MONDAY  -  FEBRUARY 20, 2017

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL STARTS WITH STEPHEN-ARGYLE IN LAST WEEK OF REGULAR SEASON

The Crookston Girl's basketball team will look to stop a three game losing streak tonight when they play Stephen-Argyle in Argyle as the two teams are in the last week of their regular seasons. The Pirates are 7-17 on the season while Stephen-Argyle has won three in a row and are 18-5 on the season and one of the top teams in the west of Section 8A.  Game time is 7:30 PM and it will be on KROX RADIO starting at 7:00 PM and also the internet by going to the ON THE AIR link at the top of this page.

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

     

Stephen-Argyle

     

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

 

     
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

For Stephen-Argyle

Points

   
   
   
   
   
   
   



 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER, HARRISON CLEARY, NAMED NSIC NORTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK

University of Minnesota Crookston Men's Basketball player, Harrison Cleary (Fresh. Oak Creek, Wis) has been named the Northern Sun Conference Men's North Division player of the week this week. He scored 33 points in a win over Mary on Saturday and scored 24 points in an overtime loss to Minot State on Friday. He averaged 28.5 points per game this weekend and he shot 22 of 37 (59.5 percent) with an outstanding 14 of 17 from the field on Saturday night. He also made five of his 10 three pointers and added 4.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. This is the second time Cleary has been named the NSIC North player of the week.
The UMC Men will travel to Fayette, Iowa on Wednesday to play the Upper Iowa in the first round of the NSIC Men's Basketball tournament.


       Harrison Cleary

 

 

CROOKSTON PEEWEE B'S ADVANCE TO REGION TOURNAMENT WITH SECOND PLACE FINISH IN DISTRICTS

The Crookston PeeWee B team finished second place in the District tournament in Bemidji this past weekend. 
Crookston beat Bagley 11-2 in the first round, they beat Hallock 11-8 in the semi-finals and lost to Red Lake Falls 9-6.  Red Lake Falls, Crookston and Bemidji will advance to the Region tournament in Proctor in March.
Crookston didn't have a PeeWee A team this year, but only four towns did.  Warroad beat East Grand Forks for the PeeWee A championship 8-4 and Thief River Falls beat Lake of the Woods 5-1 in the third place game.

 
Back row: Coach Trace Sanders, Zac Johnson, Blaine Andringa, Sam Stewart, Kaleb Armstrong, Drake Lord, Coach Brett Tahran, Coach Wade Demarais 
Front row: Jackson Demarais, Alex Longoria, Jack Doda, Nathan Kelly, Thor Harbott, Zachary Tahran and Jaren Bailey 




SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 18,  2017

CROOKSTON WRESTLERS WIN THEIR FIRST, LOSE THEIR SECOND IN THE SECTION 8AA TEAM TOURNAMENT

It was a tale of two matches with the Crookston Pirates winning handily over Fertile-Beltrami 66-6 in a first round match, but losing to the number two seed Park Rapids 54-18 in the Section 8A Team wrestling tournament at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls and Crookston was eliminated.


           Damian Hodgson close to his pin in the Fertile-Beltrami match
                   (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Crookston knew coming in that they would probably have six forfeits from Fertile-Beltrami open weights as the Falcons have battled a tremendous amount of seniors graduating, injuries and just low numbers so it has been a bit of a struggle for Chad Hitchen the head wrestling coach at Fertile-Beltrami. Hitchen was the head coach at Crookston for a number of years and in fact coach the Pirates head coach Wes Hanson during his career at Crookston. “Coach Hitchen was my coach throughout my high school career and taught me a lot about this great sport of wrestling, so it’s fun being on this side and going against him now as a coach!”
Crookston started quickly with a pair of eighth graders picking up wins starting with Zach Brown (not the country singer) getting a 5-0 win over Hunter Hitchen, his former teammate when Hitchen was in Crookston. “Zach has really established himself this year,” said coach Hanson, “he wrestles at a high pace with a lot of offense. He really wrestled a different match wrestling on his feet and going after it. He looked really good wrestling in the top position and it was a great start for us.”  Next up was Nolan Dans for the Pirates who is the wrestling room partner of Browns. “Nolan and Zach are both up and coming and as eighth graders have a lot of wrestling coming up which is exciting for us,” said Hanson.
Cole Tiedemann was wrestling his first varsity match of the season at 126 pounds and he went the distance of six minutes to pick up a 4-2 win over Justin Boit. “It was a good start for Cole,” said Hanson, “he was a little wore down in the third period, but finished very strong. We’ve been open most of the season at 126 so it was good to not only see Cole in that slot but a nice win too.”
Crookston’s meat of the order was up next with Colton Weiland getting a pin in the first period and then Lukas Meier also picking up a pin in the a short 48 seconds. “I started out pretty strong,” said Meier, “then I got a take down to start and then went straight to my offense and bend him. I always have a plan going into the match and it went pretty much like I planned it.”  The Pirates sophomore Damian Hodgson was the final Crookston winner with a nice pin in the second period. Fertile-Beltrami’s Wyatt Beauchane who got a pin in only 20 seconds. Beauchane who has been ranked in the top 10 earlier this season has been out for most of the season with injuries and looked back in form this morning.  Crookston got a couple more forfeits to make it a 66-6 win. “It was a good effort in the matches that we had,” said coach Hanson, “we now get ready for Park Rapids and they are a great individual team with many of their wrestlers ranked, but as a team we hope we have some movements we can make, wrestle well and we’ll see what happens.”


Zach Brown starts off the Fertile-Beltrami match with a 5-0 win
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

PIRATES-66

Fertile-Beltrami-6

Winner

Results

106 lbs

Zach Brown

Hunter Hitchen

Crox

5-0

113 lbs

Nolan Dans Levi Qualley

Crox

Pin 5:01

120 lbs

Cameron Weiland OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

126 lbs

Cole Tiedemann Justin Boit

Crox

4-2

132 lbs

Cameron Hulst OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

138 lbs

Colton Weiland Damian Gudvangen

Crox

Pin 1:47

145 lbs

Lukas Meier Gabe Horgeshimer

Crox

Pin :48
152 lbs Luke Trandem OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

160 lbs

Preston Desrosier OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

170 lbs

Damian Hodgson Izaah Bennefeld

Crox

Pin 3:29

182 lbs

Luis Argueta Wyatt Beauchane

FB

Pin :20

195 lbs

Collin Leckie OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

220 lbs

Jake Wagner OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

285 lbs

OPEN OPEN

-

-


Lukas Meier dominating his first round match
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 


PARK RAPIDS QUARTERFINAL MATCH

Before their quarterfinal match with Park Rapids in the Section 8A Team Tournament, Crookston head coach Wes Hanson said, “We won five matches against them in the dual we had this year. Now we have to find a way to win two more or so and don’t give up bonus points to them.” That didn’t happen as the Panthers came up with six pins and held the Pirates to four wins in a 54-18 win to end the Crookston TEAM season at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The first time the two teams met was January 17 with Park Rapids winning 51-21 in Crookston.
Crookston’s two eighth graders again started out very well. Even though losing 5-0, Zach Brown (not the country singer) wrestled a great defensive match facing the number one ranked wrestler in Class A in Minnesota. “I’m really excited about our eighth grade class,” said Hanson, “they are getting a lot of experience at a young age, they are like a band of brothers in the wrestling room and have a lot of fire. Zach wrestled in good position, pushing the pace a little bit and had a couple chances for some points. I was really impressed with his defense and his way of countering out of some positions.”  Dans looked strong again winning two matches on the day including a 10-5 decision to tie the team score early at 3-3. “It was really a great match for Nolan,” said Hanson, “he was down at one point, came back to tie it up and gets the 10-5 victory so hats off to him.”
Park Rapids would win the next three by pins to jump out to a 21-3 lead before the Pirates ‘meat of the order’ again stood out. First Colton Weiland was aggressive right off the whistle taking 4-1 and 7-1 leads after periods and winning 13-2, followed by Lukas Meier with a tech fall early in the third period 15-0. “We didn’t know much about the kid Colton wrestled,” said Hanson, “Colton was able to do what he does, getting a lot of offense going on his feet and take downs to get the win. Lukas is really good on the top position and gets a lot of points on the board and got the win.” Preston Desrosier was up next and although losing 2-0, it was quite the match against Jared Sunram who is ranked seventh in the state in Class A. “Preston is peaking at the right time of the year,” said Hanson, “Preston is a dangerous wrestler, he goes hard and gives 100 percent all the time which he did against Sunram. We are looking forward to watching Preston next week in the individuals where he might match up again with Sunram.”
Crookston’s last victory came at 195 pounds with Jake Wagner who went to 18-6 on the season with a first period pin. “I went out there and tried more offense than I usually do,” said Wagner, “I’m usually the one that has to scramble all the time, but this time I was trying to shoot a lot more and was able to do that, caught him and got the pin, so the strategy worked.”
Crookston finished 7-12 in duals this season and now get ready for the Section 8A Individual Tournament which will be next Friday and Saturday in Glyndon at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School. From the individual tournament the top two wrestlers in each weight class will advance to state. “I think we have really improved throughout the whole season,” said coach Hanson, “that was evidenced by our performance here today. Now if we can keep this momentum going next week and we’ll see what happens.”


