FRIDAY - AUGUST 22, 2014

CROOKSTON GIRL'S SOCCER FALLS TO A VERY GOOD SPRING LAKE PARK TEAM

The Spring Lake Park Panthers only scored double digits once last year and only had three wins on the year, but they have most of their girls returning this season and started the year with a bang by beating the Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team 14-1 in the season opener for both teams in a game played on artificial turf in Anoka.  “Playing on turf is a lot different than playing on grass.  It bounces higher and moves faster along with their speed and aggression was a little too much for us,” said Pirate Coach Sarah Reese.
Spring Lake Park set the tone early by scoring a goal in the fourth minute and added two more goals in the 11th and 12th minute to take a 3-0 lead.  Then Spring Lake Park’s Madison Beams took over the game by scoring two goals in the 19th minute and after another Panther goal in the 21st minute, Beams scored again in the 25th minute for the hat trick and a 7-0 lead.  Spring Lake Park added one more goal and took an 8-0 lead into halftime.  “In the first 30 minutes I thought we played pretty well. Most of the play in the first half was in the middle of the field, but unfortunately they were able to capitalize on all of their opportunities and put the ball in the net,” said Coach Reese. “We had some goalkeeper and defensive errors and the score got racked up in a hurry when you are playing an experienced team with skilled players that play year round.”
In the second half, Spring Lake Park scored two goals in the first eight minutes for a 10-0 lead.  Crookston was able to get on the board when Pirate Captain, Danica Brekken, scored a goal on a nice kick from about 30 yards away. “I have been telling Danica for several years and I don’t know how many times I have told her to kick it from farther out and not wait until she was six or eighteen yards away,” said Coach Reese. “She had some green space in front of her and was just past midfield and she let it rip and it went right over the goalies hands and it was a beautiful goal and she was a little surprised that it went in.  She has a strong powerful kick and it was good to see it go in and it gave us a little momentum.”
Things were even for the next 10 minutes until the Pirates ran out of gas physically and Spring Lake Park attacked by scoring four goals in the last 11 minutes, including the fourth and fifth goals by Madison Beams and the Panthers cruised to a 14-1 victory. “I didn’t see as much aggression and intensity from the girls as we have seen in practice, in the second half I did see a lot of windows of opportunity so that was good to see and the girls played with good sportsmanship and just ran out of gas at the end,” said Coach Reese, who added she was happy with her goal keepers play in the second half. “I thought Madison Crane did a great job considering how much she was getting hammered down there.”
Crookston drops to 0-1 on the year and will play St. Johns Prep in a Section 8A matchup at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

 

1st

2nd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 1
Spring Lake Park 8 6 14

Scoring (minute - team - player)
4 - SLP - Madeline Wallraff
11 - SLP - Kylie Cooper (corner kick)
12 - SLP - Alaina Doehrmann
19 - SLP - Madison Beams
19 - SLP - Madison Beams
21 - SLP - Rochelle Perzel (penalty kick)
25 - SLP - Madison Beams
34 - SLP - Caitlin Monson
43 - SLP - Laila Bensaad-Johnson
48 - SLP - Charlotte Wolf
50 - Crox - Danica Brekken
69 - SLP - Laila Besaad-Johnson
72 - SLP - Madison Beams
74 - SLP - Madison Beams
78 - SLP - Madeline Wallraff

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Brita Fagerlund - Crox 5 - 5
Madison Crane - Crox - 11 11
Maddy Iskierka - SLP 1 1 2


 



UMC BASEBALL SIGNS EIGHT MORE PLAYERS FOR THIS COMING SEASON

The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the addition of eight student-athletes to Offers of Admission to play for the Golden Eagles. The signing class is the first for Head Coach Steve Gust, who took over the program in June. 
Patrick Amerson (IF, 5-9 170, Eloy, Ariz./Dakota Wesleyan), David Anaya (IF, 5-11 170, Tucson, Ariz./Dakota Wesleyan), Ethan Mushitz (IF, 6-0 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.), Jarad Nelson (P, 5-10 180, Karlstad, Minn./Northland C.T.C.), Dalton Parks (OF, 5-9 135, West Valley City, Utah/Brown Mackie College), Colt Trebesch (IF/P, 5-10 165, Glencoe, Minn./Mesabi Range C.T.C.), Timothy Scott, Jr. (OF, 6-1 185, Macon, Ga./Mesabi Range C.T.C.) and Nolan Wahlberg (P, Blaine, Minn./Century College) all signed Offers of Admission to play baseball at UMC.
“I am very pleased with the guys that we’re bringing in this Fall,” Gust said. “It was extremely difficult to find quality student-athletes late in the recruiting process, but I feel like these guys fit a lot of the needs of the program on and off the field.
The eight signees join six student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent (NLI’s) to play for the Golden Eagles while former Head Coach Chris Vito was still leading the program. In addition, the Golden Eagles have 13 student-athletes returning from last season’s squad.
The student-athletes listed today as having signed National Letters of Intent or Offers of Admission to play at University of Minnesota Crookston have been verified by the UMC Compliance Office once they sign the National Letter of Intent and financial aid agreement or once the student-athlete has accepted an Offer of Admission from UMC.

