The Crookston Pirates Boy's Basketball is the number one seed in the North Sub-Section of 8AA for the Section Tournament and have beaten Warroad twice handily during the regular season. That all means nothing tonight except the Pirates have the home court advantage when they entertain the Warroad Warriors in a first round Section 8AA Boys Basketball Tournament game. Crookston defeated Warroad on December 12 in Crookston 77-38 and then again on December 29 at the East Grand Forks Holiday Classic 77-47.  Warroad is 4-22 on the year but picked up that fourth win on Monday in an upset at Bagley 66-63 in overtime in a Section Tournament play-in game. Game time is 7:00 PM and it will be on KROX RADIO at 6:20 PM and also the internet by going to the ON THE AIR link at the top of this page.
For the Section 8AA Tournament bracket, click here.


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Aaron Hollcraft

Seth Desrosier      
Ryan Porter      
Jonathan Miller      
Danny Davidson      
Matt Garmen      
Patrick Deng      
Ben Dorman      


For Warroad




The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women's Basketball team is coming off their first NSIC tournament win since 2003 and the next morning UMC brought home some Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) awards.  Head Coach Mike Roysland was named the NSIC Coach of the Year.  Katrina Moenkedick (Jr. Perham), and Alexa Thielman (Jr. Buffalo) were named to the NSIC First team and Emily Gruber (Fresh. Monticello) was named to the All Freshman team.

For Roysland, this is the first time in his eighth year with the Golden Eagles that Roysland has earned Coach of the Year honors.  During the 2014-15 campaign, Roysland has led the Golden Eagles to one of their most successful seasons in program history. The Golden Eagles have 14 wins this season, the most in the Roysland era, and won their first NSIC Tournament game since 2003.  The 14 wins surpassed his previous high of 13 wins accomplished by the 2010-11 team, who earned a berth in the NSIC Tournament, when the tourney took just the top eight teams.  Roysland will lead his squad in the quarterfinals of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Minnesota State University, Mankato at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., a game you can hear on KROX Radio.

Moenkedick and Thielman are the first All-NSIC First Team honorees since Jamie Zelinsky earned the recognition following the 2010-11 season. Moenkedick and Thielman are the fourth and fifth Golden Eagle players to be named All-NSIC First Team along with Zelinsky (2010-11), Karna Plaine (2004-05), Cathy Behr (2002-03) and Jessica Forsline (2000-01, 2001-02). 

Moenkedick has earned recognition on All-NSIC Teams in each of her three seasons in the Maroon and Gold. She was an All-NSIC Second Team selection as a sophomore and earned placement on the All-NSIC Freshman Team in 2012-13. Moenkedick was twice honored as NSIC Player of the Week during the 2014-15 season. She has averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds so far this season. In addition, she became the ninth player in school history to surpass 1,000 points earlier this season and needs just seven rebounds to surpass 500 rebounds, becoming the third player in school history to score 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Moenkedick’s season-high of 25 points came against Minot State. Moenkedick had five games with over 20 points and score in double-figures in 23 of 27 games. In addition, she tallied double-doubles in five games.

This is the first time Thielman has earned All-NSIC recognition. The junior has led the team with 15.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Thielman became the 10th player to score 1,000 points as she connected on two free throws to win the game last night in the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament against Concordia University-St. Paul. Thielman earned All-NSIC Player of the Week once this season. Thielman’s career-high came with 32 points against Minnesota State University, Mankato. She tallied 20 or more points in nine games this season and secured a double-double against Southwest Minnesota State University.

Gruber is the first player to earn All-NSIC freshman team accolades since Moenkedick did during the 2012-13 season. Gruber averaged 9.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagles as a freshman. Gruber earned All-NSIC Player of the Week once this season. She had a season-high 26 points against seventh ranked Wayne State College (Neb.) on December 12. Gruber had two games with 20 or more points and tallied four double-doubles on the season.

Coach Mike Roysland     Katrina Moenkedick               Alexa Thielman                Emily Gruber

First Team Pos. Ht. Yr. School Hometown
Shaunteva Ashley G 5-8 Sr. Augustana Sioux Falls, S.D.
Anika Whiting F 6-2 Sr. Concordia-St. Paul Ashland, Wis.
Katrina Moenkedick F 5-11 Jr. Minnesota Crookston Perham, Minn.
Alexa Thielman G 5-8 Jr. Minnesota Crookston Buffalo, Minn.
Taylor Meyer F 6-0 Jr. Minnesota Duluth Farmington, Minn.
Aubrey Davis G 5-7 Sr. Minnesota State Bloomington, Minn.
Meghan Roehrich G 5-11 Jr. MSU Moorhead Fargo, N.D.
Rachel Krogman C 6-1 Sr. Northern State Elkton, S.D.
Lauren Buck F 5-11 Sr. Upper Iowa Anamosa, Iowa
Jordan Spencer F 511 Sr. Wayne State Omaha, Neb.
Second Team Pos. Ht. Yr. School Hometown
Ameshia Kearney G 5-9 Sr. Concordia-St. Paul Minneapolis, Minn.
Brittney Dietz G 5-10 Jr. U-Mary Beach, N.D.
Jessica Newman G 5-9 Sr. Minnesota Duluth Barnum, Minn.
Lexie Ulfers C 6-2 Sr. Minnesota State Waseca, Minn.
Megan Mutchler F 6-1 Sr. Northern State Newell, S.D.
Sam Knecht C 6-2 So. Sioux Falls Faulkton, S.D.
Taylor Varsho G 5-7 Jr. Sioux Falls Chili, Wis.
Lexy Petermann F 6-0 Jr. St. Cloud State Fond du Lac, Wis.
Ashton Yossi G 5-8 Sr. Wayne State Dallas Center, Iowa
Alexis Foley G 5-9 Jr. Winona State White Bear Lake, Minn.
All-Defensive Team Pos. Ht. Yr. School Hometown
Shaunteva Ashley G 5-8 Sr. Augustana Sioux Falls, S.D.
Kionda Nicks C 6-2 Jr. Concordia-St. Paul St. Paul, Minn.
Lexie Ulfers C 6-2 Sr. Minnesota State Waseca, Minn.
Megan Mutchler F 6-1 Sr. Northern State Newell, S.D.
Jordan Spencer F 5-11 Sr. Wayne State Omaha, Neb.
All-Freshmen Team Pos. Ht. Yr. School Hometown
Logan O'Farrell G 5-11 Fr. Augustana Summit, S.D.
Sierra Senske C 6-2 Fr. Bemidji State Glyndon, Minn.
Emily Gruber C 6-1 Fr. Minnesota Crookston Monticello Minn.
Drew Sannes F 6-3 Fr. MSU Moorhead Hawley, Minn.
Maggie Schulte F 6-0 Fr. Wayne State Wynot, Neb.






