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This week we will have the Section 8AA Girls Basketball Coaches Poll and team preview, we also have the Section 8AA Wrestling preview courtesy of Mat Rats.  I am also including last weeks Section 8A Boys and Girls Hockey polls and previews and the Section 8A Wrestling preview.  We have been working hard on getting the polls and previews put together and hope you enjoy them.  We enjoy putting it together to get the teams and kids some publicity.

The polls are done a ways in this weeks column because we have all the District Football Awards.  We have compiled a lot of information in this weeks column so I hope you enjoy the plethora of information.

Thanks for reading and next week we will have the Section 8AA Boys Basketball preview and I will have some Gopher Basketball tickets to give away (the ones we have left).

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The first state basketball polls are out and the one thing it proves is that Section 8AA is loaded at the top with three teams ranked in the top 10. They have Perham ranked third, Hawley 9th and Breckenridge 10th.

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We said we have some Gopher Basketball tickets to give away in last weeks column and it always surprises me on the reach of the Feever column.  I had requests from Thief River Falls, Perham, Warroad, Pequot Lakes, a couple from the Twin Cities and of course Crookston.   Thanks for reading wherever you are and we will have a list of the tickets left for give away next week.

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I was watching TV on Wednesday night, one of the rare nights I get to watch TV and when I do it is strictly college basketball.  I love college football, basketball, and hockey.

Anyway, I was watching TV and turned on Midco Sports Net and here is Madison McKeever and the South Dakota Coyotes picking up a win against #23 ranked Iowa State.  McKeever has hit the weight room and had an outstanding game.  Good to see the Win-E-Mac product doing well.

I was also watching Leo Blavin’s Michigan Wolverines take on North Carolina and Michigan has the makings of another final four run.  They have some pretty good freshman and continue to have success with the foreign recruits (well this year it is Canada).

Another thing, what is the deal with women and girls tucking their basketball shorts into their underwear???   I might be an old curmudgeon and a bit old fashioned, but it looks weird and silly.  But it must be in style right now because I am seeing it everywhere.  I am sure my dad said the same thing when I was wearing my Michigan Wolverine basketball shorts that went down to the knees and the long black socks just like the Fab Five did back in the day.

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Congratulations to the Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbird football team on their Class A state championship and the Barnesville Trojans on their Class AA runner-up last week.  They represented the area very well and it didn’t come as much of a surprise that Mahnomen-Waubun won the championship, but Barnesville finishing as the runners-up was an outstanding and I would have to think an unexpected run at the start of the year.  Barnesville lost a ridiculous amount of talent from last years team, but they reloaded, worked hard in the offseason and they and were playing their best football at the end of the year.

I saw this post by stat guru extraordinaire, Dave Peterson

BOLD averaged 21 points in the 2nd half.

They got 0 points in the 2nd half against the Thunderbirds.

BOLD averaged 292 rush yds/game.

They got 125 yards against the Thunderbirds.

BOLD averaged 55.6 pts per game.

They got 21 against the Thunderbirds.

 

Another stat I came across about the Clark Family’s dominance in coaching –  John Clark Junior is the head coach of Mahnomen and now Mahnomen/Waubun and his assistants are John Sr. (his father) and Paul Clark (his brother).

John Jr: 174-39 in 18 years at Mahnomen and M/W

John Sr.: (aka Bomber) 118-82 in 20 years at Waubun

Paul: 70-33 in 10 years at Waubun

TOTAL; 362-154, 48 seasons

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The Minnesota Gopher Football team beat Wisconsin for the first time in 15 years last weekend to become KROXAM.com bowl eligible.  A couple things –

  1. Both programs were mediocre at best this year with weak schedules.
    2. The Gopher Football ceiling is sky high.  60 freshman and red shirt freshman – part of the reason why they were so up and down this year.
    3. PJ Fleck – Is he full of hot air?  Is he a genius?  Is he the answer for the program?  Yes, possibly and I am thinking absolutely.

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Roseau High School graduate Kiley Borowicz has been named the NSIC North Player of the Week.  The 5’8 sophomore plays for Minnesota State Moorhead and had a pretty good week –
– Averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in wins at the Cherry Creek Holiday Inn Classic
– Connected on 6-of-12 three-pointers on the week
– Had 14 points and a season-high seven rebounds in a 62-41 win over Metro State
– Added a season-high 20 points to go with five assists in a 74-61 win over Colorado Christian

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Breckenridge’s Carter Fredrickson has announced he will play football for Bemidji State next year.  Fredrickson (the coaches kid) was named the offensive lineman of the year in the Midwest White District.

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A tough stat from our friend at Follow the Rock
There were 6 losses on Tuesday night of over 50 pts in Minnesota Girls Basketball. (100, 66, 62, 61, 59, & 53).

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I saw this interesting tidbit of info earlier this week.  Forest Lake High School’s Josie Bothun, last year’s start on the girls hockey team, started in goal for the Boys Hockey team against Park (Cottage Grove) tonight.  Bothun, a junior, has verbally committed to play for Penn State’s Women’s Hockey team.  We have been told that Josie’s dad is from East Grand Forks.

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The All Section 8AA Football team was announced this week with the following receiving the award –

Barnesville
Adam Tonsfeldt 10 QB/DB
Preston Snobl 12 TE/LB
Nick Detloff 12 RB/DE
Hunter Zenzen 11 TE/DE
Jackson Poepping 12 C/DT
Brooks Martinson 12 E/LB

Hawley
Trayton Cosssette 12 RB/DB
Jacob Vetter 12 QB/LB
Matthew Thompson11 11 OL/DL
Garrett Peterson 12 WB/DB
Gunnar Lawson 12 FB/LB

Warroad
Max Gausen 12 OL/DL
Lincoln Nash 11 OL/Linebacker
Jeremy Cole 11 RB/LB
Jaron Moyer 12 RB/DB

Roseau
Jacob Lindemann 12 OL/DL
Ben Olson 10 RB
Dale Grindahl 12 OL/DL
Brodie Wensloff 10 Linebacker

Crookston
Lucas Meir 12 LB
Brady Butt 11 LB

Bagley
Jacy Benson 11 RB/DB
Justus Bertek 11 QB/DB

United N Central
Brandon Miller 11 QB/LB
Jonah Howard 11 FB/LB

Frazee
Brett Graham 11 LB
Brandon Carpentier 12 WR
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The Midwest White Football District announced their award winners this week and they are listed below –

2018 MIDWEST WHITE DISTRICT FOOTBALL STANDINGS

District Record                       Overall Record

Hawley                                    6-0                                           7-1
Breckenridge                           5-1                                           6-2
Barnesville                               4-2                                           6-2
Pelican Rapids                         3-3                                           4-4
Roseau                                    2-4                                           3-5
Crookston                               1-5                                           2-6
Frazee                                     0-6                                           1-7

2018 MIDWEST WHITE SUB-DISTRICT PLAYER AWARDS

SUB-DISTRICT DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR – Hunter Zenzen, Barnesville

SUB-DISTRICT DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR – Eric Laznicka, Roseau

SUB-DISTRICT LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR – Lucas Meier, Crookston

SUB-DISTRICT OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR – Carter Fredericksen, Breckenridge

SUB-DISTRICT OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR – Nick Detloff, Barnesville

SUB-DISTRICT RECEIVER OF THE YEAR – Chase Libak, Hawley

SUB-DISTRICT QUARTERBACK OF THE YEAR – Jacob Vetter, Hawley

SUB-DISTRICT SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR – Mason Klevgaard, Hawley

SUB-DISTRICT PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jacob Vetter, Hawley

SUB-DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR – Peder Naatz, Hawley

2018 White-Sub District All District Team
Player Name Team Yr
Chase Libak Hawley 12
Noah Glad Hawley 12
Jacob Vetter Hawley 12
Matthew Thompson Hawley 11
Gunnar Lawson Hawley 12
Garrett Peterson Hawley 12
Carter Fredericksen Breckenridge 12
Hunter Feigum Breckenridge 12
Caden Mcgough Breckenridge 12
Charlie Boldingh Breckenridge 12
Jack Aigner Breckenridge 11
Preston Snobel Barnesville 12
Chase Brenner Barnesville 12
Nick Detloff Barnesville 12
Hunter Zenzen Barnesville 11
Brooks Martinson Barnesville 12
Hayden Christenson Pelican Rapids 12
Zane Brosowske Pelican Rapids 12
Tucker Fladmark Pelican Rapids 12
Lucas Meier Crookston 12
Brady Butt Crookston 11
Jacob Lindemann Roseau 12
Ben Olson Roseau 10
Brett Graham Frazee 11
2018 White-Sub District Honorable Mention
Player Name Team Yr
Scott Kluck Hawley 12
Trayton Cossette Hawley 12
Derian Gerdes Hawley 11
Justin Bentley Hawley 11
Tyson Piechowski Breckenridge 11
Michael Randall Breckenridge 12
Gavin Johnson Breckenridge 10
Jackson Poepping Barnesville 12
Hunter Anderson Barnesville 11
Adam Tonsfeldt Barnesville 10
Damien Britten Pelican Rapids 12
Matty Ziebell Pelican Rapids 11
McHale Korf Pelican Rapids 10
Brooks Butt Crookston 9
Blake Fee Crookston 12
Daniel Wensloff Roseau 11
Brodie Wensloff Roseau 12
Dale Grindahl Roseau 12
Gabe Drewes Frazee 12
Cole Fleisher Frazee 11
2018 All-Academic Team–3.7 GPA or Higher from most recent cumulative GPA at conclusion of regular season. Must be a letterwinner.
Player Name Team Yr
Derian Gerdes Hawley 11
Justin Bentley Hawley 11
Marcus Rosing Hawley 11
Chase Libak Hawley 12
Noah Glad Hawley 12
Matt Thompson Hawley 11
Nathan Sperr Hawley 11
Tanner Leister Hawley 10
Charlie Boldingh Breckenridge 12
Jake Wendorff Breckenridge 12
Adam Tonsfeldt Barnesville 10
Nolan Rick Barnesville 10
Brooks Martinson Barnesville 12
Nick Detloff Barnesville 12
Jackson Poepping Barnesville 12
Tanner Kadrmas Barnesville 11
Marcus Paul Barnesville 10
Hunter Zenzen Barnesville 11
Hayden Christenson Pelican Rapids 12
Colm Fitzsimmons Pelican Rapids 12
Levi Johnson Pelican Rapids 10
McHale Korf Pelican Rapids 10
Weston Funk Pelican Rapids 10
Jaden Lubarski Crookston 12
Quinn Westlake Crookston 11
Walker Winjum Crookston 11
Easton Tanquist Crookston 10
Joey Doda Crookston 11
Sam Overgaard Crookston 12
Cade DeLeon Crookston 10
Justin Lindgren Crookston 10
Karsten Issacson Crookston 10
Ty Hamre Crookston 11
Luke Tangen Roseau 12
Daniel Wensloff Roseau 11
Hayden Nelson Roseau 10
Brock Riewer Frazee 12
Brett Graham Frazee 11
Micah Hanebuth Frazee 11
Jack Hall Frazee 10
Brock Barlund Frazee 10
Brandon Nguyen Frazee 10

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The Midwest Red District Football award winners have been announced and they are listed below –

2018 MIDWEST RED DISTRICT FOOTBALL STANDINGS

District Record                       Overall Record
Detroit Lakes                          7-0                                           8-0
Perham                                   5-2                                           6-2
East Grand Forks                    4-3                                           5-3
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton         4-3                                           4-4
Fergus Falls                             4-3                                           4-4
Pequot Lakes                          3-4                                           4-4
Park Rapids Area                    1-6                                           2-6
Thief River Falls                       0-7                                           0-8

2018 MIDWEST RED SUB-DISTRICT PLAYER AWARDS

SUB-DISTRICT DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR – Noah Olds, Detroit Lakes

SUB-DISTRICT DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR – Dylin Ackerman, Pequot Lakes

SUB-DISTRICT LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR – Zach Peterson, Perham

SUB-DISTRICT OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR – Charles Barnett, Detroit Lakes

SUB-DISTRICT OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR – Isaiah Thompson, Detroit Lakes

SUB-DISTRICT RECEIVER OF THE YEAR – Bode Magnuson, Pequot Lakes

SUB-DISTRICT QUARTERBACK OF THE YEAR – Jenson Beachy, Perham

SUB-DISTRICT SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR – Colton Hackel, Perham and Reed Mace, Detroit Lakes

SUB-DISTRICT PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jenson Beachy, Perham and Isaiah Thompson, Detroit Lakes

SUB-DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR – Josh Omang, Detroit Lakes

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The Midwest Blue District Football award winners have been released and they are below –

2018 MIDWEST BLUE DISTRICT FOOTBALL STANDINGS AND AWARD WINNERS

District Record                   Overall Record

Ottertail Central                            6-0                                          8-0
Pillager                                          5-1                                          7-1
West Central Area-Ashby             4-2                                          4-4
Wadena-Deer Creek                    2-4                                          3-5
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle                2-4                                          3-5
Staples-Motley                              1-5                                          1-7
United North Central                     0-6                                          0-8

2018 MIDWEST BLUE SUB-DISTRICT PLAYER AWARDS

SUB-DISTRICT DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR -Jack Bentson, Pillager

SUB-DISTRICT DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR – Luke Woidyla, Pillager

SUB-DISTRICT LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR – Max Naddy, OTC

SUB-DISTRICT OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR – Jarrett Hutchison, Pillager

SUB-DISTRICT OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR – Cade Schmidt, S-M

SUB-DISTRICT RECEIVER OF THE YEAR – Gabe Abraham, LPGE

SUB-DISTRICT QUARTERBACK OF THE YEAR – Nick Van Erp, OTC

SUB-DISTRICT SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR – Tucker Peterson, Pillager

SUB-DISTRICT PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Nick Van Erp, OTC

