Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton scored the first three times they had the ball and would cruise to a 48-6 win over the Crookston Pirate football team in Crookston.
The Rebels Tyler Oberg ran back the opening kickoff into Crookston territory to the 46 yard line and followed with a 44 yard run on the first play from scrimmage to set up his two yard touchdown run on the next play and 30 seconds into the game, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (D-G-F) had an 8-0 lead after quarterback Blake Kragness ran in for the extra point.
Much like last week a botched punt attempt for Crookston after they went three and out hurt as the Pirates punt attempt was blocked (kicked into a DGF player) and the Rebels recovered at the Crookston 16 yard line. Faced with a third down play the Rebels Kragness rolled out and found Ethan Edeen, a 6'4 receiver, in the endzone and he went up and over a Crookston defender who had good coverage, but Edeen's height and leaping ability enabled him to haul it in for the score and a 14-0 lead for Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton just 3:17 into the game. "We had great coverage on that play and some other passing plays," said Crookston head coach Scott Butt. "Matt (Garmen) had excellent position, but he is giving up six inches and the kid just reached over for the ball."
The Crookston offense continued to sputter and was forced into another punt and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton had the ball near their own 40 yard line.  Crookston's defense picked up their play a bit, but two 15 yard penalties helped the Rebels keep a drive going and a 24 yard pass by Kragness to Eric Watt put the ball at the two yard line. On the next play Jake Schlichting ran in for the two yard score to expand D-G-F lead to 20-0 with four minutes left in the first half. Things continued to turn bad for the Pirates offense as they had a pitch go over the running backs head, but they recovered it for a loss. Two plays later a Chris Wavra was intercepted and the Rebels had the ball at the Crookston 21 yard line.  Crookston's defense raised up with some great plays including a quarterback sack by Isaac Westlake and they held Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to a turnover on downs late in the first quarter. The defensive stand seemed to perk up the Pirates offense too as Patrick Deng  had a 24 yard run to put the ball near mid-field.  Crookston was faced with a fourth and two and at their own 48 yard line and went for it, but ended inches short and turned it over at the Crookston 49 yard line as the first quarter ended with the Rebels leading 20-0. "Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton is a very good team and pretty much beat us in every facet of the game," said Coach Butt. "They run, run and then come off play action and bang. They are a big, physical team."
Crookston's defense again played well on the first two plays giving up a yard, but on a third down play, D-G-F  Kragness after play action found Edeen wide open down field and they connected on a 48 yard pass for another touchdown and with just over nine minutes left in the first half, the Rebels opened up a 27-0 lead. "We have to figure out how to start a game," said Coach Butt. "We can't keep giving up the short field and the chance for scoring goes up substantially and that has really hurt us in these first three games."
Crookston was forced to punt again and this time they put Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton back as deep as they've had to start a drive at their own 33 yard line. Oberg busted a 17 yard run on the first play to mid-field, but the Pirates Wavra stepped in front of a Kragness pass for the first Crookston interception of the year to stop D-G-F.  Crookston moved the ball a bit as Wavra hit Ryan Swenson with a 19 yard passing play, but the Rebels defense forced the Pirates to punt. After a short punt D-G-F had the ball at the Crookston 45 yard line and plenty of time left in the first half and with Tyler Oberg in the backfield, D-G-F moved it to the Crookston 15 yard line on 20 and 30 yard runs by Oberg, but now about 1:30 left in the half.  After an incomplete pass, Oberg was taken down for no gain on a Westlake tackle and brought up a third down where Kragness found Brandon Ciak with a pass that took the ball to the Crookston one yard line with 26 seconds left in the half. After a timeout, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Eric Watt ran in for another touchdown and the Rebels had a comfortable 35-0 lead at half.
The second half started pretty well for Crookston and Chris Wavra as the junior quarterback had runs of 7 and 10 yards, but on a third down play Wavra was sacked and fumbled the ball and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton would take only three plays and Ben Beyer finished off the quick scoring drive with a 15 yard run and the Rebels now led 42-0.  Things continued worsen for Crookston as they fumbled on their next series and gave the Rebels the ball at the 15 yard line and Schlichting scored on an eight yard run and with just over six minutes left in the third quarter Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton led 48-0 which was the score at the end of three quarters.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton ran reserves for much of the third quarter and the fourth with two's and three's and Crookston defense stopped the Rebels and the Pirates offense moved the ball well with Wavra getting a 29 yard run on an option to midfield.  After a couple nice carries by Cade Salentine, the Pirates got the ball inside Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's 15 yard line for the first time in the game and with just under three minutes left in the game Salentine ran for a 14 yard touchdown run to ruin the Rebels shutout but still in front 48-6 which is how the game would end.
Crookston is now 0-3 on the season and will be at Pelican Rapids next Friday. "We've played three very good teams to start the season and with a very young team you hope you're learning through this process," said coach Butt. "I think we are and after tonight we are learning that it's probably a good thing to hit the weight room as D-G-F showed.  I'm proud of the way our kids keep playing, they don't quit no matter what the score is and keep doing the things we work on in practice."
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, the defending Section 8AAA champion is 2-1 on the season and will host Hawley on Friday. "D-G-F  has a very good chance to do some damage in the playoffs again this year I would think," said Coach Butt, "they are an excellent team."

Chris Wavra gets the first interception of the year     Matt Garmen with a tackle
                       (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd 3rd 4th


Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 20 15 13 0 48
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 6 6

     Ryan Swenson with a 19 yard reception                  Ethan Stroot with a tackle on a DGF run
                                     (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

1st Quarter
:30 -   D-G-F -  Tyler Oberg 2 yard run  (Blake Kragnes run)
3:17 -  D-G-F -  Ethan Edeen 13 yard pass from Blake Kragness   (pass failed)
7:54 - D-G-F -   Jake Schlichting 2 yard run   (kick failed)

2nd Quarter
2:39 -   D-G-F -  Ethan Edeen  48 yard pass from Blake Kragness  (Drew Stalboerger kick)
11:38 -  D-G-F -  Eric Watt 1 yard run  (Tyler Oberg run)

3rd Quarter
4:19 -  D-G-F -   Ben Beyer 15 yard run  (Drew Stalboerger kick)
5:48 -  D-G-F -   Jake Schlichting 8 yard run  (kick failed)

4th Quarter
9:15 -  Crookston -  Cade Salentine 14 yard run  (run failed)

   Patrick Deng gets a handoff from Chris Wavra                 Ben Trostad goes for an interception
                                       (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

First Downs 6 13
Rushing-Yards 33-153 32-243
Passing 3-6-1 8-12-1
Passing Yards 24 117
Total Yards 177 360
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 3-1
Penalties-Yards 3-33 0-0
Punts-Yards Ave. 6-24.0 0


Crookston D-G-F
Chris Wavra         17 - 75 yards Tyler Oberg            9 - 108
Cade Salentine     12 - 38 Shawn McDonald   6 - 51
Patrick Deng         4 - 38 Jake Schlicting      5 - 44
  Ben Beyer             1 -15
  Eric Watt               4 - 10
  Wyatt Ladwig        1 - 6
  Sam Knutson         1 - 5
  Austin Bitker        1 - 4
  Johnathan Heiberg  1 - 2
  Blake Kragnes    3 - (-2)


Chris Wavra      3-6-1  24 yards

Blake Kragnes       8-11-1  117 yards


Austin Bitker          0-1-0        0 yards


Ryan Swenson      2 - 23 Ethan Edeen     2 - 61
Blake Kawlewski  1 - 1 Brandon Ciak   2 - 35
  Eric Watt          3 - 20
  Tyler Oberg     1 -1

    Jaden Lubarski makes a tackle on a Rebel back           Felix Longoria (51) and Isaac Westlake (33) try for a tackle
                                               (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)




The Crookston Girl's Tennis team beat the Moorhead Spuds this morning 6-1 using a different lineup to win their sixth dual in a row.  Crookston used Tori Demarais and Elisa Samuelson at singles for the first time in several years and both were able win their match in straight sets.  "For Demarais it has been a couple years since she played a singles match and for Samuelson the last time she played singles was a J.V. match so it had been a while," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "We had them play singles to get some experience and work on some things."  Crookston won their sixth straight dual and Coach Geffre was happy with his teams performance after a tough week.
"It was a tough one for the girls because it has been so hot the past couple of days and today it was warm and muggy so it has been a draining week, but Moorhead has improved since the first time we saw them so the girls had to play well and work out to pick up the wins.  It was a good match for us to go out and we had to compete to pick up the win."
Crookston improves to 7-2 on the year and will have six matches in three days next week.  On Thursday they play East Grand Forks, on Friday they go to Detroit Lakes for a tri-angular with Wadena-Deer Creek and Detroit Lakes, on Saturday they play Coon Rapids, Sauk Centre and Alexandria in the Alexandria Quadrangular.

