The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Football team was disappointed in losing to the University of Mary last Saturday 26-13 in which the Marauders spoiled the Golden Eagles homecoming. The Golden Eagles are now put that loss aside and have concentrated on getting their first win of the year against Minot State in a Northern Sun Conference game in Minot this afternoon. UMC is 0-7 on the season while Minot State is 1-6 after losing 52-28 at Bemidji State last Saturday. With some of the top teams in the conference left on their schedule, this afternoon would be a good shot in the arm for UMC if they can limit turnovers and get the offense going with some sustained drives. The two play at 1:00 PM in Minot and the game will be on KROX RADIO starting at 12:20 PM and also on the internet by going to the ON THE AIR link at the top of this page.



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The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Volleyball team is coming off a disappointing 3-0 loss at the University of Sioux Falls last night in Sioux Falls. They will try to forget their dismal performance when they take on Southwest Minnesota State this afternoon in a Northern Sun Conference match in Marshal, Minnesota. The Golden Eagles are now 9-12 overall and 5-8 in the conference while the Mustangs has won 12 matches in a row including a 3-0 win over Bemidji State last night to put Southwest Minnesota State at 18-3 on the season and 12-1 in the conference and ranked #2 in NCAA Division II. The match will be at 4:00 PM this afternoon.

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The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Women's Soccer team has four matches left of the season, three of them at home including this afternoon when the University of Sioux Falls comes to Crookston. UMC is 2-11-1 on the season and 1-9-1 in the conference while the Cougars come in with a 3-9-2 overall mark and 3-7-1 in the conference. Their match is at 1:00 PM this afternoon on the UMC pitch.



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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 21,  2016


The University of Sioux Falls Cougars used an impressive offensive attack and solid serving to beat the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-12) in a Northern Sun Conference match in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  “We haven’t been beaten like that in a long time actually,” said UMC Coach Lee Anderson. “We have played the top teams in the country and they haven’t put it on us like Sioux Falls did tonight.”
The first set was a good back and forth battle and UMC trailed 12-10 before Sioux Falls had a couple kills and an ace combined with a hitting error and all of a sudden the Cougars led 16-10.  UMC called a time out and Sioux Falls had a service error and UMC had a kill by Kelci Green (Jr. Anoka), but Sioux Falls hitting attack and serving was to strong and the Cougars won the first set 25-16.  Sioux Falls had five service aces in the first set.  “They are a tough serving team,” said Coach Anderson. “They have a couple girls that are very good servers and they had us on our heels tonight.  We helped them a bit with some bad movement patters and once we got into the rut we couldn’t get out of it tonight.”
In the second set, UMC took a 1-0 lead, but Sioux Falls answered with a 12-3 run to build a 12-4 lead.  Sioux Falls continued to serve extremely well as they had five more service aces in the second set and cruised to a 25-12 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Sioux Falls jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third set and UMC would get it going back and forth for a while with some nice play by Kelci Green, Sierra Trost (Sr. Ham Lake) and others.   Sioux Falls continued their impressive offensive onslaught as they had huge attack after huge attack and pulled away for a 25-12 victory to win the match 3-0.  “It wasn’t a good performance for us tonight and we have to be better,” said Coach Anderson. “It was very disappointing tonight.  They trucked us tonight and we started slow and couldn’t get going.  Sioux Falls dictated play and did a great job and we have to compete better.”
UMC drops to 9-12 overall and 5-8 in the NSIC and will travel to Marshall, Minnesota on Saturday to play #2 ranked Southwest Minnesota State.   Sioux Falls improves to 13-8 overall and 7-6 in the NSIC.

Kali Erickson with an attack as two Sioux Falls blockers look on

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UMC 16 12 12
U of Sioux Falls 25 25 25

Sierra Trost sets up a teammate   Alyssa Muelken with an attack


Kills - Kelci Green - 4, Kassi Green- 3 , Maggie Perrel- 3
Blocks -  - Kelci Green - 1, Kassi Green- 1, Rachel Freund- 1
Assists - Sierra Trost - 17
Digs - Maggie Perrel - 5, Sierra Trost - 4, Becca Vandenheuvel- 3 
Aces - Kaycie Hagen - 3 , Maggie Perrel - 1, Ali Scheuler - 1


The Crookston Pirate Football team received the sixth seed in the Section 8AA Football tournament that starts on Tuesday, October 25.  Crookston will be at the #3 seed Bagley in a rematch of a first round game in last years playoffs.

1. Barnesville
2. Hawley
3. Bagley
4. Warroad
5. United North Central
6. Crookston
7. Frazee






The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team used a bit of a different line up and had seven first place finishes, but Moorhead used their depth to win the dual 59-39 at the Crookston Community Swimming Pool.
Thea Oman was the only Pirate to win all four of her events as part of the 200 Medley and 400 yard relays, and the 100 and 200 Freestyle.
Crookston had three first place finishes from Merran Dingmann, Kate MacGregor, and Elizabeth Erdman.
Crookston will have a week to get ready for the Northwest Border meet in Fosston on Friday, October 28.
Attempts to call Coach Melbye went unanswered and when we get a hold of her we will add comments.

Pirate top five finishes Event Time Place
Kate MacGregor, Merran Dingmann
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:15.53 1st
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:28.87 1st
Merran Dingman 200 IM 2:41.50 1st
Thea Oman 100 Freetyle 1:06.85 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 400 Meter Freestyle 5:18.68 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 meter Backstroke 1:12.96 1st
Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman
Elizabeth Erdman, Kate MacGregor
400 yard Freestyle 4:31.79 1st





The Section 8A Football seeds and brackets were released Thursday afternoon and the Mahnomen Indians received the top seed.  The seeds and bracket are below-

1. Mahnomen
2. Polk County West
3. Fosston
4. Fertile-Beltrami
5. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
6. Red Lake County
7. Lake of the Woods
8. Red Lake




The Stephen-Argyle Storm are the defending Section 8 9-man champion and will defend their title as the top seed in this years tournament that starts on Tuesday, October 25.  The seeds and tournament bracket are below-

1. Stephen-Argyle
2. Kittson County Central
3. Clearbrook-Gonvick
4. Kelliher-Northome
5. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo
6. Goodridge-Grygla
7. Win-E-Mac
8. Northern Freeze





The Aitkin Gobblers received the top seed for the Section 8AAA football tournament that starts on Tuesday, October 25.  The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels, the defending section champ, received the second seed.  The seeds and tourney bracket are below-

1. Aitkin
2. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
3. Perham
4. Pequot Lakes
5. Park Rapids
6. East Grand Forks
7. Roseau




The Waubun Bombers will look to defend last year's section championship as the top seed in the Section 6 9-man football tournament starting on Tuesday, October 25.  The seeds and bracket are below-

1. Waubun
2. Nevis
3. Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal
4. Ada-Borup
5. Rothsay
6. Norman County West
7. Laporte
8. Cass Lake-Bena







The Crookston High School Pirates used their best defensive game of the year, keyed by two crucial second half interceptions, a fluke onside kick recovery and a big fake punt, to take down the Staples-Motley High School Cardinals 20-14 in the regular season finale on senior night at the UMC/CHS Football Field.  The win was a nice present to Pirate Head Coach Scott Butt and his wife Leann as they were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.


