TUESDAY - JULY 22,  2014

CROOKSTON PARK AND REC SOFTBALL TEAM FINISHES SECOND IN FOSSTON TOURNEY

The Crookston Park and Rec Bantam Softball team took 2nd place in the Fosston tournament last week.  Crookston beat Fertile-Beltrami 4-0, then beat Bemidji 4-3 and lost to Red Lake Falls 2-0.  The team is made up of 7 to 10 year olds.  Members of the team are Emma Gunderson, Miryah Epema, Emily Bowman, Addie Fee, Katelyn Christianson, Danielle Kresl, Nicole Miller, Katelyn Ringstad, Rylee Solheim, Kailee Magsam, Cassie Solheim, Macy Fee, and Hannah Loraas.  The team is coached by Tori Demarais and Tiffany Hanson.


   The Crookston Park and Rec Bantam Softball team with their second place medals

 

 

 

UMC HIRES NEW SOFTBALL COACH AFTER LONG SEARCH

University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the addition of Don Stopa as head softball coach for the Golden Eagles. Stopa comes to UMC after acquiring a myriad of experience coaching collegiate softball most recently at National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) affiliate Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C. for the past three seasons. “We are excited to add Don to the staff as head softball coach,” Helgeson said. “He is very highly respected and brings a great deal of experience coaching at a variety of levels. We believe Don will be a great addition to our staff.” 

“I am honored to be a part of UMC as the head softball coach and I would like to thank Athletic Director Steph Helgeson for this opportunity,” Stopa said. “I am really excited about where this program could go and can’t wait to get to work. The university has so much to offer these student athletes and I hope to bring great success, on and off the field.”

During his time at Louisburg, Stopa led the Hurricanes to a 70-56 mark and helped to produce 14 All-Region players, two National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans and six NJCAA All-
Academic award winners. In addition to his duties as softball coach, Stopa was also the Sports Information Director for Louisburg.
A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Stopa spent three years at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. working with both the baseball and softball teams, as well as serving as the Sports Information Director. In 2011, he helped the Aztecs to a 51-14 mark and No. 9 ranking in the NJCAA poll. He also helped the team compete for a regional championship, finishing just one game short of a trip to the National Tournament.
Prior to his move to Arizona, Stopa was the head softball coach at Graceland University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school in Lamoni, Iowa for three seasons helping to improve the Yellowjackets both on the field and in the classroom. Before his transition to softball, Stopa was an assistant baseball coach for two seasons at Graceland.
Before making the move to Graceland, Stopa spent time as the pitching coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M University.
Stopa earned his Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Mass Communication in 2002, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication in 2004 and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport Management in 2007. Don and his wife Ashley has two sons Austin and Jaxon.

 

 

 

MONDAY - JULY 21,  2014

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL TEAM TO PLAY PARKERS PRAIRIE WEDNESDAY

The Crookston American Legion Baseball team will play Parkers Prairie in the first round of the District 9, Division II Baseball tournament in Pelican Rapids on Wednesday. 
The schedule of the first day of games and the link to the bracket are below.

Wednesday, July 23 First Round games-
11:30 AM - Red Lake County (1 North) vs Frazee (4 South)
2:00 PM - Hawley (#2 South) vs Stephen-Argyle (#3 North)
4:30 PM - Crookston (#2 North)  vs Parkers Prairie (#4 South)
7:00 PM - Dilworth-G-F (#1 South)  vs Warroad (#4 North)

FOR THE COMPLETE BRACKET CLICK HERE (Best viewed in Explorer)

 

The Moorhead Blues are the number one seed for what is now called the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion Baseball Tournament in Perham, Thursday-Sunday, July 24-28.
The double elimination tournament Thursday's games are as follows:
10:00 AM -  Alexandria (#4 seed)  vs  Thief River Falls (#5)
1:00 PM   -  Moorhead (#1)  vs  Detroit Lakes  (#8)
4:00 PM   -  East Grand Forks (#2)  vs  Fergus Falls (#7)
7:00 PM  -   Perham (#3)  vs  Bemidji (#6)

 

 

SYDNEY BOIKE VERBALLY COMMITS TO PLAY BASKETBALL AT UND

Crookston High School Girls Basketball player, Sydney Boike, informed KROX radio Saturday evening that she has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of North Dakota after she completes her senior year, this upcoming school year.  Boike was named All State Honorable mention this past season after she averaged 23.2 points per game as a Junior and also had 289 rebounds, 76 assists, 49 blocks, and 40 steals.  The University of North Dakota women's basketball team is coming off a great season last year, where they made the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament after winning the Big Sky Conference and lost to Texas A&M in the first round 70-55.  UND finished the season 22-10.

 

 

RIVERVIEW HEALTH TO OFFER SPORTS PHYSICALS

As July quickly moves on, it’s time to prepare for back-to-school needs. An important need for any athlete is a sports physical. RiverView Health is here to make sure your athlete is in tip top shape for the upcoming sports seasons. Sports physicals will be offered at RiverView’s North Clinic in Crookston on July 22, 29 and August 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To make an appointment, please call 218-281-9595.

