FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 24,  2017

PIRATE WRESTLERS ADVANCE THREE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SECTION 8A INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team had five of their 12 individuals in the semi-finals and three of them won their match to advance to the championship and all 12 wrestlers are still alive at the Section 8A Individual Wrestling championship in Glyndon. 
The three Pirates that advance to the championship were Colton Weiland, Preston Desrosier and Jake Wagner. “I am proud of those guys coming up with some huge wins in the semi-final round,” said an excited Pirate Coach Wes Hanson. “They were big time matches and I am happy for those guys and I am excited for them and getting those wins were big.”   At 138 pounds, there were three wrestlers that were looking for the top seed, but all three of them beat each other during the year so they drew the three seeds.  Crookston’s Colton Weiland lost the draw and was named the third seed and he seemed irked by the loss in the draw.  In his quarterfinal match, Colton won by a pin in the second period and in his semi-final match he absolutely dominated United North Central’s Austin Bacon in an 8-2 victory, avenging a lost to Bacon earlier in the year (in Colton’s first tournament of the year).  Colton took a 4-1 lead early and built a 6-2 lead and controlled the match until the end for an 8-2 victory to advance to the championship.  “I was happy for Colton to go out and dominate with a lot of offense,” said Coach Hanson. “It was fun to see him step up in a big match and get the win.”

Preston Desrosier received a bye into the semi-finals and in the championship he had an impressive 4-0 victory over Frazee’s Hudson Heimenz.  Preston took a 2-0 lead with a take down and added another takedown in the second period and held on for a 4-0 victory to advance to the championship. “Just watching Preston develop as a wrestler all season long has been fun and he is wrestling his best right now,” said Coach Hanson. “He wrestled extremely hard for six minutes and had a nice takedown in the first period and really controlled the match.”

Jake Wagner received a bye into the semi-finals and won his semi-final match 5-3 in overtime.  The match was scoreless after the first period and Jake had a takedown to take a 2-0 lead in the second period.  After giving up an escape, Jakes opponent got a takedown right before the end of the period to take a 3-2 lead.  Jake answered right away in the third period with an escape and neither wrestler was able to score to force overtime.   Early in the overtime period, it looked like Jake’s opponent might have caught him off guard, but he made a quick counter and about 30 seconds later Jake made a move and his opponent was tripped up and Jake jumped on him and was able to get the takedown for a 5-3 overtime victory to advance to the championship.  “He had the lead early and took a mental break towards the end of the second, but he was able to come back and force overtime,” said Coach Hanson. “In overtime, he kind of caught the guy and did a great job of bringing him back all the way into the center to secure it and move on to the finals.”

Lukas Meier lost a heartbreaking match in the semifinals after winning by a pin in his quarterfinal match.  In the semifinal he had a takedown early for a 2-0 lead and was called for an illegal hold and was penalized a point and later was taken down and trailed 3-2.  Luke came up with a big takedown to take a 4-3 lead, but his opponent bounced back with a takedown to take a 5-4 lead.  Lukas tried to get a reversal or an escape, but he wasn’t able to break loose and lost a tough 5-4 decision.  “Lukas wrestled well and was right in the match in a back and forth match,” said Coach Hanson. “He has to keep his head up and try to win a couple matches tomorrow and hopefully he can get a true second match.”

Zach Brown was the fifth Pirate that wrestled in the semifinals and lost by a Tech Fall in the third period after winning his first match.  “Zach has shown he can wrestle with anybody this year, but his opponent was very technical and was a little bigger and stronger and was a better wrestler today,” said Coach Hanson.

The Pirates still have all 12 wrestlers alive and they will all wrestle on Saturday.  “It was a wild day and to have all 12 wrestlers alive was a goal of ours and we will bring them all back tomorrow to get some more competition,” said Coach Hanson. “The mentality that we had going into the tournament this year and the confidence was a lot higher this year than last year and we performed at a higher level.  It wasn’t a surprise what we did today and I am a little greedy and wish we could have had a couple more, but overall it was a great day for the Pirates.”
The wrestlebacks will start on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Glyndon. 

 

 

 

PIRATES

Opponent

Place

106 lbs

Zach Brown

Beat Tucker Holner (UNC) by Pin at 1:39 
Lost to Landon Byer (Frazee) by Tech Fall 4:01
Wrestles Blake Bakken in Wrestlebacks on Saturay
 

113 lbs

Nolan Dans Lost to  Zander Jensen (DGF) by pin at 2:37
Beat Paul DeHate (DGF) by pin at 1:30
Wrestles Garret Eiynck (MW) in wrestlebacks on Saturday
 

120 lbs

Cameron Weiland Lost Jake Fuchs (DGF) by pin :51
Beat David Rock (MW) by pin at 2:51
Wrestles Eion Ness (UNC) in wrestlebacks on Saturday
 

126 lbs

Cole Tiedemann Beat Justin Boit (Fert-Bel) 4-3
Lost Matt Pollick (DGF) by pin 1:36
Wrestles Sam Olson (MW) in wrestlebacks on Saturday
 

132 lbs

Cameron Hulst Lost to Avery Auguston (BGMR) by pin at 3:44
Bye
Wrestles Preston Johnson (DGF) in wrestlebacks on Saturday
 

138 lbs

Colton Weiland Beat Joe Klein (PR) by pin at 3:01
Beat Austin Bacon (UNC) 8-4
Wrestles in the championship on Saturday
 

145 lbs

Lukas Meier Beat Dacotah Coggins (DGF) by pin 5:05
Lost to Tanner Eischens (Fraz) 5-4
Wrestles in wrestlebacks on Saturday
 
152 lbs Preston Desrosier Bye
Beat Hudson Heimenz (Fraz) 4-0
Wrestles in Championship on Saturday
 

160 lbs

Damian Hodgson Lost to Charleton Wake (Frazee) 4-3
Bye
Wrestles in wrestlebacks on Saturday

 

170 lbs

Luis Argueta Lost  to Tristyn Ferguson (RLCC) by pin 1:01
Wrestles Colby Wooten (BGMR) in wrestlebacks on Saturday
 

182 lbs

Collin Leckie Won Kyle Gagner (RLCC) by pin 2:40
Lost Wyatt Beauchane (Fert-Bel) by pin at :47
Wrestles Seth Dostal in wrestlebacks on Saturday
 

195 lbs

Jake Wagner Bye
Beat  Luke Tweeton (Fraz) 5-3 in OT
Wrestles in the championship on Saturday
 

 

 

 

PIRATE GIRLS BASKETBALL'S OFFENSE GOES COLD IN LOSS TO BRECKENRIDGE

The Crookston Pirates Girl’s Basketball team wrapped up their regular season on Friday night with a visit from the Breckenridge Cowgirls in a Section 8AA tilt. The Pirates had a halftime lead but went cold from the field in the second half as the Cowgirls spoiled Senior Night with a 51-42 victory in a game played at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
The offense looked good early for the Pirates as Bailey Folkers opened up the scoring with a three-pointer from the right wing then Kennedy Cwikla scored three straight points to give her squad an early 6-2 lead. With the Pirates leading 8-2, the Cowgirls looked to Sophie Aigner and Chase Yaggie to bring them back as they rattled off a 10-3 run to take their first lead of the game at 12-11. Bailey Folkers was able to knock down a free throw to stop the run but the Pirates offense struggled to solve Breckenridge’s 2-3 zone. After the Cowgirls pushed their lead to 22-15, the Pirates connected from beyond the arc with long shots from Kylie Solheim and Folkers to draw within 24-22. Rachel Hefta hit a mid-range jumper in the final seconds and the Pirates actually held the halftime lead at 25-24. “We were a little stagnant and didn’t have the best ball movement early, but that got better,” said Crookston Head Coach Darin Zimmerman. “The more ball movement we got, the better looks we got and we were able to hit some shots out of it.”
It looked bright for the Pirates right away in the second half as they turned defense into offense. Emma Borowicz picked up a steal then went coast-to-coast for the lay-in to extend the lead to 27-24. Crookston went cold from the field after that, missing their next seven shots. Breckenridge took advantage, going on a 14-4 run over the next six minutes to take a 38-31 lead. The Cowgirls used a mixture of stifling defense and aggressiveness on the glass to frustrate the Pirates and get them out of their comfort zone. “Breckenridge’s defense got a lot better in the second half but we also weren’t quite as aggressive on the offensive end,” said Coach Zimmerman. “Our shots weren’t falling and we missed too many shots in the paint.” Crookston showed their resiliency though as they started to calm down, move the ball and get good offensive looks. Emma Borowicz took a feed in the paint and finished to bring Crookston within 42-37 with 6:36 to go! Just when it seemed the momentum was shifting, Breckenridge took it right back, grabbing their biggest lead of the game at 47-37 minutes later. Once again, the Pirates would not go quietly as they used a 5-0 run to cut the lead in half at 47-42. “Resiliency is a good word to use to describe this team, it’s been a theme all year,” said Zimmerman. “We’ve been able to stay within striking distance in games more often than not.” With just over three minutes left on the clock, Breckenridge started to stall, moving the ball around the perimeter and forcing Crookston to foul. The Cowgirls hit their free throws down the stretch and held on for the 51-42 win.
Crookston made just 5-of-21 field goals in the second half, missed eight free throws and turned the ball over 23 times in the loss. “Those little things like missed free throws and turnovers start to add up as the game goes on,” stated Zimmerman. “If we cut down on the turnovers and score on those possessions instead, it really changes the complexion of the game. It really reminds us how we need to value possessions and take care of the ball.” Bailey Folkers was the lone bright spot offensively as she led the Pirates with 19 points. “The last six or seven games, Bailey has really come on strong,” noted Zimmerman of his junior guard. “She’s given us a nice scoring punch and added to our balance offensively.” Breckenridge’s Sophie Aigner led all scorers with a 21 point performance.
The regular season ends for the Pirates with a record of 7-19. They’ll now wait to see where they’ll play next Thursday in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs. “I think we’re playing good defense right now but we need to be able to finish now that it’s playoff time,” said Zimmerman. “We have to be a little bit stronger and take advantage of the opportunities we get.” Breckenridge improves to 13-13 with the win.


Britta Fagerlund looks to pass   Tiffany Hanson drives the baseline  
        (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Breckenridge

24 27 51

CROOKSTON

25 17 42


Kennedy Cwikla gets by a defender  Jenna Porter goes in for a layup
(Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Bailey Folkers 19    

Emma Borowicz

7 5  
Kylie Solheim 5 3  
Jenna Porter 3   4 assists/2 steals
Kennedy Cwikla 3    
Rachel Hefta 3 3  
Hailey Seaver 2    


The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball senior players, managers and the coaches
                (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For Breckenridge

Points

Sophie Aigner 21
Abby Steckler 8
Chase Yaggie 8
Madison King 5
Carley Frederickson 3
Ellen Aigner 2
Carly Vizenor 2
Ashton Kaehler 2

 

 

 

STEPHEN-ARGYLE AND RED LAKE THE TOP SEEDS IN SECTION 8A GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Stephen-Argyle Storm and Red Lake Warriors will be the top seeds in their respective sub-section after the seeds were announced Friday morning.  The play-in games will start the tournament on Tuesday, February 28 and the first round begins on Thursday, March 2 at the top seeds.  The seeds and bracket are below.

