SPORTS FEEVER – April 18, 2019

Welcome to one of the best stretches of the year.  We had the Final Four two weekends ago, last weekend Tiger Woods won the Masters and now it is Easter weekend.
And……Spring has finally arrived.  The weather has finally started to cooperate and the forecast calls for some great weather this weekend into next week.  But, when the spring sports teams start to get some games in we run into prom season.

I have heard several people in the sports world say maybe having boys volleyball isn’t a bad idea because you could actually play the matches every year.  Once again, I am predicting some decreased numbers in spring sports numbers throughout the state next year after this miserable spring.
Hopefully, the weather will be beautiful through tournament time at the end of May and start of June and all the games can be played the rest of the way.

Crookston Pirate baseball has 20 games to play and less than 30 days of the season to get all the games in.  Obviously, Crookston won’t play all 20 games that were scheduled.  One idea that Crookston Activities Director Greg Garmen brought up was playing 10 doubleheaders next year.  That is a pretty good idea and it would be a lot easier to get the games in and you also get more practice time, umpires would be easier to get for 10 events instead of 16 or 17 and it is better for parents to go watch two games instead of one.
Who knows….next spring could be completely different and the teams could be practicing on the field on the first day of practice.
We know there is one thing you can’t control…..Mother Nature.  But hopefully, she will cooperate the rest of the spring sports season.

Good luck to all the high school sports teams and congratulations on toughing out a tough first three or four weeks of practice!

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The Minnesota Vikings made some big news this week.  They signed Detroit Lakes native Adam Thielen to a four-year contract worth up to $73 million!!!!   Great for the local kid to get a big payday.

The other big news was the 2019 schedule was released.  The schedule is below –

Pre-season-
Friday – August 9 – At New Orleans (7 PM)
Sunday – August 18 – Seattle (7 PM)
Saturday – August 24 – Arizona (Noon)
Thursday – August 29 – at Buffalo (6:30 PM)

Regular Season –
Sunday – September 8 – Atlanta (Noon)
Sunday – September 15 – at Green Bay (Noon)
Sunday – September 22 – Oakland Raiders (Noon)
Sunday – September 29 – at Chicago (3:25 PM)
Sunday – October 6 – at New York Giants (Noon)
Sunday – October 13 – Philadelphia (Noon)
Sunday – October 20 – at Detroit (Noon)
Thursday – October 24 – Washington (7:20 PM)
Sunday – November 3 – at Kansas City (Noon)
Sunday – November 10 – at Dallas (7:20 PM)
Sunday – November 17 – Denver (Noon)
Sunday – November 24 – BYE WEEK
Monday – December 2 – at Seattle (7:15 PM)
Sunday – December 8 – Detroit (Noon)
Sunday – December 15 – At Los Angeles Chargers (7:20 PM)
Monday – December 23 – Green Bay Packers (7:15 PM)
Sunday – December 29 – Chicago Bears (Noon)

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The University of Minnesota Duluth won the Men’s Hockey National Championship last weekend and now the Men’s Basketball program got some interesting news this week.
Alex Illikainen, a 6’9 graduate transfer from Wisconsin will play for Duluth next year as a grad transfer.  Illikainen is a graduate of Grand Rapids (Minnesota) high school and he didn’t play for Wisconsin this past season.  In 85 games for the Badgers, he averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

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Former Red Lake High School boys basketball player Rob McClain Jr. has signed a letter of intent to play basketball next year at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, located in Edinburg, Texas.  Texas Rio Grande Valley is a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
McClain, a 6’5 185 pounder played the past two seasons at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D.  He earned NJCAA All-American honors while averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals per game in 32 games.  McClain led the NJCAA in field goals made and defensive rebounding while ranking seventh in scoring.

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Barnesville Trojan standout student-athlete Hunter Zenzen has committed to play football at Iowa State.  The junior will be one of the top football players in northwest Minnesota and throughout the state.
ZenZen had offers/visits at schools like UND, NDSU, South Dakota State, Minnesota and others.  The junior linebacker had 36 solo tackles, 58 assisted tackles, 26 tackles for loss, and eight sacks. He also had 12 receptions and three touchdowns as a tight end.

