Crookston High School graduate Tori Demarais has been named the Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey Assistant Coach, pending school board approval. 
Demarais was a three sport athlete at Crookston High School in playing tennis, hockey and softball. 
She was a doubles player on the State Runner-up Pirate Girls Tennis team and also made it to state individually in doubles with her partner Elisa Samuelson.  In tennis she received the hardest worker award and played varsity for four years.
In the winter, Tori was a defenseman for the Pirate Girls Hockey team.  She played varsity since eighth grade and won the defense award, was named All Section Honorable mention and received the Hobey Baker Character award and was recently honored at a Minnesota Wild game.  She played varsity for three years.
 Demarais was named the Female Athlete of the Year and graduated in 2016.  

                  Tori Demarais


The Crookston Pirates Volleyball team has dropped five matches in a row, two already this week and are 2-7 on the season! The Pirates will be on the road tonight as they continue a busy week taking on the Red Lake County Central Mustangs. Red Lake County Central, a co-op of Plummer and Oklee, are 5-8 on the season and had a three match winning streak stopped in a 3-0 loss at Sacred Heart on Tuesday. Tonight's match is at the Plummer High School and starts about 7:30 PM and it will be on KROX RADIO starting about 7:00 PM with the RiverView Health pre-match show. It will also be on the internet by going to the ON THE AIR link at the top of this page. Crookston caps off the week with the first ever Pirate Invitational Tournament on Saturday.







Red Lake County Central


For Crookston
Kills – 
Blocks –
Assists – 
Digs -
Aces –

For Red Lake County Central
Kills – 
Blocks –
Assists – 
Digs -
Aces –



The Crookston Pirates Girls’ Soccer team fell 6-0 on a rain-soaked field against the Fergus Falls Hillcrest Comets in a Section 8A match played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field. 
The rain was the true winner of the match with the field reflecting precipitation that began falling hours before the opening kick-off and didn’t stop once the match concluded. The soggy field conditions didn’t slow Fergus Falls Hillcrest early in the match when Mackenzie Foss scored giving the Comets a 1-0 lead. Crookston strung together several strong minutes of play before the visitor’s scored their second goal with Foss once again striking the ball into the net growing the Fergus Falls Hillcrest lead to 2-0. Two minutes later, the Comets added a third goal scored by Kindra Peterson. Fergus Falls Hillcrest added their fourth goal in the 26thminute when Rakel Amland shot past Crookston’s Kylee Meier for the Comets’ fourth goal. Just before halftime, Anna Mayers added Fergus Fall Hillcrest added a fifth goal in the 39thminute giving the visitor’s a 5-0 lead. “In the first half we had several different five to ten-minute stretches where we played well,” said Crookston Head Coach Sarah Reese. “We had other stretches where we just mentally and physically were not paying attention to time, space, ball pressure and all the other little details. We need to do give-and-goes and I saw one or two the whole game and we spent almost the entire practice yesterday working on keeping the ball at our feet, give-and-goes, ball pressure, all of the things we reiterated yesterday and very few people showed that to carry it over in the game. If we don’t do the little things all of the scores are going to be like that and we have to decide that we want to come and be competitive because we certainly have the skill set and the people, they just make it difficult when they don’t do the little things to help each other out.”
Both coaches and the officials agreed to play a twenty-minute second half due to the field conditions and the Comets managed to add one final goal in the 45thminute as Mackenzie Foss completed her hattrick with her third goal to secure the 6-0 win for Fergus Falls Hillcrest. “I think that we played better in the second half,” noted Reese. “I still think that we weren’t being very mentally tough. I think there are several opportunities we could’ve had, but we did little things like lifting our foot on throw-ins. We had three turnovers in a row in the second half and that’s not really appropriate at this point in the season. Instead of playing smart we’re making silly mistakes that are allowing them to get in our space.” Reese did note that the weather impacted the match, but did so for both teams, “everybody is playing in the same weather, so we have to come ready to play whether its 90 (degrees) or 50 (degrees) and raining. We have to come prepared to play regardless of the weather situation. We had several opportunities where we were in our last third and there was no sense of urgency and the couple times we had a little sense of urgency, it quickly turned to panic. We have to just calm down and play our game.”
The Pirates fall to 0-10-1 this season and return to the field on Friday, September 28 when Crookston travels to Hibbing to take on Hibbing at 3 p.m. Fergus Falls Hillcrest improves to 5-5. 




2nd Final
Hillcrest Academy 5 1 6

4:00 - Hillcrest - Mackenzie Foss
19:00 - Hillcrest - Mackenzie Foss
21:00 - Hillcrest - Kindra Peterson
26:00 - Hillcrest - Rakel Amland
39:00 - Hillcrest - Anna Mayers
45:00 -
Hillcrest - Mackenzie Foss


Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylee Meier - Crookston 6 4 10

Juliana Undseth - Hillcrest

2 0 2



Tonight's Crookston Pirates Boy's Soccer match at East Grand Forks has been postponed to a later date (to be determined) due to heavy rain fall.  The Pirates will return to the field tomorrow hosting Grand Forks Central (N.D.).




On Monday, October 22, 2018, the Minnesota State High School Tennis Coaches Association (MSHSTCA) will have the pleasure of inducting two new members to its Hall of Fame. Michael Cartwright of Mounds View and Mike Geffre of Crookston will become members of this exclusive club with a ceremony held at the Earl Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center during the State Girls Tennis Banquet. Michael Cartwright will speak at the Girls’ Banquet and Mike Geffre will speak at the Boys’ Banquet.

Geffre has been the head coach of the Crookston Pirates Boys’ team since 1986 (31 years) and coach of the Girls’ team since 1989 (28 years). As a graduate of Bemidji State University, graduating with honors, Mike has led the Pirates to the Minnesota State High School League State Tournament nine times with the girls and 13 times with the boys. Crookston has been a tennis dynasty in the northern part of the state during Mike’s tenure as coach. Coaches around the area always know that Crookston comes to play and play well.
Mike has also coached two State Doubles Champions for the boys and one State Doubles Champion for the girls. Other than all of the State Tournament appearances, one of Mike’s greatest highlights was having the opportunity to coach his daughter Amanda throughout her high school career.
Mike has a wife, Lori Schlenker, a daughter Amanda, and twin sons Isaac and Simon.
Tennis Accolades:
Head Boys Tennis 1986-2017 - 31 years
Head Girls Tennis 1989 - 2018 - 29 years
13 Team Appearances at the Minnesota State High School League State Boys Tennis Tournament
9 Team Appearances at the Minnesota State High School League State Girls Tennis Tournament
2 - State Boys Doubles Championships
1 - State Girls Doubles Championship

Coaching Honors: Crookston E Award for Coaching Excellence, Minnesota State Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year, Minnesota State Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year 1
Organizations and Honors other than coaching: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, USTA member, Crookston Tennis Association Net Generation, Crookston Youth Basketball, FAB Foundation, ITEEA Coaches Association Involvement.






The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team battled but came up short in a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-14) loss to the Park Rapids Panthers in a Section 8AA match-up at the Crookston High School gymnasium.

Park Rapids came out with two big kills from Rilee Michaelson and Kamree Carlson for a 2-0 lead.   Crookston answered with a Rachel Hefta kill and a point off a Park Rapids error to tie the set at 2-2.  Park Rapids answered with two big time kills from Michaelson to gain some momentum and they built a 14-7 lead after another Carlson kill.  Park Rapids kept the lead at seven (19-12) when Crookston scored four straight points by taking advantage of three Panther errors and a Hefta kill to get within a 19-16 deficit.   Park Rapids settled down and ended the set on a 6-1 run for a 25-17 victory to take a 1-0 lead.  “That start made me real nervous, but I was proud of the girls how they battled back,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “We made too many errors at the end and that hurt us.”
Park Rapids scored the first four points of the second set behind two Katelyn Weaver aces and two kills from Carlson for a 4-0 lead.  Crookston answered with four points of their own behind a couple Dani Boyle aces to tie the set at 4-4.  Neither team had a lead by more than three points and Park Rapids had a 16-15 lead.  Once again, Park Rapids ended the set on a big run, this time a 9-3 run for a 25-18 victory for a 2-0 lead.  “We had one mental lapse in the set where we were with them and stopped talking,” said Coach Stopa. “It was tough to see how we played well and didn’t close it out.”
Crookston took a 3-1 lead to start the third set.  The teams were tied at 7, 8 and 9 and Park Rapids had a 12-10 lead when they went on a 10-1 run to take a 22-11 lead with a stretch of three kills and two aces.  Crookston couldn’t recover, and Park Rapids won the set 25-14 and the match, 3-0.  “They are a very fast team.  Their passes didn’t even clear the height of the net, they just shoot it to the setter, so we did a very good job of responding to it,” said Coach Stopa. “Once again it was little errors that add up and we can’t rally back.  Our serve-receive broke down and that means everything breaks down.  Park Rapids serving was awesome tonight and they placed it well.”
Crookston drops to 2-7 on the year and will travel to Red Lake County Central on Thursday, a match you can hear on KROX.  Park Rapids improves to 5-1 on the year.
J.V. – Park Rapids won 2-1      C Squad – Crookston won 2-0

          Kasey Cwikla eyes down the ball                       Rachel Hefta with a dig in the back row





Park Rapids

25 25 25


17 18 14

           Emma Boll dives for a serve in the second set

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta - 10, Hailey Seaver - 5
Blocks – Rachel Hefta - 2
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 13
Digs - Dani Boyle - 9, Katelyn Genereux - 8, Rachel Hefta - 7
Aces – Emma Boll - 1, Kylie Solheim - 1




Crookston High School Junior, Katherine Geist is now a perfect five-for-five after she won the Bagley Cross Country meet on Tuesday afternoon with a time of 19:36.8, edging Staples-Motley's Kira Sweeney by eight seconds.  There were 105 female runners and the Bagley meet is a good gauge of where you stand in the section as many of the Section 8A team compete in the meet.  Emily Gillette finished 83rd place with a time of 25:58.8.  "Times were a little sluggish but the competition was tough. The course ran tough. We need to do some hill work," said East Grand Forks Cross Country Coach Kirk Misialek. "Emily Gillette finished her race strong as she always does. A good effort on a beautiful fall day."

