Wednesday, March 22,  2017

 

The Feever column is a little all over the place this week.  It has been an interesting past week for yours truly.  I was in a four hour Music Trip meeting last Wednesday and had a missed call from the Master himself....Frank Fee.  I returned the call when I was done with the meeting.  He tells me that my computer at work has crashed and it isn't good.  He was doing some financial stuff for me on quickbooks and all of a sudden boom....the computer crashes....thanks to the great Windows 10 update.  I call a local computer guy and ask him if he can fix it...he tells me he isn't sure and will get back to me.  So I wait two days and still nothing back...so I said enough waiting and ran to the Geek Squad at Best Buy in Grand Forks because I needed the info off my computer ASAP.  I heard back from them on Tuesday and they tell me the information on my computer is safe and they have it loaded onto an external hard drive so things are looking up Tuesday afternoon, almost a week later. 
So what looked like it was going to be a tough week turned out to be pretty good week.   BUT, no matter how "bad" my week seemed like it was going to be fails in comparison to our own Matt Bishop who is back in the hospital in Minneapolis after he was found to have a fungal infection in his lungs.  He was adding weight like me in December and was doing well, then had a setback on Sunday with some fluid around the lungs and he is trying to get back to health to get back to work. 
Over the last year plus, I have become a little more "grounded" with how I approach my life as I watch Matt battle like he has.  Some small things still get me fired up....but I have changed a lot and have learned to not sweat the small stuff.  Watching hours and hours of Impractical Jokers and Rules of Engagement at 2:00 AM is paying off.  
Hopefully Matt will be back soon and back at 100 percent before you know it.

 

We wrap up the winter sports season this week with the State Boys Basketball tournament, and spring sports are underway.  I will recap the Pirate Boys Basketball season, we have the State Boys bball preview, the all star series roster, a look at the Pirate Track team rosters and the AAA and Excel Award finalists and a lot more on this weeks column.  Enjoy and Happy March Madness!

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It is the most WONDERFUL time of the year......March Madness!  There was some great games in the first four days of the tournament in this weekend should have some more great games.  The NCAA Men's Basketball tournament is THE greatest tournament in all of sports and there is NOTHING anywhere close to it....NOTHING.   Plus my Michigan pick to the final four looks a little less crazy now.

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As a parent you wonder if you are doing a good job and it is nice to hear that your kids are doing good things.  My oldest boy, Blake, dresses varsity for the Pirate Boys Basketball team and in the Section 8AA semi-final Coach Greg Garmen told me he told Blake to get ready to go in the game and Blake said something to the extent, no - the seniors can stay out there....I have two years left.  Blake did get in for the final minute, but I am proud because we try to teach our kids to be the best teammates they can be and work as hard as they can.  It was a proud parent moment.

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Mark Bittner just wrapped up his college hockey career last weekend, but his hockey playing days aren't done yet, as he was offered a contract to continue to play hockey in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Mark is flying to Pensacola, Florida on Sunday to join the Pensacola Ice Flyers.
He is the second Bittner boy to play professional hockey as his “little” brother Paul Bittner is playing in the AHL for the Cleveland Monsters, the minor league team of the Columbus Blue Jackets.   Ryan Bittner just wrapped up his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he was named all conference.

In high school, Mark played football, hockey, and track at Crookston High School.  He was a three-time letterwinner in hockey, two-time All-State Honorable Mention, three-time All-Section 8A honoree, All-Mariucci Conference First Team in 2011, and honorable mention in 2009-10. He was a four-year letterwinner in football (quarterback and cornerback).  He was the football teams Most Valuable Back in 2010, Heart of the Lakes All-Conference in 2009 and 2010, conference MVP and Most Valuable Back in 2010 and All-State honorable mention in 2010.  Mark was a five-year letterwinner in track (hurdles, relays, and triple jump).

The Bittner Boys are the sons of Jon and Joe Bittner.  Jon was the Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey coach for many years before retiring about five years ago.

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KROX Radio will be carrying the Minnesota State High School Boys Basketball again this year.  Listen on 1260 AM/105.7 FM, online at www.kroxam.com or the Free KROX mobile app in the Itunes or Google Play app stores.  We will have the following schedule -

On Wednesday (March 22), we will carry the Section 8AA representative Breckenridge vs Crosby-Ironton at 8:00 PM.
On Thursday, we will carry the Section 8A representative Red Lake vs Minneapolis North at 11:00 AM.
On Friday, we will carry the Class A semi-finals at Noon and 2:00 PM.  (Possibly one of the AA semi-finals if Breckenridge wins there first round game)
On Saturday, we will carry the Class A Championship at 11:00 AM.  (Possibly the Class AA championship IF Breckenridge)

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How do you score a basketball??  I know you can shoot a basketball, dribble a basketball, pass a basketball, but I am not sure how you score a basketball.   Anyway...on to more important matters.

I heard that the Section 8AA Boys Basketball Championship game was sold out at Concordia College in Moorhead on Friday night, the first time in 22 years!!!!!  The Breckenridge Cowboys jumped out to an early lead and beat Perham on Friday to advance to the state tournament for the second time in three years and did it with tremendous defense.
Anybody that saw the two teams in the semi-finals wasn't surprised at the results because Breckenridge was the best team in the tournaments.   Perham relied on the three pointer and against a stellar defensive team, you won't win relying on the three pointer because Great DEFENSE beats OFFENSE every time. 

 

The Red Lake Warriors won their fourth straight Section 8A Boys Basketball championship on Friday in front of a big crowd at Thief River Falls' Ralph Englestad Arena.  Congratulations to a great guy and coach, Roger White.  Coach White watched his daughter, Grace White, in her first round state playoff game on Thursday in Minneapolis, came home and had to miss her final high school game, but coached his boys team to their fourth straight section championship...so it was a bitter sweet day! 
Red Lake, once again, drew the short straw in the "random" draw and will play #1 seed Minneapolis North AGAIN! 

