SATURDAY - MARCH 28,  2015


The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team opened the season with a 4-3 victory over Duluth Marshall in match played in Duluth.  Crookston won three singles matches and one double match for the victory and had a three set loss at first doubles.  Bobby Tiedeman, Andy Gregg and Matt Garmen all won their singles matches and Ian Johnson and Jake Widseth won their second doubles match.  "Marshall is always one of the favorites in section seven and we had some very close matches and had a couple losses in three sets," said Pirate Boys Tennis Coach Mike Geffre.  "Bobby played pretty well and probably had the most offseason hitting in and was sharp from the first ball he hit.  Andy Gregg had a two and half hour match and won straight sets and was pretty tired.  Matt Garmen played well and is a solid third singles player for us." 
Crookston improves to 1-0 on the year and will be off for a week and a half before their next match.  Duluth Marshall drops to 0-1 on the year.
Even though the match against Duluth Marshall was the only real match, the Pirates were able to get some scrimmages in on Friday when they took on Eveleth-Gilbert and Hibbing to get ready for the match Saturday morning.  "We had a good scrimmage on Friday and I think we won all seven matches against Eveleth-Gilbert and hit against Hibbing a little bit too and they had some nice players and might have lost that scrimmage 8-6 so it was a very good trip," said Coach Geffre.  "Now we know what to work on in the next week and a half of practice, so it was a good day, good trip and some good tennis."

  CROOKSTON- 4 Duluth Marshall-3 Winner Score
#1 Singles Bobby Tiedeman Peter Summers Crox 6-2, 6-1
#2 Andy Gregg Yusuf Khwaja Crox 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
#3 Matt Garmen Charles Young Crox 6-1, 6-2
#4 Nick Garmen Erik Shirley DM 7-6 (7-1), 6-0
#1 Doubles Elijah Phaiah
Jacob Roesch
Jack Kronzer
David Bush
DM 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-1
#2 Ian Johnson
Jake Widseth
Holden Ketchum
Grant Roadfeldt
Crox 6-2, 6-4
#3 Tim Cymbaluk
Tom Cymbaluk
Nate Johnson
Makaio Goods
DM 7-5, 1-6, 7-1



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Softball team had only played two home games in the last two softball seasons, and they were back home for the first time this season and were swept by the Winona State Warriors 3-2 and 9-1 in a NSIC double header on a windy day in Crookston.

GAME ONE -  Box Score 

Winona State scored a run in the first, third and fourth innings and had a 3-0 lead.  The UMC bats were silent for the first six innings when they hadn’t recorded a hit or run and trailed 3-0.  UMC was able to retire Winona State in the top of the seventh inning and then the bats came alive.  The Golden Eagles, Victoria Bayliss (Fresh. West Bloomfield, Mich) led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double and advanced to third base on an Allison Foley (Jr. Lockport, IL) groundout.  UMC finally got on the board with a big blast by Alexis Khoshaba (Jr. Richmond, British Columbia) over the left centerfield fence for a two run home run and the Golden Eagles trailed 3-2.  The next Golden Eagle grounded out and the comeback and game was over with Winona State holding on for a 3-2 victory.  UMC had a solid pitching performance from Bailey Braatz (Soph. Buffalo) as she allowed three runs, while scattering eight hits and striking out two batters in the game.

        Alexis Khoshaba with her home run swing                  Alexis is welcomed at home plate by her teammates after her home run


Winona State scored six runs in the third inning and never looked back on their way to a 9-1 victory.  In the third inning, Winona State scored three runs on a home run, two runs on a double and one run on a single to take a commanding 6-0 lead.  They added another run in the fourth inning and led 7-0.  UMC answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Allison Foley hit a home run over the left field fence to bring the Golden Eagles within a 7-1 deficit.  Winona State added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning when they hit a two run home run for a 9-1 lead.  UMC wasn't able to score in the bottom of the sixth inning and the game was called and Winona State won 9-1. 
UMC drops to 4-18 on the season and 0-4 in the NSIC and will host Upper Iowa for a double header on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  Winona State improves to 21-7.

       Shelby Hollinger puts the ball in play                     Allison Foley with a nice swing in the seventh




GAME ONE – Box Score

Upper Iowa scored two runs on three hits in the first inning and added a run in the second and third innings to build a 4-0 lead after three innings.  In the top of the fourth inning, UMC answered in a big way with a lead-off single by Thomas Kinsella (Jr. North Branch) and after a ground out, Kenny Perez (Jr. Orlando, FL) singled to put runners at the corners.  Jesse Jennings (Sr. Robinsdale) was hit by a pitch to load the bases for David Anaya (Soph. Tucson, AZ) who hit a homerun for the grand slam to tie the game at 4-4. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Upper Iowa hit a bases loaded triple to take a 7-4 lead.  UMC came right back in the top of the sixth inning when Colton Haight (Jr. Rogers) walked and Kenny Perez hit a home run to bring the Golden Eagles within a 7-6 deficit.  In the bottom of the sixth, the wheels fell off for UMC as Upper Iowa batter reached on an error and came into score on a double for an 8-6 lead.  A short time later, the Peacocks would load the bases, taking advantage of a couple walks hit a home run for a grand slam and a 12-6 lead.  Upper Iowa wasn’t done as they added a bases clearing double and took a 15-6 lead.  In the inning Upper Iowa scored eight runs on only three hits.  UMC tried a ninth inning rally when Haight hit a two run home run to bring the Golden Eagles within a 15-8 deficit, but they weren’t able to score another run and Upper Iowa held on for the 15-8 victory.








The Crookston Crocodiles Swim Team had three participants at the 2015 ND Short Course State Championship Swim Meet held at the UND Hyslop Pool over March 20 – 22. And for the first time in her career, Elizabeth Erdman took home a State Championship in the 200 Yard Fly. This was one of 6 medals she received in the six events she swam. (Medals are awarded for first through eighth place with the traditional gold, silver, and bronze for first through third.) “One of Elizabeth’s strengths is her endurance and that showed true with her 200 Fly,” said Coach Christine Erdman. “ Swimmer’s 50 yard split times are displayed on the big screen and after her first 50, Elizabeth was in fourth place. At her second split (half way) she was in second place and needed only another 25 yards to take over first and never looked back. Elizabeth had a great State Meet, cutting a combined 12 seconds off of her event times.”

