SATURDAY - MARCH 17, 2018
UMC BASEBALL SHUTOUT IN TWO LOSSES AT CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL IN CONFERENCE OPENER
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team had a great non-conference season, but the real season started today with two tough 1-0 losses at the hands of Concordia-St. Paul in games played at Minnetonka. The UMC offense had a great first 15 games, but was held in check with 27 strike outs in two games. Wyatt Peppel was the only UMC batter to have two hits in the double-header. On the other side, the pitching was phenomenal for the Golden Eagles, only giving up two runs in 14 innings of play while striking out 12 batters.
Game one was a pitchers dual with the teams having a combined five hits and 14 strike outs as Concordia-St. Paul won the conference opener 1-0.
UMC was shut down offensively as Concordia-St. Paul’s Gus Varland (Jr., Maplewood) limited the Golden Eagles to just a hit by Wyatt Peppel (Soph., Greenbush) in the top of the sixth inning. UMC’s Zach Rustad was stellar in his start on the mound for the Golden Eagles allowing just four hits in six innings, but his one run allowed came in the fourth inning after a couple of hits and a sacrifice fly and the Golden Bears won the game 1-0.
|Zach Rustad - UMC (LP)||6||4||1||1||3||5|
|G. Varland - CSP (WP)||7||1||0||0||2||10|
Wyatt Peppel had the only UMC hit
GAME 2 -
Pitching continued to reign supreme in game two. Parker Hanson (Jr., Hawley) took the mound to start for UMC and allowed just one hit in his first five innings of work before allowing two hits in the bottom of the sixth inning including a single into centerfield to plate the first run of the game for either side as Concordia-St. Paul took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning. In the top of the ninth inning, UMC got the tying run to second base as Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks) advanced into scoring position after an Ethan Mushitz (Sr., East Grand Forks) walk. Scott Mortenson (Sr., East Grand Forks) singled back to the mound to load the bases with the tying run now 90-feet away from home plate with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Zach Frazier (Sr., Grand Rapids) stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, but went down on strikes as Concordia-St. Paul hung on for their second 1-0 win of the day.
UMC drops to 10-7 overall and 0-2 in the NSIC. Concordia-St. Paul improves to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in the NSIC. The teams will play another double-header on Sunday at Noon.
|Parker Hanson - UMC (LP)||7||5||1||1||2||7|
|Aaron Hollcraft - UMC||0.1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Esten Beneda - UMC||0.2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Zach Lauzon - CSP (WP)||8.1||4||0||0||2||16|
|Riley Sweeney - CSP (S)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1|
UMC had five players with a hit each
UMC'S REED HJELLE NAMED NCBWA CENTRAL REGION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle baseball player Reed Hjelle (Jr., 1B, East
Grand Forks) was named National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association (NCBWA) Central Region Player of the Week. Hjelle was one of 16
finalists for the NCBWA Division II National Players of the Week after his big
week in Florida.
Hjelle was named NSIC Player of the Week Monday after a successful first seven games during Minnesota Crookston’s trip to Florida. Hjelle is the first person to earn NCBWA Central Region Player of the Week honors in the program’s history.
Hjelle hit an impressive .643 in seven games with nine runs scored, four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 14 RBIs. He earned three walks on the week. Hjelle posted a 1.071 slugging percentage and a .656 on-base percentage. He was 4-of-6 with four RBIs, three runs scored and a home run in an 18-11 win over Greensboro College. He finished 4-of-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored in a 7-6 win over No. 25 Seton Hill University. Hjelle went 3-of-3 with one RBI in a 3-1 loss to No. 13 West Chester University of Pennsylvania, the defending NCAA Division II National Champion. Hjelle is hitting .492 on the 2018 season with 13 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 23 RBIs.
FRIDAY - MARCH 16, 2018
STEPHEN-ARGYLE STORM GIRLS BASKETBALL TAKES ON ADA-BORUP IN STATE CONSOLATION SEMI-FINALS
The Stephen-Argyle Storm Girls Basketball team’s outstanding season came to an
end with a 74-56 loss to the Ada-Borup Cougars in the State Class A Consolation
semi-finals played at the Gangelhoff Center at Concordia-St. Paul.
The Storm scored the first points of the game with an Autumn Thompson basket, but Ada-Borup answered with five straight points to take the lead. Thompson answered with a basket before the Cougars had four more points and Ada-Borup led 9-4. Stephen-Argyle responded with a 6-2 run with a three pointer from Thompson and a three-point play from Abi McGlynn. The Storm would trail by anywhere from one to four points over the next seven minutes, but with less than five minutes left in the half Ada-Borup went on a run. The Cougars led 23-19 with 4:44 left in the half when they went on a 9-2 run to take a 32-21 lead with two minutes remaining. The Storm cut the deficit down to seven points after a basket in the paint from McGlynn and Thompson added two free throws, but Ada-Borup finished the half by scoring the final four points for a 36-25 lead going into halftime.
Ada-Borup came out strong at the start of the second half with an 11-2 run and built a 46-27 lead less than four minutes into the half. Stephen-Argyle didn’t go down without a fight as they answered with an 13-2 run behind seven points from Thompson, four from McGlynn, and a point apiece from Madalynn and Greta Weberg to get within eight points (48-40). Ada-Borup settled down and built the lead back into the upper teens and with a little over three minutes left in the game, the Storm went to the bench. They took out three underclassmen starters, Abi McGlynn, Savannah Riopelle and Abbey Johnson. A few seconds later, during the next dead ball Storm Coach Dan Lindgren made another substitution, this time he took out the two seniors Thompson and Madalynn Weberg to a standing ovation from the Storm crowd and hugs from the coaching staff in a special moment for the players, team and fans. The teams played everybody off the bench in the final minutes and Ada-Borup held on for a 74-56 victory to advance to the Consolation Championship game on Saturday morning. Stephen-Argyle’s outstanding season comes to an end with a 27-5 record and they lose the two seniors as mentioned earlier. Ada-Borup improves to 27-3 and will play Heritage Christian Academy in the Consolation Championship game.
