WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 14,  2018

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL SCORES 107 IN WIN OVER OAK HILLS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team had a slow start but used a 31-1 run in the middle of the first half to take a big lead and they cruised the rest of the way for a 107-46 victory over Oak Hills Christian College (Bemidji) in a game played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.

Oak Hills jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game. UMC settled down and had a spark with a Brian Sitzmann (Fr., Savage) basket which was followed by five points from Malcolm Cohen (Jr., Detroit, MI) to start a 31-1 run over an 11:01 span. Chase Johnson (Soph, La Crosse, WI) added a basket and after an Oak Hills free throw UMC continued the run with five more points from Cohen, Cleary added five more points, Ben Juhl (Soph. Clive, Iowa) chipped a couple three-pointers and Sitzmann buried a three-pointer for a 33-9 lead with 7:05 left in the first half. UMC continued their solid play in the final seven minutes of the half and took a 49-19 lead into halftime. UMC shot 51 percent (18-35) from the field in the first half after they started the game making two of their first seven shots.
Chase Knickerbocker (Sr. Annandale) hit back-to-back three-pointers to give UMC a 40-point (62-22) lead in the first three minutes of the second half and the Golden Eagles continued to dominate and built a 72-22 lead with 15 minutes left in the game. UMC played everybody on the bench the rest of the game and every player scored except for Gable Smith (a started that only played nine minutes in the game) and an Aaron Hollcraft (Sr. Crookston) basket with three minutes left gave the Golden Eagles their 100th point of the game. UMC, who scored 104 points in a victory over the University of Northwestern (St. Paul) in an exhibition game earlier this year, ended the game with a 107-46 victory. UMC shot 56 percent (38-68) from the field and made 50 percent (18-36) from three-point range. “We talk about playing for forty minutes, I thought, for the most part, our guys did that,” said UMC head coach Dan Weisse. “I don’t think we made an outside shot for the first couple minutes, but sometimes it just takes one (to go in). We’ve got to work on the little things. If you want to beat a Mankato, a Sioux Falls, or the St. Cloud States of the world you’ve got to do all the little things the right way. We want to get better every game. We want to make sure we take care of our team on both ends of the floor. The things we don’t do in the non-conference games are not going to carry over into the conference games and the things we are doing should help get us ready for conference play.”  UMC made a school record 18 three pointers in the game.
UMC improves to 2-1 on the year and will host Valley City State on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Oak Hills drops to 0-7 on the season. Both teams will play in the UMC Men's Basketball Classic along with Valley City State and Concordia College on Saturday and Sunday.


                Brian Sitzmann goes up for a dunk in traffic in the second half on the way to a 107-46 Golden Eagle victory

Box Score

1

2

Final

Oak Hills

19 27 46

UMC

49 58 107


Josh Collins goes up for a dunk   Malcolm Cohen with a three point shot

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Malcolm Cohen 22 9  
Harrison Cleary 16 7 4 assists
Ben Juhl 13 4  
Brian Sitzmann 13   3 assists
Chase Knickerbocker 11 5  
Demarion Bariffe-Smith 9
Josh Collins 6    
Aaron Hollcraft 6 4 2 assists
Joey Meyer 4 5  
Darin Viken 3   4 assists
Chase Johnson 2 9 3 assists
Javier Nicolau 2    





UMC GOLDEN EAGLE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WELCOMES NEW PLAYERS ON SIGNING DAY

The University of Minnesota Crookston women's basketball team will welcome Emma Carpenter (5-10, Eagan/Eastview H.S.), Alyssa Peterson (5-7, Menahga), Mattea Vetsch (5-8, Devils Lake, N.D.), and Veronica Schwartz (5-10, Parkers Prairie/Parkers Prairie H.S.) to the team next year after she signed a National Letter of Intent. Carpenter is the first signee for the Golden Eagles in the 2018-19 signing class.

Emma Carpenter (5-10, Eagan/Eastview High School)
Carpenter helped lead Eastview High School to the 2017-18 Class AAAA State Championship. (Eastview Assistant Girls Basketball coach is Bree Zabel, a former Golden Eagle player) She was a 2017-18 All-South Suburban Conference selection. Carpenter earned All-South Suburban Conference Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore. She is a three-year letter winner in basketball for Eastview High School. She played AAU for the Minnesota Fury Elite program for five years. As a junior, Carpenter tallied 7.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. "Emma Carpenter is going to be an outstanding basketball player at Minnesota Crookston," Roysland said. "Her court vision is off the charts. She makes everyone around her a better player because of her ability to see the floor. Emma also has great length and is great at getting to the rim. She comes from a great program at Eastview High School that just won the Class AAAA State Championship. We are very excited to add her into the fold and can't wait to get her on campus next fall."
Carpenter is the daughter of Scott and Paris Carpenter. She is undecided on her major at Minnesota Crookston. Carpenter was born April 19, 2001. She earned academic letters in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Alyssa Peterson (5-7, Menahga/Menahga H.S.)
Peterson was a 2017-18 Minnesota Class A All-State selection. She was named the Class A Breakdown Player of the Year. Peterson is a two-time All-Section pick. Peterson holds six school records at Menahga High School. She has scored 1,890 career points heading into her senior season. Peterson is a four-time letter winner for Menahga High School. She is a three-time All-Park Region Conference pick and has served as team captain. As a junior, Peterson tallied 20.5 points per game for the Braves. She was a 37.1 percent three-point shooter for Menahga High School. Peterson tallied five assists per game as a junior.
She is the daughter of Alan and Maggie Peterson. Peterson plans to major in elementary education. She was born July 10, 2000. “We are really excited to add a player of Alyssa Peterson’s caliber to our program,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. “Alyssa has got phenomenal foot work that allows her to be an outstanding shooter. We are always looking out for the best shooters in the state and we think Alyssa fits that mold and will be a great fit in our system. Alyssa has a very high basketball IQ that helps contribute to her high level of play. We can’t wait to get Alyssa on campus in a Minnesota Crookston uniform.”

Mattea Vetsch (5-8, Devils Lake, N.D./Devils Lake H.S.)
Vetsch has helped lead Devils Lake High School to two state appearances. She is a 1,000 point scorer in her high school career, reaching the milestone Feb. 20, 2018. Vetsch averaged 15.7 points per game, six rebounds, three steals, and three assists for Devils Lake High School. She is a Second Team All-State pick, along with being an All-North Dakota State Tournament team member, and an All-Eastern Dakota Conference selection. Vetsch has served as team captain since her sophomore season. She earned the Firebird Award as a freshman and the Most Improved Player on varsity as an eighth grader. Vetsch played on the AAU circuit for NDPro.
“We are very excited to add Mattea Vetsch to our signing class,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. Mattea fits the mold of our program in that she is an outstanding basketball player that we think will help to continue to raise the level of this program. Mattea brings fantastic speed with the ability to shoot the three and attack the basket. She is also a tenacious defender that will help to lift the quality of our team defense. We can’t wait to get Mattea to Crookston and are excited to see the player she will become in a Minnesota Crookston uniform.”
She is the daughter of Joe and Lisa Vetsch. Vetsch plans to major in health sciences at UMC. She was born July 11, 2000. Vetsch is a member of the National Honor Society and student council. She also played volleyball, golf, track, and participated in cross country.

Veronica Schwartz (5-10, Parkers Prairie/Parkers Prairie H.S.)
Schwartz has been an All-Little Eight Conference selection at Parkers Prairie High School the last two seasons. She has earned the Most Improved Player Award twice and was her team’s Most Valuable Player, as well. Schwartz has also earned the Best Defense award and Hardest Worker award. She also competes in track and field. Schwartz averaged 14.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Schwartz tallied 2.4 assists and 3.6 steals per game for Parkers Prairie High School. “We are excited to add Veronica Schwartz to our recruiting class,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. “Schwartz is an all-around skilled athlete with a great upside as she continues to develop in our basketball program. She comes from a great program in Parkers Prairie High School and we are really excited to welcome Veronica into the Minnesota Crookston basketball family.”
She is the daughter of Steven and Dianne Schwartz. Schwartz is undecided on her major at UMC. She was born Aug. 19, 2001. She has been a Minnesota Honor Society for two years. She is an academic letter winner and has been on the “A” honor roll since the seventh grade. Schwartz is also a Knowledge Bowl letter winner.


              Emma Carpenter                         Alyssa Peterson                                  Mattea Vetsch


 

 

TUESDAY -  NOVEMBER 13, 2018

CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY OPENS UP SEASON AT HOME WITH EAST GRAND FORKS

The East Grand Forks Green Wave Girls Hockey team scored on their first shot and third shot of the game and cruised to a 9-0 victory in a Section 8A victory over the Crookston Pirates in a game played at the Crookston Sports Center.
East Grand Forks (EGF) scored 76 seconds into the game when Kylie Stauss took the first shot of the game and the Green Wave led 1-0. Less than two minutes later, EGF's Madison McDonald scored a short handed goal on the Green Wave's third shot of the game for a 2-0 lead. "Those were both shots from the outside," said Pirate Coach Tim Moe. "The thing with those shots, we had defenseman backing into the play and Grace (Koshney) said she couldn't see the puck." The Green Wave added another goal with four minutes left in the period when Avery Kovar snuck the puck into the net for a 3-0 lead. Crookston's Koshner made 16 saves in the first period while East Grand Fork's Megan Birkholz only had to make one save. "We weren't sure what to expect from East Grand Forks after they graduated 11 seniors from last years team, but they are tough," said Coach Moe. "They were big and strong and that created problems all game."
In the second period, EGF's McDonald scored her second goal of the game when she slid a shot through the five hole, into the net for a 4-0 lead. McDonald added her third goal of the game a little over six minutes later when East Grand Forks dominated play and had control of the puck for about a four to five minute span and after a handful of shots McDonald got the puck at the point and fired a wrist shot into the net for a 5-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Stauss added her second goal of the game off a rebound and she had a wide open left side of the net and she put the puck in the net for a 6-0 lead at the end of the two periods of play. Crookston's Koshney made 20 saves in the period and the Pirates were able to get five shots on goal with four of them coming on a 5-on-3 power play.
In the third period, EGF's McDonald scored her second short-handed goal for her fourth goal of the game over a minute into the period for a 7-0 lead. Almost halfway through the period, CJ Mack skated in and rifled a wrist shot into the net for an 8-0 lead and Lainey Pesch finished the scoring with a goal late and the Green Wave cruised to the 9-0 victory. Crookston's Koshney had 46 saves in the game compared to EGF's Birkholz's nine saves. "There are a lot of positives we can take away from the game and the first place is in the net with Grace Koshney (a sophomore from Mayville, ND) and she put on a display of athleticism and good goaltending skills," said Coach Moe. "We are still young and we didn't see the sustained good play, but we saw some little things that we can build on. East Grand Forks has a nice team and you had a senior score four goals for them tonight. We need to be patient with this team and keep working hard and we have only had the Mayville girls (four of the six starters for Crookston were Mayville girls) for one practice and now they are playing a game, so it will be nice to have them in practice and be able to work on things."
Crookston drops to 0-1 on the year and will play Jamestown on Tuesday, November 20 at Mayville. East Grand Forks improves to 2-0 on the year and hasn't given up a goal in the first two games.
J.V. - East Grand Forks won 12-0

 
         Nora Peterson looks to pass to a teammate                Rylee Solheim brings the puck up the ice

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
East Grand Forks 3 3 3 9
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0


Catherine Tiedemann skates in front of the Pirate bench with the puck

1st Period
15:44 - EGF - Kylie Stauss (Avery Kovar)
13:37 - EGF - Madison McDonald (unassisted) (SH)
4:00 - EGF - Avery Kovar (Kate Johnson, Trinity D'Heilly)

2nd Period
12:42 - EGF - Madison McDonald (Kendra Emery, Lainey Pesch)
6:17 - EGF - Madison McDonald (Aleah Hangsleben)
3:45 - EGF - Kylie Stauss (Avery Kovar, CJ Mack)


3rd Period

15:33 - EGF - Madison McDonald (Kendra Emery) (SH)
9:46 - EGF - CJ Mack (Kendra Emery)
5:32 - EGF - Lainey Pesch (Aleah Hangsleben)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Megan Birkholz - EGF 1 5 3 9
Grace Koshney -CHS 16 20 10 46




 

UMC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WINS HOME-OPENER OVER VALLEY CITY STATE

Minnesota Crookston Women’s basketball team remains undefeated after topping Valley City State (NAIA) 79-64 in UMC’s home-opener and a non-conference game played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston. Valley City State scored the opening basket to take a 2-0 lead before Paige Weakley (Jr., Kearney, MO) made a three-pointer giving Minnesota Crookston a 3-2 lead. Kylie Post (Fr., Corcoran) scored a lay-up twenty seconds later pushing the Golden Eagles ahead 5-2 before Abby Guidinger (Soph., Waukesha, WI) connected from beyond the arc to cap off an 8-0 run that gave Minnesota Crookston an 8-2 lead with 8:09 left in the first quarter. The Vikings responded with a 5-point run pulling VCSU within 8-7 with 6:05 left in the quarter. A Bren Fox (Fr., Norwood Young America) lay-in stopped the Vikings scoring streak momentarily before a Kate Williams (Sr., Frementale, Austrailia) three-pointer sparked VCSU out to a 9-0 run with the visitors taking a 16-10 win with 3:08 left in the opening quarter. With under two minutes remaining in the quarter and UMC trailing 20-12, Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., Marshfield, WI) made a jump shot to pull the Golden Eagles within six before Isieoma Odor connected on a baseline jumper to pull UMC within 20-16 after one quarter of play. “I thought they had good balance and (Kate Williams) got on a nice little roll and we just didn’t communicate well enough,” said UMC head coach Mike Roysland. “They had some cruel screens that we missed assignments on just communication things led to them getting off to a decent start. They also knocked down some shots so you have to give them credit.”
Trailing 25-19 with 6:47 left in the first half, Kylie Post drove and finished inside cutting the Golden Eagles’ deficit down to 25-21. A Kylea Praska (Fr., Thief River Falls) finish at the rim on UMC’s subsequent possession closed the gap down to two before Isieoma Odor tied it with Minnesota Crookston’s third-straight lay-up at 25-25 with 5:30 remaining in the second quarter. Caitlin Michaelis converted from inside the paint with 3:52 left in the half regaining the lead for the Golden Eagles at 27-25. Valley City State countered by scoring seven of the next ten points to gain a 32-29 lead before Michaelis dribbled to the basket and took a bump while making a lay-up, earning a free-throw which she made with 1:13 left in the first half tying the score at 32-32. A midcourt steal by Kylie Post resulted in an uncontested lay-up at the other end regaining a 34-32 lead for the Golden Eagles, but a pair of free-throws by Mackenzie Huber (Jr., Clark, ND) tied the score at halftime 34-34. “I thought we had a bunch of good looks,” said Roysland. “I thought it was important that we closed out the first-half well.”
Paige Weakley opened the second-half scoring with a finish inside before Caitlin Michaelis added another lay-in pushing UMC’s lead to 38-34 before a Vikings’ three-pointer pulled Valley City State within one. Kylie Post answered with another shot at the rim putting the Golden Eagles ahead 40-37. Isieoma Odor earned a trip to the free-throw line on Minnesota Crookston’s next possession and made one of two expanding the hosts lead to 41-37 with 6:22 left in the third quarter. Caitlin Michaelis further grew the Golden Eagles lead with another three-pointer putting UMC up 44-39. Michaelis set up Odor inside on Minnesota Crookston’s next possession giving the Golden Eagles a 46-42 lead.  Paige Weakley buried a triple on the next Minnesota Crookston possession giving UMC a 49-44 lead with 4:14 left in the quarter. Another Michaelis three-pointer grew the Golden Eagles lead to 58-49 but an Alexis Bentz buzzer-beater cut the VCSU deficit down to 58-51 after three quarters. 
UMC pulled away scoring the first eight points of the fourth quarter including five-straight points scored by Guidinger to give the Golden Eagles a 66-51 lead with 7:30 to play. Minnesota Crookston continued to maintain a comfortable lead the rest of the night closing the game out with the final four points of the game securing the 79-64 win. “I thought we got a little bit comfortable,” said Roysland of the second-half improvement. “We got a couple defensive stops. The biggest thing is that we got to the rim. I thought that made a huge difference, that opened up the outside three. We hit enough of them. We were efficient enough.”

The Golden Eagles improve to 3-0 and return to the court on Saturday when Minnesota Crookston hosts Mayville State at 2 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium with the Riverview Health Pregame Show starting at 1:30 p.m. on KROX. Valley City State falls to 2-4.


  Abby Guidinger looks to pass from the top of the key            Steph McWilliams drives by a Vikings
 

Box Score

1 2

3

4

Final

Valley City State

20 14 17 13 64

UMC

16 18 24 21 79


Kylie Post brings the ball up the floor for UMC

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Caitlin Michaelis 19 3 3 Assists
Kylie Post 17 3 3 Assists/2 Steals
Isieoma Odor 17 10  
Abby Guidinger 12 3  
Paige Weakley 8 7  
Bren Fox 4 4  
Kylea Praska 2 2







MONDAY - NOVEMBER 12,  2018

THREE PIRATE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS NAMED TO POLAR NORTH VOLLEYBALL CONFERENCE

Three seniors on the Crookston Pirate Volleyball team, Rachel Hefta, Hailey Seaver and Kylie Solheim, have been selected to the 2018 Polar North Volleyball Conference All-Conference team.
The conference consists of Crookston, East Grand Forks Senior High, Red Lake County Central, Sacred Heart, Thief River Falls and Warren-Alvarado-Oslo. 
The complete all-conference team is below -

All Conference -
Crookston - Rachel Hefta, Hailey Seaver, Kylie Solheim
East Grand Forks - Haley Burger
Red Lake Co. Central - Julia Bernstein, Sydnie Gunderson, Jenna Pahlen, Tanisha Srnsky
Sacred Heart - Ivy Edwards, Madi Mitzel, Jessica Remer, Dana Walski
Thief River Falls - Madi Kisch, Becca Leier

All Conference Honorable Mention -
East Grand Forks - Oksana Kroese
Red Lake Falls - Clara Girdler, MaKenzie Williams
Thief River Falls - Maddie Oistad, Hailey Rosendahl
Warren-Alvarado-Oslo - Mackenzie Roller

Team Champion - Sacred Heart


Rachel Hefta, Kylie Solheim and Hailey Seaver with their All-Conference awards



 

 

BLAKE FEE NAMED CHOICE THERAPY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER


Crookston High School Senior, Blake Fee, has been named the Choice Therapy Student-Athlete of the Month for October.  Fee is a three sport athlete (football, wrestling and tennis). "In Blake's nomination for the award he was described as a compassionate, easy-going, determined individual. His nomination made him an easy choice for our winner for the month of October," said Molly Simmons of Choice Therapy. "We are proud to announce that he displays our Choice Therapy values in his daily life. Blake has been provided with a gift card, t-shirt, achievement award and will be placed in the yearly pool of athletes to be awarded a Choice Therapy scholarship."

 

 

 

SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 11,  2018

MINNESOTA CROOKSTON MEN’S BASKETBALL PICKS UP THEIR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON OVER ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO

 

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s basketball team forced 16 turnovers and beat Arkansas-Monticello 68-58 despite shooting just 39% from the field in the NSIC/GAC Crossover game played at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul.


Arkansas-Monticello scored the first basket of the game on a dunk by Darnell Wright (Jr., Chicago, IL). Minnesota Crookston responded with nine-straight points thanks to Chase Knickerbocker (Sr., Annandale, MN) hitting a three-pointer before earning a lay-up plus the foul sending him to the free-throw line putting UMC head 9-2 with 16:24 left in the first half. Harrison Cleary’s (Jr., Oak Creek, WI) first points of the game came on a jump shot with 14:50 left in the half putting the Golden Eagles ahead 11-5. The Boll Weevil utilized a 10-2 run over the next four minutes to take a 15-13 lead with 10:32 left in the half. Minnesota Crookston followed the UAM run by scoring seven straight points to regain the lead with a Ben Juhl (Soph., Clive, IA) jumper giving the Golden Eagles a 20-15 lead with 6:29 left in the first half. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the first half with Minnesota Crookston taking a 30-29 lead into halftime. 
Arkansas Monticello scored the first four points of the second half to take a 33-30 lead before Harrison Cleary scored at the rim pulling the Golden Eagles within one point before Josh Collins (Sr., Minneapolis) regained the lead for Minnesota Crookston with a tip-in putting UMC ahead 34-33 with 16:53 left in the game.  Back-to-back layups from Cleary and Collins one minute later gave the Golden Eagles a 39-35 lead with 14:58 remaining. A Josh Collins’ three-pointer grew the Minnesota Crookston lead to 42-37 with 13:32 left. Chase Johnson (R-Soph., La Crosse, WI) followed up his tip-in at the rim with a jump shot set up by a pass from Malcolm Cohen (R-Jr., Detroit, MI) giving the Golden Eagles a 46-38 lead with 10:39 left. UMC continued to pull away when Harrison Cleary hit a mid-range jump shot with 9:21 left pushed the Minnesota Crookston advantage to 48-30. Great ball movement with 8:30 to play allowed Cohen to make the extra-pass to Knickerbocker who buried a wide-open three-pointer giving the Golden Eagles a 51-40 lead. Leading 56-45 with under five minutes to play, Minnesota Crookston generated two extra possessions with a pair of offensive rebounds but were unable to add to their lead due to missed shots. An Arkansas-Monticello lay-up in transition with under four minutes to go cut the Boll Weevil deficit down to eight before Harrison Cleary answered with a three-pointer at the other end of the floor. Arkansas-Monticello continued to hand tough down the stretch pulling to within 62-55 with 1:18 remaining. Minnesota Crookston managed to break the Bool Weevil’s press out of the UAM timeout before Gable Smith (R-Sr., Lodi, WI) was fouled on his drive to the basket. Smith made both free throws with 0:56 remaining giving UMC a 64-55 lead. Cleary made a pair of free throws on the Golden Eagles next possession pushing Minnesota Crookston’s lead to 66-55. A Chase Knickerbocker dunk in the open-floor provided the final exclamation point of the afternoon to close out the Golden Eagles 68-58 win. 
 

The Golden Eagles improve to 1-1 and return to the court on Wednesday when Minnesota Crookston hosts Oak Hill Christian College at Lysaker Gymnasium with a 7 p.m. tip-off and 6:30 p.m. Riverview Health Pregame show on KROX. Arkansas-Monticello falls to 0-2.
 

Box Score

1 2

Final

UMC

22 49 71

Arkansas-Monticello

42 31 74

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 27 3 3 assists
Chase Knickerbocker 15 6  
Ben Juhl 13 4 3 assists
Malcolm Cohen 10   2 blocks
Josh Collins 5    
Chase Johnson 1 6 2 steals

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 10,  2018

STEPHEN-ARGYLE STORM LOSE A HEARTBREAKER IN OVERTIME TO MOUNTAIN IRON-BUHL

The Stephen-Argyle Storm scored a touchdown to tie the game at 20 apiece with under two minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime, but the Mountain Iron-Buhl (MIB) Rangers scored a touchdown and added a two point conversion for a 28-20 overtime victory in the first round of the Minnesota State Football 9-Man tournament in a game played at Bemidji State University’s Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji on a cold and snowy evening.
The game couldn’t have started any better for Stephen-Argyle when MIB fumbled on the second play of the game and the Storm recovered the ball.  Stephen-Argyle had the ball at the MIB 30-yard line and handed the ball to Ashten Safranski three times for 11 yards and a first down.  The Storm lost five yards on the next two plays before Hunter Yutrzenka ran for 18 yards and a first down.  Two plays later, the Storm scored on a Safranski two-yard run and after the extra point kick was blocked, Stephen-Argyle led 6-0 just shy of four minutes into the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, MIB fumbled the ball again, but this time Stephen-Argyle didn’t take advantage of the short field and turned the ball over on downs.  MIB had a three-and-out and punted the ball 20 yards and Stephen-Argyle started the drive at their own 46-yard line.  The Storm started the drive with three penalties, but a big 23-yard run by Nathan Kotts reset the downs and a few plays later, Yutrzenka scored on a one yard run and he completed a pass to Isaac Durand for the two point conversion and the Storm took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter wasn’t as favorable for the Storm as MIB scored two touchdowns over seven minutes apart and the big spark came when senior quarterback Joe Bufetta ran 82 yards for a touchdown and he added an eight yard pass for a touchdown with 1:21 left in the half and he completed a pass for a two point conversion and the teams were tied at 14 going into halftime.
MIB scored the only touchdown of the third quarter with 3:09 remaining when Buffetta found Vincent Benkusky for a 42 yard touchdown pass and the Rangers led 20-14.  Halfway through the fourth quarter, Stephen-Argyle turned the ball over on downs when they weren’t able to convert a fourth down and one play at the 30-yard line, but they were able to come up with a defensive stand and got the ball back with 4:35 left in regulation.  They ran five plays and were moving the ball down the field when Yutrzenka found Kotts down the sideline for a 33-yard completion.  “That was right up the sideline and Nathan made a great catch, Hunter threw a great ball and without that play we don’t go to overtime,” said Storm Coach Marquis.   Three plays later Yutrzenka scored on a four-yard quarterback sneak to tie the game at 20-20 with 1:50 left.  The touchdown completed a nine play 77-yard drive that took less than three minutes.   Stephen-Argyle looked like they were going to kick the extra point, but after a MIB timeout they decided to go for two and the run was stopped on a nice defensive play and MIB wasn’t able to connect on a long pass and the clock ran out after a punt and the teams were going to overtime.
MIB started overtime with the ball and each team gets four downs from the 10 yard line to see if they can score.  MIB’s first play was a three-yard run and the second play was a seven yard touchdown for Jericho Peterson and Buffetta ran the ball into the endzone to convert the two point conversion for a 28-20 lead. “We got out a little too far pursuit-wise and they cut back and they have shown throughout the night that and we let them slip through the back door,” said Coach Marquis.  Stephen-Argyle had the ball at the 10-yard line and the first play was a two-yard run for Jason Lindgren.  The second play was a two-yard run for Safranski to set up a third down and six play.  Kotts ran the ball three yards for fourth down and three yards.  The Storm tried a pass and the pass was a little behind the receiver and was incomplete and MIB won the game 28-20 in overtime.  “We came up a little short there and just couldn’t pull it off,” said Coach Marquis.
Stephen-Argyle ends the season with an 11-1 record and will lose the following seniors – Hunter Yutrzenka, Nathan Kotts, Isaac Durand, Ashten Safranski, Joston Hoeper, Jesse Clark, Collin Neuschwander, Taylor Voytilla, and Ethan MacGregor.  “They have been a part of some pretty good teams,” said Coach Marquis. “They are disappointed and they have to look back and realize they did some good things over the past four years and we will reflect on a successful season.”
MIB improves to 9-2 on the year and will play Mountain Lake Area on Friday at US Bank Stadium at 9:00 a.m.


James Peterson tries to break a MIB Ranger tackle   Isaac Durand runs up the middle

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th OT

FINAL

MIB 0 14 6 0 8 28
Stephen-Argyle 14 0 0 6 0 20


Ashten Safranski runs over a MIB Ranger defender

1st Quarter
8:09 - SA - Ashten Safranski 2 yard run (kick blocked)
0:17 - SA - Hunter Yutrzenka 1 yard run (Yutrzenka pass to Isaac Durand)


2nd Quarter
9:04 - MIB - Joe Buffeta 82 yard run (Pass failed)
1:21 - MIB - Joe Buffetta 8 yard pass to Dillon Drake (Buffetta pass to Aiden Bissonette)

3rd Quarter
3:09 - MIB - Joe Buffetta 42 yard pass to Vincent Benkusky (Run failed)

4th Quarter
1:50 - SA - Hunter Yutrzenka 4 yard run (Run failed)

Overtime
MIB - Jericho Peterson 7 yard run (Buffetta run)

 


 

PIRATE GIRLS SWIMMERS SEND THEA OMAN TO THE STATE SWIM MEET IN THE 100 FREESTYLE

The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team's Thea Oman finished second place in the 100 Freestyle at the Section 8A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Warroad pool and will advance to the state meet next week in Minneapolis.  Crookston had two girls place in two events with Oman finishing third in the 200 Freestyle and Madison Hoiland earning a fifth place finish in the 100 Breaststroke.

Thea Oman finished second place in the 100 Freestyle race with a personal best time of 55.59  Thea beat the third place swimmer by five-hundredths of a second.
Oman just missed going to state in the 200 Freestyle as she was edged by the second place swimmer by 19/hundredths of a second.  Oman was was also a member of the 200 Medley Relay team that was disqualified and did not place. 
Madison Hoiland had a personal best in the 100 breaststroke and finished fifth place with a time of 1:14.31.  Hoiland missed second place by 7/10th's of a second.
In the consolation finals, the 200 Free Relay team of Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman and Thea Oman finished ninth place and the 400 Relay team of Fallon Johnson, Victoria Proulx, Muira MacRae and Kenzie Aamoth finished 10th place.  The last Pirate result was Elizabeth Erdman in the 100 Butterfly with a 13th place finish.

Thea Oman will compete in the prelims of the Minnesota State High School League Class A Girls Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, November 15 with the session starting at Noon. If Thea finishes in the top 16, she would swim in the finals on Friday.

Pirates
Yellow highlight
going to state
Event Time Place
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 55.59 2nd
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:05.12 3rd
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:14.31 5th
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay DQ DNP
       
Consolations Finalists      
Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Free Relay 1:51.08 9th
Fallon Johnson, Victoria Proulx,
Muira MacRae, Kenzie Aamoth
400 Free Relay 4:54.96 10th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:11.35 13th

FOR ALL THE SECTION 8A SWIM MEET RESULTS, CLICK HERE


 

 

UMC FOOTBALL LOOKS TO WIN FINAL GAME OF THE YEAR

Story by Shawn Smith (UMC Sports Information)

The University of Mary took advantage of momentum and missed opportunities on a frigid afternoon on the cold and snowy tundra of Ed Widseth Field as they upended University of Minnesota Crookston Sat., Nov. 10. The game was the season finale for both teams and Senior Day for Minnesota Crookston. The feels like hovered just over 0 degrees, while snow fell periodically throughout the game.
The Golden Eagles finish the season with a 1-10 mark, while UMary also finishes with a 1-10 record. Minnesota Crookston had many positives on the season, including their first win since 2015 as they took down Minot State University in September. They finish in a three-way tie for sixth place in the NSIC North.
UMary scored 21 points in the first half and did not look back despite a late charge by the Golden Eagles. The Marauders scored 21 in the second quarter, while Minnesota Crookston was unable to take advantage of crucial UMary turnovers in the early going. The dagger in the first half came as Jason Hoekstra looked to be spiking the ball to kill the dwindling clock in the second quarter. Hoesktra and Luke Little seemed to be the only two players on the same page as the rest of the team was at a standstill as Hoesktra found Little for the nine-yard touchdown pass as time expired.
The Golden Eagles put 14 on the board in the second half, but they ultimately came up short due to the strong effort by the Marauders in the second quarter.
Minnesota Crookston finished with 236 yards of offense with 179 through the air and 57 on the ground. The Golden Eagles were led by Jeremy Neuman (R-So. QB, Andover, Minn.), who took over for Jalin Scott (Jr., QB, Houston, Texas) in the second quarter to attempt to get the offense jumpstarted. Neuman finished 12-of-29 for 144 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Kevin Evans (Sr., RB, Groveland, Fla.) led the Golden Eagles on the ground on his Senior Day with 14 carries for 40 yards.
Rod Stewart (Sr., WR, Fort Worth, Texas) led the receiving ranks with four catches for 76 yards. Stewart finished his career ranked third all-time for career receptions with 139, which fell behind only Hall of Famer Mark Olsonawski and his teammate and all-time leading receiver Adam Connette. Stewart notched 1,869 career receiving yards, second to only Connette. His 10 touchdown receptions ranks fifth all-time.
Neither team was able to get much going in the first quarter. The Golden Eagles obtained the first turnover of the game in the opening frame when Logan Huso (Jr., DL, Eagan, Minn.) hit Farmer and forced the fumble. Javon Chappell (Jr., DB, Ocala, Fla.) scooped up the football and returned it 18 yards to the UMary 49.

The Golden Eagles looked poised to score as Scott found Stewart for 35 yards down to the UMary one-yard line. However, Scott fumbled on the next play and Will Blewett recovered the Marauders to stop the scoring opportunity.
Neither team would be able to do much the rest of the quarter as defenses prevailed. However, UMary got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter when Farmer rushed in from 14 yards out to move the lead out to 7-0 in favor of UMary.
The Marauders pushed their lead out to 14-0 following a defensive stop. Hoekstra ended the drive by finding Little for the 30-yard touchdown pass.
Minnesota Crookston drove down to the Marauder 36. However, they would come up empty as they turned the ball over on downs. The Golden Eagles got the ball right back though as Steele picked off Hoesktra and returned the ball 35 yards to the UMary 19. Minnesota Crookston moved the ball down to the Marauder 13. However, Neuman’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Naki on a fourth down attempt.
The Golden Eagles marched down the field later in the second frame but a dropped pass by Groebner on fourth down stalled the drive at the UMary 28 and gave the ball back to the Marauders.
Neither team would be able to move the ball much on the next two drives. However, the Marauders took advantage of a short punt at the end of the half. With time winding down, that is when Hoekstra pulled the fake spike play and found Little for a nine-yard touchdown connection to extend the lead to 21-0.
Minnesota Crookston started off on the right foot in the second half as Neuman found Groebner for a 62-yard touchdown strike to cut the deficit to 21-7 and give the Golden Eagles hope.
UMary answered on the next drive as they drove 64 yards on nine plays, capped off by a two-yard touchdown run by Farmer to move the lead to 28-7.
The Golden Eagles came through with a huge stop in the red zone later in the third quarter as Steele and Alkhatib took down Farmer at the two-yard line to halt the drive.
The next score came in the fourth quarter as Uhler picked off Neuman and ran it back 20 yards to pay dirt to extend the Marauder lead out to 34-7 following a missed extra point.
The Golden Eagles cut into the lead as Alkhatib recovered a fumble on a bad snap and took it 61 yards to the end zone to put a stamp on his great career for Minnesota Crookston as the lead was sliced to 34-14.
Minnesota Crookston attempted the onside kick and came close to coming up with it, but UMary would get the ball and would take the clock down to 1:13. The Golden Eagles had one more chance led by an 18-yard completion from Neuman to Stewart, the last for his great career. However, Minnesota Crookston would come up short as they fell 34-14.
The game was the last one for 14 players who played their last down with Alkhatib, Stewart, Cole, and Stephen Day (Sr., P, Eveleth, Minn.) finishing their careers in the record book. Day is the all-time leader for punts and third all-time in punting average. Zach Greenberg (Sr., Winnipeg, Manitoba), Tappe, Devante Nutall (Sr., DL, Plymouth, Minn.), Jerrod Miller (Sr., DL, Chicago, Ill.), Jake Newman (Sr., K, White Bear Lake, Minn.), Olufemi Obaweya (Sr., LB, Brooklyn, N.Y.), Derek Hartwigsen (Sr., RB/WR, Covington, Wash.), Evans, Logan Moreau (OL, Lake Nebagoman, Wis.) and Nelson Uzonwa (DB, Lagos, Nigeria) all suited up for the last time Saturday.
The Golden Eagles have a lot of young talent set to return as they look to continue to build. Minnesota Crookston earned their first win on a season since 2015 and they look to build upon that and several close games as they head into the recruiting season and look toward 2019.


UMC's Austin Steele pushes a U of Mary player out of bounds

Box Score

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Mary 0 21 7 6 34
UMC 0 0 7 7 14


Kevin Evans gets the handoff in the first half of play

1st Quarter
No Scoring

2nd Quarter

14:10 - Mary - Colton Farmer 14 yard run (Brody Riggs kick)
10:29 - Mary - Jason Hoekstra 30 yard pass to Luke Little (Riggs kick)
0:00 - Mary Jason Hoekstra 9 yard pass to Luke Little (Riggs kick)

3rd Quarter
13:04 - UMC - Jake Neuman 38 yard pass to Andy Groebner (Jared McLemore kick)
9:13 - Mary - Colton Farmer 2 yard run (Riggs kick)


4th Quarter
6:54 - Mary - Casey Uhler 20 yard interception return (Riggs kick)
4:55 - UMC - Ali Alkhatib 61 yard fumble recovery return  (McLemore kick)


Stephen Day with one of his punts on the day

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL SECOND HALF SURGE COMES UP SHORT IN LOSS

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men's Basketball team had a slow start and even with a strong second half they couldn't recover in a 74-71 loss to Arkansas Tech in the season opener for both teams in a game played at Concordia-St. Paul's Gangelhof Center in St. Paul.
UMC took a 5-2 lead with a Josh Collins (Sr. Minneapolis) basket and Chase Knickerbocker (Sr. Annandale) three pointer. Arkansas Tech answered with a 40-17 run to take a 42-22 lead into halftime. UMC struggled on the offensive end in the first half only shooting 33 percent (9-27) from the field and 11 percent (1-9) on three point attempts. Arkansas Tech shot significantly better going 14-30 from the field and they made 7 of 15 three-pointers.
The teams exchanged baskets to start the second half and Arkansas Tech led 28-25 before UMC started to heat up offensively. Harrison Cleary (Jr. Oak Creek, Wis) got things going with a three point play and Chase Knickerbocker added a couple three pointers and that seemed to be what the Golden Eagles needed. Arkansas Tech made a couple of shots and led 55-34 lead six minutes into the half. UMC's Malcolm Cohen got a big run started with a three pointer and after a Arkansas Tech basket, Cleary scored nine points, and Ben Juhl added a basket to cap a 14-2 run and the Golden Eagles cut the deficit to 11 points (59-48). UMC continued to chip away at the deficit and got within four points (71-67) with a Juhl basket with 29 seconds left in the game, but Arkansas tech made three of four free throws down the stretch to hold on to a 74-71 victory.
UMC drops to 0-1 on the year and will take on Arkansas-Monticello at Noon on Sunday. Arkansas Tech improves to 1-0 on the year and will play Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday.

Box Score

1 2

Final

UMC

22 49 71

Arkansas Tech

42 31 74

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 27 3 3 assists
Chase Knickerbocker 15 6  
Ben Juhl 13 4 3 assists
Malcolm Cohen 10   2 blocks
Josh Collins 5    
Chase Johnson 1 6 2 steals

 

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW

The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team outscored Northwest Missouri State University 26-14 in the fourth quarter to earn a come from behind 79-71 victory in Wayne, Nebraska.
The Golden Eagles got out of the gate Saturday with a 5-2 lead following a Post bucket. The Bearcats came back and tied it up 7-7 on a Dentlinger basket. Minnesota Crookston countered with a crucial 8-0 run ignited by a Weakley triple and an old-fashioned three-point play from Post to extend the advantage to 15-7. The Bearcats came back and dwindled the lead down to 15-11 with an Eaton jumper and a pair of Maiava free throws. The Golden Eagles staved off Northwest Missouri State using a 6-2 run propelled by four points from Michaelis to make it 21-13.
The Bearcats made a charge using seven points from Eaton to cut the deficit to 21-20 with 1:38 remaining. The Golden Eagles ended the first frame with a Michaelis jumper to lead 25-23 going into the break.
Northwest Missouri State got off to a strong start with a Mallory McConkey old-fashioned three-point play to put the Bearcats up 26-25. Minnesota Crookston took the lead back 28-26 on a Post triple.
The Bearcats overcame the Golden Eagles late in the second quarter as a Dentlinger bucket tipped the scales in favor of Northwest Missouri State 35-34 going into the break.
Weakley put the Golden Eagles back ahead with a bucket to make it 36-35. The Bearcats responded with a 7-0 run ignited by Haggard as they took a 42-36 lead with 7:55 remaining in the third quarter.
Minnesota Crookston put a pause to the run as Odor hit a bucket to cut the lead to 42-38. Northwest Missouri State came right back with a 6-2 run as they pushed out to a 48-40 advantage with a basket from Eaton.
A three-pointer from Guidinger helped the Golden Eagles cut the deficit to 48-44 with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter.
Northwest Missouri State responded with a 5-0 run propelled by an Erika Schlosser three-pointer as the Bearcats led 53-44.
The Golden Eagles ended the third quarter on a 7-2 run as they were able to slice into Northwest Missouri State’s lead down the stretch. They cut the lead to 57-53 following an Odor old-fashioned three-point play to end the frame.
UMCpicked up where they left off as they entered the fourth quarter. The Golden Eagles opened the stanza with a 5-0 run lifted by three points from Michaelis for a 58-57 lead.
A while later, a three-pointer from Weakley pushed the lead back out to 69-66. Northwest Missouri State would come within 71-70 on a Mallory McAndrews jumper.
That is as close as it would get as Minnesota Crookston closed the game on an 8-1 run down the stretch to take the 79-71 win. The late run was ignited by senior captain Michaelis, who accounted for six points to lift the Golden Eagles to their second win of the season.
UMC improves to 2-0 on the year and will host Valley City State University on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium. Northwest Missouri State drops to 0-2 on the year.

 

 

1 2

3

4

Final

UMC

25 9 19 26 79

NW Missouri State

23 12 22 14 71

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Kylie Post 21 2 4 Assists/4 Steals
Isieoma Odor 19 18 2 Assists
Caitlin Michaelis 15 4 3 Assists/1 Steal
Paige Weakley 13 2 1 Assist
Abby Guidinger 9 6  
Kylea Praska 2 2

 

 

 

FRIDAY  -  NOVEMBER 9, 2018

CROOKSTON GIRL'S SWIMMERS ADVANCE 4 GIRLS IN FIVE EVENTS TO FINALS OF THE SECTION 8A MEET

The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team will advance four girls in five events to the Section 8A Swimming and Diving Championship Finals at the Warroad Pool on Friday night.
Crookston will also advance two relay teams and one individual to the Consolation Finals on Saturday.  Only the eight swimmers in the Championship finals have a chance to advance to the Minnesota State High School League State Swimming and Diving meet next week at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.  The top two swimmers and relay teams in the championship finals on Saturday will advance to the state meet.
“We had a great day.  The girls are sitting with their best times in their pockets and that is all you can ask for,” said Coach Marley Melbye. “We had some great performances.”

Crookston was led by Thea Oman.  The senior had a great day with a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.73 seconds, less than a second out of first place and almost a half a second ahead of third place.  The 55.73 was Thea’s personal best by 2.52 seconds.  “She looked absolutely solid today,” said Coach Melbye. “She hit those walls and hit the start and was right there, neck and neck and she was looking fantastic.”
The had a third-place finish in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 2:03.86, 19/100ths behind the second-place swimmer and almost five seconds ahead of the fourth-place swimmer.  Thea’s prelim time was a personal best by almost five seconds.  “The is looking strong and to cut almost five seconds off her time is impressive,” said Coach Melbye. “Thea goes out and gives it everything she has and that is how she swam her 200 today.  Thea has always responded well to tapering so for her to swim her best times today doesn’t shock me.”
The 200 Medley Relay team finished sixth place with a time of 2:06.40.  They are 11 seconds behind the second-place team.
Madison Hoiland finished eighth in the 100 Breastroke with a time of 1:15.36, which is a personal best by almost two seconds and she is less than two seconds behind second place going into the finals.  “Madison was sitting in the fourth of fifth spot coming into the last 50 and she picks up the tempo and changes gears and had a great finish,” said Coach Melbye. “It will be a tight race tomorrow and she is one that loves the competition so it will be fun to see how she does tomorrow.”

Consolation Finals-
The Pirates will have the 200 Freestyle Relay team of Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman and Thea Oman competing in the consolation finals after a ninth place finish with a time of 1:51.10.  The 400 Freestyle Relay team of Fallon Johnson, Victoria Proulx, Muira MacRae and Kenzie Aamoth finished ninth place with a time of 4:58.57.  The girls will get one more race on Saturday.  “The relay’s looked solid,” said Coach Melbye. “We are asking for the girls to give us their best times and they were close with some of their best splits.  They gave it their all and we are happy with how we are sitting.”
Elizabeth Erdman finished 16th place in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:12.83.  “We are excited for Elizabeth and she has been battling injuries at the end of the year,” said Coach Melbye.
“We had a great day with a lot of fantastic performances.  Fallon Johnson swam well and had her best time in the 500 freestyle and she had a great meet,” said Coach Melbye. “Kenzie Aamoth had a great day and it was fun to see her have her best time by two seconds in the 100 breaststroke.  She was flying high and she had a great meet today.  The girls are feeling good about their swims today and to have so many personal bests is great and was nice to see.  I was pretty happy today and the girls looked solid.”

The finals/consolation finals will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Warroad Pool.


Fallon Johnson with a personal best in the 500 freestyle   Claire Oman swimming in the 100 freestyle

Pirates (Advancing to Saturday)
Yellow highlight advances to finals
Event Time Place
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 55.73 2nd
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:03.86 3rd
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:06.40 6th
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:15.36 8th
       
Consolations Finalists      
Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Free Relay 1:51.10 9th
Fallon Johnson, Victoria Proulx,
Muira MacRae, Kenzie Aamoth
400 Free Relay 4:58.57 9th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:12.62 16th


         Elizabeth Erdman swimming in the 100 Butterfly


 




UMC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS SEASON WITH WIN OVER NEBRASKA-KEARNEY

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s basketball team picked up an impressive 71-59 season-opening win over University of Nebraska-Kearney of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in a non-conference game played at Rice Auditorium in Wayne, Nebraska.


After turning the ball over to start the game, UMC conceded a lay-up falling behind 2-0 before Kylie Post (Fr., Corcoran) answered with a finish at the rim on the rim at the other end tying the game at 2-2. The Golden Eagles took their first lead of the season a few possessions later when Isieoma Odor (R-Sr., Bloomington) scored from inside giving UMC a 4-2 lead two minutes into the game. Half-way through the quarter, UMC took a 9-6 lead when Kylie Post scored another lay-up for the Golden Eagles. With Nebraska-Kearney leading 11-9, Abby Guidinger (Soph., Waukesha, WI) made a three-pointer giving UMC a 12-11 lead. Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., Marshfield, WI) capitalized off a Loper turnover with another triple pushing the Golden Eagles’ lead to 15-11. Nebraska Kearney responded with a three-pointer before Abby Guidinger closed the quarter with five-straight points to end the first quarter with UMC leading 20-14.
Kylea Praska (Fr., Thief River Falls) connected from beyond the arc to open the second quarter pushing the Minnesota Crookston lead to 23-14. Abby Guidinger knocked down another three-pointer with 8:02 left in the first-half giving UMC a 26-15 lead. A pair of Isieoma Odor free-throws expanded the Golden Eagles’ lead to 29-17, their largest of the game up to that point with 6:53 left in the second quarter. Minnesota Crookston continued to maintain a comfortable lead in the low-scoring second quarter with a late Lopers’ jump-shot cutting the UMC lead to 36-26 at halftime.
Nebraska-Kearney continued to play tough in the second half trimming the Golden Eagles’ lead down to a single-digit with a jumper made by Brooke Carlson (Fr., Elkhorn, NE) from the paint pulling the Lopers within 39-32 with 5:30 left in the third quarter. Nebraska-Kearney continued their comeback efforts pulling to within 39-34 with 3:48 to play in the third quarter. Isieoma Odor converted a short-range finish pushing the Golden Eagles lead up to 41-34. Caitlin Michaelis converted on a pair of free-throws on Minnesota Crookston’s next possession giving UMC a nine-point lead. The lead continued to grow late in the quarter with Isieoma Odor scoring the final three points of the quarter, all with free-throws, giving Minnesota Crookston a 50-36 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
In the final quarter, the Golden Eagles lead was trimmed to 11 before Abby Guidinger made a jump shot with 7:37 remaining in the game pushing the Minnesota Crookston lead back up to 11. Halfway through the fourth quarter, UMC continued to lead 54-45 before a lay-up made by Nebraska-Kearney’s Klaire Kirsch (Fr., Rapid City, SD) brought the Lopers to within 54-47 with 5:00 remaining. A Shiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, IA) lay-up for Nebraska-Kearney continued the Lopers’ six-point run cutting their deficit to 54-49 before Abby Guidinger was fouled in transition, sending the sophomore to the free-throw line for Minnesota Crookston where she calmly buried both shots reestablishing a 7-point UMC lead. McCool scored quickly at the other end for the Lopers before Mary Burke (Fr., Virginia) knocked down a clutch three-pointer at the other end to push the Golden Eagles ahead 59-51. With 90-seconds left, Odor iced the game with a low-post bucket pushing Minnesota Crookston ahead 61-53. Mary Burke added one final three-pointer just for good measure adding some extra protection to the Golden Eagles catapulting UMC ahead 64-53. Nebraska cut the deficit to 64-57 after scoring four-straight points, but Minnesota Crookston’s Kylea Praska made both of her free-throws to ensure the Golden Eagles hung on for the 71-59 victory.


The Golden Eagles improve to 1-0 and return to the court on Saturday to continue their non-conference play in Wayne against another MIAA foe Northwest Missouri State at 3:30 p.m.  Nebraska-Kearney drops to 0-1. 
 

Box Score

1 2

3

4

Final

UMC

23 13 14 21 71

Nebraska-Kearney

13 13 10 23 59

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Abby Guidinger 19 11 2 assists
Isieoma Odor 16 10 2 assists
Caitlin Michaelis 11   4 assists
Kylie Post 10 5  
Mary Burke 6    
Kylea Praska 5
Paige Weakley 4    


 



WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 7,  2018

CLIMAX-FISHER KNIGHT VOLLEYBALL HANDS OUT TEAM AWARDS

Climax/Fisher Volleyball held their award banquet on Monday, November 5 in the Fisher School multipurpose gym. The award winners are below -

Ella Reitmeier- MVP and ACE Knight
Brenna Radi- Defensive Player Of The Year
Lindsey Kurz- Offensive Player Of The Year and PTP All-Conference Honorable Mention
Jenna Vasek- Miss Congeniality
Rylie Magsam- Hustle Award
Courtney Vatsndal- Most Improved


            The Climax-Fisher Volleyball award winners with their awards after the banquet

 

 

 

MONDAY - NOVEMBER 4,  2018

PIRATE GIRLS SOCCER TEAM HANDS OUT AWARDS

The Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team held their end of the season banquet on Sunday and handed out several team awards. The awards handed out were -
Most Valuable Offense - Kenzie Epema
Most Valuable Defense - Dillynn Wallace
Most Valuable player - Hannah Emanuel
Most Team Spirit - Olivia Huck
Co-Most Improved - Reese Swanson and Cassie Solheim
All Conference - Sophie Sanders


Sophie Sanders, Reese Swanson, Hannah Emanuel, Kenze Epema and Olivia Huck (Not pictured - Dillynn Wallace, and Cassie Solheim)

 

 

 

PIRATE VOLLEYBALL TEAM HOLDS END OF THE YEAR BANQUET

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team held their end of the season banquet on Sunday evening at the Crookston High School commons. The girls all get a team plaque and only one individual award is handed out.

Team Award - Silver Academic Award (Team GPA over 3.5)
Rachel Hefta has been named Academic All-State
Teammate of the Year Award - Katelynn Genereux
Captains for 2019 - Dani Boyle, Emma Boll, Kasey Cwikla
All conference awards will be announced at a later date.

