Thursday, October 18,  2018



This week I will break down the QRF for the area football and volleyball sections and what I think the seeds will look like and why the Section 8A volleyball seed tie-breakers went the way they did.  I also have some "hate" mail from two hooligans! 


The first family of Crookston Pirate Tennis, the Mike and Sue Tiedemann family will be sending a son or daughter to the state tennis tournament for the seventh year in a row!  It started with Ally and Bobby and now the youngest is following in her siblings footsteps after she and Emma Borowicz won the Section 8A Double true second place match to advance to state last week.
We will take a closer look at the state tennis tournament in next weeks column since it is a week away.  I just wanted to share the stat because it is pretty impressive!


Last week I purposely put the following in the column to fire up a couple siblings of mine -

“Another observation - Gopher Men's hockey home opener vs #1 UMD and there were thousands of open seats. They announced just over 8,000 tickets sold.
On the flip side - Gopher Women's Basketball tickets for the first home game are sold out, all 14,000 plus tickets!!! Minnesotan's love basketball, but we love us some Lindsey Whalen even more!!!!!”

The responses were great and I had them by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.  It made my day.  The responses are below-

You’re an idiot. I wonder why they sold out and hockey didn’t. If Gopher hockey had dollar seats and not $50 seats I am pretty sure they would sell out. And quit over using exclamation points.
Also total ticket revenues for 2017
Men’s Hockey - $4,677,246
Men’s Basketball - $4,451,142
Women’s Basketball - $252,009

Gopher Women's Basketball vs. New Hampshire
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 8:00PM
WBB - Zone 1 Chairback $5.00
WBB - Zone 2 Chairback $5.00
WBB - Zone 3 Bench $1.00
WBB - Major Obstruction $1.00
WBB - Minor Obstruction $1.00


My second email I received -
Another observation – Duluth is part of Minnesota!!!! 109% Capacity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another observation – Sports Feever Sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love my siblings, but what is it with low scoring sports and their fans??  They are so touchy and there is nothing easier than getting my brothers fired up!!!  I was just making two points.

1. Gopher Hockey interest is down significantly since the Big 10 conference started. 
2. Minnesota loves Lindsey Whalen. 


The Winter Activities PAC (Parent-Athlete-Coach) meeting will be Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Crookston High School Auditorium.

This meeting is for all participants/parents who plan on being involved in the following activities this winter: Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Hockey, Speech, Wrestling, and Dance Team.

For those participants/parents that did not attend the fall PAC meeting please report to the Crookston High School Auditorium at 6:00 pm for the large group meeting with Activities Director Mr. Garmen.

For those participants/parents that did attend the fall PAC meeting please report to  Crookston High School at 6:30 pm for your specific activity meeting.  Locations will be posted.


SECTION 8AA FOOTBALL got pretty interesting on Wednesday night.  As of Wednesday night we know four things.

Section 8AA Standings (QRF Seeded - 10/18)
QRF is not updated to reflect Wednesday's games
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 6 Hawley (57.6) 4-0 7-1
No. 9 Barnesville (55.5) 3-1 6-2
No. 43 Bagley (21.6) 0-1 4-4
No. 44 Roseau (21.4) 3-2 3-5
No. 46 Crookston (21.3) 1-3 2-6
No. 52 Warroad (13.0) 1-1 2-6
No. 54 Frazee (11.0) 1-4 1-7
No. 59 United North Central (8.3) 0-1 0-8

1. The top seed is Hawley
2. Barnesville is the second seed
3. Roseau is the third seed
4. United North Central is the eighth seed

The rest is up for grabs, but it looks like the following could happen -
#4 - Bagley
#5 - Crookston
#6 - Warroad
#7 - Frazee

According to my math Bagley will edge Crookston in the tie-break (but I am not sure about sub-district play)
Crookston and Warroad could be close enough for a tie-breaker, but I am not positive and I think Crookston will get the five seed and goes to Bagley, and Warroad will likely go to Roseau!  Short travel for Crookston and Warroad so that could be good.



