FRIDAY - MAY 22,  2015


The Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Gators received the top seed in the west sub-section, just edging defending Section champion, Red Lake County and in the east Blackduck is the top seed.  The playoffs begin Tuesday, May 26.  To see the bracket click here.



THURSDAY - MAY 21,  2015


The Crookston Pirate Boys Track team finished second out of nine teams, 17.5 points behind the team champion, Roseau.  The Crookston Pirate Girls team finished third place out of nine teams while Roseau won the meet by 3.5 points over West Marshall.  The top four individual placers and top two relay teams are guaranteed to make it to the Section 8A meet in Ada on May 30.  Crookston is advancing

Crookston had four boys advance in eight events with Brandt Delage winning the 200 and 400, Mason Wang won the 100 meters and finished second in the 200 and Patrick Deng won the 300 hurdles, finished third in the 110 hurdles and fourth place in the triple jump.  All three of the Pirates mentioned, along with Cade Salentine finished second in the 4x200 Relay to advance in that event too.  "It was an excellent day for us and I was impressed with our kids.  We ran well, threw well, and competed hard," said Pirate Boys Coach Wayne Folkers. "Brandt ran pretty well and has been a leader for us all season long, Mason Wang keeps getting better and he had an excellent day and our 4x200 relay team had a good time, but got beat by an even better time from East Grand Forks."  The Pirates will likely advance a few more kids to the Section meet via the wild card. "I think we will get several more, but we won't know that until later tonight or Friday sometime," said Coach Folkers. "We will take three days off and then get ready to go on Monday for a good week of practice getting ready for Sections next Saturday."

Wildcard update - Jaden Lubarski in the 800, Colton Weiland in the 1600, Lukas Meier and Brandt Delage in the pole vault, Mason Wang in the triple jump, Zach Lutz in the discus and Kyle Stegman in the shot put.  The boys will also be advancing the 4x800 Relay team of Erik Jacobson, Joe Doda, Colton Weiland and Lukas Meier.

The Crookston Pirate Girls Track team will advance nine girls in 12 events to the Section 8A meet on Saturday, May 30 in Ada.  Leading the way was Aleece Durbin in three events with a first place finish in the long jump, second place in the 200 meters and third place in the 100.  Rachel Hefta finished fourth place in the 400 meters and high jump to make her first trip to the section meet and the 4x800 relay team of Luisa Bernia, Katherine Geist, Marietta Geist and Danica Brekken won the relay in convincing fashion after a very impressive race.  "It was a very good day today and it started with the 4x800 relay did a great job and we loaded it up and it was great to see them start like that.  They are very good runners and they showed that and they were smart runners in the race," said Pirate Girls Coach Amy Boll. "It was fun watching the girls compete and have nine girls advancing so far and it looks like we could get some more girls advancing as wild cards.  Overall it was a great meet for the girls, they are learning to push each other.  It was a very good day and we will have practice tomorrow and hope we have them ready for next Saturday and try to send a bunch of girls to state."

Wildcard update - Katelyn Wagner will advance in the 100 hurdles and Hannah Emanuel will advance in the 300 hurdles.

The Section 8A meet will be in Ada on Saturday, May 30.

Aleece Durbin in the 100 meters   Mason Wang in the 100     Marietta Geist in the 4x800   Brandt Delage in the 200

Boys Teams Points   Girls Teams Points
1. Roseau 125.5   1. Roseau 128
2. CROOKSTON 108   2. West Marshall 124.5
3. East Grand Forks 99.5   3. CROOKSTON 122
4. West Marshall 87.5   4. East Grand Forks 114.5
5. BGMR Freeze 70   5. Warroad 65
6. Warroad 68   6. Red Lake County 63
7. Red Lake County 66   7. BGMR Freeze 39
8. Climax/Fisher/Sacred Heart 49.5   8. Climax/Fisher/Sacred Heart 31
9. Grygla-Gatzke 17   9. Grygla-Gatzke 6

Rachel Hefta in the high jump clears 5'4 to advance her to the section meet


Crookston Results
(Top 4 who advance to the Section meet)
Event Time/distance Place
Luisa Bernia, Katherine Geist,
Marietta Geist, Dannica Brekken
4x800 Relay 9:56.96 1st
Brandt Delage 400 meters 53.00 1st
Brandt Delage 200 meters 23.57 1st
Mason Wang  100 meters 11.57 1st
Aleece Durbin Long Jump  15-06 1st
Patrick Deng  300 Hurdles  43.69 1st
Mason Wang 200 meters 24.10 2nd
Marietta Geist 1600 meters 5:31.68 2nd 
Patrick Deng, Brandt Delage,
Mason Wang, Cade Salentine
4x200 Relay 1:35.40 2nd
Harley Barlow  Shot Put 33-02 2nd
Danica Brekken 800 meters 2:27.04 2nd
Aleece Durbin 200 meters 27.54 2nd
Katherine Geist  800 meters 2:33.29 3rd
Patrick Deng  110 Hurdles  16.97 3rd
Aleece Durbin  100 meters 13.41 3rd
Thea Oman 3200 meters 13:42.81 3rd
Rachel Hefta  High Jump 4-05 4th 
Brita Fagerland Discus  93-00 4th
Patrick Deng Triple Jump 38-07 4th
Rachel Hefta 400 meters 1:04.53 4th
Advancing as a Wildcard      
Jaden Lubarski 800 meters 2:15.49  
Colton Weiland 1600 meters 5:17.50  
Katelyn Wagner 100 hurdles 18.15  
Hannah Emanuel 300 hurdles 54.20  
Erik Jacobson, Joe Doda,
Colton Weiland, Lukas Meier
4x800 relay 9:12.65  
Lukas Meier Pole Vault 9-05  
Brandt Delage Pole Vault 9-11  
Mason Wang Triple Jump 36-08.75  
Zach Lutz Discus 102-10  
Kyle Stegman Shot Put 38-11  






The Crookston Pirate Baseball team wrapped up the regular season with a 12-7 victory over the visiting Sacred Heart Eagles in a game played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston. 
Sacred Heart scored a run in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of a walk for a 1-0 lead.  Crookston responded nicely in the bottom of the first inning with four runs of their own.  Ryan Porter reached on a fielders choice, Aaron Hollcraft tripled to score a run and then scored on a wild pitch, Seth Desrosier singled and Luke Edlund and Chris Wavra were hit by a pitch and Nicholi Broekmeier singled to score two runs for a 4-0 lead.  Sacred Heart added a run in the third inning and three more runs in the fourth for a 5-4 lead.  Sacred Heart added two more runs in the fifth inning, but Crookston answered in a big way in the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored five runs.  The inning started with a ground out,  but Chris Wavra kept his hot bat going for a single and later came into score on an error, Cody Wardner and Tanner Reinhart walked and Hajostek and Porter singled and two runs scored on Porters hit.  Desrosier followed with an rbi single, Joey Koenig walked to load the bases and Luke Edlund walked to score a run and the Chris Wavra knocked in two more runs with a single for a Pirate 11-7 lead.  The Pirates added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Porter, Hollcraft, and Desrosier had three straight singles for a 12-7 lead.   Sacred Heart wasn't able to muster any runs in the seventh inning and Crookston ends the regular season with a 12-7 victory.
Crookston improves to 12-6 on the season and will host a first round playoff game on Tuesday afternoon.  Sacred Heart drops to 9-6 and played BGMR after the Pirate game. 

