FRIDAY - APRIL 25,  2014


The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Football team will wrap up the spring practice season with a scrimmage at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Saturday afternoon.  With two days of practice left, the Golden Eagles have had a very good month. “Spring practice has been going very well. It's amazing the strides we've made in the past four weeks, compared to last spring when we got outside to practice one time,” said Fritze. “This year we've been outside 9 out of 11 practices, with one of those being the other night in the Alerus Center. We've installed a new offense with new terminology, and that has been going well. Our defensive staff has been tweaking a few things, but will remain pretty much the same.” 
Coach Fritze has been pleased with how the entire teams has done this spring, but we asked him if anybody in particular has impressed him. “Although we've seen improvement from everyone, a few have stood out,” said Fritze. “Running back Andre Person, a red-shirt sophomore; offensive tackle John Mitzl, a freshman; sophomore wide receiver Myint Maung, a great special teams player; junior offensive tackle Matt Borowicz, a starter last season, but has made tremendous strides; and junior linebacker Brody Davidson.”
The team will practice on Friday, April 25 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. and Saturday they will have a walk through at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks from Noon to 1:00 p.m. and then the spring game/scrimmage from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Coach said they are looking for contributions from about 15 incoming recruit and will try and red-shirt the rest (30). “We need numbers at the offensive line and defensive back positions,” said Fritze. “At this point, we have signed 36 players to a scholarship, and will have nine walk-ons. Add the seven transfer JUCO players who arrived in January, and we will have 52 new faces in the fall. Half of all signees are Minnesota players!”



THURSDAY - APRIL 24,  2014


The Crookston School District has narrowed down the 19 Activities Director applicants to the final four.  The four finalists are:
Greg Garmen,
the current Head Pirate Boys Basketball coach, and assistant boys tennis.  His full time job is the high school science teacher.
Scott Butt, the current Head Pirate Football coach.  His full time job is the Crookston Park and Rec Supervisor.
Dave Cresap, the current head boys basketball coach and teacher at Perham.
Josh Hardy,
the current Pirate Boys Hockey assistant coach, and Climax-Fisher track coach.  His full time job is a physical education teacher at Fisher School.

“We had 19 applicants, which was a very healthy number.  We were hoping for 12 to 15 and had more so that was good,” said Crookston School District Superintendent Chris Bates. Since all four are currently coaching, KROX asked if the new Activities Director will be allowed to coach. “We asked that of the internal candidates and there have been people that have been very successful doing both.  Les Drechsel is one of those people that did both and was very successful,” said Bates.  “I’m not sure making a hard and fast rule is the right way to go and I think for some people it might be too much and for others they can manage it very well and we will probably let them make that decision themselves.”



TUESDAY - APRIL 22,  2014



The Crookston Pirate Softball team picked up their first win of the year and had nine different players get a hit as they beat Red Lake County Central 9-1 in a game played at Plummer. 
Crookston started the scoring in the first when Danelle Trandem doubled, Danica Brekken singled to score Trandem.  Tori Demarais doubled to score Brekken and the Pirates led 2-0 in the top of the first.
Crookston scored again in the third inning, when Danelle Trandem singled to left field and stole second base.  Brekken followed with a single and runners were at first and third when Carly Welter singled to load the bases.  Macy Strem singled to score Trandem and Brekken came into score on a wild throw.  Brooke Cymbaluk singled to score Welter and Strem came into score on a pass ball for a 6-0 lead.  The Pirates added another run in the fourth inning when Brekken, Welter and Demarais all singled and Brekken scored on a pass ball for a 7-0 lead.  Red Lake County Central scored their only run of the game in the fourth inning only to have Crookston score a run in the sixth inning when Lizzy Awender double to left field and Danelle Trandem followed with a double of her own to score Awender and Crookston led 8-1.  The Pirates added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Amanda Trandem double to left field and Emily Samuelson singled to score Trandem and Crookston won 9-1. "We had nine different girls get a hit so we were getting production throughout the line up, which was great to see," said Coach Katie Lariviere. "We were led again by our leaders at the top of the line up with four girls getting three hits a piece and everybody continues to swing the bat.  We hit the ball hard today and actually some of the girls were complaining it was too hot!"
Danelle Trandem picked up the win, pitching the complete game, while giving up three hits and striking out seven batters. The Pirate defense continues to play well only committing one error in the game. "Danelle pitched well for us and walked a few batters, but overall she pitched well in her first outing of the year," said Coach Lariviere.  "The defense really played well and it is everybody with the infield and outfielders all doing a good job.  We keep getting better each game so that is good to see and we are picking up new things each game and we were able to get all 12 girls into the game so that was good too."
Crookston improves to 1-3 on the year and will be at Thief River Falls on Friday.


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CROOKSTON 2 0 4 1 0 1 1


18 1
Red Lake Co. Central


0 0 1 0 0 0


3 0


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Danelle Trandem - Crox 7 3 1 1 9 7
Brittney Bray - RLCC 7 18 9 9 1 2

For Crookston

Danelle Trandem - 3-4, 2 runs, double, and rbi
Danica Brekken 3-4, 3 runs, rbi
Carly Welter - 3-4, double
Lizzy Awender - 3-5, run
Tori Demarais - 2-4, double, rbi

Alexis Berberich, Brittney Bray, and Brandi Jensen all had a hit a piece.




Stories by Shawn Smith (UMC Athletics)

The University of Minnesota Crookston battled to the bitter end in a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) road games and lost 5-4 and 3-2 at the Bemidji State University Baseball Field. The Beavers used a walk-off single from Collin Eckman to drive in Bo Schmitz in the bottom of the seventh of game one. In game two, BSU plated three runs in the seventh inning, led by a Chad Hanson double.
The Golden Eagles had outstanding pitching performances from both Jon Mittag (Sr., Glenville) and Cody Pamperin (Fr., Shakopee) on the day. 

GAME ONE- Box Score
Mittag got the ball in game one and went six innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits in the loss. Mittag has shown marked improvement over his last couple of outings for Minnesota Crookston.
The Golden Eagles got the game one scoring started as Marcus Campbell (So., St. Croix Falls, Wis.) singled to drive in Travis Magdzas (Jr., Duluth).

The Beavers would respond with a couple of runs of their own in the third and fifth to go ahead 2-1 on UMC. Tyler Nelson led the BSU scoring with a double in the third to drive in Logan Riedel. 
The Golden Eagles would add three runs in the top of the sixth to find themselves with a 4-2 advantage on Bemidji State. Colton Haight (So., Buffalo) came up with a clutch double to drive in Magdzas and Ryan Haggstrom (So., Apple Valley). Tony Madsen (Sr., Mounds View) would single to drive in Haight. The Beavers would rally for one run in the sixth and two in the seventh led by Eckman’s single to thwart UMC’s win hopes in game one. 
Magdzas led the UMC effort, going 2-of-3 with two runs scored. In addition, Haggstrom was 2-of-4 with one run scored.

GAME TWO - Box Score
In game two, Pamperin got his first career start and pitched eight innings, giving up just three earned runs on eight hits. Pamperin had a four-hit shutout for the Golden Eagles going into the seventh inning. The freshman would suffer the heartbreaking loss in game two.

The Golden Eagles would score the lone run in the first six innings as they plated Josh Brehmer (Sr., Falcon Heights) on a sacrifice fly from Haggstrom.
The first six innings were highlighted by dominated pitching from Pamperin and Mike Hanson. Hanson would pitch six innings, giving up no earned runs on four hits.
BSU would respond as Cole Bjorge crossed the plate on a Jake Braun sacrifice fly and Hanson double to drive in Terry Hadden and Dylan Webb to give BSU the 3-1 lead.
The Golden Eagles would cut into the advantage with a Matt Korte (Sr., St. Cloud, Minn./Accounting) single in the eighth to drive in Haggstrom. However, UMC would come just short again as BSU held on for a 3-2 win.
The Golden Eagles will return home Saturday and Sunday as they host Southwest Minnesota State University at the UMC Baseball Field.
The Golden Eagles were led in game two by Korte, who was 2-of-4 with one RBI. 
UMC is 1-37 overall and 0-26  in the NSIC, while Bemidji State improves to 18-15 overall and 12-8 in the NSIC. 




Story by Shawn Smith (UMC Athletics)

The University of Minnesota Crookston softball team fell 11-3 and 8-1 to Minot State University in a Northern Sun Conference double header at the UMC Softball Field in Crookston. The games were the first home games for the Golden Eagles in 74 games as UMC last played at home April 17, 2012, which was 736 days ago!!! 