Colton Weiland with a take down    Cameron Hulst makes a move in his Park Rapids match
             (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

PIRATES-18

Park Rapids-54

Winner

Results

106 lbs

Zach Brown

Ashton Clark (#1 ranked)

PR

5-0

113 lbs

Nolan Dans Kobe Burton

Crox

10-5

120 lbs

Cameron Weiland Kaden Safratowich

PR

Pin :58

126 lbs

Cole Tiedemann Landen Burlingame

PR

Pin 1:49

132 lbs

Cameron Hulst Nolan Booge (#7 ranked)

PR

Pin 2:59

138 lbs

Colton Weiland Toby Ritter

 Crox

13-2

145 lbs

Lukas Meier Eli Bessman

 Crox

15-0 Tech Fall 4:22

152 lbs Preston Desrosier Jared Sunram  (#7 ranked)

 PR

2-0

160 lbs

Luke Trandem Justin Dravis (#3 ranked)

 PR

Pin :49

170 lbs

Damian Hodgson Cody Dravis

 PR

Pin 2:45

182 lbs

Collin Leckie Zach Nelson

PR

Pin 1:12

195 lbs

Jake Wagner Zach Hocking

 Crox

Pin 1:22

220 lbs

Open Jacob Bittman (#5 ranked)

PR

Forfeit

285 lbs

OPEN Logan Veo

PR

Forfeit


Coach Wes Hanson talks with Preston Desrosier before his match
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOSES TO MARY IN OT, WILL TRAVEL TO ST. PAUL ON WEDNESDAY

The University of Mary Marauders needed a victory to get the fourth seed in the Northern Sun North  and more importantly a home playoff game, and they scored the first six points of overtime and held on to beat the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team 87-81 in overtime at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
After a slow start in Friday’s game, the Golden Eagles were looking for a better start and it looked like both teams were a little sluggish out of the gates and after four minutes into the game they were tied at 4-4.  It was this point in the game UMC went on an 8-0 run that started with back-to-back Caitlin Michaelis (Soph. Marshfield, Wis) and Alison Hughes (Soph. Janesville, Wis) three pointers and the run was capped by an Isieoma Odor (Soph. Bloomington) lay up for a 12-4 lead.  UMC kept the lead the rest of the quarter and took an 18-12 lead into the second quarter.
UMC started the second quarter on an 8-4 run with five points from Michaelis and a three pointer from Hughes for a 26-16 lead.  Mary responded with an 8-0 run to cut the Golden Eagle lead down to two points (26-24) with four minutes left in the half.  The game stayed close the rest of the half and UMC took a 36-33 lead into halftime.  “I thought we were playing well in the first half,” said UMC Coach Mike Roysland. “Our offense was playing well and defensively we played well.  We could have made a couple more stops, but overall it was a pretty good half.”
The third quarter was a fast paced back and forth 10 minutes and UMC had a 45-43 lead with 5:37 left in the quarter when they went on a 9-0 run with four different players scoring (Michaelis – 3, Odor-1, Micaela Noga-2 and Steph McWilliams-3) for a 54-43 lead and it looked like UMC was off and running, but Mary battled back to get within five points (56-51) at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Mary cut UMC’s lead down to one point, six different times with the last Golden Eagle one point lead at 70-69 with 1:47 to go in regulation.  UMC was fouled with 1:20 left and Noga made one of two free throws before Mary’s Dani Williams made a jump shot to tie the game for the first time.  UMC wasn’t able to score on the next possession and Mary came back with a Williams runner through the lane with 9.3 seconds left to give the Marauders their first lead of the game at 73-71.  UMC called a time out and inbounded the ball in the front court.  Noga got the ball and drove into the paint for a left hand lay up to tie the game at 73 with three seconds left.  A Mary shot at the buzzer was off the mark and the teams were going to overtime. 
Mary had a great start to overtime after Hannah Larson scored the first six points to give the Marauders their biggest lead of the game at 79-73 with 1:32 left in the five minute overtime.  UMC wasn’t able to recover and Mary held on for an 87-81 win.  “I am sure for the fans it was a great game, but as a coach we needed some more stops at the end and they made some plays,” said Coach Roysland.  “Once it got into overtime we couldn’t get any momentum going.  I thought we have been playing some of our best basketball the past couple of weeks and hopefully we will keep it going next week.”
UMC ends the regular season 7-18 overall and 7-14 in the NSIC and they will travel to Concordia-St. Paul in the first round of the NSIC playoffs on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  The University of Mary improves to 14-15 overall and 9-12 in the NSIC and Winona State will have to make the 12-plus hour trip to Mary for the first round of the playoffs.

For the NSIC Women’s Basketball bracket click here.


Micaela Noga ties the game on a lay up   Alison Hughes bring the ball up the floor

Box Score

1

2 3

4

OT

FINAL

U of Mary

12 21 18 22 14 87

UMC

18 18 20 17 8 81


Isieoma Odor with a shot in the paint in the second half

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 20 13 4 assists/2 blocks
Caitlin Michaelis 16   2 assists
Alison Hughes 16 4 2 assists
Micaela Noga 14 3 4 assists
Emily Gruber 10 2 2 assists
Stephanie McWilliams 5 4 7 assists



 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL OUTLASTS MARY TO END REGULAR SEASON WITH A VICTORY

The University of Crookston Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball team closed out their regular season in style, using a big second half to take down the University of Mary Marauders, 91-80. The Golden Eagles grabbed the lead with 10 minutes left and never looked back as they grinded out an impressive win on Senior Night at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
“We faced adversity this morning with a player leaving our team but our guys rallied from it and really wanted to play well for our two seniors,” said Minnesota Crookston Head Coach Dan Weisse. “We played extremely hard tonight. Guys made shots and got some big stops. It was a complete team effort tonight.”
Much like Friday night, Minnesota Crookston’s offense started out a bit stagnant as they made two of their first nine shots and saw Mary start the game with a 10-4 lead in the first four minutes. Xavier Hall (Sr., Woodbury), who played inspired all night long, put an end to the run with a pair of free throws and minutes later, Chase Knickerbocker (So., Annandale) made a corner three-pointer to bring UMC within 16-15 halfway through the first. The Golden Eagles kept the flow going, getting baskets from Harrison Cleary (Fr., Oak Creek, WI) and Knickerbocker to take a 23-20 lead with 6:30 left in the half. The contributions continued to come from everywhere as Riley Rice (Sr., Mullen, NE) made his presence felt on senior night with a triple to push the gap to 30-24. The Marauders would respond well, though, finishing the final four minutes of the first half with a 16-6 run to take a 40-36 lead at the break. The Mary was led by the two-headed monster of Rickey Suggs and Bryan Jefferson as they combined for 29 of the 40 points. It was a back and forth half that saw five ties and four lead changes. “I expected this game to be tight throughout,” explained Coach Weisse. “Mary is an experienced team. They have a lot of seniors who have played quite a bit together.”
It didn’t take long in the second half for the Golden Eagles to get the lead back as a Riley Rice three-pointer and two Chase Knickerbocker free throws put them up 41-40 in the early stages. The strong start to the half continued when Gable Smith (R-So, Lodi, WI) made a tough shot, got fouled and hit the freebie to cap a 10-2 run for UMC. Just as fast as the Golden Eagles got the lead back, the Marauders showed their fight and got two free throws from Suggs and a lay-in by Jefferson to go on top 53-50 with 14:36 on the clock. Three minutes later, Minnesota Crookston relied on the long ball to get back into it as Harrison Cleary hit two three’s in the course of a few possessions to give UMC the lead back at 61-59 with 10:06 left in the game.
Could the Golden Eagles do something they’ve struggled all year doing, close out a game in crunch time? That question was answered with a resounding “yes” on Saturday night as UMC held onto the lead for the last 10 minutes of the game. The Golden Eagles relied heavily on the offensive efforts of Chase Knickerbocker and Harrison Cleary down the stretch. Knickerbocker’s strong take and lay-up gave his team an 80-69 lead with under five minutes to play. “Chase Knickerbocker is the kind of guy who will run through a wall for you,” said Weisse of his sophomore forward. “His confidence continues to improve and his play really showed it. We sure needed that from him tonight.” After the Marauders trimmed it to 83-77, Cleary hit a contested three-pointer to give the Golden Eagles some breathing room at 86-77 with a minute left. Minnesota Crookston made some stops late and put the icing on the cake with a Knickerbocker slam dunk in the closing seconds and held on for the 91-80 win. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for UMC and gave them some much needed momentum going into the playoffs.
The second half was really the turning point as UMC outscored Mary 55-40 in the final 20 minutes and shot an astounding 19-of-27 (70.4%) from the field. “The key there was that the ball was moving,” explained Weisse. “When the ball gets stuck, it messes with the flow. In the second half, gaps started to widen for drives and we were able to get shooters open.” Defense was also key as they got multiple stops down the stretch and held the Marauders to 1-of-13 shooting from three-point land. Harrison Cleary led all scorers with 33 points and also dished out a game-high seven assists. Chase Knickerbocker had one of his best games of his young career with 27 points and a team-high eight rebounds and Xavier Hall and Riley Rice had great senior nights with eight and six points respectively.
The Golden Eagles finish the regular season 8-20 overall and 4-18 in the NSIC. With Minnesota Duluth’s loss to MSU-Moorhead, Minnesota Crookston jumped up a spot to the seventh seed in the NSIC North and will take on the second seed in the NSIC South, Upper Iowa, in the first round of the conference playoffs on Wednesday. The game will be in Fayette, Iowa. “This will be a great experience for us,” noted Weisse. “I’m excited for our guys to experience the playoffs. We’ve already made the trip down there and I thought we played them tough. It should be a great game.”

