SPORTS FEEVER – May 5, 2022

Finally, Spring and the Spring sports season is underway.  Most baseball and softball teams finally played their first games in the last week, and it looks like the rest of the week, through Friday, looks perfect!  Hopefully, the rest of the spring is sunny and warm and all the games/events the teams can get in are played.

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A couple of years ago, Breckenridge School District decided that having a class-act head coach in Arly Ohm wasn’t good enough for them.  I ripped whoever made the decision and said Steven Lipp would be crazy to take the job.  Well, two years later, I hate to say I told you so.  Breckenridge is looking for a new head coach.  I have been told he was given the famous ultimatum of resigning or be fired.
I don’t know what is going on in Breckenridge but something smells funny and either the people making these decisions/forcing the decisions are some of the dumbest people in the world or something is going on.   Either way, who is foolish enough to take the job?????

Good luck to the sucker that takes the job, if anybody does.

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The Northern Sun Conference baseball regular season will come to an end this weekend.  The top eight teams will make it to the conference tournament.  UMC is in 11th place, and it looks like they won’t make the tourney.  In order to have a sliver of a chance at making it, they would have to beat Mary all three games and hope Northern State loses at least two games to Upper Iowa.  They would have to hope Wayne State loses at least two games, and it still might not be good enough.  We will see but one loss to Mary guarantees they won’t make it so there is a lot on the line this weekend.

If UMC doesn’t make the playoffs they might NOT want to schedule a trip to Hawaii again. The last two times UMC has gone to Hawaii to play they haven’t made the playoffs (2018 and 2022 if they don’t make it).  I don’t know if it is pure coincidence or what, but Florida or bust from now on baby!!!

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Congratulations to East Grand Forks Senior High graduate Nate Deziel.  He is golfing for NDSU and set a new Summit League record while shooting 13-under par to win the individual Men’s Golf tournament by five strokes!

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St. Cloud State Assistant Men’s Hockey coach Nick Oliver has taken the job as the new Fargo Force Head Hockey coach.  Nick grew up in Crookston before moving to Roseau.  His parents Scott and Denice Oliver live in Crookston.

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University of Minnesota Crookston student-athletes Ben Thoma (Sr., Clearbrook, Baseball) and Kylie Post (Sr., Corcoran, Women’s Basketball) were named 2021-22 NSIC Honor Student-Athlete Award Winners.

Thoma has been a staple on the baseball diamond and has been a stand-out in the classroom over his career at UMN Crookston. He was the first Golden Eagle student-athlete in any sport to receive the NSIC Elite 18 Award, earning it in 2021. He has a 4.0 GPA with a double major in management and sports and rec management. Thoma has been a captain for the Golden Eagles. He is a four-time NSIC All-Academic recipient. He has done anything and everything asked from his team. He has caught, pitched, played second base, short stop, and third base.  During the 2022 season, he is batting .246, with a team-leading 37 runs scored, and 12 home runs. He has 34 RBIs on the season.

Post has been a four-year starter for the Golden Eagles. She has a 3.91 GPA in elementary education. She finished her career with 814 career points, 346 rebounds, and 193 assists. Post led the Golden Eagles with 11.6 points per game during her senior season in 2021-22.

Augustana University’s Tyler Riemersma was named as the 2022 Dr. William Britton Scholar-Athlete Award winner, while Concordia University-St. Paul’s Jena Berkland was the 2022 Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

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Make plans now to attend the 27th annual “Lace ‘em Up” basketball camp to be held in Red Lake Falls high school at the Robert Matzke Gym from June 6-10, 2022.

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-6.  The cost of the camp is $70 with a maximum cost per family of $100.  If you register before May 22nd,  you will also receive a camp T-shirt.  After May 22, ALL SINGLE REGISTRATION FEES WILL BE $80 AND THE MAXIMUM COST PER FAMILY WILL BE $120, DUE TO CAMP PREPARATION AND AWARD ORDERS.

NOTE: by request, sixth 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
Cell:  218-686-3608
Home: 218-253-2499
E-mail: sphilion@rlfedu.org

Make checks payable to: Steve Philion

If anyone needs help with the cost of the camp, let Mr. Philion know as we have people who have offered to cover costs for kids that need financial help.

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Name____________________________________
Grade in 2021-2022________________(GRADE JUST COMPLETED)

I was a sixth 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 2022 “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, accidents, or COVID that my child might incur.

