SPORTS FEEVER – June 20, 2024

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SPORTS FEEVER by Chris Fee of KROX Radio –


Fertile-Beltrami standout football player Isaiah Wright has announced he has de-committed from playing football at the University of North Dakota after he graduates. He will be a senior this fall and will be one of the top running backs in the state.  It will be interesting to see where he ends up going now.

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How good is the Minnesota Twins’ Royce Lewis? All he has done in 90 games as a major leaguer, is hit .314 with 29 homers and 74 RBIs in 90 games as a major leaguer. He is special.  The Twins need him to stay healthy.

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The Crookston High School Summer Weight Room will be open at the following times for CHS student-athletes.
(Grade Levels are based on the grade you will be in next school year)
6:30 am – 8:00 am (Monday – Friday) – Grades 10th-12th
8:00 am – 9:30 am (Monday – Friday) – Grades 10th- 12th
10:00 am – 11:00 am (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday) – Grades 7th- 9th

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The Minnesota 2024 USA Hockey Girls 15 National Player Development camp has announced the 40-player roster. The players have been chosen to attend the USA Hockey National Player Development Camps at Miami University in Oxford, OH, this summer. The Girls 15 Camp will be held on July 25-30, 2024, preceded by a Girls 15 Goalie Camp on July 23-25.
Sacred Heart High School (Crookston resident) Adley Vigness made the team. She was pretty much the only athlete besides a girl from Hermantown who wasn’t from the Twin Cities metro “area.”

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It has been an interesting change of events in Barnesville with Girls Basketball Coach Ryan Bomstad resigning to spend more time with family after 12 years of coaching.
Bill Gottenborg resigned at Hawley as a teacher and coach. Now, Gotternborg has taken the job at Barnesville and will be coaching the Trojans.

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The North Dakota High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Tommy Ahneman (West Fargo Sheyenne High School), who is a 4-star recruit, has announced he is transferring to play his senior year at Cretin-Durham Hall in St. Paul this upcoming school year. He has been recruited by several Big 10 schools, including Minnesota.

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Stephen-Argyle alum Zach McGylynn has been named to the CSC Academic All-District team this spring after competing for the North Dakota State University Bison Track and Field team.

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Former University of Minnesota Crookston baseball player Brody Sorenson (Grand Forks, N.D.) signed a professional contract with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Sorenson joins his former teammates Jake Hjelle, Jake Dykhoff, and Jake Osowski on the RedHawks. The four were teammates for the Golden Eagles in 2022 and 2023.

Sorenson was a two-time All-NSIC Second team pick in 2023 and 2024. As a senior in 2024, Sorenson went 7-1 with a 4.48 ERA in 72.1 innings pitched. Sorenson had 69 strikeouts, and just 11 walks. He went 13-9 in his career, with 168.2 innings pitched, 128 strikeouts, and 38 walks. He had 61 appearances and 14 games started.

Sorenson is the 11th former Golden Eagle to play professionally. He is the sixth player on a professional roster in 2024, joining Hjelle, Dykhoff, Osowski, Conner Richardson with the Oakland Ballers, and Zeke Hass with the Santa Fe Fuego. Zach Seipel, Matt Dallas, Will Zimmerman, Paul Krebs, and Cody Pamperin have also played professionally. Seipel is the only player ever selected in the MLB Draft, while Seipel and Krebs are the only former Golden Eagles to play in the Minor League Baseball system.

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University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball Coach Nick Meseck has announced the 2024 season schedule. The Golden Eagles will host nine matches this fall, all coming in Northern Sun play.

The Golden Eagles head to Pueblo, Colorado to play in the Steel City Showcase, hosted by Colorado State Pueblo. The Golden Eagles will open up Showcase against Cal State East Bay on September 5. After playing four matches in Colorado, the Golden Eagles will play four more matches in South Dakota at the Yellow Jacket Classic, hosted by Black Hills State. UMC will play Eastern New Mexico twice in non-conference play.
The Golden Eagles will play four opponents for the first time in school history this season: Cal State East Bay, Lubbock Christian, Black Hills State and Montana State University Billings.

The Golden Eagles will open up NSIC play with a split home opener against Bemidji State (September 18) and St. Cloud State (September 21). The Golden Eagles will then head on the road to Minnesota State and nine-time National Champion, Concordia-St. Paul.

The Golden Eagles home matches this season feature Concordia-St. Paul, Wayne State College, Minnesota Duluth and Northern State.
The NSIC Tournament takes place on November 19, 21 and 23.

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The University of Minnesota Crookston soccer program announced the signing of Tyler Chernecki (F, 5-4, Winnipeg, Manitoba/West Kildonan Collegiate).

“We are looking forward to working with Tyler, her forward thinking and approach to the game is something that we are looking to add to our team,” said Head Coach Neil Mancktelow. “Tyler’s drive to create an opportunity for herself at the college level is exactly what we want here at UMN Crookston and we look forward to seeing her on the field in the Fall”

Chernecki helped West Kildonan Collegiate to the KPAC Championship. She was her 2023 and 2024 Team MVP, and served as team captain. Chernecki played for the Whitecaps REX Manitoba club team. She helped her team to the 2023 U17 Provincial Championship. Chernecki played for A.K. Soccer Academy, where they competed in U17 for the Canadian National Soccer Championships. She received a National Development Centre – Vancouver Whitecaps invite.  Chernecki was the 2022 Junior Varsity Female Athlete of the Year for her school. She helped her team to the WYSA Premier 1 Soccer Championship from 2019-21.