Katherine Geist gets help at the finish line    Emily Gillette at the finish line
                      (Pictures submitted by Kirk Misialek)






The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team lost to the Detroit Lakes Lakers 4-3 and the Bemidji Lumberjacks 5-2 at the Bemidji triangular.

Crookston vs Detroit Lakes -
Crookston lost three three-set matches in a 4-3 loss to Detroit Lakes.  The three Pirate wins came from second singles with Hayden Winjum winning in straight sets, third singles with Emma Borowicz winning in straight sets.  “Hayden played well and that showed by a straight set victory,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “Emma is a competitor and she played well to win her match.  Those two continue to play well for us and they compete.” The second doubles team of Eden Haller and Hannah Lindemoen in straight sets.  “That was a nice win after a close first set, they were able to win 6-4 in the second,” said Coach Geffre. “It was good to see those two compete and finish it off in straight sets.”
The three set losses were tough at first singles and first doubles.  The third doubles team, made up of two seventh graders, lost 12-10 in the third set.  “We lost 5-2 at Detroit Lakes earlier and lost 4-3 today and had a chance to beat them 6-1 actually,” said Coach Geffre. “We lost the three matches in three sets and that hurt because if we win one of them we win the match.  That is how close it was.”


Crookston - 3

Detroit Lakes - 4



1st Singles

Catherine Tiedemann Brina Smith DL 1-6, 7-6, 10-5


Hayden Winjum Shelby Busker Crox 6-2, 6-3


Emma Borowicz Emily Skjonsberg Crox 6-2, 6-3


Hannah Street Josey Allen DL 6-3, 6-4

1st Doubles

Emma Osborn
Elysa Christensen
Mary Nelmark
Makenna Duncan
DL 6-4, 3-6, 10-3


Eden Haller
Hannah Lindemoen
Mercedez Bellanger Crox 7-6, 6-4


Halle Winjum
Emma Gunderson
Siri Vagle
Chloe Will
DL 6-3, 2-8, 12-10

Crookston vs Bemidji -
Bemidji has a very good first, second and third singles combo and they won their matches in straight sets. “The Bemidji number one singles is very good, she is a stud,” said Coach Geffre. “She is something like 16-1 and is only a freshman and I was happy with how well Hayden competed and played in the match in the loss.  There top three players are very, very good and it was going to be tough for us to win the match against Bemidji.”
Crookston picked up wins at fourth singles with Halle Winjum winning in straight sets and the first doubles team of Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz winning a hard-fought match 7-6, 6-3.  “Halle continues to compete and play hard for us.  She played well and that was a nice win,” said Coach Geffre. “Catherine and Emma are a good duo and they had to play well to pick up the win and that was a good match for them.”
Crookston had a three-set loss at second doubles with Hannah Street and Emma Osborn losing a hard-fought 10-5 third set.  “They played well, but came up a little short,” said Coach Geffre. “They competed and hustled and that was a good match.”
Coach Geffre said he was happy with some things and upset with some of the girl’s level of intensity. “We saw some good things from some of the girls and we saw some other girls that need to work on hustling and playing hard for all of the match,” said Coach Geffre. “We will be addressing some of this in practice, but if some of them aren’t going to hustle we will put in some younger players that will hustle and if we lose, I am fine with us losing if we are working hard and hustling.”
Crookston drops to
4-15 on the year and will travel to the competitive Litchfield Tournament on Saturday.


Crookston - 2

Bemidji - 5



1st Singles

Hayden Winjum Savannah Haugen Bem 6-3, 6-2


Hannah Lindemoen Taylor Offerdahl Bem 6-0, 6-1


Elysa Christensen Aftyn Schmidt Bem 6-2, 6-2


Halle Winjum Paige Headlee Crox 6-0, 6-4

1st Doubles

Catherine Tiedemann
Emma Borowicz
Lexi Leitner
Hannah Nelson
Crox 7-6, 6-3


Hannah Street
Emma Osborn
Netie Kimble
Bethany Chatterton
Bem 7-5, 3-6, 10-5


Eden Haller
Emma Gunderson
Chloe Hasbargen
Kylen Fenson
Bem 6-1, 6-1




The Crookston Pirates Boys Soccer team scored two second-half goals and use strong defense down the stretch to secure their second win of the season 2-1 over Detroit Lakes in a Section 8A match played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field. 
Crookston received a boost with the return of Logan Wardner in net with the senior providing a major defensive boost for the Pirates’ backline while recording 14 saves in the scoreless first half. “He’s a good, solid keeper,” explained Crookston head coach Don Cox. “Having him in there, I think the defense was able to concentrate on the attacks and keeping the attacks away.”
In the second-half, Crookston took the lead at 48:03 when Eric Delorme headed a shot into the net off a corner kick sent in by Mason LaPlante giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. “It was a corner kick,” noted Cox, “it got pushed in, just headed in there. Their keeper was over on the far post and the header was along the near post, on the corner kick side.” Crookston added a second goal just 6 minutes later when Sam Overgaard received a pass from Eric Delorme and fired a shot past the Detroit Lakes goalkeeper to give Crookston a 2-0 lead. “It was another good one,” explained Cox, “we got a nice feed from Delorme. It was just some good pressure going down the side and a cross to the center which (Sam Overgaard) was able to get in.” Detroit Lakes rallied later in the match when Cole Metelak received an assist from Kale Omang and beat Wardner for the Lakers lone goal to cut the deficit to 2-1 with just under twelve minutes remaining. Wardner would hunker down the remainder of the match recording eight second-half saves for twenty-two total to help Crookston secure the 2-1 win. “We played pretty well,” summarized Cox, “They play aggressive, their fast. Our d-line held pretty well, and I was able to make subs. We got knocked around and knocked down and there were more than enough yellow cards today, but that’s kind of the way things go whether you play down there or play up there.”
Crookston improves to 2-6 on the season and will return to the pitch on Thursday when Crookston travels to East Grand Forks for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Detroit Lakes drops to 3-6. 

Logan Wardner makes one of his 22 saves in the game



2nd Final
Detroit Lakes 0 1 1

Mason LaPlante brings the ball upfield in the second half

48:03 - Crox - Eric Delorme (Mason LaPlante)
53:55 - Crox - Sam Overgaard (Eric Delorme)
68:43 - DL - Cole Matelak (Kale Omang)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crox 14 8 22
Trey Seebold - DL 2 6 8





The Crookston Pirates Girls’ Soccer team was held scoreless in a 7-0 loss to Detroit Lakes in a Section 8A match played at the Rotary Soccer Park in Detroit Lakes. 
The Lakers dominated possession and scoring chances from the start of the match converting 23 shots on goal into seven goals throughout the night. In the tenth minute, Madilyn Kirchner took a pass from Emily Larson before striking the back of the net with a shot to give Detroit Lakes a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later, the Lakers added a second goal when Sydney Brininger scored doubling the hosts lead. Detroit Lakes third goal came in the 30th minute when Madilyn Brininger scored to push the DL lead to 3-0. One minute later, Karrigan Hallisey scored the Lakers fourth goal before Ava Steinmentz added a fifth goal before half-time striking a free-kick past the Crookston goalkeeper to give the Lakers a 5-0 halftime lead. “We didn’t mark the backside well,” explained Crookston head coach Sarah Reese of the first-half scoring. 
The Pirates rallied for a much stronger second half. Detroit Lakes managed just two second-half goals with Abigail Larson scoring in the 53rd minute and Anna Jones tallying the final goal of the match in the 60th minute to close out the 7-0 Lakers victory. “We kept our spacing better in the second half,” noted Reese. “We played much better passing white to white, with good ball movement and ball pressure.” Despite the disappointing final scoreline, Reese was impressed with several Pirate’s performances. “Hannah (Emanuel) was busy in the back at sweeper saving us several times. Dillynn (Wallace) played well in the backfield and kept the ball moving. (Hailey) Spivey provided great passing in the midfield. Anke Wiersma played great last night (in a JV game) in Pelican Rapids and came off the bench and played outside midfielder for us.”
The Pirates fall to 0-8-1 this season and return to the field on Thursday when Crookston hosts West Ottertail Central at 4 p.m.  Detroit Lakes improves to 5-1-2. 

Olivia Huck chases down the ball at midfield
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd Final
Detroit Lakes 5 2 7

Ava Oakes tries to get the ball away from a Laker
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

10:00 – DL – Madilyn Kirchner (Emily Larson)
20:00 – DL – Sydney Brininger
30:00 – DL – Madilyn Kirchner 
31:00 – DL – Karrigan Hallisey
34:00 – DL – Ava Steinmetz (Free-kick)
53:00 – DL – Abigail Larson
60:00 – DL – Anna Jones

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylie Meier - Crookston 9 0 9
Reese Swanson - Crookston 0 7 7
Payton Carlblom  - DL 0 0 0




The Crookston Pirates Girl’s swimming team fell 120-52 in a Section 8A dual against Park Rapids at the Park Rapids Community Center.

The Pirates relay teams both delivered strong performances with the 200-medley relay team of Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman combining for a 2:11.31 finish and win in the race. The 200-freestyle relay team of MacKenzie Aamoth, Elizabeth Erdman, Madison Hoiland, and Thea Oman took second place with a time of 1:55.39. Oman delivered a strong individual performance for the Pirates taking first place in the 200-IM with a 2:27.54 finish. Oman also won the 100-Breaststroke finishing in 1:17.72. “We’re still kind of playing around and seeing where she’s going to swim come the end of the season,” explained Crookston head coach Marley Melbye. “Today she did the 200-IM and 100-breaststroke and cut time in both of those and had new personal bests and is looking very versatile this season.” Elizabeth Erdman took first in the 100-butterfly with a finish in 1:14.05. Madison Hoiland claimed second place in the 100-freestyle and third place in the 50-freestyle. “For (Madison) not to swim the 100-breaststroke is a little different, but she went out and swam really well and had season-bests in both of them,” said Melbye. MacKenzie Aamoth took third place in the 100-backstroke while Elizabeth Erdman took third in the 200-freestyle. “Park Rapids has twenty gals, which is a little down for them,” added Melbye. “We went and swam our races and the girls did well today. It’s fun to get a ‘W’, but we’re taking our small successes and getting our season bests or personal bests and that’s all we can ask for. With swimming being so long and how the season is set up all these meets don’t mean anything until November.”
The Pirates return to the pool next Tuesday when they travel to Warroad for a dual with Warroad/Roseau at 5:30 p.m.

