The Crookston Pirate Football team held their end of the year banquet at the Crookston High School commons and handed out team, section and district awards.

The team awards are as follows –
Most Valuable Offense – Cade Salentine
Most Valuable Defense – Colton Weiland
Most Improved – Carter Winand
Zammert Award (Great teammate, hard worker) – Lukas Andringa
Most Inspirational – Tim Parr
Co-Coaches Award – Ethan Magsam, Ben Trostad

Cade Salentine, Ethan Magsam, Colton Weiland, Tim Parr, Ben Trostad, Carter Winand, and Lukas Andringa

All-District Awards-

All-District team – Cade Salentine, Colton Weiland, Jake Wagner and Brady Butt
All-District Honorable mention – Tim Parr, Mason Wang, Leyton Salentine
All-District Academic team (3.7 GPA or higher) – Nick Garmen, Joey Doda, Jaden Lubarski, Easton Tangquist

All-Section Team – Cade Salentine, Colton Weiland, Jake Wagner and Brady Butt

2018 Captains – Blake Fee, Jaden Lubarski, Damian Hodgson, Nick Garmen, Leyton Salentine and Brady Butt

Back row - Cade Salentine, Jake Wagner, Colton Weiland, Tim Parr, Leyton Salentine, Brady Butt, Jade Lubarski
Front row - Mason Wang, Easton Tagquist, Quinn Westlake, Nick Garmen




The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle baseball program announced the signing of seven high school players to National Letters of Intent. The Golden Eagles signed three players from North Dakota, two from Minnesota, one from Wisconsin and one from Wyoming. 
UMC signed Phillip Champagne (UT, 5-10 180, Henderson, Minn./LeSueur-Henderson H.S.), Eric Graham (OF, 6-1 170, Casper, Wyo./Natrona County H.S.), Tyler Hegg (RHP/1B, Thompson, N.D./Thompson Public School), Trey Larimer (C/OF, Thompson, N.D./Thompson Public School), Anthony Lupa (LHP, 6-0 175, Brule, Wis./Northwestern H.S.), Alex Mushitz (2B/SS, 5-9 150, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.) and Conner Richardson (RHP, 6-4 215, Grand Forks, N.D./Red River H.S.).  “We are ecstatic with this early signing class,” said Head Coach Steve Gust. “We wanted to sign the best players in the area, and I think we signed most of them. It just goes to show you that there are players in our immediate area and in neighboring states who can help us continue to move this program forward. As a whole, this might be our best early signing group we’ve had here. These student-athletes are not only good ball players, but good in the classroom and have high character traits.”

Alex Mushitz (2B/SS, 5-9 150, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.)
Mushitz follows his brother Ethan Mushitz, who is currently a senior on the Minnesota Crookston baseball roster and who has been a four-year starter for the Golden Eagles. He joins an East Grand Forks pipeline to Minnesota Crookston that includes Ethan Mushitz, Reed Hjelle, Clarke Peterson and Scott Mortenson. Mushitz played short stop for East Grand Forks High School and for East Grand Forks Post 157 for American Legion. “Alex is a lot like his older brother – he is talented, a good teammate, hard worker and very loyal,” said Coach Gust. “He’s our type of student-athlete. We believe Alex can develop and put up similar numbers to his brother as a middle infielder and hitter.”
Mushitz is the son of Elaine Brustad and Bob Mushitz.

Tyler Hegg (RHP/1B, 6-4 205, Thompson, N.D./Thompson Public School)
Hegg was a North Dakota Class B Honorable Mention selection in baseball as a junior. As a sophomore, he earned All-Region for baseball. He helped Thompson Public School to a Class B Baseball State Championship as a sophomore. In 2017, he helped his team to a North Dakota Legion State Baseball Championship. Hegg was named All-Tournament at the Great Plains National Tournament in 2017. As a junior, he hit .298 with 11 runs scored, 24 RBI’s and six doubles. During his sophomore season, Hegg hit .352 with 12 runs scored, 14 RBI’s and five doubles. On the mound, he was 5-0 as a junior with a 0.77 ERA with one complete game. As a sophomore, Hegg went 7-0 with a 0.88 ERA with one save. He was a high school teammate of fellow signee Trey Larimer. He also played basketball in high school.  “I’ve followed Tyler the last two years and have been impressed with his pitching ability,” Gust said. “He has been the ace at Thompson and a big reason why they’ve been in the high school state title games the last two years. His experience, size and pitching ability will help him succeed at this level and help us compete with the top teams in the country.”
Hegg is the son of Todd and Jeanne Hegg. He was born Aug. 11, 1999. Hegg plans to major in criminal justice and wants to work for the border patrol. Hegg enjoys hunting and fishing. He has two sisters, Samantha and Summer.

Trey Larimer (C/OF, Thompson, N.D./Thompson Public School)
Larimer was an All-Region selection as a junior in 2017 and was an Honorable Mention All-Region pick as a sophomore. As a freshman and eighth grader he earned the team’s hardest worker award. Larimer hit .433 as a junior with nine runs scored, 15 RBI’s and six doubles. As a sophomore, he hit .338 with 17 runs scored, two doubles and a home run. Larimer was the Most Valuable Wrestler in 2017 while competing for Grand Forks Red River High School. As a wrestler, he earned seventh place at 145 pounds at the North Dakota State Tournament in 2017. Larimer also competed in football, where he was an All-Region Honorable Mention pick. He was named the MVP of the defense in 2017. Larimer is a high school teammate of fellow signee Tyler Hegg. “Trey is an all-around great athlete and has potential to be a great leader,” Gust said. “His versatility and athleticism will help him as he competes for a role and help our program as we compete with the top teams in the NSIC.”
Larimer was born March 9, 2000. He is the son of Dean and Kerri-Lynn Larimer. He plans to major in health sciences. His mother played softball at Bemidji State University. His father was a football player and wrestler at University of Jamestown. His brother Malek Larimer plays football at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His mother Kerri-Lynn was on the Canadian Juniors National Championship Team for softball in 1994. He has been on the honor roll every semester. He was a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), National Honor Society, was Class President in 2014 and 2015 and six-class president in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Phillip Champagne (UT, 5-10 180, Henderson, Minn./LeSueur-Henderson H.S.)
Champagne was an All-Minnesota River Valley Conference pick as a sophomore and an All-Minnesota River Valley Conference Honorable Mention selection as a junior. Champagne hit .267 as a junior with one double and 11 RBI’s. Champagne scored 13 runs on the season. As a sophomore, he hit .293 with 10 RBI’s and four runs scored. He also competed for HTP Sports Academy. “Philip is a hard-nosed player who will do whatever it takes to succeed,” Gust said. “We project him as a hitter who can play multiple positions. We were impressed with his bat at our prospect camp and will be a good utility guy for us.”
Champagne is the son of Denice and Roger Maus. He was born June 10, 2000. His relative Weston Bizzle played baseball at Chipola College in Florida. Another relative Austin Bizzle played at Alabama State University and in the Gulf Coast League for the Minnesota Twins minor league team.

Eric Graham (OF, 6-1 170, Casper, Wyo./Natrona County H.S.)
Graham played legion baseball for the Casper Oilers. He also has played wide receiver and defensive end for the Natrona County High School football team, helping them to a state runner-up finish. He has been an honor roll member and was a DECA state finalist.  “Eric brings some speed and athleticism to our program,” Gust said. “He was another one who impressed us at our prospect camp. His foot speed and potential as a hitter are exciting for our program.”
Graham was born March 8, 2000. He plans to major in business at Minnesota Crookston. Graham’s relative Amy “Luft” Graham ran track and cross country at Concordia College in Seward, Neb.

Anthony Lupa (LHP, 6-0 175, Brule, Wis./Northwestern H.S.)
Lupa was 5-4 as a junior with a 1.20 ERA, 53 strikeouts and four saves. At the plate, he hit .403 with 17 runs scored, two doubles and 15 RBI’s. Lupa was First Team All-Heart O’ North Conference as a pitcher. He was named his team MVP during his junior season. Lupa also earned the Team Coaches Award. He competed in American Legion, where he was a 2016 All-League selection and was the Legion Team MVP. In 2017, Lupa was named to the Superior Telegram All-Area Team. He was named Co-MVP of the Northwestern University Prospect Championship in 2017. “Anthony is one of my favorite student-athletes that I have ever recruited,” Gust said. “He has been coming to our camps for the last few years, giving us a chance to see his vast improvement. He is such a good kid with great ability. With his attitude and work ethic, Anthony will find a way to help elevate this program to another level.”
He is the son of Troy and Ruth Lupa. Lupa was born Aug. 22, 2000. He is undecided on his major. Lupa’s sister Aleia Lupa plays basketball at Central Lakes College.

Conner Richardson (RHP, 6-4 215, Grand Forks, N.D./Red River H.S.)
Richardson played baseball and basketball for Red River High School. He competed with his team in the 2012 Cal Ripken World Series and in the 2013 Babe Ruth World Series. Richardson plays American Legion baseball for the Grand Forks Royals. “After watching Conner as a junior at Red River and building a relationship with him at our prospect camp, he moved up our recruiting list in a hurry,” Gust said. “He has good stuff now, but with his size, desire and ability, we believe he is only going to get better. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him compete for a starting spot from day one.”
Richardson is the son of Melanie and Roy Richardson. He plans to major in sports and rec management. Richardson was born April 19, 2000.





The Climax-Fisher Knights volleyball team had their year-end banquet earlier this month at the Fisher School.  The recipients of this year's awards were the following

Sophie Love- Offensive Player of The Year, Co-MVP, and Pine to Prairie Honorable Mention
Beth McDonald- ACE Knights and Co-MVP
Katie Rarick- Defensive Player of The Year
Madalyn Nesvig- Hustle Award
Ellie Reitmeier- Co-Most Improved 
Ellie Schmitz- Co-Most Improved
Rylie Magsam- Rookie of The Year 
Jacey Spaeth- Miss Congeniality 

Madalyn Nesvig, Katie Rarick, Ellie Reitmeier, Sophie Love, Beth McDonald, Ellie Schmitz, Jacey Spaeth, Rylie Magsam






Crookston senior Kate MacGregor finished 15th place in the Minnesota State High School State Swim meet on Friday and had the same finish on Saturday to finish 15th place in the state in the 100 backstroke at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
Kate broke her own school record on Friday and was hoping to break it again on Saturday, but came up a little short with a time of 1:00.60, but still held her 15th place spot to wrap up her outstanding high school career.  It was Kate's fifth straight trip to the state swim meet and it was her first trip to the second day.

