Wednesday, February 15,  2017

We are in the middle of tourney time and the quarterfinals of the Section 8A hockey tournament starts tomorrow, the section girls basketball tournaments start next week and boys basketball the week after.  We have section individual wrestling going this weekend, with state wrestling next weekend.  It sure is a fun time of year and good luck to all teams involved.  I think all Section 8 tournaments will be exciting and I have a feeling there could be several upsets this year.  We will see.  UMC Basketball opens up their playoffs tonight on the road.  The UMC women are looking to make it to the second round for the third straight year and the men are looking to make it for the first time. 

We have everything covered from girls hockey, boys hockey, wrestling, basketball and everything in between.  We have all the information you need on the Section 8A Boys Hockey and Section 8A Individual Wrestling tournament and A LOT more.  Enjoy and Good luck to all teams in tournament play!!




Congratulations to the Warroad Warriors and Roseau Rams girls hockey teams on winning the Section 8A and Section 8AA Girls Hockey championship games last week.  Both games were great games with Warroad beating East Grand Forks 3-2 and the Warriors scored the game winner with over 20 seconds left in the game, 10 seconds after EGF scored the tying goal!!  And the Roseau Rams won in four overtimes!  A thrilling victory for Roseau and an absolute heartbreaker for Brainerd. 

That is what you want in the section championship games.....exciting hard fought victories for the champs.  All four teams played great and congratulations to EGF and Brainerd on great years!!!!






Tuesday -  February 21  (Playin or First Round)
Kittson County Central 4 at  Lake of the Woods 6  (in Baudette)
Red Lake Falls 1  at  Northern Lakes 5  (at Pequot Lakes Breezy Point Arena)
Bagley-Fosston 5  at  Park Rapids 4  OT


My Predictions are below -

Thursday -  February 23  (Quarterfinals)
Bagley-Fosston   at   East Grand Forks   (EGF wins 9-1)
Crookston  at  Detroit Lakes   (Crookston wins 4-3 in OT - get revenge for last year)
Lake of the Woods at  Warroad  (Warroad will beat LOW 4-1)
Northern Lakes   at  Thief River Falls    (TRF wins 4-2)

Saturday -  February 25   (Semi-Finals)  at  Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls
6:00 PM -  EGF/Bagley-Fosston winner   vs  Crookston or Detroit Lakes winner      (EGF will beat Crookston 3-1)
8:15 PM  -  LOW/Warroad winner   vs  Northern Lakes/TRF winner   (Warroad will be TRF 3-1)

Thursday -  March 2  at  REA in Thief River Falls  -  Championship
7:00 PM - TBD   I will let you know my prediction next week!




DATES:  February 21, 23, 25 and March 2, 2017

SITE: Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA) in TRF (except play-in & 1/4 games).

Highest seeded teams will wear light jerseys and will be designated the HOME TEAM on the scoreboard.  Teams will retain their seed throughout the tournament.                              

POSTPONEMENT OF GAMESMike Biermaier, the tournament director, along with athletic director Scott Koberinski from EGF, athletic director John Schumacher from Park Rapids and athletic director Steve Bengston from Warroad, will coordinate with the Region Secretary, Jim Weinzierl on making any decisions regarding postponement.  The game or games will be made up the following day.  In cases of conflict with other tournament games, the remaining tournament games would be moved back also.

The official tournament squad consists of:
*       20 players (to include one spare goalie)
*          2 student managers
*          3 coaches
*          1 faculty rep
**        Total of 26 people

As per Section 8A policy there will not be any reserved seating. 
Adult General Admission       $7.00
Student Admission                 $5.00  
NOTE:  No advanced ticket sales until the championship game.
Doors will open one hour before game time or 1.5 hours for the championship.      
The two schools qualifying for the championship game will receive 700 student and 700 adult tickets.  The remaining tickets will be available at the door for the championship game.   

CHAPERONING STUDENTS:  Each participating school is asked to provide adequate chaperones for their students attending the games.  It would be greatly appreciated if one of the chaperones from each participating school would check in with the Tournament Director (Mike Biermaier) each night they are in attendance, in the event we have to contact you in regard to any of your students. Noisemakers of any type are not allowed and no FOOD OR DRINK of any kind can be brought into the REA.

BANDS:  Participating schools may bring their bands. Make arrangements with the Tournament Director Mike Biermaier,

VIDEO TAPING: Section 8A does not have a videotaping policy.  Schools and spectators will be allowed to video activities.    No video taping will be allowed from the hospitality area.  Note:  Schools are allowed to tape their own games.  However, taping another schools game without their permission could constitute a violation of the copyright laws.

GAME PROTOCOL:Teams will be allowed a 12-minute warm-up before each game.  A sheet will be posted in each locker room as well as faxed to schools participating for warm-up times and resurfacing the ice.  After the allotted warm-up, teams will proceed to their locker room after the horn sounds.  You will be alerted when it is time to return to the ice. The HOME TEAM will go on the ice first.  Warm-up pucks will be provided.

CELL PHONES / ELECTRONIC PHOTO EQUIPMENT:  All electronic devices are prohibited in any MSHSL tournament locker room. 

PROGRAMS:  Thief River Falls Sports Boosters Organization will provide programs for sale at the tournament. Complimentary programs will NOT be issued to each team and its members.

Medals (championship and runner-up teams) 20 players, 2 student managers. 
Trophies:  Championship and runner-up.


In all MSHSL activities, each participating school shall designate a person or persons from that school to serve as crowd control supervisors or chaperones.  MSHSL tournament staff may require school administrators to contact the tournament manager prior to the start of the tournament game so that they can be immediately contacted to respond to behavioral issues regarding their team members, students and/or spectators at the tournament site.  Each supervisor or chaperone should be immediately identifiable to the students and to the tournament site ushers and other security personnel.  This will help to coordinate crowd control between school supervisors and tournament site personnel.

     Respect the American flag and the National Anthem.
     Spectators must wear clothing that covers the entire torso.  Those who do not comply or who wear clothing that is vulgar, obscene or that in some other way inappropriate, as determined by school/tournament personnel, will be removed from the arena/stadium if they do not cooperate with this behavior expectation.
     The use of appropriate language is expected at all times.  Profanity, negative chants, booing, trash talk, name calling, personal attacks or other acts of disrespect are unacceptable and must be immediately addressed by school and/or tournament administrators.
     Respect the game/contest.  Under no condition shall anyone other than the members of the official squad enter the playing surface.  No one may interfere with the contest in any way.
     Hand held signs, which do not obstruct the view of others, will be permitted provided they are in good taste.  Signs, message boards, “white” boards or other similar items contest/tournament officials deem to be in poor taste will be removed.
     Artificial noise makers (i.e. megaphones, cowbells, sirens, whistles, thunder sticks, and other similar items) are not allowed.
     Laser lights are strictly prohibited.



Here is the special that NBC did on Warroad Hockey.  A great story told about the REAL Hockeytown, USA!






Congratulations to the Frazee Hornets and Perham Yellow jacket wrestling teams on their Section 8A and 8AA championships last weekend in Thief River Falls.  The coaches knew what they were doing when they had their seeding meetings, because both teams were the top seed coming into the tournament and both beat the second seed, Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes.  Frazee and Perham cruised through the tournament and will represent Section 8 well at state next weekend.

We will have a state tournament preview next week.  This week we will take a look at the Section 8A Individual Wrestling tournament.