Pirate (Top 3 places) Event Time Place
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman 200 Meter Relay 2:11.31 1st
Thea Oman 200 Yard IM 2:27.54 1st
Thea Oman 100 Yard Breaststroke 1:17.72 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Yard Butterfly 1:14.05 1st
Madison Hoiland 100 Yard Freestyle 1:04.36 2nd
MacKenzie Aamoth, Elizabeth Erdman, Madison Hoiland, Thea Oman 200 Yard Freestyle Relay 1:55.39 2nd
Madison Hoiland 50 Yard Freestyle 28.38 3rd
MacKenzie Aamoth 100 Yard Backstroke 1:21.63 3rd
Elizabeth Erdman 200 Freestyle 2:19.21 3rd




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's golf team completed its final round  of the Golden Bear Classic hosted by Concordia-St. Paul Classic at StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater, MN with a team score 861 over the two-rounds, four strokes behind MSU-Moorhead in the battle for 10th place in the eleven team field. Augustana won the tournament with a two-day team score of 631, seven shots ahead of runner-up Minnesota State-Mankato. Concordia-St. Paul's Sophia Hill (Sr., Medford) was the medalist with a two-round score of 151, finishing one-shot ahead of Augustana's Hannah Hankinson (Jr., Edina).
The Golden Eagles were led by McKenzie Harris (Sr., Nevis) who was the only UMC golfer to break 100 shooting a 96 on Tuesday for a total of 202 finishing in 57th place. Allison Bot (Jr. Minneota) finished with a two-round total of 205 after shooting a 104 in her final round taking 60th place. Minnesota Crookston's Anna Olson (Soph., Fertile) improved from an opening-round 115 by 13-strokes carding a 102 on Tuesday for a 62nd place finish. Camryn Larson (Fr., Fertile) improved by 11-strokes from her opening round shooting a 113 Tuesday, good for 63rd place.
The Golden Eagles return to the links on Saturday, September 22 for the start of the two-day SMSU Fall Invitational hosted at the Marshall Golf Club in Marshall.






The Roseau Rams beat the Crookston Pirate Volleyball team 3-0 in a Section 8AA match-up played in Roseau.
Was it bus legs, Roseau coming out strong, or Crookston starting slow?  Maybe a combination of all three in the first set as Roseau cruised to a 25-11 victory to take a 1-0 lead.  “We got into a funk on the serve receive and couldn’t get out of it,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “Roseau has good servers and I think we got a little nervous and couldn’t make the play.”
The second set was an exciting one as Crookston took a four or five point lead early in the set, but Roseau battled back to take the lead.  Crookston answered and took the lead before Roseau ended the set with a little run and came away with a 27-25 victory for a 2-0 lead.  “That was awesome,” said Coach Stopa. “It was back and forth and I was proud of the way the girls played.  It was exciting and good to see the girls play as hard and well as they did.”
Roseau used their momentum from the second set victory to cruise to a 25-11 win in the third set to win the match 3-0.  “The score didn’t indicate the fight that the girls had,” said Coach Stopa. “We got into another serve receive funk and couldn’t get out of it again.”
Even though Roseau swept the Pirates, Coach Stopa said she was proud of her team. “I was very proud of the girls and how hard they played,” said Stopa. “They fought hard, but we struggled with the serve receive tonight.”

Crookston falls to 2-6 on the year and will host Park Rapids on Tuesday.  Roseau improves to 8-4 on the year.

The Pirates huddle after a point   Kylie Solheim hits the ball over the net
                       (Pictures submitted by Ivan Hirst)






11 25 11


25 27 25

Emma Boll, Katelynn Genereux and Dani Boyle wait for the serve
                (Picture submitted by Ivan Hirst)

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta 12, Hailey Seaver - 6, Kasey Cwikla 5
Blocks – Rachel Hefta - 1, Hailey Seaver - 1
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 17
Digs - Dani Boyle - 9, Rachel Hefta - 8, Emma Boll - 8
Aces – Hailey Seaver - 1, Kasey Cwikla - 1

For Roseau -
Kills - Kacie Borowicz - 10, Kayla Santl - 10
Blocks - Rylie Bjerklie - 1
Assists - Grace Dunham - 18, Mariah Huglen - 16
Digs - Kacie Borowicz - 14
Aces - Kacie Borowicz - 5, Grace Dunham - 1


The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team traveled to East Grand Forks to finish a match that started on September 7 and was suspended because of rain and lightning.  The match was finished today with East Grand Forks starting the match with a 2-0 lead and a lead in two matches.  East Grand Forks won the match 5-2 to remain undefeated in Section 8A play.
Crookston’s wins came at first and second singles with Hayden Winjum and Catherine Tiedemann winning their matches.  Winjum won a three set match and Tiedemann won in straight sets.  “They are two of our leaders and they showed why today,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “Hayden won a tough three setter and she played well, and Catherine won her match pretty easily so that was nice to see the wins at the top of the line-up.”
Crookston lost a tough three set match at first singles while losing 12-10 in the third set.  “It was tough to go into a match where you already trail 2-0 and trail in two other sets,” said Coach Geffre. “East Grand Forks is the top seed right now in the section.  They haven’t lost a section match and I told the girls we are close, it was a matter of finishing the matches.  Overall, it wasn’t bad….kind of neutral.  We saw some good things and we saw some things we need to continue to work on.”
Crookston drops to 4-13 on the year and will travel to Bemidji on Tuesday for a triangular.

Catherine Tiedemann and Hayden Winjum picked up the two Pirate wins
                    (Pictures by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)



East Grand Forks - 5



1st Singles

Hayden Winjum

Jenna Dietrich

Crox 7-5, 2-6, 10-6


Catherine Tiedemann

Maggie Dietrich Crox 6-4, 6-1


Hannah Street

Brynn Havis EGF 7-6, 6-4


Halle Winjum

Katelyn Farder

EGF 6-2, 7-5

1st Doubles

Emma Borowicz
Emma Osborn

McKenna Aitchison
Delaney Aaker
EGF 7-5, 5-7, 12-10


Hannah Lindemoen
Eden Haller

Thea Haaven-Farstad
Kate Johnson
EGF 6-1, 6-4


Emma Gunderson
Elysa Christensen

Aleah Hangsleben
Kenady Burris
EGF 6-2, 6-3




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) men’s golf team finished the two-day Minnesota Crookston Invitational in 6th place, 45 strokes behind first-place Minot State’s 592 in the tournament hosted by UMC at the King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, ND.  The University of Manitoba’s Devon Scahade (R-Sr., Beausejour, Manitoba) was the medalist with a one-under-par two-round total of 143, one shot clear of St. Cloud State’s Troy Ryynanen (Sr., Cokato). Ryynanen’s Huskies took second place as a team, four strokes behind the Beavers. 
Connor Humble (Soph., Rosemount) finished in a tie for 15th place shaving one stroke off his opening-round 78 for a two-round total of 155. Ben Koisti (Sr., Lake Norden, SD) shot an impressive 76 in his second round after an opening round 82 for a 24th place finish. Dylan Wenzel (Fr., Lino Lakes) matched Koisti’s second round score of 76 following his first-round 84 to finish in 28th place. Ben Lord (Jr., Brunswick, ME) gave three-strokes back after a first round 79, carding an 82 on Monday finishing in a tie for 29th place. Ethan Magsam (Fr., Crookston) shot 79 on Monday for a two-round total of 162, good for a tie for 31st place. Ethan Johnson (Sr., Roseau) bounced back from an opening-round 85 with a 78 on Monday to finish in 33rd place. UMC’s Ben Trostad (Fr., Crookston) improved upon his opening-round 85 with an 83 on Monday for a 38th place finish, while Joey Kekke (Fr., Argyle) closed out the Golden Eagles’ efforts with back-to-back 94's to finish in 41st place. 
UMC returns to the links on Monday, September 24 for the start of the two-day J.R. Watkins Northern Regional hosted by Winona State at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, MN.




Just two golfers from the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's golf team were able to complete their opening rounds prior to a two-hour storm delay during the opening round of the Concordia-St. Paul Classic played at Stoneridge Golf Club in Stillwater, MN.  All golfers were eventually able to return to the course and complete their rounds leaving Minnesota Crookston in 11th place after a first-round team-score of 446, 130 strokes behind leader Augustana, which sits eight strokes ahead of the rest of the field. Augustana’s Hannah Hankinson (Jr., Edina) is the clubhouse leader after an opening round 74, two strokes ahead of teammate McKayla Poppens (Jr., Tea, SD) and Concordia-St. Paul’s Sophie Hill  (Sr., Medford).
McKenzie Harris (Sr., Nevis) was the first Golden Eagles golfer to complete her round prior to the inclement weather’s arrival carding a 106 putting her in 62nd place after 18 holes. Anna Olson (Soph., Fertile) also got into the clubhouse before the lightning made an appearance, with Olson shooting an opening round 115 good for 63rd place. After the weather delay, Allison Bot (Jr., Minneota) closed out the Golden Eagles’ best round of the day with a 101 good for a 55th place tie. Camryn Larson (Fr., Fertile) finished her opening round after the storms cleared as well, finishing with a first-round 124 claiming 64th place heading into the final round. 
The Golden Eagles will wrap up the CSP Fall Classic on Tuesday in Stillwater. 





The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) men’s golf team is in sixth place out of six teams after the first round of the inaugural UMC King’s Walk Invite on a hot and windy Sunday afternoon.

UMC is in sixth place in the tournament field after shooting a 324 in the first round. The Golden Eagles are just four strokes back of the Bemidji State junior varsity team and are just 23 strokes behind St. Cloud State University, the leaders after round one.
Connor Humble (So., Rosemount) led the Golden Eagles with a six-over-par 78 and is in 12th place.  Ben Lord (Jr., Brunswick, Maine) shot a 79. Ben Koisti (Sr., Lake Norden, S.D.) shot an 82 and Ethan Magsam (Fr., Crookston) turned in an 83.  Dylan Wenzel (Fr., Lino Lakes, Minn.) shot an 84 and Ethan Johnson (Sr., Roseau) along with Ben Trostad (Fr., Crookston) both finished with 85’s, and Joey Kekke (Fr., Argyle) shot a 94.
Troy Ryynanen of St. Cloud State is in the lead after the first round after shooting a two-under-par 70. Jeff Bleue of Manitoba is in second with a 71, while his teammate Devin Schade is in third with a 72.
The King’s Walk Invite will wrap-up on Monday with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, N.D.