KROX RADIO will be carrying the Minnesota State Boys Basketball tournament for the 55th??? straight year (I believe).  We will carry Breckenridge in their first round game and we will have Red Lake in their first round game and will play it by ear the rest of the way, depending on what happens with the teams in their first round games.

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What a start to the first round of the state tournament for Kiley Borowicz as she turned in a QUADRUPLE double in an 82-64 victory over New Richland-HEG on Wednesday.  Borowicz, the senior, scored 28 points, had 13 rebounds, dished out 10 assists and had 10 steals.  In the semi-finals she had 41 points and in the Championship she had 20 points 13 rebounds.  Closed circuit to UMC Women's Basketball offices.....OFFER HER A FULL RIDE as soon as possible!!!  In all seriousness......She knows how to win and has her best games against top competition and you have a huge hole to fill and she would fill it nicely!   
 

Kiley Borowicz moved into fourth-place all-time in state tournament scoring. She trails Carley Wagner (current Gopher), Janet Karvonen (former Gopher) and Dahlman,

 

Gabi Haack, granddaughter of Curt and Norma Hoppe, daughter of Laura (a CHS graduate in the late 80’s or early 90’s), played in the State Girls Basketball tournament and her Elk River Elks won the Class AAAA state championship!!!!  Gabbi is a 5’10 guard and averaged 26 points per game and was the Metro player of the year and is a Miss Basketball finalist.  She also has a sister, Lydia, a freshman, who also played some varsity.  

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The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team wrapped up their 106th season on Monday with the end of the year banquet. 
Crookston had a good season with a good record of 18-11 on the year and they lost to the Section champion Breckenridge Cowboys in the semi-finals after an exciting rollercoaster of a quarterfinal win over Hawley. 
Crookston was playing their best basketball towards the end of the season and were right around their expectations.  I thought it could be a 20 win season this year and they came up just short, but with all the close games they had they could have had 20 plus wins and they made it to the Section semi-finals for the second time in the last three years.  Pirate Boys basketball has enjoyed the most success over the past 15 or so years and this year was no different. 

Team highlights – The Triple Overtime victory at Barnesville.  The double overtime loss to Ada-Borup.  The win over East Grand Forks.  The playoff victory over Hawley.
Those are some of my top highlights of the season.

The Pirates say good bye to eight senior players and three senior managers.


Matt Garmen – A speedy, playmaker for the Pirates.  He always looked to get a pass to an open teammate and could score when he needed.  People got a great chance to see his athleticism, speed and ball handling skills in the playoff game against Hawley.  Being the coaches kid is always tough, but he handled it great and was a great player for the Pirates. 

Chris Wavra – A great shooter and another tremendous athlete for the Pirates.  He could handle the ball, drive, but he was a pure shooter.  Chris is one of the top three point shooters all time for Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball and left his mark as one of the top scorers in the history of Pirate boys basketball.

Luke Froeber – He really came on strong in the second half of the season and was a big part of the tournament run.  He was a tough matchup for most teams with his size, strength and athleticism.  When he wasn’t in foul trouble he gave other teams fits and most teams didn’t have an answer for him. 

Mitchell Olson – The 6’6 post came off the bench and had some big games, but his most important game was against Hawley.  He came in and grabbed some big rebounds, played great defense and gave the Pirates a big spark.  Mitchell worked hard on the floor and made some great progress over the past year.

Ryan Swenson – Swenny, as he is called was always good for some rebounds and baskets in the paint in every game he played.  He came off the bench and usually helped give the pirates a boost.  He really made a big improvement from last year to this year and that was great to see.

Blake Kawlewski – He was the teams spark plug.  Every time Blake got in the game he would fire up the boys with his great hustle and hard work.  He didn’t get as many minutes as he would have liked, but he went 100 percent the entire time he was on the floor.

Jonathon Olson – He was a fan favorite and every time he took a shot at home the crowd was waiting for the ball to go through the hoop.  Jonny O was an important part of the team and made the best of his opportunities and must have quadrupled any of his teammates average for shots per minute played.

Anthony Borges – He started basketball three years ago and really made great improvements each year.  He only knew one speed and that is full speed.  His effort was never questioned as he gave you everything he had and then some.  He was another crowd favorite and just like Jonny O, the crowd was fired up every time he took a shot too.

 

The three senior managers were Easton Meyer, Dante Norris and Olivia Davidson.  The three will be missed as they have been staples of the boys basketball program for years and will be tough for Coach Garmen to replace.

 

The bad news is they Pirates lose eight players, but the good news is they have some pretty good talent coming back with three players that started a game during the year.   Nick Garmen will be a junior that has two years of varsity under his belt and he will be one of the leaders.  Todd Boerger started most of the game this year and will be the main point guard next year and after learning a lot this year, he will have to have a huge senior season next year.  Carter Winand started a couple games this year and will have to hit the weight room during the off season.  If he can put 10 to 15 pounds on he could have a huge senior season.  Those are the three that had the most playing time of the returners.  You will have others that played a lot of J.V. and played a little varsity with sophomores Jaden Lubarski and Blake Fee.  They are two athletic/strong kids that will have to have a great off season.  There are a lot of this years juniors, sophomores and freshman that will have to work extremely hard this summer.  That means not going to the lake every day and getting into the gym.  That means lifting weights, doing the skills and drills that coach Garmen conducts and most importantly shooting a ton of shots this summer.  It sounds like the boys and girls basketball teams will have a friendly contest to see who shoots the most shots this summer!!!!

The captains have been named for next year with Carter Winand, Todd Boerger, and Nick Garmen.

I know this, Section 8AA Boys Basketball is going to be VERY, VERY, VERY Good the next five or six years and if the Pirates want to be competitive, they will need to work EXTREMELY hard this off season.  Or else there could be some ugly games.  A reminder to the returners, the first game of the year is at Perham!!!!!!

