SPORTS FEEVER – JANUARY 10, 2019

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The highlight of watching sports on TV the last week is the Masters promos.  Three reasons why I love the masters.
1. The course is beautiful
2. March Madness is wrapping up and spring is officially here when the Masters begins.
3. How can you forget Tiger Woods’ putt that looked liked it stopped and the Nike swoosh on the ball was visible and all of a sudden it rolls in.
4. It’s the Masters!!!

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Speaking of golf, I came across video on why the Bears kicker missed the kick.  If you enjoyed the movie Happy Gilmore, you will enjoy this.

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Several area high school student-athletes have signed to play college sports the past week.

Mason LaPlante, of Crookston, signed to play soccer for the Jamestown Jimmies in NAIA.

Madison Smart, of Ada-Borup/NCW, signed to play basketball at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

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Some milestones were reached this past week –

Stephen-Argyle’s Hunter Yutrzenka reached the 1,000th career point milestone on Friday night.

Sacred Heart’s Brendan Bethke reached the 1,000th career point this week.

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What a ride it has been for Minnesota State Mankato Coach Todd Hoffner.  A couple of years ago some yahoo IT guy at MSU-Mankato turned in Hoffner for having child pornography on his college-issued cell phone……turns out it was his young children in the tub!  He was removed from his coaching duties for a year…after the investigation was complete Hoffner was declared innocent and he came back to coach the Mavericks and all he has done is won.  This year he was named the American Football Coaches Association coach of the year!
If anybody deserves the award it is Hoffner!

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Now that the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle basketball teams are in the middle of the NSIC season I asked KROX’s own Leo Blavin to fill us in on the season so far and he also tells us what is coming up.  By the way, Leo will be with the teams in Aberdeen, SD and Moorhead this weekend and we will have three of the four games on the radio.

The UMC Women’s basketball team is fourteen games into its twenty-eight-game regular season. The Golden Eagles currently sit at 9-5 overall and 4-4 in the NSIC. After starting the season 5-0, UMC has struggled with consistency in conference play. The Golden Eagles have benefitted from playing Bemidji State (0-8 in the NSIC) twice but won’t get to play the conference’s worst team again this season. The offense has improved from one season ago with Minnesota Crookston averaging five more points per game this season. Much of the offensive uptick is due to the emergence of Isieoma Odor (R-Sr., Bloomington) who was already UMC’s most talented player last season, but now might be the top post player in the NSIC. Odor’s averaging 18.6 points per game along with 9.3 rebounds per game and has four-times been named NSIC North Division Player of the Week already this season. She’ll be an All-NSIC First Team selection at the end of the season and has a case to be named the NSIC Player of the Year as well. Odor has been a consistent force all season. However, the Golden Eagles’ outside scoring has primarily been dictated by committee. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been a case of just one basketball to share between too many scorers, but rather not enough players stepping up every night to complement Odor’s interior offense with a jump shooter for Odor to pass to out of inevitable double-teams.
Minnesota Crookston is shooting just 41% from the field and 32% from beyond the three-point line this season and will need to improve in both categories to finish in the top half of the conference. UMC is scoring 16 free-throws per game indicating their improvement at driving to the basket and scoring, or at the very least drawing contact, but without the ability to make jump shots there is an obvious ceiling for the rest of this season. Bren Fox (Fr., Norwood Young America) and Kylie Post (Fr., Corcoran) have both emerged as capable starters and will be building blocks for this program over the next few years, but neither has been asked to shoot the ball outside of the paint much this season.
The Golden Eagles best options to spread the floor offensively remain with the upperclassmen Caitlin Michaels (Sr., Marshfield, WI) and Paige Weakley (Jr., Kearney, MO), but both are shooting 34% from beyond the arc and need to heat up from deep over the second half of the year for this team to contend for a home NSIC Tournament game. I think Kylea Praska (Fr., Thief River Falls) could emerge as the Golden Eagles top perimeter player down the stretch of this season. She continues to look more comfortable as the season has progressed and while she needs to get tougher off the dribble, she is UMC best three-point shooter making 45% of her shots from deep so far this season. Abby Guidinger (Soph., Waukesha, WI) has shown flashes of the offensive player who created her own shot off the bench last year and if she can return to the form she showed early on last season that would provide the Golden Eagles with three potential perimeter scoring options of the bench along with Steph McWilliams (Jr., Grand Forks).
UMC’s defense has done enough to keep the Golden Eagles in most games this season; however offensive rebounds have been a trouble spot when UMC has struggled to keep opponents within reach. UMC is limiting opponents to 41% shooting from the field and 31% shooting from deep. The cliché that defense travels is especially true in college basketball and that gives Minnesota Crookston a strong chance to at least split every road weekend series the rest of the season. However, if this offense finds some outside shooting, there is no reason the Golden Eagles can’t string together three or four wins in a row and earn a home NSIC tournament game.
UMC, at 4-4 in conference play, sits in a tie for ninth overall in the conference. Four teams in the conference are 5-3, so UMC very much controls its destiny towards NSIC Tournament seeding. All that matters now is finishing with a top-eight record in the conference. Divisions are now meaningless when it comes to tournament seeding, so a top-four finish in the North is irrelevant, which is important this year with three NSIC South teams tied for 2ndin their division at 5-3. To put it simply, UMC enters its final fourteen games with plenty of opportunities to finish in the top half of the conference. The formula remains simple on paper. Win your home games and split on the road. If UMC does just that they’ll finish 14-8 in the conference which would be more than enough to earn a home tournament game. This weekend features a very winnable matchup Friday night against a rebuilding Northern State team. If Minnesota Crookston wants to take the next step as a program a win in front of the largest crowd in Division II basketball on Friday night provides the perfect opportunity to start.

