THURSDAY - JANUARY 18,  2018

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL USES BIG SECOND HALF TO BEAT WARREN-ALVARADO-OSLO

The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team scored the first nine points of the game and added a strong second half to beat the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Ponies 74-46 at the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo High School Gymnasium.
Crookston jumped out to a 9-0 lead, led by Carter Winand’s five points and a basket apiece from Todd Boerger and Jaden Lubarski. “Good starts are nice to have and we need to do that in every game,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. “We came out with some energy and that was nice to see.”  The team exchanges basket and after a three pointer from Nick Garmen, Crookston led 12-2. “I was looking to do a little more and be more aggressive,” said Nick Garmen, on the KROX Radio postgame show.  The Ponies responded in a big way, with a 10-2 run to cut Crookston’s lead to 14-12 with eight minutes left in the half.  Crookston’s Garmen scored the next five points to open up a three possession lead. “I saw Caden (Osborn) in the block and told him to stay there and threw it to him and jumped in bounds and he gave it back and I shot it,” said Nick Garmen, who added he could see a little better. “My contacts help a lot.  I can’t remember when I started wearing them, but I was shooting bad and I knew I had to change something, so I put my contacts in and it helped.”   The Pirates continued to build on their lead and took a 34-23 lead at halftime.   “Any time you shoot the ball well you are going to overcome mistakes you make.  After looking at the stats at halftime, we shot well,” said Coach Garmen. “We moved the ball around and got some run outs and it was good to see.”
Crookston was leading 38-28 two minutes into the second half when they went on an 8-0 run with a basket from Lubarski, Boerger followed with a basket and a steal for another basket and Blake Fee capped the run with an offensive rebound and basket for a 46-28 lead five minutes into the half.  The Pirates led 48-34 when they went on an 11-0 run with Garmen making two free throws followed by seven straight points by Boerger for a 57-34 lead with seven minutes left in the game.   Crookston led 64-39 after a Lubarski three-point play and Crookston added two more points after Nick Garmen was poked in the eye and was sent to the free throw line to shoot free throws and made both shots. “After he poked me I couldn’t see,” said Nick Garmen. “I don’t know how they both went in.” Both teams played everybody on their roster in the final minutes and the highlight late in the game was the Pirates' Chris Kazmierczak getting his first varsity points on a made three pointer and Crookston coasted to a 74-46 victory.  “We came out with some energy and we have been trying to get the guys to play like Dennis Rodman, who was relentless and we got after it a little more today, so maybe it is working,” said Coach Garmen. “Having Nick, Todd and Carter on the perimeter is nice and Blake and Jaden played well and got after it tonight so that was good to see.  It was nice to get everybody in at the end and now we get ready for another big section game tomorrow night.”
Crookston improves to 7-7 on the year and will host Barnesville on Friday, a game you can hear on KROX.  Warren-Alvarado-Oslo drops to 1-11 on the year.
J.V. – Crookston won 53-27

 


 

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

34 40 74

Warren-Alvarado-Oslo

23 23 46


Nick Garmen with one of his six assists in the game as Todd Boerger goes in for a layup

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Nick Garmen

21 6 6 assists/6 steals
Todd Boerger 20   3 assists/2 steals
Jaden Lubarski 12 5 3 blocks
Carter Winand 7 3 3 steals/2 blocks
Blake Fee 6 7 3 assists
Chris Kazmierczak 3    
Caden Osborn 3 4  
Walker Winjum 2    


Chris Kazmierczak with a three pointer for his first varsity points

For W-A-O

Points

Jackson Steer 16
Mason Wang 9
Tyler Estabrook 6
Connor Narlock 5
Jesse Kilen 4
Hunter Steer 4
Dawson Mochkle 2

 

 


CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL HAS ALL 12 PLAYERS SCORE IN A WIN AT BAGLEY

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team started the game on a 19-0 run and never looked back in a 69-23 victory over the Bagley Flyers in a Section 8AA game played in Bagley.
Crookston had a great start and scored the first 19 points of the game with a handful of players scoring in the first seven minutes of the game.  “We got off to a really good start and had the offense and defense going right away,” said Pirate Coach Darin Zimmerman. “We were able to pick up some steals and convert them into some easy buckets and we made some shots and kind of maintained the rest of the way.”  Bagley scored their first point on a free throw with 10:55 left in the first half.  Crookston continued to play well and they used their solid defense to set up their offense the rest of the half and took a 43-11 lead into halftime.  “We talked about executing our game plan and we were able to do that in the first half,” said Coach Zimmerman. “All things considered we played really well and we were able to make some shots in the paint.  There were a few shots we missed, especially in the paint that we will have to make next week.” 
In the second half, Crookston looked at working on their offense by running all the way through some of their plays and they executed that plan nicely.  The Pirates continued to play solid defense and all 12 players that dressed were able to score on their way to a 69-23 victory.  “Everybody played in the second half and everybody that dressed scored, so that was nice,” said Coach Zimmerman. “In the second half, we were trying to be patient and trying to execute our offense and we did a better job of that in the first couple minutes.  A few minutes later we got some different players in and had some different rotations.  It was a nice team effort and it was nice to do some things that we set out to do.”
Crookston improves to 8-5 on the year and will travel to Barnesville on Monday for another Section 8AA game.  Bagley drops to 0-14 on the year.
J.V. – Crookston won 49-11


Jaeden Lizakowski brings the ball up the floor   Emma Borowicz uses a pick
                (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

43 26 69

Bagley

11 12 23


Elise Erdmann with a shot (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography

For CROOKSTON

Points

Kasey Cwikla 13

Bailey Folkers

10
Emma Borowicz 7
Hayden Winjum 6
Rachel Hefta 6
Dani Boyle 6
Hailey Seaver 5
Elise Erdmann 5
Kylie Solheim 4
Jaeden Lizakowski 3
Gretchen Theis 3
Hannah Emanuel 1

 

For Bagley

Points

Rylee Aufforth 6
Alex Syverson 5
Carly Lewis 5
Kylli Anderson 4
Sadie Spaulding 3





 

Bemidji Lumberjacks girl’s hockey spoil Crookston's home finale on senior night

The Bemidji Lumberjacks Girl’s hockey team outshot the Crookston Pirates 47-10 in route to a 4-1 victory to spoil Brelee Jobe’s Senior Night in a non-Section game played at the Crookston Sports Center. Bemidji controlled possession of the puck throughout the opening period and capitalized with a short-handed goal 6:28 into the period scored by Hannah Eller to give the visitors a 1-0 lead which would stand for the rest of the period as Crookston’s lone senior Jobe made 17 saves in the opening period of her final game on her home ice. “We played very well, back and forth hockey,” shared Crookston coach Jaclyn Martin. “They had more shots than we did, but we had some opportunities as well, we tried a couple things, but it didn’t work and we couldn’t bury it.” In the second period, scoreless hockey prevailed until the final minutes with Austyn Tobey doubling the Lumberjacks lead with a goal 14:39 into the period, but Crookston responded with Aleah Bienek scoring her third goal of the season to give the Pirates’ a 2-1 deficit at the end of two periods. “It started with (MacKenze Epema) and she did a nice on the left-hand side of the offensive end winning a battle, pushed it over to (Breck Fugleberg) and then Breck just tried to put it on net and it went through the skates of (Aleah Bienek), she kind of swiped at it and missed, but she kind of got the goalie to move over when she did that almost like a fake shot and then she just kind of buried it low-side, on the ice, blocker side,” recapped Martin. “It was nice, that was a huge goal because we were down 2-0 at that point, so it was nice to come back with one.” Bienek’s goal would be the only one for the Pirates in their final home game of the season, but Bemidji would tally two more in the final period as Maggie Marcotte scored a scrappy goal in front of the Crookston net before Gracie Fisher sniped a wrist shot top shelf blocker-side past Brelee Jobe 9:40 into the third period to wrap up the 4-1 win for the visitors. The Pirates won’t have any time to worry about their loss at home, with a road trip starting tomorrow in North Dakota. “It’s another overnight this weekend,” shared Martin. “We have to go all the way out to Mandan (N.D.), but we’re going to have to go in there and look at it as if it’s any other game.” Although the result wasn’t what the Pirates had hoped for, their only Senior, goalie Brelee Jobe finished her final home game having faced 2,499 shots so far in her career. Her coach was emotional explaining what Jobe has meant to the program, “I don’t want to start crying, but she’s just played unbelievable throughout her career and not only watch her progress as a player, but as a person as well. She’s really matured and taken the team under her wing and it’s just been kind of fun to see her as a mother hen and she just does such a nice job and it’s not only on the ice but off the ice and I don’t think a lot of people see.”
The Pirates drop to 3-17 this season and will return to the ice on Friday at Mandan (N.D.) with puck drop set for 7 PM. Bemidji improves to 4-18.