Elizabeth’s events and places:

200 Fly   1st
500 Free   2nd
100 Fly   2nd
200 Back   4th
200 Breast   4th
100 Free   5th

Kate MacGregor also came home with 6 medals in the six event she swam. “Kate cut a combined nine seconds off of her six events,” commented Erdman. “With the amount of other extra curricular events Kate had going on, she did have a lot of time for swim practice. But Kate showed her overall athleticism and used her time at the end of the season to get ready for the State Meet.
Kate’s events and places:

100 Back  2nd
100 Fly   2nd
50 Back   2nd
50 Free   6th
200 IM   6th
100 Free   6th

Kenzie Aamoth qualified for 4 events at the State Meet with this her first year on the Crocs. “Kenzie did a wonderful job of controlling her nerves this weekend,” said Erdman. “We practiced on her starts and turns this last couple of weeks and it showed as she cut a combined 10 seconds off of her event times. Ribbons are awarded for places 9 – 16 so Kenzie got a couple of those. Considering most of her events had over 40 participants, a top 16 finish is fantastic. Kenzie really worked hard this entire season and it’s fun to see her success.”
Kenzie’s events and places:

100 Back   12th
50 Back   15th
50 Free   20th
100 Free   28th

The Crocs will now take a much needed break before they start practice back up in May for the North Dakota Long Course Season in preparation for the Long Course State Meet in late July. If you have a swimmer that would like to join the Crocs or Wellness Program, or have questions regarding the programs, please contact Coach Christine Erdman at 521-0576 (cell) or 281-4360

Elizabeth Erdman, Kate MacGregor, and Kenzie Aamoth at the state meet



TUESDAY - MARCH 24,  2015


The Crookston Pirate Boys and Girls track team each had one first place finish in a talent heavy Paul Bunyan Classic indoor/outdoor track meet at Bemidji State University.  The Pirate Boys finished seventh and the Pirate Girls finished eighth out of 22 teams.  All events were run inside except the 1600 and 3200 meter races, which were run outside and that shaved an hour off the length of the track meet.  The meet was dominated by some of the perennial track and field powers in the area with Grand Forks Red River, Fargo Shanley, Grand Rapids, Pequot Lakes and others, but the Pirates still competed well and had 16 top eight finishes in the meet.  It was a huge track meet with a couple examples - In the 60 meter run, there was 97 boys running and 96 girls.  In the 200 meters, there were 93 girls running and 79 boys.

Boys Teams Points   Girls Teams Points
1. Grand Forks Red River 174   1. Grand Forks Red River 120.5
2. Thief River Falls 62   2. Pequot Lakes 67
3. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 54.5   3. Fargo Shanley 50
4. Fargo Shanley 54   4. Grand Rapids 45
5. Detroit Lakes 46   5. Bagley/Fosston 41
6. Roseau 33   6. Detroit Lakes 40
7. CROOKSTON 29   6. International Falls 40
8. East Grand Forks 23   8. CROOKSTON 36
9. Frazee 22   9. Roseau 30
10. Pequot Lakes 20   10. Frazee 28
11. Bagley/Fosston 18   11. East Grand Forks 22
12. Internatinal Falls 17   12. Thief River Falls 19
18 teams scored     16 teams scored  

Danica Brekken continues to impress in her second track meet of her career as she won the 800 meter race, and she also had a strong run in the 4x400 relay, where she was neck and neck with a Red River runner on the fifth turn (it is a 200 track) and took off and won the race by about 40 yards!  Brekken also finished eighth in the 400.  The Geist sisters had five top eight finishes with Marietta, a junior, finishing fourth in the 3200 and she also was on the sixth place 4x800 relay team.  Katherine Geist, a seventh grader, finished fourth in the 800, sixth in the 1600 and was on the fifth place 4x400 relay team. "Our distance runners have started the season really well and that is thanks to Coach Wes Knutson who is working with them and the girls have been working hard," said Pirate Girls Head Coach Amy Boll. "I was pretty happy with an eighth place finish with the quality of teams that were in front of us."  The Pirates had several girls turn in better times, distances, and jumps than the meet on Saturday, but didn't place or place as high in the meet today, but the girls were still happy and knew they made an improvement. "The girls know that they beat their time, jump, or throw from Saturday or were right there and we had several girls say they did better today so it didn't bother them to much," said Coach Boll.  "The girls know that we are trying to get better each meet and get ready for the end of the year.  We have a good group and we will have them ready by sub-sections."

Crookston was led by Brandt Delage, who recovered after a disappointing first meet on Saturday with an impressive first place finish in the 200 meters.  He also had a fourth place in the Pole Vault, and was a member of the 4x200 relay team that finished third.  Patrick Deng had a solid day as he was on the third place 4x200 relay team, he was fifth in the 60 hurdles, sixth in the triple jump and seventh in the 200.  "I am very happy with the way we finished.  I was looking through the times and our times were better than Saturday after getting that one meet under our belts," said Pirate Boys Coach Wayne Folkers. "Brandt Delage and Patrick Deng ran well and Brandt had a much better day than Saturday after being a little nervous for that first meet and the high expectations he has of himself."  It was a solid team effort with everybody doing well across the board. "The throwers were consistent, the runners were solid and the jumpers did a good job so that was great," said Coach Folkers. "Elias Walski did well in the high jump his first ever time trying and Mason Wang had some good times for a younger runner and Erik Jacobson continues to run hard in the distance.  Overall, I was pretty happy with everyone's performance today, especially after a hard practice last night."
The Crookston track teams will travel back to Bemidji on Tuesday, March 31 for another meet.

