THURSDAY - JUNE 21,  2018

TIM MOE TO LEAD PIRATE GIRLS HOCKEY PROGRAM.....AGAIN

Crookston High School teacher and assistant girls hockey coach, Tim Moe, has accepted the job as Head Pirate Girls Hockey Coach for the 2018-19 season, pending school board approval at their next meeting.    
Moe was the head of the program when it began in the 2003-04 season and coached the first five seasons. “It has always been my baby and I was part of it through my KROX Radio gig (as a color commentator) and that kept me close and coming back as assistant last year and I have watched it grow and I have seen some bumps in the road too,” said Moe. “It was a good time with family with the kids getting older and we ended up moving to town in the last year, so it won’t be the drive it was when we lived in the country, so a lot of things fell in place for me to come back and take over.”
Moe had a record of 96 wins, 34 losses and six ties in five years as head coach, a winning percentage of 74 percent.  “You need players.  To be honest, the first five years we had the Wheelhouse girls (Marlee and Erika), Lexi Wangen and you are going to be pretty good,” said Moe.  “The future of Pirate Girls hockey is bright.”
The Pirate Girls Hockey team is coming off 5-21 record and they only graduate one player, Brelee Jobe, from the team.  “We have really good kids and I am really happy with the type of kids we have in the program right now,” said Moe. “They want to do good and get better and the future is bright and that definitely help make the decision easier.”
With Moe taking the head coaching job they are looking for an assistant coach and that search is currently underway.


 

 

ZACH BROWN COMPETES IN SECOND DAY OF JUNIOR NATIONAL DUALS IN OKLAHOMA

Crookston High School’s Zach Brown is wrestling for team Minnesota 2 in the National Junior Duals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The second round of wrestling was held on Thursday with the Greco-Roman Duals and Zach went . 
There are three other area wrestlers competing for team Minnesota with Ashton Clark of Park Rapids, Cade Lundeen of Thief River Falls and Chandler Mooney of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River.

Match 1 - Minnesota 2 beat Michigan 2  59-10
Zach didn't wrestle.  Ashton Clark won 6-5, Cade Lundeen won by decision in OT, Chandler Mooney won 12-4.

Match 2 - Minnesota 2 and Alaska tied 34-34
Zach last by Tech Fall (16-5).   Cade Lundeen lost by pin at 45 seconds, Chandler Mooney won by decision 14-12. 

Match 3 - Minnesota 2 beat South Dakota 38-32 for third place in the Red/Blue Division.
Zach didn't wrestle.  Ashton Clark won by Tech Fall (12-2), Lundeen and Mooney didn't wrestle.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON REDS PLAY WELL-ROUNDED GAME IN WIN OVER MOORHEAD

The Crookston Reds used a strong start from Sean Minder on the mound, thirteen hits, and solid defense to rout the Moorhead Miners 10-2 in a Red River Amateur Baseball League game played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.
The Reds wasted little time getting their offense going with Noah Zimmerman and Matt Morin leading off the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles. Bailey Schmitz plated both runners with a triple into left field before scoring from third on a wild-pitch giving Crookston a 3-0 lead. A two-out double hit by Cody Magsam concluded the first inning scoring, plating Lars Brevik to give the Reds a 4-0 lead after one inning. "It was huge (to get off to a strong start)," said Crookston player/manager Matt Morin. "Talking to the guys I think we've only had one other game where we started out scoring runs in the first inning. It gives you some morale. We started the game with three straight hits and that got everyone into the game." Sean Minder looked dominant in his start on the mound tallying seven strikeouts while protecting Crookston's early lead by allowing only one unearned runs over seven strong innings. "He definitely came prepared to pitch tonight and started out throwing strikes," said Morin. "He kept their batters off balance all night long and we played solid defense behind him and that was huge." The Reds offense continued producing in the third inning with Dave Grabowski reaching on a two-out triple before Lars Brevik singled Grabowski home  giving Crookston a 5-1 lead after three innings. In the fifth inning the Reds plated two more runs after Noah Zimmerman and Matt Morin both singled a groundout hit by Bailey Schmitz plated Zimmerman before Lars Brevik drove a sacrifice fly into center field plating Morin and giving the Reds 7-1 lead. The Reds added three more runs in their final two innings with RBI doubles from Dave Grabowski and Cody Magsam in the seventh inning growing the host's lead to 9-1 before an RBI groundout from Matt Morin in the eighth inning made it 10-2. "Everybody started looking for their pitch right away, guys were looking first-pitch fastball and were driving the ball," explained Morin. "We weren't working from behind in counts, we were jumping ahead early and that made a big difference." Lars Brevik finished out the final two innings on the mound racking up four strikeouts to secure the Reds' 10-2 win over Moorhead. "This showed the character of this team and just how much fun we were having tonight," summarized Morin. "The guys wanted to be here and put there best effort in and it showed."
The Reds improve to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in League play. Crookston returns to the diamond on Saturday for a tournament in Grafton beginning at 11:00 AM.


