The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Football team had a tough start, getting just one first down on their first five drives and couldn’t handle the St. Cloud State Huskies offensive attack in a 62-14 loss at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud, MN. The Golden Eagle defense surrendered 555 yard of total offense to a balanced Husky attack in the loss.
Similar to the trend this season, Minnesota Crookston was unable to get off to a fast start, punting on their first five possessions. In those possessions, the Golden Eagles only managed one first down and that was on the first play of the game. “We had penalties on each of our drives early and that hurt us,” said Golden Eagle Head Coach Mike Fritze. “We kept going from second down and seven to second and 12 and couldn’t make up those yards against a good football team.” The Huskies got on the scoreboard with 9:05 left in the first quarter via the legs of Jaden Huff on a four yard touchdown run. Huff got his NSIC-leading ninth rushing touchdown eight minutes later when he took it in from a yard out. After the first quarter it was the Huskies leading 14-0.
The second quarter was the Nate Meyer show as the St. Cloud State quarterback racked up four touchdowns, three passing and one rushing, to push the halftime lead to 41-0. The junior had a stellar game for SCSU, accounting for 350 yards and four touchdowns while sitting out the entire fourth quarter. “They are very balanced and run the ball very well,” said Fritze. “They had some big plays at big times and that hurt us. We need to tighten up a lot of things.”
UMC started to get their offense rolling in the second half. With the Golden Eagles trailing 48-0, Dre Person (R-Jr., Detroit, MI) broke a 29 yard run, the longest of the season for UMC. The drive stalled a few plays later but it was encouraging to see the Golden Eagle run game show some life. “I was happy with the way we ran the football today,” said Fritze. “The guys up front were doing a good job opening holes and Dre is just a hard- nosed runner.” After forcing the Huskies to punt, UMC put together a six play, 53 yard drive that ended in a score. Quarterback Tra Hearns (So., Bloomington, MN), making his first start since September 12, found Constant Jackson (Sr., Jacksonville, FL) from 23 yards out for his first passing touchdown of the season to make it 48-7. Jackson showed his speed on the route, gaining separation from the defender and Hearns dropped the pass in on a dime to complete the connection. “Tra had some accuracy issues in the first half throwing the ball but got better,” said Fritze. “As the game wore on he got more comfortable and in tune with what he needed to do.”
St. Cloud State added two more scores to push their lead to 62-7, but Minnesota Crookston saved their best drive for last. The Golden Eagles marched 73 yards on 13 plays in just over seven minutes and ended things with an exclamation point. Facing a third down and four yards to go on the 23 yard line, Hearns dumped a pass off to Adam Connette (So., Corona, CA) and the shifty wide receiver took care of the rest, cutting up the right side and getting into the end zone. Mike Maw (Jr., White Bear Lake, MN) split the uprights with the extra point to make it 62-14 and that’s how the game would end. “It was good for the guys to get into the end zone a couple times late,” stated Fritze. “It’s good for the players’ confidence.”
Hearns completed 12-of-24 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns and took care of the ball as he didn’t throw an interception. Dre Person had a season-high 75 yards on 10 carries and Connette showed he is fully recovered from his early season ankle injury as he caught four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown.
The Golden Eagles are now 0-5 on the season and have given up a startling 125 points in their past two games to Minnesota State Mankato and St. Cloud State. UMC will have to shore up the defensive side of the ball as they welcome Bemidji State into Ed Widseth Field for Homecoming next week.  Bemidji State beat the University of Mary 39-7 in their homecoming game. “Every day in practice we need to keep getting better,” said Fritze. “We can’t come out flat and need to keep having an attitude of getting better every day.” St. Cloud State improves to 3-2 with the win.

       Dre Person breaks a 29 yard run against the Huskies                  Chuck Lofquist (41) and Lethzee Calderon (3) combine for tackle



2nd 3rd 4th








St. Cloud State






                     Stephen Day winds up for the punt                            Tra Hearns drops back to pass

1st Quarter
9:05 - SCSU -  Jaden Huff  4 yard run  (Derek Witte kick)
1:18 - SCSU - Jaden Huff  1 yard run  (Derek Witte kick)

2nd Quarter
13:29 - SCSU - Jameson Parsons 15 yard pass from Nate Meyer (Derek Witte kick)
11:05 - SCSU - Nate Meyer 51 yard rush (Derek Witte kick)
3:32 -  SCSU -  Grant Thayer 12 yard pass from Nate Meyer  (Derek Witte kick)
:58 -  SCSU - Jameson Parsons 4 yard pass from Nate Meyer 4  (Derek Witte kick)

3rd Quarter
10:48 - SCSU - Ledell White 6 yard run  (Derek Witte kick)
2:49 - UMC - Constant Jackson 23 yard pass from Tra Hearns  (Mike Maw kick)

4th Quarter
13:19 - SCSU - John Pass 13 yard pass from McKinley Anderson  (Derek Witte kick)
7:40 - SCSU - Curtwan Evans 9 yard rush (Derek Witte kick)
:40 - UMC -  Adam Connette 23 yard pass from Tra Hearns (Mike Maw kick)



The Crookston Girl's Tennis team beat Park Rapids 5-2 and lost to Roseau 5-2 in two Section 8A matches at the Crookston tri-angular at the Crookston High School Tennis Courts.
In the first match of the day, Crookston won all three doubles matches and two singles matches on their way to a 5-2 victory over Park Rapids. "Park Rapids mixed up their line up a little bit and the matches we won we won pretty easily.  With that said they aren't a bad team, they have a lot of talent and they are right in the mix in terms of teams battling for the section championship," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "We will take the win and potentially we could see them again in the playoffs."

In the Roseau match, the Rams beat the Pirates 5-2 by winning three singles matches and two doubles.  Crookston used a different line up with Elisa Samuelson out because of an injury, but Roseau played well and showed they are going to be in the running for a Section 8A championship run. "Roseau played well and we did not.  Roseau came out and competed and played hard at every spot and kept coming after us." said Coach Geffre.  "Our girls have to learn you have to go hard on every point and compete hard and we had some girls that didn't do that today.  Overall it wasn't a bad day, the loss won't affect seeding in any way and as long as we can take something positive away from the loss it will be a good thing."
Crookston drops to 14-7 on the year and will play Bemidji in the final regular season match of the year at the Choice Fitness Center in Grand Forks.