The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team was playing the first ever NSIC playoff game at home and treated the huge crowd to a thrilling 63-62 victory with two Alexia Thielman (Jr. Buffalo) free throws with 1.2 seconds left in the game at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
The two teams struggled offensively in the first five minutes of the game and only made one of the first 18 shots combined and Concordia-St. Paul led 2-0 to start the game.  UMC started to warm up offensively, thanks to Emily Gruber’s (Fresh. Monticello) play inside as she made two free throws.  Katrina Moenkedick (Jr. Perham) followed with a basket and Micaela Noga (Fresh. Parkers Prairie) capped a 6-0 UMC run for a 6-2 lead with 12:37 remaining in the game.  UMC kept building the lead by moving the ball around and getting good shots, playing tough defense and hitting the boards and all of a sudden the Golden Eagles led 21-6.  You knew the defending NSIC Tournament Champion and Elite 8 team would make a run and they did, but UMC held a 36-27 lead at halftime.
In the second half Concordia-St. Paul would start to hit some three points halfway through the half and was able to take a 52-51 lead with less than seven minutes left in the game.  UMC answered with a big Noga three point play to regain the lead and then Ebony Livingston (Sr. Minneapolis), who had the biggest game of her career, buried a three pointer to give UMC a 57-52 lead.  Concordia-St. Paul answered with two free throws and a basket inside to get back within one point.  UMC’s Noga answered with a layup and then an offensive rebound and another basket to give the Golden Eagles a 61-56 lead with 1:11 remaining.  “Coach always tells me before the game to just do what you can do and stay confident,” said Noga. “I have definitely found the right lanes as the season has gone along and maybe not getting blocked as much as I did earlier in the season.” 11 seconds later Concordia-St. Paul answered with a three pointer to get within a two point deficit.  UMC turned the ball over on their next possession and with seven seconds left in the game Concordia-St. Paul made another three pointer to take the lead 62-61.  UMC inbounded the ball to Noga and she was fouled.  The foul was only Concordia-St. Paul’s sixth foul of the half so UMC had to inbound the ball again.  This time UMC passed the ball to Moenkedick at half court, the ball was bobbled and she was able to get a pass to Thielman on the left wing.  Thielman bobbled the ball and it was on the floor, she picked it up and than was fouled with 1.2 seconds left in the game!!!!  The foul put Thielman at the free throw line to shoot the bonus.  Alexa made the first free throw to tie the game at 62-62, and the point was her seventh of the game and her 1,000th point of her collegiate career.  Theilamn made the second free throw to give UMC a 63-62 lead.  “At first I was thinking I was going to have to huck up a three pointer and luckily she fouled me because it wasn’t going to go in,” said Thielman.  “I can’t say I wasn’t completely nervous walking up to the line, and then when you step up to the line you just relax and know that you do this every day and do the same thing every time.  After I made the second free throw there was stille one second left so I couldn’t enjoy it and then they missed and it was a great feeling.  I love this team and the girls and want to keep playing as long as possible.”   Concordia-St. Paul got the pass inbounds and a three quarters court shot was short and UMC won their first playoff game in over a decade with a 63-62 win in front of a huge UMC crowd that stormed the court after the horn sounded.   “One thing about these girls, is that they can never make it easy on this old man, but I love them dearly,” said UMC Coach Mike Roysland. “This is such a resilient group, and they have been all year long.  Micaela came up with a couple big shots and a rebound, two big free throws at the end by Alexa, all of these girls had a big play at some point during the game.  This is such a monumental moment for the program and the direction that we want to head and there was no settling and you could see that from the get go from these girls.  I am so proud of the girls and we are excited to be going to Sioux Falls to play on Saturday.”  UMC was led by a senior, Ebony Livingston, with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and assist and only one turnover in 39 minutes!!!  “I think it was the best game I have had,” said Livingston.  “I was kind of determined to make sure this wasn’t my last game as a Golden Eagle.  Words can’t describe, I am so happy right now and the crowd was great, it helped us out a lot tonight.”
UMC improves to 14-13 overall and 13-10 in the NSIC and will take on Minnesota State Mankato at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Concordia St. Paul’s season comes to an end with a 15-14 record overall and 11-12 in the NSIC. 

See the last free throw by Thielman and the final 1.2 seconds and celebration by clicking above


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Ebony Livingston drives by a Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bear defender   Micaela Noga for two of her 14

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Ebony Livingston  21 7 3 Assists/2 Blocks
Micaela Noga   14 9 2 Assists/2 Steals
Katrina Moenkedick  12 4 2 Assists/2 Steals/1 Block
Alexa Thielman   8 3 3 Assists
Emily Gruber   8 4 2 Steals

The huge UMC Student Body section cheers on the Golden Eagle women's team



The Minnesota State Mavericks showed why they are one of the favorites to win the NSIC Tournament as they used hot shooting and a balanced effort to take down the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s basketball team, 83-52, at the Taylor Center in Mankato.

