Wednesday, November 15, 2017
You have to love Minnesota fans!!! People were saying he should be fired last year and some of this year, but Paul Molitor was named American League Manager of the year. It is the third time a Twins manager has received the award. Molitor this year, Ron Gardenhire in 2010 and Tom Kelly in 1991. He is only the second player to be inducted into the hall of fame and also win manager of the year. Dusty Baker is the only other person to do it.
Don't even get me started on the Teddy Bridgewater yahoos out there that think he should start.....remember I am positive Chris and only trying to talk about positive things in the column!
Girls Hockey is underway with games being played throughout the state, Girls basketball and boys hockey started practice this week and boys basketball and wrestling start practice on Monday!
Good luck to all teams this winter!!
This week I take a look at UMC Athletics and what I would do if I was chancellor, I have all the signees from National Signing Day (In what has turned out to be National Signing week at UMC), the Mr. Football finalists, I have a bunch of volleyball awards, state football and swimming previews and a lot more. Have a great week and enjoy the feever.
GOPHER FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY (Email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim the tickets - one bunch of tickets per person this week)
GOPHER Men's Basketball - Available tickets (All games have 4 tickets available)
Sunday - November 19 vs Western Carolina
Tuesday - November 21 vs Alabama A & M
Wednesday - November 29 vs Miami
Sunday - December 3 vs Rutgers
Monday - December 11 vs Drake
Thursday - December 21 vs Oral Roberts
Saturday - December 23 vs Florida Atlantic
Saturday - December 30 vs Harvard
Tuesday - January 23 vs Northwestern
Tuesday - February 13 vs Michigan State
Wednesday - February 21 vs Iowa
GOPHER Women's Basketball - Available tickets (All games have four tickets)
We have all the home games available!!!
Congratulations to the #8 ranked Stephen-Argyle Storm on their first round state football victory over #2 ranked Cromwell on Friday night. The Storm had a great game and they were led by Josten Hoeper's four touchdowns in a 39-22 victory to advance to the state 9-Man semi-finals on Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. in the U.S. Bank Stadium.
KROX Radio will have the game on the radio, online at www.kroxam.com and the free KROX mobile app.
Stephen-Argyle is looking to make their first state championship appearance since 2009, when they won the state championship. Stephen-Argyle is 11-1 on the season and will have their hand full when they take on #1 ranked Spring Grove. They are coming out of the same section that produced last years 9-Man state champ and runner-up (it was possible because of reclassification this year). Spring Grove is 12-0 on the year and they beat Grand Meadow 40-17 in the section semifinals, they beat Cleveland 36-35 in the section championship and they beat Verndale 34-6 in the first round of state last week. They average over 47 points per game. Offense is their specialty.
It should be a great game and we are looking forward to broadcasting the game.
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden
Eagle Football team wrapped up the season on Saturday with a loss to
Northern State. UMC is now 1-54 over the last five years and haven't
won a game in over two years. There are several things going
against UMC and below are a few of them -
The football field and football facilities are getting worse and are worse and AT LEAST 50 to 60 high schools in Minnesota have better facilities. The price of attending UMC is more expensive than most schools in the conference and they have the fewest majors in the NSIC. Example – Minnesota Duluth has more graduate degrees than UMC has degrees. UMC doesn’t have many majors that are going to draw a large crowd (nursing, full education degree, etc.), which has added to the declining enrollment.
They are not being fully funded (approximately 25 of the 28 NSIC max scholarships are offered) and every other team in the conference has more coaches and grad assistants. The NSIC has voted to allow the NCAA Division II football scholarship maximum of 36 scholarships next year. Schools can add eight more scholarships, which means UMC is going to be even farther behind. That isn’t good news.
One thing I know is that something different will have to happen.
Maybe a heavy dose of junior college players...to be honest I am not
sure. You can change coaches and UMC has several times over the
past 15 years. It hasn't changed anything. You could bring
Saban, Fleck, etc in and they likely wouldn't be able to change things
much. It is by far bigger than coaching.
College sports comes down to money! UMC doesn't have a lot of it and they definitely get limited support from the U of M and they don't have the alumni base.
What can UMC do?
I will tell you what they can’t do.
1. They cannot drop football. The NSIC requires you to have football.
The football team is close to 1/8th of the on campus enrollment!!!!! The football team is also a large reason why they have some of the diversity numbers they have at UMC. Schools like to have some diversity and for good reason.
What can they do?
1. They will have to add 11 scholarships to get to be a fully funded program. More than any other program in the NSIC and they will need help from the main campus. With a higher cost of attendance, it will be tougher than most of the teams in the conference.
2. I have always said UMC Athletics should hold a charter bus tour of the 15 other school facilities with the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, UMC Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause), politicians and U of M President Eric Kaler and whoever else that should be on board. I would be a sponsor.
What should really be done.
IF I was the UMC Chancellor, I would sit down and
talk with current NSIC member school presidents/chancellors that are
similar to Crookston. I would talk to Bemidji State, Minnesota State
Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State, Minot State, University of Mary,
Concordia-St. Paul and Northern State. I would also talk to the
University of Jamestown, Valley City State, and Mayville State in the
NAIA world and see if all the schools would be interested in forming a
new NCAA Division II conference.
