SUNDAY - APRIL 19,  2015

UMC BASEBALL SIGNS THREE MORE PLAYERS

The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team added three signees to their 2015 class as Nate Albrecht (LHP/1B, 6-1 215, Wahpeton, N.D./Wahpeton H.S.), Reed Hjelle (1B, 6-2 195, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.) and Trevor Seis (3B, 6-0 210, Antigo, Wis./Antigo H.S.) signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Golden Eagles beginning during the 2016 season. 

Nate Albrecht (LHP/1B, 6-1 215, Wahpeton, N.D./Wahpeton H.S.

Albrecht helped lead his legion team to the State A Legion Championship in 2014. He also helped lead his team to the Central Plains Championship in 2012. Albrecht was a multi-sport athlete at Wahpeton H.S., competing in basketball, baseball and football. 

Albrecht is the son of Jim and Karen Albrecht. He was born Aug. 1, 1996 and plans to major in health science at UMC.  “We look for big things from Nate at UMC,” Gust said. “He is the type of kid that could help us from day one as a pitcher and hitter. He combines pretty good talent with a strong intellect. Nate is both a quality player and student. He is the type of player who will help build this program on and off the field.”

Reed Hjelle (1B, 6-2 195, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.
Hjelle joins an East Grand Forks connection to UMC that includes current player Ethan Mushitz, fellow signee Clarke Peterson along with UMC head coach Steve Gust and assistant coach Michael Lukkason. As a junior for East Grand Forks H.S., Hjelle hit .465 with one home run and 23 RBI’s. He was named to the All-Section 8AA Team. He was a three-year letterwinner in baseball and also lettered in hockey and football. Hjelle played for East Grand Forks American Legion Post 157, hitting .466 with five home runs and 38 RBI’s during the 2014 slate. He was named to the 2013 VFW Baseball District 9 All-Tournament Team. Hjelle was a member of the two-time Minnesota Class A State Championship hockey team at East Grand Forks H.S. He participated in the 2014 Perfect Game Midwest Top Prospect Showcase.
Hjelle is the son of Garret and Kelly Hjelle. He was born Aug. 24, 1996 and plans to major in sports and rec amanagement at UMC. Father Garret Hjelle played football at University of Minnesota Duluth. Mother Kelly played softball at Itasca Community College and uncle Jerod Hjelle played baseball at Bemidji State University. “We are very excited about Reed and his potential,” Gust said. “He is a great athlete who comes from a great family. He has good skills now, but we feel he can develop and mature into something very special.”

Trevor Seis (3B, 6-0 210, Antigo, Wis./Antigo H.S.)
Seis lettered in hockey, football and baseball at Antigo H.S., where he was a teammate of UMC football signee Aeric Berner. He led hockey team to sectional runner-up. As a baseball player, Seis led his team in batting average. Seis also competed for Antigo American Legion Post #3. 
Seis is the son of Rebecca and Kenneth Seis. He was born Nov. 4, 1996 and plans to major in criminal justice. His brother Phil Seis was a baseball player at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis. “We love Trevor’s passion for the game and UMC baseball,” Gust said. “He has good skill and a desire to improve. We feel he can play at a high level with due time. We’re excited to have him in the program.”

The three signees join Aaron Hollcraft (LHP, 5-11 175, Crookston, Minn./Crookston H.S.) as signees during the Spring signing period. The Golden Eagles have now added nine players for the 2016 season along with early signees Zach Seipel (C, 6-2 185, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.), Clarke Peterson (C, 5-6 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.), Eric Newman (RHP, 6-3 188, Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo H.S.), David Olson (C, 6-1 195, Stillwater, Minn./Vermillion C.C.) and Wyatt Peppel (OF, 6-0 225, Greenbush, Minn./Badger-Middle River-Greenbush H.S.).
The nine additions join a team who has already accomplished a lot in the first season under Steve Gust. The nine signees join 25 players who are slated to return for the Golden Eagles for 2016 including two of the team’s leading hitters Ryan Haggstrom (Jr., 1B/RHP, Apple Valley), who is hitting .336 with 28 runs scored and 24 runs batted in (RBI’s) and Kenny Perez (Jr., IF/DH, Orlando, Fla.), who is hitting .329 with 19 runs scored, four home runs and 28 RBI’s. UMC also returns the ace of their pitching staff, Nolan Wahlberg (Jr., RHP, Blaine), who is 4-3 with a 4.15 earned runs average (ERA) in 56.1 innings pitched.

 

 

SATURDAY - APRIL 18,  2015

PIRATE BASEBALL WINS FIRST GAME AGAINST PINE CITY, NOW PLAYS HINCKLEY

The Crookston Pirate Baseball team made split a double header in Hinckley by beating Pine City (coached by former Crookston Pirate and Pirate Baseball coach Ted Hasz)  7-5, and losing the second game to Hinckley 12-11. 

GAME ONE VS PINE CITY
Pine City, who was pitching their #1 pitcher, scored in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, only to have Crookston bounce back with two runs in the second inning.  Cody Wardner started off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a ground out to third base.  Blake Kawlewski singled and after a Pirate strikeout, Chris Wavra walked to load the bases for Ryan Porter who walked to score a run and the bases were still loaded. Aaron Hollcraft singled to score another run and the Pirates had a 2-1 lead.  Pine City answered with two runs in the third inning to take the lead back, 3-2.  The Pirates tied the game with a run in the fifth inning when Hollcraft started with a double and came into score when Seth Desrosier reached on an error.  The Pirates kept the bats going in the sixth inning, adding four more runs.  Joey Koenig and Luke Edlund singled and with two outs, Porter singled to score two runs, Hollcraft hit a line drive to right-center field for a triple to score another run and Desrosier followed with an rbi single for a 7-3 lead.  Pine City scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Pirates held on for the 7-5 victory. "We played a pretty good all around game with double digit hits, good pitching and decent defense," said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. "We were able to take advantage of a couple of their errors and we hit the ball really well.  They had some good hitters and Seth pitched well."  Seth Desrosier pitched the complete game and struck out nine batters in the game, while picking up the win.  Aaron Hollcraft was 3-4 and was a home run away from a cycle.  "Hollcraft was very impressive in centerfield and was even better at the plate. I am NOT surprised, but he is easily the best player we have seen all year and he wasn't on the mound," said Pine City and former Pirate Coach Ted Hasz. "It was great to see all the kids and parents from Crookston.  The Pirates have a nice team and will do very well this spring."
J.V. - Pine City won 13-9

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROOKSTON 0 2 0 0 1 4 0

7

12 3
Pine City 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 5 8 3

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Seth Desrosier -Crox (WP) 7 8 5 3 4 9
Mitchell Hansmann - PC 7 12 7 7 2 6

For Crookston-
Aaron Hollcraft - 3-4, double, triple, 2 rbi's, 2 runs
Seth Desrosier - 2-4, 2 rbi's, run
Joey Koenig - 2-4, run
Ryan Porter - 1-3, 3 rbi's, run

For Pine City-
Colby Pavelka - 2-4, rbi
Andrew Morris - 1-3, run, rbi

 

