Maddie Nicholls gets some air during one of her races Thursday afternoon

The Moorhead Spuds put a damper on the first home Crookston Pirate Girls Swim meet with a 92-84 victory on Parents Night at the Crookston Community Pool.  The Pirates had their first practice in their own pool last week, after practicing all season long at the Ada pool and their first home swim meet in the last regular season meet of the year. 
Crookston was led by Haley Roed and Kate MacGregor with both Pirates finishing with three first place finishes and one second place.  Merran Dingmann had two first place and two second place finish.  "It was a good meet.  The girls swam well and were excited and had a lot of energy because they were swimming in their own pool, but it was a game of numbers and we lost by a little bit there," said Pirate Girls Swim Coach Marley Melbye. "It was fun to watch Marietta (Geist) and Merran (Dingmann) race each other and they had a friendly competition there and pushed each other all they way to the end.  Haley swam well today and looked really good in the water.  Moorhead brings a different dynamic of competition, they are bigger and have more "fish" to play with so it definitely boosted us a little bit."
It was the first and only home meet of the year as the Pirates are now getting ready for the Section 8A swim meet in Bemidji next weekend. "There was a huge crowd tonight and that was fun to see and it energized the girls," said Coach Melbye. "We have some minor things to fix before the Section meet next weekend."

            Merran Dingmann on her way to a first place finish in the 400 Freestyle

Pirate (Top 2 places) Event Time Place
Sierra Pry, Maddie Nicholls,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley 2:13.91 1st
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 28.73 1st
Merran Dingmann 400 Freestyle 5:09.02 1st
Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Freestyle Relay 1:58.52 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:12.08 1st
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman,
Maddie Nicholls, Thea Oman
400 Yard Freestyle 4:38.52 1st
Marietta Geist 200 Freestyle 2:28.36 2nd
Merran Dingmann 200 IM 2:46.87 2nd
Kate MacGregor 200 Butterfly 1:12.53 2nd
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 1:02.67 2nd
Marietta Geist 400 Freestyle 5:10.44 2nd
Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman,
Elizabeth Erdman, Marietta Geist
200 Medley Relay 2:21.17 3rd
Elizabeth Erdman 200 Freestyle 2:32.54 3rd
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:49.82 3rd
Maddie Nicholls 50 Freestyle 31.94 3rd
Maddie Nicholls 100 Breaststroke 1:27.75 3rd

  Elizabeth Erdman swimming in the 200 freestyle where she finished third place




The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team opened up practice earlier in October in preparations for the 2014-15 season. The Golden Eagles are led by Mike Roysland, who is entering his eighth season as the head coach for UMC. 

The Golden Eagles went 10-17 (7-15 NSIC) during the 2013-14 campaign and will look to improve on that mark during the 2014-15 season. UMC will be led by All-NSIC Second Team pick Katrina Moenkedick (Jr., F, 5-10, Perham), who averaged 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds as a sophomore. In addition to Moenkedick, Alexa Thielman (Jr., G, 5-8, Buffalo, Minn) will look to follow up a breakout sophomore season. Thielman averaged 15.2 points and 4.4 rebounds last season and shot 46.0 percent from beyond the arc. 
UMC also returns starters Ebony Livingston (Sr., G/F, 5-9, Minneapolis) and Ashley Martell (Sr., G, 5-8, Somerset, Wis.). Livingston averaged 7.1 points and 3.2 rebounds as a junior, while Martell averaged 4.3 points and shot 40.2 percent from beyond the arc. Erika McRoberts (Jr., F/C, 5-11, Byron) also returns after starting 21 games last season after averaging 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds. McRoberts is currently battling back from an injury.
In addition, the Golden Eagles return key bench players in Christine Thorn (Jr., G, 5-6, St. Michael) and Megan Taylor (So., F/C, 6-2, Estelline, S.D.). Thorn averaged 5.4 points and shot 33.3 percent from beyond the arc last season, while Taylor averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game. In addition, Kenzie Church (Sr., F, 5-10, Fairmount, N.D.) returns for UMC. Church has battled through injuries each of the last two seasons and will look to make an impact as a senior.
While the Golden Eagles return a good core, they are also looking forward to the impact that their newcomers can make this season. Two main positions where newcomers should make an impact are at point guard and center. The Golden Eagles bring in Maria Loughlin (Jr., G, 5-7, Rogers) and Micaela Noga (Fr., G, 5-7, Parkers Prairie) are currently battling for the point guard position. At center, Isieoma Odor (Fr., F/C, 6-0, Bloomington) and Emily Gruber (Fr., F/C, 5-11, Monticello) should battle with Taylor for playing time at center, allowing Moenkedick to move to her more natural position of power forward.
In addition, UMC has freshmen Dawn Leland (Fr., G/F, 6-1, Merrill, Wis.) and Gabby Smith (Fr., G/F, 5-10, Bloomington), who will add depth on the wing. 
The Golden Eagle coaching staff for the 2014-15 season is rounded out by long-time assistant coach Nate Mahlen, who is in his seventh season, and Kamille Wahlin, who is in her second season, as an assistant.

Minnesota Crookston will play one exhibition game on November 9 against University of North Dakota at 2:00 p.m. in Grand Forks, N.D. The Golden Eagles will then play in the MSU Moorhead Tournament November 14 and 15. The Golden Eagles will take on Northern Michigan University at 8:00 p.m. on the 14th and University of Wisconsin-Parkside on the 15th.

The Golden Eagles will then head to Honolulu, Hawai’i for a pair of games. UMC will take on University of Hawai’i-Hilo November 22 and Hawai’i Pacific University November 23.  
UMC will open up their conference slate November 29 on the road against Bemidji State University. The Golden Eagles will then host University of Minnesota Duluth Dec. 5 and St. Cloud State University December 6. 






The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles won a marathon five set match, 25-19, 36-34, 21-25, 25-27, 15-10 over Bemidji State University in a Northern Sun Conference match at Lysaker Gym in Crookston. After UMC won the first match in good fashion, 25-19, they two team went toe to toe in a 36-34 which ties for second all-time the most points by a winning team in a set during the 25-point scoring era, which has been in place since 2008. The NCAA record is 37 points, set by Minnesota Crookston last season against Augustana College (S.D.).
Even though Bemidji State appeared to be down for the count, the Beavers came back to win the next two sets, including a 27-25 extra frame to tie it at 2-2 and force a fifth set, which UMC scored the last four points, three in a row by Stephanie Pearson (Jr.-Frankfort, Ill) three kills and it continued her strong performances the latter part of the season as she had a 20/20 night. 21 kills and 21 digs in the five sets. Teammate, Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn)  was close to a 20/20 herself with 23 kills and 19 digs.
In addition to Looker and Pearson, Kassi Green (Fr-Anoka, Mn) finished with 12 kills,  Sierra Trost (Soph-Blaine High School, Mn) had 35 assists and Kaycie Hagen (Fresh-Burnsville High School, Mn)) was right behind with 34 assists on the night.
UMC is now 5-11 in the conference and 11-13 overall and will close out their home portion of the regular season this weekend when they host the University of Sioux Falls and #5 nationally ranked Southwest Minnesota State on Friday and Saturday respectively.  The Sioux Falls game on Friday will be at 5:00 PM and on KROX RADIO. The reason for the early start is because the Section 8A High School championship between Fosston and Kittson County Central will be played at 7:30 PM at Lysaker

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5
Bemidji State 19 34 25 27 10
UMC 25 36 21 25 15

Kills -  Brittany Looker-23, Stephanie Pearson-21, Kassi Green-12
Blocks -  Kelci Green-7, Erin Schwarz-4, Kassi Green-3, Stephanie Pearson-3, Morgan VanGerpen-3
Assists - Sierra Trost-35, Kaycie Hagen-34
Digs - Becca Vandenheuvel-24, Stephanie Pearson-22, Brittany Looker-19
Aces - Brittany Looker-1

MONDAY  -  OCTOBER 27, 2014


University of Minnesota Crookston goalkeeper Lexie Gauger (Sr., GK, Green Bay, Wis./Criminal Justice) was named NSIC Goalkeeper of the Week by the conference office after a standout performance in net for the Golden Eagles. Gauger helped UMC to a pair of wins against No. 18 Winona State University and Upper Iowa University, who are both in the upper echelon of the NSIC standings.

Gauger shut out a potent Upper Iowa offense as she made six saves in the match as UMC picked up a 0-0 draw against Upper Iowa. Sunday, she tallied 10 saves against No. 18 Winona State as the Golden Eagles picked up their second result of the season against a ranked opponent. UMC had never won or tied a game against Winona State. Gauger has now tallied a UMC record five shutouts this season.

Bemidji State University’s Sarah Stram was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week, while Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Sidni Trotter was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week.