Noah Zimmerman hits the ball late in the game   Chris Wavra throws to first base

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Moorhead 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 1
Crookston 4 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 X 10 13 1


Dave Grabowski knocks down a throw with his body

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Sean Minder - Crox  (WP) 7.0 7 1 0 1 7
Lars Brevik - Crox 2.0 1 1 1 2 4

For Crookston
Dave Grabowski - 3-4, run, rbi, triple, double
Matt Morin - 3-5, 3 runs, rbi
Noah Zimmerman - 3-5, 2 runs
Cody Magsam - 2-4, 2 doubles, 2 rbi
 

 

 

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION SWEPT BY BGMR

The Crookston American Legion Baseball team struggled offensively and was swept by Badger-Greenbush-Middle River by identical 10-0 scores in a double header played in Greenbush. 

GAME ONE-
In the first inning, Crookston's Joe Doda doubled and Brady Butt walked and they had runners at first and second base with one out.  The next batter grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and the threat was over.  In the bottom of the first inning, BGMR scored three runs. 
Neither team scored in the second inning, but BGMR added three more runs in the third inning when five straight batters reached with three of them scoring for a 6-0 lead.  BGMR added a solo home run in the fourth inning and another solo home run in the sixth inning for an 8-0 lead.  BGMR added two more runs in the sixth inning to win the game 10-0 after the 10-run rule.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Crookston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
BGMR 3 0 3 1 0 3 10 10 0

For Crookston
Brady Butt - 1-2, walk
Joe Doda - 1-3, double
Tanner Reinhart - 1-3, double

GAME TWO-
BGMR started the second game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, both runs scoring with two outs.  They added four runs in the second inning after the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch, the next batter reached on an error, followed by two singles and a double for a 6-0 lead.  BGMR scored four more runs in the third inning, taking advantage of an error, walk, hit batter, a single, double and single to score the game winning run for a 10-0 victory in three innings. 
Crookston drops to 0-4 on the season and they are scheduled to play at Stephen-Argyle on Saturday.

  1 2 3 R H E
Crookston 0 0 0 0 3 3
BGMR 3 4 4 10 7 0

For Crookston
Brady Butt - 1-1, walk
Gunner Gunderson - 1-2
Jackson Seibel - 1-2


 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 20,  2018

ZACH BROWN GOES 2-1 AT NATIONAL JUNIOR DUALS WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Crookston High School’s Zach Brown is wrestling for one of the two Minnesota teams in the National Junior Duals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The first round of wrestling began on Wednesday with the Greco-Roman Duals and Zach went 2-1 on the day and Team Minnesota 2 finished fifth place.  There are three other area wrestlers competing for team Minnesota with Ashton Clark of Park Rapids, Cade Lundeen of Thief River Falls and Chandler Mooney of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River.  The results from Wednesday are below -

First round – Iowa beat Minnesota 2 41-27 and none of the local wrestlers competed.

Second round - Minnesota Red beat Michigan 1 40-28. 
Zach won his match at 106 pounds by a forfeit.
Ashton Clark lost by Tech Fall (10-0) at 120 pounds.
Cade Lundeen lost his match at 132 pounds by Tech Fall (10-0)
Chandler Mooney won his match at 160 pounds by Tech Fall 11-0.

In the third round, Minnesota 2 lost to Indiana 39-27.  None of the local wrestlers competed in the match.

In the fifth place of pool play match – Minnesota 2 beat Tennessee 60-9
Zach Brown won his match by pin at 1:07, Clark won 10-1,  Lundeen won by Tech Fall (11-0).

The second round of pool play started with Team Minnesota 2 beating Kansas 2 42 to 21. 
Zach Brown lost his match by pin at 47 seconds, Mooney won by Tech Fall (11-0)

On Thursday, Team Minnesota 2 will wrestle Alaska.


Zach Brown with a throw - Picture by David Peterson of Minnesota/USA Wrestling

 

 

 

MONDAY - JUNE 18,  2018

FIRST WEEK OF UMC BASKETBALL CAMP HOSTS 45 CAMPERS

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men's Basketball team hosted a basketball camp for Kindergarten through fifth grade students last week.  45 campers attended the camp and learn basketball fundamentals with drills and games.  A second week of camp is being held this week with fifth through 12 graders. 


            The UMC Basketball campers and staff took time to take a group picture

 


SUNDAY - JUNE 17,  2018

CROOKSTON REDS FALL TO WARROAD IN FINAL DAY OF JIM KARN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Reds’ seventh-inning rally fell one run short in a 6-5 loss to the Warroad Muskies in the third-place game of the Jim Karn Memorial Tournament at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.