Autumn Thompson with a shot over an Ada-Borup defender
Madalynn Webeger chases down a loose ball in the first half
THURSDAY - MARCH 15, 2018
STEPHEN-ARGYLE STORM GIRLS BASKETBALL FALL IN FIRST ROUND OF STATE
The Stephen-Argyle Storm trailed by nine late in the
first half and finished strong to take the lead into halftime, but a six-minute
scoring drought in the second half was costly in a 59-47 loss to #2 ranked
Mountain Iron-Buhl at Williams Arena in Minneapolis in the first round of the
State Class A Girls Basketball tournament.
MIB jumped out to an 8-2 lead before Stephen-Argyle settled down and answered with a 7-3 run to get within an 11-9 deficit with less than 13 minutes left in the first half. MIB slowly built a nine-point (23-14) lead with 4:46 left in the half before Stephen-Argyle finished the half on a 14-2 run to take 28-26 lead into halftime. Savannah Riopelle made two free throws to tie the game at 23 and after a MIB basket, Autumn Thompson added two free throws, Madalynn Weberg scored in the paint and Thompson added a free throw to give the Storm a 28-26 lead. “I would say the half was pretty good,” said Storm Coach Dan Lindgren. “We broke them down a few times and made some big shots. I couldn’t be more happy with the way the girls finished the half.”
The first nine minutes of the second half was back and forth with a tie at 28 and another tie at 40 with 8:20 left in the game. MIB went on an 11-0 run over a six-minute span to build a 51-40 lead with 2:20 left in the game. Stephen-Argyle wasn’t able to recover and MIB won the game 59-47. “The girls left it all out there. I don’t know many stats from the game, but you can’t have 27 turnovers in the game. I knew we didn’t score for a while, but not scoring for six minutes and still having a shot…..I think the girls played pretty hard today,” said Coach Lindgren. “I’m ecstatic. The girls fought and earned some respect down here today, but we want to win tomorrow. The girls were down a little bit right after the game, but we told them get your head up, you played a great game today.”
Stephen-Argyle drops to 27-4 on the year and will play Ada-Borup/Norman County West in a consolation game at NOON on Friday. You can hear the game on KROX, online by clicking on the listen live logo, or the KROX app. Mountain Iron-Buhl improves to 29-2 on the year and will play in the semi-finals on Friday.
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Abi McGlynn leaps over a defender for a layup in the first half
Savannah Riopelle with a jump shot in the first half
UMC BASKETBALL TEAMS HAVE 14 NAMED NSIC ALL-ACADEMIC
The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) athletic
program had 14 student-athletes named to the 2017-18 Northern Sun
Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Winter All-Academic Teams as announced by the
conference office. The Golden Eagles had seven men’s basketball players and
seven women’s basketball players receive the award.
The men’s basketball team had every eligible student-athlete for the award garner All-Academic honors as eight people were ineligible. The women’s basketball team had seven of eight eligible student-athletes earn the accolade.
UMC Men’s Basketball players named all-academic were - Harrison Cleary (So., Oak Creek, Wis.) is a first-time NSIC All-Academic pick. Chase Johnson (So., LaCrosse, Wis.) garnered the award for the first time. Chase Knickerbocker (Jr., Annandale), Nate Lorenz (Jr., Breckenridge), Aaron Hollcraft (Jr., Crookston) and Darin Viken (Jr., Fosston) are all second-time NSIC All-Academic honorees.
UMC women’s basketball players named all-academic were - Emily Gruber (Sr., Monticello) and Micaela Noga (Sr., Parkers Prairie), both were named to the team for the third-straight season. Lindsey Weber (Jr., Delafield, Wis.) and Caitlin Michaelis (Jr., Marshfield, Wis.) are both second-time honorees. Stephanie McWilliams (So., Grand Forks, N.D.), Amber Schoenicke (So., Marshall, Wis.) and Paige Weakley (So., Kearney, Mo.) all took home the award for the first time.
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced that 601 student-athletes have earned NSIC All-Academic Teams honors for the 2017-18 winter athletic season. To be eligible for this honor, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher. Furthermore, the athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her/his institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.
UMC EQUESTRIAN TEAM HOLDS FINAL HOME SHOW OF THE SEASON
The University of Minnesota Crookston Equestrian team hosted their final home
show of the season March 3 at University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) in
Crookston, Minn. The Golden Eagles hosted the IHSA Regional Championships the
next day, and had riders Selena Young (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.), Megan Motter (Jr.,
Cooperstown, N.D.) and Amanda Olson (Fr., Winsted, Minn.) all qualify for IHSA
Zone Finals April 8 in Springfield, Mo. Minnesota Crookston finished the season
as the Zone 7, Region 3 Reserve High Point Champion.
Saturday’s home show was a success for Golden Eagle riders. Monika Frame (Sr., Polson, Mont.) opened up the day by taking second in her section of Open Fences. Rachel Johnson (Fr., Stillwater, Minn.) placed third in her section of Open Fences. Motter put forth a strong ride in Intermediate Fences to place second. Ellie Waagen (Fr., Bottineau, N.D.) took fourth in her section of Novice Fences. Melissa Eastman (Sr., Superior, Wis.) put together her best round of the season to take second in a beautiful go in her section of Novice Fences.
In the flat portion of the day, Johnson took sixth in her section of Open Flat. Frame took fourth in her section of Open Flat. Waagen picked up a sixth place in Novice Flat, while Eastman took second and Kristina Schroeder finished third in their respective sections.
The Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter riders all had solid rounds with Sierra Coons (So., Donnybrook, N.D.) taking home a win in her section, with Sarah Cartier (Fr., Woodbury, Minn.) right behind in the section. Megan Doughty (So., Hackensack, Minn.) placed fourth and Emma Howey (Jr., Rutland, N.D.) fifth in their section. Olson rounded out the day with a confident ride to win her class of Walk/Trot Frame, Johnson, Cartier, Coons and Olson all pointed out of their divisions to qualify for the IHSA Regional Championships the next day.
