Crookston High School teacher and coach and former University of Minnesota Crookston Athletic Director, Lon Boike, will be inducted into the Clarke University Hall of Fame next month.  Boike will be inducted for his time as a coach and director of athletics.  A portion of the press release is below -

Clarke University's Athletics Hall of Fame will grow by five next month with the induction of four former student-athletes and a forme coach/director of athletics.
The 2018 Hall of Fame class includes Lon Boike (coach/director of athletics), Joemi Byrd (basketball, '06), Melissa Mennig (soccer, 07), Nicky Newhoff (softball, '11), and Ashley Shields (volleyball, '11).
The induction ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, October 6, in the Clarke Atrium.
Boike, a native of Clara City, Minnesota, was a member of Clarke's athletic program from 1989 to 2000. During that period, he spent time as athletic director, coach and instructor.
Boike served as Clarke's athletic director from 1993 to 2000, providing leadership for NAIA and NCAA Division III programs. He increased fundraising efforts and improved the development of the college's intercollegiate athletic program, and increased intramural offerings. Boike created, developed and taught in the kinesiology program. He was a contributing member of the Student Affairs staff.
Boike guided Clarke's women's basketball program for seven years. His 1990-91 team posted a then school record 17 wins and his 1991-92 team equaled that mark.
Boike spent two seasons as Clarke's head softball coach. His 1994 team went 24-14, setting a then school record for wins in a season.
Boike served as Clarke's head women's volleyball coach for six years, from 1989 to 1992 and again in 1996 and 1997. His 1991 team posted a then school record 27 wins, a mark that stood until 2012.
Prior to joining the Clarke staff, Boike served as athletic director, instructor and head women's basketball and volleyball coach at College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota. His women's basketball team made a national tournament appearance. Boike had also served as a teacher and coach at Audubon Public Schools, Audubon, Minnesota.
Since 2005, Boike has been employed with the Crookston Public School District, Crookston, as a teacher and coach. He implemented a new health/physical education curriculum and has served on numerous wellness committees. Boike has served as a successful head girls' volleyball coach and was the former head girls' basketball coach. He has also held assistant coaching roles in football, softball and track.
Boike served as athletic director at the University of Minnesota-Crookston from 2000 to 2003. He provided leadership for an NCAA Division II program, improved wellness promotion and athletic compliance, served as an advisor to recruiting, increased intramural offerings and fundraising, and increased budget oversight.
Boike received his associate of arts degree from Ridgewater College, Willmar, his bachelor of science degree in health, physical education and coaching from Southwest Minnesota State University, and his master's degree in health, kinesiology and recreation from Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota. He is pursuing a specialists license from Minnesota State-Moorhead for K-12 principal/superintendent.
Lon and his wife, Chris, reside in Crookston. They have three children, Alec (24), Sydney (21) and Caden (13).






Fergus Falls Hillcrest scored a goal 50 seconds into the game and three goals in the first 10 minutes and cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Crookston Pirates in a Section 8A game played at the Crookston High School soccer field.

Hillcrest didn't waste anytime as they scored a goal 50 seconds into the game for a quick 1-0 lead before the fans were able to get comfortable in their folding chairs.  "It was off a corner kick and when you let somebody loose inside the six they are going to score," said Pirate Coach Don Cox.  Hillcrest added another goal a little over six minutes later for a 2-0 lead.  Both goals were scored by Iver Honningdal.  It only took two minutes for Hillcrest to score again with a goal from Erik Primavera for a 3-0 lead.  Less than five minutes after the third goal, Hillcrest added another goal, this time by Markus Fluge and 14:05 into the game Crookston trailed 4-0.  Crookston started to get some things going offensively and with less than five minutes left in the half, Crookston had a nice pass up to a streaking Jake Anderson.  Jake caught the pass and was one-on-one with the goalie and put a shot on net, but the Hillcrest goalie made the save.  "We had a nice pass and we couldn't find the net," said Coach Cox. "It was a nice play and it is too bad we couldn't score."  Less than a minute later, Hillcrest scored their fifth goal of the game.   To Crookston's credit, they kept the offensive pressure going and snuck another pass to Anderson for another one-on-one opportunity and his kick went off the left post.  Nobody scored the rest of the half and Hillcrest took a 5-0 lead into halftime.  "We just can't seem to find the magic combination to get some goals," said Coach Cox. "We had three or four good opportunities and didn't take advantage of them.  As the half went along we did a better job of closing the door on them."
In the second half Hillcrest continued to dominate play for the first 20 minutes before they started to go deep into the bench, even pulling a kid warming up with the J.V. team on the field over to play with the Varsity.  Crookston had a couple opportunities with Jacob Brunelle and Anderson get the ball close to the goal, but Hillcrest's defense held strong to earn the shutout and the 5-0 victory.  "They boys played hard and never gave up and that was nice to see," said Coach Cox. "We have to find a way to score some goals, but after the first 10 minutes we played better and got stronger as the game went along."
Crookston drops to 2-9 on the year and will travel to Hibbing on Friday. 

       Jacob Brunelle kicks the ball on net                                  Jake Anderson puts a shot on goal



2nd Final
Fergus Falls Hillcrest 5 0 5

   The Crookston Pirates try to block a Fergus Falls Hillcrest players kick

0:50 - FFHC - Iver Honningdal (Markus Fluge)
7:15 - FFHC - Iver Honningdal (Markus Fluge)
9:15 - FFHC - Eirik Primavera (Iver Honningdal)
14:05 - FFHC - Markus Fluge (Nick Foss)
36:21 - FFHC - Eirik Primavera (Markus Fluge)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crookston 7 7 14
Mervin Makundi - Hillcrest 1 1 2




The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers had a great meet but Warroad/Roseau had the depth to win the dual 108 to 71 in a dual in Warroad.  Crookston won seven of the 12 events and had three first place finishes Madison Hoiland, Thea Oman and Elizabeth Erdman.  Hoiland had a first place in the 200 IM, 100 Breaststroke and she was part of the 200 Medley relay.  "Madison looked really good today," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "She was dominant in the 100 Breaststroke and really good in her 200 IM.  She tends to like the shorter freestyle races, but she looked really good in her races today."  Thea Oman had a first place finish in the 200 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle and she was part of the 200 Medley.  Elizabeth Erdman finished first in the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle and she was also part of the 200 Medley relay. "Elizabeth had an exceptional 100 butterfly today and she was excited about her swim," said Coach Melbye. "It was one of her fastest times and looked really good with a faster pace and she was strong until the end."
Fallon Johnson had one of her best meets of her career with third place finishes in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. "Fallon continues to surprise me and she is cutting significant amounts of time and is getting more confident," said Coach Melbye. "I am excited to see what she will do the rest of the season."
The Pirates had the most personal best times in the meet, more than they have had the rest of the season. "I think it was a lot of factors.  They were having a lot of fun and didn't show signs of nervousness and getting more confident," said Coach Melbye. "For us sitting where we are with six weeks left of the season, we are in good shape and if the girls keep improving like they have been, it will be fun to see what they can do the rest of the season."
Crookston will travel to Thief River Falls on Thursday and travel to Fosston on Saturday.

Pirate (Top 3 places) Event Time Place
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:13.58 1st
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:08.54 1st
Madison Hoiland 200 IM 2:45.83 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:11.90 1st
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 58.39 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 500 Freestyle 6:13.06 1st
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:21.39 1st
Claire Oman 100 Freestyle 1:09.10 2nd
Mackenzie Aamoth, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Free Relay 1:53.97 2nd
Mackenzie Aamoth 100 Backstroke 1:18.29 2nd
Fallon Johnson 200 Freestyle 2:33.24 3rd
Claire Oman 200 IM 2:55.49 3rd
Mackenzie Aamoth 50 Freestyle 31.70 3rd
Fallon Johnson 500 Freestyle 6:47.86 3rd








The Columbus Blue Jackets trimmed their training camp roster by 24 players, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 
The Blue Jackets assigned the following players to the Cleveland Monsters, the club's American Hockey League affiliate: F Vitaly Abramov, D Brady Austin, F Paul Bittner, D Garret Cockerill, D Ryan Collins, F Dan DeSalvo, F Maxime Fortier, F Brett Gallant, F Nikita Korostelev, F Miles Koules, F Ryan MacInnis, F Justin Scott, F Kole Sherwood, D Blake Siebenaler, D Doyle Somerby, G Brad Thiessen, F Calvin Thurkauf, F Trent Vogelhuber and D Justin Wade.
The club also placed the following players on waivers for the purposes of assigning them to Cleveland: D Tommy Cross, F Zac Dalpe, F Nathan Gerbe and D Dillon Simpson. Goaltender Joseph Raaymakers was released from his tryout contract and returned to the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights.

Bittner played in one exhibition game in a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on Friday.  Paul played 14 minutes with three shots on goal, two hits, one block and two penalty minutes.  He played 90 seconds on the power play and 37 seconds while short handed.  Paul and the Cleveland Monsters will start the season on October 5 and 6 when they host Rockford.





University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle football's Ali Alkhatib (Sr., LB, Rosemount) was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week after an outstanding performance against Minot State University on Saturday.
Alkhatib recorded a sack in the end zone for a safety in the final two minutes against Minot State Saturday, helping to ensure a Golden Eagle win. The linebacker led the Golden Eagles with eight tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, along with seven solo tackles. Alkhatib and the Minnesota Crookston defense helped limit the Beavers to just 245 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles picked up their first win since Nov. 7, 2015 and their first road victory since Nov. 3, 2007.
Alkhatib is the first NSIC Player of the Week selection since Dre Person was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Nov. 9, 2015.
Gabriel Watson of University of Sioux Falls was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week, while Sioux Falls punter/kicker Thomas Chapin was selected as NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week.

              Ali Alkhatib





The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Soccer team scored a goal with two seconds left in the game to beat the Upper Iowa Peacocks 1-0 in a game played at Pattison Field in Fayette, Iowa.  The win was the first UMC win of the year.
The first half was a defensive battle as the teams only had one shot on goal apiece and the game was scoreless at halftime.
In the second half, there was a little more offense with five shots on goal and the teams were still scoreless.  It looked like UMC was going to play overtime for the second straight overtime game.  Upper Iowa had a chance in the last minutes to score the first goal of the game, but they were called for offsides.  The overtime possibility went out the window when
Maggee Hodgdon (Fresh. Newberg, Oregon) scored a goal when the ball was loose and bounced a couple of times and Hodgdon was one-on-one with the goalie, who came out to try to get the ball and Hodgdon was able to kick the ball past the goalie to win the game 1-0.
UMC improves to 1-6-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the NSIC.  Upper Iowa is still looking for their first NSIC win of the year and drop to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the NSIC.  


Box Score


2nd Final
UMC 0 1 1
Upper Iowa 0 0 0

89:58 - UMC-
Maggee Hodgdon

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Natalie Rudrud - Upper Iowa 1 3 4
Athena DiMario - UMC 1 2 3





The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's golf team finished last in the field of seventeen teams with a team score of 750 in the Ramada Mustang Invite played at Marshall Golf Club in Marshall, MN. Central Missouri won the tournament by nine strokes with a team score of 604, beating Augustana and Minnesota State which tied for second. Olivia Sobaski (Sedalia, MO) was the medalist with a two-day total of 144, finishing one stroke ahead of teammate Elizabeth Leath (Chesterfield, MO) for the winning team. 
Minnesota Crookston was led by Allison Bot (Jr., Minneota) who shot a second-round 90 after opening with an 88 finishing in a tie for 78th. McKenzie Harris (Sr., Nevis) improved by five-strokes in her second round shooting an 87, UMC’s best of the tournament for a tie at 83rd place. Anna Olson (Soph., Fertile) carded a 93 on Sunday, dropping three-strokes of her Saturday round finishing in a tied for 93rd place. Camryn Larson (Fr., Fertile) shot a 203 over two days for 100th place in the field while Kimi Konishi (Fr., Cypress, CA), making her collegiate debut, finished with 236 strokes over the course of the tournament for 102nd place.
The Golden Eagles return to the links on Saturday, September 29 for the two-day Augustana University Invite hosted at Bakker Crossing in Sioux Falls, SD. 





The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team will have their annual alumni game Saturday, September 29 at 9:15 a.m. at the UMC Baseball Field in Crookston. Alumni of all ages are encouraged to attend. The alumni game will follow the dedication of the new baseball team clubhouse and pressbox building at 9 a.m.
The alumni game is part of a weekend of homecoming festivities on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus that includes home games for volleyball, football, and soccer. In addition, alumni from volleyball and softball will also be having alumni gatherings. Attendees for all alumni events are encouraged to attend alumni socials Friday, September 28 at Drafts Sports Bar and Grill at 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m. at the Crookston Inn.
If you are interested in attending contact either Head Coach Steve Gust at 218-281-8445 or e-mail at or Assistant Coach Taylor Steen at or by phone at 218-281-8451.