The Golden Eagles jumped on the board first in Mankato as Lucas Reller (Sr., Lead, SD) hit a three-pointer from the right wing at the end of the shot clock. “What’s the old saying? It’s not how you start the game but how you finish,” Head Coach Dan Weisse said. “But I was happy with the way we started but we went a little cold after that and you can’t do it against a very good Mankato team.” The Mavericks stormed back with a 12-0 run courtesy of four three-pointers by MSU point guard Zach Monaghan to make it 12-7 with 14:30 left. “We wanted to make sure Monaghan didn’t beat us in the paint, we wanted him to have to make 25 foot three’s against us,” Weisse said. “Well, he made three of those in a row so hats off to him.” After a Kevin Larson (Sr., New Ulm, MN) layup made it 19-9, the Mavericks hit from long range again as Connor Miller knocked down a shot to push his team’s lead back to 22-9. UMC didn’t have an answer for MSU’s perimeter attack early as the Mavericks hit 5-of-8 shots from beyond the arc to start the game. With the Mavericks leading 24-14, Larson was able to convert a tough basket in the paint for the Golden Eagles but the MSU again would answer with a balanced attack as eight different players scored in the first half and at the break it was the Mavericks leading 43-20. Shooting again was the issue for the Golden Eagles as they hit just 28% (7-of-25) of their shots in the first half, including just 22.2% (2-of-9) from three. “We handled transition pretty well in the first half,” Weisse said of Mankato only having two transition points. “But it doesn’t help if you can’t make a basket. We can’t do that against a very good team.”

The Mavericks started off the second half on fire, hitting their first three shots from three different players. Tomas Parker (Sr., Pequot Lakes, MN) was able to stop the run momentarily with a layup in the paint but the Mavericks answered. MSU’s run stretched to 14-2, forcing Coach Weisse to take a timeout with his team trailing 55-22. The Golden Eagles answered out of the timeout as Tim Lubke (Sr., Saint Paul, MN) hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 55-25 but the Mavericks responded with a 9-0 run capped by a Monaghan slam to put the lead at 64-25 with 14:10 left. Ten minutes later, Lubke would strike again from the exact same spot as it cut the Maverick lead to 76-41. Trailing 80-41, UMC went on a 6-0 run behind baskets from Larson and Reller but they were unable to answer the Mavericks’ hot shooting and depth, as MSU shot 57.9% (33-of-57) en route to a 83-52 win.

UMC was led on the night by Tyler West, Jr.’s 12 points while Tim Lubke added 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting off the bench. The Golden Eagles were without the services of Derrick Redd, Jr. (R-Jr., Menifee, CA), who had to sit out due to a foot injury. “It definitely impacts us,” Weisse said of Redd, Jr.’s absence. “It takes away one of our playmakers and shortens our bench.”

The Golden Eagles finish the season with a 7-20 record in Dan Weisse’s first season at the helm. It also marked the final game for seniors Kevin Larson, Lucas Reller, Sam Howell (Sr., Seattle, WA), Tyler West, Jr. and Tim Lubke. “Our seniors made some things happen this year, they made their imprint on this program,” Weisse said. “We had more overall wins, conference wins then they have had before. They put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this.” 


         Kevin Larson looks to take a shot over a Maverick defender                   Thomas Parker goes for a block



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For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Tyler West Jr 12    
Tim Lubke  11    
Kevin Larson   8  4  3 Assists
Sam Howell   7     
Lucas Reller   5     
John Hughes 5 5
Thomas Parker   2     
Micah Hollowell   2     


The Crookston Girl's Basketball team defeated the top two seeds in Section 8A in the last week and that solidified the Pirates as a number one seed for the North Sub-Section 8AA Girl's Basketball Tournament that will start on Monday with a play-in game of Bagley at Warroad and that winner will play the Pirates on Thursday, March 5 at the Crookston High School at 7:00 PM. The Hawley Nuggets ranked sixth in the Class AA polls in Minnesota is the top seed in the South Sub-Section.  For the complete bracket  use the internet explorer browser to view the details by clicking here.



The Red Lake Warriors and Stephen-Argyle Storm received the top seed in the Section 8A Girls Basketball Tournament that will start with play-in games on Monday at the higher seeds.  To see the complete bracket click here.



The Section 8A Boys Basketball tournament started on Tuesday night with the play-in games and now the rest of the teams will play on Thursday at four different sites.  The top seeds are Win-E-Mac and Red Lake.  For the complete bracket click here.





The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team led by Head Coach Mike Roysland will host their first-ever Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) playoff game Wednesday, February 25 as they take on Concordia University-St. Paul at 6:00 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles have tied their best season during the Mike Roysland era with 13 wins, matching their wins total from the 2010-11 season.
The Golden Eagles are the third seed in the NSIC North and will take on the Golden Bears, who are the sixth seed in the NSIC South. Tickets prices for the game are set by the NSIC and are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and older). Students ages six to Seniors in high school are $2 and children under five will receive free admission.  UMC students get in free with their Ucard. The Golden Eagles will also hand out shirts to students and are asking the rest of the fans to wear Maroon as the Golden Eagles look fill Lysaker Gymnasium with Maroon. The winner of Wednesday’s game advances to the second round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament, where they will face the winner of Minnesota State University, Mankato and Minot State University Saturday, February 28 at 2:30 p.m.