 

 

SUNDAY - JULY 20, 2014

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION FALLS TO RED LAKE COUNTY IN DISTRICT 9, DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP

Red Lake County, who blew an early lead in the game, capped a great comeback with a run in the eighth inning to defeat Crookston 14-13 in the championship game of the North Sub-District 9, Division II American Legion Baseball Tournament in Roseau.
Red Lake County, who started out with a 6-0 lead after a half inning, rallied back with four runs in the top of the seventh inning on the aid of four walks, a costly Crookston error and a huge Scott Schultz two out single that brought two runs in and the score was tied 13-13.  Lars Brevik, who pitched in the two games Red Lake County won yesterday, including a complete game win over Warroad, set down Crookston in the bottom of the seventh to send it to extra innings. “Lars has been very good for us all season long and continued that in this tournament and in this game,” said Red Lake County head coach Seth Schmitz. “It was a great comeback for our guys, but they have a lot of experience and never seemed to get rattled.”  In the eighth inning, Red Lake County’s Jake Magnell led off with a walk and the RLC number three hitter, Wyatt Casavan was asked to lay down a bunt and executed perfectly sending Magnell to second base with one out. “With Lars pitching, we were playing for the one run,” said coach Schmitz. “Wyatt is a team player and does what has to be done and he put a nice bunt down for us.”
The next batter was Brevik and with a wild pitch Magnell moved to third base with one and and Brevik blooped a fly ball to shallow right center field that fell just out of the reach of hard charging centerfielder Aaron Hollcraft to score Magnell with the go ahead run. Crookston’s Joey Koenig, who came in relief of Cody Weiland, who had control problems in the seventh, did get a couple pop outs to end the inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Brevik sailed through with a ground out and two called strikeouts as the big right hander retired the last seven Crookston players he faced in his three innings of work to pick up the win 14-13 to garner the north number one seed for the District 9, Division II Tournament next week in Pelican Rapids.
Red Lake County banged out six hits for the six runs in the first inning off Crookston’s Parker Epema, who did hit a batter, but was throwing strikes and Red Lake County bats were hot. “The 14 hits we had today were the most we’ve collected this season,” said coach Schmitz. “That is a good sign at this time of year.”  Crookston would counted in their first inning with a four spot, led by a Hollcraft rbi double and Cody Wardner drove in two runs with a single.  After Red Lake County scored two more in the third inning to take an 8-4 lead, Crookston took advantage of some Red Lake County wildness by taking three walks and in between getting a key double by Epema that drove in two runs and Seth Desrosier drove in two runs with a single and Crookston led 10-8 after three innings.
Red Lake County did score a run in the fourth inning, taking advantage of one of Crookston’s seven errors in the game, but Crookston would answer in this slugfest with two of their own when Epema found a gap with a triple to drive in a run and he scored on a Joey Koenig single to give Crookston a 12-9 lead. Crookston took their biggest lead with Red Lake County defense helping out with their only two errors of the game allowing Crookston to score an unearned run without a hit to gain their biggest lead of the game at 13-9 after five innings. Nobody scored in the sixth inning although Red Lake County threatened with bases loaded and Epema got a third called strikeout, which was his fifth strikeout in the last three innings as the veteran seemed to have gotten stronger as the game went along. 
Crookston did bring in Cody Weiland to start the seventh inning and the youngster ran into control problems, walking the first two batters he faced, followed by the seventh Crookston error to load the bases. Weiland would then strike out the fourth and fifth batters in the Red Lake County lineup and was one out and then one strike away from a Crookston victory, but Taylor Kenfield walked on a 3-2 count to bring in a run and Schultz had the key single to bring in two more and as Red Lake County batted 10 players in the inning to tie the game before the Brevik base hit in the eighth for the victory.
Brevik picked up the win with his three innings of relief for Red Lake County who are now 14-2 on the season, while Crookston falls to 13-3 on the year with all three losses coming to Red Lake County!!
Both teams will advance to the District 9 Tournament in Pelican Rapids, Thursday through Sunday of next week.
Red Lake County will be the #1 seed from the north, Crookston the second seed and followed by Stephen-Argyle and Warroad.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton will be the #1 seed from the south, Hawley the second seed and followed by Parkers Prairie and Frazee.
The pairings officially will be released Monday morning with the times of the game, but it would appear, Red Lake County would meet Frazee in an opening game and Crookston would tangle with Parkers Prairie in a first round game in the double elimination tournament.


Joey Koenig gets a lead off first base as the Red Lake County second baseman looks on

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Red Lake County 6 0 2 1 0 0 4 1 14 14 2
CROOKSTON 4 1 5 2 1 0 0 0 13 10 7


Parker Epema with a pitch, he went six innings in the game

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Ryan Amiot - RLC 0.2 3 4 4 2 1
Tristan Knott - RLC 1.2 3 6 6 5 1
Wyatt Casavan - RLC 2.1 4 3 2 0 2
Lars Brevik-RLC (WP) 3.0 0 0 0 1 5
Parker Epema - Crox 6.0 11 9 6 3 6
Cody Weiland-Crox 1.0 2 4 0 5 2
Joey Koenig -Crox (LP) 1.0 1 1 1 1 0

For Crookston
Seth Desrosier - 2-5, 2 rbi
Cody Wardner - 2-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi
Parker Epema - 2-3, double, triple, 3 rbi

 

For Red Lake County
Lars Brevik - 3-6, 2 runs, game-winning rbi
Zach Landman - 2-5, 2 runs, double, rbi
Wyatt Casavan - 2-5, triple, 2 runs, rbi
Scott Schultz - 3-4, double, 4 rbi, 2 run

 

 

 

CROOKSTON REDS TAKE A 1-0 LEAD IN FIRST ROUND OF NORMAN-POLK LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

The Crookston Reds amateur baseball team started the Norman-Polk League Playoffs by traveling up to Warroad and picking up a 12-0 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three series.
The win was impressive, especially after Warroad beat up on Crookston last weekend and beat the Reds by identical 11-1 scores in a double header.
Sunday afternoon was a different story as the Reds scored three runs in the first inning.  Justin Johnson led off the game with a single and after the next two batters were retired.  Dave Grabowski started the two out rally with a single, Josh Edlund had an rbi single and Nick Wheelhouse followed with a two rbi double for the 3-0 lead.  In the bottom of the first inning, Reds pitcher Matt Morin allowed the first two batters reach on a single and a walk, but shut the door by retiring the next three batters to set the tone for the rest of the game.
Crookston added three more runs in the fourth inning when Kody Kawlewski singled and advanced to second on an error, Johnson singled, Brady Arneson singled in Kawlewski and Johnson and Arneson came into score on errors for a 6-0 lead.  The Reds scored a run a piece in the fifth and sixth inning and then added four runs in the seventh inning with two walks, a hit batter, double by Sam Brule and a single by Jon Olson to solidify an 11-0 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.  Matt Morin picked up the win going all seven innings, scattering seven hits and walking one.
Crookston improves to 9-7 on the year and will host Warroad on Wednesday evening.