The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program will hold their alumni game Sunday, September 30 at 9:00 a.m. at the UMC Softball Field. The alumni game is returning for the Golden Eagles after a long hiatus. All softball alumni are encouraged to attend.
“Minnesota Crookston Softball hasn't had an alumni game for some time now, and there were several alumni who reached out inquiring about a game,” said Head Coach Travis Owen. “We thought why not start now, so we're excited to make this an annual event held each fall."
The alumni game will be a part of homecoming festivities on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus that includes home games for volleyball, football, and soccer. In addition, alumni from volleyball and baseball will also be having gatherings. Attendees for all alumni events are encouraged to attend alumni socials Fri., September 28 at Drafts Sports Bar and Grill at 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m. at the Crookston Inn.
"It will be good to meet and interact with some of the recent graduates who have been a part of the program here and give them the experience to re-live the 'good old days' of playing ball at our field,” Owen said. “The four years of college ball (or less for some) fly by so it's always nice to have the perspective of those who have graduated for our current team as well."
If you are interested in attending contact Head Coach Travis Owen at 218-281-8435 or by e-mail at






The University of 
Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle Football team snapped the nation’s longest losing streak at 26 games with a thrilling 29-21 win over the Minot State Beavers in an NSIC game played at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot.

UMC entered this game knowing it was their best chance to win this before the season finale and the Golden Eagles played like it from the first snap. After the opening kickoff sailed into the end zone, Minot State started their first drive at their own 25-yard line. UMC’s defense flew to the football on each of the first three plays with a Demond Short (R-Fr., Stockton, CA) screen-pass reception leading to a four-yard loss after Anfernee Cooper (Soph., Fort Worth, TX) made the hit behind the line of scrimmage. A dropped pass on the far sideline sealed the Beavers’ fate on their opening drive as Minnesota Crookston earned their fourth three-and-out of the season. Into heavy winds, Jose Luis Moreno (Jr., San Lorenzo, CA) sent a low punt just 31-yards that was downed at the UMC 42-yard line setting the Golden Eagles’ up with great field position on their opening drive.
The Golden Eagle offense built of the defense’s strong start with a strong first series highlighted by solid blocking up front. On UMC’s first offense play Elijah Todd (Jr., Toledo, OH) highlighted his speed and size barreling across midfield down to the Minot State 38-yard line for a 20-yard gain. The Golden Eagles’ next went to the air with Jalin Scott (Jr., Houston, TX) hooking up with Jonnattan Mudd (Jr., Gardena, CA) for 33-yards down to the Beavers’ 5-yard line. Two plays later, Scott finished UMC’s opening drive with a three-yard run up the middle to secure a 6-0 lead for Minnesota Crookston with Jared McLemore (Fr., Lucas, TX) sending the extra-point through the uprights to secure a 7-0 lead with 11:56 still to play in the first quarter. “We talked about starting fast and punching them in the mouth right away,” explained Minnesota Crookston head coach Mark Dufner. “Offense moved the ball down the field and we felt like we could do some things offensively because we matched up very well.”
A personal foul for a late hit on Minot State’s second drive set the Beavers up at midfield. Levante Bushnell (Jr., Stockton, CA) took a carry for 12-yards to the UMC 38-yard line for another first down. On the next snap, Jemal Williams (Fr., Belgrade, MT) was stuffed at the line for no gain. On 2nddown a 6-yard completion set up 3rddown and four. Jemal Williams took the third-down carry just two yards setting up a fourth down and two from the UMC 30-yard line. On fourth down, the Beavers kept the offense on the field and looked to Williams again who rushed to the right but couldn’t find a running lane to gain the needed two yards, settling for one yard on the run and turning it over on downs.

Minnesota Crookston’s dream start continued on their next offensive possession which began at their own 29-yard line. A holding penalty on UMC’s first play pushed the Golden Eagles back to their own 19-yard line. Following a 3-yard run, Minnesota Crookston’s Jalin Scott went to the air finding Andy Groebner (Fr., Andover) for an over-the-shoulder grab good for 33-yards down to the Minot State 40-yard line. Facing 3rddown and four from the Minot 34, Jalin Scott tried to hit Jonattan Mudd on a slant, but the Minot State defensive back made his hit on Mudd too early drawing a pass-interference penalty giving UMC a fresh set of downs. An unsportsmanlike conduct flag after pass interference flag set the Golden Eagles up with 1stand ten from the Minot 13-yard line. After two-straight one-yard quarterback keepers, Scott dropped back to throw on third down and dumped it off to a wide-open Mohamed Mahmoud (Fr., Eagan) who made the first catch of his career and ran into the end zone untouched to give the Golden Eagles a 13-0 lead. The extra-point was deflected and hit the crossbar falling into the end zone keeping the UMC lead at 13-0 with 3:32 to play in the first quarter. “That was a play the coaches put in this week for Minot State,” noted Dufner. “They’d been repping it. It was a nice play, nice throw, nice catch.”
Minot State’s offense was handed a second three-and-out on their next possession with a 21-yard punt setting the Golden Eagles up at their own 47-yard line. The Golden Eagles picked up a first down with a 3-yard run by Andy Groebner after hauling in an 8-yard reception on his previous play, but a holding penalty pushed UMC back to their own 48-yard line after the conversion to end the opening quarter with UMC leading 13-0.

In the second quarter, Minnesota Crookston’s drive continued down to the Minot State 23-yard line where the Golden Eagles faced 4thdown and two. Jalin Scott dropped back looking to move the chains through the air but was dropped for a sack giving the Beavers’ possession on downs at their own 30-yard line. Minot State’s offense found a rhythm crossing midfield and reaching the UMC 46-yard with first and 10 upcoming. On first down Jemal Williams was dropped for a four-yard loss by Devante Nutall (Sr., Plymouth) who burst through the line-of-scrimmage to ensure Minot State would eventually have to punt.
Minnesota Crookston’s offense was forced to punt on their subsequent drive, but Stephen Day (Sr., Eveleth) managed to get 31 yards from his punt into strong winds setting Minot State up at their own 42-yard line. Lane Torgerson started the subsequent drive with a 6-yard run and then a 10-yard run marching the Beavers down to the UMC 42-yard line before Ben Bolinske (Soph., Minot) hooked up with Lavante Bushnell for a 42-yard touchdown getting Minot State on the board and cutting their deficit to 13-7 after the extra-point with 4:31 left in the half.
After a 17-yard kick-return from Rod Stewart, UMC started the next drive at their own 17-yard line with 4:25 left in the opening half. Elijah Todd got the offense moving with an 8-yard carry, followed by another 5-yard run for a first down. Three plays later, Todd broke free for another 15 yards moving the Golden Eagles across midfield. Two plays after that, Jalin Scott found Jonattan Mudd for 22-yards and a 1stat the Minot 20-yard line. Rod Stewart made his first, and only, catch on the next play for 9-yards, fumbling the ball after the catch but recovering it on the turf to keep the drive going. Jalin Scott finished the scoring drive on the next play gaining the edge on the far sideline and sprinting into the end zone from 11-yards out to cap off the 10 play, 83-yard drive that took four minutes off the clock and gave the Golden Eagles a 20-7 halftime lead. “It’s always important to start the game fast and finish the half fast,” added Dufner. “The beginning and end of each half were really critical.”

Minnesota Crookston started with possession in the second half, but the Golden Eagles were sent three-and-out by the Minot State defense. The Beavers drove to midfield on their next drive before Lane Torgerson was hit by Ali Alkhatib (Sr., Rosemount) 8-yards behind the line of scrimmage on a blown up screen pass forcing the Beavers to punt, but Jose Luis Morena was able to sky a 41-yard punt down to the UMC 10-yard line where Rod Stewart made one man miss before turning upfield and taking the ball 16-yards setting UMC up at the 26-yard line.  On second and nine, Jalin Scott found Jonattan Mudd open again, this pass good for 29-yards moving Minnesota Crookston to the Minot State 44-yard line. Three plays later, facing 3rddown and three from the Minot 37, Jalin Scott dropped back and lobbed a perfectly placed pass for Andy Groebner who hauled in the reception before getting tripped up inches from the goal line. On the next play, Scott kept it himself and lunged to his left, passed the goal line giving Minnesota Crookston a 27-7 lead after the PAT with 7:36 left in the third quarter. Both teams would fail to generate any points the rest of the quarter with the Golden Eagles just 15-minutes away from ending their losing streak clinging to a 27-7 lead. “We’ve got to come out and establish the field position and move the football and put points up if we can and fortunately we were able to do that with Jalin throughout the game,” added Dufner.

Minot State started the fourth quarter with the football at the UMC 29-yard line and following a two-yard run, Ben Bolinske hit a wide-open Lavante Bushnell for a 29-yard touchdown pass cutting the Golden Eagles’ lead to 27-14 with 14:16 remaining after the extra-point was converted.  Minnesota Crookston committed their lone turnover on their very next offensive play when Kevin Evans took a toss to the right side before rifling a half-back pass intended for Rod Stewart, who was heavily covered allowing Chris Rivers to make the interception setting up Minot State at the UMC 39-yard line after an 18-yard interception return. On 1stand ten Lane Torgerson made a catch for no gain before Austin Steele came through the line untouched on third down and rocked Ben Bolinske for a sack and 10-yard loss forcing Minot State to punt.
The Golden Eagles went three-and-out on their next possession but Stephen Day bombed a high 46-yard punt downfield where Lane Torgerson couldn’t catch it cleanly, allowing Julian Jackson to dive on the fumble regaining possession for Minnesota Crookston at the Beavers’ 27-yard line. Minnesota Crookston drove it down to the Minot 21-yard line before Jalin Scott scrambled for 12-yards on 3rdand thirteen to the Minot State 9-yard line. Minnesota Crookston went for it on 4thdown, but Scott was marked shy, controversially, of the first down on his fourth-down run turning it over on downs back to Minot State at their own 9-yard line.
With 7:09 remaining and Minot State trailing 27-14, Ben Bolinske orchestrated an 11-play, 91-yard drive concluding with a 13-yard fade route completion to Connor Beeston to pull to within 27-21 after the PAT with 3:30 and Minot State still possession all three timeouts.
Minnesota Crookston’s next possession began at their own 25-yard line. Elijah Todd picked up 3-yards on first down before reaching the second level on his 2nddown carry to pick up 14-yards to the UMC 42-yard line. Minot State’s defense would hold their dropping Scott for a one-yard loss, holding Todd to three-yards, and forcing an incompletion, but not without using two of their three timeouts and watching the clock run down to 1:53 after Stephen Day booted the biggest punt of his career out of bounds at the Minot State 8-yard line.
On Minot State’s first offensive play down 27-21 with 1:53 remaining back at their own 8-yard line, Ben Bolinske dropped back to pass and UMC’s Ali Alkhatib burst through the offensive line untouched and hit Bolinske who managed to get rid of it by throwing it at the feet of his offensive line. The incompletion drew a penalty flag for intentional grounding and because the penalty occurred in the end zone, it gave Minnesota Crookston a safety, a 29-21 lead, and forced the Beavers to attempt an on-side kick from their own 20-yard line. “(Defensive coordinator) Tom Miller brought some pressure, he’s aggressive and it was a nice play all the way around. Overall, (Miller) likes to dial up the blitzes especially when you get them deep in their own zone, hats off to our defense. I thought we really played well in all three phases.”
The onside kick was recovered off a deflection by Andy Groebner at the Minot 34-yard line. Minot State used their final timeout before the Golden Eagles ran the clock down to 11-seconds remaining facing a 4thdown and one in Minot State territory. Head coach Mark Dufner left his offense on the field to try and win the game and the Golden Eagles delivered with Elijah Todd squirting free on the right side of the offensive line for three-yards, the first down, and the win to snap UMC’s 26-game losing streak 29-21.
“I’m pretty excited here,” Dufner said. “The guys, coaches, players they worked hard and bought in. They stayed positive and fought and got a ‘W’ here today so it’s a pretty exciting day for us.”

The Golden Eagles improve to 1-3 on the season and will return to Ed Widseth Field next Saturday for their homecoming game against Augustana kicking-off at 1 p.m. with the Riverview Health Pregame Show beginning at 12:20 p.m. on KROX. Minot State falls to 1-3.

The UMC Football players and coaches hugging each other after the big road win in Minot

Box Score


2nd 3rd 4th


UMC 13 7 7 2 29
Minot State 0 7 0 14 21

The Golden Eagles celebrate after the victory (Picture by Sean Arbaut of Minot State)

1st Quarter
11:56 - UMC - Jalin Scott 3 yard run  (Jared McLemore kick)
3:32 - UMC - Jalin Scott 12 yard pass to Mohamed Mahmoud  (Kick failed)

2nd Quarter

4:31 - MSU - Ben Bolisnke 42 yard pass to Lavante Bushnell (Jose Luis Moreno kick)
0:27 - UMC - Jalin Scott 11 yard run (McLemore kick)

3rd Quarter

7:36 - UMC - Jalin Scott 1 yard run  (McLemore kick)

4th Quarter
14:16 - MSU - Ben Bolinske 29 yard pass to Lavante Bushnell (Moreno kick)
3:30 - MSU - Ben Bolinske 13 yard pass to Connor Beeston (Moreno kick)
1:46 - UMC - Safety (Minot State Intentional grounding in the end zone)

Andy Groebner makes a catch (
Picture by Sean Arbaut of Minot State)       LaDerek McCray with a tackle




The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team with their 1st place medals (Picture by Lacia Hanson)

The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team went 3-1 in pool play by beating Bagley 2-0 (25-18, 26-24), Climax-Fisher 2-0 (25-23, 25-22, and Clearbrook Gonvick 2-0 (25-22, 25-20).  The only blemish the Pirates had in pool play was a 2-0 loss to Warroad (25-20, 25-17).  Crookston received the #2 seed in tournament play and beat Climax-Fisher 2-0 (25-13, 25-16) and in the Championship they got a little revenge by beating Warroad 2-1 (19-25, 28-26, 15-8) at the Crookston Pirate Volleyball Invitational at the Crookston High School.