West Sub-Section Seeds-
1. Stephen-Argyle
2. Sacred Heart
3. Red Lake Falls
4. Kittson County Central
5. Northern Freeze
6. Fertile-Beltrami
7. Goodridge-Grygla
8. Climax-Fisher
9. Red Lake County Central
10. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo

EAST Subsection Seeds
1. Red Lake
2. Fosston
3. Clearbrook-Gonvick
4. Lake of the Woods
5. Kelliher/Northome
6. Win-E-Mac
7. Cass Lake-Bena
8. Blackduck
9. Mahnomen

FOR THE SECTION 8A GIRLS TOURNEY BRACKET CLICK HERE

 

 

THURSDAY  -  FEBRUARY 23, 2017

DANE ANDERSON'S GOAL IN DOUBLE OVERTIME LIFTS PIRATES TO SECTION 8A TOURNAMENT WIN

What are the odds that same two teams, two years in a row, would play a Section 8A Boy’s Hockey Tournament quarterfinal game and go to a second overtime? An actuary in Atlanta says, “Holy Cow!! Maybe 133 to 1. The odds go down slightly when the other team wins the game, which happened tonight when Crookston’s leading scorer, senior Dane Anderson scored on a wraparound to give the Pirates a 2-1 win in two overtimes over Detroit Lakes after 66 minutes and nine seconds of hockey to spring Crookston into the Section 8A semi-finals on Saturday. “I got a fortunate bounce on the left side,” said Anderson, “I was almost going to shoot it but their goalie did a good job covering the entire left side so I thought maybe a wraparound would work so I tried and fortunately it just snuck in there and it just felt good!”
Nobody in the crowd nor those listening at home or around the world on KROX RADIO would have dreamt it would end up a 1-1 game after three periods and an eight minute overtime! Not after both teams scored late first period goals which came in the last 78 seconds of the period. The first was from Crookston and the outstanding work of senior Zach Markovich whose forechecking and back checking all night was a constant thorn in the side of Detroit Lakes. But on this play it was his linemate that did the hard work as Ethan Magsam stole the puck away from the Lakers behind their own net, centered it in front to a waiting Markovich who beat the Lakers goalie Ben Boomgaarden with the quick shot to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead with 1:18 left in the period. “I thought we were real good in the first period,” said Crookston head coach Josh Hardy, “we got up and down the ice real well. We dominated in their zone, they couldn’t handle our forecheck and they iced the puck a few times. I thought our defensemen were playing well together and stopping a few odd man rushes.” Whether it was from finally scoring after many first period chances or what, but a problem for the Pirates this year has been giving up last second goals in period and Detroit Lakes was able to get the puck into the Crookston zone and when their outstanding defenseman Jack Deconcini let go a shot from the blue line, the Lakers Ryan Paskey was able to get his stick on the wobbler and redirect it past Crookston goalie Cade Salentine to tie the score at 1-1 with 16.6 seconds left in the first period which is how it would end. “That’s happened to us a few times this year,” said coach Hardy, “we changed lines and I told the boys that we have to re-focus now. We had some trouble clearing a couple times, they took the shot that was redirected and Cade couldn’t get over to it. Tough to give up but we felt good about the overall period.” Crookston had multiple outstanding chances in the first period with Joey Doda firing a shot off the post, Ethan Magsam put one off the goalie that trickled behind him in the crease put slid past through the blue space.

The second period was the start of what some could say was not wanting to give up the next goal as both teams played well defensively and both teams had some good scoring opportunities as well but couldn’t get past either goaltender although Crookston came close again with another pipe shot. Defenseman Ethan Christopherson did a good job of keeping a clearing pass in the zone and whether try to shoot on goal or not lifting a higher shot toward the goal that pinged off the cross-bar and it was still 1-1 after two periods. “It all the had the feeling we were heading to another overtime game,” said Hardy, “they hit a pipe, we hit a number of them and it was back and forth, back and forth.”

The third period was like the same and maybe even more of a defensive chess match as neither team wanted to make a mistake that could cost them the game. With 13 minutes to go in the game, Crookston’s Anderson almost had the game winner in regulation ringing another one off the pipe, which was the fourth pipe the Pirates had with 13 minutes to go. About five minutes later, the Lakers Bailey Tulius jumped on a Pirates cough up and was a semi-breakaway and was stopped on a brilliant pad save by Salentine. Then it was hang on until overtime for both teams with Crookston turning up the heat with two or three great flurries but Boomgaarden was equal to anything the Pirates threw at him and even though outshot 11-5, it was going to overtime for the second year in a row. “I told the guys, we are not ready to be done,” said coach Hardy about his speech before the first overtime, “trust each other, trust the work we’ve put in. We’re the better team, we are deeper, think of all the work you put in over the summer.”

The first overtime was eventful with great chances particularly from Crookston who put 11 shots on the goalie in just eight minutes of overtime. The Lakers had a great opportunity to win the game with a shot on the Crookston goal, a loose rebound and then a huge scramble in front but finally cleared the Crookston. The rest of the way both goalies and their defensemen were stingy with any juicy rebounds or the like and now it was going to a second overtime. This time the ice was to be resurfaced by race car driver Dale Earnhard Junior! Kidding aside, the Zamboni driver was probably the fastest in the Section and was so fast that they had to delay the start of the third period and second overtime because the ice hadn’t completely frozen. This is just a side bar as it had no bearing on the game. “I told the players between overtime about the same as I did before the first overtime,” said Hardy, “Somebody is going to score and you guys are going to talk about this for the rest of your lives. It might be Leyton Salentine scores his first goal of the year and he’s the hero, something like that and we talked during the week that it’s usually someone unsung that will be the hero.”

The second overtime had everyone walking on egg shells and the best chance in the second overtime came seven minutes in when a kid that is about 6’1/6’2, weighs about 255 pounds and with the softest/best hands you’ll see, decided he didn’t have a shot, walked around one defenseman on his way behind their net, kept coming and did the wraparound that just crossed the goal line for the game winner and the biggest goal of his life? “Yeah, I’d have to say it is,” said Anderson. His shot came on the Pirates 40th shot of the game! “We played a great game tonight,” said coach Hardy, “we had great efforts from everyone. Dane on the winner, Zach Markovich and Cade Salentine playing their best games of their careers. Lauro Gutirrez back checking and saving a goal and the game. Efforts like that and although they are not little things, they are things that go unnoticed by many, but not by the coaches or his teammates.” Anderson chipped in saying, “I told Lauro thanks after that back checking play, you saved the game for us so I thank you!”

Crookston is now 11-15 on the season and advances to the Section 8A Tournament semi-finals the first time since 2013 when they play the number one seed, East Grand Forks at 6:00 PM on Saturday night at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. “East Grand Forks has it going right now,” said Hardy, “they didn’t give up a shot on goal to Bagley-Fosston. They are the number one seed and have beaten us twice this season, but I thought we played pretty well in spurts in both games. We’ll have to be ready for their top line and they are solid throughout their lineup, they’ll be tough but I know we are up for the challenge. Detroit Lakes season ends at 13-10-2.

 

LISTEN TO THE FULL DOUBLE OVERTIME AND THE GAME WINNING GOAL BY CLICKING HERE


Dane Anderson stuffs the puck in the net and then celebrates the game winning goal in double overtime

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


The Pirates pile on Dane Anderson after his game winning overtime goal

1st Period
15:42 - Crox - Zach Markovich (9) (Ethan Magsam)
16:43- Ryan Paskey (
Jack Deconcini, Jace Kovash)

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
No Scoring

Overtime
No Scoring

2nd Overtime
7:09 - Crox - Dane Anderson (9)  unassisted


Cade Salentine keeps his eye on a Detroit Lakes player

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd OT 2OT Total
Cade Salentine-Crookston 10 9 5 6 0 30
Ben Boomgaarden-DL 10 7 11 10 0 38




 

PIRATE BOY'S BASKETBALL USES SECOND HALF RUN TO BEAT FERTILE-BELTRAMI

The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team used a 14-2 run early in the second half to build a double digit lead and never looked back in a 66-56 victory over the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons in a game played in Crookston.
The teams were ice cold to start the game and neither team scored for the first four minutes.  “It was slow in the first few minutes,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen, who added with a smile. “We thought about going for one when it was 0-0 with 13 minutes left.  We keep telling the guys we need to be ready at the start.”  Crookston’s Todd Boerger proved there wasn’t a lid on the baskets when he made a three pointer for the first points of the game with 13:52 left in the half.  The three-pointer sparked a three-point contest for the teams as Fertile-Beltrami’s Dillon Sannes made back to back three pointers before Crookston’s Chris Wavra made a three to tie the game at 6-6.  The Falcons answered with Sannes’ third three pointer of the game and the string of five straight three pointers came to an end when Boerger was fouled and made two free throws with 11:18 left in the half to cut Fertile-Beltrami’s lead to one point (9-8).  Fertile-Beltrami grew their lead to 16-10 with five points from Athan McCollum and a basket by Vincent Benesh.  Crookston’s Wavra answered with a basket and a nice drive and floater in the lane to bring the Pirates within two points halfway through the half.  Fertile-Beltrami countered with a three point play before Crookston’s Blake Kawlewski gave his team a much needed spark with a three pointer and a defensive rebound and coast to coast layup to tie the game at 19-19 with three minutes left in the half. “Blake gave us a spark and it was nice to get him going a little bit,” said Coach Garmen. “He gives you energy and gives you everything he has.” After a Fertile-Beltrami basket, Wara made another three pointer to give the Pirates their first lead since the first basket of the game.  The teams exchanged baskets the rest of the way and the teams were tied 27-27 going into halftime.  “We needed to play a little more inspired ball, is what we told the boys at halftime,” said Coach Garmen. “We go and stand and I don’t remember teaching them to do that.  We need to get moving more and that is a matter of mental discipline.”
The start of the second half had four lead changes followed by a tie at 33-33 after Crookston’s Wavra scored.  Fertile-Beltrami answered with a basket for a 35-33 lead with 13:45 left in the game and Crookston started to take over the game by going on a 14-2 run with eight points scored by Wavra and a basket apiece from Carter Winand, Kawlewski, and Ryan Swenson for a 47-37 lead with 8:35 left in the game.  “We needed to get a little energy and we seemed to have some in that stretch,” said Coach Garmen. “It took a little longer than we anticipated and we started making some plays.”  Crookston kept the lead in double figures the rest of the game and won 66-56.  “We didn’t guard very well at the end as they made some three pointers, but we got the win,” said Coach Garmen. “We made it through the game without any injuries and we had everybody giving us some quality minutes.  We have to shore up our passing and we have to run our offense faster and harder before playoffs.”
Crookston improves to 14-10 on the year and will travel to Wadena-Deer Creek on Saturday.    Fertile-Beltrami drops to 7-18 on the year.


Matt Garmen (left) and Chris Wavra (right) go in for layups in the second half.