   Brandt Delage in the 200 meters   Teagan Carlstrom in the 200    Anthony Borges in the 800

Crookston Results (Top 8) Event Time/distance Place
Danica Brekken  800 meters 2:29.19 1st
Brandt Delage 200 meters 24.41 1st
Brandt Delage, Mason Wang, 
Elias Walski, Patrick Deng
4x200 Relay 1:39.70 3rd
Katherine Geist 800 meters 2:32.46 4th
Marietta Geist 3200 meters  13:30.22 4th
Brandt Delage  Pole Vault 9-00.00 4th
Patrick Deng  60 Hurdles 9.48 5th
Bailey Folkers, Thea Oman,
Katherine Geist, Danica Brekken 
4x400 Relay  4:38.27 5th
Katherine Geist 1600 meters 5:59.52 6th
Aleece Durbin  200 meters 28.70 6th
Patrick Deng  Triple Jump  36-04.00 6th
Luisa Bernia, Marietta Geist,
Thea Oman, Kennedy Cwikla
4x800 Relay 10:49.82 6th
Aleece Durbin 400 meters 1:05.40 7th
Patrick Deng 200 meters 25.21 7th
Danica Brekken  400 meters 1:06.08 8th
Erik Jacobson  3200 meters 12:28.75 8th


       Thea Oman in a relay                 Jaden Lubarski in the 800         Hannah Emanuel in the 200




The Northwest Girls Basketball Conference has announced the All-Conference Award winners and three from Crookston were named to the all-conference team and Sydney Boike was named the conference Most Valuable Player.  The members of the all-conference team were Boike, Danica Brekken and Elisa Samuelson.

All-Conference Team
Meleah Biermaier-Junior--Thief River Falls
Madison Brekke-Senior-Thief River Falls
Kylea Praska-Freshman-Thief River Falls
Jenna Tadych-Junior- Thief River Falls
Tiahna Nicholson-Freshman-Thief River Falls

Sydney Boike-Senior-Crookston
Danica Brekken-Senior-Crookston
Elisa Samuelson-Junior-Crookston

Kiley Borowicz-Sophomore-Roseau
Amelia Johnson-Junior- Roseau
Kacie Borowicz-8th Grade-Roseau

Haylie Carlstrom-Sophomore-East Grand Forks
Rylee Skyberg-Junior-East Grand Forks

Molly McDonald-Senior-Warroad


Honorable Mention 

MaKayla Peterson-Senior-Thief River Falls

Alexis Melby-Senior-Roseau

Danielle Filipi-Junior- East Grand Forks

Suzan Dalen-Senior-Warroad

Riley Thoma-Senior--Bagley




Crookston Pirate Senior Girls Basketball player, Sydney Boike, was named to the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association Class AA All-State team this week.  Sydney led the team in scoring and rebounding this season and capped a career as the second all time leading scorer in Crookston Pirate Basketball history. 
There were three others from Section 8AA on the team, Kiley Borowicz of Roseau, McKenzie Korf of Pelican Rapids, and Mira Ellefson of Hawley.  Molly McDonald of Warroad was named Class AA Honorable Mention.

In Class A, there were three from the area named to the All State team -
Haley Poehler of Ada-Borup
Alexia Olson of Red Lake Falls
Madison McKeever of Win-E-Mac

In Class AAA, there were two from the area named to the All State honorable mention team-
Meleah Biermaier and Madison Brekke of Thief River Falls
Also named was Brooke Heggie of Alexandria.




The University of Crookston softball team was unable to muster an offensive punch as they were no-hit by Bemidji State Beavers, 9-0, in game one and fell 2-1 in game two of their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opening series. The games, originally scheduled to be played in Crookston, were moved to Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji due to field conditions.

GAME ONE- Box Score

Bemidji State wasted no time in jumping on Golden Eagles’ starter Jordyn Derflinger (Jr., Henderson, NV) as the third batter of the game, Lyndsey Peterson, hit a two-run home run to give Bemidji State the early 2-0 lead. The Beavers would get another home run from Mikayla Osterman in the second inning and ride the hot pitching of Jessica Yost to the 9-0 win. Yost no-hit the Golden Eagles, striking out eight and walking one.

Jordyn Derflinger puts the ball in play in game two      Brooke Timmons makes contact

GAME TWO- Box Score

UMC got a fantastic pitching performance from Bailey Braatz (So., Buffalo), but the offense struggled for the second straight game in a 2-1 loss to Bemidji State.  The first four innings featured a pitchers duel between Beaver starter Jessica Yost and Braatz, neither of which allowed the opposing offense to get into a groove. Yost struck out six of the first nine UMC batters and Braatz got some great defense behind her as she stranded seven Beavers on the bases in the game.
It was the Golden Eagles who got on the board first. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Allison Foley (Jr., Lockport, IL) doubled and later scored when Gabriel Antolak (Fr., Zimmerman, MN) singled to center. The lead lasted until the top of the sixth inning, when the Beavers were able to get two runs and take a 2-1 advantage into the seventh. UMC was unable to get anything in their half of the inning and lost by the same score.
Braatz was solid on the mound for UMC, pitching seven innings scattering three hits and two runs while striking out three. Foley, Antolak and Alexis Khoshaba (Jr., Richmond, British Columbia) had the UMC hits.
The Golden Eagles fall to 4-16 overall and 0-2 in the NSIC and will host Winona State next weekend. Bemidji State improves to 11-7 overall and 2-0 in the NSIC.

 Bailey Braatz with a pitch in game two         Allison Foley puts the ball in play



SUNDAY - MARCH 22,  2015


The Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears continued their mastery of the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team in a 8-0, and 12-3 victories on Sunday afternoon at Veterans Field in Minnetonka.

GAME ONE- Box Score

Concordia-St. Paul scored four runs on five hits while taking advantage of a Golden Eagle error in the second inning and added four more runs over the next three innings while cruising to an 8-0 victory over UMC in the first game of the double header.  UMC was only able to muster five hits with Ethan Mushitz (Fresh. East Grand Forks) led the Golden Eagles with two hits and they had three players with a hit a piece.