SUB-DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR –  Ryan Emter, OTC

2018 Blue-Sub District All District Team
Player Name Team Yr
Nick Van Erp OTC 12
Max Naddy OTC 12
Adam Lange OTC 12
Austin Wensauer OTC 12
Sam Fisher OTC 12
Blake Wallevand OTC 11
Travis Arndt OTC 12
Tucker Peterson Pillager 11
Luke Woidyla Pillager 11
Jack Bentson Pillager 11
Erik Peterson Pillager 11
Hunter Gjovik Pillager 10
Spencer Schaefer Pillager 11
Christian Norby WCA-A 12
Scot Johnson WCA-A 12
Gavin Paulson WCA-A 12
Devin Stone WCA-A 11
Colby Scherlter WDC 12
Steven Thomas WDC 12
Gabe Abraham LPGE 12
Jaden Evenson LPGE 12
Cade Schmidt S-M 11
Ryan Wick S-M 11
Brandon Miller UNC 11
2018 Blue-Sub District Honorable Mention All District
Player Name Team Yr
Cian Buehler OTC 10
Brennan Amundson OTC 11
Nick Miller OTC 11
Caden Johnson OTC 12
Cade Barrett Pillager 11
Jarrett Hutchison Pillager 11
Judah Beard Pillager 11
Tanner Bennett WCA-A 12
Jaden Norby WCA-A 10
Braden Overson WCA-A 11
Max Phillips WDC 12
Cade Kapphanh WDC 12
Hudson Pung LPGE 12
Sam Byers LPGE 12
Isaac Kronenberg S-M 11
Josh Lombard S-M 12
Jonah Howard UNC 11
Jared Seibert UNC 12
2018 All-Academic Team–3.7 GPA or Higher from most recent cumulative GPA at conclusion of regular season. Must be a letterwinner.
Player Name Team Yr
Adam Lange OTC 12
Max Naddy OTC 12
Nick Miller OTC 11
Blake Wallevand OTC 11
Ethan Houselog OTC 10
Connor Drake OTC 11
Nick Van Erp OTC 12
Luke Woidyla Pillager 11
Erik Peterson Pillager 11
Hunter Gjovik Pillager 10
Griffin Decker Pillager 10
Paul Freelove Pillager 10
Braden Overson WCA-A 11
Kade Olson WCA-A 10
Jaden Norby WCA-A 10
Miles Hoff WCA-A 10
Sam Heeter WCA-A 12
Shane Wrolson WCA-A 10
Tate Christenson WCA-A 10
Joe Langer LPGE 10
Joe Liebsch LPGE 10
Jaden Evenson LPGE 12
Hudson Pung LPGE 12
Ian Langford LPGE 11
Max Strickland S-M 10
Jordon Carlson S-M 12
Izaiah DeMars S-M 11
Cole Winkels S-M 10
Emmit Winkels S-M 11
Ryan Wick S-M 11
Matthew Fisher S-M 12
Jared Seibert UNC 12
Conner Korvela UNC 9

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The Northwest Football District has released the 2018 season award winners.  They are listed below –

Northwest Football District 2018 Post Season Awards

Final Standings

East                                                            West
1 – Walker-Hackensack-Akeley                  1 – Mahnomen/Waubun
2 – Blackduck                                              2 – Red Lake County
3 – Bagley                                                   3 – Ada-Borup West
4 – Warroad                                                4 – Polk County West
5 – Cass Lake-Bena                                    5 – Fertile-Beltrami
6 – Red Lake                                              6 – Lake Park-Audubon
7 – Pine River-Backus                                 7 – Fosston
8 – Badger-Greenbush-Middle River

Individual Awards

East Sub District
Austin Smith
(Sr., WHA) – Jerry Sonnek Most Valuable Offensive Lineman
Kobe Arp (Sr., Blackduck)– Darrel Naugle Most Valuable Defensive Lineman
Riley Welk (Jr., WHA) – L.E. Dreschel Offensive Player of the Year
Zach Josephson (Sr., WHA) – Defensive Player of the Year
Antoni Ripoll Nicolau (Jr., Bagley) – Ron Stark Most Valuable Special Teams Player
Aaron Pfeiffer (WHA) – Coach of the Year

West Sub District
Chris Podlak
(Jr., Mahnomen/Waubun) – Jerry Sonnek Most Valuable Offensive Lineman
Mason Miller (Jr., Ada-Borup West) – Darrel Naugle Most Valuable Defensive Lineman
Jon Starkey (Sr., Mahnomen/Waubun) – L.E. Dreschel Offensive Player of the Year
Parker Syverson (Sr., Mahnomen/Waubun) – Defensive Player of the Year
Dylan Pearce (Sr., Fertile-Beltrami) – Ron Stark Most Valuable Special Teams Player
John Clark Jr. (Mahnomen/Waubun) –  Coach of the Year

Northwest All District Team
Name                             Gr.    Positions              School
Jared Brainard                12      QB                       Ada-Borup West
Brett Fetting                   12      RB/CB                  Ada-Borup West
Mason Miller                  11      TE/DE                  Ada-Borup West
Verdis Barber                 11      RB/SS                  Ada-Borup West
Colby Stevenson             12      WR/CB                Ada-Borup West
Carlos Medina IV           11      OT/DE                 Ada-Borup West
Trevor Nichols               12      TE                         Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
Dade Melby                    11      RB                       Badger-Greenbush-Middle-River
James Hvezda Jr.            12      RB/LB                  Bagley
Justus Brtek                   11      QB/CB                  Bagley
Jacy Benson                   11      RB/S                     Bagley
Jaden Sunderland           11      FB/LB                   Bagley
Ian Frenzel                     12      QB/LB                  Blackduck
Kobe Arp                       12      TE/DE                  Blackduck
Dylan Moen                   11      RB/LB                   Blackduck
Trenten Juelson              11      FB/LB                   Blackduck
Dylan Pearce                  12      RB/CB                  Fertile-Beltrami
Harmon Liebl                 12      RB/LB                   Fertile-Beltrami
Dakota Qualley              12      G/LB                     Fertile-Beltrami
Michael Stuhaug            12      QB/LB                   Fertile-Beltrami
Isaac Dryburgh               12      OL/LB                  Fosston
Justin Wetli                    11      LB/G                     Lake Park-Audubon
Ben Rabideaux               11      RB/LB                  Lake Park-Audubon
Jon Starkey                    12      QB/DB                 Mahnomen/Waubun
Parker Syverson             12      RB/DB                  Mahnomen/Waubun
Izaiah Asher                   12      RB/LB                   Mahnomen/Waubun
Treston Spalla                12      TE/DE                   Mahnomen/Waubun
Chris Podlak                  11      OL/DL                  Mahnomen/Waubun
Will Bly                         12      TE/DB                   Mahnomen/Waubun
Jayden Heisler                12      RB/DB                 Mahnomen/Waubun
Grant Sullivan                12      OL/DL                  Polk County West
Trea Byklum                  12      TE/DE                  Polk County West
Evan Sczepanski            12      RB/DB                 Polk County West
John Fontaine                 11      RB/DB                 Polk County West
Jalen Kelly                     12      T                           Red Lake
Chase Cobenais              12      QB                       Red Lake
Connor Lambert             12      RB/LB                  Red Lake County
Isiah Olson                     10      OL/DE                  Red Lake County
Zach Howard                 10      OL/LB                  Red Lake County
Derek Peterson               11      QB/DB                 Red Lake County
Riley Welk                     11      QB/LB                  Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
Carter Opheim                12      RB/OLB               Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
Austin Smith                  12      OL/DL                   Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
Tyler Sea                        12      RB/CB                  Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
Zach Josephson              12      LB/OL                   Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
Seth Djernes                   12      FS/FB                    Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
Max Gausen                   12      OL/LB                    Warroad
Jaron Moyer                   12      RB/DB                   Warroad
Lincoln Nash                  11      OL/LB                    Warroad
Jeremy Cole                   11      RB/LB                    Warroad

Honorable Mention All District
Ada-Borup West – Gavin Byron  (Jr.,), Preston Gwin (Jr.)
BGMR –  Kaeden Hietala (Sr.), Kyle Stauffnecker (Jr.), Andy Dostal (Jr.)
Bagley – Elliot Logan (Sr.), Sam Scherzer (Jr.), Chris Maschler (Sr.)
Blackduck – Tyler Moen (Sr.), Ethan Merrill (So.), Dayne Savich (So.)
Cass Lake-Bena – Hunter Kaasa (Sr.), Jared Brown (Sr.), Colter Humphrey (Jr.)
Fertile-Beltrami – Drew Larsen (Sr.), Nolan Pinske (Sr.), Damian Gudvangen (Jr.), Dawson Fuglseth (So.)
Fosston – Austin Schmidt (Sr.), Kyle Jacobson (Jr.), Dane Schoenborn (So.)
Lake Park-Audubon – Will Hannesson (Sr.)
Mahnomen/Waubun – John Clark (Sr.), Justin Littlewolf (Fr.), Chandler Toczek (Sr.)
Pine River-Backus – Logan Gordon (Sr.), Jake Poehler (Jr.), George Davidson (Jr.)
Polk County West – Myles Smith (Jr.), James Fontaine (Jr.), Eric Mykleseth (Jr.)
Red Lake – Matt Maxwell (Sr.), David Smith (Sr.), Mike Seki (Sr.)
Red Lake County – Zach Benson (Jr.), Austin Jensen (Sr.), Adrien Verbout (Sr.)
W-H-A – Colten Jacob (Sr.), Kenner Bell (Sr.), Connor Craven (Jr.)
Warroad – Isaac Falk-Stoskopf (Sr.), Spencer Musgrove (Sr.), Jett Shoen (Sr.)

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SECTION 8AA GIRLS BASKETBALL COACHES POLL AND PREVIEW

KROX Radio has conducted our annual Section 8AA Girls Basketball coaches poll and season preview.  We have had responses from 14 of the 16 coaches and didn’t receive anything from Frazee or Breckenridge.

Roseau is the almost unanimous favorite and the Rams have won the last four Section 8AA championships and it looks like the are the extremely heavy favorite and everybody else is fighting for second place.  A couple teams that most coaches think will have a good year is the East Grand Forks Green Wave under the direction of Jay Frydenlund and the Hawley Nuggets under Coach Bill Gottenborg.  The guys know how to coach, and the Green Wave and Nuggets are looking to get back to the next level to make a push. Section 8AA lost a boatload of talent to graduation leaving a lot of question marks going into the season.  The teams that are able to fill the holes and the teams that were young last year will have an advantage coming into this season.  We know this much, Roseau is the early favorite, but don’t be surprised if some teams close the gap and knock them off during the regular season this year.  We will see!

We did the coaches poll a little differently with so many first-year head coaches.  We split the vote into the North sub-section and South sub-section and I asked the coaches to name the top five teams.  So, the results of all three are below along with the team previews –

All coaches responded except for Frazee.  Thanks to the 15 coaches that responded, I appreciate it!

Top 6 teams –            Points
1. Roseau –                  64
2. Hawley –                  35
3. East Grand Forks –  32
4. Dilworth-G-F –         22
5. Crookston –              14
6. Barnesville –              13
North Sub-Section
Team                 Points (first place)
1. Roseau –                   8  (6)
2. East Grand Forks –  17 (2)
3. Hawley –                  19
4. Crookston –              27
DGF –                      27
6. Thief River Falls –     34
7. Warroad –                45
8. Bagley –                    47

South Sub-Section
Team                           Points  (first place)
1. Barnesville –                  9  (4)
2. Park Rapids –               10 (3)
3. Perham –                      14
4. Breckenridge –             25
5. Long Prairie-GE –        31
6. Frazee –                       33
7. Wadena-Deer Creek – 35
8. Staples-Motley –          38

TEAM PREVIEWS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER-

BAGLEY FLYERS- Coach Brett Nordquist- 1st year
Bagley is coming off a 1-25 season and they lost to DGF in the first round of the playoffs last season.  They will return some experience and will look to pick up a few more wins this season.
Top returners – Seniors Alex Syverson, McKenzie Halverson, Carley Lewis, and Kara Bowman. Alex is best and most experienced player. Many other underclassmen will contribute.
Top newcomers – Kylie Anderson, Kyra Frank, Kelby Fultz, and Sadie Spaulding among others.
Season outlook according to Coach Nordquist – “Our goal is to try and get a little better each time out. We are trying to stay positive. We have been working hard at improving the basics. We probably won’t win a ton of games however we think we can be more competitive then the past few years.

BARNESVILLE TROJANS – Coach Ryan Bomstad – 7th year at Barnesville and 13th overall
Barnesville is coming off a great season last year with a 22-6 record and a 61-53 loss to Roseau in the section semi-finals last year.  They lose some very good players to graduation and will look to reload this year.  They will be a team that will be there at the end of the year with the solid coaching of Coach Bomstad.
Top Returners – Elora Passa 5 ppg, 4 rebounds; Claire Meyer 6 ppg, 2 rebounds; Wylie Lewis 2 ppg
Top Newcomers: Lauren Halverson, Emily Bredman, Lexi Bolgrean, Sam Passa, Kim Maesse, Olivia Sorenson
Season outlook according to Coach Bomstad – “The Trojans will be young with a lot of potential. It is a group of players that seem to get along very well on and off the court. This team will continue to grow as the season goes on. The Heart O’Lakes Conference is so difficult night in and night out and balanced that it prepares you for all kinds of styles you will see in the post season. Hopefully with a little luck and if we can stay healthy we could be in the mix come late February and early March.”

BRECKENRIDGE COWBOYS – Coach Austin Imdieke 1st year
Breckenridge was 11-17 on the year last year and lost to DGF in second round of the playoffs.  They lose some solid players with two all conference honorable mentions and a handful of girls from last years team.  They will also have a new coach and their is a possibility they could have a new look this year.
Top returners – Chase Yaggie, Carly Vizenor, and Ashtyn Kaehler
Top newcomers – Jude Held (9 ppg, 7 reb, 6 assists, 1 steal) and Grace Conzemius (8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal. Camryn Kaehler can also improve throughout the season and end up getting some serious varsity minutes.
Season outlook according to Coach Imdieke – “I’m very excited for this group of girls, we have a great opportunity to exceed general expectations. We lack varsity experience as a whole, outside of the senior class, but we have some very talented girls getting their feet wet this season. Jude Held, Grace Conzemius, and Riley Lorenz have a great opportunity to turn some heads this season and get their name known.”