  CROOKSTON- 6 Moorhead- 1 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Anna Steinwand MHD 6-1, 6-4
#2 Alyssa Fee Melissa Glatt Crox 6-4, 6-2
#3 Elisa Samuelson Becky Wilke Crox 6-3, 6-0
#4 Tori Demarais Brenna Mjones Crox 6-1, 6-1
#1 Doubles Leah Trostad
Amy Follette
Annie Wilke
Claire Rix
Crox 6-4, 6-3
#2 Kendall Wahouske
Jaeden Lizakowski
Olivia Rockstead
Mauren Tollefson
Crox 6-4, 6-3
#3 Alyssa Schultz
Elise Tangquist
Lauren Jenni
Sydney Mjones
Crox 6-0, 6-3




The University of Minnesota Crookston Women's Volleyball team won an exciting five set victory in their first match of the season over Chestnut Hill College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then dropped a four set match to Florida Southern, ranked 17th in the nation to make it a split on the first day of the Bentley University Invitational in Waltham, Massachusetts.  UMC defeated Chestnut Hill  28-26, 23-25, 25-14, 17-25, 15-12 and lost to Florida Southern 15-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18.
In the first match in a first ever meeting with Chestnut Hill, UMC won a marathon first set 28-26 after trailing early 10-5. The Golden Eagles then lost a tough 25-23 match after UMC tied it at 25-25 on a kill by Sierra Trost (Blaine High School, Mn), but Chestnut Hill would win the next two points and tie the sets at 1-1.
In the third set with the score tied at 6-6, UMC ran off five straight points behind the play of Kelci Green (Soph-Anoka, Mn) with a kill and block and another kill by Trost. UMC would never lose control on their way to a 25-14 win and led 2-1 in the match. In the fourth set, UMC sparked a rally to get within 14-13, but Chestnut Hill would score four points in a row and also the last four points in a 25-17 win and send the match into a fifth set.
The two teams would go back and forth throughout the deciding set with nobody leading at any time by more than two points. UMC had taken a 13-11 lead when Chestnut Hill scored to pull within 13-12 and the Golden Eagles with play at the net by Maggie Perrel (Soph-Watertown-Mayer, Mn) who recorded a kill and then finished it off forcing a mishit by Chestnut Hill to claim the 15-12 win to win the match three games to two to start the season.  UMC was led by Stephanie Pearson (Sr-Frankfort, KY) with 17 kills and 16 digs while Trost had 45 assists, 6 kills and 14 digs.

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5
UMC 28 25 25 17 15
Chestnut Hill 26 27 14 25 12

Kills -  Stephanie Pearson-17, Kali Erickson-9, Maggie Perrel-8, Kelci Green-7, Erin Schwarz-7
Blocks - Kelci Green-4, Stephanie Pearson-3, Erin Schwarz-3, Sierra Trost-3
Assists - Sierra Trost-45
Digs -  Casey Cashman-19, Stephanie Pearson-16, Sierra Trost-14, Kali Erickson-13, Kaycie Hagen-12
Aces - Stephanie Pearson-3, Maggie Perrel-2

The Golden Eagles didn't have long to enjoy their opening season victory earlier in the day over Chestnut Hill College when they had to take on the #17 ranked in NCAA Division II, Florida Southern. Florida Southern set the tone for the match jumping out to a 10-5 lead in the first set and went on to a 25-15 win. UMC would rebound and take a 19-15 lead behind Pearson's play at the net with some big hits and kills and also the play of Kelci Green and the Golden Eagles had to hang on to a 25-23 win to tie the match at 1-1.
Like in the other sets Florida Southern would get a run, this time of five straight points to take a 12-5 lead. UMC would come back with Perrel serving an ace, Kali Erickson (Jr-Fargo, N.D) kill and now it was a 16-14 lead for Florida Southern and they would run out the set with a 25-19 win and they took a two sets to one lead.
The fourth set was again close with UMC trailing 10-8, but Florida Southern was too powerful and ran off  runs of three and four at a time to win 25-18 and win the match three games to one.
UMC was led again by Pearson in kills with 10 and 13 digs and Perrel added 9 kills.
UMC is 1-1 on the year and will play host Bentley University and the University of New Haven tomorrow to wrap up the Invitational.

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4
UMC 15 25 19 18
Flordia Southern 25 23 25 25

Kills -  Stephanie Pearson-10, Maggie Perrel-9, Kelci Green-8
Blocks - Kali Erickso-1, Erin Schwarz-1
Assists -  Sierra Trost-34
Digs -  Maggie Perrel-14, Kaycie Hagen-13, Stephanie Pearson-13, Sierra Trost-10
Aces -Kelci Green-2, Stephanie Pearson-2



The Crookston Pirates Boy's Soccer team took on the Jamestown Blue Jays at the Crookston High School Field on a warm, windy day and used a fast start to beat the Blue Jays 2-1. Temperatures at game time reached into the 90's with a wind gusting near 30 miles per hour!
Crookston played the first half with the wind at their backs and they took advantage of it! Both teams started the game figuring each other out and working out the kinks which led to the majority of play being in the neutral zone. The Pirates controlled most of the possession early on and picked up the first shot on goal by either team just over five minutes in. Minutes later, Parker Nicholls and Jacob Roesch used some beautiful passing to move the ball up the left side and generate a chance that Blue Jay goalkeeper Adam Reiten was able to turn away. At the 9:37 mark, Nicholls used the wind to his advantage. The senior booted the ball from just inside midfield that the wind played tricks with and found it's way into the back of the net. Nicholls' third goal of the season gave Crookston the 1-0 lead. "I knew that if we were going to have a chance to win we needed to strike early and take advantage of the wind being at our back," Crookston head coach Don Cox said. "We've been practicing in this wind all week long and I think that helped the guys to know what they needed to do. Our passing was also very sharp in the first half."
The Pirates continued to control the offensive part of the game as they recorded seven shots on goal before Jamestown got their first one. Less than five minutes after Nicholls' goal, the Pirates used a great hustle play to tack on another one. Crookston's Bobby Tiedemann was locked in a one-on-one battle in the corner and was able to separate himself from the defense and find Guthrie Dingmann wide open at the top of the six foot box. Dingmann wasted no time in kicking it past the keeper and put the Pirates up 2-0. "It's a plus when we can have multiple guys contribute," coach Cox said of his team's balance. "We can't have just one or two guys scoring. We've got multiple people who can score for us and today we were able to still keep some offensive pressure on in the second half."

        Teammates congratulate Parker Nicholls after his goal                 Bobby Tiedemann with an acrobatic attempt off of a corner kick

The teams went into the halftime break with Crookston leading 2-0. Guthrie Dingmann almost had his second goal of the game within the second half's first five minutes but just sailed the ball over the crossbar and leaping Blue Jay goalkeeper. After that the tone seemed to change a bit as play slanted towards the Crookston defensive zone. Jamestown controlled the zone for longer and outshot the Pirates in the second half by a 6-2 margin. "The heat played a factor and our guys were a bit tired in the second half," Pirate head coach Don Cox stated. "Our kids were pointing out how Jamestown had strong legs and when they were moving with the wind to their back they went a lot faster. My guys were trying to play as smart as they could and not give Jamestown any opportunities in the middle." Just under 18 minutes into the second half the Blue Jays got on the board courtesy of the foot of Colton Aldringer. The midfielder dribbled the ball across the midfield stripe and kicked one from deep on the right side. Crookston goalkeeper Elijah Phaiah made a great attempt at it but right as he was coming down from the peak of his jump the ball snuck under the crossbar and into the back of the net to make it a 2-1 game. Phaiah would get redemption just five minutes later when he stuffed Jamestown's Brady Carlson on a penalty shot that would have tied the game. Both teams had chances late but Crookston held on for the 2-1 victory.
Elijah Phaiah was busy in the second half, making seven of his eight saves in the final 40 minutes. Crookston also benefited from great team defense throughout the game. "I emphasize that our defense is a unit and they all have to play together. Our defensive mids get a lot of work because they are playing both ways," Coach Cox said of his defense. "It worked for us today. We were able to break up a lot of Jamestown's attacks and keep them from getting high quality shots."
The Pirates are now 2-0 on the young season while Jamestown drops to 1-4-2. Crookston will be back at it on September 8th when they host Detroit Lakes. "We'll see how that one goes," Coach Cox joked about the next game. "The first day of school always makes it an interesting game."

       Jacob Roesch dribbles the ball                                      Drew Dragseth battles for possession



2nd Final
Jamestown 0 1 1

9:37-Crox-Parker Nicholls
14:08-Crox- Guthrie Dingmann
57:41- JHS- Colton Aldringer 

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Elijah Phaiah- Crox 2 5 7
Adam Reiten- Jamestown 6 X 6
Paxton Kleinknecht- Jamestown X 2 2



The Crookston Pirate Girls Volleyball team won their first match of the season in thrilling fashion on Thursday night, taking down the Mahnomen Indians in a match played in Mahnomen. The Pirates dropped the first two sets but rallied to win three sets in a row in a match that featured tough conditions for both teams. Due to the heat, the floor became slippery and the teams had to stop to wipe up sweat from the hardwood multiple times each set.
Things didn’t look bright for Crookston early as they dropped the first two sets 22-25 and 20-25. “We struggled to pass early. It was our pitfall against Fosston and we saw it happen again,” Crookston Pirates Head Coach Meredith Hollcraft said. “The girls showed a lot of tentativeness and a lack of confidence those first two sets. We saw what we’re capable of on Tuesday because we felt we had a good chance to win that one. So we know we can play like that, we just needed to see it.”
The match started to turn a corner in the third set when Crookston stepped things and got some key plays. “The energy of our team went to another level in that set,” said Croach Hollcraft. “The girls, both in the game and on the bench, were very loud and supportive. I’ve talked to the girls about being more engaged and in the game in every single play and you could really see that come to fruition in the latter stages tonight. That third set was a close one and I’m so proud of how the girls played.” Crookston pulled out the set by a narrow 25-22 margin and kept their hopes alive in the match.
In the fourth set it was Mahnomen being victimized by errors. The Indians couldn’t handle the revitalized Pirates in the fourth as Crookston took the set, 25-14. “Mahnomen is a solid team that works very hard and never gives up on the ball,” said Coach Hollcraft. “We were able to capitalize on some of their errors in the fourth set and luckily didn’t make any ourselves.
Crookston kept up their improved play in the fifth and final set, jumping out to a 10-8 lead. “Those last three sets our team showed what can happen when all six players on the court are in tune and are hustling,” stated Coach Hollcraft. “We can have success and always be in matches no matter what happens.” With Crookston leading 14-12, Mahnomen served the ball out of bounds which gave Crookston the 15-12 win and completed the comeback.
Precious Adams, Amanda Trandem and Kennedy Cwikla tied for the Pirate lead with eight kills apiece and Macy Strem contributed 26 assists. “I’m extremely happy with the way Macy has played so far,” said Coach Hollcraft of her setter, who was moved into the role during a preseason scrimmage. “She has impressed the coaches, has great hands and has done a fantastic job.
Crookston is 1-1 on the season and will host Red Lake Falls on  Tuesday at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.

