TUESDAY -  OCTOBER 21, 2014

CROOKSTON PIRATES SEASON ENDS IN 36-8 LOSS TO BARNESVILLE IN SECTION 8AA PLAYOFFS


                                                    The 18 Crookston Pirate Football seniors after the game

Barnesville scored the first two times they had the ball and their defense didn’t allow a touchdown until four minutes left in the game as the Trojans defeated the Crookston Pirates 36-8 in a Section 8AA playoff game in Barnesville.
With a 25-30 mph wind blowing, Barnesville won the toss and deferred and went on defense to start the game. “We wanted to play good defense, stop them on the ground and make them pass, which I don’t think they wanted too,” said Barnesville head coach Bryan Strand. That is what the Trojans did, stopped Crookston on their first series, forcing a punt into the wind that ended up at midfield with their first possession. With the wind at their back, Barnesville went to the air and it only took two plays with Trojans quarterback, Ethan Ishaug, completing two passes, the last one a nine yarder to Connor Meyer for a touchdown and the Trojans led 7-0 just four and a half minutes into the game. Crookston would have one of their better drives of the game on their next possession with a 53 yard gain on a run by Brandt Delage, but their drive was stalled on a fourth down play and Barnesville took over at their own 24 yard line. One of the trademarks of Barnesville last year was quick scores and they haven’t done that a lot this season, but on this drive they maneuvered a 76 yard drive on only four plays with Nick Randlev scoring on a three yard run and Barnesville led 14-0. “I thought we had turned the corner on poor tackling the last couple games,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt. “We didn’t do a very good job of doing that on that drive and others during the game.”
In the second quarter, Crookston came up with a fumble recovery as Barnesville was driving, but were forced to punt and gave the Trojans the ball at their own 48 yard drive. Again, Barnesville racked up numerous big gains and Connor Meyer scored on a three yard run to give the Trojans a 21-0 lead at half-time. “They set the momentum early with those two quick touchdowns,” said coach Butt. “We felt we certainly had a chance at the half and needed to come out and score ourselves and then we would have a game. I thought we played much better defensively after their two possessions.”
With deferring at the beginning of the game, Barnesville would get the ball to start the second half and got great field position as Crookston tried on onside kick that Barnesville recovered at midfield. “It wasn’t an onside kick,” said coach Butt. “It was supposed to go to the left and went to the right and it’s kind of funny as everything we try to kick looks like an onside kick.” Barnesville wouldn’t give Crookston any thoughts of getting back into the game as the Trojans marched the 51 yards on only four plays and Rylee Anderson scoring on a 24 yard run and just a minute and half into the second half, Barnesville had a 28-0 lead. “That was a big series as we were trying to get back into it and they score on the first possession and they really had all the momentum at that time,” said coach Butt. “We were caught looking into their backfield a few times.”
Barnesville would score one more time in the third quarter on another long drive as Ben Sauve scored on an eight yard run and the Trojans led 36-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Crookston couldn’t get anything going offensively in the game and with four minutes left in the game, they were able to spring Aaron Hollcraft for a 63 yard run and score to avoid the shutout and made the score 36-8. On the touchdown run by Hollcraft, it was the only second down Crookston had up to that point. Crookston had another chance, but an interception with 30 seconds left to go in the game allowed Barnesville to take a knee for the 36-8 win and advance to the Section semi-finals.
Although Crookston had 236 yards rushing in the game, two of the runs were 53 and 63 and on the other 36 carries, the Pirates had 136 yards.“ We had a hard time offensively,” said coach Butt. “We moved it at times, but just couldn’t get any continuity or sustained drives. We worked hard, but just got beat by a better football team tonight.”
Crookston’s season ends at 2-7 and the last game of their high school career for 18 seniors. “I had to say thanks and goodbye to 18 young men after the game,” said an emotional coach Butt. “They did everything I asked of them and I couldn’t be prouder of a bunch of kids as I am of those 18. That’s a lot of talent and numbers that will be hard to replace.”
Barnesville improves to 6-3 on the year and advance to the Section 8AA semi-finals on Saturday afternoon when they play the number one seed, Hawley, who is also ranked number one in the state Class AA polls. Hawley had a first round bye and since their football complex is being renovated, the Nuggets haven’t had a home game all season and will play Barnesville at the Moorhead High School field at 2:00 PM.


                          Patrick Deng holds on to make a tackle

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

CROOKSTON

0

0

0

8

8

Barnesville

14

7

15

0

36


                  Luke Edlund finishes off a tackle of the Trojan runningback

1st Quarter
4:32 - Barnesville - Connor Meyer 9 yard pass from Ethan Ishaug (Alex Settelmeyer kick)
8:56 - Barnesville - Nick Randklev 3 yard run (Alex Settelmeyer kick)

2nd Quarter
7:50 - Barnesville - Connor Meyer 3 yard run (Alex Settelmeyer kick)

3rd Quarter
1:23 - Barnesville - Rylee Anderson 24 yard run (Alex Settelmeyer kick)
8:24 - Barnesville - Ben Sauve 8 yard run (Logan Lewis run)

4th Quarter
7:57 - Crookston - Aaron Hollcraft 63 yard run (Luke Edlund pass from Parker Salentine)


Brandt Delage looks to break a a big run with the help of a block from Matt Garmen

