Wednesday, May 24,  2017



High School playoffs are underway and we already have one section champion crowned.   Some schools have already had their graduation, or will have graduation this weekend.  We would like to congratulate all area seniors on your graduation!!!!  It must be playoff time, because I have put 1,000 miles on the car this week and it hasn't even been "busy" yet.  That will change on Thursday and for the next couple of weeks.  We get emails, calls, cards and other things from people that appreciate our sports coverage, especially at playoff time. 
We love to cover sports and take pride that we are the only media at a lot of these section tournaments. 
KROX was the only radio station at the NSIC baseball tournament.  You have schools from St. Cloud, Duluth, Sioux Falls, Mankato, St. Paul, Minot and other big cities and not one had a radio station covering their games.  It is sad, but we get a handshake and a personal thank you from NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind when we arrive to St. Cloud.   It is appreciated.  KROX is the only media at the section tennis tournament year after year.  We are the only media at sub-section and section golf, usually the only one at sub-section track and there are many more, but I am wiped out from an exciting day of tennis.  We LOVE covering tournaments and we don't forget things like the smiles of the kids that are going to state.  We love the parents, the coaches, the competition and when it is nice out being at the courts, the golf course, the baseball/softball field, track or is great and the best part of the job.

We thank the kids and coaches for the never gets old going to state tournament!!!! 

We take a look at tennis, baseball, softball, track and a lot more in this weeks sports feever column.   Good luck to all teams in the playoffs!!!


Congratulations to the Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team on winning the Section 8A Tennis Championship for the third straight year by beating the Thief River Falls Prowlers 4-3 in the championship.
Watching the Crookston Pirates advance to state never gets old, but this was one of my favorites for several reasons.
Crookston, was facing a lot of challenges.  They had one player in the line up quit halfway through the season, another player in the top 10 was ineligible.  Two things Coach Mike Geffre hasn't seen in his 30-plus years of coaching, let alone in the same season. 
Having a son on the team and having Blake and Alyssa advance to state tennis the last two years is pretty special. 
But, the main reason it was special was the kids.  

1. Logan Prudhomme - Here is a kid that has gone through hell and back the past several months after losing his father to a heart attack.  Logan is one of the nicest, hardest working kids in Crookston and to see him smiling ear to ear won't erase what has happened to him, but it certainly will help ease the pain.   I know one thing...there is somebody looking down on the Pirates and he is enjoying watching his son make a trip to state and wrap up his Pirate career at a state tournament.    It is pretty special and couldn't happen to a better kid.

2. Logan Shultz - Here is a kid that hurt his knee and missed several matches during the regular season because of the injury.  As I said above, the Pirates are a couple players shorter than they anticipated and all he has done is come in and played hard, played well and has competed and given everything he has and limps off the court after each match and has been a trooper and the epitome of a team player.

3. The Pirates only have four players (out of the 10 in the state lineup from last years team) back and are going back to state - Coach Mike Geffre said this is one of the most rewarding trips of his 30 years of coaching.  With all the players they lost from last year and they were able to get better as the year went along, but saved their best effort for the championship.

Crookston beat Thief River Falls 4-3 to advance to the state tournament where they will play the #1 ranked Blake School in the first round.  It is the toughest draw they could have had, but they will have nothing to lose and will be an underdog for the second straight match.


The Section 8A Tennis tournament isn't done yet, the individual tournament will start on Wednesday wrap up on Thursday in Fergus Falls.
The first round of the individuals will start at 11:00 a.m. with singles at the High School courts.  Doubles will be at the Broadway and Johnson Parks.
At 12:30 p.m. - The second round will have doubles at the North courts at the high school and the singles matches will be played at the courts next to the high school.


Thursday will be the semi-finals and championship.


The Section 8AA and Section 8A Softball tournament is underway and there wasn't a big upset in the first round. 


The top seeds won all the games in the Section 8AA Softball tournament first round.  The #1 seeds received a first round bye.  I think most people are excited for a possible Park Rapids vs DGF matchup with two of the top 10 teams in the state facing off again.  Several of the other teams in the section will look to make sure that matchup doesn't happen, but it looks like it will.