  CROOKSTON-5 Park Rapids-2 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann  Julia Smith  Crox  6-2, 6-2 
#2 Amy Follette  Natalie Kinkel   PR  6-1, 6-3 
#3 Alyssa Fee  Mariena Dearstyne   PR  7-5, 2-6, 10-1 
#4 Jaden Lizakowske Tori Hilmanowski  Crox  6-2, 6-4 
#1 Doubles Kendall Wahouske,
Leah Trostad
Hayley MacPherson, 
Drew Hilmanowski 
Crox  6-3, 6-3
#2 Elise Tangquist, 
Tori Demarais 
Kellsey Clark,
Rachel Palmer 
Crox  6-4, 6-1 
#3 Alyssa Schultz,
Marie Sandman 
Gracie Eischens, 
Chloe Johnson
Crox  6-0, 6-0 


  CROOKSTON-2 Roseau-5 Winner Score
#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann  Jodi Ostroski Ros  6-4 6-1
#2 Leah Trostad Josee Lundgren  Ros  7-5 6-4
#3 Kendall Wahouske Elice Murphy  Crox   7-5 6-0
#4 Jaden Lizakowske Mack Bergstrom  Ros   6-1 6-1
#1 Doubles Tori Demarais 
Amy Follette 
Lauren Johnson, 
Kate Wensloff 
Crox   4-6 6-4 10-5
#2 Elise Tangquist, 
Alyssa Fee
Madi Lee,
Haley Ostgaard  
Ros  6-3 6-2
#3 Alyssa Schultz,
Nissa Brekken
Sable Knochenmus,
Kacie Bjerk 
Ros  6-2 6-2


The University of Minnesota Crookston Volleyball team were coming off a quick three set loss last night to ranked Northern State and this afternoon were taking on one of their rivals, Minnesota State-Moorhead. When the Dragons won the first set, UMC didn’t go into a shell and came back with three fairly easy set wins to defeat the Dragons 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-7) in a Northern Sun Conference match at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.
The first set was back and forth at first, but with the score 10-8 in favor of the Dragons, they went on a 7-0 run and would hold on to the 25-22 win.
Probably the most important game was the second with UMC coming off the loss last night and getting beat in the first set, but UMC started well with a 7-3 lead behind the big play at the net of Maggie Perrel (Soph-Watertown-Mayer, Mn). It seemed all the Golden Eagles hitters got into the act like Erin Schwarz (Jr-Eden Prairie, Mn), Kassi and Kelci Green (Soph-Anoka, Mn) for the 25-15 win.
The third set was all the home team again as the Golden Eagles scored eight points in a row with the score tied at 6-6 to take an insurmountable 14-6 lead and coasted to a 25-19 win and taking a 2-1 lead.
The entire front line group was more than effective handling Trost sets and particular the back row play of Becca Vandenheuvel (Soph-Cannon Falls, Mn) to claim a split on the weekend as in the fourth game UMC took control of set and match with a 11-1 lead behind Sierra Trost (Jr-Blaine, Mn.) serving and setting and the play at the net of Perrel, the Green’s and Stephanie Pearson (Sr-Frankfort, IL) UMC breezed to a 25-7 win to win the match three games to one.
UMC is now 7-8 overall and 3-4 in the Northern Sun Conference and will be on the road at Augustana College and Wayne State next Friday and Saturday.
Minnesota State-Moorhead falls to 11-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

  1 2 3 4
MSU-Moorhead 25 15 19 7
UMC 22 25 25 25

Kills - Maggie Perrel-12, Stephanie Pearson-9, Kelci Green-8, Kassi Green-7, Erin Schwarz-7
Blocks - Casey Cashman-8, Kelci Green-7
Assists -  Sierra Trost-39
Digs -  Becca  Vandenheuvel-22, Stephanie Pearson-14, Kaycie Hagen-12, Maggie Perrel-10, Sierra Trost-10
Aces -  Sierra Trost-3, Becca Vandenheuvel-2



The Crookston Pirates Volleyball team was without their setter, Macy Strem, who was home with the bug that has been going around the high school and that hampered the Pirates as they went 1-3 on the day at the Blocktober Fest Volleyball tournament in Fergus Falls. 
Crookston lost to Breckenridge 2-0 (25-7, 25-15), and lost to Morris 2-0 (25-7, 25-7) in pool play.  In bracket play, Crookston lost to Warroad 2-1 (25-19, 25-23, 15-10) to put the Pirates in the last place match where they beat Washington Tech Magnet School out of St. Paul 2-0 (25-15, 25-20).  "Missing Macy hurt us, because she is our go getter and you take her out of our line up it is different," said Pirate Coach Meredith Hollcraft. "Against Breckenridge we didn't pass very well and had so many errors and seven service errors and we are struggling with our mental game right now."  The second match was against a very good Morris team who was in the tournament championship to set up the meeting with Warroad.  Crookston beat Warroad in the first set 25-19, Warroad answered with a 25-23 victory to force a third set where the Warriors won 15-10.   "We beat them in the first game and we played okay, but Warroad made a lot of errors," said Coach Hollcraft.  "We have to learn how to make our own points and not rely on the other team to make mistakes."  In the last match of the day, Crookston beat Washington Tech 2-0 to end the day with a victory. "We had a lot of different people playing and trying to fill Macy's spot threw us for a loop everywhere and we couldn't recover the rest of the day," said Coach Hollcraft. "It was good to finish with a win, but our confidence is so low right now.  We will get another shot against Warroad at their place."
Crookston will have a busy week coming up with three matches.  On Monday they travel to East Grand Forks to play the Green Wave, on Tuesday they travel to Warroad and on Thursday they host the Green Wave.

  1 2
Breckenridge 25 25


  1 2
Morris 25 25


  1 2 3
CROOKSTON 25 23 10
Warroad 19 25 15


  1 2

Washington Tech

15 20

For CROOKSTON   (total for the day)

Kills -Precious Adams-17, Amanda Trandem-12 
Blocks -Precious Adams-4, Kennedy Cwikla-3
Assists -Heather Chaput 23, Bailey Folkers 10
Digs - Annie Hjostek 13 Precious Adams 10
Aces - Amanda Trandem 6, Karlee Myer 5





The Crookston Pirate Boy’s Soccer team finished off a stretch of four games in six days with a tough 1-0 loss to the Hibbing-Chisholm Bluestreaks on Saturday afternoon at the Crookston High School Soccer Fields.

Defense was the overwhelming theme of the match as both teams were held scoreless for the first 78 minutes of the game. Although they didn’t get a goal early, Hibbing-Chisholm was active in the first half as they put 10 shots on goal on the Crookston net. Pirate goalkeeper Elijah Phaiah was up to the challenge, keeping the Bluestreaks scoreless through the game’s first 40 minutes. “The defensive effort was good today,” said Pirates Head Coach Don Cox. “Hibbing-Chisholm was peppering shots from all over the place and really used their speed to get those off. Credit our guys for limiting their breakaways.”

Crookston was able to get their fair share of chances in the first half as well, putting six shots on Bluestreaks goalkeeper Michael Kubena. “The offense was working hard today, despite the score,” said Cox. “The guys just weren’t lucky enough to get the ball to go in. There were a couple of scrums in front but the guys just couldn’t capitalize.”

One of those scrums was with less than five minutes to go but Crookston couldn’t get it to go in. Moments later, Hibbing-Chisholm’s Daniel Lopez Campo got an angle and booted it past Phaiah to make it 1-0 with 1:45 left in the game. “Lopez Campo was the focal point of their offense all game long and we were effective at controlling him,” explained Cox. “Our defenders were taking away his angles, except for one time. The one time he got some room he made us pay.”

The Pirates are now 9-4 on the season and will wrap up their regular season with a trip to East Grand Forks for a big rivalry game on Tuesday. “The guys are excited for EGF,” said Cox. “It will be a great game, the guys always get jazzed up to face the Green Wave.” The Pirates will get no lower than a fourth seed for the Section 8A Playoffs with the first round set to start on October 15. The Bluestreaks improve to 7-5-2 with the win. 