Below are some of the records.

Matt Garmen moved up to third all time in career assists with 328, one behind Aaron Hollcraft and 45 behind Matt Proulx. He is fifth all time in assists in a season with 128 after this year and last year he was 14th with 106.

Matt Garmen tied the school record with free throw percentage (minimum 10 shots) going 10 for 10.  He joins Nick Brorson (10-10) and Jeff Bigger (11-11).
Matt is now second all time in season free throw percentage with 85.7 percent (60-70), behind Ryan Porter’s 86.6 percent (39-45).
Matt is also eighth all time in career free throw percentage with 76.3 percent (135-177). 

Chris Wavra made 73 of 223 three pointers for 33.3 percent for fourth all time for three pointers made in a season.  Last year he made 80 three pointers out of 243 shots for second all time. 
Chris is second all time in career three pointers made with 163, which is 28 behind Ryan Porter. 

Career scoring – Chris Wavra finished 10th all time in career scoring with 822 points and Matt Garmen finished 12th with 752 career points.

Steals – Matt Garmen was tied for 10th all time for steals in a season with 66 and he is now fifth place all time for career steals with 156 steals. 

Over the last eight years, Crookston Boys Basketball has 131wins or just over 16 wins per season.  Not to bad over the past eight years!!! 

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Northwest Conference Girls Basketball 2016-2017

All Conference

Kiley Borowicz           Senior                          Roseau
Kacie Borowicz          Sophomore                  Roseau
Ivy Braaten                 Senior                          Roseau
Victoria Johnson         Junior                          Roseau
Kylea Praska               Junior                         Thief River Falls
Tiahna Nicholson        Junior                         Thief River Falls
Brooke Filipi              Junior                           East Grand Forks
Haylie Carlstrom        Senior                          East Grand Forks
Jenna Porter                Senior                         Crookston
Kaci Schultz-Reese    Senior                          Bagley
 

Honorable Mention
Mya Hough                Junior                          Roseau
Morgan Groenhoff     Junior                          Roseau
Katie Borowicz          8th Grade                     Roseau
Allison Okeson           Senior                          Thief River Falls
Alexa Rogalla             Sophomore                  Thief River Falls
Julia Warmack            Junior                          East Grand Forks
McKenna Aitchison    Sophomore                  East Grand Forks
Bailey Folkers             Junior                          Crookston
Emma Borowicz         8th Grade                     Crookston
Alex Syverson            Sophomore                  Bagley
Rylee Aufforth           Junior                          Bagley
Bailey Kleinschmidt   Junior                          Warroad 

Player of the Year
Kiley Borowicz          Senior                          Roseau

 

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Crookston Pirate Boys Track has 25 kids out in seventh - 12th grade this year and the numbers are down a bit with only two seniors and three freshman.  The first meet for the Pirates will be on Tuesday, March 28 at Bemidji State.

The team is coached by Wayne Folkers, Lon Boike and Hunter Kopff.

Seniors - (2)
Anthony Borges and Ryan Swenson

Juniors - (5)
Keaton Lindgren, Cade Salentine, Jake Wagner, Mason Wang, Colton Weiland

Sophomores - (5)
Chris Kasmierczak, Jaden Lubarski, Lukas Meier, Damian Narvaez, Sam Overgaard

Freshman - (3)
Ben Andringa, Isaiah Barlow, Ben Brantner

8th graders - (4)
Karsten Isaacson, Andrew MacGregor, Gabe Montieth, Cameron Weiland

7th graders - (6)
Jacob Hesby, Logan Melvie, Travis Newquist, Eli Pruneda, Kaleb Pry, Brady Wisk

 

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The Crookston Pirate Girls track team is in their second week of practice.  They have 26 out 8-12 and a whopping 18 seventh graders out for a total of 43.  The numbers in 8-12 are down a bit, but seventh grade is strong which is ALWAYS the case in girls track.  The first Pirate meet will be Tuesday, March 28 at Bemidji State.

Seniors - (5)
Harley Barlow, Brita Fagerlund, Jenna Porter, Kayla Stahlecker, Sami Learn

Juniors - (6)
Luisa Bernia, Teagan Carlstrom, Aleece Durbin, Kate MacGregor, Esperanza Rodriguez, Katelyn Wagner

Sophomores - (4)
Jada Dillabough, Rachel Hefta, Thea Oman, Hailey Spivey

Freshman - (6)
Kaylee Bergquist, Morgan Coauette, Brinna Egeland, Katherine Geist, Audrey Harbott, Hannah Tahran

Eighth grade - (5)
Emma Borowicz, Haley Reading, Emma Sherman, Ella Weber, Anke Wiersma

Seventh grade - (18)
Morgan Arguelles, Emily Balboa, Alea Bienek, Amaya Deleon, Jenesis Gomez, Madison Hoiland, Olivia Huck, Breanna Kressin, Hannah Lindemoen, Grace Miller, Emma Osborn, Amelia Overgaard, Andrea Rodriguez, Elizabeth Sanchez, Amanda Shultz, Rylee Solheim, Mallorie Sundeen, Hayden Winjum

Managers -
Clair Frydenlund, Heather Visness, Jayden Hulst, Kim Saucedo

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The Crookston Figure Skating Club held their banquet/end of the year celebration last night at the Crookston High School.  The following awards were voted on by the skaters:

Glistening Edge Awards:
Most Valuable Skater- Aleece Durbin
Most Dedicated Skater- Hannah Street
Most Improved Skater- Anna Funk

Cutting Edge Awards
Most Valuable Skater-Eliza Meyer
Most Dedicated Skater- Ava Lopez and Emilee Tate
Most Improved Skater- Kaylie Clauson

 

This years lettering winners were:

Glistening Edge: Denissa Brekken, Aleece Durbin, Megan Frisk, Emily Funk, Taylor Haglund, Kathryn Halos, Audrey Harbott, Breanna Kressin, Mathia Morlan, Hannah Street, Mallorie Sundeen

Cutting Edge: Eliza Meyer

Double ​Gold Medalist (the Highest USFSA honor) and will be awarded the Gold Medalist Coat: Aleece Durbin​

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2014 Crookston High School graduate Brady Heppner has been named to the MIAC Men's Hockey All-Rookie team. Heppner in his first year with the St. John's Johnnies Men's Hockey team had a great year with six goals (1 shorthanded and two game winning goals) and seven assists and was fifth on the team in scoring this season.
Brady played two season for the NAHL's Minnesota Magicians where he scored 25 goals and added 34 assists in 121 games over two seasons (2014-16)
Brady is the son of Brad and Kari Heppner.

