The Crookston Pirates Girl's Tennis team won the Northwest Quadrangular Tournament for the second straight season as they won five out of the seven divisions and cruised to the team victory at tennis courts throughout Crookston. 
Thief River Falls left some of their usual starters back home so the Prowlers didn't have their full line up with for the quad and that allowed Crookston to roll to the championship.  "We were a little bummed," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "We were looking forward to some tough competition with them, but it is what it is and we played who was here."
Crookston easily won all four singles divisions with Ally Tiedemann outscoring her opponents 36-4 at first singles.  Amy Follette outscored her opponents 36-8 at second singles.  Kendall Wahouske outscored her opponents 36-17 at third singles and Elise Tangquist outscored her opponents at fourth singles 36-13.  "The singles players really played well," said Coach Geffre. "Those four girls have been playing some good tennis and it was good to see them take care of business today."
The first and second doubles teams finished second and the third doubles team of
Megan Flateland, Elysa Christensen, and Hannah Street combined to win third doubles with three solid matches.  "I thought our doubles teams played well today," said Coach Geffre. "We seem to be playing some good tennis right now and will have a big day on Saturday with two section opponents with Park Rapids and Roseau coming to town."
Crookston could possibly be playing for the top seed with a win over Park Rapids and Roseau on Saturday.  If they lose both they could drop to the fourth seed.  "Saturday is a big day for us so it will be fun to see how the girls play as we get closer to the playoffs," added Coach Geffre.

The Northwest Quad champion Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team with the trophy

2. Thief River Falls - 9
3. East Grand Forks - 8
4. Moorhead - 7

Hannah Street eyes down the ball on a forehand return in Schuster Park





#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Beat Maggie Dietrich (EGF) 6-1, 6-0
Beat Brenna Mjoness (MHD) 6-0, 6-2
Beat Breanna Wienen (TRF) 6-1, 6-0


Amy Follette Beat Bailey McMahon (EGF) 6-2, 6-1
Beat Isabelle Rockstad (MHD) 6-1, 6-2
Beat Jill Safranski (TRF) 6-2, 6-0


Kendall Wahouske Beat Kayla Partlow (EGF) 6-2, 6-1
Beat Sydney Mjoen (MHD) 6-3, 6-3
Beat Greta Perkovich (TRF) 6-4, 6-4


Elise Tangquist Beat Delaney Aaker (EGF) 6-2, 6-1
Beat Cassandra Jensen (MHD) 6-0, 6-2
Beat Ava Yuska (TRF) 6-4, 6-4

#1 Doubles

Jaeden Lizakowski
Catherine Tiedemann
Lost to Emma Dietrich/Jenna Dietrich (EGF) 6-4, 6-3
Beat Annika Sethre-Hofstad/Claire Rix (MHD) 6-0, 6-3
Beat Josie Davis/Hannah Magnusson (TRF) 6-1, 6-1


Nissa Brekken
Emma Borowicz
Beat Geena Boyum/McKenna Aitchison (EGF) 6-3, 6-3
Beat Emily Wilke/Brianna Jensen (MHD) 6-1, 6-1
Lost to Grace Matter/Kate Byron (TRF) 6-3, 4-6, 10-5


Megan Flateland
Elysa Christensen
Hannah Street
Beat Tessa Birkholz/Gracie Coulter (EGF) 6-2, 6-2
Beat Ava Kistner/Azlyn Lunak (MHD) 6-4, 6-3
Beat Annah Harder/Brandi Hannon (TRF) 3-6, 6-1, 7-4

Kendall Wahouske and Elise Tangquist with returns while wearing their stocking caps



The Crookston Boy's Soccer team played a great defensive game, but couldn't get the offense going in a 1-0 loss to Fergus Falls Hillcrest Academy in a Section 8A game played in Crookston at the Crookston High School Soccer Field.
The first half was pretty even for the first 30 minutes of play with Hillcrest getting some scoring chances and Crookston getting it into the Hillcrest zone, but they couldn't get a quality shot on goal.  With about eight minutes left in the first half, Hillcrest put some pressure on Crookston and had three great scoring chances and the Pirate defense and goalie Logan Wardner came up with some huge stops and the game was scoreless going into halftime.  "It was a pretty even first half and we did a good job defensively and we were frustrating their attack," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "I was happy and the boys were happy with our first half performance."
Crookston had the wind at their back in the second half and three minutes into the half they were able to get their first shot on goal from about midfield and the Hillcrest goaltender had his first save.  Hillcrest started to take over the game and had several rushes and was able to find the back of the net when Abdony Sokiri made some nice moves meandering his way through Pirate defenders and kicked it into the net with 26 minutes left in the game.  24 seconds later Sokiri snuck behind the Pirate defenders and put a kick on net and the Pirate goalie, Wardner made a one hand diving stop for a huge save.  Two minutes later, a Crookston player knocked down a Hillcrest player from behind setting up a penalty kick.  On the kick, the Hillcrest player was trying to sneak it over the head of Wardner, but Logan was able to leap and push it over the top of the net to keep the Pirate deficit at 1-0. "Logan had a good game," said Coach Cox.  "He was on fire and had some good saves and had a couple nice plays."  Hillcrest continued to put relentless pressure on the Pirates the rest of the half and even with the wind at their backs, the Pirates struggled to get the ball past midfield with the suffocating defense.  Crookston was finally able to get some pressure on the Hillcrest goalie and a shot on goal with 68 seconds left was saved and the Comets held off the Pirates and won 1-0.  "We did a good job defensively and held them to nothing at halftime was great," said Coach Cox. "Offensively we couldn't get anything going and didn't pass the ball like we needed to and we have guys that will hold the ball and try to go 15 yards and they never make it."
Crookston falls to 5-7 on the year.  Hillcrest improves to 7-2 on the year.

Dillon Owens kicks the ball away from a Comet



2nd Final
Hillcrest Academy 0 1 1

Isaiah Barlow controls the ball   Thomas Cymbaluk kicks the ball

53:36 - FFHC - Abony Sokiri (Mathias Skjelde)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crox 5 4 9
Bobby Schultz - FFHC 0 4 4


The second matchup of the season between the Crookston Pirates Girl’s Soccer team and the West Ottertail United Storm didn’t need overtime like the first one did, but it still provided some exciting action for the fans. West Ottertail United avenged their overtime loss with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night in a game played in Fergus Falls.
“We got a lot of shots off tonight but just couldn’t find the net,” said Crookston Head Coach Sarah Reese. “We were missing a few players and some others were just returning from injuries so that affected our offensive chemistry a bit.”
West Ottertail’s Kristin Mundal provided all the offense her team would need as she scored a goal in the 25th minute and then added another just before halftime in the 38th minute. The score stayed at 2-0 in favor of the Storm until Lexi Simon found the back of the net for the Pirates as she continues to be an offensive threat for her squad. Kenzie Epema got credited with the assist on the Simon tally. “Despite our injury issues, I was happy with our passing and possession time today,” said Reese. “Elise Erdmann and Sophie Sanders got more time at the outside and center midfielder positions and really played well for us.”
In the nets, Crookston’s Brita Fagerlund made nine save and West Ottertail United’s Paige Schultz turned away four Pirate shots. CHS falls to 2-10 with the loss and will head north this weekend to play Mesabi East on Friday and Hibbing on Saturday. West Ottertail United improves to 2-8-1 with the win.



