The Crookston Pirates Girls Tennis juniors Ally Tiedemann and Amy Follette won their first match at the Minnesota State Girl's Individual Tennis Tournament beating a pair from the Holy Family Catholic School 7-5, 6-4 and then played strong in a 6-4, 6-3 win over Ashley Frederickson and Renata Hernandez of St. James to advance to the State semi-finals on Friday and assure themselves of being in the medals.
In the first match the Pirate duo started slow being down 4-1 in the first set but rallied back to tie it up at 4-4 and then eventually broke serve to win 7-5. "Ally and Amy were down 4-1 and then rallied back and won six of the next seven games," said Crookston head coach Mike Geffre. "We started the second set off really well with a 3-0 lead but kind of let up a little bit and let them back into it before the girls put it away in the second set. It's a win, but they will have to play much better when they play the St. James pair later on today." Tiedemann and Follette remember the St. James duo of Ashley Frederickson and Renata Hernandez from last year, "We had seen them at times last year and they are good players," said Follette. "We can play with them if we just play our game which is aggressive."

Amy Follette with a backhand return   Ally Tiedemann reaches for a return at the net in the quarterfinals

The second match turned out to be just the way the girls and coach Geffre wanted them to play, aggressive and consistent. "I thought we played extremely well at times and played some of our best tennis but went into a little lull at times but played well. The girls needed to keep their intensity level up high and keep their feet moving because when they quit moving is when they let the St. James pair back in." The first set Crookston trailed 1-0 but stormed out to a 4-2 lead when the two doubles teams had a marathon point that took about 12 minutes with six deuces with the Pirates prevailing to make it 5-2 and eventually winning 6-4. "I thought our intensity was high for this match," said Amy Follette, "we lost it a couple times but shook it off and came back." Ally Tiedemann agreed, "I thought we started slow again but then we definately had our heads into and played consistent." The Crookston ladies stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the second set and looked like they had the St. James pair with their head down and a quick win but the St. James pair battled back where Crookston's lead was 4-3. "We moved and shifted a lot better when we had to and put balls away when we had the chances."
With the win the Pirate girl's advance to the medal round which ensures them of getting a medal. They will take on another pair of juniors in the Blake School's Lainey Axell and Sophie Skallerud who have breezed through their two matches today losing only one game! "We know the competition gets tougher again tomorrow but will have to play consistently and be ready to go," said Tiedemann.
Their is another significant factor on the Pirates doubles getting into the final four. "Next year the State will be seeding Class A doubles and with Ally and Amy getting into this years final four and if they are fortunate enough to make it back next year as seniors, they should get at least a top four seed," said coach Geffre. 
The Pirates play the Blake pair tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center near downtown Minneapolis. The other semi-final tomorrow morning will feature a Breck pair against Minnewaska.
The State third place and championship matches will be played at 11:30 AM.
The other Section 8A doubles team at state, Roseau's Kate Wensloff and Lauren Johnson lost their first match but won their second and will be in the consolation semi-finals tomorrow morning.
The Section 8A singles players, Izabella Edin of Staples-Motley is in the semi-finals after two impressive wins today and Julia Smith of Park Rapids lost her two matches today and was eliminated.

Amy Follette serves while Ally Tiedemann waits in their first match





Ally Tiedemann
Amy Follette
Beat Libby Moakley-Lindsey Harris - Holy Family   7-5, 6-4
Beat Ashley Frederickson-Renata Hernandez-St. James  6-4, 6-3
Lainey Axell-Sophie Skallerud-Blake in semi-final on Friday

Coach Mike Geffre talks with Ally Tiedemann and Amy Follette



The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team probably played one of their scrappiest matches of the year and had a great effort, but fell short in an exciting 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 32-30) loss to the East Grand Forks Green Wave in the first round of the Section 8AA Volleyball tournament in East Grand Forks.

