SPORTS FEEVER – July 28, 2022

The Stephen-Argyle Legion baseball team not being allowed to play in the sub-state tournament continues to be a discussion, especially at the Sub-state tournament that was held in Crookston last weekend.

I attended a couple of games and I had one coach and several other people point out that the umpire that kicked the Stephen-Argyle coach out of the third place game two weekends ago wasn’t allowed to ump any of the sub-state games last weekend in Crookston.

So I asked why?  Three different people told me it was because there was word that the umpire had something out for the Stephen-Argyle coach and tossed him.  I talked to several Stephen-Argyle players and they all said that their coach didn’t say anything that should have gotten him kicked out.

This is what happened –

In the bottom of the ninth inning in a 3-3 game Warroad had runners on first and second base with a batter that made a bunt attempt at a pitch trying to sacrifice the runners over. The umpire called the pitch a ball. So the Stephen-Argyle coach asked from his pail in the dugout “Was that not an offer?” The umpire said “No.” Coach replies with “Explain to me how that was not an offer with his bat across the plate?”  The umpire came out of the umpire’s box and said that’s it! Get out!! Pointed to the gate. 

I have had several people tell me the same exact story so it is pretty concrete and a few words might have been different but the same exact story.  Not a legitimate reason on kicking a person out of a game, let alone a playoff game.  KROX was broadcasting the game and Wyatt and I were sitting by the Warroad dugout when it happened and we were wondering what was going on.  The umpire said you are gone and we thought he was kicking the player out.  Next thing you know he is kicking the coach out.

The Warroad coach said (and I am paraphrasing) that is a little bit much.

I have had reports from several players and adults stating the umpire asked a couple of the players if they were going to be eligible to play next year.

That seems to be one of the reason’s the umpire wasn’t being allowed to ump.  So instead of looking into this further, the American Legion head brass doesn’t let the ump work the games, which tells me that they think something is wrong or there is enough there to not allow the ump to work the games.  With that said, why didn’t they allow Stephen-Argyle to play and let the Stephen-Argyle coach appeal the ejection?

As they say, there is always more to the story.  Should the Stephen-Argyle coach have been kicked out.  NO!!  Should they have kept Stephen-Argyle out of the sub-state?  NO!!

Does the Legion Baseball head brass and District Manager need to figure their BLEEP out?  YES!!!!  The legion brass sent out a different bracket than the tournament manager did and that is why the games on Sunday were delayed.  Why do you hire a tournament manager if he doesn’t get to do his job?

To quote one person at the Legion Baseball tournament – “American Legion Baseball makes the MSHSL look good!

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Now on to the Northwest Sub-state legion tourney.  Roseau beat DGF 16-4 in the semi-finals with the Wensloff’s teaming up for a solid three-inning pitching performance and a mammoth homerun.   It looked like after Roseau beat Fosston it was going to be another trip to the state tourney for Roseau.   DGF, who is a very good team and a deep team, came back and beat Fosston by a run, then beat Roseau twice to advance back to state.

A lot of people are probably wondering how do you beat a team 16-4 and then lose twice.  In double elimination, it is a wild tournament and after the first couple of rounds, it is about who is playing better, who is deeper, and who has the deepest pitching staff.  The games were great games and it looked like both teams were pretty even and DGF was able to get some timely hits and win the two games.

Congrats to DGF on the tourney win and congrats to Roseau on a great season.  There was some great games on the final two days of the tourney!

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Crookston’s Ethan Boll announced this morning (Thursday) that he has committed to the University of North Dakota to play Division I Football for the Fighting Hawks. Boll will be a Senior this upcoming year at Crookston and was the Pirates leading rusher the past two seasons. This winter, Ethan won the 220-pound State Championship in Wrestling.  He also competed in the State Track Meet in 2021, his first year out for track.  Boll also plays baseball in the spring.

Boll is expected to play linebacker at UND.  He is the second Pirate stand-out runningback to play football for UND, following Cade Salentine, the runningback before Boll.

We also had the opportunity to chat with Ethan live on KROX this morning and he gave us some insight into the decision. For the interview, click below.

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It looks like the future is bright for Red Lake Falls Softball as the Eagles 14U team won their league championship by beating Crookston and Thief River Falls before beating BGMR 8-7 with a Hannah Robison walk-ff hit in the championship.

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Minnesota Hockey announced last week that a two-year pilot program designed to provide an age-appropriate development path for girls’ hockey players in Minnesota. The pilot program, which was approved by the Minnesota Hockey Board of Directors at its summer meeting, will provide special exceptions to 13-year-olds and 16-year-olds to play at the 12 & Under and 15 & Under classifications, respectively, in situations in which their association isn’t able to offer a team at the appropriate age level.

The pilot program was developed following a series of surveys and in-depth discussions involving association leaders and high school coaches across the state evaluating the current program pathways for girls ages 13 and over in Minnesota. With the goal of ensuring all girls in Minnesota have an age-appropriate development opportunity, the Minnesota Hockey Board of Directors and its appointed committee of key girls’ hockey stakeholders determined this pilot program would provide an immediate solution while also ensuring continued conversation and evaluation in the future.