GAME TWO  VS HINCKLEY-FINLAYSON 
Crookston continued to hit the ball well in the second game of the day and scored two runs in the first inning.  Porter and Hollcraft had back-to-back doubles to score a run and Desrosier followed with a single to score another run for a 2-0 Pirate lead.  Hinckley-Finlayson scored two runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 2-2.  The Pirates bounced right back with four runs in the second inning after Blake Kawlewski and Chris Wavra walked and Porter singled to score a run.  Hollcraft followed with a double to score a run and Desrosier doubled to score two more and the Pirates led 6-2.  Crookston kept the offense going in the third inning when Luke Edlund was hit by a pitch, Wavra reached on a fielders choice and Porter singled to load the bases for the red hot Hollcraft who tripled to clear the bases and the Pirates led 9-2 after three innings and it looked like a rout was on.  "We were hitting the ball very well," said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. "We were pitching well, we were sharp defensively and things were really playing well."  Hinckley-Finlayson thought otherwise and scored seven runs to tie the game at 9-9 after four innings.  Crookston stopped the run with two runs in the fifth inning when Edlund doubled, Wavra walked and Porter kept his red hot bat going with an rbi single.  Hinckley-Finlayson wasn't going to let Hollcraft hurt them again and he drew a walk before Desrosier hit a sacrifice fly to give Crookston an 11-9 lead.  Hinckley-Finlayson scored two runs in the fifth inning to tie the game and added another run in the sixth to take a 12-11 lead and were able to shut down the Pirates in the seventh inning for the 12-11 victory.  "We were able to pitch three guys in the game and we need to give them some time on the mound because we will need them come playoff time," said Coach Bakken. "It was a great day offensively, we had 25 hits and were crushing the ball.  Cody Wardner was crushing the ball and they were able to make some plays, but he was hitting the ball very hard." 
Crookston drops to 3-1 on the year and will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in a Section 8AA match-up on Monday at 4:30 p.m.  The game will be on KROX Radio.
Hollcraft was 6-8 at the plate, eight rbi's and had three doubles, two triples, and Ryan Porter was 5-7 with five rbi's, and three runs to lead the Pirates. 
J.V. - Crookston won 9-2.  Ryan Swenson threw a no-hitter.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROOKSTON 2 4 3 0 2 0 0

11

13 3
Hinckley-Finlayson 2 0 3 4 2 1 - 12 14 0

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Weiland - Crox 3 6 5 3 2 1
Chris Wavra - Crox 2 7 6 5 0 1
Cody Wardner - Crox (LP) 1 1 1 0 0 0
Cody Dunkley - HF 4 10 9 9 3 4
Travis Visser - HF 3 3 2 2 3 2

For Crookston-
Ryan Porter - 4-4, 3 runs, 2 rbi's, double
Aaron Hollcraft - 3-4, 5 rbi's, 2 runs, 2 doubles, triple
Seth Desrosier - 2-4, 4 rbi's, double

For Pine City-
Trevor Johnson - 3-4, 2 runs, rbi
Cody Dunkley - 3-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi's
 

 

 

UMC BASEBALL FALLS TO UNIVERSITY OF MARY IN GAME ONE

The University of Mary Maruaders broke open a close game by scoring six runs in the fifth and sixth innings on their way to a 9-2 victory over the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team in the first game.  In the second game of the double header it was all UMC as they pounded Mary 18-3 in seven innings after the game was called because of the 10 run rule in games played in Crookston.


                       Patrick Higgins slides into home while his teammates look on during game two

GAME ONE - Box Score
After two scoreless innings to start the game, Mary scored three runs in the third taking advantage of two UMC errors, and three singles for a 3-0 lead.  UMC answered in the bottom of the third inning when bases were loaded and they had a runner picked off and he was able to extend the rundown to allow a run to score.  UMC added another run in the fourth inning when a run scored on a Zach Frazier (Fresh. Grand Rapids) single to bring the Golden Eagles within a 3-2 deficit.  Mary blew the game open when they scored two runs on three hits, including two doubles in the sixth inning and added four runs on three hits while taking advantage of two UMC errors and Mary led 9-2.  UMC wasn’t able to score in the bottom of the seventh and Mary held on for the 9-2 victory.


Ryan Haggstrom slides into home for one of the 18 runs in game two

GAME TWO – Box Score

UMC started the scoring in the first inning when they scored on a pass ball and added another run on a Colton Haight (single).  The Golden Eagles added another run when Haight scored on an error to give UMC a 3-0 lead.  Jesse Jennings (Sr. Robbinsdale) bunt single scored a run, a wild pitch let another UMC run score and Frazier doubled to score another run for a 5-0 Golden Eagle lead.  Mary responded with two runs in the top of the second inning.  UMC answered with five more runs in the second inning.  The Golden Eagles loaded the bases and Haight walked to score a run.  The next run scored on a sacrifice fly and two more runs scored on an error.  The fifth and final run of the inning scored when Frazier stole second and Jennings came home on the throw to second base for a 10-2 lead.  UMC had their best offensive inning of the game in the third inning when they scored eight runs!!!  They had four straight singles, a double and then had a bases clearing triple by Frazier, which was followed by another triple by Patrick Higgins.  A couple pitches later Higgins scored on a pass ball and UMC led 18-2.   Mary added a run in the fourth inning and nobody scored the rest of the way as UMC picked up the 18-3 win and a split of the double header for the second straight day.
UMC improves to 11-31 overall and 5-21 in the NSIC, Mary drops to 5-33 overall and 3-21 in the NSIC.

 
      Ethan Mushitz catches a pop up       Kenny Perez throws to first for an out


 

SIOUX FALLS HOLDS UMC SOFTBALL TO FOUR HITS AND SWEEPS A DOUBLE HEADER

The University of Minnesota Crookston Softball team only had four hits was swept by the University of Sioux Falls Cougars in a conference double header 6-0 and 8-0 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

GAME ONE – Box Score
Sioux Falls scored a run in the first inning after two singles, a walk and a ground out for a 1-0 lead.  Sioux Falls scored another run in the second inning after two singles for a 3-0 lead.  Sioux Falls added two more runs in the third inning after a hit, a walk, ground out and a wild pitch for a 5-0 lead.   Sioux Falls added one more run in the sixth inning and held on for the 6-0 victory.  UMC only had three hits in the game.
 

GAME TWO – Box Score
Sioux Falls scored three runs on three hits in the first inning for a 3-0 lead.  Sioux Falls scored five runs in the second inning on three singles, a triple and a home run and the Cougars led 8-0.  Sioux Falls continued to shut down the Golden Eagles and coasted to an 8-0 victory for the sweep.  UMC’s only hit in the game came in the first at bat of the game.
UMC drops to 4-38 overall and 0-24 in the NSIC.  Sioux Falls improves to 26-18 overall and 12-12 in the NSIC.

