TUESDAY - MARCH 3,  2015


The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team was outscored 40-28 in the second half and lost to the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 64-53 in the Section 8AA semi-finals at Bemidji State University.  Crosby-Ironton scored the first points of the game for a 2-0 lead, only to have the Pirates answer with seven straight points for a 7-2 lead.  The Crookston run was sparked by a Desrosier basket, a layup by Davidson after a nice drive in the lane and Hollcraft capped the run with a three pointer.  Over the next couple of minutes, the two teams would exchange leads four times.  Crosby-Ironton had a 12-11 lead halfway through the first half before Crookston went on another nice 9-2 run behind a Hollcraft three pointer, Porter had four free throws and Miller added two free throws and Crookston led 20-14 with less than five minutes remaining.  Crookston held a 25-21 lead late in the half and a Pirate shot was blocked and Crosby-Ironton grabbed the loose ball and threw a pass up to Evan Edmondson who made a three pointer just before the buzzer sounded and Crookston led 25-24 at halftime, but momentum was on Crosby-Ironton’s side going into the locker room.  “Anytime you can go into halftime with the lead that is always a good thing, even if they hit the three at the end,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. “We hit some shots early and were aggressive and took the ball to the hoop and drew some fouls and made our free throws.”
Crookston tried to take the momentum back to start the second half on a Hollcraft three pointer and they later led 31-27 about four minutes into the half.  Big Mo (momentum) came swinging back in Crosby-Ironton’s favor as they tried to get the ball inside with a solid high-low game with Daniel Hudrlik (a big strong 6’3 senior) and Noah Gindorff (a 6’5 sophomore) and the Rangers went on a 13-1 run over a five minute span and led 40-32 with nine minutes left in the game.  The Rangers led 43-34 with eight minutes left and Crookston made a run after a short Jonathan Miller jump shot, Hollcraft made a free throw and then took a charge with 6:27 left in the game and that kept the momentum on the Pirates side.  Hollcraft followed with a layup, and Davidson added two free throws to cap a 7-0 run to get back within two points (43-41) with four minutes left and things were looking good for Crookston.  Crosby-Ironton answered with a big basket and two free throws by Hudrlik for a five point lead and the Rangers made their free throws the rest of the way for a 64-53 victory.  “We didn’t shoot very well in the second half, we were a little passive and weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be,” said Coach Garmen. “Crosby-Ironton plays the slow-down game and we don’t and that caused us some problems tonight.  We weren’t able to come up with some stops when we were down by one or two or even when we were up and they were about 12 of 12 from the free throw line at the end tonight to seal it.”
Crookston’s season comes to an end at 25-4, which is the second best record in Pirate Boys Basketball history.  The Pirates have had seven 20 win teams in Pirate Boys Basketball history, five of the 20 win seasons have come under the leadership of coach Greg Garmen.  Aaron Hollcraft was 23 points shy of Kenley Wahlin’s Boys Basketball Career Scoring record of 1,438 points, with 1,415 career points. The Pirates say good bye to nine seniors, Aaron Hollcraft, Ryan Porter, Seth Desrosier, Danny Davidson, Jonathan Miller, Brandt Delage, Joey Koenig, Austin Sommerfeld, and Ben Dorman.  “This was a great group and they are going to be missed,” said Coach Garmen.  “They are great kids and a tight nit bunch and it was great season under their leadership on and off the court.”
Crosby-Ironton improves to 21-7 on the year and will play Breckenridge in the Section 8AA Championship on Friday night at Concordia College in Moorhead.

     Ryan Porter takes it strong to the hoop       Danny Davidson gets by Daniel Hudrlik
                           (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)


1st Half

2nd Half



24  40 64


25  28 53

  Aaron Hollcraft splits two Ranger defenders in the first half
       (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)





Aaron Hollcraft 21 3 2 assists
Ryan Porter 15 5  

Seth Desrosier

7   3 steals
Danny Davidson 6    
Jonathan Miller 4 3  

Seth Desrosier leaps going for a blocked shot    Jonathan Miller with tough D   This picture sums up the CI defense all night (Pirates never got an easy shot)
                                                        (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For Crosby-Ironton


Daniel Hudrlik 25
Brady Tesdahl 14
Jack Silgen 8
Nioah Gindorff 8
Evan Edmundson 6
Ben Jordan  3

    The Crookston Pirate crowd, of course, was out in full force with a huge crowd at Bemidji State.  (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



The Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey team held their end of the year banquet on Tuesday night and handed out the following awards.

MVP- Doug Larson
Art Nomland Most Dedicated - Chandler St. Michel
Defensive Player of the Year - Parker Nicholls
Rookie of the Year - Zack Markovich
Most Improved - Dane Anderson

Doug Larson, Chandler St. Michel, Zack Markovich, Dane Larson and Ian Johnson with the photo bomb in the window.  Parker Nicholls is golfing down south and wasn't at the banquet.


MONDAY - MARCH 2,  2015


There will be a free fan bus to the Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball game at Bemidji on Tuesday, March 3. There will be chaperones on the bus.  7th-12th grade students can ride without an adult, elementary students must be accompanied by an adult.  The bus will load at 4:15 pm on the WEST side of the High School, and depart at 4:30 pm.  This bus is limited to the first 55 people that sign up.  Sign up at the Crookston High School office.  No phone registrations accepted and the bus is open to all community members.





