SATURDAY - DECEMBER 3,  2016

BLAKE'S LATE POWER PLAY GOAL LEADS BEARS TO 2-1 WIN OVER VISITING PIRATES

On their sixth power play of the game, just after their second five on three power play, Blake senior Sasha Shogren scored on a rebound with just under nine minutes to go in the game and the #19 ranked Bears made it stand in a 2-1 victory over the Crookston Pirates in a boys hockey game played at the Blake Ice Arena in Hopkins.
The Pirates had a hard time clearing the puck in front of their net and giving up odd man rushes last night in an 8-0 loss at Sartell but did much better in both of those departments this afternoon as the two teams played to a scoreless first period. “We really did a much better job of protecting Cade  starting in the first period,” said Crookston head coach Josh Hardy, “we put emphasis getting off to a good start and we did that this afternoon which was good to see after last night.” Crookston was outshooting Blake in the first seven minutes of the game and carrying play to the Bears and getting some good chances but continue to be snake bitten as far as scoring. The penalties started coming for the Pirates, first skating off a five on four and 30 seconds later skated off a full two minutes five on three. “Our penalty kill was outstanding,” said Coach Hardy. “We were aggressive, putting pressure on them and Cade was sharp again.” Cade Salentine ended with 12 saves in the first period while Blake’s goalie John Broucek was equally sharp with eight saves.
In another scoreless period, the Pirates had the better of chances in the second period. The Bears on another power play coughed up a puck from behind their own net right in front to a surprised Dane Anderson whose slight delayed reaction was tipped wide of the net. With a minute and a half left of the period the Pirates Zach Markovich was sent in alone on a Joey Doda pass and Broucek stopped a five hole shot to keep it 0-0 after two periods. Blake had two more power play opportunities in the second period and now were 0-4 on the extra man including a five on three. The Pirates had their first power play in the period and even though they moved the puck well they were held off the board for the sixth straight period. “We are a little snake-bit right know,” said Hardy, “we need to keep shooting, maybe a little quicker and move the puck a little quicker and it will come as we go along.” The shots on goal were even at nine apiece in the second period.
Crookston got on the board first and it was early in the third period on a nice play when Tim Parr slid a pass over to Brandon Boetcher and he was in the circle just above the dot to the right of Blake’s goalie Broucek and the Pirate snapped a wrister off that beat Broucek to his far side and the junior’s second goal of the season put the Pirates up 1-0 just short of two minutes into the third period. “That was a nice goal, nice shot by Brandon and had everyone up on the bench,” said coach Hardy, “that was the boost we needed.” It didn’t last long, three minutes in fact and the Bears struck in the form of Bennett Hawley pouncing on a rare rebound that was to the right side of Cade Salentine and Hawley scored to tie the game at 1-1 with 12 minutes left and Crookston used their time out. “Yeah, they just came past with the fly-by and hooping and hollering so we wanted to try and take some momentum away from them,” said Crookston coach Hardy. About a minute and a half later Blake took their time out. Why? Because they would be getting their second lengthy five on three power play, this time for 48 seconds. It was the seventh penalty of the game for Crookston while Blake had been whistle for two in the friendly confines. “It is what it is,” said Hardy on the disparage difference. With the amount of practice in this game alone the Pirates penalty kill was brilliant again led by Cade Salentine and his teammates clearing pucks or keeping shots to the outside and giving their goalie a good look at the shots. After one Pirate got back on the ice and it was now a five on four extra man the Bears best forward, Shogren was able to finally corral a rebound off Salentine and knock it in eight minutes into the period and gave Blake their first lead at 2-1. With about five a half minutes left in the game in what could be called trying to even things up, Blake was penalized twice quickly and Crookston now had a five on three advantage for a minute and a half and the Pirates worked the puck around very nicely but in this sequence it was Broucek that was sharp as his counterpart and stopped a number of shots in the flurry and kept the Bears leading 2-1. Crookston would take another penalty with 2:53 left in the game and although they skated that off they were unable to pull their goaltender in the final minute as Blake put on pressure to preserve their third victory in a row 2-1 and go to 3-1 on the season. “They are a nice team,” said Crookston coach Hardy said after, “but I really liked the way we came back after an 8-0 loss last night playing another ranked team today and really played well from our goaltender on out. I think this gives us some momentum for practice on Monday and continue into Tuesday when we go to Warroad.”  Crookston is now 1-2 and will travel for a Section 8A game on Tuesday at the Garden’s in Warroad.
JV -  Crookston won  6-3  (Zach Cameron had 4 goals)


                 Zach Markovich with a shot on goal on a break away

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 1 1
Blake 0 0 2 2


 Cade Salentine makes one of his 35 saves in the game

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
1:53 - Crookston - Brandon Boetcher (2)   (Tim Parr)
4:57 - Blake - Bennett Hawley (Sasha Shogren, Cully Olson)
8:04 - Blake - Sasha Shogren (Charlie Ankeny, Kyle Meredith)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Cade Salentine - Crookston 12 9 14 35
John Broucek - Blake 8 9 9 26




 

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL WINS A THRILLER AT BAGLEY

The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team needed a pick me up after losing big to Perham in the season opener on Friday and had a hard fought 70-67 victory over the Bagley Flyers in a Section 8AA match-up in Bagley.
Crookston’s Nick Garmen started the game off with a three pointer and after two Bagley baskets, Chris Wavra buried a three pointer to give the Pirates a 6-4 lead.  Bagley added a free throw before Crookston answered with a 9-0 run with five points from Todd Boerger, and a basket each from Ryan Swenson and Luke Froeber for a 15-5 lead.  The entire game was a game of runs and Bagley countered to get within five points only to have the Pirates expand the lead with Matt Garmen hitting two three pointers and Wavra adding another in between Bagley baskets and the Pirates led 24-14.  Crookston took a 12 point (29-17) lead after a Froeber basket inside and things were looking good for the Pirates.  Bagley battled back and ended the half on a 6-2 run to get within a 35-28 deficit at halftime.  “We were playing pretty well and were making some shots (Crookston made seven three pointers in the first half) and that always helps,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. “We let them grab too many rebounds in the half and they finished strong.”
Bagley used the late first half momentum to start the second half as they went on a 10-3 run in the first 3:15 of the half to tie the game at 38-38 with 14:45 to go.  The teams were tied again at 40, 43, 48, and 52.  Bagley took a 60-56 lead with 3:55 left in the game and the Flyers decided to slow it down.  The slow down decision came back to hurt Bagley because they turned the ball over three straight trips down the floor and Crookston went on a 10-2 run over the next couple of minutes and took a 66-62 lead with 56 seconds left in the game.  Bagley answered on their next possession with a basket and Crookston was at the free throw line in the bonus and missed the front end before Bagley’s Tannen Agnes made a three pointer, for his first points of the game, and the Flyers led 67-66 with 27 seconds left.  Crookston called a time out and got the ball to Chris Wavra who drove through the lane and kissed a shot high off the glass for a basket, over a Bagley defender, and the Pirates led 68-67 with 19 seconds to go.  “We were running a play and we were supposed to look for Froeber down low after we got it in and Nick was able to see me and I got it in,” said Wavra on KROX after the game. “Luke’s guy helped off and tried to block the shot and I was able to get it high enough.”  After a missed shot, Nick Garmen grabbed his sixth rebound of the game and was fouled and made two free throws to give Crookston a 70-67 lead with seven seconds left in the game.  Bagley lost the ball and regained control and a three quarters court shot was after the buzzer and Crookston won 70-67.  “Any time you can win on the road it is nice and playing back to back it is tough, none the less we came over and started well,” said Coach Garmen. “We had some key plays at the end by Chris and Nick and Todd had a good defensive play.  We are learning and it is good to get down and come back to win.”
Crookston improves to 1-1 on the year and will travel to Roseau on Tuesday for their third straight Section 8AA game to start the season.   Bagley drops to 0-2 on the year.


Todd Boerger gets a pick from Mitchell Olson on a drive

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

35 35 70

Bagley

28 39 67


Chris Wavra dribbles around the perimeter while looking to pass

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Chris Wavra

17   2 Steals
Matt Garmen 16 3 4 Assists
Todd Boerger 10 3 2 Assists / 2 Steals
Nick Garmen 8 6 2 Assists
Luke Froeber 8 6  
Ryan Swenson 4    
Mitchell Olson 2    

 

For Bagley

Points

Scott Lundsten 18
Nicholas Kaiser 13
Nicholas Anderson 10
Tannen Agnes 7
Lamarco Pemberton 7
Dawson Eck 6
Isaac Tierney 3
James Hvezda 3



 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL COMES UP SHORT IN LOSS TO FRAZEE

Last year the Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team’s offensive drought in the final four minutes cost them in a 53-48 loss to the Frazee Hornets in a section 8AA match-up in the season opener for both teams in a game played at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
The teams went back and forth to start the game and the teams were tied at 6-6 in the first seven-plus minutes of the game. Frazee answered with a 7-4 run behind to take a 13-10 lead with six minutes left in the half.  "I thought it was a slow start to the game for both teams," Pirate Head Coach Darin Zimmerman said. "It seemed like we were a step of two off early on and had some early jitters and Frazee was able to take advantage of them." Both teams were in the bonus and free throws were a factor the rest of the half and Crookston answered with a 6-0 run over a two minute span to take a 16-13 lead with four points from Hailey Seaver, the 5’11 sophomore post.  Frazee picked up the pace in the final four minutes of the half and put together a 13-5 run in the for a 26-21 lead at halftime.  Kylie Solheim, another sophomore led the Pirates in scoring in the first half with six points. "The leading scorers were all underclassman for us today," Zimmerman said. "It's good to find out who can score early on. The exciting thing with the young kids is they're going to improve over time and get even better in the future."
Crookston started the second half strong on the offensive side of the ball and scored 10 points in the first four minutes to take a 31-29 lead early in the half.  Frazee answered with a little run of their own to take a 40-37 lead with 6:32 to go in the game.  Frazee’s lead was cut to a basket a minute later and led 46-44 before the Pirates scored four straight points to take a 48-46 lead with 3:07 to go.  The Pirate offense struggled and only scored two points over the next two minutes and Frazee clung to a 51-48 lead with 72 seconds left in the game. "I thought our intensity was a lot better in the second half and our feet were underneath us a little more," Zimmerman noted. "It seemed though that every time we made a run, Frazee was able to answer with a big play or something and they ended up pulling away." Crookston couldn’t score in the final minute and Frazee held on for the 53-48 victory.
Crookston drops to 0-1 on the year and will travel to Barnesville on Tuesday. "It's nice to get the season opener in," Zimmerman said. "It's nice to know more about ourselves now and what we need to improve in." Frazee improves to 2-1 on the season.
JV - Crookston won 53-16