The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team continues its search for its first win in two years after falling 1-0 against St. Cloud State in an NSIC matchup played at the UMC Soccer Field.

St. Cloud State dominated possession throughout the match and limited Minnesota Crookston to just one-shot total in the match, a shot that was not on goal.  The Huskies managed 22 shots in the match, 13 of which were on goal. However, Minnesota Crookston goalie Olivia Puttin (Jr., Rogers) delivered a strong performance for the Golden Eagles in net keeping a clean sheet in the first half which ended in a 0-0 tie. “We do more work on generating chances going forward in training than I probably ever have in my previous seasons here where we’ve had more success,” said UMC head coach Joe Alianiello. “I still think it starts with coming away with those 50-50 balls out of the air.” Early in the second half, St. Cloud State managed to break through. A corner kick sent in by Sara Magno (Sr., Franklin, WI) found Claire Shea (Fr., Excelsior, MN) who blasted a strike past Puttin into the net giving SCSU a 1-0 lead. Puttin managed 13 saves to keep the Golden Eagles within a goal the remainder of the match, but UMC failed to register a single shot in the second-half falling 1-0 to St. Cloud State. “I thought we limited them to some of the chances, the goal we gave up was a little bit soft with some missed markings there,” Alianiello summarized. “(Puttin) played well and made the saves she needed to have, which was good to see.”

The Golden Eagles fall to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in NSIC play. UMC heads on the road next weekend traveling to Winona State on Friday for a 3 p.m. kick-off followed by a Sunday match-up against Upper Iowa in Fayette at 11 a.m. St. Cloud State improves to 2-3-1.

Paige Pettit kicks the ball upfield   Kayla Strangeland kicks the ball past the defender






For the second-straight year, the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Football team was shut out by the Bemidji State Beavers 69-0 in an NSIC game played at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji.

UMC started the game well. On their opening drive facing 3rddown and five Jalin Scott (Jr., Houston, TX) connected with former junior college teammate Jonattan Mudd (Jr., Gardena, CA) for 29 yards down to the Bemidji State 43-yard line. Another completion between the two set up 3rddown and two from the Beavers’ 35-yard line, but Scott was dropped for a 6-yard loss forcing the Golden Eagles to punt on their opening drive.
Bemidji State wasted no time on their opening drive going 80 yards in just four plays Jalen Frye (R-Fr., Mahtomedi) rushed for 57-yards to march the ball down to the UMC 15-yard line before later closing out the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run giving the Beavers a 7-0 lead after the extra point was kicked by Isaac Aanerud (Sr., Otsego).
Minnesota Crookston’s Elijah Todd (Jr., Toledo, OH) fumbled a handoff on the Golden Eagles’ first play of the second drive setting Bemidji State up at the UMC 20-yard line. After gaining a first down on a Minnesota-Crookston encroachment penalty, Bemidji State’s Jared Henning (Jr., Jackson, WI) connected with his fullback Matt Gross (Jr., Napoleon, ND) for a 3-yard touchdown giving the Beavers a 14-0 lead after the PAT.
The Golden Eagles reached the red zone for the first time on their next drive getting down to the Bemidji State 5-yard line. On 1stand goal from the 5-yard line, Jalin Scott threw an incompletion. The next play, Rod Stewart (Sr., Fort Worth, TX) was dropped on an end-around for an 8-yard loss back to the BSU 13-yard line. Jalin Scott dropped back to throw on third-down and fired a pass towards the front pylon on the UMC sideline. The pass deflected off the shoulder pads of Michael Junker (Jr., Hastings) who then picked off the interception and ran 103-yards the other way for a Beavers Touchdown giving Bemidji State a 21-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Bemidji State added to their lead when Jarred Henning found Landon Jones on the far sideline in the end zone from 15-yards away for a 28-0 lead.
Minnesota Crookston’s struggles to keep the football continued in the second quarter. Right after the Beavers’ took a four-touchdown lead, Jalin Scott threw his very next pass into the waiting arms of Michael Junker for his second interception. Junker took the interception back to the end zone for what appeared to be his second touchdown of the half, but the return was negated by an unnecessary roughness penalty, but the Beavers still took possession at the Minnesota Crookston 24-yard line. UMC’s defense managed to hold the Beavers to a field goal try which Isaac Aanerud converted from 45-yards away to give the host’s a 31-0 lead.
Minnesota Crookston picked up two first downs on their next possession with a 17-yard run from Elijah Todd and another 17-yard Todd run two plays later, but Todd fumbled later in the drive and the Beavers recovered the football on their own BSU 47-yard line. Bemidji State responded on their next drive with another field goal by Aanerud,, this one good from 35-yards out giving the Beavers a 34-0 lead.
Bemidji State added one more touchdown just before halftime when backup quarterback Alec Ogden (Fr., Marshall, WI) found Mannie Kugmeh (Soph., Hopkins) for an 8-yard touchdown reception giving Bemidji State a 41-0 lead at halftime.

Minnesota Crookston’s offense was unable to sustain any drives in the second half while the Beavers continued to pull away. Bemidji State scored their first touchdown of the second half when Jared Henning tossed to Cole Schmitz for an easy two-yard touchdown reception giving BSU a 48-0 lead. Bemidji State added another touchdown on their next drive marching 72 yards in eight plays capped off by a 1-yard run from Sage Booker (Fr., Minneapolis) giving the Beavers a 55-0 lead.  
With the game comfortably in hand at the start of the fourth quarter, Bemidji State’s Alec Ogden added another touchdown to his stat-line while giving the hosts a 62-0 lead on a 2-yard pass to Bryce Duffy (Fr., DeForest, WI). Later in the quarter, Ogden added a third touchdown pass to his debut performance connecting with Cody King (R-Soph., New London) for one last score to close out the 69-0 victory.
 “Things just didn’t go our way. It’s back to the drawing board. Our focus just wasn’t there today. We knew we were playing a good opponent here and hopefully, we weren’t looking ahead to Minot State.” Minnesota Crookston was hampered by seven turnovers in the game and Dufner made clear that those miscues make it difficult to compete. “I don’t think Alabama would have won today with that. We’ve got to take care of the ball. If you don’t win the turnover battle, it’s going to be tough to win.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 0-3 on the season and will travel to Minot next Saturday to take on the Minot State Beavers at 2 p.m. with the Riverview Health Pregame Show beginning at 1:20 p.m. on KROX. Bemidji State improves to 3-0 and will take on undefeated Minnesota Duluth next Saturday in Duluth.

Anfernee Cooper looks for room on a return    Elijah Todd tries to break a tackle

Box Score


2nd 3rd 4th


UMC 0 0 0 0 0
Bemidji State 21 20 14 14 69

Ali Alkhatib tackles a Bemidji State player short of the end zone    Stephen Day with one of his punts

1st Quarter
10:02 - BSU - Jalen Frye 8 yard run  (Isaac Aanerud kick)
7:44 - BSU - Jared Henning 3 yard pass to Matt Gross (Aanerud kick)
3:39 - BSU - Michael Junker 103 yard interception return (Aanerud kick)

2nd Quarter

13:47 - BSU - Jared Henning 15 yard pass to Landon Jones (Aanerud kick)
12:09 - BSU - Isaac Aanerud 45 yard field goal
4:40 - BSU - Isaac Aanerud 35 yard field goal
1:06 - BSU - Alec Ogden 8 yard pass to Mannie Kugmeh (Mason Hoffer kick)

3rd Quarter

9:26 - BSU - Jared Henning 2 yard pass to Cole Schmitz (Hoffer kick)
3:45 - BSU - Sage Booker 1 yard run (Hoffer kick)

4th Quarter
12:56 - BSU - Alec Ogden 2 yard pass to Bryce Duffy (Hoffer kick)
2:38 - BSU - Alec Ogden 11 yard pass to Cody King (Hoffer kick)



The Crookston Pirate Girl's Soccer team had a difficult five game schedule this week and combined with hot and humid conditions in Melrose, the Pirates lost to Cold Spring-Rocori 5-0 and lost to Melrose 7-2 in games played in Melrose.

Crookston vs Cold Spring-Rocori
The first half was a competitive half for the Pirates and they were able to get three shots on goal, but CSR scored halfway through the half to take a 1-0 lead.  The teams played even the rest of the half and Crookston trailed by a goal at halftime.
In the second half, CSR scored 11 minutes into the half and added two more goals in the next nine minutes to build a 4-0 lead halfway through the second half.  CSR added another goal with two minutes left for a 5-0 victory.
Crookston had one of their best shots on goal totals this season with seven, but they couldn't solve the CSR goalie. 



2nd Final
Cold Spring Rocori 1 4 5

17:00 - Rocori -  Soley Ayala
51:00 - Rocori -  Sophia Cantu-Polster
56:00 - Rocori -  Soley Ayala
60:00 - Rocori -  Madi Goebel
78:00 - Rocori  - Laney Griffin

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylie Meier - Crookston 6 - 6
Cassie Solheim - Crookston - 7 7
Maggie Linz- Rocori 3 4 7

Crookston vs Melrose
In the second game of the day, Crookston had a great start with a Sophie Sanders goal eight minutes into the game and the Pirates led 1-0.  Melrose answered six minutes later to tie the game at one goal each.  It didn't take long for Crookston to regain the lead when Ny Nhu Nguyen scored halfway through the half for a 2-1 Pirate lead.  Crookston held the lead for about 10 minutes until Melrose scored three goals in a five minute span towards the end of the half for a 4-2 lead. 
In the second half Melrose added a goal four minutes into the half and added two more goals for the 7-2 victory.  "We've had a busy week and we played well in the first half of both games," said Pirate Coach Sarah Reese. "In the second half, the combination of the hot, humid conditions, missing a few players with prior commitments and having the busy week took a toll on us."
The Pirates continued to make improvements and scoring two goals was one of the positives. "The girls keep improving.  We saw better passing and we put the ball in the net," said Coach Reese. "We need to work on keeping possession by keeping the ball at our feet."
Crookston drops to 0-8-1 on the year and travel to Detroit Lakes on Tuesday.