GAME ONE - Box Score
Bailey Braatz (Fr., Buffalo) got the start for UMC in game one. Braatz went three innings, giving up six runs, none of them earned, on four hits. Braatz was pulled because of an injury in the fourth. Brooke Vatthauer (Jr., Crookston) came on for UMC and went two innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits.
Minot State scored six runs in the second inning led by a grand slam from Stacy Fournier. All the runs in the second were unearned including the home run, after an error earlier in the inning. 
The Beavers would add five runs in the fifth guided by a two-run home run from Melissa Bell.

The Golden Eagles would plate three runs in the fifth starting with an Ashley Manusos (Sr., Spring Grove, Ill.) single to score Allison Foley (So., Lockport, Ill.). Shelby Hollinger (Jr., Neudorf, Saskatchewan) would score on an error by the catcher. Alexis Khoshaba (So., Richmond, British Columbia) would drive in the final run of the inning with a double to score Josee Plante (Jr., Manitou, Manitoba). 
Fournier led the Beavers, going 2-of-2 with five RBI’s one one run scored. In addition, Bell went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.
Manusos went 2-of-3 with one RBI to lead the Golden Eagles in game one.

       Alexis Khoshaba puts the ball in play              Paige Schaust with a pitch                 Allison Foley with a hit in game two

GAME TWO - Box Score
In the second game, Paige Schaust (Sr., OF/P, Delano, Minn./Sports and Rec Management) got the start and would go a complete seven innings, allowing eight earned runs on 15 hits.
Minot State was guided by Mindy Lorimor, who got her 20th win of the year, going seven innings and giving up one run on six hits.
Minot State’s cause was led by early home runs from Bell and Katie Backes. 
The Golden Eagles lone run of the second game, came across on a Plante double to score pinch-runner Sammy Knudson (Fr., Fergus Falls, Minn). Knudson came on after an injury to Manusos, as she was headed into first base on a fielder’s choice. Manusos was carted off due her injury, where the Minot State team showed great sportsmanship shaking hands with Manusos and sharing well wishes.
UMC was led in game two by Foley, who was 2-of-3.

UMC falls to 3-30 overall and 1-19 in the NSIC. Minot State improves to 27-14 overall and 15-5 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles will conclude the season with games Saturday and Sunday against Upper Iowa University and Winona State University




MONDAY - APRIL 21,  2014


The Crookston Pirate Softball team had the lead going into the seventh inning, but a three run home run for the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal (NCE-UH) Titans proved to be the difference in the ball game in a 9-7 Titan victory in the home opener for Crookston in a game played at the Donnie Lauf/American Legion Softball Field in Crookston.
NCE/UH took advantage of a walk in the first inning and scored a run on a bases load walk for a 1-0 lead.  Crookston answered in the bottom of the first inning when the leadoff batter, Lizzy Awender, singled, Danelle Trandem reached on an error when the catcher’s throw to the first baseman was dropped after a strike out.  Danica Brekken followed with a single to load the bases for the cleanup batter Carly Welter.  Carly had a line drive to score two runs to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.  Brekken came into score on a wild pitch a few pitches later and Crookston led 3-1 after one inning. “It was nice to see some base hits and people reaching.  It was a nice way to answer after they scored the run to start the game,” said Pirate Head Coach Katie Lariviere. “It was nice to have Danica score from third and she turned and looked and took off to score.  She has some good speed and that was nice to take the lead.”
NCE/UH tied the game with two runs in the second inning, one on a single and the other run scored on a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 3-3.  The Titan’s scored again in the third inning when the number nine batter walked and came into score on a wild pitch for a 4-3 lead.  Crookston tied the game in the bottom of the third inning when Tori Demarais reached on an error and Amanda Trandem singled.  Demarais came into score on an error on the second baseman to tie the game at 4-4.  “It was nice to see the other team make an error and we were able to take advantage of it,” said Coach Lariviere.   In the fourth inning, Pirate Freshman Macy Strem walked the leadoff batter, but got out of the inning with two strike outs and a ground out.  The Pirates seemed to use the quick defensive inning as a boost on the offensive end because Emily Samuelson blasted a line drive to the centerfield fence for a triple and came into score on a Whitney Schear ground out.  Lizzy Awender walked and Denelle Trandem reached on an error on the pitcher before Danica Brekken ripped a line drive to the fence for a double while scoring Awender and Trandem to give Crookston a 7-4 lead through four innings. “The inning really started off with the first at bat with Emily getting the triple by timing the pitch and she got a hold of it for the triple, it was a great way to start the inning and the other girls followed,” said Coach Lariviere.  “Having Danica at the top of the order is nice and we could put her anywhere in the order and she is a leader as a junior captain and has been starting since eight grade.” NCE/UH scored two runs after the first two batters of the inning walked and later scored on a double by the Titan’s Rana Opsahl.  Neither team scored in the sixth inning and with Crookston leading 7-6 things looked good for the Pirates after the first Titan grounded out to short stop and Crookston was two outs away from a victory.  The next two Titan batters singled, one on a bunt, and then NCE/UH’s Tatum Lundin blasted a line drive over the left field fence for a three run home run and the Titan’s led 9-7.  Crookston went down in order in the bottom of the seventh and the Titan’s picked up a 9-7 come from behind victory.  “It was a tough loss, but we saw a lot of good things from the girls today.  We only one hit in our first game against Sacred Heart and we had more hits and scored seven runs against a pretty good pitcher today so that was good,” said Coach Lariviere. “The girls got a little frustrated with so many foul balls today, but we told them they were good at bats.
Macy Strem, a freshman, suffered the loss in her first varsity start, but pitched well and pitched better as the game went along. “That was a good performance for a first varsity start,” said Coach Lariviere. “It was nice to see her come back after some walks in the first inning and started to get in a grove after a couple innings.  She has no reason to hang her head and gave us a good effort today.”
Crookston drops to 0-2 on the year and will be at Plummer on Tuesday to take on Red Lake County Central.  Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal improves to 3-2 on the season.

    Carly Welter hits the ball up the middle                 Danica Brekken puts the ball in play for a hit

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Amanda Trandem talks with Pirate pitcher Macy Strem in her first varsity start

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Rana Opsahl - NCE/UH 7 7 7 1 4 6
Macy Strem - CROX 7 9 9 9 12 4

For Crookston

Danica Brekken -  2-3, 2 RBI's, run
Lizzy Awender - 2-3, 2 runs


Cassy Buchanan - 2-3
Rana Opsahl - 2-4, 3 runs
Sarah Turpin - 2-4, rbi
Tatum Lundin - 2-5, 3 rbi's, home run


The Crookston Pirate Baseball team has a very good pitcher in Aaron Hollcraft, but they ran into another very good pitcher in the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebel’s Zach Nelson, who threw a complete game no hitter while striking out 15 Pirate batters to lead the Rebels to a 3-0 Section 8AA victory in a game played in Dilworth.
There wasn’t any scoring in the first four innings and in the fifth inning DGF got on the board with two runs.  The Rebel’s number nine batter was hit by a pitch and advanced to third base on a single and then came into score on a wild pitch.  The Rebel’s added another run when Chad Johnson singled to give DGF a 2-0 lead.  In the sixth inning the Rebel’s scored a run when the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and an error on the pitcher had runners at first and third base and a wild pitch allowed the third run to score for a 3-0 DGF lead.  Crookston wasn’t able to muster a hit and the Rebel’s held on for a 3-0 victory.
“We had some pretty good contact, Parker Epema hit one down the line and it just went foul and Cody Wardner hit a long shot and it hit the base of the fence, but was foul.  We had some more at bats where we hit it right at them,” said Pirate Head Coach Mitch Bakken. “I told the guys after the game that we didn’t have anything to hang our head about.  We lost to a very good team that is well coached.  We played very well defensively and took some better at bats as the game went along and only made one error,”
DGF’s Zach Nelson was locked in, striking out 15 Pirate batters while walking two.  “He was throwing in the lower 80’s, probably, and was hitting his spots,” said Coach Bakken. “He was working in and out and had his curve ball working in and out going 12 to 6 and had some other pitches he was throwing.  He is a very good pitcher and we had better at bats as the game went along so that was good to see in our first live pitching of the year.”  The Pirates Hollcraft didn’t have his best game on the mound. “He was trying to over throw and was getting throwing his fastball to high.  He was a little too amped, and was excited and that will happen in your first game,” said Coach Bakken. “He was forced to go more to his curveball and we didn’t want him throwing too much in his first game.”
Crookston drops to 0-1 on the year and will host Bagley on Friday.  DGF improves to 4-0 on the year with wins over Detroit Lakes and a double header sweep of Breckenridge.
J.V. – DGF won 10-0