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CROOKTON 3 0 0 3 1 1 4 12 11 0
Warroad 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Matt Morin - Crox (WP) 7 7 0 0 1 3

 

 

FRIDAY - JULY 18,  2014

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION WINS TWICE IN THE  DISTRICT 9, DIVISION II PLAYOFFS TODAY

Crookston pitchers were sharp combining for 29 strikeouts in two games to defeat Win-E-Mac 7-3 in a first round game with Seth Desrosier striking out 14 and the Crookston scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Desrosier single to back Aaron Hollcraft's 15 strikeout performance to defeat Ada 8-7 and a sweep on the day in the North Sub-Section District 9, Division II Tournament in Roseau.

GAME ONE VS WIN-E-MAC
If there was any question of why Aaron Hollcraft wasn't starting the first game of the North Sub-District 9 Tournament today, they were answered by Seth Desrosier, who threw a four hitter, striking out 14 in the Crookston American Legion baseball teams 7-3 win over Win-E-Mac. "I answer that question with we don't really have a number one or two pitcher," said Crookston Legion head coach Jesse Jennings, "If Aaron is our number one, then Seth is pretty darn close."
The Crookston American Legion team opened up the Win-E-Mac game with four runs in the fifth inning and it proved to be the difference n a 7-3 victory in the first round of the District 9, Division 2 American Legion Baseball Tournament in Roseau.
Crookston started off the game in fine fashion when pitcher Seth Desrosier quickly retired the first three batters he faced in the top of the first inning.  In the bottom of the first inning the first two batters were retired and Crookston Post #20 started a rally.  Seth Desrosier helped his cause with a double, Cody Wardner walked and runners were at first and second base.  Aaron Hollcraft singled to right field to score Desrosier and Wardner advanced to third base on the play and when the ball got away from the third baseman Hollcraft was able to able to advance to third and Brandon Kresl walked, but the next batter was retired and Crookston led 1-0 after an inning. "It was nice to get off to a lead early," said Crookston Head Coach Jesse Jennings.  In the second inning, Desrosier walked a couple of batters, before striking out the final two batters of the inning to get out of a mini jam.
In the bottom of the second inning the first two Crookston batters were retired, and again they started a rally.  Joey Koenig singled and on a pickoff attempt the ball got past the first baseman and Joey was able to advance to third base on the error.  Cody Magsam drew a walk and then as the Win-E-Mac pitcher went into the stretch Cody took off and stole second and on the throw to second base Koenig stole home to score the second run of the game for a 2-0 lead.  In the top of the third inning Win-E-Mac had bases loaded when they had a single to score two runs to tie the game at 2-2.  Crookston regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning when Cody Wardner manufactured a run when he was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a ground out and then came into score on another wild pitch for a 3-2 Crookston lead. "The focus on our offense is to increase our on base percentage and put balls in play and waiting for good pitches by working the count," said Jennings. "Any way we can get on and actually we have a bit of a game going after I told them at the beginning of the year that I would buy Dairy Queen for anybody that is hit by a pitch.  Today we had two so they are costing me some money today." Crookston would get some insurance runs with four runs in the fifth inning. Wardner singled and Hollcraft double to score a run.  After a couple batters reached Joey Koenig doubled to score two more runs and the fourth run of the inning came into score on a wild pitch and Crookston led 7-2.  In the seventh inning, Win-E-Mac had a solo home run, but that is all they would get and Crookston held on to win 7-3 to advance to the winners bracket to play Ada. Seth Desrosier picked up the complete game win on the mound while striking out 14 batters. "I am pretty sure it is a career high, I wasn't hitting the strike zone and was leaving it up to a lot of hitters," said Desrosier. "My off speed was working well today, especially my curveball.  Advancing is big at playoff time and we just need to keep getting some runs and keep moving on."
Crookston improves to 12-2 on the year.  Win-E-Mac drops to 5-6 on the year.


         Cody Wardner puts the ball in play in one of his at bats

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Win-E-Mac 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 4 4
CROOKSTON 1 1 1 0 4 0 X 7 7 1


Seth Desrosier picked up the win going all seven innings

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Seth Desrosier - Crox  (WP) 7 4 3 2 6 14
Zac Tradewell - WEM  (LP) 5 6 7 5 5 5
Zach Plante - WEM 1 1 0 0 1 3

For Crookston
Joey Koenig - 2-4, double, 2 rbi
Aaron Hollcraft - 3-4, double, 2 rbi
Cody Wardner  1-2, 2 runs
Seth Desrosier 1-4, double, run

For Win-E-Mac
Zac Tradewell   2-4, home run
Jake Walker 1-3, 2 rbi


GAME TWO VS ADA
After seeing a four run lead dissipate in the seventh inning, the Crookston American Legion baseball team struck back with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Seth Desrosier walk-off single to score Joey Koenig to lead Crookston to an 8-7 win over Ada in a North Sub-Section District 9, Division II baseball tournament in Roseau.  With the win, Crookston assures themselves of a advancing to the District 9 Tournament July 24-27 in Pelican Rapids plus a chance to play in the championship game of the North Sub-Section Tourney on Sunday night in Roseau.

