THURSDAY  -  APRIL 28, 2016


The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team used 17 different players and had no problems with the Detroit Lakes Lakers or the Park Rapids Panthers and beat them both by 7-0 scores in Section 8A matches at the Detroit Lakes triangular.

Nick Garmen with a serve   Andy Gregg with a return vs Park Rapids

Match One -
The Crookston Pirates started the day with a 7-0 victory over the Detroit Lakes Lakers.  Crookston will see a lot of different line ups this year and Detroit Lakes tried to load up their doubles putting their strongest players in doubles, but the Pirates had no problems with Elijah Phaiah and Jacob Roesch winning their first doubles match 6-4, 6-4.  Nick Garmen and Ian Johnson hit a lull in their second doubles match in the second set, but won 6-2, 7-5 and the third doubles team of Jake Widseth and Kazmir Adams won 6-2, 6-4.  The four singles players, Bobby Tiedemann, Andy Gregg, Matt Garmen, and Jordan Bengston dominated their matches and won by a total score of 48-1 to cruise to the 7-0 team victory.  “We played pretty well.  Our doubles players came up big and were able to win the match with them loading their doubles teams.  Our guys knew they were going to have to play well to win their match and they went out and won their matches so it was good for our doubles to see that competition,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “Our singles played well and took care of business and only lost one match so that was good to see them come out and play strong.”

CROOKSTON-7 Detroit Lakes-0 Winner Result
Bobby Tiedemann Garrett Knopf Crox 6-0, 6-0
Andy Gregg Isaac Howard Crox 6-0, 6-1
Matt Garmen Dawson Grimm Crox 6-0, 6-0
Jordan Bengtson Tanner Doppler Crox 6-0, 6-0
Elijah Phaiah 
Jake Roesch
Jon Richards
Trey Seebold
Crox 6-4, 6-4
Nick Garmen 
Ian Johnson
Jacob Pazdernik
Gabe Hanninen
Crox 6-2, 7-5
Jake Widseth 
Kazmir Adams
Austin Baker
Conner Froke
Crox 6-2, 6-4

Quentyn Haglund with a big forehand return vs Park Rapids

Match two -
In the second match of the day, Crookston beat Park Rapids 7-0 and the only close match came at fourth singles, where Logan Prudhomme started slow and picked up his play to finish strong in a three set victory to earn his first varsity win of the season.
The first three singles players of Bobby Tiedemann, Nick Garmen and Harrison Bjorgo won their matches by a combined 36-3 and the three doubles teams of Jake Widseth and Andy Gregg, second doubles of Quentyn Haglund and Tim Cymbaluk and the third doubles team of Tom Cymbaluk and Eric Sullivan won their matches by a combined 36-8 to solidify the 7-0 victory and triangular sweep.  “We had some kids playing their first varsity action of their career and some the first varsity match of the year so we were able to see some of them and it allowed us to have some more competitive matches,” said Coach Geffre. “It was a nice day to win both matches by 7-0 and we will take that and get ready for next week when we play Moorhead.”
Crookston improves to 9-0 in duals and will have a busy week next week when they host Moorhead on Tuesday and travel to Thief River Falls to play in the Northwest Quad (Bemidji, Thief River Falls, East Grand Forks) on Thursday, travel to Pine City for a dual on Friday and play in the Pine City Tournament on Saturday!
J.V./Jr. High - Crookston won 15-7

CROOKSTON-7 Park Rapids-0 Winner Result
Bobby Tiedemann Nick Porozinski Crox 6-0, 6-0
Nick Garmen Connor Shaw Crox 6-2, 6-0
Harrison Bjorgo Zach Nelson Crox 6-1,6-0
Logan Prudhomme Ashton Clark Crox 4-6, 6-1, 7-0
Jake Widseth 
Andy Gregg
Marcus McKeever
Bobby Bruce
Crox 6-3,6-0
Quentyn Haglund
Tim Cymbaluk
Nolan Booge
Evan Booge
Crox 6-1, 6-3
Tom Cymbaluk
Eric Sullivan
Kenny David
Kaleb Vang
Crox 6-1, 6-0

Tim Cymbaluk eyes down the ball on a return



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team beat the #22 ranked Augustana Vikings 7-6 in the first game of a Northern Sun Conference double header and lost 13-9 in the second game for a split of the double header played in Crookston.

                      The team huddles up after the 7-6 victory in the first game of the double header

GAME ONE - Box Score
The Golden Eagles scored four runs late for a come from behind 7-6 victory over the #22 ranked Augustana Vikings in a Northern Sun Conference game played in Crookston. “We’ve had great efforts all year and this might top them all,” said UMC Coach Steve Gust. “It was a matter of guys stepping up and making plays.  This is a big win for our program, don’t get me wrong we have a long way to go, but to come through against the best team of the NSIC it tells you a lot about our guys.”
Augustana started the scoring with a two out rally in the first inning taking advantage of a hit batter and back to back doubles for a 2-0 lead.
UMC responded with a run in the bottom of the inning with a two out rally of their own when Ryan Haggstrom (Sr. Apple Valley) walked and Kenny Perez (Sr. Orlando, FL) hit a double to score a run and the Golden Eagles trailed 2-1 after the first inning.
Augustana answered with two runs in the third inning when a Viking reached on an error and after a couple singles they led 4-1.  UMC, as they have all season long, battled back with two runs in the bottom of the inning when Jason Angelo (Soph. Manteca, Cal) was hit by a pitch, Colton Haight (Sr. Rogers) doubled and with runners at second and third Haggstrom singled to score a run and the second run scored on a balk to bring the Golden Eagles within a 4-3 deficit. 
Augustana added two more runs in the fourth inning for a 6-3 lead and shut down Crookston in the bottom of the inning.  UMC brought in Wyatt Huso (Soph. Eagan) and Cody Pamperin (Jr. Shakopee) pitched great in the fifth and sixth innings to shut down Augustana. 
UMC had another good inning in the fifth inning when Haight reached on a fielder’s choice to force a pitching change.  Haggstrom walked and Kenny Perez reached on a throwing error that allowed a run to score and Reed Hjelle (Fresh. East Grand Forks) singled to score another run and the Golden Eagles trailed 6-5.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Thomas Kinsella (Sr. North Branch) led off with a single and Zach Frazier (Soph. Grand Rapids) had a sacrifice bunt to move Kinsella to second base.  Patrick Higgins (Jr. Eagan) came in to pinch hit and came up with a huge rbi single to tie the game at six apiece. “The toughest thing to do in baseball is come off the bench,” said Coach Gust. “To come up to the plate and get the job done is tough.  Patrick was a starter for us last year and this year he comes off the bench and when his name was called he was ready.  I just can’t say enough about him.”  After a ground out for the second out of the inning, Haight singled to score a run and UMC took a 7-6 lead.  “It’s all about staying in the game and doing little things that add up to big things.  That is the kind of team we are, we aren’t going to out talent anybody we just need to do the little things to be successful,” said Coach Gust.
In the top of the seventh inning, UMC called the Northern Sun Conference saves leader, Zach Seipel (Fresh. Eagan), to pitch and he struck out the first two batters, walked the third batter and retired the next batter to get the 7-6 victory.  “We probably gave up to many walks and hit too many batters, but our pitchers made pitches when they had to and our defense was solid behind them.”
Crookston improves to 16-6 in the NSIC.

Luke Thoma with a pitch in the first game of the double header

GAME TWO - Box Score
To say UMC was fired up from the first game victory might be an understatement as the Golden Eagles scored six runs in the first inning.  The inning started with back to back hit batters and Haggstrom walked to load the bases.  Perez grounded out to score the first run of the game and Mushitz walked to reload the bases and Kinsella doubled to score two runs and Frazier singled to score two more for a 5-0 lead.  UMC added one more run on a Riley Thompson (Soph. Owatonna) doubled for a 6-0 lead after the first inning.
Augustana answered in the third inning with four runs on four hits while taking advantage of two UMC errors.
UMC answered in the bottom of the third inning when Mushitz doubled, Kinsella singled and Frazier singled to score a run.  Thompson followed with another big hit, this time a double for a 9-4 lead.
Augustana used a two run home run in the top of the fourth inning to cut the UMC lead to three runs (9-6).
The Vikings offense kept going in the fifth inning with an rbi double and they followed with another two run home run to tie the game at 9-9.
In the sixth inning, Augustana scored two more runs, this time on an error to take their first lead of the game at 11-9.  The scoring spree wasn't over as the Vikings added a run in the seventh inning with an rbi single and added some more insurance runs with a run in the eighth inning and another run in the ninth inning and held on for a 14-9 victory to earn the split.
UMC is 16-7 in the NSIC and 23-15 overall and will travel to Minot on Wednesday, May 4.  Augustana improves to 29-12 overall and 20-4 in the NSIC.