The UMC Men’s basketball team would have received a much more scathing recap of the first half of the season and preview for the second half of the year from me just two weeks ago. Three-straight wins later, including two wins by double-figures over St. Cloud State and Bemidji State, and the trajectory of this season looks a lot different than it did before the holiday break. UMC is 10-6 overall and has battled back to 4-4 in the NSIC after a 1-4 start to conference play. The Golden Eagles recent resurgence is due to their effort on the defensive end of the floor. Minnesota Crookston won’t often struggle to score with teams but an inability, and sometimes disinterest, in play all-out defensively has prevented UMC from winning on the road through Dan Weisse’s tenure despite an increasing win total each of the past few seasons. To reiterate, defense travels and if UMC can bring the defensive intensity, or as Weisse calls it ‘mindset,’ they’ve shown over the past three games on the road the rest of the season there is no reason this team can’t host an NSIC Tournament game.
Harrison Cleary (Jr., Oak Creek, WI) remains Minnesota Crookston’s offensive catalyst and can create his own shot off the dribble better than any other player in the NSIC and possibly the country at the Division II level. He’s averaging 23 points per game by shooting 45% from the field and 53% from the three-point line. Many of these shots are contested. It doesn’t matter. Cleary epitomizes unguardable and even when the Golden Eagles offense bogs down, Cleary has no trouble launching and making, a shot from anywhere on the floor. Chase Knickerbocker (Sr., Annandale) continues to work his way back to the sharpshooter he was one season ago and is now hitting 40% of his three-point attempts. Ben Juhl (Soph., Clive, IA) continues to impress as the perfect complimentary guard to Cleary with strong defense and the ability to hit any shot as well.
Beyond improved defense, depth is the biggest difference from last year to this season’s team. Josh Collins (Sr., Minneapolis) and Gable Smith (R-Sr., Lodi, WI) have both improved as rebounders on both ends of the floor, and each can provide enough scoring to keep opposing defenses honest. Off the bench, UMC has a true back-up point guard in Brian Sitzmann (R-Fr., Savage) who’s averaging two assists per game in 24 minutes per game. Malcolm Cohen (R-Jr., Detroit, MI) provides a true sixth-man spark Minnesota Crookston was desperate for a year ago. He’s a microwave player who can come off the bench and get hot offensively in a hurry. He’s athletic enough to guard any position and can fill in any role offensively with his size and ball-handling skills.