CROOKSTON PIRATES – Coach Darrin Zimmerman – 4th year at Crookston and 7th overall
Crookston is coming off a 13-14 season with a loss to East Grand Forks in the first round of the section tournament.  They lose two of their top offensive players (shooters), but they return some very good talent.  They have some of the top Sophomores and Freshman in the section and they will be a team that will be tough to beat, especially if they are able to make some outside shots.
Top returners – Kylie Solheim Sr. 5.4ppg 2.8rpg; Rachel Hefta Sr. 5.7ppg   7.2rpg; Emma Borowicz So.11.4 ppg   3.0apg; Dani Boyle Jr. 1.0 ppg; Hayden Winjum Fr. 5.5ppg   3.4rpg; Gretchen Theis Jr. 1.2 ppg; Kasey Cwikla Jr. 4.2 ppg   2.3rpg
Top newcomers – Emma Boll Soph.
Season preview according to Coach Zimmerman – “We figure to be a very competitive team this season with a high ceiling. As in years past, we will need to defend well and take care of the ball, as the north subsection should be a competitive with many good teams. If we continue to improve as the season unfolds, we will be in the conversation come tournament time.”

DILWORTH-GLYNDON-FELTON REBELS– Tom Critchley 7th at DGF and 22 years overall
DGF, like most teams were hit hard by graduation last year and they lose some very good players.  The also return some very solid players and I think DGF has a very good chance of being one of the teams taking on Roseau at the end of the year.  They were 24-5 last year and lost to East Grand Forks in the semi-finals last year.
Top returners – Katlyn Brenna – HOL All-Conference, 11 ppg – very good player who can score and defend.  plays much bigger than her size on both ends of the floor; Allie Critchley – HOL honorable mention 8 ppg, 4 assist and 4 steals per game.  Will step in for Natalie Steichen at the point and will create the pace we want to play with on the defensive and offensive end.   Signed with Valley City State; Maria Watt –  Excellent athlete, is a sophomore but this will be her 3rd year on varsity.  We expect her to take a big step forward and she had a great summer; Peyton Wilson – Another very good athlete who is long and has put in the time needed to be a successful varsity player.  Athletic post who can guard a point guard; Jocy Cyr- senior captain will provide some toughness in the post and on the glass; Olivia Feigum – junior wing/post who also had a very good summer and can guard any position
Top newcomers – We have a bunch on younger girls who are ready to step up and run with the older girls.   Really excited with our sophomore and freshmen class.
Season outlook/preview of your team – We have 4 very good returning players (would have been 5, but we lost Ally Freir to an ACL injury this summer while she was playing AAU) and have some younger girls who have the potential to step up and provide quality minutes.  We are going to be a little bit bigger than we have been in the past which should help us on the boards.  We have excellent guards who know how to play the game and are great leaders.  This is a motivated group and they want to continue the success we have had the past few years.

EAST GRAND FORKS GREEN WAVE- Coach Jay Frydenlund- 4th year as girls coach, 32nd year overall
The Green Wave are coming off one of their better seasons in several years when they finished 24-6 and lost in the section championship game to Roseau.  They will lose three pretty solid players to graduation, but they return a good core to build off of last years run.  You know they will be well coached and will be one of the favorites to give Roseau a run for their money this season.
Top returners – Sr Mackenna Aitchison 10 ppg, Sr Macy Skyberg 7.5 ppg, Jr Haley Burger- 8 ppg, Soph Chloe Torgerson 5 ppg, Sr Breanna Olson 4 ppg.
Top newcomers – Jr Brynn Hillman, Soph Kadynn Melquist, Jr Emmy Heisler, Soph Hanah Selnes, Soph Caitlin Hovde, Fresh Anina Gehrls, and  Jr Delaney Aaker
Season outlook according to Coach Frydenlund – “We are optimistic with our experience returning but we have some holes to fill especially inside-we will be a much smaller team this season-we will try to get up and down the floor and play full court defense and hope to improve each and every day.”

FRAZEE HORNETS – Coach Jason Reierson
Frazee was 11-16 last season with a first round loss to Breckenridge.  Frazee loses five players to graduation, but they will return Paige Oswald after she averaged 12 points per game last year.  They will have some good upper classman to work with and they should be able to hit double figure wins again this season.
We didn’t receive any information from Coach Reierson.

HAWLEY NUGGETS – Coach Bill Gottenborg 36th year
Hawley was 16-10 last year and lost to Barnesville in the second round of the playoffs. What can you say about the Dean of Section 8AA Girls Basketball, Coach Bill Gottenborg?  He is a legend and will have some outstanding athletes to work with again this year.  Paige Thompson will be one of the toughest match-ups for teams and I really like how she plays on both ends of the court.  Hawley is another team that will be ready to make a run in March.
Top returners  – Rianna Lilleby Sr. 7.5 ppg a very good spot up shooter, she is working to improve her shot off the dribble and footwork on defense; Paige Thompson Jr. – 9.3 ppg, 7.7 rebounds/game a skilled on offense and defense – 6’2 height will give opponents a problem as she can play both on the perimeter and in the post; McKenzie Koenig Jr. – 3 ppg, she had a great offseason and has improved her confidence on offense – we will look to her to be a stopper on the defensive end of the floor; Aby Rux 10th grade– 4.2 ppg, very strong, physical, and aggressive. She plays really hard. She is working to improve her defensive positioning and footwork.
Top newcomers – Kylie Crabtree 9th grade – 2.6 ppg, skilled offensive ballhandler and shooter – look to improve aggressive and physical play on defense; Kaylie Crabtree 9th grade – 2.4 ppg, skilled offensive ballhandler and shooter – look to improve aggressive and physical play on defense
Season outlook according to Coach Gottenborg – “The nuggets will be competitive and will work hard on doing the little things it takes to be successful such as playing hard, smart, together, and having fun.”  


LONG PRAIRIE-GREY EAGLE THUNDER – Coach Jonathan Young 5th year as head, 12th overall.
The Thunder are coming off an 11-14 season last year and lost to Park Rapids in the first round of the tournament.  They lose four players to graduation from last years team, including two all-conference players.  They went 2-1 in the section last year and we still don’t know if they will be in the section next year so changing the schedule too much might not be the best thing to do.
Top returners – Emma Liebsch, Hannah Middendorf, Kaitlin Welters, Diana Salazar
Season outlook according to Coach Young – “We are returning varsity experience, but are replacing two three-year starters from last year’s team that were are top performers on both ends of the court. Looking to stay competitive and improve upon our record in the section 8 tournament.”

 

PARK RAPIDS PANTHERS – Coach Jeff Overmeyer – 7th year
Park Rapids was 14-12 last year and lost to Roseau in the second round of the playoffs.  They lose four players to graduation including all conference honorable mention Jaiden McCollum.  They have three players that received all-conference honors back and will have a solid core to work with.  The Panthers could be one of the top teams in the south sub-section and it will be fun to see how they do throughout the season.
Top returners – Kaisa Coborn (Sr) All Mid-state conference, Kendra Coborn (Sr) All Mid-state honorable mention, Rilee Michaelson (Jr) All Mid-state, and Paige Johnson (Jr)
Season outlook according to Coach Overmeyer – “I think we will be at least a .500 team and be very competitive in the section as well as our conference.”
 

PERHAM YELLOWJACKETS  Coach TJ Super 7th year at Perham and 13th overall (6 years at Cook County)
Perham was 14-14 last year and lost to East Grand Forks by three points in the second round of the tournament.  They lose some solid players, but return a solid nucleus and some good shooters.  They will be one of the top teams in the south and I am guessing will be one of the top three teams in the south.
Top returners – Sr. Mesa Schultz 8 ppg, 6.2 rpg,, Sr. Rachel Muer 7.5 ppg, 50 threes made, Sr. Lisa Meader 6 ppg, 43 made threes, Sr. Lacy Richter 5.2 ppg, So. Katie Johnson 5.5 ppg,
Top newcomers – So. Grayce Mickelson, Fr. Sydney Anderson, Fr. Mallory Belka, Fr. Bradlyn Gniffke, Jr. Katie Zepper, Jr. Grace Minten, So. Lily DeBoer, So. Stella Raser
Season outlook/preview of your team according to Coach Super– “We have good senior leadership and then a lot of talented younger players. It’ll be interesting to see how our team comes together and which girls step up. Right now, we have a lot of girls fighting for varsity playing time! Our goal is to get one of the top seeds in the subsection and fight for a section title.”

ROSEAU RAMS – Coach Kelsey Didrikson 6th year at Roseau – 11th year overall
Roseau was 26-6 last year and they were a slow start away from winning another state championship last year.  Roseau has won the last four section championships and they are the heavy favorite to win again this year in a section that lost a lot of great talent to graduation.  Roseau graduates two very good players with Victoria Johnson and Mya Hough.  Mya might have been one of the most under-rated players to the casual basketball fan.  She was solid and I was always impressed with the way she played and found ways to be successful.  Speaking of successful, Roseau has All-State selection Kacie Borowicz (committed to play next year at UND) back for her senior year.  She is the real deal and really gets the Rams going and Katie Borowicz, one of the best sophomores in the state.  That is the top 1-2 combo in the section and one could say in the state in Class AA.  After losing six to graduation, how will the Rams fill the holes?  That will be the question mark, but I have a feeling it will be answered sooner than later.  Roseau is the top team until somebody in the section proves otherwise.
Top returners – Kacie Borowicz – UND commit (26.5 ppg, 6.5 rb, 4.2 assists, 3.9 steals), Katie Borowicz (18.9 ppg, 5.2 assists, 5.5 steals, 5.4 rb), Emma Waling (4.3 ppg, 2.3 rb), Julia Braaten (3.1 ppg)
Top newcomers – Coach Didrickson said “That’s the big question mark!  Hanna Mooney is a freshman who is looking to see some big minutes…from there we need girls to step up.”
Season outlook according to Coach Didrickson – “We graduated six seniors who had been around for a long time – there are lots of minutes to replace and question marks about who will fill those spots.  In many ways we are very young and will need the process of the whole season to improve and grow into those roles.  It’s exciting to see how it will all play out!”

STAPLES-MOTLEY CARDINALS Coach Brian Smith 1st year (13th year coaching)
The Cardinals are coming off a tough season with a 2-23 record and a loss to Perham in the first round of the section tournament.  The loss of Claire Wolhowe will be tough for Staples-Motley, but with a solid core returning they will look to pick up some more wins.  Coach Smith will have some bumps early with his young squad, but I am guessing they will get a few more wins this season.
Top returning players – Kaitlyn Smith (Jr.) Guard, Haley Cichos (So.) Guard, Jenna Dvorak (So.) Forward, Tab Allen (So.) Post
Top newcomer – Addy Lorber (Fr.) Guard
Season outlook according to Coach Smith – “We are a young team (no seniors on the roster). We lost our top 2 scorers and rebounders from last season, so we will need all of our players to step up and increase in those areas. We will be more athletic this season than last year and will try to use that athleticism to create some turnovers and get up and down the floor. I feel we have gotten better defensively and on the offensive side we are focusing on the things we can do well and building on those.  I think our girls got a lot of great experience last season and are looking forward to getting things rolling this season!”
THIEF RIVER FALLS PROWLERS  – Coach Brian Loe – 1st year (12th year overall)
The Prowlers were 15-11 last year with a loss to Hawley in the first round of the playoffs.  They suffered the biggest loss to graduation last year with Tiahna Nicholson (playing at UND) and Kylea Praska (playing at UM-Crookston) along with five other girls.  It will be tough to find a new identity and with a “new” coach, it might be a good time to start over.  It will be interesting to see how TRF ends up this year.  They are probably the biggest unknown coming into the season.
Top returners – Seniors Alexa Rogalla 9.1 PPG, Hailey Rosendahl, Becca Leier
Top newcomers – Juniors: Annika Dalager, Carley Johnson, Camryn Schwab, Brea PrickettSeason outlook according to Coach Loe – “We have three Seniors, eight juniors, and one Sophomore on our Varsity team. We are going to have to work to replace a lot of lost scoring from last year.  We will take pride in playing tough defense, rebounding hard, and working together to give us a chance to be successful.  Our team works very hard, and they are a lot of fun to coach.  We have high expectations for ourselves, in what most will call a rebuilding year.  We look forward to being competitive in a VERY tough section!”


WADENA-DEER CREEK WOLVERINES- Coach Jordan Cresap- 1st year

The Wolverines were 7-19 last year and lost to Barnesville in the first round of the playoffs last year.  They only lost two players to graduation and have some pretty good players returning.  With first year coach Jordan Cresap at the helm expect good things from the girls, especially by the end of the year.  It will be fun to see how the girls progress throughout the season.
Top returners – Ashley Adams (Sr), Kennedy Gravelle (Jr.) 10.7 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.7 APG), and Mackenzie Carsten (Jr)
Top newcomers – Madison Carsten (8), Madison Packer (9), Lauryn Gravelle (9)
Season outlook according to Coach Cresap – “We lost two valuable seniors last year in Casey Volkmann and Ellie Miron. We will have a good mix of veteran leadership and young girls who will need to step up into varsity roles. We have good size and athleticism and hope to use that to our advantage. This will be a team that will need some time to mesh and improve together. We hope to become a good rebounding team as well as a team that limits turnovers. This group will be fun to coach because they compete and work hard!”