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The Red Lake Falls Pee Wee B competed in the state tournament this past weekend and came home with the state consolation championship.  In the first round they lost a heartbreaker to Edina Green 3-2, but bounced back to beat St. Cloud Red 4-3 in overtime and beat Sartell Blue 7-2 in the consolation championship.
Members of the team are Blane Schmitz, Ty Kennett, Blake Arlt, Evan Girdler, Zadin Lallier, Dothan Wirth, Jackson Hoefer, Justin Funk, Landon Sauve, Bella Amiot, Keagan Magner, Ashtin Fredrickson, Pacey Struthers, Carson Erickson.  Coaches are Cole Schmitz and Terry Funk.


Back row: Blane Schmitz, Ty Kennett, Blake Arlt, Evan Girdler
Middle row:  Coach Cole Schmitz, Zadin Lallier, Dothan Wirth, Jackson Hoefer, Justin Funk, Landon Sauve, Bella Amiot, Keagan Magner, Coach Terry Funk
Front row: Ashtin Fredrickson, Pacey Struthers, Carson Erickson

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The Crookston Pee Wee B hockey team lost to Edina White 9-1 in the first round of the State tournament and lost to Sartell Blue 3-2 in the consolation round and was eliminated in games played at the Dakota Ice Center in Prior Lake. 
In the first round game, Edina scored three goals in the first period and exploded for six goals in the second period and cruised to the 9-1 victory.  The lone Crookston goal was scored by Nathan Kelly with assists from Jack Doda and Alexander Longoria.

On Saturday afternoon, Crookston got behind 3-1 and scored a late third period goal to get within one, but Sartell Blue held on for a 3-2 victory in a loser out game.

 

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The Climax-Fisher Winter Awards Banquet was held Thursday, March 16 at the Climax Community Center.  The award recipients are as follows -

Boys -
Paul Gapp –
Mr. Offense, Chairman of the Boards and All conference
Pelon Pruneda –
Mr. Defense and Mr. Assist
Hayden Reitmeier –
Co-newcomer of the year and ACE Knight
Trea Byklum –
Co-newcomer of the year
Brady Klein –
Co-newcomer of the year

Girls -
Sydney Magsam –
MVP and All Conference
Sophie Love –
Defensive MVP, Beth McDonald Hustle Award, All Conference
Mikayla Vasek –
ACE Knight and All Conference Honorable Mention
Katie Rarick –
Most improved
Lindsey Kurz –
Rookie of the Year

 

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The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team will open up their 2017 spring slate on March 25. The Golden Eagles will compete in one tournament and three head-to-head scrimmages from March 25-April 22 with several overall matches on the docket.
The Golden Eagles will open up at a tournament at St. Cloud State University March 25. UMC will compete against the Huskies at 10 a.m., the University of Minnesota Duluth at 11 a.m., Concordia University-St. Paul at 12 p.m. and Southwest Minnesota State University at 2:30 p.m., as they get a look at some of the top teams in the NSIC, the best NCAA Division II volleyball conference.
The Golden Eagles return five starters from the 2016 squad that finished 10-18 on the season. Maggie Perrel (Sr., New Germany) led the team last season with 3.50 kills per set. Kelci Green (Sr., Anoka) averaged 2.13 kills per set. Kassi Green (Sr., Anoka) also returns after averaging 2.66 kills per set. Callie Schapekahm (Jr., Eagan) returns after tallying 1.89 kills and 0.52 blocks per set. At libero, UMC returns Ali Schueler (So., Howards Grove, Wis.), who averaged 3.72 digs per set.
UMC returns eight other players from last season’s roster who will all compete for time along with the five starters from last season.
Alex Oakes (Soph. Cloquet) appeared in 12 matches last season. Becca Vandenheuvel (Sr., DS/Lib., Cannon Falls) played in 22 matches with 1.66 digs per set. Kaitlin Sikkink (Soph, MH, St. Charles) played in 13 games with eight starts with 0.69 blocks per set. Rachel Freund (Jr., OH, Jordan) played in 16 games with seven starts with 1.36 kills per set. Alyssa Muelken (Sr., MH, Savage) played in five matches. Sabrina Leuer (Jr., RS, Hamel) appeared in eight matches with 0.92 kills per set. Kaycie Hagen (Sr., DS/S, Savage) played in 28 matches with 1.83 digs per set. Alyssa Thomas (So., OH, Marion, Iowa) did not appear in a match last season. 

March 25th: Tournament @ St Cloud State University
- 10am UMC vs St. Cloud State
- 11am UMC vs Minnesota Duluth
- 12pm UMC vs Concordia-St. Paul
- 2:30pm UMC vs Southwest Minnesota State

April 5th: Scrimmage vs Bemidji State @ home, 5:15pm
April 8th: Scrimmage vs North Dakota State @ home, TBD
April 22nd: Scrimmage at MSU Moorhead, TBD

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The Minnesota State High School League State Boys’ Basketball Tournament is scheduled for March 22-25 at various venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Quarterfinals will be played at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis and at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. All championship rounds will be played at Target Center and all consolation rounds and third-place games will be played at Concordia University in St. Paul. Here is a look at the tournament:  

The Quarterfinal Schedule:

Class A, Thursday, March 23, at Williams Arena
Red Lake (25-4) vs. No. 1 seed Minneapolis North Community (29-2), 11 a.m.
No. 5 Springfield (28-2) vs. No. 4 Nevis (28-1) 1 p.m.
Lake Park-Audubon (22-6) vs. No. 2 Goodhue (28-3), 3 p.m.
North Woods, Cook (29-1) vs. No. 3 Central Minnesota Christian, Prinsburg (26-3), 5 p.m.