For the NSIC Men's Basketball tournament bracket click here


Riley Rice in his last home game   Chase Knickerbocker goes in for two

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

FINAL

U of Mary

38 42 80

UMC

36 55 91


Xavier Hall shoots a free throw in his last home game as two freshman (Harrison Cleary and Connor Gamble look on)

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 33 4 7 assists
Chase Knickerbocker 27 8  
Gable Smith 13 7 3 assists
Xavier Hall 8 2  
Riley Rice 6 2  
Chase Johnson 2 5
Connor Gamble 2    

 

 

FRIDAY  -  FEBRUARY 17, 2017

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT PELICAN RAPIDS IN SECTION 8AA GAME

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team led for most of the first half, but a 5-0 run at the end of the half gave Pelican Rapids the lead for good as they held on for a 57-46 victory in a Section 8AA game played in Pelican Rapids.
Crookston had a great start to the game with a three pointer from Jenna Porter and a Bailey Folkers basket for a 5-0 lead. Pelican Rapids battled back to get within a 7-6 deficit before Rachel Hefta scored to give the Pirates a 9-6 lead with 13:30 to go in the first half. The teams exchanged baskets for the next five minutes and after an Emma Borowicz three pointer the Pirates led 15-11. Pelican Rapids scored four points in a row to force the first tie of the game. The teams exchanged baskets for a tie at 17. Pelican Rapids scored with 3:08 to go in the half to take their first lead of the game, 19-17, but the Pirates answered with Kylie Solheim three pointer to retake the lead. Pelican Rapids switched up their defense in the final minutes and Crookston had a hard time getting any offense going and that helped the Vikings to a 5-0 run in the final minutes to take a 24-20 lead into halftime. "The girls played well in the first half and we were aggressive in the opening minutes," said Pirate Coach Darin Zimmerman. "Things were looking good, but give Pelican Rapids credit on making some stops and taking the lead. Kylie had a big shot to get us the lead back, but they (Pelican Rapids) made some nice plays towards the end to take the lead. We need to play well in the final minutes of the half and that has hurt us a couple times this year."
Pelican Rapids started the second half on an 8-2 run with four points apiece from Adriana Torres and Kaylie Isaman and the Vikings led 32-22. Crookston continued to struggle offensively as Pelican Rapids defensive pressure forced several turnovers and the Vikings turned them into quick points for a 43-30 lead with less than seven minutes left in the game. Crookston's Emma Borowicz made a free throw and Folkers followed with a three pointer to cut the deficit to single digits. Pelican Rapids answered with a free throw before Porter scored and the Pirates trailed by eight points. It seemed everytime the Pirates made a run in the second half, Pelican Rapids answered with a big shot and they did with four minute left with a three pointer from Isaman and a basket by Torres, which was followed by a free throw by Isaman for a 50-36 lead. Crookston didn't go down without a fight when they were trailing 51-37, Kennedy Cwikla had a strong move to the basket and was fouled and converted a three point play and Porter made a three pointer to bring the Pirates within a 51-43 deficit, but Pelican Rapids held on for a 57-46 victory. "They made some tough contested shots and we did a good job of scoring, but we couldn't get the stops," said Coach Zimmerman. "We are really, really close and that is frustrating and the game was close. We just need to come up with a few more plays, but we continue to get better and I was happy to see the girls bounce back after a tough loss in Ada last night."
Crookston drops to 7-17 on the year and will have their final regular season games of the year on Monday at Stephen-Argyle and they will host Breckenridge on Friday. Pelican Rapids improves to 12-11.
J.V. - Pelican Rapids won 41-40 in OT


  Emma Borowicz drives by a Pelican Rapids defender
 (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

20 26 46

Pelican Rapids

24 33 57


Kylie Solheim with a runner that Pirate Boys Coach Greg Garmen would be proud of!
                (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Emma Borowicz

15    
Jenna Porter 8 4 2 Assists/2 Steals
Bailey Folkers 8 5 2 Assists/2 Steals
Kylie Solheim 6    
Rachel Hefta 4 4  
Kennedy Cwikla 4    


         Rachel Hefta fights two Vikings for the loose ball
        (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For Pelican Rapids

Points

Adriana Torres 17
Greta Tollefson 12
Kaylie Isaman 11
Sarah Thompson 7
Maddie Guler 4
Rachel Gottenborg 3




 

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL SUFFERS ANOTHER LAST SECOND LOSS SECOND NIGHT IN A ROW

East Grand Forks Aaron Havis two free throws with 3.9 seconds left in the game gave East Grand Forks a come from behind victory and defeat the Crookston Pirates 62-60 in a Section 8AA rivalry game played in Crookston.
Both teams were coming off overtime losses last night, Crookston 52-50 in two overtimes at Ada-Borup while the Green Waves lost in one overtime to Fosston 82-76. So the question was, how would the two teams react coming off losses like that 24 hours later? Sluggishly as far as the Pirates were concerned and probably the same for the Green Wave as things didn't come easy for either team in the first half. Actually East Grand Forks got their motor running first building up an 11-4 lead behind Christian Dugan's three pointer and Havis with a two baskets and two free throws. "I thought we were a little sluggish to start the game," said Crookston head coach Greg Garmen, "a little flat and not as sharp as we have been, but we battled through it to come back early." Crookston did just that with a three point play with a strong play inside for Todd Boerger and Chris Wavra scoring on a missed shot, grabbing the rebound and putting it back in. After Mitchell Olson made two free throws, Matt Garmen did the same and Crookston was within 18-16 with eight minutes left of the first half. Crookston who started out with a short 4-3 lead, never did regain the lead but the first half was back and forth with Havis making big baskets to make sure Crookston would not take the lead along with eighth grader Sam Votava.  Crookston would answer every call with Luke Froeber making a nice catch of a pass inside and a nice strong move for a basket to make it 19-18 Green Wave with six minutes left. Their wasn't a lot of scoring from the field the rest of the way evidenced by eight of the last 10 points in the half were from the free throw line and East Grand Forks leading 26-25 at the break. "We were down a bit but came back with a little run to make it tight anyways," said coach Garmen, "we had a couple kids with some foul troubles and we had other kids in which was fine as we had to weather that storm and we did to get within one at the half."
The start of the second half was all East Grand Forks with the youngster Votava scoring twice followed by a Havis bucket and the Green Wave were up 32-25 three minutes into the second half. Then the Pirates started a couple mini runs, the first was started by sophomore Nick Garmen, whose opposing teams feel is the key to a Crookston offensive outbreak, which means he has been seeing tight defense most of the season and tonight was not different until just over 15 minutes to go in the game, Nick hit a three pointer, followed by another three by Boerger and a Froeber basket and the 9-2 run tied the game at 34-34 with 12 and a half minutes left. In between Green Wave freshman Colton Dauksavage's two free throw, the Pirates big guy, Froeber got the ball inside for a basket and next time down, he made one of two free throws to give Crookston a 39-37 lead. "We have not been doing a good job of getting the ball into our post's," said coach Garmen, "if you see their numbers then you should give them the ball. We just aren't a good passing team that way." Crookston would then go on another slight run, this time six straight points with an Olson basket, Matt Garmen getting a rebound and going coast to coast for the score and Carter Winand offensive rebound and put-back and Crookston led 45-37 with just over 10 minutes left in the game and the Green Wave had to call a time-out.
"We were moving the ball, started to make some plays and were running the offense well," said Coach Garmen.
The Pirates widen the lead to 48-39 on another Nick Garmen three point shot and then the Green Wave started picking away. First it was Havis who was scoring from every position, outside, mid range jumper and drives to the basket scoring twice, a couple free throws and a long bomber and Crookston's lead evaporated but still ahead at 53-50 with four minutes left in the game. "Havis was tough," said Coach Garmen, "we didn't always pick him up but he made some tough shots." After trading baskets, Havis scored again and followed by two free throws to put East Grand Forks back up since early in the second half, 56-55 with two minutes left in the game. Wavra, who was 'held' to eight points by East Grand Forks defense and foul trouble in first half, hit a big basket with 1:40 left to put Crookston back up 57-56. Then another Green Wave freshman, Julian Benson scored his second basket of the game after stripping the Pirates in the Crookston backcourt and going in for the score and East Grand Forks was back up 58-57 with :45 seconds left.
After a Crookston miss, the Green Wave had the ball stolen by the Pirates but they missed the shot with 27 seconds left to go and the Green Wave still up 58-57. After a time out and the Green Wave inbounding in their backcourt launched a baseball pass down court where Havis grabbed the ball and looked like a sure layup but he was fouled and no basket. But the veteran stepped up and hit both free throws to give East Grand Forks a 60-57 lead with 25 seconds left. Now it was Crookston's turn and they connected in particularly Matt Garmen who launched a long missile from the left side that twitched the net and they were tied at 60-60 with 13.4 seconds left. "Give East Grand credit," said coach Garmen, "they had a tough one last night too and we needed to match their energy and I didn't think we did that."
East Grand Forks came down and got the ball in the hands of their leading scorer and Havis was whacked in the act by Froeber who fouled out with 3.9 seconds to go and Havis made both free throw to give the Green Wave a 62-60 lead. "Looking back, we should have maybe gone to something else, maybe a zone to keep Havis to the outside, but we didn't," said coach Garmen. East Grand Forks had some fouls to give and on the Crookston inbound they fouled Matt Garmen, so Crookston now had two seconds to go from three quarters away from their basket. The ball was inbounded to Matt Garmen and after just crossing mid-court his shot was just off the side of the rim and backboard no good and the Green Wave stormed the court like they just won the State Championship!! "We wanted to give them a little pressure coming up the floor at the end there," said coach Garmen, "we didn't do a good job of that and Havis got it in his hand with about four seconds left, got fouled and made both free throws. We had to get down the floor and those fouls to give, they fouled us and took some more time off. We got the ball to Matt and he hits that shot we're laughing and it didn't go and it's another tough loss."
East Grand Forks is 10-13 on the season and Havis led all scorers with 30 points. East Grand Forks has three games left, all on the road starting at Barnesville on Tuesday and at Hawley on Thursday next week.
Crookston was led by Matt Garmen's 12 points and added five assists, four assists and two steals. "He's been playing very well as of late," said his dad, coach Greg Garmen about his oldest son, "he's asserting himself doing a little bit of everything, rebounding, stealing whatever."
Crookston is now 12-10 on the year and with four games left of their regular season and three of them next week, the challenge will be to get the players up after two back-to-back tough losses, "Got to get rallying again, gotta go keep playing," said coach Garmen, "you can't throw in the towel if things aren't going well for you. We have to get in position to make a run a tournament time with these last four games."
Crookston will host Win-E-Mac on Tuesday, Fertile-Beltrami on Thursday and at Wadena-Deer Creek on Saturday.
JV -  Crookston won 51-50
C-Squad -  East Grand Forks won 46-29