Crookston vs Bagley-
Crookston got off to a slow start in the first match of the morning, but settled in to beat Bagley 25-18.  The second set was a hard-fought 26-24 Pirate victory in a back and forth set from start to finish. “We started pretty slow and a little sluggish,” said Coach Stopa. “We aren’t used to having split courts so it took us a while to get comfortable.  We were pretty aggressive and that helped us win the match.”

       Kylie Solheim and Rachel Hefta go for a block





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25 26

Crookston vs Climax-Fisher-
Crookston started slow in the match and picked things up as the first set went along and the teams went back and forth, but the Pirates were able to win the set 25-23.  The second set was another back and forth battle with Crookston winning the set 25-22.  “We started slow again,” said Coach Stopa. “We picked it up in the second game and we went on a run, they went on a run, but we were able to finish strong.”





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25 25

Crookston vs Warroad
The first set was almost like every other set the Pirates had in the first two matches, but they came up on the short end in a 25-20 loss to Warroad.  In the second set, Crookston started with a 4-2 lead and the set was tied at 6-6 when Crookston got a kill from Hailey Seaver, but she came down on the foot of a Warroad player and rolled her ankle and she didn't return the rest of the day.  Crookston had to adjust to the absence of one of their top players.  Warroad took advantage of the Pirates missing a player and they had three straight kills in a 7-2 run for a 15-10 lead.  Warroad built a 20-14 lead and several points later, #21 had a block/kill for her 1,000th career kill to give Warroad a 24-16 lead.  Crookston scored the next point, but Warroad countered with a kill for a 25-17 victory to win the match 2-0.  “We were aggressive,” said Coach Stopa.  “We didn’t play as well as we could have and that was frustrating, but we have to get ready for the next one.”

Hailey Seaver goes up for a kill in the first Warroad match





25 25


20 17

Crookston vs Clearbrook-Gonvick
The teams went back and forth to start the set with ties at 1, 2, 3, 6, and 9 before the Pirates used a Dani Boyle kill and two Emma Boll aces to spark a 9-1 run for an 18-10 lead.  Clearbrook-Gonvick battled back and slowly chipped away at the deficit and cut Crookston’s lead to 21-18.  The Pirates settled down and finished strong and won the set on a Rylee Solheim kill for a 25-22 win. 
Crookston started the second set on a 15-4 run and might have been a little complacent as Clearbrook-Gonvick battled back to get within a 20-18 deficit.  Once again, Crookston settled down and finished strong to beat the Bears 25-20 to win the match 2-0. "We came out strong and beat a nice team and we had some adversity after losing Seaver to the ankle injury," said Coach Stopa. "The girls played hard and we had a lot of different girls making plays and that was nice to see."





22 20


25 25

Crookston vs Climax-Fisher – Semi-finals
Crookston jumped out to a 13-3 lead behind four Rachel Hefta aces.  The Pirates cruised the rest of the way for a 25-13 victory.  "We came out a little slow after the short break," said Coach Stopa. "Rachel had a bunch of aces and that got us going."
In the second set, Crookston trailed 4-3 when they went on a four point run on a mix kills and Climax-Fisher errors for an 8-4 lead.  Climax-Fisher bounced back to get within two points (12-10), but they hit the serve out of bounds and that led to a Pirate ace on a serve by Kasey Cwikla and a Rachel Hefta kill for a 15-10 lead.  Crookston slowly pulled away the rest of the set and won 25-16 to win the match 2-0 to advance to the championship for a rematch with Warroad.
  "We missed some serves in the second set and that hurt us a bit, but we were able to get some nice attacks and eliminated most of our errors."

   Dani Boyle with a dig





13 16


25 25

Crookston vs Warroad – CHAMPIONSHIP
The teams went back and forth early on with ties at 1, 2, 4, and 8.  Crookston had two errors and that sparked a 5-0 Warroad run for a 13-8 Warrior lead.  Crookston answered with a couple of Jasmin Hanson kills and they trailed 16-13.  That is the closest the Pirates would get as Warroad pulled away for a 25-19 victory to take a 1-0 lead.  "Towards the end we broke down a little bit," said Coach Stopa. "I thought we started to battle at the end and that carried over to the second set."

In the second set, Warroad jumped out to an 8-3 lead, but Crookston battled back with three Jasmin Hanson kills and a Sydney Anderson ace and the set was tied at 8-8.  The teams were tied at 9, 10, 11, and 12 before Warroad had a kill and Crookston was in the net two straight points before another Warroad kill and the Warriors led 16-12.  Crookston answered with a point, Sydney Anderson had a kill, and Warroad hit an attack out of bounds and the Pirates trailed by one point (17-16).  Crookston hit the next attack into the net and Warroad added a couple more points and an ace for a 20-15 lead.  Crookston battled back with some nice hustle plays and trailed 22-19 but a serve went into the net and Warroad was two points away from winning the match.  Crookston had a kill in the back corner, Rachel Hefta had a kill, Kasey Cwikla had an ace, Hefta added another kill to tie the set at 23.  Warroad called a time out, but Hefta followed with another kill to give Crookston a 24-23 lead, serving for set point.  The serve went into the net and the teams were tied at 24.  Crookston set the ball to Hefta after receiving the serve and she had another kill, but Warroad answered with another kill for a tie at 25.  Crookston answered with an Anderson kill to take a 26-25 lead and Rachel Hefta had a huge block for a kill and Crookston won the set 27-25 to force a third set.  "Jasmin Hanson came in for us and she played well and that was nice to see," said Coach Stopa. "The girls really battled and won a tough set and the win gave us a lot of momentum,"

The third set was tied at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 and then Crookston took over the match with some great hustle plays, a couple kills, a big block and they led 13-8.  Kylie Solheim had a kill at the net and Warroad hit an attack out of bounds and Crookston won the third set 15-8 to win the match and championship 2-1.  "The girls played well today and they fought hard," said Coach Stopa.  "The girls fought hard all day long and we faced some adversity with injuries and still found a away to get the wins.  I am proud of how the girls played today."






25 25 8


19 27 15

For Crookston during the Tournament (Official stats - updated 9/23)
Kills – Rachel Hefta - 66, Hailey Seaver - 15, Jasmin Hanson - 12
Blocks – Rachel Hefta - 16, Rylee Solheim - 9
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 102
Digs - Dani Boyle - 43, Kylie Solheim - 26, Rachel Hefta -24
Aces – Rachel Hefta - 13, Sydney Anderson - 8




The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team won their first Northern Sun Conference match of the year with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-9) victory over the University of Mary in a match played in Crookston.
The first set was tied at 5-5 when UMC went on a 13-0 run behind two Callie Schapekahm (Sr. Eagan) service aces, two Deaira Gresham (Soph. Maplewood) kills and two more kills from Lauren Wallace (Fresh. Bloomington) and the Golden Eagles led 18-5. UMC cruised the rest of the way for a 25-11 victory for a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, UMC jumped out to a 9-1 lead with Porsha Porath (Fresh. Windom) leading the way with four kills. The teams played even the rest of the way and the Golden Eagles won 25-16 to take a 2-0 lead.
UMC had another great start by jumping out to a 10-2 lead at the start of the third set. UMC had kills from three different players, two aces and the other five points game on Mary errors. With UMC leading 14-5 they went on a 7-0 run behind Kaitlin Sikkink's (Jr. St. Charles) three kills and Gresham's two kills for a 21-5 lead. The Golden Eagles finished the set strong and won 25-9 to sweep the match 3-0.
UMC improves to 3-12 overall and 1-6 in the NSIC. Mary drops to 3-12 overall and 0-7 on the year.

Box Score




University of Mary

11 16 9


25 25 25

Kills – Kaitlin Sikkink - 9, Porsha Porath - 9
Blocks – Callie Schapekahm - 1, Lauren Wallace - 1, Deaira Gresham - 1
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 31
Digs - Ali Schueler - 12, Lauren Ulibarri - 10, Porsha Porath - 10
Aces – Sydney Kruisslebrink - 3, Katie Lienemann - 2, Callie Schapekahm - 2







The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team tied the game halfway through the second half, but a Fergus Falls Otter penalty kick less than two minutes later was the deciding goal in a 2-1 Pirate loss at Fergus Falls in a Section 8A game.
The first half was scoreless half and Crookston had some opportunities and came up short and the game was a scoreless tie at halftime. Crookston was in Fergus Falls' half most of the time, but they weren't able to get continued pressure. "We had opportunities, but we aren't putting pressure on the net like we should," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "We couldn't get anything going with cross passes or anything else."

Fergus Falls scored the first goal of the game just over nine minutes into the second half. It was a free kick from the top 18. "My guys just didn't clear it," said Coach Cox. "There was a scrum in front of the net and they had a kid that got a lucky foot on it and flipped it in. We weren't able to clear the ball and they made us pay." Crookston answered with a goal less than 11 minutes later when Ben Brantner had a beautiful cross pass and Noah Kiel scored to tie the game at 1-1. "It was a really nice cross pass from Ben on the right side of their net and just inside the right side of the box and Noah caught it and put it in," said Coach Cox. "It was a beautiful goal and I told the guys this is how your supposed to play."
Less than two minutes later, Fergus Falls received a penalty kick after a Pirate got tangled up with an Otter and they scored to take a 2-1 lead. "Our guy was trying to chase him down and ran into him and tripped up the Fergus Falls kid and the penalty kick was called," said Coach Cox. "We can't make a defensive error and give up the kick because it is tough on a keeper."
Crookston tried to get some shots on goal in the final 17 minutes, but they struggled getting coordinated attacks and Fergus Falls held on for a 2-1 victory.
Crookston drops to 2-8 on the year and will host Fergus Falls Hillcrest Academy on Tuesday.  Fergus Fall improves to 3-8 on the year.




2nd Final
Fergus Falls 0 2 2

49:17 - FF - Jack Gerhardson
60:03 - Crox - Noah Kiel (Ben Brantner)
62:01 - FF - Titus Seland  (PK)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crox 8 6 14
Tyson Back - FF 2 4 6



The Crookston Pirates Girl's Tennis team ran into some top-notch competition with the #3 ranked Litchfield edging Owatonna by three points to win the Annual Litchfield Dragon Invitational Tournament.
Crookston finished eighth out of eight teams, two points away from fourth place.  Crookston was the youngest team at the tournament with the younger player(s) at first singles with Hayden Winjum (Freshman), second singles with Emma Osborn (Freshman), fourth singles with Halle Winjum (7th grader), and first doubles with Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz (two sophomores).  "We were the youngest team there and nobody else had a seventh grader," said Hall of Fame Coach Mike Geffre. "It was good for the girls to see this type of competition and we saw some things we need to work on in practice to get ready for the section tournament in a few weeks."
Crookston's top placer was the second doubles team of
Hannah Street, Elysa Christensen, and Hannah Lindemoen with a third place finish going 2-1 on the day. "The third doubles team played some good tennis today," said Coach Geffre. "We rotated the three girls and they all played well."  Emma Osborn finished fourth place after winning her first match at second singles. "Emma played well today and was hitting the ball well," said Coach Geffre. "She played some very good players and played solid, that was nice to see." 
The Pirates start the Section 8A Team tournament in three weeks and the tough competition showed the girls a different level. "The girls played well and they played hard and were pushed today against very good competition," said Coach Geffre. "We have some work to do before the Section tournament and I have some things that we took from today and will work on them in practice and hope to see more improvement the next couple of weeks."
Crookston will

Eden Haller with a forehand return and Emma Osborn watches a return (Pictures by Francine Olson)

Team Scores-
1. Litchfield - 33
Owatonna - 30
Delano - 27
4. Annandale - 12
    Benson - 12
    St. Peter - 12
7. Staples-Motley - 11
8. Crookston - 10

Emma Osborn, Hayden Winjum, Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz (Picture by Francine Olson)

  Crookston Opponents/Scores Place
1st Singles Hayden Winjum Lost to Jennah Groth (Annandale) 7-6, 6-4
Lost to Shanna Kinny (Litchfield) 6-2, 6-0
Beat Sophie Curriel (Benson) 6-4, 6-1
2nd Emma Osborn Beat Caitlin Saifer (St. Peter) 6-2, 6-2
Lost to Elise Bierbaum (Litchfield) 6-2, 6-0
Lost to Nicole Pupp (Delano) 6-0, 6-1
3rd Eden Haller Lost to Megan Johnson (Owatonna) 6-0, 6-1
Lost to Stacy Johnson (Benson) 6-4, 6-2
Lost to Amelia Hildebrandt (St. Peter) 6-0, 6-0
4th Halle Winjum Lost to Bella Molitor (Delano) 6-2, 6-3
Lost to Grace Werner (St. Peter) 6-3, 6-4
Beat Faith Simon (Annandale) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
1st doubles Catherine Tiedemann
Emma Borowicz
Beat Olivia Hoffman/Hannah Andrews (Benson) 6-2, 6-2
Lost to Laney Huhner/Vaida Behnke (Litchfield) 6-3, 3-6, 7-4
Lost to Faith Millner/Olivia Honsey (Annandale) 5-7, 6-3, 7-4
2nd Hannah Street
Elysa Christensen
Hannah Lindemoen
Beat Tiffany Achermann/Georgia Kruchten (Staples) 6-1, 6-1
Lost to Emily Salfer/Josie Wiebusch (St. Peter) 6-0, 6-4
Beat Brenna Knutson/Halle Bundy (Benson) 6-0, 6-0
3rd Audrey Harbott
Linnea French
Emma Gunderson
Lost to Kelsey Ballard/Britney Prahl (Litchfield) 6-3, 7-5
Lost to Milena Lund/Anja Dulin (St. Peter) 6-2, 6-4
Lost to Keara Kern/Elizabeth Digiovanni (Staples) 6-4, 6-4







The Crookston Pirate Football team had two drives stopped at the three-yard line and trailed 12-0 at halftime and after an injury sidelined their quarterback late in the first half, they only had 17 yards of offense in the second half and the #6 Breckenridge Cowboys cruised to a 32-0 victory in a game played in Breckenridge.