Section 8A Standings (QRF Seeded - 10/18)
QRF does not reflect Wednesday's games
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 2 Mahnomen/Waubun (62.2) 4-0 8-0
No. 8 Fertile-Beltrami (43.0) 2-2 5-3
No. 9 Polk County West (42.5) 3-2 6-2
No. 12 Red Lake County (41.7) 4-1 7-1
No. 44 Fosston (17.3) 2-4 2-6
No. 53 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (11.5) 1-4 1-7
No. 54 Cass Lake-Bena (8.4) 1-1 2-5
No. 57 Red Lake (5.7) 0-3 0-7

I found out last Friday that seeding for Section 8A Football is going to get interesting and it has switched from the coaches vote back to QRF over the past few days.  Here is what has happened since Friday.

FRIDAY'S News -  The section will have a coaches vote instead of QRF.  The reason - There have been too many forfeits with Cass Lake Bena having a forfeit in three of their games, teams that played Pine River-Backus and Red Lake has had a forfeit.  Their was too many question marks on what is going on with all the games that weren't played so the coaches are going to vote on the seeds.  They are going to do it online with coaches sending in their seeds and they will be compiled and that is how the seeding will work. 

MONDAY'S News - Cass Lake-Bena will forfeit their last regular season game and their first round playoff game.  #1 seed (Mahnomen-Waubun) will get a bye.  The coaches will no longer vote and the QRF has been reinstated!   

One thing we know is the top seed.  It WILL be Mahnomen-Waubun.  What happens after that, it is hard to tell on what will happen.   I think the following will happen - The second seed through the fourth seed is the toughest to figure out-

1. Mahnomen-Waubun
2. Polk County West
3. Red Lake County
4. Fertile-Beltrami
5. Fosston
7. Red Lake


Section 8 9MAN Football -

Section 8 9-Man Standings (QRF Seeded - 10/18 PM)
QRF doesn't reflect Wednesday's results
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 5 Stephen-Argyle (36.3) 5-0 8-0
No. 17 Kelliher/Northome (25.7) 1-0 6-1
No. 19 Kittson County Central (23.3) 3-2 4-4
No. 23 Goodridge/Grygla (22.1) 3-2 5-2
No. 40 Clearbrook-Gonvick (14.4) 2-2 4-4
No. 40 Northern Freeze (14.4) 1-3 3-5
No. 47 Lake of the Woods (10.1) 0-1 2-6
No. 53 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (6.3) 0-5 0-7

Things we know for sure -
1. Stephen-Argyle is the top seed

The rest of the seeds are below -
2. Kelliher/Northome
3 and 4 - If Goodridge-Grygla wins, they could be three, if they lose KCC will be 3. 
5. Clearbrook-Gonvick
6. Northern Freeze
7. Lake of the Woods
8. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo


SECTION 8AAA Football -

Section 8AAA Standings (QRF Seeded - 10/18)
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 13 Perham (55.7) 5-0 6-2
No. 21 Pequot Lakes (45.0) 2-3 4-4
No. 24 East Grand Forks (43.7) 4-1 5-3
No. 25 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (39.9) 3-2 4-4
No. 43 Park Rapids Area (21.8) 1-4 2-6
No. 53 Thief River Falls (12.2) 0-5 0-8

This is how the seeding should go -
1. Perham
2. East Grand Forks
3. DGF
4. Pequot Lakes
5. Park Rapids
6. Thief River Falls


SECTION 8AA Volleyball seeds -

Section 8AA - North Standings (QRF Seeded - 10/20)
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 47 Roseau (97.0) 6-1-0 14-9-0
No. 60 Hawley (84.0) 6-5-0 13-11-0
No. 68 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (78.6) 3-4-0 10-13-0
No. 90 Thief River Falls (61.2) 4-8-0 7-18-0
No. 94 Crookston (57.3) 5-5-0 11-13-0
No. 99 Warroad (55.3) 4-5-0 9-15-0
No. 110 East Grand Forks (44.9) 0-9-0 3-19-0
No. 116 Bagley (38.7) 0-5-0 3-19-1

