MONDAY - APRIL 23, 2017

UMC ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT HANDS OUT AWARDS TO ATHLETE AND STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department recognized their distinguished award recipients for the 2016-17 season during their athletic award banquet held Monday at Brown Dining Hall. UMC men’s basketball player Harrison Cleary (Fr., Oak Creek, Wis.) was selected Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year, while equestrian rider Selena Young (So., Plymouth) was named Female Outstanding Athlete of the Year. Both student-athletes are first-time recipients of the award.
The Golden Eagles also awarded their Student-Athletes of the Year. Aaron Hollcraft (So., Crookston), of the baseball and men’s basketball team, and Sierra Trost (Sr., Ham Lake), of the volleyball team, were named Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year, respectively.
The Outstanding Athlete of the Year award honors someone who has both outstanding athletic and academic achievements and displays exemplary citizenship and is a role model for their respective program.

Cleary had an outstanding freshman season. He became the first UMC men’s basketball player to earn all-conference recognition in over a decade, as he was named All-NSIC Second Team. In addition, he was named NSIC Freshman of the Year, becoming the first men’s basketball player in a decade to win a conference award. On the season, he averaged 22 points per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field, 36 percent from beyond the arc and 85 percent from the free throw line. He broke school records for points in a season (640) and free throws in a season (130). In addition, he set the single-game scoring record with 42 points against Minnesota State.
Cleary was also named to the Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team.

Young put together a great season in the show pen for UMC. She finished 10th at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone Championships in Intermediate Equitation over Fences. She qualified for the Zone Championships after placing first in the region at the IHSA Regional Championships. She also helped lead the hunt seat equestrian team to Reserve High Point Team honors for the region. In the regular-season, Young had several strong rides for the Golden Eagles. She picked up a second place finish in Intermediate Flat in a show at the University of Minnesota. In addition, she earned second place in Intermediate Flat at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Young also put together top five finishes at another University of Minnesota show and another University of Wisconsin-River Falls show, while also placing in the top five at a home show.

The Student-Athlete of the Year Award honors someone with a 3.2 GPA or higher, who has lettered in the same sports for two years with outstanding athletic and academic achievements. This person also displays exemplary citizenship and is a role model for their respective program.
Hollcraft exemplifies life balance in and out of the classroom as he is a rare two-sport athlete competing in both baseball and men’s basketball. The Crookston-native has maintained a 3.68 GPA in elementary education during his two years as a Golden Eagle. On the mound, Hollcraft has posted a 6.00 ERA with eight strike outs while appearing in eight games with nine innings pitched. On the court, he appeared in 14 games.

Trost has excelled as a student-athlete in her four years at UMC. She has maintained a 3.91 GPA in biology and health science. Trost was awarded with the NSIC Butch Raymond Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by Sanford Health. It is given to 16 student-athletes, one recipient at each of the NSIC member institutions. To be eligible for the scholarship the recipient must be a senior academically in 2016-17, have a GPA of 3.20 or higher, be participating in intercollegiate athletics and plan to work in a health related field or attend graduate school in a health related field.  Trost was named a NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award recipient for having a 3.75 GPA or higher and being a graduating senior. She has also been nominated for the Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award recognizing the NSIC’s top female student-athlete. On the court, Trost was a four-year starter at setter for the Golden Eagles. She averaged just shy of 10 assists per set. She had a season-high 53 assists versus Minnesota State.

Xavier Hall (Woodbury) of the men's basketball team earned the Justin Knebel Memorial Award. The recipient of the award is somebody that exemplifies the things Justin did, being the ultimate team player who works hard on the court and in the classroom and excels both athletically and academically. Hall will earn his degree in sports and rec management. He was a two-year member of the UMC men’s basketball program and was one of only two seniors on a young Golden Eagle squad. He served as the team’s leader on and off the court. Hall was as unselfish of a player as you will find, always looking to help his teammates find their shots.

In addition, Baillee Hauser (Raymond, MN and pictured to the right) and Trost of women’s golf were presented with their NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction awards.


Aaron Hollcraft, Selena Young and Harrison Cleary with their awards


Some of the 75 UMC All-Academic award winners - (All pictures by Terry Tollefson)
Back Row - Rhiannon Nicoll, Marissa Mancillas, Ali Alkhatib, Monika Frame, Darin Viken, Nate Lorenz, Ethan Johnson, Rachel Freund, Emily Gruber, Lindsey Weber, Ellie Brettschneider, Nicole Corbin, Zach Greenberg, Kristi Larson, Bailey Braatz
Third Row - Mikayla Jones, Sam Rarick, Mazie Pini, Reanne Erickson, Whitney Erickson, T'mone Kleindl, Sabrina Leuer, Callie Schapekahm, Alyssa Muelken, Ben Koisti, Anna Johnson, Caitlin Michaelis, Ashlee Humble, Baillee Hauser, Jozie Garner
Second Row - Maggie Morales, Skyla Knudtson, Jason Angelo, Selena Young, Tien Nguyen, Hannah Van Dyke, Adam Connette, Kaycie Hagen, Becca Vandenheuvel, Emma Howey, Micaela Noga, Danielle Gau, Samantha Deutsch, Nikki Dogan, Victoria Bayliss, Kate Howell
Front Row  - Ethan Mushitz, Patrick Amerson, Mitchell Bornhauser, Reed Hjelle, Jeremy Spinner


 

 

 

SATURDAY - APRIL 22, 2017

CROOKSTON SOFTBALL PICKS UP A PAIR OF WINS IN THE PARK RAPIDS INVITATIONAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Pirates softball team lost a 15-2 game to Park Rapids last night and they will try to rebound when they play in the Park Rapids Invitational Softball Tournament today at the Park Rapids High School Complex. The Pirates are 1-3 on the season and their first round opponent this morning is Pelican Rapids who are 1-4 on the year. The Pirates will then play the winner or loser of the Mahnomen-Waubun and Park Rapids game. The tournament started at 9:00 AM this morning.


The Crookston Pirates Softball Team was all smiles after a 3rd place finish (picture courtesy of Lacia Hanson)

Game One-

The Pirates used a big first inning to take a lead they would never relinquish as they dominated the Pelican Rapids Vikings in game one, 16-5, in five innings. Crookston rapped out 19 hits offensively and didn't walk a batter in the circle en route to their second win of the season.
"We were aggressive at the plate from the outset and everybody up and down the lineup was hitting the ball well," said Crookston Head Coach Katie Lariviere. "Moving Jaeden (Lizakowski) to the leadoff spot really have us a spark."
The Crookston offense got going right away in the bottom of the first when leadoff hitter Jaeden Lizakowski (Jr.,IF) tripled and then scored on a passed ball to make it 1-0. Jasmin Hanson followed with a nice at-bat that resulted in a single that scored Kaitlyn Thingelstad (Sr.,IF) and Macy Strem (Sr.,IF) to push the advantage to 3-0! The Pirates pushed the lead to 9-0 thanks to Amanda Trandem scoring on an error, a two-run double to center by Jayden Allrich (Sr.,IF), another triple by Lizakowski scored two more and then Crookston capped the inning off with a Brooke Cymbaluk (Sr.,IF) RBI single.
That gave Crookston starter Jasmin Hanson (Fr.,P)  plenty of run support as she was able to relax and throw strikes. The Pirate pitching staff, plagued by walks early in the season, didn’t issue a walk in the win as they continue to show improvement. "Jasmin was our secret weapon this game," noted Lariviere. "The other team couldn't get their timing down on her pitches and she worked with Amanda (Trandem) really well behind the plate."
The Vikings gave the Pirates a bit of a scare in the top of the third; plating five runs to cut the lead to 9-5. The Pirates showed resiliency though, answering with five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. After a Tiffany Hanson (Sr.,OF) single, Jaeden Lizakowski continued her stellar game, hitting an inside the park home run to stretch the lead to 11-5. Big hits from Amanda Trandem (Sr.,C) and Jasmine Hanson added two more runs and the Pirates saw themselves with a 14-5 cushion heading into the top of the fourth inning.
A Kaitlyn Thingelstad run scoring triple and an Amanda Trandem single added to more runs and the Pirates went on for their second win of the season, 16-5.
Jasmin Hanson got the win in the circle for Crookston, going three innings and striking out three while giving up just two earned runs. Everybody contributed offensively as Crookston had 19 hits. Jaeden Lizakowski had 10 total bases herself with two triples and a home run! "This was a great team win for us," exclaimed Coach Lariviere. "Everybody contributed."
The Pirates improve to 2-3 on the year and will have a rematch with Park Rapids in the second game of the invitational.