Kate getting ready to swim her race in Friday's prelims at the state meet

Pirate Event Time Place
   Friday Prelim      
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:00.47 15th
   Saturday Consolation Final      
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:00.60 15th

Kate MacGregor swims in the 100 Backstroke on Friday at state




Two goals and two assists from Fergus Falls’ Sophie Rausch provided more than enough offense as the Otters dominated the Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey team 9-0 in a game played at the Fergus Falls Ice Arena.
Vivian Karsnia opened the scoring 7:50 into the first period following a pass from Sophie Rausch, giving the Otters a 1-0 lead.  With Fergus Falls on the power play, Rausch added her second assist, finding Hallie Sheridan in front of the crease, as Sheridan netted her shot from the doorstep to make it 2-0 at the end of the first period. “I thought we were staying grounded, we were playing our positions,” Pirates head coach Jaclyn Martin shared on her team’s first-period performance.
In the second-period, Fergus falls added three more goals to their tally. Sophie Raush added a goal to her two assists 8:35 into the second period. Less than one minute later, Ellie Anderson added to the Otters lead off a nice pass from Amy Johnson to give the hosts a 4-0 edge. Sophie Rausch added her second goal of the period on a two on none opportunity as Crookston was caught making a line change and Fergus Falls’ goalie Mady Eklund sent an outlet pass out to the neutral zone before Chloe Nelson found Rausch who broke towards the net and bested Crookston goaltender Breele Jobe to give the Otters a 5-0 lead after two periods. The second-period struggles were evident to coach Martin, “as the game wore on, you could kind of see that our legs weren’t there. I don’t think it was that bad of a period, I thought we did some better things offensively, but we couldn’t quite get the puck through their net.”
Tired legs were easy to find for both teams in the third period, however, Fergus Falls experience and leadership became evident during the final 17 minutes. Marilyn Karsnia scored less than two minutes into the final period after receiving a pass from Chloe Nelson. Hope Gepford netted her first career goal 5:48 into the third period to make it 7-0. Liz Mattson and Vivian Karsnia scored the final two goals as the Otters closed the game with a 9-0 victory. “We ran out of gas, but we also played everybody today, we put in some different girls just so they could see what it was like,” Martin shared following the third period. “We’re just going to get tired this year and that’s one thing we’re going to have to work on is our conditioning.”
Brelee Jobe faced 42 shots and tallied 33 saves in net for Crookston, while Mady Eklund prevented all 10 shots faced from beating her in net for Fergus Falls.“I didn’t think it was a 9-0 hockey game,” coach Martin said following the team’s loss, “I thought we played a lot better than that. We just continue to work, we have three days to work before our holiday tournament and then we take on Park Rapids and we’re really looking forward to playing them.” With the loss, Crookston drops to 0-2 and will return to the ice on Friday at the Their River Falls Tournament to take on Park Rapids with the Riverview Health Pregame Show beginning at 3:30 on KROX. Fergus Falls improves to 2-1.

Rylee Solheim looks up ice as she skates to the loose puck

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Fergus Falls 2 3 4 9

Aleah Bienek controls the puck along the boards

1st Period
7:50 - Fergus Falls - Vivian Karsnia (Sophie Rausch)
10:02 - Fergus Falls - Hallie Sheridan (Sophie Rausch)  (PP)

2nd Period
8:35 - Fergus Falls - Sophie Rausch unassisted
9:02 - Fergus Falls - Ellie Anderson (Amy Johnson)
11:43 - Fergus Falls- Sophie Rausch (Cody Nelson, Mady Eklund)

3rd Period
1:59 - Fergus Falls- Marilyn Karsnia (Chloe Nelson)
5:48 - Fergus Falls - Hope Goepferd unassisted
10:36 - Fergus Falls- Liz Mattson (Hallie Sheridan)
16:20 - Fergus Falls - Vivian Karsnia  (Ellie Anderson)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brelee Jobe - Crookston 9 17 7 33
Mady Eklund - Fergus Falls 0 3 7 10




The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team struggled on the offensive end and lost to the Northern Michigan Wildcats 73-55 in a game played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
The first quarter was back and forth for the first eight minutes until Northern Michigan ended the frame with back-to-back layups for an 18-12 lead.
In the second quarter, Northern Michigan led 32-21 with a minute left in the half before Isieoma Odor (Jr. Bloomington) and Emily Gruber (Sr. Monticello) scored in the paint and the Wildcats led 32-25 going into halftime.  “I thought we finished the half on a good note and it looked like we were on the right track,” said UMC Coach Mike Roysland.  “It was a tough game to watch and we couldn’t find a good combination on the floor.”
UMC struggled on the defensive end in the third quarter and were outscored 24-13 and trailed 56-38 going into the final frame.
UMC wasn’t able to make a run in the fourth quarter and Northern Michigan cruised to a 73-58 victory.  “Things haven’t been clicking well in the first two games.  We haven’t been able to get anything going offensively and this is the same offense we have been running for many years,” said Coach Roysland. “We are missing a lot of easy baskets and it wears on you and deflates you and we are struggling with that.  We need to be better than this on both sides of the floor.”
UMC drops to 0-2 on the year and will travel to Florida for two games on Friday and Saturday.  Northern Michigan improves to 3-1 on the year.

Caitlin Michaelis goes in for a layup     Emily Gruber drives by a defender


1 2




Northern Michigan

18 14 24 17 73


12 13 13 17 55

Lindsey Weber tries to drive by a Northern Michigan defender

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 18 4 2 Steals
Micaela Noga 8    
Emily Gruber 7   2 Blocks/2 Steals
Caitlin Michaelis 7 3  
Stephanie McWilliams 7   4 Assists
Maria Delgado 3
Abby Guidinger 3    
Paige Weakley 2    


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team had a sluggish start, but made some adjustments and scored 55 points in the second half on their way to a 79-74 come from behind victory over the University of Sioux Falls Cougars in a non-conference game against a conference opponent at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
UMC had a good start to the game thanks to Harrison Cleary (Soph. Oak Creek, Wis) who scored eight of the first 11 Golden Eagle points and over five minutes into the game for an 11-8 lead.  UMC quit moving the ball and settled for three pointer shots and missed their next four shots, while Sioux Falls went on a 10-0 run.   The Cougars continued to expand their lead and reached double figures, where it stayed for the rest of the half, including a 38-24 lead going into halftime.   UMC struggled shooting the ball, only making 3 of 11 three-point attempts and 10 of 27 three pointers.  “Sioux Falls completely took away our offense in the first half,” said UMC Coach Dan Weisse. “They had some guys make some shots they normally wouldn’t, and we had some guys not make shots they normally would, so we figured something would give.”
Early in the second half, Sioux Falls had a 46-33 lead less than four minutes into the half.  In the first half, UMC’s Chase Knickerbocker (Jr. Annandale) had two or three shots go halfway down and pop out for a miss, but the coaching staff told him to keep shooting.  It was great advice, because Chase made back-to-back three pointers in a 30 second span to get the Golden Eagles within a seven-point (46-39) deficit.  Cleary scored the next six UMC points and the Sioux Falls lead was 48-45.  “We stuck with our offense.  We have a good offense and came out executing in the second half,” said Cleary in the KROX postgame show.  Knickerbocker followed with his third three pointer of the half to tie the game at 48 and after ties at 50 and 52, Sioux Falls scored the next four points for a 56-52 lead.  Once again, UMC answered with a big three-pointer, this time by Alan Hodge Jr. (Jr. Dallas, TX) and two free throws from Cleary for a Golden Eagle lead 57-56.  The teams would battle back and forth for a few minutes and with Sioux Falls leading 62-61, Gable Smith (Jr. Lodi, Wis) stole the ball and went in for a big two-handed dunk for a 63-62 lead with 3:06 left in the game.  “We had the momentum going and I knew they were going to run the play and I was helping off and I just bit on it knowing they wanted to get him an open look and I got it and threw it down,” said Smith in the KROX Radio postgame show. “It felt good to have the crowd cheering and to get the lead.”  Smith wasn’t done with the big plays as he took a charge on the defensive end, which led to a string of four straight Cleary free throws for a Golden Eagle five-point lead!  “We had a lot of guys stepping up on the defensive end tonight,” said Smith. “I saw the guy coming and got in position and took one for the team.” UMC’s lead was cut to one point with over a minute to go in the game and after a missed layup, Darin Viken (Jr. Fosston) grabbed an offensive rebound, made a shot in the paint for a 69-66 lead.  UMC made their free throws the rest of the way and held on to a big 79-74 victory.  “I would like to say it is all coaching, but our players made some great plays and played well in the second half,” said Coach Weisse. “This was a nice win because it shows we are changing the culture and we were able to win a game in the last five minutes.  We lost 9 of 11 games in the last five minutes of the game last year.  I am sure happy with our guys right now.”
UMC improves to 2-2 on the year and will travel to the University of Jamestown on Tuesday.  Sioux Falls drops to 3-1 on the year.

Alan Hodge Jr. with a reverse layup  Chase Knickerbocker drives by a Cougar defender





Sioux Falls

38 36 74


24 55 79

Harrison Cleary with a runner in the lane in the second half

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 33 6 8 Assists
Alan Hodge 20 3  
Chase Knickerbocker 17 6  
Gable Smith 4 9 3 Assists/2 Blocks
Chase Johnson 2    
Darin Viken 2 3
Ben Juhl 1    



Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmer, Kate MacGregor, broke her own school record in the 100 Backstroke by almost half a second, and advanced to the consolation finals of the Minnesota State High School League State Swimming and Diving meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.  “It feels pretty good because I have never made it to second day so it is an accomplishment and I am excited to go break my record again tomorrow,” said MacGregor after the race. “It is great, since I am a senior, to get another race and try to get under a minute.”
Kate, a senior captain, had a slow start, but recovered nicely and finished with new school record time of 1:00.47 which broke her previous record of 1:00.93. “I didn’t have a very great start, I went a little deep so I had to kick my way out to try to catch up again,” said MacGregor. “It was a very tough race with a lot of great competition.”
When asked if she knew she made the finals, MacGregor was surprised.  “I had no clue, I came up to my teammates (Merran Dingmann and Thea Oman) and they were cheering and I was like…why are you cheering,” said MacGregor. “I guess I got 15th so I am going on.  It was great.”
Crookston Pirate Girls Swim Coach was thrilled for MacGregor, knowing all her hard work has paid off with one more swim as a Pirate. “It is very exciting to have another goal achieved by Kate.  She is a spectacular swimmer as she continues to make strides,” said Coach Melbye. “You never know how long taper is going to last so it was great to see the improvement today. It is good to see that just working on backstroke the past week paid off and showing there is still room for growth. Kate has the goal to set the record again and she wants it to be under a minute and that is a 100 percent achievable goal for her.”
The finals for Class A State Swimming starts at Noon on Saturday.