Ada took an initial 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Crookston countered with two runs in the second inning on a Parker Epema two run single to give Crookston the lead at 2-1. Ada tied it again in the third at 2-2 and they took the lead again with a Blake Fetting home run over the center field fence in the fifth inning to make it a 3-2 lead for Ada. Crookston did answer in the bottom of the inning as Cody Magsam led off with a walk, moved to third on two ground outs and scored on an Aaron Hollcraft triple in the gap to make it 3-3 after five innings.  Hollcraft, who had 15 strikeouts in the game, retired Ada in order for the only time of the game on three strikeouts in the top of the sixth. Crookston would sent nine players to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with five hits including a Koenig rbi single, Magsam had a two rbi double and Brandon Kresl singled in another to give Crookston what seemed like a comfortable 7-3 lead.
Ada wasn’t through though as the also batted nine in the top of the seventh with five of them getting singles and they scored four runs and Hollcraft did strand runners on first and second base with his 15th strikeout of the game to end the inning with a 7-7 game. “Ada are great hitters,” said Hollcraft. “You can’t say much more than that. Fetting is a stud with his first double a shot and then the home run, you just say oh well and move on.” Hollcraft gave up nine hits in the game and seven earned runs. “I was a little uncomfortable to start the game with a different mound and different place, but I settled in a little bit and able to get in some kind of groove, but Ada can really hit the ball,” said Hollcraft.
Crookston went down in order in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
Crookston made a pitching change with Cody Weiland coming in relief of Hollcraft in the eighth inning and Weiland faced only four batters, giving up one walk and a balk moved the runner to second with Fetting, who was 4-4 at the plate flew out to center field to end the top of the eighth.
In the bottom of the eighth, Crookston’s Koenig was struck hit by a pitch in the back by Fetting, who was in his second inning of relief, to start the inning. Magsam, who was on base five times in the game, rapped a single to right field that sent Koenig to third base and Crookston had runners on first and third with nobody out.  With a base open, Ada elected to pitch to Seth Desrosier and the catcher hit a fastball hard to right center field that eluded the outfielder to drive in Koenig with the walk off hit to give Crookston the exciting 8-7 win. “It wasn’t one of our prettier games,” said Crookston head coach Jesse Jennings. “I did like the way our team kept battling back through adversity especially Aaron on the mound as there were times when he was frustrated, but he kept his composure and came through for us.”  Weiland picked up the win in relief facing the four batters, but gave Crookston a boost with his work on the mound. “We hadn’t thrown Cody much this Legion season and he kept telling us he could pitch,” said Jennings. “Last week with some players missing we put him in a game against Roseau and he shut them down and we didn’t hesitate to put him in tonight and he pitched very well.” 
Crookston improves to 13-2 on the season and will play in the North Sub-District championship on Sunday night about 5:30 PM in Roseau against an opponent that will be determined on Saturday.
Ada falls to 8-3 on the year and will play in a loser out game at 12:30 PM on Sunday against an opponent that will be determined on Saturday.


  Parker Epema puts the ball in play while his teammates look on in the Ada game

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Ada 1 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 7 11 2
CROOKSTON 0 2 0 0 1 4 0 1 8 9 1


Aaron Hollcraft with a pitch in one of his seven innings

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft - Crox  7.0 9  7 7 2 15
Cody Weiland - Crox  (WP) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0
Ryan Olson-Ada 6.0  9 7 5 5 4
Blake Fetting - Ada  (LP) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1

For Crookston
Seth Desrosier - 1-5, drove in winning run at bottom of 8th inning
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-2, triple, rbi
Cody Magsam - 2-2, double, 2 rbi
Mikey Hajostek - 2-4, double, 2 runs

For Ada
Blake Fetting - 4-5, 2 double, homerun, 2 runs, 3 rbi
J.D. Kappes - 2-4, double, 3 runs
Michael Kolness - 3-4, rbi

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL ADDS ANOTHER GUARD FROM CALIFORNIA

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the addition of Brian Enriquez (G, 6-3 195, Lakewood, Calif.) to a National Letter of Intent. Enriquez becomes the fourth player to sign with the Golden Eagles for next season. He joins A.J. Walton (G, 6-4 190, Hesperia, Calif.), Jim Warmack (F/C, 6-7 220, East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Gable Smith (G/F, 6-7 170, Lodi, Wis.)  who all previously signed with UMC.  “Brian is a combo guard that can step out and shoot, find the open man, or take it to the rim himself,” said UMC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Weisse. “Brian is a guy that has a work ethic second to none. He wants to get better and in turn he makes his teammates better. We want players in our program that are hungry to get better and that is what he brings We are excited that Brian is a Golden Eagle.”
Enriquez played seven games for St. John Bosco last season, averaging 3.4 points per game, after transferring there for his senior season. He transferred mid-year for personal reasons to La Mirada H.S., where he did not play basketball. Enriquez previously played for Sultana H.S. where he averaged 20.5 points, five assists and 2.5 rebounds as a junior. His best game as a junior came with 44 points on 15-of-30 shooting from the field against Oak Hills H.S. Enriquez was 7-of-11 from beyond the arc in the game. In addition, Enriquez tallied 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting and was 4-of-6 from three-point range against Yucca Valley H.S. Against California Military Institute, Enriquez had 11 assists and four steals. As a sophomore for Sultana H.S., Enriquez averaged 12 points, four assists and three rebounds per game. He was an All-League selection during three of his high school seasons.
He is the son of Buck and Edith Enriquez. Enriquez was born Oct. 15, 1995. He plans to major in health science.  “I’m kind of speechless,” Enriquez said. “I am really excited for the opportunity to play basketball at UMC. I am ready for the next chapter of my life. The biggest thing I think I bring to the program is a floor general at the point guard spot. I try to be a leader on the floor.”
The Golden Eagles will have a large roster with 13 returnees and four newcomers for the 2014-15 season. Minnesota Crookston will be led by a large senior class which includes seven players with Tim Lubke (G, St. Paul), Tomas Parker (F/C, Pequot Lakes), Kevin Larson (G, New Ulm), Tyler West, Jr. (G/F, Portland, Ore.), Lucas Reller (G, Lead, S.D.), Giorgi Koguashvili (G, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia) and Sam Howell (G, Seattle, Wash.). The 2014-15 season will be the first for new Head Coach Dan Weisse, who comes over after three years as an assistant coach at Minnesota State University Moorhead. 