  1 2 3 4 5

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Pelican Rapids 0 0 5 0 0 5 4 1
CROOKSTON 9 0 5 2 X 16 19 4

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Jasmin Hanson - CROOKSTON (W) 3.0 4 5 2 0 3
Macy Strem- CROOKSTON 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
Shelby Schermerhorn- Pelican Rapids (L) 3.0 17 14 13 0 0
Sarah Thompson- Pelican Rapids 1.0 2 2 2 1 2


For Crookston

Amanda Trandem- 4-4, 2 runs, 3 rbi's
Jaeden Lizakowski- 3-4, 4 runs, 2 triples, HR, 4 rbi's
Kaitlyn Thingelstad- 3-4, 3 runs
Jayden Allrich- 2-3, double, run


For Pelican Rapids
Grace Peterson- 1-3, run, RBI
Sarah Thompson- 1-3, run, RBI

 



Jasmin Hanson with a pitch as her big sister Tiffany looks on at third base


GAME TWO -

For the second time in two days, the Crookston Pirates Softball team tangled with the Park Rapids Panthers and once again it was Park Rapids showing their might with an 11-1 victory.
Much like their last meeting on Friday night, it was the Crookston Pirates falling victim to a quick start by the Park Rapids Panthers as they jumped out to an early lead on their way to the win. "Our bats just weren't able to get it going against this pitching staff," said Pirate Head Coach Katie Lariviere. "Much like last night when we played them, the timing just wasn't there."
Park Rapids had their first six batters reach in the top of the first off of Crookston starter Macy Strem to jump out to a 4-0 advantage. After the Pirates were retired in the bottom of the inning, the Panthers took advantage of some Crookston miscues to plate two more and take a 6-0 lead. The lead stretched to 9-0 in the third when Park Rapids hit a sacrifice fly and then added more runs when Crookston committed an error on the throw in.
Trailing 11-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Desiree Ramirez continued to swing a hot bat for the Pirates when she hit a one out single up the middle. After advancing two bases on passed balls, Ramirez crossed the plate and put her team on the scoreboard courtesy of a single by Jayden Allrich! That was all the offense the Pirates were able to muster as Park Rapids cruised to the 11-1 win in five innings.
Macy Strem got tabbed for the loss for Crookston as she pitched two innings and gave up seven runs, three of them earned. The Pirates offense got hits from Desiree Ramirez, Jaeden Lizakowski and Jayden Allrich but nobody else in the lineup could solve Panther pitching. "This is a team that we have to have better confidence when we go in to play them," said Lariviere. "Even if we know they're talented, we have to believe that we have the talent to compete and beat them." The Pirates fall to 2-4 on the season and will take on Lake of the Woods in the final game of the Park Rapids Invitational.  

 

GAME 2 1 2 3 4 5

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Park Rapids 4 3 2 2 0 11 10 2
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 4

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Macy Strem- Crookston 2 5 7 3 4 1
Kaitlyn Thingelstad- Crookston 3 5 4 2 2 0
Brooke Joerger- PR 2.1 1 0 0 2 4
Riley Michaelson- PR 0.2 2 1 1 2 2
Mercedez Bellanger- PR 1.2 0 0 0 0 4


For Crookston

Desiree Ramirez- 2-3, run
Jayden Allrich- 1-1, RBI


For  Park Rapids
Mackenzie Warne- 3-3, double, run, RBI
Brooke Joerger- 2-3, double, run, 3 rbi's


Amy Follette beats the throw home and scores a run (Picture by Lacia Hanson)


 

GAME THREE-

The Pirates used their offense to pick up third place in the tournament with a nice 11-5 win over Lake of the Woods to round out a long day of softball!
The game was tight through the early innings as Lake of the Woods took a 3-2 lead against Crookston starter Jasmin Hanson in the top of the third when they scored on an error. The lead didn’t last long as the Pirates stormed back in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. Jaeden Lizakowski started the inning with a double then ended up scoring a few batters later on a passed ball. The Pirates took the lead for good when Tiffany Hanson scored on an Amanda Trandem ground out to make it 4-3. Crookston tacked on another run to make it 5-3 then rode the arm of Hanson the rest of the way.
Hanson, just a freshman, was consistent all game long, pitching the complete seven innings. She was able to work out of plenty of jams, scattering 12 hits while striking out two and not walking a batter. "The key to this game was Jasmin going all seven innings," said Coach Lariviere. "She focused on throwing strikes and letting the defense help her out. They made some great catches and covered a lot of ground which allowed her to relax in the circle." Despite only picking up five hits in the game, the Pirates took advantage of four Lake of the Woods errors on their way to an 11 run outburst. "We had another good lineup, both offensively and defensively that just seemed to work," said Lariviere. "Players are being very versatile and it allows us to move people around and find the right combinations. At the plate in this game, we only had five hits but the girls took advantage of errors and were smart on the bases." Senior Amanda Trandem led the way with two hits for the Pirates while Jaeden Lizakowski, Amy Follette and Macy Strem also found their way into the hit column.
The Pirates improve to 3-4 on the season and will travel west on Highway 2 for a rivalry game at the East Grand Forks Green Wave on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. "Overall, I'm really happy with the way we played today," noted Lariviere. "It's great to see the confidence building with our team and we are getting stronger with each at bat. The girls are supporting each other, whether they are starting or on the bench. That will only help us as the season moves forward."


 

GAME 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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Lake of the Woods 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 5 12 4
CROOKSTON 0 2 3 0 2 4 x 11 5 3

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Jasmin Hanson- Crookston 7 12 5 3 0 2
Christen Johnson- LOW 4 4 8 4 5 6
Mackenzie Hancharyk- LOW 2 1 3 2 2 3


For Crookston

Amanda Trandem- 2-3, triple. 2 runs, 2 rbi's
Amy Follette- 1-2, run, RBI
Jaeden Lizakowski- 1-3, 2 runs, walk


For Lake of the Woods
Tessa Solo- 2-4, triple, 2 runs
Amanda Hiner- 2-2


 

CROOKSTON BOY'S TENNIS LOSE THREE DUALS AT THE ALEXANDRIA QUADRANGULAR

The Crookston Pirates finished off a busy weekend with three matches in the Alexandria Quadranglar today and all resulted in losses. 7-0 to Becker, 4-3 to Alexandria and a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Litchfield.
"It was some great competition for our guys," said Crookston head coach Mike Geffre, "we came off a couple 7-0 wins yesterday against some teams that maybe weren't quite as competitive to taking on Becker, who might be favorite in 8AA, Alexandria another AA school and then the fifth ranked team in Class A, Litchfield."
In the opener, Becker won all the matches in two-sets except at number one doubles where the Pirates Mitchell Olson and Jake Widseth who lost in a 7-10 third set. "Becker is very good," said Geffre, "they might be the best team we'll face this season. They have eight seniors and have a real solid team throughout their lineup. The matches gave us some things we have to work on and we took notes and work on some of those in practice on Monday."
In the Alexandria match, the Cardinals won the last two singles and last two doubles matches. "It was a competitive match as the score indicates," say's Geffre, "there were some great matches and we just needed one of them to go our way that didn't. They are a AA team with the enrollment which makes them a very deep team with three times as many students. I told our players would if we had three more Matt Garmen's or three more Nick Garmen's?"
The last match was against the fifth ranked Class A Litchfield and a 6-1 loss. "We mixed the lineup around a bit for that one," say's Geffre, "we knew they were strong in singles, but this was our fifth dual match in 24 hours, so fatigue was now a factor. I told the players we keep working toward the section tournament and it won't as many matches in the section. We had two and three doubles go to three sets, so we were close. With a different lineup who knows."
Crookston will have a couple triangulars next week hosting a makeup on Tuesday with Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls and then at a Park Rapids tri on Thursday with Detroit Lakes again and Park Rapids. "We competed hard today and nobody quit which we like to see," said Geffre, "we had a number of little things that we will keep correcting by tournament time."

  CROOKSTON- 0 Becker-7 Winner Score
#1 Singles Matt Garmen Jacob Lukkarila Becker 6-3, 6-1
#2 Nick Garmen Branden Roemer Becker 6-2, 6-3
#3 Logan Prudhomme Tyler Lindquist Becker 6-0, 6-0
#4 Logan Wardner Brady Gruenhagen Becker 6-4, 6-1
#1 Doubles Mitchell Olson
Jake Widseth
C. J. Howard
Jordan Bonsante
Becker 6-3, 4-6 (10-7)
#2 Blake Fee
Thomas Cymbaluk
John Crocker
Caleb Quernemoen
Becker 6-2, 6-0
#3 Cam Niemela
Jack Garmen
Basil Ricker
Aidan Persons
Becker 6-3, 6-0

 

  CROOKSTON- 3 Alexandria-4 Winner Score
#1 Singles Matt Garmen James Foster Crox 7-5, 6-4
#2 Nick Garmen Derek Berning Crox 6-0, 6-1
#3 Logan Prudhomme Matthew Vogel Alex 6-0, 6-2
#4 Logan Wardner Wade Smith Alex 7-5, 6-4
#1 Doubles Mitchell Olson
Jake Widseth
Grant Storm
Eli Simonson
Crox 6-3, 3-6 (10-4)
#2 Blake Fee
Thomas Cymbaluk
Alec Bollman
Jacob Partington
Alex 6-2, 6-2
#3 Cam Niemela
Jack Garmen
Zacharie Wosepka
Hunter Croonquist
Alex 6-4, 2-6, (10-5)




 

  CROOKSTON- 1 Litchfield-6 Winner Score
#1 Singles Jake Widseth Josh Prahl Litch 6-1, 6-3
#2 Mitchell Olson Jordan Green Litch 6-1, 6-0
#3 Logan Prudhomme Matthew Wedin Litch 6-1, 6-0
#4 Blake Fee Zach Kaiser Litch 6-2, 6-1
#1 Doubles Matt Garmen
Nick Garmen
Jon Madsen
Trevor Mayer
Crox 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) (11-9)
#2 Logan Wardner
Cam Niemela
Cody Lendt
Andrew Fisher
Litch 3-6, 7-5 (10-8)
#3 Thomas Cymbaluk
Jack Garmen
Griffin Kinny
Payton Pratt
Litch 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, (10-6)