WARROAD WARRIORS – Coach John Larson- 2nd year as head coach at Warroad. 9th year overall.
The Warriors were 4-23 last season and lost to Park Rapids in the first round of the playoffs.  Warroad will have expectations of some more wins this year with a good crew coming back, but they lost a good one to graduation in Bailey Kleinshcmidt.  Coach Larson is doing a good job with the girls and they will be more competitive and the season opening loss won’t deter them.
Top returners- Anna Holter, Sky Boucha, Lexi Syverson, Madi Pickar, Nikki Dalen
Promising players- Catherine Thompson, Lydia Tessier, Laci Kennedy
Season outlook according to Coach Larson. “We are a team with some older leadership that can hopefully continue to turn the program around. We also have some incoming underclassmen that will push for significant playing time. We will be improved in the win column and on the floor this year. I am very hopeful and optimistic.

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The Section 8AA Wrestling preview by Mat Rats is below.  We thank Roger Mischke for allowing us to use his preview and all the work he did to put it together!

MAT RATS SECTION 8AA PREVIEW  2018-2019

FAVORITES: Perham Yellow Jackets and the Detroit Lakes Lakers
DARK HORSES: Pierz Pioneers and the Dilworth/Glyndon-Felton Rebels

PERHAM YELLOW JACKETS
Head Coach: Robb Moser
Enrollment: 421
Conference: Heart O’Lakes
28-3 Overall Duals                  5-0 Heart O’Lakes
Four Place Class State
Section 8AA Champions

Third Place: STMA “Knights” Invite: 195 Pts. 12 Placers
First Place: Bemidji “Rick Lee” Duals: (6-0)
First Place: Grand Forks Central “Sertoma” Duals: (4-0)
Third Place: Fargo “Rumble on the Red” Invite: 135.5 Pts. 4 Placers
First Place: Heart O’Lakes Conference: 261.5 Pts. 14 Placers

The Yellow Jackets have back from their outstanding 28-3 dual meet campaign and Section 8AA and Four Place Class A State Honors. Eleven section place winners, including seven state qualifiers, of which three earned state tourney medals. In addition to that, they will have six with experience back. With just two graduating last spring, look for the Yellow Jackets to challenge those dual meet numbers form last season and make strong challenge to defend their section and state honors. They will be looking for bigger honors at the Class AA state tournament. They have five 40 plus match winners back, Ty Moser (46-2), Zach Peterson 46-3, Dawson Kellog (43-8) Dylan Fudge (42-7) and Owen Werner (40-8) and two 30 plus match winners Jack Fudge (35-9) and Gabe Bellefeuille (35-11). They should have a very balanced team with a great deal of dept. They could challenge anyone in AA if they remain healthy thru out the season.

Returning Wrestlers:
Ty Moser                    12                  46-2    1st Sec./3rd State/AC
Zach Peterson             12                  46-3    1st Sec./3rd State/AC
Dawson Kellog            11                  43-8   1st Section/AC
Dylan Fudge               12                  42-7    3rd Section
Owen Werner             11                  40-8    1st Sec./3rd State/AC
Jack Fudge                 10                  35-9    1st Section/AC
Gabe Bellefeuille        11                  35-11   3rd Section/AC
Leighton Rach            12                  23-13   2nd Section/AC
Blaze Brady                12                  20-6
Jose Lopez                  12                 22-14   5th Section
Matthew Bush             12                  15-15   2nd Section
Garett Covington        10                    9-20   6th Section
Brian Ramos                 9                   6-6
Colton Kostynick        12                    5-17
Noah Rooney              10                    4-5
Rowdie Lindquist       11                    3-13
Brandon Ohara           11                    3-1

Graduates:
Dylan Johnson            33-11   3rd Section       (47-16 Career)
Wyatt Guck                 28-18   5th Section       (59-71 Career)

 

DETROIT LAKES LAKERS
Head Coach: Rob Ullyott
Enrollment: 737
Conference: Mid-State
20-6 Overall                5-0 Mid-State

Section 8AA Runner Up
Eleven Section Placers/Six State Qualifiers/Four State Placers
Second Place: Fosston “Alfred Olson Memorial” 207 Pts. 9 Placers
Eighth Place: Cass Lake “Big Bear” Invite: 112.5 Pts. 5 Placers
Eighth Place: Bemidji “Rick Lee” Duals:
Third Place: Minnewaska “Lakers” Invite: 151 Pts. 9 Placers
Fourth Place: TRF “Arm Forces/National Guard” Invite: 114.5 Pts 7 P
First Place: Alexandria “Big Ole” Invite: 239.5 Pts. 14 Placers

The Lakers have back from a very good 20-6 dual meet campaign eight section place winners, including four state qualifiers, of which two earned state honors. They will also return nine with a wide range of experience. They could challenge those dual meet marks from last season. They will have four 30 plus match winners and five 20 plus match winners back. They will challenge for Mid-State Conference and they could possibly challenge for section honors, with the right match ups. Isaiah Thompson, Noah Olds, Blake Weber, Fabyon Greer, Brody Ullyot and Cade Jackson should be their key leaders thru out the season.

Returning Wrestlers:
Isaiah Thompson         11th                  45-6     2nd Sec./State Champ/AC
Noah Olds                  12th                  39-6     3rd Section/AC
Blake Weber               11th                  39-8     2nd Section/AC
Fabyon Greer              12th                  33-9     2nd Section/3rd State
Brody Ullyot               10th                  29-16   2nd Section
Cade Jackson               8th                  26-16   5th Section
Jordan Skadsem          11th                  25-21   3rd Section
Charles Barnett            12th                  23-19
Blaine Henderson       10th                  20-21   5th Section
Andrew Annette         10th                    7-20
Thad Schrauderoff      10th                    5-8
Brennen Sather            12th                    7-10
Bradly Swiers               9th                    3-8
Garret Nelson              10th                    3-12
Clint Anderson             9th                    3-2
Andreas Barzet           10th                    1-3
Michael Friendshul     10th                    1-2

Graduates:
Braydon Ortloff           26-3     2nd Sec./4th State/AC (139-46 Career)
Payton Jackson           32-15   4th Section/AC            (144-98 Career)
Austin Baker               39-6     1st Sec./4th State/AC  (122-66 Career)

 

PIERZ PIONEERS
Head Coach: Skip Toops
Enrollment: 347
Conference:  Central Minnesota
21-10 Overall              6-0 Central Minnesota

Eleven Section Place Winners/Three State Qualifiers
Fifth Place: Brainerd “Paul Bunyan” Invite: 113 Pts. 7 Placers
Seventh Place: WDC “Dennis Kaatz Memorial” 110 Pts. 9 Placers
Third Place: CBI “Bluejacket” Duals: (3-1)

The Pioneers will have back from a good 21-10 dual meet campaign ten section place winners, including thee state qualifiers and six with some experience. With the graduation of just one senior look for the Pioneers to improve on those dual meet numbers from last season. If they stay health thru out their football season and the wrestling season, they should have a very balanced and talented team. Eight 20 plus match winners back, look for this team to challenge not only for Conference honors, but to challenge anyone in what should be a pretty balance dual meet campaign. Jake Andres, Carson Huls, Luke Girtz, Reese Kapsner, Brandon Tomala and Brandon Funk should be their key leaders thru out the season.

Returning Wrestlers:
Jake Andres                12th                  41-5      1st Section/AC
Carson Huls                12th                  36-8      2nd Section/AC
Luke Girtz                   12th                  32-9     4th Section/AC
Reese Kapsner            12th                  32-10   3rd Section/AC
Brandon Funk             11th                  26-15   4th Section/AC
Brandon Tomala          12th                  24-14   2nd Section/AC
Trevor Radunz             9th                  23-17   6th Section
Austin Radunz            12th                  21-7      3rd Section
Ross Boser                  10th                  19-19   All Conference
Jacob Gotvold             12th                  13-25   6th Section
Riley Hoskins             11th                  10-22   5th Section
Alex Barclay               11th                   7-20
Cale Becker                 10th                  3-5
Colton Kaspner           12th                  2-3
Brandon Schlegel        11th                   1-2
Frank Tomberlin            9th                   1-7

Graduate:
Jalen Jansen                28-9                 4th Section/AC (107-61 Career)

 

THIEF RIVER FALLS PROWLERS
Head Coach: Kenny Geiser
Enrollment: 546 Thief River Falls/95 Marshall County/81 Stephen-Argyle/98 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo
Conference: North Star
13-10 Overall Duals

Eight Section Place Winners/Five State Qualifiers/Two State Placers
Second Place: WDC “Dennis Kaatz Memorial” 191 Pts.  12 Placers
Fourth Place: Cass Lake “Big Bear” Invite” 128 Pts. 6 Placers
Fifth Place: TRF “Arm Forces/National Guard” Invite: 110 Pts. 6 Placers
Sixth Place: WHAN “Wolfpack” Invite: 126 Pts. 7 Placers
Second Place: Fertile “Northwest” Invite: 136.5 Pts. 8 Placers

The Prowlers will have back from their 13-10 dual meet campaign six section place winners, including three state qualifiers, one of which earned state tourney honors. They will have a dozen back with a wide range of experience too.  With just two graduating last spring, look for this team to challenge those dual meet marks form last season. They should make a challenge for one of those top four spots in what should be a pretty balance dual meet campaign. Cade Lundeen, Jake Davis, Cody Wienen, Bradey Kasprick and Cole Johnson should be their leaders thru out the season.

Returning Wrestlers:
Cade Lundeen             12th                  42-7      1st Sec./4th State
Jake Davis                   11th                  36-10   1st Section
Cody Wienen                9th                  29-15   3rd Section
Bradey Kasprick           9th                  25-14
Cole Johnson               11th                  25-15   6th Section
Kyle Miller                   12th                  20-9
Brenan Peralta              12th                  16-3    2nd Section
Mason Iverson            10th                  14-24   5th Section
Brandon Zuniga          10th                  14-13
Cody Sele                   12th                  11-23
Kevin Jensen               12th                    8-24
Kale Geiser                   8th                    6-7
Mathew Kolden          11th                    2-2
Taylor Engebretson      9th                    1-1
Hunter Shallet             12th                    1-5
Jayce Lizakowski        12th                    1-9
Kody Kilen                 10th                    1-3
Colin Bruggeman          9th                    1-4
Alex Lancto                11th                    1-11

Graduates:
Josh Bernier                48-6     1st Sec./3rd State         (211-56 Career)
Connor Swanson         34-13   2nd Section                  (102-58 Career)

 

PEQUOT LAKES/PINE RIVER-BACKUS ROAD CREW
Head Coach: Travis Hoffarth
Enrollment: 494 Pequot Lakes/190 Pine River-Backus
Conference: Mid-State
18-13 Overall Duals                4-1 Mid-State

Nine Section Place Winners
Fifth Place: WDC “Dennis Kaatz Memorial” Invite: 123 Pts. 9 Placers
Twenty-Eighth Place: Cass Lake “Big Bear” Invite: 51 Pts.  1 Placer
Third Place: LPA “Terry Teiken” Invite: 155 Pts.  12 Placers

The Road Crew will have back from their 18-13 dual meet campaign six section place winners and a dozen with a wide range of experience. Look for the Road Crew to continue to improve during the course of the season, they could challenge those dual meet marks from last season. If they stay healthy and spread out in their weights they could possible challenge for a top four spot in this dual meet campaign. Jake Poehler, Josh Pettit, Connor Tulinchik, Harley Large, Evan Koering and Keenan Dahl all 20 plus match winners, should be their key leaders thru out the season.

Returning Wrestlers:
Jake Poehler                11th                  29-12   5th Section/AC
Josh Pettit                    11th                  29-18   5th Section/AC
Connor Tulinchik          9th                  23-7       4th Section
Harley Large               12th                  23-21
Evan Koering              11th                  20-19   5th Section
Keenan Dahl               11th                  21-22   6th Section
Riley Wilson               12th                  18-14   All Conference
Austin Staricha            9th                  11-18
Tim Ryan                     12th                  12-14   4th Section
Myca Reynolds            11th                  11-20
David Shepard            12th                    4-3
Finnegan O’Dell           9th                    4-22
Colton Anderson        12th                    3-4
Isaac Sample               11th                    3-6
Mathew Foster             8th                    2-0
Corbin Knapp               8th                    2-1
Owen Carlson               9th                    2-4
Caleb Ruhl                    9th                    2-7
Dylan Shepard              9th                    2-1

Graduates:
Peter Koering              39-6                 3rd Section/AC (73-55 Career)
Addisuone Harrington 28-12  4th Section       (67-37 Career)
John Urseth                 28-11   3rd Section       (59-44 Career)
Zach Tulenchik                         3-23

 

 

DILWORTH-GLYNDON-FELTON REBELS
Head Coach: Davis Kosen
Enrollment: 364
Conference: Heart O’Lakers
18-6 Overall Duals                  4-2 Heart O’Lakes

Eleven Section Place Winners/Two State Qualifiers
Second Place: LPA “Terry Teiken” Invite: 189.5 Pts.  12 Placers
Ninth Place: Cass Lake “Big Bear” Invite: 111 Pts.  4 Placers
First Place: Moorhead “Gadberry” Duals: (4-0)
Third Place: Heart O’Lakes Conference: 140 Pts. 12 Placers
First Place: Hillsboro “Boro” Duals: (5-0)

The Rebels have back from a good 18-6 dual meet campaign eight section place winners, including one state qualifier and seven with experience. Look for this young team to continue to make big strides of improvement. If they get spread out in their weights and stay injury free they should make a strong challenge for a top four spot in what should be a balanced section. They did graduate three very good seniors, but look for them to get great leadership from Jack Fuchs (36-6), Jordan Summers (32-8), Matthew Pollock (25-8), Zander Jenson (25-17), Carter Schmidt (25-18) and Cade Sogge (23-20).