 

 

 

SATURDAY -  NOVEMBER 3, 2018

CROOKSTON'S KATHERINE GEIST FINISHES NINTH AT THE STATE GIRL'S CROSS-COUNTRY MEET

Crookston Pirate junior Katherine Geist ran her best time at State in this her fifth straight appearance and the 18:58.4 was good enough for ninth place at the Minnesota State Class A Girl's Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Mn.  The 5,000 meter run was won by Winona Cotter sophomore Grace Ping in 17:19.4 ahead of her younger sister, eighth grader Lauren Ping. Geist finished 51st last year so her improvement this year was remarkable! The top 12 finishers were underclassmen.


Katherine Geist with her ninth place medal  Katherine running in the race

CLASS A RESULTS

Time

Place

Katherine Geist 18:58.4

9th


The top 10 runners with their medals (Katherine second from the left)


 



UMC FOOTBALL DEFENSE PLAYS WELL BUT COULDN'T GET ANY OFFENSE IN A 27-0 LOSS AT NORTHERN STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston football team failed to score for the second time this season in a 27-0 loss to Northern State Wolves on NSU’s Senior Day in an NSIC match-up at Swisher Field in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Northern State started with the football before their opening drive stalled at midfield. On fourth down and three, the Wolves Jake Wiedrich (Sr., Moorhead) punted the ball 28-yards to the UMC 15-yard line. Minnesota Crookston Jalin Scott (Jr., Houston, TX) lost three yards on a first down run and fumbled the handoff on the Golden Eagles’ second offensive play but was able to recover it himself. On 3rddown and 13, Scott dropped back to throw before stepping up in the pocket and lobbing it up down the Northern State sideline in the direction of Rod Stewart. As the ball hung in the air Northern State’s safety TJ Roberts (Jr., Pittsburg, CA) undercut the route and intercepted the football returning it to the Golden Eagles’ 35-yard line. “We thought we were interfered with and unfortunately we didn’t get the call,” said Minnesota Crookston head coach Mark Dufner.
Following the takeaway, the Wolves’ quarterback Hunter Trautman (Soph., St. Francis) delivered a screen pass to Zech Culbreath (Sr., Queen Creek, AZ) who turned up field and fan for 23-yards down to the Minnesota Crookston 12-yard line. Two plays later, Trautman completed the drive with a 7-yard pass to the left corner of the end zone hitting a wide-open Spencer Johnson (Jr., Honolulu, HI) for a touchdown giving Northern State a 7-0 lead after the Jake Weidrich extra point with 9:57 left in the first quarter. “They ended up with the short field (after the interception) and they ended up with a score and getting the momentum right from the get-go,” said Dufner.
Minnesota Crookston was forced to punt following a three and out. Stephen Day’s (Sr., Eveleth) punt was kicked to the Northern State 35-yard line before Zech Culbreath returned it 10-yards to the NSU 45-yard line. On first down, Dakota Larson (Fr., Spring Creek, NV) took a handoff on a wide receiver sweep and ran down the UMC sideline for 27-yards to the UMC 28-yard line. Quarterback Hunter Trautman carried the ball for five yards on the next first down before completing a pass to Culbreath for 8-yards to the Minnesota Crookston 15-yard line. On the next play, Dakota Larson took another handoff and sprinted 15-yards inside the pylon past the goal line for a touchdown giving Northern State a 14-0 lead following the PAT with 5:09 left in the first quarter.
Minnesota Crookston started its next drive at their own 26-yard line with a 10-yard completion from Jalin Scott to Shonte Smith (Jr., Pacoima, CA) to the 36-yard line. Later in the drive facing 4thdown and six from the 40-yard line, Jalin Scott fired a pass down the sideline intended for Tristan Robbins (Fr., Muskegon, MI) who was interfered with drawing a penalty flag for fifteen yards and an automatic first down. Three plays later, facing third down and 11, Jalin Scott rifled a pass over the middle for Shonte Smith who was tripped prior to reaching the football leading to a second pass interference penalty of the drive moving the ball to the Northern State 31-yard line. After failing to convert on another third down, but not receiving another pass interference penalty to extend the drive, Minnesota Crookston settled for a 48-yard field goal attempt with a strong wind at the back of kicker Jared McLemore (Fr., Lucas, TX). McLemore’s kick was low and inside penetration by Northern State led to a blocked kick, keeping Minnesota Crookston scoreless as the Wolves took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter. “I think it was a combination of things,” explained Dufner, “they seemed to get a little penetration on the right side and I think the kick was a little bit low as well.”
With the Golden Eagles now playing into a strong wind, Minnesota Crookston failed to gain one yard on a drive they started at their own 6-yard line, Stephen Day punted the ball to the Minnesota Crookston 38-yard line, which Culbreath returned 18-yards to the Golden Eagles’ 20-yard line. Running back Gerald Maxwell (Soph., Brookings, SD) carried the ball for 14-yards on two carries to the UMC 9-yard line, but on the subsequent third down and goal, UMC linebacker Austin Steele (R-Fr., La Crosse, WI) rushed through the line of scrimmage and hit NSU quarterback Hunter Trautman back at the 17-yard line for a sack. The Wolves settled for a 33-yard field goal which Wiedrich made giving Northern State a 17-0 lead with 10:10 left in the first-half.
Minnesota Crookston’s next drive again ended with a punt before Northern State drove the ball inside the Minnesota Crookston 5-yard line, but the Golden Eagles defense again stiffened up in front of their own goal line forcing the Wolves to settle for another field goal, this one from 22-yards away to give Northern State a 20-0 lead at halftime. “The energy was good,” said Dufner. “We were sometimes playing a little bit too emotional, sometimes we just got a little too eager out there.”
Minnesota Crookston started the second half with the football driving to the Northern State 31-yard line before Jalin Scott was dropped for a sack on fourth down giving the Wolves possession at their own 40-yard line.
Both offenses struggled to move the football the rest of the third quarter keeping Northern State’s lead at 20-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Northern State drove the ball to the UMC 18-yard line but their 35-yard field goal was blocked by the Golden Eagles’ Skyler Quinn (R-Soph., Evansville).
UMC’s defense proceeded to make a few big plays the rest of the game with Will Cole making two interceptions late in the fourth quarter. “Will had a great game, probably the best game of his career so it was a nice way for him to go out in his final road game,” said Dufner.
In the closing minutes of the game, Northern State was able to add a late touchdown with 3:34 left when Hunter Trautman hit Boston Bauer (Soph., Sioux Falls, SD) for a 34-yard touchdown to close out the Wolves’ 27-0 win. “We had too many mistakes,” summarized Dufner. “We get third and short and pretty soon it’s third and six, we can’t get ourselves behind the sticks. With the scheme we’re running we have to stay on schedule. We’ve just got to give ourselves an opportunity going forward. We’ve got to keep improving.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-9 on the season wrap up their season next Saturday at Ed Widseth Field when UMC hosts the winless University of Mary kicking-off at 1 p.m. with the Riverview Health Pregame show beginning at 12:20 p.m. on KROX. Northern State improves to 4-6.


Kevin Evans finds a hole on one of his carries   Jalin Scott looks for room on a carry

Box Score

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

UMC 0 0 0 0 0
Northern State 14 6 0 7 27


Sam Bissen tackles a Northern State player   Stephen Day with one of his punts

1st Quarter
8:52 -  NSU -  Spencer Johnson 7 yard pass from Hunter Trautman  (Jacob Wiedrich kick)
5:09  - NSU -  Dakota Larson 15 yard run  (Jacob Wiedrich kick)


2nd Quarter

10:10 - NSU -  Jacob Wiedrich 33 yard field goal
4:25 -   NSU -  Jacob Wiedrich 22 yard field goal

3rd Quarter

No Scoring

4th Quarter
3:34 -  NSU -  Boston Bauer  34 yard pass from Hunter Trautman  (Jacob Wiedrich kick)





UMC VOLLEYBALL ENDS THE SEASON WITH A LOSS TO MSUM

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team won the first set, but the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons won the next three for a 3-1 victory in a Northern Sun Conference match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.

Set One -
The first set was a great back-and-forth battle with ties at 3, 4, 8, and 9 before MSUM went on a 7-1 run for a 16-10 lead. UMC's Deaira Gresham (Soph. Maplewood) stopped the run with a big kill to spark a 4-1 run to cut the MSUM lead to three points (17-14). The Dragons scored three straight points and UMC trailed 20-14 when they had back-to-back kills from Sydney Kruisselbrink (Soph. Rochester) and Porsha Porath (Fresh. Windom). MSUM led 23-19 when UMC went on a 5-1 run getting a point off a Dragon attack error and kills from Lauren Wallace (Fresh. Bloomington) and Gresham and two more MSUSM attack errors and the set was tied at 24. The teams were tied at 25 and 26 and UMC finished with a kill from Gresham and a monster kill from Kaitlin Sikkink (Jr. St. Charles) to win the set 28-26 for a 1-0 lead.

Set Two -
The second set was another battle with ties at 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 before MSUM scored two points to start a 9-4 run for a 17-12 lead. UMC's Porath had a big kill to stop the run and the Golden Eagles added another point on a Dragon attack error and a Callie Schapekahm (Sr. Eagan) service ace to get within a two point (17-15) deficit. UMC continued to battle and tied the set at 20 on a Porath service ace and the teams were tied at 22 and 23 and MSUM had kill and won the set on a UMC attack error for a 25-23 victory to tie the match at 1-1.

Set Three -
The third set was more of the same as the teams were tied at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 until MSUM had a kill and added two more points on UMC attack errors for a 16-13 lead, forcing a UMC timeout. MSUM added another point on a UMC attack error to take a 17-13 lead. The lead would be enough the rest of the way as the Dragons held on to win 25-22 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Set Four -
The fourth set was the only set that wasn't close as MSUM jumped out to a 9-1 lead and they cruised the rest of the way for a 25-12 victory.
UMC's season comes to an end with a 4-24 overall record and a 2-18 in the NSIC. MSUM season ends with a 11-16 record overall and 7-13 in the NSIC.


        Ali Schueler with one of 7 digs              Porsha Porath with one of her 11 digs

Box Score

1

2

3

4

MSU-Moorhead

26 25 25 25

UMC

28 23 22 12


Deaira Gresham with a dig on the serve receive

For UMC
Kills – Deaira Gresham - 18, Porsha Porath - 11
Blocks – Callie Schapekahm - 2, Kaitlin Sikkink - 2
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 40
Digs - Katie Lienemann - 24, Deaira Gresham - 18, Sydney Kruisselbrink - 15
Aces – Porsha Porath - 2


 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WRAPS UP EXHIBITION WITH A WIN OVER NORTHWESTERN OF ST. PAUL

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women's Basketball team used a strong second quarter to beat Northwestern University (St. Paul) 74-49 in an exhibition game played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
UMC jumped out to an 8-2 lead with four points apiece from Isieoma Odor (Sr. Bloomington) and Paige Weakley (Jr. Kearney, Neb). Northwestern answered with six straight points to tie the game at 8, only to have UMC answer with eight straight points with two points apiece from Odor, Kylie Post (Fresh. Corcoran) and four points from Abby Guidinger (Waukesha, WI) for a 16-8 lead. Northwestern scored the final four points of the quarter and UMC led 16-12 after one quarter of play.
In the second quarter, UMC exploded for 25 points behind three Weakley three-pointers and the Golden Eagles took a 41-23 into halftime.
Northwestern started the second half with a basket before UMC answered with a 12-0 run behind six Odor free throws for a 53-25 lead halfway through the third quarter. The Golden Eagles kept the lead in the mid-20's the rest of the quarter and led 59-33 going into the fourth quarter.
UMC played everybody that was able to dress in the fourth quarter and held on for the 74-49 victory to wrap up the exhibition season. "We didn't have our best game, but we saw some good things today," said UMC Coach Mike Roysland. "We need to do a better job of rebounding, but we have exhibition games for this reason to see what we need to work on and I liked the fact that we played hard and have some depth to work with this year."
UMC was 1-1 in the exhibition season and will start the regular season on Friday when they play Nebraska-Kearney at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.


Isieoma Odor makes a move in the paint

Box Score

1 2

3

4

Final

Northwestern

12 11 10 16 49

UMC

16 25 18 15 74


Ashley Freund drives by an opponent

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 24 6  
Abby Guidinger 13 4  
Paige Weakley 13 4 4 steals
Kylie Post 8 4 2 assists
Caitlin Michaelis 7   3 assits/2 steals
Kylea Praska 4 3 4 steals
Mary Burke 3 3
Amber Schoenicke 2    

 


 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL SCORES 104 TO BEAT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men's Basketball team had the hot hand and scored over 100 points on their way to a 104-70 victory over Northwestern University of St. Paul in an exhibition game played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
UMC jumped out to an 11-2 lead behind five points from Chase Knickerbocker (Sr. Annandale), four points from Josh Collins (Sr. Minneapolis) and a basket from Ben Juhl (Soph. Clive, IA). Northwestern stopped the run with a basket before Knickerbocker made his third straight shot to start the game and Malcom Cohen (Jr. Detroit, MI) cut through the lane for a layup and the 6'10 Spaniard, Javier Nicolau (Jr. Castellon, Spain) scored with a nice move in the paint for a 17-4 lead and the Golden Eagles looked like a fine tuned machine. Northwestern answered with a three points before Cohen burried a three pointer, which was followed by Harrison Cleary (Jr. Oak Creek, Wis) making a three pointer and UMC led 23-7. "We had a good start to the game and that was nice to see," said UMC Coach Dan Weisse. "We put in a new offense and we ran it well at times and we showed we will have a little depth too." UMC ran into a little bit of a lull in the final seven minutes of the half and a 22 point (37-15) lead was shaved down to a 14 point lead and the Golden Eagles took a 47-33 lead into halftime. "We didn't take care of the ball a couple of times and turned it over at the top and they turned it into easy points and we had some lapses on offense," said Coach Weisse.
If Northwestern had any thoughts of a comeback, they were quickly erased in the first three minutes of the second half when UMC started the half on a 15-3 run behind six points from Juhl, five points from Cleary and baskets by Collins and Gable Smith (Sr. Lodi, Wis) for a 62-36 lead. The UMC offense went cold for a few minutes and Northwestern answered with a 16-5 run and trailed 67-52, but a Nicolau dunk and layup stopped the run and the Golden Eagles cruised the rest of the way for a 104-70 victory. UMC played all 13 of their players with 11 of them scoring. "We have some depth this year," said Coach Weisse. "I liked what we saw and I was happy Northwestern came out and gave us a great game. We only have one exhibition game so this was important for us to come out and play well and see what we need to due to get ready for the first game next weekend. I reminded the guys that we scored 105 points in our first game last year and lost, so we need to be ready next weekend."
UMC will open the regular season when they play Arkansas Tech at noon on Saturday in a game played at Concordia-St. Paul.


Gable Smith makes a move in the post in the 2nd half

Box Score

1

2

Final

Northwestern

33 37 70

UMC

47 57 104


Harrison Cleary drives to the basket (Picture by Terry Tollefson/UMC Athletics)

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 22 6 6 assists
Chase Knickerbocker 17 8  
Ben Juhl 14 3  
Josh Collins 10 3  
Brian Sitzmann 10 6 3 assists
Javier Nicolau 9 3
Gable Smith 6 7 3 assists/6 steals
Malcom Cohen 5 3 3 assists
Chase Johnson 4    
Aaron Hollcraft 4    
Demarion Bariffe-Smith 3    






FRIDAY  -  NOVEMBER 2, 2018

ADA-BORUP-WEST RALLIES FROM BEING DOWN 2-0 TO DEFEAT SACRED HEART 3-2 FOR THE SECTION 8A VOLLEYBALL TITLE


The Sacred Heart Eagle Volleyball team with their Section 8A Runner-up trophy and medals

The Sacred Heart Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Ada-Borup/Norman County West would rally back including a 27-25 win in game four to win the fifth game 15-11 to defeat the Eagles three games to two to win the Section 8A Volleyball championship at Lysaker Gym on the campus of the University of Minnesota Crookston. With the win, the Cougars will make a repeat trip to the State Tournament next week in St. Paul. "It was just such a great match," said Sacred Heart coach Emily Vonasek, "well played by both teams and either could have won but they were just a little bit better, but just a little bit."

Game 1
The two teams felt each other out to start the match going back and forth and were tied all the way through 5-5 with Ada-Borup/Norman County West led by Kora Kritzberger and Mariah McKeever while the Eagles were led by Bella Knudson and Ivy Edwards. Jessica Remer who had the first kill of the match had another to give Sacred Heart a 7-6 lead which was quickly tied by Ada-Borup/NCW. After Bailee Brommenschenkel tipped one over gave either side their biggest lead with the Cougars taking a 9-7 lead.  Remer and Kritzberger traded hits, a mishit by the Cougars and another Kritzberger kill to give Ada-Borup/Norman County West a 12-9 lead and Sacred Heart used a timeout. Sacred Heart’s Edwards came out of the timeout with two straight kills for points and closed the gap and combined with a hit into the net by the Cougars and it was tied at 12-12. The teams tied for the ninth time in the first game at 13-13 but Edwards continued her aggressive play with another long hit off the Cougars back row and the Eagles regained the lead at 14-13. When Ada-Borup/Norman County hit into the net they called a timeout. Sacred Heart continued with the great play to take a 19-15 lead. The Cougars weren’t fazed too much because Kritzberger and Brommenschenkel and were back to 19-17 but then it was Remer with a couple big swings for points to up their lead to 21-17. After the Cougars scored a point it was Remer with another kill and then Mitzel slammed another one to take a 23-18 lead and Ada-Borup/Norman County West used their second timeout. After the Cougars had four hits, Sacred Heart was serving for the first game but Ivy Johnson of the Cougars had a big block for a point and it was 23-19. After it got to 24-20, Edwards blasted the winner to give Sacred Heart a 25-20 win to start the match out. "It was a great start for us and got us going," said Sacred Heart Vonasek.

Game 2
The Cougars Brommenschenkel and Sacred Heart’s Remer would trade big blasts to start the second game at 1-1. Mitzel scored a point, had an ace and Sacred Heart had an early 4-2 lead. Both teams would not let the other getaway in this game as when the Eagles were out to a 5-2 lead, Ada-Borup/Norman County West led by Brommenschenkle, Johnson, and McKeever to give the Cougars an 8-6 lead. After the officials reversed a call that gave Sacred Heart a point and Remer smacked another kill to give Sacred Heart a 9-8 lead. Ada-Borup/Norman County West took an 11-9 lead and Sacred Heart called a timeout, but it didn’t deter the Cougars with Broomenschenkel and Elle Scherfenberg had kills to take a 14-9 lead. But it was a barrage of hits, three by Remer and another by Mitzel for four straight points and closed the gap to 14-13 and Ada-Borup/Norman County West used a timeout. It didn’t cool off Remer, who had two more straight kills and six straight points for Sacred Heart and a 15-14 lead. There was no stopping the 5’9 senior Remer as she had two more slams for six kills in a 9-0 run for the Eagles and a 19-14 lead and another timeout by Ada-Borup/Norman County West. "Jessica is such a great athlete and volleyball player," said Vonasek, "we got her the ball in good spots and she certainly knows what to do with the sets." The timeout worked as Sacred Heart had a missed served which was given right back by the Cougars and it was 20-15 after too strong a hit by the Cougars. Brommenschenkel had a point with a big hit that was answered by Sacred Heart’s Dana Walski, followed by an Edwards hit and point and it was 22-16. Kritzberger would get a point for Ada-Borup/Norman County West followed by a double hit by Sacred Heart, but the Cougars had a missed served to make it a 24-18 Sacred Heart lead. The serve was in and unable to handle it were the Cougars to give the Eagles a 25-18 win and take a two games to none lead.

Game 3
Ada-Borup/Norman County West jumped out to a 3-1 lead behind the hitting of Kritzberger which they expanded to a 5-2 lead with Johnson’s serving. As the first two games suggest, Sacred Heart would not be worried as they stormed back to tie it at 5-5 with Edwards taking over some of the hitting in place of Remer. The Cougars expanded the lead again to 8-5 with some nice play by the Cougars Rachel Arends. Sacred Heart managed to score twice in a row behind Edwards but Brommenschenkel answered and the Cougars led again 12-9. After a couple mistakes by the Cougars, their lead shrunk to 13-12. Remer had a hit for a kill and point and then served two straight points to take a lead 15-14 but it was tied again at 15-15 after a mishit by the Eagles. The Cougars would get two in a row with one of them on a blast from McKeever which was followed by a Johnson ace and the Cougars were on top 18-15. Mitzel had a nice tip in a vacant space for a point which was answered by Kritzberger. Edwards would give Sacred Heart a point on a nice cross-court hit and then McKeever had another kill for a point and Ada-Borup/Norman County West led 20-17. Sacred Heart would score a point but give it right back on a missed served and then a huge block by Scherfenberg and Ada-Borup/Norman County West lead was 22-18 and forced Sacred Heart to use a timeout. Out of the break Remer would get her 20th kill of the match, the Cougars smacked one out of bounds and it was 22-20. Sacred Heart couldn’t handle a pass for a Cougar point and then Kritzberger had a kill and a 24-20 lead for Ada-Borup/Norman County West. Remer would delay the win with a kill but a hit was tipped off Sacred Heart to give the Cougars a 25-21. "It slipped throughout fingers in the third set," said Vonasek.

Game 4
Sacred Heart’s Remer started the game with another big hit, an Ada-Borup/NCW double hit, Mitzel’s dumps one across and another double hit by the Cougars and Sacred Heart jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
The Cougars continued to have problems handling the ball on their side and Sacred Heart would take advantage with a 6-1 lead. The Cougars responded though coming up with two straight points to try and stem some of the momentum of Sacred Heart and it was 6-3. Mitzel and Arends traded hits for points and when Kritzberger had a nice block for a point it was a 7-5 lead which was expanded to a 9-5 lead after Edwards and Knudson swings for points. The Cougars scored four in a row with the serving of Kritzberger, with a McKeever kill and it was a 10-9 lead that was stopped by a Knudson kill and it was a 12-9 lead after another double hit by the Cougars. Ada-Borup/Norman County West would score again but the Eagles were able to get a nice set to Remer who buried it. Brommenschenkel answered with her own blast which in turn was answered by Mitzel on some nifty passing by the Eagles and Sacred Heart had a 14-11 lead. After the Cougars hit one too long and Sacred Heart’s lead was 15-11, Ada-Borup/Norman County West called a timeout. After the timeout, the advice for Sacred Heart must have been, get the ball back to Remer, which they did and she buried another one which was followed by a long hit by the Cougars and Sacred Heart widened the lead to 17-11. Ada-Borup/Norman County West scored two in a row including a nice rally that saw Kritzberger blocking a Remer hit. The Cougars would have a net violation and then Edwards blasted one off the Cougars front row and the Eagles now led 19-13 and another Ada-Borup/Norman County West timeout. It’s Remer again out of a timeout, this time with a serving ace and a 20-13 Sacred Heart lead and five points away from set and match. Ada-Borup/NCW would score three in a row, one with an Arends kill and it was 20-16 but the Cougars hit one out to far and now trailed 21-16. Kritzberger would answer with a kill and followed by a Johnson serving ace for the Cougars and after a mishit for the Eagles, it was 21-19 lead for Sacred Heart who called a timeout. After a short break the Cougars hit one too far and out of bounds but came back with a point on a kill by McKeever and it was 22-20. Ada-Borup/NCW would miss hit one into the net but again it was answered by another McKeever kill and when Sacred Heart’s pass was into the net and it was 24-22. Remer would have another kill to give the Eagles a 24-22 lead but the Cougars answered with a point and a 24-23 lead which then was tied on a miss hit by Sacred Heart and it was 24-24. Ada-Borup/NCW would take their first lead of the set with a Brommenschenkel kill and a 25-24 lead and Sacred Heart would use their timeout. Remer would answer another timeout with a kill to tie it at 25-25 but Brommenschenkel comes back with a kill and point to give the Cougars a 26-25 lead and then a double hit on the Eagles and Ada-Borup/Norman County wins 27-25 and forcing a game five."We certainly could have won the game and match," said Vonasek, "both sides had great plays and momentum kept changing and give them credit, they fought back to force a game five."

Game 5
Ada-Borup/NCW’s Kritzberger started it off with a couple of big swings and points which were surrounding a miss hit by the Cougars who had a 2-1 lead. Kritzberger added her third point with a hit in the Eagles back row that couldn’t be played and a 3-1 lead. After a hit into the net by Sacred Heart, the Cougars took a 4-1 lead and led to a Sacred Heart timeout as momentum was all Ada-Borup/Norman County West. What a game for Kritzberger as she nailed another one and the 5’11 junior was on fire and a 5-1 Cougar lead which expanded to 6-1 after a hit out of bounds by the Eagles. Finally stopping the bleeding for the moment was the Eagles Mitzel with a point and it was 6-2 and 6-3 when Edwards had a big swing for a point. That two-point run was enough for Kritzberger as she was over the net and blasted another point followed by an Arends block for a point and an 8-3 lead for the Cougars and Sacred Heart used their second and last timeout. The Eagles would get four straight points on a service error, a Knudson kill and the Cougars on a hit out of bounds followed by an Edwards kill and now it was 8-7 and Ada-Borup/NCW called a timeout. The Cougars would win a long rally after a hit into the net to stop the Eagles run but they would hit one out of bounds, followed by an Edwards ace and it was tied at 9-9.
Brommenschenkel would make her presence known with another kill and point for Ada-Borup/Norman County West and Johnson would add a kill to give the Cougars an 11-9 lead. McKeever would serve again and put one off the top of the net and over for the ace and a 12-9 lead. Brommenschenkel would add a block for a point and a 13-9 lead but the Eagles would get a kill by Knudson and it was 13-10 but the Eagles would have a service error and the Cougars were now serving for the match at 14-10. Remer would reappear with a kill, but it was still match point at 14-11 and fittingly the Cougars Kritzberger blasted one down for the winning kill and the Cougars win 15-11 to cap off a tremendous comeback and victory and a return trip to the State Tournament.

Ada-Borup/Norman County West is now 30-1 on the season and will be at the Minnesota State Class A Tournament next Thursday at the St. Paul Xcel Energy Center. Sacred Heart’s season ends at 27-3. "I know I've said it numerous times but I love these girls. We worked so well together in the match. We came to play and came from behind and played with the lead. It's disappointing for the girls, but we're going to move forward, be positive as it was a great year in so many ways and the girls will remember the season and this match for the rest of their lives!"


   Ivy Edwards goes up on an attack                Jessica Remer with one of her digs

Box Score

1

2

3 4

5

Sacred Heart

25 25 20 25 11

Ada-Borup/NCW

20 18 25 27 15


                Dana Walski taps the ball across the net
 

For Sacred Heart
Kills – Jessica Remer-28, Ivy Edwards-17, Maddi Mitzel-11
Blocks – Maddi Mitzel-1, Jessica Remer-1
Assists –  Dana Walski-57
Digs - Ivy Edwards-28, Jessica Remer-15, Dana Walski-14, Maddi Mitzel-11
Aces –  Four players with one each

For Ada-Borup/NCW
Kills –  Kora Kritzberger-23, Mariah McKeever-18, Bailee Brommenschenkel-15
Blocks – Kora Kritzberger-4, Elle Scharfenberg-4
Assists – Ivy Johnson-49
Digs - Mariah McKeever-17, Breanna Qualley-15, Ivy Johnson-13
Aces –  Ivy Johnson-3


Maddi Mitzel taps the ball over the net as two Cougars look on

 

 

UMC VOLLEYBALL CLOSES OUT SEASON AT HOME THIS WEEKEND STARTING WITH #5 NORTHERN STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team played hard and gave the #5 ranked Northern State University Wolves a run, but came up short in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-12) Northern Sun Conference loss at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.

Set One-
The teams were tied at 1 and 4 before Northern State scored three straight points while taking advantage of a UMC service error, a UMC attack error and the Wolves ended the run with a service ace for a 7-4 lead. Northern State slowly pulled away the rest of the set to win 25-15.

Set Two -
UMC scored the first two points of the second set before Northern State answered with two points of their own to tie the set at 2-2. The teams exchanged points and were tied at 3 and 5 before Northern State went on an 8-2 run for an 13-7 lead. UMC answered with a 6-1 run with kills from three different players, a Katie Lienemann service ace and two Northern State attack errors and Northern State's lead was 14-13. Northern State led 16-15 when they scored four straight points for a 20-15 lead. The five point deficit was too much for UMC and Northern State won the set 25-20 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Set three -
Northern State jumped out to a 7-3 lead to start the third set. UMC battled back to get within an 11-8 score, but Northern State scored the next 10 points for an 21-8 lead. UMC stopped the run with a Lauren Wallace block, but Northern State continued their strong play for a 25-12 victory to win the set 3-0.
UMC drops to 4-23 overall and 2-17 in the NSIC and will wrap up the season hosting Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday. Northern State improves to 24-3 on the year and 16-3 in the NSIC.


Sydney Kruisselbrink with a set   Lauren Wallace goes up for an attack

 

1

2

3

Northern State

25 25 25

UMC

15 20 12


Katie Lienemann dives for a dig in the second set as Porsha Porath looks on

 

For UMC
Kills – Deaira Gresham - 10, Porsha Porath - 7
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 25
Digs - Katie Lienemann - 10, Ali Schueler - 9
Aces – 
Katie Lienemann - 2, Deaira Gresham - 1, Sydney Kruisselbrink - 1

 




 






THURSDAY -  NOVEMBER 1, 2018

STEPHEN-ARGYLE'S BACK UP QUARTERBACK SCORES LATE TO LIFT STORM TO 27-20 WIN FOR SECTION TITLE


The Stephen-Argyle Storm with their fourth straight Section 8 9-Man Championship trophy

The Stephen-Argyle Storm won their fourth straight Section title with a late fourth-quarter touchdown run to beat Kittson County Central 27-20 in the Section 8 9-man Championship game played at Fargo Dome.
Kittson County Central started the game with the lead after Trent Peterson took the opening kickoff 88 yards into the end zone giving the Bearcats a 7-0 lead following the Maurice Sele extra-point.
Stephen-Argyle responded on their opening possession which started at their own 45-yard line. The Storm used 11 plays to move 45 yards capped off by an 8-yard touchdown run by Nathan Kotts through the right side of the line sprinting untouched past the goal line tying the game at 7-7 after the Collin Neuschwander extra-point with 6:03 left in the first quarter. “Our lined just opened up a big hole and that was it, that was the end of that,” said Kotts. The Storm forced a punt on Kittson County Central’s first offensive possession with a 44-yard punt return by Hunter Yutrzenka setting Stephen-Argyle up at the KCC 24-yard line. The Storm managed 6 yards in their first two plays before going to the air on third down. Yutrzenka dropped back to throw and found tight end Isaac Durand wide open for an 18-yard touchdown pass giving the Storm a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter after the extra point was missed wide to the left. “They started adjusting to our run plays to the middle and to the outside and the pass was just open,” said Durand. “When we’re running the ball like we were it opened up the pass.”
Kittson County Central’s offense struggled to move the football against the aggressive Storm defense throughout most of the first half while the Storm appeared destined to continue adding to their lead. With goal-to-go, the Storm fumbled at the Bearcats’ 5-yard line and Kittson County Central was able to recover the turnover at their own 2-yard line. KCC’s quarterback Josh Rynning navigated the offense past the shadow of their own goal line before making a deep throw down the Bearcats’ sideline looking for Trent Peterson, but the throw was too deep and intercepted by Storm safety Hunter Yutrzenka who stepped out of bounds near midfield after making the interception with 1:49 left in the first half. Three plays after Yutrzenka mad thee interception, he hooked up with Durand for a second time on a 13-yard completion for the Stephen-Argyle touchdown giving the Storm a 19-7 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Storm started with the football at their own 36-yard line and gained nine yards before going for it on fourth down and one. The fourth down run was stopped short of the first down giving the Bearcats possession at the Stephen-Argyle 46-yard line. After failing to convert on third down and long, a personal foul was called against a Storm player giving KCC 15-yards and a first down. The Bears’ took advantage on their next play as Josh Rynning hit Trent Peterson on a slant route and Peterson split two defenders extending beyond the goal line for the touchdown giving cutting the Bearcats deficit to 19-13 after the extra-point was deflected with 8:16 left in the third quarter. On the touchdown completion, Stephen-Argyle safety and quarterback Hunter Yutrzenka suffered an injury that would keep the Storm’s quarterback out for the rest of the game.
With backup quarterback Brody Pietruszewski now in at quarterback, Stephen-Argyle was forced to punt for the first time in the game after going three-and-out. The punt pinned Kittson County Central back at their own 24-yard line to start their next drive. The Bearcats tied the game on the very next play as Josh Rynning hit a wide-open Trent Peterson in stride in front of the Stephen-Argyle sideline with the KCC receiver running the rest of the way for a 76-yard touchdown connection tying the game at 19-19 before Sele made the extra-point giving the Bearcats a 20-19 lead with 5:29 left in the third quarter.
While the Storm struggled to move the football on their next possession, Kittson County Central was also unable to add to their lead giving the Storm possession back at Kittson County Central’s 35-yard line following a short punt. Stephen-Argyle was unable to capitalize on the good field position after a fourth-down pass from Pietruszewski to Ashten Safranski came up one yard short of a first down at the KCC 5-yard line. The Bearcats managed to move out of their own end zone, but the Storm’s defense was again able to force a punt getting Stephen-Argyle the football back at their own 43-yard line.
After struggling to move the football on his first three possessions Pietruszewki delivered when it mattered most for Stephen-Argyle. The junior quarterback marched the Storm across midfield before the drive stalled to a fourth down and 14. On fourth down, Pietruszewksi rolled to his right before throwing it back to the left side of the field to Nathan Kotts who was left uncovered and sprinted down the sideline for 18-yards and a Stephen-Argyle first down to the KCC 21-yard line. “We struggled to run the ball most of the day,” said Stephen-Argyle head coach Ethan Marquis. “The big break was the pass on the sideline to Kotts and then Ashten Safranski stepped up there.” On the Storm’s next play James Pederson found some running room to his left and gained the edge picking up 10 yards to the Bearcats’ 11-yard line. Ashten Safranski ran it to the 1-yard line on the next play before Pietruszewki kept himself, lunging to his right and into the end zone giving Stephen-Argyle a 25-20 lead. “Coach told me to sneak the ball in,” said Pietruszewski, “I told my center I’m going to the right side and punching it in, I told them I’m doing this for you seniors. I was so emotional. I was just so happy.” Ashten Safranski ran in the two-point conversion growing the Storm lead to 27-20 with 4:00 remaining. Kittson County Central drove the ball into Stephen-Argyle territory following a 38-yard completion from Rynning to Peters. Rynning gained another first down with his legs to the Stephen-Argyle 24-yard line with under two minutes to go. Following a false start the Bearcats were unable to gain another first down before facing fourth down without any timeouts needing 12-yards for a first down and 25-yards to score the tying touchdown. Rynning rolled to his right and threw a strike to Trent Peterson, but Stephen-Argyle defensive backs Isaac Durand and Jason Lindgren were able to knock the pass away for the incompletion turning Kittson County Central over on downs and securing the 27-20 win with the late defensive stand.
“A lot of the young guys stepped up today and got the job done,” said Marquis. “It didn’t look good there for a while, but Brody Pietruszewski stepped in at quarterback and a handful of sophomores contributed so it helped to have our depth. It feels good to get a win today. It’s awesome, we’ve got to do the best we can to prepare every week so we can be in more control and continue to try and control our game.”
The Storm improve to 11-0 and advance to the State Tournament next Saturday at Chet Anderson Field in Bemidji where they’ll take on the Section 7 champion (Mountain Iron-Buhl or Cook County) at 6 p.m. with the Riverview Health Pregame Show beginning at 5:30 p.m. on KROX. Kittson County Central wraps up their season with a 6-5 record.


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1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Kittson County Central 7 0 13 0 20
Stephen-Argyle 13 6 0 8 27


Nathan Kotts stiff arms a KCC player on one of his runs  Mason Mock and Jesse Clark with a tackle

1st Quarter
11:46 -   Kittson County Central  -  Trent Peterson 88 yard kickoff return  (Maurice Sele kick)
6:03 -    Stephen-Argyle -  Nathan Kotts  8 yard run  (Collin Neuschwander kick)
0:05 -    Stephen-Argyle -  Isaac Durand 18 yard pass from Hunter Yutrzenka  (Kick failed)

2nd Quarter
1:08 -   Stephen-Argyle -  Isaac Durand 13 yard pass from Hunter Yutrzenka  (Pass failed)

3rd Quarter
8:16 -  Kittson County Central -  Trent Peterson 10 yard pass from Josh Rynning  (Kick failed)
5:29-   Kittson County Central -  Trent Peterson 76 yard pass from Josh Rynning  (Maurice Sele kick)

4th Quarter
4:00 -  Stephen-Argyle  -  Brody Pietruszewski  1 yard run  (Ashten Safranski run)


James Pederson tries to break a tackle on a carry   Joshua Pietruszewski (80), Collin Neuschwander team up for a tackle

 

 

 

PARKER SYVERSON SCORES THREE TIMES TO FEND OFF A SCRAPPY POLK COUNTY WEST SQUAD IN A 35-20 SECTION TITLE WIN


The Section 8A Football Runner-up Polk County West Thunder Football team with their second place trophy

The Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds scored 20 first-half points and held off a great Polk County West Thunder (PCW) second half effort for a 35-20 victory in the Section 8A Championship Football game played at the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota.
The start of the game was good for either team with Mahnomen-Waubun fumbling on their second play of the game and PCW’s Sam Gapp jumped on the ball and the Thunder had the ball at their own 41-yard line. Two plays later Polk County West fumbled the ball and Mahnomen-Waubun recovered the ball at their own 30-yard line. Seven plays later, Mahnomen-Waubun turned the ball over on downs, but PCW couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity and had to punt. Mahnomen-Waubun answered with an impressive drive that was sparked by a John Starkey 16-yard run and several plays later, Parker Syverson broke a tackle and gained 11 yards for another first down to set up a John Starkey one-yard touchdown run to give Mahnomen-Waubun a 6-0 lead after the two-point conversion failed. The touchdown capped an 11-play drive that spanned 65 yards and took almost five minutes off the clock. Polk County West followed with a nice eight-play drive and on a fourth down and 10 play, they threw an interception. Mahnomen-Waubun took advantage of the forced turnover with a 10-play drive that was highlighted by John Starkey runs of 16 and 17 yards and on the 10th play of the drive, Syverson scored on a one-yard run and Syverson added a two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead with 4:49 left in the first half. Polk County West had to punt and Mahnomen-Waubun had a seven play drive that was jump-started by a 36 yard Starkey run to the one-yard line and Syverson scored on the next play with 45 seconds left in the half and Mahnomen-Waubun took a 20-0 lead into halftime. “We need to tackle,” said Polk County West Coach Darrin Byklum. “We had too many chances to make plays in the backfield or for minimal gain and they broke tackles and turned it into big gains.”

The second half was better for Polk County West and William White started the half with a 31 yard carry to spark the Thunder. Four plays later, Sam Modeen found Trea Byklum for an 11 yard completion for another first down and after a chop block penalty that moved the ball back to the 20 yard line, Modeen completed his second pass of the game when he found Evan Sczepanski for a 20 yard touchdown pass and after a Brady Klein kick the Thunder trailed 20-7 with 9:43 left in the third quarter. Mahnomen-Waubun answered with a 12 play drive that took over six minutes off the clock and on a fourth down and four-yard play, Starkey broke a tackle in the backfield and scampered 15 yards for a touchdown and after a two-point conversion, they led 28-7. On the ensuing kickoff, Polk County West’s Sczepanski returned the kick 85 yards for a touchdown and after the extra point kick, the Thunder trailed 28-14 with 2:29 left in the third quarter. Neither team scored again until Polk County West put a drive together and eight plays into the drive they marched the ball down to the five-yard line and had a fourth down and one play and John Fontaine broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and went into the end zone for a touchdown and after the extra point kick failed, the Thunder trailed 28-20 with 3:03 left in the game. It looked like Polk County West was going to the get the ball back when Mahnomen-Waubun had the ball fourth and five from their own 49 yard line and instead of punting the Thunderbirds decided to go for it and Syverson broke two tackles to get the first down and he kept going for a 51 yard touchdown to give Mahnomen-Waubun a 35-20 lead with 1:55 left in the game and they held on for the victory by the same score. “I am so proud of the guys because they never gave up and they played a great second half,” said Thunder Coach Byklum. “We played very well, unfortunately, they played better and they are a very good team. We lose some very good seniors, but I am glad we will be getting most of the guys back next year.”

Polk County West’s season comes to an end with a 7-3 record and Mahnomen-Waubun improves to 10-0 on the year and will play Deer River in the first round of the Minnesota State Class A tournament in Brainerd on Saturday, November 10.


Myles Smith runs for 11 yards after picking up a fumble       William White breaks a big run

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Polk County West 0 0 14 6 20
Mahnomen-Waubun 6 14 8 7 35


Evan Sczepanski breaks loose on an 85 yard kickoff return    Grant Sullivan and James Fontaine on a tackle

1st Quarter
0:41 - MW -  Jon Starkey 1 yard run  (Run failed)

2nd Quarter
4:49 - MW -  Parker Syverson 1 yard run  (Parker Syverson run)
0:45 - MW -  Parker Syverson  1  yard run  (Pass failed)

3rd Quarter
9:24 - PCW -  Evan  Sczepanski 20 yard pass from Sam Modeen  (Brady Klein kick)
2:43 - MW -  Jon Starkey  15 yard run  (Jayden Heisler run)
2:29 - PCW -  Evan Sczepanski 85 yard kickoff return  (Brady Klein kick)

4th Quarter
3:03 - PCW -  John Fontaine  5 yard run  (Kick failed)
1:55 - MW -   Parker Syverson 51 yard run  (Roy Bjorge kick)


Paul Gapp recovers a fumble on the second play of the game as Myles Smith dives for it





TUESDAY  -  OCTOBER 30, 2018

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYS NORTH DAKOTA EVEN AFTER ROUGH FIRST QUARTER IN 74-58 LOSS IN GRAND FORKS

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s basketball team was outrebounded 49-32 resulting in 19 second-chance points for the University of North Dakota in a 78-54 UMC loss in an exhibition game played at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, ND.
North Dakota started the game well offensively as the Fighting Hawks jumped out to a 9-0 lead before Kylie Post (Fr., Corcoran) banked in a lay-up from the left side of the lane to giving the Golden Eagles their first basket of the game. Minnesota Crookston struggled to maintain possession of the ball early in the game amassing six turnovers before the first media timeout with 4:56 left in the first quarter. Trailing 14-2, Paige Weakley (Jr., Kearney, MO) knocked down a triple for UMC from the left corner cutting the deficit to 15-4 with 4:09 left in the first quarter. North Dakota’s Melissa Dailey (Sr., Portland, OR) got the crowd on their feet after picking the pocket of UMC’s Kylie Post, Dailey drove down the left side of the lane before delivering a behind the back pass to Juliet Gordon (Fr., Adelaide, Australia) who scored an uncontested lay-in giving UND an 18-5 lead. Abby Guidinger (Soph., Waukesha, WI) connected on a close-range shot cutting the deficit to 21-8 before Amber Schoenicke (Jr., Marshall, WI) scored a lay-up pulling the Golden Eagles within 24-10, but a late three-pointer with 6 seconds left in the first quarter gave the Fighting Hawks a 27-11 lead after 10 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, North Dakota scored the opening basket before back-to-back UMC three-pointers from Abby Guidinger and Mary Burke (Fr., Virginia) cut the deficit down to 29-17. With 3:42 left in the half, Isieoma Odor scored her second-straight lay-up cutting the deficit to 35-23.UMC scored four of the final six points to close out the half, all free-throws entering halftime down 40-27. “After we got down 16 after the first quarter I thought we adjusted nicely,” said UMC head coach Mike Roysland. “We had a chance to get settled in and we were able to take their transition game away and getting back to the room. I thought we did a better job at that.”
In the third quarter, Mary Burke opened the quarter with a pair of free-throws before a Paige Weakley three-pointer of a pass from Caitlin Michaelis cut the Fighting Hawks’ lead down to 42-32. A nice pass across the lane from Mary Burke to Amber Schoenicke resulted in a reverse lay-up dropping through the net cutting pulling UMC back within 13 before Abby Guidinger buried a triple in front of her own bench brought the Golden Eagles within 47-37. Trailing 50-37, Isieoma Odor sealed off her defender on the right block earning a trip to the free-throw line where she made a pair of free-throws cutting the North Dakota lead to 50-39 before a Lexi Klabo (Sr., Fargo, ND) lay-up for the Fighting Hawks re-established a 52-39 lead for UND. The Fighting Hawks added another five points to grow their lead to 57-39 before a late steal and drive down the left side of the paint earned Caitlin Michaelis a lay-up with a foul cutting the deficit to 57-42 after the free-throw closing out the third quarter. “We had some great opportunities in the second half that turned into situations where we could have narrowed down the lead a little bit,” added Roysland.
Trailing 65-46 in the fourth quarter, Abby Guidinger and Paige Weakley hit back-to-back three-pointers closing the gap to 65-52 with 6:33 left. North Dakota countered with four-straight points to take a 69-52 lead. Kylie Post continued to impress as UMC’s point guard down the stretch scoring UMC’s final points of the game at the free-throw line capping off her 10-point performance. North Dakota proved too much down the stretch as their size provided the Fighting Hawks with 20 offensive rebounds and 19 second-chance points as North Dakota topped Minnesota Crookston 74-58. Isieoma Odor led UMC with 10 rebounds along with 10 points for a double-double. “She’s improved, there’s no doubt she’s improved,” noted Roysland, “she’s doing what we want of her. I think when she sees the film, she will see some things she can build on that’s really going to make her tough in the NSIC. Abby Guidinger was the Golden Eagles leading scorer with 15 points in the loss. “There were some things I was pleased with but we didn’t get back and transition and we didn’t rebound and those were two of the things we were stressing all week long, but there was a lot of bright spots out here tonight,” summarized Roysland. “You’ve got to get into the fire and make things happen to see where your weaknesses are.”
The Golden Eagles will wrap up their preseason games on Saturday when UMC hosts the University of Northwestern (MN) at Lysaker Gymnasium at 4 p.m. with the Riverview Health Pregame Show beginning at 3:30 PM KROX. The University of North Dakota begins its regular season on Tuesday, November 6 at Syracuse beginning a six-game road trip to open their season.


Kylie Post drives the baseline   Isieoma Odor with a shot in the paint

Box Score

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2 3

4

Final

UMC

11 16 15 16 58

North Dakota

27 13 17 17 74


       Abby Guidinger drives the baseline                  Caitlin Michaelis drives by a UND player

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Abby Guidinger 15 2 3 assists
Isieoma Odor 11 10  
Kylie Post 10 4 2 assists/2 steals
Paige Weakley 9 2  
Mary Burke 5    
Caitlin Michaelis 4 3 3 assists/2 steals
Amber Schoenicke 4    
Kylea Praska 0 4 3 steals


Former TRF Prowlers Kylea Praska (third from the right) and Tiahna Nicholson (right) pose with current TRF Girls Basketball players




SACRED HEART ADVANCES TO SECTION 8A CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A WIN OVER FOSSTON

The magical season for the Sacred Heart Eagles Volleyball team continues as they defeated the Fosston Greyhounds 25-15, 26-24, 23-25, 25-15 in the Section 8A Tournament semi-final at Bagley to advance to the Section championship on Friday.

Game #1
The two teams were going back and forth with Sacred Heart having a 9-6 lead when the Eagles went on a 5-0 run behind the serving of Dana Walski and the hitting at the net by Maddi Mitzel and Ivy Edwards and Sacred Heart ran away with a 25-15 win to start out with a 1-0 lead. "It was a good start for us," said Sacred Heart head coach Emily Vonasek, "It help set the tone for the rest of the night."

Game #2
Fosston got out to the early lead in the second game and led by four to starts things out before Sacred Heart battled back to tie the game at 11-11 with the serving of Mitzel with a couple aces. From then on it was a battle with ties at 14, 15 and 16. The Greyhounds took an 18-17 lead with a big hit for a point from Brianna Vig and a couple mistakes by Sac red Heart. Fosston streaked out to a 21-18 lead and had
Sacred Heart on their heels and when Taylor Kroening tipped one over it gave the Greyhounds a 23-18 lead and forced the Eagles into a timeout. After the short break, Fosston had a mishit and in the net violation and it was 23-21 Fosston. Fosston's Jamie Carlin punished a set over for a point, but Fosston then had a missed served followed by an in the net violation again and it as 24-23 Fosston. Sacred Heart would come up with a huge block to tie it at 24-24 and Fosston used a timeout. After Mitzel's hit was blocked out of bound Sacred Heart led 25-24 and they won the game on a block by sophomore Syndey Lloyd to give Sacred Heart a 26-24 come from behind win and take a two games to none lead. "This was huge for us and a great comeback by us," said Vonasek, "Everyone needed to do their jobs, middles, outside, passing, setting and we got that with everyone contributing."

Game #3
Fosston showed good resolve, after losing the tough second set, to start the third game jumping out to a 4-1 lead with Emma Drellack's smash and Carlin doing the same. The Greyhounds extended that lead to 7-2 and Sacred Heart called a quick timeout, but a hit into the net by the Eagles and Fosston led 8-2 and Sacred Heart's Bella Knutson came up with a kill to stop the Greyhounds run. The Eagles would go on a 5-1 run to close the gap to 9-7 with Edwards serving and hitting leading the way and now Fosston took a timeout. Fosston ran off three straight including a huge block by Jamie Carlin and it as a 12-7 lead. Fosston would have some problems with a couple mishits followed by a Jessica Remer blast to allow Sacred Heart to close it to a 12-10 Fosston lead. Jamie Carlin would have another tremendous block, Brooklyn
Ostenaa on a nice tip and a mishit by Sacred Heart and Fosston was now up 15-11. As they have the entire match Sacred Heart comes right back with a couple hits for points for Remer, Mitzel a tip and later a kill and Fosston lead was 17-16. The two teams had a lengthy rally that ended with Fosston hitting it into the net and Sacred Heart took the lead at 18-17 and seven points away from winning the match and advancing to the Section championship! Now the momentum was on the Eagles side and Edwards with a huge block but it was answered by Fosston's Kroening, but Edwards again with a big blast and a 21-19 lead for the Eagles. The two teams traded points to make it 22-20 Sacred Heart which was followed by a kill by Vig and now its 22-21, but the Greyhounds were called in the net again and Sacred Heart leads 23-21.
After a great save by Fosston it was followed by Jamie Carlin block for a point and it's 23-22.  Sacred Heart's Edwards said they wanted this one, "I was asking God that we don't want to go to a fifth game, please. Our comeback was a great team effort." Sacred Heart had a hit go too far and it was now tied 23-23. Fosston would get a reversal of a call at the net which the officials said it went off Sacred Heart and now Fosston was serving for game three at 24-23, but first a Sacred Heart timeout. Fosston would win the game on a serve by the Greyhounds Rebeka Ware and a 25-23 win to cut Sacred Heart's lead to 2 games to 1. "Fosston wasn't going to lay down and credit them for not going away, they are a very good team."