  1 2 3 4 5
CROOKSTON 22 20 25 25 15
Mahnomen 25 25 22 14 12

For Crookston
Kills - Precious Adams- 8, Kennedy Cwikla- 8, Amanda Trandem- 8
Blocks - Nicole Goosen- 3, Macy Strem- 3
Assists - Macy Strem- 26
Digs - Annie Hajostek- 10
Aces - Precious Adams- 3, Amanda Trandem- 3, Macy Strem- 2



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Soccer team was tied with the Bemidji State Beavers going into halftime, but Bemidji State scored a goal early in the second half on a penalty kick and that would turn out to be the difference in a 2-1 Beaver victory at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji.
Bemidji State defense dominated play only allowing two shots on goal, but UMC scored on one of those two shots.  UMC's goal keeper, Lexie Gauger, was called upon to make five first half saves and only two in the second half for a game total of seven.
UMC drops to 0-1 on the year, while Bemidji State improves to 1-0.



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

32:58 -  BSU -  Miranda Famestad  (Abigail Nyquist)
36:06 -  UMC -  Taylor Peterson  (Delaney McIntyre)
53:07 -  BSU -    Sarah Stram  (penalty kick)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Lexie Gauger-UMC 5 2 7
Anna Fobbe-BSU 0 1 1


The Crookston Girl's Swimming team continued their solid start to the season in Fosston and in a double dual defeated both Fosston-Bagley and Thief River Falls.  The Pirates handled the host school, Fosston-Bagley easily by a 42 point margin and then had another convincing win against Thief River Falls.
Crookston started off on fire, winning the 200 Yard Medley Relay in convincing fashion. The team of Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman, Kate MacGregor and Haley Roed finished with a final time of 2:02.22. The Pirates also finished with the best time in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay as Oman, MacGregor, Roed and Marietta Geist turned in a time of 1:45.28. As usual, the leaders of the team were leading by example. "The leaders on this team are absolutely phenomenal and bring some great characteristics to this team," said Pirate Head Coach Marley Melbye. "They have been leaders for awhile and handle their roles well!"
Kate MacGregor picked up two first place finishes in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Freestyle while Haley Roed also swam well with wins in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle. "I was really happy with the times that the girls had," said Coach Melbye. "Everybody was right around their personal best times and hopefully those will continue to improve as the season moves on." Despite the results, there is still room for improvement. "Tonight we were physically prepared and showed great endurance," added Coach Melbye. "I'd still like to see us be better in the mental toughness aspect of things."
The Pirates will have a lot of practice time before they host the Crookston Pirate Booster Invitational on Thursday, September 17. "I'm going to make sure we are prepared for the next meet," said Coach Melbye. "We need to focus on having that competitive hunger. The girls have had that at times but tonight it wasn't there like it has been." The Invitational will also feature Thief River Falls, Detroit Lakes and Warroad/Roseau.

1. Crookston- 68  vs.  Fosston-Bagley 26.0
2. Crookston-61  vs.  Thief River Falls  32.0
3. Thief River Falls  49.0  vs.  Fosston-Bagley  45.0

Pirates Event Time Place
Marietta Geist 200 Freestyle 2:09.77 1st
Theo Oman 200 IM 2:31.71 1st
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 26.14 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:07.57 1st
Merran Dingmann 500 Freestyle 5:56.01 1st
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 56.83 1st
Marietta Geist, Thea Oman,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Freestyle Relay 1:45.28 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:03.88 1st
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman, Kelsey Roed, Marietta Geist 400 Freestyle Relay 4:13.15 1st
Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:02.22 1st
Merran Dingmann 200 Freestyle 2:13.82 2nd
Marietta Geist 500 Freestyle 5:56.09 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 200 IM 2:33.28 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:12.64 2nd
Marietta Geist 500 Freestyle 5:56.09 2nd
Thea Oman 100 Breaststroke 1:22.40 3rd




The three Crookston Pirate Cross Country runners that are training and traveling with the East Grand Forks Green Wave Cross Country team and competed all three did well in the Thief River Falls Cross Country meet on Thursday afternoon.  The Minnesota State High School League increased the varsity girls cross country race distances this year to 5000 meters and Crookston eighth grader, Katheryne Geist, won the varsity girls division in 20:19, Ben Andringa easily won the boys junior high race, which was 3200 meters in 11:06, and Emily Gillette placed sixth in the junior high race, 3200 meters, in 15:32, at the Thief River Falls Country Club.   Geist won the girls Varsity race by over 14 seconds, beating Thief River Falls' Jerzie Finstad.  "Last year Katheryne won the junior high race as a seventh grader so she has great memories and a perfect performance in the TRF meet," said East Grand Forks Cross Country Meet Kelsey Aune.  "It was Bens first cross country race and his work ethic, competitiveness and athletic ability showed as he easily won the boys junior high race. All three Crookston athletes work very hard and are a wonderful part of our team.  They represent your school and community well!"





Here are a couple of trivia questions. What University of Minnesota Crookston employee played high school football with two future NFL players and an Olympic runner? Who is the only head coach in North Dakota High School to never lose a game? The answers for those are the same; it’s UMC Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations, Gary Warren (pictured right with his hall of fame plaque). “Now, I didn’t ever actually coach a game after I was named Minot High School Head Coach in the summer of 1980,” Warren clarified. “But I never lost one either.”


That was just one of the many stories that Warren shared for this feature, all of which we wish could be included but would result in a book being written rather than a short feature. Warren has experienced many things that make him one of the greatest story tellers on campus. KROX's Matt Bishop planned to sit with him for an hour for the feature and that turned into two hours and an open invitation to come back and “talk puck” another time.


A native of Mungor, Minnesota who grew up in Proctor, Gary Warren was recently honored by being inducted into the Itasca Community College Sports Hall of Fame. “That was a very proud moment for me,” stated Warren on being inducted. “It was a place where I was able to get my education and have an opportunity in athletics. I had a counselor in high school tell me that college might not be an option for me but I proved her wrong and went on to get a great education.”


Can you believe that someone who played junior college hockey and coached at multiple levels for 32 years didn’t even start playing the sport until 9th grade? For Warren, thanks to the urging of a Proctor High School teacher, that’s when he got his start. “I had a high school physical education instructor who was also the head hockey coach. He recruited me to play hockey although I had never played organized hockey before,” recounted Warren. “He pulled me out of class and said, ‘you might be a little bit behind but if you’re serious about playing hockey I’d love to have you on the team.’ My first taste of organized hockey was being the backup high school goalie during a game.” Minnesota High School hockey was a lot different than it is now when Warren started playing. “High school hockey was a one class system. Our arch rivals were Hermantown and there were some great teams and rinks up where I lived.”


Playing high school hockey in the 70’s was way different than it is today as Gary Warren points out. “We didn’t have all of the handheld devices and distractions that kids have today. You had to make your own fun. Many families also had one car so kids had to form their own activities,” said Warren. “I biked 10 miles into town for baseball practice in the summer. My friends and I shot hoops on the side of the barn. In the winter we would put our gear on toboggans and drag it to the rink to play hockey.” The facilities available also were an eye opening thing to learn about. “There were only a few indoor rinks in the Duluth area where we could play,” Warren explained. “I remember at the Duluth Curling Club teams were responsible for clearing their own ice. So after practice we’d take shovels and push the ice down to one end of the rink where there was a chute. We’d open the end boards and push the snow down the chute where it would go out into the bay in Lake Superior.” Teams would practice on outdoor rinks or split ice time with seven other area schools. Once the season inched closer to playoffs, teams would go back to practicing at indoor rinks to fine tune for the tournament.


“Goalers”, Gary Warren’s term for goaltenders, had quite the challenges in Warren’s playing days. A goalie himself, Warren talked about the equipment, or lack thereof, that he dealt with. “Equipment for goalers was very marginal,” stated Warren. “You went into every practice and every game having to be very alert and able to defend yourself. This was at the start of curved sticks where shots were coming a lot harder and going higher. You had to be sharp with your hands and gloves to protect yourself. It also forced you to get into your crouch a lot sooner.” A recipient of a number of concussions and multiple stitches in his head, Warren talked about the helmets and other equipment not being very forgiving. “We had formed fit masks that would break sometimes if a puck hit it. The arm pads were quilted cloth that you put your chest protector over and they stopped at your elbows,” explained Warren. “Because of that, your forearms were exposed and took a beating. The inside of my legs would be black and blue by the end of the season because we didn’t have goalie pants. Our leg pads were made of leather and horse hair which made them very heavy but they looked intimidating!”


After playing in what he called “an enchanted time to play hockey”, Warren moved on to Itasca State Junior College, which has since been changed to Itasca Community College. As a freshman in 1972, Warren noticed he was a little different than the makeup of a lot of the other guys. “The makeup of hockey players was a little rough and tumble,” the 1972 NJCAA All American explained. “Some guys would enroll in school for winter quarter, play hockey then once the season was done they’d head back to the mines or the railroad. I was an exception to what a lot of guys did. I wanted to go there and get a great education to go along with my athletic opportunity.” Warren helped the 1972 Vikings to a national championship and graduated from Itasca in 1973.


Warren’s coaching career started in 1976 when he was student teaching at Eveleth and served as an assistant coach for their hockey team. “That was so much fun,” Warren said of his time in Eveleth. “It was such a great league. The Iron Range Conference featured some great teams.”  In the summer of 1977 Warren got his first teaching/coaching gig at Minot High School. At Minot he worked as an assistant coach for Dean Blais (yep, the Dean Blais who coached at UND, USA World Junior Team and is the current coach at Omaha). When Blais left in the summer of 1980 to join the University of North Dakota staff, Warren was named head coach but just after that happened he was contacted by the Air Force Academy to coach there. “I have the distinct honor of being a high school head coach in North Dakota and never losing a game,” joked Warren. “Of course I never coached a game, but I never lost.”