The top three seeds are left in both sub-sections and it looks like it could be some good semi-finals with a possible matchup with BGMR and Red Lake Falls in the north subsection bracket and Norman County East/Ulen Hitterdal and Sacred Heart in the other.  If that is the case, it should be a great couple of games. 




The Section 8AA Baseball seeds come out on Saturday morning.  This is how the QRF from has them ranked.

(records and QRF as of Monday morning)

North- (Team, QRF and record)
1. Warroad 70.7 (13-5)
2. Park Rapids 60.0 (9-9)
3. Roseau 49.4 (8-12)
4. East Grand Forks 47.2 (9-11)
5. Crookston 42.6  (6-12)
6. Bagley 37.9  (8-10)
7. Mahnomen/Waubun 30.1  (5-8)

South -
Perham 85.9 (14-4)
2. Barnesville 83.0 (13-3)

DGF 67.7 (10-6)
4. Frazee 65.8 (12-8)
Breckenridge 63.1  (8-8)
Hawley 63.0 (10-9)
7. Pelican Rapids 29.8 (4-14)
8. Ottertail Central 25.6 (2-18)

It looks like Warroad will be the top seed and Park Rapids is the second seed.  Roseau and East Grand Forks are battling for the third seed.
In the south, DGF jumped from the sixth spot to third place.  The fight for the top seed is still a battle between Perham and Barnesville and the third seed is going to be interesting with four teams neck and neck.  DGF has the momentum right now after jumping to the third spot, but it is still wide open.


The Section 8A Baseball seeds have been released and this is how it looks -
1. Red Lake County
2. Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal
3. Norman County
4. West Marshall
5. Kittson County Central
7. Lake Park-Audubon
8. Sacred Heart
9. Fertile-Beltrami
10. Northern Freeze

1. Fosston
2. Blackduck
3. Win-E-Mac
4. Kelliher/Northome
5. Lake of the Woods
6. Cass Lake-Bena
7. Laporte
8. Red Lake

It comes as no surprise that Red Lake County, NCE/UH, Norman County and West Marshall are the top seeds in the west sub-section.  Red Lake County has some pretty good pitching and have been hitting the ball better and would have to be the favorite going into the tournament.
Fosston will be the favorite in the East and shouldn't have much of a problem advancing to the semi-finals. It will be interesting to see what happens.




The Section 8A track and field team individuals will try to punch their ticket to the Section 8A Track meet in Bagley on Saturday, June 3. 

There are three sub-section track meets and the top four individuals in each event and the top two relay teams are guaranteed to advance to the section meet.  We have all the information you need for the Sub-Section 30 track meet below -

Scoring: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 Team Awards​: Team Plaques will be awarded to top 2 teams. Medals: Will be awarded to places 1-6.  Places 1-8 will need to report to awards area following the event.

Official Times for Meet 12:00-1:15​—Shot and Disc certification.  Storage shed East by the shot put area.
1:30​—Coaches Meeting.  ​Roseau Library (East entrance of the school across from track) (​Assigned workers also)
2:00​—Field Events Start- Prelim & Finals Start
3:00​—Running Events Start

Order of Events

2:00 Field Events
○ Long Jump--Boys (E Pit) & Girls (W Pit) at the same time. (3 Preliminaries with 9 making finals then 3 final attempts) 
○ Triple Jump-- Boys (E Pit) & Girls (W Pit) at the same time ​follows LJ.
 (3 Preliminaries with 9 making finals then 3 final attempts)  ○ High Jump--Boys & Girls at the same time. ​Boys: N Pit / Girls: S Pit
○ Discus--Boys followed by Girls (3 Preliminaries with 9 making finals then 3 final attempts) 
○ Shot Put—Girls followed by Boys (3 Preliminaries with 9 making finals then 3 final attempts) 
○ Pole Vault—Girls followed by Boys ***********************************************************************
3:00 Running Events
4 x 800 Meter Relay – Girls-Boys
100 Meter Intermediate Hurdles -- Girls
110 Meter High Hurdles -- Boys
100 Meter Dash – Girls-Boys
4 x 200 Meter Relay – Girls-Boys 
1600 Meter Run – Girls-Boys
4 x 100 Meter Relay – Girls-Boys 
400 Meter Dash – Girls-Boys 
300 Meter Low Hurdles --Girls
300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles--Boys 
800 Meter Run – Girls-Boys 
200 Meter Dash – Girls-Boys 
3200 Meter Run – Girls-Boys 
4 x 400 Meter Relay – Girls-Boys