  CROOKSTON Barnesville
First Downs 9 18
Rushing-Yards 38-236 45-337
Passing 3-15-1 5-12-1
Passing Yards 23 92
Total Yards 249 429
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 5-35 5-45
Punts-Yards Ave. 6-25.0 2-26.0


Rushing

Crookston Barnesville
Brandt Delage                       15-93 Rylee Anderson            10-110
Aaron Hollcraft                       9-82 Connor Meyer                8-95
Mikey Hajostek                     4-20 Ben Sauve                       9-79
Luke Edlund                           7-19 Ethan Ishaug                   8-31
Chris Wavra                           1-17 Nick Randlev                  4-21
Parker Salentine                     2-5 Jimmy Kletsch                 1-2
  Brady Tweeton                1-1
  Jared Affield                    1-0
  Brady Martz                    1-0
  Aaron Nelson                   1-0
  Graham Sauve                  1-(-2)

Passing

Parker Salentine        3-14-1      23 yards

Ethan Ishaug               4-10-1     82 yards

Seth Desrosier           0-1-0          0 yards

Jared Affield               1-2-0        10 yards


Receiving

Danny Davidson            1-5 Connor Meyer        2-36
Seth Desrosier               1-4 Nick Randlev          1-13
Mikey Hajostek            1-14 Ben Sauve               1-33
  Tyler Schenck         1-10


Cody Weiland (middle) and teammates try to bring down the Trojan ball carrier


 

 


MONDAY - OCTOBER 20,  2014

CROOKSTON RESIDENTS HEAD TO BRANDON, MANITOBA TO WATCH PAUL BITTNER PLAY HOCKEY

Crookston’s Paul Bittner and his Portland Winterhawks continued a long road trip by coming as close to Crookston as they will play by coming to Brandon, Manitoba, which is about a four hour drive from Crookston.  About 20 Crookston residents made the trip to see Paul play for the four time defending Western Conference Western Hockey League Champions.  
Portland has gotten off to a slow start this year after losing their coach Mike Johnston who is now the Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins and also losing Defenseman Matt Dumba who is playing for the Minnesota Wild.  They currently have 2 wins, 8 losses, and 2 overtime shootout losses on the year. The Winterhawks were coming off a 6-2 win against Moose Jaw on Friday Night. Unfortunately, the Brandon Wheatkings are having a great year and are leading the Eastern Conference of the Western Hockey League with an 8-2-1 record.  The game ended in a route as Brandon ran away with a 10-3 win.  Bittner was able to record an assist on a very nice goal, and played a pretty good game despite the lopsided score.
Paul's year has gotten off to a slow start along with the entire Winterhawks team.  Thru 12 games Paul has 3 goals and 1 assist.  But he's starting to show signs of breaking out of the slump.  He made numerous good passing plays that resulted in good scoring chances and by the third period he had moved from the 2nd line to the first line with two dynamic players Nic Petan who is a Winnipeg Jets draft pick and Oliver Bjorkstrand who is a Columbus Blue Jacket draft pick.  This is Paul's draft year and he is currently projected to be a first round draft pick in the NHL draft in April.

   
      Bittner (closest wing) waits for a faceoff                       The Crookston crowd with Paul, Jon and Jo Bittner after the game

 

 

SUNDAY -  OCTOBER 19, 2014

UMC WOMEN'S SOCCER BLANKS NORTHERN STATE 1-0

It was a defensive battle on the UMC pitch this afternoon with both teams having six shots attempted in the match and only two shots on goal for each team. UMC scored on half of their shots on goal when for the second match in a row she scored the first goal of the match, Miranda Mosher (Fresh-Osseo H.S., Mn) tipped in a long pass from Rachelle Alcini (Sr-Ann Arbor, Mi) just 19 minutes into the match and the Golden Eagles had a 1-0 lead. On this afternoon, UMC’s defense would give up nothing the rest of the way and Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi) stopped the only shot on her and records her fifth shutout of the season. Mosher has scored three goals on the season and the three have come in the last four games for the Golden Eagles. With the win, UMC moves into sixth place in the Northern Sun Conference with a 5-4-2 mark and a big victory as far as keep their goal of being in the final eight and qualify for the conference post-season tournament. UMC is 6-5-3 overall and will be at home next weekend for conference games against two of the top four teams  on Friday and Saturday when they host Upper Iowa and Winona State.  Northern State has lost five in a row and are 4-10 on the year and 3-8 in the conference.

 

1st

2nd Final
Northern State 0 0 0
UMC 1 0 1

Scoring
19:05 -   UMC -  Miranda Mosher  (Rachelle Alcini)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Brittany Tietz-Northern State 1 1 2
Lexie Gauger-UMC 1 0 1





CROOKSTON PIRATE VOLLEYBALL SEEDED 7TH IN THE NORTH, OPEN PLAYOFFS AT THIEF RIVER FALLS

The Crookston Pirates Volleyball team though much improved from last year, were seeded seventh of eight teams for the Section 8AA North Sub-Section and will travel to Thief River Falls, the number two seed, for a first round match in the Section Tournament.  Hawley was the number one seed in the North, while Perham had the nod as the number one seed in the South Sub-Section.  The 8AA Tournament starts on Thursday (October 23) at high seeds. For the complete Section 8AA Tournament brackets, click here.