Breckenridge won the coin toss and differed to the second half so Crookston started the game with the ball. Breckenridge used a squib kick and Crookston returned it to their own 46 yard to start the game with good field position. On the second play of the drive, Leyton Salentine scrambled and found Blake Fee down the middle of the field for a 15-yard pass and a first down. Four plays later, Crookston had a fourth down and long and Leyton Salentine dropped back to pass and found Jaden Lubarski for a 27-yard pass and another first down. On the next play Crookston dropped back to pass again and Salentine found Lubarski in the endzone for a touchdown, but the officials threw the flag and said the Pirates had an ineligible receiver down the field. "What happened was we went to two tight ends," said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. "Our wide receiver covered up the tight end and because of that our tight end went out for a pass and that is why we were flagged." Three plays later, Crookston had a fourth down and seven-yard play and Salentine threw a pass to Meier and he made the catch for six and a half yards and the Pirate drive was stopped at the three-yard line. "We did what we wanted to do. We had Jaden down the middle and we had Blake and we ran the ball well," said Coach Scott Butt. "I said in the pregame interview that we needed to do better in the red zone and we didn't do that. We don't handle success very well at times."
Breckenridge started their first drive of the game with the ball at their own three-yard line and Cade McGough started the drive with an 11-yard carry for a first down. After three more plays Breckenridge was forced to punt. On the punt, a Crookston player appeared to be blocked into the punter and as the punter was run over the flag was thrown. The officials said it was roughing the punter for a 15-yard personal foul penalty against Crookston and a Breckenridge first down. "We can't make that mistake. Running into the kicker we can live with because we were going hard and I thought we got blocked into the kicker," said Coach Butt. "I called a timeout right away because we don't yell at officials, the only person that can do that is me. We can't have penalities like that." As the teams were heading back to the line of scrimmage, a Pirate player was flagged for a personal foul penalty for arguing with the official and the Cowboys received 30 yards on the Pirate penalties and three plays later they scored on a Cade McGough 11-yard run for a 6-0 lead. The extra point hit the upright and the score remained 6-0.
Breckenridge had another squib kick and Crookston returned it to their own 46-yard line to start their second drive. The Pirates first play was a handoff up the middle for a 45-yard gain by Lukas Meier down to the six-yard line. Crookston ran a play and Salentine ran the ball inside the one-yard line, just shy of the goal line. The next play was a handoff to the fullback Brooks Butt for a loss of two yards. On a fourth down and goal at the three-yard line Salentine rolled out to his right and threw a pass that fell incomplete and they turned the ball over on downs for the second drive in a row. "We were moving the ball well and all of a sudden they ran a blitz and of course I had the wrong call," said Coach Butt. "We had two fullbacks and I tried to get a little tricky and get it to the second back and I am to blame on that call." Breckenridge started the drive on their own three-yard line for the second straight possession. The Cowboys fumbled on the sixth play of the drive and Crookston’s Cade DeLeon jumped on the ball and Crookston had the ball at their own 36-yard line. The first Pirate play of the drive was a snap over the head of Salentine for a loss of 12 yards and two plays later they were forced to punt. Brooks Butt punted the ball 33 yards and Breckenridge started the drive at their own 18-yard line. On the third play of the drive, Cooper Yaggie found Tyson Piechowski down the middle of the field for an 80-yard pass for a touchdown and the two-point conversion failed, but the Cowboys led 12-0. Late in the second quarter, Crookston quarterback Leyton Salentine ran the ball for three yards and injured his knee and had to be helped off the field and was later carted of the field. Salentine came back to the sideline on crutches for the second half. They will know more on his injury in a few days. Breckenridge took a 12-0 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Crookston was struggling to find any offense and was only able to record 17 yards rushing in the second half. Crookston also suffered injuries in the first half to Blake Fee and Lukas Meier so they were missing three starters at the beginning of the second half. "It is hard right now. I was looking around and we look like a mash unit," said Coach Butt. "We got beat up pretty bad tonight. Leyton going down is tough because the ball goes through his hands every play." Breckenridge took advantage of the injured Pirates on the sidelines and on the opening kickoff of the second half, the Cowboys Cade McGough took the kick 75 yards for a touchdown and after the extra point kick they led 19-0. Breckenridge continued to dominate the second half, scoring two more touchdowns and cruised to a 32-0 victory. "Breckenridge brought a lot of pressure tonight and sometimes we didn't handle it and sometimes we did," said Coach Butt. "Right now we are concerned about getting healthy and that is our main focus. I think if we would have been healthy for the whole game we would have been right there with them."

Crookston drops to 1-3 on the year and will host Frazee on Friday. Breckenridge improves to 4-0 on the year.  

      Jacob Hesby (left) and Lukas Meier (right) run the ball for the Pirates



2nd 3rd 4th


CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0 0
Breckenridge 6 6 13 6 32

       Brady Butt and Joey Doda team up on the tackle

1st Quarter
4:41 - Breckenridge - Caden McGough 11 yard run (kick failed)

2nd Quarter
9:12 - Breckenridge -  Tyson Piechowski  80 yard pass from Cooper Yaggie  (run failed)

3rd Quarter
11:48 - Breckenridge - Caden McGough 75 yard touchdown return  (Charles Boldingh kick)
5:45 - Breckenridge - Hunter Feigum 25 run (kick failed)

4th Quarter
8:18 - Breckenridge -  Jaxon Wienbar 15 yard pass from Cooper Yaggie   (Charles Boldingh kick)

Blake Fee after a reception on the first drive of the game

  CROOKSTON Breckenridge
First Downs 5 16
Rushing-Yards 39-59 32-211
Passing 3-9-0 5-13-0
Passing Yards 48 134
Total Yards 87 345
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties-Yards 3-35 9-70
Punts-Yards Ave. 8-30.5 2-23


Crookston Breckenridge
Joe Doda          9-10 Hunter Feigum    11-120
Jaden Lubarski      9- (-35) Cade McGough     9-61
Jaxon Wang            7-18 Cooper Yaggie       5-1
Leyton Salentine     7-7 Emmit Vig            2-9
Lukas Meier            3-55 Jace Jenson          2-8
Jacob Hesby            2-8 Daniel Erlandson   1-6
Easton Tangquist     1- (-2) Dusty Defriese       1-4
Brooks Butt             1-(-2) Jack Aigner           1-2


Leyton Salentine        3-7-0    48 yards

Cooper Yaggie        5-13-0    134 yards

Jaden Lubarski          0-2-0



Jaden Lubarski     1-27 Tyson Piechowski     2-96
Blake Fee             1-16 Caden McGough      1-17
Lukas Meier          1-6 Jaxon Wienbar          1-15
  Max Johnson             1-6



The Crookston Pirates Boys Soccer team was held scoreless in a 3-0 loss against Grand Forks Central in a non-Section match played on the Crookston High School Soccer Field. 
Grand Forks Central wasted little time opening the scoring just 1:54 into the match when Jackson Macho took a pass from Lucas Kanta before slotting a shot past Crookston goalkeeper Logan Wardner giving the Knights a 1-0 lead. Crookston managed just two shots on goal in the first half, both of which were saved forcing the Pirates to face a 1-0 deficit at halftime. 
In the second half, Logan Wardner took a shot to the knee forcing the goalkeeper to the sideline for a few minutes. With Wardner sidelined, Grand Forks Central took advantage scoring two goals in less than two minutes. In the 67th minute Jackson Macho scored his second goal of the match giving the Knights a 2-0 lead. 71-seconds later Sylvester Osodo received a feed from William Lawson before firing the ball into the back of the net giving the Knights a 3-0 lead. Logan Wardner reentered the game after the third goal and held Grand Forks Central the rest of the night with 21 saves in the match. Crookston was unable to muster any offense the rest of the match falling 3-0 to their visitors. “In the second-half, one of their players took a shot and hit Logan (Wardner) in his bad knee and reinjured it, so we had to take him out for a couple minutes,” explained Crookston head coach Don Cox. “That’s when they scored those two goals. The defense went kind of wavy on us instead of playing nice and flat and tight. They got loose and porous so they got two quick goals and we never could get enough pressure up to recover anything or get anything recoverable that we could do anything with up front. They need to put more pressure up front. They’ve got to work together and talk more. They’ve just got to start working together as a team.”
Crookston falls to 2-7 on the season and will return to the pitch on Saturday when the Pirates travel to Fergus Falls to take on the Otters at 3 p.m. Grand Forks Central improves to 8-3-1. 



2nd Final
Grand Forks Central 1 2 3

1:54 -GFC - Jackson Macho (Lucas Kanta)
66:41 - GFC - Sylvester Osodo  (Jackson Macho)
67:52 - GFC - Sylvester Osodo (Mason Smith)


Saves 1st 2nd Total
Will Howard - GFC 2 3 5

Logan  Wardner -Crox

12 9 21

Casey  Tiedemann - Crox

0 1 1



University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball battled to win a 58-point third set to avoid a sweep before ultimately falling 15-13 in a fifth set against the Minot State Beavers in an NSIC match played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
In the first set, Minot State jumped out to a 2-0 lead after back-to-back kills hit by Katie Dufner (Sr., Glenburn, ND). The Beavers continued to grow their first set lead to 5-2 and then 7-3 before the Golden Eagles battled back for three-straight points in route to a 7-6 deficit including a kill by Sydney Kruisselbrink (Soph., Rochester). A bad set by UMC closed out a four-point run giving Minot State a 15-8 lead. A late three-point rally brought Minnesota Crookston to within 19-16, but it wasn’t enough as the Beavers managed to close out the first set 25-19. 
Minot State took an early 2-0 lead to open the second set. Later in the set, Minot State rattled off five-straight points expanding their lead to 11-5. The Beavers took any potential drama out of the second set ensuring there would be no rally for the Golden Eagles, closing out the set with six-straight points to secure a 2-0 set lead winning the second set 25-14.
UMC started well in their must-win third set capitalizing on six-straight Minot State miscues giving the Beavers a 7-2 lead. A kill from Kruisselbrink followed by a service ace sent from Ali Schueler (R-Jr., Howards Grove, WI) sparked another four-point Minnesota Crookston run to grow the lead to 11-2 for the Golden Eagles. Minot State responded with three-straight points following a Beavers timeout to close the gap to 11-5. Later the Beavers rallied for five-straight points to pull within 13-10. Another four-point run leveled the set at 15-15 before the Golden Eagles took two straight points with a kill by Kaitlin Sikkink (R-Jr., St. Charles) and bad set from Minot State giving UMC a 17-15 lead. The Beavers responded by taking three-straight points to take an 18-17 lead. The two sides then traded point before the visitor’s used another three-point rally for a 22-19 lead. Minnesota Crookston countered with a kill by Deaira Gresham (Soph., Maplewood) sparking a UMC three-point run tying the set at 22-22. Both sides traded points with Minot State holding two separate set points that UMC thwarted before the Beavers had a service error and attack error giving the Golden Eagles a 30-28 set win extending the match to a fourth set. 
Minnesota Crookston took advantage or their thrilling third set win by jumping out to an 8-5 lead. Minot State bounced back for three-straight points tying the match at 8-8. Back-to-back Beavers’ attacking errors gave UMC a 10-8 lead. The two sides battled throughout the set before the Golden Eagles separated with a four-point run to pull ahead 18-13. Minnesota Crookston would go on to close out the set 25-21 and force a fifth-set tie-breaker. 
UMC got out to a dream start in the final set taking a 3-0 lead with kills by Hannah Stark and Kaitlin Sikkink. The lead grew to 6-2 following a Minot State attacking error. Minot State took three points back off of Minnesota Crookston miscues to close the gap to 6-5. Later in the set, the visitors utilized another three-point run to take an 11-10 lead. Minnesota Crookston answered out of a timeout with a Kaitlin Sikkink kill to tie the set at 11-11, but Minot State responded by taking the next three points and a 14-11 lead. The Golden Eagles didn’t fold rallying for two-straight points to pull within 14-13 before the Beavers picked up one last kill from Emily Falldorf (Jr., Bemidji) to secure a 15-13 fifth set win securing a 3-2 match victory.
UMC falls to 2-12 overall and 0-6 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles return to Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston on Saturday when they host the University of Mary beginning at 2 p.m. Minot State improves to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