2nd Final
West Ottertail United 2 0 2

25:00 - West Ottertail - Kristin Mundal
38:00- West Ottertail - Kristin Mundal
61:00 - Crookston - Lexi Simon (Kenzie Epema)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Brita Fagerlund - Crox 5 4 9
Paige Schultz - West Ottertail 3 1 4



The Crookston Pirates Girl's Swimming team won 10 of the 11 races to beat the North (Warroad/Roseau/Badger-Greenbush-Middle River) Swim team 94-85 in a dual at the Warroad High School Pool.  "It was an exciting day and a nailbiter not knowing until the end if we were going to win," said Pirate Swim Coach Marley Melbye.  "With the numbers that we have this it is good to get a win for the girls and the coaches."
Merran Dingmann, Kate MacGregor, Thea Oman, and Elizabeth Erdman had four first place finishes including two relays each.  The four were responsible for all the first place finishes for Crookston.  "Our top dogs went out and swam well," said Coach Melbye. "It was also a good meet for our younger girls that had some good competition and were pushed by the Warroad swimmers. At the end of the meet it was a close call and relays are double the points so it was a nail biter going down to the end."
Crookston will travel to Thief River Falls for a dual with the Prowlers on Thursday.

Pirate first place finishes Event Time Place
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman,
Kate MacGregor, Thea Oman
200 medley relay 2:08.92 1st
Merran Dingmann 200 freestyle 2:13.41 1st
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:31.83 1st
Kate MacGregor 50 freestyle 27.52 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 butterfly 1:09.39 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 freestyle 1:00.05 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 500 freestyle 5:52.36 1st
Thea Oman 100 backstroke 1:09.71 1st
Merran Dingmann 100 breastsroke 1:18.55 1st
Thea Oman, Merran Dingmann,
Elizabeth Erdman, Kate MacGregor
400 Freestyle Relay 4:05.72 1st




The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team came out playing well and lost a close first set before the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels picked up their game and easily won the second and third set in a 3-0 (25-17, 25-7, 25-9) Section 8AA victory in Crookston.  Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton came into the match as the top team in Section 8AA and they made believers out of Crookston.
In the first set, Crookston led 4-3 when Kennedy Cwikla and Macy Strem had back to back kills for a 6-3 lead and things were going well for the home town team.  DGF picked up their play and went on a 6-0 run for a 9-6 lead.  The teams were battling back and forth and DGF led 17-15 before going on an 8-2 run the rest of the way for a 25-17 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the match.  "The first set we did good.  We had good serve receive and had good passes and we talked a lot," said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. "We did a really good job moving the ball around and everyone kind of contributed.  DGF had some good attacks and kind of surprised us."
In the second set, DGF started on a 15-2 run and never looked back on their way to a 25-7 victory for a 2-0 led.  "They pulled away early behind some good passing," said Coach Stopa. "We struggled with our serve receive passing and that didn't help our offense and we had to many free balls and they took advantage of them."
In the third set, it was more of the same as DGF scored the first 11 points and cruised to a 25-9 victory to win the match 3-0. "We were lacking some communication and we were in panic mode instead of our regular mode.  DGF executes well and took advantage of our errors tonight.  We weren't mentally ready tonight and the Monday's got us."
Crookston drops is 6-7 on the season and will play at the Barnesville tournament on Saturday. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton improves to 8-3 on the season.
J.V. - DGF won 2-0     C Squad - DGF won 2-1

Kennedy Cwikla dives for the ball as Macy Strem looks on (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

  1 2 3
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 25 25 25

Katelyn Wagner and Rachel Hefta get a block  (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For Crookston 

Kills - Jenna Porter - 4 , Macy Strem - 3, Kennedy Cwikla- 3, Rachel Hefta-3
Blocks -Kennedy Cwikla -4
Assists - Macy Strem - 11, Kylie Solheim- 3
Digs - Jenna Porter - 9, Kylie Solheim - 9, Teagen Carlstrom - 6 
Aces -  None


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Men's Golf team added 14 strokes to Sunday's score and finished seventh place out of seven teams at the St. Cloud State Invitational meet at the St. Cloud Country Club.  UMC's Ethan Johnson (Soph-Roseau, Mn) was the top Golden Eagle golfer with a 163 to finish 25th place individually.
Minot State won the team portion of the tournament by two strokes over runner-up St. Cloud State.  Karson O'Keefe of Minot State was the medalist with a two day total of 151, which was seven over par and two strokes better than Wyatt Hanson (Sr-Crookston) who had a 78 and a 75 today. For the complete results, click here.

Wyatt Hanson
St. Cloud State golfer and former Crookston Pirate Wyatt Hanson
                    (Picture from St. Cloud State Athletics)



The University of Mary Marauders scored a goal from 54 yards out with a 30-plus mile per hour wind at their back and in a NCAA record three seconds and added another first half goal to beat the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Soccer team 2-0.
Mary kicked the ball from midfield after the opening touch to start the game and the kick from 54 yards sailed in the 30-plus mile an hour wind and the ball went over the head of the UMC goalie and they took a 1-0 lead three seconds into the game.   Mary added another goal late in the first half to take a 2-0 lead.  Neither team scored in the second half and Mary won 2-0.  UMC didn't get a shot on goal, while Mary only had five shots on goal in the defensive battle.
UMC drops to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the NSIC.  Mary gets their first win of the season and improves to 1-4-1 overall and 1-3 in the NSIC.