              Kate pushes off the wall at the start of the 100 Backstroke

Pirate Event Time Place
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:00.47 15th

Kate swimming the 100 Backstroke   Kate getting a hug from Merran Dingmann as a Thea Oman is all smiles after the race





Led by 18 points from point guard Lindsay Winter (Sr., Clare, MI), #21 Michigan Tech comfortably carried a strong-shooting first half into a 68-52 victory of Minnesota Crookston in the Golden Eagles season opener from Lysaker Gymnasium.
In the opening quarter, both teams traded points as the two sides found their footing. Brenna Heise (Sr., New London, WI) opened the scoring with a finish in the paint on the Huskies opening possession. Isieoma Odor (Jr., Bloomington) responded by sinking a pair of free-throws after earning a trip to the line following a foul on her first lay-up attempt. Michigan Tech failed to regain the lead on their next possession, but a steal by Lindsay Winter allowed to Kelli Guy (Sr., Kalkaska, MI) to earn an easy finish in transition to spark a seven-point run for Michigan Tech and provide the Huskies with a lead they would not relinquish in the remaining 37:08 of play. Caitlin Michaels (Jr., Marshfield, WI) buried a jumper just shy of the final minute of the first quarter, but the visitors still managed to exit the first period of play with a 19-13 advantage.
Guy nailed a triple to start the scoring in the second quarter and give the Huskies a 9-poinninet lead. Heise tacked on a lay-up as Michigan Tech’s lead expanded to 24-13. UMC was limited to just 10 shots in the second quarter as the Huskies took their largest lead of the game, up to that point, into the locker room following a three-pointer from Guy and a buzzer-beating lay-in by Abbie Botz (Soph, Little Chute, WI) to put Michigan Tech ahead 40-26 at half-time.  “They got a couple rebounds, where they had stronger hands than we did, got a kick out got the three,” said UMC head coach Mike Roysland. “We didn’t quite close out a couple shooters far enough, another 6 inches and she doesn’t get the shot off, but that’s six inches you can’t afford to be too late on. Right at the end, our big was a little late on the switch. I thought we were almost fighting our self both on the offensive side and the defensive side.”
Michigan Tech looked poised to run UMC out of their own gym in the third quarter as Michelle LaFave (Jr., Escanaba, MI) buried a mid-range jump shot to put the visitors ahead 48-32 with 2:28 in the third quarter. Emily Gruber (Sr., Monticello) answered for the Golden Eagles, nailing the team’s first three-pointer of the game, which Amber Schoenicke (Soph., Marshall, WI) matched with a lay-up through contact, earning the back-up forward a trip to the free-throw line, which she converted to cut the deficit back down to 10. Michigan Tech’s defense provided one last spark in the third quarter to ensure the upset bid UMC was threatening with would come up short. Kelli Guy took the ball away from UMC’s Abby Guidinger (Fr., Waukesha, WI) and passed it ahead to Baillie McGirk (Soph., Rockford, IL) who missed a jumper from just inside the free-throw line, but chased down her own shot and kicked it to Lindsay Winter, who found Guy open off a screen and drilled a triple just before the buzzer sounded to give the Huskies a 51-38 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of play.  “We were getting stops and we were making some play at the offensive end,” Rosyland shared about his team’s ability to close the gap in the third quarter. “Ultimately the game comes down to can you get stops and can you get scores and in that particular run, that’s exactly what was taking place.”
Ugly shooting and tired legs prevailed in the fourth quarter as both teams exchanged missed shots and fouls allowing the Huskies to keep their distance and ultimately pull away late for a 68-52 win.  “Every time we tried to make a run, we just couldn’t get it past that 10-point mark,” Roysland shared afterward. “I thought the kids held tough, there wasn’t any quit. There were some really golden opportunities, we left a lot of shots right at the rim and another that really hurt us at different times was not being able to pull the ball away with two hands.
UMC drops to 0-1 on the year and they will host Northern Michigan on Saturday.  Michigan Tech improves to 4-0.

Emily Gruber looks to pass to a teammate

Box Score

1 2




Michigan Tech

19 21 11 17 68


13 13 12 14 52

Isieoma Odor makes a move in the post

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 13 11 2 Assists
Miceala Noga 9 8  
Caitlin Michaelis 8    
Stephanie McWilliams 5   2 Assists
Emily Gruber 5 5 2 Assists
Abby Guidinger 4 2 Blocks
Ali Schoenicke 4    
Lindsey Weber 2    
Paige Weakley 2    



University of Minnesota Crookston football player Adam Connette (Sr., WR, Corona, Calif.) has signed a contract to play for the Helsinki Roosters of the Vaahteraliiga in Finland. The team is based in Helsinki, Finland. Connette will join his brother and former Duke University and Fresno State University quarterback Brandon Connette. Brandon Connette played last season for the Roosters.
Connette will report to the Helsinki Roosters in January after finishing his degree in communication from Minnesota Crookston in December.  “
Adam is a great athlete and very shifty wide receiver,” said Helsinki Roosters Head Coach Juha Hakala. “He will be a great addition to our wide receiver position group, which we are rebuilding heavily under this winter. Also with his experience as wide receiver, I’m sure that he can also give back to our younger guys and also make players around him still even better.
Connette ended his career as the all-time leading receiver in Minnesota Crookston football program history with 242 receptions for 2,781 yards and 23 receiving touchdowns. All three marks were career marks for the Golden Eagles. He was a three-time All-NSIC pick, earning All-NSIC First Team honors as a senior. Connette also goes down as second all-time in NSIC history with his 242 receptions and eighth all-time in receiving yards with his 2,781 yards. As a senior, he had 65 catches for 718 yards and nine touchdowns. Connette also holds all the single-season receiving marks for the Golden Eagles.






The Stephen-Argyle Storm with their State semi-final trophy after the game

The Stephen-Argyle Storm couldn’t contain the #1 ranked Spring Grove Lion’s Alex Folz as the 5’10, 200-pound junior quarterback ran for 175 yards and four touchdowns while passing for 214 yards on the way to a 27-7 victory in Minnesota State 9-Man Football semi-final game played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Spring Grove started the game with the ball and had a nice drive of nine yards going when they had a third down and four yards from the Storm nine-yard line.  Folz ran the ball and Zachary Fincher and Joston Hoeper came up with a stop for a gain of one to force a fourth down and three.  Folz kept the ball again and Fincher and Isaac Durand came up with a stop and dropped Folz for a loss of four yards and Stephen-Argyle got the ball on a turnover on downs. 
On the first play of the Storm drive, Hoeper ran for four yards and Stoene Spilde took the handoff on the second play of the series and ran 84 yards for a touchdown and Stephen-Argyle jumped out to a 7-0 lead, after a Colin Neuschwander extra point, half way through the first quarter. “Stoene has had a fantastic year and I thought he played a tough game,” said Storm Coach Ethan Marquis. “Stone, as usual was tough today and that was a nice run.”
Spring Grove answered on the ensuing drive with an 11 play 58-yard drive that was sparked by great mix of passing and rushing before Folz capped the drive with a four yard run and an extra point kick to tie the game at 7-7 with 1:27 left in the opening quarter.  Neither team scored in the second quarter as both teams defenses came up with some big plays, including the Storm blocking a 36-yard field goal attempt and on another drive, Stephen-Argyle came up with a stop on a fourth down and one play.  Stephen-Argyle had nice 11 play drive going towards the end of the first half and had the ball down to the Spring Grove 15-yard line and on a fourth and eight-play, they threw an interception and the teams went into halftime tied at 7-7.
The third quarter belonged to Spring Grove and their quarterback, Alex Folz.  Spring Grove scored on all three of their drives in the quarter with drives of 94, 50 and 79 yards with Folz scoring three more touchdowns on runs of 7, 8 and 14 to give the Lions a 27-7 lead with 13 seconds left in the quarter.  “We played too much defense because of our offense,” said Coach Marquis.  “We struggled moving the ball and couldn’t find a way to hold on and move the ball.”
In the fourth quarter, Stephen-Argyle was looking for a spark and had a big interception from Wyatt Hamre with seven minutes remaining in the game.  Stephen-Argyle wasn’t able to take advantage and Spring Grove held on the rest of the way for a 27-7 victory.  “Spring Grove is a very good team and they proved that today,” said Coach Marquis. “It is a rough way to end, but I am proud of the guys and their effort all season long.”
Stephen-Argyle’s season comes to an end with a record of 11-2 and they will say goodbye to six seniors (Stoene Spilde, Austin Szczepanski, Wyatt Hamre, Kyler Szczepanski, Joachim Kazmierczak, and Zachary Fincher). “I am very proud of the team and our six seniors.  They played tough today and they had a great year,” said Coach Marquis. “They brought a lot of excitement this year and we are going to miss them very much.”
Spring Grove improves to 13-0 and will play in the state championship game on Friday, November 24.

Kyler Szczepanski breaks a tackle on a run    Ashton Safranski with one of his four punts

Box Score


2nd 3rd 4th


Spring Grove 7 0 20 0 27
Stephen-Argyle 7 0 0 0 7

Joachim Kazmierczak with a tackle     Stoene Spilde looks for some room on a carry

1st Quarter
6:18  -Stephen-Argyle -  Stoene Spilde 84 yard run  (Collin Neuschwander kick)
10:33 -  Spring Grove -  Alex Folz  4 yard  run   (Alex Folz kick)

2nd Quarter
No Scoring

3rd Quarter
5:20 -  Spring Grove -  Alex Folz  7  yard run  (Alex Folz kick)
9:21 -  Spring Grove -  Alex Folz  8 yard run  (Alex Folz kick)
11:47 - Spring Grove - Alex Folz 14 yard run  (pass failed)

4th Quarter
No Scoring

The Stephen-Argyle crowd cheering on the boys in the state semi-finals

  Stephen-Argyle Spring Grove
First Downs 6 22
Rushing-Yards 148 222
Passing 2-10-1 17-23-1
Passing Yards 21 214
Total Yards 169 436
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0
Penalties-Yards 1-5 1-6
Punts-Yards Ave. 6-35 0


Stephen-Argyle Spring Grove
Stoene Spilde       7-109 Alex Folz       29-175
Kyler Szczepanski   9-29 Cullen Patterson   11-33
Joston Hoeper          8-16 Noah Elton          2-16
Hunter Yutrzenka      7-(-6)  


Hunter Yutrzenka     2-10-1    21 yards

Alex Folz           17-23-1    214 yards


Kyler Szczepanski    1-17 Noah Elton     6-127
Wyatt Hamre     1-4 Adin Solum    4-43
  Luke Schneider    3-16
  Cullen Patterson   2-19
  Sam Sanness    2-9




The Polar North Volleyball Conference has announced their All-Conference team and the Crookston Pirates had four girls named to the team.   Teagen Carlstrom and Rachel Hefta were named to the All-Conference team and Kylie Solheim and Katelyn Wagner were named All-Conference Honorable Mention.  The All-Conference and Honorable Mention teams are listed below-

Kylie Solheim, Katelynn Wagner, Teagen Carlstrom and Rachel Hefta

Player Name School Grade
1  Teagan Carlstrom Crookston 12
2  Rachel Hefta Crookston 11
3  Livia Pesch East Grand Forks 12
4  Julia Warmack East Grand Forks 12
5  Julia Bernstein Red Lake County Central 11
6  Jenna Pahlen Red Lake County Central 10
7  Megan LaCrosse Red Lake Falls 12
8  Emma Duden Red Lake Falls 12
9  Ivy Edwards Sacred Heart 10
10  Molly Hanson Sacred Heart 12
11  Jessica Remer Sacred Heart 11
12  Kylea Praska Thief River Falls 12
13  Kendra Wiggs Thief River Falls 12
14  Kaitlynn Johnson WAO 12

2017 Honorable Mention
Player Name School Grade
1  Kylie Solheim Crookston 11
2  Katelyn Wagner Crookston 12
3  Natalie Carlstrom East Grand Forks 12
4  Tyra Chupka East Grand Forks 12
5  Hannah Kolstoe Red Lake County Central 12
6  Calyssa Eskeli Red Lake County Central 10
7  Madison Derosier Red Lake Falls 12
8  Hannah Hollcraft Sacred Heart 12
9  Maddi Mitzel Sacred Heart 10
10  Katelyn Rudolph Sacred Heart 12
11  Holly Steer WAO 12





The Polk County West Football team handed out awards at their end of the year banquet this week.