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CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Dilworth-G-F 0 0 0 0 2 1 - 3 3 0


Pitching IP H R ER HBP BB SO
Zach Nelson- DGF 7 0 0 0 0 2 15
Aaron Hollcraft - Crox 4.2 2 2 2 3 2 2
Joey Koenig - Crox 1.1 1 1 0 1 0 1

For Crookston

Nobody had a hit

For D-G-F
Eric Watt - 1-2, run, hbp
Alex Mathews - 1-3, double
Chad Johnson - 1-3, rbi



The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team lost two three set matches, after winning the first set of both, and lost a close 5-2 match to the #9 ranked Thief River Falls Prowlers in a Section 8A match played in Crookston.
Crookston’s Bobby Tiedemann had an easy two set win at first singles and the first doubles team of A.J. Biermaier and Matt Garmen won 7-5, 6-2 for the two Pirate victories.  Crookston lost the fourth singles match in three sets after winning the first set 6-1 and then lost the next two sets 6-4, 7-5 and the second doubles match Crookston won the first set 6-4, lost the second set 7-6 (7-4) and lost the third set 6-2.  As you can tell the match could have easily been Pirate 4-3 victory.  “We should have beat them, but like I told the kids they (Thief River Falls) are the section champs and they aren’t going to roll over and say it’s Crookston.  You have to take it to them and beat them.  Section champs are use to winning,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “You look at the fourth singles and second doubles matches and that was the difference.  It was a good match and we told the kids that we have some things to work on and for some reason we can’t convert what we work on from practice to the matches.  We had some guys play very well, and we had some guys that didn’t play as well as they could have.  We have some challenge matches coming up and we told the kids we could have some different kids in the line up by the end of the year with some younger kids playing well in practice.  Overall, it was a good match and the boys know we are right there with Thief River Falls.”
Crookston drops to 3-7 on the year and will travel to Detroit Lakes for a triangular with Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids on Thursday.

    Adam Erickson with serve                  Matt Garmen with a return

  CROOKSTON-2 Thief River Falls-5 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Hunter Blowers Crox 6-1, 6-1
#2 Singles Adam Erickson Jorde Hutton TRF 6-0, 6-1
#3 Singles Elijah Phaiah Ethan Johnson TRF 6-0, 6-1
#4 Singles Jordan Bengston Brady Nessen TRF 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
#1 Doubles A.J. Biermaier
Matt Garmen
Isaac Olson
Devin Hutton
Crox 7-5, 6-2
#2 Doubles Kal Salentiny
Andy Gregg
Nick Onkka
Isaac Dvergsten
TRF 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
#3 Doubles Harrison Bjorgo
Jacob Roesch
Michael Magnusson
Carter Onkka
TRF 6-3, 6-2




The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team rounded out the 2013-14 season at the Bemidji State University Spring Invite at Blueberry Pines Golf Course in Menahga, Minn. The tournament pitted the Golden Eagles against Bemidji State and Minot State University. Minnesota Crookston finished in third place in the field with a team score of 325.
The Golden Eagles were led by Jesse Roscoe (Jr., Big Stone City, S.D.), who posted a 77, which was good for fifth in the tournament field. Michael Roedl (So., Minneapolis) also finished in the top 10 of the field after shooting a 79 to finish eighth.
To round out UMC’s scores, Matt McClure (Jr., Grand Rapids) posted an 84. Seth Heppner (Jr., Crookston) turned in an 85, while Jordan Radcliffe (So., Roseau) posted a 91.

Bemidji State University’s Andrew Benson took the individual title for the field with a three-over-par 75. Minot State won the event as a team with an overall score of 309.




The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program announced the addition of Victoria Bayliss (OF/P, West Bloomfield, Mich./Notre Dame Preparatory H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Bayliss is the first signee of the Late Signing Period for the UMC softball program. She joins a pair of Early Signing Period additions Gabriel Antolak (C/3B, Zimmerman) and Samantha Kuhlow (1B/OF, Big Lake).  “We are very excited to add Victoria to the Golden Eagle softball program,” said Head Coach Ed Deugan. “Victoria is a speedy outfielder who will add to our offense as a slapper but can also swing away. She is a good student who should fit in well with our team.”
Bayliss was primarily an outfielder and pitcher in high school. She was an All-Catholic League selection while at Notre Dame Prep. In addition, Bayliss was an All-District pick and was also an All-Region selection. Bayliss also was a stand out in the classroom, earning All-State Academic. Bayliss was named among the Players to Watch in Oakland County, which is part of the Detroit, Mich. metro area. She was the Varsity Club Vice President. Bayliss also coach volleyball at the elementary school level and was a community volunteer. She earned high honors in the international baccalaureate program during high school. Bayliss was a member of student council.
She is the daughter of Howard and Lidia Bayliss. She was born Sept. 6, 1996. Bayliss plans to major in elementary education. 



SATURDAY - APRIL 19,  2014

The University of Minnesota Crookston Baseball team’s offensive struggles continued as they were swept by the Wayne State Wildcats 9-2 and 12-0 in an NSIC double header played in Crookston on a warm, but windy afternoon.

Colton Haight hits one off the end of the bat for a hit      Thane Larson throws to first base to get an out

GAME ONE – Box Score
Wayne State scored the first run of the game on a single in the first inning and added three more runs in the second inning after a solo home run, a run scoring on an error and the last run of the inning scored on a single for a 4-0 lead after two innings.  UMC scored their first run of the game in the third inning when Patrick Higgins (Fresh. Eagan) singled to right field to score a run.  Wayne State answered with three runs in the fourth inning and another run in the fifth for an 8-1 lead.  UMC scored another run in the sixth inning on a ground out.  The Wildcats added another run on another solo home run in the seventh inning and went on to a 9-2 victory.  Tony Madsen (Sr. Mounds View) led UMC offensively going 2-3 with a run.

GAME TWO – Box Score
Wayne State scored 10 runs in the first four innings behind three home runs and built a 10-0 lead after four innings.  In the sixth inning the Wildcats added two runs and cruised to a 12-0 victory to sweep the double-header.  UMC only had four hits in the game and Wayne State had 17 hits including 11 extra base hits (three home runs, seven doubles and one triple).
UMC drops to 1-35 overall and 0-24 in the NSIC.  Wayne State improves to 20-17 overall and 13-10 in the NSIC.



The Northern State Wolves swept a double header by beating Bemidji State twice on Friday and completed a weekend sweep by beating the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Softball team twice on Saturday, 7-0 and 5-3 in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

GAME ONE – Box Score
Northern State scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning on a single, a pop out and a double for a 4-0 lead.  Northern State scored three more runs in the fifth inning on two home runs and went on to win 7-0 in a game that was 82 minutes long.  UMC only had three hits in the game, while Northern State had 11 hits.

GAME TWO – Box Score
Northern State scored a run in the second inning on a fielders choice, but UMC was able to get out of the inning without giving up another run.  The Golden Eagles responded with a run of their own in the third inning when Josee Plante (Jr. Manitou, Manitoba) singled in Ashley Manusos (Sr. Spring Grove, IL) to tie the game at 1-1.  Northern State added a run in each the third and fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead.  UMC answered with a run in the sixth inning when Shelby Hollinger (Jr. Neudorf, Saskatchewan)  doubled in a run.  Northern State responded with a big two run inning in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-2 lead.  In the top of the seventh inning UMC scored another run when Kaylin Beatty (Soph. Andover) singled to score Paige Schaust (Sr. Delano) and with runners at first and second base with nobody out the next three Golden Eagles struck out and Northern State won 5-3.
UMC drops to 3-28 on the year and Northern State improves to 13-25 on the year.





FRIDAY - APRIL 18,  2014



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team was no hit in the first game in a 4-0 loss and then out-hit the Wayne State Wildcats, but still lost 3-1 in the second game and were swept in an NSIC double header played in Crookston.  This was the first home games of the season for the Golden Eagle Baseball team.