 

 

 

FRIDAY - APRIL 17,  2015

PIRATE SOFTBALL HURT BY ANOTHER BIG INNING IN LOSS TO EAST GRAND FORKS TAKES

The Crookston Pirate Softball team scored three runs in the first inning, but giving up a big inning continues to hurt the Pirates as the East Grand Forks Greenwave scored five runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 6-3 Section 8AA victory in East Grand Forks.
Crookston started the game by scoring three runs when Jaeden Lizakowski walked and advanced to second on a pass ball and then to third on another pass ball.  Tori Demarais followed with a walk and then advanced to second and on a Greenwave throwing error Lizakowski came into score for a 1-0 lead.  Macy Strem drew another walk and runners were at first and second base.  The next Pirate batter, Tiffany Hanson, hit into a fielders choice and Demarais was retired at third and runners were still at first and second base.  Brooke Cymbaluk came up with a big single to left center field to score two runs and Crookston had a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
"I was happy with the way we started,” Crookston coach Katie Lariviere said. “The girls were being patient at the plate, putting together good at-bats and being aggressive on the base paths. It was nice to get the lead early.” In the second inning, East Grand Forks took advantage of a couple walks and scored a run to cut the Pirate lead to 3-1.  East Grand Forks was able to scrape away a run in the bottom of the second. Lauren Wolfe walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second when Mallory Aitchison was plunked by a Strem pitch. Bailey McMahon sacrificed the runners to second and third and Wolfe ended up scoring on a wild pitch to make it 3-1 in favor of the Pirates. The fourth inning was when the Green Wave would retake the lead. With the bases loaded, Katie Steer grounded it to first and Demarais threw out the runner trying to score. Amanda Trandem (So., C) tried to convert the double play by throwing it back to first but threw it into the outfield which allowed Mallory Aitchinson to score and make the game 3-2. “One thing we’re going to continue to emphasize is being smart in the field,” Lariviere said of her team’s defense. “We need to prevent mistakes and errors. When we commit those we aren’t giving ourselves chances in games.” Two batters later, Chloe Vonasek walked with the bases loaded to tie the score at 3 and Sam Rarick followed with a two-run single to give the Green Wave the 5-3 lead. Vonasek scored on the throw to the infield to make it 6-3 and that would be the final.
Crookston drops to 0-5 on the year and will travel to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Tuesday.  East Grand Forks improves to 3-1.


        Brooke Cymbaluk draws a walk

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROOKSTON

3

0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 1
East Grand Forks 0 1 0 5 0 0 X 6 4 1


Jaeden Lizakowski on third base along with Coach Katie Lariviere watch the batter

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Macy Strem-CROX   6  3  6   5   7   8 
Sam Rarick-EGF  5  3 3 2 8 3
Megan Boman-EGF 2 0 0 0 0 3

For Crookston-
Brooke Cymbaluk - 1-3, 2 rbi's, walk
Sabrina Delorme, Tori Demarais, and Danelle Trandem were all 1-3

For East Grand Forks-
Chloe Vonasek - 1-2, run, rbi, walk
Sam Rarick - 1-2, 2 rbi's, 2 walks
Mallory Aitchison - 1-2, run, double

 

UMC BASEBALL SPLITS DOUBLE HEADER AT JIM KARN FIELD WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team moved their games with the University of Mary from Saturday and Sunday to Friday night and Saturday afternoon because of the threat of rain on Sunday.  With the move they Golden Eagles played at Jim Karn Field and the second game was under the lights in front of a nice sized crowd which were treated to split with Mary winning game one 5-3 and UMC winning game two 5-2.


  Dalton Parks eyes down the ball while trying to lay the bunt down in game 2

GAME ONE – Box Score

UMC scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Ethan Muschitz (Fresh. East Grand Forks) hit a solo home run.  The Golden Eagles added another run in the second inning when Colton Haight (Jr. Rogers) walked, Riley Thompson (Fresh. Owatonna) reached on an error on the third baseman and Patrick Higgins (Soph. Eagan) grounded out to the second baseman, but Haight scored to give UMC a 2-0 lead.  Mary took advantage of two hit batters and a timely double, another hit and a UMC error to score four runs in the fourth inning for a 4-2 lead.  UMC added a run in the fifth inning when Higgins reached on an error, Dalton Parks had a sacrifice bunt to advance Higgins to second and Thomas Kinsella (Jr. North Branch) singled to right field to score a run and UMC trailed 4-3.  Mary added an insurance run in the sixth for a 5-3 lead and held off UMC the rest of the way to win the first game of the double header 5-3.  Kinsella led UMC with two hits in the game.


     Thomas Kinsella with a big swing and puts the ball in play in the second game vs Mary

GAME TWO – Box Score

Mary took a lead early after a double, single and a sacrifice fly to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning.  UMC responded with a run in the bottom of the first inning after a Dalton Parks (Jr. West Valley City, UT) single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then made it to third base on a passed ball.  The next Golden Eagle batter was Ryan Haggstrom (Jr. Apple Valley) who grounded out, but Parks was able to score to tie the game at 1-1.  UMC added another run in the second inning when Kinsella and David Anaya (Soph. Tucson, AZ) singled, Zach Frazier (Fresh. Grand Rapids) had a sacrifice bunt and Higgins fouled out to right field, deep enough to score Kinsella from third base for a 2-1 Golden Eagle lead.  Mary tied the game in the bottom of the third inning when they scored on an error. UMC regained the lead when Haight singled to score Haggstrom.  The Golden Eagles added some welcomed insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning when Haight scored on a pass ball and a Jesse Jennings (Sr. Robbinsdale) single scored Kinsella for a 5-2 lead.  In the ninth inning, Mary had two runners on base and a threat brewing, but the Golden Eagles Nolan Wahlberg (Jr. Blaine) struck out the last batter and UMC won 5-2 to earn a split.
UMC improves to 10-30 overall and 4-20 in the NSIC and will host Mary for two more games on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.  Mary drops to 4-32 overall and 2-20 in the NSIC.

 
Jarad Nelson with a pitch in game 2      Colton Haight makes the grab

 

UMC SOFTBALL SWEPT BY SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE

The Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs held UMC to eight hits in two games and cruised to a NSIC double header sweep 10-2 and 6-1 at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall.

GAME ONE – Box Score

UMC couldn’t have started the game any better than they did, when Alexis Khoshaba (Jr. Richmond, British Columbia) hit a two run home run to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead.  UMC wasn’t able to score the rest of the game while Southwest Minnesota State scored five runs on four doubles and cruised to a 10-2 victory.

GAME TWO – Box Score

Southwest Minnesota State jumped on UMC in the first inning scoring five runs on four straight hits and built a 5-0 lead.  UMC scored a run in the fourth inning when Gabriel Antolak (Fresh. Zimmerman) singled up the middle to bring the Golden Eagles within a 5-1 deficit.  Southwest Minnesota State added an insurance run in the sixth inning and mowed down UMC in 1-2-3 fashion in the seventh for a 6-1 victory to complete the sweep.
Crookston drops to 4-36 overall and 0-22 in the NSIC and will play the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday.  Southwest Minnesota State improves to 24-20 overall and 13-9 in the NSIC.

 

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNS PARK RAPIDS' KATIE KLEIN

The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball program announced the addition of Katie Klein (G, 5-5, Park Rapids, Minn./Park Rapids H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent.
“Katie is a breath of fresh air because of how much she loves to play the game,” said Roysland. “She might be a little undersized, but her grittiness and toughness definitely makes up for that. Katie is a point guard who sees the floor well, shoots the three and attacks the rim. She is a really fun, energetic player that we are excited to have in our program.”
Klein is the first player from Minnesota to join the 2015 class, joining Wisconsin preps Hughes, Michaelis and Weber.
  “We are excited to be able to find such a talented player not far from our backyard,” Roysland said. “She was someone we noticed late in the process and are excited to watch her grow in our program.”