Lauren Wallace goes up for the attack (Picture by UMC Athletics)







Minot State

25 25 28 21 15


19 14 30 25 13

Kills – 
Kaitlin Sikkink- 15, Deaira Gresham - 11, Porsha Porath - 8,  Sydney Kruisselbrink - 8
Blocks –
Callie Schapekahm - 4,  Sydney Kruisselbrink - 3
Assists – 
Sydney Kruisselbrink - 42
Digs -
Ali Schueler - 21,  Porsha Porath - 17,  Katie Lienemann - 13
Aces – 
Ali Schueler - 3, Porsha Porath - 2



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team managed to score their first goal in the month of September late in regulation before settling for a 1-1 draw against the Winona State Warriors in an NSIC matchup played at Maxwell Field in Winona. 
University of Minnesota Crookston was held without a single shot in the first half, but goalkeeper Athena DiMario Done (Soph., Windsor, ON) made the two saves required of her to keep the first half scoreless after the opening forty-five minutes. 
Winona State continued to dominate possession in the second-half when Bridget Doran (Jr., Wheaton, IL) scored her first goal of the season with a shot into the top left corner on a free-kick giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead 66:16 into the match. UMC continued to struggle to generate offense until late in the match when the Golden Eagles leveled the score on a shot into the right side of the net struck by Lindsey Dami (Jr., North Pole, AK) with just under three minutes left in regulation to force overtime. 
Minnesota Crookston was held without a shot in overtime, but DiMario Done made three more saves in the extra twenty minutes to preserve the 1-1 draw.
The Golden Eagles improve to 0-6-1 overall and 0-3-1 in NSIC play. Minnesota Crookston continues its road trip in Fayette, Iowa on Sunday with a matchup against Upper Iowa at 11 a.m. Winona State drops to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play. 

Box Score


2nd OT 2 OT Final
UMC 0 1 0 0 1
Winona State 0 1 0 0 1

66:16 -Winona State - Bridget Doran
87:07- UMC- Lindsey Daml

Saves 1st 2nd OT 2 OT Total
Jourdan Valkner - Winona State 0 0 0 0 0
Athena Done DiMario - UMC 2 5 1 2 10



Crookston High School graduate Tori Demarais has been named the Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey Assistant Coach, pending school board approval. 
Demarais was a three sport athlete at Crookston High School in playing tennis, hockey and softball. 
She was a doubles player on the State Runner-up Pirate Girls Tennis team and also made it to state individually in doubles with her partner Elisa Samuelson.  In tennis she received the hardest worker award and played varsity for four years.
In the winter, Tori was a defenseman for the Pirate Girls Hockey team.  She played varsity since eighth grade and won the defense award, was named All Section Honorable mention and received the Hobey Baker Character award and was recently honored at a Minnesota Wild game.  She played varsity for three years.
 Demarais was named the Female Athlete of the Year and graduated in 2016.  

                  Tori Demarais


The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team led 2-1, but the Red Lake County Central Mustangs won the fourth and fifth set to win the match 3-2 (29-27, 21-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-5 in Plummer.
Crookston jumped out to a 3-1 lead after a Katelynn Genereux ace, but the teams went back and forth the rest of the way with 18 ties in the set.  The last tie was at 26-26 when Julia Bernstein had back-to-back kills for a 29-27 victory.  “I think we came out a little slow at the start,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “I didn’t think it was going to go as far as it did, but the girls kept fighting and we were aggressive and Kylie (Solheim) was running all over to get the ball.”
In the second set, Crookston had a great start scoring the first five points taking advantage of three RLCC errors and a Rachel Hefta kill and a Dani Boyle ace for a 5-0 lead.  Crookston led 16-15 when they scored four straight points, including back-to-back Boyle aces.  RLCC answered with three service aces and a few points later Crookston’s lead was 22-21.  The Pirates had back-to-back kills from Hailey Seaver and RLCC had a pass go into the net and Crookston won the set 25-21 to tie the match at 1-1.  “Set two isn’t usually our thing,” said Coach Stopa. “We were ready to play in set two.  Kylie moved the ball around pretty well tonight and Hailey had some big kills.”
Crookston jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the third set behind three Rachel Hefta kills.  Emma Boll added a couple aces later in the set and the Pirates built a 10-5 lead.  Hefta had eight kills total in the set and the Pirats led 23-14.  Kasey Cwikla served an ace and Sydney Anderson had a block for a kill and Crookston won 25-14 to take a 2-1 lead.  “The girls were super excited for the set,” said Coach Stopa. “When the girls are fired up and excited, we usually do well.”
RLCC bounced back in the fourth set and after eight ties (3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, and 15) Crookston scored three points for an 18-15 lead.  RLCC battled back to tie the set at 19 and the Pirates hit two attacks out of bounds, had an error on the serve receive and then hit the ball into the net and the Mustangs led 23-19.  RLCC was called for two hits before they had a kill from Kia Bachand and the set winning kill from Jenna Pahlen for a 25-20 victory to tie the match at 2-2, forcing a fifth set.  “They did a good job of pushing at the end of the set,” said Coach Stopa.
RLCC started the fifth set with a kill and back-to-back aces from Pahlen for a 3-0 lead.  Crookston scored three points in a row behind two Hefta kills for a 3-3 tie, but RLCC dominated the rest of the way for a 15-5 victory to win the match 3-2.  “The girls played good.  We had some stand out performances, but we got going back and forth, but mentally we couldn’t hang on at the end,” said Coach Stopa. “I think we got tired and didn’t have enough left at the end of the match and we couldn’t make it happen.”
Crookston drops to 2-8 on the year and will host the Crookston Tournament on Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m.  Red Lake County Central improves to 5-4 in matches this season.
J.V. – RLCC won 2-0        C Squad – Crookston won 2-1

   Hailey Seaver taps the ball over the net         Kylie Solheim chases down the ball








27 25 25 21 5

Red Lake Co. Central

29 21 14 25 15

Kasey Cwikla eyes down the ball on the serve

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta - 22, Hailey Seaver - 11
Blocks – Hailey Seaver 2, Sydney Anderson - 1
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 33
Digs - Dani Boyle - 16, Kylie Solheim - 14
Aces –  Dani Boyle - 4, Emma Boll - 3

For Red Lake County Central
Kills – Julia Bernstein - 25, Kia Bachand - 6
Blocks – Jenna Pahlen - 6, Julia Bernstein - 3
Assists – Tanisha Srnsky - 33
Aces – Jenna Pahlen - 2, Kia Bachand - 1



The Crookston Pirates Girls’ Soccer team fell 6-0 on a rain-soaked field against the Fergus Falls Hillcrest Comets in a Section 8A match played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field. 
The rain was the true winner of the match with the field reflecting precipitation that began falling hours before the opening kick-off and didn’t stop once the match concluded. The soggy field conditions didn’t slow Fergus Falls Hillcrest early in the match when Mackenzie Foss scored giving the Comets a 1-0 lead. Crookston strung together several strong minutes of play before the visitor’s scored their second goal with Foss once again striking the ball into the net growing the Fergus Falls Hillcrest lead to 2-0. Two minutes later, the Comets added a third goal scored by Kindra Peterson. Fergus Falls Hillcrest added their fourth goal in the 26th minute when Rakel Amland shot past Crookston’s Kylee Meier for the Comets’ fourth goal. Just before halftime, Anna Mayers added Fergus Fall Hillcrest added a fifth goal in the 39th minute giving the visitor’s a 5-0 lead. “In the first half we had several different five to ten-minute stretches where we played well,” said Crookston Head Coach Sarah Reese. “We had other stretches where we just mentally and physically were not paying attention to time, space, ball pressure and all the other little details. We need to do give-and-goes and I saw one or two the whole game and we spent almost the entire practice yesterday working on keeping the ball at our feet, give-and-goes, ball pressure, all of the things we reiterated yesterday and very few people showed that to carry it over in the game. If we don’t do the little things all of the scores are going to be like that and we have to decide that we want to come and be competitive because we certainly have the skill set and the people, they just make it difficult when they don’t do the little things to help each other out.”
Both coaches and the officials agreed to play a twenty-minute second half due to the field conditions and the Comets managed to add one final goal in the 45th minute as Mackenzie Foss completed her hat trick with her third goal to secure the 6-0 win for Fergus Falls Hillcrest. “I think that we played better in the second half,” noted Reese. “I still think that we weren’t being very mentally tough. I think there are several opportunities we could’ve had, but we did little things like lifting our foot on throw-ins. We had three turnovers in a row in the second half and that’s not really appropriate at this point in the season. Instead of playing smart we’re making silly mistakes that are allowing them to get in our space.” Reese did note that the weather impacted the match, but did so for both teams, “everybody is playing in the same weather, so we have to come ready to play whether its 90 (degrees) or 50 (degrees) and raining. We have to come prepared to play regardless of the weather situation. We had several opportunities where we were in our last third and there was no sense of urgency and the couple times we had a little sense of urgency, it quickly turned to panic. We have to just calm down and play our game.”
The Pirates fall to 0-10-1 this season and return to the field on Friday, September 28 when Crookston travels to Hibbing to take on Hibbing at 3 p.m. Fergus Falls Hillcrest improves to 5-5. 

  Dillynn Walace kicks the ball       Clara Meyer looks to get the ball past an opponent



2nd Final
Hillcrest Academy 5 1 6

     Mackenze Epema controls the ball in the rain

4:00 - Hillcrest - Mackenzie Foss
19:00 - Hillcrest - Mackenzie Foss
21:00 - Hillcrest - Kindra Peterson
26:00 - Hillcrest - Rakel Amland
39:00 - Hillcrest - Anna Mayers
45:00 -
Hillcrest - Mackenzie Foss

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylee Meier - Crookston 6 4 10

Juliana Undseth - Hillcrest

2 0 2



Tonight's Crookston Pirates Boy's Soccer match at East Grand Forks has been postponed to a later date (to be determined) due to heavy rain fall.  The Pirates will return to the field tomorrow hosting Grand Forks Central (N.D.).




On Monday, October 22, 2018, the Minnesota State High School Tennis Coaches Association (MSHSTCA) will have the pleasure of inducting two new members to its Hall of Fame. Michael Cartwright of Mounds View and Mike Geffre of Crookston will become members of this exclusive club with a ceremony held at the Earl Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center during the State Girls Tennis Banquet. Michael Cartwright will speak at the Girls’ Banquet and Mike Geffre will speak at the Boys’ Banquet.

Geffre has been the head coach of the Crookston Pirates Boys’ team since 1986 (31 years) and coach of the Girls’ team since 1989 (28 years). As a graduate of Bemidji State University, graduating with honors, Mike has led the Pirates to the Minnesota State High School League State Tournament nine times with the girls and 13 times with the boys. Crookston has been a tennis dynasty in the northern part of the state during Mike’s tenure as coach. Coaches around the area always know that Crookston comes to play and play well.
Mike has also coached two State Doubles Champions for the boys and one State Doubles Champion for the girls. Other than all of the State Tournament appearances, one of Mike’s greatest highlights was having the opportunity to coach his daughter Amanda throughout her high school career.
Mike has a wife, Lori Schlenker, a daughter Amanda, and twin sons Isaac and Simon.
Tennis Accolades:
Head Boys Tennis 1986-2017 - 31 years
Head Girls Tennis 1989 - 2018 - 29 years
13 Team Appearances at the Minnesota State High School League State Boys Tennis Tournament
9 Team Appearances at the Minnesota State High School League State Girls Tennis Tournament
2 - State Boys Doubles Championships
1 - State Girls Doubles Championship

Coaching Honors: Crookston E Award for Coaching Excellence, Minnesota State Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year, Minnesota State Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year 1
Organizations and Honors other than coaching: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, USTA member, Crookston Tennis Association Net Generation, Crookston Youth Basketball, FAB Foundation, ITEEA Coaches Association Involvement.






The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team battled but came up short in a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-14) loss to the Park Rapids Panthers in a Section 8AA match-up at the Crookston High School gymnasium.