The Crookston third and fourth grade girls basketball teams both won the Thief River Falls Backcourt Club tournament this past weekend.


The Crookston Fourth Grade Girls CYBA team beat Warroad 20-4, Fosston 24-6, and in the Championship game they beat Thief River Falls 26-12.  The team is listed and pictured below.

Back Row - Coach Garrett Borowicz
Middle Row - Halle Bruggeman, Macy Fee, Jada Buchanan, Megan Haugen
Front Row - Isabelle Smith, Halle Winjum, Abby Borowicz



The Crookston Third Grade Girls CYBA team beat Roseau 24-16, East Grand Forks 16-10 and Thief River Falls 13-6 for the championship.  The team is coached by Leah Winjum and the team members are pictured and listed below.

Back Row:  Katelyn Christensen, Brooke Simpkins, Elsa Dingmann, Isabelle Smith, Amelia Cordova
Middle:  Halle Winjum, Bailey Turnwall
Front:  Keona Arnold, Emma Gunderson




The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player of the week is the University of Minnesota Crookston’s Ethan Mushitz, a freshman from East Grand Forks. Mushitz went 8-for-17 (.471) at the plate with six runs scored and five runs batted in during the five games against Dickinson State in Miles City, Montanta over the weekend. Mushitz had five walks, three stolen bases and three doubles on the weekend. He was 1-for-2 with three runs scored, one RBI, one double and three walks in a 14-9 win over the Blue Hawks on Friday. In Saturday's win over Dickinson State, Mushitz was 3-of-5 with one run scored and three RBI's, and was 4-of-8 in the two games on Sunday. Mushitz is hitting .481 with eight runs scored, nine walks and six RBI's on the 2015 season.





Crookston scored the last 12 points of the game, including seven by Ryan Porter and his 1,000th point of his career, to defeat the Park Rapids Panthers 62-43 in a Section 8AA Tournament quarterfinal game at Bemidji State.
The Crookston Pirates came into this afternoon’s game averaging about 75 points a game and famously putting up over 40 in the first half, which is what they did the only meeting with Park Rapids this season in an 84-56 win in Crookston. Today was different, the Panthers came into the game with a ‘shadow’ on the Pirates leading scorer Aaron Hollcraft the entire game and held him scoreless for the first 17 minutes. The problem for opposing teams is the Pirates have a lot more than Aaron Hollcraft!!! Take Seth Desrosier, whose improvement this year has been phenomenal, and the long bombs of Ryan Porter. The two seniors combined for 31 of the Pirates 34 points in the first half with Desrosier scoring the first seven as Crookston built up an early 7-2 lead. The Pirates had some trouble taking care of the ball and had several turnovers allowing Park Rapids, particularly Jordan McCollum, who made some three pointers to not only keep the Panthers in the game, but stretching out a 22-17 lead with six minutes to go in the first half. “We did allow some unforced turnovers in the first half,” said Crookston head coach Greg Garmen. “It was like we were nervous for the first 12 minutes of the game.”  After the Panthers built up their biggest lead, Porter answered with back to back three point baskets to regain the lead with five minutes left and then it was back and forth and tied at 29-29 with under a minute to go when Desrosier went to work putting back a missed shot and then after a Pirate defensive stop, Desrosier canned a three pointer with two seconds left to send Crookston into the locker room with a 34-29 lead to match their biggest lead of the game. “We had some shots down low that were missed earlier in the half, but we finished strongly which was a good sign heading into the second half," said Coach Garmen. "We have a lot of good players and if they want to try and shut one of them down, we have others that can step up as Seth and Ryan showed with their 31 points in the half.”
Hollcraft scored his first points of the game with 14:45 left on a strong drive to the basket and then went to the free throw line twice and gave his team a 42-33 lead with 13 minutes left in the game. “It was obvious they were sending people running down the court,” said Coach Garmen. “We told our players at half-time no matter how our press is going make sure you get back down the court and don’t give them any free lay-ups. I thought we did a very good job on that in the second half.”  The two teams has similar offensive plans in the second half, Crookston to keep the double digit lead and take time off the clock each time down and Park Rapids was get the lead down to low single digits, which they did and also take time off the clock. Park Rapids Damion Hanke, who was the Hollcraft defender in the game, showed some offense with a 12 foot jumper and the Panthers tallest starter, Derek Porozinski,9 put back a missed shot on the offensive glass to cut Crookston’s lead to 43-39 with 7:45 left in the game. The Pirates responded with another Desrosier steal and a very strong drive down the lane for a basket and then Hollcraft rippled the net with a three point basket to give Crookston a 48-39 lead with five minutes left.  The Pirates then put it away with a nice  two minute flurry from Danny Davidson, who set up Porter with a great no-look pass underneath for an easy lay-up, which was his 1,000th point of his career at Crookston High School. Davidson found Porter again for the ‘dagger’, his fifth three of the game. Davidson, who missed a bunny just seconds before, came back with a drive through traffic and scored underneath and finished off the two minutes with another great pass setting up another Porter basket open on the baseline and blew it open with a 57-43 lead and Crookston scored the last 12 points of the game to win a hard fought 62-43 win to advance in the Section 8AA Tournament. “We had some great play by many players in throughout the game and down the stretch in the second half,” said Coach Garmen. “We feel we have a lot of weapons and usually you can’t stop all of them in one game. It’s going to be tough in every tournament game as we found out this afternoon. Every possession, every play is huge. We made a few more plays then they did. We’d take a lead and they would come back and then we would, it was a great game. I’m not sure if our kids thought it was going to be easy like it was back in December, but they know now it isn’t going to be easy and certainly we have to step it up in the next one.”  Crookston was led by Desrosier and Porter with 23 points apiece and the Pirates improve to 25-3 on the season and now meet Crosby-Ironton, who defeated Pequot Lakes, on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at Bemidji State.  Park Rapids season ends at 12-15.

