SUNDAY - MAY 20,  2018

THIEF RIVER FALLS AND HAWLEY EARN #1 SEEDS IN SECTION 8AA SOFTBALL TOURNEY

The Thief River Falls Prowlers received the top seed in the Section 8AA North Sub-section and the Hawley Nuggets received the top seed in the South sub-section in the Section 8AA Softball tournament that starts on Tuesday, May 22.  
The Crookston Pirates received the eighth seed in the north and will travel to Thief River Falls on Tuesday.  You can hear the game on KROX Radio.

North Seeds   South Seeds
1. Thief River Falls   1. Hawley
2. Park Rapids   2. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
3. Roseau   3. Perham
4. Warroad   4. Pequot Lakes
5. East Grand Forks   5. Barnesville
6. Bagley   6. Breckenridge
7. East Polk   7. Wadena-Deer Creek
8. Crookston   8. Ottertail Central

For the tournament bracket, click here

 

 

 

SATURDAY - MAY 19, 2018

PIRATE GIRLS TRACK FINISHES 10TH PLACE AT STATE TRUE TEAM MEET

The Crookston Pirates were in first place through the first seven events and struggled in a few events and dropped to finish ninth place out of 12 teams at the Minnesota High School Track Coaches Association True Team Track meet on a cool, breezy and cloudy day at Stillwater High School in Stillwater.  “It was fun to hear we were at the top early in the meet,” said Pirate Coach Isaac Black. “It helped us build momentum for the rest of the meet.”  Pirate Girls Head Track Coach, Amy Boll, wasn't able to make the meet.
Crookston had an outstanding meet and recorded 10 personal best performances during the meet.  Personal bests were recorded by Abby Borowicz and Katherine Geist in the 1600, Hayden Winjum in the 400, Aleece Durbin and Breanna Kressin in the 300 hurdles, Thea Oman in the 800, Riley Solheim in the 200, Jada Dillabough and Mallorie Sundeen in the discus and Amelia Overgaard in the 3200.  “The girls really competed and I am pleased with what they have done today,” said Pirate Coach Wes Knutson.  “The team did as well as they could.  We aren’t as deep as some of the teams and we had to put a few girls in a lot of events and that took a toll on us today.”
Crookston was led by an outstanding performance from Aleece Durbin with a first place, two second places and a third place finish.  Aleece was first in the 100 hurdles, second place in the 300 hurdles and the triple jump and she finished third place in the 100 meters.  “She had a great day,” said Coach Black. “She had a big jump and personal record of over 35 feet on her last jump in the triple jump.”
Katherine Geist won the 1600 meter (one mile) race easily with an impressive time of 5:14.17.  “That was her best time and dropped three seconds,” said Coach Knutson. “I am happy for her because she has worked very hard.”
The 4x800 relay team (Thea Oman, Luisa Bernia, Emma Borowicz, and Hayden Winjum) finished third place.
The Pirates had a lot of personal best performances and competed well at a state level and that should have them prepared for the Sub-Section meet.  “Overall the girls were happy to be here competing,” said Coach Black. “It should get us ready for the sub-section meet next week.”
The Pirates will compete at the Sub-Section 30 Track meet at East Grand Forks on Thursday.



Aleece Durbin in the triple jump   Katherine Geist wins the 1600

Girls Team - Points   Boys Team - Points
1. Maple Lake 523   1. Holdingford 522
2. Concordia Academy 497   2. Montevideo 489
3. Minnewaska Area 487.5   3. Morris 484
4. Lanesboro 479   4. St. Charles 481.5
5. Canby-Minneota 458   5. Ada-Borup/NCW 481
6. Howard Lake-Waverly 451.5   6. Wadena-Deer Creek 474
7. Pelican Rapids 434   7. Lewiston-Altura 432
8. Minnesota Valley Lutheran 399   8. Redwood Valley 386.5
9. Osakis 391   9. Howard Lake-Waverly 373.5
10. Crookston 383   10. Lanesboro 358.5
11. Blue Earth 343   11. Pillager 339
12. Pillager 279   12. Mankato Loyola 313


Jada Dillabough in the discus   Abby Borowicz runs the 1600 meters


Rachel Hefta runs, Emma Borowicz and Kailee Magsam, Hayden Winjum and Teagan Carlstrom

Pirate (Top 8 placers) Event Result Place
Aleece Durbin 100 Hurdles 15.98 1st
Katherine Geist 1600 Meters 5:14.17 1st
Aleece Durbin Triple Jump 35-00.25 2nd
Aleece Durbin 300 Hurdles 48.46 2nd
Thea Oman, Luisa Bernia,
Emma Borowicz, Hayden Winjum
4X800 10:23.43 3rd
Aleece Durbin 100 Meters 13.16 3rd
Breanna Kressin 100 Hurdles 16.80 5th
Hayden Winjum 400 Meters 63.42 6th
Teagen Carlstrom, Kailee Magsam,
Emma Borowicz, Rachel Hefta
4x200 Relay 1:53.37 7th
Jada Dillabough Shot Put 33-10.75 7th
Thea Oman 800 Meters 2:30.10 8th

FOR ALL THE RESULTS, CLICK HERE


Thea Oman in a relay, Breanna Kressin in the 300 hurdles, Katelyn Wagner in the long jump


Luisa Bernia, Rylee Solheim, Audrey Harbott, and Emelia Overgaard run for the Pirates

 

 

 

CROOKSTON BOY’S GOLF TEAM WINS TWO-DAY PRE-SECTION MEET WITH SATURDAY COMEBACK


The Crookston Pirates Boy’s golf team shot 328 as a team on the second and final day of their Pre-Section meet at the Bemidji Town & Country Club to beat Roseau by 27 strokes and win the event. Nate Deziel of East Grand Forks was the medalist with an impressive 73 on Saturday to score 150 total in the 36-hole tournament, ten strokes better than the Pirates Ethan Magsam who carded a second round 83 for a two day total 160, tying teammate Ben Trostad, but taking a tie-breaker. 

After shooting an opening-round 77, Magsam shot an 81 on a soggy course Saturday to help lead the Pirates to the tournament victory. “He hit a great shot on hole 11 with the wind howling and he put it pin-high and I told him, ‘that’s a PGA Tour level shot,’” said Crookston head coach Steve Kofoed. “He rolled that put in for two, hits a great shot on 12 off the tee, gets up and down to save par and was one-under par after three straight holes. He ended up making a ten on hole number 10, so for him to be able to bounce back and play the final eight holes at three-under par to post a pretty good number on that back nine was pretty pleasing.” Ben Trostad bested Magsam on Saturday with his 82 but finished in third-place due to a tie-breaker despite matching Magsam’s 160 two-round total. “He ended up making a double-bogey on number one and maybe wasn’t playing particularly great to start, but for him to be able to get himself to a third-place finish with the way we played in the rain yesterday and the cold win today was pretty good. Since (Ethan and Ben) tied we sent them back on to hole 1 for a playoff to try and simulate the pressure of them getting to state individually and that was good for both of them.” Trey Christopherson improved upon his opening round 84 with an 81 on Saturday. “He really struggled on 7,8,9,10 just like yesterday,” explained Kofoed. “Yesterday the rain hit him, and he ended up going triple, double, double, double, whereas today I think he ended up going double, bogey, bogey, double, so for him to shoot an 81 and be six-over par on those holes and again he closed very well, which is again a positive.” Brock Heppner rounded out the team scores for the Pirates with an 82, improving by two-strokes from his Friday round for a two-day total of 166. “He was playing well,” noted Kofoed. He had two birdies on 8 and 9.  When I saw Brock he had a bounce like he was playing well. He wasn’t happy that he didn’t break 80, he had a couple tee shots that he pushed way right, but the real positive was today he made more good swings than bad ones.”