SUNDAY -  OCTOBER 26, 2014


The University of Minnesota Crookston Women's Soccer team hasn't scored a goal in their last two matches, but the Golden Eagles didn't lose those two games, as their defense continues to play outstanding and for the second match in a row, the Golden Eagles played to a 0-0 two overtime tie with the NCAA Division II 18th ranked team in the nation, Winona State at the UMC Soccer field.
The first half was near even with shots as the defense dominated limiting any chances to score. UMC’s Ellie Brettschneider (Fresh-Lakeville South, Mn) was able to put a shot on goal in the first 22 seconds of the match.  Both teams rattled shots either off the crossbar or the post, but were unable to score as both goalkeepers, Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi) and Rachel Oleson of Winona State were sharp after the first 45 minutes of play.
The second half saw the nationally ranked Warriors pick it up a bit, particularly Nicole Sames who had four shots on goal, but Gauger was determined around her goal and didn’t allow any of them through and the defenders on both teams were sharp.
UMC was able to get the ball into Winona State’s end to start the overtime and had a couple corner kicks by Delaney McIntyre (Jr-Flin Flon, Manitoba) and Maggie Gibbons (Fresh-Grand Rapids, Mn), but could get nothing going on it. Just before the end of the first overtime, Winona State had almost back to back shots on goal that were gobbled up by Gauger and they still remained scoreless and sent it into a second overtime.
Winona State had the ball in UMC territory for most of the 10 minutes of overtime number two with Sames having a shot blocked and she also picked up a yellow card and Gauger had the only save in the second overtime and a frustrated Winona State team had three more yellow cards in the last minute of the match. UMC had only three players with shots in the match, three by Brettschneider and two each by Courtney Armborst (Jr-Henry Sibley High School, Mn) and Beth Lastovich (Fresh-White Bear Lake, Mn).
It was the second straight 0-0 tie and third of the season for UMC, who is now 6-5-5 on the season and 5-4-4 in the Northern Sun Conference. UMC maintains their seventh place tie in the conference with two matches left of the regular season, at St. Cloud State on Friday and then back home for what should be a big match with Minnesota-Duluth in the Golden Eagles quest to reach the NSIC post-season tournament. Gauger registered her fifth shutout of the season and third in a row.
Winona State is 13-2-1 overall and 10-2-1 in the conference.



2nd OT OT2 Final
Winona State 0 0 0 0 0
UMC 0 0 0 0 0



Saves 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total
Rachel Oleson-WSU 3 1 0 0 4
Lexie Gauger-UMC 3 4 2 1 10




Mahnomen's junior quarterback, Tommy Pavek scored three long touchdowns the first three times the Indians touched the ball, the first a 71 yard run just 58 seconds into the game to set the table in a Mahnomen 42-0 win over Fertile-Beltrami in a Section 8A football semi-final game in Mahnomen.
Pavek scored on the second play of the game on a 71 yard scamper to give the Indians an early lead. Fertile-Beltrami did have a nice drive on their first possession, using 11 plays and 6:07 of clock, but were held on downs at the Mahnomen 27 yard line.  Three plays later, Pavek goes 51 yards for another touchdown and a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. After an interception, the Indians would have a little longer drive of 67 yards with Pavek going the last 36 yards and a 21-0 lead less than a minute into the second quarter.  Mahnomen would score two more in the second quarter, including a Dylan Reitan 27 yard interception return and a 35-0 lead at half.
Pavek didn't play the second half and although there was only one second half touchdown the Indians had one drive that went 13 plays and 78 yards that took 9:37 off the clock with the drive stalling at the Fertile-Beltrami six yard line.
The Mahnomen defense was very sharp in limiting the Falcons to only three yards of offense in the second half and 35 yards for the game!!! Mahnomen's offense behind the 223 yards rushing in the first half from Pavek ended with 358 yards, 351 of that on the ground. 
Mahnomen is 10-0 on the season with 38 straight wins and will be in the Section 8A Championship again on Thursday at 8:00 PM at the Fargodome against tonight's winner of Fosston and Lake Park-Audubon.



2nd 3rd 4th


Fertile-Beltrami 0 0 0 0 0
Mahnomen 14 21 0 7 42

1st Quarter
00:58 - Mahnomen - Tommy Pavek 71 yard run (Tommy Pavek kick)
8:22 - Mahnomen - Tommy Pavek 51 yard run (Tommy Pavek kick)

2nd Quarter
00:54 - Mahnomen - Tommy Pavek 36 yard run (Brian Schoenborn kick)
5:21 - Mahnomen - Dillon Reitan 27 yard punt return (Brian Schoenborn kick)
9:18- Mahnomen - Mitch Foss 4 yard run (Brian Schoenborn kick)

3rd Quarter
No Scoring

4th Quarter
5:43 - Mahnomen - Jerell Londo 4 yard run (Jerrell Londo kick) 



Win-E-Mac's quarterback Zac Tradewell missed a number of games because of an injury and senior showed he is back at full strength as he ran for three touchdowns and threw for two to Jacob Knutson to lead the Patriots to a 42-27 win over the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Ponies in a Section 8 9-Man semi-final game played in Warren.
The game was a battle of quarterbacks as Warren-Alvarado-Oslo's Cameron DuBore matched Tradewell running for three touchdowns and throwing for two. Win-E-Mac scored with less than two minutes to go in the first half to take a 20-13 lead at the break. Tradewell and DuBore traded touchdowns in the third quarter. After DuBore threw a 34 yard pass for a score to Peter Durand to pull Warren-Alvarado-Oslo within 34-27, but Tradewell 10 seconds later ran for 49 yards to seal the victory for the Patriots. Tradewell had 214 yards rushing and threw for 92 yards while DuBore had 168 yards rushing.
Win-E-Mac is now 8-2 on the season and will meet Kittson County Central on Thursday afternoon for the Section 8 9-Man championship at the Fargodome.  Warren-Alvarado-Oslo ends their season at 7-2.



2nd 3rd 4th


Win-E-Mac 8 12 8 14 42
Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 7 6 7 7 27

1st Quarter
3:09 -  WAO -  Cameron DuBore 40 yard run   (Brice Miller kick)
10:43 - WEM - Jacob Knutson 13 yard pass from Zac Tradewell  (Jacob Knutson pass from Zac Tradewell)

2nd Quarter
00:12 - WAO -  Cameron DuBore 65 yard run  (pass failed)
4:12 - WEM -  Zac Tradewell 1 yard run  (pass failed)
10:13 - WEM - Jacob Knutson 52 yard pass from Zac Tradewell  (pass failed)

3rd Quarter
5:34 -  WEM - Zac Tradewell 19 yard run  (Jacob Knutson pass from Zac Tradewell)
9:37 -  WAO - Cameron DuBore 4 yard run  (Brice Miller kick)

4th Quarter
1:36 -  WEM -  Zac Tradewell 9 yard run  (pass failed)
5:34 -  WAO -  Peter Durand 34 yard pass from Cameron DuBore  (Brice Miller kick)
5:44 -  WEM -  Zac Tradewell  49 yard run  (Jacob Knutson pass from Zac Tradewell)


The Minot State Beavers scored 14 quick points and never looked back as they cruised to a 50-20 victory over the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Football team in a game played at Minot, North Dakota.
In the first offensive series of the game, UMC had a first down because of a Minot State penalty, but on the next play the Beavers forced and recovered a fumble at their own 37 yard line.  A couple plays later the Beavers scored on a Jarvis Mustipher 34 yard run and after the extra point kick was good Minot State led 7-0.  After the Minot State kickoff, UMC run two plays and on the third play they tried a pass, which was picked off and the Beavers had the ball on the UMC 29 yard line.  Minot State added another touchdown one play later on a Zac Cunha 29 yard pass to Glyn Borel for another touchdown and after the extra point kick the Beavers led 14-0 with over nine minutes left in the first quarter!!  
Towards the end of the first quarter UMC had two more possessions, but couldn't get anything going, including a three and out.  Minot State took advantage of the three and out and went 33 yards on eight plays to set up a 21 yard field goal for Brian Gutierrez and the Beavers led 17-0 seven seconds into the second quarter.  UMC's next drive was only six plays for 29 yards, but a 46 yard punt pinned Minot State back at their own 20 yard line.  The bad field position didn't bother Minot State as they marched the ball down the field and went 80 yards on six plays, which was capped with another 34 yard Jarvis Mustipher touchdown run, and after a failed extra point kick, the Beavers had a 23-0 lead.   UMC needed a spark in a big way and they received the boost on the ensuing kickoff when UMC's Tommy Smith (Jr. Naranja, FL) had a 34 yard return to start the Golden Eagle drive at their own 42 yard line. On the second play of the drive Travon Hearns (Fresh. Bloomington, MN) ran for 16 yards and on the next play he found Constant Jackson (Jr. Jacksonville, FL) for a 41 yard touchdown pass and after the Mike Maw extra point UMC trailed 23-7.  Minot State responded with an impressive five play 73 yard drive that was capped by a 13 yard touchdown pass from Cunha to Borel, the second time they connected for a touchdown in the game, and after the extra point kick was good Minot State led 30-7.  The two teams traded possessions and after a bad Minot State punt, of 16 yards, the Golden Eagles started the drive at their own 35 yard line.  On the first UMC play, Hearns connected with Timothy Mack (Fresh. Inglewood, CA) for a 57 yard pass, all the way down to the Minot State eight yard line. On the next play, Hearns kept the ball and ran eight yards for a touchdown to cap a two play 65 yard drive.  After the extra point kick was good UMC trailed 30-14, and that is how the first half ended.
On the third play of the second half Minot State completed a pass, but UMC's South siders, Sam Smith (Sr. South St. Paul) forced a fumble and Greg Lofquist (Sr. South St. Paul) recovered the ball at the Minot State 33 yard line.  UMC only had two yards on their next two plays and then was sacked for a loss of nine for a fourth and 17 play.  Hearns connected with Marcus Cheatham (Sr. Stockton, CA) for a 21 yard passing play for a first down.  On the next play Hearns ran the ball for seven yards and Dre Persson (Soph. Detroit, MI) ran the ball three times for two and three yards before the last run for a one yard touchdown run and after the extra point failed Minot State led 30-20.  Minot State punched right back with a seven play 65 yard drive for a 37-20 lead.  On the ensuing kickoff, UMC fumbled on the return and Minot State recovered and the Golden Eagles were flagged for an unsportsman-like conduct penalty and three plays later the Beavers scored on an 11 yard pass to take a 43-20 lead, which they had going into the fourth quarter.
Minot State added another touchdown in the fourth quarter after UMC had another three and out and after a 37 yard punt, the Beavers marched 48 yards on six plays for another touchdown for a 50-30 lead and held on the rest of the way for a 50-20 victory, for their first win of the year.
UMC drops to 0-8 on the year and will host #2 ranked Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, November 1.  Minot State improves to 1-7 on the year.