Ryan Porter gets his 1,000th point on this shot, then is congratulated when taken out of the game
        (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)


1st Half

2nd Half


Park Rapids

29 14 43


34 28 62

     Seth Desrosier goes in for a lay in        Aaron Hollcraft brings the ball up the floor        Desrosier with a floater
           (Two pictures on left and center by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)





Seth Desrosier

23 8 3 steals
Ryan Porter 23 3 3 steals
Aaron Hollcraft 9 7 4 assists/2 steals
Matt Garmen   3 2 3 assists
Danny Davidson 2 6 5 assists
Chris Wavra




For Park Rapids


Jordan McCollum 16
Damion Hanke 11
Derek Porozinski 10
Nicolas Lopez 4
Remington Hagan 2

Coach Greg Garmen talks to Matt Garmen and Porter   The Pirate student body doing the roller coaster  (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)


The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles led by five at halftime, but struggled offensively and were outscored 41-26 in the second half as the Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks picked up the NSIC Tournament quarterfinal game victory 70-60. 
The game was tight the entire first half with ties at 2, 4, and 8.  Mankato slowly built up a lead to seven points and a short time later had a 25-19 lead with 8:07 left in the half.  UMC started to get more aggressive, offensively and had four straight free throws, two apiece by Alexa Thielman (Jr. Buffalo) and Emily Gruber (Fresh. Monticello) before Ebony Livingston (Sr. Minneapolis) made a three pointer and all of a sudden UMC led 26-25 with 6:32 left in the half.  Mankato answered with four straight points to regain the lead (29-26) before UMC put together and 8-0 run behind a Katrina Moenkedick (Jr. Perham) layup, four straight points by Micaela Noga (Fresh. Parkers Prairie), and the run was capped by two Livingston free throws and Crookston had their biggest lead of five points (34-29) with 1:35 left in the half.  Neither team scored the rest of the half and led 34-29 at halftime. “We typically have a better second half, so when we had the lead at halftime we were happy,” said UMC Coach Mike Roysland. “I was really happy with how we played and we had different players making plays and it was a good way to end the first half.”
In the second half, UMC only made three of their first 18 shots and the Mavericks were able to take advantage to take the lead and then slowly build on the lead.  The straw that broke the Golden Eagles’ back was when Mankato’s Aubrey Davis made back to back three pointers over a 90 second span halfway through the second half and the Mavericks never looked back and held off any Golden Eagle comeback for a 70-60 victory. “The difference in the game came down to Mankato making shots and we didn’t,” said Coach Roysland. “We were getting good shots, we just couldn’t get them to go in and we didn’t make the plays that we needed to make.  You have to credit Mankato, but I thought we were our own worst enemy.” 
UMC ends the season with a 14-14 record and will say goodbye to three seniors, Ebony Livingston, Ashley Martell and Kenzie Church. “I’m deeply going to miss the three seniors, they have done so much for this program and have made a huge impact and will be missed,” said Coach Roysland. “They are going to be missed as players, but will also be missed by faculty and staff on campus.  They are great kids, great students and we are really proud of that.” Mankato improves to 21-8 and will play Northern State in the NSIC Tournament semi-finals on Monday at Noon.

Micaela Noga tries to get past a Maverick      Ashley Martell with a shot                Alexa Thielman with a layup


1st Half

2nd Half



34 26  60


29 41  70


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Katrina Moenkedick 16 10  
Micaela Noga 12 3  2 Assists/ 2 Steals
Ebony Livingston 10 8  2 Assists/ 4 Steals
Alex Thielman 9    3 Assists 
Emily Gruber 8 4  
Kenzie Church 3
Megan Taylor 2 4  




The Crookston Pirate Wrestling career wins leader, Cody Weiland, won his first match at the Minnesota State Individual Wrestling Tournament, but lost the next two matches and was eliminated on Friday at the Excel Energy Center.  Cody wraps up his outstanding career with 203 career victories and will be wrestling next year at Concordia College in Moorhead.  For the stories and pictures of each of his three matches see below.