 

The Pirates return to the links on Tuesday to compete in the Pre-Sub-Section Meet at the Blueberry Golf Course in Park Rapids teeing off at 10 AM. 
 

Section Preview Meet Round 1 Round 2 Total   Crookston Round 1 Round 2 Total
1. Crookston 323 328 651

 

Ethan Magsam 77 83 160

2. Roseau

321 355 676   Ben Trostad 78 82 160
    East Grand Forks 347 353 700   Trey Christopherson 84 81 165
4. Fergus Falls 347 361 708   Brock Heppner 84 82 166
          Ben Andringa 91 92 183
          Quinn Westlake 91 98 189
Top Individuals         Easton Tangquist 97 93 190
1.Nate Deziel - EGF 77 73 150          
2.Ethan Magsam - Crox 77 83 160          
3.Ben Trostad - Crox 78 82 160          

 

 

 

CROOKSTON REDS WIN SECOND STRAIGHT GAME AS OFFENSE SURGES PAST WADEN-DEER CREEK SHOCKERS
 

The Crookston Reds leaned on their offense and took advantage of five Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers’ error to claim their second straight victory by a score of 17-5 in a game played at Elmer Becker Field in Deer Creek.

After a scoreless first inning, the Crookston bats came to life. Dave Grabowski walked to get on base with one out in the inning. Matt Morin walked next to move Grabowski into scoring position. After a strikeout for the second out of the Reds inning, Blake Kawlewski singled to score Grabowski and give the visitor’s a 1-0 lead. Matt Morin then scored on an error by the Shockers pitcher to double Crookston’s lead. Blake Kawlewski scored a wild pitch to end the three-run second inning, to give the Reds a 3-0 lead. Wadena-Deer Creek answered with a run in both the second and third innings to cut their deficit to a single run before taking the lead with a two-run fourth inning to overtake Crookston 4-3. The Reds broke the game open in the fifth inning. Cody Magsam walked to start the Crookston rally followed by a walk issued to Aaron Hollcraft. Bailey Schmitz drove home Magsam with a single followed by another RBI single from Dave Grabowski to give the Reds a 5-4 lead. Matt Morin followed with a walk to load the bases before Logan Forseth was hit by a pitch to score Schmitz and give Crookston a two-run lead. An infield error kept the bases loaded and scored Grabowski to grow the Reds’ lead to 7-4. Cody Wardner returned to the plate again in the fifth inning and connected for an RBI single before Aaron Hollcraft doubled to score two more runs for Crookston. The Reds added two more runs on another infield error. Dave Grabowski completed the 12-run fifth inning with a two-run home run to push Crookston ahead 15-4. The Shockers managed just one run in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the deficit down to 15-5 before the Reds added to their lead once again. Bailey Schmitz singled to open the inning followed by singles from Tanner Reinhart and Dave Grabowski to load the bases. A wild-pitch scored Schmitz before Matt Morin singled in Tanner Reinhart to give the Reds a 17-5 lead heading into the seventh-inning stretch. Wadena-Deer Creek failed to score in the bottom of the seventh-inning to give the Reds a 17-5 run-rule victory after seven innings.

The Reds improve to 2-1 and will travel to Bemidji to take on the Blue Ox at 1:30 PM on Sunday.
 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Crookston Reds 0 3 0 0 12 0 2 X X 17 13 2
Wadena-Deer Creek 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 X X 5 6 5


 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Noah Zimmerman - Crox 3.1 5 4 4 5 2
Cody Wardner - Crox 3.2 1 1 1 6 2

 

For Crookston

Dave Grabowski - 3-4, 3 runs, 3 rbi, home run
Cody Magsam - 2-3, 2 runs, 1 rbi
Matt Morin - 2-3, 2 runs, 1 rbi
Bailey Schmitz - 2-5, 2 runs, 3 rbi
 





FRIDAY
- MAY 18,  2018

PIRATE SOFTBALL LEADS NORTHERN FREEZE 4-3 AFTER TWO INNINGS WHEN GAME IS CALLED

The Crookston Pirate Softball team appeared poised to win their second straight game of the season over the Northern Freeze with a 4-3 lead after two innings, but mother nature had other ideas as the non-section game was called after the second inning in the Conference Showcase match up played at MEC Park in Thief River Falls. Because the game was stopped after just two innings, the result will not count towards either team's record, nor will the game resume at a later date with Section tournaments beginning next week. 

Crookston’s Madison Salentine opened the first inning with a single for the Pirates which was followed by a walk issued to Jasmin Hanson. Salentine scored after advancing to third base on a wild pitch and coming home on an errant throw to third base by the Northern Freeze catcher. Jaeden Lizakowski doubled on a line drive to left field to continue the Pirates hot start to the game. As the rain continued to fall, Jasmin Hanson scored on a wild pitch and another wild pitch plated Lizakowski to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning. “Maddie was down 0-2 in the count and managed to find her way on,” explained Crookston head coach Robbe Nessler. “She’s done a pretty good job throughout the season of swinging her bat when she’s down 0-2 in the count and finding a way to get on. Jasmin walked both times she was up. Maddie advanced to third base on a wild pitch and their catcher tried to throw it down to third base, and the third baseman probably could have caught it, but it went under her glove.” The Northern Freeze scored one run in the bottom of the first inning, but Crookston would match that in the top of the second inning. Amber Cymbaluk was hit by a pitch to open the inning. The catcher was replaced by courtesy runner Brylee Lessard who scored on another wild pitch to give the Pirates a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the second inning. The Northern Freeze managed to plate two runs in the bottom of the second inning to close the deficit to 4-3 before the game was called due to unsafe playing conditions from the rain on the field. 


Jasmin Hanson and Jaeden Lizakowski with their all-conference awards

Prior to the game, Crookston’s Jaeden Lizakowski was named an All-Conference selection and Jasmin Hanson earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. “Both contributed a ton in different ways this year,” Nessler said of the award recipients. “Jaeden is probably our best all-around player as a senior, leader she brings a lot to the table. She knows the game very well, is very coachable, and is a very solid leader. Jasmin is a solid all-around player, she’s our most dependable pitcher right now in terms of strikes and being able to go out there and throw any time.”

The Pirates record remains 1-15 and they will find out their Section 8AA tournament first-round opponent on Saturday morning with Crookston likely facing Thief River Falls on Tuesday in a game that can be heard on KROX.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Crookston 3 1 X X X X X 4 3 0
Northern Freeze 1 2 X X X X X 3 5 1


 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Jasmin Hanson - Crookston 2.0 5 3 3 2 0
Brooke Frederickson - NF 2.0 3 4 4 4 3

For Crookston
Madison Salentine - 1-2, run
Jaeden Lizakowski - 1-2

For Northern Freeze
Marissa Nelson - 2-2, run


 

 

 

CROOKSTON BOY’S GOLF TEAM IN SECOND PLACE AFTER FIRST ROUND OF TWO-DAY PRE-SECTION MEET

The Crookston Pirates Boy’s golf team sits in second place with a team score of 323, two strokes back of Roseau after day one of the two-day Pre-Section meet on Friday with a rainy afternoon round at the Bemidji Town & Country Club. Ethan Magsam is tied atop the individual leaderboard alongside East Grand Forks’ Nate Deziel after their opening-round 77s. 