Class AA, Wednesday, March 22, at Target Center
Lake City (23-6) vs. No. 1 Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis (23-5), 6 p.m.
No. 5 Jackson County Central (26-4) vs. No. 4 Annandale (26-4), 8 p.m.

Class AA, Wednesday, March 22, at Williams Arena
New Richland-H-E-G (28-2) vs. No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral (26-4), 6 p.m.
Breckenridge (26-2) vs. No. 3 Crosby-Ironton (28-2), 8 p.m.

Class AAA, Wednesday, March 22, at Williams Arena
Big Lake (20-9) vs. No. 2 seed DeLaSalle, Minneapolis (24-3), 10 a.m.
No. 5 Columbia Heights (21-8) vs. No. 4 Fergus Falls (25-4) 12 p.m.
St. Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights (23-6) vs. No. 2 Austin (27-2), 2 p.m.
Grand Rapids (24-5) vs. No. 3 Marshall (26-3), 4 p.m.

Class AAAA, Wednesday, March 22, at Target Center
Chaska (24-5) vs. No. 1 Champlin Park (29-0), 10 a.m.
No. 5 Wayzata (26-3) vs. No. 4 Lakeville North (27-2), 12 p.m.
Andover (11-18) vs. No. 2 Maple Grove (27-2), 2 p.m.
Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (21-8) vs. No. 3 Apple Valley (27-2), 4 p.m.

Tickets: $14 adults, $9 students for quarterfinals, championship semifinals, and finals. $19 adults, $12 students for quarterfinal wristbands, good at both venues. $10 adults, $7 students for consolation and third-place games.

Ticket Box Offices open: One hour before earliest scheduled game.

Official Ball: Spalding, TF 1000 Legacy Wide Channel Design  

The Quarterfinal Match-ups

Class A

Red Lake vs. Minneapolis North Community: These teams met in late December with Minneapolis North Community winning 78-70. Red Lake is making its fourth consecutive and ninth overall tournament appearance. The Warriors took fourth place in 2016. The defending champions from Minneapolis North Community are appearing for the second consecutive and 21st time overall. In addition to winning the 2016 title, the Polars were champions in 1980, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2003.

Springfield vs. Nevis: This marks the fourth overall appearance for the Springfield Tigers, who won a championship the last time they played in the tournament in 2011. After a one-year hiatus, Nevis returns to tournament play for a second time.

Lake Park-Audubon vs. Goodhue: The Raiders of Lake Park-Audubon are making their second consecutive and overall tournament appearance. They lost to the Goodhue Wildcats in the quarterfinals last year. It is the fourth overall and second consecutive appearance for Goodhue, the 2016 runner-up.

North Woods vs. Central Minnesota Christian: This game marks the tournament debut of the North Woods Grizzlies. They face last year’s third-place team from Central Minnesota Christian. The Bluejays are making their third consecutive and third overall appearance.

 

Class AA

Lake City vs. Minnehaha Academy: The Tigers of Lake City are making their first appearance in the tournament since 1990, when they won a championship. They also won titles in 1978 and 1979. This is Lake City’s seventh overall appearance. Minnehaha Academy is also making its first return appearance since claiming a championship in 2013. The Redhawks are competing in the tournament for the fifth time overall.

Jackson County Central vs. Annandale: The 2016 runner-up Huskies of Jackson County Central are making their second consecutive and second overall tournament appearance under this name. Jackson made one additional appearance in 1987. Annandale returns to the tournament for its fifth consecutive and sixth overall appearance. The Cardinals took fourth place last year.

New Richland-H-E-G vs. St. Cloud Cathedral: The Panthers of New Richland-H-E-G are making their first-ever appearance in the state tournament. St. Cloud Cathedral is back in the tournament for the first time since 2000, marking the Crusaders’ third overall appearance.

Breckenridge vs. Crosby-Ironton: After a one-year hiatus, Breckenridge returns to tournament play for the eighth time overall. The Cowboys won a championship in 1940. Crosby-Ironton is making its 21st overall appearance. It is the first time the Rangers have played in the tournament since 2010.

 

Class AAA

Big Lake vs. DeLaSalle: Big Lake is making its tournament debut. The five-time defending champions from DeLaSalle are making their sixth consecutive and 22nd overall appearance. The Islanders are in the hunt for their 11th title. In addition to the past five years, DeLaSalle also won in 1985, 1988, 1998, 1999, and 2006.

Columbia Heights vs. Fergus Falls: Columbia Heights returns for its third appearance, but first since 2011. The Fergus Falls Otters are making their second consecutive appearance and their 10th overall. They are looking to improve on last year’s runner-up showing.

St. Thomas Academy vs. Austin: The St. Thomas Academy Cadets are making their 10th appearance, but first since 2008. The Cadets won their only championship in 1998. The Packers of Austin return to tournament action for the first time since 2014. This is their 30th appearance overall and they won previous titles in 1935, 1946, and 1958.

Grand Rapids vs. Marshall: The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks return for their 13h appearance but first since 2013. The Tigers of Marshall return to the tournament to make their 11th appearance. Their last appearance was in 2014 and they won their only championship in 1963.

               

Class AAAA

Chaska vs. Champlin Park: Chaska returns for its seventh appearance, but first since 2004. The Hawks also won their only championship in 2004. Champlin Park is making its third appearance as a single school. The Rebels made one additional appearance as a co-op with Groves Academy of St. Louis Park in 2015.