She is the daughter of Kerrie Chernecki. Her grandfather Wayne Chernecki was a professional ice hockey player. He was defeated in the fourth round, 45th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1969 NHL Draft. Her father Dorian Anneck was a professional ice hockey player. He was defeated in the third round, 56th overall, by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1994 NHL Draft. Chernecki plans to major in exercise science and wellness at Minnesota Crookston.

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The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team is holding a Development Camp for grades 3-8 July 17-19 at Lysaker Gymnasium. The cost of the camp is $100. It will run from 1-3 p.m. If you are interested in registering for the camp please visit For any questions please contact Assistant Coach Tim Lubke at

Campers will receive instruction from the Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball staff. The camp will help with skill development for kids going into grades 3-8. It is catered to both boys and girls interested in participating.

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Learn more and register:
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Why don’t some couples go to the gym?
Because some relationships just don’t work out.

A traveling salesman’s car breaks down way out in farm country late in the evening.
Luckily he’s not too far from a quaint little farmhouse, so he goes and knocks on the door. The farmer and his wife answer the door, quite sympathetic to the salesman’s plight.
They let him use their phone to call a tow company. Unfortunately the truck couldn’t come out until morning, so the couple offer to let him stay with them overnight. They don’t have a guest room, but their bed is large enough to fit three comfortably, so the salesman accepts gratefully.
A couple hours after going to bed, the wife turns to the salesman and whispers, “I want you!”
He answers, “But your husband is right there!”
She replies, “Pluck a hair from his butt. If he doesn’t wake up, we can do it.”
He plucks a hair; the farmer doesn’t stir, and they quietly have sex.
A couple hours later, she says “I want you again!”
He plucks another hair from the farmer’s butt, getting no reaction, so they have sex again.
Another couple hours later, she says, “I want you one last time before you go!”
And as the salesman reaches to pluck a hair, the farmer tiredly says, “Look, man, I don’t mind if you do my wife, but could you please stop using my ass as a scoreboard?”

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A man called to testify at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), asked his accountant for advice on what to wear.
“Wear your shabbiest clothing. Let him think you are a pauper,” the accountant replied.
Then he asked his lawyer the same question, but got the opposite advice. “Do not let them intimidate you. Wear your most elegant suit and tie.”
Confused, the man went to his Priest, told him of the conflicting advice, and requested some resolution of the dilemma.”Let me tell you a story,” replied the Priest.
“A woman, about to be married, asked her mother what to wear on her wedding night. ‘Wear a heavy, long, flannel nightgown that goes right up to your neck.’ But when she asked her best friend, she got conflicting advice. Wear your most sexy negligee, with a V neck right down to your navel.”
The man protested: “What does all this have to do with my problem with the IRS?!”
“Simple”, replied the Priest…
“It doesn’t matter what you wear, you are going to get screwed!”

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

Emilee Tate is a freshman playing Softball at Northland Community and Technical College.

Halle Bruggeman is a freshman on the University of Wisconsin-Stout Women’s Tennis team.

Grace Fischer is a freshman on the Concordia College (Moorhead) Women’s Golf team.

Ethan Boll is a Freshman on the University of North Dakota Football team.

Breanna Kressin is a Sophomore on the Hockey Cheer Team for THE University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Hockey team.

Emma Osborn is a Sophomore playing basketball at Northland Technical and Community College in Thief River Falls.

Jacey Larson is a Sophomore playing hockey at Dakota College at Bottineau.

Aleah Bienek is a Sophomore playing hockey at Trine University in Indiana.

Elise Tangquist is the Head Girls Golf Coach at Horace High School in Fargo, ND..

Kaleb Thingelstad is a junior playing golf at Kansas Wesleyan.

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

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

Ty Hamre is playing football at Bemidji State University.

Aleece Durbin is a Junior on the University of North Dakota Womens Track and Field team.

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

Crookston School District Coaches

Emilee Tate is the Pirate 7th grade volleyball coach. 
Todd Miner 
is a Pirate Football assistant coach.
Ben Parkin 
is the head Pirate Baseball 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
Marley Melbye is the Head Girls Swimming coach and assistant girls golf coach
Jeff Perreault 
is the Pirate Girls Golf head 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

Non-Crookston High School coaching/Admin/etc

Tim Desrosier is an Assistant Coach for Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Pony Boys Basketball

Pat Wolfe is the head wrestling coach for Fosston/Bagley.

Austin Sommerfeld is an Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communication at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

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 at Champlin Park

Jeff Olson is the 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) Horgen is the 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 Wisconsin Badgers Men’s head Hockey coach.

Mike Biermaier is the Athletic Director at Grand Forks Schools.

Stephanie (Lindsay) Perreault works with the North Dakota State stats crew for Bison football, volleyball, and basketball in the winter. Stephanie’s husband, Ryan, is the assistant director for 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 in the Army and is now a Ranger.

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 a grad of West Point and currently 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 or call. Thanks for reading and listening to KROX RADIO and

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