Ethan Magsam carded the events best opening round score with his 77 despite rainy conditions in Bemidji and a rough start according to his head coach Steve Kofoed, “he got himself off to not really a great start where he didn’t hit a great tee-shot, got a fortunate bounce off of one back in play and hit the green on his approach shot, but three-putted for bogey. He bogeyed two and bogeyed three. He hit a good tee shot on the first par-5 on number four and ended up making birdie and then pared five but bogeyed six and seven so he was four over par right off the bat and was struggling with his putter and struggling with his distances. He then started to put together a really good run starting around hole eight. He hit a really good tee-shot, missed the green but chipped to about 12-feet, made the put and really started going from there.” Ben Trostad wasn’t too far off his teammate and sits alone in third place overall after his opening round 78. “Ben ended up shooting 41 on the front and 37 on the back so he was very similar to Ethan,” noted Kofoed. “He just grinded his way through the rain and that’s all kind of a mindset. If you give into weather conditions that aren’t perfect it’s amazing how because you’re getting wet and miserable all of a sudden your golf scores just go up really quickly.” Brock Hepner and Trey Christopherson rounded out the four scores submitted by the Pirates with 84s in the first round of the 36-hole event. “Brock came off and said he’d kind of figured things out today which is a good sign,” added Kofoed. “84 would be a solid round for him with the way he’s played this year so for him to make that statement in kind of rainy conditions hopefully he can come out tomorrow morning and pick up where he’s feeling right now and get under 80.” Crookston’s coach was pleased with his team’s position after a rain-filled day one, “it’s going to be wet. It’s not going to dry when the first group takes the tee box, it’s supposed to be windy, but I don’t think it’s supposed to rain so we can deal with some wind. But today built character for the kids and when you play in the rain that’s a story you take away.”

The Pirates will wrap up the two-day event tomorrow morning, teeing off at 9 AM from the Bemidji Town & Country Club. 

Section Preview Meet     Crookston  

1. Roseau

321

 

Ethan Magsam 77
2. Crookston 323   Ben Trostad 78
3. Fergus Falls 347   Brock Heppner 84
    East Grand Forks 347   Trey Christopherson 84
      Quinn Westlake 91
      Ben Andringa 91
      Easton Tangquist 97
         
Top Individuals        
1.Ethan Magsam - Crox 77      
2.Nate Deziel - EGF 77      
3.Ben Trostad - Crox 78      

 

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRL’S GOLF TEAM WINS THE ROSEAU INVITATIONAL 

The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf Team won their second tournament of the year shooting a 354 in the Roseau Invitational, a conference meet played at Oak Crest Golf Course. The Pirates were led by tournament medalist Ally Tiedemann who carded an 82 for Crookston. The Pirates were 34 strokes better than runner-up Roseau while Tiedemann bested the rest of the field by three strokes.

Tiedman’s 82 helped lead Crookston to the tournament win and was especially impressive given the poor weather conditions the golfers faced on a rainy, windy morning according to Pirates’ head coach Jeff Perreault, “she’s been in the mid-70s in Roseau before but that was without wind or other elements to deal with, so it was a good round for her because it’s always mentally grinding when you’re out there in the wind and cold.” Joslynn Leach earned a third-place finish overall with her 87 in the rain. “(Joslynn) tied her personal best and she said she really struggled with her hybrids today,” explained Perreault, “which she uses a lot so we’re going to have to figure that out, but her putter was on fire today. She had lots of one-putts and when you can do that, you’re saving strokes.” Danielle Boyle turned in the third-best scorecard for the Pirates with a 90. “Dani registered her first score in the 90s, she’s either been in the 80s or over 100,” noted Perreault. “She was actually fairly pleased that it didn’t blow up on her all the way. She certainly knows that she could have been in the 80s, but it’s one of those things where today it just didn’t happen for her.” Hannah Street rounded out the four submitted scores for the Pirates with an impressive 95 considering the difficult conditions. “That’s a tie for her personal best,” added Perreault, “she was doing a nice job as well. For her, she’s not extremely long off the tee, so she has to make up for it by being straight and by having a good short game and that’s exactly what she was able to do today.” Bailey Cameron was pleased with her performance for Crookston after shooting her best career round, turning in a 96. “This is her second round where she’s been in the 90s added Perreault, so she feels very good about the direction her game is going in.” Given the difficult weather, Perreault was pleased the Pirates were able to overcome the adversity with a tournament victory, “heading into the last week of the regular season to win today should give us some confidence moving forward.”

Crookston returns to the links on Monday for the East Grand Forks Invitational at the Valley Golf Course beginning at 9:30 AM, before competing in the Pre-Sub Section Meet at Blueberry Golf Course in Park Rapids on Tuesday at 10 AM. 
 

Roseau Invitational     Crookston  

1. Crookston

354

 

Ally Tiedemann 82
2. Roseau 388  

Joslynn Leach

87
3. East Grand Forks 389  

Danielle Boyle

90
4.Bemidji 405   Hannah Street 95
5. Thief River Falls 425   Bailey Cameron 96
      Sophia Rezac 121
Top Individuals        
1. Ally Tiedemann - Crox 82      
2. Brooke Filipi - EGF 85      
3. Joslynn Leach - Crox 87      

 

 



THURSDAY - MAY 17,  2018

CROOKSTON REDS WIN HOME OPENER WITH STRONG BULLPEN PERFORMANCE TO OUTLAST THE FARGO METS

Early rainfall wasn’t enough to dampen the performance of the Crookston Reds in their home-opening victory over the Fargo Mets 7-4 in a game played at Jim Karn Field.
The Fargo Mets started the first inning with three straight base hits to take a 1-0 lead against Crookston starting pitcher Aaron Hollcraft. The former Pirate and current Golden Eagles pitcher settled in after the opening inning to strike out nine batters. Crookston tied the game in the third inning when Cody Magsam reached on an error by the Mets pitcher. Magsam advanced to third base following an errant pickoff throw towards first base. He’d come home to score the tying run from third base on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1 after three innings. Bailey Schmitz opened the bottom of the fourth inning with his second base hit of the game for the Reds. Cody Wardner followed with a single to move Schmitz to second base. An error by the shortstop allowed Schmitz to advance to third base, where he would score from on an RBI single by Dave Grabowski to give the Reds a 2-1 lead. Tanner Reinhart continued the Crookston rally with an RBI single to score Wardner before Logan Forseth reached on a fielder’s choice plating Grabowski and giving the Reds a 4-1 lead after four innings. The Mets tied the game in the fifth inning, but Cody Magsam stranded the leading runner at third base with a strikeout against the lone batter he faced. Magsam fell in line for the win in his 0.1 inning. “That was kind of a freakish kind of moment,” explained player/co-manager Rob Silvers. “I went out and talked to Aaron (Hollcraft) and he said, ‘I’m feeling great,’ and then a batter later he’s pretty much done. I had one guy in the bullpen and he wasn’t ready to throw so I had to bring Cody in from centerfield.” A walk followed by a hit-by-pitch opened the fifth inning rally for the Reds. Dave Grabowski singled into right field to score Joey Koenig followed by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Bailey Schmitz to plate Tanner Reinhart giving the Crookston Reds a 6-4 lead. “I think we did a good job with good, quality at-bats and that’s huge for us,” explained Silvers. The Reds added one insurance run in the bottom of the seventh which proved more than enough for relief pitcher Lars Brevik, who tossed four innings and allowed just three hits and no runs while striking out seven to earn the save as the Reds won their home opener 7-4. “That’s a nice comeback from Lars,” added Silvers. “Lars struggled quite a bit last year. He was just uncomfortable on the mound and often tired from working a lot of night shifts. For him to come out and have a strong performance on the mound is big for us and something to build on going forward.”