    Parker Nicholls and a Hibbing player collide         Jacob Roesch kicks the ball up field
                               (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)




2nd Final
Hibbing 0 1 1

78:15 - Hibbing- Daniel Lopez Campo

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Elijah Phaiah-Crookston 10 10 20
Michael Kubena-Hibbing 6 4 10



Christina Stassi’s goal just nine minutes into the match would be all the scoring as the visiting Wayne State (Nebraska) Wildcats picked up their first win and first Northern Sun Conference win of the season in a 1-0 whitewashing of the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) at Wayne, Nebraska.  The Wildcats had a quick opportunity just previous to the goal but was stopped by the Golden Eagles goalie Lexie Gauger (Jr-Green Bay, WI), but a corner kick by Suenly Galvez and Stassi was able to get a header on the ball and knock it past Gauger for the goal and an early lead.  Although Wayne State outshot UMC decidedly in the second half, the saves were nearly even and Wayne State goalie Kylie Comba stopped the three shots on goal.
UMC is now 2-6-1 overall and 2-4 in the conference and the Golden Eagles will be at  #20 ranked Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. tomorrow at 1:00 PM.  Augustana is 7-1-1 overall after a 1-0 win over Bemidji State today.
Wayne State improves to 1-5-3 on the year and 1-4-1 in the conference and will be host Bemidji State tomorrow afternoon.



2nd Final


0 0
Wayne State 1 0 1

9:04 - Wayne - Christina Stasi  (Suenly Galvez)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Lexie Gauger-UMC 3 2 5
Kylie Comba-WS 2 1 3




The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team only had 13 swimmers competing in the Section 8A Girls Swimming and Diving True Team meet, and still finished second place out of nine teams.  The meet was won by a talented and deep Bemidji Lumberjack team.  In the true team meet, each team can enter four individuals or four relay teams in each event and due to the lack of numbers Crookston was only able to field two teams in each relay and three girls in most of the individual events.  To top it off, Crookston didn't have a diver, so they were competing in 11 out of the 12 events and still finished second.  The reason why Crookston finished second place was the 13 top five finishes, including four first place finishes.  Haley Roed had three first place finishes after winning the 50 and 100 freestyle and was also part of the 200 Freestyle relay team along with Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry, and Kate MacGregor.  Kate also had a first place finish in the 100 backstroke.

Team Results- (No team scores provided yet)
1. Bemidji
3. Detroit Lakes
4. Fergus Falls
5. Fosston
6. Perham
7. Park Rapids
8. Thief River Falls
9. Roseau/Warroad/BGMR


Pirate Results (Top 5) Event Time Place
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 25.47 1st
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 56.03 1st
Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Freestyle Relay 1:44.36 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:01.55 1st
Marietta Geist 500 Freestyle 5:50.24 2nd
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman,
Thea Oman, Marietta Geist
400 Freestyle Relay 3:57.75 2nd
Sierra Pry, Thea Oman,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:02.90 3rd
Marietta Geist 200 Freestyle 2:06.33 3rd
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:03.84 3rd
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:28.65 4th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:11.28 4th
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:29.49 5th
Sierra Pry 500 Freestyle 6:04.68 5th



The Crookston Pirates Girl's Soccer team is coming off a 1-0 loss to Mesabi East last night and are 0-9-1 on the year when they host Hibbing-Chisholm, who are 2-10 on the year after a loss at East Grand Forks yesterday. The match will start at 10:00 AM this morning at the Crookston High School Soccer Field.

KROX hopes to have game information early Sunday.

Jacky Argueta races a Hibbing player to the ball      Hannah Emanuel kicks the ball away from a Blue Jacket
                                  (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)




2nd Final
Hibbing     5



Saves 1st 2nd Total




Hawley didn't put much offense up against Barnesville last week in a 49-0 loss and their coach Peder Naatz had said they've played well one week and not the next. That would be bad news for the Crookston Pirates for a couple reasons. One, it meant this would be the week for the Nuggets to be 'on' and two they would be playing against a Pirate team that had 13 starters missing due to a one game suspension for code of conduct. It turned out to be senior Nuggets running back Austin Koenig's big night or big half as he scored five first half touchdowns and led Hawley to a 60-0 Section 8AA win in Crookston.
 Other than personnel, there wasn't much difference from previous Nugget teams as they marched it down the field on the ground their first series, had a touchdown pass in the end zone dropped, but still on a third and nine, the Nuggets leading rusher this year, Austin Koenig ran 39 yards for the first score of the game and Hawley started off with an 8-0 early lead.
With a whole new starting backfield, the Pirates were called for a long penalty and were forced into a punt and the Nuggets had the ball at the Crookston 41 yard line to start their second drive which only took three plays with Koenig capping off the quick drive with a two yard run for a score and a 14-0 lead.
Veteran Hawley coach Naatz also said before the game, "We want to get some early turnovers against the inexperience of Crookston and get ahead of them early."  They did both. On the sixth play of the game for the Pirates offense they put it on the ground and it was recovered by Hawley and they took only one play for Koenig to score his third touchdown in the first eight minutes of the game and the Nuggets lead 22-0.
The Pirates had a nicely executed drive late in the first quarter into the second quarter with sophomore quarterback Ben Trostad hitting Ryan Swenson with a 21 yard pass and a first down. On the fifteen play of the drive a fourth and long pass was incomplete and turned it over to Hawley deep in their own territory.  On the first play Crookston had a quarterback sack but on the next play Koenig busted off his fourth touchdown of the game going 91 yards this time.
The Nuggets would partially block a Crookston punt which was returned by Hawley to the Crookston five yard line. Crookston would get their second quarterback sack and put the Nuggets back to the 15 yard line and then Koenig ran in for his fifth touchdown of the game and a 38-0 lead.  Hawley would pick off a Crookston pass late in the first half and a 34 yard pass put the ball inside the Pirates five yard line and set up another potential Nuggets touchdown, but they sat on the ball at the end of the half and had a 38-0 lead.
"We did some pretty good things and we have a lot of young kids out there and just outmanned. We are playing hard though. We've connected a couple long passes so we are doing some things well," Crookston coach Scott Butt said at half-time. When asked how can you stopped Koenig, who besides the five touchdowns but 221 yards rushing, coach Butt said, "we'll try to figure that out at half-time and see what we can do." 
As it turned out, Hawley didn't play Koenig in the second half, but the Nuggets would dominate much of the second half on the ground and scored once in the third quarter and with running time in the fourth quarter put two more scores up for Hawley's 60-0 victory. "We didn't have an answer for their running game and give Hawley credit," said Crookston coach Butt, "it was a rough night for us and our young guys were bouncing off Koenig in the first half and much of the game. We just weren't strong enough.
I'm not going to say anybody had a bad game as we asked these young guys to do something that they probably weren't physically capable of, but they kept fighting and I'm very proud of these kids. We hoped these young kids that normally don't play on Friday night learned how much faster and stronger this level is. Being young meant being fragile and we went into a scramble mode and couldn't get the snowball from going down hill."
Crookston is now 2-5 on the season and will end the regular season on Wednesday at Staples-Motley. "We have a lot of hanging heads tonight from the players that didn't play," said coach Butt, "but now it will be time for them to pick it up and get ready for the rest of the season. I want to apologize to our community for what happened and this is not who we are and what we teach and it's a lesson learned and we move on."
Hawley is now 4-3 on the year and wraps up their regular season on Wednesday at home against Breckenridge.