The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team held off a late Stephen-Argyle Storm rally to pick up a 46-44 victory in Argyle.
Neither team scored in the first three minutes of the game, until the Pirates’ Karlee Meyer made a three pointer 3:13 into the game.  “Coach Boike told me to start shooting more and I listened and it is working,” said Meyer.  Stephen-Argyle answered with a 7-0 run with four points by the 6’3 senior post Leanna Haugen.  Crookston’s Meyer stopped the run with another three pointer and Sydney Boike made two free throws to give the Pirates the lead again 8-7.  Stephen-Argyle answered with a three point play by Leanna Haugen before the Pirates went on an 11-0 run.  The Pirates had four points apiece by Danica Brekken and Sydney Boike and a three pointer by Elisa Samuelson on the run for a 19-10 lead with 2:51 remaining in the first half.  Stephen-Argyle followed up with a three pointer and then Crookston’s Brooke Bergeron took over the final 2:30 minutes of the half.  Bergeron, who was starting her first varsity game, scored the last seven points of the half for the Pirates, who outscored the Storm 7-5 for a 26—18 lead at halftime. “I was a little shocked when Coach Boike told me I was starting,” said Bergeron talking about getting her first varsity start. “Usually I’m not much of a shooter, but it was exciting get some shots in when I had an open shot.”  Bergeron led the Pirates in first half scoring with seven points. “Brooke did a great job tonight,” said Coach Boike. “She is one who is steady in practice, isn’t a real flashy player, but is fundamentally sound and very coachable and has earned a starting job and did everything we asked of her and did a great job.”
In the second half, Stephen-Argyle picked up the defense and outscored Crookston 16-7 in the first 10 minutes to take a 34-33 lead.  Meyer, as she did all game, came up with another big shot and made a three pointer, was fouled, and converted the rare four point play to give the Pirates the lead. “I honestly didn’t even know it went in because I couldn’t see over her (Leanna Haugen), but then they all came running and I realized what happened and was excited,” said Meyer. “That was the first time that has happened (getting a four point play), it was pretty excited.”  Brekken followed with a basket and the Pirates led 39-34 with 5:03.  Stephen-Argyle, namely Leanna Haugen, hit the offensive boards and got the Storm within one point with 66 seconds remaining, but the Pirates were able to make their free throws down the stretch to hold on to a 46-44 victory.  “It was a good win,” said Coach Boike. “They are a tough team and it isn’t the easiest place to play and we were able to grind one out and did what we had to do to get the win.”
Crookston improves to 18-7 on the year and will host Breckenridge in the regular season finale and senior night on Friday.  Stephen-Argyle ends their regular season with a 19-5 record.
J.V. – Stephen-Argyle won 49-37

 Sydney Boike with a shot in the lane    Brooke Bergeron with a jumper     Karlee Meyer with a three pointer


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Sydney Boike

16 7 4 assists
Karlee Meyer 11   2 steals
Danica Brekken 9    
Brooke Bergeron 7 5  
Elisa Samuelson 3 6 3 assists


For Stephen-Argyle


Leanna Haugen 16
Jules Efta 15
Philomena Kazmierczak 5
Autumn Thompson 4
Kelsey Lindgren 2


The Crookston Crocodiles spent the weekend at the UND Hyslop Sports Center at the 3rd Annual RRVY Wahoo’s Mile Meet. This 3 day meet was well attended by top swimmers from all over ND as a tune up for the ND State Meet which will also be held at the Hyslop Sports Center March 20 – 22.
Five swimmers for the Crocs participated in the events. This was one of the best turnouts for the Crocs this year who have been battling sickness, injuries, and complicated schedules with other school events. “The Crocs swim for 10 months out of the year and for a swimmer to participate in every practice and every meet can be difficult when we have such well rounded and diverse talents with all of our students.” Commented Coach Christine Erdman. “We encourage our swimmers to excel in all of their abilities, but it’s always good to see them in the pool, working hard.”

Kate MacGregor continues to succeed in her age division. “Kate has had limited time in the pool this season due to competition dance, but she is such a gifted athlete, it doesn’t take her long to get ready,” said Erdman.
Kate’s results:
100 Back  1st
100 Free  2nd
50 Free  3rd
200 IM  2nd
50 Back  1st
100 Fly  1st
100 IM  2nd

Elizabeth Erdman saw what could be a preview of what the State Meet will look like next month as most of the top swimmers in her age group were at this meet. “Elizabeth was battling a cold this week and didn’t cut a lot of time, but stayed right in the hunt,” said Erdman.
Elizabeth’s results:
500 Free  3rd
200 Breast  1st
50 Free  3rd
200 IM  3rd
200 Free  4th
100 Fly  3rd
200 Fly  2nd

Kaleb (KJ) Pry has also been battling sickness and had to miss Saturday’s events, but came on strong on Sunday. “KJ just moved up in age divisions so he’s competing against kids his age and a year older,” said Erdman. “He continues to show a lot of energy in the pool.”
KJ’s results:
50 Back  7th
100 Breast  5th
50 Breast  3rd
100 IM  5th

Claire Oman is competing in her first full season with the Crocs. “Claire also just “aged up” and is entering a huge field of athletes,” said Erdman. “Claire continues to work hard at practice everday and although she did not have a top 10 finish, she cut over 48 seconds off her times. I’m also so proud of Claire as she competed in her first long distance event in the 500 yard freestyle. 20 lengths of the pool can seem like forever, but Claire hung in there and kept a good pace for her first race.”
Claire’s results:
500 Free DNP
100 Back DNP
100 Free DNP
50 Free DNP
200 Free DNP
50 Back  DNP