Returning Wrestlers:
Jack Fuchs                   12th                  34-6     2nd Section
Jordan Summers           8th                  32-8      4th Section
Matthew Pollock         11th                  25-8     3rd Section
Zander Jenson             10th                  25-17   5th Section
Carter Schmidt             11th                  25-18   5th Section
Cade Sogge                 11th                  23-20   6th Section
Blake Bakken              10th                  15-8     6th Section
Logan Tucker              11th                  12-15   4th Section
Dylan Taves                12th                    9-5
Preston Johnson          10th                    6-6
Hunter Fischer             10th                    5-10
Carter Steen                11th                    4-20
Logan Grubb               10th                    3-3
Brodie Strand               9th                    1-0
Dawson Zutz               11th                    1-6

Graduates:
Jacob Arends              38-7                 2nd Section      (116 Wins)
Trevor Dufault                        24-16   5th Section       (54 Wins)
Hunter Maclewiski      29-10   5th Section       (54 Wins)
Daniel Wilson               4-3

 

PARK RAPIDS PANTHERS
Head Coach: Matt Clark
Enrollment: 371
Conference: Mid-State

8-14 Overall

Section Placers Winners/One State Qualifier/ One State Placer
Third Place: Crookston “Rod Olson” Invite: 145 Pts. 9 Placers
Sixth Place: Cass Lake “Big Bear” Invite: 117 Pts. 3 Placers
Fifth Place: BHV/PP “Knight Hawk” Invite: 105 Pts. 5 Placers
Eighth Place: TRF “Arm Forces/National Guard” Invite: 92 Pts. 6 Placers

The Panthers will have back three section place winners, including a state medal winner. They will also return five with experience from their 8-14 dual meet campaign. Look for the Panthers to bring up some of their younger wrestlers. They should make strides of improvement thru out the course of the season. Ashton Clark and Jack Hensel should be their key leaders thru out the season.

Returning Wrestlers:
Ashton Clark               12th                  38-1                 1st Sec./2nd State/AC
Jack Hensel                 12th                  25-18   4th Section
Lucas Kritzeck                          8th                  14-18
Eli Bessman                11th                  10-17   5th Section
Kobe Burton                 9th                  10-17
Joe Klein                                 11th                    9-28
Kian Scott                               12th                    7-14
Kaden Safratowich     11th                    1-1

Graduates:
Cody Dravis                36-5                 3rd Section       (133-36 Career)
Landon Burlingame    26-16   4th Section       (96-76 Career)
Zach Hocking             29-12   4th Section
Dwayne Johnson         34-8                 3rd Section       (41-16 Career)
Dawson Roth                6-15

 

FERGUS FALLS OTTERS
Head Coach: Adam Schlepp
Enrollment: 596
Conference: Central Lakes
3-17 Overall Duals                  1-7 Central Lakes

Three Section Placers
Six Place: Benson “Braves Classic” 93 Pts. 5 Placers
Ninth Place: LPA “Terry Teiken” Invite: 53 Pts.  4 Placers
Ninth Place: WCA “Grant County Area” Invite: 36 Pts. 3 Placers

The Otters will have back three section place winners, including one state qualifier and a dozen with a wide range of experience. Look for the Otters to continue to improve over the course of the season. Kaden Hartwell, Dustin Portales and Cole Fronning should be their key leaders thru out the season.

Returning Wrestlers:
Kaden Hartwell          10th                  31-13   4th Section/AC
Dustin Portales            11th                  26-5    1st Section/AC
Cole Fronning             12th                  13-19   6th Section
Justin Boyd                 12th                  13-16
Ethan Krause               10th                  11-12
Delvin Roberts              8th                    6-10
Jacob Widness              8th                    5-12
Caden Olsen                10th                    4-26
Lucas Oliphant              9th                    4-17
Alex Hastings             12th                    1-2
Jay Rodriguez             11th                    1-2
Jonah Sorum                 9th                    1-3
Sam Sorum                   9th                    1-2
Lance Graff                  8th                    1-1
Joy Graff                       8th                     1-1

Graduates:
Eric Formo                  5-10
Aaron Billings             2-5
Isaac Oliphant             3-23
Tyler McLemore         1-7

 

UNITED CLAY BECKER BADGERS
Head Coach: Wayne Otto
Enrollment:180 Lake Park/272 Hawley
Conference: Heart O’Lakes
9-13 Overall Duals

Four Section Place Winners/One State Qualifier/One Place Winner
Third Place: Fertile “Northwest” Invite: 131 Pts. 10 Placers
Fourth Place: LPA “Terry Teiken” Invite: 135.5 Pts.  9 Placers
Eighth Place: Crookston “Rod Olson” Invite:  66 Pts.  4 Placers
Eighth Place: BHV/PP “Knight Hawk” Invite: 85 Pts. 6 Placers
Fifth Place: Heart O’Lakes Conference: 85 Pts. 12 Placers

The Badgers will have back from their 9-13 dual meet campaign three section place winners and twelve with a great deal of experience. Look for the Badgers to challenge those dual marks from last season and for them to possible surprise someone during the course of the season. They should make steady improvement thru out the season, with leadership from Garrett Peterson, Sam Helgeson and Sanden O’Connell.

Returning Wrestlers:
Garrett Peterson          12th                  32-15   3rd Section
Sam Helgeson             10th                  20-20   6th Section
Sanden O’Connell       12th                  19-21   6th Section
Hunter Magnusson      12th                  13-27
Jacob Beaudine-Schlic11th                  12-25
Nathan Sperr               11th                  12-27
Joey Stuhaug               12th                  11-12
T. J Hines                    12th                  11-22
Bailey Johnson             12th                  10-22
Zach Cole                    10th                  10-16
Andrew Wetli             10th                  10-10
Wyatt Dunham             9th                    7-13
Landon Bergron          10th                    5-18
Jack Mattson               12th                    3-13
Xavier Strehlow            9th                     2-6

Graduate:
Sam Wamre                37-6                 1st Section/6th State/AC

 

SAUK CENTRE/MELROSE
Head Coach: Vaughn Glasener
Enrollment: 480 Melrose/ 304 Sauk Centre
Conference: West Central

4-19 Overall

Six Section Place Winners/Two State Qualifiers
Eighth Place: SCM Invite: 74 Pts. 8 Placers
Fourth Place: Paynesville “Bulldog” Invite: 136 Pts.  9 Placers
Tenth Place: NLS “Wildcat” Invite: 56 Pts. 4 Placers

The Coop have three section place winners, including one state qualifier and five with some experience back. They should continue to show improvement thru out the course season. Look for them to fill some weights with some younger wrestlers. Lazaro Garcia, Sam Sjogren and Karter Wensmann should be their key leaders.

Returning Wrestlers:
Lazaro Garcia             11th                  30-10   2nd Section
Sam Sjogren                12th                  15-7     4th Section
Karter Wensmann       11th                  15-24   6th Section
Josh Brinkman             9th                   10-17
Coy Sjogren                10th                  10-18
Jacob Canfield            10th                    3-16
Phil Polipnick              12th                    3-10
Ben Millard                   9th                    2-25

Graduates:
Luke Glasener             26-10   1st Section      (107 Wins)
Brayan Raya               29-12   5th Section       (74 Wins)
Roberto Raya              11-7     injured            (42 Wins)
Moses Romero            8-27
Danny Thomas             7-9       6th Section
Caleb Cheadle              7-14

 

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The University of Minnesota Crookston Baseball team will host a hitting/defensive camp ain Crookston on February 10 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for grades 9-12. The hitting camp will cover all aspects of becoming a fundamentally sound offensive player. The instructional camp will break down each individual camper from the physical to mental side of hitting. Barrel control, bat path and bat speed will be emphasized. Cost is $75 for the individual camp. The Golden Eagles are also holding a pitching/catching camp on the Minnesota Crookston campus February 10 from 1-3:30 p.m. The pitching and catching camp will include instruction from MLB Draft Pick Zach Seipel, who pitches in the Atlanta Braves organization. Seipel is a former Minnesota Crookston student-athlete. An emphasis will be placed on lower-half development and generating pitching velocity. The cost of the camp is $75 or $125 to do both the pitching and hitting camps.

Lastly, UMC Baseball is offering a kid’s camp February 18, which is President’s Day, for grades K-5 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. The kid’s camp will center around fundamentals of baseball and fun. Skills include hitting, throwing and fielding. All activities will be broken down by age and skill level. The cost of the camp is $30. The camp

The camps will be coached by Head Coach Steve Gust, assistant coaches Taylor Steen and Colton Haight, along with Seipel, reining NSIC Player of the Year Reed Hjelle, along with other Minnesota Crookston players. To register for the camps visit http://baseball.umcsportscamps.com/index.cfm. If you have any questions contact Coach Gust at sjgust@umn.edu or Coach Steen at tsteen@umn.edu.

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The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball program will have a jam-packed schedule with JO volleyball tournaments and camps coming up in early 2019.

The Golden Eagles will host a camp for all skill levels for boys and girls grades 12 and under on Sunday’s, January 20, February 3, February 10 and March 3. The camps will run 1-3:30 p.m. each day with check-in at 12:30 p.m. All camps will be held at Lysaker Gymnasium. Campers should wear athletic gear, knee pads, and bring their own water. Upon registering for the camp, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Assistant Coach Anna Morgan. The price for the camps is $35 for one camp, $65 for two camps, $95 for three camps, and $125 for all four camps. The participants will get the opportunity to learn key volleyball skills from Head Coach Sarah Rauen, Morgan, and the Golden Eagle volleyball student-athletes. You can sign up by completing the attached form

by clicking here and sending it back with payment to 2900 University Ave., Attn: Anna Morgan, Crookston, MN 56716. Checks can be made payable to Minnesota Crookston VB.

In addition, UMC is hosting four JO volleyball tournaments in 2019 on Saturday, March 30; Sunday, March 31; Sunday, April 7; and Sunday, April 14.
March 30 will be for 12-and-under teams
March 31 will be for 16-and-under squads.
April 7 will be for 14-and-under teams.
April 14 will be for 18-and-under squads.

The registration cost for a team is $105 for everyone except for 12-and-under teams, who will pay $80. Teams are responsible for all officiating duties. Following pool play, all teams will go into the playoffs. Pool play will begin at 8 a.m. More information will be provided the week of the event. All games will be played at the UMC Sports Center. The checks can be made payable to UMC Volleyball and sent to 2900 University Ave., Attn: Anna Morgan, Crookston, MN 56716. If you have any questions on either event you can contact Anna Morgan at amorgan@crk.umn.edu

or by phone at 218-281-8410.  For the JO Tournament registration form click here.

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The NSIC All-Sports Standings have been complied following the fall season.  For the second year, the NSIC will recognize an overall champion along with a men’s and a women’s champion.

In the overall standings, Minnesota State amassed 62 points and holds a four point edge on Minnesota Duluth (58) after the completion of five fall sports.  Minnesota State also holds the edge in the men’s standings with 25 points, a point ahead of UMD.  Minnesota State also tops the women’s leaderboard with 37 points, three points ahead of UMD.

Minnesota State shared top honors in football to earn 16 points and was second in women’s soccer to earn 15 points. Minnesota Duluth and Northern State shared the volleyball title (16 points), while UMary won women’s cross country (16 points) and Sioux Falls took top honors in men’s cross country (13 points).  Bemidji State earned 17 points for winning the NSIC Soccer Regular Season Championship.

The winner of each title in a conference-sponsored championship receives points totaling the number of teams in that sport plus one. The next place finisher receives points totaling the number of teams less the number of places from first place. Ties in the standings at any level shall result in the totaling of points and equal distribution.

The NSIC will release all-sports standings again following the winter sports season. The NSIC All-Sports Champion is announced following the spring season, with the award being presented at the NSIC Summer Kickoff in July 2019.
 

Rank Overall Points Rank Men Points Rank Women Points
1. Minnesota State 62.00 1. MSU 25.0 1. MSU 37.0
2. Minnesota Duluth 58.00 2. UMD 24.0 2. UMD 34.0
3. Augustana 53.50 3. MSUM 23.5 3. NSU 33.0
Sioux Falls 53.50 USF 23.5 4. AUGIE 32.0
5. Winona State 45.50 5. AUGIE 21.5 5. USF 30.0
6. Northern State 44.50 6. WSU 17.5 6. CSP 29.5
7. Concordia-St. Paul 43.50 7. CSP 14.0 7. WSU 28.0
8. MSU Moorhead 41.00 8. NSU 11.5 SCSU 28.0
9. St. Cloud State 38.50 9. SCSU 10.5 9. UMary 26.0
10. University of Mary 35.00 BSU 10.5 10. BSU 22.0
11. Bemidji State 32.50 11. SMSU 9.5 11. WSC 21.0
12. SMSU 30.50 12. UMary 9.0 SMSU 21.0
13. Wayne State 27.00 13. WSC 6.0 MISU 21.0
14. Minot State 25.00 14. UIU 4.0 14. MSUM 17.5
15. Upper Iowa 16.00 15. MISU 4.0 15. UIU 12.0
16. Minnesota Crookston 5.00 16. UMC 2.0 16. UMC 3.0


Past NSIC All-Sports Award Winners
1999-00    Minnesota Duluth
2000-01    Minnesota Duluth
2001-02    Minnesota Duluth
2002-03    Minnesota Duluth
2003-04    Minnesota Duluth
2004-05    Winona State
2005-06    Winona State
2006-07    Winona State
2007-08    Winona State
2008-09    Minnesota State
2009-10    Minnesota State
2010-11    Augustana
2011-12    Augustana
2012-13    Minnesota State
2013-14    Minnesota State
2014-15    Augustana
2015-16     Augustana
2016-17     Augustana
2017-18    Minnesota State (O/M), Augustana (W)
 

 

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SECTION 8A BOYS HOCKEY POLL

The Section 8A Boy’s Hockey coaches tend to believe it will be the Big Three again although they are not quite sure who the Big ONE will be! It could be Warroad with some very good young players, or maybe East Grand Forks who to many coaches are loaded including their ‘new coach’ or maybe it will be the defending champion? When people say, Thief River Falls lost almost everybody, their JV wasn’t that good and their Bantam’s weren’t winning, they ALWAYS add, coach Bergland will have them ready for the playoffs in February!!!
That’s the consensus again in a Section 8A Boy’s Hockey Poll conducted by KROX RADIO in Crookston.  Warroad took six of the 10 coaches votes as the top dog in Section 8A with many voting for Warroad, but at the same time talking about how deep East Grand Forks appears to be and will be tough to beat! Will Crookston and Detroit Lakes climb another rung in the seeds and slip by the ‘top three’?
Five of the 10 teams will open up this weekend with the other five going the following week.  You can find all the Section 8A Boy’s Hockey schedules by going tohttp://www.kroxam.com/section_8a_boyhockey2018-19.htm

All of the 10 Section coaches responded to the poll:
1.  Warroad  (6)                      13
2.  East Grand Forks (3)         15
3.  Thief River Falls (1)           24
4.  Crookston                           32
5.  Detroit Lakes                     41
6.  Kittson County Central    55
7.  Lake of the Woods           58
8.  Park Rapids                        63
9.  Red Lake Falls                    68
10.  Bagley-Fosston                81

Warroad
The Warriors lost their first six games to start the season last year and ended up 14-6-1 the rest of the way, losing a 6-4 shootout to Thief River Falls in a Section semi-final. Warroad returns two All-Section 8A performers as sophomores last year, Grant Slukynsky (19g-21a) and line mate Owen Meeker (10g-28a). They do lose a couple from their second unit that were expected back with Cameron Skappel (not in school) and Jaron Moyer, a two year starter who could miss the season because of a football injury.  Add graduation which claimed half their roster and they do have some spots to fill up front and also defensively after losing All-Section Max MarvinHunter Pelland (1g-6a) and Gage Wilmer (0g-7a) return on the backside. Max Gausen seen seven varsity games last year in goal (1.49ga-92%). The Warriors are not deep with a number lacking varsity experience, but when has that stopped them? Jay Hardwick is in his seventh year coaching his alma mater and at some time this season will pick up his 100th win as a head coach as he’s starting the season with 90 in Hockey Town U.S.A.