Wayzata vs. Lakeville North: The Wayzata Trojans return to tournament action for the first time since 1959. This is their third appearance overall and they also claimed their only title in 1959. Lakeville North is making its sixth consecutive and seventh overall appearance. The Panthers, who placed second in 2016, are looking for their second title. They won their first in 2014.

Andover vs. Maple Grove: These teams met in the regular-season finale with Maple Grove winning 66-41. The Andover Huskies are making their fifth appearance, but first since 2013. Maple Grove returns for its second consecutive appearance and fifth overall. The Crimson fell in the quarterfinals last year.

Cretin-Derham Hall vs. Apple Valley: This game is a rematch of a mid-December game which Apple Valley won 71-59. The Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders are making their 10th appearance, but first since 2014. The Raiders are looking for their third championship; they won previously in 1991 and 1993. The Apple Valley Eagles, who placed third last year, return for their third consecutive appearance and their ninth overall. They are also looking for their third title, having won previously in 2013 and 2015.

 

2016 State Tournament Recap

Class A: The Polars of Minneapolis North Community won their sixth championship, but their first since 1997. They defeated Goodhue 68-45 in the title game. Isaac Johnson led the Polars with 18 points. Top-seeded Minneapolis North Community started its tournament run with an 80-27 over St. Clair. The Polars then defeated Red Lake 66-52 in the semifinals. Central Minnesota Christian, which included students from Community Christian High School in Willmar, claimed third-place honors after defeating Red Lake 79-45.

Class AA: The No. 4-seeded Braham Bombers also returned to tournament dominance after defeating Jackson County Central 96-90 in the championship game. This was the fourth title for the Bombers, but their first since 2006. Chris Olson paced Braham with a 33-point performance. The Bombers opened the tournament with a 67-58 win over Maple River of Mapleton. In the semifinals, they defeated St. Croix Lutheran of West St. Paul 86-51. St. Croix Lutheran came back to defeat Annandale 81-45 in the third-place game.

Class AAA: In Class AAA, the DeLaSalle Islanders became the first program to win five consecutive state titles. The Islanders, who clinched their 10th championship overall, accomplished the feat after defeating Fergus Falls 79-65. DeLaSalle entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed. Gabe Kalescheur was the top scorer for the Islanders; he finished the game with 27 points. In the quarterfinals, DeLaSalle defeated Fridley 65-52. The Islanders advanced and beat Monticello 59-45 in the semifinals. Red Wing took home the third-place hardware after defeating Monticello 75-59.

Class AAAA: The Hopkins Royals earned their seventh state championship since 2002 and their ninth overall after posting a 64-55 championship victory over Lakeville North. The Royals, who were the No. 2 seed, were led by Nathan Reuvers’ 16 points. Hopkins started the tournament with a dominating 74-42 quarterfinal win over North of North St. Paul. In the semifinals, the Royals easily defeated the defending champions from Apple Valley 84-60. Apple Valley rebounded to claim third-place honors after beating Osseo 93-82.

 

 

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40 of the state's outstanding Senior boys basketball players will compete in the 35th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series.

Doubleheaders will be played Friday, March 31st at Halenbeck Hall on the campus of St. Cloud State University and Saturday, April 1st at Leonard Center on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul.

Friday's event will be tipped off by a contest between the Blue and Green teams at 7:00 p.m. The Gold and Maroon teams will culminate the evening's activities with an 8:45 p.m. contest. Saturday's schedule will include games at 2:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. A dunking exhibition will precede each of the games and a half-time 3 point shooting contest will take place on both dates. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students (5 & under are free).

2017 Rosters

 *** Selections were made from nominations provided by each athlete’s coach (must be a member of the MBCA) and includes athletes who are available and have committed to participate in the event.

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2017 Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Academic Awards

STATE ACADEMIC TEAM CHAMPIONS
Class A Hancock  - coach Cory Bedel
Class AA Eden Valley-Watkins  - coach Adam Langer
Class AAA Little Falls  - coach Cory Schlagel
Class AAAA Woodbury  - coach Kent Getzlaff

SECTION ACADEMIC TEAM CHAMPIONS
Class A School Coach
Section 1: Goodhue   Matt Halverson
Section 2: Mankato Loyola   Eric Larson
Section 3: Lac qui Parle Valley   Barry Besonen
Section 4: West Lutheran   Steve Jensen
Section 5: Browerville-Eagle Valley   Robert Schueller
Section 6: Hancock   Cory Bedel
Section 7: North Woods   Will Kleppe
Section 8: Kittson County Central   Chad Kujava

Class AA School Coach
Section 1: St. Charles    Terry Knothe
Section 2: Tri-City United    Ben Haugen
Section 3: Minnewaska Area    Phil Johnsrud
Section 4: Minneapolis Roosevelt    Robert Mestas
Section 5: Eden Valley-Watkins    Adam Langer
Section 6: Braham    Jeff Eklund
Section 7: Marshall School (Duluth)   Kevin Snyder
Section 8: Hawley   Nathan Stoa

Class AAA School Coach
Section 1: Kasson-Mantorville    Terry Pederson 
Section 2: Mankato West    Tim Anderson
Section 3: Academy of Holy Angels    BJ Etzold
Section 4: Mahtomedi    Keith Newman
Section 5: Willmar    Matt Williams
Section 6: Delano    Terry Techam
Section 7: Chisago Lakes    Todd Dufault
Section 8: Little Falls    Cory Schlagel

Class AAAA School Coach
Section 1: Owatonna     Josh Williams
Section 2: Chanhassen     Nathan Pelowski
Section 3: Hastings     Chad Feikema
Section 4: Woodbury     Kent Getzlaff
Section 5: Spring Lake Park     Grant Guzy
Section 6: Wayzata     Bryan Schnettler
Section 7: Andover     Matt Aune
Section 8: Moorhead     Tyler Borman

 

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The Minnesota State High School League's 29th Annual Triple “A” Award Finalists Announced

The Minnesota State High School League, in partnership with AAA Minneapolis and Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care, will honor 32 of the state’s best and brightest high school seniors with the Triple “A” Awards during ceremonies at the Boys’ State Basketball Tournament.