 Brelee Jobe makes a glove save, one of her 43 saves in the game

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji 1 1 2 4
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 1


         MacKenze Epema looks to pass to a teammate

1st Period
6:28 - Bem - Hannah Eller (Unassisted)
(SH)

2nd Period
14:39 - Bem - Austyn Tobey (Alexis Leitner)

15:48 - Crox - Aleah Bienek (MacKenze Epema, Breck Fugleberg)

3rd Period
3:01 - Bem - Maggie Marcotte (Hannah Eller, Jacie Lalli)
9:40 - Bem - Gracie Fisher (Alexis Leitner, Austyn Tobey)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brooklyn Delap - Bemidji 5 0 4 9
Brelee Jobe - Crookston 17 17 9 43



 

CROOKSTON WRESTLING WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT DUAL IN ROUT OF FERTILE-BELTRAMI


                        Damian Hodgson in control of his match, on his way to a pin in the third period

The Crookston Pirates Wrestling team capitalized on four Fertile-Beltrami Falcons forfeits and five Pirate pins to win their sixth straight dual, 56-15 on Senior Night in a Section 8A matchup at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
Zach Brown (106) continued to excel in his opening role for the Pirates, as Crookston’s lightest wrestler picked up another victory by pin 5:01 into his match. “We got a lead going out there right away with Brown, but Fertile wrestled some good matches at 113 and 120,” said Crookston head coach Wes Hanson. A pair of forfeitures from the Falcons opened an 18-9 lead for Crookston, with Colton Weiland (138) picking up a pin at 0:49 to grow the Pirates’ lead to 24-9. Ethan Boll (145) added Crookston’s third pin in a thrilling back and forth match with the Falcons’ Damian Gudvangen that ended with just 0:58 left in the match. “Ethan Boll had a really good match, back and forth,” shared his head coach, “and then ended up driving through, putting him on his back and getting the fall for us and that was a really big win for us and the team.” Lukas Meier (152) put on a clinical display to earn a technical fall victory just 3:52 into the match and continue to grow the Pirates lead to 35-9. “Lukas Meier was in on his leg attacks and just wrestled solid to pick up the tech fall,” said Hanson. Celebrating senior night, Luis Argueta (170) won a thrilling match by a 7-2 decision pulling away in the final period. “Luis wrestled a really solid match, stayed in good position and wrestled a complete match and that’s what it takes to win,” Hanson explained. Damian Hodgson (182) picked up a pin for Crookston 4:18 into his match. “Damian Hodgson showed some offense, went to a nice under hook single leg attack, right to the back for a pin,” added Hanson. Collin Leckie (285) finished the night in style for Crookston with a pin just 0:59 into his bout to secure the 56-16 dual win for the Pirates. “He got into an upper body position and he just had to go with it, he settled in on top and earned the pin,” Hanson concluded. With Crookston hosting the Section 8A tournament, the Pirates will wrestle in their home gym once more this season, but the Pirates concluded the regular season home slate to send the senior class of in style, a class that has special meaning to their head coach Wes Hanson, “I’ve been coaching for 6 years so this is the first group that I saw all the way through from 7 to 12, they’re great wrestlers, great leaders, and also great people.” The Pirates improve to 10-3 on the season in dual meets and will return to the mat on Saturday in the 18-team Thief River Falls Tournament beginning at 10 AM at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Fertile-Beltrami drops to 2-7.

 
Lukas Meier looking to make a move in his match, which he won by a Tech Fall

 

Crookston- 56

Fertile-Beltrami- 15

Results

Winner

106 lbs

Zach Brown

Seth Lavalier

Pin 5:01

Crox

113 lbs

Nolan Dans  

Levi Qualley

10-9 

F-B

120 lbs

Braxton Volker 

Hunter Hitchen 

 Pin :43

F-B

126 lbs

Cameron Weiland 

OPEN

Forfeit  

Crox 

132 lbs

Cameron Hulst 

OPEN 

Forfeit  

Crox

138 lbs

Colton Weiland

Ross Hamre 

Pin :49 

Crox

145 lbs

Ethan Boll  

Damian Gudvangen 

Pin 5:02 

Crox

152 lbs Lukas Meier 

Alex Smith  

TF 3:52 

Crox

160 lbs

OPEN 

OPEN  

 

 

170 lbs

Luis Argueta 

Justin Boit  

7-2 

Crox

182 lbs

Damian Hodgson

Gabe Horgeshimer

Pin 4:18 

Crox

195 lbs

Jake Wagner

OPEN

Forfeit 

Crox

220 lbs

Jacob Davidson

Dakota Qualley

Pin 4:51 

F-B

285 lbs

Collin Leckie

Jude Olson 

Pin :59 

Crox 


Zach Brown gets ready to make a move in his match

 



CODY BREKKEN HIRED AS THE NEW PIRATE BOYS TENNIS COACH, PENDING SCHOOL BOARD APPROVAL

Crookston High School and University of Minnesota Crookston graduate, Cody Brekken, will be the Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis Coach this spring, pending school board approval at a future meeting. 
Brekken is a 2007 graduate of Crookston High School, where he was a three-sport athlete, competing in football, hockey and tennis. He played
outside linebacker for the Pirate football team and as a junior, he was an All -Conference selection and selected as the Pirate Defensive MVP. As a senior, he earned All-Conference honors, All-State Honorable Mention, Northern Lakes Conference MVP, along with being voted Defensive MVP, Team MVP and the Most Dedicated. He played varsity tennis four years and was primarily a doubles player.  After high school, Brekken played football at UMC, where he graduated in 2011.  Brekken was a member of the Northern Sun Conference All-Academic team and a four-year player for the Golden Eagle football program.
Brekken is currently employed by the Crookston School District as the Crookston Community Pool manager and he has coached in the Pirate Football program in the past.  He is also a member of the National Guard and has been stationed in Washington D.C. where he is the Executive in Command (second in charge) of a Battery of 95 soldiers.  He will be coming home in mid-February and will be back in time for the first practice. 
Brekken was home after Christmas and met with Crookston High School Activities Director, Greg Garmen, had an interview and was told a week later that he had the job. KROX was able to catch up with Brekken in Washington D.C. on Wednesday evening.  He is excited to coach tennis this spring for his alma mater. “I am very excited.  Playing football and hockey have the team aspect, but tennis is a unique animal being an individual sport.  It was the sport I most enjoyed in high school, so it is going to be good to get back with competitive tennis,” said Brekken.
Cody will take over for veteran, future hall of famer and his former coach, Mike Geffre, who retired after last season’s trip to the state tournament. “He has carved quite the path in Crookston boys and girls tennis.  He is a tough man to follow, but I will lean on him a bit.  I am excited to pick up where he left off and keep the progress going,” said Brekken. “Tennis is a sport that you can have fun playing and at the same time teach them individual lessons and I will be looking for them to bring a lot of energy.  Tennis is a mental game and I will try to get the kids to keep themselves accountable and I will bring some discipline stuff from what I am doing now in the National Guard.”
Brekken said he is excited to come back home after serving his country to see his family and also to take over one of the top tennis programs in the state of Minnesota.  “My goal will be the same as what we have had for a while, consistent section championships and keep that competitive level high,” said Brekken.  “I will expect a lot out of them and hopefully I will get it in return.  I am excited to get started.”
Cody is married to Anna (Ogaard) Brekken, the Crookston School District Food Service Director.

 

 

WEDNESDAY - JANUARY 17,  2017

FOUR CROOKSTON PIRATE STUDENT-ATHLETES TO PLAY COLLEGE SPORTS NEXT YEAR

Four more Crookston Pirate student-athletes have verbally committed or signed to continue their athletic career in college, so far this year.  Cade Salentine has verbally committed to play football at the University of North Dakota, Colton Weiland has verbally committed to wrestle at St. Cloud State University, Ally Tiedemann has verbally committed to play tennis at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Bailey Folkers has signed to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.  In the fall, Kate MacGregor and Merran Dingmann announced they will be swimming at Minnesota State Moorhead next school year.
Student athletes planning on attending a Division 1 or 2 school cannot sign a letter of intent until February 7, and Division III can sign anytime.


Cade Salentine, Ally Tiedemann, Bailey Folkers and Colton Weiland

KROX talked with the latest four Pirate athletes about their decision and their responses are below-  (We had a story in the fall with MacGregor and Dingmann)

Cade Salentine – (Football at the University of North Dakota – NCAA DI)
Cade Salentine is a three-year starter on the Crookston Pirate Football team and a three sport athlete (hockey, and track).  This fall, Cade ran for 1,563 yards and 19 touchdowns this fall and completed three of four passes for three touchdowns and 142 yards.  He also had 11 receptions for 253 yards and three more touchdowns.  On the defensive side of the ball, he has played linebacker and defensive back.  He was second on the team in defensive points this year with 119.  He is the goalie on the hockey team and has competed in the state track meet.
“First off I have to give credit to the coaches at UND, they gave me multiple reasons why I should go there, my family was all supportive of me and the being a Division 1 school made me want to see what I can achieve,” said Salentine. “Being close to home and to have people and family come to watch me play will be nice.”
Cade is slotted to play outside linebacker at UND.  “It didn’t matter where I was going to play, I just want to play,” said Salentine, who added it was nice to be recruited by former Pirate Head Football coach, Eric Schmidt. “I had heard a lot of good things about him.  He watched my games in football and hockey and he did an excellent job of reaching out to me and watching me.”
Tentative major – Something with biology

Colton Weiland – (Wrestling at St. Cloud State – NCAA DII)
Colton Weiland has been wrestling varsity since he was in seventh grade.  He has over 125 career victories and he is a three sport athlete (football and track).  He led the football team in defensive points and has competed in the state track meet.
“My coach Wes (Hanson) went there and over the years he has given us insight about St. Cloud and everything about it, so we all kind of knew a little bit about it.  Some of our workouts and warmups come from his time at St. Cloud and I really liked the facility, I liked the guys, I liked how it wasn’t too far away from home, they are a really good team,” said Weiland. “I am really excited to go onto college and wrestle.  The part I am the most nervous about is getting a spot on the team as a starter.  Making the decision felt good.  I didn’t have to worry about where I am going and I can just focus on the rest of my senior year.”
Tentative Major – Business Management  

Ally Tiedemann – (Tennis at the University of Minnesota-Duluth – NCAA DII)
Ally will play tennis at UMD.  She is a two-sport athlete (Tennis and Golf) and she has competed in the State Tennis tournament four times in the individual tournament and has competed once with her team, where they finished second place.  She has 152 career wins in tennis, a school record.  She has also competed in the state golf tournament four times and will look for a fifth trip this spring.  As a sophomore she finished sixth and as a junior she finished seventh at state golf.
“First I was thinking I wanted to play golf and toured some colleges this summer and I knew I wanted to tour UMD the last few years and it was the last school I toured and I really liked the feel of it and after the tennis season I really missed it and knew I wanted to keep playing and I love the Duluth area,” said Tiedemann. “I like how big the school is and it is far enough away from home and they have Division 1 hockey.  Everything was really nice.  UMD doesn’t have a golf team and they have tennis so that is part of how I picked, if they had golf I would look at playing both sports.”
Tentative major – Pharmacy (they have the second best Pharmacy School in the country)

Bailey Folkers – (Basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Superior – NCAA DIII)
Bailey is a two-sport athlete (soccer and basketball) and will play basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Bailey is a captain on the Pirate Girls basketball team. She is averaging 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and three steals per game and is shooting 70 percent from the free throw line.
“I was really between Superior and going to MSUM and just going to school at Moorhead and as it came to basketball season I have talked to the Superior coach on-and-off and after game days I was thinking I don’t want this to be my last season,” said Folkers. “I loved the campus and there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the campus and the team is nice.  They have a good program and the coach is awesome and I was able to spend an overnight with the team and that was awesome.”
Tentative major – Double major in Psychology and Social Work


Kate MacGregor and Merran Dingmann sign their letters of intent to swim at MSUM next school year.

