TUESDAY  -  DECEMBER 11, 2018

GREEN WAVE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PIRATE BOYS HOCKEY PENALTIES IN WIN AT EAST GRAND FORKS

The Crookston Pirates Boys Hockey team ran into penalty problems and the #5 ranked East Grand Forks Green Wave scored four power play goals on their way to an 8-1 victory in a Section 8A matchup played in East Grand Forks.
East Grand Forks led 2-0 after the first period thanks to goals from Jackson Galstad  just 3:58 into the game after he collected a rebound in the slot and lifted a backhand into the top of the net. Then with 3:02 to go in the period Mason Poolman collected a rebound of a Galstad shot at the left post and slid it home for what proved to be the game winner.
The Pirates were able to pull within one when Eric Delorme intercepted a pass in the neutral zone worked his way around a defender and fired a shot past Tucker Brown with 13:06 to go in the period.
East Grand Forks would rebuild their lead with three consecutive goals over the final 7:15 of the period on the power play from Carter Beck, Poolman and an even strength goal from Tanner Mack.
The third period was all East Grand Forks as the Pirates were held without a shot and the Green Wave tallied two more power play goals finishing 4-for-5 on the power play. “I thought Heppner, Delorme, and Andringa were really good for about two periods and had the effort to keep us in the game,” said Pirate coach Josh Hardy. “We weren’t able to deflect those rebounds to the corner and clean stuff up in front of the net and that was costly for us.”
With the loss Crookston falls to 0-5-1 and 0-2 in Section 8A play and they will host Minneapolis on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  East Grand Forks improves to 7-1-0.

 
Brock Heppner battles for the puck    Noah Kiel skates with the puck
               (Pictures by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 1
East Grand Forks 2 3 3 8


Eric Delorme scores the lone Pirate goal in the second period
           (Picture by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)

1st Period
13:02  - EGF - Jackson Galstad (Mason Poolman, Josh Nelson)
3:07 - EGF - Mason Poolman  (Jackson Galstad )

2nd Period
13:06 - Crookston - Eric Delorme (unassisted)
7:15 - EGF - Carter Beck (Logan Spencer, Luke Vonesh) (PP)

3:59 - EGF - Landon Parker (Trey Ausmus, Mason Poolman) (PP)
:56 - EGF - Tanner Mack (unassisted)

3rd Period
9:34 - EGF - Tanner Mack (Carter Beck) (PP)
8:26 - EGF - Mason Poolman (Josh Nelson, Trey Ausmus) (PP)

2:21 - EGF - Cole Avery (Tanner Mack)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Jack Ricord - Crookston 11 8 10 29
Tucker Brown - EGF 3 5 0 8


 

 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL’S HOCKEY ALLOWS FOUR UNANSWERED GOALS IN LOSS TO BEMIDJI LUMBERJACKS

                                                                                                                                        

The Crookston Pirates Girl’s Hockey team gave up four straight goals in a 5-1 loss against the Bemidji Lumberjacks in a non-section game played at the Crookston Sports Center. 
A slow start in the first period saw the Bemidji register nine shots on goal, but Crookston’s Grace Koshney made all nine saves preserving a clean sheet through the first seventeen minutes while Bemidji’s Brooklyn Delap made saved all four shots she faced to preserve a scoreless first period. “(Grace Koshney) is playing solid for us,” said Crookston head coach Tim Moe. “She’s doing what we need out of the back side which allows us to do some other things. She’s keeping us in games and doing all we could ask from her in net. She was able to stand up to a barrage of shots all night.”
In the second period, Bemidji’s Maggie Marcotte finished off a pass from Alexis Leitner giving the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead just 27-seconds into the second period. Crookston tied the score with 12:37 left in the second period when Nora Peterson sent in a pass from the corner setting up a Catherine Tiedemann one-timer on the power play tying the game at 1-1. “It was just a great play by Nora,” she skated into the corner winning a battle for the puck, Catherine found a spot right in front of the net and Nora was able to find her and Catherine hammered it home. It was what we need from those two. They’re both extremely dynamic players and we need them to play off of each other and complement each other and they did a really nice job on that play.” Bemidji answered 51-seconds later when Austyn Tobey scored off an assist by Olivia Johnson giving the Lumberjacks a 2-1 lead. Bemidji added to their lead with 4:49 left in the second period with a pass from Austyn Tobey to Olivia Johnson setting up Bemidji’s third goal giving the visitors a 3-1 lead. With 1:34 left in the period, Maggie Marcotte scored the Lumberjack’s third goal with an assist from Gracie Fisher giving the visitors’ a 4-1 lead after two periods of play. “They got a lot of zone time,” Moe explained for Bemidji’s goal in the second period. “They’re big and strong, where we just weren’t strong enough physically to get the puck out so they were able to maintain pressure on us and we finally broke down.”
Crookston generated its most shots in the third period with six, but Bemidji tallied seventeen shots on goal in the final period with Olivia Johnson beating Koshney for the game’s final goal with 7:36 remaining to close out the 5-1 win got the Lumberjacks. “In the first period we competed really well, I thought,” summarized Moe. “In the second period, things got a little bit away from us and that has a lot to do with the fact that we’re young. We’re figuring it out and I think we took another step forward tonight. We just haven’t been able to put a complete game’s worth of focus together yet. We lose focus for a little bit and it leads to opposing teams putting the puck into the back of the net as a result of a missed defensive assignment. I think we’re getting better every time. We’re learning how to compete. The physicality may not be there yet, we’re not strong enough yet, but we’re working hard and we’re getting better. Tonight, we were able to put some different kids in different places and they responded well. We’re facing some adversity right now but the kids are adapting and doing what’s needed to get better.”
The Pirates fall to 2-4-1 this season and return to the ice on Thursday when Crookston travels to Detroit Lakes to take on the Lakers with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. on KROX. Bemidji improves 2-7. 


Nora Peterson controls the puck along the boards  Breck Fugelberg with a shot from the point

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji 0 4 1 5
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 1


Jocelyn Brekken skates past a Bemidji defender with the puck

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
16:33 - Bemidji - Maggie Marcotte (Alexis Leitner)
12:37 - Crookston - Catherine Tiedemann (Nora Peterson)
11:46 - Bemidji - Austyn Tobey (Olivia Johnson)
4:49 - Bemidji -  Olivia Johnson (Austyn Tobey)
1:34 - Bemidji - Maggie Marcotte (Gracie Fisher)

3rd Period
7:36 - Bemidji - Olivia Johnson (Austyn Tobey, Maddie Hanson)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brooklyn Delap - Bemidji 4 1 6 11
Grace Koshney - Crookston 9 8 16 33





 

CROOKSTON GIRL’S BASKETBALL SUFFERS FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON AGAINST EAST GRAND FORKS 

The Crookston Pirates girl’s basketball team dropped its first game of the season 55-33 against the East Grand Forks Green Wave in a Section 8AA game played at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
Emma Borowicz scored the first three points of the game for Crookston, but the Green Wave managed to jump out to a 10-3 lead after a Chloe Torgerson scoop shot in the lane. Trailing 17-8, Emma Borowicz kicked a pass out to Danielle Boyle along the right-wing allowing Boyle to spot up and make the three-pointer cutting Crookston’s deficit down to 17-11. East Grand Forks used a 4-0 run to take a 21-12 lead before Gretchen Theis knocked down a jump shot from the right side of the floor to pull within 21-15. Trailing 23-15, Kasey Cwikla pulled down an offensive rebound for the Pirates and was fouled while releasing her put-back shot, making the floater despite the contact cutting the visitors’ lead down to 23-17. Emma Boll dribbled down the left side of the paint in the closing minutes of the first half and made a lay-up as she was falling down to pull the Pirates within 28-19, but an East Grand Forks’ free throw from Breanna Olson gave the Green Wave a 29-19 halftime lead. “We’ve got to give them some credit because they played really well,” said Crookston head coach Darin Zimmerman of his opponent’s performance in the first half. “We just kind of forced things too much. We hadn’t really reversed the ball very much and as soon as we did that, out of a timeout, we hit two reversals, found Emma Boll and she made a tough shot and we just didn’t do that consistently enough. Get those ball reversals, get good spacing and attack that zone a little more. Our defense was really good and if we keep playing defense like that we’re still going to win a lot of games, but offensively we have to take care of the ball a little bit better because we gave them a few opportunities and took a few extra shots away from ourselves by turning the ball over.”
In a low-scoring second half, Emma Borowicz started Crookston’s comeback bid with a drive down the left side of the paint finishing her lay-up to bring the Pirates within 29-21. Borowicz added two free throws continuing the 4-0 run to start the half before the Green Wave scored seven unanswered points separating ahead 36-23. Hayden Winjum countered with a three-pointer for the Pirates bringing the hosts back within ten. The Green Wave answered right back with another triple to pull back ahead by thirteen. Trailing 41-31, East Grand Forks’ Macy Skyberg banked in a three-pointer regaining firm control for the visitors who would not see their lead threatened the rest of the night handing Crookston its first defeat of the year 55-33. “The girls played really hard tonight,” summarized Zimmerman. “I am very, very pleased and proud of the effort, but we dug ourselves a hole and the problem is when you dig yourselves a hole, you have to play really well on the defensive end because you can’t let that lead grow and you don’t work as hard on offense because you have to exert yourself just to get back into the game. I’m really happy with the way we played in terms of our toughness. I think we’ve got to be a little bit stronger on offense.”
The Pirates fall to 4-1 and return to the court on Saturday when Crookston travels to Thief River Falls to take on the Prowlers at Ralph Engelstad Arena at 5:00 p.m. on KROX. East Grand Forks improves to 2-2. 


Rachel Hefta passes on a fast break   Gretchen Theis looks to pass

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

East Grand Forks

29 26 55

CROOKSTON

19 14 33


Emma Borowicz with a three point shot against the EGF zone

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Emma Borowicz

8 4 2 Assists / 3 Steals
Hayden Winjum 7 5  
Danielle Boyle 6 2 2 Steals
Gretchen Theis 5    
Kasey Cwikla 3 7  
Rachel Hefta 2 7  
Emma Boll 2    

 

For East Grand Forks

Points

Haley Burger 11
Chloe Torgerson 11
Macy Skyberg 10
Emmy Heisler 8
Breanna Olson 8
McKenna Aitchison 4
Brynn Hillman 3


 

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE WRESTLERS FALL TO THE POWERFUL THIEF RIVER FALLS PROWLERS


Damian Hodgson (75 wins) and Cameron Weiland (50 wins) with their milestone signs


The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team had two individual milestone wins, but they ran into a solid Thief River Falls Prowler team and came up short in a 52-17 loss in a dual at the Thief River Falls High School gymnasium. 

The match started on a good note for the Pirates when Ethan Bowman won his match at 106 pounds.  Bowman led 5-0 after the first period and had a takedown in the second period for a 7-0 lead and won the match 9-0 to give Crookston a 4-0 lead in the match.  “He got off to a big lead right away and wrestled solid,” said Coach Wes Hanson. “He is improving every day and it was a great way for us to get started up here.”  Crookston lost at 113 by a major decision and the match was tied at 4-4.   Crookston regained the lead with Zach Brown winning his match at 220 by a 9-1 score.  He led 2-0 after the first period and after a strong second period he led 5-0 before winning the match 9-1 to give Crookston an 8-4 lead. “I was happy to see Zach get a couple of takedowns late,” said Coach Hanson. “He was able to expand the lead and get the major decision and it was a nice win.” Crookston lost the match at 126 pounds by pin, but Cameron Weiland picked up a win by pin at 132 pounds.  Cameron led 4-2 before getting the pin late in the second period.  The win was Cameron’s 50 career victory and Crookston led 14-10. “He really wore down his opponent and he was able to hit a big move late in the second and a nice pin,” said Coach Hanson. “Hats off to Cameron with the 50th win and to do it with a pin in a big match was great.” Crookston ran into a very strong Prowler middle of the line up and lost the next five matches by pin and trailed 34-14.  Crookston didn’t have anybody at 170 pounds and forfeited and after Thief River Falls won the 182-pound match by pin they led 46-14.  Crookston’s Damian Hodgson snapped the Crookston losing streak with a hard-fought 4-2 decision victory in overtime.  Damian’s match was scoreless after the first period.  In the second period he had a takedown for a 2-0 lead.  Damian led 2-1 starting the third period and he gave up an escape with 1:30 left in regulation.  Damian started the overtime period on the aggressive side and was able to score a takedown with 28 seconds left for the 4-2 victory.  The win was Hodgson’s 75 career victory.  “It was a hard-fought match and a hard guy to score on and it was important he wrestled his style and didn’t fall into what they wanted to do,” said Coach Hanson. “It is a nice achievement to get win 75.”  Crookston and Thief River Falls elected to leave 220 pounds open and the Prowlers finished off the match with a pin at heavyweight for a 52-17 victory.  “We wrestled hard tonight,” said Coach Hanson. “We just ran into a very solid team that has had a lot of success already this year.  Our guys competed hard and we have a lot to work on as we move forward, but it was nice to get a few milestone victories.”
Crookston drops to 1-2 in duals on the year and will travel to Cass Lake on Friday and Saturday for the 40-plus team Big Bear tournament.


Damian Hodgson on his way to a 4-2 OT victory for his 75th victory

Weight Crookston- 17 Thief River Falls- 52

Winner

Results

106 lbs Ethan Bowman Kale Geiser Crox 9-0
113 lbs Jake Erickson Ethan Lane TRF 8-0
120 lbs Zach Brown  Griffin Lundeen Crox 9-1
126 lbs Nolan Dans Cody Wienen  TRF Pin 2:20
132 lbs Cameron Wieland Cody Sele Crox  Pin 3:43
138 lbs Braxton Volker Brady Kasprick TRF Pin :28
145 lbs Hunter Knutson Cade Lundeen TRF  Pin :59
152 lbs Cade Coauette Jake Davis TRF Pin 1:50
160 lbs Ethan Boll Cole Johnson TRF Pin 2:50
170 lbs OPEN Kyle Miller TRF Forfeit
182 lbs Cade DeLeon Kevin Jensen TRF PIN
195 lbs Damian Hodgson Mason Iverson Crox 4-2 OT
220 lbs OPEN OPEN - Forfeit
285 lbs Blake Fee Tyce McElrath TRF Pin 1:21


Cameron Weiland close to his pin for his 50th win





SATURDAY  -  DECEMBER 8, 2018

CROOKSTON WRESTLERS FINISH 7TH PLACE AT RODD OLSON INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team finished 7th out of 10 teams at the Rodd Olson Invitational tournament held at the Crookston High School gymnasium.  The tournament was won by United North Central with 155.5 points, 13.5 points better than Park Rapids.   Crookston had nine wrestlers place and one champion. "I thought we really finished the day off well with Zach Brown coming from behind to win another title and we finished with a pin by Blake Fee so it was fun," said Coach Wes Hanson. "I thought we got better as the day went along and that was nice to see."


Pirate placers - Ethan Boll, Ethan Bowman, Cameron Weiland, Damian Hodgson, Blake Fee, Zach Brown, Cade Coauette (Not pictured - Braxton Volker and Nolan Dans)

Champion-
Zach Brown
won the championship at 120 pounds to improve to 7-0 on the season.  He received a first round bye, in the second round he won by a pin in the second period.  In the championship, Zach trailed 3-2 and had a nice reversal late in the match to earn the 4-3 victory and his second tournament championship of the season.  "It was a good test for him against a very quality opponent," said Coach Hanson. "It was a very big win for Zach."

Runners-up-
Ethan Bowman and Nolan Dans both finished second place in their respective weight class.
Bowman
received a first round bye at 106 pounds, won his second match 7-2 and in the championship he ran into a very good wrestler from United North Central and lost 21-6 to finish second place.  "Ethan's semi-final match was impressive and one of the best matches that I have seen any of our wrestlers wrestle this season," said Coach Hanson. "He was solid on his feet and did some nice things and he ran into a tough opponent in the championship."

