SUNDAY -  JUNE 28, 2015

CROOKSTON REDS BATS EXPLODE IN 13-2 WIN OVER THOMPSON (N.D.)

The Crookston Reds broke an eight game losing streak by banging out eight hits in a 13-2 win at Thompson, North Dakota.  The Reds managed to score five times to start the game and they did it on only one hit as they were the recipient of five walks with Ryan Paasch getting the lone hit in the inning and driving in a run.  Crookston kept up the assault with a run in the second on an error, two runs in the third inning, one by another Thompson error and a Cody Magsam single and the visitors had built up an 8-0 lead.  Thompson not only had trouble throwing strikes but they also committed five errors in the field to help the Reds with two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh when Cody Wardner singled in a run and Adam Donarski walked with bases loaded.  Taylor Morlan had some control problems for the Crookston team, but managed to give up only two runs in six innings of work with Ryan Paasch pitching a strong final three innings with no runs and five strikeouts.  Crookston is 2-11 on the year with both wins non-conference over North Dakota teams.  Crookston is 3-10 on the season with all three wins against North Dakota teams and will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Thief River Falls.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CROOKSTON 5 1 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 13 8 0
Thompson 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 5

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Taylor Morlan-Crookston   (WP) 6.0 2 2 2 9 3
Ryan Paasch-Crookston 3.0 2 0 0 0 5

For Crookston -
Paul Smith  2-5, 2 rbi
Cody Wardner  1-4, 2 rbi
Adam Donarski   1-4, 2 rbi
Ryan Paasch   1-6, 2 rbi


 




SATURDAY - JUNE 27,  2015

PAUL BITTNER SELECTED 38TH IN THE NHL DRAFT BY THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS!!


Paul Bittner at his press conference right after he was picked (Picture by Chris Fee)

Crookston’s Paul Bittner had an emotional evening on Friday night with a lot of ups and downs during each pick in the first round of the NHL draft in Sunrise, Florida, home of the Florida Panthers, but the second round he was all smiles as the Columbus Blue Jackets selected Paul with the 38th overall pick.
Paul will join his current Portland Winterhawk teammate and friend Oliver Bjorklund who previous was drafted by Columbus.  “My legs were trembling.  It was a dream come true to put my first NHL jersey on with all my friends and family watching,” said Paul. “I am really excited to go to Columbus, one of my best friends is there.  It is exciting to go early in the second round and to be 38th in the NHL draft and in my draft class that is great.  I am really excited and happy.”
Paul is the son of Jon and Jo Bittner and his brothers are Mark and Ryan.

TO HEAR PAUL'S INTERVIEW AFTER HIS SELECTION CLICK HERE

TO HEAR HIS PARENT'S INTERVIEW AFTER HIS SELECTION CLICK HERE


    All the reporters at Paul's Press Conference after he was selected 38th overall

A total of 211 players from 14 countries were selected at the 2015 NHL Draft, which concluded today at BB&T Center.

The following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace:
Canada    79
United States    55
Sweden    19
Russia    17
Finland    13
Czech Republic    11
Slovakia    5
Switzerland    4
Latvia    3
Belarus    1
China    1
Germany    1
Netherlands    1
Ukraine    1
TOTAL    211

OF NOTE
D Andong Song, selected in the sixth round (172nd overall) by the New York Islanders, becomes the first Chinese-born player taken in the NHL Draft. Song, a native of Beijing, moved to North America at age nine, but captained the Chinese team at the 2015 U-18 World Jr. Championships (D-II). The Islanders selected Song from Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where he captained the team in his senior season.

The Boston Bruins led the draft with 10 picks, followed by seven teams with nine picks each -- the Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

There were 73 defensemen selected (35%), the most among all positions. There were 51 centers taken (24%), 34 left wings (16%), 29 right wings (14%) and 24 goaltenders (11%).

The WHL led all leagues with 34 players selected in the draft, followed by the OHL and USHL* with 31 and the QMJHL with 30. (* USHL total includes 11 Under-18 players selected from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.)


The back of Paul's jersey right after he got it       The Stanley Cup was at the draft


Paul being interviewed by the Columbus Blue Jacket Radio network          Another shot of Paul at his press conference


                

 

FRIDAY - JUNE 26,  2015

PAUL BITTNER NOT SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND OF NHL DRAFT, EXPECTED TO GO EARLY ON SATURDAY


     The big group of Paul Bittner's fan club before the first round of the draft in Sunrise, Florida

Crookston's Paul Bittner knew he would probably be a later first round to early second round pick.  Unfortunately, he will have to wait until Saturday to see where he will be picked in the NHL Draft in the BB & T Center in Sunrise, Florida.  There was a total of eight trades and between that a several foreign born players seeming to be the soup de jour of the late first round, Paul was not selected after anxiously waiting for three hours to see if his name would be called.   The good news for Paul is that he is expected to go in the second round that starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.  Bittner had a big group fans at the draft, including over 20 friends and family.  Two former Pirates, Paul Johnson and his wife, Carmen (Kreibech) were at the draft.  Paul, along with Joel Gasper, were the last two Pirate Boys Hockey players to play NCAA Division One. Some pictures and more NHL First round draft information is below.


            Jo, Paul, John and Ryan Bittner at the first round of the NHL draft.

 


12 CANADIANS DRAFTED IN FIRST ROUND, U.S. SECOND WITH SEVEN

The 30 players selected in the first round were born in seven different countries: Canada (12), United States (seven), Russia (four), Sweden (three), Czech Republic (two), Finland (one) and Switzerland (one).


FIRST ROUND TRENDS

* For the first time, three of the top eight picks in the NHL Draft came from the college hockey ranks. The Buffalo Sabres selected C Jack Eichel (Boston University) second overall, the Carolina Hurricanes took D Noah Hanifin (Boston College) at #5 and the Columbus Blue Jackets picked D Zach Werenski (University of Michigan) at #8.

* Seven of the first 10 picks in this year's Draft were forwards. Last year, a record 25 forwards were selected in the opening round, including 11 of the first 13 picks (D Aaron Ekblad at No. 1 and D Haydn Fleury at No. 7 were the only non-forwards selected in that span).

* For the first time since the NHL instituted the universal draft (in 1969), a team made three consecutive selections in the first round. The Boston Bruins claimed D Jakub Zboril (Saint John, QMJHL), LW Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current, WHL) and RW Zachary Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) with the 13th, 14th and 15th overall picks, respectively.

* Four players born in Russia were selected tonight (D Ivan Provorov, #7 to Philadelphia; RW Denis Gurianov, #12 to DAL; LW Evgeny Svechnikov, #19 to DET and G Ilya Samsonov, #22 to WSH). That's the most in the first round since the same number were picked in the 2001 NHL Draft, also held in South Florida (LW Ilya Kovalchuk, #1 to ATL; C Alexander Svitov, #3 to TBL; LW Stanislav Chistov, #5 to ANA and D Igor Knyazev, #15 to CAR).


FAMILY TIES

Dylan Strome (selected 3rd overall by Arizona): His brother, Ryan, was drafted fifth overall by the New York Islanders in 2011 and finished third on the team with 17-33—50 in 2014-15.