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Fertile-Beltrami

27 29 56

CROOKSTON

27 39 66

 
Blake Kawlewski with an acrobatic layup for two of his seven points

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Chris Wavra

30 4 2 assists
Todd Boerger 9 3  
Matt Garmen 9 3 5 assists/2 steals
Ryan Swenson 7    
Blake Kawlewski 7 6 2 steals
Luke Froeber 2 6  
Carter Winand 2    

 

For Fertile-Beltrami

Points

Athan McCollum 17
Dillon Sannes 12
Vincent Benesh 11
Jordan Van Den Einde 5
Andrew Wadsworth 4
John Larsen 3
Addison McCollum 2
Harmon Liebl 2

 


 

HARRISON CLEARY NAMED NSIC MEN'S BASKETBALL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

University of Minnesota Crookston guard Harrison Cleary (Fr., G, Oak Creek, Wis.) was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Freshman of the Year as announced by the conference office Thursday, February 23.
Cleary is the first player since Bryce Cummings during the 2006-07 season to win a specialty award through the conference. Cummings was named NSIC Newcomer of the Year that season. Cleary and Cummings are the only two Minnesota Crookston players to have ever earned specialty awards. “Harrison had a special year,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “He absolutely earned this honor. I cannot tell you how proud and happy I am for him. This is a great start for Harrison and what he wants to accomplish. He made things happen and did it within the offense. I’m excited for what the future holds for Harrison and our program.”
Cleary was also named All-NSIC Second Team, in addition to his Freshman of the Year nod. He is the first player since Adam Sullivan during the 2003-04 season to earn all-conference recognition. Cleary joins Sullivan and Joe Hasz as All-NSIC honorees in the history of the men’s basketball program.
The Oak Creek, Wis., native had one of the best seasons in program history for the Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program. Cleary set the school records with 640 points, 231 field goals and 130 free throws, all surpassing records previously set by Joe Hasz, the program’s all-time leading scorer and a top five all-time scorer in the NSIC.
In addition to his season record, Cleary also set several game marks as he had a school-record 42 points against Minnesota State University-Mankato Jan. 27, 2017. He also set the school record with 17 field goals that same day. Cleary would finish the season averaging 22.1 points per game (second in the NSIC). In addition, he averaged 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Cleary was twice named NSIC North Division Player of the Week. He shot 47.7 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 85.0 percent from the charity stripe. Cleary tallied 30 or more points on five occasions and 20 or more points 17 times on his freshman season.
Cleary forms part of the core moving forward as Minnesota Crookston looks to make a jump in the NSIC standings heading into Head Coach Dan Weisse’s fourth season at the lead of the program. The Golden Eagles came just one win shy of a program-best nine wins this season. They were in a lot of games with 11 contests coming down to the final minute. UMC won two of those games and lost nine as they were close but were unable to get over the hump. Minnesota Crookston is slated to return 10 of 12 players heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
The other individual award honorees In the NSIC went to Aaron Lien of Minnesota State University Moorhead for NSIC Player of the Year, Jordan Hay of Upper Iowa University for NSIC Defensive Player of the Year, Logan Doyle of Northern State University for NSIC Newcomer of the Year and Brad Bigler of Southwest Minnesota State University for NSIC Coach of the Year.

 

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER ALISON HUGHES NAMED TO THE NSIC ALL CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM

University of Minnesota Crookston guard Alison Hughes (So., G, Janesville, Wis.) was named All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Second Team as announced by the conference office today. Hughes is a second-time honoree in her career as she named to the All-Freshmen Team during the 2015-16 season.
The Golden Eagle women’s basketball team has had at least one player recognized by the NSIC in each of the last 10 seasons. She joins Katrina (Moenkedick) Nordick, Brittani Wiese, Megan Eul, Jamie Zelinsky, Bri Zabel, Karna Plaine and Steph Mayclin as players to earn All-NSIC Second Team accolades.
Hughes has had a breakout season for the Golden Eagles as she is in the top five in scoring in the NSIC with 17.6 points per game. Her points per game in a season ranks in a tie with Kari Score for third all-time. She set the record for most three-pointers in a season with 91 and is seventh all-time with 117 made free throws. Hughes leads the NSIC with a .929 free throw percentage as she has missed just nine free throws on the year. She is a 45.3 percent shooter from beyond the arc. Hughes also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
Hughes set the school record with 36 points last Friday against Minot State University on 9-of-16 from the field and a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe. She scored 30 or more points on two occasions and 20 or more points on eight occasions.
Minnesota Crookston’s season is still going as the Golden Eagles pulled off an upset win over No. 3 seed Concordia University – St. Paul on Wed
nesday. UMC has advanced to their third-consecutive NSIC/Sanford Health quarterfinals at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. They will look to continue their season Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m. against Northern State University.

 

 

UMC DOESN'T RENEW FOOTBALL COACH, MIKE FRITZE'S CONTRACT - NAMES DUFFNER INTERIM HEAD COACH

The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department announced today that Head Football Coach Mike Fritze's contract will not be renewed.  Fritze was head coach of the Golden Eagle Football program four years and had a record of 3-41 and UMC was coming off an 0-11 season this past fall.   "We thank Coach Fritze for his four years leading the football program at the University of Minnesota Crookston," said Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. "We wish Mike nothing but the best in the future." Fritze came to UMC in early 2013 as Defensive Coordinator before being named Interim Head Coach prior to the 2013 season.
Mark Dufner, who has been an assistant on staff for the past 15 seasons most recently as the Defensive Coordinator, has been named Interim Head Coach.
A search for a new football coach will begin immediately.

 




WEDNESDAY  -  FEBRUARY 22, 2017

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COMES FROM BEHIND TO WIN FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF GAME

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team trailed by 12 points early in the fourth quarter and scored 28 points in the final nine minutes of the game to come from behind to beat the Concordia-St. Paul (CSP) Golden Bears 77-73 in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Women’s Basketball tournament at the Ganglehoff Center in St. Paul.
Concordia-St. Paul scored the first five points of the game, but UMC answered with an Isieoma Odor (Soph. Bloomington) basket and a three point play from Micaela Noga (Jr. Parkers Prairie) to tie the game at 5-5.  CSP slowly built a 12-8 lead before UMC went on a 9-0 run with seven points from Noga and a basket by Emily Gruber (Jr. Monticello) for a 17-12 lead.  The teams exchanged baskets the rest of quarter and UMC held a 24-21 lead. 
The second quarter was back and forth for the first seven minutes and UMC led 36-34 and finished the quarter on an 8-2 run with five points from Gruber and a three pointer by Alison Hughes (Soph. Janesville, Wis) for a 44-36 lead at halftime.  “That might have been the best half that we have played this year,” said UMC Coach Mike Roysland. “I thought we did a nice job of moving the ball and it was a total team effort.”
The UMC offense cooled off during the halftime break and Concordia-St. Paul had the hot hand as the Golden Bears outscored the Golden Eagles 23-5 for a 59-49 lead after three quarters of play.  “Concordia had all the momentum going in the third quarter,” said Coach Roysland.  “We told the girls that we needed to stay the course and keep playing.”
CSP scored 17 seconds into the fourth quarter for a 61-49 lead and things weren’t looking good for the Golden Eagles, but Odor started a 7-0 run with a basket, two Caitlin Michaelis (Soph. Marshfield, Wis) free throws, and another Hughes three pointer and all of a sudden UMC was within five points.  CSP stopped the run with a basket before the Golden Eagles answered with two Michaelis free throws, another Hughes three pointer and a basket by Gruber and UMC trailed 65-63 halfway through the quarter. “That was huge,” said Hughes on the KROX postgame show. “We finally caught back up and it was a game now.  The team felt it and we wanted to keep it going.”  CSP built the lead to four points a couple of times and led 69-65 with 2:48 left in the game.  UMC’s Hughes made a free throw and Noga added a left handed layup to get within a point.  CSP answered by making one of two free throws before Hughes made her seventh three pointer of the game to give the Golden Eagles a 71-70 lead with 1:34 to go.  CSP tied the game when they made one of two free throws.  Both teams had chances to take the lead over the next minute, but it was UMC that finally took the lead when Hughes drove the baseline and was triple teamed and dumped a pass to Gruber, who found Noga at the top of the key and she fired a three pointer from about five feet behind the three point line and the shot hit nothing but net and the Golden Eagles led 74-71 with 30.8 seconds left. “There was only four seconds left on the shot clock and I knew I wouldn’t be able to drive,” said Noga in the KROX Postgame show.  “I took the shot and I thought it might be going in when I let it go and didn’t realize I was that far back.”   UMC got the ball back and Michaelis made two more free throws (she was 6 for 6 in the fourth quarter) for a 76-71 lead with 20 seconds left and they held on for a 77-73 victory to advance to the second round of the NSIC tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Sanford Pentagon. “I am really happy for the girls because they have stayed the course,” said Coach Roysland. “This win shows you the character of the girls and the team and they don’t quit and it was a total team effort.  This is such a sweet win because you tell the kids to keep believing and they kept believing and willed themselves to the win.” 
It is the third straight year UMC has advanced to the second round of the NSIC tournament and the first time they won on the road. 
UMC improves to 8-19 on the year and will play the Northern State Wolves at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25.  Concordia-St. Paul’s season ends with a 19-10 record.


Micaela Noga with a three pointer with 30.8 seconds left in the game

Box Score

1

2 3

4

Final

UMC

24 20 5 28 77

Concordia-SP

21 15 23 14 73


Alison Hughes looks to drive by a Golden Bear defender

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alison Hughes 23   3 Assists
Micaela Noga 21 3  
Emily Gruber 13 7 2 Assists
Isieoma Odor 11 7 4 Assists
Caitlin Michaelis 6 3  
Stephanie McWilliams 3 6



 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON ENDS IN THE FINAL SECONDS AT UPPER IOWA