Warren coached under Air Force head coach John Matchefts (captain of the 1956 USA Olympic team and a US Hockey Hall of Famer) for three years and learned a lot in his time there. Recruiting players for the Air Force Academy wasn’t an easy task as Warren would find out. “It was tough to find kids to play here at times; we couldn’t usually get the top recruits because of military service,” Warren explained. “There was a five year commitment and the NHL was starting to draft more high school kids so they didn’t want to have to wait until their military commitment was over.” Warren’s longest stint followed Air Force when he took over the Dakota College at Bottineau Lumberjacks hockey program in North Dakota. In 15 of those 17 years, Warren was the team’s bus driver along with his other duties. “We had some long trips,” Warren mentioned. “We would have 26 guys on the bus driving from Bottineau to places like Colorado Springs or Stevens Point, Wisconsin. I even had a kid sitting on an ice chest because he didn’t have a seat.” Warren’s time with the Lumberjacks taught him to turn negatives into positives. “We had our rink which we called the ‘Lumber Dome’ and it had wood rafters and was a very intimate setting,” Warren reminisced of his old home rink. “We had a group of kids called the ‘Shirtless Wonders’ who would paint their chest at each game, there was an organ that would entertain the fans during games and the train horn that sounded when we scored made the opposing goalies jump out of their skates.”


Warren arrived at UMC and started coaching the hockey program in 2001 until March 23, 2009. “I’ll never forget that day,” said Warren about the day the hockey program stopped. “I absolutely loved what I did but had to put my head above my heart.” The University said that the Athletic Department needed to downsize 100 thousand dollars. Because of the lack of Division 2 schools in the west and Division 3 schools not wanting to play UMC anymore, it got tougher to keep the program going. “No matter how you looked at it, I didn’t have a chance at keeping the program,” said Warren. “I accepted the decision and was happy that the university recognized my value and gave me the job I have as an Assistant Athletic Director.”


As with any former coach, Warren still has some withdrawals. “I still have some withdrawals but I talk a lot with the coaches here at UMC and really love to see the passion they have for their teams,” said Warren. “I’ve also been a Bemidji State hockey season ticket holder and love watching their games in the winter.”


From pushing ice down a chute into Lake Superior to visiting the Los Angeles Kings prospect camp as a guest of the coach, Gary Warren has experienced more than you can imagine. So next time you want to talk hockey or hear a story, stop by the UMC Athletics Building and ask for Gary. Just be prepared to be there for a few hours. 





The Crookston Pirates Volleyball played well at times and struggled at times, but overall saw some good things in a 3-1 loss (25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18) to the Fosston Greyhounds in a match played at the Crookston High School Gymnasium in the season opener for both teams.
In the first set was tight from start to finish with 13 ties in the set.  The two teams were tied at 2-2 and Fosston built a 7-3 lead, before Crookston battled back to tie the match at 7-7.  That was the beginning of  12 consecutive ties from 7-7 all the way to 18-18!!  Crookston tied the set at 18-18 after Fosston hit out of bounds, but couldn't take advantage of the opportunity as they served out of bounds.  Fosston followed with three kills over four points and led 21-19.  Crookston battled back and after a Macy Strem ace the Pirates trailed 22-21.  At this point Fosston's Abby Swanson took over and scored three straight points with a kill and two aces to give Fosston a 25-21 victory in the first set.  "I thought it was a first good set and we might have surprised ourselves at times and Fosston too," said Pirate Coach Meredith Hollcraft. "The girls are seeing their potential and seeing that there is more there."
In the second set the two teams were tied 1, 2, 3, 7 and 11 before Fosston went on a 9-1 run behind some big kills and Pirate passing and hitting errors. "I think that was a good demonstration of why you need good passing," said Coach Hollcraft. "We struggled on several serves in a row and they were able to build that lead.  We work on serving and talk about passing every day, but when you get in tough situations you go back to the old bad habits."  Crookston couldn't recover the rest of the way as Fosston won the second set 25-18.
In the third set, Fosston looked like they were going to cruise to a three set victory as they built a 16-7 lead after an Abby Swanson kill.  Fosston hit into the net on two straight attacks, Precious Adams had a block for a kill, Annie Hajostek followed with a service ace to bring the Pirates within a 16-11 deficit.  Crookston kept the run going with a Fosston miss-hit and another Adams kill to cap a 6-0 run and the Pirates only trailed by three points.  Fosston built the lead to 21-16, but struggled with two hitting errors.  Crookston served into the net, but Fosston had three straight hitting errors and Crookston trailed 22-21.  Fosston answered with another Abby Swanson kill to take a two point lead.  Crookston answered with an Amanda Trandem kill, Fosston hit out of bounds and on the next point it looked like the Greyhounds were going to take a 24-23 lead when the Pirates hit the ball out of bounds on an attack, but a Fosston player was in the net and the point went to Crookston for a 24-23 lead.  With all the momentum on Crookston's side Annie Hajostek served up an ace to give the Pirates a 25-23 victory forcing a fourth set. "I think we had a great second half of the set and it is a perfect example of why you don't give up even if you are down 16-7.  The girls didn't give up and did a nice job," said Coach Hollcraft. "That could have been the set right there when Precious hit the ball out of bounds, but when you get a gift like that you have to capitalize on it and that is exactly what we did."
In the fourth set, Fosston jumped out to a 10-4 lead and kept building to a 16-6 lead and never looked back on their way to a 25-18 victory to win the set and match 3-1.  "I told the girls to answer back and the girls showed some signs of hustle and working hard and that was great to see," said Coach Hollcraft. "Macy Strem was hustling and that got some of the girls going.  We have to eliminate the mental errors and make sure we get our first serves across and not give them easy points.  Amanda Trandem and Precious Adams were hitting the ball hard by the end of the night and that was good to see as they got more comfortable.  We saw a lot of good things and lost to a very good team and program.  While we are disappointed with the loss, we saw a lot of good things tonight."
Crookston drops to 0-1 on the year and will travel to Mahnomen on Thursday.  Fosston improves to 1-0 on the season.
J.V. - Fosston won 2-1
C Squad - Fosston won 2-0

                    Nicole Goosen (6) and Macy Strem (2) get a block

  1 2 3 4
Fosston 25 25 23 25
CROOKSTON 21 18 25 18

                     Annie Hajostek with one of her digs

For Crookston
Kills - Precious Adams - 7, Amanda Trandem - 7
Blocks - Precious Adams - 2
Assists - Macy Strem - 30
Digs -  Annie Hajostek - 18, Amanda Trandem - 9, Jenna Porter - 8
Aces - Annie Hajostek - 2, Amanda Trandem - 1, Jenna Porter - 1

For Fosston
Kills - Abby Swanson - 17, Emily Curfman - 10
Blocks - Emily Curfman - 2, Kylie Sollie - 1
Assists -  Emily Curfman - 30, Haley Swanson - 13
Digs - Noelle Dufault - 28 
Aces - Noelle Dufault - 5, Abby Swanson - 5

    The Pirate student body went with the beach/Hawaiian theme for the volleyball match Tuesday night





The #9 ranked Crookston Pirates Girls Tennis team had their full line up for the first time this season and it has showed as they swept the Park Rapids Tri-Angular today, beating Section 8A foe Park Rapids 7-0 beat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6-1 and then beat Pequot Lakes 5-2 for an impressive finish to the day.  The Long Prairie Grey Eagle match was suspended because of a propane leak at the middle school, which was next to the tennis courts in Park Rapids.  The individual match stories are below.

The Pirates started off the day with an impressive 7-0 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers in a Section 8A match.  Crookston's Ally Tiedemann beat Julia Smith in three sets and it was the first time Ally had beating Smith in her career.  Another big win for the Pirates was at second singles with Leah Trostad beat her opponent in straight sets and it was the first time she had beaten her opponent.  "That was a nice win with Ally at first singles and it was the first time she had beaten her in her career and Leah getting her first win over her opponent in straight sets was big," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "We had our full squad and winning 7-0 surprised me a little.  I thought it would have been something like 5-2, but the girls really played well and it was a great way to start off the day."

   Kendall Wahouske eyes down the ball on a backhand return

  CROOKSTON- 7 Park Rapids- 0 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Julia Smith Crox 7-5, 3-6, 10-8
#2 Leah Trostad Natalie Kinkel Crox 6-4, 6-3
#3 Alyssa Fee Tori Hilmanowski Crox 6-3, 6-2
#4 Elise Tangquist Rachel Palmer Crox 6-3, 6-0
#1 Doubles Amy Follette
Elisa Samuelson
Kelsey Clark
Mariena Dearstyne
Crox 6-3, 6-3
#2 Tori Demarais
Kendall Wahouske
Drew Hilmanowski
Haley Macpherson
Crox 6-0, 6-3
#3 Jaeden Lizakowski
Catherine Tiedemann
Gracie Eischens
Olivia Wallace
Crox 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)

Crookston took a 6-0 lead in the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle winning all six matches in straight sets, but the match wasn't without some excitement.  As Leah Trostad was playing at first singles she won the first set and during her second set sirens were going and all of a sudden Park Rapids Police, Hubbard County Sheriff deputies, Minnesota State Highway Patrols, Park Rapids ambulance and Park Rapids fire trucks all came flying down the road by the tennis courts to the Park Rapids Middle School.  Two Sheriff's Deputies got out of their vehicles at the tennis courts and told the tennis teams that they had to evacuate the tennis courts because of a propane leak at the school by the courts.  So Trostad, who was in her second set, had to suspend her match and the teams crossed the road towards the Park Rapids High School.  After 10 minutes the teams decided to finish the match at the Depot Tennis courts near downtown Park Rapids.  The match resumed and Trostad lost in a three set tie-breaker. "Leah was playing well in her match, it was hot out and was a long match and you can get tired in a hurry and then we had to move the match to different courts," said Coach Geffre. "Leah kept coming back and played tough, but lost an interesting match. I have been coaching long enough to see everything and you never know what to expect like a court evacuation because of a propane leak."