The Pirates started the match with the serve and the very first serve of the match, Crookston hit it into the net and that started a streak of six straight points by East Grand Forks for a 6-0 lead. “I was a little nervous,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.”  Crookston finally got their first points on two Green Wave errors and the Pirates continued to scratch and claw their way back into the game.  Trailing 10-7, Crookston took advantage of back-to-back Green Wave hitting errors and had back-to-back blocks by Kennedy Cwikla and Macy Strem to take an 11-10 lead, forcing an East Grand Forks time out.  “The girls fought and being down 6-0 in the first set in a playoff match and to come back was exciting.”  Whatever EGF coach Sara Schnathorst told her team during the time out resonated because the Green Wave finished the set on a 15-3 run to win 25-14 to take a 1-0 lead in the match. 
In the second set, the teams were tied at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and again at 8, and 9.  EGF went on a 7-2 run to build a 16-11 lead and later led 18-13 before Crookston went on a big run.  The Pirates’ Cwikla took over with a couple kills, combined with EGF hitting errors and Crookston tied the set at 21.  Crookston’s next attack went out of bounds and the Green Wave had a huge kill by Livia Pesch and after another kill they led 24-21.  Crookston responded with kills from Rachel Hefta and Heather Chaput to get within a 24-23 deficit, but on the next point they hit into the net and EGF won 25-23 for a 2-0 lead in the match.  “Both teams were getting balls that I didn’t know anybody would get,” said Coach Stopa.  “The girls were getting to everything and it was an exciting game to watch.”
The third set was the most exciting set of the season for Crookston and one of the hardest fought.  It didn’t start well for Crookston as the Green Wave jumped out to an 11-3 lead and it looked like the Pirates season was going to come to an end quickly.  The Pirates turned things around with a Cwikla kill and a Teagan Carlstrom ace and after some EGF hitting errors the Pirates trailed 15-9.  Jenna Porter and Cwikla followed with back-to-back kills to get within four points.  Crookston would continue to battle back and trailed 24-21 and EGF was serving for match point and hit the serve out of bounds, Cwikla followed with another kill and EGF hit into the net and the Pirates tied the set at 24. “To come back from trailing 11-3 and to tie it up says a lot about the girls,” said Coach Stopa. “They gave it everything and never gave up and I was impressed with their attitude.” Crookston was serving for a chance to take the lead and hit the serve into the net, but EGF hit the next two attacks out of bounds and Crookston led 26-25.  Once again Crookston’s serving troubles bit them in the butt as they served into the net and the teams were tied at 26.  Crookston regained the lead with a Porter kill, but hit the next point out of bounds for a tie at 27.  EGF served an ace, but Cwikla answered with another kill to tie the set at 28.  After Crookston served, EGF hit the ball out of bounds and Crookston had a chance to win the set, but had a miss-hit and they were tied at 29.  On the next point Hefta had a kill for a Pirate lead, but Crookston hit the next point out of bounds and the teams were tied at 30.  EGF’s Haylie Carlstrom had a big time kill to give her team a 31-30 lead and the Green Wave hit an attack on the next point that Crookston couldn’t handle and they won 32-30 to win the match 3-0.  “I thought in the first set we were warming up and after that I think we just took off,” said Coach Stopa. “We went after everything, we found some spots, and played some defense.  Everyone was involved and got after it, it was a tough game at the end and even ran out of serves towards the end, but the girls played a great match.”
Crookston’s season comes to an end with a 10-17 record and they say good bye to eight seniors, Macy Strem, Courtney Lindtwed, Jenna Porter, Brooke Cymbaluk, Amanda Trandem, Kennedy Cwikla, Heather Chaput, and Kaitlyn Thingelstad.  “They are some great seniors that have done some amazing things this year and past years and all the seniors are leaders,” said Coach Stopa. “They will all be missed!”
East Grand Forks improves to 13-15 on the year and will play at Roseau on Friday night.  To see the Section 8AA bracket Click here.

Teagan Carlstrom with one of her 20 digs as her teammates look on

  1 2 3


East Grand Forks 25 25 32

 Amanda Trandem with an attack   Jenna Porter with one of her 17 digs    Rachel Hefta taps the ball over the net

For Crookston 

Kills - Kennedy Cwikla - 12, Rachel Hefta - 5
Blocks - Kennedy Cwikla - 2
Assists -Macy Strem - 15
Digs - Teagan Carlstrom - 20, Jenna Porter - 17 
Aces - Brooke Cymbaluk - 2

For East Grand Forks

Kills - Haylie Carlstrom - 14, Julia Warmack - 10
Blocks - Julia Warmack - 3, Brianna Walski - 3, Livia Pesch - 3
Assists - Kayla Nelson - 33
Digs - Kayla Nelson - 22, Megan Boman - 17 
Aces - Natalie Carlstrom - 2, Livia Pesch -2