    Nick Garmen looks for an open teammate

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

East Grand Forks

26 36 62

CROOKSTON

25 35 60


Ryan Swenson tries to get by an EGF defender

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Matt Garmen

12 5 4 assists/2 steals
Todd Boerger 11 4  
Nick Garmen 9   3 assists/2 steals
Luke Froeber 9 7  
Chris Wavra 8   4 assists/ 2 steals
Mitchell Olson 6    
Carter Winand 2 3  
Blake Kawlewski 2    

Ryan Swenson

1    

 

For EGF

Points

Aaron Havis 30
Sam Votava 11
Christian Dugan 8
Colton Dauksavage 7
Julian Benson 4
Maguire Stanislawski 2



  

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GETS SCHOOL RECORD 36 POINTS FROM ALISON HUGHES TO BEAT MINOT STATE

It seems hard to believe, but the final weekend of the regular season is here for the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball team! The Golden Eagles opened up the weekend with a visit from the Minot State University Beavers, who they took down in Minot earlier this season. After a slow start, the Golden Eagles found their groove and cruised to an 86-70 win behind a school record 36 points from Alison Hughes (So., Janesville, WI).
Minnesota Crookston jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, capped by a Hughes three-pointer off of an Emily Gruber (Jr., Monticello) offensive rebound. Minot State, who finally came into a weekend with a completely healthy roster, answered with a 7-0 run to take a 9-5 lead. Madison Wald extended the lead for the Beavers to 11-8 with a jumper at the 5:33 mark and the lead ballooned to 16-10 minutes later. The Golden Eagles struggled to shoot early, hitting 3-of-8 shots to start the game. UMC was able to make a run late behind strong play from Isieoma Odor (R-So., Bloomington) and Alison Hughes and they trailed 21-16 after the first. “The girls did a good job early on of finding Isy (Odor) in good position down in the post,” said UMC Head Coach Mike Roysland. “We had a good outside-inside game going and everybody did a good job of finding each other.”
The second quarter was a completely different story for Minnesota Crookston as they came out firing and playing fantastic basketball. UMC worked their offense and rattled off a 12-6 run to take their second lead of the game at 28-27. With 4:14 left in the quarter, Isieoma Odor converted down low to put UMC up 32-30. At that point, Hughes and Odor had combined for 30 of the 32 points. The solid play continued down the stretch as Micaela Noga (Jr., Parkers Prairie) and Stephanie McWilliams (Fr., Grand Forks, ND) made baskets and the Golden Eagles finished the half on a 9-1 run to lead 41-31 going into the break. “It took us a little bit to get things going but the confidence started to show in that second quarter,” said Roysland. “We had a couple of big possessions to close out the half which put us in a good spot.” UMC assisted on 11 of their 15 field goals in the first 20 minutes and held the MSU to 3-of-14 shooting in the second quarter.
UMC carried their strong play into the second half as they went on an 8-0 spurt to take a commanding 49-31 lead. The Beavers started to claw back as Diondra Denton ended a scoring drought with a three-pointer. The bucket started an 8-0 run for MSU to bring them back within 10. “They were able to make some runs at us but every time we were able to sustain it and push back,” noted Roysland. “A lot of people contributed to that.” Micaela Noga showed her leadership for the Golden Eagles by turning up her play and scoring six points to stretch the lead back to 55-44 with 1:30 on the clock. UMC connected from deep once again in the closing seconds, this time from Lindsey Weber (So., Delafield, WI) and the lead was at 58-46 heading into the fourth.
Despite having a fourth quarter lead, the Golden Eagles had to stay sharp because the Beavers showed they would not lay down easily. After UMC started the quarter on a 5-2 run, Madison Wald scored four straight points for MSU to trim the deficit to 67-54. After the teams traded baskets throughout the middle part of the quarter, the Golden Eagles started to pull away in the final minutes behind contributions from everybody. Caitlin Michaelis (So., Marshfield, WI) made her first three of the game and then Hughes knocked down her sixth triple to give them an 82-66 lead. Hughes got fouled late and converted on both free throws to give her the school record of 36 points! “Alison was playing really consistently tonight, to be honest, I had no idea she was that close to the record,” said Roysland. “She was feeling it tonight. I’m really proud of her and all the time she has put in the gym has really paid off.” UMC withstood strong defensive pressure late and went on to the 86-70 win.
With the win, the Golden Eagles snap a six game losing skid and improve to 7-18 overall and 7-14 in the NSIC. Minnesota Crookston will wrap up the season tomorrow night with a tilt against the University of Mary Marauders. “Tonight was a great start to the weekend,” said Roysland. “We need to get back to playing the kind of basketball that we’re capable of playing. Now we need to put back-to-back nights together. I think tonight showed that we’ve gotten better and we have to come out tomorrow night and do the same thing.” After tomorrow night, UMC will know where they’re going on February 22 for the first round of the Northern Sun Conference Tournament. Minot State drops to 4-23 and 2-19 in the conference. They’ll play Bemidji State on Saturday.