  Ethan Mushitz puts the ball in play in the first game of the double header



TUESDAY -  APRIL  26, 2016


The East Grand Forks Green Wave Softball team came into the game with a perfect 5-0 record and left with that unblemished record after they outscored the Crookston Pirates 15-3 in a Section 8AA game played at the Donnie Lauf/Crookston American Legion softball diamond in Crookston.
East Grand Forks started the scoring right away.  After the leadoff batter popped out to the catcher, Kayla Nelson was hit by a pitch and Grace Beck walked.  Nelson stole third base and scored on a sacrifice bunt by McKenzie Whalen and Beck scored on a throwing error and East Grand Forks led 2-0.  "It wasn't the start we wanted," said Pirate Coach Lariviere.
The Green Wave added four more runs in the second inning when Chloe Vonasek walked, Lauren Wolfe was hit by a pitch, Mallory Aitchinson walked to load the bases and Katie Steer and Megan Boman had back to back rbi walks for a 4-0 lead.  Nelson reached on a fielder’s choice and Grace Beck hit a two rbi double to give the Green Wave a 6-0 lead after two innings.  "We don't want to give them the easy runs like that and to get six runs on one hit is hard to come back from," said Coach Lariviere.
Crookston finally got their first hit of the game in the top of the third inning when Jaeden Lizakowski and Brooke Cymbaluk hit back to back triples to score a run to get within a 6-1 deficit. "I told the girls before I went out to third base I wanted to see them there," said Coach Lariviere. "Jaeden got the triple and said I am here.  I wasn't expecting a triple, but will take it and it was some good hitting." 
East Grand Forks responded with five runs on three hits while taking advantage of a Crookston error and a walk and a hit batter for an 11-1 lead.  Crookston had bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the fourth inning when Macy Strem and Desiree Ramirez singled and Emma Boll walked.  The next batter popped out to the catcher and the next two Pirates struck out and the Green Wave got out of a big jam.
East Grand Forks added some insurance runs with four runs in the fifth inning for a 15-1 lead.
Crookston tried to mount a comeback when Lizakowski started the bottom of the fifth inning with a single and Cymbaluk doubled.  Amanda Trandem followed with a ground out to third base to score a run and Macy Strem reached on an error to score another run, but the next two batters struck out and East Grand Forks held on to win 15-3.
Crookston drops to 2-7 on the year and will host Norman County on Friday.  East Grand Forks improves to 6-0.
J.V. – EGF won 17-0

Jaeden Lizakowski (left) and Brooke Cymbaluk get back to back triples on the swings above

East Grand Forks 2 4 0 5 4 15 6 2
CROOKSTON 0 0 1 0 2 3 6 3



Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Megan Boman - EGF 5.0 6 3 2 2 7
Kaitlyn Thingelstad - Crox 1.0 0 6 5 5 1
Macy Strem - Crookston 3.2 6 9 7 2 2
Jasmin Hanson - Crookston .1 0 0 0 1 0

For Crookston

Brooke Cymbaluk - 2-3, double, triple, run, rbi
Jaeden Lizakowski - 2-3, 2 runs

For East Grand Forks

Grace Beck - 3-3, 6 rbi's, 3 runs, walk
Kayla Nelson - 1-2, 2 runs






Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (DGF) scored eight times in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat the Crookston Pirates 13-1 in a game called because of the 10 run rule in a baseball game between two Section 8AA teams on a cold afternoon in Dilworth.
The games was fairly close most of the way with the Rebels getting out to a 5-0 lead after three innings as DGF smacked the ball pretty well and once on base were moving around pretty good with nine stolen bases in the game.  "They had a lot of double steals with a number of first and third situations," said Crookston head coach Mitch Bakken, "but they liked to move it around too."  Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton had 12 hits in the game even though Pirate pitcher Cody Wardner pitched well through four innings. "Cody threw just fine," said Bakken, "we threw the ball around a little bit and made Cody throw more pitches than he had to, but he had a good fast ball and curve, so that was good." Coming into the game, the Rebels were 5-0 and hadn't given up a run outscoring opponents 48-0 in those five games. Crookston was able to score their first run and the first run given up by D-G-F in the top of the fifth inning when Wardner singled in Dante Norris to make it a 5-1 lead for the Rebels.  "Dante singled and then went to second on a hit batter and then a error got him to third and Cody had a nice hit to bring him in."  Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton broke it open with the eight runs in the fifth as they hit the ball and the Pirates had some fielding problems as well and with two outs and Blake Kragness the Rebels outstanding player hit a three run homer to end the game at 13-1. "When we were lined up for the national anthem you looked across and they were all 5-9 to 6'3 and weighed from 160 to 220 pounds and throw in they are terrific athletes, I'm not sure we were ready for a top ranked team," said Bakken, "I think it came down to them wanting it more than we did. We are young and they had all seniors and a sophomore on their squad. Their pitcher was very good with a good fastball, threw a good slider and then later had a change up going, so we seen it all, but I thought we started to adjust at the plate as the game went on."  Crookston is now 4-5 on the season and after seven straight games on the road will get back home for a seven game home stretch starting with Bagley on Friday afternoon. "It will be nice to get back home," said Bakken. "We have picture day tomorrow so I hope Thursday is nice so we can have a good practice and get ready for Bagley."  Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton who are ranked 8th in the State Class AA polls improves to 6-0 on the season.

CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 3
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 1 3 1 0 8 13 12 1


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Wardner - Crookston 4.2 11 11 7 3 4
Tim Parr - Crookston 0.0 1 2 2 1 0
Gunnar Payne - D-G-F 5.0 5 1 1 1 7

For Crookston

Cody Wardner   3-3, rbi
Luke Froeber   1-1
Dante Norris    1-3, run

For Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
Blake Kragness   3-4, double, home run, 3 runs, 3 rbi
Cole Tahran   2-3,  2 rbi

Taylor Irwin   1-2, double



Was it the alleged snake on the loose?  Was it the first home track meet of the year?  Was it three days off before the meet?  Whatever it was the Crookston Pirate Boys Track team set 20 personal records (PR’s) and won the Crookston Pirate Invitational meet with 133 points, 25 points better than runner-up Norman County.  “I can’t remember a meet where we have ever had 20 PR’s in a meet.  I can only remember a meet where we had 10 PR’s in a meet,” said Pirate Boys Track Coach Wayne Folkers. “Not all the guys placed, but they ran their best and that is all you can ask for.”
On the girls side, Hillsboro/Central Valley (N.D.) won the meet with 138 points, 29 points better than runner-up Crookston.


The Pirate Boys team had 20 personal records in the meet and the highlight was the 4x800 relay team of Jaden Lubarski, Lukas Meier, Colton Weiland, and Anthony Borges finishing first with a sub nine minute time. “That was a big surprise to turn in a time under nine minutes,” said Coach Folkers. “That was a great race and a personal best this year and now we are headed to our goal of a time around 8:40.”  Lubarski won the 800 meter race and the 4x200 relay team of Patrick Deng, Elias Walski, Cade Salentine, and Mason Wang finished first. 
The Pirate Boys also had Elias Walski finish second in the 200 and long jump while Lukas Meier finished second with an impressive pole vault of 10 feet and six inches.
“Being at home is nice and it is the track we practice on and actually we gave the kids Saturday, Sunday, and pretty much Monday off and just did a little stretching and I think that was part of it too,” said Coach Folkers. “It was all really a surprise today.  It was a great meet and everybody competed hard and did well.  Anytime you finish first is good and to win your own meet is great!”