  Matt Korte pitched well in game one                      Patrick Higgins tries to lay down a bunt

GAME ONE – Box Score
Wayne State scored one run in the second inning and added three more insurance runs in the fourth and rode a no hitter pitching performance by Eric Browning for a 4-0 victory to win the first game of the double header.  Browning pitched a complete game, seven innings, without giving up a hit and walked three while striking 13 Golden Eagle batters.  UMC’s first base runner came in the bottom of the fifth inning when M. Campbell walked with two outs and the next batter struck out.  In the sixth inning UMC’s Josh Brehmer (Sr. Falcon Heights) walked with two outs, but again the next Golden Eagle struck out.  In the seventh innings Colton Haight (Soph. Rogers) walked with two outs and again the next Golden Eagle batter struck out and the game was over with Wayne State picking up the 4-0 victory.

  Josh Brehmer slides into first base on a pickoff attempt in the first game


GAME TWO – Box Score
In Game two, UMC had another solid pitching performance, but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Eagle bats were able to get nine hits in the game, but only one extra base hit and Wayne State won 3-1.  Wayne State scored the first run of the game in the fifth inning and followed up two more runs in the sixth inning for a 3-0 lead after six innings.  In the bottom of the eighth inning, UMC’s Ryan Haggstrom (Soph. Apple Valley) had a ground rule double to start the bottom of the inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch and Matt Korte (Sr. St. Cloud) was able to put the ball in play to knock in Haggstrom to bring UMC within a 3-1 deficit.  The next Golden Eagle batters struck out, hit into a fielders choice and flew out to end the inning.  Wayne State was able to hold on for the 3-1 victory.  UMC’s Richie Navratil (Sr. Czech Republic) was the tough luck loser on the mound pitching a complete game eight hitter while giving up three runs and striking out five and only walking one batter.
UMC drops to 1-33 on the year overall and 0-22 in the NSIC and will host Wayne State for two more games on Saturday.  Wayne State improves to 18-17 overall and 11-10 in the NSIC.




The UMC Softball team lost 6-0 and then lost a tough 2-1 game and was swept by Minnesota State Moorhead in an NSIC double header played at Aberdeen, South Dakota. 


GAME ONE – Box Score
UMC had a threat in the first inning when Shelby Hollinger (Jr. Saskatchewan) singled with one out and Ashley Manusos (Sr. Spring Grove, IL) walked and the Golden Eagles had a threat with runners on first and second with one out.  The next batter flew out to left field and then a strike out and the threat was over.  Moorhead answered with a run in the bottom of the first inning for an early 1-0 after an rbi single.  The Dragons struck again in the third inning with an rbi double and another run scored on a wild pitch and a 3-0 lead.  The Dragons scored another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a 6-0 victory. 


GAME TWO – Box Score

The second game was a thriller as the Dragons were able to hold off a late UMC rally and held on for a 2-1 victory.  In the first inning Allison Foley (Soph. Lockport, IL) led off the game and reached on an error, the next batter struck out and Manusos had a single to right field.  Josee Plante (Jr. Manitou, Manitoba) followed with a single to left field and the Golden Eagles had the bases loaded with one out.  The next batters flew out and grounded out and the threat was quickly erased.  Neither team had a big threat until the Dragons scored a run on a double in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 1-0 lead.  Moorhead started the fifth inning by reaching on an error on a UMC outfielder then had a ground out to advance to runner to second and then a single to score another run for a 2-0 Dragon lead.  In the sixth inning Hollinger reached on an error and advanced to second on the bad throw.  Manusos followed with a single and Plante reached on a fielder’s choice allowing Hollinger to score and bring UMC within a 2-1 deficit. In the top of the seventh inning the Golden Eagles had a walk and a single only to hit into a double play, which was followed by a strike out and late threat was erased and Moorhead held on to win 2-1.
UMC falls to 3-26 overall, while Moorhead improves to 11-18 on the year.



THURSDAY - APRIL 17,  2014


The Crookston Pirate Boys Track team finished third out of 13 teams while the Pirate Girls finished ninth out of 13 teams in the Bemidji State Beaver Relays indoor track meet in Bemidji.  Bemidji won the boys division easily with 174 points, while runner-up East Grand Forks had 87 and Crookston was right behind with 84 points.  International Falls won the girls division with 155.6 points, edging Bemidji who had 140.33 points.  Crookston was scheduled to be at Park Rapids on Tuesday, but that meet was cancelled so Crookston decided to attend the meet today to get an event in this week.

The Pirate boys team was led by a solid performance again by Brandt Delage, who finished first in the pole vault, had a second place finish in the 200 meters and was on the fourth place 4x200 relay team.  Patrick Deng finished second in the 200 hurdles, third place in the 60 hurdles and was also on the fourth place 4x200 relay team.  Emanuel McCullough finished second in the shot put, was on the fifth place 4x400 relay team and finished seventh in the long jump.  "It was a good meet and I thought the kids ran well, obviously with some high places. I am happy with the way we ran and threw today," said Pirate Boys Track Coach Wayne Folkers.  "Brandt (Delage) had a very good meet and is really on a roll this year.  He works hard and has fun with track.  Patrick (Deng) ran very well and has really been working on his form and that is starting to come around and by the time we get outdoors he is going to be there.  Cade Salentine, a youngster for us, finished seventh in the 60 hurdles and probably would have finished sixth or seventh, but clipped the last hurdle, so he ran well."  Overall it was a good meet and the boys competed hard. "That is the key word, these guys are competing.  That is one thing we tell the guys, to give us everything they have and we will be happy," said Coach Folkers. "It was a very good day and had some good performances and even had Blake Bergeron back and he had some good times so that was good to see."

The Crookston Pirates top finish was Luisa Bernia in the 400 meters with a third place finish and she and Marietta Geist, Jenna Porter, and Kennedy Cwikla finished fourth in the 4x800 relay. "Luisa had a great day.  She is a strong athlete and is learning how to run, since she is still young as an eighth grader," said Pirate Girls Track Coach Amy Boll.  "Wes Knutson has been working with her on her strides and that has been paying off."  Bernia and the 4x800 relay team had a solid performance. "They have been running very well together and have been shaving time off each meet," said Coach Boll. "Kennedy Cwikla was a sprinter and we moved her to the 400 and 800 and that has made a big difference with the relay as she continues to shave time off her splits and the handoffs have been smooth too."  The Pirates didn't place as many as they had hoped, but turned in some solid performances. "We have a lot of young girls and they are working hard and getting better everyday and that is all you can ask for," said Coach Boll. "I am excited to get outdoors on a 400 meter track and see how our times improve.  Overall I am happy with the girls as they continue to work hard and we can't wait to get outside."

The Pirate Boys and Girls Track teams are scheduled to host the Crookston Pirate Invitational on Tuesday, April 22 at the UMC track. 

Boys Points   Girls


1. Bemidji 174   1. International Falls 155.60
2. East Grand Forks 87   2. Bemidji 140.33
3. CROOKSTON 84   3. East Grand Forks 71
4. International Falls 67   4. Bagley/Fosston 70
5. Northome/Kelliher 58   5. Park Rapids 66.66
6. Bagley/Fosston 50   6. United North Central 36.20
7. BGMR/Norther Freeze 34   7. Warroad 33.60
8. Warroad 33   8. BGMR-Northern Freeze 27
9. United North Central 29   9. CROOKSTON 26.60
10. Red Lake County 21   10. Northome/Kelliher 21
11. Lake of the Woods 14   11. Red Lake County 13
12. Park Rapids 10   12. Cass Lake-Bena 2
13. Cass Lake-Bena 1      

For the complete meet results click here

Event Pirates (Top 8 finishes) Time/Distance Place
Pole Vault Brandt Delage 11-00 1st
200 meters Brandt Delage 24.58 2nd
Shot Put Emmanuel McCullough 42-04 2nd
200 hurdles Patrick Deng 28.65 2nd
60 hurdles Patrick Deng 9.29 3rd
400 meters Luisa Bernia 1:08.09 3rd
Shot Put Michael Hefta 41-05 4th
4x200 Relay Brandt Delage, Mason Wang,
Patrick Deng, Blake Bergeron
1:43.35 4th
3200 meters Ben Dorman 11:46.82 4th
4x800 Relay Marietta Geist, Jenna Porter,
Kennedy Cwikla, Luisa Bernia
10:57.34 4th
4x400 Relay McKenzie McCullough, Blake Bergeron,
Emmanuel McCullough, Mason Wang
3:56.67 5th
Discus Michael Hefta 114-11 5th
200 meters Aleece Durbin 28.72 5th
3200 meters Marietta Geist 13:53.03 5th
Shot Put Harley Barlow 30-10 5th
3200 Meters Erik Jacobson 12:08.50 6th
60 hurdles Cade Salentine 10.59 7th
4x800 Relay Ben Dorman, Erik Jacobson,
Guthrie Dingmann, Eduardo Flores
10:22.28 7th
1600 meters Colton Weiland 5:32.00 7th
200 meters Mason Wang 25.41 7th
Long Jump Emmanuel McCullough 18-02 7th
High Jump Alyssa Valdez-Peck 4-06 8th
400 meters Aleece Durbin 1:09.16 8th




The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team announced the addition of Emily Gruber (6-0, Monticello) and Maria Loughlin (G, 5-7, Rogers, Minn./Anoka-Ramsey Community College) to National Letters of Intent. Loughlin and Gruber are the first signees of the Late Signing Period, joining the four players who signed during the Early Signing Period. 