 

CROOKSTON YOUTH HOCKEY REPORT

The Crookston Blue Line Club has released another youth hockey report.  The latest report is below-

MITE WHITE
The Mite White team played Roseau this past weekend, they have again made great improvements. Scoring for Crookston was Caden Perry and Blair Johnson. Tucker Lubinski played goalie and did an excellent job!! 

MITE BLUE
Mite Blue played three games this weekend.  We lost to Roseau on Saturday in Crookston but went on to win in Bagley on Sunday morning before losing an exciting game to Bemidji that afternoon.  All the kids played hard and it’s fun to see them progress as the year goes on.  Our player of the weekend is Kira Daniels.  She had a great weekend scoring goals in all three games.  She is become more & more confident and aggressive with each game.  Congratulations Kira… Keep up the good work!

8U
The ​Crookston 8U​ girls played there little hearts out this weekend. ​Skating into our home ice​ nervous after our last games against Roseau, w​e came out with our heads high and 
skated off after our second game the same way...Heads high!! ​ We ​ended up losing both games 5-3, but​,​ watching these girls continue to grow together and learn their positions and play as a team is equally amazing as if we had​ won. ​Leading scorer in both games was​ Adley Vigness and Rilynn Aubol blocked ​many fierce shots!  On Saturday, our 8​U​ girls will ​host Bemidji at​12:30 &​ 4:15 and on Sunday, they will host RLF at ​4​:​15 at the Crookston Sports Center​.

SQUIRT A
It was a hockey filled weekend for the Squirt A’s who played four games going 2-1-1.  Our weekend started at home playing International Falls, the boys built a 2-0 lead after the first period but ended up eventually falling 4-3 with 10 seconds left in overtime. Scoring for Crookston was Connor Maruska (2G) and Ryan Street.  Wyatt Cordts and Greyson Ecker each had an assist.  Dylan Thode turned away 17 shots.
The second game of the day was against the MayPort Ice Dawgs who started off strong ending the first period in a 1-1 tie, but our boys turned it on in the 2nd and 3rd periods finding the back of the net 12 more times to finish a 13-1 win.  On the score sheet for Crookston was Isaiah Donarski (2G), Jay Reese (3G), Greyson Ecker (2G, 2A), Connor Maruska (4G, 1A), Brandon Colborn (2G), Garret Fischer (1A) and Mason Reitmeier (1A).  Parker Kelly turned away 10 shots.
The Sunday road trip double header started in Wadena.  This game was entertaining on so many levels because the team is really buying into doing the little things like winning races for a loose puck, competing along the boards, hustling back to play defense.  They’re also recognizing these little victories from the bench and cheering each other on when they do so.  Despite outshooting Wadena 39-8 after two periods the score was tied at 2-2. The boys were not going to be denied their win and scored 7 goals in the third period to secure the 9-2 victory.  On the score sheet for Crookston was Ryan Street (1G), Tate Hamre (1G, 2A), Isaiah Donarski (1G), Connor Maruska (2G), Greyson Ecker (1G, 1A), Mason Reitmeier (1G,1A), Wyatt Cordts (1G, 1A), Brandon Colborn (1G) and Jay Reese (2A).  Dylan Thode recorded 11 saves.
The boys are starting to think that most hockey games are 3 periods plus another 5 minutes since we played our 6th overtime game of the season in Detroit Lakes Sunday afternoon.  In 3 periods of defensive back and forth play both teams were only able to register one goal each ending in a 1-1 tie. Scoring for Crookston was Wyatt Cordts.  Parker Kelly turned away 32 shots to secure the tie.
Squirt A’s are looking forward to a little time off this weekend and will return to play Jan 27th at home against Warroad and Bemidji.

SQUIRT B
The Squirt B was idle this past weekend, they are back in action Tuesday night when they look to even the series on the road against Red Lake Falls for another exciting District rivalry game!

10U
The Crookston 10U girls had four games last weekend.  Last Friday, they defeated East Grand Forks 7-3 at home! The game was a battle the first period ending 1-1, but the girls pulled away scoring another six goals to EGF's two by the end of the third. Scoring that game was Logan Brekken & Kaylie Clauson (2 goals each), Maddie Harbott & Addie Fee (1 goal, 2 assists each), and Ashlyn Bailey (1 goal, 1 assist).  Goalie Natalie Longoria had 8 saves.
On Saturday, the girls traveled to Fargo-Moorhead. First, they faced a solid Fargo Freeze A team and struggled to get many shots on goal, ending in a 0-6 loss. Goalie, Natalie Longoria did fantastic, saving 44 shots!
Later Saturday, the Crookston 10U girls played Moorhead A for the second time this season. They hung in there the first two periods only trailing by 2 goals, but Moorhead came on strong in the third scoring another five, putting the final score 1-8 loss for Crookston.  Miryah Epema scored the lone Crookston goal. Longoria had 27 saves.
Sunday, the Fargo Freeze A team traveled to take on the 10U girls on at home. Crookston held on strong the first period, only allowing one goal from the Freeze, but the Freeze poured on the shots in the second period scoring 6 more to Crookston's one by Ashlyn Bailey.  The final score ended 1-10 loss, Longoria saving 16 shots.
The Crookston 10U girls will host their home tournament this coming weekend (Jan 19-21). They play Fergus Falls at 2:00pm Friday, Winnipeg Storm at 9:00am and Hermantown at 3:00pmSaturday, with Sunday's game TBD.

PEEWEE
The Peewee boys faced two tough district opponents at home on Saturday.  During the morning game, the boys struggled in the first two periods to shut down a relentless Hallock offense, finding themselves down 0-5. Even though Hallock continued to outshoot them, they held Hallock scoreless in the third, but did not get the opportunity to score themselves. Goalie, Jaren Bailey saw numerous quality shots saving 52 of 57.  
Later that day, the boys took on Lake of the Woods. They came out with the same enthusiasm as they did in the third period of Hallock game, with Crookston's Carter Trudeau (assisted by Kaleb Armstrong & Nathan Kelly) scoring early in the first period, followed by LOW scoring a few minutes later. LOW ended up pulling away scoring four unanswered goals in the second and third, until late in the third period, Drake Lord (assisted by Jackson Demarais) put the final goal in. The Crookston Peewees fell to LOW 2-5. Goalie Jackson Dauksavage saved 29 of 34 shots.
The Crookston Peewees will travel to Bagley at 11:45 next Saturday (Jan 20) and will face Mayville at home at 2:30 on Sunday (Jan 21).

12U
The Crookston 12U hosted their home tournament this past weekend.  The action started Friday afternoon and the girls fell to East Grand Forks 2-8.  Friday evening we lost a tough battle with the Winnipeg Stars 1-2.  Saturday morning we lost to Warroad, the eventual tournament champion.  In the last game of the weekend, we battled another district opponent - Thief River Falls.  The girls fought extremely hard and came up just short in a 2-3 loss.  The 12U team is ending a busy stretch of 9 games in 9 days.  Time for some rest and practice to get ready for the final push of the season. On Friday, the Crookston 12U will travel to East Grand Forks to take on the Green Wave!

BANTAM
Crookston Bantams were on the road for two games this weekend. On Saturday morning, Crookston defeated Bagley 9 to 7 in an action packed, back and fourth game.  Scoring for Crookston was Kaleb Thingelstad(5), Jack Doda(3) and Alex Longoria​(1).  Assists went to Peyton Swanson(4), Alex Longoria(2), Jack Doda and Sam Stewart.  Noah Dragseth picked up the win.
With the win against Bagley, Crookston remains undefeated in District 16 play.  Later that afternoon, Crookston played at Park Rapids and won 4 to 1.  Scoring for Crookston was Jack Doda (2) and Alex Longoria (1). Assists went to Alex Longoria(2) and Gavin Anderson.​  Carter Nelson had a great perfomance in net.
Crookston travels to EGF on Friday, and will be at home on Saturday and Sunday against Fargo and TRF.  