Individual Tournament Information
Joe O’Keefe - Section Coordinator
Gail Lorenzen-Section VIP

Again this year the seeding meeting will take place immediately following the Friday noon weigh-ins and introduction of teams will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Teams in this year's tournament are: Crookston, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Fertile-Beltrami, Frazee, Greenbush-Middle River-Badger, Mahnomen-Waubun, Park Rapids, Red Lake County Central, Roseau and United North Central.

2017 Section 8A Individual Wrestling Tournament Schedule

Seeding Meeting   Friday, February 24, following the noon weigh-in at DGF High School       Facilitator: Tony Soderberg, Room 226

Seeding Criteria from the 2016 seeding meeting:
1. Head to head with last win
2. Common opponents 
3. State participant
4. Section placement
5. Draw for position

Admission (each day): Adults $8.00, Students (K-12) $5.00

Wrestling Tournament Schedule

Friday, February 24 at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School
Noon: Weigh Ins and Skin Checks (only coaches, wrestlers and meet personnel allowed in the weigh-in area)
Following Weigh-Ins Seeding Meeting
2:30 p.m. Introduction of Teams and Round 1 and Quarter-Finals on two mats
Round 1 Wrestlebacks will follow Quarter-Finals
6:00 p.m. Semi-Finals on two mats
Officials: Bruce Murphy (Head), Paul Beech, Gabe Mooney & Corey Herlickson

Saturday, February 25 at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School
9:30 a.m. Weigh Ins and Skin Checks (only coaches, wrestlers and meet personnel allowed)
11:30 a.m. Wrestlebacks on three mats
2:00 p.m. 5th & 6th Place Matches on three mats
3:00 p.m. Parade and Introduction of Champions
3:30 p.m. Championship and Consolation Finals on two mats
True Second Matches to follow on two mats (weights where 2nd and 3rd place wrestlers have not wrestled)
Officials: Bruce Murphy (Head), Paul Beech, Gabe Mooney & Corey Herlickson

If school is cancelled and teams are not allowed to practice on Thursday, the school may request to the tournament manager one additional pound for the Friday weigh-ins.

Video Taping: Teams and/or fans may film/video tape your own team or individual matches. Decisions about the suitable space and the number of people who can film/video tape is left to the discretion of the tournament manager. Preference for available space will be given to participating teams, followed by those who have made arrangements with the tournament manager for prior approval.

Weight Certification:  As of January 15, each wrestler is required to have at least one/half (50 percent) of their weigh-ins during the season at the minimum weight the wrestler will compete in during the section team, section individual or state tournament series. Every wrestler, varsity, junior varsity or B-squad must have at least one weigh-in to qualify for section competition. No exceptions. If a wrestler has been out of the line-up due to injury from January 15 until the end of the regular season a doctor’s note must be presented to the tournament manager 24 hours prior to the wrestlers first weigh-in.


Section 8A Ranked Wrestlers in each weight group -

106 pounds
1. Ashton Clark, Park Rapids Area (8) 10
9. Landon Byer, Frazee (8) 11

113 pounds
7. Michael Miller, Frazee (8) 11

120 pounds
4. Tanner Schermerhorn, Frazee (8) 11
7. Jack Fuchs, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (8) 10

126 pounds
8. Mathew Pollock, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (8) 9

132 pounds
1. Tanner Reetz, Frazee (8) 12
7. Nolan Booge, Park Rapids Area (8) 12

138 pounds

145 pounds
8. Chandler Mooney, Roseau (8) 10
9. Tanner Eischens, Frazee (8) 11

152 pounds
7. Jared Sunram, Park Rapids Area (8) 12

160 pounds
3. Justin Dravis, Park Rapids Area (8) 12

170 pounds
8. Cody Dravis, Park Rapids Area (8) 10
10. Blake Skogstad, Roseau (8) 12

182 pounds
8. Jacob Arends, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (8) 11

195 pounds

220 pounds
4. Devin Pries, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (8) 12
5. Jacob Bittman, Park Rapids Area (8) 12
7. Rory Drewes, Frazee (8) 12

285 pounds
8. Tony Malikowski, Frazee (8) 10


FOR CROOKSTON - The lineup below is a TENTATIVE line-up:

Weight Pirate Record
106 Zach Brown 24-13
113 Nolan Dans 10-24
120 Cameron Weiland 12-24
126 Cole Tiedemann 1-1
132 Cameron Hulst 18-16
138 Colton Weiland 31-7
145 Lukas Meier 24-6
152 Preston Desrosier 27-10
160 Damian Hodgson 13-18
170 Luis Argueta 4-23
182 Collin Leckie 6-19
195 Jake Wagner 18-6

Here is a brief rundown of each weight group for Crookston -
Zach Brown will have a tough road at 106 and with two ranked wrestlers it will be a competitive group.  He has been wrestling great all season long, but seems to be at his best at the end of the year and it will be interesting to see where he ends up this weekend. 
Nolan Dans will be looking to get on the award stand this weekend and that would be a big accomplishment for the youngster.  He has been wrestling well at the end of the year and he has one ranked wrestler in his weight class.
Cameron Weiland will be looking to place this weekend.  He will have to come up with an upset to get on the award stand and with two ranked wrestlers in the weight class, his group is going to be competitive.
Cole Tiedemann only has two matches under his belt this season and to be honest I have no idea what to expect from Cole.  If he could place, that would be huge for the sophomore.
Cameron Hulst has a good chance of being on the award stand at 132 pounds and with two ranked wrestlers it will be another tough group. 
Colton Weiland will likely be a first or second seed at 138 pounds and obviously he will be a favorite to win his weight group as he has had an outstanding year and will look to wrestle in St. Paul next weekend.
Preston Desrosier should place and will have a chance to advance to state at 152 pounds.  There is only one ranked wrestler in the group, so Preston will need a big win somewhere, but there is no reason the senior can't wrestle next weekend.
Lukas Meier should place and has a good chance at advancing to the state tournament. He has a tough bracket with two ranked wrestlers, but Lukas has had a great year and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him in St. Paul next weekend.
Damian Hodgson
will look to get on the award stand this weekend.  He is coming in with a below .500 record, but has been so close in most of his matches this year and easily could have a better record.  Maybe he is saving some wins for this weekend!!
Luis Argueta only has four wins on the season, but getting a couple weekends would be huge for him.  if he is able to place at 170 pounds it would be a huge boost going into the offseason.
Collin Leckie will be at 182 pounds and like Luis, if he can get a win or two on the weekend that would be huge to build momentum for next year.
The final Pirate in the tentative line up would be Jake Wagner at 195 pounds.  The weight group doesn't have a ranked wrestler and Jake not only could place, but with a big couple wins he could be wrestling for a trip to state. 

I don't know much and have no idea how each Pirate will do and that is what makes it so fun.  I know this, all the Pirates will give it their all and wherever they end up this weekend they all have shown great improvement and might be the most improved Pirate team of the Winter sports season from start to finish.

KROX will have reports from the Section 8A Wrestling tournament with hall of famer, Rodd Olson, calling in reports on Friday and Saturday.




Former Crookston Pirate wrestler and current official, Justin Lessard, officiated a state championship match in the Viriginia State High School League wrestling tournament this past weekend in Salem, Virginia. 

Justin officiating at the Virginia State wrestling tournament



Congratulations to Roseau Ram Girls basketball player, Kiley Borowicz, on reaching 3,000 career points.  She has joined former Ram and Iowa State basketball player Megan Taylor as the second Ram to reach 3,000 points.  Taylor had a then state record of 3,300 points.




He are smack dab in the middle of the February Frenzy and getting sooooo close to March Madness that you can almost feel the excitement building.  