Klein was a two-time All-Mid-State Conference pick for Park Rapids H.S. Prior to that, she was a two-time Honorable Mention All-Conference pick. Klein was a two-year team captain and earned the coaches award during her prep career. She was twice named to the All-Tournament Team at the Holiday Classic. Klein was a four-year starter for Park Rapids H.S. and was twice named Team MVP. She was the fourth player in Park Rapids history to surpass 1,000 points, scoring 1,168 points in her career. Klein averaged 17.5 points per game, 2.6 steals per game and 2.4 assists per game. She played in AAU for North Metro Aftershock.
Klein is the daughter of Chris and Min Klein, and plans to major in health science at UMC.
Klein is the fourth signee overall for the 2015 class for Coach Mike Roysland and the Golden Eagles. Klein joins Alison Hughes (G, 5-7, Janesville, Wis./Janesville Craig H.S.), Caitlin Michaelis (G, 5-8, Marshfield, Wis./Marshfield H.S.) and Lindsey Weber (F, 5-11, Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine H.S.) as signees for Minnesota Crookston.
Klein joins a UMC team that is coming off one of their best seasons in school history. The Golden Eagles finished 14-14 (12-10 NSIC), which was good for third in the NSIC North. UMC looks poised for a strong 2015-16 season, returning two All-NSIC First Team selections Alexa Thielman (Sr., G, Buffalo) and Katrina Moenkedick (Sr., F, Perham). In addition, UMC returns two more starters in Emily Gruber (So., F/C, Monticello) and Micaela Noga (So., G, Parkers Praire). UMC returns eight players from last season’s squad and currently have four players inked for the 2015-16 signing class. 

 

 

THURSDAY - APRIL 16,  2015

PIRATE SOFTBALL CAN’T RECOVER FROM EARLY DEFICIT IN EARLY LOSS TO TITANS

 

The Crookston Pirate softball team put up a valiant effort, but couldn’t overcome an early 8-1 deficit as they fell at the hands of the Norman County East-Ulen Hitterdal (NCE/UH) Titans, 11-6, in Twin Valley on Thursday night. The Pirates made a game of it late, but had too much of a hill to climb.

Titan starter Rana Opsahl was in a groove early, striking out two Pirate batters in a 1-2-3 first inning that took just eight pitches to complete. The Titans started off with some pop in their bats. Tatum Lundin brought in two runs with a triple to the fence to make it 2-0 then scored on a Jessica Gall double to the gap to make it 3-0. NCE-UH tacked three more runs on courtesy of Pirate starter Sabrina Delorme wild pitches and took a 6-0 lead after one. “The first inning wasn’t how we wanted to start the game,” said Pirate Coach Katie Lariviere. “We wanted to throw Sabrina out there and see how she did. Hopefully during practice she’ll be able to work on her control and limit the walks and wild pitches.”

Opsahl kept the Pirate bats at bay, allowing just two batters to reach base in the first four innings, striking out eight in the process. Crookston was able to get on the scoreboard early when Macy Strem singled, went to third on an error then scored on a groundout by Nicole Goosen.  “It took a little bit for our girls to get used to the speed of the pitches,” Lariviere said. “But getting that run in the second inning was important. It was a huge confidence booster. It was nice to get around the bases and get the early run.”

The score stayed at 8-1 in favor of the Titans until the fifth inning when the Pirates were able to get another run on the board. After a pair of walks, Tiffany Hansen (So., OF) knocked a grounder to the right side that was misplayed by the Titan first baseman and rolled all the way to the outfield. Danelle Trandem came around to score on the error and cut the Titan lead to 8-2. After the Titans added three runs in the bottom of the inning, the Pirates didn’t get fazed as they put together a quality inning in the top of the sixth. NCE-UH brought in Alayna Klemetson to relieve Opsahl and the Pirates figured her out quickly. Strem led off the inning reaching on an error then scored when Kaitlyn Thingelstad hit a grounder to third and the throw was off the mark. Brooke Danielson followed with an RBI fielder’s choice to score Thingelstad and make it an 11-4 game. Danelle Trandem then singled, advanced to third on an Amanda Trandem single and scored on a Klemetson wild pitch to make it 11-5. “We were telling the girls to just be more patient at the plate and settle down,” Lariviere said of her team’s progression at the plate. “We were having good, quality swings and making sure the pitches were ones that we should be swinging at.”

The Pirates put together three walks and a single in the top of the seventh inning to make it an 11-6 game as they continued to have great at-bats! “The girls adjusted to the speed of the pitches and just settled down and got more confidence,” Lariviere said. “I told the girls before the last inning that we needed six runs to keep playing and some of them said, ‘okay, we’ll get seven,’ so it’s good to see them go out trying their hardest.”  The Pirates couldn’t get any more runs across and the rally fell short in the 11-6 loss. “We’re scoring more and more runs and that helps our confidence,” Lariviere said. “I told them after the game that if we can prevent the little things and mistakes it keeps our score closer and we can be in games late.”

Crookston falls to 0-4 on the season and will have a quick turnaround as they head to East Grand Forks to take on the Green Wave on Friday at 5:00 pm. The game can be heard on KROX Radio. Norman County East-Ulen Hitterdal improves to 5-3 with the win.  

 
   Danelle Trandem pitched four innings in relief       Macy Strem gets ready for the ball

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROOKSTON

0

1

0

0

1 3 1 6 6 2
NCE/UH Titans

6

2

0

0

3 0 X 11 8 4

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Sabrina Delorme -Crox  0.1  2   5  3 0
Danelle Trandem-Crox 4.2 5 5 3 3 4
Macy Strem-Crox 1.0 1 0 0 1 1
Rana Opsahl - NCE/UH

5.0

2 2 0 3 9
Alayna Klementson-NCE/UH 1.0 3 3 1 0 0
Laurel Hoseth-NCE/UH 1.0 1 1 1 3 3

For Crookston-
Macy Strem- 2-4, 2 runs
Danelle Trandem- 1-2, 2 walks, 2 runs
Tori Demarais- 1-3, walk
Nicole Goosen- 0-2, RBI 

For Norman County East/Ulen Hitterdal-
Tatum Lundin- 2-3, 2 runs, double, triple, 3 rbi's
Laurel Hoseth- 2-2, 3 runs, walk
Jessica Gall- 1-3, R, double, RBI
 

 

PIRATE BOYS GOLF WINS THE CROOKSTON INVITATIONAL

The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team enjoyed a beautiful day for golf and finished first out of nine teams in their own invitational at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston.  The Pirates had a 318, three strokes better than Roseau.  The medalist was Roseau's Will Czeh with a 73, two strokes better than Crookston's Isaac Westlake.
Crookston had two golfers in the 70's and three in the low 80's to pick up the win. "Getting the first meet in is always exciting and we went out and played and competed very well," said Pirate Coach Steve Kofoed. "It was good to beat Roseau and it gives them confidence to know we can beat them, because they have a very good team with three seniors that will play college golf next year."  Isaac Westlake turned in a good first round to lead the Pirates with a 75, good for second place individually. "I want to say he started with four bogey's in a row so he wasn't super happy with his start and was getting in a little bit of trouble off the tee box," said Coach Kofoed. "He got into a little bit of a roll on his back nine and shot a 34 to be able to shoot a 75 was pretty good."  The entire team played well in their first outing and have a number to work with. "Overall it was a pretty good day, the weather was nice although the back nine cooled off a bit, overall it was a very good start to the season."

 
  Doug Larson chips onto the green      Zach Markovich chips onto the fourth green

 

Team Score   Crookston Scores/Medalists
1. CROOKSTON 318   Isaac Westlake-75
2. Roseau 321   Doug Larson-79
3. East Grand Forks 327   Parker Nicholls -82
4. Moorhead 328   Zach Markovich - 82
5. Fosston 349   Ethan Christopherson-83
6. Thief River Falls 358   Charles Eickhof - 88
7. Fertile-Beltrami 375    
8. Norman County 414   Medalists
9. Red Lake County 430   1. Will Czeh (Ros) - 73
      2. Isaac Westlake (Crox) - 75
      3. Aaron Sparby (TRF) - 76

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL AND BASEBALL OFFICIALLY ADDS HOLLCRAFT TO THE LIST OF SIGNEES

The University of Minnesota Crookston Men’s Basketball and Baseball programs announced the signing of Aaron Hollcraft (5-11 175, Crookston, Minn./Crookston H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Hollcraft will compete in both sports at University of Minnesota Crookston, as a left-handed pitcher for the baseball team and a guard for the UMC men’s basketball squad.