Both offenses started a sluggish as Crookston punted on their opening two drives and Staples-Motley turned it over on downs and punted on their opening two drives. Maybe it was the cold weather, or the midweek game, but the offenses took a bit to gel. The Pirates finally got things going on their third drive as they attacked on the ground via the legs of Cade Salentine. The drive was aided by a big 16 yard pass play from Chris Wavra to Matt Garmen. The Pirates continued to move the ball down the field and Salentine broke a big play, this one a 22 yard scamper.   Eric Cole’s extra point was good and the Pirates took a 7-0 lead with 1:38 left in the first quarter. "We got ahead right away and that made a big difference for the kids.  Cade was a horse and had a nice run for the touchdown, but that is what he does," said Coach Butt.  "We might have got a little to confident." Staples-Motley responded though as they got their offense going on the next drive. The Cardinals ran six plays, all runs, and capped it off with a Dalton Homberg 10 yard run for the score. S-M ran in the two point conversion and took the lead at 8-7. A few possessions later, the Pirate defense stood firm and forced the Cardinals to punt. The snap was muffed and the Pirates took over with great field position on the Cardinal 21 yard line. Six plays later, Chris Wavra called his own number and pounded it in from a yard out. Cole split the uprights with the extra point and Crookston went ahead 14-8.  "We will take a short field anytime you can get it," said Coach Butt. "We felt good, but we also knew there was a lot of time left.  Getting the lead back was huge for our confidence." The Cardinals added a touchdown late and failed on the two point conversion so the teams went in to warm up at the half knotted up at 14-14.  "That was huge," said Coach Butt talking about getting the stop on the two point conversion. "That gave us some confidence and had us feeling pretty good at halftime.  The guys were saying they can play better and they believed they could go get the win."  

The Pirates grabbed the momentum right off the bat on the second half kickoff as kicker Eric Cole squibbed it to the right side and the Cardinals’ up-man grabbed the ball and was hit by one of the Pirates and the ball popped loose and Crookston’s Tim Parr jumped on the ball. "He miss-hit it," said Coach Butt with a chuckle. "I would love to say we planned it, but I don't have enough guts.  He miss-hit it and we had kids hustling down the field and sometimes it is better to be lucky than good."   Crookston’s ground game made the Cardinals pay for their mistake as they marched six plays and found the end zone thanks to a phenomenal run by their quarterback. Chris Wavra bursted off right tackle and found pay-dirt from 26 yards out.   The extra point attempt hit the upright so Crookston’s lead stood at 20-14 early in the third quarter.  After a Staples-Motley fumble, Crookston punted and that was followed by a Staples-Motley punt. After Crookston’s offense sputtered once again, the Staples-Motley offense took the ball back and put together a nice drive. Facing a fourth down and 11 yards to go, the Cardinals committed a penalty to push them back even further and the halfback-pass attempt failed so they turned it over on downs. The Pirate score would be the only one of the quarter and the home team took the 20-14 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Crookston’s defense continued to perform well on the evening as they caused a turnover early in the fourth quarter. On second down, the Pirates defensive line flushed Cardinals quarterback Josh Lombard out of the pocket and his throw into the secondary was intercepted by safety Chris Wavra, for the Crookston interception of the year.  Crookston put an eight play drive together that took four minutes off the clock and had a fourth down and one and were stopped inches short of the first down and Staples-Motley got the ball back with 3:28 left in the game.  The Cardinals started at their own 28 yard line and had a 15 yard run for a first down and after an incomplete pass, they added an 11 yard run. Staples-Motley was called for a holding penalty and after a one yard pass and two yard run, they dropped back to pass and Crookston’s Zach Markovich intercepted the pass to give the Pirate defense their second interception of the game (and season).  Crookston ran three plays and had a fourth down and eight yard play and they had their punter, Chris Wavra, who is also their quarterback get the snap in punt formation and ran the ball to the right side and found some room for a 10 yard run to give the Pirates a first down and after a couple knee’s were taken, Crookston won 20-14.  "That play was called, Chris did a great job to find a way to get the first down and sealed the game," said Coach Butt. "The kids responded all night and that was great to see. We needed to gang tackle and I thought we did a good job of that tonight and even got a fumble because of it."  Crookston didn't allow a point in the second half and the win going into the playoffs is big for the Pirates.  "It's huge, it was our best performance of the year," said Coach Butt. "The things the kids need to understand is that this is a team win.  Everybody worked hard in practice and it was a great team win and will be huge for us going into playoffs."
Crookston improves to 2-6 on the year and will likely be at Bagley for the first round of the Section 8AA football playoffs on Tuesday, October 25.  As soon as the seeds come out on Friday morning we will post them on our website.  Staples-Motley drops to 4-4 on the year and will be the third or four seed in the Section 6AA playoffs.



  Eric Cole kicks an extra point in the first half as Chris Wavra holds



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CROOKSTON 7 7 6 0 20
Staples-Motley 0 14 0 0 14

         Tim Parr chases the Staples-Motley running back in the first half

1st Quarter
1:38 - Crookston - Cade Salentine 22 yard run (Eric Cole kick)

2nd Quarter
11:30 - Staples-Motley - Dalton Holmberg 10 yard run (Eric Lisson run)
4:36 - Crookston - Chris Wavra 1 yard run (Eric Cole kick)
:24 - Staples-Motley - Josh Lombard 2 yard run (run failed)

3rd Quarter
10:13 - Crookston  - Chris Wavra 26 yard run (kick failed)

4th Quarter
No Scoring

Jaden Lubarski (32) and Brady Butt (64) create a big hole for Cade Salentine to run through

  CROOKSTON Staples-Motley
First Downs 10 13
Rushing-Yards 45 - 177 46-246
Passing 4-7-0 6-18-2
Passing Yards 32 54
Total Yards 209 300
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 3-25 5-45
Punts-Yards Ave. 6-26.8 2-27


Crookston Staples-Motley
Cade Salentine              26 - 137 Eric Lisson                    26 - 88
Chris Wavra                  16 - 43 Dalton Holmberg           18 - 151
Jaden Lubarski               2 - (-4) Josh Lombard                2 - 7
Lauro Gutierrez              1 - 3  


Chris Wavra              4-7-0   32 yards

Josh Lombard          6-17-2         54 yards


Eric Lisson               0-1-0


Blake Kawlewski        3-16 Dalton Holmberg     3-18
Matt Garmen               1-16 Derek Kennedy       2-35
  Hunter Berggren       1-1

    Ethan Stroot (6) and Matt Garmen (18) tackle the Cardinal ball carrier




The Stephen-Argyle Storm received the top seed in the West sub-section and the Win-E-Mac Patriots received the top seed in the East sub-section for the Section 8A volleyball tournament that will start with play-in matches on Monday, October 24.  The seeds and tournament bracket are below-

SECTION 8A - WEST Subsection-
1. Stephen-Argyle
2. Kittson County Central
4. Fertile-Beltrami
5. Sacred Hart
6. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River
7. Goodridge/Grygla
8. Climax/Fisher
9. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo
10. Northern Freeze
11. Red Lake Falls
12. Norman County West

Tie-breaker criteria -
Fertile-Beltrami had the tie-breaker with Sacred Heart because they beat them head to head.   Sacred Heart had the tie breaker with BGMR because they split head to head, but Sacred Heart had a better winning percentage.   
Climax-Fisher won the tie-breaker with WAO because they had a better winning percentage
(.455 to .435).