It was a tough task for the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Women’s Basketball team as they traveled to Brookings, South Dakota to take on the Division 1 South Dakota State University Jackrabbits in their exhibition opener. South Dakota State showed their might as they used a balanced effort and stifling defense to defeat Minnesota Crookston, 89-49, in a game played at Frost Arena.
The game proved to be a good test for the Golden Eagles as the Jackrabbits returned all of their starters from last year’s team that won the Summit League and competed in the NCAA Tournament. UMC played SDSU tough in the game’s early stages, tying the score at 13-13 with just over four minutes to play in the first quarter. The Jackrabbits weren’t messing around as they put together a 15-2 run to end the quarter and take a 28-15 lead after one. The first half continued to provide positives for Minnesota Crookston as they outscored South Dakota State 16-13 in the second quarter and trailed by just 10 at the half. Emily Gruber (Jr., Monticello, MN) paced the way for UMC with all 10 of her points coming in the first half. Gruber, who also had four rebounds in the opening 20 minutes, was followed in the scoring lead by Isieoma Odor’s (R-So., Bloomington, MN) eight points.
As you would expect with an NCAA Tournament-caliber team, the Jackrabbits came out of the locker room with a purpose in the third quarter. Macy Miller’s layup capped a 9-2 run in the first two minutes of the quarter to push the lead to 50-33. Minutes later, Clarissa Ober, who led all scorers with 17 points, knocked down a three-pointer to make it a 61-37 game with 5:42 left in the frame. UMC’s shooting went cold in the final minutes of the quarter and SDSU’s lead ran to 72-42 heading into the fourth. In the fourth, the Jackrabbit defensive effort continued to be stout as they held the Golden Eagles to just seven points and went on to the 89-49 victory.
The Golden Eagles were led by Isieoma Odor’s 12 points and five rebounds. Other Golden Eagles in double-figures included Emily Gruber with 10 points and Alison Hughes (So., Janesville, WI) with 10 points. UMC shot just 19-of-60 (31%) from the field and 4-of-18 (22%) from beyond the arc. SDSU had four players score in double-figures, led by Clarissa Ober’s 17. Minnesota Crookston will head to Grand Forks on Sunday, November 6 for their next exhibition game against the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half



31 18 49

South Dakota State

41 48 89


For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 12 3  
Emily Gruber 10 4 2 Assists 
Alison Hughes 10 3 2 Assists
Caitlin Michaelis 7    
Leanna Haugen 5 3
Micaela Noga 3 3  
Kitri Zezza 2   2 Steals

TUESDAY  -  OCTOBER 25, 2016


The Bagley Flyers scored on their first four possessions and racked up 490 yards of total offense as they cruised to a 45-6 victory over the Crookston Pirate Football team in the first round of the Section 8AA Football playoffs at a beautiful facility in Bagley.  "We got beat by a flat out better football team than us," said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. "There is nothing we can say or do to change it, but we got run over."
Bagley won the toss and elected to defer to the second half, so Crookston elected to receive to start the game.  Bagley's defense held the Pirates to a loss of a yard on the first two plays and on a third and long Crookston couldn't get the first down and were forced to punt on a three and out.  Bagley's first offensive series was a beauty and it started on an 11 yard run for a first down and that seemed to set the tone the rest of the game as Bagley would have a carry for five yards and back to back nine yard gains before a five yard and 10 yard gain and two runs later the Flyers punched it in on a seven yard pass from Ty Rolfson to Weston O'Beirne for a 6-0 lead after an eight play 61 yard drive that took 2:30 minutes.  Bagley went for a two point conversion and Rolfson found Lavan Culkins in the end zone to take an 8-0 lead.  Crookston's second drive of the game was worse than the first and after four total yards they had to punt again.  Bagley started their second drive with fantastic field position, at the Pirate 45 yards line.  The first play by the Flyers was a 17 yard run O'Beirne on a jet sweep and five plays later Bagley scored again, this time on a Ben Thoma four yard run to cap a six play 45 yard drive that took 2:17 and after Rolfson found Culkins again in the end zone on a two point conversion, Bagley led 16-0.  The ensuing Bagley kick went into the end zone for a touchback and the Pirates had to start their drive at their own 20 yard line.  Crookston ran the ball four yards on a first down play and Chris Wavra scrambled on a passing play and found Matt Garmen along the sideline for a 24 yard pass and it looked like the Pirates were in business.  Two plays later, Crookston fumbled the ball and Bagley recovered at their own 42 yard line with 2:20 left in the first quarter.  Bagley started the drive with the running back, O'Beirne got the handoff and scampered towards the sideline, hit the breaks and winged a pass down the field to Culkins for a 37 yard gain and five plays later the Flyers scored again, this time on a Rolfson six yard run and after another two point conversion pass, Bagley led 24-0, which was the score at the end of the first quarter.
Crookston had the ball at the end of the first quarter and ran two plays for zero yards and at the start of the second quarter Chris Wavra bombed a pass down the sideline to Blake Kawlewski for 47 yards down to the Bagley 19 yard line.  Four plays later the Pirates, Cade Salentine scored his 16 rushing touchdown of the season on a 10 yard run to bring Crookston within a 24-6 deficit.  The Pirate extra point kick was blocked.   Bagley responded 2:13 later, using a 41 yard run by O'Beirne and Tannen Agnes capped the six play 73 yard drive with a 10 yard touchdown run and after an extra point kick, the Flyers led 31-6.  Both teams had turnovers on their next drives and Crookston had the ball and was forced to punt and Bagley started with the ball at their own 21 with 3:35 left in the half.  Bagley drove the ball down the field and put the exclamation on the first half with a Rolfson 47 yard pass to Ben Thoma, who made a one hand grab along the sideline and ran into the end zone and Bagley led 37-6 at halftime.
Crookston tried an onside kick to start the second half, but Bagley recovered and took advantage of the short field and scored 1:51 into the second half and that would be the only scoring and Bagley held the ball for most of the fourth quarter, during running time and won the game 45-6 to advance to the Section 8AA semi-finals.  "They were so much bigger and were more physical than we were.  They took it to us and just dominated us," said Coach Butt. "We didn't have an answer because we couldn't slow them down.  The whole game was won up front and they were more physical and they took it to us.  Our kids didn't give up and played hard, but we just got beat in the trenches."
Crookston ends the season with a 2-7 record for the third straight year and say good bye to 18 seniors, Chris Wavra, Zach Markovich, Ethan Stroot, Preston Desrosier, Blake Kawlewski, Matt Garmen, Preston Hall, Ben Halos, Lauro Gutierrez, Tanner Reinhart, Daniel Deleon, Ethan Christopherson, Dane Anderson, Nathan Thomforde, Ryan Swenson, Luke Froeber, and Jonathan Olson and manager Easton Meyer.  "They are going to be a tough group to have to say good bye," said Coach Butt. "They were a fun group and they were all fun to be around and they will be missed."
Bagley improves to 7-2 and will travel to Hawley in the Section 8AA semi-finals on Saturday.