The North Sub-section will look like the following - (Subject to change after Thursday's matches!)
1. Roseau
2. Hawley (beat DGF two times in regular season)
3. DGF
4. TRF
5. Crookston
6. Warroad
7. East Grand Forks
8. Bagley

Section 8AA - South Standings (QRF Seeded - 10/20)
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 16 Park Rapids Area (134.4) 10-0-0 18-5-0
No. 33 Pequot Lakes (111.6) 4-1-0 15-7-0
No. 40 Perham (104.7) 6-4-0 17-10-0
No. 69 Detroit Lakes (77.8) 7-3-0 10-12-0
No. 72 Crosby-Ironton (75.9) 0-4-0 11-11-0
No. 84 Staples-Motley (66.3) 2-3-0 9-15-0
No. 88 Fergus Falls (61.4) 1-1-0 3-20-0

The South Sub-section looks like the following seeds will happen (Subject to change after Thursday's matches!)
1. Park Rapids
2. Pequot Lakes
3. Perham
4. Detroit Lakes (DL beat CI during the regular season)
5. Crosby-Ironton
6. Staples-Motley
7. Fergus Falls


SECTION 8A VOLLEYBALL seeds have been released and they are below, along with the tie-breaker explanation -

Before we get into the seeds, I will go out on a limb and predict an all West subsection team section championship.  I am guessing it will be Ada-Borup/NCW vs either Stephen-Argyle or Sacred Heart.  We will see.  There are a lot of good teams and the teams that make a run will have to play very well.


Section 8A - West Standings (QRF Seeded - FINAL)
QRF Rank
Team (QRF)
No. 8 1 Ada-Borup (135.9) 8-0-0 26-1-0
No. 14 2 Sacred Heart (123.5) 21-2-0 24-2-0
No. 18 3 Stephen-Argyle (117.9) 18-2-0 21-6-0
No. 22 4 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (112.0) 17-5-0 21-5-0
No. 29 5 Kittson County Central (105.6) 10-5-0 20-8-0
No. 60 6 Fertile-Beltrami (83.9) 11-6-0 17-9-0
No. 107 7 Goodridge/Grygla (59.8) 7-14-0 9-17-0
No. 116 8 Northern Freeze (56.6) 5-11-0 7-18-0
No. 155 9 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (40.2) 4-14-0 4-19-0
No. 166 10 Red Lake Falls (38.1) 4-19-0 4-22-0
No. 170 11 Climax/Fisher (35.4) 0-12-0 3-21-0


  1. Ada-Borup
  2. Sacred Heart
  3. Stephen-Argyle
  4. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River
  5. Kittson County Central
  6. Fertile-Beltrami
    1. Goodridge/Grygla vs Northern Freeze

  i.      Split H2H

 ii.      Goodridge/Grygla has better Conference Percentage (.250 to .000)

  1. Goodridge/Grygla
  2. Northern Freeze
    1. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo vs Red Lake Falls

 i.      W-A-O won two out of three

  1. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo
    1. Red Lake Falls vs Climax/Fisher

 i.      RLF won H2H

  1. Red Lake Falls
  2. Climax/Fisher


Section 8A - East Standings (QRF Seeded - FINAL)
Team (QRF)
No. 36 1 Fosston (100.8) 7-5-0 16-8-0
No. 65 2 Lake of the Woods (82.2) 5-4-0 15-11-0
No. 86 3 Mahnomen/Waubun (67.9) 7-9-0 14-12-0
No. 96 4 Red Lake County Central (64.4) 10-11-0 13-12-0
No. 108 5 Win-E-Mac (58.8) 6-5-0 9-13-0
No. 123 6 Clearbrook-Gonvick (53.7) 6-5-0 8-11-1
No. 151 7 Blackduck (41.3) 3-8-0 7-18-0
No. 153 8 Cass Lake-Bena (40.5) 5-5-0 6-14-0
No. 162 9 Northome/Kelliher (39.2) 3-5-0 6-15-0
No. 191 10 Indus (16.7) 0-9-0 4-15-0
No. 178 11 Red Lake (31.2) 2-3-0 2-4-0