On Sunday, Minnesota Crookston put forth their largest group of Hunt Seat riders the team has ever qualified in the coaching career of Head Coach Kayla Krueger. All the riders worked hard to get to this point as they reached or exceeded 36 total points in their division on the regular-season.
The day started with Open Equitation over Fences. Young took second and advanced to the IHSA Zone Finals. Frame was just shy of advancing, as she took third. Johnson was not far behind in fourth, while Mazie Pini (Jr., Grayslake, Ill.) took sixth. The fact that the Golden Eagles qualified all four riders in Open Fences says a lot about the talent the young ladies have.
In Novice Fences, Motter crushed the competition scoring high in her fence course as she joins Young in the Zone Finals.
In Open Flat, Pini and Frame both had solid rides in a deep pool of competitors, with Pini taking fourth and Frame fifth.
In Intermediate Flat, Motter and Young both put up confident rides. Motter finished second, double qualifying herself for the Zone Finals in two classes. Young finished right behind in third place.
In Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter, Cartier, Coons and Schroeder all had solid rides in their pre-lims. Cartier and Schroeder made the finals with Schroeder taking third and Cartier sixth.
Lastly, Olson rounded out the day by taking second in her class of Walk/Trot to join Motter and Young in advancing to the IHSA Zone Finals.
WEDNESDAY - MARCH 14, 2018
UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER, HARRISON CLEARY, NAMED TO ALL-REGION TEAM
The University of Minnesota
Crookston Golden Eagle Men's Basketball player, Harrison Cleary (Soph. Oak
Creek, Wis) has been named to the D2CAA All-Central Region First Team.
Cleary becomes the first player since Joe Hasz following the 2002-03 season to represent Minnesota Crookston on an All-Region team.
Cleary led the NSIC with 24.2 points per game. He was sixth in all of NCAA Division II for scoring. In addition, Cleary led the league by shooting 96.0 percent (143-of-149) from the charity stripe. Cleary was sixth in the NSIC for three-point shooting percentage at 47.0 percent. He was second in all of NCAA Division II for free throw shooting. Cleary tallied a school-record 702 points on the 2017-18 season. The sophomore has scored an astounding 1,342 points in just two seasons at Minnesota Crookston. Cleary needs just 597 points to move past Joe Hasz for No. 1 all-time in scoring for the Golden Eagles. Cleary has also scored 1,022 points in NSIC play, which is Top 30 all-time in the NSIC. He notched 19 games with 20 or more points, including a school-record 46 points against Minnesota State University. In addition, he tallied double-figure scoring 28 or 29 games on the season.
Cleary moves on to the D2CAA All-American ballot. The national teams will be announced Mon., March 19.
MEN’S BASKETBALL CENTRAL REGION FIRST TEAM
Justin Pitts*! Northwest Missouri State Sr.
Jhonathan Dunn Southern Nazarene So.
Tyler Rudolph# Minot State Sr.
Harrison Cleary Minnesota Crookston So.
CJ Carr Missouri Southern State Sr.
MEN’S BASKETBALL CENTRAL REGION SECOND TEAM
Trey Lansman Nebraska-Kearney Sr.
Brady Skeens# Washburn Sr.
Ryan Bruggeman Southwest Minnesota State Jr.
Gage Davis# St. Cloud State Jr.
Ian Smith Northern State Jr.
TUESDAY - MARCH 13, 2018
CROOKSTON'S BRADY HEPPNER NAMED TO THE MIAC MEN'S HOCKEY ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
School graduate, Brady Heppner, was one of seven Saint John's
University (SJU) hockey players that received MIAC honors last
week. Heppner a sophomore forward led the MIAC with two shorthanded
goals and finished third with nine goals in conference play. A MIAC
All-Rookie team honoree last season, Heppner led SJU with 13 goals,
which were good for fifth in the MIAC, and recorded 24 points in 25
SJU recorded its best combined special-teams percentage in recorded history at 62.0 percent (67-for-108) in MIAC play. The 32.7-percent power play (16-for-49) was not only good enough for No. 1 in the MIAC, but it was the program's best since 1993-94 (33.3 percent, 28-for-84) and a huge improvement from last season (17.5 percent, 11-for-63). The Johnnies also led the MIAC on the penalty kill (86.4 percent, 51-for-59) in conference play.
The Johnnies finished second in the MIAC, one point from the regular-season championship, with an 11-5 conference record (16-8-2 overall). The 11 conference wins were the most since the 2005-06 season for SJU, which earned its fifth trip to the MIAC Playoffs in the last seven years. The 11 game-winning goals in conference play were scored by 11 different Johnnies, nine of which are expected to return in 2018-19.
MONDAY - MARCH 12, 2018
UMC BASEBALL'S REED HJELLE NAMED NSIC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team’s Reed Hjelle (Jr.
East Grand Forks) has been named the Northern Sun Conference player of the week
after he hit
(18-28) in seven games in Florida. Hjelle scored nine runs while hitting four
doubles, one triple and two home runs while recording 14 rbi’s in the seven
games. On the season, the first baseman, is hitting .500 (29-58) in 14 games.
He has 12 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and six walks.
He has only struck out three times in 58 at bats.
Hjelle is a large reason why UMC is off to their best start as a four-year institution with a 10-5 record. The Golden Eagles will open conference play this weekend when they travel to Concordia-St. Paul with two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday.
CROOKSTON 8TH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM WINS EGF TOURNEY
8th grade girls CYBA Basketball team won the East Grand Forks Tournament this
They beat Stephen-Argyle 23-13, beat Grafton 24-21, beat Thief River Falls 26-13 and they beat East Grand Forks 35-28. The team members are- Amelia Overgaard, Emma Osborn, Hayden Winjum, Ally Perreault, Hannah Loraas, Jenna Coauette, Ellie Nesseth, and Bailey Cameron. The team is coached by Justin Cameron and Brandi Nesseth.