Patrick Amerson (IF, 5-9 170, Eloy Ariz./Dakota Wesleyan) will be a sophomore eligibility wise. Prior to UMC: Spent a season playing for Steve Gust at Dakota Wesleyan, an NAIA school in Mitchell, S.D...Did not appear in any games as a freshman for the Golden Eagles...Played at Dakota Wesleyan with David Anaya.
High School: Played for Vista Grande H.S. in Eloy, Ariz...Earned three varsity letters and was a three-year starter...Held a .391 batting average in 203...Batted .238 in 2012...Played three seasons of baseball for the Spartans Post 8...Lettered three times in football and once in basketball...A three-year member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Mary Ann Amerson and Coy Ameron...Major in management...Born Dec. 20, 1994...Uncle Jim O’Donnell played baseball at Phoenix College...Uncle Patrick O’Donnell played baseball at University of Arizona...Uncle Dan O’Donnell was an All-American diver at Arizona State University...Cousin Ryan O’Connell played baseball for national championship University of Arizona squad an the San Diego Padres organization...Uncle Joe O’Donnell played baseball for National Championship University of Arizona squad.
“Patrick is not only a good ball player but also a great student,” Gust said. “His upside is huge because he has all the character traits I look for in a player. He is a team player, hard worker, a good listener and will do whatever it takes to succeed both on and off the field.”

David Anaya (IF, 5-11 170, Tucson, Ariz./Dakota Wesleyan) will be a sophomore eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Played a season at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. under Steve Gust but did not appear in any games...Played at Dakota Wesleyan with Patrick Amerson.
High School: Played for Pueblo Magnet School...Helped Catalina Magnet School to a state title in 2011...Batted .324 as a sophomore...Also played in the Pony League and Kino Collegiate League.
Personal: Born April 25, 1995...Cousin Nathan Arevalo played at Cameron University.
“We signed David to challenge for a starting middle infielder spot from day one,” Gust said. “He has talent, but his biggest asset is his passion to be the best. He has all the tools to be a pretty good all-around player for us.”

Ethan Mushitz (IF, 6-0 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.)
High School: Hit .364 with 12 RBI’s and eight runs scored as a senior for East Grand Forks...Earned a varsity letter in baseball. 
Personal: Son of Elaine Brustad and Bob Mushitz...Majoring in criminal justice...Born Jan. 26, 1996.
“We’re excited to add an are product with talent to our program,” Gust said. “More important though, he has some tools that will help him contend for playing time this year. We believe he can be a very good player in due time.”

Jarad Nelson (P, 5-10 180, Karlstad, Minn./Northland C.T.C.) will be a junior eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Played two years at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minn...Threw 28.1 innings as a sophomore and struck out 16 batters.
High School: Earned four varsity letters at Tri-County High School and earned All-Conference in 2010, 2011 and 2012...Named the Northwest Conference MVP in 2012 and All-Section 8AA in 2012.
Personal: Son of Randy and Kathy Nelson...Majoring in education...Born Aug. 11, 1993.
“Jarad was one of the top prospects coming out of the Northern Freeze program two years ago,” Gust said. “With two years to grow and develop at Northland Community College, we believe he is even better now. He will be looked to as a pitcher who can keep us in conference games.”

Dalton Parks (OF, 5-9 135, West Valley City, Utah/Brown Mackie College (Kan.) will be a junior eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Played at Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kan...Hit .262 with one home run, 16 RBI’s, 24 runs scored and six stolen bases as a sophomore...Earned All-Region for Brown Mackie...As a freshman, hit .232 with nine runs scored and four RBI’s.
High School: Played at Hunter H.S...An All-Region team pick...Earned four high school letters
Personal: Son of Shawn and Cindy Parks...Majoring in sports and rec management...Born June 13, 1994.
“We feel very fortunate to get a student-athlete like Dalton,” Gust said. “He is a good defensive outfielder and can hit at the top of our order. Offensively, his strengths lie in his ability to get on base and earn quality at-bats.”

Timothy Scott, Jr. (OF, 6-1 185, Macon, Ga./Mesabi Range C.T.C.) will be a junior eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Junior college teammate of Colt Trebesch...Played at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia, Minn...As a sophomore, hit .278 with two home runs, 14 RBI’s, 16 runs scored and five stolen bases...As a sophomore for Mesabi Range, hit .295 with 14 RBI’s, 23 runs scored and seven stolen bases...Had 1.000 fielding percentage.
High School: Played at Central H.S. in Macon, Ga...Was Second Team All-Region pick...Led team in RBI’s as a junior and senior...Led team in home runs as a senior.
Personal: Son of Hope Cooper and Timothy Scott, Sr...Majoring in elementary education...Born Aug. 11, 1990.
“Tim provides depth to our lineup both defensively and with the bat,” Gust said. “His best baseball is yet to come. He has some tools we are excited to see.”

Colt Trebesch (IF/P, 5-10 165, Glencoe, Minn./Mesabi Range C.T.C.) will be a junior eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Junior college teammate of Timothy Scott, Jr...Played at Mesabi Range C.T.C. in Virginia, Minn...Hit .270 with 13 RBI’s, 23 runs scored and 10 stolen bases as a sophomore...Also pitched at Mesabi Range CTC...Picked up a win as a pitcher against Dakota Wesleyan JV giving up four earned runs in seven innings....Hit .333 with six RBI’s, 18 runs scored and nine stolen bases as a freshman.
High School: Served as team captain for Glencoe-Silver Lake H.S...All-Conference in 2010 and Honorable Mention All-Conference in 2009...Earned Defensive MVP in 2009...Team participated in state in 2008.
Personal: Son of Robert Trebesch and Pamela Herrmann...Born Dec. 3, 1992...Undecided on major.
“Colt is a blue collar player; he’s tough and a no nonsense type of guy,” Gust said. “He will work hard to do what it takes for our program. He is also very versatile, which is what we need in the program.”