Jaden Lubarski wins the 800 meters   Elias Walski in the 200 meters

The Pirate Girls had two first place finishes with Marietta Geist in the 1600 meters and she was also a member of the first place 4x800 relay team with her sister Katherine, Luisa Bernia and Emma Borowicz.  Aleece Durbin had three second place finishes in the 100 meters, 300 hurdles and she was a member of the 4x400 relay team with Luisa Bernia, Marietta Geist, and Esperanza Rodriguez to lead the Pirates. “It was a good meet and being at home and running in front of the fans and having the junior high kids cheering on our girls was big,” said Pirate Girls Coach Amy Boll. “Overall I was happy with how the team did.  Marietta Geist had another great meet on the track and was such a help with doing things at the meet like helping with the hurdle crew and everything else.  The girls keep working hard and we had some more personal bests today.”

   Katherine Geist and Thea Oman in the 3200 meters

Girls Teams Points   Boys Teams Points
1. Hillsboro/Central Valley 138   1. Crookston 133
2. Crookston 109   2. Norman County 108
3. East Grand Forks 108   3. East Grand Forks 105
4. West Marshall 100.50       Hillsboro/Central Valley 105
5. Norman County 78   5. West Marshall 72
6. Park Christian 47   6. Fertile-Beltrami 63
7. Fertile-Beltrami 37.5   7. Climax-Fisher-SH 37
8. Clearbrook-Gonvick 30   8. Mahnomen-Waubun 20
9. Mahnomen-Waubun 21   9. Park Christian 18
10. Climax-Fisher-SH 19       Clearbrook-Gonvick 18


Pirates (Top 3 placers) Event Result Place
Marietta Geist, Katherine Geist,
Luisa Bernia, Emma Borowicz
4x800 relay 10:23.20 1st
Jaden Lubarski 800 meters 2:13.50 1st
Patrick Deng, Elias Walski,
Cade Salentine, Mason Wang
4x200 relay 1:34.99 1st
Jaden Lubarski, Lukas Meier,
Colton Weiland, Anthony Borges
4x800 relay 8:58.51 1st
Marietta Geist 1600 meters 5:35.35 1st
Elias Walski 200 meters 23.78 2nd
Elias Walski Long Jump 19-04.25 2nd
Aleece Durbin 100 meters 13.10 2nd
Aleece Durbin 300 hurdles 50.28 2nd
Lukas Meier Pole Vault 10-06 2nd
Aleece Durbin, Luisa Bernia,
Marietta Geist, Esperanza Rodriguez
4x400 relay 4:22.98 2nd
Mason Wang 100 meters 11.57 3rd
Mason Wang 200 meters 23.82 3rd
Elias Walski 400 meters 53.89 3rd
Patrick Deng 300 hurdles 42.76 3rd
Brita Fagerlund Discus 88-01 3rd
Katherine Geist 3200 meters 12:33.68 3rd

Damian Narvaez, Tai Baig, and Karsten Isaacson stick together in the 3200 meters


The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawk Baseball team hadn’t won a game since they found out the program was getting cut on Tuesday, April 12, exactly two weeks ago, and were 0-7 in that span.  UND got a much needed win in come from behind fashion in a 10-9 victory over the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles in a game played in Grand Forks. 
In the first inning, UND struck first with a run for a 1-0 lead and added three more runs in the second inning for a 4-0 lead.  UMC answered in the top of the third when Riley Thompson (Soph. Owatonna) tripled and came into score on a Jason Angelo (Soph. Manteca, Cal) sacrifice fly. 
Thompson started things in the fifth inning with a single and stole second base before Ethan Mushitz (Soph. East Grand Forks) walked and Angelo was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  After a pitching change, Ryan Haggstrom (Sr. Apple Valley) hit a sacrifice fly to score a run and Kenny Perez (Sr. Orlando, FL) singled to score two more runs.  Colton Haight (Sr. Rogers) knocked in one more run with an rbi double and UMC led 5-4. 
The Golden Eagles added four more runs in the sixth inning when Thomas Kinsella (Sr. North Branch) singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, Thompson had another big hit with a single to score a run.  Mushitz singled and after an out Haggstrom singled to score another run.  The next at bat seemed to be a good omen for the Golden Eagles as Perez struck out, but the ball was thrown away by the catcher and Perez reached and two more runs scored to give UMC a 9-4 lead and things were looking good.
UND responded with a five run seventh inning to tie the game at 9-9.  UND took advantage of a couple hit batters and had some singles and big doubles in the inning to tie the game.
In the ninth inning, UMC had runners on first and second and couldn’t get a big hit to give UND a chance to win in the bottom of the inning.  UND’s leadoff hitter in the inning singled, the next batter grounded out to advance the runner to second so UMC intentionally walked the next batter and UND got a single to win the game 10-9 in walk off fashion for a big win for the UND program at a time they needed some positivity.
UMC drops to 22-14 on the year and will host Augustana in a Northern Sun Conference double header on Wednesday.  KROX will carry the first game of the double header at 1:30 p.m.  UND improves to 7-24 on the year.

For the Box Score click here


MONDAY - APRIL 25,  2016


The University of Minnesota Crookston football team concluded Spring Ball on Sat., April 23 with a scrimmage as the Maroon team (offense) took on the Gold team (defense). The defense came out on top 23-19 in the last second as Jake Newman (Jr., DB, White Bear Lake) came up with an interception to earn the win.

The Golden Eagles had 59 student-athletes in spring camp. Defensively, the Gold team was led by interceptions from Newman, Aeric Berner (So., DB, Aniwa, Wis.) and Kenneth McChristion (Sr., DB, Bloomington). In addition, UMC had strong third down defense as they stopped the Maroon squad on 9-of-11 attempts.

Offensively, the Maroon team had a 60-yard run from Harold Halcomb, III (Sr., RB, Oakland, Calif.).  Taylor Spier (R-Fr., QB, Buffalo) hit Stan Harvey (R-Sr., TE, Long Prairie) for a long touchdown.

The MVP’s of the Spring game were Triston Richert (R-So., WR, Oakdale) on offense and Isaiah Armstrong (Sr., DL, Fairfield, Calif.). Richert had a strong overall performance, while Armstrong had five tackles and three tackles for loss on the game.

“On both sides of the football we saw some good development,” said Head Coach Mike Fritze. “We felt really good with how far we came offensively. The quarterbacks developed and the offensive line definitely developed and got better. I was very impressed with what our defense was able to do, especially in the Spring game. They stopped the offense pretty consistently, aside from a couple of big plays. In addition, our tackling got a lot better this Spring.”

             Stan Harvey hauls in a TD pass with Trevor Long, Jr. hanging on

Nathan Cole hands off to Harold Halcomb as a UMC offensive lineman (far left) gets a good old fashion hold



SUNDAY - APRIL 24,  2016


The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the signing of Josh Lanasa (F-C, 6-6 230, Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Lanasa adds to a strong core of young players for the Golden Eagles that will help further establish a new culture. He was set to join the University of Nebraska program as a walk-on last year and was with them during the Summer before suffering an injury. Originally from Soo Hill, Mich., but moved to Eden Prairie in middle school. Lanasa spent the last year attending the University of St. Thomas after attending the University of Nebraska during the summer session, where he was set to walk-on before suffering an injury. He did not compete in collegiate athletics as a freshman and will have four years to compete for the Golden Eagles. When he hurt himself at Nebraska, he was told he would never be able to play again, but he had surgery and is slated to be cleared in May.
Lanasa helped Eden Prairie H.S. to a 22-7 mark during the 2014-15 season, averaging 13 points, 10 rebounds and three assists per game as a senior. He helped his team to a sectional finals appearance. Lanasa was a First-team All-Lake Conference pick. Played under David Flom. Lanasa played two years of varsity basketball at Eden Prairie H.S., as well as two years of football. On the gridiron, he helped the school to back-to-back stat Class 6A football titles in 2013 and 2014. Lanasa played tight end for a team that went 25-0 in his two years on varsity. Competed in the AAU circuit for the Minnesota Magic. In the classroom, was an AP Scholar with Honors and earned the President’s Award.
Lanasa is the son of Matt Lanasa of Eden Prairie and Dawn Hanson of Esconaba, Michigan. Lanasa plans to major in Agricultural Business at UMC. “Josh is a physical big that has a high motor,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “He is a guy that will compete every day in practice and will challenge his teammates to be better. He is a guy that will compete every day in practice and bring toughness to our program. He has had a rough go with injuries but he should be cleared to play in May. Josh is exactly the type of person we are looking to help grow this program on the floor and off. He is a likeable guy and will be a great fit with our current players and current commits. I am looking forward to coaching him over the next four years and seeing him continue to improve and grow as a player.”