Cade Salentine tries to break a Bagley tackle on one of his runs (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd 3rd 4th


CROOKSTON 0 6 0 0 6
Bagley 24 13 8 0 45

  Todd Boerger with an interception      Blake Kawlewski with one of his four receptions
                                (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

1st Quarter
7:22- Bagley- Ty Rolfson 7 yard pass to Weston O'beirne (Ty Rolfson pass to Lavan Culkins) 
3:52 - Bagley - Ben Thoma 4 yard run (Ty Rolfson pass to Lavan Culkins) 
:16 - Bagley - Ty Rolfson 6 yard run (Ty Rolfson pass to Weston O'Beirne)

2nd Quarter
10:33 - Crox - Cade Salentine 10 yard run (kick failed) 
8:20 - Bagley - Tannen Agnes 10 yard run (Jaret Merschman kick)
1:47 - Bagley - Ty Rolfson 47 yard pass to Ben Thoma (kick blocked)

3rd Quarter

10:09 - Bagley - Ty Rolfson 1 yard run (Ty Rolfson pass to Lamarco Pemberton)

4th Quarter
No Scoring

Mason Wang gets to the outside on a kick return
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

First Downs 8 24
Rushing-Yards 34-98 59-399
Passing 6-13-0 3-6-1
Passing Yards 108 91
Total Yards 206 490
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0
Penalties-Yards 3-20 4-30
Punts-Yards Ave. 6-28.5 1-29


Crookston Bagley
Cade Salentine    21-53 yards Jake Ubert      13 - 95
Chris Wavra      12-45 Ben Thoma      13 - 72
Jaden Lubarski   1-0 Weston O'Beirne   10-126
  Tannen Agnes      7-34
  Brandon Mathison 3-22
  Levi Larson           3-19
  Jarret Merschman  3-14
  Ty Rolfson            3-9
  Thomas Snobl      3-6
  Kyle Thorson       1-2


Chris Wavra          6-13  108 yards

Ty Rolfson    2-4-1   54 yards


Weston O'Beirne    1-1  37 yards


Carson Grover      0-1


Blake Kawlewski     4-83 Ben Thoma   1-47
Matt Garmen       2-25 Lavan Culkins 1-37
  Weston O'Beirne 1-7




The Crookston High School Boys Soccer team recently held their end of the year banquet and handed out the following awards -

Jacob Owens-Most Valuable Player and All Conference
Ben Brantner-Most Valuable Defense
Alex LaFrance-Most Valuable Offence and All Conference Honorable Mention  
Thomas Cymbaluk- Best Leadership Award and All Conference Honorable Mention
Drew Dragseth-Hardest Working Award
Isaiah Barlow-Most Improved Player
Sam Overgaard-Rookie of the Year

Drew Dragseth, Ben Brantner, Isaiah Barlow, Sam Overgaard, Jacob Owens, Thomas Cymbaluk, Alex LaFrance.  




