TUESDAY -  SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

UMC STARTS NORTHERN SUN CONFERENCE SEASON WITH A 3-0 WIN AT BEMIDJI STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team was near perfection in the first two sets and then won a late rally in the third to defeat Bemidji State, 25-17, 25-17, 28-26, in a Northern Sun Conference match in Bemidji.

In the first set, the match was back and forth and with the score 9-8, UMC ran off six straight points behind three kills in a row for Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) and another by Kassi Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) to put the Golden Eagles up 15-8 and UMC would run out the first set to a 25-17 win. “It was a great start with the passes right on and we were all on,” said Looker.
The second set saw Bemidji State get out to a 5-1 lead before UMC went on a 7-0 run behind the serving of Mary Mikutowski (Sr-Stillwater, Mn) and kills from Green and Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Franfort, Il) started getting involved with some big slams as did Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Ks) and UMC took off to win another set 25-17. “The first two sets we took it to another level,” said UMC head coach Lee Anderson, “we were in system the whole night and when we do that, we are tough to handle.”
The third set was the classic back and forth match and tight the entire way being tied 12 times during the set with the last one being it 22-22. “I thought the key point in the set came when we trailing 20-22,” said Anderson, “Morgan read the setter and came up with the stuff block.”  The last three points were by kills from Looker to give her 23 on the evening and a 28-26 win to claim the three to nothing win. “We had a great effort tonight by everyone,” said coach Anderson, “those first two games took us to another level and it’s a good barometer for us the rest of the way. In the third set, we didn’t play as well, but we made big plays when we had to.”
UMC improves to 7-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Northern Sun Conference and will have their first home matches of the season this weekend when they host two nationally ranked teams, Augustana College (22nd in NCAA, Division II) on Friday night and Wayne State comes in for a 4:00 PM on Saturday. Wayne State is ranked 19th in the nation. “It’s a tough conference and so many great teams, including the two coming into our place this weekend,” said Anderson, “but that is what we want.”
Bemidji State is 2-7 on the season.

1 2 3
UMC 25 25 28
Bemidji State 17 17 26

For UMC
Kills - Brittany Looker-23, Kelci Green-11, Stephanie Pearson-9, Morgan VanGerpen-5, Erin Scwartz-3, Casey Cashman-2
Blocks - Morgan VanGerpen-5, Erin Schwartz-2
Assists - Sierra Trost-39, Mary Mikutowski-4, Stephanie Pearson-3
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-18, Stephanie Pearson-17, Brittany Looker-13, Sierra Trost-9, Kelci Green-4
Aces - Kaycie Hagen-2





CROOKSTON PIRATE VOLLEYBALL AT HOME WITH PARK RAPIDS

The Crookston Pirates will meet Park Rapids in a match up with Section 8AA opponents tonight at the Crookston High School at 7:30 PM.  The Pirates are 3-3 on the season while Park Rapids is 5-4.

1 2 3
Park Rapids
CROOKSTON

For Crookston
Kills -
Blocks -
Assists - 
Digs - 
Aces - 


For  Park Rapids
Kills -  
Blocks - 
Assists - 
Digs - 
Aces -  



CROOKSTON GIRL'S TENNIS SPLIT TWO MATCHES IN BEMIDJI

The Crookston Pirates Girl’s Tennis team is in a stretch of playing Class AA teams, including splitting two matches today at the Bemidji Tri-angular, defeating Detroit Lakes 6-1 and losing to a top heavy Bemidji squad 5-2.
The Pirates won all the singles and top two doubles to handle Detroit Lakes 6-1. “We beat them earlier 4-3 and we plugged in a couple different matches,” said Crookston head coach Mike Geffre, “we really played pretty well all the way down the lineup.”
In the second match, the Pirates lost a 5-2 match to the host Lumberjacks who breezed at the top two singles and won some close matches in others to claim the victory. “Bemidji’s one and two singles are very, very good with a foreign exchange player at one. I’m sure Ally (Tiedemann) and Alyssa (Fee) feel those two were the best they have seen all year. In some of the other matches, we played them tight, like Megan Frisk losing a 5-10 third set in singles and some 5-7 sets, so it was good for our girls to see this competition. We are in midst of playing some AA schools and it’s good to have some of our girls maybe get out of their comfort zone with the competition and we like that at this time of year and we can hopefully take our game to the next level.”
Crookston is 9-9 in duals this season and will have a make-up dual on Friday at Moorhead as they make their way to the Litchfield Tournament on Saturday.

 

CROOKSTON-6

Detroit Lakes-1

Winner

Score

#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Dani Unruh Crox 6-2, 6-1

#2

Leah Trostad Devree Bunnis Crox 6-2, 6-1

#3

Alyssa Fee Grace Kinney Crox 6-2, 6-1

#4

Jaeden Lizakowski Adrianna Brehm Crox 6-1 (3-6), 10-8

#1 Doubles

Amy Follette
Tori Demarais
Emily Seebold
Carolyn Kinney
Crox 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)

#2

Elisa Samuelson
Kendall Wahouske
Emma Maguire
Maddie Ring
Crox 6-1, 6-1

#3

Elise Tangquist
Marie Sandman
Stella Foltz
Sydney Fritz
DL 6-0, 6-2

 

 

CROOKSTON-2

Bemidji-5

Winner

Score

#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Finja Mahl Bem 6-0, 6-2

#2

Alyssa Fee Abbie Kelm Bem 6-0, 6-1

#3

Megan Frisk Nikki Anderson-Weir Bem 1-6, 6-1, 10-5

#4

Alyssa Schultz Olivia Jones Bem 7-5, 6-0

#1 Doubles

Amy Follette
Tori Demarais
Alexis Konecne
Taylor Offerdahl
Bem 7-5, 6-3

#2

Leah Trostad
Kendall Wahouske
Erin Edlund
Mattie Osborn
Crox 7-6 (6-3), 6-2

#3

Jaeden Lizakowski
Elisa Samuelson
Sarah McNallan
Sam Edlund
Crox 7-6 (9-7), 6-3




CROOKSTON BOY'S SOCCER DEFEATS DETROIT LAKES AGAIN 2-1

Crookston striker, Guthrie Dingmann scored both goals to lead the Pirates to a 2-1 win over visiting Detroit Lakes at the Crookston High School soccer fields.  It was the same score that Crookston defeated Detroit Lakes in Detroit Lakes back in August.
Dingmann, who had three goals coming into the season for the Pirates, scored the first goal on a scrum of players in front of the goalie box and when teammate Ian Johnson headed a ball that Dingmann was able to put a shot by the Lakers goalie and just about half-way through the first stanza, the Pirates had the 1-0 lead.
Detroit Lakes didn’t have a lot of chances in the first half, but they did manage to get an equalizer with just under three minutes left in the first half on a Bryant Windels running shot that evade Pirate goalie, Michael Tate and the two teams went into the break tied at 1-1. “We didn’t have much energy in the first half,” said Crookston head coach Don Cox, “I think it was more of a response to the way our opponent was playing.”
There were a number of very good scoring chances in the second half by both teams, but both goalies played their position well. With about 33 minutes left in the match, the Pirates had two point blank shots on the Lakers goalie, Connor Johnson, but he used his hands to block both. It wasn’t a couple minutes later when the Pirates goalie Tate was called upon to do the same thing. Dingmann gave the Pirates a lead with just over 23 minutes left taking an Ian Johnson through pass and Dingmann made a little move on the goalie and put it in to give Crookston the 2-1 lead and after that point, Detroit Lakes never really had a lot of opportunities to tie the game and the Pirates prevailed by that 2-1 score. “We did step it up in the second half measurably,” said Cox, “we had more runs and more through balls, but we still find finishing a challenge around the opponents net, which is something we have to keep working at. We have a tendency in close to lean back a bit and that forces the ball to rise high over their net. It was a nice section win for the boy’s.”
Crookston is 4-4 on the year and will host Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM.
Detroit Lakes falls to 2-10 on the season.

 

1st

2nd Final
Detroit Lakes 1 0 1
CROOKSTON 1 1 2

Scoring
11:55 -  Crox -  Guthrie Dingmann (4)  (Ian Johnson)
27:17 -  DL -  Bryant Windels unassisted
56:04 -  Crox -  Guthrie Dingmann (5)  (Ian Johnson)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Connor Johnson-DL 3 7 10
Michael Tate-Crookston 4 4 8





FOSTER SCORES THREE FIRST HALF GOALS TO LEAD DETROIT LAKES TO AN 8-2 WIN OVER PIRATES GIRL'S SOCCER

Sabrina Delorme scored eight minutes into the match, but Detroit Lakes behind Kyley Foster and Halle Jordan, scored the next six goals on their way to an 8-2 win over the Crookston Pirates in a match in Detroit Lakes.
The Pirates came ready to play as they had a lot of jump in their game and Delorme, who scored twice in the last Pirate match, was able to take a pass from Abby Brekken and scored eight minutes into the match. “We played a great first 10 minutes of the game,” said Crookston head coach Sarah Reese, “their field is huge in size and slowly we got tanked for energy.”  Detroit Lakes took advantage with Jordan and Foster scoring three goals in three minutes  to take a lead they would never give up and led 5-1 at half-time. “We weren’t helping ourselves out because we were clumping up,” said coach Reese.
The Lakers Anna Payne scored early in the second half to widen the lead, but Delorme answered a couple minutes later with her fourth goal in two games on a nice dish from Jayden Allrich. Detroit Lakes added a couple more late goals to pick up the 8-2 win. “Overall we saw lots of good things,” said Reese, “Serenity Adams played well on the outside midfield. Sabrina had some nice shots scoring her goals. Detroit Lakes played well and were composed.”
Crookston is now 2-5 on the year and will host Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Saturday afternoon. Detroit Lakes is 5-2-1 on the year and will play Moorhead on Thursday.

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 1 1 2
Detroit Lakes 5 3 8

Scoring
8:00 -  Crox -  Sabrina Delorme  (Abby Brekken)
10:00 - DL -  Halle Jordan
11:00 - DL -  Kyley Foster
13:00 - DL -  Halle Jordan
23:00 - DL -  Kyley Foster
38:00 - DL -  Kyley Foster
43:00 - DL -  Anna Payne
46:00 - Crox -  Sabrina Delorme  (Jayden Allrich)
58:00 - DL -  Halle Jordan
62:00 - DL -  Haileigh Wenger

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Madison Crane-Crookston 8 7 15
Jordyn Peterson-DL 2 2 4




CROOKSTON GIRL'S SWIMMING TEAM TRAVELS TO PARK RAPIDS FOR A DUAL

The Crookston Pirates continue their road travels later today when they go head-to-head against Park Rapids in a dual starting at 5:30 PM in the Park Rapids High School Pool.

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MONDAY -  SEPTEMBER  15, 2014

UMC MEN'S GOLF IN 14TH PLACE AFTER FIRST DAY AT NEBRASKA-KEARNEY INVITE

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Men's Golf team did shoot 16 strokes better on their second 18 holes today than their first round, but the two round total was still only good for 14th place of 14 teams in the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  UMC's Matt McClure (Sr-Grand Rapids, Mn) had excellent rounds of 74 and 70 and is in fifth place individually and Jesse Roscoe (Big Stone City, S.D.)  is in 20th place with rounds of 77 and 72.
Minnesota State-Mankato is leading by 14 strokes over Dodge City Community College (Kansas).  The final round will be held on Tuesday and held at the Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Axtell, Nebraska.  For the first round results, click here.





SUNDAY -  SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAY TO A 1-1 DOUBLE OVERTIME MATCH AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Trailing 1-0 late in the second half, the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) leading scorer, Courtney Armborst (Jr-Henry Sibley H.S., Mn), chipped in a short shot with less than 15 minutes to go in the match to tie it and then neither team could score in two overtimes as UMC played to the 1-1 tie with Northern Michigan in a non-conference match in Marquette, Michigan.
Northern Michigan's Hailey Beyrand scored on a 20 foot blast with about 10 minutes to go in the first half for the first marker and half-time ended with the Wildcats leading 1-0.  When it appeared that the one goal might hold up, Armborst scored her fifth goal of the early season on a little chip shot as she snuck behind the defense and took a pass from Erin Mears (Sr-Sioux Falls, S.D.) to tie the match. Northern Michigan carried much of the play in both overtimes, but were kept off the scoreboard because of the play of UMC goalie, Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi).
UMC is 1-2-1 on the season and the Golden Eagles will be at Minot State on Saturday.  Northern Michigan is also 1-2-1 on the year.

BOX SCORE

1st

2nd OT OT  Final
UMC 0 1 0 0 1
Northern Michigan 1 0 0 0 1

Scoring
35:40 -  NM -  Hailey Beyrand (Kim Rietveld)
75:31 -  UMC -  Courtney Armborst  (Erin Mears)
 

Saves 1st 2nd OT OT Total
Lexie Gauger-UMC 2 2 1 2 7
Caroline Glantz-NM 0 2 1 1 4

 


UMC WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES 10TH AT THE CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL INVITE

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) found it a little tougher going on the second round of the Golden Bear Invitational Women's Golf meet, hosted by Concordia University of St. Paul at the Tartan Golf Course in Lake Elmo, Mn.  The UMC team score was 26 strokes more than yesterday and they ended in 10th place of 11 teams in the meet.  Concordia-St. Paul won their own meet, edging Augustana College by two strokes.  Tavia Rutherford of the University of Sioux Falls was the two-day medalist with rounds of 73 and 76.  UMC was led by Katie Sheetz (Jr-Grand Rapids, Mn), had rounds of 83 and an 82 today which put her in 30th place.
UMC will be at the Southwest Minnesota State Invitational in Marshall, Mn. Saturday and Sunday.
For the complete tournament results, click here.

 


 

EAST GRAND FORKS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM HAS GREEN BERET WEEK

Last week was Green Barrett week for the East Grand Forks cross country team, which has three members from Crookston High School.  Kids earn t-shirts for reaching mileage goals and doing twice a day workouts with the older high school boys running 40 plus miles that week, girls running 30 miles, junior high running 20-25 miles.  "Thank you to WSN Engineering of EGF for sponsoring part of our t-shirts," said Coch Aune. "Thank you to Dairy Queen for proving buster bars each week to the hardest workers on the team."