                                                  Lucas Meier runs the ball               Jaden Lubarski makes a cut along the sideline



2nd 3rd 4th


Hawley 22 16 8 14 60
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 0

1st Quarter
8:46 -  Hawley -  Austin Koenig 39 yard run  (Drew Thompson run)
5:46 -  Hawley -  Austin Koenig 2 yard run  (Drew Thompson run)
4:17 -  Hawley -   Austin Koenig  17 yard run  (run failed)

2nd Quarter
7:31 -  Hawley  -  Austin Koenig 91 yard run  (Wyatt Blakeway run)
4:25 -  Hawley  -  Austin Koenig 15 yard run  (Spencer Christianson pass from Hunter Thompson)

3rd Quarter
5:40  -  Hawley -  Riley Byklum 19 yard run  (Zach Ellingson recovered fumble in end zone)

4th Quarter
10:32 -  Hawley -  Gunnar Lawson  32 yard run  (Wyatt Blakeway run)
7:02 -    Hawley -  Wyatt Blakeway  54 yard run  (run failed)

 Ben Trostad with one of his passes       Ethan Magsam with a quarterback sack            Ryan Swenson runs after one of his four receptions

First Downs 9 18
Rushing-Yards 41 - 96 35 - 377
Passing 4-9-2 1-2-0
Passing Yards 42 34
Total Yards 138 411
Fumbles-Lost 2 - 1 1 -0
Penalties-Yards 1 -10 3 -30
Punts-Yards Ave. 3 - 27.6 0


Crookston Hawley
Ethan Magsam      19 - 56 Austin Koenig       13 - 221
Jaden Lubarski      5 - 29 Wyatt Blakeway    7 -53
Lucas Meier          2 - 5 Riley Byklum         5 - 42
Ben Trostad          11 - 3 Gunnar Lawson     1 - 32
Lukas Andringa     0 -2 Blake Omberg       2 - 18
Brandon Boetcher  1 - 1 Jacob Vetter          1 - 15
  Ben Omberg          3 - 6
  Drew Thompson   3 - (-10)


Ben Trostad       4 - 9 -2      42 yards

Drew Thompson    1 - 2 - 0    34 yards




Ryan Swenson      4 - 42 Donnie Loegering  1 - 34



The #9 ranked Northern State Wolves showed the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team why they're undefeated after a 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-7) Northern Sun Conference victory in a match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
Northern State had a great start in the first set when they took a 5-1 lead out of the gates and built an 11-3 lead to set the tone.  After UMC settled down and went on a 10-4 run to get within a 15-13 deficit and were back in the game.  UMC would keep the pressure on and after back to back kills by Maggie Perrel (Jr. New Germany) and Kelci Green (Soph. Anoka) the Golden Eagle trailed 22-21.  Northern State scored the next three points and won 25-21 for a 1-0 match lead.
In the second set, it was tied at 1, 7 and 8 and Northern State had an 11-10 lead early.  From that point on Northern State dominated, including a 9-0 run to take a 20-10 lead and cruised the rest of the way for a 25-13 victory for a 2-0 match lead.
In the third set, it was more of the same for Northern State as they dominated on their way to a 25 -7 victory to win the match 3-0.
UMC drops to 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the NSIC and will host Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday.  Northern State improves to 14-0 overall and 6-0 in the NSIC.

Box Score 1 2 3
Northern State 25 25 25
UMC 21 13 7

Kills - Maggie Perrel-8, Stephanie Pearson-7, Kelci Green-4
Blocks - Kelci Green-4
Assists - Sierra Trost-19
Digs -  Stephanie Pearson-6, Maggie Perrel-5, Erin Schwarz-5
Aces - Casey Cashman-2, Kaycie Hagen-2



The Crookston Pirate Boy’s Soccer team responded to two straight losses well as they used a quick start to take down the Mesabi East Area Giants, 4-0, at the Crookston High School Soccer Field. The Pirates came out of the gate firing on all cylinders as they put 12 shots on goal in the first half. “Our passing was working well in the first half,” said Crookston Head Coach Don Cox. “The guys were doing a lot of give-and-go’s and moving the ball down the field well. They set things up well which led to good runs at the goal.” 12 minutes into the game, team captain Guthrie Dingmann took an Andy Gregg feed and fired it into the net to give the Pirates the 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Parker Nicholls pushed the lead to 2-0 with a goal on an assist from Bobby Tiedemann. It was no shock to see the big hitters for the Pirates step up late in the season. “I expect those guys to get goals at this point of the season,” said Cox. “Guthrie and Parker are playing how they’re supposed to be playing right now.”
Crookston tallied another score with nine minutes left in the half as Nicholls found the net again and the teams went into the break with Crookston leading 3-0.
In the second half it was all Crookston once again as the Pirates were having their way with the Giants, controlling the possession and making multiple charges down the field. The Pirates’ cross passing game was the most evident part of the second half as every time they brought the ball down the field they looked to send it to the middle. That strategy paid off in the 63rd minute as Dingmann took the ball at the top of the 18 yard box and sent a curving shot just inside of the right post to make it 4-0. Mesabi East’s best chance of the game came a few minutes later when Gabe Curry was fouled in the box which meant that the Giants got a penalty kick. Curry took the penalty kick but missed the shot wide of the net as Crookston goalkeeper Elijah Phaiah sprawled to attempt a save. The Pirates limited the Giants to just two shots in the second half and held on for the 4-0 victory.
The game marked the third of the week and second in a string of three straight for the Pirates. “In 11 years here I’ve never had a schedule be as rigorous as this, with four matches in a week,” said Cox. “I think the guys are handling it well. We have played well this week, limiting some high powered teams and that’s something that we are proud of. Our team is continuing to move in the right direction.”
Due to the intense schedule and playing for the second day in a row, Coach Cox was able to get some younger guys playing time. “I wanted some of those younger guys to see the field and it also allowed me to get some of the heavier minute players some rest,” explained Cox. “We’ve got some nagging injuries and guys recovering from respiratory ailments so getting a lot of guys in today was part of the plan.”
The Pirates are now 9-2 on the year and will have a quick turnaround as they play their third game in as many days on Saturday. The regular season home finale sees Hibbing come into town with the game set to start at noon. 

Guthrie Dingmann brings the ball up the field   Ian Johnson tries to kick the ball as he falls



2nd Final
Mesabi East 0 0 0

12:00-Crox- Guthrie Dingmann (Andy Gregg)
14:00-Crox- Parker Nicholls (Bobby Tiedemann)
31:00-Crox- Parker Nicholls
63:57-Crox- Guthrie Dingmann

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Elijah Phaiah-Crookston 1 2 3
Michael Gifford-Mesabi East 9 5 14



The Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team had plenty of chances early but couldn’t find the back of the net and lost in a 1-0 nailbiter to the Mesabi East Area Giants at the Crookston High School Soccer Fields.
Missed chances were the mantra in the first half as the Pirates peppered the Giants goal with seven shots on goal early. Crookston used solid passing to generate those chances but couldn’t solve Giants goalkeeper Tori Wallner who saved all seven shots she saw in the game’s first 40 minutes. “We had 10 shots in the first half if you included balls that went high or wide but just couldn’t buy a goal,” said Crookston Head Coach Sarah Reese. “I was glad to see so many shooting opportunities and the girls improve in generating those chances.”
Unlike the majority of the season, Crookston goalkeeper Brita Fagerlund didn’t have to do too much in the first half. The junior saved both shots she saw.
In the second half the teams were scoreless through the first 20 minutes but Mesabi East would strike first. Senior Jewelle Jacklen was able to get through the Crookston defense and kicked the ball past Fagerlund to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates continued to get looks offensively with four shots on goal in the second half but just couldn’t but the ball in the net.
“Overall we played well today,” said Reese. “But you have to be able to put the ball in the net when you have chances, especially right on the door step. Hopefully we learn from it and keep getting better. We had good performances from a lot of girls and I liked what I saw out of Serenity Adams at outside midfielder and Jayden Allrich at outside defense”
The Pirates fall to 0-10-1 on the season and have a quick turnaround as they host Hibbing on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Mesabi East Area improves to 1-7 with the win. 