University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Soccer’s Samantha Deutsch (Sr., Lakeville) was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Defensive Player of the Week this week.
Deutsch led the Golden Eagle defense this weekend as they shutout the University of Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State University over the weekend. 
UMC had a scoreless tie with Sioux Falls and beat Southwest Minnesota State 1-0.  
Deutsch joined Stacy Cavill from Northern State University, who earned NSIC Goalkeeper of the Week, and Anna Bondy from Northern State, who earned NSIC Offensive Player of the Week, as conference honorees for this week.
The Golden Eagles will wrap up the season at University of Minnesota Duluth on Friday and at home against St. Cloud State University on Sunday. 


SUNDAY - OCTOBER 23,  2016


The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle soccer team continued their outstanding defensive play and had enough offense to beat Southwest Minnesota State in a 1-0 win in a Northern Sun Conference match-up in Crookston. 
Southwest Minnesota State controlled play for most of the first half and had four shots on goal. The Golden Eagle offense didn't record a shot on goal in the scoreless first half.
In the second half, it looked like UMC might be going to a second straight overtime, but that changed in the 80th minute when Kallie Gau (Sr. Monticello) scored after the ball popped loose after an save and she got the rebound and kicked it into the net to give the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead.  UMC held off Southwest in the final minutes for the 1-0 victory.
UMC improves to 3-11-2 overall and 2-9-2 in the NSIC and will wrap up the season with a road game in Duluth on Friday and will host St. Cloud State next Sunday.   Southwest Minnesota State drops to 5-10-1 overall and 4-8-1 in the NSIC.



U of Sioux Falls 0 0 0
UMC 0 1 1

80:40 - UMC - Kallie Gau (3)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Jessica Craigmile - SW 0 3 3
Jacqueline Burke - UMC 4 1 5





Aeric Berner is off to the races on the way to a 75 yard INT return TD

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles took the trek west on Highway 2 to Minot for an afternoon matchup with the Minot State University Beavers on a sun soaked Saturday. The Golden Eagles were able to force some turnovers but couldn’t overcome a big Minot State second quarter as they fell, 38-30, in a game played at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot, North Dakota.
Things didn’t start off well for the Golden Eagles defense has the Beavers offense moved the ball 89 yards in six plays to score. Running back Ben Zahniser broke through the left side of the line then scampered 65 yards into the end zone. Trailing 7-0, the Golden Eagles answered quickly on their first offensive drive. Andre Person (R-Sr., Detroit, MI) broke off a 49 yard run on the first play of the drive. A few plays later, Nate Cole (R-Sr., Aliso Viejo, CA) found Adam Connette (Jr., Corona, CA) from three yards out for their first touchdown connection of the year! After forcing a Beaver punt on the next drive, the UMC offense went back to work. The big play of the drive came when Cole scrambled out of the pocket for a 44 yard run to move the ball deep in MSU territory. Cole struck again with his arm in the red zone as he found Devante Nutall behind the coverage for a seven yard touchdown pass. Mike Maw’s extra point split the uprights and the Golden Eagles led 13-7 after first quarter. “The offense had bright spots throughout the game and coach (Robby) Case came up with a pretty good game plan for today,” explained UMC Head Coach Mike Fritze. “We executed well at times, especially in the early going.”
The Golden Eagles defense gave the team a spark to start off the second quarter as Casey Kraska (R-Jr., Stephen, MN) and Isaiah Armstrong (Sr. Fairfield, CA) registered sacks on the drive. Facing a fourth down and seven, MSU quarterback Isaiah Weed dropped back and threw a pass that UMC cornerback Aeric Berner (So, Antigo, WI) jumped in front of and intercepted. Berner had nothing but daylight in front of him and returned it 75 yards for the touchdown. “Aeric is a really smart kid and a good athlete,” Fritze said. “He’s had to play a big role early in his career and you can start seeing his development a lot more this year.” The extra point made it 20-7 in favor of UMC. After that though, it was all Minot State in the second quarter. The Beavers rattled off 28 unanswered points, including two more touchdown runs for Zahniser and took a 35-20 lead into halftime. “He (Zahniser) is a very good running back,” Fritze stated. “He was able to break tackles at the line of scrimmage multiple times and then just used his speed the rest of the way.” The Beavers controlled all facets in the first half, outgaining the Golden Eagles 405-165 in total yards, including 238 yards on the ground.  
It seemed like déjà vu for the Golden Eagles on their first drive in the third quarter when they started things off moving the ball well but a crucial penalty negated a first down and forced a third and long. UMC couldn’t convert and was forced to punt. The Golden Eagles turned to the leg of Mike Maw to get their first points of the third quarter and cut the lead to 35-23. UMC’s defense would get the ball back shortly after when Jake Newman (Jr., White Bear Lake, MN) intercepted his second pass in as many games. Minnesota Crookston embarked on a nine play, 77 yard drive to make it a one score game. The drive featured key first down pickups by Shane Curtis (R-Fr., Stewartville, MN) and Matt Haire (Fr., Detroit Lakes, MN). Facing a second down and short, Nate Cole found Adam Connette up the left sideline from 21 yards out for the score! The pair’s second touchdown connection of the day made it 35-30 with two minutes left in the third quarter.
MSU got the ball back and their possession carried over into the fourth quarter. UMC’s defense once again got the ball back as linebacker Will Cross (R-Fr., Turtle Lake, WI) got his first career interception! The Golden Eagles gave it right back though as Nate Cole was picked off on the ensuing possession. Minnesota Crookston got the ball back with five minutes to go. After being forced to punt, Minot State punt returner Lavante Bushnell fumbled the ball at the 25 yard line to give UMC the ball back. UMC couldn’t punch it in but got the ball back a few drives later at their own 37 yard line. On the first play of the drive, Nate Cole dropped back to pass and was sacked by Beaver defensive end Dalton Houghton who forced the ball loose and the Beavers pounced on it for the recovery. MSU ran the rest of the clock out and held on for the 38-30 win. “We accomplished what we wanted to in the second half but just got in too far of a hole in that second quarter,” Coach Fritze said. “I was happy with the way we played in the second half.”
The Golden Eagles were able to find success on the ground, rushing for 226 yards as a team. Andre Person led UMC with 17 carries for 142 yards. Nate Cole completed 13-of-26 passes for 127 yards and a season-high three touchdowns, two to Adam Connette. Freshman running back Ben Zahniser was the star of the game for Minot. The freshman from Roseville, Minnesota ran for 264 yards and four touchdowns, all of the scores coming in the first half.
The Golden Eagles are now 0-8 on the season and will welcome the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs to Ed Widseth Field next week for a tough NSIC North tilt. “We have a tough task ahead of us with Duluth next week,” Coach Fritze noted. “We need to have a good, healthy week of practice and prepare ourselves for the game.” The Beavers improve to 2-6 and will trek to MSU Moorhead next week to take on the Dragons before finishing up their regular season with two straight home games.