    Alison Hughes with a three        Isieoma Odor with a jump shot

Box Score

1

2 3

4

Final

Minot State

21 10 15 24 70

UMC

16 25 17 28 86


     Micaela Noga with a pass

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alison Hughes 36 6  
Isieoma Odor 20 9 3 blocks
Micaela Noga 11 5  
Caitlin Michaelis 6    
Steph McWilliams 4 6 7 assists
Paige Weakley 4
Lindsey Weber 3 3  
Amber Schoenicke 2    
Emily Gruber 0 5 5 assists



 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL LOSES AT THE BUZZER IN OVERTIME TO MINOT STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball team came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to force overtime but the Minot State University Beavers were able to get to a loose ball and make a shot as the buzzer sounded to pick up a 75-73 road win. UMC continued to show improvement but haven’t figured out how to win close games consistently as they dropped a heart breaker at Lysaker Gymnasium.
Minot State did what a road team needs to do in this conference, jump out to an early lead. The Beavers frustrated the Golden Eagles early, jumping out to a 10-5 lead in the opening minutes. After Chase Knickerbocker’s (So., Annandale) three-pointer brought UMC within two, MSU responded with a 15-4 run to extend their advantage to 26-12 with 7:31 to go in the half. “Minot started the game playing with way more energy than we did,” said UMC Head Coach Dan Weisse. “We weren’t playing together as a team and we just can’t start games like that.” Minnesota Crookston started to claw back but struggled to get stops on defense as Minot State was hitting from the inside and outside and pushed their lead to 36-21 after a pair of Tyler Rudolph free throws with 2:31 on the clock. Xavier Hall (Sr., Oakdale) provided a spark with four straight points at the end of the half to bring UMC within 38-25 at the break.
The message from the coaching staff at halftime must have worked because the offense started to find it’s groove in the second as the Golden Eagles made 5-of-6 shots to start things off. Of course, making baskets doesn’t mean anything if you can’t get stops and UMC was finally able to do that in the second half, forcing Minot State to miss six of their first nine shots in the half. “The guys really responded coming out of the locker room in the second half,” noted Weisse. “The main thing we did was start guarding and staying with our assignments. Our communication was much better.” The Golden Eagles kept chipping away at the deficit and made it a 44-35 game after Chase Johnson’s thunderous two-handed slam with 15:41 left.
Connor Gamble (R-Fr., Stillwater) hit two consecutive three’s to get the crowd on their feet and get the deficit to single digits at 51-43 with 9:27 left. “Connor has the ability to be a really good player and he played really well tonight. He gave us a nice spark off the bench,” stated Coach Weisse. “He needs to continue to improve on the defensive side but I thought he played pretty good in that area tonight as well.” Harrison Cleary followed with a pair of free throws and Gable Smith scored four straight points to extend the run to 12-2 and bring UMC within 53-49 with 7:30 left in regulation. The long range shot helped out once again as Connor Gamble hit his third triple of the half to bring UMC within 53-52. After Minot State went back up 58-54, Gamble unleashed from way downtown and hit nothing but net to give him 12 points and bring UMC within a point. It took 38 minutes, but the Golden Eagles finally got their first lead of the game after a Chase Knickerbocker jumper. After Tyler Rudolph gave the Beavers the lead with a three, Harrison Cleary got some space and hit a triple from the top of the key to make it 66-65 Golden Eagles. Minot State came back down the floor and Nathaniel Moore connected from deep to make it a 68-66 Beaver lead. Cleary responded with a strong drive and lay-in to tie the game at 68 with 50 seconds left. UMC’s defense got a big stop on the next possession then had two looks to win the game but couldn’t connect and the teams got to treat the fans to some free basketball as they went to overtime.
Minnesota Crookston was able to get a defensive stop right away then turn it into a pair of Harrison Cleary free throws to take an early 70-68 lead early in the extra session. The Beavers responded with a 5-0 run, capped by a Nathan Mertens drive to retake the lead at 73-70 with 2:32 to go. UMC tied it up with a Cleary three-pointer, his 24th point of the game, but Minot State had one final chance to win it. After Luis Ricci Maia missed an elbow jump shot, the rebound got knocked loose right into the hands of Nathaniel Moore. The junior got a shot off just before the buzzer and knocked it down to give the Beavers the 75-73 win. “We have to get that rebound at the end of overtime, there’s no getting around it,” said Weisse. “This season in crunch time we just haven’t been able to make those key plays. I think these guys will learn from it though.”
After a tough first half shooting the basketball, the Golden Eagles picked it up in the second half, shooting over 60% to finish the game making 29-of-63 (46%) field goals. “Our shot selection was much better in the second half,” said Weisse. “That had to do with better shot selection and a higher energy level.” UMC also took care of the ball in the game, turning it over seven times compared to dishing out 14 assists. For the second time this season though, the Golden Eagles had issues with Beaver big man Tyler Rudolph as he had game-highs with 32 points and 16 rebounds. The Golden Eagles had four players in double-figures, led by Harrison Cleary’s 24.
The Golden Eagles fall to 7-20 overall with a 3-18 mark in the Northern Sun. They’ll host the University of Mary Marauders to round out the weekend on Saturday. It will be Senior Night as UMC will honor seniors Xavier Hall and Riley Rice. Tip is set for 6:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on KROX RADIO. Minot State improves to 13-14 overall and 9-12 in the NSIC.


    Chase Johnson throws it down   Connor Gamble with one of his four 3's

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

OT

Final

Minot State

38 30 7 75

UMC

25 43 5 73


    Riley Rice lines up the jump shot

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 24 5 4 assists
Connor Gamble 14    
Gable Smith 12 4 4 blocks
Chase Knickerbocker 10 7  
Chase Johnson 9 3  
Xavier Hall 4







THURSDAY  -  FEBRUARY 16, 2017

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL OFFENSE SUPPRESSED BY # 6 RANKED ADA-BORUP IN COUGARS 55-19 WIN

The last five games that Ada-Borup girl's basketball has played they've given up an average of 30 points a game. They have held teams to 13 and 16 this season and the defense of the Cougars, ranked sixth in Minnesota Class A polls, is a big reason for it and it was on display tonight against the Crookston Pirates as the Cougars defeated the Pirates 55-19 in Ada.
Neither team could get much get much going offensively with Ada-Borup scoring the first four points of the game until Crookston's Kylie Solheim had a strong drive to the hoop for the Pirates first points and trailing 4-2 with 11 minutes to go in the first half. "We worked the ball around pretty well to start the game," said Crookston head coach Darin Zimmerman, "their defense is very, very good and made it tough work to get an open shot and then it was one and done." The Cougars had a couple runs in the first half, the first coming with just over 10 minutes to go in the half when they scored 10 of the next 11 points with Kora Kritzberger, a freshman getting two baskets in a row along with a number of other baskets after steals and open lay ups on the other end and they were up 18-3 and forced another Crookston timeout. The Pirates Emma Borowicz had a free throw in that Ada-Borup run and free throws were not part of either teams offense in the first half with Crookston going 1-6 and Ada-Borup 0-5.
Ada-Borup's defense was stifling and unsolvable for Crookston and other than Solheim making another strong move to the hoop and a basket but missed the free throw for a chance at the three point play and it was now 18-5 Ada-Borup leading with four and a half minutes left. The Cougars were playing a lot of players in the half and they were effective like sophomore Maddie Smart with two steals and baskets, Olivia Winfrey getting a basket as well as Svetlana Stoen and it was 27-5 as the Cougars leading scorer, senior Elizabeth Birkemeyer started unwinding and getting a number of offensive baskets and winding up scoring eight points. Crookston made their best run at the end of the half when Bailey Folkers hit the first Crookston three point shot and first player other than Solheim. This was followed by another Solheim score and Ada-Borup went into half time in control with a 29-11 lead. "It was good we were still working hard at this point," said Zimmerman, "and it was little momentum for us. We should of not went into the locker room and started the second half right there."
The second half was much the same with Ada-Borup's suffocating defense not allowing Crookston to breathe with the only field goal in the first three and a half minutes was a Jenna Porter back door cut that was successful and later Hailey Seaver and Borowicz had free throw with Ada-Borup leading 42-15 with eight and a half minutes left in the game. The Cougars were putting on a clinic in style with a sixth ranked team who had won 20 in a row. The passing was brilliant on many occasions with three or four girls touching the ball on the run and making the baskets.
Ada-Borup would go on a 11-0 run with about six and a half minutes left in the game and  Mariah McKeever who played at Win-E-Mac last year scored four straight baskets herself to make it a 53-15 game with under six minutes to go and the game went to running time and the benches started clearing. "They run the floor really hard," Zimmerman said about Ada-Borup, "the reason they've had all this success because they do all the small things so well that turn into big things."
Crookston's freshman, Danielle Boyle scored near the end of the game to get on the scoreboard but Ada-Borup won 55-19 to pick up their 21st straight win of the season and move to 21-1 on the season and they are off until next week for their last two games of the regular season, Barnesville at home on Tuesday and at Frazee next Thursday. "Our kids played hard," said Zimmerman, "we have some things to work on and they were exposed tonight. The big and physical teams we've had trouble against like East Grand Forks a bit and certainly Roseau. We just have to keep working on getting stronger and work on the fundamentals."
The Crookston Pirates are now 7-16 on the season and the 19 points were the lowest they've scored this season. The Pirates will have a Section 8AA contest tomorrow night at Pelican Rapids.  "We have to have a short memory and get ready for a big Section game tomorrow night," said Zimmerman, "we have to get back to where we were before tonight." Then Crookston will have two games left of their regular season traveling to Stephen-Argyle on Monday and hosting Breckenridge next Friday, February 24th.
JV -  Ada-Borup won 50-41