Chase Johnson(R-Soph., La Crosse, WI) has bounced back from a season-ending injury last year and looks rejuvenated. He can score inside and is willing to bang around and play physical at the defensive end of the floor when his number is called to replace Gable Smith or Josh Collins. Javier Nicolau (Jr., Castellon, Spain) has recently emerged as a weapon off the bench with a height of 6-10 and a lengthy wingspan that makes his size nearly unmatched in the NSIC. Nicoalu’s offensive game is still developing, but his size and improving foot work has paid dividends on the defensive end of the floor. Darin Viken remains UMC’s best kept secret. His minutes continue to increase, now averaging 12 minutes per game, and he’s a scrappy defender who’s willing to crash the boards and most importantly makes shots. He’s making 54% of his shots from beyond the three-point line and seems to guarantee at least one three-pointer and one offensive rebound whenever he’s on the floor.
Cleary will always be the offensive focal point and deservedly so, but Cleary no longer has to play 40 minutes every game and score 30 points per game for this team to win. This team doesn’t lack scorers and when one has an off night, there’s plenty of support coming off the bench. I think this added depth has allowed guys to fly around more freely on the defensive end of the floor and Dan Weisse has reflected his confidence in his team’s depth with seemingly different line-up combinations in every game during this recent winning streak. However, as was the case a year ago, this team has to find a way to win on the road to establish itself as a top-half of the NSIC program. The offense wasn’t the problem, even in road games last season, but the defense has to be locked in on the road. UMC has to learn to win ugly away from Lysaker Gymnasium and that’s going to come down to their mindset.

We’re about to find out the mindset of this team this weekend. They travel to face the two top teams in the NSIC North beginning with Northern State on Friday night before traveling to MSU-Moorhead Saturday night. A split, and UMC will have earned its first signature road win for this program at the Division II level. Two lopsided losses and it’s tough to envision a different outcome from last year with a first round NSIC Tournament loss on the road seemingly inevitable.

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This week we are taking a look at Section 8A Boys and Girls Basketball –

BOYS-

The team to beat in Section 8A Boys Basketball is Cass Lake-Bena.  They are 11-0 on the year and have beaten a couple of ranked teams in impressive fashion.  They are deep and you can’t key on one player because they have about 10 of them that you have to worry about.  Ada-Borup would be the second-best team at this time and the best part, they could meet in a rematch of the Section 8A Championship game where Cass Lake-Bena pretty much ran circles around Ada-Borup by using their speed and depth to wear them down.

East Sub-section – (QRF and standings compliments of www.minnesota-scores.net)

Cass Lake-Bena is a perfect 11-0 and has beaten the likes of North Woods and Mahnomen-Waubun pretty easily.  Can anybody beat Cass Lake-Bena?
Win-E-Mac and Clearbrook-Gonvick would be two of the teams that would be able to give Cass Lake-Bena a run and I would think Clearbrook-Gonvick would matchup better than Win-E-Mac.  The other two teams you can’t sleep on are Red Lake and Fosston.  Red Lake can run with Cass Lake, but defensively they might not be able to stop them.  Fosston is a team that hasn’t had the same starting line up more than a couple times this year.  If they get everybody healthy and on the same page in the final two months they could be a dangerous team at tournament time.
Again, the question will be…..can anybody beat Cass Lake-Bena?

Section 8A – East Standings (QRF Seeded)

QRF Team (QRF) Record Section
No. 6 Cass Lake-Bena (77.9) 6-0 11-0
No. 34 Win-E-Mac (53.2) 3-2 6-3
No. 40 Clearbrook-Gonvick (50.0) 8-0 8-2
No. 61 Red Lake (41.1) 3-2 6-5
No. 79 Fosston (35.8) 2-5 4-6
No. 121 Blackduck (22.3) 2-3 3-7
No. 125 Northome/Kelliher (21.4) 1-4 3-7
No. 126 Goodridge/Grygla (21.3) 3-8 3-9
No. 158 Lake of the Woods (7.5) 0-3 1-9

 