Crookston Youth Hockey - Players of the Weekend - ​January 12-14

Top: Tucker Lubinski - Mite White, Kira Daniels - Mite Blue, Adley Vigness - 8U, Greyson Ecker - Squirt A
Bottom:  Natalie Longoria - 10U, Carter Trudeau - Peewee, Cassie Solheim - 12U, Gavin Anderson - Bantam

 

 

TUESDAY  -  JANUARY 16, 2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS HOCKEY GIVES UP TWO GOALS IN THE THIRD, FALL TO PARK RAPIDS

The Park Rapids Girl’s hockey team all but ensured they will avoid the six-seed in the Section 8A tournament by completing their season sweep of the Crookston Pirates with a 4-2 victory in a section 8A game played Park Rapids’ Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Both sides struggled to establish any flow to the game in the first period until Alexa Kennedy scored the breakthrough goal 15:20 into the opening period to give Park Rapids a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would respond with an equalizer just 48-seconds later with Crookston’s leading scorer Catherine Tiedemann notching her seventh goal of the year after receiving a pass in the slot from fellow freshman captain MacKenze Epema to tie the game at one after one period of play. “Aleah (Bienek) won the faceoff and Mac (MacKenze Epema) just found Catherine (Tiedemann) breaking and she saw the goalie going down and sent the shot right over her shoulder,” explained Crookston head coach Jaclyn Martin. “That was a nice job by her skating with her head up, looking, and aiming. We really needed that one and used it to go into the second.” In the second period, Crookston struck first as Samantha Sanders skated behind the net and finished a wrap-around goal, tucking her shot inside the near post to give Crookston a 2-1 lead 9:37 into the second period. “She came around and took the puck, and a lot of younger players want nothing to do with the puck, but Samantha took it with her head up, saw she had an opportunity with the goalie kind of caught she went around with her forehand and buried the wrap,” said Martin. The fans were excited and I was excited because you go from down 1 to up 2-1.” Park Rapids tied the game 12:02 into the period as Lexi Hinkley Smith sent a shot past Crookston goalie Brelee Jobe to tie the game at 2. The second period would end with a 2-2 tie setting up some hectic final 17 minutes of the game. “It was a little frustrating because we had so many opportunities to put another one through, but we just couldn’t seem to do it,” added the Pirates’ head coach. Crookston failed to capitalize on a power play halfway thru the final period before Park Rapids took advantage of a power play of their own with Katie Sagen rifling a shot from the point under the glove of Jobe to give the hosts a 3-2 lead 7:48 into the final period. Crookston proved unable to find a crucial third goal despite emptying their net for an extra skater in the final two minutes. With 1:28 remaining Hinkley Smith added a second goal to her total lofting a ¾ length of the ice shot into the empty net to lock up the 4-2 victory for Park Rapids. “I thought we played hard, we controlled the majority of the game,” said Martin. “That third goal, I thought should have been an offside and then there was an interference, a couple missed calls by the refs there and you’re down 3-2 in the third period and doing everything that you can and I think we just couldn’t bury it and that’s always been a struggle. I thought overall we played pretty hard and we played well, we had a lot of offensive opportunities and a couple nice goals, but we just didn’t have enough tonight.”
The Pirates drop to 3-16 this season and will return to the ice on Thursday when they host Bemidji at the Crookston Sports Center with puck drop set for 7 PM. Park Rapids improves to 3-17.


          Breck Fugleberg brings the puck up the ice

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 1 1 0 2
Park Rapids 1 1 2 4


              Catherine Tiedemann brings the puck up the ice

1st Period
15:20 - PR - Alexa Kennedy (Tara Johanning,  Abigale Strandlie)
16:08 - Crox - Catherine Tiedemann (7) (MacKenze Epema)

2nd Period
9:37 - Crox - Samantha Sanders (2) (Maddi Salentine)
12:02 - PR - Lexi Hinkley Smith (Alexa Kennedy, Tara Johanning)

3rd Period
7:48 - PR -  Katie Sagen (unassisted) (PP)
15:32 - PR - Lexi Hinkley Smith (unassisted) (Empty Net)


   MacKenze Epema catches the puck on the fly

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brelee Jobe - Crookston 12 19 19 50
Kylee Pachel - Park Rapids 14 8 8 30





CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY REVERSES THE TABLE, BEATING DETROIT LAKES 3-1

"I didn't really talk to the boy's before the game about how important this game was," said Crookston head coach Josh Hardy, "after we lost at their place, we needed this win tonight to stay on a par with Detroit Lakes when it comes to seeding time. We lose and we would be behind them."  He didn't have to tell his players. They knew, "Yeah, I think we all knew how important it was and had to win this game," said Crookston sophomore center Ben Andringa who scored a scored and assisted on another to lead the Pirates to a 3-1 win over Detroit Lakes in a Section 8A Boy's Hockey game at the Crookston Sports Center.
Crookston had lost four games in a row coming into tonight's game, having scored just one goal in each game. "One goal is not going to get it done for us or any team for that matter," said coach Hardy. Crookston started early, three and a half minutes into the contest when senior Brandon Boetcher snapped off a whistler from about 10 feet out to the right of the Lakers goalie, Blake Itzen. "I seen Brandon and I just put the puck on net, "said Andringa, "it came out to him and he buried the puck. It was a nice goal, got us on the board early." Boetcher's goal was the first shot on goal for the Pirates after Detroit Lakes came out with the first three on net. "We started a little slow and took us a while to get going," said coach Hardy, "the goal certainly picked us up. It was a nice shot by Brandon, who has a great shot and he used it there."  It appeared the period would end 1-0, but with 10.3 seconds left in the period, the Pirates Eric Delorme made a huge rush into the Lakers zone, turned a defenseman and went straight in on the Lakers goal, was stopped by Itzen, but the rebound came to Tim Parr who put it in to give Crookston a 2-0 lead after the first period. "It got us off that one goal thing," said Hardy. "It was a nice rush by Eric, who uses that big body to gain space and showed some speed and Timmy was where he should have been, in the right position for the rebound and goal."
Detroit Lakes took a penalty at the end of the first period, which gave Crookston a full power play to start the second period.  The period didn't start well as Detroit Lakes carried much of the play short-handed and eventually took advantage of a Crookston turnover and big Jackson Fields was able to knock in a rebound after a  tremendous rush by Trey Seebold just 44 seconds into the period to cut the Pirates lead in half at 2-1. "We just had trouble clearing the puck and you could just feel it coming," said coach Hardy, "we turned it over and they capitalized. We were a little tentative at the start of the period and fell back into that trying to make the pretty plays instead of just getting the puck in deep and going to work, which has been successful for us." Detroit Lakes started carrying the play to Crookston after their 'shorty' with the Pirates withstanding the Lakers and then the momentum turned toward Crookston and then Andringa got an insurance goal, one timing a rebound from the slot by Itzen. "Eric Delorme was working down low, doing his business," said Andringa, "Delorme was battling the big guy, number 16 (6'5 Cam Gilbertson), he spun around hit me in the slot and I put it top shelf."  It enabled Crookston to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. "We're happy about the 3-1 lead and we talked about that underneath the play, we are waiting for pucks to bounce out to us. Like in the offensive zone the puck is maybe at the hash marks and we are hanging around behind the net hoping the puck comes down to us instead of getting back and playing defense first," said Hardy.
Nobody scored in the third period but Detroit Lakes mounted a pretty good offensive attack, but Crookston senior goalie, Cade Salentine was strong stopping 11 of his 26 saves in the period. "Detroit Lakes threw everything they had at us in the period," said Hardy, "they are a good team, with some nice players. We played well defensively and Cade was very good. We did have some chances too." Detroit Lakes pulled their goalie with 1:12 to go in the game, but were unable to get anything on net as Crookston rod e it out to a 3-1 win, which the identical score they lost to 10 days ago in Detroit Lakes. "It was a nice and important win for us," said Hardy, "we needed this to continue to put importance on the rest of the Section games we have left to try and get as high a seed as we can get."
Crookston improves to 8-8 on the year. "It is good to stop the losing streak and it's been a while since we've been under five hundred, so this is good," said coach Hardy. "We have another good opponent coming in on Friday in Hibbing and then we could have two Section games next week. We are trying to get our make up with Park Rapids on Monday and then we have Kittson Central on Tuesday."  Detroit Lakes drops to 6-8-1 on the year and will host Lake of the Woods on Friday night in one of those 'key' Section match ups.
JV -  Crookston won 3-2


Eric Delorme fights off a Detroit Lakes player while cutting towards the net

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Detroit Lakes 0 1 0 1
CROOKSTON 2 1 0 3


Ethan Magsam shoots the puck on the net before a Laker can get to him

1st Period
3:31 - Crookston - Brandon Boetcher (4) (Ben Andringa)
16:50 - Crookston - Tim Parr (3) (Eric Delorme, Logan Wardner)

2nd Period
:44 - Detroit Lakes - Jackson Fields (Trey Seebold) (SH)
11:01 - Crookston - Ben Andringa (8) (Eric Delorme, Ben Trostad)

3rd Period
No Scoring


The Pirate team and the Mites huddle after the Mites played during the 1st intermission - Coach Hardy enjoying the Mites action

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Blake Itzen - Detroit Lakes 8 7 6 21
Cade Salentine - Crookston 6 9 11 26


The Crookston Mites playing during the first intermission -  A neat touch, many of the Pirate Boys Varsity team stayed out and watched!!!

 

 

CROOKSTON WRESTLERS DOMINATE IN LOWER WEIGHTS FOR A 48-26 SECTION WIN AT PARK RAPIDS

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team won nine of the first 10 matches and cruised to a 48-26 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers in a dual in Park Rapids.
Crookston won the first two matches of the night to set the tone with a pin from Zach Brown early in the second period. “Zach came out and wrestled well,” said Coach Wes Hanson. “He came out strong in the second period and picked up the pin and that got us going.”  The Pirates won by forfeit in the second match, before they suffered their first loss by pin at 120 pounds. “Braxton Volker wrestled a very good opponent,” said Coach Hanson.  “His opponent was ranked second in the state and he gave him a good match.”
The big swing match for the Pirates came at 132 pounds when Cameron Weiland had a back-and-forth match and came away with a 13-9 victory to spark his team. “That was one of the swing matches going into it,” said Coach Hanson. “After winning that match, I felt really good moving forward.”  Crookston won the next two matches by forfeit, before Colton Weiland won by a pin in the second period, Lukas Meier won by decision, Luke Trandem won by a pin with nine seconds left in the match and Damian Hodgson won his match by a pin to wrap up the Pirates win streak. “Colton wrestled well, Lukas had one of the best first periods I have seen from him this season,” said Coach Hanson. “Luke was trailing by five late in the third period and he was able to make a move and get the fall and that was a climax of the night.  Damian wrestled well and got the pin.”
Crookston lost the last four matches of the evening and held on to win the match 48-26.  “It was a really good night for the Pirates and the guys keep improving and we are starting to gain some momentum going into a busy rest of the week,” said Coach Hanson. “We have been wrestling well, it was a complete team effort and we wrestled well tonight.”
Crookston improves to 9-3 in duals on the year and will host Fertile-Beltrami on Thursday. 