GAME TWO – Box Score

Concordia-St. Paul broke open a scoreless game in the third inning with a three run home run and took a 3-0 lead.  UMC scored a run in the top of the sixth inning.  Dalton Parks (Jr. West Valley City, Utah) led off the inning with a double and then advanced to third on a wild pitch, before he scored on a Kenny Perez (Jr. Orlando, FL) sacrifice fly and the Golden Eagles trailed 3-1.  Concordia-St. Paul responded with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning taking advantage of a couple walks and a triple and a total four hits in the inning for a 7-1 lead.  UMC’s offense continued to have a hot bat in the seventh inning with a leadoff double by Mushitz, who came in to score on a David Anya (Soph. Tucson, AZ) double.  Colton Haight (Jr. Rogers) was hit by a pitch and Anya came into score on an error and the Golden Eagles trailed 7-3.  A UMC error in the bottom of the inning cost them big, as Concordia-St. Paul had their first two batters retired and the third batter of the inning fouled down the third base line for what looked to be the third out of the inning, but the ball was dropped and a double and single later the Golden Bears added three runs to take a commanding 10-3 lead after seven innings.  Concordia-St. Paul added two insurance runs in the eighth inning with a lead off walk, back to back singles to score a run and the second run of the inning scored when a Golden Bear stole home for a 12-3 lead.  UMC wasn't able to get a run in the top of the ninth and Concordia-St. Paul held on for the 12-3 victory and the four game weekend sweep.  Dalton Parks was the only Golden Eagle with more than one hit and was 2-5 in the game with a run scored.
UMC drops to 6-13 on the year and 0-4 in the NSIC and will travel to Fayette, Iowa to play Upper Iowa in four more games next weekend.  Concordia-St. Paul improves to 6-6 on the year and 4-0 in the NSIC.




SATURDAY - MARCH 21,  2015


The Crookston Pirate Girls Track team finished second place and had seven first place finishes and the Pirate Boys had one first place and one second place finish in their first meet of the year in doors at Concordia College in Moorhead.  The Pirate Girls finished second and the Pirate Boys finished fourth out of seven teams.
Both teams were short on numbers with the CYBA tournament going this weekend, the Spanish Class trip and other reasons, so both coaches were happy with the results.

Boys Teams Points   Girls Teams Points
1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 192.5   1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 222.5
2. Fertile-Betlrami 93.5   2. CROOKSTON 149
3. East Grand Forks 92   3. Fertile-Beltrami 47.5
4. CROOKSTON 61   4. Climax-Fisher-SH 46
5. Lake Park-Audubon 41   5. East Grand Forks 43
6. Park Christian 40   6. Lake Park-Audubon 8
7. Climax-Fisher-SH 32   7. Park Christian 7

The Crookston Pirate Girls has seven first place finishes with Danica Brekken getting two first place finishes in her first ever track meet, and Aleece Durbin added two more first place finishes. Brekken had a first place finish in the 1600 and 800 meter races. "Danica
 is a strong distance/mid distance runner and is a nice addition to the team," said Pirate Girls Track Coach Amy Boll.  "She is a strong athlete and she is quick on her feet and has endurance from being a soccer player and we were pleasantly surprised."  Durbin had a first place finish in the 55 and 200 meter races. "Aleece's times were close to where she ended last year so that is exciting," said Coach Boll.  "They were about what we expected and that was great to see and she is on pace for another great year."  The other first place finishes came from Katelyn Wagner in the 55 hurdles, Kathryn Geist in the 3200 meters and the 4x800 relay team.  "I was pretty happy with Katelyn's time and was impressed with her to start off the season like she did," said Coach Boll. "Kathryn is a nice addition to our team and turned in a great time and was a state participant in cross country and we will have some strength in the distance this year."  The Pirate Girls Track coaches were very pleased with the girls performances. "All of the coaches are pleased with how the girls did, from distance, throwers, and the sprinters," said Coach Boll.  "It was a very good meet and a great way to start off the season even if we were short on numbers."

The Crookston Pirates had a first place finish with Patrick Deng winning the 55 hurdles and a second place finish from the 4x200 relay team (Patrick Deng, Elias Walski, Mason Wang and Brandt Delage).  “Patrick Deng placed in the 55 hurdles, 4x2 and triple jump and he has been a strong trackster for us for many years,” said Pirate Boys Coach Wayne Folkers.  “Elias Walski placed in the 4x200 relay, long jump and 400. He is new to track this and we are happy to have him.”  Crookston had two third place finishes and many more in the top six to place in the first meet of the year.  “I was pleased with the way that the boys competed today at Concordia. It was nice to have a smaller meet to get things started and to see where we stand as a team and individually,” said Coach Folkers. “We have a ways to go before we are all in track shape, but we are only two weeks into the season. We know that we have talent up and down the roster so I look forward to watching us grow as a team as all of the kids get back into the flow of track. As you can see we had several athletes place in the meet as well as our 4x200 and 4x400 placing. It was a great way to start the season.
The Pirate Boys and Girls Track teams will be at the Bemidji State indoor meet on Tuesday.


Aleece Durbin on her way to a win  Brandt Delage gets the hand off from Elias Walski   Danica Brekken finishes strong
                                                    (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Crookston Results (top 3) Event Time/distance Place
Aleece Durbin 55 meters 7.84 1st
Aleece Durbin 200 meters 28.44 1st
Danica Brekken 800 meters 2:29.81 1st
Danica Brekken 1600 meters 5:44.04 1st
Katherine Geist 3200 meters 12:41.75 1st
Katelyn Wagner 55 hurdles 11.03 1st
Thea Oman, Jenna Porter,
Kennedy Cwikla, Luisa Bernia
4x800 Relay 11:03.50 1st
Patrick Deng 55 hurdles 8.67 1st
Harley Barlow Shot Put 32-11 2nd
Patrick Deng, Mason Wang,
Elias Walski, Brandt Delage
4x200 Relay 1:42.64 2nd
Jenna Porter 800 meters 2:47.91 3rd
Thea Oman 1600 meters 6:22.79 3rd
Abby Parr 3200 meters 15:57.42 3rd
Rachel Hefta, Carlie Reading,
Teagan Carlstrom, Aleece Durbin
4x200 Relay 2:03.13 3rd
Kennedy Cwikla, Bailey Folkers,
Hannah Emanuel, Luisa Bernia
4x400 Relay 4:45.69 3rd
Alyssa Schultz Triple Jump 27-08 3rd
Alyssa Schultz Long Jump 12-11.5 3rd
Brandt Delage Pole Vault 9-6 3rd
Brandt Delage 200 meters 25.06 3rd


      Lukas Meier rounds the turn               Guthrie Dingmann and Kyle Stegman in the 55 meters
                                     (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team opened up Northern Sun Conference (NSIC) play with a 12-2 and 6-2 loss at the hands of the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears in a game played in St. Paul.

