MONDAY - JULY 23,  2018

TRAVIS ROSS FINISHES IN 11TH PLACE AT MINNESOTA STATE OPEN

Crookston’s Travis Ross finished in a tie for 11th place in the Minnesota State Open Golf Championship at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids.  Travis shot a three-round total of 216.  He shot a pair of 71’s before a 74 on Sunday. 
Andrew McCain of Dellwood Country Club, formerly of Minneapolis and a four year golfer at the University of Maryland, won the event with a 207.  It was the second time McCain has won the tournament.
The Minnesota State Open is a premiere golf tournament bringing together top professional and amateur players all vying to have their name included with the likes of Les Bolstad, George Shortridge, and Tom Lehman as past champions.
 

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL HAS FIVE PLAYERS RECEIVE ACADEMIC HONOR

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) men’s basketball team had five players named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court. The Golden Eagles were one of 59 schools to have five or more players honored. The NABC Honors Court honored members of over 300 institutions across NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA.

The honorees for UMC were: Nate Lorenz (Jr., Breckenridge), Aaron Hollcraft (Jr., Crookston), Darin Viken (Jr., Fosston), Gable Smith (Jr., Lodi, Wis.), and Chase Knickerbocker (Jr., Annandale).  The Golden Eagle men’s basketball team also was awarded with the NABC Academic Excellence Award as a team, which was announced last week.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2.Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

 

 

 

SUNDAY - JULY 21,  2018

CROOKSTON’S OFFENSE LEADS REDS PAST THIEF RIVER FALLS BOMBERS 

The Crookston Reds used an offensive outpouring in route to an 11-3 win over Thief River Falls in a non-League game played at MEC Park in Thief River Falls. 

Crookston struck first following an infield error that allowed Will Zimmerman to reach base safely to start the game before stealing second and advancing to third base on a fielder’s choice. Another groundout by Bailey Schmitz drove Zimmerman in safely giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. An error allowed Thief River Falls’ tying run to reach base in the bottom of the first inning before an error at first base on a fielder’s choice allowed the Bombers tying run to score in the bottom of the first inning. Sean Minder settled in on the mound for the Reds after the first inning not allowing another run over seven innings pitched. Crookston’s bats came to life in the fifth inning to put the game away. Jackson Seibel reached base on an error at shortstop to start the rally with one out. Cody Magsam followed by getting hit by a pitch putting runners on first and second base. A fly out marked the second out of the inning before Noah Zimmerman hit a single to plate Seibel and move Magsam to third base while giving the Reds a 2-1 lead. Bailey Schmitz then doubled to plate Magsam and Zimmerman before Dave Grabowski singled to plate Schmitz giving Crookston a 5-1 lead. Matt Morin capped off the inning with a rbi single giving the Reds a 6-1 lead after five innings. The Reds added two more runs in the seventh inning. Will Zimmerman walked before Noah Zimmerman singled allowing Will to score on the throw back to the infield while Noah advanced to second base. Bailey Schmitz followed with a rbi single adding another run to the Reds’ lead. Thief River Falls scratched back two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, still trailing 8-3 going into the ninth. Crookston added three more insurance runs in the final inning. Will Zimmerman started the inning with a walk before Noah Zimmerman hit a triple allowing Will to score from first base. Dave Grabowski doubled to plate Noah Zimmerman before ultimately scoring the game’s final run on a wild pitch to close out the Reds’ 11-3 win. 

The Reds improve to 17-13 overall and will travel for a Red River Amateur Baseball League game in Ada against the A’s on Monday at 7:30 p.m. 

 

 

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Sean Minder - Crox

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Blake Kawlewski - Crox

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For Crookston
Noah Zimmerman – 4-5, 2 rbi, 3 runs
Bailey Schmitz – 2-5, 4 rbi, run
Dave Grabowski – 2-5, 2 rbi, 2 runs

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY - JULY 20,  2018

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL PAC MEETING WILL BE AUGUST 1

The 2018-19 Crookston Pirate Fall sports PAC (parent-athlete-coach) meeting will be Wednesday August 1st at 6:00pm in the Crookston High School Auditorium. Activities Director Mr. Garmen will present general information and after that parents and players will have meetings with their specific sport coaches.