GAME 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Sacred Heart 1 0 1 3 2 0 0 7 8 2
CROOKSTON 4 0 0 0 7 1 - 12 14 3


Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Weiland - Crox 4.2 8 7 5 4 6
Chris Wavra - Crox (WP) 2.1 0 0 0 1 3
Eddie Bushaw - SH   (LP) 4.1 9 9 8 2 4
Matt Vanyo - SH 1.2 5 3 3 2 0

For Crookston
Mikey Hajostek - 4-5, run, double
Seth Desrosier - 3-4, 2 runs, 2 doubles
Chris Wavra - 2-2, 2 rbi's, run

For Sacred Heart-
Noah Chine - 2-2, rbi, run
Devin Evavold - 2-4, rbi





Veteran Crookston Pirate Tennis Coach, Mike Geffre, was named the Section 8A Boys Tennis Coach of the year after the Pirates won the Section 8A Boys Team Championship.  Geffre is in his 30th year as the head Pirate Boys Tennis coach and this will be his 14th year bringing a Pirate Boys team to the state tournament.  It wasn't the only award given to the coaching staff as assistant coaches Brian Follette and Greg Garmen were both named the Section 8A Boys Tennis Assistant Coaches of the year.





The North Fore Golf Conference (Crookston, East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls and Roseau) announced the All-Conference team today.  Crookston had Ally Tiedemann and Maddie Nicholls make the team.  They were also the top to golfers in the conference this spring.  The complete list of the 12 member all conference team is below.

Golfer - Scoring Average
1. Ally Tiedemann - 82.25
2. Maddie Nicholls - 87.75
3. McKenna Blaine (TRF) - 91
4. Bailee Kolden (TRF) - 94
5. Hannah Radcliffe (Ros) - 95.75
6. Nicole Schlenk (EGF) - 95.75
7. Josee Lundgren (Ros) - 96
8. Kirsten Grafstrom (Ros) - 96.5
9. Gina Wensloff (Ros) - 98.5
10. Dani Filipi (EGF) - 98.5
11. Brenna Schaefer (TRF) 99.75
12. Nicole Miller (Ros) 101.75



WEDNESDAY - MAY 20,  2015


The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team won the Section 8A Team Tennis championship on Tuesday, and today they have a doubles team (Bobby Tiedemann and Matt Garmen) competing for the Section 8A double championship. 

Bobby and Matt were the #1 seed in the Section 8A Doubles tournament and they lived up to the billing in the first two rounds, beating Mathew Cummings/Aaron Havis (EGF) 6-1, 6-1.  In the semi-finals they beat Cody Drake/Jake Steen (FF) 6-0, 6-3 and played another Fergus Falls team Jordan Schneeberger/Brady Anderson in the Championship match.  Fergus Falls won the first set 7-6 with a 10-8 tie breaker, but Crookston bounced back to win the next two sets 6-0, 6-3 and will advance to the State Doubles tournament the first week of June in Minneapolis!  " They were fun to watch today, they had great hands and played well.  The championship match was a good one and was really fun to watch with four very good tennis players on the court.  We started a little tentative and got down 5-2 and won four straight points to take a 6-5 lead and it was back and forth after that in the first set," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "That late run in the first set seemed to get us going in the second and third set and they played very well."  This will be Bobby Tiedemann's third trip to the state individual tennis tournament after playing in the state tournament with Travis Vatthauer two years ago and AJ Biermaier last year.  The pairing of Tiedemann and Garmen is a good mix. "They really compliment each other, Bobby hits the ball hard and Matt is extremely quick," said Coach Geffre. "They are friends, they are competitors and very good tennis players."

                          Matt Garmen and Bobby Tiedemann

The other Pirate doubles team of Andy Gregg and Jake Roesch lost their first round match to Jordan Schneeberger/Brady Anderson (FF) 6-4, 6-2 and were eliminated. "Andy and Jake played well and gave the Fergus Falls doubles team a good match," said Coach Geffre. "The Fergus Falls team is very good and the guys have nothing to hand their head about.  They played well and just got beat by a very good team."

Jordan Bengston won his first round match Tuesday afternoon and had to play the #1 seed Zach Straw (EGF) Wednesday morning and lost 6-0, 6-0 and was eliminated. "Jordy played pretty well," said Coach Geffre. "He just ran into one of the best players in the state.  Give credit to Jordy he played hard and did very well!"

Advancing to state in Singles were the following.  (Both state qualifiers are sons of former Pirates!!!)
1st  -   Zach Straw (East Grand Forks)
2nd  -  Ethan Johnson (Thief River Falls) (won true second)







The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team wrapped up their regular season by winning the East Grand Forks Invitational at Valley Golf Club in East Grand Forks.  Crookston Navy shot a 404, beating runner-up Thief River Falls by 14 strokes.  The medalist was Maddie Nicholls of Crookston with an 85, seven strokes better than her teammate, Ally Tiedemann.  "It was a gorgeous day to play golf and overall a nice day to be on the golf course," said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault. "Maddie has been steady and has been hovering around the 85 range and was feeling it today and put up the medalist score.  Ally wasn't happy with her round today and was a bit above average.  There were a few girls that were happy and a few that weren't happy.  Elise Erdman had her putter break with about six holes left so she had to use a hybrid club and her score went up, but she took it in stride and had fun with it knowing there wasn't much you could do."
Crookston will be off until the Sub-Section meet at Roseau on Tuesday morning.