Team awards:
Andrew Mathison, Will Fritz and Dominic Meine - Co Mr. Practice
Will White - Mr. Defense
Grant Sullivan - ACE Thunder
Matt Knutson - Mr. Offense
Isaiah Bartels - Mr. Lineman
Myles Smith - Most Improved
Sam Gapp - Rookie of the Year. 

Andrew Mathison, Will White, Grant Sullivan, Matt Knutson, Isaiah Bartels, Dominic Meine, Myles Smith, Sam Gapp.  Not pictured - Will Fritz.

Matt Knutson (left) and Isaiah Bartels (right) were both awarded Northwest Football District All-District Team and All-Section 8A Football Team.  Gerardo Vasquez (not pictured) was named Honorable Mention for the Northwest Football All-District Team.






The University of Minnesota Crookston football program tied a school-record with five players earning six All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) awards as released Wednesday afternoon by the conference office.
The Golden Eagles had two players honored as All-NSIC North First Team recipients with Adam Connette (Sr., WR, Corona, Calif.) named as a wide receiver, and Rod Stewart (Jr., WR, Fort Worth, Texas) earning the award as a return specialist. Stewart was also name All-NSIC North Second Team as a wide receiver. The two All-NSIC First Team selections marks the first time since 2001 that the Golden Eagles had multiple players earn All-NSIC First Team.
In 2001, the Golden Eagles had Derek Dehn, Paul Detloff, Phil Hatcher and Neil Austin all garner All-NSIC First Team accolades. Connette and Stewart are the first All-NSIC First Team picks since Greg Lofquist was selected All-NSIC First Team as a linebacker in 2014.
In addition to Connette and Stewart, Austin Howard (Sr., DL, New Albany, Miss.) was selected as All-NSIC Second Team. Stephen Day (Jr., P, Eveleth, Minn.) and Will Cole (Jr., DB, Compton, Calif.) rounded out the Minnesota Crookston contingent as All-NSIC North Honorable Mention selections.

Connette is a three-time All-NSIC honoree, earning All-NSIC Second Team honors as a sophomore and All-NSIC Honorable Mention accolades as a junior. Connette will go down as one of the best receivers in the history of the NSIC. The native of Corona, Calif., is second all-time in NSIC history for receptions with 242. In addition, his 2,781 yards ranks eighth all-time in conference history for receiving yards. Connette’s marks are the best in Minnesota Crookston history as he shattered records set by Golden Eagle greats Mark Olsonawski and Carl Aho last season. He tied the receiving touchdowns mark of 23 receptions, set by Aho, in his final game of his career. Connette also holds school records for receiving touchdowns in a season, receptions in a season and receiving yards in a season. Connette had 65 catches for 718 yards and nine touchdowns during his final season in the Maroon and Gold.  

Stewart is a first-time All-NSIC honoree, having earned first team honors as a return specialist and second team accolades as a wide receiver. Stewart led the league in all-purpose yardage and was second in the conference in kick return average with 28.3 yards per return. Stewart ended the season 18th in the nation for kickoff returns. The highlight of the season for Stewart came on a 94-yard kickoff return to pay dirt against Minnesota State University Moorhead. He also returns of 55 yards, 43 yards and 42 yards on the season. Stewart also had a great season as a wide receiver, as he notched 47 catches for 63 yards and five touchdowns. He continues to move up the charts for Minnesota Crookston. Stewart is fourth all-time for receptions with 115. He needs 21 to surpass Carl Aho for third next season. He is also fourth for receiving yards with 1,478 yards. Stewart needs 152 yards to surpass Mark Olsonawski for third for receiving yards.

Howard had a strong senior season at defensive end for Minnesota Crookston. He led defensive linemen with 59 tackles on the season. In addition, he led the team with 11.5 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Howard also tallied three quarterback hurries. The native of New Albany, Miss., was fifth in the league for tackles for loss. Howard ended his career with 75 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and six sacks.

Cole is also a first-time All-NSIC honoree having earned honorable mention accolades. The product of Compton, Calif., was second on the team with 85 tackles. He also notched 3.5 tackles for loss and had a team-leading three interceptions on the season. Cole added four pass break-ups on the season to his repertoire.

Day is also a first-time All-NSIC honoree having earned honorable mention accolades, as well. The native of Eveleth, Minn., is the school’s all-time leading punter. Day had 77 punts for an average of 38.3 yards per punt. He had a long punt of 77 against University of Mary. He also had a punt of 71 yards versus Minnesota State University. Day had 16 punts inside the 20 and 11 punts over 50 yards. He was eighth in the league for punting average.

L to R: Austin Howard, Rod Stewart, Will Cole, Stephen Day and Adam Connette (Picture by Shawn Smith)





The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team recently held their end of the year banquet and handed out the following team awards -

Varsity Awards -
Most Valuable Player – Drew Dragseth
MVP Offense – Eric Delorme
MVP Defense – Dilon Owens
Most Improved – Brock Heppner
Hardest Worker – Ben Brantner
Best Leadership – Alex LaFrance
Rookie of the Year –
Casey Tiedemann

JV Awards -
Most Valuable Player – Noah Dragseth
MVP Offense – Kaleb Thingelstad
MVP Defense – Mason Owens
Most Improved – Drake Lord
Hardest Working – Gavin Anderson
Best Leadership – Andrew MacGregor
Rookie of the Year –
Zachary Tahran

Captains for 2018 – Seniors - Dilon Owens and Brock Heppner.  Junior -  Isaiah Barlow





The University of Minnesota Crookston Volleyball team announced the signing of Porsha Porath (OH, 6-1, Windom, Minn./Windom H.S.) and Hannah Stark (OH, 5-10, Esko, Minn./Esko H.S.) to National Letters of Intent. Porath and Stark are the first two signees of the Sarah Rauen era of Minnesota Crookston volleyball.  “We are excited to add both Porsha and Hann to the Golden Eagle Volleyball family,” said Head Coach Sarah Rauen. “Both players are great athletes and amazing people, and we can’t wait until they are on campus with us. After graduating three outside hitters this year both will help us add depth to that position.”

Porsha Porath (OH, 6-1, Windom, Minn./Windom H.S.)
Porath notched 369 kills as a senior for Windom High School. She was named All-Big South Conference during her senior season. Porath broke the school record for career kills Sept. 7, 2017 as she notched her 1,292nd kill of her career. She has tallied 1,595 career kills at Windom High School. As a junior, Porath was selected All-Big South Conference and Worthington Daily Globe All-Area. She reached her 1,000th kill as a junior for Windom High School. Porath was also named All-Big South Conference, All-Area and MN Class A All-State as a sophomore. As a freshman, she was named All-Area Second team and All-Big South Conference Honorable Mention. She was a five-year starter and letter winner at Windom High School. Porath was named to the Minnesota Class A Showcase All-Tournament Team as a sophomore. She was selected as one of the Top 75 juniors by Minnesota Breakdown in 2016. Porath competed at the club level as a sophomore and junior for Kairos Elite Volleyball Club in Sioux Falls, S.D. As an eighth grader and ninth grader, she competed for Southwest Minnesota Juniors out of Marshall, Minn. Porath previously participated in hockey and track and field. “Porsha brings height and dynamic athleticism to our outside hitter position,” Rauen said. “We are excited to get her in a Golden Eagle uniform. I have had a chance to watch her play over the past few years and believe she has a great career ahead of her. Porsha’s volleyball experience, strength and jumping ability will help her adjust to the college game quickly.”
She is the daughter of Paul and Kristen Porath. She has two younger brothers Tylan and Cragen. She competitively raced go-karts when she was younger. Her brother continued to race until he was 12-years old. She enjoys to watch spring car racing during the summer. Porath was a member of the Windom High School choir and girl’s pop group. She was born Feb. 23, 2000. She plans to major in health management.

Hannah Stark (OH, 5-10, Esko, Minn./Esko H.S.)
Stark was an All-Polar League First Team pick as a junior and senior. She earned All-Polar League Honorable Mention during her sophomore season. Stark earned Best Offensive Player honors for Esko High School as a junior. She also played softball for Esko High School. Stark earned Second Team All-Polar League honors as a junior softball player. She was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the Esko High School softball team as a junior. Stark played at the club level for Northland Volleyball Club. As a junior, she tallied 313 kills for 3.8 kills per set and hit .207 on the season. Stark added 193 digs and 40 aces in 83 sets played. As a senior, tallied 25 kills versus Virginia High School. She picked up matches with 18 kills twice against Cloquet High School. She also competes in basketball. “Hannah will add explosive strength to our outside hitter position, and will increase the level of competition in our gym,” Rauen said. “Being a successful three-sport athlete has her ready to make huge strides as she focuses in on volleyball. Working with Hannah at camp allowed us to see that she will fit in well with her program, and we can’t wait to get her in our gym training.”
Stark is the daughter of Joe and Betsy Stark. She plans to major in business. Stark was born Dec. 10, 1999. Her uncle Tom Stark played football at St. Cloud State University.