Jake DeBrusk (selected 14th overall by Boston): His father, Louie, played 401 regular-season NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks from 1991-03 and currently serves as a hockey analyst for Rogers Sportsnet.


TRADES ANNOUNCED

Ottawa traded G Robin Lehner and C David Legwand to Buffalo for NY Islanders' 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 21st overall).

Boston traded D Dougie Hamilton to Calgary for Calgary's 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (15th overall), Calgary's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (45th overall) and Washington's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 52nd overall).

Boston traded LW Milan Lucic to Los Angeles for G Martin Jones, D Colin Miller and Los Angeles' 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (13th overall).

Colorado traded C Ryan O'Reilly and LW Jamie McGinn to Buffalo for D Nikita Zadorov, C Mikhail Grigorenko, LW J.T. Compher and Buffalo's 2nd-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (31st overall).

NY Islanders traded D Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton for Pittsburgh's 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 16th overall) and Edmonton's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (33rd overall).

Toronto traded Nashville's 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 24th overall) to Philadelphia for Tampa Bay's 1st-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 29th overall) and Chicago's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 61st overall).

Tampa Bay traded NY Rangers' 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 28th overall) to NY Islanders for Edmonton's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 33rd overall) and Florida's 3rd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 72nd overall).

Toronto traded Tampa Bay's 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 29th overall) to Columbus for Toronto's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 34th overall) and Philadelphia's 3rd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 68th overall).


All 30 NHL teams "braintrust" at their tables at the NHL Draft on the floor of the Florida Panthers arena in Sunrise, Florida

 

 

WEDNESDAY-JUNE 24, 2015

The Crookston American Legion baseball team couldn’t overcome an early deficit in game one as they fell to Warroad by a 12-8 score but rebounded for a 5-4 win in game two in a double header played in Crookston at Jim Karn Field.

 GAME ONE-

Warroad took an early lead in game one thanks to some Crookston miscues. Brennen Foster drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an error to make it 1-0. Warroad added two run-scoring singles in the inning off of Crookston starter Aaron Hollcraft and took a 3-0 lead before the Crookston Legion could even get to the plate.
Crookston responded in the bottom of the first inning. With Chris Wavra on third, Aaron Hollcraft sent a sharp liner down the first base line that was misplayed by Warroad’s Seth Ditsch and ended up in the outfield. Wavra scored to make it 3-1 after one inning.
Ditsch would make up for his fielding blunder in the top of the third with a double that rolled all the way to the wall and scored two runs to make it 5-1. Warroad added another run and Crookston trailed 7-1 heading to the bottom of the third.
Warroad continued to thrive early, scoring three runs in the top of the fourth off of Crookston reliever Cody Weiland to make it 10-1. Crookston got a run back in the bottom of the inning thanks to the bat of Cody Wardner. Wardner launched a one-hopper to the center field fence that scored Joey Koenig to make it 10-2.
Crookston closed the gap in the bottom of the fourth. After a Chris Wavra single, Cody Magsam and Seth Desrosier drew walks to load the bases for Aaron Hollcraft. A grounder to right off of Hollcraft’s bat found its way through the infield to score two runs and make it an 11-4 game. Joey Koenig followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Desrosier and cut the deficit to 11-5. Cody Wardner picked up his third hit of the game to score Hollcraft and make the score 11-6. In the bottom of the sixth, Seth Desrosier’s single scored Cody Magsam to cut the lead to 11-8. Warroad added a run in the seventh and held on for the 12-8 win.
Cody Wardner led the way for Crookston at the plate, going 3-4 with a double and two RBI. Seth Desrosier also had a multi-hit game for the home team. Aaron Hollcraft was credited for the loss, tossing three innings, giving up six runs and striking out five batters.

   
         Aaron Hollcraft delivers a pitch                                        Seth Desrosier eyes down the ball

Game One 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Warroad 3 0 4 3 1 0 1 12 9 4
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 1 5 1 0 8 9 1

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft-Crookston   (LP) 3.0 3 6 6 5 5
Cody Weiland-Crookston 1.0 3 4 4 5 1
Cody Wardner-Crookston 3.0 2 1 1 2 3
Beau Wilmer- Warroad    (WP) 4.1 8 7 7 2 6
Logan Wilmer-Warroad 2.2 1 1 0 1 2

For Crookston -
Cody Wardner-3-4,run,double,2 rbi's
Seth Desrosier-2-3, run , rbi
Aaron Hollcraft-1-3, double, run, rbi

For Warroad-
Beau Wilmer-1-2, 3 runs, 3 walks, stolen base
Seth Ditsch- 2-4, 2 runs, double, 2 rbi's
 

GAME TWO-

Crookston got their first lead of the night early in game two. Chris Wavra walked, Joey Koenig singled and Seth Desrosier walked to load the bases for Aaron Hollcraft. The left-handed hitting Hollcraft sent a deep fly to center that was caught, but deep enough to score Wavra and make it a 1-0 game.
The home team put together another threat in the bottom of the second. Cody Magsam led off with a perfect bunt single down the third base line then went to second on an error by Warroad’s pitcher. Two pitches later, Mikey Hajostek drove Magsam in with a single to give Crookston the 2-0 advantage.
Cody Wardner got the start on the mound for Crookston and was firing on all cylinders early. The big right-hander mixed his pitches well and kept Warroad off the scoreboard through the first three innings.
Wardner got more run support in the bottom of the fourth inning from the heart of the Crookston order. Joey Koenig singled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a Seth Desrosier double. Aaron Hollcraft drove Koenig in with his second sacrifice fly of the game to make it 3-0. Seth Desrosier scored on an error a batter later to give the Crookston Legion a 4-0 lead.
Lucas Froeber made it four straight innings that the Crookston leadoff batter reached when he blooped an infield single to start the fourth.  Joey Koenig brought Froeber around with a big two-out triple to give Crookston the 5-2 lead heading into the fifth inning.
Warroad got two runs back in the fifth but the tying run got thrown out trying to advance to third to end the game.
Cody Wardner went the distance for Crookston in the win. Wardner gave up seven hits, four runs, walked three and struck out five Warroad batters. Joey Koenig led the way at the plate with a 3-3 performance including an RBI triple. Aaron Hollcraft drove in two runs and Mikey Hajostek added an RBI single in the win.
With the win, Crookston improves to 5-3 on the season and will stay in town this weekend to participate in a tournament that they are co-hosting with UMC. Crookston will play East Grand Forks and Roseau on Friday then Park River (N.D.) and Wahpeton (N.D.) on Saturday

    
              Chris Wavra darts for home                                         Joey Koenig fires to first

Game Two 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Warroad 0 0 0 2 2 4 7 2
CROOKSTON 1 1 2 1 X 5 7 1

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Wardner-Crookston (W) 5.0 7 4 4 3 5
Logan Wilmer- Warroad (L) 2.0 3 2 2 2 2
Nick  Steriff-Warroad 2.0 4 3 2 0 2


For Crookston -

Joey Koenig- 3-3, run, triple, 3 rbi's
Seth Desrosier- 1-2, run, double, walk
Mikey Hajostek- 1-2, RBI, stolen base

For Warroad-
Phil Ness- 2-3, run, 2 rbi's
Dylan Storey- 1-2, RBI, walk

 

 

TUESDAY - JUNE 23,  2015

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL SPLITS WITH BGMR

The Crookston American Legion team split a double-header with Badger-Greenbush-Middle River after winning the first game 6-4 and falling short in the second game 13-11 in a game that used eight pitchers in games played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.