 

CROOKSTON BOY'S FINISH FIFTH AT THE JORDAN INVITATIONAL WHILE THE GIRL'S TOOK OFF SIX STROKES TO REMAIN FOURTH ON FINAL DAY OF THE JORDAN INVITATIONAL

The Crookston Pirates Boy's Golf team added 11 strokes to their total from yesterday's play to slide to total of 665 and finish in fifth place at the  Jordan Invitational Boy's and Girl's Golf Tournaments held at the Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course near Jordan, Minnesota which was won by Lake City.
The Pirates who had no one best their 18 holes yesterday were led by senior Dane Anderson with an 82 to go with his 81 yesterday for a total of 163 which equaled teammate Ethan Magsam who had the low round of the weekend with his 80 yesterday with an 83 today. "Dane started out with a birdie and only one hiccup on the first nine with a 38," said Crookston head coach Steve Kofoed, "he had the wheels come off a bit on his second nine. Ethan was steady throughout the weekend and had a good tournament. He took over six or seven strokes from last year's meet so that is good improvement."  The Ridges of Sand Creek is the site of the Minnesota State Class AA Tournament later in June which gives the Pirates a little heads up on the course if they can make it back as a team or individually. "We got off to a better start with a couple or three birdies," said Kofoed, "then we hit some roadblocks with a seven on a par three, some eight and nine's and double digits which got away on some of the players. It was a beautiful day but the wind picked up about half-way through in that 15-20 miles per hour area and caused us some problems anyway." 
Detroit Lakes shot a 311 on the second day and leaped past both Lake City and Clear Lake, Iowa for first place and the Lakers Ben Unruh was the two-day medalist with a 73 today with his 74 yesterday and the two day 147 was five over par.
Crookston will return home to Minakwa Golf Club on Tuesday for the Pirates first home meet. "It will be nice to get to our home course and Minakwa is a little more forgiving and we can work on some of our mistakes. We will have a little meet on Tuesday with about four-five teams coming in."


Dane Anderson chips onto the green   Ethan Magsam with a putt

 BOY'S

Day 1

Day 2

Total

 

Pirate Results

Day 1 Day 2

Total

1.  Detroit Lakes 321 311 632   Dane Anderson 81 82 163
2.  Lake City 313 324 637   Ethan Magsam 80 83 163
3.  Clear Lake, Iowa 316 323 639   Trey Christopherson 82 87 169
4.  New Ulm 323 331 654   Brock Heppner 84 86 170
5.  CROOKSTON 327 338 665   Charles Eickhoff 88 99 187
6.  St. Peter 341 341 682   Ethan Christopherson 97 96 193
7.  Byron 356 330 686          
    Marshall 342 344 686          
9.  Jordan 363 344 707  

Top Individuals

   

 

10.  Greenway-Colearine 358 357 715   Ben Unruh- Detroit Lakes 74 73 147
11. Blue Earth 353 363 716   Glavine Schugel - New Ulm 71 78 149
12.  Hibbing 365 352 717   Brennan Rothgarn - Lake City 73 78 151


The Crookston Girl's shot six strokes better than they did yesterday but it didn't move them out of fourth place which is what they finished after shooting a 360 on the final day of the Jordan Invitational Boy's and Girl's Golf Tournaments held at the Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course near Jordan, Minnesota in which Lake City held off Detroit Lakes to pick up the team win.
Crookston's ace, Ally Tiedemann was hoping to get into the 70's today after an opening 84 but came up just a little short with an 81 for a 165 which was good for sixth place overall in the tournament. "Ally golfed well again but had a quad on the 14th hole," said Crookston head coach Jeff Perreault, "she went out of bounds and then was in trouble and four putted, but a sixth place finish with the competition was very good."  Ally's younger sister, eighth grader Catherine Tiedemann had a high 102 yesterday but slashed off 11 strokes today with a 91, second best round today for the Pirates. "Catherine was five strokes better on just one hole," said Perreault, "she had a 10 on the 12th yesterday and came in with a five today which she was glad to get by today with that score. I was really pleased with both our eighth graders as Joslynn (Leach) was very consistent with 94's. They both golfed well and were playing with the top teams and players each day and didn't let it bother them."  Lake City edged Detroit Lakes by three strokes after an eight stroke lead after the first day. "I think Lake City played back to the field," said Perreault, "Detroit Lakes only was a stroke better than yesterday and lost by a total of three. The Lakers of course are the team favored in Section 8AA and we have to lose a number of strokes to catch them. It will be good to get back and work on some of the things that we've seen this weekend. We got into the bus and the girls were looking at their stats and already commenting on things they have to work on so that is good to see."
Crookston will get right back into action on Monday with a meet at Park Rapids Headwaters Golf Course. "It would be nice to get some practice in, but we'll go to Park Rapids on Monday and do our best and then a few days of practice in," said Perreault.


The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team in front of the clubhouse

 GIRL'S

Day 1

Day 2

Total

 

Pirate Results

Day 1 Day 2

Total

1.  Lake City 318 330 648   Ally Tiedemann 84 81 165
2.  Detroit Lakes 326 325 651   Elise Tangquist 91 94 185
3.  Marshall 358 339 697   Joslynn Leach 94 94 188
4. CROOKSTON 366 360 726   Catherine Tiedemann 102 91 193
5. International Falls 374 378 752   Maddie Nicholls 99 95 194
6.  Jordan 389 379 768   Danielle Boyle 97 99 196
7. St. Peter 394 409 803          
8.  Byron 428 403 831          
9.  St. Anthony Village 421 413 834  

Top Individuals

   

 

10.  New Ulm 456 420 876   Olivia Matzke - Lake City 75 78 153
11.  Hibbing 487 496 983   Shelby Busker - Detroit Lakes 78 76 154
          Ana Schwarz - Marshall 78 83 161
          6. Ally Tiedemann- Crookston 84 81 165







FRIDAY  -  APRIL 21, 2017

CROOKSTON SOFTBALL CAN'T OVERCOME SIX ERRORS IN FIVE INNING LOSS TO PARK RAPIDS

The Crookston Pirates Softball team couldn’t overcome a tough pitcher and six errors as they fell to the Park Rapids Panthers, 15-2 in five innings, in a game played in Park Rapids.
“They (Park Rapids)  had a good balance of hitting and pitching today,” said Crookston Head Coach Katie Lariviere. “We made errors as well and good teams take advantage of those.”
After Panther starter Brooke Joerger put the Pirates down in the first by striking out the side, her offense gave her instant run support with three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Panthers scored on an error to make it 1-0 and then Kylee Pachel launched a two-run homer to push the lead to 3-0.
Joerger struck out all three Pirates again in the second then Park Rapids’ offense put up six more runs and it was 9-0 Panthers before fans could even get settled into their seats. Crookston starter Kaitlyn Thingelstad (Sr.,P) was replaced by Jasmine Hanson (Fr.,P) in the third inning. Hanson gave up four runs in the third as the Panthers pushed the lead to 13-0.
Crookston’s offense finally got some life in the top of the fourth when they were able to push two runs across the plate. Brelee Jobe (Jr.,OF) drew a bases loaded walk to break the shutout then Desiree Ramirez (Sr.,OF) struck out swinging but an overthrow allowed Macy Strem (Sr.,P/IF) to score and make it 13-2!
The Panthers added two runs in the bottom of the fourth then shut down the Pirates in the top of the fifth to win the game in five innings, 15-2. Kaitlyn Thingelstad got saddled with the loss for the Pirates, tossing two innings and giving up nine runs, but just five of them were earned. Crookston’s pitchers, who’ve struggled with walks all year, vastly improved in that category as they only walked six Panthers as a unit. Offensively, Crookston got hits from four different players but couldn’t solve Joerger, who struck out nine Pirates in three innings. “Joerger did a great job changing her location,” said Lariviere. “Our hitters had a hard time adjusting and catching up to it.”
Crookston is now 1-3 on the season and will play three games in Park Rapids on Saturday, starting with a match up against Pelican Rapids at 10 a.m. “The girls were more aggressive at the plate today and hopefully that carries into tomorrow with some solid defense,” noted Lariviere. “I’m looking forward to working with some different lineups tomorrow and it should be a good day.”

  1 2 3 4 5

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CROOKSTON 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 6
Park Rapids 3 6 4 2 x 15 9 0

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Kaitlyn Thingelstad- Crookston 2.0 5 9 5 3 1
Jasmin Hanson- Crookston 1.0 4 4 2 0 0
Macy Strem- Crookston 1.0 0 2 0 3 0
Brooke Jerger- PR 3.0 1 0 0 0 9
Mercedez Belenger- PR 2.0 3 2 2 3 2


For Crookston

Jaeden Lizakowski- 0-1, two walks, run
Macy Strem- 1-3, run
Brelee Jobe- 0-1, rbi, walk
Desiree Ramirez- 1-2


For Park Rapids
Kylee Pachel-  1-3, HR, 4 rbi's
Mackenzie Warne- 2-3, HR, four runs, 3 rbi's
Tara Johanning- 2-3, run, 2 rbi's



 

CROOKSTON BOY'S TENNIS SWEEPS TRIANGULAR IN NEW LONDON

The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team had over a week between matches and didn’t seem to have any rust as they cruised to a couple of 7-0 victories over New London-Spicer and Minnewaska Area in a triangular in New London. 
In the first match Crookston had a couple close matches early, including Matt Garmen winning a 7-5 first set at first singles and he cruised to a 6-0 victory in the second set to win his match.  Logan Prudhomme had a good match at third singles with a 6-3, 6-4 victory and the second doubles team of Blake Fee and Thomas Cymbaluk won their first set 6-1 and had hard fought 7-5 win in the second set to win their match.  Crookston won the rest of the matches pretty easily.