Makenzie (Kenzie) Aamoth is a newcomer to the Crocs team this year and participated in her very first meet. “Kenzie was very nervous before the meet, as every swimmer is,” said Erdman. “It’s one thing to practice in a quiet pool with your own team, then you step on the pool deck with over 200 swimmers and parents in the stands, it can be overwhelming, but Kenzie did just fine. With this being her first meet, it’s hard to judge where she’ll finish. I think Kenzie surprised even herself as she was able to qualify for a couple events for the State Meet.”
Kenzie’s results:
100 Back  8th
100 Free DNP
50 Free  7th
50 Back  7th

The Crocs will continue to prepare for the ND State Meet in March and are looking into attending another meet in Fargo in the beginning of March to allow the swimmers a last chance to qualify for the State Meet.
Just as the Pirate Swim Team was delayed in getting into the pool in Crookston this fall, also. The Crocs usually start their season in September, but didn’t get into the water until the pool reopened in November. “Our program is limited in it’s funding and we just couldn’t afford to rent out another pool in a different town to start early,” said Erdman. “But the kids have worked hard to get ready for their competitions.” The Crocs will be holding a swim-a-thon fund raising event next week if you are interested in donating or pledging a swimmer, you can contact the Crocs at  The swimmers have 1 hour to complete as many laps as possible. You can donate on a per lap level or make an overall donation. The swimmers will enjoy a well deserved pizza party after the swim-a-thon.



The Crookston Knights of Columbus held the regional Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at the Crookston High School Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.  The winners (listed below) advance to the state competition on March 28 at 8:15 a.m. at St. Cloud Cathedral High School.  Crookston did not have a winner, but they had three finish as a runners-up.  Emma Borowicz finished second in 11 year old girls, Kasey Cwikla finshed second in 12 year old girls, and Hannah Hollcraft finished second in 14 year old girls.  The winners are pictured and listed below.

Age Name Town
9 girls Kasia Wilson Mentor
9 boys Ben Lepard Roseau
10 girls Brylee Lingen Thief River Falls
10 boys Jack Rosendahl Thief River Falls
11 girls Katie Borowicz Roseau
11 boys Jason Lindgren Argyle
12 girls Faith Restad Roseau
12 boys Brevyn Lingen Thief River Falls
13 girls Makenna Burslie Greenbush
13 boys Oscar Ortiz East Grand Forks
14 girls Megan LaCrosse Red Lake Falls
14 boys Stene Spilde Halma




The Pirate Brother/Sister Program through CYBA has had a couple events in the past couple of weeks that have been a hit.  They had a "Root"in' For You event where the kids were able to watch part of a Pirate practice, then the brothers/sisters bonded over "ROOT" beer floats.  On the 3W Wednesday - they had a movie event at the Grand Theatre.  CYBA wants to send a BIG "thank you" to Brian Moore for providing this service and opening the Grand Theatre doors specifically for the Pirate Brothers and Sisters to watch "Like Mike" - a fun basketball film.  

                                    The Pirate Sisters taking in a Pirate Girls Basketball team practice






      Cody Weiland on the award stand for the 132 pound weight class

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team’s Cody Weiland, won the championship at 132 pounds and will advance to state while becoming the all time career wins leader in Crookston Pirate Wrestling history with 202 career victories, passing Anthony Caputo’s 201 career victories. Six other Pirates placed at the Section 8a Individual Wrestling Tournament in Glyndon.
Cody Weiland beat Grant Jepson of Frazee 10-6 to advance to state, despite missing the last three weeks of the season with an injury. “I don’t care if it is hard fought or easy, winning a section championship is always great. The two matches in the section tournament were good for Cody because he had to go six minutes,“ said Pirate Coach Chad Hitchen. “It was pretty close until he had the takedown to the back and got the five points and he kept putting pressure on. He is now our all time win leader in a way that people will remember, in the Section Championship match, and he did it with three different take downs and he was well wrestled.” Weiland was obviously thrilled with the multiple accomplishments in one match. “I have had a lot of interesting and unforgettable matches, but this one is at the top,” said Weiland after his match. In the first period it was back and forth and was close and Cody had a takedown and he led 2-1 after one period. In the second period Cody had another takedown and led 4-2. In the third period Cody was able to get the takedown and got Jepson on his back for a five point move and was close to a pin, but was stopped because of blood time. “I had a bloody nose really bad and I was trying to hide it so the ref couldn’t see it, but the ref stopped it and I got an extra point,” said Weiland. “Then I was able to stall out for a win and knew I was going to win the match. When the buzzer sounded I felt so good, I was happy, excited….I was happy, it was great.”
Six Pirates placed in the tournament with Jake Wagner finishing fifth and Lukas Meier, Colton Weiland, Jonny Frazee, Luke Edlund and Jesse Bosquez all finished sixth. Wagner finished the season strong and won his match of the year for his fifth place finish. “He started off the season a little slow, but really came along as the season went along and most importantly he finished strong,” said Coach Hitchen. “When you go into a tournament the goal is to get an odd number and that is what he did today and ended the year on a nice note.” The rest of the Pirates lost their fifth place match, but still placed. “Going back to yesterday, we kind of had a bad first round and we had a talk with the boys and told them they had to be ready and they would have to be ready because now it could be one and done for them,” said Coach Hitchen. “The boys answered with all but one winning their next match, then we had a tough second round today. We had seven place and that is the goal and we will try to improve on those places next year.”