Park Rapids came out with two big kills from Rilee Michaelson and Kamree Carlson for a 2-0 lead.   Crookston answered with a Rachel Hefta kill and a point off a Park Rapids error to tie the set at 2-2.  Park Rapids answered with two big time kills from Michaelson to gain some momentum and they built a 14-7 lead after another Carlson kill.  Park Rapids kept the lead at seven (19-12) when Crookston scored four straight points by taking advantage of three Panther errors and a Hefta kill to get within a 19-16 deficit.   Park Rapids settled down and ended the set on a 6-1 run for a 25-17 victory to take a 1-0 lead.  “That start made me real nervous, but I was proud of the girls how they battled back,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “We made too many errors at the end and that hurt us.”
Park Rapids scored the first four points of the second set behind two Katelyn Weaver aces and two kills from Carlson for a 4-0 lead.  Crookston answered with four points of their own behind a couple Dani Boyle aces to tie the set at 4-4.  Neither team had a lead by more than three points and Park Rapids had a 16-15 lead.  Once again, Park Rapids ended the set on a big run, this time a 9-3 run for a 25-18 victory for a 2-0 lead.  “We had one mental lapse in the set where we were with them and stopped talking,” said Coach Stopa. “It was tough to see how we played well and didn’t close it out.”
Crookston took a 3-1 lead to start the third set.  The teams were tied at 7, 8 and 9 and Park Rapids had a 12-10 lead when they went on a 10-1 run to take a 22-11 lead with a stretch of three kills and two aces.  Crookston couldn’t recover, and Park Rapids won the set 25-14 and the match, 3-0.  “They are a very fast team.  Their passes didn’t even clear the height of the net, they just shoot it to the setter, so we did a very good job of responding to it,” said Coach Stopa. “Once again it was little errors that add up and we can’t rally back.  Our serve-receive broke down and that means everything breaks down.  Park Rapids serving was awesome tonight and they placed it well.”
Crookston drops to 2-7 on the year and will travel to Red Lake County Central on Thursday, a match you can hear on KROX.  Park Rapids improves to 5-1 on the year.
J.V. – Park Rapids won 2-1      C Squad – Crookston won 2-0

          Kasey Cwikla eyes down the ball                       Rachel Hefta with a dig in the back row





Park Rapids

25 25 25


17 18 14

           Emma Boll dives for a serve in the second set

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta - 10, Hailey Seaver - 5
Blocks – Rachel Hefta - 2
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 13
Digs - Dani Boyle - 9, Katelyn Genereux - 8, Rachel Hefta - 7
Aces – Emma Boll - 1, Kylie Solheim - 1




Crookston High School Junior, Katherine Geist is now a perfect five-for-five after she won the Bagley Cross Country meet on Tuesday afternoon with a time of 19:36.8, edging Staples-Motley's Kira Sweeney by eight seconds.  There were 105 female runners and the Bagley meet is a good gauge of where you stand in the section as many of the Section 8A team compete in the meet.  Emily Gillette finished 83rd place with a time of 25:58.8.  "Times were a little sluggish but the competition was tough. The course ran tough. We need to do some hill work," said East Grand Forks Cross Country Coach Kirk Misialek. "Emily Gillette finished her race strong as she always does. A good effort on a beautiful fall day."

Katherine Geist gets help at the finish line    Emily Gillette at the finish line
                      (Pictures submitted by Kirk Misialek)






The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team lost to the Detroit Lakes Lakers 4-3 and the Bemidji Lumberjacks 5-2 at the Bemidji triangular.

Crookston vs Detroit Lakes -
Crookston lost three three-set matches in a 4-3 loss to Detroit Lakes.  The three Pirate wins came from second singles with Hayden Winjum winning in straight sets, third singles with Emma Borowicz winning in straight sets.  “Hayden played well and that showed by a straight set victory,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “Emma is a competitor and she played well to win her match.  Those two continue to play well for us and they compete.” The second doubles team of Eden Haller and Hannah Lindemoen in straight sets.  “That was a nice win after a close first set, they were able to win 6-4 in the second,” said Coach Geffre. “It was good to see those two compete and finish it off in straight sets.”
The three set losses were tough at first singles and first doubles.  The third doubles team, made up of two seventh graders, lost 12-10 in the third set.  “We lost 5-2 at Detroit Lakes earlier and lost 4-3 today and had a chance to beat them 6-1 actually,” said Coach Geffre. “We lost the three matches in three sets and that hurt because if we win one of them we win the match.  That is how close it was.”


Crookston - 3

Detroit Lakes - 4



1st Singles

Catherine Tiedemann Brina Smith DL 1-6, 7-6, 10-5


Hayden Winjum Shelby Busker Crox 6-2, 6-3


Emma Borowicz Emily Skjonsberg Crox 6-2, 6-3


Hannah Street Josey Allen DL 6-3, 6-4

1st Doubles

Emma Osborn
Elysa Christensen
Mary Nelmark
Makenna Duncan
DL 6-4, 3-6, 10-3


Eden Haller
Hannah Lindemoen
Mercedez Bellanger Crox 7-6, 6-4


Halle Winjum
Emma Gunderson
Siri Vagle
Chloe Will
DL 6-3, 2-8, 12-10

Crookston vs Bemidji -
Bemidji has a very good first, second and third singles combo and they won their matches in straight sets. “The Bemidji number one singles is very good, she is a stud,” said Coach Geffre. “She is something like 16-1 and is only a freshman and I was happy with how well Hayden competed and played in the match in the loss.  There top three players are very, very good and it was going to be tough for us to win the match against Bemidji.”
Crookston picked up wins at fourth singles with Halle Winjum winning in straight sets and the first doubles team of Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz winning a hard-fought match 7-6, 6-3.  “Halle continues to compete and play hard for us.  She played well and that was a nice win,” said Coach Geffre. “Catherine and Emma are a good duo and they had to play well to pick up the win and that was a good match for them.”
Crookston had a three-set loss at second doubles with Hannah Street and Emma Osborn losing a hard-fought 10-5 third set.  “They played well, but came up a little short,” said Coach Geffre. “They competed and hustled and that was a good match.”
Coach Geffre said he was happy with some things and upset with some of the girl’s level of intensity. “We saw some good things from some of the girls and we saw some other girls that need to work on hustling and playing hard for all of the match,” said Coach Geffre. “We will be addressing some of this in practice, but if some of them aren’t going to hustle we will put in some younger players that will hustle and if we lose, I am fine with us losing if we are working hard and hustling.”
Crookston drops to
4-15 on the year and will travel to the competitive Litchfield Tournament on Saturday.


Crookston - 2

Bemidji - 5



1st Singles

Hayden Winjum Savannah Haugen Bem 6-3, 6-2


Hannah Lindemoen Taylor Offerdahl Bem 6-0, 6-1


Elysa Christensen Aftyn Schmidt Bem 6-2, 6-2


Halle Winjum Paige Headlee Crox 6-0, 6-4

1st Doubles

Catherine Tiedemann
Emma Borowicz
Lexi Leitner
Hannah Nelson
Crox 7-6, 6-3


Hannah Street
Emma Osborn
Netie Kimble
Bethany Chatterton
Bem 7-5, 3-6, 10-5


Eden Haller
Emma Gunderson
Chloe Hasbargen
Kylen Fenson
Bem 6-1, 6-1




The Crookston Pirates Boys Soccer team scored two second-half goals and use strong defense down the stretch to secure their second win of the season 2-1 over Detroit Lakes in a Section 8A match played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field. 
Crookston received a boost with the return of Logan Wardner in net with the senior providing a major defensive boost for the Pirates’ backline while recording 14 saves in the scoreless first half. “He’s a good, solid keeper,” explained Crookston head coach Don Cox. “Having him in there, I think the defense was able to concentrate on the attacks and keeping the attacks away.”
In the second-half, Crookston took the lead at 48:03 when Eric Delorme headed a shot into the net off a corner kick sent in by Mason LaPlante giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. “It was a corner kick,” noted Cox, “it got pushed in, just headed in there. Their keeper was over on the far post and the header was along the near post, on the corner kick side.” Crookston added a second goal just 6 minutes later when Sam Overgaard received a pass from Eric Delorme and fired a shot past the Detroit Lakes goalkeeper to give Crookston a 2-0 lead. “It was another good one,” explained Cox, “we got a nice feed from Delorme. It was just some good pressure going down the side and a cross to the center which (Sam Overgaard) was able to get in.” Detroit Lakes rallied later in the match when Cole Metelak received an assist from Kale Omang and beat Wardner for the Lakers lone goal to cut the deficit to 2-1 with just under twelve minutes remaining. Wardner would hunker down the remainder of the match recording eight second-half saves for twenty-two total to help Crookston secure the 2-1 win. “We played pretty well,” summarized Cox, “They play aggressive, their fast. Our d-line held pretty well, and I was able to make subs. We got knocked around and knocked down and there were more than enough yellow cards today, but that’s kind of the way things go whether you play down there or play up there.”
Crookston improves to 2-6 on the season and will return to the pitch on Thursday when Crookston travels to East Grand Forks for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Detroit Lakes drops to 3-6. 

Logan Wardner makes one of his 22 saves in the game



2nd Final
Detroit Lakes 0 1 1

Mason LaPlante brings the ball upfield in the second half

48:03 - Crox - Eric Delorme (Mason LaPlante)
53:55 - Crox - Sam Overgaard (Eric Delorme)
68:43 - DL - Cole Matelak (Kale Omang)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Logan Wardner - Crox 14 8 22
Trey Seebold - DL 2 6 8





The Crookston Pirates Girls’ Soccer team was held scoreless in a 7-0 loss to Detroit Lakes in a Section 8A match played at the Rotary Soccer Park in Detroit Lakes. 
The Lakers dominated possession and scoring chances from the start of the match converting 23 shots on goal into seven goals throughout the night. In the tenth minute, Madilyn Kirchner took a pass from Emily Larson before striking the back of the net with a shot to give Detroit Lakes a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later, the Lakers added a second goal when Sydney Brininger scored doubling the hosts lead. Detroit Lakes third goal came in the 30th minute when Madilyn Brininger scored to push the DL lead to 3-0. One minute later, Karrigan Hallisey scored the Lakers fourth goal before Ava Steinmentz added a fifth goal before half-time striking a free-kick past the Crookston goalkeeper to give the Lakers a 5-0 halftime lead. “We didn’t mark the backside well,” explained Crookston head coach Sarah Reese of the first-half scoring. 
The Pirates rallied for a much stronger second half. Detroit Lakes managed just two second-half goals with Abigail Larson scoring in the 53rd minute and Anna Jones tallying the final goal of the match in the 60th minute to close out the 7-0 Lakers victory. “We kept our spacing better in the second half,” noted Reese. “We played much better passing white to white, with good ball movement and ball pressure.” Despite the disappointing final scoreline, Reese was impressed with several Pirate’s performances. “Hannah (Emanuel) was busy in the back at sweeper saving us several times. Dillynn (Wallace) played well in the backfield and kept the ball moving. (Hailey) Spivey provided great passing in the midfield. Anke Wiersma played great last night (in a JV game) in Pelican Rapids and came off the bench and played outside midfielder for us.”
The Pirates fall to 0-8-1 this season and return to the field on Thursday when Crookston hosts West Ottertail Central at 4 p.m.  Detroit Lakes improves to 5-1-2. 

Olivia Huck chases down the ball at midfield
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd Final
Detroit Lakes 5 2 7

Ava Oakes tries to get the ball away from a Laker
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

10:00 – DL – Madilyn Kirchner (Emily Larson)
20:00 – DL – Sydney Brininger
30:00 – DL – Madilyn Kirchner 
31:00 – DL – Karrigan Hallisey
34:00 – DL – Ava Steinmetz (Free-kick)
53:00 – DL – Abigail Larson
60:00 – DL – Anna Jones

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylie Meier - Crookston 9 0 9
Reese Swanson - Crookston 0 7 7
Payton Carlblom  - DL 0 0 0




The Crookston Pirates Girl’s swimming team fell 120-52 in a Section 8A dual against Park Rapids at the Park Rapids Community Center.

The Pirates relay teams both delivered strong performances with the 200-medley relay team of Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman combining for a 2:11.31 finish and win in the race. The 200-freestyle relay team of MacKenzie Aamoth, Elizabeth Erdman, Madison Hoiland, and Thea Oman took second place with a time of 1:55.39. Oman delivered a strong individual performance for the Pirates taking first place in the 200-IM with a 2:27.54 finish. Oman also won the 100-Breaststroke finishing in 1:17.72. “We’re still kind of playing around and seeing where she’s going to swim come the end of the season,” explained Crookston head coach Marley Melbye. “Today she did the 200-IM and 100-breaststroke and cut time in both of those and had new personal bests and is looking very versatile this season.” Elizabeth Erdman took first in the 100-butterfly with a finish in 1:14.05. Madison Hoiland claimed second place in the 100-freestyle and third place in the 50-freestyle. “For (Madison) not to swim the 100-breaststroke is a little different, but she went out and swam really well and had season-bests in both of them,” said Melbye. MacKenzie Aamoth took third place in the 100-backstroke while Elizabeth Erdman took third in the 200-freestyle. “Park Rapids has twenty gals, which is a little down for them,” added Melbye. “We went and swam our races and the girls did well today. It’s fun to get a ‘W’, but we’re taking our small successes and getting our season bests or personal bests and that’s all we can ask for. With swimming being so long and how the season is set up all these meets don’t mean anything until November.”
The Pirates return to the pool next Tuesday when they travel to Warroad for a dual with Warroad/Roseau at 5:30 p.m.