                                               Andre Person pitches it to Adam Connette on the reverse                  Nate Cole breaks a tackle on the way to a 44 yard run

Box Score


2nd 3rd 4th


UMC 13 7 10 0 30
Minot State 7 28 0 3 38

1st Quarter
12:10 - MSU - Ben Zahniser 65 yard run (Aaron La Deaux kick)
9:13 - UMC - Adam Connette 3 yard pass from Nathan Cole (rush failed)
4:55 - UMC - Devante Nutall 7 yard pass from Nathan Cole (Mike Maw kick)

2nd Quarter
14:02 - UMC - Aeric Berner 75 yard interception return (Mike Maw kick)
13:11 - MSU - Ben Zahniser 43 yard run (Aaron La Deaux kick)
9:56 - MSU - Ben Zahniser 45 yard run (Aaron La Deaux kick)
4:43 - MSU - Keegan Verdugo 5 yard pass from Jose Escobar (Aaron La Deaux kick)
0:55 - MSU - Ben Zahniser 7 yard run (Aaron La Deaux kick)

3rd Quarter
7:33 - UMC - Mike Maw 31 yard field goal
2:03 - UMC - Adam Connette 21 yard pass from Nathan Cole (Mike Maw kick)

4th Quarter
5:33 - MSU - Aaron La Deaux 19 yard field goal

Rod Stewart takes the handoff in the backfield for the Golden Eagles


The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Volleyball team played well, but fell short in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 26-24) loss to the #2 ranked Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs in a Northern Sun match played in Marshall, Minnesota.
The teams were tied at 1, 5, and 6 to start the match and Southwest held a 9-8 lead early on.  Southwest put together a 6-1 run behind four kills, three of the kills by Taylor Reiss.  The run proved to be the difference as Southwest won 25-21.
Southwest started the second set with a 3-0 lead after two UMC attack errors and a Mustang service ace.  Southwest held a 10-9 lead when they went on a 7-1 run to take a 17-10 lead and never looked back on their way to a 25-19 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The teams were tied at 1, 2, and 3 in the third set when Southwest scored five more points and took an 8-3 lead, taking advantage of four Southwest attack errors, forcing the Golden Eagles to take a time out.  After the time out, UMC got a point after a Mustang service error and that sparked a huge 7-0 Golden Eagle run with a couple kills by Kassi Green (Jr. Anoka), a couple service aces by Kaycie Hagen and some Southwest attack errors and UMC led 10-8.  The teams would exchange points and were tied at 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 and after Southwest scored four straight points they had a 19-16 lead forcing UMC to call another time out.  For the second time in the match, a Lee Anderson called time out worked for the Golden Eagles as they wen on a 6-1 run after four Southwest attack errors and UMC led 22-20.  Southwest battled back and tied the set at 23, and 24, but the Mustangs took advantage on a UMC hitting error to take a 25-24 and won the match with a kill for a 26-24 victory to win the match 3-0. 
UMC drops to 9-13 overall and 5-9 in the NSIC and Southwest Minnesota State improves to 19-3 on the season and 13-1 in the NSIC.