The Crookston Eighth Grade Girls Basketball team with their championship shirts
MINNESOTA CROOKSTON BASEBALL ends eight-game Florida trip with extra-innings win over pace university (ny)
Minnesota Crookston baseball wrapped an eight-game Florida trip with a 7-1
record after topping Pace University (NY) 8-7 in 11 innings in a game played at
Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
The Golden Eagles wasted little time putting a crooked number on the scoreboard in the first inning with lead-off hitter Anthony Stewart (R-Sr., Oak Harbor, WA) driving a pitch clear over the right field wall for a solo home run to give UMC a 1-0 lead. Jonathan Lund (Jr., Tolna, ND) cleared the bases later in the inning with a single down the right-field line to score Ethan Mushitz (Sr., East Grand Forks) and Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks) giving the Golden Eagles a 3-0 lead. Minnesota Crookston added one more run in their opening inning as Zach Frazier (R-Sr., Grand Rapids) singled through the left side of the infield allowing Lund to score from second base giving UMC a 4-0 lead after one inning. Zach Rustad (Jr., Blaine) got the start on the bump for Minnesota Crookston as the lefty tossed four scoreless innings allowing just three hits while walking three and striking out two. Rustad was replaced by Gabriel Cavasos (Sr., San Antonio, TX) to start the fifth inning and right-handed reliever failed to record an out while giving up four runs as Pace tied the game at 4-4 after five innings. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Golden Eagles reclaimed the lead following a sacrifice fly out into right field off the bat of Jonathan Lund allowing Mitchell Bornhauser (Sr., Northfield) to score and give UMC a 5-4 lead heading into the eighth inning. The Setters tied the game with a single in the top of the eighth inning, but the Golden Eagles responded during their next at-bats. With two outs Anthony Stewart tripled into right-center field scoring Zach Frazier to push UMC ahead 6-5 before Reed Hjelle reached on an infield error, scoring Stewart from third base to give Minnesota Crookston a 7-5 lead heading into the ninth inning. UMC closer Zach Seipel (Jr., Eagan) took the mound looking to claim his first win of the season after entering the game in the top of the eighth inning, but a two-out single with base runners on second and third sent the game into extra innings as Pace tied it in the top of the ninth inning at 7-7. The Setter appeared poised to complete the comeback in the top of the 11th inning with runners on second and third base with no outs in the inning, Jacob Butcher (R-Sr., Palmer, AK) entered from the bullpen inheriting the jam from Aaron Hollcraft (Jr., Crookston). Butcher forced a line out, ground out, and a strikeout looking to emerge from the inning unscathed to preserve the 7-7 tie heading into the bottom of the 11th inning. The Golden Eagles walked off as winners during their next at-bats with Mitchell Bornhauser wearing a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded allowing James Cullinane (Sr., San Francisco, CA) to score the winning run for Minnesota Crookston in the 8-7 victory.
Jacob Butcher picked up the win for UMC to improve to 1-0, while Pace’s Greg Najar (Fr., Howell, NJ) was tagged with the loss dropping him to 0-1.
The Golden Eagles improve to 10-5 this season while the Setters fall to 4-2. The Golden Eagles return to Minnesota to begin NSIC Conference play with a doubleheader on Saturday at Concordia St. Paul beginning at 1:30 PM.
|Zach Rustad - UMC||4.0||3||0||0||3||2|
|Gabriel Cavasos - UMC||0.0||4||4||4||0||0|
|Jadyn Grover -UMC||2.0||2||0||0||0||2|
|Louis Gerzin - UMC||1.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Esten Beneda - UMC||0.1||3||1||1||0||0|
|Zach Seipel - UMC||1.2||2||2||2||1||2|
|Aaron Hollcraft - UMC||1.0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Jacob Butcher - UMC (WP)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Ryan Aquino - PACE||2.0||7||4||4||0||1|
|Joe Pizzingrillo - PACE||3.0||2||0||0||1||2|
|Lorenzo Russo - PACE||1.1||1||1||1||2||1|
|Alex Busby - PACE||0.2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jake Amoroso - PACE||1.1||1||2||1||1||0|
|Kyle Cashman - PACE||1.0||1||0||0||1||0|
|Greg Najar - PACE||1.0||1||0||0||1||1|
Anthony Stewart - 3-5, 2 runs, 2 rbi's
Reed Hjelle - 2-5, run
Ethan Mushitz - 2-4, run, triple
Scott Mortenson - 2-3
Zach Frazier - 2-4, rbi, walk
UMC MEN’S GOLFER ETHAN JOHNSON DREAMS OF DIVISION 1 IN A DIFFERENT SPORT
uncommon for athletes in junior high to
clutch to dreams of playing Division I college sports. Every kid practices the
game-winning shot in their driveway, counting down the clock in their head as
they get ready to mentally beat the buzzer in front of a packed arena. It’s far
less common for those dreams to involve watching the shooters foot to see if it
stepped on the three-point arc, or if the shot was out of the shooters hand
before the backboard illuminates to signify the expiration of the game clock.
However, for the University of Minnesota Crookston’s Ethan Johnson, a member of
the Golden Eagle’s golf team and a graduate of Roseau High School, he would much
rather be the guy determining whether that hypothetical buzzer-beater should
count rather than the player taking that shot. “I remember dressing up as a kid
during Halloween and I was going to be a basketball official, I always liked the
game and always liked the aspect of calling the game,” said Johnson. Ethan
enjoyed the game and did play at the high school level for Roseau, but that
didn’t stop his pursuit of officiating the sport beginning at a young age, “I
started calling elementary stuff when I was in seventh grade,” he shared.
