in the season and home opener. Erickson Embroidery is selling Gold Crookston Pirate t-shirts for $10 with the profits being donated by Erickson's back to the Crookston School District Activities Fund. Purchase the shirt and Gold Out the football game on Saturday evening. The shirts can be used to Gold Out other Pirate sporting events throughout the season.




The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Paul Bittner to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Bittner was the club’s third pick, 38th overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida. 

What is an entry level contract?  Players aged between 18 and 21 years who are beginning their NHL career are required to sign an entry-level contract lasting three years, while players who are 22 or 23 years old must sign two-year entry-level contracts, and 24-year old players must sign a one-year entry-level contract. The compensation given to an entry-level player is limited, and the maximum base salary is set by the collective bargaining agreement. However, entry-level players are eligible to receive signing bonuses and performance bonuses. These bonuses are decided upon by the team attempting to sign the entry-level player.

Bittner, 18, has registered 68 goals and 75 assists for 143 points with 91 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +71 in three seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Last season, he tallied 34-37-71, 52 penalty minutes and was +39 in 66 games, ranking third on the club in goals and plus/minus rating and fourth in assists and points. He added 4-8-12 and six penalty minutes in 17 WHL playoff games.

“We’re excited to have signed Paul to an entry level contract.  He is a big and skilled forward who took some great steps in his game while recently taking part in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid,” said Kekalainen. “We look forward to his growth within our organization in the upcoming years.”

The Crookston, Minnesota native attended the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp earlier this month and was a member of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that finished second at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup held in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Bittner made his WHL debut in 2012-13, collecting 12-11-23, 12 penalty minutes and was +8 in 45 games while helping Portland capture the WHL Championship. The following season, he notched 22-27-49 with 27 penalty minutes and a +25 plus/minus rating in 63 games with the Winterhawks. He added 6-6-12 in 21 playoff games to help Portland advance to the WHL Finals.

Paul signing his contract (from Paul's Twitter account - where he said "Dream come true to have signed my first NHL cotnract."



The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team officially opened up practice Monday, August 17 at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles have their biggest roster in program history with 20 student-athletes heading into the 2015 season. UMC opened training camp with testing and conditioning in the morning and went into skills sessions and game play in the afternoon session. 

The 2015 season is the ninth for Lee Anderson leading the Golden Eagles. The UMC team will consist of a young core with just one senior and just one player who is a two-year starter for the Golden Eagles. UMC’s lone senior is Stephanie Pearson (Sr., OH, Frankfort, Ill.), who started all 28 matches as a junior. Pearson averaged 1.88 kills and 2.59 digs per set as a junior. In addition to Pearson, the Golden Eagles also return identical twins Kassi Green (So., OH/RS, Anoka), who was second on the team with 1.90 kills per set and also averaged 0.59 blocks per set, and Kelci Green (So., MH, Anoka), who led the team with 1.07 blocks per set and also added 1.35 kills per set. Sierra Trost (Jr., S, Ham Lake) returns as the only player who has been a two-year starter for UMC. Trost averaged 7.49 assists and 2.59 digs per set as a sophomore. 

UMC also returns Erin Schwarz (Jr., MH, Eden Prairie), who started 24 matches in the middle and averaged 1.18 kills and 0.59 blocks per set. The Golden Eagles also return six other letterwinners from last season. Kaycie Hagen (So., S, Savage) split duties with Trost last season at setter in a 6-2 system. Hagen averaged 2.45 assists and 1.54 digs per set as a freshman. UMC also returns Casey Cashman (Jr., DS/Lib., Ashland, Wis.), who will be in the fray at libero. Cashman appeared in 22 matches and averaged 1.49 digs per set. Kali Erickson (Jr., OH, Fargo, N.D.) is also fighting to have a bigger role on the team as a junior as UMC has a void to fill on the outside with All-NSIC First Team pick Brittany Looker’s graduation. Erickson appeared in just three matches, averaging 0.75 digs per set. Alyssa Muelken (So., MH, Savage) also returns to the fray for UMC. 

Rachel Freund (So., OH, Jordan) and Becca Vandenheuvel (So., DS/Lib., Cannon Falls) also return. Freund will have to redshirt due to injury, while Vandenheuvel is currently battling back from injury and hoping to be ready to go early in the season. Vandenheuvel averaged 1.32 digs per set last season for UMC.

A big addition for the Golden Eagles during the Spring was the return of Maggie Perrel (So., OH/RS, New Germany), who took a year off of volleyball in 2014. Perrel averaged 2.01 kills per set and 0.46 blocks per set as a freshman in 2013, helping UMC to a NSIC playoff berth.