Team Score Crookston Scores
1. CROOKSTON Navy 404 Maddie Nicholls- 85
2. Thief River Falls 418 Ally Tiedemann - 92
3. Roseau 425 Emily Ricord - 109
4. East Grand Forks 445 Hannah Street - 113
5. CROOKSTON Gold 471 Dani Boyle - 117
    Elise Tangquist - 118
Medalist-   Hope Schear - 118
1. Maddie Nicholls - (Crox) 85   Elise Erdman - 123
2. Ally Tiedemann - (Crox) 92   Nissa Brekken - 127
3. McKenna Blaine (TRF) - 97    




TUESDAY - MAY 19,  2015


            The Section 8A Champion Crookston Pirates with their first place medals

The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team beat their two rivals, East Grand Forks by a 6-1 score in the Section 8A semi-finals, and then beat the 10 time defending Section 8A champion and #8 ranked Thief River Falls Prowlers 4-3 in the section championship to advance to state for the first time in over a decade!

The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis had no problems in the Section 8A Semi-finals as they beat the East Grand Forks Green Wave 6-1 in Park Rapids.  East Grand Forks won their first round match by beating Park Rapids 4-3.
In the semi-final match, East Grand Forks' Zach Straw and Crookston's Bobby Tiedemann had a good match at first singles in a battle between two of the top players in the section.  Straw was able to win the match 6-4, 6-3, but the Pirates easily won the rest of the matches for the 6-1 victory to advance to the Section 8A Championship match.  In the six match victories, Crookston dominated and only lost six games total. "We played pretty well as you can tell by the match scores.  I thought we really took care of business and it is nice to win, but to go out and win convincingly is big, especially going into the next match," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Even in Bobby's loss it was still big to prepare him for the next match where he will play one of the best players in the section and if you are going to play one of the best players in the section in the next match you want to play one of the best players in the section to get you ready."  Overall it was a solid match for the Pirates.  "Overall, I thought we came ready to play and the kids had their competitiveness going and hopefully we will be ready for the next match."
Thief River Falls beat Fergus Falls 5-2 in the semi-final match.

Jake Widseth with a smash at the net               Andy Gregg with a return                  Ian Johnson with a serve

  CROOKSTON- 6 East Grand Forks-1 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Zach Straw EGF 6-4, 6-3
#2 Andy Gregg Cody Nelson Crox 6-0, 6-0
#3 Matt Garmen Ben Kern Crox 6-1, 6-0
#4 Jordan Bengston Kyle Schlieman Crox 6-0, 6-2
#1 Doubles Elijah Phaiah
Ian Johnson
Mathew Cummings
Aaron Havis
Crox 6-0, 6-1
#2 Jacob Roesch
Jake Widseth
Hunter Olson
Tyler Schaver
Crox 6-0, 6-0
#3 Nick Garmen
Eric Sullivan
Isaiah Nelson
Logan Dietrich
Crox 6-2, 6-0

Jacob Roesch with a return at the net                      Elijah Phaiah with a forehand return in his first match



The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team won two singles matches and two doubles matches to beat the multi-defending Section 8A champion Thief River Falls 4-3 in the Section 8A Championship played in Park Rapids.  Thief River Falls won the first match at first doubles to take an early 1-0 lead.  Crookston answered by winning the second and third singles matches to take a 2-1 lead, but Thief River Falls won the fourth singles match about the same time to tie the match at 2-2.  Things started to get a little more nerve racking and the Crookston third doubles team of Nick Garmen and Ian Johnson won their match 6-3, 6-3 to give Crookston an important 3-2 lead.  About 20 minutes later the clincher came as Jacob Roesch and Jake Widseth won their second doubles match in straight sets (7-6, 7-2 tiebreaker, 6-4) for a 4-2 lead and a trip to the state tournament. "There was some very good tennis out their today," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "We knew if we were going to beat Thief River Falls, we were going to have to take it from them and were going to have to play well and all 10 of the guys on the court did that today."  Andy Gregg and Matt Garmen have been steady all season and they picked up two more wins again today. "They have been solid for us and have picked up a lot of wins this year," said Coach Geffre. "They played very good matches in the championship and were sharp."  The third doubles team won a hard fought match. "Give Thief River Falls credit, they didn't quit and kept us out on the court and battled," said Coach Geffre. "We played pretty well and were a little better there."  The deciding match was the second singles match and winning the first set was big. "Winning that first set to give us the lead was huge," said Coach Geffre. "In the second set I thought we played even better and we battled and when we won a couple of points in a row the nerves kicked in for them and we were able to win."  Coach Geffre wasn't sure if this was his 13th or 14th year going to state in boys tennis in the 30 years he has coached, but he said one thing hasn't never gets old. "It never does, the kids are always different and the reaction and the look on their face is great and the joy they have with their teammates," said Coach Geffre, who added he figured they had a shot at the beginning of the year. "You look at what the rest of the teams lost and what we had coming back, we had a good shot if we played well. The kids have worked hard all season long and they deserve it."
Crookston will play a familiar opponent in the first round of the State Tournament, the Hibbing Bluejackets, on Tuesday, June 2 in Minneapolis.  Crookston scrimmaged Hibbing in the first weekend of the year when they played Duluth Marshall in Duluth.

                     Nick Garmen eyes down the ball on the return                             Bobby Tiedemann with a forehand return

  CROOKSTON- TRF Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedemann Ethan Johnson TRF 7-5, 5-7, 12-10
#2 Andy Gregg Brady Nessen Crox 6-1, 6-1
#3 Matt Garmen Austin Hansen Crox 6-2, 6-0
#4 Eric Sullivan Cole Gillespe TRF 6-1, 6-1
#1 Doubles Jordan Bengston
Elijah Phaiah
Isaac Olson
Devin Hutton
TRF 6-4, 6-2
#2 Jacob Roesch
Jake Widseth
Carter Onkka
Michael Magnussen
Crox 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
#3 Ian Johnson
Nick Garmen
Brayden Powell
Nolan Johnson
Crox 6-3, 6-3

   Jordan Bengston with a return           Eric Sullivan eyes down the ball                Matt Garmen with a return

                            The Pirate Boys Tennis team with their first place medals and championship trophy



The Crookston Pirate softball team couldn’t overcome a big third inning by the Northern Freeze as they fell in the Section 8AA play-in game, 17-6, in Thief River Falls. 

Things started off well for Crookston as they took an early lead for the second game in a row. Tiffany Hanson continued her success in the leadoff spot, reaching on a Freeze error and moving to second on a fielder’s choice. With the bases loaded, Freeze starter Jules Efta threw a wild pitch that allowed Hanson to score and the Pirates had a 1-0 lead. “It was nice to see the girls patient at the plate early,” said Crookston head coach Katie Lariviere. “It was key to get the first run on the board and get that confidence early.” The Pirates could have had more runs if it wasn’t for a critical miscue on the base paths. With the bases loaded and no outs, Tori Demarais popped one up to third base that was ruled out on the infield fly rule which means runners can advance on their own risk. The ball was dropped by the Freeze fielder and the Pirate runners thought they had to advance, even though they didn’t. Two Pirates were tagged out and it was an extremely unconventional triple play to retire Crookston in the first. “That triple play really hurt us,” coach Lariviere said. “Some of the girls didn’t hear the ump; some didn’t know what to do. That’s just a tough situation and an example of us having to improve on the mental side of things.”