2nd Final
UMC 0 0 0
Mary 2 0 2

00:03 -  UM -  Megan Searson (2)  (Michelle McGeary)
37:36 -  UM -  Kylee Welch (Megan Searson)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Hannah Smith - Mary 0 0 0
Karleen Pappert - Mary - 0 0
Lexie Gauger - UMC 2 2 4





Still looking for their first win on the young season, the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles hosted the high powered Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs at Ed Widseth Field on the campus of UMC. The Mustangs capitalized on Golden Eagles turnovers and used a big third quarter to win, 47-13 in a Northern Sun Conference matchup.
“We got banged up a bit today and you could see the effect that had as the game went on,” said Minnesota Crookston Head Coach Mike Fritze. “We tried to work some guys back in who have missed time and they re-tweaked injuries. There were a lot of guys with ice packs on at the end of the day.”
Southwest started with the football and had an extended drive but shot themselves in the foot with penalties and turned it over on downs. The Golden Eagles couldn’t sustain possession on their following drive and SMSU responded with an eight play, 53 yard drive that ended with a Max Simmons five yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 in favor of the Mustangs.  Minnesota Crookston took possession and had undoubtedly their best drive of the season, marching 50 yards in 10 plays and finishing the drive off through the air. Nate Cole (R-Sr., Aliso Viejo, CA) tossed a fade route to the left; Triston Richert (R-So., Oakdale, MN) made a fantastic adjustment to haul in the catch. Mike Maw’s (Sr. White Bear Lake, MN) extra point split the uprights to tie the game at 7-7. The Golden Eagles followed with a high pooch kick that Lincoln Tappe ended up recovering but Southwest Minnesota State called for a fair catch and retained possession. SMSU’s Blake Gimbel all the time in the world to throw and found Raphael Lawson-Gayle on a deep crossing route to push the Mustang lead to 21-7 with 2:11 left in second quarter.
The Golden Eagles took the ball back near the end of the half and moved it well but Dallin Finley jumped in front of Cole’s pass to kill the momentum. Finley’s first interception of the season gave the Mustangs the ball with just over a minute left in the half. Despite marching all the way down to the Golden Eagle six yard line, the Mustangs couldn’t punch it in before time expired and took a 21-7 lead into the half. A welcome sight for UMC through the first half was their offense, which was able to gain 180 yards, including 110 through the air. Eight of Nate Cole’s 11 completions were to Adam Connette.
Minnesota Crookston started off the second half with a nice drive but Cole underthrew Richert and SMSU’s Caleb Leichtnam picked it off. The high-octane Mustang offense made the Golden Eagles pay for the turnover as they went 52 yards in a minute and 28 seconds and took a 27-7 lead on a Max Simmons 21 yard touchdown run. Mistakes plagued UMC on the very first play of their next possession. Linebacker Tyler Flud intercepted Cole and returned it 48 yards to the house to make it 33-7. On the next offensive possession, it looked like the Mustangs were going to score but UMC safety Ali Alkhatib punched the ball out of Matt Overgaard’s hands to force a touchback and get UMC the ball back. The Golden Eagles weren’t able to take advantage of the turnover as the offense stalled once again. Simmons continued his impressive two week run with his sixth touchdown in the last two games to make it 40-7 after three quarters of play.
“Turnovers were the main thing that really hurt us,” explained Fritze. “We allowed those and penalties to take the wind out of our sails when we would put together some decent possessions. Those are things we have to work on in the seven games we have left moving forward.”
With a big lead entering the fourth quarter, Southwest used a 13 play, 80 yard drive to score and push their lead to 47-7. Golden Eagles backup quarterback Taylor Spier (R-Fr., Buffalo, MN) brought his squad down the field. Spier completed a big pass to Adam Connette on third down extend the drive then fellow redshirt-freshman Shane Curtis (R-Fr., Stewartville, MN) broke off a 21 yard run to put the ball inside the red zone. Spier “Both Shane (Curtis) and Taylor (Spier) made some great plays,” said Fritze. “It was good to see the young guys make some plays, especially with the playing time they’re going to get moving forward in their careers.”
The Mustangs offense, averaging 41.3 points per game going into the weekend, continued their strong play this year as they racked up 594 yards of total offense and 32 first downs. Blake Gimbel completed 20-of-28 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown. Max Simmons carried the ball 18 times for 112 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. Andre Person (R-Sr., Detroit, MI) led Minnesota Crookston with 22 carries for 82 yards and Adam Connette (Jr., Corona, CA) caught nine passes for 108 yards. “We need to tighten things up up front,” said Fritze of what needs to be worked on moving forward. “Defensively there’s a lot of inexperience and it’s just something where they need to continue to gain experience and we’ll be better off in the end for it.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 0-4 on the season and will welcome the St. Cloud State University Huskies to Ed Widseth Field next week to begin the NSIC North portion of their schedule. “We were able to get a lot of guys game experience today,” said Fritze. “That will bode well for us moving forward.” The Mustangs improve to 3-1 with the victory and will host Upper Iowa next Saturday.

Nate Cole finds Triston Richert for a touchdown, the first UMC TD of the game (Click above to see the video)

Box Score


2nd 3rd 4th


Southwest Minnesota State 7 13 19 7 47
UMC 0 7 0 6 13

       Taylor Spier scores his first collegiate touchdown on an 18 yard run

1st Quarter
4:56 - SMS -  Max Simmons 9 yard rush (Austin Wells kick)

2nd Quarter
10:39 - UMC -  Triston Richert  9 yard pass from Nathan Cole (Mike Maw kick)
8:20 - SMS - Max Simmons 5 yard rush (Austin Wells kick)
2:11 - SMS - Raphael Lawson Gayle 45 yard pass from Blake Gimbel (Austin Wells kick)

3rd Quarter
8:54 - SMS - Max Simmons 22 yard rush (kick Failed)
8:40 - SMS - Tyler Flud 48 yard interception (Austin Wells kick)
0:41 - SMS - Mas Simmons - 9 yard rush (Austin wells kick)

4th Quarter
8:37 - SMS - HudsonWalton 3 yard rush (Austin Wells kick)
5:27 - UMC - Taylor Spier 18 yard run (kick blocked)

Aeric Berner hits the QB as he throws      Andre Person stiff arms a Mustang tackler for some extra yards