Emma Borowicz goes up for a lay up in the first half  Bailey Folkers goes up for a shot
                       (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Frazee

26 27 53

CROOKSTON

21 27 48

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Emma Borowicz

14    
Bailey Folkers 12    
Hailey Seaver 7    
Kylie Solheim 6    
Hannah Emanuel 5    
Kennedy Cwikla 4    

 

For Frazee

Points

Shania Lehman 18
Ana Fleisher 12
Paige Ziegler 8
Carly Mahoney 8
Hailey Ellingson-Wirth 5
Natalie Nudell 2


 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY OVERWHELMED ON THE ROAD BY BRAINERD/LITTLE FALLS

The Crookston Pirate Girl’s Hockey team continued their stretch of playing their fourth straight game away from home when they traveled to Brainerd to take on the Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors in a Saturday afternoon matinee. The Flying Warriors, and 8AA team, showed their might and lit the lamp early and often in a 17-1 victory.
“This was a pretty brutal game,” Crookston Head Coach Jaclyn Martin said. “We played a good team, a bunch of our players were still sick we just didn’t have enough gas. The girls worked hard but just didn’t have the legs they needed.”
The Flying Warriors used quite the flurry in the first period, jumping all over the Crookston defense and putting a whopping seven goals on the board from six different players. Pirate goalie Brelee Jobe was able to make five saves in the period but the depth and speed of the Flying Warriors proved to be too much. The Pirates switched goalies in the second to give Cassidy Halvorson some varsity experience but she didn’t fare much better as Brainerd/Little Falls added six more goals to take a 13-1 lead after two periods. A bright spot for Crookston was Macy Strem finding the back of the net! “Macy had great vision on the goal coming out from behind the net,” Martin explained. “She got the goalie guessing and ended up sliding it five hole.”
Brainerd/Little Falls added four goals in the third and went on for the convincing 17-1 win. The Flying Warriors outshot the Pirates 50-8 in the game.
Crookston falls to 1-7 on the year with the loss and will continue their road swing next weekend with games at Morris Benson on December 9th and at Prairie Central on December 10th. “We are excited about having a whole week of practice and I really hope we can get healthy,” coach Martin said. “We’re looking forward to next weekend because we know those are two games we can compete in and have a chance to win.” Brainerd/Little Falls improves to 4-0 on the season and will host Sartell/Sauk Rapids in their next game.

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 1
Brainerd 7 6 4 17

1st Period
2:35- BLF- Gabbie Smith (Allyson Smith)
5:17- BLF - Sophie Robinson (Gabbie Smith)
5:56- BLF- Cheyenne Abear (Sophie Robinson)
8:17- BLF - Allyson Smith (Gabbie Smith)
14:23- BLF - Abby Pohlkamp (Lindsey Booth)
14:35- BLF- Cheyenne Abear (unassisted)
16:42- BLF- Brooke Watland (Allyson Smith)

2nd Period
1:43- BLF - Allyson Smith (Gabbie Smith, Brooke Watland)
2:58- BLF- Abby Pohlkamp (unassisted)
3:21- BLF- Abby Pohlkamp (Lindsey Booth)
7:37- BLF- Grace Schulte (Kennedy Rusk, Emma Smith)
8:55- BLF- Cheyenne Abear (Abby Pohlkamp)
9:21- BLF- Lindsey Booth (Cheyenne Abear, Lindsey Smith)
10:00- Crookston- Macy Strem (2) (Maddie Nicholls, Kendall Wahouske)

3rd Period
4:27- BLF- Lindsey Booth (Grace Schulte)
5:00- BLF- Cregyn Demarce (Grace Schulte)
10:07- BLF- Cregyn Demarce
13:17- BLF- Elisha Burnard (Cregyn Demarce)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brelee Jobe- Crookston 5 x 10 15
Cassidy Halvorson- Crookston x 19 x 19
Olivia King- Brainerd/Little Falls 2 2 3 7





STRONG SECOND HALF NOT ENOUGH AS GOLDEN EAGLES FALL TO BULLDOGS IN NSIC NORTH TILT


The opening weekend of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play wrapped up on Saturday night for the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Women’s Basketball team as they tangled with the Bulldogs of the University of Minnesota Duluth. First half turnovers plagued the Golden Eagles and they could never recover as the Bulldogs went on for the 84-77 win in a game played at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth.
The first quarter featured a pretty even tilt as neither team was able to go up by a big margin. The Golden Eagles had five different players find the scoresheet early and trailed 12-11 with six minutes to go in the opening frame. Micaela Noga (Jr., Parkers Prairie, MN) and Isieoma Odor (R-So., Bloomington, MN) continued their strong weekends with five points and four points respectively in the quarter but Duluth’s Emma Boehm hit her second jump shot of the game to give the Bulldogs a 20-16 lead after one.
After both teams had sloppy opening possessions to start the second quarter, Duluth’s Taylor Meyer laid it in for a 22-16 lead. The Golden Eagles answered back right away on their first three-pointer of the game, courtesy of Emily Gruber (Jr., Monticello, MN) to bring her team within 22-19. Despite hitting just 9-of-25 shots to open up the game, the Golden Eagles hung around, trailing the Bulldogs 32-25 with 4:07 left in the second quarter. The Golden Eagle defense had trouble early with UMD’s Sammy Kozlowski as she had 12 points midway through the quarter. Minnesota Duluth pushed their run to 17-6 after a Josie Buckley three-pointer to make it a 39-25 lead with 1:46 left in the half. A Caitlin Michaelis (So., Marshfield, WI) triple and a Kitri Zezza (Fr., Albertville, MN) free throw made it a 41-29 game but UMD closed the half on a 6-3 run to take a commanding 47-32 lead at the break. The Golden Eagles struggled taking care of the ball in the first half, turning it over nine times that led to 11 Bulldog points. Minnesota Duluth controlled the interior through the game’s first 20 minutes as well, outscoring UMC 20-10 in the paint.
After a pair of Bulldog free throws opened up the scoring in the third quarter, Isieoma Odor took over for a stretch. Odor hit a jumper, then grabbed an offensive rebound on the next possession and found Caitlin Michaelis for the three to make it 49-40! Just when it seemed like UMC might make a run, Duluth’s Sammy Kozlowski answered with her 17th point of the game to put the lead back to double figures at 52-40 with seven minutes left in the quarter. The two-headed attack of Kozowski and Taylor Meyer for UMD showed their strength in the third quarter as Meyer added two baskets in a row to make it a 56-41 game. An Alison Hughes (So., Janesville, WI) free throw stopped the Bulldog run but the Golden Eagles found themselves down 58-42 halfway through the third quarter. Minnesota Crookston finished the quarter well, going on an 11-8 run and trailed 64-52 heading into the fourth.
So it would take a double digit comeback in order for the Golden Eagles to get that elusive first win of the season. It didn’t start off well for UMC as back-to-back layups by Taylor Meyer and Emma Boehm in the opening minute of the quarter made it a 68-52 Bulldog lead. Alison Hughes calmed things down with a lay-up but, as they had all game long, Duluth found a way to respond, this time on a basket by Allyson Harris to make it a 70-55 game. The Golden Eagles started to click after that, going on a 9-2 run, including an Emily Gruber three-pointer and a basket by Isieoma Odor to cut the lead to single digits at 72-64 with 5:26 to go! The teams traded baskets down the stretch and the Golden Eagles showed their scrappiness, cutting the Bulldog lead to 81-75 with 1:30 to go after a pair of free throws from Alison Hughes. Kitri Zezza cut the lead to four with a lay-in and forced the Bulldogs to call a timeout with 40 seconds to go! The Bulldogs hit some key free throws in the game’s final minute to pull away with the 84-77 win.
The Golden Eagles had four players score in double figures, led by Alison Hughes’ 15 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Emily Gruber had 13 points and six rebounds and Isieoma Odor and Micaela Noga each chipped in 12 points. The Golden Eagles were efficient from beyond the arc, knocking down 11-of-20 (55%) three-pointers. Minnesota Duluth was led by the combo of Taylor Meyer (20) and Sammy Kozlowski (19) as they combined for 39 points. A glaring stat that made a difference in the game was offensive rebounding as the Bulldogs pulled down 18 offensive rebounds that led to 18 second chance points.
The Golden Eagles are still looking for their first win as they sit at 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the NSIC. Things won’t get any easier for UMC next weekend as they host the top two teams in the NSIC North in Minnesota State Moorhead and Northern State. Minnesota Duluth improves to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the NSIC and will visit Southwest Minnesota State and the University of Sioux Falls next weekend.


