Crookston High School graduate and form track distance runner Katie Davidson was recently named Augsburg College's Women’s Cross Country Rookie of the Year.  Katie had a great season and started the year with a fifth place finish in the Augsburg home meet at the end of August.  In September they had two meets, the first at UW-River Falls where Katie finished 24th in the 6K with over 100 runners.  The last event was the famous Roy Griak 6K and Katie finished 63rd with more the 300 runners competing.  The last meet of the year for Katie was the Disney 5K in Orlando and she finished 37th with over 200 runners competing.  

             Katie's Rookie of the Year award



The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program announced the signing of Maggie Morales (OF, 5-6, Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Morales is the first signee under new Head Coach Don Stopa.
Morales was a two-time Offensive Most Valuable Player (MVP) for Canyon Del Oro H.S., one of the best programs in Arizona. She helped lead her high school to a state championship in 2012. In addition, her club team won the USSSA National Championship in 2011. She played club ball for former University of Arizona All-American Laura Espinoza Watson for the Arizona Thundercats. Morales hit .420 last season with three home runs. She was an All-Southern Arizona Third Team selection. Morales has been a member of the Dean's List during all four years of high school.
Morales is the daughter of Andy and Jane. Her mother is the University of Arizona Hall of Fame for synchronized swimming. Morales plans to major in health science. Her father is a sports writer in Tucson.

Maggie Morales signs the letter of intent with her parents behind her



The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team announced the addition of Ethan Johnson (Roseau, Minn./Roseau H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Johnson will begin playing golf for the Golden Eagles during the 2015-16 season.
Johnson is the first recruit for Jason Tangquist and the Golden Eagles, who are looking to replace six student-athletes who will graduate following this season.
Johnson earned third place at the Bemidji Invitational on the PGA Minnesota Juniors Tour. He earned second place at the Grand Forks tournament on the PGA Minnesota Juniors Tour. Johnson was a runner-up at the 2014 Longbow Pre-section. In addition, he competed for the Roseau H.S. basketball team. He led the team in rebounds and free-throw percentage. Johnson was an Honorable Mention All-Conference pick for the basketball team.
Johnson is the son of Blair and Martina Johnson. He plans to major in business management.








The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s soccer team was one of 585 collegiate women’s teams to earn the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award for posting above a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher for the 2013-14 academic year. The Golden Eagles finished last season with a 3.31 GPA.

The Golden Eagles have continued to show improvement in the classroom under UMC head coach Joe Alianiello. UMC was honored last season with the award with a 3.17 GPA, but has continued to go above and beyond on-and-off the field. The Golden Eagles also had their best season under Alianiello, thus far, on the pitch, posting the team’s first-ever .500 record with a 6-6-6 (5-5-5 NSIC) mark, picking up a major win over a ranked Augustana College (S.D.) team and big draws against Winona State University, University of Minnesota Duluth and Upper Iowa University.