The Northern Freeze responded with two runs in the first but the Pirates took the lead right back in the top of the second. Amanda Trandem continued to swing a hot bat for Crookston as she drove in Brooke Cymbaluk with a fielder’s choice and then Danelle Trandem used heads up base running to score on a wild pitch to make it 3-2 in favor of the Pirates. The Freeze tied things up in the bottom of the second but the Pirates retook the lead at 4-3 on a Macy Strem single that scored Sabrina Delorme. “The coaches were telling our players to take advantage of the control issues that the Freeze pitcher was having,” coach Lariviere said. “They were able to get some baserunners and then all you need is a single or double to bring them across.”

A nightmare bottom of the fourth inning put the Pirates in a hole they just couldn’t rebound from as the Freeze blew the game open. A total of 19 batters went to the plate for the Freeze in the fourth, scoring 14 runs on six hits and drawing six walks. There were also two critical errors in the inning as six of the runs were unearned. “You could see that the players were getting a bit frazzled,” coach Lariviere said of the inning. “I tried to calm things down with a mound visit but that’s just the way it went down today.” The Pirates switched pitchers to Danelle Trandem who was able to get the final out of the inning. 

Crookston got the bats going again in the top of the fifth as Danelle Trandem hit an RBI groundout to make it 17-5 and Nicole Goosen followed with her second hit of the day to score Brooke Cymbaluk to make it 17-6. Amanda Trandem couldn’t keep the rally going as she grounded out as the game, and the Pirates season, ended with a 17-6 final.

 Crookston got hits from five different players, including Nicole Goosen who went 2-3. “I was happy with the contact the girls were making on the ball,” coach Lariviere said. “Now it’s just a matter of timing it right so we can keep some of those in fair territory.”

Crookston's season ends with a 2-18 record and was the final game for Crookston’s lone senior, Danelle Trandem. “We have had quite the group to coach this year. It’s a real good group of girls,” Lariviere said of this year’s team. “I’ve been with Danelle since she was a 7th grader and I was her junior high coach. She’s been a great utility player for us and we’ll miss her. It’s good to see that we have the whole team other than her coming back as the younger players got some great game experience this year.”  

Danelle Trandem in her last game as a Pirate    Tori Demarais puts the ball in play with the swing


  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
CROOKSTON 1 2 1 0 2 6 5 1
Northern Freeze 2 1 14 0 - 17 10 2


Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Macy Strem - Crox 2.2 10 17 10 9 3
Danelle Trandem-Crox 1.1 0 0 0 0 1
Jules Efta - NF 3.1 5 4 3 4 1
Kelsey Lindgren-NF 1.1 1 2 2 2 0

For Crookston-
Sabrina Delorme-1-2, double, walk
Macy Strem-1-1,run, 2 walks, rbi
Nicole Goosen-2-3, rbi 

For Northern Freeze-
Jules Efta- 4-4, 4 runs, 2 rbi's
Kari Sulze-2-3,2 runs, 4 rbi's. triple




The East Grand Forks Green Wave scored 20 runs in two innings on their way to a 21-4 victory in game one and only had five hits in the second game, but still found a way to win game two by a 5-3 score to complete the sweep of the Crookston Pirate Baseball team.  The Green Wave sweep assured them of the top seed in the Section 8AA North Sub-section playoffs next week. 

The Pirates started the game on a great note, scoring three runs in the first inning with back to back singles by Wavra and Hollcraft and a double by Desrosier to score the first two runs.  Cody Wardner added an rbi single and Crookston led 3-0.  East Grand Forks came back with 12 runs on eight hits in the bottom of the inning to take a commanding 12-3 victory.  Crookston pitching struggled in the game with eight walks and four hit batters and the Green Wave took advantage while pounding out 13 hits in the game.  EGF added eight more runs on three hits in the third inning and didn't look back for a 21-4 victory to take game one.

GAME 1 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
CROOKSTON 3 0 0 1 0 4 6 1
East Grand Forks 12 0 8 1 - 21 13 1


Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Seth Desrosier - Crox  (LP) 2 8 16 16 5 2
Cody Wardner - Crox 2 5 5 5 3 1
Musgrove - EGF (WP) 5 6 4 4 2 3

For Crookston-
Cody Wardner - 2-2
Chris Wavra - 1-2, run

For East Grand Forks -
Jerome - 4-4, 4 rbi's 3 runs
Hjelle - 3-3, 3 runs, 2 rbi's


In the second game, East Grand Forks scored three runs in the third inning, but Crookston responded with two runs in the fifth.  East Grand Forks added a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings for a 5-2 lead.  Crookston tried a seventh inning rally, but only scored one run and East Grand Forks held on for a 5-3 victory and the double header sweep.
Crookston drops to 11-6 on the year and will host Sacred Heart on Senior Day in the regular season finale on Thursday.  East Grand Forks solidifies the top seed and improves to 12-5 on the year.

GAME 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 9 3
East Grand Forks 0 0 3 0 1 1 - 5 5 0


Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft - Crox 6 5 5 3 2 5
Micah Friez - EGF 7 9 3 3 2 3

For Crookston
Chris Wavra - 2-4, 2 runs
Joey Koenig - 2-2

For East Grand Forks-
Shea - 1-2, run, rbi
Jerome - 1-3, rbi
Hammargren - 1-3, run




The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team finished second out of nine teams at the Detroit Lakes Invitational in Detroit Lakes.  The Lakers edged Crookston by five strokes on their own course.  The medalist was Detroit Lakes' Tanner Schnathorst with a 72, three strokes better than the runner up.  The start of the meet was pushed back over an hour because of frost. "The sun was shining and it wasn't a bad day, said Coach Kofoed. "The course was very wet, I guess they had five or six inches of rain the past couple of days so there were some mud balls."  Even with the wet course and some winterkill on the greens the boys still turned in some solid scores. "The guys golfed pretty well and it gave us the opportunity to play with Detroit Lakes and Roseau," said Coach Kofoed. "It was a nice way to end the season as we get ready for sub-sections on Tuesday in Roseau.  We know we are right there with everybody in the section, but we are going to have to golf well just to get out of our sub-section."