In the second match, Crookston won three matches in straight sets.  The closest match was at third doubles with Cam Niemela and Jack Garmen winning their first set 7-6 and 7-2 in the tiebreaker and then cruised to a 6-0 victory in the second set and the Pirates cruised to a 7-0 team victory.
“I didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t know much about New London-Spicer and we saw Minnewaska Area last year, but they were pretty young, but we got down in a couple sets and really played solid tennis in both matches.  It was nice to see the guys out-compete their opponents,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre.  “It was good to see the layoff didn’t affect us and it will be a little tougher tomorrow.  If you would have told me we would start the season 4-1, I would take it.  We have played some good tennis so far.” The Pirates are now 4-1 in duals on the season and will be at the Alexandria Quadrangular tomorrow to play three more duals against Becker, Alexandria and Litchfield.

  CROOKSTON-7 New London-Spicer-0 Winner Score
#1 Singles Matt Garmen Josh Proehl Crox 7-5, 6-0
#2 Nick Garmen Jake Patock Crox 6-2, 6-0 
#3 Logan Prudhomme Jonah Nelson Crox 6-3, 6-4
#4 Logan Wardner Austin Bengston Crox 6-0, 6-2
#1 Doubles Mitchell Olson
Jake Widseth
Nick Rutledge
Brenden Mayhew
Crox 6-0, 6-3
#2 Blake Fee
Thomas Cymbaluk
Eli Kilpatrick
Mason Kragenbring
Crox 6-1, 7-5
#3 Cam Niemela
Jack Garmen
Wyatt Allen
Arthur Furhut
Crox 6-0, 6-1

 

  CROOKSTON-7 Minnewaska-0 Winner Score
#1 Singles Matt Garmen Carter Lamont Crox 6-4, 6-0
#2 Nick Garmen Evan Palmer  Crox 6-0, 6-0
#3 Logan Prudhomme Ben Larson Crox 6-0, 6-0
#4 Logan Wardner Nik Vandyke Crox 6-0, 6-0
#1 Doubles Mitchell Olson
Jake Widseth
Tate Reichmann
Zack Evans
Crox 6-4, 6-0
#2 Blake Fee
Thomas Cymbaluk
Calvin Hoffman
Sam Peters
Crox 6-2, 6-2
#3 Cam Niemela
Jack Garmen
Nathan Gallagher
Cade Fier
Crox 7-6 (7-2), 6-0






CROOKSTON PIRATES BOY'S GOLF MOVES UP TWO SPOTS TO FINISH 16TH ON THE
 SECOND DAY OF THE PEQUOT LAKES INVITE

One of the Crookston Pirate Boy's Golf teams slashed 14 strokes off their games on the final day of the Pequot Lakes Boy's Golf Invitational at the beautiful Legacy Golf Course at Cragun's Resort near Brainerd. Crookston had four of their six golfers shoot a better score today which enabled the Pirates to move up two spots to 16th place of 20 teams. Brainerd's squad sizzled on a familiar course today and ended up winning the event by three strokes over the first round leader Moorhead. "It's a high caliber course," said Crookston assistant boy's golf coach Wes Hanson, "you can't afford to miss any shots as it will cost you."
Crookston's top golfer for both days was Ben Trostad who followed a first day 80 with a 77 and finished in 11th place overall. Jack Ricord, Cam Harren and Keaton Goering also had improvements on the second day with Goering 14 strokes better and Harren nine strokes better. "Both Cam and Keaton had very good rounds today," said Hanson, "Keaton was almost a stroke a whole better which was nice to see. All six of our golfers we took on this trip had a score that was used yesterday or today."  Crookston's boy's team split up this weekend as another team was playing in the Jordan Invitational today and tomorrow so they are using 12 players for the two tournament to the start of their season. "It was a great couple days for our guys who played well and improved on the two days on a great course that was in very good shape," said Hanson.

 


    Ben Trostad watches his tee shot       Keaton Goering with a putt

Pequot Lakes  INVITATIONAL

Day 1

Day 2

Total

 

Pirate Results

Day 1 Day 2

Total

1. Brainerd 315 301 616   Ben Trostad 80 77 157

2. Moorhead

300 319 619   Jack Ricord 91 87 178
3. Fargo Sheyenne 303 323 626   Quinn Westlake 95 98 193
4.  Rosemount 316 329 635   Cam Harren 101 92 193
5. West Fargo 320 328 648   Keaton Goering 105 91 196
6. Bemidji 335 314 649   Lukas Andringa 95 102 197
7. Hill-Murray 324 326 650          
8. Hermantown 337 322 659          
9. Roseau 335 327 662  

Top Individuals

   

 

10. Grand Rapids 334 338 672   Jack Evans-Brainerd 75 71 146

16. Crookston

361 347 708   Regan Steen- Moorhead 71 77 148
20 teams total         Hunter Moen-West Fargo 69 80 149
 





 

CROOKSTON BOY'S GOLF IN FIFTH PLACE, PIRATE GIRL'S FOURTH AFTER THE FIRST ROUND IN THE JORDAN INVITATIONAL

The Crookston Pirate Boy's Golf team shot an opening round 327 today at the Jordan Invitational Boy's and Girl's Golf Tournaments held at the Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course near Jordan, Minnesota. The Invitational is a two-day event with 18 holes each day and Crookston finds themselves 14 strokes behind the leader Lake City who had an impressive 313 on the first day and the Pirates are in fifth place of the 12 teams competing. Only a hand full of golfers were in the 70's today and only one was under par, a one under 71 shot by Glavine Schugel of New Ulm. Crookston was led by Ethan Magsam with an 80, Dane Anderson had an 81 and Trey Christopherson had an 82 to lead the way for Crookston and like Christopherson, another sophomore Brock Heppner's 84 added the top four players with the 327. "We started on the back nine," said Crookston head boy's golf coach Steve Kofoed, "the pin placements were tricky today and put everyone in a bogey situation at best and then they were playing defensively. I think a 42 was the lowest we shot on the back nine today." The Ridges of Sand Creek course is also the site of the Minnesota State Class AA Tournament where the Pirates have been well represented over the years including Dane Anderson last year for Crookston. "Dane was fighting his driver the first nine holes but got it figured out on the second nine," said Kofoed.  The Pirates were only six strokes behind their Section 8AA rival Detroit Lakes who shot a 321. "Ethan Magsam played well today," said Kofoed, "no double bogey's, had two birdies, made some great shots on hole 14 and 15, 10 bogey's and hit nine greens in regulation for a pretty good day for himself."  Crookston's next two scorers were Trey Christopherson and Brock Heppner as the pair of sophomores made some good shots. "Trey is a short hitter of around 200 yards," said Kofoed, "so it was interesting to see how he would do on a course playing 6,500 yards. He doubled on 15 and 16 on the first nine and was a little mad at himself but came back to start the front nine with a par, birdie, par and I think a 42-40 for a solid score." The course had rain on Wednesday of this week and slowed things down a bit, "It was wet with casual water, which made it a little tougher and shorter," said Kofoed, "we will need everyone to shave off some strokes on their score and if we can get down to a 315 or so, we might have a chance at the very good squads of Lake City and Clear Lake." Action on the final round starts about 12:20 PM tomorrow afternoon. 

 

 BOY'S

Day 1

Day 2

Total

 

Pirate Results

Day 1 Day 2

Total

1.  Lake City 313       Ethan Magsam 80    
2.  Clear Lake, Iowa 316       Dane Anderson 81    
3.  Detroit Lakes 321       Trey Christopherson 82    
4.  New Ulm 323       Brock Heppner 84    
5.  CROOKSTON 327       Charles Eickhoff 88    
6.  St. Peter 341       Ethan Christopherson 97    
7.  Marshall 342              
8.  Blue Earth 353              
9.  Greenway-Coleraine 358      

Top Individuals

   

 

10.  Byron 360       Glavine Schugel-New Ulm 71    
11.  Jordan 363       Brennan Rothgarn-Lake City 73    
12.  Hibbing 365       Thomas Storbeck-Clear Lake 75    


The Crookston girl's were led again by Ally Tiedemann and after the first day of the two-day Jordan High School Invitational at the Ridges of Sand Creek course near Jordan, Minnesota they find themselves in fourth place after the 18 holes today. Lake City shot an impressive 318 to take five stroke lead over Detroit Lakes with Crookston who are 48 shots behind the leaders. "We played decent today," said Crookston head coach Jeff Perreault, "we did leave a lot of strokes with our putting on the course today. We also did a lot of two chipping with some chunks in there which added to the strokes. The course is relatively short for the girls and I think Jason Tangquist (UMC Men's Golf coach and father of Elise, who had a 91) said it best, "It's a visually challenging course and you can get into a lot of trouble." Elise Tangquist was the second Pirate with the 91 and Joslynn Leach had a 94. "Ally had a 42-42," said Perreault, "she has had great successfully in previous rounds on this course with the par fives and I think she had one birdie today. She certainly can improve on that tomorrow and she wants to get into the 70's which is a goal she can get to." The Pirates will need to shave off a number of strokes for any chance at the big lead of Lake City, but they can compare themselves to fellow Section 8AA team, Detroit Lakes who are in second place in the 320's. "That's who we gauge ourselves to," said Perreault, "they have been tough over the years and the top team in Section 8AA and state championships. They lost the top player in the state from last year, but still are a very good team and playing against them again will show us where we need to get to." Crookston's Maddie Nicholls, who has played in the state at the Ridges before shot a 99. "Maddie was disappointed with her round and we could easily see her get into the 80's tomorrow, so we have some movement we can make tomorrow and hopefully, we will be able to do that."
Crookston girl's will tee off about 1:10 PM tomorrow afternoon for the final round.