 

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL PROGRAM ADDS ANOTHER ASSISTANT COACH, WAS GRAD ASSISTANT AT MIAMI

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the addition of Bryan Beamish as assistant coach. Beamish will join Head Coach Dan Weisse and Assistant Coach Mike Annese on staff for the Golden Eagles for the 2014-15 season. Beamish comes to UMC after one season as a graduate assistant under Jim Larranaga at NCAA Division I University of Miami (Fla.).  “We are thrilled to be able to add someone of Bryan’s caliber to our coaching staff,” Weisse said. “All along his career as a player and a coach, he has had a chance to learn the game from some great basketball minds. I believe the players will thoroughly enjoy working with Bryan. He is someone who was a successful player at Wisconsin-Stevens Points and who could probably still hold his own in practice. Bryan will be a tremendous addition to our basketball program and our University, as a whole.”
As a graduate assistant for the Hurricanes, Beamish’s primary responsibilities were breaking down opponent’s game film, assisting during practice and helping run Miami’s basketball camps. During Beamish’s one season with the Hurricanes he helped lead the team to a 17-15 mark.
Prior to arriving at Miami, Beamish was an assistant coach for two seasons at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla. as a member of Head Coach Lance Randall’s staff. Before making the move to Florida, Beamish was an assistant coach for one season at his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he helped the Pointers to a successful 26-4 record and a Sweet 16 appearance at the NCAA Division III National 
Tournament.
As a player, the Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., native had a prolific four-year career for the Pointers. During his time in Stevens Point, he earned First Team All-Conference honors twice and served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. Beamish started every game during three of his four years with the Pointers. He hlped lead the team to two Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Regular-Season and Tournament Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Beamish earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from 
Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) with an emphasis in sports business from Saint Leo University in 2014. 


 

 

UMC ADDS ANOTHER ATHLETIC TRAINER TO THE STAFF

The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department and Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the addition of Steven Krouse as assistant athletic trainer. Krouse joins UMC from the College of Saint Scholastica where he recently graduated with a Master of Science in Athletic Training.
During his time at St. Scholastica, Krouse worked as a trainer for the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team, as well as the football and track and field teams at St. Scholastica and the football and volleyball teams at Northwestern High School in Maple, Wis. As a student at Saint Olaf College, Krouse assisted the training staff with the track and field and baseball teams. “I think Steven will be a great addition to our staff,” Helgeson said. “He is familiar with the NSIC from his work at Minnesota Duluth and brings with him immense knowledge of the athletic training profession from his time at St. Scholastica. As a former student-athlete at Saint Olaf College, he also has an understanding of the importance of athletic trainers from the student-athlete perspective. We are excited to welcome Steven to the Golden Eagle family.”
In addition to his collegiate experience, Krouse also worked as an intern at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. during the summer of 2013. During this time he provided medical coverage for male and female athletes competing in the sports of soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, gymnastics, track and field, football, tennis, wrestling and volleyball. He has also provided medical coverage at the Drew Brees Passing Academy, the Wounded Warriors Softball Camp and the Special Olympics. He has also volunteered at the Minnesota State High School Cross Country Championship and Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn.
Krouse graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science in 2011 from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. During his time at St. Olaf, Krouse was a member of the track and field and cross country teams. He is certified by the National Athletic Trainer Association-Board of Certification. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Krouse joins Head Athletic Trainer Melanie Schulte and Assistant Athletic Trainer Liam Higginson as members of the UMC athletic training staff.

 

 

 

THURSDAY - JULY 17,  2014

ALTRU CLINIC OFFERING SPORTS PHYSICALS AGAIN THIS SUMMER

Students who participate in high school athletics are required to have a physical done every three years, usually just before entering seventh grade and again in 10th grade. Altru Clinic in Crookston is offering these exams at a reduced cost of $30.00. In addition to the regular exam, the physical therapy department will be performing a comprehensive musculoskeletal screening for each student.
Sports physical times at the Crookston clinic are: Thursday July 24 and Tuesday July 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Students should bring their completed Minnesota High School League health history form and the $30.00 at the time of the exam.
If you are not sure if you need a physical, please call the high school. To schedule an appointment call Altru Clinic at 281-9100.
This year, Altru is again partnering up with local schools. The $30.00 fee for the exam will be donated back your school’s athletic department to be distributed how they best see fit.

 

 

TUESDAY - JULY 15,  2014

UMC SOCCER RELEASES THEIR 2014 SCHEDULE

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) soccer program officially released their 2014 schedule heading into their upcoming campaign. The Golden Eagles will play three non-conference games and will play all 15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) foes. Minnesota Crookston will host nine games at the UMC Soccer Field and will have nine games away from their friendly confines. 
The Golden Eagles will open up the season September 6 at home against non-conference foe Finlandia University from Hancock, Mich. The Lions went 4-8 during the 2013 season. The game will also serve as the home 

opener for UMC at the UMC Soccer Field with kickoff set for 11:00 a.m.
UMC will then open up their 2014 NSIC slate against Jim Stone’s Bemidji State squad September 9 at 3:00 p.m. at UMC Soccer Field. The Beavers went 12-7 during the 2013 season and narrowly picked up a 1-0 win over the Golden Eagles.