Nolan Wahlberg (P, 6-6 230, Blaine, Minn./Century College) will be a junior eligibility wise.
Prior to UMC: Played at Century College where he helped lead team to an NJCAA National Runner-Up finish...Was the winning pitcher in the semi-final game of the World Series.
High School: Played at Blaine H.S...Was an All-Conference pick twice...Served as team captain...Named High School Pitcher of the Year for Blaine H.S. twice...Was named team MVP.
Personal: Son of Douglas and Rachelle Wahlberg...Born June 24, 1993...Majoring in criminal justice.
“Nolan comes from one of the top junior college programs in the nation,” Gust said. “We believe he has the ability to blossom into a great pitcher. He will definitely add much needed depth to our pitching staff.”

 The eight signees join Brayden Larson (P/UT, 6-0 195, Middle River, Greenbush/Middle River H.S.), Cody Magsam (IF, 5-10 150, Crookston, Fisher Public School), Matt Nelson (UT, 6-3 215, Lakeville/Lakeville South H.S.), Adam Sellner (P, 5-11 175, Sleepy Eye,/Riverland C.C.), Luke Thoma (P, 5-11 200, Little Falls) and Riley Thompson (OF/P, 6-1 200, Owatonna) who has previously signed with the Golden Eagles.

 

 

 

THURSDAY - AUGUST 21,  2014

UMC FOOTBALL HOLDS FIRST SCRIMMAGE OF FALL CAMP

The University of Minnesota Crookston football team concluded their first week of practice with a scrimmage Wednesday morning at Ed Widseth Field. The Golden Eagles have battled some injuries and sickness lately but went out to culminate their first week. The current squad is sitting at 86 student-athletes with a solid mix of newcomers and returning starters aiding UMC’s efforts in the second season of Head Coach Mike Fritze leading the Golden Eagles.

Quarterback
At quarterback, Ben Bucholz (Jr., QB, Perham), who came out of Spring ball as the No. 1 quarterback, saw most of the reps with the first string with Travon Hearns (Fr., QB, Bloomington) seeing time with both the No. 1 and No. 2 units in the scrimmage. Bucholz was a highly touted athlete out of Perham, but has been well traveled playing basketball at St. Cloud State University and basketball and football at University of Minnesota Duluth before arriving at UMC last Fall. 

Running Back
The running back position might be the most talented group UMC has with returnee Talo Pascal (Jr., RB, Arlington, Texas) coming back after having an improved season in 2013 with 129 carries for 423 yards and four touchdowns. Also returning is Tommy Smith, Jr. (Jr., RB, Naranja, Fla.), who rushed 69 times for 288 yards as a sophomore. Adding to the fray for UMC will be talented sophomore Dre Person (So., RB, Detroit, Mich.) who redshirt last season and will help to fill the absence in terms of power that Keith McBride provided for the backfield. Also looking to contribute will be talented freshman Timothy Mack (Fr., RB, Inglewood, Calif.)

Tight End
UMC will look to three seniors at the position led by returning starter Jacob Pinder (Sr., TE, Orlando, Fla.), who had a breakout year in 2013 with 13 catches for 212 yards. Also returning is Adam Eyton (Sr., TE, Burnsville), who had six grabs for 80 yards in an injury-plagued year in 2013. Making the conversion to tight end, is senior LaMar Daniels (Sr., TE, Toledo, Ohio), who has always been one of UMC’s most athletic players. He has moved over from defensive end and will make an impact in 2014. 

Wide Receivers
The leader of the unit will be captain Marcus Cheatham (Sr., WR, Stockton, Calif.) who had 17 grabs for 154 yards and a touchdown last season. Also looking to make an impact will be Constant Jackson (Jr., WR, Jacksonville, Fla.), a transfer from Northland Community and Technical College who was with the team during Spring ball. Freshmen Adam Connette (Fr., WR, Corona, Calif.) and Jordan Hester (Fr., WR, Arlington, Texas) should see instant playing time at wide reciever. Converted safety Marvin Miller, Jr. (Jr., WR, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) will also see time, as will Taylor Crassweller (So., WR, Regina, Saskatchewan) and Caleb Seger (Jr., WR, Lakeville).

Offensive Line
The Golden Eagles struggled last season on the offensive line but return a lot of experience from last season with five guys who started a lot of games last year returning. At left tackle, super senior Jeff Pryor (Sr., OL, Havana, Ill.), who is entering his sixth season with the Golden Eagles, has made the conversion and looks to make an impact. At left guard, Drew McDurmin (So., OL, Aiea, Hawai’i), who started three games as a freshman will look to improve in 2014. At center, look for team captain Sam Smith (Sr., OL, South St. Paul), who has started every game of his collegiate career, to continue to anchor the Golden Eagle attack. At right guard, Tyman Hayashi (So., OL, Kalihi, Hawai’i) looks to make an impact after having a year under his belt. At right tackle, Matt Borowicz (Sr., OL, Stephen) will look to build on a good year in 2013. Also pressing for time on the offensive line will be Joe Machacek (So., OL, Eagan), who started eight games in 2013. Freshman J.T. Moran (Fr., OL, North Richland Hills, Texas) and Julian McElroy (Fr., OL, Sacramento, Calif.) will also look to contribute.