The Reds struck first with one run in the third inning. Alex LaFrance reached on a walk to open the inning before Noah Zimmerman helped out his own cause with a single that scored LaFrance to give the Reds an early 1-0 lead. Crookston’s Noah Zimmerman started the game in control through the first three innings on the mound before allowing two runs in the fourth after a bases-loaded, two-out single gave the Muskies a 2-1 lead. A pitching change didn’t yield the desired results in the fifth inning for Crookston as the Muskies further separated themselves from their host with four runs in the inning. Two batters were hit by a pitch along with one walk to load the bases before back-to-back singles busted the game open giving Warroad a 6-1 lead. The Reds displayed their flair for the dramatics for the second straight game with another inspired comeback bid. Cody Wardner singled and scored on a Tanner Reinhart base hit to cut the deficit down to 6-2 heading into the seventh and final inning. Blake Kawaleski opened the final frame with a walk followed by a single hit by Alex LaFrance to put runners on the corners with no outs. A groundout hit by Noah Zimmerman plated LaFrance brining Crookston within three runs of the visitors. Austin Campos singled to plate Reinhart and reach base continuing the rally. Dave Grabowski delivered a timely hit to score Campos with his double that put the tying run in scoring position, with the Reds’ deficit down to 6-5. Grabowski was stranded at second base after a fly out and groundout ended Crookston’s comeback bid with the Muskies hanging on for a 6-5 win. “We’re at least keeping our positive attitude and still clawing back at the end,” said Reds player/manager Matt Morin. “We’d like to get our offense going earlier, but we’ll try to be ready for Moorhead on Thursday to try and get our offense going earlier. All weekend we played good defense and that’s huge for morale. I’m happy with that.”

The Reds fall to 7-11 overall. Crookston returns to the diamond on Thursday when they host League opponent the Moorhead Miners in a game that can be heard on KROX with the Riverview Health Pregame show beginning at 7:30 PM.


Blake Kawlewski throws out a runner at first base after a dropped third strike

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Warroad 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 6 8 0
Crookston 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 5 7 1


Noah Zimmerman started the game for the Reds

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Noah Zimmerman - Crox 4.0 4 2 2 4 4
Dave Grabowski - Crox 0.2 2 4 4 4 0
Cody Wardner - Crox 1.1 2 0 0 0 0


For Crookston
Alex LaFrance
- 1-1, 3 walks, 2 runs
 





SATURDAY - JUNE 16,  2018

UMC BASEBALL PITCHER ZACH SEIPEL SIGNS WITH ATLANTA BRAVES ORGANIZATION

University of Minnesota Crookston pitcher Zach Seipel (Jr., Eagan) will forgo his final season of eligibility as the Golden Eagles’ closing pitcher after signing a contract with the Atlanta Braves that will send the right-hander to the Braves Advanced-Rookie team the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League in Danville, Virginia.  

UMC head coach Steve Gust was pleased to see Seipel sign what he believed was an offer too good to refuse, “it was a no-brain decision. The commitment that the Braves gave him, tells us that they are going to be committed to him in the long term, not just for a year. The offer he got was a commitment to Zach to see him through in the long term.” Seipel’s placement at the Advanced-Rookie level is just the first step in Zach journey towards the Majors. “I think he’s got a chance to climb the ladder in professional baseball, he’s so projectable and its pretty standard stuff where he’s projected. It’s a good place for him right away and he’s just got to continue to develop and mature and improve and good things are going to happen. I anticipate him climbing the ladder, but it happens with time. It just doesn’t happen overnight. It’s going to be a long road, one that I know he can handle. He’ll do his work every day to maybe one day make the Major Leagues.”

The terms of the contract were not immediately available and Seipel was unavailable for comment as he is making his way to Virginia before Danville begins its season on June 19. KROX will continue to track Zach’s progression towards the Major League on our website.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE TRAP TEAM HAS A GOOD SHOWING AT THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Crookston Pirate Trap Shooting team competed in the Minnesota High School Trap Shooting State competition in Alexandria.  The championship is a nine day contest and Crookston shot on Thursday.  Crookston had a lot of outstanding performances and they are listed below.

High gun novice female -
Lisa Lindemoen of Crookston finished 1st place hitting 84 of 100
targets
.  Lindemoen finished fourth overall against roughly 300 shooters.
Hannah Tahran finished in 12th place, hitting 67 out of 100
Dillon Wallace finished 21st place, hitting 59 of 100

High gun novice male,

Ryan Abeld finished 11th place, hitting 77 of 100
Jake Anderson finished 17th place, hitting 75 of 100
Sawyer Bernd finished 24th place, hitting 72 of 100
The Pirate Novice team finished 3rd of 28 teams.

Junior Varsity team finished 12th place out of 28 overall.   Mason Owens was the top Pirate finishing 15th place with an 88 and Cameron Hulst, (a first year shooter) with an 84 for 45th place (out of over 300 shooters).

The Varsity team finished 5th out of 28 teams with Eric Delorme and Cameron Niemela both posting 25 straight. "I cannot say how proud I am of these kids! The only night we didn’t have to fight the 20+ MPH winds was the night the scores didn’t count," said Pirate Coach Darren Gjerswold. "They worked through the wind and rain and targets going where they shouldn’t have and still put on a clinic at the state shoot. Thanks to all of you for your perseverance. Thanks to all the parents that helped out this year as well."