Cody Weiland has his hand raised after his first round pin     Cody ready for a takedown in his first round match (Pictures by Blake Bergeron)

Crookston Pirate Wrestler Cody Weiland won his first match at the Minnesota State Class A Wrestling Tournament at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Cody, who is the #3 ranked wrestler at 132 pounds, had a tough draw in the first round of the tournament as he had to wrestle the #4 ranked wrestler,
Jason Meyer of Sibley East.  Meyer attacked first with a takedown 20 seconds into the match for a 2-0 lead.  Meyer led Cody escape and Weiland trailed 2-1.  A while later Meyer got another takedown with a single leg to a double leg takedown for a 4-1 lead 45 seconds left in the first period and that is how the first period ended.
In the second period, Cody was down to start and got an escape and a few seconds later he was able to get a takedown to tie the match at 4-4.  Cody kept going after the takedown and was getting back points and all of a sudden Cody got a pin 33 seconds into the period for the victory.

Listen to the first round match play-by-play by clicking here.


Cody picks up Mandt and then a little later goes for a throw (Pictures by Blake Bergeron)

Crookston's Cody Weiland wrestled Jake Mandt of Chatfield who is ranked 8th in the state, Cody's second ranked opponent of the day and Mandt won 4-3 with a takedown with four seconds left. 
In the first period Cody shot in for a single leg and lifted Mandt up in the air and put him down for a takedown and a 2-0 lead early in the first period.  Cody had a bloody nose and the match was delayed for blood time.  After the match resumed, Cody was able to keep Mandt at bay and led 2-0 at the end of the first period.
Cody was down to start the second period and had an escape right away for a 3-0 lead.  Cody had the bloody nose and blood time was called a couple more times in the period, but Cody was able to take a 3-1 lead into the third period.
In the third period Mandt started down and was able to get an escape about 30 seconds into the period and Cody led 3-1.  Weiland was called for stalling with 54 seconds left in the match and was warned again later to give a point to Mandt and Cody's lead was 3-2.  Mandt made a move with seven seconds left and got a takedown with four seconds left for a 4-3 come from behind victory.

Listen to the match play-by-play by clicking here.

Cody at the start of the period looking to make a move (Picture by Blake Bergeron)


Cody shoots for a single leg (Picture by Blake Bergeron)

In the wrestlebacks Cody shot for a single leg at the beginning of the match and Nicholas Meyer of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg answered with a rare sladel move for a take down and a quick pin 27 seconds into the match.  A sladel move is a defensive move that goes through the legs and Cody was caught by surprise and Cody's Pirate wrestling career came to a screeching halt. 

To hear the play by play of the match click here.

  PIRATES Opponent/Result Place
132 lbs Cody Weiland Jason Meyer-Sibley East     Won  pin  2:33
Jake Mandt-Chatfield          Lost 4-3
Nicholas Meyer-Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg  Lost pin 27 sec

Cody Weiland close to his first round pin in the second period (Picture by Blake Bergeron)




The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team finished the regular season with a 62-51 victory over the Breckenridge Cowboys on senior night at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
Breckenridge won the tap and went in for a lay up to start the game and in a prearranged deal, the Cowboys let the Pirates bring the ball up and left Kenzie Klatt open under the basket for a lay up, so the senior who tore her ACL in the second game of the year could get her last points as a Pirate on Senior Night, and the game was tied 2-2.  “It was an emotional moment to get the ball and it was nice that the other seniors (Danica Brekken and Sydney Boike) wanted to touch the ball before they got it to Kenzie,” said Pirate Coach Lon Boike. “Kenzie was nervous on making the shot and banked it in.  It was a nice moment and it was nice to have Dennis (Sumption – the head Breckenridge coach) allow us to do that and it is a moment Kenzie will never forget.”
The game was tied at 4, 6, and 8 and with Breckenridge leading 13-10 the Pirates went on a 20-4 run over an eight minute span for a 30-17 lead.  “We really needed those points in that run,” said Coach Boike. “We were moving the ball well and were making some shots and that was good.”  In the run Crookston had eight points from Danica Brekken, and six points from Sydney Boike to lead the way.  Breckenridge battled back in the final five minutes of the half and cut the Pirate lead to 36-29 at halftime.
In the second half Crookston would build a double digit lead, only to have Breckenridge come right back with a defensive stop and a basket on the offensive end.  Luckily for the Pirates, they were hitting their free throws (21-33 in the game and 15-19 in the second half) and were able to hold off any runs by the Cowboys on their way to the 62-51 victory. “I thought we got some good ball movement at times and were able to find the open girl and we were able to make some shots,” said Coach Boike. “It was good to see a lot of the girls scoring tonight and that is what were are going to need in the playoffs.”
Crookston ends the regular season with a 19-7 record and will play one more home game when they host the winner of Bagley and Warroad in the first round of the Section 8AA Girls Basketball playoffs on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.  Breckenridge drops to 11-13 on the year and will travel to Barnesville on Thursday for the first round of the Section 8AA tournament.
J.V. - Breckenridge won 43-29
C Squad – Breckenridge won 27-25

The three Pirate seniors were honored before the game      Kenzie Klatt with the shot     Danica Brekken with a huge hug for Klatt
                                                                          (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)


1st Half

2nd Half



29 22 51


36 26 62

    Sydney Boike looks for a rebound        Danica Brekken drives by a defender
                 (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)





Danica Brekken

22 5 4 steals/3 assists
Sydney Boike 16 7  
Elisa Samuelson 10 5 2 steals
Brooke Bergeron 5    
Karlee Meyer 3    
Precious Adams  2    
Kenzie Klatt  2    


For Breckenridge


Michelle Arnhalt 14
Kennedy Conzemius 10
Ally Christensen 10
Kenzie LeNoue 6
Tierza Engen 4
Katie Fredericksen 4

The Pirate student body went with the beach theme for the game (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



The Crookston Pirates junior Doug Larson, who had 30 goals and 27 assists this season,  was named to the Section 8A All-Section Team and also named to the Mariucci Conference All-Conference team as selected by Section 8A Boy's Hockey coaches and head coaches of the schools in the Mariucci Conference.
East Grand Forks, who won the Section 8A championship had six named to the All Section team while runner up Thief River Falls and Warroad each had three named.