Pirate (Top 3 places) Event Time Place
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman 200 Meter Relay 2:11.31 1st
Thea Oman 200 Yard IM 2:27.54 1st
Thea Oman 100 Yard Breaststroke 1:17.72 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Yard Butterfly 1:14.05 1st
Madison Hoiland 100 Yard Freestyle 1:04.36 2nd
MacKenzie Aamoth, Elizabeth Erdman, Madison Hoiland, Thea Oman 200 Yard Freestyle Relay 1:55.39 2nd
Madison Hoiland 50 Yard Freestyle 28.38 3rd
MacKenzie Aamoth 100 Yard Backstroke 1:21.63 3rd
Elizabeth Erdman 200 Freestyle 2:19.21 3rd




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's golf team completed its final round  of the Golden Bear Classic hosted by Concordia-St. Paul Classic at StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater, MN with a team score 861 over the two-rounds, four strokes behind MSU-Moorhead in the battle for 10th place in the eleven team field. Augustana won the tournament with a two-day team score of 631, seven shots ahead of runner-up Minnesota State-Mankato. Concordia-St. Paul's Sophia Hill (Sr., Medford) was the medalist with a two-round score of 151, finishing one-shot ahead of Augustana's Hannah Hankinson (Jr., Edina).
The Golden Eagles were led by McKenzie Harris (Sr., Nevis) who was the only UMC golfer to break 100 shooting a 96 on Tuesday for a total of 202 finishing in 57th place. Allison Bot (Jr. Minneota) finished with a two-round total of 205 after shooting a 104 in her final round taking 60th place. Minnesota Crookston's Anna Olson (Soph., Fertile) improved from an opening-round 115 by 13-strokes carding a 102 on Tuesday for a 62nd place finish. Camryn Larson (Fr., Fertile) improved by 11-strokes from her opening round shooting a 113 Tuesday, good for 63rd place.
The Golden Eagles return to the links on Saturday, September 22 for the start of the two-day SMSU Fall Invitational hosted at the Marshall Golf Club in Marshall.






The Roseau Rams beat the Crookston Pirate Volleyball team 3-0 in a Section 8AA match-up played in Roseau.
Was it bus legs, Roseau coming out strong, or Crookston starting slow?  Maybe a combination of all three in the first set as Roseau cruised to a 25-11 victory to take a 1-0 lead.  “We got into a funk on the serve receive and couldn’t get out of it,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “Roseau has good servers and I think we got a little nervous and couldn’t make the play.”
The second set was an exciting one as Crookston took a four or five point lead early in the set, but Roseau battled back to take the lead.  Crookston answered and took the lead before Roseau ended the set with a little run and came away with a 27-25 victory for a 2-0 lead.  “That was awesome,” said Coach Stopa. “It was back and forth and I was proud of the way the girls played.  It was exciting and good to see the girls play as hard and well as they did.”
Roseau used their momentum from the second set victory to cruise to a 25-11 win in the third set to win the match 3-0.  “The score didn’t indicate the fight that the girls had,” said Coach Stopa. “We got into another serve receive funk and couldn’t get out of it again.”
Even though Roseau swept the Pirates, Coach Stopa said she was proud of her team. “I was very proud of the girls and how hard they played,” said Stopa. “They fought hard, but we struggled with the serve receive tonight.”

Crookston falls to 2-6 on the year and will host Park Rapids on Tuesday.  Roseau improves to 8-4 on the year.

The Pirates huddle after a point   Kylie Solheim hits the ball over the net
                       (Pictures submitted by Ivan Hirst)






11 25 11


25 27 25

Emma Boll, Katelynn Genereux and Dani Boyle wait for the serve
                (Picture submitted by Ivan Hirst)

For Crookston
Kills – Rachel Hefta 12, Hailey Seaver - 6, Kasey Cwikla 5
Blocks – Rachel Hefta - 1, Hailey Seaver - 1
Assists – Kylie Solheim - 17
Digs - Dani Boyle - 9, Rachel Hefta - 8, Emma Boll - 8
Aces – Hailey Seaver - 1, Kasey Cwikla - 1

For Roseau -
Kills - Kacie Borowicz - 10, Kayla Santl - 10
Blocks - Rylie Bjerklie - 1
Assists - Grace Dunham - 18, Mariah Huglen - 16
Digs - Kacie Borowicz - 14
Aces - Kacie Borowicz - 5, Grace Dunham - 1


The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team traveled to East Grand Forks to finish a match that started on September 7 and was suspended because of rain and lightning.  The match was finished today with East Grand Forks starting the match with a 2-0 lead and a lead in two matches.  East Grand Forks won the match 5-2 to remain undefeated in Section 8A play.
Crookston’s wins came at first and second singles with Hayden Winjum and Catherine Tiedemann winning their matches.  Winjum won a three set match and Tiedemann won in straight sets.  “They are two of our leaders and they showed why today,” said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. “Hayden won a tough three setter and she played well, and Catherine won her match pretty easily so that was nice to see the wins at the top of the line-up.”
Crookston lost a tough three set match at first singles while losing 12-10 in the third set.  “It was tough to go into a match where you already trail 2-0 and trail in two other sets,” said Coach Geffre. “East Grand Forks is the top seed right now in the section.  They haven’t lost a section match and I told the girls we are close, it was a matter of finishing the matches.  Overall, it wasn’t bad….kind of neutral.  We saw some good things and we saw some things we need to continue to work on.”
Crookston drops to 4-13 on the year and will travel to Bemidji on Tuesday for a triangular.

Catherine Tiedemann and Hayden Winjum picked up the two Pirate wins
                    (Pictures by Bruce Brierley of the Exponent)



East Grand Forks - 5



1st Singles

Hayden Winjum

Jenna Dietrich

Crox 7-5, 2-6, 10-6


Catherine Tiedemann

Maggie Dietrich Crox 6-4, 6-1


Hannah Street

Brynn Havis EGF 7-6, 6-4


Halle Winjum

Katelyn Farder

EGF 6-2, 7-5

1st Doubles

Emma Borowicz
Emma Osborn

McKenna Aitchison
Delaney Aaker
EGF 7-5, 5-7, 12-10


Hannah Lindemoen
Eden Haller

Thea Haaven-Farstad
Kate Johnson
EGF 6-1, 6-4


Emma Gunderson
Elysa Christensen

Aleah Hangsleben
Kenady Burris
EGF 6-2, 6-3




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) men’s golf team finished the two-day Minnesota Crookston Invitational in 6th place, 45 strokes behind first-place Minot State’s 592 in the tournament hosted by UMC at the King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, ND.  The University of Manitoba’s Devon Scahade (R-Sr., Beausejour, Manitoba) was the medalist with a one-under-par two-round total of 143, one shot clear of St. Cloud State’s Troy Ryynanen (Sr., Cokato). Ryynanen’s Huskies took second place as a team, four strokes behind the Beavers. 
Connor Humble (Soph., Rosemount) finished in a tie for 15th place shaving one stroke off his opening-round 78 for a two-round total of 155. Ben Koisti (Sr., Lake Norden, SD) shot an impressive 76 in his second round after an opening round 82 for a 24th place finish. Dylan Wenzel (Fr., Lino Lakes) matched Koisti’s second round score of 76 following his first-round 84 to finish in 28th place. Ben Lord (Jr., Brunswick, ME) gave three-strokes back after a first round 79, carding an 82 on Monday finishing in a tie for 29th place. Ethan Magsam (Fr., Crookston) shot 79 on Monday for a two-round total of 162, good for a tie for 31st place. Ethan Johnson (Sr., Roseau) bounced back from an opening-round 85 with a 78 on Monday to finish in 33rd place. UMC’s Ben Trostad (Fr., Crookston) improved upon his opening-round 85 with an 83 on Monday for a 38th place finish, while Joey Kekke (Fr., Argyle) closed out the Golden Eagles’ efforts with back-to-back 94's to finish in 41st place. 
UMC returns to the links on Monday, September 24 for the start of the two-day J.R. Watkins Northern Regional hosted by Winona State at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, MN.




Just two golfers from the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's golf team were able to complete their opening rounds prior to a two-hour storm delay during the opening round of the Concordia-St. Paul Classic played at Stoneridge Golf Club in Stillwater, MN.  All golfers were eventually able to return to the course and complete their rounds leaving Minnesota Crookston in 11th place after a first-round team-score of 446, 130 strokes behind leader Augustana, which sits eight strokes ahead of the rest of the field. Augustana’s Hannah Hankinson (Jr., Edina) is the clubhouse leader after an opening round 74, two strokes ahead of teammate McKayla Poppens (Jr., Tea, SD) and Concordia-St. Paul’s Sophie Hill  (Sr., Medford).
McKenzie Harris (Sr., Nevis) was the first Golden Eagles golfer to complete her round prior to the inclement weather’s arrival carding a 106 putting her in 62nd place after 18 holes. Anna Olson (Soph., Fertile) also got into the clubhouse before the lightning made an appearance, with Olson shooting an opening round 115 good for 63rd place. After the weather delay, Allison Bot (Jr., Minneota) closed out the Golden Eagles’ best round of the day with a 101 good for a 55th place tie. Camryn Larson (Fr., Fertile) finished her opening round after the storms cleared as well, finishing with a first-round 124 claiming 64th place heading into the final round. 
The Golden Eagles will wrap up the CSP Fall Classic on Tuesday in Stillwater. 





The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) men’s golf team is in sixth place out of six teams after the first round of the inaugural UMC King’s Walk Invite on a hot and windy Sunday afternoon.

UMC is in sixth place in the tournament field after shooting a 324 in the first round. The Golden Eagles are just four strokes back of the Bemidji State junior varsity team and are just 23 strokes behind St. Cloud State University, the leaders after round one.
Connor Humble (So., Rosemount) led the Golden Eagles with a six-over-par 78 and is in 12th place.  Ben Lord (Jr., Brunswick, Maine) shot a 79. Ben Koisti (Sr., Lake Norden, S.D.) shot an 82 and Ethan Magsam (Fr., Crookston) turned in an 83.  Dylan Wenzel (Fr., Lino Lakes, Minn.) shot an 84 and Ethan Johnson (Sr., Roseau) along with Ben Trostad (Fr., Crookston) both finished with 85’s, and Joey Kekke (Fr., Argyle) shot a 94.
Troy Ryynanen of St. Cloud State is in the lead after the first round after shooting a two-under-par 70. Jeff Bleue of Manitoba is in second with a 71, while his teammate Devin Schade is in third with a 72.
The King’s Walk Invite will wrap-up on Monday with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, N.D.





The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) women's soccer team continues its search for its first win in two years after falling 1-0 against St. Cloud State in an NSIC matchup played at the UMC Soccer Field.

St. Cloud State dominated possession throughout the match and limited Minnesota Crookston to just one-shot total in the match, a shot that was not on goal.  The Huskies managed 22 shots in the match, 13 of which were on goal. However, Minnesota Crookston goalie Olivia Puttin (Jr., Rogers) delivered a strong performance for the Golden Eagles in net keeping a clean sheet in the first half which ended in a 0-0 tie. “We do more work on generating chances going forward in training than I probably ever have in my previous seasons here where we’ve had more success,” said UMC head coach Joe Alianiello. “I still think it starts with coming away with those 50-50 balls out of the air.” Early in the second half, St. Cloud State managed to break through. A corner kick sent in by Sara Magno (Sr., Franklin, WI) found Claire Shea (Fr., Excelsior, MN) who blasted a strike past Puttin into the net giving SCSU a 1-0 lead. Puttin managed 13 saves to keep the Golden Eagles within a goal the remainder of the match, but UMC failed to register a single shot in the second-half falling 1-0 to St. Cloud State. “I thought we limited them to some of the chances, the goal we gave up was a little bit soft with some missed markings there,” Alianiello summarized. “(Puttin) played well and made the saves she needed to have, which was good to see.”

The Golden Eagles fall to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in NSIC play. UMC heads on the road next weekend traveling to Winona State on Friday for a 3 p.m. kick-off followed by a Sunday match-up against Upper Iowa in Fayette at 11 a.m. St. Cloud State improves to 2-3-1.

Paige Pettit kicks the ball upfield   Kayla Strangeland kicks the ball past the defender






For the second-straight year, the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Football team was shut out by the Bemidji State Beavers 69-0 in an NSIC game played at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji.