Here are the final results for your Section Seeding with tiebreakers applied, the final Tiebreaker Margin is 4.9.  The minimum number of games required for a valid QRF is 18. Final seeds are highlighted in yellow.


  1. Fosston
  2. Lake of the Woods
    1. Mahnomen/Waubun vs Red Lake County Central

i.      Mahnomen/Waubun won H2H

  1. Mahnomen/Waubun
  2. Red Lake County Central
  3. Win-E-Mac
  4. Clearbrook-Gonvick
    1. Blackduck vs Cass Lake-Bena

 i.      Blackduck won H2H

    1. Cass Lake-Bena vs Northome/Kelliher

 i.      Cass Lake-Bena swept H2H

  1. Blackduck
  2. Cass Lake-Bena
  3. Northome/Kelliher
  4. Indus
  5. Red Lake* Did not play minimum contests



The University of Minnesota Crookston men's basketball team officially opened up the 2018-19 season with their first full practice during the afternoon of Monday, October 15. The Golden Eagles are entering their fifth season under Head Coach Dan Weisse and are looking to build on their best season in program history as they notched 10 wins during the 2017-18 campaign. The Golden Eagles return D2CCA All-American Honorable Mention pick Harrison Cleary (Jr., G, Oak Creek, Wis.), along with NSIC Defensive Player of the Year Gable Smith (Sr., F/C, Lodi, Wis.). Cleary and Smith anchor perhaps the strongest core the Golden Eagles have returned in recent times. In addition, Minnesota Crookston returns Ben Juhl (So., G, Clive, Iowa), Chase Knickerbocker (Sr., G/F, Annandale), Josh Collins (Sr., F, Minneapolis) and Darin Viken (Sr., G., Fosston) who all saw significant time as starters in 2017-18. Javier Nicolau(Jr., F/C, Castellon, Spain) and Aaron Hollcraft (Sr., G, Crookston) also bring experience for the Golden Eagles and will battle for time.

The Golden Eagles also have four redshirts added to the fray in Malcolm Cohen (Jr., G/F, Detroit, Mich.), Brian Sitzmann (Fr., G, Savage), Chase Johnson (So., F/C, La Crosse, Wis.), and Joey Meyer (R-Fr., F/C, Shullsburg, Wis.). Johnson saw significant time in 2016-17 before suffering an injury that kept him out last season. In addition, newcomers Demarion Bariffe-Smith (Fr., G/F, Skokie, Ill.), Zach Westphal (Fr., G, West Fargo, N.D.), and Sergio Nanu (Fr., F/C, Kenosha, Wis.) will add their talents to the roster.

Minnesota Crookston, in total, has 15 players entering the 2018-19 season. They open their exhibition slate Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium against the University of Northwestern (Minn.). The regular season will commence Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. versus Arkansas Tech University on a neutral court in St. Paul.


The University of Minnesota Crookston women's basketball team opened up the 2018-19 season with their first practice on Monday afternoon. The Golden Eagles entered the season with 16 players on their roster. Minnesota Crookston is in their 13th season under Head Coach Mike Roysland.

The Golden Eagle women's basketball team missed the NSIC Tournament quarterfinals for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Minnesota Crookston will look to rebound and they have a strong core for 2018-19 as they return three starters from 2017-18 with Isieoma Odor (Sr., F/C, Bloomington) Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., G, Marshfield, Wis.), and Stephanie McWilliams (Jr., G, Grand Forks, N.D.) all back in the fray. Odor looks to lead the way with her play in the post after averaging 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a redshirt junior. Michaelis was third on the team in scoring last season with 10.9 points per game and looks poised for a strong senior season. In addition, sophomore Abby Guidinger (So., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) returns after an impressive finish to the season. As a freshman, she tallied 9.8 points per game.