           Cody Weiland tries for a takedown in the championship match

  PIRATES Opponent/Result Place
106 lbs OPEN   -
113 lbs Hunter Baranski Friday
Mike Bisek-Mahnomen-Waubun    Lost pin 3:16
Lost to Bryce Bergeron-BGMR  by  pin  :54
120 lbs OPEN   -
126 lbs Lukas Meier Friday
Wyatt Becker-Badger-Greenbush-MR    Lost pin  1:59
Adam Syverson-Mahnomen-Waubun   Won  pin  2:02
Beat Liam Cochran-United North Central  13-8
5th Place Match - Lost to Dylan Gustafson-RLCC by pin 2:49
132 lbs Cody Weiland Friday
Nash Sovde - Badger-Greenbush-MR    Won  10-2

Championship -  Grant Jepson-Frazee    Won  10-6
138 lbs Colton Weiland Friday
Nick Kaml-Badger-Greenbush-MR     Lost pin  4:44

Beat Jacob Schlicting-D-G-F  by  pin  2:33
Lost to Ethan Byer-Frazee by  pin  3:49
5th Place Match - Lost to Hunter Olson-Fertile-Beltrami  5-3
145 lbs Damian Hodgson Friday
Trent Dufault-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton    Lost pin  1:06
Drew Hendrickson-United North Central   L  4-2  (OT)
152 lbs Jake Wagner  Friday
Toby Hintzman-United North Central   Lost  10-2

Trevor Dufault-DGF   Won  pin  2:37
Isaac Schermerhorn-Frazee  Lost  pin  3:55
5th Place Match - Beat Jesse Anderson-Fertile-Beltrami by pin 4:39
160 lbs Zach Lutz  Friday
Hunter Roller-West Marshall   Lost  pin  :58
Chris Moser-Fertile-Beltrami    Lost  pin  :50
170 lbs Jonny Frazee Friday
Ethan Johnson-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton   Lost  pin  :59
Nick Pahlen-Red Lake County Central    Won  pin  3:13

Beat Leo Pruneda-West Marshall  by pin  4:32
Lost to Zach Tretbar-Park Rapids  by pin  :50
5th Place Match - Lost to Daron Sikorski-BGMR by pin 2:07
182 lbs Luke Edlund Friday
Alex Fuchs-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton    Lost  4-3

Beat Zach Hocking-Park Rapids by pin  :31
Lost to Wyatt Beauchane-Fertile-Beltrami  4-3
5th Place Match - Lost to Jake Worms-Mahnomen-Waubun by pin 4:51
195 lbs OPEN   -
220 lbs OPEN   -
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez Friday
Chris Baxter-Park Rapids   Lost pin   1:21

Beat Randy Espe-Mahnomen-Waubun   3-0
Lost to Tristan Larson-RLCC  by pin  2:10
5th Place Match - Lost to Doug Peterson-BGMR by pin 1:35

Finals Results and those that advance to the State Tournament next week
106 pounds -  Tanner Schermerhorn-Frazee over  Owen Novacek-B-G-MR  by pin  1:59
         True Second -  Ashton Clark-Park Rapids over Novacek  by pin at 4:25
113 pounds -  Willie Meine-Fertile-Beltrami over Ben Johnson-United North Central  5-4
120 pounds – Tanner Reitz-Frazee over Isaak Isane-B-G-MR  by win  2:54
         True Second -  Isaak Isane-B-G-MR  over Shawn Neisen-Mahnomen-Waubun  11-6
126 pounds -  Byron Byer-Frazee over Jared Sunram-Park Rapids   8-0
132 pounds    Cody Weiland-Crookston over Grant Jepson-Frazee  10-6
138 pounds -  Ben Baumgartner-Park Rapids   over  Tommer Tellers-United North Central   9-2
145 pounds -  Austin Skillings-Frazee over Cody Dravis-Park Rapids  9-1
152 pounds -  Justin Dravis-Park Rapids   over  Brandon Waage-B-G-MR   7-2
160 pounds -  Tanner Bachmann-Frazee over Cameron Lundeen-Red Lake County Central  3-2
170 pounds -  Ethan Johnson-D-G-F  over  Jonathan Hoffner-Mahnomen-Waubun   by pin  5:56
          True Second -  Jonathan Hoffner-Mahnomen-Waubun  over Calvin Streeper-Frazee by pin  5:37
182 pounds -  Jonah Lange-Frazee  over  Beau Blumer-B-G-MR
195 pounds -  Garrett Pemelton-D-G-F over Tristan Palmer-United North Central   4-3
220 pounds -  Tyler Oberg-D-G-F over Nick Fisher-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis   3-1
286 pounds -  Garrett Malstrom-Frazee over Drew Hawk-D-G-F   9-3
          True Second – Drew Hawk-D-G-F  over  Tristan Larson-Red Lake County Central  5-1

                Jake Wagner getting close to his pin in the fifth place match at 152 pounds




In their regular season home finale, the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles took down the MSU Moorhead Dragons, 79-61, in front of a big crowd at Lysaker Gymnasium. The win clinches a home game for the Golden Eagles in the first round of the NSIC playoffs for the first time in program history.

“I think everybody believed in each other tonight and we knew we wanted to come out and respond after a disappointing loss last night,” UMC head coach Mike Roysland said of his seniors. “I thought the focus was really there tonight and we knew what was on the line and were able to stay calm and play the game the way we know that we can.”

Ashley Martell (Sr., Somerset, WI) gave the Golden Eagles a boost early. Starting just her second game of the season, Martell knocked down two three’s in the opening moments as part of a 8-0 UMC run to start the game. “That start gave us some momentum early and helped us feel good about our teamwork,” Ebony Livingston stated. “It felt good to be clicking on all cylinders early.” The Golden Eagles’ defense was stout early, holding the Dragons scoreless in the game’s first four minutes. MSU Moorhead would find their scoring touch, going on an 11-0 run in a span of three minutes to take a 22-15 lead with 7:41 left. After an Ebony Livingston (Sr., Minneapolis, MN) lay-in, MSUM would score to take a 24-17 lead and push it to 31-21. But then the Golden Eagles would catch fire. UMC got three-pointers from Kenzie Church (Sr., Fairmount, ND) and Katrina Moenkedick (Jr., Perham, MN) and a last second shot from Alexa Thielman (Jr., Buffalo, MN), all part of a 16-0 run to end the half. UMC’s defense also held MSUM scoreless in the last 5:09 of the half as they took a 37-31 lead into the locker room.