SECTION 8A - EAST Sub-section
1. Win-E-Mac
2. Lake of the Woods
3. Fosston
4. Blackduck
5. Red Lake County Central

7. Cass Lake-Bena
8. Mahnomen
9. Indus
10. Clearbrook-Gonvick
11. Red Lake
12. Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig

Tie-breaker criteria -
Lake of the Woods won the tie-breaker with Fosston because they won in a head to head match.
Northome/Kelliher won the tie-breaker with Cass Lake-Bena because they won head to head.    Cass Lake-Bena beat Mahnomen in tie-breaker because they had a better winning percentage (.273 to .161).  Mahnomen won the tie-breaker with Indus because they won head to head.  Indus beat Clearbrook-Gonvick because they had a better winning percentage
(.500 to .118).






TUESDAY  -  OCTOBER 18, 2016


The scouting report on the Roseau Rams is pick your poison. Try to stop one of the Borowicz sisters or the Johnson girl. So teams know what they have to do, but not many teams are capable of stopping all of them and that includes the visiting Crookston Pirates as the Rams won three straight, 25-17, 25-10, 25-15 in a match in Roseau.
The first set was back and forth with the Pirates sticking with the powerful Rams who have been ranked in the top 10 of the Minnesota State Class AA polls. In fact, Crookston took a 10-9 lead after two blocks by Kennedy Cwikla. “We had some good stuff going on and our timing on blocking was good,” said Crookston head coach Ashley Stopa. “We also still a good job on our side of the floor.” The key point in the first set was when it was 15-14 Roseau leading and the Rams would go off and six straight points to take a 20-14 lead and force a Crookston timeout. “Roseau doesn’t make very many errors and when we give them some extra chances it’s tough,” said Stopa.  Pirates still couldn’t stop the Rams after the short break with Kiley Borowicz with a kill and a service ace and 6’2 Victoria Johnson creating a lot of problems for the Pirates and Roseau was up 22-15 lead before Amanda Trandem slapped one down to stop another Roseau run but the Rams kept going to win 25-17.
Kiley Borowicz showed her hops being over the net to blast one down and Johnson had two kills and Borowicz had two straight aces and the Rams had a 7-2 lead to take control in set number two. The jump serves by Borowicz were too much for the Pirates as she had five service aces before Katelyn Wagner was able to stop the run with a hit across but Roseau led 11-4. The Rams kept rolling with Kacie Borowicz and a couple kills behind the serving of Sidney Stoltenberg to make it 13-4. Roseau kept attacking with Kiley Borowicz and Johnson dominate at the net and moved the Rams to a 19-8 lead.  Jenna Porter was able to find a bare spot on the floor to get a Pirate point but Kiley Borowicz and Roseau would not let the Pirates score more than one point at a time. Roseau wasn’t just using their height and athleticism to score points showing they could make some outstanding digs that turned into points and a 22-9 lead.
Roseau finished it off with Kacie Borowicz putting on a show at the net and Roseau won 25-10 to take a commanding two games to none lead.
Crookston took a 1-0 lead in the third set on a Rachel Hefta kill and the two went back and forth with Roseau leading early 4-3 when the Pirates Wagner tied it up at 4-4. “I was very impressed with the way we blocked tonight against a very good team at the net,” said coach Stopa. “We started to figure out the timing and had some nice points off the blocks.” The Pirates took advantage of over aggressive play by the Rams with miss-hits and net play and Crookston led 7-5.  The Rams streaked back to take an 12-10 lead behind the two older Borowicz’s (there are three sisters playing) and everyone the Rams put at the net seemed to score points and Roseau led 21-13. The Pirates didn’t quit though with Cwikla, Wagner and Macy Strem getting points, but Roseau was up 23-15. Crookston had a mishit and then Kiley Borowicz kill finished it off at 25-15 and the Rams won their 24th match of the season and finish the regular season with a 24-5 record. “We really had trouble with the serve receive tonight,” said Crookston coach Stopa. “We had a lot of trouble with #13 (Kiley Borowicz) jump serves. They are a very good team but I thought we did some nice things tonight and hopefully the girls can build off those things as we get ready for the playoffs.” 
Crookston finishes the regular season at 10-16 and it looks like the Pirates will be the number six seed in the North Section 8AA when the seeds come out tomorrow. It also appears the Pirates will open up the tournament that starts next Thursday, October 27 at East Grand Forks. “We’ve been doing some very good things in the last couple weeks,” said coach Stopa. “I know the girls are excited for the playoffs and I’m excited as well because of the way we play at times and if we can put it all together some good things can happen.”
JV -  Roseau won 2-0
C-Squad – Roseau won 2-0

  Jenna Porter on the serve receive         Brooke Cymbaluk with a serve

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CROOKSTON 17 10 15
Roseau 25 25 25

Kaitlyn Thingelstad with a dig

For Crookston 

Kills - Jenna Porter - 6, Katelyn Wagner - 4
Blocks -Rachel Hefta - 5, Katelyn Wagner - 2, Kennedy Cwikla - 2, Amanda Trandem - 2
Assists -Macy Strem - 14
Digs - Teagen Carlstrom - 10, Jenna Porter - 8  

For Roseau

Kills - Kiley Borowicz - 12, Victoria Johnson - 10
Blocks - Rylie Bjerklie - 2, Victoria Johnson - 2
Assists - Lyvia Moser - 18, Victoria Johnson -13
Digs - Kiley Borowicz - 13, Kacie Borowicz - 11 
Aces - Kiley Borowicz - 10



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team won their third match in a row by beating the Bemidji State Beavers 3-1 (25-27, 28-26, 25-19, 25-23) in a Northern Sun Conference match played in Crookston.
In the first set, like most of the match, the teams battled back and forth with 13 ties at 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9,10, 11, 12, 13, 24, and 25.  Bemidji State had a kill and UMC had an attack error and the Beavers won the first set 27-25 for a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, UMC trailed 20-14 and the Golden Eagles caught fire after a three straight kills by Kassi Green (Jr. Anoka), a service ace and two BSU attack errors to tie the set at 20.  Bemidji State got a point on a UMC attack error, but the Golden Eagles had another kill from Kassi Green and the teams were tied at 21, again at 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26.  Bemidji State had a chance to take the lead and had a service error and Sierra Trost (Sr. Ham Lake) had a kill to give the Golden Eagles a huge second set victory 28-26 to even the match at 1-1.
In the third set, UMC jumped out to a 4-1 lead and continued to build a 10-4 lead while taking advantage of several BSU attack errors.  UMC held off several mini runs and won 25-19 for a 2-1 lead.
Bemidji State looked like they were going to force five sets early on when they took a 4-1 lead out of the gates, but UMC settled down and tied the set at 7 and it was tied again at 8, and 9 before the Golden Eagles rattled off a some points for a 12-9 lead and held off several BSU rallies to win 25-23 to win the match 3-1.
UMC improves to 9-11 overall and 5-7 in the NSIC and will have another big match when they travel to the University of Sioux Falls on Friday.  UMC is currently in ninth place in the NSIC and Sioux Falls is in eighth place, a game ahead of them with a 6-6 record.  It is important because the top eight teams make the playoffs and with a win at Sioux Falls, the Golden Eagles would have the head-to-head tie-breaker.   Bemidji State drops to 7-14 overall and 3-9 in the NSIC.