FOR ALL THE CROOKSTON RESULTS CLICK HERE


The Crookston Pirate Varsity Trap Shooting team with Coach Darren Gjerswold (Picture by Danelle Amiot)


One of the Pirate shooters hits the target (Picture by Danelle Amiot)

 

 

 

CROOKSTON REDS FALL IN THEIR SECOND GAME OF THE JIM KARN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT AGAINST MARBLE

The Crookston Reds’ late rally came up one run short in a 3-2 loss against the Marble Mallards in Crookston’s second game of the Jim Karn Memorial Tournament at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.

The Reds received a strong performance from starting pitcher Matt Morin who gave up two runs in the first inning on three straight base hits before settling in and only allowing one run in the remaining six innings. “Our defense was really solid today,” Reds’ player/manager Matt Morin said of Crookston’s zero-error performance. “I think we’ve been improving.” Crookston rallied in the seventh and final inning to try and clinch a spot in Sunday’s championship game.  Bailey Schmitz opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a double before Matt Morin doubled to plate pinch-runner Sean Minder cutting the deficit to 3-1. With two outs in the inning, Cody Magsam hit a fly ball into right field that was dropped for an error allowing Morin to score and putting the tying run at first base. Magsam was stranded there following a pop-up in foul territory that was caught by the Marble first baseman to secure the 3-2 win. “It took a little of time to adjust from yesterday’s slower pitcher, this Marble team has a lot of junior college players so they’re pretty solid all around so I’m pretty glad to see we only lost by one run,” said Matt Morin. “The guys are just coming up to the plate with a different approach and have been ready to play the last couple games.”

The Reds fall to 7-10 overall. Crookston returns to the diamond on Sunday to compete in the tournament’s third-place game at 12:30 PM, while the Mallards improved to 2-0 and the tournament and will play in the championship game at 3:00.


Alex LaFrance applies the tag to get the out at second base

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Marble 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 2
Crookston 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 0


Bailey Schmitz puts the ball in play on this swing

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Matt Morin - Crox 7.0 9 3 3 1 3


For Crookston
Matt Morin - 1-3, run, double


 

 

 

FRIDAY - JUNE 15,  2018

SACRED HEART BASEBALL'S LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST WABASSO IN STATE CONSOLATION SEMI'S

The Sacred Heart Eagle Baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but was unable to force extra innings falling to Wabasso 9-8 in the consolation semi-finals played in Jordan.

Sacred Heart received a dominant start from Evan Sczepanski who pitched 6.1 innings allowing just five earned runs on five hits while striking out eleven. The Eagles struck first taking the lead in the second inning after Evan Sczepanski was hit by a pitch and stole second base, Oscar Ortiz singled to right-center field plating Sczepanski and giving Sacred Heart a 1-0 lead. The Eagles doubled their lead in the third inning following a single by Tanner Brundin, the senior advanced to second base on a wild-pitch before scoring on an RBI double hit into left-center field by Gage Wavra. A bases clearing triple for Wabasso after a single and error tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning. Oscar Ortiz continued his perfect day at the plate with a one-out single in the fourth inning to start a rally. A walk issued to Sam Gapp put runners on first and second base. Tanner Brundin singled home Ortiz while moving Gapp over to third base to regain the lead. An error allowed both runners to score, growing Sacred Heart's lead to 5-2. The Eagles tacked on another insurance run in the fifth inning. Will Rohrich walked with one out in the inning before advancing to second base on a passed ball and moving to third base on a throwing error. Evan Sczepanski provided a sacrifice bunt to plate Rohrich and give the Eagles a 6-2 lead heading into the final two innings of the game. Wabasso began their comeback bid in the sixth inning with three straight hits and one throwing error plating three runs before the tying was thrown out at home plate while trying to steal. Wabasso completed their comeback in the seventh inning. After a strikeout, an infield error allowed the tying run to reach second base with one out in the inning. A walk put runners on first and second before a double over the head of the center fielder tied the game and put the leading runner on third base. An intentional walk loaded the bases before a single into center field plated two more Wabasso runs to give them an 8-6 lead. Wabasso one more crucial insurance run with a two-out double into right field giving Wabasso a 9-6 lead. Sacred Heart rallied with their own comeback bid trying to avoid ending their season. Brenden Bethke opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk, before Will Rohrich doubled to plate Bethke and cut the deficit down to 9-7. Rohrich advanced to third base on a wild pitch. A strikeout brought Oscar Ortiz back up to the plate and he once again delivered with an RBI single back up the middle to put the tying run on base and cut the Wabasso lead down to 9-8 with just one out in the inning. "Oscar, what a day, he hit some of the longest singles I've ever seen," Sacred Heart head coach Paul Bethke said praising the junior's clutch performance. Sacred Heart was down to their final out following a fly out hit into right field. Noah Chine doubled into left field but the potential tying run was thrown out at home plate as Wabasso hung on for a dramatic 9-8 win. "I'm unbelievably proud, even down to the last pitch they never gave up," said Bethke. "We had it too, we had a good chance at tying it and who knows what happens after that, but they may a good play and that's how it went. The effort was great until the last pitch and that's all I could ask for."