Thielman started the second half for UMC much like she ended the first, hitting shots. She hit a mid range shot from the right side then hit a three-pointer from the right wing to give UMC a 42-34 lead just two minutes into the second half. Thielman would strike again the next possession with a contested triple from the right wing and give the Golden Eagles a 47-37 lead. Micaela Noga (Fr., Parkers Prairie, MN) would get into the three-point party moments later, hitting a wide open shot off of a great feed from Moenkedick to bring UMC’s lead to 52-39, their biggest of the game up to that point. UMC would continue their strong play as Emily Gruber (Fr., Monticello, MN) scored five straight points to put her team up 61-45 with 12:06 left. The Dragons responded with an 8-2 spurt to cut the Golden Eagles’ lead to just 10 at 63-53 with 10:08 left. The teams would battle down the stretch as the Dragons cut the UMC lead to 71-66 with 1:31 left. Livingston would be the key for UMC late as she went 12-of-12 from the free throw line in the second half. “I really try not to think about anything when I go to the free throw line,” Livingston said. “They always say never to look at the ball after you shoot so I just take a deep breath and shoot and do my thing.” UMC was able to make plays down the stretch en route to a 79-61 win.

Alexa Thielman led UMC in scoring on the night with 17 points and she also contributed five rebounds and two assists. Ebony Livingston finished with 16 points, Emily Gruber had 14 points to go along with six rebounds and Katrina Moenkedick had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. “So many people came through tonight,” Roysland said. “That puts confidence in everybody and they stuck together and were able to hit shots and get some big stops.”
UMC celebrated senior night as Kenzie Church, Ebony Livingston and Ashley Martell played their final regular season game at Lysaker Gymnasium. “They are all really special people that have helped the program immensely,” UMC head coach Mike Roysland said of his seniors. “They are as good of people off the court as they are on the court. Ebony has logged more minutes as a starter than anybody else since I’ve been here. Ashley’s role has changed but she’ll do whatever she needs to do. And I’m really happy that Kenzie has stayed healthy and she’s done everything she’s been asked to do.”

The Golden Eagles finish the regular season with a 13-13 overall record and a 12-10 record in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. They will host the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears in the first round of the NSIC Playoffs on Wednesday at 6:00 PM.  For the NSIC Tournament bracket click here. MSU Moorhead finishes the regular season with a 15-11 overall record and a 14-8 record in the NSIC. 


Kenzie Church drives the perimeter    Ashley Martell with a three pointer



1st Half

2nd Half



31  40  71


37  42  79

  Ebony Livingston tries to drive by a defender in the first half

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alexa Thielman   17  5   2 Assists/ 1Steal 
Ebony Livingston  16 4 3 Steals
Emily Gruber  14 6  1 Steal 
Katrina Moenkedick    10   10   4 Assist/ 1Steal
Ashley Martell 8  4   2 Assists 
Micaela Noga    8  6 2 Assists/ 1Steal 
Kenzie Church  6  1 



In their regular season home finale, the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles couldn’t overcome poor shooting as they fell at the hands of the #8 ranked Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons by a 66-44 final on senior night.

“Despite the loss, we’ve done some things and hit some milestones this year,” Golden Eagle head coach Dan Weisse said. “We’re certainly not where we want to be, but these guys laid their footprint on the program and hopefully we can build on that success.”

It was the Isaac Sevile show in the opening minutes for the Dragons as the center scored his team’s first 10 points as they jumped out to a 10-4 lead. The Golden Eagles responded with a 6-0 run of their own courtesy of baskets from Derrick Redd, Jr. (Jr., Menifee, CA), Kevin Larson (Sr., New Ulm, MN) and Tyler West, Jr. (Sr., Portland, OR) to tie the game at 10. MSUM responded with a 6-2 run to retake the lead at 16-12 with 9:42 left in the half. The lead would stretch to 21-12 before West, Jr. got a lay-up to go down cut it back to 21-14 minutes later. UMC would cut the lead to 23-17 after a Sam Howell (Sr., Seattle, WA) bucket after a great feed from Larson. The Golden Eagles struggled from the field in the first 20 minutes, shooting just 26.7% (8-of-30) and went into halftime trailing 31-19. “They provide some mismatches for us,” Weisse said. “They had a 6’9” kid playing the guard and Tim Lubke had to guard him and he gives up six inches in height. But give credit to Moorhead, they are a great team and will probably go far in the postseason.”

UMC started the second half on a good note as Tomas Parker (Sr., Pequot Lakes, MN) was able to get a couple of early buckets but MSUM responded with a 10-0 run. Jordan Riewer’s three pointer brought the lead to 41-23 and forced Dan Weisse to call a timeout. Following the timeout, Lucas Reller (Sr., Lead, SD) knocked down a triple and Tim Lubke (Sr., St. Paul, MN) converted in the paint to bring the score to 41-28 with 13:50 left. The Dragons would use the long ball to increase their lead in the next three minutes as Ngijol Songolo hit his team’s fourth three of the half to put the lead at 49-31 with 9:45 to go. The shooting woes continued for UMC in the second half and the Dragons were able to dominate the rebounding battle as they went on to win, 66-44. The Dragons outrebounded the Golden Eagles 48-28 and held UMC to just 34.5% (19-of55) shooting.