Kassi Green with a big attack past the BSU blockers     Maggie Perrel with an attack as BSU blockers look on
                                         (Pictures by UMC Sports Information)

Box Score 1 2 3 4
Bemidji State 27 26 19 23
UMC 25 28 25 25


Kills - Kassi Green - 17, Maggie Perrel - 16, Kelci Green - 13, Kali Erickson - 7
Blocks - Kelci Green - 3, Sierra Trost - 2, Kali Erickson - 1
Assists -Sierra Trost - 53, Callie Schapekahm - 5
Digs -Ali Schueler - 26, Maggie Perrel - 18, Sierra Trost - 11 
Aces -Kaycie Hagen - 2, Callie Schapekahm - 1, Ali Schueler - 1



The Crookston Pirates Girl's Swimming team had nine first place finishes, but the Thief River Falls Prowlers used their depth to win the Thief River Falls quadrangular at the Thief River Falls pool.  Thief River Falls won the meet, finishing 30.5 points better than Crookston.
Crookston had four first place finishes from Kate MacGregor, Merran Dingmann, and Thea Oman. 
"The girls had a lot of energy tonight and it started right away," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "I was also happy with the dominant way in which we swam, winning nine of 11 events. The medley relays right off the bat got us going and the girls kept the energy level up from there." The 200 Medley Relay of Kate MacGregor, Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman, and Thea Oman continue to swim well. "The 200 medley relay did really well. We've gone back and forth with Thief River in that over the years and we came out on top today," said Coach Melbye, who added they are starting to mentally and physically prepare for the Section 8A swim meet in November and staying healthy is key. "Trying to stay healthy and in good shape are super important at this point of the season. We know where we need to be and now it's just about fine tuning some things."
Crookston will host Moorhead in a dual on Thursday at the Crookston Community Pool.

Team Results-
1. Thief River Falls - 152.5
2. Crookston - 122
3. Grand Forks Red River - 78
4. Grand Forks Central - 51.5

Pirate top five finishes Event Time Place
Kate MacGregor, Merran Dingmann
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:02.33 1st
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:12.33 1st
Merran Dingman 200 IM 2:26.25 1st
Thea Oman 50 Freestyle 27.11 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:07.66 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Freetyle 59.14 1st
Merran Dingmann 500 yard Freestyle 5:47.71 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 yard Backstroke 1:05.55 1st
Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman
Elizabeth Erdman, Kate MacGregor
400 yard Freestyle 4:05.55 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 yard Breatstoke 1:19.28 2nd
Muira MacRae, Makenna Hall,
Madison Hoiland, Sarah Ryan
200 Freestyle Relay 2:05.14 4th
Muira MacRae, Makenna Hall,
Madison Hoiland, Sarah Ryan
200 Medley Relay 2:33.33 5th



MONDAY  -  OCTOBER 17, 2016


The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team celebrated senior night with a victory in the last match the eight seniors would play in the Crookston High School Gymnasium with a 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 25-11) victory over the Climax-Fisher Knights.  "Our goal was to have fun and go with the flow," said Pirate Senior, Macy Strem. "It worked, I guess.  When we go with the flow our kills are on and our digs are good and that is what we did tonight."
Crookston started the match on a 5-1 run with some strong play at the net with Macy Strem recording a kill and Jenna Porter getting a block for a kill.  Climax-Fisher would battle back with a couple big kills from Sophie Love and the Pirate lead was cut to one point at 7-6.  The teams would have some entertaining play back-and-forth and were tied at 14, 15, and 16.  Crookston used a 6-1 run with a Strem kill, Porter ace, an Amanda Trandem kill and three hitting errors on the Knights for a 22-17 lead.  Crookston won the set when Climax-Fisher hit the ball out of bounds for a 25-20 win to take a 1-0 lead in the match. "We came out excited and had a good serve receive, had some kills and had a good start," said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. "We communicated really well and had our offense going and we mixed up a few things and came together."
The second set was the best set of the night with both teams coming up with some tremendous points and great rallies.  The teams were going back and forth with ties at 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 20, and 23.  Neither team had a lead lager than five points and with the match tied at 23, Climax-Fisher had two huge kills in a row by Megan Grove to give the Knights a 25-23 victory to tie the match at 1-1.  "I was happy with how we finished the set," said Knight Coach Kelsey Melsa. "Megan Grove had a great first and second set and she is one of those players that when she is on, she is on.  Christina Cakebread played well and she gets so many touches at the net and had so many blocks."
in the third set, it was more of the same at the beginning with ties at 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 before the Pirates built a 13-8 lead with a Teagan Carlstrom ace, Katelyn Wagner kill and some Knight hitting errors.  Crookston held a 17-14 lead when they went on a 5-1 run behind a couple Kennedy Cwikla kills and a Kiley Solheim ace and the Pirates cruised the rest of the way and won the set 25-18 on a Jenna Porter ace for a 2-1 lead in the match.  "Kennedy had a real good game and she did a fantastic job of finding the open spots and we did a nice job of passing to Macy to get our sets right on," said Pirate Coach Stopa. "It was a good team effort and a nice finish."
In the fourth set, Crookston came out on fire and took a 6-1 lead behind a couple Wagner kills and continued to build a 12-3 lead and cruised to a 25-11 victory to win the match 3-1.  "Our passers were doing a good job, Macy has very good setting and was scrappy on the defensive end and it was a great team effort," said Pirate Coach Stopa. "I am happy with the effort tonight and thought we played a good match."
Crookston improves to 10-15 on the year and will travel to Roseau Tuesday evening for the regular season finale.  You can hear the match on KROX.  Climax-Fisher drops to 9-12 on the year and will wrap up their regular season at Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Tuesday.
J.V. – Crookston won 2-1        C Squad – Crookston won 2-1

Teagan Carlstrom (left) and Sophie Love with digs on the serve recieve

  1 2 3 4
Climax-Fisher 20 25 18 11
CROOKSTON 25 23 25 25

Katelyn Wagner taps the ball over Climax-Fisher's Christina Cakebread

For Crookston 
Kills - Kennedy Cwikla - 13, Katelyn Wagner - 7, Heather Chaput 5
Blocks - Heather Chaput - 1, Jenna Porter - 1, Kennedy Cwikla - 1, Katelyn Wagner - 1
Assists - Macy Strem - 30
Digs - Teagen Carlstrom - 19, Kaitlyn Thingelstad 7, Jenna Porter - 7, Macy Strem - 7
Aces - Jenna Porter - 3, Macy Strem - 3 

For Climax-Fisher

Kills - Christina Cakebread - 14, Megan Grove - 11, Abbie Altepeter - 11
Blocks - Christina Cakebread - 5,  Megan Grove - 2,
Assists - Mikayla Vasek - 27
Digs - Dalainey Fogerty - 16, Sophie Love - 12,  Abbie Altepeter - 10
Aces -  Sophie Love - 1

Climax-Fisher's Katie Rarick dives for a dig on the serve receive



Crookston cross country runner Katherine Geist finished 5th place, Emily Gillette finished 97th and Ben Andringa finished 17th place at the Park Rapids Cross Country meet on a rainy, cloudy day in Park Rapids.
Even though Katherine felt like she had a bad race, she finished fifth out of 111 runners with a time of 20:05.  "Katherine prefers to start out fast and run from the front so she ran her race but after usually racing alone she had a difficult time fighting off runners who passed her.  She is young and will learn to race alongside others and not let them pass her without a fight," said East Grand Forks Cross Country Coach Kelsey Aune.  "Katherine is a great athlete and still stood finished very well.  Katherine always races great at the section meet and is looking forward to the section meet in Bagley on Friday. October 28.  Katherine has proven, repeatedly, that she is capable of qualifying for the state meet.  We want her to have fun and be the best she can be." 
Emily Gillette ran through the rain to finish 97th place with a time of 25:38.  "Character matters more than performance and we are thrilled to have the Crookston runners training and traveling with us," said Coach Aune.