The craziness is already here for the Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team.  This is a team that has had a triple overtime, a double overtime and in the last week they lost in double overtime to Ada-Borup, lost by two points to East Grand Forks and scored the last 14 points of the game to beat Win-E-Mac last night to win.  It has been something else...hopefully this will be the first step to figuring out how to win the close ones!!!  I have been good at tempering my excitement/frustration/etc this year, but it was tough in that second half where the boys game against Ada-Borup, maybe because I saw what I had expected to see from all year this year.  This Pirate boys team has some very good talent and if they can put IT together in the final week they could make a very deep run.   To be honest I don't know how coaches do it....they deal with teenage boys and girls, the media, and still talk after a tough loss without saying anything that will get them fined.  We are lucky in Crookston and the area teams we cover to have some pretty good coaches, classy coaches that will come on the postgame show and talk after a heart breaking loss even though that is the last thing they want to do. 


No big changes in Section 8AA Boys Basketball as Perham continues to build their lead over Breckenridge and will be the top seed unless something crazy happens in the final week.  Staples-Motley took advantage of Crookston losing two games last week, a double OT game and a two point loss to EGF.  Now Crookston answered with a big win over Win-E-Mac on Tuesday night so I would think they will jump in front of Staples-Motley again.   Staples-Motley, Crookston, and Roseau need to win out to get the third seed (Hawley might even have a chance too!)  Crookston and Staples-Motley haven't played this season (one of the few section teams Crookston doesn't play) and the next tie-breaker is section record and the Cardinals would have the advantage in that category.  Crookston and Roseau split, but Roseau gets the tie-breaker nod with a better section record.   The moral of the story - "Just win baby" and whatever happens will happen.  There is still a lot up for grabs and we should have a better idea after this weeks games.  Hawley has three games this week so they could jump up or move down depending on what happens this week.

The QRF is courtesy of

FYI - Boys Basketball Tie Breaker margin   Current 5.8    Projected 6.6

Section 8AA Standings as of Tuesday morning (QRF Seeded - 3/4)
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 14 Perham (139.1) 11-1 21-2 68.4 45.2 Won 10
No. 23 Breckenridge (124.3) 12-1 18-2 73.3 54.2 Won 5
No. 58 Staples-Motley (82.3) 4-1 10-10 67.7 63.6 Won 1
No. 65 Crookston (79.6) 10-5 12-10 58.4 56.3 Lost 2
No. 68 Roseau (76.9) 7-1 14-8 64.6 59.4 Lost 2
No. 72 Hawley (74.0) 6-5 7-12 58.3 61.6 Won 1
No. 81 East Grand Forks (66.1) 4-5 10-13 61.7 67.5 Won 1
No. 85 Wadena-Deer Creek (61.9) 2-4 11-11 67.1 65.8 Lost 1
No. 88 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (61.2) 7-6 8-14 62.9 63.5 Lost 3
No. 91 Barnesville (59.9) 6-8 7-14 50.0 61.7 Won 2
No. 101 Warroad (51.7) 3-6 9-14 51.9 54.1 Lost 3
No. 101 Park Rapids Area (51.7) 3-8 4-20 42.1 65.5 Lost 1
No. 106 Pelican Rapids (50.2) 5-10 7-16 57.6 68.2 Lost 1
No. 120 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (42.7) 0-5 7-15 52.0 62.5 Won 1
No. 123 Bagley (40.8) 2-2 7-16 58.1 63.4 Lost 1
No. 132 Frazee (29.5) 1-15 1-20 52.2 74.5 Lost 5






The Roseau Rams showed us who is the number one team in the Section last week with a 30 point!!!!!!! victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots.  With the win, Roseau has pretty much solidified the top seed and deservingly so.  They have shown they are the best team in the section again this year, but they might not be the run away favorite some were expecting (hoping in Roseau).  Staples-Motley, Barnesville and DGF have shown they could make things difficult for Roseau to repeat.   BUT, making things difficult and beating the offensive juggernaut are two completely different things!
With two days left (Thursday and Friday) in the regular season the seeds are pretty much where they will be with the exception of the 7-10 teams.  They are all within a tie-breaker formula and could make things interesting and it will likely come down to the tie-breaker on who plays at home and who is on the road.  The final games for those teams are huge. 


I'm not even going to try to break down who will be where as there are so many possibilities right now and will break down the tourney next week.

Girls Basketball QRF tie-breaker margin - Current 5.8    Projected 6.6

Section 8AA Standings as of Tuesday morning (QRF Seeded - 2/25)
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 5 Roseau (163.6) 10-0 23-0 83.0 48.9 Won 23
No. 10 Staples-Motley (152.9) 6-0 20-3 59.4 47.2 Won 8
No. 26 Barnesville (132.9) 14-2 20-4 58.2 42.4 Won 4
No. 30 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (124.0) 11-4 16-8 66.2 55.6 Won 1
No. 33 Perham (118.1) 11-2 17-6 51.4 49.3 Won 2
No. 42 East Grand Forks (107.6) 9-3 18-6 60.1 43.2 Won 9
No. 73 Park Rapids Area (75.5) 4-6 10-12 61.5 58.1 Won 1
No. 75 Pelican Rapids (74.6) 7-8 12-11 50.6 49.3 Won 1
No. 80 Breckenridge (72.0) 5-8 11-13 47.4 48.5 Lost 6
No. 83 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (69.4) 3-4 13-11 57.8 50.2 Won 1
No. 91 Hawley (61.1) 4-11 6-15 40.2 49.3 Won 2
No. 93 Crookston (58.3) 4-10 7-18 48.1 51.2 Lost 4
No. 100 Frazee (53.2) 2-13 5-17 46.8 53.8 Lost 2
No. 107 Wadena-Deer Creek (47.7) 2-5 6-19 48.7 57.6 Lost 5
No. 125 Warroad (29.1) 0-11 0-24 27.3 66.9 Lost 24
No. 126 Bagley (28.7) 1-6 2-23 31.4 68.3 Lost 7





Every week it seems to be a flip-flop and this week is no different as Ada-Borup has regained the top spot by two points in the QRF.   Ada-Borup has the tie-breaker since they beat Stephen-Argyle in the only meeting they had this year, if it comes down to that.  With a week and a half left the teams could move out of the tie-breaker one way or the other so every game is important the rest of the way.  Both teams are extremely athletic, they are big, strong and both are well coached.  Ada-Borup looked like they were down and out last week as Crookston led by 13 at halftime and pretty much dominated the first half, but Ada-Borup took advantage of Crookston turnovers and started rolling to win a double overtime game and that gave the cougars some bonus points.
It will be Ada-Borup and Stephen-Argyle as the top two teams in the west, they are also the top teams in the QRF in the section.   Red Lake would be third seed in the west sub-section!! 

It looks like the rest of the seeds should stay true, but again with three to four games left for most teams a 4-0 or an 0-4 run could be helpful or costly as far as seeding goes. 
In the east sub-section, coming into the year, the Red Lake Warriors looked to be the HEAVY favorite coming into the season and as the season has progressed they haven't disappointed and have one of the best players in Northwest Minnesota.  They have played some good teams out of the metro area and that is where they have picked up their four losses, but are better because of it.  Will they be able to pull off another Section championship this year?  We will see, but if you were a betting isn't as easy of a bet as it was earlier this season with Ada-Borup and Stephen-Argyle playing fantastic basketball this year.  We can't forget Vern Johnson's Win-E-Mac Patriots either.  They have it all, great athletes, some size and great coaching.  Win-E-Mac could make a run at the top seed if they win out.  And Fosston has had another solid year and are well coached and never say die.   They are strong, athletic and WILL be a team that could make a good run.