The Reds improve to 1-1 and will travel for a pair of weekend games beginning on Saturday at 1:30 PM in Deer Creek against the Wadena Deer Creek Shockers before journeying to Bemidji to take on the Blue Ox at 1:30 PM on Sunday.  Fargo drops to 0-1 on the year.



Dave Grabowksi hits the ball in one of his at bats     Cody Magsam with a bunt in one of his at bats

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fargo Mets 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 10 4
Crookston Reds 0 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 - 7 9 2



Cody Wardner with one of his two hits with this swing

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft - Crox 4.2 7 4 4 2 9
Cody Magsam - Crox (WP) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1
Lars Brevik - Crox 4.0 3 0 0 0 7


Bailey Schmitz beat the throw and tag as he slides into third base

For Crookston -
Dave Grabowksi - 3-4, 2 rbi, run
Tanner Reinhart - 2-3, 3 rbi
Cody Wardner - 2-4, 2 runs
Bailey Schmitz - 2-4, 2 runs


 

 

PIRATE BOYS TRACK COMPETES IN ADA-BORUP INVITATIONAL

The Crookston Pirate Boys Track team finished fifth place out of 16 teams in a lightning shortened track meet at the Ada-Borup Invitational in Ada.  East Grand Forks won the meet with 68 points, 26 better than Ada-Borup/Norman County West.   The Girls division was won by Thief River Falls with a 50 points, four points better than East Grand Forks.
The boys teams completed five running events and three field events before the meet was halted because of lightning in the area.
Crookston was led by Mason Wang with a first place finish in the 100 meter dash.  "We are hoping Mason is back and healthy," said Pirate Coach Wayne Folkers. "We are excited to have Mason back after the injury and he ran well."
The Pirate 4x200 Relay team of Noah Kiel, Josh Bernia, Lukas Meier, and Mason Wang finished second after a good race. "It was a good race.  It was our best time of the year and we didn't have good handoffs," said Coach Folkers. "We will have to work on our handoffs if we want to push East Grand Forks."  The 4x800 relay team finished fourth place. "That is a very young team that is running," said Coach Folkers. "The guys are seeing they could be a pretty good team in the future."
Crookston had two seventh place finishes with Ben Brantner in the 1600 meters and Jaden Lubarski in the 110 hurdles. "Ben ran well and he has been running well all year long and he seems to keep cutting his times," said Coach Folkers. "Jaden was just a little off and wasn't happy with his performance.  It seemed like he was a quarter of a step off, but he still finished seventh."
The Pirates will travel to East Grand Forks on Thursday for the Sub-section track meet. "I was happy with where we were and how the guys competed," said Coach Folkers. "We are looking forward to getting ready for the Sub-Section meet next week."

Boys Team - Points   Girls Team - Points
1. East Grand Forks 68   1. Thief River Falls 50
2. Ada-Borup/NCW 42   2. East Grand Forks 46
3. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 36   3. Park Christian 43
4. Clearbrook-Gonvick 32   4. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 41.5
5. Crookston 28   5. Barnesville 40
6. Fertile-Beltrami 24.5   6. Red Lake County 34
7. United Clay-Becker 23   7. United Clay-Becker 33
8. Thief River Falls 14   8. West Marshall 30.5
9. Red Lake County 11   9. Fertile-Beltrami 23
10. West Marshall 9   10. Ada-Borup/NCW 17
16 teams recorded points     14 teams recorded points  

 

Pirate (Top 7 placers) Event Result Place
Mason Wang 100 meters 11.58 1st
Noah Kiel, Josh Bernia,
Lukas Meier, Mason Wang
4x200 Relay 1:36.81 2nd
Ben Brantner, Andrew MacGregor,
Cameron Weiland, Ben Andringa
4x800 Relay 9:01.92 4th
Jaden Lubarski 110 Hurdles 19:09 7th
Ben Brantner 1600 meters 4:57.15 7th

FOR ALL THE RESULTS FROM THE MEET, CLICK HERE

 


 

UMC BASEBALL PLAYER AND EGF PRODUCT, REED HJELLE NAMED ALL-REGION

University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) baseball player Reed Hjelle (Jr., 1B, East Grand Forks) has been named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II All-Central Region First Team as announced Wednesday, May 16. Hjelle is the second player in school history to earn All-Region honors, joining Kenny Perez who was selected an NCBWA All-Central Region Second Team and D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team in 2016.

Hjelle advances on to NCBWA All-America consideration. No UMC baseball player has ever earned All-America honors.

Hjelle was the first UMC student-athlete to earn NSIC Player of the Year honors for baseball. He finished his junior season by hitting .436 on the season with 38 runs scored, 19 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs and 50 RBIs. Hjelle led the NSIC in batting average (at least 100 at-bats), hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He was second in the league for RBIs and triples. Hjelle performed well in NSIC play as he hit .389 with 11 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 22 RBIs. He was a two-time NSIC Player of the Week selection. In addition, Hjelle earned National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA) Central Region Player of the Week March 16 after hitting .643 with nine runs, four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 14 RBIs in seven games during Minnesota Crookston's trip to Florida for spring training baseball. Hjelle finished the season ninth in NCAA Division II for batting average, 18th for hits, 16th for total bases and 18th for slugging percentage.

Hjelle is competing this summer for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League, one of the premier collegiate summer wood bat leagues.

 

 

 

UMC HAS 28 STUDENT-ATHLETES ON THE NSIC SPRING ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department had 28 student-athletes named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Spring All-Academic team as announced by the league office. The Golden Eagles have increased their total of student-athletes on the NSIC Spring All-Academic by three after having 25 student-athletes earn recognition in 2016 and 2017.

Minnesota Crookston was represented by 10 baseball players, eight softball players, five men’s golfers, three women’s golfers, and two women’s tennis players.

Baseball-
Nate Albrecht (So., Wahpeton, N.D.), Jason Angelo (Sr., Manteca, Calif.), Mitchell Bornhauser (Sr., Northfield), Jayden Grover (So., Cooperstown, N.D.), Parker Hanson (Jr., Hawley), Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks), Aaron Hollcraft (Jr., Crookston), Wyatt Huso (Sr., Eagan), Ethan Mushitz (Sr., East Grand Forks) and Justin Yutrzenka (So., Arygle).

Softball-
Victoria Bayliss (Sr., West Bloomfield, Mich.), Caroline Bjorge (So., Prior Lake), Jenna Boardman (Sr., Genoa, Wis.), Mikayla Jones (Jr., Huxley, Iowa), Kassidy Klaphake (Sr., Cold Spring), Maggie Morales (Jr., Tucson, Ariz.), Paige Pitlick (So., Jordan), and Sam Rarick (Jr., East Grand Forks) were selected from the softball team.

Men’s Golf-
Eric Gullicks (Sr., Finley, N.D.), Ethan Johnson (Jr., Roseau), T’mone Kleindl (Sr., Graceville),  Ben Koisti (Jr., Lake Norden, S.D.), and Ricky Phillips (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.).

Women’s Golf-
McKenzie Harris (Jr., Nevis), Ashlee Humble (Sr., Rosemount) and Natasha Maninga (Sr., Menahga) were selected from the women’s golf team.

Women’s Tennis -
Reanne Erickson (Jr., Fargo, N.D.) and Whitney Erickson (Sr., Spring Valley).

