SPORTS FEEVER – May 25, 2023

SPORTS FEEVER by Chris Fee of KROX Radio –

Congratulations to the Thief River Falls Prowlers Boys Tennis team on winning the Section 8A championship again. They are the first spring sports team to make it to state. Softball has one day of games, with half the teams eliminated. The championships will be held next week.  Track will have sub-sections this Thursday, and the section meet next Friday. Baseball has the first round of the tournament on Tuesday. Things are busy and golf starts with the sub-section next week as well!

Best of luck to all teams. Also congratulations to the Class of 2023 graduates and best of luck in the future. If you are going to college – go to class every day and you will do fine!

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The Section 8A and 8AA Baseball tournaments will begin on Tuesday, May 30 across the area.

The Section 8AA Baseball seeds are looking to be interesting.

In the North, this is how we see it going-(of course Thursday’s games could change a few things)
1. EGF
2. Roseau
3. Park Rapids
4. Warroad
5. TRF
6. Menahga
7. Crookston
8. Red Lake

1. Perham
2. Ottertail Central (Beat Barnesville)
3. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
4. Barnesville
5. Frazee
6. Hawley
7. Fergus Falls
8. Pelican Rapids

This is how it looks like the Section 8A Baseball seeds could go. Again the games on Thursday could switch some things up.

1. Sacred Heart
2. West Marshall
3. Ada-Borup-West
4. Red Lake County
5. Fertile-Beltrami
6. Northern Freeze
7, Kittson County Central

1. Fosston
2. Norman County East/UH
3. Lake of the Woods
4. Mahnomen/Waubun
5. Blackduck
6. Bagley
7. Win-E-Mac
8. Lake Park-Audubon
9. Northome/Kelliher

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After 28 years as head Perham Yellowjacket Boys Basketball coach, Dave Cresap has announced his resignation. Cresap announced his retirement a few weeks ago and announced this week that he is stepping down to take the job as the new Men’s Basketball Head Coach at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls.
Cresap, a Minnesota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame member, had a record of 666-298 and won a state championship in 2011.
Congratulations to Coach Cresap, and best of luck at Fergus Falls. There are a lot of Section 8AA basketball coaches that are “happy” about his new venture.

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Bemidji State Freshman Rylin Petry (Fertile-Beltrami High School) added another accolade to his terrific year on Thursday when he was selected to the PING/Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-Region Team. In the process, he becomes the first golfer from Bemidji State to earn the award.

Petry adds his All-Region honor after being selected to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team and All-NSIC Tournament Team accolades earlier this season.
Petry put together a freshman season to remember. Once the calendar turned to spring, Petry finished in the top-five in all six tournaments leading up to the NCAA Super Regional. He posted a pair of top-two results, as he also came in runner-up in a loaded regional event at The Mule in early April. Petry led the Beavers and the NSIC with a regular season stroke average of 72.7. He finished at 73.0 following regionals and 30 total rounds. He compiled four rounds under 70 during the season, hitting 67 at The Mule and 69 three times at three different tournaments. Petry was named NSIC Golfer of the Week twice, and in the final regular season GolfStat rankings, he was in the top 100 nationally, coming in 92nd.

Petry was one of just two golfers to be named to the All-Region Team from the NSIC joining Concordia-St. Paul’s Brandon Sperling.

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The Minnesota Hockey Girls HP 16 National Camp team has been announced, and there is only one player from northwest Minnesota on the team, Warroad’s Katy Comstock. There is only one other player not from a one-hour radius of the Twin Cities with Mercury Bischoff of Grand Rapids-Greenway.

The Minnesota Girls Hockey 18U National Camp roster was also released, and it has two girls from Northern Minnesota, and both of them are Moorhead Spuds. Taylor Brueske and Kate Kosobud.

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The 13th Annual Pirate/Blue Wave Boys Hockey Alumni Golf Outing is scheduled for June 3, 2023.

On Saturday, June 3, they will be hosting an 18-hole golf scramble starting at 11:00 AM with lunch provided at Minakwa Golf Course. Registration for golf is limited to the first 20 – five-person teams, so please sign up early. The cost for golf is $85/person or $25/person if you graduated from Crookston High School or Sacred Heart High School from 2019-2023, which includes pizza at I.C. Muggs. We are also selling $100 raffle tickets (only 200 tickets available) with an $8,000 winner. If you are interested in the $100 raffle, please contact Sam Melbye ( for tickets.

They accept payments for golf through PayPal and Venmo (@CrookstonHockey). Click on the link, and you will be directed to a secure PayPal site to complete the transaction.

Golf Registration $85 payment

High School Grad 2019-2023 Golf Registration $25 payment

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Make plans now to attend the 28th annual “Lace ‘em Up” basketball camp to be held in Red Lake Falls high school at the Robert Matzke Gym from June 5-8, 2023.

The camp is open to any boys or girls who are currently in grades K-10.  The camp is set up to run from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 for grades 5-10 (grade they were in this past school year) each morning, and from 12:30 until 3:00 p.m. for grades K-4 (grade they were in this past school year).  The cost of the camp is $70 with a maximum cost per family of $100.  If you register before May 22,  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.

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:

Make checks payable to: Lace ‘em Up Basketball Camp

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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I, the parent of the above student agree to allow my child to participate in the 2023 “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.

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Only in America … do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in America … do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in America … do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

Only in America … do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in America … do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

Only in America … do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

EVER WONDER …. Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don’t you ever see the headline ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?

Why is it that doctors call what they do ‘practice’?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the entire plane out of that stuff?

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If con is the opposite of pro… is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

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

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

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

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

Olivia Huck is a freshman playing soccer at Minnesota State Moorhead.

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

Elise Tangquist is the Assistant Girl’s Volleyball and Assistant Girl’s Golf Coach this year at Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove.

Kaleb Thingelstad is a sophomore playing golf at Dakota 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.

Paul Bittner is playing professional hockey in Norway.

Kate MacGregor is 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 –
Ben Parkin
is the head Pirate Baseball Coach.
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/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 is the Head Girl’s 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 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

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