The authorities responding to the propane leak at the Park Rapids Middle School next to the tennis courts

  CROOKSTON- 6 Long Prairie-GE--1 Winner Score
#1 Singles Leah Trostad Mckenzie Barth LPGE 6-4, 5-7, 10-5
#2 Alyssa Fee Maddie Gorr Crox 6-0, 6-0
#3 Jaeden Lizakowski Maddie Hall Crox 6-1, 6-0
#4 Alyssa Schultz Hailey Goff Crox 6-1, 6-2
#1 Doubles Ally Tiedemann
Amy Follette
Abby Ecker
Ally Ecker
Crox 6-2, 6-3
#2 Elisa Samuelson
Tori Demarais
Whitney Eckel
Kalley Levin
Crox 6-0, 6-0
#3 Kendall Wahouske
Elise Tangquist
Natalie Strassberg
Emily Krousey
Crox 6-2, 6-2

With temperatures near 90 degrees the Pirates took on their toughest opponent of the day and beat Pequot Lakes by an impressive 5-2 score.  Ally Tiedemann beat Pequot Lakes' Hailey Wiebolt for the first time in her career and did it in impressive fashion with a 6-4, 6-1 victory.  Amy Follette was the other singles player to get a victory with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.  All three doubles teams won their matches. The first doubles team of Leah Trostad and Elisa Samuelson won their match easily, and the second doubles team of Tori Demarais and Kendall Wahouske had a big three set victory for the fourth win of the match and the third doubles team of Alyssa Schultz and Elise Tangquist won their third set tie-breaker 13-11 to pick up the fifth team victory.  "It was a team win and it took a good effort from everybody to get the win," said Coach Geffre. "Ally beat her opponent for the first time and the rest of the girls really played well, even in the losses.  It was good to have tough test and it was great to see the girls play well.  It seemed like we had a little more in the tank in that third match and that is a good thing and it means we are out there competing hard."
Crookston has won five duals in a row and are 6-2 on the year and will be at Moorhead for a dual on Friday at 11:00 a.m.

Elise Tangquist eyes down the ball on a forehand return in the Pequot Lakes match

  CROOKSTON- 5 Pequot Lakes - 2 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Hailey Wiebolt Crox 6-4, 6-1
#2 Alyssa Fee Sydney Holt PL 6-1, 6-2
#3 Amy Follette Alex Nelson Crox 6-2, 6-1
#4 Jaeden Lizakowski Lauren Bengston PL 6-4, 6-2
#1 Doubles Leah Trostad
Elisa Samuelson
Mallory Gorges
Cassidu Herrlich
Crox 6-1, 6-0
#2 Tori Demarais
Kendall Wahouske
Alyssa Golden
Alex Stone
Crox 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
#3 Elise Tangquist
Alyssa Schultz
Alexis Lueck
Erin Bengston
Crox 6-4, 1-6, 13-11

      Alyssa Schultz chases down a volley in the Pequot Lakes match



The Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team’s offense struggled as they dropped their third straight game, 3-0 to the Detroit Lakes Lakers in a game played at Detroit Lakes High School.
“Detroit Lakes is a talented team and we had moments of playing aggressively as a unit but just got too frustrated at times,” said Pirate head coach Sarah Reese.
Detroit Lakes jumped on Crookston early, scoring two minutes in. DL’s Lauren Tschider took a feed from Anna Payne and buried it past Crookston goalkeeper Brita Fagerlund. The Lakers continued their offensive pressure nine minutes later when Jordan Lundberg scored to make it 2-0. Lauren Tschider kept the pressure on when she finished off the hat trick by scoring two goals in a five minute span to put Detroit Lakes up 4-0 just 19 minutes into the game. “Let’s face it, frustration was a big emotion out of our team today,” stated Reese. “My role as a coach is to bring our athletes out of that frustration and have a better emotion.” Anna Payne added two goals late in the first half to give Detroit Lakes the 7-0 lead heading into the break.
The teams stayed scoreless for the first 24 minutes of the second half as Crookston started to increase their offensive pressure. “This game certainly showed that we have some opportunities to keep moving forward,” stated Coach Reese. “We played better in the second half and need to keep that aggressive play going as we move forward.”
Detroit Lakes got back on the scoreboard courtesy of a Nicole Sanders goal at the 61 minute mark. Three minutes later Emily Larson became the fifth Laker to tally a goal and make it 9-0. Detroit Lakes added three more goals late and went on to win, 12-0.
Brita Fagerlund started in net for Crookston and made two saves. Jayden Allrich also saw time between the pipes for the Pirates. Allrich had 10 saves in the loss. “We need to specifically address being mentally resilient going forward,” said Reese. “We have to work on passing blue to blue and putting the ball in the net.”
Crookston falls to 0-3 on the season and won’t play again until September 10 at Bemidji. With the win, Detroit Lakes improves to 2-1 on the year.



2nd Final
Detroit Lakes 7 5 12

2:00- DL- Lauren Tschider
11:00- DL- Jordan Lundberg
14:00- DL- Lauren Tschider (2)
19:00- DL- Lauren Tschider (3)
23:00- DL- Jordan Lundberg (2)
25:00- DL- Anna Payne
34:00- DL- Anna Payne (2)
61:00- DL- Nicole Swanson
64:00- DL- Emily Larson
69:00- DL- Anna Payne (3)
70:00- DL- Lizzie Johnson
78:00- DL- Anna Jones

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Brita Fagerlund- Crox 2 X 2
Jayden Allrich- Crox 3 7 10
Payton Carlblom- DL 0 1 1

MONDAY - AUGUST 31,  2015


The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team opened up the 2015 swimming season with a second place finish out of seven teams at the Detroit Lakes Pentathlon meet in Detroit Lakes.  Detroit Lakes won the event with 326 points, while Crookston was second with 307.  The girls swam five events, the 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 100 IM. There were over 140 swimmers competing in the contest.  All the results were totaled up and Crookston had five girls in the top 13 individually with Kate MacGregor leading the Pirates with a fifth place individual finish.  Kate was the only Pirate to have a first place finish after she won the 50 backstroke with a time of 30.09 seconds. "It was a good day for us to come in second place with only 13 swimmers today.  Pretty much everybody cut time today in nearly everything and I was surprised that Thea Oman cut nearly two seconds off her 50 breaststroke, which is great," said Coach Marley Melbye.  "There was a bunch of time cuts in our IM's and I am excited to see where we go from here.  We are starting right where we left off last year because the girls have worked hard in the offseason and it showed today.  Some of the younger girls, McKenna Hall, Sarah Ryan and Victoria Proulx saw some big gains and they are moving into the middle of the heats and that is good to see."  After the first meet there are some areas for improvement. "We will need to do some conditioning and will need to finish strong and we will need to work on technique," said Coach Melbye. "Overall, it was a good day!"
The Pirates will travel to Fosston for the Fosston-Bagley triangular on Thursday and will swim against Fosston-Bagley and Thief River Falls.

1. Detroit Lakes - 326
2. CROOKSTON - 307
3. Park Rapids -     232
4. Fergus Falls -     152
5. Thief River Falls - 97.5
6. Perham -                44
7. Staples-Motley -   6.5

Top 13 Individuals -
1. Sydney Gulon (DL) - 105 points
2. Kayla Anderson (PR) - 93
    Emilie Reard (FF) -       93
4. Jennifer Tracy (DL) -   83
5. Kate MacGregor (Crox) - 82
6. Tea Nyland (PR) -         77
7. Clara Livermore (DL) - 72
8. Alexandra King (TRF) - 63
9. Hayley Roed (Crox) -     61
10. Paige Fritze (PR) -        57
11. Merran Dingmann (Crox) - 49.5
12. Sierra Pry (Crox) -          47
13. Thea Oman (Crox) -       46
Over 140 swimmers competed!!

Pirate (Top 10 placers) Event Time Place
Kate MacGregor 50 Backstroke 30.09 1st
Hayley Roed 50 Freestyle 26.62 3rd
Kate MacGregor 50 Butterfly 28.96 4th
Sierra Pry 50 Backstroke 31.80 4th
Kate MacGregor 50 Freestyle 26.62 4th
Merran Dingmann 50 Backstroke 31.85 5th
Haley Roed 50 Butterfly 29.17 6th
Thea Oman 50 Freestyle 27.07 6th
Kate MacGregor 100 IM 1:08.59 6th
Hayley Roed 100 IM 1:09.37 8th
Merran Dingmann 100 IM 1:10.23 9th
Sierra Pry 50 Butterfly 30.61 10th
Thea Oman 50 Breastroke 36.71 10th
Marietta Geist 50 Freestyle 27.28 10th

The Top three from each age group -


1.       Tea Nyland, Park Rapids

2.       Alexandria King, Thief River Falls

3.       Haley Roed, Crookston


1.       Clara Livermore, Detroit Lakes

2.       McKenna Krengel, Detroit Lakes

3.       Caitlin Hexum, Fergus Falls


1.       Kate MacGregor, Crookston

2.       Merran Dingmannn, Crookston

3.       Marley Nelson, Thief River Falls


1.       Thea Oman, Thief River Falls

2.       Ella Childs, Fergus Falls

3.       Maggie Ingebrand, Perham


1.       Annika Dalager, Thief River Falls

2.       Elizabeth Erdman, Crookston

3.       Lucy Steinke, Detroit Lakes


1.       Jennifer Tracy, Detroit Lakes

2.       Evan Westrum, Detroit Lakes

3.       Ellie Ulvin, Park Rapids




SATURDAY  -  AUGUST 29, 2015


The Crookston Pirate Girl's Tennis squad won the Crookston Pirates/Carla Johnson Memorial Girl's Tennis Tournament by edging Thief River Falls by a point to win the tournament held at the Crookston High School, Highland School and Schuster Park courts in Crookston.   Thief River Falls beat Crookston in four out of the five matches that they played in the tournament, but Crookston won the team title by having everybody finish first, second or third while Thief River Falls had several champions all the way down to a fifth place finish at first singles. 
Leah Trostad and Elisa Samuelson at first doubles had the only first place finish after winning their three matches easily. Nissa Brekken and Catherine Tiedemann won fourth doubles, but it didn't count towards the team score.  The rest of the Pirates finished second, except for Alyssa Fee and Tori Demarais who won two and lost one as they finished third place. "It was a great day and everybody got three matches in and a lot of competitive tennis," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre.  "Everybody body finished first and second with one third place so everybody got a medal which is a good thing. It was a good all around day and I think everybody was improved from last week.  The girls keep getting better each time out and they keep working hard in practice.  I thought we had our best practice of the year on Thursday so hopefully the girls will keep working hard and keep making that improvement."
Crookston will be at Park Rapids on Tuesday for a quadrangular with Pequot Lakes, Park Rapids and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