2nd Final
Melrose 4 3 7

8:00 - Crox - Sophie Sanders (Joslynn Leach)
14:00 - Melrose - Courtney Koepke
21:00 - Crox - Ny Nhu Nguyen (Dillyn Wallace)
32:00 - Melrose - Molly Kraemer
36:00 - Melrose - Courtney Koepke
37:00 - Melrose - Molly Kraemer
44:00 - Melrose - Courtney Koepke
54:00 - Melrose - Molly Kraemer
55:00 - Melrose - Katelyn Welle

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylee Meier - Crookston 4 4 8
Wendy Smith - Melrose 4 4 8



The Bemidji Lumberjacks scored just under eight minutes into the game and that is all they would need in a 9-0 victory over the Crookston Pirates Boy's Soccer team in a game played at the Crookston High School Soccer field.
Bemidji's Silas Hess scored 7:50 into the game and Ethan Mock added another goals just over three minutes later for a quick 2-0 lead.  Bemidji added another goal in the final six minutes of the half to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. 
Bemidji blew the game open with five goals in a nine minute span and they added another goal late in the game for the 9-0 victory.  "Bemidji is a very good team, but we didn't play very good today.  It seemed like we were defeated before the game started," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "We struggled to stay positive and got down on ourselves and I had to take some guys out to cool them down.  It was frustrating, but we have to keep playing smart and playing hard."
Crookston drops to 1-6 on the year and will host Detroit lakes on Tuesday.   Bemidji improves to 7-1 and picks up their fifth shutout of the year.

        Jake Anderson kicks the ball away from a Bemidji player



2nd Final
Bemidji 3 6 9

Nolan Dans, Killian Kuchan, Isaiah Barlow and Noah Kiel form a wall

7:50 - Bemidji - Silas Hess (Ben Hess)
11:16 - Bemidji - Ethan Mock (Paau Mesegue)
34:48 - Bemidji - Aidan Helwig (Nik Kivi)
54:25 - Bemidji - Logan Mitchell (Will Schwindt)
56:44 - Bemidji - Ethan Mock (Paau Mesegue)
59:22 - Bemidji - Silas Hess (Ethan Mock)
61:16 - Bemidji - Aidan Helwig
63:00 - Bemidji - Ethan Mock
73:48 - Bemidji - Chase Mock

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Casey Tiedemann - Crox 9 - 9
Brock Heppner - Crox - 5 5
Jedidiah Bitter - Bem 1 - 1
Joseph Fletcher - Bem - 1 1



The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers finished eighth place out of eight teams at the competitive University of North Dakota High School Invitational at the Hyslop Sports Center Swimming Pool in Grand Forks, N.D.
Crookston's Thea Oman continues to compete at a high level with a fourth place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.25 and she also was part of the seventh place 200 Medley Relay and she also had a seventh place finish in the 200 freestyle.  Oman was also on the eighth place 200 Freestyle relay team to have four top 10 finishes in all four of her races.
Elizabeth Erdman had three top 10 finishes with the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay and she finished ninth place in the 100 Butterfly.
Madison Hoiland also had three top 10 finishes and was part of the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay and she had a tenth place finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Team Scores -
1. Bismarck Century - 601.5
2. Williston - 297
3. Grand Forks Central - 267.5
4. Grand Forks Red River - 253
5. Jamestown - 207
6. Fosston-Bagley - 143
7. Thief River Falls - 135
8. CROOKSTON - 104

Pirate (Top 10 places) Event Time Place
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 58.25 4th
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:10.86 7th
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:08.5 7th
Fallon Johnson, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Freestyle 1:55.97 8th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:13.22 9th
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:21.02 10th





Northern State looked the part of a second-ranked team in the country when the Wolves swept the University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team 25-9, 25-11, 25-12 in an NSIC match played at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, SD. 
Northern State dominated the opening set holding Minnesota Crookston to just 9 points in the set in route to a 25-9 first set win.
Minnesota Crookston managed a more competitive second set despite facing a 4-0 deficit to start the set. Minnesota Crookston took two straight points following a Wolves attacking error and a Porsha Porath (Fr., Windom) kill. Later, the Wolves separated with a four-point run to gain an 11-5 lead, with another four-point run later in the set giving Northern a 15-6 advantage. Northern State added another five-point run to push their advantage to 21-8. Facing set point, the Golden Eagles scraped two points back on an attacking error and ace served by Porsha Porath before the Wolves closed out the second set 25-11. 
In the third and final set, the Golden Eagles battled to tie the set at 4-4 following a kill from Sydney Kruisslebrink (Soph., Rochester). The Wolves countered with a three-point run to take a 7-4 lead. Minnesota Crookston failed to pull within two the rest of the match with Northern State taking the final seven points of the match to close out the sweep with a third set score of 25-12. 

The loss drops UMC’s record to 2-11 overall and 0-5 in conference play. The Golden Eagles return to the court next Friday when they host Minot State at 6 p.m. Northern State improves to 13-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play.






9 11 12

Northern State

25 25 25

Kills – 
Porsha Porath -10, Kaitlin Sikkink - 3
Blocks – Porsha Porath - 1
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 18
Digs - Ali Schueler - 12, Sydney Kruisselbrink - 8
Aces – Porsha Porath - 1



The Crookston Pirate Football team had a feeling that Hawley’s Jacob Vetter (6’5 200lb Sr) would play his first football game since he blew out his knee in the Section 8AA Football championship game last year in a loss to Barnesville.  Vetter didn’t play in the first quarter, but he made his presence know in the second quarter and second half to lead the Hawley Nuggets to a 34-14 victory over the Pirates in a Section 8AA match-up played in Crookston.

Crookston’s Jaden Lubarski had a nice kick return for about 30 yards and the Pirates started their first drive at the Hawley 46-yard line.  On the third play of the drive, Leyton Salentine completed an 11-yard pass to Nick Garmen for a first down that kept the drive going.  Four plays later, Crookston had the ball on the Hawley 19-yard line, but they couldn’t convert a fourth down play and turned the ball over on downs.  Hawley didn’t move the ball much and had to punt and Crookston had the ball at mid-field for their second drive.  Crookston had to punt, and Hawley started with the ball at their own 37 yard line.  The Nuggets marched the ball down the field and Chase Libak found a wide-open Noah Glad for a 30-yard touchdown and after a Mason Klevgaard kick, Hawley led 7-0, eight seconds into the second quarter.  Crookston had a chance to answer on their second drive of the quarter when they had another long drive and after starting at their own 32-yard line they marched the ball down the field.  A 30-yard Salentine run sparked the drive and Lukas Meier was getting good chunks of yardage on his runs and the Pirates had the ball inside the 15-yard line, but a fourth down play failed to get the first down and it was another turnover on downs and Hawley took a 7-0 lead into halftime. “Our effort and discipline was horrible in the first half,” said Hawley Coach Peder Naatz.  “We have to wake them up, I don’t know.  It is something we have to fix, it is frustrating.” Vetter came into the game in the second quarter and was 4 of 11 passing for 57 yards.  “I thought it was a great first half for us.  The kids played extremely well in the first half.  We have to learn how to finish our drives and did a good job of getting down the field, but we didn’t finish.”

The offense for both teams picked up in the second half.  Hawley started the half with the ball and after a Pirate squib kick the Nuggets had the ball at their own 40-yard line.  Hawley run two plays and had a penalty to set up a third down and 15 play.  Chase Libak completed a 35-yard pass to Derian Gerdes for a first down to keep the drive alive.  A handful of plays later and the over four-minute drive was capped with a Gerdes one-yard run for a touchdown and after the Klevgaard kick, Hawley led 14-0.  Crookston had to punt on their next drive, but the got the ball back two plays later when Salentine intercepted a pass.  The defensive stop gave Crookston some momentum and they started the drive at their own 39-yard line.  On the fourth play of the drive, Salentine ran 16 yards for a first down and three plays later he scored on a 12-yard run and after the extra point kick was no good, Hawley’s lead was 14-6 with 25 seconds left in the quarter. “It was a really nice run and Leyton reads it so well,” said Coach Butt.  “I thought our big guys up front starting moving people and he took advantage of it and go to the outside.”    Two plays later, Jacob Vetter responded in a big way by finding Glad for an 88-yard touchdown pass and after the extra point kick, Hawley led 21-6.  A couple plays later, Crookston responded with a Salentine 73-yard run that he bounced to the outside and ran down the sideline after breaking a tackle and cut back to the middle of the field to score.  Salentine completed a two-point conversion pass to Lukas Meier and Crookston trailed 21-14 with 10:40 left in the game. “He made people miss and did a nice job,” said Coach Butt. “Leyton ran hard and broke a couple tackles and showed he is a pretty special player for us.”
Hawley responded with another Vetter touchdown pass, a 24 yarder to Glad and a little over four minutes later Gunnar Lawson finished off the scoring with a 19-yard touchdown run and Hawley won 34-14.  Hawley had 268 yards passing with 225 yards coming from Jacob Vetter.  “To be honest, we sold out on the run tonight.  We were going to play man on the edges and we thought we could run with them.  They have some good athletes,” said Coach Butt. “We didn’t have anybody that could stop Noah Glad.  He is a good athlete and did a really nice job tonight.”

Crookston drops to 1-2 on the year and will travel to #8 ranked Breckenridge on Friday.  Hawley improves to 2-1 on the year.