                Porsha Porath                                   Hannah Stark signs her letter of intent





The #5 ranked East Grand Forks Green Wave provided a rough welcome to open the Crookston Pirates Girls hockey season as Kylie Stauss scored a hat-trick to lead the Green Wave to a 10-0 win in a Section 8A match-up at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
East Side wasted little time opening the scoring as Cynthia Loven finished a top-shelf shot glove side off an assist from Madison McDonald to give the Green Wave a lead 50 seconds into the game. Nicole Schlenk tallied the second goal of the opening period, tapping home a loose puck in the crease off a rebounded shot from teammate Livia Pesch allowing EGF to take a 2-0 lead 5:05 into the game. The final goal of the first period was scored by Kylie Stauss, who blasted an excellent feed from Madison McDonald to close out the opening frame’s scoring 10:09 into the game. “We did a lot of running around that first period,” Pirates head coach Jaclyn Martin said afterward. “Jitters and nerves and really not knowing, I mean coming from 10U hockey, you really don’t know a lot of system play and you just kind of play hockey and I think a lot of them learned what their job was (in that first period).”
The Crookston Pirate defense managed to provide a strong resistance early in the second period, but Kylie Stauss managed to breakthrough for her second goal 3:35 into the period thanks to a pair of passes from Sydney Hjelle and Maddie Lubinski to give the Green Wave a 4-0 edge. The Pirates would keep their net clean for nearly 7-straight minutes before Livia Pesch scored a shorthanded goal during an East Side penalty kill that looked more like a power play for the section 8A preseason favorites to give EGF a 5-0 lead. The Green Wave would close out the final minutes of the period with authority and a pair of goal in the final 3 minutes before intermission. Kylie Stauss completed her hat-trick with assists from Lexi Estad and Sydney Hjelle before Nicole Schlenk converted a pass from Avery Kovar into a goal to give East Grand Forks a 7-0 edge at the end of two periods. “Play your position, don’t worry about the other girl’s job, she’ll get there if she’s caught or what not,” coach Martin shared with her team after the period. “We certainly got a lot of experience on the defensive end.”
Both teams looked fatigued throughout a sloppy third period which featured a game-low 17 shots for the Green Wave countered by a game-high three shots in the third period which was played with a running clock. Cynthia Loven bookended her two-goal night with a net-finding wrist shot 2:25 into the final 17 minutes following a dish from Tyra Chupka. Kendra Emerey scored her first goal of the night with 10 minutes to play before Tyra Chupka found the net with a goal to go with her third period assist, finishing the night’s scoring with East Grand Forks closing out the 10-0 win.
Crookston’s lone senior and goaltender Brelee Jobe performed admirably in net and was peppered with 80 shots throughout the night. Jobe managed 70 saves to keep the contest competitive for the Pirates.  “I don’t think I’ve seen shots like that in a high school hockey game, ever,” Martin said of the onslaught her net-minder faced. “For her to be on like that, and she needed to be, and that’s just great to see. She’s certainly going to win us some hockey games here and keep us in some games.”
Going forward, Martin would like to see the players in front of Jobe make their goalies’ job a bit easier, “we need to do a better job of blocking those shots and clearing those rebounds so she doesn’t get peppered with shot after shot.”
With the loss, Crookston drops to 0-1 and will travel to Fergus Falls on Saturday with the Riverview Health Pregame Show beginning at 11:30 on KROX.
East Grand Forks improves to 2-0 on the year.

   Brelee Jobe with one of her 70 saves in the game for the Pirates

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
East Grand Forks 3 4 3 10

 Maddie Salentine controls the puck as a Green Wave chases her

1st Period
0:50 - EGF - Cynthia Loven (Madison McDonald)
5:05 - EGF - Nicole Schlenk (Livia Pesch)
10:09 - EGF - Kylie Stauss (Madison McDonald)

2nd Period
3:35 - EGF - Kylie Stauss (Sydney Hjelle, Maddie Lubinski)
9:48 - EGF - Livia Pesch (Maddie Lubinski) (SH)
14:01 - EGF - Kylie Stauss (Lexi Estad, Sydney Hjelle)
15:09 - EGF - Nicole Schlenk (Avery Kovar)

3rd Period
2:25 - EGF - Cynthia Loven (Tyra Chupka)
7:00 - EGF - Kendra Emery (Meghan Weber, Kylie Stauss)
11:53 - EGF - Tyra Chupka (Cynthia Loven, Madison McDonald)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brelee Jobe - Crookston 26 27 17 70
McKenzie Wahlen - EGF 0 2 3 5



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team scored 100 points for the second time this season, but this time they came away with a win as they cruised past Oak Hills Bible College of Bemidji 104-68 in a non-conference and home opening game played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
The Golden Eagles had the start they wanted with a basket from Gable Smith (Jr. Lodi, Wis), a free throw from Chase Knickerbocker (Jr. Annandale) and a three pointer by Alan Hodge Jr. (Jr. Dallas, Texas) for a 6-0 lead four minutes into the game.  Oak Hills answered with seven straight points in less than a minute to take a 7-6 lead.  UMC responded with a Knickerbocker three pointer to regain the lead.  UMC responded with some solid defense and built a 19-11 lead halfway through the first half.  Oak Hills battled back with a 6-4 run to get within a 23-17 deficit with 7:30 left in the first half.  UMC picked up their offense and over the final seven minutes of the half and they started to get more points in the paint, including a nice reverse layup by Ben Juhl (Fresh. Clive, IA).  The Golden Eagles ended the half on a 19-7 run and took a 42-24 lead into halftime. "I thought early on we were taking the first shot and we weren't getting reversals and working the ball back and forth.  We started getting more aggressive late in the half and that helped us create some separation," said UMC Coach Dan Weisse. "Defensively we started to play a little better as the half went along, but we needed to clean things up."
Five minutes into the second half, UMC had built a 61-31 lead by going on a 19-7 run to start the half.  The Golden Eagles went a little deeper to the bench and the play started to get a little open gym-like, but UMC got 13 points in 12 minutes of play from Aaron Hollcraft (Jr. Crookston). "Hollcraft did a nice job for us," said Coach Weisse. "It is nice to see the guys off the bench play well." Another local product, Darin Viken (Jr. Fosston) came off the bench and grabbed six rebounds and scored four points in 22 minutes of play and Juhl had 16 points and four assists in 23 minutes as UMC cruised to a 104-68 victory.  "We were happy with the win and offensively we played pretty well, but we need to come up with some more stops on defense," said Coach Weise. "On Thursday (the next practice) we will be talking defense a lot.  It is nice to get the first home game under our belt and get that first win."
UMC improves to 1-2 on the year and will host the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday.  Oak Hills Bible College drops to 1-4 on the year.

Ben Juhl goes in for a reverse layup   Gable Smith with a shot in the paint

Box Score




Oak Hills

24 44 68


42 62 104

Aaron Hollcraft cuts to the basket   Harrison Cleary with a basket

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alan Hodge Jr. 23 3 2 Assists
Harrison Cleary 17   3 Assists
Ben Juhl 16   4 Steals
Aaron Holcraft 13    
Chase Knickerbocker 12 3  
Gable Smith 8 7  
Javier Nicolau 5 3
Darin Viken 4 6  
Nate Lorenz 4    
Gabrys Sadaunykas 2    



The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team has been honored by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association with a Silver Academic Award for having a team GPA of 3.5 to 3.74.
23 teams from Northwest Minnesota received the Gold or Silver Academic awards and they are listed below -

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team (taken early in the year) (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Gold Award (3.75 – 4.0 Team GPA)   SILVER Award (3.50 – 3.74 Team GPA)
Ada-Borup/NCW   Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
Barnesville   Breckenridge
Bemidji   Crookston
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton   Mahnomen
East Grand Forks   Park Rapids
Fertile-Beltrami   Sacred Heart
Fosston   Staples-Motley
Kittson County Central   Warroad
Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal    
Red Lake Falls    
Thief River Falls    




Three area high school volleyball players have been named to the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association All State Volleyball team.
Stephen-Argyle Central’s Abigail (Abi) McGlynn was named to the Class A All-State first team.  McGlynn, a junior, had 454 kills and now has 1,542 in her career.  She had 141 digs on the year and has 502 in her career.  She had 69 blocks this year and now has 184 career blocks.  And she added 29 aces for 96 in her career.  “Abi has started on Varsity since about half-way through her 8th grade year,” said Storm Volleyball Coach Renae Lindgren.  “Abi has a quick approach with a powerful arm-swing.  She gets high into the air with a vertical of 23".  On the court she is a very positive and energetic player.  She is a threat from anywhere on the court.

Wadena-Deer Creek’s Casey Volkmann was also named to the Class A All-State first team.
Paige Fabre of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton was named to the Class AA All-State 1st team and UMC Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball recruit, Bren Fox of Norwood-Young America was named to the Class AA All-State Honorable Mention team.

Abi McGlynn with her All-State award





A day after the Section 8A Girls Swimming and Diving meet, Crookston Pirate Swimmers, Kate MacGregor and Merran Dingmann, signed National Letters of Intent to continue their swimming career next year at Minnesota State University Moorhead.  They will join former Pirate teammate, Haley Roed, who is a sophomore on the Dragon Swim team and follow their high school coach, Marley Melbye, who swam for the Dragons in college. "It is a very exciting day.  The girls have loved swimming all of their lives and you can tell they love this sport and the water and it is great to see their goals and dreams achieved and they get to continue doing something they love the next four years," said Crookston Pirate Girls Swim coach Marley Melbye. "It is nice because MSUM is close to home and it is a growing team and they are more competitive than ever before.  These girls will fit in, just like Haley has.  They have sacrificed a lot of free time, social time to do something they love and to see their success is a lot of fun.  It is bittersweet to see them go because they will leave a great legacy with a lot of records that will probably be around for a long time."

Kate MacGregor and Merran Dingmann sign their letters of intent

Kate MacGregor -

Kate will compete at her fifth straight Minnesota Swim meet next weekend after she broke school records in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and was part of the school record breaking 200 Medley Relay team (Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman, and Elizabeth Erdman) on Saturday at the Section 8A Swim meet.  As an eighth grader, Kate was part of the 200 Freestyle Relay that competed at state.  As a Freshman, she swam in the 100 Butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 free relay.  As a Sophomore she swam in the state meet in the 200 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle relays and the 100 backstroke.  Last year she swam in 400 freestyle relay, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.  As a senior she will swim in the 100 backstroke after winning the section championship and breaking her own school record in the process.  Kate also finished third place in the 100 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay, and she was part of the fifth place 200 medley relay team.  "It feels good (to sign), I am really happy to be swimming somewhere because it was my goal and I am happy it is at Moorhead," said MacGregor. "It was a pretty easy decision, ever since third or fourth grade, I have been going to some camps and I knew I wanted to swim and I really like the team and it is close to home."  Kate is looking at majoring in Art Education. 

Merran Dingmann-
At the Section 8A meet on Saturday, she was part of the third place 400 freestyle relay team, she finished fourth in the 200 IM, she was part of the fifth place 200 medley relay team and seventh place in the 100 backstroke while placing in all four of her events.  She was on the 400 freestyle relay team that made it to state as a junior and she was on the 200 Medley team that set a new school record on Saturday. "It feels great.  I am excited to start swimming and studying at MSUM," said Dingmann. "I went on an official visit this fall and got to see their everyday lives and it was exciting to see that and I liked the atmosphere."  Merran added that knowing Haley Roed is swimming for the Dragons and Kate will be swimming next year was a factor in her decision. "It did have a big factor because it is comforting to know that I will have people that I am close to already and I can easily blend in with the team," said Dingmann. "I am not really sure what I want to do (major in) yet, but I am glad MSUM has a lot of options so I can figure out art or education or something like that."