Although the majority of Sacred Heart's roster will return to defend their Section title next season, the Eagles lose several seniors including Noah Chine, Ian Sczepanski, Tanner Brundin, and Jack Gerber. "They're the heart and soul," explained Bethke. "Noah is such a traffic director out there, he always knows where people should be and is very vocal. He and Tanner have been aroud the program for so long even as junior high kids. (Starting pitcher and junior) Brenden (Bethke) and Noah have a lot of innings together so that's going to be tough to replace."

Sacred Heart finishes its Section 8A championship season with a `15-7 record. Wabasso advances to the Class A Minnesota State Consolation Championship game at 3:00 PM this afternoon. 


Evan Sczepanski scores the first run of the game for Sacred Heart

               (Picture by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Wabasso 0 0 0 2 0 3 4 9 9 2
Sacred Heart 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 8 9 4


Brenden Bethke applies the tag on a Wabasso base runner
       (Picture by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Evan Sczepanski - SH 6.1 5 7 5 3 11
Sam Gapp - SH 0.2 4 2 2 1 0
Kyle Jacobson - Wab 7.0 9 8 6 6 5


Noah Chine throws to first base after a bunt
(Picture by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)


For Sacred Heart
Oscar Ortiz - 4-4, 2 rbi
Tanner Brundin - 2-3, rbi, 2 runs
Will Rohrich -  1-3, rbi, 2 runs

 

 


 

CROOKSTON REDS ROLL IN OPENING GAME OF THE JIM KARN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT AGAINST BONIVITAL

The Crookston Reds routed the Bonivital Brewers 11-0 in seven innings in the opening game of the Jim Karn Memorial Tournament at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.

Cody Wardner dominated on the mound for Crookston tossing the complete seven innings while only allowing two hits in the entire game. The Reds did more than enough to help out their pitcher. In the second inning, Crookston scored their first three runs in the second inning. A couple of two-out errors put runners on first and second base. A single hit by Matt Morin plated Alex LaFrance before Sean Minder and Dave Grabowski each hit RBI singles to give Crookston a 3-0 lead. The Reds added four more runs in the third inning. Bailey Schmitz started the inning with a single which was followed by a base hit from Cody Magsam. An infield error scored Schmitz and Magsam before another error plated Noah Zimmerman, who was hit by a pitch. Grabowski knocked in another RBI with a single to give the Reds a 7-0 lead after three innings. Crookston added two more runs in the fifth inning with Grabowski picking up an RBI walk with the bases loaded before Wardner grounded out to plate Matt Morin extending the Reds’ lead to 9-0. Crookston ensured the game would not reach nine innings with their final two runs in the sixth inning. With two outs to start the inning, three straight batters reached on walks of being hit by a pitch to load the bases. An error on a grounder hit to the shortstop plated the Reds final two runs to secure the 11-0 win in seven innings. 

The Reds improve to 7-9 overall. Crookston returns to the diamond on Saturday for the second day of the Jim Karn Memorial Tournament to take on the Marble Mallards at 4:30 PM. Jim Karn Field will host six games tomorrow for the second day of the tournament beginning at 9 AM with Tolna taking on Warroad.


Cody Magsam tries to beat the tag as he slides across home plate

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Bonivital 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
Crookston 0 3 4 0 2 2 X 11 8 2


Cody Wardner picked up the win on the mound

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Wardner - Crox 7.0 2 0 0 1 4


For Crookston
Dave Grabowski - 3-3, 3 rbi
Noah Zimmerman, 1-1, 4 runs, 2 stolen bases
Matt Morin, 1-2, 2 runs


 

 

 

THURSDAY - JUNE 14,  2018

SACRED HEART BASEBALL LOSES A HEART-BREAKER IN FIRST ROUND OF STATE

Heritage Christian Academy scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come from behind to beat the Sacred Heart Eagles 4-3 in the first round of the Class A State Baseball tournament in Chaska.
 HCA was the top seed coming into the tournament and elected to start their second pitcher and Sacred Heart took advantage in the first inning.  Sacred Heart’s Gage Wavra reached on an error, stole second base and scored on a two out double by Will Rohrich for a 1-0 lead.  In the second inning, Sacred Heart’s Sam Gapp was hit by a pitch and Noah Chine blasted his third home run of the year over the left-center field fence for a 3-0 lead. 
HCA answered with a run in the bottom of the second inning when Wyatt Juelich-Lysne walked, stole second base and came into score when Jonny Flynn struck out and ran to first base when the pitch was in the dirt.  The throw to first base went off the helmet of Flynn and Lysne came into score to cut the Sacred Heart lead to a run at 2-1.  Sacred Heart pitcher, Brenden Bethke continued to pitch a fantastic game while striking out 12 batters in four and two-thirds innings.  HCA took advantage of three Sacred Heart errors in the fifth inning to score a run and they had bases loaded with two outs and Oscar Ortiz was called upon to get the third out and he had a huge strike out to get Sacred Heart out of the jam and more importantly they kept the 2-1 lead.  In the sixth inning, HCA had runners on second and third base with one out and Ortiz retired the next two batters with infield pop flies and Sacred Heart took a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning.  In the top of the seventh inning, Sacred Heart had runners at second and third with one out and HCA had their top pitcher, Seth Halvorson, a 30th round draft pick by the Minnesota Twins and future Missouri Wildcat pitcher on the mound.  A Sacred Heart batter struck out and Will Rohrich was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs, but the next batter struck out and Sacred Heart led 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, HCA had a leadoff walk, followed by back to back singles to load the bases.  Ortiz got the next batter to fly out to left field and all three runners stayed put before the next batter hit a flare to shallow center field out of the reach of the second baseman and center fielder and two runs scored and HCA won the game 4-3 in a heartbreaking loss for Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart drops to 15-6 on the year and will play #4 seed Wabasso (14-5) seed Parkers Prairie (18-9) at 10:00 a.m. in the consolation semi-finals at the Mini Met in Jordan in a loser out game on Friday.  KROX will have the game on the radio, online by clicking on the listen live logo, the KROX app, or on Alexa (Say – Listen to KROX-Crookston.)  HCA improves to 21-3 on the year and will play in the semi-finals at Noon on Friday.