Red Lake Falls head coach Trevor Page said before the game, “Crookston has a lot of speed and that is something we will have to try and slow down.” After a scoreless first period, Crookston turned up the jets in the second period scoring three goals in the second and went on to a 4-0 win at the Cardin-Hunt Arena in Red Lake Falls.
Although the Pirates had 10 shots on goal in the first period, they didn’t  have a lot of flow to their game and appeared a bit sluggish. “I thought there might have been mud on the ice down in our end in that first period,” said Crookston head coach Joel Gasper. “We seemed to be stuck a bit and were trying to figure it out.” Crookston goalie Adam Huglen was called upon for seven saves in the first period and it was 0-0 after the first 17 minutes.
Crookston would start the second period on a power play and they pounced right away by crashing the net and a loose puck was in front of Red Lake Falls goalie Bailey Schmitz and Crookston captain, Chandler St. Michel, reached out and was able to get enough stick on the puck to knock it in for the first goal of the season for Crookston and a 1-0 lead just 51 seconds into the second stanza. “I know we were working along the wall and Doug (Larson) came out and tried to crash the net with it and it was laying there and I tapped it in,” said St. Michel. That goal was like a track starter’s pistol for the Pirates as they were flying up and down the ice with all three lines and would strike again, early in the period with St. Michel blazing into the Red Lake Falls end and pumped a shot on goal and the rebound was there for senior Tanner Geatz who beat Schmitz and gave Crookston a 2-0 lead still early in the second period. “I came in on the side boards, took a shot off their goal, who played amazing tonight, and Geatzy was there to put it away,” said St. Michel. Crookston would continue to dominate play in the period with the speed that coach Page was worried about and coach Gasper was wondering where it was in the first period. The Pirates, who outshot Red Lake Falls 22-3 in the second period got another one before it was over when Bobby Tiedemann intercepted a pass in the high slot area and let a shot goal that sophomore Lauro Gutierrez got his stick on to tip it by Schmitz and Crookston had a 3-0 lead and the period would end that way, mainly because of Schmitz goaltending. “I thought the St. Michel line was the best line on the ice,” said coach Gasper. “Dane Anderson at one wing and we saw some things we haven’t seen yet this year and he really has stepped up his game. Saw some chemistry there with Tanner (Geatz) being a bull going to the net, so they have a nice blend right now.”
The Eagles goalie continued to play sparkling in the third period turning away 17 shots again, but the Pirates were able to get one more past him on a great individual play by Tiedemann who had the puck just outside the Red Lake Falls blue line, went right toward the Red Lake Falls goal, beat an Eagles defenseman and was alone on Schmitz and beat him to make it 4-0. Both teams had some opportunities, but both goaltenders shut them down and Huglen was tested a bit late in the game, but preserved his shutout with 18 saves. “Our first two lines with Bobby Tiedemann, Dougie Larson and sophomore Zach Markovich, who has very good foot speed like his line mates, so they could be our top line and have been in practices and scrimmages," said Coach Gasper. "Tonight it’s Chandlers, so that is good to see along with a young third unit, who also scored a goal. We had a lot of good things all around in the second and third period and it was a nice Section win.”  Crookston outshot Red Lake Falls 50-18 in the game and were one for one on the power play as only three penalties were called in the game with Red Lake Falls being 0-2 on the man advantage. 
Crookston is 1-0 on the season and will travel to Hopkins/St. Louis Park area to play the Blake School on Saturday afternoon. “Blake has a strong program with a lot of good history, so it’s a long trip and will be a long day, but we are looking forward to seeing them again in a tough place to play in,” said Gasper. The Pirates hockey team will take in a Minnesota Wild game that night after the Blake game and then head back home.  Red Lake Falls will take their 0-1 record on the road Saturday to Coleraine where they play Greenway-Coleraine.

          Adam Huglen makes one of his 18 saves on his way to a shutout

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Red Lake Falls 0 0 0 0

Dane Anderson with the puck looking for a shot   The Pirates celebrate one of their goals

1st Period
No scoring

2nd Period
0:51 - Crox - Chandler St. Michel (1) (Cody Wardner, Doug Larson) (PP)
2:55 - Crox - Tanner Geatz (1) (Chandler St. Michel, Parker Nicholls)
14:22 - Crox - Lauro Gutierrez (1) (Bobby Tiedemann)

3rd Period
9:32 - Crox - Bobby Tiedemann (1) (Zach Markovich)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Adam Huglen-Crookston 7  3 18
Bailey Schmitz-RLF 10  19  17 46

Bailey Schmitz looks to make one of his 46 saves!!