GAME ONE -
The first game of the evening was the Joey Koenig show as the Crookston pitcher tossed six solid innings and helped out his cause at the plate in the 6-4 victory over Badger-Greenbush-Middle River.
Badger-Greenbush-Middle River jumped on the board early in the first when Wyatt Peppel drove in Skyler Forst with a double to left. The lead didn’t last too long as Crookston responded in their half of the first inning. Chris Wavra led the inning off with a sharp single and went to second after a Cody Wardner two-out walk. Koenig followed Wardner with a single that found some room in the outfield to tie things up at 1-1.
Crookston took the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning thanks to the bat of Aaron Hollcraft. With Seth Desrosier on first, Hollcraft sent a fly to deep center field and ended up with a triple, scoring Desrosier and making it 2-1!
Crookston added three more runs in interesting fashion in their half of the fifth inning. With Desrosier on third, Joey Koenig lined his second hit of the day to make it 3-1. With Koenig on first and Hollcraft on third, Koenig stole second and the throw from the catcher ended up in the outfield which allowed Hollcraft to score and make it 4-1. Koenig scooted to third on the play and later scored on a Matt Howell wild pitch to make it 5-1.
BGMR added two runs in the top of the sixth courtesy of a Tyler Isane single and a Crookston error to make it 5-3. As they had all game, the Crookston legion responded quickly. With two outs, Joey Koenig continued to swing the hot bat as he picked up another single that scores Chris Wavra and made the game 6-3. BGMR threatened in the top of the seventh but couldn’t tie things up as Ryan Swensen shut the door in the seventh for the save to preserve the win.
Along with his three hits, Koenig picked up the win for Crookston on the mound, going six strong innings, scattering five hits and striking out four BGMR batters.
Koenig led Crookston at the plate, going 3-4 and driving in three runs. Aaron Hollcraft continued his solid hitting this summer with a double, triple, a run scored and a run batted in.


  Cody Magsam keeps an eye on the pitcher             Aaron Hollcraft with a big swing in one of his at bats
 

Game One 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BGMR 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 8 2
CROOKSTON 1 0 1 0 3 1 X 6 10 3

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Joey Koenig-Crookston (WP) 6 5 3 2 0 4
Ryan Swenson-Crookston (S) 1 2 1 1 1 0
Matt Howell-BGMR (LP) 4.2 8 5 3 5 7
Wyatt Peppel-BGMR 1.1 2 1 1 1 0

For Crookston -
Joey Koenig - 3-4, run, 3 rbi's
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-4,run, double, triple, rbi
Chris Wavra - 2-4, 2 runs


For BGMR-
Skyler Forst - 2-4, run
Wyatt Peppel - 1-3, run, double, rbi

 

GAME TWO -

Crookston didn’t waste any time getting on the board in game two as they scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Cody Magsum walked and stole second and third base to give Crookston a runner in scoring position. Seth Desrosier followed with a walk and stole second to set the stage for Aaron Hollcraft. Hollcraft showed why he was in the clean-up spot as he sent a rocket to deep right field for the two-run triple. Cody Wardner’s single drove in Hollcraft to make it 3-0 and Mikey Hajostek followed with a triple to score Wardner and give the Crookston Legion a 4-0 lead after the first frame.

After the first inning, BGMR took over. They scored seven unanswered runs over the next three innings to take a 7-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.

Crookston tied things up in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, Seth Desrosier hit a double to the left center gap to clear the bases and make it 7-7!

BGMR broke the tie in the top of the fifth due to some Crookston miscues. Trevor Robinson hit an infield single and Bryce Bergeron came in to score as Seth Desrosier’s throw sailed high of first. They added 3 more runs in the inning for an 11-7 lead.

Crookston answered the BGMR rally with one of their own. Seth Desrosier’s two-run single tied things up at 11-11 and sent the game to extra innings. In the sixth, BGMR’s Aaron Dostal was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give his squad the 12-11 lead. They added one more in the inning and would hold on to win, 13-11.

Chris Wavra started the game for Crookston and went three innings. The right-hander gave up two hits, two runs, walked six and struck out two batters. The four Crookston pitchers used in the game combined for 12 walks.
Crookston is now 4-2 on the season and will host Warroad in a doubleheader on Wednesday. 
 

  
        Cody Wardner throws to second base                        Chris Wavra with a pitch in game 2

 

Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
BGMR 0 1 1 5 4 2 13 11 0
CROOKSTON 4 0 0 3 4 0 11 12 1

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Chris Wavra-Crookston 3 2 2 2 6 2
Tanner Reinhart-Crookston    0   4 4  4 0 0
Ryan Swenson-Crookston 0 0 1 1 3 0
Seth Desrosier-Crookston (L) 3 5 5 5 4 4
Skyler Forst-BGMR 0.2 3 4 4 2 0
Benji Wilebski-BGMR  3 4 3 3 0 4
Trevor Robinson-BGMR (W)  2.1 5 4 4 2 4
Aaron Dostal-BGMR (S)  1 0 0 0 1 3

For Crookston -
Aaron Hollcraft- 3-3, double, triple, walk, run, 2 rbi's
Seth Desrosier- 2-3, run, 2 stolen bases, double, 5 rbi's
Cody Wardner- 2-3, walk, rbi

For BGMR-
Wyatt Peppel- 1-2, run, HBP, 2 walks, 2 rbi's
Bryce Bergeron- 1-2, 3 runs, 2 walks

 


 

MINNESOTA WILD ROAD TOUR VISITS CROOKSTON WITH A BIG CROWD GETTING AUTOGRAPHS

The Minnesota Wild Road Tour made a visit to Crookston on Tuesday afternoon with Matt Dumba, Jordan Leopold and former player Wes Walz signing autographs and taking pictures with over 500 people at the Crookston Sports Center.  Pictures are below.