Brenden Bethke was solid on the mound for Sacred Heart    Noah Chine is congratulated on his homerun
                                                                                                             (Picture by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

Box Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Sacred Heart 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 4
Heritage Academy 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 4 4 2


A Sacred Heart player slides into second base on a stolen base
             (Picture by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Brenden Bethke - SH 4.2 0 2 0 6 12
Oscar Ortiz - SH 1.2 4 2 2 2 1
Taylor Broderson - HCA 5.0 2 3 2 5 6
Seth Halvorsen - HCA 2.0 0 0 0 1 5

For Sacred Heart
Noah Chine - 1-3, 2 run home run
Will Rohrich - 1-4, rbi double

 

 

 

RED LAKE FALLS AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL TEAM SHUTS OUT CROOKSTON

 

Crookston's American Legion team received a strong performance on the mound from Brady Butt but were shutout in a 4-0 loss against Red Lake Falls in Red Lake Falls. 
Red Lake Falls scored all four runs of the game in the first inning. Ben Cardinal singled to start the rally for Red Lake Falls. Nate Hofstad walked before Austin Jensen was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Adrien Verbout grounded out allowing Cardinal to score giving Red Lake Falls a 1-0 lead. Derek Peterson walked to reload the bases before Zach Benson walked to plate the second run of the inning. A double off the bat of Hunter Schmitz concluded the first inning scoring by plating two more runs to give the hosts a 4-0 lead after one inning. Brady Butt settled in after the first inning by gaining control of his off-speed pitches. “Brady pitched really well today,” said Crookston head coach Justin Johnson. “He attacked the zone constantly and when he was missing, he was missing right around the plate. He wasn’t wildly missing. His curveball was a little off at the beginning, but he started finishing off that pitch in the second or third inning which made a huge difference.” Crookston’s offense was unable to capitalize on base runners in all but one inning of the game, a product of baserunning miscues according to their head coach, “we had a pretty poor base-running game. We gave away four runs due to poor base running and it was one-hundred percent the difference in the ballgame, it was giving runs away. We’re going to work on that this week. We didn’t really have any clutch or timely hits either, but I thought offensively when we did have our hits we were making solid contact. We had a couple doubles today, we had a couple hard hit balls we call ‘at-him’ balls that were just hit right at outfielders or they would have been running for days.”
Crookston falls to 0-2 this season and will return to the diamond to Thursday to take on Badger-Greenbush-Middle River in Middle River.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Crookston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Red Lake Falls 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 1

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Brady Butt - Crox 6.0 8 4 4 5 2
Austin Jensen - RLF 5.0 5 0 0 4 4
Derek Peterson - RLF 2.0 0 0 0 0 0

For Crookston
Jacob Miller 1-2 
Brooks Butt 1-2, double
Jackson Seibel 1-3, double
 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 13,  2018

ALLY TIEDEMANN FINISHES FIFTH AND JOSLYNN LEACH FINISHES 59TH AT STATE GOLF TOURNEY


Ally Tiedemann with her fifth place medal and video of her final two shots and medal presentation
 

Crookston Pirate Girls Golfers, Ally Tiedemann had her best finish at the state golf tournament with a fifth place finish and Joslynn Leach finished 59th place at the State Class AA Girls Golf Tournament at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course near Jordan. 

Tiedemann, playing her last sporting event as a Pirate with her ninth trip to a state tournament (5 state golf, 4 state tennis), shot a one under par 71 for a two day total of 151 and finished fifth place, her best finish in her five trips to state.  Ally finished sixth place as a sophomore, seventh place as a junior and now a fifth place finish as a senior.  “Today was a lot of fun, it was a beautiful day and I got to play with some pretty cool girls.  It always feels good to shoot one of your best scores when it matters most,” said Tiedemann. “On the back nine I cut my putts in half with a lot of up and downs and some good putts. I didn’t have a ton of lucky shots, but my short game was one and my short game was consistent, and I didn’t try to do too much.  It was really cool to have coach, teammates, and family down here, it was awesome.”

FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH ALLY, CLICK HERE


Ally Tiedemann hits from the fairway on 18 and tees off on the 17th hole
 

Joslynn Leach, playing in her first state tournament, shot a 94 for a two day total of 187.  "I think I did okay, overall I am happy with how I did here
.  I know I could have done better, but I gave it my all.  I had two pretty bad par three's that bit me in the butt and I really couldn't make a putt less than six feet, but I was really good with my irons."  Leach said her first state experience was a good one. "I think it was, in a lot of ways, similar to every other meet except it meant a lot more and I worked a lot harder to get here than the other meets.  I had a fun time, I wish I could have played a lot better, but overall I am proud of myself."

TO HEAR THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH JOSLYNN, CLICK HERE


Joslynn Leach sinks a putt on the 16th hole and hits a nice shot out of the sand trap

Coach Jeff Perreault said it was a great day for the Pirates. "The two girls go out there and made the coach and should make Crookston proud," said Perreault. "Joslynn went into the third hole and was unfortunate and had trouble getting out of the bunker and posted an eight on the hole and was able to bounce back after that.  She had a great tournament and attacks the game well and has the right mentality for this game and I see a lot of success in her future.  Ally, what can you say? It is sweet that she ended up in the top five and I think it is four better than she has shot on this course and she battled all day.  To see her in the top five, you can’t say enough.  I shook her hand and told her thanks for her leadership and thanks for inspiring younger kids to want to be like you!”

FOR THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW WITH COACH PERREAULT, CLICK HERE

Team Results-
1. Detroit Lakes - 638
2. Marshall - 664
3. Red Wing - 665
4. Visitation - 681
5. International Falls - 687
6. Breck - 698
7. Jordan - 720
8. Osakis - 774

Round Two Results Day1 Day 2 Total Place
Ally Tiedemann 80 71 151 5th
Joslynn Leach 93 94 187 59th

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EGF'S NATE DEZIEL WINS THE STATE BOYS CLASS AA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP


Nate Deziel of EGF won the Boys State Championship


On the boys side, East Grand Forks Green Wave boys golfer, Nate Deziel won the Class AA State Championship with an impressive 69 (3 under par) on the first day and a 68 (4 under par) for a two day total of 137.  He edged Derek Hitchner of the Blake School by one stroke.
According to Green Wave Boys Golf Coach Jay Frydenlund, it is the first boys state golf champion for East Grand Forks.
Section 8AA's Detroit Lakes boys team finished second place with a 603, three strokes behind Holy Family Catholic.

TO HEAR AN INTERVIEW WITH NATE, CLICK HERE


Nate hits out of the sand trap on the 16th hole and tees off on the 17th hole

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CROOKSTON REDS FALL TO RIVAL ADA

A six-run fifth inning allowed the Ada A’s to defeat the Crookston Reds 7-3 in a League game played at the Tony Sipe Athletic Field in Ada.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Ada A’s rallied with two outs to take the lead. A two-out double hit by Blake Fetting was rewarded as Tyler Anderson plated Fetting with an RBI single to give Ada a 1-0 lead after one inning. Crookston captured the lead in the top of the third inning. Cody Magsam singled giving the Reds their first hit of the game. Alex LaFrance followed with another base hit to put runners on first and second base. After a strikeout, an infield error loaded the bases for Crookston. A wild pitch scored Magsam tying the game at 1-1 before Bailey Schmitz singled plating Alex LaFrance and giving the Reds a 2-1 lead. Ada retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ismael Alshalan singled to lead off the inning. He scored following an infield error to tie the game at 2-2. Another error in the inning loaded the bases setting up a two-run single hit by Blake Fetting giving the A’s a 4-2 lead. Calen Schwabe scored on an RBI groundout before Braiden Fetting completed the six-run inning with a two-run home run giving the Ada a 7-2 lead heading into the sixth inning. Crookston’s offense proved unable to muster another miraculous comeback in the ninth inning, but the Reds did scrape back one run as Cody Magsam singled before stealing second base in the final inning. Magsam advanced to third base on one groundout before scoring on a subsequent groundout with Crookston’s rally ending and Ada winning 7-3. 
The Reds fall to 6-9 overall and 2-3 in League games. Crookston returns to the diamond on Friday for the first night of a three-day tournament at Jim Karn Field beginning with a matchup against the Bonivital Brewers at 7 PM. Ada remains at the top of the League standings at 3-0 in League play.

 

 

 

TUESDAY - JUNE 12,  2018

ALLY TIEDEMANN AND JOSLYNN LEACH COMPETING AT STATE GOLF TOURNEY NEAR JORDAN

Ally Tiedemann, a senior, shot a opening round 80 and is tied for seventh place and Joslynn Leach, a freshman, shot a 93 and is in 55th place in the first round of the Minnesota State High School League Class AA State Girls Golf Tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek near Jordan.

Tiedemann is playing in her fifth straight state golf tournament and finished 6th and 7th place the past two years.  Ally is in contention for another top 10 finish this year with a 38 on the front nine and a 42 on the back nine for an 80 (8 over par).  "My front nine wasn't too bad, my putts weren't dropping like I would like them too," said Tiedemann. "It would have helped to get a few more birdies on the front to make up for the struggle on the back nine. I had a quad bogey, but I parred out from there, so that was good."  Tiedemann said she was happy with the last handful of holes of her round and she hopes it carries over to Wednesday. "I am hoping for more birdies and I am happy to be in the top 10 and hopefully play better tomorrow."