East Grand Forks
Scott Koberinski
coached East Grand Forks for the past three seasons to a record of 48-32-6. His Green Wave teams played in the Section 8A championship all three years, won it two years ago and lost the consolation championship in the State Tournament! After Coach Koberinski sat down with his Activities Director, which happens to be Scott Koberinski, they decided that being Activities Director and coaching a winter sport put a lot on his plate, so Coach Koberinski handed in his resignation as head boy’s hockey coach to Activities Director Koberinski. A.D. Koberinski didn’t have to go too far to find his hockey replacement! Enter Tyler Palmiscno! Coach Palmiscno was the head coach previous to Koberinski and Palmiscno retired after winning back to back Minnesota State Class A State Tournaments!!! In other words, Koberinski kept the coaching seat warm for Coach Palmiscno and handed off what many would term, a loaded Green Wave team!
All Section 8A center Carter Beck (12g-12a), All Section 8A center Tanner Mack (6g9a) will lead up front as all three centers are back along with Landon Parker, who as a freshman last year, played only 11 games before he was sidelined the rest of the year with an injury and the ‘phenom’ had 7g-5a in that time. Defensively, only two of the six blue liners return led by big Luke Vonesh (7g-9a) and Josh Nelson (0g-4a) who are two of the better ones in the Section. Goalie Tucker Brown was the starting goalie that played in all the Green Wave games two years ago and led them to State. He lost his job last year to transfer Carter Krier, did play in seven games and now is back and is ready to try and get the Green Wave back to State again with what appears to be a very deep East Grand Forks team!

Thief River Falls
The Prowlers sported the best line in Section 8A last year, one of the top defensemen and an All-Section goalie. They used that talent to win the Section 8A Tournament and go on to take the Consolation Championship at the State Class A Tournament! Thief River Falls lost 47 goals and 43 assists from two on that top line, Aaron Myers and Brady AndersonTucker Skime (8g-31a) is the lone holdout back after a terrific sophomore season and he’s back along with three other forwards off the top three lines that include Kaleb Flaagen (2g-5a) and Ethan Janisch (2g-2a). So returning scoring will be an early question mark for Thief River Falls and head coach Tim Bergland in his 12th season as the Prowlers head coach and his alma mater. Defense is what the Prowlers will rely on to start the season with all four returning defensemen back including All-Section 8A Evan Bushy (11g-22a). Bushy has verbally committed to St. Cloud State, where his brother Brendan is a freshman. They lost All-Section 8A goalie for the past two seasons, Nick Corneliusen, to graduation and the youngster that wins the job this season will have no varsity experience. So you lose more than half your scoring and an All-Star goalie, this is just where Coach Bergland exels!!

Crookston
What can Section 8A Coach of the Year Josh Hardy to for an encore? The third year coach led the Pirates to one of their best seasons in a number of years at 15-12 and a season where they beat the ‘Big Three’ (EGF, TRF, Warroad) once during the regular season. First, he’ll have to find a goalie to replace All-Section 8A Cade Salentine.  Salentine, who was a red-shirt freshman for the University of North Dakota football team this year, played all 27 games last year with a 2.72 g.a. and 90 save percentage.  Crookston had four players returning that scored in double digits last year, three of them return led by senior Eric Delorme (26g-18a), junior Ben Andringa (11g-11a) and senior Brock Heppner (10g-11a). Joey Doda was right there with eight goals. Defensively, the Pirates received a blow when two-year starter, junior Leyton Salentine, blew out his knee in football and is out for the hockey season! Two defensemen are back with a couple years varsity experience, seniors Logan Wardner (2g-7a) and Jake Anderson (0g-4a) plus Noah Kiel, a sophomore up from Bantams should step right in. Crookston is expected to score some goals with a good portion of that side back along with an eighth grader, Jack Doda, who scored like crazy through the park board system. Another Jack, Jack Ricord is the only goalie back that has any varsity experience and that would be a couple periods of varsity play. The senior along with some youngsters will battle that position out!

Detroit Lakes

The Lakers welcome back 11 seniors which certainly lends itself to experience with over half of your squad back. The Lakers did lose three of their top four scorers, but will be led up front by All-Section 8A forward and leading scorer from last season, Trey Seebold (10g-17a) who is now a senior. Jackson Carlblom (10g-10a) and Will Green (12g-7a) will look to add to their totals from last year. Detroit Lakes coach Todd Dwyer is in his fifth season as head coach and he has three defensemen back including Reed Benson (1g-10a), Jackson Fields (6g-13). Blake Itzen played in 17 games as goalie last year (3.11ga) and he will battle last year’s Bantam A goalie, Jack Hines, who led his team to 24 wins last year. Speaking of Bantams, sophomore Jack Green will lead a group looking for varsity spots.

Kittson County Central
Robert Carr is in his eighth year as head coach for Kittson County Central and sitting on 73 career wins as head coach. Will the Bearcats be able to build on those wins for the coach? They do have eight of their nine back at the forward position and three of their four defensemen back, but they are still young! With a good mixture of veterans with youngsters ready to hit varsity, they will be led by Calvin Hanson who led the Bearcats in scoring as a freshman (10g-12a) and Trent Peterson (8g-5a). Josh Rynning (8g-10a)  is a solid senior defenseman along with Hayden Henning (5g-8a as a freshman). Opposing coaches are probably saying, ‘finally’ Ben Sugden graduated! Wyatt Olsonawski is heir apparent playing a period of varsity hockey last year as a freshman. How the newcomers will mix with the veterans will go a long ways to how the Bearcats will go.

Lake of the Woods
The Bears have a new head coach. Brent Olson, a 2004 graduate of Lake of the Woods, where he was an excellent player who led Lake of the Woods to a 23-4-1 season, losing in overtime to Warroad in Section championship. Coach Olson went on to play four years at the Air Force Academy!! Lake of the Woods has only six returning off last year’s squad with three top players electing not to go out this season including Kade Chapman (24g-20a)!! Totally, they lost 78% of their scoring from last season, but return seniors Jackson Arpin (15g-36a), McKale Risser (3g-8a) along with junior Blake Ferris (3g-3a).  Gunner Ferrier (6g-6a) plays both defense and forward with Griffen Sonstegard (1g-2a) on the blue line. Goaltending will be new as All-Section goalie, Lemuel Carradice  played 25 games last year with an outstanding 1.88 goals against with a saves percentage of 92%!. Aidan Tom did get in four games at goalie last year, won them all with a goals against under one and a lofty 95 saves percentage.  Coach Olson will need the team playing together to compete and how can they overcome the lack of experience and channel the youthful energy!

Park Rapids
Panthers head coach Derek Ricke greeted 10 seniors back at his second year as head coach. They should be led by Carter Opheim (6g-10a

), Nolan Pederson (9g-2a) and Brent Pinoniemi (5g-4a) for scoring to start the season. They do have three of their four defensemen back including Tom Melvin (5g-1a). Coach Ricke will be searching for a goalie as four year starter, Austin Jerger has graduated. Senior Brendan Kruchowski seen action in four games last year and they are hoping he can step in and not miss a beat in goal. The Panthers lost a couple starters who both moved to Bemidji, Bjorn Jorgenson (10g-8a) and Wyatt Halvorson (8g-8a) moved to Bemidji.

Red Lake Falls
Trevor Page graduated from Red Lake Falls Layfayette High School and for a decade now has been coaching his alma mater. For those 10 years he has battled numbers being the smallest school in the State of Minnesota that is playing hockey. (Kittson County Central is the second smallest by about 10 students when you add in the co-ops for the two teams). The Eagles lost only two off last year’s squad to graduation and hoping the experience will ramp up their scoring from 39 goals last year in 25 games! Fred Landman (16g-6a) had almost half their goals as a sophomore and Hunter Schmitz (9g-3a) is another veteran who should be counted on in his senior year. Defensively, Hunter Pahlen (1g-3a) and Logan Klipping (3g-1a) are returning on the blue line in front of junior goalie Brenden Larson who has played every minute in goal the last two seasons after season some action as an eighth grader! Red Lake Falls youth programs have been having some success and over the next few years will be feeding the Eagles high school program including a few moving up from Bantams this year in sophomores Zac Kennett and Nathan Huot plus Andrew Johnson has moved up to give Larson competition in goal. Coach Page likes the hard work his team is putting in and the great leaders he has on and off the ice!


Bagley-Fosston

The Flyers lost three off last year’s team and return the only player who scored in double digits last season, Griffin Brovold (22g-7a) who is now a senior.  Brovold leads the way with what should be a very good first unit for Bagley-Fosston’s second year head coach Alex Jesness. Tanner Levin (5g-6a) will complement Brovold up front. Defensively, Bagley-Fosston has Jacy Benson (4g-2a) and Parker Gray (2g-3a) patrolling the back side again. Jakob Dukek played in goal for 17 games last year as an eighth grader and will battle Brycen Olson who along with four others have moved up from the youth program. These youngsters will see a lot of minutes for a young Flyer team that doesn’t have a lot of depth, so they have to stay healthy.

All-Section 8A players returning

Forward
Grant Slukynsky – Warroad
Eric Delorme – Crookston
Carter Beck – East Grand Forks
Trey Seebold –  Detroit Lakes
Owen Meeker – Warroad
Tanner Mack – East Grand Forks

Defense
Evan Bushy – Thief River Falls

Goalies
None

Former Section 8A players still playing hockey (that we know of)

NHL
Brock Nelson – Warroad  (New York Islanders)
T. J. Oshie – Warroad  (Washington)
Tucker Poolman – East Grand Forks  (Winnipeg)
Alex Lyon – Lake of the Woods   (Philadelphia)

AHL  (Heart Beat Away)
Paul Bittner – Crookston  (Cleveland)
Zane McIntyre – Thief River Falls  (Providence) (has played for Boston Bruins)

ECHL
Gage Ausmus –  East Grand Forks  (Utah)

WHL
Jared Bethune – Warroad  (Prince George)

Division I College
Ethan Johnson – Thief River Falls  (Mercyhurst)
Taylor Brierley – East Grand Forks  (Union)
Kobe Roth –  Warroad   (Minnesota-Duluth)
Colton Poolman – East Grand Forks  (North Dakota)
Dixon Bowen – East Grand Forks  (North Dakota)
Luke Jaycox – Warroad  (St. Cloud State)
Brendan Bushy – Thief River Falls  (St. Cloud State)
Grant Loven – East Grand Forks  (Northern Michigan)

Canadian College
Jared Bethune – Warroad  (Queens University in Kingston, Ontario)

Division III College
Michael Johnson – Thief River Falls  (Concordia College-Moorhead)
Beau Wilmer – Warroad  (Concordia College-Moorhead)
Eddie Eades – East Grand Forks  (Concordia College-Moorhead)
Luke Krause – Lake of the Woods   (Concordia College-Moorhead
Brady Heppner – Crookston  (St. John’s)
Jon Richards – Detroit Lakes   (Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
Ryan Bittner –  Crookston  (Wisconsin-Stevens Point)

Junior Leagues
Casey Kallock – East Grand Forks  (Minot-NAHL)
Aaron Myers –  Thief River Falls  (Minnesota Wilderness-NAHL)
Nathan Poolman – Lake of the Woods (Minnesota Wilderness-NAHL)
Coby Stauss – East Grand Forks (Winnipeg Blues-Manitoba JHL)
Parker Orchard – Warroad  (Cape Cod – NA3HL)
Braden Shea – East Grand Forks (Dryden-Manitoba Junior)
Kip Knutson – Warroad (Minnesota Iron Rangers-SIJHL)
Nick Corneliusen – Thief River Falls (Minnesota Iron Rangers-SIJHL)
Carter Pelland – Warroad (Thief River Falls Norskies – SIJHL)
Nolen Bushee – Red Lake Falls (Thief River Falls Norskies – SIJHL)
Bailey Schmitz – Red Lake Falls (Thief River Falls Norskies – SIJHL)
Grand Boldt – Detroit Lakes (Estevan – Saskatchewan Junior Hockey)