Triple “A” is a recognition program the League has sponsored since 1988. The award goes to students who have a 3.0 or higher grade point average and who participate in athletic and fine arts activities. Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process that involves the League’s member schools and its 16 Administrative Regions.

“We are honored to salute the thousands of high school students who participate in high school activities and excel in the classroom,” says Dave Stead, executive director of the League. “Close to 14,000 students, from every corner of the state, have been recognized through this award program over the past 29 years.”

Jesse Simon, AAA Minneapolis Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications says, "AAA Minneapolis is proud to work with the Minnesota State High School League. Supporting exemplary students will have an impact on our community not just today or next school year, but for years to come."

Of the 32 students vying for the Triple "A" Award, four — a girl and a boy from both a Class “A” and Class “AA” school — will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship. League officials will announce the award winners at a recognition banquet on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Loews Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Following the banquet, all of the Triple “A” Award finalists will participate in an on-court award ceremony during the 1:00 p.m. Class AA championship boys’ basketball game.

 

Region 1A

Bryant Gernes, Cotter

Kiera Olson, Fillmore Central

Region 2A

Noah Decker, Maple River

Liana Blomgren, Mountain Lake

Region 3A

Mason Whitehead, Murray County Central

Gabriell Gervais, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton

Region 4A

Sam Lee, Nova Classical Academy

Kari Preus, West Lutheran

Region 5A

T.J. Johnson, Hinckley-Finlayson

Kacy Broschofsky, Pierz

Region 6A

Carter Peterson, Underwood

Midori Soderberg, Morris Area

Region 7A

Caleb Curtiss, Aitkin

Ally Bode, Moose Lake

Region 8A

Isaac Mills, Stephen-Argyle Central

Elizabeth Birkemeyer, Ada-Borup

 

 

 

Region 1AA

Trenton Brown, Austin

Harmony Zweber-Langer, Lakeville South

Region 2AA

Nathan Weckwerth, Dassel-Cokato

Lauren Smith, Mankato West

Region 3AA

Chun-Kit Chow, Burnsville

Lauren Markowski, Eagan

Region 4AA

Douglas Shield, White Bear Lake Area

Kaia Porter, Roseville Area

Region 5AA

Samuel Skoglund, Anoka

Alyssa Wicks, Anoka

Region 6AA

Eric Wilson, Benilde-St. Margaret’s

Amanda Mosborg, Edina

Region 7AA

Michael Sullivan, Hibbing

Anja Maijala, Cloquet

Region 8AA Nick Zwack, Monticello Anna Norgard, Fergus Falls

 

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Minnesota State High School League and Wells Fargo Honor Students for Leadership, Community Service

Celebrating its 21st year of recognizing high school juniors, the Minnesota State High School League will honor the 2017 ExCEL Award recipients during ceremonies at the Girls’ State Basketball Tournament on Saturday.

ExCEL—Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership—is a unique recognition award that is given annually to high school juniors who are leaders in their schools and who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service. The program is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

“The ExCEL program fulfills the League’s mission to recognize students who go beyond the classroom and the fields of competition to demonstrate leadership and community loyalty,” said Lisa Lissimore, the League associate director who oversees the award program. “Their achievements are not measured by finishing first. Rather, their achievements are gauged by what they have given back to others.”

The 2017 ExCEL award recipients are engaged in life-changing projects that build stronger, healthier, and safer communities. They work voluntarily to end hunger, house the homeless, help the environment, and to raise funds for medical research. Many of these student leaders are involved in 4-H and FFA outreach activities while others coach youth sports, teach Sunday school, assist seniors, visit shelters, and tutor at-risk kids.

“We are honored to sponsor the ExCEL award program recognizing Minnesota students who help create solutions for stronger, more resilient communities,” said Joe Ravens, Wells Fargo Community Bank region president.

The ExCEL award program began in 1996. Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process that involves League member schools and an independent panel of judges from schools throughout Minnesota. More than 4,000 students have been recognized with this award program. Two-hundred and forty-nine students were nominated by their schools this year.

KSTC- TV, Channel 45, the League’s broadcast partner, will recognize the 2017 ExCEL award recipients during its broadcast of the semi-finals of the State Girls’ Basketball Tournament. Each student will also participate in an on-court award ceremony during the halftime of the Class AA girls’ basketball championship game on March 18.

Following is the list of the 2017 ExCEL Award winners:

Kjerstin Anderson, Owatonna

Elizabeth McDonald, Fisher

Aiden Begnaud, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial

Lauren Miller, Zumbrota-Mazeppa

Matthew Benson, Park Rapids Area

Emma Nelson, Hancock

Leighton Buhr, Lester Prairie

Grace Penke, Hutchinson

McKenzie Cselovszki, Sleepy Eye

Alex Pohlen, Minneota

Reese Eichner, Norwood-Young America

Allison Prestby, Alexandria Area

Jackson Grove, Alexandria Area

Spencer Quast, Redwood Valley

Teresa Grunklee, Rosemount

Adam Revoir, Tartan, Oakdale

Ashley Haxton, Wabasha-Kellogg

Andrew Rippy, St. Croix Preparatory Academy

Lisa Hoffer, West Lutheran

Brady Ristau, Fillmore Central

Sarita Hook, Tracy Area

Mason Schmidgall, Hancock

William Keute, Virginia

Briana Schmidt, Springfield

Taylor Kimman, Pierz

Brock Snyder, Royalton

Bryce Knutson, Owatonna

Nick Thielsen, Mankato East

Brianna Kreft, West Central Area

Aye Aye Thin, St. Paul Humboldt

Markayla Kujath, Kasson-Mantorville

Mai Xee Vang, St. Paul Harding

Brianna Larson, Litchfield

KaSondra Wiederich, LeSueur-Henderson

Judy Larson, Norwood-Young America

Austin Windsperger, Watertown-Mayer

Additional information about the 2017 ExCEL Award recipients may be obtained by visiting the League’s Web site at www.MSHSL.org-Recognition.