Minnesota Crookston also returns Paige Weakley (Jr., G/F, Kearney, Mo.), Ashley Freund (So., G/F, Jordan, Minn.), Amber Schoenicke (Jr., F/C, Marshall, Wis.), and Maria Delgado (Sr., G, London, England), who will all look to make their mark in 2018-19. Lastly, look for several newcomers to figure into the mix as Coach Mike Roysland has excitement for a strong group of eight freshman for the Golden Eagles. Minnesota Crookston added size with Bren Fox (Fr., C, Norwood Young America), Julia Peplinski (Fr., F, Hustiford, Wis.), Mary Burke (Fr., F, Virginia) and Alethea Kluge (Fr., F, Chisago City) joining the effort for Minnesota Crookston. In the backcourt, the Golden Eagles brought in Kylie Post (Fr., G, Corcoran), Kylea Praska (Fr., G, Thief River Falls), Paige Cornale (Fr., G, Oak Creek, Wis.), and Kayla Sirjord (Fr., G, Ulen,) to compete for time.

The Golden Eagles open up their exhibition slate October 30 at the University of North Dakota.


Congratulations to the East Grand Forks Green Wave Girls Tennis team on their FIRST Section 8A Girls Team Tennis Championship!  The Green Wave will be making their first ever trip to the state tournament.

State Tennis Tournament Team -
Section 1 - Rochester Lourdes
Section 2 - Jordan
Section 3 - St. James
Section 4 - Blake School (Beat Breck 6-1)
Section 5 - Litchfield
Section 6 - Osakis
Section 7 - Play Monday
Section 8 - East Grand Forks

First round - October 23 at 8, 10, Noon, and 2.
8AM - East Grand Forks vs St. James
10AM - Litchfield vs Osakis
Noon - Rochester Lourdes vs Jordan
2 PM - Blake vs Section 7
First round losers play later in the afternoon, winners play October 24 in semi's, and finals.


Congratulations to Kacie Borowicz on becoming the all-time dig leader at Roseau High School with 1,497 digs!


Roseau Wrestler Chandler Mooney has committed to wrestle at the University of Mary next year.


It is good to see the alma-mater Bemidji State Women's Soccer team ranked #1 in the Central Region and #3 in the National polls.  If BSU can win out, they will host the Central Regional!!!

The first NCAA Women's Soccer Regional Rankings have been released and the NSIC has five of the top 10 teams in the central region, including top ranked Bemidji State. Minnesota State is fourth, Augustana is seventh, Concordia-St. Paul is eighth and Minot State is tenth in the first of three rankings. The NSIC, the Mid-America Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Great American Conference (GAC) make up the 35-team NCAA Central Region.   The top eight teams in the region will advance to the NCAA region tournament on Nov. 9 & 11 and Nov. 16 & 18.  Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the MIAA, GAC and NSIC postseason tournaments, with the remaining five spots awarded on an at-large basis. 
The NCAA Women's Soccer selection show will be streamed online on Monday, Nov. 5 at at 5:30 p.m. (CT).
The 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship will take place in Pittsburgh and will be hosted by Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.