Front row, left to right:  Emily Gillette, Alexis Hanson, Mackenzie Boushe,Taylor Pesch, Megan Bircholtz, Katherine Geist, Rebekah Krueger
Middle: Ben Regorroh, Brett Peterson, Spencer Aune, Ben Miller, Joey Hanson, Erik Jacobson, David Osborne
Back row: Leah Pesch, Erica Eades, Tessa Hanson, Chloe Vonasek, Allison Taylor, Mackenna Aitchson, LaRae LaTexier, Rachel Dugan

 




SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 13,  2014

UMC FALLS IN A WILD ONE TO SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE 56-31

Southwest Minnesota State scored 33 second half points to pull away from the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) football team and pick up their first win of the season in a 56-31 Northern Sun Conference shootout in Marshall, Minnesota.
UMC was shutout last week by Augustana College and the Golden Eagles didn’t waste much time in this game scoring in the first four minutes of the game after their defense came up with a partially blocked punt to get the ball at the 45 yard line. The Golden Eagles used the running of Talo Pascal (Jr-Arlington, Tx) and a late hit penalty by the Mustangs to the 12 yard line. UMC quarterback, Ben Bucholz (Jr-Perham, Mn) found Adam Connette (Fresh-Corona, Ca.) for the 12 yard score and it was the first points of the season for UMC and their first lead of the year at 7-0.
The UMC defense got into the act holding Southwest Minnesota State, forcing them to punt into the wind and good field position was the result for the Golden Eagles. Bucholz ran the offense perfectly and finished off a seven play and 47 yard drive with a touchdown pass of 14 yards to true freshman Jordan Hester (Arlington, Tx) and UMC had stunned the home team and crowd with a 14-0 lead half-way through the first quarter. Southwest Minnesota State quarterback Charlie Kern scored on a two yard run toward the end of the first quarter and UMC’s lead was down to 14-6 as they headed to the second quarter.
UMC had a drive going into the second quarter and after another freshman, Dre Person (Soph-Detroit, Mi) ran for a first down and Hester caught a 17 yard pass from Bucholz, which was a prelude of what was to come two plays later as the two combined again with about a five yard pass over the middle that Hester showed off his speed and moves into a 41 yard score and UMC was leading 20-6 early in the second quarter.
Southwest Minnesota State defense would step up and stop UMC three straight times and forcing punts into the wind and the Mustangs used that field position and scored on two short runs which included a second touchdown run by Kern to tie the game at 20-20 and the Mustangs finished the quarter off with a 22 yard field goal with just over a minute left in the half to take their first lead at 23-20, which they carried into half-time. UMC did have a chance “We did some real nice things in the first half,” said UMC head coach Mike Fritze, “we did shoot ourselves in the foot a few times with some penalties, but we felt pretty good at half.”
UMC started with the ball in the second half and used the short passing game to Hester and tight end Jacob Pinder (Sr-Orlando, Fla) who caught some passes in the drive in tough situations, “Jacob is a warrior, tough mentally and physically,” said coach Fritze, “it’s a pleasure to coach him.” When Bucholz lofted a long pass that Connete somehow found over his shoulder, UMC had something going as they were deep in Southwest Minnesota State territory. UMC was first and goal at the nine yard line and three tries got to the two yard line on a fourth and goal, Mike Maw (Soph-White Bear Lake, Mn) kicked a 19 yard field goal to tie the game at 23-23 with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
Southwest Minnesota State did get a big play when Kern hit Kevin Parks with a 40 yard touchdown pass to give the Mustangs a lead they would never relinquish. Mike Wenk kicked a 42 yard field goal to give the Mustangs a 32-23 lead after three quarters.
Mostly going into a 15 mile wind, Southwest Minnesota State probably had the drive of the night when Kern steered his squad 79 yards on nine plays and the senior Mustang quarterback hit Adam Olson with a 14 yard scoring strike to put the Mustangs up by a 39-23 score. UMCs defense came up with a big play on the next Mustang possession when Robert Gausi (Jr-Brooklyn Park, Mn) picked off a Kern pass and brought it back to the Mustangs 31 yard line. On the first play, UMC went to some chicanery as Bucholz handed the ball off to a man in motion, who flipped the ball to another wide receiver, Connette coming the other way and then Connette threw a pass into the back of the end zone to Dante Jones (Jr-Landover, Maryland) for 31 yards and a score. Bucholz found Caleb Seger (Jr-Lakeville, Mn) on a pass for a two-point conversion to get UMC within one score, trailing 39-31 with just under 11 minutes left in the game.
UMC was able to hold Southwest Minnesota State and get the ball back, but a Bucholz pass was picked off on the run by Casey Hertz who went 40 yards for a score with under eight minutes left to make it a 15 point lead again for the Mustangs who finished it off with another 22 yard field goal and with 1:10 to go in the game, elected to sneak their quarterback Kern in from a yard for his third rushing touchdown and make it a 56-31 score and win for the Mustangs.
There were many good things to like about the UMC performance even though it was a loss and that wasn’t lost on the head coach Fritze, “When you look at the overall picture, we did some very good things. Our defense gave up a lot of points and yardage, but with that hurry up, no huddle offense, we had no time to substitute a lot, so our players were out there a lot and with somewhere in the 180 plays in the game, I thought our defense stepped up tonight. We have to continue to move forward and make sure we are sound fundamentally.  We had some great efforts from Drew Selvestra (Jr-Eagan,  Mn), Rene Lawson (Jr-Arlington, Tx) and A. J. (Wallace) (Jr-New Richmond, Wi) and they made some big plays against that fast paces offense. I think they can walk off fairly satisfied.”  UMC did manage 406 yards of total offense in the game and the 31 points were the most UMC has scored since November of 2012. “Ben had another great game at quarterback for us and other than that one interception they brought back, he played a good solid game,” said Fritze, “we played a lot of people, got a lot of young people into the game and they contributed, so we took another step forward in this game.”
UMC, 0-2 on the season will be back home on Saturday to host Winona State in a 1:00 PM game.
Southwest Minnesota State is 1-1 on the season and will be at Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday for a 6:00 PM kickoff.

 
   Tyler Hansen tackles a Southwest receiver after a reception            Drew Selvestra with one of his 10 tackles on the evening

 

BOX SCORE

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

UMC

14

6

3

8

31

SW Minnesota State

6

17

9

24

56

   
       Talo Pascal with a big run          Jacob Pinder after a reception           Jordan Hester on his way to a TD

1st Quarter
3:49 - UMC - Adam Connette 12 yard pass from Ben Bocholz (Mike Maw kick)
7:05 - UMC - Jordan Hester 14 yard pass from Ben Bucholz (Mike Maw kick)
13:00 - SMSU - Charlie Kern 2 yard run (kick failed)

2nd Quarter
1:31 - UMC - Jordan Hester 41 yard pass from Ben Bucholz (kick failed
5:25 - SMSU - Tyler Tonderum 3 yard run (Mike Wenk kick)
9:19 - SMSU - Charlie Kern 10 yard run (Mike Wenk kick)
10:44 - SMSU - Mike Wenk 22 yard FG

3rd Quarter
4:46 - UMC - Mike Maw 19 yard FG
5:16 - SMSU - Kevin Parks 40 yard pass from Charlie Kern (run failed)
8:46 - SMSU - Mike Wenk 42 yard FG

4th Quarter
2:45 - SMSU - Adam Olson 14 yard pass from Charlie Kern (Mike Wenk kick)
4:06 - UMC - Dante Jones 31 yard pass from Adam Connette (Caleb Seger pass)
7:08 - SMSU - Casey Hertz 40 yard interception return (Mike Wenk kick)
12:27 - SMSU - Mike Wenk 22 yard FG
13:50 - SMSU - Charlie Kern 1 yard run (Mike Wenk kick)


 Trent Galkoski with one of his 9 tackles on the night          Andrew Hall brings down the Mustang runningback

 


UMC VOLLEYBALL DROPS FIRST MATCHES OF THE SEASON


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagles Volleyball team suffered their first loss of the season after St. Cloud State beat the Golden Eagles 3-0 and although they played well, they were beaten in three sets again, by 21st ranked Northern State in the Northern State Invitational in Aberdeen, S.D.

In the St. Cloud match:
The first set was tied 4-4 when St. Cloud State went on a 5-0 run behind three kills and two UMC attack errors to take a 9-4 lead to set the tone for the rest of the set and coasted to a 25-16 victory for a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, St. Cloud State was trailing 10-8 when they went on a 7-0 run taking advantage of five UMC hitting errors for a 15-10 lead.  St. Cloud State kept the lead the rest of the way for a 25-19 victory and a 2-0 lead.
In the third set, St. Cloud State jumped out to a 4-0 lead, again taking advantage of some UMC hitting errors.  UMC answered with five straight points behind four attack errors by the Huskies for a 5-4 lead.  The two teams would go back and forth the rest of the way until St. Cloud State pulled ahead 24-20.  UMC tried a late rally by scoring two straight points before St. Cloud State had the set and match winning point on a kill for a 25-22 win for the 3-0 sweep.
UMC drops to 6-1 on the year while St. Cloud State improves to 6-1.

BOX SCORE 1 2 3
UMC 16 19 22
St. Cloud State 25 25 25

For UMC
Kills - Brittany Looker-11,  Stephanie Pearson-7
Blocks - Morgan VanGerpen-6, Sierra Trost-5
Assists - Sierra Trost-22
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-16, Kaycie Hagen-11
Aces - Mary Mikutowski-1


In the first set against Northern State, UMC was initially down 7-3, but came back to tie it at 13-13 and then it went back and forth until UMC took a 23-22 lead. UMC had a mishit at the net, followed by two kills by Northern State to win 25-23.
The two teams played evenly in the second set and when it was 13-12 in favor of Northern State, the Wolves ran off six in a row to pull out and just kept going to win easily, 25-16 and take a commanding two games to none lead.
Northern State would take an early 10-5 lead in the third set, but UMC would come back to eventually take a 14-13 lead with some outstanding play from Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Il), but Northern State would regain a two point lead and then maintain a two or three point lead the rest of the way to pick up a 25-22 win and claim the match.
UMC is 6-2 on the season and will start the Northern Sun Conference season on Tuesday when they travel to Bemidji State in a match that can be heard on KROX RADIO.  Northern State improves to 7-1 on the year and went 4-0 in their own invitational.

BOX SCORE 1 2 3
UMC 23 16 22
Northern State 25 25 25

For UMC
Kills - Brittany Looker-12, Stephanie Pearson-12, Kassi Green-5, Erin Schwarz-5
Blocks - Erin Schwarz-2
Assists - Sierra Trost-33
Digs - Stephanie Pearson-11, Kaycie Hagen-6, Brittany Looker-6, Sierra Trost-6
Aces - Stephanie Pearson-2



 

CROOKSTON PIRATE BOY'S SOCCER TRAVEL TO NORTH DAKOTA FOR AN AFTERNOON MATCH

Jamestown used their quick passing attack and five straight goals by the Scherfy brothers as they beat the Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team 7-0 in Jamestown, North Dakota.
Jamestown was held scoreless for most of the first half, but scored two goals a minute apart and added another goal five minutes later for a 3-0 lead, which they took into halftime. "They had fast passing that we had a hard time with and they were able to get some quality scoring chances in the first half," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "We played them tough and matched up pretty well in the first 28 minutes or so, but then they scored three quick goals.  We had a hard time anticipating their speed and it seemed like we were always trying to play catch up."
In the second half, Jamestown was able to score 12 minutes in the half and then added three more goals in an 11 minute span for a 7-0 lead and held on the rest of the way for the victory. "They took advantage of the rule of two.  The rule of two is the first two minute of the game, the last two minutes of the half and the two minutes before or after a goal," said Coach Cox. "They were a fast team, which caused us some problems both offensively and defensively.  We had about four quality scoring chances, but they were quick enough to catch up with us from behind and force us to kick faster than we wanted to and we kicked it right into the keeper."
Crookston drops to 3-4 on the year while Jamestown improves to 4-4-4.

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 0
Jamestown 3 4 7

Scoring
28:00 - JAM - Beau Wahldock
29:00 - JAM - Jacob Scherfy (Braydon Scherfy)
34:00 - JAM - Jacob Scherfy
52:00 - JAM - Jacob Scherfy
59:00 - JAM - Braydon Scherfy
60:00 - JAM - Braydon Scherfy
63:00 - JAM - Cole Hatch

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Michael Tate-Crookston 7 4 11
Tanner Reiten - Jamestown 1 4 5




UMC WOMEN'S GOLF TIED FOR NINTH AFTER FIRST DAY OF CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL MEET

Augustana College has an eight stroke lead over host Concordia University of St. Paul after the first 18 holes in the Concordia Invitational at Tartan Park Golf Course in Lake Elmo, Mn. The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) is tied with Minot State for nine place in the 11 school field. UMC's Katie Sheetz (Jr-Grand Rapids, Mn) leads the Golden Eagles with an 83, which puts her in 29th place. The final 18 holes will be played on Sunday. For the first round results, click here.

 

 

FRIDAY -  SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

HAWLEY FLEXES MUSCLES AND TALENT IN A 41-13 WIN OVER THE PIRATES

Hawley added credence to their number one ranking in Minnesota Class AA football as the Nuggets scored 41 first half points and rolled over the Crookston Pirates 41-13 in a Heart O Lakes Football Conference and Section 8AA game played at Moorhead High School.
The Nuggets scored the first time they had the ball going 49 yards in just a minute and quarterback Jordan Harms ran an option, keeping the ball and racing 25 yards for the score just two and a half minutes into the game. Crookston responded with their best drive of the game going 60 yards on seven plays with quarterback Parker Salentine hitting Joey Koenig with a slant pass to pick up a first down and the Pirate fullbacks, Mikey Hajostek and Luke Edlund chewing up some yardage. Crookston would find themselves at the Hawley 22 yard line with a fourth and six inches for a first down and went to a pitch to Aaron Hollcraft and Hawley smelled it out and dropped Hollcraft for a one yard loss and the Nuggets took over on downs.  “I made a dumb decision,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt, “I was figuring we ran trap pretty well up the middle or dive and they would be sitting on it on this play, so I thought we would run toss and get to the outside, but as soon as they seen where our receiver was lined up, they knew what was coming. I over thought and I should have went with my gut instinct and ran our fullback up the middle. I will regret that for a long time as if we would have scored, it could have changed some things around.”
Hawley would march down the field behind the running of Dillon Omberg, but it was capped off with a Harms 20 yard pass to Ben Ellefson, who used his 6’5 frame to out jump Pirate cornerback Patrick Deng who had perfect position but is only 5’10 and Ellefson hauled it in and Hawley led 14-0. 
This would be about the time that Omberg took over, scoring on a four yard run to end the first quarter and Hawley leading 20-0. To start the second quarter, Omberg intercepted a Pirate pass and returned it over 40 yards to set up another score for the senior tailback, this time on a 12 yard run.  The Pirates would throw another interception on their next possession and it was Ellefson from his middle linebacker spot and he made a nice run of 27 yards. The Nuggets capped off a near perfect first half with Harms finding Omberg for a 22 yard touchdown pass and Hawley led 41-0 at half-time. “That is a very good football team,” said coach Butt, “you know, we did some good things in the first half, but we would do some good things and then we’d take a step backwards. Hawley put a lot of pressure on us and our kids weren’t ready for that type of game. I thought we would be, but we were nervous and jumping around and as they started running up the scores, our eyes got wide and we were wondering what was happening. Until we decide to wrap up and tackle, that is what very good teams will do to you as they were running through us. At times we feel we can’t do it and sometimes we are not just strong enough and although we are getting there on developing strength, we have a ways to go”   Crookston did have over 50 yards rushing in the first half by their fullbacks, which was successful for the most part in the half, “Hawley played that four man front and they come straight ahead and they are vulnerable to running right off the center and our fullbacks run hard and were able to get to the gaps before their linebackers could get to them,” said Butt.
The Nuggets went to their reserves in the second half and while nobody scored in the third quarter, the Pirates defense played well, causing a fumble and Adam Torres recovered and they stopped the Nuggets on downs, but it was 41-0 after three quarters.
With the clock running, the Pirates would score twice in the final quarter, the first on a nice 76 yard drive with Hollcraft scoring from 11 yards. They scored late as well when Brandt Delage, who has had two long touchdown runs called back this season, including this game, scored from a yard out after he set it up with a 24 yard run to make the final score, Hawley 41 to 13. “The team did what I asked of them at half-time,” said Butt, “we had a long talk about is this the way you want it or do you want to step up. No matter whether it was their two or three’s playing, we came out and said we were not going to lay down here. The first half we were walking around the sidelines like zombies, but we much more into the game in the second half and played with a purpose, no matter who it was against and at least showed we had some heart and we cared. That is what I asked them to do in the second half.”
Crookston is 0-3 on the season and will host Breckenridge on Friday for a homecoming game at 7:00 PM in Crookston.
Hawley is 3-0 on the year and will be at Frazee on Friday.