“We were able to watch Aaron play throughout the season and were really impressed with him and the Crookston High School basketball team,” said UMC head men’s basketball coach Dan Weisse. “Aaron is a very good shooter, was well coached, and was a leader on a very successful team. He is equally impressive as a person. We felt it was a great fit for Aaron to be on our team and we are excited that he feels the same.”

“Aaron is a great addition to our program,” said UMC baseball coach Steve Gust. “We expect him to help build our program all four years. He has great natural ability, but more importantly, he has those character traits that we look for in a student-athlete. He is a hard worker, disciplined, and a great teammate. If he develops and matures like we think he can, he’s going to be able to get some big outs for us in the next four years. He is just an excellent addition to our program as we try to build something special here in Crookston.”

The coaches and programs improvement was part of the reason Hollcraft picked UMC. “The main thing is basketball and baseball, the school as a whole is on the upswing right now and I want to be a part of it, and obviously being close to home is a big factor for me to be around my family,” said Hollcraft. “I was a little interested (in playing baseball) and then Coach Weise started talking to me and that got me really interested and then I had my visit and really liked coach Weise and coach Gust and playing two sports is definitely a big factor.”  Hollcraft, who has a lot of family in Crookston said being able to play in front of his family and friends will be nice. “It would be weird to play a game where my mom and sisters and my little cousins weren’t there,” said Hollcraft, who is undecided on a major. “If I would have gone somewhere else I would have gone into social work and they don’t have it, so I will have a decision to make there.”  

Hollcraft is one of the best boys basketball players to come through Crookston High School. He has been in the starting line up since his Freshman year and has the most career rebounds in Pirate Boys Basketball history, he second on the career scoring list with 1,415 points, just 25 points behind Kenley Whalin.  Aaron had a tremendous senior season and the led the team scoring with 16 points per game and shot extremely well making 99 of his 172 shots from the field for 58% and was 68 of 161 on three pointers for 42%, which is third all-time in Pirate Boys Basketball history.  He made 68 of 98 free throw attempts for 69% and chipped in 152 rebounds, 73 assists and 52 steals during his senior year.  He was named to the All State Academic Team, conference MVP, and the Pirates Todd Eisert Most Dedicated player.  In his career, Aaron is has left his mark in the Pirate Boys Basketball record books as the leading rebounder in program history (150 better than Steele Senske), he as the second all-time leading scorer, second all time in three pointers made and taken, and is tied for third in career steals.  The Pirate Boys Basketball team was 73-38 (66% winning percentage) over his four full years of varsity.
On the baseball field, Aaron is considered to be one of the best pitchers in northwest Minnesota.  Aaron is also a very good hitter and had an average over .400 during the legion season last summer.  
No stats are available for last season, but as a sophomore Aaron hit .441 (30-68) with 26 runs, 10 rbi’s, 10 walks, seven stolen bases, three doubles and only three strike outs on the year, while having a slugging percentage of .485 and an on base percentage of .525.   On the mound he pitched a team leading 44.2 innings and was 4-3 on the season with five complete games and a shutout. He struck out 67 batters, only gave up 14 earned runs, and had two saves.
Hollcraft is the son of Monica and Ray Hollcraft. He was born October 2, 1996 and is undecided on his major. Several of Hollcraft’s family members have been college athletes.

He is the sixth signee for the UMC baseball program joinin
g Zach Seipel (C, 6-2 185, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.), Clarke Peterson (C, 5-6 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.), Eric Newman (RHP, 6-3 188, Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo H.S.), David Olson (C, 6-1 195, Stillwater, Minn./Vermillion C.C.) and Wyatt Peppel (OF, 6-0 225, Greenbush, Minn./Badger-Middle River Greenbush H.S.).


Aaron Hollcraft signing his letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon with his dad, Ray, and mom, Monica.

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNS A JUNIOR COLLEGE GUARD FROM NORTH PLATTE

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the addition of Riley Rice (F, 6-6 230, Mullen, Neb./North Platte Community College) to a National Letter of Intent. Rice will have two years to play for the Golden Eagles beginning during the 2015-16 season.
“We are excited to have a guy like Riley Rice in our program,” said UMC Head Coach Dan Weisse. “He does all of the little things we are looking for our players to do in our program. He has good hands, pretty good footwork, and is a guy that puts the team above himself. He just understands how we want to play. Riley will be a great fit in our system. I am looking forward to coaching him the next two years.”
Rice played two seasons at North Platte Community College in North Platte, Neb. As a sophomore, Rice appeared in 18.9 minutes per game, averaging 3.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Rice had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds against Southeast Community College. He had 11 points and six boards against Lamar Community College. Rice shot 53.7 percent from the field. He helped lead the Knights to a 24-9 mark during his sophomore season with the team taking part in the NJCAA Region IX Tournament, losing in three rounds to No. 15 Northwest College. As a freshman at North Platte, Rice averaged 10.4 minutes per game with 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per content. In high school, Rice was an All-Loup Valley First Team pick. He was a Sand Hill Conference First Team selection. 

Rice is the son of Tim and Paula Rice and plans to major in sports and rec management. Rice’s dad Tim was a football player at University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Rice is part of Coach Weisse’s first full recruiting class. After the early signing period, the class was labeled one of the strongest in-state classes so far by Northstart Hoops Report.  Rice is the sixth signee for the UMC men’s basketball program and the second during the Spring signing period, joining Aaron Hollcraft (G, 5-11 175, Crookston, Minn./Crookston H.S.). The Golden Eagles signed four players during the early signing period with Chase Knickerbocker (F, 6-6 175,Annandale, Minn./Annandale H.S.), Kobe Critchley (G, 6-0 190, Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area H.S.), Connor Gamble (G, 6-0 155, Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area H.S.) and Nate Lorenz (F, 6-7 210, Breckenridge, Minn./Breckenridge H.S.) signing with UMC.
The six newcomers will join six returnees, which includes senior Derrick Redd, Jr. (G, Menifee, Calif.), who led the team with an 11.4 points per game average as a junior. Redd will join Jim Warmack (So., F/C, East Grand Forks) and Micah Hollowell (So., G, Owensboro, Ky.) as returnees, along with redshirts A.J. Walton (R-Fr., G, Oak Hills, Calif.), Gable Smith (R-Fr., F, Lodi, Wis.) and Ibrahim Cisse (R-So., F, Plymouth, Minn.). 

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNS ANOTHER WISCONSIN HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCT

The University of Minnesota Crookston Women’s Basketball team announced the addition of Alison Hughes (G, 5-7, Janesville, Wis./Janesville Craig H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. “I think that Alison is one of the most versatile players that we have ever recruited to Minnesota Crookston,” said UMC Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She can play the 1, 2 and the 3. Alison is the complete package. She can shoot the three, attack the rim and she is a great passer. She has the skill set to be an immediate impact player for UMC and we are really excited that she is a Golden Eagle.”