Dans
won a match by injury default and won another match by a 7-2 decision.  In the championship match he lost by a pin at 4:57 and finished second place.  "We saw a lot of good things from Nolan today with some good single legs," said Coach Hanson. "Overall it was a very good day for him."

Third place -
Damian Hodgson
won a thrilling opening round when he beat Austin Smith of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 6-4 in overtime.  Damian lost his semi-final match by pin, but bounced back to win his next match by a pin late in the third period.  In the third place match, Damian beat Smith again and had a takedown late in the match for a 2-0 victory. "Damian was tough on top today and he was able to ride out the kid from Walker a couple times and that was the difference today," said Coach Hanson. "He works so hard and wears down guys and it was a great day for him today."

Fourth place -
Ethan Boll
received a bye in his first-round match before he lost his second round by a 9-4 decision to Hunter Magnusson of United Clay Becker.  Ethan bounced back with a pin in 1:45 to advance to the third-place match where he would get a rematch with Magnusson.  In the third-place match, Boll wrestled better on the defensive end but he came up short on the offensive end and lost 5-0 to finish in fourth place. "He had some very good matches today and that is what we look for this time of year," said Coach Hanson. "We saw a lot of good things from Ethan today."

Fifth place -
Braxton Volker, Cameron Weiland and Blake Fee finished fifth place for the Pirates. 
Volker
lost his first match by pin before he won his next match by pin in the first period.  Volker lost his next match and finished strong with a pin to finish fifth place.  "He was flying around and had a couple nice pins for us," said Coach Hanson. "It was a good day for Braxton."

Weiland
lost his first match by decision and after he received a bye, he lost another decision.  In the fifth-place match, Cameron was solid with an 8-2 victory to finish fifth place.  "Cam is in a real deep weight class and he competed today," said Coach Hanson. "We always try to preach finishing with an odd number." 

Fee
lost his first two matches by pin before he finished the day with a pin in 2:07 to finish fifth place.  "In the couple matches he lost he did some good things and had a guy lifted off the mat with an explosive move and he hit the mat and rolled and he got pinned," said Coach Hanson. "To come back to win the fifth place match was huge and he looked really good in the match and it was a fun way to end the day."

Crookston will travel to Thief River Falls on Tuesday for a dual.


Ethan Bowman on his way to a 7-2 decision victory in his semi-final match

TEAM RESULTS-
1. United North Central - 155.5
2. Park Rapids - 142
3.  United Clay Becker - 137
4. New York Mills - 131
5. Hillsboro-Central Valley - 122
6. Roseau - 114
7. Crookston - 100
8. Mahnomen-Waubun - 61
9. Walker-Hacksensack-Akeley - 51
10. Red Lake County Central - 50


Zach Brown on his way to a championship match victory

 

PIRATES

Opponent/Results

Place

106 lbs

Ethan Bowman

Bye
Beat Chris Yoder (NYM) 7-2
Lost to Ethan Hendrickson (UNC) 21-6
2nd

113 lbs

Nolan Dans Beat TJ Jasicki (UNC) Inj. Default
Beat Will Olson (MW) won 7-2
Lost to Lucas Kritzeck (PR) by pin at 4:57
2nd

120 lbs

Zach Brown Bye
Beat Garret Eiynck (MW) by pin at 3:38
Beat Carter Haman (NYM) 4-3
1st

126 lbs

Braxton Volker Lost to Dylan Rasmussen (UNC) by pin 1:36
Beat Oscar Duden (RLCC) by pin at :50
Lost to Luke Leshuk (HCV) by pin at 2:50
Beat Gavin Damar (WHA) by pin at 4:54
5th

132 lbs

Cameron Weiland Lost to Carter Rettke (WHA) 10-5
Bye
Lost to Matt Anderson (HCV) 16-6
Beat Hank Tellers (UNC) 8-2
5th

138 lbs

Hunter Knutson Lost to Gabe Geiser (NYM) by pin at 1:20
Lost to Adyn Eckart (HCV) by pin at 2:31
DNP

145 lbs

OPEN    
152 lbs Ethan Boll Bye
Lost to Hunter Magnusson (UCB) 9-4
Beat Harley Wellman (PR) by pin at 1:45
Lost to Hunter Magnusson (UCB) 5-0
4th

160 lbs

Cade Coauette Lost to Ben Olson by pin
Bye
Lost to Jon Ronning (NYM) by pin at 1:59
Lost to Jacob Beaudine-Schlic (UCB)by pin at 2:36
6th

170 lbs

OPEN    

182 lbs

Damian Hodgson Beat Austin Smith (WHA) 6-4 OT
Lost to Mark Hastings (HCV) by pin at 0:43
Beat Gator Bettin (UNC) by pin at 5:21
Beat Austin Smith (WHA) 2-0
3rd

195 lbs

OPEN    

220 lbs

Blake Fee Lost to Jacob Pruneda (HCV) by pin at 1:03
Bye
Lost to Zach Howard (RLCC) by pin at 0:46
Beat Shae Yates (MW) by pin 2:07
5th

285 lbs

OPEN    


                  Braxton Volker close to a pin in his second match



 

 

PIRATES STILL SEARCHING FOR FIRST WIN, FALL 5-1 TO TARTAN

Ben Andringa had a third period goal waved off that would’ve cut the Tartan Titans lead to 3-2, when the officials ruled the net was off its moorings keeping the score 3-1 and sapping the Pirates momentum before goals from Landen Schwantes with 9:09 to play and Brandon Blank 10 seconds later put an exclamation point on a Titan victory.
After a scoreless first period, Tartan scored three times in the second period.  Brock Bertelson scored with 10:55 to go on assists from Luke Solheid and Jacob Betz.  The after a charging penalty on Mason LaPlante, Tyler Bushard fed a pass to Blank on the power play that he buried with 6:16 to go to make it 2-0.  It was the fifth power play goal allowed by the Pirates on 19 penalty kills this season.  Betz would get in on the scoring when he beat Noah Dragseth for the third goal of the period with 38.1 seconds on the clock.
In the third period Andringa took a pass at the top of the painted area, from Eric Delorme, and beat the Titans’ Kyle Kulevich for the lone Pirate goal of the game 23 seconds into the period.  Andringa looked to score again just 56 seconds later on a nearly identical play which would’ve cut the lead to one with 15:41 to play, but it was waived off.  The Pirates had plenty of opportunity to regain the momentum after Andringa’s goal was waived off.  Penalties to the Titans just 45 seconds a part gave the Pirates an extended 5-on-3 power play and later a five-minute major for board on Tartan’s Breck Putzier gave the Pirates another long, unfulfilled opportunity. 
“When we get these power play opportunities we’ve got to get the puck to net and score,” said coach Josh Hardy. “Sometimes we play around with it a little too much, overthink it, turn it over and have to go 200 with it again.”
The tough early stretch should benefit the Pirates later in the season said Hardy, “this stretch really galvanizes our team as we get into January and February.” 
Tartan improves to 4-1-0, Crookston falls to 0-4-1.  The Pirates will travel to East Grand Forks on Tuesday, “It’s always tough to win in East Grand Forks, but this group has won there before,” said Hardy.  “Our effort level was good today and if we can tighten up on Tuesday we should be in the game.”
The faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. against the Green Wave, with the RiverView Pre-game Show at 7:00 p.m.


Joey Doda gets ready to take a shot and Eric Delorme looks for a centering pass in the second period

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Tartan 0 3 2 5
CROOKSTON 0 0 1 1


Ben Andringa looks to make a move on a Tartan player in the second period

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
10:55 - Tartan - Brock Bertelsen (Luke Solheid , Jacob Betz) (PP)
6:16 - Tartan - Brandon Blank (Tyler Bushard )
0:39 - Tartan - Jacob Betz (Brock Bertelsen  Braden Fairbanks)

3rd Period
16:37 - Crookston - Ben Andringa (Eric Delorme, Sam Overgaard)
9:09 - Tartan - Landen Schwantes (Derek Olssen)
8:59 - Tartan - Brandon Blank (Bo Strecker)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Kyle Kulevich - Tartan 3 6 10 19
Noah Dragseth - Crookston 9 9 7 25




 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY PLAYS WELL, FALLS IN OVERTIME AT WADENA

The Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey team had one of their best all-around games of the season and ended regulation with a 3-3 tie, but Prairie Center (a coop of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Sauk Centre, Browerville and Wadena-Deer Creek. scored a goal in overtime for a 4-3 win in a game played in Wadena. 
Prairie Center came out strong and had 14 shots on goal while holding Crookston to three shots.  Prairie Center scored just over four minutes into the game when Kylee Hopp scored for a 1-0 lead.  Halfway through the period, Crookston answered with a goal by Jocelyn Brekken, her first varsity goal, when she deflected a shot by Kenze Epema and the game was tied at 1-1. “It was a nice goal and Jocelyn was in front of the net and got a stick on it and tipped it over the goalies glove,” said Pirate Coach Tim Moe. “Kenze was able to get the shot on the net and Jocelyn tipped it, it was really a nice goal.” That is how the first period would end and the Pirates were happy to be tied going into the first intermission. “There were 2-on-1’s all over the place and we kind of hung on,” said Coach Moe. “We didn’t play our best in the period, but we found a way to get through it which was nice to see.”
The scoring picked up in the second period with four goals coming in the final 4:14 of the period.  The Pirates took a 2-1 lead when Catherine Tiedemann scored off a rebound. “The puck was off to the side of the net and she was able to take the rebound and score,” said Coach Moe.  21 seconds later, Prairie Center scored to tie the game at 2-2.  Crookston regained the lead with 64 seconds left in the period when Aleah Bienek scored off a rebound and the Pirates led 3-2.  “We scored on a 5-on-3 and it was another rebound,” said Coach Moe. “It was off to the side of the net and she was able to score, very similar to Tiedemann’s goal earlier.”  Once again, Prairie Center responded with a goal when Kylee Hopp scored her third goal of the game with 22 seconds left in the period.  "There was a lot of penalties in the second period and we were able to take advantage with a goal," said Coach Moe. "It was a pretty physical period and there probably could have been more penalties called."
Crookston played very well in the third period and outshot Prairie Center 10-3, but couldn’t find the back of the net.  The score was tied at 3-3, forcing overtime.  “We played well but couldn’t find the back of the net,” said Coach Moe. “We also lost Kenze Epema to injury and that made us make some changes and it took us a while to get use to them.”
In overtime, Prairie Center’s Kylee Hopp scored her fourth goal of the game and the game winner at the 4:38 mark of overtime for a 4-3 victory.  “Grace Koshney (Pirate goalie) played spectacular today.  She kept us in the game and made some big saves for us today,” said Coach Moe. “Prairie Center was big and strong and that gave us some problems and they had the best player we have seen so far (Hopp).  It was a pretty physical game and we suffered some injuries, but I thought we started skating better and had some power plays and took advantage of them.  I told the girls after the game that I was extremely proud of them and the way they played today.  We fought and showed some signs of life and it was basically one girl that beat us today.”
Crookston drops to 2-4-1 on the year and will host Bemidji on Tuesday. Prairie Center improves to 4-5 on the year.

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
CROOKSTON 1 2 0 0 3
Prairie Centre 1 2 0 1 4

1st Period
12:54 - PC - Kylee Hopp (Reece Ritter)
8:37 - Crookston - Jocelyn Brekken (Kenze Epema)

2nd Period
4:14 - Crookston - Catherine Tiedemann (Nora Peterson, Grace Fischer)
3:53 - PC - Kylee Hopp (Megan Och, Anna Nedarascik)
1:04 - Crookston - Aleah Bienek (Nora Peterson, Kenze Epema)  (PP)
0:22 - PC - Kylee Hopp (unassisted)  (SH)

3rd Period
No Score

Overtime
4:38 - PC - Kylee Hopp (Anna Nedarascik)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
Grace Koshney - Crox 13 8 3 3 27
Mackenzie Och - PC 2 8 10 2 22



 

 

UMC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BEATS NORTHERN STATE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2013

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle women’s basketball utilized strong defense and clutch free throw shooting in a 61-54 win over Northern State in an NSIC game played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
After Northern State scored the opening basket, Bren Fox (Fr., Norwood Young America) tied the game at 2-2 with a lay-up in her first start of the season. Kylie Post (Fr., Corcoran) attacked the rim throughout the first quarter scoring two straight baskets for UMC to pull the Golden Eagles within 9-8 with 7:17 to play in the quarter. With 5:39 remaining in the quarter Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., Marshfield, WI) knocked down a three-pointer tying the game at 11-11. An 8-0 run capped off by an Abby Guidinger (Soph., Waukesha, WI) triple gave UMC a 19-14 lead with 2:43 to play in the opening quarter. The two sides traded free throws during the final minute of the quarter allowing Minnesota Crookston to claim a 23-20 lead after one quarter of play. “We got a little bit settled in,” said UMC head coach Mike Roysland. “We had a lot of decent looks that we weren’t able to capitalize on. I was really concerned that it might come back to haunt us, but we were able to get stops.”
Kylie Post scored the first five points of the second quarter pushing the Golden Eagles’ lead to 28-20 just 1:10 into the second frame. The Wolves answered with a 10-0 run halfway through the quarter to gain a 32-30 lead with 3:20 left in the first half. Caitlin Michaelis snapped a scoring drought of over five minutes with a top of the key three-pointer giving UMC a 33-32 lead at halftime.
Northern State opened the second half with the first four points taking a 36-33 lead before a pair of Isieoma Odor free throws sparked a 7-0 UMC run concluding with a Kylea Praska (Fr., Thief River Falls) three-pointer giving the Golden Eagles a 40-36 lead. Minnesota Crookston used another 7-0 run late in the quarter to take a 47-39 lead, but the Wolves closed the quarter with five straight points trimming the deficit down to 47-44 after three quarters of play. “I thought our kids did a nice job of attacking the rim,” added Roysland. “The block circle really became a factor in tonight’s game,” said Roysland of his team’s 23 made free throw performance. “I went with as much size as I could with as much defense as we could, thinking we could generate enough speed for some offense, but we defended well enough and did enough on the glass to limit their second-chance looks.”
A three-pointer from Northern State opened the fourth quarter scoring tying the game at 47-47 with 7:58 to play. UMC answered with three-straight points before trading baskets back and forth sending the game into the final minute tied at 54-54. Isieoma Odor was fouled with 0:59 left in the game and sent to the free throw line with the Golden Eagles in the bonus as Odor made one free throw giving UMC a 55-54 lead. Following a defensive stop, Stephanie McWilliams (Jr., Grand Forks, ND) was fouled and made both of her free throws expanding the hosts’ lead to three points. Again, the Wolves’ subsequent possession came up empty and Bren Fox was fouled after bringing down the rebound with 0:13 to play. Fox made both of her free throws before Odor made two more in the waning seconds to close out the 61-54 win. “I just thought we rebounded the ball well enough,” summarized Roysland. “We went a little bit bigger tonight, kind of off the fly, we got a lot of contributions out of a lot of different kids tonight. Northern State is always tough inside. It’s always a battle, but we feel really good about coming away with a win.”
UMC improves to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Golden Eagles head on the road for next Saturday to take on Augustana in Sioux Falls at 2 p.m. Northern State falls to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the NSIC.