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SECTION 8A GIRL’S HOCKEY COACHES POLL

  1. Warroad – 5 (5)
    2. Thief River Falls – 10 (1)
    3. East Grand Forks – 12
    4. Detroit Lakes – 21
    5. Park Rapids – 23
    6. Crookston – 24

Warroad – Coach David “Izzy” Marvin (12th Season)

The Warriors enter the 2018-19 season as the clear favorites in Section 8A and one of the top teams in the state. Last year, Warroad won the Section 8A Championship 4- 1 over East Grand Forks in Warroad. Warroad entered last year’s State Tournament as the top seed and dispatched New Ulm 5-0 in the quarterfinals before beating Alexandria 7-1 in the semifinals. The Warriors season ended in heart-breaking fashion with a 3-2 loss against Breck in the State championship game as Warroad ended the year 24-4-2. It’s not as if this program needs extra-motivation when its already established a state championship or bust culture, but I’m sure the returning players are keen to rectify how last season ended. Warroad does have to replace All-State forward Madison Oelkers who now plays NCAA Division I hockey at Minnesota State where she already has 4 points through 10 games as a true freshman.
Top returners – senior goaltender Quinn Kuntz (15-2-0, 0.77 GAA, .960 save %); sophomore forward Genevieve Hendrickson (16-54-70); junior forward Hannah Corneliusen (42-20-62); sophomore forward Abbey Hardwick (11-26-37); junior forward Marlie Johnston (11-24-35); junior forward Julianna Teske (10-18-28); senior forward McKenzie Oelkers (9-13-22); senior defenseman Kaitlyn Koltowski (Wisconsin commit, 15-22-38); sophomore defenseman Karlie Meeker (5-23-28)
Season preview– (Provided by Coach Marvin) – “We have a lot of depth. We should be pretty quick. Lots of playoff experience”

Thief River Falls – Coach Brett Johnson (2nd Season)

The Prowlers earned the #2 seed and a first-round bye in last season’s Section 8A Tournament before falling to the East Grand Forks Green Wave 5-2 in the semifinals wrapping up TRF’s season with a 17-7-2 record. Thief River Falls does have to replace All-State defender Tessa Jorde, who is now playing NCAA Division III hockey at Wisconsin Superior.
Top returners – Sophomore goaltender Gabriella Steele (9-3-1); Senior goaltender Faith Porter (8-3-1); All-State honorable mention junior defenseman Khloe Lund (7-17-24); All-State honorable mention, and the team’s top point-getter in each of the past two years, Shelby Breiland (25-17-42)
Season preview– (Provided by Coach Johnson) – “Thief River Falls will be strong defensively returning both starting goaltenders from last season (Gabriella Steele, So. and Faith Porter, Sr.) We will also return the majority of our D core led by Junior Khloe Lund (JR). (Katie Nelson, Lexi Huot, and Haylie Rogalla). On the offensive side, the Prowlers return back to back season point leader Shelby Breiland (So.) and Senior Hannah Magnusson (Sr.) to lead the offense.”

East Grand Forks – Coach Brian Larson (1st Season)

The East Grand Forks Green Wave finished last year as the Section 8A runners-up after topping Crookston 6-1 in the tournament quarterfinals and upsetting second-seeded Thief River Falls 5-2, before falling to eventual State runner-up Warroad 4-1 in Warroad ending the year with an 18-9-1 record. The Green Wave graduated All-State goaltender McKenzie Whalen, who is now playing for NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Superior, along with all-state forward Cynthia Loven, who scored a team-high 31 goals last season.
Top returners – senior forward Madison McDonald (13-17-30); junior forward Kylie Stauss (8-13-21);freshman defenseman Cassidy Mack (4-7-11); senior defenseman Maddison Lubinksi (3-6-9); senior goaltender Megan Birkholz (4-0-0, 0.75 GAA, .951 save %)
Season preview– (Provided by Coach Larson) – “We will be trying to fit the new girls in with the returners to make a competitive team. we lost 11 seniors off last year’s team so it’s going to take some time for the new girls to adjust but once they do I think will be fine. we will be a team that works hard each game we will need to play well defensively and try to get as much scoring as we can with the team we have.”

Detroit Lakes – Coach Scott Piepkorn (1st Season)

The Lakers fell at home in the first round of the Section 8A Tournament last season against Park Rapids 5-4 finishing the year with an 8-17-0 record.
Top returners – senior forward Karrigan Hallisey (11-10-21); junior forward Abby King (10-7-17); junior forward Madyson Melgard (7-6-13); senior defenseman Payton Carlblom (5-12-17)
Season preview– (Provided by Coach Piepkorn) – “Looking at senior leadership to improve on last year’s effort, and to make a run in the very strong section 8A.”

Park Rapids – Coach Rachel Landquist (1st Season)

The Panthers upset Detroit Lakes 5-4 in the first round of last year’s Section 8A Tournament before losing 15-0 to Warroad in the semifinals at Warroad. Park Rapids was 4-22-0 last season.
Top returners – Senior forward Alexa Kennedy (8-4-12); Senior goaltender Kylee Pachel
Season preview– (Provided by Athletic Director Jeremy Nordick) – “The Panthers are led by 4 Seniors that have had plenty of experience over the years. After those 4 Seniors, they are very young. With a mixture of 7/8th graders and two Sophomores. I think it will take some time for them to gel under new Head Coach Rachel Landquist, but the girls are working very hard. I believe they will continue to improve throughout the year and surprise some teams at the end.”

Crookston – Coach Tim Moe (1st Season returning as HC, 6th season total)

The Pirates graduated just one senior from last year’s team, but Brelee Jobe leaves some big skates to fill in net after facing 1,069 shots last season as Crookston’s goaltender. The Pirates went (5-21-0) last season but show great improvement over the year. After opening last season with a 10-0 loss at East Grand Forks, Crookston dropped their first-round game in the Section 8A tournament at East Grand Forks just 6-1 and will look to build off the growth of their young nucleus that returns for 2018-19.
Top returners – Sophomores Catherine Tiedemann (14-10-24) and Mackenze Epema (9-12-21)
Season preview– (Provided by Coach Moe) – “Crookston should improve on their 5-21 record from last year. Only losing our goalie to graduation and returning everyone else including leading scorers Catherine Tiedemann 14-10-24, and Mackenze Epema 9-12-21. Along with a plethora of now 9th graders who got a lot of experience last year and are now a year older and stronger. Adding in 4 girls from Mayville, ND coming off an outstanding Volleyball season hopefully bringing more of a winning mentality with them. Two of them are returning Juniors Breck Fugleberg, and Taylor Garrett who will join Catherine Tiedemann and Mackenze Epema in being great leaders on the team and Sophomores coming over for the first time Center Nora Peterson and Goalie Grace Koshney who we are hoping for great things from them.”

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SECTION 8A WRESTLING PREVIEW

The preview is put together by Roger Mischke of Mat Rats-

MAT RATS SECTION 8A PREVIEW 2018-2019

FAVORITES: FRAZEE HORNETS and the BADGER/GREENBUSHMIDDLE RIVER GATORS

DARK HORSES: FOSSTON-BAGLEY BROWLERS and the UNITED NORTH CENTRAL WARRIORS

 

FRAZEE HORNETS
Head Coach: Clay Nagel
Enrollment: 208
Conference: Heart O’Lakes
24-8 Overall
Section 8 Champions
Class A State Runner Ups

14 Section Placers/10 Section Placers/Four State Placers
First Place: Wahpeton “Dan Unruh” Invite: 313 Pts. 14 Placers
First Place: Brainerd “Paul Bunyan” Invite: 202 Pts. 12 Placers
Second Place: Bemidji “Rick Lee” Duals: 5-1
Second Place: Heart O’Lakes Conference: 218 Pts. 14 Placers

The Hornets of Frazee have back from 24-8 dual meet campaign and Class A runner up honors, six section place winners, including four state qualifiers, of which won state honors. They will also return six with a wide range experience. They should make a challenge to defend their section honors. Luke Tweeton (39-10 @ 220) earned fourth place state honors, Kaden Hiemenz (34-15 @ 132), Brett Graham (29-10 @ 182) and Gabe Drewes (29-15 @ 195) were state qualifiers. Look for them to be their key leaders thru out the season. They did graduate eight section place winners, including six state qualifiers, three of which earned state honors

Returning Wrestlers:
Luke Tweeton             11th                  39-10   2nd Sec./4th State/AC
Kaden Hiemenz          10th                  34-15   1st Section/AC
Brett Graham              11th                  29-10   1st Section/AC
Gabe Drewes              12th                  29-15   2nd Section/AC
Anthony Malikwoski  12th                  29-1
Ricky Roforth             12th                  18-28   6th Section
Christian Carlson        10th                  14-27   5th Section
Lucas Valstad             11th                  12-14
Mason Newling           11th                    7-11
Howard Solem             10th                    4-2
Coleton Borah             11th                    6-4
Brock Barlund            10th                    5-2
Jake Nagel                   8th                     3-8

Graduates:
Tanner Schermerhorn  45-6   1st Sec./4th State/AC  (159-22 Career)
Mitchael Miller            46-4    1st Sec./5th State/AC  (107-31 Career
Tanner Eischens           38-8    1st Section/AC (144-39 Career)
Landon Byer               33-14   2nd Section/AC            (79-29 Career)
Hudson Hiemenz         31-15   2nd Section/AC            (60-41 Career)
Tanner Tappe              28-6     1st Sec./2nd State (77-40 Career)
Logan Wacker            15-18   4th Section       (48-50 Career)
Carter Shipman           24-21   3rd Section       (25-21 Career)

 

GREENBUSH/BADGER/MIDDLE RIVER GATORS
Head Coach: Todd Bergeron
Enrollment: 116 Greenbush/Middle River/61 Badger
Conference: Independent
16-9 Overall Duals

Section 8A Runner Ups
Eleven Section Placers/Seven State Qualifiers/Two State Placers
Third Place: Cass Lake “Big Bear” Invite” 135.5 Pts 6 Placers
First Place: Larimore, ND Invite: 202.5 Pts. 10 Placers
Third Place: WDC “Dennis Kaatz” Invite: 165.5 Pts. 8 Placers
Second Place TRF “US Army, Mn National Guard: 149 Pts. 9 Placers

The Gators of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River should make a strong challenge for section honors. They have back from their 16-9 dual meet campaign, nine section place winners, including six state qualifiers, two earned medals and seven with experience. They will have eight back with 20 wins plus, this should give them one of the better balanced teams in the state. Owen Novacek (44-5 @ 138) earned fourth place honors, Dominik Vacura (30-7 @ 220) earned sixth place honors, Tony Olson (24-17 @ 106) Joe Dezelar (24-17) and Caleb Vacura (10-16) were state qualifiers. Andy Dostal (31-13), Avery Augustson (23-16, Brandon Pries (21-16) should be their key leader thru out the season

Returning Wrestlers:
Owen Novacek           12th                  44-5    2nd Sec./4th State
Dominik Vacura           10th                  30-7    1st Sec./6th State
Andy Dostal                11th                  31-13   3rd Section
Zach Evans                 11th                  29-13   2nd Section
Joe Deselar                  11th                  24-17   1st Section
Tony Olson                 10th                  24-17   2nd Section
Avery Augustson        12th                  23-16   3rd Section
Brandon Pries              12th                  21-16
Garrett Underberg       10th                  13-14   Injured
Caleb Vacura                9th                  10-16   2nd Section
Jacob Bergsnev           11th                    6-19
Brogan Beito                 8th                    4-8
Colton Gust                11th                    3-2
Ethan Waage                 9th                    3-5     5th Section
Derrick Corneluisen    12th                    2-6
Dawson Beito             10th                    1-1

Graduates:
Bryce Bergeron           32-12   1st Section                   (109-56 Career)
Tyler Isane                  27-12   Injured            (56-52 Career)
Austin Maustad            8-18   5th Section
 

FOSSTON-BAGLEY PROWLERS
Head Coach: Pat Wolfe
Enrollment: 177 Fosston/247 Bagley
Conference: North Star
17-7 Overall Duals                  3-2 North Star

Final Four Section 8A
Twelve Section Placers/Three State Qualifiers/One State Placer
First Place: LPA “Terry Teiken” Invite: 205.5 Pts. 13 Placers
Fourth Place: FB “Alfred Olson Memorial” Invite: 148 Pts. 9 Placers
First Place: Mayville Portland “Patriot” Duals 3-0
Third Place: WHAN “Wolf Pack” Invite: 145 Pts. 8 Placers

The Brawlers should make a strong challenge not only for a top four spot in this dual meet campaign, but possibly for section honors. They have back from their 17-7 dual meet campaign, eight section place winners, including two state qualifiers and eight with a wide range of experience. Carter Sorenson (33-9 @ 126), Teigen Hextell (23-15 @ 170), Jacob Lomen (33-10), Henry Burrack (26-10) and Christian Schmidt (25-19) should be their key leaders thru out the season. Look for this young team to make great strides of improvement over the course of the season. They did graduate five including four section place winners, of which one was a state qualifier and he earned state honors.