To be eligible for this honor, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better. Furthermore, the athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her/his institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.

The Golden Eagles had 69 student-athletes honored on the 2017-18 NSIC All-Academic Teams. Minnesota Crookston has increased their recipients substantially over the last two seasons as they had 60 student-athletes honored on the 2016-17 NSIC All-Academic Teams and 52 on the 2015-16 NSIC All-Academic squads.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - MAY 16, 2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE BOYS TENNIS RECEIVES THE FIFTH SEED FOR THE SECTION TOURNEY

The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team received the fifth seed in the Section 8A Boys Tennis team tournament.  The team tournament begins in Thief River Falls on Monday, May 21.
Crookston will play Detroit Lakes at 10:00 a.m. in the first round with the doubles matches at Franklin Middle School and the singles matches at the Englestad courts.  The winner of that match will play #1 seed Thief River Falls.

Team seeds - For the team bracket click here.
1. Thief River Falls
2. Perham
3. East Grand Forks
4. Detroit Lakes
5. Crookston
6. Minnewaska Area
7. Fergus Falls

Individual seeds for Crookston - (Tournament starts Tuesday around Noon)

Singles - For the singles bracket click here.
Nick Garmen is the #4 seed and will play #14 seed Conner Froke of Detroit Lakes in the first round.
Jack Garmen is the #13 seed and will play the #3 seed Carter Cresap of Perham in the first round.

Doubles - For the doubles bracket click here.
Blake Fee and Logan Wardner are the #3 seed and will play #14 seed Justin Smerer/Justin Marciniak of EGF in the first round
Tanner Janorschke and Brandon Boetcher are the #9 seed and will play #8 seed Parker Anderson/Carter Krier of EGF in the first round.

   





 

 

TUESDAY - MAY 15,  2018

PIRATE SOFTBALL WINS THEIR FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR WITH A 20-15 VICTORY OVER THE NORTHERN FREEZE

The Crookston Pirate Softball team scored a season-high 20 runs on 22 walks/hit-by-pitches to win their first game of the season 20-15 over the Northern Freeze in a non-section game played on Senior Day at the Donnie Lauf Memorial/American Legion Softball Field in Crookston.

 


Pirate Seniors - Brelee Jobe, Amy Follette and Jaeden Lizakowski
 
Five walks and three errors against the Crookston in the top of the first inning allowed the Northern Freeze to take a 5-0 lead in the opening frame, but the Pirates battled back in the bottom of the first inning. After the lead-off batter grounded out, Emma Boll walked before Jasmin Hanson reached on an error. Back-to-back wild pitches scored both runners followed by a Jaeden Lizakowski walk. Allie Love followed with Crookston’s third walk of the inning, with two wild pitches scoring Lizakowski and moving Love to third base for Jenna Coauette. Coauette provided the Pirates with their first hit of the game into left field to score Love and cut the deficit down to 5-4 with still just one out in the inning. “Every time she’s up there, she’s swinging confidently and making solid contact,” said Crookston head coach Robbe Nessler. “As long as she can keep doing that she’s going to stay in the line-up.” The first inning rally continued with six more walks issued and three more wild pitches allowing the Pirates to take the lead 8-5 after the first inning. “Both of their pitchers were young and inexperienced, and I didn’t tell any of our players to take a pitch, but both teams had quite a few walks tonight,” noted Nessler. “We ended up probably getting a few more and that’s why we ended up getting on base, so at the end of the day patience counted for us.” The Northern Freeze scraped across two more runs in the second inning before retaking the lead with a three-run third inning to push the visitors out in front 10-8. The Pirates countered in the bottom of the second inning behind three straight walks issued to Emma Boll, Jasmin Hanson, and Jaeden Lizakowski to load the bases with one out in the inning. A wild pitch score Boll and moved the other two runners into scoring position before a second straight wild pitch into the screen scored both Handson and Lizakowski to give Crookston an 11-10 lead. “There were a couple of girls where I gave them the single to let (a pitch) come by and a number of those ended up in four-pitch walks,” said Nessler. “At the end of the day, we loaded up the bases a number of times and a lot of passed balls on their part, so an ugly way to win, but we’re going to take it at this point.” Jasmin Hanson would return for a second inning in the circle and manage to give up just three walks in five innings for the Pirates in relief. The Northern Freeze regained the lead with a four-run fourth inning to move ahead 14-11. Crookston countered with two runs in the fourth inning on three straight hits to load the bases with Amber Cymbaluk driving home Brelee Jobe and Jasmin Hanson walking with the bases loaded to score Cymbaluk and cut the deficit to 14-13. Crookston regained the lead for good in the fifth inning on five free-passes as well as one error to grow the lead to 16-14 with Emma Boll and Jaeden Lizakowski both walking in runs with the bases loaded. The visitors would plate one run in the top of the sixth inning, but the Pirates answered with four insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jenna Coauette opened the inning with a walk before Amy Follette singled. With runners at first and second, an errant throw home from the third baseman allowed both runners to score when Maddi Salentine chopped a fielder’s choice down the line, before scoring herself on a wild pitch to grow the Crookston lead to 20-15 heading into the final inning. “I told them at the beginning of the inning, ‘we need to get some insurance runs because with the way the season has gone for us you just never know,’” said Nessler. “They did it so hats off to the girls tonight.” Kasey Cwikla recorded the final three putouts of the game for the Pirates at third base in the seventh and final inning as Crookston closed out their first win of the season 20-15 with Jasmin Hanson earned the victory in the circle. “She kept us in it,” explained Nessler, “she came in and gave us some solid relief innings, Jasmin’s game is pitching to contact and that’s what she did tonight. She’s not going to overpower hitters, she’s going to make our defense work and the defense did make the plays behind her.”
 

Crookston’s first win of the season highlighted the senior day for Crookston’s three players in their final season according to the Pirates’ head coach, “they were all pumped. Obviously, without a win this year the girls kept their spirits up and their heads high, but you play to win at the end of the day so it’s fun to be able to walk away with a win, especially on senior night. 
The Pirates improve to 1-15 and will return to the diamond on Thursday to take on Red Lake County Central at 4:30 PM in Crookston. Northern Freeze falls to 2-11. 

 


      Jaeden Lizakowski puts the ball in play    Emma Boll scores the first Pirate run of the game
 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Northern Freeze 5 2 3 4 0 1 0 15 11 3
Crookston 8 0 3 2 3 4 X 20 7 5


Amy Follette slides across home plate to score one of the Pirate runs

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Jenna Coauette - Crookston 2.0 1 9 5 11 3
Jasmin Hanson -Crookston 4.0 10 6 5 3 3
Eylie Homme - NF 0.1 1 8 7 6 0
Brooke Fredrickson - NF 5.2 6 9 7 16 10

For Crookston
Jenna Coauette – 2-3, 3 runs, rbi
Amber Cymbaluk – 2-4, 4 runs, rbi, walk

For Northern Freeze
Sydney Barth – 3-5, 2 run, rbi
Samantha Krohn – 2-3, 3 rbi, run
Tessa Anderson – 2-4, run
Shelby Wagner – 2-4, rbi, 2 runs

 

 

PIRATE BOYS TENNIS BEAT EAST GRAND FORKS AND FERGUS FALLS

The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team wrapped up the regular season section matches with a sweep of the Crookston Triangular when they beat East Grand Forks 4-3 and Fergus Falls 6-1 in matches played on a hot and windy afternoon at the Crookston High School Tennis courts.