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The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Football team will have their spring game on Friday after a productive spring practice season.

I asked Coach Mark Duffner if he could tell us how practice went –

Chris:

I believe that we have had a very productive spring ball so far despite not being able to practice outside.
Due to new NCAA legislation, we were able to begin workouts 7 days earlier than previous years; we actually started this year before spring break.
The 3 areas we focused on this spring were:

  1. Strength & Power Development
  2. Technique
  3. Alignment/Assignment (Mental)

Each week we lifted 4 days a week to improve our strength and power, two days for strength and two days for power.  We are currently maxing out and will have the results by the end of the week.  

We generally practiced 3 days a week, all of which were indoors (UMC Sports Center & UND High Performance Center).  For most of the practices, the offense would practice separate from the defense and vice versa to allow us to get our extra lifts in.  A primary focus for us during practice was on our technique and fundamentals.  

Lastly, we had position meetings at least 5 days a week (But not 7…NCAA VIOLATION!).  During meetings, the coaching staff focused on new installations as well as review of the previous practice (corrections).  Here we were able to focus on the mental aspect of the game, specifically alignment/assignment.

We have one more practice slated for this week on Friday; the Friday practice will consist of a controlled scrimmage.
Friday’s practice will begin at 9:30 am with the scrimmage beginning at 10:10 am; the practice will be held at the Grand Forks HPC and is open to the public.

Thanks,
Mark

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The University of Minnesota Crookston Athletic Department made an announcement this week that they are going to add Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Trap Shooting.
Trapshooting is a great move for UMC because it could add some students (the addition of the three is for the purpose of increasing enrollment).  The questionable addition is in Cross Country.  Right now UMC doesn’t have a full-time women’s tennis or women’s golf coach.  The coaches are assistant basketball coaches.  UMC DOESN’T have enough money to hire full-time coaches for those two sports, they only give two scholarships to baseball and football is NOWHERE near fully funded in the scholarship, facility, and coaching staff department.  So now UMC adds two more sports to the fray.  How are the new sports going to be funded?  Are they going to cut into the current funding, is UMC going to increase the athletic budget?

There are a lot of questions that have to be answered before this is deemed a good idea, because it isn’t going to be a big boom for enrollment with the 10 to 15 kids it might bring in.
I sent questions to UMC Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause and Athletic Director Stephanie Helgeson.  I am hoping to have the responses in next week’s column.  The questions I sent are below –

1. Will the athletic department budget see in an increase in funding with the addition of cross country?

2. Where will funding for trap shooting come from?  The athletic department or somewhere else?

3. You currently don’t have a full-time women’s golf coach or a full-time women’s tennis coach (they are assistant basketball coaches).  Will the cross country coach(es) be full-time?  

4. Will cross country receive athletic scholarships?  If they do, will sports like football and baseball see an increase in scholarship money to help them stay/become more competitive?

5. In the past year, it has been stated that there isn’t enough money to fix the track.  Has there been any request for upgrades in facilities (football, baseball, softball) from Crookston to Minneapolis.  (Example, the facility proposal that the comprehensive planning committee came up with)

6. Is there anything else you would like to add on the subject of Athletics and Athletic funding at UMC?

I hope to have the responses in next week’s column.  The official press release from UMC is below –

The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department and Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause announced the addition of men’s and women’s cross country as an NCAA Division II sport, and trap as a competitive club sport to begin competition during the 2019-20 athletic season.
“We are very excited to add men’s and women’s cross country and trap to our sports offerings at Minnesota Crookston,” said Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. “Through an internal survey, we discovered that cross country and trap were two sports that students wanted to see at Minnesota Crookston. By expanding our sports offerings, we are able to cater to our current student population, while also reaching new recruits. The addition of these two thriving sports matches Minnesota Crookston’s vision to be a leader and innovator in higher education and athletics both locally and globally. This is a big day for Minnesota Crookston athletics and we can’t wait to field two competitive programs that will be a positive addition to our department and our campus.”