 

 

THURSDAY - JULY 19, 2018

UMC FOOTBALL'S WILL CROSS NOMINATED FOR THE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM

University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle football player Will Cross (Jr., Turtle Lake, Wis.) is among 169 nominees for the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.
The junior has volunteered his time in the Crookston community and at various football camps, as well as the Mark Olsonawski Scholarship Golf Tournament in Hallock. Cross is a stand-out in the classroom, maintaining a 3.89 GPA in management. On the field, he has been a staple at middle linebacker for the Golden Eagles. Cross was a 2016 All-NSIC North Honorable Mention selection. He has 169 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, a sack, and an interception in two seasons for the Golden Eagles.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has been one of the most esteemed honors in college football for more than 25 years. The student-athletes who are nominated for this award not only demonstrate a unique dedication to community service and desire to make a positive impact on the lives around them, but they also show tremendous perseverance as well as the ability to overcome personal struggles and come out victorious against all odds.   “Each nominee has an inspiring story to tell – often times about how they have prevailed over hardships and adversity only to turn around and pour their hearts into helping others,” said David Prendergast, president of the Eastern Territory at Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2018 voting panel. “It is our privilege at Allstate to come together with the AFCA for the 11th consecutive year to shine a light on these exceptional nominees who set the highest standards of community service and serve as role models for generations to come.”

The college football players who have been nominated make it a priority to find time in their busy schedules to volunteer in meaningful ways. Of the nominees, many players dedicate time to reading, mentoring and playing sports with disadvantaged children when they are not in the classroom or on the field. Other players make frequent visits to hospitals to spend one-on-one time with ill patients. One student-athlete even went as far as donating bone marrow in order to save the life of a child in need.
A special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will review submissions from sports directors across the nation to select the 2018 Good Works Team®. Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member, will once again headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.
“I’ve seen the value of this team firsthand since I was selected as a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team my senior year, and I love seeing the influx of players year after year who truly embody everything this program stands for,” said Tebow. “These kids have so much character, strength, and honor. To excel on the field, in the classroom and be a leader in community service - that is the ultimate accomplishment.”
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA and one honorary head coach. To be in consideration by Allstate and the AFCA for a nomination, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing. 
The final roster of 22 award recipients and honorary head coach will be unveiled in September. 
In addition to Tebow and Prendergast, the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® selection panel members includes: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team) and Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) and Paul Myerberg (USA TODAY); Georgetown College head coach Bill Cronin; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - JULY 18,  2018

CROOKSTON REDS CLINCH 2-SEED IN LEAGUE TOURNAMENT WITH WALK-OFF WIN OVER MOORHEAD

The Crookston Reds clinched the 2-seed the upcoming Red River Amateur League Tournament next weekend after a walk-off win over the Moorhead Miners 9-8 in a Red River Amateur Baseball League game played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston. 

Moorhead struck first with two-run home run over the left-center field fence hit by Ryan Krause to give the Miners a 2-0 lead. Crookston bounced back for one run in the bottom of the first inning. Will Zimmerman tripled to start the inning before Bailey Schmitz drove a sacrifice fly into right field to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Reds tied the game in the second inning. Lars Brevik doubled to open the frame before Taylor Kenfield connected for a rbi single tying the game at 2-2. Crookston took the lead in the third inning after Bailey Schmitz drove home his second run of the inning following a Will Zimmerman double to give Crookston a 3-2 lead after three innings. The Reds added two more runs in the fourth inning. Taylor Kenfield scored on a Will Zimmerman single before Zimmerman scored on a wild-pitch giving Crookston a 5-2 lead. Moorhead took one run back in the fifth inning with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 5-3 before retaking the lead in the sixth inning. A single and walk put runners at first and second for the Miners before a sacrifice bunt resulted in an errant throw by the Reds’ starting pitcher plating two runs and putting the bunter at second base. A rbi base-hit concluded the inning’s scoring with Moorhead leading 6-5. Crookston answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to retake the lead. Cody Magsam singled before Matt Moring walked with one out in the inning to put runners on first and second base. Bailey Schmitz doubled in both runners and the Reds regained the lead 7-6 where the score would remain heading into the ninth inning. Lars Brevik replaced Crookston’s starting pitcher Blake Karas with the tying run on base for Moorhead in the top of the ninth inning with no outs. A fielder’s choice took the lead runner out at second base, before a hit by pitch and subsequent wild pitch put two runners in scoring position with just one out in the inning. A pop up to the shortstop provided the second out of the inning, before an error on the throw after fielding a ground ball by the Reds’ shortstop allowed the Miners to take the lead and force Crookston to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning trailing 8-7. The Reds displayed more resiliency, a trait that has become synonymous with this team as the season has carried on. Lars Brevik made amends for his blown save with a leadoff double to start the inning before Aaron Hollcraft singled to put runners on the corners. Alex LaFrance hit a ground ball to shortstop and the Miners’ infielder delivered a high throw home in an attempt to force out the tying run at the plate, but the error allowed the Reds to tie the game at 8-8 with the winning run now at second base. Another infield error allowed LaFrance to move to third base with one out in the inning before Cody Magsam drilled a fly ball into deep left field plating LaFrance with a sacrifice fly to secure the 9-8 walk-off win. “It was a pitch on the hands, I didn’t even get the barrel of the bat on it,” explained Magsam. “Just swing hard in case you hit it as my high school baseball coach used to say. “I think we’re to the point where we don’t care what nine you put on the field. We’re at the top of our game right now. Defensively, we could’ve played a little bit better, but errors will happen, it’s baseball.”