Lukas Meier looks to get to the outside on a run



2nd 3rd 4th


Hawley 0 7 7 20 34
CROOKSTON 0 0 6 8 14

Brady Butt takes down a Hawley Nugget running back

1st Quarter
No Scoring

2nd Quarter
11:52 - Hawley - Chase Libak 30 yard pass to Noah Glad from (Mason Klevgaard kick)

3rd Quarter
7:52 - Hawley - Derian Gerdes 1 yard run (Mason Klevgaard kick)
0:25 - Crookston - Leyton Salentine 12 yard run (kick failed)

4th Quarter
11:42 - Hawley - Jacob Vetter 88 yard pass to Noah Glad (Mason Klevgaard kick)
10:40 -
Crookston - Leyton Salentine 73 yard run (Leyton Salentine pass to Lukas Meier)
8:27 - Hawley - Jacob Vetter 24 yard pass to Noah Glad (Mason Klevgaard kick)
3:55 - Hawley - Gunnar Lawson 19 yard run (kick blocked)

Leyton Salentine stiff arms a Hawley defender

First Downs 10 14
Rushing-Yards 41-241 31-158
Passing 3-9-0 9-19-1
Passing Yards 28 268
Total Yards 269 426
Fumbles-Lost 0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 4-30 6-40
Punts-Yards Ave. 5-24.6 3-30.3

Brady Wisk pushes a Nugget out of bounds as Cade DeLeon looks on


Crookston Hawley
Leyton Salentine         14-167 Derian Gerdes        15-42
Lukas Meier               12-56 Chase Libak           8-48
Joe Doda                    12-15 Gunnar Lawson       5-46
Blake Fee                    2-2 Ben Burkel              2-21
Brooks Butt                  1-1 Justin Koski             1-1


Leyton Salentine      3-9-0   28 yards

Jacob Vetter     7-16-1   225 yards


Chase Libak     2-3-0      43 yards


Ty Hamre    1-13 Noah Glad     5-166
Nick Garmen  1-11 Chase Libak   3-67
Walker Winjum  1-4 Derian Gerdes  1-35



The Crookston Pirates Girls’ Soccer team lost 4-1 to the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks in a non-section match played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field. 
Kylee Meier played well in net for Crookston in the first half recording eleven saves, after the Thunderhawks got off to a quick start. In the opening minute of the match, Ellie Tillma beat Meier to give Grand Rapids a 1-0 lead. The Pirates battled until late in the half when the visitors added two more goals. Krisalyn Seelye scored in the 28th minute to give Grand Rapids a 2-0 lead. Just before halftime, Lucia Wyland scored the Thunderhawks third goal giving Grand Rapids a 3-0 lead after forty minutes of play. 
Grand Rapids started the second half where they left off in the first with Natalee Bushman scoring the Thunderhawks first goal giving the visitors a 4-0 lead. The Pirates managed to score their second goal of the season late in the second-half when Ny Nhu Nguyen passed the ball right across the goal to Mackenze Epema cutting the deficit to 4-1. “Excitingly we had Kenze Epema up at forward and we also had Ny (Nhu Nguyen) who’s one of our new girls to soccer, she’s in seventh grade, but has pretty good footwork,” Crookston head coach Sarah Reese explained. “Ny and Kenze were at the right place at the right time and Ny took a nice little shot and Kenze had a finesse shot, we call it, right place, right time, not too hard, right angle and she put the ball in the net.” Grand Rapids managed to close out the final five minutes of the game to secure the 4-1 victory. “We just need to harness the power and put it all together,” explained Reese. “There’s a lot of hope and it’s exciting to see their skills progressing.”
The Pirates fall to 0-6-1 this season and return to the field for two games on Saturday in Melrose beginning with Cold Spring Rocori at 10 a.m. before taking on Melrose at 1 p.m. Grand Rapids improves to 2-5.

Kenze Epema celebrates her goal as the ball goes into the net (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photo)




2nd Final
Grand Rapids 3 1 4

    Ava Oakes chases down the ball

1:00 - GR - Ellie Tilma
28:00 - GR - Krisalyn Seelye
36:00 - GR - Lucia Wyland
42:00 - GR - Natalee Bushman
75:00 - Crox - Mackenze Epema (Ny Nhu Nguyen)

Saves 1st 2nd Total

Brittney Kostek - Grand Rapids

1 4 5
Kylee Meier - Crookston 11 0 11
Cassie Solheim - Crookston 0 6 6



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team dropped their home opener 3-0 against Minnesota Duluth in an NSIC matchup played at the UMC Soccer Field. 
Minnesota Duluth dominated possession in the first half and it paid off in the final fifteen minutes of the opening frame. 30:26 into the match, Logan Nash (Jr., Vail, CO) headed a corner kick sent in by Lizzy Fontes (Sr., Apple Valley) gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. The lead doubled just over two minutes later when Minnesota Duluth worked forward quickly in transition allowing Julia Osborne (Fr., Plymouth) to turn around and lift a high-arching shot over UMC goalkeeper Olivia Puttin (Jr., Rogers) giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 halftime lead while outshooting UMC 14-2 through forty-five minutes. “It was the same mistakes as last year that plagued us,” said UMC head coach Joe Alianiello. “We’re a young team, but this is our fifth game now so that shouldn’t be an excuse. Their first goal on the corner kick was a miscommunication, the second goal we got caught out of position, but that really should’ve been a save. You can’t have those five-minute stretches in this league, where you switch it off for five minutes and still expect to stay in the game.”
In the second-half Minnesota Duluth scored one final goal when Hannah Caldwell (Fr., Prior Lake) tapped a cross into the net on a pass sent in by Destiny Schmitz (Sr., Farmington) to give the Bulldogs a 3-0. Minnesota Crookston failed to carry enough possession of the second half to fight back on the scoreboard as Minnesota Duluth closed out a 3-0 win with many reserves on the field. “They kind of emptied their bench in the second half and that made it a little more competitive, but these are teams we should be in with, but these are things we have to figure out.” 
Minnesota Crookston remains without a goal since their season-opening match back on August 30, which the Golden Eagles head coach believes should change with UMC’s talent on the field. “I think our back line is pretty solid, it’s our midfield that we’re really struggling with right now, we’ve got to do a better job winning punts and goal kicks. We’ve got to be a little bit more aggressive and get possessions moving forward.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston returns to the pitch on Sunday when they host St. Cloud State at 1 p.m. Minnesota Duluth improves to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. 

       Vanessa Shelton chases down the ball

Box Score


2nd Final
Minnesota-Duluth 2 1 3
UMC 0 0 0

 Maggee Hodgdon controls the ball

30:26 - UMD - Logan Nash (Lizzy Fontes)
32:37 - UMD - Julia Osborne
49:04 - UMD - Hannah Caldwell (Destiny Schmitz, Julia Osborne)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Sisley Ng - UMD 2 0 2
Carlye Wright - UMD 0 0 0
Olivia Puttin - UMC 6 0 6
Athena Done DiMario - UMC 0 6 6



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle Volleyball team took their first set win in conference play but fell 3-1 against the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons in an NSIC match played at Alex Nemzek Hall in Moorhead.

MSU Moorhead took control of the first set by winning four straight points after trailing 2-1 with a pair of kills each from Amanda Carlson (Fr., Phoenix, AZ) and Kylie Kanwischer (Soph., Fargo, ND) giving the Dragons a 5-2 lead. MSU Moorhead further expanded their lead to 8-4 with two more kills by Carlson and a UMC attacking error. Two-straight UMC attacking errors later in the set gave the host’s an 11-5 lead. The Golden Eagles capitalized on a service error and two more MSU Moorhead attacking errors to pull within 11-8. With Minnesota Crookston trailing 15-12, MSU Moorhead won three straight points before putting the Golden Eagles away with a 25-16 first set win.

UMC responded well in the second set. Trailing 4-3, the Golden Eagles gained service after a Dragons’ serving error. Ali Schueler’s (R-Jr., Howards Grove, WI) first serve was good for an ace followed by two-straight MSU Moorhead attacking errors to give UMC a 6-4 lead. The Dragons countered by taking four-straight points for an 8-6 lead. Later, with MSU Moorhead leading 10-8, Deaira Gresham (Soph., Maplewood) picked up back-to-back kills sparking a four-point run giving the Golden Eagles a 12-10 lead. MSU Moorhead rallied for a 16-14 second set lead before Minnesota Crookston utilized another two Dragons’ attacking error and a pair of aces served by Ali Schueler, followed by a Callie Schapekahm (Sr., Eagan) kill to take a 19-16 lead. MSU Moorhead remained within striking distance closing to within 21-20, but the Golden Eagles picked up crucial kills from Deaiara Gresham and Callie Schapekahm to close out the second set 25-20.

The Golden Eagles took the opening point of the third set before MSU Moorhead scored six-straight points to take a 6-1 lead. Minnesota Crookston hung tough, however, with the Golden Eagles using an opposing attacking error and kills from Kaitlin Sikkink (Jr., St. Charles) and Sydney Kruisselbrink (Soph., Rochester) to pull within 18-17. A Deaira Gresham kill tied the set at 19-19. Later, another Dragons’ attacking error gave Minnesota Crookston a 22-21 lead, before consecutive Golden Eagles’ attacking errors gave MSU Moorhead a 23-22 lead. A Dragons’ service error leveled the match at 23-23, but UMC gave up a service error of their own setting up an MSU Moorhead kill by Kylie Kanwischer to secure the 25-23 third set win for the hosts.

Minnesota Crookston ran out of gas in the final set as the Dragons jumped out to a quick 12-7 lead. The Golden Eagles rallied to pull within 14-11, but the Dragons again separated with three-straight points to gain a 17-11 edge. UMC picked up another kill from Gresham and an ace served by Schapekahm later in the frame, but it wasn’t enough to prevent MSU Moorhead from taking the fourth set 25-19 and securing a 3-1 match victory.

The loss drops UMC’s record to 2-10 overall and 0-4 in conference play. The Golden Eagles return to the court on Saturday when they travel to Aberdeen, SD to take on Northern State. MSU Moorhead improves to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in the NSIC.

Box Score






16 25 23 19


25 20 25 25

Kills – 
Deaira Gresham - 8, Kaitlin Sikkink -7, Porsha Porath -7
Blocks –
Callie Schapekahm - 4, Kaitlin Sikkink - 4, Melissa Rodriguez - 3
Assists – 
Sydney Kruisselbrink - 29
Digs -
Ali  Schueler - 24, Deaira  Gresham - 16, Porsha Porath - 15



Crookston Pirate Cross Country runner, Katherine Geist continues her dominance as she won the Ada-Borup/Norman County West meet in Ada.  Katherine had a time of 18:45, a little over two minutes better than the runner-up.  The win was the fourth first place finish in the fourth race of the year.  “Katherine got to run with boys today because of weather. She got a chance to race and compete with others around her. Her time was fantastic.  That was her best time on a legitimate 5K course,” said East Grand Forks Coach Kirk Misialek. “Weather was good for runners today. No wind and a light mist. Course was flat which helps everyone’s times. We have a big showdown in Bagley next Tuesday. This meet usually tells us how we are doing in the Section.”  Crookston's Emily Gillette finished 35th place with a time of 25:45.
The East Grand Forks Girls team won the team portion of the meet.

Katherine Geist (middle) running stride for stride with the boys (Picture by Coach Misialek)





The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team had their first home meet of the season and finished second place out of four teams at the Crookston Pool.  "It is always fun to swim in our own pool and have our fans right here with us," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye.
Detroit Lakes won the meet with 122 points and Crookston was second with 25 points, one point ahead of Thief River Falls.