2nd 3rd 4th


UMC 0 14 6 0 20
Minot State 14 16 13 7 50

1st Quarter
4:32 - MSU - Jarvis Mustipher 34 yard run (kick good)
5:58 - MSU - Zac Cunha 29 yard pass to Glyn Borel (kick good)

2nd Quarter
00:07 - MSU - Brian Gutierrez 21 yard field goal
6:12 - MSU - Jarvis Mustipher 34 yard run (kick failed)
7:33 - UMC - Travon Hearns 41 yard pass to Constant Jackson (kick good)
9:47 - MSU - Zac Cunha 13 yard pass to Glyn Borel (kick good)
13:34 - UMC - Travon Hearns 8 yard run (kick good)

3rd Quarter
5:15 - UMC - Dre Persson 1 yard run (pass failed)
8:47 - MSU - Zac Cunha 13 yard pass to Chase Kimble (kick good)
11:15 - MSU - Zac Cunha 11 yard pass to Leon La Deaux (kick blocked)

4th Quarter
6:16 - MSU -  Alamoti Vaenuku 1 yard run (kick good)



The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) won the first and fourth set and had a lead late in the deciding set before losing three games to two , 24-26, 25-14, 25-13, 25-27, 15-13, in a Northern Sun Conference match in Minot, N.D.
The play was tight throughout the first set with UMC leading much of the way and had four points in a row with the serving of Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Il) and the play at the net with Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) and Kelci Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) and UMC had 10-6 lead. Minot State would battle back to tie it at 12-12 and pretty much were tied the rest of the way including 23-23. UMC took the 24-23 lead on a kill by Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Ks) and the Golden Eagles were serving for the set, but Minot State tied it at 24-24. UMC’s Looker and Kelci Green had two kills in a row to give the Golden Eagles a 26-24 win.
Minot State jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and saw UMC come back with kills from Sierra Trost (Soph-Blaine High School, Mn), Looker and Pearson and they trailed 6-5. Minot State would run off eight points in a row behind the serving of Mallory Sall and a 14-5 lead and the Beavers wouldn’t be headed off as they tied the sets at one each with a 25-14 win.
The momentum carried Minot State to a 9-3 lead and the Golden Eagles would not get within five points of Minot State who ran out an impressive 25-13 win to take a two games to one lead over the visiting Golden Eagles.
The two teams went at it back and forth in the fourth set with UMC taking their first lead at 12-11 and they were tied at 17 and then 21-21 with Looker slamming two straight kills for points and Becca Vandenheuvel (Fresh-Cannon Falls, Mn) had a block and then served an ace. The two teams were tied at 23-23 when UMC’s Erin Schwarz (Soph-Eden Prairie, Mn) and VanGerpen combined on a block to make it 24-23 and UMC was serving to tie the match, but Minot State tied it at 24-24. The two teams tied at 25-25 when VanGerpen’s kill gave UMC a 26-25 lead and Mary Mikutowski (Sr-Stillwater, Mn) served a huge ace to give UMC a 27-25 win and tie it at two games apiece and send it to a deciding fifth.
Minot State started off well with a 3-1 lead and UMC had a kill by Kelci Green,  but the Beavers Jen Dixon was being a handful at the net along with Sall and Minot State led 6-3. Sall had two kills in a row, but committed a mistake on her serve and Minot State led 7-4, but UMC came back to tie it at 7-7 and it was tied at 9-9 when UMC scored three in a row with a kill from Trost and Kassi Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) and a 12-9 lead. It was 13-9 when Kelci Green kill. Minot State scored a couple and trailed 13-11 and Sall had another point to trail by one at 13-12 and UMC called a timeout just two points away from a win and sweep on the weekend. It didn’t slow down Minot State as they had a kill for a point from Rachel Fagerburg and Dixon served an ace and Minot State now led 14-13 and it was put away by Sall on a kill and the Beavers won 15-13 and the match three games to two.
UMC falls to 10-13 on the year and will return home to host Bemidji State on Tuesday night. Minot State is 8-16 on the season.

 BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5
UMC 26 14 13 27 13
Minot State 24  25   25  25 15

Kills - Brittany Looker-13, Kelci Green-9, Kassi Green-8, Morgan VanGerpen-7
Blocks - Erin Schwarz-7, Kassi Green-4, Kelci Green-4, Morgan VanGerpen-4
Assists - Sierra Trost-18, Kaycie Hagen-18
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-20, Brittany Looker-10, Sierra Trost-10
Aces -Mary Mikutowski-2

FRIDAY  -  OCTOBER 24, 2014


The Crookston Pirates Girls Swimming had a first place finish in every event, except for two and won the North Border Conference Swimming at the Warroad High School Pool.  Crookston was able to beat Warroad/Roseau by 75 points.  Kate MacGregor, and Haley Roed had four first place finishes, while Thea Oman had three first places, and Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry, and Merran Dingmann had two first place finishes apiece. "It really showed our depth within our group," said Pirate Girls Swim coach Marley Melbye. "It was an exciting meet and another highlight was we added two more girls to the section team."  Muira MacCrae and Lucy Whiting shaved significant time to record a section qualifying time in the 100 backstroke. "They were over the moon about it and looked at the score board and were thrilled," said Coach Melbye. "Lucy cut three seconds off her time and Muira cut a second and a half and did phenomenal in their events." 
It has been an exciting couple of days for the Pirate swimmers as they had their first practice in the Crookston Pool and now a North Border Conference Championship. "Being in our own pool has given the girls some extra energy and excitement for the rest of the season and that showed today as the girls came out on top," said Coach Melbye. "Our starts today improved today and we will continue to hit those hard and hopefully be ready for sections on November 7 and 8.  The girls were super excited to be back in their own pool and the are even more excited to have won the conference meet."
Crookston will host Moorhead in a dual on Thursday, October 30 in the only home meet of the year.

The Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team with their Conference Championship Trophy 

1. CROOKSTON - 584
2. Warroad/Roseau - 509
3. Thief River Falls - 448
4. Fosston-Bagley - 420

Pirate (Top 2 places) Event Time Place
Sierra Pry, Thea Oman,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Medley 2:05.10 1st
Marietta Geist 200 Freestyle 2:11.84 1st
Thea Oman 200 IM 2:31.26 1st
Haley Roed 50 Freestyle 26.08 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Butterfly 1:07.73 1st
Haley Roed 100 Freestyle 57.78 1st
Merran Dingmann 500 Freestyle 5:56.66 1st
Marietta Geist, Sierra Pry,
Kate MacGregor, Haley Roed
200 Freestyle Relay 1:48.96 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Backstroke 1:03.32 1st
Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman,
Maddie Nicholls, Thea Oman
400 Yard Freestyle 4:15.36 1st
Merran Dingmann, Maddie Nicholls,
Elizabeth Erdman, Marietta Geist
200 Medley Relay 2:09.73 2nd
Merran Dingmann 200 Freestyle 2:16.49 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Butterfly 1:15.71 2nd
Sierra Pry 500 Freestyle 6:13.77 2nd
Maddie Nicholls 100 Breaststroke 1:19.24 2nd


          Katherine Geist down the stretch, on her way to a 7th place finish

Crookston runner Katherine Geist finished 7th overall with a time of 15.54 to qualify for the Minnesota State Cross Country meet on November 1.  Katherine, a seventh grader at Crookston High School, along with two other Crookston runners have practiced and traveled to meets all year with the East Grand Forks squad. Emily Gillette finished 57th with a time of 18:35.30 and on the boys side, Erik Jacobson finished 58th with a time of 19:44.27.  The Green Wave head coach is Kristy Aune and talked about the Pirates runners, “Katherine got out hard with the lead pack and hung on as long as she could.  She races with guts and doesn’t back down.  Her focus is intense! Katherine has worked very hard every day in practice all season long. She does what we ask her to do on the weekends and always competes well.  We are excited for her to experience competing at the state level," said East Grand Forks Coach Kristy Aune. "Emily Gillette and Erik Jacobson also ran well for Crookston.  They concentrated on the race and worked as hard as they could.  These 7th grade girls from Crookston have a bright future in distance running.  Emily races with courage and is a strong runner.  She works hard in practice as well. Erik has a nice stride and will continue to improve upon his already solid form.”  The Minnesota State Cross-Country boys and girls meet will be on Saturday, November 1 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and Geist is the second in her family to practice with East Grand Forks and make it to the state meet as two years ago, Andreas Geist ran at state and finished 88 of 175 runners! 
Perham and Park Rapids finished 1-2 and advance both their teams to the State Cross-Country meet and the top eight individuals who are not from Perham or Park Rapids advance to the State.
Marissa Carlson of Bagley-Fosston won the event on her home course and advances to state as does, Ellie Nelson of Roseau, Ellie Morgan and Megan Danielson of Frazee, Gina Garai of Pequot Lakes, Enma Brunelle of Warroad, Alyssa Peterson of United North Central and Geist.

Perham and Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal advance their teams as they finished 1-2 on the boys side. Isaac Overmyer of Park Rapids was the individual winner and advances to state along with Bailey Crook  and Dan Wilson of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton,  Zach Heppner of Warroad, Stephen Plopper of Staples-Motley, Weston Nelson of Roseau, Hunter Stai of Bagley-Fosston and T. J. Lukanen of Pine River-Backus.