Boys Basketball - QRF Tie-breaker margin   - Current 4.5     Projected 5.1


Section 8A - West Standings as of Tuesday morning (QRF Seeded - 3/1)
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 7 Ada-Borup (117.3) 7-1 19-2 62.0 51.0 Won 5
No. 8 Stephen-Argyle (115.3) 13-3 19-3 64.0 51.1 Won 11
No. 36 Northern Freeze (86.9) 11-5 16-7 63.5 53.1 Lost 1
No. 43 Goodridge/Grygla (82.1) 11-5 16-7 66.3 56.1 Won 1
No. 50 Kittson County Central (76.9) 5-6 12-7 54.9 50.5 Lost 1
No. 84 Sacred Heart (61.1) 10-5 13-10 68.8 66.2 Won 2
No. 112 Fertile-Beltrami (41.4) 5-10 6-17 62.4 68.0 Lost 1
No. 114 Norman County West (40.3) 3-5 4-15 48.7 63.3 Lost 1
No. 133 Climax/Fisher (33.7) 4-11 5-18 57.8 70.8 Lost 3
No. 136 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (31.3) 3-10 3-18 45.2 59.7 Lost 5
No. 147 Red Lake County (26.5) 1-16 1-21 44.6 67.4 Lost 20

Section 8A - East Standings as of Tuesday morning (QRF Seeded - 3/1)
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 16 Red Lake (102.4) 10-0 18-4 82.4 55.5 Lost 1
No. 25 Win-E-Mac (93.5) 15-2 20-4 69.9 55.5 Won 9
No. 34 Cass Lake-Bena (87.1) 8-4 17-7 75.5 61.8 Won 1
No. 61 Fosston (73.2) 10-5 15-9 63.0 55.3 Lost 1
No. 78 Northome/Kelliher (64.2) 6-5 14-9 65.3 63.7 Won 2
No. 108 Blackduck (43.5) 2-8 5-18 56.7 73.3 Lost 7
No. 118 Clearbrook-Gonvick (38.2) 3-11 6-17 58.4 71.6 Won 1
No. 129 Lake of the Woods (34.5) 1-5 7-15 46.8 58.9 Lost 2
No. 139 Mahnomen (30.9) 1-12 2-16 54.7 74.4 Won 1






What a difference a week makes!!!  It looked like Sacred Heart might be the top seed and now it looks like Stephen-Argyle is going to be the top seed with a win over Fertile-Beltrami on Thursday.  You really have to pull for Stephen-Argyle after they lost their leading scorer and one of the top players in Section 8A when Autumn Thompson went down to a knee injury.  The Storm had to get use to not having their go to leader in the second half of the season and they have done that and are 19-5 overall and 15-2 in section play.  It isn't like Stephen-Argyle didn't have anybody else on the team, because they have tremendous talent and they have shown that and ALL of the girls have picked up the slack and have had some big games the last month.  You have players like Abigail McGlynn (one of the best athletes in NW Minnesota), Jules Efta, Deborah Haugen in the paint, Savanah Riopelle, Maddie Weberg and the rest of the Storm.  They also know how to win!  All the girls I mentioned played in the state volleyball tournament this fall and are great athletes, competitors and they know how to win.  Will they have enough to advance back to state for the second time in three years?  We will see.  The tournament starts next week and will be an exciting tournament with a lot of great games.
Sacred Heart and Red Lake Falls will be the second and third seed respectively.  They are just as capable as Stephen-Argyle to win the section championship.  Sacred Heart has Remer, the Edwards sisters and more.  They are the defending Section 8A champions and would love to get back this March.  They have athleticism, talent, and they play some pretty good defense and will be a tough matchup for the teams.   Red Lake Falls is a well oiled machine.  All five girls on the floor are capable of hurting and the flex offense still works!!  One thing you know.....Red Lake Falls will be tough defense and try to wear you down as the game goes along.
KCC and Northern Freeze are battling for the fourth seed and KCC has the tie-breaker after beating the Freeze in their two meetings this year.  Don't overlook the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons.  They might have caught a few teams off guard last year and had a great run.  Don't count the Falcons out, especially in the first two rounds.


With all that talk, we can't forget about the East Sub-section!   Red Lake will be the top seed in the east with a QRF ranking of 26, which would put them third in the west.  They have one of the top, if not THE top player with Grace White and she is the real deal.  They are 12-1 in section play and they will bring an 11 game winning streak into the playoffs.
Fosston has picked up their game in the second half of the season and will be the second seed.  Fosston just beat Red Lake Falls this week and seem to have things going in the right direction and they, along with Clearbrook-Gonvick, should have a shot to give Red Lake a run in the sub-section.


The tournament should be fun and it all starts on Tuesday with the play-in games and after the first round all the games will be played at the Ralph Englestad Arena and they do a GREAT job of hosting the tourney year after year!


QRF Tie-breaker margin      Current 4.6     Projected 4.9


Section 8A - West Standings as of Tuesday morning (QRF Seeded - 2/24)
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 18 Stephen-Argyle (104.7) 15-2 19-5 60.6 46.9 Won 4
No. 23 Sacred Heart (99.2) 13-4 18-7 65.4 52.2 Lost 1
No. 33 Red Lake Falls (88.4) 15-3 20-6 58.3 45.0 Won 1
No. 48 Kittson County Central (78.2) 10-5 14-7 62.1 50.7 Lost 2
No. 48 Northern Freeze (78.2) 8-9 11-11 45.9 48.8 Won 2
No. 60 Fertile-Beltrami (71.2) 10-5 15-8 46.4 40.4 Won 5
No. 92 Goodridge/Grygla (51.9) 7-12 11-14 45.9 50.4 Lost 1
No. 96 Climax/Fisher (50.7) 4-12 9-15 49.1 58.1 Lost 1
No. 123 Red Lake County Central (37.1) 3-18 4-19 39.4 58.2 Lost 10
No. 131 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (33.3) 0-14 2-21 36.1 58.8 Lost 3

Section 8A - East Standings as of Tuesday morning (QRF Seeded - 2/24)
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 26 Red Lake (96.7) 12-1 20-2 84.7 40.7 Won 11
No. 44 Fosston (81.8) 13-4 18-7 52.8 40.2 Won 1
No. 51 Clearbrook-Gonvick (75.3) 11-4 17-8 70.4 54.6 Won 1
No. 73 Kelliher/Northome (61.4) 4-7 14-12 53.0 56.8 Won 2
No. 77 Win-E-Mac (59.9) 7-8 11-13 53.0 48.8 Lost 2
No. 80 Lake of the Woods (59.3) 4-6 11-10 45.1 48.7 Won 4
No. 99 Cass Lake-Bena (49.2) 5-6 10-15 58.5 65.3 Lost 3
No. 106 Blackduck (45.0) 1-9 7-17 43.5 62.1 Lost 1
No. 144 Mahnomen (25.6) 0-13 1-21 31.5 66.2 Lost 16




The Northern Sun Conference Men's and Women's Basketball tournament will start on Wednesday, February 22 at the high seeds.  There are two games left for each team and we will know a lot more on Saturday evening on where everybody is going.  All I know is doesn't matter who you play, both coaches want to win the last two games and have something to build off of going into the first round of the playoffs.