Elisa Samuelson eyes down the ball on a return in her second match

Team Results
2. Thief River Falls - 27
3. East Grand Forks - 22
4. Hibbing - 15
5. Moorhead - 12
6. Detroit Lakes - 1

   Tori Demarais hits a forehand return from the baseline in her second match

  Pirate Matches/Results Place
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Beat Grace Kinney (DL) 6-0, 6-0
Beat Molly Scipioni (Hib) 6-1, 6-0
Lost to Chessa Jones (EGF) 6-3, 6-4
#2 Amy Follette Beat Melissa Glatt (MHD) 6-2, 6-4
Beat Elle Jorgenson (TRF) 6-3, 3-6, 10-5
Lost to Emma Dietrich (EGF) 6-2, 6-4
#3 Jaeden Lizakowski Beat Emily Strezishar (EGF) 6-1, 6-3
Lost to Becky Wilke (MHD) 3-6, 6-1, 10-8
Lost to Karryn Leake (TRF) 6-2, 6-2
#4 Elise Tangquist Beat Maria Gheradi (EGF) 6-1, 6-2
Beat Lillien Rue (Hib) 6-1, 6-2
Lost to Kira Beier (TRF) 7-5, 6-3
#1 Doubles Leah Trostad
Elisa Samuelson
Beat Sarah Hong/Jordon Hyduke (Hib) 6-1, 6-0
Beat Annie Wilke/Claire Rix (MHD) 6-1, 6-1
Beat Cynthia Loven/Jenna Dietrich (EGF) 6-2, 6-4
#2 Alyssa Fee
Tori Demarais
Beat Maria Valentini/Maddy Warner (Hib) 4-6, 6-3, 11-9
Lost to Juliet Tunberg/Chloe Lund (TRF) 6-4, 6-2
Beat Mackenzie Burris/Kayla Partlow (EGF) 7-6 (6-3), 6-0
#3 Kendall Wahouske
Marie Sandman
Beat Ellie Vonesh/Barley McMahon (EGF) 6-1, 6-1
Beat Brea Johnston/Mary Nelmark (DL) 6-0, 6-0
Lost to Carly Lunsetter/Sadie Cleven/Taylor Jessme (TRF) 6-0, 6-1
#4 Nissa Brekken
Catherine Tiedemann
Beat Delaney Aaker/Gracie Coulter (EGF) 6-1, 6-0
Beat Makena Duncun/Bella Edvall (DL) 6-0, 6-0
Beat Hibbing (6-1, 6-0)



The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team opened up the season with a 4-1 victory over the Fergus Falls Otters in the Pirate season and home opener in a game played at the Crookston High School Soccer Fields.
Crookston dominated the first half and only allowed Fergus Falls one quality shot.  Crookston, on the other hand, had a lot of scoring opportunities and just over 16 minutes into the game, Parker Nicholls tracked down the ball in front of the net and kicked the ball past the Otter goalkeeper to give Crookston a 1-0 lead. “Fergus Falls would cluster in front of the net and we were right in front and the ball was bouncing in front of the net and Parker got a foot on it and poked it in under the keeper,” said Pirate Coach Don Cox.  “Parker played very well, he was playing fast and aggressive, he was going to the ball and took a lot of shots.”  Six minutes later, Crookston struck again.  This time it was Ian Johnson scoring on another loose ball in front of the net to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead halfway through the first half. “We have been working on position in practice and Ian was right in the middle and the ball came to him untouched and he put it in,” said Coach Cox. “That was exactly what we had been working on in practice.  We saw a lot of things that we have worked on in practice today, so that was good to see.”  Over seven minutes later, Crookston scored again when Parker Nicholls picked up the loose ball in the corner went along the baseline and took a shot from a tough angle and snuck it past the keeper for a 3-0 Pirate lead.  “He tied down on the goal line and got the ball across and got the ball past the keeper and it hit the upper post and went in,” said Coach Cox, who was pleased with his team leading 3-0 at halftime. “They did everything they were supposed to do, everything we planned on doing in the first game.”
In the second half, Fergus Falls scored the first goal 15 minutes into the half when a kick from about 20 yards sailed over the keepers head and Crookston’s lead was cut to 3-1.  Crookston would respond with a goal with three minutes left when Ian Johnson scored his second goal of the game. “Ian had the ball off to the left of the goal and came in and the stars aligned perfectly and had an opening and got the kick off and into the net,” said Coach Cox.  Crookston held on and won the season opener by a 4-1 victory.
Crookston only had two saves in the game while getting 15 shots on goal.  “We dominated the first half, which was kind of surprising because yesterday when we were going into the wind we couldn’t do anything into the wind.  Today they kept the ball down low and played well,” said Coach Cox.  “In the second half we were kicking the ball to high and far with the wind at our back so we couldn’t get the adjustment with the wind at our back.  You could tell the boys were tired in the second half and a little out of shape so that means we will do some running next week to get into better shape.  With the lead we had the ability to play a lot of kids and we were able to see what they had.  We saw a lot of good things today.”
Crookston improves to 1-0 on the year and will host Jamestown on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

        Ian Johnson gets past an Otter defender            Parker Nicholls brings the ball up



2nd Final
Fergus Falls 0 1 1

   Guthrie Dingman tries to beat the Otter keeper to the ball

16:12- Crox- Parker Nicholls
22:16- Crox- Ian Johnson
29:48- Crox- Parker Nicholls
55:24- FF- Cody Drake
77:09- Crox- Ian Johnson

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Elijah Phaiah - Crox 1 X 1
Cody Wardner- Crox X 1 1
Caleb Peterson - FF 7 4 11



After opening up their season yesterday with a 1-0 loss to St. John’s Prep, the Crookston Pirates Girl's Soccer team was back in action just 17 hours later as they took on the Fergus Falls Otters. Fergus Falls used stifling defense to come away with the 3-0 win.
Both teams were scoreless through the game’s first 36 minutes but it was Fergus Falls that applied the majority of the pressure as they forced Crookston goalkeeper Brita Fagerlund to make eight saves in the first half. “The beginning of the season and a short turnaround time early is always a test mentally and physically,” said Pirate head coach Sarah Reese. “Having a few days before our next game will be nice.” 36 minutes into the game Fergus Falls would strike first. Sophie Rausch took a pass from Hannah Baker in the right corner of the six yard box and put it in the net past the Crookston keeper to make it a 1-0 game.
“I felt we played a strong game despite the score,” said Pirate head coach Sarah Reese. “We ran good angles but couldn’t transition well to offense or put enough quality shots on the net.” Fergus Falls pushed the lead to 2-0 at the 51 minute mark when Annie Magnussen found the back of the net from 10 yards out. The gap would grow wider just nine minutes later when Sophie Rausch dribbled the ball into the left side of the box and just barely got it past a sliding defender into the net. Rausch’s second goal of the game gave the Otters a 3-0 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
“We just didn’t have enough offensively,” said Reese. “We got good contributions this game from Sabrina Delorme on defense and Kenzie Epema played well from her outside midfielder position as well. The entire team hustled the whole game and that’s all a coach can ask for.”
Crookston managed just two shots on Fergus Falls goalkeeper Alicia Niblock, who saved both of them. Pirate goalkeeper Brita Fagerlund was busy all morning long, making 15 saves on the day.
Crookston is now 0-2 on the season and will play their third straight road game on Tuesday at Detroit Lakes at 5:00 p.m.



2nd Final
Fergus Falls 1 2 3

36:00- FF- Sophie Rausch
51:00- FF- Annie Magnusson
62:00- FF- Sophie Rausch (2)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Brita Fagerlund- Crox 8 7 15
Alicia Niblock- Fergus Falls 2 0 2

FRIDAY -  AUGUST 28, 2015


Barnesville took advantage of two early botched punt plays by Crookston to score twice and then the Trojans cruised to a 38-8 win over the Pirates in a Section 8AA game in Barnesville.
The good news for the Pirates was the first two times they had the ball they almost took up the entire first quarter. The bad news was they couldn’t finish off either drive and would have to punt both times and each ended with short snaps that bounced to the punter, the first time was a fumble recovered by Barnesville and one play later, Josh Tweeton scored from eight yards out. The next punt was the same and this time Chris Wavra made an athletic play to get away, but had
a running punt partially blocked and recovered by the Trojans who would score quickly going 64 yards with Tweeton scoring again from 16 yards out this time and near the end of the first quarter Barnesville led 14-0. “We didn’t come out to play with the upperclassmen making mistakes and couldn’t hold on to the football,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt. “We are young but we have to grow up quickly.” The Pirates did figure out their punting on their next possession and a 35 yarder pinned Barnesville back in Crookston territory, but the Pirate defense was unable to hold the Trojans who kept a 71 yard drive going with a couple fourth down pickups and quarterback Jared Affield scored from four yards out to put Barnesville ahead 21-0 early in the second quarter. Crookston would have some moments on offense but were unable to sustain anything and with their defense on the field way too long in the first half, Barnesville was able to continue offensively, picking up a fourth and one at midfield on a Jimmy Kletsch run with just under four minutes to go in the first half. The Trojans would continue to run on the Pirates outside with pitches and runs of 12 and 16 yards and managed to get it close when Affield threw a 12 yard pass for another touchdown for the Trojans with 35 seconds left in the half to take a 28-0 into half-time. “We talk about it all the time of taking care of the little things before they grow into big things and that is what happened in the first half. We did some decent things, but we can’t sustain a drive and kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” said coach Butt. "We gave them great field position the entire half and it puts a lot of pressure on our defense, which is very young, but I thought we grew up a little bit in the second quarter."