 

 

 
       Matt Dumba talks with KROX's Matt Bishop live on KROX Radio      Matt Dumba with former Portland teammate, Paul Bittner, showing the C for Crookston

 

 

CROOKSTON CROCODILE SWIMMERS COMPETE IN GRAND FORKS

Kate MacGregor was one place from perfection as she led the Crookston Crocodile Swim Team who participated in the Inaguaral Bill Siders Invitation in Grand Forks at the UND Hyslop pool the weekend of June 13-14, 2015.  Kate took five 1st place finishes and one 2nd.  “All the swimmers did really well for our first meet of the season, but Kate really did shine,” said Crocs Coach Christine Erdman.  “Although everyone strives to place 1st, a lot of our swimmers are competing for the first time.  A top 10 finish, with the competition out there, is a great job,” said Coach Erdman.  “This is the first meet back for Thea and Jaden as they took over a year off to focus on other summer sports last year with the pool being closed.  This was the first Long Course meet ever for Claire and Kenzie and the first meet ever for Emily.  Elizabeth turns 13 on the 24th and will be advancing in age groups (aging up) for this season’s State Meet in Bismarck.”
Results for all the swimmers:

Kenzie Aamoth
50 Free            44:20               9th
100 Back         1:47.34            2nd
50 Fly              54.37               4th
50 Back           50.83               4th
100 Free          1:40.71            8th
400 Free          8:01.27            4th

Emily Balboa
50 Free            1:09.91            16th
100 Back         2:33.04            9th
50 Free            1:04.73            10th
100 Free          2:23.89            10th

Elizabeth Erdman
50 Free            31.87               3rd
200 IM            3:00.53            3rd
800 Free          11:49.36          1st
200 Fly            3:11.08            2nd
200 Breast       3:30.52            3rd
400 Free          5:36.70            4th

Jaden Jubarski
50 Free            30.67               6th
100 Back         1:17.01            4th
200 Free          2:38.61            4th
50 Back           34.52               2nd
100 Free          1:09.52            5th
400 Free          5:55.95            6th

Kate MacGregor
50 Free            29.71               1st
100 Back         2:25.27            1st
50 Fly              33.36               2nd
50 Back           34.32               1st
100 Free          1:06.43            1st
100 Fly            1:18.11            1st

Claire Oman
50 Free            44.47               13th
100 Breast       2:12.52            10th
50 Fly              1:00.80            6th
50 Back           57.51               9th
100 Free          1:40.53            8th
50 Breast         1:03.28            8th

Thea Oman
50 Free            31.39               2nd
100 Breast       1:37.65            2nd
200 IM            3:04.57            2nd
100 Free          1:11.93            5th
50 Breast         43.65               2nd
100 Fly            1:31.63            2nd

The remaining meet schedule for the Crocs:
June 27 – 28 in Minot
July 18 – 19 in Grand Forks
July 24 – 26 in Bismarck (State LC Meet)

 

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASEBALL SIGNS FIVE MORE PLAYERS FOR A TOTAL OF 43

The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the addition of five student-athletes to their 2015 signing class. The Golden Eagles have added Esten Beneda (RHP, 6-2 215, Lankin, N.D./Fordville-Lankin H.S.), Skyler Carlson (LHP, 6-1 215, Thompson, N.D./Lake Region State College, Andrew Myer (2B/SS, 5-9 170, Fargo, N.D./Fargo South H.S.), Jeremy Spinner (2B/SS, 5-8 140, Phoenix, Ariz./Dakota College at Bottineau (N.D.) and Anthony Stewart (OF, 5-10 154, Oak Harbor, Wash./Southeast Community College (Neb.).
The five additions to the signing class bring the overall total to 18 incoming players for the Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles have added eight junior college signees and 10 high school signees. The incoming UMC players will join 25 returnees for the Golden Eagles to give UMC 43 student-athletes heading into their Fall exhibition schedule. 


Esten Beneda (RHP, 6-2 215. Lankin, N.D./Fordville-Lankin H.S.) 
Beneda has been a three-time All-Region pick for Park River/Fordville-Lankin H.S. He also competed for the football and basketball teams. As a member of the football team, Beneda was a First Team All-Region selection during his final two seasons. He was named Player of the Game on numerous occasions in all three sports.
Beneda is the son of Jon and Lori and Beneda. He was born March 4, 1997. Beneda plans to major in agricultural business. His aunt Angela Cost was a basketball player at UMC. His uncle, Bryan Malone played baseball for the Golden Eagles. Beneda’s mother Lori played basketball and softball at Valley City State University.
“We are very high on Esten because of his natural ability,” Gust said. “He is a super student-athlete, excelling on the field and in the classroom. He will need some time, but we believe the sky is the limit for Esten.”

Skyler Carlson (LHP, 6-1 215, Thompson, N.D./Lake Region State College
Carlson gives UMC a third left-handed arm for the 2016 season. Carlson played junior college baseball at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D. As a sophomore, he appeared in eight games with seven starts with 34.1 innings pitched. Carlson had 57 strikeouts on the season and had a 3-3 mark with two complete games. Carlson also hit for Lake Region State, batting .307 with one home run and 22 runs batted in (RBI’s). As a freshman, he appeared in 18.1 innings pitched with four starts with 22 strikeouts and a 5.40 earned runs average (ERA). Carlson was an All-Region II pick at Thompson Public School in 2012 and 2013. As a senior, Carlson hit .447 with 15 runs batted in.
Carlson is the son of Bruce and Peggy Carlson. He was born April 10, 1995 and plans to major in sports and rec management. “Skyler is just now developing as a pitcher,” Gust said. “He had a good junior college career but we believe he has potential to be even more effective. With further development and maturing, he can be a key piece in building our program.”

Andrew Myer (2B/SS, 5-9 170, Fargo, N.D./Fargo South H.S.)
Myer was an All-Eastern Dakota Conference selection for Fargo South H.S. He is a left-handed hitter and hit .338 last season for the Bruins. Myer also played soccer and hockey. He was named Offensive Player of the Year for Fargo South H.S.
He is the son of Alicia and Gary Myer and was born Jan. 1, 1997. Myer plans to major in business administration. His brother Anthony Myer played at Valley City State University.
“Andrew has some really good attributes,” Gust said. “He has good defensive skills and hits from the left side, two attributes we’re looking to fill for the upcoming season. He has some improving to do, but he’s the type of student-athlete that can do some good things for us in due time.”

Jeremy Spinner (2B/SS, Phoenix, Ariz./Dakota College at Bottineau (N.D.)
Spinner led the team as a freshman with a .320 batting average with 18 runs scored. He also had 13 runs batted in, with three doubles and three triples. Spinner started 31 games for Dakota College as a freshman. He was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player for his junior college team. In high school, he played four years of baseball for Cortez H.S. He was also on the varsity football team for two seasons.
Spinner is the son of Gary and Kristy Spinner. He was born Jan. 21, 1995. Spinner plans to major in elementary education.  “Jeremy has the desire and passion we are looking for in our program,” Gust said. “He adds some much needed depth and will be given an opportunity to help us as we build our program.”

Anthony Stewart (OF, 5-10 154, Oak Harbor, Wash./Southeast C.C. (Neb.)
Stewart played junior college baseball at Southeast C.C. in Beatrice, Neb, where he was an All-Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference pick. Southeast C.C. went 42-21 during the 2015 season, winning the Region XIII Tournament with a 7-2 victory over Dakota County Community College. His team also competed in the North Plains District Tournament. Stewart started 26 games with 10 runs scored and 12 stolen bases as a sophomore. As a freshman, he appeared in 34 games with seven runs scored and nine runs batted in (RBI’s) with six stolen bases.  Stewart is the son of Phillipian and Kelly Stewart. He was born Aug. 30, 1995. “Anthony’s speed, arm strength and defensive abilities are top notch,” Gust said. “He comes from a great junior college program so we expect him to compete for serious playing time from day one.”