The University of Minnesota Crookston Men’s Basketball team opened up the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament with a trip to Fayette, Iowa to take on the Upper Iowa University Peacocks, who finished second in the NSIC South. Seeds and records don’t matter when it comes to playoff time as it’s a new season for everyone! Wednesday night’s tilt proved to be a good one as the teams battled back and forth but Carson Parker made a basket with 3.7 seconds left to give Upper Iowa an 82-79 win in front of a raucous crowd at Dorman Gymnasium.
“I expected this kind of game between these two teams tonight,” said Golden Eagles Head Coach Dan Weisse. “We’ve been playing our best basketball of the season the past few weeks and I thought it might come down to some critical possessions late.”
Upper Iowa jumped out to an early 9-2 lead thanks to three three-pointers from Luke Lenhart. The third forced Minnesota Crookston Head Coach Dan Weisse to call a timeout early and try to settle his troops down. UMC settled things down and used good interior passing to get back on the scoreboard when Xavier Hall (Sr., Woodbury) finished inside making it 9-4. After UIU pushed the lead to 13-6, Connor Gamble (R-Fr., Stillwater) knocked down a three and Gable Smith (R-So., Lodi, WI) hit a short jumper to bring UMC within 13-11. The run stretched to 8-0 for UMC as Gamble connected again from downtown to put the Golden Eagles ahead 14-13. The game of runs continued as the Peacocks responded with a 5-0 run to retake the lead 18-14. UMC struggled to shoot in the early stages, making just 5-of-14 field goals which allowed Upper Iowa to keep the lead. On the flip side, the Peacocks stayed hot from the field as Luke Lenhart’s fourth three-pointer increased the lead to 25-17. After a Jack Parker three, Chase Knickerbocker (So., Annandale) answered with one of his own to bring UMC within 31-25 with 4:55 left in the half. Knickerbocker kept it going with two more baskets to force an Upper Iowa timeout as they saw their lead trimmed to 31-29. Minnesota Crookston rode the hot shooting of Knickerbocker to go on a 12-4 run and take a 37-35 lead with less than two minutes to go. “That Lenhart kid can shoot but our guys battled back,” noted Weisse. “Our guys didn’t get rattled. They are a resilient group and I was proud of how they played.” Despite the slow start, the Golden Eagles didn’t fold and took a 39-37 lead at halftime. After struggling from the field early, UMC started knocking shots down as they made 50% of their field goals, including six three-pointers, in the half.
All season long the question has been, can the Golden Eagles play a full 40 minutes? Playoffs would be a great time to show their improvement as they went into the second half with a lead. The half started well for UMC as good ball movement led to a Xavier Hall three-pointer and a 42-37 lead! The pace quickened as both teams traded baskets but Chase Knickerbocker’s fourth three-pointer of the game ignited his squad and gave UMC a 53-50 lead with 14:49 on the clock. The back and forth continued over the next few minutes as Upper Iowa used strong drives to take a 60-57 lead with 11:12 to go. After Minnesota Crookston trimmed the lead to 62-61, they committed their seventh team foul with 9:31 to go which meant the Peacocks would shoot bonus free throws the rest of the way. After falling behind, freshman guard Harrison Cleary turned it up and scored seven straight points to tie the game at 68. A pair of Jimmy Roth free throws tied the game for the fifth time at 70 with 5:46 left but Chase Knickerbocker answered with a turnaround jumper to retake the lead, the eighth lead change of the game, 72-70. The dramatics continued late in the game as Harrison Cleary tied the game for the eighth time with a ridiculous step back jumper and then followed with a floater in the lane to put UMC up 79-77 with 1:41 on the clock. “Upper Iowa is a team filled with upperclassmen so we knew they were going to keep chipping away tonight,” said Weisse. “For how young our team is, it showed a lot that they continued to stick with it. We continued to show that we can play with anyone. It’s disappointing to lose, but at the same time, it keeps these guys hungry.” After Jordan Hay tied it at 79 for Upper Iowa, Minnesota Crookston went empty on their next possession and the ball went back to UIU with 21 seconds left. With the shot clock winding down, Peacock guard Carson Parker made a short jump shot with 3.7 seconds left to give them an 81-79 lead. The Golden Eagles had a chance at the buzzer but Riley Rice’s three-pointer fell just short and Upper Iowa held on for an 82-79 win.
As expected, the game was a tight one as it featured nine ties and 10 lead changes. The Golden Eagles shot 32-of-62 (51.6%) from the field and 9-of-20 (45%) from the three-point line. Harrison Cleary and Chase Knickerbocker led the way for the Golden Eagles as they scored 23 and 20 points respectively. “It was great to see those players step up tonight,” noted Weisse. “It was a complete team effort tonight, we just couldn’t get that one stop or one bucket we needed to late.” The future continues to be bright for UMC as they got fantastic contributions all year from their younger players.
Minnesota Crookston’s season ends with a record of 8-21. “These guys will continue to get better and that’s exciting,” said Weisse. “These are the kind of players that are going to work hard in the spring and I can’t wait to start back up in September.” Upper Iowa improves to 20-9 and will face St. Cloud State in the next round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament.


Connor Gamble lays it in    Harrison Cleary with the free throw

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

39 40 79

Upper Iowa

37 45 82

 
Riley Rice launches a three

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 23 4  
Chase Knickerbocker 20 4  
Connor Gamble 15   2 steals
Chase Johnson 7 6 4 assists
Gable Smith 6 6 5 blocks
Xavier Hall 5
Riley Rice 3    


 



TUESDAY - FEBRUARY 21,  2017

CROOKSTON PIRATE BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES FINAL 14 POINTS TO BEAT WIN-E-MAC

The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team ended the game on a 14-0 run over the final three and a half minutes to come from behind to beat the Win-E-Mac Patriots 61-57 in a game played in Crookston.
The Pirates stumbled out of the gates and trailed 12-2 in the first four minutes of the game.  Crookston settled down and after the teams exchanged baskets for a WEM 14-4 lead, Nick Garmen gave the Pirates a spark with a three pointer and after another WEM basket the Pirates followed with back-to-back-to-back three pointers from Todd Boerger, Chris Wavra and another by Boerger and the teams were tied at 16.  WEM scored the next four points and led 20-16 halfway through the half.  Crookston answered with Matt Garmen driving the lane he was fouled while in the air and when he heard the whistle blow he had the smarts to throw a shot up and he was rewarded with two free throws and made both.  WEM built their lead back to four points (24-20) when Ryan Swenson buried a three pointer and Mitchell Olson grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in for a basket and Crookston had their first lead of the game, 25-24 with less than five minutes left in the half.  “Mitchell gave us some good minutes tonight,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. “He might not have played a ton of minutes, but he was battling and really showed up against Ada and had another good night tonight.”  Crookston’s Boerger continued his hot shooting in the final two minutes of the half when he made three long three pointers and Crookston took a 34-29 lead into halftime.  Boerger had five three pointers in the first half to account for all five of his three pointers. “Todd had the hot hand in the first half with those five three pointers,” said Coach Garmen. “He kept shooting and we kept finding him because the kids know who to feed and that was big.” 
In the second half, the Pirates had a slow start and WEM took advantage and halfway through the half they led 51-42.  A few minutes later WEM had their biggest lead of the game, 11 points (53-42) with 6:36 to go in the game.  The next play was huge, maybe not on the scoreboard, but in shifting the momentum, as a Nick Garmen took a charge on a Patriot drive and the Pirates seemed to get a big spark from that defensive play.  “He has to do that because he isn’t looking to shoot ever,” said Coach Garmen with a smile. “He has to make some defensive plays and he did on that play.”   The momentum took a few minutes to kick in as WEM led 57-47 with 3:34 left in the game and the Pirates looked like they might drop their third straight heart breaker.  Chris Wavra and the Pirates had other ideas and knew a win would be huge to helping them solidify a third seed in the playoffs.  Wavra started the 14-0 run to end the game with a three pointer, Nick Garmen made two free throws in the bonus, Boerger followed with a three pointer and after a Pirate steal, Wavra scored on a layup to tie the game at 57-57 with 63 seconds left in the game.  WEM brought the ball up the floor and the Boerger poked the ball away into the back court and a Patriot grabbed the ball and hastily zipped a pass into the paint and Nick Garmen stole the ball and got a pass to his brother Matt, who got the ball inside to Froeber who was fouled with 32.8 seconds left.  Froeber made one of two free throws to give the Pirates the lead.  WEM brought the ball into the front court and again the Pirate defense came up with another big play as Matt Garmen stole the ball and was fouled and grabbed from behind as he tried to speed away and an intentional foul was called and Matt made both free throws with 12.3 seconds to go in the game.  Crookston inbounded the ball at halfcourt and Wavra was fouled and made one of two shots and WEM didn’t get a shot off before the buzzer and Crookston finished off the come from behind victory 61-57.  “We battled through the first deficit of 10 and battle back and they came back to take another 10 point lead and it was almost like, here we go again,” said Coach Garmen. “It was good to get this one and great for our psyche.  We had different players make some big plays and we will take it.  Win-E-Mac is a very good team and they are big so this was a nice win for us and hopefully this will get us going.”  The Pirates have had some great pressure games in their last three games with a double overtime loss to Ada-Borup (who is the top team in Section 8A West), a two point loss to East Grand Forks on Friday, and the win over Win-E-Mac (who is in second place in Section 8A East).  “We are getting ready for tournament time and hopefully they are learning from this,” said Coach Garmen. “They have to keep rolling and we should be ready for close games.”
Crookston improves to 13-10 on the year and will host Fertile-Beltrami on Thursday.  Win-E-Mac drops to 20-5 on the year.
J.V. – Crookston won 50-45         C Squad – Win-E-Mac won 33-32


Chris Wavra with an acrobatic layup in the first half for two of his 18 points (Picture by Macy Fee)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Win-E-Mac

29 28 57

CROOKSTON

34 27 61


Todd Boerger with a three point shot          Matt Garmen dishes the ball

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Chris Wavra

18 4 3 assists/2 steals
Todd Boerger 18   2 assists/2 steals
Matt Garmen 7 4 4 assists/3 steals
Nick Garmen 7 7 4 steals/2 assists
Luke Froeber 5   2 steals
Mitchell Olson 3 4  
Ryan Swenson 3    

 
The Pirate student body was a big part of the win, they raise their hands during a free throw

For Win-E-Mac

Points

Mikah Olson 11
Brekkan Lindberg 11
Marcos Lopez 11
Alec Kiecker 10
Hunter Chaput 8
Emelian Kaya 4
Blake Glass 2


The Crookston Pirate Special Olympic Basketball team showed off their skills at halftime of the boys basketball game

 

 