Ethan was attracted to the University of Minnesota Crookston for a multitude of reasons including the officiating program for the school’s intramural sports, “the small campus, the golf, and I made connections with the officials here through basketball.” Despite a full schedule of classes and plenty of time spent on the links as an NCAA Division II golfer, Johnson still manages to find himself on the hardwood officiating high school basketball games across northwest Minnesota. “I’m the officials' coordinator at our wellness center and that gives me an avenue to critique and use what I’ve learned to do that stuff and the camps I’m doing get me to be a better official,” said Johnson.
Recently his pursuit of an officiating career has taken Johnson outside of his home state and put the college junior in a position to officiate games on the biggest stage possible for an official of his age and experience. In late February, Johnson journeyed southeast to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign to officiate a National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) regional basketball championship, an honor bestowed upon just 27 referees from across the region. “They have clinicians there and every game that you do,” explained Johnson, “you get feedback and you get rated on how you performed, so you have pool play on the first day and then on the second day they make cuts to the officials just like the teams get cut. So, you have this pool of officials and they take the best ones as we go on, you learn something new in just about every game.” Of those 27 officials, Johnson was selected as one of the top three officials that will advance to the biggest stage, the NIRSA National Basketball Championships in Columbus, Ohio from April 20-22. “I was able to finish in the top three, which gets me an all-tournament bid,” Johnson added, “I get to go to nationals, which is at Ohio State University. Once you get to nationals, it’s the same format, there is no guarantee as to how many games you’re going to get, but you get rated, instead of all-tournament, as all-American and there have been a lot of professional officials and division I officials that have that title. Our keynote speaker at this event and one of our clinicians is the head of referee operations for the NBA so there are a lot of big names there.”
Johnson says his ultimate goal is to become an NCAA Division I basketball official while practicing law as he’s currently in the process of applying to law schools in addition to his pursuit of a career in refereeing. Johnson still plans to officiate local high school basketball games next school year while finishing his undergraduate degree and playing golf for the Golden Eagles and hopefully making a second straight appearance at the National Championships. Johnson dreams of one day officiating in the Big Ten and hopes to remain in a rural area but noted that he’ll have to live close to a big airport to work in the Big Ten. “Before I graduate Law School, I’d love to be doing NSIC games and if I achieved that, I’d know I was on a really good pace,” said Johnson. “Before I’m 33, I’d like to be at the Division I level.” Earning All-American honors would go a long way towards Johnson achieving that goal and KROX will keep you updated on how Johnson performs with the whistle in late April.
SUNDAY - MARCH 11, 2018
UMC BASEBALL GIVES UP EARLY RUNS AGAIN, THIS TIME CAN'T RECOVER IN LOSS TO WEST CHESTER
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle
Baseball team's eight game winning streak came to a halt as #13 West Chester’s
starting pitcher Zach Rice silenced the Golden Eagles bats in a 3-1 loss in a
game played at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
In the bottom of the first inning, the defending national champions tagged UMC starting pitcher Parker Hanson (Jr., Hawley) for two runs to give West Chester a 2-0 lead. The Golden Eagles would claw one run back in the top of the third inning as Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks) doubled into right-center field scoring Anthony Stewart (Sr., Oak Harbor, WA) all the way from first base to cut the deficit down to 2-1. The Golden Rams regained a two-run lead scoring another run off of Hanson on a fielder’s choice groundout to push West Chester ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Golden Eagle bats were shut down the rest of the day as Golden Rams’ starter Zach Rice (Fr., Honey Brook, PA) pitched seven innings allowing just one run on six hits to secure the 3-1 win. Rice improves to 3-0 this season, while UMC’s Parker Hanson falls to 1-2.
The Golden Eagles fall to 9-5 this season and they will wrap up their Florida trip on Monday at Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage park against Pace University (NY) at 11 A.M. West Chester improve to 8-2.
|Parker Hanson - UMC (LP)||6.0||9||3||3||0||5|
|Jacob Butcher - UMC||2.0||2||0||0||2||3|
|Zach Rice - WC||7.0||6||1||1||3||4|
|Tim Edwards - WC||2.0||2||0||0||0||4|
Reed Hjelle - 3-3, rbi
Anthony Stewart - 2-5, run
UMC SOFTBALL EARNS A SPLIT IN FIRST DAY OF FLORIDA GAMES
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Softball team beat Post University 5-2, but lost to Charleston College 5-4 in their first day of games on their Florida spring break trip. The Golden Eagles are playing an ambitious schedule with 12 games in seven days.
UMC scored in the top of the first inning when Gabriel Antolak walked, Victoria Bayliss walked and after a ground out, Antolak scored on another ground out and after another walk, UMC scored on a stolen base for a 2-0 lead. Post answered with a run in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly and UMC's lead was 2-1 after the first inning. Post tied the game with a run in the third inning, but UMC answered in the top of the fourth with single, walk, and a single to load the bases with one out. Maggie Morales doubled in two runs for a 4-2 lead. UMC added an insurance run in the seventh inning with an Antolak solo home run for a 5-2 lead. UMC held on and won the game 5-2.
|Luisa Silvain - UMC||3.0||5||2||1||0||0|
|Mikayla Jones - UMC (WP)||4.0||1||0||0||2||2G|
Gabriel Antolak - 1-3, 2 runs, rbi
GAME TWO -
Charleston took advantage of a UMC error and scored a run in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. UMC committed another error in the third inning and Charleston scored another run for a 2-0 lead.
UMC loaded the bases in the third inning and Jenna Boardman walked to score UMC's first run of the game. UMC elected for a second pitching change going into the fourth inning and Charleston welcomed the new pitcher with a solo home run and a 3-1 lead. UMC decided to go with another pitching change going into the seventh inning and once again it didn't work as leadoff batter tripled, followed by a double to score a run and a couple batters later a sacrifice fly to score another run to take a 5-1 lead. UMC put together a big seventh inning rally together and after a leadoff out, the Golden Eagles had a single and a double to score a run. After a ground out, they followed with a single and a double and two more runs scored to get within a 5-4 deficit. The next batter grounded out and Charleston held on for a 5-4 victory.