 GIRL'S

Day 1

Day 2

Total

 

Pirate Results

Day 1 Day 2

Total

1.  Lake City 318       Ally Tiedemann 84    
2. Detroit Lakes         Elise Tangquist 91    
3.         Joslynn Leach 94    
4. CROOKSTON 366       Dani Boyle 97    
5.         Maddie Nicholls 99    
6.         Catherine Tiedemann 102    
7.                
8.                
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Top Individuals

   

 

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THURSDAY - APRIL 20,  2017

CROOKSTON BASEBALL COMEBACK NOT ENOUGH IN LOSS TO PARK RAPIDS

The Crookston Pirate Baseball team trailed 5-0 and battled back to tie the game and had a chance to win the game in the seventh inning, but the Pirates couldn’t get the big hit and the Park Rapids Panthers held on for a 6-5 victory in a Section 8AA match-up at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.
Park Rapids took advantage of an error and a walk to start the game and the two runners came into score on a fielder’s choice and a single for a 2-0 lead.  Park Rapids started the second inning with a single, double and a two rbi single by Tristin Persons.  The Panthers added another run on an rbi single by Zack Hocking for a 5-0 lead.  "We have to figure out how to start better," said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. "We were right around the zone and they had some aggressive hitters, but getting down five runs right away is tough to come back from."
Crookston answered with a run in the bottom of the second inning when Drew Dragseth and Blake Kawlewski had back-to-back singles.  Dragseth advanced to third on an error on the third baseman and scored when Leyton Salentine hit a grounder and reached on an error, allowing Dragseth to score and the Pirates trailed 5-1. "It was nice to get on the board in the second to get some confidence," said Coach Bakken.
The Pirates added four more runs in the third inning when Alex LaFrance walked, Chris Wavra doubled and Tanner Reinhart grounded out to the short stop allowing LaFrance scored the second run of the inning.  Dragseth and Kawlewski had back-to-back rbi singles and Luke Froeber added the fourth run of the inning with an rbi double to tie the game at 5-5.  "The whole line up did a great job and to see Luke have a big hit to right-center field was nice to see," said Coach Bakken. "We were able to string some hits together and that was great to see the guys battle back to tie the game."
In the top of the fourth inning, Park Rapids’ Austin Jerger singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third base on another wild pitch and scored on a hit by Nathan David to take a 6-5 lead.  Crookston had a great chance to score in the bottom of the seventh inning when Kawlewski had his fourth hit of the game and Luke Froeber was hit by a pitch and the Pirates had runners at first and second base with one out.  Salentine hit a sacrifice fly to center field and the runners moved to second and third base with two outs.  The Panthers Gabe Bagstad was able to get his fifth strike out in five innings to squash the Pirate comeback and Park Rapids won the game 6-5.  "We were within striking distance at the end and that is where you want to be," said Coach Bakken. "We gave ourselves a chance after a rough start and I am happy with how we battled back after a slow start. Overall we had a decent game and getting 10 hits against a quality team is good.  Tim Parr gave us some great innings in relief and kept us in the game and he continues to pitch well for us."
Crookston drops to 2-4 on the year and will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Tuesday.  Park Rapids improves to 4-1 on the season.


Drew Dragseth slides safely to score one of his two runs    Alex LaFrance beats the throw for a single

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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Park Rapids 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 6 9 4
CROOKSTON 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 5 10 2


Tim Parr throws to first base to get an out

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Sam Eystad - Park Rapids 5 8 5 4 3 3
Gabe Bagstad - Park Rapids 2 2 0 0 0 5
Blake Kawlewski - Crookston 2 5 5 4 3 3
Tim Parr - Crookston 5 4 1 1 2 6


For Crookston

Blake Kawlewski - 4-4, rbi, run
Alex LaFrance - 2-3, run, walk, stolen base
Drew Dragseth - 2-3, 2 runs, rbi

For Park Rapids
Ty Karger - 2-3, run
Zack Hocking - 2-4, 2 rbi's
Gabe Begstad - 2-4, run







CROOKSTON BOY'S GOLF IN 19TH PLACE AFTER FIRST ROUND OF THE PEQUOT LAKES MEET


The Crookston Pirates Boy's Golf team has a busy weekend with two teams of six playing in separate two-day invitationals and one team is in 18th place out of 20 teams at the Pequot Lakes Invitational at the Legacy Golf Course at Cragun's Resort near Pequot Lakes.  Crookston shot a 361 and Moorhead leads after the first round with a 300, three strokes better than Fargo Sheyenne. 

Crookston was led by Ben Trostad with an 80 and Jack Ricord with a 91.  Three of the Pirates had played the Legacy Course before while three were playing the difficult course for the first time.  "Overall we played pretty well.  It is a challenging course with tough tee shots, but overall we played pretty well," said Pirate Coach Wes Hanson. "All of the guys left some shots out there and we hope to play a little better on what should be a little nicer day."
 

Pequot Lakes  INVITATIONAL

Day 1

Day 2

Total

 

Pirate Results

Day 1 Day 2

Total

1. Moorhead 300       Ben Trostad 80    

2. Fargo Sheyenne

303       Jack Ricord 91    
3. Brainerd 315       Lukas Andringa 95    
4. Rosemount 316       Quinn Westlake 95    
5. West Fargo 320       Cam Harren 101    
6. Hill Murray 324       Keaton Goering 105    
7. Monticello 330              
8. Bemidji 335              
    Roseau 335      

Top Individuals

   

 

10. Hermantown 337       Hunter Moen-WF 69    

18. Crookston

361       Regan Steen- Moorhead 71    
20 teams total      

 

Blaze Ackerlund-Sheyenne 73    


 


 

UMC FOOTBALL TO HOLD THEIR SPRING GAME ON SATURDAY

 

The University of Minnesota Crookston football team will hold their annual Spring Game Sat., April 22 at 2 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field. The event is open to the public. 

The game will pit the offense against the defense in a four quarter game with a 15 minute running clock. The Spring Game will feature a special scoring system. The offense will score six points for a touchdown, one point for a 30-yard PAT and three points for all field goals. The defense will score two points for a stop, four points for a takeaway, six points for a defensive touchdown and one point for a PAT after a defensive touchdown.
The Golden Eagles have 56 players on the roster going into the Spring Game. Mark Dufner is the Interim Head Coach for Minnesota Crookston. The offensive assistants are Dave Volk and Michael Orts, while the defensive assistants are Levi Bullerman, Tom Miller and Sam Smith.

 

 

 

 

UMC BASEBALL PROGRAM SIGNS TWO PLAYERS

The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball program announced the additions of Graeme Cherry (LHP, 6-2 175, Millarville, Alberta/Northeastern Junior College) and Jake Thyes (IF, 5-11 210, Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg-Casco H.S.) to National Letters of Intent.
Cherry and Thyes are the first two signees of the spring signing period for the UMC baseball program. “We are very excited about the players we have been able to sign so far to play baseball at Minnesota Crookston,” said Head Coach Steve Gust. “Graeme and Jake fit right in with our program and along with our four early signees will fill some major need areas for our program moving forward. We are excited that we have been able to get some of the top guys on our recruiting board and can’t wait to see these young men develop in our program.”

Graeme Cherry/LHP/6-2 175/Millarville, Alberta/Northeastern Junior College (Colo.)
Cherry has had a successful career out of the bullpen for Northeastern Junior College. The left-handed arm has posted a 0-0 mark with a 4.91 ERA in 7.1 innings pitched as a sophomore for Northeastern Junior College. He went 0-1 with one save in 16 innings pitched with 13 strikeouts as a freshman.  Cherry pitched three innings of relief against Seward County C.C., giving up one earned run on four hits. He pitched 1.1 innings versus Otero Junior College, allowing just one earned run on two hits. Cherry shut down Williston State C.C. in one inning of work with no runs on two hits. He played prep ball at Holy Trinity Academy and for the Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Academy. He has been to two Canadian National AAA Bantam and Midget Championships receiving silver medals both times. During his sophomore year, Cherry has proudly served as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Council, as well as a Student Ambassador. “Graeme gives us a proven pitcher from the left side who is very projectable,” Gust said. “He has a great upside and we believe he is a player that can really develop in our system. One of our needs is more left-handed pitching and he fits that need well.”
He is the son of Gordon and Brenda Cherry. He plans to major in golf and turf management. He also competes in curling.