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Volleyball won a thrilling five set match by beating Minnesota State-Mankato 3-2 (22-25, 29-27, 25-23, 26-28, 15-9) in a Northern Sun Conference match at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
In the first set there was 12 ties with the last tie at 16.  Mankato scored three straight points to take a three point lead and held the lead the rest of the set to win 25-22 for a 1-0 match lead.
In the second set, Crookston trailed 24-21 and rattled off three straight points to tie the set at 24.  Mankato scored a point and Maggie Perrel answered with a kill to tie the set at 25.  Mankato had a kill, which was followed by a Kelsi Green kill to tie it at 26.  Mankato followed with a kill to take a 27-26 lead with the serve.  UMC’s Perrel answered with another big kill to tie the set at 27 and then served up back to back aces for a 29-27 victory to tie the match at 1-1.
UMC won a hard fought third set after getting behind 9-3 at the start.  The Golden Eagles battled back to tie the set at 16 with kills coming from Perrel, Kassi Green, and Sierra Trost in the run.  The teams were tied again at 20, 22 and 23 before UMC scored a point on a Mankato service error and a Kelci Green ace for a 25-23 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, it was tied at 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 24, 25, and 26.  Mankato scored the last two points on a kill and a UMC attack error for a 28-26 victory to tie the match at 2-2, forcing a fifth set.
In the fifth set, the teams were tied at 1, 2, 3, and and trailed 4-3 until the Golden Eagles had back to back kills by Kelci Green for a 5-4 lead.  On the next point UMC hit out of bounds to tie the set at 5.  UMC went on an 8-1 run for a 13-6 lead behind some kills from Perrel and Kassi Green.  UMC took a 14-9 lead and Perrel hit a blast for a kill to win the set 15-9 and the match 3-2.  "It was close all the way through, we could have been out of here in three and we could have been done in three.  I thought our kids played well above 20 in every set.  It was an exciting match with great atmosphere," said Coach Anderson. "We finally played to the level that we can play at and we did it against a great Mankato team.  We did a lot of different things defensively tonight and we were so strong tactically.  We had different players step up and it was a full team effort.  Mags (Maggie Perrel) was on top of her game and Kassi and Kelci had great nights and they really had a great night, we served the ball tough and passed the ball well."
UMC improves to 6-7 overall and 2-4 in the NSIC.  Mankato drops to 9-5 overall and 3-3 in the NSIC.

  Maggie Perrel and Sierra Trost with a celebratory hug after the win

Box Score 1 2 3 4 5
MSU-Mankato 25 27 23 28 9
UMC 22 29 25 26 15

  Ali Schueler with a dig on a serve       Casey Cashman with a dig on an attack


Kills - Maggie Perrel - 23, Kelci Green - 12, Kassi Green - 11
Blocks - Callie Schapekahm - 2
Assists - Sierra Trost - 53
Digs - Ali Schueler - 23, Sierra Trost - 21
Aces - Ali Schueler - 4, Maggie Perrel - 3, Kassi Green - 3


The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team went 2-1 in pool play and lost to Barnesville 2-0 (25-15, 25-16) in the Gold Division of the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal tournament played in Twin Valley.
In pool play, everybody played two set matches and the teams with the best record went into the tournament.  Crookston lost a hard fought match to Climax-Fisher 2-0 (27-25, 25-21) in the first round of pool play.  In the second round, Crookston bounced back to beat Warroad 2-0 (25-11, 25-14) and kept the momentum going in the final round of pool play to beat Red Lake Falls 2-0 (25-19, 25-20) to go 2-1.  "We started off slow and our long week showed a little in the first match," said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. "We picked up our play and played well and had a lot of people involved in the last two matches of pool play.  It was good to see us pick up our intensity and play a little better."
Climax-Fisher won Pool C by going 5-1 while Crookston was second with a 4-2 record.  Both teams advanced to the Gold division bracket, the top tournament bracket.  Crookston received the fourth seed and had to play Barnesville in the first round of the tournament.  Barnesville, the top seed in the tournament, beat Crookston 2-0 (25-15, 25-16).  Barnesville advanced to the championship match to play Breckenridge.   Crookston was eliminated with the loss.  "Barnesville is a very good team and a force to be reckoned with," said Coach Stopa. "We played well and had a couple calls go against us early on that could have changed things, but they were very good.  I thought we played well defensively and the girls got after it and played hard and are tired after a hard day of volleyball.  They will deserve a day of rest tomorrow and get ready for another match on Monday."
Crookston is 6-6 on the year and will host one of the top teams in Section 8AA, the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

  1 2
Climax-Fisher 27 25

Kills - Rachel Hefta - 4, Macy Strem - 3, Kennedy Cwikla - 3
Blocks - Heather Chaput, Kennedy Cwikla, Rachel Hefta and Kylie Solheim - 1 each
Assists - Heather Chaput - 8, Kylie Solheim - 5
Digs - Teagan Carlstrom - 13 
Aces - Heather Chaput, Kaitlyn Thingelstad, and Rachel Hefta - 2 each

  1 2
Warroad 11 14

Kills - Jenna Porter - 6, Kennedy Cwikla - 4
Blocks - Katelyn Wagner, Rachel Hefta and Jenna Porter - 1 each
Assists - Macy Strem - 15
Digs - Kaitlyn Thingelstad - 8, Jenna Porter - 6
Aces - Kaitlyn Thingelstad, Teagan Carlstrom and Kylie Solheim - 1 each


  1 2
Red Lake Falls 19 20

Kills -  Jenna Porter - 6, Heather Chaput- 4
Blocks - Heather Chaput -1, Kennedy Cwikla - 1, Katelyn Wagner- 1
Assists - Macy Strem- 12
Digs - Jenna Porter - 10, Teagen Carlstrom - 9 
Aces - Macy Strem -4

  1 2
Barnesville 25 25

Kills -  Jenna Porter - 5 , Kennedy Cwikla- 4
Blocks - Kennedy Cwikla, Katelyn Wagner, Jenna Porter, Rachel Hefta - 1 each
Assists - Macy Strem- 8
Digs - Jenna Porter - 3, Teagen Carlstrom - 3
Aces - Jenna Porter -5



The Crookston Pirates Girl's Tennis team finished fifth place out of eight teams with 13 points at the Annual Litchfield Invitational tournament, which was won by Owatonna with 33 points.  Litchfield had three inches of rain on Friday night and the humidity was at 95 percent and the courts weren't able to dry off.  The tournament was supposed to start at 9:00 a.m. and after killing some time the matches got started around noon and they decided to go pro set scoring to make the tournament go faster.  Rain started again right as the last match wrapped up around 6:00 p.m. when Jaeden Lizakowski wrapped up her match.
Crookston's top finish was at first singles with Ally Tiedemann winning her first two matches and in the championship she lost to the #2 ranked girl in Class A, Izabella Edin of Staples-Motley 8-3 to finished second place.  "Ally played really well today and Amy Follette and Jaeden Lizakowski played well," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "It was a nice day to see some different teams and see some good tennis against good tennis programs.  Watching the kids compete in less than favorable conditions helps us get ready for the postseason.  We performed pretty well considering homecoming was Friday night."
Crookston hosts Thief River Falls, East Grand Forks and Moorhead at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday for a quadrangular.