Section 8A Girl's Results

Section 8A Boy's Results

          Emily Gillette and Katherine Geist


The University of Minnesota Crookston outplayed the University of Mary at the net with over 27% hitting, but it was the blocking on the night for the Golden Eagles that stymied the Marauders as UMC won in three, 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 in a Northern Sun Conference match in Bismarck, N.D.
UMC took a quick 7-3 to start the match in the first set with some Marauder mistakes and play at the net with kills by Kassi Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) and Erin Schwarz (Soph-Eden Prairie, Mn). The U of Mary battle back within 8-6, but the Golden Eagles ran off six in a row behind a bunch of mistakes by the Marauders and a service ace from Mary Mikutowski (Sr-Stillwater, Mn.) and UMC led 14-6. Being at home gave some momentum to the University of Mary and continued to battle back and close the gap to 17-16 at one time. It was at this point, the Golden Eagles put it away with some strong play at the net when Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) looking like the All Conference player she is with four straight kills and add another one from Kassi Green and UMC won the first set 25-17.
UMC came to play jumping out to an 8-2 lead in the second set going strong at the net again with Kassi Green, Sierra Trost (Soph-Blaine High School, Mn) and Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Il) with four straight kills and Looker who was serving during this stretch put an ace down and the led 8-2. The Golden Eagles continued to overpower the Marauders and were up 17-10, but Mary rebounded with four straight points and closed the gap to 17-14 and then it was tight the rest of way and the Marauders Lauren Randall took over for a bit with some kills and it was tied at 22-22. Looker had another kill to make it 23-22 UMC and Looker had a block for a point and UMC was serving for the set leading 24-22, but Randall banged one down for Mary and UMC was up 24-23, but the Golden Eagles best player had her 11th kill of the match and Looker’s hit gave UMC the 25-23 important win to take a two sets to none lead.
The Marauders gave their home crowd something to cheer about when they took a 7-3 lead and it didn’t last long as the UMC Green twins, Kassi and Kelci to tie the game at 10-10, then 18-18. Looker gave UMC the lead at 19-18, but the two teams tied at 19, 20, 21 and 22. UMC’s Becca Vandenheuvel (Fresh-Cannon Falls, Mn) forced a couple miscues by Mary and Pearson’s block gave UMC the 25-22 win and the match. Pearson was on top of her game at the net with a hitting percentage of over 53% on the night and every time UMC needed a point, Looker was there.  UMC stops a three game losing streak with the win and are 10-12 overall and 4-10 in the Northern Sun Conference and travel north tomorrow to play at Minot State for a rare Saturday night match at 7:00 PM.
The University of Mary is 4-19 overall and 1-13 in the conference and hosts Bemidji State on Saturday night at 6:00 PM.

UMC 25 25 25
U of Mary 17 23 22

Kills - Brittany Looker-15, Kassi Green-8, Stephanie Pearson-8
Blocks - Kelci Green-7, Kassi Green-4, Erin Schwarz-4, Morgan VanGerpen-3
Assists - Sierra Trost-17, Kaycie Hagen-6, Morgan VanGerpen-5
Digs - Brittany Looker-10, Stephanie Pearson-8, Mary Mikutowski-6
Aces - Kaycie Hagen-2


The University of Minnesota Crookston has played to four ties on the season, including their second 0-0 overtime tie this afternoon against Upper Iowa University at the UMC Soccer Field. With the tie against the number four team in the conference standings, it keeps UMC in the hunt for a final eight finish which would be a slot in the post-season tournament. The Golden Eagles controlled play in the first half and some great opportunities including a close in shot by Courtney Armborst (Jr-Henry Sibley High School, Mn). The second half was the opposite as the Peacocks had numerous chances, but were thwarted by UMC goalkeeper, Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi) recorded her fifth shutout of the season.  UMC is 6-5-4 overall and 5-4-3 in the Northern Sun Conference and will host Winona State on Sunday. The Warriors are 11-1 on the year and ranked #18 in the nation.  Game time at UMC will be NOON.  Upper Iowa, who was ranked eighth in the Midwest Region, was on a nine game winning streak and is  9-4-1 overall and 9-2-1 in the conference.



2nd OT OT2 Final
Upper Iowa 0 0 0 0 0
UMC 0 0 0 0 0



Saves 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total
Kaitlyn Emanuel-UI 1 1 1 0 3
Lexie Gauger-UMC 0 6 0 0 6



The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team looking like real Pirates when they arrived to Thief River Falls (Picture submitted by Amber Froeber)

If there was any concern with the Thief River Falls Volleyball team, who were missing their 6’2 senior Madison Brekke, with either hitting or blocking, it was short-lived as the Prowlers 5’10 leaper, Meleah Biermaier dominated throughout the match to lead the Prowlers to a 3-0 win over the Crookston Pirates, 25-22, 25-15, 25-16 in a first round Section 8AA volleyball match in Thief River Falls.
The Crookston Pirates played a terrific first set in a closely contested game as the two teams went back and forth and were tied at 1, 3, 7, and 9 and Crookston’s Amber Froeber’s big blast gave the Pirates a 10-9 lead. Crookston continued to surge with the Prowlers making some unforced errors and the Pirates Amanda Trandem had a nice kill and soon Crookston was leading 17-13 and forcing another Thief River Falls timeout.  Froeber and Meleah Biermaier of Thief River Falls traded kills and after a bad Pirate serve, the Prowlers Mattlyn Erickson served an ace, another Pirate unforced error and a Biermaier kill led Thief River Falls to four straight points and tying the match at 18-18.  The Prowlers hit an attack into the net, but Biermaier had another kill and it was tied again at 19-19 and Crookston used a timeout. Thief River Falls took the lead with another Biermaier kill for a 21-20 lead. The Pirates Abby Parr perfectly placed an attack in the corner to tie it at 21-21.  The Prowlers, behind a Jennica Leier kill and a mishit by a Pirate and the Prowlers led 23-21 and Crookston used their second timeout. Another point gave Thief River Falls a 24-21 lead and serving for the set, but Precious Adams had a kill to make it 24-22 until the Prowlers Emily Bergland slammed down a kill to give Thief River Falls an exciting 25-22 win. “It was a fun first set,” said Crookston head coach Meredith Hollcraft. “We came out and played very well against one of the top teams in the section, but at the end we had some mental mistakes and not controlling what we can control. We did what we could do, but you make mistakes like we did and good teams, which Thief River Falls certainly is, will kill you.”
The momentum of the first set carried over for the Prowlers in the second game as Thief River Falls scored the first eight points of the set with Biermaier having a couple blocks and some Pirate errors. Crookston scored on a Prowler missed serve, Parr had a couple serving points, but Thief River Falls still led 8-3 and they didn’t let up.  Behind Biermaier either hits at the net or serving for points along with Bergland, Thief River Falls widened the lead to 20-10 and Crookston called a timeout to try and stop the Prowlers roll. Crookston tried to chip away at the Prowler lead with Shelby Solheim on a block and point, a mishit by Thief River Falls, but the score was 24-14 and serving for the set. Thief River Falls had a mishit by Bergland, but on the net point, Bergland’s kill gave Thief River Falls a 25-15 win and take a commanding two games to none lead. “I don’t think it was anything emotional from losing the first set that contributed to our play in the second set,” said Coach Hollcraft. “It seems that when we get down, we keep falling lower and lower, which is what happened.”
It appeared the Prowlers were going to do the same thing in set three as they did in set two, getting out to a 3-0 lead. Crookston started coming back with Froeber getting a kill, Adams did the same and also had a block for a kill and when Kenzie Klatt put an ace over, Crookston led 10-7 and eventually 14-11, but Thief River Falls started to roll again. Trailing 14-11, the Prowlers ran off eight points in a row to take an 18-14 lead with Biermaier at the net was slamming down sets big time and the Pirates had no answers the rest of the way as the Thief River Falls Prowlers won 25-16 to take the match, three games to none and advance to the quarterfinals tomorrow night. At the same time, it ended the Pirates season.
“We responded well and got on a nice run, which showed a lot of our girls,” said Coach Hollcraft. “The problem was they got on a run and we couldn’t head them off. Meleah (Biermaier) goes right over the top of our biggest blockers and we haven’t seen that much this year. She is a terrific player and we kept looking to see when she would get to the back row. But, it was a fun first and third set for us and hopefully we can build off those in the off-season.”  Crookston ends their season 8-16 and loses four seniors, Amber Froeber, Kenzie Klatt, Abby Parr and Shelby Solheim. “I loved being part of their senior year,” said Coach Hollcraft. “They were great leaders who have been great to work with.”
Thief River Falls is now 20-9 on the season and will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday night in a Section 8AA quarterfinal match.