Jake Thyes/IF/5-11 210/Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg-Casco H.S.
Thyes was on the Wisconsin Sports Network Senior Baseball Awards Watch List. Thyes hit .385 as a sophomore for Luxemburg-Casco H.S., while playing primarily at short stop. He has also been a pitcher for the varsity team since his freshman year and has been a leader of the staff since junior season. He was named Honorable Mention All-Bay Conference as a sophomore. Thyes was named All-North Eastern Conference First Team as a junior as a designated hitter.  “It will be interesting to see how Jake develops,” Gust said. “His bat is very dangerous now and he still has not reached his potential. I believe he is only going to get better with time. He will come in and challenge for a spot in our order.”
He is the son of Amy Thyes. He plans to major in exercise science.

 

 

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S GOLF PROGRAM SIGNS A WISCONSIN PREP
 

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women’s golf program announced the signing of Megan Ryan (Oconto, Wis./Oconto H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Ryan is the first signing for Head Coach Bryan Beamish for the 2017-18 squad.  “I am excited to have Megan join the UMC women’s golf team,” Beamish said. “Megan has been an All-Conference golfer for her high school team the last two seasons. She will not only be a great addition on the golf course, but also in the classroom as she has been very a strong student during her four years at Oconto High School.”

Megan Ryan/Oconto, Wis./Oconto H.S.
Ryan has been a First Team All-Bay Conference pick the last two seasons for golf. She has been on the varsity golf team during all four of her years at Oconto High School. Ryan was named the Golf Team Most Valuable Player the last three seasons. She is a section qualifier the last two years. She also competed in basketball and track and field the last four seasons. She has placed in the Top 10 several times during her Junior PGA career in the state of Wisconsin. Ryan was on the Student Council as a freshman and sophomore. She has also been a member of the science club, band, jazz band and clarinet choir. Ryan helped the clarinet choir to first at state and in districts. She also helped the jazz band to first in the state rankings and at districts. She was named a Wisconsin Academic All-State Honoree as a senior.
Ryan is the daughter of Paul and Krist Ryan. Ryan plans to major in animal science. She has been very involved in her high school.


Ryan with her family at her National Signing Day

 

 

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 19, 2017

GOLDEN EAGLE BASEBALL ONLY HAS FOUR HITS AND ARE SWEPT BY THE ST. CLOUD STATE HUSKIES

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team had two solid pitching performances, but nothing to show for it as the St. Cloud State Huskies had better pitching performances as they swept UMC 3-0 and 4-1 in a Northern Sun Conference double header played in Crookston.


Anthony Stewart tries to steal second base in game two

GAME ONE- Box Score
St. Cloud State started the game with a three run first inning.  The lead off batter singled, the next batter reached on an error and after a strike out, the Huskies had an rbi single and a two rbi double to take a 3-0 lead. 
In the second inning, St. Cloud state tried a two out rally with bases loaded, but UMC pitcher Cody Pamperin (Sr. Shakopee) got the next batter to fly out to centerfield to keep the deficit at three runs.  UMC was retired in 1-2-3 fashion in the second and third inning and they only had one hit through four innings.  In the bottom of the fourth and two outs, Zach Frazier (Jr. Grand Rapids) walked and Jason Angelo singled and runners were at first and second with two out, but the next batter grounded out and UMC was retired.  In the bottom of the fifth inning, Reed Hjelle (Soph. East Grand Forks) singled for his second hit of the game, but was caught stealing and another threat was snuffed out by St. Cloud State.  In the bottom of the seventh inning, Crookston was retired in 1-2-3 fashion and St. Cloud State won the game 3-0.  UMC only had three hits in the game, two by Hjelle.  St. Cloud State only had five hits in the game after an outstanding pitching performance by Pamperin.


Cody Pamperin with a pitch in game one and Scott Mortenson puts the ball in play

GAME TWO - Box Score
In the second game, there was only one hit through two innings.  In the third inning, St. Cloud State’s leadoff batter walked and after a strike out, a single and a fielders choice, the next batter singled in two runs for a 2-0 lead.  St. Cloud State struck again in the fifth inning with a couple singles to score a run and a double added another run for a 4-0 lead.
UMC finally got their first hit of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Hjelle reached on an error and after the second out of the inning, James Cullinane (Jr. San Francisco, CA) was hit by a pitch and Patrick Higgins hit a line drive off the top of the third baseman’s glove for a single to score Hjelle and UMC trailed 4-1.
UMC wasn’t able to muster another hit or run and St. Cloud State held on for a 4-1 victory to complete the sweep.
UMC drops to 18-22 overall and 12-16 in the NSIC and will host Minnesota Duluth on Saturday and Sunday for a couple double headers.   St. Cloud State improves to 29-11 overall and 20-8 in the NSIC.


Patrick Higgins with a hit the only hit of the second game for the Golden Eagles

 

 

GOLDEN EAGLE SOFTBALL VISITS THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY IN MIDWEEK DOUBLE HEADER

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Softball team went west to Bismarck for a Wednesday double header against the University of Mary Marauders in an NSIC North tilt.

Game One-
Minnesota Crookston couldn’t get anything going in the early innings to help out starter Bailey Braatz (Sr., Buffalo) as they fell behind early and fell in game one, 10-2.
The Golden Eagles fell behind 5-0 after the first two innings when the Marauders put together a run in the first then exploded for four runs in the second. Hannah Holtz made it a 2-1 game with an RBI groundout then Amber Gamboa followed with a two run single to extend the advantage to 4-1 and chase Braatz from the game. UMC went to their bullpen to Heather Cunningham (Jr., Jacksonville, FL) but it didn’t matter much as Kylie Alto rapped a single to score another and make it 5-1 after two frames.
After the Marauders added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, the Golden Eagles were able to get some life in their bats in the top of the sixth. If you’ve been following UMC Softball this year, you can probably guess that the spark came from the bat of Gabriel Antolak (Jr., Zimmerman). The junior launched a home run to make it 7-2 and give her team some life. The Marauders responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame and won by the run rule, 10-2.
Mary’s bats were on fire all game as they scored 10 runs on 15 hits. Bailey Braatz suffered the loss for UMC in the game, going 1.2 innings and giving up five runs. Heather Cunningham tossed 3.1 innings in relief, striking out two. The Golden Eagles offense was only able to muster four hits in the game, the highlights being Gabriel Antolak’s home run and Khailyn Neumayer’s (Jr., Morgan Hill, CA) RBI single.

Game Two-
It seemed to be déjà vu in game two between the Golden Eagles and the Marauders as the University of Mary picked up the sweep with a 8-7 extra inning victory.
After Jozie Garner (Sr. Eureka, KS) led things off for UMC with a single to start the game, she got all the way to third but Gabriel Antolak popped up to end the threat and UMC was unable to get on the board. The University of Mary didn’t waste any time getting a lead of their own in the bottom of the first when Taylor Mendez pushed a two run single through the right side to make it 2-0. A few batter later, Kylie Alto put a charge into a Paige Pitlick (Fr., Jordan) delivery and sent it over the fence for a three-run shot and a 5-0 Marauder lead in the second inning.  
U-Mary starter Taylor Lara was feeling it in the circle. Lara gave up the leadoff single to Garner in the first but didn’t have any issues after that as she baffled the Golden Eagles hitters. Maggie Morales (So., Tucson, AZ) picked up a double for Crookston’s second hit of the game but once again, the Golden Eagles couldn’t manufacture anything and couldn’t cut into the lead.
The bats finally woke up for Minnesota Crookston in the late innings as they came back to tie the game! It started in the top of the fifth when Maycee Trujillo (So., Sioux Falls, SD) popped up to center to score Khailyn Neumayer  then Jozie Garner scored when Samantha Proctor reached on a Marauder error. The comeback became complete in the top of the seventh Maggie Morales  scored Garner with a pop up to make it 6-3 then Gabriel Antolak continued to swing a hot bat with a two run single that scored Proctor and Victoria Bayliss (Jr., West Bloomfield, MI) to bring the game to a one-run margin! Mary’s defensive issues continued, they committed seven errors in the game, later in the inning when an error by their right fielder allowed Antolak to score and the game was tied at 6-6!
The Marauders couldn’t get anything going in the bottom of the seventh so the fans got treated to some free softball. Jozie Garner started the top of the eighth with a walk but was forced out on a fielder’s choice by Victoria Bayliss. After Maggie Morales walked to put runners on first and second, Gabriel Antolak reached on the Marauder’s seventh error which scored Bayliss and gave the Golden Eagles the 7-6 lead!
The magic stopped in the bottom of the eighth Taylor Lara hit an RBI single to tie things at 7-7 then center fielder Rebekkah Keller got the walk-off win when her single scored Brieann Backes and gave the Marauders the win.  
Seven different players had hits for UMC which included Khailyn Neumayer and Victoria Bayliss contributing multi-hit games. After Paige Pitlick got roughed up as the starter, Golden Eagles pitcher Sammy Knudson (Sr., Fergus Falls, MN) pitched well out of the bullpen, giving up just one earned run in 3.2 innings.
The wins continue to be hard to come by for the Golden Eagles as they fall to 11-30-1 overall and 1-18-1 in the NSIC. UMC hasn’t won a game since they defeated Minnesota State Moorhead on April 2. The Golden Eagles will be back in action on April 22 with a pair of games against Augustana University. 