The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program announced the addition of Gina Myerchin (C, 5-5, Blairstown, N.J./Belvidere H.S.) and Caroline “Rocky” Bjorge (1B/3B, 5-7, Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake H.S.) to his signing class.

Myerchin returns to her father David’s hometown of Crookston to play softball.
Myerchin has been a three-year varsity member at Belvidere H.S. During her career, she has 26 runs scored and 43 RBI’s with a .418 batting average. She is hitting .500 on the season with 10 RBI’s. Myerchin was a 2015 All-Skylands Conference Second Team pick, as well as an All-Area Honorable Mention selection. In 2014, she was an All-Skylands Conference First Team pick and All-Area Honorable Mention selection. In addition, Myerchin was named Third Team All-West Jersey in 2014. She was also named to the 2014 Dover All-Tournament Team.

She is the daughter of David and Tracey Myerchin. She plans to major in natural resources at UMC. Her father David is a native of Crookston. She has family that still lives in Crookston. Her brother Henry Myerchin is a freshman baseball player at Ramapo College.
“Gina is a good high school hitter that will add some depth behind the plate as a catcher,” said Head Coach Don Stopa. “She does a lot of things well as she is a solid receiver behind the dish and she has showed some power at the plate, which looks to be her strength. Her connection to the city of Crookston is unique, so it will be a great opportunity for her and her family.”

Bjorge hit .425 during the 2015 season. She has been a two-year starter for Prior Lake H.S. Bjorge has also played catcher in the past, in addition to the corner infield spots.
She comes from a family of athletes as she has three siblings that competed in collegiate athletics in the NSIC. Her sister Kathryn Bjorge played soccer at Bemidji State, while another sister Gabrielle Bjorge played soccer at MSU Moorhead. Her brother Cole Bjorge played basketball at MSU Moorhead. She has seven-year old twin sisters who were adopted from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Her parents are Kevin and Erin Bjorge and she plans to major in criminal justice at UMC. “Rocky is a great hitter that plays both corners,” Stopa said. “She is the type of hitter that can hit for average and has some pop. She is also a great athlete and competitor that plays in a great high school program and she plays highly competitive summer ball, which will hekp her make the transition to college ball.”




SATURDAY -  APRIL 23, 2016


Crookston scored five runs in the last two innings to break it open with a 10-4 win over Red Lake County in a game played in Red Lake Falls capping a five game in six days stretch all on the road for Crookston.
Crookston started the game scoring twice in the first inning taking advantage of some wildness by Red Lake County starter Chase Schmitz who walked one and hit two batters in the first four batters faced. With bases loaded Ethan Stroot's sacrifice fly brought in Dante Norris and Blake Kawlewski singled in another for a 2-0 lead.  "It was nice to jump out a little bit as we've been scoring late in games lately," said Crookston head coach Mitch Bakken, "it's always nice to play with a lead and they have to score three to take a lead." Red Lake County came right back to load the bases on a single, walk and infield single by Bailey Schmitz. Chase Schmitz was hit by a pitch to bring in one run and Adrien Verbout singled in another run and the game was tied 2-2 after one inning of play.
Neither team scored in the second inning although Red Lake County threatened with bases loaded but Crookston pitcher Jackson Siebel worked out of the jam with a ground out.
In the third inning Crookston did all their damage with two outs. Tanner Reinhart started with a sharp single and with one out, Stroot and Kawlewski singled, Kawlewski's was the infield variety and bases were loaded with two outs.  This brought Froeber to the plate who had grounded out in the first inning, but this time the 6'5 designated hitter lined a double that scored all three runners and gave Crookston a 5-2 lead after two and a half innings of play. "Luke's been a little frustrated as one day in practice he hits everything and other days he can't hit anything. We wanted him to relax and now he's been our go to pinch hitter and designated hitter and that was his first hit and what a great time for it, "said Bakken.
Red Lake County cut the Crookston lead to one when the Rebels scored twice in the fifth inning which started with Bailey Schmitz getting on by an error and was followed by Josh Casavan's triple and then Chase Schmitz singled in Casavan to make it 5-4. Crookston reliever, Ryan Swenson then got three outs in a row including the last two by strikeouts.
Crookston broke it open with five runs in the last two innings.  Three of the runs were in the sixth inning when the Pirates loaded the bases with nobody out but the Rebels reliever Drake Engelstad got two ground outs and forces at home for two outs but then he walked the Pirates Reinhart for a run which was followed by Cody Wardner's double to plate two more and the Pirates led 8-4.  "When you put a good approach together at the plate usually the baseball Gods shine on you and that's what happen there as we got in good hitting counts and it came at another great time."
The Pirates added two more in the seventh to put it away, one came on a Donte Norris ground out and then a Chris Wavra sacrifice fly to make it a 10-4 lead and the Pirates reliever Ryan Swenson took care of the rest with six strikeouts in the last two innings, the junior right hander was in total control giving up only two runs, one earned, one walk and seven strikeouts to pick up the win 8-4. "I just tried to keep the ball in play and our defense got the outs," said Swenson, "Red Lake County is a solid team and this is a big win for us. My arm felt better today and I thought I got stronger as the game went along." Swenson said his arm was a little sore in his last appearance but he got the call from coach Bakken, "Ryan really pitched a great game. We had Jackson pitch well for two innings and with this busy week of five games we said who now? Ryan answered the call and really stepped it up and was outstanding at a time that we needed that kind of pitching performance going five innings."
Crookston stopped a three game losing streak and improve to 4-4 on the season, "It's been a busy week and I know the kids love to play games but I also think they just want to get home and rest now. I'm very happy with the way everybody played. We had some little things that we'll address in practice but this was a big win for us," said Crookston head coach Bakken.  The Pirates will continue on the road on Tuesday when they travel to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton for a Section 8AA game. 
Red Lake County falls to 4-3 on the season and will host Badger-Greenbush-Middle River on Tuesday.

Jackson Seibel with a pitch   Luke Froeber with his 3 rbi double

CROOKSTON 2 0 3 0 0 3 2 10 11 1
Red Lake County 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 10 2

Red Lake County's Josh Casavan catches the ball for an out

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Jackson Seibel - Crookston 2.0 4 2 2 2 0
Ryan Swenson   Crookston 5.0 5 2 1 1 7
Chase Schmitz - RLC 4.0 6 5 5 1 1
Drake Engelstad - RLC 3.0 5 5 4 1 0

For Crookston

Drew Dragseth   2-4, 2 runs
Luke Froeber   2-4, double, 3 rbi
Blake Kawlewski   2-4, rbi
Alex LaFrance   2-4
Cody Wardner  1-3, double, 2 rbi

For Red Lake County
Taylor Kenfield  2-4,  2 stolen bases
Josh Casavan  2-4, triple, rbi
Chase Schmitz   2-2, rbi
Drake Engelstad  1-2, double



The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team shot the best score along with Clear Lake, Iowa with a 319 for a two day total of a 636 to finish second place, six strokes behind fellow Section 8AA foe Detroit Lakes at the Jordan Invitational held at the Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course near Jordan.  Crookston's Isaac Westlake shot a 77 today and combined with a 74 yesterday he finished third individually, two strokes behind the medalist, Thomas Storbeck of Clear Lake, Iowa.
The course was playing a little tougher today and was about two to three strokes tougher today and Detroit Lakes came back to the pack after shooting a 321 in their second round.  "We are about a week and a half behind Detroit Lakes and farther behind some of the other teams like Iowa who has been playing outside since day so for us to have all six guys to play about 14 holes of pretty good golf and to have a few holes where we struggled isn't bad," said Pirate Boys Coach Steve Kofoed. "I am sure Isaac would love to have the 18th hole back after hitting into the water and ended up with a seven.  If he would have had a birdie he would have won the tournament, but you have to lose to learn sometimes."
The Pirates had the low score in their group they were golfing with in all but one group. "That was great and we golfed really well today," said Coach Kofoed. "Hopefully we can carry this over and get some practice in and get ready for a busy month of May.  We had a great trip and the group at the Legacy golfed well and the guys in Jordan did well and shows we are going to have a good battle come section time."
Crookston will be off until next weekend when they travel to Fergus Falls for a two day tournament. 