Caitlin Michaelis drives by a Bulldog defender (Picture by Shawn Smith)

Box Score

1

2 3

4

Final

UMC

16 16 20 25 77

Minnesota-Duluth

20 27 17 20 84

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alison Hughes 15 4 3 assists
Emily Gruber 13 6  
Micaela Noga 12 3  
Isieoma Odor 12 6  
Caitlin Michaelis 9    
Kelsey Stinson 6
Paige Weakley 6    
Kitri Zezza 4    




 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYS WELL BUT CAN'T GET STOPS LATE IN LOSS TO DULUTH

After a tough second half in their conference opening game against St. Cloud State on Friday night, the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball team played a more complete game against the University of Minnesota Duluth on Saturday but couldn’t make stops late in a 75-67 loss. The Golden Eagles couldn’t hit shots in the second half and the Bulldogs made their free throws late in the win in a game played at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth.
Offense was at a premium in the early stages as Minnesota Duluth scored the game’s first four points in the first two minutes. Harrison Cleary (Fr., Oak Creek, WI) continued his strong play for the Golden Eagles, hitting a jumper to get his squad on the board and making it 4-2 three minutes into the contest. Jim Warmack (Jr., East Grand Forks, MN) tied the game for the first time at four with a basket off an assist by Kobe Critchley (So., Roseville, MN) but both teams struggled early as they combined to hit 3-of-10 shots to start the game. Duluth’s Brandon Myer paced the way early for the home team, scoring six early points and giving UMD a 19-11 lead with 11:03 to go in the half. Harrison Cleary started 3-of-4 from the field but the rest of the Golden Eagles opened up shooting just 2-of-10 as they found themselves in an early deficit. After Nate Lorenz (So., Breckenridge, MN) connected from beyond the arc for UMC, UMD’s Josh Washburn hit one of his own to make it 22-14. The Bulldogs kept the Golden Eagles at a distance as the first half wore on, extending the lead to 35-25 with four minutes to go before Harrison Cleary’s third three-pointer of the game brought the margin to within 35-28 moments later. UMC continued their strong play with five straight points, including another Cleary basket and a Kobe Critchley three, to make it a 35-33 deficit with 3:32 left in the half. Xavier Hall (Sr., Oakdale, MN) finished up his strong first half off the bench with a lay-in to make it 38-36 but a few late free throws from the Bulldogs gave them the 40-36 lead heading into the break.
As they had the night before against St. Cloud State, the Golden Eagles played a great first 20 minutes against Minnesota Duluth, giving themselves a chance to make things happen in the second half. The opening minutes of the second half didn’t feature too much offense as Sean Burns and Kyle Schalow scored in the half’s first three minutes to take a 44-38 lead. UMC trimmed the lead to 44-42 a minute later when Chase Knickerbocker connected from deep but Minnesota Duluth once again had an answer, going on a 4-0 run to increase their lead to 48-42 with 15:37 on the clock. The half of runs continued as this time it was the Golden Eagles going on a 9-4 spurt to trim the lead to 52-51 with 9:57 left. Gable Smith and Harrison Cleary were the catalysts as Smith hit a jumper and Cleary made a basket and was fouled and hit the free throw. Cleary continued to stay on fire as his 20th point of the game brought the Golden Eagles within 54-53 with 7:30 left. Minnesota Duluth responded with a 7-2 run over the next minute to take a two possession lead at 61-55. The Bulldogs started to pull away late, Luke Harris hit back-to-back shots to push the lead to 69-57 with 3:14 left. The Golden Eagles made a run late but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs made their free throws late and went on for the 75-67 win
Once again, the Golden Eagles were led by talented freshman Harrison Cleary as he tallied 25 points and pulled down six rebounds. Jim Warmack scored eight points to go along with four rebounds and Chase Johnson (Fr., La Crosse, WI) had six points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Golden Eagles took better care of the ball in the game than they did Friday night, turning it over 11 times. The Bulldogs handled the play in the paint though, outscoring the Golden Eagles 40-24 down low.
Minnesota Crookston is now 3-4 on the year and 0-2 in the NSIC. They’ll return to Lysaker Gymnasium to open up the home portion of the NSIC schedule next weekend with games against Minnesota State Moorhead and Northern State.


Nate Lorenz drives by a Bulldog (Picture by Shawn Smith)

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

36 31 67

Minnesota-Duluth

40 35 75

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 25 6 2 steals
Jim Warmack 8 4  
Kobe Critchley 7   3 assists
Gable Smith 6    
Chase Johnson 6 7  
Chase Knickerbocker 5
Xavier Hall 4   3 assists
Connor Gamble 3    
Nate Lorenz 3    



 

CROOKSTON PIRATE WRESTLERS FINISH 14TH AND HAVE ONE INDIVIDUAL PLACE AT THE WAHPETON (N.D.) TWO DAY INVITATIONAL

The Crookston Pirate Wrestlers had one wrestler place and finished 14th place out of 15 teams at the Dan Unruh Invitational at the North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota.  Frazee won the tournament with 255 points, 47 points better than runner-up Brookings, South Dakota. 
The lone Pirate placer was Lukas Meier who finished fifth place after going 3-2 on the weekend.  Lukas won his first match by a pin in the first period, he won his second match by a 5-0 decision over Blaine Beaty of Frazee and he lost his next two matches to put him in the fifth place match.  Lukas dominated and won the fifth place match 11-2 over a kid from Wahpeton.  The Pirates had one wrestler, Preston Desrosier, win two matches and Zach Brown, Nolan Dans, Cameron Hulst, and Luke Trandem all won one match each.
Crookston will wrestle Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River on Tuesday in Grand Forks.

Team results-

  Team Points
1.  Frazee  255
2.  Brookings  208
3.  Lisbon  178
4.  West Fargo  168
5.  Wahpeton  155
6.  Grand Forks Central  140
7.  Sisseton  136
8.  Kindred  106.5
9.  Fergus Falls  60
10.  Fargo North  51
11.  Breckenridge  42
12.  Devils Lake  37
13.  Border West  35
14.  Crookston  33
15.  West Fargo Sheyenne  6

 

  PIRATES Opponents/Results Place
106 lbs Zach Brown Lost to Jack Pikula (Frazee) by pin at 2:22
Beat Brody Aberle (Lisbon) by pin at 1:34
Lost to Andrew Toelle (Sisseton) 9-4 (Sudden Victory)
DNP
113 lbs Nolan Dans Lost to Hunter Hermanson (WFargo) by pin at 2:32
Bye
Beat Ethan Krause (Fergus Falls) 2-0
Lost to Averey Dick (Lisbon) by pin at 1:47
DNP
120 lbs Cade Coauette Bye
Lost to Brock Roesler (Kindred) by pin at :28
Bye
Lost to Braimen Steen (Sisseton) by pin at :32
DNP
126 lbs Cameron Weiland Lost to Dakota Andrews (Border West)  by pin at 1:10
Lost to Josh Isassi (GF Central) 13-0
DNP
132 lbs Cameron Hulst Lost to Kaden Hiemenz (Frazee) by pin at :41
Beat Payton Rieppel (Fergus Falls) by pin at :22
Lost to Colbey Lehrke (Sisseton) by pin at :58
DNP
138 lbs Damian Narvaez Lost to Spencer Ellison (Border West) by pin at :40
Lost to Ethan Aguilar (Fargo North) by pin at :59
DNP
145 lbs Lukas Meier Beat Waulker Spanel (Wahpeton) by pin at :50
Beat Blaine Beaty (Frazee) 5-0
Lost to Trace Bakke (Kindred) by pin at 5:59
Lost to  Tristin Howard (Lisbon) in wrestlebacks by decision 5-2
Beat Hayden Lunos (Wahpeton) by major  decision 11-2
5th
152 lbs Preston Desrosier Lost to Jared Franek (W. Fargo) by pin at 3:17
Beat Casey Frankhauser (Wahpeton) 3-2
Beat Fabian Muller Dahlberg (West Fargo) by pin at 2:57
Lost to Jacob Hasbargen (Border West) 3-1
DNP
160 lbs Luis Argueta Bye
Lost to Hudson Heimenz (Frazee) by pin at 1:15
Lost to Aaron Billings (Fergus Falls) by pin at 2:19
DNP
160 lbs Luke Trandem Beat Will Rohrich (G.F. Central) by pin at 1:28
Lost to Dalton Reinke (Lisbon) by pin at 1:10
Bye
Lost to Logan Bowes (Unattached) by pin at 3:11
DNP
170 lbs Damian Hodgson Lost to Justin Brockel (Sisseton) 9-3 
Bye
Lost to Charelton Wake (Frazee) 5-3
DNP
182 lbs Collin Leckie Lost to Vincint Herberg (Sisseton) by pin at :58
Lost to Lance Nelson (Border West) by pin at 2:11
DNP
195 lbs Jake Davidson Lost to Logan Mulder (Lisbon) by pin at 1:59
Bye
Lost to Jared Palluck (Kindred) by pin at :46
DNP
220 lbs Open    
285 lbs Open    

 

 