MONDAY  -  FEBRUARY 20, 2017

STEPHEN-ARGYLE BUILT UP SECOND HALF LEAD AND HELD ON TO BEAT CROOKSTON

The Stephen-Argyle Storm, who solidified their possibilities of being the number one seed in the West of Section 8A, built up a nine point lead in the second half and then held on to defeat the Crookston Pirates 58-54 in a thriller in a girl's basketball game in Argyle.
The start of the game was not great by either teams as turnovers were the top statistic and made for unequal offensives. Crookston Jenna Porter took a lob pass and
drove toward the basket and was fouled, made one of two. Crookston came right back with a steal and Emma Borowicz was able to capitalize to give Crookston a 4-3 lead early in the game. Neither team took care of the ball very well in the early go, "We had way too many turnovers," said Crookston head coach Darin Zimmerman," many of them were unforced ones too."
After
Bailey Folkers banked in a three the Pirates took a 6-5 lead with just over 13 minutes to go in the first half, but every time one team would looke like they would be getting momentum, the other team would respond as the case with Stephen-Arygle and their terrific student-athlete Abi McGlynn made a move that brought the home fans out of their seats and score to give Stephen-Argyle am 11-8 lead with 10 minutes left. The Storm were starting to make a move with Kailyn Hrynyshyn scoring on another easy layup and the biggest lead now for Stephen-Argyle 13-8. Crookston answered almost every Storm run and did it with equally nice moves by Rachel Hefta and followed by another Folkers three point shot to tie the game at 13-13. Emma Borowicz tied the game again at 15-15 making two free throws. The Pirates have their Hefta, while Stephen-Argyle has their Jules Efta, that’s EFTA without the H, which the Pirates have in HEFTA. Efta made a short jumper and when McGlynn followed with two made free throws the Storm had their biggest lead of the game at 20-15 with six minutes left in the initial half. After the Pirates missed two of three free throws including the front end of the one and one, the Storm came back with McGlynn again along with 6’0 senior Deborah Haugen and the Storm kept inching the lead now at 22-15. Despite the problems with taking care of the ball, the Pirates kept coming back with Folkers playing strong made a bucket and then the Pirates Hefta not only rebounded, but ran the floor and dished it off to Porter who scored to tie at 24-24. Haugen answered for the Storm and after the Pirates missed another front end of a bonus free throw, McGlynn was fouled immediately and in the double bonus made both and with 25 seconds left the Storm led 28-24. The Pirates went for the last shot and after good ball movement, Borowicz canned a three pointer with four seconds to go and Stephen-Argyle’s lead was 28-27 at the intermission. "We were making mistakes we shouldn't be making in game number 25," said Zimmerman, "we left a lot of points out there in the first half and were only down by one, which was a good thing."
Stephen-Argyle's Efta started the second half with a three pointer followed by nice passing by the Storm and the end recipient was McGlynn for two more and a 33-27 lead to start the final period. Talk about a game that went back and forth, Crookston continued to come back with big shots, this time Borowicz draining a three point shot. Things started opening up a bit with both teams making their shots like Stephen-Argyle’s Maddie Weberg’s and Efta made a put back basket to give the Storm their biggest lead at 40-31 with 11 minutes left in the game.
Here comes the Pirates with a 10-2 run led by Borowicz, Hefta and Folkers with Folkers sneaking a steal and basket and with just under five minutes left in the game the Storm lead was down to 41-39.  Shortly after, the Pirates Porter, who is more of a defensive specialist for Crookston nailed a three point shot to give Crookston their first lead since five minutes into the game at 44-42. McGlynn who had been battling foul troubles most of the game, scored but answered by Hefta again for the Pirates and Crookston up again 46-44 as it went back and forth again pretty much like it had been all night. Folkers again scoring her 16th point of the game as Crookston was being much more aggressive offensively and the Pirates were up 48-44 and their biggest lead. Stephen-Argyle's Savannah Riopelle made two free throws and the next time the Storm were down court, they were fouled again and Hrynyshyn made two and it was tied 48-48. Crookston would counter with Folkers making two free throws which was followed by Efta great spin move down low for a basket with 2:23 left in the game to tie it at 50-50.
Both teams were making their free throws down the stretch or at least Borowicz made one of two and gave Crookston a 51-50 lead. Efta came back with maybe the biggest shot of the game as she gunned a long bomb to give the Storm a 53-51 lead. After the Pirates lost the ball, McGlynn answered with a score to make it 55-51 lead with a minute and a half left in the game. With 54 seconds left Hefta was at the free throw line for the first time in the game and missed the first, made the second to make it 55-52. Efta was also one of two at the free throw line and Crookston missed a shot that Riopelle pulled down and the Pirates fouled McGlynn with 22 seconds left. McGlynn missed her first and made her second and it was 57-52, but Crookston responded with Folkers coming back with a bucket with 13.9 seconds left in the game to make it 57-54. McGlynn was fouled immediately on the inbound pass. McGlynn missed her first and made the second again and it was 58-54. Crookston came down and had a couple tries but couldn’t get the score and Stephen-Argyle held on to a 58-54 win.
"We continued to turn the ball over in the second half," said Zimmerman, "we were also standing around watching like we did in game 13 and shouldn't be doing at the end of the season. We were a little more aggressive, moved the ball pretty well and answered quite a bit. I thought Rachel Hefta played a great game, rebounding, running the floor. We were getting to the 50/50 balls in the second half. Bailey Folkers played a strong game as well and I thought Jenna Porter was good particularly her defense." Crookston has now lost four in a row and are 7-18 on the season and wraps up their regular season hosting Breckenridge on Friday. "We have a few days of practice to get ready for Breck," said Zimmerman, "we would like to end the regular season on a winning note and gain some momentum going into the playoffs next week."
Stephen-Argyle is 19-5 on the year and have won four in a row. The Storm wrap up their regular season on Thursday at Fertile-Beltrami.
JV - Crookston won 50-12


Rachel Hefta goes up for two points   Emma Borowicz soars in for a layup
               (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

27 27 54

Stephen-Argyle

28 30 58


Hannah Emanuel drives by a Storm defender
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Bailey Folkers 20    

Emma Borowicz

19 3 2 Steals
Jenna Porter 6 5 3 Steals
Rachel Hefta 5 8 3 Assists/5 Steals
Kennedy Cwikla 4   2 Steals
Hailey Seaver 1    
Hannah Emanuel 1    
Kylie Solheim 0 4  

 

For Stephen-Argyle

Points

Abi McGlynn 22
Jules Efta 16
Deborah Haugen 6
Kailyn Hrynyshyn 4
Maddie Weberg 4
Savannah Riopelle 4
Abbey Johnson 2



 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER, HARRISON CLEARY, NAMED NSIC NORTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK

University of Minnesota Crookston Men's Basketball player, Harrison Cleary (Fresh. Oak Creek, Wis) has been named the Northern Sun Conference Men's North Division player of the week this week. He scored 33 points in a win over Mary on Saturday and scored 24 points in an overtime loss to Minot State on Friday. He averaged 28.5 points per game this weekend and he shot 22 of 37 (59.5 percent) with an outstanding 14 of 17 from the field on Saturday night. He also made five of his 10 three pointers and added 4.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. This is the second time Cleary has been named the NSIC North player of the week.
The UMC Men will travel to Fayette, Iowa on Wednesday to play the Upper Iowa in the first round of the NSIC Men's Basketball tournament.


       Harrison Cleary

 

 

CROOKSTON PEEWEE B'S ADVANCE TO REGION TOURNAMENT WITH SECOND PLACE FINISH IN DISTRICTS

The Crookston PeeWee B team finished second place in the District tournament in Bemidji this past weekend. 
Crookston beat Bagley 11-2 in the first round, they beat Hallock 11-8 in the semi-finals and lost to Red Lake Falls 9-6.  Red Lake Falls, Crookston and Bemidji will advance to the Region tournament in Proctor in March.
Crookston didn't have a PeeWee A team this year, but only four towns in Northwest Minnesota did.  Warroad beat East Grand Forks for the PeeWee A championship 8-4 and Thief River Falls beat Lake of the Woods 5-1 in the third place game.

 
Back row: Coach Trace Sanders, Zac Johnson, Blaine Andringa, Sam Stewart, Kaleb Armstrong, Drake Lord, Coach Brett Tahran, Coach Wade Demarais 
Front row: Jackson Demarais, Alex Longoria, Jack Doda, Nathan Kelly, Thor Harbott, Zachary Tahran and Jaren Bailey 




SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 18,  2017

CROOKSTON WRESTLERS WIN THEIR FIRST, LOSE THEIR SECOND IN THE SECTION 8AA TEAM TOURNAMENT

It was a tale of two matches with the Crookston Pirates winning handily over Fertile-Beltrami 66-6 in a first round match, but losing to the number two seed Park Rapids 54-18 in the Section 8A Team wrestling tournament at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls and Crookston was eliminated.


           Damian Hodgson close to his pin in the Fertile-Beltrami match
                   (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Crookston knew coming in that they would probably have six forfeits from Fertile-Beltrami open weights as the Falcons have battled a tremendous amount of seniors graduating, injuries and just low numbers so it has been a bit of a struggle for Chad Hitchen the head wrestling coach at Fertile-Beltrami. Hitchen was the head coach at Crookston for a number of years and in fact coach the Pirates head coach Wes Hanson during his career at Crookston. “Coach Hitchen was my coach throughout my high school career and taught me a lot about this great sport of wrestling, so it’s fun being on this side and going against him now as a coach!”
Crookston started quickly with a pair of eighth graders picking up wins starting with Zach Brown (not the country singer) getting a 5-0 win over Hunter Hitchen, his former teammate when Hitchen was in Crookston. “Zach has really established himself this year,” said coach Hanson, “he wrestles at a high pace with a lot of offense. He really wrestled a different match wrestling on his feet and going after it. He looked really good wrestling in the top position and it was a great start for us.”  Next up was Nolan Dans for the Pirates who is the wrestling room partner of Browns. “Nolan and Zach are both up and coming and as eighth graders have a lot of wrestling coming up which is exciting for us,” said Hanson.
Cole Tiedemann was wrestling his first varsity match of the season at 126 pounds and he went the distance of six minutes to pick up a 4-2 win over Justin Boit. “It was a good start for Cole,” said Hanson, “he was a little wore down in the third period, but finished very strong. We’ve been open most of the season at 126 so it was good to not only see Cole in that slot but a nice win too.”
Crookston’s meat of the order was up next with Colton Weiland getting a pin in the first period and then Lukas Meier also picking up a pin in the a short 48 seconds. “I started out pretty strong,” said Meier, “then I got a take down to start and then went straight to my offense and bend him. I always have a plan going into the match and it went pretty much like I planned it.”  The Pirates sophomore Damian Hodgson was the final Crookston winner with a nice pin in the second period. Fertile-Beltrami’s Wyatt Beauchane who got a pin in only 20 seconds. Beauchane who has been ranked in the top 10 earlier this season has been out for most of the season with injuries and looked back in form this morning.  Crookston got a couple more forfeits to make it a 66-6 win. “It was a good effort in the matches that we had,” said coach Hanson, “we now get ready for Park Rapids and they are a great individual team with many of their wrestlers ranked, but as a team we hope we have some movements we can make, wrestle well and we’ll see what happens.”