GAME ONE – Box Score

Concordia-St. Paul opened up the conference season in grand fashion as they roughed up UMC’s starting pitcher, Richie Navratil (Sr. Czech Republic – Norman County West HS) for 11 runs in two and a thirds inning on 12 hits.  Concordia- St. Paul added one more run in third inning and had a 12-0 lead before UMC knew what hit them.  The UMC bullpen came in and did a solid job the rest of the way with Wyatt Huso (Fresh. Eagan), Marcus Campbell (Jr. St. Croix Falls, Wis), Cayden Barta (Soph. Fargo) not giving up a run final three innings.  The Golden Eagle offense finally warmed up in the fifth inning when Colton Haight (Jr. Rogers) leading off with a single to left field, Patrick Higgins (Soph. Eagan) was hit by a pitch.  After a pop out and a wild pitch that allowed the runners to advance to second and third base, Jesse Jennings tripled to left field to score two runs and UMC trailed 12-2.  Nobody scored in the rest of the way and Concordia-St. Paul opened up the conference season with a 12-2 victory.

GAME TWO – Box Score

UMC got on the board first with a run in the second inning.  UMC’s leadoff batter popped out, but Colton Haight got things going with a single, which was followed with Kenny Perez (Jr. Orlando, Fl) single to right center field gap and runners were at first and third.  Zach Frazier (Fresh. Grand Rapids) followed with a single to left field to give UMC a 1-0 lead.  The Golden Eagle’s Patrick Amerson (Soph. Elroy, AZ) singled for the fourth hit of the inning to load the bases, but the next batter hit into a double play and UMC was only able to score a run on four hits, but led 1-0 after an inning and a half of play.  Concordia-St. Paul scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning when then leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and then they had two straight bunt singles to load the bases.  The next Golden Bear batter had a sacrifice fly, then a single, a pop out and then a double that scored two more runs and Concordia-St. Paul had four runs on four hits to take the 4-1 lead after three innings.  In the top of the sixth inning, UMC would strike again with a Ryan Haggstrom (Jr. Apple Valley) single, followed by Thomas Kinsella (Jr. North Branch) single and the Golden Eagle's Haight came through with a run scoring single to bring UMC within a 4-2 deficit.  Concordia-St. Paul answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth and another run in the seventh and held on for the 6-2 victory.
UMC drops to 6-11 on the year and 0-2 in the NSIC and will take on Concordia-St. Paul in another double header on Sunday in St. Paul.  Concordia-St. Paul improves to 4-6 on the year and 2-0 in the NSIC.




FRIDAY - MARCH 20,  2015


Tryouts for a Crookston JO Volleyball team will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for girls in fifth through 11th grade at the Crookston High School.  There will be a parent meeting from 6:30-7:00 and then registration following.  Parents may leave after registration and come back and pick your daughter up at 8:30.  Fifth and sixth grade parents and daughters are free to leave after the registration.   Because of gym space 12’s (fifth and sixth graders) will have try-outs a different night if needed.

14-18’s (seventh through 11th graders) are asked to wear volleyball attire.  Each girl will make a team.   Come to registration and find out details such as coaches, tournaments, and uniforms.  Cost is $100.00 for 16’s and 18’s and $75.00 for 12’s and 14’s.  Family maximum of $150.00.
If you cannot attend registration/try-out’s you need to contact Brandi Nesseth (651-206-8240) or Meredith Hollcraft (218-280-3544) before March 26 so other arrangements can be made for tryouts. 




THURSDAY -  MARCH 19, 2015


The University of Minnesota Crookston had 10 student-athletes named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Winter All-Academic team.  Five men’s basketball and five women’s basketball players received the honor. 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 higher. 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.

Men’s Basketball
Austin Dierks (Soph. Chokio)
John Hughes (Jr. San Diego, Calif.)
Kevin Larson (Sr. New Ulm)
Tomas Parker (Sr. Pequot Lakes)
Lucas Reller (Sr. Lead, S.D)

Women’s Basketball
Kenzie Church (Sr. Fairmount, N.D.)
Ashley Martell (Sr. Somerset, Wis.)
Katrina Moenkedick (Jr. Perham)
Megan Taylor (So. Estelline, S.D.)
Alexa Thielman (Jr. Buffalo)





The Crookston Pirate Girls Head Basketball coach Lon Boike announced yesterday that he is resigning effective the end of the season.  The Pirate Girls Basketball team is coming off a 21-8 record and lost to the eventual Section 8AA champion Roseau in the section semi-finals.  Boike ends his seven year head coaching career with over 100 wins and one appearance in the Section 8AA championship game.  Below is an email that Boike sent KROX.

I have decided to resign from my position as Head Girls Basketball Coach at the end of my current basketball contract (2014-15). It has been a decision that I have been thinking about for the past year, and one that I have been struggling to make for various reasons.
I have been honored to work with many outstanding coaches and players throughout my coaching career at Crookston High School, and have forged numerous relationships. For all of this, I am grateful, and will not forget all of the great memories and successful seasons we have had!
I look forward in helping the Pirate Girls Basketball program in any way that I can in the future.

Lon Boike



Three members of the Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey team, Macy Strem,
Maddie Nicholls, and Jayden Allrich, played in the River City Showcase in Moorhead this past weekend and their team won the event.

Sabrina Delorme and Macy Strem were selected to play in the Section 8A & AA Girls Hockey All Star game in Warroad on Monday. The girls played against each other, but had fun playing with a lot of talented girls.