Game #4
Sacred Heart would get out to a 7-4 lead with serving by Remer, net play by Mitzel but Fosston would come back with Jamie Carlin, Drellack, Kroening and an ace by Drellack to tie the match at 8-8. Sacred Heart would get another three point lead but Ostenaa had back to back kills for points and followed by Kroening to tie the match again at 11-11. The fourth match continued to have some outstanding individual and team play by both sides with Sacred Heart busting out to a 21-15. Edwards would follow the Fosston timeout with an ace to make it 22-15, three away from game and match. Remer had a big swing at the net and now Sacred Heart led 23-15. Fosston would not give up with a Sacred Heart mishit and then Ostenaa had a kill to close Sacred Heart's lead to 23-17. After another delayed call on a Fosston net violation to make it 24-18 and serving for the match, but Fosston was able to stave off one time and it was 24-19 when Remer slammed a hit that the Greyhounds couldn't dig out and Sacred Heart comes up with an impressive 25-18 and three games to one victory to move along. "We had to dig deep as everything we threw at Fosston they gave it back to us," said Eagles coach Vonasek, "we needed to a lot of things and play hard for each point which was huge."
Sacred Heart improves to 28-2 on the season and will meet either Ada-Borup/Norman County West or Lake of the Woods in the Section 8A Championship on Friday night at the University of Minnesota Crookston at 7:30 PM. Fosston's season ended at 21-10.


Dana Walski sets up a teammate   Ivy Edwards with a dig as Paige Brandner looks on

 

1

2

3 4

Sacred Heart

25 26 23 25

Fosston

15 24 25 18


Maddi Mitzel with a dig in the back row of the fourth set

For Sacred Heart
Kills – Jessica Remer - 13, Ivy Edwards - 13, Maddi Mitzel - 8
Blocks – Ivy Edwards - 2, Jessica Remer - 2
Assists – Dana Walski - 29
Aces – Paige Brandner - 2, Ivy Edwards - 2, Maddi Mitzel - 2, Jessica Remer - 2







SUNDAY - OCTOBER 28,  2018

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER WRAPS UP SEASON WITH A LOSS TO MSU-MOORHEAD

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team failed to score for the ninth-straight match in a 1-0 season finale loss to MSU-Moorhead in an NSIC match played at the Nemzek Soccer Field in Moorhead.
Minnesota Crookston was outshot 12-4 in the first half, but goalkeeper Athena DiMario Done (Soph., Windsor, Ontario) made seven saves to preserve a 0-0 first half. Just 1:35 into the second half Kylee Billings (Sr., Monroe, WA) scored the game-winning goal for the Dragons with an assist from Hannah Loos (Sr., Harrisburg, SD) securing the MSU-Moorhead 1-0 victory.
The Golden Eagles end their season 1-15-2 overall and 1-12-2 in NSIC play. MSU-Moorhead wraps up their season to 4-13 overall and 4-11 in conference play.

 

 

 

SATURDAY  -  OCTOBER 27, 2018

YUTRZENKA'S THREE TOUCHDOWNS LEADS STEPHEN-ARGYLE TO A 22-16 SECTION WIN OVER THE CHARGERS

The Stephen-Argyle Storm football team continued their undefeated season in a rainy win over Goodridge-Grygla 22-16 in a Section 8 semifinal game played in Argyle.

After the Storm were forced to punt on their opening drive Ashten Safranski pinned Goodridge-Grygla at their own 11-yard line. Stephen-Argyle forced a three-and-out defensively before the Chargers punted it to their own 31-yard line.
Starting their next drive on a short field the Storm methodically drove down the field before Hunter Yutrzenka capped off the drive with a one-yard quarterback keeper giving Stephen-Argyle a 7-0 lead after the Collin Neuschwander extra-point with 3:53 left in the first quarter.
The Chargers responded quickly on their next drive as Jaden Kiesow broke free up the middle of the field and sprinted 60-yards into the end zone cutting the deficit to 7-6 before Kiesow ran it in from the left side of the field on the two-point conversion try giving Goodridge-Grygla an 8-7 lead.
Both sides struggle to move the football in the rain on the sloppy field the rest of the half with Yutrzenka throwing an interception in the second quarter that set Goodridge-Grygla up at their own 41-yard line. The Chargers weren’t able to capitalize on the good field position and add to their 8-7 lead giving the football back after a failed 4thdown conversion try that was stopped at the Stephen-Argyle 49-yard line. The Storm drove down the field to close out the first half with Yutrzenka hoisting up a lob pass for Nathan Kotts along the near sideline with Kotts making a one-handed catch on his leg to march Stephen-Argyle down to the three-yard line. Two plays later, Yutrzenka lunged across the goal line and regained the lead for Stephen-Argyle 13-8, before Yutrzenka also managed to sprint in for the two-point conversion pushing the Storm lead to 15-8 with 0:07 left in the first-half.
In the third quarter, the Storm added to their lead on their opening drive of the second half which began at the Goodridge-Grygla 37-yard line. After driving within one-yard of the end zone, Stephen-Argyle again turned to their quarterback for a score as Yutrzenka rumbled in from one-yard out for his third touchdown of the game giving the Storm a 22-8 lead with 10:40 still to play in the third quarter following the Neuschwander PAT.
Stephen-Argyle looked to put the game away for good in the fourth quarter when the Storm drove deep into Chargers’ territory but an interception in the end zone gave Goodridge-Grygla a chance to continue their upset bid. Following the interception, the Chargers needed just four plays to score their second touchdown of the game when quarterback Hudson McMillin delivered a strike to Riley Manderud for a 21-yard touchdown pass, followed by a two-point conversion pass between the two cutting the deficit to 22-16 with 4:27 left in the game.
The Storm recovered the subsequent onside kick but were forced to punt after just down to the Goodridge-Grygla 14-yard line giving the Chargers a chance to put together a game-winning drive with 1:15 remaining. “They pieced together some really nice drives,” said Storm head coach Ethan Marquis, “but they had a hard time running the ball and had to rely a little bit too heavily on the pass so that was very costly and thankfully our defense did just enough to keep them in check.” However, Stephen-Argyle’s defense made the big plays on the final drive and were able to prevent the Chargers’ offense from getting anything going with Yutrzenka picking off one last heave by Goodridge-Grygla’s Hudson McMillin in desperation time as the Storm hung on for the 22-16 win. “It was sloppy and wet football, but I’m thankful we came out on top,” summarized Ethan Marquis. “At the end here, it’s a win. You take away that there’s not going to be any easy days left and there’s no tomorrow if you come up short.”
The Storm improve to 10-0 and advance to the section championship on Thursday at the Fargo Dome in North Dakota where Stephen-Argyle takes on Kittson-County-Central at 12:30 p.m. with the Riverview Health Pregame show beginning at Noon on KROX.  Goodridge-Grygla wraps up their season with a 6-4 record.


Nathan Kotts makes a catch to set up a touchdown    Ashton Safranski looks for room on one of his carries in the game

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Goodridge-Grygla 8 0 0 8 16
Stephen-Argyle 7 8 7 0 22


Isaac Durand tackles a Goodridge-Grygla ball carrier in the 2nd half

1st Quarter
3:53  -  Stephen-Argyle -    Hunter Yutrzenka  1 yard run  (Collin Neuschwander kick)
3:01 -  Goodridge-Grygla -  Jaden Kiesow  60 yard run  (Jaden Kiesow run)

2nd Quarter
0:07  -  Stephen-Argyle -  Hunter Yutrzenka  2 yard run  (Hunter Yutrzenka run)

3rd Quarter
5:08  -  Stephen-Argyle -  Hunter Yutrzenka  1 yard run  (Collin Neuschwander kick)

4th Quarter
4:27 -  Goodridge-Grygla -  Riley Manderud  21 yard pass from Hudson McMillin  (Riley Manderud pass from Hunter McMillin)


     The Storm celebrate their win over Grygla -Goodridge


 

POLK COUNTY WEST TURNS THE TABLE ON RED LAKE COUNTY IN PLAYOFFS WITH A  34-6 WIN

The Polk County West Thunder scored four first half touchdowns on their way to a 34-6 victory over the Red Lake County Rebels in the Section 8A Football semi-finals on a rain soaked Les Drechsel field in Red Lake Falls.  The Thunder victory avenged a 14-13 loss to Red Lake County in the third week of the season.
Polk County West started the game with the ball at their own 45-yard line.  A couple of plays into the drive William White broke loose for a 45-yard run to set up a John Fontaine three-yard touchdown run a little over two and a half minutes into the game and after a Brady Klein extra point kick the Thunder had a 7-0 lead.  Red Lake County looked to answer on their first offensive series and were moving the ball after a Chris Longtin 11-yard run on the second play of drive.  Four plays later, the Rebels dropped back to pass and the Thunder’s White intercepted the pass and Polk County West had the ball back.  The Thunder were forced to punt, but Red Lake County fumbled the ball on their second play and the Thunder recovered the ball.  Two plays later, Sam Modeen dumped a pass to White and he ran down the Rebel sidelines and there was one defender looking to make the tackle when White ran him over and sprinted down the field and into the end zone for an 86 yard touchdown reception and after the Klein kick it was a 14-0 lead with 2:33 left in the opening quarter.  Neither team did much offensively on their next possessions and Polk County West took advantage of a poor punt and started their second possession of the second quarter with the ball at the Red Lake County 33-yard line.  On the second play of the drive, Josh Wagner broke a 24-yard run to get the ball down to the nine-yard line.  A couple of plays later, Sam Modeen dove into the endzone on the quarterback keeper for a one-yard touchdown run and after the Klein extra point kick, Polk County West led 21-0, half way through the quarter.  Polk County West fumbled on their next possession but got the ball back and scored with 2:53 left in the half on a Gage Wavra 51-yard touchdown for a 28-0 lead going into halftime.  “We are playing well and the guys on the line are doing their job,” said PCW Coach Darrin Byklum. “It surprised me that we took as good of care of the ball as we did.  It was a pretty good first half.”
There was no scoring in the third quarter as both offenses struggled with the conditions to move the ball.  The teams settled in and started to move the ball towards the end of the third quarter and to start the fourth when Red Lake County’s Derek Peterson rolled to his right and found a wide-open Zach Benson for a 19-yard touchdown pass and the Rebels were on the board.  The two-point conversion was stopped and 15 seconds into the fourth quarter, Polk County West led 28-6.  Both teams struggled moving the ball the rest of the game until Polk County West scored on a nice 25-yard run by John Fontaine for a 34-6 lead with 3:42 left in the game.   Red Lake County wasn’t able to answer as they turned the ball over and the Thunder took a knee to end the game with a 34-6 victory.  “I was happy with how our guys played tonight,” said PCW Coach Darrin Byklum. “The guys got after it and played extremely well in the conditions.  We started the game running some full house stuff and scrapped that and went back to what we ran all year and that worked out for us tonight.  This is a nice win and the boys played hard.”
Polk County West improves to 8-2 on the year and will play Mahnomen-Waubun in the Section 8A Championship at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Fargodome.  We will have the game on KROX with the RiverView Health pre-game show at 7:30 p.m.  Red Lake County’s season ends at 8-2 on the year.


William White runs down the sideline on his 86 yard TD reception    Zak Kennet looks to tackle PCW's Josh Wagner

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Polk County West 14 14 0 6 34
Red Lake County 0 0 0 6 6


      Derek Peterson on one of his runs in the game

1st Quarter
9:26 -  PCW -  John Fontaine 3 yard run  (Brady Klein kick)
2:33 -  PCW -  William White  68 yard pass from Sam Modeen  (Brady Klein kick)

2nd Quarter
6:02 -  PCW -  Sam Modeen  1 yard run  (Brady Klein kick)
2:53 -  PCW -  Gage Wavra  51 yard run  (Brady Klein kick)

3rd Quarter
No scoring

4th Quarter
11:45 -  RLC  -  Zach Benson  19 yard pass from Derek Peterson  (run failed)
3:42 -   PCW -  John Fontaine 25 yard run  (kick failed)


The rain comes down hard and a Thunder player walks through the large puddle on the PCW sidelines

 




MINNESOTA-DULUTH DOMINATES IN A 63-7 WIN OVER THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Bulldogs scored just shy of four minutes into the game and they didn't stop with a dominating first half and coasted to a 63-7 win over the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) at Ed Widseth Field in Crookston. Starting Bulldog quarterback Mike Rybarczyk ran for a touchdown and passed for one in the first quarter with UMD leading 28-0 at the first break. Bulldogs number two quarterback, Ben Everhart dominated the second quarter with three touchdown passes to Obi Ibeneme and Everhart ran for one as well and UMD lead 56-0 at half-time. There was no scoring in the third quarter and the third Bulldogs quarterback Garrett Olson, a freshman threw a touchdown pass to take a 63-0 lead. UMC would score with just under two minutes left in the game when UMD had a punt snap go over the punters head into the end zone which was recovered by the Golden Eagles Kyler Banks (Soph-Cannon Falls, Mn) to avoid a shutout, but Minnesota-Duluth would claim the 63-7 win on the road. How dominating was UMD? They had 29 first downs to three for UMC and amassed 539 yards of total offense, 336 in the air with Ibeneme catching six passes for 118 yards and the three touchdowns. UMC had 109 total yards with 41 yards passing. UMC quarterback Jalen Scott (Jr-Houston, Tx) led UMC with 55 yards on the ground and threw for just 41 yards. Even though the Bulldogs had over 500 yards of offense, UMC's linebacker Austin Steele (Fresh-La Crosse, Wi) with 12 tackles, including a sack but Minnesota-Duluth built on their NCAA Division II ranking of fifth in the nation and the number one team in the Super Regional 4 rank as well. Duluth is now 9-0 on the season while UMC falls to 1-8 on the yearfootball team is 1-7 on the season and will face their toughest opponent to date this afternoon when they host the Minnesota Duluth Bulldog (UMD) is the fifth ranked team in NCAA Division II and have a sparkling 8-0 record coming off an impressive 37-17 win at Winona State last weekend. The Bullodgs are also ranked number one in the Super Regional 4 rankings which determines post-season play. Game time this afternoon is 1:00 PM at Ed Widseth Field on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. KROX RADIO will not be carrying the game this afternoon, but you can follow with live stats on the UMC website.

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Minnesota-Duluth 28 28 0 7 63
Minnesota-Crookston 0 0 0 7 7

1st Quarter
11:53 -  UMD  -   Wade Sullivan 18 yard pass from Mike Rybarczyk  (Dan Branger kick)
7:34  -   UMD -   Alex Lasinski  9 yard run  (Dan Branger kick)
6:24 -    UMD  -  Mike Rybarczyk 2 yard run  (Dan Branger kick)
5:58 -    UMD  -   Bryce Harder recovered blocked punt in end zone  (Dan Branger kick)


2nd Quarter

14:50  -  UMD  -  Obi Ibeneme  80 yard pass from Ben Everhart  (Dan Branger kick)
10:15 -   UMD -   Obi Ibeneme 6 yard pass from Ben Everhart  (Dan Branger kick)
7:04  -    UMD  -   Ben Everhart  19 yard run  (Dan Branger kick)
5:23 -     UMD  -   Obi Ibeneme  9 yard pass from Ben Everhart  (Dan Branger kick)

3rd Quarter

No scoring

4th Quarter
9:50  -   UMD   -  Kurtis Weigand  5 yard pass from  Garrett Olson  (Dan Branger kick)
1:50 -    UMC -    Kyler Banks  recovered fumble in the end zone  (Jared McLemore kick)





UMC VOLLEYBALL SWEPT BY MINOT STATE ON A LOST WEEKEND IN NORTH DAKOTA

The University of Minnesota Crookston Volleyball team finished off their road portion of the season with a 3-0 loss at Minot State in a match that the Beavers got stronger as the match went on. UMC battled the first set before falling 22-25, but then Minot State would jump out to quick starts in each of the last two sets to win easily 18-25, 15-25 and Minot State had a weekend sweep and has won three matches in a row and are 13-15 overall and 6-12 in the Northern Sun Conference. UMC has lost six in a row to drop to 4-22 overall and 2-16 in the conference. The Golden Eagles will be home on Friday and Saturday to wrap up their season with Northern State on Friday at 5:00 PM and Minnesota State-Moorhead on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

 

1

2

3

UMC

22 18 15

Minot State

25 25 25
 

For UMC
Kills – Deaira Gresham-8, Lauren Wallace-6, Callie Schapekahm-5
Blocks –  Deaira Gresham-2
Assists –  Syd Kruisselbrink-25
Digs - Deaira Gresham-15, Katie Lienemann-10, Syd Kruisselbrink-8
Aces –  Katie Lienemann-2





FRIDAY  -  OCTOBER 26, 2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE VOLLEYBALL SEASON ENDS IN A 3-0 LOSS TO ROSEAU IN SECTION PLAYOFFS

The Roseau Rams had an easy time last night in a Section 8AA first round game in a win over Bagley while the Crookston Pirates won a tough 3-1 opening playoff win over Thief River Falls. The Rams used their versatility to sweep a 3-0 win in a Section quarterfinal 25-21, 25-15, 25-17 at the Roseau High School.

Game 1
Crookston took a 2-0 lead for the Pirates after a couple Roseau miscues and the Pirates Rachel Hefta (Senior) continued where she left off last night with a couple kills and a 4-1 Pirate lead. Roseau ‘s Katie Borowicz served five straight points to give the Rams a 6-4 lead before a Roseau hit into the net stopped that run and Crookston trailed 6-5. Roseau’s  ‘other’ Borowicz, outstanding senior Kacie slammed a couple kills for more points and an 8-5 lead. The Pirates Hailey Seaver (Senior) got a nice set and blasted one for a point but Katie Borowicz right back and only 5’5 but way over the net for a point.   Roseau’s Kayla Santal got into the mix with two hits for points and widen the Roseau lead to 13-6. “It was a tough turnaround for us between Thief River Falls and Roseau,” said Crookston head coach Ashley Stopa, “we started well but you could tell it was not the same intensity as we had last night.” Crookston would get three points in a row, including a kill from Sydney Anderson (Senior) and the Pirates trailed 15-10, but Roseau just kept coming with different players at the net and upped their lead to 17-10. The Rams received kills for points from Rylie Bjerklie and Sophie Helgeson and then Kacie Borowicz with the big hammer and a 20-14 lead. Crookston was aided by Roseau mishits plus a quick set and slam by Seaver which was followed by a Hefta jump serving ace and the Pirates climbed back within 20-17. Roseau scored twice to make it 22-17 and forced the Pirates into a timeout. It worked as Roseau mishit and the Pirates Anderson kill and it was 22-19, but a bad serve by the Pirates gave Roseau a 23-19 lead.
The Pirates were called for a double hit and Roseau was serving for the first set but they hit the ball out of bounds and the Pirates stayed alive at 24-20. Roseau would have a net violation, but Katie Borowicz slapped one for  the winning point and Roseau won 25-21 to take a one nothing lead. “I wouldn’t say either team looked good and were in sort of auto-pilot,” said Stopa, “we just had to try and get the intensity back and come back like we have before.”

Game 2
The two teams traded points to 2-2 when Kacie Borowicz nailed a kill from the back row.  The Pirates had some serving errors and mishits and the Rams scored three straight to take a 6-3 lead and Crookston used a quick time-out. It didn’t help Crookston as Roseau upped their lead to 9-3.  The Pirates were unable to stem the Roseau charge with the Borowicz sisters dominating and leading 11-6. After trading points, Hefta was able to smack a point down followed by another kill and the Pirates trailed 13-10.  The Rams Grace Dunham served three straight points 16-10 before the Pirates scored but Crookston would again serve into the net which has hampered them in the first two sets and Roseau was up 19-11 lead.  Crookston’s Seaver had another nice kill on a good set by Kylie Solheim (Senior) but it was too much Kacie Borowicz  and Ella Helgeson to give the Rams a 22-13 lead and Crookston used their second time-out.  Two serving aces for Mariah Huglen gave Roseau a 23-13 lead and was thwarted from the second set by a Seaver kill and then a Roseau mishit and the Pirates trailed 24-15 but Crookston would serve another one into the net and Kacie Borowicz finished it off and Roseau wins 25-15 to take a two set to none lead. “We made a lot of errors and Roseau moved us around,” said Stopa, “most of the time though we were ready when the ball was on our side.”

Game 3
After Crookston started the third set with a service error, Roseau scored four in a row with the serving of Huglen and hitting of Kacie Borowicz and staking the Rams to a 5-0 lead. Crookston would score twice on a Hefta hit and a miscue by Roseau, but the Rams had some good placements of shots, serving of Kate Helgeson nd a couple misfires by the Pirates allowed Roseau to jump out to a 9-2 lead. After Roseau had a net violation to give Crookston a point and Roseau’s lead was 11-5, but again Crookston served into the net.   Roseau was just relentless using their entire lineup and everyone contributing to a 20-11 lead. Crookston would make a bit of a charge closing the gap to 21-16 but Roseau went. Crookston was not going to go out with a whimper as a tremendous rally with Roseau leading 24-16, Seaver put down a shot but the Pirates followed with another serving error, Roseau wins 25-17 and complete the win in three games. “Roseau is a very good volleyball team with a lot of success and very good players,” said Stopa, “we had four/five seniors out there and we got behind you could see their heads drop a bit like saying oh, no.”

Crookston finishes the season at 12-13-1 and losing seniors Kylie Solheim, Hailey Seaver, Sydney Anderson, Katelynn Genereux and Rachel Hefta. “We had a lot of success this year with these girl’s,” said Stopa, “we’ve had more wins, first playoff win and things like that and it’s because of the work these girl’s put into the program. I’m looking forward to watching what they do in the future.”  Roseau improves to 18-11 on the year and will meet Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Tuesday in a Section 8AA semi-final match at Thief River Falls.


Sydney Anderson with an attack as two Rams try for a block

 

1

2

3

CROOKSTON

21 15 17

Roseau

25 25 25


Hailey Seaver with a dig on the serve receive

 

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta-9, Hailey Seaver-7, Sydney Anderson-4
Blocks – Sydney Anderson-1, Rachel Hefta-1, Hailey Seaver-1, Kylie Solheim-1
Assists – Kylie Solheim-17, Sydney Anderson-3
Digs - Rachel Hefta-8, Dani Boyle-7, Hailey Seaver-5, Kylie Solheim-5
Aces –  Sydney Anderson-2
 

For Roseau
Kills – Kacie Borowicz-16, Katie Borowicz-6, Rylie Bjerklie-5, Ella Helgeson-5, Kayla Santl-5
Blocks – Ella Helgeson-2
Assists – Grace Dunham-15, Mariah Huglen-15
Digs -Kacie Borowicz-14, Katie Borowicz-9
Aces – Grace Dunham-4, Kacie Borowicz-2, Kate Helgeson-2





CROOKSTON’S KATHERINE GEIST WINS SECTION 8A CROSS-COUNTRY MEET REMAINING UNBEATEN THIS SEASON


Katherine Geist out in front of the pack in the Section 8A Cross Country meet

Crookston’s Katherine Geist continued her remarkable junior season remaining undefeated in races this year while earning a return trip to the State meet after winning the Section 8A Girl's Cross-Country Meet at Bagley's Twins Pines Golf Course. 

In a constant mist on a slick grass course, Katherine Geist appeared unfazed by the elements distancing herself from the other 110 runners competing as soon as the starting gun was fired. With only an ATV ahead of her, Geist breezed through the winding course and ran across the finish line of the 5-kilometer race in just 18:54.7, nearly 30-seconds faster than the runner-up. “Katherine pretty much did what she’s done all year,” said her coach Kirk Misialek. “She’s won eleven in a row and done what we asked her to do this week and I think we kind of prepped her up for the big race, the state race. I was pretty confident she was going to do well today, and she did and she ran a pretty good time. She’s got another week to train and show the big time what she can do.”
After winning her eleventh race of the season, Geist was pleased with her form heading into her final race of the season at the State Meet. “I think I had a great race,” said Geist, “I worked really hard and my plan was just to lead. I was hoping to take the section title and I’m really glad I could do that today. It was pretty cold once I took all my warm-ups off but it didn’t really hold me back or help me.” Geist is looking forward to one last week of practice before competing in the State Meet, “I’m super excited, I’m really excited to taper this next week and really I hope to drop some time at State.”
Crookston’s Emily Gillete ran a strong race as well for the Pirates wrapping up her season an 89th place finish with a time of 24:48.8.
Katherine will represent the Crookston Pirates next Saturday, November 3 at the Minnesota State Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
 


Katherine Geist crosses the finish line to win her 11th race of the year

 
Pirate Time Place
Katherine Geist 19.22.1 1st
Emily Gillette 30:32.8 89th


Emily Gillette running in the Section 8A Cross Country meet

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CROOKSTON GIRL’S SWIMMING WRAPS UP REGULAR SEASON AT NORTHWEST BORDER CONFERENCE MEET 

The Crookston Pirates Girl’s swimming team finished in fourth place in the Northwest Border Conference Meet in Warroad. Thief River Falls won the four-team meet with a team score of 599, 50 points ahead of Warroad-Roseau-Greenbush-Middle River.
1. Thief River Falls-599
2. Warroad-Roseau - 549
3.  Fosston-Bagley-  512
4.  CROOKSTON-244
In the meet’s opening event, Crookston’s 200-medley relay team of Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman, and Claire Oman won the race by nearly 2-seconds. “We did well,” said Crookston head coach Marley Melbye. “We started out the meet right away with the 200-medley relay and the gals swam really well and they took that event home and just built a lot of momentum at the beginning of the meet. The girls were putting close to their best time together which is fantastic to be doing right now.” In Crookston’s next event Thea Oman took first place in the 200-freestyle with a blazing finish in 2:08.50. “Thea Oman won it and cut one-second off her time so another solid race for her,” summarized Melbye. “Another one that had a good race in the 200-freestyle was Fallon Johnson who took seventh place, so for a young, fairly new person to the competitive world of swimming she swam fantastic in that event.” Madison Hoiland got the Pirates back on the podium with a third-place finish in the 200-IM finishing in 2:39.74. “That’s one that she’s kind of gone back and forth on swimming but chose that over the 50-freestyle and relay looked great in the 200-IM,” noted Melbye.” Thea Oman continued her strong night winning the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.25. “She won the 100-freestyle and put up her personal best of the season by one-second and again she’s looking really good with a contending chance in a couple weeks,” added Melbye.
Crookston added another last podium trip with their 200-freestyle relay team of Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman, and Thea Oman combining for a time of 1:52.77. The Pirates Madison Hoiland added a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke winning with a 1:19.32 finish. 

The Pirates return to the pool in two weeks when Crookston returns to Warroad for the Section 8A Meet beginning Friday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m. and continuing Saturday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m.
 
Pirate  (Top 5 places) Event Time Place
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:08.79 1st
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:07.66 1st
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 57.32 1st
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:17.29 1st
Madison Hoiland 200 IM 2:39.90 3rd
Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Freestyle Relay 1:52.77 3rd
Fallon Johnson 500 Freestyle 6:36.86 5th


 

 


MARY WINS FIRST NSIC MATCH OF THE SEASON OVER UMC VOLLEYBALL 

The University of Mary Marauders’ volleyball team won its first conference match of the season 3-1 over Minnesota Crookston in an NSIC match played at McDowell Activity Center in Bismarck, ND.
The Golden Eagles looked poised to dominate on the road to start the first set. Minnesota Crookston jumped out to a 5-0 lead following three UMary errors and kills from Sydney Kruisselbrink (Soph., Rochester) and Kaitlin Sikkink (R-Jr., St. Charles). The lead grew to 6-1 after a kill by Porsha Porath (Fr., Windom). The Marauders responded by taking the next six points to stake their first lead of the set 7-6. A UMary service error tied the set at 7-7 and allowed the Golden Eagles to take five of the next six points including a kill from Lauren Wallace (R-Fr., Bloomington) giving Minnesota Crookston an 11-8 lead. Back-to-back kills by the Marauders’ Katja Berge (Soph., Hillsboro, ND) sparked UMary to take five of the next six points allowing the Marauders to take a 13-12 lead. Later in the set, with the Golden Eagles trailing 20-16, Minnesota Crookston pulled to within 20-19 after a pair of UMary attacking errors and an ace served by Katie Lienemann (Soph., Rosemount). Facing set point down 24-21, Deaira Gresham (Soph., Maplewood) kept the set alive with a kill followed by a Marauders’ error to continue the set before UMary’s Morgan Schnabel (Soph., Lehr, ND) closed out the set with a kill giving the hosts a 25-23 set one win. 
In the second set, Minnesota Crookston again took an early lead with a kill by Callie Schapekahm (Sr., Eagan) closing out a 4-0 start to the frame for the Golden Eagles. With UMC leading 8-5 a trio of attacking errors from the Marauders along with two kills from Gresham and one from Wallace grew the Golden Eagles lead to 14-5. UMary tried to comeback late with a three-point run pulling the hosts within 18-12, but UMC would not be denied with back-to-back kills from Deaiara Gresham and Lauren Wallace closing out the UMC 25-15 second set win.
In the third set, the Marauders opened with a 4-1 lead before a Porsha Porath kill and UMary error pulled Minnesota Crookston within 4-3. A kill by Kaitlin Sikkink (Jr., St. Charles) and another Marauders' attacking error tied the set at 5-5. Trailing at 16-15, UMary took three-straight points including an ace served by Geovana Almeida (Sr., Santos, SP, Brazil) to give the Marauders an 18-16 lead. UMC tied the set at 18-18 following a service error and kill from Gresham. UMary responded with five of the next six points to take a 23-19 lead before a UMC kill by Callie Schapekahm pulled the visitors within 23-20. However, the Marauders took the next two points including a kill hit by Bailey Harms (Fr., Chaska) to close out the third set 25-20. 
Looking to close out the match in the fourth set, the University of Mary picked up back-to-back kills giving the Marauders a 2-0 lead.  Minnesota Crookston answered by taking the next four points to claim a 4-2 lead. Trailing 5-3, UMary took three-straight points including an ace served by Sydney Murphy (Soph., Bismarck, ND) giving the hosts a 6-5 lead.  Tied at 6-6, the Marauders took four of the next five points capped off by a kill hit by Julianna Hughes (Jr., Lakewood, CO) giving UMary a 10-7 lead. The Marauders continued to pull away in the set with back-to-back kills giving the hosts a 12-8 lead and later a pair of UMC errors growing the UMary lead to 16-10. Later in the set, Geovana Almeida served another ace growing the Marauders lead to 19-13. Minnesota Crookston continued to fight with a kill by Kaitlin Sikkink and a bad set from UMary closing the visitor’s deficit down to 23-20. Three-straight Marauders’ errors tied the set at 24-24, but a kill followed by an ace from Katja Berge closed out the fourth set 26-24 and secured the UMary 3-1 victory. 

 

1

2

3

4

UMC

23 25 20 24

U of Mary

25 15 25 26
 

For UMC
Kills –  Deaira Gresham-12, Porsha Porath-10, Callie Schapekahm-8, Kaitlin Sikink-7
Blocks – Kaitlin Sikink-4, Lauren Wallace-3
Assists –  Syd  Kruisselbrink-36
Digs - Syd Kruisselbrink-14, Deaira Gresham-9, Katie Linemann-9
Aces –  Syd Kruisselbrink-1, Katie Linemann-1

 

 

 



UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER FAILS TO SCORE FOR THE 13TH TIME THIS SEASON IN LOSS TO NORTHERN STATE 


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team was shutout on Senior Day in a 3- 0 loss against Northern State in an NSIC match played at the UMC Soccer Field in Crookston.
Northern State struck early into the match to take a 1-0 lead. In the ninth minute of the match, Shianne Rosselli (Jr., Corona, CA) sent a header over Minnesota Crookston goalkeeper Olivia Puttin (Jr., Rogers) after receiving a cross from Stephany Estrada (Jr., Valencia, CA) giving the Wolves a 1-0 lead. Despite relatively even possession in the first half, which saw each side register four shots on goal, Northern State managed to protect a 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Wolves added to their lead. 62:35 into the match, Darian Leschewski (R-Sr., Cape Coral, FL) scored giving Northern State a 2-0 lead. 32 seconds later Shiane Rosselli scored her second goal of the afternoon dribbling into the box before firing a shot into the net giving the visitors a 3-0 lead. Minnesota Crookston proved unable to score the rest of the match and ultimately were held scoreless for the eighth straight match.
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-14-2 overall and 1-11-2 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston wraps up its season on Sunday when UMC travels to MSU-Moorhead on Sunday for their final match of the season kicking-off at 1 p.m. Northern State improves to 9-7-1 overall and 7-6-1 in conference play.
 


Kiya Gere fights for the loose ball    Paige Pettit controls the ball

 

 

1st

2nd Final
Northern State 1 2 3
UMC 0 0 0

Scoring
8:22 - NSU -  Shianne Rosselli  (Stephany Estrada)
62:35 - NSU - Darian Leschewski  (Teya Trujillo)
63:07 -  NSU -  Shianne Rosselli  (Darian Leschewski)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Jessica Otto - Northern State 4 4 8
Olivia Puttin - UMC 3 3 6






THURSDAY  -  OCTOBER 25, 2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE VOLLEYBALL WINS FIRST PLAYOFF MATCH SINCE 2009 WITH WIN AT TRF

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team won their first playoff game since 2009 with a 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-22, 25-19) victory over the Thief River Falls Prowlers in a Section 8AA Tournament first-round game in Thief River Falls. "My seniors wanted it and they didn't want this to be their last game," said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. "We had some great points, played some great defense, served well and had some nice attacks. We played very well tonight and the girls wanted it."
The day didn’t start well for the Crookston Pirates Volleyball team as they arrived late at Thief River Falls because of bus trouble, but it didn’t faze a determined Crookston team.

Game One
The match started 15 minutes late as Thief River Falls was gracious enough to allow the late arriving Pirates some more warm-up time. Both teams had a nervous energy to start the match with some long hits a couple times by Thief River Falls and the Pirates had a serve hit the back wall. They went back and forth and tied at 4-4 with the Pirates Rachel Hefta (Senior) getting the first kill of the night. Crookston took advantage of two hits out of bounds by the Prowlers to take a 6-4 lead. When Kylie Solheim (Senior) attack beat the Prowlers and a 7-5 lead, but the Pirates again had a serve that was way too strong to bring Thief River Falls within 7-6. The Pirates would get two straight points, one on a big hit by Hailey Seaver (Senior) to give Crookston their biggest lead at 9-6. Crookston led 10-7 when the Pirates again had problem with a serve but they recovered and scored again on a Hefta kill to take a 13-9 lead. Thief River Falls would score three in a row behind the serving of Marryn Dalager and the kills of Kylee Hoffard and Linnea Mowry and the Pirates still leading but only 13-12. Crookston would counter with three points in a row behind the hitting of Hefta to take a 15-12 lead but then again the Pirates had a bad serve, which was given right back by the Prowlers on a bad serve and Crookston’s lead was 16-13. Even though the Prowlers had problems getting hits in bounds, they kept swinging and they kept going out of bound and Crookston led 17-14. After Thief River Falls scored two in a row to make it 17-16 and then both teams traded points plus another Hefta kill gave Crookston a 20-17 lead and the Prowlers called a timeout. After the timeout, the Pirates had another bad serve but Thief River Falls gave it right back on a miscue followed by another Hefta kill. Hefta then was serving and with a jump serve scored an ace to take a 23-19. “We knew we could do this and play like we knew we could play,” said Hefta. Thief River Falls used their second timeout and came back out with a Mowry kill to make it 23-20 and followed by a hit into the net by Crookston and now it’s 23-21 with the Pirates clinging and two points away from the first set. The two teams had quite a rally before Haylie Rogalla had a cross-court kill to make it 23-22. Crookston would get to 24-22 after the Prowlers were in the net and then coming at the right time, a Casey Cwikla (Junior) serving ace to give Crookston a 25-22 win to claim the first set. “Casey has a hard serve and when she gets it down, it’s really effective,” said coach Stopa.

Game Two
The Pirates Hefta started the second set with a kill to give Crookston the early lead but it was returned by a huge attack from Rebecca Leier of Thief River Falls to make it 1-1 and Leier was quickly called for a lift and the Pirates back up 2-1. Leier started flexing a bit in the second set with another kill, served an ace followed by a kill by Mowry and Thief River Falls was up 5-2 when Hefta has another smack for a kill to cut Thief River Falls lead to 5-3. After another kill and ace by Thief River Falls, the Prowlers took a 7-3 lead and forced the Pirates to call a timeout. The Pirates Cwikla had a good serving run with an ace and three straight points before she placed one into the net and Thief River Falls lead was now 8-7. Thief River Falls behind the serving of Janae Erickson and the net play of Madison Kish, the Prowlers took a 12-7 lead which was their biggest of the match thus far. After the Prowlers took a 13-7 lead they had two straight mishits but Coral Mattison blasted a kill and another Crookston mistake and Thief River Falls mounted a 16-9 lead. The Pirates were looking to gain some momentum and did have two Hefta kills back to back and a mistake by Thief River Falls and their lead was down to 16-12. Hefta continued to be a pain for Thief River Falls with her third straight kill before another serving mistake by Crookston, but here comes Hefta slapping a kill off a Prowler. The two teams went back and forth with Thief River Falls maintaining a lead with a kill by Rogalla and a block by Mowry and a 21-16. The play at the net for Thief River Falls was a puzzle to the Pirates as the Prowlers ran out the second set and a 25-16 on a Kish kill to tie the match at one apiece.

Game Three
Crookston jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the third set and after a Thief River Falls timeout, the Prowlers scored three in a row before Hefta and Cwikla with kills put the Pirates up 9-3. “The start was amazing with our top server Seaver really doing a great job to start the third game,” said Stopa, “even though Thief River Falls was battling back, it gave us that early cushion.” Crookston was leading 12-8. The Pirate lead just didn’t seem safe and the Prowlers stormed back to tie the match at 13-13. The two teams would go back and forth and tied again at 16-16. When Leier blasted a winning kill it gave Thief River Falls their first lead at 17-16 but Crookston gets a point after a too long hit by the Prowlers. After a tremendous rally by both teams with a great Prowler save before Hefta slams one down followed by a Thief River Falls mishit and Crookston was back on top at 19-18. Crookston scored three points in a row with the third point coming after Thief River Falls played a ball out of bounds and couldn’t get it back on court and Crookston led 23-19 and the Prowlers called a timeout. Thief River Falls scored three points in a row to get within 23-22 and then it was Cwikla coming up with a big kill and put the Pirates on set point leading 24-22. After a Seaver block kept the ball alive, the Prowlers then mishit the ball into the net and Crookston won game three 25-22 to take a two games to one lead.

Game Four
“We knew this was an important set as we don’t get this one, we might not win this thing,” said Hefta, “but we were very determined to start the fourth set.” Nobody could get control in the fourth game being tied five times at 5-5. Crookston would find some room with a hit by Hefta and well placed hit by Seaver and a 9-6 lead for Crookston. After the Pirates took a 12-7 lead, Thief River Falls called a timeout. After the break, Crookston’s Seaver threaded an ace and a 13-7 lead which was answered by Thief River Falls twice including a big swing by Rogalla to make it 13-9. Thief River Falls had two serving aces, made a mistake serving and then Rogalla slammed a point down, followed by another ace by Katie Nelson and Crookston’s lead was now 14-13. Thief River Falls did the Pirates a favor hitting it into the net which was canceled by miscommunication by the Pirates mid row and Thief River Falls trailed 15-14. The excitement continued as it was tied 16-16 before the Pirates Hefta with another kill, a mistake on a return by Thief River Falls, a kill by the Pirates Sydney Anderson (Senior) and Seaver the Pirates were back up 20-16. “That was huge,” said Stopa, “after Syd’s swing I told Hailey (Seaver) that she would do it too and she sort of looked at me, but after she hit the point, she looked again and said you’re right.” After a Rogalla huge swing and kill it was 21-18 for Crookston which was four points away from set and match. Thief River Falls would hit it into the net but it was followed by a missed serve by Crookston before Hefta on two kills to put the game and match away at 25-19 and a three games to one victory. “This is amazing it really is,” said Stopa, “the girls wanted this and made it happened. We had some lapses tonight but kept battling back. My seniors didn’t want their high school careers to end tonight.”

With the win Crookston moves to 12-12-1 on the year and get another rematch with the Roseau Rams tomorrow night in Roseau in a Section quarterfinal match at 7:00 PM and KROX will have the RiverView Health pre-match show at 6:30 p.m. Thief River Falls ends their season at 7-19.


The Pirates celebrate the victory over Thief River Falls - click above


Kylie Solheim sets up Hailey Seaver as the Pirate student body looks on

 

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CROOKSTON

25 16 25 25

Thief River Falls

22 25 22 19


Hailey Seaver with a kill   Rachel Hefta taps the ball over  Dani Boyle on the serve receive

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta - 24, Hailey Seaver - 8
Blocks – Rachel Hefta - 1
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 36
Digs - Sydney Anderson - 15, Dani Boyle - 14, Rachel Hefta - 11
Aces – Kasey Cwikla - 2
 

 

 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S TENNIS DOUBLES LOSE TWICE AT THE MINNESOTA STATE INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Pirate Sophomores Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz lost their two matches today at the Minnesota State Individual Class A Girl's Tennis Tournament this morning at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center near downtown Minneapolis.  
Tiedemann and Borowicz lost to Greta Reichmann and Alissa Thorfinnson of Minnewaska Area 6-1, 6-2. “I think just the unfamiliarity of the facility,” explained Crookston head coach Mike Geffre of his team’s first match difficulties. “Minnewaska was down their last year and Litchfield also. I think a lot of those teams are a lot for familiar with playing in here. The sounds, the way the ball bounces and just the overall atmosphere.”
Crookston’s Tiedemann and Borowicz then played the number two doubles pair from Litchfield, Laney Huhner and Vaida Behnke in a three-set match losing 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 10-5. “It was definitely a learning experience,” said Geffre. “I thought we started off really slow on the day, but I thought we really picked it up as the day went on. We played better and better, in the last match that we played against Litchfield, I thought we played really well, we just couldn’t get the third set tie-break for that one, but like I said I thought we played pretty decent in that second set.”
While the two losses ended the Crookston pairs season and conclude the 2018 Crookston Girls Tennis season as a whole, the future is bright for this young team according to their head coach, “It’s an exciting time. It’s one of those things where we’re looked at as a team that has a good age group, but we still need our kids to get out and work to get there, but if we do get back down here we want to make an impact and do stuff that’s good.”


Catherine Tiedemann (L), Emma Borowicz (R)

 

Crookston

Opponents

Doubles

   

 

Catherine Tiedemann-
Emma Borowicz
Lost to Greta Reichmann-
Alissa Thorfinnson  (Minnewaska) (6-1, 6-2)

Lost to
Laney Huhner-Vaida Behnke  (Litchfield)  6-3, 6-7 (4-7)  10-5



 

 





WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 24,  2018

CROOKSTON BOYS’ SOCCER HOSTS END OF SEASON BANQUET

The Crookston Pirates Boys’ Soccer team celebrated the 2018 season with an end of the year banquet at the Crookston High School Commons.
The Pirates honored their All-Conference honorees while reflecting on their recently concluded 2018 campaign. Senior captain Dilon Owens was named 1stTeam All-Conference for Crookston. Juniors Jacob Brunelle and Ben Andringa both earned an all-conference honorable mention. After a slow start to the season, Crookston showed improvement as the season progressed with a 6-0 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, a 2-1 win over Detroit Lakes, a 2-1 win over Hibbing, and another 2-0 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
The Pirates ended their season with a 4-11-2 record and a first-round loss in the Section 8A Tournament 4-3 against East Grand Forks.
 

 

 

TUESDAY  -  OCTOBER 23, 2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE FOOTBALL PLAYS BETTER, BUT FALLS AT ROSEAU FOR SECOND TIME IN A WEEK

The Crookston Pirate Football team had a lead early in the second quarter, but the Roseau Rams scored two unanswered touchdowns on their way to a 25-12 victory in the first round of the Section 8AA Football playoffs in a game played at Rueben J. Halvorson Field in Roseau.
The game had an interesting start when Crookston kicked the ball off and the Pirates forced a fumble on the return and recovered the ball. On Crookston’s first offensive play, they fumbled the ball and Roseau recovered the ball, all in the first 21 seconds of the game. Roseau had their first offensive series and on the sixth play the Pirates forced another fumble and Blake Fee recovered the ball in the pile and the Pirates had the ball back. “I don’t know if anybody wanted the ball at the beginning of the game,” said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. “They fumbled, we fumbled, and you could tell it was nerves and both teams did a good job of ripping the ball out.” Things finally settled down for both teams and Crookston had the ball for their second series and the Pirates sophomore quarterback, Easton Tangquist, completed a 13-yard pass to Nick Garmen for a first down and three plays later the drive stalled, and Crookston was forced to punt. After a 30-yard Pirate punt, Roseau had the ball at their own 36-yard line and on their first play of the drive, Ben Olson ran 64 yards for a touchdown and less than four minutes into the game the Rams led 7-0. “We actually hit him in the backfield,” said Coach Butt. “We had to make sure we wrapped up and we didn’t, and he made us pay.”
The third time was the charm for the Pirate offense when they put together an 11-play drive. The drive started with a 19-yard run from Joe Doda and a few plays later he carried the ball 20 yards and on the next play a 15-yard carry and Lukas Meier added a 15-yard carry before he scored on a three-yard run and after the extra point run failed Roseau led 7-6. The 11-play Crookston drive spanned 85 yards with five first downs and gobbled up five minutes and six seconds of the clock. “I was so proud of our kids on that drive,” said Coach Butt. “Joe ran so hard, he ran hard and he ran hard. He had a great game, maybe the best of his career. The big boys did such a good job and that is the way it was supposed to look.” Roseau followed with three plays and a punt and Crookston started their next drive at their own 29-yard line.
On the first play of the drive, Crookston eighth grader Ethan Boll ran the ball 21 yards on his first varsity carry, Lukas Meier had a 12-yard carry, Doda added a 15-yard carry to set up a one-yard touchdown run for Meier and Crookston led 12-7 with 9:55 left in the first half. “Ethan Boll showed what kind of football player he’s going to be down the road,” said Coach Butt. “He is a big strong athletic kid and he ran the ball hard tonight.” Things were looking good for Crookston after a spirited start for the Pirates. Roseau responded in a big way on their next offensive series when Adam LePard started the drive with a carry of 33 yards and two plays later he added 13 more. Three plays later, Olson scored his second touchdown of the game on a five-yard run and after a two-point conversion, Roseau led 15-12 with 7:41 left in the half. Crookston struggled on the offensive end in their final two offensive series of the half and tried a fake punt, but came up empty on a carry for no gain and Roseau had the ball at the Crookston 34 yard line with 50 seconds left in the half. Roseau ran three plays and missed a 27-yard field goal, wide left and Roseau took a 15-12 lead into halftime. “Our kids played extremely hard and we had Roseau guessing and we did a good job of blocking and the backs ran hard,” said Coach Butt. “We were doing what we wanted to do, but we struggled a bit on making adjustments. I thought we played pretty good defense, but we got in some bad positions.”
Crookston started the second half with the ball and were forced into a three and out and they were forced to punt. The snap was low, Blake Fee scooped up the ball and Roseau chased him down for a loss of nine yards and more importantly for Roseau, they had the ball first and 10 at the Crookston 11-yard line. “That is not what we discussed at halftime,” said Coach Butt. “We goofed up and lined up in the wrong formations and in the wrong spot and put ourselves in a deep hole.” On the first Ram play, Ben Olson scored on an 11-yard carry to give Roseau a 25-12 lead less than two minutes into the second half. Crookston’s offense struggled the rest of the way and turned the ball over on downs a couple of times and Roseau missed another 27-yard field goal and the Pirates finished the game by getting all the seniors on the field and Roseau won 25-12 to advance to the Section 8AA semi-finals. Crookston will lose eight seniors, Chris Kazmierczak, Lukas Meier, Sam Overgaard, Blake Fee, Jaden Lubarski, Nick Garmen, Sam Sanchez, and Damien Hodgson. “I love those seniors and there was a lot of tears shed on the sidelines at the end,” said an emotional Coach Butt. “I have been around these seniors for a long time now and there is a lot of them that hang out a lot together and hang out at my house and I am going to miss the heck out of them.”
Crookston’s season comes to an end with a 2-7 record, while Roseau improves to 4-5 on the year and they will travel to Barnesville on Saturday to play in the Section 8AA semi-finals at 2:00 p.m.


Sam Sanchez and Nick Garmen in on the tackle of a Ram running back

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

CROOKSTON 6 6 0 0 12
Roseau 7 8 8 0 23


     Brooks Butt kicks off        Blake Fee gets ready to punt

1st Quarter
8:09  - Roseau -  Ben Olson 64 yard run  (Hunter Nelson kick)
2:54  - Crookston -  Lukas Meier 3 yard run  (run failed)

2nd Quarter
9:55  -  Crookston -  Lukas Meier  1 yard run  (run failed)
7:41 -   Roseau  -  Ben Olson  5 yard run  (Ben Olson run)


3rd Quarter
10:09  -  Roseau -  Ben Olson 11 yard run  (Ben Olson run)

4th Quarter
No Scoring


The future is bright for the Pirate football program with Ethan Boll (8th grader) rushing for 50 yards and Gunnar Gunderson (Freshman) with a throw at quarterback

  CROOKSTON

Roseau

First Downs 13 11
Rushing-Yards 37-180 44-243
Passing 6-15-0 1-4-0
Passing Yards 47 7
Total Yards 227 250
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-2
Penalties-Yards 1-1.5 8-75
Punts-Yards Ave. 3-29.7 3-33


Rushing

Crookston Roseau
Joe Doda                    16-134 yards Ben Olson               22-100 yards
Easton Tangquist           6- (-14) Jaden Warne            13-61
Ethan Boll                     5-50 Adam LePard           6-81
Lukas Meier                  5-11 Danny Wensloff         3-1
Gunnar Gunderson        3-8  
Brooks Butt                  1-0  
Blake Fee                     1-(-9)  

Passing

Easton Tangquist        4-8-0    33 yards

Danny Wensloff           1-3-0    7 yards

Gunnar Gunderson     2-5-0    14 yards

 

Nick Garmen              0-1-0     


Receiving

Jaden Lubarski       2-19 yards Ben Olson       1-7 yards
Tye Hamre             2-9  
Quinn Westlake      1-13  
Lukas Meier           1-6  


                     Haze/smoke was noticeable in the second half



 

CROOKSTON GIRL’S SWIMMING DROPS DUAL AGAINST MOORHEAD

The Crookston Pirates Girl’s swimming team fell 109-46 in a non-Section dual against Moorhead at the Crookston Community Swimming Pool.