Abby Brekken tracks down the ball as the goalie looks on     Sophie Sanders chases down the ball



2nd Final
Mesabi East 0 1 1

61:00- ME - Jewelle Jacklen

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Brita Fagerlund- Crox 2 6 8
Tori Wallner- MEA 7 4 11



The Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim are fighting for the final wild card spot with three games remaining.

The Twins can clinch the wild card outright by going 3-0, Houston wins 1 or less and the Angels go 2-1 or worse.  The Twins can also clinch outright if they go 2-1 and the Astros go 0-3 and the Angels go 1-2 or worse.

The Twins can tie for the Wild Card if they go 3-0 and the Astros go 2-1 and the Angels go 3-0.  Or they can tie if the Twins go 2-1, the Astros go 1-2 and the Angels go 2-1.  Lastly the Twins go 1-2 and the Astros go 0-3 and the Angels go 1-2 or worse.

If Houston and the Twins tie for the Wild Card, game 163 would be at Target Field.  If the Twins and Angels tie, game 163 would be at Aneheim.

If there is a three team tie, there would be two playoff games.




The Bemidji Lumberjacks used their speed to get 18 shots on goal and only gave up four shots on their way to a 2-0 victory over the Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team in a Section 8A game played at the Bemidji Middle School field.
In the first half, neither team scored, but Crookston goal keeper, Elijah Phaiah, came up big save after big save for a total of 10 first half saves to keep Bemidji off the board and the score was scoreless at halftime.  “Oh my gosh!!  The boy (Elijah Phaiah) was on fire in that first half man!  He was responsible for creating 99 percent of the frustration the Bemidji coaches expressed verbally at halftime.  We could hear them down on our end,” said Pirate Coach Don Cox. “We were very happy with the guys and their maximum effort.  We had some really good play by Thomas (Cymbaluk) and Jake Owens and they did a fine job clearing the ball and didn’t give up a lot of corners and would put the ball way down field.  Andy Gregg and Drew Dragseth also played well and made enormous contributions.” 
Bemidji scored eight minutes into the second half when they came down the left side of the field and got in behind the defenders and a Bemidji player took a stutter step and put the ball in the back corner of the goal for a 1-0.  Nine minutes later Bemidji scored again off a free kick. “Bemidji was giving directions to go left, go right and my kids got a little confused and couldn’t tell Elijah’s voice from Bemidji’s and so the wall broke apart and there were big gaps and Bemidji took advantage of that and kicked the ball low between players that were too far apart,” said Coach Cox.  Crookston had three quality scoring chances that were stopped and a couple kicks over the goal, but couldn’t cash in on the chances and Bemidji held on to a 2-0 victory. “Bemidji came out in the second half and did a lot more passing, they came out wider than they played in the first half and we were clustering a little more and for some reason we were having problems with the traps and couldn’t move the ball.  It was just like continuing unwinding of the thread where you are taking all that you put into the knitted scarf, coming out,” said Coach Cox.  “We had three shots on goal in the second half, and put three over the net, we just couldn’t cash in on our opportunities.”
Crookston falls to 8-3 on the year and will host Eveleth-Gilbert on Friday and Hibbing on Saturday before they wrap up the regular season at East Grand Forks on Tuesday evening.  Crookston looks like they will be a three or four seed in the Section 8A playoffs.  If they win the last three matches they might be able to move in front of Alexandria.  Bemidji improves 10-1-1 on the season and will likely be the second seed in the section.



2nd Final
Bemidji 0 2 2

48:00 - BEM - Taylor Nord 
57:00 - BEM - Leo Spry

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Elijah Phaiah - Crox 10 6 16
Bruno Cheney-Bemidji 1 3 4



The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers picked up their second dual win in a row as they beat the Thief River Falls Prowlers, 107-63, at the Crookston Community Pool on Thursday night. The Pirates won 10 of 11 events behind some dominating performances from their swimmers.  Haley Roed, Kate MacGregor and Marietta Geist won all four events they swam to lead the Pirates. “The girls are definitely feeling confident in their races right now,” said Pirate Head Coach Marley Melbye. “They’re starting to get in a groove and really are performing well.” Crookston started off hot, winning their first three events. The 200 Meter Medley Relay team of Sierrya Pry, Kate MacGregor, Thea Oman and Haley Roed started the run with a convincing win in 2:16.93, which was almost three seconds better than their seed time. The Pirates followed with a first place finish by Marietta Geist in the 200 Meter Freestyle and a first place finish by sophomore Merran Dingmann in the 200 Meter Individual Medley. “This whole season has been a story of fast starts by the team,” said Melbye. “We’ve been working on getting up and getting fast right from the start and they have been doing that.”
The Pirates continued to win, and do so in dominating fashion. Haley Roed continued to lead by example in the pool, winning the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle. “Haley cut quite a bit of time in her 50 Freestyle from the last time we swam here,” said Coach Melbye. “That’s positive to see as we head into the last month or two of the season.” The most dominating performances came from sophomore Kate MacGregor, who won the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke by a combined 20 seconds!! “She has been a very technical swimmer since she was young,” said Melbye of MacGregor. “She is a natural competitor and has always been flawless in the water.”   Merran Dingmann had a lot of success, even if she was swimming in some different events. “We had Merran swim in the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke today,” said Melbye. “She is really rising to the occasion in that and proving her versatility.”    Crookston’s 400 Meter Freestyle Relay team of Dingmann, Thea Oman, Elizabeth Erdman and Marietta Geist capped the night off with a win in 4:38.21, three seconds better than their seed time. “We had some bumps and bruises earlier in the season, but now I’m really happy where our mental toughness is at,” said Melbye. “We talk about all of the different aspects of the races and these girls have proven how tough they are.”
The Pirates will head back to Warroad on Saturday for the Section 8A True Team Meet.

   Lucy Whiting (far left) and Haley Roed (right) enter the pool          Kate MacGregor swims to a dominating win in the 100 Butterfly

Pirate Event Time Place
Sierra Pry, Thea Oman,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:16.93 1st
Marietta Geist 200 Freestyle 2:24.86 1st
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:44.05 1st
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 28.31 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:12.40 1st
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 1:01.99 1st
Marietta Geist 400 Freestyle 5:05.79 1st
Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Freestyle Relay 1:57.45 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:11.89 1st
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman
Thea Oman, Marietta Geist
400 Freestyle Relay 4:38.21 1st

                  Merran Dingmann wins the 100 Breaststroke



For the third straight year, the University of Minnesota Crookston soccer team has been honored for their work in the classroom as they have been recognized as a 2014-15 Women’s College Team Academic Award Winner by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The team GPA of 3.38 is the highest overall of the three year stretch and UMC is one of eight NSIC teams to earn the team award.