Rank Team (Conf) DII Rec In-Reg
1 Bemidji State (NSIC) 13-0-0 13-0-0
2 Central Oklahoma (MIAA) 14-0-0 14-0-0
3 Central Missouri (MIAA) 11-2-1 11-2-1
4 Minnesota State (NSIC) 10-2-1 9-2-1
5 Oklahoma Baptist (GAC) 10-4-0 10-4-0
6 Missouri Western (MIAA) 10-4-0 10-4-0
7 Augustana (NSIC) 9-3-2 9-3-2
8 Concordia-St. Paul (NSIC) 7-2-3 6-2-3
9 Emporia State (MIAA) 9-4-1 9-4-1
10 Minot State (NSIC) 7-4-3 7-4-3


There are 13 NCAA Division 1 Football coaches that make $5 million or more this year.
1.Urban Meyer (Ohio State) - 7.6 million
2. Jim Harbaugh (Michigan) - 7.5
    Nick Saban (Alabama) - 7.5
    Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M - 7.5
5. Gus Malzahn (Auburn) - 6.7
6. Kirby Smart (Georgia) - 6.6
7. Dabo Swinney (Clemson) 6.4
8. Dan Mullen (Florida) 6
9. Tom Herman (Texas) 5.5
10. Scott Frost (Nebraska) 5million (0-6 record)
     Willie Taggert (Florida State) 5 million
     Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) 5 million
     Lovie Smith (Illinois) 5 million


Dave Peterson is the Northwest District and District 9 North Football conference's statistician and has given us the 11 man and 9 man stats.

I have switched the stats to a separate page so it is a little easier to read and doesn't take up so much space on the page.



Pacesetter of Minnesota will be offering a pre-season basketball camp in Bemidji on November 10.
These camps are a perfect way to jump start your season. Championship Fundamentals will be taught by Pacesetter Master Coaches. See the attached flier for details.
Bemidji High School
Saturday, Nov. 10 • 7-hour Program
LIMIT: 42 players
$65/player (Grades 4-12) Player Fee Players should bring their own lunch
(Players will be separated by grade and skill level.)
A registration form is attached. You can also register online with this link or check out our Pre-Season Kickoff camp page:


The 10th Annual Hoops on Halloween is right around the corner, Sunday October 28. Get you teams signed up today. We had over 120 teams participate last year and even had to turn away teams in the end, don’t be that team that misses out! The registration form is available by clicking here.
Also note that we will be using Tourney Machine app this year for our bracketing and scheduling. After sending in your form be looking through your email and junk mail for a return email through this app.
Brackets will be posted Thursday October 25.


We have some exciting new from the UMC athletic department. The Athletic Department and Development Office has announced a fundraising campaign to give the UMC Golf teams a practice facility, "locker room"  with a golf simulator and they are starting a fundraising campaign to raise the $75,000 needed for the project.


$75,000 to invest in leading-edge golf simulation technology, create an innovative space for Golden Eagle men’s and women’s golf teams, enhance team, alumni, and school pride, impact student athlete’s ability to develop skills and compete at their highest level. Support this project with a gift of any amount or one of the following options:
$500 to name a hole/pin on the putting green (only 6 holes available)
$1,000 to name a locker to be used by Golden Eagle Golf student athletes (not limited to one name per locker, however a gift of $2,000 will secure one name only)
$4,000 to name the swing analysis space
$5,000 to name the putting green space
$10,000 to name the hitting bay/golf simulator space
$25,000 to name the golf practice facility

Why this? Why now?

The time is now for the University of Minnesota Crookston to generate greater opportunities to be more competitive in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The NSIC is one of the premier conferences in NCAA Division II. It is a priority of our campus to move the needle by providing transformative places and spaces for the benefit of student athletes, and create a point of pride for alumni, the campus, community, and region.

Give UMC a recruiting advantage over peer institutions (will be one of only three universities in the NSIC to have a leading indoor golf facility)
Provide space for two teams who do not currently have adequate locker or practice facilities
Create a competitive edge for
Golden Eagle Golf teams
Ensure practice is possible for teams regardless of weather conditions

For more information contact:

Derek Martin            Stephanie Helgeson        Brandy Chaffee
Athletic Fundraising      Director of Athletics           Chief Development Officer
U of M Crookston       U of M Crookston             U of M Crookston  
218-281-8436             218-281-8422                   218-281-8434


The Crookston Pirate Booster Club is gearing up for its annual membership drive. PIRATE BOOSTERS exists to support Crookston High boys’ and girls’ athletic programs.
The PIRATE BOOSTERS provide financial assistance which allows student athletes to obtain equipment, uniforms, warm-ups and facilities enhancements. Your annual investment will help the athletic needs of the Crookston High School student athletes.