Sub-section 29 (at Walker) – Bagley-Fosston, Cass Lake-Bena, Clearbrook-Gonvick, Lake of the Woods, Nevis, Northome/Blackduck/Kelliher, Park Rapids, Trek North, and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Sub-section 30 (at Glyndon) – Barnesville, Dilworth-Glydnon-Felton, Fertile-Beltrami, Frazee, Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal, Lake Park-Audubon, Mahnomen/Waubun, Norman County, Park Christian, Christian Home Academy (Girls), Pelican Rapids.

Sub-section 31 (at Roseau) – Climax/Fisher/Sacred Heart, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Northern Freeze/BGMR, Grygla-Gatzke, Red Lake County, Roseau, Warroad, West Marshall, Kittson County Central (girls).

SECTION 8A TRACK MEET - June 3  at  Bagley


Awards: Trophy to Champion, Runner-up Medals to 1st through 6th place in individual events and relays

Advancement to Section:
Individuals – 1​st​ through 4​th ​from each sub-section plus the next 4 best times. (16 total) Field Events – 1​st​ through 4​th ​from each sub-section plus the next 4 best efforts. (16 total) Relays – 1​st​ and 2​nd​ from each sub-section plus the next two fastest times from any sub-section for a total of 8.



The Crookston Pirate Football Coach, Scott Butt, has announced the 2017 Pirate Football Varsity Summer Schedule.  It is below -

June 7       Practice   6:30pm to 8:00pm    High school
June 14    Practice    6:30pm to 8:00pm    High school
June 21    Practice    6:30pm to 8:00pm    High school
June 28   Practice     6:30pm to 8:00pm    High school
July 12    Practice     6:30pm to 8:00pm     High School
July 19   Practice      6:30pm to 8:00pm     High School

July 28-30 Bemidji state Team Camp.  Not Mandatory, but we would like to get as many kids to go some we can scrimmage with the teams that are attending.   Please let Coach But or Cade Salentine know if you are planning to attend.  Camp is for players going into 9th thru 12th grade.  For a camp schedule click here.

July 25-27 - 7th and 8th grade pirate football camp  6:30pm to 8:30pm  High school. For all players going into 7th and 8th grade.  Cost is $40. Make checks payable to Crookston Football.           



The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program will hold three camps in June on the UMC Campus.  “We are excited for camp season to begin,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “Our coaches are working hard behind the scenes to insure that our camps will not only be the best in the area but also the most affordable. We had 100 kids from Crookston and the surrounding area attend our camps last summer and we are very proud of that.”

The Junior Eagle Day Camp will run June 12-15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium on the campus of U of M Crookston. It is for boys and girls entering grades 1-6. Each camper will receive a t-shirt and camp ball and there will also be a pizza party following the camp on June 15. 

The Offensive Skills Day Camp will run June 19-22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium. It is for boys and girls entering grades 5-12. Each camper will receive a t-shirt and a camp ball and there will also be a pizza party following the camp on June 22. 

The cost for each camp is $50. Each camper will develop their skills through drill work, contests and games and will also have the opportunity to interact with U of M Crookston coaches and players. Spots are still open for the camp. 

The UMC Varsity Team Camp is a new addition to the summer camp offerings for the Golden Eagles. The camp will take place Fri., June 23 at Lysaker Gymnasium and the UMC Wellness Center. Each team is guaranteed four games with U of M Crookston shirts available. Only two spots are available for the Varsity Team Camp. The cost for the camp is $200 per team. 

“There are three things we want our campers to be able to say when they complete our camps. 1) I Learned something each day at camp, 2) I met some new people and new friends, and 3) I had a ton of fun. If a camper can say that at the end of the our camp then we did our job. Needless to say, we are excited to get started and have some fun.”

If you are interested in registering for the camp or have any questions, you can contact Assistant Coach Bryan Beamish at 218-281-8431 or To register, fill out the registration form and send payment to UMC Basketball – 142 Sports Center – 2900 University Ave. – Crookston, MN 56716.


For the camp brochure click here.