The Golden Eagles will have a lot of competition in 2015 as nobody’s spot is safe due to the addition of eight freshmen who will push the 12 returnees as they all battle for spots. Defensively, Devan Miliner (Fr., DS/Lib., Rosemount) and Ali Schueler (Fr., DS/Lib., Howards Grove, Wis.) will battle Vandenheuvel and Cashman for time in the back row and at libero. At outside hitter, Carson Rutherford (Fr., OH, Flushing, Mich.) and Emma Melander (Fr., OH, Victoria) will help push the returnees. And in the middle, Callie Schapekahm (Fr., MH, Eagan), Kaitlin Sikkink (Fr., MH, St. Charles) and Sabrina Leuer (Fr., MH, Hamel).

UMC also adds Alex Oakes (Fr., S, Cloquet), who is set to redshirt the 2015 season. 

The Golden Eagles went 11-17 on the 2015 season, but return a lot of scoring off of last season’s squad. UMC will open up play Sept. 4 as they face Chesnut Hill College and Florida Southern College at the Bentley University Invitational in Waltham, Mass. 






The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team will play the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Men’s Basketball team at historic Williams Arena in an exhibition game on Sunday, November 1 at a time be determined later.  “This is something we are excited about, to have a finalized contract to go down and play the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.  We have nine Minnesota kids on our team and to play on the big stage, in a big arena will be great. Overall, it will be a great experience, great college experience for our guys and notoriety for our program and people will get to know more about Minnesota Crookston,” said UMC Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Weisse. “For recruiting it is good, for our current players to have the experience to play against a high level of competition on that kind of stage, not everybody gets to do that.  We are very thankful for Coach Livingston and Coach Pitino to give us the opportunity.  We were talking to a couple teams to fill our last exhibition game and when the Gophers approached us that took precedent.”
UMC will be getting money to travel to Minneapolis to take on the Gophers.

The UMC Men's Basketball team will play at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota


TUESDAY - AUGUST 18,  2015


The Crookston Gun Club 2015 Trap League wrapped up their season this week and the following were the top league performers.

Trap League Results:

First Place- The Corbin-Amiot Team (Scott Corbin, Roger Corbin, Jay Amiot, Darrell Cymbaluk, Keith Leines, and Steve Hulst) put on an impressive display of outstanding shooting, and ended with 86 team points.

Second Place- Team Love It (Larry Love, Brady Love, Jacob Owens, Steven Newquist, Chad Hulst, and Dilon Owens did an outstanding job with a number of first time shooters and came away with 75 team points.

Third Place- Swanson Law  (Jake Quern, Dave Trousil, Steve Videen, Dan Gossen, Chris Haugen, and Wayne Swanson) scored 71 team points.

High Gun-Actual:

First Place- Darrell Cymbaluk with a score of 240 targets broken.
Second Place- Keith Leines with a score of 236.
Third Place- Steve Hulst with a score of 223.

High Gun-Handicap:
First Place- Dave Trousil with a score of 239
Second Place - Peter Tollefson of the Warrior Firearms Training Team with a score of 237.
Third Place- Austin Knutson of the Dropping Dusters Team with a score of 236



MONDAY - AUGUST 17,  2015


The Crookston Tennis Association held the first annual Crookston Pirate Alumni Tennis Tournament on Saturday at the Highland and Schuster Tennis Courts with 32 people competing. The results and some pictures are below-

                The participants of the first annual Pirate Alumni Tennis Tournament (Picture submitted by Derek Martin) 

Division I 
Kirby Johnson & Mike Geffre 3-0 
Brent Melsa & Ryan Melsa 2-1 
Jake Olson & Leah Winjum 1-2 
Chris Martin & Derek Martin 0-3 

Division II 
Kylie Simmons & Travis Vatthauer 3-0 
Bethany Tollefson & Lee Meier 2-1 
Carter Denison & Lilli Denison 1-2
Molly Simmons & Brittany Morris 0-3  

Division III 
Katie Fee & Carrie Clauson 3-0 
Dana Kochman & Sue Tiedemann 2-1 
Hayley Myrold & Sarah Desrosier 1-2 
Hallie Martin & Birgetta Martin 0-3 

Division IV 
Kennedy Resendiz & Ruben Resendiz 3-0 
Brad Shultz & Laura Kopecky 2-1 
Mindi Brill & Megan Long 1-2 
Amanda Houle & Sara Hoerner 0-3 

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