Zach Brown starts off the Fertile-Beltrami match with a 5-0 win
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

PIRATES-66

Fertile-Beltrami-6

Winner

Results

106 lbs

Zach Brown

Hunter Hitchen

Crox

5-0

113 lbs

Nolan Dans Levi Qualley

Crox

Pin 5:01

120 lbs

Cameron Weiland OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

126 lbs

Cole Tiedemann Justin Boit

Crox

4-2

132 lbs

Cameron Hulst OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

138 lbs

Colton Weiland Damian Gudvangen

Crox

Pin 1:47

145 lbs

Lukas Meier Gabe Horgeshimer

Crox

Pin :48
152 lbs Luke Trandem OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

160 lbs

Preston Desrosier OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

170 lbs

Damian Hodgson Izaah Bennefeld

Crox

Pin 3:29

182 lbs

Luis Argueta Wyatt Beauchane

FB

Pin :20

195 lbs

Collin Leckie OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

220 lbs

Jake Wagner OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

285 lbs

OPEN OPEN

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-


Lukas Meier dominating his first round match
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 


PARK RAPIDS QUARTERFINAL MATCH

Before their quarterfinal match with Park Rapids in the Section 8A Team Tournament, Crookston head coach Wes Hanson said, “We won five matches against them in the dual we had this year. Now we have to find a way to win two more or so and don’t give up bonus points to them.” That didn’t happen as the Panthers came up with six pins and held the Pirates to four wins in a 54-18 win to end the Crookston TEAM season at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The first time the two teams met was January 17 with Park Rapids winning 51-21 in Crookston.
Crookston’s two eighth graders again started out very well. Even though losing 5-0, Zach Brown (not the country singer) wrestled a great defensive match facing the number one ranked wrestler in Class A in Minnesota. “I’m really excited about our eighth grade class,” said Hanson, “they are getting a lot of experience at a young age, they are like a band of brothers in the wrestling room and have a lot of fire. Zach wrestled in good position, pushing the pace a little bit and had a couple chances for some points. I was really impressed with his defense and his way of countering out of some positions.”  Dans looked strong again winning two matches on the day including a 10-5 decision to tie the team score early at 3-3. “It was really a great match for Nolan,” said Hanson, “he was down at one point, came back to tie it up and gets the 10-5 victory so hats off to him.”
Park Rapids would win the next three by pins to jump out to a 21-3 lead before the Pirates ‘meat of the order’ again stood out. First Colton Weiland was aggressive right off the whistle taking 4-1 and 7-1 leads after periods and winning 13-2, followed by Lukas Meier with a tech fall early in the third period 15-0. “We didn’t know much about the kid Colton wrestled,” said Hanson, “Colton was able to do what he does, getting a lot of offense going on his feet and take downs to get the win. Lukas is really good on the top position and gets a lot of points on the board and got the win.” Preston Desrosier was up next and although losing 2-0, it was quite the match against Jared Sunram who is ranked seventh in the state in Class A. “Preston is peaking at the right time of the year,” said Hanson, “Preston is a dangerous wrestler, he goes hard and gives 100 percent all the time which he did against Sunram. We are looking forward to watching Preston next week in the individuals where he might match up again with Sunram.”
Crookston’s last victory came at 195 pounds with Jake Wagner who went to 18-6 on the season with a first period pin. “I went out there and tried more offense than I usually do,” said Wagner, “I’m usually the one that has to scramble all the time, but this time I was trying to shoot a lot more and was able to do that, caught him and got the pin, so the strategy worked.”
Crookston finished 7-12 in duals this season and now get ready for the Section 8A Individual Tournament which will be next Friday and Saturday in Glyndon at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School. From the individual tournament the top two wrestlers in each weight class will advance to state. “I think we have really improved throughout the whole season,” said coach Hanson, “that was evidenced by our performance here today. Now if we can keep this momentum going next week and we’ll see what happens.”


Colton Weiland with a take down    Cameron Hulst makes a move in his Park Rapids match
             (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

PIRATES-18

Park Rapids-54

Winner

Results

106 lbs

Zach Brown

Ashton Clark (#1 ranked)

PR

5-0

113 lbs

Nolan Dans Kobe Burton

Crox

10-5

120 lbs

Cameron Weiland Kaden Safratowich

PR

Pin :58

126 lbs

Cole Tiedemann Landen Burlingame

PR

Pin 1:49

132 lbs

Cameron Hulst Nolan Booge (#7 ranked)

PR

Pin 2:59

138 lbs

Colton Weiland Toby Ritter

 Crox

13-2

145 lbs

Lukas Meier Eli Bessman

 Crox

15-0 Tech Fall 4:22

152 lbs Preston Desrosier Jared Sunram  (#7 ranked)

 PR

2-0

160 lbs

Luke Trandem Justin Dravis (#3 ranked)

 PR

Pin :49

170 lbs

Damian Hodgson Cody Dravis

 PR

Pin 2:45

182 lbs

Collin Leckie Zach Nelson

PR

Pin 1:12

195 lbs

Jake Wagner Zach Hocking

 Crox

Pin 1:22

220 lbs

Open Jacob Bittman (#5 ranked)

PR

Forfeit

285 lbs

OPEN Logan Veo

PR

Forfeit


Coach Wes Hanson talks with Preston Desrosier before his match
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOSES TO MARY IN OT, WILL TRAVEL TO ST. PAUL ON WEDNESDAY

The University of Mary Marauders needed a victory to get the fourth seed in the Northern Sun North  and more importantly a home playoff game, and they scored the first six points of overtime and held on to beat the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team 87-81 in overtime at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
After a slow start in Friday’s game, the Golden Eagles were looking for a better start and it looked like both teams were a little sluggish out of the gates and after four minutes into the game they were tied at 4-4.  It was this point in the game UMC went on an 8-0 run that started with back-to-back Caitlin Michaelis (Soph. Marshfield, Wis) and Alison Hughes (Soph. Janesville, Wis) three pointers and the run was capped by an Isieoma Odor (Soph. Bloomington) lay up for a 12-4 lead.  UMC kept the lead the rest of the quarter and took an 18-12 lead into the second quarter.
UMC started the second quarter on an 8-4 run with five points from Michaelis and a three pointer from Hughes for a 26-16 lead.  Mary responded with an 8-0 run to cut the Golden Eagle lead down to two points (26-24) with four minutes left in the half.  The game stayed close the rest of the half and UMC took a 36-33 lead into halftime.  “I thought we were playing well in the first half,” said UMC Coach Mike Roysland. “Our offense was playing well and defensively we played well.  We could have made a couple more stops, but overall it was a pretty good half.”
The third quarter was a fast paced back and forth 10 minutes and UMC had a 45-43 lead with 5:37 left in the quarter when they went on a 9-0 run with four different players scoring (Michaelis – 3, Odor-1, Micaela Noga-2 and Steph McWilliams-3) for a 54-43 lead and it looked like UMC was off and running, but Mary battled back to get within five points (56-51) at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Mary cut UMC’s lead down to one point, six different times with the last Golden Eagle one point lead at 70-69 with 1:47 to go in regulation.  UMC was fouled with 1:20 left and Noga made one of two free throws before Mary’s Dani Williams made a jump shot to tie the game for the first time.  UMC wasn’t able to score on the next possession and Mary came back with a Williams runner through the lane with 9.3 seconds left to give the Marauders their first lead of the game at 73-71.  UMC called a time out and inbounded the ball in the front court.  Noga got the ball and drove into the paint for a left hand lay up to tie the game at 73 with three seconds left.  A Mary shot at the buzzer was off the mark and the teams were going to overtime. 
Mary had a great start to overtime after Hannah Larson scored the first six points to give the Marauders their biggest lead of the game at 79-73 with 1:32 left in the five minute overtime.  UMC wasn’t able to recover and Mary held on for an 87-81 win.  “I am sure for the fans it was a great game, but as a coach we needed some more stops at the end and they made some plays,” said Coach Roysland.  “Once it got into overtime we couldn’t get any momentum going.  I thought we have been playing some of our best basketball the past couple of weeks and hopefully we will keep it going next week.”
UMC ends the regular season 7-18 overall and 7-14 in the NSIC and they will travel to Concordia-St. Paul in the first round of the NSIC playoffs on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  The University of Mary improves to 14-15 overall and 9-12 in the NSIC and Winona State will have to make the 12-plus hour trip to Mary for the first round of the playoffs.

For the NSIC Women’s Basketball bracket click here.


Micaela Noga ties the game on a lay up   Alison Hughes bring the ball up the floor

Box Score

1

2 3

4

OT

FINAL

U of Mary

12 21 18 22 14 87

UMC

18 18 20 17 8 81


Isieoma Odor with a shot in the paint in the second half

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 20 13 4 assists/2 blocks
Caitlin Michaelis 16   2 assists
Alison Hughes 16 4 2 assists
Micaela Noga 14 3 4 assists
Emily Gruber 10 2 2 assists
Stephanie McWilliams 5 4 7 assists



 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL OUTLASTS MARY TO END REGULAR SEASON WITH A VICTORY

The University of Crookston Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball team closed out their regular season in style, using a big second half to take down the University of Mary Marauders, 91-80. The Golden Eagles grabbed the lead with 10 minutes left and never looked back as they grinded out an impressive win on Senior Night at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
“We faced adversity this morning with a player leaving our team but our guys rallied from it and really wanted to play well for our two seniors,” said Minnesota Crookston Head Coach Dan Weisse. “We played extremely hard tonight. Guys made shots and got some big stops. It was a complete team effort tonight.”
Much like Friday night, Minnesota Crookston’s offense started out a bit stagnant as they made two of their first nine shots and saw Mary start the game with a 10-4 lead in the first four minutes. Xavier Hall (Sr., Woodbury), who played inspired all night long, put an end to the run with a pair of free throws and minutes later, Chase Knickerbocker (So., Annandale) made a corner three-pointer to bring UMC within 16-15 halfway through the first. The Golden Eagles kept the flow going, getting baskets from Harrison Cleary (Fr., Oak Creek, WI) and Knickerbocker to take a 23-20 lead with 6:30 left in the half. The contributions continued to come from everywhere as Riley Rice (Sr., Mullen, NE) made his presence felt on senior night with a triple to push the gap to 30-24. The Marauders would respond well, though, finishing the final four minutes of the first half with a 16-6 run to take a 40-36 lead at the break. The Mary was led by the two-headed monster of Rickey Suggs and Bryan Jefferson as they combined for 29 of the 40 points. It was a back and forth half that saw five ties and four lead changes. “I expected this game to be tight throughout,” explained Coach Weisse. “Mary is an experienced team. They have a lot of seniors who have played quite a bit together.”
It didn’t take long in the second half for the Golden Eagles to get the lead back as a Riley Rice three-pointer and two Chase Knickerbocker free throws put them up 41-40 in the early stages. The strong start to the half continued when Gable Smith (R-So, Lodi, WI) made a tough shot, got fouled and hit the freebie to cap a 10-2 run for UMC. Just as fast as the Golden Eagles got the lead back, the Marauders showed their fight and got two free throws from Suggs and a lay-in by Jefferson to go on top 53-50 with 14:36 on the clock. Three minutes later, Minnesota Crookston relied on the long ball to get back into it as Harrison Cleary hit two three’s in the course of a few possessions to give UMC the lead back at 61-59 with 10:06 left in the game.
Could the Golden Eagles do something they’ve struggled all year doing, close out a game in crunch time? That question was answered with a resounding “yes” on Saturday night as UMC held onto the lead for the last 10 minutes of the game. The Golden Eagles relied heavily on the offensive efforts of Chase Knickerbocker and Harrison Cleary down the stretch. Knickerbocker’s strong take and lay-up gave his team an 80-69 lead with under five minutes to play. “Chase Knickerbocker is the kind of guy who will run through a wall for you,” said Weisse of his sophomore forward. “His confidence continues to improve and his play really showed it. We sure needed that from him tonight.” After the Marauders trimmed it to 83-77, Cleary hit a contested three-pointer to give the Golden Eagles some breathing room at 86-77 with a minute left. Minnesota Crookston made some stops late and put the icing on the cake with a Knickerbocker slam dunk in the closing seconds and held on for the 91-80 win. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for UMC and gave them some much needed momentum going into the playoffs.
The second half was really the turning point as UMC outscored Mary 55-40 in the final 20 minutes and shot an astounding 19-of-27 (70.4%) from the field. “The key there was that the ball was moving,” explained Weisse. “When the ball gets stuck, it messes with the flow. In the second half, gaps started to widen for drives and we were able to get shooters open.” Defense was also key as they got multiple stops down the stretch and held the Marauders to 1-of-13 shooting from three-point land. Harrison Cleary led all scorers with 33 points and also dished out a game-high seven assists. Chase Knickerbocker had one of his best games of his young career with 27 points and a team-high eight rebounds and Xavier Hall and Riley Rice had great senior nights with eight and six points respectively.
The Golden Eagles finish the regular season 8-20 overall and 4-18 in the NSIC. With Minnesota Duluth’s loss to MSU-Moorhead, Minnesota Crookston jumped up a spot to the seventh seed in the NSIC North and will take on the second seed in the NSIC South, Upper Iowa, in the first round of the conference playoffs on Wednesday. The game will be in Fayette, Iowa. “This will be a great experience for us,” noted Weisse. “I’m excited for our guys to experience the playoffs. We’ve already made the trip down there and I thought we played them tough. It should be a great game.”