 
Joey Koenig runs after one of his two receptions     Luke Edlund busts a big run

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

CROOKSTON

0

0

0

13

13

Hawley

20

21

0

0

41

 

1st Quarter
2:26 - Haw - Jordan Harms 25 yard run (kick failed)
7:26 - Haw - Ben Ellefson 20 yard pas from Jordan Harms (Jordan Harms run)
10:15 - Haw - Dillon Omberg 4 yard run (kick failed)

2nd Quarter
2:52 - Haw - Dillon Omberg 12 yard run (Aaron Regnier kick)
3:55 - Haw - Ben Ellefson 27 yard interception return (Aaron Regnier kick)
7:51 - Haw - Dillon Omberg 22 yard pass from Jordan Harms (Aaron Regnier)

3rd Quarter
No scoring

4th Quarter
2:00 - Crox - Aaron Hollcraft 11 yard run (kick failed)
10:58 - Crox - Brandt Delage 1 yard run (Joey Koenig kick)


           Aaron Hollcraft (88) follows his fullback, Luke Edlund, on a run

  CROOKSTON Hawley
First Downs 8 18
Rushing-Yards 38-172 35-258
Passing 3-10-3 4-7-1
Passing Yards 39 64
Total Yards 211 322
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-1
Penalties-Yards 5-40 1-5
Punts-Yards Ave. 5-30.6 1-28.0


Rushing

Crookston Hawley
Aaron Hollcraft                     13-76 Dillon Omberg                 10-123
Luke Edlund                           9-58 Austin Koenig                  10-88
Mikey Hajostek                      8-32 Jordan Harms                     3-40
Brandt Delage                         5-24 Anthony Loegering              2-6
Parker Salentine                  3-(-18) Nick Wamre                         3-6
  Drew Thompson                   3-5
  Spencer Christianson           1-2
  Riley Byklum                       1-1
  Jarrett Lange                      1-0
  Wyatt Blakeway              1-(-13)

Passing

Parker Salentine             2-8-2   24 yards

Jordan Harms                   4-6-1    64 yards

Seth Desrosier                1-2-1   15 yards

Drew Thompson                0-1-0      0 yards


Receiving

Joey Koenig                 2-39 Ben Ellefson              2-30
Aaron Hollcraft            1-0 Dillon Omberg           1-22
  Dawson Tusow           1-12

 
Brandt Delage and Elias Walski on a tackle     Chris Wavra brings down the Nugget QB


 

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON VOLLEYBALL TEAM WIN TWO MORE AT THE NORTHERN STATE MEET

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) continued their winning ways today defeating Minot State in four sets, 25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 25-16  and then this evening defeat Southwest Baptist University of Bolivar, Missouri in three sets, 25-23, 25-13, 25-17 at the Northern State Invitational in Aberdeen, S.D.

In the first match this morning, UMC won what turned out to be a pivotal first set that was tied pretty much throughout the set including 23-23 when Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) slapped one down for a point and Minot State had a mishit and UMC won 25-23.  The rest of the way, UMC dominated set number two, but Minot State showed some life and won a fairly easy 25-16 third set to force a set four.  Minot State took an early 3-0 lead in set four and the two teams were tied at 7-7 when UMC ran off three points in a row taking advantage of a couple miscues by Minot State and then Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, IL) had a kill and forced a Minot State timeout. UMC maintained that lead the rest of the way and widened it with Looker collecting some points with great play at the net and Erin Schwarz (Soph-Eden Prairie, Mn) and picked up a 25-16 win to go 5-0 on the season. Although the two teams are both in the Northern Sun Conference, any conference matches played this weekend in Aberdeen, do not count toward conference standings.  Looker continues her outstanding pre-conference season with 18 more kills and added 10 digs while setter, Sierra Trost (Soph-Ham Lake, Mn-Blaine High School) had 38 assists, 2 kills and 10 digs. Pearson was a standout throughout the four sets with 12 kills and 13 digs.  Minot State is 2-3 on the season. 

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4
UMC 25 25 16 25
Minot State 23 19 25 16

For UMC
Kills -  Brittany Looker-18, Stephanie Pearson-12, Morgan VanGerpen-7
Blocks - Morgan VanGerpen-6, Sierra Trost-5, Erin Schwarz-3
Assists - Sierra Trost-38
Digs -  Stephanie Pearson-13, Mary Mikutowski-12, Kaycie Hagen-10, Brittany Looker-10, Sierra Trost-10
Aces -  Sierra Trost-1


In the nightcap UMC won a three set decision over Southwest Baptist University of Bolivar, Missouri, 25-23, 25-13, 25-17.  The first set was close and UMC served for the set leading 24-22, but Southwest Baptist kept alive with a point, but UMC's go to person, Brittany Looker had a kill for the 25th point and a 25-23 win, which then paved the way for UMC to roll to a couple easy sets and the victory.  UMC is off to their best start in the Division II era with a 6-0 record and will play St. Cloud State and then 21st ranked Northern State on Saturday in the Invitational.

BOX SCORE 1 2 3
UMC 25 25 25
Southwest Baptist 23 13 17

For UMC
Kills - Brittany Looker-14, Morgan VanGerpen-7, Kassi Green-6, Stephanie Pearson-6, Erin Schwarz-6
Blocks - Erin Schwarz-5, Sierra Trost-4, Morgan VanGerpen-4
Assists - Sierra Trost-36
Digs - Stephanie Pearson-15, Mary Mikutowski-12, Brittany Looker-10
Aces - Brittany Looker-4


 

LATE GOAL LIFTS MICHIGAN TECH TO 2-1 WIN OVER UMC IN WOMEN'S SOCCER

Janelle Riedl’s header goal late in the second half lifted the Michigan Tech Huskies to a 2-1 win over the UMC Golden Eagles in a women’s soccer match played in Hancock, Michigan.
The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Women’s Soccer team had a 1-0 lead at half-time on account of Delaney McIntyre (Jr-Flin Flon, Manitoba) scored just five minutes into the match on a nice crossing pass from Beth Lastovich (Fresh-White Bear Lake, Mn) to give the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead after 45 minutes.
Michigan Tech did score five minutes into the second half to tie the match at 1-1. The Huskies Janelle Riedl was able to get a header on a corner kick by the UMC goalie, Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi) with just under 15 minutes to play and it turned out to be the winner as Michigan Tech won 2-1.
UMC is 1-2 on the year and will be at Northern Michigan on Sunday in Marquette, Michigan. 
Michigan Tech is 2-1 on the year.

BOX SCORE

1st

2nd Final
UMC 1 0 1
Michigan Tech 0 2 2

Scoring
3:27 -  UMC -  Delaney McIntyre  (Beth Lastovich)
50:09 -  MT -  Sarah Boyd  (Lexi Herrewig)
75:01 -  MT -  Janelle Riedl   (Lexi Herrewig)
 

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Lexie Gauger-UMC 2 2 4
Jenna Phelps-MT 0 X 0
Kirsen Hudak-MT X 1 1






THURSDAY -  SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

CROOKSTON PIRATE FOOTBALL TO PLAY HAWLEY ON FRIDAY AT THE MOORHEAD HIGH SCHOOL FIELD

The Crookston Pirates football game on Friday against Hawley will be at the Moorhead High School field. Hawley is redoing their football field and track and will not have it available this fall.  This is also the first year that Moorhead High School has artificial turf on their field.  The game will start at 7:30 PM.

The following is from the Moorhead High School officials.

Spectator seating  
North (Home) Bleachers - Hawley

South (Visitors) Bleachers - Crookston

 ** Fans heading to the Visitors bleachers will use a gate in front of our concessions and walk around on the track to the bleachers.

** Standing on the track is prohibited on Friday.  The track is scheduled to be painted Wed and Thursday of this week and will need limited traffic.  

** Overflow for Crookston fans if the South Bleachers fill will be in the bleachers on the North side.



CROOKSTON VOLLEYBALL RALLIES FROM BEING DOWN 2-0 WITH A 3-2 WIN OVER SACRED HEART

Trailing two games to none, the Crookston Pirates rallied to win three straight sets and claim a 3-2 win over Sacred Heart in a match at the Crookston High School, 16-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15, 15-7.
Sacred Heart, who beat the Pirates in three straight a week ago in East Grand Forks, took the first set in quick fashion with a 25-16 win and although they won the second match 25-23, the Pirates took some confidence and momentum from it. “We did lose the set, but we had a little momentum and I think it carried over into the third set,” said Crookston setter Kenzie Klatt. The second set was tied at 22 on a big Amanda Trandem swing, but Michele Remer was able to tap over a point and then on a long rally that was well played by both teams, the Eagles were able to score and led 24-22. Crookston’s Precious Adams was able to make a great dig that got across and scored, but Jessica Remer’s blast ended it at 25-23 and put Sacred Heart in command leading two games to none.
Any confidence built up in the loss in set two was apparent in the third game as Crookston started warming up taking an 8-1 lead with Pirate hitter, Amber Froeber starting to warm up. The Pirates never faltered in the set with Abby Parr serving, Froeber’s play at the net, Klatt serving a couple back-to-back aces and finished the set off with a nice smash to give Crookston a 25-18 win. “You could see the confidence building now,” said Crookston coach Meredith Hollcraft. “We seemed to be getting more energy with each point.”
Sacred Heart started with a 4-1 lead, but Crookston rallied back behind Froeber who was getting some great sets from Klatt and the Pirates pulled ahead 12-11. The Pirates ran off nine more straight points with youngster, Jenna Porter serving to expand the Crookston lead to 21-11. After a Sacred Heart timeout, the Pirates continued with Adams winning a joust at the net for a point, another Froeber kill and it was finished out in high fashion with a Shelby Solheim big-time kill and Crookston won 25-15 to force a game five. “Our serving and digging was awesome and a big reason for the comeback,” said Klatt. “By the fifth game we were feeling it.”
The fifth set could have been called the Froeber set, as the senior hitter was blasting away with three straight kills to give Crookston a 3-1 lead, Porter served an ace and was serving on a 10-1 run for the Pirates big lead. Froeber continued with two more kills and it seem to take the wind out of Sacred Heart sails as the Pirates took a 13-4 lead and Sacred Heart miscommunicated and the ball hit the floor and Crookston won the fifth set 15-7 to claim the victory. “It was a fun one to win and important for us,” said coach Hollcraft. “We showed good mental toughness and it was a blessing to see them get a boost of confidence. These girls lost a lot of five set games last year and one this year, so it was important to get this win.” 
Froeber ended with a season high of 23 kills in the match. “It was good to see Amber getting on top of the ball,” said Hollcraft. “We know now where she likes the ball. It was fun to see her play that way and playing up to what she expects of herself.  Shelby (Solheim) was feeling it with several blocks and Amanda Trandem did get her first start and she was aggressive, which is what we want on that side.”
Klatt ended with a season high of 34 assists along with Porter’s four. “Both had good games with Kenzie playing all over the floor and always putting the ball where her teammates can get to it and Jenna is our setter on the JV and carried that over into the varsity match,” said Hollcraft.
Crookston is now 3-3 on the season and will host Park Rapids on Tuesday.  Sacred Heart is 3-2 on the year and will be at a Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Tournament on Saturday.
JV -  Sacred Heart won 2-0
Freshmen -  Sacred Heart won 2-0

   
 Kenzie Klatt gets one past a blocker          Shelby Solheim goes up for a big kill through two Sacred Heart blockers
 

  1 2 3 4 5
Sacred Heart 25 25 18 16 7
CROOKSTON 16 23  25 25 15



For Crookston
Kills - Amber Froeber-23, Shelby Solheim-9
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-34, Jenna Porter-4
Aces - Abby Parr-5, Kenzie Klatt-3


For Sacred Heart
Kills - Julie Kraft-17 
Assists - Molly Hanson-31
Aces -  Jessica Remer-4


      The Pirate student body enjoyed the rollercoaster ride of a five set C-Town victory




DANICA BREKKEN SCORES FIVE GOALS TO LIFT CROOKSTON GIRL' SOCCER OVER WEST OTTERTAIL UNITED

Trailing 3-2 at one time in the first half, Crookston’s Danica Brekken, who scored five times in the match,  scored three straight goals in the second half to break the match open and give the Pirates a 8-3 win over West Ottertail United in a match between two Section 8A teams in Crookston.
Danica Brekken who had scored all the Pirates goals up to this game, got two in the first half as she used her speed to create the opportunities plus she also used it to set up Sabrina Delorme with another goal. West Ottertail United, which is a cooperative of Fergus Falls Hillcrest Academy and Pelican Rapids, would show some prowess themselves scoring three times, twice by Katie Brandon and gave the Storm a 4-3 lead. “The first half was what I call popcorn ball,” said Crookston coach Sarah Reese. “I think it took a while for us to get rid of the nerves, jitters and were pretty anxious.”
The second half was the Brekken offensive explosion for the Pirates with Danica scoring the three in a row including one in the first five minutes to tie it in the second half. She popped in two more to make it five for the match and 10 on the season.  Then to put the frosting on the game, Abby Brekken scored her first goal of the season with four minutes left to make it an 8-3 final.  The Pirates had scored five goals in their previous five matches. “Danica played outstanding for us again,” said coach Reese. “All the girls did as well played everyone on the varsity and when we substituted heavily, the quality of play didn’t drop off, which was great to see. We came into the game talking about putting the ball in the net as we’ve had opportunities in previous games, but were unable to score. It was nice to see the entire team get involved.”  Crookston junior, Delorme scored her first two goals of the season in the match. “Sabrina is a solid defender for us and we switched it up a little bit today and moved her up to get some more scoring and it was good to see Sabrina come through,” said Coach Reese.
Crookston is now 2-4 on the season and have won two of their last three matches. “It was a great game for us in finding the net and we really played as a team,” said Reese.
Crookston will be at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. West Ottertail United is 1-5 on the year.

 
    Danica Brekken with a shot on goal       Jessenia Argueta kicks the ball from mid-field
 

 

1st

2nd Final
West Ottertail United 3 0 3
CROOKSTON 4 4 8

Scoring
11:00 - WOU - Katie Brandon unassisted
19:00 - Crox - Danica Brekken (Jackeline Argueta)
21:00 - Crox - Sabrina Delorme (Danica Brekken)
23:00 - WOU - Maria Aarflot unassisted
27:00 - WOU - Katie Brandon unassisted
30:00 - Crox - Sabrina Delorme unassisted
39:00 - Crox - Danica Brekken unassisted
45:00 - Crox - Danica Brekken (Luisa Bernia)
58:00 - Crox - Danica Brekken unassisted
60:00 - Crox - Danica Brekken (Melida Argueta)
76:00 - Crox - Abby Brekken unassisted

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kalista Pearsall-WOU 3 9 12
Madison Crane-Crox 1 0 1




GRAND FORKS CENTRAL SCORES FIVE GOALS IN FIRST HALF IN 5-1 WIN OVER PIRATE BOY'S SOCCER

Grand Forks Central scored five first half goals and went on to a 5-1 win over the Crookston Pirates in a boys soccer match in Crookston.
Grand Forks Central scored just six minutes into the contest, but it was answered by the Pirates Guthrie Dingmann, who brought the ball into the Knights zone, passed it to Jacob Roesch, who tried a quick pass-back that went off a Grand Forks Central player and Dingmann got his foot on the ball and scored with about 17 minutes left in the first half to tie it at 1-1.  Then Grand Forks Central scored four goals in a nine minute span in the last minutes of the first half to break it open with a 5-1 lead at half-time. “We were rocking back to start the match and were not ready for their speed,” said Crookston head coach Don Cox, “give them credit, they were quick, passed the ball well and had us on our heels for that entire half.”
The second half saw some good scoring chances for both squads, but nobody could score in the 40 minutes and it ended 5-1. “We played well in the second half and started to figure out their speed and how to play against it,” said coach Cox, “Not to take anything away from Grand Forks, but the officiating today was frustrating for our players and the coaches quite frankly. It’s tough when that happens.”
Crookston is 3-3 on the year and will play another North Dakota team on Saturday when they travel to Jamestown.  Grand Forks Central is 4-4-3 on the season.