Crookston vs East Grand Forks-
The Pirates won the first doubles match in about 25 minutes when Blake Fee and Logan Wardner beat up on their opponents for a 6-0 6-3 victory. “Blake and Logan really play well together and they made quick work of their opponent,” said Pirate Coach Cody Brekken. “They played a solid match and made quick work of it, which was nice to see.” East Grand Forks won the first, second and third singles matches to take a 3-1 lead with the fourth singles, second and third doubles teams playing in the third set in each match.  Logan Schultz lost his first set 6-1, but bounced back to win the next two sets, 6-4, and 10-8 to win his fourth singles match.  “Logan always seems to have those competitive three set matches,” said Coach Brekken. “He had a slow start, before he started playing some good tennis and that was a nice win.”  The second doubles team of Tanner Janorschke and Brandon Boetcher, two first year players, won their match in three sets with a 10-7 victory in the third set. “Brandon and Tanner were out there a long time,” said Coach Brekken. “They played hard and it took a lot out of them on the hot day, but they didn’t give up and finished strong.”  The fourth and final win for the Pirates came at third doubles when Dilon Owens and Evan Christianson won in three sets after losing the first set. “Dilon and Evan had two long matches today and they played hard and found a way to wear down their opponent,” said Coach Brekken. “They played well and the wind and heat didn’t seem to affect them to much.”
Coach Brekken was thrilled with his teams victory, especially after they lost to East Grand Forks on Thursday 5-2. “This was a big win for us.  I am proud of the guys and how hard they played and they didn’t seem to let the heat or the wind affect them,” said Coach Brekken. “We have Robert Janorschke back and the line up and that really helped with our depth and that helped us out today too.”


Nick Garmen with a forehand return in the East Grand Forks match

  Crookston-4 East Grand Forks-3 Winner Score
1st Singles Nick Garmen Benjamin Kern EGF 6-1, 6-2
2nd Jack Garmen Blake Felch EGF 6-2, 6-1
3rd Robert Janorschke Carter Krier EGF 6-2, 6-2
4th Logan Schultz Derek Urness Crox 1-6, 6-4, 10-8
1st doubles Blake Fee
Logan Wardner

Tucker Brown
Justin Marciniak

Crox 6-0, 6-3
2nd Tanner Janorschke
Brandon Boetcher
Parker Anderson
Justus Gauss
Crox 6-3, 4-6, 10-7
3rd Dilon Owens
Evan Christianson
Justin Smerer
Bryce Huot
Crox 5-7, 6-1, 10-6


                 Evan Christianson with a forehand return


Crookston vs Fergus Falls -
The Pirates won all three doubles matches and won three of the four singles matches to beat the Fergus Falls Otters 6-1. 
Crookston’s three singles wins came in straight sets with Nick Garmen and Logan Wardner cruising to easy victories at first and second singles respectively.  “Nick and Logan played some good tennis,” said Coach Brekken. “They came out strong and had some quick matches.”  Tanner Janorschke won his third singles match in straight sets.  “Tanner has played a lot of doubles for us this year and he played a good match at singles today,” said Coach Brekken.
All three doubles teams won their matches for the Pirates, but it wasn’t as easy as the singles victories.  Blake Fee and Jack Garmen won their first doubles match in three sets after losing their first set, they settled in and won the third set 12-10.  “Jack and Blake have only played together once this year and that was a while ago,” said Coach Brekken. “They started slow, but played well the rest of the way and won 12-10 in the third set for a nice win over Fergus Falls’ top two players.”  Brandon Boetcher and Robert Janorschke won their second doubles match 7-5, 6-3.  “They played well,” said Coach Brekken. “It was nice having Bobby back in the line up and teamed up with Brandon.  They make a great team.”  The sixth victory for the Pirates came at third doubles with Dilon Owens and Evan Christianson winning their second third set match of the day. “They had two long matches,” said Coach Brekken. “They had a great day and it seemed like they came up with big points when they needed them.”
Coach Brekken was happy that his team finished section play with two victories. “We played some good tennis today,” said Coach Brekken. “We had as full of a line up as we will likely have this year and we had two nice wins.  They guys didn’t let the heat and wind affect them too much and they played some good tennis.  They were two good wins for us.”
Crookston improves to 5-12 in duals on the year and will travel to East Grand Forks on Thursday and play Moorhead in the last match of the regular season.  
The Section 8A Seeding meeting will be held in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday at 11:00 AM.  Crookston is probably looking at a fourth of fifth seed.


Robert Janorschke with a forehand return vs EGF

  Crookston-6 Fergus Falls - 1 Winner Score
1st Singles Nick Garmen Caleb Danielson Crox 6-0, 6-0
  Logan Wardner Joe Connelly Crox 6-1, 6-0
  Tanner Janorschke Connor Ackerson Crox 6-1, 6-3
4th Logan Schultz Matt Niblock FF 6-2, 6-4
1st doubles Blake Fee
Jack Garmen
Noah Tarczon
Maverc Kalenberg
Crox 5-7, 6-4, 12-10
2nd Brandon Boetcher
Robert Janorschke
Isaac Ahlgren
Ian Richards
Crox 7-5, 6-3
3rd Dilon Owens
Evan Christianson
Colton Partain
Blake Schuetzle
Crox 6-1, 3-6, 10-4

 

 

PIRATE BOYS GOLF WINS THE EAST GRAND FORKS INVITE

The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team won the four team East Grand Forks Invitational at the Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks.  Crookston won the meet with a 319, one stroke better than runner-up Thief River Falls and two strokes better the Roseau.  "We got ourselves back into Northwest Minnesota play after the weekend over at the Quarry," said Pirate Coach Steve Kofoed.  "The holes are a little more forgiving here and we got ourselves the first place and we weren't golfing in perfect fashion, but we were able to post some quality scores for our top three guys."
Crookston was led, once again, by Ben Trostad with a 75, three strokes behind the medalist, Nate Deziel of East Grand Forks.  "He only hit four greens today, but he was able to chip in on holes 10 and 11 and holed out from about 35 yards out for a birdie, birdie stretch," said Coach Kofoed. "Be only had 22 putts and was able to grind and turned in a pretty good score for himself."
Trey Christopherson and Ethan Magsam shot a 78 and 80 respectively. "Ethan said he felt like he played horrible.  He felt like he left a few shots out there, but it is a good thing that he is disappointed with an 80, he expects to be in the low to mid-70's," said Kofoed. "I was happy with Trey's ability to back up his good play from the weekend and he kept his steady play."
The Pirates were happy with a win over their rivals. "It was nice to get the victory," said Coach Kofoed. "We will have a couple days of practice and get ready to go back to Bemidji."
Crookston will travel to the Bemidji Town and Country Course for a two day pre-section meet on Friday and Saturday.

East Grand Forks Invite     Crookston  

1. Crookston

319

 

Ben Trostad 75
2. Thief River Falls 320   Trey Christopherson 78
3. Roseau 321   Ethan Magsam 80
4. East Grand Forks 336   Brock Heppner 86
      Jack Ricord 87
Top Individuals     Easton Tangquist 91
1. Nate Deziel - EGF 72      
2. Ben Trostad - Crox 75      
3. Gus Vatnsdal - Ros 76      

 

 

 

PIRATE BASEBALL SWEPT IN A DOUBLE HEADER IN WARROAD

The Crookston Pirate Baseball team led 9-5 going into the sixth inning, but gave up eight runs in the sixth inning and lost 13-10 in game one and they lost 10-0 to the Warroad Warriors in the second game of a double header played in Warroad.