If you get eight teams in a new conference, you would get an automatic bid in the region tournament in most sports. You have great cities with great colleges/universities and most of them have solid facilities.
It would be a win/win for everybody involved. The only schools I don’t think would be interested would be Moorhead, Northern State, Bemidji State and Concordia-St. Paul, but they might be for it because the possible success for their rest of their teams.
I can see it now - The NORTHERN PLAINS INTERCOLLEGIATE CONFERENCE.
It would be huge for all the teams involved. We will see. I don’t think my idea will gain any traction, but it would be nice to see something like this happen.
I firmly believe NCAA Division II is the right place for UMC. But the current conference isn’t a good fit with the powerhouses of Mankato, St. Cloud State, Duluth, Augustana, Sioux Falls, Winona State, etc.
You might be asking yourself…. What about
Upper Iowa and Wayne State. If you are asking yourself that
question….wow! You are a hard core NSIC fan my friend.
Upper Iowa and Wayne State are too far away and I want to have decent travel for all the teams.
Let’s say we have all the teams sign up for the Northern Plains Conference – the following would be the travel partners for volleyball, basketball, soccer, etc.
Crookston and Bemidji State
Moorhead and Concordia-St. Paul
Southwest MN State and Northern State
Jamestown and Valley City State
Minot State and Mary
Mayville State and we would have to find another team I guess…..Maybe Dickinson State??
The headquarters would be stationed in Moorhead.
I am sure I have several fatal flaws in my idea, but if you have any other ideas to add let me know and we will see what we can come up with!
Finalists for the 2017 Mr. Football Award have been announced by
the Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA). The Mr.
Football Award is sponsored by the Minnesota Football Coaches
Association and the Minnesota Vikings.
The Mr. Football Award was first presented in 2004, with the first winner being Nick Mertens of East Grand Forks High School. The 2016 Mr. Football Award winner was Wade Sullivan, Lakeville North.
The 2017 Mr. Football Award will be presented at the Mr. Football Banquet on Sunday, December 10th at 10 a.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel (1500 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55416).
The 11 finalists for the 2017 Mr. Football Award (in alphabetical order) are:
Ronald Audette, Elk River, T/TE/DL
Ty Barron, Minnetonka, RB/REC/DB
Michael Empting, Alexandria, QB/DB
Isaac Hennen, Minneota, RB/REC/DB
Preston Jelen, Prior Lake, RB-R/PR/S
Owen King, Caledonia, QB
Conner Knoepfle, Andover, QB
Carter Kopet, Cleveland, QB/DB
Antonio Montero, Eden Prairie, LB/RB/K/P
Spencer Rolland, Apple Valley, OL/DL
Brevyn Spann-Ford, St. Cloud Tech, WR/TE/LB
Mr. Football Award Criteria:
· Nominee must be a graduating senior.
· Nominee’s head coach must be a current member of the MFCA.
· Nominee must not have any MSHSL violations.
· Each player must be nominated by their Sub-District/MFCA representative, after being selected by the coaches in each Sub-district.
Previous winners of the Mr. Football Award:
2016 – Wade Sullivan, Lakeville North
2015 – J.D. Spielman, Eden Prairie
2014 – Robbie Grimsley, Hutchinson
2013 - Jeffrey Jones, Minneapolis Washburn
2012 - Bridgeport Tusler, Osseo
2011 - Philip Nelson, Mankato West
2010 - Peter Westerhaus, Holy Family Catholic
2009 - Zach Vraa, Rosemount
2008 - Varmah Sonie, Apple Valley
2007 - Michael Floyd, Cretin-Derham Hall
2006 - Blake Sorensen, Eden Prairie
2005 - Matt Carufel, Cretin-Derham Hall
2004 - Nick Mertens, East Grand Forks
Grand Rapids High School Hockey received a big blow this week when they found out Mr. Hockey favorite Blake McLaughlin will forgo his senior season at Grand Rapids High School to stay with the USHL's Chicago Steel. Future Gopher hockey players is projected as a 2nd/3rd round pick for the 2018 NHL Draft.
It would be interesting to ask him if two extra games on the schedule would have made a difference? I am guessing NO.