 

Crookston-48

Park Rapids-26

Results

Winner

106 lbs

Zach Brown

Lucas Kritzeck 

Pin 2:17

Crox

113 lbs

Nolan Dans

OPEN 

Forfeit

Crox

120 lbs

Braxton Volker

Ashton Clark 

Pin 2:19

PR

126 lbs

Cameron Weiland

Kobe Burton  

13-9

Crox

132 lbs

Cameron Hulst

OPEN

Forfeit

Crox

138 lbs

Ethan Boll

OPEN 

Forfeit

Crox

145 lbs

Colton Weiland

Joe Klein  

Pin 2:42

Crox

152 lbs Lukas Meier

Landen Burlingame 

7-3

Crox

160 lbs

Luke Trandem

Eli Bessman 

Pin 5:51

Crox

170 lbs

Damian Hodgson

Dawson Roth 

Pin 1:42

Crox

182 lbs

Luis Argueta

Cody Dravis  

Pin 2:38

PR

195 lbs

Jake Wagner

Jack Hensel 

5-0

PR

220 lbs

Jake Davidson

Zach Hocking 

Pin 1:06

PR

285 lbs

Collin Leckie

Dwayne Johnson 

Pin :46

PR




 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCORES 27 IN FIRST QUARTER, CRUISES TO A WIN OVER BEMIDJI STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team used a 13-0 run to start the game and cruised to an impressive 73-48 over the Bemidji State Beavers in a Northern Sun Conference game played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
The Golden Eagles started the game on an impressive 13-0 run behind a mixture of solid defense and stellar offense.  Crookston was led by Emily Gruber (Sr. Monticello) with six points, Micaela Noga (Sr. Parkers Prairie) added five and Caitlin Michaelis (Jr. Marshfield, Wis) added a layup and the Golden Eagles were off and running halfway through the first quarter.  Bemidji State finally scored their first basket with a little over four minutes left in the quarter, but UMC continued to roll and took a 27-9 lead when Noga made a three pointer before the end of the first quarter. 
The Golden Eagles cooled down on the offensive end of the floor and the teams played even in the second quarter and UMC led 39-23 going into halftime.
UMC continued to play solid on both ends of the floor in the third quarter and took a 57-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Golden Eagles pulled their starters and the bench played the final four minutes.  Neither team scored for two minutes until Lindsey Weber (  ) had a nice move in the paint for a basket and Ashley Freund (  ) made a three-pointer and Bemidji State ended the game with a couple free throws and the Golden Eagles won 73-48.
UMC moves out of last place in the North with the victory and improves to 4-8 in the NSIC and 4-12 overall and will host the University of Mary on Friday and Minot State on Saturday.  Bemidji State drops to 3-9 in the NSIC and 4-12 overall.  


Ashley Freund with a three pointer   Kasey Harper brings the ball up the floor

Box Score

1 2

3

4

Final

Bemidji State

9 14 13 12 48

UMC

27 12 18 16 73


Amber Schoenicke with a tough basket late in the game for the Golden Eagles

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 18 9 6 Blocks/2 Steals
Abby Guidinger 17 6  
Micaela Noga 12 6  
Emily Gruber 9 9 2 Steals
Paige Weakley 6 2  
Caitlin Michaelis 4 2 3 Assists/3 Blocks
Ashley Freund 3    
Steph McWilliams 2   3 Assists/2 Steals
Lindsey Weber 2    






MONDAY - JANUARY 15,  2018

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE THROW CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Crookston Knights of Columbus held their annual free throw shooting contest at the Crookston High School Gymnasium on a snowy, cold Sunday afternoon.  20 kids participated and the winners are below.


The Crookston Knights of Columbus free throw champions

Age Girls Winners Boys Winners
9 years old Halle Nicholas Colton Osborn
10 years old Danielle Kresl -
11 years old - Rylan Lubarski
12 years old Kasia Wilson Martin Garcia
13 years old Emma Osborn Jacob Hesby
14 years old Emma Borowicz Gunner Gunderson

 


 

SUNDAY - JANUARY 14,  2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE TREASURETTES COMPETE IN HAWLEY


The Crookston High School Treasurette Varsity and J.V. teams and coaches

The Crookston High School Dance team, the Treasurettes, competed in Hawley on Saturday. 
The Varsity squad finished eighth place in High Kick and Jazz.  The Junior Varsity team finished ninth place in high kick. 
The Treasurettes will perform at the Pirate Boys Basketball game on Friday and they will compete in Pelican Rapids on Saturday.

Members of the Varsity team are - Merran Dingman, Kate MacGregor, Katelyn Wagner, Hannah Lindemoen, Quinn Siegle, and Kayla Brekken.

Members of the Junior Varsity team are - Emily Barrus, Morgan Coauette, Brianna Kelly, Amanda Schultz, Emily Shea, Elizabeth Sanchez and Mackenzie Schehr.


       The Crookston High School Treasurette team in one of their performances at Hawley


       Another picture of the Crookston High School Treasurettes performing at Hawley


The Crookston High School Treasurette J.V. team performing at Hawley

 

 

SATURDAY - JANUARY 13,  2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS BASKETBALL USES LATE RUN TO BEAT HIBBING

 

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team used a 10-0 run late in the game to come from behind to beat the Hibbing Blue Jackets 59-53 in a game played at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.  With the win, Crookston is 3-0 in 2018.
Hibbing coach David LaCoe, said they didn’t shoot well in a 20 point loss at Thief River Falls on Friday night, but they came out strong to start the game and took an 11-2 lead four minutes into the game.  “It was a slow start,” said Pirate Coach Darin Zimmerman. “We weren’t rotating well in the first couple of minutes and they have some nice players and they were making some shots.” Hibbing was led by Abbey McDonald, a 5’6 junior guard that averages 25 points per game and had a coach from the University of North Dakota watching her play, with four points in the run.  Crookston settled down and Emma Borowicz, the outstanding freshman, gave her team a spark with back-to-back three pointers and Rachel Hefta added two free throws and the Pirates trailed 13-10. “That run was important,” said Coach Zimmerma. “We got into a better rhythm both offensively and defensively.” The teams had a good back-and-forth the rest of the half with ties at 17, 19 and 28 before Hibbing took a 30-28 lead into halftime. “Hibbing made some nice shots,” said Coach Zimmerman. “We were happy with how we finished the half, playing better in the final seven or eight minutes.”
Crookston struggled mightily on the offensive end to start the second half as they only scored three points in the first nine minutes of the half and trailed 42-13, after a 10-0 Hibbing run with 9:05 to go in the game. “We had to many turnovers, to many empty possessions and when we got a shot off, it wasn’t the best shot,” said Coach Zimmerman. “It was a sluggish nine minutes.”  Crookston received a much-needed offensive boost when Bailey Folkers scored five straight points to bring the Pirates within a six-point (42-36) deficit with eight minutes left.  “Winners find ways to get things done,” said Coach Zimmerman. “Bailey made some big plays and her teammates made some plays around her to get us back in the game.”  Hibbing led 48-41 with six minutes left in the game when the Pirates went on a huge 8-0 run when Borowicz started the run with a layup and Hefta added two free throws in the bonus and Hayden Winjum stole the ball from McDonald at half court, was fouled and made two free throws.  After a Hibbing turnover, Borowicz added another basket and Crookston led 49-48 with three minutes left in the game. “I knew once we got ourselves back we were in good shape,” said Coach Zimmerman. “We were playing good defense and it was a fun way to come back because it was over a period of time and we made some nice plays.”  McDonald scored on the next Hibbing possession, but Crookston answered with a drive and beautiful pass from Kiley Solheim to a wide-open Hefta for a basket to regain the lead.  Borowicz added two free throws and after a Hibbing turnover, Winjum and Solheim had a perfectly executed 2-on-1 where Solheim got the pass for a layup and the Pirates had their biggest lead of the game, 55-50 with 1:28 to go.  “That play between Kiley and Rachel might be my favorite play of the year because of the way they executed it,” said Coach Zimmerman. “Kiley had such a strong game tonight and gave us a spark on the defensive end and she made a big three pointer.”  Folkers made all four of her free throw attempts in the final minute (she was 9 of 10 in the game) to hold on and the Pirates won 59-53.  Crookston made 18 of 21 (86%) free throws in the game.  “We made our free throws tonight and that was nice to see,” said Coach Zimmerman.  “This is a big win over a class AAA school and the girls kept playing hard and finished strong.  January has been good to us so far.”
The Pirates improve to 7-5 on the year and will travel to Greenbush to play Badger-Greenbush-Middle River on Monday.  Hibbing falls to 9-4 on the year.
J.V. – Crookston won 33-22.