Maddie Nicholls, Jayden Allrich, and Macy Strem at the River City Showcase




Seven Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey players competed in the 20th annual Gopher State Hockey Festival this past weekend in Blaine.  Four teams of high school players from the four regions of the state participated in a round robin tournament, with the North finishing with the second most points in the tournament with a record of 2-1-1.  From Crookston were - Harrison Bjorgo, Cody Wardner, Parker Nicholls, Doug Larson, Adam Huglen, Chandler St. Michel and Bobby Tiedemann.  The team is pictured below.

Back Row, left to right: Tosten Mann, Fergus Falls; Ethan Johnson, Thief River Falls; Davis Beauchamp, East Grand Forks; Parker Revering, Alexandria; John Stampohar, Grand Rapids; Harrison Bjorgo, Crookston; Erik Fitzgerald, Bemidji; Jacob Odegaard, Moorhead; Alex Burke, Warroad; Jon Richards, Detroit Lakes; Cody Warder, Crookston;
Front Row: Parker Nicholls, Crookston; Doug Larson, Crookston; Adam Huglen, Crookston; Cole Hartje, Bemidji; Chandler St. Michel, Crookston; and Bobby Tiedemann, Crookston.



TUESDAY - MARCH 17,  2015


The University of Minnesota Crookston Baseball team outlasted Clearwater Christian College in a slugfest 25-17 victory in the final game of their Florida trip.  The 25 runs and 22 hits was a school record. 
UMC started the scoring in the first inning when Ryan Haggstrom (Jr. Apple Valley) singled to score a run and then Kenny Perez (Jr. Orlando, FL) singled in Haggstrom for a 2-0 Golden Eagle lead.  Clearwater answered with four runs to take a 4-2 lead in the third inning.  UMC answered with three runs in the bottom of the third to regain the lead at 5-4.  Perez tripled and came into score on a sacrifice fly.  David Anaya (Soph. Tucson, Arizona) doubled to score a run and then Ethan Mushitz (Fresh. East Grand Forks) singled to score the last run of the inning.
UMC added another run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning for a 6-4 lead.  The UMC pitching faltered in the fifth inning and gave up six runs, including a three run home run and Clearwater had a 10-6 lead.  The Golden Eagles answered in a big way, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Clearwater scored three more runs to regain the lead 13-11.  In the bottom of the sixth inning, UMC exploded batting 16, scoring 12 and taking advantage of four Clearwater errors to take a 23-13 lead.  UMC was led by Perez and Colton Haight (Jr. Rogers) with two rbi’s apiece in the inning.  UMC cruised the rest of the way to the 25-17 victory.  UMC was led offensively by Haggstrom, who went 4-5 with six runs, two rbi’s and walked twice.  Perez was 4-6 with three runs and three rbi’s and Mushitz was 3-6 with four runs and four rbi’s, and Haight was 3-4 with five rbi’s and a run.  Click here for the box score.

UMC improves to 6-9 on the year and will open up the real season on Saturday and Sunday with four Northern Sun Conference games at Concordia St. Paul.  Clearwater Christian falls to 0-15 on the season.

Ethan Mushitz with one of his base hits in the game (Picture by UMC Sports Information)




The University of Minnesota Crookston Men’s Golf team placed fourth out of four teams at the Minot State/UMC Invite held Monday and Tuesday at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.  UMC was led by Jesse Roscoe (Sr., Big Stone City, S.D./Golf and Turf Management), who finished with a 78 and 75 to finish tied for fifth.
Minnesota State captured the team title with a 589. The Mavericks’ Ross Miller and Kelton Schmitz would share the title as they shot 10-under-par scores of 140.

After Roscoe, UMC’s Matt McClure (Sr., Grand Rapids) shot a five-over-par 155 to finish 11th. Michael Roedl (Sr., Minneapolis) finished with a 170 on the tournament. Matt Bjorgo (Sr., Crookston) finished with a 178. Christopher Kesler (Sr., Waupaca, Wis.) finished with a 183 and Timothy Jenkins (Sr., Waukesha, Wis.) shot a 185.
The Golden Eagles will return to action March 28-29 at the Quarry Oaks Collegiate at Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Ashland, Nebraska.

Matt McClure chips onto the green on one of the holes in Las Vegas. (Picture by UMC Sports Information)




The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team officially wrapped up the 2014-2015 season with their end of the year banquet at the Crookston High School commons on Monday evening.  They handed out the following awards.

Most Valuable Wrestler - Cody Weiland
Rod Hanson Most Dedicated - Cody Weiland
Most wins and pins - Cody Weiland
Most Improved - Jake Wagner
Rookie of the Year - Lukas Meier
Coaches Award - Luke Edlund

All Conference - Cody Weiland
All Conference Honorable Mention - Jake Wagner, Lukas Meier, Colton Weiland, Jonny Frazee, Luke Edlund, and Jesse Bosquez.

 Pirate team award winners -  Jake Wagner, Cody Weiland, Luke Edlund and Lukas Meier.


MONDAY - MARCH 16,  2015


The University of Minnesota Crookston lost the first game 12-8, and bounced back with a 12-8 victory in the second game of a double header with Saint Michael’s College (Vermont) in Clearwater, Florida.

GAME ONE – Box Score
UMC struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning when David Anaya (So., Tucson, Ariz) doubled to score Kenny Perez (Jr., Orlando, Fla) for a 1-0 lead.  Zach Frazier (Fresh, Grand Rapids) followed with a single to score Patrick Higgins (So., Eagan) for a 2-0 lead. Saint Michael’s responded in a big way, scoring three runs in the top of the third and two more in the fifth and another run in the sixth for a 6-2 lead.  UMC answered with a run on a Perez sacrifice fly to bring the Golden Eagles within a 6-3 deficit.  After St. Michaels scored another run, UMC had a threat going with bases loaded and one out.  Thomas Kinsella (Jr. North Branch) reached on a fielders choice, and a run came into score on the play.  Bases were still loaded, but UMC wasn’t able to get another run and lost 7-4. 
Ryan Haggstrom (Jr., Apple Valley) led UMC offensively, going 2-of-4.