The Golden Eagle men’s and women’s cross-country teams will compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and will be the 12th NCAA sport for Minnesota Crookston. Trap will be the first competitive club sponsored by the University of Minnesota Crookston. Minnesota Crookston has a long history of students with a passion for the outdoors and by offering trap the school is able to offer one of a very few four-year competitive club programs in the region. The trap team will compete in the USA College Clay Target League, where they will compete against universities across the nation. The nationwide league begins official competition in the fall of 2019.

The process of hiring the head coaches for the men’s/women’s cross country and trap teams will begin immediately. The trap team will compete at the Crookston Gun Club, while the cross country programs will call Minakwa Golf Course their home.

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11 current or future Minnesota Gopher hockey players are considered NHL draft prospects and one of them is Roseau’s Aaron Huglen.  He is ranked 90th and averaged two points per game for Roseau and also played 28 games with the Fargo Force.

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The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program will again offer camp options this summer. The Golden Eagles will host a Junior Eagle Day Camp from June 10-13 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and an Offensive Skills Day Camp from June 17-20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The camps will be held at the University of Minnesota Crookston Wellness Center this year due to the remodeling of Lysaker Gymnasium, which will include new bleachers and a refurbished floor. This will be the sixth annual camp.

The Junior Eagle Day Camp will be for boys and girls grades 1-6 with each camper receiving a t-shirt and a camp ball. On the last day, all campers will receive a pizza party. The Offensive Skills Day Camp for boys and girls for grades 5-12. Each camper will receive a t-shirt and a camp ball. On the last day, all campers for the Offensive Skills Camp will also receive a pizza party.
The camp will develop campers skills through drill work, contests, and games. They will receive instruction and interaction with coaching staff and players.

The cost is $60 per camper. If you have any questions contact Assistant Coach Bryan Beamish at 218-281-8431 or bbeamish@crk.umn.edu. You can fill out the attached registration form (click here for the form) and send form and payment to:

UMC Basketball
142 Sports Center
2900 University Ave.
Crookston, MN  56716

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The PGA TOUR Champions event at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota September 16-22 has opened volunteer registration for the Sanford International Presented by Cambria. The event brings the best players on the PGA TOUR Champions to Sioux Falls and tremendous philanthropic impact to local children’s charities. There are many volunteer committees to choose from such as caddies, manual leaderboards, marshals, golf carts, standard bearers and more.

Volunteer Package includes:
•    One (1) polo*
•    One (1) quarter zip*
•    Choice of hat or visor
•    Tournament badge
•    Access to tournament grounds Wednesday-Sunday
•    Breakfast and/or lunch during your shift
•    Access to Volunteer Appreciation Party (Date TBA)
•    Chance to play on Volunteer Play Day (9 or 18 holes). Volunteers will get the opportunity to play Minnehaha Country Club on a specific day post-tournament. The date will be announced after the tournament.

*Items provided by Greg Norman apparel.

Committees are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Patrons may register at sanfordinternational.com by clicking on the volunteer tab. Volunteers between the ages of 12 – 18 have the option to be a Junior Volunteer.

About the Sanford International
The Sanford International Presented by Cambria, a PGA TOUR Champions event contested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will be played at Minnehaha Country Club the week of September 16-22, featuring a $1.8 million purse. A five-year agreement is in place through 2022. In its second year, the Sanford International will continue to focus on charitable giving and making a lasting impact in Sioux Falls. These organizations are supported through the proceeds of the tournament and via direct donations to participating charities. For more information about the tournament, please visit sanfordinternational.com

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The first of three NCAA Division II Softball Regional Rankings were released and the NSIC had four of the top ten teams in the central region. Augustana is ranked second while Winona State is third.  Minnesota Duluth is seventh and St. Cloud State is eighth in the first of three rankings.

The 42-team NCAA Central Region is made up of teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Great American Conference (GAC). Automatic bids are awarded to the tournament champions from each conference with the final five spots awarded on an at-large basis. In all, eight teams will advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament on May 9-11, with the top two seeds in the region hosting.

The NCAA softball selections will be announced on www.NCAA.com on Monday, May 6 at 9 a.m. (CT).  The NCAA Championships are set for May 23-27 at Regency Athletic Complex hosted by Metro State University of Denver.