FRIDAY  -  DECEMBER 2, 2016

CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY SHUTOUT IN SARTELL 8-0

Sartell graduated 10 seniors or half their team from last year and head coach Bruce Hacker of the Sabres said, “We are very strong defensively and that is where everything starts for us.” Led by senior Spencer Meier, a top level blue liner Sartell put Crookston on their defensive most of the game in a 8-0 win over the Pirates in a boys hockey game at the Bernick Pepsi Arena in Sartell.
The first period was fast paced, plenty of up and down action by both sides but not many shots on goal as both sides kept things to the outside as passing was a little off to start things. Crookston had some chances to break it open first particularly Tanner Reinhart with two opportunities in the slot, but not getting a shot on the first one and then five seconds later the puck found him again in the same spot and a backhander was gloved by Sartell’s sophomore goalie Cole Bright. A couple minutes later freshman Ben Andringa who had scored three times in the Pirates first game on Tuesday in Red Lake Falls has a chance flying in the Sabres zone and breaking for the net from the right of Bright was hauled down by a Sabres defenseman and both went sliding into the Sartell goal. “We did have some good chances in the first period,” said Crookston head coach Josh Hardy, “we didn’t capitalize on them and it’s that old story of if we get one of those it might have changed the momentum a bit.” In the last six minutes of the period sophomore Jack Henneman made his presence known as the 6’3 winger who had nine goals a year ago as a freshman struck first taking a pass to the side of the Crookston net in the low circle and a quick shot got past the short side of Pirate goalie Cade Salentine and 11 minutes into the contest Sartell led 1-0. With less than three minutes left in the period, Crookston coughed up the puck at their own blue line and it was Henneman that stripped a Pirate defenseman and went in alone and beat Cade Salentine and the Sabres led 2-0 after the first period. “We were down 2-0 but we didn’t feel too bad about it,” said Coach Hardy, “the shots were even, we had the one turnover that a young defenseman held too long, but we liked our pace in the back and forth period.”
Henneman got things started again for Sartell halfway through the second period when he scored on not one, not two but the third rebound on a couple spectacular saves by Salentine but Henneman was able to get it away from the Pirates in front for his third of the game and the hats came flying out of the stands to halt play for a couple minutes and a 3-0 lead for Sartell. The best player for Sartell is defenseman Meier who had nine goals and 29 assists last year, has been drafted by the USHL and has rights protected by Minot in the NAHL junior leagues. The 6’3 senior along with fellow senior forward William McCabe put on a two on one clinic with four passes and an easy flip at the end for Meier to put Sartell up 4-0. The Pirates were fortunate to only be trailing by four as junior goaltender Cade Salentine was sensational in about a two minute time frame with seven minutes to go in the period, stopping another two on one, three great saves in a row, two of his right pad that seemingly were destined for Sabre goals. “Cade played well,” said Hardy, “we failed to clear the puck on their first goal, beautifully set up goal for their second and just solid goaltending by Cade after that. Cade kept us in it going into the third.”
Not much changed when the third period started as Sartell continued to get the odd man rushes and it was another two on one led by Lukas Spanier setting up sophomore Maddux Hagy who was about the dot to the right of Salentine and went top shelf to the glove and it was 5-0 Sabres. Sartell would score a couple short-handed goals, the first on a second rebound goal by Garrett Freeman from Meier and then Meier picked up the second ‘shorty’ with three minutes left on another two on one!!
Four line winger Trevor Skinner finished off the scoring with over a minute left on a rebound to make it an 8-0 final as Sartell-St. Stephen wins their second game in as many starts to start the season after a 5-1 win over River Lakes on Tuesday. The Sabres will host Warroad tomorrow afternoon. Crookston is now 1-1 on the season and will play at the Blake School tomorrow afternoon. Blake defeated Thief River Falls 6-3 tonight to even their record at 1-1. “Sartell is big and fast which is a pretty good combination,” said Hardy, “we had some good points tonight that we want to build off and we have to get into some of those areas in the slot and front of the net and that is where most of theirs came from and that is what we have to do. We’re a young team and we are going to make mistakes but we will continue to grow and we’ll go play a good Blake team tomorrow. These are the type of teams we want to play at this time. To learn about ourselves and continue to get better every game.”
JV -  Sartell won 7-0


Ethan Magsam debating if he should pass or make a move

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0
Sartell 2 2 4 8


Ben Andringa gets taken down while trying to get a shot on goal

1st Period
10:58 - Sartell - Jack Hennemann (Maddux Hagy, Blake Webster)
14:12 - Sartell - Jack Hennemann  unassisted

2nd Period
7:45 - Sartell - Jack Hennemann  unassisted
8:39 - Sartell - Spencer Meier (William McCabe)

3rd Period
1:54 - Sartell - Maddux Hagy (Lucas Spanier)
7:04 - Sartell - Garrett Freeman (Spencer Meier)  (SH)
14:00 - Sartell -Spencer Meier (Garrett Freeman)  (SH)
15:50 - Sartell - Trevor Skinner (Jake Rosenberger)
 

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Cade Salentine - Crookston 6 8 11 25
Cole Bright - Sartell 8 6 4 18


Dane Anderson looks to pass to a teammate



 

#10 RANKED PERHAM YELLOWJACKETS MAKE 19 THREE'S IN BIG WIN OVER PIRATE BOYS HOOPS

Many people are saying the #10 ranked Perham Yellowjacket boys basketball team is the top Class AA Boys Basketball team in the state and most people in Crookston will agree after the Yellowjackets beat the Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team 94-41 in a Section 8AA matchup in the season opener for both teams at Crookston High School Gymnasium.  The coaches were out in full force with at least seven high school coaches scouting the game and they were witnesses to one of the most impressive three point shooting performances in a long time.
Perham scored the first basket and Crookston quickly responded with a three pointer from Chris Wavra 55 seconds into the game and the Pirates had the early lead.  The lead didn’t last long as the sharp shooting Yellowjackets answered with a three pointer from Reid Moser and a steal and a lay up for Jenson Beachy for a 7-3 lead.  Crookston’s Matt Garmen scored with 14:46 left in the half to bring the Pirates within a 7-5 deficit, but Perham got the hot hand and scored a basket inside when the 6’7 senior Aaron Solberg had a strong move inside and that basket sparked a 13-2 run.  In the run, a very bad thing happened to Crookston without the players realizing it……Perham started to heat up and officially were ON FIRE!!  They were hitting three pointer after three pointer and quickly built 29-14 lead with less than seven minutes to go in the half.  It was at this point Jenson Beachy took over the game.  He went on a 17-3 run by himself including four straight three pointers for a Perham 46-17 lead.  "I thought we were playing well in the beginning and had some open looks, but we have to be able to get by guys and we couldn't do that," said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. "We were playing pretty good defense and then all of a sudden they were on fire and there was no stopping them."
Perhman made three more three pointers the rest of the half and made 12 of their 16 first half three pointers for a blistering 75 percent and led 59-22 at halftime. "We couldn't have shot much better," said Perham Coach Dave Cresap. "We were on fire tonight.  I thought the kids were ready to play in the first game of the year."

The second half start wasn’t any better for Crookston as they went almost six minutes without scoring and Perham continued to have the hot hand from downtown with five more three pointers to take an 89-29 point lead with 9:31 left in the game and when the clock had 9:00 left running time finally started.  Both teams went deep into the benches and Perham cruised the rest of the way to a 94-41 victory.  Perham made 19 of their 27 three pointers in the game at an amazing 70 percent rate and made 16 of 27 two point shots for a 60 percent mark. Crookston made six of their 24 three pointers for 25 percent and drops to 0-1 on the year and will travel to Bagley on Saturday. "We have to shake this off and get ready to play Bagley," said Coach Garmen. "I know one thing, and nothing against Bagley, but they probably won't shoot as well as Perham did tonight." Perham improves to 1-0 on the year.  "Crookston is going to be in the top four no matter what," said Coach Cresap. "Coach Garmen will have them ready by the end of the year."
J.V. - Perham won 64-31         C Squad - Perham won 50-22


Blake Kawlewski drives by a defender and Carter Winand scores on this shot in the paint

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Perham

59 35 94

CROOKSTON

22 19 41


Aaron Solberg goes up for the two hand jam   Anthony Boerges (13) watches his shot go in

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Nick Garmen

10   2 assists
Chris Wavra 10   3
Carter Winand 4    
Luke Froeber 4 4  
Anthony Boerges 3    
Ryan Swenson 3 5  
Mitchell Olson 3    
Matt Garmen 2   3 assists

Blake Kawlewski

2    

 

For Perham

Points

Jenson Beachy 31
Logan Richter 17
Reid Moser 17
Aaron Solberg 10
Colton Kostynick 5
Martin Lafond 5
Carter Cresap 3
Ben Winkels 3
Josh Jeziorski 3





UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HURT BY A SLOW START IN EACH HALF IN LOSS AT ST. CLOUD STATE


After a challenging non-conference and exhibition schedule, the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Women’s Basketball team began play in the always challenging Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a tilt against the St. Cloud State University Huskies. St. Cloud State used a 20-2 run to pull away in the second half and had 11 different players score in a 75-62 win in a game played at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Things didn’t start off well for the Golden Eagles as the Huskies jumped out to a 6-2 lead with baskets from Emily Pratt, Chelsea Nooker and Betsy Macdonald. Balance will be key for the Huskies this year and they showed it early against UMC. Isieoma Odor (So., Bloomington, MN) opened up the scoring with a jumper as the Golden Eagles tried to establish their post players early. After another SCSU bucket, Micaela Noga (Jr., Parkers Prairie) got UMC going from beyond the arc to cut the lead to 8-5 halfway through the first quarter. The Golden Eagles continued to hit from the outside on another three-pointer from Noga and a three from freshman Kelsey Stinson (Fr., Cottage Grove, WI) off the bench and the St. Cloud lead was cut to 12-11 with four minutes left in the first quarter. St. Cloud State tightened up their defense and finished the quarter on a 13-4 run to take a 25-15 lead. UMC struggled from the field, hitting just 7-of-19 (37%) shots in the opening 10 minutes.
After St. Cloud State pushed the lead to 30-19 early in the quarter, Micaela Noga continued her hot shooting hand as her third three-pointer of the game cut the lead to single digits at 30-22. The Golden Eagles had trouble getting stops in the first half as the Huskies shot over 60% from the field in the early stages. The three-point barrage continued for UMC to keep them within striking distance when Emily Gruber (Jr., Monticello, MN) connected from deep to make it a 33-29 game. Isieoma Odor continued her strong first half minutes later with a pair of free throws to give her eight points and eight rebounds and make it a 36-31 SCSU lead with three minutes left in the half. Alison Hughes (So., Janesville, WI) connected from deep on the next possession, UMC’s sixth three-pointer of the half, and the Golden Eagles were down by just two with 44 seconds to go! Despite shooting just 33% from the field, the Golden Eagles out rebounded the Huskies 24-12 in the first half and trailed 36-34 at halftime.
After winning the second quarter, the Golden Eagles looked to carry that momentum into the second half. That wasn’t the case as the Huskies forced an early Golden Eagles turnover and Amanda Christianson hit back-to-back jumpers to put her squad up 40-36 early in the quarter. Alison Hughes and Christianson traded three’s in the following possessions and the Husky lead stood at 45-39 with 7:21 left in the third. St. Cloud pushed their lead to 48-39 with a Chelsea Nooker basket as the Huskies just never let the Golden Eagles make that push to take the lead. A pair of Mallie Doucette free throws gave the Huskies a 50-42 lead with 4:22 left in the third. SCSU scored again and expanded the lead to double digits at 57-46 with 1:25 left as the Huskies started to show their experience and pull away. After three quarters, it was the Huskies holding on to the 62-48 advantage. Turnovers continued to plague UMC as they had 14 through three quarters.
The St. Cloud State run extended to 20-2 after a pair of Brianna Johnson free throws and the Huskies led 67-48 with eight minutes to go in the game. UMC was able to hit some shots late, but couldn’t overcome the deficit and SCSU’s balance as the Huskies took home the 75-62 victory.
UMC drops to 0-5 on the season and 0-1 in the NSIC and will play at Minnesota Duluth on Saturday afternoon. St. Cloud State improves to 4-2 on the season and will host Bemidji State on Saturday.  