The academic honor is the third time in head coach Joe Alianiello’s four seasons at the helm and he added, “I am very pleased that this is our third straight year receiving the NSCAA Team Academic Award. This program takes academic success very seriously. It shows that our program is striving to do our best on and off the field every day.”





Below is an official release from the Crookston School District -

Unfortunately, 13 players will not be allowed to play in the football game on Friday due to a violation of team rules.  While we will not discuss the details, we would like to assure the community that there was no chemical violations, physical assault, or hazing related to this incident.  It was an issue of students not conducting themselves in the manner we expect of our student athletes.  While these students did make some poor choices, we are proud of the way they have handled themselves in the aftermath by being honest and forthright.  We do not expect our students to be perfect, but we do expect them to admit their mistakes, serve their consequences and move on.  We are proud to say these boys have done so.


Mr. Bubna (Principal) and Mr. Garmen (Activities Director)




The old adage is, “defense wins championships”. This holds true in most any sport, especially in soccer where scoring comes at a premium. The 2015 edition of Crookston Pirate Boy’s Soccer is hoping their defense can lead them toward that ultimate goal. Through the first 10 games, the Pirates have been stellar on the defensive end. This week’s Wednesday Feature will focus on a defense that is anchored by experience and performing at a high level this season.


Through 10 games, the Pirates are 8-2 and have outscored their opponents 24-15. Crookston has also posted three shutouts on the season. “There is not a word in the English language that can adequately describe how I feel about this team’s defense,” said Pirate Head Coach Don Cox. “They’re playing so well and together. They complete each other on the field and have become so solid at protecting leads, marking opponents, disrupting passing lanes and shutting down quality shots.”


Any defense’s focal point is usually the goalkeeper, and Crookston has a solid one in senior Elijah Phaiah. It is interesting to note that Phaiah wasn’t the clear cut number one option for the Pirates at the start of the year, but has really embraced the role. “I feel very comfortable in goal, especially with the defense I have in front of me,” said Phaiah. “I’m looking forward to being in this position the rest of the year.” The comfort level has been apparent, especially to the coaching staff. “Elijah has been getting better in net with each game,” said Cox. “His judgements are getting much better and he is getting a lot of help from his defenders in knowing what direction to go or what to do with a ball coming at the goal.” Phaiah, who had 16 saves in Tuesday’s loss to West Ottertail, has learned what qualities a goalkeeper needs to have. “You have to be really aggressive to be a goalkeeper,” stated Phaiah. “Sometimes it takes sliding on the ground, risking yourself and getting down and dirty to keep that ball out of the net. If you’re not aggressive then the attackers who are will score on you.” Phaiah also knows that the performance of the team as a whole defensively has a lot to do with age. “We are so solid defensively because of the seniors that are on this team,” stated Phaiah. “They’re veterans and really know the game. We also have great size and can match up with teams well.”


The job of keeping those attackers away from the goalie rests on the defenders, and the 2015 Pirates have a solid crop, including multiple seniors. Two of those seniors, Andy Gregg and Jacob Roesch know that the experience with each other is key. “Our mentality defensively is to work together,” said Andy Gregg. “A lot of us have been playing together since we were in 8th grade so we know how the other guys play.” Roesch agreed. “We work well together,” he stated. “The best thing we have going is our chemistry!”


What has been the game plan defensively? It has to change based on the opponent. “Our defensive strategy changes based on the teams we play,” explained Roesch. “If a team has faster forwards than we as defenders need to stay back a little more. If we’re playing a slower team, that gives us the ability to cheat up and get more involved in the rush.” Aside from their two games against West Ottertail United, a team that is unbelievably skilled and has not given up a goal this season, the Pirates have given up just six goals in their other eight games, an astounding average of less than a goal a game! That statistic goes along with what the defense’s goal is every time out: “we want to shut a team out, that’s the goal” stated Andy Gregg.  But Jacob Roesch quickly added, “as long as we get the win, that’s all that matters.”

From the goalkeeper out to the defenders, midfielders and attackers, the Crookston Pirates are a fun group to watch and have a full vote of confidence from their coach. “I’m very confident in these guys and can tell they’re confident,” said Cox. “They go out there every game and feel like they have a chance to win and work their hardest to accomplish the goals that they’ve set.”  Now it’s the race to the finish as the Pirates have four games remaining before the Section 8A playoffs begin on October 15th. Luckily for Crookston, they have quite the defensive unit to carry them into the postseason. 

             Andy Gregg                         Jacob Roesch chases down the ball                 Elijah Phaiah with the save





The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team with their first place Northwest Quad trophy

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team showed their team depth and won the Northwest Quad for the first time in several years, edging Thief River Falls by one point to win the event. 
Crookston had three first place finishes with Kendall Wahouske and Jaeden Lizakowski winning the third and fourth singles respectively.  The other champions were Tori Demarais and Elise Tangquist at second doubles.  To make the team victory more impressive, the Pirates were without Elisa Samuelson at first doubles because of an injury.  "There was some pretty good tennis here today.  The quad shows who has the most team depth and every person has to do well and we had that today," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "It is nice to come in without one of your players and the other girls knowing they have to step up and they did that and we had good performances from top to bottom.  We had some champions, played some good competition with nice pressure matches and our girls did well in the pressure matches today."
Crookston will host Park Rapids and Roseau in the final home matches of the season on Saturday.

         Ally Tiedemann with a forehand return in her second match of the day

Team Totals -
2. Thief River Falls - 15
3. East Grand Forks - 6
4. Moorhead - 5

  Tori Demarais with a backhand return in her first match vs TRF


  Pirate Matches/Results Place
#1 Singles Leah Trostad Beat Emily Strezishar (EGF) 6-1, 6-0
Lost to Callie Fagerstom (TRF) 6-2, 6-1
Lost to Melissa Glatt (MHD) 6-3, 4-6, 10-3
#2 Alyssa Fee Lost to Kira Beier (TRF) 6-2, 5-7
Beat Jenna Dietrich (EGF) 6-3, 7-5
Beat Annie Wilke (MHD) 4-6, 6-2, 15-13
#3 Kendall Wahouske Beat  Brenna Weimann (TRF) 6-4,6-2
Beat Mackenzie Burris (EGF) 6-1,6-0
Beat Maren Tollefson (MHD) 6-1,6-2
#4 Jaeden Lizakowski Beat  Jill Safranski (TRF) 6-1, 7-6, 7-2
Beat  Geena Boyum (EGF) 6-1,6-2
Beat  Claire Rix (MHD) 6-0, 6-0
#1 Doubles Ally Tiedemann
Amy Follette
Lost to Chessa Jones/Emma Dietrich (EGF) 6-2, 6-3
Beat Anna Steinwand/Becky Wilke (MHD) 4-6, 6-2, 11-9
Beat Allie Okeson/Kora Torkelson (TRF) 7-5, 6-2
#2 Tori Demarais
Elise Tangquist
Beat Juliet Tunberg/Carley Lunsetter (TRF) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
Beat Kayla Partlow/Bailey McMahon (EGF) 6-1,6-0
Beat Olivia Rockstad/Brenda Mjoness (MHD) 6-0, 6-2
#3 Alyssa Schultz
Marie Sandman
Catherine Tiedemann
Nissa Brekken
Lost to Sadie Cleven/Shawna Spears (TRF)1-6,2-6
Beat Tessa Birkholz/Haeden Heizler/Kaylee Bogurt (EGF) 6-0,6-0
Beat Lauren Jenni/Sydney Mjoen (MHD) 6-2,6-2