Ben Andringa finished 17th place with a time of 17:37  in a very competitive field.  "The pace was set fast and Ben just ran with them, he competed with a big group of runners and didn't let anything bother him, he just raced," said Coach Aune.  "Ben has a goal of being an individual state qualifier and knows he has his work cut out for him.  There are several guys fighting for the seven individual spots."
The cross country teams will travel to Bagley on October 28th for the Section 8A championship. 




SUNDAY - OCTOBER 16,  2016


The University of Minnesota Crookston soccer team, once again, was close, but they couldn’t get the big goal in a 2-1 loss to the Augustana Vikings in a Northern Sun Conference game played in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first half.  In the second half, Augustana scored on a penalty kick in the 79th minute.  It looked like the Vikings were going to win in regulation until UMC scored with a little over three minutes left on a Hannah Riveland (Fresh. Moorhead) goal, her first of her career.  The UMC goal forced overtime and four minutes into the extra session, Augustana scored to win 2-1.
UMC drops to 2-11-1 overall and 1-9-1 in the NSIC and will host the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday. Augustana, who is currently in third place in the NSIC, improves to 9-4-1 overall and 8-2-1 in the NSIC.



2nd OT Final
UMC 0 1 0 1
Augustana 0 1 1 2

78:21 - AUG- Emily Jacobson (3) (Penalty kick)
86:44 - UMC - Hannah Riveland (1) (Lorna McCall)
93:15 - AUG - Rebekah Thoresen (Emily Jacobson)

Saves 1st 2nd OT Total
Lexi Gauger - UMC 7 3 0 10
Nicole Grinager - AUG 2 1 1 4





In a matchup of two teams seeking their first win on the season, the University of Mary Marauders spoiled the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles’ Homecoming with a 26-13 road win. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North Division tilt proved to be as close as advertised as neither team could pull away until late in the fourth quarter.
The Golden Eagles fans and the media were keeping a close eye on Adam Connette (Jr., Corona, CA), who went into the game needing four catches and 13 yards to break the Minnesota Crookston career records for each category and didn’t waste any time breaking one of them. Minnesota Crookston started the game with the ball and on the very first play, Connette hauled in Nate Cole’s (R-Sr., Aliso Viejo, CA) first pass for 34 yards to stand in first place alone on the career receiving yards chart. Connette passed Carl Aho whose record stood for 18 years. “He’s a special player,” Minnesota Crookston Head Coach Mike Fritze said of Connette. “I’m glad he’s on our team and we have him for another year.
Other than a few good plays here and there, both teams’ offenses struggled early as there were four punts combined in the first quarter. Mary’s triple option attack couldn’t solve the strong defensive line for the Golden Eagles as they were bottling it up early and often.  UMC got hurt by a miscue when they back to punt with under 2 min left in the first quarter. Stephen Day (R-So., Eveleth, MN) dropped the snap on the punt and was taken down at the 1. Mary’s Colton Farmer kept the ball on the quarterback keeper and put the Marauders up 6-0. The Golden Eagles responded with a nice drive, attacking both on the ground and through the air. Mary’s defense stiffened up and forced a fourth straight UMC punt. The Marauders went back to the ground game on the ensuing possession. Running back Connor Graves showed his agility with some nice runs to gain first downs but a key holding penalty put the Marauders in a tough third down and long situation with 9:53 to go in the half. After punter Bailey Meyer kicked it just eight yards, the Golden Eagles couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity as they went three-and-out. UMC’s defense continued to stay strong and gave the ball back to their offense after a Marauder punt. Minnesota Crookston’s offense was finally able to get something going and they did it through the air. With 5:53 left, Nate Cole connected with Rod Stewart (So., Fort Worth, TX) on a beautiful throw and catch and the Golden Eagles tied things up 6-6 on the 58 yard connection. The Golden Eagles defense used the momentum from the touchdown and got the takeaway thanks to Aeric Berner (So., Antigo, WI) picking up his first interception of the season. UMC’s offense couldn’t get any points off of that turnover as they sputtered to another punt. The defense came back on the field and once again provided excitement for the homecoming crowd at the end of the first half. Mary quarterback Colton Farmer’s pass was tipped and Jake Newman (Jr., White Bear Lake, MN) picked it off in the end zone to give the Golden Eagles the ball back. Time ran out on the offense and the teams went into the half tied 6-6. The Golden Eagles attacked through the air in the first half as Cole completed 10-of-17 passes for 141 yards and the big touchdown score to Stewart.
Mary started off with the ball in the third quarter and got great position after a 40 yard kick return by Zach Graves. The Marauders moved the drive along but were aided by a crucial penalty by the Golden Eagles. It looked like UMC’s defense had Mary stopped, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty turned a fourth down into an automatic first down. “Penalties and mistakes really hurt us and were a factor in this game,” said Coach Fritze. “The player that committed it has been playing really solid for us but there was just a lapse in judgement there.” Colton Farmer made Minnesota Crookston pay on the very next play when he found Connor Graves from 15 yards out for the touchdown. Adam Connette’s 12 yard reception with seven minutes left in the third quarter to set the UMC career mark for receptions. Connette surpassed former Golden Eagle great, Mark Olsonawski who held it for the previous 17 years. The UMC offense continued to find a rhythm as Cole found Rod Stewart on a key fourth down conversion then on the next play Andre Person (R-Sr., Oakland, CA) found some space on the right side and scampered 15 yards for his second touchdown of the year. Mike Maw’s extra point made it 13-13 with 4:20 left.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Marauders’ Colton Farmer fired a laser up the right sideline to Sam Mackedanz from 27 yards out to put his squad up 20-13. After forcing a Golden Eagle punt, the Marauders went back on the offensive attack and used a six play, 77 yard drive to make it a two score game as Zach Graves ran it in the end zone from 16 yards. You could tell the big offensive line was wearing down the UMC defensive line as they started dominating the ground game. The extra point was blocked and the Mary lead stood 26-13. “We did a good job of stopping their option that they were trying to establish early on,” explained Coach Fritze. “But they switched some things up in their scheme to make it more of a power game which we hadn’t seen when watching them on film.” Minnesota Crookston’s offense moved the ball well on the next drive but Cole’s pass intended for Connette was intercepted by Brady Zittleman. “Nate had been throwing the ball well all day,” Fritze said. “The defensive back for Mary just made a great play on it and it ended up helping them seal the win.” The University of Mary used their powerful ground game to run out the clock and hold on for the 26-13 win.
The University of Mary controlled the time of possession and really didn’t give Crookston’s offense a lot of opportunities. Mary ran 20 more plays than UMC and outgained them 400-280 in total offense. Nate Cole completed 18-of-34 passes for a season-high 219 yards and a touchdown. Adam Connette led the receiving corps with seven catches for 94 yards and Rod Stewart had four grabs for 76 yards and a score. Andre Person was the primary back on the ground for the Golden Eagles, carrying the ball 13 times for 65 yards and a touchdown.
The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 0-7 on the year and they will hit the road to Minot, North Dakota next week for a tilt with the Minot State University Beavers. “We have to focus on ourselves getting better each week,” noted Fritze. “It doesn’t matter who we play. We need to make sure we’re prepared and ready to go when Saturday comes around.” The Marauders, now 1-7 on the season, will return home to Bismarck to host the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons

Dre Person scores on a 15 yard run for the second UMC touchdown of the game

Box Score


2nd 3rd 4th


U of Mary 6 0 7 13 26
UMC 0 6 7 0 13

Rod Stewart hauls in a pass for a TD    Casey Kraska wraps up the Mary running back

1st Quarter
1:17 - Mary - Colton Farmer 1 yard run (kick failed)

2nd Quarter
4:53 - UMC - Rod Stewart 58 yard pass from Nathan Cole (kick failed)

3rd Quarter
9:39 - Mary - Connor Graves 15 yard pass from Colton Farmer (Cody Goetz kick)
4:27 - UMC - Andre Person 15 yard run (Mike Maw kick)

4th Quarter
14:53 - Mary - Sam Mackendanz 27 yard pass from Colton Farmer (Cody Goetz kick)
6:28 - Mary  -   Zack Graves 16 yard run (kick failed)

Dante Jones tackles a Marauder player     Logan Huso tackles a Mary ball carrier




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Volleyball team picked up a big weekend sweep by beating Minot State 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-17) in a Northern Sun Conference match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
 The first set was tied eight times early (at 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11) and the Golden Eagles led 15-14 when they went on a 3-0 run with kills by Maggie Perrel (Jr. New Germany) and Kassi Green (Jr. Anoka) before Minot State had an attack error and UMC held an 18-14 lead.  UMC kept the lead the rest of the way for a 25-20 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the match.  "We were going point for point early on," said UMC Coach Lee Anderson. "We started to pull away towards the end of the match so it was a good finish."
Minot State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second set, but UMC battled back to tie the set at 9-9 and took the lead on a big blast for a kill by Kassi Green.  Minot State bounced back and took a 16-12 lead, only to have UMC answer with three kills by Perrel and another kill from Kelci Green (Jr. Anoka) and Sierra Trost (Sr. Ham Lake) and a service ace by Kaycie Hagen for an 18-16 Golden Eagle lead.  UMC continued to hold the lead and had a huge blast by Kassi Green that went straight down for the kill for a 22-19 lead and they went on to a 26-24 victory for a 2-0 lead in the match.  "We played well in the first set and then the second set we scrambled around a little bit and lost our head and made it close," said Coach Anderson. "We had some big points late and were able to win."
UMC jumped out to a 4-1 lead to start the third set and continued to roll behind some nice play by Kassi Green and held an 11-5 lead and cruised the rest of the way for a 25-17 victory to win the match 3-0.  "We controlled play from the beginning," said Coach Anderson. "Overall it was a good match and Maggie Perrel getting 21 kills is big.  Anytime you can win two in a row, that is good in our league and hopefully we can get some momentum into the match on Tuesday against Bemidji State.
UMC improves to 8-11 overall and 4-7 in the NSIC and will host Bemidji State on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.  Minot State drops to 5-15 overall and 0-11 in the NSIC.

Kassi Green goes up for an attack    Maggie Perrel with a big attack

Box Score 1 2 3
Minot State 20 24 17
UMC 25 26 25

Kills - Maggie Perrel - 21, Kassi Green - 11
Blocks - Callie Schapekahm - 2, Kassi Green - 2
Assists - Sierra Trost - 43
Digs -  Ali Schueler - 11, Becca Vandenheuvel - 10, Sierra Trost - 7
Aces - Kaycie Hagen - 3, Callie Schapekahm - 2



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle soccer team’s offense continued to struggle as they were shutout for the sixth straight game as they lost 1-0 to the Wayne State Wildcats in Wayne, Nebraska. 
UMC only mustered two shots on goal with Danielle Gau (Sr., Monticello) and Lorna McCall (So., Chicago, Ill.) recording those kicks, while Wayne State had five shots on goal and Lexie Gauger (Green Bay, Wis) was able to stop four of those shots. Wayne State scored the only goal of the game 8:16 into the second half and that would prove to be the only scoring as Wayne State held on for the 1-0 victory.
UMC falls to 2-10-1 in the NSIC and 1-8-1 in the NSIC and will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. to take on Augustana on Sunday.



2nd Final
UMC 0 0 0
Wayne State 0 1 1

53:16 - WSU- Brooke Buzzell (Carys Hund)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Lexi Gauger - UMC 3 1 4
Kylie Comba - Wayne State 1 1 2


FRIDAY  -  OCTOBER 14, 2016


The #8 ranked Hawley Nuggets used two touchdowns in the last four minutes of the first half to take a 35-7 lead and gave their starters a break in the second half on their way to a 49-27 victory over the Crookston Pirates in a Section 8AA matchup in front of a big crowd on homecoming at the Dale Skallerud Athletic Complex in Hawley
Crookston won the toss and elected to receive to start the game and ran three plays and had to punt.  After a 22-yard punt, Hawley had the ball at their own 39-yard line and Crookston stuff the run for no gain on the first play.  On the second Nugget offensive play of the game, they handed the ball off to Donny Loegering who ran 61 yards for a touchdown and 2:14 into the game, Hawley had a 7-0 lead. "We have talked about this for seven weeks now, we need to start the game," said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. "We had a nice play to stop them on the first play and we all bit on the dive fake and the next thing you know the ball carrier is running down the field for a touchdown."  On Crookston’s second offensive series they tried a long pass and the Nuggets were called for defensive holding to give the Pirates a first down, but they couldn’t keep the drive going and had to punt.  After a 27-yard punt, Hawley had the ball at their own 30-yard line and put together an impressive 11 play drive that went 70 yards, which was capped by a five-yard touchdown run by Loegering for a 14-0 lead. "I didn't feel like the game was away from us by any means," said Coach Butt. "We had done some okay things offensively, it was just a matter of getting a stop on defense." Crookston followed with another three and out and after a 20-yard punt, Hawley had the ball at the Pirate 32-yard line.  The Nuggets didn’t waste any time scoring their third touchdown of the game after a five play 32-yard drive capped by a Jacob Vetter nine yard run for a 21-0 lead with 10:23 left in the first half.  "You give them a short field and that is tough to defend," said Coach Butt.  On the fourth Pirate offensive series they were finally able to move the ball and put their best drive of the season together for a 12 play 70 yard drive that took 5:46 seconds and was capped by a Cade Salentine five yard run for the first touchdown of the game.  In the drive, Salentine surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark, but more importantly the Pirates trailed 21-7 after an Eric Cole extra point kick with 4:33 remaining in the first half. "It was a good drive, we mashed the ball and didn't have a big play," said Coach Butt. "Mixing Cade and Chris (Wavra) in that drive was a good mix and worked well." Things were looking good for Crookston, who had momentum on their side after the impressive drive, but the Big Mo didn’t last long because Hawley scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the half, including a 71 yard touchdown run by Loegering on the second play after the Pirate touchdown.  On the ensuing kickoff, Crookston fumbled the ball and Hawley recovered, and put a five play, 32 yard drive together for another touchdown to take a 35-7 lead with 2:01 left in the half.  "That put the game out of reach and you don't have an answer," said Coach Butt. "That is a real big deficit to come back from."   Neither team scored in the final two minutes and Hawley had a commanding 35-7 lead going into the break.   Hawley had 263 yards of offense compared to Crookston’s 121 in the first half. 
In the second half, the Crookston defense forced Hawley into a three and out and after a 13 yard punt, the Pirates had great field position with a drive starting at the Hawley 42 yard line.  Crookston had a six yard run for a second and short play and they threw an interception and Hawley put together a five play drive and scored on a 13 yard Loegering run with 6:56 left in the third quarter for a 41-7 lead and the Nuggets pulled their starters the rest of the game. "The turnover came back to bite us," said Coach Butt.  The Crookston starters were able to take advantage of playing against the Hawley second stringers and put a nine play 65 yard drive together and the Pirates capped the drive with their first touchdown pass of the season when Chris Wavra hit Blake Kawlewski on the sideline and Blake dove into the endzone for a touchdown.  After the Cole kick, Crookston trailed 41-14. "We still thought we could come back and win," said Coach Butt, talking about why the starters were still in.  "We also wanted to get our guys some confidence going into the final game of the season." Hawley, still with the second string in, was able to move the ball down the field on a six play 65 yard drive that ended with a Wyatt Blakeway 22 yard touchdown run and after a the two point conversion, the Nuggets led 49-14.  Crookston answered with another touchdown, this time on a three play 65 yard drive that was capped by a 46 yard Salentine touchdown with 8:08 left in the game and the Pirates trailed 49-21.  On the next Hawley possession they were forced into a three and out and on the punt, the snap went over the punters head and the Nuggets jumped on the ball at the Pirate five yard line and Crookston had a short field.  On the first play of the drive, Salentine went in for another touchdown and Crookston trailed 49-27 after the extra point failed.  Neither team scored the rest of the way and Hawley won 49-27.
Crookston drops to 1-6 on the year and will host Staples-Motley on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m.   Hawley improves to 5-2 on the year and will play Breckenridge at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in the Fargodome.  Hawley's only losses are to #2 ranked Barnesville and #5 ranked in Class AAA Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