SIGNATURE OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN:_______________________________________

Emergency cell number of parent or guardian:___________________________________

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JOKES

After a quarrel, a wife said to her husband, “You know, I was a fool when I married you.”

The husband replied, “Yes, dear, but I was in love and didn’t notice it.”

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An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, “Ah, you’re an engineer — you’re in the wrong place.” 

So the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, they’ve got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer, “So, how’s it going down there in hell?”

Satan replies, “Hey, things are going great. We’ve got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next.”

God replies, “What??? You’ve got an engineer? That’s a mistake — he should never have gotten down there, send him up here.”

Satan says, “No way! I like having an engineer on the staff, and I’m keeping him.” 

God says, “Send him back up here, or I’ll sue.”

Satan laughs uproariously and answers, “Yeah, right. And just where are you going to get a lawyer?”

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Two elderly gentlemen, who had been without sex for several years, decided they needed to visit a cat-house for some tail. When they arrived, the madam took one look at them and decided she wasn’t going to waste any of her girls on these two old men. So she used “blow-up” dolls instead. She put the dolls in each man’s room and left them to their business. 

After the two men were finished, they started for home and got to talking. 

The first man said, “I think the girl I had was dead. She never moved, talked or even groaned… how was it for you?”

The second man replied, “I think mine was a witch.” 

The first man asked, “How’s that?” 

“Well,” said the second man, “when I nibbled on her breast… she farted and flew out the window!”

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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 email me at  chrisjfee@yahoo.com

Elise Tangquist, is the Assistant Girls Volleyball and Assistant Girls Golf Coach this year at Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove.

Katherine Geist, a sophomore, is running track for Carleton College.

Emma Boll, a freshman, is playing softball at Northwestern University in St. Paul.

Emma Borowicz is a freshman running track at Minnesota State Mankato.

Ben Trostad is a senior playing Men’s Golf at UMC.

Kaleb Thingelstad is a freshman playing golf at Kansas Wesleyan University.  KWU is done for the fall season.

Joslynn Leach is a freshman playing golf at Concordia College in Moorhead.  The Cobbers wrapped up the Fall season.

Brady Butt is a sophomore playing football at the University of Jamestown.

Rachel Hefta, is a junior playing volleyball at Hastings College in Nebraska.

Ty Hamre is playing football at Bemidji State University.

Paul Bittner is playing professional hockey in Germany, for Düsseldorf EG.

Gretchen Theis is a sophomore at NDSU on the Equestrian team.

Kate MacGregor is a senior swimming at Minnesota State Moorhead.

Aleece Durbin, is a Junior on the University of North Dakota Women’s Track and Field team.

Nick Garmen is a junior playing tennis at the University of Minnesota Morris.

Crookston School District Coaches –
Emily Meyer 
is the Pirate head girls hockey coach and softball assistant coach.
Lacia Hanson is the Junior High softball coach.
Jeremy Lubinski
 is a Pirate 8th Grade Football coach.
Amy Boll 
is the head Pirate Girls Track head coach
Sarah Reese 
is the Pirate Head Girls Soccer coach
Cody Brekken
 is the Crookston Community Pool Supervisor
Marley Melbye is the Head Girls Swimming coach
Brock Hanson
 is a Pirate Baseball volunteer assistant coach.
Ben Halos is a Pirate Baseball assistant coach.
Alex LaFrance 
is a 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
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 a youth wrestling Coach
Colton Weiland is an assistant wrestling coach

Non-Crookston High School coaching –

Collin Reynolds is the head baseball coach for the University of Colorado Buffalo Club Baseball team.

Trent Stahlecker is a School Security Specialist & he works for the Brevard Public Schools, Florida

Cody Weiland is an assistant wrestling coach at Proctor/Hermantown

Kaylee Desrosier is a softball coach for Fargo Davies Middle 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.

Katy Westrom, is Head Girls Tennis Coach and Head Boys Tennis coach at Monticello High School.

Matt Harris, is an Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, 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 the Director and Fitness at Mission Ranch and Fitness in Camel, California.

Kyle Buchmeier
 is a Tennis Pro at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis

Ben Andringa is serving our country with the Army in New York.

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.

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 High School.  He is an Army recruiter in Rochester.

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.