The Pirates were led by a strong performance from Thea Oman. Oman won both the 100 and 200-freestyle events winning the 100 with a time of 1:04.44 and a 2:21.45 in the 200. In the 200-freestyle relay Fallon Johnson, Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland, and Thea Oman took first place with a time of 2:11.59. Madison Hoiland also took first place in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:29.16. Hoiland took second place in the 50-freestyle with a 30.81 finish. The 200-medley relay team of Mackenzie Aamoth, Madison Hoiland, Thea Oman, and Claire Oman finished in third place with a time of 2:29.21. Victoria Proulx was the last Pirate to reach the podium in the 100-butterfly with a third-place finish in a time of 1:44.08.
The Pirates return to the pool on Friday when Crookston competes in the North Border Conference Meet at Warroad beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Pirate   (Top 3 finishes) Event Time Place
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:21.45 1st
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 1:04.44 1st
Fallon Johnson, Claire Oman
Madison Hoiland, Thea Oman
200 Freestyle Relay 2:11.59 1st
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:29.16 1st
Madison Hoiland 50 Freestyle 30.81 2nd
Mackenzie Aamoth, Madison Hoiland
Thea Oman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:29.21 3rd
Victoria Proulx 100 Butterfly 1:44.08 3rd






SUNDAY - OCTOBER 21,  2018

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER FAILS TO SCORE FOR THE TWELFTH TIME THIS SEASON IN LOSS TO WAYNE STATE 
 

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team failed to score for the twelfth time in sixteen matches this season falling 6-0 Wayne State Wildcats in an NSIC match played at the Wayne State College Soccer Field in Wayne, Nebraska.
The Wildcats broke through first in the 31st minute when Sophia Ketchmark (Jr., La Vista, NE) sent a cross into the box that Christina Stasi (Sr., Omaha, NE) headed past UMC goalkeeper Athena DiMario Done (Soph., Windsor, Ontario) giving Wayne State a 1-0 lead. In the 42nd minute, Rylie Wehner (Soph., Golden, CO) fired a shot that DiMario Dome was able to block but the rebound fell to the foot of Brooke Buzzell (Sr., Monument, CO) who tapped the ball past the goal line giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead at halftime. 
After being held without a single shot in the first half, things went from bad to worse for Minnesota Crookston in the second half. In the 51st minute, Megan Phillips (Fr., Gillette. WY) cracked a free-kick into the net from 25-yards out giving Wayne State a 3-0 lead. Brooke Buzzell capitalized on another rebound in the 71st minute heading in a loose ball from close range giving the Wildcats a 4-0 lead. In the 75th minute, after DiMario Done made the initial save, the Golden Eagles conceded an own goal on the rebound pushing the hosts ahead 5-0. Wayne State scored their final goal in the 87th minute when Megan Phillips set up Amanda Clements (Fr., Omaha, NE) with a cross through the box which Clements shot into the net from seven yards out the wrap up the 6-0 win in which the Golden Eagles registered just one shot which missed wide in the 85th minute.
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-13-2 overall and 1-10-2 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston wraps up its season next weekend with a pair of games beginning with their home finale against Northern Stat beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday in Crookston before traveling to MSU-Moorhead on. Sunday for their final match of the season kicking-off at 1 p.m. Wayne State improves to 4-10-1 overall and 4-8-1 in conference play.

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY  -  OCTOBER 20, 2018

TURNOVERS COST MINNESOTA CROOKSTON FOOTBALL IN LOSS AT CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL

Minnesota Crookston football turned the ball over on their first two drives on the second-half allowing the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears to secure a 21-13 win in an NSIC game played at Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul.
After Minnesota Crookston won the coin toss, the Golden Eagles deferred giving the Golden Bears the football to start the game at their own 25-yard line following a kick-off through the end zone for a touchback. On Concordia-St. Paul’s first play from scrimmage quarterback Dom McKinzy (Sr., Kansas City, KS) rushed for three yards before handing the ball off to Lajuan Preston (Soph., Fort Myers, FL) who managed four yards on his first carry. Facing third down and three from their own 32-yard line, Dom McKinzy took a designed quarterback run to his right and broke loosed for 20-yards to the UMC 48-yard line. On first down and ten, Lajuan Preston rushed for nine yards followed by a five-yard carry to the UMC 34-yard line. Preston carried the ball for a third straight carry to the UMC 17-yard line followed by a seven-yard carry from Preston, his fourth straight run, to the Minnesota Crookston 7-yard line. On first and goal from the seven, Dom McKinzy rushed to the far pylon and dove into the end zone to cap off the nine play, 75-yard drive consisting of only running plays followed by an extra-point giving the Golden Bears a 7-0 lead with 10:47 remaining in the first quarter.
On Minnesota Crookston’s first possession, UMC picked up a first down with a pass from Jalin Scott (Jr., Houston, TX) to Shonte Smith (Jr., Pacoima, CA) for five yards marching UMC to their own 46-yard line where the drive stalled resulting in a punt. Concordia-St. Paul’s subsequent drive stalled after five plays resulting in a 10-yard punt into strong winds setting the Golden Eagles up at the CSP 46-yard line.
Facing third down and ten after the short punt, Minnesota Crookston’s Jalin Scott hit Shonte Smith over the middle for a 19-yard completion to the Golden Bears’ 27-yard line. After a first down incompletion, Jalin Scott rushed two straight plays for 13-yards to the CSP 12-yard line. On the following third down, Jonattan Mudd (Jr., Gardena, CA) was blocked from the football in the end zone while the ball was in the air resulting in a clear pass-interference flag giving the Golden Eagles an automatic first down from the CSP 2-yard line. On first and goal, Jalin Scott rushed for no gain, before Kevin Evans (Sr., Groveland, FL) took a handoff for a gain of one yard. On third down, Jalin Scott was dropped for a one-yard loss on a quarterback run. Minnesota Crookston settled for a field goal from 19-yards away kicked thru the uprights by Jared McLemore (Fr., Lucas, TX) cutting the deficit to 7-3 with 0:20 left in the first quarter.
Concordia-St. Paul’s next drive saw the Golden Bears reach the UMC red zone after a 17-yard run from Lajuan Preston moved CSP to the Minnesota Crookston 9-yard line. After Preston moved to the UMC four-yard line with a five-yard run, Preston took the next handoff and as he closed in on the goal line, Minnesota Crookston’s Skyler Quinn (Soph., Evansville, MN) ripped the football out of Preston’s hands and jumped on the loose football forcing the turnover and preventing Concordia-St. Paul from adding to their 7-3 lead.
Minnesota Crookston’s next drive started at their own two-yard line with an 18-yard completion from Jalin Scott to Rod Stewart (Sr., Fort Worth, TX) to the UMC 25-yard line. Later in the drive, a roughing the passer penalty following a late hit on Minnesota Crookston’s Jalin Scott moved UMC to the Concordia-St. Paul 41-yard line. Tristan Robbins (Fr., Muskegon, MI) came in at quarterback rushing for six-yards over the next two plays before Jalin Scott returned to quarterback and ran it for no gain on third down. Facing fourth down and four from the CSP 35-yard line. A false start penalty moved UMC back five yards before Jalin Scott was sacked for a loss of five yards turning it over on downs.
Both teams failed to move the football the rest of the first half battling the winds as the Golden Bears took a 7-3 lead into halftime. “We were pleased,” said Minnesota Crookston head coach Mark Dufner of his team’s first-half performance. “We went into halftime in a one-possession game knew we had the football to start the second half.”
Minnesota Crookston started with the football in the second half and gained their own 34-yard line following a Shonte Smith nine-yard run on first down. On second down, Jalin Scott was strip-sacked from his blindside by Dylan Wood (Jr., Lindstrom) before Concordia-St. Paul’s Jake Portz (R-Fr., Plainfield, IL) recovered the fumble at the UMC 27-yard line. “We were able to move the football right away, but unfortunately we turned it over right there,” said Dufner. “That’s the exact opposite of what we wanted to happen there. We just shot ourselves in the foot.”
The first play after the turnover Dom McKinzy rushed for 22-yards before handing it off the Emanuel Jones (Sr. Mundelein, IL) on first and goal as Jones seized a hole on the left side reaching the end zone giving Concordia-St. Paul a 14-3 lead after the extra-point.
On the Golden Eagles next possession Jalin Scott completed a 13-yard pass to Shonte Smith for a first down to the UMC 42-yard line. On Minnesota Crookston’s next play Jalin Scott failed to execute a proper handoff to Kevin Evans resulting in a second-straight fumble recovered by Concordia-St. Paul’s Dez Bassett (R-Fr., Mankato) who returned the fumble to the Minnesota Crookston 31-yard line. “We had some issues with our mesh out there,” said Dufner. “It looked like the running back had too much of a firm grip on it and that’s why it came out.” On the Golden Bears’ next play Dom McKinzy completed his first pass of the game hitting MJ Williams (Jr., Orange, CA) wide-open in the end zone giving Concordia-St. Paul a 21-3 lead just 3:50 into the third quarter.
Minnesota Crookston failed to score on their next drive punting to the CSP 17-yard line. On Concordia-St. Paul’s next possession, the Golden Bears moved the ball to their 40-yard line before Dom McKinzy completed his second and final pass of the afternoon to John Damrow (Sr., Delavan, WI). The tight-end ran up the middle of the field to the UMC 34-yard line before UMC safety Will Cole punched the ball out of Damrow’s hands from behind. The loose ball was recovered by the Golden Eagles’ Trevor Long at the UMC 21-yard line.
Minnesota Crookston drove the ball on their next possession deep inside Concordia-St. Paul territory. On third down and ten, Andy Groebner made a 10-yard reception for a first down. A fifteen-yard completion two plays later between Jalin Scott and Shonte Smtih moved UMC to midfield. Facing third down and six from the CSP 49-yard line, Jalin Scott found Andy Groebner (Fr., Andover) over the middle and for 24-yards and a UMC first down to the Concordia-St. Paul 25-yard line. As the drive continued into the fourth quarter, Minnesota Crookston found the end zone for the first time in the game when Jalin Scott found Rod Stewart open in the left side of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown cutting the deficit to 21-10 after a Jared McLemore extra-point. “Jalin, he was under duress all day long and was fortunate there to get some protection,” said Dufner. “Rod got some separation and made a nice play on the football.”
Minnesota Crookston’s defense forced a punt on Concordia-St. Paul’s next drive, but UMC did nothing with their possession punting it back to the Golden Bears 39-yard line after a 26-yard return.
Following another Concordia-St. Paul punt, UMC appeared poised to further cut into the deficit. On first down, Jalin Scott passed to Andy Groebner for five yards before Scott rushed for seven-yards to the UMC 49-yard line. On first down at midfield, Scott passed to Rod Stewart in the middle of the field before Stewart spun into CSP’s Blake Evans who dislodged the football from Stewart’s hands forcing a fumble recovered by Desmond Hudnall (Soph., Reseda, CA) at the CSP 27-yard line.
Concordia-St. Paul fumbled their next offensive snap that Ali Alkhatib (Sr., Rosemount) managed to recover for the Golden Eagles at the Concordia-St. Paul 40-yard line.
Minnesota Crookston failed to capitalize on the takeaway after Jalin Scott picked up just one yard on a fourth down and four-yard run giving possession back to Concordia-St. Paul. The Golden Bears carried their next possession 45 yards over ten plays while taking 4:15 off the clock before turning it over on downs themselves at the UMC 23-yard line.
With the clock winding down, Minnesota Crookston drove the ball down to the Concordia-St. Paul 14-yard line before Jared McLemore made his second field goal of the game from 31-yards away cutting the deficit to 21-13 with 28-seconds remaining. Minnesota Crookston’s subsequent onside kick from McLemore was sent high and deep over the front two walls of the Concordia-St. Paul hands team but bounced out of bounds preventing a Golden Eagles’ recovery and end UMC’s hopes of a comeback bid as the Golden Bears were able to kneel out the clock in their 21-13 win. “Effort overall has been good,” said Dufner. “Of course, there is going to be some frustration, but if there wasn’t any frustration that would probably be a bigger concern at this point. The guys have bought in and care about working hard and winning. We had some big plays and had an opportunity on the onside, we battled right down to the last play. We’ve got to continue to get better, but overall, we’re going in the right direction. Today was a step forward, but still not where we need to be. We still haven’t played our best football.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-7 on the season and return to Crookston when they host #5 Minnesota Duluth at Ed Widseth Field kicking-off at 1 p.m. The Golden Bears improves to 4-4.


Jalin Scott with a pitch on an option   Shonte Smith looks for room

Box score

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

UMC 3 0 0 10 13
Concordia-St. Paul 7 0 14 0 21


Will Cole and Trevor Long team up for a tackle of a Golden Bear

1st Quarter
10:47 - CSP - Dom McKinzy 7 yard run (Jonas Schenderlein kick)
0:20 - UMC - Jared McLemore 19 yard field goal


2nd Quarter

No scoring

3rd Quarter

13:06 - CSP - Emanuel Jones 5 yard run  (Jonas Schenderlein kick)
11:10 - CSP - M.J. Williams 31 yard pass from Dom McKinzy   (Jonas Schenderlein kick)


4th Quarter
14:52 - UMC - Rod Stewart 17 yard pass from Jalen Scott  (Jared McLemore kick)
0:28  -  UMC - Jared McLemore 31 yard field goal





UMC VOLLEYBALL FALLS STRUGGLES AT UPPER IOWA

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team struggled in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-8) loss to the Upper Iowa University Peacocks in a Northern Sun Conference match played in Fayette, Iowa.
Upper Iowa jumped out to a 4-1 lead with four kills to start the match. UMC answered with three straigh points to tie the set at 4. The teams were tied again at 7 and Upper Iowa held a 17-14 lead when they went on an 8-1 to win 25-15 for a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, Upper Iowa led 4-3 when they went on another 8-1 run for a 12-4 lead. The run was too much for UMC to recover from and Upper Iowa won the second set 25-14 for a 2-0 lead.
Upper Iowa dominated the third set and jumped out to a 16-2 lead and cruised to a 25-8 victory for a 3-0 win.
UMC drops to 4-20 on the year and 2-14 in the NSIC and will travel to Bismarck, North Dakota on Friday. Upper Iowa improves to 16-8 overall and 9-7 in the NSIC.

 

1

2

3

UMC

15 13 8

Upper Iowa

25 25 25
 

For UMC
Kills –  Sabrina Leuer-5,  Porsha Porath-5
Blocks – Porsha Portah-2
Assists –  Syd Kruisselbrink-16
Digs - Ali Schueler-11
Aces –  Porsha Porath-1, Ali Schueler-1






FRIDAY - OCTOBER 19,  2018

UMC VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE AT WINONA STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team started slow and didn't recover in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-19) loss to the Winona State Warriors in a Northern Sun Conference match played in Winona.
Winona State jumped out to a 6-1 lead to start the match and they cruised the rest of the way for a 25-13 win and a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, UMC jumped out to a 3-1 lead while taking advantage of three Winona State errors.  Winona State answered with an 8-2 run to take a 9-5 lead.  The Golden Eagles battled back to get within a 13-12 deficit before Winona State went on a 4-0 run to open up a five point lead and they held on the rest of the way for a 25-19 victory for a 2-0 lead.
In the third set, the teams were tied at 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, 13, and 15 when Winona State built an 18-15 lead.  UMC battled back to get within a 19-18 deficit, but Winona State dominated the end of the set and went on a 6-1 run behind five kills and a service ace to win the set 25-19 and win the match 3-0. 
UMC drops to 4-19 overall and 2-13 in the NSIC and they will travel to Upper Iowa on Saturday.  Winona State improves to 10-13 overall and 7-8 in the NSIC.

Box score

1

2

3

UMC

13 19 19

Upper Iowa

25 25 25
 

For UMC
Kills – Callie Schapekahm - 5, Porsha Porath - 5, Sabrina Leuer - 5
Blocks – Kaitlin Sikkink - 2
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 19
Digs - Porsha Porath - 8, Lauren Ulibarri - 6, Deaira Gresham - 6
Aces – Callie Schapekahm - 1, Sydney Kruisselbrink - 1

 

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER SHUTOUT IN LOPSIDED LOSS AT AUGUSTANA

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team was outshot 16-1 in a 7-0 loss against Augustana in an NSIC match played at Morstad Field in Sioux Falls, SD.
In the first half, Morgan Keirstead (Fr., Savage) wasted little time opening up the scoring, finding the net in the opening minute to give Augustana a 1-0 lead. In the sixth minute Reiley Klose (Sr., Fargo, ND) set up Grace Behm (Jr., Sioux Falls, SD) for a goal giving the Vikings a 2-0 lead. Augustana’s third goal came in the 36th minute after Rebekah Thoresen sent a pass to Claire Dahm (Jr., Ankeny, IA) giving the hosts a 3-0 lead. That lead became 4-0 in the 43rd minute after Kenzie Geiger (Fr., Ankeny, IA) scored the Vikings’ fourth goal giving Augustana a 4-0 lead at halftime. 
In the second half, Grace Behm scored her second goal of the match in the 59th minute pushing Augustana’s lead to 5-0. The lead became 6-0 in the 77th minute following an assist kicked by Skylar Moen (Fr., Sioux Falls, SD) to Jensen Froehlich (Jr., Sioux City, IA). The Vikings scored their final goal in the 87th minute when Shannon McKnight (Soph., Farmington, MN) fired a shot into the net closing out Augustana’s 7-0 win. Minnesota Crookston’s goalkeeper Olivia Putin (Jr., Rogers) returned to the net for this match and was tested often making nine saves on the sixteen shots sent on goal by the Vikings. 
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-12-2 overall and 1-9-2 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston returns to the pitch on Sunday when the Golden Eagles travel to Wayne, NE to take on Wayne State at 1 p.m. Augustana improves to 10-3-2 overall and 8-2-1 in conference play.

 

STEPHEN-ARGYLE THE TOP SEED FOR SECTION 8 9-MAN FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

The Stephen-Argyle Storm Football team received the top seed as expected in the Section 8 9-Man football playoffs.  The seeds and bracket are below.

Section 8 9-Man Standings (QRF Seeded - FINAL)
QRF
Seed
Team (QRF)
Section
Overall
No. 6 1 Stephen-Argyle (37.7) 5-0 8-0
No. 14 2 Kelliher/Northome (28.9) 1-0 6-1
No. 26 3 Kittson County Central (22.5) 3-2 4-4
No. 22 4 Goodridge/Grygla (23.8) 3-2 5-3
No. 33 5 Clearbrook-Gonvick (18.8) 2-2 4-4
No. 42 6 Northern Freeze (14.4) 1-3 3-5
No. 49 7 Lake of the Woods (10.1) 0-1 2-6
No. 52 8 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (8.6) 0-5 1-7

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UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL PICKED TO FINISH 11TH IN THE NSIC

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team was picked to finish 11th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll released Thursday, October 18. UMC was picked to finish 14th in the conference standings last year.
The Golden Eagles had 10 wins last season and entering their fifth season in 2018-19 under Head Coach Dan Weisse. The Golden Eagles return All-America Honorable Mention pick Harrison Cleary, the conference’s leading scorer in 2017-18. Cleary was also an All-NSIC First Team selection. He averaged 24.2 points per game as a junior for the Golden Eagles.
  In addition, the Golden Eagles bring back NSIC Defensive Player of the Year Gable Smith, who finished the season with an NSIC-best 3.8 blocked shots per game. The Golden Eagles bring back Ben Juhl, Chase Knickerbocker, Chase Johnson, Darin Viken, Javier Nicolau, Aaron Hollcraft, and Josh Collins, all of whom have played key roles for the Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles also brought in three newcomers to the squad who will look to battle for time, while redshirts Malcolm Cohen, Joey Meyer, and Brian Sitzmann will look for playing time, as well. The newcomers for Minnesota Crookston are Demarion Bariffe-Smith, Zach Westphal, and Sergio Nanu.
UMC opens up exhibition play November 3 against University of Northwestern (Minn.). The regular-season will get under way on November 10 in St. Paul with a game against Arkansas Tech University.

St. Cloud State and Minnesota State were selected by the league coaches as the preseason favorites in the NSIC for the 2018-19 season.  Both MSU and SCSU received 209 points with the Mavericks garnering eight first places votes and the Huskies five.  Sioux Falls was third in the overall poll with 191 points and three first place votes.  

In the divisional rankings, St. Cloud State was the unanimous choice in the north, picking up all seven first place votes. National Finalists from a year ago, Northern State was second in the north with 42 points and a first place nod.  
In the south, Minnesota State and Sioux Falls shared the top spot as both had 43 points and four first place votes.
Ryan Bruggeman of Southwest Minnesota State University was picked as the NSIC South Preseason Co-Player of the Year, along with Trevon Evans from the University of Sioux Falls. Gage Davis of St. Cloud State University was selected as the NSIC North Preseason Player of the Year.

Overall                                             Points
1. Minnesota State (8)....................... 209   
St. Cloud State (5).........................     209   
3. Sioux Falls (3)...............................
 191   
4. Winona State................................. 183   
5. Northern State................................177   
6. Southwest Minnesota State...........159   
7. Augustana...................................... 127   
8. MSU Moorhead............................. 120   
9. Upper Iowa....................................
 106   
10. Minnesota Duluth........................ 103   
11. Minnesota Crookston................... 94    
12. Wayne State.................................. 73    
13. Minot State...................................
 58    
14. Bemidji State ...............................
 50    
15. Concordia-St. Paul.......................
 44    
16. University of Mary......................
 17
First place votes in ( )

 
 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PICKED TO FINISH 13TH IN NSIC COACHES POLL

The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball program was selected to finish 13th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll released Thursday, October 18 by the NSIC office.

The Golden Eagle women's basketball team missed the NSIC Tournament quarterfinals for the first time since the 2013-14 season. UMC will look to rebound and they have a strong core for 2018-19 as they return three starters from 2017-18 with Isieoma Odor (Sr., F/C, Bloomington), Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., G, Marshfield, Wis.), and Stephanie McWilliams (Jr., G, Grand Forks, N.D.). Odor averaged 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a junior. Michaelis was third on the team in scoring last season with 10.9 points per game and looks poised for a strong senior season. In addition, sophomore Abby Guidinger (So., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) returns after she averaged 9.8 points per game as a Freshman.
UMC also returns Paige Weakley (Jr., G/F, Kearney, Mo.), Ashley Freund (So., G/F, Jordan), Amber Schoenicke (Jr., F/C, Marshall, Wis.), and Maria Delgado (Sr., G, London, England), who will all look to make their mark in 2018-19. Lastly, look for several newcomers to figure into the mix as Coach Mike Roysland has excitement for a strong group of eight freshman for the Golden Eagles. UMC has a promising group of new recruits joining the team with Bren Fox (Fr., C, Norwood Young America), Julia Peplinski (Fr., F, Hustiford, Wis.), Mary Burke (Fr., F, Virginia (Mt. Iron Buhl High School) and Alethea Kluge (Fr., F, Chisago City), Kylie Post (Fr., G, Corcoran), Kylea Praska (Fr., G, Thief River Falls), Paige Cornale (Fr., G, Oak Creek, Wis.), and Kayla Sirjord (Fr., G, Ulen).
The Golden Eagles open up their exhibition slate October 30 at University of North Dakota. They also take on University of Northwestern (Minn.) Nov. 3 at Lysaker Gymnasium, before starting the regular-season November 9 on a neutral court in Wayne, Nebraska against University of Nebraska-Kearney.

The University of Sioux Falls was selected by the league coaches as the overall and south division preseason favorite in the NSIC for the 2018-19 season. The Cougars received nine first place votes and amassed 208 points. MSU Moorhead received three first place votes to rank second with 185 points while Concordia-St. Paul got two first place votes and 178 points to sit third. Augustana garnered the last first place vote and 175 points to rank fourth. Minnesota Duluth was a point behind Augustana at 174 to rank fifth but was the coaches’ choice in the north division, getting two first place votes and 44 points. MSUM was second in the north with 43 points and four first place votes.
Gabbie Bohl of University of Mary was selected as the NSIC North Preseason Player of the Year, while Anna Schmitt of Concordia University-St. Paul was picked as the NSIC South Preseason Player of the Year.

Overall                                           Points
1. Sioux Falls (9)............................... 208
2. MSU Moorhead (3)....................... 185
3. Concordia-St. Paul (2)................... 178
4. Augustana (1)................................ 175
5. Minnesota Duluth.......................... 174
6. University of Mary (1).................. 164
7. Winona State................................. 163
8. Northern State................................ 133
9. Minnesota State............................. 114
10. Wayne State.................................. 98
11. St. Cloud State.............................. 97
12. Southwest Minnesota State.......... 73
13. Minnesota Crookston................... 63
14. Minot State................................... 42
15. Bemidji State ............................... 30
16. Upper Iowa................................... 23
First place votes in ( )

 

 

 

THURSDAY - OCTOBER 18,  2018

PIRATE FOOTBALL TO GO BACK TO ROSEAU IN FIRST ROUND

The Crookston Pirate Football team dropped down to the sixth seed because of tie-breakers and will travel to Roseau to take on the Rams in the first round of the Section 8AA Football tournament.
The seeds are below with the QRF info, provided by www.minnesota-scores.net.
Crookston lost to Roseau 35-14 in the final game of the regular season.

Section 8AA Standings (QRF Seeded - FINAL)
QRF
Seed
Team (QRF)
Section
Overall
No. 5 1 Hawley (62.8) 4-0 7-1
No. 15 2 Barnesville (54.7) 3-1 6-2
No. 39 3 Roseau (29.2) 3-2 3-5
No. 48 4 Warroad (20.6) 1-1 2-6
No. 49 5 Bagley (19.3) 0-1 4-4
No. 46 6 Crookston (21.9) 1-3 2-6
No. 52 7 Frazee (15.8) 1-4 1-7
No. 59 8 United North Central (8.4) 0-1 0-8

First round games on Tuesday, October 23 - 6:00 p.m.
#8 United North Central at #1 Hawley
#5 Bagley at #4 Warroad
#6 Crookston at #3 Roseau
#7 Frazee at #2 Barnesville

Semi-final games on Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Championship - November 2 at 8:00 p.m. at the Fargodome

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MAHNOMEN-WAUBUN GETS TOP SEED IN SECTION 8A

The Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbids received the top seed in the Section 8A Football playoffs.  Red Lake County earned the top seed with their 7-1 record and even though they had less points than Polk County West, they beat the Thunder in their only meeting so they had the tie-breaker.  Polk County West had the head to head tie-breaker with Fertile Beltrami.  The seeds and info are below -

Section 8A Standings (QRF Seeded - FINAL)
QRF
Seed
Team (QRF)
Section
Overall
No. 3 1 Mahnomen/Waubun (64.7) 4-0 8-0
No. 12 2 Red Lake County (43.9) 4-1 7-1
No. 11 3 Polk County West (45.3) 3-2 6-2
No. 14 4 Fertile-Beltrami (42.3) 2-2 5-3
No. 47 5 Fosston (17.4) 2-4 2-6
No. 53 6 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (13.0) 1-4 1-7
No. 57 7 Red Lake (7.1) 0-3 0-7
No. 55 Cass Lake-Bena (8.5) 1-1 2-5

First round games on Tuesday, October 23 -
#1 Mahnomen-Waubun receives a bye (Cass Lake-Bena Forfeits)
#5 Fosston at #4 Fertile-Beltrami
#6 Badger-Greenbush-MR at #3 Polk County West
#7 Red Lake at #2 Red Lake County

Semi-finals - Saturday October 27  (2:00 and 6:00 p.m.)

Championship - November 1 at 8:00 PM at the Fargodome

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SECTION 8AAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BRACKET RELEASED

The Perham Yellowjackets will be the top seed in Section 8AAA and the East Grand Forks Green Wave will be the second seed and both will receive first round bye's. We have the seeds and tournament schedule below -

QRF
Seed
Team (QRF)
Section
Overall
No. 14 1 Perham (62.2) 5-0 6-2
No. 20 2 East Grand Forks (52.7) 4-1 5-3
No. 22 3 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (49.4) 3-2 4-4
No. 26 4 Pequot Lakes (42.9) 2-3 4-4
No. 43 5 Park Rapids Area (23.2) 1-4 2-6
No. 49 6 Thief River Falls (16.3) 0-5 0-8

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WEDNESDAY  -  OCTOBER 17, 2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE FOOTBALL STRUGGLES AGAIN IN LOSS TO ROSEAU

The Crookston Pirate Football team was held to a loss of seven yards in the first half and trailed 20-0 and the Roseau Rams held on the rest of the way for a 35-12 victory in a Section 8AA matchup played in Roseau.

Roseau won the coin toss and elected to receive to start the game.   Roseau’s first drive went six plays before they were forced to punt and after a 27-yard punt, Crookston started the drive on their own 14-yard line.  After three plays and a 30-yard punt and a 20-plus yard return, Roseau had the ball at the Crookston 30-yard line.  The Rams had a nine-play drive that was capped by a Ben Olson five-yard touchdown run and after a missed extra point kick and they held a 6-0 lead with 3:19 remaining.  Crookston ran three more plays and were forced to punt the ball for the second straight series.  Roseau started their third offensive series at the Crookston 47-yard line and nine plays later they scored on another Olson five yard run for a 12-0 lead with 8:56 left in the half.  Crookston’s third offensive possession was same as the first two with another three plays and punt.  Roseau started the fourth offensive series with the ball at the Crookston 40-yard line and eight plays later they scored on an Olson 30-yard run and after a two point conversion pass, the Rams led 20-0 with under four minutes left in the half.  Crookston lost seven yards on 14 plays in the first half, while Roseau had 200 yards rushing. "We just couldn't keep going up front," said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. "We didn't do a very good and they took it to us and we have to do a better job offensively. We put our defense in a bad position consistently and you can't do that."
Crookston made a change in the second half and it seemed to work and give the team a spark as freshman quarterback, Gunn
ar Gunderson (5’6 118-pound freshman) came into the game and orchestrated some nice drives.  The Pirates started the second half with the ball and on the second and third plays, they recorded their first and second first downs of the game.  Four plays later, Crookston had a fourth down and one-yard play and handed off to Lukas Meier who ran for three yards and another Pirate first down to keep the drive going.  Two plays later, Joe Doda ran for 15 yards and ran again for a one-yard touchdown and Crookston trailed 20-6 with 7:21 left in the third quarter. "That got us to a two score deficit," said Coach Butt. "Gunner came out and played well and Lukas and Joe ran the ball hard. We made the decision at halftime to give Gunnar a try and put Brady back on the line and that worked for us."   Crookston ran into the turnover bug when they threw an interception on the next two series and they turned it over again with a fumble and Roseau took advantage with two touchdowns five minutes apart for a 35-6 lead.  Crookston started the final drive of the game at their own 31 yard line and marched the ball downfield and Crookston got the ball down to the one yard line and Coach Butt was yelling at Gunderson to spike the ball, but Gunderson, knowing exactly what he should do, took the snap and as soon as the ball hit his hands he dove to the left and scored on the quarterback sneak for his first varsity touchdown and with 20 seconds left in the game, Roseau led 35-12. "I was yelling at him to spike it and he took it in and it was good to see him sneak it in," said Coach Butt. "Gunner did some nice things for us and he ran the option well." Roseau took a knee and the game was over with the Rams winning the game 35-12.

Crookston ends the regular season with a 2-6 record and will either play at Roseau or Bagley in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. "Wherever we go we have to get better," said Coach Butt. "Until we get better, it doesn't matter where we go or who we play." Roseau improves to 3-5 on the year and they will host a first round playoff game on Tuesday. 


Two Pirates team up to make a tackle in the second half

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

CROOKSTON 0 0 6 6 12
Roseau 6 14 0 15 35


 Jaden Lubarski tries to break a tackle on a kick return

1st Quarter
3:19 - Roseau  -
Ben Olson 5 yard run (kick failed)

2nd Quarter
8:56 - Roseau  -
Ben Olson 5 yard run (pass failed)
3:43 - Roseau  -
Ben Olson 30 yard run (Danny Wensloff pass to Jack Hirst)

3rd Quarter
7:21 - Crox - Joe Doda 1 yard run (run failed)

4th Quarter
8:55 - Roseau -
Adam LePard 3 yard run (Adam LePard run)
3:44 - Roseau - Danny Wensloff 57 yard fumble return  (Hunter Nelson kick)
:20 - Crox- Gunnar Gunderson 1 yard run (run fail)


Gunnar Gunderson looks to pitch the ball    Blake Fee with a tackle from behind

  CROOKSTON Roseau
First Downs 9 20
Rushing-Yards 35-113 44-280
Passing 2-11-2 3-8-0
Passing Yards 22 22
Total Yards 135 302
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 1-5 8-90
Punts-Yards Ave. 4-32 1-27


Rushing

Crookston Roseau
Lukas Meier            13-49 Ben Olson             19-121
Joe Doda                 12-50 Adam LePard        12-73
Ty Hamre               3-13 Jaden Warne          11-58
Gunnar Gunderson    3-12 Jonathan Bender     1-18
Easton Tangquist      3-(-14) Danny Wensloff      1-10
Brady Butt                1-3  

Passing

Gunnar Gunderson         2-6-2     22 yards

Danny Wensloff      3-8-0   22 yards

Brady Butt                     0-3-0

 

Ty Hamre                    0-2-0  


Receiving

Ty Hamre        2-22 Jonathan Bender      1-14
  Adam LePard          1-4
  Aiden Walsh            1-4







TUESDAY  -  OCTOBER 16, 2018

STEPHEN-ARGYLE STORM FOOTBALL WRAPS UP UNDEFEATED REGULAR SEASON WITH WIN OVER NEVIS

The Stephen-Argyle Storm football team wrapped up their undefeated regular season with a 55-6 win over the Nevis Tigers in a non-section game played in Argyle.
In the first quarter, the Storm forced a three-and-out and took possession of the football on their opening drive. Nathan Kotts gave Stephen-Argyle the lead with a 25-yard run into the end zone giving the Storm a 7-0 after the extra-point with 7:36 left in the first quarter. With 5:09 left in the first quarter, Kotts scored his second touchdown of the game with a 5-yard run around the left edge past the goal line giving the Storm a 14-0 lead after the extra-point.
After forcing another Tigers’ punt, Stephen-Argyle punched in a third touchdown in the first quarter as Dawson Feuillerat rushed up the middle untouched and into the end zone giving the Storm a 21-0 lead with 3:17 left in the first quarter.
Feuillerat found the end zone on Stephen-Argyle’s next drive giving the Storm a 28-0 lead. Ashten Safranski got in on the scoring action for Stephen-Argyle with 6:43 left in the first half rumbling beyond the goal line with a 14-yard carry, but the extra point was missed wide-right limiting the Storm’s lead to 34-0.
Nevis’ only score of the game came on their next possession when quarterback Luke DeWulf avoided a tackle for a minimal game and cut upfield on the near sideline out running the Stephen-Argyle defense for a 68-yard touchdown after the failed two-point conversion cutting the deficit to 34-6. Michael Jacobson answered for Stephen-Argyle on their next drive punching in a scoring drive with a 2-yard run into the end zone for his first rushing score of the season giving Stephen-Argyle a 41-6 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the Storm continued their stellar play as Nathan Kotts burst free for his third rushing score of the night cutting through the Tiger defense on a 35-yard scoring run giving Stephen-Argyle a 48-6 lead. Michael Jacobson scored his second touchdown of the night on the Storm’s next possession to close out the 55-6 victory with Stephen-Argyle scoring on each of their first eight possessions in the regular-season finale. “It was parent’s night and we got the win, that’s about all you could ask for,” said Stephen-Argyle head coach Ethan Marquis after finishing the undefeated regular season.
The Storm wrap up their regular season with an 8-0 and return to the field next Tuesday when Stephen-Argyle hosts Warren-Alvarado-Oslo in the Section 8 9-man playoffs first round.

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Nevis 0 6 0 0 6
Stephen-Argyle 21 20 14 0 55

1st Quarter
7:36 - Stephen-Argyle -
Nathan Kotts 25 yard (kick good)
5:09 - Stephen-Argyle -
Nathan Kotts 5 yard run (kick good)
3:17 - Stephen-Argyle - Dawson Feuillerat 14 yard run (kick good)


2nd Quarter
10:03 -
Stephen-Argyle - Dawson Feuillerat 13 yard run (kick good)
6:43 - Stephen-Argyle - Ashten Safranski  14 yard run (kick failed)
5:06 - Nevis -
Luke DeWulf 68 yard run (run failed)
3:33 - Stephen-Argyle -
Michael Jacobson 2 yard run (kick good)
3rd Quarter
9:23 - Stephen-Argyle -
Nathan Kotts 35 yard (kick good)
2:17 -
Stephen-Argyle - Michael Jacobson 15 yard run (kick good)

4th Quarter
No Scoring


 

KATHERINE GEIST WINS HER 10TH CROSS COUNTRY MEET OF THE YEAR

Crookston's Katherine Geist won her 10th straight cross country meet of the season when she won the Bemidji Cross Country Invitational in Bemidji.  Katherine was first out of 80 runners with a time of 19:34, which was 23 seconds better than Perham's Liz Birkeland.   Emily Gillette finished in 69th place with a time of 25:29. 
Perham won the team competition with 43 points, 13 points better than Moorhead.  Other teams competing were Staples-Motley, Bemidji, East Grand Forks, Pelican Rapids, Hawley, Crosby-Ironton, Warroad, Thief River Falls, Roseau, Ada-Borup/Norman County West, and Bagley-Fosston.


Katherine Geist after she crossed the finish line   Geist (on left) with her 1st place medal
(Pictures submitted by Coach Kirk Misialek and Coach Kaylen Bakke)

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CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRL'S SWIMMERS HOSTING THE TWO GRAND FORKS SCHOOLS AND THIEF RIVER FALLS

The Crookston Pirate Girl's Swim team came up short in all three "duals" with losses to Thief River Falls, Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River in a quadrangular at the Crookston Community Pool.  The teams only swam once, but the times were taken and compared to the other teams for the "dual" scores. 
The Pirates had one first place finish with Thea Oman winning the 100 Freestyle race.  Thea also had three third place finishes in the 200 Freestyle and she was on the 200 Meter and 200 Freestyle relay teams.  Madison Hoiland had second place finishes in the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke and she was on the third place relay teams.  Claire Oman was the other Pirate individual to have a top three finish with a third place in the 200 IM.  Crookston will host Moorhead for a dual on Tuesday, October 23.  The team scores are below.

Team scores -
Grand Forks Central beat Crookston 95-50
Grand Forks Central beat Grand Forks Red River 81-66
Grand Forks Central beat Thief River Falls 100-57
Grand Forks Red River beat Crookston 70-61
Thief River Falls beat Crookston 90-68
Thief River Falls beat Grand Forks Red River 84-73

Pirate Event Time Place
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 1:04.90 1st
Madison Hoiland 50 Freestyle 30.77 2nd
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:26.63 2nd
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,     
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Meter Relay 2:26.86 3rd
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:22.26 3rd
Claire Oman 200 IM 3:10.46 3rd
Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland,     
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Freestyle Relay 2:06.44 3rd






MONDAY  -  OCTOBER 15, 2018

PIRATE VOLLEYBALL WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT WITH 3-0 VICTORY OVER CLIMAX-FISHER


Pirate Seniors - Katelynn Genereux, Sydney Anderson, Kylie Solheim, Rachel Hefta, Hailey Seaver and Karly Resendiz - The seniors and Coach Stopa after the match
 

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team finished the regular season on a four-match winning streak with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-23) victory over the Climax-Fisher Knights on senior night at the Crookston High School gymnasium. The Crookston Pirates have five senior players (Kylie Solheim, Hailey Seaver, Sydney Anderson, Katelynn Genereux, and Rachel Hefta) and one senior manager (Karly Resendiz) and they were in tears after the victory. “I told them they are all seniors and I am proud of these girls and senior night is an emotional night for all of them,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “They have given a lot to the program and I told them this was their last volleyball game on this court.”
Crookston started the match by starting all five senior players and freshman Rylee Solheim. The line up worked as Crookston scored the first three points of the match with a Rachel Hefta kill, a bad Knight pass and a Rylee Solheim kill for a 3-0 lead. “There are so many emotions on senior night and Rylee said I’ve got you guys,” said Coach Stopa. Climax-Fisher battled back to tie the set at 6-6 with a Delainey Fogarty kill. Crookston answered with a 9-3 run behind two kills apiece from Hefta and Rylee Solheim. Crookston held on to the lead the rest of the way and led 22-16 when Hailey Seaver served an ace and after the Knights were called for four hits, Hefta had a kill for the set winner for a 25-16 victory for a 1-0 lead. “The seniors have done this all season. They know when we need a point and get it and they have done it all season,” said Coach Stopa. “They played strong and kept going throughout the set.”
Climax-Fisher started the second set by scoring the first two points, including a Fogarty kill. Crookston responded with two points and kills from Kylie Solheim and Hefta, followed by a Sydney Anderson ace for a 5-2 lead. Crookston held the lead for the rest of the set and with a 23-19 lead, the Pirates Hefta had a kill and an ace for a 25-19 victory and a 2-0 lead. “The girls kept fighting and they did,” said Coach Stopa. “I think we missed a few serves, I think three or four. I thought we had a lot of hustle points and that was the difference.”
The third set was the closest of the evening and Crookston jumped out to a 3-1 lead. Climax-Fisher answered with kills from Bailee Scheer and Fogarty to tie the set at 3-3. The teams were tied at 4, 5, 9, 10, and 11 when Crookston went on a 5-0 run with a Knight shot out of bounds and four Hefta kills for a 16-11 lead. “Rachel didn’t swing super hard today, but found the open spots on the floor,” said Coach Stopa. Crookston committed six hitting errors on the next eight points and Climax-Fisher tied the set at 18. The teams were tied again at 20 and 23 when Hefta had a huge kill down the sideline on the near side of the floor for a 24-23 lead and on the next point the Knights serve receive had a pass go towards the net and the setter went under the net on the set and Crookston was awarded the point for a 25-23 victory to win the match 3-0. “It got a little tight towards the end and our hustle plays increased and we weren’t going to let the ball hit the ground,” said Coach Stopa. “I told the girls to swing and cheer and we did to win the match. I am happy with the way we are playing right now and we are looking forward to some practice time before we start playoffs.”
Crookston improves to 11-12-1 on the year and will likely travel to Thief River Falls on Thursday, October 25 for the first round of the playoffs. Climax-Fisher drops to 3-20 on the year and will take on Fertile-Beltrami Tuesday night to wrap up the regular season and they will have a Section 8A pigtail game on Monday against an opponent to be decided later this week. “We are right there, we just have to finish,” said Knight coach Kelsey Wagner. “Sometimes we get down on ourselves and that happens with a young team. We have a lot of underclassmen and we need to figure out some of the little details and as they play more, they get better.”
J.V. – Crookston won 2-0 C-Squad – Crookston won 2-0


Kylie Solheim with one of her assists         Hailey Seaver with an attack
            (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1

2

3

Climax-Fisher

16 19 23

CROOKSTON

25 25 25


Delainey Fogarty with an attack (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

For Crookston
Kills – 
Rachel Hefta – 19, Hailey Seaver – 4, Rylee Solheim - 4
Blocks Hailey Seaver - 3
Assists – 
Kylie Solheim – 26
Digs -
Hailey Seaver- 15, Kylie Solheim – 15, Danielle Boyle - 7
Aces
Rylee Solheim - 2


The Crookston Pirate Senior Volleyball players and their parents before the match. (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 





SUNDAY - OCTOBER 14,  2018

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER SHUTOUT IN LOSS TO CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle women's soccer team was held without a shot in the second half of a 2-0 loss to Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears in a Senior Day, NSIC match played at the UMC Soccer Field in Crookston.
Neither side looked dominant in the first half of the game with Minnesota Crookston and Concordia-St. Paul each generating three shots on goal. Concordia-St. Paul goalkeeper Emily Nelson (Jr., Brooklyn Park) made all three saves she was challenged with while the Golden Bears’ Jordan Rowan-Stafford (Sr., Oakdale) scored her fourth goal of the season from close-range on a strike placed into the low corner away from Minnesota Crookston goalkeeper Athena DiMario Done (Soph., Windsor, Ontario) in the 21st minute giving Concordia-St. Paul a 1-0 lead at halftime. 
In the second half, Jordan Rowan Stafford scored her second goal of the match firing a shot up and out of the reach of DiMario Done off an assist from Cayla Renwick giving Concordia-St. Paul a 2-0 lead in the 73rd minute. The Golden Bears continued their offensive onslaught in the final 45 minutes generating six shots on goal in the second half while holding Minnesota Crookston without a single shot in the final half. Concordia-St. Paul goalkeeper Emily Nelson’s 3 saves in the first half proved to be enough for the shutout to secure the 2-0 win for the visitors.
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-11-2 overall and 1-8-2 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston returns to the pitch on Friday when the Golden Eagles travel to Sioux Falls to take on Augustana at 4 p.m. Concordia-St. Paul improves to 8-3-3 overall and 5-3-3 in conference play.



Maggie Peters plays the ball in the air   Lindsay Daml gets to the ball before the Golden Bear player

 

 

 

SATURDAY - OCTOBER 13,  2018

CATHERINE TIEDEMANN AND EMMA BOROWICZ ADVANCE TO STATE TENNIS TOURNEY


Emma Borowicz, Catherine Tiedemann and Hayden Winjum (Picture by Francine Olson)

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team had a great day at the Section 8A Individual Tournament at Courts Plus in Fargo, North Dakota with Emma Borowicz and Catherine Tiedemann finishing second place in the doubles tournament to advance to state and Hayden Winjum finishing third place.

SINGLES-
Hayden Winjum, a freshman, beat Grace Hinojos of Wadena-Deer Creek 6-4, 6-0 in the semi-finals to advance to the championship match.  "That was a girl she lost to earlier in the year, so it was a nice win," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Hayden started a little slow and picked up her play to get the weekend."
In the championship match, Hayden lost Natalie Kinkel of Park Rapids 6-0, 6-0.  "Kinkel beat everybody in the tournament in straight sets, so she was playing some great tennis," said Coach Geffre. "Hayden played well, but ran into a very good opponent." In the true second match, Hayden lost to Jodi Ostroski of Roseau 6-1, 6-1 to finish third place. "There was some great points in the match," said Coach Geffre. "Hayden made her work really hard, but Jodi is a great competitor and has been to state three years in a row and you could tell she wanted to go back her senior year.  Hayden really played a very good match, it was just Ostroski was a little better today."

DOUBLES-
Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz, a pair of sophomores, lost 7-6, 6-4 to Abby Morris and Kendra Coborn of Park Rapids in their semi-final match.   "It was a great match and one we would like to have back because we were serving in the first set leading 6-5," said Coach Geffre. "We played really well and played a couple of tight games and Park Rapids played well." Tiedemann and Borowicz beat Jenna and Maggie Dietrich of East Grand Forks 6-3, 6-2 in the third place match.  "We played pretty well to get the win and I don't think East Grand Forks played their best," said Coach Geffre. "But we played pretty well."   The Pirates had everything go the way they needed to get a true second match and beat Abby Burquest/Megan Aren (Parkers Prairie) 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 to advance to the Minnesota State High School League State Girls Tennis tournament.  "We played really well coming out of the gates, hitting great shots and then we stopped moving," said Coach Geffre. "We got rolling and played our best tennis in the third set.  It was interesting in the third set when we were up 5-0 and 40-15 and lost a couple points, but they settled down and refocused and finished it.  They were excited and they had a great day of tennis."

Coach Geffre was happy with his teams effort in the team tournament and in the individual tournament with a lot of underclassmen. "The individual tournament was dominated by seniors and we had the youngest players playing today with a freshman and two sophomores," said Coach Geffre. "This will be a great experience for Emma and Catherine and I think the kids have realized that we can play with anybody and it should get all the girls fired up for next year to make a statement."

Tiedemann and Borowicz will play in the first round of the Minnesota State High School League Individual Tennis tournament at the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis at 10:00 a.m. on October 25.


               Hayden Winjum          Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz

  Crookston Opponent/Score
    For the Singles bracket, click here
Singles Hayden Winjum beat Rachel Herman (Park Rapids)  6-4, 6-1
beat Lauren Rutten (Staples-Motley) 6-2, 6-2
Beat Grace Hinojos (WDC) 6-4, 6-0
Lost to Natalie Kinkel (Park Rapids) 6-0, 6-0
Lost to Jodi Ostroski (Roseau) 6-1, 6-1
Finishes 3rd place
     
Doubles   For the Doubles bracket click here
  Catherine Tiedemann
Emma Borowicz
Beat Kiersten Flaig/Ella Trangsrus (Roseau) 6-1, 6-2
Beat McKenne Aitchison/Delaney Aaker (EGF)  4-6, 6-0, 6-2
Lost to Abby Morris/Kendra Coborn (Park Rapids) 7-6, 6-4
Beat Jenna Dietrich/Maggie Dietrich (EGF)6-3, 6-2
Beat Abby Burquest/Megan Aren (Parkers Prairie) 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 to finish 2nd and ADVANCE TO STATE

 

 

 

WINONA STATE SHUTSDOWN MINNESOTA CROOKSTON FOOTBALL IN SLOPPY GAME

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle football team turned the ball over four times on fumbles but showed some positive signs late in a 51-13 loss to Winona State in an NSIC game played at Ed Widseth Field in Crookston.