All Section 8A
Alex Burke  (Sr) -  Warroad
Josh Weber  (Sr) -  East Grand Forks
MacKenzie Steele  (Sr)  - Detroit Lakes

Luke Jaycox  (Sr) -  Warroad
Brendan Bushy  (Soph) - Thief River Falls
Nathan Peabody  (Sr) -  East Grand Forks
Trevor Selk  (Jr) -  East Grand Forks
Kiefer Miller  (Jr) -  Park Rapids
Josh Bollig  (Jr) -  Detroit Lakes

Dixon Bowen  (Sr) -  East Grand Forks
Jon Richards  (Jr) -  Detroit Lakes
Tanner Tweten  (Jr) -  East Grand Forks
Doug Larson  (Jr) -  Crookston
Kobe Roth  (Sr) -  Warroad
Dalton Klegstad  (Sr) -  Kittson County Central
Keaton Huot  (Sr) -  Thief River Falls
Grant Loven  (Jr) -  East Grand Forks
Ethan Johnson  (Jr) -  Thief River Falls

Coach of the Year:  Jay Hardwick - Warroad
Assistant Coach of the Year:  Dennis Fermoyle  - Warroad

Mariucci All Conference
Alex Burke  (Sr) -  Warroad
Jacob Dittmer  (Sr) -  Moorhead

Will Borgen  (Sr) -  Moorhead
Luke Jaycox  (Sr) -  Warroad
Alex Mehnert  (Sr) -  Moorhead
Trevor Selk  (Jr) -  East Grand Forks

Dixon Bowen   (Sr) -  East Grand Forks
Jake Leitner  (Sr) -  Bemidji
Kobe Roth  (Sr) -  Warroad
Doug Larson  (Jr) -  Crookston
Tanner Tweten  (Jr) -  East Grand Forks
Brady Tatro  (Soph) -  Bemidji

Coach of the Year:  Wade Chiodo -  Bemidji
Assistant Coach of the Year:  Eric Monsrud - Bemidji




The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team used a big 27-4 run late in the first half and cruised the rest of the way for a 72-50 victory over the Warroad Warriors in the first round of the Section 8AA Boys Basketball Tournament.
Crookston led 5-4 a couple minutes into the game and went on a 10-0 run behind some great passing, solid defense, and some good rebounding.  Seth Desrosier started the run after a nice pass from Ryan Porter, Jonathan Miller grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, Porter got a steal and a basket, Desrosier added a steal and a basket and Patrick Deng capped the run with a long two pointer for a 15-4 lead.  Warroad scored the next seven points to get within a 15-11 deficit, only to have the Pirates answer with a 27-4 run over the next eight minutes.  In the run, Crookston had 11 points from Seth Desrosier, eight points from Porter, five points from Hollcraft, and three from Matt Garmen and the Pirates led 42-15 with 2:05 left in the half. “We got it going and I thought we were a little more active on defense on that run to end the half,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. “Seth was on fire again and that was good to see and all of a sudden we had a nice lead.”  Warroad made back to back three pointers to cut the Pirate halftime lead to 42-21.  “It doesn’t hurt going into halftime with a 21 point lead,” said Coach Garmen. “We were happy with how we played and moved the ball well.”
Crookston jumped on Warroad right away in the second half to take away any hope of a Warrior comeback.  Danny Davidson scored the first basket of the half and Miller chipped in back to back baskets and the Pirates led 48-21. “Jonathan went to work with some nifty moves inside and that got him going a little bit,” said Coach Garmen.  The Pirates would go deep into the bench with about 12 minutes left in the game and Warroad kept their starters in allowing the Warriors to close the gap, but Crookston was able to coast to a 72-50 victory. “We were able to get the starters out and keep them from turning an ankle or something like that and were able to get the bench in and they did a good job,” said Coach Garmen. “We have good leadership on the team and they are going to come out and play hard and we were able to get the big lead early and that was nice.  Now we get ready for Saturday.”
Crookston improves to 24-3 on the year and will play Park Rapids at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Bemidji State University.  Warroad ends the season with a 4-23.

For the Section 8AA Tournament bracket, click here.