Kate and Merran at their signing ceremony on Sunday afternoon




The University of Minnesota Crookston softball team announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letter of Intents. The Golden Eagles inked Hannah Macias (OF, 5-2, West Covina, Calif./South Hills H.S.), Leah Macias (OF, 5-2, West Covina, Calif./South Hills H.S.) and Darian Pancirov (RHP/1B, 5-10, Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman H.S.).  “I am very pleased with this early signing period,” said Head Coach Don Stopa. “All three players that will join our program next fall have the skills and athleticism to be impact players for this team for the next four years. They play in places that have great year-round weather and bring a lot of high level player experience as true freshmen.”

Hannah Macias (OF, 5-2, West Covina, Calif./South Hills H.S.)
Macias played prep softball for South Hills High School where she was named to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section All-Academic Team. Macias also played club softball for the Heybucket Softball Club and played with the Minors Gold 18-U. She has played two years of varsity softball. Last season, she notched four runs and one RBI.
She is the daughter of Michael and Jayme Macias. Her twin sister Leah Macias also signed with the Golden Eagles. She was born June 3, 2000. Hannah comes from a softball family as two of her older sisters have played college softball. Her sister Sarah Macias played at Wayne State College, while her sister Rachel Macias currently plays at Morningside College. Hannah plans to major in Early Childhood Education.

Leah Macias (OF, 5-2, West Covina, Calif./South Hills H.S.)
Macias played prep softball for South Hills High School where she was also named to the CIF Southern Section All-Academic Team. She also played club softball for Heybucket and Minors Gold 18-U. Macias scored six runs last season with seven RBI’s and one home run. She has played two years of varsity softball. She is the daughter of Michael and Jayme Macias. Her twin sister Hannah Macias also signed with the Golden Eagles. She was born June 3, 2000. Leah comes from a softball family as two of her older sisters have played college softball. Her sister Sarah Macias played at Wayne State College, while her sister Rachel Macias currently plays at Morningside College. Leah plans to major in early childhood education. “Getting one good athlete is a plus, getting her twin sister too is a huge plus,” Stopa said. “Hannah and Leah are great athletes that play a great club schedule with the HeyBucket/Minor’s Gold program. They have played softball at a very high level and have faced a lot of great competition year round. I think they will be ready to jump right in at the college level.”

Darian Pancirov (RHP/1B, 5-10, Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman H.S.)
Pancirov has played high school softball for Bishop Gorman High School. She also competed on the club level for the Las Vegas Lil’ Rebels and the Las Vegas Blast 18-U. She was named the Most Valuable Player on defense for Bishop Gorman High School and was her team’s Player of the Year. In addition, she was an All-Sunset 4A Region Honorable Mention pick. She has maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom. She has been a two-year starter for Bishop Gorman High School.
Pancirov was born Feb. 14, 2000. She is the daughter of Michael and Tina Pancirov. She plans to major in health sciences. Pancirov’s mother Tina played softball at Vanguard University. Her dad Michael is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. In addition, her brother Gavin a sophomore defensive lineman just down the road at University of Jamestown. “Darian is a two-way player that has skills to get it done in the circle and at the plate,” Stopa said. “As a pitcher, I think Darian has a chance to be a great college pitcher right away. She is tall, has good velocity and has played a great year-round schedule in the desert. She has learned how to get great hitters out. She is good defensively at first base, but her bat is better than good. She can hit and the ball jumps off her bat.”

Hannah and Leah Macias signing their National Letter of Intent   Darian Pancirov signs her NLI





The Northern State Wolves Nicholas Truen (Sr., White Bear Lake) racked up a career-high 252 yards rushing and five touchdowns on their way to a 62-20 victory over the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Football team on Senior Day in the season finale at Ed Widseth Field in Crookston.
Northern State began the opening drive at their own 43-yard line with UMC’s defense looking to force a three-and-out as NSU faced third down and 6. Nelson Uzonwa (Fr., Lagos, Nigeria) was flagged for pass interference following a deep shot down the sideline that gifted Northern State a fresh set of downs which the Wolves capitalized on. Three plays after the penalty, quarterback Hunter Trautman (Fr., St. Francis) hooked up with tight end Cody Kraft (Sr., Timberlake, SD) for a 33-yard touchdown reception as the 250-pound receiver turned up field and outran the Golden Eagles’ secondary to give the visitors an early 7-0 lead.
UMC failed to pick up a first down on their first possession allowing Northern State to double their lead on their second possession as the reigning NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Nicholas Truen broke loose on a 69-yard carry to find the end zone for the first of his five scores, giving the Wolves a 14-0 edge less than 5 minutes into the game.
Minnesota Crookston managed to move the football on their second possession and appeared destined to cut their deficit in half facing third down and one yard from the NSU 10, but Jeremy Neuman’s (Fr., Andover) fade route throw to Rod Stewart (Jr., Fort Worth, TX) was underthrown allowing Etienne Ezeff (Jr., Santa Rosa, CA) to undercut the route and pick the ball off in the end zone for a touchback, keeping UMC off the scoreboard.
Northern State failed to capitalize on the takeaway, as Minnesota Crookston’s defense forced Northern State’s first punt of the first quarter, which Rod Stewart returned for 21 yards to the UMC 44-yard line.
After UMC crossed midfield following a Northern State personal foul penalty, the offense faced a fourth down and 8 from the NSU 39 and UMC head coach Mark Dufner kept his offense on the field. Neuman dropped back on fourth down and as pressure collapsed his protection and UMC’s quarterback forced an ill-advised throw over the middle that was intercepted by NSU’s Brian Sumption and returned for 65 yards to the UMC 18-yard line.
Northern State would not squander a second chance to score off a takeaway, scoring two plays later as Trautman found Cameron Eisenhauer (Sr., Santa Rosa, CA) open in the back corner of the end zone on a rollout to his left to put the Wolves ahead 21-0 to close out the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Truen scored his second touchdown on a 15-yard carry followed by Trautman’s third touchdown pass of the first half, delivering a strike to Eric Peterson (Sr., Fargo, ND) for an 8-yard score to put Northern State ahead 35-0. Truen completed his touchdown hat-trick in the first half with a 10-yard rush before kicker Nathan Shaw (Sr., Acworth, GA) drilled a 37-yard field goal to close out the first-half with the visitors leading 45-0.
Following a UMC three-and-out to open the second half, Northern State tacked on another Nathan Shaw field goal, this one from 34-yards away to increase the NSU lead to 48-0.
The Golden Eagles finally responded with their first score of the game as Jeremy Neuman connected with Rod Stewart for 10 yards on 3rd down, followed by a 36-yard bomb to the junior receiver to put UMC on the board 48-6 following a failed two-point conversion try.
Northern State answered back quickly as Truen capped off a drive in which he handled all three carries, the final rush good for 20 yards and his 4th touchdown of the afternoon to reestablish Northern State’s dominance 55-6.
Crookston opened the playbook on their subsequent offensive play as Neuman tossed a pass behind him and to converted quarterback and current wide receiver Tommy Singer (Sr., Apple Valley) took the lateral and looked downfield where he dropped a perfect throw to wideout Lincoln Tappe (Jr., Aiea, HI) for a 69-yard double-pass score, giving Singer his first career touchdown pass in his final game as a Golden Eagle.  UMC head coach Mark Dufner was pleased with how that trickery played out for his side, “the offense has been working on that for a few weeks and it’s nice to be able to get (Singer) that particular play, but we were able to execute the play and that’s the most important part.”
Northern State scored their final touchdown of the season on their next possession as Truen took the final carry of his career 34-yards and into pay dirt for the fifth time in the game, likely earning Truen a second straight NSIC Offensive Player of the Week award.
The one bit of history left for Adam Connette (Sr., Corona, CA) to achieve in his record-breaking was the program’s touchdown record of 23 held by Carl Aho. Connette entered the game one shy of the all-time mark and it appeared that his chance to lead the program in receiving yards, receptions, and receiving touchdowns would come up just shy, but Minnesota Crookston saved their most meaningful offensive play of the season for their last offensive snap of the year.
With 4:15 left in the game, a short punt set UMC up at the NSU 30-yard line. On Minnesota Crookston’s last offensive play of the year, Jeremy Neuman dropped back and had time to deliver a bullet to Adam Connette, who found himself open between the hash marks and spun off a defender before extending the ball across the goal line for a touchdown on his 242nd and final reception of his career to tie Aho’s record with 23 career scoring catches. “Unreal for it to happen on a senior day, in the last game for me,” Connette said of his record-tying play, “I’m at a loss for words, no words really for how to explain it.”
Head coach Mark Dufner added, “it was a nice way to send him off.”
Dufner was pleased with how his team rebounded in the second-half despite a 48-0 deficit at the break, “we wanted to see what guys had heart and we played with some passion, we tried to play those 30 minutes to spring us into next year.” Dufner was proud to note, “we have a lot of good character here.”
UMC’s offensive leader both on and off the field over the past four years, Adam Connette, acknowledged that the final record didn’t play out as he’d hoped, but made it clear that the program is headed in the right direction after several consecutive difficult seasons, “it doesn’t show it on our record, but from where when we went winless last year we’ve made huge jumps as a team.”
Linebacker Chuck Lofquist (Sr., South St. Paul), who also wrapped up his career against Northern State, acknowledged the struggles the program has faced during his time, but was quick to make one thing clear, “it’s been fun, it’s been challenging, it’s been the biggest challenge of my life, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
As Minnesota Crookston says goodbye to a senior class that has faced as much adversity as any team in the country, coach Dufner was quick to acknowledge what these veterans have meant to UMC football, “we’ve got a ways to go here yet and it would have been easy for these guys to pitch a tent early in their career, but the thing these guys learned here in football is going to carry into life.” Dufner added, “those guys didn’t necessarily win on the field, but they’re going to be successful in life.”
The Golden Eagles end their second straight winless season 0-11 and 0-7 in NSIC North Division play. Northern State finishes the year with the program’s fourth straight winning season at 6-5 and 5-2 against North Division opponents.