 

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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 Yutrnk

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.

www.crowdfund.umn.edu/UMCBaseballPressbox 

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

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“LACE ‘EM UP” BASKETBALL CAMP
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: sphilion@rlfedu.org
Make checks payable to: Lace ‘em Up basketball camp

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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

Adult sizes: SMALL   MEDIUM   LARGE   X-LARGE   XX-LARGE


Address:_______________________________________________________________________

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:_______________________________________

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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: https://psmbbn.wufoo.com/forms/mn-youth-basketball-regional-playoff-registration/

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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
Football
Girls Soccer
Volleyball
Baseball

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 ednelson12@yahoo.com

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
Wrestling
Softball
Swimming
Volleyball
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

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JOKES (Do you have any good jokes - email them to chrisjfee@yahoo.com and I will put them in the feever

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While reading an article last night about fathers and sons, memories came flooding back to the time I took my son out for his first pint.

Off we went to our local pub only two blocks from our house.

I got him a Guinness. He didn't like it, so I drank it.

Then I got him a Kilkenny's, he didn't like that either, so I drank it.

Finally, I thought he might like some Harp Lager? He didn't. So I drank it.

I thought maybe he'd like whiskey better than beer, so we tried a Jameson's, nope!

In desperation, I had him try that rare Redbreast, Ireland's finest. He wouldn't even smell it. What could I do but drink it!

By the time I realized he just didn't like to drink, I was three sheets to the wind and I could hardly push his stroller back home.

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A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?"

"No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless man replied.

"Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?" the man asked.

"Are you NUTS!" replied the homeless man. "I haven't played golf in 20 years!"

"Well," said the man, "I'm not going to give you money. Instead, I'm going to take you home for a hot shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife."

The homeless man was astounded "Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that?

The man replied, "That's okay. It's important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking and golf."

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How are former Crookston Pirates athletes doing in college or elsewhere?
 ****LET ME KNOW OF OTHERS TO ADD TO THE LIST *****

Joe Koenig is playing baseball at Northland Technical and Community College.  The Pioneers wrapped up their Texas trip and will be off for a couple weeks.

Sydney Boike is playing basketball for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Sydney didn't play in a 78-55 loss to South Dakota in the first round of the WNIT tournament on Thursday.

Aaron Hollcraft is playing baseball for the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles.   Aaron pitched one-third of an inning and allowed one run in a 3-2 loss to Winona State on Friday.  UMC will travel to the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday and Sunday for two double headers.

Brandon Kresl is playing baseball for the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles.  Brandon went 1-2 with a run and rbi in a loss to Mansfield on Wednesday and was 1-1 in a loss to Winona State on Friday.  UMC will travel to the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday and Sunday for two double headers.

Paul Bittner is playing hockey for the defending AHL Calder Cup champion Cleveland Monsters and affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Paul was back in the line up and didn't score, but had two shots on goal in a 4-0 loss to Texas on Friday and didn't play in a 6-3 victory over Texas on Saturday and will host Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mark Bittner is playing hockey for the defending national champion University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers in the WIAC in NCAA Division III.   Mark didn't score in a 6-3 loss to Adrian College on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament to end the Pointers season.

Ryan Bittner is playing hockey for the defending national champion University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers in the WIAC in NCAA Division III.  Ryan didn't score, but had four shots in a 6-3 loss to Adrian College on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament to end the Pointers season.

Doug Larson plays hockey for the Brookings Blizzard in the NAHL junior hockey league.  Doug had two assists in a 5-1 victory over Bismarck on Friday and didn't score, but had two shots on goal in a 7-4 loss to Bismarck on Saturday.  Brookings will travel to Aberdeen on Thursday and will host Aberdeen on Friday.

Cody Wardner is playing junior hockey for the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in Dryden, Ontario.  Cody didn't score in a 3-2 victory at Fort Frances on Friday to wrap up the regular season.

Bobby Tiedemann is playing tennis at St. Mary's University in Winona.  Bobby won his third singles match 6-2, 4-6, 11-9 and he won his second doubles match 8-5 in a 5-4 loss to Concordia College on Sunday.  St. Mary's will travel to Macalester College on Thursday. 

Lilly Denison is playing tennis at Hamline.   Lilly won her third singles match 7-5, 6-1 and lost her first doubles match 9-7 in a 6-3 victory over Lawrence University on Sunday in Orland.  The Pipers will continue their Florida trip with matches on Thursday against New Paltz and Friday they will play Grinnell.

Patrick Deng is a freshman running track for Augsberg.  Augsburg has been off for a couple weeks and will be at the Hamline Invite on April 1.

Marietta Geist is a freshman running track for Carleton College.  Carleton has been off for a couple weeks and Carleton will be at the Hamline Invite on April 1.

Wyatt Hanson is a senior and playing golf at St. Cloud State.  St. Cloud State has been off the past week and will play in the Washburn Invitational in Topeka, Kansas on March 26-27.

Isaac Westlake is a freshman playing golf at Winona State.  Isaac didn't make the trip to the Broncho Invitational in Oklahoma this week and the Warriors will be at the NSIC Preview March 26 and 27..

Erica Samuelson is a member of the University of Wisconsin Pep Band and Marching Band and will be performing at the Badgers Sweet 16 game(s) this weekend.
 
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

  

 

That’s it for this week.  Thanks for the comments and if you have anything to add or share, please e-mail chrisjfee@yahoo.com or call.  Thanks for reading and listening to KROX RADIO and kroxam.com

 

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