Shelby Solheim taps the ball over the net     Abby Parr with a dig on the serve receive

  1 2 3
CROOKSTON 22 15 16
Thief River Falls 25 25 25

 Amber Froeber with one of her 15 digs       Kenzie Klatt sets up a teammate

For Crookston
Kills - Amber Froeber-8, Precious Adams-3
Blocks - Shelby Solheim-2
Assists - Kenzie Klatt-13
Digs - Annie Hajostek-20, Amber Froeber-15
Aces - Amber Froeber-1, Kenzie Klatt-1, Karlee Meyer-1

For Thief River Falls

Kills - Meleah Biermaier-18, Emily Bergland-9
Blocks - Jennica Leier - 4.5,  Kendra Wiggs-3.5, Meleah Biermaier-3.5
Assists - Mattlyn Erickson-36
Digs - Emily Bergland-13, Meleah Biermaier-10
Aces - Mattlyn Erickson-2



                                                    The 18 Crookston Pirate Football seniors after the game

Barnesville scored the first two times they had the ball and their defense didn’t allow a touchdown until four minutes left in the game as the Trojans defeated the Crookston Pirates 36-8 in a Section 8AA playoff game in Barnesville.
With a 25-30 mph wind blowing, Barnesville won the toss and deferred and went on defense to start the game. “We wanted to play good defense, stop them on the ground and make them pass, which I don’t think they wanted too,” said Barnesville head coach Bryan Strand. That is what the Trojans did, stopped Crookston on their first series, forcing a punt into the wind that ended up at midfield with their first possession. With the wind at their back, Barnesville went to the air and it only took two plays with Trojans quarterback, Ethan Ishaug, completing two passes, the last one a nine yarder to Connor Meyer for a touchdown and the Trojans led 7-0 just four and a half minutes into the game. Crookston would have one of their better drives of the game on their next possession with a 53 yard gain on a run by Brandt Delage, but their drive was stalled on a fourth down play and Barnesville took over at their own 24 yard line. One of the trademarks of Barnesville last year was quick scores and they haven’t done that a lot this season, but on this drive they maneuvered a 76 yard drive on only four plays with Nick Randlev scoring on a three yard run and Barnesville led 14-0. “I thought we had turned the corner on poor tackling the last couple games,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt. “We didn’t do a very good job of doing that on that drive and others during the game.”
In the second quarter, Crookston came up with a fumble recovery as Barnesville was driving, but were forced to punt and gave the Trojans the ball at their own 48 yard drive. Again, Barnesville racked up numerous big gains and Connor Meyer scored on a three yard run to give the Trojans a 21-0 lead at half-time. “They set the momentum early with those two quick touchdowns,” said coach Butt. “We felt we certainly had a chance at the half and needed to come out and score ourselves and then we would have a game. I thought we played much better defensively after their two possessions.”
With deferring at the beginning of the game, Barnesville would get the ball to start the second half and got great field position as Crookston tried on onside kick that Barnesville recovered at midfield. “It wasn’t an onside kick,” said coach Butt. “It was supposed to go to the left and went to the right and it’s kind of funny as everything we try to kick looks like an onside kick.” Barnesville wouldn’t give Crookston any thoughts of getting back into the game as the Trojans marched the 51 yards on only four plays and Rylee Anderson scoring on a 24 yard run and just a minute and half into the second half, Barnesville had a 28-0 lead. “That was a big series as we were trying to get back into it and they score on the first possession and they really had all the momentum at that time,” said coach Butt. “We were caught looking into their backfield a few times.”
Barnesville would score one more time in the third quarter on another long drive as Ben Sauve scored on an eight yard run and the Trojans led 36-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Crookston couldn’t get anything going offensively in the game and with four minutes left in the game, they were able to spring Aaron Hollcraft for a 63 yard run and score to avoid the shutout and made the score 36-8. On the touchdown run by Hollcraft, it was the only second down Crookston had up to that point. Crookston had another chance, but an interception with 30 seconds left to go in the game allowed Barnesville to take a knee for the 36-8 win and advance to the Section semi-finals.
Although Crookston had 236 yards rushing in the game, two of the runs were 53 and 63 and on the other 36 carries, the Pirates had 136 yards.“ We had a hard time offensively,” said coach Butt. “We moved it at times, but just couldn’t get any continuity or sustained drives. We worked hard, but just got beat by a better football team tonight.”
Crookston’s season ends at 2-7 and the last game of their high school career for 18 seniors. “I had to say thanks and goodbye to 18 young men after the game,” said an emotional coach Butt. “They did everything I asked of them and I couldn’t be prouder of a bunch of kids as I am of those 18. That’s a lot of talent and numbers that will be hard to replace.”
Barnesville improves to 6-3 on the year and advance to the Section 8AA semi-finals on Saturday afternoon when they play the number one seed, Hawley, who is also ranked number one in the state Class AA polls. Hawley had a first round bye and since their football complex is being renovated, the Nuggets haven’t had a home game all season and will play Barnesville at the Moorhead High School field at 2:00 PM.

                          Patrick Deng holds on to make a tackle



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                  Luke Edlund finishes off a tackle of the Trojan runningback

1st Quarter
4:32 - Barnesville - Connor Meyer 9 yard pass from Ethan Ishaug (Alex Settelmeyer kick)
8:56 - Barnesville - Nick Randklev 3 yard run (Alex Settelmeyer kick)

2nd Quarter
7:50 - Barnesville - Connor Meyer 3 yard run (Alex Settelmeyer kick)

3rd Quarter
1:23 - Barnesville - Rylee Anderson 24 yard run (Alex Settelmeyer kick)
8:24 - Barnesville - Ben Sauve 8 yard run (Logan Lewis run)

4th Quarter
7:57 - Crookston - Aaron Hollcraft 63 yard run (Luke Edlund pass from Parker Salentine)

Brandt Delage looks to break a a big run with the help of a block from Matt Garmen

  CROOKSTON Barnesville
First Downs 9 18
Rushing-Yards 38-236 45-337
Passing 3-15-1 5-12-1
Passing Yards 23 92
Total Yards 249 429
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 5-35 5-45
Punts-Yards Ave. 6-25.0 2-26.0


Crookston Barnesville
Brandt Delage                       15-93 Rylee Anderson            10-110
Aaron Hollcraft                       9-82 Connor Meyer                8-95
Mikey Hajostek                     4-20 Ben Sauve                       9-79
Luke Edlund                           7-19 Ethan Ishaug                   8-31
Chris Wavra                           1-17 Nick Randlev                  4-21
Parker Salentine                     2-5 Jimmy Kletsch                 1-2
  Brady Tweeton                1-1
  Jared Affield                    1-0
  Brady Martz                    1-0
  Aaron Nelson                   1-0
  Graham Sauve                  1-(-2)


Parker Salentine        3-14-1      23 yards

Ethan Ishaug               4-10-1     82 yards

Seth Desrosier           0-1-0          0 yards

Jared Affield               1-2-0        10 yards


Danny Davidson            1-5 Connor Meyer        2-36
Seth Desrosier               1-4 Nick Randlev          1-13
Mikey Hajostek            1-14 Ben Sauve               1-33
  Tyler Schenck         1-10

Cody Weiland (middle) and teammates try to bring down the Trojan ball carrier



MONDAY - OCTOBER 20,  2014


Crookston’s Paul Bittner and his Portland Winterhawks continued a long road trip by coming as close to Crookston as they will play by coming to Brandon, Manitoba, which is about a four hour drive from Crookston.  About 20 Crookston residents made the trip to see Paul play for the four time defending Western Conference Western Hockey League Champions.  
Portland has gotten off to a slow start this year after losing their coach Mike Johnston who is now the Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins and also losing Defenseman Matt Dumba who is playing for the Minnesota Wild.  They currently have 2 wins, 8 losses, and 2 overtime shootout losses on the year. The Winterhawks were coming off a 6-2 win against Moose Jaw on Friday Night. Unfortunately, the Brandon Wheatkings are having a great year and are leading the Eastern Conference of the Western Hockey League with an 8-2-1 record.  The game ended in a route as Brandon ran away with a 10-3 win.  Bittner was able to record an assist on a very nice goal, and played a pretty good game despite the lopsided score.
Paul's year has gotten off to a slow start along with the entire Winterhawks team.  Thru 12 games Paul has 3 goals and 1 assist.  But he's starting to show signs of breaking out of the slump.  He made numerous good passing plays that resulted in good scoring chances and by the third period he had moved from the 2nd line to the first line with two dynamic players Nic Petan who is a Winnipeg Jets draft pick and Oliver Bjorkstrand who is a Columbus Blue Jacket draft pick.  This is Paul's draft year and he is currently projected to be a first round draft pick in the NHL draft in April.

      Bittner (closest wing) waits for a faceoff                       The Crookston crowd with Paul, Jon and Jo Bittner after the game



SUNDAY -  OCTOBER 19, 2014


It was a defensive battle on the UMC pitch this afternoon with both teams having six shots attempted in the match and only two shots on goal for each team. UMC scored on half of their shots on goal when for the second match in a row she scored the first goal of the match, Miranda Mosher (Fresh-Osseo H.S., Mn) tipped in a long pass from Rachelle Alcini (Sr-Ann Arbor, Mi) just 19 minutes into the match and the Golden Eagles had a 1-0 lead. On this afternoon, UMC’s defense would give up nothing the rest of the way and Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi) stopped the only shot on her and records her fifth shutout of the season. Mosher has scored three goals on the season and the three have come in the last four games for the Golden Eagles. With the win, UMC moves into sixth place in the Northern Sun Conference with a 5-4-2 mark and a big victory as far as keep their goal of being in the final eight and qualify for the conference post-season tournament. UMC is 6-5-3 overall and will be at home next weekend for conference games against two of the top four teams  on Friday and Saturday when they host Upper Iowa and Winona State.  Northern State has lost five in a row and are 4-10 on the year and 3-8 in the conference.



2nd Final
Northern State 0 0 0
UMC 1 0 1

19:05 -   UMC -  Miranda Mosher  (Rachelle Alcini)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Brittany Tietz-Northern State 1 1 2
Lexie Gauger-UMC 1 0 1


The Crookston Pirates Volleyball team though much improved from last year, were seeded seventh of eight teams for the Section 8AA North Sub-Section and will travel to Thief River Falls, the number two seed, for a first round match in the Section Tournament.  Hawley was the number one seed in the North, while Perham had the nod as the number one seed in the South Sub-Section.  The 8AA Tournament starts on Thursday (October 23) at high seeds. For the complete Section 8AA Tournament brackets, click here.