“This pilot program will ensure age-appropriate development and continued participation of 13- and 16-year-old female players,” said Minnesota Hockey President, Steve Oleheiser. “We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all of our players and believe this program will enhance both of those for girls across the state.”

For the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons, the following rules will be in effect.

Any 13-year-old girls (June 1, 2008-May 31, 2009 for 2022-23) whose association does not offer a 15 & Under team would be eligible for a play-down exception with these requirements:

  • All teams with 13-year-olds must participate at the 12U A level. Note: Associations may petition for an exception to this rule, which would be determined by a three-person committee consisting of the appropriate District Director, the VP Gold Region and VP Maroon Region.
  • All teams must adhere to the Minnesota Hockey rule of 2/3 of players on the team being from the designated age classification. No more than 1/3 of players on a team may be play-ups or play-downs.
  • Every player must complete the USA Hockey play-down request form and receive an approval letter.

Any 16-year-old girls (June 1, 2005-May 31, 2006 for 2022-23) whose association does not offer a 19 & Under team would be eligible for a play-down exception with these requirements:

  • All teams with 16-year-olds must participate at the 15U A level. Note: Associations may petition for an exception to this rule, which would be determined by a three-person committee consisting of the appropriate District Director, the VP Gold Region and VP Maroon Region.
  • All teams must adhere to the Minnesota Hockey rule of 2/3 of players on the team being from the designated age classification. No more than 1/3 of players on a team may be play-ups or play-downs.
  • Every player must complete the USA Hockey play down request form and receive an approval letter.

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The Crookston Blue Line Club Golf Scramble fundraiser will be held on Friday, August 19th at Minakwa Golf Course. The scramble will have five-person teams with a cost of $375 for a team or $75 for individuals. Registration will start at 8:00 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. For more information and to register contact Kristy Swanson at 218-289-0576 or email

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The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program is hosting a pair of camps this summer. The Golden Eagles will hold a youth camp for grades 2-7 August 13 and a prospect camp August 14 for grades 8-12. The cost of the camp is $50 per player.

The youth camp will commence with grades 2-4 participating from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. August 13 on the Minnesota Crookston softball field. Players are asked to bring a glove, cleats, helmet, and bat. The camp will commence for grades 5-7 at 1 p.m. and be completed at 3:30 p.m.

The prospect camp will cost $85 per player and will run from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. August 14, and then pick back up from 1-3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a glove, cleats, helmet, bat, and softball pants. The camp will take place at the Minnesota Crookston softball field.

To register for the camp visit University of Minnesota Crookston Softball Camps ( If you have any questions you can contact Head Coach Nick Weinmeister at 970-203-5960 or Assistant Coach Ashton Sangster at 479-353-6094.

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The Crookston Pirate Football program and Coach Nate Lubarski will be hosting a Pirate Pride Youth Football Camp August 2-4 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for 3rd-6th graders at the Crookston High School Football fields.

Cost is $50. Payment is due on the first day of camp (Cash or Check only). Make checks to Crookston Pirate Football.

The registration form is below, or you can register online at

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KROX is proud to be the sponsor of the Crookston Blue Line Club 10,000 Puck Challenge this year.  One thing to remember is this….how often do you take a shot standing still???  Remember that when shooting.   Shooting with rollerblades on, and moving around while you shoot will help you 100 times more than standing still and shooting.

The Crookston Blue Line Club is pleased to present the 10,000 Puck Challenge. The program was created as a development opportunity for hockey players to develop their skills at home.

There is evidence to show that daily micro-practices are effective and often superior to longer practice sessions once or twice a week. When you practice a little each day, skills do not erode. In fact, they consolidate. It is like a bank account earning compound interest: a virtuous spiral where skill accrues quickly.

So, how well do you think your shot would improve if you were to take 10,000 shots over a 20-week period? Or goalies how many extra saves or assists can you make?

Think it can not be done? Think again! We have created a plan for players & goalies of all ages and abilities to follow over 20 weeks to accomplish this goal.

GOAL: Increase shot speed, quickness and accuracy in 20 weeks

Player Plan: Shoot 10,000 pucks
(weekly goal: 500 shots per week; daily goal: 100 shots per day – 5 days/week)

Goalie Plan: Complete 2,500 catches, 2,500 blocks, 2,500 forehand and 2,500 backhand shots (weekly goal: 500 reps per week; daily goal: 100 reps per day – 5 days/week)

Dates: May 8th – September 25th, 2022

Ages: 2021-22 players – Mite3, 8U, Squirt, 10U, Peewee, 12U, Bantam

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

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.

Elizabeth Erdman is a coach for the Moorhead Red Dragon swim team.

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

Josh Edlund is the head 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 and is been deployed to Iraq for nine months.

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

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