Video of two of Cade Salentine's three touchdowns (Video by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd 3rd 4th


CROOKSTON 0 7 7 13 27
Hawley 14 21 6 8 49

Blake Kawlewski catches a pass and cuts up field and dives into the endzone for the first Pirate passing TD of the year
                                                 (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

1st Quarter
9:46 - Hawley -Donnie Loegering 61 yard run (Jonathon Schledt kick)
1:37 - Hawley -Donnie Loegering 5 yard run (Jonathon Schledt kick)

2nd Quarter
10:23 - Hawley  - Jacob Vetter 9 yard run (Jonathon Schledt kick)
4:33 - Crox  - Cade Salentine 5 yard run (Eric Cole kick)
3:50 - Hawley - Donnie Loegering 71 yard run (Jonathon Schledt kick)
2:01 - Hawley  - Jacob Vetter 10 yard pass to Chase Libak (Jonathon Schledt kick)

3rd Quarter
6:56 - Hawley - Donnie Loegering 13 yard run (Kick blocked)
1:57 - Crox - Blake Kawlewski  14 yard pass from Chris Wavra  (Eric Cole kick)

4th Quarter
11:23 - Hawley - Wyatt Blakeway 22 yard run (Ben Omberg run)
8:08 - Crox - Cade Salentine 45 yard run (Eric Cole kick)
6:08 - Crox - Cade Salentine  5 yard run (Kick failed)

   The Pirate defense with a gang tackle of the Nugget ball carrier
          (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

First Downs 14 16
Rushing-Yards 37 - 235 43 - 308
Passing 7-13-1 4-6-0
Passing Yards 51 74
Total Yards 286 382
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-0
Penalties-Yards 2-15 3-25
Punts-Yards Ave. 3-23 2-23


Crookston Hawley
Cade Salentine      23-164 Donny Loegering     10-181
Chris Wavra           11-68 Jacob Vetter             9-52
Mason Wang           1-3 Wyatt Blakeway       7-62
Jaden Lubarski         1-0 Drew Thompson       4-19
Lucas Andringa        1-0 Harrison Nord          4-(2)
  Hunter Magnusson    3-10
  Tyler Todd                2-6
  Blake Omberg           2-1
  Brenden Flores          1-0
  Joey Stuhaug          1 - (-21)


Chris Wavra  7-13-1  51 yards

Jacob Vetter           4-4-0   74 yards


Drew Thompson     0-1-0


Harrison Nord        0-1-0


Blake Kawlewski    4-35 Drew Thompson     2-59
Zach Markovich      2-16 Chase Libak           1-10
Matt Garmen           1-3 Caleb Neset            1-5

   Chris Wavra looks upfield on a big run                Joey Doda looks to make a tackle
                        (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)


After losing the first set 25-21, the UMC Golden Eagles won the next three to beat the University of Mary Marauders 3-1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-17) in a Northern Sun Conference match played in Crookston.
Mary started the match like a ball of fire by scoring the first six points for a 6-0 lead and never looked back in a 25-21 victory in the first set.
In the second set, the teams were tied at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.  Mary went on an 11-5 run for a 16-10 lead before UMC settled down and took over the set.  UMC went on a 5-0 run with three kills from different players to get within one point.  With the Golden Eagles trailing 18-16, they went on a 5-0 run to take a 21-18 lead with four kills from Kelci and Kassi Green (Jr. Anoka).  Mary battled back to take a 24-22 lead and they were serving to take a 2-0 lead in the match, but Kassi Green had a huge kill, Mary had an attack error, Kassi Green had a service ace and another kill to win the set 26-24.
The big come from behind Golden Eagle victory in the second set seemed to take the wind out of the Maruader’s sail because UMC jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third set. UMC used a couple more runs to cruise to a 25-14 victory for a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth set, UMC jumped out to a 4-1 lead only to have the Maruaders tie the set at 4-4.  The run by Mary didn’t stop UMC as they went on a 4-0 run for an 8-4 lead and built a 15-7 lead and cruised the rest of the way for a 25-17 victory to win the match 3-1.
UMC improves to 8-11 overall and 3-7 in the NSIC and will host Minot State at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Mary drops to 7-11 overall and 3-7 in the NSIC.