Kennedy Cwikla drives to the basket   Jenna Porter goes in for a layup
          (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

11 8 19

Ada-Borup

29 26 55


    Bailey Folkers drives the baseline
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Kylie Solheim

7    
Bailey Folkers 5 3  
Emma Borowicz 2 3  
Danielle Boyle  2    
Jenna Porter 2    
Hailey Seaver 1 4  

 

For Ada-Borup

Points

Elizabeth Birkemeyer 19
Mariah McKeever 13
Kora Kritzberger 4
Emma Kroshus 4
Maddie Smart 4
Olivia Winfrey 4
Svetlana Stoen 3
Brooklyn Erickson 2
Jakia Thompson 2


 


 

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL DROPS A DOUBLE OVERTIME GAME TO # 10TH RANKED ADA-BORUP 52-49

Ada-Borup's Tanner Somers free throws in both overtimes led the Cougars to a come from behind win in double overtime, 52-49 over the Crookston Pirates in Ada.
After Ada-Borup, ranked 10th in the latest Minnesota State High School Class A polls,  took an early 3-0 lead on three free throws, Crookston went on a 10-0 run behind their 6'7 senior off the bench, Mitchell Olson who did it a number of ways, the big guy stepped outside and rattled home a three point shot, had a put back on a rebound and also a free throw. The other to get into the act on the 10 point run was junior guard Todd Boerger with a three point shot and then a power drive to the basket and Crookston was leading 10-3 with 11 and a half minutes left in the first half. The Cougars tried to chip away with Tyler Hoven making a basket and Colby Stevenson nailed a three to pull Ada-Borup within 15-10 with nine minutes left.
Both teams started opening up things a bit at this mark in the game with Chris Wavra hitting a runner followed by 1-2 at the free throw line for a 16-10 lead with under eight minutes left in the half. Crookston sophomore Nick Garmen wasn't on the scoreboard yet but the youngster had five rebounds and kept a number of possessions going with a couple of those offensive rebounds. After Matt Garmen made two free throws, the Pirates matched their biggest lead at 18-10 with seven minutes left in the half. "We were really playing well," said Crookston head coach Greg Garmen, "we had Mitchell playing aggressively tonight stepping out and hitting a three which he can do and also doing some things inside with Luke in foul trouble." The Cougars also have a 6'7 kid, a freshman in Mason Miller and he got a pass in a good spot, drove to the basket and laid it in and the Pirates lead was now 18-12. Crookston continued to dominate the boards though with a couple offensive rebounds by Nick Garmen and then Olson the same and was fouled and made two free throws for a 20-12 lead with just under five minutes left. The Pirates a quick and the quickest is Matt Garmen who made a great steal and went into lay it up and Crookston now had their biggest lead at 22-12. Another Pirate who can be ultra-quick, Boerger came back down the floor next time after a stop and set up for a long bomb jumper that tickled the twine and Crookston was up 25-12 and forcing Ada-Borup into a timeout. Crookston continued to play good on both ends of the court, first Carter Winand beat the Cougars down court for a pass and a layup and followed by a nice little loop pass to Wavra who in the air grabbed the ball and laid it up. Casey Willison scored the last three Ada-Borup points but Wavra broke the hearts of the home crowd with the Pirates going for the last shot drained a three to give Crookston the 32-17 lead at half-time. "That was a great first half against a team that is 18-2 on the year and ranked," said coach Garmen, "we did a lot of things right and wanted to continue with that in the second half."
Crookston was unable to do a lot of the same things in the second half as it started with the Cougars big guy, Miller tipping in missed shot and then another basket and the run finished with Connor Thompson's basket and forcing a Crookston timeout with Ada-Borup cutting Crookston's lead to 32-24 with 13 and a half minutes to go in the game. Crookston had a big basket to stop the Cougars run with Matt Garmen speed down court and laying it up and it was followed by a beautiful pick and roll with Garmen finding Luke Froeber and the 6'4 senior putting it up for a 36-25 Crookston lead and Ada-Borup had to use a timeout. The Cougars used the timeout well as they started making another move with baskets from Tanner Sommers, Bryce Nitschke and Jared Brainard to cut the Pirates lead to 37-31 with just under nine minutes left.  Crookston had some good opportunities but were unable to make any baskets and the Cougars Stevenson basket with seven minutes left put Ada-Borup within four points at 37-33. "We told them (at halftime) to keep doing what they were doing, but Ada was picking up their defense a little bit in the second half and we had tough time of making things happen," said coach Garmen. "We are not a high powered offensive team and when we couldn't get much going inside we have to do it from the outside and their defense wasn't allowing us many looks in the second half."
Crookston has been known to make a lot of three's in a game and two of their most important came back to back with five and a half minutes left when Boerger and Wavra make the long ones and Crookston was back up 43-33. Not able to stand prosperity, Crookston saw the lead shrink again after an Ada-Borup free throw and then Stevenson made a three point shot and with four and half minutes left in the game it was now 43-37. After a Crookston timeout, the Pirates missed a shot and the Cougars Somers basket cut the lead to 43-39 with three minutes left. The Pirates Olson continued his strong play in the game especially now with Froeber fouled out and after Olson's making one of two free throws, Crookston led 44-39 and that was followed by two free throw misses by Ada-Borup. The Cougars responded though with Brainard nailing a three point shot and Crookston's lead was cut to 44-42 with just over two minutes left. Crookston missed the front end of a one and one free throw and then with a 1:20 left in the game, the Pirates appeared to grab a rebound and were called for traveling and the Cougars called a time out trailing by two. After Brainard missed a three, the Cougars were out of bounds. Crookston came down and had the ball stripped away but the Cougars called for a double dribble so Crookston keeps the ball. Coach Garmen called a timeout with 43 seconds left in the game leading 44-42. Matt Garmen was fouled immediately and the senior hit the first free throw on a one and one, missed the second and Crookston led 45-42. The Cougars come back with Nitschke hitting a three with 24 seconds left. Crookston had the balled stripped away and Ada-Borup had the ball at half-court and with 3.9 seconds left called a timeout and try to get a good last second shot. They came out and had to throw up a long running shot that did not come close and it was tied at 45-45 and they two were headed to overtime. "They picked it up a bit in the second half with their big guy," said coach Garmen, "we were trying to get him to pick up his fifth foul but we could not and we ended up losing Froeber and Boerger fouling out."
Ada-Borup's last game on Tuesday was a 57-55 overtime win over Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal and they are 2-0 in overtimes after beating Hawley earlier in the season. Crookston was 1-0 in overtimes which was a three overtime win over Barnesville.
Somers started it off for Ada-Borup with a lob pass basket and it gave the Cougars their first lead since two minutes into the game at 47-45. Wavra came back to drain a three pointer and Crookston was leading again 48-47 with 1:40 to go. Ada-Borup made two of four free throws and backup 49-48. The Pirates Olson continued to play a strong game with an offensive rebound, missed the put back but was fouled. The big guy made the first but missed the second with 50 seconds left it was tied at 49-49 and nobody would score and it went to a second overtime.
In the second extra four minutes, Somers made a free throw out of two chances but it gave Ada-Borup a 50-49 lead. The Pirates worked the ball around for quite a period of time and missed a shot and Olson was called for a foul. Somers made another both free throws to give the Cougars a 52-49 lead with 20 seconds left in the game. Crookston used their final time out needing a three point play somehow and it went down to the wire with a three pointer missed and time ran out and the Cougars come away with an exciting 52-49 double overtime win. "Really, a free throw here or there, a open look here or there and it's a win. We knew the jubilation of winning the three overtime game against Barnesville," said coach Garmen, "this one was emotional, we tried everything in our book in the second half and overtime but it didn't work. This one hurts!"
Crookston is now 12-9 on the year and will be back home against East Grand Forks tomorrow night at 7:30 PM. "We got them over at their place earlier," said coach Garmen, "we have to shake this one off somehow and get ready for the Section game against the Green Wave."
Ada-Borup improves to 19-2 on the year and their fifth straight win and will be at Pelican Rapids on Tuesday.
JV -  Ada-Borup won 53-35


Chris Wavra passes as official Chris Ellingson looks on   Todd Boerger goes in for a layup
                      (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

 OT

2 OT

Final

CROOKSTON

32 13 4 0 49

Ada-Borup

17 28 4 3 52

 
Matt Garmen speeds by an Ada-Borup defender in the first half
        (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Chris Wavra

14   2 Assists
Todd Boerger 11   3 Steals
Mitchell Olson 11 7  
Matt Garmen 7 4 6 Assists/4 Steals
Luke Froeber 2    
Nick Garmen 2 7 2 Assists
Carter Winand 2 4  

 

For Ada-Borup

Points

Tanner Somers 10
Colby Stevenson 10
Mason Miller 9
Jared Brainard 8
Tyler Hoven 4
Bryce Nitschke 4
Connor Thompson 2
Casey Willison 2