“I’d say we’re adverse to playing with the lead,” Reds player/manager Rob Silvers joked afterward. “Today we got one the whole game, we find a way to blow it at the end, but then survive. Over the weekend we won three out of four games after trailing in all four games at one point. We’re a good team playing from behind. We’re confident  when we’re playing from behind, but for some reason when we get a little bit of a lead we get complacent and a little  lackadaisical and it shows when you make six errors.”
The Reds improve to 16-13 overall and 6-4 in League play. Crookston travels to Ada tomorrow for another League game against the A’s with a scheduled first pitch at 7:30 p.m.


Blake Kawlewski scores the tying run in the ninth inning     Bailey Schmitz knocks in two runs with this swing

 

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Will Zimmerman – 3-5, rbi, 3 runs, triple, double
Taylor Kenfield – 3-5, rbi, run
Aaron Hollcraft – 2-4
Lars Brevik – 2-5, run
Dave Grabowski – 2-5

 

 

 

 

 

UMC VOLLEYBALL TEAM EARNS ACADEMIC AWARD FOR THEIR 3.86 GPA

 

The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball program earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2017-18 season.

The Golden Eagles maintained a 3.86 grade point average during the 2017-18 academic year. The Minnesota Crookston volleyball program has had continued success in the classroom. The Golden Eagles had nine student-athletes earn NSIC All-Academic for the 2017 season.

 

The AVCA announced that a record 973 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award, breaking the previous record of 835 from the 2016-17 academic year.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. 

The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while amassing a 619-team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 973.

 

Girls high school led the way with 358 recipients, an increase of 81 over last year. Once again, NCAA Division III had the second-most honorees this year with a total of 173 schools, a 23-school increase over last year’s record number. NCAA Division I honored jumped from 145 programs to 164, while NCAA Division II notched 128 honorees. High school boys and collegiate men’s programs accrued 52 institutions with collegiate beach notching 22.

Prior to 2017-2018, only 34 teams had attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning their respective collegiate national championship in the same academic year. This year, the AVCA is proud to recognize three programs that excelled in the classroom and on the court: University of Nebraska (NCAA Division I), Concordia University, St. Paul (NCAA Division II), and Lindsey Wilson College (NAIA).

 

About AVCA 
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of over 7,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at 
www.avca.org.

 

 

 

TUESDAY - JULY 17,  2018

UMC ATHLETICS HIRES A NEW TRAINER

The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department announced Shelby Conard as assistant athletic trainer. Conard will oversee the athletic training efforts for volleyball, baseball, and equestrian.

“We are excited to add Shelby to our athletic training staff,” said Health Care Administrator/Head Athletic Trainer Steven Krouse. “Shelby comes from a great background at North Dakota State and we think she will bring great expertise and skill to the position.”

Conard most recently served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for North Dakota State. During her time with the Bison, Conard provided care for the NDSU softball program. She provided medical coverage for all home and away events for the Bison. In addition, Conard communicated with team physicians, coaching staff, strength and conditioning staff, associate director of athletics, and athletic directors regarding care. She also was responsible for team medical referrals and scheduling, insurance claims and medical documentation. Conard also served as the trainer for the six-team Summit League Softball Conference Championship. In addition, she provided care for youth camps for NDSU men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and softball.