The half time talk did well for Crookston who started the second half stopping Barnesville on their opening drive which was the first time the Pirates were able to force the Trojans to punt. Crookston would then put together a sustained drive on their opening possession of the second half moving the ball effectively with Wavra picking up a first down at the Barnesville 30 yard line by inches to keep the drive alive. On the next play Wavra was sacked for a loss and the Pirates ended at the Barnesville 27 missing on a fourth and 17 pass that quarterback Wavra just overthrew an open Ryan Swenson by inches. "We told the kids at half time that we can't do anything about the first half, so let's go out and move on and win the third quarter. Instead of being the punching bag, let's do some punching, which I thought we did in the second half."
The Crookston defense continued to play a strong second half and stopped a surprising gambling possession for Barnesville who went for a fourth down play and missed on an incomplete pass and turned the ball over at their own 18. It only took three plays for Crookston on a nice run by sophomore tailback Cade Salentine inside the Barnesville 10 yard line and on the third play junior Wavra ran in from two yards and the first Crookston score. Wavra found a wide open Ryan Swenson for a two point conversion and late in the third quarter Barnesville's lead was cut 28-8.
Barnesville appeared to have a Josh Tweeton long touchdown on the next possession but a holding penalty called back a 53 yard run and two plays later the Trojans fumbled with the Pirates Zach Lutz fumbling to get Crookston the ball back with quite a bit of momentum going.
The Pirates continue to struggle with their passing game as Wavra was sacked and put Crookston in a long situation as the third quarter came to end with Barnesville still leading 28-8.
Crookston would complete their first pass of the game and season when Wavra hit Swenson on a quick hitter for 14 yards to put the Pirates at a third and five play and then Wavra pitched a ball to Salentine to pick up a first down at the Barnesville 40 yard line. Crookston was faced with another fourth down and seven at the Trojans 42 yard line and elected to go for it but a delay of game penalty of Crookston made it fourth and 12 at the 47 yard line and after a time-out, Wavra handed off to Ben Trostad who tried to find Salentine down field but was picked off by Josh Tweeton and with eight minutes left in the game the Trojans took over at their own 41 yard line.
Barnesville was having a hard time moving again on the Pirates defense with a sack by Ethan Christopherson, but in a bit of a Statue of Liberty play, which was the second time it was used by Barnesville, Josh Tweeton busted off a 27 yard run to the Crookston three yard line and two plays later Tweeton would go in from two yards out to score his third touchdown of the game and the Trojans regained control with under four minutes left in the game and now lead 35-8.
The ensuing kickoff was bobbled by Crookston and recovered by Barnesville at the Crookston 12 yard line to set up another possible score for the Trojans who now had a new backfield and they got to the Crookston two yard line and faced with a fourth down which led to a timeout and they settled for a 17 yard Affield field goal and a 38-8 lead. Crookston also went to their bench on their next possession and failed to gain a first down and Barnesville ran out the clock to pick up their first win of the season 38-8 win and hand the Pirates their second loss of the year. "Barnesville is a very good team," said Crookston coach, "they did a nice job of mixing things up, but we made them look better than maybe they should be. We just have to start a game better, learn how to prepare to start and not being like a deer in the headlights."
Barnesville outgained Crookston 315 to 110 yards in the game with the Pirates picking up only 15 yards. "We certainly got better as the game went on and continue to grow up," said coach Butt. "Chris Wavra will be a great player in this Section by the time he is done, Cade Salentine is only a sophomore. We moved Luke Froeber from defensive tackle to an end and he was in there banging people around, so we will continue to get better and one thing I know is this team won't quit. We have a tough opening schedule, but I believe in playing teams like this and D-G-F next week will only make us better." 
Crookston is 0-2 on the season and will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in Crookston next Friday night in a 6:00 PM game. D-G-F lost to Breckenridge tonight 28-20 and will come in at 1-1 on the year.  Barnesville is now 1-1 on the year and will be at undefeated Breckenridge next Friday.

                         The Pirate defense tries to get a stop in the first half



2nd 3rd 4th




0 8 0 8
Barnesville 14 14 0 10 38

       Cade Salentine on a run in the first half                 Luke Froeber and Zach Lutz with a tackle

1st Quarter
2:06  -Barnesville -Josh Tweeton 8 yard run  (kick failed)
10:05 -Barnesvile - Josh Tweeton  16 yard run  (Jimmy Kletsch run)

2nd Quarter
3:38 - Barnesville  -  Jared Affield 4 yard run   (Jared Affield kick)
11:25 -  Barnesville -  Brady Tweeton 12 yard pass from Jared Affield   (Jared Affield kick)

3rd Quarter
9:28 -  Crookston -   Chris Wavra 2 yard run   (Ryan Swenson pass from Chris Wavra)

4th Quarter
8:20 -  Barnesville  -   Josh Tweeton  2 yard run  (Jared Affield kick)
8:48 -  Barnesville -    Jared Affield 17 yard Field Goal

Patrick Deng breaks a tackle on a run      Chris Wavra makes a cut on his touchdown run

  CROOKSTON Barnesville
First Downs 5 14
Rushing-Yards 35 - 95 34 - 277
Passing 1-7   6-12
Passing Yards 15 yards 67 yards
Total Yards 110 344
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0
Penalties-Yards 6-42 8-45
Punts-Yards Ave. 4 - 29 1 - 40


Crookston Barnesville
Cade Salentine     12 - 68 Josh Tweeton     11 - 114
Mason Wang     4 - 13 Brady Tweeton   7 - 67
Patrick Deng     4 - 9 Jimmy Kletsch      7 - 51
Chris Wavra     15 - 5 Jared Affield         6 - 16
  John Connor         1 - 16
  Mathew Bredman  1 - 10
  Robert Mark        1 - 3


Chris Wavra    1-6    15 yards

Jared Affield      6-12    67 yards

Ben Trostad     0-1   Int



Ryan Swenson    1 - 15 Cole Tharaldson    3 - 34
  Brady Tweeton      2 - 28
  Josh Tweeton        1 - 5


St. Johns Prep scored a goal six minutes into the game and that would hold the rest of the way as they beat the Crookston Pirates Girl's Soccer team 1-0 in the season opener in game played at St. John's Prep High School near St. Cloud. 
St. Johns Prep scored at the six minute mark when Taylor Nydeen scored off a short punt to take a 1-0.  "Play was in the middle of the field for most of the half," said Pirate Girls Soccer Coach Sarah Reese.   Crookston tried a new defensive formation and that seemed to work because there was a total of nine shots on goal and both goalkeepers came up with saves and St. John's Prep won 1-0.  "Even though it was a loss, it felt like an internal win.  Girls played well together, we played awesome defense, had good ball pressure and good field vision," said Coach Reese. "I thought Serenity Adams, Jackie Argueta, Jayden Allrich and Sabrina Delorme had a great game."
Crookston drops to 0-1 on the year and will travel to Fergus Falls to play the Otters at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

   Brita Fagerlund makes one of her 12 saves                 Jayden Allrich makes a move by a Prep player
                                                 (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd Final
St. John's Prep 1 0 1

   Sabrina Delorme brings the ball up field
 (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

6:00 - SJP - Taylor Nydeen

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Brita Fagerlund - Crox 6 6 12
Anna Bender - SJP 3 3 6



University of Minnesota Crookston Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities & Operations Gary Warren became part of the inaugural Itasca Community College Sports Hall of Fame class last week. Warren was one of seven individuals and two teams who were honored by the college for their athletic excellence and their representation of Itasca Community College well after their athletic careers were completed.

Warren has been an Assistant Athletic Director at UMC for the past seven years, prior to that he was head men’s hockey coach for the Golden Eagles from 2001-09. 

A native of Munger, Minnesota, Warren attended high school at Proctor H.S. prior to moving on to then Itasca State Junior college. At Proctor, Warren was named a 1971 Honor Athlete after serving as captain for three sports. At Itasca, he competed in both football and hockey. In 1971, he helped the football team to a North Division Runner-Up finish, playing both offense and defense. As a member of the hockey team, Warren helped lead the 1972 Viking squad to a Minnesota Junior College Athletic Association (MJCAA) State Hockey Championship manning the net as goalkeeper for the squad. The Vikings would go on to win the 1972 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Hockey Championship. For his contributions in net, Warren earned NJCAA All-American honors in 1972. He also earned All0-Tournament honors. 

Warren would graduate from Itasca Junior College in 1973, later joining the Bemidji State hockey program and also having a stint with the BSU football team before graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1977.

After his very successful playing career, Warren would go on to a highly illustrious coaching career. He would get his start in the high school ranks coaching in Eveleth, Minot, N.D. and Austin before getting his first collegiate coaching job at the United States Air Force Academy, where he would serve as assistant coach from 1980-83.

Warren would earn his first head coaching job in 1984, taking over at Dakota College at Bottineau, which was then North Dakota State University-Bottineau and would also be known as Minot State University-Bottineau before becoming Dakota College at Bottineau. Warren would mold the Lumberjacks into a nationally respected powerhouse, coaching the school to three NJCAA National Championships in 1986, 1991 and 1998. His squads would also win nine North Central Region XIII titles. Warren earned 10 Coach of the Year accolades while in Bottineau. During his time in Bottineau, he also served as President of the National Junior College Hockey Coaches Association and produced a North Dakota College Athlete of the Year and a two-time National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Champion in Dustin Penner, who earned the Cup with the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings and played 11 seasons in the league. At Bottineau, he would coach many NJCAA All-Americans. Warren entered the North Dakota Hall of Honor in 1998.