WEST Subsection-
The West Sub-section favorite has to be the Ada-Borup Cougars with their perfect 9-0 start so far this season.  They have only played three section games, but they play a decent schedule and have some nice guard play and of course some height.
2-5 will be pretty interesting and will be wide open until the end. Right now BGMR is in the lead in the QRF with their 7-3 record.  They have had some big wins and their three losses are to Cass Lake-Bena, Roseau (in OT), and Fertile-Beltrami.  Speaking of Fertile-Beltrami they are having another solid year and are 5-2 in section play and they have won five games in a row.  A typical Neil Steffes coached team….they keep getting better as the year progresses and they will be a team nobody wants to play in March.  Sacred Heart has had a good start and they have had heartbreaking losses to Clearbrook-Gonvick (three points) and Kittson County Central (one point).  Their other two losses were to in-town rival East Grand Forks in the first game of the year and Thompson (ND).  They have some great players, good coaching and will be a team that can make a run in March.  It seems like the rest of the teams have been improving and it will be interesting to see how the section shapes up the rest of the season.
Section 8A – West Standings (QRF Seeded)
QRF Rank Team (QRF) Section Overall
No. 15 Ada-Borup (64.3) 3-0 9-0
No. 37 Badger/Greenbush-MR (51.3) 6-2 7-3
No. 51 Sacred Heart (45.1) 6-2 6-4
No. 57 Fertile-Beltrami (43.1) 5-2 7-4
No. 63 Kittson County Central (40.9) 2-2 5-4
No. 84 Stephen-Argyle (32.0) 4-6 4-7
No. 92 Red Lake County (30.6) 3-6 3-7
No. 111 Northern Freeze (25.7) 3-4 3-7
No. 114 Climax/Fisher (25.0) 2-5 3-7
No. 149 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (14.3) 1-7 1-9

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SECTION 8A Girls Basketball
EAST Subsection-
The east is having some troubles in the first half of the season, but Red Lake is the top team again this year.   They are 9-4 and 6-1 in the section with their only loss to Stephen-Argyle.  Fosston, Lake of the Woods, Cass Lake-Bena and Kelliher/Northome are all fighting for the second spot in the east.  I am putting my money on Fosston taking the second spot when playoffs start.  There are a lot of games to be played and the next month will be big for all the teams.
Section 8A – East Standings (QRF Seeded)
QRF Rank Team (QRF) Section Overall
No. 33 Red Lake (55.6) 6-1 9-4
No. 61 Fosston (44.8) 4-3 6-5
No. 77 Lake of the Woods (35.7) 3-3 7-5
No. 80 Cass Lake-Bena (35.2) 3-4 5-6
No. 84 Kelliher/Northome (33.6) 2-5 5-6
No. 87 Win-E-Mac (33.0) 2-2 3-6
No. 92 Clearbrook-Gonvick (31.9) 4-5 5-6
No. 127 Blackduck (19.3) 0-7 3-9
No. 133 Goodridge/Grygla (17.7) 1-10 1-10

WEST Subsection-
Stephen-Argyle has had a great start to the season and are a perfect 12-0 and 10-0 in section play.  They have had impressive wins over Red Lake, East Grand Forks and a 40-22 victory over Warren-Alvarado-Oslo and others.  Can anybody beat Stephen-Argyle?  They aren’t unbeatable, but they are going to be difficult to beat which is impressive with the talent they lost last year.  Right now Warren-Alvarado-Oslo is 8-1 with their only loss to Stephen-Argyle and they have wins over Red Lake Falls, BGMR and Sacred Heart.  The third through seventh teams are all fighting for the third seed.  There is plenty of games left as the teams aren’t at the halfway point, but we should have a better idea of where the teams stand by the end of the month.  You know Red Lake Falls will be there at the end and it is nice to see Red Lake County Central having one of their better years in the last couple of years and they could easily finish as the third seed by seeding time.
Section 8A – West Standings (QRF Seeded)
QRF  Team (QRF) Section Overall
No. 6 Stephen-Argyle (84.2) 10-0 12-0
No. 18 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (65.6) 7-1 8-1
No. 50 Red Lake Falls (46.5) 5-3 8-4
No. 54 Red Lake County Central (45.8) 6-4 7-5
No. 63 Badger/Greenbush-MR (44.7) 4-4 6-6
No. 66 Sacred Heart (42.8) 5-2 5-7
No. 69 Kittson County Central (41.6) 4-2 7-4
No. 86 Northern Freeze (33.2) 4-7 5-8
No. 107 Climax/Fisher (25.1) 1-4 3-6
No. 109 Fertile-Beltrami (24.0) 2-6 2-8