Ryan Haggstrom applies a tag on a pick off attempt at first base (Picture by UMC Sports Information)

GAME TWO -  Box Score

In game two, UMC jumped on Saint Michaels with five runs in the first inning.  Dalton Parks (Jr., West Valley City) had a leadoff double and he and Higgins would come into score on an error for a 2-0 lead.  Haggstrom and Kinsella scored on another Saint Michaels error.  The fifth UMC run scored when Riley Thompson (Fr., Owatonna) singled to give the Golden Eagles a 5-0 lead.   Saint Michael’s answered with a two run home run in the bottom of the first.  UMC added another run in the top of the second inning when Kinsella had a run scoring single for a 6-2 lead.  After Saint Michaels scored another run, UMC had a sacrifice fly by Haggstrom and Perez added a run scoring single for an 8-3 lead through the top of the fourth inning.  UMC gave up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but scored a run on a Parks single for a 9-5 lead.  St. Michaels made things a little more interesting when they scored two more runs in the fifth inning to get within a two run deficit.  UMC scored some big insurance runs when they had bases loaded.   Ethan Mushitz (Fresh. East Grand Forks) hit a sac fly, Thompson had a run scoring single and Frazier had a sacrifice fly to take an 11-7 lead.  Saint Michaels added another run, but UMC shut the door and picked up the 12-8 victory for the split.  Kinsella, who was 3-44 with three runs scored and a RBI. Perez was 2-3 and a RBI, while Haight was 2-3 with two runs scored.
With the split UMC
is now 5-9 on the season and will play Clearwater Christian College on Tuesday. Saint Michael’s is now 1-4 on the season.




The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle softball team started off their trip to Arizona with three games on Monday and won two games. UMC used the long ball to beat the University of British Columbia 7-6, lost to Dickinson State University 12-11 and bounced back to beat Mayville State University 12-3 to start a span where they play 10 games in five days.

GAME ONE – Box Score
In the first game the Golden Eagles gave up a solo home run in the second inning, but UMC’s Gabriel Antolak answered with a home run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 1-1.  UMC gave up a triple that scored two runs in the third, only to have Shelby Hollinger (Sr., Neudorf, Saskatchewan) hit another Golden Eagle home run.  The Golden Eagles added two more runs in the fourth inning on a Kristi Larson (Jr. New Ulm) single for a 4-3 lead.  UMC would add three huge runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 7-3 lead.  The first run scored on an error, the second scored on a sacrifice fly and the last run of the inning scored on a Josie Plante (Sr., Manitou, Manitoba) single.  British Columbia tried a late rally with three runs in the top of the seventh, but the Golden Eagles were able to close the door to pick up their first win of the season.  Bailey Braatz (So., Buffalo) picked up the win going seven innings, giving up four earned runs while scattering nine hits, and striking out two. 

GAME TWO – Box Score
Dickinson State scored three runs in the top of the first for a 3-0 lead.  UMC answered with two runs in the second when they had an rbi double from Kaylin Beatty (Jr., Andover) and Victoria Bayliss rbi triple to bring the Golden Eagles within a one run deficit.  In the third inning, UMC tied the game with a sacrifice fly by Alexis Khoshaba (Jr., Richmond, British Columbia).  Dickinson State blew the game open with six runs in the fourth inning and two more in the top of the fifth for an 11-3 lead.  UMC settled down in the bottom of the fifth inning and got the bats going, scoring two runs.  The first run scored on an error and the second run scored on an rbi double by Plante.  Dickinson State scored another run in the sixth inning, but UMC answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning.  The first run of the inning scored on a sacrifice fly and two more runs scored on a double by Antolak to bring UMC within a 12-8 deficit.  The UMC rally continued in the seventh inning when they had an rbi double by Beatty and then a two rbi double from Bayliss to bring UMC within a 12-11 deficit, but Dickinson was able to retire the Golden Eagles and pick up the win.

GAME THREE – Box Score
In the third and final game of the day, UMC wasted no time by scoring two runs in the first inning on a run scoring groundout and a sacrifice fly.  After Mayville scored a run in the bottom of the first, UMC added six runs in the third inning.  The big inning started with back to back hits and then a big blast by Hollinger for a three run home run.  A couple batters later, with bases loaded, UMC’s Larson hit a bases clearing triple to score three more runs and the Golden Eagles were leading 8-1.  Both teams added two runs in the fourth inning and UMC added two more insurance runs in the fifth to pick up the 12-3 victory.  Jordyn Derflinger (Jr. Henderson, Nevada) pitched the complete game five innings while scattering four hits and striking out one.
UMC improves to 2-9 on the season.


The University of Minnesota Crookston Men’s Golf team is in fourth place after day one of the four team Minot State/UMC Invite at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UMC’s Matt McClure (Sr., Grand Rapids) leads the Golden Eagles with a five over par 77 which is good for ninth place.  Jesse Roscoe (Sr., Big Stone City, S.D.) shot a 78. Michael Roedl (Sr., Minneapolis) shot an 83. Christopher Kesler (Sr., Waupaca, Wis.) shot a 91. Timothy Jenkins (Sr., Waukesha, Wis.) shot a 94 and Matt Bjorgo (Sr., Crookston) shot a 96.
Minnesota State Mankato leads the way with a 297 and the University of Sioux Falls is 13 strokes behind at 310. Mankato’s Ross Miller leads the field with a 70.




SATURDAY - MARCH 14,  2015


The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team was taking on fellow Northern Sun Conference opponent, Upper Iowa University and lost a 14-inning marathon 9-8 in Clearwater, Florida.  
Upper Iowa scored the first run of the game in the third inning for a 1-0 lead, but UMC answered in the bottom of the inning as David Anaya (So., Tucson, Ariz) scored on a throwing error and another run came in on an Ethan Mushitz (Fresh. East Grand Forks) sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.

Upper Iowa took advantage of a UMC error and scored two runs in the fifth inning to regain the lead 3-2.
UMC answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. UMC scored the first run of the inning on another Upper Iowa throwing error and added another run on a Dalton Parks (Jr., West Valley City, Utah) single, and the third run scored on a wild pitch for a 5-3 Golden Eagle lead.