Kylie Post with a move to the basket   Abby Guidinger with a three point shot

 

1 2

3

4

Final

Northern State

20 12 12 10 54

UMC

23 10 14 14 61

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 17 8  
Caitlin Michaelis 13 3 3 assists
Kylie Post 9 4 2 steals
Bren Fox 6 6  
Abby Guidinger 6    
Paige Weakley 3
Kylea Praska 3    
Steph McWilliams 2   4 steals
Julia Peplinski 2 3  



 

 

UMC MEN’S BASKETBALL OUT-MUSCLED IN LOSS TO NORTHERN STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle men’s basketball team conceded nearly every loose ball and saw their opponent shoot 10-12 from the three-point line in the first half of an 88-75 loss to Northern State Wolves in an NSIC match-up played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
Northern State looked the part of the defending NSIC champions early and often throughout the first half. Northern State opened with the game’s first six points after a pair of three-pointers from Andrew Kallman gave the Wolves a 6-0 lead just 1:03 into the game. Gable Smith got Minnesota Crookston on the scoreboard with a lay-up, but Gabe King answered that with another three-pointer giving Northern State a 9-2 lead with 18:00 left in the first half. UMC countered with a 4-0 run after a Chase Knickerbocker jumper and another Gable Smith lay-in cutting the deficit down to 9-6 before Gabe King connected on another one of Northern State’s 10 first-half three-pointers to put NSU ahead 12-6. The Golden Eagles utilized another 4-0 run to pull within 12-10 but once again Northern State made a three-pointer, this one from Jordan Belka giving the Wolves a 15-10 lead. The Wolves scored their first non-three pointer of the game with 13:34 left in the first half when Parker Fox finished at the rim giving the visitors a 17-12 lead. Back-to-back Northern State three-pointers spurred a 5-0 UMC run giving the Wolves a six-point lead sparking a 16-5 run over five minutes to separate Northern State ahead 33-22. Minnesota Crookston scored the next six points to claw back within 33-28 and pulled within 42-38 with 1:08 to play after a Gable Smith jump shot, but the Wolves closed the first half with a 5-0 run taking a 47-38 lead into halftime. “There were too many open looks,” said UMC head coach Dan Weisse after Northern State’s impressive first-half shooting. “Ten of twelve (from the three-point line) is a heck of a clip, but we let (Ian) Smith control the game. He may have not been the guy making those shots, but he was the guy getting those guys shots. We do scouting reports, our assistants spend a lot of time doing scouting reports, we’ve got to play a little more attention to them. We got certain things we do defensively but give Northern State a lot of credit.”
Northern State scored eleven of the first fifteen points in the second half opening up a 58-42 lead with 15:56 remaining. Another 5-0 run pushed the visitors’ lead to 63-44. Trailing 69-52 with 11:21 remaining, Harrison Cleary made a three-pointer sparking an 8-0 run for Minnesota Crookston to pull within 69-60. Northern State continued to withstand every UMC run in one fashion or another. The Wolves made five-straight free throws over a two-minute span to regain a sixteen-point lead with 4:45 to play. Gable Smith made a lay-up to pull the Golden Eagles back within 80-70 with 2:37 to play, but the Wolves proved too much down the stretch, making their free throws and remaining unbeaten in conference play with an 88-75 win in Crookston. “I didn’t think we played our best basketball,” summarized Weisse. “Offensively we were fine. We could play a little better on that end, but I just thought we got out-toughed tonight. They got every 50-50 ball. They had fifteen offensive rebounds and it’s a good team. They make you pay for little things. They were tougher tonight and it doesn’t have to be that way.”
UMC drops to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Golden Eagles return to the court next Saturday when they travel to Sioux Falls to take on Augustana at 4:30 p.m. Northern State improves to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the NSIC.


Chase Knickerbocker makes a move in the post    Ben Juhl drives by a Northern State defender

 

1

2

Final

Northern State

47 41 88

UMC

38 37 75


Chase Johnson with a move in the post against a Wolve

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 25   3 assists
Chase Knickerbocker 21 3  
Gable Smith 17 11 4 blocks/3 assists
Brian Sitzmann 5 3 4 steals
Malolm Cohen 5    
Javier Nicolau 2






FRIDAY  -  DECEMBER 7, 2018

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL SCORES 50 IN FIRST HALF, HOLDS ON TO BEAT WARROAD

The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team made nine three pointers and scored 50 points in the first half and cruised the rest of the way for a 78-64 victory over the Warroad Warriors in a Section 8AA matchup at the Crookston High School gymnasium.
The teams were tied at two in the first minutes when Nick Garmen made back-to-back three pointers within a 30 second span for an 8-2 lead.  Warroad answered with five straight points before Nick Garmen buried another three pointer, Josh Bernia scored, and Nick made another three pointer for a 16-7 lead four minutes into the game.  Warroad stopped the Pirate run with a basket, but Crookston responded with a 12-0 run when Brady Butt made a free throw, Caden Osborn had a three-pointer followed by steal and an old fashion three-point play, Bernia added a basket and Walker Winjum made a three pointer and Crookston led 28-9 with 10:37 left in the first half.   Crookston continued their hot shooting with nine first half three pointers (6 by Nick Garmen, 2 by Walker Winjum and Caden Osborn added one.) and pulled away for a 50-26 lead at halftime.  “I liked how we were aggressive and came out and hit some shots,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. “It always helps when you make some shots and we did that tonight and I thought we ran the floor better tonight, which was nice to see.”
The second half wasn’t as strong offensively for Crookston as Warroad picked up their play.  Crookston had a lead around 20 points for most of the second half and Osborn started the second half scoring with a three pointer only to have Warroad’s Isaac Falk-Stoskopf take over the game for a few minutes with six straight points to bring Warroad within a 53-32 deficit, but a Jaden Lubarski three pointer stopped the run.  Warroad continued to chip away at the deficit, taking advantage of Pirate turnovers and missed shots and trailed 58-40 with 12:20 left in the game.  The teams exchanged baskets the rest of the game and Crookston held on for a 78-64 victory.  “We haven’t shot well at all this year yet, but maybe tonight was our breakout night and they got some rhythm going and we really shot it well early and that helped get the lead at halftime and the kids hung on,” said Coach Garmen. “We have to learn to be a little more disciplined and we really haven’t worked on a stall yet, but we worked the ball around late and took some time off the clock.”  Crookston came into the game shooting 44 percent (12 of 27) from the free throw line and improved on that tonight by making 21 of 27 free throw attempts. “We shoot them every day in practice,” said Coach Garmen. “It was good to see them starting to go in.”  Warroad struggled from the line making 8 of 23 shots. 
Crookston improves to 2-1 on the year and 2-0 against North Subsection teams and will travel to Thief River Falls on Saturday, December 15.  Warroad drops to 1-2 on the year.


Jaden Lubarski drives by a Warroad defender   Chris Kazmiericzak with a first half layup

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Warroad

26 42 64

CROOKSTON

50 28 78


Nick Garmen tracks down the loose ball in the second half

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Nick Garmen

30 4 2 assists
Jaden Lubarski 14 5 2 steals
Caden Osborn 11 4 3 blocks/2 assists/2 steals
Josh Bernia 10    
Walker Winjum 8 5 2 assists/2 steals
Brady Butt 3    
Chris Kazmierczak 2    

 

For Warroad

Points

Isaac Falk-Stoskopf 16
Virgil Laznicka 12
Jett Shoen 11
Tyler Fox 10
Cole Spenst 9
Jeremy Cole 7






CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL
IMPROVES TO 4-0 ON THE YEAR WITH WIN OVER WARROAD

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team scored 45 first half points and wend deep to the bench for most of the second half and cruised to a 66-39 victory in a Section 8AA matchup with Warroad at the Crookston High School gymnasium.
Warroad took a 3-2 lead 93 seconds into the game, but Crookston responded with a 17-0 run for a 19-3 lead over six minutes into the game.  In the run, Crookston had Dani Boyle score seven straight points, Rachel Hefta added four points, Emma Borowicz had a three-point play and Hayden Winjum made a three pointer.  Crookston continued to force Warroad into turnover after turnover and continued to pull away for a 45-14 lead at halftime. “It was a really good first half for us tonight,” said Pirate Coach Darrin Zimmerman. “Defensively we were able to set the tone and we were able to force some turnovers.  Offensively, we weren’t perfect, but we did some nice things and worked together well.”
Crookston started the second half on an 11-0 run with Boyle scoring six points, Kasey Cwikla with a three-point play and Gretchen Theis adding a basket for a 56-14 lead less than four minutes into the half.  Crookston decided to go to the bench and they kept the starters out for the rest of the game.  Most of the bench players had at least 10 minutes of playing time in the second half and Crookston held on for the 66-39 victory.  “We always talk about playing a full 36 minutes and we didn’t give up a lot of second chance points,” said Coach Zimmerman. “The bench players are the future of Pirate basketball and they were able to play against some size and I thought they did a great job.”
Crookston improves to 4-0 on the year and will host East Grand Forks on Tuesday for another Section 8AA matchup.  Warroad drops to 0-4 on the year.


Dani Boyle looks to pass to a teammate   Emma Borowicz with a lay up

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Warroad

14 25 39

CROOKSTON

45 21 66

 
Rachel Hefta swoops in for a lay up

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Dani Boyle

13   4 steals
Emma Borowicz 12 5 2 steals
Gretchen Theis 8   2 assists
Jenna Coauette 6    
Hayden Winjum 6 3 2 steals
Rachel Hefta 6 3 5 steals/2 blocks
Kylie Solheim 5 3  
Emma Boll 4    
Kasey Cwikla 3    
Halle Winjum 2 4 3 steals
Madison Hoiland 1    

 

For Warroad

Points

Sky Boucha 8
Lexi Syverson 7
Lydia Tessier 6
Madi Pickar 5
Karen Khampanyavong 4
Catherine Thompson 3
Anny Sisouvong 3
Nicole Dalen 2
Laci Kennedy 1


 




 

CROOKSTON BREAKS LOSING STREAK WITH TIE, RECLAIMS LIONS CUP IN SHOOTOUT

Quinn Westlake made a nifty backhand fake to a forehand shot for the game-winner in the sixth round of a shootout Friday night to reclaim the Lions Cup, 3-2 (SO), from the St. Paul Johnson Governors. The win is the 18th for the Pirates in the yearly series and they lead the all-time series 18-14.
Officially Friday night’s game goes on the books as a 3-3 tie, the Pirates first since December 13, 2014, when they skated to a tie with Hibbing, 4-4.

The Pirates fell behind 1-0 with 5:30 to go in the first period when Blayde Pogreba (goal, 2 assists) won a faceoff to Pirate goaltender Jack Ricord’s left and wasn’t challenged by the Pirate defense as he took the puck to the top of the crease before flipping it past Ricord. The goal came after the Pirates had killed off back-to-back penalties, outshooting the Governors 3-2 while shorthanded, which included a breakaway for Eric Delorme (goal) that was stopped by the St. Paul netminder. Both Governor shots on the power play came on one sequence when Luke Moberg (goal) was stopped point blank by Ricord, who also stymied Damian Cunningham’s (goal, assist) shot on the rebound. The Pirates would even the score less than two minutes later while on their own powerplay. Delorme ripped a shot off the post and the Pirates maintained the zone at the blue line with Sam Overgaard (assist), who got the puck low along the side of the net to Jack Doda (2 assists). Doda was bodied up by two St. Paul defenders and the puck came free to Ty Hamre (goal) who buried it for his career goal with 4:14 to go. Just over two minutes later Joey Doda (goal) would make it 2-1 Pirates heading into the first intermission.
In the second period, the Pirates had three opportunities to extend the lead on the power play but couldn’t beat St. Paul’s Aaron Lee. The Governors would get the equalizer with 4:24 to go in the second period when D. Cunningham (goal, assist) beat Ricord with assists by Pogreba and Thomas Heesch (assist). In the third, Delorme gave the Pirates a 3-2 advantage with 15:03 to play. Brock Heppner took a two-minute minor for tripping with 13:48 to play and just 15 seconds latter Moberg would even the score on assists by D. Cunningham and Porgreba. St. Paul Johnson had just one shot over the final 13:33, a shorthanded breakaway, while the Pirates outshot the Governors 9-1 down the stretch but could not find a crack in Lee’s game.
In overtime, an early penalty to Hamre for cross-checking put the Pirates behind the eight ball as St. Paul outshot the Pirates 8-2 but couldn’t score officially ending the game.
In the best of three shootout, the Pirates struck in the first round when Ben Andringa beat Lee to put the Pirates up 1-0. Shootout goals by St. Paul’s Moberg and Caleb Cunningham put the Pirates down 2-1, with Heppner the final shooter. Heppner skated down the slot and fired a stick-side wrist shot past Lee to force sudden-death rounds. Both Ricord and Lee would stop the first two shots they faced in sudden-death. D. Cunningham took the puck in the sixth round for St. Paul and skated in on not trying to wait on Ricord to make the first move, but the Crookston netminder stood his ground and easily stopped the shot setting up Westlake.

Both teams went 1-for-4 on the power play in the game. St. Paul moves to 1-1-1, Crookston to 0-3-1. The Pirates are back in action Saturday when they host Tartan (3-1-0), who comes off a 3-0 win in Thief River Falls Friday, at 2:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KROX, with the RiverView Pregame Show at 1:30 p.m.


Quinn Westlake with the shootout winning goal and the team hoists the Lions Cup - Click above to see the video


Pirates clear the front of the net after St. Paul crashes in looking for the rebound

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
St. Paul Johnson 1 1 1 0 3
CROOKSTON 2 0 1 0 3


Jack Ricord stops Damian Cunningham in the final round of the shootout

1st Period
5:30 - St. Paul Johnson -
Blayde Pogreba (unassisted)
4:14 - Crookston  -
Ty Hamre (Jack Doda, Sam Overgaard) (PP)
1:51 - Crookston - Joey Doda (Ben Andringa, Jacob Anderson)

2nd Period
4:24 -  St. Paul Johnson  -
Damian Cunningham (Blayde Pogreba, Thomas Heesch)

3rd Period
15:03 - Crookston - Eric Delorme (Jack Doda, Brock Heppner)
13:33 - St. Paul Johnson - Luke Moberg (Damian Cunningham, Blayde Pogreba) (PP)

Overtime
No Scoring

SHOOTOUT

Best of three ST. PAUL JOHNSON Goal CROOKSTON Goal
1st Round Blayde Pogreba   Ben Andringa X
2nd Round Luke Moberg X Eric Delorme  
3rd Round Caleb Cunningham X Brock Heppner X
'Sudden-Death'        
4th Round Thomas Heesch   Kaleb Thingelstad  
5th Round Luke Moberg   Joey Doda  
6th Round Damian Cunningham   Quinn Westlake X

 

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd OT Total SO
Aaron Lee -Saint Paul Johnson 11 6 10 2 29 3
Jack Ricord - Crookston 6 4 2 8 20 4

 
    Eric Delorme celebrates his third period goal

 




 