For the TEAM Camp brochure click here




It looks like Norman County West has approved a proposal from Ada-Borup.  The two schools will coop in football, girls basketball, volleyball and speech.  The two schools already coop in softball, baseball, track.  Football will move from 9-man to 11-man with the coop.  The teams will be called Ada-Borup/Norman County West Cougars.   
Boys Basketball will still remain separate.


The Fargo Marathon was run on Saturday and the 5K was run on Friday and we have some of the Crookston runners listed below-


Name Age Time Race
Ben Andringa 15 17:34 5K
Evin Trudeau 11 23:38 5K
Michael Novak 56 24:23 5K
Amber Erdmann 30 26:13 5K
Dale Trudeau 45 28:25 5K
Samantha Hulst 27 28:31 5K
Meleah Lajesse 16 31:42 5K
Blaine Andringa 13 32:34 5K
Cathy Lajesse 44 32:34 5K
Linda Keller 55 32:35 5K
Linda Lanctot 60 36:15 5K
Avery Trudeau 8 37:28 5K
Kari Trudeau 39 37:29 5K
Avery Mathews 8 41:11 5K
Jami Mathews 30 41:17 5K
Elsie Mathews 5 41:18 5K
Chase Larson 9 48:05 5K
Lisa Larson 41 48:06 5K
Denise Kay Waxler 56 48:51 5K
Emma Lajesse 13 50:23 5K
Tiffany Briggs 36 52:45 5K
Jenny Carlstrom 46 59:21 10K
Dale Trudeau 45 1:00:46 10K
Matt Gregg 24 1:01:35 10K
Cathy Lajesse 44 1:04:17 10K
Linda Lanctot 60 1:10:01 10K
Lisa Bohler 46 1:24:51 10K
Karin Trosvik 46 1:24:51 10K
Jennifer Regimbal 24 1:31:29 10K
Andrea Clauson 24 1:41:23 10K
Amber Erdmann 30 2:02:13 Half Marathon
Michael Novak 56 2:08:49 Half Marathon
Samantha Hulst 27 2:09:03 Half Marathon
Sarah Kanten 26 2:17:32 Half Marathon
Linda Keller 55 2:18:02 Half Marathon
Brooke Holtman 24 2:23:36 Half Marathon
Katie Lariviere 31 2:31:35 Half Marathon
Carrie Diaz 40 3:14:58 Half Marathon
Meleah Lajesse 16 3:21:35 Half Marathon
Chris Stroot 45 3:24:50 Marathon
Tiffany Briggs 36 3:42:14 Half Marathon
Jochum Wiersma 49 3:53:27 Marathon
Jami Mathews 30 4:45:00 Marathon
Ann Magsam 51 4:11:54 Marathon

To see all the results by name or town, click here.


I saw Apple Valley's Tre Jones was named the NIKE Basketball league regular season most valuable player award.  The brother of the Minnesota Timberwolves Tyus Jones, has carved out a pretty good name for himself and is one of the top players in the country.  This summer he is playing for the famous Howard Pulley Panthers.  
They recently played in Atlanta and
in all four games and to end the tournament he had a 31-point, 17-assist, 7-rebound, 1-turnover performance to seal his status as the single most important player on any team in Atlanta. 

On Saturday, the Star Tribune had an article on how Minnesota has become a basketball hotbed.  Here is the link to the artcile -



Eric Monsrud has been named Bemidji High School boys hockey coach. He was an assistant coach under former head coach Wade Chiodo, who resigned for family reasons on April 7 after nine seasons in charge of the program.  Chiodo had 143 wins, 87 losses and 13 ties over the nine years.  Monsrud was an assistant coach for six of those years.
Monsrud, a former Bemidji State Men’s Hockey player, scored 44 goals and added 49 assists for 93 points in 114 games for the Beavers between 1991 and 1996. Monsrud was a member of three-straight NCAA Division II national championship teams at BSU from 1993 to 1995.
Monsrud was an assistant for Lumberjack teams that appeared in successive Class AA state in 2015 and 2016, breaking a 29-year drought. He also achieved the same feat as a player, appearing in back-to-back state tournaments for Rochester John Marshall in 1988 and 1989. Monsrud then played two seasons in the United States Hockey League for the Rochester Mustangs before coming to BSU.
Monsrud works at the Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center in Bemidji and also helps our good friend Scott Williams on the TV Bemidji State hockey broadcasts.