Bailey Folkers with some tough defense  Hayden Winjum with a shot
       (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Hibbing

30 23 53

CROOKSTON

28 31 59


Kiley Solheim drives by a Hibbing player
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Emma Borowicz

14    
Bailey Folkers 13 3 2 steals/2 assists
Kylie Solheim 12 3 3 steals/3 assists
Rachel Hefta 10 7 2 blocks/2 assists
Hayden Winjum 7   2 steals/2 assists
Kasey Cwikla 3    

 

For Hibbing

Points

Abbey McDonald 21
McKenzie Maki 12
Kourtney Manning 8
Jacie Clusiau 5
Lizzy Tuomi 5
Haley Hawkinson 2


Brady Butt, Easton Tangquist and Blake Fee "working" for ESPN at the girls basketball game
 

 

 

WARROAD'S USES BIG THIRD PERIOD TO BEAT PIRATE BOYS HOCKEY 8-1

Warroad extracted some revenge scoring in quick bursts in the second and third period to defeat the Crookston Pirates 8-1 in a Section 8A boy’s hockey game at the Gardens in Warroad.
After Crookston defeated Warroad 4-3 in overtime on December 5 in Crookston, the Warriors were ready for payback on Senior Day as their seniors shined for the home team particularly Carter Pelland, Max Marvin, Kip Knutson and goalie Joseph Jacques.  Although Warroad outshot Crookston 12-4 in the first period, neither team would score with solid goaltending by both goalies, but particularly Pirate senior goalie, Cade Salentine. “For the most part, we just got out of the period without getting scored on early like we have had,” said Crookston head coach Josh Hardy, “overall I thought we played pretty well. If you would have told me it would have been zero, zero after one, we’d of been fine with that. I thought we were OK in the first period.”
The second period had much of the same feeling of the first period for the first 10 minutes with neither team being able to score. Crookston had an outstanding chance to take the first lead when Jake Anderson’s shot from the blue line was on net, Jacques made the save, gave up one of the few juicy rebounds in the game to Eric Delorme whose shot went high and into the netting. A few minutes all heck broke loose as far as the offense, starting with just over four minutes left of the period. Carter Pelland was deep in the Crookston end, swept behind the Pirates net and to the left of the net was able to slip a pass to the right side where sophomore Owen Meeker was alone and buried the shot for a 1-0 Warrior lead. It lasted six seconds! Off the ensuing faceoff, the Pirates controlled the faceoff with Brock Heppner able to tip a head-man pass to speedy Ben Andringa who raced into the Warroad zone and snapped a wrister past Jacques to tie it at 1-1. “Their first goal was a pretty one,” said Hardy, “Cade didn’t stand a chance on that one. We responded well with Brock getting Ben the puck and he was able to find the net.”  After about a minute and a half of no one scoring, the Warriors struck twice in 41 seconds to open up a 3-1 lead with a minute and a half left of the period. The first goal was Meeker’s second on an almost identical set up as his first goal from Carter Pelland. That was followed quickly by Jaron Moyer as the Pirates were unable to clear a bouncing puck in the crease before Moyer was able to slap it in. “We turned the puck over which has been kind of our achilles heel,” said Hardy, “we weren’t helping our defense out coming out as a unit, which they made us pay on their second goal. Their third was a scramble in front of the net and we couldn’t clear it out and they made us pay. Overall, I thought we played a pretty good second period. The mood in the locker room was good and felt good going into the third period.”
Everyone knew the ‘next’ goal was going to be huge for whoever scored it and it took two minutes and it was Carter Pelland again. The senior was deep, very deep in the Crookston end and it appeared he might be going behind the Pirate net, he was almost past the end line when he flipped a backhander that was up and over Cade Salentine and Warroad was leading 4-1. “That was a big goal,” said Hardy, “you’re hoping to get that next goal to get back into it, but they were able to get that first in the third and things started tilting on us.” It started to get out of hand as Warroad scored twice in 16 seconds with Kip Knutson on a breakaway followed by another Carter Pelland score to make it 6-1 with just under 10 minutes left in the game. Crookston called a timeout and put in Jack Ricord, a junior for his first varsity appearance in goal. Ricord played well, but gave up two goals in the last five minutes, Meeker scored his hat trick on a short-handed breakaway goal and Moyer finished the scoring in the last minute and half to make it an 8-1 win for the Warriors. “Like I said in the locker room after the game,” said Hardy, “we can point fingers, but this is a team loss in the third period. Everyone had a chance to do better and improve. We need to look back on how we are playing ourselves as we just didn’t make many smart hockey plays.”
Crookston has now dropped four game in a row, scoring one goal in each game and are 7-8 on the season. “The third period tonight was probably the worst period of hockey we’ve played this season as far as hockey sense, not making very many good decisions,” said Hardy, Crookston will be home next week for two games, Tuesday they have a rematch with Detroit Lakes, who beat them 3-1 10 days ago and then a very good Hibbing team on Friday. “It will be nice to see Detroit Lakes again and it will be a short turnaround,” said Hardy, “but we have to really sit and stew on this one, process what we need to do better, changes that we need to do from top to bottom. It’s going to take an entire team shift to hopefully get this thing back on track.”
Warroad who started the season 0-6, is now 8-1-1 since to improve to 8-7-1 and will have one game next week, a key Section 8A game when they play at Thief River Falls on Thursday.
JV -  Warroad won 10-0


      Ben Andringa looks to make a move past two Warroad players

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 1
Warroad 0 3 5 8


                   Leyton Salentine looks to pass to a teammate

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
12:53 - Warroad - Owen Meeker (Carter Pelland)
12:59 - Crookston - Ben Andringa (7) (Brock Heppner)
14:48 - Warroad - Owen Meeker (Carter Pelland)
15:29 - Warroad - Jaron Moyer (Kip Knutson)

3rd Period
2:06 -Warroad - Carter Pelland (Max Marvin)
6:21 - Warroad - Kip Knudson (Gage Wilmer, Max Marvin)
6:37 - Warroad - Carter Pelland (Owen Meeker)
12:03 - Warroad - Owen Meeker unassisted  (SH)
15:44 - Warroad - Jaron Moyer (Tristan Johnson, Keaton Hoffman)


Jack Ricord deflects the puck on a shot in his first varsity game

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Cade Salentine - Crookston 12 8 5 25
Jack Ricord - Crookston X X 7 7
Joseph Jacques - Warroad 4 5 5 14


 

 

INTERNATIONAL FALLS SCORES 12 GOALS IN WIN OVER PIRATE GIRLS HOCKEY

 

The Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey team came out with a sluggish first period and International Falls scored 28 seconds into the game and added five more goals in the period on their way to a 12-2 victory in a game played in International Falls.
International Falls’ Kiana Kittelson scored on the first shot of the game, 28 seconds into the game for a quick 1-0 lead.  I-Falls added five more goals spread out through the period and took a 6-0 lead into the first intermission. “We really struggled in the first period and were caught flat-footed and we weren’t quite ready,” said Pirate Coach Jaclyn Martin. “We had a couple of opportunities, but we weren’t able to score.  The majority of the first period was played in our end.”
Crookston scored the first goal of the second period when MacKenze Epema scored 2:38 into the period. “She had a nice pass from Aleah Bienek,” said Coach Martin. “Aleah was coming around the net and Mack was right there and put it in five hole and was nice to start the period with the goal.”  I-Falls scored two goals, including one with 19 seconds left in the period for an 8-1 lead going into the second intermission. “We played better in the period,” said Coach Martin. “Maddie Salentine did a good job of blocking some shots.”
I-Falls started the third period with three goals, before Crookston’s Epema scored her second of the game and fifth goal of the season.  “We were able to play some girls that don’t play a lot and it is nice to get them some ice time,” said Coach Martin. “We wanted to give some of the girls some ice time and rest some of our other players with a big game coming up next week.”  The Broncos cruised the rest of the way for a 12-2 victory. “We didn’t play well in the first period, but we played better in the second period and we didn’t give up,” said Coach Martin. “It wasn’t a lack of trying.”
Crookston drops to 3-15 on the year and will travel to Park Rapids for a big Section 8A game on Tuesday.  International Falls improves to 8-9-1 on the year.

 

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 1 2
International Falls 6 2 4 12

1st Period
:28 - IF - Kiana Kittelson (Amber Tilander)
4:14 - IF - Grace Bragg (Taylor Sears, Amber Tilander)
10:20 - IF - Natalie Herges (Emma Erickson)
11:22 - IF - Amber Tilander (Morgan Rasmussen, Kiana Kittelson)
15:59 - IF - Gwyneth Shinners (Maria Vollom, Marissa Kerry)
16:38- IF - Grace Bragg (Natalie Herges)

2nd Period
2:38 - Crox - MacKenze Epema (4) (Aleah Bienek)
6:24 - IF - Taylor Sears (Gina Auran)
16:41 - IF - Gina Auran (Taylor Sears, Faith Black)


3rd Period
4:50 - IF - Morgan Rasmussen (Amber Tilander, Marissa Kerry)
6:10 - IF - Gwyneth Shinners (Maria Vollom)
9:00 - IF Amber Tilander (Morgan Rasmussen, Kiana Kittelson)  
10:18 - Crox - MacKenze Epema (5) (Rylee Solheim)
14:23 - IF - Maria Vollom (Gwyneth Sinners, Olivia Wright)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brelee Jobe - Crox 16 14 14 44
Macy Marcotte - IF 5 1 1 7

 

 

 

BALL MOVEMENT FREES SIOUX FALLS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SHOOTERS IN WIN OVER MINNESOTA CROOKSTON

The Sioux Falls Cougar Women’s basketball team (USF) recorded 20 assists and 11 three-pointers to top the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) 74-57 in a Northern Sun Conference game played at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls.
UMC looked all the part of a tired team that was completing the final of four straight road games as the Cougars scored the first six points of the game prior to an Abby Guidinger three-pointer (Fr., Waukesha, WI) that found the net 3:58 into the first quarter. Emily Gruber (Sr., Monticello) added a lay-up on UMC’s next possession to close the gap to 6-5 halfway thru the first quarter. Sioux Falls countered with five straight points before Micaela Noga (Sr., Parkers Prairie) drove down the right side of the lane and finished off the glass with her right hand to make it 11-7 in favor of the hosts. With 1:54 remaining in the first quarter, Caitlin Michaelis (Jr., Marshfield, WI) knocked down two free-throws to bring UMC back with 4, but Sioux Falls continued strong ball movement resulting in easy looks underneath the basket which the Cougars converted to carry a 17-11 lead after 10 minutes. The second quarter opened with an 8-0 run capped off by a Mariah Szymanski (Soph., Pulaski, WI) three-pointer to push the Sioux Falls lead to 25-11 with 8 UMC turnovers in the first 15 half allowing USF to grow their lead to as many as 22 points in the first-half with only a late Noga runner at the buzzer allowing UMC to enter the locker room trailing 42-22. Kaely Hummel (Soph., Cherokee, IA) led the Cougars in the opening 20 minutes behind 19 points. “They really did a nice job of shooting the basketball,” explained UMC head coach Mike Roysland, “but they got way too many decent looks at threes and they really made some nice plays. I just thought from an offensive perspective we seemed to struggle. I thought (Isieoma Odor) was out of sorts and we just had a hard time finding any rhythm offensively especially in the first-half.”
The 20-point deficit proved too much to overcome in the second-half as UMC failed to close the margin to within a single-digit with an 8-point run in the middle of the third quarter bringing the Golden Eagles to within 15 points of Sioux Falls and 7-0 run that ended at the start of the final quarter pulling UMC to within 60-46. The Cougars ability to drive inside and pass to the perimeter freed the Purple and White for 11 three-pointers, including four from Mariah Szymanski (Soph., Pulaski, WI), and 20 assists as Sioux Falls won 74-57. “We didn’t come out with the type of energy it took and I thought we made so many poor decisions with the basketball,” Roysland added. Takeaways proved costly as well with UMC finishing with 12. “The turnover situation we were fighting it uphill the whole game,” said Roysland.
The Golden Eagles drop to 3-12 and 3-8 in conference play. UMC returns to Lysaker Gymnasium on Tuesday night for a rivalry game against Bemidji State at 6 PM. USF improves to 11-5 overall and 7-4 in the NSIC.