The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team will have a bit of a different look this year after graduating two big guys, they will be starting five guards and will look to speed up the game and they were able to do that against a bigger Win-E-Mac Patriot team and picked up a 69-48 victory in the season and home opener, without two of their top players, in front of a good sized crowd at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
Win-E-Mac won the tap to start the game and set up a nice back door cut to take an early 2-0 lead.  Crookston answered with a Ryan Porter free throw before the Patriots took advantage of an offensive rebound and put back for a 4-1 lead, their biggest lead of the ball game.  Crookston started to heat up and picked up their full court defensive pressure at this point.  Jonathan Miller sparked a 7-0 run by scoring on a 10 foot jump shot, Danny Davidson buried a three pointer and Sophomore guard Chris Wavra scored after a Davidson steal to take an 8-4 lead with 13:42 left in the half.  Win-E-Mac’s Jake Knutson made two free throws to stop the run, only to have Crookston start another run.  Davidson grabbed an offensive rebound and put the ball back in for a basket and was fouled and converted the three point play, Hollcraft followed with a steal in the full court press and scored and Davidson added another three pointer to complete a 15-2 run to give Crookston a 16-6 lead. “Once we adjusted to their press break we seemed to get some tipped balls and were able to get to loose balls more and picked up some easy baskets,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen.   Crookston continued to hit the three-ball with Porter making three over a four minute span and Hollcraft added another to give the Pirates a 32-16 lead with 3:48 left in the half. “Getting Ryan on a run like that is always good because once he hits a shot he can get on a roll,” said Coach Garmen. “A lot of our leaders our seniors now and are able to improvise and feel comfortable enough to make things happen.”  Crookston slowed down the offense in the final three minutes and was outscored 6-2 the rest of the way, but still led 34-22 at halftime. “I thought Brandt Delage did a good job defensively and was able to keep Zac Tradewell in check,” said Coach Garmen. “It was a good first half and always good when you have a lead at halftime.”
In the second half, the two teams went back and forth and Crookston led 46-36 almost halfway through the half when another sophomore, Matt Garmen, hit a three pointer to spark an 11-0 run over a three minute span.  Hollcraft added basket, Porter chipped in a free throw and Wavra had five straight points and the Pirates led 51-36 with 7:36 remaining. “It seemed like it was tighter than it was and then all of sudden you look up and we were up by 20,” said Coach Garmen. “That was a good feeling to have and hopefully we can continue to be explosive like that.”  The two teams played even the rest of the way, but the excitement was far from done as Crookston was able to play everybody and two seniors, Ben Dorman and Austin Sommerfeld, were able to get baskets to the delight of the large student body crowd. “They are the crowd favorites, as you could tell, and are two seniors that have stuck with it and have worked hard and will be in the mix for some minutes,” said Coach Garmen. Crookston ended with a 21 point victory beating Win-E-Mac 69-48.
“You never know what you are going to look like and we did what wanted to do, get out and go and tried to hit the boards, we have to shore up our half court zone and do a little better on our free throws,” said Coach Garmen. “Everybody that got in the game played well, whether it was one minute or 20 minutes they played well and played hard and got after it and weren’t afraid to mix it up.  Danny Davidson maybe surprised me more than anybody with his three point shooting and took his shots in rhythm and has really come along and did a good job inside getting a three point play after getting the rebound.  Overall it was a good start and a good game and now we have to get ready for some bigger teams this weekend.”
Crookston improves to 1-0 on the year and will play Bemidji on Friday and Grand Rapids on Saturday in the Bemidji Tournament.  Win-E-Mac, who many coaches are saying will be one of the top teams in Section 8A drops to 1-1 on the year.

    Ryan Porter with a jump shot      Danny Davidson with a sweet no look pass to Jonathan Miller


1st Half

2nd Half



22 26 48


34 35 69

      Jonathan Miller with a jump shot over a Win-E-Mac player

For Crookston Points Rebounds
Ryan Porter 18 3 2 steals
Aaron Hollcraft 17 6 4 assists/3 steals
Jonathan Miller 11 6 2 assists
Danny Davidson 9   3 assists/2 steals
Chris Wavra 7 6 2 assists
Matt Garmen 3 2 assists/1 steal
Ben Dorman 2
Austin Sommerfeld 2


For Win-E-Mac Points
Zac Tradewell 17
Hunter Chaput 8
Austin Tadman 7
Jake Knutson 6
Travis Kaster 4
Hunter Plante 4
Chase Svalem 2