Game One -
The Pirates started the scoring with five runs in the second inning.  Drew Dragseth and Tim Parr walked and scored on a Jade Selzler double for a 2-0 lead.  Jacob Miller and Cade Salentine walked and Selzler scored on a pass ball and two more runs scored on a Leyton Salentine single for a 5-0 lead.  Warroad answered with two runs in the third before Crookston added two runs in the top of the fourth inning when Miller walked and Cade Salentine singled.  Both base runners scored on pass balls for a 7-2 lead.  Warroad answered with two more runs with a two run home run in the bottom of the inning and the Pirate lead was 7-4.  Crookston answered with two more runs in the top of the fifth inning when Selzler reached on an error and Miller singled.  Cade Salentine followed with a single to score a run and Leyton Salentine singled to score another run for a 9-4 lead.  Warroad score a run in the fifth and after a Pirate pitching change, the Warriors scored eight runs in the sixth inning to take a 13-9 lead.  Crookston tried to mount a rally in the seventh and Gavin Salem reached on an error and scored on a pass ball, but that is all the Pirates would score in a 13-10 loss to Warroad.  "We had a lot of good at bats and finally scored some runs," said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. "But the pitching couldn't close the deal."

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Crookston 0 5 0 2 2 0 1 10 6 1
Warroad 0 0 2 2 1 8 - 13 12 3

 

Pitching

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Leyton Salentine - Crox

5.0 6 5 5 2 12
Jackson Seibel - Crox (LP) 1.0 6 8 7 1 2

For Crookston
Cade Salentine - 2-4, 2 runs, rbi
Leyton Salentine - 2-5, 3 rbi's, stolen base
Jacob Miller - 1-1, 3 runs, 2 walks

 

GAME TWO-
The Crookston Pirates looked like they were going to continue to play well offensively when Cade and Leyton Salentine led off the game with back-to-back hits, but the next three batters were retired and the threat was over.  Warroad quickly opened up a lead with a four run bottom of the first inning.  The first two Warroad batters were retired, but the next batter tripled and the Warriors followed with a home run for a 2-0 lead.  They added two more runs and took a 4-0 lead after one inning.  Warroad scored another run in the second inning after a walk, hit and an error for a 5-0 lead.  The Warriors scored a run in the third inning with a walk, a stolen base, an error and a pass ball for a 6-0 lead after three innings.  Warroad added four more runs in the fourth inning for a 10-0 lead.  Crookston didn't record a hit after the first two batters of the game and committed three errors and and lost 10-0. "We didn't have any arms," said Coach Bakken. "Some of our pitchers have sore arms so we tried to put something together and it didn't work."
Crookston drops to 2-13 on the year and will travel to Greenbush on Thursday to play Badger-Greenbush-Middle River at 4:30 p.m.  KROX will have the game on the radio with the RiverView Health pre-game show at 4:00 p.m.  Warroad improves to 7-4 on the year.

  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Crookston 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Warroad 4 1 1 4 - 10 10 2

 

Pitching

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Tim Parr - Crox  (LP)

0.2 4 4 3 0 0
Alex LaFrance - Crox 2.1 2 2 0 4 0
Jade Selzler - Crox 2.0 4 4 4 4 0

For Crookston
Cade Salentine - 1-3
Leyton Salentine 1-3

 

 

 

 

MONDAY - MAY 14, 2018

ERRORS PROVE COSTLY AS CROOKSTON PIRATES BASEBALL FALLS TO WIN-E-MAC

The Crookston Pirates baseball team was charged with five errors resulting in seven of eight Win-E-Mac runs being unearned as the Patriots topped the Pirates 8-4 in a non-section game played at Jim Karn Field.

Brady Butt started on the mound for Crookston and pitched a clean first inning to open the game. Cade Salentine reached on one of the Pirates’ four hits in the bottom of the first off of Emelian Hanson but was stranded at second base to end the first inning. “Timely hits didn’t come again,” noted Crookston head coach Mitch Bakken. “They had a couple bloopers that scored a couple runs for them and we just can’t, at some point, I hope we get rewarded.” The Patriots scored their first run of the game following a pair of errors on one play to give the visitors a 1-0 lead after two innings. One more error on a double-steal cleared the bases for Win-E-Mac in the top of the third inning to grow the Patriots lead to 3-0. Brady Butt provided Crookston’s only two hits from the second through the fourth inning, while continuing to dial up outs on the mound. The top of the fifth inning began with a bunt for a base hit by Kobe Hamre followed by an infield error to get runners on first and second base. A strikeout was followed by another error to load the bases before Mikah Olson blooped a single into shallow, right field to plate two runs and give the Patriots a 5-0 lead. “Brady threw really, really well,” said Bakken. “I know he was frustrated out there, but there was nothing he could do except go out there and throw strikes. He deserved better than that.” Two more hits resulted in two more runs for the visitors allowing Win-E-Mac to take a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning. Crookston rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning beginning with a hit-by-pitch into the left-shoulder of Cade Salentine followed by a walk issued to Leyton Salentine to open the inning. Gavin Salem singled to load the bases before Alex LaFrance grounded into a fielder’s choice allowing Cade Salentine to score to cut the deficit to 7-1. Leyton Salentine scored during Drew Dragseth’s at-bat following a wild pitch to the backstop to close the gap to 7-2. Drew Dragseth walked to put runners on first and third base before Brady Butt grounded out to score LaFrance from third base to complete the three-run fifth inning with Crookston trailing 7-3. “No matter what the score is, I want them doing certain things,” explained Bakken. “Alex got a pitch that he could put in play, and obviously we were going on anything that hit the ground, so it was good to hustle and read that ball to get in there. Some of those things that you do right, no matter what the score is, it’s nice to see and we want to keep working out it no matter what the score is.” The Patriots added their final run in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI groundout to grow their lead to 8-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. “(Brady) is a big strong kid and if you can get a pitch middle-in and get the bat out and get out in front of it, he’s strong and can hit the ball and he’s one of those kids that sits there and learns and listens and that’s what he did today and was rewarded for it.” Crookston’s Drew Dragseth walked for his third time in the game with one out in the inning and was able to score from first base on a dropped fly ball in left field with two outs in the inning, but that would prove to be the Pirates’ final run of the game as Win-E-Mac hung on for an 8-4 win. The five defensive errors charged against the Pirates left their head coach disappointed, “the coaches got here, and the managers got here and none of the gear had been taken out and it’s just disappointing. We had a bunch of guys in the dugout that weren’t willing to pick up teammates and just kind of sit around and we’re fifteen minutes behind schedule. Win-E-Mac gets here and in ten minutes there already dressed and out doing whiffle balls. That’s a big difference and I told the guys after the game, that’s probably why we’ve lost the last five or six games is just getting out and being ready to play.”

Crookston falls to 2-11 and will travel to Warroad on Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 4 PM. Win-E-Mac improves to 7-7.


        Walker Winjum hits the ball to centerfield in one of his at bats

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Win-E -Mac 0 1 2 0 4 0 0 8 10 2
Crookston 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 4 5


Brady Butt with a pitch in the fifth inning    Leyton Salentine throws to first base

Pitching

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Brady Butt  - Crookston

5.0 8 7 0 1 6
Tim Parr - Crookston 2.0 2 1 1 1 2

Emelian Hanson - Win-E-Mac

5.0 4 3 3 7 5
Alex Jacobson - Win-E-Mac 2.0 0 1 0 2 0


Alex LaFrance fields a bunt and throws to first base as Tim Parr looks on

For Crookston
Brady Butt – 2-4, rbi
Cade Salentine - 1-3, run, stolen base

For  Win – E- Mac
Emelian Hanson – 2-3, rbi  
Dustin Osland – 2-4, 2 runs
Mikah Olson – 2-4, 2 rbi, run                                                                                             

    





SATURDAY - MAY 12,  2018

CROOKSTON PIRATE BOYS GOLF PLAYING IN THIEF RIVER FALLS AND VIRGINIA INVITES

The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team sent two teams to different events again and the top team finished fifth place out of 21 teams at Quarry Golf Course near Virginia in the Virginia Invitational and the other team finished sixth place out of eight teams at the Thief River Falls Invite.