Box Score 1 2 3
UMC 21 19 24
SW Minnesota State 25 25 26


Kills - Kassi Green - 12, Kali Erickson - 6
Blocks - Kelci Green - 3, Kaitlin Sikkink - 3
Assists - Sierra Trost - 26
Digs -  Becca Vandenheuvel - 9, Kaycie Hagen - 4
Aces - Rachel Freund - 4, Kassi Green - 3



The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle soccer team has only scored four goals in 11 matches this year and they have been shutout seven times and the offensive struggles continued in a 0-0 overtime tie with the University of Sioux Falls in a Northern Sun Conference matchup on a beautiful autumn day in Crookston.
The first half was a defensive battle with only three shots on goal with Sioux Falls recording two of the shots and the teams were scoreless at halftime.
In the second half, the offense picked up the pace on both sides with UMC recording five shots on goal in what has to be the highest total for shots on goal in a half this season for the Golden Eagles.  Sioux Falls recorded three shots on goal and both goalies made some big saves to force overtime after the score was tied at 0-0 at the end of regulation.
In overtime, the defenses took over and neither team had a shot on goal and the match ended in a scoreless tie.
UMC is now 1-9-2 in the NSIC and 2-11-2 overall and they will host Southwest Minnesota State on Sunday.  Sioux Falls is 3-7-2 in the NSIC and 3-9-3 overall.



U of Sioux Falls 0 0 0 0
UMC 0 0 0 0

No scoring

Saves 1st 2nd OT Total
Morgan Perkins - USF 0 6 0 6
Lexi Gauger - UMC 1 4 0 5

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 21,  2016


The University of Sioux Falls Cougars used an impressive offensive attack and solid serving to beat the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-12) in a Northern Sun Conference match in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  “We haven’t been beaten like that in a long time actually,” said UMC Coach Lee Anderson. “We have played the top teams in the country and they haven’t put it on us like Sioux Falls did tonight.”
The first set was a good back and forth battle and UMC trailed 12-10 before Sioux Falls had a couple kills and an ace combined with a hitting error and all of a sudden the Cougars led 16-10.  UMC called a time out and Sioux Falls had a service error and UMC had a kill by Kelci Green (Jr. Anoka), but Sioux Falls hitting attack and serving was to strong and the Cougars won the first set 25-16.  Sioux Falls had five service aces in the first set.  “They are a tough serving team,” said Coach Anderson. “They have a couple girls that are very good servers and they had us on our heels tonight.  We helped them a bit with some bad movement patters and once we got into the rut we couldn’t get out of it tonight.”
In the second set, UMC took a 1-0 lead, but Sioux Falls answered with a 12-3 run to build a 12-4 lead.  Sioux Falls continued to serve extremely well as they had five more service aces in the second set and cruised to a 25-12 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Sioux Falls jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third set and UMC would get it going back and forth for a while with some nice play by Kelci Green, Sierra Trost (Sr. Ham Lake) and others.   Sioux Falls continued their impressive offensive onslaught as they had huge attack after huge attack and pulled away for a 25-12 victory to win the match 3-0.  “It wasn’t a good performance for us tonight and we have to be better,” said Coach Anderson. “It was very disappointing tonight.  They trucked us tonight and we started slow and couldn’t get going.  Sioux Falls dictated play and did a great job and we have to compete better.”
UMC drops to 9-12 overall and 5-8 in the NSIC and will travel to Marshall, Minnesota on Saturday to play #2 ranked Southwest Minnesota State.   Sioux Falls improves to 13-8 overall and 7-6 in the NSIC.

Kali Erickson with an attack as two Sioux Falls blockers look on

  1 2 3
UMC 16 12 12
U of Sioux Falls 25 25 25

Sierra Trost sets up a teammate   Alyssa Muelken with an attack


Kills - Kelci Green - 4, Kassi Green- 3 , Maggie Perrel- 3
Blocks -  - Kelci Green - 1, Kassi Green- 1, Rachel Freund- 1
Assists - Sierra Trost - 17
Digs - Maggie Perrel - 5, Sierra Trost - 4, Becca Vandenheuvel- 3 
Aces - Kaycie Hagen - 3 , Maggie Perrel - 1, Ali Scheuler - 1


The Crookston Pirate Football team received the sixth seed in the Section 8AA Football tournament that starts on Tuesday, October 25.  Crookston will be at the #3 seed Bagley in a rematch of a first round game in last years playoffs.