The Polar North Volleyball Conference has announced their All-Conference team. They are listed below-
|1 Teagan Carlstrom||Crookston||12|
|2 Rachel Hefta||Crookston||11|
|3 Livia Pesch||East Grand Forks||12|
|4 Julia Warmack||East Grand Forks||12|
|5 Julia Bernstein||Red Lake County Central||11|
|6 Jenna Pahlen||Red Lake County Central||10|
|7 Megan LaCrosse||Red Lake Falls||12|
|8 Emma Duden||Red Lake Falls||12|
|9 Ivy Edwards||Sacred Heart||10|
|10 Molly Hanson||Sacred Heart||12|
|11 Jessica Remer||Sacred Heart||11|
|12 Kylea Praska||Thief River Falls||12|
|13 Kendra Wiggs||Thief River Falls||12|
|14 Kaitlynn Johnson||WAO||12|
2017 Honorable Mention
|1 Kylie Solheim||Crookston||11|
|2 Katelyn Wagner||Crookston||12|
|3 Natalie Carlstrom||East Grand Forks||12|
|4 Tyra Chupka||East Grand Forks||12|
|5 Hannah Kolstoe||Red Lake County Central||12|
|6 Calyssa Eskeli||Red Lake County Central||10|
|7 Madison Derosier||Red Lake Falls||12|
|8 Hannah Hollcraft||Sacred Heart||12|
|9 Maddi Mitzel||Sacred Heart||10|
|10 Katelyn Rudolph||Sacred Heart||12|
|11 Holly Steer||WAO||12|
The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team
has been honored by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association
with a Silver Academic Award for having a team GPA of 3.5 to 3.74.
23 teams from Northwest Minnesota received the Gold or Silver Academic awards and they are listed below -
|Gold Award (3.75 – 4.0 Team GPA)||SILVER Award (3.50 – 3.74 Team GPA)|
|East Grand Forks||Park Rapids|
|Kittson County Central||Warroad|
|Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal|
|Red Lake Falls|
|Thief River Falls|
Crookston High School Graduate, Allison (Lindsey) Axness, was named the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association Section 5AAA Assistant Coach of the year. She is an assistant coach at Champlin Park High School.
Three area high school volleyball players have been named to the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association All State Volleyball team.
Stephen-Argyle Central’s Abigail (Abi)
McGlynn was named to the Class A All-State first team. McGlynn, a
junior, had 454 kills and now has 1,542 in her career. She had 141 digs
on the year and has 502 in her career. She had 69 blocks this year and
now has 184 career blocks. And she added 29 aces for 96 in her career.
“Abi has started on Varsity since about
half-way through her 8th grade year,” said Storm Volleyball Coach Renae
Lindgren. “Abi has a quick approach with a powerful arm-swing. She
gets high into the air with a vertical of 23". On the court she is a
very positive and energetic player. She is a threat from anywhere on
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Casey Volkmann was also named to the Class A All-State first team.
Paige Fabre of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton was named to the Class AA All-State 1st team and UMC Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball recruit, Bren Fox of Norwood-Young America was named to the Class AA All-State Honorable Mention team.
The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team
recently held their end of the year banquet and handed out the following
team awards -
Varsity Awards -
Most Valuable Player – Drew Dragseth
MVP Offense – Eric Delorme
MVP Defense – Dilon Owens
Most Improved – Brock Heppner
Hardest Worker – Ben Brantner
Best Leadership – Alex LaFrance
Rookie of the Year – Casey Tiedemann
JV Awards -
Most Valuable Player – Noah Dragseth
MVP Offense – Kaleb Thingelstad
MVP Defense – Mason Owens
Most Improved – Drake Lord
Hardest Working – Gavin Anderson
Best Leadership – Andrew MacGregor
Rookie of the Year – Zachary Tahran
Captains for 2018 – Seniors - Dilon Owens and Brock Heppner. Junior - Isaiah Barlow
Josh Kotelnicki has been dismissed as head football coach at the
University of Mary. Athletic director Dale Lennon held a
press conference following their game Saturday, Nov. 11, against
Minnesota Duluth to address the coaching change. Kotelnicki had
been the head coach the past four seasons, leading the Marauders to a
5-6 record in 2014. But the program had won just one game each of the
past three seasons (all against UMC).
Lennon will serve as the interim head coach of the football program. Asked whether he would consider taking the job full time he said it had crossed his mind, but is more focused on a national search.
Last week was National Signing day and we have several commitments of interest listed below along with UMC commitments -
A day after the Section 8A Girls Swimming and Diving meet, Crookston Pirate Swimmers, Kate MacGregor and Merran Dingmann, signed National Letters of Intent to continue their swimming career next year at Minnesota State University Moorhead. They will join former Pirate teammate, Haley Roed, who is a sophomore on the Dragon Swim team and follow their high school coach, Marley Melbye, who swam for the Dragons in college. "It is a very exciting day. The girls have loved swimming all of their lives and you can tell they love this sport and the water and it is great to see their goals and dreams achieved and they get to continue doing something they love the next four years," said Crookston Pirate Girls Swim coach Marley Melbye. "It is nice because MSUM is close to home and it is a growing team and they are more competitive than ever before. These girls will fit in, just like Haley has. They have sacrificed a lot of free time, social time to do something they love and to see their success is a lot of fun. It is bittersweet to see them go because they will leave a great legacy with a lot of records that will probably be around for a long time."