Hughes was a First Team All-State selection for Janesville Craig H.S. as a senior, she was the two-time Big 8 Conference Player of the Year. Hughes was a First Team All-Conference pick as a junior and senior. She was named Third Team All-Conference as a sophomore. She was an All-State Honorable Mention selection during her junior season. Hughes is the all-time leading scorer for Janesville Craig H.S. She averaged 17.6 points per game as a senior, while shooting 54.2 percent from the field, 85.3 percent from the free-throw line and 36 percent from beyond the arc. Hughes averaged 14.4 points per game as a junior and 9.9 points per contest as sophomore.


Hughes is the daughter of Ben and Amie Hughes and is undecided on a major.

Hughes is the third signee for the Golden Eagles for the 2015 class and the first of the Spring signing period and joins fellow Wisconsin-natives Caitlin Michaelis (G, 5-8, Marshfield, Wis./Marshfield H.S.) and Lindsey Weber (F, 5-11, Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine H.S.), who signed with the Golden Eagles during the early signing period. UMC looks poised for a strong 2015-16 season, returning two All-NSIC First Team selections Alexa Thielman (Sr., G, Buffalo, Minn./Health Science) and Katrina Moenkedick (Sr., F, Perham, Minn./Applied Studies). In addition, UMC returns two more starters in Emily Gruber (So., F/C, Monticello, Minn.) and Micaela Noga (So., G, Parkers Prairie, Minn.). UMC returns eight players from last season’s squad and currently have three players inked for the 2015-16 signing class. 

 

 

UMC VOLLEYBALL ADDS AN OUTSIDE HITTER FROM MICHIGAN

The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball program announced the addition of Carson Rutherford (OH, 6-0, Flushing, Mich./Flushing H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Rutherford will begin competing during the 2015 season.  “Carson is a long, dynamic athlete who has great potential,” said UMC Head Coach Lee Anderson. “I think she will develop into an outstanding outside hitter in the NSIC. In addition to her athletic ability she will bring an energetic spark to our program every day. I am very excited that Carson decided to become a Golden Eagle”
Rutherford was a First Team All-Metro League Conference pick in 2013 and 2014 for Flushing H.S. She was an All-Region pick in 2013 and 2014, and was named Saginaw Valley Most Valuable Player in 2013. Rutherford plays club volleyball for Oakland Elite Volleyball.
Rutherford is the daughter of Jeremy and Amy Gabriel and plans to major in health science-pre-physical therapy. 


         Carson Rutherford signs the National Letter of Intent

 

 

 

CROOKSTON FOURTH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM WINS CONSOLATION CHAMPIONSHIP AT GRAND AM

The Crookston Fourth Grade Girls CYBA team ended their season on a high note winning the Consolation Championship at the Jr. Grand Am Tournament in Grand Forks this past weekend. The team took fifth place out of 14 teams.

1st Round-   Lost to West Fargo Zoom
2nd Round – Beat the Park River Shooting Stars 20-17
3rd Round –  Beat the Fargo Lightning 15-12
Consolation Championship – Beat the West Fargo Shooting Stars 20-15


Back Row: Jada Buchanan, Macy Fee, Kimberly Hitchen, Megan Haugen, Zara Baig
Front Row:  Halle Winjum, Halle Bruggeman, Abby Borowicz, Ella Kiel
The team is coached By: Garrett Borowicz and Christian Kiel


 

2015 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SOFTBALL LEAGUES IN CROOKSTON TO BEGIN SOON

The Crookston Park and Rec's Adult Softball Leagues will begin in May and now is the time to get your team signed up.  The Monday Night Men’s League will start May 18, Tuesday Night Men’s League will start May 19, and the Women’s League will start May 20. Cost is $750 per team.  High School cost is $400 per team (High School teams must have high school kids make up 75 percent of the roster). You must be 16 years old to play Each team will play two games per night at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm or 8:30 pm  (Women’s League will have no 8:30 games).
All leagues need more teams.  If you are interested, or for more information call Eric Biermaier at 218-280-9330 or Scott Butt 218-280-7514.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 15,  2015

UMC VOLLEYBALL SIGNS A HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCT

The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball program announced the addition of Emma Melander (OH, 5-10, Victoria, Minn./Holy Family Catholic H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to begin playing for the Golden Eagles during the 2015 season. “Emma is a dynamic athlete that has a very high ceiling,” said UMC head volleyball coach Lee Anderson. She plays well above the net and will provide a lot of depth at the outside hitting position this season. I am very excited that Emma has decided to pursue her academic and athletic goals at UMC and with the Golden Eagle volleyball family.”

Melander was an All-Wright County Conference Honorable Mention pick at Holy Family Catholic H.S. She also served as her team’s captain. Melander also competed for the Vital Volleyball Club, where she most recently played for the 18-1 Gold squad. She accumulated 312 kills with a .297 attack percentage as a senior at Holy Family. Melander also had 47 digs on the season.

Melander is the daughter of Jon and Beth Melander. Melander plans to major in health science. Father Jon Melander played football at the University of Minnesota and competed in the NFL as a guard for the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos. Cousin Rian Melander played football for the University of Minnesota. Cousin Christina Melander played basketball for Bemidji State University. Cousin Oliver Smith is going to play basketball at the U.S. Naval Academy. 

Melander is the seventh signee for the UMC volleyball team for the 2015 season and the first signee for the team during the Spring signing period. Melander joins Sabrina Leuer (MH, 5-10, Hamel, Minn./Wayzata H.S.), Devan Milliner (Lib., 5-2, Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley H.S.), Alex Oakes (S, 5-9, Cloquet, Minn./Cloquet H.S.), Callie Schapekahm (MH, 6-0, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.), Ali Schueler (OH/DS, 5-7, Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove H.S.) and Kaitlin Sikkink (MH, 5-11, St. Charles, Minn./St. Charles H.S.), who all signed during the early signing period.


Melander (middle) with her mom and dad at the signing ceremony (Picture from UMC Athletics)


 

UMC ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FAX MACHINES ARE BUSY ON ANOTHER SIGNING DAY

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Athletic Department is keeping busy today with another signing day.  UMC Softball, Baseball, Volleyball and Basketball are expecting several letters of intent and we will be updating them new signees as the day progresses.

Volleyball-
Carson Rutherford (OH, 6-0, Flushing, Mich./Flushing H.S.) for Volleyball (release coming tomorrow)

Men's Basketball/Baseball
Aaron Hollcraft (G/LHP, 5-11 175, Crookston/Crookston H.S.) for baseball and basketball (release coming tomorrow)

Baseball
Reed Hjelle (1B, 6-2 195, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.)
Trevor Seis (3B, 6-0 210, Antigo, Wis./Antigo H.S.)
Nate Albrecht (LHP, 6-1 215, Wahpeton, N.D./Wahpeton H.S.) 

Softball
Mikayla Jones (P/IF, 5-3, Huxley, Iowa/Ballard H.S.)
Maycee Trujillo (3B/C, 5-1, Sioux Falls, S.D./Washington H.S.)

Morgan Duda (UT, 5-5, Clinton Township, Mich./Clintondale H.S.)

Men's Golf-
Brandon Brown  6-6, Stanchfield, Minn./Braham Area H.S.)
Ricky Phillips (5-7, Grand Forks, N.D./Northland C.T.C.)


 

DULUTH SWEEPS MINNESOTA CROOKSTON IN A CONFERENCE DOUBLE HEADER

The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldog Baseball team has a very powerful offense and showed it in a conference double header sweep with 6-0 and 10-2 victories over the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles on a warm and extremely windy day in Crookston.