CROOKSTON GIRLS HOCKEY SCORES FOUR STRAIGHT GOALS IN WIN OVER MORRIS-BENSON

The Crookston Pirates Girl’s Hockey team scored four straight goals during the second and third periods in a 6-3 win over the Morris-Benson Storm in a non-section game played in Morris.
A sluggish start for Crookston saw the Pirates outshot by the Storm 11-7 in the opening period of play, but Crookston’s goaltender Kailee Magsam made all 11 saves to preserve her shutout keeping the game scoreless after one period of play. “I don’t know if it was bus legs or what, but in that first period we definitely played to the level of competition and we weren’t moving very well and weren’t generating many things,” said Crookston head coach Tim Moe.
Both sides offenses heated up in the second period with Morris-Benson striking first just 51-seconds into the period when Kortney Sanasack found Andrea Walz for the game’s first goal giving the Storm a 1-0 lead with 16:09 still to play in the period. Crookston responded late in the period with a flurry of shots. Kendall Bergquist scored the tying goal for the Pirates with 3:21 left to play in the second period with the unassisted goal evening the score at 1-1. “It was a nice play by Kendall Bergquist on our first goal,” noted Moe. “Right off a face-off to the left-hand side of the goaltender. Kendall won a faceoff, beat her center and grabbed the puck and put it top shelf over the goalie’s shoulder and that kind of got us going.”  In the final minute of the period, Catherine Tiedemann gave Crookston the lead with a high wrist shot and just 0:36 left in the period. Just twelve-seconds later, Crookston’s Nora Peterson finished off a pass from Grace Fischer to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead after two periods of play. “That top line really had a nice last minute of that period,” added Moe. “They scored two goals and had a chance for three maybe even four. Catherine Tiedemann was able to skate into the zone and deke the goalie a little bit. She actually made a really strong move to the net. The defender had her really good position, but Catherine leaned in and was able to sneak a shot in underneath the goalie. On the second goal, we won the face-off and Grace Fischer won a race to the puck in the corner and Nora Peterson found a soft spot in the defense, nobody covered her, and Grace found her. Nora ripped a slap shot, she’s got a hard shot and it snuck through the goalie’s arms.”
Crookston’s strong offensive performance continued in the third period when Rylee Solheim took a pass from Taylor Garrett and shot the puck into the net growing the Pirates lead to 4-1 with 11:56 remaining. “(Riley) showed some really great speed,” said Moe. “She went in all alone and hit the goalie why up high on the shoulder and she was able to tap the rebound in.”  Morris-Benson responded twelve-seconds later with their second goal scored by Danielle Reuss to cut the deficit down to 4-2. Crookston answered with 10:06 remaining when Catherine Tiedemann scored her second goal off an assist from Jacey Larson giving the Pirates a 5-2 edge with 10:06 to play. “She says she, ‘dangled somebody and broke their ankles,’” Moe said with help from Tiedemann. “She shelved it on the goalie though. She found some space in the neutral zone and made a nice move again and was able to beat the goalie up high. Jacey Larson had the assist and she just switched from goalie to defense after Thanksgiving, so it was nice to see her earn her first point.” The Storm scored their third goal with 7:01 left to play when Taryn Picht found the back of the net, but it would prove to be too little too late. Crookston scored the game’s final goal with 2:05 remaining when Samantha Sanders slotted a pass from Breck Fugleberg past Morris-Benson’s goaltender pushing the Pirates lead to 6-3. “(Samantha) got the puck off the side of the net and found a loose puck from a bad angle and just shot it and found a way to get it in.” Crookston would close out the game behind 17 saves from Kailee Magsam to help secure the Pirates’ 6-3 win.  “It wasn’t a great performance by us, but we persevered and weathered the storm despite not playing our best,” summarized Moe. “We were able to find it and throughout the course of the game and that’s probably the biggest thing we can take away and also know we have to play all the time and be aggressive.”
The Pirates improve to 2-3-1 this season and return to the ice on Saturday when Crookston travels to Wadena to take on Prairie Centre at 11 a.m. Morris-Benson falls to 2-8.  

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 3 3 6
Morris-Benson 0 1 2 3

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
16:09 - Morris-Benson - Andrea Walz (Kortney Sanasack)
3:21 - Crookston - Kendall Bergquist  (unassisted)
:36 - Crookston - Catherine Tiedemann  (unassisted)
:25 - Crookston - Nora Peterson (Grace Fischer)

3rd Period
11:56 - Crookston - Rylee Solheim (Taylor Garrett)
11:44 - Morris-Benson - Danielle Reuss (Kellie Wilts)
10:06 - Crookston - Catherine Tiedemann (Jacey Larson)
7:01 - Morris-Benson - Taryn Picht (Isabella Alsaker)
2:05 - Crookston - Samantha Sanders (Breck Fugleberg)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Kailee Magsam - Crookston 11 3 3 17
Leah Thompson - Morris 7 6 9 22



 

UMC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DOMINATED ON THE GLASS IN LOSS TO MSU-MOORHEAD 

The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team was out-rebounded 49-30 in a 76-60 loss against the MSU-Moorhead Dragons in UMC’s NSIC home-opener at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston
The Golden Eagles scored the first basket of the game with an Isieoma Odor (Sr., Bloomington) lay-up giving UMC a 2-0 lead. MSU-Moorhead answered with a 6-0 run giving the Dragons a 6-2 lead. Minnesota Crookston scored the next four points with a lay-in from Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., Marshfield, WI) followed by another Odor jumper tying the game at 6-6 with 5:38 left to play in the first half. MSU-Moorhead scored seven unanswered points to take a 13-6 lead before Abby Guidinger (Soph., Waukesha, WI) scored inside cutting UMC’s deficit to 13-8 with 2:50 to play in the quarter. A Caitlin Michaelis three-pointer was sandwiched in between a pair of Dragons’ baskets allowing the visitors to claim a 17-12 lead after the first quarter.
 MSU-Moorhead started the second quarter with an 8-0 run beginning with a three-pointer made by Kiley Borowicz (Soph., Roseau) sparking the Dragons to a 25-12 lead with 8:30 left in the first half. Trailing 32-17 with 6:51 to play in the second quarter, UMC scored eight-straight points with three-pointers made by Ashely Freund (Soph., Jordan) and Kylea Praska (Freshman, Thief River Falls) helping to pull the Golden Eagles within 32-25 with 4:12 to play in the first half. MSU-Moorhead scored six-straight points to take a 13-point lead but UMC scored five of the final eight points in the half closing the deficit down to 41-30 at halftime. “The big key all night long was they got too many shots,” said Minnesota Crookston head coach Mike Roysland. “Obviously it came down to they had ten offensive boards in the first half. I think you’ve got to give them a lot of credit, they hit the glass really hard, but we just had a multitude of people, if it wasn’t one person on one possession it was somebody else so obviously Moorhead hits the boards really hard. We knew that in the scouting report, we talked about it all week long but obviously we didn’t get it done.”
Minnesota Crookston opened the second half with a Caitlin Michaelis three-pointer pulling the Golden Eagles within 41-33, the Dragons countered with two straight baskets before a Jacky Volkert (Sr., Arden Hills, MI) three-pointer pushed the visitors’ lead to 48-37. After a Steph McWilliams (Jr., Grand Forks, ND) three-pointer closed the gap to 52-41 with 3:08 to play in the quarter, the Golden Eagles continued on to a 6-2 run before a Megan Hintz (Jr., Rochester) three-pointer from the top of the key pushed the MSU-Moorhead lead back to 57-44. Isieoma Odor with back to back UMC baskets around another Borovich three-pointer at MSU-Moorhead took a 60-48 lead into the fourth quarter. 
The Golden Eagles opened the final quarter with a pair of free throws from Isieoma Odor to pull within 60-50. Kiley Borowicz responded with a pair of free throws at the other end before a Jacky Volkert lay-up pushed the Dragons’ lead to 64-50 with 7:26 remaining. A pair of Odor free throws closed the deficit back down to twelve before Borovich beat the shot-clock buzzer on a fade away from the baseline to regain a fourteen-point lead. The Golden Eagles got their first field goal of the quarter with 4:18 remaining with a Caitlin Michaelis jumper from the free throw line, but ultimately MSU-Moorhead proved too much on the glass with the Dragons pulling down seven offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter and eighteen offensive rebounds in the game to close out the 76-60 win. “We had some awfully good looks and we didn’t knock them down,” summarized Roysland. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to make some plays and we didn’t make enough plays. When you get outshot by 23 shots in a game, you’re really fighting uphill. They got too many opportunities.” Roysland further explained the significance of the loss adding, “you need to be better on your home court in this league. This was a really big wake-up call. We didn’t play the way we know that we’re capable of and I think the players are really disgusted in the locker room with the type of performance and not only that, but we seemed a step slow on the mental side of things.”
Minnesota Crookston falls to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Golden Eagles complete their NSIC weekend at home on Saturday when UMC hosts Northern State at 3:30 p.m. on KROX. Minnesota State-Moorhead improves to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the NSIC.


Caitlin Michaelis goes in for a layup   Bren Fox looks to make a move

Box Score

1 2

3

4

Final

MSU-Moorhead

17 24 19 16 76

UMC

12 18 18 12 60


        Kylie Post drives by a Dragon defender

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 20 9 2 Assists /1 Block
Caitlin Michaelis 15    
Abby Guidinger 6 5  
Steph McWilliams 5    
Ashley Freund 4 4 2 Assists
Paige Weakley 3 3 4 Assists
Kylea Praska 3    
Julia Peplinski 3    
Bren Fox 1   3 Assists



 

 

CLEARY BREAKS UMC MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORING RECORD IN WIN OVER MSU-MOORHEAD

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team was led by Harrison Cleary’s (Jr., Oak Creek, WI) program-record 47 points in a 108-88 win over the MSU-Moorhead Dragons in UMC’s NSIC home-opener at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston
The Golden Eagles started the game with a strong defensive effort and a pair of made jump shots by Gable Smith (R-Sr., Lodi, WI) giving UMC an early 4-0 lead. After MSU-Moorhead tied the game at four, Chase Knickerbocker (Sr., Annandale) buried a three-pointer regaining the lead for Minnesota Crookston. Trailing 11-9 with 14:16 to play in the first half the Golden Eagles went on an 11-0 run capped off by a Malcolm Cohen (R-Jr., Detroit, MI) three-pointer giving Minnesota Crookston a 20-11 lead. The Dragons answered with an 8-0 run to pull within 20-19 before Gable Smith split a pair of free throws and Malcolm Cohen made a jumper to regain a 23-19 advantage for the Golden Eagles with 6:18 left to play in the first half. Darin Viken (Sr., Fosston) answered an MSU-Moorhead three-pointer with one of his own to keep the lead at four. Minnesota Crookston finished the half well closing the final two minutes with a 12-5 run including a three-pointer at the buzzer made by Harrison Cleary (Jr., Oak Creek, WI) to give UMC a 43-31 halftime lead. “They turned the ball over a ton,” said UMC men’s basketball coach Dan Weisse of MSU-Moorhead’s seventeen first-half turnovers. “We needed every ounce of the offense. I wish our defense would’ve been a little better, no question about it, but Moorhead is a very good offensive team, but I think their turnovers hurt them in the first half.”
Harrison Cleary scored the first seven points for UMC in the second half before a Brian Sitzmann jump shot from the top of the key pushed the Minnesota Crookston lead to 52-41. Sitzmann was fouled in transition on a lay-up attempt and made a pair of free throws to push the Golden Eagles lead to 54-41. MSU-Moorhead countered with a 6-0 run cutting the Dragons’ deficit to 54-47 with 16:38 to play. A top of the key three-pointer by Johnny Beeninga (Jr., Maple Grove) continued the visitors run and cut the UMC lead down to 54-50 before a Harrison Cleary three-pointer put Minnesota Crookston ahead 57-50 with 15:27 to play. Off a steal, Gable Smith threw down a dunk with both hands giving UMC a 59-50 lead but MSU-Moorhead answered with another three-pointer cutting their deficit down to six. Brian Sitzmann responded with five straight points before a Gavin Baumgartner (Fr., Plymouth) three-pointer pulled MSU-Moorhead within 64-56 with 13:46 to play. Both teams traded three-pointers following another 6-0 run by the Dragons cutting UMC’s lead to 67-62 before Malcolm Cohen made a lay-up pushing the Golden Eagles’ lead to 69-62. With the lead trimmed back down to 69-64, Cleary drove inside and spun under the arms of his defender laying it in for his twenty-fifth point to give Minnesota Crookston a 71-65 lead. An MSU-Moorhead three-point play was answered when Malcolm Cohen drove to the rim and made a lay-up through contact to regain a 74-67 lead with 10:16 to remaining after the Cohen made free throw. Leading  76-69 with 8:32 to play Gable Smith hauled in an offensive rebound and kicked a pass out to Malcolm Cohen who connected on a three-pointer giving the Golden Eagles a 79-69 lead with 8:32 to play. Following a 4-0 run, Harrison Cleary scored a three-pointer after receiving a kick-out pass from Chase Johnson pushing Minnesota Crookston’s lead to 84-75. After another UMC offensive rebound, Johnson again found Cleary on the perimeter again for a three-pointer giving Cleary 33 points and pushing the Golden Eagles lead to 87-75. Cleary scored UMC’s next four points as well giving him 37 in the game and keeping the Golden Eagles in front by double figures at 91-80 with 5:30 to play. Following an MSU-Moorhead basket, Josh Collins (Sr., Minneapolis) drove the baseline and finished a reverse lay-up off the backboard giving the Golden Eagles a 93-82 lead with 4:37 to play. Another Harrison Cleary drive into the paint was rewarded with an uncontested finish at the rim giving Minnesota Crookston a 95-82 lead with 3:46 remaining. UMC’s Brian Sitzmann spurred four-straight MSU-Moorhead points with a pair of free throws giving the Golden Eagles a 97-86 lead. Following a Gable Smith block, MSU-Moorhead head coach Chad Walthall was called for consecutive technical fouls and ejected from the game awarding UMC four-consecutive free throws and possession of the ball. Cleary made all four free throws pushing the Golden Eagles lead to 100-86. Cleary made a jumper on UMC’s next possession giving him 45 points on the night and a 103-86 lead. Cleary made two more free throws for the Golden Eagles with UMC in the bonus for a new career-high and program record 47 points on the night helping Minnesota Crookston close out the 108-88 win. “Tonight’s one of those whacky deals,” summarized Weisse. “We talked about defense the entire week and gave up 88 points but were able to score 108. The thing about our team is that we can win games in a variety of ways. Some games it might be in the 80s or 90s, some games might be in the 50s or 60s. We’ve got to find a way to win both types of games. Each game does have a different personality and tomorrow I’m assuming it’s going to take a very different type of game (against Northern State).”
Weisse was especially pleased with the resiliency shown by Harrison Cleary in his record-setting performance. “What a special night for Harrison,” said Weisse. “I’m so proud of him because I know he had kind of a tough game last week. It’s going to come for him and the thing I was so proud of him for was he got the tough ones. It didn’t come easy and I’m so down proud of him because I know he wanted last week back, but he certainly took control tonight.”
Minnesota Crookston improves to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Golden Eagles return to their home floor on Saturday when UMC hosts Northern State at 5:30 p.m. on KROX. MSU-Moorhead falls to 6-4 overall and 0-2 in the NSIC.

 

Box Score

1

2

Final

MSU-Moorhead

31 57 88

UMC

43 65 108

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 47 4 2 Assists/2 Steals
Malcolm Cohen 24 2 4 Assists/2 Steals
Brian Sitzmann 13 4  
Gable Smith 9 7 4 Assists/3 Steals/2 Blocks
Chase Knickerbocker 8    
Darin Viken 5 2
Josh Collins 2 2  


 

 



THURSDAY - DECEMBER 6,  2018

CROOKSTON BLUE LINE CLUB YOUTH HOCKEY REPORT

The Crookston Blue Line Club youth hockey report for this week is below -

Squirt A
Crookston Squirt A's travelled to Monticello last weekend to play in the Moose Cup. They started out against Anoka on Friday evening. After a quick series of 4 Anoka goals in the first period, Crookston was able to hold Anoka at 1-1 for the remainder of the game for a final score of 1-5. Saturday morning they played Delano for a loss of 2-1. Saturday evening they played Lakeville for a 6-2 win. The boys played hard all weekend and never gave up, we are so proud of how they handled themselves against some very tough competition.
Our player of the week is Teegyn Johnson. Teegyn had a great game in the net against Delano.