Defensive Line
The defensive line looks to be one of UMC’s top returning positions with three starters returning and another player who saw significant action. At defensive end, Drew Selvestra (Jr., DL, Eagan) will again be an anchor after making 22 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore. At defensive tackle, A.J. Wallace (Jr., DL, New Richmond, Wis.) returns as a starter after making 30 tackles in 2013. Rene Lawson, Jr. (Jr., DL, Arlington, Texas) also returns after playing as a reserve in 2013 but making 28 tackles and four sacks. At rush end, the Golden Eagles return Greg Lofquist (Sr., DL, South St. Paul) who has also been working with the linebackers due to injuries there. Lofquist, a team captain, made 46 tackles with two sacks in 2013. If Lofquist plays linebacker, look for Benjamin Taliulu (Fr., DL, Aiea, Hawai’i) to play at rush end. Also on the defensive line, look for a couple players who had good Springs with Jake Neubauer (R-Fr., DL, Bismarck, N.D.) and Jake Christopherson (R-Fr., DL, Sturgeon Lake) to make an impact. Also sophomore Anthony Peterson (So., DL, Swanville) to provide depth at defensive end, as will Derek Greene (Fr., DL, Covington, Ga.)

Linebackers
UMC has unfortunately missed their two returning starters during the start of Fall camp but will hope to have both players either by the first game or early on in the season with All-NSIC Second Team selection Andrew “Rock” Hall (Sr., LB, Detroit, Mich.) and team captain Brody Davidson (Sr. LB, Crookston). Lofquist has been practicing with the linebackers and started there during the scrimmage, along with Austin Strukel (So., LB, Virginia). Landon Cook (R-Fr., LB, San Clemente, Calif.) will also be a major player in 2014. Freshman Jearld McGlothin (Fr., LB, Arlington, Texas) missed the first scrimmage but could play a role here in 2014.

Safety
Tyler Hansen (Sr., DB, Morris), a team captain, has missed portions of camp, but should return to action soon at the strong safety slot. In his absence, freshman Damarkus Jones (Fr., DB, Tarpon Springs, Fla.) started there in the scrimmage and will play a major role in 2014. At free safety, Trent Galkoski (So., DB, La Mesa, Calif.) will be a major player in 2014. Lethzee Calderon (Jr., DB, Eagan) moved over from corner back to weak safety and will be a huge part of the defensive back unit. Also pressing for time along with Jones, will be Jake Newman (Fr., DB, White Bear Lake) and Maurice Turner, Jr. (Fr., DB, Tarpon Springs, Fla.). 

Corner
At corner, look for Northland Community and Technical College transfer Robert Gausi (Jr., DB, Brooklyn Park) to make an impact after joining the team for Spring ball. Mychal Traylor (So., DB, Cerritos, Calif.) will also be a major part of UMC’s plans at corner. Also look for Jamaal Burgess (Fr., DB, Homestead, Fla.) and Kureem Edwards (Fr., DB, Homestead, Fla.) to see action.

Special Teams
UMC returns kicker Michael Maw (So., K, White Bear Lake) from a season ago. Challenging Maw is newcomer Stephen Day (Fr., K, Eveleth). At punter, Javon Hering (Fr., P, Eagan) will look to lock down the role after Hansen, a defensive back, did the punting in 2013. 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 20,  2014

PIRATE GIRLS TENNIS WINS FIRST MATCH OF THE YEAR BY BEATING SECTION FOE, ROSEAU, 4-3

The Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team lost all three of their matches on Friday, but showed improvement throughout the day and that improvement continued Wednesday as they beat Roseau 4-3 in a Section 8 dual in Roseau.  Crookston won first and second singles (Ally Tiedemann and Alyssa Fee) and first and second doubles (Leah Trostad/Elisa Samuelson and Amy Follette and Jaden Lizakowski) for the four victories.  “I felt pretty good about Ally and her match and she played well and won pretty easily.  I know Alyssa Fee played her opponent twice last year and beat her in three sets both times and this year she won easier than last year and that tells me she has made some improvement from last year.” said Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre. “Jaden has been a nice addition to the team and is 3-1 so far this year and we picked up some nice wins at both first and second doubles.” The third doubles team of Megan Frisk and Kendall Wahouske had a close match, but fell short.
“It was good to see where we stacked up against somebody else in the section and I think Roseau and Crookston will be the middle of the pack during the season and it is nice to move up in the seeding process when you can,” said Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre. “We threw a little bit of a different lineup out there today and you can tell what kids went out and were ready to play at the start of the season.  I was a little disappointed in some of the losses because I thought we would be more competitive in those matches, but we saw some more improvement from Friday especially at some of our doubles.”
Crookston improves to 1-3 on the year and will host the Crookston Pirate Booster/Carla Johnson Memorial tournament on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  Teams competing in the tournament besides Crookston will be
Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks, Hibbing, Moorhead, Perham and Thief River Falls.