The Golden Eagles went 3-11-4 in Joe Alianiello’s second season at the helm in 2013 as he increased the roster size to 24. Minnesota Crookston will continue to carry a larger roster for the 2014 season. The Golden Eagles return seven starters from last season’s squad led by center back Rachelle Alcini (Sr., Ann Arbor, Mich.) who anchored the back line for Alianiello’s squad. Alcini was an All-NSIC Third Team selection for the 2013 slate. In addition, Erin Mears (Sr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) should be a impactful player once again in the middle of UMC’s system. Mears had one goal during the 2013 campaign. The Golden Eagles also return Delaney McIntyre (Jr., Flin Flon, Manitoba) who brings width to the squad either on the wings or in the back four and scored a goal and dished out two assists in 2013. Another senior, Cayla Bendel (Lakeville, Minn.) is also back for the Golden Eagles and can make an impact on the wings or as a fullback. 
UMC will also be aided by the return of sophomore goalkeeper Lexie Gauger (Green Bay, Wis.), who had a strong first year with the Golden Eagles with a 1.31 goals against average, a .806 saves percentage and four shutouts. Delaney Kohorst (So., Cohasset, Minn.) and Samantha Deutsch (So., Lakeville, Minn.) return as 
starters, as well, in the back four. 2014 will be Alianiello’s third season leading the squad. 

Schedule
Sat.      Sept. 6     Finlandia                  UMC Soccer Field         11 AM
Tues.   Sept. 9     Bemidji State*          UMC Soccer Field         3 PM
Fri.       Sept. 12    Michigan Tech           Houghton, MI             7 PM (EST)
Sun.     Sept. 14    Northern Michigan      Marquette, MI         12 PM (EST)
Sat.      Sept. 20    Minot State*                Minot, ND                  1 PM
Sun.     Sept. 21    University of Mary*      Bismarck, ND           1 PM
Fri.       Sept. 26    Concordia St. Paul*     St. Paul, MN               7 PM
Sun.     Sept. 28    MSU Mankato*             Mankato, MN          1 PM
Sat.      Oct. 4       Wayne State*             UMC Soccer Field       1 PM
Sun.     Oct. 5       Augustana*                UMC Soccer Field       1 PM
Sat.      Oct. 11      U of Sioux Falls*          Sioux Falls, SD          11 AM
Sun.     Oct. 12      Southwest MN St.*       Marshall, MN            1 PM
Sat.      Oct. 18     MSU Moorhead*       UMC Soccer Field        11 AM
Sun.     Oct. 19     Northern State*        UMC Soccer Field         1 PM
Fri.       Oct. 24     Upper Iowa*              UMC Soccer Field         3 PM      
Sun.     Oct. 26     Winona State*           UMC Soccer Field         12 PM
Fri.        Oct. 31      St. Cloud State*          St. Cloud, MN            7:45 PM
Sun.      Nov. 2      Minnesota Duluth*   UMC Soccer Field         1 PM

 

 

MONDAY - JULY 14,  2014

UMC FOOTBALL'S ANDREW HALL NAMED TO PRESEASON TEAM

University of Minnesota Crookston senior linebacker Andrew “Rock” Hall (Detroit, Mich.)  was named to the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) 2014 Preseason All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Team as announced Friday by beyondsportsnetwork.com. The selections were made by the BSN staff based on returning performers from the 2013 All-NSIC teams, game evaluations and overall statistics. 38 players were selected to the teams overall.
Hall was an All-NSIC Second Team selection as a junior after accumulating 79 tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Hall was second on the team in overall tackles and led the squad with 42 assisted tackles. He was second on the squad with 6.5 tackles for loss. Hall will help to anchor a UMC defense that will also look to senior linebacker Brody Davidson (Crookston, Minn.), senior defensive end Greg Lofquist (South St. Paul, Minn.) and senior safety Tyler Hansen (Morris, Minn.) for leadership.


 

 

SUNDAY -  JULY 13, 2014

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL SWEEPS ROSEAU AND GRABS NUMBER ONE SEED IN NORTH

The Crookston American Legion baseball team defeated Roseau Legion this afternoon in a pair of district games, using the pitching of Aaron Hollcraft and Cody Weiland with 8-0 and 11-1 wins. The first game was picked up where the game was rained out earlier this season in Crookston with Hollcraft continuing his domination with a 2-hitter. Weiland is another example of Crookston's pitching stepping up in the Legion season as they moved their record to 11-2 on the legion season.  With the pair of victories, four in all this week, Crookston garnered the number one seed for the North Half of the District 9, Division II Tournament that starts with a play-in game on Tuesday and then continues with quarterfinals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Roseau.
Crookston will play at 12:30 PM on Friday in a first round game, but at this time did not know who their opponent would be.




WEDNESDAY - JULY 9, 2014

THIEF RIVER FALLS THIEVES BEAT THE CROOKSTON REDS 9-2

The Thief River Falls Thieves scored eight runs in their last three innings to blow open a close game for a 9-2 victory in Norman-Polk League play. 
Thief River Falls struck first when they scored a run in the third inning for a 1-0 lead.  Crookston responded with two runs in the top of the sixth inning when Josh Edlund reached on a fielders choice, Brady Arneson and Dave Grabowski singled to load the bases.  Paul Smith walked to score a run and Sam Brule followed with walk to score another run and the Reds led 2-1.  Thief River Falls bounced back and scored five runs in the seventh and added three runs in the eighth inning and picked up the 9-2 victory. 
Crookston drops to 8-7 on the year and will be at Warroad for a double header on Saturday and at Roseau for a double header on Sunday.