For the NSIC Men's Basketball tournament bracket click here


Riley Rice in his last home game   Chase Knickerbocker goes in for two

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

FINAL

U of Mary

38 42 80

UMC

36 55 91


Xavier Hall shoots a free throw in his last home game as two freshman (Harrison Cleary and Connor Gamble look on)

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 33 4 7 assists
Chase Knickerbocker 27 8  
Gable Smith 13 7 3 assists
Xavier Hall 8 2  
Riley Rice 6 2  
Chase Johnson 2 5
Connor Gamble 2    

 

 

FRIDAY  -  FEBRUARY 17, 2017

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT PELICAN RAPIDS IN SECTION 8AA GAME

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team led for most of the first half, but a 5-0 run at the end of the half gave Pelican Rapids the lead for good as they held on for a 57-46 victory in a Section 8AA game played in Pelican Rapids.
Crookston had a great start to the game with a three pointer from Jenna Porter and a Bailey Folkers basket for a 5-0 lead. Pelican Rapids battled back to get within a 7-6 deficit before Rachel Hefta scored to give the Pirates a 9-6 lead with 13:30 to go in the first half. The teams exchanged baskets for the next five minutes and after an Emma Borowicz three pointer the Pirates led 15-11. Pelican Rapids scored four points in a row to force the first tie of the game. The teams exchanged baskets for a tie at 17. Pelican Rapids scored with 3:08 to go in the half to take their first lead of the game, 19-17, but the Pirates answered with Kylie Solheim three pointer to retake the lead. Pelican Rapids switched up their defense in the final minutes and Crookston had a hard time getting any offense going and that helped the Vikings to a 5-0 run in the final minutes to take a 24-20 lead into halftime. "The girls played well in the first half and we were aggressive in the opening minutes," said Pirate Coach Darin Zimmerman. "Things were looking good, but give Pelican Rapids credit on making some stops and taking the lead. Kylie had a big shot to get us the lead back, but they (Pelican Rapids) made some nice plays towards the end to take the lead. We need to play well in the final minutes of the half and that has hurt us a couple times this year."
Pelican Rapids started the second half on an 8-2 run with four points apiece from Adriana Torres and Kaylie Isaman and the Vikings led 32-22. Crookston continued to struggle offensively as Pelican Rapids defensive pressure forced several turnovers and the Vikings turned them into quick points for a 43-30 lead with less than seven minutes left in the game. Crookston's Emma Borowicz made a free throw and Folkers followed with a three pointer to cut the deficit to single digits. Pelican Rapids answered with a free throw before Porter scored and the Pirates trailed by eight points. It seemed everytime the Pirates made a run in the second half, Pelican Rapids answered with a big shot and they did with four minute left with a three pointer from Isaman and a basket by Torres, which was followed by a free throw by Isaman for a 50-36 lead. Crookston didn't go down without a fight when they were trailing 51-37, Kennedy Cwikla had a strong move to the basket and was fouled and converted a three point play and Porter made a three pointer to bring the Pirates within a 51-43 deficit, but Pelican Rapids held on for a 57-46 victory. "They made some tough contested shots and we did a good job of scoring, but we couldn't get the stops," said Coach Zimmerman. "We are really, really close and that is frustrating and the game was close. We just need to come up with a few more plays, but we continue to get better and I was happy to see the girls bounce back after a tough loss in Ada last night."
Crookston drops to 7-17 on the year and will have their final regular season games of the year on Monday at Stephen-Argyle and they will host Breckenridge on Friday. Pelican Rapids improves to 12-11.
J.V. - Pelican Rapids won 41-40 in OT


  Emma Borowicz drives by a Pelican Rapids defender
 (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

20 26 46

Pelican Rapids

24 33 57


Kylie Solheim with a runner that Pirate Boys Coach Greg Garmen would be proud of!
                (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Emma Borowicz

15    
Jenna Porter 8 4 2 Assists/2 Steals
Bailey Folkers 8 5 2 Assists/2 Steals
Kylie Solheim 6    
Rachel Hefta 4 4  
Kennedy Cwikla 4    


         Rachel Hefta fights two Vikings for the loose ball
        (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For Pelican Rapids

Points

Adriana Torres 17
Greta Tollefson 12
Kaylie Isaman 11
Sarah Thompson 7
Maddie Guler 4
Rachel Gottenborg 3




 

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL SUFFERS ANOTHER LAST SECOND LOSS SECOND NIGHT IN A ROW

East Grand Forks Aaron Havis two free throws with 3.9 seconds left in the game gave East Grand Forks a come from behind victory and defeat the Crookston Pirates 62-60 in a Section 8AA rivalry game played in Crookston.
Both teams were coming off overtime losses last night, Crookston 52-50 in two overtimes at Ada-Borup while the Green Waves lost in one overtime to Fosston 82-76. So the question was, how would the two teams react coming off losses like that 24 hours later? Sluggishly as far as the Pirates were concerned and probably the same for the Green Wave as things didn't come easy for either team in the first half. Actually East Grand Forks got their motor running first building up an 11-4 lead behind Christian Dugan's three pointer and Havis with a two baskets and two free throws. "I thought we were a little sluggish to start the game," said Crookston head coach Greg Garmen, "a little flat and not as sharp as we have been, but we battled through it to come back early." Crookston did just that with a three point play with a strong play inside for Todd Boerger and Chris Wavra scoring on a missed shot, grabbing the rebound and putting it back in. After Mitchell Olson made two free throws, Matt Garmen did the same and Crookston was within 18-16 with eight minutes left of the first half. Crookston who started out with a short 4-3 lead, never did regain the lead but the first half was back and forth with Havis making big baskets to make sure Crookston would not take the lead along with eighth grader Sam Votava.  Crookston would answer every call with Luke Froeber making a nice catch of a pass inside and a nice strong move for a basket to make it 19-18 Green Wave with six minutes left. Their wasn't a lot of scoring from the field the rest of the way evidenced by eight of the last 10 points in the half were from the free throw line and East Grand Forks leading 26-25 at the break. "We were down a bit but came back with a little run to make it tight anyways," said coach Garmen, "we had a couple kids with some foul troubles and we had other kids in which was fine as we had to weather that storm and we did to get within one at the half."
The start of the second half was all East Grand Forks with the youngster Votava scoring twice followed by a Havis bucket and the Green Wave were up 32-25 three minutes into the second half. Then the Pirates started a couple mini runs, the first was started by sophomore Nick Garmen, whose opposing teams feel is the key to a Crookston offensive outbreak, which means he has been seeing tight defense most of the season and tonight was not different until just over 15 minutes to go in the game, Nick hit a three pointer, followed by another three by Boerger and a Froeber basket and the 9-2 run tied the game at 34-34 with 12 and a half minutes left. In between Green Wave freshman Colton Dauksavage's two free throw, the Pirates big guy, Froeber got the ball inside for a basket and next time down, he made one of two free throws to give Crookston a 39-37 lead. "We have not been doing a good job of getting the ball into our post's," said coach Garmen, "if you see their numbers then you should give them the ball. We just aren't a good passing team that way." Crookston would then go on another slight run, this time six straight points with an Olson basket, Matt Garmen getting a rebound and going coast to coast for the score and Carter Winand offensive rebound and put-back and Crookston led 45-37 with just over 10 minutes left in the game and the Green Wave had to call a time-out.
"We were moving the ball, started to make some plays and were running the offense well," said Coach Garmen.
The Pirates widen the lead to 48-39 on another Nick Garmen three point shot and then the Green Wave started picking away. First it was Havis who was scoring from every position, outside, mid range jumper and drives to the basket scoring twice, a couple free throws and a long bomber and Crookston's lead evaporated but still ahead at 53-50 with four minutes left in the game. "Havis was tough," said Coach Garmen, "we didn't always pick him up but he made some tough shots." After trading baskets, Havis scored again and followed by two free throws to put East Grand Forks back up since early in the second half, 56-55 with two minutes left in the game. Wavra, who was 'held' to eight points by East Grand Forks defense and foul trouble in first half, hit a big basket with 1:40 left to put Crookston back up 57-56. Then another Green Wave freshman, Julian Benson scored his second basket of the game after stripping the Pirates in the Crookston backcourt and going in for the score and East Grand Forks was back up 58-57 with :45 seconds left.
After a Crookston miss, the Green Wave had the ball stolen by the Pirates but they missed the shot with 27 seconds left to go and the Green Wave still up 58-57. After a time out and the Green Wave inbounding in their backcourt launched a baseball pass down court where Havis grabbed the ball and looked like a sure layup but he was fouled and no basket. But the veteran stepped up and hit both free throws to give East Grand Forks a 60-57 lead with 25 seconds left. Now it was Crookston's turn and they connected in particularly Matt Garmen who launched a long missile from the left side that twitched the net and they were tied at 60-60 with 13.4 seconds left. "Give East Grand credit," said coach Garmen, "they had a tough one last night too and we needed to match their energy and I didn't think we did that."
East Grand Forks came down and got the ball in the hands of their leading scorer and Havis was whacked in the act by Froeber who fouled out with 3.9 seconds to go and Havis made both free throw to give the Green Wave a 62-60 lead. "Looking back, we should have maybe gone to something else, maybe a zone to keep Havis to the outside, but we didn't," said coach Garmen. East Grand Forks had some fouls to give and on the Crookston inbound they fouled Matt Garmen, so Crookston now had two seconds to go from three quarters away from their basket. The ball was inbounded to Matt Garmen and after just crossing mid-court his shot was just off the side of the rim and backboard no good and the Green Wave stormed the court like they just won the State Championship!! "We wanted to give them a little pressure coming up the floor at the end there," said coach Garmen, "we didn't do a good job of that and Havis got it in his hand with about four seconds left, got fouled and made both free throws. We had to get down the floor and those fouls to give, they fouled us and took some more time off. We got the ball to Matt and he hits that shot we're laughing and it didn't go and it's another tough loss."
East Grand Forks is 10-13 on the season and Havis led all scorers with 30 points. East Grand Forks has three games left, all on the road starting at Barnesville on Tuesday and at Hawley on Thursday next week.
Crookston was led by Matt Garmen's 12 points and added five assists, four assists and two steals. "He's been playing very well as of late," said his dad, coach Greg Garmen about his oldest son, "he's asserting himself doing a little bit of everything, rebounding, stealing whatever."
Crookston is now 12-10 on the year and with four games left of their regular season and three of them next week, the challenge will be to get the players up after two back-to-back tough losses, "Got to get rallying again, gotta go keep playing," said coach Garmen, "you can't throw in the towel if things aren't going well for you. We have to get in position to make a run a tournament time with these last four games."
Crookston will host Win-E-Mac on Tuesday, Fertile-Beltrami on Thursday and at Wadena-Deer Creek on Saturday.
JV -  Crookston won 51-50
C-Squad -  East Grand Forks won 46-29