Isieoma Odor goes up for a shot (Picture by Shawn Smith)

Box Score

1

2 3

4

Final

UMC

15 19 14 14 62

St. Cloud State

25 11 26 13 75

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 16 15  
Alison Hughes 15   3 assists
Kelsey Stinson 12    
Micaela Noga 10 4 4 assists
Emily Gruber 7 5  
Kitri Zezza 2


 

 

GOLDEN EAGLE MEN'S BASKETBALL CAN'T HOLD ON TO SECOND HALF LEAD IN LOSS TO ST. CLOUD STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball team opened up their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season with a tough matchup against the St. Cloud State University Huskies and preseason NSIC North Player of the Year Gage Davis. After shutting down Davis in the first half, the Golden Eagles didn’t have an answer for him in the second half as the Huskies used multiple big runs in the final 20 minutes to win 98-78 in a game played at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud.
St. Cloud State started the game off well, scoring the game’s first four points to gain the early lead. It took Minnesota Crookston 1:35 to get on the board when a Chase Knickerbocker (So., Annandale, MN) free throw cut the lead to 6-1 in favor of UMC. The Golden Eagles picked up the pace offensively with baskets on back-to-back possessions by Jim Warmack (Jr., East Grand Forks, MN) and Knickerbocker to make it 6-5 with 17:24 left in the half. UMC increased their run to 10-0 as Nate Lorenz (So., Breckenridge, MN) and Harrison Cleary (Fr., Oak Creek, WI) joined the scoring party to make it 11-6 UMC at the media timeout. St. Cloud State responded with a 14-9 run, capped by an Andy Foley lay-in, to tie things up at 20-20 with 8:08 to go in the half. The teams kept going back and forth as Chase Knickerbocker hit a pair of free throws to tie things up at 29, the sixth tie of the half. After nearly 16 minutes of game play, SCSU’s Gage Davis finally found the scoresheet with a bucket and scored five points in the closing minutes to help the Huskies take a narrow 36-35 lead into the break. The Golden Eagles shot the ball well in the game’s opening 20 minutes, hitting 12-of-21 (54%) field goals and 9-of-11 (84%) free throws. The Golden Eagles also held the Huskies to just one three-pointer in the half.
UMC came out firing in the second half, scoring five unanswered points in the first three minutes on two Kobe Critchley free throws, a Gable Smith (R-So., Lodi, WI) three-pointer and two Harrison Cleary free throws to make it a 42-36 Golden Eagle lead. After St. Cloud State answered with a three, Chase Knickerbocker continued his solid sophomore campaign with an old fashioned three-point play to make it 45-42. UMC did a good job getting to the free throw line in the early stages, hitting 14-of-16 from the charity stripe to start the game. The Huskies started to chip away at the Golden Eagles’ lead, drawing to within 49-47 before point guard Kobe Critchley (So., Roseville, MN) knocked down a three-pointer to make it 52-47. Gage Davis answered for the Huskies with a three of his own to give him 14 points and bring his team to within a possession at 52-50 with 14:01 to go. Out of the media timeout, UMC’s Harrison Cleary showed he could handle NSIC play early, scoring on a jump shot to make it 56-50. Cleary continued his personal run with two more free throws to make it 58-52 with 13 minutes to go. The Golden Eagles did a great job of getting the Huskies in foul trouble as they SCSU picked up their seventh team foul with 12 minutes to go, putting UMC in the bonus for the rest of the game. A pair of Chase Johnson (Fr., La Crosse, WI) free throws, a Cleary lay-up and a Nate Lorenz jumper pushed the lead to 64-57 with 10:38 left in the half. For the Golden Eagles, it was a welcome sight as they started off the second half hitting nine of their first 12 shots and their first 11 free throws to take a 66-59 lead with 10:12 left in regulation! Through this point of the game, the Golden Eagles had nine different players score and received 11 points from their bench. Gage Davis did his best to keep the Huskies within striking distance, hitting two free throws to make it 66-61 with less than 10 minutes to go. SCSU continued to mount a comeback, going on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 66 with 8:45 to go, the eighth tie of the game. Cleary gave the Golden Eagles the lead back with a couple of free throws but the Huskies answered with six unanswered points to take the lead at 74-68 and force UMC to take a timeout with 7:05 remaining. After shooting well the entire game, the Golden Eagles picked a tough time to go cold from the field, missing six straight shots and committing multiple turnovers that allowed the Huskies to claw back and take the lead. The run for SCSU stretched to 20-3 as they opened up their biggest lead of the game at 81-69 with 5:35 to go. A Connor Gamble (R-Fr., Stillwater, MN) triple with three minutes left brought UMC to within 83-74. St. Cloud State finished the game on a 15-4 run and went on for the comeback win, 98-78.
Minnesota Crookston shot 22-of-43 (51%) from the field and a whopping 29-of-32 (90%) from the free throw line but it wasn’t enough. Harrison Cleary led the Golden Eagles with 24 points and Kobe Critchley and Chase Knickerbocker were the other UMC players in double-figures with 12 points apiece. SCSU’s Gage Davis led all scorers with 27 points, 22 in the second half. The Huskies also caught fire from beyond the arc in the second half, hitting 10-of-14 (71%) three-pointers.
The Golden Eagles fall to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in the NSIC and will take on Minnesota Duluth on Saturday. The Huskies improve to 4-5 overall, 1-0 in the NSIC and will host Bemidji State on Saturday.


Harrison Cleary goes in for a lay up vs St. Cloud State (Picture by Shawn Smith)

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

35 43 78

St. Cloud State

36 62 98

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 24   2 steals
Chase Knickerbocker 12    
Kobe Critchley 12   3 assists
Gable Smith 8 7  
Connor Gamble 8    
Jim Warmack 5 4
Nate Lorenz 4    
Xavier Hall 2    
Chase Johnson 2    
Darren Viken 2    



 

CROOKSTON PIRATE WRESTLERS IN 12TH PLACE AFTER FIRST DAY OF THE WAHPETON (N.D.) TWO DAY INVITATIONAL

The Crookston Pirates wrestlers ran into some tough first day competition and are currently in 12th place out of 15 teams at the Dan Unruh Wrestling tournament at the North Dakota State School of Science College campus in Wahpeton. Brookings, South Dakota leads the way with 95 points and Frazee is second with 86.5 points. 
Crookston picked up two wins in the first round, one from Lukas Meier and another from Luke Trandem.   "Lukas put in a lot of time this summer and he is a tough kid and it was nice to see him get things rolling for us. He had a couple nice leg attacks and had a nice ankle pick and put his opponent on his back and got the pin and that was nice to see," said Pirate Coach Wes Hanson. "Luke (Trandem) kind of got into an upper body scramble position and he is a strong kid and came out on top and that was good for him."
The Pirates have two wrestlers at 160 pounds with Trandem and Luis Argueta.  Trandem is representing Crookston and Argueta is wrestling unattached. "They are both at the same weight and battle each other and both grew the same over the summer so we wanted to get both the guys some wrestling this weekend," said Pirate Coach Wes Hanson. "I was happy it worked out for them and they have worked hard and they deserve to wrestle in this event."
The tournament is rich with talent and a great start to the season for the Pirates with all the competition they see. "They have 15 teams, a good field and there are some very good wrestlers here," said Coach Hanson. "Our young wrestlers did well today.  Zach Brown had a great single leg and took the guy down and turned him twice and was leading 8-0 after the second period.  He is giving up a little weight at 106 pounds and he got into an upper body bear hug position and was put to his back so it was a tough one for him and he will bounce back tomorrow.  Cameron Hulst got a takedown against the kid from Frazee and that was good and it is nice to see Frazee, but it isn't easy."
The second day will start at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Team Scores after first day-
1. Brookings 95
2. Frazee 86.5
3. Lisbon 62.0
4. Wahpeton 51.5
5. West Fargo 51.0
6. Sisseton 45.0
7. Grand Forks Central 38.0
8. Kindred 27.0
9. Breckenridge 22.0
10. Fergus Falls 18.0
11. Fargo North 11.0
12. Crookston 8.0
13. Border West 4.0
     West Fargo Sheyenne 4.0
15. Devils Lake 2.0