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team made a late run, but fell short in a 69-68 exhibition loss to the North Dakota State Bison, while the game counted for NDSU  in a game played at Scheels Arena in Fargo.  NDSU is playing at the hockey arena while the Bison Sports Arena is going under a hug multi-million dollar renovation.
NDSU jumped out to a nine point lead 28-19 with less than seven minutes to go in the first half, but answered with a little run when Kevin Larson (Sr. New Ulm) recorded a basket and a foul for a three point play and two free throws by another senior, Sam Howell (Seattle, WA) to bring UMC within a four point deficit (28-24).  The Golden Eagles would continue to play well and tied the game at 31-31 with 3:32 left in the half, but NDSU answered with an 8-3 run the rest of the half for a 39-34 lead going into the break.
In the second half
UMC, who shot over 50 percent in the game on their three pointers, had a three pointer by Tyler West, Jr. (Sr. Portland, OR) to bring the Golden Eagles within two points (39-37).  NDSU slowly built their lead to 10 points with 3:49 left in the game, but UMC’s West sparked a run by hitting another three pointer 38 seconds later.  Derrick Redd (Jr. Menifee, CA) made two free throws and John Hughes (Sr. San Diego, CA) answered with two more free throws 25 seconds later and all of a sudden UMC trailed by three points (63-60) with 1:13 left.  After a missed NDSU shot, UMC’s Hughes buried a three pointer to tie the game with 24 seconds left. Hughes was 2-14 for 14 percent on three point attempts this year coming into the game.  NDSU looked for the last shot, but was fouled with two seconds left in the game and after making one free throw the Bison led 64-63.  After the second free throw attempt was missed, UMC had a last second prayer heaved up by Redd and it missed and NDSU picked up the 64-63 victory.
The Golden Eagles will start NSIC play Saturday as they head to Bemidji to face Bemidji State University at 4:00 p.m. 
I hope we can build off this. That will be the message starting Wednesday in practice. Proud of how our guys represented Crookston,"
said UMC head coach Dan Weisse.


1st Half

2nd Half



34 29 63

North Dakota State

39 25 64


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Tyler West, Jr. 12 11
John Hughes 10 8
Derrick Redd 10 4 5 assists, 2 steals
Sam Howell 7 3
Lucas Reller 7
Tim Lubke 6
Kevin Larson 5 5 2 assists
Jim Warmack 4 4
Brian Enriquez 2 2 assists




One of the more talented student-athletes to come out of Crookston High School, senior Danica Brekken signed a letter of intent this morning at the Crookston High School to attend Jamestown College and play for the Jimmies Women’s Soccer program. The three-sport athlete says after getting some letters in basketball and softball, she knew what she wanted to do last year, “My first two years, my freshman and sophomore year, I didn't score that much, but I started picking it up in that department and that is when I really knew this is what I wanted to do in college.”

Proud mom, Jackie Brekken looks on while Danica signs

Brekken scored 18 goals this season in soccer and has been captain and leading scorer for the Pirates soccer team for the past two seasons as a sweeper, forward and center mid.
Danica is captain for the second year on the Pirates girls basketball team where she has started for four years and in the spring she is a shortstop and pitcher for the girl’s softball team where she has started since eighth grade and also a captain. “I got letters for basketball and some for softball, but I knew my junior year I wanted to play soccer in college.”  She said that she had a process of deciding which college to go to, “My search started my junior year and I started with Bemidji State and Minnesota State-Moorhead and I talked to Jamestown and finally made a visit out there and I just fell in love with the campus which was a big part of my decision and I’m excited to go.”

Brekken is not only talented on the fields and courts, but she carries a 4.0 grade point average out of 4.0, a member of the National Honor Society, volunteers for many organizations, a student council member and was Homecoming Queen this past fall. “I will major in elementary or secondary education and if I do secondary I will do it in math.”
She can concentrate now on school, basketball and softball. “It’s good to get the signing and decision done and I don’t have it over my head now, so I’m excited to get it done.”

Front row - Jackie Brekken, Danica, Soccer coach Sarah Reese
Back row - Soccer coach Steve Kofoed, supporter Dale Umlauf, former basketball coach Dave Aamoth