The UMC Women travel to Concordia-St. Paul in the first round of the tournament.  In the only meeting this year, CSP beat UMC 90-84 on January 28.  In that game Anna Schmitt had 32 points to lead CSP and UMC was led by Alison Hughes with 30 points. 
I am guessing we could see another run and gun type of game and don't be surprised if it is another close one.  UMC had the lead going into the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold on.  The only change with the game tonight, is UMC is on the road and that is usually good for about five to 10 points.

You can hear the game on KROX. 

Women - 
The 2017 NSIC / Sanford Health Women's Basketball Tournament bracket has been released as the 22-game regular season ended Saturday night. MSU Moorhead (23-3, 20-2 NSIC) won the NSIC Overall and North Division Championships and will be the top seed in the north division. Augustana (22-7, 17-5 NSIC) earned the No. 1 seed in the south division.
Concordia-St. Paul earned the three seed in the south after tying in the standings with Sioux Falls and Winona State at 15-7. The Golden Bears swept Sioux Falls and split with Winona State on the season. Sioux Falls earned the fourth seed as the Cougars split with Winona State on the season, had 8-6 division records, but the Cougars split with top seeded Augustana, while Winona State was swept by the Vikings.
The top four seeds in each division will host the 5-8 seeds from the opposite division on Wednesday, February 22. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship will take place on February 25, 27-28 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Wednesday, February 22 - First Round Time
(S8) SMSU at (N1) MSU Moorhead 6 pm
(N8) Minot State at (S1) Augustana 6 pm
(S5) Winona State at (N4) U-Mary 6/7 pm
(S7) Upper Iowa at (N2) Northern State 6 pm
(N7) Bemidji State at (S2) Wayne State 7 pm
(N5) St. Cloud State at (S4) Sioux Falls 7 pm
(S6) Minnesota State at (N3) Minnesota Duluth 7 pm
(N6) Minnesota Crookston at (S3) Concordia-St. Paul 7 pm
(S7) Winona State at (N2) Northern State 8 pm



The UMC Men's Basketball team travels to Fayette, Iowa to take on the Upper Iowa Peacocks.  Upper Iowa beat UMC 79-68 on December 31 in Fayette, Iowa.  UMC had four players in double figures with Chase Knickerbocker leading the way with 15 points.  The second leading scorer was Kobe Critchley who has since quit the team.  He had 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and NO turnovers in 31 minutes.
Critchley was the second starter to quit in the last month for UMC, but it didn't seem to bother the Golden Eagles as they lost in overtime on Friday and won on Saturday.  The outstanding freshman, Harrison Cleary was named the NSIC North player of the week for the second time this year and he also broke the season scoring record over the weekend.  None of that matters now because it is the first round of the playoffs and if he can drop 30 on the mighty peacocks and lead UMC to a win, that would be better than any individual record and I am sure he would agree.
Upper Iowa was led by Jordan Hay's 20 points in the only meeting between the teams.  There were three other players in double figures.

I wouldn't be shocked if the men pull off a 7 vs 2 upset tonight.  We will see.  You can hear the game tape delayed on KROX at about 8:45 p.m.

The 2017 NSIC / Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament bracket has been released as the 22-game regular season ended Saturday night. MSU Moorhead (24-4, 19-3 NSIC) won the NSIC Overall and North Division Championships and will be the top seed in the north division. Southwest Minnesota State (22-5, 17-5 NSIC) earned the No. 1 seed in the south division.
Upper Iowa earned the second seed in the south division after tying with Augustana at 16-6. The two teams split during the regular season and both had 11-3 divisional records, but UIU's sweep of SMSU gave them the tiebreaker. In the north division, Minot State earned the fourth seed over U-Mary as the Beavers had a better divisional record than the Marauders.
The top four seeds in each division will host the 5-8 seeds from the opposite division on Wednesday, February 22. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship will take place on February 26-28 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Wednesday, February 22 - First Round Time
(S5) Sioux Falls at (N4) Minot State 7
:00 pm
(N8) Minnesota Duluth at (S1) SMSU 7
:00 pm
(N7) Minnesota Crookston at (S2) Upper Iowa 7
:00 pm
(N5) U-Mary at (S4) Minnesota State 7
:00 pm
(S6) Wayne State at (N3) St. Cloud State 7
:00 pm
(N6) Bemidji state at (S3) Augustana 8
:00 pm
(S8) Concordia-St. Paul at (N1) MSU Moorhead 8
:00 pm



The first edition of the NCAA Division II men's basketball regional rankings were released and the NSIC had five of the top ten teams in the central region. Southwest Minnesota State was ranked third, followed by MSU Moorhead in fifth, Upper Iowa in seventh, Augustana in eighth and Northern State in ninth, in the first of three rankings.

The NSIC, the Great American Conference (GAC) and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) make up the 42-team NCAA Central Region again this year. The top eight teams in the region advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament on March 11-12, 14. Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the NSIC, GAC and MIAA postseason tournaments, with the remaining five spots being awarded on an at-large basis.

The NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Show is set to air on at 9:30 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, March 5. The NCAA Elite 8 will take place on March 22-23 and 25 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 
Rank School DII Record In-Region
1 Northwest Missouri State (MIAA) 20-0 19-0
2 Arkansas-Monticello (GAC) 16-2 16-2
3 Southwest Minnesota State (NSIC) 20-5 20-5
4 East Central (GAC) 17-6 17-6
5 MSU Moorhead (NSIC) 20-4 20-4
6 Arkansas Tech (GAC) 15-4 15-4
7 Upper Iowa (NSIC) 18-8 16-8
8 Augustana (NSIC) 16-7 16-7
9 Northern State (NSIC) 18-7 18-7
10 Central Missouri (MIAA) 14-6 14-6




The Crookston PeeWee B team finished second place in the District tournament in Bemidji this past weekend. 
Crookston beat Bagley 11-2 in the first round, they beat Hallock 11-8 in the semi-finals and lost to Red Lake Falls 9-6.  Red Lake Falls, Crookston and Bemidji will advance to the Region tournament in Proctor in March.

Crookston didn't have a PeeWee A team this year, but only four towns did in Northwest Minnesota.  Warroad beat East Grand Forks for the PeeWee A championship 8-4 and Thief River Falls beat Lake of the Woods 5-1 in the third place game.


Other youth hockey District results-


The Bantam B tournament was held this past weekend in Roseau.
Crookston lost to Red Lake Falls 5-2, beat Thief River Falls 6-0 and lost to East Grand Forks 8-6 and were eliminated.   
Lake of the Woods won the Bantam B championship by beating Bemidji 3-0.  East Grand Forks won the third place game by beating Roseau 9-0.


Bantam A (Only three teams in NW MN) - East Grand Forks beat Warroad 6-2.  Warroad beat Thief River Falls 5-1 in the first round.


Girls 12U - Crookston lost to Thief River Falls 5-2 and lost to East Grand Forks 6-1 and were eliminated.   Roseau beat Warroad 4-1 in the championship, East Grand Forks beat Thief River Falls 5-1 in the third place game.



Coming up - The District 16B Squirt B playoffs will be in Crookston this weekend.

Warroad, Bagley, Thief River Falls, East Grand Forks, Roseau and Crookston are all competing.