Emily Gruber
“We are excited to add Emily to the UMC women’s basketball program,” said UMC Head Coach Mike Roysland. “We love Emily’s length and her ability to run the floor. She also possesses the ability to finish with both hands, which is something we love. Emily is the type of player that plays taller than she is. As time went on in her high school career, she is a player that really came into her own. We really believe that her best days are in front of her and are excited to see her grow into the player we think she can be.”
Emily played her senior year at Monticello H.S. after transferring in from Big Lake H.S. She led team to the Minnesota Class AAA State Tournament quarterfinals, where they lost to Washburn H.S. Emily went toe-to-toe with Metro Player of the Year Chase Coley, a University of Iowa recruit, in the quarterfinals. She had 24 points and eight boards against Washburn H.S. Emily scored 1,000 points in her career at Monticello H.S. and Big Lake H.S. She played varsity for three seasons. Emily averaged 13.4 points per game during the regular season for the Magic. She is the daughter of Dave and Terri. 

Maria Loughlin
“We are excited to add Maria Loughlin to the UMC women’s basketball program,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She is a lefty who is great off the bounce. In addition, Maria is a tremendous defender. She is the type of player that brings great energy to the team. She also has great court vision. We are also very excited to add someone with her experience, having played two years at the junior college level at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.”
Loughlin averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game at Anoka-Ramsey Community College as a sophomore. She shot 74.5 percent from the charity stripe. Loughlin notched season-high 28 points against University of Wisconsin-Stout in January. She had 20 points or more on 10 occasions. Loughlin tallied 27 points against Vermillion C.C. She notched 25 versus North Dakota State College of Science. She was selected to the All-Tournament team at the NJCAA National Tournament. While at Anoka-Ramsey, she was a two-time All-State First Team. She was an All-Region selection at Anoka-Ramsey. Loughlin scored over 900 points during her time in junior college and shot 35 percent on three-pointers. She was named the Athlete of the Year at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in 2014.
Before Anoka-Ramsey, Loughlin played at Rogers H.S. She led her team to a Section Championship victory during her senior season. Loughlin had a career-high 22 points in the Section 5AAA title game over Monticello H.S., including three 3-pointers and seven boards. She led Rogers H.S. to the State Tournament in 2008 and 2011. Loughlin is a three-time All-Mississippi 8 Conference pick. She holds the school record for three-pointers made per game.
She is the daughter of Steve and Terry Loughlin. Loughlin plans to major in health science at UMC. She was born July 6, 1992. Her brother Cullen Loughlin plays basketball at Anoka-Ramsey C.C. Loughlin’s cousin Kaila Urick ran track at the University of Minnesota. Her cousin Paige Baldwin played hockey at the University of St. Thomas, while her cousin Sydney Baldwin played hockey at the University of Minnesota. Her sister Camille Laughlin (24) is a University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate.

Emily and Maria join the four players who signed with UMC in the Early Signing Period which included; Dawn Leland (6-1, G-F. Merrill, Wis.), Micaela Noga (G, 5-7, Parkers Prairie, Minn), Isieoma Odor (F, 6-0, Bloomington) and Gabby Smith (5-10, G-F, Bloomington, Minn).
The signees join eight returnees from the 2013-14 squad led by 2013-14 All-NSIC Second Team pick Katrina Moenkedick (Jr., Perham). The Golden Eagles will also have seniors Ebony Livingston (G-F. Minneapolis), Kenzie Church (F, Fairmount, N.D./Management) and Ashley Martell (G, Somerset, Wis.) returning to the fray. Second-leading scorer Alexa Thielman (Jr., G, Buffalo) also returns for UMC along with Christine Thorn (Jr., G, St. Michael), Megan Taylor (So., C, Estelline, S.D.) and Erika McRoberts (Jr., F-C, Byron).

                    Emily Gruber                               Maria Loughlin




The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the addition of Cody Magsam (5-10 150, IF, Crookston) and Brayden Larson (P/C, 6-0 195, Middle River) to National Letters of Intent.

Magsam joins current UMC player Brandon Kresl (Fr., 1B, Crookston, Minn./Management) as Crookston High players who are slated to be on the 2015 roster for the Golden Eagles.
“We are excited that Cody Magsam has decided to join the Golden Eagle baseball program,” said head coach Chris Vito. “We believe that Cody, like Brandon Kresl, will be a solid contributor to the program over his four years playing UMC baseball.”
Magsam is the first player to sign for the Golden Eagles during the Spring Signing Period. The Golden Eagles are looking to replace a large senior class which includes eight players. They are currently slated to have 12 players return to the team for the 2015 season.
Magsam attends school at Fisher Public School in Fisher, Minn., but plays baseball for Crookston H.S. and head coach Mitch Bakken, the former softball coach at Minnesota Crookston. Also played basketball and football for the Climax/Fisher team. He also plays for American Legion Post 20 out of Crookston, which will be coached by current UMC players Jesse Jennings and Trevor Buttermore this season. On the basketball court, Magsam won the Mr. Offense Award. Magsam hit .240 last season in 21 starts with seven runs scored and six RBI’s
Cody is the son of Lisa and Robert Magsam. He was born Feb. 28, 1996. Magsam is currently undecided on a major. 

Crookston Pirate Baseball Coach Mitch Bakken, Cody Magsam, and father Robert Magsam

Larson is the second player to join the UMC baseball program during the Late Signing Period.  “We are excited that Brayden Larson has decided to attend the University of Minnesota Crookston and play baseball for us,” said Head Coach Chris Vito. “Like Cody Magsam, Brayden is an area kid that we are excited to add to our program. We feel that he will bring passion and a strong work ethic to the program and are looking forward to having him as a Golden Eagle.” Larson was a 2012 and 2013 Northwest Diamond All-Conference pick, as well as a 2013 Great North All-Conference selection. He was named the Most Improved Player by his team in 2011 and earned the Gator Award in 2012. Brayden was named the team’s top infielder in 2013. He was an Honor Roll and “Spotlight on Scholarship” student throughout his high school career. Brayden also played football and basketball throughout high school.
He is the son of John and Dawn Marie Larson. Brayden plans to major in agronomy at UMC. He was born Feb. 22, 1996.
The Golden Eagles are looking to replace a large senior class which includes eight players. They are currently slated to have 12 players return to the team for the 2015 season.






The Crookston Pirate Volleyball program has a new leader as Meredith Hollcraft has accepted the position of head volleyball coach.  "Those of you that know Meredith, will be excited at the athletic and personable attributes she will bring to our student athletes," said Crookston School District Superintendent Chris Bates.  "She will, I believe, produce young ladies of character and integrity through the medium of athletics." 
Meredith (Hegg) Hollcraft played high school volleyball at Win-E-Mac for coach Mike Roysland and then played college volleyball at NDSU in 1995 and 1996 before transferring to Moorhead State and playing for the Dragons in 1997 and then transferred to Concordia College playing for the Cobbers in 1998 where she had over 1,000 assists as the starting setter.  In 1999 she became an assistant volleyball coach for the Cobbers for two years before coaching six years at West Fargo.  For the last eight years, Hollcraft has been a high school volleyball official at a lot of Northwest Minnesota matches.
"I think I can bring something to the program.  We are going to work on fundamentals and I will see where varsity down to seventh graders are at and go from there.  I want the girls to have a basic understanding of the basics," said Hollcraft, who added she missed coaching. "When I was an official, I enjoyed it, but missed coaching and being able to train.  I look forward to being a coach again."
Hollcraft is married to Mark and they have five kids, Thomas-12, Luke-9, David-7, Michael-5 and Dominic-2. 