Team Friday Saturday Total   Pirate Results Friday Saturday Total
1. Detroit Lakes 309 321 630   Isaac Westlake 74 77 151
2. CROOKSTON 317 319 636   Ben Trostad 80 80 163
3. Clear Lake, Iowa 322 319 641   Charles Eickhof 83 80 163
4. Lake City 326 323 649   Brock Heppner 81 85 166
5. Jordan 335 324 659   Parker Nicholls 85 83 167
6. Byron 346 325 671   Ethan Magsam 82 87 169
7. Greenway-Coleraine 336 347 683          
8.  St. Peter 356 340 696   TOP INDIVIDUALS      
9.  Marshall 355 356 711   1.  Thomas Storbeck-CL 71 78 149
10.  Hibbing 373 365 738   2.  J. Pieper - Jordan 78 72 150
11.  Cannon Falls 384 373 757   3.  Isaac Westlake - Crox 74 77 151



The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team turned in a solid round on Friday, but slipped 12 strokes on Saturday and finished fifth place out of 11 teams at the Jordan Invitational played at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course, sight of the Minnesota State Class AA Boys and Girls Golf Tournament.  Lake City won the tournament shooting a 632, 23 strokes better than runner-up Detroit Lakes.  The medalist was Kate Smith of Detroit Lakes with a 149, three strokes better than the runner-up.  Crookston's Ally Tiedemann finished 10th place individually with an 81 and 86 for a two day total of 167.  Maddie Nichols had the biggest improvement from day one to day two after shooting a 95, she bounced back with an impressive 83 for a two day total of 178 and Joslyn Leach, a seventh grader, shot a 100 and 103 to finish with a 203.
Crookston will be at Park Rapids on Monday.

   The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team were all smiles at lunch before their second round at Jordan

Team Friday Saturday Total Pirate Results Friday Saturday Total
1. Lake City 315 317 632 Ally Tiedemann 81 86 167
2.  Detroit Lakes 332 323 655 Maddie Nicholls 95 83 178
3.  Pequot Lakes 364 352 716 Joslyn Leach 100 103 203
4.  Stewartville 372 371 743 Elise Tangquist 95 109 204
5.  CROOKSTON 367 378 745 Danielle Boyle 96 110 206
6.  Marshall 374 373 747 Emily Ricord 107 106 213
7.  St. Peter 381 375 756        
8.  Jordan 398 387 785 TOP INDIVIDUALS      
     Albert Lea 388 397 785 1.  Kate Smith - DL 74 75 149
10. Byron 403 423 826 2.  Lexi Geolat - LC 76 76 152
10.  Dassel-Cokato 464 463 927 3.  Ava Wallerich - LC 75 78 153
             Alex Stone - PL 71 82 153



The University of Minnesota Crookston Baseball team beat the University of Mary in two close games on Friday and completed the sweep by winning two close games on Saturday 4-2 and 5-2 in games played in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Game One - Box One
The University of Mary started the bottom of the first inning by taking advantage of two UMC errors and a walk to load the bases.  A walk scored one run and a hit batter scored a second run for a 2-0 Mary lead.
UMC answered in the top of the second inning when Kenny Perez (Sr. Orlando, FL) singled, Colton Haight (Sr. Rogers) was hit by a pitch and Reed Hjelle (Fresh. East Grand Forks) singled to load the bases. Thomas Kinsella (Sr. North Branch) followed by grounding into a double play, but a run scored to cut Mary’s lead 2-1.
UMC added some more runs in the top of the fifth inning when Riley Thompson (Soph. Owatonna) and Jason Angelo (Soph. Manteca, Cal) doubled to score a run, Ryan Haggstrom (Sr. Apple Valley) walked and Perez singled to score the go ahead run to give the Golden Eagles a 3-2 lead.
The Golden Eagles added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning with a bases loaded fielder’s choice for a 4-2 lead.  Mary wasn’t able to score in the bottom of the seventh and UMC won the game 4-2.  Jarad Nelson (Sr. Karlstad) started slow in the first inning, but dominated the Mary batters the rest of the way to pick up the complete game, only allowing three hits while striking out three and both runs that scored were unearned.

Game two – Box Score
UMC scored the first runs of the game in the second inning when Thompson doubled and Angelo singled to score the first run of the game.  Haggstrom followed with a double to score another run for a 2-0 lead. 
In the third inning, UMC’s Perez walked and Haight hit a two run home run to give the Golden Eagles a 4-0 lead. 
Mary scored a run in the fourth inning and added another run in the eighth inning to get within a 4-2 deficit.
UMC answered with a run on an Angelo home run for a 5-2 lead and the Golden Eagles shut down Mary in the bottom of the ninth inning for the 5-2 victory to complete the four game weekend sweep.
Nolan Wahlberg improves to 8-1 on the year pitching a complete game, giving up eight hits while allowing two runs and striking out eight batters.
UMC improves to 15-6 (fourth place overall) in the NSIC and 22-13 overall. Mary drops to 4-19 in the NSIC and 6-30 overall.





The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Softball team ended the year with a 2-0 victory over the Northern State Wolves after a 5-1 loss earlier in the day in a double header played in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  UMC earned a win in four of the final five series for a strong finish to the season. 

Game One – Box Score
Northern State scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning by stringing a single, double, single, walk, a double, walk, a single and a ground out to score the runs.
Neither team scored until the top of the seventh inning when Allison Foley (Sr. Lockport, Ill) doubled and Alexis Khoshaba (Sr. Richmond, British Columbia) singled to score a run, but that is all UMC would score and the comeback fell short in a 5-1 loss.

Game Two – Box Score
UMC was trying to end the season on a good note and scored the first and only runs of the game in the top of the fourth inning when two seniors Brooke Timmins (Sr. Magnolia, FL) and Kristi Larson (Sr. New Ulm) singled to start the inning.  The two would score on an error for a 2-0 lead.
The Golden Eagle pitcher, Bailey Braatz (Jr. Buffalo) was fantastic in the circle, going all seven innings, allowing four hits, walking four and striking out one and not allowing a run and the Golden Eagles won 2-0. 
UMC ends the season with a record of 5-25 on the year and 11-39 overall.  Northern State ends the season at 14-16 in the NSIC and 24-30 overall.


FRIDAY - APRIL 22,  2016


The Crookston Pirate Baseball team ran into one of the top pitchers in northwest Minnesota and didn’t get a hit in the first four innings and trailed 8-0 and a late rally fell short as the Northern Freeze won 8-3 in a Section 8AA game played in Argyle.
The Northern Freeze sent Justin Yutrzenka, who will be playing baseball at the University of Minnesota Crookston next year, to the mound and he was as advertised when he retired the first 10 Pirate batters he faced and struck out six of those 10 batters in the process.  “He is a very good pitcher, the best pitcher we have seen so far this year,” said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. “The biggest frustration was the guys were talking about how good he is and what he has been clocked at and we were scared and were beat before we started and we can’t come into a game scared. With that said he is a great pitcher and has a nasty curve ball and will do well at UMC.”  Yutrzenka throws in the mid 80’s and has a great curve ball and that kept the Pirates on their heels in the first three innings. In the process, the Northern Freeze scored two runs in the first inning with a Freeze player reaching on a wild pitch after a strike out and Yutrzenka reached on an error.  A few pitches later, a run scored on an Isaac Mills single and the second run scored on a wild pitch for a Freeze 2-0 lead.  The Freeze scored three runs with two outs in the third inning.  Justin Yutrzenka walked, Eddie LeFrooth singled to score a run and Mills reached on an error before Cole Anderson hit a two rbi double for a 5-0 lead.  The Freeze added three more runs in the fourth inning after a hit batter, a single by Hunter Yutrzenka and an rbi single by Wyatt Neushwander.  Another run scored on a Justin Yutrzenka ground out and the third run of the inning scored on a wild pitch for an 8-0 lead and it looked like the game was out of reach, especially the way Justin Yutrzenka was pitching.
In the top of the fifth inning, Blake Kawlewski got the first Pirate hit of the game to lead off the inning and advanced to third on an Alex LaFrance bloop hit to left-center field.  “There was a little more energy after Blake’s hit and that seemed to help with our approaches at the plate after that at bat,” said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. Kawleski scored on a balk and the Pirates had their first run of the game.
Crookston scored again in the sixth inning when Tanner Reinhart hustled on a ground ball to deep short and beat out a throw for the third Pirate hit of the game and Cody Wardner blasted a shot over the left field fence for a two run home run and the Pirates trailed 8-3. “I think every ball Cody saw in his first two at bats were curve balls and he was frustrated with himself,” said Coach Bakken. “In his last at bat he went up and crushed the ball and it was gone immediately. He needed that and has been doing everything right and has just missed in several at bats so that was big.”
In the top of the seventh inning, the Pirates were retired in 1-2-3 fashion and the Northern Freeze held on for an 8-3 victory.
Crookston drops to 3-4 on the year and will play #5 ranked Red Lake County in Red Lake Falls on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.  You can hear the game on KROX Radio and  The Northern Freeze improves to 2-1 on the year.