Hawaii Pacific University scored 49 points in the second half and after trailing by six at half time, the Sharks pulled away late in the second half to defeat the University of Minnesota Crookston 85-77 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
UMC managed to get out to an 18-15 lead with Emily Gruber (Jr-Monticello, Mn) having six points early, but Hawaii Pacific came back to take a lead. UMC moved back up by a 33-29 lead with four and a half minutes in the half, but a Chenise Peone four point play for the Sharks closed the gap 39-36. UMC finished off the half with an Alexa Thielman (Jr-Buffalo, Mn) three pointer to allow UMC to take a 42-36 into halftime.
The second half started out to be all UMC as they built up their biggest lead of the game, 52-41, about three and a half minutes into the half. Then, Hawaii Pacific University caught fire with a 17-5 run for the next four and a half minutes led by Kylie Huerta to take a 58-57. UMC’s Ashley Martell (Sr-Somerset, Wi) had a big three pointer to bring  UMC within a three point deficit (69-66). The Golden Eagles were trailing 78-68, but scored five points in a row to cut it 78-73 with three and a half minutes left in the game. Hawaii Pacific’s Huerta made a three point basket that was the dagger with 2 minutes left and put the Sharks back up with an 83-75 lead and then Huerta capped it off with a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left and Hawaii Pacific comes away with an 85-77 win. “We made poor decisions in the second half against a 2-3 zone and it came back to haunt us,” said UMC head coach Mike Roysland. “Give them credit as they did a better job in transition, and they handle the game better during that time. They’ve got great play inside and out, great speed, post presence and we’re going on all fours. We made it more difficult than it should have. We have to take some things to improve on to do better.”  UMC, who was led by Thielman's 21 points, split in Hawaii and are now 1-3 on the season and will start Northern Sun Conference play on Saturday at Bemidji State. “We’ve seen a lot of different styles in our four games,” said Coach Roysland. “We’ll get back to practice on Wednesday and prepare and hopefully we have learned some things in the first four games and now we get ready for Bemidji.

Hawaii Pacific is now 2-1 on the season.

Katrina Moenkedick goes for a lay up    Isieoma Odor with a block              Maria Loughlin with a shot


1st Half

2nd Half



42 35 77

Hawaii Pacific

36 49 85


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alexa Thielman 21 3
Katrina Moenkedick 15 3 2 assists
Emily Gruber 12 6
Maria Loughlin 8 3 assists
Ebony Livingston 7 4
Ashley Martell 6 3
Micaela Noga 4    2 assists
Isieoma Odor 4 3  




The University of Minnesota Crookston's (UMC) senior Ebony Livingston (Minneapolis, Mn) made two late three point baskets to lead the Golden Eagles to a 69-64 win over Hawaii-Hilo in a game played in Honolulu, Hawaii.
UMC and University of Hawaii-Hilo went back and forth in the first half with neither having more than a four point lead and UMC’s and they were tied a number of times, UMC did go up by six when Alexa Thielman (Jr-Buffalo, Mn), but Hilo answered with a 10-2 run and Hilo took a late 28-26 lead. The Golden Eagles answered when Maria Loughlin (Jr-Rogers, Mn) went hard to the basket and tied the game. UMC committed a foul underneath the basket, after a missed free throw, and Hilo made one of two free throws to take at 29-28 lead with just over a minute to go in the half. UMC’s Emily Gruber (Fresh-Monticello, Mn) made two free throws to tie the game 31-31 with under 10 seconds left in the half, which was the way the first half ended. “We didn’t shoot as well as we have and Hawaii-Hilo is fast and close things out,” said UMC head coach Mike Roysland. “We were turning the ball over too many times with poor decisions and had great opportunities and miss layups and when we did get fouled we couldn’t make free throws, which isn’t a good combination.”
The second half started out the same with teams trading baskets including a nice inside pass and a basket by Isieoma Odor (Fresh-Bloomington, Mn) to tie the score at 33-33. Hilo would make one of two free throws and then added a basket to take at 36-33 lead. The Golden Eagles came back with two free throws by Gruber and then after a steal Katrina Moenkedick (Jr-Perham, Mn) made a nice pass to Thielman who scored and UMC took the lead 37-36 just three minutes into the second half. UMC led 39-38 with 15 minutes left when Gruber made two more free throw and was 6-6 at the free throw line by the freshman.  Hilo would answer big, in particular Jordan Kealoha, with a couple jumpers, including a three and had five points in a row for a 45-39 lead, which was Hilo’s biggest lead with just under 14 minutes left in the game. Hilo maintained the lead of six points for a considerable time, 49-43, but UMC had a nifty inside move by Gruber to cut it to 49-45 and Moenkedick added another and with eight and a half minutes left, UMC trailed 49-47 and forced Hilo into a timeout.  UMC tied the game at 49-49 on a couple more Gruber free throws. Hilo, behind CC Rode and McKenzie Mangino baskets, took a 58-53 lead and UMC needed a time out with seven minutes left. The Golden Eagles answered in the form of Ebony Livingston (Sr-Minneapolis, Mn), who made a huge three and almost had five points in a row, but she missed a bunny and the Hilo lead was now 58-56. “I was open probably because I hadn’t hit anything all game long,” Livingston told Chris Fee on KROX RADIO on the post game show after the game. “I threw it up there and it went in.” Hilo’s Alex Jacobs made a move inside and scored plus she made a free throw for the three point play to give Hilo a 61-56 lead with three and a half minutes left in the game. UMC came out of the timeout and had a nice play that Odor converted into a basket, but she missed the free throw and UMC trailed 61-58. Odor then committed her fourth foul and Mangino made one of two free throws and a 62-58 for the Vulcans. Thielman came back with a nice jump shot to cut the lead to two points at 62-60. After a miss by Hilo, UMC came back with a Laughlin scoop shot to tie the game at 62-62 with two minutes left. Livingston would connect on her second three point shot to give UMC a 65-62 lead with just over a minute left.  Moenkedick made one of two free throws and UMC led 66-62 with one minute left and the Golden Eagles defense forced some bad shots by the Vulcans and the Golden Eagles were able to get the ball back and called a timeout with 34 seconds left. Hilo got back within a one possession game making a basket to cut the lead 67-64 with 11 seconds left. The Golden Eagles Livingston was fouled with eight seconds left and the senior would get her ninth and 10th points of the game, making both free throws to protect the 69-64 lead and win. “Eb (Livingston) made a couple big baskets down the stretch which is what we needed and the senior stepped up," said coach Roysland. "We needed a win and we got it and although we didn’t play as well as we can. We hopefully can build up some confidence now.” UMC is 1-2 on the season and will finish their trip to Hawaii with a final game against Hawaii Pacific Sunday night. Hawaii-Hilo is 0-2 on the year.