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The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department announced the hiring of Hunter Plante as assistant marketing and communications director. Plante most recently served as an intern for the Minnesota Crookston athletic department from May to December of 2018. In his position, Plante will work in conjunction with Assistant Athletics Director Kamille Meyer to market and promote Minnesota Crookston’s 11 athletic programs. In addition, he will assist Director of Athletic Communications Shawn Smith with communications efforts for the entire athletic department.
“We are very excited to add Hunter to our staff,” said Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. “Hunter is a very motivated person with a great passion for athletics. He impressed me with how he was able to help elevate our marketing and communications efforts, as well as our staff as a whole, while completing his internship with our department. Hunter will continue to help aid our department with his work ethic and ideas and we can’t wait to see how he grows as a professional as he starts his position at Minnesota Crookston.”
“I am very excited about receiving the opportunity to work at an outstanding institution, the University of Minnesota Crookston,” Plante said. “In my short time as an intern, I have developed a great fondness for the university and can’t wait to learn and grow in my position. I hope to help the athletic department to the best of my abilities.”
During his seven-month internship, Plante’s primary focus was to help elevate the marketing and promotions efforts of the University by aiding in the creation of a marketing plan. He also helped organize the marketing and promotions students on game days and helped to spearhead in-game promotions.
In addition, Plante also assisted with the communication efforts of Minnesota Crookston. He wrote and distributed press releases for several sports, including soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and football. Plante was the primary communications contact for soccer. He also provided game statistics for the Golden Eagle soccer program. In addition, he aided with game notes, social media efforts, and special projects. He also helped host video segments and record advertisements for the institution. Plante also assisted with game management for sporting events.
Prior to his internship at Minnesota Crookston, Plante was a radio engineer and technician for the University of North Dakota athletic department. During his three years assisting with the radio efforts at UND, Plante edited soundbites, announced North Dakota volleyball on the radio, and ran the scoreboard for football games. He also helped with radio game day management for UND football games, and set up radio equipment for the UND Ground Round Coaches Show.
In addition, Plante has served as a sports writer for the Erskine Echo since May 2013. His primary responsibility has been writing a weekly sports column for the paper. Plante also served as a radio station intern for KRJM Radio under Jim Birkemeyer. He broadcasted and announced area high school athletic events including football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. Plante also provided voice-over work for radio commercials, and ran scoreboard for high school sports.
Plante earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of North Dakota in December of 2018. He also had a minor in sports business. Plante is a native of Erskine, Minn., where he attended Win-E-Mac High School. He will reside in Crookston, Minn.

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The Second Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame class to be inducted has been announced.

They possessed size, skill, speed and strength. Mix in a few X’s and O’s and you have the second class of the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
A group of 15 will join the inaugural class of 14 in the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Tuesday, March 26. The reception will be held prior to the Minnesota Timberwolves game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The inductees will be introduced to the crowd at halftime of the game.
This year’s class is Rocori coach Bob Brink; Bob Bruggers of Danube; New London-Spicer coach Mike Dreier; Norm Grow of Foley; Hal Haskins of Alexandria; Ronnie Henderson of Minneapolis Marshall University; Tracy Henderson of Minneapolis Patrick Henry; Kris Humphries of Hopkins; Aileen Just (Luther) of Rapidan; Coco Miller of Rochester Mayo; Kelly Miller of Rochester Mayo; Hopkins coach Kenny Novak Jr.; Minneapolis Marshall University coach Ed Prohofsky; Kelly Skalicky of Albany; and Bob Zender of Edina.
The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, in conjunction with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, has a display in the skyway of the Target Center. The goal of the Hall of Fame is to celebrate the rich history of high school basketball from around the state by recognizing the most successful and exciting players, legendary coaches and consequential contributors from around the state.
The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame committee was established in 2011. There are currently 15 members on the committee. Tickets for the induction ceremony are $25 and can be purchased from any of the committee members.
Anyone can nominate a player, coach, contributor or team to the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame committee. Nominations can be made on the Hall of Fame website at www.mnhsbasketballhall.com. The statewide committee oversees the selection process.
Players become eligible for the Hall of Fame 10 years after he/she has played high school basketball. Coaches are eligible after 15 years of starting their careers.
The mission of the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame is to promote high school basketball and the values of healthy competition and life lessons learned from the sport. The non-profit organization is also seeking corporate sponsors as well as individual contributions and donations. They can be made by contacting the Hall of Fame or its staff as well as on its GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/mnhsbasketballhall.