 

 

MONDAY - JUNE 22,  2015

MINNESOTA WILD ROAD TOUR COMING TO CROOKSTON ON TUESDAY

The Minnesota Wild will make a visit to Crookston on Tuesday, June 23.  Matt Dumba and Jordan Leopold along with former Wild player Wes Walz will be at the Crookston Sports Center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The public will have a chance to have the players sign autographs on ONE item only.  KROX is proud to be a sponsor and because we are a Minnesota Wild Radio Network affiliate they are coming back to town after a several year absence and it will be a good one with two pretty good current players and the always popular Wes Walz. The public is invited to stop by on Tuesday, June 23!!!  KROX will also be giving away three day passes to We Fest and a Mall of America Family Fun pack to lucky attendees!

The official Press Release from the Wild is below.

The Minnesota Wild and Wells Fargo today announced the exact locations and times for the 2015 Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour. From Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25, three separate caravans of Wild players, alumni and staff will visit a total 17 communities throughout Minnesota and Iowa. The Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour will lead into the Summer Bash at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul on Friday, June 26, from 6-9 p.m.    

The Northern tour will include Wild defensemen Matt Dumba and Jordan Leopold, along with former Wild star Wes Walz. It will make stops in Roseau and Crookston on June 23, Bemidji and Grand Rapids on June 24, and Eveleth and Duluth on June 25.

The Central tour features Wild forwards Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker and Wild television analyst Mike Greenlay. Its stops include Willmar and Alexandria on June 23, Wadena and Brainerd on June 24, and St. Cloud and Monticello on June 25.

The Southern tour includes Wild blueliner Keith Ballard and center Ryan Carter with Wild radio analyst Tom Reid. It will make stops in Luverne and Fairmont on June 24, and Waseca and New Prague on June 25.

The 2015 Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour will culminate with the Summer Bash and NHL Draft Viewing Party from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. There will be interactive games, photo and autograph opportunities from Wild players and NHL Alumni. Transportation for the Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild caravans is courtesy of Total Luxury Limousine.

 

 

CROOKSTON REDS FALL IN THE NINTH INNING TO EAST GRAND FORKS

The East Grand Forks Heaters scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on to beat the Crookston Reds 9-8 at Jim Karn Field.
Crookston scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when Justin Johnson walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Dave Grabowski ground out for a 1-0 lead.  EGF scored four runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a couple hits and a couple hit batters for a 4-1 lead.  Crookston responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth when Grabowski walked, Parker Epema singled, Richie Navratil tried a sacrifice and reached on an error and Brandon Kresl had a single to score two runs to bring Crookston within a 4-3 deficit.  EGF scored a run in the fifth inning and added another run in the seventh for a 6-3 lead.  Crookston responded with three runs after Jon Olson and Johnson walked, Brady Arneson singled to score a run, Grabowski singled to score another run and Navratil singled and scored another run to tie the game at 6-6.  The Reds scored another run in the eighth inning after two walks and a hit batter.  The run scored on a bases loaded pass ball for a 7-6 lead.  EGF scored three runs in the top of the ninth behind two singles and three hit batters in a row and had a 9-7 lead.  Crookton started the ninth with back to back walks and things were looking good for a comeback, but the next three batters were retired and EGF held on for the 9-8 victory.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 9 R H E
East Grand Forks 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 3 9 9 3
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 1 8 6 0

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Ryan Paasch- Crox  (LP) 8 9 9 9 7 7

For Crookston-
Brady Arneson - 2-4, run, rbi, stolen base
 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY - JUNE 19,  2015

UMC TEAMBACKERS TO HOLD THE ANNUAL MARK OLSONAWSKI SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT

The University of Minnesota Crookston Teambackers will hold the annual Mark Olsonawski Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by United Valley Bank of Hallock, Thursday June 25 at Two River Golf Club in Hallock.
The tournament will benefit the Mark Olsonawski Endowed Scholarship established at UMC. Last year’s tournament was a major success, bringing in $3,200 towards athletic scholarships for the Golden Eagles. The UMC Teambackers recognize the contribution former UMC football player Mark Olsonawski made during his time as a student-athlete. Olsonawski is a member of the UMC Hall of Fame, inducted in 2004. He was a three-time All-American for Minnesota Crookston and holds multiple records for the Golden Eagles.
The format of the tournament will be a Texas Scramble with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at Two Rivers Golf Club. The tournament will commence at 10 a.m. and will be limited to the first 80 golfers. All teams will play 18 holes. Individuals without a pre-assembled team will be assigned to a team. A cash bar will be available to tournament competitors at the conclusion. Brats will be served on the course and a beverage cart will also be available.
Several businesses are sponsoring contests for the tournament. Crop Insurance Associates of Hallock will sponsor a Closest to the Pin competition. True North Equipment of Kennedy, Minn., will sponsor a longest drive competition. AgCountry Farm Credit Services of Hallock will sponsor a longest putt competition.
In addition, Northstar Genetics of Hallock, AgriSports of Lancaster, and Norby’s Work Perks of Grand Forks, N.D. will be the Clubhouse Sponsors. Food will be provided by the Farmers Store of Hallock.

Contact Garrett Kollin of UMC Development & Alumni Relations with any questions about the tournament at 218-281-8436.

 

 

THURSDAY - JUNE 18,  2015

CROOKSTON REDS OFFENSIVE WOES CONTINUE IN 9-3 LOSS TO THIEF RIVER FALLS

 

The Crookston Reds Baseball team's offensive woes continued in a 9-3 loss to the Thief River Falls Thieves in a game played in Thief River Falls.
Thief River Falls has a team made up of Thief River Falls and some pretty good Red Lake Falls players, including Robbie Glass who started the bottom of the first inning with a double and came into score on a Chance Keefe single for a 1-0 lead.  Crookston answered with two runs in the third after Brady Arneson reached on an error and Josh Edlund singled and Matt Benge doubled to score two runs to take a 2-1 lead.  Thief River Falls answered in a big way with a Keefe (who is a former Red player) hit a two run home run to give Thief River Falls a 3-2 lead.  In the top of the fourth, the Reds tied the game after a double from Matt Morin and than he advanced to third on a pass ball and came into score on a Jon Olson sacrifice fly to tie the game at 3-3.  The rest of the game was all Thief River Falls as they scored two runs in the sixth inning and three runs in the seventh and added an insurance run in the eighth to take a 9-3 lead.  Crookston had a single in the ninth, but that is as close as they would get to scoring a run in the ninth and lost 9-3.  Parker Epema suffered the loss going seven innings and allowing 11 hits and striking out three. 

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 9 R H E
CROOKSTON 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 2
Thief River Falls 1 0 2 0 0 2 3 1 - 9 13 4

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Parker Epema- Crox  (LP) 7 11 8 7 1 3
Taylor Morlan - Crox 1 2 1 1 1 1

For Crookston-
Matt Morin - 2-3, run, walk
Josh Edlund - 1-3, run, walk, stolen base
Matt Benge - 1-4, rbi
Joseph Hollcraft - 1-1

 

 

 

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL TEAM SPLITS WITH STEPHEN-ARGYLE

 

It was a tale of two games for the Crookston American Legion baseball team lost to Stephen-Argyle in game one 8-2, but bounced back with the 11-1 victory in game two to earn a double header split at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.