ADA-BORUP AND WHEATON/HERMAN-NORCROSS ARE NUMBER ONE SEEDS FOR SECTION 6A VOLLEYBALL

The Ada-Borup Cougars, ranked ninth in the Minnesota High School Class A volleyball polls, are the number one seed in the North Sub-Section of 6A and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross receives the top seed in the South Sub-Section.  The Section 6A Tournament starts on Thursday, October 23 with six pigtail matches and then the eight quarterfinal matches will be played on Friday.  The Section 6A Championship match will be on Saturday, November 1 at the Hawley High School.  For the complete Section 6A Volleyball Tournament brackets, click here.




SATURDAY -  OCTOBER 18, 2014

UMC FOOTBALL COMES UP SHORT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY 17-10

After a shaky start, the University of Mary's defense stonewalled the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) offense and the Marauders rallied back to take a 17-10 Northern Sun Conference victory at Ed Widseth field in Crookston.
UMC showed some glimpses of the ability to move the ball against the Marauders on their first drive, which was eight plays, but they were forced to punt and also punted on their second possession. After UMC defensive back, Robert Gausi (Jr-Brooklyn Park, Mn) made a big hit and recovered a Mary fumble, the Golden Eagles would put together a scoring drive starting with a couple short runs by Dre Person (Soph-Detroit, Mi), Ben Bucholz (Jr-Perham, Mn) found Dante Jones (Jr-Landover, Md) for a 10 yard pass, Bucholz found his favorite receiver, Adam Connette (Fresh-Corona, Ca), who made a catch and terrific 44 yard run for the touchdown to give UMC the lead 7-0 after a Mike Maw (Soph-White Bear Lake, Mn) extra point kick with just under three minutes left in the first quarter, which is how the quarter ended.
The University of Mary would not allow the Golden Eagles much yardage the entire quarter and the Marauders would have ample opportunities to take the lead, but UMC’s defense would give up some yardage, but come up with the stops when needed.  One of the big stops was a Mychal Traylor (Soph-Cerritos, Ca) interception on one drive.  The next UMC defensive stop game when Mary started at their own 20 yard line. Led by the Marauders quarterback, Ben Jolliffe, they would go 79 yards on 16 plays, but on the 16th play and Mary having a second and goal at the one yard line, UMC’s Ben Taliulu (Fresh-Hawaii) hit forced the ball out on the ball carrier and it was recovered by the Golden Eagles at the one yard line.
After the two teams traded punts, the Marauders would keep driving the ball and in the final minute were stalled at the UMC 33 yard line and Brody Riggs kicked a 50 yard field goal, his longest of the season, to put Mary on the scoreboard with 30 seconds left to go in the half.  UMC led for the first time this season at half-time at 7-3. “We’re certainly pleased leading at the half,” said UMC head coach Mike Fritze. “Our defense got us a couple turnovers, but we have to do a better job of finishing off our drives. Mary is pretty strong up front and good linebackers, we just have to keep going at them.”
Whether the momentum of scoring a field goal at the end of the first half or the way their defense had played in the second quarter, Mary came out on the opening possession of the second half and moved the ball 70 yards with Jolliffe hitting a couple passes and some big gains on the ground by Dariouse Gravely and Vince Ferrante with 19 yards and 24 yards respectively on back to back runs. On a first and goal at the five, Ferrante scored to give the University of Mary their first lead of the game at 10-7 early in the second half. Later in the third quarter, UMC’s Bucholz was picked off by Mary’s Jacob Parker and it only took four plays to go 39 yards and Jolliffe found Jake East for a 13 yard touchdown pass with 47 seconds left in the third quarter and the University of Mary widened their lead to 17-7 at the end of the quarter.
UMC had about 50 yards of offense in the second and third quarters and they went to a second quarterback, Travon Hearns (Fresh-Bloomington Kennedy, Mn). After UMC’s Timothy Mack (Fresh-Inglewood, Ca) returned the kickoff 41 yards to midfield, UMC and Hearns maneuvered a drive to the Marauders 15 yard line, where it stalled and a Maw 22 yard field goal attempt was wide and the Golden Eagles still trailed 17-7 with 12 and a half minutes left in the game.  The Golden Eagles defense stopped the Marauders and after a punt that went into the end zone, UMC started at their own 20 yard line.
Hearns using the hurry up offense, found Connette for a 14 yard pass and the Golden Eagles were at the Marauders 39 yard line. After a UMC timeout and a third and 15, Hearns threw a strike to Caleb Seger (Jr-Lakeville South, Mn) for a first down and they were at the Mary 17 yard line. After a sack and two incomplete passes, UMC went to Maw who booted a 36 yard field goal with 2:16 left in the game and UMC trailed by seven, 17-10. “Ben (Bucholz) knee was acting up again, so we put Travon in and he gives us a different dimension,” said coach Fritze. “We are limited in what we can call as Travon doesn’t take as many snaps in practice, but he got us in position at the end.”
UMC needed to get the ball back and went with an onside kick, but it was recovered by Mary. The Marauders needed at least one first down to seal the victory and Jolliffe was able to run a bootleg on a third and nine to pick up the first down and then they took the knee twice to run out the clock and claim a 17-10 Northern Sun Conference win. UMC had 118 yards of offense in the first quarter, but could only put together 97 yards the rest of the game as the Mary defense was sharp. “Mary made a lot of nice adjustments after that first quarter,” said coach Fritze. “We had a lot of dropped balls and some other things that contributed as well and although it’s a little better feeling the way we played today, the way we hung together as a group, we still have things to work on as we head to Minot next week.”
UMC is 0-7 on the season and will travel to Minot, North Dakota next Saturday to play the other winless team in the conference, Minot State.  The University of Mary improves to 4-3 on the season and will home to host Minnesota State-Moorhead next Saturday.