TUESDAY - APRIL 18,  2017

CROOKSTON BASEBALL ONLY GIVES UP TWO HITS, LOSES TO RED LAKE COUNTY

The Red Lake County Rebels scored five runs off 10 walks on their way to a 5-4 victory over the Crookston Pirate Baseball team at L.E. Drechsel Field in Red Lake Falls.  “I didn’t realize we had that many,” said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken, talking about the walks. “I probably tried to block out the first couple innings.”
In the top of the first inning, Crookston had a good start with Ethan Stroot reaching on an error, Alex LaFrance walked, and Chris Wavra singled to load the bases with nobody out.  Tanner Reinhart had an rbi singled to score the first run of the game.  It looked like the Pirates were ready to score some more runs and Drew Dragseth laced a line drive to the left side of the infield and Red Lake County’s third baseman, Josh Casavan made a fantastic diving catch and bases were still loaded with two outs.  Red Lake County got an out in the next at bat and got out of the bases loaded no out jam with only one run scored.  “Everybody has been hitting the ball well for us and we hit the ball well in the first inning,” said Coach Bakken. “We were being aggressive at the plate and we got robbed on a great play by their third baseman and sometimes that happens.”
In the bottom of the first inning, Red Lake County took advantage of Crookston pitching control problems and four of the first five batters walked with two of them scoring on wild pitches.  Another run scored on an error on the Pirate pitcher and a fourth run scored on a fielder’s choice and the Rebels led 4-1 without getting a hit in the inning.  “We had some walks, but it wasn’t like he was throwing to the backstop.  They were close most of the time, but we just couldn’t find the strike zone.”
Crookston’s offense answered in a big way in the top of the second inning with three runs to tie the game.  The first two Pirate batters were retired, but Stroot started a two out rally with a single, LaFrance doubled and a run scored, after a wild pitch another run scored and Reinhart knocked the third run of the inning in with a single and the game was tied at 4-4.  “Credit our guys for some good at bats and being patient,” said Coach Bakken. Both pitchers started to settle in for the next two innings.  In the top of the fifth inning, the control bug bit the Pirates again as the first two Rebel batters reached on a walk and after two stolen bases and a Nate Hofstad ground out, another run scored and Red Lake County took a 5-4 lead.  In the top of the sixth inning, Crookston had runners at first and third with two outs and couldn’t score.  In the top of the seventh inning, Crookston had runners at first and third with two outs again, but they couldn’t get a hit or wild pitch and Red Lake County held on for the 5-4 victory.  “The guys battled all the way to the end,” said coach Bakken.  “We had some chances, but Red Lake County made some great defensive plays including the final play of the game.  We were right there with a quality team like Red Lake County and now we have to get ready for Thursday.”
Crookston drops to 2-3 on the year and will host Park Rapids on Thursday at Jim Karn Field.  Red Lake County improves to 5-0 on the year with their third straight win over a Section 8AA team and will host Fosston in a big Section 8A matchup on Thursday.

 


Jackson Seibel tries to tag a Red Lake County Rebel at home plate
 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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CROOKSTON 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1
Red Lake County 4 0 0 0 1 0 X 5 2 2


     Mason Hanson with a pitch in relief        Leyton Salentine pitched two solid innings

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Jackson Seibel -Crookston   (LP) 4.0 2 5 9 0
Leyton Salentine - Crookston 2.0 0 0 0 1 2
Brandon Klipping - Red Lake County (WP) 5.2 6 4 3 4 4
Mason Hanson - Red Lake County (SV) 1.1 1 0 0 1 0


For Crookston

Alex LaFrance - 2-3, double, run
Tanner Reinhart - 2-4, 2 rbi's, double

For Red Lake County
Ethan Vettleson - 1-3
Kurt Larson - 1-3




 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S GOLF WINS PELICAN RAPIDS INVITED BY 30 STROKES

The Crookston Pirates Girl's Golf team won their second straight event to start the season and this time they won the Pelican Rapids invitational at Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes by 30 strokes over runner-up Barnesville.  Crookston shot a 367, while Barnesville shot a 397 and Thief River Falls turned in a 399.  Crookston had two of the top three scores for the second straight meet with all six golfers shooting 99 or less.  "I have to give the girls credit.  I can't remember the last time we had all six girls sub-100.  Usually we have one or two girls that are above 100 and to have it this early, and with the way the conditions were....I'm impressed," said Crookston Coach Jeff Perreault. "The winds were blowing and it was cold and drizzled here and there, enough to make it miserable.  A few were disappointed in their scores, but as a team we did a good job."
Ally Tiedemann turned in the top score of 88 and younger sister Catherine Tiedemann was third place with a 91.  "I talked to Catherine after her first nine holes and she had a 44 and was really happy," said Coach Perreault. "Ally wasn't happy with her 88, but when I told her Catherine had a 44 through nine, Ally said I hope she beats me today and I know Catherine wants to beat her big sister.  We are happy to get our first 18 hole round under our belt and have a couple days of practice as we get ready for the weekend."
Crookston will travel to Jordan for a two day tournament on Friday and Saturday to play the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course, home of the State Class AA tournament. "Today we were hoping to see Detroit Lakes, Pequot Lakes and Perham and some of the teams pulled out because of weather, but I know Detroit Lakes and other top teams in the state in Class AA will be at Jordan so we will get to see where we are at," said Coach Perreault. "It is a course we are hoping the entire team will be playing in June."

 


        The Pirate Girls Golf Team in Detroit Lakes
 

Pelican Rapids  INVITATIONAL

Total

 

Pirate Results

Total

1. CROOKSTON

367

 

Ally Tiedemann 88

2. Barnesville

397   Catherine Tiedemann 91

3. Thief River Falls

399   Danielle Boyle 93

4. Moorhead

412   Maddie Nicholls 95

5. Staples-Motley

418   Elise Tangquist 97

6. Pelican Rapids

428   Joslynn Leach 99

7. Roseau

432      

8. Hawley

448  

Top Individuals

 

9. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

486

 

1. Ally Tiedemann - Crox 88

 

 

 

    Jill Safranski - TRF

88

 

 

 

3. Catherine Tiedemann -Crox

91


 

 

 

CROOKSTON FIFTH AND SEVENTH GRADE GIRLS TO PLAY AT STATE THIS SUMMER

The Crookston 5th grade and 7th grade girls basketball teams will both be playing in the Pacesetter State tournament in June. 

The Crookston fifth graders played in the region 8 tournament earlier this month and beat Bemidji 13-2 and Deer River 12-2 in the pool play.  They received the bye in the first round of bracket play and beat Cass Lake-Bena 16-8 in the semi-finals and lost to Grand Rapids 30-25 in the championship.  Crookston will advance to the Pacesetter Minnesota Youth Basketball State Championships in Maple Grove on June 18. 


Back Row:  Emma Gunderson, Elsa Dingmann, Calleigh Fanfulik, Brooke Simpkins, Coach Kalie Normandin
Middle:  Isabelle Smith, Halle Winjum
Front Row:  Katelyn Christensen, Amelia Cordova, Miracle Bernia, Grace Meiners, Keona Arnold

 

 

The Crookston seventh graders played in the region 5 tournament last weekend in finished runner up after losing to Esko in the championship.  Esko won two region tournaments and will also be playing at the state tournament.


Back row: Amanda Schultz, Bailey Cameron, Ellie Nesseth, Jenna Coautte, Hayden Winjum
Front row: Emma Osborn, Madison Hoiland, Hannah Loraas
 

 

 

 

MONDAY -  APRIL 17, 2017

CROOKSTON BASEBALL SPLITS DOUBLE HEADER WITH THIEF RIVER FALLS

The Crookston Pirate Baseball team split a double header with the Thief River Falls Prowlers by winning the first game in a fantastic pitching performance by both pitchers in a 4-2 victory and lost the second game 8-1 in games played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.

GAME ONE –
Thief River Falls started the game with a single and stolen base by Brady Anderson and he later scored on an error for a 1-0 lead.  Crookston responded with a two out rally in the bottom of the first inning.  After the first two batters grounded out, Chris Wavra singled and later scored a run on an error and Tanner Reinhart singled and scored on a Drew Dragseth single for a 2-1 lead.  "We had some timely hits and took advantage of some errors," said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. "It was big to have that happen on two outs and Chris, Tanner and Drew came up with some big hits and they will be our leaders and that is why they are batting in the heart of the order."
Thief River Falls answered in the top of the second inning with another run after Cameron Dahlin singled, stole second base and scored on Hunter Tabatt singled to tie the game at 2-2. 
Drew Dragseth settled in and shot down the Prowlers the rest of the game, while the offense came up with two big runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Ethan Stroot led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second base on a balk.  Alex LaFrance hit a ground ball to the short stop and Stroot stopped running in front of the short stop and it was almost like he was screening a goaltender and when the short stop fielded the ball he fired a throw in the dirt to first base and that allowed Stroot to score and LaFrance moved to second.  The next batter, Chris Wavra doubled to score a run and Crookston led 4-2.  Dragseth continued to deal for the Pirates as faced the minimum six batters in the last two innings, including three fly outs in the seventh to pick up his first varsity complete game victory.  "In my years as a head coach, I think that might have been one of the better pitching performances as far as mixing up speeds and it seemed Drew got better as the game went along and you don't see that very often," said Coach Bakken. "For a high school baseball game, it was a well played game with two good pitchers and some timely hitting and it was fun to be a part of."