 
Ian Johnson keeps an eye on the ball    Andy Gregg kicks the ball up field

 

1st

2nd Final
Grand Forks Central 3 2 5
CROOKSTON 0 1 1

Scoring
2:47 - GFC - Jayden Kramer (Greg Olsen)
5:34 - GFC - Greg Olsen (Jayden Kramer)
31:28 - GFC - Towah Sayon
42:34 - GFC - Zach Walz (Hartrick Tarr)
56:51  Crox - Guthrie Dingmann (Jacob Roesch)
73:22 - GFC - Cole Kirchoffner (Hartrick Tarr)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Caleb Dachtler - GFC 4 2 6
Michael Tate - Crox 11 5 16




CROOKSTON GIRL'S TENNIS WINS THE REMATCH WITH EAST GRAND FORKS 4-3

The Crookston Pirates juggled their lineup from a week ago when they lost at East Grand Forks 4-3 and Amy Follette win at fourth doubles gave the Pirates a 4-3 victory over the Green Wave in a match in Crookston. “Last week, Jaeden (Lizakowski) played very well at fourth singles and lost a tough match,” said Crookston Coach Mike Geffre. “Amy and Jaeden played a challenge this week and Amy won so we decided to move her to fourth singles and she picked up a nice win.” As they did a week ago, Crookston won all three doubles matches. “When you put top players all at singles, that means your doubles have to come through and they did today, playing well and coming through fairly easily,” said Coach Geffre.
East Grand Forks won the first three singles matches like they did last week, but it had a little different feel today. “All three of those matches were long and lasted a long times with nice play by all the girls, so we liked the competitiveness of our girls,” said Geffre.  With the win, the Pirates are now 8-8 in duals this season with nine of the duals finishing with scores of 4-3! “It’s not very often we beat our two biggest rivals by 4-3 scores,” said Geffre.  The Pirates defeated Thief River Falls 4-3 on Tuesday. “We will face East Grand Forks one more time which will decide the seed between us,” said Geffre. “I told the girls, it doesn’t really matter where you are seeded with the scores being so close. You certainly could have a six seed beat a three and it doesn’t matter what is going on right now, it’s how you are playing in three to four weeks.”  Crookston will be at a Bemidji Tri-Angular to face Detroit Lakes and Bemidji.

 
                 Tori Demarais with a forehand return and Kendall Wahouske eyes down the ball on a backhand return

 

CROOKSTON-4

EGF-3

Winner

Score

#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann

Chessa Jones

EGF

6-3, 6-4

#2

Leah Trostad

Emma Dietrich

EGF

6-3, 6-3

#3

Alyssa Fee

Cynthia Loven

EGF

6-4, 6-2

#4

Amy Follette

Emily Strezishar

Crox

6-4, 6-2

#1 Doubles

Jaeden Lizakowski
Elisa Samuelson

Bethany Van Eps
Jenna Dietrich

Crox

6-3, 6-3

#2

Tori Demarais
Kendall Wahouske

Kayla Cremers
Mackenzie Burris

Crox

6-1, 6-0

#3

Taylor Perry
Megan Frisk

Mikayla Partlow
Geena Boyum

Crox

6-3, 6-0


  Elisa Samuelson eyes down the ball on a forehand return from the baseline




CROOKSTON GIRL' SWIMMERS FINISH SECOND AT THIEF RIVER FALLS

The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers were leading going into the last race, but Detroit Lakes' depth picked up more points for the team victory with 181 points while Crookston was second with 168 in the Crookston Pirate Invitational at the Thief River Falls pool.  The second place finish was an impressive feat considering Detroit Lakes had 31 swimmers and Crookston had 14 swimmers!  "It was a great day for the girls," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "It wasn't fun getting edged in the final event, but the girls have to realize that their performances were outstanding and that we did great for the numbers we have."
The Pirates had Haley Roed and Kate MacGregor finish will four first place finishes and Merran Dingmann had three second place finishes and one third to lead Crookston.  "Haley was really proud of her 50 freestyle and cutting considerable time.  We have been really working on her tempo and speed of her arms and that showed today," said Coach Melby.  "Kate was really bound and determined today to reach goals that she had set for herself and was able to attain those."  MacGregor won the 100 Backstroke by a whopping 10 seconds, crushing the competition. "Kate is going to do very well this year.  She had a very good time and looked strong off the walls and her stroke was very good today.  Merran Dingmann has really stepped up and is stronger and it has been fun watching her succeed this year."  The Pirates had two youngsters turn in good races with eighth grader Thea Oman and seventh grader Elizabeth Erdman turning in several top three finishes. "Those girls keep getting better and keep working hard and it is fun to see," said Coach Melbye.
Crookston will travel to Park Rapids on Tuesday for a dual starting at 5:30 p.m.

 

Team Points
1. Detroit Lakes 181
2. CROOKSTON 168
3. Roseau/Warroad 86
4. Thief River Falls 64

 

Pirate top  finishes  (Top 3 placers) Event Time Place
Sierra Pry, Maddie Nicholls,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:02.92 1st
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 26.18 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:06.42 1st
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 56.95 1st
Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Freestyle Relay 1:46.04 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:04.02 1st
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:29.95 2nd
Marietta Geist 100 Freestyle 1:00.22 2nd
Merran Dingmann 100 Breaststroke 1:19.43 2nd
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman,
Maddie Nicholls, Thea Oman
400 Freestyle Relay 4:19.76 2nd
Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman,
Elizabeth Erdman, Marietta Geist
200 Freestyle Relay 2:08.40 3rd
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:34.25 3rd
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:15.45 3rd
Sierra Pry 500 Freestyle 6:15.58 3rd



 




TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 9,  2014

THIEF RIVER FALLS SIZE TOO MUCH FOR PIRATES VOLLEYBALL

The Thief River Falls Prowlers size proved too much for the Crookston Volleyball team as the Prowlers won in three games, 25-15, 25-16, 25-14 in a match at the Crookston High School.
The Prowlers have an all-state volleyball player in Meleah Biermaier who is 5’10, but she looks UP to Madison Brekken at 6’2 hitter and the Prowlers starting lineup is 5’9 or taller and a setter that is 5’10. It all added up to trouble for the Pirates trying to compensate  to no avail as the Prowlers started quickly in the first game, jumping out to a 9-2 lead with Biermaier being very powerful at the net.  The Pirates did whittle back a bit as they got to within 11-7 with Kenzie Klatt serving, but Thief River Falls took off to win 25-15. “I’m not sure if we were stunned with their quick start,” said Crookston head coach Meredith Hollcraft. “It’s hard to say by the expressions on our girls faces, as they are the same winning or losing. I’m sure it didn’t help though.”
The second set started out with Emily Bergland, a 5’8 hitter serving for the first seven points of the set and again Crookston faced a huge deficit with Biermaier again smacking some hard hits. “She (Biermaier) is a jumper and we had to be earlier to the net on her,” said coach Hollcraft. “Her swing is so fast. She is a great athlete and fun to watch, unless your across from her.”
Crookston did cut the Prowler lead to 10-7 with Shelby Solheim and Precious Adams with a couple kills and a Solheim serving ace. Thief River Falls would score eight straight points and run away with a 25-16 win and take a two games to none lead.
Instead of laying down, Crookston came out strong in the third set with serving of Adams to take a 3-0 lead and also 9-6. “We had one of the best warmups tonight we’ve ever had,” said coach Hollcraft. “Our passing was better, which was a problem in the earlier two sets.” With the scored tied at 13-13, Thief River Falls took control with the serving of Abby Olson including a couple aces, Brekke with a kill and then Biermaier making an exclamation with a huge swing and slam and the Prowlers scored 12 of the last 13 points to beat Crookston 25-14 and win the match. “We had some nice efforts out there,” said coach Hollcraft. “Thief River Falls is a very good team with size and very good athletes. We have to start attacking more, that is when we will be a force is when we start attacking.”
Crookston is 2-3 on the year and will have a rematch with Sacred Heart at the Crookston gym on Thursday.  Thief River Falls raises their record to 3-1 and will host Fargo Oak Grove on Saturday afternoon.


Alyssa Valdez Peck goes up for an attack    Precious Adams swings as Amanda Trandem looks on

  1 2 3
Thief River Falls 25 25 25
CROOKSTON 15 16 14

For Crookston
Kills - Shelby Solheim-4, Amber Froeber-3
Blocks - Shelby Solheim-2
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-7
Digs - Amber Froeber-18, Kenzie Klatt-17
Aces - Kenzie Klatt-1


For Thief River Falls
Kills -  Meleah Biermaier-12, Madison Brekke-9
Blocks - Madison Brekke -2
Assists - Mattlyn Erickson-24
Digs - Emily Bergland-15, Abbie Olson-14, Meleah Biermaier-13, Alexee Nelson-11
Aces -  Abby Olson-4

 

 

PIRATE GIRLS TENNIS EDGES THIEF RIVER FALLS 4-2 AND THEN THE RAINS CAME

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team beat Thief River Falls 4-3 in the first match of the triangular and before they could play Moorhead, a thunderstorm moved through Crookston and dumped about four tenths of an inch of rain in a half-hour and the Pirate and Moorhead match was cancelled.

 “We seem to have a lot of 4-3 matches this year and have won three of the last four 4-3 matches,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre about his win over Thief River Falls. “It was a nice win because I don’t think we have beat Thief River Falls in two or three years, so it was a nice win.”
Crookston won three singles matches and the first doubles match for the team victory.  Ally Tiedemann, Alyssa Fee and Amy Follette all won their singles matches and Kendall Wahouske and Elisa Samuelson won their first doubles match. “We put a strong singles line up out there today because it is one of the line ups we have to look at for the postseason,” said Coach Geffre. “The girls handled the weather very well.  They were in shorts and shirts and were working hard so they were good, but the people watching were a little cool.”
J.V. - Crookston beat TRF 7-2

 

CROOKSTON- 4 

Thief River Falls- 3

Winner

Score

#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann

Kora Torkelson

Crox 4-6, 6-3, 10-5

#2

Leah Trostad

Callie Fagerstrom TRF 6-4, 6-2

#3

Alyssa Fee

Karryn Leake Crox 6-4, 6-3

#4

Amy Follette

Elle Jorgenson Crox 6-4, 6-4

#1 Doubles

Kendall Wahouske
Elisa Samuelson

Carly Lunsetter
Juliet Tunberg
Crox 6-4, 6-4

#2

Tori Demarais
Jaeden Lizakowski

Shawna Spears
Allie Okeson
TRF 7-5, 6-3

#3

Alyssa Schultz
Elise Tangquist

Franny Marshall
Sadie Cleven
TRF 6-1, 6-1

 


PIRATE GIRLS SOCCER TRAVELS TO EAST GRAND FORKS TONIGHT

The Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team not only had to battle one of the best teams in northwest Minnesota, the East Grand Forks Green Wave, but they had to play in the rain the entire game as the Green Wave Riley Koberinski scored three goals in the Green Wave 7-0 win in a Section 8A match-up played in East Grand Forks.
East Grand Forks scored two goals in the first 10 minutes and led 2-0.  Crookston would get some fantastic goaltending from Madison Crane the rest of the half and East Grand Forks only led 2-0 at halftime.  "Madison played great in the first half," said Pirate Coach Sarah Reese. "She was aggressive, came out to attack play, and saved a lot of good shots."
East Grand Forks scored three goals in the first seven minutes of the second half and opened up a 5-0 lead.  East Grand Forks added another goal six minutes after the fifth, but Crookston kept battling and had some good scoring opportunities, but couldn't convert. "In the second half we had a lot of scoring opportunities," said Coach Reese. "We couldn't connect to save our soul.  We couldn't connect on our chances and they had a couple lucky ones."  East Grand Forks added one more goal with three minutes left to pick up a 7-0 win.  "The girls never gave up and the score isn't indicative of the game," said Coach Reese. "Much of the play was in the middle third, especially in the second half.  Hannah Emanuel played well at the outside mid and Abby Brekken, Danica Brekken, Gabi Ostgaard all had some good scoring opportunities."
Crookston drops to 1-4 on the year and will host Fergus Falls Hillcrest at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.  East Grand Forks improves to 6-1 on the year.

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 0
East Grand Forks 2 5 7

Scoring
9:00 - EGF - Rachel Jenson  (Paige Hjelle)
10:00 - EGF - Riley Koberinski  (Paige Hjelle)
44:00 - EGF - Paige Hjelle (Rachel Jenson)
46:00 - EGF - Brooke Filipi (Riley Koberinski)
47:00 - EGF - Riley Koberinski (Dani Filipi)
53:00 - EGF - Riley Koberinski  (Kaylynn Campoverde)
77:00 - EGF - Tiffany Hanson unassisted

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Madison Crane-Crookston 15 7 22
Sam Rarick-EGF 2 5 7


 

 

UMC SOCCER FALLS TO BEMIDJI STATE IN CONFERENCE OPENER

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle soccer team opened up Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play with a 3-1 loss to the Bemidji State Beavers, in Crookston, Tuesday afternoon on a rain-soaked day at the UMC Soccer Field.
BSU scored two goals early in the first half, only six minutes apart to take a 2-0 lead.  The Beavers had four shots on goal in the first half and scored on two of them.  UMC was only able to get one shot on goal in the first half and Bemidji State led 2-0 at the break.
UMC scored 10 minutes into the second half when Courtney Armborst (Jr. West St. Paul), who had a hat trick in the season opener, scored off a cross from Cayla Bendel (Sr. Lakeville) and the Golden Eagles were trailing 2-1.  BSU responded with another goal 11 minutes later to take a 3-1 lead, which they held onto the rest of the way for the victory.
UMC drops to 1-1 on the year and will play at Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan on Friday.