The Ada-Borup Cougars, ranked ninth in the Minnesota High School Class A volleyball polls, are the number one seed in the North Sub-Section of 6A and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross receives the top seed in the South Sub-Section.  The Section 6A Tournament starts on Thursday, October 23 with six pigtail matches and then the eight quarterfinal matches will be played on Friday.  The Section 6A Championship match will be on Saturday, November 1 at the Hawley High School.  For the complete Section 6A Volleyball Tournament brackets, click here.



After a shaky start, the University of Mary's defense stonewalled the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) offense and the Marauders rallied back to take a 17-10 Northern Sun Conference victory at Ed Widseth field in Crookston.
UMC showed some glimpses of the ability to move the ball against the Marauders on their first drive, which was eight plays, but they were forced to punt and also punted on their second possession. After UMC defensive back, Robert Gausi (Jr-Brooklyn Park, Mn) made a big hit and recovered a Mary fumble, the Golden Eagles would put together a scoring drive starting with a couple short runs by Dre Person (Soph-Detroit, Mi), Ben Bucholz (Jr-Perham, Mn) found Dante Jones (Jr-Landover, Md) for a 10 yard pass, Bucholz found his favorite receiver, Adam Connette (Fresh-Corona, Ca), who made a catch and terrific 44 yard run for the touchdown to give UMC the lead 7-0 after a Mike Maw (Soph-White Bear Lake, Mn) extra point kick with just under three minutes left in the first quarter, which is how the quarter ended.
The University of Mary would not allow the Golden Eagles much yardage the entire quarter and the Marauders would have ample opportunities to take the lead, but UMC’s defense would give up some yardage, but come up with the stops when needed.  One of the big stops was a Mychal Traylor (Soph-Cerritos, Ca) interception on one drive.  The next UMC defensive stop game when Mary started at their own 20 yard line. Led by the Marauders quarterback, Ben Jolliffe, they would go 79 yards on 16 plays, but on the 16th play and Mary having a second and goal at the one yard line, UMC’s Ben Taliulu (Fresh-Hawaii) hit forced the ball out on the ball carrier and it was recovered by the Golden Eagles at the one yard line.
After the two teams traded punts, the Marauders would keep driving the ball and in the final minute were stalled at the UMC 33 yard line and Brody Riggs kicked a 50 yard field goal, his longest of the season, to put Mary on the scoreboard with 30 seconds left to go in the half.  UMC led for the first time this season at half-time at 7-3. “We’re certainly pleased leading at the half,” said UMC head coach Mike Fritze. “Our defense got us a couple turnovers, but we have to do a better job of finishing off our drives. Mary is pretty strong up front and good linebackers, we just have to keep going at them.”
Whether the momentum of scoring a field goal at the end of the first half or the way their defense had played in the second quarter, Mary came out on the opening possession of the second half and moved the ball 70 yards with Jolliffe hitting a couple passes and some big gains on the ground by Dariouse Gravely and Vince Ferrante with 19 yards and 24 yards respectively on back to back runs. On a first and goal at the five, Ferrante scored to give the University of Mary their first lead of the game at 10-7 early in the second half. Later in the third quarter, UMC’s Bucholz was picked off by Mary’s Jacob Parker and it only took four plays to go 39 yards and Jolliffe found Jake East for a 13 yard touchdown pass with 47 seconds left in the third quarter and the University of Mary widened their lead to 17-7 at the end of the quarter.
UMC had about 50 yards of offense in the second and third quarters and they went to a second quarterback, Travon Hearns (Fresh-Bloomington Kennedy, Mn). After UMC’s Timothy Mack (Fresh-Inglewood, Ca) returned the kickoff 41 yards to midfield, UMC and Hearns maneuvered a drive to the Marauders 15 yard line, where it stalled and a Maw 22 yard field goal attempt was wide and the Golden Eagles still trailed 17-7 with 12 and a half minutes left in the game.  The Golden Eagles defense stopped the Marauders and after a punt that went into the end zone, UMC started at their own 20 yard line.
Hearns using the hurry up offense, found Connette for a 14 yard pass and the Golden Eagles were at the Marauders 39 yard line. After a UMC timeout and a third and 15, Hearns threw a strike to Caleb Seger (Jr-Lakeville South, Mn) for a first down and they were at the Mary 17 yard line. After a sack and two incomplete passes, UMC went to Maw who booted a 36 yard field goal with 2:16 left in the game and UMC trailed by seven, 17-10. “Ben (Bucholz) knee was acting up again, so we put Travon in and he gives us a different dimension,” said coach Fritze. “We are limited in what we can call as Travon doesn’t take as many snaps in practice, but he got us in position at the end.”
UMC needed to get the ball back and went with an onside kick, but it was recovered by Mary. The Marauders needed at least one first down to seal the victory and Jolliffe was able to run a bootleg on a third and nine to pick up the first down and then they took the knee twice to run out the clock and claim a 17-10 Northern Sun Conference win. UMC had 118 yards of offense in the first quarter, but could only put together 97 yards the rest of the game as the Mary defense was sharp. “Mary made a lot of nice adjustments after that first quarter,” said coach Fritze. “We had a lot of dropped balls and some other things that contributed as well and although it’s a little better feeling the way we played today, the way we hung together as a group, we still have things to work on as we head to Minot next week.”
UMC is 0-7 on the season and will travel to Minot, North Dakota next Saturday to play the other winless team in the conference, Minot State.  The University of Mary improves to 4-3 on the season and will home to host Minnesota State-Moorhead next Saturday.

          Mike Maw kicks a field goal                      Travon Hearns with a pass



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U of Mary












  Greg Lofquist (41) with one of his conference leading tackles      Adam Connette tries to break a tackle after a reception

1st Quarter
12:10 - UMC - Adam Connette 44 yard pass from Ben Bucholz (Mike Maw kick)

2nd Quarter
14:56 - Mary - Brody Riggs 50 yard field goal

3rd Quarter
3:12 - Mary - Vince Ferrante 5 yard run (Brody Riggs kick)
14:11 - Mary - Jake East 13 yard pass from Ben Jolliffe (Brody Riggs kick)

4th Quarter
12:44 - UMC - Mike Maw 36 yard field goal

         AJ Wallace finishes off a tackle on a University of Mary run



Despite spending the majority of the match in Minnesota State Moorhead’s territory and outshooting the Dragons by a wide margin, Minnesota State Moorhead’s Jessica Johnson, who hadn’t scored a goal thus far into the season, scored two goals four minutes apart late in the first half to lift the Dragons to a 2-1 win over the University of Minnesota Crookston in a Northern Sun Conference match in Crookston.
UMC struck first when Rachelle Alcini (Sr-Ann Arbor, Mi) pass in front of the Dragon’s goal to Miranda Mosher (Fresh-Osseo H.S., Mn) and the freshman scored to give the Golden Eagles the early lead. Then it was good five minutes for Johnson, scoring her first on a long shot, near 40 yards out that sailed by UMC goalie Lexie Gauger (Soph-Green Bay, Wi). Four minutes later and after a Golden Eagle penalty, Johnson scored on a free kick to give the Dragons a 2-1 lead and despite UMC outshooting MSU-Moorhead 9-2 that is how the first half ended.
The second half was more of the same as UMC completely dominated, but were putting shots wide, high or right at the Dragons goalkeeper, Ashley Leintz. UMC had a number of corner kicks, straight on kicks, but Leintz stopped everything thrown at her and the Dragons hung on to the 2-1 victory. UMC had 22 to 4 advantage in shots, led by Beth Lastovich (Fresh-White Bear Lake, Mn) with five and Mosher added four more shots.
UMC is now even on the season with a 5-5-3 overall record and 4-4-2 in the conference. The Golden Eagles will play Northern State on Sunday at 1:00 PM at the UMC Soccer Field. MSU-Moorhead snaps a four match losing streak and are 3-9 overall and 2-8 in the conference.

Courtney Armborst puts one of her five shots on goal



2nd Final
MSU-Moorhead 2 0 2
UMC 1 0 1

 Beth Lastovich tries a centering pass in the second half

23:11 -  UMC -  Miranda Mosher  (Rachelle Alcini)
35:39 -  MSUM -  Jessica Johnson  unassisted
39:45 -  MSUM -  Jessica Johnson unassisted

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Ashley Leintz-MSU-Moorhead 8 5 13
Lexie Gauger-UMC 0 1 1



After a tough opening set win, the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons used the momentum to breeze to a Northern Sun Conference volleyball win over the University of Minnesota Crookston, 25-21, 25-18, 25-14 in a match at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.
The first set was a battle between the two rivals as they tied at 7 and again at 14-14. This is where the Dragons took off and led 24-19, but Erin Schwarz (Soph-Eden Prairie, Mn) had a block for a point and followed by a Kaycie Hagen (Fresh-Burnsville H.S., Mn) serve to get UMC within 24-21, but the Dragons Maggie Gruber had a big hit for a kill and the Dragons took set one 25-21.
Momentum is a big part of volleyball and MSU-Moorhead had it after the opening set victory and jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the second set.  UMC did put together a little string with kills and blocks by the freshmen twins from Anoka, Mn, Kassi and Kelci Green and a kill by Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Il) UMC tailed 5-4. This didn’t faze the Dragons as the built up a 17-10 behind four kills in a row by Gruber, a senior from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. The Dragons weren’t done as Kaitlin VanWinkle hit down two in a row and it was 21-10.  UMC tried to get back into it with kills by Kassi Green and Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Ks), but the Dragons were on fire to win 25-18 and take a two set to none advantage.
Things didn’t change to start the third set with the Dragons getting off to a 6-3 lead and they kept building on it despite Looker and Kelci Green kills, MSU-Moorhead wasn’t going to be headed off with a 20-12 lead and five away from set and match, which they did with VanWinkle putting it away with a 25-14 win for the match.
UMC has lost five of their last six, 10 of their last 12 matches and are 9-12 on the year and 3-9 in the Northern Sun Conference. The Golden Eagles will be at the University of Mary and Minot State next weekend.  Minnesota State Moorhead had lost five of their last six matches coming in today are 9-12 overall and will host St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.