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JOKES –

Ninety-year-old Mr Tomkins went in for his annual checkup. When the doctor asked how he was feeling, he said, “Never been better! I’ve got an 18 year-old bride who’s pregnant with my child! What do you think about that?”

The doctor considered this for a moment. “Let me tell you a story,” he said. “I knew a guy who was an avid hunter. One day he went out in a hurry and accidentally grabbed his umbrella instead of his gun. He was in the woods and suddenly a grizzly bear appeared in front of him! He raised up his umbrella, pointed it at the bear, and squeezed the handle. And do you know what happened?”

“No,” the old man said. “Tell me.”

“The bear dropped dead in front of him!”

“That’s impossible! Someone else must have shot that bear.”

“That’s kind of what I’m driving at,” the doctor replied

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Two men are drinking in a bar at the top of the Empire State Building. One turns to the other and says, “You know, last week I discovered that if you jump from the top of this building, by the time you fall to the 10th floor, the winds around the building are so intense that they carry you around the building and back into the window.”

The bartender just shakes his head in disapproval while wiping the bar.

The second man says, “What are you a nut? There’s no way that could happen.”

The first man responds, “No it’s true. Let me prove it to you.” So he gets up from the bar, jumps over the balcony, and careens to the street below. When he passes the 10th floor, the high wind whips him around the building and back into the 10th floor window and he takes the elevator back up to the bar.

The second guy tells him, “You know I saw that with my own eyes, but that must have been a one-time fluke.”

The first guy says, “No, I’ll prove it again,” and again he jumps and hurtles toward the street where the 10th floor wind gently carries him around the building and into the window. Once upstairs he urges his fellow drinker to try it.

The second man thinks, “Well why not? It works, I’ll try it.” So he jumps over the balcony, plunges downward, passes the 11th, 10th, 9th, 8th floors…and hits the sidewalk with a ‘splat!’

Back upstairs the bartender turns to the other drinker and says, “You know, Superman, you’re a real mean drunk.”

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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 suffered a knee injury and is still recouperating.

Haley Roed, a Junior swimming at Minnesota State Moorhead.   The Dragons are off until they host the Dragon Invite on January 18-19, 2019.

Kate MacGregor
, a Freshman swimming at Minnesota State Moorhead.  The Dragons are off until they host the Dragon Invite on January 18-19, 2019.

Ryan Bittner, is a Senior playing hockey for the #1 ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  Ryan had an assist and two shots on goal in a 3-2 victory at Concordia College and he had two assists in an 8-2 victory at St. Olaf.  The Pointers will host Augsburg on Friday and St. Johns on Saturday.

Brady Heppner, is a Junior playing hockey at St. Johns University in Collegeville.  Brady had a goal and an assist on in a 5-1 victory on Friday and he had a goal and an assist in a  3-0 victory at Bethel.  St. Johns travels to UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point this weekend.

Aaron Hollcraft, is a Senior playing basketball and baseball for the UMC Golden Eagles.   Aaron didn’t play, because of an injury, in wins over St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth.  UMC will travel to Northern State and Minnesota State Moorhead this weekend.

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 played two minutes and had two rebounds in a 72-60 loss to Bethany Lutheran on Saturday and she didn’t play in a 71-61 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday.  Superior will host North Central on Saturday and Finlandia on Monday.

Brita Fagerlund, is a Sophomore on the University of Jamestown Jimmy Women’s Track team.  The season will start on January 12 at the Bison Classic in Fargo.

Ally Tiedemann, a Freshman playing tennis at the 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.

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
Tori Demarais is the Pirate Girls Hockey assistant 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