TUESDAY - APRIL 15,  2014


University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the hiring of Dan Weisse as head men’s basketball coach. Weisse, most recently an assistant coach at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) school Minnesota State University Moorhead, is no stranger to the conference and the region as he takes over the helm of the Golden Eagle program. In addition he has
worked under some of the top basketball minds in the game in his promising young coaching career. “We are excited to have Dan join UMC as the head men’s basketball coach,” Helgeson said. “We are happy to bring in someone with familiarity withdandan the NSIC and the region having coached at MSU Moorhead and North Dakota State over the past seven seasons. We believe Dan will have a significant impact on our program and look forward to working with him.”

Weisse, who has been coaching in the Red River Valley for the past seven seasons, spent the past three seasons at MSU Moorhead under head coach Chad Walthall. He was the lead assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Dragons. Weisse helped an MSU Moorhead squad to an NCAA Division II tournament berth, where they picked up their first NCAA tournament win since 1965. In addition to earning a tournament berth, the Dragons hosted their first NSIC Tournament game since 1994 and achieved their first national ranking in program history. 
Last season, Weisse helped the Dragons to a 21-8 record and a berth in the NSIC Championship Game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., where they lost to Winona State University. 
In his time at MSUM, Weisse helped coach five players to All-NSIC nods including all-conference first team accolades for Alex Novak and D.J. Hamilton. 

Before joining MSU Moorhead, Weisse spent four seasons across the Red River at NCAA Division I North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. Weisse served as the director of operations at NDSU under Saul Phillips, where he gained experience in recruiting, film exchange, travel preparation, video editing, running all Bison basketball camps, community service programs and academic monitoring. While at NDSU, the Bison won their first-ever Summit League regular-season championship, their first-ever tournament championship and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Prior to arriving in the Fargo-Moorhead metro, Weisse spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. During his time at MTSU, Weisse was responsible for academic monitoring, video editing, on-campus recruiting efforts and community service programs.

Weisse was a graduate assistant at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the 2004-05 season prior to making the move down south and was responsible for recruiting student-athletes from the state of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

While finishing up his undergraduate degree, Weisse was an assistant coach at Milwaukee Rufus King High School, where he helped the Generals capture the Wisconsin State Division I basketball championship in 2004.Weisse also assisted Ritchie Davis of the Wisconsin Playground Warriors based in Kaukauna, Wis. Weisse helped his team reach the Sweet 16 at the National AAU Tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Weisse played at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he had the opportunity to learn under two of the nation’s most prominent basketball minds in Bruce Pearl, currently the head coach Auburn University, and Bo Ryan, currently the head coach at the University of Wisconsin. Under Pearl, Weisse was a part of the Panthers’ first-ever Horizon League tournament championship and NCAA tournament appearance. 
Originally from Oshkosh, Wis., Weisse graduated from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2004 with a degree in secondary education with an emphasis in broad field social studies. He earned his master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State in 2007 in sport management. Wiesse was inducted into the Oshkosh West Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2013.

Weisse is married to Andrea. He has one daughter, Makenna, and a son, Ethan. 

Dan Weisse File
2003-04: Assistant Coach, Rufus King High School
2004-05: Assistant Coach, Wisconsin-LaCrosse
2005-07: Graduate Assistant, Middle Tennessee State
2007-11: Director of Operations, North Dakota State University
2011-present: Assistant Coach, MSU Moorhead



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team’s offensive struggles continued as the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears swept a double header 3-0 and 16-1 in St. Paul.


GAME ONE – Box Score

UMC started the game with Josh Brehmer (Sr. Falcon Heights) reaching on a throwing error and advancing to second base on a sacrifice bunt.  But, the next two batters were retired and Brehmer was stranded at second.  Neither team scored until Concordia had an rbi single and then a double to score three runs in the fifth inning for a 3-0 lead.  UMC wasn’t able to score in the final two innings and the Golden Bears picked up a 3-0 victory.  Concordia only outhit UMC 7-6, but came up with timely hits for the win.


GAME TWO – Box Score

Concordia-St. Paul didn’t waste any time scoring in the second game after scoring five runs in the first and added three runs in the second and four more runs in the third for a 12-1 lead after three innings.  UMC scored their lone run of the game in the third inning when Matt Korte singled to score a run.  Concordia-St. Paul added four more runs in the sixth inning to pick up the 16-1 victory.  Concordia-St. Paul outhit UMC 18-4 in the game.
UMC drops to 1-31 overall and 0-20 in the NSIC, while Concordia-St. Paul improves to 18-8 on the year and 10-6 in the NSIC.




MONDAY -  APRIL 14, 2014


The University of Minnesota Crookston Athletic Department has whittled down their choices for a new head Men’s Basketball coach to three finalists who were interviewed last week to replace Jeff Oseth who did not have his contract renewed after a 4-23 season in which they lost their last 20 games.
Kevin Williamson, an assistant coach at Minnesota-Duluth; Dan Weisse, an assistant coach at Minnesota State-Moorhead; and Jeff Kaminsky, the head men’s basketball coach at Valley City State in North Dakota are the three finalists that were interviewed by a committee last week and made their recommendations known to UMC Athletic Director Steph Helgeson.  The committee had about 60 candidates and from that list phone interviewed seven candidates and originally got down to four candidates, but Chad Welk, an assistant coach at Southwest Minnesota State pulled out. Helgeson said, “I meet with Chancellor Wood on Tuesday and I hope to have an announcement Wednesday morning or possibly earlier.”

The following bio’s on the three candidates was taken from their current college websites:


Kevin Williamson has been a part of head coach Matt Bowen's coaching staff for the past four seasons, first at Bemidji State and for the past two seasons at UMD.
Kevin Williamson Headshot
"By being with me the past [four] years, Kevin has a firm grasp of what I want to do here and how I want to do it," said Bowen. "He certainly was integral in the success we had at Bemidji  (which included an outright Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title last season) and opened up some new recruiting avenues nationally for us up there  -- particularly on the west coast. As a coach, he relates extremely well with the players, having played himself not so long ago at the collegiate level."

During his tenure on Bowen's staff, Williamson has helped to recruit and produce eight All-NSIC selections, most recently UMD's Jordan Reetz ('14), as well as NCAA II National Player of the Year, Central Region Player of the Year, and NSIC Player of the Year James Ellisor and NSIC Newcomer of the Year Dermaine Crockrell at Bemidji State.

Before joining Bowen in Bemidji, Williamson served as an assistant coach at Glendale Community College  (Phoenix, Ariz.). Before that, he was employed as a physical education teacher and boy's basketball coach at Cathedral Catholic High School, where, during his one season of service, guided the Dons to a 17-14 overall record and a spot in the 2009 San Diego Section Division III title game. Williamson's prep head coaching resume also includes a one-year stint (2007-08) at Kofa High School in Yuma, Ariz. Under his watch, the Kings set a school single-season record for wins, going 21-11 on the year, captured the Gila Valley Region championship and gained a Arizona 5A II State Tournament semifinal round berth -- the first ever by any Yuma public high school. For his efforts, Williamson was chosen the Gila Valley Region Coach of the Year.

A native of San Diego, Calif., Williamson was a two-sport athlete at the University of Great Falls (Mont.) from 2005-07, competing in both basketball and golf.  As a senior while playing for head coach Steven Silsby, he secured National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Academic All-American honors and in addition to qualifying for the Frontier Conference All-Academic Team for a second time.

After graduating from Sedona Rock High School (Ariz.) in 2003, Williamson attended Arizona State University, but sat out his two years with the Sun Devil basketball program while nursing a torn ACL. In 2004-05, under then-head coach Rob Evans, ASU posted a 18-12 record and were part of the NIT Tournament field.

Williamson earned a B.A. degree in secondary education (physical education and health) from the U. of Great Falls in 2007 and completed his Master's degree in sports studies from Bemidji State. His father, Craig, was the head boy's basketball coach at Sedona High School during Kevin's senior year, and his brother, Kyle, is currently the assistant boy's basketball coach at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego. 


Dan Weisse
enters his third season as the lead assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Dragons.  Weisse was a part of a Dragons team that hit several milestones for the program’s history.dandan
The 2012-13 season saw MSUM go a solid 19-11 and host a first-round NSIC tournament game, which the Dragons won, 87-78 over Southwest Minnesota State. MSUM also beat No. 11-ranked St. Cloud State during the season and had an eight-game winning streak.
The 2011-12 season was a milestone year for the Dragons. The team traveled to Golden, Colo., where they competed in the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament. They defeated Southwest Minnesota State in the first round, the first Dragons win in the NCAA Tournament since 1965.  On the way to the tournament, the Dragons hosted a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference playoff game for the first time since 1994.  For the first time in program history the Dragons were ranked nationally, reaching as high as 16th.