At the Section 8A meet on Saturday, she was part of the third place 400 freestyle relay team, she finished fourth in the 200 IM, she was part of the fifth place 200 medley relay team and seventh place in the 100 backstroke while placing in all four of her events. She was on the 400 freestyle relay team that made it to state as a junior and she was on the 200 Medley team that set a new school record on Saturday. "It feels great. I am excited to start swimming and studying at MSUM," said Dingmann. "I went on an official visit this fall and got to see their everyday lives and it was exciting to see that and I liked the atmosphere." Merran added that knowing Haley Roed is swimming for the Dragons and Kate will be swimming next year was a factor in her decision. "It did have a big factor because it is comforting to know that I will have people that I am close to already and I can easily blend in with the team," said Dingmann. "I am not really sure what I want to do (major in) yet, but I am glad MSUM has a lot of options so I can figure out art or education or something like that."
Jaxon Knotek, of River Falls, Wisconsin signed to play basketball at North Dakota State (Dale and Mary Ann Knotek’s grandson)
Girls Track and Field
Natalie Windels, of Eagan signed to run track at the University of Minnesota (Jeanine and Harvey Windels granddaughter)
The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s
basketball team announced the signing of Julia Peplinski (F, 5-10, Hustisford,
Wis./Hustisford H.S.), Mary Burke
(F, 5-11, Virginia, Minn./Mountain Iron-Buhl H.S.), Paige Cornale (G, 5-10, Oak Creek,
Wis./Oak Creek H.S.), Bren Fox (C, 6-3, Norwood Young America, Minn./Norwood
Young America H.S.),
Kylie Post (G, 5-7, Corcoran, Minn./Maranatha
Christian Academy) and Kayla Sirjord (G,
5-6, Ulen, Minn./Ulen-Hitterdal H.S.)
to National Letters of Intent.
Julia Peplinski (F, 5-11, Hustisford, Wis./Hustisford H.S.)
Peplinski averaged 23.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game as a junior at Hustisford High School. She was an All-Trailways-East Conference First Team pick last season. In addition, she was named the Female Athlete of the Year at Hustisford High School. Peplinski as selected 95.3 WXRO Radio All-Area. She earned All-Star accolades at a club tournament. In addition, she also recently reached 1,000 points. Peplinski also tallied 3.0 assists and 4.1 steals per game as a junior. She notched 30 points on 9-of-14 from the field against Oakfield High School. Peplinski tallied 35 points on 12-of-21 from the field versus Dodgeland High School. In addition, she notched 29 points on 11-of-14 from the field against Rio High School. “Julia is a very powerful inside out player,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She is a player who works relentlessly on the glass. In addition, she has a burst of speed that makes her a hard player to guard. Julia is a physically demanding presence in the post. We are excited to have her join the Golden Eagle basketball family.”
Peplinski is the daughter of Reed and Carrie Peplinski. She was born June 22, 2000. Peplinski plans to major in exercise science and wellness. She was named to the National Honor Society and High Honor Roll. Peplinski enjoys working on the farm milking cows.
Bren Fox (F/C, 6-3, Norwood
Young America, Minn./Norwood Young America H.S.)
Fox is a three-time All-Minnesota River Conference selection. She was named the Minnesota River Conference Player of the Year as a junior. Fox has helped lead her team to five Minnesota River Conference Championships and two state appearances. She has career marks of 1,145 points, 972 rebounds and 300 blocks. She is the all-time record holder for blocks at Norwood Young America High School. Fox helped lead her squad to a 29-2 mark last season. She has also found success on the volleyball court, where she is a three-time All-Minnesota River Conference pick. Fox was named All-State in volleyball, as well. She is the school record holder for blocks, kills and games played. Fox also played softball, helping lead the team to a Minnesota River Conference Championship. “Bren is a true center,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She plays well with her back to the basket and she is a great rebounder. Bren is another player who comes from a winning program in Norwood Young America. Bren brings great physicality to the position. In addition, she has the ability to step outside and shoot the three. We are excited to have Bren join the Minnesota Crookston basketball family.”
Fox is the daughter of Darrin and Angie Fox. She plans to major in biology at Minnesota Crookston. Fox was born Aug. 17, 2000. She comes from a long line of coaches. Fox was a member of National Honor Society and is a three-time letter winner.
(G, 5-10, Oak Creek, Wis./Oak Creek H.S.)
Cornale averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 assists per game as a junior at Oak Creek High School. She played for the Wisconsin Basketball Academy Prestige this summer. During her AAU season, she averaged 7.0 points and 1.2 assists per game. She also tallied 2.2 rebounds per contest. Cornale notched 19 points on 8-of-15 from the field against the Purple Aces. She notched 14 points on 5-of-9 from the field against the WI Flight Elite. Cornale helped Oak Creek High School to a 14-0-0 mark in the Southeast Conference. Her prep squad finished with a 21-5 mark last season as they lost in the sectional finals to Milwaukee King High School. “Paige is a gritty point guard, who also brings to the team a size and length that you don’t often see at the position,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. “In addition, she has great handles and great strength. Paige comes from a winning program in Oak Creek High School and we are excited to add her to the Golden Eagle family.”
Cornale is the daughter of Kevin and Diane Cornale. She was born June 20, 2000. Cornale plans to major in biology/pre-med at Minnesota Crookston. Her brother Nathan Cornale played football at Carroll University. She has earned the Oak Creek High School Board of Education Awards each year.