  Patrick Deng speeds through the lane       Jonathan Miller with a reverse lay up
                 (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)


1st Half

2nd Half




29 50



30 72

  Danny Davidson drives into the lane       Ryan Porter goes in for two
                (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)





Seth Desrosier 20 6 4 steals

Aaron Hollcraft

17 6 6 steals/5 assists
Ryan Porter 12 3 4 steals/3 assists
Jonathan Miller 12 4 2 steals
Matt Garmen 3 5 2 assists
Patrick Deng 2    
Danny Davidson


  2 assists/2 steals
Austin Sommerfeld  2    
Guthrie Dingmann 2    


For Warroad


Kobe Ratsavongsy 19
Caleb Fast  12
Mitchell Roberts  10
Jason Cole  5
Phillip Ness 4


The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women's Basketball team is coming off their first NSIC tournament win since 2003 and the next morning UMC brought home some Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) awards.  Head Coach Mike Roysland was named the NSIC Coach of the Year.  Katrina Moenkedick (Jr. Perham), and Alexa Thielman (Jr. Buffalo) were named to the NSIC First team and Emily Gruber (Fresh. Monticello) was named to the All Freshman team.

For Roysland, this is the first time in his eighth year with the Golden Eagles that Roysland has earned Coach of the Year honors.  During the 2014-15 campaign, Roysland has led the Golden Eagles to one of their most successful seasons in program history. The Golden Eagles have 14 wins this season, the most in the Roysland era, and won their first NSIC Tournament game since 2003.  The 14 wins surpassed his previous high of 13 wins accomplished by the 2010-11 team, who earned a berth in the NSIC Tournament, when the tourney took just the top eight teams.  Roysland will lead his squad in the quarterfinals of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Minnesota State University, Mankato at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., a game you can hear on KROX Radio.

Moenkedick and Thielman are the first All-NSIC First Team honorees since Jamie Zelinsky earned the recognition following the 2010-11 season. Moenkedick and Thielman are the fourth and fifth Golden Eagle players to be named All-NSIC First Team along with Zelinsky (2010-11), Karna Plaine (2004-05), Cathy Behr (2002-03) and Jessica Forsline (2000-01, 2001-02). 

Moenkedick has earned recognition on All-NSIC Teams in each of her three seasons in the Maroon and Gold. She was an All-NSIC Second Team selection as a sophomore and earned placement on the All-NSIC Freshman Team in 2012-13. Moenkedick was twice honored as NSIC Player of the Week during the 2014-15 season. She has averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds so far this season. In addition, she became the ninth player in school history to surpass 1,000 points earlier this season and needs just seven rebounds to surpass 500 rebounds, becoming the third player in school history to score 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Moenkedick’s season-high of 25 points came against Minot State. Moenkedick had five games with over 20 points and score in double-figures in 23 of 27 games. In addition, she tallied double-doubles in five games.

This is the first time Thielman has earned All-NSIC recognition. The junior has led the team with 15.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Thielman became the 10th player to score 1,000 points as she connected on two free throws to win the game last night in the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament against Concordia University-St. Paul. Thielman earned All-NSIC Player of the Week once this season. Thielman’s career-high came with 32 points against Minnesota State University, Mankato. She tallied 20 or more points in nine games this season and secured a double-double against Southwest Minnesota State University.

Gruber is the first player to earn All-NSIC freshman team accolades since Moenkedick did during the 2012-13 season. Gruber averaged 9.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagles as a freshman. Gruber earned All-NSIC Player of the Week once this season. She had a season-high 26 points against seventh ranked Wayne State College (Neb.) on December 12. Gruber had two games with 20 or more points and tallied four double-doubles on the season.

Coach Mike Roysland     Katrina Moenkedick               Alexa Thielman                Emily Gruber

First Team Pos. Ht. Yr. School Hometown
Shaunteva Ashley G 5-8 Sr. Augustana Sioux Falls, S.D.
Anika Whiting F 6-2 Sr. Concordia-St. Paul Ashland, Wis.
Katrina Moenkedick F 5-11 Jr. Minnesota Crookston Perham, Minn.
Alexa Thielman G 5-8 Jr. Minnesota Crookston Buffalo, Minn.
Taylor Meyer F 6-0 Jr. Minnesota Duluth Farmington, Minn.
Aubrey Davis G 5-7 Sr. Minnesota State Bloomington, Minn.
Meghan Roehrich G 5-11 Jr. MSU Moorhead Fargo, N.D.
Rachel Krogman C 6-1 Sr. Northern State Elkton, S.D.
Lauren Buck F 5-11 Sr. Upper Iowa Anamosa, Iowa
Jordan Spencer F 511 Sr. Wayne State Omaha, Neb.
Second Team Pos. Ht. Yr. School Hometown
Ameshia Kearney G 5-9 Sr. Concordia-St. Paul Minneapolis, Minn.
Brittney Dietz G 5-10 Jr. U-Mary Beach, N.D.
Jessica Newman G 5-9 Sr. Minnesota Duluth Barnum, Minn.
Lexie Ulfers C 6-2 Sr. Minnesota State Waseca, Minn.
Megan Mutchler F 6-1 Sr. Northern State Newell, S.D.
Sam Knecht C 6-2 So. Sioux Falls Faulkton, S.D.
Taylor Varsho G 5-7 Jr. Sioux Falls Chili, Wis.
Lexy Petermann F 6-0 Jr. St. Cloud State Fond du Lac, Wis.
Ashton Yossi G 5-8 Sr. Wayne State Dallas Center, Iowa
Alexis Foley G 5-9 Jr. Winona State White Bear Lake, Minn.
All-Defensive Team Pos. Ht. Yr. School Hometown
Shaunteva Ashley G 5-8 Sr. Augustana Sioux Falls, S.D.
Kionda Nicks C 6-2 Jr. Concordia-St. Paul St. Paul, Minn.
Lexie Ulfers C 6-2 Sr. Minnesota State Waseca, Minn.
Megan Mutchler F 6-1 Sr. Northern State Newell, S.D.
Jordan Spencer F 5-11 Sr. Wayne State Omaha, Neb.
All-Freshmen Team Pos. Ht. Yr. School Hometown
Logan O'Farrell G 5-11 Fr. Augustana Summit, S.D.
Sierra Senske C 6-2 Fr. Bemidji State Glyndon, Minn.
Emily Gruber C 6-1 Fr. Minnesota Crookston Monticello Minn.
Drew Sannes F 6-3 Fr. MSU Moorhead Hawley, Minn.
Maggie Schulte F 6-0 Fr. Wayne State Wynot, Neb.