GAME ONE- 

In game one, Crookston got on the board early via the bat of Cody Wardner. Chris Wavra led off the inning with a walk and Joey Koenig followed that with a single. Seth Desrosier advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt and Wardner skied a fly to right field to bring in Wavra to give Crookston the 1-0 lead.

The lead lasted until the fifth inning when Stephen-Argyle pounded out five hits and scored three runs. Trailing 4-1, Crookston loaded the bases in bottom half of the fifth inning when Stephen-Argyle starter Peyton Mills walked three straight batters. A pitching change brought in Justin Yutrzenka who promptly struck out the next three batters and Stephen-Argyle was out of the jam. Missed opportunities would hurt Crookston all game as they stranded 13 runners and lost by the 8-2 final.

 

          Cody Wardner with a big swing                    Tanner Reinhart with a pitch

 

Game One

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

E

Stephen-Argyle

0

1

0

0

3

4

0

8

11

2

CROOKSTON

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

7

1

 

Pitching

 IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Seth Desrosier- Crox (L)

4.1

6

4

4

1

5

Chris Wavra- Crox

1.2

5

4

4

1

1

Tanner Reinhart- Crox

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

Peyton Mills- SA (W)

4.0

4

1

1

5

5

Justin Yutrzenka- SA

3.0

2

1

1

0

8

For Crookston -
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-2, triple, rbi, walk and hit by pitch.
Chris Wavra, Seth Desrosier and Tanner Reinhart had a hit apiece.


For Stephen-Argyle-
Eddie Lefrooth- 3-4, triple, 3 rbi’s
Peyton Mills- 2-3, 2 doubles, 2 runs, rbi

 

GAME TWO -

Game two seemed like a completely different Crookston offense as they scored 11 runs on 11 hits. For the second straight game it was the home team getting the early lead as a Cody Wardner sacrifice fly and Mikey Hajostek two-run single gave Crookston the 4-0 lead after the first inning. Leading 5-1 going into the fourth inning, Crookston exploded for six runs on five hits when Aaron Hollcraft and Joey Koenig reached on another error, Blake Kawlewski ripped a single to center to score Hollcraft and put Crookston ahead 6-1. Hajostek was hit by a pitch and Ryan Swenson made Stephen-Argyle pay with a two-run single to increase the lead to 8-1. Tanner Reinhart and Seth Desrosier added run-scoring singles and Cody Wardner drew a bases loaded walk to end the game as Crookston went up by 10 runs to win the game 11-1.

 

Crookston is now 3-1 on the season. 

 

 
                Chris Wavra scores a run                                    Mikey Hajostek puts the ball in play in an at bat

 

Game 2

1

2

3

4

R

H

E

Stephen-Argyle

0

0

1

0

1

2

5

CROOKSTON

4

0

1

6

11

11

0

 

Pitching

 IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Cody Wardner- Crox (W)

2.1

2

1

1

3

3

Ryan Swenson- Crox

1.1

0

0

0

0

4

Steele Spilck- SA (L)

1.0

3

4

3

2

0

Nate Chandler- SA

2.0

3

1

1

1

0

Tyler Polchiwski- SA

1.0

5

5

3

1

0

For Crookston -
Tanner Reinhart- 3-3, rbi
Mikey Hajostek - 1-1, 3 rbi's
Cody Wardner- 1-2, double, walk, 2 rbi’s

For Stephen-Argyle-
Justin Yutrzenka- 1-2, rbi
Peyton Mills- 1-2, double

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 17,  2015

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL TEAM OPENS SEASON WITH TWO WINS AT ROSEAU

The Crookston American Legion team opened their season with a double-header in Roseau and won both games 13-6 and 14-2.

GAME ONE -
Roseau took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, taking advantage of some Crookston control problems, but Crookston responded in a big way and scored five runs in the fourth inning.  Seth Desrosier started things off with a single, Aaron Hollcraft and Joey Koenig walked to load the bases and Mikey Hajostek doubled to score a couple runs to tie the game at 2-2.  Cody Wardner knocked in three more runs with a home run and Crookston led 5-2.  Crookston added another run in the fifth and three runs in the sixth inning after singles by Tanner Reinhart and Ryan Porter with a walk for Cody Magsam.  Seth Desrosier knocked in a couple runs with a double for a 9-4 lead.  Crookston added four more runs in the seventh inning and held off a rally by Roseau for a 13-6 victory.

Game One 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 5 1 3 4 13 10 1
Roseau 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 6 2 3

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft - Crox (WP) 6.0 2 4 2 5 9
Ryan Swenson - Crox 1.0 0 2 1 2 0
Gabe Magnusson - Ros (LP) 3.1 3 5 5 3 3
Tanner Landman - Ros 2.2 3 4 1 2 4
Adam Hedlund - Ros 1.0 4 4 4 2 2

For Crookston -
Aaron Hollcraft 2-3, 2 walks, run
Cody Wardner - 2-4, home run, double
Seth Desrosier 2-4, run, walk


For Roseau-
Tanner Landman and Conner Millner had a hit apiece

 

GAME TWO -
The Crookston American Legion team stranded 10 runners on base and they still scored 14 runs on their way to a 14-2 victory over the Roseau Legion.  For the second straight game Roseau only had two hits. 
It wasn't a good start for Crookston as Roseau scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead after the first inning.  Crookston responded with a run in the second inning after Cody Wardner walked, advanced to second on a pass ball and went to third on another pass ball and came into score.  Crookston broke the game open with with runs in the fourth inning taking advantage of four walks and hits by Wardner, Mikey Hajostek and Luke Froeber and a double by Chris Wavra for a 9-2 lead.  Crookston added a run in the sixth inning after Aaron Hollcraft doubled and Wardner singled.  They added four more runs in the seventh inning with singles by Wavra, Seth Desrosier, Hollcraft and Hajostek and Joey Koenig walked and Crookston cruised to the 14-2 victory.

Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 8 0 1 4 14 12 1
Roseau 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Joey Koenig - Crox (WP) 7.0 2 2 0 2 8
Paxton Pierce - Ros 3.0 1 1 1 3 5
Riley Borgen - Ros  (LP) 0.0 3 5 4 1 0
Levi Butler - Ros .1 0 3 3 3 0
Ryan Norberg - Ros .2 1 0 0 0 1
Trevor McMillan - Roseau 3.0 7 5 5 2 4

For Crookston -
Cody Wardner - 4-4, 2 runs, walk
Chris Wavra - 3-4, 2 runs
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-4, 2 runs


For Roseau-
Trevor McMillan and Ryan Norberg had a hit apiece

 

 

AARON HOLLCRAFT AND SETH DESROSIER NAMED TO SECTION 8AA ALL SECTION BASEBALL TEAM

Two Crookston Pirate Senior Baseball players, Aaron Hollcraft and Seth Desrosier, were recently named to the Section 8AA All Section Baseball team.  The two were a big part of Crookston's outstanding season this year as the Pirates finished third in the section with a record 15-8. 