UMC started the game well. On their opening drive facing 3rddown and five Jalin Scott (Jr., Houston, TX) connected with former junior college teammate Jonattan Mudd (Jr., Gardena, CA) for 29 yards down to the Bemidji State 43-yard line. Another completion between the two set up 3rddown and two from the Beavers’ 35-yard line, but Scott was dropped for a 6-yard loss forcing the Golden Eagles to punt on their opening drive.
Bemidji State wasted no time on their opening drive going 80 yards in just four plays Jalen Frye (R-Fr., Mahtomedi) rushed for 57-yards to march the ball down to the UMC 15-yard line before later closing out the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run giving the Beavers a 7-0 lead after the extra point was kicked by Isaac Aanerud (Sr., Otsego).
Minnesota Crookston’s Elijah Todd (Jr., Toledo, OH) fumbled a handoff on the Golden Eagles’ first play of the second drive setting Bemidji State up at the UMC 20-yard line. After gaining a first down on a Minnesota-Crookston encroachment penalty, Bemidji State’s Jared Henning (Jr., Jackson, WI) connected with his fullback Matt Gross (Jr., Napoleon, ND) for a 3-yard touchdown giving the Beavers a 14-0 lead after the PAT.
The Golden Eagles reached the red zone for the first time on their next drive getting down to the Bemidji State 5-yard line. On 1stand goal from the 5-yard line, Jalin Scott threw an incompletion. The next play, Rod Stewart (Sr., Fort Worth, TX) was dropped on an end-around for an 8-yard loss back to the BSU 13-yard line. Jalin Scott dropped back to throw on third-down and fired a pass towards the front pylon on the UMC sideline. The pass deflected off the shoulder pads of Michael Junker (Jr., Hastings) who then picked off the interception and ran 103-yards the other way for a Beavers Touchdown giving Bemidji State a 21-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Bemidji State added to their lead when Jarred Henning found Landon Jones on the far sideline in the end zone from 15-yards away for a 28-0 lead.
Minnesota Crookston’s struggles to keep the football continued in the second quarter. Right after the Beavers’ took a four-touchdown lead, Jalin Scott threw his very next pass into the waiting arms of Michael Junker for his second interception. Junker took the interception back to the end zone for what appeared to be his second touchdown of the half, but the return was negated by an unnecessary roughness penalty, but the Beavers still took possession at the Minnesota Crookston 24-yard line. UMC’s defense managed to hold the Beavers to a field goal try which Isaac Aanerud converted from 45-yards away to give the host’s a 31-0 lead.
Minnesota Crookston picked up two first downs on their next possession with a 17-yard run from Elijah Todd and another 17-yard Todd run two plays later, but Todd fumbled later in the drive and the Beavers recovered the football on their own BSU 47-yard line. Bemidji State responded on their next drive with another field goal by Aanerud,, this one good from 35-yards out giving the Beavers a 34-0 lead.
Bemidji State added one more touchdown just before halftime when backup quarterback Alec Ogden (Fr., Marshall, WI) found Mannie Kugmeh (Soph., Hopkins) for an 8-yard touchdown reception giving Bemidji State a 41-0 lead at halftime.

Minnesota Crookston’s offense was unable to sustain any drives in the second half while the Beavers continued to pull away. Bemidji State scored their first touchdown of the second half when Jared Henning tossed to Cole Schmitz for an easy two-yard touchdown reception giving BSU a 48-0 lead. Bemidji State added another touchdown on their next drive marching 72 yards in eight plays capped off by a 1-yard run from Sage Booker (Fr., Minneapolis) giving the Beavers a 55-0 lead.  
With the game comfortably in hand at the start of the fourth quarter, Bemidji State’s Alec Ogden added another touchdown to his stat-line while giving the hosts a 62-0 lead on a 2-yard pass to Bryce Duffy (Fr., DeForest, WI). Later in the quarter, Ogden added a third touchdown pass to his debut performance connecting with Cody King (R-Soph., New London) for one last score to close out the 69-0 victory.
 “Things just didn’t go our way. It’s back to the drawing board. Our focus just wasn’t there today. We knew we were playing a good opponent here and hopefully, we weren’t looking ahead to Minot State.” Minnesota Crookston was hampered by seven turnovers in the game and Dufner made clear that those miscues make it difficult to compete. “I don’t think Alabama would have won today with that. We’ve got to take care of the ball. If you don’t win the turnover battle, it’s going to be tough to win.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 0-3 on the season and will travel to Minot next Saturday to take on the Minot State Beavers at 2 p.m. with the Riverview Health Pregame Show beginning at 1:20 p.m. on KROX. Bemidji State improves to 3-0 and will take on undefeated Minnesota Duluth next Saturday in Duluth.

Anfernee Cooper looks for room on a return    Elijah Todd tries to break a tackle

Box Score


2nd 3rd 4th


UMC 0 0 0 0 0
Bemidji State 21 20 14 14 69

Ali Alkhatib tackles a Bemidji State player short of the end zone    Stephen Day with one of his punts

1st Quarter
10:02 - BSU - Jalen Frye 8 yard run  (Isaac Aanerud kick)
7:44 - BSU - Jared Henning 3 yard pass to Matt Gross (Aanerud kick)
3:39 - BSU - Michael Junker 103 yard interception return (Aanerud kick)

2nd Quarter

13:47 - BSU - Jared Henning 15 yard pass to Landon Jones (Aanerud kick)
12:09 - BSU - Isaac Aanerud 45 yard field goal
4:40 - BSU - Isaac Aanerud 35 yard field goal
1:06 - BSU - Alec Ogden 8 yard pass to Mannie Kugmeh (Mason Hoffer kick)

3rd Quarter

9:26 - BSU - Jared Henning 2 yard pass to Cole Schmitz (Hoffer kick)
3:45 - BSU - Sage Booker 1 yard run (Hoffer kick)

4th Quarter
12:56 - BSU - Alec Ogden 2 yard pass to Bryce Duffy (Hoffer kick)
2:38 - BSU - Alec Ogden 11 yard pass to Cody King (Hoffer kick)



The Crookston Pirate Girl's Soccer team had a difficult five game schedule this week and combined with hot and humid conditions in Melrose, the Pirates lost to Cold Spring-Rocori 5-0 and lost to Melrose 7-2 in games played in Melrose.

Crookston vs Cold Spring-Rocori
The first half was a competitive half for the Pirates and they were able to get three shots on goal, but CSR scored halfway through the half to take a 1-0 lead.  The teams played even the rest of the half and Crookston trailed by a goal at halftime.
In the second half, CSR scored 11 minutes into the half and added two more goals in the next nine minutes to build a 4-0 lead halfway through the second half.  CSR added another goal with two minutes left for a 5-0 victory.
Crookston had one of their best shots on goal totals this season with seven, but they couldn't solve the CSR goalie. 



2nd Final
Cold Spring Rocori 1 4 5

17:00 - Rocori -  Soley Ayala
51:00 - Rocori -  Sophia Cantu-Polster
56:00 - Rocori -  Soley Ayala
60:00 - Rocori -  Madi Goebel
78:00 - Rocori  - Laney Griffin

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylie Meier - Crookston 6 - 6
Cassie Solheim - Crookston - 7 7
Maggie Linz- Rocori 3 4 7

Crookston vs Melrose
In the second game of the day, Crookston had a great start with a Sophie Sanders goal eight minutes into the game and the Pirates led 1-0.  Melrose answered six minutes later to tie the game at one goal each.  It didn't take long for Crookston to regain the lead when Ny Nhu Nguyen scored halfway through the half for a 2-1 Pirate lead.  Crookston held the lead for about 10 minutes until Melrose scored three goals in a five minute span towards the end of the half for a 4-2 lead. 
In the second half Melrose added a goal four minutes into the half and added two more goals for the 7-2 victory.  "We've had a busy week and we played well in the first half of both games," said Pirate Coach Sarah Reese. "In the second half, the combination of the hot, humid conditions, missing a few players with prior commitments and having the busy week took a toll on us."
The Pirates continued to make improvements and scoring two goals was one of the positives. "The girls keep improving.  We saw better passing and we put the ball in the net," said Coach Reese. "We need to work on keeping possession by keeping the ball at our feet."
Crookston drops to 0-8-1 on the year and travel to Detroit Lakes on Tuesday.



2nd Final
Melrose 4 3 7

8:00 - Crox - Sophie Sanders (Joslynn Leach)
14:00 - Melrose - Courtney Koepke
21:00 - Crox - Ny Nhu Nguyen (Dillyn Wallace)
32:00 - Melrose - Molly Kraemer
36:00 - Melrose - Courtney Koepke
37:00 - Melrose - Molly Kraemer
44:00 - Melrose - Courtney Koepke
54:00 - Melrose - Molly Kraemer
55:00 - Melrose - Katelyn Welle

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Kylee Meier - Crookston 4 4 8
Wendy Smith - Melrose 4 4 8



The Bemidji Lumberjacks scored just under eight minutes into the game and that is all they would need in a 9-0 victory over the Crookston Pirates Boy's Soccer team in a game played at the Crookston High School Soccer field.
Bemidji's Silas Hess scored 7:50 into the game and Ethan Mock added another goals just over three minutes later for a quick 2-0 lead.  Bemidji added another goal in the final six minutes of the half to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. 
Bemidji blew the game open with five goals in a nine minute span and they added another goal late in the game for the 9-0 victory.  "Bemidji is a very good team, but we didn't play very good today.  It seemed like we were defeated before the game started," said Pirate Coach Don Cox. "We struggled to stay positive and got down on ourselves and I had to take some guys out to cool them down.  It was frustrating, but we have to keep playing smart and playing hard."
Crookston drops to 1-6 on the year and will host Detroit lakes on Tuesday.   Bemidji improves to 7-1 and picks up their fifth shutout of the year.

        Jake Anderson kicks the ball away from a Bemidji player



2nd Final
Bemidji 3 6 9

Nolan Dans, Killian Kuchan, Isaiah Barlow and Noah Kiel form a wall

7:50 - Bemidji - Silas Hess (Ben Hess)
11:16 - Bemidji - Ethan Mock (Paau Mesegue)
34:48 - Bemidji - Aidan Helwig (Nik Kivi)
54:25 - Bemidji - Logan Mitchell (Will Schwindt)
56:44 - Bemidji - Ethan Mock (Paau Mesegue)
59:22 - Bemidji - Silas Hess (Ethan Mock)
61:16 - Bemidji - Aidan Helwig
63:00 - Bemidji - Ethan Mock
73:48 - Bemidji - Chase Mock

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Casey Tiedemann - Crox 9 - 9
Brock Heppner - Crox - 5 5
Jedidiah Bitter - Bem 1 - 1
Joseph Fletcher - Bem - 1 1



The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers finished eighth place out of eight teams at the competitive University of North Dakota High School Invitational at the Hyslop Sports Center Swimming Pool in Grand Forks, N.D.
Crookston's Thea Oman continues to compete at a high level with a fourth place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.25 and she also was part of the seventh place 200 Medley Relay and she also had a seventh place finish in the 200 freestyle.  Oman was also on the eighth place 200 Freestyle relay team to have four top 10 finishes in all four of her races.
Elizabeth Erdman had three top 10 finishes with the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay and she finished ninth place in the 100 Butterfly.
Madison Hoiland also had three top 10 finishes and was part of the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay and she had a tenth place finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Team Scores -
1. Bismarck Century - 601.5
2. Williston - 297
3. Grand Forks Central - 267.5
4. Grand Forks Red River - 253
5. Jamestown - 207
6. Fosston-Bagley - 143
7. Thief River Falls - 135
8. CROOKSTON - 104

Pirate (Top 10 places) Event Time Place
Thea Oman 100 Freestyle 58.25 4th
Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Claire Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:10.86 7th
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:08.5 7th
Fallon Johnson, Madison Hoiland,
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Freestyle 1:55.97 8th
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:13.22 9th
Madison Hoiland 100 Breaststroke 1:21.02 10th





Northern State looked the part of a second-ranked team in the country when the Wolves swept the University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team 25-9, 25-11, 25-12 in an NSIC match played at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, SD. 
Northern State dominated the opening set holding Minnesota Crookston to just 9 points in the set in route to a 25-9 first set win.
Minnesota Crookston managed a more competitive second set despite facing a 4-0 deficit to start the set. Minnesota Crookston took two straight points following a Wolves attacking error and a Porsha Porath (Fr., Windom) kill. Later, the Wolves separated with a four-point run to gain an 11-5 lead, with another four-point run later in the set giving Northern a 15-6 advantage. Northern State added another five-point run to push their advantage to 21-8. Facing set point, the Golden Eagles scraped two points back on an attacking error and ace served by Porsha Porath before the Wolves closed out the second set 25-11. 
In the third and final set, the Golden Eagles battled to tie the set at 4-4 following a kill from Sydney Kruisslebrink (Soph., Rochester). The Wolves countered with a three-point run to take a 7-4 lead. Minnesota Crookston failed to pull within two the rest of the match with Northern State taking the final seven points of the match to close out the sweep with a third set score of 25-12. 

The loss drops UMC’s record to 2-11 overall and 0-5 in conference play. The Golden Eagles return to the court next Friday when they host Minot State at 6 p.m. Northern State improves to 13-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play.






9 11 12

Northern State

25 25 25

Kills – 
Porsha Porath -10, Kaitlin Sikkink - 3
Blocks – Porsha Porath - 1
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink - 18
Digs - Ali Schueler - 12, Sydney Kruisselbrink - 8
Aces – Porsha Porath - 1


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