The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team was playing the first ever NSIC playoff game at home and treated the huge crowd to a thrilling 63-62 victory with two Alexia Thielman (Jr. Buffalo) free throws with 1.2 seconds left in the game at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
The two teams struggled offensively in the first five minutes of the game and only made one of the first 18 shots combined and Concordia-St. Paul led 2-0 to start the game.  UMC started to warm up offensively, thanks to Emily Gruber’s (Fresh. Monticello) play inside as she made two free throws.  Katrina Moenkedick (Jr. Perham) followed with a basket and Micaela Noga (Fresh. Parkers Prairie) capped a 6-0 UMC run for a 6-2 lead with 12:37 remaining in the game.  UMC kept building the lead by moving the ball around and getting good shots, playing tough defense and hitting the boards and all of a sudden the Golden Eagles led 21-6.  You knew the defending NSIC Tournament Champion and Elite 8 team would make a run and they did, but UMC held a 36-27 lead at halftime.
In the second half Concordia-St. Paul would start to hit some three points halfway through the half and was able to take a 52-51 lead with less than seven minutes left in the game.  UMC answered with a big Noga three point play to regain the lead and then Ebony Livingston (Sr. Minneapolis), who had the biggest game of her career, buried a three pointer to give UMC a 57-52 lead.  Concordia-St. Paul answered with two free throws and a basket inside to get back within one point.  UMC’s Noga answered with a layup and then an offensive rebound and another basket to give the Golden Eagles a 61-56 lead with 1:11 remaining.  “Coach always tells me before the game to just do what you can do and stay confident,” said Noga. “I have definitely found the right lanes as the season has gone along and maybe not getting blocked as much as I did earlier in the season.” 11 seconds later Concordia-St. Paul answered with a three pointer to get within a two point deficit.  UMC turned the ball over on their next possession and with seven seconds left in the game Concordia-St. Paul made another three pointer to take the lead 62-61.  UMC inbounded the ball to Noga and she was fouled.  The foul was only Concordia-St. Paul’s sixth foul of the half so UMC had to inbound the ball again.  This time UMC passed the ball to Moenkedick at half court, the ball was bobbled and she was able to get a pass to Thielman on the left wing.  Thielman bobbled the ball and it was on the floor, she picked it up and than was fouled with 1.2 seconds left in the game!!!!  The foul put Thielman at the free throw line to shoot the bonus.  Alexa made the first free throw to tie the game at 62-62, and the point was her seventh of the game and her 1,000th point of her collegiate career.  Theilamn made the second free throw to give UMC a 63-62 lead.  “At first I was thinking I was going to have to huck up a three pointer and luckily she fouled me because it wasn’t going to go in,” said Thielman.  “I can’t say I wasn’t completely nervous walking up to the line, and then when you step up to the line you just relax and know that you do this every day and do the same thing every time.  After I made the second free throw there was stille one second left so I couldn’t enjoy it and then they missed and it was a great feeling.  I love this team and the girls and want to keep playing as long as possible.”   Concordia-St. Paul got the pass inbounds and a three quarters court shot was short and UMC won their first playoff game in over a decade with a 63-62 win in front of a huge UMC crowd that stormed the court after the horn sounded.   “One thing about these girls, is that they can never make it easy on this old man, but I love them dearly,” said UMC Coach Mike Roysland. “This is such a resilient group, and they have been all year long.  Micaela came up with a couple big shots and a rebound, two big free throws at the end by Alexa, all of these girls had a big play at some point during the game.  This is such a monumental moment for the program and the direction that we want to head and there was no settling and you could see that from the get go from these girls.  I am so proud of the girls and we are excited to be going to Sioux Falls to play on Saturday.”  UMC was led by a senior, Ebony Livingston, with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and assist and only one turnover in 39 minutes!!!  “I think it was the best game I have had,” said Livingston.  “I was kind of determined to make sure this wasn’t my last game as a Golden Eagle.  Words can’t describe, I am so happy right now and the crowd was great, it helped us out a lot tonight.”
UMC improves to 14-13 overall and 13-10 in the NSIC and will take on Minnesota State Mankato at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Concordia St. Paul’s season comes to an end with a 15-14 record overall and 11-12 in the NSIC. 