(F, 5-11, Virginia, Minn./Mountain Iron-Buhl H.S.)
Burke was a Class A All-State First Team selection by the Minnesota Girl’s Basketball Coaches Association. Burke averaged 17.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Rangers. She helped lead Mountain Iron-Buhl to a 25-1 mark. The Rangers lost in the Class A final last season to Goodhue High School. Burke was picked to the All-Tournament Team at the MSHSL Class A Tournament in 2017. She shot 56.0 percent from the field as a junior and 42.5 percent from beyond the arc. Burke was an 80.4 percent free throw shooter. She has been an All-Arrowhead Conference First Team pick in the last three seasons. She is a member of the 1,000 point club at Mountain Iron-Buhl High School. “Mary is one of the most versatile players I have ever recruited to the University of Minnesota Crookston,” said UMC Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She has the ability to play the 3, 4 and 5 positions in our system. Mary is great at attacking the rim and she can also stretch the floor with her outside shot. She comes to us from a great program at Mountain Iron-Buhl and we are excited to get on campus.”
Burke plans to major in health sciences at UMC. Burke is the daughter of Dan and Penny Burke.
Kylie Post (G, 5-7, Corcoran, Minn./Maranatha Christian Academy)
Post was an All-MCAA Conference pick as a sophomore and junior. She was named to the All-State Tournament team as a sophomore. Post has helped Maranathan Christian Academy to the Class A Semifinals where they lost to Mary Burke’s Mountain Iron-Buhl High School squad last season. During her sophomore season, Post helped Maranatha Christian Academy to the Class A Finals where they lost to Goodhue High School. She played AAU for the Minnesota Stars. Post averaged 11.9 points on the season, while shooting 42.4 percent from the field. She added 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Post played especially well in the state tournament, scoring 18.5 points per game on 42.9 percent from the field.
Post is the daughter of Dana and Kristin Post. She was born Sept. 28, 1999. Post plans to major in elementary education at Minnesota Crookston. Her father Dana played football at University of Minnesota Morris.
Kayla Sirjord (G, 5-6, Ulen, Minn./Ulen-Hitterdal
Sirjord plays basketball for Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal. She helped lead her team to a 10-14 mark and a 9-5 record in the Pine to Prairie Conference as a junior. Sirjord was a 2017 Courts Plus Summer League All Star. She averaged 17.6 points and was second in league history with three-pointers made. Sirjord was also a 2015 Courts Plus Summer League All-Star after tallying 19.9 points per game. She also ran track in high school, making it to section finals in 100m hurdles two years in a row. She was first in subsection in 100m hurdles in 2017. Sirjord played AAU basketball for the MN Comets. “Kayla can score the ball anywhere on the court,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She has a very quick release on her shot. In addition, her speed is very deceptively quick. We are always excited when we can sign area kids and Kayla is one we are very excited to get here to Minnesota Crookston. We can’t wait to see what she can do as a member of the Golden Eagle family.”
Sirjord is the daughter of Jerome and Angie Sirjord. She was born Dec. 4, 1999. Sirjord plans to major in Health Sciences (Pre-Med). Her father Jerome played football at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Her mom Angie competed in gymnastics at the University of Wisconsin-Las Crosse. Her brother Brady plays football at Concordia College (Minn.). She was been a member of the National Honor Society and Minnesota Honor Society, along with A Honor Roll.
The University of Minnesota Crookston Volleyball team announced the signing of Porsha Porath (OH, 6-1, Windom, Minn./Windom H.S.) and Hannah Stark (OH, 5-10, Esko, Minn./Esko H.S.) to National Letters of Intent. Porath and Stark are the first two signees of the Sarah Rauen era of Minnesota Crookston volleyball. “We are excited to add both Porsha and Hann to the Golden Eagle Volleyball family,” said Head Coach Sarah Rauen. “Both players are great athletes and amazing people, and we can’t wait until they are on campus with us. After graduating three outside hitters this year both will help us add depth to that position.”
Porsha Porath (OH, 6-1, Windom,
Porath notched 369 kills as a senior for Windom High School. She was named All-Big South Conference during her senior season. Porath broke the school record for career kills Sept. 7, 2017 as she notched her 1,292nd kill of her career. She has tallied 1,595 career kills at Windom High School. As a junior, Porath was selected All-Big South Conference and Worthington Daily Globe All-Area. She reached her 1,000th kill as a junior for Windom High School. Porath was also named All-Big South Conference, All-Area and MN Class A All-State as a sophomore. As a freshman, she was named All-Area Second team and All-Big South Conference Honorable Mention. She was a five-year starter and letter winner at Windom High School. Porath was named to the Minnesota Class A Showcase All-Tournament Team as a sophomore. She was selected as one of the Top 75 juniors by Minnesota Breakdown in 2016. Porath competed at the club level as a sophomore and junior for Kairos Elite Volleyball Club in Sioux Falls, S.D. As an eighth grader and ninth grader, she competed for Southwest Minnesota Juniors out of Marshall, Minn. Porath previously participated in hockey and track and field. “Porsha brings height and dynamic athleticism to our outside hitter position,” Rauen said. “We are excited to get her in a Golden Eagle uniform. I have had a chance to watch her play over the past few years and believe she has a great career ahead of her. Porsha’s volleyball experience, strength and jumping ability will help her adjust to the college game quickly.”