Crookston was led by Elizabeth Erdman’s two individual second place finishes and she also was a part of a second place 200 Free Relay and the third place 200 Medley Relay.   The Oman also had two second place individual finishes and she also was a part of a second place 200 Free Relay and the third place 200 Medley Relay.  "The highlight today was the 200 Freestyle relay and the girls swam hard in the second half and we were in fifth or sixth early and to finish in second place was phenomenal," said Coach Melbye.  "Thea Oman was cutting time and looking good, Elizabeth Erdman swam well and is finding her groove and looking good.  Victoria Proulx looked really good in her races."
Coach Melbye was happy with her teams performance. "The girls swam hard and Detroit Lakes is huge and a talented team and it is fun for some of our top girls to swim against top quality talent that Detroit Lakes has," said Coach Melbye. "With seven girls it is pretty exciting to come out in second place.  It is great for the girls and they know they have the talent and work ethic."

                       Claire Oman had a solid performance in the 200 IM for the Pirates

Team Results -
1. Detroit Lakes - 122
2. Crookston - 25
3. Thief River Falls - 24
4. Warroad/Roseau - 15

Madison Hoiland gets a quick breath in the 50 Meter Freestyle

Pirate (Top 3 finishes) Event Time Place
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:25.55 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:22.47 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 400 Freestyle 5:34.61 2nd
Claire Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Free Relay 2:07.83 2nd
Thea Oman 100 Backstroke 1:16.22 2nd
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:25.66 3rd


The Pirate Girls Volleyball team helping work the blocks and cheer on their fellow Pirates






The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team led by 10 in the second set, but the Thief River Falls Prowlers came back to win the set and coasted in the third set for a 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-8) victory in a Section 8AA match-up played in the sweltering Crookston High School gymnasium.

In the first set, Thief River Falls took a 4-0 lead with three kills and an ace, but Crookston battled back to tie the set at 5-5 with a Rylee Solheim ace and four Prowler errors.  "We weren't ready for what they were going to bring.  They did a good job of finding the open spot," said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. "The girls did a good job of changing some things and we were able to tie it up." The teams were tied at seven and eight before Thief River Falls built a 14-9 lead with a couple of kills and some Pirate attack errors.  Thief River Falls continued to pull away for a 25-15 first set victory for a 1-0 lead in the match.
The second match was an exciting one as the teams were tied at 1, 2 and 3.  Crookston led 6-4 when they went on a 4-0 run behind a Katelynn Genereux kill, and three straight Hailey Seaver kills for a 10-4 lead.  Crookston led 11-7 when they went on another run, this time a 6-0 run while taking advantage of a Seaver kill and five Thief River Falls errors for a 17-7 lead and things were looking good for the Pirates.  Crookston led 22-16 before Thief River Falls’ Madison Kisch took over the match.  Kisch had two big time kills to spark a Prowler comeback.   Crookston led 24-19 when they hit out of bounds twice and Thief River Falls’ Kylee Hoffard followed with two kills and Rebecca Leier added another kill to tie the set at 24.  Crookston hit into the net and the set ended with the Prowlers’ Coral Mattison getting a big kill for a 26-24 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the match.  "I thought we were going to win set two with our start," said Coach Stopa. "We had the lull and we can't do that against any team we play and Thief River Falls wasn't scared of making mistakes and got after it."
The third set was all Thief River Falls as Crookston looked mentally and physically wore down after a tough second set loss.  The set was tied at 3-3 before the Prowlers went on a 10-1 run and they cruised the rest of the way for a 25-8 victory to win the match 3-0.   "I think we were done after set two.  I could see it in their eyes and we have to figure out what causes us to break down like that.  We had a lot of mistakes," said Coach Stopa. "We need to work on the individual and team mental toughness and we need to be ready to go.  We are looking forward to three practices the rest of the week to get ready for the trip to Roseau."
Crookston drops to 2-5 on the year and will travel to Roseau on Monday.  Thief River Falls improves to 2-4 on the year. 
J.V. – Thief River Falls won 2-0         C Squad – Thief River Falls won 2-0

Rachel Hefta with an attack as two Prowlers look for the block

  1 2 3
Thief River Falls 25 26 25

Hailey Seaver with a dig and Emma Boll on a dig on the serve receive

For Crookston 
Kills - 
  Hailey Seaver- 8,  Rachel Hefta- 7
Blocks - 
Sydney Anderson- 2
Assists - Kylie Solheim- 13
Digs -   
Hailey Seaver- 8, Danielle Boyle - 8, Rachel Hefta- 6
Aces -
Rylee Solheim - 1




The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team lost 5-2 to the Moorhead Spuds and lost to Thief River Falls Prowlers 5-2 in a triangular at the Crookston High School Tennis courts. 

Crookston vs Moorhead -
Moorhead won all four singles matches and Crookston won two of the three doubles matches as the Spuds beat the Pirates 5-2 in the first dual of the triangular.  Crookston won the first doubles match with Emma Borowicz and Emma Osborn winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. "You have two kids that are similar ages and play basketball together and they really compete hard," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Neither one of those two take losing lightly and they are athletes that compete hard."  The second doubles team of Catherine Tiedemann and Hannah Street won their match in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 for the second team win. "That was a nice win for us," said Coach Geffre. "That was a tough doubles team to beat and to win the third set 10-4 was nice and a good win for the girls." 
Crookston lost two of the singles matches in three sets with Hayden Winjum falling 10-6 in her third set tie-breaker and Eden Haller losing 10-8 in her third set.  "Eden played hard and had a chance and Hayden played hard and was right there," said Coach Geffre. "We are trying to get all of the kids to understand that every point is important and they have to play well and play smart.  We have to find a way to turn around some of the tie-breakers.  We are close and we haven't found a way to win the close matches yet.  When you get chances to win you have to take advantage of them and we still need to learn how to do that."
Crookston will host Thief River Falls at 5:00 p.m.

   Hannah Street with a return    Hayden Winjum with a baseline return

  Crookston -2 Moorhead-5 Winner Score
1st Singles Hayden Winjum Katrina Hansen Moor 3-6, 6-2, 10-6
2nd Eden Haller Brianna Jenson Moor 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
3rd Elysa Christensen Nicole Hoogland Moor 6-0, 6-0
4th Halle Winjum Cassie Jenson Moor 6-2, 6-1
1st doubles Emma Borowicz
Emma Osborn
Sydney Mjoen
Azden Lunak
Crox 6-3, 6-2
2nd Catherine Tiedemann
Hannah Street
Kylie Dumas
Ava Kistner
Crox 6-4, 4-6, 10-4
3rd Hannah Lindemoen
Audrey Harbott
Emma Craig
Rachel Craig
Moor 6-4, 6-4

Catherine Tiedemann leaps for the return  Emma Borowicz hustles to return the shot

Crookston vs Thief River Falls
Crookston lost to Thief River Falls 6-1 last week, but they played much better the second time around and lost 5-2 with three third set losses in the match. 
Winning for Crookston was Catherine Tiedemann at first singles with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 hard-fought victory.  Emma Borowicz won her second singles match in another hard-fought victory 4-6, 6-2, 10-4.  "Emma turned it around after a tough loss in the first set and she never quit and that was great to see," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Catherine had a great match against a very good opponent and it was nice to see her battle until the end."
The Pirates had three third set losses with Hannah Street losing a battle, 6-0, 4-6, 10-7.  The first doubles team of Emma Osborn and Hayden Winjum lost 4-6, 6-3, 12-10 and the second doubles team of Elysa Christensen and Eden Haller lost 1-6, 7-6, 10-3.  "We definately closed the gap from where we were last week when we kind of got it handed to us last week," said Coach Geffre. "We end up losing three three-set matches, so we could have won the match, but it didn't turn out in our favor.  We saw some improvement from the first match in the day to the second match.  I thought we competed much better and had more of a warrior mentality."
Crookston drops to 4-12 in duals and will travel to East Grand Forks on Friday. 


Crookston - 2

Thief River Falls -5



1st Singles

Catherine Tiedemann

Emma Fagerstrom

Crox 6-3, 3-6, 10-8


Emma Borowicz

Hailey Kvick

Crox 4-6, 6-2, 10-4


Hannah Street

Breanna Wienen

TRF 6-0, 4-6, 10-7


Hannah Lindemoen

Brooklyn Broadwell

TRF 6-0, 6-0

1st Doubles

Emma Osborn
Hayden Winjum

Bela Nelson
Khloe Lund

TRF 4-6, 6-3, 12-10


Elysa Christensen
Eden Haller

Ava Yuska
Hannah Magnusson

TRF 1-6, 7-6, 10-3


Audrey Harbott
Halle Winjum

Abby Flaagan
Brooklyn Brouse

TRF 6-3, 6-0





The Crookston Pirates Boys Soccer team scored three goals in the final seven and a half minutes of the match but fell one goal short in a 4-3 loss against the Pelican Rapids Vikings in a Section 8A match-up played in Pelican Rapids.