The 22nd annual Minnesota State High School League girls’ hockey state tournament is scheduled for February 22-25 at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul with the consolation rounds being played at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Here is a look at the tournament:


The schedule:

Class A
Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Xcel Energy Center
Mankato East/Loyola (17-9-1) vs. No. 2 seed St. Paul United (19-6-2), 11 a.m.
Hibbing/Chisholm (17-10-1) vs. No. 3 Warroad (17-8-2), 1 p.m.
Alexandria (14-12-1) vs. No. 1 The Blake School (24-2-1), 6 p.m.
No. 5 Northfield (19-6-3) vs. No. 4 Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian (21-6-0)

Thursday, Feb. 23 at Ridder Arena
Consolation semifinals, 10 a.m., noon

Friday, Feb. 24 at Xcel Energy Center
Championship semifinals, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25
At Ridder Arena
Consolation final, 10 a.m.

At Xcel Energy Center
Third place, 9 a.m.
Championship, 4 p.m.

Class AA
Thursday, Feb. 23 at Xcel Energy Center
Roseau (19-8-1) vs. No. 2 seed Blaine (22-3-2), 11 a.m.
Eastview (16-10-2) vs. No. 3 Hill-Murray (23-4-1), 1 p.m.
Farmington (16-11-2) vs. No. 1 Edina (25-1-1), 6 p.m.
No. 5 Forest Lake (20-6-2) vs. No. 4 Eden Prairie (19-6-2), 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24
At Ridder Arena
Consolation semifinals, 10 a.m., noon

At Xcel Energy Center
Championship semifinals, 6 p.m., 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25
At Ridder Arena
Consolation final, noon

At Xcel Energy Center
Third place, 11 a.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.

Tickets: Championship session --- $17 adults, $11 students; Consolation session --- $12 adults, $8 students.

Official puck: Bauer

Gates open: The Xcel Energy Center and Ridder Arena will open its gates to fans one hour prior to the first scheduled game of the day.


Class A
Mankato East/Loyola vs. St. Paul United --- A Mankato program is making its first state tournament appearance since Mankato East/West in 1999. The Cougars have recorded five shutouts this season. St. Paul United returns after a runner-up finish to The Blake School last season. Senior Joie Phelps leads United with 24 goals and 32 assists.

Hibbing/Chisholm vs. Warroad --- Hibbing/Chisholm, an Iron Range power, is making its 12th state tournament appearance. The Bluejackets are paced by senior forward Mallorie Iozzo who has 31 goals and 31 assists. Warroad is a state tournament regular of late, making the trip for the eighth time since 2006. Junior forward Madison Oelkers has 33 goals and 44 assists for the Warriors.

Alexandria vs. The Blake School --- Alexandria features a balanced lineup that is led by junior forward Kristin Trosvig (17 goals, 17 assists) and sophomore forward McKenna Ellingson (22 goals, 10 assists). The Blake School has won a record six Class A championships. Senior forward Lucy Burton leads the Bears with 23 goals and 21 assists. Sophomore forward and linemate Izzy Daniel has chipped in 16 goals and 25 assists. The Bears surrender an average of just more than one goal per game.

Northfield vs. Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian --- Northfield has not lost in 2017. The Raiders are on a 14-0-2 streak since its last loss on Dec. 27. Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian is on a similar hot streak, going 17-2-0 in its past 19 games. It is the second state tournament appearance for the program. Mound Westonka made a trip in 2013.

Class AA
Roseau vs. Blaine --- It took Roseau four overtimes to earn a berth in the state tournament for the fifth time and first since 2014. The Rams needed that extra time to get past Brainerd in the Section 8AA final. Senior Lindsey Santl leads the Rams with 23 goals and 17 assists. Blaine returns after a year hiatus. The Bengals’ Emily Brown, a senior defender, won a gold medal with last season’s U18 national team. The blueliner has 41 points. Three teammates have more than 50 points each.

Eastview vs. Hill-Murray --- Eastview is making its third consecutive state tournament appearance. Senior forward Natalie Snodgrass also played on the gold-medal winning U18 national team. She leads the Lightning with 23 goals and 11 assists. Hill-Murray, making its fifth consecutive appearance, made its way to three championship games in a row from 2013-15, winning the final two times. Junior forward Abigail Boreen fuels the Pioneers with 31 goals and 30 assists.

Farmington vs. Edina --- Farmington’s last state tournament appearance was 2008. Junior forward Ellie Moser has 18 goals and seven assists for the Tigers, who are 8-2-0 in their past 10 games. Edina is making its seventh state tournament appearance and first under rookie head coach Sami Reber, a former Hornets’ star. Junior forward Lolita Fidler leads a potent scoring attack with 20 goals and 28 assists. Edina’s only loss this season was a 2-1 setback to Blake on Jan. 27.

Forest Lake vs. Eden Prairie --- This is a rematch of last season’s Class AA quarterfinal that Eden Prairie won 4-2. Forest Lake is coming off its first-ever Suburban East Conference championship. Senior forward Madi Nolan leads the Rangers with 17 goals and 34 assists. Junior forward Kayla Kasel is next with 32 goals and 16 assists. Eden Prairie is the reigning Class AA champion after winning for the third time in program history in 2016. The Eagles have two losses this season to Edina during the Lake Conference schedule.

Class AA --- Senior forward Lauren Oberle scored on a one-time blast at 5:36 of overtime to give Eden Prairie a 3-2 victory over Maple Grove in the championship game. It was Eden Prairie’s third state championship and first since 2008. Maple Grove got third period goals from Katie Denecke and Maia Martinez to force the extra session. Eden Prairie finished the season 22-7-2; Maple Grove 22-6-2. Hill-Murray recorded a 5-3 victory over Edina in the third-place game.

Class A --- Top-seeded Blake rolled to an 8-0 victory over St. Paul United in the championship game. Lucy Burton had a hat trick for the Bears (26-2-2), which won a state-best sixth state title. Teammate Carly Bullock scored three goals, giving her a state tournament record 22 for her career. St. Paul United finished 23-6-1. In the third-place game, Warroad defeated Proctor/Hermantown 3-1.




The Minnesota Minute Men announced today the Top Ten Candidates for the 33rd Annual Mr. Hockey Award are: Matt Anderson (Holy Family), Noah Cates (Stillwater), Nick Leivermann (Eden Prairie), Ben Meyers (Delano), Micah Miller (Grand Rapids), Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie), Bauer Neudecker (St. Louis Park), Nick Perbix (Elk River), Dylan Samberg (Hermantown) and Ryan Sandelin (Hermantown).
Previous Mr. Hockey Award winners are: Riley Tufte (2016), Jake Jaremko (2015), Avery Peterson (2014), Grant Besse (2013), Justin Kloos (2012), Kyle Rau (2011), Nick Bjugstad (2010), Nick Leddy (2009), Aaron Ness (2008), Ryan McDonagh (2007), David Fischer (2006), Brian Lee (2005), Tom Gorowsky (2004), Nate Dey (2003), Gino Guyer (2002), Marty Sertich (2001), Paul Martin (2000), Jeff Taffe (1999), John Pohl (1998), Aaron Miskovich (1997), Dave Spehar (1996), Erik Rasmussen (1995), Mike Crowley (1994), Nick Checco (1993), Brian Bonin (1992), Darby Hendrickson (1991), Joe Dziedzic (1990), Trent Klatt (1989), Larry Olimb (1988), Kris Miller (1987), George Pelawa (1986) and Tom Chorske (1985).