She is the daughter of Paul and Kristen Porath. She has two younger brothers Tylan and Cragen. She competitively raced go-karts when she was younger. Her brother continued to race until he was 12-years old. She enjoys to watch spring car racing during the summer. Porath was a member of the Windom High School choir and girl’s pop group. She was born Feb. 23, 2000. She plans to major in health management.
Hannah Stark (OH, 5-10, Esko, Minn./Esko
Stark was an All-Polar League First Team pick as a junior and senior. She earned All-Polar League Honorable Mention during her sophomore season. Stark earned Best Offensive Player honors for Esko High School as a junior. She also played softball for Esko High School. Stark earned Second Team All-Polar League honors as a junior softball player. She was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the Esko High School softball team as a junior. Stark played at the club level for Northland Volleyball Club. As a junior, she tallied 313 kills for 3.8 kills per set and hit .207 on the season. Stark added 193 digs and 40 aces in 83 sets played. As a senior, tallied 25 kills versus Virginia High School. She picked up matches with 18 kills twice against Cloquet High School. She also competes in basketball. “Hannah will add explosive strength to our outside hitter position, and will increase the level of competition in our gym,” Rauen said. “Being a successful three-sport athlete has her ready to make huge strides as she focuses in on volleyball. Working with Hannah at camp allowed us to see that she will fit in well with her program, and we can’t wait to get her in our gym training.”
Stark is the daughter of Joe and Betsy Stark. She plans to major in business. Stark was born Dec. 10, 1999. Her uncle Tom Stark played football at St. Cloud State University.
The University of Minnesota Crookston softball team announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letter of Intents. The Golden Eagles inked Hannah Macias (OF, 5-2, West Covina, Calif./South Hills H.S.), Leah Macias (OF, 5-2, West Covina, Calif./South Hills H.S.) and Darian Pancirov (RHP/1B, 5-10, Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman H.S.). “I am very pleased with this early signing period,” said Head Coach Don Stopa. “All three players that will join our program next fall have the skills and athleticism to be impact players for this team for the next four years. They play in places that have great year-round weather and bring a lot of high level player experience as true freshmen.”
Hannah Macias (OF, 5-2, West
Covina, Calif./South Hills H.S.)
Macias played prep softball for South Hills High School where she was named to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section All-Academic Team. Macias also played club softball for the Heybucket Softball Club and played with the Minors Gold 18-U. She has played two years of varsity softball. Last season, she notched four runs and one RBI.
She is the daughter of Michael and Jayme Macias. Her twin sister Leah Macias also signed with the Golden Eagles. She was born June 3, 2000. Hannah comes from a softball family as two of her older sisters have played college softball. Her sister Sarah Macias played at Wayne State College, while her sister Rachel Macias currently plays at Morningside College. Hannah plans to major in Early Childhood Education.
Leah Macias (OF, 5-2, West
Covina, Calif./South Hills H.S.)
Macias played prep softball for South Hills High School where she was also named to the CIF Southern Section All-Academic Team. She also played club softball for Heybucket and Minors Gold 18-U. Macias scored six runs last season with seven RBI’s and one home run. She has played two years of varsity softball. She is the daughter of Michael and Jayme Macias. Her twin sister Hannah Macias also signed with the Golden Eagles. She was born June 3, 2000. Leah comes from a softball family as two of her older sisters have played college softball. Her sister Sarah Macias played at Wayne State College, while her sister Rachel Macias currently plays at Morningside College. Leah plans to major in early childhood education. “Getting one good athlete is a plus, getting her twin sister too is a huge plus,” Stopa said. “Hannah and Leah are great athletes that play a great club schedule with the HeyBucket/Minor’s Gold program. They have played softball at a very high level and have faced a lot of great competition year round. I think they will be ready to jump right in at the college level.”
Darian Pancirov (RHP/1B, 5-10,
Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman H.S.)
Pancirov has played high school softball for Bishop Gorman High School. She also competed on the club level for the Las Vegas Lil’ Rebels and the Las Vegas Blast 18-U. She was named the Most Valuable Player on defense for Bishop Gorman High School and was her team’s Player of the Year. In addition, she was an All-Sunset 4A Region Honorable Mention pick. She has maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom. She has been a two-year starter for Bishop Gorman High School.
Pancirov was born Feb. 14, 2000. She is the daughter of Michael and Tina Pancirov. She plans to major in health sciences. Pancirov’s mother Tina played softball at Vanguard University. Her dad Michael is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. In addition, her brother Gavin a sophomore defensive lineman just down the road at University of Jamestown. “Darian is a two-way player that has skills to get it done in the circle and at the plate,” Stopa said. “As a pitcher, I think Darian has a chance to be a great college pitcher right away. She is tall, has good velocity and has played a great year-round schedule in the desert. She has learned how to get great hitters out. She is good defensively at first base, but her bat is better than good. She can hit and the ball jumps off her bat.”