  Colton Haight watches a ball and draws a walk to score a run

 

GAME ONE – Box Score
UMC pitcher Richie Navratil (Sr. Czech Republic) retired the first 10 UMD batters that he faced, but the Bulldogs, who had six players batting over 300, strung five hits together and scored two runs in the fourth inning.  UMD added four more runs in the fifth inning after they had five more hits and held on the rest of the way for a 6-0 victory.  UMC only had two hits in the game and both runners were picked off.


        Thomas Kinsella eyes down the ball on a swing in the second game

GAME TWO – Box Score
UMD scored a run on a double in the second inning and added two more runs in the third on a two run home run for a 3-0 lead.  UMD added another run in the fifth inning on another double, but UMC answered with a run of their own in the sixth inning when Thomas Kinsella (Jr. North Branch)singled and came into score on a Jesse Jennings (Sr. Robbinsdale) double.  UMD added two runs in the seventh and four more runs after a grand slam in the eighth inning for a 10-1 lead.  UMC loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning when they took advantage of the UMD pitchers control problems and Colton Haight (Jr. Rogers) drew a bases loaded walk, but it wasn’t enough as UMD won 10-2. 
UMC drops to 9-29 overall and 3-19 in the NSIC and will host the University of Mary on Saturday and Sunday.  UMD improves to 19-11 overall and 13-7 in the NSIC.


 

UMC TEAMBACKERS RAISE OVER $15,000 FOR ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS AT MAROON AND GOLD MADNESS EVENT

The University of Minnesota Crookston Teambackers held the first annual Maroon and Gold Madness in March at the Crookston Eagle’s Club with more than 100 people in attendance. Over $15,000 was raised for student athletic scholarships with this event and the Teambacker raffle.
In addition to the auction items, a $1,000 travel voucher from Bergan Travel was won by Rennae Ramsey. The big winners of the $10,000 in cash prizes were Eric Morgan, Dan Weisse, Ryan Walseth, Jeremy O’Keefe and Ed Odland. 
The event was a huge success due to the hard work of the Teambacker Events Committee led by Melissa Parkin along with members of the Teambacker Board. 
During the event, Alysa Tulibaski was announced the 2014-15 UMC Teambacker of the Year. Tulibaski has been instrumental in several events throughout the year, including the golf tournaments last summer. Tulibaski has played a major role in the establishment of the annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament which raised over $7,000 this year alone. The Justin Knebel Memorial Scholarship at Minnesota Crookston will soon be endowed due to the success of the event.
UMC Teambackers would like to thank everyone for attending Maroon & Gold Madness and are looking forward to 2016.

 

 

 

TUESDAY- APRIL 14, 2015

CROOKSTON BASEBALL USES A BIG FOURTH INNING TO BEAT RED LAKE COUNTY 8-2

The Crookston Pirate Baseball used a five run fourth inning to beat the defending Section 8A champion Red Lake County Rebels 8-2 in a game played in Red Lake Falls on a beautiful 70 degree day.
Red Lake County scored first when Alex Erickson doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and advanced to second base on a pass ball and scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.  The next Red Lake County batter, Devin McGlynn hit a line drive to third base, but the Pirate 6'4 third baseman, Cody Wardner, leaped in the air and caught the ball and the Pirates Hollcraft retired two of the next three batters to escape the inning with a one run deficit. "We have talked with Aaron and told him not to over throw and try to do to much out there," said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. "It was good to see him settle down and throw strikes and get the outs to keep the inning to a one run inning."  Crookston answered in the top of the second inning when Seth Desrosier singled, and after a pop out to the short stop, Mikey Hajostek and Joey Koenig walked to load the bases.  Tanner Reinhart, in his first varsity plate appearance of the year, hit a line drive into the outfield to score two runs and the Pirates led 2-1.  Red Lake County had two singles with two outs in the bottom of the second inning, but Hollcraft struck out the next batter to get out of another little jam, to preserve the one run lead.  Crookston exploded in the third inning to open the game up.  Wardner and Hajostek started the inning with back-to-back singles and Ryan Swenson, who was batting for Koenig after he tweaked his knee, tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline and placed it perfectly for a hit to load the bases with nobody out.  The next Pirate batter struck out before the number nine batter, Tyler Leckie, walked to score a run.  The next Pirate batter struck out for the second out of the inning, before Ryan Porter was hit by a pitch to score another run and bases were still loaded.  Hollcraft delivered a line drive to the gap to score three runs and Crookston led 7-2.  "Ryan got down that awesome bunt to really get things going, and Tyler and Ryan did a good job at the plate drawing a walk and Porter took the pitch for the team which was great to see," said Coach Bakken. "Aaron hit the fly to left field with two outs so we had runners going and it dropped in and we were able to clear the bases for a big lead."  Red Lake County added a run in the fifth inning when Tristan Knott, Bailey Schmitz, and Taylor Kenfield singled to load the bases and Brandon Klipping drew a walk to score a run to cut the Crookston lead to 7-2.  Red Lake County brought in Klipping for the final three innings and he was able to shut down the Pirates and only faced a combined seven batters in the fifth and sixth inning, but gave up a lead off walk to Hollcraft in the seventh inning and his courtesy runner, Blake Kawlewski, stole second base and scored on a wild pitch to give Crookston a 8-2 lead.  Crookston's Hollcraft looked sharp in the bottom of the seventh inning striking out the first batter and getting the next two to fly out including a nice running catch by the left fielder Leckie to solidify the Pirate 8-2 victory. "It was another all round good team performance and every body that got in contributed, it was a good win," said Coach Bakken. "We might have been a little flat today, I think both teams were about half way through the game, maybe it was the heat and it is good to see both teams get a nice day after the miserable spring last year."
Crookston improves to 2-0 on the year and will travel to Hinckley, Minnesota on Saturday to play Pine City (Noon) and Hinkley (2:30 PM) on Saturday.  Red Lake County, after a loss to Roseau later in the day drops to 0-3 on the year (all three losses to Section 8AA teams).
Junior High Baseball - TRF beat Crookston 12-0 and 6-4.

 
         Mikey Hajostek puts the ball in play                   Aaron Hollcraft eyes down the ball on one of his swings

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROOKSTON 0 2

0

5 0 0 1

8

6 1
Red Lake County  1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 1

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft - Crox 7 7 2 2 4 10
Josh Casavan - RLC 4 6 7 7 3 4
Brandon Klipping - RLC 3 0 1 1 2 3

For Crookston-
Ryan Swenson - 1-2
Aaron Hollcraft - 1-3, 3 rbi's, double, run
Mikey Hajostek - 1-3, 2 runs
Tanner Reinhart - 1-3, 2 rbi's

For Red Lake County-
Tristan Knott - 1-3, run
Mason Hanson - 1-3
Talon Porter - 1-3
Alex Erickson - 1-4, double, run
 

 

PIRATE GIRLS GOLF WINS THEIR OWN TRI-ANGULAR

The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team's motto this year will likely be "Quality, not Quantity."  The Pirates only have eight golfers out this year, but the girls that are out showed they are pretty darn good, by winning the Crookston Triangular.  Crookston had a 202, one stroke better than runner-up Thief River Falls.  The co-medalists were Crookston's Ally Tiedemann and Maddie Nicholls with 44's.  "It was good to get meet in on such a beautiful day.  It seems that every year we host this event it is cold and miserable, but this year was great," said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault. "The course is in great shape and the greens were good and the girls took advantage.  We have some very good girls and are top two (Ally and Maddie) are very good golfers and good leaders and they showed that today.  They can really golf and we are going to expect good things from them all season long.  This is a great starting point and good to have a number to work with."
Crookston will be at the Pelican Rapids invitational next Tuesday at Detroit Lakes' Wildflower Golf Course.