 
          Mike Maw kicks a field goal                      Travon Hearns with a pass

BOX SCORE

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

U of Mary

0

3

14

0

17

UMC

7

0

0

3

10


  Greg Lofquist (41) with one of his conference leading tackles      Adam Connette tries to break a tackle after a reception

1st Quarter
12:10 - UMC - Adam Connette 44 yard pass from Ben Bucholz (Mike Maw kick)

2nd Quarter
14:56 - Mary - Brody Riggs 50 yard field goal

3rd Quarter
3:12 - Mary - Vince Ferrante 5 yard run (Brody Riggs kick)
14:11 - Mary - Jake East 13 yard pass from Ben Jolliffe (Brody Riggs kick)

4th Quarter
12:44 - UMC - Mike Maw 36 yard field goal


         AJ Wallace finishes off a tackle on a University of Mary run


 

JOHNSON'S TWO GOALS IN FOUR MINUTES LEADS THE MSU-MOORHEAD DRAGONS TO A 2-1 WIN OVER UMC

Despite spending the majority of the match in Minnesota State Moorhead’s territory and outshooting the Dragons by a wide margin, Minnesota State Moorhead’s Jessica Johnson, who hadn’t scored a goal thus far into the season, scored two goals four minutes apart late in the first half to lift the Dragons to a 2-1 win over the University of Minnesota Crookston in a Northern Sun Conference match in Crookston.
UMC struck first when Rachelle Alcini (Sr-Ann Arbor, Mi) pass in front of the Dragon’s goal to Miranda Mosher (Fresh-Osseo H.S., Mn) and the freshman scored to give the Golden Eagles the early lead. Then it was good five minutes for Johnson, scoring her first on a long shot, near 40 yards out that sailed by UMC goalie Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi). Four minutes later and after a Golden Eagle penalty, Johnson scored on a free kick to give the Dragons a 2-1 lead and despite UMC outshooting MSU-Moorhead 9-2 that is how the first half ended.
The second half was more of the same as UMC completely dominated, but were putting shots wide, high or right at the Dragons goalkeeper, Ashley Leintz. UMC had a number of corner kicks, straight on kicks, but Leintz stopped everything thrown at her and the Dragons hung on to the 2-1 victory. UMC had 22 to 4 advantage in shots, led by Beth Lastovich (Fresh-White Bear Lake, Mn) with five and Mosher added four more shots.
UMC is now even on the season with a 5-5-3 overall record and 4-4-2 in the conference. The Golden Eagles will play Northern State on Sunday at 1:00 PM at the UMC Soccer Field. MSU-Moorhead snaps a four match losing streak and are 3-9 overall and 2-8 in the conference.


Courtney Armborst puts one of her five shots on goal

BOX SCORE

1st

2nd Final
MSU-Moorhead 2 0 2
UMC 1 0 1


 Beth Lastovich tries a centering pass in the second half

Scoring
23:11 -  UMC -  Miranda Mosher  (Rachelle Alcini)
35:39 -  MSUM -  Jessica Johnson  unassisted
39:45 -  MSUM -  Jessica Johnson unassisted

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Ashley Leintz-MSU-Morhead 8 5 13
Lexie Gauger-UMC 0 1 1




 

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON VOLLEYBALL IS SWEPT ON THE WEEKEND AFTER 3-0 LOSS TO THE DRAGONS

After a tough opening set win, the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons used the momentum to breeze to a Northern Sun Conference volleyball win over the University of Minnesota Crookston, 25-21, 25-18, 25-14 in a match at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.
The first set was a battle between the two rivals as they tied at 7 and again at 14-14. This is where the Dragons took off and led 24-19, but Erin Schwarz (Soph-Eden Prairie, Mn) had a block for a point and followed by a Kaycie Hagen (Fresh-Burnsville H.S., Mn) serve to get UMC within 24-21, but the Dragons Maggie Gruber had a big hit for a kill and the Dragons took set one 25-21.
Momentum is a big part of volleyball and MSU-Moorhead had it after the opening set victory and jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the second set.  UMC did put together a little string with kills and blocks by the freshmen twins from Anoka, Mn, Kassi and Kelci Green and a kill by Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Il) UMC tailed 5-4. This didn’t faze the Dragons as the built up a 17-10 behind four kills in a row by Gruber, a senior from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. The Dragons weren’t done as Kaitlin VanWinkle hit down two in a row and it was 21-10.  UMC tried to get back into it with kills by Kassi Green and Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Ks), but the Dragons were on fire to win 25-18 and take a two set to none advantage.
Things didn’t change to start the third set with the Dragons getting off to a 6-3 lead and they kept building on it despite Looker and Kelci Green kills, MSU-Moorhead wasn’t going to be headed off with a 20-12 lead and five away from set and match, which they did with VanWinkle putting it away with a 25-14 win for the match.
UMC has lost five of their last six, 10 of their last 12 matches and are 9-12 on the year and 3-9 in the Northern Sun Conference. The Golden Eagles will be at the University of Mary and Minot State next weekend.  Minnesota State Moorhead had lost five of their last six matches coming in today are 9-12 overall and will host St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.