UMC drops to 4-8 on the year and will play three games on Monday. Charleston improves to 10-4 on the year.
|Kassidy Klaphake - UMC||1.2||2||1||1||2||0|
|Heather Cunningham - UMC||1.1||2||1||1||0||0|
|Paige Pitlick - UMC||3.0||2||1||1||1||0|
|Mikayla Jones - UMC||1.0||2||2||2||0||1|
Jenna Boardman - 2-2, 2 rbi's, walk
Taylor Allen - 3-4, run, rbi
Mikaela Rodriquez - 2-4, 2 runs, rbi
SATURDAY - MARCH 10, 2018
CROOKSTON BOYS BASKETBALL HAS A GOOD FIRST HALF, BRECKENRIDGE DOMINATES SECOND HALF FOR THE WIN
On December 28, 2017, the Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team trailed the
Breckenridge Cowboys 30-24 at halftime and the Cowboys scored 47 second half
points on their way to a 77-46 victory in a game played in Crookston. Fast
forward two and a half months later and the Section 8AA quarterfinals.
Crookston and Breckenridge meet again and Crookston led for 90 percent of the
first half, but the Cowboys took a 38-34 lead into halftime and exploded for 45
second half points on their way to an 83-58 victory over the Pirates to advance
to the Section 8AA semi-finals on Monday. “Really it was a similar type of
game,” said Coach Greg Garmen.
Breckenridge started the game strong and scored the first four points and built a 6-2 lead a little over a minute into the game. Crookston responded with a Jaden Lubarski basket and a Todd Boerger three-pointer after a tremendous hustle play by Caden Osborn and the Pirates led 7-6. Breckenridge’s Noah Christensen, a 6’8 junior, stopped the Pirate run with a three-point play before Lubarski answered with another basket to tie the game at nine. It looked like Breckenridge was going to pull away when EJ Engen made back-to-back three pointers to give the Cowboys a 15-9 lead, but Crookston answered in a big way, with an 11-0 run. The run started when Nick Garmen had a baseball pass, against a full court press, to Boerger for a layup, Osborn followed with a three-pointer from the top of the key, Boerger made a three-pointer and Garmen buried a three-pointer to give the pirates a 20-15 lead with 10 minutes left in the half. Breckenridge stopped the run with a basket, but Crookston answered with a Boerger layup and an impressive take to the basket for a layup from Lubarski and the Pirates led 24-17 with 8:04 left in the first half. Breckenridge would slowly chip away at the Pirate lead and with 3:20 left in the half, Crookston led 34-32. Crookston didn’t score the rest of the half and Breckenridge had a free throw from Christensen, a couple free throws from Caden McGough and the Pirates, trailing 35-34, were looking to hold for the last shot of the half. They ran over a minute off the clock and were called for a charge with five seconds left. Breckenridge got the ball up the floor and Christensen buried a three as the buzzer sounded and the Cowboys took a 38-34 lead going into halftime. “When Todd picked up the charge that hurt us,” said Coach Garmen. “They hit the three pointer at the buzzer and that was a big swing at the end of the half. We were trying to keep them out of the middle and did a pretty good job of it.”
Breckenridge carried the momentum from the strong first half finish into the second half when Derek Dahlgren scored the first five points of the half and almost four minutes into the half, the Cowboys led 45-38. The Cowboys went on a 23-4 run over a five-minute span to build a commanding 68-42 lead. “We struggled getting out on their shooters in the that stretch,” said Coach Garmen. “They started shooting better and whatever he (Coach Arly Ohm) said at halftime worked because they came out strong.” Breckenridge continued to build on their lead and both teams were able to get everybody in the game and Crookston was looking to end their season on a positive note. With a little over a minute left in the game, Coach Garmen put senior Jared Theis into the game and he was able to get a couple three-point shots off and his teammates, Chris Kazmierczak and Brady Butt grabbed offensive rebounds and passed the ball to Jared and after another missed three-point shot, he got the ball back and drove into the lane and scored on a layup right before the buzzer and Breckenridge won the game 83-58. “They are good. They have more depth than us and they played well,” said Coach Garmen. “We are proud of our effort. We played hard and played well, especially in the first half. We have good kids that put time in and I thought we competed most of the season and had a pretty good year.”
Crookston ends the season with a 14-14 record and will say goodbye to four seniors, Todd Boerger, Carter Winand, Jackson Seibel, and Jared Theis. Breckenridge, who ended Crookston’s season for the second straight year, improves to 23-5 on the year and will take on Hawley on Monday in the semi-finals.
Jaden Lubarski with a jump shot and Caden Osborn goes up with a shot
Nick Garmen makes a move as his dad, Coach Greg Garmen, looks on
|Todd Boerger||20||4 Assists/2 Steals|
|Caden Osborn||13||4||2 Assists/4 Blocks|
|Jaden Lubarski||12||6||2 Assists|
|Nick Garmen||7||6||2 Assists|
UMC BASEBALL TEAM winning streak NOW EIGHT GAMES AFTER topping Northwood (MI)
The University of
baseball team's bullpen allowed just four hits in five innings of
relief to shut down the Northwood Timberwolves for a 4-3 win in a game played at
Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida.