  1 2 3 4
U of Mary 25 24 14 17
UMC 21 26 25 25


Kills - Maggie Perrel - 15, Kassi Green - 14, Kali Erickson - 10, Kelci Green - 9
Blocks - Kelci Green -7,  Callie Schapenkahm - 4, Kali Erickson- 3, Seira Trost - 3 Maggie Perrel - 3
Assists -Seira Trost -36
Digs -Kaycie Hagen - 12, Maggie Perrel - 11, Ali Schueler - 9 
Aces - Kassi Green -5, Callie Schapenkahm -2



The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis doubles team of Ally Tiedemann and Amy Follette easily won their two matches today to win the Section 8A Girls Tennis Doubles championship at Courts Plus in Fargo.
Tiedemann and Follette easily won their semi-final match by beating
Abby Berquest/Kathryn Berquest of Parkers Prairie 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the Section 8A Doubles Championship.  "Ally and Amy overpowered the team from Parkers Prairie and made pretty quick work of the first match," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre.
Ally and Amy beat
Kate Wensloff and Lauren Johnson of Roseau 6-2, 6-2 to win their second straight championship.  "They played well, struck the ball well and really go after it," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Roseau is a good team and has the ability to put balls on the court and had some nice points, but Amy and Ally played a solid match.  They are playing well right now and give us some more practice time and hopefully we will be able to peak at the state tournament."  Tiedemann and Follette only lost eight games in the four section matches.
Ally and Amy will play in the first round of the Minnesota State High School League state tournament first round match at 10:00 a.m. on October 27 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis center in Minneapolis.  In their first trip to state last year, Ally and Amy lost their first match to a team from Breck 6-2, 6-4 and beat a team from MACCRAY 6-4, 6-1 and lost to a team from St. Peter in three sets (7-5, 5-7, 10-6). 

Amy Follette and Ally Tiedemann with their 1st place medals

Pirate Opponent Place
Ally Tiedemann
Amy Follette
beat Abby Berquest/Kathryn Berquest (Parkers Prairie) 6-1, 6-2
Kate Wensloff/Lauren Johnson (Roseau) 6-2, 6-2

Ally Tiedemann eyes down the ball on forehand return in the championship match

Amy Follette with a backhand return in the championship match





Despite fantastic goaltending and team defense, the seventh-seeded Crookston Pirates Girls Soccer team couldn’t generate any offense on a frigid night as they fell to the second seed Detroit Lakes Lakers, 3-0, in the opening round of the Section 8A Playoffs. The Lakers peppered the Pirates with 30 shots on goal in the game and stifled any offensive rush the Pirates tried to put together. “I’m proud of the girls. They came out and played a full 80 minutes and that’s all we as coaches can ask of them,” said Crookston Head Coach Sarah Reese. “Detroit Lakes is at the top of the section for a reason and we played pretty darn well.”
Detroit Lakes started off the game with their foot on the gas pedal as they clanked the ball off the cross bar off a deep shot in the game’s first minute. Less than a minute later, the Lakers' Emily Larson rushed up the left side and put a left footed kick just inside the post to make it 1-0. The Lakers put five shots on goal in the first six minutes, but after falling behind early, the Pirates stayed tough and didn’t let the game get out of hand. “We rebounded and played really well after that first goal,” noted Reese. “The team didn’t slink back and take it all in; they stayed focused and worked hard. Unfortunately tonight our shots and our offense didn’t really connect.” Crookston was able to get some runs in the half, mainly on the right side where Luisa Bernia played a solid game. Minutes after Pirate goalkeeper Alexis Simon made her best save of the night, punching a redirect away with her left hand, the Lakers pounced again. Detroit Lakes’ forward Lauren Tschider got to a Jamie Bollig rebound and put it by Simon to make it 2-0 with nine minutes left in the first half. The Lakers carried the 2-0 lead into halftime and outshot the Pirates 16-0 in the first 40 minutes. “We kept most of their shots to the outside and limited the quality opportunities,” said Reese. “That combined with Lexi (Simon) playing unbelievable in night was great to see.”
The aforementioned Simon stayed busy in the second half, which probably helped her stay warm in the cold temperatures, as she made her 20th save of the match in the 50th minute. The second half saw a familiar trend for the Pirates, players leaving with injuries. Both Brina Egeland (ankle) and Kenzie Epema (elbow to lip) had to spend some time on the bench but Epema ended up going back into the game. Crookston was already without one of their leading scorers, Bailey Folkers, who couldn’t play due to a concussion. “Each game we had to juggle the lineups a bit and figure out who’s going to be where,” Coach Reese said with a chuckle. “We were able to make it work but it really hurt our depth as the season wore on.” The Pirates finally got their first shot on goal in the 59th minute and used that as momentum to put more and more offensive pressure on. Crookston added another shot on goal late but Detroit Lakes cemented the win with an Anna Payne goal in the 73rd minute to make it 3-0. The Lakers held on to win by the 3-0 score and will advance in the postseason.
Crookston was outshot 30-2 in the contest as Alexis Simon made a whopping 27 saves for the Pirates! The season ends with a record of 2-14-1 for Crookston but Reese said it was a pleasure to coach this year’s group. “These girls are really a fun group,” said a smiling Reese. “They love to play soccer, have fun and do things in the community. They’re a joy to be around and I thought that we were competitive. I’m proud of them for stepping up and playing hard even though we didn’t get a lot of wins.” Detroit Lakes improves to 9-7-1 and will move to the Section 8A quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Pirate coaches and the six Pirate seniors after the game at Detroit Lakes (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd Final
Detroit Lakes 2 1 3

Anna Miller kicks the ball away for a Laker could get it
                          (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

1:33 - DL - Emily Larson
31:38 - DL - Lauren Tschider (Jamie Bollig)
73:38 - DL - Anna Payne

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Alexis Simon - Crox 14 13 27
Payton Carlblom  DL 0 2 2

The Pirate team with one last huddle after the game (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



The Crookston Boy's Soccer didn't score in two regular season matches and in the first round of the Section 8A Boys Soccer playoffs, the Pirates didn't get a shot on goal in a 3-0 loss to the East Grand Forks Green Wave in a game played at the East Grand Forks Senior High School field. 
In the first half East Grand Forks dominated most of the half and the Green Wave seemed to wear down the Pirates as they scored two goals in the final 1:58 of the half.  The first Green Wave goal with 1:58 left in the half came when Parker Anderson kicked the ball towards the Pirate net and Ben Kern leaped in the error and scored on a header for a 1-0 East Grand Forks lead.  Just over a minute later later the Green Wave put pressure on the Pirate defense again and the ball was loose in front of the net and Austin Clifton kicked the ball into the net for a 2-0 East Grand Forks lead.  "Those goals at the end of the half hurt, they hurt a lot," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "The first goals was off a corner kick and I have been telling them for a week that we can't give up a corner kick goal and I think we were going to let the other guy take it and nobody did."    East Grand Forks out shot Crookston 12-0 in the first half of play. 
In the second half, it was more of the same as Crookston couldn't get a shot on goal and East Grand Forks was putting pressure on the Pirate defense the entire half and added an insurance goal in the final five minutes of the game for a 3-0 victory.  "Our struggle all season, especially the last half of the season has been trying to get some offense and getting some points and we haven't been able lately," said Coach Cox. "We are a young team and now they know what to expect for next year and should be stronger.  I thought the guys played hard and gave it everything they had and that is all you could ask for."
Crookston ends the season with a 6-11 record and will say goodbye to seniors, Jacob Owens and Thomas Cymbaluk.  East Grand Forks improves to 5-9-3 on the season and will play the top seed, Bemidji Lumberjacks on Saturday.

    Mason LaPlante plays the ball in the first half       Alex LaFrance stops the ball along the sideline as a Green Wave player looks on



2nd Final
East Grand Forks 2 1 3

Logan Wardner makes a leaping save (Picture by Bruce Brierly of the Exponent)

38:03 - EGF - Ben Kern (Parker Anderson)
39:28 - EGF - Austin Clifton (Ben Kern)
75:59 - EGF - Mahammed Yousif (Ben Kern)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crox 10 9 19
Blake Felch - EGF 0 0 0


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