With your contribution of $100.00 or more, you will have your name placed on the PIRATE BOOSTERS sustaining membership board which is located in the CHS Commons. In addition, your name will be placed in all printed programs for CHS athletic events.
The Contribution levels are broken down as follows:
$100.00-$249.00 - Blue Club Member
$250.00-$499.00 - Gold Club Member and will receive recognition as an event sponsor during the 2018-2019 academic year.
$500.00-$999.00 - Pirate Club Member and will receive recognition as a multiple event sponsor during the academic year 2018-2019.
$1,000.00 or more - Captain’s Club Member and will receive special recognition throughout the entire 2018-2019 academic year.

Although giving levels have been established, any contribution to PIRATE BOOSTERS will be greatly appreciated.

As a part of your annual membership, you are assured CHS athletic team members will not solicit you or your business with smaller fundraisers. You will have a choice to approach a specific team if you desire to provide additional support. If you are interested in joining PIRATE BOOSTERS, please make your check payable to PIRATE BOOSTERS by April 30, 2018. You may bring your donation to Greg Garmen at Crookston High School or Charles Reynolds at Fitzgerald, Reynolds, Harbott, Knutson & Larson, PLLP.  If you would prefer to have your donation picked up, please contact Greg Garmen or Charles Reynolds. You can send a check to Crookston Pirate Boosters - 402 Fisher Avenue, Crookston MN 56716.

The Crookston High School Athletic Department student athletes and coaches and the entire PIRATE BOOSTER CLUB appreciate your generous support.


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

It was entertainment night at the Senior Citizens' Centre. After the community sing-along led by Alice at the piano, it was time for the star of the show - Claude the Hypnotist!

Claude explained that he was going to put the whole audience into a trance. "Yes, each and every one of you and all at the same time," said Claude.

The excited chatter dropped to silence as Claude carefully withdrew from his waistcoat pocket, a beautiful antique gold pocket watch and chain.

"I want you to keep your eyes on this watch," said Claude, holding the watch high for all to see.

"It's a very special and valuable watch that has been in my family for six generations," said Claude.

He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting,


The audience became mesmerised as the watch swayed back and forth.

The lights were twinkling as they were reflected from its gleaming surfaces.

A hundred and fifty pairs of eyes followed the movements of the gently swaying watch.

They were hypnotised.

And then suddenly, the chain broke!!!

The beautiful watch fell to the stage and burst apart on impact.

"OH SHIT," said Claude.

It took them three days to clean the Senior Citizens Centre.   Claude was never invited there again.


I will start updating athletes and coaches next week.  Let me know if you have anybody to list!

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

Ben Trostad, a Freshman playing golf at the University of Minnesota Crookston.   UMC is off until the spring.

Ethan Magsam, a Freshman playing golf at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  UMC is off until the spring.

Cade Salentine, is a redshirt Freshman playing football at the University of North Dakota.

Paul Bittner,
will start the season with the Cleveland Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Bluejacket.  Cleveland beat Rockford 4-1 on Friday and Paul had a plus 1 rating.  On Saturday, Cleveland beat Rockford 5-1 and Paul had an assist, four shots on goal and a plus-1 rating.  On Monday, Cleveland beat the Toronto Marlies 5-3 and had one assist in the game.  Cleveland will host Wilkes-Barr Penguins on Thursday and Saturday.

Marietta Geist, a Junior on the #8 ranked Carleton College Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Carleton will travel to the UW-Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Invitational on October 13.

Luke Edlund, is a Senior linebacker on the Crown College football team.  Crown lost to 37-33 to Minnesota Morris and Luke had one tackle in the game.  Crown will host MacMurray on Saturday.