Katrina Moenkedick with a lay up   Micaela Noga drives into the lane


1st Half

2nd Half



31 38 69


31 33 64

Alexa Thielman drives into the lane and is greeted by three Hilo defenders

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alexa Thielman 14  9 3 assists
Emily Gruber 11 7  
Ebony Livingston 10 3 steals
Katrina Moenkedick 9 6 3 steals
Michaela Noga 9  4 2 assists/2 steals
Isieoma Odor 8  5 3 blocks
Maria Loughlin 4   3 assists
Megan Taylor 2    
Christine Thorn 2    




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC), led by senior Tyler West Jr (Portland, Or) double-double and with Lucas Reller (Sr-Lead, S.D.) some clutch shooting, the Golden Eagles survived an 83-79 double overtime win at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.
UMC started well as red hot Derrick Redd Jr. (Jr-Menifee, Ca) hit a three point shot, but Crossroads College scored the next five points and were up 5-3. The Golden Eagles took a 17-13 lead on a Kevin Larson (Sr-New Ulm, Mn) scored, but Crossroads comes right back and they tied at 24-24 with just over five minutes in the half. Jim Warmack (Fresh-East Grand Forks, Mn) the 6’7 rookie tried a three point shot and missed, but seconds later, he used his frame inside for a basket to tie it at 26-26 with under four minutes left in the first half. Redd hit another three pointer and UMC took a lead 29-28 with three minutes. Nobody scored the next minute until West made two free throws. When John Hughes (Jr-San Diego, Ca) scored his first basket of the game, UMC led 35-30 with under a minute left and Isaac Bowles scored for Crossroads with four seconds left and they went into half with UMC leading 35-32 at the half.
The Golden Eagles came out of the locker room with a lot of energy behind West, Hughes a three point shot and when Redd scored, UMC took a 42-32 lead and the 7-0 run came just two and a half minutes into the second half. UMC kept the pace with Crossroads with West and Redd scoring and Bowles trying to keep his team close, but the Golden Eagles would keep the score at the 10 and Crossroads got as close as seven points when Gave Davila made a three point shot and another basket to cut the UMC lead to 55-50 with seven and a half minutes left in the game.  West would score a jumper as the senior had a double-double going with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Things got interesting in the last two minutes of the game and Crossroads Davila scored with a 1:07 left to tie the game at 63-63. Davila would make two more free throws and Crossroad with 14 seconds left in regulation. UMC’s leading scorer in the early season, Redd came through with a huge shot with seven seconds left to tie the game at 66-66 and send it to overtime.
Neither team were able to score most of the overtime and when Crossroad’s Bowles scored, it gave Crossroad a 70-68 lead with 40 seconds left in the OT and A. J. Kuhn added a basket and now Crossroads had a 72-68 lead with 27 seconds left. The Golden Eagles came back and West nailed a huge three point shot to get within a point 72-71 with 13 seconds left. After UMC caused a turnover and West was fouled with 20 seconds to go and he made one of two to tie the game at 72-72, which is how the first overtime would end.
The second overtime saw both teams holding the ball and waiting for a good shot and UMC’s Hughes was fouled a minute into the second OT and he made one of two and UMC had a 73-72 lead. Davila made another jump shot to put Crossroads in the lead 74-73 and on the next possession the Golden Eagles were fouled and Hughes again made one of two and it was tied again at 74-74 with just under three minutes left. Another senior Golden Eagle, Reller jumper gave UMC a 76-74 lead with two minutes left. Then it was Kuhn nailing a three for Crossroads and West came back with a basket and UMC led 78-77 with just over a minute left.  The Golden Eagles Larson made a steal and the outcome would be getting the ball to Reller, who was fouled, making both free throws and UMC led 80-77 with 20 seconds left in the second overtime. Davila would score a basket, which was his 34th point of the game, but it came with three seconds left. After a UMC timeout, Larson was fouled and he made one of two to secure the 83-79 win and give UMC their second win of the year and first double overtime win a number of years. UMC had four players in double figures and led by West with a huge game with 26 points and a career high 18 rebounds. Hughes had 12 rebounds and Redd 16 points as UMC is now 2-2 on the season and will play a last exhibition game on Tuesday at North Dakota State and then they will open up the Northern Sun Conference season at Bemidji on Saturday afternoon. Crossroads is now 1-8 on the season.