      Cody Wardner (24) is congratulated by his teammates after his two run home run

CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 4 3
Northern Freeze 2 0 3 3 0 0 X 8 7 1

The two starting pitchers - Chris Wavra on the right and Justin Yutrzenka on the right

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Chris Wavra - Crox    (LP) 4 5 8 4 1 4
Alex LaFrance - Crox 2 2 0 0 3 0
Justin Yutrzenka - NF      (WP) 7 4 3 3 1 11

For Crookston

Cody Wardner - 1-3, 2 run home run
Tanner Reinhart - 1-3, run
Blake Kawlewski - 1-3, run
Alex LaFrance - 1-3

For Northern Freeze
Eddie LeFrooth - 2-4, run, rbi
Cole Anderson - 1-4, 2 rbi's



Park Rapids came into today's game in Crookston against the Pirates with an unblemished 6-0 record and having outscored their opponents 116 runs to 13 including a 52-0 win over Bagley. The Panthers showed their explosiveness with a nine run first inning and then a 10 run fifth to defeat the Crookston Pirates 22-2 in a five inning game at the Donnie Lauf Memorial/Crookston American Legion Softball field in Crookston.
The Panthers started out with some hits mixed in with a number of Crookston walks to score nine runs in the first inning. "We gave them a lot of bases with walks to start out and then they had some very timely hits in the first inning," said Crookston head coach Katie Lariviere, "Kaitlyn (Thingelstad) had a tough time throwing strikes to start the game and when she would come in with a strike they seemed to hit it, so it wasn't a good start."  Crookston did have bases loaded in the first inning but a ground out ended the threat and they were down 9-0 right off the start.
After the first inning the Pirates Macy Strem who was in the game in relief started throwing strikes and she held the Panthers at bay for the most part by holding them to just one run the next three innings. "Macy did a great job of throwing strikes and was working inside and outside trying to keep a team that hits like they do off stride and I think she did that very well," said coach Lariviere. "Macy started to develop some arm problems so we had to take her out and hopefully with a weekend of rest she will be able to recover by next week."
Crookston did managed to score their two runs in the fourth inning after the Pirates got a hit batter and a walk and Thingelstad lined a single to right center field that scored both runners to put Crookston on the board and they trailed 10-2 after four innings. "We had some good at bats in the game," said Lariviere. "I was happy in the way we were guarding the plate and taking some walks and then putting the bat on ball."
With Strem out of the pitching rotation, the Pirates went to a couple youngsters and the Panthers teed off in the ninth with a bunch of extra base hits to the gap and scoring 12 runs to put the game away at 22-2. "They are a very aggressive team at the plate and can be when they had the big lead, but you can see why their record is what it is," said Lariviere.  Park Rapids is now 7-0 on the season while the Pirates drop to 2-6 on the year and will host East Grand Forks on Tuesday in a makeup game. "We just have to throw strikes and continue to swing the bat," said Lariviere. "You can see the improvement every game, but we give up to many walks and that seems to get the opposing team going."

 Desiree Rodriguez catches a fly ball    Jaeden Lizakowski fields a ground ball

Park Rapids 9 0 1 0 12 22 9 1
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 4



Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Brooke Jerger - Park Rapids   (WP) 4.0 4 2 2 3 3
Mercedes Bellanger - Park Rapids 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Kaitlyn Thingelstad - Crox   (LP) 1.2 2 15 15 9 2
Macy Strem - Crox 2.2 2 1 0 5 3
Jasmin Hanson - Crox .2 5 6 1 0 0

For Crookston

Kaitlyn Thingelstad 1-1,   double, 2 rbi
Amanda Trandem   1-3
Desiree Ramirez   1-2
Nicole Goosen  1-2

For Park Rapids

Kylee Pachel   2-3
Alexis Hinkley-Smith  2-4, triple
Kendra Coborn  1-3, double



The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team had one more stroke than yesterday's 18 holes with a 349 and a two day total of 697 to finish in 11th place of 21 teams at the Pequot Lakes Invitational that played 18 holes yesterday and 18 more today. The meet held at the Legacy Golf Course's at Craguns Resort near Pequot Lakes was dominated by the Brainerd team who won the meet by 53 strokes over runner up Duluth Marshall. The Pirates Zach Markovich led the Crookston squad today with an 85 while Ethan Christopherson had an 87 to go with his 74 yesterday to finish 10th individually with a 161. Staples-Motley's outstanding senior, Andrew Israelson won the event with a 76 today to go along with a 69 yesterday and edged Brainerd's Joe Foley by four strokes. "It was a great day for golf," said Crookston assistant coach Wes Hanson, "Everyone thought the Dutch Legacy Course we play on today was more challenging than the course (Bobby's Legacy) we played on yesterday.  The pins were in some tough spots and as you can see the scores were raised out there today compared to yesterday."  Markovich was able to take three strokes off from yesterday, "I caught up with Zach after his ninth hole and he said walk with me for a while and he went birdie, birdie and he finished nicely, but he knows he can lower his scores as we go through the rest of the season. Ethan was a little disappointed with his 87 following a career round yesterday, but it's quite an accomplishment to finish in the top 10 with this field. Ethan's brother Trey is fun to coach and the freshman has a lot of emotion out there. On his 35th hole he was able to get to the green in two on the par three 300 yard hole and he hollered that was only his second green in regulation which shows he had a very good short game today.  All in all it was a good tournament, in a good field and on a couple outstanding courses."


Team Total  

Pirate Results

1. Brainerd 609   Zach Markovich 85
2. Duluth Marshall 662   Ethan Christopherson 87
3. Hermantown 665   Trey Christopherson 87
4. Monticello 668   Jack Ricord 90
5. Buffalo
674   Cam Harren 113
7. International Falls 679   Lukas Andringa 115
8. Fergus Falls
10. East Grand Forks 689   TOP INDIVIDUALS  
11. CROOKSTON 697   1. Andrew Israelson - Staples 145
21 teams competing     2. Joe Foley - Brainerd 149
      3. Andrew Mussing - Brainerd 151
      4. Nate Deziel - EGF 154
      10. Ethan Christopherson - Crox 161



The Crookston Pirates led by Isaac Westlake again are in second place eight strokes behind Detroit Lakes after the first round of the Jordan Invitational Tournament that is being held at the Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course near Jordan, Minnesota.
Westlake who has led the Pirates during the early season shot a two over 74 which was the third best score of the day. "Isaac really grinded it out today," said Crookston head coach Steve Kofoed, "he is really playing well in the early season and he has big plans this season and is certainly capable of shooting under par every time he goes out. I think it was the third or fourth time at Minakwa this year he was seven under with three to play and had a seven in there and finished with a 68."
Detroit Lakes shot an opening 309 to the Pirates second place total of 317. "We had some good scores for the first day and we seemed to struggle coming in whether it was the front or back nine as we had some of the kids finishing with bogey, bogey, so we left a lot of strokes out there and certainly eight strokes is nothing to make up tomorrow." 
The Ridges of Sand Creek is the home course for the Minnesota State Class AA Boys and Girls Golf Tournament and one of the reasons it was of interest to coach Kofoed and the Pirates, "At last year's state tournament, the Jordan coach seen we had everyone coming back so he asked if we'd be interested in coming to their regular season tournament this year. I told him I would check our schedule and see. I didn't want to get out of the Pequot Lakes Meet, so we decided to have two teams and one went to Pequot and the other here to Jordan. The course here is a longer one with more walking and I think we got tired today, so we'll get some rest and get ready for the final 18 holes tomorrow."
The Pirate Boys will tee off at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Team Total   Pirate Results Total
1. Detroit Lakes 309   Isaac Westlake 74
2. CROOKSTON 317   Ben Trostad 80
3. Clear Lake, Iowa 322   Brock Heppner 81
4.  Lake City 326   Ethan Magsam 82
5.  Jordan 335   Charles Eickhof 83
6.  Greenway-Coleraine 336   Parker Nicholls 85
7.  Byron 346      
8.  Marshall 355   TOP INDIVIDUALS  
9.  St. Peter 356   1.  Thomas Storbeck-Clear Lake 71
10.  Hibbing 373   2.  Ben Unruh-Detroit Lakes 72
11.  Cannon Falls 384   3.  Isaac Westlake - Crookston 74