Virginia Invitational-
Ben Trostad (pictured right with his sixth place medal) shot a 76 and 80 for a total of 156 to finish sixth place in the 21 team invitational.  "Pen had a pretty good weekend," said Pirate Coach Steve Kofoed. "He parred 15, one of the toughest holes, then he struggled on the next hole and finished out the first nine before he got himself going on the back nine.  He said he has to work on his putting, but he had a pretty good weekend on a tough course."  Ethan Magsam improved his score by seven strokes in the second round for a two day total of 161. "Ethan got off to a good start," said Coach Kofoed. "He got himself going on the back nine.  He played 27, of the 36 holes, pretty solid and he has to find a way to make sure the bad hole isn't to big."  Jack Ricord shot an 87 and 86 for a 173 and was consistent on his drives.  "Jack played pretty good again today," said Coach Kofoed. "He was consistent on his drives and that frustrated his opponents because they were looking for their ball off the drive and Jack was always right down the middle of the fairway." 
Coach Kofoed was happy with his teams performance on a challenging course. "Pins were in easy spots today and we made some of the holes tougher than they were.  We need to find a way to play par fives better," said Coach Kofoed. "It was another good day and we saw some good shots and it was nice to put up a similar score as yesterday."
We hope to have the final team results soon.

Virginia Invitational Day 1 Day 2 Total   Crookston Day 1 Day 2 Total

1. Eveleth Gilbert

317 328

645

  Ben Trostad 76 80 156
2. Cloquet 330 318 648   Ethan Magsam 84 77 161
3. Duluth  East 331 332 662   Jack Ricord 87 86 173
4. Hermantown 333 327 660   Brock Heppner 84 91 175
5. Crookston 331 334 665   Quinn Westlake 98 101 199
6.Virginia 332 334 666   Lukas Andringa 104 107 211
7. Woodbury 341 329 670          
8. Northwoods 344 332

676

  Top Individuals      
9. Willmar 346 334 334   1. Brady Raph - PRB 79 70 149
10. Superior 339 351 690   2. Tate Olson - NW 79 74 153
11. GNK 348 344 692   3. Sam Baker - CL 75 79 154
12. Hibbing 344 355

699

  4. Cody Stanisich-EG 78 76 154
13. International Falls 351 349 700   5. Gordan Skaar - GNK 77 79 156
21 teams are competing         6. Ben Trostad - Crox 76 80 156


Roseau Invitational-
The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team shot a 332 and finished sixth place out of eight teams at the Roseau Invitational at Oak Creek Golf Course in Roseau.  The Roseau Rams won their own invite with a 305, five strokes better than East Grand Forks.  Nate Deziel of East Grand Forks shot an impressive 65 (six under par) to earn medalist honors. "He was five under par going into the last hole and had an eagle putt," said Pirate Coach Wes Hanson. "He missed the putt, but made the birdie and got the 65.  That is as good as a high school round you will see, during the regular season anyway."
Leading Crookston for the second straight day was Trey Christopherson with a 77.  "Trey finished off a solid weekend of golf and today he hit 13 greens in regulation," said Coach Hanson. "He had a solid round and was just out of the top five honors with a seventh place finish."   Easton Tangquist shot an 83 for a solid two days of golf. "Easton shot an 83 and it was another good day for him," said Coach Hanson. "He was pretty consistent and he is playing some pretty good golf right now."  The final two scores used to compile the team score came from Cam Harren with an 85 and Jaxon Wang with an 87. "We were hoping to have a better team score than yesterday and those two fought thought it today to get us lower at a 332," said Coach Hanson.  "I was proud of the way the guys played today."

Roseau Invitational     Crookston  

1. Roseau Green

305

 

Trey Christopherson 77
2. East Grand Forks 310   Easton Tangquist 83
3. Bemidji 314   Cam Harren 85
4. Thief River Falls 316   Jaxon Wang 87
5. Warroad 328   Lucas Winger 105
6. Crookston 332   Gavin Winger 118
7. Roseau White 375      
      Top Individuals  
      1. Nate Deziel - EGF 65
   

 

2. Gus Vatnsdal - Roseau 73
   

 

3. Aaron Meyers - TRF 74

 

 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL’S GOLF TEAM FINISHES IN NINTH PLACE IN STAPLES-MOTLEY INVITATIONAL


The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf Team finished in ninth place out of sixteen teams in the Cardinal Invitational hosted by Staples-Motley played at The Vintage Golf Course in Staples an event won by Detroit Lakes. Crookston shot 388 as a team, 57 strokes back of the Lakers, who boasted three of the top six individual rounds.

Crookston was led Joslynn Leach who cared an 89, good for 19th place individually out of 96 golfers. “I was very impressed with how Joslynn handled the (workload),” said Crookston head coach Jeff Perreault. “It was kind of a grinding round, obviously a couple of big numbers, but she fought back and put herself in good position for a good score. She showed that she really know how to handle herself around a golf course.” Hannah Street played a consistent round with a 47 on the front and 48 on the back for the team’s second-best round with a 95. “I think this was actually her personal best,” noted Perreault. “She keeps going in the right direction. She was around 100 in the beginning of the year. Yesterday at Fergus she had a 96, and this course played much tougher than Fergus Falls. She’s been our most consistent player. She’s not way up or way down.” Dani Boyle shot a 101 for the Pirates’ third-best round, while Bailey Cameron rounded out Crookston’s top four scores that counted towards the team competition with a 103. “I talked with Dani after the round and the thing we have to try and avoid is one big number that will set off a round as far as going in the wrong direction,” said Perreault. “I have not recorded a score for Dani in the 90s, its either been 80s or over 100. We’re working on not letting one hole dictate an entire round.  I thought it was a very good round for (Dani). She moved around the golf course really well and for some of these young kids, I would suspect it was their first time playing back-to-back 18-hole rounds. This was the most talented field that we’ve participated in this year. It was a very challenging golf course and day two of a weekend where you’re walking a lot of holes so you’re physically and mentally tired.”

Crookston will return to the links on Wednesday, May 16 to compete in the East Grand Forks Tri-Angular at Valley Golf Course with a 9:30 AM start time.
 

Staples-Motley Invitational     Crookston Score

1. Detroit Lakes

331

 

Joslynn Leach 89
2. Bemidji 339   Hannah Street 95
3. Alexandria 343   Dani Boyle 101
4. Minnewaska 350   Bailey Cameron 103
5. Staples-Motley 358   Sophia Rezac 124
6. Osakis 362   Samantha Sanders 129
7. Pequot Lakes 387      
8. Princeton 388   Top Individuals  
9. Crookston 388   1. Alayna Eldred - Osakis 72
10. Hermantown 395

 

2. Anna Cihak - DL 76
11. Elk River 405

 

3. Alix Peterson - SM 77
12. Pine River-Backus 416      
13. East Grand Forks 421      
14. Bemidji II 428      
15. Grand Rapids 468      

 

 






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