  

ROSEAU EXPLODES FOR FIVE THIRD PERIOD GOALS TO BREAK AWAY FROM CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY 8-1

The Roseau Rams racked up five goals in the third period to turn away the visiting Crookston Pirates 8-1 in the regular season finale for both teams at the Memorial Arena in Roseau.
The Rams struck first when a loose puck was snapped up by Alex Verbout and he put his 20th goal of the season past a screened Crookston goalie Cade Salentine for a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the game.  Crookston came right back though less than two minutes later when sophomore Brock Heppner was going hard to the net on a two on one with Drew Dragseth with Heppner knocking in a rebound to tie it at 1-1 which is how the first period ended. "I thought we played a great first period," said Crookston head coach Josh Hardy, "we did everything we needed to do to be in the game with one of the top teams in Class AA in the state."
The second period the Rams were fired up and came out storming. "They were a totally different team in the second," said Hardy. Bryden Stoskopf, the Rams leading scorer continued his fine season play with a nice goal off the face off that snuck through the five hole of Salentine and the Rams were back up 2-1. Then the Pirates gave up another late goal, this one with 25 seconds to go in the period when Aaron Huglen scored on a shot that rolled off the top of the net unto the back of Salentine and into the net and Roseau had a 3-1 lead after two periods. "Really should have been 2-1 game," said Hardy, "Cade his best period of the season and really kept us in it. They had long stretches of play in the second period controlling the puck."
The wheels fell off for the Pirates in the third period and it started early with Aaron Huglen scoring his second of the game and 10th of the year and it was followed by four other goal scorers including Verbout getting his second of the game to wrap up the scoring to give Roseau the impressive 8-1 win before the home folks. " They had all the momentum and we couldn't catch a bounce. They are big strong and fast and made us pay by scoring goals through screens and rebounds out front. The game got away from us a bit," said Hardy.
Crookston was outshot in the game 43-14 with Salentine stopping 35 shots. Crookston finishes the regular season at 10-15 and now get ready for Detroit Lakes in a quarterfinal Section 8A Tournament game next Thursday in Detroit Lakes. "
We can pull the positives out of this game and forget the rest," said Hardy, "for all intents and purposes this game doesn't mean much. It would be nice to have a little more momentum after this game but we hit reset and get ready for next week. Everyone is 0-0 now. At Detroit Lakes next week we need to play like we did in the first. Bottle Detroit Lakes up and find ways to frustrate them. We have to capitalize on opportunities and not turn down any shots trying to make a pretty play. It's gonna be a gritty grind it out battle so we will spend the next six days getting ready to play like that."
Roseau is 16-9 on the regular season with Section 8AA having their seeding meeting tomorrow as their tournament gets underway on Tuesday with the Rams possibly being a fourth seed and getting a first round home game. They would be seeded behind Moorhead, Bemidji and St. Michael-Albertville.
JV -  Roseau won 6-2 with Crookston's JV finishing the season with a record of 6-14-3 under JV head coach Sam Melbye

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 1
Roseau 1 2 5 8

1st Period
9:17 -  Roseau -  Alex Verbout  (Byrden Stoskopf)
11:01 -  Crookston -  Brock Heppner  (4)   (Drew Dragseth)

2nd Period
10:28 -  Roseau  -  Bryden Stoskopf  (Alec Severson, Nathan Adrian)
16:35 -  Roseau -   Aaron Huglen  unassisted

3rd Period
1:36 -  Roseau  -  Aaron Huglen  (Jonah Huglen)
3:37 -  Roseau -  Nathan Adrian unassisted
8:32 -  Roseau -  Trevor McMillin  (Aaron Huglen, Brandon Lund)
11:04 - Roseau -  Nick Geroy  (Alex Verbout, Nathan Adrian)
15:45 - Roseau -  Alex Verbout  (Alec Severson)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Cade Salentine - Crookston 10 18 7 34
Willie Woolever - Roseau 5 4 4 13






WEDNESDAY -  FEBRUARY 15, 2017

CROOKSTON PIRATES BOY'S HOCKEY SEEDED FIFTH FOR SECTION 8A TOURNAMENT

If it sounds familiar, it is!!! The Crookston Pirates were seeded fifth again this year by the Section 8A Boy's Hockey coaches this morning in Thief River Falls. It was a close vote between the Pirates and Detroit Lakes for the four spot and who would get the home site for the Section quarterfinals and yes, Crookston will again be traveling to Detroit Lakes on Thursday, February 23 for the quarterfinal. "There were no arguments about any of the seeds except us and Detroit Lakes," said Crookston head coach Josh Hardy, "they beat us again during the regular season so the coaches gave them the four spot and we'll head there again."
The Section coaches seeded the teams this way:
1.  East Grand Forks
2.  Thief River Falls
3.  Warroad
4.  Detroit Lakes
5.  Crookston
6.  Lake of the Woods
7.  Northern Lakes
8.  Park Rapids
9.  Bagley-Fosston
10.  Red Lake Falls
11.  Kittson County Central


SECTION 8A BOY'S HOCKEY TOURNAMENT BRACKETS

Tuesday -  February 21  (Playin or First Round)
Kittson County Central  at  Lake of the Woods  (in Baudette)
Red Lake Falls  at  Northern Lakes  (at Pequot Lakes Breezy Point Arena)
Bagley-Fosston  at  Park Rapids

Thursday -  February 23  (Quarterfinals)
Winner of Park Rapids/Bagley-Fosston   at   East Grand Forks
Crookston  at  Detroit Lakes
Winner of Lake of the Woods/Kittson County Central   at  Warroad
Winner of Red Lake Falls/Northern Lakes   at  Thief River Falls

Saturday -  February 25   (Semi-Finals)  at  Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls
6:00 PM -  EGF/Park Rapids/Bagley-F   vs  Crookston or Detroit Lakes
8:15 PM  -  LOW/KCC/Warroad winner   vs  RLF/Northern Lakes/TRF winner