  CROOKSTON-4 Roseau - 3

Winner

Score

#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Marrisa Jevne Crox 6-1, 6-1
#2 Alyssa Fee Sarina Goos Crox 6-4, 6-2
#3 Marie Sandman Jodi Ostroski Ros 6-1, 6-1
#4 Allysa Schultz Josee Lundgren Ros 6-2, 6-3
#1 Doubles Elisa Samuelson
Leah Trostad
Heather Fettig
Juli Miller
Crox 6-1, 7-5
#2 Jaden Lizakowski
Amy Follette
Lauren Johnson
Kate Wensloff
Crox 6-2, 7-5
#3 Megan Frisk
Kendall Wahouske
Madison Lee
Haley Ostgaard
Ros 6-4, 6-4

 

 

CROOKSTON MEN'S LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAM FINISHES SECOND IN STATE D TOURNAMENT

Crookston's Michelob Golden Light men's league slow pitch softball team participated in the State softball tournament in Detroit Lakes August 16-17 and came home with 2nd place in Class D.
Team members are pictured and listed below.


Back Row- Elliott Hulst, Derek Kimble, Todd Kalpakoff, Chris Erdmann, Kyle Schmitz, Joe Helm
Front Row- Casey Sannes, Alex Sumner, Jeff Kalpakoff, Brett Larson, Jerry Rhode

 

 

TUESDAY - AUGUST 19,  2014

UMC SOCCER PICKED TO FINISH 13TH, MANKATO FIRST IN NSIC SOCCER POLL

Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked by the league's coaches to win the NSIC in the preseason poll. Since 2008 Minnesota State has been picked to win the league three times, including two of the last three years.  The Mavericks received seven first place votes and tallied 214 points, ranking them just ahead of Minnesota Duluth (206), which received six first place votes. Winona State also received two first place votes as they ranked third with 204 points. SMSU was fourth with 185 points and one first place vote.  UMC was picked to finish 13th after a competitive 2013 season.  The Golden Eagles officially got fall camp under way Monday, August 18 after 22 student-athletes reported to campus over the weekend. The 2014 campaign will mark the third season under Head Coach Joe Alianiello.
The Golden Eagles conducted two practices, which included their fitness test in the morning session. The Golden Eagles return 15 student-athletes from last season while they welcome in seven new faces. The Golden Eagles will be led by their three captains, Rachelle Alcini (Sr., D, Ann Arbor, Mich.), an All-NSIC pick in 2013, Cayla Bendel (Sr., MF/D, Lakeville, Minn.) and Erin Mears (Sr., MF, Sioux Falls, S.D.). In addition, sophomore Goalie Lexie Gauger (Green Bay, Wis.) who held a 1.31 goals against average with four shutouts, will add security with her play in net. 
The Golden Eagles will officially open up their season Saturday, September 6 against Finlandia University at the UMC Soccer Field at 11:00 a.m. 


2014 NSIC Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

1

Minnesota State (7)

214

2

Minnesota Duluth (6)

206

3

Winona State (2)

204

4

Southwest Minnesota State (1)

185

5

Upper Iowa

167

6

Bemidji State

150

7

Augustana College

139

8

Minot State

135

9

University of Mary

99

10

Northern State

97

11

St. Cloud State

89

12

Concordia-St. Paul

78

13

Minnesota Crookston

45

14

MSU Moorhead

40

15

Wayne State

38

16

Sioux Falls

34

 

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UMC VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF 2014 SEASON WITH FIRST PRACTICE ON MONDAY

The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team officially got practice under way Monday, August 18. The Golden Eagles held two practices on the day with 14 girls reporting for the 2014 season. 
The Golden Eagles return 10 players from last year’s team that went 15-14 (10-10) and made the top eight in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), the nation’s best NCAA Division II volleyball conference. UMC brought in four newcomers to supplement their returnees. UMC will be led by 2013 All-NSIC First Team selection Brittany Looker (Sr., OH, Rochester). In addition, the Golden Eagles will be aided by returning starters Morgan VanGerpen (Sr., MH, Overland Park, Kan.) and Sierra Trost (So., S, Ham Lake). The Golden Eagles will open the season September 5 at 11:00 a.m. against Kentucky Wesleyan College in St. Louis, Missouri at the Maryville Tournament.

 

 

 

SATURDAY - AUGUST 16,  2014

2014 BREMER BANK CROOKSTON CLASSIC RUN WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The 2014 Bremer Bank Crookston Classic run was held on Saturday morning as part of the Ox Cart Days Festival.  All the winners of the 5K and 10K are listed below.

2014 Crookston Classic 5K Top Finishers

Age Group                  Male                                        Female
12 & under                  Blake Biermaier 23:51            Katherine Geist  23:22
13-20                           Sebastian Sowada  16:38        Marietta Geist  20:59
21-30                           Lee Sims  18:54                      Terri Knott  27:18
31-40                           John Bridgeford  25:26           Katie Overgaard  27:32
41-50                           Dale Trudeau  28:53               Mary Sowada  26:59
51-60                           Mike Novak  26:25                 Jacki Berglund  27:53
60+                              Dennis Koch  22:19                none

Overall 5K Winners    Sebastian Sowada  16:38        Marietta Geist  20:59

 

2014 Crookston Classic 10K Top Finishers

Age Group                  Male                                        Female
12 & under                  none                                        none
13-20                           none                                        none
21-30                           James Matthews  55:03           Danielle Thompson  42:03
31-40                           Andrew Fowler  43:46            Elizabeth Dyrdal  54:11
41-50                           Chris Stroot  45:28                  Brenda Crane  52:21
51-60                           Rick Tonder  56:19                 Gladys Bakken  53:41
60+                              Earl Beal  56:18                      none

Overall 10K Winners  Andrew Fowler  43:36            Danielle Thompson  42:03

 

 