Returning Wrestlers:
Carter Sorenson          10th                  33-9     2nd Section/AC
Jacob Lomen               11th                  33-10   3rd Section/AC
Henry Burrack            11th                  26-10   3rd Section/AC
Christian Schmidt       12th                  25-19   5th Section
Teigen Hextell             12th                  23-15   2nd Section/AC
Alex Munter                11th                  17-13   4th Section
Dane Schoenborn        10th                  11-13
Keegan Senger             9th                  11-25
Tyler Maruska             12th                    6-11
Kaden Kappedal         12th                    6-23   5th Section
Evan Chalich               10th                    6-9      6th Section
Noah Hanson              12th                    3-7
Kaden Sanford            8th                    3-5
Gabe Berry                  12th                    2-1
Camden Daniel            11th                    1-3

Graduates:
Jake Ubert                   38-5    1st Sec./4th State/AC  (148 Wins School)
Brayden Sorenson       29-17   3rd Section/AC            (98 Wins)
Alex Wolfe                  30-16   5th Section
Cole Olson                  26-17   3rd Section/AC            (86 Wins)
Nick Anderson             10-5

UNITED NORTH CENTRAL WARRIORS
Head Coach: Jacob Oyster
Enrollment: 189 Menagha/120 Sebeka
Conference: Park Region

7-15 Overall                3-2 Park Region

Eight Section Placers/One State Qualifiers
First Place: Crookston “Rod Olson” Invite;151 Pts. 11 Placers
Sixth Place: WDC “Dennis Kaatz Memorial” Invite: 113 Pts  7 Placers
Seven Place: Park Region Conference: 81 PTs. 7 Placers
Twenty-Third Cass Lake “Big Bear” Invite: 38 Pts. 3 Placers
Sixteenth Place: Bemidji “Rick Lee” Duals:

The Warriors should make a challenge for a top four spot in this dual meet campaign. They have back from their 7-15 dual meet campaign, seven section place winners and nine with a wide range of experience. Jared Seibert (32-9), Isaac Tellers (19-12) and Ethan Hendrickson (20-9) should be their key leaders thru out the season. They did graduate three last spring, including one state qualifier.

Returning Wrestlers:
Jared Seibert               12th                 32-9   3rd Section/AC
Ethan Hendrickson       9th                  20-9     3rd Section
Isaac Tellers                12th                 19-12   3rd Section
Gator Bettin                12th                  17-20
Eion Ness                     9th                  16-19
Brock Kako                 12th               13-23   4th Section
Hank Tellers                  8th                 12-15
Dakota Meech             10th                 12-25   5th Section
Ethan Trout                 11th                  11-23   5th Section
Torrey Carlson              9th                   6-19
Hunter Skaro               10th                   2-5
Tucker Holmer             11th                   3-6
Mason Bradley              12th                  2-3
Gabe Hendrickson        8th                     2-2
Dominick Fuller              10th                  1-2
Dylan Rasmussan          9th                     1-14

Graduates:
Toby Hintzman           33-4                 1st Section/AC (116-74 Career)
Bridger Bettin             12-8
Cade LaCoe               5-9                 (43-59 Career)

CROOKSTON PIRATES
Head Coach: Wes Hanson
Enrollment: 286
Conference: North Star
12-5     Overall Duals

Ten Section Placers/Three State Qualifiers/One State Placer
Fifth Place: Wahpeton “Dan Unruh” Invite” 110 Pts. 7 Placers
Second Place: Crookston “Rod Olson” Invite: 150 Pts. 9 Placers
First Place: Mahmoman “Cougar” Duals
Fifth Place Fertile “Northwest” Invite: 105 Pts. 8 Placers
Third Place: Grand Rapids “Skip Nalan” Invite: 163.5 Pts. 9 Placers
Tenth Place: TRF “Arm Forces/National Guard” Invite:

The Pirates have back from their 12-5 season, five section place winners, including two state qualifiers, including a place winner and five with experience. Lukas Meier (36-9 @ 145) earned fifth place state honors and Zach Brown (37-6 @ 106) a state qualifier. They did graduate six last spring, including five section place winners, one was a state qualifier.

Returning Wrestlers:
Zach Brown                10th       37-6     1st Section/AC
Lukas Meier                12th       36-9      2nd Sec./5th State/AC
Damian Hodgson        12th        26-13   3rd Section/AC
Cameron Weiland       10th        23-16   4th Section
Ethan Boll                    8th         21-12
Nolan Dans                 10th       18-24   6th Section
Cameron Hulst             11th       14-13
Braxton Volker             8th         6-18
Ethan Bowman             8th          3-2
Andrew Macgregor     10th         1-4

Graduates:
Colton Weiland             28-8     1st Section/AC (145-68 Career)
Jake Wagner                28-17   3rd Section/AC (67-59 Career)
Luke Trandem             22-24   4th Section
Collin Leckie              11-20   6th Section
Luis Argueta                 7-14   6th Section
Jake Davidson               3-11

 

ROSEAU RAMS
Head Coach: Aaron Rose
Enrollment: 305
Conference: North Star

Dual Meet Records Unknown
Fifth Place: FB “Alfred Olson Memorial” Invite: 110 Pts. 7 Placers
Fifth Place: Crookston “Rodd Olson” Invite: 125.5 Pts. 8 Placers
Seventh Place: Central Cass “Letterman” Invite: 135.5 Pts. 7 Placers
Seventh Place: TRF “Army Forces/National Guard” Invite: 97.5 Pts 5 Placers
Sixth Place: Fertile “Northwest” Invite: 94 Pts. 8 Placers

The Rams have back seven section place winners, including a state qualifier, that earned state honors and four with experience. Chandler Mooney (43-3 @ 145) earned third place honors and Ben Olson (30-8), Race Knochenmus (24-12), Dale Grindahl (25-14), Brodie Wensloff (26-18) and Sawyer Klatt (21-11) should be their key leaders

Returning Wrestlers:
Chandler Mooney       12th                  43-3     1st Sec./3rd State
Ben Olson                  10th                  30-8
Brodie Wensloff         12th                  26-18   4th Section
Dale Grindahl             12th                  25-14   4th Section
Race Knochennus       10th                  24-12   4th Section
Sawyer Klatt               11th                  21-11   5th Section
Conner Eidsmoe         10th                  16-17
Owen Gross                12th                  7-17   6th Section
Kyle Bliss                    12th                    2-15
Brutus Grindahl            11th                    1-7      6th Section
Bodee Hovda                8th                    1-2

Graduates:
Riley Eidsmoe            15-8      2nd Section      (115-63 Career)
Hunter Ziska                 9-20   4th Section
Owen Gross                  5-14

 

FERTILE/BELTRAMI FALCONS
Head Coach: Chad Hitchen
Enrollment: 124
Conference: North Star
5-10 Overall Duals

Six Section Placers/One State Qualifier
Eight Place: Fertile “Northwest” Invite: 61 Pts. 5 Placers
Sixth Place: FB “Alfred Olson Memorial” Invite: 62 Pts. 4 Placers
Sixth Place: Barnesville “Trojans” Invite: 83 Pts. 6 Placers
Sixth Place: Larimore, ND Invite: 72 Pts. 4 Placers

The Falcons will have back four section place winners, including one state qualifier and twelve with a wide range of experience. This young team should continue to make strides of improvement thru out the course of the season. Look for them to improve on their dual meet numbers from last season. Hunter Hitchen, Daunte Yost and Alex Smith should be their key leaders thru out the season.

Returning Wresters:
Hunter Hitchen            11th                  21-16   2nd Section
Daunte Yost                10th                  22-14   4th Section
Alex Smith                   12th                  18-9
Levi Qualley                 9th                  11-14   6th Section
Damian Sudvangen      11th                  11-20   5th Section
Seth Lavalier                 9th                    4-4
Gabe Horgeshimer      11th                    4-13
Izaah Bennefeld          11th                    4-6
Hunter Bjerk               11th                    3-2
Justin Boit                   12th                    4-19
Jude Olson                    9th                    2-8
Wesley Romberg          8th                    3-2
Ivan Nephew               11th                    3-4
Alex Haas                    8th                    2-1
Micah Tollefson            11th                    3-0
Jasper Olson                11th                    3-0

Graduates:
Ross Hamre                 20-16               4th Section

 

RED LAKE COUNTY CENTRAL MUSTANGS
Head Coach: Kyle Dudycha
Enrollment: 87
Conference: North Star

Dual Meet Records Unknown

Ninth Place: FB “Alfred Olson Memorial” Invite: 48 Pts. 5 Placers
Eleventh Place: Crookston “Rod Olson” Invite: 43 Pts. 5 Placers
Ninth Place: Fertile “Northwest” Invite: 46 Pts. 4 Placers

Returning Wrestlers:
Damon Ferguson           8th                  17-9                 4th Section
Tristyn Ferguson         10th                  13-13   4th Section
George Duden            10th                  12-17   5th Section
Paul DeHate                 9th                    8-20
Gunnar Sundeen           8th                    2-15
Oscar Duden                 8th                    1-15

Graduates:
Nick Pahlen                 12-5                 3rd Section
Bryce Bergerson           1-14

 

MAHNOMEN-WAUBUN COUGERS
Head Coach: John Short
Enrollment: 113 Mahnomen/108 Waubun
Conference: Independent
Dual Meet Records Unknown

Seventh Place: LPA “Terry Teiken” Invite: 72 Pts. 6 Placer
Tent Place: Crookston “Rod Olson” Invite: 44 Pts. 6 Placers

Returning Wrestlers:
Adam Syverson           12th                  23-17   4th Section
Chase Dorman            12th                  18-19   4th Section
Garret Eiynck              10th                  15-20   5th Section
Will Olson                    9th                  13-24   6th Section
Kris Cukla                    8th                  12-17   6th Section
Shae Yates                  11th                    6-17
Blake Gerey                  9th                    5-19

Graduates:
Nick Podlak                26-15   2nd Section
Sam Olson                  25-12   3rd Section

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A bunch of the area coaches who know John

Keller (Fosston) are going to host a basketball camp in Fosston on Saturday, December 8 for the Candy Keller Family.  Candy is battling cancer and the treatment has been spendy so a bunch of area coaches are chipping in to help raise some money for John and Candy Keller and family.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
9-10am grades 3-6
10:30-12noon grades 7-12

*Forms can be brought that day with the $20

Email Ryan Hanlon the names of student or students and their grades so we can have an idea of how many will be here.
Register: kellercamp18@gmail.com

**WE ASK ALL WHO ARE COMING TO WEAR THEIR SCHOOL/TEAM CLOTHES

Click here for the registration form/flyer

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JOKES (Do you have any good jokes – email them to chrisjfee@yahoo.com and I will put them in the feever

 

A man was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.”
He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.
The frog spoke up again and said, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will be your loving companion for an entire week.”
The man took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it, and returned it to his pocket.
The frog then cried out, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I’ll stay with you for a year and do anything you want.”
Again the man took the frog out, smiled at it, and put it back into his pocket.
Finally, the frog asked, “What is the matter? I’ve told you I’m a beautiful princess, and I’ll stay with you for a year and do anything you want. Why won’t you kiss me?”
The man said, “Look, I’m a Software Engineer. I don’t have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog is cool.”

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An old cowboy sat down at the Starbucks and ordered a cup of coffee. As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him.
She turned to the cowboy and asked, ‘Are you a real cowboy?’ He replied, ‘Well, I’ve spent my whole life breaking colts, working cows, going to rodeos, fixing fences, pulling calves, bailing hay, doctoring calves, cleaning my barn, fixing flats, working on tractors, and feeding my dogs, so I guess I am a cowboy..’
She said, ‘I’m a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about naked women. As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about naked women. When I shower, I think about naked women. When I watch TV, I think about naked women. It seems everything makes me think of naked women.’
The two sat sipping in silence.
A little while later, a man sat down on the other side of the old cowboy and asked, ‘Are you a real cowboy?’
He replied, ‘I always thought I was, but I just found out I’m a lesbian.’

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A man who smelled like a distillery flopped on a subway seat next to a priest.

The man’s tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.

After a few minutes the disheveled guy turned to the priest and asked, “Say, Father, what causes arthritis?”

“Mister, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol and a contempt for your fellow man.”

“Well, I’ll be damned!” the drunk muttered, returning to his paper.

The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. “I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”

“I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does.”

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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

Paul Bittner,will start the season with the Cleveland Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Bluejacket.  Paul had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 OT loss to Toronto on Friday, he didn’t score in a 2-1 OT victory over Toronto on Sunday and he had an assist and a plus-two rating in a 5-4 OT loss to Toronto on Wednesday.  Cleveland will host the Syracuse Crunch on Friday and Saturday.

Haley Roed, a Junior swimming at Minnesota State Moorhead. MSUM is off until November 30 and December 1 when they host the Dragon-Cobber Invite in West Fargo.

Kate MacGregor
, a Freshman swimming at Minnesota State Moorhead.  MSUM is off until November 30 and December 1 when they host the Dragon-Cobber Invite in West Fargo.

Ryan Bittner, is a Senior playing hockey for the #1 ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  Ryan didn’t score, but he had a plus-two rating and two shots on goal in a 5-2 win over Nichols College on Friday and had an assist in a 4-1 victory over Utica College on Saturday.  The Pointers will host UW-River Falls on Friday and they will travel to UW-Superior on Saturday.

Brady Heppner, is a Junior playing hockey at St. Johns University in Collegeville.  Brady didn’t score in a 3-2 loss to Concordia (Wis) on Friday and had the lone St. Johns goal in a 1-1 tie with #14 ranked Marian on Saturday.  St. Johns will host Saint Mary’s on Friday and Saturday.

Aaron Hollcraft, is a Senior playing basketball and baseball for the UMC Golden Eagles.  Aaron played one minute in a 68-53 victory over Pontifical Catholic, he played seven minutes and scored two points and had an assist in a 87-63 loss to Missouri Southern State and he played 10 minutes and scored two points and had an assist and rebound in a 63-44 victory over Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras on a three game trip in Puerto Rica.  UMC will kick off the conference season when they travel to Bemidji State on December 1.

Colton Weiland, is a freshman wrestling for #1 ranked St. Cloud State.  Colton is listed at 149 pounds. Colton was injured and had surgery and will miss the season.

Bailey Folkers, is a freshman on the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team.  Bailey didn’t played a few seconds in a 58-50 victory over Bemidji State on Monday and played three minutes and had two rebounds in a 77-52 victory over Saint Benedict on Wednesday.  Superior will host UW-Eau Claire on Saturday and travel to St. Scholastica on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Elise Tangquist, is a Sophomore golfer for the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Northwestern is done until the spring.

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

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

Marietta Geist, a Junior on the Carleton College Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams.
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

 

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