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CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 1
Thief River Falls 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 3 - 9 10 1

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Brady Arneson - Crox  (LP) 4 4 1 1 6 0
Josh Edlund - Crox 3.1 0 5 7 3 3
Justin Johnson - Crox .2 2 3 0 1 1

For Crookston-
Paul Smith - 2-3, rbi
Brady Arneson - 2-4, run

 

 

TUESDAY - JULY 8,  2014

UMC ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR/SENIOR WOMEN'S ADMINISTRATOR RESIGNS TO TAKE JOB IN TRF

University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the resignation of Natasha Reierson as Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator Tuesday. Reierson, who has spent the last seven years in the post, will leave to take a position as the Executive Director of the Thief River Falls Education Foundation in Thief River Falls, Minn., where she lives with her husband Jarod and her daughter Rylie.
Reierson will remain in her post at Minnesota Crookston until August 5. A search for a new Assistant Athletic Director will begin immediately. Reierson’s duties at UMC included overseeing UMC’s Student Athlete Advistory Committee (SAAC) and it’s NCAA Champs/Life Skills program. She also headed up the 
Golden Eagles’ Marketing and Promotions efforts and assisted the Director of Athletics in day-to-day operations of the Athletic Department.  “I am very grateful for the opportunities Stephanie Helgeson and the University of Minnesota Crookston have given me over the past several years,” Reierson said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all of the Student-Athletes at UMC and others within the NCAA. I will miss Steph, our athletic staff, and our student-athletes but look forward to attending UMC athletic events as a fan and plan to stay in touch with the staff and current and former student-athletes.”
“We would like to thank Natasha for everything she has done for UMC,” Helgeson said. “She has been instrumental in establishing numerous community engagement events for UMC. In addition, Natasha has also established various promotions to help successfully market UMC athletics. She has been very dedicated in her role as Assistant Athletic Director and she has also worked closely with the NCAA and NSIC. I wish Natasha and her family the very best and I am grateful for her leadership and contributions to UMC.” 
Reierson arrived at UMC in 2007 after serving as the Director of Marketing for the Athletic Department at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, S.D. While there, Reierson worked with businesses and schools to promote relationships through athletics, working with booster clubs and fundraising programs and working with corporate sponsorships. 
Prior to her move to South Dakota School of Mines, Reierson worked as a Graduate Assistant at her alma mater, Southwest Minnesota State University. programs and working with corporate sponsorships. For the Mustangs, she assisted in day-to-day operation of a Division II Athletic program, was an advisor for SAAC and an events coordinator for Schwan’s Food Company 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Reierson graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2003 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Finance and Marketing. She pursued and received her Master’s of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2005.

 

 

SUNDAY - JULY 6,  2014

CROOKSTON REDS SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN IN 10-3 VICTORY OVER THIEF RIVER FALLS

The Crookston Reds scored 10 runs in the first four innings and held on the rest of the way for a 10-3 victory at Thief River Falls. 
Crookston started the scoring in the first inning when Justin Johnson struck out, but reached after the ball got away from the catcher.  Cody Magsam followed with a sacrifice to advance Johnson and Kody Kawlewski hit a double to score Johnson and the Reds led 1-0.  Crookston added three more runs in the second inning when Brandon Kresl struck out and reached when the ball got away from the catcher, Jon Olson singled and Johnson walked to load the bases.  Cody Magsam singled to score two runs and then Johnson came into score on an error and the Reds led 4-0.  Thief River Falls (a team made up of Thief River Falls and Red Lake Falls players) scored one run in the second inning and added two more in the third to get within a 4-3 deficit.  The Reds responded with four runs in the fourth inning when Olson singled, Johnson walked, Kawlewski doubled to score a run.  After a pitching change, Dave Grabowski singled in two runs and Nick Wheelhouse singled in a run to give Crookston a 8-3 lead.  The Reds added two insurance runs in the fifth inning when Kresl and Olson singled and Magsam followed with a two rbi single to give Crookston a 10-3 lead.  Matt Morin was able to shut down TRF the rest of the way to pick up the complete game 10-3 victory.

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CROOKSTON 1 3 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 10 13 0
Thief River Falls 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 3

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Matt Morin - Crox  (WP) 9 12 3 3 6 5

For Crookston-
Dave Grabowski - 3-4, 2 rbi's, run
Jon Olson - 3-5, 3 runs
Cody Magsam - 2-5, 2 rbi's, run


 

 

WEDNESDAY - JULY 2,  2014

ADA ATHLETICS HOLD ON TO BEAT THE CROOKSTON REDS

The Ada Athletics six runs in the second through fourth inning and that turned out to be the difference as the A's beat the Crookston Reds 11-5 in a game played in Crookston.
Ada scored a run in the top of the second inning, but Crookston responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the second when Joey Koenig singled, advanced to second on a pass ball.  Cody Magsam had a sacrifice bunt to advance Koenig to third base and Kody Kawlewski had a triple to score Koenig to tie the game at 1-1.  Ada answered with two runs in the third inning and three more runs in the fourth inning for a 6-1 lead.  Ada added another run in the sixth inning, only to have Crookston add three more runs when Sam Brule was hit by a pitch, Matt Morin reached on a catchers interference call and Joey Koenig reached on an error that allowed two runs come into score.  Cody Magsam reached on another error that allowed another run to score and the Reds trailed 7-4.  Ada, as they did all game long, had an answer and scored two more runs in the seventh inning.  The Reds added a run in the bottom of the inning when Arneson tripled and came into score on a Brule groundout.  Ada added two insurance runs in the ninth inning and held on to win 11-5.  Crookston was led by Brady Arneson at the plate going 3-4 with a single, double and triple and a run scored. 
The Reds drop to 6-6 on the year and will play the Crookston American Legion team on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.