Northwood struck first in the opening inning as a sacrifice groundout off of Minnesota Crookston starting pitcher Justin Yutrzenka (Soph., Argyle) gave the Timberwolves a 1-0 lead. The Golden Eagles responded in the bottom of the second inning as Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks) scored from third base on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1, before Wyatt Peppel (So., Greenbush) singled up the middle plating Jonathan Lund (Jr., Tolna, ND) to give UMC a 2-1 lead after two innings. Northwood tied the game at 2 thanks to a wild pitch by Yutrzenka, but the Golden Eagle bats helped their pitched with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ethan Mushitz (Sr., East Grand Forks) chopped a sacrifice groundout to second base allowing David Anaya (Sr., Tucson, AZ) to score and regain the lead got UMC. That lead double to 4-2 following a Reed Hjelle double down the left field line scoring Anthony Stewart (Sr., Oak Harbor, WA) as Minnesota Crookston led 4-2 after five innings. Northwood would claim one run back in the top of the sixth inning as a double off of Golden Eagle reliever Graeme Cherry (Jr., Millarville, Alberta) plated the Timberwolves third run of the game to close the gap to 4-3. In the top of the eighth inning, UMC reliever Esten Beneda (Soph., Lankin, ND) loaded the bases with a pair of hit by pitches and two outs in the inning. Beneda would pitch himself out of the jam with a strikeout to strand the tying run at second base to preserve the 4-3 Minnesota Crookston lead. The Golden Eagles brought Zach Seipel (Jr., Eagan) in to close the game in the ninth inning and the right-hander stranded the tying run at second base with back-to-back strikeouts to pick up his fourth save of the season as Minnesota Crookston sealed the 4-3 win. Graeme Cherry picked up the win in his one inning and two-thirds of relief to improve to 1-0 this season.
The Golden Eagles improve to 9-4 this season while the Timberwolves fall to 6-6. The Golden Eagles wrap up their Florida trip with two more games at Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage park beginning with a match-up against West Chester University (PA) on Sunday at 1 PM.
|Justin Yutrzenka - UMC||4.0||6||2||2||2||5|
|Graeme Cherry - UMC||1.2||3||1||1||0||1|
|Luois Gerzin - UMC||1.1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Esten Beneda - UMC||1.0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Zach Seipel - UMC||1.0||2||0||0||0||2|
STEPHEN-ARGYLE STORM WILL PLAY MOUNTAIN IRON-BUHL IN FIRST ROUND OF STATE BASKETBALL
The Stephen-Argyle Storm Girls Basketball team (27-3) will play the Section 7A Champion, Mountain Iron-Buhl (28-2), in the first round of the Minnesota State Girls Basketball tournament on Thursday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. You can hear the game on KROX Radio, online at www.kroxam.com (click on the listen live logo), or the KROX app.
#10 ranked Stephen-Argyle beat the Red Lake Warriors 56-49 on Friday to win
the Section 8A Championship and will take on #2 ranked Mountain Iron-Buhl.
In the other part of the bracket, #3 seed Ada-Borup will play Sleepy Eye at 5:00 p.m. The winners will play at the Target Center on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and the losers will play at Concordia-St. Paul at Noon.
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FRIDAY - MARCH 9, 2018
STEPHEN-ARGYLE STORM GIRL’S BASKETBALL WINS SECTION 8A CHAMPIONSHIP OVER RED LAKE
The Section 8A Champion Stephen-Argyle Storm with their first place trophy and medals
The Stephen-Argyle Storm is returning to the state
tournament for the second time in program history after they beat Red Lake 56-49
in the Section 8A Championship played at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief
Both sides struggled to score the ball until late in the first-half with the two sides tied at 11 with 10 minutes left in the first-half. Stephen-Argyle took the lead 15-14 with under 6 minutes left in the first half after a Savannah Riopelle basket. Following a Red Lake answer, the Storm regained the lead with an Abi McGlynn score to go ahead 17-16. Stephen-Argyle increased its lead on their next possession with Autumn Thompson connecting on a three-pointer from the corner to push the lead to 20-16. Madalynn Weberg showed her shooting range knocking down a long two-point jump shot from the top of the key to increase the Storm’s lead to 22-16. McGlynn would cap off Stephen Argyle’s 9-0 run that spanned nearly 4 minutes and gave the Storm a 24-16 lead. “We tend to do that from time to time, we tried to take their runs and we had to meet them with our own runs,” explained Stephen-Argyle head coach Dan Lindgren. Red Lake responded out of a timeout with a 6-0 run of their own to close the deficit down to 24-22. The first half ended with a lay-in through contact scored by Weberg, who made her free throw as well to give Stephen-Argyle a 27-22 lead at half-time. “Madalynn, she got a couple ear-fulls here tonight from me, but to her credit, and she’s always told me, ‘you can yell at me and I’ll forget it in seconds,’ thank God she does, because boy she came up with some big buckets,” her head coach shared afterward. Following the game, Lindgren shared a story about his senior point guard and her first state tournament appearance as a freshman, “there was about 1:30 left in the game and I told Maddie I was going to put her in for 1:30 and she said, ‘that’s not much time,’ so then I said go back and sit down and she laughed about it afterward, but that’s the kind of kid she is.”
Stephen-Argyle struck first in the second half with a Riopelle lay-in followed by Weberg splitting a pair of free-throws to increase the Storm’s lead to 30-22. With 15:52 remaining, McGlynn drilled a jumper from the left elbow of the free-throw line to take the Stephen-Argyle lead up to double-figures before McGlynn set up an easy score by Weberg with a nice assist to push the Storm ahead 34-22. The Warriors received a much-needed basket on a top of the key three-pointer from Angel McClain to pull Red Lake back within 9 points of Stephen-Argyle. Trailing 34-25, McClain was fouled on another three-point try sending her to the line where she made just one of three free-throws to close the gap down to 34-26, before an easy McGlynn lay-up at the other end after a press break put Stephen-Argyle back up by 10. Kelanna McClain answered for the Warriors with a lay-in plus the foul to bring Red Lake back within 7 points of the Storm. The Red Lake run continued with an Angel McClain run to pull the defending champions back within 5, before Red Lake’s run grew to 7 with another Angel McClain jumper to close the deficit down to 36-33 before Savannah Riopelle stopped the run with a jumper from the lane to push Stephen-Argyle back up by 5 at 38-33. Autumn Holthusen knocked down a triple for Red Lake that pulled them to within 40-38, but Autumn Thompson countered with a three-pointer of her own to push Stephen-Argyle ahead 43-38 with 7:45 to play. With 5:50 remaining Weberg connected on another two-point jumper to push Stephen-Argyle back up by 7 at 47-40. Red Lake managed a 7-0 run to tie the game with 2:38 remaining with a three-pointer Gerika Kingbird to tie the game at 47. Autumn Thompson headed to the free-throw line for the Storm on their next possession after being fouled on the floor with the Storm in the bonus as the Senior and Minnesota Miss Basketball finalist sank both shots calmly to regain the lead 49-47. Red Lake tied the game with 1:15 remaining, but Autumn Thompson earned another trip to the free-throw line on Stephen-Argyle’s next possession, sinking both shots to regain the lead 51-49. Thompson continued her clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch connecting on two more free-throws as the Storm lead grew to 4. Autumn Thompson further put the game away with more crunch-time free-throws sinking two more with under 30-seconds remaining to grow the lead to 55-49 to finish the night 9-10 from the free-throw line before Madalynn Weberg made the final free-throw, rebounding her final shot before the final buzzer sound as Stephen-Argyle secured the Section 8A championship by a final score of 56-49. “Sometimes it’s best just to stay out of their way,” explained Lindgren. “That’s exactly how we want to finish it. Our kids have been battle tested many time this year and they just don’t fold. Hats off to them, what a wonderful group.”