    Nick Garmen looks for an open teammate

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

East Grand Forks

26 36 62

CROOKSTON

25 35 60


Ryan Swenson tries to get by an EGF defender

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Matt Garmen

12 5 4 assists/2 steals
Todd Boerger 11 4  
Nick Garmen 9   3 assists/2 steals
Luke Froeber 9 7  
Chris Wavra 8   4 assists/ 2 steals
Mitchell Olson 6    
Carter Winand 2 3  
Blake Kawlewski 2    

Ryan Swenson

1    

 

For EGF

Points

Aaron Havis 30
Sam Votava 11
Christian Dugan 8
Colton Dauksavage 7
Julian Benson 4
Maguire Stanislawski 2



  

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GETS SCHOOL RECORD 36 POINTS FROM ALISON HUGHES TO BEAT MINOT STATE

It seems hard to believe, but the final weekend of the regular season is here for the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team! The Golden Eagles opened up the weekend with a visit from the Minot State University Beavers, who they took down in Minot earlier this season. After a slow start, the Golden Eagles found their groove and cruised to an 86-70 win behind a school record 36 points from Alison Hughes (So., Janesville, WI).
Minnesota Crookston jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, capped by a Hughes three-pointer off of an Emily Gruber (Jr., Monticello) offensive rebound. Minot State, who finally came into a weekend with a completely healthy roster, answered with a 7-0 run to take a 9-5 lead. Madison Wald extended the lead for the Beavers to 11-8 with a jumper at the 5:33 mark and the lead ballooned to 16-10 minutes later. The Golden Eagles struggled to shoot early, hitting 3-of-8 shots to start the game. UMC was able to make a run late behind strong play from Isieoma Odor (R-So., Bloomington) and Alison Hughes and they trailed 21-16 after the first. “The girls did a good job early on of finding Isy (Odor) in good position down in the post,” said UMC Head Coach Mike Roysland. “We had a good outside-inside game going and everybody did a good job of finding each other.”
The second quarter was a completely different story for Minnesota Crookston as they came out firing and playing fantastic basketball. UMC worked their offense and rattled off a 12-6 run to take their second lead of the game at 28-27. With 4:14 left in the quarter, Isieoma Odor converted down low to put UMC up 32-30. At that point, Hughes and Odor had combined for 30 of the 32 points. The solid play continued down the stretch as Micaela Noga (Jr., Parkers Prairie) and Stephanie McWilliams (Fr., Grand Forks, ND) made baskets and the Golden Eagles finished the half on a 9-1 run to lead 41-31 going into the break. “It took us a little bit to get things going but the confidence started to show in that second quarter,” said Roysland. “We had a couple of big possessions to close out the half which put us in a good spot.” UMC assisted on 11 of their 15 field goals in the first 20 minutes and held the MSU to 3-of-14 shooting in the second quarter.
UMC carried their strong play into the second half as they went on an 8-0 spurt to take a commanding 49-31 lead. The Beavers started to claw back as Diondra Denton ended a scoring drought with a three-pointer. The bucket started an 8-0 run for MSU to bring them back within 10. “They were able to make some runs at us but every time we were able to sustain it and push back,” noted Roysland. “A lot of people contributed to that.” Micaela Noga showed her leadership for the Golden Eagles by turning up her play and scoring six points to stretch the lead back to 55-44 with 1:30 on the clock. UMC connected from deep once again in the closing seconds, this time from Lindsey Weber (So., Delafield, WI) and the lead was at 58-46 heading into the fourth.
Despite having a fourth quarter lead, the Golden Eagles had to stay sharp because the Beavers showed they would not lay down easily. After UMC started the quarter on a 5-2 run, Madison Wald scored four straight points for MSU to trim the deficit to 67-54. After the teams traded baskets throughout the middle part of the quarter, the Golden Eagles started to pull away in the final minutes behind contributions from everybody. Caitlin Michaelis (So., Marshfield, WI) made her first three of the game and then Hughes knocked down her sixth triple to give them an 82-66 lead. Hughes got fouled late and converted on both free throws to give her the school record of 36 points! “Alison was playing really consistently tonight, to be honest, I had no idea she was that close to the record,” said Roysland. “She was feeling it tonight. I’m really proud of her and all the time she has put in the gym has really paid off.” UMC withstood strong defensive pressure late and went on to the 86-70 win.
With the win, the Golden Eagles snap a six game losing skid and improve to 7-18 overall and 7-14 in the NSIC. Minnesota Crookston will wrap up the season tomorrow night with a tilt against the University of Mary Marauders. “Tonight was a great start to the weekend,” said Roysland. “We need to get back to playing the kind of basketball that we’re capable of playing. Now we need to put back-to-back nights together. I think tonight showed that we’ve gotten better and we have to come out tomorrow night and do the same thing.” After tomorrow night, UMC will know where they’re going on February 22 for the first round of the Northern Sun Conference Tournament. Minot State drops to 4-23 and 2-19 in the conference. They’ll play Bemidji State on Saturday.


    Alison Hughes with a three        Isieoma Odor with a jump shot

Box Score

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2 3

4

Final

Minot State

21 10 15 24 70

UMC

16 25 17 28 86


     Micaela Noga with a pass

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alison Hughes 36 6  
Isieoma Odor 20 9 3 blocks
Micaela Noga 11 5  
Caitlin Michaelis 6    
Steph McWilliams 4 6 7 assists
Paige Weakley 4
Lindsey Weber 3 3  
Amber Schoenicke 2    
Emily Gruber 0 5 5 assists



 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL LOSES AT THE BUZZER IN OVERTIME TO MINOT STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball team came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to force overtime but the Minot State University Beavers were able to get to a loose ball and make a shot as the buzzer sounded to pick up a 75-73 road win. UMC continued to show improvement but haven’t figured out how to win close games consistently as they dropped a heart breaker at Lysaker Gymnasium.
Minot State did what a road team needs to do in this conference, jump out to an early lead. The Beavers frustrated the Golden Eagles early, jumping out to a 10-5 lead in the opening minutes. After Chase Knickerbocker’s (So., Annandale) three-pointer brought UMC within two, MSU responded with a 15-4 run to extend their advantage to 26-12 with 7:31 to go in the half. “Minot started the game playing with way more energy than we did,” said UMC Head Coach Dan Weisse. “We weren’t playing together as a team and we just can’t start games like that.” Minnesota Crookston started to claw back but struggled to get stops on defense as Minot State was hitting from the inside and outside and pushed their lead to 36-21 after a pair of Tyler Rudolph free throws with 2:31 on the clock. Xavier Hall (Sr., Oakdale) provided a spark with four straight points at the end of the half to bring UMC within 38-25 at the break.
The message from the coaching staff at halftime must have worked because the offense started to find it’s groove in the second as the Golden Eagles made 5-of-6 shots to start things off. Of course, making baskets doesn’t mean anything if you can’t get stops and UMC was finally able to do that in the second half, forcing Minot State to miss six of their first nine shots in the half. “The guys really responded coming out of the locker room in the second half,” noted Weisse. “The main thing we did was start guarding and staying with our assignments. Our communication was much better.” The Golden Eagles kept chipping away at the deficit and made it a 44-35 game after Chase Johnson’s thunderous two-handed slam with 15:41 left.
Connor Gamble (R-Fr., Stillwater) hit two consecutive three’s to get the crowd on their feet and get the deficit to single digits at 51-43 with 9:27 left. “Connor has the ability to be a really good player and he played really well tonight. He gave us a nice spark off the bench,” stated Coach Weisse. “He needs to continue to improve on the defensive side but I thought he played pretty good in that area tonight as well.” Harrison Cleary followed with a pair of free throws and Gable Smith scored four straight points to extend the run to 12-2 and bring UMC within 53-49 with 7:30 left in regulation. The long range shot helped out once again as Connor Gamble hit his third triple of the half to bring UMC within 53-52. After Minot State went back up 58-54, Gamble unleashed from way downtown and hit nothing but net to give him 12 points and bring UMC within a point. It took 38 minutes, but the Golden Eagles finally got their first lead of the game after a Chase Knickerbocker jumper. After Tyler Rudolph gave the Beavers the lead with a three, Harrison Cleary got some space and hit a triple from the top of the key to make it 66-65 Golden Eagles. Minot State came back down the floor and Nathaniel Moore connected from deep to make it a 68-66 Beaver lead. Cleary responded with a strong drive and lay-in to tie the game at 68 with 50 seconds left. UMC’s defense got a big stop on the next possession then had two looks to win the game but couldn’t connect and the teams got to treat the fans to some free basketball as they went to overtime.
Minnesota Crookston was able to get a defensive stop right away then turn it into a pair of Harrison Cleary free throws to take an early 70-68 lead early in the extra session. The Beavers responded with a 5-0 run, capped by a Nathan Mertens drive to retake the lead at 73-70 with 2:32 to go. UMC tied it up with a Cleary three-pointer, his 24th point of the game, but Minot State had one final chance to win it. After Luis Ricci Maia missed an elbow jump shot, the rebound got knocked loose right into the hands of Nathaniel Moore. The junior got a shot off just before the buzzer and knocked it down to give the Beavers the 75-73 win. “We have to get that rebound at the end of overtime, there’s no getting around it,” said Weisse. “This season in crunch time we just haven’t been able to make those key plays. I think these guys will learn from it though.”
After a tough first half shooting the basketball, the Golden Eagles picked it up in the second half, shooting over 60% to finish the game making 29-of-63 (46%) field goals. “Our shot selection was much better in the second half,” said Weisse. “That had to do with better shot selection and a higher energy level.” UMC also took care of the ball in the game, turning it over seven times compared to dishing out 14 assists. For the second time this season though, the Golden Eagles had issues with Beaver big man Tyler Rudolph as he had game-highs with 32 points and 16 rebounds. The Golden Eagles had four players in double-figures, led by Harrison Cleary’s 24.
The Golden Eagles fall to 7-20 overall with a 3-18 mark in the Northern Sun. They’ll host the University of Mary Marauders to round out the weekend on Saturday. It will be Senior Night as UMC will honor seniors Xavier Hall and Riley Rice. Tip is set for 6:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on KROX RADIO. Minot State improves to 13-14 overall and 9-12 in the NSIC.


    Chase Johnson throws it down   Connor Gamble with one of his four 3's

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

OT

Final

Minot State

38 30 7 75

UMC

25 43 5 73


    Riley Rice lines up the jump shot

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 24 5 4 assists
Connor Gamble 14    
Gable Smith 12 4 4 blocks
Chase Knickerbocker 10 7  
Chase Johnson 9 3  
Xavier Hall 4



 





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