Team Total   Crookston 
1.Detroit Lakes 314   Isaac Westlake - 77
2.CROOKSTON 319   Doug Larson - 80
3.Bemidji 324   Charles Eickhof - 81
4.Roseau 325   Brock Heppner - 81
5.Fargo Davies 331   Ethan Magsam - 81
6.West Fargo  336   Ben Trostad - 86
7.Menahga 360  
8.Park Christian  367   Medalist
9.Park Rapids 410   1. Tanner Schnathorst (DL) - 72
      2. Matt Gregg (Bem) -75
      3. Will Czeh (Ros) - 76
      4. Isaac Westlake (Crox) - 77



The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team finished fifth out of 11 teams at the Detroit Lakes Invitational with Pequot Lakes winning the meet with a 326, 20 strokes better than Detroit Lakes.  The medalist was Maggie Haggerston of Pequot Lakes with a 73 and the top Crookston golfers were Ally Tiedemann and Maddie Nicholls who tied with 86's.  "The course played pretty difficult today and that caused the scores to be a little higher today," said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault.  "It was good to see Pequot Lakes and Detroit Lakes one more time for our girls to see the two top teams in the state.  To get fifth place was good and the girls all have some things to work on after today and they are excited to work on those things as we get ready for the sub-section tournament."
Crookston will be at East Grand Forks on Wednesday.

Team Score Crookston Scores
1. Pequot Lakes 326 Ally Tiedemann - 86
2. Detroit Lakes Red 346 Maddie Nicholls- 86
3. Moorhead 385 Emily Ricord - 107
4. Bemidji 386 Elise Tangquist - 119
5. CROOKSTON 398 Hope Schear - 124
6. Waden-Deer Creek 406 Nissa Brekken - 126
7. Staples-Motley 411  
8. Park Rapids 429 Medalist-
9. Detroit Lakes White 435 1. Maggie Haggerston - (PL) 73
10. Grand Rapids 438 2. Kate Smith - (DL) 75
11. Crosby-Ironton 501 3. Sydney Busker - (DL) 82




Longtime assistant Crookston Pirate Hockey Coach, Jaclyn Martin, has accepted the job as the Head Pirate Girls Hockey coach taking over for Jeff Perreault who resigned earlier this year.  Jaclyn has been a Pirate Assistant coach for seven seasons is a 2004 Crookston High School graduate. She was a part of the FIRST Pirate Girls Hockey team in 2003-2004. After high school, Jaclyn played college hockey for Gustavus before graduating and coming back to Crookston. Currently, Jaclyn is the Lead Eligibility Worker with the Family Unit at Polk County Social Services and she is married to another former Pirate Derek Martin and they have three kids.  To find out more about Jaclyn check out the Sports Feever page.




MONDAY - MAY 18,  2015


The Agassiz Valley Softball Conference (BGMR, Sacred Heart, Warroad, Roseau, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Red Lake Falls, Red Lake County Central, Northern Freeze and East Grand Forks) announced their all conference team award winners last week.  Crookston's Macy Strem was named to the All-Conference team, while Tori Demarais was named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention team.

Macy Strem and Tori Demarais were named to the All-Conference team.

Agassiz Valley All-Conference 2015
1. Aunica Novacek, BGMR
2. Morgan Anderson, BGMR
3. Gracei Gullikson, BGMR
4. Hannah Reimer, Sacred Heart
5. Hannah Modeen, Sacred Heart
6. Michelle Remer, Sacred Heart
7. Olivia Lien, Warroad
8. Elise Anderson, Warroad
9. Tiffani Foster, Warroad
10. Jayde Sandberg, Red Lake Falls
11. Brittney Bray, Red Lake County Central
12. Tatyana Miles, TRF
13. Bailee Nordheim, TRF
14. Allie Okeson, TRF
15. Jennica Johnson, Roseau
16. Sarina Goos, Roseau
17. Sam Rarick, EGF
18. Megan Boman, EGF
19. Emily Hestekind, Northern Freeze
20. Macy Strem, Crookston

Agassiz Valley All-Conference Honorable Mention 2015
1. Lauren Grenier, Red Lake Falls
2. Taylor Bushelle, Red Lake County Central
3. Kelsey Lindgren, Northern Freeze
4. Tori Demarais, Crookston
5. Brenna Cooper, Roseau
6. Kora Torkelson, TRF
7. Marina O’leary, Sacred Heart
8. Brenna Dallager, BGMR
9. Molly McDonald, Warroad

Coach of the Year
Teresa Hulst, Roseau




Monday, May 18                                  
1.  V/JV Boys Golf at EGF– Cancelled
2.  Junior High Boys Golf at TRF – Cancelled
3.  Junior High Band/Choir/Orchestra Concert – 7:30 pm Auditorium
4.  State Envirothon at Cloquet
5.  6th grade Transition Day – 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

Tuesday, May 19                               
1.  Tennis Section Individual Tournament at Park Rapids
2.  Varsity Girls Golf at Detroit Lakes – 1:30 pm
3.  Varsity Boys Golf at Detroit Lakes – 8:30 am
4.  JV/V Baseball at EGF (DH) – 4:30 pm
5.  Varsity Softball Play in game vs Newfolden at Thief River Falls – 3 pm
      If Crookston wins, play TRF at 5:00 PM
6.  Last Day for Seniors
7.  View Senior Video at Grand Theater – 1:30 pm

Wednesday, May 20                          
1.  Senior Skip Day at Trinity Point – 9 am to 2:30 pm
2.  Tennis Section Team Tournament at Park Rapids
3.  Varsity Girls Golf at EGF – 9:30 am
4.  3W Day – Early Dismissal

Thursday, May 21                              
1.  Varsity Track Sub Section at EGF – 3:30 pm
2.  Varsity/JV Baseball vs. Sacred Heart – 4 pm
3.  Junior High Baseball at Bemidji – 5 pm         

Friday, May 22                                  
1.  Senior/Faculty Breakfast – 7:30 am
2.  Graduation practice for seniors – 8:15 am at UMC
3.  Graduation – 7 pm, UMC Lysaker Gymnasium

Looking ahead:
May 25  - No School – Memorial Day
May 26  - School Board Meeting
May 28 -  Last Student Day



SUNDAY - MAY 17,  2015


The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) announced the presentation of the second annual Butch Raymond Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship is sponsored by Sanford Health and is given to 16 student-athletes, one recipient at each of the NSIC member institutions.

Katie Sheetz (Jr., Grand Rapids), a women’s golfer who majors in biology at UMC was chosen as the recipient for the Golden Eagles for the 2015-16 award. Sheetz maintains a 3.93 grade point average and plans to attend pharmacy school upon graduation from Minnesota Crookston. Sheetz is an accomplished golfer for Coach Mike Annese’s squad. The junior led the team with an 84.9 scoring average on the season, with two top 10 placings on the season, including winning the Bemidji State Invitational.