Jordan Harms of Hawley was named to the Class AA All State team and was also named to the High School Baseball All Star Game that will be played June 19 and 20 in Chaska.   Red Lake County’s Tristan Knott and Win-E-Mac's Zach Tradewell were named to the Class A All-State team.

All Section 8AA Team

 

Name

Team

Grade

Position

Graham Sauve

Barnesville

12th

1st Base

Aaron Hollcraft

Crookston

12th

Pitcher

Seth Desrosier

Crookston

12th

Pitcher

Tyler Madson

DGF

12th

Centerfield

Tyler Oberg

DGF

11th

Catcher

Cole Tahran

DGF

11th

Shortstop

Cole Hammargren

EGF

11th

Centerfield

Parker Hanson

Hawley

12th

1st Base

Jordan Harms

Hawley

12th

Shortstop

Kody Lefebvre

Mahnomen-Waubun

11th

Pitcher

Jordan Spaeth

Mahnomen-Waubun

12th

Catcher

Justin Yutrzenka

Northern Freeze

11th

Catcher

Nick Trosdahl

OTC

12th

Shortstop

Chase Brand

Park Rapids Area

10th

Shortstop

Alec Meyer

Perham

11th

Pitcher

Dylan Perrine

Perham

11th

Catcher

Tanner Landman

Roseau

11th

1st Base

Aaron Krahn

Roseau

12th

Pitcher

Chris Sanders

TRF

12th

Pitcher

Beau Wilmer

Warroad

10th

Shortstop



 

TUESDAY - JUNE 16,  2015

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS TWO WEEKS OF BASKETBALL CAMPS

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program hosted a pair of day camps June 1-4 and June 8-11 at Lysaker Gymnasium. The first year of the camps, spearheaded by Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Weisse and his staff, was a great success for the Golden Eagles who had 66 campers among the two camps. The campers were coached by Weisse, along with assistant coaches Bryan Beamish and Mike Annese, women’s basketball assistant coach and Crookston-native Kamille Wahlin, along with several men’s basketball student-athletes. 

The first camp held June 1-4 was for boys and girls ages 6-11 and had a great turnout with 42 campers. The second week also saw solid numbers as the camp for boys and girls ages 12-14 brought out 24 participants. 

“We were very pleased with this first summer of camps,” Weisse said. “We actually exceeded my expectations. I was hoping for 50 total campers and we ended up getting 66 campers. The campers did a great job both weeks. I think our players and coaches did an excellent job teaching and interacting with the campers. I’m really excited to our basketball camps grow in the coming years. It was just a great experience for everyone involved. A special thanks to KROX for sponsoring our camp. We look forward to growing our camp and making it the best camp in Northwest Minnesota.”

The pair of basketball camps focused on developing skills through drill work, contests and games, while each camper also received a camp t-shirt sponsored by KROX Radio and a camp ball. The coaching staff will look to continue to grow the camp in the Summer of 2016. 

Coach Weisse and his staff just finished their first season at UMC.


The first week of the UMC Basketball camp had a big crowd of younger hoopsters (Picture by UMC Athletics)


The second week of the UMC Basketball camp had a good crowd of older campers (Picture by UMC Athletics)

 

SUNDAY - JUNE 14,  2015

WARROAD EDGES CROOKSTON REDS IN BOTH GAMES OF A DOUBLE HEADER

The Warroad Muskies beat the Crookston Reds 3-1 and 4-3 in a double header played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston. 

GAME ONE -
Warroad scored a run with back to back singles in the third inning and then added two more runs in the fourth inning after a walk, error and a double for a 3-0 lead.  Crookston scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Cody Magsam singled and came into score on a fielders choice, but that would be as close as the Reds would get in a 3-1 loss.
Offensively Crookston only had three hits in the game, a hit apiece from Cody Magsam, Parker Epema, and Richie Navratil.  Navratil suffered the tough luck loss on the mound.

GAME TWO -
Warroad struck early once again with a run in the first inning and they added two more in the second for a 3-0 lead. Crookston's Taylor Morlan started the bottom of the third inning with a walk, Cody Magsam was hit by a pitch and Dave Grabowski hit into a fielders choice that allowed Morlan to score to bring Crookston within a 3-1 deficit.  Warroad scored another run in the fourth inning after a triple and a single for a 4-1 lead.  The Reds had their best offensive inning of the day with two runs in the fifth inning when Justin Johnson and Grabowski walked and Parker Epema reached on a fielders choice.  Richie Navratil singled to score two runs and Crookston trailed 4-3.  In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Reds had runners on first and second with nobody out, but the next three batters were retired and Warroad held on for the 4-3 victory and the sweep of the double header.  The Reds were led offensively by Richie Navratil as he was 2-4 with 2 rbi's.  Cody Magsam, Joseph Hollcraft and Matt Morin had a hit apiece.  Matt Morin suffered the loss.

 

 

SATURDAY - JUNE 13,  2015

RED LAKE COUNTY REBELS ADVANCE TO CONSOLATION CHAMPIONSHIP

The Red Lake County Rebel Baseball team beat the Lewiston-Altura Cardinals 5-3 and will advance to the Minnesota State Class A Baseball tournament Consolation Championship.
Things didn't start good for Red Lake County as they gave up two runs in the top of the first inning, but they answered in a big way with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Alex Erickson started the inning off with a single, Devin McGlynn walked and Tristan Knott blasted a line drive to the right-center field gap to score two runs on a stand up triple to tie the game at 2-2. "Tristan is having a great state tournament and he just made the All-State team and he deserves that honor," said Red Lake County Coach Chris Nelson. "He is one of our leaders and wish we could have him back again next year."  The next batter, Bailey Schmitz, hit a deep fly ball to right field to score Knott from third on a sacrifice fly and Red Lake County took a 3-2 lead.  In the second inning, Red Lake County struck again when Brandon Klipping walked, Erickson singled and McGlynn reached on a fielders choice to load the bases.  Knott drew a walk to score a run and Bailey Schmitz hit another sacrifice fly to score a run and Red Lake County led 5-2.  Neither team would score the next four innings until Lewiston-Altura scored in the seventh.  The Cardinals singled to lead off the inning and followed with a walk and another single to score a run to get within a 5-3 deficit.  With runners at second and third base, Rebel pitcher, Josh Casavan, was able to get the next three outs and Red Lake County won 5-3 to advance to the consolation championship game.  "Win and advance, that is the goal," said Red Lake County Coach Chris Nelson. "We left some runs out there, but we made plays when we had to and had some timely hits and some good defensive plays.  We left a couple runs out there, but we got the win and get to play one more!"  Josh Casavan was the winning pitcher with a complete game seven hitter.  "Josh struggled right away, but settled in and had his pitches moving ," said Coach Nelson. "And he had some nice defensive plays too."
Red Lake County improves to 17-10 on the year and will take on Kimball in the consolation championship game. 