UMC started the game with a three-and-out offensively before Stephen Day (Sr., Eveleth) punted the ball to the Winona State 24-yard line. Winona State’s second offensive play from scrimmage was a 21-yard carry by Javian Roebuck (Jr., Avondale, AZ) to the WSU 45-yard line and a sign of things to come for the Warriors offense. However, Winona State was unable to capitalize on the big play and settled for a 54-yard punt into the end zone for a touchback. The Golden Eagles failed to pick up a first down on their next possession and Winona State’s pressure on the UMC punt forced a two-yard punt high into the winds on the far sideline setting up the visitor’s next drive at the Minnesota Crookston 17-yard line. The Warriors capitalized on the short field three plays later with a 3-yard run by Eric Birth (Sr., Winona) into the end zone for a Warriors’ touchdown followed by a Paul Ortiz extra-point to give the visitor’s a 7-0 lead with 8:54 left in the first quarter.
The Golden Eagles picked up their first first down of the game on their next possession via a facemask penalty but were unable to capitalize after Kevin Evans (Sr., Groveland, FL) had the ball stripped out of his possession at midfield and Winona State’s David Munson (Fr., Chicago, IL) came up with the pigskin. The Warriors returned the favor on the very next play when quarterback Owen Burke (Soph., Denver, CO) failed to secure the snap under-center fumbling the ball allowing Minnesota Crookston’s defensive tackle Joe Warner (Jr., St. Louis Park) to dive on it at the WSU 49-yard line. The Golden Eagles turned it over two plays later when Elijah Todd (Jr., Toledo, OH) coughed it up and Cole LaLiberty (R-Soph., Chetek, WI) scooped up the loose ball for Winona State at midfield.
The Warriors picked up 11 yards on a Sam Santiago-Lloyd (Soph., West Bend, WI) run followed by a 12-yard carry for the tailback taking the ball to the UMC 28-yard line. The Warriors then turned to the air as Owen Burke connected with Eliot Cox (Sr., Lake City) for 17-yards before Santiago-Lloyd carried the ball the remaining 11-yards over two plays into the end zone giving Winona State a 14-0 lead after the extra point with 2:51 remaining in the first quarter.
The Golden Eagles next drive generated just 4-yards sending the punt team out at their own 29-yard line. A high snap to Stephen Day went over the head of the UMC punter, forcing Day to bat the ball out the back of his own end zone for a safety giving the Warriors a 16-0 lead. Following the free-kick, Winona Started their next drive at their own 46-yard line before a 7-yard pass from Owen Burke to Tyler Hughes (Fr., Onalaska, WI) set the Warriors up with a fourth down and one from the UMC 45-yard line to start the second quarter.
On fourth down, Javian Roebuck burst through the line gaining 8-yards and the first down. Later in the drive, Burke hit Santiago-Lloyd on a bubble screen for 7-yards and a Winona State first down. On the next play, Santiago-Lloyd rumbled to his left and into the end zone for his second touchdown of the day to give the Warriors a 23-0 lead after the PAT with 11:06 left in the first half. Minnesota Crookston sat Jalin Scott (Jr., Houston, TX) for their next drive bringing Tristan Robbins (Fr., Muskegon, MI) onto the field at quarterback, but the offense again failed to move the chains on their next drive punting it to the Winona State 14-yard line.
Neither team reached their opponent’s red zone the rest of the first-half with Winona State content to take a 23-0 lead into the locker room at half-time. “Our defense got some fourth-down stops in the first half,” said UMC head coach Mark Duffner. “Our offense set them up on some short fields and the turnovers really hurt us. The elements were coming to play and Winona State handled it a bit better than us.”
The Warriors put together a strong drive to start the third quarter. After an incompletion to start the half Sam Santiago-Lloyd broke loose for a 16-yard carry to the UMC 49-yard line. A few plays later, Santiago-Lloyd again showed his speed rushing for 25-yards to the Golden Eagles’ 17-yard line. Facing third down and two at the UMC 10-yard line Eric Birth was stood up for a loss of one yard on the ground before a holding penalty erased a fourth down conversion setting Winona State back to the UMC 22-yard line for fourth down and twelve. The Warriors offense stayed on the field for fourth down and Owen Burke found a wide-open Tanner Gran (Jr., Caledonia) in the middle of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown pass giving Winona State a 30-0 lead after the extra point with 11:01 left in the third quarter.
Minnesota Crookston’s best drive of the game came on their next possession as Tristan Robbins led Minnesota Crookston to the Winona State 14-yard line before the Golden Eagles turned it over on a poor lateral that was recovered by Winona State’s Ben McCabe (Fr., Caledonia). Both teams punted away their next possessions before Winona State took possession at the UMC 40-yard line following a 32-yard punt return by the Warriors’ Darryl Williams (Fr., Chetek, WI). Santiago-Lloyd carried the ball 16-yards to the UMC 24-yard line before Owen Burke found Darryl Williams in-stride for a 25-yard touchdown pass giving the visitor’s a 37-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Tristan Robbins watched a snap sail over his head and into his own end zone to start the fourth quarter allowing Winona State defensive tackle Alex Evans to dive on the football for a Warrior’s defensive touchdown giving the visitor’s a 44-0 lead following the PAT.
Minnesota Crookston’s next drive started at their own 25-yard line with a three-yard run by Kevin Evans moving the Golden Eagles to the 28-yard line before Shonte Smith (Jr., Pacoima, CA) jetted around the corner for 9-yards. Later, facing fourth down and two at their own 45-yard line, Tristan Robbins faked a pitch before finding space to spring 16-yards to the WSU 37-yard line. After a pair of incompletions and a run for no gain, Robbins found Kyler Banks (R-soph., Cannon Falls) for 33-yards to convert a fourth down and ten to the WSU 15-yard line. Robbins then sprung forward for 8-yards, before handing it off to Shonte Smith on a wide receiver reverse for a 4-yard touchdown run giving the Golden Eagles their first touchdown at home since September 8 as the Golden Eagles closed the deficit to 44-7 following the Jared McLemore (Fr., Lucas, TX) extra-point with 8:17 remaining. “(Robbins) has great agility and he’s a competitor,” said Duffner. “He’s shifty and that’s why he’s able to make some of those plays in a phone booth.”
The Warriors answered on their next possession when Miguel Benjamin (R-Fr., Chetek, WI) broke loose for a 70-yard run into the end zone for a Winona State touchdown pushing the lead back up to 51-7 with 7:00 remaining.
The Golden Eagles closed out the game with the final points of the afternoon on their next drive starting at their own 33-yard line. Tristan Robbins started the drive with a pair of completions to Andy Groebner (Fr., Andover) for 9-yards and a 6-yard screen pass to Jeremy Neuman (Soph., Andover). On fourth down and one, Robbins picked up five yards to the UMC 42-yard line. Following a 4-yard run by Boyce Harr (Fr., Spearfish, SD), Robbins scrambled for 8-yards and another first down. Robbins toted the ball an additional 10-yards on the next play setting UMC up at the Warriors’ 30-yard line. An 8-yard Robbins carry followed by a facemask moved UMC to the Winona State 12-yard line before Robbins was sacked, gained 4-yards on a run, and threw an incompletion setting the Golden Eagles up with fourth down and eight from the WSU 10-yard line. On fourth down, Robbins dropped back in the pocket before throwing a strike to Shonte Smith in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown cutting the deficit to 51-13 after the extra-point was missed wide to the left. “(Robbins) is a playmaker for us,” said Duffner. “The nice thing about him is he ran a similar offense in high school, that’s a big reason we brought him in. You can see he’s a dynamic football player. Guys were playing with a bit more confidence at the end making some plays and we’ll see if we can carry the momentum forward into next week.”
The Warriors kneeled out the clock on their next possession to close out the 51-13 win on the road. “There are still things we’ve got to clean up, but we’re going to try and build off the positives and correct the negatives,” summarized Duffner.
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-6 on the season and will travel to St. Paul next Saturday when the Golden Eagles take on Concordia-St. Paul with kick off scheduled for 12 p.m. and the Riverview Health Pregame Show beginning at 11:20 a.m. on KROX. Winona State improves to 5-2.


To see the video highlight of the second UMC TD click on the video above

Box Score

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Winona State 16 7 14 14 51
UMC 0 0 0 13 13


Shonte Smith tries to get by a Warrior defender   Julian Jackson (48) and Will Cole (25) with a tackle

1st Quarter
8:54 - WSU - Eric Birth 3 yard run (Paul Ortiz kick)
2:51 - WSU -  Sam Santiago-
Lloyd 3 yard run (Paul Ortiz kick)
0:40 - WSU - Safety


2nd Quarter
11:06 - WSU - Sam Santiago-Lloyd 11 yard run (Paul Ortiz kick)

3rd Quarter
11:01 - WSU - Tanner Gran 22 yard pass from Owen Burke (Paul Ortiz kick)
1:21 - WSU - Owen Burke 25 yard pass to Darryl Williams (Paul Ortiz kick)
0:07 - WSU - Alex Evans 16 yard fumble recovery (Paul Ortiz kick)


4th Quarter
8:17 - UMC - Shonte Smith 4 yard run (Jared McLemore kick)
7:00 - WSU - Miguel Benjamin 70 yard run (Paul Ortiz kick)
1:23 - UMC - Tristan Robbins 10 yard pass to Shonte Smith (Kick failed)


Tristan Robbins with a pass in the second half

 

 

UMC VOLLEYBALL WINS FIRST SET, BUT FALLS TO #4 RANKED CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team had a great star and won the first set, but the #4 ranked Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears won the next three sets for a 3-0 (19-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-11) Northern Sun Conference victory in a match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
The first set was tied at 2, 3, 4, and 5 before UMC went on a 10-1 run for a 15-6 lead. The run was fueld by three Porsha Porath (Fresh. Windom) with three kills. UMC held on the rest of the way for a 25-19 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the match. "I love the way our team came out. We came out aggressively," said UMC Coach Sarah Rauen. "We put in a good week of practice and played well last night. We are really good when we have a plan and like to stick to it and we did that in the first set."
Concordia-St. Paul jumped out to a 7-2 lead to start the second set and UMC battled back with five straight points to tie the set at 7-7. In the run, UMC had a kill, an ace and the Golden Bears had three attack errors. Concordia-St. Paul settled in and went on an 18-8 run the rest of the way for a 25-15 victory to tie the match at 1-1.
The third set was similar to the second when Concordia-St. Paul started with a 4-1 lead before UMC battled back to tie the game at 6-6 with some kills, a CSP service error. The Golden Bears dominated play the rest of the way and finished the set on a 19-6 run for a 25-12 victory for a 2-1 lead. "They are a good teama and they kind of flipped the script on us," said Coach Rauen. "They didn't give us any free points and we gave them a few free points."
In the fourth set, Concordia-St. Paul jumped out to a 5-0 lead with two service aces and they cruised the rest of the way for a 25-11 victory to win the match 3-1. "We talked about how we are a lot better than we were at the start of the season," said Coach Rauen. "We are going to keep working hard and we will be exponentially better at the end of the season than we are now."
UMC drops to 4-17 on the year and 2-11 in the NSIC and will travel to Winona State on Friday. Concordia-St. Paul improves to 18-4 overall and 12-1 in the NSIC.


Kaitlin Sikkink and Porsha Porath go for a block in the fourth set

Box score

1

2

3

4

Concordia-St. Paul

19 25 25 25

UMC

25 15 12 11


Deaira Gresham with an attack past two Golden Bear blockers

 

For UMC
Kills – Porsha Porath - 11, Deaira Gresham - 7
Blocks – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 1
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 23
Digs - Deaira Gresham - 7, Katie Lienemann - 7
Aces – Katie Lienemann - 2, Lauren Ulibarri - 2


Porsha Porath eyes down the ball on an attack

 

 

FRIDAY  -  OCTOBER 12, 2018

CROOKSTON HAS THREE ADVANCE TO SEMI-FINALS OF THE SECTION INDIVIDUAL TENNIS TOURNEY

The Crookston Pirates Girls tennis team’s Hayden Winjum advanced to the semifinals in singles, while Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz combined for a pair of wins to advance to the semifinals in doubles in the Section 8A Individual Tournament played at Courts Plus in Fargo, North Dakota.
Hayden Winjum was impressive on Friday winning her first-round match over Rachel Herman of Park Rapids 6-4, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, Winjum beat Lauren Rutten of Staples-Motley 6-2, 6-2 clinching a berth in the semifinals on Saturday against 2-seed Grace Hinojos of Wadena-Deer-Creek. “I thought she played really well today,” said Crookston head coach Mike Geffre. “I think Hayden just won a lot of the big points. The girl from Staples she played is a very good player and it was a very long match, Hayden just kept winning some very tough points. She knew where to play the ball and played some really smart points. She played the same girl in the team (tournament) yesterday and she’s learned to recognize opponents and see what their strengths and weaknesses are and how to play to them.” Crookston’s top doubles team will join Winjum in the semifinals on Saturday after Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz won their two doubles matches on Friday. In the opening round, Tiedemann and Borowicz beat Kiersten Flaig and Ella Trangsrus of Roseau 6-1, 6-2. In the quarterfinals Crookston’s top doubles pairing defeater McKenne Aitchison and Delaney Aaker of East Grand Forks 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. “They straightened the ship and got the first set close, but it’s hard to come back when you’re down 4-0 in the first set,” said Geffre. “They really responded well and won the next set 6-0 and then 6-2. They made some adjustments in their game. They were playing a little bit nervous. They were playing cautiously. Playing not to lose, instead of playing to win. They have confidence in themselves and they trust their partner. It’s one of those where if one player is playing the other can pick them up.” Tiedemann and Borowicz will face the 3-seed pairing of Abby Morris and Kendra Coborn of Park Rapids on Saturday morning. Crookston’s other doubles pairing of Elysa Christensen and Eden Haller along with singles competitor Hannah Street both suffered first-round losses bringing their seasons to a close. “Hannah played a really good match,” said Geffre. “Her opponent was a really good player. It was sad to see Hannah lose that one, but I thought Hannah played really well. She’s had a really good career. Elysa and Eden played a really good match against the 4-seeds and Elysa had a really good postseason tournament, she closed her season out playing really well.”
Crookston’s semifinals will both start at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow at Courts Plus in Fargo with section championship matches and third places matches following at 11:30 a.m. If necessary, a true-second place match for a spot in the state tournament would take place at 2:00 p.m.


               Hayden Winjum          Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz

  Crookston Opponent/Score
    For the Singles bracket, click here
Singles Hayden Winjum beat Rachel Herman-Park Rapids  6-4, 6-1
beat Lauren Rutten - Staples Motley 6-2, 6-2
Plays Grace Hinojos - WDC in semi-finals on Saturday
  Hannah Street Lost to Madison Picker-Perham 6-1, 6-2 (Eliminated)
     
Doubles   For the Doubles bracket click here
  Catherine Tiedemann
Emma Borowicz
Beat Kiersten Flaig/Ella Trangsrus - Roseau 6-1, 6-2
Beat McKenne Aitchison/Delaney Aaker - EGF - 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
Will play Abby Morris/Kendra Coborn - Park Rapids in semi's
  Elysa Christensen
Eden Haller
Lost to Abby Burquest-Megan Arnes - Park Rapids 6-4, 6-1
(Eliminated)


       Eden Haller and Elysa Christensen                        Hannah Street


 

PELICAN RAPIDS SCORES SIX TIMES IN FIRST HALF, CRUISES TO 51-14 VICTORY OVER CROOKSTON FOOTBALL

The Pelican Rapids Vikings scored on their last six drives of the first half and cruised to a dominating 51-14 victory to spoil the Crookston Pirate homecoming football game played at the UMC/CHS Football field in Crookston. “I thought we had our best three practices of the year coming into the game,” said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. “I don’t know if we went to the dance already or what, but you give Pelican Rapids credit because they came out and played well, but we made too many mistakes tonight.”
Crookston won the coin toss and elected to receive and on the first play of the game, the Pirate snap went over the head of the quarterback for a loss of 18 yards and they were forced to punt after three plays. “That really set the tone for the rest of the game,” said Coach Butt. “We go all week long in practice without a bad snap in practice and we might have to go under center next week, we will see.” Crookston had a 39-yard punt, but Pelican Rapids’ McHale Korf returned the ball to the Crookston 10-yard line to set up a first and goal. On the first play of the drive, Damien Britton scored on a handoff up the middle for a 6-0 lead. The Vikings missed the extra point kick. “You put your defense with a short field and expect them to stop them,” said Coach Butt. “It took the wind out of our sails a little bit.” On the ensuing kickoff, Crookston’s Jaden Lubarski scooped the kick off the grass and ran 80 yards to the Pelican Rapids two-yard line. “Jaden came out and did a nice job of reading his blocks,” said Coach Butt. “I was a little shocked he was caught, but the spark was huge.” Crookston’s Brady Butt scored on the next play with a two-yard run to tie the game at 6-6. Crookston tried to go for two and the run failed. “I thought, hey we have something going now,” said Coach Butt. Crookston seemed to have momentum and after a Nick Garmen quarterback sack the Pirates seemed to have Pelican Rapids where they wanted them, until Korf threw a beautiful pass to Hayden Christenson for a 71-yard touchdown and after the extra point kick, a 13-6 lead with 5:12 left in the first quarter.
Crookston threw interceptions on their next two possessions and Pelican Rapids took advantage by scoring both times for a 25-6 lead with 6:41 left in the first half. “The turnovers hurt us, we have to take care of the ball,” said Coach Butt. “It is hard when you are getting hit while you are throwing it and you have to give Pelican Rapids credit, they were bringing the heat.” Crookston was forced into a three-and-out and punted the ball. Pelican Rapids dropped back to pass on the first play of the drive and Korf found Christenson for a 52-yard touchdown and after the extra point, the Vikings led 32-6. Crookston was forced to punt on the next drive and this time they tried a rugby style kick (similar to the fake punt that got them 35 yards against Barnesville), but Pelican Rapids was ready with pressure and when Blake Fee went to punt the ball it went off the side of his foot and went out of bounds for a loss of one on the punt and the Vikings had the ball at the Crookston 16 yard line. Pelican Rapids scored three plays later on a 16-yard run for a 39-6 lead, a lead they took into halftime. “You can’t dig yourself that big of a hole,” said Coach Butt. “I was at a loss for words and didn’t know what to say at halftime. We didn’t see this coming.”
There was no scoring in the third quarter, but Pelican Rapids added some insurance points early in the fourth quarter when Britton scored his third touchdown of the game. Crookston started to move the ball in the fourth quarter with Easton Tangquist at quarterback and they went with a steady dose of handoffs to Lucas Meier and the senior took advantage of the opportunity. After not getting a handoff in the first half, Meier had seven carries for 91 yards, including a six-yard touchdown run and after a Tangquist run for a two-point conversion Crookston trailed 45-14. “Lukas did a great job tonight and played lights out on offense and defense,” said Coach Butt. “He gives you everything he has until the last whistle.” Pelican Rapids put their second string in and saw good things from Arturo Villagomez. He had three carries for 13 yards and on his fourth carry he busted a 55-yard run for a touchdown to give Pelican Rapids a 51-14 lead. Neither team scored in the final two minutes and Pelican Rapids won the game 51-14. “Hopefully we made all our mistakes in this game,” said Coach Butt. “We got dinged up pretty good tonight and now we have a short week to get ready for another big game at Roseau. We need to win if we want a chance at a home playoff game.”
Crookston drops to 2-5 on the year and will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday with a game at Roseau. Pelican Rapids improves to 4-3 on the year.


Jaden Lubarski tries to catch a pass (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Pelican Rapids 13 26 0 12 51
CROOKSTON 6 0 0 8 14


Jacob Hesby and Joe Doda tackle the Pelican Rapids running back

1st Quarter
6:56- PR - Damien Britten 1 yard run (Marcos Franco kick failed)
6:36 - Crox - Brady Butt 2 yard run (Run failed)
5:12 - PR - McHale Korf 71 yard pass to Hayden Christenson (Franco kick)

2nd Quarter
11:57 - PR - Matt Ziebell 4 yard run (Kick failed)
6:41 - PR- Johnny Ziebell 5 yard run (Pass failed)
5:26 - PR - McHale Korf
52 yard pass to Hayden Christenson (Franco kick)
3:45 - PR - Damien Britten 16 yard run (Franco kick)

3rd Quarter
No Scoring

4th Quarter
8:38 - PR - Damien Britten 4 yard run (Kick blocked)
4:22- Crox - Lukas Meier 6 yard run (Easton Tangquist run)
1:59 - PR - Arturo Villagomez 55 yard run (Run failed)


             Brady Butt runs for a big gain

  CROOKSTON Pelican Rapids
First Downs 11 13
Rushing-Yards 46-127 38-169
Passing 14-5-2 5-6-0
Passing Yards 35 184
Total Yards 162 353
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 3-20 1-5
Punts-Yards Ave. 4-25.5 2-26


         Easton Tangquist throws a pass in the second


Rushing

Crookston Pelican Rapids
Brady Butt               15-22 yards Damien Britten           12-41 yards
Joe Doda                  11-25 McHale Korf              9-(-9)
Lukas Meier              7-91 Matt Ziebell                 5-29
Jacob Miller              3-12 Arturo Villagomez        4-68
Blake Fee                  1- (-2) Johnny Ziebell              4-24
Jacob Hesby             1-(-3) Jayden Rutherford        3-12
Easton Tangquist       1-(-6) Carson McNeal            1-4

Passing

Brady Butt                3-12-2     27 yards

McHale Korf           5-6-0      184 yards

Easton Tangquist       1-3-0       8 yards

 


Receiving

Jaden Lubarski       2-17 yards Hayden Christenson   4-146 yards
Blake Fee               1-10 Johnny Ziebell           2-38
Walker Winjum      1-8  


Homecoming Queen Gina Visness and her dad        Hailey Spivey and her dad, Thea Oman and her dad


Hannah Emanuel and her dad and Elise Erdman and her dad



            The Crookston High School Marching band performs at halftime of the football game

 


 

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER DROPS DIFFICULT TEST AGAINST NATIONALLY-RANKED MSU-MANKATO 

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team allowed 33 shots in an 8-0 loss against #22 Minnesota State-Mankato in an NSIC match played at the UMC Soccer Field in Crookston.
9:02 into the match, Alesha Duccini (Jr., Dubuque, IA) scored on a close-range shot after receiving a pass from Abby Hausken (Sr., Oakdale) to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead. MSU-Mankato added a second goal just 6 minutes later after Morgan Cottew (Sr., Minneapolis) received a pass from Dakota Wendell (Jr., Castle Rock, CO) and slotted a shot into the left side of the net giving the Mavericks a 2-0 lead. The lead grew to 3-0 in the 23rd minute after Dakota Wendell scored from close-range giving the visitors a 3-0 lead.  UMC was limited to just two shots on goal in the first half while the Mavericks turned five shots on target into a 3-0 lead after the opening 45 minutes. 
In the second half, Dakota Wendell capitalized off a UMC turnover dribbling towards the net before slipping a shot into the net giving the Mavericks a 4-0 lead. Morgan Cottew added a fifth goal in the 55th minute of an assist from Morgan Seemuth (Sr., Clive, IA) pushing the MSU-Mankato lead to 5-0. The lead grew to 6-0 in the 61st minute after Caitlin Brown (Highlands Ranch, CO) scored her first goal of the season. 24-seconds later, MSU-Mankato scored again as Jenny Vetter (Fr., Mankato) broke through the Golden Eagles back line depositing the Mavericks seventh goal of the match into the net. MSU-Mankato scored their eighth goal when Brooke Valiukas (Fr., Woodbury) scored from the right side on the edge of the box from 20-yards away closing out the Mavericks' 8-0 win. “Athletically, they’re just better than us,” said UMC head coach Joe Alianiello. “They play four up top and they can wear you out and I thought we had some bad breakdowns in the second half, I thought the first half was ok. Once you give up the fourth and the fifth (goals) our heads drop a little bit and go from there. Honestly, I thought our effort was good the whole game, they’re just a good team. They’re better than us right now. They’re the 22nd ranked team in the nation for a reason.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-10-2 overall and 1-7-2 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston returns to the pitch on Sunday when UMC hosts Concordia-St. Paul at 1 p.m. Minnesota State-Mankato improves to 11-1-1 overall and 9-0-1 in conference play.


Shonali Pierce kicks the ball past a MSU-Mankato player

 

1st

2nd Final
MSU-Mankato 3 5 8
UMC 0 0 0


Athena DiMario Done makes one of her saves

Scoring
9:02 - MSUM - Alesha Duccini (Abby Hausken)
15:31 - MSUM - Morgan Cottew (Dakota Wendell)
22:29 -  MSUM - Dakota Wendell (Bri Ciaccio)
48:23 -  MSUM -  Dakota Wendell
55:00 -  MSUM -  Morgan Cottew  (Morgan Seemuth)
61:36 -  MSUM -  Caitlin Brown  (Brynn Desens)
62:00 -  MSUM -  Jenny Vetter  (Nadia Lowery)
80:15 -  MSUM -  Brooke Valiukas

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Alexa Rabune - MSU- Mankato 2 1 3
Athena DiMario Done - UMC 2 4 6
Olivia Puttin - UMC x 2 2



 

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR SETS TO MSU-MANKATO 

University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball won the third set to avoid a sweep in a 3-1 loss against Minnesota State-Mankato in an NSIC match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
In the first set, Minnesota Crookston jumped out to a 3-0 lead after kills from Lauren Wallace (Fr., Maplewood)  and Deaira Gresham (Soph., Maplewood)  followed by an ace served by Lauren Ulibarri (Jr., Flagstaff). Another Lauren Wallace kill made it 5-3. The Mavericks took five-straight points to claim an 11-9 lead following a kill by Morgan Olson (Jr., Annandale). Three-straight MSU-Mankato kills gave the visitors a 17-13 lead. The Mavericks kept their distance from the Golden Eagles the rest of the set closing it out with three-straight points to take set one 25-17.
MSU-Mankato started the second set by taking three of the first four points. A UMC service and attack error gifted the Mavericks a 5-2 advantage. UMC tied the set with three-straight points closed out by a kill from Porsha Porath (Fr., Windom) tying set two at 6-6. The Golden Eagles gained the lead with another three-point run including an ace served by Katie Lienemann (Soph., Rosemount). MSU-Mankato utilized a three-point run later in the set to regain a 16-15 lead. With the set tied at 19-19, MSU-Mankato took the next two points off a UMC attacking error followed by a kill from Morgan Olson to give the visitor’s a 21-19 lead. MSU-Mankato closed the match by taking 4 of the final 6 points to win the second set 25-21. 
Minnesota Crookston looked determined to avoid a sweep on their home-floor in set three taking five-straight points to gain a 10-6 lead in the third set. A service ace hit by Deaira Gresham extended the points streak to six followed by a Callie Schapekahm (Sr., Eagan) kill to cap the seven-point run giving the Golden Eagles a 12-6 lead. Minnesota Crookston continued to impose itself in the third set closing it with a Lauren Wallace kill to giving Minnesota Crookston a 25-21 third set win forcing a fourth set. 
In the fourth set, MSU-Mankato jumped out to a 6-2 lead. Back-to-back aces served by Mara Quam (Soph., Kenyon) gave the Mavericks an 8-2 lead. Minnesota Crookston took three-straight points later in the set to pull within 9-7. The lead was trimmed to 9-8 following a Mavericks’ timeout thanks to another Porath kill. Leading 13-12, MSU-Mankato rattled off three-straight points to pull ahead 16-12. The Mavericks continued to pull away in the fourth set with a four-point run giving the visitor’s a 22-13 lead. The Mavericks closed out the match a few points later with an Alivia Garbe (Soph., Maplewood) kill securing the fourth set 25-17. 
Minnesota Crookston falls to 4-17 overall and 2-11 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles return to the court Saturday when they host #4 Concordia-St. Paul at 4 p.m. MSU-Mankato to 14-7 overall and 7-6 in conference play. 

Box Score

1

2

3

4

MSU-Mankato

25 25 21 25

UMC

17 21 25 17
 

For UMC
Kills – Deaira Gresham - 14, Porsha Porath - 14, Callie Schapekahm - 7, Lauren Wallace - 7
Blocks – Porsha Porath - 4,
Callie Schapekahm -  2
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 39
Digs -Katie Lienemann -  15,
Deaira Gresham - 13, Sydney Kruisselbrink - 12
Aces – Lauren Ulibarri - 2,
Deaira Gresham -2 , Katie Lienemann - 1






THURSDAY - OCTOBER 11,  2018

PIRATE GIRLS TENNIS WINS SECTION OPENER 4-3,DROPS 4-3 MATCH TO PARK RAPIDS IN THE SEMI-FINALS

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team was tied 3-3 and Emma Borowicz won her match for a 4-3 victory over the Staples-Motley Cardinals in the Section 8A Girls Tennis tournament at Courts Plus in Fargo. 
Crookston jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match with the first doubles team of Hannah Street and Elysa Christensen (two seniors) winning their match 6-0, 6-0.  "Hannah and Elysa played the best I have seen them play this year," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "They served well, returned well and it was nice to have our seniors set the standard early and get the win." The third doubles team of Emma Osborn and Emma Gunderson won their match 7-5, 6-1 and Crookston had the early lead. "That was an interesting match because they were down 4-0 in the first set," said Coach Geffre. "They battled back to get the win and that was fun to see."
Staples-Motley picked up their first win at fourth singles with a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6 tiebreaker) victory to cut the Pirate lead in half (2-1). The rest of the matches on the court were extremely close and it looked like the match was going to come down to the wire. Crookston got a big win from Hayden Winjum at first singles 6-1 and 7-6 in the second set and a 7-2 tie-breaker to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead.  "For Hayden to win the tie-break was huge for her," said Coach Geffre. Staples-Motley won the next two matches with victories at second singles and second doubles. The deciding match was third singles with Crookston's Emma Borowicz taking on Rose Han. Borowicz won the first set and the two were tied at 4-4 in the second set with everybody watching the two finish their match. Emma got behind 5-4, but battled back and the two were tied at 6-6, forcing a tie-breaker. "I was feeling some pressure, but I was trying not to think about it," said Borowicz after her match. "I was just trying to win because Geff told me this was it." Emma took a 3-0 lead before her opponent answered with three straight points for a 3-3 tie. Emma scored the next point, followed with an ace on the serve and finished the match with two great points for a 7-3 victory to win her match and give the team a 4-3 victory to advance to the semi-finals later in the day (3:00 p.m. scheduled start).  "It came down to a second set tie-breaker and when you watched how close the first set was and a tie-breaker in the second, you didn't want to see it go to a third set because it could go either way.  There were two pretty good athletes out there and two competitive kids.  She was the right person to be out there with the match on the line because she is such a competitor," said Coach Geffre. "It was a big win and a good team effort.  Even in the losses the girls played hard and played well."
Crookston will play the winner of the #1 seed Park Rapids after they beat #8 seed Roseau 4-3.


Emma Borowicz with a return   Elysa Christensen with a baseline return

  Crookston-4 Staples-Motley-3 Winner Score
1st Singles Hayden Winjum Lauren Rutten Crox 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
2nd Catherine Tiedemann Jenna Dvorak SM 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
3rd Emma Borowicz Rose Han Crox 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
4th Halle Winjum Tasha Acherman SM 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
1st doubles Elysa Christensen
Hannah Street
Abbie Dijiovani
Tiffany Acherman
Crox 6-0, 6-0
2nd Hannah Lindemoen
Eden Haller
Haley Cichos
Keara Kern
SM 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1)
3rd Emma Osborn
Emma Gunderson
Elizabeth Dijiovani
Allison Knossalla
Crox 7-5, 6-1


Hayden Winjum with a baseline return   Hannah Street eyes down a return   Hannah Lindemoen with a forehand return
 

SECTION 8A Semi-finals vs Park Rapids

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team lost a marathon match to the Park Rapids Panthers 4-3 in the Section 8A semi-finals played at Courts Plus in Fargo.
Crookston took an early 2-1 lead. The third doubles team of Hannah Lindemoen and Emma Gunderson won their match 6-4, 6-1.  "That was a nice win, especially after we lost to them earlier in the year," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "The girls picked it up and played well." The Pirates lost the third singles match 6-0, 6-1 before they bounced back with a 6-2, 6-2 win at second doubles for the early lead. Park Rapids won the second singles match to tie the score at 2-2. Crookston answered with a win at first doubles with Catherine Tiedeman and Emma Borowicz winning their match 6-1, 6-0 and the Pirates had a 3-2 lead in the match. "I had faith in my top two doubles teams because they were part of the tournament team last year," said Coach Geffre.  "They came out and took care of business and that was nice to see." Park Rapids won the first singles match with a 6-2, 6-0 victory to tie the match at 3-3 with the fourth singles match the deciding match for a trip to the Section 8A championship match. Halle Winjum trailed in the first set 4-1 before she came back to win the set to take a lead in the match. The second set had a lot of long points and the Park Rapids player won the set to force a third set. The Park Rapids girl took a 5-0 lead in the third set. The sixth game of the set was over 20 minutes long with over 20 dueces and the Park Rapids player had a match point over 10 times. The match had passed the two and a half hour mark and the match finally came to an end when Park Rapids got the match winning point to win the individual match and win the team match 4-3.   "It was an impressive match for the girls," said Coach Geffre. "It came down to a long three set match and there was a lot of excitement and I love the way the girls competed and the way Halle kept battling.  She is a warrior and was playing a senior and Halle never quit and she got after it today.  The whole team went out and played hard today and we lost to a team with eight seniors (out of 10) in the line up and if anybody deserves to win it, it would be them.  The girls can be proud of their effort today."
Crookston ends the season with a dual record of 6-17 and will lose two seniors, Elysa Christensen and Hannah Street to graduation. Park Rapids will play the winner of East Grand Forks and Perham in the Championship on Friday at 9:00 a.m.

The Section 8A Individual tournament will start on Friday. 

Doubles - For the Doubles bracket click here.
#2 - Catherine Tiedemann/Emma Borowicz vs #15 Kiersten Flaig/Ella Trangsrus (Roseau)
#13 - Elysa Christensen/Eden Haller vs #4 Abby Burquest/Maggie Reigstad (Park Rapids)

Singles - For the Singles bracket, click here.
#3 - Hayden Winjum vs #14 Rachel Herman (Park Rapids)
#12 - Hannah Street vs #5 Madison Picker (Perham)


Eden Haller with a backhand return   Halle Winjum with a forehand  Emma Osborn eyes down a return

  Crookston-3 Park Rapids-4 Winner Score
1st Singles Hannah Street Natalie Kinkel PR 6-2, 6-0
2nd Eden Haller Abby Morris PR 6-1, 6-0
3rd Elysa Christensen Kendra Coborn PR 6-0, 6-1
4th Halle Winjum Chloe Johnson PR 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
1st doubles Catherine Tiedemann
Emma Borowicz
Jada Renneberg
Rachael Herman
Crox 6-1, 6-0
2nd Hayden Winjum
Emma Osborn
Gracie Eischens
Mickey Clark
Crox 6-2, 6-2
3rd Hannah Lindemoen
Emma Gunderson
Meagan Powers
Madison Johnson
Crox 6-4, 6-1


Catherine Tiedemann lunges for a backhand return   Emma Gunderson with a forehand return at the net


Blood, sweat and tears - The back of Halle Winjum's ankle after her 2 and a half hour-plus match


 

 

CROOKSTON GIRLS’ SOCCER SHUTOUT IN FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF LOSS AGAINST BEMIDJI

The Crookston Pirates Girls’ Soccer team was held scoreless in a season-ending 10-0 loss against the Bemidji Lumberjacks in a Section 8A first-round playoff game played at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji.
Bemidji wasted little time showing while they were the top seed in the section scoring in the 5th minute when Lindsey Hildenbran put a shot past Crookston goalkeeper Reese Swanson of an assist from Katie Alto giving the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later Susan Ritter doubled the hosts lead after taking a pass from Elizabeth Corradi which Ritter deposited in the back of the net to take a 2-0 lead. In the 19thminute the lead grew to 3-0 after Lindsey Hildenbran scored her second goal of the half. Bemidji added a fourth goal before halftime when Hallie Solien received an assist from Alexis Paquette and scored giving the Lumberjacks a 4-0 lead after the opening 40 minutes of play. Crookston struggled to compete with Bemidji’s skill and more importantly the Lumberjacks’ depth according to Pirates’ head coach Sarah Reese, “for a variety of health and family reasons we only had two subs, which made it difficult when (Bemidji) was subbing five or six at a time.”
In the second half, Bemidji continued to add to their lead as Harper Toward scored five minutes past halftime giving the hosts a 5-0 lead. In the 57th minute, Alexis Paquette scored on a freekick pushing the Lumberjacks lead to 6-0. In the 66th minute Hailey Nelson received a pass from Paquette leading to her first goal of the night growing the lead to 7-0. In the final 10 minutes, Bemidji continued to pepper Crookston’s Reese Swanson with shots. In the 73rd minute Paquette scored her second goal of the match giving the Lumberjacks an 8-0 lead. The lead grew to 9-0 in the 78th minute after Jenna Jones scored off of Hailey Nelson’s second-straight assist. In the final minute, Bemidji added one final goal to close out the victory as Hallie Solien scored following a feed from Katie Alto to close out the Lumberjacks 10-0 win over the Pirates. “We held our own for most of the game, but (Bemidji) attacked the net and were great passers and aggressive to shoot,” summarized Reese.
Reese Swanson did her best to try and keep the match close in net making 15 saves in the first half and 13 more saves in the second half for Crookston, while the Pirates’ offense failed to generate a shot on net in the loss. “Reese was really busy in the goal as you can see by all the saves,” noted Reese.
Crookston graduates four seniors from this year’s team and they will be missed as Hailey Spivey, Elise Erdmann, Hannah Emanuel, and Jessica Willits all completed their final match for the Pirates. “It was a sad day for our seniors, but we are thankful for their many contributions,” expressed Reese.
While Crookston loses four key members, Reese was pleased with the performance of two Pirates, in particular, giving a glimpse of potential leaders for next year’s team as the coach praised the performances of junior Sophia Sanders and freshman Olivia Huck.
The Pirates end their season with a 1-15-1 record. Bemidji improves to 11-4-2 and will take on Fergus Falls on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Bemidji in the Section 8A quarterfinals. 

 

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 0
Bemidji 4 6 10

Scoring
5:00 - Bem  - Lindsey Hildenbran (Katie Alto)
15:00 - Bem - Susan Ritter (Elizabeth Corradi)
19:00 - Bem - Lindsey Hildenbran (Sam Hansen)
31:00 - Bem-  Halle Solien (Alexis Paquette)
45:00 - Bem -  Harper Toward (Emma Dean)
57:00 - Bem - Alexis Paquette (FK)
66:00 - Bem - Hailey Nelson (Alexis Paquette)
73:00 - Bem - Alexis Paquette (Hailey Nelson)
78:00-  Bem - Jenna Jones (Hailey Nelson)
79:00 - Bem - Halle Solien (Katie Alto)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Reese Swanson - Crox 15 13 28
Abigail Kieson  - Bemidji 0 0 0
Allison Beard - Bemidji 0 0 0



 

CROOKSTON BOY'S SOCCER COMES UP SHORT IN 4-3 LOSS TO EGF

The Crookston Pirates Boy's Soccer team played well, but came up short in a 4-3 loss to the East Grand Forks Green Wave in the first round of the Section 8A Boys Soccer tournament, played at Moorhead High School.

East Grand Forks didn't waste any time and scored the first goal five minutes into the game when Mohammed Barkadleh came down the right side of the field and beat the Pirate defense and kicked the ball in the net from 10 yards out for a 1-0 lead. Crookston answered a little over 24 minutes later when Ben Andringa scored to even the score at 1-1. Mason LaPlante had a corner kick and Sam Overgaard stopped the ball and it was knocked away and it bounced to Andringa who kicked the ball from 15 yards out and it deflected off a Green Wave player into the net to even the score. "That was a big goal," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "It was a nice goal and the reason why you stick with it and get a kick on goal."  A little over five minutes later there was a scrum in front of the net and the ball popped loose and East Grand Forks' Mohammed Barkadleh scored another goal for a 2-1 lead. A little less than two minutes later East Grand Forks had a nice pass down the field and Khalid Omar caught up with a long pass from Khalid Mohamud and sped past the Pirate defense and went in alone on a one-on-one with with the goalie and kicked it in for a goal and a 3-1 lead.  "We gave up two goals that we shouldn't have in the first half," said Coach Cox.  "We fought hard and had a good first half, but our offensive struggles continued.  We just can't find the back of the net."
In the second half, Crookston scored 13 minutes into the second half on another goal by Andringa. "That was another big goal for us," said Coach Cox. "We had it back within a goal and it was a good start."  The momentum Crookston had built was taken away less than a minute later when East Grand Forks scored a goal to take a 4-2 lead.  Crookston added another goal halfway through the second half when Jacob Brunelle scored after a pass from Ben Brantner to bring the Pirates within a 4-3 deficit. "That is exactly what we needed," said Coach Cox. "Jacob got a foot on it and kicked it in the net."  Crookston had a couple opportunities to score, but they weren't able to get the ball in the net the rest of the game. "We have struggled all season long to score," said Coach Cox.  Logan Wardner came up with some big saves in the final 10 minutes to keep the Pirates within a goal, but East Grand Forks held on for a 4-3 victory. "The boys played well and they played hard tonight," said Coach Cox. "We struggled with consistency all season long and that kind of hurt us tonight because we were up and down and while we were down, they scored two goals in the first half."
Crookston's season comes to an end at 4-11-2.  East Grand Forks improves to 9-7-1 on the year and will play in the Section 8A quarterfinals on Saturday.


Mason LaPlante kicks the ball away from the East Grand Forks player

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 1 2 3
East Grand Forks 3 1 4


Killian Kuchan kicks the ball up the field

Scoring
5:00 - EGF - Mohammed Barkadleh (AbdiMalik Abdi)
24:25 - Crox - Ben Andringa (Sam Overgaard)
29:56 - EGF - Mohammed Barkadleh (Khalid Omar)
31:44 - EGF - Khalid Omar (Khalid Mohamud)
42:51 - Crox - Ben Andringa (Mason LaPlante)
43:46 - EGF - AbdiMalik Abdi
56:30 - Crox - Jacob Brunelle (Ben Brantner)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crox 4 7 11
Blake Felch - EGF 2 2 4



 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL GRAD, ELISE TANGQUIST NAMED TO UMAC GOLF ALL CONFERENCE TEAM

Elise Tangquist, a 2017 Crookston High School graduate and current sophomore at the University of Northwestern (St. Paul).  Elise is a member of the women's golf team was named to the UMAC Women's Golf All Conference First team after she finished the UMAC Championships on Saturday with a fourth place finish and recorded a 92.3 stroke average this season.  In the championships, she shot three rounds of 86, 88, and 97 for a total of 271.  Elise also received the UMAC Sportsmanship award.  Tangquist is the daughter of Jason and Renee.


              Elise Tangquist

 

 

WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 10,  2018

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WIN POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL

The Crookston High School held the annual Powder Puff football tournament Wednesday night on the turf at the Crookston Sports Center.  In the first round, the seniors beat the freshman 18-12 and the juniors beat the sophomores 24-18 in overtime.  In the championship, the seniors beat the juniors 18-12 in overtime on a Thea Oman pass to Kylie Solheim.


The Crookston High School Powder Puff Football Champion Senior class


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PIRATE BOYS SOCCER TRAVELS TO EGF AND PIRATE GIRLS SOCCER GOES TO BEMIDJI IN PLAYOFFS

The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team received the sixth seed in the Section 8A North subsection and will travel to the #3 seed East Grand Forks Green Wave on Thursday.  Crookston was 4-10-2 on the year and lost to East Grand Forks 6-0 on October 2 and they tied East Grand Forks 2-2 on Saturday, October 6. 
The game will be played at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the East Grand Forks Senior High Football field.
 

The Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team received the eighth seed in the Section 8A North subsection and will travel to the #1 seed Bemidji Lumberjacks on Thursday.  Crookston was 1-14-1 on the year and lost to Bemidji 11-0 on September 10.    The game will be played at Bemidji State University's Chet Anderson Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

 

TUESDAY - OCTOBER 9 2018

PIRATE VOLLEYBALL SWEEP WARREN-ALVARADO-OSLO PONIES

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team came out strong to win their third match in a row with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-23) victory over the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Ponies in a match played at the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo High School gymnasium.
The Ponies scored the first point of the match with a kill from Shelby Durand for a 1-0 lead.  Crookston answered with a 9-1 run behind five Rachel Hefta kills to give the Pirates a 9-2 lead.  “Warmups were super peppy, but the girls were super excited to be out there today,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “We weren’t making errors and Rachel came out strong.”  Another senior, Hailey Seaver continued her solid play as she had a stretch where she recorded four kills and Crookston led 18-9.  The Pirates finished strong and won the set 25-11 with two Hefta kills for a 1-0 lead in the match. “Hailey and Rachel are coming out swinging and blocking the ball well,” said Coach Stopa. “I don’t think we missed any serves and our communication was good and we were moving.”
In the second set, Crookston started strong and jumped out to a 6-1 lead with three Hefta kills and an ace from Rylee Solheim.  The Ponies battled back to get within a point a couple of times at 6-5 and 13-12.  When the Ponies were within one point the second time, Crookston responded with a kill and slowly pulled away with kills from Hefta, two kills apiece from Kasey Cwikla and Sydney Anderson and Cwikla added an ace and the Pirates won the second set 25-17 to take a 2-0 lead.  “Kylie (Solheim) did a great job of getting every hitter involved and distributed the ball evenly based on the matchups on the other side,” said Coach Stopa. “When it got close it made me nervous and they decide to swing harder and pull away.  They worked hard as a team to win the set.”
The third set was tied at 1, 2, and 4 and Crookston slowly pulled away behind a couple kills apiece from Hefta and Seaver, and a kill from Rylee Solheim and the Pirates led 16-9.  The Ponies answered with a 7-0 run behind two Rylie Mortimer aces and the set was tied at 16.  “Their server did a really good job,” said Coach Stopa. “We didn’t react fast enough, and they did a good job of figuring out what they had to do to get out of it.”   The Ponies served out of bounds and Hefta had two kills to give Crookston a 19-16 lead that turned into a 24-20 lead and Crookston was serving for match point.  The Crookston serve went into the net, the Ponies added a kill apiece from Mortimor and Faith Porter and the Pirate lead was 24-23.  The ensuing Pony serve went into the net and Crookston won the set 25-23 and the match 3-0. “Everyone was contributing tonight,” said Coach Stopa. “It is nice to get the third win in a row and it was another great team effort.”   Crookston Pirate senior, Sydney Anderson said they are playing well at the right time. “I think we are starting to work as a team better and pushing through,” said Anderson. “I think we have stepped it up the last couple of weeks.”
Crookston improves to 10-12-1 and will wrap up the regular season hosting Climax-Fisher on Monday, October 15.  Warren-A-O drops to 4-17 on the year and host Kittson County Central on Friday.
J.V. – WAO won 2-0       C Squad – WAO won 2-0


     Sydney Anderson with one of her digs           Rylee Solheim goes for a kill

 

1

2

3

CROOKSTON 25 25 25
Warren-A-O 11 17 23


Kylie Solheim with a set as her teammates are all smiles

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta - 19, Hailey Seaver - 7
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 24
Digs - Kylie Solheim - 17, Hailey Seaver - 17, Dani Boyle - 10 
Aces – Sydney Anderson - 1, Rylee Solheim - 1 , Kasey Cwikla -1 

For Warren Alvarado Oslo
Kills – 
Shelby Durand - 5, Riley Mortimer - 4
Assists – Elise Oberg - 6, Emma Oberg - 6
Digs - 
Makenzie Roller -20,  Elise Oberg - 18, Riley Mortimer - 12
Aces –
Riley Mortimer - 3, Makenzie Roller - 2
 

 

UMC VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS BEMIDJI STATE FOR SECOND CONFERENCE WIN

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle volleyball team put together its most complete match of the season in a convincing sweep over the Bemidji State Beavers in an NSIC match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
In the first set, Bemidji State jumped out to a 1-0 lead before an attack error followed by an ace served by Katie Lienemann (Soph., Rosemount) gave the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead. A Deaira Gresham (Soph., Maplewood) spiked pushed the Minnesota Crookston lead to 4-3 before Sydney Kruisselbrink (Soph., Rochester) tallied a point for the Golden Eagles pushing the lead to 5-3.  The UMC lead grew to 7-5 after a Callie Schapekahm (Sr., Eagan) ace. The Golden Eagles used another three-point run including an ace served by Lauren Ulibarri (Jr., Flagstaff) giving Minnesota Crookston a 12-9 lead.  Back-to-back aces served by Ali Schueler (Jr., Howards Grove, WI) sparked another three-point run giving the Golden Eagles a 17-12 lead. Bemidji State responded with three-straight points to pull within 17-15 before a Deaira Gresham kill reestablished a three-point lead for Minnesota Crookston. The Golden Eagles continued to play well the rest of the set, not allowing Bemidji State to pull within less than three before UMC closed out the first set 25-20. “Getting back to our aggressive serving,” said Sarah Rauen on the keys to a first set victory. “We had some really good servers tonight that limited Bemidji’s offense and made it a lot easier on our defense.”
With the match tied at 10-10 in the second set, Minnesota Crookston took advantage of Bemidji State’s sluggish play to take a 2-0 set lead. A service error followed by a Beavers’ attack error gave the Golden Eagles a 12-10 lead. Back-to-back UMC kills pushed the lead to 14-11, before two more Bemidji State errors and a kill from Gresham gave Minnesota Crookston a 17-11 lead. The Golden Eagles continued to earn points off Beavers’ miscues before closing the second set 25-16 after a Bemidji State attacking error. “We were able to get under their skin a little bit and affect some of their players which is a good thing,” said Rauen. “They made a few more errors so I was happy with how we stayed aggressive and attacked them.”
Minnesota Crookston jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set eyeing a sweep. The lead grew to 8-1 following another Golden Eagles’ four-point run. Bemidji State battled back to pull within 11-9 before UMC added an additional four-point streak pulling ahead 15-9. The Beavers battled back to within 15-12, before a service error and a Kaitlin Sikkink (Jr., St. Charles) kill gave the Golden Eagles a 17-12 lead. An attack error sparked a three-kill streak for Minnesota Crookston pushing the lead to 21-13 before Kruisslebrink closed out the sweep with a kill to clinch the third set 25-19.  “Bemidji, they’re fighters,” noted Rauen. “They gave us a little fight there at the end, but I was pleased with how we were able to keep our composure and finish it out.”
Minnesota Crookston improves to 4-16 overall and 2-10 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles return to court Friday when they host Minnesota State-Mankato at 6 p.m. Bemidji State falls to 5-15 overall and 2-10 in conference play. 


Kaitlin Sikkink goes up on the attack 
Sydney Kruisselbrink with a set

Box Score

1

2

3

Bemidji State

20 16 19

UMC

25 25 25


Katie Lienemann with one of her 14 digs on the night

For UMC
Kills – Deaira Gresham - 11, Kaitlin Sikkink - 6, Porsh Porath - 5
Blocks - Kaitlin Sikkink - 2
Assists –  Sydney Kruisselbrink - 23
Digs - Katie Lienemann - 14, 
Deaira Gresham - 9, Lauren Ulibarri - 8, Ali Schueler - 7
Aces – 
Lauren Ulibarri - 2, Callie Schapekahm - 2, Ali Schueler - 2

 

 

KATHERINE GEIST WINS NINTH STRAIGHT CROSS COUNTRY MEET

Crookston High School's Katherine Geist won her ninth straight meet of the season when she won the NW Minnesota Conference Cross Country Championship in Warroad this afternoon. Katherine ran an impressive race with a final time of 18:40, almost two minutes better than the runner-up, Marin Garrett of the East Grand Forks.   Katherine has won all nine meets she has raced in this season. Crookston’s Emily Gillette finished 25th place with a time of 24:19.  "Katherine ran a great time and won the girls Conference championship. This was her ninth race she has won in a row! Quite an impressive streak. Warroad is a favorite course for many of the runners," said East Grand Forks Coach Kirk Misialek. "Emily set a season personal best and ran her best race of the season. I was proud of her effort."
Park Rapids is next on Monday, October 15 and then the big Section race on Friday, October 26.

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MONDAY - OCTOBER 8,  2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS SOCCER SHUT OUT BY FERGUS FALLS

The Fergus Falls Otters shutout the Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team 6-0 in the final regular season match of the season, played on a cold and wet day at the Crookston High School soccer field.
Fergus Falls scored two goals in the first eight minutes to take a quick 2-0 lead.  Crookston Coach Sarah Reese pulled her starting goalie and started to take out several other girls that were playing with nagging injuries, trying to keep the girls healthy on a cold and rainy day so they would be ready to play in the first round of t playoffs on Thursday.  "We have nagging injuries to several starters and playmakers," said Coach Reese. "Brinna (Egeland), Hannah (Emanuel) and Kylee (Meier) didn't play much after the eight minute mark."
Fergus Falls added another goal 11 minutes into the game and they added another goal 17 minutes later and took a 4-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Crookston played some solid defense and cut Fergus Falls' shots in half and the Otters scored two goals and cruised to a 6-0 victory.  "It was rainy and cold, but the girls kept working hard and played exceptionally well in the second half," said Coach Reese. "The girls worked together and we had a lot of people get some playing time today.  Sophie Sanders played sweeper and played exceptionally well."
Crookston ends the regular season with 1-14-1 record and will travel to Bemidji on Thursday for the first round of the Section 8A Girls Soccer tournament.
J.V. - Crookston won 3-1


Joslynn Leach with a shot on goal (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st

2nd Final
Fergus Falls 4 2 6
CROOKSTON 0 0 0


Anke Wiersma watches an Otter player splash towards the ball (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Scoring
2:00 - FF - Sophie Rausch
8:00 - FF - Mady Eklund
11:00 - FF - Mady Eklund
28:00 - FF - Grace Metcalf
42:00 - FF - Julia Johnson
52:00 - FF - Mady Eklund

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylee Meier - Crookston 0 - 0
Reese Swanson - Crookston 13 7 20
Sydney Thacker - FF 3 4 7

 

 

KYLIE SOLHEIM NAMED CHOICE THERAPY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH


Crookston High School senior, Kylie Solheim has been named the Choice Therapy Student-Athlete of the month.  Solheim is a setter on the Crookston Pirate Volleyball team this fall. 
Athletes are nominated by fans, family, friends, or anyone.  The athlete of the month is selected based on their demonstration of the Choice Therapy Values. Each month winner is presented with a gift card, tshirt, and achievement award. Then at end of the school year 1 individual is selected for our Choice Therapy scholarship.