 Amy Follette with a backhand return in her second match vs EGF




The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team's only loss this season came at the hands of West Ottertail United by a 6-0 score and three weeks later the Pirates played their strongest game of the year and lost to West Ottertail 3-0 in game played at Fergus Falls.
The game was scoreless for the first 24 minutes and the Pirate defense was sharp. "We held them scoreless for the first 24 minutes and were playing outstanding defense," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "We came out ready to play and the boys were breaking up the passes, and not letting them get any quality scoring chances."
West Ottertail United scored the first goal of the game on a great play in the 24th minute. "The goal was a nice goal and there isn't much you can do about a goal like that, other than give them credit for scoring on a nice play and nice goal," said Coach Cox.   West Ottertail answered with another goal 14 minutes later and added a third goal a minute after the second goal to take a 3-0 lead going into halftime. "That was tough to give up those two late goals," said Coach Cox. "Especially when we played so well, but give credit to them, they were able to score on their limited chances to take the lead into halftime."
In the second half, Crookston knew they had to pick up the offensive pressure after not getting a shot on goal in the first half.  They boys picked up the pressure and it looked like they scored their first goal of the game, but the official wasn't in position and couldn't tell if the ball crossed the goal line and no goal was awarded. "It was a tough break, but the official said he couldn't see it so what can you do," said Coach Cox. "That was the start of some pretty good offensive pressure by us and it was great to see us get some quality scoring chances, but we couldn't take advantage of them."  Neither team scored the rest of the way and West Ottertail held on to a 3-0 victory.
"It was a great effort by the boys and they were talking about how well they played today and were excited about the improvement they made from the first game to this game," said Coach Cox. "The official told us we had played West Ottertail better than anybody at home this season and their coach said we played very well in the second half so that was good.  We are feeling good about how we played today and we keep getting better every time we take the field so that is all a coach can ask for."
Crookston drops 8-2 on the year and will travel to Bemidji on Thursday.  West Ottertail United improves to 11-0 on the year.



2nd Final
West Ottertail 0 3 3

24:00 - WOU - Eivind Fluge
38:00 - WOU - Ato Hashi
39:00 - WOU - Marcus Hagen


Saves 1st 2nd Total
Elijah Phaiah - Crox 5 11 16
Jaun Franco - WOU 0 3 3





The Crookston Pirate Girl’s Soccer Team played undoubtedly their best game of the season and continued to show signs of improvement as they played the West Ottertail United Storm to a 1-1 tie at the Crookston High School Soccer Fields.

“I told the girls what I tell them every time before games, but really put an emphasis on having fun and making sure to take care of themselves,” said Crookston Head Coach Sarah Reese. “They need to take care of themselves and the team and all of those little factors will eventually come together and lead to success.”

It was West Ottertail United getting a chance early as three minutes into the game Storm defender Anna Swelstad joined the rush and put a shot towards the Crookston net but Pirate goalkeeper Brita Fagerlund punched the ball away for her first save of the game. Seven minutes later Fagerlund came up big again, making a sliding save as West Ottertail’s Hannah Simpson was bearing down on the net trying to score. It took 13 minutes for the Pirates to get their first shot and there was no surprise it came off of the foot of Sabrina Delorme, who led Crookston in shots on goal. Abby Brekken added another shot on goal just moments later and the field started to tilt in favor of the Pirates. The energized offense may have been a result of some personnel changes from Coach Reese. “We were feeling like we needed to try some different combinations in our lineup and see if that led to success,” explained Reese. “We changed to having three defenders on the back line moved Abby Brekken from forward to outside midfielder.”

The Pirates continued their strong first half as they showed more finesse with their passing and generated multiple runs forcing the Storm to kick the ball out of bounds or give up possession quickly. “It’s amazing when you practice something the day before than actually see it in a game,” exclaimed Reese with a chuckle. “We were working on give-and-go’s, overlaps and moving off the ball and we saw all of those today and they made a difference.”

Crookston finally solved West Ottertail United goalkeeper Emma Royce in the 35th minute when Sabrina Delorme flew down the right side and kicked the ball just inside the left post to give the Pirates the 1-0 lead. “We moved Sabrina to the center forward position and she played very well today,” said Reese. “She got great passes from her teammates and was able to track down some long passes.” The lead lasted for a mere minute and 12 seconds when West Ottertail United’s Hannah Simpson kicked home a crossing pass to tie things up at 1-1.

The second half featured some fantastic team defense as the Pirates held the Storm without a shot on goal. Crookston continued their improved offensive play as well as Delorme had a chance for her second goal but was robbed by the Storm goalkeeper who made a fantastic leaping save. Both offenses were held scoreless in the second half and 10 minutes of overtime as the game ended in a draw.

For the Pirates however, this game provided a glimpse of what they are capable of. “Our goal is to keep getting better and build confidence each week,” said Reese. “This game is a confidence builder and the girls worked really hard and it’s great for them to see the fruits of their labor. I’m hoping we can continue to build on that.”

Brita Fagerlund was stellar in net for the Pirates, saving eight of nine shots. Emma Royce finished with 10 saves for the Storm.

The Pirates are now 0-9-1 on the season and will host Eveleth-Gilbert on Friday. 


Sabrina Delorme gets the ball past the West Ottertail goalie for a goal



2nd Final
West Ottertail 1 0 1

    Jayden Allrich kicks the ball up feild

35:54 - Crox - Sabrina Delorme
37:06 - WOU - Hannah Simpson


Saves 1st 2nd OT Total
Britta Fagerlund - Crox 6 0 2 8
Emma Royce - West Ottertail 5 3 2 10




The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team beat Warroad/Roseau 118-62 and broke two school records in a dual at the Warroad pool.  The dual is important because the Section 8A Girls Swimming and Diving meet will be at the Warroad pool in November.  
Crookston threw a different line up together with swimmers in events they don't normally swim.  That didn't affect the Pirates because they won 11 of the 12 events, and the only event they didn't win was diving because Crookston doesn't have a diver. "It was a good meet.  It is always a little scary when you change up the line up.  It was similar to taking your point guards and putting them in the post, but the girls stepped up and showed their versatility," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye.
Haley Roed broke the 200 freestyle school record with a time of 2:03.39 and the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry, Kate MacGregor, and Haley Roed broke the record with a time of 3:58.88. "Those are fun to see and see the history of swimming in the community and good to see the bar going higher," said Coach Melbye. "Haley broke Anna Koch's record and the 400 freestyle relay broke a record from 1995."  
Crookston will have 

Pirate (Top 2 finishes) Event Time Place
Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman,
Elizabeth Erdman, Kelsey Roed
200 Medley Relay 2:10.85 1st
Haley Roed 200 Freestyle 2:03.39 1st
Kate MacGregor 200 IM 2:26.77 1st
Thea Oman 50 Freestyle 26.57 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:12.74 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Freestyle 58.22 1st
Merran Dingmann 500 Freestyle 5:45.82 1st
Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Free Relay 1:45.36 1st
Haley Roed 100 Backstroke 1:12.79 1st
Merran Dingmann 100 Breastsroke 1:19.65 1st
Sierra Pry, Thea Oman,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
400 Medley Relay 2:02.10 1st




The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department announced the promotion of Bryan Beamish to the lead assistant coach for the men's basketball program and head women's golf coach. Beamish is in his second season at UMC after joining the school as the second assistant for the Golden Eagle men's basketball program under Head Coach Dan Weisse. 