1. Barnesville
2. Hawley
3. Bagley
4. Warroad
5. United North Central
6. Crookston
7. Frazee






The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team used a bit of a different line up and had seven first place finishes, but Moorhead used their depth to win the dual 59-39 at the Crookston Community Swimming Pool.
Thea Oman was the only Pirate to win all four of her events as part of the 200 Medley and 400 yard relays, and the 100 and 200 Freestyle.
Crookston had three first place finishes from Merran Dingmann, Kate MacGregor, and Elizabeth Erdman.
Crookston will have a week to get ready for the Northwest Border meet in Fosston on Friday, October 28.
Attempts to call Coach Melbye went unanswered and when we get a hold of her we will add comments.

Pirate top five finishes Event Time Place
Kate MacGregor, Merran Dingmann
Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman
200 Medley Relay 2:15.53 1st
Thea Oman 200 Freestyle 2:28.87 1st
Merran Dingman 200 IM 2:41.50 1st
Thea Oman 100 Freetyle 1:06.85 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 400 Meter Freestyle 5:18.68 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 meter Backstroke 1:12.96 1st
Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman
Elizabeth Erdman, Kate MacGregor
400 yard Freestyle 4:31.79 1st





The Section 8A Football seeds and brackets were released Thursday afternoon and the Mahnomen Indians received the top seed.  The seeds and bracket are below-

1. Mahnomen
2. Polk County West
3. Fosston
4. Fertile-Beltrami
5. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
6. Red Lake County
7. Lake of the Woods
8. Red Lake




The Stephen-Argyle Storm are the defending Section 8 9-man champion and will defend their title as the top seed in this years tournament that starts on Tuesday, October 25.  The seeds and tournament bracket are below-

1. Stephen-Argyle
2. Kittson County Central
3. Clearbrook-Gonvick
4. Kelliher-Northome
5. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo
6. Goodridge-Grygla
7. Win-E-Mac
8. Northern Freeze





The Aitkin Gobblers received the top seed for the Section 8AAA football tournament that starts on Tuesday, October 25.  The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels, the defending section champ, received the second seed.  The seeds and tourney bracket are below-

1. Aitkin
2. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
3. Perham
4. Pequot Lakes
5. Park Rapids
6. East Grand Forks
7. Roseau




The Waubun Bombers will look to defend last year's section championship as the top seed in the Section 6 9-man football tournament starting on Tuesday, October 25.  The seeds and bracket are below-

1. Waubun
2. Nevis
3. Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal
4. Ada-Borup
5. Rothsay
6. Norman County West
7. Laporte
8. Cass Lake-Bena




The Stephen-Argyle Storm received the top seed in the West sub-section and the Win-E-Mac Patriots received the top seed in the East sub-section for the Section 8A volleyball tournament that will start with play-in matches on Monday, October 24.  The seeds and tournament bracket are below-

SECTION 8A - WEST Subsection-
1. Stephen-Argyle
2. Kittson County Central
4. Fertile-Beltrami
5. Sacred Hart
6. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River
7. Goodridge/Grygla
8. Climax/Fisher
9. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo
10. Northern Freeze
11. Red Lake Falls
12. Norman County West

Tie-breaker criteria -
Fertile-Beltrami had the tie-breaker with Sacred Heart because they beat them head to head.   Sacred Heart had the tie breaker with BGMR because they split head to head, but Sacred Heart had a better winning percentage.   
Climax-Fisher won the tie-breaker with WAO because they had a better winning percentage
(.455 to .435).

SECTION 8A - EAST Sub-section
1. Win-E-Mac
2. Lake of the Woods
3. Fosston
4. Blackduck
5. Red Lake County Central

7. Cass Lake-Bena
8. Mahnomen
9. Indus
10. Clearbrook-Gonvick
11. Red Lake
12. Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig

Tie-breaker criteria -
Lake of the Woods won the tie-breaker with Fosston because they won in a head to head match.
Northome/Kelliher won the tie-breaker with Cass Lake-Bena because they won head to head.    Cass Lake-Bena beat Mahnomen in tie-breaker because they had a better winning percentage (.273 to .161).  Mahnomen won the tie-breaker with Indus because they won head to head.  Indus beat Clearbrook-Gonvick because they had a better winning percentage
(.500 to .118).





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