Elise Tangquist, is a Sophomore golfer for the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Elise finished fourth place at the UMAC Championship at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker.  She shot three rounds of 86, 88, and 97 for a 271.  Elise was named all-conference first team and she also received the conference sportsmanship award. Northwestern is done until the spring.

Isaac Westlake, a Junior playing golf for the Winona State Warriors. 

Haley Roed, a Junior swimming at Minnesota State Moorhead. The season will start October 14 at the University of Mary. 

Kate MacGregor
, a Freshman swimming at Minnesota State Moorhead.  The season will start October 14 at the University of Mary. 

Ryan Bittner, is a Senior playing hockey for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  The Pointers first hockey game will be against Aurora University on Friday, October 26.

Brady Heppner, is a Junior playing hockey at St. Johns University in Collegeville.  St. John's will open the season on October 26 at the University of St. Thomas.

Aaron Hollcraft, is a Senior playing basketball and baseball for the UMC Golden Eagles.  UMC will open the season on November 10 vs Arkansas Tech University in St. Paul.

Bailey Folkers, is a freshman on the University of Wisconsin-Superior women's basketball team.  Superior will open the season on Friday, November 16 vs Carthage College played in Depere, Wisconsin.

Brita Fagerlund, is a Sophomore on the University of Jamestown Jimmy Women's Track team.  The season will start in December.

Ally Tiedemann, a Freshman playing tennis at University of Minnesota Duluth.  The season starts in January.

Bobby Tiedemann, is a Junior on the St. Mary's University Men's Tennis team in Winona.  St. Mary's will host Martin Luther College on Friday, January 25, 2019.

Mason Wang, is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire track team

Amanda Trandem, is a Sophomore on the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Softball team.

Crookston School District Coaches -
Brody Davidson
is an Assistant Pirate Football coach.
Tyler Brekken is a Pirate C team football coach and junior high Pirate Softball coach
Jeremy Lubinski
is a Pirate 8th Grade Football coach.
Amy Boll
is the head Pirate Girls Track head coach and assistant volleyball coach
Sarah Reese
is the Pirate Head Girls Soccer coach
Shelly Erdmann is the Assistant Girls Soccer coach.
Cody Brekken
is the Assistant Pirate Girls Tennis coach, Pirate Boys Tennis coach and Crookston Community Pool Supervisor
Marley Melbye is the Head Girls Swimming coach
Mitch Bakken is the head Pirate Baseball coach.
Justin Johnson is the Pirate Junior Varsity Baseball coach.
Brock Hanson is the Pirate Baseball volunteer assistant coach.
Jeff Perreault
is the Pirate Girls Golf head coach
Wes Hanson is the Pirate Wrestling Head Coach and assistant boys golf coach
Wade Hanson
is the 8th grade boys basketball coach
Travis Ross is the 7th grade boys basketball coach
Kevin Weber is a Pirate Boys Basketball volunteer assistant coach
Connor Morgan is the Pirate Boys Hockey assistant coach
Sam Melbye is the Pirate Boys J.V. Hockey coach
Chris Dufault is an Assistant Wrestling Coach
Nate Merten is an Assistant Wrestling Coach

Non Crookston High School -

Josh Edlund,  is an assistant football coach and phy ed teacher at Flandreau, South Dakota.

Allison Lindsey Axness is Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach in Champlin Park

Jeff Olson is Head Wrestling coach and Head Baseball coach at Delano.

Jake Olson is an Assistant Football Coach and 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 Head Girls Tennis Coach and Head Boys Tennis coach at Monticello High School.

Matt Harris, is a Director of Athletics at the British International School of Houston.

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 at Minot.
Philip Kujawa class of 2004 from Crookston Central is stationed at Hohnfels in Germany for the next 2 or 3 years.
Scott Riopelle is head of Crookston Parks and Recreation
Rob Sobolik is the General Manager of the Fargodome



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