Augustana earned the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) All-Sports Award for the third straight season, and the fifth time in the past seven years, as the Vikings amassed 180 points to finish two points ahead of second place Minnesota State University, Mankato. Augustana has now earned the all-sports award in 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 as it joins Minnesota State, Winona State and Minnesota Duluth as the only other institutions to earn the award in its 18-year history. The Vikings will be presented their award on Tuesday, July 11 at the NSIC Hall of Fame Banquet in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Augustana won three regular-season titles during the 2016-17 academic year, including men's cross country, women's golf and tennis. Minnesota State had another solid year, scoring 178 points, to finish second after winning six regular season titles. The Mavericks took home the hardware in baseball, men's golf, men's indoor and outdoor track & field, women's indoor track & field and softball.

Winona State finished in third place with 127 points after winning the women's outdoor track & field crown, while UMD was fourth with 119.25 points. St. Cloud State was fifth with 1188 points after winning the wrestling championship.

The NSIC All Sports Award is calculated by awarding the winner of each conference-sponsored championship points totaling the number of teams in that sport plus one. The next place finisher receives points totaling the number of teams less the number of places from first place. Ties in the standings at any level result in the totaling of points and equal distribution. Indoor and outdoor track & field are computed at half the total points as listed in the previous mentioned categories.

2016-17 NSIC All Sports Competition Final Standings

RK School Points Last Year
1 Augustana (18) 180 1
2 Minnesota State (18) 178 2
3 Winona State (14) 127 3
4 Minnesota Duluth (14) 119.25 5
5 St. Cloud State (14) 118 4
6 MSU Moorhead (16) 108.25 8
7 Sioux Falls (17) 105.5 6
8 Northern State (15) 98 7
9 University of Mary (16) 88 10
10 SMSU (16) 85.75 9
11 Concordia-St. Paul (15) 82.5 12
12 Minot State (16) 77 15
13 Wayne State (13) 76.75 13
14 Bemidji State (13) 74.75 14
15 Upper Iowa (12) 72.25 11
16 UMC (10) 29 16
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Past NSIC All-Sports Award Winners
1999-00 Minnesota Duluth
2000-01 Minnesota Duluth
2001-02 Minnesota Duluth
2002-03 Minnesota Duluth
2003-04 Minnesota Duluth
2004-05 Winona State
2005-06 Winona State
2006-07 Winona State
2007-08 Winona State
2008-09 Minnesota State
2009-10 Minnesota State
2010-11 Augustana
2011-12 Augustana
2012-13 Minnesota State
2013-14 Minnesota State
2014-15 Augustana
2015-16 Augustana
2016-17 Augustana

2016-17 NSIC Team Champions

Men's Cross Country Augustana
Women's Cross Country University of Mary
Football Sioux Falls
Women's Soccer Minot State
Volleyball Concordia-St. Paul & SMSU
Men's Basketball MSU Moorhead
Women's Basketball MSU Moorhead
Men's Indoor Track & Field Minnesota State
Women's Indoor Track & Field Minnesota State
Wrestling St. Cloud State
Baseball Minnesota State
Softball Minnesota State
Men's Golf Minnesota State
Women's Golf Augustana
Men's Outdoor Track & Field Minnesota State
Women's Outdoor Track & Field Winona State
Women's Tennis Augustana


The Crookston High School Athletic Department will once again be holding the Pirate FAST program.  