FRIDAY -  AUGUST 15, 2014

CROOKSTON GIRL'S TENNIS SQUAD IS THE FIRST LOCAL TEAM TO START THEIR SEASON WITH A QUAD

The Crookston Pirate Girl's Tennis team stumbled out of the gates, but showed some improvement throughout the day as they lost their first three matches of the season in a 7-0 match to Mound Westonka (Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre's alma mater), and 4-3 losses to Minnewaska Area and Aitkin all played in Park Rapids.
In the Mound Westonka match, there were a couple close matches and in the next two matches most of the individual matches were close as the Pirates showed some improvement.  Crookston was missing one player, Taylor Perry, who was competing in the Miss Crookston pageant.
"It was a hot day and we shortened the matches a bit to get them done quicker.  I think we learned a lot today and the kids learned a few things about the game of tennis and how it is played and we will have a couple days to practice before we get ready for Roseau," said Coach Geffre. "I saw some improvements as the day went along and I look at Aitkin and they beat both Roseau and Park Rapids today so we are right there with them.  I think as the season goes along we will be right there as far as being competitive.  We just started a little slow today."  Ally Tiedemann ended the day by taking on the first singles player from Aitkin, who finished fourth at state last year. "Every match is going to be a tough one this year for Ally at first singles, but it was a good way to open the season, playing some very good competition right away," said Coach Geffre.
Crookston drops to 0-3 on the year and will be at Roseau for a dual on Wednesday.


Ally Tiedemann with a return in her match against Minnewaska

  CROOKSTON-0 Mound-Westonka-7 Winner

Score

#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Evann Welty MW 6-4, 7-5
#2 Amy Follette Kristina Linder MW 6-3, 6-4
#3 Alyssa Fee Alex Welty MW 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
#4 Jaden Lizakowski Jaime Goldberg MW 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
#1 Doubles Kendall Wahouske
Leah Trostad
Rachel Lee
Erin Ehlers
MW 6-3, 6-3
#2 Megan Frisk
Elisa Samuelson
Lauren Brady
Sam Burris
MW 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 10-5
#3 Emily Ricord
Alyssa Schultz
Hannah O'Borsky
Ellie Burris
MW 6-2, 6-3


          Megan Frisk eyes down the ball on a return

  CROOKSTON-3 Minnewaska-4 Winner

Score

#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Jada Hoffman Crox 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 10-4
#2 Leah Trostad Miranda Thoer MIN 3-6, 6-3, 10-8
#3 Amy Follette Danielle Thorfinnson MIN 6-3, 7-5
#4 Alyssa Schultz Aiden Riley MIN 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-7
#1 Doubles Kendall Wahouske
Alyssa Fee
Joelle Thorfinnson
Makenna Hanson
MIN 6-4, 6-3
#2 Jaden Lizakowski
Elisa Samuelson
Sarah Freske
Karissa LaMont
Crox 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
#3 Megan Frisk
Elise Tangquist
Emily Haus
Anna Vold
Crox 3-6, 7-5, 10-6


Elise Tangquist with a return at the net              Jaden Lizakowski with a forehand return

  CROOKSTON-3 Aitkin-4 Winner

Score

#1 Singles Ally Tiedemann Claire Browning AIT 6-2, 6-2
#2 Alyssa Fee Lydia Browning Crox 6-3, 6-4
#3 Kendall Wahouske Brynn Wilson AIT 7-5, 6-2
#4 Jaden Lizakowski Amber Kuhlmann Crox 6-4, 6-3
#1 Doubles Leah Trostad
Amy Follette
Lisa Anderson
Elise Courtemanche
Crox 6-3, 6-2
#2 Elisa Samuelson
Megan Frisk
Marissa Kinzer
Maren Butenhof
AIT 6-4, 6-4
#3 Emily Ricord
Elise Tangquist
Corri Sanbeck
Nikki Courtemanche
AIT 6-2, 6-2





WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 13,  2014

UMC FOOTBALL TEAM OFFICIALLY STARTS PRACTICE TODAY

The University of Minnesota Crookston football team officially opened up their 2014 Fall Camp Tuesday, August 12 as 92 players reported to camp. The number was up from the 75 players that reported in 2013, due to hard work from the UMC coaching staff during the recruiting season to add nearly 50 new players. The Golden Eagles brought in a large influx of players from within the region, with a high concentration from Minnesota and North Dakota. In addition, UMC brought in a large amount of players from Texas, Georgia, Florida and California with two even joining the program from the state of Hawai’i.
The players have received their gear over the last couple of days and will start meetings Wednesday before hitting the LeClair Practice Fields for the first time on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. The Golden Eagles will go once a day for the first five days before opening two-a-days on Tuesday, August 19. The team will hold their first scrimmage Wednesday, August 20 at 8:40 a.m. and will hold another scrimmage a week later on August 27 at 3:40 p.m. UMC will open up their schedule Saturday, September 6 hosting Augustana College (S.D.) at Ed Widseth Field.