10U
The 10U Girls team was off to the Breezy Point 10U Tournament this past weekend, for a fun-filled weekend both on and off the ice! This was goaltender, Logan Brekken's, first games in the net, as the regular goaltender, Natalie Longoria, is recovering from surgery. Good job to Logan! And wishes for a speedy recovery to Natalie!
The girls kicked off the weekend play on Friday against Albertville-St.Michael, ending in a loss 2-3. Goals were made by Emma LaPlante (1) and Madi Abrams (1).
Saturday morning, they played against Stillwater, which was a tough game, ending in a loss 1-7. The lone goal was scored was by Emma LaPlante. Stillwater went on to play in the championship game and took 2nd on the weekend!
The girls had to turn around and play quickly, and took on Wayzata. This was another close one, ending in a loss of 3-2. Goals scored by Emma LaPlante and Adelia Weiland.
The last game of the weekend was against Maple Grove-Osseo, and the girls dominated the play of the game. They won 6-0, and ended the weekend on a high note. Goals were scored by Emmi Trostad (1), Mya Bower (1), Adelia Weiland (1), Madi Abrams (1), and Emma LaPlante (1)
Besides the Stillwater game, their games were very close in pool play. Their weekend record doesn't show the growth these girls are showing each game - they are improving on their positioning, passing, and persistence! Keep up the good work girls! This next weekend, the girls will attend the Grand Forks Angels 10UB Tournament, and they kick it off with their first game on Friday at 5:45 p.m.
Player of the Week - Adelia Weiland
Adelia's positive attitude and hard work netted her two goals over the weekend. Adelia is loving the game and it shows in her play!

Peewee B
The PeeWees started the weekend with a tough 4-2 loss against Grand Forks we played hard and played pretty evenly for most of the game. Saturday we hosted Fergus Falls, I thought this was our best team game of the season, puck luck wasn't in our favor but I thought we played well even if the score board says otherwise and we lost 7-2. Sunday we went back to Grand Forks in the morning to play the Eagles and we lost another close one 2-1, we almost tied it up late on a couple of great plays by our forwards. All in all the PeeWee's may not be where we want to be in the win/loss column of the score sheets but they have come a long way in the last month. I can see the improvement and they seem to be buying in to each other and the team, I expect good things in our future.
Player of the Week: Gavin Aakhus, we couldn't ask for a better teammate and player. Gavin comes to the rink with the mindset that he is going to work hard everyday, weather it be a game or practice. He has a very high compete level and he has been all over the score sheet for us this year. Gavin is the type of kid that is impossible to root against, he is always working hard and also always has a big smile on his face. You can see that he genuinely loves hockey, keep up the great effort Gavin!

12U
The 12U girls had two tough loses this past Saturday, Warroad 5-2 and Moorhead 12-1. The girls skated hard and passed well as a team but just couldn't get the "W". On Sunday, the 12U traveled to long time rival, East Grand Forks. The girls fought hard and came out on top with a 3-2 win. This upcoming weekend the 12U girls host Bemidji on Saturday and Roseau on Sunday.
Player of the Week - Brekken Tull
- Brekken has been working really hard at practice, and it shows during games. Brekken always has a positive, can do attitude!

Bantam
The Crookston Bantam's played three games in two days over the weekend, coming out with two district wins. Friday night, the Pirates found themselves in a battle with their rival East Grand Forks, in East Grand Forks. They finished the first period with a 1-0 lead, thanks to some big saves by goalie, Jaren Bailey. Shortly into the 2nd period, Crookston had some issues, surrendering three straight goals. Following the 3rd goal, the Pirates used their timeout to reset. Crookston's Kaleb Armstrong responded with a goal less than a minute later. Alex Longoria knotted the game at three halfway through the 3rd period, and Armstrong got his second of the game in overtime to win it 4-3 for Pirates. Saturday morning Roseau came to town for their second district game of the weekend. The two teams exchanged goals until late in the 3rd period, when the Pirates took a two goal lead thanks to Jackson Demarais. Roseau pulled their goalie, pressured the Pirates and pulled the game within one, but Alex Longoria added an empty netter for his 4th goal of the game to lead the Pirates to a 6-4 victory. Saturday evening Crookston faced-off against a tough Moorhead team. Moorhead jumped out to a five goal lead after the first period, and never looked backed. The Pirates suffered their worst loss of the season, losing 7-2 to the Spuds with goals from Nathan Kelly and Alex Longoria. Scoring for the weekend -- Goals: Alex Longoria (6) Blaine Andringa (2), Kaleb Armstrong (2), Jackson Demarais (1), Nathan Kelly(1); Assists: Andringa, Demarais, Armstrong, Kelly; Goalie Saves: Jaren Bailey (133).
Player of the Week: Kaleb Armstrong with 2 goals, 1 assist and the overtime game winner at EGF.

Top: Squirt A - Teegyn Johnson, Squirt B - Aiden Weiland, 10U - Adelia Weiland
Bottom: Peewee A - Parker Kelly, Peewee B - Gavin Aakhus, 12U - Brekken Tull and Bantam - Kaleb Armstrong


 


 

WEDNESDAY - DECEMBER 5,  2018

UMC'S ODOR NAMED NSIC NORTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME

University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball player Isieoma Odor (Sr., Bloomington,) was named NSIC North Division Player of the Week for the third time this season.
Odor scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 70-61 win over Bemidji State University in the conference opener in Bemidji on Saturday. Odor made 10 of her 15 field goal attempts, added two steals, a block and an assist. Odor passed Micaela Noga for seventh all-time UMC Women's Basketball career scoring with 1,122 career points. Odor needs 84 points to move past Brittani Wiese for sixth all-time. She is currently third all-time in rebounds with 609 career boards. Odor needs 87 rebounds to surpass Laurie Tyson for second, and 89 to move past Katrina Nordick for the school record for rebounds. Odor is averaging a double-double of 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds for Minnesota Crookston this season.
Odor joined Minnesota State University’s Rachel Shumski as NSIC Players of the Week.
The Golden Eagles open their NSIC home slate Friday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. against Minnesota State University Moorhead.

 

 

TUESDAY  -  DECEMBER 4, 2018

SLUKYNSKY, WARRIORS SINK PIRATES AS COMEBACK BID FALLS SHORT

The Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey team trailed 5-0 when they scored four straight goals to climb within a goal of the Warroad Warriors before Owen Meeker deflected a shot top shelf into the net with 1:31 to play to seal a 6-4 win for the Warriors. 

Warroad opened the scoring on Slukynsky’s first goal of the night at 10:35 of the first period.  Slukynsky won a neutral zone faceoff to the right of the net.  Wilmer passed across to Cooper Cole (assist) who found Slukynsky streaking up the center of the ice out of the Warroad end, getting behind the Pirate defense and back-handing a shot past Ricord.  The Warriors were on the board again just 21 seconds when Wilmar fed Slukynsky in the right circle.  Slukynsky tried to work around a Pirate defender into the slot but lost the handle as the puck slid across the slot to a wide-open Cade Wallace (goal, assist) who buried it for 2-0 Warroad lead.
In the second period the Pirates Ty Hamre took a two-minute minor for elbowing at 2:52 and just 27 seconds later Hunter Pelland (goal) would make it 3-0. Slukynsky set up Pelland on a one-timer from the right corner to the bottom of the left circle and Pelland was able to easily bury it.  Slukynsky would follow that up with a goal 19 seconds later a feed from Meeker behind the goal line to Slukynsky in the slot make it 4-0 Warriors. The Pirates would kill off back-to-back Warroad power plays, but 21 seconds after the second penalty kill ended Warroad made it 5-0 at 15:32 of the second.  Slukynsky found Anthony Foster heading up the left side of the ice creating a 2-on-1 for Warroad.  Foster carried deep down the left side waiting out Logan Wardner to make the first move and when Wardner went down in an attempt to fill the passing lane Foster extended another stride before dropping a pass back to Meeker who beat Ricord to his stick side.  The Pirates would finally break through less than a minute later when Eric Delorme fired a low shot of Max Gausen’s pads and the rebound found Jack Doda (goal, assist) who buried for his first career goal cutting the Warroad led to 5-1 at the second intermission. 
Warroad started fast, although they were only credited with six first period shots and continued to build on their advantage in the second. “I thought we were pretty dreadful for the first two periods,” said Pirate Coach Josh Hardy.  “We challenged these guys a little bit between the second and third to be mentally tough and we got the train going the right direction and scored some tonight which was big.  This says a lot about what these guys can do going forward.”
The Pirates would score three more goals in the third period.  Joey Doda scored his first of the year after feeding a pass back to Quinn Westlake (assist) who’s shot attempt hit Ben Andringa on its way to the net and the puck ricocheted to Joey Doda who made it 5-2 at 1:10 of the third.  The Pirates continued to apply pressure to Warroad and just under four minutes Delorme carried the puck in along the left side in a 1-on-2 situation.  Delorme used a change of pace to allow Brock Heppner to slip in behind the defense on the right side before feeding him at the top of the crease and Heppner pushed the puck five-hole past Gausen to cut the lead to 5-3.  The Pirates would get there final goal at 12:20 of the third, Delorme carrying the puck had his stick lifted but had enough strength to get a pass to Jack Doda in the slot who nudged a pass to Heppner in the left the circle who fired a shot in on Gausen who seemed to make the stop but Heppner crashed the net and found the puck behind Gausen in the crease and pushed it across the line to make it 5-4.  The Pirates used their time-out with 2:14 to play but struggled to get the puck out of their own end before
Grant Slukynky won a faceoff with 1:41 to go and got the puck to Gage Wilmer at the point who put an ice level shot towards the net.  Meeker skated in three feet above the crease and deflected the shot top shelf into the net ending a fierce rally by the Pirates.
“Ben was one of our best players tonight and really accepted being the guy on his line tonight,” said Hardy.  “Eric made a lot of really nice efforts tonight and Jack (Ricord) had a really nice night again doing what he needs to do we just need to clean up a couple of things defensively in front of him.”

Crookston went 0-for-2 on the power play and is now just 1-for-14.  Warroad was 1-for-4 on the power play.  Warroad improves to 1-0, 2-2, Crookston falls to 0-1, 0-3.  The Pirates are back in action on Friday night for their home opener against St. Paul Johnson at 7:30 p.m.


            Ben Andringa skates through a Warroad check      

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 3 4
Warroad 2 3 1 6


Eric Delorme fires a shot through Warroad defenders while Noah Kiel looks on

1st Period
6:25 - Warroad - Grant Slukynsky (Cooper Cole, Gage Wilmer)
3:04 - Warroad - Cade Wallace (Grant Slukynsky, Gage Wilmer)

2nd Period
13:41 - Warroad  - Hunter Pelland (Grant Slukynsky) (PP)
13:22 - Warroad  - Grant Slukynsky (Owen Meeker, Cade Wallace)
1:28 - Warroad - Owen Meeker (Grant Slukynsky, Anthony Foster)
0:52 - Crookston - Jack Doda (1) (
Eric Delorme, Sam Overgaard )

3rd Period
15:50 - Crookston -
Joey Doda
(Ben Andringa Quinn Westlake)
11:59 - Crookston - Brock Heppner (Eric Delorme, Logan Wardner)
4:40 - Crookston -  Brock Heppner (Joey Doda)
1:36 - Warroad -
Owen Meeker (Grant Slukynsky, Gage Wilmer)


       Joey Doda tracks down a loose puck

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Jack Ricord - Crookston 4 7 6 17
Max Gausen - Warroad 4 6 3 13




 

CROOKSTON GIRLS BASKETBALL REMAINS UNBEATEN WITH WIN OVER RED LAKE FALLS

The Crookston Pirates Girls basketball team used a 9-0 run early in the first half to pull away in a 57-19 win over the Red Lake Falls Eagles in a non-Section game played at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.

Crookston jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to five offensive rebounds on the Pirates first two possessions resulting in lay-ups by Danielle Boyle and Kylie Solheim. Red Lake Falls scored its first basket with 14:55 left in the first half. Crookston answered with a 9-0 run capped off by a pass across the lane from Kylie Solheim to Emma Borowicz resulting with a lay-up inside giving the Pirates a 14-2 lead. “I thought we did a good job of creating opportunities for ourselves, but I don’t think we did a great job of converting on t,” said Crookston head coach Darrin Zimmerman. Following a pair of Red Lake Falls baskets, Crookston utilized another 6-0 run including four straight points scored by Emma Borowicz pushing the Pirates’ lead to 22-8. The Eagles closed out the half by scoring six of the final eleven points in the half, but Crookston was still able to claim a 27-14 lead at halftime. “It was defensive intensity all night,” said Zimmerman. “I thought the girls did a really good job of covering gaps really well. Moving when the ball was in the air. Closing out and contesting shots and I think, for the most part, we had a hand in someone’s face for ninety to ninety-five percent of shots tonight.”
In the second half, the Pirates’ defense set the tone by holding Red Lake Falls scoreless over the first seven minutes of the second half allowing Crookston to score the first thirteen points of the second half giving the hosts a 42-14 lead. Crookston continued to play intense defense throughout the final eighteen minutes of the game limiting the Eagles to just five second-half points. The Pirates reserves were able to see significant time on the floor in the games closing minutes and Halle Winjum stole the show scoring the game’s final four points closing out Crookston’s 57-19 win. “We talked about finishing (at halftime),” explained Zimmerman. “We left a lot of play in the first half, especially at the offensive end. We talked about being a little bit more in control. Making sure that we were playing within ourselves a little bit more. Keeping the intensity where it was at, but then finishing plays on both ends of the floor both offensively and defensively. We’ve talked how you have to be good defensively because ideally, you want to shoot the ball well every night, and usually we shoot the ball well in our home gym, but the shots didn’t fall as easily tonight as they have in some past games, so we’ve always emphasized defensively that even if you have that sort of poor night offensively shooting it the defense can win you games.”
While Crookston’s offensive struggles would have been a cause for concern for most teams, Zimmerman was pleased with his team’s ability to close out a win on a night where the offense struggled, particularly in the first half, “It was a great team effort. Defensively, especially, we’re really pleased and proud of the way we played on defense. We’ve got to finish on offense a little bit better and protect the ball a little bit better but if we can take care of those things we’re just going to keep getting better and better.”
The Pirates improve to 3-0 and return to the court on Friday when
they host Warroad at 7:30 p.m. (double-header with the boys) on KROX.  Red Lake Falls drops to 3-1.