Team Results-
1. Owatonna - 33
2. Litchfield - 27
3. Staples-Motley - 24
4. Chanhassen - 17
5. Crookston - 13
6. Benson - 12
7. Annandale - 11
8. St. Peter - 10





#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Beat Heidi Stang (Ann) 8-3
Beat Abby Niebeling (Chan) 8-5
Lost to Izabella Edin (SM) 8-3


Amy Follette Lost to Amelia McGraw (Chan) 8-5
Beat Kellie Enderson (Ben) 8-2
Beat Teegan Hood-Beckman (Ann) 8-5


Elise Tangquist Lost to Lizzy Orth (SP) 8-6
Beat Anna Dieter (Ben) 8-3
Lost to Kelsi Peterson (SM) 8-2


Jaeden Lizakowski Lost to Annabelle Paquin (Owat) 8-3
Beat Anna Bloomquist (Chan) 8-6
Beat Sophia Curriel (Ben) 8-6

#1 Doubles

Kendall Wahouske
Megan Flateland
Lost to Olivia Vergin/Gracie Grussing (Ben) 8-6
Lost to Abby Mikel/Sami Borders (Ann) 8-5
Lost to Ali Sandquist/Lili Elofson (SP) 8-3


Catherine Tiedemann
Emma Borowicz
Lost to Alyssa Ross/Neriah Lara (Litch) 8-3
Lost to Natalie Yang/Claire Thompson (SP) 9-7
Lost to Rachel King/Ashlinn Rooney (Chan) 8-4


Nissa Brekken
Elysa Christensen
Hanna Street
Beat Bryn Williams/Abby Willgohs (SM) 8-1
Lost to Rose McDonald/Cassie Fugeleberg (Ben) 8-0
Lost to Carly Knowles/Josie Burd (Ann) 8-6



The Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves scored over six minutes into the second half and that was the only scoring as they beat the Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team 1-0 in a Section 8A match played in Crookston at the Crookston High School Soccer field.
Crookston started the game with the wind at their back and most of the half was even, but the Pirates had about a 10 minute stretch where they put a lot of pressure on WHA and had several shots on goal, but came up empty.  Crookston had seven corner kicks in the half and didn't score on any of those chances. "The first half we came out strong and had seven corner kicks and had good kicks, but we couldn't get them in," said Pirate Coach Sarah Reese. "We had different people shooting and different opportunities, but we couldn't take advantage.  I thought we had a good first half, so I was happy with how we played."
WHA had the wind at their back in the second half and put pressure on the Pirate defense right away.  The Wolves got a shot on goal in the first minute and kept the pressure on and 6:29 into the half they snuck the ball behind the Pirate defenders and Serena Aletto caught up with the ball and kicked it into the net for a 1-0 lead. "After the goal we kind of sat back on our heels for a little bit," said Coach Reese.  Three minutes later, WHA scored another goal, but the Wolves were offside and the goal wasn't allowed and Crookston still trailed 1-0.  The play was even the rest of the way with both teams having several scoring opportunities and neither team able to cash in.  Crookston had a flurry late in the game, but came up short and WHA won 1-0.  "We came around late and had some opportunities, but we needed to get more shots on goal in the half," said Coach Reese. "The girls played hard and we have had a chance to win the last three games and that is a little frustrating, but we keep playing hard and we played pretty well."
Crookston drops to 2-9 on the season. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley improves to 2-4-1.

 Anna Miller plays the ball     Shaylin Goodrich chases the ball (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd Final
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 0 1 1

46:29 - WHA - Sarena Aletto

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Britta Fagerlund - Crox 4 6 10
Alexa Kennedy - WHA 7 4 11



After an emotionally draining loss to East Grand Forks on Thursday, the Crookston Pirate Boy’s Soccer team responded nicely with a 3-0 win over the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves on Saturday afternoon at the Crookston High School Soccer Field.
“It’s good to play like we did after a tough loss against East Grand Forks,” explained Pirates Head Coach Don Cox. “We as a coaching staff always stress to the guys to not dwell on previous wins or losses but learn from them, and that’s what we did today.”
Crookston got on the board first when Mason Laplante got just enough of an angle to shoot and sent a wind-aided strike towards the net that snuck under the crossbar to make it 1-0. “The wind definitely helped there,” said Cox. “He was aggressive and used the wind to his advantage.” The Pirates got another goal soon after when Jake Anderson made a run on a through ball and was able to tip it home to give his squad a 2-0 lead heading into the half. “Having a lead at the half is so important for us,” said Cox. “It takes the pressure off of us and puts it more on the opponent. I do remind our players that the second half is a brand new game and to keep the intensity up.”
The Pirates continued to play solid defensively in the second half and got a goal from Luis Argueta to seal the 3-0 win. Once again, Crookston got balance offensively as three different players found the scoresheet. “We like that we’re a balanced team and have multiple guys who can score,” said Cox. “We’ve got four to six guys who, if they’re able to get past that back line, can finish and score. That balance doesn’t allow other teams to key on one guy to shut us down.”
CHS improves to 5-6 with the win and will begin a busy week on Tuesday with a match up against Fergus Falls Hillcrest at home. “Practice this week will focus on controlling the ball on offense and moving together as a unit on defense,” explained Cox. “We have some tough games coming up and have to be ready.” Walker-Hackensack-Akeley falls to 1-6 with the loss.

Jake Anderson (11) watches his kick go by the diving WHA goalie (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd Final
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 0 0 0

Drew Dragseth kicks the ball away from a Wolve (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

35:00 - Crookston - Mason Laplante (Drew Dragseth)
35:22 - Crookston - Jake Anderson (Eric Delorme)
76:00 - Crookston - Luis Argueta (Mason Laplante)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crox 2 2 4
Shea Alto - WHA 4 4 8



The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers swam in a talent rich Bemidji Girl's Swimming Invitational and finished eighth out of nine teams with 153 points while Farmington won the meet with 544 points.
Crookston was led by Kate MacGregor had a great meet with a second place finish in the 100 backstroke, a third place finish in the 50 freestyle and a sixth and seventh place finish in two relays. "Kate had a tremendous day against some very good competition," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "To finish second and third against the level of competition we saw was great." Elizabeth Erdman had a fourth place finish in the 100 butterfly, a sixth place finish in the 100 backstroke and also had a sixth and seventh place finish in two relays to lead the Pirates.  "We had some great performances today and Elizabeth swam hard and turned in some great performances," said Coach Melbye. "Thea Oman also had some great races and not finishing in the top 10 was a little disheartening, but she really swam well and that was great to see."
Crookston will have a busy week with a dual at Warroad on Tuesday, a dual at Thief River Falls on Thursday and they will swim at the Fosston/Bagley Invitational on Saturday.