Before joining the Dragons, Weisse spent four seasons as the director of operations for the North Dakota State men's basketball program.  In his time at NDSU, Weisse gained experience in recruiting, film exchange, travel preparation, video editing, running all Bison basketball camp programs, community service programs, and academic monitoring. Under the guidance of Saul Phillips, he helped NDSU win its first ever Summit League regular season championship, their first ever tournament championship, and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Prior to NDSU, Weisse spent two seasons (2005-07) as a graduate assistant at Middle Tennessee State, where he was primarily responsible for academic monitoring, video editing, on-campus recruiting efforts, and community service programs.

He was also a graduate assistant at Wisconsin-La Crosse for one season (2004-05) under coach Ken Koelbl and recruited many student-athletes out of the state of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

While Weisse was finishing up his undergraduate degree he became an assistant coach under Jim Gosz at Milwaukee Rufus King High School, and helped the Generals capture the Wisconsin State Division I basketball championship in 2004.
Weisse also assisted Ritchie Davis of the Wisconsin Playground Warriors based in Kaukauna, Wisc. Weisse helped his team reach the Sweet 16 at the Nationall AAU Tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Weisse played at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1999-2003) for two seasons under current Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan, and played two years under Bruce Pearl who guided the Panthers to their first ever Horizon League tournament championship and NCAA tournament appearance in 2003.

A native of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Weisse graduated from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2004 with a degree in secondary education broad field social studies. He earned his masters degree from Middle Tennessee State in 2007 in sport management. Weisse was inducted into the Oshkosh West Hall of Fame in the fall of 2013.

Weisse currently resides in Fargo with his wife, Andrea, and their children, daughter Makenna and son Ethan.

Dan Weisse File
2003-04: Assistant Coach, Rufus King High School
2004-05: Assistant Coach, Wisconsin-LaCrosse
2005-07: Graduate Assistant, Middle Tennessee State
2007-11: Director of Operations, North Dakota State University
2011-present: Assistant Coach, MSU Moorhead


Jeff Kaminsky begins his ninth year as head men’s basketball coach for Valley City State University. Having established the basketball program with an identity of “Where the Defense Never Rests”, Kaminsky has led the Vikings back to prominence with 20-win seasons in four of the last six years. Jeff Kaminsky - Head Coach
Last year, Kaminsky guided the Vikings to their first National Tournament appearance since 1987. A 75-72 loss to Indiana Southeast in the opening round ended the Viking season with a 23-7 record. They finished the year receiving votes in the Top 25 poll, and guard Sekani Milligen was named a 2nd Team All American. VCSU ranked No. 8 in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.401) and No. 12 in scoring defense per game (62.4).
Kaminsky led the Vikings in 2007-08 to the program's first 20-win season in 20 years with a 22-8 record. He followed it up by leading the Vikings to the DAC Co-Championship in 2009-10, finishing 20-10. The Vikings once again finished with a 20-10 record in 2011-12. His overall record at VCSU is 135-101.

Prior to arriving at VCSU, Kaminsky served 11 seasons as head coach at University of Wisconsin-Superior and has been a head coach for 25 seasons with an overall head coaching record of 404-324.
Highlights include having the WIAC Player of the Year, sweeping 2004 National Champion UW-Stevens Point in conference play, and building a competitive program. He also served as the interim athletic director for an athletic department with 16 sports from 2000-2004.

Prior to his time at UW-Superior, Kaminsky spent seven seasons as the Head Coach of Mid State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. While there, he guided the Cougars to a 153-70 record, and three consecutive Wisconsin Junior College State Championships. From the 1990-91 season to the 1993-94 season, MSTC had a record of 109-31 and three WTCC Conference Championships. Kaminsky's emphasis on defense and team play established Mid State as a contender on the state and national levels of junior college basketball.

Before taking over the MSTC program, Kaminsky was a graduate assistant at Division I Kent State University. At Kent, Kaminsky earned a master's degree in Sports Psychology and helped the Golden Flashes to a 19-10 record and a second-place finish in the Mid American Conference during the 1986-87 season.

As a player, Kaminsky was named to the Junior College All-American Honorable Mention Team in 1982-83, when he led the College of DuPage (IL) to a 28-4 record. After graduating from DuPage, Kaminsky went on to play at Grand Valley State University (MI). In his senior year, he was voted scholar athlete of the year and best defensive player, leading his team to a 21-7 record and a 'Sweet Sixteen' appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament.

Kaminsky graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State and was named the GLIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. As a graduate assistant at Division I Kent State, he received his master's degree in Sport Psychology.


SATURDAY - APRIL 12,  2014


The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team won two matches and lost one at the Alexandria team tournament on Saturday in Alexandria.  Crookston beat Litchfield 7-0, and Alexandria 4-3, while losing to Becker 5-2.  Matt Garmen and Jacob Roesch won all three of their matches on the day to lead the Pirates.
In the Litchfield match, Crookston breezed to a 7-0 winning half the sets by 6-0 scores. 
In the Alexandria match there were two matches that went three sets with Bobby Tiedemann winning a three setter at first singles and Andy Gregg lost a hard fought match at second singles.  Crookston's depth came through with wins at second and third doubles to pick up the 4-3 victory. 
Becker was able to do something that most teams don't do to the Pirates, win all four singles matches.  The first and second singles matches were very close, but Becker was able to win both matches to help them to the 5-2 victory.  Crookston's wins came at first and second doubles.
I thought we made improvements in many parts of our game and it was nice to see some different competition," said Pirate Boys Tennis Coach Mike Geffre. "Becker is a nice team and so is Alex. Litchfield is a very young they are going to be a good team in the future. Matt Garmen, and Jake Roesch had three wins on the day. Bobby Tiedemann went 2-1 and had the deciding win coming from behind to beat Alexandria so that was a big win."
Crookston improves to 3-6 on the year and will host Thief River Falls on Monday, April 21.

  CROOKSTON-7 Litchfield-0 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Josh Prahl Crox 6-1, 6-0
#2 Singles Andy Gregg Jordan Carew Crox 6-0, 6-0
#3 Singles Matt Garmen Nick Lundin Crox 6-0, 6-0
#4 Singles Jake Widseth Peyton Aller Crox 6-2, 6-2
#1 Doubles Kal Salentiny
A.J. Biermaier
Shaun O'Leary
Jordan Green
Crox 6-0, 6-0
#2 Doubles Harrison Bjorgo
Jacob Roesch
John Madsen
Andrew Fisher
Crox 6-0, 6-0
#3 Doubles Adam Erickson
Elijah Phaiah
Zach Kaiser
Mathew Wedin
Crox 6-1, 6-1


  CROOKSTON-4 Alexandria-3 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Devon Crowe Crox 3-6, 6-4, 7-3
#2 Singles Andy Gregg Mark Kallevig DL 6-2, 5-7, 7-3
#3 Singles Matt Garmen Levi Dewenhoegge Crox 6-3, 6-0
#4 Singles Harrison Bjorgo Graham Hegstad Alex 6-4, 6-4
#1 Doubles Kal Salentiny
A.J. Biermaier
Brandon Holm
Nick Partington
Alex 7-5, 6-3
#2 Doubles Jake Widseth
Jacob Roesch
Codi Hoffman
Jack Schneider
Crox 6-3, 6-2
#3 Doubles Jordan Bengston
Elijah Phaiah
Lucas White
Chase Hovel
Crox 6-1, 6-4


  CROOKSTON-2 Becker - 5 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Dawson Brown Beck 6-3, 6-4
#2 Singles Andy Gregg Josiah Borst Beck 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
#3 Singles Harrison Bjorgo Austin Hill Beck 6-2, 6-2
#4 Singles Jake Widseth Jackson Lefebvre Beck 6-2, 6-0
#1 Doubles Matt Garmen
A.J. Biermaier
Erik Tungland
CJ Howard
Crox 6-3, 6-4
#2 Doubles Kal Salentiny
Jacob Roesch
Joe Gudim
Josh Duke
Crox 4-6, 6-2, 7-4
#3 Doubles Adam Erickson
Elijah Phaiah
Brandon Brandonroem
Tyler Lundquist
Beck 6-0, 4-6, 7-3




The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team remained in fifth place at the NSIC Men’s Golf Championship as they completed the third round at Tiburon Golf Club in Omaha, Nebraska.  UMC's Matt McClure (Jr., Grand Rapids) also remains in the top 10 after shooting a 77 in the third round. McClure is tied for seventh and is just one back stroke back of fifth place and six strokes back from third. 
St. Cloud State remains in the team lead with a three-round score of 890. The total included the rounds played during the Fall at the Classic at Madden’s in Brainerd, Minn. UMC is just four strokes out of fourth place, which is currently held by Winona State University. They are 18 behind second-place teams Minnesota State University, Mankato and Concordia University, St. Paul.
Jesse Roscoe (Jr., Big Stone City, S.D.) came out with a big round for the Golden Eagles Saturday. Roscoe’s one-under-par 71 tied the course lead for the day. Roscoe improved his placement by 18 places, as he sat in 31st coming into Saturday. Roscoe is just six strokes back of McClure.
In addition to McClure and Roscoe, Michael Roedl (So., Minneapolis) shot an 82 and is in a tie for 23rd. Seth Heppner (Jr., Crookston) shot an 81 Saturday and sits tied for 25th. Jordan Radcliffe (So., Roseau) put up a solid round with a 78. His score counts toward the team, but since he didn’t compete in the Fall Championship, his score does not count individually toward standings. 
St. Cloud State’s Tyler Koivisto remains in the individual lead with a three-over-par 219. Minnesota State’s Ross Miller is three strokes back of him with a 222. 

School Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
1. St. Cloud State 296 303 291 890
2. Concordia-St. Paul 305 319 296 920
3. Minnesota State Mankato 309 305 306 920
4. Winona State 318 311 305 934
5. UMC 314 317 307 938
6. Augustana 327 316 299 942
7. Minot State 323 320 301 944
8. Bemidji State 314 329 304 947
9. Upper Iowa 329 317 319 965
10. Sioux Falls 338 325 305 968




THURSDAY - APRIL 10,  2014


The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team split a triangular by beating Detroit Lakes 4-3 and losing to Thief River Falls 6-1 in Thief River Falls.  The matches were eight game pro-set matches to ensure all the matches would be played with the lack of court space available.  Pirate Bobby Tiedemann was the lone Pirate to win both of his matches.

Crookston had a first singles victory from Bobby Tiedemann and the three doubles teams of Matt Garmen and Jacob Roesch, Harrison Bjorgo and Jordan Bengston, and Jake Widseth and Elijah Phaiah all picked up victories for a Pirate 4-3 win over Detroit Lakes.  Andy Gregg lost a close 9-7 match at third singles.

Crookston’s only win was at first singles with Bobby Tiedemann picking up a convincing 8-3 victory.  Thief River Falls controlled the rest of the matches, except for the second and third doubles where they won 9-7 and 8-6.
We did not play as well as we have been. I thought we made a lot of mental mistakes and made some poor decisions during points,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre.  “Two and three doubles vs Thief River Falls could have gone either way.  Adam Erickson is at State knowledge bowl and when he comes back it will strengthen our doubles line up. Bobby had a nice day winning both of his matches and I thought Matt (Garmen) played well.
Crookston drops to 1-5 on the season in duals and will travel to the Alexandria Tournament on Saturday.

  CROOKSTON-4 Detroit Lakes-3 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Alex Fondrick Crox 8-3
#2 Singles A.J. Biermaier Caleb Howard DL 8-3
#3 Singles Andy Gregg Chandler Hanks DL 9-7
#4 Singles Kal Salentiny Austin Nelson DL 8-5
#1 Doubles Matt Garmen
Jacob Roesch
Luke Eggebraaten
Colton Friesen
Crox 8-1
#2 Doubles Harrison Bjorgo
Jordan Bengston
Dylan Bremseth
Jon Richards
Crox 8-2
#3 Doubles Jake Widseth
Elijah Phaiah
Rok Juricic
Tucker McDermond
Crox 8-1


  CROOKSTON-1 Thief River Falls-6 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Hunter Blowers Crox 8-3
#2 Singles Andy Gregg Jorde Hutton TRF 8-0
#3 Singles Matt Garmen Ethan Johnson TRF 8-4
#4 Singles Harrison Bjorgo Brady Nessen TRF 8-4
#1 Doubles A.J. Biermaier
Kal Salentiny
Isaac Olson
Devin Hutton
TRF 8-3
#2 Doubles Jake Widseth
Jacob Roesch
Nick Onkka
Isaac Dvergsten
TRF 9-7
#3 Doubles Elijah Phaiah
Jordan Bengston
Michael Magnusson
Carter Onkka
TRF 8-6





The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team held their end of the year awards banquet on Tuesday and handed out the following awards, while garnering some nice academic team honors.  The team academic and individual award winners are below.

Team Awards-
Section 8AA Team Academic Champions (GPA of 3.87)
Section 8AA Academic Champions, State Runner up and fourth place in all classes!!

Individual Team Awards -
MVP – Sydney Boike
Best Offensive Player – Sydney Boike
Best Defensive Player – Danica Brekken
Most Dedicated – Sydney Boike and Elisa Samuelson
Most Improved – Anna Miller and Precious Adams
Hustle Award – Haley Roed
Best Teammate Award – Danica Brekken
Coaches Award – Danica Brekken
Captains for next year – the four soon to be seniors – Danica Brekken, Sydney Boike, Amber Froeber, and Kenzie Klatt.

Pirate Award winners - Haley Roed, Danica Brekken, Elisa Samuelson, Precious Adams, Sydney Boike and Kenzie Klatt (Not pictured Anna Miller)





The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team still hasn’t had a home game this season after moving their double header with the St. Cloud State Huskies to Moorhead, where they had less snow over the past couple of weeks, but the result was the same as the Huskies won easily 20-0 and 15-2 in an NSIC double-header.

GAME ONE – Box Score
St. Cloud State started the scoring with a run in the first inning with an rbi single for a 1-0 lead.  The Huskies blew open the game with 11 runs in the second inning and cruised to a 20-0 victory in seven innings.  UMC only had three hits while committing three errors in the game.

GAME TWO – Box Score
UMC scored the first run of the game in the second inning when Tony Madsen (Sr. Mounds View) had a sacrifice bunt to score Travis Magdzas (Jr. Duluth) for a 1-0 lead.  The Golden Eagle lead didn’t last long as St. Cloud State scored six runs in the third inning to take a 6-1 lead.  UMC answered with another run in the bottom of the third inning when Josh Brehmer (Sr. Falcon Heights) singled to centerfield to score J. Jennings and the Golden Eagles trailed 6-2.  St. Cloud State blew the game open with another big inning, this time scoring eight runs in the fourth to take a 14-2 lead.  They would add one more run in the seventh inning and coasted to a 15-2 victory.  UMC was only able to record three hits in the game, while the Huskies pounded out 19.
UMC drops to 1-25 overall and 0-14 in the NSIC, while St. Cloud State improves to 21-6 overall and 10-3 in the NSIC.



TUESDAY - APRIL 8,  2014


The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team's hard work of shoveling and snowblowing the Highland Tennis courts the past couple of weeks finally paid off as they were able to play their first outdoor match of the season, but lost 5-2 to the visiting Bemidji Lumberjacks.  The Pirates had wins at third singles with Matt Garmen and second doubles with Adam Erickson and Jacob Roesch.   "We played pretty well for the first time outdoors, Bemidji is always a tough opponent," said Coach Mike Geffre.  "We lost 5-2 but if we could have switched around the two tie-breakers we would have won 4-3. We had a nice win by Matt Garmen at third singles and a good come from behind win at second doubles with Adam Erickson and Jake Roesch." Crookston drops to 0-4 in duals on the year and will participate in the Thief River Falls Tri-Angular and will face Detroit Lakes at 4:00 p.m. and Thief River Falls at 5:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Bobby Tiedemann with a backhand return with snow in the background

  CROOKSTON-2 Bemidji-5 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Matt Hokanson Bem 6-4, 3-6 (10-7)
#2 Singles Andy Gregg Noah Holter Bem 6-2, 6-3
#3 Singles Matt Garmen Spencer Konecne Crox 6-0, 6-1
#4 Singles Jake Widseth Kevin Sorensen Bem 7-5, 3-6 (10-5)
#1 Doubles A.J. Biermaier
Kal Salentiny
Gabe Heifort
Robert Treuer
Bem 6-3, 7-5
#2 Doubles Adam Erickson
Jacob Roesch
Kole Pankow
Sam Howard
Crox 2-6, 6-3 (11-9)
#3 Doubles Harrison Bjorgo
Jordan Bengston
Evan White
Garnet Atteberry
Bem 6-4, 6-1

             The Crookston Pirate Tennis team and coaches clearing off the Highland Tennis courts last week


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