  PIRATES Opponents/Results Place
106 lbs Zach Brown Lost to Jack Pikula (Frazee) by pin at 2:22  
113 lbs Nolan Dans Lost to Hunter Hermanson (WFargo) by pin at 2:32
Bye
 
120 lbs Cade Coauette Bye
Lost to Brock Roesler (Kindred) by pin at :28
Bye
 
126 lbs Cameron Weiland Lost to Dakota Andrews (Border West)  by pin at 1:10  
132 lbs Cameron Hulst Lost to Kaden Hiemenz (Frazee) by pin at :41  
138 lbs Damian Narvaez Lost to Spencer Ellison (Border West) by pin at :40  
145 lbs Lukas Meier Beat Waulker Spanel (Wahpeton) by pin at :50  
152 lbs Preston Desrosier Lost to Jared Franek (W. Fargo) by pin at 3:17  
160 lbs Luis Argueta Bye
Lost to Hudson Heimenz (Frazee) by pin at 1:15
 
160 lbs Luke Trandem Beat Will Rohrich (G.F. Central) by pin at 1:28
Lost to Dalton Reinke (Lisbon) by pin at 1:10
Bye
 
170 lbs Damian Hodgson Lost to Justin Brockel (Sisseton) 9-3 
Bye
 
182 lbs Collin Leckie Lost to Vincint Herberg (Sisseton) by pin at :58  
195 lbs Jake Davidson Lost to Logan Mulder (Lisbon) by pin at 1:59
Bye
 
220 lbs Open    
285 lbs Open    




WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 30,  2016

BIG SECOND HALF LEADS SOUTH DAKOTA STATE PAST MINNESOTA CROOKSTON IN AN EXHIBITION GAME

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball team had a final tune-up before they start their conference season this weekend with a matchup against Division 1 South Dakota State University on Wednesday night. Minnesota Crookston, which has been inconsistent shooting the ball in the early stages of the season, made 13 three-pointers in the game but it wasn’t enough. The Jackrabbits, who counted the game as a regular season game while the Golden Eagles had it as an exhibition, had five players score in double-figures and led for all but 11 seconds of the game on their way to a 90-58 win at Frost Arena in Brookings, South Dakota.
South Dakota State jumped out to an early 11-3 lead as the only points that Minnesota Crookston could muster in the game’s opening five minutes was courtesy of a Chase Knickerbocker (So., Annandale, MN) three-pointer. The Golden Eagles started just 1-of-6 from the field while the Jackrabbits hit 3-of-5 three-pointers to begin the game. Out of the media timeout, UMC freshman standout Harrison Cleary (Fr., Oak Creek, WI) got his first points to cut the lead to 11-5 with 14:36 to go. Reed Tellinghuisen had the hot hand early for SDSU, scoring five points in the game’s first five minutes. After struggling early, the Minnesota Crookston defense had a nice stretch, holding South Dakota State without a field goal for nearly four minutes before Ian Theisen’s lay-in made it 15-5 in favor of the home team. “South Dakota State has very good length and they used that to their advantage playing a zone against us,” Minnesota Crookston Head Coach Dan Weisse said. “We were just tossing the ball around early and not attacking the zone.” After the teams traded baskets, a Cleary trey cut the lead to single digits at 17-10 with 12:22 left as UMC showed their scrappiness early. South Dakota State pushed their lead to 21-13 at the halfway mark of the first half, primarily with balance as seven different players found the scoresheet in the game’s first 10 minutes. “We just couldn’t get stops in the half,” Weisse said. “They were hitting their shots and really hurting us.” For the Golden Eagles, they just couldn’t hit a shot as they started 6-of-15 from the field. The sixth field goal was a big one though as Connor Gamble (R-Fr., Stillwater, MN) connected from deep to make it a nine point margin at 25-16 with 9:16 to go before the half. Gamble stayed on fire, hitting his first five three-pointers for 15 points and keeping UMC within six points of SDSU. “We need Connor to keep doing that this season,” Weisse stated. “He has a green light for the most part and is a really good shooter.” The Jackrabbits responded well, hitting five shots in a row themselves and taking their largest lead of the half at 36-25 with 4:53 to go. Reed Tellinghuisen continued to hurt UMC in the half, racking up his 10th point to make it a 38-29 Jackrabbit lead. Mike Daum’s third bucket of the game put the Jackrabbits up 40-29 late and they went into the locker room with a 48-38 lead. The Golden Eagles, after starting 6-of-15 from the field, finished the half knocking down 7-of-14 shots. The Golden Eagles were on fire from downtown in the half, hitting 10-of-21 shots from beyond the arc. Connor Gamble hit all six of his triples for 18 first half points, Chase Knickerbocker had two three’s and 10 points in the half and Harrison Cleary and Kobe Critchley also knocked one down. UMC also showed improvement in taking care of the ball, committing just six first half turnovers.
It’d be interesting to see how the Jackrabbits adjusted to the Golden Eagles’ outside attack in the first half when the teams came out of the locker room for the second 20 minutes. Harrison Cleary started off things well in the second half for UMC, scoring five points in the first five minutes to cut the lead to 50-43. SDSU responded with a 6-0 run to push the lead back to double digits at 56-43 with 14:02 left in regulation. Balance continued to be the name of the game for the Jackrabbits with three guys in double-figures at that point and they were knocking down 64% of their shots. “SDSU has a lot of weapons and will be good in the Summit League this year,” Weisse said. “We allowed them to be a little too comfortable on offense.” Cleary got into double-figures with his fourth basket of the game to make it 56-45. South Dakota State continued to hold the lead in the half, utilizing great ball movement as they assisted on 17 of their first 21 field goals. The Jackrabbits defense stiffened up and they started to pull away late, going on a 7-0 run over a minute and a half stretch to balloon their lead to 20 at 69-49 with 7:20 to go. The hot shooting for UMC became nonexistent as they made just 2-of-11 shots during the Jackrabbit run. The run ballooned to 20-5 over a 7:26 span for South Dakota State as they led 78-52 with four minutes to go in the game. After taking care of the ball for the majority of the contest, Minnesota Crookston turned it over four times late and continued to struggle from the field. SDSU kept up their hot shooting, paced by Ian Theisen’s 16 points, and finished the game on a 12-6 run to take the 90-58 win.
The Golden Eagles were led by Connor Gamble’s 21 points off the bench. Chase Knickerbocker had 14 and a team-high five rebounds and Harrison Cleary finished with 10. UMC shot just 20-of-59 (37%) from the field and was outrebounded 37-20. “There’s no question their size got to us,” Weisse noted. “They dominated us in the paint with their post guys and were able to make some nice drives from their guards.” The Jackrabbits had five players score in double figures, led by Theisen’s 16 and shot an impressive 32-of-49 (65%) from the field in the win. “They were just knocking down everything they threw up,” Weisse explained. “If you look at their games earlier in the season, they hadn’t been shooting like that. We let them get way too comfortable on offense.”
UMC will begin their conference season this weekend with a trip to St. Cloud State and NSIC North Preseason Player of the Year Gage Davis on Friday night at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud. The Golden Eagles will wrap up their opening conference weekend at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Saturday evening. “We got humbled tonight but I think it prepared us well for the conference season coming up,” Weisse said. “I told the guys to forget about this one when they wake up tomorrow and be excited and ready to start conference play.” Because it counted as a regular season game for the Jackrabbits, they improve to 3-6 on the year with the win.

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

38 20 58

South Dakota State

48 42 90

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Connor Gamble 21    
Chase Knickerbocker 14 5 2 steals
Harrison Cleary 10    
Chase Johnson 5    
Kobe Critchley 3   5 assists
Aaron Hollcraft 3
Nate Lorenz 2    
Xavier Hall 0   3 assists
Riley Rice 0   3 assists

 


 

UMC FALL SPORTS TEAMS HAVE 27 RECEIVE NSIC ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS

The University of Minnesota Crookston boasted 27 student-athletes who earned Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Fall All-Academic honors during the 2016 season. 10 football players, nine soccer players and eight volleyball players garnered the award for the Golden Eagles.

The NSIC had 662 student-athletes who earned NSIC All-Academic honors for the 2016 fall athletic season. To be eligible for this honor, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better. Furthermore, the student-athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her/his institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.

The overall total of student-athletes UMC had receive the honor during the fall season is up from 21 from 2015. Football showed vast improvement with five more student-athletes garnering the honor. Soccer maintained their nine student-athletes from last season, while volleyball added one more to their tally of seven from 2015.

The Golden Eagles had 52 student-athletes receive All-Academic standing last season. They are off to a strong start for the 2016-17 season with their 27 student-athletes during the fall slate. Over 20 percent of the student-athlete population were NSIC All-Academic recipients last season. 

 

Football

Ali Alkhatib, LB, So., Rosemount, Minn.

Aeric Berner, DB, So., Antigo, Wis.

Kolby Castillo, OL, So., Aiea, Hawaii

Jake Christopherson, DL, Sr., Sturgeon Lake, Minn.

Nathan Cole, QB, Sr., Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Adam Connette, WR, Jr., Corona, Calif.

Sam Davis, OL, So., Richardson, Texas

Zach Greenberg, LS, So., Winnipeg, Manitoba

Casey Kraska, DL, Sr., Stephen, Minn.

Drew McDurmin, OL, Sr., Aiea, Hawaii

 

Women’s Soccer

Ellie Brettschneider, MF, Jr., Lakeville, Minn.

Molly Buck, D, Sr., Lakeville, Minn.

Nicole Corbin, D, Jr., Ramsey, Minn.

Samantha Deutsch, D, Sr., Lakeville, Minn.

Nikki Dogan, MF, Jr., Grand Forks, N.D.

Danielle Gau, D, Sr., Monticello, Minn.

Lexie Gauger, GK, Sr., Green Bay, Wis.