1st Half

2nd Half


2 OT


Crossroads College

32 34 6 7 79


35 31 6 11 83


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Tyler West, Jr. 26
Derrick Redd 16 6 3 assists
Kevin Larson 11 6 4 assists
Lucas Reller 10
John Hughes 7 12 3 assists
Giorgi Koguashvili 7 4
Jim Warmack 4 3
Sam Howell 2 2



The Crookston Pirates Girl’s Hockey team who are 0-3 on the season have been victimized by last minute scoring in periods and this afternoon was no different as Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors scored two goals in the last 50 seconds of the first period and would hold on to a 2-1 win over the Pirates in a game played at the Brainerd Civic Center.
Crookston and Brainerd both came out playing up and down hockey with both having some scoring opportunities, but both goalies, Pirates Lexie Cormican and Brainerd eighth grader, Olivia King were on. When it appeared it might be a scoreless first period, the Pirates were whistled for a penalty and the Flying Warriors would finish the period on the power play, or would they? No they wouldn’t because Maddie Ellingson was given a pass in the low slot and made a nice shot on the high glove side to give Brainerd a 1-0 lead with 50 seconds to go in the period. They weren’t done as they got the faceoff immediately in the Pirates end and from behind the net a pass in front again, this time to Brooke Watland who scored and the Flying Warriors were pumped with a 2-0 lead after one period with those late goals. “The first one was a power play and during the game they had three power plays in the game and we did not have one,” said Crookston head coach Jeff Perreault, “we thought there were some times where maybe a penalty on them should have been called, but they weren’t. Anyway, we have to figure out about giving up those late goals. The second goal we had two of our players in front next to the girl who scored, but we didn’t go after the body and were just reaching with our sticks. With only having two lines skating right now, we are getting tired and that could be another reason, but we have to figure out that we have to really focus on those last minutes of a period.”
Crookston did get within one about half way through the second period when senior Abby Parr made a nice individual play, picking up a loose puck outside the Brainerd blue line, raced into their zone and snapped off a shot glove high just under the crossbar to make it a 2-1 game. “That was good to see,” said Perreault, “Abby has very good speed and when she has those type of opportunities she has a strong shot and showed it there. We need some more of our players to get into the scoring department.”  That would be it, as they played scoreless the next 26 and a half minutes and Brainerd/Little Falls held on to the 2-1 win. “We had some good chances, but both goalies really played well and both teams had certainly enough shots,” said Perreault, “Lexie played well again and she is making those initial saves, we have to give her help to clear the other team out in front of her and clear the puck before they have those second and third chances. Overall, I thought we are starting to see the girls getting our systems, which is good to see. It still the little things that are hurting us and we have to eliminate them.”   Crookston is now 0-3 on the season and will be at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls on Friday and Saturday for the Ralph’s Holiday Girl’s Hockey Classic.  Crookston will play Park Rapids on Friday and Proctor/Hermantown on Saturday.  Brainerd is 2-1 on the year.
JV -  Brainerd/Little Falls won 8-6