The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team turned in their best performance on the toughest course so far this season and are in fourth place out of 10 teams after the first of two rounds at the Jordan Invitational played at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course, sight of the Minnesota State Class AA Boys and Girls Golf Tournament.
Crookston shot a 367 while Lake City shot a blistering 315, 17 strokes better than Detroit Lakes. 
Ally Tiedemann leads the Pirates with an 81, 10 strokes off the first round medalist, Alex Stone of Pequot Lakes.   Crookston had four golfers with rounds in the 90’s with Maddie Nicholls and Elise Tangquist shooting 95’s and Danielle Boyle shot a 96 to lead the way.  “Ally wasn’t happy with her round because she thought she should have been in the 70’s, but an 81 isn’t bad at all.  This is her third time on the course after playing at state the previous two years and having that experience helps with a tough and long course,” said Pirate Girls Golf Coach Jeff Perreault. “Maddie wasn’t happy with her round and is looking at turning in a better round tomorrow.  The rest of the girls golfed very well, especially in the first round at Jordan.  I was really happy with how the girls played and I am looking for them to cut a few strokes off tomorrow and we will try to move past Pequot Lakes.  To get the girls on the course where the state tournament is played is a great experience for these girls.”
Crookston will tee off at 1:09 p.m. on Saturday to start the second round of the invite.

Team Total   Pirate Results Total
1. Lake City  315   Ally Tiedemann 81
2. Detroit Lakes 332   Maddie Nicholls 95
3. Pequot Lakes 364   Elise Tanquist 95
4. Crookston 367   Danielle Boyle 96
5. Stewartville 372   Joslynn Leach 100
6. Marshall 374   Emily Ricord 107
7. St. Peter 381      
8. Albert Lea 388   TOP INDIVIDUALS  
9. Jordan 398   1. Alex Stone - Pequot Lakes 71
10. Dassel-Cokato 464   2. Kate Smith - DL 74
      3. Ava Wallerich - Lake City 75



The Crookston Pirate Girls track team won the Mahnomen-Waubun Invitational Track meet, beating Norman County by 57.5 points and the Pirate Boys finished second out of seven teams 50 points behind Norman County with a total of 24 first or second place finishes.
The Pirate girls led the way with nine first place finishes, two of the first place finishes were in relay events.  Marietta Geist, Aleece Durbin and Jada Dillabough had two first place finishes each to lead Crookston.  "The girls did a great job today and we had a lot of personal records because the weather was perfect for a meet today," said Pirate Girls Track Coach Amy Boll. "Aleece Durbin had a great day with the long jump, 300 hurdles, and long jump and the Geist sisters ran well today.  Jada Dillabough had a great day on the throwing side."  The meet was smaller with seven teams, but it didn't lack in competition. "The 200 meters was a great race and Aleece (Durbin) was really pushed and that was good for her to see some great competition," said Coach Boll. "With the smaller meet we were able to have several girls place and a few of them placed for the first time in their careers and that was really fun to see.  We keep getting better every meet and the girls keep working hard."
The Pirate boys had three first place finishes with Elias Walski in the 200 meters and the 4x200 and 4x800 relay teams.  "Elias continues to run and jump well and had another good meet and our relay teams ran hard and did a great job today," said Pirate Boys Coach Wayne Folkers. "We had a lot of kids place today that haven't yet this year and that is great.  It is good for their confidence and to be rewarded for their hard work and it is good to see some of the younger guys with big smiles on their face.  Our times keep dropping and that is the big thing as the year goes along, seeing improvement each week.  It was a well run meet and was quick and we had some great competition and you can't ask for anything more than that." 
The Pirate teams will host the Crookston Pirate Invitational on Tuesday.

Girls Teams Points   Boys Teams Points
1. Crookston 210.5   1. Norman County 189
2. Norman County 153   2. Crookston 139
3. Red Lake County 85   3. Mahnomen/Waubun 124
4. Fertile-Beltrami 55   4. Climax-Fisher-SH 69
5. Mahnomen-Waubun 53.5   5. Red Lake County 47
6. Climax-Fisher-SH 34   6. Fertile-Beltrami 36
7. Grygla-Gatzke 13   7. Grygla-Gatzke 14


Pirates Event Result Place
Alyssa Valdez-Peck, Kaitlyn Wagner,
Kaylee Bergquist, Hayley Reading
4x100 58.05 1st
Marietta Geist 800m 2:29.32 1st
Marietta Geist 1600m 5:29.73 1st
Aleece Durbin 300m Hurdles 50.98 1st
Emma Borowicz, Lisa Bernia,
Jenna Porter, Katherine Geist
4x800 10:29.40 1st
Esperanza Rodriguez Pole Vault 6.00 1st
Aleece Durbin Long Jump 15-07.00 1st
Jada Dillabough Shot Put 30-10.00 1st
Jada Dillabough Discus 87-07 1st
Elias Walski 200m 23.09 1st
Elias Walski, Mason Wang,
Patrick Deng, Anthony Borges
4x200 1:36.79 1st
Karsten Isaacson, Anthony Borges,
Colton Weiland, Jaden Lubarski
4x800 9:26.44 1st
Brooke Bergeron 300m Hurdles 53.06 2nd
Kaylee Bergquist, Jenna Porter,
Esperanza Rodriguez, Brooke Bergeron
4x200 1:58.39 2nd
Emma Borowicz, Esperanza Rodriguez,
Jenna Porter, Lisa Bernia
4x400 4:31.01 2nd
Emma Borowicz 800m 2:37.40 2nd
Katherine Geist 1600m 5:45.53 2nd
Katelyn Wagner 100m Hurdles 17.72 2nd
Mason Wang 200m 23.25 2nd
Patrick Deng 110m Hurdles 16.26 2nd
Patrick Deng 300m Hurdles 42.87 2nd
Chris Kazmierczak, Anthony Borges,
Colton Weiland, Jaden Lubarski
4x400 4:21.37 2nd
Elias Walski Long Jump 18-18 2nd
Alyssa Goelzer Triple Jump 28-03.25 2nd



The University of Minnesota Crookston football team will hold their Spring Game at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at Ed Widseth Field in Crookston. The game will put the Maroon squad (offense) vs. Gold squad (Defense). UMC has 59 student-athletes competing in the Spring Game.
The game will utilize a different scoring model than usual for a normal game. Following the contest, the Golden Eagles will hold a Post-Game BBQ. UMC is also have a Junior Day on campus as high school juniors will come on campus, who are prospective student-athletes for the next recruiting class.