University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team announced the
signing of Dylan Wenzel (6-4 200, Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial
H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent.
Wenzel is the first signee for Head Coach Bryant Friskop, who took over the men’s golf program prior to the 2017-18 season. “I am very excited to have Dylan join our men's golf team this upcoming year,” said Head Coach Bryant Friskop. “Dylan is a hard-working young man that I've been very impressed with since I first got the opportunity to talk with him. I believe that Dylan will be a valuable asset for this team and this University.”
Wenzel (6-4 200, Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial H.S.)
Wenzel shot an 82 at the Players’ Tour Series C1 at Legacy Golf Course on the Minnesota Junior PGA Tour in July of 2017. In addition, he turned in rounds of 84 at Rochester Golf and Country Club and Austin Country Club on the Minnesota Junior PGA Tour in July of 2017. He carded two rounds of 83 at the Francis A. Gross Golf Course and the Mankato Golf Club on the Minnesota Junior PGA in 2016. Wenzel averages a tournament score of 83.9.
Wenzel is the son of Dan and Jen Wenzel. He plans to major in natural resources-law enforcement. Wenzel was born June 15, 2000. His father Dan Wenzel played baseball at Augsburg University, where he is in the Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Minnesota State High School League announced today that three finalists have been selected for the Executive Director position. Three finalists were interviewed this week.
Mindy Chevalier --- Currently the Community Education Director/Assistant Principal at Belle Plaine High School.
Erich Martens --- Currently the Principal at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.
Troy Urdahl --- Currently the Activities and Facilities Director at St. Anthony Village High School.
The Selection Committee announced that all three finalists have
extensive experience with the Minnesota State High School League and
high school activities. The Selection Committee will make a
recommendation to the League’s Board of Directors for consideration at
its meeting on November 30.
The selected finalist will take over for longtime MSHSL Executive Director Dave Stead, who announced in August that he will transition to a senior administrative role. Stead is the longest-serving Executive Director in the League’s 101-year history. Stead was hired as an Associate Director in 1986, and two years later, was promoted to the Executive Director position.
The Crookston "Huff and Puff" over 50 Hockey Tourney will be held December 2-3 at the Crookston Sports Center.
The over 50 tourney is for anybody over the age of
50 by 12/31/2017
It will be held at the Crookston Sports Center on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3.
Cost is $60 per person.
Registration deadline is November 26.
Make checks payable to Heath Hanson/Over 50 Hockey
or Scott Kleven/Over 50 Hockey
Send your check and registration information to
Heath Hanson Scott Kleven
907 South Washington 902 Memorial Drive
Crookston, MN 56716 Crookston, MN 56716
Registration form -
Name _______________________ Phone ______________________
Address _____________________________ City/State____________________ Zip_________
Position preference ______________ Level played - Rec. Hockey, High School, College (Circle one)
It is hard to believe that we are a month away from the Crookston High School Boys Basketball alumni games. I received the following info from Pirate Boys Basketball Coach Greg Garmen. As soon as I receive the alumni hockey, I will post that too!
2017 Pirate Boys Basketball Alumni Game(s)
When: Saturday November 25, 2017
Where: Crookston High School gymnasium @ approximately 11am (May be adjusted slightly-KROXAM.com will have info)
Please email email@example.com to register.
Cost: $30 (Can pay the day of the games)
Proceeds will go towards the CHS Pirate Boys basketball program.
Phone _________________Email address_______________________________
Waiver: I understand that Crookston Public schools and its directors will not be held responsible for injuries or loss of personal property while the above athlete is involved in the alumni games. I authorize the directors to secure any emergency treatment deemed necessary.
The Crookston Youth Basketball Association (CYBA) season for Kindergarten through sixth grade will begin the week of November 6. Please visit the website to register your player(s): www.crookstonbasketball.com.
The 25th Annual CYBA Basketball Tournament March 23-25, 2018. Third grade boys and girls will play Saturday Only. 4-8th Girls will Play Friday and Saturday. 4-8th Boys will Play Saturday and Sunday.
No games will begin before noon on Sunday March 25. Attached is the registration form. Hope to see you all in March. For more information please visit our website at www.crookstonbasketball.com.
2018 Ada-Borup Booster Club Cougar Classic Basketball Tournament
February 3rd Boys 4th - 6th grade
February 10th Girls 4th - 6th grade
Cost: $150 per team limited to the first 8 teams paid for each grade
3 Game Guarantee
Registration deadline is Jan. 19th, 2018
Early bird Special!! ($125 entry fee if
registration form and money is in by Dec. 31st 2017)
Registration forms are attached.
Jeremy Peterson email firstname.lastname@example.org cell 701-371-9565
Amy Kroshus email email@example.com or cell 218-784-8351
FOR THE BOYS INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION - CLICK HERE
FOR THE GIRLS INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION - CLICK HERE
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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’ Soccer (Poor or no records were kept over the years.)