Tori Hill, MF, So. Brandon, Manitoba

Gabby Kekke, MF/F, Jr., Argyle, Minn.

 

Volleyball

Casey Cashman, DS, Sr., Ashland, Wis. 

Kali Erickson, OH, Sr., Fargo, N.D.

Kaycie Hagen, DS, Jr., Savage, Minn.

Sabrina Leuer, RS, So., Hamel, MInn.

Alyssa Muelken, MH, Jr., Savage, Minn. 

Callie Schapekahm, MH, So., Eagan, Minn.

Sierra Trost, S, Sr., Ham Lake, Minn.

Becca Vandenheuvel, DS, Jr., Cannon Falls, Minn.

 

 

TUESDAY  -  NOVEMBER 29, 2016

CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY OPENS UP WITH QUICK START AND 10-0 WIN AT RED LAKE FALLS

The Crookston Pirates Boy's Hockey team had some questions coming into the season. One, who would do the scoring after graduating about 70 percent of it from last year's team. "We are going to have to do it by committee," said Crookston first year head coach Josh Hardy. That is what they did with seven different players scoring as the Pirates had Red Lake Falls on their heels from the first drop of the puck and cruised to a 10-0 win over the Eagles at the Cardin-Hunt Arena in Red Lake Falls in the season opener for both teams.
The question of who might fill the gap on offense this season could have been answered in the first 40 seconds as that is when freshman Ben Andringa scored on a shot from the slot to give Crookston the early lead on their first shot on net in the game. "We came out flying right away as we'd talked about putting in a lot of months of work here and now it's time to play under the lights and they were ready to go ready from the drop," said coach Hardy. Under two minutes later Andringa struck again, this time on a rebound to make it 2-0 just two and a half minutes into the 2016-17 season. With the youngster scoring the first two goals, a couple veterans would score the next two. First it was Zach Markovich who missed all of his junior year on the ice last year after playing on the first line his sophomore year. The senior got a great pass from Andringa in front alone and put it in to make it 3-0. Then senior captain defenseman Ethan Christopherson scored in the last seconds of a power play on a slap shot that beat freshman goalie for Red Lake Falls, Brenden Larson to make it 4-0. "We were cycling the puck down low," said Christopherson, "then we decided to get some shots on net and the puck came out on top and Magsam (Ethan) slid it over and it was a one timer." Crookston would finish off the period with another power play goal, this time the freshman Andringa completed a hat trick just 13 minutes into his high school career when he pounced on a rebound to the right of Larson to make it 5-0 after the first period. "Ben works hard but it was a team effort," said Hardy, "we had Zach and Dane (Anderson) both going and Ben was on the right side of the puck in the first period."
It appears the matching of two seniors with the freshman has the makings of a very good top line for Crookston as the trio dominated action when they were on the ice the entire first two periods. "They were good in practice all week and they were good tonight," said Hardy, "they were feeding off each other. They are doing a good job of taking Ben under their wings teaching him the ropes and it paid off in the first period."
The second period was much the same with Crookston stifling Red Lake Falls who had no space to create anything offensively and the Eagles spent much of the time in their own end which in turned created many opportunities for Crookston. Brandon Boetcher has the capabilities to be a top scorer as well for the Pirates and he scored on a good fore checking play where he kept the puck alive in the Red Lake Falls end and slid a shot to the right of Larson that seemed to somehow evade the freshman to give Crookston a 6-0 lead a couple minutes into the second period. The Pirates Ben Trostad scored on a slapper from the point to make it 7-0 five minutes into the second as Crookston continued to buzz. Crookston was playing three lines and eight defenseman when coach Hardy put Drew Dragseth and Charles Eickhof at wing for a fourth unit with Brock Heppner and they tallied late in the period when Dragseth send a wicked backhander from the slot in and Crookston led 8-0. Crookston then scored twice in 20 seconds with under a minute to go. The first was Christopherson after losing a puck to an Eagle and then coming back to intercept a pass and was able to walk in the Red Lake Falls zone and from the top of the circle blasted a shot past Larson for a 9-0 lead. "I had to make up for a bad step but I then kind of read their pass and stepped up and then did what I had to do," said Christopherson who had one goal playing all the games last season and doubled that output in the first two periods of this season! Another Crookston freshman, Joey Doda scored with  26 seconds to go in the second period when he tipped a Jake Anderson shot from the point and the Pirates went into the second period break with a 10-0 lead. "As I said before the game it's going to take a village for us to score this season," said coach Hardy, "we lost a lot of top end scoring but we have some depth and a lot of guys got in on the score sheet. We switched some guys to play four lines in the second period along with six defensemen and they were able to score as well, so it certainly was a good start for us.
In the third period nobody scored as the Pirates did a lot of cycling of the puck and Red Lake Falls still having trouble getting the puck out of their zone. "We told our guys that we don't want to create any bad habits but we don't need to score," said coach Hardy, "lets maintain possession of the puck, work on our low game, get the puck back to our points and defense going d to d looking for shots and tips. We did a nice job of doing that in the third period and we didn't need to score but their goalie Larson made some nice saves in the third coming across a couple of times and robbed us."  Red Lake Falls who had one very good chance early in the game with a puck that laid in the crease for 10 seconds without going in and then late in the game, they rang one off the post but managed only one shot on goal in the third as Crookston continued to control the puck and game and wins their season opener 10-0 on the road."I told the boys that it doesn't matter if it's Red Lake Falls, East Grand Forks or Warroad, we are going to celebrate this one for 24 hours and then we get on the ice tomorrow for practice it's on to the next one," said Hardy. The next one for Crookston will also be on the road for a weekend trip starting on Friday night at Sartell and then Saturday afternoon at Blake. "Sartell is a good team and we had a wild one with them last year losing 7-4 in our building," said Hardy, "they have a Meyer kid who is one of the better ones in the state, they are going to be in their own barn and it should be a fun one."
Crookston was able to play all 20 players on their roster that including eight defensemen which was alright with captain Christopherson, "the coaches want to get the defensemen more involved with the offense this year and actually step up into the play. We absolutely get a little more rest this year too. I remember the Detroit Lakes game last year when we were going with three defensemen and I had to take a nine minute shift one time, so having these young guys step in really helps."
Red Lake Falls will take a week off before they play another Section 8A game but this time on the road at Bagley-Fosston.


Ethan Christopherson scores one of his two goals on this shot

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 5 5 0 10
Red Lake Falls 0 0 0 0


Leyton Salentine with a shot from the point as an Eagle tries to block the shot

1st Period
:40 - Crookston - Ben Andringa (Ben Trostad)
2:32 - Crookston - Ben Andringa (2)  (Zach Markovich, Jake Anderson)
5:57 - Crookston - Zach Markovich (Ben Andringa)
11:47 - Crookston - Ethan Christopherson (Ethan Magsam, Leyton Salentine)  (PP)
13:07 - Crookston - Ben Andringa (3) (Ben Trostad, Dane Anderson)  (PP)

2nd Period
2:17 - Crookston - Brandon Boetcher
5:20 - Crookston - Ben Trostad (Tim Parr, Brandon Boetcher)
13:32 - Crookston - Drew Dragseth
16:14 - Crookston - Ethan Christopherson (2)
16:34 - Crookston- Joey Doda (Jake Anderson, Lauro Gutierrez)

3rd Period
No Scoring


        Seth Schmitz battles Zach Markovich on a face off

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Cade Salentine-Crookston 3 1 x 4
Thomas Cymbaluk - Crookston x x 1 1
Brenden Larson-Red Lake Falls 14 9 6 29





CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY SCORES TWO BUT FALLS ON THE ROAD IN FARGO

The Crookston Pirate Girl's Hockey team went into Tuesday night’s tilt against Fargo North/South off of a solid performance at the Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament in Thief River Falls where they played their best hockey of the year so far in the early season with their first win of the season over Park Rapids 4-2 before losing to West Fargo, N.D. on Saturday 6-1. Crookston, who was without top defenseman Jayden Allrich due to sickness, couldn’t overcome the numbers and an early deficit and fell to Fargo North/South by a 7-2 final.
Offense was limited for both teams in the first period as Fargo North/South’s Josie Hell scored to make it 1-0. “We played well in the first period but just got outskated altogether tonight,” Crookston Head Coach Jaclyn Martin said. “We struggled with finding our position and staying grounded. Missing Jayden Allrich and having other players under the weather didn’t help.”
Fargo North/South scored two unanswered goals in the second to make it 3-0 before the Pirates got on the board to make it 3-1. The even strength goal by Maddie Nicholls, her fifth of the season was a welcome sight for a Pirates offensive unit that had struggled through the early portion of the season to score. Nicholls continued to show her skill, getting some space and going short side into the net. Josie Hell answered the Pirate goal with her second of the game for North/South and then Graysen Myers tallied her second of the night to make it 5-1. Anna Erickson and Mackenzie Hanson scored late to make it 7-1. Crookston converted on a power play late when Macy Strem stayed strong off of a faceoff win and lit the lamp for her first of the year to make it 7-2 as they lost by that final. “That goal was a big confidence boost for Macy,” Coach Martin said. “She continued to impress on faceoffs tonight and her goal was a snipe over the glove.”
Crookston falls to 1-6 on the year and will hopefully have a full arsenal of players when they continue their schedule on the road on Saturday against Brainerd. “We are excited to get some rest but we also need to work on our conditioning,” Martin stated. “I’m looking forward to working on that and tinkering with our power play more.” Fargo North/South improves to 2-0 on the season and will visit Mandan for their next game on Friday.