"We are excited to move forward with Coach Beamish in our program," Weisse said. "Last year he demonstrated how valuable he was to our program. He is a loyal and trustworthy guy that genuinely cares about our players and the Golden Eagle basketball program. He understands our program philosophy and the type of student-athlete we want to bring to UMC. He is a big asset to our program and university."

"I want to thank Athletic Director Steph Helgeson and Coach Weisse for the opportunity to continue working with our players as we build the men's basketball program at UMC," Beamish said. "I am also excited to be the new head women's golf coach. This is a great group of girls and I want to build off of what they were able to accomplish last season."

In his first season at UMC, Beamish's primary responsibilities were recruiting throughout the Midwest, scouting game film of opponents, helping coach the big men for the Golden Eagles, while also helping oversee UMC's video efforts. He helped the Golden Eagles to a 7-20 mark, their most wins since the 2000-01 season. "Coach Weisse has the Golden Eagle basketball program moving in a great direction," Beamish said. "I think we were able to accomplish a lot of good things in the first year on the floor and in recruiting and I am excited to continue to get to be a part of changing the culture of UMC men's basketball."
Prior to arriving at UMC, Beamish spent one season as a graduate assistant for the men's basketball program at the University of Miami (Fla) under Jim Larranaga.
As a graduate assistant for the Hurricanes, Beamish's primary responsibilities were breaking down opponent's game film, assisting during practice and helping run Miami's basketball camps. During Beamish's one season with the Hurricanes he helped lead the team to a 17-15 mark.
Before making the trip South to Miami, Beamish was an assistant coach for two seasons at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla. as a member of Head Coach Lance Randall's staff. Before making the move to Florida. Beamish was an assistant coach for one season at his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he helped the Pointers to a successful 26-4 record and a Sweet 16 appearance at the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

As a player, the Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., native had a prolific four-year career for the Pointers. During his time in Stevens Point, he earned First Team All-Conference honors twice and served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. Beamish started every game during three of his four years with the Pointers. He helped lead the team to two Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Regular-Season and Tournament Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Beamish earned his Bachelor's Degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He earned a Master's in Business Administration (M.B.A.) with an emphasis in sports business from Saint Leo University in 2014. Beamish resides in Crookston.
Beamish takes over for Mike Annese, who returned to Truman State University as the lead assistant for the men's basketball team. Annese was the lead assistant and head women's golf coach last season after spending a season as an assistant at Truman.





The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team ran into their toughest opponent of the season and lost to the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels (DGF) 3-0 (25-8, 25-2, 25-15) in a Section 8AA match played in Glyndon. 
In the first set, Crookston's Precious Adams had a kill for a 1-0 lead.  DGF answered with six straight points behind Ally Reno's fantastic serving for a 6-1 lead.  DGF used their impressive athletic ability to leap and pound kills left and right and cruised the rest of the way to a 25-8 victory.  "We might have been shell shocked a little when the match started," said Pirate Coach Meredith Hollcraft. "They hit the ball so hard it took us a little by surprise.  You can tell them and try to prepare them all you want, but it isn't the same until they see it for themselves."
In the second set, Ally Reno was serving again and this time she rattled off 20 straight service points to give DGF a 20-0 lead.  The first Pirate point of the set was when DGF was in the net.  Precious Adams added a kill a short time later, but DGF finished with a 25-2 win for a 2-0 match lead.  "We struggled with their serving and when we didn't they would get a big kill," said Coach Hollcraft.  "They are a very good team and we just couldn't get anything going and couldn't stop their big hitters." 
The Pirates didn't go down without a fight as they took a 4-0 lead in the third set behind a Precious Adams kill, DGF in the net and back to back aces by Amanda Trandem.  Crookston held on to a 5-4 lead when DGF went on a 5-0 run to take a 9-5 lead.  DGF was leading comfortably, but the Pirates kept playing hard and started to get some kills with Adams recording three kills in six points.  DGF finished strong and won the third set 25-15 for a 3-0 match victory.  "Hopefully we will learn and take some things away from this match," said Coach Hollcraft.  "DGF is so athletic and can jump so well it was tough for us to stop them.  I was happy that the girls didn't give up and played hard to the end."
Crookston drops to 4-5-2 on the year and will travel to the Fergus Falls tournament on Saturday.  DGF improves to 9-3 on the season.
J.V. - DGF won 2-0
C Squad - DGF won 2-0

  Precious Adams with a big swing      Jenna Porter on the serve receive

  1 2 3
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 25 25 25

For Crookston
Kills - Precious Adams - 9
Blocks - None
Assists - Macy Strem - 12
Digs - Annie Hajostek - 10, Amanda Trandem - 7
Aces - Amanda Trandem - 2

For D-G-F
Kills - Faith Anderson - 18
Blocks - Anna Smith - 3, Frannie Mercil - 2, Shania Geiser - 2
Assists - Ally Reno - 30
Digs - Alyson Brenna - 11 digs
Aces - Ally Reno - 5


The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team was finally to get a date that worked for a end of the year banquet to celebrate the 2015 golf season.  The letter winners were announced and the top three award winners were given their honors.

The Most Valuable Golfer was Ally Tiedemann
Most Dedicated golfer was Maddie Nicholls
Most Improved was Elise Tangquist

Maddie Nicholls, Elise Tangquist, and Ally Tiedemann with their awards






The University of Minnesota Crookston soccer team played well and was tied two-thirds of the way through the game, but two late Minnesota State Mankato Maverick goals were the difference as #13 ranked Mankato won 2-0 in a Northern Sun Conference game in Crookston. 
In the first half, neither team scored, but UMC had a penalty kick with six minutes left in the half.  The Maverick goal keeper made the save and the game was still scoreless. 
In the second half, Mankato seemed to wear down the scrappy Golden Eagles and start to get good scoring opportunities 20 minutes into the half and they scored the first goal of the game in the 68th minute for a 1-0 lead.  10 minutes later, Mankato scored another goal to take a 2-0 lead and would hold on the rest of the way for the victory.
UMC falls to 2-5-1 overall and 2-3 in the NSIC and will be at Wayne State on Saturday.  Minnesota State improves to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the NSIC.

Courtney Armborst holds off a Maverick player (Picture by UMC Sports Information's
Kayla Baker)

Box Score


2nd Final
Mankato 0 2 2
UMC 0 0 0

68:17 - MSU - Kiana Nickel (Korey Kronforst)
78:09 - MSU - Laura Schwickerath   (Penalty kick)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Lexie Gauger - UMC 6 2 8
Lauren Hoeppner - MSU 2 1 3


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