He would take over the Golden Eagle hockey program in 2001, where he led the team to two Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Championships. He was a finalist for the NCAA Division III Eddie Jeremiah Award for coaching in 2003 and 2005. Warren would conclude his hockey career in 2009, earning 11 Coach of the Year honors and achieving 437 career wins. 

In his role as Assistant Athletic Director, Warren has been an integral part of the department, heading up the games management for all 11 intercollegiate athletic programs at the school. 




The University of Minnesota Crookston held an offense vs defense scrimmage on Wednesday evening at Ed Widseth Field. The Golden Eagles starting offense took on the second string defense and the first string defense went against the second string offense.  The offense was able to throw the ball and struck on a 60 yard touchdown on the first plaey of the scrimmage, but they struggled to run the ball with only 33 yards on the ground against the second string defense. Tra Hearns (So., Bloomington). Hearns was 9-of-10 for 158 yards with two touchdowns.  Dre Person (Jr., RB, Detroit, Mich.) led the way with five rushes for 26 yards. 
UMC's defense was led by Calderon with 3.5 tackles and one interception. Marvin Miller (Sr., Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) added four tackles. Drew Selvestra (Sr., Eagan) had one sack and 2.5 tackles. Major Rogers, III (Jr., Sterling, Va.) and Austin Howard (Jr., New Albany, Miss.) each had sacks. 
The Golden Eagles will officially open up play September 5 against Wayne State (Neb.) in Wayne, Neb.






“The defensive line is one of the most important pieces to any defense; everything starts up front.”


University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Levi Bullerman hit the nail on the head when asked about the importance that the defensive line will have to the Golden Eagles’ success in the 2015 season. With Greg Lofquist’s 160 tackles (second most in all of Division 2) gone, unproven linebackers and a young secondary, the 2015 UMC defense will have to be led by the guys up front.


Luckily for Golden Eagle fans, the defensive line has two fifth-year seniors leading it, AJ Wallace and Drew Selvestra. A New Richmond, Wisconsin native, Wallace started at defensive tackle in 2014 and also saw time at defensive end. The 6’4”, 262 pounder tallied 51 tackles including 2.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks. As expected with being a fifth-year senior, Wallace feels like he’s playing his best football right now. “I really worked on getting stronger in the weight room,” Wallace said. “My ability to shoot gaps has improved and I’m a much smarter player than I’ve been at any other point in my career.”


Selvestra, who was named a “Player to Watch” by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) this season, knows that he’ll have a big role this year. “I’m putting a huge leadership role on myself being one of the older guys on this team,” the Eagan, Minnesota native stated. “We have no choice but to step up and use our experience to lead this team.” Selvestra will try to replicate his 2014 season where he picked up 88 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.


“I think they’ve taken on a pretty large leadership role,” defensive line coach Levi Bullerman said of Wallace and Selvestra. “Being around the program for five years is a huge deal. I’ve told them to not only lead by example but also be vocal leaders if they need to.”


Being leaders on the team gives Selvestra and Wallace a chance to send a strong message to their younger teammates, one of commitment. “We want people to be here, to stick it out and see what can happen to you if you spend time in a program and stay committed to it,” said Wallace. “I’ve made great friends, great memories and I absolutely love playing football. That’s an example of what can happen when you stick things out.”


Selvestra wants his teammates to buy in to the program. “I’ve been telling the guys to buy into what we’re doing here and trust the coaches,” the 2014 All-NSIC Honorable Mention said. “Guys need to know that even if they don’t have a big role right away, if they stick with it and continue to work hard and get better good things will happen.”


It will be an uphill battle for the Golden Eagles as they were picked to finish last in the league in the preseason coaches’ poll. Coaches will tell you all the time that preseason polls don’t matter (they don’t) but it’s interesting to get a player’s take on it. “It makes some of our guys mad, which isn’t a bad thing, it lights a fire under us to know that we have to do something different,” said Wallace. “I don’t really pay attention it it,” Selvestra added. “I know we’re capable of being better, we just have to go out and do it.”


Aside from Wallace and Selvestra, UMC’s line also has sophomore Jake Christopherson and Anthony Peterson as players who have starting experience. Christopherson, who hails from Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota, had 14 tackles last season. Peterson, a Swanville, Minnesota native, added 15 tackles for the maroon and gold. Redshirt-Freshman Tory Slater is expected to see time and newcomers Isaiah Armstrong, Abram Cook II and Casey Kraska could are also vying for playing time.


There is no doubt, however, that the defense starts with Wallace and Selvestra up front. And both of those guys know that it will be another tough year in the NSIC. “It’s tough playing defensive line in this conference,” Wallace noted. “You think you’re big and strong, and then you go against these guys who are bigger than you.” Selvestra echoed what more and more people around the country are noticing, “this is one of the best conferences in the country, this is good football,” the 6’3”, 250 pounder said. “Offensive linemen in this conference are as big as division one guys and there have been guys from this conference who have played professionally.”    


The Golden Eagles will have a scrimmage, a mock game and a few more practices before they load the bus on September 4 and travel the 436 miles to Wayne, Nebraska. The season kicks off September 5th against the Wildcats. Fans can listen to every snap of Golden Eagles football this season on KROX Radio (1260 AM), online by clicking on the listen live button at the top of the page, and on your cell phone by downloading the the KROX mobile app in the Itunes or Google Play app stores. 



TUESDAY -  AUGUST 25, 2015


The #9 ranked Crookston Pirates Girl's Tennis team beat Roseau 5-2 and took a 4-0 lead over East Grand Forks early in the match and held on for a 6-1 victory for two big section victories and a sweep of the Crookston Triangular, which was played at tennis courts in East Grand Forks and across the river at Riverside Park in Grand Forks.  Crookston was supposed to open their home season in Crookston, but the re-surfacing of the Crookston High School courts wasn't finished so they moved the matches to East Grand Forks and Grand Forks.

Crookston won two singles matches with Alyssa Fee and Elise Tangquist winning at second and third singles and Tori Demarais and Elisa Samuelson, and Kendall Wahouske and Jaeden Lizakowski won at second and third doubles, respectively for a big 5-2 section victory.  "It is always nice getting a section win," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "The kids and myself probably think we weren't on top of our game today, but Roseau is a competitive team and have some really good athletes who compete hard.  Give a lot of credit to Roseau as they come out with an attitude of we are going to win and that is something that we have to start doing."  Elise Tangquist won her third singles match in impressive fashion, 6-1, 6-1.  "We had some nice wins like Elise Tangquist and that was big for us," said Coach Geffre. "She went out and dominated her match and that was nice to see."  In the first four matches of the year Crookston won two and lost two, all four matches have been close. "The kids have to realize we realize we aren't going to blow people out," said Coach Geffre. "We have a good team, but we won't blow anybody out because we have to work hard, and we won't win unless we work hard in practice and the match and we will win as a team.  Plus, we know Roseau has a lot of good athletes, and have a lot of kids out for tennis so we knew it was going to be a tough match."

Leah Trostad with a backhand return   Amy Follette with a shot at the net

  CROOKSTON- 5 Roseau- 2 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Jodi Ostroski Crox 6-4, 6-1
#2 Alyssa Fee Josee Lundgren Crox 6-3, 6-3
#3 Elise Tangquist Sable Knockenmus Crox 6-1, 6-1
#4 Catherine Tiedemann Kacie Bjerk Ros 6-4, 6-4
#1 Doubles Leah Trostad
Amy Follette
Madi Lee
Haley Ostgaard
Ros 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 10-5
#2 Tori Demarais
Elisa Samuelson
Lauren Johnson
Kate Wensloff
Crox 3-6, 6-1, 10-6
#3 Kendall Wahouske
Jaeden Lizakowski
Mack Bergstrom
Ellie Murphy
Crox 6-4, 6-2

Crookston won the first four matches and cruised to the 6-1 victory over the East Grand Forks Green Wave.  Ally Tiedemann won her match at first singles against Emma Dietrich 6-3, 6-4.  East Grand Forks used a bit of a different line up because they had a girl out with a concussion so Chessa Jones, who usually plays first singles moved to first doubles and that moved the rest of the singles players up for East Grand Forks and Crookston was able to take advantage by winning three of the four singles matches.  Alyssa Fee won her match at third singles easily and Jaeden Lizakowski outlasted her opponent to win at fourth singles. 
In doubles, Crookston won all three matches including an exciting first doubles match with Elisa Samuelson and Amy Follette beat Chessa Jones and MacKenzie Burris in three sets, 6-3, 3-6 and 16-14 in the super tie-breaker!  "East Grand Forks was a little banged up in a couple spots and we will probably see another line up next time we play them, but a win against a section opponent is good, especially after they beat Roseau 5-2 is great," said Coach Mike Geffre. "We played a lot better in the second match with some nice wins.  It was a good team effort and I think pretty much everybody got after it.  It was probably our best tennis of the year so far, which means we are moving forward and getting better."
Crookston improves to 3-2 on the year and will host the Carla Johnson Memorial/Pirate Booster Tennis tournament on Saturday at the Crookston High School Tennis courts.

Elise Tangquist eyes down the ball on a return   Alyssa Fee with a forehand

  CROOKSTON- 6 East Grand Forks- 1 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Emma Dietrich Crox 6-3, 6-4
#2 Leah Trostad Cynthia Loven EGF 6-2, 6-0
#3 Alyssa Fee Jenna Dietrich Crox 6-2, 6-2
#4 Jaeden Lizakowski Emily Strezishar Crox 7-5, 6-4
#1 Doubles Amy Follette
Elisa Samuelson
Chessa Jones
MacKenzie Burris
Crox 6-3, 3-6, 16-14
#2 Tori Demarais
Kendall Wahouske
Geena Boyum
Kayla Partlow
Crox 6-2, 6-1
#3 Marie Sandman
Elise Tangquist
Tessa Birkholz
Delaney Aaker
Crox 6-3, 6-2



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