Upper Iowa answered with four runs to regain the lead 7-5, only to have UMC answer with another sacrifice fly. Upper Iowa added another run on a Golden Eagle error in the eighth inning for an 8-6 lead.
In the ninth inning, Ryan Haggstrom singled to drive in Patrick Higgins (So., Eagan) to make it 8-7. Perez singled to drive in Haggstrom to tie the game at 8-8 to force extra innings.
Neither team was able to score in the 10, 11, 12 or 13th innings and the game was still tied at 8-8 going into the 14th inning.  Upper Iowa scored on a two out triple to take a 9-8 lead.  In the bottom of the inning UMC started the inning with a Perez single only to have his pinch runner get picked off at first base.  UMC had two more base runners, but couldn’t get them across the plate and Upper Iowa holds on for the 9-8 victory in 14 innings.  The two teams used a combined 12 pitchers in the game.
Offensively for UMC, Thomas Kinsella (Jr., North Branch), was 5-of-7. Haggstrom was 2-of-7 with one rbi and two runs scored, while Anaya was 3-of-7 with two runs scored.  Click here for the box score.
UMC will be able to enjoy some sun and fun on Sunday before playing Saint Michaels College for a double header on Monday.

Thomas Kinsella with a swing during one of his at bats vs Upper Iowa (Picture by UMC Sports Information)




The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team lost a dual with the Minot State Beavers by four strokes at the Aliante Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UMC was led by Matt McClure (Sr., Grand Rapids), who finished second in the tournament with an eight-over-par 80. Minot State’s Nick Liebel won the tournament with a 78.

UMC's Jesse Roscoe (Sr., Big Stone City, S.D.) shot an 82 and finished tied for third, Michael Roedl (Sr., Minneapolis) shot an 84 and finished tied for fifth with an 84, Timothy Jenkins (Sr., Waukesha, Wis.) shot 89 and finished eighth, Matt Bjorgo (Sr., Crookston) shot a 91 to finish ninth and Christopher Kessler (Sr., Waupaca, Wis.) shot a 92 to finish tied for 10th.
Six players for each team competed in the tournament. The Golden Eagles will host the UMC/Minot State Spring Invite on Monday in Las Vegas.



FRIDAY -  MARCH 13, 2015


The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team picked up a split on their opening day at the Winning Inning Invitational at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida on Friday. The Golden Eagles lost game one due to a 15-run seventh inning by Kentucky Wesleyan College as UMC fell 27-11. In game two, the Golden Eagles used opportune hits and a complete game from Nolan Wahlberg (Jr., Blaine) to pick up a 6-5 win.

GAME ONE-  Box Score
Kentucky Wesleyan would take the early 1-0 lead as Johnathan Eberhardt doubled to score Dennon Koziol.
The Panthers would add three runs led by a Chad Klein two-RBI double as Kentuck Wesleyan chased Frank from the game and went ahead 4-0. The Golden Eagles would cut the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth when Patrick Higgins (So., OF, Eagan) scored on a wild pitch.  Kentucky Wesleyan would go ahead 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth led by another Klein double.  UMC would be able to cut the lead to 6-2 in the top of the fifth as Ethan Mushitz (Fr., IF, East Grand Forks) scored on a ground out. The Golden Eagles would come up big in the sixth with four runs to tie the game at 6-6 with a bases clearing double by Dalton Parks (Jr., OF, West Valley City, Utah). UMC would go ahead 11-6 in the top of the seventh led by a two run triple by Ryan Haggstrom (Jr., 1B/P, Apple Valley). However, the lead wouldn’t last long as the Panthers would respond with a 15-run inning to take the 21-6 lead and went on for the 27-6 win.  UMC was led on the game by Haggstrom, who was 2-of-5 with three RBI’s and one run scored. Mushitz was 2-of-4 with two runs scored and Jennings was 2-of-3 with two runs scored.

GAME TWO-  Box Score
In game two against Ohio Valley, the Golden Eagles trailed early, but responded in the bottom of the second as Riley Thompson (Fr., OF, Owatonna) scored on a Zach Frazier (R-Fr., C, Grand Rapids) single.  UMC would extend their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third. A Kenny Perez (Jr., DH/1B, Orlando, Fla./Health Science) single would drive in Haggstrom. A Frazier single would then drive in Jennings and Perez.
Ohio Valley would cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the fourth.
A Perez double in the bottom of the fifth would drive in Thomas Kinsella (Jr., IF, North Branch) to make it 5-3. A Dan single would drive in Marlon Bellmas in the sixth to cut the UMC lead to 5-4. The Fighting Scots would be able to knot up the game at 5-5 on a Tyler Proctor that scored Bellmas in the eighth. UMC would respond though as Kinsella would hit a ball hard into shallow right. Wes Hatfield would try to make the catch after making the run on the ball but Kinsella would get the hit, driving in Mushitz for what would be the game-winning run.
Wahlberg pitched a complete game, throwing 116 pitches to hold on for the Golden Eagles and get his second win of the year. The Golden Eagles were led by Kinsella, who was 3-of-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Frazier was 2-of-4 with three RBI’s, while Perez was 2-of-5 with one run scored and two RBI’s.  (Wahlberg is pictured with a pitch in the second game - Picture by UMC Sports Information)

UMC is now 4-7 and will continue their Florida trip as they play conference foe, Upper Iowa at 9:00 a.m. in Clearwater, Florida.




The University of Minnesota Crookston Women's Golf team put up three more strokes on the second day of the Southwest Minnesota State Invitational at the Sundance Golf Course in Buckeye, Arizona.  Only two teams shot better than yesterday and even though Minnesota State Mankato was six strokes higher than yesterday, the Mavericks claimed the team championship edging Indianapolis University.  Tabitha Kunst of MSU-Mankato shot a sizzling one over par 73 today to garner medalist honors by seven strokes.  UMC's Katie Sheetz  (Jr-Grand Rapids, Mn) was the top Golden Eagles golfer with an 89 and finished in 24th place overall.  For the full results of the invitational click here.



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