The scholarship is in recognition of Butch Raymond, the NSIC Commissioner from 2004 to 2014. For over a decade, Raymond led the NSIC from an eight team league to a 16-team super conference. During his tenure, the league won 13 team national championships while achieving a high level of academic success.

To be eligible for the scholarship the recipient must be a senior academically in 2015-16, have a GPA of 3.20 or higher, be participating in intercollegiate athletics and plan to work in a health related field or attend graduate school in a health related field. The student-athletes will be publicly recognized at a home athletic event during the 2015-16 academic year.



SATURDAY - MAY 16,  2015


The Crookston Pirate Girls track team finished eighth out of nine teams at the Class A State True Team Track meet held at Stillwater Area High School.  Crookston had 252 points, while Blue Earth edged Holdingford by 5.5 points to win the meet with 399 points.  To show you how tough the competition has been at the State True team meet, Crookston's eighth place finish was the first time since 2007 that a Section 8A team hadn't finished last, when the Pirates finished eighth place in 2007.
The Pirates turned in 10 personal bests at the meet and were led by Marietta Geist, who had a second place finish in the two mile, and a third place finish in the one mile runs.  Danica Brekken had a fourth place finish in the 1600 meters and the 4x800 relay team of Luisa Bernia, Jenna Porter, Kennedy Cwikla and Katherine Geist also finished fourth.  "Marietta is such a competitor and her goal in the two mile was to get under 12 minutes and just missed by point six seconds, but she ran an awesome race and then had a great time in the one mile for third place.  She really ran hard today," said Pirate Coach Amy Boll. "Rachel Hefta had her personal best by almost three seconds in the 400 and finished sixth place and Thea Oman had a great time in the 3200 and ran hard for a sixth place finish.  Harley Barlow had a personal best, Teagan Carlstrom had a personal best in the pole was just a great day."  Coach Boll said the talent at the meet was great and she was happy with her girls and how they competed. "It was a great team effort.  We had a lot of personal bests today and the girls competed hard and our distance runners really did a great job.  We had a lot of kids that did very well," said Coach Boll. "It was a great trip and the girls had fun and at the meet they had some nerves as you would expect, but they turned those nerves into great performances and that will get us ready to compete in the sub-section meet next week."
The Pirate Boys and Girls Track teams will be at the Sub-section 31A meet in East Grand Forks on Thursday, May 21.

Girls Teams Points   Boys Teams Points
1. Blue Earth 399   1. Holdingford 413.5
2. Holdingford 393.5   2. Maple Lake 388
3. Luvurne 379.5   3. Pine Island 375.5
4. Morris-Chokia-Alberta 358.5   4. Montevideo 363
5. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 314.5   5. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 321.5
6. Lake City 310.5   6. MN Valley Lutheran 315
7. Maple Lake 305.5   7. Luvurne 282.5
8. CROOKSTON 252   8. Park Rapids 245
9. Pierz 221   9. Moose Lake-Willow River 225


Crookston Results Event Time/distance Place
Marietta Geist 3200 meters 12:00.60 2nd
Marietta Geist 1600 meters 5:19.87 3rd
Danica Brekken 1600 meters 5:19.89 4th
Luisa Bernia, Jenna Porter,
Kennedy Cwikla, Katherine Geist
4x800 relay 10:38.00 4th
Harley Barlow Shot Put 34-14 5th
Katherine Geist 800 meters 2:28.76 5th
Rachel Hefta 400 meters 62.71 6th
Luisa Bernia, Rachel Hefta,
Katherine Geist, Danica Brekken
4x400 relay 4:24.37 6th
Thea Oman 3200 meters 13:29.50 6th
Danica Brekken 800 meters 2:31.59 7th
Aleece Durbin Long Jump 15-03.5 7th
Teagan Carlstrom, Bailey Folkers,
Amber Froeber, Katelynn Genereux
4x100 relay 55.08 8th
Aleece Durbin 100 meters 13.91 9th
Teagan Carlstrom, Bailey Folkers,
Amber Froeber, Brooke Bergeron
4x200 relay 1:56.75 9th
Brita Fagerlund Discus 90-06 10th
Katelyn Wagner 100 hurdles 18.45 10th
Aleece Durbin 300 hurdles 51.62 10th
Jada Dillabough Shot Put 31-06 12th
Aleece Durbin 200 meters 28.36 12th
Teagan Carlstrom Pole Vault 7-00 13th
Brooke Bergeron 300 hurdles 53.09 13th
Harley Barlow Discus 79-06 14th
Danica Brekken Long Jump 14-02 15th
Rachel Hefta High Jump 4-02 16th
Abby Parr Pole Vault 6-06 16th
Alyssa Schultz Triple Jump 29-03.5 17th
Luisa Bernia 400 meters 66.83 17th
Brooke Bergeron 100 hurdles 19.94 18th
Amber Froeber High jump 4-00 18th
Katelynn Genereux 100 meters 14.77 18th
Amber Froeber Triple Jump 28-01.5 18th
Teagan Carlstrom 200 meters 30.06 18th





The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team shot a 309, but finished third place behind Roseau (300) and Thief River Falls (307) in the Roseau Invitational.  Roseau's Will Czeh and Joe Vatnsdal shot 71's to take co-medalist honors, one stroke better than Crookston's Isaac Westlake. "It was a good day for us.  It was good to see the sub-section course, the greens were rolling true and it was good to see that and hopefully we will be able to shave a few strokes in a few weeks," said Pirate Coach Steve Kofoed. "It was good to have three players in the 70's with the course playing a par 70.  We struggled a little in the front nine and played better on the back nine so that was good to see."  The Pirates will have two more meets left in the regular season to figure out who the six golfers on the tournament team.  Isaac Westlake and Doug Larson will be on the team, but it is still wide open for the final four spots and the guys have been golfing well.  "Ben Trostad has broke 80 in the last three tournaments he has played so that is good to see and hopefully he will be able to keep that going," said Coach Kofoed. "It was good to see Charles (Eickhof) bounce back with a 79 today.  Brock Heppner shot an 80 and had a triple bogey on one hole without an penalty strokes and Ethan Magsam turned in an 82."
Crookston will be at the East Grand Forks invite at Valley Golf Course on Monday.

Team Total   Crookston 
1. Roseau 300   Isaac Westlake-72
2. Thief River Falls 307   Ben Trostad -78
3. CROOKSTON 309   Charles Eickhof-79
4. East Grand Forks 317   Brock Heppner-80
5. Kittson Co. Central 330   Ethan Magsam -82
6. Roseau 2 333   Zach Markovich-90
7. Warroad 350    
8. BGMR 364   Medalist
9. Northern Freeze 384   1. Will Czeh (Ros) - 71
10. Red Lake County 435       Joe Vatnsdal (Ros) 71
      3. Isaac Westlake (Crox) - 72




The Thief River Falls Prowlers will be the top seed in the North Sub-section and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton received the top seed in the south in the Section 8AA Softball tournament that starts on Tuesday, May 19.  Crookston received the ninth seed and will play the Northern Freeze in a play-in game in Thief River Falls with the winner playing Thief River Falls.

The Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Gators and Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans received the top seed in their respective sub-sections for the Section 8A Softball tournament that starts on Tuesday.  For the tournament bracket and all the seeds click here.



FRIDAY-MAY 15, 2015


The Crookston High School Pirate softball team wrapped up their regular season with a 12-1 five inning loss to the Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Gators (BGMR) in a game played in Thief River Falls.

 Crookston did exactly what they wanted to do in the early stages of the game, grab a lead. Jaeden Lizakowski stroked a single to right center to give the Pirates a one-out base runner. After a Sabrina Delorme walk, Macy Strem reached on a Gator error to load the bases for Tori Demarais. The junior first baseman chopped a ground ball to the left side of the infield, BGMR’s shortstop tagged Delorme out but in her attempt to throw to first she overthrew it and Lizakowski came across to score! The Pirates sent six batters to the plate in the first and had the 1-0 lead early. “I told the girls that since we had first ups we got the opportunity to score first,” Pirate head coach Katie Lariviere said. “We wanted to start the game right and it was good to see us get some base runners and score a run. That’s exactly how we wanted to start the game.”

The Gators didn’t trail for long as their offense jumped all over Pirate starter Macy Strem. BGMR sent 19 batters to the plate, picked up five hits, drew three walks and scored eight runs in the first two innings to take an 8-1 lead heading into the third. That run support would be all Gator starter Aunica Novacek would need as she stifled the Pirate bats the rest of the way. The senior righthander went all five innings, giving up just three hits and striking out two Pirates. She was able to work on a relatively short pitch count as she had a string where she retired seven Pirates in a row on just 13 pitches! “She had a really nice low ball that the our team was having trouble making really good contact on,” Coach Lariviere said of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River’s starting pitcher. “She was consistent and our girls tried to swing early in the count. I told our team to be aggressive at the plate and if they see a nice pitch to swing at it.”

After the Gators added three runs in the third and one in the fourth, Crookston needed two runs in the top of the fifth to keep the game going. The Pirates were able to put together a threat in the final frame. Tiffany Hanson hit a seeing-eye single into shallow left field and Jaeden Lizakowski followed with a bloop single of her own to give the Pirates two runners on with two outs. Novacek silenced the threat by getting Sabrina Delorme to fly out and secured the 12-1 win for the Gators.

 The Pirates were led offensively by Lizakowski’s two hits as she continues to improve at the plate. “These last few games Jaeden has really picked up her batting average,” said Coach Lariviere of her shortstop. “She swings really hard, her hits have been timely and it’s been nice to see as we get closer to the playoffs.” Macy Strem went all four innings in the pitching circle for Crookston, walking five and striking out three in the loss. “Macy had a pretty good day today,” Coach Lariviere said. “There were a few walks in there but she got stronger as the game went along, pitched strikes and let her defense work behind her.”

Crookston wraps up their regular season with a record of 2-17 and will have one day of practice before they play in the Section 8AA Play-In game on Tuesday against the Northern Freeze in Thief River Falls.  The winner of that game will play Thief River Falls right after the play-in game. “We’ll work hard in the one practice we have,” Coach Lariviere said. “We’ll work with our pitchers on limiting walks and making sure our defense makes smart plays. I’ll get the pitching machine out as well so our hitters can get some reps.” Badger-Greenbush-Middle River improves to 14-5 on the season with the win. 

Macy Strem and Tori Demarais were named to the All-Conference team.

  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
BGMR 4 4 3 1 - 12 9 2

      Jaeden Lizakowski scored the lone Pirate run                                   Macy Strem with a pitch

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Macy Strem-Crox 4 9 12 8 5 3
Aunica Novacek-BGMR 5 3 1 0 3 2

For Crookston-
Jaeden Lizakowski- 2-3, run
Tiffany Hanson- 1-3

For BGMR -
Emily Anderson- 3-3, 3 runs, rbi
Brenna Dallager- 2-4, run, rbi




The Crookston Pirate Baseball team outlasted the Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Gators in a 6-5 marathon victory in 11 innings.  High School baseball games are usually seven inning games.
BGMR scored a run in the top of the first inning on two singles and a sacrifice fly. "That has been a problem all year," said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken, talking about trailing early in the game. "We are going to have to fix that before the playoffs start, that is for sure." Crookston answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning when Mikey Hajostek was hit by pitch and Chris Wavra singled.  Both Pirates came into score when Aaron Hollcraft hit a ground ball to the second baseman and it went through his legs and Crookston led 2-1 after the first inning. "We took advantage of an error," said Coach Bakken. "We were given a boost when we took the lead and that seemed to set the tone for a few innings." The Pirates added another run in the third inning when Hollcraft was hit by a pitch, Seth Desrosier singled and a run scored on a Tanner Reinhart fielder’s choice for a 3-1 Pirate lead.  BGMR answered with a run in the fifth inning to get within a run.   The Gators took the lead with two runs in the seventh inning after an error and a single and a double for a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.  Crookston needed at least a run to tie the game and they would get just that when Wavra singled and then came into score on an error to tie the game at 4-4 to force extra innings.  BGMR had bases loaded with two outs and Wyatt Peppel blasted a fly ball to the left field fence and the Pirates Cody Weiland made a running over the shoulder grab at the fence to get out of a huge jam.  "That was the game right there," said Coach Bakken. "If that ball drops, that scores three runs and that would be tough to come back from.  That was a great catch and some great senior leadership chasing down the ball and making an over the shoulder catch.  That was great."  BGMR scored a run in the ninth inning when Aaron Dostal reached on the fifth Crookston error of the game and then came into score on a wild pitch to give the Gators a 5-4 lead.  Crookston responded with a run in the bottom of the inning when Mikey Hajostek singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wavra and then came into score on a single up the middle by Hollcraft to tie the game at 5-5.  After the Pirates had a great nine inning pitching performance from Chris Wavra, they brought in Cody Weiland and he retired six straight batters to set up the bottom of the 11th inning. "He was throwing strikes," said Coach Bakken, talking about Weiland. "He has a nice mix of pitches and had them off balance and that was nice after a great pitching performance from Chris Wavra."  With one out, Hajostek hit a ground ball to the second baseman.  Hajoestek was hustling down the first base line as soon as he made contact and beat the throw to first base for a single.  Wavra sacrificed Mikey to second base and after an intentional walk to Hollcraft, Seth Desrosier singled to score Hajostek and the Pirates won 6-5.  I told the guys that the line up was going to be a different today and we had Mikey in the lead off spot and he finished the game with hits in his last three at bats and to get a hit in the last at bat was all hustle!  I had a feeling, that play was the game.  We were fortunate to string some plays together after that and a big hit by Seth to win the game," said Coach Bakken. "It wasn't the prettiest of games, but neither team gave up and kept battling and we were fortunate to string some hits together when we needed to and we picked up the win.  It was nice to get great pitching and some good innings from Chris and Cody, but our defense has to be better.  We can't give up five errors and expect to win many games, especially at East Grand Forks on Tuesday."  Crookston improves to 11-4 on the year and will travel to East Grand Forks on Tuesday for a double header with the Greenwave, in a battle for the top seed in the north subsection of Section 8A.  Badger-Greenbush-Middle River drops to 11-5 with all five losses to Section 8AA teams.