Rachelle Alcini (middle) tries to get past a BSU defender (Picture by UMC Athletics)
 

 

1st

2nd Final
Bemidji State 2 1 3
UMC 0 1 1

Scoring
11:30 -  BSU -  Sarah Stram  (Nicole Parsons)
17:07 -  BSU -  Christine Szurek  (Abigail Nyquist)
55:02 -  UMC  -  Courtney Armborst  (Cayla Bendel)
66:42 -  BSU -  Raquel Thelen  (Nicole Parsons)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Catherine Arneson -BSU 1 1 2
Lexie Gauger-UMC 2 X 2
Kallie Gau - UMC X 0 0

 

 

 

MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 8,  2014

UMC'S BRITTANY LOOKER NAMED NSIC OFFENSIVE VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball player Brittany Looker (Jr., OH, Rochester, Minn.) was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Monday after her standout performance at the Maryville Invitational in St. Louis, which earned her Tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors.
Looker averaged an impressive 5.35 kills per set and hit .302 for the weekend with seven service aces and a 2.82 digs per set average. In addition, the senior had a career-high 29 kills in a five-set thriller against Maryville University, in which the Golden Eagles came away with the victory. She had three matches with 20 or more kills and posted double-doubles against Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) and Maryville with 17 digs against Saint Joseph’s and 14 versus Maryville. Looker was an All-NSIC First Team pick, the second in school history, during the 2013 season. 
Tahlyr Banks of Augustana College (S.D.) was named the Defensive Player of the Week, while Upper Iowa University’s Hailey Brown earned Setter of the Week honors.



 


UMC MEN'S GOLF FINISHES THIRD AT BEMIDJI STATE TRI-ANGULAR

The University of Minnesota Crookston Men's Golf team shot one stroke better today than yesterday's first round, but they still finished third of three teams at the Bemidji State Invitational at the Bemidji Town and Country Golf Course. Bemidji State won the invitational by 22 strokes over Minot State. Andrew Benson of Bemidji State had a 70 to go with his 71 yesterday and the three under par was good for medalist.  UMC was led by Michael Roedl (Jr-Minneapolis, Mn) with a 77 today and a 75 yesterday, which was good for fourth place overall. Jesse Roscoe (Sr-Big Stone City, S.D.) was one stroke behind Roedl with a 76 today and a 77 yesterday.   UMC will be at a Nebraska Kearney Invitational next weekend.
For the final results click here
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UMC FOOTBALL'S ROBERT GAUSI FLEES LIBERIA AND ENDS UP FINDING A "HOME" IN CROOKSTON

War. Unrest. Instability. Moving from place to place trying to find a haven from the violence and poverty that plagued many during the First and Second Liberian Civil Wars. This was the life of Robert Gausi, a recent transplant from Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, who will be a major contributor at corner back for the University of Minnesota Crookston football team.
Constantly looking for a place to call home for most of his life. Gausi has fianlly found his “family” and a safe haven at UMC.
Gausi was born in 1990, a year after the beginning of the First Liberian Civil War. Born, while his mother was on the run, Gausi’s life was a constant struggle to survive and stay alive for the first 15 years of his life. His family attempted to flee to other African nations such as Ivory Coast and Ghana, but were unable to find a better life. “We had moved to Ivory Coast for a while during the first Civil War but then moved back to Liberia,” Gausi said. “When the second Civil War broke out we went to Ghana to a refugee camp trying to survive every day. There was no food, there were no clothes to wear. I don’t know how my mom did it but she was a hard-working lady. I was very proud of her and what she did for our family.”

In search for a better situation for her family, Gausi’s mother, a single parent after the death of his father, brought her son and five sisters to the United States in 2005 where they settled in the Twin Cities. Now in the United States, Gausi’s family still struggled. With no education, his mother was unable to get work in the U.S. However, led by the hard work of his oldest sister Cecilia, the family was able to survive. “I had five sisters and me, all in the same one bedroom apartment,” Gausi said. “It was crowded. There was no space. Cecilia was working hard and stepped up and helped play the role of mother for us in a lot of ways.”

Though no longer on the run from a Civil War, Gausi began hanging around the wrong people at Robbinsdale Armstrong H.S. in Crystal, Minn. He also wasn’t focusing on his schoolwork, but the one thing he did find solace in was sports. “I was always playing sports because it was one of the things that made me happy,” Gausi said. “My first sport that I played was soccer.” However due to his large frame, Gausi outgrew the sport and was approached by his coach to pursue football. “One day my coach asked me if I wanted to try out for the football team because I was too big for soccer,” Gausi said. “He taught me how to play football and I became a football player. I left Armstrong and went to Park Center High School, where I played football.”
Now at Park Center, the same struggles Gausi found at Armstrong continued to plague him as he continued to struggle with school and continued to hang out with the wrong crowd.  “My senior year was tough,” Gausi said. “My coach talked to me and he said I wasn’t going to play college football because of my grades. I stepped up and worked hard and I graduated.”

Gausi was then approached to play football at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, where he thrived in the defensive backfield garnering several offers from collegiate programs including UMC and Minot State University. Gausi originally chose to attend Minot State but after a semester in Minot, he decided it wasn’t the right place for him and transferred, along with former Northland C.T.C. teammates Cito Horton and Constant Jackson, to UMC for the Spring semester of 2014. 

Gausi found what he was looking for at UMC. Something that he had been looking for his entire life. Comfort. At UMC, Gausi has found a network of people that care about him. A family. “The coaches at UMC point you in the right direction,” Gausi said. “They are passionate about school, not just football, but school. I feel like I have family and people to actually talk to. I never had much of anything growing up. I never had a childhood picture. I don’t even know where my childhood friends are. I take this opportunity very seriously. I take advantage of this opportunity I have to play for UMC. I am really happy to be here.” In addition to the comfort he has found in the coaches, Gausi has also found his true family in his teammates led by fellow Northland transplants Horton and Jackson. “I feel like I am around my family every day,” Gausi said. “We are brothers to each other and give each other advice. We encourage each other to do good. I love having them in my life. They are not just my friends, they are my family. I really don’t have a brother that I grew up with. I can count on Cito and Contant to be my childhood friends. I know they were not but having them in my life helps me to forget about all of the stuff I went through in my life when I was young.”

After a life on the run, Gausi has finally found what he is looking for in Crookston. Not only on the football field or in the support of his friends Constant and Cito but also with the opportunity to pursue his studies with a major in criminal justice. When Gausi walks across the stage at Lysaker Gymnasium in the next few years, he will become the first member of his family to earn a college degree. This was an unlikely end-game for a boy that under 10 years ago was struggling to live. Now he has found the life his mother wanted for him when they left Liberia and he has also found a great support system to help him achieve his goals.

 

 

 

SUNDAY -  SEPTEMBER 7, 2014

GOLDEN EAGLES MEN’S GOLF IN LAST AFTER FIRST ROUND AT BEMIDJI STATE TRI-ANGULAR

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Men’s Golf team finds themselves in third place after the first round of the Bemidji State three school invitational.  Bemidji State has a 10 stroke lead over Minot State, while UMC is another 10 strokes back after the first 18 holes at the Bemidji Town and Country Golf Club. Bemidji State’s Andrew Benson and Minot State’s Kowan O’Keefe were the low golfers after the first 18 holes with one under par 71’s.  UMC’s Matt McClure (Sr-Grand Rapids, Mn) and Michael Roedl (Jr-Minneapolis, Mn) were low Golden Eagles and both are three strokes back with 75’s.  Jesse Roscoe (Sr-Big Stone City, S.D.) had a 75. The final 18 holes will be played on Monday.
For the first round results, click here.




UMC WOMEN’S GOLF FINISHES EIGHTH AT THE AUGUSTANA COLLEGE INVITATIONAL


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Women’s Golf team shot 16 strokes more than they did in yesterday’s first round and finished eighth in the Augustana College Invitational at the Bakker Crossing Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Augustana College, who had the four top golfers on their home course and led after the first day was five strokes better in today’s second round and won their own meet by 32 strokes over Minnesota State-Mankato.   Marisa Toivonen of Augustana College, who led after the first round with a 73, was one stroke better with a 72 and was the medalist with the three over par and eight strokes ahead of the field.
UMC’s Katie Sheetz (Jr-Grand Rapids, Mn) followed up her 85 yesterday with a 91 today and finished in 35th place. The Golden Eagles Ashley Humble (Fresh-Rosemount, Mn) was also in the top 50 individually with rounds of 93-96 and tied for 49th place.
UMC will be at the Concordia University in St. Paul’s Invitational next Saturday and Sunday at Tartan Park Golf Course in Lake Elmo, Mn.
For the final results,  click here




SATURDAY -  SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

AUGUSTANA COLLEGE OPENS THE FOOTBALL SEASON WITH A 54-0 WHITEWASH OF UMC

Augustana College quarterback, Trey Heid ran for one touchdown and threw for three more to lead the Vikings to a 54-0 opening game win in a Northern Sun Conference football game held at Ed Widseth Field in Crookston.
The scoreboard said 24-0 in favor of Augustana College at half-time, but the Golden Eagles felt they had played pretty well and it should have been a closer score. “Our biggest problem was not finishing in the first half,” said UMC head coach Mike Fritze, “we moved the ball pretty well, but would have something happen, like a dropped ball, fumble, short punt, we just need to execute.”  At half time, UMC had ran 14 more plays than Augustana, the Golden Eagles had 178 yards total offense to 253 for Augie. The only score in the first quarter took a 52 yard field by the Vikings Lucas Wainman, after UMC stopped them near mid-field.  Just into the second quarter  Augustana  had stopped UMC on downs at the Vikings 30 yard line and seven plays later, Augie quarterback, Trey Heid found Matt Gerry for a 21 yard pass just seconds into the second stanza and an Augustana 10-0 lead.
UMC had their best drive of the first half going 55 yards using 12 plays and were deep into Augustana territory, but fumble was recovered at the Augustana 28 yard line to end that threat. Augustana went to the running game to get the ball to midfield and then a combination of a Heyd completion for 21 yards and tack on a face mask penalty and suddenly the ball Is at the UMC 15 yard line where Heyd ran it in to give Augustana a 17-0 lead with just over six minutes left in the half. 
UMC’s quarterback, Ben Bucholz (Jr-Perham, Mn) was making his first collegiate start and continued to improve as the half went along including a 21 yard pass to Jacob Pinder (Sr-Orlando, Fla), but UMC’s drive was stopped on downs by a excited Vikings defense. The two teams traded possessions and UMC punted the ball to the Vikings 20 yard line with under a minute and a half to go. Heyd completed four passes in this drive, ran for 10 yards on another and then found Matt Heller for a 22 yard score on a beautiful catch in the end zone with four seconds to go in the half to give Augustana College a 24-0 lead at the break. “We had some mismatches on the outside that we have to take care of, but their wide receivers made a couple unbelievable catches for scores.  We were disappointed to be down by that score at half-time, but our players feel we can play with these guys,” said coach Fritze.
That feeling might have changed after halftime as Augustana turned it up a notch in the third quarter on both sides of the ball, putting up over 240 yards offense and holding UMC to less than 50 yards. C. J. Ham scored on a run, Wainman kicked a shorter field goal and Heyd threw his third touchdown pass of the game to break it open with a 40-0 lead after three quarters of play.  The Vikings continued to wear down the Golden Eagles and scored two more running touchdowns, a second by Ham to make it a 54-0 final. Heyd ended completing 20 of 31 passes for 288 yards as the Vikings ended with 595 yards while the Vikings defense held UMC to 54 yards in the second half. “The second half was disappointing because of where we were at the half,” said UMC head coach Mike Fritze, “They moved the ball on us on the ground and that is something we will have to shore up, whether it was scheme’s or personel. They have two or three just outstanding players who stood up for them today. There are some things you can’t control and that is they are a good team. They wore us down in the second half with that big offensive line, but we did built a little depth today and have to go out next week and get a little bit better.” UMC quarterback, Bucholz ended the game completing 16 of 25 passes for 146 yards and showed some good scrambling ability, leading UMC with 57 rushing yards. "For not playing quarterback for about three years, I thought Ben did a very good job for us, but he has to learn how to slide and not take some of those hits," said Fritze.
UMC will take their 0-1 record on the road for the first time this season when they travel to Marshall, Minnesota to take on Southwest Minnesota State.  Augustana College will be at home next Saturday for the first time hosting Minnesota-Duluth.

 
   Ben Bucholz on one of his runs               Michael Williams tackles the Augustana ball carrier

BOX SCORE

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Augustana College 3 21 16 14 54
UMC 0 0 0 0 0


                 Landon Cook and AJ Wallace combine for a tackle

 

1st Quarter
2:10 -  Augie -  Lucas Wainman 52 yard field goal

2nd Quarter
:08 -  Augie - Matt Gerry 21 yard pass from Trey Heid   (Lucas Wainman kick)
8:38 -  Augie -  Trey Heid 15 yard run   (Lucas Wainman kick)
14:56 -  Augie -  Matt Heller 22 yard pass from Trey Heid  (Lucas Wainman kick)

3rd Quarter
3:43 -  Augie -  C.J. Ham 18 yard run   (pass failed)
9:57 -  Augie -  Lucas Wainman 32 yard field goal
14:18 - Augie -  Grant Gebhardt 7 yard pass from Trey Heid  (Lucas Wainman kick)

4th Quarter
6:57 -  Augie -  Justin Greenway 2 yard run  (Lucas Wainman kick)
12:34 - Augie -  C. J. Ham 14 yard run  (Lucas Wainman kick)


 

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON VOLLEYBALL WINS TWO MORE IN ST. LOUIS

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagles Volleyball team opened up their season with two 3-1 wins yesterday on the first day of the Maryville University Invitational in St. Louis, Missouri and added two more victories wit a 3-1 win against Liberty University of West Virginia and a come from behind 3-2 victory over the host, Maryville University to start the season 4-0.


The UMC Volleyball team with the Championship trophy (Picture by Jim Looker)

UMC continued their excellent play to start the season with another 3-1 victory over West Liberty University of West Virginia on the second day of the Maryville University Invitational in St. Louis.  UMC took charge earlier with two fairly easy wins, had a marathon third set that West Liberty won 30-28 and after the blip, UMC took charge early and ran away from West Liberty with a 25-12 win for the match.  Brittany Looker, the UMC senior from Rochester Mayo, Minnesota continues her domination to start the season with 23 more kills, along with nine digs and three serving aces.  UMC is 3-0 on the season and in the tournament and will meet the host team, Maryville University at 5:00 PM in what could be a match up of the two undefeated teams in the Invitational.