1. Farmington - 544
2. Bemidji - 393
3. Willmar - 274
4. Moorhead - 252
5. Grand Forks Central - 229
6. Mound Westonka - 228
7. Grand Forks Red River - 192
8. CROOKSTON - 153
9. Warroad/Roseau/BGMR - 50

Pirate top 10 finishes Event Time Place
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:02.91 2nd
Kate MacGregor 50 Free 26.74 3rd
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:07.73 4th
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:26.05 5th
Merran Dingmann 500 Free 5:55.79 5th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Backstroke 1:19.86 6th
Thea Oman, Merran Dingmann,
Elizabeth Erdman, Kate MacGregor
400 Free Relay 4:03.15 6th
Merran Dingman, Elizabeth Erdman,
Kate MacGregor, Thea Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:06.37 7th


East Grand Forks and Crookston Cross Country runners competed in the Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday.  It is known as the world's largest high school cross country meet with 4,744 runners finishing their race.
Once a year East Grand Forks Cross Country will run in a meet where athletes at every level will have large numbers of people to race with, and the Milaca meet offers great competition.  “The top runners get the opportunity to race with opponents surrounding them like they would have at the state meet.  Often front runners are spread out so they do not get the chance to race or train with a group,” said East Grand Forks Cross Country Coach Kristy Aune.  “Kids who may never qualify for a state competition get the privilege of racing against hundreds of other runners as well.”

The three Crookston runners that compete, train and travel with the East Grand Forks Green Wave team had great performances.

Katherine Geist ran an impressive race and finished third place out of 251 runners with a time of 19:34 in the 5000 meter Varsity A girls race.  “She started out with the lead pack and maintained physical and mental toughness as she competed with the top runners in the state,” said Coach Aune.  “We are excited to see Katherine stretch herself and embrace the competition.”

Emily Gilette continues to improve her times and ran 25:42. “She is a tough athlete who preservers to be the best she can be,” said Coach Aune.  There were 221 girls competing in the race.

Ben Andringa finished 19th out of 290 runners in the Varsity boys division.  “Ben was pleased with his personal best time and experience racing with a large group of fast runners,” said Coach Aune.

Katherine Geist with her trophy    Ben Andringa on the course     Emily Gillette in a pack of runners  (Pictures by Sara Geist)





On a soggy Friday night, the Crookston High School Pirates Football team played a solid all around game and beat the Pelican Rapids Vikings 34-14 at the CHS/UMC Football field on homecoming. 

With rain starting before game time and continuing throughout the game, you might guess with the conditions, the run game was featured heavily. The Pirates got the ball first and marched 57 yards in six plays, all runs, and scored the game’s first touchdown on a Cade Salentine three yard touchdown run and after a Dane Anderson extra point kick, Crookston led 7-0.   "We needed that and it was great to see.  We talked all week about starting fast and we were able to do what we wanted to do and that was the run the ball," said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. "We haven't started like that this year."  The Pirates had first downs on their first three plays and four of their first five plays of the game as the offensive line did a fantastic job.  "It was nice because Cade was running hard and the line was getting off the ball," said Coach Butt.  "We were doing what we wanted to do."
The Crookston defense did their part on the next possession, forcing a three-and-out and on the Pelican Rapids punt, the snap went over the punters head and he recovered the ball on the one yard line. The Pirates wasted no time in capitalizing on the turnover, scoring on their first play thanks to a one yard run by Salentine. The extra point kick was wide left and less than halfway through the first quarter the Pirates were already ahead 13-0. Neither team scored the rest of the quarter and the Pirates took a 13-0 lead into halftime. "That is what we needed," said Coach Butt.  "It was nice to take advantage of other peoples mistakes for a change."

Pelican Rapids entered the second quarter with possession and put together a nice drive, largely behind the legs of Donovan Young. The Vikings shot themselves in the foot with back to back penalties and were forced to punt. A positive out of that for Pelican Rapids was that they pinned the Pirates deep in their own end. On the ensuing possession, Crookston started at their eight yard line, but fumbled on third down to give Pelican Rapids the ball back at the Pirate six yard line. Vikings running back Carlan Haugrud capitalized on the turnover with a one yard TD run to bring the Vikings within a 13-6 deficit. The Vikings went for two and the pass was complete and the Crookston lead was 13-8.  Crookston answered with a 10 play, 65 yard drive that took nearly five minutes off the clock and finished it off with a Cade Salentine five yard touchdown run for his third touchdown of the game.  "I thought we got a little lackadaisical late in the first quarter and into the second," said Coach Butt. "The third touchdown by Cade was big because we needed that going into halftime.  The guys were pumped up and focused on what we had to do in the second half."   Salentine ran the ball for a two point conversion and Crookston took a 21-8 lead into halftime while outgaining Pelican Rapids 118-77 at halftime.

The Pirate marching band, looking sharp in their new uniforms, entertained the crowd at half despite a driving rain and the homecoming queen, Macy Strem, and her court was introduced at halftime.
The rain and wind picked up in the third quarter, keeping the game plan of “run the ball.”  Pelican Rapids started the half with the ball and had a drive of nearly six minutes, but couldn’t get any points out of the drive as they turned it over on downs. The Pirates got the ball back at their own 15 yard line and went right back to the ground. As Coach Butt told KROX at halftime, a heavy dose of Cade Salentine continued. The Pirates fed the junior runningback on their opening drive and controlled it for six and a half minutes, but back-to-back penalties stalled the drive and the Pirates turned it over on downs.  "At the time I was ready to pull my hair out," said Coach Butt, talking about the penalties. "We were driving and around the 10 yard line and all of a sudden we were moving backwards." Pelican Rapids took the ball back with 1:10 left and ran a few plays before the quarter ended and Crookston had the 21-8 lead.  

Entering the fourth quarter with a lead for the first time all season, Crookston made sure to stick with their game plan as they went back to the ground game. Quarterback Chris Wavra picked up a big first down with a 15 yard scamper on a bootleg and kept the ball under control in slick conditions. Wavra went back to the well to Salentine and Cade’s 30th carry went 14 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game. After the extra point kick was blocked the Pirates led 27-8. "Cade ran as hard as last week, if not harder and he will be the first one to pat the lineman on the back," said Coach Butt.  The Pirate defense stepped up on the next possession, forcing a fumble deep in their territory to get the ball back at the Pirate six yard line. Mason Wang took advantage of his first carry of the game as the speedster took the handoff and scampered 94 yards to the house! After an Eric Cole extra point kick, Crookston’s lead ballooned to 34-8 as they treated the crowd that braved the elements to quite the performance on the ground.  "You feel bad for Mason because he is the backup to Cade, but he gets into the game and he makes things happen," said Coach Butt. "It was really fun to watch him go.  It was fun to see and he is such a hard worker it was good to see him get the run." Pelican Rapids added a late score as time expired, but it didn’t matter to the outcome as the Pirates picked up the homecoming win, 34-14.  "It was nice to get almost everybody in the game," said Coach Butt. "Some guys were happy with the rain jacket on.  The game at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton set the tone for this game and we found out that we can play with people."
Cade Salentine led the Pirates with 30 carries, 199 yards and four touchdowns and Mason Wang had one carry for 94 yards and the other Pirate touchdown.  Crookston outgained Pelican Rapids 343 to 225 yards.