Kasey Cwikla goes up for a shot in the paint   Gretchen Theis drives by an Eagle

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Red Lake Falls

14 5 19

CROOKSTON

27 30 57

 
Rachel Hefta drives by a Red Lake Falls defender

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Emma Borowicz

18 3 7 Steals
Hayden Winjum 8 4 3 Assists/4 Steals
Rachel Hefta 6 7 2 Steals/6 Blocks
Danielle Boyle 5 3  
Jenna Coauette 4   2 Steals
Kylie Solheim 4 6 2 Assists/2 Steals
Kasey Cwikla 4    
Halle Winjum 4   2 Assists

Gretchen Theis

3 3 5 Steals

Emma Boll

1    

 

For Red Lake Falls

Points

Clara Girdler 5
Makenzie Williams 4
Hollie Knott 2
Greta Phillip 2
Mya Seeger 2
Katrina Olson 2
Sienna Olson 2




 

CROOKSTON BOYS BASKETBALL WINS LAST-SECOND THRILLER OVER BAGLEY

Jaden Lubarski made one free-throw with under one-second to play securing a 48-47 win for Crookston Pirates Boys’ basketball team over the Bagley Flyers in a Section 8AA game played in Bagley.
Nick Garmen knocked down a three-pointer for the game’s first points giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead. Caden Osborn scored inside growing the Pirates lead to 5-0 before Alec Norum scored a three-pointer for the Flyers, cutting the deficit to 5-3. Jaden Lubarski scored for Crookston to give the Pirates a 7-3 lead. Bagley answered with four-straight points tying the game at 7-7. Nick Garmen answered with his second three-pointer regaining the lead for Crookston. Leading 10-9, Caden Osborn scored six-straight points for the Pirates, pushing Crookston’s lead to 16-9. Caden Osborn answered a Bagley basket with another score giving the visitors an 18-11 lead. The Flyers’ Garrett Riewer closed the low-scoring first half with a three-pointer, but the Pirates took an 18-14 lead into halftime. “Kids just couldn’t hit shots,” said Crookston head coach Greg Garmen of the low-scoring first half. “Nick (Garmen) hit a couple right away and we got Caden (Osborn) going, but it was a battle after that and it really was the same for Bagley. It was just sort of a tough night to shoot and for whatever reason kids haven’t really found their rhythm yet. Hopefully, we can find that rhythm that we need to find to shoot the ball like we should.”
Early in the second half, Jaden Lubarski scored pushing Crookston’s lead to 23-17. Bagley responded with back-to-back three-pointers made by James Hvezda and Alec Norum tying the game at 23-23. Walker Winjum countered with a basket for the Pirates sparking an 8-0 run with a three-pointer made by Josh Bernia and a Jaden Lubarski jumper giving the Pirates a 31-23 lead. The Flyers scored six-straight points to cut the deficit to 31-29 before Nick Garmen scored to push Crookston’s lead to 33-29. Following an Easton Tangquist three-pointer that gave Crookston a 40-35 lead, Bagley’s Kenly Gordon made a three-pointer before Kolton Schultz tied the game at 40-40 with a basket. Alec Norum continued the Flyers’ 7-0 run with a basket giving Bagley a 42-40 lead. “They hit some shots and got hot in the second half and we didn’t defend maybe like we needed to,” said Garmen. “They got away from us too much.” Caden Osborn answered for the Pirates with a field goal tying the game at 42-42. A pair of Bagley free-throws made by James Hvezda regained the lead for the Flyers, but Caden Osborn made two free-throws tying the game followed by a Walker Winjum basket to give Crookston a 46-44 lead. Alec Norum knocked down a three-pointer for Bagley to regain a 47-46 lead for the hosts. A foul sent Nick Garmen to the line where he made one of two free throws tying the game at 47-47. Crookston intentionally fouled in the final seconds of the game thinking they had fouls to give, but the official scorebook determined that the Pirates’ Walker Winjum had committed the team’s seventh foul sending James Hvezda to the free-throw line with a chance to take the lead. Hvezda missed the front end of the one-and-one allowing Crookston a chance to win the game with the final shot. Following a miss, Jaden Lubarski was fouled as he got the offensive rebound and went to the -throw line where he made the first free-throw giving Crookston a 48-47 lead with 0.6 seconds remaining. Lubarski intentionally missed the second free-throw and Bagley full-court heave was off the mark as Crookston picked up its first win of the season 48-47. “It see-sawed back and forth in the final few minutes,” explained Garmen. “It appeared that they were going to hold for one shot and we’re in a timeout and I said, ‘we can give up one foul and still be in the bonus,’ they were sort of fumbling the ball around and we fouled a guy. They came over to the scorer’s table and determined it was our seventh foul, but they had five on the board. So we had a big to do about that because we wouldn’t have fouled then. So anyways we have to go with the official book even though our stat people had it as our sixth foul only. They go to the line and shoot and they miss. We come down, I can’t even remember who shot, but there’s a scrum underneath the rim and Jaden Lubarski gets fouled coming up with the rebound. So he goes to the line with 0.6 seconds and he makes the first one so they call a timeout. I was thinking we should maybe have him miss so I sort of said it, but I didn’t really know if I wanted to do it. But he went up to the line and missed it and they heave it down. Game over, we win by one.”
Despite Crookston picking up its first win of the season, Garmen is still looking to see more out of his team going forward. We really struggled in all facets of the game, but none the less, they hung in there, made plays when they needed to like in the last, one-second of the game, we made a play there and we needed that at that time," said Coach Garmen.  "We did it, so that was good.”
The Pirates
improve to 1-1 on the year and return to the court on Friday when they host Warroad at 6:00 p.m. (double header with the girls) on KROX.  Bagley drops to 1-1.

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

18 30 48

Bagley

14 33 47

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Caden Osborn

17 8  
Nick Garmen 15 6 8 Steals
Jaden Lubarski 6 5  
Josh Bernia 3    
Easton Tangquist 3    
Walker Winjum 2   5 Assists
Brady Butt 2    

 

For Bagley

Points

Alec Norum 18
Kenly Gordon 11
Garrett Riewer 5
James Hvezda 5
Kolton Schultz 2
Garrett Riewer 2
Jaxsyn Lewis 2
Zach Anderson 2

 

 


PIRATE WRESTLERS FALL TO GRAND FORKS CENTRAL, BEAT GRAND FORKS RED RIVER IN BORDER BATTLE

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team lost to Grand Forks Central 45-24 in the first match and came back to beat Grand Forks Red River 48-30 in the Border Battle at the Grafton High School Gymnasium in Grafton, North Dakota.  The four teams used to be East Grand Forks, Crookston, and the two Grand Forks schools, but East Grand Forks dropped the program and Grafton took their spot.   Crookston was without one of their top wrestlers and one of the top wrestlers in the state, #6 ranked Lukas Meier, due to an injury he suffered in the Wahpeton tournament last weekend. 

Grand Forks Central match -
In North Dakota, they have a random draw for the weight the match will start and 120 pounds was the starting point for the match.  GFC won the first match by pin, but Zach Brown answered with an 8-2 win at 126 pounds.  “It was a good match and was close after the first period and it was a match that you have to be patient and make sure you keep good positioning and he was able to do that,” said Coach Hanson. “He got a nice takedown and was able to build a nice lead and it was a good win for us.”  Crookston gave up six more points at 132 when they didn’t have anybody to fill the weight and after a loss by pin at 138 and a 7-3 loss at 145 pounds, GFC led 21-4.  Ethan Boll stopped the GFC run when he won by a 5-1 decision at 152 pounds.  “The opponent that he wrestled finished second at Wahpeton last weekend (Ethan finished third) and we didn’t get a chance to meet him there,” said Coach Hanson. “Ethan had a hard-fought match and he deserved the win.  He is a very strong, quick and athletic wrestler and is impressive as an eighth grader.”  Crookston lost by pin at 160 and 170 and lost by a forfeit at 182.  Crookston had their first winning streak of the evening starting with a win at 195 pounds when Damian Hodgson won a 2-0 battle.  “It was a huge win for Damian,” said Coach Hanson. “He has wrestled him many times throughout his career and lost to him at Wahpeton so for him to grind out a hard-fought win was big.”  Hodgson’s win was followed with a win at 220 pounds when Blake Fee had a pin with two seconds left in the first period for his first win of his career in his third match.  “It was just awesome and I knew if he kept working hard his time would come and when you get in a dual situation it is really exciting,” said Coach Hanson. “He was able to get a takedown early and get a half nelson and ended up in a roll situation and came out on top and earned the fall and his teammates were very excited for him and as coaches we are happy to see him progress so far and we are happy for him.”    Crookston didn’t have anybody at heavyweight and forfeited the match, but Ethan Bowman was solid in a 9-1 victory at 106 and Jake Erickson wrapped up the match with an impressive 15-2 victory at 113. “I really like how Ethan wrestled, especially late getting the two points late to get the major decision and some bonus points,” said Coach Hanson. “Jake had a solid performance and it was a good test and I am really happy for him to pick up his first varsity win.” Even with the strong finish, the Pirates were too far behind and lost 45-24.  “We had good efforts by Hunter Knutson who wrestled well against the runner-up from the Wahpeton tournament and kept it to a decision, Nolan Dans had the Wahpeton champ and was leading early and Cade Coauette built up a lead in the first period so that was nice to see, we just have to work on finishing,” said Coach Hanson. “It was a good effort by the guys against a very good Grand Forks Central team.”   Crookston dropped to 0-1 on the year in duals, while Grand Forks Central improved to 3-1 on the year.


Jake Erickson on his way to his first varsity victory in the Grand Forks Central match

Grand Forks Red River -
The match started at 126 pounds and Zach Brown received a win by forfeit and Crookston led 6-0.  Red River won the next three matches for a 18-6 lead.  Ethan Boll stopped the Pirate losing streak with a pin in the second period and Cade Coauette received a forfeit win to tie the match at 18. “Ethan wrestled another solid match and that was a nice win for him,” said Coach Hanson. “It was nice to see Cade get the forfeit win after he wrestled well in the first match.  It was good to get the match tied up at that point.”  Crookston lost the next two matches before Damian Hodgson won his second match of the night with a pin in the first period and the Pirates earned three more forfeit victories to take a 42-30 lead with one match remaining.  “It was nice to see the senior captain (Hodgson) go out and get the pin,” said Coach Hanson. “We thought Damian had the chance to put the nail in the coffin with a win with the forfeits coming up.”  The final match was Nolan Dans at 120 pounds and he came away with an impressive win by pin 40 seconds into his match and Crookston won the dual 48-30.  “It was a battle in the middle of the lineup where they had their core and they were light at the top and bottom of their line up so we had to stick with them in the middle and we would be just fine in the dual,” said Coach Hanson. “It was great to see Cade Deleon almost get his first win.  He has an explosive double leg takedown and got that early and racked up a pretty good lead and that should help build his confidence moving forward.  We feel good picking up the first win and we look to build on it going into the weekend.”
Crookston improves to 1-1 in duals on the year and they will host the Rodd Olson Invitational tournament at the Crookston High School gymnasium on Saturday.  Grand Forks Red River drops to 1-3.


Blake Fee on his way to a pin in the Grand Forks Central match for his first victory of his career

 

PIRATES - 24

GF Central - 45

Winner Result

106 lbs

Ethan Bowman

Amelia Foltz

Crox 9-1

113 lbs

Jake Erikson Hayden Mack Crox 15-2

120 lbs

Nolan Dans Tyson Gass GFC Pin 2:49

126 lbs

Zach Brown Braydon Williams Crox 8-2

132 lbs

OPEN Josh Isassi GFC Forfeit

138 lbs

Braxton Volker Carter Elde GFC Pin 2:50

145 lbs

Hunter Knutson Alec Humble GFC 7-3
152 lbs Ethan Boll Evan Bridgeford Crox 5-1

160 lbs

Cade Coauette Devry Gryder GFC Pin 2:55

170 lbs

Cade DeLeon Ben Stevens GFC Pin :58

182 lbs

OPEN Will Rohrich GFC Forfeit

195 lbs

Damian Hodgson Cameron Bridgeford Crox 2-0

220 lbs

Blake Fee Austin Bicker Crox Pin 1:58

285 lbs

OPEN Beau Peterson GFC Forfeit


Damian Hodgson holds on tight on his way to a win in the Grand Forks Central match

 

PIRATES - 48

GF Red River-30

Winner Result

106 lbs

Carter Coauette OPEN Crox Forfeit

113 lbs

Ethan Bowman OPEN Crox Forfeit

120 lbs

Nolan Dans Camden Larson Crox Pin :40

126 lbs

Zach Brown OPEN Crox Forfeit

132 lbs

Braxton Volker Joe Sundine GFRR Pin 2:57

138 lbs

OPEN Gaige Braswel GFRR Forfeit

145 lbs

Hunter Knutson Bobby Vonesh GFRR Pin 3:43
152 lbs Ethan Boll Zion Diggs Crox Pin 3:33

160 lbs

Cade Coauette OPEN Crox Forfeit

170 lbs

OPEN Micaiah Peterson GRRR Forfeit

182 lbs

Cade Deleon Colton Saxon Peterka GFRR Pin 2:47

195 lbs

Damian Hodgson Trent Herberg Crox Pin 1:38

220 lbs

Blake Fee OPEN Crox Forfeit

285 lbs

OPEN OPEN - -


Cade Coauette was in control early in the Grand Forks Central match

 

 




SATURDAY - DECEMBER 1,  2018

PIRATE WRESTLERS FINISH SIXTH PLACE WITH SIX PLACERS AT THE WAHPETON TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team had one champion, a second-place finish and a total of six placers to finish sixth out of 12 teams at the talent-laden Dan Unruh Wahpeton Wrestling tournament in Wahpeton, North Dakota.   Lisbon, North Dakota won the tournament with 242 points, 14.5 points better than Frazee.  Crookston finished with 124 points, 12 points behind fifth place Sisseton, South Dakota.
Zach Brown (113 lbs) won a championship and Lukas Meier (160 lbs) finished second after suffering an injury in the championship match.  "It was nice to get out on the mat and on paper we are pretty happy with how things turned out this weekend," said Pirate Coach Wes Hanson. "We saw a lot of things we need to work on, but it was a great start to the year."


The six Pirate placers - Ethan Bowman, Lukas Meier, Damian Hodgson, Ethan Boll, Cameron Weiland, Zach Brown


Zach Brown,
the #3 ranked wrestler in Class A Minnesota, won all three matches he wrestled.  He received a bye in the first round before winning the next two matches by pin to advance to the championship.  In the championship, the first period was scoreless and with one-minute left in the second period Zach trailed 1-0 after an escape and that was the score after two periods.  In the third period, Brown started in the down position and escaped right away to tie the match at 1-1.  With 56 seconds left in the match, Brown had a takedown to take a 3-1 lead.  Late in the match Brown let his opponent escape and his lead was 3-2.  With a couple of seconds left in the match, Brown’s opponent had a nice move and came close to a takedown as the buzzer sounded and after a shot discussion with the officials no points were awarded, and Brown won the match 3-2.  "It was a great match with two very good wrestlers," said Coach Hanson. "His opponent fired off a few shots and Zach was able to counter some of his best stuff early and we were feeling good about that.  Zach was able to get a takedown and was able to ride out.  He had a very good performance this weekend."

Luke Meier, the #6 ranked wrestler in Class A Minnesota, received a first round bye and won his second round match by pin in 56 seconds.  In the semi-final match, Lukas won a hard-fought 7-5 decision to advance to the championship match.  In the championship, about 15 seconds into the match he was injured and 10 seconds later an injury timeout was given.  Lukas was in pain and after a minute he decided to try to tough it out and with 40 seconds left in the first period there was a stoppage and Coach Hanson could tell he was in pain and asked and suggested he might want to withdraw to not injure himself any further in the first weekend of the season.  Luke withdrew and finished second place. "He had a very good semi-final match and was trailing 4-3 in the middle of the third period and come back to win," said Coach Hanson. "I feel bad for him because it was the second year in a row he has been injured in this tournament.  We decided to pull the pin and we hope he is good to go for us soon."

Ethan Bowman finished fourth place at 106 pounds going 4-2 on the weekend.  He received a first round bye and lost his second match to put him in the wrestlebacks.  Ethan won his first match on Saturday 3-2 and beat his teammate Carter Coauette 12-0.  He won an exciting 12-11 match to advance to the third-place match and ran into a tough opponent and lost 9-3 to finish fourth.  "The match that he is probably most proud so far this season and his career is the consolation semi-final where he won 12-11," said Coach Hanson. "He got a reversal late to win 12-11 and that was a huge victory for him."

Cameron Weiland finished fourth place at 132 pounds going 3-2 on the weekend.  He won his first two matches on Friday to advance to the semi-finals and lost his third match and bounced back with a 4-3 victory over Lucas Volstad of Frazee.  He lost by pin in the second period of the third-place match.  "Cam had two nice pins yesterday and showed today that he can win a close one with a 4-3 decision over Frazee," said Coach Hanson. "Cam had a very good weekend for us and it was a good start to the season for him."