 

 

 

UMC MEN'S GOLF CONCLUDES FALL SEASON WITH 18TH PLACE FINISH IN RAINED SHORTENED MISSOURI WESTERN INVITE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s Golf team finished in 18th place out of 18 teams after the first day of the scheduled two-day Holiday Inn Express Classic in St. Joseph, Missouri.  UMC shot a 319, while Washburn University won the event with a 284 in the scheduled 54-hole event, that was reduced to just 18-holes due to rain.
UMC only had four golfers make the trip and Connor Humble led the Golden Eagles with a 76.  Ben Koisti shot a 78, Ben Trostad (Fresh. Crookston) shot an 82 and Ethan Johnson (Sr. Roseau) turned in an 83.
The medalist was Missouri Western’s Lucas Horseman with a 67.
The second round was scheduled for Tuesday, but cancelled due to rain thus concluding UMC's fall season..

 

 

 

SUNDAY - OCTOBER 7,  2018

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER STRUGGLE IN CONVINCING DEFEAT BY MINOT STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team was held without a shot on goal as the Minot State Beavers dominated throughout the 90 minutes in a 4-0 win in an NSIC match played at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot, ND.
Minot State was aggressive with possession early nearly scoring just 1:20 into the match when Daniela Fonseca (Jr., Glendale, AZ) fired a shot across the goal mount, underneath the dive of Minnesota Crookston goalkeeper Athena DiMario Done (Soph., Windsor, Ontario), but the ball hit square on the far post and ricocheted out into the field of play keeping the match scoreless. Just three minutes later a lengthy cross from the right corner of the field sent in by Haley Berryman (Sr., Ephrata, WA) connected with an unmarked Sofia Lewis (Soph., Minot, ND) in stride allowing the midfielder to strike a shot into the left side of the net giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead. In the 19thminute Sofia Lewis scored her second goal of the afternoon pushing the host’s ahead 2-0.
In the second half, Sofia Lewis completed her hattrick with a brilliantly placed shot across the goal into the far side of the net from 10-yards out to give Minot State a 3-0 lead 54:36 into the match. In the closing minutes of the game, the Beavers closed the game out with one final goal as Gabriela Fonseca (Soph., Glendale, AZ) found Jannely Rangel (Sr., Lindsay, CA) who put her shot into the net to close out the 4-0 win. UMC managed just two shots in the 90 minutes, neither of which was on target, while Minot State took 12 shots on goal in the win.
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-9-2 overall and 1-6-2 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston returns to the pitch on Friday when UMC hosts Minnesota State Mankato at 1 p.m. Minot State improves to 6-4-2 overall and 4-4-1 in conference play.

 

 

 

SATURDAY  -  OCTOBER 6, 2018

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE USES SIX UMC TURNOVERS TO WIN BIG

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle football team turned the ball over six times leading to 38 points in a 55-6 loss to the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs, in SMSU’s homecoming game and an NSIC game played at The Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall.

The game started promisingly for Minnesota Crookston’s offense. Facing 3rddown and 16 from their own 19-yard line, running back Kevin Evans (Sr., Groveland, FL) burst up the middle before cutting to his left and turning upfield for 18-yards and a first down. Two plays later, the Golden Eagles struck for another chunk play when Jalin Scott (Jr., Houston, TX) hit Andy Groebner (Fr., Andover) over the middle for 16-yards down to the SMSU 44-yard line. Facing 3rdand 10 from the SMSU 44-yard line, Scott was forced to escape the pocket rolling to his left before getting to the sideline and gaining six yards setting UMC up with a 4thdown and four. On 4th down, Jalin Scott delivered a screen pass to Kevin Evans, but the pass was dropped turning it over on downs.
Minnesota Crookston’s defense did their job to force a three-and-out on Southwest Minnesota State’s opening drive before Austin Wells punted it 47-yards downfield, which was fumbled by returner Jonattan Mudd (Jr., Gardena, CA) and recovered by the Mustangs’ Dakota Jaeschke (Fr., Moorland, IA) at the UMC 3-yard line. SMSU capitalized off of the turnover two plays later with a 1-yard touchdown run by Max Simmons (Jr., Bloomington) giving the Mustangs a 7-0 lead after the extra point with 8:24 left in the first quarter. “We had too many mental issues,” explained Minnesota Crookston head coach Mark Dufner. “Too many mental errors, too many mistakes out there. We’re just not in a situation where we’ll be competitive in any game when we do that.”
The Golden Eagles responded well on their next drive trying to tie the game. After a 1stdown false start, Kevin Evans ran for 3-yards followed by a Shonte Smith (Jr., Pacoima, CA) 6-yard run setting up 3rddown and 6 at the UMC 29-yard line. On 3rddown, Jalin Scott reconnected with Andy Groebner for 24-yards to the SMSU 47-yard line. Three plays later, Jalin Scott ran up the middle for 15-yards and another 1stdown to the Mustangs; 30-yard line. Following a one-yard loss and facing 3rddown and 11, Jalin Scott hit Shonte Smith in stride for a gain of 15-yards to the SMSU 16-yard line before completing a pass to Groebner for 15 more yards to the SMSU 1-yard line. Jalin Scott was stood up on 1stand goal before losing two-yards on a second down carry. On 3rddown with goal to go Scott was dropped for a loss of five yards on a sack forcing the Golden Eagles to set for a field goal. The 24-yard field goal try from Jared McLemore (Fr., Lucas, TX) was blocked keeping UMC scoreless. “We’ll get it looked at on film, but it was probably a little bit low”, noted Dufner.
SMSU started their next drive at their own 25-yard line gaining 10 yards before the first quarter ended with the Mustangs leading 7-0. The Mustangs drive continued to the UMC 43-yard line after Blake Gimbel (Sr., Marshalltown, IA) found Chance Nelson (Jr., Corning, IA) for a 10-yard reception. Max Simmons carried the ball for 9 yards on the next play before Connor Wilkie (Sr., Andover) hauled in a 16-yard catch to the UMC 18-yard line. On SMSU’s next play Blake Gimbel found Daniel Davis (Jr., Tarpon Springs, FL) wide open in the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown followed by the extra point giving Southwest Minnesota State a 14-0 lead with 12:48 left in the first-half.
On UMC’s next offensive snap, quarterback Jalin Scott was sacked for 14-yards and suffered a hand injury on the play knocking the Golden Eagles’ signal caller out for the rest of the game. “I know that one that one of our assistants had to take him to the hospital,” said Dufner on his injured QB, “so we lost a quarterback and a coach on the same play.” With Jeremy Neuman (R-Soph., Andover) entering as Scott’s replacement, the UMC offense stalled forcing the Golden Eagles to punt to the SMSU 43-yard line. Minnesota Crookston’s defense picked up the slack forcing a Southwest Minnesota State three-and-out before the Golden Eagles’ turned it over a second time. “Jeremy has different strengths and different weaknesses,” said Dufner. “He’s one of the smartest guys on the team so he knows the offense inside and out so we’re still going to run our offense (with him in). Some of the run outs don’t necessarily fit his strengths but there are other things that he does well he just forced it a bit today.”
After Elijah Todd (Jr., Toledo, OH) carried the ball for one-yard on 1stdown, Jeremy Neuman delivered a screen pass to Tristan Robbins (Fr., Muskegon, MI), but the slot receiver had the ball punched out at the 32-yard line where Jon Dicke (Sr., Rochester) recovered the fumble for Southwest Minnesota State.
Two plays later, Blake Gimble connected with Daniel Davis for the duos second touchdown hookup from 32-yards out to give SMSU a 21-0 lead after the point after try with 8:17 still to play in the half. Jeremy Neuman was picked off on his next pass for UMC’s third turnover of the first half which Cory Hollowell (Jr., Corona, CA) returned 18-yards to midfield. The Mustangs capitalized on their third takeaway with a fourth touchdown, as Davis and Gimbel combined for another 6-points pushing the host’s lead to 28-0 after the extra-point with still 4:40 to play before halftime.
Minnesota Crookston answered the interception with their best drive of the game. Following an incompletion and a muffed snap that Neuman was able to recover on his own. Jacob Zweig made a 20-yard catch to the SMSU 41-yard line. As the drive continued, facing 4thdown and 6 at the SMSU 37-yard line, Neuman found Andy Groebner for 17-yards to the Mustangs’ 20-yard line. The very next play Neuman and Groebner connected again, this time down the far sideline with Groebner staying in-bounds before diving into the end zone for UMC’s first touchdown in two weeks. The Golden Eagles attempted a two-point conversion after the touchdown but Jeremy Neuman’s backward pass into the turf was deemed an incompletion forcing the Golden Eagles to settle for 6 points keeping their deficit at 28-6 with 1:49 left in the half. “Andy is one of those guys, a blue-collar kid who gives one-hundred percent effort on every play,” explained Dufner. “Andy’s developed into his role, he did a nice job and did a lot of nice things out there.”
Southwest Minnesota State closed out the half with more points, driving the ball 64-yards over 11 plays before Skyler Crew (Soph., Urbandale, IA) made his first field goal of the year from 28-yards away giving the Mustangs a 31-6 lead at halftime.
The Mustangs put the game away for all intents and purposes with their opening drive to start the second half. Facing 3rddown and 3 at their own 33-yard line, Gimbel found tight end Luke Narveson (Soph., Belle Plaine) open in the flats before the receiver turned up the field for 23-yards to the UMC 44-yard line. Hudson Walton added 14-yards on the ground two plays later before Gimbel and Davis connected for a fourth touchdown followed by the PAT which made it 38-6 just four minutes into the second half. “We were really shooting ourselves in the foot, so it kind of becomes let's just win the (second) half there,” said Dufner.
Minnesota Crookston managed just one first down the entire third quarter with SMSU adding a 26-yard field goal by Skyler Crew giving the Mustangs a 41-6 lead after three quarters.
After Minnesota Crookston’s defense forced a turnover on downs to start the fourth quarter, Southwest Minnesota State’s Lucas Fisher picked off Jeremy Neuman and raced 37-yards into the end zone for a defensive touchdown pushing the Mustangs’ ahead 48-6 after the extra point. UMC’s subsequent drive ended with their second blocked field goal on a low kick that was easily blocked.
Tristan Robbins closed the game at quarterback for Minnesota Crookston and the true-freshman showed flashes of athleticism and a strong arm but was picked off on an ill-advised lob downfield with the game already well in-hand for SMSU as Paul Johnson secured the Mustangs’ sixth and final takeaway. “Tristin, he’s the quickest quarterback we’ve got agility wise, but he’s new to the offense and still learning that,” said Dufner. “Depending on Jalin’s situation he and Jeremy will be battling it out this week. Tristan’s got the athleticism, he’s just got to make sure he gets the right checks on certain plays.” Codie Meinen (Fr., Chippewa Falls, WI) capitalized on his garbage-time carries in the waning minutes of the game bursting through the line of scrimmage and outrunning the defense for a 52-yard touchdown run providing the exclamation point on the Mustang’s emphatic 55-6 blowout victory. “We’ve got to focus on the mental side of things,” Dufner summarized. “We’ve got to clean some things up this week. We’ll see that on film, it’s a team game and we’ve got to get eleven for eleven on each play.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-5 on the season and will return to Ed Widseth Field in Crookston next Saturday when the Golden Eagles host Winona State in a game kicking off at 1 p.m. with the Riverview Health pre-game Show beginning at 12:20 p.m. on KROX. Southwest Minnesota State improves to 3-3.


Tristan Robbins looks to pass   Jake Neuman passes as he his it hit

Box Score

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

UMC 0 6 0 0 6
SW Minnesota State 7 24 10 14 55


           Jake Larkin with a diving shoestring tackle

1st Quarter
8:24 -  SWMS -  Max Simmons 1 yard run  (Skyler Crew kick)

2nd Quarter

12:48 - SWMS -  Daniel Davis 18 yard pass from Blake Gimbel   (Skyler Crew kick)
8:17 -   SWMS -  Daniel Davis 32 yard pass from Blake Gimbel   (Skyler Crew kick)
4:40 -   SWMS -  Daniel Davis 19 yard pass from Blake Gimbel    (Skyler Crew kick)
1:49 -   UMC    -  Andy Groebner  20 yard pass from Jeremy Neuman   (pass failed)
0:00 -   SWMS -   Skyler Crew 28 yard field goal


3rd Quarter

11:08 -  SWMS -  Daniel Davis 30 yard pass from Blake Gimbel  (Skyler Crew kick)
3:02   -  SWMS -  Skyler Crew  26 yard field goal


4th Quarter
11:32 -  SWMS -  Lucas Fisher 37 yard interception return  (Skyler Crew kick)
1:10 -    SWMS -  Codie Meinen 52 yard run  (Skyler Crew kick)


Will Cole with one of his tackles on the evening




 

CROOKSTON BOY'S SOCCER TIES EAST GRAND FORKS IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team had a tremendous performance from their senior goalie, Logan Wardner, with 28 saves and the Pirates played to a 2-2 overtime tie with the East Grand Forks Green Wave in a Section 8AA battle at East Grand Forks.
The first half was even for most of the half and it was Crookston scoring the first goal of the game when Ben Brantner found Jacob Brunelle with a nice pass and Jacob kicked the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead just shy of 18 minutes into the game. "He got a nice pass from Sam Overgaard and put it in," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "It is about combinations and we did a nice job and worked together on the goal." The teams didn't have a lot of chances the rest of the half and Crookston took a 1-0 lead into halftime. "We came to play today and the boys were playing hard, which was better than last time we played East Grand Forks," said Coach Cox.
East Grand Forks didn't waste any time, scoring a goal seven minutes into the second half to even the score at 1-1. A little over eight minutes later, Crookston regained the lead when Ben Brantner got a pass to Jake Anderson in front of the goal, about 15 yards out and Jake had the ball poked away and regained control of the ball and had a sliding kick past the goalie into the right corner of the net to give Crookston a 2-1 lead. "It was a nice goal," said Coach Cox. "Another combination and a great second effort for Jake to stick with it for the goal."
Crookston was heavily dependent on their goalie, Wardner, in the second half. With 18 minutes left in regulation, Wardner made a big save to keep Crookston's lead at one goal. With 14:56 left in the second half, Crookston's Jake Anderson was given his second yellow card and that forced a red card and Anderson had to leave the game, which hurt the Pirates. The red card also means Anderson will have to miss the next game, which is the first round of the Section 8A playoffs. "We have been struggling with our tempers all season long," said Coach Cox. "The boys have been talking all season long and will hurt us going into the playoffs."
East Grand Forks tied the game at 2-2 with under five minutes left in regulation. Once again, Wardner came up with a huge save on a one-on-one with 22 seconds left in regulation to keep the score tied at 2-2, forcing overtime.
One minute into the first overtime (in soccer they play two five minute overtime periods) it looked like East Grand Forks was going to score whent hey had an open net after Wardner made a save and the ball popped loose in front of the net and a Green Wave player kicked the ball and it hit Dilon Owens in the head and he made the save and the game remained scoreless. With 27 seconds left in the first overtime, Wardner made a diving save to keep the game tied at 2-2.
In the second overtime, with 2:51 left, East Grand Forks had the ball in front of the net and kicked the ball, but Wardner made a leaping save and knocked the ball up and over the net for another save. East Grand Forks looked like they took a 3-2 lead with 22 seconds left, but offsides was called and the game remained tied at 2-2. Neither team scored the rest of the way and the teams played to a 2-2 tie. "We played much better against East Grand Forks compared to the first time we played. The boys played harder and that was nice to see a much better effort," said Coach Cox. "Logan was outstanding and was making saves all over the place, he was definately our player of the game today."
Crookston ends the regular season at 4-10-2 on the year. East Grand Forks is 8-6-1 on the year.
 


Logan Wardner makes one of his many saves in the game (Picture by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

 

1st

2nd OT Final
CROOKSTON 1 1 0 2
East Grand Forks 0 2 0 2


Sam Overgaard controls the ball in the first half (Picture by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

Scoring
17:50 - Crox - Jacob Brunelle (Sam Overgaard)
47:00 - EGF - Mohammed Barkadleh
55:34 - Crox - Jake Anderson (Ben Brantner)
75:28 - EGF - Khalid Omar
 

Saves 1st 2nd/OT Total
Logan Wardner-Crox 6 22 28
Blake Felch - EGF 5 3 8

 

 

 

KATHERINE GEIST WINS EIGHT STRAIGHT CROSS COUNTRY MEET

Crookston High School's Katherine Geist won her eighth straight meet of the season when she won the Swain Cross Country meet in Duluth.  There was 197 runners in the Class A girls race and Katherine won the race with a time of 19:10, 30 seconds better than the runner-up, Ava Hill of Mesabi East.  The first place finish is Katherine's eighth victory in a row as she continues her outstanding start to her junior season.    Crookston's Emily Gillette finished 155th place with a time of 25:56.  " Emily and Katherine both did great. A big race win for Katherine seeing 28 northern and metro schools. That is eight victories in a row. Wow!," said Coach Kirk Misialek. "Time was very good considering conditions. It was a tough course (hills), damp, and cool. Course was slippery and wet. Emily ran her usual race and was first to admit the hills were trouble."
The girls will run at the Northwest Conference meet in Warroad on Tuesday.


Katherine Geist out in front during the race (Picture by Coach Kaylen Bakke)

To view an interview with Katherine by MN Mile Split (a top Minnesota cross country website) - CLICK HERE

 

 

 

UMC VOLLEYBALL SWEPT BY WAYNE STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team ran into hungry and determined Wayne State Wildcat team and lost 3-0 (25-7, 25-10, 25-14) in a Northern Sun Conference match played in Wayne, Nebraska.
Wayne State jumped out to a 8-2 lead in the first set and and cruised the rest of the way for a 25-7 victory for a 1-0 lead.
The teams were tied at 2-2 before UMC took a 5-3 lead on a Hannah Stark kill and it was the start the Golden Eagles were hoping for. Wayne State answered with a 19-3 run to take a 22-9 lead and kept rolling to a 25-10 victory for a 2-0 lead.
Wayne State jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but UMC answered with four point behind two kills from Kaitlin Sikkink. The set remained close and Wayne State had an 8-7 lead when they went on an 11-2 run for a 19-9 lead and the teams played even the rest of the way as Wayne State coasted to a 25-14 victory to win the match 3-0.
Crookston drops to 3-16 overall and 1-10 in the NSIC. Wayne State improves to 15-5 on the year and 7-4 in the NSIC.

 

1

2

3

UMC

7 10 14

Wayne State

25 25 25
 

For UMC
Kills – Lauren Wallace - 4, Kaitlin Sikkink - 3, Hannah Stark - 3
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 15 
Digs - Katie Lienemann - 11, Lauren Ulibarri - 7
Aces – 
Lauren Ulibarri - 1, Sydney Kruisselbrink - 1



 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S SWIMMERS FINISH SEVENTH AT THE SECTION 8A TRUE TEAM MEET

The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team finished seventh out of seven teams at the Section 8A True Team meet in Warroad. Crookston had 325 points while Detroit Lakes won the meet with 1,233 points and Bemidji was the runner-up.
Crookston's Thea Oman continues her impressive senior season with a first place finish in the 100 Freestyle and second place in the 200 Freestyle. She was also on the fourth place 200 Medley relay and the fifth place 200 Freestyle relay.
Madison Hoiland continued her fantastic past three weeks with a fourth place finish in the 100 Breaststroke and she was also on the fourth place 200 Medley Relay and fifth place 200 Freestyle relay.
Crookston will host Grand Forks Central, Grand Forks Red River and Thief River Falls on Tuesday at the Crookston quad at the Crookston Community pool.

Team Scores -
1. Detroit Lakes 1,233
2. Bemidji 1,105.5
3. Park Rapids 927.5
4. Thief River Falls 832
5. Perham/New York Mills 767
6. Warroad/Roseau 665
7. Crookston 325

Pirate (Top 5 finishes) Event Time Place
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 57.81 1st
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:06.93 2nd
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:09.84 4th
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:17.72 4th
Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Freestyle Relay 1:52.56 5th

FOR ALL THE MEET RESULTS, CLICK HERE





FRIDAY - OCTOBER 5,  2018

PIRATE FOOTBALL OFFENSE SPUTTERS IN 28-0 LOSS AT #3 RANKED BARNESVILLE

The Crookston Pirate Football team turned the ball over seven times in the game and the #3 ranked Barnesville Trojans cruised to a 28-0 victory in a Section 8AA game played in Barnesville on a cold, rainy night.
Crookston started the game with the ball and on the second play of the game Brady Butt bombed a 38 yard pass to Jaden Lubarski for a first down. Three plays later, Crookston had the snap go off the quarterback's hands and Barnesville's Hunter Zenzen recovered the ball at the Pirate 46 yard line. Barnesville's first play was a 13 yard run by the Adam Tonsfeldt and two plays later Nick Detloff took a handoff up the middle for 27 yards and a touchdown to give Barnesville a 6-0 lead. "We got caught looking in the backfield and I think he got 10 yards down the field before anybody realized he had the ball," said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. " The Trojan two-point conversion was good for an 8-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. Crookston's second offensive series was as bad as the first as the snap was off the mark again and Barnesville recovered another Pirate fumble at the Crookston seven yard line. Crookston received a much-needed break when Barnesville fumbled the ball on the third play of the series and the Pirate's Zach Brown came flying in to recover the fumble. Crookston's third series was unfortunately as bad as the first two when they threw an interception on the fourth play of the drive and Barnesville had the ball at the Crookston 40 yard line. On Barnesville's first play of the series, Detloff ran for 20 yards to get the ball to the 20 yard line. Five plays later Tonsfeldt scored on a one yard run on the quarterback keeper and after a two point conversion, Barnesville led 16-0 with six seconds left in the first quarter. "We put our defense in a bad position for all 16 of those points," said Coach Butt. "We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball because little things like that come back to haunt you." Crookston's fourth offensive series wasn't great, but it wasn't the disaster the first three were when they were forced to punt on a three-and-out. Barnesville started the drive at their own 40 yard line and had a 14 yard run from Detloff to get the ball into Crookston territory. Two plays later, Barnesville completed a 32 yard pass from Tonsfeldt to Grant Inniger and a couple plays later they scored on Kellen Hinsz one yard run to take a 22-0 lead with 8:33 left in the first half. Crookston's offense continued their turnover trend when they fumbled the ball again and Barnesville had the ball with 6:48 left in the half. They ran 10 plays and milked the clock to less than a minute and went for a fourth down and goal at the Pirate five yard line and didn't get the first down with nine seconds left in the half. Barnesville took the 22-0 lead into halftime. Crookston only had 11 yards rushing in the first half and 80 yards of total offense. "You have to give Barnesville a lot of credit for coming after us," said Coach Butt. "We weren't reading and we were caught looking in the backfield. I thought we did a better job defensively as the game went along. We started to do a better job on defense and we were forcing things, but we couldn't get anything going offensively."
Crookston kicked off to start the second half and Preston Snobl took the kick 68 yards up the middle for a kickoff return for a touchdown 10 seconds into the second half for a 28-0 lead. Neither team ever got anything going offensively in the second half as the teams combined for 10 fumbles and two interceptions. Crookston's second drive of the second half didn't start well and the Pirates had the ball fourth down and 10 yards from their own 10 yard line. Blake Fee was back to punt for the Pirates and when he caught the snap he took off to the right and sprinted 30 yards down the Barnesville sidelines and ran over a Trojan tackler to get five more yards for 35 yards total on the play and a Pirate first down. "We went rugby punt and Blake has the option if he can get to the edge he can go," said Coach Butt. "Give credit to Brody (Davidson) to call it and we did a good job to seal the edge and I thought Blake might have a chance to go all the way." Three plays later the Pirates fumbled the ball again and turned it over. Neither team had a big scoring threat in the second half and Barnesville held on for the 28-0 homecoming victory.
Crookston only had 126 yards in the game, 35 on a fake punt and 38 on a Jaden Lubarski reception. Barnesville's starting offense has only given up two touchdowns in six games. "We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball and you can blame some of it on the weather, but even in bad conditions you have to take care of the ball," said Coach Butt. "We did a better job defensively in the second half, but you have to give your defense a chance and we need some more things from our offense and we are still trying to adjust to life without Leyton (Salentine)."
Crookston drops to 2-4 on the year and will host Pelican Rapids on Friday for homecoming. Barnesville improves to 6-0 on the year and will travel to Hawley for a matchup of two of the top 10 ranked teams in Class AA on Friday.


            Brady Wisk brings down a Barnesville player

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 0
Barnesville 16 6 6 0 28


          Blake Fee runs for 35 yards on a fake punt

1st Quarter
8:41 - Barnesville  -
Nick Detloff  27 yard run  (Chase Brenner run)
0:06 - Barnesville - Adam Tonsfeldt  1 yard run  (
Chase Brenner run)

2nd Quarter

8:33 - Barnesville -
Kellen Hinsz 1 yard run (run failed)

3rd Quarter

11:50 - Barnesville - Preston Snobl 68 yard kick off return (run failed)


4th Quarter
No scoring


           Joe Doda looks for room on one of his runs

  CROOKSTON Barnesville
First Downs 7 20
Rushing-Yards 34-80 38-234
Passing 2-13-2 4-11-0
Passing Yards 46 93
Total Yards 126 327
Fumbles-Lost 5-3 5-4
Penalties-Yards 3-21 3-25
Punts-Yards Ave. 6-26 1-35


Rushing

Crookston Barnesville
Brady Butt            16-5 Adam Tonsfeldt      9-21
Joe Doda                11-12 Nick Detloff            8-104
Lukas Meier           5-27 Chase Brenner          8-40
Blake Fee                1-35 Kellen Hinsz             6-35
Easton Tangquist      1-1 Hunter Anderson     3-14
  Preston Snobl          2-8
  Aaron Schiefert       1-15
  Sam Askegaard       1- (-3)

Passing

Brady Butt             2-12-2    46 yards

Adam Tonsfeldt           4-7-0   93 yards

Easton Tangquist      0-1-0

Sam Askegaard             0-4-0


Receiving

Jaden Lubarski      1-38 Grant Inniger     2-68
Lukas Meier         1-8 Hunter Zenzen    2-25

 

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS TENNIS WILL BE THE #4 SEED IN SECTION TEAM TOURNEY

The Crookston Pirate Girls tennis team received the fourth seed and they will play Staples-Motley in the first round of the Section 8A Girls Tennis Tournament that will start on October 11 at 9:00 a.m. in Fargo.  Crookston didn't play Staples-Motley during the regular season.
The top seed was Park Rapids and they got a tough draw with defending champion, Roseau, the eighth seed.

The team and individual seeds are below -
1. Park Rapids
2. East Grand Forks
3. Perham
4. Crookston
5. Staples-Motley
6. Parkers Prairie
7. Wadena-Deer Creek
8. Roseau

FOR THE TEAM BRACKET, CLICK HERE


The Section 8A Individual seeds were also released today and Crookston's seeds and first round opponents are listed below, along with a link to the brackets.

Doubles - For the Doubles bracket click here.
#2 - Catherine Tiedemann/Emma Borowicz vs #15 Kiersten Flaig/Ella Trangsrus (Roseau)
#13 - Elysa Christensen/Eden Haller vs #4 Abby Burquest/Maggie Reigstad (Park Rapids)

Singles - For the Singles bracket, click here.
#3 - Hayden Winjum vs #14 Rachel Herman (Park Rapids)
#12 - Hannah Street vs #5 Madison Picker (Perham)

 

 

AUGUSTANA VIKINGS PICK UP FIRST NSIC WIN OF THE SEASON OVER UMC VOLLEYBALL

University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball fell in straight sets against the Augustana Vikings in an NSIC match played at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
Augustana jumped out to a quick start in the opening set with back-to-back kills giving the Vikings a 5-3 lead. Minnesota Crookston responded with a kill from Kaitlin Sikkink (R-Jr., St. Charles) followed by an Augustana attacking error evening the first set at 5-5. Another Vikings’ attacking error gave UMC a 7-6 lead in the set before Augustana forced a Golden Eagles’ timeout after winning five straight points giving Augustana a 12-8 lead. Minnesota Crookston responded out of the timeout with three-straight points including an ace served by Callie Schapekahm (Sr., Eagan) cutting the deficit to 12-11. A Lauren Wallace (R-Fr., Bloomington) kill pulled the Golden Eagles within 13-12 until an Augustana five-point run gave the Vikings a 17-12 lead. Augustana continued to pull away the rest of the first set winning the final five points of the opening frame to take the first set 25-14. 
The Vikings continued their strong play in the second set following two-straight attacking errors which gave Minnesota Crookston a 2-0 lead bounced back to take three-straight points and gain a 5-4 advantage. Minnesota Crookston took the next three points, all of Augustana errors to gain a 7-5 lead. The Vikings took the next five points to force a UMC timeout after Augustana gained a 10-7 edge. A Porsha Porath (Fr., Windom) kill stalled the Vikings’ momentum momentarily before a three-kill streak gave the hosts a 14-9 lead. Augustana utilized three-straight aces served by libero Kaylea Ahrens (Sr., Owatonna) gave Augustana an 18-11 lead before the Vikings closed out the set with a kill from Izzy Sommers (R-Fr., Rogers) 25-18. 
In the third set, Minnesota Crookston jumped out to a 2-0 lead following an ace served by Katie Lienemann. Augustana responded with a five-point run to gain a 5-2 lead. The Vikings used another five-point run to pull ahead 11-3 in the set looking to close out the sweep. Porsha Porath stopped the Vikings run momentarily before Augustana took three-straight points for a 14-4 lead.  Minnesota Crookston countered by taking four of the next five points to pull within 15-8. The Golden Eagles continued to hang with their hosts in the third set, but a comeback was not in the cards as the Vikings closed out the sweep with a 25-20 third set win. 
Minnesota Crookston falls to 3-15 overall and 1-9 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles return to the court Saturday when they travel to Wayne, Nebraska to take on Wayne State at 1 p.m. Augustana improves to 6-12 overall and 1-9 in conference play. 

 

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2

3

UMC 14 18 20
Augustana 25 25 25

For UMC
Kills – Deaira Gresham - 9, Callie Schapenkahm - 6 , Kaitlin Sikkink - 6 , Porsha Porath - 6
Blocks –  
Kaitlin Sikkink - 2, Syd Kruisselbrink - 2
Assists – 
Syd Kruisselbrink - 27
Digs - Ali Schueler - 22, 
Deaira Gresham -  10, Katie Lienemann - 8
Aces – 
Callie Schapenkahm - 2 , Katie Lienemann - 1

 

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER SETTLES FOR SCORELESS DRAW WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY MARAUDERS

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team generated just one shot on goal in 110 minutes of soccer but utilized stringent defense and excellent goalkeeping forcing a 0-0 draw with the University of Mary Marauders in an NSIC match played at the MDU Resources Community Bowl in Bismarck, ND.
The University of Mary dominated possession in the opening 45 minutes. The Marauders held Minnesota Crookston without a shot on goal while managing four shots on goal at the other end of the field. Golden Eagles’ goalkeeper Athena DiMario Done (Soph., Windsor, Ontario) played a perfect first half in the for Minnesota Crookston making four saves to preserve her shutout through a scoreless opening frame. 
UMC acclimated to the cold, snowy conditions better in the second half. The Golden Eagles managed their first shot on goal while limiting the Marauders to only one shot on goal in the second 45-minute period. Both goalkeepers made their one necessary save to keep the match scoreless through 90 minutes sending the two teams to sudden-death overtime. 
The University of Mary generated the only shot of the first 10-minute overtime period which UMC’s DiMario Done managed to save to keep the match scoreless going into the final 10 minutes of the match with a scoreless draw seeming imminent. 
As the final moments of the clock dwindled, the University of Mary appeared destined to score a game-winning goal with just two minutes left in the match. A perfectly placed pass was sent into the 6-yard box where a wide-open Marauder’s striker took possession before striking a shot into the net, however, the clear off-sides positioning was spotted by the line-judge drawing his flag up and negating the would-be game-winning goal to preserve the scoreless draw until the second overtime period expired. 
The Golden Eagles improve to 1-8-2 overall and 1-6-2 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston returns to the field on Sunday when UMC travels to Minot to take on Minot State at 1 p.m. The University of Mary improves to 3-5-2 overall and 2-4-2 in conference play.

 

1st

2nd OT 2OT Final
UMC 0 0 0 0 0
Mary 0 0 0 0 0

Scoring
No Scoring

Saves 1st 2nd OT 2 OT Total
Madisyn Waltman -UMary 0 1 0 0 1
Athena DiMario - UMC 4 1 1 1 7

 

 

 

THURSDAY  -  OCTOBER 4, 2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE VOLLEYBALL COMES FROM BEHIND TO BEAT EAST GRAND FORKS

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team started slow and lost the first two sets before picking up their play to win the next three sets for a 3-2 (19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-6) over the East Grand Forks Green Wave in a Section 8AA match played at the East Grand Forks Senior High School gymnasium.

The start of the match wasn't what Crookston was looking for as East Grand Forks started on a 9-1 run that was started with two Ella Eggers service aces and helped out by four Crookston hitting errors. Crookston tried a late set rally with four kills and two aces from Rachel Hefta, but East Grand Forks held on for a 25-19 victory to take a 1-0 lead.  "We were sluggish," said Pirate Coach Stopa. "We weren't talking and we were standing and we all knew it, but couldn't do anything about it.  We picked up the play towards the end of the set."
In the second set, the teams were tied at 2-2 when East Grand Forks went on a 5-0 run behind a couple Pirate attack errors and two aces from Kylie Stauss for a 7-2 lead. Crookston answered with a 7-2 run behind three Sydney Anderson aces and the team were tied at 9-9. The teams battle back-and-forth and were tied at 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20. East Grand Forks' Oksana Kroese had back-to-back kills to spark a 5-2 run and the Green Wave won the second set 25-22 for a 2-0 lead.  "Sydney communicates and everything she hit was in.  She had a good match tonight," said Coach Stopa. "We started to play better at the end of the set, but it wasn't enough."
Crookston came out strong in the third set with a 7-1 run behind two Hefta kills and Rylee and Kylie Solheim had a kill apiece in the run and the Pirates had momentum on their side. Crookston built a 20-6 lead and it looked like they were going to cruise to a third set victory, but East Grand Forks battled back to get within a 23-16 deficit. Hefta stopped the Green Wave comeback with a kill and an ace to give Crookston a 25-17 victory and East Grand Forks led the match 2-1. "It was a good balanced team effort in the third set," said Coach Stopa. "Kylie did a nice job tonight, Rylee was solid all night long and they got us going in the set.  It was a big win, most of our serves were in and we picked up our play."
Crookston had another strong start in the fourth set with a 5-1 run behind two kills from Hefta and another kill from Sydney Anderson. East Grand Forks battled back to tie the set at 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21 before the Pirate's Hefta finished the set with four kills to give Crookston a 25-21 victory to tie the match at two sets apiece.  "Rachel took over at the end of the set and that was huge," said Coach Stopa. "I don't think she had her best match tonight, but she found ways to make sure the ball got down on the other side."
In the fifth set, East Grand Forks hit into the net, Hefta had a kill and the Green Wave had a bad pass and Crookston led 3-0.  "That was a huge start for us," said Coach Stopa. "Once I saw our nerves weren't too bad I felt better about the fifth set."  After a serve went into the net, Rylee Solheim had a kill before East Grand Forks' Haley Burger had back-to-back kills and Crookston's lead was down to one point (4-3). East Grand Forks had a couple of errors and Hefta had two kills for an 8-3 Crookston lead. Crookston slowly pulled away and Hailey Seaver finished the match with a kill in the back row for a 15-6 victory to win the match 3-2.  "as a head coach, I have never beat East Grand Forks and that means the girls haven't beat them either and we have some multi-sport athletes that haven't beat them in other sports either, so it was nice," said Coach Stopa. "We started slow, but picked it up in the final three sets and that was nice to see us battle back to get our second win in a row."
Crookston improves to 9-12-1 on the year and will travel to Warren-Alvarado-Oslo on Tuesday.  East Grand Forks falls to 3-15 on the year and will travel to Grand Forks Central on Monday.


               The match winning point - click above to view the video


Kylie Solheim eyes down the ball on a set    Hailey Seaver goes up on an attack

 

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3

4

5

CROOKSTON

19 22 25 25 15

East Grand Forks

25 25 17 21 6


             Kasey Cwikla with a dig on the serve receive

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta - 17, Hailey Seaver - 11
Blocks – Rachel Hefta - 2
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 45
Digs - Kylie Solheim - 19, Hailey Seaver - 17, Dani Boyle - 15, Rachel Hefta - 12
Aces – Rachel Hefta - 4, Emma Boll - 2





 

CROOKSTON GIRLS’ SOCCER SCORES FIRST BEFORE FALLING TO WALKER-HACKENSACK-AKELEY

The Crookston Pirates Girls’ Soccer scored in the fifth minute of the match before falling 2-1 against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in a Section 8A match played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field.
The Pirates jumped out to an early lead in the fifth minute of the match when Mackenze Epema scored on a shot across goal that hit the far post before trickling across the goal line giving Crookston a 1-0 lead. “Kenze scored about five minutes in,” explained Crookston head coach Sarah Reese. “Their defense is very much a nucleus that works through the middle of the field along with their center-mids and they do that quite well. They kind of cluster in the middle, so I told our players we’ve got to work it far outside and then cross it towards the middle and that’s where the open seams are going to be. Kenze did just that and was rewarded for being at the right place at the right time and having a poised shot. I was really excited to see that.” Late in the first half, the Wolves tied the match after earning a penalty kick. Walker-Hackesnsack-Akeley’s goalkeeper Alexa Kennedy took the shot and found the lower left corner with her shot tying the score at 1-1 heading into halftime. 
In the second half, the Wolves took the lead in the 70th minute when Abigail Zismer trickled a shot past Reese Swanson giving Walker-Hackensack-Akeley a 2-0 lead. “We had lots of opportunities to put the ball in the net,” said Reese. “Certainly, we scored first, which was awesome and helped us build some momentum and some confidence, but when we had Brinna Egeland’s injury and their (penalty kick) we lost a little steam and we certainly lost a sense of urgency. Then we played more passively, and it was quite clear we had about a twenty-minute period where we played on our heels and were very reactive. We weren’t able to physically and mentally overcome those obstacles and regain that sense of urgency and really we didn’t regain that until the final fifteen minutes of the game and in between that period they put another goal in the net. It was just a bit too little too late and we were making it too difficult for ourselves. We had some shooting opportunities, we had the opportunities to put the ball in the net and unfortunately, we weren’t able to do that. We’re not upset about it, but it is disappointing because we know they have it in them.”
The Pirates fall to 1-13-1 this season and wraps up the regular season Monday when they host Fergus Falls at 4 p.m.  Walker-Hackensack-Akeley improves to 1-10-1. 


Brinna Egeland tries to kick the ball away from a Wolf

 

1st

2nd Final
Walker-H-Akeley 1 1 2
CROOKSTON 1 0 1


Aleah Bienek keeps the ball away from a Wolf

Scoring
5:00 - Crookston - Mackenze Epema
38:00 - WHA - Alexa Kennedy (PK)
70:00 - WHA - Abigail Zismer

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Reese Swanson - Crookston 1 2 3
Alexa Kennedy - W-H-A 4 5 9




 

CROOKSTON BOYS SOCCER COMPLETES SEASON SWEEP OF WALKER-HACKENSACK-AKELEY WITH SHUTOUT WIN

The Crookston Pirates Boys Soccer team scored two second-half goals in a 2-0 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves in a Section 8A match played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field.  
Both sides battled through a scoreless first-half with Crookston’s Logan Wardner making two saves and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley’s Josh Kuhlman making six saves in the scoreless opening 40 minutes. “The struggle was we were taking our shots a little too far out, said Crookston head coach Don Cox. “We were also shooting at the keeper and all season they’ve been shooting at keepers like he has a target on him.”
In the second half, Ben Andringa gave Crookston the lead with a long strike from 40-yards away blasting the high kick over the head of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley’s goalie giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. “That was kind of a lucky goal,” said Cox. “It was kind of a toe punch, not the way that I like to see them done there but Been got a lucky goal for us and you take those where you can get them. He just kind of wound up and got a good punch and those kinds of kicks get good backspin on them and after they go a certain distance before they just sort of falls like a rock and that one’s backspin dropped at the right time for us and into the back of the net.” Crookston added a second goal in the 52ndminute when Jake Andringa finished off a series of passes, including the assist from Tai Baig, with a goal to push the Pirates’ lead to 2-0. “The second goal was a nice one, it was a relay pass and Jake got it, took it forward from there inside the 18-yard box and put his shot away from the keeper and it went into the net and that wasn’t the case with most of our shots. Most of our shots were right at the goalie, otherwise, we could have had a lot more goals.” Logan Wardner was perfect in net making all seven saves necessary to preserve the Crookston 2-0 shutout victory. “In the second half we were pushing with a lot more pressure,” summarized Cox. “We were putting a lot more pressure on their defense and they were crumbling a bit there and getting frustrated and when an opponent gets frustrated it’s a lot harder for them to focus on their offense.”
Crookston improves to 4-10-1 on the season and will their regular season in East Grand Forks on Saturday with a 1 p.m. kick-off against the Green Wave.   Walker-Hackensack-Akeley falls to 1-10.

 
Mason LaPlante chases down the loose ball

 

1st

2nd Final
Walker-H-Akeley 0 0 0
Crookston 0 2 2


Jacob Brunelle tries for a sliding tackle

Scoring
41:03 - Crookston - Ben Andringa
51:15 - Crookston - Jake Anderson (Tai Baig)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crookston 2 5 7
Josh Kuhlman - W-H-A 6 7 13





 

CROOKSTON GIRL’S SWIMMING DROPS DUAL WITH FOSSTON-BAGLEY

The Crookston Pirates Girl’s swimming team fell 51-42 in a Section 8A dual against Fosston-Bagley in Fosston.

Crookston started the meet well winning the 200-medley relay with a time of 2:11.39 from swimmers Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman. Crookston’s strong start continued in the 200-freestyle with Madison Hoiland winning the race with a 31.54 finish ahead of teammate Fallon Johnson who took second place in the race. In the 200-IM Thea Oman finished atop the podium beating the rest of the field by over 5-seconds with her time of 2:27.31. Mackenzie Aamoth took second place for the Pirates in the 50-freestyle ahead of teammate Victoria Proulx. “Mackenzie got right down to one of her best times and made the section qualifying time,” noted Melbye. “As she gets more consistent with that faster pace, hopefully, that continues to improve.” In the 100-butterfly Elizabeth Erdman won the race with a time of 1:07.73. Crookston’s Madison Hoiland took second place in the 100-freestyle. The Pirates continued their strong performance in relays in the 200-freestyle when Crookston’s Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman, and Thea Oman combined for a time of 1:56.22. In the 100-breaststroke, the Pirates Elizabeth Erdman won the event by over five seconds with a time of 1:18.37. “She was a little shocked with how easy she was able to finish,” shared Melbye. “She even thought she left some speed and time on the table.” Fosston was able to break a tie in the final event taking all 9 points in the 400-freestyle relay, which Crookston was unable to enter a team in with too few swimmers available. “The girls swam excellent again today,” summarized Melbye. “Truly, you come up short due to lacking of athletes. We didn’t put up our best times, but we don’t need to be right now in the season. We’re working day in and day out for November.” As the Pirates head into the final few meets of the year, Marley Melbye stressed the shift in mindset the rest of the season, “as we continue to go through our season I think now we’re going to stop the playing around and we’ve really got to hone in on what events the girls are going to do come section time, but the True Team meet is going to be a good caption of what the section meet is going to look like because the majority of the teams will be there. That will give the girls a good idea of what the competition will look like.”
The Pirates return to the pool on Saturday when the Pirates compete in the Section 8A True Team Meet in Warroad beginning at 1 p.m.
 

Pirate Event Time Place
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:11.39 1st
Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Freestyle Relay 1:56.22 1st
Madison Hoiland 200 Freestyle 2:22.42 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Breaststroke 1:23.90 1st
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:27.31 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:10.97 1st
Fallon Johnson 200 Freestyle 2:37.19 2nd
MacKenzie Aamoth 50 Freestyle 31.15 2nd
Madison Hoiland 100 Freestyle 1:02.99 2nd
Thea Oman 500 Freestyle 6:08.34 2nd
Victoria Proulx 50 Freestyle 33.28 3rd
MacKenzie Aamoth 100 Backstroke 1:17.49 3rd








WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 3,  2018

WESTLAKE WINS HIS FIRST COLLEGIATE TOURNAMENT, LEADS WINONA STATE TO TEAM VICTORY

2016 Crookston High School graduate, Isaac Westlake, is junior golfing for the Winona State Warriors and he shot a 75 and 73 for a two round total of 148 to earn medalist honors for the first time in his collegiate career.  Isaac helped lead the Warriors to a first place team finish at the Ronnie Eastman Invitational at the La Crosse Country Club in La Crosse, Wisconsin October 1-2.  Winona State will travel to the Missouri Western State Central Region Invite October 8-9.


         Isaac Westlake

 

 

TUESDAY - OCTOBER 2,  2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE VOLLEYBALL TEAM OUTLASTS WARROAD 3-1

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team won a thrilling 3-1 (25-18, 29-31, 25-23, 27-25) victory over the Warroad Warriors in a Section 8AA matchup at the Crookston High School gymnasium.  The win was Crookston's first non-tournament win at home this season. "The first thing the girls said after we shook hands was - We won at home," said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. "It was the first time this season not in a tournament."  The KROX Radio Pirate Player of the Game, Kylie Solheim agreed with her coach and said the win was sweet, "It felt really good to get a win, especially at home.  It feels really good."
The first set was the only set that wasn’t a nail biter. Crookston led 12-9 when they went on a 6-1 run behind a couple of kills from Rachel Hefta and two more from Kasey Cwikla for an 18-10 lead. "I think everybody contributed," said Coach Stopa. "I thought our blocking was spectacular." The teams played even the rest of the way and Crookston won 25-18 for a 1-0 lead. "We didn't have a lull in the first set, which is good for us," said Coach Stopa. "We kept pushing and we went on a little bit of a run after a slow start."

The second set was the longest of the season for both teams, but it wasn’t close at the beginning. Crookston trailed 1-0 when they went on a 5-0 run with a Kylie Solheim kill followed by two Hailey Seaver kills and Hefta followed with two more kills for a 5-1 victory. Crookston kept the lead and it looked like might be cruising to a second set victory with a 17-11 lead. On the next point, Crookston hit into the net which was followed by four straight kills by Katie Kotlowski and Warroad tied the set when the Pirates hit an attack out of bounds and the teams were tied at 17-17. The teams were tied at 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29. Crookston served for set point four times and Warroad served for set point two times. With the set tied at 29, Warroad’s Maria Zentner had back-to-back service aces for a 31-29 victory to tie the match at 1-1."I think we did a good job fighting for each point," said Coach Stopa. "It was a tough loss, but we were okay because both teams played hard and both sides were running all over the place."

The third set was another two-point set with the teams tied at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 before Crookston’s Seaver had a couple of kills, Kasey Cwikla added two more kills and Crookston built a 12-7 lead. "We did a good job and it was nice to have a run," said Coach Stopa.  Warroad answered with a 9-4 run to tie the set at 16. The teams were tied again at 18, 19, 22 and 23 before Crookston’s Hefta had a kill and Warroad had a little miscommunication and let the ball hit the floor and Crookston won 25-23 to take a 2-1 lead in the match. "The win was ctirical for us," said Coach Stopa.

Crookston had a fast start in the fourth set behind two Sydney Anderson service aces and Crookston built a 5-0 lead. Crookston expanded the lead to seven points (9-2) after a Hefta kill. "We came out strong," said Coach Stopa.  As they did all night long, Warroad battled back. Trailing 20-13, Warroad went on a 7-3 run to get within a 23-20 deficit. Crookston’s Hailey Seaver had a block for a kill and Crookston was serving for match point leading 24-20. Crookston’s serve went out of bounds, Warroad followed with an ace, Crookston hit into the net, hit out of bounds and the set was tied at 24. A bad Pirate pass gave Warroad a 25-24 lead with Warroad serving for set point. Crookston’s Hefta answered with two kills for a 26-25 lead.  "Rachel is one of the most consistent hitters and has a fast arm swing," said Pirate setter Kylie Solheim. "I was trying to set her up to get some quick points for us." and Anderson served another ace to give Crookston a 27-25 victory to win the match 3-1. "The girls like to make my life as tough as possible I guess," said Coach Stopa with a smile. "Our serving was strong and I was proud of Sydney on the last serve.  We had a great team effort tonight and all nine girls played well and contributed."
Crookston improves to 8-12-1 and will travel to East Grand Forks to take on the Green Wave on Thursday. Warroad drops to 8-12 on the year and will travel to Baudette on Thursday to take on Lake of the Woods.
J.V. – Warroad won 2-1 C Squad – Crookston won 2-0


 Hailey Seaver goes up for an attack    Dani Boyle with one of her digs

 

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2

3

4

Warroad

18 31 23 25

CROOKSTON

25 29 25 27


Rachel Hefta with a big jump serve for an ace

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta - 19, Hailey Seaver - 10
Blocks – Rachel Hefta - 7, Hailey Seaver - 3, Sydney Anderson - 3
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 43
Digs - Kylie Solheim - 12, Rachel Hefta - 11, Dani Boyle - 11, Hailey Seaver - 10
Aces – Sydney Anderson - 4, Hailey Seaver - 3, Kasey Cwikla - 3

For Warroad
Kills – Katie Kotlowski - 14, Tiff Foster - 6, Hannah Corneliusen - 6, Savannah Lussier - 6
Assists – Marlie Johnson - 22
Digs - Katie Kotlowski - 17, Maria Zentner - 16
Aces – Katie Kotlowski - 4, Maria Zentner - 3

 

 

 

KATHERINE GEIST WINS THE SAUK CENTRE CROSS COUNTRY MEET

Crookston High School's Katherine Geist won the Sauk Centre Cross Country meet easily at the Old Sauk Centre Country Club to remain perfect (has won every meet she has competed in) on the year. 
Katherine had a time of 19:20, which was 1:18 better than the runner-up, from Sauk Centre.  "Katherine had another fantastic run in some unfamiliar territory. We made the trip to Sauk Centre in hopes of seeing some different teams and some tougher competition," said Coach Kirk Misialek. "Katherine ran her race and was focused throughout. She won the race rather handily and was never threatened. Katherine always goes out strong and grabs the race early. Seven straight races won has been the result. We travel to a large meet on Saturday in Duluth. This will be Katherine's biggest test this season. Excited to watch one of the best runners in the state perform."