The Minnesota Minute Men also announced today that Jake Begley (Hill Murray) and Cade McEwen (Hermantown) are the finalists for The Frank Brimsek Award, in recognition of the state's top senior goaltender.
Previous Frank Brimsek Award winners are: Nick Althaus (2016), Dyllan Lubbesmeyer (2015), Hunter Shepard (2014), David Zevnik (2013), Michael Bitzer (2012), Alex Lyon (2011), Zane Gothberg (2010), Casey O'Connor (2009), Joe Phillippi (2008), Reid Ellingson (2007), Austin Lee (2006), Alec Richards (2005), Matt Lundin (2004), Jon Anderson (2003), Josh Johnson (2002), Eric Aarnio (2001), Jake Brant (2000), Adam Laaksonen (1999), Adam Coole (1998), Kyle Kolquist (1997), Karl Goehring (1996) and Todd Kelzenberg (1995).
The 33rd annual Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet will be held at noon on Sunday, March 12 at the Grand Ballroom at RiverCentre (175 Kellogg Boulevard). The Minnesota State High School League Boys' Hockey Tournament will be held at Xcel Energy Center and Mariucci Arena, March 8-11. The Minnesota Wild sponsor the Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet. The Mr. Hockey Award is hosted, coordinated, and presented by the Minnesota Minute Men.
The Mr. Hockey Award is given to the outstanding senior high school boys' hockey player in the state of Minnesota and is selected by a panel of National Hockey League Scouts, Junior Scouts/Coaches and selected media members from around the state.

Three other awards will be presented at the banquet: The Frank Brimsek Award, The John Mariucci Award, given to the Class A and Class AA high school coaches of the year and The Cliff Thompson Award, presented to the "Old Timer Coach" of the year.


We received the following story from our friend, Dave De La Hunt in Park Rapids.

Brand Makes Debut with USHL's Stampede!

02/14/2017, 9:00am CST
By Dave De La Hunt

Former Park Rapids Panther Chase Brand has been called up to play with the Sioux Falls Stampede. This past Sunday Brand made his debut with the Stampede and is expected to play with them again on Tuesday. Brand was called up to help the team who has a few players out with illness. Brand has been playing this season for the Brookings Blizzard in the NAHL league and has been a very solid two way player for them. It was Brands first official taste of the top junior league in the United States. Brand is currently being actively watched by several division one college programs.

The Brand family is no stranger to D1 college hockey. Chase's sister Mckenna Brand is in her junior year with the Northeastern Huskies and currently leads the nation in goal scoring with 23 goals.

Rk Name GP G
1 McKenna Brand, Jr, F, Northeastern 32 23
2 Cayley Mercer, Sr, F, Clarkson 32 21
3 Annie Pankowski, Jr, F, Wisconsin 27 20
   Karlie Lund, So, F, Princeton 27 20
   Victoria Bach, Jr, F, Boston University 30 20
   Mary Parker, Sr, F, Boston University 30 20
7 Taylor Moreland, Jr, F, Sacred Heart 25 19
   Jaycee Gebhard, Fr, F, Robert Morris 28 19
   Lara Stalder, Sr, F, Minnesota-Duluth 28 19
   Brooke Webster, Sr, F, St. Lawrence 30 19
11 Dani Cameranesi, Sr, F, Minnesota 19 18


The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball program will host three camps over a two-day period from Sun., Feb. 19-Mon., Feb. 20. The camps are tailored to wide array of ages for students grades K-12.


The first camp will take place Sun., Feb. 19 and will be a pitching/catching specific skill camp held at the UMC Sports Center from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The cost of the camp is $75. The campers will be taught by UMC staff and players about the entire realm of pitching. The skills taught will include basic mechanics, grips, pelvic loading, pickoffs, Pitcher Fielding Practice (PFP’s), and the mental side of pitching. Catching drills will focus on receiving, blocking, throwing, footwork and other basic fundamentals of catching. The camp is for student’s grades 7-12.  For the registration form click here.


That same day, Sun., Feb. 19, UMC will host a hitting/defensive camp at the UMC Sports Center from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The cost of the camp is $75. The camp will focus on the fundamentals of hitting and defense but will cover almost every facet of the game. Hitters will learn proper mechanics including stance, grip, proper bat path, hip rotation and strike zone recognition. The defense portion will teach proper fundamentals. The camp is also for student’s grades 7-12.  For the registration form click here.


This will be the first year that the Golden Eagles will run a Kid’s Camp. The camp will take place Mon. Feb. 20 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the UMC Sports Center. The camp will focus on skill development and honing of a wide array of baseball-specific skills. The campers will be instructed by UMC baseball staff and players. The cost of the camp is $25. Crookston Public Schools are off Mon., Feb. 20 for Presidents’ Day.  For the registration form click here.


If you are interested in taking part in the camp contact Head Coach Steve Gust at or Assistant Coach Tim Ryan at


Pacesetter Sports is again running youth basketball regional playoffs for girls and boys in grades 4-9 in Minnesota. 

Region 1 - Rochester
Region 2 - Mankato
Region 3 - Redwood Falls
Region 4 - Willow River / Barnum
Region 5 - St. Cloud State University
Region 6 - Moorhead
Region 7 - Grand Rapids / Hibbing
Region 8 - Bemidji 

Regional champions in each grade advance to the Minnesota State tournament.  Teams with just one loss qualify for the MIT (MN Invitational Tournament)

Registration form is attached.  Online registration available with this link:


There has been a lot of interest from people after we posted this so we will post it again.  If you have any info on Pirate sports records or want to help tracking them down read below!

Crookston High School, namely Ed Nelson, has been working on getting all the records for the Pirate Sports teams updated and it has been a process.  Ed is looking for any records, stats, state participants, etc from the following sports.

Boys Tennis
Girls Tennis
Girls Soccer

If you have Crookston Times articles with information, yearbooks with team and/or individual records, scrapbooks, or anything with any information that you might think would be of interest to Ed email him at

With that said we have links to the Crookston Pirate records pages for the following sports.  If you see something that is incomplete, or maybe an updated record let Ed know at the above email address.  I have listed the team and click on the team to see their records. 

Here is an update on the various sports covered by the website as of December 1, 2016

Sports that are done and will not change without additional information:

Boys’ Basketball
Girls’ Basketball
Boys’ Golf
Girls’ Golf
Boys’ Soccer (Poor or no records were kept over the years.)
Girls’ Soccer
Boys’ Track & Field
Girls’ Track & Field
Girls’ Hockey will be complete by the end of 2016 and join the above.  I am currently looking for “Team:  Game” and “Player: Game” records for the first 5 years of the program.

Sports being worked on:
Baseball (Justin Johnson is doing the research and has completed the last 16 years)
Boys’ & Girls’ Tennis (Mike Geffre has the information and is scanning everything.  When he is done, the records will be posted.)

Sports not yet started:
Football (I will be starting Football this winter.)
Boys’ Hockey (Frank Fee has agreed to research the records.) 


Fall Sports -
Boys Soccer       Girls Swimming      Girls Soccer      Volleyball

Incomplete records    
Girls Tennis         Football                  

Winter Sports -
Boys Basketball           Girls Basketball          Boys Hockey         Girls Hockey         Wrestling

Spring Sports-
Softball            Boys Track        Girls Track         Boys Golf         Girls Golf      -

Incomplete records 
Boys Tennis         Baseball

Sports that are no longer offered-
Boys Swimming           Girls Cross Country           Boys Cross Country


JOKES (Do you have any good jokes - email them to and I will put them in the feever

The Woman Marine Pilot

The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it.

The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories. There were all the regular types of stuff: spilled milk and pennies saved. But then the teacher realized, much to her dismay, that she had missed Janie.

Janie, do you have a story to share?'

''Yes ma'am. My daddy told me a story about my Mommy. She was a Marine pilot in Desert Storm, and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife.