Dear Pirate Athletes,

As summer break is quickly approaching, your Activities Director and coaches would like to get the word out that we will be introducing a training program beginning on Monday, June 5th, at 6:30 a.m.  The facilities will be open weekly from Monday-Thursday at 6:30 a.m. from that date forward until the end of July (except for the blackout week of July 3-7).  
The program is known as “Pirate FAST.”  “FAST” stands for “Flexibility, Agility, Strength, Training.” Keep in mind that this program is NOT simply going to entail lifting weights.  Although we will incorporate some lifting, this portion of the program will be one piece of a larger puzzle to improve your abilities.
A typical day of FAST will be comprised of proper stretching techniques and dynamic warmup drills, agility drills such as plyometric boxes or ladder drills, core and abdominal workouts, and core weightlifting such as bench pressing, squatting, and power cleans.  You will also work out on the vertimax machine, which helps with strength, speed, and quickness.  Finally, we will incorporate a cool down stretching period to prevent muscle soreness and encourage quick recovery times.
In charge of the FAST program this summer will be CHS teachers and coaches Robbe Nessler and Darin Zimmerman.  They will oversee day-to-day activities, keep attendance, and help athletes with proper form, footwork, and exercises.  We will also encourage the presence of your coaches at FAST sessions, as this will be a time to measure your progress and help you to get better.  
FAST sessions will be judgment-free and organized.  Understand that this kind of training is essential, and should be taken seriously if you want to better yourself.  
Pirate FAST is offered at no charge.   It’s FREE!!!!!!

Thank you,
Robbe Nessler and Darin Zimmerman, FAST supervisors (Summer 2017)
Greg Garmen, Activities Director


The University of Minnesota Crookston football program will hold an individual football camp Sun., July 23 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus.
The camp is for students going into grades 9 through 12 and will be a non-contact, non-padded football camp and will include: combine testing, position specific coaching, speed/agility training and competition drills. In addition, campers will be given important information relating to the recruiting process including academic eligibility and the character components that make or break a football career.
The camp will being with check-in at 12:30 p.m. at the UMC Wellness Center. The camp has helped to produce nine current Golden Eagles.
The registration fee is $35. If you have any questions pertaining to the camp, e-mail Assistant Coach Tom Miller at You can register online at

Camp Schedule
12:30 p.m. – Check-In – Height/Weight
1 p.m. – Welcome – Coaches Intro
1:10 p.m. – NCAA Info Presentation
1:30 p.m. – Dynamic Warm-Up
1:45 p.m. – Speed/Agility Testing
2:45 p.m. – Primary Position Drills
3:45 p.m. – Competition Drills
4:15 p.m. – Camp Conclusion
4:30 p.m. – Optional Campus Tour


The Seventh Annual Pirate/Blue Wave Boys Hockey Alumni Golf Outing and Hockey Tournament is scheduled for June 9-11, 2017. The hockey tournament will begin on Friday June 9 and continue on Saturday and Sunday. The cost for hockey is $60/person and 2017 Crookston/Fisher high school graduates will play hockey for FREE.

On Saturday, June 10 there will be an 18-hole golf scramble starting at noon with lunch provided. Registration for golf is limited to the first 20 - 5 person teams so please sign up early. The cost for golf is $75/person or $25/person if you graduated from Crookston/Fisher High School from 2013-2017, which includes the meal at I.C. Muggs.

After golf everyone is invited to gather at I.C. Muggs with B & E Meats serving a fantastic meal. If you don’t golf, it’s just $15 for the meal.

We are now accepting payments through PayPal. Click on the link for the event you want to register and pay for and you will be directed to a secure PayPal site to complete the transaction.


Golf Registration $75 payment


Crookston/Fisher High School Grad 2013-2017 Golf Registration $25 payment


Hockey Registration $60 payment


Hockey and Golf Combined Registration $135 payment



Please email with any questions.


The Crookston High School 15th Annual Pirate Pride Golf Scramble Will be held on Friday, July 7 at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston.
9:00 Registration
10:00 Shotgun Start
Lunch will be served starting at 11:00

$50 per person                                T-Shirt
18 holes of golf                               Sandwich, Salad, Chips
4 member teams

Call Clubhouse to reserve a cart (not included)

Must be 18 years of age or have graduated High School

All proceeds going to help support CHS Coaches, Athletes, and Team Expenses.  We are doing a raffle again this year.  Talk to any coach about buying tickets.


Please contact Steve Kofoed @ (c) 320-290-9904 leaving a message with your team members is fine.


The Crookston Park and Rec Department will be hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in down town Crookston in conjunction with Crazy Days.  The tournament will be a two day tournament on July 28 and 29. 
The first eight paid teams will be in the tournament for their respective age group.
The divisions are below-
Boys and Girls

Adult Divisions-
Men's and Women's Open (college experience)
Men's and Women's Classic (30+)
Men's and Women's Recreational (no college experience)

Teams are guaranteed three games with prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams. 
T-shirts and one meal for each player
Fee - $80
In case of rain, tournament will be held in Crookston Sports Center.