        To see Cody Weiland's catch and the winning run click on the video

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
BGMR 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 5 8 2
CROOKSTON 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 6 8 5

Chris Wavra with 1 of his 141 pitches       Aaron Hollcraft puts the ball in play                                       Mikey Hajostek gets a lead on first base

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Chris Wavra- Crox 9 8 5 3 4 6
Cody Weiland - Crox (WP) 2 0 0 0 0 1
Trevor Robinson - BGMR 6 4 3 2 3 7
Aaron Dostal - BGMR 1 0 1 0 0 0
Derek Knutson - BGMR (LP) 3.2 4 2 2 2 2

For Crookston-
Mikey Hajostek - 3-5, 3 runs
Chris Wavra - 2-4, 2 runs
Seth Desrosier - 2-6, game winning rbi
Aaron Hollcraft - 1-3, 2 rbi's, run

For BGMR -
Skyler Forst - 3-6, run
Matt Howell - 2-4, walk




The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team had another solid round with a 314, but they were edged by the Roseau Rams by one stroke with a 313 and finished second at the Thief River Falls invite. Crookston was led by Doug Larson, who continues to be solid for the Pirates with a 76.  Ben Trostad shot a 78 and Isaac Westlake shot a 79 to lead the Pirates.  "Doug has been solid all season and has been playing pretty good.  Coming into the year, we knew he was going to be one we counted on all season.  He has been able to focus on golf most of the spring this year and that has helped his game. Ben has been golfing around the low to mid 80's for us and I kept telling Ben to keep working and he will break 80 at some point and did that today and hopefully he has broken through the wall to get into the 70's the rest of the season," said Pirate Coach Kofoed. "The rest of the guys, Zach, Brock, Ethan, and Charles, all played well and to have all seven guys shoot 83 or lower is good.  They are fighting for the last spots on the tournament team so it is good to see nobody is playing themselves off the team.  Saturday and next week will be important meets and we might even have to have a playoff round."
The Pirates will travel to Roseau on Saturday for the Roseau invitational.

Team Total   Crookston 
1. Roseau 313   Doug Larson-76
2. CROOKSTON 314   Ben Trostad -78
3. Moorhead 324   Isaac Westlake-79
4. East Grand Forks  333   Zach Markovich-81
5. Thief River Falls Blue 344   Brock Heppner-82
6. Warroad 387   Ethan Magsam -83
7. Thief River Falls Gold 391   Charles Eickhof-83
      1. Nate Deziel (EGF) - 73
      2. Will Czeh (Ros) - 74
      3. Joe Vatnsdal (Ros) 74




The Crookston Pirate Boys track team finished third out of 16 teams at the Norman County meet held in Ada.  Norman County won the meet, edging Thief River Falls by 4.5 points.  The Pirate girls did not compete in the meet because they are competing at the State True Team meet in Stillwater on Saturday.  Norman County won the girls division, edging Roseau by 22.5 points.
Half of Crookston's points were scored by Brandt Delage, who had three first place and one third place finishes.  "Brandt told me after the meet that it isn't a good meet for him if he doesn't have three first place finishes," said Coach Tim Moe, who was filling in for Head Coach Wayne Folkers, who was it his daughters college graduation. "He ran well and the 4x200 relay team that he was on, had a great time."  Another member of the 4x200 relay team that had a great day was Mason Wang with a second and third place finish. "Mason really ran well today," said Coach Moe. "His 100 meter time was a state qualifying time so that was great to see, especially on the track where the section meet will be held." 
The Pirates will have a few days of practice to get ready for the Sub-Section meet in East Grand Forks on Thursday.

Boys Teams Points   Girls Teams Points
1. Norman County 88.5   1. Norman County 102.5
2. Thief River Falls 84   2. Roseau 80
3. CROOKSTON 64.5   3. East Grand Forks 62
4. Roseau 56   4. Thief River Falls 61.5
   East Grand Forks 56   5. Barnesville 54
6. Red Lake County 33   6. Park Christian 32
7. Fertile-Beltrami 32   7. Fertile-Beltrami 27
8. Nevis 31       Nevis 27
9. Hawley/Ulen Hitterdal 28   9. Red Lake County 25
10. Clearbrook-Gonvick 27   10. Bagley/Fosston 22
11. Lake Park-Audubon 21   11. Clearbrook-Gonvick 19
      Fisher/Climax/Sacred Heart 21   12. BGMR/Freeze 18
13. Park Christian 19   13. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 18
14. BGMR/Freeze 7   14. Climax-Fisher-Sacred Heart 17
15. Barnesville 6      
16. Bagley-Fosston 5      


Crookston Results (Top 5) Event Time/distance Place
Brandt Delage 200 22.97 1st
Brandt Delage 400 51.91 1st
Patrick Deng, Brandt Delage,
Mason Wang, Cade Salentine
4x200 relay 1:35.39 1st
Mason Wang 100 meters 11.33 2nd
Mason Wang 200 meters 23.61 3rd
Brandt Delage Pole Vault 10-00 3rd
Joe Doda, Colton Weiland,
Erik Jacobson, Lukas Meier
4x800 relay 9:08.85 4th
Patrick Deng 110 hurdles 16.29 4th
Patrick Deng 300 hurdles 43.66 4th
Joe Doda 3200 meters 11:45.51 5th



The Crookston High School had a pepfest for the State-bound Pirate Girls Track and Environthon teams Friday morning in the Crookston High School Auditorium.  KROX has some pictures and a video below.

                The Crookston Pirate Girls track team lines the stage at the state sendoff pepfest on Friday morning                                 The state bound Environthon team
                                                       (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

          See the video of the first class escort by clicking on the video above




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