Box Score 1 2 3 4
UMC 25 25 28 25
Liberty University 17 15 30 12

For UMC
Kills - Brittany Looker-23, Sierra Trost-9, Kassi Green-7, Erin Schwarz-7
Blocks - Stephanie Pearson-1
Assists - Sierra Trost-37
Digs - Casey Cashman-25, Brittany Looker-9, Stephanie Pearson-9, Sierra Trost-9
Aces - Brittany Looker-3, Kali Erickson-2


The UMC Golden Eagles lost the first two sets, but won the next three for a thrilling 3-2 come from behind victory over Merryville University to go 4-0 in the Merryville Invitational Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.
The first set was tied at 5-5 when Merryville went on a 6-1 run to take an 11-6 lead, which they continued to build on and led 20-12.  UMC tried to finish the set strong, but Merryville came up with two kills to win 25-17.
In the second set, Maryville jumped out to a 6-1 lead after a couple of aces to start the set.  UMC battled back to get within a 15-12 deficit only to have Merryville answer with a 7-1 run for a 22-13 lead and kept going for a 25-17 victory for a 2-0 match lead.
UMC started the third set with a kill by Brittany Looker (Sr. Rochester, MN), and and another by Morgan VanGerpen (Sr. Overland Park, Kansas) to spark a 6-2 lead.  Merryville, as they did the in the first two sets, came up with a nice run to tie the match at 6-6.  The set was tied at 7, 8 and 9 before UMC scored two straight points with a kill by Kassi Green (Fresh. Anoka) and another kill by Stephanie Pearson (Jr. Frankfort, IL).  Merryville would tie the set at 16-16 before UMC’s Looker took over and the Golden Eagles finished on a 9-1 run for a 25-17 victory.
UMC started the fourth set like the finished the third and jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind three kills by Looker and cruised to a 16-6 lead and cruised the rest of the way for a 25-11 victory to force a fifth set.
In the fifth set, it was tied at 1, 3 and 4 before Merryville went on a 4-0 run for an 8-4 lead.  UMC battled back with some big kills by Looker and got within a 10-9 deficit.  On the next point, UMC had an attack error, which was followed by a Merryville kill and the Golden Eagles trailed 12-9.  Merryville had a 14-11 lead when UMC's Looker took over again with two straight kills, which was followed with three straight Merryville attack errors and the Golden Eagles pulled out an exciting 16-14 victory to win the match 3-2.  "We responded really well, especially being down 2-0 going into the 10 minute break.  It was a good learning experience as we are young and inexperienced and we battled back for the win and we finished by playing really well," said UMC Coach Lee Anderson. "Brittany (Looker) really stepped up and played very well in games three, four and five.  The girls were pretty pumped, especially the way we came back and how we trailed in game five being down.  "
UMC improves to 4-0 on the year and will be in Aberdeen, South Dakota next weekend for the Northern State Invitational. "The sets we won this weekend we played well and the sets we didn't play well we lost," said Coach Anderson. "It was a good lesson and we better make sure that we take those lessons into next weekend and have some tough competition and then into conference play so they can play to the level that we are capable of."

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5
UMC 17 17 25 25 16
Maryville University 25 25 17 11 14

For UMC
Kills - Brittany Looker-29, Erin Schwarz - 10, Kassi Green - 9
Blocks -  Morgan VanGerpen - 1
Assists - Sierra Trost - 52
Digs - Stephanie Pearson - 16, Casey Cashman - 14, Brittany Looker - 14
Aces - Stephanie Pearson - 1, Casey Cashman - 1, Brittany Looker - 1

 


 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S TENNIS PLAY THREE MORE DUALS TODAY IN ALEXANDRIA

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team beat Sauk Centre 6-1, and lost to Coon Rapids 4-3 and Alexandria 5-2 in the Alexandria Quadrangular on a perfect day for tennis.  Crookston’s lone victory on the day came against Sauk Centre, who was 6-1 on the year in duals coming into the match.  The Pirates played well in the two losses and had a chance to beat Coon Rapids and just fell short and ran into a solid Alexandria team.  “It was a great day, the weather was nice and the girls played hard and the tennis was very good,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “The Coon Rapids match came down to the last match and we lost a tie breaker third set and then beat a good Sauk Centre team and we had some exciting things happen today.  We lost to a couple very large AA schools and there was no gimmee matches today and everybody had to be ready to play today.”  The Pirates won three of their five matches on the weekend after winning both matches at the Detroit Lakes triangular on Friday. “We won three out of five the past two days against some pretty good teams so it was a very good weekend and we will take that and keep moving forward.”
Crookston drops to 6-8 in duals on the year.

 

CROOKSTON- 3

Coon Rapids- 4

Winner

Score

#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Hannah Neagele Crox 6-2, 6-4

#2

Leah Trostad Maddie Giorgi CR 6-4, 6-2

#3

Jaeden Lizakowski Andrea Rehm CR 6-4, 6-3

#4

Elise Tangquist Lynn Hillesheim CR 6-2, 3-6, 10-8

#1 Doubles

Amy Follette
Tori Demarais
Heidi Hannula
Alli Bauer
Crox 2-6, 6-1, 10-3

#2

Elisa Samuelson
Alyssa Fee
Karly Westra
Helen Nelson
Crox 3-6, 6-2, 10-7

#3

Taylor Perry
Kendall Wahouske
Tina McManus
Sarah McDonald
CR 7-5, 6-3


 

 

CROOKSTON- 6

Sauk Centre- 1

Winner

Score

#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Morgan Kranz Crox 6-4, 6-3

#2

Alyssa Fee Hope Schwinghamer SC 6-2, 6-2

#3

Amy Follette Dani Reiter Crox 6-1, 6-0

#4

Jaeden Lizakowski Tami Middendorf Crox 6-2, 6-3

#1 Doubles

Leah Trostad
Elisa Samuelson
Jess Rodenbiker
Molly Weyer
Crox 1-6, 7-5, 10-8

#2

Tori Demarais
Kendall Wahouske
Abby Welberg
Nicole Meyer
Crox 6-2, 6-0

#3

Taylor Perry
Megan Frisk
Erica Middendorf
Emily Primus
Crox 6-2, 6-1


 

 

CROOKSTON- 2

Alexandria- 5

Winner

Score

#1 Singles

Alyssa Fee Elizabeth Bergstrand Alex 6-0, 6-0

#2

Amy Follette Ellie Ronning Alex 6-1, 6-2

#3

Kendall Wahouske Kim Snell Alex 6-0, 6-2

#4

Megan Frisk Josie Nelson Alex 7-5, 6-3

#1 Doubles

Ally Tiedemann
Leah Trostad
Kim Wilkins
Kerri Wilkins
Crox 7-5, 6-4

#2

Tori Demarais
Elisa Samuelson
Katie Peterson
Marisa Otto
Crox 6-4, 6-3

#3

Jaeden Lizakowski
Elise Tangquist
McKenna Petrie
Jamie Lanoue
Alex 7-5, 6-3





 

DANICA BREKKEN SCORES AGAIN, THIS TIME THE ONLY GOAL IN A PIRATE 1-0 WIN AT WALKER

The Crookston Pirates Girls Soccer team had scored four goals in their first three matches, all of them from captain, Danica Brekken.  The senior kept that streak going with the only goal of the match today as the Pirates won their first match of the season in a 1-0 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in Walker.
The Pirate tally came when Jessenia Argueta put a free kick to Abby Brekken, who passed it back to Danica Brekken and when she is in position, she will bury most shots, which she did to give Crookston a 1-0 lead at half-time. Nobody scored in the second half, although Crookston applied good pressure. “We certainly could have played better,” said Crookston head coach Sarah Reese. “A win is a win. A lot of play was in the middle third of the field. We need to continue creating shot opportunities and having the confidence to find the net.”  Crookston is 1-3 on the year and the Pirates and will be at East Grand Forks on Tuesday.  Walker-Hackensack-Akeley is 1-2 on the season.
JV -  Walker-Hackensack-Akeley won 4-2

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 1 0 1
Walker-H-A 0 0 0

Scoring
32:00 -  Danica Brekken  (Abby Brekken)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Madison Crane-Crookston 2 2 4
Madison Zismer-WHA 3 5 8





CROOKSTON BOY'S SOCCER STOPS TWO GAME LOSING STREAK WITH 2-0 WIN AT WALKER

Crookston’s Guthrie Dingmann and Jacob Roesch scored first half goals to lead the Crookston Pirates to a 2-0 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in a Section 8A Boy’s Soccer match in Walker.
Crookston dominated from start to finish and despite outshooting Walker-Hackensack-Akeley badly, they managed just the two goals. “We had a lot of shots and many that didn’t get on goal,” said Crookston head coach Don Cox. “We were angling the shots too sharply and either putting the shots wide of the goal or off the side of the goal.”
Two of the goals that found the mark came about half-way through the first half on a through ball, Dingmann sped for the ball outside the 18 yard mark and drilled a shot to the left of the Wolves goalkeeper to put the Pirates on the scoreboard. Later in the half, the Pirates had a corner kick and in front of the net, Rueben Fernandez, who had an assist on the first goal, this time was able to poke the ball to Roesch, who knocked it in to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead at half-time. “We had a lot of good passing with give and goes,” said Cox. “The boys were communicating well, moving to space and creating opportunities.”
Although the Pirates didn’t score in the second half, they did put seven shots on goal, but didn’t cash in. “We played a very good match with solid passing, communication, rock solid defense,” said Cox. “We kept them out of the middle and no quality shots as the one save by Tater (Michael Tate) attested to. The boys kept it together the whole game, it was a nice win.”
Crookston is now 3-2 on the season and will host Grand Forks Central on Thursday. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley is 0-4 on the season.
JV -  Crookston won 5-3

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 2 0 2
Walker-H-A 0 0 0

Scoring
17:20 -  Crookston -  Guthrie Dingmann  (Rueben Fernandez)
30:42 -  Crookston -  Jacob Roesch  (Rueben Fernandez)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Michael Tate-Crookston 1 0 1
Shea Alto-WHA 3 7 10


 

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER OPENS UP WITH 8-0 ROUT OVER FINLANDIA UNIVERSITY

UMC's Courtney Armborst (Jr-West St. Paul, Mn) scored three second half goals to blow open the match as the University of Minnesota Crookston Women's Soccer team opened up their season with an 8-0 win over visiting Finlandia University of Hancock, Michigan.  The Golden Eagles peppered the Finlandia goal in the first half, but only were able to get two past the goalie, one by Miranda Mosher (Fresh-Orono, Mn) who scored off Erin Mears (Sr-Sioux Falls, S.D.) corner kick and another 10 minutes later by UMC freshman, Ellie Brettschneider (Fresh-Lakeville, Mn).  After UMC's Elizabeth Busch (Jr-Sioux Falls, S.D.) in the first minute of the second half and then Armborst scored her three in 15 minutes to put the match away. UMC will put their 1-0 record on the line Tuesday when they host Bemidji State. Finlandia University is now 2-1 on the year

BOX SCORE

1st

2nd Final
Finlandia U 0 0 0
UMC 2 6 8

Scoring
11:58 -  UMC -  Miranda Mosher (Erin Mears)
23:23 -  UMC -  Ellie Brettschneider unassisted
46:06 -  UMC -  Elizabeth Busch unassisted
55:00 -  UMC -  Courtney Armborst unassisted
65:20 -  UMC -  Courtney Armborst unassisted
70:16 -  UMC -  Courtney Armborst unassisted
74:07 -  UMC -  Kallie Gau unassisted
74:07 -  UMC -  Cayla Bendel  (Gabriel Kekke)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Adrianna Osuna-Finlandia 10 3 13
Lexie Gauger-UMC 0 0 0



 

CROOKSTON SWIMMERS COMPETE AT THE BEMIDJI INVITATIONAL

The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers had a good day and finished fourth out of nine teams at the Bemidji Invitational meet at the Bemidji High School pool.   Crookston had the 200 Free Relay team (Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry, Kate MacGregor and Haley Roed), the same team that made it to state last year, finish first and Kate MacGregor was the top Pirate individual with a first place finish in the 100 backstroke, she was a member of the first place free relay team, finished second in the 100 butterfly and was on the third place 200 medley relay to finish in the top three in all four of her events. "Kate had a great day and looked great in her individual events and cut about four seconds in her 100 backstroke and two seconds in her 100 fly," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "That was exciting to see, because when you get to the level that Kate is at it gets harder to cut time and she had a great meet today and it helped having great competition around her."  Haley Roed also finished in the top three in all four of her events and had a second place finish in the 100 freestyle and a third place finish in the 50 freestyle.  "Haley swam well, but was a little disappointed she didn't cut time today," said Coach Melbye. "Her starts were a little off and the tempo of her stroke was a little slow, but we swam a lot of yards this week in practice and I think that threw her off a bit, but we will get it back next week."  Merran Dingmann had three top 10 finishes and continues to improve and impress.  "Merran has really come on strong this season and really has been impressing me through and through," said Coach Melbye. "She is becoming more versatile in what she can swim and is really doing well."  A newcomer to the varsity swimming scene is Elizabeth Erdman and she also had three top 10 finishes. "Elizabeth has been a great addition to the team," said Coach Melbye. "She isn't a stranger to competing in swimming and has really swam well so far this season."
The Pirates fourth place finish pleased the coach, especially after a physically challenging week of practice. "It was a good day with a lot of young swimmers turn in very fast times compared to their personal bests and our older girls are sticking to where they should be and are making smaller time cuts, and we had a really good meet," said Coach Melbye. "We worked them hard in practice this week and we are excited about the rest of the season and they girls swam very well today."

Team Points
1. Willmar 419
2. Bemidji 412
3. Detroit Lakes 313.5
4. CROOKSTON 298
5. Grand Forks Red River 276
6. Grand Forks Central 268
7. Mesabi East 206
8. Thief River Falls 87.5
9. Roseau/Warroad/BGMR 45

FOR ALL THE MEET RESULTS CLICK HERE

Pirate top 10 finishes Event Time Place
Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Free Relay 1:46.08 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:03.94 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:05.91 2nd
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 57.60 2nd
Sierra Pry, Maddie Nicholls,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:02.88 3rd
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 26.52 3rd
Marietta Geist 200 Freestyle 2:10.29 4th
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:28.03 4th
Marietta Geist 500 Freestyle 6:00.14 5th
Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman,
Elizabeth Erdman, Marietta Geist
200 Medley Relay 2:11.14 7th
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:34.98 7th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:17.75 7th
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman,
Maddie Nicholls, Thea Oman
400 Freestyle Relay 4:19.71 8th





UMC WOMEN'S GOLF IN 8TH PLACE AFTER FIRST ROUND OF AUGIE INVITATIONAL

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Women's Golf team is in eighth place of eight teams after the first round of the Augustana College Invitational meet in Sioux Falls, S.D.  It's the first meet of the fall season and the host, Augustana has a 14 stroke lead over Gustavus Adolphus after 18 holes. Marisa Toivonen of Augustana is the first day medalist with a two over par 73.  UMC's Katie Sheetz (Jr-Grand Rapids, Mn) was the top Golden Eagle with an 85 which ties her 28th place.  The final 18 holes will be played tomorrow.
For the First Round results, CLICK HERE.