    Jon Olson eyes down the ball and tries to lay down a bunt                  Cody Magsam chases down an Athletic in a rundown
 

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Ada 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 0 2 11 14 2
CROOKTON 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 5 9 4


          Parker Epema throws a knuckleball                            Paul Grabowski eyes down the ball and puts it in play

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Parker Epema - Crox  (LP) 6 10 6 6 5 2
Seth Desrosier - Crox 3 4 4 2 0 2

For Crookston-
Brady Arneson - 3-4, run, triple
Justin Johnson - 2-5, rbi

 

 

THURSDAY - JUNE 26,  2014

PIRATE BOYS GOLFER, ISAAC WESTLAKE, RECORDS A HOLE IN ONE IN KANSAS

Crookston's Isaac Westlake, who will be a junior at Crookston High School in the fall and a member of the Pirate Boys Golf team, recorded a hole in one at Mariah Hills Golf Course in Dodge City, Kansas.  It was on the 130 yard eighth hole and he was using a pitching wedge.

 

 

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 25,  2014

NSIC CONFERENCE IS SECOND IN NCAA D-II BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE, NORTHERN STATE LEADS NATION

For the seventh consecutive season, the Northern State men's and women's basketball teams led NCAA Division II in home attendance. The Wolves men averaged 3,383 fans per contest while the NSU women had 2,583 per game. The NSIC ranked second in division II for average attendance for both men and women and led all of division II in total attendance on the men's side.
Augustana's women ranked second in the nation as they had 30,402 fans attends 16 home contests for an average of 1,900 per game.

The NSIC had 287,403 fans take in 234 contests for an average of 1,228 fans per men's game.  On the women's side, the NSIC had 195,606 fans watch 223 home women's contests for an average of 877 per contest.  
Other NSIC teams ranking in the top 30 on the men's side were Augustana (4th - 2,644), St. Cloud State (19th - 1,643), Southwest Minnesota State (21st - 1,562) and Minnesota State (26th - 1,450). 

2014 NCAA DII Men's Basketball Conference Attendance

Rk.  School  Teams  Attendance  Average 
1 Mid-America  14 199 262,573 1,319
2 NSIC 16 234 287,403 1,228
3 Lone Star  8 102 116,352 1,141
4 Gulf South  8 112 118,397 1,057
5 CIAA  12 142 144,106 1,015
6 SIAC  13 163 154,945 951
7 Great Lakes Valley  16 226 186,538 825
8 Peach Belt  13 174 142,801 821
9 Great Midwest  7 98 72,733 742
10 Great American  9 119 81,264 683


2014 NCAA DII Women's Basketball Conference Attendance
 
Rk.  School  Teams  Attendance  Average 
1 Mid-America  14 190 197,188 1,038
2 NSIC 16 223 195,606 877
3 Lone Star  9 118 94,394 800
4 CIAA  12 143 88,863 621
5 Gulf South  8 110 67,146 610
6 SIAC  12 146 82,056 562
7 Great American  9 120 66,139 551
8 GLVC  16 218 107,544 493
9 Peach Belt  13 166 80,568 485
10 Rocky Mountain  14 184 81,801 445

 

 

UMC TEAMBACKERS TO HOST MARK OLSONAWSKI SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD JUNE 26

The University of Minnesota Crookston Teambackers Club will hold the annual Mark Olsonawski Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by United Valley Bank of Hallock, Thursday, June 26 at Two Rivers Golf Club in Hallock.
The tournament will benefit the Mark Olsonawski Endowed Scholarship established at UMC. Last year’s tournament added over $2,000 to the scholarship fund. The UMC Teambackers recognizes the contribution former UMC football player Mark Olsonawski made during his time as a student-athlete. Olsonawski is a member of the UMC Hall of Fame, inducted in 2004. He was a three-time All-American for Minnesota Crookston and holds multiple records for the Golden Eagles. 

The format of the tournament will be a Texas Scramble with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Two Rivers Golf Club. The tournament will commence at 10:00 a.m. and will be limited to the first 80 golfers. A cash bar will be available to tournament competitors at the conclusion. Brats will be served on the course and a beverage cart will also be available. 
Clubhouse sponsors include Northstar Genetics, AgriSports, Hanks Golf Equipment and Norby’s Work Perks. The food sponsor is Farmers Store of Hallock, while the Closest to the Pin sponsor is Crop Insurance Associates. 

 

 

TUESDAY - JUNE 24, 2014

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION TOOK A 4-0 LEAD, RAINS SUSPEND GAME TO JULY 13

The Crookston American Legion team was looking to pick up a couple of big wins in District 9 Division II Legion play, but will have to wait as the first game of the double header was postponed because of rain.  Crookston was leading 4-0 in the third inning when the rains came and suspended play.  The games will be made up on July 13, and they will start the first game where they left off at that time.
Crookston scored all four runs in the second inning when Aaron Hollcraft singled, Brandon Kresl and Parker Epema walked to load the bases.  Mikey Hajostek hit a ground ball to the Roseau second baseman and his throw to the shortstop covering second base hit Epema in the back of the head and the ball went into the outfield.  One run came into score on the ground ball and another run came into score on the errant throw for a 2-0 Crookston lead.  Joey Koenig followed with another walk to reload the bases, and after a strike out Seth Desrosier singled up the middle to score two more runs and Crookston led 4-0.  In the top of the third inning, Crookston's Hollcraft was taking his warm up tosses when the rains came and the game was suspended due to pools of water on the field.

 
Seth Desrosier with his 2 rbi double in the second inning   Mikey Hajostek slides in to score one of the runs

Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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Roseau 0 0 -         0 0 0
CROOKSTON 0 4           4 2 0

 




 

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