 Morgan VanGerpen tips the ball over the net and two MSUM blockers

MSU-Moorhead 25 25 25
UMC 21 18 14

Stephanie Pearson with an attack   Brittany Looker gets a kill

Kills - Brittany Looker-8,  Morgan VanGerpen-5, Stephanie Pearson-4, Erin Schwarz-4
Blocks - Kelci Green-8, Morgan VanGerpen-6, Erin Schwarz-5
Assists - Sierra Trost-13
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-24, Brittany Looker-13
Aces - Brittany Looker-1

FRIDAY  -   OCTOBER 17, 2014


Northern State was ranked 24th in NCAA Division II Volleyball and the Wolves were taken to the wire by the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) in a five setter that Northern State won 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 18-25, 15-13 in a Northern Sun Conference match at Lysaker Gym in Crookston.
With the first set pretty close and the Golden Eagles leading 7-6, UMC ran off a number of points behind Kelci Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) and Brittany Looker (Sr-Rochester, Mn) kills and mistakes by Northern State gave UMC a 17-12 lead forcing the Wolves into a timeout. Northern State as ranked teams will do, rallied back and cut UMC's lead down to 22-21. There was a point that UMC won during this time that swung the momentum back in their favor when both teams went back and forth at least six times with terrific saves on both sides until the Golden Eagles Sierra Trost (Soph-Blaine, Mn) finished the point off with a kill. After Looker and Stephanie Pearson (Jr-Frankfort, Il.) kills, UMC was serving for the set at 24-21, but Northern State scored a point before Looker banged a nice set from Trost to finish the set and a UMC 25-22 win. “We came out very aggressive, which you had to be in this match,” said UMC head coach Lee Anderson. “We had a number of players that contributed.”
The two teams went back and forth to begin the second set and were at 13-13 when Northern State ran off three in a row and although UMC kept chipping away at the Wolves lead behind Kelci Green's two kills and her twin sister, Kassi Green (Fresh-Anoka, Mn) also having a kill to close the gap to 22-20 in favor of Northern State. This is when Kelsey Chambers, who was tough the whole match, took over with two kills and then she served an ace to end it with Northern State winning 25-20 to tie the match at one set apiece. “It was fun to watch two of the top players in the conference go head to head,” said UMC coach Lee Anderson. “They went toe to toe and it was fun to watch.”
The win in the second set energized Northern State as they zoomed out to an 8-3 lead, but UMC came back with Looker having two straight kills and followed by Morgan VanGerpen (Sr-Overland Park, Ks) and cut Northern State’s lead to 12-11. The Wolves took advantage of some mishits by UMC and Northern State’s Jussy Tushcherer pounded a couple hits down and the Wolves were up 18-12 and cruised to 25-14 lead and they took a two games to one lead.
In a must win fourth set for UMC, they started well with the score tied at 7-7. The Golden Eagles started to make a move, particularly their All Conference player, Looker, who had two kills in a row and served an ace for three straight points. Rachel Freund (Fresh-Jordan, Mn) went high and a well place kill and point and an error by Northern State and UMC was up 14-8 and forced Northern into a timeout.   UMC never let up with a couple more Looker kills a Golden Eagles 20-14 lead and went on to win on a Becca Vandenheuvel (Fresh-Cannon Falls, Mn) serving ace and a UMC 25-18 win to force a game five.
In the fifth set, UMC jumped out to a 3-1 lead and the two teams were tied at 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, 8, 9 and 10!!!!  Northern State's Chambers continued her strong play with a kill and Northern State led 11-10 and added another as UMC was called for a lift and Northern State led 12-10 forcing UMC to call a timeout.  The timeout didn’t bother Chambers as she had another kill for a 13-10 lead for the Wolves, but they committed a net violation and their lead was 13-11 and only two points away from a victory.
UMC had aggressive attack and the hit went too far and out of bounds and now Northern State was serving for the set and match, but UMC took their second timeout. This break worked as UMC’s Looker and Freund had kills and close the gap to 14-13, but the Wolves Tushcherer knocked the winner down to give Northern State a 15-13 win and the win. “You look at every set was won by the aggressiveness of the winning team,” said coach Anderson. “The fifth set was just back and forth and a great battle and they won, but it was a good match. We had so many kids with good performances, which was nice.”
UMC is now 9-11 on the year and 3-9 in the conference and will host Minnesota State-Moorhead on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM. “Moorhead is a good team that made a few changes this year and they serve well and are aggressive, so it will be another great match tomorrow,” said Anderson.
Northern State ups their record to 14-6 overall and 7-5 in the conference.

 Kaycie Hagen with a set in the 3rd set      Mary Mikutowski with one of her 16 digs

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5
Northern State 22 25 25 18 15
UMC 25 20 14 25 13

Kills - Brittany Looker-24, Kassi Green-14, Kelci Green-7, Erin Schwartz-6
Blocks - Kelci Green-5, Kassi Green-4, Erin Schwartz-2, Morgan VanGerpen-2
Assists - Sierra Trost-31, Kaycie Hagen-23, Stephanie Pearson-3, Kelci Green-2
Digs - Mary Mikutowski-16, Sierra Trost-13, Brittany Looker-9, Stephanie Pearson-7
Aces - Brittany Looker-2, Kaycie Hagen-2



The Crookston Pirates who have won their last two regular season games will take their 2-6 record to Barnesville on Tuesday in the first round of the Section 8AA Football Playoffs.  The Pirates lost to Barnesville in the second game of the season by a 34-21 score in Crookston. Barnesville is 5-3 on the season, but has lost their final two regular season games.  The Section 8AA first round game in Barnesville will be at 7:00 PM.
For the complete Section 8AA Football playoffs bracket, click here.


The defending champion, Mahnomen Indians Football team, is the number one seed in the Section 8A Football playoffs that begin on Tuesday, October 21.  Fertile-Beltrami is the fourth seed and will host the fifth seed, Red Lake County Rebels in the first round.  Polk County West (Climax-Fisher-Sacred Heart) is the seventh seed and will be at the second seeded Fosston on Tuesday. For the bracket click here.

The defending champion, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebel Football team, is the number one seed in the Section 8AAA football playoffs that also begin on Tuesday, October 21.  East Grand Forks is the fifth seed and we be at the fourth seed, Perham, in the first round.  For the tournament bracket click here.



The Stephen-Argyle Storm football team is the number one seed for the Section 8A  9-Man football playoffs which starts on Tuesday, October 21. Not many points separated the top four teams.  The defending Section 8 9-Man champion is Kittson County Central.  For the complete playoff bracket, click here.

Undefeated Waubun is the number one seed for the Section 6A 9-Man football playoffs with Nevis getting the second seed. Ada-Borup is the defending Section champion and for the complete Section brackets, click here.


The defending Section 8AAAA football champions, the Detroit Lakes Lakers, are the number one seed again this year after going through the regular season unbeaten and are 8-0.  The Lakers and Albany, the number two seed will have first round byes in the six team Section.  For the 8AAAA football playoff brackets, click here.

Section 6AA Football

Section 8AAAAA Football



The Crookston Pirate Seventh grade football team was 7-0 this fall.  In the process of the seven wins, they outscored opponents 218-32.  Members of the team are:
Quinn Westlake, Leyton Salentine, Thomas Hollcraft, Hunter Hitchen, Ben Andringa, Joey Doda, Ty Hamre, Walker Winjum, Logan Hartjie, Caden Osborn, Peyton Swanson, Gavin Boman, Joseph Ramirez, Brady Butt, Josh Bernia, Quinn Winand, Nick Schulz, Preston Schehr, Anthony Jalan, Scott Cordova, and Jade Selzer.  The team is coached by Chad Hitchen and Lon Boike.




The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team was chosen to finish 13th in the 2014-15 NSIC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll released last Thursday by the conference office. They were selected seventh in the NSIC North. 
Concordia University, St. Paul was picked first with 216 points and 10 first-place votes, while Wayne State College (Neb.) was selected second with six first-place votes and 213 points. Northern State University’s Rachel Krogram, who was a Second Team All-Central Region pick during the 2013-14 season, was picked NSIC North Division Preseason Player of the Year. She averaged 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. Concordia’s Anika Whiting was picked as the NSIC South Division Preseason Player of the Year.
UMC junior guard Alexa Thielman was picked as UMC’s NSIC Player to Watch after a breakout year last season. Thielman averaged 15.2 points and 4.4 assists as a sophomore. She started all 27 games at guard and led the team with 60 assists. Thielman poured in a career-high 30 points November 30 against Bemidji State and tallied 20 or more points on eight occasions.
The Golden Eagles open up their regular-season schedule November 14 at the MSU Moorhead Tournament in Moorhead against Northern Michigan University. 