Reflecting on the teams of years past was something the Storm did before departing for tonight’s section championship game and the significance of the moment was not lost on the players or their head coach, “You have an opportunity to do something special tonight,” Lindgren told his team before the game, “they sure took it. Those girls deserve it, they’re such a good group of kids and they had a goal at the beginning of the season, but not many teams get to achieve those goals at the end.”
Stephen-Argyle improves to 27-3 and advances to the state tournament for just the second time in program history (2015) and will play #2 seed Mountain Iron-Buhl on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. KROX will have all the Storm state tournament games on KROX Radio, www.kroxam.com, or the KROX app. Red Lake finishes the season 27-4 as Section 8A runner-up.
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Abbey Johnson goes in for a layup Madalynn Weberg drives by a Warrior
Autumn Thompson goes in for a basket
Savannah Riopelle brings the ball up the floor
For Red Lake
Autumn Thompson brings the ball up the floor for the Storm
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The Storm players are all smiles as they celebrate after the game
UMC BASEBALL winning streak AT seven IN A ROW AFTER A thrilling comeback win over #25 seton hill
25th ranked Seton Hill scored six runs in their first three innings, but
the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team managed to extend its winning streak to seven
games, scoring 6 runs in the final four innings to complete the comeback win 7-6
in a game played at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
In the top of the first inning, Minnesota Crookston’s offense appeared poised for another big day with Anthony Stewart (Sr., Oak Harbor, WA) driving a triple down the right-field line before scoring on a Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks) double into left field to put the Golden Eagles ahead 1-0. The Griffins would respond in the bottom of the first inning against Gabriel Cavasos (Sr., San Antonio, TX) who got the start for Minnesota Crookston and completed just two innings while allowing 6 earned runs on 6 hits while walking two and striking out two. Minnesota Crookston rallied for one run in the sixth inning as Hjelle scored from third base on a Hunter Baldwin (So., St. Thomas, ND) single through the left side of the infield to close the gap to 6-2 after six innings. The Golden Eagles continued their comeback bid in the following inning, scratching across two more runs prior to the seventh-inning stretch. Reed Hjelle continued to swing a hot bat, singling into left field to score Mitchell Bornhauser (Sr., Northfield) and bring UMC within three runs of the Griffins. Later in the top of the inning, James Cullinane (Sr., San Francisco, CA) reached safely on a fielding error by Seton Hill’s second baseman allowing Hjelle to score as the Golden Eagles ended the top of the seventh inning trailing just 6-4. UMC’s resilience continued to flash in the 8th inning as the Golden Eagles completed their comeback with three more runs. With runners on first and second, Wyatt Peppel (Soph., Greenbush) came through in the clutch with a single to left field to plate David Anaya (R-Sr., Tucson, AZ) to bring UMC within one run trailing now 6-5. Ethan Mushitz (Sr., East Grand Forks) tied the game with Minnesota Crookston’s next at-bat driving a sacrifice fly into right field, allowing Anthony Stewart to score from third base, tying the game at 6. Reed Hjelle finished his stellar day at the plate with his fourth hit of the afternoon, an infield single that scored Peppel and gave an 8-7 lead, their first lead since the opening inning, through the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Seton Hill brought their two, three, and four hitters to the plate trailing 7-6. Minnesota Crookston closer Zach Seipel (Jr., Eagan) returned to the mound for a second inning of relief, looking to secure his third save of the season. Seipel opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk but made a great defensive play on a sacrifice bunt attempt by the subsequent batter as Seipel made the aggressive play to throw out the lead runner at second base. The UMC righty induced a swing and miss for a strikeout to pick up the second out of the inning before Seton Hill’s tying runner was caught stealing at second base by catcher Zach Frazier to secure the Minnesota Crookston 7-6 comeback victory.
Minnesota Crookston’s bullpen provided stellar relief inheriting a 6-1 deficit and holding Seton Hill to just two hits in the final six innings. Jacob Butcher (Sr., Palmer, AK) tossed two shutout innings without allowing a hit before Aaron Hollcraft (Jr., Crookston) entered and tossed one and one-third innings of no-hit baseball along with two strikeouts. Nate Albrecht (Soph., Wahpeton, ND) allowed one hit in a scoreless seventh inning and came away with his first victory of the season improving to 1-0.
|Gabriel Cavasos - UMC||2.0||6||6||6||2||2|
|Jacob Butcher - UMC||2.0||0||0||0||2||1|
|Aaron Hollcraft - UMC||1.1||0||0||0||0||2|
|Eric Newman- UMC||.2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Nate Albrecht - UMC (WP)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Zach Seipel - UMC (Save)||2.0||1||0||0||1||3|
Reed Hjelle - 4-5, 2 runs, 3 rbi, double
Jonathan Lund - 2-5
Ethan Mushitz - 1-4, double, rbi
Anthony Stewart - 1-5, triple, 2 runs
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