FRIDAY -  SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

BARNESVILLE SCORES TWO TOUCHDOWNS LATE TO EDGE CROOKSTON 34-21

It was a matchup that suggested a mismatch with number six ranked Barnesville, who was 1-0 on the season after throttling East Grand Forks last week against the Crookston Pirates who hadn’t played for two weeks and were shelled in their opener to Providence Academy. Funny thing happened though in Crookston, nobody told the Pirates they weren’t a match for Barnesville. They played toe to toe the entire game, but Barnesville’s Rylee Anderson scored his second touchdown of the second half, this one coming with 3:56 left in the game to secure a 34-21 win for the Trojans at the Crookston/UMC football field.
Barnesville, who looked like they were in mid-season form last week in the 45-6 over Class AAA East Grand Forks, started out the same way tonight, taking the opening possession 88 yards and on the sixth play, got the Pirates to bite on some fakes and Jordan Bang was past the Crookston defenders and hit in stride by quarterback Ethan Ishaug for a 56 yard scoring toss to give Barnesville an early 7-0 lead.
The opening score could have been a signal that the Trojans were ready to roll to another easy win, but in what may have been one of the more impressive drives the Pirates have had under head coach Scott Butt, who is in his third year, the Pirates answered the early Barnesville score with an almost seven minute possession that went 80 yards on 15 plays with Aaron Hollcraft scoring from two yards to tie the game at seven which is how the first quarter ended. “It was huge drive and touchdown for us,” said coach Butt. “We went into this game knowing we had to try and limit their possessions and eat as much clock as we could. Our kids did a great job of coming off the ball, ran hard, play hard and you could see the confidence in their faces like, hey, we belong here and we were having fun.”
Barnesville scored early in the second quarter on a play that had everyone in the line and backfield going to the right and the Trojans slipped Bang to the left and Isaugh hit him in the flat for a five yard score to put Barnesville back up 14-7.  The Trojans then went into a giving mode, fumbling twice in a row with the first recovery for the Pirates at the 36 yard line and the Pirates Brandt Delage broke off a 36 yard apparent touchdown run, only to be called back because of a hold. Crookston turned it over on downs, but on the next Trojans series, the Pirates Elias Walski, stripped Ishaug of the ball and Walski also recovered it at the 40 yard line in Barnesville territory. This time Crookston would score and it was on a third and goal at the five yard line when Pirate quarterback, Parker Salentine threaded a short pass to tight end Danny Davidson for five yards to tie the game at 14-14 with three minutes left in the half and the first 24 minutes would end at 14-14. “We ran tight end dump on that touchdown because Barnesville was jumping over on our twins and taking that away and their corner would crash down. Parker did a nice job waiting for Danny to clear the  backer, plus Danny did a great job of staying wide and got the touchdown,” said Butt. The Pirates held Barnesville to 55 yards rushing in the first half. “Our defense played very well in the first half,” said Butt, “but the good thing is we can also play better. We were flying around and did their assignments.”
The big play would hurt the Crookston defense in the third quarter. The Pirates had pinned Barnesville at their own 10 yard line and on a third and three play, fullback Rylee Anderson broke free for an 83 yard run to give the Trojans the lead again 20-14. Defenses for both teams had some stops and the quarter ended with Barnesville still leading 20-14. Barnesville did take advantage of a short punt to gain field position with the ball on the Pirates 44 yard line as they headed into the fourth quarter. “That was a tough touchdown to give up as we had a chance just before that to take the lead,” said Butt. “If we score there, it could of changed things around a lot.”
The Trojans took almost five minutes off the clock and used nine plays before Nick Randklev scored from five yards to give Barnesville their biggest lead at 26-14 with just over eight minutes left.
Crookston would need some quick scores and got some help with Hollcraft returning a kickoff over 45 yards to set up the Pirates in Barnesville territory. Crookston went the 46 yards on seven plays and Salentine followed his fullback up the middle for a five yard score and with just over four and a half minutes left in the game, Crookston trailed 26-21. “We are not built to score a lot in a hurry, but we did a nice job on that drive with Mikey (Hajostek) running a trap and Parker with a keeper. We would like to throw the ball a little better, so we knew we had to do it with the run and in a hurry, which we did,” said Butt.
Crookston tried what appeared to be an onside kick, but it was recovered by Barnesville and the Trojans would use the short-field to march another one in with Anderson scoring on an 11 yard run to seal the win at 34-21. “Even though it was a loss, I think this will give us some confidence at least going into Monday and practice,” said Butt. “Our kids gave it everything they had and were having fun. We have to work on throwing the ball a little better, so we can become more of a 50/50 balanced type of team and go into next week with even more confidence.”
The Pirates will need that confidence as they go from a tough loss to the number six ranked team in Minnesota Class AA to the number one ranked team, the Hawley Nuggets.  The game next Friday will be played at Moorhead High School at 7:30 PM because Hawley is renovating their track and football field and will not have a home game this year.

 
Ryan Porter tries to stop the Trojan runningback   Mike Hajostek and Luke Edlund with a tackle

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

Barnesville

7

7

6

14

34

CROOKSTON

7

7

0

7

21

 

1st Quarter
2:48 - Barn - Jordan Bang 56 yard pass from Blake Ishaug (Alex Settelmeyer kick)
9:42 - Crox - Aaron Hollcraft 2 yard run (Joey Koenig kick)

2nd Quarter
2:03 - Barn - Jordan Bang 5 yard pass from Blake Ishaug (Alex Settelmeyer kick)
8:57 - Crox - Danny Davidson  5 yard pass from Parker Salentine (Joey Koenig kick)

3rd Quarter
??? - Barn - Rylee Anderson 83 yard run (kick failed)

4th Quarter
3:48 - Barn - Rylee Anderson 8 yard run (run failed)
7:21 - Crox - Parker Salentine 5 yard run (Joey Koenig kick)
8:04 - Barn - Rylee Anderson 11 yard run (Ben Sauve run)


Seth Desrosier with a tackle of the Trojan runningback             Danny Davidson and Cody Weiland with a tackle

  CROOKSTON Barnesville
First Downs 13 16
Rushing-Yards 47-170 38-305
Passing 4-11-0 5-12-0
Passing Yards 28 99
Total Yards 198 404
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-2
Penalties-Yards 2-15 3-20
Punts-Yards Ave. 4-30.3 1-47.0


                           The Pirate defense with a gang tackle in the first half


Rushing

Crookston Barnesville
Aaron Hollcraft                        20-76 Rylee Anderson                14-150
Mikey Hajostek                        5-26 Ben Sauve                           6-98
Luke Edlund                              5-25 Ethan Ishaug                       9-21
Ryan Porter                              2-25 Nick Randklev                    6-18
Parker Salentine                     10-16 Josh Tweeton                      3-18
Danny Davidson                        1-7  
Brandt Delage                           4-(-5)  

Passing

Parker Salentine            4-11-0     28 yards

Ethan Ishaug                 5-11-0      99 yards

 

Connor Meyer              0-1-0          0 yards


Receiving

Danny Davidson            1-5 Jordan Bang             3-59
Brandt Delage               1-(-1) Nick Randklev        1-5
Aaron Hollcraft             1-5 Ben Sauve               1-17
Ryan Porter                  1-19 Josh Tweeton          1-18

 
    Elias Walski chases down the Trojan runningback for a tackle         Mike Hajostek with a run in the second half


 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S TENNIS PLAY TWO MORE DUALS TODAY IN DETROIT LAKES

The Crookston Pirate Girl's Tennis team suffered a tough 4-3 loss to East Grand Forks on Thursday, but bounced back with two 4-3 victories over Detroit Lakes and Wadena-Deer Creek at the Detroit Lakes Tri-Angular this afternoon. In the Wadena-Deer Creek match, Crookston won two singles and two doubles matches for the 4-3 victory.  Amy Follette picked up a win at second singles and Megan Frisk won her fourth singles match.  The first doubles team of Leah Trostad and Ally Tiedemann and second doubles team of Tori Demarais and Elisa Samuelson also won. 
In the Detroit Lakes match, Crookston also won two singles and two doubles matches for the 4-3 victory.  Crookston used a different line up in the match, partially because they are playing six matches in three days and coach Geffre didn't want girls playing six singles matches.  Leah Trostad and Jaeden Lizakowski won at second the third singles respectively and the second and third doubles teams of Tori Demarais and Elisa Samuelson along with Kendall Wahouske and Taylor Perry won their matches. 
Winning both of their matches for the Pirates were Leah Trostad, Tori Demarais and Elisa Samuelson.  Megan Frisk won the only match she played.  "We had some girls that played pretty good today and we had some others that didn't play that well," said Pirate Coach Geffre. " Leah Trostad had a bagel day, where she did not lose a game on the day so that was impressive and she was solid. It was nice to beat Detroit Lakes, a AA school and it was good to win both matches while we played 13 girls on the day and had two different line ups to make sure we don't have any girls playing six singles matches in three days."
The Pirates improve to 5-6 on the year in duals and will be at Alexandria on Saturday and will play Coon Rapids, Sauk Centre and Alexandria.

 

CROOKSTON- 4

Wadena-D-C- 3

Winner

Score

#1 Singles

Alyssa Fee Maddy Hinijas WDC 6-2, 6-0

#2

Amy Follette Whitney Eichoff Crox 6-4, 6-4

#3

Jaeden Lizakowski Abby Westrum WDC 6-4, 6-4

#4

Megan Frisk Liz Peterson Crox 6-0, 6-0

#1 Doubles

Leah Trostad
Ally Tiedemann
Erin Johnson
Sarah Moen
Crox 6-0, 6-0

#2

Tori Demarais
Elisa Samuelson
Elise Kallevig
Lindy Jones
Crox 6-1, 6-2

#3

Elise Tangquist
Alyssa Schultz
Mckayla Woods
Jess Rondestvedt
WDC 3-6, 6-4, 10-7


 

 

CROOKSTON- 4

Detroit Lakes- 3

Winner

Score

#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Dani Unruh DL 6-2, 6-0

#2

Leah Trostad Sydney Fritz Crox 6-0, 6-0

#3

Jaeden Lizakowski Stella Foltz Crox 6-2, 4-6, 10-6

#4

Marie Sandman Grace Kinney DL 6-1, 6-1

#1 Doubles

Alyssa Fee
Amy Follette
Emma Maguire
Emily Seebold
DL 7-5, 6-4

#2

Tori Demarais
Elisa Samuelson
Devree Bunnis
??
Crox 6-2, 6-3

#3

Kendall Wahouske
Taylor Perry
Maddie Ring
Adrianna Brehm
Crox 6-2, 6-3



 

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON VOLLEYBALL TEAM STARTS SEASON WITH A PAIR OF WINS IN ST. LOUIS

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagles Volleyball team played some excellent volleyball to start their season today at the Marywood University Invitational in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Golden Eagles dropped their first game of the season to Kentucky Wesleyan, but came back with three straight wins to claim the 3-1 win behind the monster front row hitting of Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) with 18 kills.  In the second match, UMC battled with a strong St. Joseph's College of Indiana before prevailing 3-1 and all four were tightly contested. Looker again was dominant with 21 kills and 17 digs.  UMC will play two more matches on Saturday, meeting West Liberty University of West Virginia at 9:00 AM and then wraps up the tournament against host Maryville University at 5:00 PM.

  1 2 3 4
UMC 22 25 25 25
Kentucky Wesleyan 25 15 15 18

For UMC
Kills - Brittany Looker-18, Kassi Green-9
Blocks -  Morgan Van Gerpen-4, Erin Schwarz-4
Assists - Sierra Trost-34
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-12, Brittany Looker-8
Aces -

 

  1 2 3 4
UMC 25 27 25 25
St. Joseph's College 21 29 15 23

For UMC
Kills - Brittany Looker-21, Stephanie Pearson-11, Kassi Green-7
Blocks -  Kassi Green-1
Assists - Sierra Trost-44
Digs - Brittany Looker-17, Mark Mikutowski-15, Sierra Trost-12, Stephanie Pearson-11, Kaycie Hagen-10
Aces - Casey Cashman-3, Kaycie Hagen-3





THURSDAY -  SEPTEMBER 4, 2014


CROOKSTON VOLLEYBALL WINNING STREAK ENDS AT TWO IN A 3-0 LOSS AT SACRED HEART

Sacred Heart’s defense frustrated the visiting Crookston Pirates to win in three straight 25-19, 25-18 and 25-23 to stop a Pirate two game winning streak at the Sacred Heart gym in East Grand Forks.
In the first set, the Pirates started out well with an 8-3 lead with Amber Froeber and Kim Goosen on kills and setter Kenzie Klatt put a quick-set to Precious Adams and a huge kill. Sacred Heart would come back with six straight points to take a 9-8 lead.  The two teams would battle back and forth with Crookston’s Shelby Solheim and the Eagles Julie Kraft trading blocks for points and at that point, Sacred Heart had a 21-18 lead and would score four of the next five points with the Remer sisters doing damage, Michele, a junior and eighth grader Jessica and the Eagles won game one 25-19. “We were struggling passing, “ said Crookston head coach Meredith Hollcraft.
The game started the same as game one with Crookston leading 4-1 with Froeber and Solheim slamming down points. Sacred Heart with Anya Edwards serving tied it at 4-4 and the two teams would go back and forth up to 12-12 when the Eagles ran off three in a row and eventually were up 18-14. Crookston did score three in a row, but Sacred Heart would again make a run at the end scoring seven of the last eight points to give the Eagles a 25-18 win and they were up two games to none. “Sacred Heart has an unbelievable defense which was frustrating us throughout the match,” said coach Hollcraft.
In game three, Sacred Heart started out strong with Edwards serving for points and also managing a kill to give the Eagles an 8-4 lead.  The Pirates battled back as Adams has a big kill and Macy Strem would serve six straight points including three aces in that streak to give Crookston a 14-10 lead. “We did a much better job of serving tonight, especially Macy” said coach Hollcraft. “She didn’t buckle under pressure, because that is what she faced trailing by two games.”   The Pirate lead dissipated quickly with the Remer’s, Julie Kraft and the great play of Edwards and the Eagles led 18-17. The game would not be separated by more than one point up to 23-23 when Molly Hanson came up with a nice kill and point and serving for the game and match, the Pirates return on a serve was off the mark and Sacred Heart claimed a 25-23 victory to win the match. “Edwards was all over the floor tonight for them and seemed she was playing every position,” said coach Hollcraft. “We had good attacks here and there, but no big runs because of their defense. We served better, but our passing was not sharp and that is so important. We did a lot of pushing and tipping and against a defense like that, it’s not going to work. We worked a lot on passing and we will continue to do that, get refocused and get ready for Thief River Falls.”
Crookston is 2-2 on the year and will host Thief River Falls on Tuesday.
Sacred Heart is 2-1 on the season and will be at Waubun on Monday and make a return trip to Crookston on Thursday for a re-match.
JV -  Crookston won 2-0
Freshmen -  Crookston won 2-1


    Annie Hajostek on the serve receive               Macy Strem serves up an ace           Amber Froeber on the attack

  1 2 3
CROOKSTON 19 18 23
Sacred Heart 25 25 25

For Crookston
Kills - Amber Froeber-10, Precious Adams-7
Blocks -Shelby Solheim-2, Precious Adams-2
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-15, Jenna Porter-6
Digs - Macy Strem-22, Amber Froeber-16
Aces - Macy Strem-3


For Sacred Heart
Kills - Michele Remer - 10, Jessica Remer-8
Blocks - Julie Kraft - 2, Michele Remer-1
Assists - Molly Hanson - 24
Digs - Anya Edwards - 37
Aces - Michele Remer-3, Anya Edwards-2


 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S TENNIS HAS FIRST DUAL WITH EAST GRAND FORKS

East Grand Forks won all four singles matches to defeat the Crookston Pirates 4-3 in a dual between the two Section 8A opponents at East Grand Forks.
“East Grand Forks has four very good players and they play them at singles,” said Crookston head coach Mike Geffre.  Crookston did win all three doubles matches, but were unable to sneak a singles match out. “We are a deeper team than East Grand Forks,” said Coach Geffre. “They put their four best players at singles and expect them to carry them to get four points and I thought East Grand Forks played very well today.”  Crookston’s freshman Jaeden Lizakowski made a run at number four singles, losing 7-5, 7-5. “Jaeden was down 1-5 in the second set and battled back to tie it 5-5,” said coach Geffre. “She is a competitor and it was good to see, even though she lost. We saw some good things, but we will have to look at some strategy next time we play them, which is next Thursday at our place. I know we can play better and I think our girls would say that. Ally (Tiedemann) played some of the best tennis I’ve seen her play last week against Moorhead and she played a very good Chessa Jones, but I don’t think it was the best Ally has played this year and she wants another chance at Jones.”
Crookston is 3-6 in duals this season and continues a busy time as they will be at a Detroit Lakes Tri-angular tomorrow with the Lakers and Wadena-Deer Creek and then on to Alexandria on Saturday for a Quadrangular that has them playing Coon Rapids, Sauk Centre and Alexandria.