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
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 email@example.com and I will put them in the feever
John, who lived in the north of England, decided to go golfing in Scotland with his buddy, Shawn.
So they loaded up
John's minivan and
headed north. After
driving for a few
hours, they got
caught in a terrible
blizzard. So they
pulled into a nearby
farm and asked the
attractive lady who
answered the door if
they could spend the
‘I realize it's
terrible weather out
there and I have
this huge house all
to myself, but I'm
she explained, 'and
I'm afraid the
neighbors will talk
if I let you stay in
'Don't worry,' John said. 'We'll be happy to sleep in the barn. And if the weather breaks, we'll be gone at first light.'
The lady agreed, and the two men found their way to the barn and settled in for the night.
Come morning, the weather had cleared, and they got on their way. They enjoyed a great weekend of golf. But about nine months later, John got an unexpected letter from an attorney. It took him a few minutes to figure it out, but he finally determined that it was from the attorney of that attractive widow he had met on the golf weekend.
He dropped in on his friend Shawn and asked, "Shawn, do you remember that good-looking widow from the farm we stayed at on our golf holiday in Scotland about 9 months ago?'
‘Yes, I do,' said Shawn
How are former Crookston Pirates athletes doing in college or elsewhere?
****LET ME KNOW OF OTHERS TO ADD TO THE LIST *****
Paul Bittner, is playing for the Cleveland Monsters (AHL – minor league affiliate of Columbus). Paul didn't score, but had seven penalty minutes in a 6-1 loss to the Iowa Wild on Saturday and he had an assist in a 3-2 loss on Sunday. Cleveland will host Milwaukee on Thursday and Saturday.
Ryan Bittner, is a junior playing hockey for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Ryan didn't score, but had a plus-two rating in a 7-2 victory at Saint Mary's University on Friday and he didn't score while having three shots on goal in a 2-1 OT victory at St. Thomas on Saturday. The Pointers host Marian University on Friday and St. Norbert College on Saturday.
Brady Heppner, is a sophomore playing hockey at St. Johns University in Collegeville. Brady didn't score, but he had four shots on goal in a 5-2 loss to Hamline on Friday. St. Johns will travel to St. Olaf on Friday and host St. Olaf on Saturday.
is a junior playing basketball and baseball for the UMC Golden Eagles.
Aaron didn't play in a 114-105 loss to Arkasas Tech University on Friday
and he didn't play in a 71-64 loss to University of Arkansas at
Monticello on Saturday.
UMC will host the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday and travel to Jamestown University on Tueday.
Doug Larson, is a captain for the junior hockey team, Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL. Doug had an assist in a 5-2 loss to Aberdeen on Friday and had an assist and 12 penalty minutes in a 3-2 loss to Aberdeen on Saturday. Brookings will host Janesville on Friday and Saturday.
Harrison Bjorgo, is playing Junior Hockey for the Minnesota Iron Rangers. Harrison didn't score in a 5-3 loss to Fort Frances on Friday. The Iron Rangers will travel to Dryden on Wednesday and will host English River on Friday and Saturday.
Cody Wardner, is playing Junior Hockey for the Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers in the C1HL league. Cody had a goal in a 10-1 victory on Friday over Cheyenne, and he didn't score in a 15-0 or 12-0 victories. Oklahoma City will host the Dallas Snipers for a three game series this weekend.
Haley Roed, is a sophomore swimmer for the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons in the NSIC. The Dragons placed fourth at the St. Thomas two day invite this weekend. Haley was on the third place 400 Freestyle Relay team, she was on the 8th place 400 Medley Relay team, finished 20th in the 100 freestyle, and 24th in the 100 Breaststroke.
Marietta Geist, a sophomore on the Carleton College Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Marietta suffered an injury and hopes to compete in the indoor track season.
Dylan Klatt, a senior quarterback on the University of Jamestown football team. Dylan wrapped up his collegiate career completing 12 of 18 passes for 190 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-54 OT loss to Waldorf on Saturday. Dylan also carried the ball 82 times for 76 yards and 2 TD's.
Luke Edlund, is a junior linebacker on the Crown College football team. Crown is done until next fall.
Elise Tangquist, is a freshman golfer for the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Northwestern will be off until the spring.
Isaac Westlake, a sophomore golfer on the Winona State Men’s Golf team. Winona State will be off until the spring.
Josh Edlund, is an assistant football coach and phy ed teacher at Flandreau, South Dakota.
Jeff Olson is Head Wrestling coach and Assistant Baseball coach at Delano.
Jake Olson is Head Boys Tennis coach at Delano.
Todd Kreibich, is the Coach and General Manager for the Minnesota Iron Rangers Junior Hockey team our of Hoyt Lakes.
Carmen (Kreibich) Johnson, is Head Volleyball coach at Little Falls High School.
Katy Westrom, is Freshman Girls Tennis coach at Monticello High School.
Matt Harris, is an Assistant Athletic Director and assistant basketball coach at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, Arizona.
Marty Bratrud is
the Superintendent and High School Principal at Westhope 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call. Thanks for reading and listening to KROX RADIO and kroxam.com
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