Crookston improves to 1-3 on the season and will travel to Breckenridge to play the Cowboys at 7:00 p.m. to start the second half of the season.  Pelican Rapids drops to 0-4 and they’ll take on Warroad next week. 

Cade Salentine runs for two of his four touchdowns (Video by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd 3rd 4th


Pelican Rapids 0 8 0 6 14


8 0 13 34

Lukas Meier with a textbook tackle of the Viking ball carrier (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

1st Quarter
10:38- Crookston - Cade Salentine 3 yard run (Dane Anderson kick)
7:55- Crookston - Cade Salentine 1 yard run (kick failed)

2nd Quarter
6:11 - PR - Carlan Haugrud 2 yard run (Matt Hanson run)
1:23 - Crookston - Cade Salentine 5 yard run (Cade Salentine run)

3rd Quarter
No Scoring

4th Quarter
9:05 - Crookston - Cade Salentine 14 yard run (kick failed)
4:33 - Crookston - Mason Wang 94 yard run (Eric Cole kick)
0:00 - PR - Matt Ziebell 25 yard Run (No extra point attempt)

Ethan Christopherson grabs the Viking runningback in the backfield (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

  CROOKSTON Pelican Rapids
First Downs 16 17
Rushing-Yards 42 - 343 52 - 209
Passing 0-0-0 3-4-0
Passing Yards 0 16
Total Yards 343 225
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 9-49 5-34
Punts-Yards Ave. 1-30 0

Dane Anderson with a tackle for a loss (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)


Crookston Pelican Rapids
Cade Salentine      30-199 yards Carlan Haugrud    19-134 yards
Chris Wavra          9 - 44 Donovan Young    12 - 36
Jaden Lubarski      2 - 6 Zane Brosowski    8 - 38
Mason Wang         1 - 94 Oakley Kress       6 - 2
  Matt Hanson        4 - 2
  Dillon Such          2 - (-28)
  Matt Ziebell         1 - 25


Chris Wavra     0 - 0 - 0

Oakley Kress     3 - 4 - 0


  Jacob Gottenborg     2 - 7
  Matt Hanson       1 - 9

The Crookston High School Homecoming Queen (Macy Strem) and her court (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)




The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team hosted the top ranked team in NCAA Division II, Concordia-St. Paul and fell short 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-16) in a Northern Sun Conference match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
UMC put up a fight in the first set, but didn't have enough in a 25-17 loss in the first set.  In the second set it was all Concordia-St. Paul 25-10. In the third set, UMC put up another fight, but Concordia-St. Paul was too strong in a 25-16 victory.
UMC falls to 5-7 overall and 1-3 in the NSIC and will host Minnesota State Mankato on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.  Concordia-St. Paul improves to 12-0 overall and 4-0 in the NSIC.  Concordia-St. Paul has won the NSIC 12 of the past 13 years and has won seven national championships in that span.

Box Score 1 2 3
Concordia-St. Paul 25 25 25
UMC 17 10 16

Kills - Kelci Green - 8, Kassi Green - 6, Maggie Perrel - 4
Blocks - Kelci Green - 2, Sierra Trost- 2, Kali Erickson- 1
Assists - Sierra Trost - 19, Maggie Perrel - 1 
Digs - Casey Cashman - 6, Kaycie Hagen- 6, Ali Schueler- 5  
Aces -Sierra Trost -1, Maggie Perrel- 1



The Crookston Pirates defeated the Red Lake County Central Mustangs 3-0 (25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19) in a volleyball match in Plummer.
Crookston started out quickly in the first set jumping on the Mustangs behind Kennedy Cwikla and Jenna Porter who took the Pirates on a 5-0 run early and had everybody contribute  to a 25-17 win. "We started a little sluggish, but we came back to play well on our side of the court," said Crookston head coach Ashley Stopa.
In the second game, the Pirates trailed for much of the match until they caught fire late particularly behind the play of Heather Chaput who put the Pirates up 23-21. Crookston had a missed serve and then had four hits on the next serve and Red Lake County Central tied it at 23-23. "We had some miscommunications in this set," said Porter. "We had different people in there and weren't moving like we can." The Mustangs had a kill on a block by Shelby Gunderson to give Red Lake County Central a 24-23 lead and serving for game point and then were able to take advantage of another Crookston error on a hit into the net to win 25-23 to tie the match at one each. "They were scrappy and we did some switching and they did a good job communicating," Stopa talking about Red Lake County Central.
In the third game, the Pirates Kaitlyn Thinglestad, Katelyn Wagner and Amanda Trandem teamed up to give Crookston an early 10-5 lead. Porter and Wagner got the Pirates out to a 13-7 lead but Red Lake County Central's Ashley Longtin had a big smash that was countered by Trandem to make it 14-8. Wagner found a bare spot on a smart kill and followed that up with a serving ace and when Cwikla had a quick attack and another kill for four straight point and an 18-10 lead. Red Lake County Central rallied back to close the gap to 23-21 after a Kelsie Sirjord kill. The Mustangs knocked one out of bounds to set Crookston up for a set point with a 24-21 lead but Longtin had her sixth kill of the set to stave off the Pirates who led 24-22. "We were really working together tonight," said Porter, "I was happy the way everyone is playing well together and we are having tons of fun." That set it up for Cwikla who made an exclamation point with a kill and a Crookston 25-22 win to take a two games to one lead. "This was a big confidence boost to win game three," said coach Stopa. "We battled hard with a lot of the girls contributing."
Game four was tied early three times and they were at 5-5 and continue that way when Rachel Hefta slammed one down followed by Porter for a 9-8 lead after five ties. Crookston played pretty steady with Kylie Solheim having a kill followed up by Macy Strem and Cwikla to give Crookston a 19-15 lead. Red Lake County Central's Longtin banged an ace across and after a Crookston error it was 19-17 lead for the Pirates. Crookston had a good rally that ended in a long hit by Red Lake County Central and now led 20-17. Crookston continued with a couple Mustangs errors and a Porter kill and a 23-18 lead. Wagner then had another attack point and a 24-18 lead and serving for game and match. The Mustangs would gain the next point to stay alive at 24-19, but Red Lake County Central has a pass go into the net and Crookston won 25-19 and the match. "It was definitely a team effort and the fact that everybody contributed makes it even nicer. We had some real good efforts on our side of the floor tonight," said Stopa. With the win Crookston evens their record at 4-4 on the season and will be at the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Tournament on Saturday. "We play Climax-Fisher, Warroad and Red Lake Falls in our pool," said Stopa. "It should be a good tourney and if we play like we can we can have some success." Red Lake County Central has lost 10 in a row and are 1-11 on the year.
JV -  Crookston won 2-1
C-Squad -  Crookston won 2-0