Abby Guidinger with a shot in traffic  Lindsey Weber brings the ball up the floor

Box Score

1 2

3

4

Final

UMC

11 11 22 13 57

Sioux Falls

17 25 18 14 75


Emily Gruber with a strong take to the basket for the Golden Eagles

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Abby Guidinger 18 6 3 steals
Emily Gruber 16 10  
Micaela Noga 10 5  
Caitlin Michaelis 7   4 assists
Isieoma Odor 2 6  
Amber Schoenicke 2
Kasey Harper 2    


 

 

STINGY DEFENSE LEADS SIOUX FALLS MEN’S BASKETBALL PAST MINNESOTA CROOKStON

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team struggled offensively and lost to the University of Sioux Falls Cougars 68-56 in a Northern Sun Conference game played in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
UMC started the game well offensively behind a three-pointer by Ben Juhl (Fr., Clive, IA) for an early 5-2 lead. Sioux Falls responded with a 5-0 run featuring a lay-up from Trevon Evans (Jr., Wichita, KS) to give the hosts a 7-5 lead. The Golden Eagles went ahead 16-14 following an Alan Hodge Jr. (Jr., Dallas, TX) jump shot from the left elbow with 5:39 left in the first-half to complete a 5-point run for the visitors. USF countered with their own five-point run to regain the lead. Hodge knocked down UMC’s final points of the first-half from beyond the arc, tying the game at 23 with 2:03 left in the half, but a lay-in by Drew Geubert (Jr., Apple Valley, MN) one minute later allowed Sioux Falls to carry a 25-23 lead into the half. “I thought defensively we played very, very well and give our guys credit for that,” UMC head coach Dan Weisse said. “Offensively, Sioux Falls controlled the game on their defensive end of the floor. They were bumping us off driving lines and we were allowing them to do that and we needed to be tougher with the ball and get to where we need to get to.”
Aaron Rothermund (Fr, Papillion, NE) started the second-half scoring with a three-pointer, pushing USG ahead 28-23. Rothermund added a lay-up later in the half to boost the Cougars’ lead to 48-40 with 8:40 remaining. Alan Hodge Jr., responded out of a timeout on the floor to spark a UMC comeback bid. Hodge scored 7-straight points for Minnesota Crookston, bringing the Golden Eagles within one point of their hosts with 6:57 remaining. Sioux Falls came right back with their own 7-point run to push the lead back up to 8 and never looked back with 5:25 left in the contest. Minnesota Crookston scored 11 points in the final 5 minutes of the game, while the Cougars connected on their crunch time free-throws to secure the 68-56 win. “The refs let us play and we like that, but you have to handle it when you’re body checked,” Weisse explained. “They did a better job handling that then we did, we have to be tougher with the ball. They just made the plays down the stretch and we didn’t. We have to be better.”
The Golden Eagles hope this won’t be their last trip to Sioux Falls this season and following Bemidji State’s loss at Southwest Minnesota State, UMC still possess a full-game lead for the fourth and final home court seeding in the NSIC North Division that could go a long way towards determining whether or not Minnesota Crookston can advance to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament which is hosted at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The home court advantage could especially value for UMC as this road loss dropped them to 1-8 away from Lysaker Gymnasium where the Golden Eagles are 7-1. “We had a 0 for 4 road swing and now we come back at home,” Weisse summarized.  “We lost a player and we gained a player so we’re also working on our identity a little bit and that’s another aspect to it. We’ll get this figured out we just need to stay together and be ready to play on Friday.”
UMC falls to 8-10 overall and 5-7 in NSIC play and will return to Lysaker Gymnasium on Friday night to take on the University of Mary at 8 PM on KROX. Sioux Falls improves to 11-6 overall and 7-5 in the NSIC.


Alan Hodge Jr. with a three pointer  Ben Juhl tries to drive by a University of Sioux Falls defender

Box Score

1

2

Final

UMC

23 33 56

Sioux Falls

25 43 68

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alan Hodge Jr. 23 7 2 assists
Gable Smith 11 7 4 blocks/2 steals
Harrison Cleary 9 7 4 assists/2 steals
Ben Juhl 7   2 assists
Javier Nicolau 4    
Josh Collins 2

 

 

 

FRIDAY - JANUARY 12,  2018

STRONG DEFENSE POWERS UMC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PAST SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Women’s basketball team held the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs to 29% shooting from the field as the Golden Eagle’s picked up a 65-61 victory in a Northern Sun Conference game played in Marshall.

UMC’s offensive struggles surfaced in the contest, but in a venue that’s been kind to the visitors from Crookston, the Golden Eagles’ suffocating defense provided Minnesota Crookston with the chance to find their offensive groove and build a lead. The Golden Eagles scored the first 4 points of the game from an Isieoma Odor (Jr., Bloomington) lay-up follow by a Steph McWilliams (Jr., Grand Forks, ND) jump shot to give the visitors an early lead. SMSU’s Sarah Buysse (Jr., Marshall) provided the first basket for the Mustangs on a triple from the top of the key 4:46 into the game to cut the UMC lead down to 4-3. The Golden Eagles responded with a 5-0 run capped off by a Caitlin Michaelis (Jr., Marshfield, WI) field goal to push the visitor’s lead to 10-5. UMC would continue their strong opening quarter defense to preserve a 15-11 following the opening 10 minutes of the game. “It was one and done,” explained UMC head coach Mike Roysland, “I thought our kids were staying straight up, we took some charges and I thought we made them take some difficult runners.” The Golden Eagle’s lead grew to 8 after a Micaela Noga (Sr., Parkers Prairie) jumper with 1:09 to play in the first half with a late Mustang free-throw allowing UMC to take a 32-25 into halftime. “I thought we had great involvement with a lot of different kids,” Roysland expounded. “We got some really good looks and got a little spurt, we got so many good looks out of the high seam. We got some baskets in transition. We had it coming in a lot of different areas offensively.”

UMC led 37-29 with 7:37 remaining in the third quarter, but the Mustangs turned around with a 10-0 run to propel SMSU to a 39-37 lead. Noga knocked down a three-pointer to answer for UMC and regain the lead 40-39. The two sides traded baskets in the final minutes of the quarter with the two sides finishing the quarter tied at 51. Minnesota Crookston opened the final 10 minutes with a pair of three-pointers from Caitlin Michaelis to take a 57-51 lead with 9:21 remaining. Emily Gruber knocked a shot from the paint to push UMC back ahead 4 with 5:45 to play.  With 4:15 to play a Mustang lay-up brought the host within 2 points of UMC. Both sides would trade misses the next two minutes before an Abby Guidinger (Fr., Waukesha, WI) shot from just outside the rim reestablished a two-possession lead for UMC. The Mustangs responded with another basket, but Isieoma Odor was able to ice the game at the free-throw line as the Golden Eagles hung on for their fourth straight win in Marshall 65-61. “We needed to win that quarter,” proclaimed the UMC head coach. “Fortunately for us, tonight, we were able to do that. I’ll tell you what, Caitlin hit some nice shots and we did a good job reversing the ball.”

As for what separated this game from other where UMC couldn’t overcome fourth-quarter adversity, “making plays in the fourth quarter,” Roysland summarized, “getting enough stops to get yourself an opportunity. You’ve got to make shots. You’ve got to make plays and fortunately for us, we made enough of them.”

The Golden Eagles improve to 3-11 and 3-7 in conference play. UMC now travels west for a matchup at Sioux Falls on Saturday at 4 PM. SMSU drops to 3-11 and 2-9 in NSIC play.


   Caitlin Michaelis makes a move     Micaela Noga drives past a Mustang

Box Score

1 2

3

4

Final

UMC

15 17 19 14 65

SW Minnesota State

11 14 26 10 61

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Emily Gruber 19 8 2 Assists/2 Blocks
Micaela Noga 13 6 5 Assists
Caitlin Michaelis 11   2 Steals
Abby Guidinger 10 5 6 Assists
Paige Weakley 6    
Steph McWilliams 3 5 3 Assists
Isieoma Odor 3 10 4 Steals



 

LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT IN UMC MEN’S BASKETBALL LOSS TO SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE


The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team trailed by as many as 21 points, but  fought to within four points of Southwest Minnesota State before falling to the Mustangs 82-75 in a Northern Sun Conference game played in Marshall.