Box Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Lewiston-Altura 2 0  0 0  0  0  3 7 2
Red Lake County 3 2  0 0  0 0 5 5 2

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Josh Casavan- RLC (WP) 7 7 3 2 3 4
John Heim- L-A  (LP) 2 3 5 5 4 1
Logan Sikkink- L-A  3 1 0 0 3 3
John Clobes- L-A 1 1 0 0 1 1

For Red Lake County-
Tristan Knott - 2-2, 3 rbi's, 2 walks, run, triple
Alex Erickson - 2-4, 2 runs, stolen base
Devin McGlynn - 1-2, 2 walks, run

For Lewiston-Altura-
John Clobes - 2-3, run, rbi
Peyton Schumacher - 2-3, run

 

RED LAKE COUNTY REBELS CRUISE TO A 9-1 CONSOLATION CHAMPIONSHIP GAME VICTORY OVER KIMBALL

The Red Lake County Rebels scored five first inning runs and never looked back as they cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Kimball Cubs in the Minnesota State Class A Consolation Championship Baseball game in Chaska.
Kimball won the coin toss and chose to be the home team and it was all down hill from there.  Kimball's first round game went 12 innings and that forced them to use more pitchers than they wanted to and shortened their pitching options.  Red Lake County on the other hand showed they had very good pitching depth as they used three pitchers in the three games and all three pitched complete games. "I take it as a compliment since I am the pitching coach," said Rebel Coach Chris Nelson with a smile. "Our guys work hard and they know what we expect and all three of our pitchers all pitched great and I am proud of them."
In the top of the first inning Red Lake County took advantage of a Kimball Freshman pitcher that was pitching his second varsity game!!!  The Rebels Alex Erickson walked to start the game, Devin McGlynn was hit by a pitch and Tristan Knott walked.  Alex Erickson scored on a wild pitch and Bailey Schmitz reached on a fielders choice before Taylor Kenfield singled to score two runs for a 3-0 lead.  After a Rebel strike out Chase Schmitz walked and Drake Englestad singled to score another run and Kenfield came into score the fifth run of the inning when he stole third base and the throw to third went into left field and Red Lake County batted 10 in the inning and led 5-0.
Red Lake County added two more runs in the second inning with a two out rally.  Bailey Schmitz, Kenfield had back to back singles before Josh Casavan singled to score the two and the Rebels led 7-0.  Red Lake County added another run in the fourth inning when Knott reached on a fielders choice, stole second base and came into score on a Bailey Schmitz single.  Kimball finally got on the board with a run in the sixth inning on back-to-back singles to get within a 8-1 deficit.  Red Lake County added a run in the seventh inning when Kenfield singled for the fourth time in the game and came into score on an error for a 9-1 lead and held on for the victory by the same score to win the consolation championship.  "I am so proud of these guys and how hard they worked and how they improved throughout the year," said Coach Nelson. "We are one of three teams in Class A to end our season with a win.  This was a great way to end the season."  Chase Schmitz pitched a complete game five hitter, which was even more impressive after he was hit in the head by a wild pitch in the game against Lewiston-Altura and had to come out of the game.  "Chase was shaken up and didn't remember getting hit, but he didn't have any headaches and the trainer said he would be good to go," said Coach Nelson. "Just like Josh (Casavan) earlier today, he pitched a great game."
Red Lake County ends the season with an 18-10 record and are the State Class A Consolation Champions and say good bye to three seniors, Tristan Knott, Alex Erickson and Devin McGlynn. Kimball's season ends with a 14-16 record.

Box Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Red Lake County 5 2 0 1 0 0 1 9 12 1
Kimball 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 4

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Chase Schmitz- RLC 7.0 5 1 1 2 4
Michael Hoffman- Kimball  0.2 3 5 3 3 1
Jarrett Harren- Kimball  4.1 7 3 3 0 2
Brady Faber-Kimball 2.0 2 1 0 0 1

For Red Lake County-
Taylor Kenfield - 4-4, 3 runs, 2 rbi's
Bailey Schmitz - 2-4, 2 runs
Josh Casavan - 1-3, 2 rbi's

For Kimball-
Quintin Berres - 2-3, run
Troy Filzen - 1-3, rbi

 

 

 

FRIDAY - JUNE 12, 2015

RED LAKE COUNTY REBELS FALL SHORT IN LOSS TO NEW LIFE ACADEMY IN STATE BASEBALL TOURNEY

The Red Lake County Rebel Baseball team started the game off with a Tristan Knott two run home run, but the defending state champion and #1 seed in the Minnesota State Class A Baseball tournament, the New Life Academy of Woodbury Eagles, was able to come back for a 4-3 victory in the first round of the tournament.
Red Lake County started the game with a bang when Devin McGlynn singled and Tristan Knott followed with a blast over the left field fence, which hit a moving car, to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead. “That was a great start for us and a nice piece of hitting by Tristan,” said Rebel Coach Chris Nelson in a postgame interview on KROX. “I thought that would give us a spark, but it really didn’t.” In the bottom of the first inning, New Life Academy answered when their leadoff batter reached on an error and came around to score on a double and Red Lake County led 2-1 after one inning.
In the second inning, New Life Academy answered with two more runs after a walk, a fielders choice and back to back singles and the Eagles took their first lead of the game, 3-2.  Red Lake County answered with a run in the fourth inning when Knott walked and advanced to second base on a wild pitch.  Knott advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a Taylor Kenfield suicide squeeze to tie the game at 3-3.
In the fifth inning, New Life Academy started the inning with a single up the middle and a single to left field.  After a pop out and a double steal, runners were at second and third with one out.  Knott picked off the runner at third, but in the run down the runner at second was able to advance to third base and the next batter doubled to center field to scored the go ahead run for a 4-3 lead.
Red Lake County had a threat in the seventh inning when Chase Schmitz singled down the third base line and advanced to second on a Drake Englestad sacrifice bunt with two outs.  The next two batters struck out and New Life Academy picked up the 4-3 victory. “I am disappointed, we came down here to win and didn’t have enough guys make plays or get hits for us,” said Coach Nelson. “Tristan pitched a great game and had a big home run for us, but we had a chance to beat them and didn’t come up with the hits, or plays when we needed them.”
Red Lake County  drops to 16-10 on the year and will play in the state consolation semi-finals on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Chaska against Lewiston-Altura.  “We had a chance to beat the number one seed and didn’t,” said Coach Nelson. “Now we will have a chance to beat whoever we play on Friday, if we play like we can and try to get two games tomorrow.”  New Life Academy improves to 20-2 and will play in the semi-finals Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Jordan.

Box Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Red Lake County 2 0 1 3 6 2
New Life Academy 1 2 0 4 7 0

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Tristan Knott - RLC  (LP) 6  7  4   3  2 7
Henry George - NLA (WP)  5   4  3   3  2 7
Dan Boatman- NLA 1  1 0  0  0 1
Simon Killeen- NLA  (S) 1   1  0  0  0 2

For Red Lake County -
Tristan Knott - 1-2, two runs, two rbi's, home run, walk
Bailey Schmitz - 2-3


For New Life Academy-
Simon Killeen - 2-3, 3 rbi's
Henry George - 2-4, run

 


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