She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn't break, and then her parachute landed her right in the middle of 20 Iraqi troops. She shot 15 of them with the pistol, Until she ran out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, Till the blade broke, and then she killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands.

''Good Heavens,' said the horrified teacher. 'What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?"

"Stay away from Mommy when she's been drinking."


Last Friday I had an appointment to see the urologist for a prostate exam. Of course, I was a bit on edge because all my friends have either gone under the knife or had those pellets implanted.

The waiting room was filled with patients. As I approached the receptionist's desk, I noticed that she was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumo wrestler.

I gave her my name, and in a very loud voice, she said, YES, I HAVE YOUR NAME HERE. YOU WANT TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT IMPOTENCE, RIGHT?

All the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at me, a now very embarrassed man. But as usual, I recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied, NO, I'VE COME TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION, BUT I DON'T WANT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DID YOURS. The room erupted in applause.




How are former Crookston Pirates athletes doing in college or elsewhere?

Joe Koenig is playing baseball at Northland Technical and Community College.  The Pioneers open up the season with games at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, February 28 at 5:00 a.m.

Sydney Boike is playing basketball for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Sydney didn't play in a 63-56 victory over Idaho State on Thursday and she didn't play in an 83-67 victory over Weber State on Saturday.  UND will host Northern Colorado on Saturday.

Aaron Hollcraft is playing basketball and baseball for the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles.  Aaron didn't play in a 75-73 loss to Minot State on Friday and played a few seconds in a 91-80 victory over Mary on Saturday to wrap up the regular season.  UMC travels to Upper Iowa tonight (Wednesday) for the first round of the NSIC tournament.

Paul Bittner is playing hockey for the defending AHL Calder Cup champion Cleveland Monsters and affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Paul didn't score, but had two shots on goal in a 2-0 loss to Rockford on Wednesday.  He didn't score, but had one shot on goal in a 4-1 loss to Rockford on Friday.  Paul didn't score, but had a shot on goal in a 2-0 victory at Iowa on Sunday and he didn't play in a 4-2 loss to Iowa on Monday.  Cleveland will play at Chicago tonight (Wednesday), at Charlotte on Friday and Saturday and host Grand Rapids on Tuesday.

Mark Bittner is playing hockey for the defending national champion University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers in the WIAC in NCAA Division III.   The Pointers will begin the WIAC playoffs as they take on Superior on Friday and Saturday at Stevens Point.

Ryan Bittner is playing hockey for the defending national champion University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers in the WIAC in NCAA Division III.  The Pointers will begin the WIAC playoffs as they take on Superior on Friday and Saturday at Stevens Point.

Brady Heppner is playing hockey for St. Johns in the MIAC in NCAA Division III.   Brady didn't score, but had two shots on goal in a 5-1 loss to Augsburg on Friday, and he didn't play in a 4-2 victory on Saturday. St. John's didn't make the MIAC tournament and their season is done.

Doug Larson plays hockey for the Brookings Blizzard in the NAHL junior hockey league.  Doug didn't score in a 4-2 victory at Austin on Saturday and he scored a goal  in a 7-2 victory over Aberdeen on Sunday. Brookings hosts the Minnesota Wilderness on Friday and Saturday.

Cody Wardner is playing junior hockey for the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in Dryden, Ontario.  Cody didn't score in a 5-2 victory over Fort Frances on Wednesday and he had an assist in a 5-2 victory over Minnesota on Friday and had another assist in a 7-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.  Dryden will host Thunder bay on Saturday and Sunday.

Harrison Bjorgo is playing junior hockey for the River Falls Renegades in the USPHL league. Harrison didn't score in a 4-2 loss to Steel County on Thursday and didn't score in a 6-0 loss to Steel County on Saturday.  River Falls didn't make the playoffs and their season is done.

Cody Weiland is wrestling for the Concordia College Cobber Wrestling team.  Cody is battling an injury and didn't wrestle in a 19-15 loss to Southwest Minnesota State on Thursday.  The Cobbers will be at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday.

Bobby Tiedemann is playing tennis at St. Mary's University in Winona.  Bobby won his third singles match 6-0, 6-2 and won his second doubles match 8-0 in a 9-0 victory over Bethany Lutheran College.   Bobby won his third singles match 6-1, 6-1 and won his second doubles match 8-3 in an 8-1 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran College, and Bobby lost his third singles match 6-0, 6-3 and lost his second doubles match 8-5 in a 5-4 loss to Carroll University.  St. Mary's will host Hamline on Friday and travel to the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Sunday, Lawrence University on Monday, and St. Norbert College on Tuesday.

Patrick Deng is a freshman running track for Augsberg.  Patrick was part of the fourth place 4x400 relay team with a time of 3:33.06 and had a 10th place finish in the 60 meter hurdles at the University of Minnesota Snowshoe open on Friday and didn't run in the St. Olaf College Tostrud Classic on Saturday.  Augsburg will be at the MIAC indoor championships this weekend in St. Paul. 

Marietta Geist is a freshman running track for Carleton College.  Marietta finished 31st in the One Mile run with a personal best time of 5:22.54 at the Parent's Day open at the University of Minnesota on Sunday.  Carleton will be at the MIAC Championships this weekend.

Wyatt Hanson is a senior and playing golf at St. Cloud State.  The Huskies wrapped up the fall season and will be off until April.

Isaac Westlake is a freshman playing golf at Winona State.  Isaac didn't make the trip to St. Joe, Missouri this week and the Warriors are off until April.

Wes Hanson is the Crookston Pirate Wrestling head coach.

Chris Dufault is an assistant coach for the Crookston Pirate Wrestling team.

Zach Cymbaluk
is the J.V. Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball coach.

Travis Ross is the Crookston Pirate 8th grade boys basketball coach.

Wade Hanson is the Crookston Pirate 7th grade boys Basketball coach.

Sam Melbye is a Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey Assistant Coach.

Connor Morgan is a Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey Assistant Coach.

Jaclyn Martin is the head Pirate Girls Hockey Coach.

Katy Westrom is the freshman Girls basketball coach at Monticello High School.

Erica Samuelson is a member of the University of Wisconsin Pep Band and Marching Band.
Marty Bratrud is the Activities Director at Valley City High School.
Gordie Haug is an assistant football coach at the University of Wyoming
Mike Hastings is the Minnesota State Mankato Men's head Hockey coach
Mike Biermaier is the Athletic Director at Thief River Falls High School
Stephanie (Lindsay) Perreault works with the North Dakota State stats crew for Bison football and volleyball and basketball in the winter. Stephanie’s husband, Ryan, is the assistant director for the Bison media relations 
Jason Bushie is the hockey athletic trainer at Colorado College
Chris Myrold is a Tennis Pro on Nevis Island in the West Indies
Kyle Buchmeier
 is a Tennis Pro at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis
Erika Wheelhouse
 is serving in the Peace Corp in the Philippines.
Jarrett Butenhoff is serving our country with the U.S. Navy
Joshua Butenhoff is serving our country on a Submarine with the Pacific Fleet with the US Navy.
Alan Mart, 2009 Crookston High School graduate, is currently serving his country for the US Army as a Cavalry Scout in Afghanistan.
Peter Cournia is a 2002 Crookston High School Graduate and also a grad of West Point and is currently is serving in the U.S. Army.
Erik Ellingson is serving our country with the U.S. Air Force Iraq
Philip Kujawa class of 2004 from Crookston Central is stationed at Hohnfels in Germany for the next 2 or 3 years.
Scott Riopelle is head of Crookston Parks and Recreation
Rob Sobolik is the General Manager of the Fargodome


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