 Morgan VanGerpen tips the ball over the net and two MSUM blockers

BOX SCORE 1 2 3
MSU-Moorhead 25 25 25
UMC 21 18 14

 
Stephanie Pearson with an attack   Brittany Looker gets a kill

For UMC
Kills - Brittany Looker-8,  Morgan VanGerpen-5, Stephanie Pearson-4, Erin Schwarz-4
Blocks - Kelci Green-8, Morgan VanGerpen-6, Erin Schwarz-5
Assists - Sierra Trost-13
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-24, Brittany Looker-13
Aces - Brittany Looker-1





FRIDAY  -   OCTOBER 17, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON VOLLEYBALL LOSES A FIVE SETTER TO #24 RANKED NORTHERN STATE

Northern State was ranked 24th in NCAA Division II Volleyball and the Wolves were taken to the wire by the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) in a five setter that Northern State won 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 18-25, 15-13 in a Northern Sun Conference match at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.
With the first set pretty close and the Golden Eagles leading 7-6, UMC ran off a number of points behind Kelci Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) and Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) kills and mistakes by Northern State gave UMC a 17-12 lead forcing the Wolves into a timeout. Northern State as ranked teams will do, rallied back and cut UMC's lead down to 22-21. There was a point that UMC won during this time that swung the momentum back in their favor when both teams went back and forth at least six times with terrific saves on both sides until the Golden Eagles Sierra Trost (Soph-Blaine, Mn) finished the point off with a kill. After Looker and Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Il.) kills, UMC was serving for the set at 24-21, but Northern State scored a point before Looker banged a nice set from Trost to finish the set and a UMC 25-22 win. “We came out very aggressive, which you had to be in this match,” said UMC head coach Lee Anderson. “We had a number of players that contributed.”
The two teams went back and forth to begin the second set and were at 13-13 when Northern State ran off three in a row and although UMC kept chipping away at the Wolves lead behind Kelci Green's two kills and her twin sister, Kassi Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) also having a kill to close the gap to 22-20 in favor of Northern State. This is when Kelsey Chambers, who was tough the whole match, took over with two kills and then she served an ace to end it with Northern State winning 25-20 to tie the match at one set apiece. “It was fun to watch two of the top players in the conference go head to head,” said UMC coach Lee Anderson. “They went toe to toe and it was fun to watch.”
The win in the second set energized Northern State as they zoomed out to an 8-3 lead, but UMC came back with Looker having two straight kills and followed by Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Ks) and cut Northern State’s lead to 12-11. The Wolves took advantage of some mishits by UMC and Northern State’s Jussy Tushcherer pounded a couple hits down and the Wolves were up 18-12 and cruised to 25-14 lead and they took a two games to one lead.
In a must win fourth set for UMC, they started well with the score tied at 7-7. The Golden Eagles started to make a move, particularly their All Conference player, Looker, who had two kills in a row and served an ace for three straight points. Rachel Freund (Fresh-Jordan, Mn) went high and a well place kill and point and an error by Northern State and UMC was up 14-8 and forced Northern into a timeout.   UMC never let up with a couple more Looker kills a Golden Eagles 20-14 lead and went on to win on a Becca Vandenheuvel (Fresh-Cannon Falls, Mn) serving ace and a UMC 25-18 win to force a game five.
In the fifth set, UMC jumped out to a 3-1 lead and the two teams were tied at 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, 8, 9 and 10!!!!  Northern State's Chambers continued her strong play with a kill and Northern State led 11-10 and added another as UMC was called for a lift and Northern State led 12-10 forcing UMC to call a timeout.  The timeout didn’t bother Chambers as she had another kill for a 13-10 lead for the Wolves, but they committed a net violation and their lead was 13-11 and only two points away from a victory.
UMC had aggressive attack and the hit went too far and out of bounds and now Northern State was serving for the set and match, but UMC took their second timeout. This break worked as UMC’s Looker and Freund had kills and close the gap to 14-13, but the Wolves Tushcherer knocked the winner down to give Northern State a 15-13 win and the win. “You look at every set was won by the aggressiveness of the winning team,” said coach Anderson. “The fifth set was just back and forth and a great battle and they won, but it was a good match. We had so many kids with good performances, which was nice.”
UMC is now 9-11 on the year and 3-9 in the conference and will host Minnesota State-Moorhead on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM. “Moorhead is a good team that made a few changes this year and they serve well and are aggressive, so it will be another great match tomorrow,” said Anderson.
Northern State ups their record to 14-6 overall and 7-5 in the conference.