The NSIC Softball Tournament is set for May 2-4 at RYFSA Complex in Rochester, Minnesota. The top-ten teams in the NSIC standings will participate in the double-elimination tournament.

CENTRAL REGION

RK Team (Conf) DII Rec In-Reg
1 Central Oklahoma (MIAA) 35-3 35-3
2 Augustana (NSIC) 34-7 23-7
3 Winona State (NSIC) 29-5 20-4
4 Southern Arkansas (GAC) 37-8 34-6
5 Arkansas Tech (GAC) 31-13 31-13
6 Missouri Western (MIAA) 30-14 30-14
7 Minnesota Duluth (NSIC) 21-14 16-8
8 St. Cloud State (NSIC) 29-11 22-9
9 Central Missouri (MIAA) 24-16 24-16
10 Harding (GAC) 29-17 26-16

 

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The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Board of Directors have extended NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind’s contract for an additional five years, continuing Lind’s guidance of the conference through 2024. Lind has served as NSIC Commissioner since July 1, 2014.

Dr. Steven Shirley, president of Minot State University and 2018-19 chair of the NSIC Board of Directors, commented, “Erin has a proven record of accomplishment in the NSIC office, including her very successful tenure as our conference commissioner the past five years. We are excited about the future of the NSIC and the opportunities it provides to the student-athletes of our 16 member institutions. The NSIC Board is pleased to announce this new long-term agreement with Erin for the next five years, and we look forward to her continued outstanding leadership as commissioner of one of the elite NCAA Division II conferences in the nation!”

Lind joined the NSIC staff in the summer of 2001 and had served as the NSIC Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator since 2005.  “I am grateful and humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve in the role of Commissioner for the Northern Sun,” said Lind.  I am fortunate to work with an amazing conference office staff that makes serving our membership the number one priority every day. Our staff is committed to continuing to make the student-athlete experience in the Northern Sun memorable and impactful. Our conference is special because of the people and I am honored to continue to work closely with our Board of Directors, Conference Council members, coaches, student-athletes and external stakeholders for the years to come.”
As commissioner, Lind has been instrumental in envisioning the future of the NSIC, following the steps of the league’s current strategic plan and guiding the league through the process of developing a new strategic plan that will take the conference into 2024.
During her tenure as commissioner, Lind has increased the visibility of the league through corporate partnerships. Partners such as Sanford Health and Midco Sports Network have led the way to championship enhancements across all sports. NSIC Championship and game-day experience enhancements have included live television coverage, improved branding of the championships, along with all student-athletes competing in first-class venues and receiving mementos for participating at NSIC Championships.

Lind coordinated the NSIC 25th Anniversary celebrations during the 2016-17 academic year, which included in part the creation of the NSIC Elite 18 Award, recognizing the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the final site for each of the NSIC’s 18 championships. Lind also worked with NCAA personnel at the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournaments, developing a resource guide for staging conference championship events with community engagement in mind, which has been implemented at NCAA and NSIC Championships.

Under Lind’s guidance the league also created “NSIC Day,” which has the entire NSIC office staff travel to an NSIC school’s campus to enhance the gameday experience for student-athletes and fans via give-a-ways, promotions and provides an opportunity for face-to-face visits with NSIC staff members.
Lind has also been active on the national scene as a member of the NCAA Division II Central Regional Advisory Committees for women’s basketball, volleyball and softball. Lind has served as Regional Advisory Committee Chair for men’s and women’s tennis. She was a member of the NCAA Division II Championships Committee and served as chair in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Lind currently sits on the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee and NCAA Concussion Advisory Group.  She is also serving on the Executive Committee of the Division II Conference Commissioner Association and will serve as chair in 2019-20.

Lind’s accomplishments over the years have not gone unnoticed as she was presented the Breaking Barriers Award at the 2016 Minnesota National Girls and Women in Sports Day award ceremony. She was also the first recipient of the GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award, which is presented to a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University to recognize recent (past 10 years) graduates with exceptional achievement and significant contribution to the recipient’s profession or community/society or university.