 

 

TUESDAY - AUGUST 12,  2014

NO SURPRISE, CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL NAMED THE FAVORITE IN NSIC VOLLEYBALL COACHES POLL, UMC PICKED 10TH

For the 11th consecutive season the Concordia University, St. Paul Golden Bears have been picked as the top team by the league coaches in the NSIC Preseason Volleyball Poll. After winning the past seven NCAA National Championships, the Golden Bears received all 15 first place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team).
Minnesota Duluth finished second in the coaches poll and received the other first place vote. Southwest Minnesota State came in third followed by Northern State.
The University of Minnesota Crookston was picked to finish 10th after finishing tied for seventh place in 2013.  UMC
had their winningest season in program history in 2013 with a 15-14 mark and their first-ever berth in the NSIC/US Bank Tournament in the current eight-team format. Minnesota Crookston tied for seventh place in the league with a 10-10 conference mark with big wins over perennial-contender Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota State University, Moorhead and Augustana College (S.D.). Gone our six seniors who made a major impact for the Golden Eagles but returning is a strong group of players led by 2013 All-NSIC First Team pick Brittany Looker (Sr., Rochester), who has etched her name into the record books in her three years with UMC. Looker, the team’s NSIC Player to Watch for 2014, was only the second player in school history to earn NSIC First Team honors. She needs just 260 kills to surpass the all-time kills mark at UMC. In 2013, she tallied 403 kills and 295 digs. In addition, she averaged 3.84 kills per set and led the team with 32 service aces.
In addition to Looker, UMC also returns starters with Sierra Trost (So., S, Ham Lake) and Morgan VanGerpen (Sr., MH, Overland Park, Kan.). Both Trost and VanGerpen were impact players in 2013 with Trost averaging 9.84 assists per set and VanGerpen averaging 1.80 kills per set and 0.90 blocks per set.
The Golden Eagles return to camp this weekend. They will officially open up the season at the Maryville University Tournament Sept. 5-6 in St. Louis, Mo. with their first match pitting them against Kentucky Wesleyan College September 5 at 11:00 a.m.


 

 

Preseason Coaches' Poll

Points

1.

Concordia-St. Paul (15)

225

2.

Minnesota Duluth (1)

206

3.

Southwest Minnesota State

196

4.

Northern State

176

5.

Wayne State

174

6.

Augustana

147

7.

Sioux Falls

127

8.

Minnesota State

126

9.

MSU Moorhead

121

10.

Minnesota Crookston

110

11.

Winona State

75

12.

St. Cloud State

68

13.

Minot State

63

14.

Upper Iowa

54

15.

Bemidji State

35

16.

University of Mary

17

 

first place votes in ( )

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY - AUGUST 8,  2014

MINNESOTA DULUTH AND MANKATO PICKED TO FINISH FIRST AND SECOND, UMC LAST IN NSIC FOOTBALL POLL

The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs were selected by the league coaches as the overall and north division preseason favorite in the NSIC in 2014.  The Bulldogs received eight first place votes and amassed 215 points, just edging out Minnesota State (212), who garnered seven first place votes and was the coaches' top choice in the south division. Winona State was picked third overall (189) and received a first place vote, while St. Cloud State (188) was fourth followed by Sioux Falls in fifth (147).
As in the past six seasons, the NSIC football schedule will be broken into two divisions (north/south). Each team will play 11 conference games that will count towards the NSIC Overall Champion as well as seven divisional games that will count towards the NSIC North/South Division Championships. In all, three league championships will be awarded (Overall Champion, North Division Champion, South Division Champion). Ties will not be broken for overall or division champions.

UMC finished with a 2-9 record for the 2013 season with victories in their rivalry games against Minnesota State University Moorhead and Bemidji State University. The Golden Eagles return 13 starters overall with six on offense and seven on defense. Leading the way for UMC will be NSIC players to watch - Sam Smith (Sr., OL, South St. Paul) and Brody Davidson (Sr., LB, Crookston). Smith is the only player during the last three seasons to start every single game for the Golden Eagles. Smith has been a staple as the team’s starting center since his freshman season and is a team captain for the season. Davidson has played almost as much as Smith during his time playing for his hometown Golden Eagles. He racked up 70 tackles last season and led the team with seven tackles for loss and was second on the squad with three sacks.
UMC will report August 11 with practice beginning next week. UMC will have the largest group of players in recent years with 93 players set to report to camp in 2014. That number is up from 77 players who reported to camp in 2013. In addition, the Golden Eagles return all but one member of last season’s staff with Robby Case now assuming Offensive Coordinator duties and Wes Nurse moving over from University of North Dakota to coach the running backs. 

 
     Brody Davidson                    Sam Smith
 

NSIC Overall Preseason Coaches Poll

Points

North Division

Points

1. Minnesota Duluth (8)

215

1 Minnesota Duluth (7)

48

2. Minnesota State (7)

212

2. St. Cloud State (1)

40

3. Winona State (1)

189

3. Bemidji State 

33

4. St. Cloud State 

188

4. Northern State 

29

5. Sioux Falls

147

5. University of Mary

26

6. Augustana College

145

6. MSU Moorhead

26

7. Southwest Minnesota State 

140

7. Minot State University

13

8. Bemidji State 

118

8. Minnesota Crookston

9

9. University of Mary

100

South Division

Points

10. Northern State 

96

1. Minnesota State (6)

48

11. Upper Iowa 

87

2. Winona State (1)

43

12. Concordia- St. Paul

81

3. Sioux Falls (1)

33

13. Wayne State 

74

4. Augustana 

30

14. MSU Moorhead

73

5. Southwest Minnesota State 

26

15. Minot State 

34

6. Upper Iowa

19

16. Minnesota Crookston

21

7. Wayne State

16

 first place votes in ( )

 

8. Concordia-St. Paul

9

 

 