 
 Kaycie Hagen with a set in the 3rd set      Mary Mikutowski with one of her 16 digs

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5
Northern State 22 25 25 18 15
UMC 25 20 14 25 13

For UMC
Kills - Brittany Looker-24, Kassi Green-14, Kelci Green-7, Erin Schwartz-6
Blocks - Kelci Green-5, Kassi Green-4, Erin Schwartz-2, Morgan VanGerpen-2
Assists - Sierra Trost-31, Kaycie Hagen-23, Stephanie Pearson-3, Kelci Green-2
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-16, Sierra Trost-13, Brittany Looker-9, Stephanie Pearson-7
Aces - Brittany Looker-2, Kaycie Hagen-2





THURSDAY - OCTOBER 16,  2014

CROOKSTON IS NUMBER SIX SEED AND HAS REMATCH WITH BARNESVILLE IN FIRST ROUND OF 8AA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

The Crookston Pirates who have won their last two regular season games will take their 2-6 record to Barnesville on Tuesday in the first round of the Section 8AA Football Playoffs.  The Pirates lost to Barnesville in the second game of the season by a 34-21 score in Crookston. Barnesville is 5-3 on the season, but has lost their final two regular season games.  The Section 8AA first round game in Barnesville will be at 7:00 PM.
For the complete Section 8AA Football playoffs bracket, click here.




MAHNOMEN TOP SEED IN SECTION 8A, DGF NUMBER ONE IN SECTION 8AAA FOOTBALL

The defending champion, Mahnomen Indians Football team, is the number one seed in the Section 8A Football playoffs that begin on Tuesday, October 21.  Fertile-Beltrami is the fourth seed and will host the fifth seed, Red Lake County Rebels in the first round.  Polk County West (Climax-Fisher-Sacred Heart) is the seventh seed and will be at the second seeded Fosston on Tuesday. For the bracket click here.
 

The defending champion, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebel Football team, is the number one seed in the Section 8AAA football playoffs that also begin on Tuesday, October 21.  East Grand Forks is the fifth seed and we be at the fourth seed, Perham, in the first round.  For the tournament bracket click here.


 

STEPHEN-ARGYLE AND WAUBUN TOPS SEEDS FOR SECTION 8 AND SECTION 6 NINE-MAN PLAYOFFS

The Stephen-Argyle Storm football team is the number one seed for the Section 8A  9-Man football playoffs which starts on Tuesday, October 21. Not many points separated the top four teams.  The defending Section 8 9-Man champion is Kittson County Central.  For the complete playoff bracket, click here.


Undefeated Waubun is the number one seed for the Section 6A 9-Man football playoffs with Nevis getting the second seed. Ada-Borup is the defending Section champion and for the complete Section brackets, click here.




DETROIT LAKES TOP SEED IN SECTION 8AAAA FOOTBALL, THIEF RIVER FALLS IS SEEDED FIFTH

The defending Section 8AAAA football champions, the Detroit Lakes Lakers, are the number one seed again this year after going through the regular season unbeaten and are 8-0.  The Lakers and Albany, the number two seed will have first round byes in the six team Section.  For the 8AAAA football playoff brackets, click here.



Section 6AA Football



Section 8AAAAA Football



 

CROOKSTON PIRATE SEVENTH GRADE FOOTBALL TEAM GOES 7-0


The Crookston Pirate Seventh grade football team was 7-0 this fall.  In the process of the seven wins, they outscored opponents 218-32.  Members of the team are:
Quinn Westlake, Leyton Salentine, Thomas Hollcraft, Hunter Hitchen, Ben Andringa, Joey Doda, Ty Hamre, Walker Winjum, Logan Hartjie, Caden Osborn, Peyton Swanson, Gavin Boman, Joseph Ramirez, Brady Butt, Josh Bernia, Quinn Winand, Nick Schulz, Preston Schehr, Anthony Jalan, Scott Cordova, and Jade Selzer.  The team is coached by Chad Hitchen and Lon Boike.

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PICKED 13TH IN THE NSIC COACHES POLL

The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team was chosen to finish 13th in the 2014-15 NSIC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll released last Thursday by the conference office. They were selected seventh in the NSIC North. 
Concordia University, St. Paul was picked first with 216 points and 10 first-place votes, while Wayne State College (Neb.) was selected second with six first-place votes and 213 points. Northern State University’s Rachel Krogram, who was a Second Team All-Central Region pick during the 2013-14 season, was picked NSIC North Division Preseason Player of the Year. She averaged 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. Concordia’s Anika Whiting was picked as the NSIC South Division Preseason Player of the Year.
UMC junior guard Alexa Thielman was picked as UMC’s NSIC Player to Watch after a breakout year last season. Thielman averaged 15.2 points and 4.4 assists as a sophomore. She started all 27 games at guard and led the team with 60 assists. Thielman poured in a career-high 30 points November 30 against Bemidji State and tallied 20 or more points on eight occasions.
The Golden Eagles open up their regular-season schedule November 14 at the MSU Moorhead Tournament in Moorhead against Northern Michigan University. 