THURSDAY -  APRIL 21, 2016


The Crookston Pirate Softball team hit the ball well again, but the problem was the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans hit the ball better to cruise to a 23-12 victory in Crookston.
NCE/UH scored three runs in the first inning without getting a hit for a quick 3-0 lead.  Crookston answered in a big way in the bottom of the inning when Jaeden Lizakowski, Brooke Cymbaluk, and Amanda Trandem each singled and led 1-0.  Macy Strem followed with a blast off the top of the left field fence for a double to score a run and the Pirates tried to score another run, but Trandem was thrown out at home.  Nicole Goosen followed with a single to score another run to tie the game at 3-3. “It was good to see the girls come back and get those three runs to start over tied at three,” said Pirate Coach Lariviere. “The girls were hitting the ball hard and some of the girls have been getting into the weight room with Coach Zimmerman getting on them about getting in and a few of them have been going in early and it is helping out.  I haven’t made it mandatory yet, but might do that and change it up a little bit.”
NCE/UH answered in huge way in the second inning with 12 runs on nine hits and added three runs on two hits in the third inning for an 18-3 lead.  Crookston answered in the bottom of the third inning when Cymbaluk reached on an error, Trandem doubled, Strem, Goosen, and Desiree Ramirez each singled, Emma Boll walked and Kaitlyn Thingelstad singled and six runs scored in the inning the Pirates trailed 18-9.  Crookston added another run in the fourth inning when Goosen reached on an error and scored on another error.  Crookston added two more runs in the fifth inning when Tori Demarais hit her second double of the game and Lizakowski walked.  Amanda Trandem scored a run on a ground out and Lizakowski scored on a wild pitch to bring the Pirates within an 18-12 deficit.
NCE-UH put the game out of reach with a five run sixth inning and they won the game 23-12.  “We hit the ball well, they hit the ball better.  It seemed like they hit every gap out there and there isn’t much we can do about that,” said Coach Lariviere. “Our pitchers did a good job of throwing strikes today and they limited walks and we just ran into a very good offensive team.  We keep seeing improvement each game and that is all you can ask for and we hit throughout the order again with hits coming from everybody so that was good to see.”
Crookston drops to 2-5 on the year and will play Park Rapids on Friday.  NCE-UH improves to 4-3 on the season.

        Brooke Cymbaluk hits the ball in one of her at bats


NCE/UH 3 12 3 0 0 5 23 20 3
CROOKSTON 3 0 5 1 2 0 12 12 2


         Amanda Trandem eyes down the ball on one of her swings

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Kaitlyn Thingelstad - Crox 2 9 15 15 5 0
Macy Strem - Crox 4 11 8 5 1 4
Ryah Opsahl - NCE/UH 2 11 9 7 1 2
Laurel Hoseth NCE/UH 4 1 3 1 1 4

For Crookston

Tori Demarais - 2-4, 2 doubles, run, rbi
Amanda Trandem - 2-4, 2 rbi's run
Macy Strem - 2-4, 2 runs, rbi
Nicole Goosen - 2-4, 2 runs, rbi

Lydia Klemetson - 4-5, 4 runs, 3 rbi's


The Crookston Pirate Baseball team had the tying run on third base with one out in the top of the seventh inning, but couldn’t get him home in a 5-4 loss to the Park Rapids Panthers in a 5-4 loss in a Section 8AA game played in Park Rapids.
Park Rapids started the scoring in the second inning after a single, a hit batter, and another single for a 1-0 lead. 
Crookston responded with a three run inning in the third with a big two out rally.  After the first batter grounded out and another Pirate was thrown out at home they started the rally.  Dante Norris reached on an error, Chris Wavra walked and Tanner Reinhart singled to load the bases.  Cody Wardner singled to score a run and Ethan Stroot singled to score two runs for a 3-1 lead.
Park Rapids answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning taking advantage of a walk, an error and a couple singles for a 4-3 lead.
Park Rapids added another run in the fourth inning after the base runner was hit by a pitch, the Pirates committed an error and the run scored on a single for a 5-3 lead.
Crookston tried to get a rally going in the seventh inning when LaFrance and Norris led off the inning with back-to-back singles and after a pitching change, Wavra singled to score a run and was later thrown out, but Norris advanced to third to put the tying run 90 feet away.  The next batter struck out and the last out was a fly ball to center field and Park Rapids held on for the 5-4 victory.
Crookston drops to 3-3 on the year and will travel to play the Northern Freeze in Argyle on Friday.  You can hear the game on KROX Radio.  Park Rapids improves to 5-0.

CROOKSTON 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 4 9 3
Park Rapids 0 1 3 1 0 0 - 5 9 1


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Ryan Swenson-Crox 6 9 5 4 1 2
Sam Eystad - PR 6 8 4 1 2 5
Jack Herman - PR 1 1 0 0 0 1

For Crookston

Chris Wavra - 3-3, double, run, rbi
Ethan Stroot - 1-3, 2 rbi's

For Park Rapids
Jerger - 2-3, run, rbi
Haas - 2-4, run, rbi



In a battle of the top two teams in Section 8A Boys Tennis the #7 ranked Crookston Pirates beat the Thief River Falls Prowlers 6-1.  The match was a little closer than the score indicates as Crookston won three sets in straight sets and won the other three matches in three sets, while Thief River Falls’ only win came in three sets.  Thief River Falls was without their top singles player as Ethan Johnson was gone for hockey, so the cagey veteran Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre decided to move his top singles player Bobby Tiedemann to first doubles as the Pirates were missing one of their top doubles players, Elijah Phaiah.  The change in the line up allowed the second singles move up to first and the third singles to move to second and so forth, making it as even a match as possible and Crookston still won 6-1.  Throw into the mix that Thief River Falls has a foreign exchange student who has been playing second singles so Crookston put their second singles player, Andy Gregg against him at the first singles match and Andy had no problems in a straight set match.
“We played tentative at times and a little unsure and Thief River Falls is a good team and we know Thief River Falls will make it interesting by the end of the year,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “Our singles played well and Andy moved up to first singles and he has been playing against some very good competition and his tough schedule had him ready for the match today.  Overall our singles played well and it showed with us winning all four singles matches. Thief River Falls tried to load up their doubles and we played well in those matches with all three matches going three sets so that was good.  It was nice to get the match out of the way and we only have one triangular next week so we will get to catch our breath and get some more practice time in.”
Crookston improves to

CROOKSTON- 6 Thief River Falls- 1 Winner


Andy Gregg Stan Francois


6-4, 6-2
Matt Garmen Cole Gilespie


7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-3
Jordan Bengtson Travis Hawk Crox 6-1, 6-1
Harrison Bjorgo Ethan Junisch Crox 6-2, 6-4
Bobby Tiedemann
Jake Roesch
Isaac Olson
Devin Hutton
Crox 6-2, 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4)
Nick Garmen 
Ian Johnson
Carter Onka
Michael Magnusson
Crox 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Jake Widseth 
Mitchell Olson
Braydon Powell
Peter Zavisku
TRF 2-6, 6-2, 1-6



The Crookston Pirates, led by junior Ethan Christopherson's best round of his career, are in 11th place out of 21 schools on the first day of the Pequot Lakes Invitational Boy's Golf Meet held at the Legacy Golf Course at Cragun's Resort near Pequot Lakes and Brainerd.
The Brainerd Warriors team shot an impressive 300 as a team and have a 23 stroke lead over Duluth Marshall and Hermantown who are tied for second place. The course plays to a par 72 and Andrew Israelson of Staples-Motley and one of the top golfers in the state shot a 69 to lead after the first day. The teams played 18 holes today on the Bobby Legacy Course and will play 18 more tomorrow on the Dutch Legacy Course as it is a 36 holes facility.
Ethan Christopherson hit 13 greens in regulation, "when you do that usually good things are going to happen," said Crookston assistant coach Wes Hanson, "Ethan had his whole game working and it was, if not the best, certainly near the top of one of his tops rounds as a Pirate. He put himself in good shape to start tomorrow's round."  Another Pirate junior, Zach Markovich was the second top Pirate with an 88, "Zach hit the ball well today, but these are big greens and Zach's short game probably wasn't everything he wanted it to be today," said Hanson, "our young guys battled out there and what a great experience for them as the course is unbelievable and I think everybody on the team were happy with their day as I was as a coach on a cool and windy day."
The second 18 holes will be played tomorrow (Friday) starting at 10:00 AM.  Another Crookston team headed for Jordan, Minnesota with head coach Steve Kofoed and will golf in the Jordan Invitational at the Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course where the Minnesota State Class AA Meet is held every year. It's also a two-day meet that will be played Friday and Saturday.

Team Total   Pirate Results Total
1.  Brainerd 300   Ethan Christopherson 74
2.  Duluth Marshall 323   Zach Markovich 88
     Hermantown 323   Trey Christopherson 93
4.  Monticello 331   Jack Ricord 93
5.  Buffalo 336   Lukas Andringa 100
International Falls 336   Cam Harren 103
7.  Bemidji 339      
      Fergus Falls 339   TOP INDIVIDUALS  
9.  Rosemount 343   Andrew Israelson-Staples 69
10.  Staples-Motley 345      
11.  CROOKSTON 348      
12.  East Grand Forks 352      
13.  Crosby-Ironton 353      
21 Schools Competing        


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