Adam Connette is hugged by his brothers from California after his TD   Connette sprints to the end zone for the record tying TD

Box Score


2nd 3rd 4th


Northern State 21 24 17 0 62
UMC 0 0 14 6 20

Josh Kauck (99) and Ali Alkhatib with a tackle    Will Cross with one of his tackles

1st Quarter
13:06 - Northern State - Cody Kraft 33 yard pass from Hunter Trautman (Nathan Shaw kick good)
10:33 - Northern State - Nicholas Truen 69 yard run (Nathan Shaw kick good)
0:11 - Northern State -  Cameron Eisenhauer 17 yard pass from Hunter Trautman (Nathan Shaw kick good)

2nd Quarter
12:21 - Northern State - Nicholas Truen 15 yard run (Nathan Shaw kick good)
5:02 - Northern State - Eric Peterson  8 yard pass from Hunter Trautman (Nathan Shaw kick good)
3:41- Northern State - Nicholas Truen 15 yard run (Nathan Shaw kick good)
00:0 - Northern State - Nathan Shaw 37 yard field goal

3rd Quarter
10:06 - Northern State - Nathan Shaw 37 yard field goal
8:02 - UMC - Jeremy Neuman 36 yard pass to Rod Stewart (Pass failed)
6:36 - Northern State - Nicholas Truen 20 yard run (Nathan Shaw kick good)
6:15 - UMC - Tommy Singer 69 yard pass to Lincoln Tappe (Lincoln Tappe rush good)
5:25- Northern State - Nicholas Truen 34 yard run (Nathan Shaw kick good)

4th Quarter

4:05 - UMC - Jeremy Neuman 30 yard pass to Adam Connette (run failed)

Rod Stewart catches the pass for a TD   Chuck Lofquist hugs fellow senior, Tommy Singer, after his TD pass




Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmer, Kate MacGregor is advancing to her fifth straight Minnesota State High School League State Girls Swimming and Diving meet next week at the University of Minnesota Aquatics center after she won the 100 backstroke at the Section 8A Swimming and Diving meet on Saturday in Grand Rapids.   This will be the third straight year that MacGregor has advanced to state in the 100 backstroke.  "Kate was looking solid in the water today and she looked really good in the 100 fly and swam her best time in that race," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "She had the lead from the start of the backstroke and really swam a great race and it was fun to watch.  She was determined today and to go to state five years in a row and amazing."
Crookston had four girls swimming in seven events in today's finals and MacGregor was the only one to advance to state.  Kate just missed advancing in two events with two third place finishes in the 100 Butterfly and she was part of the 400 Freestyle Relay team along with Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman and Thea Oman that finished third place.
Thea Oman placed in all four of her events, including a fourth place finish in the 200 Freestyle. "Thea had a fantastic day today and really swam well," said Coach Melbye. "She was right there and swam a great race in the 200 Freestyle."
Merran Dingmann also placed in four events. "Merran has always been a versatile swimmer and you always know her 200 IM is rock solid," said Coach Melbye. "Merran really looked solid today and she had a great high school career."
Elizabeth Erdman has been battling a shoulder injury for most of the season and missed a portion of the season because of the injury.  She swam great legs in the two relays, but decided not to race in her two individual races to help the relays.
Madison Hoiland improved her place in her two individual races and finished 12th and 14th.  "Maddy was a shock to me," said Coach Melbye. "To swim under a minute in the 100 freestyle was great.  She was great off the walls and really swam well."
The competition was tough with Bemidji, Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls dominating the top spots in the races.  "There are a lot of good teams and some good swimmers in the section this year," said coach Melbye. "The places might not tell the story, but the times of the girls tells us they gave it their best and really swam great today and the girls are happy and they are excited for Kate to move on, but it is still a bitter sweet feeling."

The Crookston Pirate swimmers at the Section 8A swim meet

Pirate Event Time Place
FINALS (Highlighted going to state)      
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:00.93 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:01.74 3rd
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman
Thea Oman, Kate MacGregor
400 Freestyle Relay 3:51.37 3rd
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:05.57 4th
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:24.88 4th
Kate MacGregor, Merran Dingmann
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Medley Relay 1:58.82 5th
Thea Oman 50 Freestyle 26.59 7th
Merran Dingmann 100 Backstroke 1:07.13 7th
Claire Oman, Mackenzie Aamoth
Emma Borowicz, Madison Hoiland
200 Freestyle Relay 1:56.29 10th
Madison Hoiland 100 Freestyle 59.74 12th
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:19.41 14th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Breaststroke - -
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Freestyle






The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team wrapped up the season with a 3-1 (25-20, 18-25, 25-13, 25-13) loss to the University of Sioux Falls in a Northern Sun Conference match up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The first set started with the teams going back and forth with ties at 1, 2, and 3 before Sioux Falls went on a 7-2 run for a 10-5 lead.  UMC answered with a 5-1 run to get within an 11-10 deficit.  UMC would keep it within a point or two for a while until Sioux Falls finished strong for a 25-20 victory.
UMC responded in the second set and again it was tight early on with ties at 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8.  Sioux Falls took an 11-8 lead, but UMC responded with a nice run while taking advantage of some Sioux Falls attack errors and kills from Kelci and Kassi Green (Sr’s. Anoka) and the Golden Eagles led 17-12.  UMC continued to play some solid volleyball and cruised to a 25-18 victory to tie the match at 1-1.
The teams were tied at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 in the third set and Sioux Falls led 10-9 when they went on a 5-0 run for a 15-9 lead. Sioux Falls kept the momentum the rest of the set and won 25-13.
In the fourth set, UMC took a 2-0 lead with a Kaycie Hagen ace and a Sioux Falls attack error, only to have Sioux Falls answer with a 6-0 run.  UMC battled back to get within a 9-8 deficit, but Sioux Falls dominated the rest of the way for a 25-13 victory to win the match 3-1.
UMC ends the season with a 7-21 record overall and 4-16 record in the NSIC.  Sioux Falls improves to 15-10 overall and 10-10 in the NSIC.

Box Score 1 2 3 4
UMC 20 25 13 13
Sioux Falls 25 18 25 25

Kills - Kelci Green-10, Kassi Green-9, Maggie Perrel-5
Blocks - Kelci Green-9, Kaitlin Sikkink-8
Assists - Kaycie Hagen-16, Alex Oakes-12
Digs - Maggie Perrel-18, Kassi Green-12, Becca Vandenheuvel-11
Aces - Maggie Perrel-2, Kaycie Hagen-1, Becca Vandenheuvel-1




The UMC Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team had a great start to the second half to take a lead, but the offense sputtered down the final minutes of the game as they lost 71-64 to the University of Arkansas-Monticello at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville, Arkansas.
Monticello jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first five minutes of the game and kept a double-digit lead until the final seconds of the half when UMC’s Gabrys Sadaunykas (Fresh. Lithuania) had a nice layup after cutting along the baseline to bring the Golden Eagles within a nine-point deficit (35-26) going into halftime.
UMC had a great start to the second half with an 11-1 run behind four points each from Harrison Cleary (Soph. Oak Creek, Wis) and Alan Hodge, Jr. (Jr. Dallas, Texas), a basket from Chase Johnson (Soph. La Crosse, Wis) and a free throw from Chase Knickerbocker (Jr. Annandale) for a 37-36 lead with 14:36 left in the game.  The lead changed hands for the next four minutes and when UMC led 44-43, Hodge hit a three point shot for a 47-43 lead half way through the half.  Monticello answered with a five point run to regain the lead.  The teams exchanged the lead for several minutes and the game was tied at 50-50 with less than nine minutes left in the game.  Monticello made a layup with eight minutes left and took the lead for good as they ended the game on a 21-14 run for the 71-64 victory.
Monticello dominated in the paint with Derylton Hill (6’5 senior from Tampa, Florida) going 10 of 12 from the field (mostly in the paint) and he finished with 23 points and five rebounds and they added about 20 points off layups.
UMC drops to 0-2 on the year and they will host Oak Hill Christian College on Tuesday evening.  University of Arkansas-Monticello improves to 2-0.


1st Half

2nd Half



26 38 64


35 36 71


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alan Hodge 21 3  
Chase Knickerbocker 13 6  
Harison Cleary 12 3 3 assists
Ben Juhl 7 3 3 assists
Chase Johnson 4 3  
Gabryz Sadaunykas 4
Gable Smith 3 5 2 assists/2 steals

FRIDAY  -  NOVEMBER 10, 2017


The #8 ranked Stephen-Argyle Storm was making their third straight trip to the Minnesota High School League State Football quarterfinals and the last two trips to Bemidji State ended in losses to Ely and Waubun, but the third time was the charm as they great defensive plays and solid offense to beat the #2 ranked Cromwell-Wright Cardinals 39-22 at Bemidji State University.  At kickoff the temperature was 16 degrees with a wind chill of 0. 
Stephen-Argyle won the toss and elected to defer to the second half, so Cromwell-Wright chose to receive, and the Storm kicked the ball off with the wind at their back.  Cromwell-Wright used a 56-yard run by the quarterback, Drew Libbon, to set up a four-yard Libbon pass to Isaac Shelton for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.  Stephen-Argyle answered with a nice drive, but fumbled the ball the Cardinals recovered the ball.  "We gave up that big run and the fumble following that and we were off to a rough start, but it didn't seem to make too much of a dent," said Storm Coach Ethan Marquis.   Cromwell-Wright ran three play and were forced to punt into the wind and after a 17 yard punt, Stephen-Argyle had the ball at the Cardinal 29 yard line.  A couple plays later, Joston Hoeper went in for a five-yard touchdown run and after the Collin Neuschwander extra point kick, the Storm led 7-6 with 4:12 left in the opening quarter.  The Storm had momentum on their side and two plays after the kickoff, Stephen-Argyle intercepted a pass that was tipped by Zach Fincher and they had the ball at the Cromwell-Wright 30-yard line. "I thought Zach had a good night, especially on defense," said Coach Marquis. "He played a pretty good game offensively too." The first play of the series was a Hoeper 28 yard run and a couple plays later Hoeper scored on a two-yard run and after the Neushwander extra point kick, the Storm led 14-6 with 1:06 left in the quarter.  "I thought we came out and played pretty physical and we were tough up front," said Coach Marquis.  "It was cold and tough holding onto the ball."
Cromwell-Wright had another three and out and punted the ball, but Stephen-Argyle had to punt the ball on their possession to start the second quarter.  Cromwell-Wright ran three plays and were forced to punt and Zach Fincher came through and blocked the punt and Stephen-Argyle recovered the ball at the Cardinal 17 yard line.  A couple plays later, the Storm scored on a Hoeper two yard run for his third score of the game and Stephen-Argyle led 20-6 with 6:10 left in the first half.  Neither team scored the rest of the way and Stephen-Argyle took a 20-6 lead into the half.
In the second half, Stephen-Argyle started with the ball and had a six-play drive that covered 70 yards and the drive was capped by a Stoene Spilde 29 yard run for a touchdown and the Storm had a commanding 26-6 lead early in the quarter.  Cromwell-Wright had the ball and fumbled on the second play of the drive and Hoeper recovered for the Storm at the opponents 22-yard line.  A few plays later Hoeper scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a four-yard run and the Storm led 32-6.  "He is a hard runner," said Coach Marquis, talking about Hoeper. "It was a great night for him."  Cromwell-Wright answered on their next offensive play with a 63-yard touchdown run from Cameron Cahoon and after a two-point conversion, Stephen-Argyle’s lead was cut to 32-14 halfway through the third quarter.  Neither team scored the rest of the quarter after the Storm threw two interceptions and Stephen-Argyle took a 32-14 lead into the final 12 minutes of the game.
Stephen-Argyle scored the first points in the fourth quarter after a 30 yard pass down the middle of the field to Isaac Durand and after a Neuschwander extra point kick, the Storm led 39-14.  Cromwell-Wright scored on their next drive with a 37-yard run halfway through the quarter, but Stephen-Argyle held on the rest of the way for a 39-22 victory to advance to the state semi-finals for the first time since 2009, the last time they won the state championship!  "This is huge for the program, to get over the hump in the quarterfinals," said Coach Marquis.  "To leave here with a win is fantastic.  We had a tough opponent tonight and we beat a good team.  Things seemed to go our way and I am very proud of our defense."  The Storm improve to 11-1 on the year and will play #1 ranked Spring Grove in the state semi-finals on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.  You can hear the game on KROX Radio.  Cromwell-Wright ends their season with an 11-1 record. 