  
    Maddie Nicholls with a chip      Elise Tangquist with a putt on hole #8

Team Scores   Crookston Scores
1. CROOKSTON - 202   Ally Tiedemann - 44
2. Thief River Falls - 203   Maddie Nicholls - 44
3. East Grand Forks - 215   Dani Boyle - 56
    Hannah Street - 58
Medalists -
Ally Tiedemann & Maddie Nicholls (Crox) - 44
  Elise Tangquist - 64
Third Place - Bailee Kolden (TRF) - 45   Hope Schear - 67

 

 

MINNESOTA DULUTH SWEEPS UMC SOFTBALL IN NSIC DOUBLE HEADER

 

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles softball team jumped ahead early in both games, but couldn’t hold on to their leads as the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs came away with a doubleheader sweep, winning 10-3 and 9-4 in a NSIC double header played in Crookston.

 

Game One- Box Score

Jordyn Derflinger (Jr., Henderson, NV) got the start in the circle for the Golden Eagles and struggled early. Derflinger walked two batters, gave up a single, and then walked one with the bases loaded to put her team in an early 1-0 hole. UMC responded in their half of the first inning via the bat of Alexis Khoshaba (Jr., Richmond, British Columbia). Her two-run homer off of Duluth starter Cayli Sadler put the Golden Eagles up 2-1 after one inning.

Sadler settled down for UMD after the first though, blanking Minnesota Crookston the rest of the way and only walking one batter. History was made for the Bulldogs in the top of the 7th inning when senior Jordan Rice hit her 42nd career home run to become UMD’s all-time home run leader. Rice, who is the granddaughter of Orlie Hanson of Crookston and daughter of Steve and Diane (Hanson) Rice had friends and family cheering her on at the game! The solo shot gave the Bulldogs a 10-2 lead as they went on to the 10-3 victory. Khoshaba led the way for the Golden Eagles at the plate, going 2 of 3 with the home run and 2 rbi’s. Shelby Hollinger (Sr., Neudorf, Saskatchewan) also had a multi-hit game for UMC, going 2 of 4.



UMD's Jordan Rice with the record breaking second home run (picture by We Clik Photography)   The Jordan Rice Fan Club at the game

 

Game Two- Box Score

It was the same story for UMC in game two as the bats were going early but the lead didn’t last as the Bulldogs pulled away in the middle innings and won, 9-4.

The Golden Eagles were patient at the plate early as Victoria Bayliss (Fr., West Bloomfield, MI) and Shelby Hollinger (Sr., Neudorf, Saskatchewan) drew walks from UMD starter Sam Hartmann. With two runners on and nobody out, Josee Plante (Sr., Manitou, Manitoba) drew a walk to load the bases for Kristi Larson (Fr., New Ulm, MN). Larson knocked a fly ball to right field that was misplayed and allowed all three runners to score and put the Golden Eagles up 3-0 after the first inning.

UMD tallied two runs in the third inning to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 3-2 heading into the fourth. In the fourth, an RBI single by Sami Schnyder knotted things up at 3-3. Two batters later, Becky Smith found a hole in the left side of the infield and her two-run single gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game at 5-3. Another run would score via a Crookston error and UMD took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the fourth. The lead would extend to 9-3 before UMC was able to stop the bleeding. In the bottom of the sixth, a Khoshaba ground rule double was followed by a Plante RBI single to bring UMC to within 9-4. That’s as close as the Golden Eagles would get, falling by the 9-4 final.

Bayliss, Khoshaba, Plante and Brooke Timmins (Jr., Magnolia, TX) all picked up hits for the Golden Eagles, who fall to 4-34 on the season and 0-20 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Minnesota Crookston will head to Marshall and Sioux Falls next weekend for games against Southwest Minnesota State and the University of Sioux Falls. Minnesota Duluth improves to 26-17 overall and 10-10 in the NSIC. 


      Allison Foley with a throw to first base                 Jordyn Derflinger puts the ball in play

 

 

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS TRACK FINISHES SECOND, BOYS FINISH THIRD AT PARK RAPIDS MEET

The Crookston Pirate Girls Track team finished second and the Pirate Boys finished third out of 10 teams at the Park Rapids invitation on Tuesday afternoon.  Detroit Lakes easily won both the boys and girls divisions.

BOYS-
The Pirates had three first place finishes from Patrick Deng (110 and 300 hurdles) and Brandt Delage (200 meters and Pole Vault) and both were members of the first place 4x200 relay team. "
It was a fun day for our track teams. The weather was nice and we had a few more personal records on the day," said Pirate Boys Coach Wayne Folkers. "We are continuing to get better by working on the little things like starts, handoffs and just preparing to run and throw when it is time. I was impressed again with how we are competing. It was a good way to start the outdoor season."

GIRLS -
Danica Brekken was the only Pirate girl to finish first with her finish in the 800 meters.  The Pirates had a handful of second place finishes with four different girls getting second along with the 4x800 relay. "I thought the girls did very well and we had allot of personal records with Alyssa Schultz in triple jump, Marietta Geist in the mile, Rachel Hefta in the 400, Danica Brekken in the 800, and Katherine Geist in the 3200," said Pirate Girls Track Coach Amy Boll. "It was a really good day for the girls.  They are working hard in practice and it is paying off."  

 
  Colton Weiland in one of his races        Marietta Geist in the 1600 meters
                  (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Boys Teams Points   Girls Teams Points
1. Detroit Lakes 176   1. Detroit Lakes 243.5
2. Park Rapids 105.5   2. CROOKSTON 114.5
3. CROOKSTON 105   3. Park Rapids 108
4. Staples-Motley 66   4. Bagley/Fosston 71
5. Pine River-Backus 65   5. Pine River-Backus 43
6. Walker-H-A 63.5   6. Staples-Motley 33
7. Nevis 44   7. Nevis 31.5
8. Bagley-Fosston 36   8. Walker-H-A 24.5
9. Clearbrook-Gonvik 31   9. Trek North 6
      10. Clearbrook-Gonvik 5

 
  Lukas Meier in one of his races    Teagan Carlstrom in the long jump

             (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Crookston Results (Top 3) Event Time/distance Place
Patrick Deng 110 hurdles 13.25 1st
Brandt Delage, Mason Wang,
Elias Walski, Patrick Deng
4x200 Relay 1:34.91 1st
Patrick Deng 300 hurdles 43.93 1st
Danica Brekken 800 meters 2:24.40 1st
Brandt Delage 200 meters 23.48 1st
Brandt Delage Pole Vault 11-6 1st
Katherine Geist, Luisa Bernia,
Kenedy Cwikla, Danica Brekken
4x800 Relay 10:25.70 2nd
Aleece Durbin 100 meters 13.26 2nd
Marietta Geist 1600 meters 5:39.80 2nd
Brandt Delage 400 meters 51.57 2nd
Katherine Geist 3200 meters 12:32.20 2nd
Harley Barlow Shot Put 32-05 2nd
Boys 4x800 4x800 Relay 9:39.60 3rd
Cade Salentine 110 hurdles 14.89 3rd
Mason Wang 100 meters 11.78 3rd
Rachel Hefta 400 meters 1:05.92 3rd
Brooke Bergeron 300 hurdles 53.41 3rd
Cade Salentine 300 hurdles 47.78 3rd

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