North Division


1. Concordia-St. Paul (10)


1. Northern State (7)


2. Wayne State (6)


2. Minot State (1)


3. Northern State


3. St. Cloud State


4. Minnesota State


4. MSU Moorhead


5. Augustana


5. Minnesota Duluth


6. Sioux Falls


6. University of Mary


7. MSU Moorhead


7. Minnesota Crookston


8. Minnesota Duluth


8. Bemidji State


9. Minot State


South Division


10. St. Cloud State


1. Wayne State (5)


11. University of Mary


2. Concordia-St. Paul (3)


12. Winona State


3. Minnesota State


13. Minnesota Crookston


4. Augustana


14. Upper Iowa


Sioux Falls


15. Bemidji State


6. Winona State


16. Southwest Minnesota State


7. Upper Iowa


first place votes in ( )


8. Southwest Minnesota State






The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team was picked to finish 16th in the 2014-15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll released Wednesday afternoon by the conference office. The Golden Eagles received 15 points in the poll.
Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked first overall in the poll with all 15 first-place votes possible (you cannot vote for your own team) and 225 overall points. Augustana College (S.D.) received one first-place vote with 205 overall points. Minnesota State University Moorhead was picked first in the NSIC North Division, while Minnesota State was picked first in the South Division.

Bemidji State University’s Brock Lutes was selected the NSIC North Preseason Player of the Year after averaging 22.2 points per game in his first season with the Beavers and securing Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team honors and NSIC Newcomer of the Year. Minnesota State University Mankato’s Zach Monaghan was selected NSIC South Division Player of the Year after being named NSIC Player of the Year last season after averaging 15.4 points per game and earning Daktronics All-American Second Team honors.

UMC’s Kevin Larson (Sr., New Ulm) was picked as the Golden Eagles’ Player to Watch. He was the only UMC player to start all 27 games last season. Larson averaged a team-high 30.4 minutes last season and averaging 4.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He dished out five assists against Bemidji State, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Winona State University and Minnesota State University.

The Golden Eagles are in their first season under new head coach Dan Weisse, who comes over from MSU Moorhead where he was an assistant. Weisse has brought in a new mindset to the UMC locker room as the Golden Eagles look to turn things around starting with the 2014-15 season. UMC returns Derrick Redd, Jr. (Jr., Menifee, Calif.), who averaged 10.2 points per game, and Tyler West, Jr. (Sr., Portland, Ore.) who averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. In addition, UMC has seven seniors on the roster including Larson and West. 

The Golden Eagles open up regular-season play in Seattle, Washington against Central Washington University November 14 at 5:00 p.m. 



North Division


1. Minnesota State (15)


1. MSU Moorhead (5)


2. Augustana (1)


2. St. Cloud State (2)


3. MSU Moorhead


3. Northern State (1)


4. Winona State


4. Minnesota Duluth


5. St. Cloud State


5. Bemidji State


6. Northern State


6. University of Mary


7. Minnesota Duluth


7. Minot State


8. Sioux Falls


8. Minnesota Crookston


9. Southwest Minnesota State


South Division


10. Upper Iowa


1. Minnesota State (7)


11. Bemidji State


2. Augustana (1)


12. Concordia-St. Paul


3. Winona State


13. University of Mary


4. Sioux Falls


14. Minot State


5. Southwest Minnesota State


15. Wayne State


6. Upper Iowa


16. Minnesota Crookston


7. Concordia -St. Paul


first place votes in ( )


8. Wayne State







The Crookston Pirates scored twice off Staples-Motley turnovers to defeat the Cardinals 14-0 and extend Staples-Motley losing streak to 37 straight games in a Heart O Lakes Conference football game in Staples. It also gave the Pirates their second straight win of the season heading into the playoffs.
Nobody scored in the first quarter although Crookston was moving the ball effectively on their first possession and fumbled the ball inside the Staples-Motley 30 yard line.  The Cardinals also were moving the ball fairly effectively with big chunks at a time, but nobody could finish and the first quarter ended 0-0.
With Staples-Motley electing not to punt and going for first downs near midfield, Crookston continued to get good field position and had some good drives they couldn’t finish off as well. Late in the second quarter the Cardinals were moving into Crookston territory again, when the Pirates Matt Garmen stepped in front of a Cardinal pass for his first high school interception and gave Crookston the ball at the Staples-Motley 33 yard line. Crookston went to the pitch to Hollcraft for some big gains and up the middle with Mikey Hajostek and the Pirates had a nine play 67 yard drive with Hollcraft finishing it off with a 14 yard run to give Crookston the first score with just under seven minutes to go in the first half. “We had a lot of success running the toss because I think our offensive linemen were quicker than they were,” said Hollcraft. “Dane Anderson, Mikey and Ryan (Porter) were doing some nice blocking. On the touchdown I just followed Mikey’s blocking and Ryan and give them all the credit for the run.” Most of Hollcraft’s 142 yards came from the toss. “Staples was bound and determined they were going to take away the dive and trap,” said Crookston head coach Scott Butt, “the toss was working good for us especially to the left, as I thought Cody Wardner did an outstanding job on the defensive end, locking him up. What made it even more special was Mikey Hajostek was just pounding the linebacker and he did a great job of sealing, especially on the touchdown run by Aaron. Also huge for us was Matty’s (Matt Garmen) interception, because besides the one Patrick Deng had last week, we haven’t had many.”
Staples-Motley did get the ball to the Crookston 15 yard line late in the quarter, but Crookston came up with great defensive plays, particularly Patrick Berg, who had two quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery in the game. “I don’t think it was our best game overall or for our defense,” said Berg, “but we made the right plays at the right times, which was great.”
With Crookston leading 7-0 to start the second half, Staples-Motley had about a 45 yard kickoff return, but the Cardinals fumbled.  For the majority of the second half, both teams moved the ball, but were unable to finish any drive off and the game continued on with a Pirate 7-0 until the Cardinals were on a huge drive and inside the Crookston 40 yard line, deep into the third quarter and Crookston forced another fumble which they recovered at the Staples-Motley 31 yard line. “That was a big turning point in the game,” said coach Butt. “What I liked about it was we were putting the hat (helmet) on the ball and not lollygag tackling.” The Pirates did finish this one off using seven plays and after having a short touchdown run earlier on the drive called back, the Pirates Brandt Delage weaved his way two yards for a touchdown and give the Pirates a 14-0 lead, which is how the third quarter ended. “We talked at half-time about containment and responsibilities and moved our nose a bit and I thought those adjustments worked,” said Crookston coach Butt. “We probably shouldn’t have been throwing the ball as much toward the end of the first half, so we were going to use the toss in the second half, which is what we did.”
Staples-Motley was held on downs twice in the fourth quarter, once at the Pirate 42 yard line and the last time at the Crookston 38 yard line. The Pirates on their last possession did move it down to the one yard line with less than a minute to go on some great clock management by quarterback Parker Salentine and his coaching staff, but the Pirates took a knee to end the game with the 14-0 win. “The season didn’t go the way we wanted,” said coach Butt. “But, the ending to our regular season was great and it was all led by our seniors. They haven’t given up all year, kept fighting, kept coming back and I couldn’t be more proud of a group of kids that never quit. I feel so happy for them that they got these two wins in a row going into the playoffs.”
Crookston is 2-6 on the season and will start the Section 8AA Playoffs on Tuesday on the road at either Bagley or Barnesville, which will be determined late Thursday night or Friday morning.  The Pirates ended with 316 yards of total offense, 271 yards on the ground. “Our offensive tonight was totally dictated by our offense,” said Butt. Staples-Motley finishes the regular season at 0-8 and will be on the road for a first round Section 6AA playoff game on Tuesday. “I give Staples-Motley a lot of credit,” said coach Butt. “They are doing some good things and our players were commenting on how hard they hit and that says something for a team that hasn’t won many games lately. They are going in the right direction.”




2nd 3rd 4th














Patrick Berg grabs the Cardinal QB for one of his two sacks

1st Quarter
No scoring

2nd Quarter
5:10 - Crookston - Aaron Hollcraft 14 yard run (Ryan Porter kick)

3rd Quarter
8:05 - Crookston - Brandt Delage 2 yard run (Ryan Porter kick)

4th Quarter
No scoring

    Mikey Hajostek with a run                 Patrick Deng brings down the Cardinal

  CROOKSTON Staples-Motley
First Downs 18 16
Rushing-Yards 44-271 45-249
Passing 3-7-0 5-10-2
Passing Yards 45 40
Total Yards 316 289
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 7-50 11-80
Punts-Yards Ave. 3-31.3 0-0

        Brandt Delage on a run          Ryan Porter makes the grab for a 39 yard reception


Crookston Staples-Motley
Aaron Hollcraft                 16-142  Hunter Berggren          25-155
Mikey Hajostek               14-73 Jacob Swendsrud          11-56
Brandt Delage                    8-42 John Lund                        4-19
Luke Edlund                       3-13 Mason Rychner               2-12
Parker Salentine                 3-1 Obed Lazano                    3-7


Parker Salentine        3-7-0     45 yards

Jacob Swendsrud       4-9-2        26 yards


Hunter Berggren        1-1-0       14 yards


Ryan Porter           3-45 John Lund                   2-14
  Mason Rychner          2-26
  Hunter Berggren         1-0


The Fosston Greyhounds grabbed the top seed in the East Sub-Section of 8A with an 18-10 record, while the Kittson County Central Bearcats are the top seed in the West Sub-Section with 21-7 record.  The Section 8A Tournament will start on Monday with six play-in matches and then all the teams will play in first round matches on Thursday, October 23
The East will play quarterfinals at Bemidji State and the West at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls and the winners will gather in Bagley for the semi-finals on Tuesday, October 28.  The Section championship will be on Halloween night, Friday, October 31 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  Win-E-Mac is the defending Section 8A champions.  For the Section 8A Tournament Bracket, click here.


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