To hear the interview with Coach Ethan Marquis after the game click here

Click here to hear an interview with Zach Fincher.

To hear the interview with Joston Hoeper click here.

Stoene Spilde tackles the Cardinal quarterback   Kyler Szczepanski tries to break a tackle



2nd 3rd 4th


Cromwell-Wright 6 0 8 8 22
Stephen-Argyle 14 6 6 6 39

Joston Hoeper scores one of his four touchdowns in the game

1st Quarter
10:17 - CW - Drew Libbon 4 yard pass to  Isaac Shelton (Kick failed)
4:12 - SA - Joston Hoeper 4 yard run (Collin Neuschwander kick)
1:06 - SA - Joston Hoeper 2 yard run (Collin Neuschwander kick)

2nd Quarter
6:10 - SA - Joston Hoeper 2 yard run (Pass failed)

3rd Quarter

9:25 - SA - Stoene Spilde 29 yard run (Pass failed)
6:59 - SA - Joston Hoeper  4 yard run (Kick failed)
6:42 - CW - Cameron Cahoon 63 yard run (Drew Libbon pass to Jaden Gronner)

4th Quarter

9:10 - SA - Hunter Yutrzenka 30 yard pass to Isaac Durand (Collin Neuschwander kick)
6:31 - CW - Kannon Korpela 37 yard run (Drew Libbon pass to Jaden Gronner)

Hunter Yutrzenka with a pass in the first half

  Stephen-Argyle Cromwell/Wright
First Downs 16 10
Rushing-Yards 53-305 30-187
Passing 3-6-2 5-14-3
Passing Yards 64 54
Total Yards 369 241
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 5-3
Penalties-Yards 5-35 1-5
Punts-Yards Ave. 3-24 3-16


Stephen-Argyle Cromwell-Wright
Joston Hoeper           22-131 Drew Libbon             17-98
Stoene Spilde            16-119 Cameron Cahoon       9-84
Kyler Szczepanski      6-31 Kannon Korpela         2-5
Ashten Safranski         5-14 Nick Johnson              1-2
Hunter Yutrzenka        3-10 Isaac Shelton             1- (-2)


Hunter Yutrzenka       3-6-2   64 yards

Drew Libbon             4-13-3    32 yards


Isaac Shelton            1-1-0    22 yards


Isaac Durand          1-30 Isaac Shelton       4-32
Joston Hoeper        1-22 Jaden Gronner     1-22
Wyatt Hamre          1-12  

The Stephen-Argyle Storm celebrate the state tournament victory over Cromwell-Wright



The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers are advancing four girls in eight events to the finals of the Section 8A Girl's Swimming and Diving Meet being held in Grand Rapids. 
The "big four" for the Pirates, Thea Oman, Kate MacGregor, Merran Dingmann and Elizabeth Erdman are advancing in the 400 Freestyle Relay and 200 Medley Relay.  "We had almost every swimmer have a personal best or close to a personal best time," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "The girls all swam well and to have almost everybody swimming in the second day is a great accomplishment for the girls.  I am very proud of them." 
Thea Oman is also advancing in the 50 and 200 freestyle. "Thea took off like a rocket at the start of the 200 Freestyle and really swam well," said Coach Melbye. "She had a great day and looked very strong in all of her races." Kate MacGregor is advancing in the 100 Butterfly and Backstroke. "Kate swam well today and is turning in times close to where she was at this time last year," said Coach Melbye. "She is right there in her races and she can still swim a little faster so it will be fun to watch her in the finals.  Merran Dingman is advancing in the 200 IM and 100 Backstroke. "Merran had only swam the backstroke twice before with the last time coming in ninth grade, I think," said Coach Marley Melbye. "For Merran to be fifth in the backstroke is pretty impressive."
On Saturday, the top two placers will advance to the State swim meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center next weekend.  The 400 Freestyle Relay team came in with the fifth best time in the race and finished second in the prelims.  We have the complete prelim results in the link below. 

Pirates Qualifying for finals Event Time Place
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:05.80 2nd
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:02.01 2nd
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:01.30 2nd
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman,
Thea Oman, Kate MacGregor
400 Freestyle Relay 3:54.39 2nd
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:23.45 4th
Merran Dingmann 100 Backstroke 1:04.78 5th
Kate MacGregor, Merran Dingmann,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Medley Relay 1:59.77 5th
Thea Oman 50 Freestyle 26.35 7th
Pirates swimming in Consolation finals      
Claire Oman, Mackenzie Aamoth,
Emma Borowicz, Madison Hoiland
200 Freestyle Relay 1:57.50 10th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Freestyle 1:00.04 13th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Breaststroke 1:17.85 13th
Madison Hoiland 100 Freestyle 1:00.09 15th
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:18.05 15th




The #4 ranked Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs proved why they’re among the nation’s best as they cruised to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-10) victory over the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles in an NSIC contest played in Marshall.
In the first set, SMSU jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, but UMC rallied and even managed to take an 8-7 lead in the opening frame following a kill from All-NSIC Second Team selection Kassi Green (Sr., Anoka) followed by and an attacking error by Brooke Borchardt (Sr., Zimmerman). UMC wouldn’t lead again in the set as Southwest Minnesota State rattled off six straight points, taking a 13-8 lead, preventing UMC from challenging again in the first set as SMSU won 25-20.
The Mustangs took the first five points of the second set and never allowed the Golden Eagles to close within four points, ultimately running away with the middle set 25-15.
Minnesota Crookston provided similarly little resistance in the third set as Southwest Minnesota State jumped out to a 5-0 lead, and after taking a 10-2 lead never allowed UMC to come within 8 points of extending the match. An attack error from Kassi Green ended the match and secured a 25-10 third set victory for SMSU.
NSIC Player of the Year Taylor Reiss (Jr., Taunton) dominated at the net, leading the Mustangs with 18 kills and a .455 attacking percentage, reinforcing her recent acknowledgment as the top player in the nation’s top conference.
UMC falls to 7-20 overall and 4-14 in the NSIC and will wrap up their season on Saturday against the University of Sioux Falls at 4 PM. #4 Southwest Minnesota State improves to 24-3 and 16-3 in the NSIC.

Box Score 1 2 3
UMC 20 15 10
SW Mn State 25 25 25

Kills - Kassi Green -8 , Kaitlin Sikkink - 5 , Maggie Perrel - 3
Blocks - Callie Schapekahm - 2 , Kelci Green -1, Caitlin Sikkink -1
Assists - Kaycie Hagen- 15, Alex Oakes - 3 , Becca Vandenheuvel - 2
Digs - Becca Vandenheuvel - 14, Kassie Green - 8, Maggie Perrel - 7
Aces - Becca Vandenheuvel - 1 




The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team eclipsed the century mark for the first time since 2010, but Arkansas Tech utilized a late 22-11 run to secure a 114-105 victory in the GAC/NSIC Crossover played in Russellville, Arkansas.
UMC opened the game up by scoring the first 8 points, all 8 were scored by reigning NSIC Freshman of the Year Harrison Cleary (Soph., Oak Creek, WI). Minnesota Crookston would ride the hot offensive start to a 59-54 first-half lead against an Arkansas Tech team coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance last season.
With 5:28 left in the game, Arkansas Tech took their first lead of the second half following a Montrell Williams lay-up to give the Wonder Boys a 96-94 advantage. UMC newcomer Alan Hodge (Jr., Dallas, TX) responded with a finish at the bucket of his own to tie the game at 98. A pair of triples buried by University of Arkansas transfer RJ Glasper (Fr., Forest City, AR) separated Arkansas Tech for good as the 104-98 lead proved too much to overcome for the Golden Eagles as the GAC foes finished the game with Glasper hitting a pair of free throws to push the final score to 114-105.
UMC’s offense managed to shoot 55% from the field, while also hitting 11 of 27 attempts from beyond the arc, however, the 10-17 shooting from the charity stripe coupled with the Wonder Boys 62% shooting in the second half ensured the Golden Eagles’ upset bid would come up short.
The season-opening loss drop UMC to 0-1 as the Eagles return to the Tucker Coliseum floor tomorrow night against #23 Arkansas-Monticello with tip-off set for 6 PM on the neutral floor for the second straight GAC/NSIC Crossover contest. Arkansas Tech improves to 1-0 and will take on the NSIC’s Concordia-St. Paul in the back-end of the doubleheader.    

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half



59 46 105

Arkansas Tech

54 60 114


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 31 5  
Alan Hodge 21 3 4 Assists
Ben Juhl 18 4 2 Assists
Chase Kickerbocker 18 8 2 Assists
Gable Smith 10 4
Chase Johnson 7 2  



The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team announced the signing of Julia Peplinski (F, 5-10, Hustisford, Wis./Hustisford H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Peplinski is the fourth signee for the Golden Eagles for the 2018-19 class, joining Mary Burke (F, 5-11, Virginia, Minn./Mountain Iron-Buhl H.S.), Paige Cornale (G, 5-10, Oak Creek, Wis./Oak Creek H.S.) and Bren Fox (C, 6-3, Norwood Young America, Minn./Norwood Young America H.S.
Julia Peplinski (F, 5-11, Hustisford, Wis./Hustisford H.S.)
Peplinski averaged 23.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game as a junior at Hustisford High School. She was an All-Trailways-East Conference First Team pick last season. In addition, she was named the Female Athlete of the Year at Hustisford High School. Peplinski as selected 95.3 WXRO Radio All-Area. She earned All-Star accolades at a club tournament. In addition, she also recently reached 1,000 points. Peplinski also tallied 3.0 assists and 4.1 steals per game as a junior. She notched 30 points on 9-of-14 from the field against Oakfield High School. Peplinski tallied 35 points on 12-of-21 from the field versus Dodgeland High School. In addition, she notched 29 points on 11-of-14 from the field against Rio High School. “Julia is a very powerful inside out player,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She is a player who works relentlessly on the glass. In addition, she has a burst of speed that makes her a hard player to guard. Julia is a physically demanding presence in the post. We are excited to have her join the Golden Eagle basketball family.”
Peplinski is the daughter of Reed and Carrie Peplinski. She was born June 22, 2000. Peplinski plans to major in exercise science and wellness. She was named to the National Honor Society and High Honor Roll. Peplinski enjoys working on the farm milking cows.

Julia Pelinski with a shot over a defender


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