A 2001 graduate of SMSU in Marshall, Minnesota, Lind earned her bachelor’s degree in sports management with minors in business management and coaching. She completed her Master of Education in sports management at the University of Minnesota in 2003.
Known as Erin Frye in her playing days, Lind is very familiar with the NSIC. A starter for the women’s basketball team from 1998 to 2001, Lind was a first-team All-NSIC selection and a member of the NSIC All-Tournament Team as a junior and was honorable mention all-conference as a senior. She ended her career as the school’s seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,380 points. Lind helped lead the Mustangs to the 2000-01 conference championship and a first-ever NCAA tournament appearance.

Erin and her husband, Matt, have two sons, Jacob & Taylor.

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The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Sanford Pentagon are excited to announce an agreement that will bring the NSIC Volleyball Tournament to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the next three years.  The eight-team, single elimination tournament will be held at the Sanford Pentagon in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons.
The NSIC Volleyball Tournament, one of, if not the most competitive in all of NCAA Division II has been played on NSIC campuses since its inception in 2004.  “The NSIC and the Sanford Pentagon have an outstanding relationship, as we have hosted our basketball tournaments there since 2014,” stated NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind. “The venue is the best in the region for NSIC competition and we are excited to bring our volleyball student-athletes, coaches and fans to such an outstanding venue. This is an added opportunity for the Sioux Falls community and surrounding area to watch elite volleyball.”

The Sanford Pentagon is no stranger to hosting high-level volleyball as Concordia-St. Paul won the 2016 National Championship on Heritage Court and the Pentagon is set to host the 2020 NCAA Division II National Championship. “Some of the best volleyball in the country is played in the NSIC, and we are thrilled the student-athletes from these schools will play for a conference championship on Heritage Court,” said Jesse Smith, director of operations at the Sanford Pentagon. “I can’t overstate how much we value our relationship with the NSIC, and we look forward to hosting this tournament and providing a first-class experience for all involved.”

In past years the first round of the NSIC Volleyball Tournament was played on the campus of the top four seeds, with the highest remaining seed hosting the semifinals and championship matches.  With this new arrangement, all three rounds of the NSIC Volleyball Championship would be played on Heritage Court in the Sanford Pentagon.  Dates for the upcoming championship will be November 22-24, 2019.

About the NSIC:
The NSIC is a 16-team, 18-sport, NCAA Division II conference with teams located in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.  The mission of the NSIC is to promote, conduct and regulate competitive sports programs which will assist student-athletes in their successful athletic, academic and person development.

About NSIC Volleyball:
The NSIC has won nine of the last 12 NCAA Division II Volleyball National Championships, with Concordia University, St. Paul winning in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 & 2017.  In the past 12 years, the NSIC has advanced to 10  national championship matches and 11 of the past national semifinal matches.  The NSIC has had numerous teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll in recent years, had five national players of the year and 57 Daktronics/D2CAA All-Americans.

About the Sanford Pentagon:
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. The 3,250-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s &  Men’s Basketball and Volleyball tournaments and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

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University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics is excited to announce that Maturi Pavilion will receive some significant upgrades prior to the 2019 Gopher volleyball season. The changes will benefit both Minnesota’s student-athletes and fans.

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a privately funded renovation to Maturi Pavilion, which will transform the existing space into a world-class facility designed to support and enhance the performance of our volleyball student-athletes. The performance center is a state-of-the-art space that will feature a 9,000 square foot remodel of the east side of Maturi Pavilion that will encompass both the lower and upper levels.

The renovated spaces on the lower level will provide student-athletes direct access from the competition court to strength training, athletic medicine, a nutrition station and hydrotherapy pools. The team room, locker room and player lounge will also be renovated.

“We are extremely excited about the performance center and the positive influence it will have on our program,” head volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “Having our strength training, athletic training, hydrotherapy, recovery, nutrition, video area and locker room all adjacent to our competition court will be a significant competitive advantage for us. This is a significant step forward for our program.”

The upper level will include offices and meeting space for coaches and will also include a remodel of the club room that will add 48 premium seats for fans.