UMC was led on the night by Tyler West, Jr.’s 10 points and five rebounds. Sam Howell chipped in nine points off the bench and Tomas Parker finished with six points and two rebounds. Nine different players scored for the Golden Eagles and they got 17 points from the bench. “We got good scoring off the bench tonight and just need to see those guys continue to produce,” Weisse stated. “A game like this, where we started some different guys, allowed us to see a lot of different guys contribute.”

Six seniors played their final regular season game in a Golden Eagle uniform as Lucas Reller, Kevin Larson, Sam Howell, Tim Lubke, Tyler West, Jr. and Tomas Parker finished played at Lysaker Gymnasium for the final time. “I’ve only been with these guys for one year but they’ve put in a lot of work and we appreciate their efforts,” Weisse said. “We feel that they’ve put their stamp on the program as we’ve been able to accomplish things this here that the program hasn’t done in a while.”

The Golden Eagles finish the regular season with a 7-19 overall record and a 5-17 record in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. UMC will travel to Mankato to take on the Mavericks in the first round of the NSIC Playoffs on Wednesday, February 25. For the NSIC tournament bracket click here. “We’ll have the same possession preparing for the playoffs, just one possession at a time,” said Weisse. “We’ve got nothing to lose, we’ll just tell the guys to go out there, have fun and play with enthusiasm.” The MSU Moorhead Dragons finish the regular season 29-2 overall and 20-2 in the NSIC. 

             Sam Howell looks to make a move


1st Half

2nd Half



31 35 66


19 25 44


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Tyler West 10 5  
Sam Howell 9    
Tomas Parker 6    
Kevin Larson 4   3 assists
Tim Lubke 4 3  
Derrick Redd 4
Lucas Reller 3    
Micah Hollowell 2    
Jim Warmack 2 3  



                Colton Weiland tries to break away from his opponent in his first match of the day

The Crookston Pirates didn't fare to well in the first round of the Section 8A Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School in Glyndon.  Seven of the nine lost by pins, but all will be in the wrestlebacks. "Obviously it wasn't a good first round for us," said Crookston head coach Chad Hitchen, "we were flat and just not ready. After Jesse's (Bosquez) match, I pulled them all into the hall way and told them to go to the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton wrestling room and do some work. Win or lose your next match, just go out wrestle your style and be aggressive." Crookston senior Cody Weiland who is undefeated this season, but hasn't wrestled for a period of time was named the number one seed at the 132 pound class and because of the number of wrestlers at 132, Cody has two byes and didn't wrestle until 6:40 PM tonight and he was in total control winning a 10-2 match over Nash Sovde of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River. "It felt like any other match really," said Weiland, "I felt pretty good and I didn't feel anything with my knee until late in the third period. I was a little fatigued at the end of the match, but you should be if you go six minutes." The win was his 201 victory in his career at Crookston High School which ties the all-time win record with Anthony Caputo. Weiland will go for the championship tomorrow against Grant Jepson of Frazee and not only a trip to the State Tournament next week, but also to become the tops in wins in Crookston High School wrestling. "Cody wrestled a good match today and it was really good to see him go six minutes," said coach Hitchen, "he started well and maybe a little conservative late in the match, but it's hard to score or do things when the opponent is on defense the whole match. In the Sections, you don't need bonus points and just win which is what Cody did." Weiland met Jepson in the first meet of the season at a Wahpeton, N.D. meet with Weiland winning 10-0. "It's tournament time and you can't count out anybody from Frazee who are tough at this time of year so it will be a good match tomorrow," said Weiland.  The Pirates have seven wrestlers that will be back tomorrow in the wrestlebacks and Weiland in the championship. The top two wrestlers in each weight class advance to the Minnesota State Tournament next weekend in St. Paul.  KROX RADIO will have reports by Rodd Olson. The finals will be held tomorrow with the wrestlebacks starting at 11:30 AM, fifth place matches at 2:00 PM and the championships and third place matches at 4:30 PM and if any true second matches are needed, they will be at 6:30 PM.

     Hunter Baranski looks to be in control early in his match and gets ready to make a move

  PIRATES Opponent/Result Place
106 lbs OPEN    
113 lbs Hunter Baranski Mike Bisek-Mahnomen-Waubun    Lost pin 3:16
Bryce Bergeron-BGMR
120 lbs OPEN    
126 lbs Lukas Meier Wyatt Becker-Badger-Greenbush-MR    Lost pin  1:59
Adam Syverson-Mahnomen-Waubun   Won  pin  2:02
Liam Cochran-United North Central
132 lbs Cody Weiland Bye
Nash Sovde - Badger-Greenbush-MR    Won  10-2
Championship -  Grant Jepson-Frazee
138 lbs Colton Weiland Nick Kaml-Badger-Greenbush-MR     Lost pin  4:44
Jacob Schlicting-D-G-F
145 lbs Damian Hodgson Trent Dufault-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton    Lost pin  1:06
Drew Hendrickson-United North Central   L  4-2  (OT)
152 lbs Jake Wagner  Toby Hintzman-United North Central   Lost  10-2
Trevor Dufault-DGF
160 lbs Zach Lutz  Hunter Roller-West Marshall   Lost  pin  :58
Chris Moser-Fertile-Beltrami    Lost  pin  :50
170 lbs Jonny Frazee Ethan Johnson-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton   Lost  pin  :59
Nick Pahlen-Red Lake County Central    Won  pin  3:13
Leo Pruneda-West Marshall
182 lbs Luke Edlund Alex Fuchs-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton    Lost  4-3
Zach Hocking-Park Rapids
195 lbs OPEN    
220 lbs OPEN    
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez Chris Baxter-Park Rapids   Lost pin   1:21
Randy Espe-Mahnomen-Waubun

Lukas Meier tries to get out of a hold        Damian Hodgson looks to make a move                                     Jake Wagner goes for a one leg takedown


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