 

Overall

Points

North Division

Pts

1. Concordia-St. Paul (10)

216

1. Northern State (7)

49

2. Wayne State (6)

213

2. Minot State (1)

34

3. Northern State

195

3. St. Cloud State

30

4. Minnesota State

192

4. MSU Moorhead

29

5. Augustana

132

5. Minnesota Duluth

28

6. Sioux Falls

129

6. University of Mary

27

7. MSU Moorhead

127

7. Minnesota Crookston

20

8. Minnesota Duluth

124

8. Bemidji State

7

9. Minot State

115

South Division

Pts

10. St. Cloud State

114

1. Wayne State (5)

47

11. University of Mary

102

2. Concordia-St. Paul (3)

45

12. Winona State

86

3. Minnesota State

37

13. Minnesota Crookston

78

4. Augustana

26

14. Upper Iowa

50

Sioux Falls

26

15. Bemidji State

24

6. Winona State

23

16. Southwest Minnesota State

23

7. Upper Iowa

13

first place votes in ( )

 

8. Southwest Minnesota State

7

 

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL PICKED LAST BY EVERY COACH IN THE NSIC COACHES POLL, MANKATO UNANIMOUS FAVORITE

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team was picked to finish 16th in the 2014-15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll released Wednesday afternoon by the conference office. The Golden Eagles received 15 points in the poll.
Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked first overall in the poll with all 15 first-place votes possible (you cannot vote for your own team) and 225 overall points. Augustana College (S.D.) received one first-place vote with 205 overall points. Minnesota State University Moorhead was picked first in the NSIC North Division, while Minnesota State was picked first in the South Division.


Bemidji State University’s Brock Lutes was selected the NSIC North Preseason Player of the Year after averaging 22.2 points per game in his first season with the Beavers and securing Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team honors and NSIC Newcomer of the Year. Minnesota State University Mankato’s Zach Monaghan was selected NSIC South Division Player of the Year after being named NSIC Player of the Year last season after averaging 15.4 points per game and earning Daktronics All-American Second Team honors.

UMC’s Kevin Larson (Sr., New Ulm) was picked as the Golden Eagles’ Player to Watch. He was the only UMC player to start all 27 games last season. Larson averaged a team-high 30.4 minutes last season and averaging 4.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He dished out five assists against Bemidji State, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Winona State University and Minnesota State University.

The Golden Eagles are in their first season under new head coach Dan Weisse, who comes over from MSU Moorhead where he was an assistant. Weisse has brought in a new mindset to the UMC locker room as the Golden Eagles look to turn things around starting with the 2014-15 season. UMC returns Derrick Redd, Jr. (Jr., Menifee, Calif.), who averaged 10.2 points per game, and Tyler West, Jr. (Sr., Portland, Ore.) who averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. In addition, UMC has seven seniors on the roster including Larson and West. 

The Golden Eagles open up regular-season play in Seattle, Washington against Central Washington University November 14 at 5:00 p.m. 

Overall

Points

North Division

Pts

1. Minnesota State (15)

225

1. MSU Moorhead (5)

46

2. Augustana (1)

205

2. St. Cloud State (2)

41

3. MSU Moorhead

187

3. Northern State (1)

33

4. Winona State

184

4. Minnesota Duluth

32

5. St. Cloud State

170

5. Bemidji State

28

6. Northern State

147

6. University of Mary

22

7. Minnesota Duluth

126

7. Minot State

15

8. Sioux Falls

122

8. Minnesota Crookston

7

9. Southwest Minnesota State

110

South Division

Pts

10. Upper Iowa

108

1. Minnesota State (7)

49

11. Bemidji State

100

2. Augustana (1)

41

12. Concordia-St. Paul

65

3. Winona State

36

13. University of Mary

63

4. Sioux Falls

26

14. Minot State

53

5. Southwest Minnesota State

25

15. Wayne State

40

6. Upper Iowa

24

16. Minnesota Crookston

15

7. Concordia -St. Paul

16

first place votes in ( )

 