"I'm so thankful to have been picked for this position,” Conard said. “I remember playing here when I played soccer at NMU and I never thought I'd end up working for a school that I used to play against! I'm excited to get started working with new sports and joining the Golden Eagle Athletics team!" 

Prior to North Dakota State, Conard was the intern/assistant athletic trainer at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., during the 2015-16 season. She provided care for all 18 athletic teams at Millsaps, specifically working with women’s soccer, cheer and dance, women’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse. During her time at Millsaps, Conard worked with Mississippi Sports Medicine Orthopedic Clinic for youth volleyball tournaments and Mississippi high school eight-man football state championship games.

In addition, Conard served as the head athletic trainer for Berkshire Soccer Academy during the summer of 2018. She was also a gym technician for Orthodepic Associates of Port Huron during the summer of 2015 and the summer of 2016. During her time there, she assisted and instructed patients with prescribed workouts and modalities and was part of the medical tent staff for the Blue Water Area Volleygrass Tournament.

Conard is certified by the National Athletic Trainer Association – Board of Certification. She is also a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner and is Graston Technique M1 trained. She is also a certified CPR/AED/First Aid – Healthcare Provider through the American Heart Association.

Conard graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Northern Michigan University. She was also a four-year women’s soccer player for the Wildcats. Conard is currently working on completing a Master of Science in Advanced Athletic Training for North Dakota State University.

 

 

MONDAY - JULY 16,  2018

PIRATE PRIDE GOLF SCRAMBLE BRINGS IN OVER $5,000 FOR PIRATE ATHLETICS

The Annual Pirate Pride Golf Scramble was held on Friday, July 13 and over 70 golfers participated in the event.  Teams of four competed in the scramble and it was no surprise the winning team was Travis and Jess Ross and Wes and Crystal Hanson.  The had the best score by a stroke to win the top prize.  The big winner was Crookston Pirate Athletics as $5,400 was raised and will help the athletic programs.


The winning team of Wes and Crystal Hanson and Jess and Travis Ross.

 

 

 

UMC VOLLEYBALL SIGNS A SETTER FROM WISCONSIN

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) volleyball program announced the addition of Natalie Koke (S, 5-8, Caledonia, Wis./Racine St. Catherine’s H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Koke is the fifth and final signee for the Golden Eagles for the 2018 recruiting class. She is the third high school prep to sign with UMC. Koke will begin competing for the Golden Eagles during the 2018 season.

Koke joins Sydney Kruisselbrink (So., Setter, Rochester) at setter heading into the 2018 season. Koke will compete and push for playing time as a freshman for the Golden Eagles.  She joins Porsha Porath (OH, 6-1, Windom) and Hannah Stark (OH, 5-10, Esko) as incoming freshmen for UMC. The Golden Eagles also inked a pair of junior college signees in Lauren Ulibarri (DS/Lib., 5-5, Flagstaff, Ariz./Yavapai College) and Melissa Rodriguez (MH, 6-0, Sarchi, Costa Rica/Otero Junior College (Colo.).

Natalie Koke/S/5-8/Caledonia, Wis./Racine St. Catherine’s H.S.
Koke was a Second Team All-Metro Classic Conference pick and a Second Team All-County selection as a senior for St. Catherine’s H.S. in Racine, Wis. She also served as team captain during her senior season. Koke averaged 1.7 kills and 3.1 assists per set as a senior. She also notched 2.8 digs per set. As a junior, Koke was an All-Metro Classic Conference Honorable Mention selection and served as team captain. She also earned the Sportsmanship Award. Koke tallied 1.4 kills and 5.8 assists per set during her junior campaign. She also notched 2.7 digs per set. As a sophomore, Koke was named All-Metro Classic Conference Honorable Mention and was named a preseason Player to Watch. She was also an honorable mention selection during her freshman season.
We are very happy to be adding Natalie to our Golden Eagle family, and cannot wait to have her in the gym, the classroom and the community,” said Head Coach Sarah Rauen. “Natalie will add depth to our setting position, as well as continue to raise the level of competition in the gym. We look forward to having her in a Golden Eagle uniform for the next four years!
Koke is the daughter of Rick and Janie Koke. She was born Feb. 22, 2000. Koke plans to major in communication at Minnesota Crookston. Her uncle Andy Schmidtmann played basketball at Wisconsin-Parkside.





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