Crookston spotted their hosts a 3-0 lead thanks to a sluggish first half for the Pirates. 21:15 into the match Alan Villagomez finished off a pass from Habram Martinez giving Pelican Rapids a 1-0 lead. Less than four minutes later, the Vikings doubled their advantage when Abdinasir Mohamed netted his first of two goals thanks to an assist from Jesus Moreno. Just before halftime, Mohamed added his second goal to give Pelican Rapids a 3-0 lead after forty minutes of play. 
The second half started much like the first had ended with the Vikings scoring another goal off the foot of Farhan Omar pushing the host’s lead to 4-0 with twenty-seven minutes left in the game. Crookston began a late rally to try and force overtime with one last push during the waning minutes of the match. With 7:29 remaining Jacob Brunelle got Crookston on the scoreboard with an assist from Eric Delorme. “It was a nice run down on the right side,” explained Crookston head coach Don Cox. “Eric (Delorme) placed the ball right through the middle and Jacob (Brunelle) came in. The keeper rebounded the ball out and Jacob got a foot on it and plunked it in the back corner.” 3:31 later Noah Kiel scored the Pirates second goal with help from Mason LaPlante. “Mason (LaPlante) had a free kick from the left side of the field and the ball went through, over the big, old crowd and right to the front of the net,” added Cox. “Noah Kiel came running in down the middle there, got a chest trap on it and pushed it into the net. The Pirates final goal came with 1:19 left to play from the spot where Mason LaPlante converted the penalty kick to bring Crookston within 4-3 with just over one minute remaining. “(Eric) Delorme was running with the ball and got into the box and they fouled him from behind,” noted Cox. “Actually, the keeper fouled him because he came out and took Eric down, took his legs out from under him so we got a penalty kick for that. Mason (LaPlante) took it and put it in the back corner of the net.” The Pirates late comeback bid would end there as Pelican Rapids survived for a 4-3 win. “We did more passing with the ball,” summarized Cox. “We did a good job of breaking up their triangle passes. In the second half, we had quite a bit more intensity, but not as much as we could’ve had should’ve had. All the scoring was in the last eight minutes of the game, so the boys acknowledged that had they put that together earlier in the match or sooner in the second half that it would’ve been a much better match. We’re definitely a much better skill team than Pelican is. We can run faster than they can. In the first match we were missing players because of the State Fair marching band business, so this time we had more players here and just played a much stronger, a lot better, coordinated match. For some reason, we’re struggling with first-halves. A curse, I guess, I’d call it.”
Crookston falls to 1-5 on the season and will return to the pitch on Saturday when the Pirates host Bemidji at 12 p.m.



2nd Final
Pelican Rapids 3 1 4

21:15 – Pelican Rapids – Alan Villagomez (Habram Martinez)
24:43 – Pelican Rapids – Abdinasir Mohamed (Jesus Moreno)
36:15 – Pelican Rapids – Abdinasir Mohamed
52:25 – Pelican Rapids – Farhan Omar (Mohamed Isse)
72:31 – Crookston – Jacob Brunelle (Eric Delorme)
76:02 – Crookston – Noah Kiel (Mason LaPlante)
78:41 – Crookston – Mason LaPlante (PK)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Casey Tiedemann - Crox 8 0 8

Ben Andringa – Crookston

5 4 9
Axel Zavala – Pelican Rapids 6 11 17





The Crookston Pirates Girls’ Soccer team dropped their second straight match against one of the best teams in the Section falling 9-0 against the East Grand Forks Green Wave in a Section 8A matchup played at the East Grand Forks Soccer Field. 
East Grand Forks scored early and often in their convincing victory over Crookston. The Green Wave’s Brynn Hillman netted the first EGF goal just 4:30 into the match. At the nine-minute mark, Kora Jordheim scored the Green Wave’s second goal before Brynn Hillman added a third East Grand Forks goal giving the host’s a 3-0 lead just fifteen minutes into the match. The Green Wave scored their final goal of the first half when Brooklyn Sayler put a shot past Crookston goalkeeper Kylee Meier giving East Grand Forks a 4-0 lead at halftime. Despite the difficult first half, Crookston head coach Sarah Reese remained pleased with her team’s performance over the opening forty minutes of the match. “Much of the play was in the middle,” Reese explained. “During the last twenty minutes of the first half and last ten minutes of the game we played excellently.”
In the second half, the Green Wave continued dominating possession and pressuring the Pirates’ back line. In the 48thminute, Kora Jordheim scored her second goal of the match giving East Grand Forks a 5-0 lead. Eight minutes later, Chloe Torgerson added another goal to the Green Wave’s now 6-0 advantage. The lead grew to 7-0 ten minutes later when Macy Skyberg scored. One minute later Brynn Hillman completed her hattrick with a goal that increased EGF’s lead to 8-0. The Green Wave added their final goal in the 69thminute on a Grace Kronlund shot that finalized the East Grand Forks 9-0 victory. Crookston was limited to just one shot on goal in the loss. The Green Wave utilized a unique playing formation that made things difficult for Crookston according to their head coach, “they played three attackers. They were fast and had great possession and that was difficult for us. They were on and couldn’t miss.”
While the final result was not what the Pirates had hoped for, Reese was proud of her team’s performance, “I’m proud of the girls for not giving up and playing with confidence.”
The Pirates fall to 0-4-1 this season and return to the pitch on Friday when Crookston hosts Grand Rapids at 5 p.m. East Grand Forks improves to 4-1. 


              Kylee Meier kicks the ball              Brinna Egeland kicks the ball away from a Green Wave
 (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)


2nd Final
East Grand Forks 4 5 9

 Reese Swanson kicks the ball as Hailey Spivey looks on
    (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

4:30 - EGF - Brynn Hillman
9:00 - EGF - Kora Jordheim
15:00 - EGF - Brynn Hillman
21:00 - EGF - Brooklyn Sayler
48:00- EGF - Kora Jordheim
56:00 - EGF - Chloe Torgerson
66:00 - EGF - Macy Skyberg
67:00 - EGF - Brynn Hillman
69:00 - EGF - Grace Kronlund

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylee Meier - Crookston 9 7 16
Tabitha Anderson - EGF 0 1 1





The University of Minnesota Crookston Volleyball team remains in search of its first conference win of the season following a 3-0 sweep against Bemidji State Beavers in an NSIC match played at BSU Gymnasium in Bemidji.  The Bemidji State win was the first in conference play since October of 2016.
Both teams battled through the first few points with the first set tied at 3-3 before Bemidji State took the next five points and an 8-3 lead including two-straight kills from Maddie Filipiak (Sr., International Falls). Minnesota Crookston took back two points after a serving and attacking error to pull within 8-5 before the Beavers picked up a pair of kills from Greta Paszek (Fr., Hartland, WI) to take a 10-5 lead. The Golden Eagles rallied later in the set, taking three-straight points with kills from Kaitlin Sikkink (R-Jr., St. Charles) and Deaira Gresham (Soph., Maplewood) closing UMC’s deficit to 15-13 while forcing a Bemidji State timeout. Minnesota Crookston continued to battle within 20-19 and 21-20 but would never lead after the first three points of the set with back-to-back aces served by Julie Touchett (Jr., Verona, WI) closing out the first set for a 25-20 Bemidji State win. 
Set two was a battle until Minnesota Crookston failed to break a serve-receive cycle late in the set. The Golden Eagles jumped out to an 18-15 lead after a service error, two-straight attacking errors and a bad set forcing the Beavers to take a timeout. Following the timeout, Bemidji State wouldn’t drop another point the rest of the set taking ten-straight points in route to a 25-18 set two win. 
Initially, UMC responded well in the third set following their difficult close to set two, but once again Bemidji State refused to fold. Minnesota Crookston jumped out to an 8-4 lead after kills from Porsha Porath (Fr., Windom) and Kaitlin Sikkink. Later in the set, a Sabrina Leuer (Jr., Hamel) kill and Bemidji State attacking error gave the Golden Eagles a 13-8 lead. Consecutive Beavers’ attacking error further grew UMC’s lead to 17-10. Another Porath kill pushed the lead to 18-11 before Bemidji State won three-straight points cutting the deficit to 19-16. A kill from Becka Cronin (Soph., Evansville, WI) made it four-straight points for BSU while pulling the Beavers within 2. A service ace from Cronin later in the set tied the match at 20-20. The two sides traded points until the set was tied at 23-23.  UMC committed two attacking errors for the final points of the match as Bemidji State took the third set 25-23 to complete the sweep. 
The loss drops UMC’s record to 2-9 overall and 0-3 in conference play. The Golden Eagles return to the court on Friday when they travel to MSU Moorhead for a match at 6 p.m. Bemidji State improves to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the NSIC.

Box Score 1 2 3
UMC 20 18 23
Bemidji State 25 25 25

Kills - Kaitlin Sikkink - 9, Deaira Gresham - 5
Blocks - 
Kaitlin Sikkink - 1, Callie Schapekahm - 1, Melissa Rodriguez - 1
Assists - Sydney Kruisselbrink - 17
Digs -  
Ali Schueler- 11, Lauren Ulibarri - 8, Sydney Kruisselbrink- 8
Aces -
Katie Lienemann- 1




The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men's Golf team shot a two round total of 629 and finished 50 strokes behind the University of Manitoba at the Bemidji State University invite at the Town and Country Club in Bemidji. 
UMC was led by Ben Trostad (Fresh. Crookston) with a two round total of 152 (+8) in his first collegiate meet, which was good for 23rd place.  Right behind Trostad was Connor Humble (Soph. Rosemount) with a 153, good for 28th place.  Ben Lord (Jr. Brunswick, Maine) shot a 162 for 55th place, Ethan Johnson (Sr. Roseau) and Ben Koisti (Sr. Lake Norden, S.D.) shot 164's for 57th place, Dylan Wenzel (Fresh. Lino Lakes) shot a 169 for 61st place and Ethan Magsam (Fresh. Crookston) shot a 170 for 62nd place. 


 Team Scores  Total   Par 
 1. Manitoba   285  294  579   +3
 2. Bemidji State University   295  293  588   +12
 3. Winona State University   300  295  595   +19
 4. Minot State   298  299  597   +21
 5. St. Cloud State University  298  301  599   +23
 6. Concordia-St. Paul   300  304  604   +28
 7. Sioux Falls   294  311  605   +29
 8. Minnesota Crookston    308  321  629   +53




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women’s golf team finished seventh at the Tracy Lane Memorial at the Bemidji Town and Country Club in Bemidji. The Golden Eagles shot team scores of 402 and 407 over the two rounds of the tournament, 159 strokes behind Concordia-St. Paul's 650 team score. St. Cloud State was second place, 39 strokes behind Concordia-St. Paul.
UMC only had four players make the trip and were led by Allison Bot (Jr., Minneota) and McKenzie Harris (Sr., Nevis) who shot two round totals of 199 for a tie for 35th place. Camryn Larson (Fr., Fertile) shot a 203, while Anna Olson (So., Fertile) carded a 208.
Sophie Hill of Concordia-St. Paul won the individual title with scores of 79 and 78.
UMC will play at the Concordia-St. Paul Fall Classic in Stillwater on September 16 and 17.

Team Scores  Total   Par 
 1. Concordia-St. Paul   326  324  650   +74
 2. St. Cloud State Women   339  350  689   +113
 3. Bemidji State University   341  352  693   +117
 4. University of Manitoba   354  347  701   +125
 5. Winona State University   353  366  719   +143
 6. MSU-Moorhead   380  379  759   +183
 7. Minnesota Crookston   402  407  809   +233



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