The Golden Eagles suffered several defensive lapses in the first half as the host’s shot 58% from the field in the first half and 7-12 beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes. Alan Hodge Jr. (Jr., Dallas, TX) made a three-pointer to push UMC ahead 17-12 with 13:40 to play in the first half. SMSU would respond with a 7-0 run to take the lead before an 18-3 run half-way late in the first-half including 16 points off the bench from Taylor Schafer (Jr., Bismarck, ND) allowing the Mustangs to claim a 46-31 lead at half-time. “Anytime we made a mistake, they made us pay,” explained UMC head coach Dan Weisse. “They shot 58% in the first-half and give them credit for that and we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well either. We had 7 turnovers in the first-half and they made us pay it seemed like every time.”

Minnesota Crookston clamped down in the second-half defensively, with the offense relying heavily on guard Harrison Cleary (Soph., Oak Creek, WI) who scored five-straight points for UMC during a 13-0 run to bring the Golden Eagles to within 8 points of their hosts. Another 5-0 run for Minnesota Crookston closed the gap down to 4 after a pair of free-throws by Alan Hodge Jr. But with the lead trimmed to 4, All-NSIC point guard Ryan Bruggeman (Jr., Pelican Rapids) scored 4 straight points for SMSU to regain a 66-58 lead. UMC would get back within 4 following an Alan Hodge Jr. lay-up with 0:58 seconds to play, but UMC would never close within one-possession in the second-half, falling 82-75. “In the second-half, we had one turnover and what a difference that made,” shared Weisse. “If you could wipe that first-half away, we have to get off to a better start. We want to be an attacking team, some of the steals they had were unforced. The way we battled back was a changing of our culture. We adjusted a few things, it’s just a matter of playing hard for 40 minutes and knowing each other’s roles, but you can’t turn the ball over. What a difference that makes."

As for what UMC's head coach thinks the team needs to fix to earn a split in the weekend trip, "tomorrow, we've got to come out ready to go."

UMC falls to 8-9 overall and 5-6 in NSIC play and will travel to Sioux Falls to take on the University of Sioux Falls Cougars on Saturday at 6 PM, a game that can be heard on KROX. The Mustangs improve to 12-5 and 8-3 in conference games.


       Harrison Cleary directs traffic while driving the perimeter

Box Score

1

2

Final

UMC

31 44 75

SW Minnesota State

46 36 82


    Gable Smith tries to drive by a Mustang defender

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 19 3 4 Assists
Ben Juhl 17    
Alan Hodge 14 7 3 Assists
Gable Smith 10 6 2 Assists/3 Blocks/3 Steals
Josh Collins 8 6 5 Assists
Darin Viken 5
Javier Nicolau 2    



 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL USES STRONG SECOND HALF TO BEAT VIRGINIA

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team shook off some rust and had a strong second half to beat the Virginia Blue Devils in a game played at the Crookston High School gymnasium on Pirate Sister night.
The teams were sluggish at the start of the game with Crookston taking a 4-0 lead after an Emma Borowicz layup and a Bailey Folkers steal and basket almost five minutes into the game. “We know it is important to get off to a good start, especially when we haven’t played in over a week,” said Pirate Coach Darin Zimmerman. “Those girls came out strong and it was a nice start.” Virginia started to pick up their offense and scored the next five points for a 5-4 lead.  Crookston responded with two Folkers free throws, but Virginia answered with a three pointer by eighth grader, Rian Aune.  The offense struggled the rest of the half for both teams and Borowicz made a free throw to bring the Pirates within a point, but Virginia responded with a Rylee Kelly offensive rebound and basket for a 10-7 lead with 6:34 remaining in the half.  Crookston’s Rachel Hefta started a 6-0 run when she was triple teamed in the post and spun on the baseline for a beautiful reverse layup.  “It seems like every single day, Rachel is getting better and better and the better she does, the better we do,” said Coach Zimmerman. “Her presence out there is noticeable, she is such an important part of our team.”  45 seconds later, Hefta made two free throws and almost a minute later, she grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to finish off her own 6-0 run to give the Pirates a 13-10 lead with less than five minutes left in the half.  Virginia answered with five straight points with another three-pointer from Aune and a basket from 6’1 senior, Lexi Ahrens for a 15-13 lead.  Crookston picked up the defensive pressure in the final four minutes of the half and scored the final five points of the half with a free throw from Hannah Emanuel and two points apiece from Borowicz and Kiley Solheim to give the Pirates an 18-15 lead going into halftime.  “It was important.  I thought we played hard, but we weren’t consistent,” said Coach Zimmerman. “They were playing good defense and points were at a premium.”
Virginia started the second half by scoring the six points with a run that was capped by back-to-back offensive rebound baskets for Lexiss Trygg and Virginia led 21-18 two minutes into the half.  Crookston, as they did the entire game, had an answer with a 9-0 run behind a three-point play from Hayden Winjum and two points apiece from Folkers, Jaeden Lizakowski and Hailey Seaver for a 27-21 lead.  “That 9-0 run was important to give us some separation,” said Coach Zimmerman.  Virginia stopped the Pirate run with another offensive rebound and put-back by Trygg and Crookston led by four points.  The Pirates opened up the game with an 11-2 run with five different players (Seaver, Folkers, Hayden Winjum, Hefta, and Borowicz) scoring for a 38-25 lead halfway through the second half. “It was reminiscent of last Thursday against Barnesville, we were playing well as a team,” said Coach Zimmerman.  “We can easily put five or six girls in double figures each night and it was a good team effort.”  Virginia made a run over a three-minute span to get within seven points (44-37) with 5:25 left in the game, but Crookston answered with a Folkers three-pointer to get the lead back to double figures.  The Pirates didn’t try to take any time off the clock on their next seven or eight possessions and it worked out for them as they made some shots and free throws in the final minutes to take a 53-39 lead with two minutes to go.  Crookston looked to take more time off the clock in the final minutes and held on to win 53-42.  “It was a nice win and a good start to the month so far,” said Coach Zimmerman.  “Virginia is a good team, so to beat that team it was a nice win for us.”
Crookston improves to 6-5 on the year and will host Hibbing on Saturday.  Virginia drops to 9-5 on the year. 
J.V. – Crookston won 47-40           C Squad – Virginia won 35-30


  Emma Borowicz soars in for a layup    Hailey Seaver with a basket in the paint
              (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Virginia

15 26 41

CROOKSTON

18 35 53

 
Rachel Hefta gets past a defender before a reverse lay up
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Bailey Folkers

13 3 3 steals
Emma Borowicz 12 5 2 steals/2 assists
Rachel Hefta 11 4 2 assists
Kylie Solheim 5   2 assists
Haden Winjum 5   3 steals
Hailey Seaver 4   3 steals
Jaden Lizakowski 2   3 steals
Hannah Emanuel 1    

 

For Virginia

Points

Lexi Ahrens 14
Rian Aune 7
Rylee Kelly 7
Lexiss Trygg 4
Kelsey Knutson 3
Peyton Wercinski 3
Kaylee Iverson 2
Halee Zorman 1


     The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team with their Pirate Sisters before the game  (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)





CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY SCORES FIRST, BUT HIBBING ANSWERS WITH NINE GOALS

The Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey team took a 1-0 lead, but the Hibbing Blue Jackets scored nine unanswered goals on their way to a 9-1 victory in a game played at the Historic Hibbing Memorial arena.
Crookston had a solid defensive start behind the stellar play of senior goaltender, Brelee Jobe.  She made 20 saves in the first period and the offense took 10-plus minutes to get the first shot on goal, but like the Thief River Falls game on Monday, the first Pirate shot went in the net and Crookston took a 1-0 lead behind the third goal of the season for MacKenze Epema.  “That was exciting,” said Pirate Coach Jaclyn Martin. “She was in the neutral zone and Kendall Bergquist gave her a pass and she got past the defenseman and didn’t have anybody in front of her and she shot it on the ice and deflected off the goalie and slid in.”  Crookston didn’t get to enjoy the lead for long, because Hibbing answered with a goal less than three minutes later to tie the game at 1-1, which was the score going into the first intermission.
Hibbing scored four goals in a little over a six minute span in the second period to take a 5-1 lead after two periods of play. “The first half of the second period, I thought we played well,” said Coach Martin. “We double shifted some of the girls and that kind of wore us out, especially without having practice the last couple of days.  We didn’t have our legs.”
Hibbing added four more goals in the third period, including the third goal of the game for Allie Bussey and Hibbing cruised to a 9-1 victory.  “We were playing some girls in different positions than they normally play because we are short-handed, and I think we ran out of gas,” said Coach Martin. “I thought Samantha Sanders had a heckuva game and she continues to get better and she is starting to figure it out. It seemed like it was more of a 5 to 1 game than 9 to 1, but Hibbing had some very good players and they hurt us. We had chances to put the puck on net and we would shoot it wide or go over the net.”
Crookston drops to 3-14 on the year and will travel to International Falls on Saturday.  Hibbing improves to 7-10-2 on the year.

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 1
Hibbing 1 4 4 9

1st Period
10:47 - Crox - MacKenze Epema (3) (Kendall Bergquist)
13:45 - HC - Maria Gherardi (Emma Lundell, McKenna Folstad)

2nd Period
4:12 - HC - McKenna Folstad (Sydney Haben, Emma Lundell)
5:23 - HC - Elyssa Durie (Courtney Anderson, Maddie Rewertz)
8:05 - HC - Allie Bussey (Lillian Rue, Jen Flaten)
10:23 - HC - Allie Bussey (Emma Lundell)

3rd Period
1:16 - HC - Maria Gherardi  (Lillian Rue, Allie Bussey)
7:53 - HC - Allie Bussey (Lillian Rue, Maria Gherardi)
9:23 - HC - Megan Bussey  (McKenna Folstad, Chloe Allan)
16:35 - HC - Courtney Anderson (Allie Bussey, Julia Gherardi)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brelee Jobe Crookston 21 12 17 50
Abby Edstrom - Hibbing 1 3 X 4
Lily Hess - Hibbing X X 2 2

 




 






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