The Pirates listen to Coach Ashley Stopa during a time out in the Red Lake County Central match

  1 2 3 4
CROOKSTON 25 23 25 25
Red Lake County Central 17 25 22 19

    Kylie Solheim with a serve     Jenna Porter gets ready to serve

For Crookston 

Kills - Kennedy Cwikla - 13, Jenna Porter - 11
Blocks - Kennedy Cwikla - 3
Assists - Macy Strem - 26
Digs - Kylie Solheim - 14, Teagan Carlstrom - 13 
Aces - Heather Chaput - 5


Any time Crookston and East Grand Forks meet it is bound to be a good matchup and Thursday evening proved no different as the Pirates Boy’s Soccer team traveled up Highway 2 for a tussle against the Green Wave that ended up taking overtime to resolve. The Green Wave scored in the game’s final moments to take home the 1-0 win at East Grand Forks Senior High School.
“This game was no different than any other game we’ve played against these guys in the past few years,” stated Crookston Head Coach Don Cox. “They’ve (EGF) played like they’ve played for the past 12 years. It was a hard fought game.”
The first half didn’t feature any scoring but it was a half where East Grand Forks controlled the play. The Green Wave attack was constantly in the Crookston end and put seven shots on goal on Pirates goalkeeper Logan Wardner. The sophomore netminder, who took a few kicks to the gut in CHS’ previous game, showed no ill effects as he was sharp in the game’s first 40 minutes. A bright spot offensively for the Pirates was forward Alex Lafrance. The junior, who is playing with a bulky pad over a cast on his right hand, was all over the place in the middle of the field. “East Grand Forks was more aggressive to the ball than we were in the first half,” said Cox. “I think we didn’t adjust to playing on turf really well and that affected some of our attacks. We couldn’t get our through balls timed right.”
As the sun went down, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped, play didn’t change much early in the second half as East Grand Forks continued to be the aggressors and apply the pressure. EGF thought they had a lead when Edmond Jones put the ball in the back of the net off of a corner kick but the goal was disallowed due to a foul. Crookston’s best chance of the half came with 15 minutes left when Luis Argueta’s free kick found the head of Drew Dragseth but he sent it just wide of the right post as the game stayed scoreless. The Green Wave almost scored again with nine minutes left but the Pirates’ defensive effort helped out Wardner and kept the ball from finding the back of the net. EGF had two or three hacks at it but each time a Pirate defender stood in the way before Wardner was able to gain control. Both teams had some chances late but the game stayed scoreless and they headed to two, five minute overtimes.
East Grand Forks wasted no time getting the crowd on the edge of their seat as they put a quality scoring chance on net just 45 seconds into the first overtime. Crookston keeper Logan Wardner was up to the task, stopping it for his 13th save of the game.
It took nearly 89 minutes, but East Grand Forks finally found the back of the net on their 16th shot on goal. Parker Anderson’s free kick after a foul from 30 yards out found its way inside the box and freshman Abdimalik Yousif put it home to give the Green Wave the lead. EGF kept Crookston out of their defensive end in the final minute and held on for the 1-0 win. “Our defensive effort was very good tonight,” explained Cox. “The one mistake we made was allowing them to cluster late on the free kick. EGF wasn’t getting good quality shots. Unfortunately there was some contact down low on the final goal that the referees felt wasn’t a foul and didn’t call. Overall we did good defensively but we need to put two halves of offense together moving forward.”
Crookston is now 4-6 on the season and will begin a three game homestand by taking on Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Saturday at 1 pm. The Green Wave move to 2-6-1 with the win.

            Sam Overgaard with the kick                          Mason Laplante sends the ball up the field                         



2nd OT 2OT Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 0
East Grand Forks 0 0 0 1 1

         Alex Lafrance skies for the header

88:53- EGF- Abdimalik Yousif

Saves 1st 2nd OT 2OT Total
Logan Wardner- Crookston 7 5 2 1 15
Blake Felch -EGF 2 1 0 1 4




Minot State's Chole Melton scored with 20 minutes left in the match to give the 16th ranked NCAA Division II team in the country a 2-1 win over the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Women's Soccer team in a Northern Sun Conference match this afternoon at the UMC Soccer Field. The Golden Eagles started the scoring on a Kallie Gau conversion off a pass from Lorna McCall about halfway through the first half. The Beavers scored with 28 seconds left in the first half to tie it on a Ninfa Ramirez goal that was a big boost to Minot State at the half.  Melton scored 70 minutes into the match and that would hold up for a 2-1 win.
UMC is now 1-3 in the conference and 2-5 overall while Minot State is 3-0 in the conference and 4-1 overall. The Golden Eagles will take a couple days off and then travel to Bismarck, N.D. to take on the University of Mary on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM.



2nd Final
Minot State 1 1 2
UMC 1 0 1

22:48 -  UMC -  Kallie Gau (2)  (Lorna McCall)
44:32 -  MSU -  Ninfa Ramirez
70:08 - MSU - Chloe Melton 

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Erin Rafferty-Minot State 1 0 1
Lexie Gauger - UMC 3 3 6




The Crookston High School is celebrating Homecoming week with the festivities going through Friday with the football game vs Pelican Rapids and the homecoming dance to follow the game.  The girls had a chance to compete in the Powder Puff Football game under the lights at the UMC/CHS football field Wednesday night.  There were three teams with the Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores competing.  The freshmen didn't field a team.
The first round of play had the Juniors beat the Sophomores 42-21.  In the championship game it was the Juniors beating the Seniors 28-14.

The Junior girls with their "coaches" after they won the championship

Macy Strem eludes flag grabbers on a run   The Junior coaches celebrate the win






The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team will hold an alumni game under the lights at Jim Karn Field Saturday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. All former UMC baseball players are invited to participate in the game as the Golden Eagle alumni will take on the current UMC baseball team.
The Golden Eagles currently have 22 alumni registered to compete in the alumni game, a record for the school. Any alumnus who hasn’t already can RSVP with Jesse Jennings to be a part of the alumni game. E-mail Jesse at jenni228@crk.umn.edu or Head Coach Steve Gust at 218-281-8445 or e-mail at sjgust@umn.edu.
The game will occur after the UMC football game at 1 p.m. against Southwest Minnesota State University at Ed Widseth Field and after the UMC volleyball game at 4:00 p.m. versus Minnesota State University, Mankato.
The Golden Eagle baseball program is in their third season under Head Coach Steve Gust. They have ushered in a major transformation during Gust’s time at UMC going from 1-47 the year prior to 39 wins in the last two seasons. The Golden Eagles culminated last season’s 25 win season by earning a berth in the NSIC Tournament for the first time since 2001. Minnesota Crookston will look to continue to improve as they enter their third season under Coach Gust.


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