The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball program will be holding camps at Lysaker Gymnasium this summer. You can join the Golden Eagles for an opportunity to learn under Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Rauen and Assistant Coach Ethan Grefsrud

In addition to the camps that will be located at Lysaker Gymnasium, the Golden Eagles are also offering the chance at Satellite camps. You can contact Coach Rauen at or at 218-281-8418 if you are interested in having the coaches come to your gym.

The Golden Eagles will host three types of camps this summer. Little Eagle Camps are offered for girls and boys grades 7 and under. Golden Eagles Camps will be available for girls and boys grades 7 to incoming college freshman. In addition, Individual Skills Camps will be available for girls and boys grades 7 to incoming freshman that are looking to become better players at their positions.
The Little Eagles Camps will teach campers new skills in a fun-filled environment June 8-9 and July 27-28. The cost of the camp is $50. Check in will be at 8:30 a.m. with camp running from 9-11:30 a.m. each day.
The Golden Eagles Camps will teach campers all the skills involved in becoming a better volleyball player through skill work and competitive play. The cost of the camp is $100. Check in will be at 1 p.m. with the camps running from 1:30-4:30 and 5:30-7p.m. No meals will be provided for this camp. The camps will run June 8-9 and July 27-28.
The Individual Skills Camp will include training on the techniques of elite level play including attacking, defense/passing, serving and setting. Each skills a one-hour session. The cost is $15 per skill and $50 for all four. The camps will take place June 7 and June 26. The attacking portion will take place 9-10 a.m. The defensive/passing drills will run from 10-11 a.m. The serving drills will run from 12-1 p.m. and the setting drills will run from 1-2 p.m. No meals will be provided for this camp, as well.
Those interested in participating can fill out the forms and return the registration and waivers to: Athletics c/o Sarah Rauen, 2900 University Ave., Crookston, MN 56716. Please make all checks payable to UMC Volleyball. If you have any questions about the camps please contact Coach Rauen at at or at 218-281-8418.



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Athletic Department and baseball program are looking to raise some money to help finish off the press box/players locker room building project.  The UMC Golden Eagle Baseball team has A LOT of local talent with Aaron Hollcraft and Brandon Kresl of Crookston, Reed Hjelle and Ethan Mushitz of East Grand Forks, Justin Yutrzenka of Argyle.

Construction of a press box for the University of Minnesota Crookston Baseball program is underway. The project is on track to be completed this spring and in order to reach the final goal, we need your help to raise the remaining $8,000.

Please support these amazing athletes. A gift at any level will make an impact. To give online, click the link below. For details or additional ways to give, call 218-281-8434. 
Initial support of this project came from UMC Campus, KROX Radio, Crookston Baseball Association, Bill Kresl, and BSN Sports.
Thank you in advance for your gift. Go Golden Eagles!
Steve Gust, Head Baseball Coach
Stephanie Helgeson, Director of Athletics
Brandy Chaffee, Chief Development Officer


Pirate Hoops Skills Academy 2017

For Pirate Basketball players (girls and boys) grades 4-12(next years grade)

Where: CHS gym
When:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Time:   7:30-9:00am
Cost $40   Family maximum=$80

Attend all or as many as you are able to.
Cost:    $40   (Make checks to Pirate Basketball)

Send to:          
Pirate  Hoops
Crookston High School   Attn: Greg Garmen
402 Fisher Ave.
Crookston, MN 56716


Keep top portion



Grade just completed_________________________________________________

School attended_________________________________________________

I understand that Crookston High School and the Summer Basketball Academy staff will not be held responsible for injuries of loss of personal property while the above athlete is attending the academy.  I authorize the directors to secure any emergency treatment deemed necessary.  The staff will not be held responsible for payment for this emergency treatment.  Any hospital or doctor fees that are a result of injury will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian.  I also acknowledge that the above athlete is physically ready for the activity of the basketball academy.

Signature of parent/guardian_________________________________________


Tyus Jones of the Minnesota Timberwolves will be holding a basketball camp June 16 and 17 at Pillager High School at 323 2nd Street East in Pillager.
Develop your game at the Tyus Jones Basketball Camp.  Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled player, there’s always room to improve your game.  Connect with Tyus and his premier coaching staff to hone your skills through competitions and drills used by Tyus himself.