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Brainerd 2 0 0 2

1st Period
16:10 -  Brainerd -  Maddie Ellingson  (Megan Tschida, Brooke Mimmack)
16:24 -  Brainerd -  Brooke Watland (Allyson Smith, Mariah Lennander)

2nd Period
7:39 -  Crookston -  Abby Parr (1)  unassisted

3rd Period
No Scoring

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Lexie Cormican-Crox       38
Olivia King-Brainerd       31



The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team announced the signing of Ali Schueler (OH/DS, 5-7, Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent.
"Ali is an extremely hard working, grinding type of an athlete," Anderson said. "She will bring a level of intensity and work ethic that will have an impact in the practice gym on day one!" "I have very high expectations for Ali, I know she will become a great collegiate player and I am very happy she decided to become a Golden Eagle!"
Schueler was an All-State Honorable Mention pick in Wisconsin as a senior and a First Team All-Central Lakeshore Conference pick as a senior. She has been selected to the All-Area Team twice in the last two years and achieved the 1,000 kill benchmark in 2014. In addition, Schueler was a First Team All-Conference pick as a junior and a Second Team All-Conference pick as a sophomore. Schueler accumulated 1,055 kills and 1,321 digs in her prep career and had 139 service aces. 
Schueler is the daughter of Tim and Wendy Schueler and plans to major in animal science. 
Schueler is the sixth signee for the Golden Eagles, joining Kaitlin Sikkink (MH, 5-11, St. Charles, Minn./St. Charles H.S.), Alex Oakes (S, 5-9, Cloquet, Minn./Cloquet H.S.), Devan Miliner (DS/Lib., 5-2, Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley H.S.), Callie Schapekahm (MH, 6-0, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.) and Sabrina Leuer (MH, 5-10, Hamel, Minn./Wayzata H.S.) as early signees. Schueler's signing wraps up the early signing period for Head Coach Lee Anderson and the Golden Eagle volleyball program.

     Ali Schueler signs her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at UMC



The University of Minnesota Crookston equestrian program announced the signing of Mazie Pini  (Grayslake, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to begin competing for the program for the 2015-16 season. Pini is the first signee for this recruiting cycle for Head Coach Brooke Leininger.
Pini had 14 years experience combined in both hunt seat and western equestrian disciplines. She is a multi-ribbon winner in over 40 hunt seat events including recent first-place finishes in AA High Training Jumper events. In addition, Pini volunteers at Equestrian Connection, which provides therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. She is a member of the Mundelein H.S. Dean's List and Honor Roll and plans to major in Animal Science. She is the daughter of Andrew and Melissa Pini. Her brother John Pini plays football at St. Norbert College, while her other brother Andy plays lacrosse at St. Norbert. 





The Winnipeg Wild from the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey will be playing Jungadler Mannheim (under 18 team from Germany) at the Crookston Sports Center at 3:30PM on Saturday, November 22.  Manneheim tied 3-3 earlier this week with Faribault Shattuck St. Mary’s. The German team is making a month trip through North America playing games.

The game was to be played at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., but because of scheduling difficulties it was moved to Crookston.



The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team held their end of the season banquet on Sunday evening at the Crookston High School Commons and handed out the following awards-

MVP - Ally Tiedemann
Most Improved - Megan Frisk
Most Dedicated - Amy Follette
25 Win Season Club - Elisa Samuelson
Rookie of the Year - Elise Tangquist, Jaeden Lizakowski
Sportsmanship Award - Taylor Perry
Outstanding Leader - Leah Trostad

Taylor Perry, Amy Follette, Ally Tiedemann, Megan Frisk, Elisa Samuelson, Elise Tangquist, Jaeden Lizakowski, and Leah Trostad


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