Ethan Boll finished third place at 152 pounds going 3-2 on the weekend.  Ethan had a tough start to the weekend with a 9-4 loss in his first-round match with Joshua Worral of Fargo North.  He received a bye in the wrestlebacks before winning his first match on Saturday by a pin.  He lost the next match by pin before bouncing back with a 13-7 win over Joshua Worral (the kid that beat him in the first round) to advance to the third-place match.  Ethan continued his outstanding wrestling on Saturday with a pin towards the end of the second period to beat Mason Newling of Frazee.  "Ethan really had a great day today and was wrestling better," said Coach Hanson. "The way that he battled back to finish third place was awesome to see him out there today.  He is explosive and had a much better day today."

Damian Hodgson finished fifth place at 182 pounds going 2-2 on the weekend.  Damian received a first round bye before he won his second-round match by pin in the first period to advance to the semi-finals.  Damian lost the next two matches by decision to put him in the fifth-place match.  He came out strong in the fifth-place match and pinned his opponent 45 seconds into the match to end the weekend with a victory and a fifth-place medal.  "He wrestled a quality opponent in the semi-finals and it was nice to see him finish with a pin," said Coach Hanson. "He has been at this tournament many years and to see him up on the podium on his senior year was great."

The rest of the Pirates had some good matches and they were able to see some top-notch competition and that will prepare them for the rest of the season.  Coach Wes Hanson was happy with his team’s effort on the weekend. "It was nice to see teams from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota with a variety of competition," said Coach Hanson. "I thought it was great to see the guys compete at a high level wether it was their first wrestling match, their first varsity action it takes a lot of courage and it was an admirable performance by the guys and I am proud of their efforts this weekend."
Crookston will travel to Grafton on Tuesday to wrestle Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River in the annual border battle.


Zach Brown in control in the second period of his championship match

Team Scores
1. Lisbon 242
2. Frazee 227.5
3. Grand Forks Central 185
4. Brookings 182.5
5. Sisseton 136
6. Crookston 124
7. Wahpeton 74.5
8. Border West 71
9. Fargo North 70.5
10. Kindred 46
     West Fargo Sheyenne 46
12. Breckenridge 41.0


Carter Coauette (left) and Ethan Bowman (right) wrestle each other at 106 pounds

 

PIRATES

Opponent/Results

Place

106 lbs

Ethan Bowman

Friday
Beat Patrick Forcier- Border West by  Pin 1:23
Lost to Tyson Gass - Grand Forks Central by pin at 1:17
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Saturday
Beat Cole Sykora - Border West 3-2
Beat Carter Coauette - Crookston 12-0
Beat Connor Manske - WF Sheyenne 12-11
Lost to Carter Wallner - unattached 9-3



4th
106 lbs Carter Coauette Friday
Lost to Connor Manske - West Fargo Sheyenne by Pin at 1:49
Bye
-------------------------------
Saturday
Beat Preston Meyer - Wahpeton by pin at 1:50
Lost to Ethan Bowman - Crookston 12-0
 

DNP

113 lbs

Zach Brown Friday
Bye
Beat Tristin LaRocque - West Fargo Sheyenne by pin at :42
----------------------------
Saturday
Beat Eli Larson - Border West by pin at 3:56
Beat Boeden Greenley - Lisbon 3-2
 

 

1st

120 lbs

Nolan Dans Friday
Bye
Lost to Isiah Grimm- Sisseton by pin at 2:54
--------------------
Saturday
Bye
Lost to Christian Carlson - Frazee 10-2

DNP

126 lbs

Braxton Volker Friday
Beat Devan Diemert - Wahpeton  by pin  :54
Lost to Josh Isassi - Grand Forks Central by pin at 3:46
----------------------------
Saturday
Beat Keyara LaRocque - WF Sheyenne by pin at :56
Lost to Brayden Williams - unattached by pin at 2:01


DNP

132 lbs

Cameron Weiland Friday
Beat Silas Reinke - Lisbon  by  pin  3:56
Beat Kaleb Mostoller - Wahpeton by pin at 2:48
---------------------------
Saturday
Lost to Keanan Pikarski - Sisseton by pin at 1:46
Beat Lucas Volstad - Frazee 4-3
Lost to Shea Truesdell - unattached by pin at 2:44
 

 

4th

138 lbs

Hunter Knutson Friday
Bye
Lost to Brock Roesler - Kindred by pin at 1:04
--------------------------
Saturday
Bye
Lost to Mike Erickson - GF Central by pin at 1:53


DNP

145 lbs

OPEN    
152 lbs Ethan Boll Friday
Lost  Joshua Worral - Fargo North   9-4
Bye
--------------------------
Saturday
Beat Anthony Benda - Sisseton by pin at 3:31
Lost to Burchill - Wahpeton by pin at 2:35
Beat Joshua Worral - Fargo North 13-7
Beat Mason Newling - Frazee by pin at 3:57
 

 

3rd

160 lbs

Lukas Meier Friday
Bye
Beat Ekoue Kev Gbadoe - West Fargo Sheyenne by pin at :56
--------------------------
Saturday
Beat Ben Stevens - GF Central 7-5
Lost to Logan Bowes - Brookings by Injury Default
 

 

2nd

170 lbs

Cade DeLeon Friday
Bye
Lost to Isaac Deal - Border West by pin at 1:18
-------------------------
Saturday
Bye
Lost to Matthew Moen - Sisseton by pin at 2:12

DN-P

182 lbs

Damian Hodgson Friday
Bye
Beat Lance Nelson - Border West by pin at 1:33
-------------------------
Saturday
Lost to Jacob Schoon - Brookings 14-2
Lost to Cameran Bridgeford - GF Central 9-4
Beat Lance Nelson - Border West by pin at :45
 

 

5th

195 lbs

OPEN    

220 lbs

Blake Fee Friday
Lost Sam Rieger  - Lisbon by pin  :27
Grant Sullivan - Grand Forks Central
-------------------------
Saturday
Lost to Grant Sullivan - GF Central by pin at 1:17


DNP

285 lbs

OPEN    


Ethan Boll makes a move in a wrestleback match on Saturday

 

 

 

UMC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PULLS AWAY LATE FOR WIN AT BEMIDJI STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle women’s basketball team improved upon their best start in over a decade with a 70-61 win over the Bemidji State Beavers in the NSIC opener played at the Bemidji State Gymnasium.
Following a Bemidji State jump shot to open the scoring, Minnesota Crookston scored 7-straight point to take a 7-2 lead with 6:19 left in the first quarter. Following a Beavers’ three-pointer, Isieoma Odor (Sr., Bloomington) made a jumper to push the Golden Eagles lead to 9-5 with 4:53 left in the opening quarter. Towards the end of the opening quarter, the Beavers scored six straight points on a pair of lay-ups made through fouls giving the Beavers a 14-11 lead. Abby Guidinger (Soph., Waukesha, WI) knocked down a three-pointer with 0:11 left in the quarter to give UMC a 17-16 lead after 10 minutes of play. “We stayed in there long enough to give our offense a chance,” explained Minnesota Crookston head coach Mike Roysland. “We left so many baskets at the rim and stuff like that gets back-breaking. Our guards had opportunity after opportunity and we had good looks at a couple of threes, it just seems like we were fighting ourselves.”
A 6-0 run early in the second quarter gave Bemidji State a 25-19 lead before Isieoma Odor scored four-straight points cutting the Golden Eagles’ deficit down to 25-23. Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., Marshfield, WI) gave UMC a 26-25 lead with 4:18 to play in the second quarter after making a three-pointer. Bren Fox (Fr., Norwood Young America) made a free throw with 3:04 left in the half tying the game at 27-27. As the low scoring quarter continued, Stephanie McWilliams (Jr., Grand Forks, ND) made a jump shot with 1:49 for the final points of the half securing a 29-27 halftime lead for Minnesota Crookston. “The kids held resistant and our defense stayed in their tough enough, long enough and our offense did just enough to keep up,” said Roysland. “I was happy when we went in at halftime because they had a nice run in the second quarter and for us to go in up two I knew we could play better than this I felt fortunate that we weren’t down 10.”
In the third quarter, the Golden Eagles took a 33-29 lead after a Caitlin Michaelis jump shot with 8:02 left in the quarter. Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston battled back and forth the rest of the third period before a Beavers’ lay-up with 0:29 left to play in the quarter tied the game at 43-43 heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
In the fourth quarter, an Abby Guidinger three-pointer pushed the Golden Eagles ahead 46-45. With 7:08 to play, a three-point play scored by BSU’s Taylor Bray (Soph., Anoka) cut the Beavers’ deficit to 49-48. Minnesota Crookston answered with back-to-back three-pointers from Michaelis and McWilliams to take a 55-48 lead with 4:50 remaining. “We had one little spurt,” explained Roysland. “Out of that timeout we hit a couple threes, so we went from up one going into that timeout and got it to five and then five went to ten.” UMC continued to pull away the rest of the half with Michaelis scoring five-straight point pushing the Golden Eagles’ lead to 63-50 with 3:03 remaining. Minnesota Crookston continued to keep its distance the rest of the game closing out a 70-61 win. “You’ve got to feel good about it,” said Roysland after the win. “Anytime you get a win on the road in this conference you better not be complaining. There’s a lot to learn from this. It wasn’t picture perfect, but hopefully, this will give our team a little confidence going into next week. “
UMC improves to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Golden Eagles return to their home floor at Lysaker Gymnasium on Friday when UMC hosts MSU-Moorhead at 5:30 p.m. Bemidji State falls to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the NSIC.


Kylie Post looks to drive  Caitlin Michaelis brings the ball up the floor past a BSU defender

Box Score

1 2

3

4

Final

UMC

17 12 14 27 70

Bemidji State

16 11 16 18 61

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 21 7 2 steals
Caitlin Michaelis 18 3 3 steals
Steph McWilliams 10 9 2 assists
Abby Guidinger 9 5  
Kylie Post 6 3 2 assists
Paige Weakley 3   2 assists
Bren Fox 3 5  

 

 

 

UMC MEN’S BASKETBALL LOSES A TOUGH ONE IN OVERTIME TO BEMIDJI STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle men’s basketball gave up a five-point lead in the final 40-seconds of regulation before falling 96-95 in overtime against the Bemidji State Beavers in their NSIC opener played at the Bemidji State Gymnasium.
Neither side was able to separate in the first half with both teams battling through the opening twenty minutes of the game. Minnesota Crookston got off to a slow offensive start before Josh Collins (Sr., Minneapolis) scored six-straight points for UMC and pulled the Golden Eagles within 10-9 with 14:57 left in the half. Collins added a dunk in transition to his career-high 14 points with 12:33 remaining in the first half giving Minnesota Crookston an 18-17 lead. The Golden Eagles opened up their largest lead of the first half starting with a Chase Johnson (R-Soph., La Crosse, WI) jump shot and ending with five-straight points from Harrison Cleary (Jr., Oak Creek, WI) giving the Golden Eagles a 25-19 lead with 10:07 left to play in the half. Bemidji State answered with seven-straight points at the other end to take a 26-25 lead with 8:24 left in the half. Trailing 37-33 with 0:35 left in the opening half, Harrison Cleary buried a three-pointer to pull the Golden Eagles within 37-36 at halftime. “I thought it took us a while to get going,” explained Minnesota Crookston head coach Dan Weisse. “I didn’t think we played particularly well in the first half. We let them dictate the pace and give Bemidji State a ton of credit.”
Reigning NSIC Defensive Player of the Year Gable Smith (R-Sr., Lodi, WI) stole a pass on the perimeter to start the second half and dunked it at the other end with two hands giving UMC a 38-37 lead just 10-seconds into the second half. Bemidji State responded with back-to-back three-pointers to take a 45-40 lead with 17:23 left in the half. With 10:02 left to play, Chase Knickerbocker (Sr., Annandale) hit a three-pointer trimming UMC’s deficit to 57-55. The Beavers responded and Logan Longo (Jr., Aurora, CO) made back-to-back three-pointers pushing the hosts to their largest lead of the game 69-61 with 5:31 left to play in the half. Minnesota Crookston continued to trim the deficit from the free throw line before a Brian Sitzmann (R-Fr., Savage) three-pointer in front of the Golden Eagles’ bench pulled Minnesota Crookston within 72-69 with 4:09 to play in regulation. A Harrison Cleary lay-up on the Golden Eagles next possession sparked a 4-0 run ending with UMC and BSU tied at 73-73 with 3:01 left to play. BSU answered with a jumper to regain the lead, but Gable Smith was fouled on Minnesota Crookston’s next possession and made both free throws tying the game at 75-75. After a defensive stop, Ben Juhl (Soph., Clive, IA) knocked down a floater from the right side of the paint giving UMC a 77-75 lead with 1:55 left. On Minnesota Crookston’s next possession, Chase Knickerbocker curled off a screen catching a pass and firing a three-pointer from the left wing and burying the shot pushing the UMC lead to 80-75 with 1:06 remaining in the second half. Bemidji State’s next possession came up empty and after Harrison Cleary pulled down the rebound, he passed the ball up ahead to Ben Juhl who was fouled at midcourt and sent to the free throw line with UMC in the double bonus and just 35-seconds left in regulation. Juhl clanged both free throws off the rim and Bemidji State pushed the ball up ahead to Logan Longo who buried a three-pointer from the left corner with 0:29 left to play while Josh Collins was called for an off-ball foul against Jacob McNallan (Jr., Andover) under the basket after the three-pointer was counted. McNallan buried both free throws to complete the five-point sequence tying the game at 80-80 with 0:28 left in regulation. Harrison Cleary drove down the left side of the lane and was called for a charge before throwing up his game-winning attempt sending the game to overtime tied at 80-80 following 40 minutes of play. “At the end of the game we’re up five and miss two free throws,” explained Weisse. “They come down and make a five-point play, I’ll have to watch the tape on that. I’ll tell you what, we’ve got to learn how to win in this league.”
Chase Knickerbocker made a pair of free throws to open the extra period by giving UMC an 82-80 lead. Logan Bader (Jr., Milltown, WI) made a three-pointer at the other end gaining the lead for Bemidji State. A Bader lay-up with 3:21 left in overtime gave Bemidji State an 85-84 lead which Knickerbocker countered with a three-pointer giving the Golden Eagles an 87-85 lead. Nader answered with a triple sparking a 6-0 run giving Bemidji State a 91-87 lead. Brian Sitzmann responded with a three-pointer for UMC, but the Golden Eagles were unable to get a defensive stop the rest of the way without sending Bemidji State to the free throw line where Bader and McNallan were able to ice the game. Malcolm Cohen (R-Jr., Detroit, MI) buried a half-court prayer as time expired but it was too little too late as Bemidji State hung on for the 96-95 win. “It’s not going to get any easier,” explained Weisse. “This is a tough loss. We let it slip through our fingers. The fact that we gave up 96 points, that’s a no-no no matter who you’re playing. Give Bemidji credit for how they played today, but I’m really concerned about our guys. I didn’t think we were up to the task today for whatever reason. It’s amazing how you can feel after a one-point win or loss, but we’ve got to learn how to win games.”
UMC falls to 6-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Golden Eagles return to their home floor at Lysaker Gymnasium on Friday when UMC hosts MSU-Moorhead at 7:30 p.m. Bemidji State improves to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the NSIC.