THURSDAY - AUGUST 7,  2014

UMC WOMEN'S GOLFER KATIE SHEETZ WINS BIRCHMONT TOURNAMENT

University of Minnesota Crookston women’s golfer Katie Sheetz (Jr., Grand Rapids) took home the Women’s Championship division title for the second year in a row at the 90th-annual Birchmont Golf Tournament played at the Bemidji Town and Country Club in Bemidji. Sheetz remains unbeaten in the Birchmont as this is only her second time playing in the Women’s Championship division at the amateur match play tournament. 
Sheetz edged Emily Israelson of Staples, outlasting her opponent by going 1-up in the 21 holes in the championship match. Sheetz opened up the final with a 3-up lead after eight holes over her competitor but Israelson would put up a fight, forcing overtime with a par on No. 18. Sheetz was able to take the match after carding a five on the 21st hole of the day, which was hole three at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. 
Sheetz has been a staple in the UMC lineup for the women’s golf team for the past two years. She will be entering her junior year during the 2014-15 season.

 

 

TUESDAY - AUGUST 5, 2014

KATHLEEN BROWN NAMED ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT UMC

University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the hiring of Kathleen Brown as assistant athletic director/senior women’s administrator (SWA) and director of marketing and promotions. Brown spent the last six years at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) in Martinsville, Va., where she was most recently the athletic director for the past year. Brown was previously the head women’s softball coach at PHCC from 2008-13 and the assistant athletic director at PHCC from 2011-13.

“We are very excited to add Kathleen Brown as assistant athletic director and senior women’s administrator,” Helgeson said. “Kathleen comes in with three years of administrative experience as an assistant athletic director and athletic director at the junior college level. I believe she will be able to bring the leadership, understanding and organizational skills necessary for this position. She is also very experienced with creating relationships with student-athletes both from her time as head softball coach and time as an administrator, which will be key in her role working with NCAA Champs/Life Skills and with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at UMC.”

Brown’s main role at PHCC as athletic director was to provide administrative direction and oversight for all intercollegiate and recreational athletics staff, programs, facilities and activities. In addition to her role as athletic director, she was also the international student coordinator at PHCC for the past two years.  Prior to assuming her role as athletic director, she was the assistant athletic director for two years, where she assisted the athletic director in all administrative duties. In addition, she ensured the athletes’ eligibility requirements were met, provided mentoring and academic advising for student-athletes, helped to familiarize the student-athletes with the entire student experience and helped provide public relations content and scores for the PHCC athletic website. 

Brown was the softball coach for six seasons at PHCC prior to her move to administration. During her time as softball coach she helped to recruit and develop players for the Patriots, as well as to oversee the day-to-day operations of the program. She helped lead her team to the Region X Conference Tournament title in 2012 and was the Region X Softball Coach of the Year in 2011. During her time at PHCC, she coached against current UMC softball coach Don Stopa, who was the head coach at fellow Region X school Louisburg  College.
Brown was also an adjunct professor for developmental math, student development, recreation and parks, physical education and health classes at PHCC. In addition, she was the upward bound advisor for one year.
Prior to arriving at Patrick Henry Community College, Brown spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach at her alma mater Peru State College in Peru, Neb.
Brown was a student-athlete at National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) affiliate Peru State College, competing for the softball team. Brown was a two-time NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete. She was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for three years while at Peru State and was on the Dean’s List for two years. 
Brown, an Omaha, Neb. native, earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with endorsements in 
Secondary Education and Coaching from Peru State College in 2007. She earned her Master of Science in Education from Peru State in 2008 and a Doctor of Education in Sports Management with an emphasis in Sports Leadership from the United States Sports Academy in 2012.


 

MONDAY - AUGUST 4,  2014

UMC SOCCER SIGNS A GRAND FORKS CENTRAL PLAYER TO PLAY THIS FALL

The University of Minnesota Crookston soccer team and Head Coach Joe Alianiello announced the addition of Nikki Dogan (MF, 5-4, Grand Forks, N.D./Grand Forks Central H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Dogan will begin playing for the Golden Eagles during the 2014 season. Dogan is the seventh player to sign with the Golden Eagles for the 2014 recruiting class. “I am very excited that Nikki has decided to continue her education and soccer career at UMC,” Alianiello said. “She is an athletic center mid who is only going to get better when she gets acclimated to the NSIC. I am looking forward to having her on the team because her attitude and work rate are fantastic.”
Dogan was named the Central H.S. Most Valuable Player two times during her prep career. In addition, she was an All-Eastern Dakota Conference selection and an All-Senior EDC selection. 
She is the daughter of Zeljko and Zora Dogan. Dogan plans to major in health science at UMC. Her full name is Nikolina Dogan. 
Dogan joins Ellie Brettschneider (M/D, 5-6, Lakeville/Lakeville South H.S.), Nicole Corbin (D/M, 5-7, Ramsey/Anoka H.S.), Maggie Gibbons (D, 5-6, Fr., Cohasset/Grand Rapids H.S.), Gabby Kekke (M, 5-6, Argyle, Stephen-Argyle H.S.), Beth Lastovich (M/F, 5-9, Hugo/White Bear Lake H.S.) and Miranda Mosher (F, 5-10, Watertown/Orono H.S.) as players to sign with the Golden Eagles.
The seven signees will join 15 returnees for the Golden Eagles as the team will field a roster of 22 for the 2014 season. Minnesota Crookston will officially open up the season Sept. 6 at home at 11 a.m. against Finlandia University.


 

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