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 1 2
Fargo North/South 1 3 3 7

1st Period
14:29 - FNS - Josie Hell (Jaycee Moore)

2nd Period
5:42 - FNS - Graysen Myers (Avery Myers, Anna Erickson)
9:24 - FNS - Rachel Johnson (Mackenzie Hanson)
14:50 - Crox - Maddie Nicholls (5)
15:38 - FNS - Josie Hell (Mackenzie Hanson)

3rd Period
4:41 - FNS - Graysen Myers
8:39 - FNS - Anna Erickson (Sydney Nelson, Rachel Johnson)
14:59 - FNS - Mackenzie Hanson (Rachel Johnson) (PP)
16:23 - Crox - Macy Strem (1) (PP)
 

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brelee Jobe- Crookston 16 14 17 47
Lauren Harr- Fargo North/South 6 3 3 12






MONDAY - NOVEMBER 28,  2016

UMC DECIDES THEY WON'T RENEW THE CONTRACT OF VOLLEYBALL COACH LEE ANDERSON

 

The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department announced today that Head Volleyball Coach Lee Anderson's contract has not been renewed.  “We thank Coach Anderson for his commitment to the volleyball program and the University of Minnesota Crookston and we appreciate all of his efforts. We wish him only the best,” said Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. 

Anderson spent the last 10 years at the University of Minnesota Crookston and had a record of 85 wins and 203 losses.
Prior to his appointment at UMC, Anderson served as the head volleyball coach at Glenville State College in Glenville, W.V. for two seasons (2005-06). In 2005, the Pioneers had a record of 3-28. Anderson turned the 2006 season around, finishing with a record of 10-17. The team set a new school record for conference wins in a season.
A native of Renfrew (Ontario), Canada, Anderson also served as the assistant women's volleyball coach at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and he served as head coach for three seasons (2000-03) at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
A search for a new volleyball coach will begin immediately.

 

 

 

SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 27,  2016

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL PROGRAMS JUNIOR EAGLE DAY HAS 55 PARTICIPANTS

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program held their third annual Junior Eagle Day. The Golden Eagles would put on a clinic in partnership with the Crookston Youth Basketball Association. Minnesota Crookston had 55 participants in the camp, continuing a tradition of good turnouts from the community after 60 last year and 50 the first year of the clinic.  “I am very happy with the turnout for our Junior Eagle Day,” said UMC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Weisse. “It is fun for me as a coach to see the interaction between our players and the youngsters in the community. This was just a great experience for everyone involved. A special thank you goes out to the CYBA for helping make this happen. We look forward to continue to get out in the community and impact young people in a positive way."
Participants in the youth clinic received instruction from the Golden Eagle coaches and players. They did skill sessions and drills with the staff and players at Lysaker Gymnasium.  


The 55 participants and the UMC Golden Eagle Men's Basketball team at the conclusion of the camp

 

 

SATURDAY  -  NOVEMBER 26, 2016

CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY CAN'T OVERCOME WEST FARGO'S SECOND PERIOD FLURRY IN LOSS AT THE RALPH ENGELSTAD ARENA HOLIDAY CLASSIC

It was a tale of two games to start off the Thief River Falls Holiday Classic at the Ralph Engelstad Arena for the Crookston Pirates Girl’s Hockey Team and the West Fargo United Girls Hockey team. The Pirates played their best game of the season in a win against Park Rapids and West Fargo couldn’t generate any offense in a loss to the host Thief River Falls Prowlers. Crookston couldn’t overcome a second period flurry by West Fargo and fell by a 6-1 final in their final game of the 2016 TRF Holiday Classic. 
As expected with an early morning game, the first period started sluggish for both teams as the players were gripping their sticks and having trouble moving their feet. West Fargo controlled play early, taking an 8-3 lead in shots on goal through the first half of the period. The dam finally broke for the Pirates as West Fargo’s Maleah Stromme shot the puck from the point and it found its way past Crookston netminder Brelee Jobe to make it 1-0 in favor of West Fargo. The Pirates responded well, much like they did yesterday, when Jayden Allrich sniped a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. Kylee Meier crashed the net, providing a screen, and the puck found its way across the goal line. Allrich’s first goal of the year was assisted by Ali Hutter and the teams went into the locker room tied 1-1 after the first period. “We were feeling good after that first period,” Crookston Head Coach Jaclyn Martin said. “The girls had confidence from yesterday and knew they could compete with this team. We were buzzing and making plays in the first period.”
The second period was completely dominated by West Fargo United as they broke the tie just 42 seconds into the period. Courtney Walsh’s first of the game was assisted by Mattyson Barta and Megan Berginski and made it 2-1. “Even though it was a quick goal I was proud of the fact that the girls didn’t get their heads down after that,” Martin said. “We settled down and got some chances.” Crookston had a couple of good chances in the middle of the period but didn’t really test West Fargo goalie Brooklyn Myrvik. The game broke open in the latter stages of the period when West Fargo lit the lamp three times in a span of 1:26. Halle Speidel scored at 14:59 to make it 3-1 then Walsh notched her second of the game 31 seconds later to make it 4-1. Kaycie Herring put United up 5-1 in the final minute of the period to complete the flurry and give her squad a four goal lead heading into the second intermission. “Little mistakes really killed us in that stretch where they scored three goals,” Martin explained. “We made some bad passes to the middle and didn’t take care of the puck. Their team took advantage of it and made us pay. Those little mistakes can come back to get you.”
Crookston came out playing well in the third period as they were putting some good chances on the West Fargo net. Kenzie Epema had multiple quality chances for the Pirates in the period and the shots on goal were 9-9 in the period with a few minutes left. “Kenzie is a smaller player so she gets pushed around a lot,” Martin said. “She did a great job today with hustle and using her speed to get some good chances.” West Fargo’s Megan Berginski was the lone goal scorer in the period as she lit the lamp on a bouncing puck from the right point. Crookston couldn’t get anything going late and West Fargo United held on for the 6-1 win.
The Pirates got 32 saves from Brelee Jobe on the day but struggled on the power play, going 0-4. “We definitely need to change up the power play this week,” Martin said. “The one we have isn’t working so we’ll look to change something up in practice this week.”
Crookston finishes the Thief River Falls Holiday Classic 1-1 and is now 1-5 on the season and will return to play on Tuesday when they take on Fargo North/South on the road. “We like playing in this classic and are happy we got a win out of it,” Martin said. “We can take a lot of positive things out of this weekend.”  West Fargo improves to 2-1 on the year and will play Dickinson on December 2nd in their next game.


Jayden Allrich follows through on her goal   MacKenzie Epema follows through on a pass

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
West Fargo 1 4 1 6
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 1

1st Period
7:05 - WF - Maleah Stromme
10:12 - Crox - Jayden Allrich (1) (Ali Hutter)

2nd Period
:42 - WF - Courtney Walsh (Mattyson Barta, Megan Berginski)
14:59 - WF - Halle Speidel (Mady Davies)
15:30 - WF - Courtney Walsh (Mattyson Barta)
16:25 - WF - Kaycee Herring (Megan Berginski, Halle Speidel)

3rd Period
12:43 - WF - Megan Berginski (Alexis Lemley)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brooklyn Myrvik - WF 3 5 9 17
Brelee Jobe - Crookston 10 11 11 32



Catherine Tiedemann skates up the ice

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OFFENSE STRUGGLES IN LOSS TO ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY IN SAN ANTONIO

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Women's basketball team struggled offensively in the first three quarters and tried a comeback, but it came up short in a ?? loss to St. Mary's University at their Thanksgiving Classic at the Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.
UMC started the game with a three pointer from Micaela Noga (Jr. Blooming Prairie) 38 seconds into the game for a 3-0 lead.  St. Mary’s answered with 14 straight points and held the Golden Eagles scoreless for almost seven minutes until Caitlin Michaelis (Soph. Marshfield, Wis) made a three pointer to stop the run and UMC trailed 14-6.  The three pointer from Michaelis sparked UMC and they finished the final two minutes of the quarter on a 4-2 run and trailed 16-10.
The Golden Eagles started the second quarter like they started the game, when they scored the first basket when Kitri Zezza (Fresh. Albertiville) made a jump shot and a couple possessions later, Noga made one of two free throws and UMC trailed 16-13.  Both teams struggled on the offensive end for the next couple of minutes and St. Mary’s was the only team to score and led 18-13.  UMC answered with two Iseioma Odor (Soph. Bloomington) free throws, only to have St. Mary’s score a quick basket to regain a five-point lead.  St. Mary’s ended the half strong and took a 25-18 lead into halftime.  The old saying goes, you live by the three and you die by the three pointer and UMC struggled big time from beyond the three point arc, but was still in the game.  UMC made two of their 21 three pointers in the first half.
St. Mary’s started the third quarter on a 11-2.  UMC’s third and fourth point of the quarter came when Odor made two free throws with 5:27 left in the quarter.  St. Mary's continued to dominate the quarter and took a 42-22 lead with 3:37 left in the quarter.  UMC started to warm up in the final minutes of the quarter and went on a 10-5 run in the last couple of minutes to get within a 47-32 deficit. 
UMC continued to have the hot hand and trimmed the deficit down to single digits in the fourth quarter, but the comeback ran out of time and St. Mary's started to hit their free throws and the Golden Eagles lost 70-57.  UMC struggled from beyond the three point arc and made six of 34 attempts for 17 percent.
UMC drops to 0-4 on the year and will start conference play on Friday, December 2 at St. Cloud State.   St. Mary's improves to 7-1 on the year.

BOX SCORE

1

2 3

4

Final

UMC

10 8 14 25 57

St. Mary's

16 9 22 23 70

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Allison Hughes 18 3  
Isieoma Odor 11 9 2 blocks
Kitri Zezza 7 5 3 assists
Caitlin Michaelis 5 5 2 assists
Micaela Noga 4    
Paige Weakley 4 5  
Emily Gruber 2 5  
Kelsey Stinson 2    
Lindsey Weber 2    
Amber Schoenicke 2 3  

 

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