Josh Collins with a shot in the paint over defenders

 

1

2

OT

Final

UMC

36 44 15 95

Bemidji State

37 43 16 96


Harrison Cleary makes a move in the paint

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Ben Juhl 19   4 assists
Harrison Cleary 18 3 7 assists
Josh Collins 14 6  
Chase Knickerbocker 13 2 assists
Gable Smith 13   2 blocks/2 steals
Malcolm Cohen 9    
Brian Sitzmann 7 5 2 assists
Chase Johnson 2    

 

 

 

PIRATE BOYS HOCKEY LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK AT LITTLE FALLS

The Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey team fell on the road Saturday to Little Falls 5-1.  The Pirates had eight power plays but struggled to get the puck past Dane Couture who stopped 20 of 21 Pirate shots.  Little Falls meanwhile when two for five on the power play, including the game winning goal by Robby Kuchinski-Helgeson at 7:50 of the first period giving Little Falls a 2-0 lead.
“I thought we played well for long stretches today and then had times where we looked a little lost, said Pirate Coach Josh Hardy. “We put ourselves behind the 8-ball early with penalties and had plenty of opportunities on the power play in the third but were pressing a little too much and the Little Falls’ goalie played outstanding.”
The Flyers opened the scoring when Mason Dempsey took a pass from Gabe Hirsch and beat Pirate goaltender Jack Ricord just 1:19 into the contest.  The Pirates would cut the lead in half late in the first period when Brock Heppner scored on the power play at 11:26. Heppner was assisted by Ben Andringa and Logan Wardner.  
“Our power play was exactly what we’ve been preaching to our guys to do, get the puck up top and suck the defensive out and distribute to the one-time shot on either side,” said Hardy. “Andringa got the shot off and rang it off the post, Brock was hungry out front and buried the rebound.”
Little Falls would extend the lead with an unassisted power play goal by Matt Flippi at 4:11 of the second period before Dempsey added his second goal of the game at 14:30 to make it 4-1 Flyers.  Dempsey was assisted by Nicholas Stevens and George Moore.  Gunner Gustafson would score the final goal of the game at 14:23 of the third period assisted by Stevens and Kuchinski-Helgeson.  
“Overall this was a really good weekend for us despite the losses, we learned a lot about our team and what we need to do to improve,” concluded Hardy.  “I look forward to breaking down the video and getting back to practice before a big game on Tuesday.”
Little Falls improves to 2-2 with the win.  The Pirates fall to 0-2 and will travel to Warroad on Tuesday for a Section 8A game.  KROX will have the game with the RiverView Health pre-gram show at 7:00 and the opening faceoff at 7:30. Listen online by clicking the listen live logo at the top of the page, on the KROX app or Alexa. Say, “Alexa, listen to K-R-O-X in Crookston.”   JV- Crookston won 5-4 in overtime.

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 1
Little Falls 2 2 1 5

1st Period
15:41 - Little Falls - Mason Dempsey (Gabe Hirsch)
9:10 - Little Falls  - Robby Kuchinski-Helgeson (Josh Jennings)   (PP)
5:34 - Crookston - Brock Heppner (Ben Andringa, Logan Wardner)  (PP)

2nd Period
12:49 - Little Falls- Matt Filippi  unassisted   (PP)
2:21 - Little Falls - Mason Dempsey (Nicholas Stevens, George Moore)

3rd Period
2:37 - Little Falls - Gunnar Gustafson (Nicholas Stevens, Robby Kuchinski-Helgeson)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Jack Ricord - Crookston 5 9 4 18
Dane Couture - Little Falls 2 7 11 19

 

 

 

FRIDAY  -  NOVEMBER 30, 2018

CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY STARTS SEASON OFF WITH 6-1 LOSS AT SARTELL

The Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey team opened the season fast in Friday night’s season opener, taking an early shot advantage over the Sartell Sabres 4-3 before the experience of the Sabres proved too much to overcome. 
The Pirates controlled the pace of play during the opening eight minutes of the season before a perfectly placed redirection of a shot for the left point put the Sabres up 1-0 at the 9:14 mark of the first.  Sabres’ Maddux Hagy picked up a rebound in the corner to the right of Pirate goaltender Jack Ricord, then found Brock Boerger at the blue line.  Boerger fired at textbook blue line shot along the ice towards the net that Michael Webster was able to put a stick on to deflect over the shoulder of Ricord, just under the crossbar.  The Sabres then used the momentum of that goal to outshoot the Pirates 9-1 over the final 7:46 over the period.
The Sabres picked up right where they left off when the second period started throwing everything they had at Ricord.  A turnover by Jacob Anderson was picked up in the left circle by Sartell’s Hayden Walters who quickly found Jake Henneman all alone on the right side to put Sartell up 2-0. Sartell would make it 3-0 just 39 seconds later when Jacob Mumm found Boerger at the top of the slot and Boerger beat a screened Ricord with a wrist shot halfway up on the glove side. 
Ben Andringa tried to get the Pirates on the board midway through the period when he crossed up a defenseman and came in alone on Sabres goaltender Cole Bright, but his shot rang off the pipe keeping the Pirates off the board.  At 12:30 of the second period Will Schiffler worked his way down the right side and sent a cross ice pass to Austin Adelman who buried it into a wide-open net for a 4-0 lead.  Then at 14:16 the Pirates scored their first goal of the season as Andringa won a faceoff in his defensive zone to Logan Wardner.  Wardner passed ahead to Eric Delorme along the boards who found Brock Heppner at center who then back-handed a pass that sent Andringa in alone for a second time on Bright.  This time Andringa’s aim was true as he went top shelf over the outstretched glove of Bright for the first Pirate goal of the year.  That led a flurry over the last five minutes of the second period for the Pirates. 
Both teams would go deep on their bench in the third period after Sartell picked up a pair of goals in the 3rd to extend their lead to 6-1.  At 2:48 of the period Henneman tallied his second of the night on a rebound off his own shot assisted by Hayden Walters. And then at 10:25 Hagy wrapped up the scoring as Ricord made a save moving to his right on a long-range shot.  Hagy picked up the rebound, waited for Ricord’s momentum to carry him to the post and slid the puck in the opposite side of the goal.  
Pirate Coach Josh Hardy was pleased with the team’s effort against one of the better teams in Section 6A. “To be honest I was pretty happy with our performance here tonight,” said Hardy. “Sartell is a nice hockey team, senior heavy and have a lot of guys coming back.”  The Pirates had long stretches where they controlled the play said Hardy and was impressed with eighth-grader Jack Doda’s play. “I thought he did a nice job of getting puck low, carrying it up the wall, which is tough to do especially, especially for a young kid.” He added, “I thought Jack played well even though he’s probably not to be pleased about his goals against average, but he really battled and made a lot of saves I wasn’t expecting him to.”
Sartell improves to 1-0, the Pirates fall to 0-1 and will return to the ice on Saturday in Little Falls before traveling to Warroad for a Section 8A game on Tuesday
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  Sam Overgaard carries the puck through the neutral zone.                 Quinn Westlake wins a defensive zone faceoff

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 1
Sartell 1 3 2 6

1st Period
9:14 - Sartell  - Michael Webster (Brock Boerger, Maddux Hagy)

2nd Period
4:23 - Sartell - Jack Hennemann (Hayden Walters)
5:02 - Sartell - Brock Boerger (Jacob Mumm, Cameron Cromwell)
12:30 - Sartell - Austin Adelman (Will Schiffler)
15:16 - Crookston - Ben Andringa (Brock Heppner, Eric Delorme)

3rd Period
2:48 -Sartell  - Jack Hennemann (Hayden Walters)
10:25 - Sartell - Maddux Hagy (Will Schiffler, Austin Adelman)

                                                                      Jack Doda sends a pass to Joey Doda

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Jack Ricord - Crookston 11 8 12 31
Cole Bright - Sartell 5 6 5 16




 

CROOKSTON GIRLS BASKETBALL WINS HOME-OPENER OVER WIN-E-MAC

The Crookston Pirates Girls’ basketball team forced 37 turnovers in a 67-28 win over Win-E-Mac Patriots in a non-Section game played at the Crookston High School Gymnasium
Crookston utilized smothering defense in the first half as the Pirates managed to force 23 Win-E-Mac turnovers in the first half to take a commanding lead into halftime. The Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Emma Borowicz knocked down a three-pointer giving Crookston the lead. Borowicz added a pair of free-throws giving the Pirates a 5-2 lead with 16:40 left in the first half and Crookston never looked back. Rachel Hefta delivered a pass to a cutting Borowicz who finished at the rim to continue the Pirates’ 9-0 run with Crookston taking a 9-2 lead. Emma Borowicz continued her stellar first-half with a three-pointer to spark another 9-0 run pushing the Pirates’ lead to 18-4. A Gretchen Theis three-pointer grew the Crookston lead to 21-6 before two more Borowicz free throws expanded the Pirates’ lead to 23-6 with 10:53 left in the first half. Gretchen Theis finished a contested lay-up at the rim giving Crookston a 27-10 lead with 6:43 left in the opening half. Leading 29-12, Hayden Winjum scored four-straight points giving Crookston a 33-12 lead. “I think our spacing was really good and there was a lot of unselfishness early on,” said Crookston head coach Darrin Zimmerman. “Obviously, when you make shots that helps too and we made some shots right away and I think confidence was high after that.” The Pirates finished a perfect half at the free-throw line after Rachel Hefta knocked down two shots from the charity stripe to close out a 39-15 first-half in which Crookston shot 14-14 from the free-throw line. “It was a really complete half, I thought,” added Zimmerman. “For eighteen minutes I thought our intensity was high especially on the defensive end. Our defense led to some offensive opportunities for us and that’s one of the things we emphasized this week. We played a really good first half on Tuesday night, but it was only fourteen minutes and we needed to put a full half together and get those extra four minutes because it makes a really big difference and we were able to do that tonight.” 
The Pirates continued to present defensive pressure in the second half. Leading 46-23 with 12:01 remaining Emma Borowicz dropped to one knee before sending a pass across the lane to Kasey Cwikla who laid the ball in off the backboard giving Crookston a 48-23 lead. Emma Boll brought down one of her six rebounds on the offensive end which she passed to Borowicz who made another three-pointer giving the Pirates a 51-23 lead with 11:12 to play. Emma Boll continued her strong second half finishing a lay-up through contact and completing the three-point play giving Crookston a 60-25 lead with 7:33 to play. With the game in running time, both teams were able to clear their benches while the Pirates closed out a 66-28 win to remain unbeaten. “I was really pleased,” summarized Zimmerman, “the girls have worked really hard and it showed on the floor tonight with the way that we played. It was a good 36-minute game. There were a couple things offensively that we want to clean up, but if we can keep this defensive intensity up, we’re going to be just fine.” 
The Pirates improve to 2-0 and return to the court on Tuesday when Crookston hosts Red Lake Falls at 7:30 p.m. Win-E-Mac falls to 0-1.   


Emma Borowicz with a shot while falling   Kylie Solheim with a three point shot

 

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Win-E-Mac

15 13 28

CROOKSTON

39 28 67

 
Dani Boyle goes up for a shot in the lane

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Emma Borowicz

22 3 3 Assists / 3 Steals
Emma Boll 12 6  
Hayden Winjum 10   2 Assists  / 4 Steals
Rachel Hefta 8 5 4 Assists
Gretchen Theis 5 4  
Kylie Solheim 4 3 2 Assists
Kasey Cwikla 4 2 2 Steals
Jenna Coauette 1    

Danielle Boyle

1    

 

For Win-E-Mac

Points

Elliana Lindberg 7
Lindsey Espeseth 6
Kylie Brekke 6
Carlie Sander 4
Madyson Plante 3
Paige Breckel 2


 

 

 

CROOKSTON WRESTLERS ADVANCE FOUR TO SEMI-FINALS OF THE WAHPETON (N.D.) TWO-DAY INVITATIONAL

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team has four wrestlers in the semi-finals and the rest of the team will be in wrestlebacks on Saturday after the first day of the season opening Wahpeton Dan Unruh tournament in Wahpeton, North Dakota.
Zach Brown (113 lbs), Cameron Weiland (132 lbs), Lukas Meier (160 lbs) and Damian Hodgson (186 lbs) were the four Pirate wrestlers to advance to the semi-finals. “They are four of our leaders on this team,” said Pirate Coach Wes Hanson. “Lukas and Damian are captains and Zach and Cameron are coming off great season last year and they took care of business today.”
Zach Brown received a bye in his first-round match and won his second match by a pin in 42 seconds to advance to the semi-finals. “He got after it and hand some hand fighting and he was aggressive,” said Coach Hanson. “It was a short night for Zach.”
Cameron Weiland won his first match with a pin in 3:56 and he won his second match by a pin in 2:48. “Cameron really wrestled well today,” said Coach Hanson. “He came in with a higher seed and was probably the highlight of the night for us.”
Lukas Meier received a bye in his first-round match and won his second match by a pin at 56 seconds and when his second-round opponent came off the match we heard him say “he is as solid as a rock!”  “He was in there in on a shot and worked on an upper body situation,” said Coach Hanson. “He was able to get his opponent to his back and turned him and pinned him.  It was pretty quick work.”
Damian Hodgson received a bye in the first round and won his second-round match by a pin in 93 seconds to advance to the semi-finals. “He went out there and took care of business,” said Coach Hanson. “He is strong and his opponents find that out quickly and he took care of business.”
The other eight Pirates are still alive in wrestlebacks and will look to place on Saturday.  “Ethan Bowman had a good match and got a win early for us and the rest of the guys wrestled hard and we learned some things and overall it was a good effort for the boys,” said Coach Hanson. “We are in fifth place right now and hopefully we can have a strong day tomorrow and move up a few spots.”
All the Pirate results are listed below -


Lukas Meier goes for a takedown and Damian Hodgson close to a pin in his second round match

 

PIRATES

Opponent/Results

Place

106 lbs

Ethan Bowman

Beat Patrick Forcier- Border West by  Pin 1:23
Lost to Tyson Gass - Grand Forks Central by pin at 1:17
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Will wrestle Cole Sykora - Border West in wrestlebacks
 
106 lbs Carter Coauette Lost to Connor Manske - West Fargo Sheyenne by Pin at 1:49
Bye
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Will wrestle Preston Meyer - Wahpeton in wrestlebacks
 

113 lbs

Zach Brown Bye
Beat Tristin LaRocque - West Fargo Sheyenne by pin at :42
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Will wrestle Eli Larson - Border West in semi-finals
 

120 lbs

Nolan Dans Bye
Lost to Isiah Grimm- Sisseton by pin at 2:54
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Bye
Will wrestle an opponent TBD on Saturday in wrestlebacks
 

126 lbs

Braxton Volker Beat Devan Diemert - Wahpeton  by pin  :54
Lost to Josh Isassi - Grand Forks Central by pin at 3:46
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Wrestles Keyara LaRocque - WF Sheyenne in wrestlebacks
 

132 lbs

Cameron Weiland Beat Silas Reinke - Lisbon  by  pin  3:56
Beat Kaleb Mostoller - Wahpeton by pin at 2:48
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Wrestles Keanan Pikarski - Sisseton in semi-finals
 

138 lbs

Hunter Knutson Bye
Lost to Brock Roesler - Kindred by pin at 1:04
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Bye
Wrestles an opponent TBD in wrestlebacks
 

145 lbs

OPEN    
152 lbs Ethan Boll Lost  Joshua Worral - Fargo North   9-4
Bye
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Wrestles Anthony Benda - Sisseton in wrestlebacks
 

160 lbs

Lukas Meier Bye
Beat Ekoue Kev Gbadoe - West Fargo Sheyenne by pin at :56
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Wrestles Ben Stevens - GF Central in semi-finals
 

170 lbs

Cade DeLeon Bye
Lost to Isaac Deal - Border West by pin at 1:18
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Bye
Wrestles Matthew Moen - Sisseton in wrestlebacks
 

182 lbs

Damian Hodgson Bye
Beat Lance Nelson - Border West by pin at 1:33
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Wrestles Jacob Schoon - Brookings in semi-finals
 

195 lbs

OPEN    

220 lbs

Blake Fee Lost Sam Rieger  - Lisbon by pin  :27
Grant Sullivan - Grand Forks Central
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Wrestles Grant Sullivan - GF Central in wrestlebacks
 

285 lbs

OPEN    


             Zach Brown close to a pin in his second round match








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