June 16 ($60 per player)
3rd and 4th graders – 8-10AM
5th and 6th graders – 11AM – 1PM
7th and 8th graders – 2PM – 4PM

June 17  ($85 per player)
High School Girls – 9AM – Noon
High School Boys – 1PM – 4PM

Registration opening soon at


The University of Minnesota Crookston Men's Basketball program will be hosting two basketball camps in June.  The information is below -

Junior Eagle Day Camp for Boys and Girls grades 1-6
June 12-15, 2017
9:00 AM to Noon
Each camper will receive a t-shirt, camp ball and a pizza party on the last day.
Cost - $50 per camper

Offensive Skills Day Camp
June 19-22, 2017
9:00 AM to Noon
Each camper will receive a t-shirt, camp ball and a pizza party on the last day.
Cost - $50 per camper

Campers will…                                                       
·         Develop their skills through drill work, contests, & games.                                                                                         
·         Receive a Golden Eagle T-Shirt& Camp Ball                                               
·         Instruction & interaction with UMC Coaching Staff and players                       

**Any Questions Call Blaise Davis at  
(218) 281-8189 or        

**Send Registration Form and Payment to:

UMC Basketball | 142 Sports Center | 2900 University Ave. | Crookston, MN 56716


    Junior Eagle Day Camp      OR        Offensive Skills Day Camp
(Circle One)

Name:                                                                                     Grade (Fall 2017):                        Age:                    

Address:                                                                                                              State:         Zip:                

Contact Information:

Parent Name:                                                                                   




“Live Your Dreams” Camp coming to northwest Minnesota!

Former NDSU Men's Basketball players, Ben Woodside and Luke Moormann are putting on a basketball camp in Stephen on June 13 and 14.

Tuesday, June 13th & Wednesday, June 14th

Location: Stephen-Argyle Central High School, Stephen, MN

3rd-7th Grade Girls                            8th-12th Grade Girls
8:00-9:30 AM                                     10:00-12:30 PM
Price: $60/camper                               $90/camper 

3rd-7th Grade Boys                             8th-12th Grade Boys
1:30-3:00 PM                                      3:30-6:00 PM
$60/camper                                         $90/camper

Camp shirt & water bottle for each participant.


Make plans now to attend the 24th annual “Lace ‘em Up” basketball camp to be held in Red Lake Falls high school at the Robert Matzke Gym from June 5-9, 2017.
The camp is open to any boys or girls who are currently in grades K-11. The camp is set up to run from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 for grades 6-11 each morning, and from 12:00 noon until 3:30 p.m. for grades K-5. The cost of the camp is $60 with a maximum cost per family of $100. If you register before May 20th, you will also receive a camp T-shirt. After May 25, ALL SINGLE REGISTRATION FEES WILL BE $70 AND THE MAXIMUM COST PER FAMILY WILL BE $120, DUE TO CAMP PREPARATION AND AWARD ORDERS.
NOTE: by request, 6th graders may come in the morning, afternoon, or both for one price.
Cut on the dotted line and return the following to: Steve Philion, 518 Champagne Ave., Red Lake Falls, MN 56750. (218-253-2499). E-mail:
Make checks payable to: Lace ‘em Up basketball camp


Name____________________________________ Grade in 2016-2017________________
(grade just completed)
I was a 6th grader this year and would like to come: (circle one) MORNING   AFTERNOON    BOTH

T-shirt sizes: Please circle one:

Youth sizes: EXTRA    SMALL    SMALL    MEDIUM    LARGE



MALE____________ FEMALE____________

I, the parent of the above student agree to allow my child to participate in the 2017 “Lace ‘em UP basketball camp in Red Lake Falls. I also understand that the camp director, the City of RLF, and the RLF school district are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that my child might occur.

SIGNATURE OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN:_______________________________________


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 Bathtub Test

During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old age home?"

"Well," he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No" he said. "A normal person would pull the plug.

Do you want a bed near the window?"




How are former Crookston Pirates athletes doing in college or elsewhere?
Matt Harris, is an Assistant Athletic Director and assistant basketball coach at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, Arizona.

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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