8. Wayne State

7

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY -  OCTOBER 15, 2014

CROOKSTON PIRATES ENDS THE REGULAR SEASON WITH TWO WINS IN A ROW WITH 14-0 WIN AT STAPLES

The Crookston Pirates scored twice off Staples-Motley turnovers to defeat the Cardinals 14-0 and extend Staples-Motley losing streak to 37 straight games in a Heart O Lakes Conference football game in Staples. It also gave the Pirates their second straight win of the season heading into the playoffs.
Nobody scored in the first quarter although Crookston was moving the ball effectively on their first possession and fumbled the ball inside the Staples-Motley 30 yard line.  The Cardinals also were moving the ball fairly effectively with big chunks at a time, but nobody could finish and the first quarter ended 0-0.
With Staples-Motley electing not to punt and going for first downs near midfield, Crookston continued to get good field position and had some good drives they couldn’t finish off as well. Late in the second quarter the Cardinals were moving into Crookston territory again, when the Pirates Matt Garmen stepped in front of a Cardinal pass for his first high school interception and gave Crookston the ball at the Staples-Motley 33 yard line. Crookston went to the pitch to Hollcraft for some big gains and up the middle with Mikey Hajostek and the Pirates had a nine play 67 yard drive with Hollcraft finishing it off with a 14 yard run to give Crookston the first score with just under seven minutes to go in the first half. “We had a lot of success running the toss because I think our offensive linemen were quicker than they were,” said Hollcraft. “Dane Anderson, Mikey and Ryan (Porter) were doing some nice blocking. On the touchdown I just followed Mikey’s blocking and Ryan and give them all the credit for the run.” Most of Hollcraft’s 142 yards came from the toss. “Staples was bound and determined they were going to take away the dive and trap,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt, “the toss was working good for us especially to the left, as I thought Cody Wardner did an outstanding job on the defensive end, locking him up. What made it even more special was Mikey Hajostek was just pounding the linebacker and he did a great job of sealing, especially on the touchdown run by Aaron. Also huge for us was Matty’s (Matt Garmen) interception, because besides the one Patrick Deng had last week, we haven’t had many.”
Staples-Motley did get the ball to the Crookston 15 yard line late in the quarter, but Crookston came up with great defensive plays, particularly Patrick Berg, who had two quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery in the game. “I don’t think it was our best game overall or for our defense,” said Berg, “but we made the right plays at the right times, which was great.”
With Crookston leading 7-0 to start the second half, Staples-Motley had about a 45 yard kickoff return, but the Cardinals fumbled.  For the majority of the second half, both teams moved the ball, but were unable to finish any drive off and the game continued on with a Pirate 7-0 until the Cardinals were on a huge drive and inside the Crookston 40 yard line, deep into the third quarter and Crookston forced another fumble which they recovered at the Staples-Motley 31 yard line. “That was a big turning point in the game,” said coach Butt. “What I liked about it was we were putting the hat (helmet) on the ball and not lollygag tackling.” The Pirates did finish this one off using seven plays and after having a short touchdown run earlier on the drive called back, the Pirates Brandt Delage weaved his way two yards for a touchdown and give the Pirates a 14-0 lead, which is how the third quarter ended. “We talked at half-time about containment and responsibilities and moved our nose a bit and I thought those adjustments worked,” said Crookston coach Butt. “We probably shouldn’t have been throwing the ball as much toward the end of the first half, so we were going to use the toss in the second half, which is what we did.”
Staples-Motley was held on downs twice in the fourth quarter, once at the Pirate 42 yard line and the last time at the Crookston 38 yard line. The Pirates on their last possession did move it down to the one yard line with less than a minute to go on some great clock management by quarterback Parker Salentine and his coaching staff, but the Pirates took a knee to end the game with the 14-0 win. “The season didn’t go the way we wanted,” said coach Butt. “But, the ending to our regular season was great and it was all led by our seniors. They haven’t given up all year, kept fighting, kept coming back and I couldn’t be more proud of a group of kids that never quit. I feel so happy for them that they got these two wins in a row going into the playoffs.”
Crookston is 2-6 on the season and will start the Section 8AA Playoffs on Tuesday on the road at either Bagley or Barnesville, which will be determined late Thursday night or Friday morning.  The Pirates ended with 316 yards of total offense, 271 yards on the ground. “Our offensive tonight was totally dictated by our offense,” said Butt. Staples-Motley finishes the regular season at 0-8 and will be on the road for a first round Section 6AA playoff game on Tuesday. “I give Staples-Motley a lot of credit,” said coach Butt. “They are doing some good things and our players were commenting on how hard they hit and that says something for a team that hasn’t won many games lately. They are going in the right direction.”

 

 

1st

2nd 3rd 4th

FINAL

CROOKSTON

0

7

7

0

14

Staples-Motley

0

0

0

0

0


Patrick Berg grabs the Cardinal QB for one of his two sacks

1st Quarter
No scoring

2nd Quarter
5:10 - Crookston - Aaron Hollcraft 14 yard run (Ryan Porter kick)

3rd Quarter
8:05 - Crookston - Brandt Delage 2 yard run (Ryan Porter kick)

4th Quarter
No scoring


    Mikey Hajostek with a run                 Patrick Deng brings down the Cardinal

  CROOKSTON Staples-Motley
First Downs 18 16
Rushing-Yards 44-271 45-249
Passing 3-7-0 5-10-2
Passing Yards 45 40
Total Yards 316 289
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 7-50 11-80
Punts-Yards Ave. 3-31.3 0-0


        Brandt Delage on a run          Ryan Porter makes the grab for a 39 yard reception

Rushing

Crookston Staples-Motley
Aaron Hollcraft                 16-142  Hunter Berggren          25-155
Mikey Hajostek               14-73 Jacob Swendsrud          11-56
Brandt Delage                    8-42 John Lund                        4-19
Luke Edlund                       3-13 Mason Rychner               2-12
Parker Salentine                 3-1 Obed Lazano                    3-7

Passing

Parker Salentine        3-7-0     45 yards

Jacob Swendsrud       4-9-2        26 yards

 

Hunter Berggren        1-1-0       14 yards


Receiving

Ryan Porter           3-45 John Lund                   2-14
  Mason Rychner          2-26
  Hunter Berggren         1-0






FOSSTON AND KITTSON COUNTY CENTRAL ARE THE TOP SEEDS FOR THE SECTION 8A VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

The Fosston Greyhounds grabbed the top seed in the East Sub-Section of 8A with an 18-10 record, while the Kittson County Central Bearcats are the top seed in the West Sub-Section with 21-7 record.  The Section 8A Tournament will start on Monday with six play-in matches and then all the teams will play in first round matches on Thursday, October 23
The East will play quarterfinals at Bemidji State and the West at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls and the winners will gather in Bagley for the semi-finals on Tuesday, October 28.  The Section championship will be on Halloween night, Friday, October 31 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  Win-E-Mac is the defending Section 8A champions.  For the Section 8A Tournament Bracket, click here.




 

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