Chris Wavra with one of his hits on the day    Tanner Reinhart hits the ball down the leftfield line for a hit

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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Thief River Falls 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 4
CROOKSTON 2 0 0 0 2 0 X 4 7 1

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Brayden Johnson -TRF 6 7 4 2 1 2
Drew Dragseth - Crookston 7 6 2 1 1 5


For Crookston
Chris Wavra - 2-3, run, rbi
Tanner Reinhart - 2-3, run
Drew Dragseth - 1-3, rbi

For TRF
Hunter Tabatt - 2-3, rbi
Cameron Dahlin - 1-3, run, stolen base
 

 

 

GAME TWO -
Thief River Falls started the second game with a big fiver run first inning.  Brady Anderson started with double, Tabatt followed with an rbi single and after an out Brady Hoffard singled to score another run.  Dylan Manderud walked, Zach Myhrer reached on an error and another run scored for a 3-0 lead.  Braydon Johnson had an rbi single and the ninth batter of the inning, Cameron Dahlin singled to score the fifth run of the inning for a 5-0 lead. “Our momentum didn’t carry over into the second game and Thief River Falls came out and hit the ball well right off the bat,” said Coach Bakken. “Thief River Falls seemed determined to come out strong in the second game and we made it easier for them with not making the adjustments we needed to make.”  In the bottom of the inning, it looked like Crookston was going to answer with another two out rally when Wavra reached on an error, Reinhart singled and Dragseth reached on an error, but the next batter struck out and the Prowlers led 5-0.  Thief River Falls threatened in the second inning, but Wavra was able to get out of the jam and didn’t give up a run in the second or third inning.  Tim Parr took the mound in relief in the fourth inning and kept the Prowlers scoreless for his first two innings before they scored two runs in the sixth inning and added another run in the seventh for an 8-0 lead.  Crookston didn’t go down without a fight in the bottom of the seventh inning when Alex LaFrance reached on an error and after the second out of the inning, Reinhart and Dragseth singled with Wavra scoring, but that would be all the Pirates would get and Thief River Falls held on for an 8-1 victory to earn the split.  “It was kind of like the Frazee game where we only had a couple hits early and we had some good at bats, but we didn’t have a lot to show for it.  I thought Alex LaFrance had a really good day at the plate and you could tell he had some confidence and he probably hit the ball the hardest I have seen from him.  I thought we played okay and made to many errors and I don’t know if it was the cold or what.”
Crookston is 2-2 on the year and will travel to Red Lake Falls to take on the Red Lake Rebels on Tuesday.   Thief River Falls is 2-2 on the year.
J.V. – Crookston won both games 4-3 and 4-3.

 


Leyton Salentine puts the ball in play with this swing in the second game
 

GAME #2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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Thief River Falls 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 8 9 3
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 5

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Keaden Kempert - TRF 6 6 0 0 1 5
Brady Anderson - TRF 1 2 1 1 1 0
Chris Wavra - Crookston 3 6 5 3 4 2
Tim Parr - Crookston 4 3 3 1 3 1


For Crookston
Alex LaFrance - 2-4, run
Tanner Reinhart - 2-4
Drew Dragseth - 2-4, double

For TRF
Brady Anderson - 3-5, two doubles, two runs, triple, rbi
Brady Hoffard - 2-3, double, run, rbi, walk





 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S GOLF OPENS UP SEASON WITH A CONFERENCE TRI-ANGULAR WIN AT MINAKWA

The Crookston Pirates Girl's Golf team didn't golf as good as they hoped, but still won the Crookston triangular with ease as they won by 18 strokes over Thief River Falls at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston.
Crookston shot a 188 and had the top two individual scores with multiple state tournament participant, Ally Tiedemann leading the way with a 42, while eighth grader, Joslynn Leach was second with a 46.  The Pirates had some girls that weren't overly excited with their scores with two players shooting a 50 and two more shooting a 51. "We had some girls that weren't happy with their scores," said Coach Perreault. "It was the first time out and now we know where we were at.  Most of the girls had a pretty good attitude, knowing this was the first round.  The girls managed to get around the course and turn in a score and now we have something to work with." The Pirates had 11 girls golf in the event, Thief River Falls had six and East Grand Forks brought 17 girls.  "It was good, just to get out and get a competitive round in today," said Coach Perreault. "It is early and everybody was thinking they were going to shoot a lower score and you have to go out and play and go from there.  We are excited about our team with some players that can shoot some low scores."
The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday when they compete in the Pelican Rapids invite at Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes.
 


Ally Tiedemann with a putt   Danielle Boyle chips onto the green

 

TEAM SCORES

Total

 

Pirate Results (Cont)

Total

1. Crookston

188

 

Sophia Rezac 63

2. Thief River Falls

206   Bailey Cameron 68

3. East Grand Forks

226   Samantha Sanders 75

 

    Linnea French 80
Pirate Results        
Ally Tiedemann 42      

Joslynn Leach

46  

Top Individuals

 

Maddie Nicholls

50   1. Ally Tiedemann (Crookston) 42
Elise Tangquist

50

 

2. Joslynn Leach (Crookston)

46
Danielle Boyle

51

 

3. Jill Safranski (TRF)

48

Catherine Tiedemann

51

 

   
Hannah Street 54      






SUNDAY - APRIL 16,  2017

UMC SOFTBALL SIGNS FOUR, INCLUDING CROOKSTON'S AMANDA TRANDEM

The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to begin playing for the Golden Eagles during the 2017-18 athletic season. The Golden Eagles have signed Taylor Allen (C, 5-5, Neepawa, Manitoba/Neepawa Area Collegiate Insititute), Jordan Peterson (C/UT, 5-7, Lakeville/Lakeville North H.S.), Haley Strachan (OF, 5-2, Phoenix, Ariz./Paradise Valley C.C.) and Amanda Trandem (C/3B, 5-7, Crookston/Crookston H.S.).  “Versatility is the key to this year’s recruiting class,” said Head Coach Don Stopa. “These four players, and the others I am working with right now, add depth everywhere for the program. In most cases, they play multiple positions and play them well.”  The four signees are the first for the Golden Eagles for the 2017 signing class.

Amanda Trandem/C/3B/5-7/Crookston, Minn./Crookston H.S.
As a junior, Trandem hit .449 with nine doubles and 31 hits for the softball team. Trandem (pictured right with her dad at her signing) has primarily been a catcher for the Pirates. She also played volleyball where she was coached by Don Stopa’s wife Ashley Stopa. Trandem played outside hitter for the volleyball team. She has been awarded a Merit Scholarship by UMC.
She is the daughter of Cathy and Scott Trandem. Trandem was born Jan. 27, 1999. She plans to major in biology. “Amanda is a local kid with a lot of upside,” Stop said. “She is a big, strong kid who will do what it takes to get better. I’ve had glimpses of a college hitter at times and if we can polish her up a little, I think she has got a chance to help us. Being from Crookston, I have had a chance to watch her play for three years now, and I look forward to seeing her play in the maroon and gold.”

Taylor Allen/C/5-5/Neepawa, Manitoba/Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute
Allen comes to Minnesota Crookston from Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute. She helped lead her team to the 2016 Western Canadian Championship where they won a silver medal. During the championship, Allen was selected as the Championship MVP. She was a two-time High School Provincial Game Star in 2016. In 2015, she was also named a High School Provincial Game Star. In 2014, Allen was selected to the High School Provincial All-Star Team. She led her high school squad to the provincial championship in 2014 and the provincial “b” championship in 2013.
She is the daughter of Shelley and Curt Allen. Allen was born Nov. 28, 1999. She plans to major in criminal justice.
“Taylor is a great athlete,” Stopa said. “I really like her as a receiver behind the dish, and she is good enough athletically to help us in the outfield too. This summer she will play for Smitty’s Terminators which is one of the best club programs in Canada. The strong summer schedule will get her ready to compete at the college level next year.”

Jordan Peterson/C/UT/5-7/Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.
Peterson is serving as team captain during her senior season for Lakeville North High School. She is the daughter of Tina and Brett Peterson. She plans to major in exercise science and wellness. Her father Brett Peterson played football at North Dakota State.

Haley Strachan/OF/5-2/Phoenix, Ariz./Paradise Valley C.C.
Strachan played community college softball at Paradise Valley Community College. She is a left-handed hitter. She is hitting .314 with four RBI’s and four runs scored as a sophomore. Strachan has tallied nine stolen bases for Paradise Valley Community College. As a freshman, she hit .308 with four RBI’s and eight runs scored. Strachan notched seven stolen bases as a freshman. She attended Pinnacle High School as a prep.
She is the daughter of Bob and Gayle Strachan. She plans to major in exercise science and wellness. She has been a scholar-athlete at her junior college and she received a Presidential Honor’s Scholarship to junior college. Her father Bob Strachan played baseball at Phoenix College and the University of Arizona. Her uncle Eric Strachan ran track and cross county at Arizona State University.
“Haley’s speed will be an asset on the bases and in the outfield next year,” Stopa said. “As a true slapper, she can really mix things up at the plate with different looks. She plays in the best JUCO conference in America where she is doing a great job at the plate and on the bases. As a transfer, she will be ready to compete right away as the ACCAC is a high level NJCAA conference.”





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