See the last free throw by Thielman and the final 1.2 seconds and celebration by clicking above


1st Half

2nd Half



 27  35  62


 36   27  63

Ebony Livingston drives by a Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bear defender   Micaela Noga for two of her 14

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Ebony Livingston  21 7 3 Assists/2 Blocks
Micaela Noga   14 9 2 Assists/2 Steals
Katrina Moenkedick  12 4 2 Assists/2 Steals/1 Block
Alexa Thielman   8 3 3 Assists
Emily Gruber   8 4 2 Steals

The huge UMC Student Body section cheers on the Golden Eagle women's team



The Minnesota State Mavericks showed why they are one of the favorites to win the NSIC Tournament as they used hot shooting and a balanced effort to take down the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s basketball team, 83-52, at the Taylor Center in Mankato.

The Golden Eagles jumped on the board first in Mankato as Lucas Reller (Sr., Lead, SD) hit a three-pointer from the right wing at the end of the shot clock. “What’s the old saying? It’s not how you start the game but how you finish,” Head Coach Dan Weisse said. “But I was happy with the way we started but we went a little cold after that and you can’t do it against a very good Mankato team.” The Mavericks stormed back with a 12-0 run courtesy of four three-pointers by MSU point guard Zach Monaghan to make it 12-7 with 14:30 left. “We wanted to make sure Monaghan didn’t beat us in the paint, we wanted him to have to make 25 foot three’s against us,” Weisse said. “Well, he made three of those in a row so hats off to him.” After a Kevin Larson (Sr., New Ulm, MN) layup made it 19-9, the Mavericks hit from long range again as Connor Miller knocked down a shot to push his team’s lead back to 22-9. UMC didn’t have an answer for MSU’s perimeter attack early as the Mavericks hit 5-of-8 shots from beyond the arc to start the game. With the Mavericks leading 24-14, Larson was able to convert a tough basket in the paint for the Golden Eagles but the MSU again would answer with a balanced attack as eight different players scored in the first half and at the break it was the Mavericks leading 43-20. Shooting again was the issue for the Golden Eagles as they hit just 28% (7-of-25) of their shots in the first half, including just 22.2% (2-of-9) from three. “We handled transition pretty well in the first half,” Weisse said of Mankato only having two transition points. “But it doesn’t help if you can’t make a basket. We can’t do that against a very good team.”

The Mavericks started off the second half on fire, hitting their first three shots from three different players. Tomas Parker (Sr., Pequot Lakes, MN) was able to stop the run momentarily with a layup in the paint but the Mavericks answered. MSU’s run stretched to 14-2, forcing Coach Weisse to take a timeout with his team trailing 55-22. The Golden Eagles answered out of the timeout as Tim Lubke (Sr., Saint Paul, MN) hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 55-25 but the Mavericks responded with a 9-0 run capped by a Monaghan slam to put the lead at 64-25 with 14:10 left. Ten minutes later, Lubke would strike again from the exact same spot as it cut the Maverick lead to 76-41. Trailing 80-41, UMC went on a 6-0 run behind baskets from Larson and Reller but they were unable to answer the Mavericks’ hot shooting and depth, as MSU shot 57.9% (33-of-57) en route to a 83-52 win.

UMC was led on the night by Tyler West, Jr.’s 12 points while Tim Lubke added 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting off the bench. The Golden Eagles were without the services of Derrick Redd, Jr. (R-Jr., Menifee, CA), who had to sit out due to a foot injury. “It definitely impacts us,” Weisse said of Redd, Jr.’s absence. “It takes away one of our playmakers and shortens our bench.”

The Golden Eagles finish the season with a 7-20 record in Dan Weisse’s first season at the helm. It also marked the final game for seniors Kevin Larson, Lucas Reller, Sam Howell (Sr., Seattle, WA), Tyler West, Jr. and Tim Lubke. “Our seniors made some things happen this year, they made their imprint on this program,” Weisse said. “We had more overall wins, conference wins then they have had before. They put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this.” 


         Kevin Larson looks to take a shot over a Maverick defender                   Thomas Parker goes for a block



1st Half

2nd Half



 43  40  83


 20  32  52


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Tyler West Jr 12    
Tim Lubke  11    
Kevin Larson   8  4  3 Assists
Sam Howell   7     
Lucas Reller   5     
John Hughes 5 5
Thomas Parker   2     
Micah Hollowell   2     


The Crookston Girl's Basketball team defeated the top two seeds in Section 8A in the last week and that solidified the Pirates as a number one seed for the North Sub-Section 8AA Girl's Basketball Tournament that will start on Monday with a play-in game of Bagley at Warroad and that winner will play the Pirates on Thursday, March 5 at the Crookston High School at 7:00 PM. The Hawley Nuggets ranked sixth in the Class AA polls in Minnesota is the top seed in the South Sub-Section.  For the complete bracket  use the internet explorer browser to view the details by clicking here.



The Red Lake Warriors and Stephen-Argyle Storm received the top seed in the Section 8A Girls Basketball Tournament that will start with play-in games on Monday at the higher seeds.  To see the complete bracket click here.



The Section 8A Boys Basketball tournament started on Tuesday night with the play-in games and now the rest of the teams will play on Thursday at four different sites.  The top seeds are Win-E-Mac and Red Lake.  For the complete bracket click here.




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