Joslynn Leach is playing in her first state tournament and shot a 51 in her first nine holes and settled down on the back nine and shot a 42 for a 93 (21 over par).  "The first round went better than I expected after the first nine.  I wish I could have shot in the 80's and that didn't happen and that's okay," said Leach. "I'm really happy with myself for kind of turning it around on the second nine.  I am happy about it."  Leach said standing on the first tee box and getting her name announced made her nervous. "By far, it was one of the scariest tee off's I have ever had," said Leach. "I struggled with the putting today and I wish I could have cut them down.  I was happy with a 42 on the back nine and I am very happy to get the first round over with and tomorrow I hope I can get into the 80's."

The top score Sophia Yoemans of Red Wing shot a course and Minnesota State High School League state tourney record with a 63.  Detroit Lakes leads the team standings with a 321, six strokes better than Marshall and eight strokes better than Red Wing.

 

BOYS -
East Grand Forks senior Nate Deziel leads a group of five golfers within three shots of one another following the first round. Deziel, who tied for 28th place in 2017, fired a three-under par 69. Two shots back are Derek Hitchner, a senior from The Blake School; Lake City senior Thomas Huettl and Red Wing junior Cecil Belisle, the defending Class AA champion.
Detroit Lakes has a three-stroke lead over Holy Family Catholic in the team race. Red Wing is third at 317. 


Ally Tiedemann hits from the fairway, chips onto the green and tees off from the 17th tee box


Joslynn Leach hits from the fairway, tees off on the 16th hole and hits from the fairway

Round One Results Front 9 Back 9 Total Place
Ally Tiedemann 38 42 80 T-7th
Joslynn Leach 51 42 93 55th

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Coach Jeff Perreault talks with Leach

 

 

 

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL DROPS SEASON OPENER AGAINST WIN-E-MAC

Crookston's American Legion team returned to the diamond on Tuesday night after a one season hiatus, however Win-E-Mac spoiled to return of Legion baseball to Crookston by defeating their hosts 7-3 at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.

Win-E-Mac took an early lead with timely hitting in the opening inning. Wyatt Hamre singled to start the first inning rally before a walk issued to Emelian Hanson placed runners at first and second base. A passed ball moved both runners into scoring position followed by a triple off the bat of Gavin Walker giving the visitors a 2-0 lead. Walker scored on a single hit by Nathan Fortmann to push Win-E-Mac ahead 3-0 after one inning. Win-E-Mac added four more runs in the second inning with a pair of two-out base hits, including a double by Dustin Osland, giving the visitors a 7-0 lead. Crookston looked to Leyton Salentine to finish out the game on the mound after a rough first two innings and Salentine took control on the mound, keeping Win-E-Mac without a run, or even one hit, in the final five innings of the game. "Leyton came into the game and obviously he shut them down," said Crookston head coach Justin Johnson. "He had complete control over the plate. When he was missing he was missing where he wanted to. I thought Leyton pitched exceptionally well today." Crookston began mounting a comeback bid in the fourth inning when Brooks Butt singled through the right side of the infield before ultimately scoring on an errant throw by the Win-E-Mac catcher towards third base to cut the deficit to 7-1. Crookston scored its second run of the game in the fifth inning as Alex LaFrance doubled to center field with two outs in the inning, before Gavin Salem singled to plate LaFrance. "Gavin battled in that at-bat as well," said Johnson. "He drove to the right-side that got through and with Alex's speed he'll score from second base every time on a base hit." Crookston scored the final run of the game in the sixth inning as Walker Winjum doubled before coming home on a passed ball to cut the visitor's lead down to 7-3. Emelian Hanson fell one batter shy of a complete game victory due to pitch count, but was able to limit Crookston's bats in 6.2 innings of work picking up the 7-3 win. "Offensively you could tell we've had a couple weeks off," summarized Johnson. "That for sure showed. The positive note was we battled every at-bat." After failing to have enough interested players to compete in Legion baseball last season, Johnson was pleased with the renewed interest amongst the players on this year's team, "we're picking up guys left and right now. It's getting to be more and more positive every day. We obviously are short on numbers, but we're going to try the best we can to keep this going. The younger kids keep coming up and the numbers keep growing so its just going to be a couple of years before we don't really have to worry about numbers again."

Crookston falls to 0-1 this season and will return to the diamond to play at Red Lake Falls on Thursday at 7 PM.

Alex LaFrance hits the ball and Leyton Salentine with a pitch in relief

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Win-E-Mac 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 5 3
Crookston 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 5 3


Brady Butt tracks down a wild pitch

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Jackson Seibel - Crox 2.0 5 7 7 4 3
Leyton Salentine - Crox 5.0 0 0 0 6 6

For Crookston
Alex LaFrance - 1-2, double, run

Brady Butt - 1-3, run
Walker Winjum - 1-3, run






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