     Elise Tangquist with a serve                Alyssa Fee with a return              Kendall Wahouske with a backhand return
                                                    (Middle picture by Bruce Brierly of the Exponent)

 

CROOKSTON- 3

EGF- 4

Winner

Score

#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann

Chessa Jones

EGF

6-3, 6-1

#2

Alyssa Fee

Emma Dietrich

EGF

6-3, 6-3

#3

Amy Follette

Cynthia Loven

EGF

6-0, 6-1

#4

Jaeden Lizakowski

Emily Strezishar

EGF

7-5, 7-5

#1 Doubles

Leah Trostad
Elisa Samuelson

Bethany Van Eps
Jenna Dietrich

Crox

6-0, 6-2

#2

Tori Demarais
Kendall Wahouske

Kayla Cremers
Mackenzie Burris

Crox

7-5, 6-2

#3

Marie Sandman
Elise Tangquist

Mikayla Partlow
Geena Boyum

Crox

6-0, 6-2


 

BEMIDJI STRIKES EARLY AND OFTEN IN THE SECOND HALF TO DEFEAT CROOKSTON GIRL'S SOCCER 9-1

The Bemidji Lumberjacks scored four goals in a four minute span early in the second half to blow open their match at Crookston and the Jacks went on to a 9-1 win over the Pirates at the Crookston High School soccer fields.
The Lumberjacks did score the first three goals in the match, with Brianna Bang doing the damage with a shot off Pirate goalie Madison Crane and in and then Berg lofted a high shot from deep out and made it 2-0. After Bemidji opened up a 3-0 lead, the Pirates scored with nine and a half minutes left in the half when Danica Brekken put a high lofted kick from about 26 yards out that sailed over the Lumberjack goalie and while putting the Pirates on the scoreboard, also cut Bemidji’s lead at half-time to 3-1. “It was a well-placed shot by Danica over the goalie’s head and gave us a lift,” said Crookston head coach Sarah Reese. We had an awesome first half with most of the play in the middle two-thirds of the field. Just a couple mistakes that turned into Bemidji goals.”
Bemidji was going to make sure there was no Crookston comeback as freshman, Annah Schussman took over with two goals about two minutes apart and both were on breakaway’s and it opened up a 6-1 lead just seven minutes into the second half. “We became too comfortable and lazy I thought,” said coach Reese, “we didn’t win one ball in the air.”  Bemidji then took advantage of the Pirates failing to clear on one goal and Laura Bieberdorf, who played goalie in the first half for the Lumberjacks, played out the second half and popped in a shot with 11 minutes left to make it 8-1 and Bemidji scored another with over a minute left to make it a 9-1 final. “We were reactive in the second half especially,” said Reese, “we have to be more active and we have some things to work on including more conditioning, which was evident.”
Crookston is 0-3 on the year and will be at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Saturday afternoon.
Bemidji improves to 4-0 on the year and the Lumberjacks have outscored their opponents 21-4 and they will host St. Cloud Cathedral on Saturday.


       Abby Brekken kicks the ball up the field                      Maddie Rauner fights for the ball

 

1st

2nd Final
Bemidji 3 6 9
CROOKSTON 1 0 1

Scoring
10:10 -  Bemidji -  Brianna Berg unassisted
20:00 -  Bemidji -  Brianna Berg  (Kelly Christopher)
23:25 -  Bemidji -  Lydia Bitter unassisted
30:28 -  Crookston -  Danica Brekken unassisted
46:24 -  Bemidji -  Annah Schussman  (Rachel Bitter)
47:18 -  Bemidji -  Brianna Berg unassisted
47:51 -  Bemidji -  Annah Schussman  (Mackenzie Hietala)
49:56 -  Bemidji - Rachel Bitter unassisted
68:45 -  Bemidji -  Laura Bieberdorf  (Lydia Bitter)
78:46 -  Bemidji -  Lydia Bitter unassisted

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Laura Bieberdroft-Bemidji 3 X 3
Leighton Rockensock-Bemidji X 0 0
Madison Crane - Crookston 4 5 9




WEST OTTERTAIL CENTRAL'S SPEED TOO MUCH FOR CROOKSTON BOY'S SOCCER IN 10-1 LOSS

West Ottertail Central, a cooperative of Fergus Falls Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and Pelican Rapids, scored five goals off corner kicks and 10 on the day as the Storm defeated the Crookston Pirates 10-1 in a Section 8A match in Fergus Falls.
West Ottertail is laden with foreign exchange students again that come from soccer playing countries and one of them, Vegard Torsvik scored twice early, one on a header off a corner kick and an quick 2-0 lead for the Storm.  With West Ottertail Central leading 4-0, Crookston striker, Guthrie Dingmann was able to get by a couple Storm and put a nice shot by their goalie and it 4-1 at the half. “West Ottertail are very fast, very good passing team, “ said Crookston head coach Don Cox. “We just couldn’t figure out getting between those passes and clogging the lanes and they had us on our heels.”
The second half was like a Norwegian nightmare with a Nielsen, Kvam,  Torsvik with his hat-trick, Nielson again and a Thorsen scoring as West Ottertail Central blew it open with a six goal second half to pick up the 10-1 win. Crookston only had two shots on goal for the entire match and the Storm not only scored the 10 goals, but kept the Pirates from getting any ball control. “Hillcrest (West Ottertail) shortest player is about 5’9,” said coach Cox. “Combine that height with our inability to get the ball off the sidelines, which led to the corner kicks and that size figured into a number of their goals. They were just quicker than us and we couldn’t keep up.”   Crookston is 2-2 on the year with their second straight loss and will be at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Saturday afternoon. “We have to figure out those corner kicks and headers,” said Cox, “they rocked us back on our heels and we couldn’t keep up. We didn’t give up, but were unable to stay with them," said Coach Cox. "I thought Parker Nicholls, Guthrie Dingmann, Ian Johnson and Rueben Fernandez gave us a good effort. They just had six inches of rain and the field was like a swamp land and difficult to maneuver out there.”
West Ottertail Central is 4-1 on the year and will be at Cold Spring Rocori on Tuesday.

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 1 0 1
West Ottertail Central 4 6 10

Scoring (No time available)
WOC - Vegard Torsvik unassisted
WOC - Vegard Torsvik unassisted
WOC - Sondre Indrebo unassisted
WOC - Danny Franco unassisted
Crox - Guthrie Dingman unassisted
WOC - Kjetil Nielsen (Torgeir Samset)
WOC - Jonas Kvam unassisted
WOC - Vegard Torsvik (Torgeir Samset)
WOC - Kjetil Nielsen (Vegard Torsvik)
WOC - Simen Thorsen (Tommy Thompson)
WOC - Peter Jennings unassisted

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Michael Tate - Crox 9 5 14
Robby Dzialo - WOC 1 0 1


 



WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 3,  2014

UMC WOMEN'S TENNIS COACH LEAVING FOR ASSISTANT JOB AT UND

University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson has announced that Head Tennis Coach Kyle Anderson has stepped down from his position at UMC.  Anderson has taken a job as the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of North Dakota. Anderson served as head tennis coach for the Golden Eagles for the 2014 season and helped UMC post a 4-12 mark with wins over University of Minnesota Duluth, Bethany Lutheran College, Concordia College Moorhead and University of Minnesota Morris. “We thank Kyle for his time as head coach of the UMC tennis program,” Helgeson said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
The Golden Eagles will begin a search immediately for Anderson’s replacement.

 

 

TUESDAY -  SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

CROOKSTON VOLLEYBALL WINS A FIVE SET MARATHON OVER RED LAKE FALLS

The Crookston Pirates won a crazy 31-29 second set to take a two games to none lead, but Red Lake Falls rallied back with the next two sets before Crookston won the fifth game 15-8 to win a marathon and their second win in a row 25-20, 31-29, 23-25, 19-25, 15-8 at the Robert Matzke Gym in Red Lake Falls.
In the first set, Crookston scored the first three points, but Red Lake Falls roared back behind Lexi Hagl’s serving and the net play of Alexia Olson, with seven straight points to take the 7-3 lead. The Eagles continued with the lead mainly behind the play of Olson, the 6’3 senior, who used the size advantage for some well-placed points and a 12-5 lead. This is where Crookston started coming on behind the net play of Amber Froeber with kills and blocks for points, Shelby Solheim with a couple kills to get Crookston within 17-18. Then Abby Parr serving including an ace gave Crookston their first lead at 19-18 followed by a Solheim gave Crookston a 20-19 lead and with Macy Strem serving out the Pirates scored the last three points and the 25-20 win. “I put in the lineup wrong to start the first set and our girls were confused, but they figured it out and half way through they settled in and played well and eventually picked up the win in the set,” said Crookston head coach Meredith Hollcraft. “I told them we were going to make mistakes, I just didn't think it would be mine."
The second set was a wild one with 22 ties starting at 7-7 and early it was Froeber for Crookston, Parr serving including a couple more aces to put Crookston up 19-17. The Eagles responded with Hagl serving to tie it at 20-20. Then it was back and forth the rest of the way with Crookston serving six times to win the set, but on five of those serves, they either went into the net or too far!!! Red Lake Falls also served three times to win the set, but on all three of those occasions, the same thing, serving errors to let the Pirates back in and it was Froeber serving twice and Strem finishing it off with a kill and the 31-29 win to take a two games to none. “The long set like this is very emotional draining for everyone including players, coaches and fans,” said Coach Hollcraft. “We did pull it out, which was good experience for us.” Froeber, who led the Pirates with 16 kills along with 36 digs on the night said the second set was unreal, “I don't think I have ever played in a match that long.”
The third set was much like the second going back and forth, although Crookston did have an 11-6 lead. Then it was Froeber swinging for points as was Strem and Adams and Crookston was leading 17-16, but it was short-lived as Abby Huot served two straight aces and a Hagl kill put Red Lake Falls up 20-17. Crookston did get back into it with some errors by the Eagles and after a nice set by Kenzie Klatt to Froeber made it a 23-22 Red Lake Falls lead and the Eagles were able to score the last two to take a 25-22 win and send it to a fourth set. “Give Red Lake Falls credit, they play very good defense and have Alexia Olson in the middle and good passing,” said Coach Hollcraft. “They came back on us after that emotional second set was impressive.”
Red Lake Falls took control early jumping out to a 10-4 lead with Olson showing strong play at the net. Crookston would rally with Adams, Amanda Trandem with a kill to make it 11-10 Red Lake Falls. Britney Columbus and Hagl had back-to-back kills to put the Eagles back to a 17-13 lead. Red Lake Falls widened the lead to 20-14 and Solheim with a couple kills and Froeber with another and it was 21-19. Red Lake Falls ran out the last four points though to make it a 25-19 win to send it to game five. “We were hoping to win the match in three games,” said Crookston’s Froeber. “After Red Lake Falls beat us in five games last year, we wanted it pretty bad, but they came back to send it to a fifth game again. We needed to settle down a bit for the fifth game.”
Settle down Crookston did with the help of miscues of Red Lake Falls. Crookston scored the first three points behind the serving of Strem and a Nicole Goosen kill. The set was tied at 4-4 after a Crookston mishit, then Klatt slammed a point down, a lift was called on Red Lake Falls and a miscommunication caused a collision and Crookston led 7-5.  When Olson and Hagl had kills it was a 9-7 Crookston lead and this is when the Pirates took charge. “I think everyone was spent and we could have folded after they won two sets in a row,” said Coach Hollcraft. “Our girls found a way to get back into it. It was our first experience with what I would call a close match and we just battled and pulled it together.”
Other than a couple Hagl kills, Red Lake Falls made a few mistakes to give Crookston points and then it was a Strem ace and final two serving points to give Crookston the 15-8 win and the match. “It was a great all around team effort with everyone who played contributing,” said Coach Hollcraft. “When you have different people contributing, it keeps the opponents a little off-guard. I though Kenzie distributed the ball very well. We found a way and that is very important for this group.”
Crookston has won two matches in a row to move to 2-1 on the season and will be at East Grand Forks Sacred Heart on Thursday.  It was the first match of the season for Red Lake Falls who will be at Warren-Alvarado-Oslo on Thursday.
JV -  Crookston won 2-1
Freshmen -  Crookston won 2-0
8th Grade -  Crookston won 2-1
7th Grade -  Crookston won 2-1


    Amber Froeber with a kill               Nicole Goosen with a dig        Abby Parr with a dig on the serve receive

1 2 3 4 5
CROOKSTON 25 31 23 19 15
Red Lake Falls  20  29  25 25 8

For Crookston
Kills - Amber Froeber-16, Precious Adams-11, Shelby Solheim-10
Blocks - Precious Adams-5
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-27
Digs - Amber Froeber-36, Abby Parr-24
Aces - Kenzie Klatt-3, Abby Parr-3


For Red Lake Falls
Kills - Alexia Olson-17, Lexi Hagl - 11
Blocks - Alexia Olson-13, Lexi Hagl-8
Assists - Aleshia Lagerstrom-21 
Aces - Lexi Hagl - 4





CROOKSTON BOY'S SOCCER SHUTOUT BY GREEN WAVE 1-0

Damian Brooks’ free kick goal just over half-way through the first half was the only marker in the match as East Grand Forks handed the Crookston Pirates their first loss 1-0 in a Section 8A Boys Soccer match under the lights in East Grand Forks.
The two evenly matched teams went toe to toe throughout the match with good physical play, very good passing and ample opportunities for the full 80 minutes. In the first half, the two teams had a scrum about 18 feet out and went a Green Wave player went down, a free kick was called. Brooks put the kick over the Pirate wall and hit a goal post, caromed over to the other post and back again off the initial post and in. “It wasn’t the most technical of goals, but it did go in and that is what matters,” said Crookston Head Coach Don Cox.
Although Crookston had a few opportunities in the first half, but were unable to capitalize. “We were not quite as sharp in the first half, but still had some chances,” said Coach Cox. “Their keeper dropped the ball a couple times, but we had nobody getting to the box and try to pick it up.”
Crookston picked up the pace in the second half with constant pressure and great chances, but couldn’t get the equalizer. “We picked up the pace and energy in the second half,” said Coach Cox. “We brought a lot of offense with Parker Nicholls and Jacob Roesch getting chances. Ian Johnson was phenomenal fighting for the ball and creating scoring chances.” 
Even though it was a loss, Cox was pleased with his squad’s effort in their third match. “We had enough chances offensively, our defense was solid with nice high kicks out of our zone," said Coach Cox. "We had the ball in the box and about a half dozen very good chances. We are doing everything very good, we just need to work on finishing and putting that ball into the back of the opponent’s net."
Crookston is 2-1 on the season. “We have stepped it up with effort and the energy level every match this season,” said Coach Cox. “Every match they have been stronger, gotten shots, more scoring opportunities and denied the opponents.”  The Pirates will be at Fergus Falls on Thursday to take on West Ottertail Central, which is the new name of the cooperative of Fergus Falls Hillcrest Academy and Pelican Rapids.
East Grand Forks is now 3-1 on the year and will be at Bemidji on Thursday.
JV -  East Grand Forks won 7-0

 
        Montell Tate kicks the ball up field                      Ben Dorman gets by an EGF player
                                            (Pictures by Bruce Brierly of the Exponent)

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 0
East Grand Forks 1 0 0

Scoring
23:04 -  EGF -  Damian Brooks unassisted 

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Michael Tate-Crookston 5 5 10
Austin Monda-EGF 2 9 11


 

 

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