Katherine Geist runs in Sauk Centre (Picture by Coach Kirk Misialek)

FOR ALL THE RESULTS, CLICK HERE

 

 

 

CROOKSTON BOYS SOCCER SHUTOUT BY EAST GRAND FORKS

The Crookston Pirates Boys Soccer team conceded five first-half goals in a 6-0 loss to the East Grand Forks Green Wave in a Section 8A match played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field.

East Grand Forks jumped out to a quick lead just 1:58 into the match after Mohammed Barkadleh dribbled through Crookston’s defense before firing a shot into the net giving the Green Wave a 1-0 lead. East Side added a second goal in the eleventh minute after Khalid Omar struck a ball past Crookston goalie Logan Wardner giving EGF a 2-0 lead. The Green Wave added a third goal after AbdiMalik Abdi received a cross from Parker Anderson and put a shot into the net for a 3-0 lead. The visitors added a fourth goal in the 28th minute after Nathaniel Emery blasted a shot into the net giving East Grand Forks a 4-0 lead. In the 30th minute, the Green Wave added a final goal before halftime when AbdiMalik Abdi scored a second goal off an assist from Mohammed Barkadleh giving East Grand Forks a 5-0 lead. “I think a lot of that probably has to do with the win,” explained Crookston head coach Don Cox about East Grand Forks’ first-half dominance. “If you’ve got the wind to your back there, that was a big part of it. They were shooting mostly from inside the 6-yard box, so they were able to get in behind us and take shots at will in that first half.”

Crookston played much better in the second half allowing just one East Grand Forks’ goal in the final 40 minutes. Crookston managed to outshoot the visitors 9-4 in the second half, but the Green Wave were the only team to find the back of the net. With just under six minutes remaining, Mohammed Barkadleh scored off a pass from Khalid Omar to close out the 6-0 win for East Grand Forks. “In the second half we weren’t as fortunate, but we were also a little better able there,” said Cox. “They were going into the wind and we had a little better opportunity to keep them out. It’s late in the season we should be better at it than we are and I’m not sure exactly what the issue is. Tonight, just wasn’t the way it was going to go for us. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes the ball just doesn’t cooperate.” Don Cox also cited the Green Wave’s physical play bordered on illegal while causing problems for Crookston. “They (Crookston) kept going, they kept trying so I give them credit for that,” added Cox. “It’s difficult, unfortunately, this is a team that likes to grab and hold. If you get the ball away from them they will hook their arm around yours and hold or they’ll trip you up, so you lose your balance and possession. I don’t know why that is, but I’ve been here 14 years and East Grand Forks plays that way every year.”

Crookston falls to 3-10-1 on the season and will return to the pitch on Thursday when the Pirates host Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at 3:30 p.m. East Grand Forks improves to 7-5.


Isaiah Barlow tries to beat an East Grand Forks player to the ball

 

1st

2nd Final
East Grand Forks 5 1 6
CROOKSTON 0 0 0


Ben Brantner brings the ball up the field for the Pirates

Scoring
1:58 - EGF - Mohammed Barkadleh (Khalid Omar)
10:24 - EGF -  Khalid Omar
16:53 - EGF - AbdiMalik Abdi (Parker Anderson)
27:35 - EGF -  Nathanial Emery
29:15 - EGF - AbdiMalik Abdi (Mohammed Barkadleh)
74:16 - EGF - Mohammed Barkadleh (Khalid Omar)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Blake Felch -EGF 2 9 11
Logan Wardner - Crookston 12 3 15

 


 

CROOKSTON GIRLS’ SOCCER DROPS CHALLENGING MATCH AGAINST EAST GRAND FORKS

The Crookston Pirates Girls’ Soccer team gave up five goals in each half falling 10-0 to the East Grand Forks Green Wave in a Section 8A match played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field.
East Side wasted little time setting the tone in the match when Chloe Torgerson scored off a pass from Kora Jordheim giving the Green Wave a 1-0 lead just 5:12 into the match. East Grand Forks added a second goal when Macy Skyberg scored off a cross from Brynn Hillman giving the visitors a 2-0 lead just four minutes later. In the 23rd minute EGF added a third goal when Kora Jordheim slotted a shot into the net after being set up by Chloe Torgerson with a 3-0 advantage. 30-seconds later the Green Wave ‘s Kora Jordheim scored her second goal tapping in a long pass sent by Grace Kronlund pushing the East Grand Forks lead to 4-0. 48-seconds before halftime the visitors scored their fifth goal when Ellie McDonald scored off an assist by Kaylie Bies giving the Green Wave a 5-0 lead. “In the first half all of the goals that were scored, were scored on backdoor plays,” said Crookston head coach Sarah Reese. “So we talked about backdoors and they have a lot of weapons because they make really good runs and really good angled runs so if your defense isn’t communicating you miss those runs where you don’t switch who you’re marking and you leave a hole. They were making good crosses and finding players to put the ball in the net.”
In the second half, East Grand Forks continued their dominance. Chloe Torgerson scored two-straight goals for the Green Wave within the first five minutes of the second half giving the visitors a 7-0 lead. In the 55th minute, Megan Polley scored giving East Grand Forks an 8-0 lead. The lead grew to 9-0 after Brynn Hillman scored 65:31 into the match. Just before the final whistle, Emmy Heisler scored one final goal for the Green Wave to close out the 10-0 win for East Grand Forks. “Today, I saw a lot of good things on the field,” said Reese. “A lot of the play was in the middle third so that was encouraging. That tells me that we’re going to the ball and playing aggressively. They just have such depth on their team. They’re subbing in ten at a time every ten minutes or so and we just didn’t have that. We had two starters that didn’t play today for health reasons, so we were going deep into our bench too, but not subbing ten at a time. Having said that, the girls never gave up and they kept working hard. We had a couple shots on goal and while it was difficult, we did see a lot of good things.”
The Pirates fall to 1-12-1 this season and return to the field on Thursday when Crookston hosts Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at 3:30 p.m. East Grand Forks improves to 10-4-1.

 
Cassie Solheim dribbles the ball up the field    Mackenze Epema kicks the ball

 

1st

2nd Final
East Grand Forks 5 5 10
CROOKSTON 0 0 0

Scoring
5:12 - EGF  - Chloe Torgerson (Kora Jordheim)
8:58 - EGF  - Macy Skyberg (Brynn Hillman)
23:40 - EGF - Kora Jordheim (Chloe Torgerson)
24:42 - EGF - Kora Jordheim (Grace Kronlund)
39:12 - EGF - Ellie McDonald (Kaylie Bies)
42:12 - EGF - Chloe Torgerson (Kora Jordheim)
45:08 - EGF - Chloe Torgerson (Brynn Hillman)
54:32 - EGF -  Megan Polley
65:31 - EGF -  Brynn Hillman (Chloe Torgerson)
76:27 - EGF -  Emmy Heisler

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Tabitha Anderson -EGF 1 1 2
Reese Swanson - Crookston 6 7 13

 

 

PIRATE GIRLS TENNIS FALLS TO BEMIDJI IN LAST MATCH OF REGULAR SEASON

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team lost their final regular season match 6-1 to the Bemidji Lumberjacks in a match played indoors at the Choice Fitness Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. 
The first match complete was first singles where Bemidji's Savannah Haugen beat Catherine Tiedemann 6-1, 6-0.  "I played pretty good," said Tiedemann. "She is really good." 
Crookston's Emma Borowicz evened up the team score at 1-1 when she won her third singles match 6-0, 6-0. "She was hitting the ball pretty well today," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "She competes really hard and if we get everybody on the same page (as far as competing) we will be good to go next week."
The first doubles team lost their match 6-4, 6-1 and Bemidji won a competitive second singles match 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 for a 3-1 lead in the match.  Bemidji won the next three matches, including a close one at second doubles with Hannah Lindemoen and Eden Haller falling 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).   "We came back in that one and played better in the second set after not playing very well in the first set," said Coach Geffre. "It was nice to see the girls battle back in that match."
The Pirates were happy with their effort and it was nice to wrap up the regular season against a competitive team and indoors. "We had some competitive matches and if we wanted to beat them we were going to have to win some singles matches," said Coach Geffre.  "It was good to get indoors and get the girls some confidence playing indoors."
Crookston ends the regular season with a 5-16 record and the Section 8A seeding meeting will be on Friday at Mahnomen. 
After the varsity matches were over the girls had a chance to get some practice time in and some of the girls played against the coaches.  "We had the courts reserved so we were able to get out and get some extra practice which was nice," said Coach Geffre.


Hannah Lindemoen with a forehand return in her second doubles match

  Crookston- Bemidji- Winner Score
1st Singles Catherine Tiedemann Savannah Haugen Bem 6-1, 6-0
2nd Hayden Winjum Taylor Offerdahl Bem 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3rd Emma Borowicz Aftyn Schmidt Crox 6-0, 6-0
4th Halle Winjum Tatum Offerdahl Bem 6-2, 6-3
1st doubles Elysa Christensen
Hannah Street
Hannah Nelson
Lexi Leitner
Bem 6-4, 6-1
2nd Hannah Lindemoen
Eden Haller
Bethany Chatterton
Nettie Kimble
Bem 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
3rd Emma Osborn
Emma Gunderson
Kylen Fenson
Chloe Hasbargen
Bem 6-4, 6-2

   
Hayden Winjum with a backhand return in her singles match   Eden Haller eyes down the ball on a return


 

 

 

MONDAY - OCTOBER 1, 2018

UMC MEN'S GOLF FINISHES SEVENTH PLACE AT AUGUSTANA INVITE, ETHAN MAGSAM LEADS THE WAY

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team placed seventh at the two day Augustana Invite at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Golden Eagles tallied a team score of 625 after carding scores of 315 and 310 for the tournament. Minnesota Crookston finished just 14 strokes behind Bemidji State University and Concordia University-St. Paul. The Golden Eagles bested Augustana University’s second team by 36 strokes.
UMC's Ethan Magsam (Fr., Crookston) finished tied for 16th after shooting a 153. Connor Humble (So., Rosemount) shot a 154 to finish tied for 18th.
Ben Koisti (Sr., Lake Norden, S.D.) finished the tournament with a 157, Ben Trostad (Fr., Crookston) 162, Dylan Wenzel (Fr., Lino Lakes) 164, and Ben Lord (Jr., Brunswick, Maine.) a 168.
St. Cloud State University won the tournament with a cumulative score of 598. Bemidji State’s Brandon Nelson was the individual medalist after carding a 67 and 68. He beat out St. Cloud State’s Troy Ryynanen and Regan Steen by 10 strokes.
The Golden Eagles conclude the fall season October 8-9 at the Missouri Western University Central Region Invite in St. Joseph, Missouri.

 

 

 

DRAFTS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL WINS THE CROOKSTON PARK AND REC TURF VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

The Crookston Park and Rec Co-ed turf volleyball league ended last week.  There were nine teams and Drafts Sports Bar and Grill was the league and playoff champion this year.  Games are played on the turf at the Crookston Sports Center.

League winners:
1st place: Drafts
2nd place: Bremer
3rd place: Oliver's Canoe Outfitters

Playoff winners:
1st place: Drafts
2nd place: Riverview Health


Drafts Sports Bar and Grill won the league and playoff championship


The RiverView Health team finished second in the tournament  (Pictures by Leann Kawlewski)

 

 

 

UMC HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR NEW BASEBALL PRESS BOX AND CLUBHOUSE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Athletic Department held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new press box and clubhouse at the UMC Baseball Field on Saturday before their annual alumni baseball game. 
The new press box sits along the third base side of the backstop and has room for ample room for the public address announcer, scoreboard, statistician, and radio.  The club house is located on the lower level with couches, chairs and lockers. 
Clarke Peterson, a junior catcher from East Grand Forks majoring in sports and rec management, said the club house is a great asset for the team.  “There is nothing better than having a clubhouse, we can hang out, build c
camaraderie, and having it right on the field is awesome.”
The annual alumni game was a part of the homecoming festivities this year and brought the alumni back
not only for baseball, but a celebration of all UMC athletics.  Peterson said the foundation the alumni have laid is important the team.  “There is nothing more important to this program than our alumni.  They laid all the pavers, the brick stones, they showed us how to do it the Golden Eagle way and now it’s our time to take that and seize the day.”
The baseball alumni, who always support the current team, are donating a plaque this year that will list the programs past and future trips to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference baseball tournament at the field.  Baseball has previously qualified for the NSIC tournament in 2001, 2016 and 2017. Along with baseball alumni from volleyball and softball also had gatherings during homecoming.  For a recap of the homecoming football game, click on Sports.


The ribbon cutting for the new UMC Pressbox/clubhouse on Saturday morning


The UMC Baseball team and alumni in front of the pressbox/clubhouse

 

 

 

SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER CONCEDES EARLY GOAL IN LOSS TO SIOUX FALLS

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team allowed a goal in the 3rdminute of their match in their 1-0 loss to the Sioux Falls Cougars in an NSIC matchup played at the UMC Soccer Field in Crookston.
Just 2:29 into the first half, McKayla Philippi (Jr., Las Vegas, NV) scored her first goal on a tap-in, after Chessa Novotny (Sr., Colorado Springs, CO) sent her shot off the post, giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead. “It’s two games in a row,” said UMC head coach Joe Alianiello after allowing the second goal in the first five minutes of a match this weekend. “It changes the game and you kind of want to hang your heads for five minutes and that’s where you can get caught. Two quick goals like that, especially at home, can make you clench up a bit.” Sioux Falls continued dominating possession in the first half with 6 shots on goal, to just two shots on goal for the Golden Eagles, forcing Athena DiMario Done (Soph., Windsor, Ontario) to make 5 saves to preserve just a 1-0 deficit after the initial 45 minutes of the match.
Minnesota Crookston played better in the second half with the Golden Eagles generating three shots on goal to Sioux Falls four in the second half. UMC generated late offensive pressure in search of an equalizer that was not to be as the Cougars’ goalkeeper Brayden Paul (Jr., Littleton, CO) made five saves to secure the Sioux Falls shutout for the 1-0 win. “It helps being in the game,” explained Alianiello of his team’s second-half effort. “It was good to see that second half, I wish we had that sense of urgency all the time but starting one senior they’re just kind of feeling that process and see what it can like and go on from there.” After failing to score for the sixth match this season, Alianiello cited decision making as an area of needed improvement, “it’s just some decisions, we just kind of stop communicating when we get (to the final third of the field). We have some of the things that were present there in terms of getting possession in the final third and getting some half-chances, its just making decisions, sticking with it and taking it.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-8-1 overall and 1-5-1 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston returns to the field on Friday when the Golden Eagles travel to Bismarck to take on the University of Mary at 3 p.m. The University of Sioux Falls improves to 4-6 overall and 3-4 in conference play.

 

 

 

SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 29,  2018

UMC FOOTBALL DROPS HOMECOMING GAME TO AUGUSTANA

The Augustana Vikings offense scored on all six of their drives in the first half for a 38-0 lead and they cruised to a 48-3 to spoil the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle homecoming in an NSIC game played at Ed Widseth Field in Crookston.

The Golden Eagles started with the football and picked up a first down after an 11-yard Jalin Scott (Jr., Houston, TX) quarterback keeper marked the ball down to the UMC 35-yard line. Jalin Scott carried the ball on the next play for 4-yards before Elijah Todd (Jr., Toledo, OH) carried the football forward for two more before an incompletion forced a Golden Eagles’ punt of just 23-yards by Stephen Day (R-Sr., Eveleth) down to the Augustana 36-yard line.
Augustana struck with a big play immediately with Braiden Petersen (Fr., Brandon, SD) busting loose for a 34-yard carry out to the Minnesota Crookston 30-yard line. After an 8-yard pass, Petersen ran for an additional 20-yards before stumbling down at the UMC 2-yard line. After an incompletion on first down, Shahan Ameen (R-Fr., Rochester) broke through the goal line with a two-yard carry giving the Vikings a 7-0 lead, following the Luis Guarita (R-Fr., Sao Paulo, Brazil) extra-point with 11:37 left in the first quarter.
The Golden Eagles started their second drive moving backward following a first down carry for three yards. Facing third down and ten, Jalin Scott dropped back to throw and connected with Andy Groebner (Fr., Andover) for a 16-yard reception and first down to the UMC 34-yard line. A first down sack lost Minnesota Crookston three-yards and stalled the drive forcing another Stephen Day punt to the Augustana 36-yard line.
Following a first down incompletion on the Vikings’ subsequent snap, Kyle Saddler (Soph., Frisco, TX) hooked up with Sean Engel (Soph., Chaska) for 18-yards and a first down out to the UMC 41-yard line. Saddler threw to Anthony Karmazyn (Jr., Centennial, CO) on Augustana’s next play for another eleven yards to the UMC 30-yard line. Braiden Petersen carried the ball for nine more yards two plays later before converting on third down with a three-yard rush to the UMC 18-yard line. A fifteen-yard pass from Kyle Saddler to Brett Shepley (Jr., Burnsville) capped off the drive two plays later giving the Vikings a 14-0 lead after the extra point with 5:27 left in the first quarter.
On Minnesota Crookston’s next drive, the Golden Eagles’ Jalin Scott hit freshman Andy Groebner for 18-yards allowing UMC to reach midfield for the first time, but a 15-yard loss following a Jalin Scott sack forced Stephen Day to punt for a third straight possession to the Augustana 37-yard line. Following two straight incompletions, UMC jumped offsides giving the Vikings five free yards and setting the visitors up with third down and five from the Augustana 42-yard line. Kyle Saddler converted the third down with a screen-pass to Braiden Petersen for 32-yards out to the UMC 26-yard line. Minnesota Crookston’s defense forced a third down and two, but the Vikings’ Nick Novak (Fr., Boerne, TX) pushed forward with a two-yard run giving Augustana a first down to start the second quarter.
Despite starting the quarter with a fresh set of downs, Augustana’s offense failed to gain yards on their first two plays of the quarter before Novak ran through a big hole to the left side gaining 11-yards and marching the Vikings to the UMC 5-yard line. With Augustana marched down to the two-yard line after two straight rushes, Kyle Saddler went to the air on third down and hit Sean Engel on a fade route to the far sideline where the 6-5 wide receiver leaped over the shorter UMC defensive-back hauling in the touchdown reception and giving Augustana a 21-0 lead after the extra point with 13:26 left in the half.
Minnesota Crookston’s next drive ended with a three-and-out with a 47-yard Stephen Day punt pinning Augustana to their own 28-yard line. The Vikings responded on their next possession with a 35-yard pass from Saddler to Drew Reinschmidt who sprinted down the Minnesota Crookston sideline to the UMC 37-yard line. Two plays later, Saddler hit Shahan Ameen for 10 more yards before ending the drive with a second straight touchdown pass to Sean Engel for 27-yards and a 28-0 Augustana lead with 11:10 left in the first half.
Minnesota Crookston’s longest drive of the first half started at their own 27-yard line before Jalin Scott ran to the 35-yard line on an eight-yard carry. Facing third down and two, Elijah Todd carried the ball seven yards for a first down before carrying the football another eight yards on the next snap. UMC crossed into Augustana territory following a Jalin Scott three-yard run to the Vikings; 47-yard line, before completing a pass to Andy Groebner for 7-yards. On third down and one, Scott carried the ball for four additional yards to the Augustana 34-yard line. Following an Augustana timeout, Todd was dropped for a one-yard loss before Jalin Scott was stood up at the line of scrimmage. Pressure forced Scott to run for just three yards on third down, but a pass interference flag on UMC’s fourth-down conversion try resulted in fifteen yards and an automatic first down after Rod Stewart (Sr., Fort Worth, TX) was grabbed while the ball was floated towards the near sideline. Two plays later, Stewart was hit early on a slant route resulting in a five-yard spot foul pass interference call marking UMC at the Augustana 9-yard line. After a three-yard Todd run on first down an incompletion and sack dropped the Golden Eagles back to the Augustana 15-yard line where Jake Newman (R-Sr., White Bear Lake) pushed a 32-yard field goal wide right with 3:36 left in the half.
Augustana didn’t struggle to score on their next possession with Kyle Saddler hitting Shahan Ameen taking a screen pass for 11-yards followed by an 8-yard run from Ameen to the Augustana 39-yard line. On the Vikings’ next play Kyle Saddler hit Nickel Meyers (Soph., Sioux Falls, SD) on a short slant route before Meyers broke free with a stiff arm ensuring he we would not be denied on a 61-yard touchdown reception giving Augustana a 35-0 lead with 2:19 left in the first half.
Following another Minnesota Crookston three and out, Augustana took possession of the ball at their own 47-yard line with 1:22 left in the half. The Vikings drove down to the UMC 13-yard line over the next eight plays setting up a Luis Guarita 30-yard field goal to close out the first half with Augustana leading 38-0.
The Vikings started the second half with the football at the UMC 21-yard line following a 79-yard kick return by Luke Fritsch (Soph., Sioux Falls, SD). Augustana found the end zone four plays later with Nickel Meyers bringing down an 11-yard reception for the visitor’s final touchdown of the game giving the Vikings’ a 45-0 lead just 1:02 into the second half.
After another Minnesota Crookston three and out, Augustana picked up 15-yards on a run by Ameen to the Vikings’ 31-yard line. Ameen broke another big run for 16-yards two plays later to the Augustana 45-yard line. UMC was called for pass interference on the next play giving the Vikings’ 15-yards to the UMC 40-yard line. On the next play, Saddler came under pressure and threw out towards the Minnesota Crookston sideline where Golden Eagles’ linebacker Ali Alkhatib (Sr., Rosemount) intercepted the football at the UMC 33-yard line before returning it eleven yards to the UMC 44-yard line.
Minnesota Crookston’s offense failed to capitalize on the strong field position despite converting on a fourth down and one play with an Elijah Todd two-yard run to the Augustana 45-yard line before Stephen Day was forced to punt down to the Vikings’ 10-yard line.
Augustana was forced to punt for the first time in the game on their next drive before UMC punted away their next possession out at the Augustana 18-yard line. On second down, Logan Huso (Jr., Eagan) forced a fumble for the Minnesota Crookston defense which Javon Chappell (Jr., Ocala) recovered at the Augustana 30-yard line. Minnesota Crookston was unable to advance the ball beyond the spot of the fumble recovery, before settling for a 47-yard field goal try. Jared McLemore (Fr., Lucas, TX) attempted the kick and sent it low over the line with enough distance to split the uprights and clear the crossbar for the Golden Eagles only points of the game cutting the deficit to 45-3. “You’re just trying to watch the officials to see whether it’s good or not,” said UMC head coach Mark Dufner. (McLemore) did a nice job with that.” Minnesota Crookston did finish with a 2-0 advantage in the turnover battle in the game after the fumble recovery. “One of the things we emphasized is takeaways,” Dufner added. “Trying to win the turnover, the few times they had the ball on the ground we were able to recover. Those are things we talk about and work on every day. Special teams did some good things, guys played hard in the second half. They played hard.”
With mostly back-ups in Augustana added one more field goal in the fourth quarter to close out their seventh win in seven meeting against UMC 48-3 while holding the Golden Eagles without a touchdown for the sixth straight meeting. “We knew Augustana was going to be a tough matchup for us today, they’re pretty complete as far as their line, running game, and passing game. Offensively we got some things, going but they’re so athletic. They’re a pretty good football team.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-4 on the season and will travel to Marshall for Southwest Minnesota State’s homecoming game kicking-off at 5 p.m. with the Riverview Health Pregame Show beginning at 4:20 p.m. on KROX. Augustana improves to 3-2.


Jalin Scott breaks through the line for a nice gain  Andy Groebner after one of his receptions

Box score

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Augustana 14 24 7 3 48
UMC 0 0 3 0 3


Ali Alkhatib (7) trips up a Viking as his teammates finish off the tackle

1st Quarter
11:37 - Augie - Braiden Peterson 22 yard run (Luis Guarita kick)
5:27 - Augie - Kyle Saddler 15 yard pass to Brett Shepley
(Luis Guarita kick)

2nd Quarter
13:26 - Augie - Kyle Saddler 2 yard pass to Sean Engel
(Luis Guarita kick)
11:10 - Augie - Kyle Saddler 27 yard pass to Sean Engel (Luis Guarita kick)
2:19 - Augie - Kyle Saddler 61 yard pass to Nickel Meyers (Luis Guarita kick)
0:00 - Augie - Luis Guarita 30 yard field goal


3rd Quarter
13:58 - Augie - Kyle Saddler 11 yard pass to Nickel Meyers (Luis Guarita kick)
0:11 - UMC - Jared McLemore 47 yard field goal


4th Quarter
1:00 - Augie - Luis Guarita 31 yard field goal

 

 


CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS TENNIS HOSTS PARK RAPIDS AND ROSEAU IN A TRIANGULAR

The Crookston Pirate Girls tennis team lost two three set matches and came up short in a 5-2 loss to the Park Rapids Panthers in the first match of the Crookston triangular and bounced back to beat the Roseau Rams 5-2 for a split on the day in matches played at the Crookston High School tennis courts.
 

Crookston vs Park Rapids-
Crookston picked up wins at first doubles with Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz 6-2, 6-2. "I thought the girls really played well and they were putting shots away," said Pirate Coach Mike. The second win came at fourth singles when Halle Winjum, a seventh grader, beat Chloe Johnson, a senior, 6-3, 6-4. "I thought that was the best match Halle has played this year," said Coach Geffre. "That was a huge win for her and a good confidence win for her."
Crookston lost the second doubles and third doubles match in three sets and Coach Geffre was disappointed they let a possible victory get away.
"It was kind of a frustrating one becuase we were in control of the second and third doubles matches at one point but we couldn't pull it out," said Coach Geffre. "This one will hurt a little bit more and if it was during the tournamnets it will hurt a lot more. We need to improve our focus and we have to get our kids to understand we need to finish out our matches. Close doesn't get you a win and the girls have to understand you have to hustle on every point. If the girls do that, we could have a good chance at tournament time."


Elysa Christensen leaps for a return   Hannah Street eyes down the ball

  Crookston-2 Park Rapids-5 Winner Score
1st Singles Hayden Winjum Natalie Kinkel PR 6-0, 6-1
2nd Emma Osborn Abby Morris PR 6-1, 6-1
3rd Eden Haller Kendra Coborn PR 6-3, 6-1
4th Halle Winjum Chloe Johnson Crox 6-3, 6-4
1st doubles Catherine Tiedemann
Emma Borowicz
Jada Renneberg
Rachel Herman
Crox 6-2, 6-2
2nd Hannah Street
Elysa Christensen
Gracie Eischens
Madison Johnson
PR 6-4, 2-6, 8-6
3rd Hannah Lindemoen
Audrey Harbott
Madison Johnson
Meagan Powers
PR 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-3

Crookston vs Roseau
Crookston won all four singles matches and the third doubles match to beat Roseau 5-2.  The Pirates had a nice win at first singles when Hayden Winjum won a three set match with an 8-6 victory in the third set.  "That was a nice one for her," said Coach Geffre. "To win a tie-break over a quality opponent was nice."  Catherine Tiedemann, Emma Borowicz and Halle Winjum all won their matches in straight sets. "All three of the girls played well against some very good players," said Coach Geffre. "All of our singles players played well to earn the wins."
The 5-2 victory was an improvement from earlier in the year and that pleased Coach Geffre. "We beat them 4-3 earlier this year without Jodi (Ostroski) in the line up and now we beat them 5-2 so that was a nice improvement," said Coach Geffre. "We still aren't finishing our matches like we need.  I thought we played well at times and if we can get all 10 girls playing hard, finishing their matches we are going to be a tough team to beat."
Crookston improves to 5-15 on the year and will wrap up the regular season on Tuesday in Grand Forks when they play Bemidji at Choice Fitness Center.


Hannah Lindemoen with a return   Audrey Harbott with a baseline return

  Crookston - 5 Roseau -2 Winner Score
1st Singles Hayden Winjum Jodi Ostroski Crox 6-2, 2-6, 8-6
2nd Catherine Tiedemann Lindsay McFarlane Crox 6-2, 6-0
3rd Emma Borowicz Kiana Flaig Crox 6-2, 6-2
4th Halle Winjum Kirsten Flaig Crox 6-4, 6-0
1st doubles Hannah Street
Elysa Christensen
Jayda McFarlane
Grace Walsh
Ros 4-6, 7-5, 7-3
2nd Eden Haller
Hannah Lindemoen
Charlene Grahn
Olivia Viness
Ros 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
3rd Emma Osborn
Emma Gunderson
Haylee Bennett
Madi Verbout
Crox 6-1, 6-2

 

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS SOCCER WINS FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR

The Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team won their first game of the year with a 1-0 victory over Mesabi East in Aurora, Minnesota.
There was no scoring in the first half, but Crookston had seven shots on goal compared to Mesabi East's two shots for a solid half on the offensive and defensive end.  15 minutes into the second half, Hailey Spivey scored a goal to give Crookston a 1-0 lead.  The Pirate defense had an outstanding second half, limiting Mesabi East to one shot on goal and Crookston held on for their first victory of the year and a 1-0 over Mesabi East. "We played fantastic today.  Great passing and runs with a lot of shots, which is nice to see," said Pirate Coach Sarah Reese. "We were persistent to get to the net.  It was a fun win today and a great team effort."
Crookston improves to 1-11-1 on the year and will host East Grand Forks on Tuesday.


Hailey Spivey celebrates her game winning goal  (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 1
Mesabi East 0 0 0


Brinna Egeland kicks the ball up the field (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photo)

Scoring
55:00 - Crox - Hailey Spivey

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Reese Swanson - Crookston 2 1 3
Kaitlyn Larsen - ME 7 8 15

 

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE BOYS SOCCER PLAYS TO A 2-2 TIE

The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team scored two goals in the last three-plus minutes of the game to force a 2-2 overtime tie with Mesabi East in a game played in Aurora, Minnesota.
The first half didn't see a lot of offense with a total of five shots on goal and no goals. Even though there wasn't any scoring, Crookston was pleased with their play in the scoreless first half. "We played really well in the first half," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "We didn't talk as much as we would like, but we were playing hard and had a good first half."
Mesabi East Score a goal almost halfway thorugh the second half for a 1-0 lead and eight minutes later they added another goal for a 2-0 lead with less than 15 minutes to play. The prospects of a win were not bright for Crookston, but all that changed when Noah Dragseth found Noah Kiel with a pass and he headed the ball in for the first Pirate goal. "We got a nice through ball across in the air from Noah Dragseth and Noah Kiel got a head on it and scored," said Coach Cox. "It was a nice pass and a nice play." A little over a minute later, Crookston scored another goal to tie the game at 2-2. "We had a free kick from Mason LaPlante and Sam Overgaard put a foot on it," said Coach Cox. "Sam sent it in the air over the keepers head for the goal. It was another nice goal." Crookston had a couple opportunities in the final minutes of the game, but nothing great and the teams were tied at 2-2 at the end of the regulation, forcing overtime. "We put some pressure on them and had them scrambling," said Coach Cox. "We had a lot of opportunities in the last minutes, but we couldn't take advantage with a quality shot."
In overtime, both teams had one shot on goal and nobody scored forcing the 2-2 tie. "Both sides had a few opportinuties, but we couldn't score," said Coach Cox. "The ball was hard, the kids were cold and we couldn't get a good touch so it wasn't the best conditions."
Crookston is now 3-9-1 on the year and will host East Grand Forks on Tuesday.


Noah Kiel kicks the ball up the field    Noah Dragseth kicks the ball (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photo)

 

1st

2nd OT Final
CROOKSTON 0 2 0 2
Mesabi East 0 2 0 2

Scoring
57:00 - ME - Tyler Mount  (Camden Kreibich)
65:31 - ME - Camden Kreibich  (Tyler Mount)
76:42 - Crox - Noah Kiel (Noah Dragseth)
78:01 - Crox - Samuel Overgaard (Mason LaPlante)

Saves 1st 2nd OT Total
Logan Wardner - Crox 2 3 1 6
Brody Buatala - ME 3 8 1 12


 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE VOLLEYBALL TIES AND LOSES TWO MATCHES AT BARNESVILLE TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Pirates Volleyball team struggled and lost the Hawley Nuggets and Fertile-Beltrami Falcons 2-0 and they ended the day in a 1-1 tie with Frazee at the Barnesville Invitational tournament in Barnesville. Crookston finished fourth place and did not make the tournament and went 0-2-1 on the day.
  The Pirate stats program (run by computer) didn't work so the match scores aren't available for some of the matches and stats aren't available at this time.

Crookston vs Hawley -
Hawley came out strong and took a 5-0 lead to start the match and Crookston battled back, but came up short 27-25.  Hawley took care of business in the second set with a 25-15 victory.  "We had a really slow start today.  We were slow the first half of the second set and we were making a lot of errors," said Crookston Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. "We were very flat in the match, but we finished strong."

 

1

2

Hawley

27 25

CROOKSTON

25 15

Crookston vs Fertile Beltrami-
Crookston started slow again in the second match and the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons took advantage as they won both sets.  "We started flat again and served five straight balls out of bounds.  We had too many errors," said Coach Stopa. "We struggled getting to the ball and Fertile-Beltrami played well."

 

1

2

Fertile-Beltami

25 25

CROOKSTON

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Crookston vs Frazee
Frazee won the first set and Crookston answered by winning the second set, for their first victory of the day.  "In the second set we did much better with some good passing and Sydney Anderson really played well and Hailey Seaver played well too," said Coach Stopa. "We won the last set we played so it was a good ending and hopefully it will help us get ready for Warroad on Tuesday."
From the start of the day, Crookston wasn't able to get things going and struggled to put everything together going 1-5 in the six sets on the day. "This was probably the most down I have seen our team.  Everybody struggled and we couldn't get anything going," said Coach Stopa.  "We had problems with our technology with our video camera, stats and our bus didn't have heat for half of the trip and we started slow and didn't play like we could.  It was a rough day all-around today."
Crookston drops to 7-12-1 on the year.

 

 

1

2

Frazee

25  

CROOKSTON

  25
  
 

For Crookston during the Tournament (Stats aren't available at this time)
Kills – 
Blocks –
Assists – 
Digs -
Aces –

 

 

 

UMC VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO SIOUX FALLS

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle volleyball team lost to the University of Sioux Falls Cougars 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-12) in a Northern Sun Conference match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
The first set was tight early on and UMC had an 11-10 lead when Sioux Falls went on a 9-1 run for a 19-12 lead. The Golden Eagles weren't able to stop the momentum and Sioux Falls cruised to the 25-14 victory to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, Sioux Falls jumped out to a 10-6 lead, but UMC bounced back with a 4-0 capped by a Porath ace to tie the set at 10-10. The teams went back and forth for a handful of points before Sioux Falls finished the set on an 11-3 run to cruise to a 25-17 victory for a 2-0 lead.
Sioux Falls took early control in set three and didn’t look back as they won 25-12 to take the match 3-0.
UMC drops to 3-14 overall and 1-8 in the NSIC and will travel to Augustana on Friday.


Porsha Porath with a dig (Picture submitted by UMC Athletics)

Box Score

1

2

3

Sioux Falls 25 25 25
UMC 14 17 12

For UMC
Kills – Deaira Gresham - 12, Kaitlin Sikkink - 5
Blocks – Kaitlin Sikkink - 1, Lauren Wallace - 1
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 18
Digs - Ali Schueler - 13, Porsha Porath - 7
Aces – Katie Lienemann - 2, Porsha Porath - 1

 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL’S SWIMMING COMPETES IN THE FOSSTON-BAGLEY INVITE

The Crookston Pirates Girl’s swimming team won four events and finished second place in four more and finished third place with 168 points at the Fosston-Bagley Invitational in Fosston.  Fosston-Bagley won the event with 296 points, five points better than Perham. 
Thea Oman led the Pirates with three first place and one second place finish apiece.  Elizabeth Erdman had two first place and two second place finishes.  Madison Hoiland had one first place and three second place finishes as the the three Pirates continue to lead the team.  Crookston had their 200 Freestyle Relay team take first place with Claire Oman, Hoiland, Erdman and Thea Oman on the team.  The 200 Medley Relay team of the same four girls finished second place.  Thea Oman had first place finishes in the 100 and 200 freestyle races as she continues to cut time on those races.  Erdman had another nice time in the 100 Butterfly for a first place finish and had a second place finish in the 500 freestyle after cutting more time. 
Crookston travels back to Fosston on Thursday for a dual with Fosston-Bagley.

Team Results-
1. Fosston-Bagley Seals 296
2. Perham/New York Mills 294
3. Crookston High School 168
4. Staples-Motley 148

Pirate (Top 3 places) Event Time Place
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:09.42 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:11.27 1st
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 57.83 1st
Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Freestyle Relay 1:52.71 1st
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:08.04 2nd
Madison Hoiland 200 IM 2:42.53 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 500 Freestyle 6:09.20 2nd
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:18.03 2nd

FOR ALL THE RESULTS, CLICK HERE

 

 

 

UMC MEN'S GOLF LED BY CROOKSTON'S ETHAN MAGSAM

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) men’s golf team is in seventh place after the opening round of the 2018 Augustana Invite at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Golden Eagles shot a 315 in the first round, only 13 stokes behind the leader, Sioux Falls with a 302. 
UMC’s Ethan Magsam (Fresh. Crookston) shot a 78 and Connor Humble (So., Rosemount) shot 78’s, good for 15th place individually. Dylan Wenzel (Fr., Lino Lakes) shot a 79 , Ben Trostad (Fr., Crookston) and Ben Koisti (Sr., Lake Norden, S.D.) turned in 80’s. Ben Lord (Jr., Brunswick, Maine) turned in an 85. Bemidji State University’s Brandon Nelson leads the individual field after shooting a 67. His score was six strokes better than Sioux Falls golfer J.J. Cooney and St. Cloud State’s Regan Steen.

 

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S GOLF IN NINTH PLACE

The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s golf team is in ninth place after the first round of the Augustana Invitational at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Golden Eagles shot a team score of 391 while the leader, Augustana shot a 302 to lead the way, 10 strokes ahead of Kearney. 
UMC was paced by McKenzie Harris (Sr., Nevis), who shot a 92. Anna Olson (So., Fertile) turned in a 94 on the first round. Allison Bot (Jr., Minneota) carded a 98 in the first round. Kimi Konishi (Fr., Cypress, Calif.) rounded it out for the Golden Eagles with a 107.
Hannah Hankinson of Augustana is in first place after carding a 71. She is two strokes ahead of Kait Asklund of Augustana and Lexi Hanson of Sioux Falls.
UMC will compete in the second and final day of the Augustana Invitational on Sunday.

 

 

 

FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 28,  2018

BRADY BUTT SCORES TWICE IN THE SECOND HALF TO LEAD PIRATES OVER FRAZEE 14-6

The Crookston Pirate Football team’s Brady Butt, an offensive lineman converted to quarterback, ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns to lead his team to a 14-6 come from behind victory over the Frazee Hornets in a Section 8AA game played in Crookston.

Crookston started the game with the ball and had the ball on their own 35-yard line after Frazee kicked the ball out of bounds.  Crookston ran a handful of plays before they punted the ball.  Crookston’s defense forced Frazee to a three-and-out and started the second drive at their own 21.  “That was a good way to start defensively to force a three-and-out,” said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. “We came out strong and that seemed to carry the rest of the game.”  On the second play of the drive, Brady Butt ran the ball 11 yards for a first down but three plays later Frazee’s Broden Fleisher picked off the first Pirate pass of the game and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown for a 6-0 lead.  “Not bad, his first pass was for a touchdown,” said Coach Butt, talking about his sons first pass. “He got nervous and didn’t read the defense and tried to make a play.  That hurt.” The two-point conversion run failed.  Neither team moved the ball much the rest of the first quarter and Frazee led 6-0.  

In the second quarter, Crookston had an eight-play drive and got down to the Frazee 15-yard line, but they turned the ball over on downs. “We weren’t built tonight to score points in a hurry,” said Coach Butt. “The kids got things going on the drive, but I thought it gave us some confidence that carried over the rest of the game.”  Neither team scored the rest of the half and Frazee took a 6-0 lead into halftime.

Frazee started the second half with the ball and on their first play they were called for a penalty and the second play they threw a pass and Crookston’s Quinn Westlake intercepted a pass after it was tipped, and Crookston had the ball.  “That was huge.  It gave us a spark,” said Coach Butt. “We needed a spark and it was nice to see Quinn get that because he works hard in practice and has been getting a lot of tackles, but to get the interception was huge.”  Crookston wasn’t able to get the offense going and Frazee got the ball back after a punt.  Frazee ran five plays and had to punt, and the snap was low and the ball rolled through the punter's legs.  The punter grabbed the ball and tried to run with the ball, but Crookston hit him for a loss of 21 yards and the Pirates had the ball at the Frazee 22-yard line.  Crookston started the drive with a Brady Butt 13-yard run, which was followed by a Butt run of 4 yards, a three-yard gain for Joe Doda down to the two-yard line and on the fourth play of the drive the Pirates scored on a Butt two-yard run to tie the game at 6-6 with 4:32 left in the third quarter. “That was huge.  If we don’t stick it in there, I’m not sure if we win the game,” said Coach Butt. “I told the boys up front that we are going behind you and we are going to stick this in.  Our line did great and all five of the guys up front did a great job.” The two-point conversion failed, and the game was still tied at 6-6.

The teams took a lot of time off the clock in the fourth quarter with their drives and Crookston got the ball late in the fourth quarter at their own 13-yard line and needed to move the ball quickly, which was something they hadn’t done all game.  After a run play, Crookston went to the air for the first time in the second half and Brady Butt found Jaden Lubarski down the Pirate sideline for a 48-yard passing play in Frazee territory.  Two plays later Brady Butt found Lubarski down the sideline again and Jaden leaped in the air, over the Frazee defender, for a 35-yard reception and Crookston had the ball first and goal.  A few seconds later, Butt ran the ball five yards into the end zone for a 12-6 lead.  “Jaden did a really good job and he had a height advantage, but my first initial thought was we weren’t going to throw the ball again after the pick-six, but we were backed up to the 13 and I figured it was worth a try,” said Coach Butt. “Jaden is an athletic young man and went up to get the ball and he has really come into his own during his senior year.”   Crookston went for two and Butt found Lubarski in the end zone to complete the two-point conversion for a 14-6 lead.  “That was big,” said Coach Butt. “All of a sudden Jaden was in the second window and there he was.  I thought Jaden did a great job on the play to get open.”

Frazee moved the ball down the field and had a fourth down and 10-yard play and threw an incomplete pass and Crookston got the ball back and took a couple knees to run out the clock to preserve the 14-6 victory. “That was huge.  We won ugly, but a W is a W and I will win ugly after a long week.  I am so happy for our kids because we were pretty down in the dumps and for them to battle and work for the win, this is big,” said Coach Butt. “We didn’t do much offensively and we have to work on being more consistent and moving the ball more.  We will get back to practice and get ready for a tough game at Barnesville.”

 

Crookston improves to 2-3 on the year and will travel to Barnesville on Friday.  Frazee drops to 0-5 on the year.


Brady Butt on one of his 25 carries   Brady Wisk makes one of his tackles

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Frazee 6 0 0 0 6
CROOKSTON 0 0 6 8 14


Joe Doda pulls away from a Frazee player   Easton Tangquist looks for run on a run

1st Quarter
4:48 - Frazee -
Broden Fleisher 47 yard interception return (run failed)

2nd Quarter
No Scoring

3rd Quarter

4:32 - Crookston -
Brady Butt 2 yard run (pass failed)

4th Quarter
2:57 - Crookston -
Brady Butt 5 yard run (Brady Butt pass to Jaden Lubarski)


               Lukas Meier on one of his three carries

  CROOKSTON Frazee
First Downs 11 7
Rushing-Yards 53-132 15-2
Passing 2-5-1 8-16-1
Passing Yards 83 131
Total Yards 215 133
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 5-40 5-30
Punts-Yards Ave. 3-85 4-123


Rushing

Crookston Frazee
Brady Butt               25-96 Micah Hanebuth         9-15
Joe Doda                 20-42 Cole Fleisher              2-17
Easton Tangquist      5- (-16) Luke Tweeton            1-2
Lukas Meier             3-10 Joby Giefer                 1- (-1)
  Brandon Carpenter     1- (-10)
  Vincent Helmers         1- (-21)

Passing

Brady Butt          2-5-1     83 yards

Cole Fleisher         7-15-1        90 yards

 

Brandon Carpenter    1-1         43 yards


Receiving

Jaden Lubarski        2-83 Broden Fleisher       3-51
  Brandon Carpenter  2-25
  Mason Newling       2-12
  Joby Giefer              1-43




 

UMC VOLLEYBALL SWEPT BY 12TH RANKED SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle volleyball fell victim to the 12th ranked team in the country as Southwest Minnesota State (SMSU) swept UMC in an NSIC match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
In the first set, both sides battled in the opening points before Lauren Wallace picked up a kill followed by a pair of attacking errors hit by the Mustang’s Taylor Reis  (Sr., Taunton) giving the Golden Eagles a 3-2 lead. Kills from Porsha Porath (Fr., Windom) and Lauren Wallace (Fr., Bloomington) tied the set at 5-5 before an SMSU attack error made it 6-5 UMC. Tied at 8-8, Southwest Minnesota State took a 12-8 lead with a four-point run including a pair of kills from Taylor Reiss. Reiss added two more kills later in the set to claim a 17-12 lead. Leading 24-14, SMSU finished the set with an Angela Young kill giving the visitor’s a 25-14 first set win. 
In the second set, SMSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead with an ace and UMC attacking error. Minnesota Crookston continued to battle in the set tying the match at 8-8 with a kill from Deaira Gresham (Soph., Maplewood). The Mustangs responded with four straight points including an ace served by Lexi Ferrell (Fr., Luverne) and a kill by Meg Schmidt (Fr., Jordan) giving Southwest Minnesota state a 12-8 lead. The visitors protected their lead the rest of the set, putting it away for a 25-14 win.
With the third set tied at 5-5, SMSU jumped out for two straight points and a 7-5 lead. Later, another three-point run grew the Mustangs’ advantage to 12-7. Minnesota Crookston capitalized on back to back bad sets to pull within 18-12, but the Golden Eagles never really threatened to extend the match falling in the third set 25-18 as Southwest Minnesota State secured the 3-0 sweep.
Minnesota Crookston falls to 3-13 overall and 1-7 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles return to Lysaker Gymnasium on Saturday when they host Sioux Falls at 4 p.m. Southwest Minnesota State improves to 11-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play. 


Katie Lienamann with one of her digs in the match        Sydney Kruisselbrink passes
 

Box Score

1

2

3

SWMS 25 25 25
UMC 14 18 18

For UMC
Kills – Deaira Gresham - 10 , Porsha Porath - 5,  Lauren Wallace - 5
Blocks –
Deaira Gresham- 3,  Callie Schapekahm - 2
Assists – 
Sydney Kruisselbrink - 21
Digs -
Ali Schueler - 14, Katie Lienemann - 11, Lauren Ulibarri- 10
Aces –
Sydney Kruisselbrink - 1


 

 

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER SCORES FIRST GOAL AT HOME THIS SEASON IN LOSS TO SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team tied their match against Southwest Minnesota State with their first goal scored at home this season in the first half before conceding two second-half goals in a 3-1 loss in an NSIC matchup played at the UMC Soccer Field in Crookston. 
Southwest Minnesota State wasted little time opening the scoring with the Mustangs breaking through in the third minute of the match. When Abbey Hoisington (Fr., Chantilly, VA) received a pass from Lexi Smith (Fr., Dallas Center, IA) before lofting a shot over the head of Minnesota Crookston keeper Athena DiMario Done (Soph., Windsor, Ontario) giving SMSU a 1-0 lead. Eleven minutes later, Minnesota Crookston found its equalizer off a Mustangs’ turnover. Vanessa Shelton (Soph., Tacoma, WA) took possession for the Golden Eagles and fired an ambitious effort from the edge of the 18-yard box finding the back of the net tying the match at 1-1 just 13:27 into the match. “I think the ten minutes after the tying goal was the best spark we saw in terms of acting like we wanted to be there and wanted to win and that was encouraging for sure,” said UMC assistant coach Jordan Young. “I think (the goal) really came down to capitalizing off a turnover.”
In the second half, Southwest Minnesota State dominated possession and tallied 17 shots to just one UMC shot in the final 45 minutes leading to three second-half goals for the visitors. SMSU’s Abbey Hoisington took a pass from Cassidy Erickson (Soph., Lennox, SD) and fired a shot from 10-yards out into the net giving the Mustangs a 2-1 lead. Late in the match, Alexandra Miskowiec (Jr., Andover) received an excellent pass from Abbey Hoisington (Fr., Chantilly, VA) into the middle of the box, blasting a low shot past the UMC keeper for a 3-1 lead. Southwest Minnesota State padded their lead late in the match with a final goal scored in the 89thminute when Alex Harmdierks (Fr., Victoria) finished off a distribution from Alexandra Miskowiec closing out the SMSU 4-1 win. “Honestly, a lack of desire,” explained Young of UMC’s struggles in the second-half. “We just need to figure out how to get that spark that we showed after our goal. They wanted it more than we did is what it comes down to.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-7-1 overall and 1-4-1 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston continues returns to the field Sunday when UMC hosts Sioux Falls at 1 p.m. Southwest Minnesota State improves to 3-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play.


Paige Pettit kicks the ball past a Mustang defender   Lindsey Daml controls the ball

 

1st

2nd Final
SWMS 1 3 4
UMC 1 0 1

Scoring
2:06 - SWMS - Abbey Hoisington (Lexi Smith)
13:27 - UMC- Vanessa Shelton
69:03 - SWMS - Abbey Hoisington (Cassidy Erickson)
83:29 - SWMS - Alexandra Miskowiec (Abbey Hoisington)
88:44 - SWMS- Alex Harmdierks (Alexandra Miskowiec)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Jenna Meyer - SWMS 2 1 3
Athena Done DiMario - UMC 7 11 18

 

 

 

CROOKSTON BOYS SOCCER SURGES IN SECOND-HALF FOR WIN OVER HIBBING-CHISHOLM

The Crookston Pirates Boys Soccer team scored two second-half goal to secure a 2-1 win in a non-section match against Hibbing-Chisholm in a match played in Hibbing.