Construction on both levels has begun and will be completed by Aug. 31, 2019.

Maturi Pavilion will also welcome the addition of air conditioning for the 2019 season. Minnesota recently capped its season-tickets for the upcoming season and fans will now be able to enjoy a packed Maturi Pavilion in a comfortable, temperature-controlled setting. Construction for the air conditioning has already begun and the project will be completed prior to the 2019 season.

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JOKES

Little Johnny’s father asks him if he knows about the birds and the bees. “I don’t want to know!” Little Johnny says, bursting into tears. Confused, his father asks what’s wrong. “Oh, Dad,” Little Johnny sobs, “first, there was no Santa Claus, then no Easter Bunny, and finally, no Tooth Fairy. If you’re about to tell me that grownups don’t really have sex, I’ve got nothing left to believe in.”

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A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!” My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor.” Pastor questioned, “How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?” He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”

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A young man shopping in a supermarket noticed a little old lady following him around.  If he stopped, she stopped.  Furthermore, she kept staring at him. She finally overtook him at the checkout, and she turned to him and said, “I hope I haven’t made you feel ill at ease; it’s just that you look so much like my late son.”
He answered, “That’s okay.”
She then said, “I know it’s silly, but if you’d call out
‘Goodbye, Mom’ as I leave the store, it would make me feel so happy.”
She then went through the checkout, and as she was on her way out of the store, the man called out, “Goodbye, Mom.”
The little old lady waved and smiled back at him.
Pleased that he had brought a little sunshine into someone’s day, he went to pay for his groceries.
“That comes to $121.85,” said the clerk.
“How come so much?  I only bought 5 items.”
The clerk replied, “Yeah, but your Mother said you’d be paying for her things, too.”

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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, is playing for the Cleveland Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Bluejacket.   Paul didn’t play in a 4-3 OT loss to Charlotte on Friday.  He didn’t play in a 2-1 loss to Charlotte on Saturday, and he didn’t play in a 5-1 victory over Toronto on Sunday.  The Monsters will start the AHL playoffs this week when they take on Syracuse on Friday in Game one of the best of five series.

Aaron Hollcraft, is a Senior playing baseball for the UMC Golden Eagles.   Aaron pitched 1.1 innings and gave up three hits, one run, walked one, struck out one in an 11-7 victory over the University of Mary.  Aaron also pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up three hits, three runs, walked one and struck out one in a 9-8 loss to Southwest Minnesota State on Tuesday.  UMC hosts St. Cloud State for three games on Friday and Saturday.

Aleece Durbin, is a freshman on the University of North Dakota Women’s Track and Field team.  UND’s meet at the University of Mary Al Bortke Open on Saturday was canceled.  UND will travel to the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate meet in Long Beach, California on Thursday.

Brita Fagerlund, is a Sophomore on the University of Jamestown Jimmy Women’s Track team.  The Jimmies meet at the University of Mary on Saturday was canceled. Jamestown will go to the Dickinson State Blue Hawks invite on Friday.

Ally Tiedemann, a Freshman playing tennis at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Ally lost her second doubles match 6-2 in a 4-0 loss to the University of Mary in the first round of the NSIC tournament on Saturday.  The Bulldogs season came to an end with the loss.

Ben Trostad, a Freshman playing golf at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  UMC will wrap up the season with the NSIC Championships in Liberty, Missouri April 18-20.

Ethan Magsam, a Freshman playing golf at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  UMC will wrap up the season with the NSIC Championships in Liberty, Missouri April 18-20.

Isaac Westlake, a Junior playing golf for the Winona State Warriors.  Winona State will compete at the NSIC Championships in Liberty, Missouri April 18-20.

Elise Tangquist, is a Sophomore golfer for the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Northwestern’s meet at the Martin Luther Invite on April 11 was canceled.  Northwestern is scheduled to wrap up the season at the Crown College invite on April 29 in Waconia.

Brady Heppner, is a Junior, playing hockey at St. Johns University in Collegeville.

Bailey Folkers, is a freshman on the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team.

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

Kate MacGregor, a Freshman swimming at Minnesota State Moorhead.

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
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.
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 coaching –

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.

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