Hibbing-Chisholm managed the only scoring in the first half when Sid Warren fired a shot past Crookston goalkeeper Logan Wardner giving the Bluejackets a 1-0 lead. Crookston failed to generate enough offense to breakthrough for an equalizer in the first half despite outshooting their opposition 6-4 in the opening forty minutes. “They got a lucky break, their fastest striker got in behind our defense and managed to outrun him and got ahead of our defender and got a shot off just right of Wardner,” said Crookston head coach Don Cox. “It was a good run on their part and just lucky that he beat our defense. Our defenders were playing well despite the cold, it was super cold and kind of sleeting all afternoon on us. I was subbing them quite a bit just to keep them warm. The defenders were doing a good job, their guy just got behind us.”
Crookston responded well to their deficit in the second half when Jacob Brunelle tied the match with a goal set up by an assist from Noah Kiel 53:13 into the game. “That was just a beautiful goal there,” explained Cox. “Mason LaPlante kind of started it there, Mason got a good clearing from the back, he cleared it out of the backfield and then (Noah) Kiel caught it and relayed it up to Jacob (Brunelle) and Jacob just kind of took off and got by their defenders and went down one on one with the keeper and put it back corner away from the keeper.” The Pirates gained the lead less than five minutes later when Noah Kiel scored off a feed set up by Noah Dragseth giving Crookston a 2-1 lead. “That was another relay,” noted Cox. “That came from (Noah) Dragseth. The right side brought it up and put a nice through ball right through there and Kiel grabbed it, took off, brought it down and put it away from the keeper and the keeper never had a chance to grab it. Just two good examples that if they go ahead and do the combination passes they’ll score. The solo runs just don’t work for us. They’ve got to do relays.” Logan Wardner made four more saves in the second half to preserve a second-half shutout giving Crookston a 2-1 victory.
Crookston improves to 3-9 on the season and will return to the pitch on Saturday when the Pirates take on Mesabi East in Aurora at 12 p.m. Hibbing-Chisholm falls to 3-10.


     Sam Overgaard stops the ball               Mason Owens controls the ball
                       (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photo)

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 0 2 2
Hibbing 1 0 1

Scoring
17:39 -  Hibbing - Sid Warren
53:13 - Crookston - Jacob Brunelle  (Noah Kiel) 
57:37  - Crookston -  Noah Kiel (Noah Dragseth)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crox 4 4 8
Payton Forer - Hibbing 6 2 8


 


 

CROOKSTON GIRLS’ SOCCER SCORES BUT FALLS TO HIBBING-CHISHOLM

The Crookston Pirates Girls’ Soccer team scored its fifth goal of the season before falling 3-1 in a non-section match against Hibbing-Chisholm in a match played in Hibbing. 
The Bluejackets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Marioma Garcia Dalmases fired a shot past Crookston goalkeeper Kylee Meier giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. 25 minutes into the match when Sydney Jolowsky scored doubling the Bluejackets’ lead to 2-0. Crookston was unable to generate many offensive chances in the first half and failed to score a goal taking a 2-0 deficit into halftime, with Kylee Meier registering five saves in net for the Pirates. “Kylee played great in net,” said Crookston head coach Sarah Reese. 
The Pirates pulled within a goal of their opponents seven minutes into the second half when Elise Erdman sent a cross into the box towards the near post that Mackenze Epema fired through traffic and into the net for a Crookston goal cutting the deficit to 2-1. The Bluejackets countered with a third and final goal three minutes later when Sydney Jolowsky scored in the 50thminute giving Hibbing-Chisholm a 3-1 lead. Reese Swanson was active in net in the second half for the Pirates making fourteen saves to keep Crookston in the match, but the Pirates were unable to score a second goal falling 3-1. “Reese was dynamite in goal,” said Reese. “We switched the lineup and garnered more offensive options moving Hannah Emanuel to center midfield, Keona Arnold shifting up to forward and Olivia Huck sliding to outside defense.”
The Pirates fall to 0-11-1 this season and return to the field on Saturday when Crookston plays Mesabi East in Aurora with kick-off at 10 a.m. Hibbing-Chisholm improves to 4-8-1.


Sophia Sanders controls the ball            Hannah Emanuel kicks the ball
              (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photo)

 

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 1
Hibbing 2 1 3

Scoring
16:00 Hibbing  - Marioma Garcia Dalmases
25:00 - Hibbing - Sydney Jolowsky
47:00 - Crookston - Mackenze Epema  (Elise Erdman) (indirect free kick)
50:00- Hibbing - Sydney Jolowsky

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylee Meier - Crookston 5 0 5
Reese Swanson - Crookston 0 14 14
Kya Rybacheck - Hibbing 3 3 6



 


THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 27,  2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO BARNESVILLE

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team started slow and wasn't able to recover in a 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-21) loss to the Barnesville Trojans in a Section 8AA match played in Barnesville.
Barnesville jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set when Crookston struggled on the serve receive and the Trojans cruised the rest of the way to a 25-11 victory to take a 1-0 lead.  "We came out slow," said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. "We struggled on the serve receive and once we got a good pass, Barnesville blocked two attacks in a row.  We couldn't get anything going."
In the second set, Crookston struggled on the serve receive and made too many errors and lost 25-13 and Barnesville took a 2-0 lead.  "Our serve receive broke down," said Coach Stopa. "Once we made a mistake it seemed like the next person was tentative and that carried over to everybody."
Crookston changed things around for the third set and it worked.  The teams were going back and forth with a couple of ties.  Barnesville pulled away for a lead, but Crookston battled back to get within a point.  Barnesville was able to hold off the Pirate comeback to win the set 25-21 for a 3-0 victory. "We changed things around with Sydney Anderson moving to the outside and she did a great job of blocking and had three blocks in the game," said Coach Stopa. "We eliminated our errors in the third game and Barnesville starting making some errors.  We played much better and saw some good things in the third game."
Crookston drops to 7-10 on the year and will head back to Barnesville for their tournament on Saturday.  Crookston will have Hawley, Battle Lake, and Frazee in their pool.
J.V. - Barnesville won 2-0      C Squad - Barnesville won 2-0

 

1

2

3

CROOKSTON

11 13 21

Barnesville

25 25 25

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta - 9, Hailey Seaver - 4
Blocks – Sydney Anderson - 3
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 12
Digs - Rachel Hefta - 10, Emma Boll - 8
Aces – Emma Boll - 2, Jasmin Hanson - 1

 

 

 

KATHERINE GEIST WINS THE EAST GRAND FORKS CROSS COUNTRY MEET

Crookston High School's Katherine Geist, a junior, cruised to another meet victory when she won the East Grand Forks Cross Country meet by 72 seconds in a meet run at Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks.
Katherine won the meet with a time of 19:11, which was 72 seconds better than the runner-up, Cadence Christie of St. Mary's Academy. 
Crookston's Emily Gillette finished 35th place with a time of 25:58. 


Katherine Geist during the race and at the end of the race (Pictures by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

FOR ALL THE GIRLS RESULTS, CLICK HERE

 

 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL’S SWIMMING DROPS DUAL WITH THIEF RIVER FALLS

The Crookston Pirates Girl’s swimming team fell 96-68 in a Section 8A dual against the Thief River Falls Prowlers in Thief River Falls.
Crookston started the dual well winning the 200-yard medley relay with a finish of 2:10.08 with a strong performance from Claire Oman. “Claire Oman had a really great meet today, she cut two-seconds in her 100-freestyle and swam her fastest split in her 200-medley relay, so she was having a really great meet today,” said head coach Marley Melbye. Elizabeth Erdman won the 200-freestyle to continue the Pirates dominance atop the podium to open the dual. “Elizabeth Erdman also did really well, she swam the 200-freestyle which she hasn’t swum much, but really was able to hold a solid pace throughout that whole race in that as well,” said Melbye. Thea Oman continued her strong swimming this season with a pair of first places finished in both freestyle races. “Thea (Oman) is always swimming really well, she swam the 50 and 100-freestyle and took those both home and had really good finesse in the water,” said Melbye. Elizabeth Erdman added another first-place race in the 100-butterfly before a pair of younger Pirate swimmers found the podium in the meets longest race. “In our 500-freestyle we had two very young gals, Claire Oman and Fallon Johnson swam that and to bring second and third home for the Crookston Pirates was very exciting for two young athletes, so they were looking very well,” added Melbye. Crookston’s relay teams continued to shine winning the 200-freestyle relay with Fallon Johnson, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman, and Thea Oman combining for a 1:53.77 finish. The Pirates final win of the meet came in the 100-breaststroke when Madison Hoiland topped the rest of the field by over five-seconds with her 1:19.32 finish. “Today was a great meet,” summarized Melbye. “We had the majority of the first-place swims. I think there were two events that we didn’t take first-place in, so the girls were swimming really well today. I think they were really hungry to perform their best against Thief River because they’re one of our rivals, but they swam really well today.”
The Pirates return to the pool on Saturday when they travel to Fosston for the Fosston-Bagley Invitational beginning at Noon.

Pirate (First places) Event Time Place
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:10.80 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 200 Freestyle 2:19.27 1st
Madison Hoiland 200 IM 2:39.74 1st
Thea Oman 50 Freestyle 25.78 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:12.83 1st
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 58.80 1st
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:21.39 1st
Fallon Johnson, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Freestyle Relay 1:53.77 1st
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:19.32 1st

FOR ALL THE RESULTS, CLICK HERE

 

 

 

14 YOUTH HOCKEY PLAYERS COMPLETE A 10,000 PUCK CHALLENGE

The Crookston Blue Line Club and KROX Radio teamed up to hold a 10,000 puck challenge for Crookston youth hockey players. 64 kids registered for the challenge of shooting at least 10,000 pucks over the summer months. Out of 64 people who registered, 14 completed the challenge. The 14 that completed the challenge were Zachary Tahran, Dexter Janek, Garrett Fischer, Kadin Edwards, Tate Hamre, Gavin Aakhus, Reese Swanson, Brekken Tull, Connor Maruska, Grant Funk, Davin Janek, Brandon Colborn, Rilynn Aubol and Lauren Tull.
The 14 kids that completed the challenge received a t-shirt and were put into a drawing for $125 towards a new hockey stick. Kadin Edwards and Brekken Tull were the names drawn.


Back: Zachary Tahran, Dexter Janek, Garrett Fischer, Kadin Edwards, Tate Hamre, Gavin Aakhus, Reese Swanson, Brekken Tull, Connor Maruska
Front: Grant Funk, Davin Janek, Brandon Colborn, Lauren Tull

 

 

WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 26,  2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS TENNIS COMPETES IN NW QUAD AT MOORHEAD

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team finished third out of four teams at the Northwest Quad held in Moorhead.  Thief River Falls won the quad with 15 points, one point better than Moorhead and three points better than Crookston. 
Crookston had one champion with Emma Borowicz.  Emma had the longest matches of the day, but she was able to out-last her opponents with her determination to win all three matches.  "Emma played really well and she had long matches, playing more tennis than anybody else today.  She won a third set tie-breaker 14-12 to win her first match of the day," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "She has tenacity and does whatever it takes to win the match.  She uses her determination and will to win and she did that today."  Crookston had three people go 2-1 on the day for second place finishes.  Catherine Tiedemann went 2-1 at first singles. "Cat played well in the two matches I watched her play," said Coach Geffre. "She didn't have a good match against Thief River Falls and was frustrated, but she played well in the other two."  Hayden Winjum and Hannah Street went 2-1 at first doubles. "Hayden and Hannah played pretty well together and competed," said Coach Geffre. "Their only loss was to Thief River Falls and they are a pretty good team so it was a good day."  The third and final Pirate to go 2-1 on the day was Halle Winjum at fourth singles.  "Halle played well and had some tough matches," said Coach Geffre. "She is really starting to stroke the ball and is playing some good tennis."
Finishing third and only three points out of first place made Coach Geffre happy and frustrated at the same time. "It was a decent day and we only finished a few points from the top.  We played 21 matches and it was good for the girls to play some good players," said Coach Geffre. "We saw some things that we are improving on and we saw some things that we need to improve on before sections."
Crookston will host the Crookston triangular on Saturday when they wrap up section play with a 10:00 a.m. match against Park Rapids and a 2:00 p.m. match against Roseau.

Team Results -
1. Thief River Falls - 15
2. Moorhead - 14
3. Crookston - 12
4. East Grand Forks - 1


Catherine Tiedemann waits for a return   Emma Borowicz gets ready for a return (Pictures by Francine Olson)

Coach Geffre is still waiting for Moorhead to send the match results and when he gets them he will pass them along.

  Crookston Opponents/Scores Place
1st Singles Catherine Tiedemann Went 2-1 2nd
2nd Emma Borowicz Went 3-0 Champ
3rd Hannah Lindemoen Went 1-2 3rd
4th Halle Winjum Went 2-1 2nd
1st doubles Hayden Winjum
Hannah Street
Went 2-1 2nd
2nd Elysa Christensen
Eden Haller
Went 1-2 3rd
3rd Emma Gunderson
Emma Osborn
Went 1-2 3rd

 

 

 

LON BOIKE TO BE INDUCTED INTO CLARK UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Crookston High School teacher and coach and former University of Minnesota Crookston Athletic Director, Lon Boike, will be inducted into the Clarke University Hall of Fame next month.  Boike will be inducted for his time as a coach and director of athletics.  A portion of the press release is below -

Clarke University's Athletics Hall of Fame will grow by five next month with the induction of four former student-athletes and a forme coach/director of athletics.
The 2018 Hall of Fame class includes Lon Boike (coach/director of athletics), Joemi Byrd (basketball, '06), Melissa Mennig (soccer, 07), Nicky Newhoff (softball, '11), and Ashley Shields (volleyball, '11).
The induction ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, October 6, in the Clarke Atrium.
Boike, a native of Clara City, Minnesota, was a member of Clarke's athletic program from 1989 to 2000. During that period, he spent time as athletic director, coach and instructor.
Boike served as Clarke's athletic director from 1993 to 2000, providing leadership for NAIA and NCAA Division III programs. He increased fundraising efforts and improved the development of the college's intercollegiate athletic program, and increased intramural offerings. Boike created, developed and taught in the kinesiology program. He was a contributing member of the Student Affairs staff.
Boike guided Clarke's women's basketball program for seven years. His 1990-91 team posted a then school record 17 wins and his 1991-92 team equaled that mark.
Boike spent two seasons as Clarke's head softball coach. His 1994 team went 24-14, setting a then school record for wins in a season.
Boike served as Clarke's head women's volleyball coach for six years, from 1989 to 1992 and again in 1996 and 1997. His 1991 team posted a then school record 27 wins, a mark that stood until 2012.
Prior to joining the Clarke staff, Boike served as athletic director, instructor and head women's basketball and volleyball coach at College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota. His women's basketball team made a national tournament appearance. Boike had also served as a teacher and coach at Audubon Public Schools, Audubon, Minnesota.
Since 2005, Boike has been employed with the Crookston Public School District, Crookston, as a teacher and coach. He implemented a new health/physical education curriculum and has served on numerous wellness committees. Boike has served as a successful head girls' volleyball coach and was the former head girls' basketball coach. He has also held assistant coaching roles in football, softball and track.
Boike served as athletic director at the University of Minnesota-Crookston from 2000 to 2003. He provided leadership for an NCAA Division II program, improved wellness promotion and athletic compliance, served as an advisor to recruiting, increased intramural offerings and fundraising, and increased budget oversight.
Boike received his associate of arts degree from Ridgewater College, Willmar, his bachelor of science degree in health, physical education and coaching from Southwest Minnesota State University, and his master's degree in health, kinesiology and recreation from Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota. He is pursuing a specialists license from Minnesota State-Moorhead for K-12 principal/superintendent.
Lon and his wife, Chris, reside in Crookston. They have three children, Alec (24), Sydney (21) and Caden (13).

 

 

 

TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER - 25,  2018

FERGUS FALLS HILLCREST SHUTS OUT SHORT-HANDED PIRATE BOYS SOCCER

Fergus Falls Hillcrest scored a goal 50 seconds into the game and three goals in the first 10 minutes and cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Crookston Pirates in a Section 8A game played at the Crookston High School soccer field.

Hillcrest didn't waste anytime as they scored a goal 50 seconds into the game for a quick 1-0 lead before the fans were able to get comfortable in their folding chairs.  "It was off a corner kick and when you let somebody loose inside the six they are going to score," said Pirate Coach Don Cox.  Hillcrest added another goal a little over six minutes later for a 2-0 lead.  Both goals were scored by Iver Honningdal.  It only took two minutes for Hillcrest to score again with a goal from Erik Primavera for a 3-0 lead.  Less than five minutes after the third goal, Hillcrest added another goal, this time by Markus Fluge and 14:05 into the game Crookston trailed 4-0.  Crookston started to get some things going offensively and with less than five minutes left in the half, Crookston had a nice pass up to a streaking Jake Anderson.  Jake caught the pass and was one-on-one with the goalie and put a shot on net, but the Hillcrest goalie made the save.  "We had a nice pass and we couldn't find the net," said Coach Cox. "It was a nice play and it is too bad we couldn't score."  Less than a minute later, Hillcrest scored their fifth goal of the game.   To Crookston's credit, they kept the offensive pressure going and snuck another pass to Anderson for another one-on-one opportunity and his kick went off the left post.  Nobody scored the rest of the half and Hillcrest took a 5-0 lead into halftime.  "We just can't seem to find the magic combination to get some goals," said Coach Cox. "We had three or four good opportunities and didn't take advantage of them.  As the half went along we did a better job of closing the door on them."
In the second half Hillcrest continued to dominate play for the first 20 minutes before they started to go deep into the bench, even pulling a kid warming up with the J.V. team on the field over to play with the Varsity.  Crookston had a couple opportunities with Jacob Brunelle and Anderson get the ball close to the goal, but Hillcrest's defense held strong to earn the shutout and the 5-0 victory.  "They boys played hard and never gave up and that was nice to see," said Coach Cox. "We have to find a way to score some goals, but after the first 10 minutes we played better and got stronger as the game went along."
Crookston drops to 2-9 on the year and will travel to Hibbing on Friday. 


       Jacob Brunelle kicks the ball on net                                  Jake Anderson puts a shot on goal

 

1st

2nd Final
Fergus Falls Hillcrest 5 0 5
CROOKSTON 0 0 0


   The Crookston Pirates try to block a Fergus Falls Hillcrest players kick

Scoring
0:50 - FFHC - Iver Honningdal (Markus Fluge)
7:15 - FFHC - Iver Honningdal (Markus Fluge)
9:15 - FFHC - Eirik Primavera (Iver Honningdal)
14:05 - FFHC - Markus Fluge (Nick Foss)
36:21 - FFHC - Eirik Primavera (Markus Fluge)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crookston 7 7 14
Mervin Makundi - Hillcrest 1 1 2

 

 

PIRATE GIRLS SWIMMERS TAKE ON WARROAD/ROSEAU IN A DUAL

The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers had a great meet but Warroad/Roseau had the depth to win the dual 108 to 71 in a dual in Warroad.  Crookston won seven of the 12 events and had three first place finishes Madison Hoiland, Thea Oman and Elizabeth Erdman.  Hoiland had a first place in the 200 IM, 100 Breaststroke and she was part of the 200 Medley relay.  "Madison looked really good today," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "She was dominant in the 100 Breaststroke and really good in her 200 IM.  She tends to like the shorter freestyle races, but she looked really good in her races today."  Thea Oman had a first place finish in the 200 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle and she was part of the 200 Medley.  Elizabeth Erdman finished first in the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle and she was also part of the 200 Medley relay. "Elizabeth had an exceptional 100 butterfly today and she was excited about her swim," said Coach Melbye. "It was one of her fastest times and looked really good with a faster pace and she was strong until the end."
Fallon Johnson had one of her best meets of her career with third place finishes in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. "Fallon continues to surprise me and she is cutting significant amounts of time and is getting more confident," said Coach Melbye. "I am excited to see what she will do the rest of the season."
The Pirates had the most personal best times in the meet, more than they have had the rest of the season. "I think it was a lot of factors.  They were having a lot of fun and didn't show signs of nervousness and getting more confident," said Coach Melbye. "For us sitting where we are with six weeks left of the season, we are in good shape and if the girls keep improving like they have been, it will be fun to see what they can do the rest of the season."
Crookston will travel to Thief River Falls on Thursday and travel to Fosston on Saturday.

Pirate (Top 3 places) Event Time Place
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:13.58 1st
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:08.54 1st
Madison Hoiland 200 IM 2:45.83 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:11.90 1st
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 58.39 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 500 Freestyle 6:13.06 1st
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:21.39 1st
Claire Oman 100 Freestyle 1:09.10 2nd
Mackenzie Aamoth, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Free Relay 1:53.97 2nd
Mackenzie Aamoth 100 Backstroke 1:18.29 2nd
Fallon Johnson 200 Freestyle 2:33.24 3rd
Claire Oman 200 IM 2:55.49 3rd
Mackenzie Aamoth 50 Freestyle 31.70 3rd
Fallon Johnson 500 Freestyle 6:47.86 3rd

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UMC MEN'S GOLF TEAM FINISHES 12TH PLACE IN WINONA

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team placed 12th at the J.R. Watkins Invitational in Lake City. The Golden Eagles shot rounds of 324 and 321 over the two-day tournament at The Jewel.
Connor Humble (So., Rosemount) and Ben Koisti (Sr. Lake Norden, S.D.) led UMC with 159’s. Ben Trostad (Fr., Crookston) shot a 161, Ethan Johnson (Sr., Roseau) turned in a 166, Ethan Magsam (Fr., Crookston) had a 173, and Ben Lord (Jr., Brunswick, Maine.) shot a 183.
Washburn University took home the team championship at the J.R. Watkins Invitational with a team score of 592. Washburn bested Minot State University by two strokes. Minot State‘s Leighton Bearchell shot a 142 to earn the individual medalist honors.

UMC returns to action August 29-30 at the Augustana Invitational at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D.


 

 

MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 24,  2018

PAUL BITTNER ASSIGNED TO CLEVELAND AS COLUMBUS MAKES TRAINING CAMP CUTS

The Columbus Blue Jackets trimmed their training camp roster by 24 players, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 
The Blue Jackets assigned the following players to the Cleveland Monsters, the club's American Hockey League affiliate: F Vitaly Abramov, D Brady Austin, F Paul Bittner, D Garret Cockerill, D Ryan Collins, F Dan DeSalvo, F Maxime Fortier, F Brett Gallant, F Nikita Korostelev, F Miles Koules, F Ryan MacInnis, F Justin Scott, F Kole Sherwood, D Blake Siebenaler, D Doyle Somerby, G Brad Thiessen, F Calvin Thurkauf, F Trent Vogelhuber and D Justin Wade.
The club also placed the following players on waivers for the purposes of assigning them to Cleveland: D Tommy Cross, F Zac Dalpe, F Nathan Gerbe and D Dillon Simpson. Goaltender Joseph Raaymakers was released from his tryout contract and returned to the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights.

Bittner played in one exhibition game in a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on Friday.  Paul played 14 minutes with three shots on goal, two hits, one block and two penalty minutes.  He played 90 seconds on the power play and 37 seconds while short handed.  Paul and the Cleveland Monsters will start the season on October 5 and 6 when they host Rockford.

 

 

 

UMC FOOTBALL'S ALI ALKHATIB NAMED NSIC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle football's Ali Alkhatib (Sr., LB, Rosemount) was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week after an outstanding performance against Minot State University on Saturday.
Alkhatib recorded a sack in the end zone for a safety in the final two minutes against Minot State Saturday, helping to ensure a Golden Eagle win. The linebacker led the Golden Eagles with eight tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, along with seven solo tackles. Alkhatib and the Minnesota Crookston defense helped limit the Beavers to just 245 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles picked up their first win since Nov. 7, 2015 and their first road victory since Nov. 3, 2007.
Alkhatib is the first NSIC Player of the Week selection since Dre Person was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Nov. 9, 2015.
Gabriel Watson of University of Sioux Falls was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week, while Sioux Falls punter/kicker Thomas Chapin was selected as NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week.


              Ali Alkhatib

 

 

SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 23,  2018

UMC SOCCER WINS FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR WITH GOAL

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Soccer team scored a goal with two seconds left in the game to beat the Upper Iowa Peacocks 1-0 in a game played at Pattison Field in Fayette, Iowa.  The win was the first UMC win of the year.
The first half was a defensive battle as the teams only had one shot on goal apiece and the game was scoreless at halftime.
In the second half, there was a little more offense with five shots on goal and the teams were still scoreless.  It looked like UMC was going to play overtime for the second straight overtime game.  Upper Iowa had a chance in the last minutes to score the first goal of the game, but they were called for offsides.  The overtime possibility went out the window when
Maggee Hodgdon (Fresh. Newberg, Oregon) scored a goal when the ball was loose and bounced a couple of times and Hodgdon was one-on-one with the goalie, who came out to try to get the ball and Hodgdon was able to kick the ball past the goalie to win the game 1-0.
UMC improves to 1-6-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the NSIC.  Upper Iowa is still looking for their first NSIC win of the year and drop to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the NSIC.  

 

Box Score

1st

2nd Final
UMC 0 1 1
Upper Iowa 0 0 0

Scoring
89:58 - UMC-
Maggee Hodgdon

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Natalie Rudrud - Upper Iowa 1 3 4
Athena DiMario - UMC 1 2 3

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON WOMEN’S GOLF TAKES 17TH PLACE AT RAMADA MUSTANG INVITE


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's golf team finished last in the field of seventeen teams with a team score of 750 in the Ramada Mustang Invite played at Marshall Golf Club in Marshall, MN. Central Missouri won the tournament by nine strokes with a team score of 604, beating Augustana and Minnesota State which tied for second. Olivia Sobaski (Sedalia, MO) was the medalist with a two-day total of 144, finishing one stroke ahead of teammate Elizabeth Leath (Chesterfield, MO) for the winning team. 
Minnesota Crookston was led by Allison Bot (Jr., Minneota) who shot a second-round 90 after opening with an 88 finishing in a tie for 78th. McKenzie Harris (Sr., Nevis) improved by five-strokes in her second round shooting an 87, UMC’s best of the tournament for a tie at 83rd place. Anna Olson (Soph., Fertile) carded a 93 on Sunday, dropping three-strokes of her Saturday round finishing in a tied for 93rd place. Camryn Larson (Fr., Fertile) shot a 203 over two days for 100th place in the field while Kimi Konishi (Fr., Cypress, CA), making her collegiate debut, finished with 236 strokes over the course of the tournament for 102nd place.
The Golden Eagles return to the links on Saturday, September 29 for the two-day Augustana University Invite hosted at Bakker Crossing in Sioux Falls, SD. 

 

 

 

UMC BASEBALL TO HOLD THEIR ANNUAL ALUMNI BASEBALL GAME

The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team will have their annual alumni game Saturday, September 29 at 9:15 a.m. at the UMC Baseball Field in Crookston. Alumni of all ages are encouraged to attend. The alumni game will follow the dedication of the new baseball team clubhouse and pressbox building at 9 a.m.
The alumni game is part of a weekend of homecoming festivities on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus that includes home games for volleyball, football, and soccer. In addition, alumni from volleyball and softball will also be having alumni gatherings. Attendees for all alumni events are encouraged to attend alumni socials Friday, September 28 at Drafts Sports Bar and Grill at 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m. at the Crookston Inn.
If you are interested in attending contact either Head Coach Steve Gust at 218-281-8445 or e-mail at sjgust@umn.edu or Assistant Coach Taylor Steen at tsteen@umn.edu or by phone at 218-281-8451.

 

 

 

UMC SOFTBALL TO HOST ALUMNI GAME SEPTEMBER 30

The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program will hold their alumni game Sunday, September 30 at 9:00 a.m. at the UMC Softball Field. The alumni game is returning for the Golden Eagles after a long hiatus. All softball alumni are encouraged to attend.
“Minnesota Crookston Softball hasn't had an alumni game for some time now, and there were several alumni who reached out inquiring about a game,” said Head Coach Travis Owen. “We thought why not start now, so we're excited to make this an annual event held each fall."
The alumni game will be a part of homecoming festivities on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus that includes home games for volleyball, football, and soccer. In addition, alumni from volleyball and baseball will also be having gatherings. Attendees for all alumni events are encouraged to attend alumni socials Fri., September 28 at Drafts Sports Bar and Grill at 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m. at the Crookston Inn.
"It will be good to meet and interact with some of the recent graduates who have been a part of the program here and give them the experience to re-live the 'good old days' of playing ball at our field,” Owen said. “The four years of college ball (or less for some) fly by so it's always nice to have the perspective of those who have graduated for our current team as well."
If you are interested in attending contact Head Coach Travis Owen at 218-281-8435 or by e-mail at towen@umn.edu

 

 

 

SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

UMC FOOTBALL BREAKS 26 GAME LOSING SKID AND 56 GAME NSIC ROAD GAME LOSING SKID!!!!

The University of 
Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle Football team snapped the nation’s longest losing streak at 26 games with a thrilling 29-21 win over the Minot State Beavers in an NSIC game played at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot.

UMC entered this game knowing it was their best chance to win this before the season finale and the Golden Eagles played like it from the first snap. After the opening kickoff sailed into the end zone, Minot State started their first drive at their own 25-yard line. UMC’s defense flew to the football on each of the first three plays with a Demond Short (R-Fr., Stockton, CA) screen-pass reception leading to a four-yard loss after Anfernee Cooper (Soph., Fort Worth, TX) made the hit behind the line of scrimmage. A dropped pass on the far sideline sealed the Beavers’ fate on their opening drive as Minnesota Crookston earned their fourth three-and-out of the season. Into heavy winds, Jose Luis Moreno (Jr., San Lorenzo, CA) sent a low punt just 31-yards that was downed at the UMC 42-yard line setting the Golden Eagles’ up with great field position on their opening drive.
The Golden Eagle offense built of the defense’s strong start with a strong first series highlighted by solid blocking up front. On UMC’s first offense play Elijah Todd (Jr., Toledo, OH) highlighted his speed and size barreling across midfield down to the Minot State 38-yard line for a 20-yard gain. The Golden Eagles’ next went to the air with Jalin Scott (Jr., Houston, TX) hooking up with Jonnattan Mudd (Jr., Gardena, CA) for 33-yards down to the Beavers’ 5-yard line. Two plays later, Scott finished UMC’s opening drive with a three-yard run up the middle to secure a 6-0 lead for Minnesota Crookston with Jared McLemore (Fr., Lucas, TX) sending the extra-point through the uprights to secure a 7-0 lead with 11:56 still to play in the first quarter. “We talked about starting fast and punching them in the mouth right away,” explained Minnesota Crookston head coach Mark Dufner. “Offense moved the ball down the field and we felt like we could do some things offensively because we matched up very well.”
A personal foul for a late hit on Minot State’s second drive set the Beavers up at midfield. Levante Bushnell (Jr., Stockton, CA) took a carry for 12-yards to the UMC 38-yard line for another first down. On the next snap, Jemal Williams (Fr., Belgrade, MT) was stuffed at the line for no gain. On 2nddown a 6-yard completion set up 3rddown and four. Jemal Williams took the third-down carry just two yards setting up a fourth down and two from the UMC 30-yard line. On fourth down, the Beavers kept the offense on the field and looked to Williams again who rushed to the right but couldn’t find a running lane to gain the needed two yards, settling for one yard on the run and turning it over on downs.

Minnesota Crookston’s dream start continued on their next offensive possession which began at their own 29-yard line. A holding penalty on UMC’s first play pushed the Golden Eagles back to their own 19-yard line. Following a 3-yard run, Minnesota Crookston’s Jalin Scott went to the air finding Andy Groebner (Fr., Andover) for an over-the-shoulder grab good for 33-yards down to the Minot State 40-yard line. Facing 3rddown and four from the Minot 34, Jalin Scott tried to hit Jonattan Mudd on a slant, but the Minot State defensive back made his hit on Mudd too early drawing a pass-interference penalty giving UMC a fresh set of downs. An unsportsmanlike conduct flag after pass interference flag set the Golden Eagles up with 1stand ten from the Minot 13-yard line. After two-straight one-yard quarterback keepers, Scott dropped back to throw on third down and dumped it off to a wide-open Mohamed Mahmoud (Fr., Eagan) who made the first catch of his career and ran into the end zone untouched to give the Golden Eagles a 13-0 lead. The extra-point was deflected and hit the crossbar falling into the end zone keeping the UMC lead at 13-0 with 3:32 to play in the first quarter. “That was a play the coaches put in this week for Minot State,” noted Dufner. “They’d been repping it. It was a nice play, nice throw, nice catch.”
Minot State’s offense was handed a second three-and-out on their next possession with a 21-yard punt setting the Golden Eagles up at their own 47-yard line. The Golden Eagles picked up a first down with a 3-yard run by Andy Groebner after hauling in an 8-yard reception on his previous play, but a holding penalty pushed UMC back to their own 48-yard line after the conversion to end the opening quarter with UMC leading 13-0.

In the second quarter, Minnesota Crookston’s drive continued down to the Minot State 23-yard line where the Golden Eagles faced 4thdown and two. Jalin Scott dropped back looking to move the chains through the air but was dropped for a sack giving the Beavers’ possession on downs at their own 30-yard line. Minot State’s offense found a rhythm crossing midfield and reaching the UMC 46-yard with first and 10 upcoming. On first down Jemal Williams was dropped for a four-yard loss by Devante Nutall (Sr., Plymouth) who burst through the line-of-scrimmage to ensure Minot State would eventually have to punt.
Minnesota Crookston’s offense was forced to punt on their subsequent drive, but Stephen Day (Sr., Eveleth) managed to get 31 yards from his punt into strong winds setting Minot State up at their own 42-yard line. Lane Torgerson started the subsequent drive with a 6-yard run and then a 10-yard run marching the Beavers down to the UMC 42-yard line before Ben Bolinske (Soph., Minot) hooked up with Lavante Bushnell for a 42-yard touchdown getting Minot State on the board and cutting their deficit to 13-7 after the extra-point with 4:31 left in the half.
After a 17-yard kick-return from Rod Stewart, UMC started the next drive at their own 17-yard line with 4:25 left in the opening half. Elijah Todd got the offense moving with an 8-yard carry, followed by another 5-yard run for a first down. Three plays later, Todd broke free for another 15 yards moving the Golden Eagles across midfield. Two plays after that, Jalin Scott found Jonattan Mudd for 22-yards and a 1stat the Minot 20-yard line. Rod Stewart made his first, and only, catch on the next play for 9-yards, fumbling the ball after the catch but recovering it on the turf to keep the drive going. Jalin Scott finished the scoring drive on the next play gaining the edge on the far sideline and sprinting into the end zone from 11-yards out to cap off the 10 play, 83-yard drive that took four minutes off the clock and gave the Golden Eagles a 20-7 halftime lead. “It’s always important to start the game fast and finish the half fast,” added Dufner. “The beginning and end of each half were really critical.”

Minnesota Crookston started with possession in the second half, but the Golden Eagles were sent three-and-out by the Minot State defense. The Beavers drove to midfield on their next drive before Lane Torgerson was hit by Ali Alkhatib (Sr., Rosemount) 8-yards behind the line of scrimmage on a blown up screen pass forcing the Beavers to punt, but Jose Luis Morena was able to sky a 41-yard punt down to the UMC 10-yard line where Rod Stewart made one man miss before turning upfield and taking the ball 16-yards setting UMC up at the 26-yard line.  On second and nine, Jalin Scott found Jonattan Mudd open again, this pass good for 29-yards moving Minnesota Crookston to the Minot State 44-yard line. Three plays later, facing 3rddown and three from the Minot 37, Jalin Scott dropped back and lobbed a perfectly placed pass for Andy Groebner who hauled in the reception before getting tripped up inches from the goal line. On the next play, Scott kept it himself and lunged to his left, passed the goal line giving Minnesota Crookston a 27-7 lead after the PAT with 7:36 left in the third quarter. Both teams would fail to generate any points the rest of the quarter with the Golden Eagles just 15-minutes away from ending their losing streak clinging to a 27-7 lead. “We’ve got to come out and establish the field position and move the football and put points up if we can and fortunately we were able to do that with Jalin throughout the game,” added Dufner.

Minot State started the fourth quarter with the football at the UMC 29-yard line and following a two-yard run, Ben Bolinske hit a wide-open Lavante Bushnell for a 29-yard touchdown pass cutting the Golden Eagles’ lead to 27-14 with 14:16 remaining after the extra-point was converted.  Minnesota Crookston committed their lone turnover on their very next offensive play when Kevin Evans took a toss to the right side before rifling a half-back pass intended for Rod Stewart, who was heavily covered allowing Chris Rivers to make the interception setting up Minot State at the UMC 39-yard line after an 18-yard interception return. On 1stand ten Lane Torgerson made a catch for no gain before Austin Steele came through the line untouched on third down and rocked Ben Bolinske for a sack and 10-yard loss forcing Minot State to punt.
The Golden Eagles went three-and-out on their next possession but Stephen Day bombed a high 46-yard punt downfield where Lane Torgerson couldn’t catch it cleanly, allowing Julian Jackson to dive on the fumble regaining possession for Minnesota Crookston at the Beavers’ 27-yard line. Minnesota Crookston drove it down to the Minot 21-yard line before Jalin Scott scrambled for 12-yards on 3rdand thirteen to the Minot State 9-yard line. Minnesota Crookston went for it on 4thdown, but Scott was marked shy, controversially, of the first down on his fourth-down run turning it over on downs back to Minot State at their own 9-yard line.
With 7:09 remaining and Minot State trailing 27-14, Ben Bolinske orchestrated an 11-play, 91-yard drive concluding with a 13-yard fade route completion to Connor Beeston to pull to within 27-21 after the PAT with 3:30 and Minot State still possession all three timeouts.
Minnesota Crookston’s next possession began at their own 25-yard line. Elijah Todd picked up 3-yards on first down before reaching the second level on his 2nddown carry to pick up 14-yards to the UMC 42-yard line. Minot State’s defense would hold their dropping Scott for a one-yard loss, holding Todd to three-yards, and forcing an incompletion, but not without using two of their three timeouts and watching the clock run down to 1:53 after Stephen Day booted the biggest punt of his career out of bounds at the Minot State 8-yard line.
On Minot State’s first offensive play down 27-21 with 1:53 remaining back at their own 8-yard line, Ben Bolinske dropped back to pass and UMC’s Ali Alkhatib burst through the offensive line untouched and hit Bolinske who managed to get rid of it by throwing it at the feet of his offensive line. The incompletion drew a penalty flag for intentional grounding and because the penalty occurred in the end zone, it gave Minnesota Crookston a safety, a 29-21 lead, and forced the Beavers to attempt an on-side kick from their own 20-yard line. “(Defensive coordinator) Tom Miller brought some pressure, he’s aggressive and it was a nice play all the way around. Overall, (Miller) likes to dial up the blitzes especially when you get them deep in their own zone, hats off to our defense. I thought we really played well in all three phases.”
The onside kick was recovered off a deflection by Andy Groebner at the Minot 34-yard line. Minot State used their final timeout before the Golden Eagles ran the clock down to 11-seconds remaining facing a 4thdown and one in Minot State territory. Head coach Mark Dufner left his offense on the field to try and win the game and the Golden Eagles delivered with Elijah Todd squirting free on the right side of the offensive line for three-yards, the first down, and the win to snap UMC’s 26-game losing streak 29-21.
“I’m pretty excited here,” Dufner said. “The guys, coaches, players they worked hard and bought in. They stayed positive and fought and got a ‘W’ here today so it’s a pretty exciting day for us.”

The Golden Eagles improve to 1-3 on the season and will return to Ed Widseth Field next Saturday for their homecoming game against Augustana kicking-off at 1 p.m. with the Riverview Health Pregame Show beginning at 12:20 p.m. on KROX. Minot State falls to 1-3.


The UMC Football players and coaches hugging each other after the big road win in Minot

Box Score

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

UMC 13 7 7 2 29
Minot State 0 7 0 14 21


The Golden Eagles celebrate after the victory (Picture by Sean Arbaut of Minot State)

1st Quarter
11:56 - UMC - Jalin Scott 3 yard run  (Jared McLemore kick)
3:32 - UMC - Jalin Scott 12 yard pass to Mohamed Mahmoud  (Kick failed)


2nd Quarter

4:31 - MSU - Ben Bolisnke 42 yard pass to Lavante Bushnell (Jose Luis Moreno kick)
0:27 - UMC - Jalin Scott 11 yard run (McLemore kick)


3rd Quarter

7:36 - UMC - Jalin Scott 1 yard run  (McLemore kick)

4th Quarter
14:16 - MSU - Ben Bolinske 29 yard pass to Lavante Bushnell (Moreno kick)
3:30 - MSU - Ben Bolinske 13 yard pass to Connor Beeston (Moreno kick)
1:46 - UMC - Safety (Minot State Intentional grounding in the end zone)


  
Andy Groebner makes a catch (
Picture by Sean Arbaut of Minot State)       LaDerek McCray with a tackle

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE VOLLEYBALL HOSTS THE INAUGURAL PIRATE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT


The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team with their 1st place medals (Picture by Lacia Hanson)

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team went 3-1 in pool play by beating Bagley 2-0 (25-18, 26-24), Climax-Fisher 2-0 (25-23, 25-22, and Clearbrook Gonvick 2-0 (25-22, 25-20).  The only blemish the Pirates had in pool play was a 2-0 loss to Warroad (25-20, 25-17).  Crookston received the #2 seed in tournament play and beat Climax-Fisher 2-0 (25-13, 25-16) and in the Championship they got a little revenge by beating Warroad 2-1 (19-25, 28-26, 15-8) at the Crookston Pirate Volleyball Invitational at the Crookston High School.

Crookston vs Bagley-
Crookston got off to a slow start in the first match of the morning, but settled in to beat Bagley 25-18.  The second set was a hard-fought 26-24 Pirate victory in a back and forth set from start to finish. “We started pretty slow and a little sluggish,” said Coach Stopa. “We aren’t used to having split courts so it took us a while to get comfortable.  We were pretty aggressive and that helped us win the match.”


       Kylie Solheim and Rachel Hefta go for a block

 

1

2

Bagley

18 24

CROOKSTON

25 26


Crookston vs Climax-Fisher-
Crookston started slow in the match and picked things up as the first set went along and the teams went back and forth, but the Pirates were able to win the set 25-23.  The second set was another back and forth battle with Crookston winning the set 25-22.  “We started slow again,” said Coach Stopa. “We picked it up in the second game and we went on a run, they went on a run, but we were able to finish strong.”

 

1

2

Climax-Fisher

23 22

CROOKSTON

25 25


 
Crookston vs Warroad
The first set was almost like every other set the Pirates had in the first two matches, but they came up on the short end in a 25-20 loss to Warroad.  In the second set, Crookston started with a 4-2 lead and the set was tied at 6-6 when Crookston got a kill from Hailey Seaver, but she came down on the foot of a Warroad player and rolled her ankle and she didn't return the rest of the day.  Crookston had to adjust to the absence of one of their top players.  Warroad took advantage of the Pirates missing a player and they had three straight kills in a 7-2 run for a 15-10 lead.  Warroad built a 20-14 lead and several points later, #21 had a block/kill for her 1,000th career kill to give Warroad a 24-16 lead.  Crookston scored the next point, but Warroad countered with a kill for a 25-17 victory to win the match 2-0.  “We were aggressive,” said Coach Stopa.  “We didn’t play as well as we could have and that was frustrating, but we have to get ready for the next one.”


Hailey Seaver goes up for a kill in the first Warroad match

 

1

2

Warroad

25 25

CROOKSTON

20 17


Crookston vs Clearbrook-Gonvick
The teams went back and forth to start the set with ties at 1, 2, 3, 6, and 9 before the Pirates used a Dani Boyle kill and two Emma Boll aces to spark a 9-1 run for an 18-10 lead.  Clearbrook-Gonvick battled back and slowly chipped away at the deficit and cut Crookston’s lead to 21-18.  The Pirates settled down and finished strong and won the set on a Rylee Solheim kill for a 25-22 win. 
Crookston started the second set on a 15-4 run and might have been a little complacent as Clearbrook-Gonvick battled back to get within a 20-18 deficit.  Once again, Crookston settled down and finished strong to beat the Bears 25-20 to win the match 2-0. "We came out strong and beat a nice team and we had some adversity after losing Seaver to the ankle injury," said Coach Stopa. "The girls played hard and we had a lot of different girls making plays and that was nice to see."

 

1

2

Clearbrook-Gonvick

22 20

CROOKSTON

25 25
 

Crookston vs Climax-Fisher – Semi-finals
Crookston jumped out to a 13-3 lead behind four Rachel Hefta aces.  The Pirates cruised the rest of the way for a 25-13 victory.  "We came out a little slow after the short break," said Coach Stopa. "Rachel had a bunch of aces and that got us going."
In the second set, Crookston trailed 4-3 when they went on a four point run on a mix kills and Climax-Fisher errors for an 8-4 lead.  Climax-Fisher bounced back to get within two points (12-10), but they hit the serve out of bounds and that led to a Pirate ace on a serve by Kasey Cwikla and a Rachel Hefta kill for a 15-10 lead.  Crookston slowly pulled away the rest of the set and won 25-16 to win the match 2-0 to advance to the championship for a rematch with Warroad.
  "We missed some serves in the second set and that hurt us a bit, but we were able to get some nice attacks and eliminated most of our errors."


   Dani Boyle with a dig
 

Semi-finals

1

2

Climax-Fisher

13 16

CROOKSTON

25 25


Crookston vs Warroad – CHAMPIONSHIP
The teams went back and forth early on with ties at 1, 2, 4, and 8.  Crookston had two errors and that sparked a 5-0 Warroad run for a 13-8 Warrior lead.  Crookston answered with a couple of Jasmin Hanson kills and they trailed 16-13.  That is the closest the Pirates would get as Warroad pulled away for a 25-19 victory to take a 1-0 lead.  "Towards the end we broke down a little bit," said Coach Stopa. "I thought we started to battle at the end and that carried over to the second set."

In the second set, Warroad jumped out to an 8-3 lead, but Crookston battled back with three Jasmin Hanson kills and a Sydney Anderson ace and the set was tied at 8-8.  The teams were tied at 9, 10, 11, and 12 before Warroad had a kill and Crookston was in the net two straight points before another Warroad kill and the Warriors led 16-12.  Crookston answered with a point, Sydney Anderson had a kill, and Warroad hit an attack out of bounds and the Pirates trailed by one point (17-16).  Crookston hit the next attack into the net and Warroad added a couple more points and an ace for a 20-15 lead.  Crookston battled back with some nice hustle plays and trailed 22-19 but a serve went into the net and Warroad was two points away from winning the match.  Crookston had a kill in the back corner, Rachel Hefta had a kill, Kasey Cwikla had an ace, Hefta added another kill to tie the set at 23.  Warroad called a time out, but Hefta followed with another kill to give Crookston a 24-23 lead, serving for set point.  The serve went into the net and the teams were tied at 24.  Crookston set the ball to Hefta after receiving the serve and she had another kill, but Warroad answered with another kill for a tie at 25.  Crookston answered with an Anderson kill to take a 26-25 lead and Rachel Hefta had a huge block for a kill and Crookston won the set 27-25 to force a third set.  "Jasmin Hanson came in for us and she played well and that was nice to see," said Coach Stopa. "The girls really battled and won a tough set and the win gave us a lot of momentum,"

The third set was tied at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 and then Crookston took over the match with some great hustle plays, a couple kills, a big block and they led 13-8.  Kylie Solheim had a kill at the net and Warroad hit an attack out of bounds and Crookston won the third set 15-8 to win the match and championship 2-1.  "The girls played well today and they fought hard," said Coach Stopa.  "The girls fought hard all day long and we faced some adversity with injuries and still found a away to get the wins.  I am proud of how the girls played today."

Championship

1

2

3

Warroad

25 25 8

CROOKSTON

19 27 15
 

For Crookston during the Tournament (Official stats - updated 9/23)
Kills – Rachel Hefta - 66, Hailey Seaver - 15, Jasmin Hanson - 12
Blocks – Rachel Hefta - 16, Rylee Solheim - 9
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 102
Digs - Dani Boyle - 43, Kylie Solheim - 26, Rachel Hefta -24
Aces – Rachel Hefta - 13, Sydney Anderson - 8

 


 

UMC VOLLEYBALL PICKS UP FIRST NSIC WIN OF THE YEAR, SWEEPING THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team won their first Northern Sun Conference match of the year with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-9) victory over the University of Mary in a match played in Crookston.
The first set was tied at 5-5 when UMC went on a 13-0 run behind two Callie Schapekahm (Sr. Eagan) service aces, two Deaira Gresham (Soph. Maplewood) kills and two more kills from Lauren Wallace (Fresh. Bloomington) and the Golden Eagles led 18-5. UMC cruised the rest of the way for a 25-11 victory for a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, UMC jumped out to a 9-1 lead with Porsha Porath (Fresh. Windom) leading the way with four kills. The teams played even the rest of the way and the Golden Eagles won 25-16 to take a 2-0 lead.
UMC had another great start by jumping out to a 10-2 lead at the start of the third set. UMC had kills from three different players, two aces and the other five points game on Mary errors. With UMC leading 14-5 they went on a 7-0 run behind Kaitlin Sikkink's (Jr. St. Charles) three kills and Gresham's two kills for a 21-5 lead. The Golden Eagles finished the set strong and won 25-9 to sweep the match 3-0.
UMC improves to 3-12 overall and 1-6 in the NSIC. Mary drops to 3-12 overall and 0-7 on the year.

Box Score

1

2

3

University of Mary

11 16 9

UMC

25 25 25
 

For UMC
Kills – Kaitlin Sikkink - 9, Porsha Porath - 9
Blocks – Callie Schapekahm - 1, Lauren Wallace - 1, Deaira Gresham - 1
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 31
Digs - Ali Schueler - 12, Lauren Ulibarri - 10, Porsha Porath - 10
Aces – Sydney Kruisslebrink - 3, Katie Lienemann - 2, Callie Schapekahm - 2

 

 

 

 

 

FERGUS FALLS USES A PENALTY KICK TO EDGE PIRATE BOYS SOCCER

The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team tied the game halfway through the second half, but a Fergus Falls Otter penalty kick less than two minutes later was the deciding goal in a 2-1 Pirate loss at Fergus Falls in a Section 8A game.
The first half was scoreless half and Crookston had some opportunities and came up short and the game was a scoreless tie at halftime. Crookston was in Fergus Falls' half most of the time, but they weren't able to get continued pressure. "We had opportunities, but we aren't putting pressure on the net like we should," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "We couldn't get anything going with cross passes or anything else."

Fergus Falls scored the first goal of the game just over nine minutes into the second half. It was a free kick from the top 18. "My guys just didn't clear it," said Coach Cox. "There was a scrum in front of the net and they had a kid that got a lucky foot on it and flipped it in. We weren't able to clear the ball and they made us pay." Crookston answered with a goal less than 11 minutes later when Ben Brantner had a beautiful cross pass and Noah Kiel scored to tie the game at 1-1. "It was a really nice cross pass from Ben on the right side of their net and just inside the right side of the box and Noah caught it and put it in," said Coach Cox. "It was a beautiful goal and I told the guys this is how your supposed to play."
Less than two minutes later, Fergus Falls received a penalty kick after a Pirate got tangled up with an Otter and they scored to take a 2-1 lead. "Our guy was trying to chase him down and ran into him and tripped up the Fergus Falls kid and the penalty kick was called," said Coach Cox. "We can't make a defensive error and give up the kick because it is tough on a keeper."
Crookston tried to get some shots on goal in the final 17 minutes, but they struggled getting coordinated attacks and Fergus Falls held on for a 2-1 victory.
Crookston drops to 2-8 on the year and will host Fergus Falls Hillcrest Academy on Tuesday.  Fergus Fall improves to 3-8 on the year.

 

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 1
Fergus Falls 0 2 2

Scoring
49:17 - FF - Jack Gerhardson
60:03 - Crox - Noah Kiel (Ben Brantner)
62:01 - FF - Titus Seland  (PK)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crox 8 6 14
Tyson Back - FF 2 4 6