Thursday -  March 2  at  REA in Thief River Falls  -  Championship
7:00 PM





TUESDAY  -  FEBRUARY 14, 2017

CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY JET PAST RED LAKE FALLS IN A 6-0 WIN TO END THE HOME SEASON

One of the goals each game for the Crookston Pirates boy's have wanted to put more shots on goal and defensively to limit shots on goal. They were able to do both tonight defeating Red Lake Falls 6-0 in a Section 8A game at the Crookston Sports Center.
"We've wanted our guys to get off to good starts particularly at home, create more shots and then help out our goaltenders better defensively," said Crookston head coach Josh Hardy, "I think we started it all right off the first drop of the puck tonight."
Red Lake Falls for the most part plays nine players and Crookston wanted to come out flying and try to wear down the Eagles. The Pirates started on senior night six seniors with four of them seeing limited or no varsity time this season and they set the tone by getting the puck into the Eagles zone and then it was pretty much kept there the entire night. Crookston got their first goal just over five minutes into the contest as Dane Anderson who has been on a streak of setting up teammates and he did it again when he was in the circle to the left of the Eagles freshman goalie, Brenden Larson, dropped a pass to defenseman Ethan Christopherson who snapped off a shot that beat Larson over his left shoulder on the short side and Crookston led 1-0. Christopherson wouldn't mind playing Red Lake Falls every night as the senior's goal was his third of the season and all three have come against Red Lake Falls with two in the first game of the season in Red Lake Falls! "It's always good to get that first one," said coach Hardy, "Dane has been on a pretty good streak right now and he dropped a nice pass to Louie (Christopherson's nickname) and a nice shot."
Crookston would continue the offensive bursts throughout the period but Larson was finding his footing and getting tougher as the period and game went along. The Eagles took their only penalty of the game late in the first period and it cost them a goal when Crookston scored on the man advantage. It started with Eric Delorme doing nice work carrying the puck through a number of Red Lake Falls players into the Eagles end, went behind the net and the puck ended up with defenseman Ethan Stroot pinching in and from kind of a bad angle put a shot toward the Eagles net which was stopped and 5'8 freshman Joey Doda showed his great balance on skates and fought through two Eagles defensemen to find the rebound and wrap it in for his second power play goal of the year and seventh overall and Crookston had a 2-0 lead after the first period. "We were a little sloppy in some areas tonight," said Hardy, "when you play games like tonight on senior night with the distractions and things going on you tend not to be quite as sharp as you'd like to be but then you have to like being up 2-0."
Crookston jumped to a 3-0 lead one minute into the second period when another senior, Zach Markovich who has been on a little scoring streak himself was the recipient of an errant clearing pass by Red Lake Falls who put it on Markovich's stick just inside the Red Lake Falls blue line, he took a couple strides in and in between the circles rifled a whistler past Larson for the Pirates 3-0 lead. Crookston had total domination in the second period and did everything but score, putting 18 shots on goal and scoring just one. "The little freshman, Larson played outstanding," said Hardy, "he really  made some nice saves and it could have been a lot worse. Only a freshman, he's going to be a nemesis for a long time to come." In the period, Red Lake Falls was unable to put a shot on the Crookston net which was occupied by senior Thomas Cymbaluk, getting just his second start of the year. "It gets a little lonely back there," said Cymbaluk who would go on to record his first varsity shutout, "sometimes you wish you'd get a few more shots to keep you in the game. You just watch the game, always watch the puck and always have to be alert and ready."  Crookston getting only one goal while outshooting the Eagles 18-0 in the period was a little frustrating for the Pirates players, "we just stressed to continue getting shots on net," said Hardy, "look for rebounds and no opportunity is a bad opportunity. You're a little frustrated that we only score one goal, but were winning and that's a positive."
Crookston did score in the first five minutes of the third period but it was a strange type of goal with a puck shot wide and came off the end board and bounced back to the other side and went off the Pirates Ethan Magsam for his team leading ninth goal of the year. Then Crookston scored two late goals, the first was their fourth unit out and after Ben Trostad snap shot was saved by Larson but a juicy rebound came out to another senior Tanner Reinhart who popped in his fifth of the season to make it 5-0. Two minutes later with Crookston taking their first penalty of the game and second called all night, the Pirates Markovich took the puck from the side boards outside the circle to the left of the Red Lake Falls goal and again rifled a quick shot that found a spot to beat Larson and Markovich scored his second goal of the night and the Pirates third 'shortie' of the season and make it 6-0 with a minute left in the game. "We need that scoring from Zach and others," said Hardy, "that depth of scoring with all four lines getting into the scoring column. If we get that line and Zach going it's going to be big for us at playoff time."  Cymbaluk ended up with the shutout on only four saves but made two very good ones, "Thomas played well even though he only had four saves," said Hardy, "he hasn't played that much his senior year but he has stepped up when we've needed him, he's a great kid, a great teammate and we're happy for him."
Crookston has won three games in a row for the first time this season and are now 10-14 on the year and will conclude their regular season Thursday night at Roseau. The Rams are in Section 8AA and having a pretty good season," Roseau is a very good team with some big wins this season," said Hardy, "they had a stretch where they were beating everybody. It will be a good team to play to get us ready for the playoffs."  Roseau has lost three of their last four games, but against Cloquet 6-5, East Grand Forks 6-4 and Bemidji 4-0. In between they took care of Thief River Falls 8-2.
With tomorrow being the day that the Section 8A Boy's Hockey coaches have their seeding meeting, the Pirates feel they can argue for a number four seed, "We lost to Detroit Lakes this season in our only meeting, said Hardy, "but the Lakers lost to Park Rapids who we've beaten twice so we'll find out tomorrow but I would suspect we and Detroit Lakes will be four and five seeds again."
Red Lake Falls end their regular season 7-15-1 on the year and will probably be a number 10 seed which would put them on the road a week from now, February 21 at the number seven seed which very well could be Northern Lakes and if that were the case, Red Lake Falls would have to make the long trip to Pequot Lakes to play the Lightning where they lost 10-0 back on January 26 at the Breezy Point Arena near Pequot Lakes.
The Section 8A Boy's Hockey seeds and tournament bracket should be out about NOON on Wednesday.


The Pirate seniors and coaches took a group picture after the victory over Red Lake Falls

Back Row - Sam Melbye, Charles Eickhof, Logan Prudhomme, Tanner Reinhart, Trace Conati, Josh Hardy, Ethan Christopherson, Zach Cameron, Connor Morgan

Front Row -  Ethan Stroot, Lauro Gutirrez, Dane Anderson, Zach Markovich, Thomas Cymbaluk

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Red Lake Falls 0 0 0 0
CROOKSTON 2 1 3 6


Brock Heppner and Joey Doda watch the puck in front of the RLF net

1st Period
5:17 - Crookston - Ethan Christopherson  (3)  (Dane Anderson)
13:24 - Crookston - Joey Doda (7)  (Ethan Stroot, Eric Delorme)  (PP)

2nd Period
1:00 - Crookston -Zach Markovich (7) unassisted

3rd Period
4:52 - Crookston - Ethan Magsam (9)  (Ben Andringa , Joey Doda)
13:54 - Crookston - Tanner Reinhart (5)  (Ben Trostad, Zach Cameron)
15:55 - Crookston - Zach Markovich (8)  (Ethan Magsam) (SH)


Ethan Magsam tries to control the puck by the Red Lake Falls net

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brenden Larson - Red Lake Falls 10 17 11 38
Thomas Cymbaluk- Crookston 2 0 2 4





CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL BEAT BGMR IN ANOTHER SECTION 8AA GAME

The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team is currently in third place in Section 8AA and need to keep winning to keep that spot and they did just that with a convincing 63-33 victory over the Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Gators in a Section 8AA game played at the “Swamp” in Greenbush.
The game was back and forth in the first six minutes and Crookston led 10-6 when BGMR had a player hit his head and had to come out of the game with concussion like symptoms. The Gators didn’t seem to be phased by the injury to their teammate because the scored 20 seconds after play resumed and Crookston’s lead was 10-8. Crookston took over the game at this point behind their defense to start a 16-2 run. The run was started by a three pointer from Todd Boerger. Nick Garmen followed with a basket and Boerger kept the run going with a steal and a layup, Chris Wavra got a pass from Matt Garmen and scored and Nick followed with a steal and a layup for a 21-8 lead with less than seven minutes left in the half. After a BGMR basket, Crookston continued the run with a basket in the paint by Luke Froeber and on the next offensive possession, Froeber hauled in an offensive rebound and kicked a pass to Ryan Swenson for a three pointer and the Pirates led 26-10. “It was a good team effort for us and that shows that everybody was moving and we were moving the ball and running our offense,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. “Ryan came in and gave us some good minutes, Blake Kawlewski and Mitchell Olson gave us good minutes, which is good because we will need them at tournament time and our starting five had a solid start to the game too.” Crookston kept the lead and took a 33-17 lead into halftime. “It is always nice when you can have a lead at halftime,” said Coach Garmen. “We played well and I thought we got after it defensively and played pretty well offensively.”
The Pirates started the second half with three points from Froeber and led 36-20 when they went on another big run. Matt Garmen started an 18-3 run over the next six minutes with back-to-back three pointers and dumped a pass to a wide open Wavra for a three pointer and after a BGMR three point play, Garmen buried another three pointer and followed it up with a steal and a layup for his 11th point of the run. The run wrapped up with a free throws from Ryan Swenson and a basket from Wavra for a 54-23 lead halfway through the second half. The Pirates kept their lead around 30 points until Mitchell Olson took over the game with three block shots and seven points over a two minute span and Crookston led 63-28 with less than six minutes to go in the game and running time started. Crookston went a little deeper into the bench and both Jonathan Olson and Anthony Borges both had chances to score in the final minutes, but came up short and Crookston won 63-33. “It was my first time in the swamp and I am glad we got a win,” said Coach Garmen. “It was a good team effort and I thought we played pretty well defensively and had Todd (Boerger) on their best scorer and he did a good job of shutting him down. Offensively we ran the offense and had some good looks so that was good and just shows that if we run our offense we can get some good looks. Overall it was a good trip and now we get ready for a pretty good team on Thursday.”
Crookston improves to 12-8 on the year and will travel to Ada-Borup to take on one of the top teams in Section 8A on Thursday. BGMR drops to 6-15 on the year.
J.V.
– BGMR won 56-49                           C squad – Crookston won 47-23


Matt Garmen goes in for a layup  Ryan Swenson with a shot

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

33 30 63

Badger-G-MR

17 16 33


Anthony Borges with a runner

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Matt Garmen

16 3 5 steals/4 assists
Chris Wavra 10 4 3 assists
Todd Boerger 10 3 2 steals/2 assists
Ryan Swenson 7   2 blocks
Mitchell Olson 7 3 3 blocks
Luke Froeber 7 4 2 assists
Nick Garmen 4 6 3 assists
Carter Winand 3    

 

For B-G-MR

Points

Austin Aune 10
Conner Graff 9
Jake Taggart 3
Brandon Sorenson 3
Breydon Bertilrud 2
Adam Benke 2
Dylan Heggedal 2
Shaun Waage 2






MONDAY - FEBRUARY 13,  2017

CROOKSTON PIRATE WRESTLING TEAM RECEIVES 7TH SEED FOR SECTION 8A TOURNEY

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team received the seventh seed, as expected, this morning in the Section 8A Wrestling tournament and will wrestle the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons in a play-in match on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Ralph Englestad Arena in Thief River Falls and KROX will have all the Pirate matches on the radio on Saturday starting about 10:45 AM and they will also be on the internet by going to the ON THE AIR link at the top of this page. The winner will take on the #2 seed Park Rapids Panthers.  Frazee received the top seed.

The seeds and tournament bracket are below-

1. Frazee
2. Park Rapids
3. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
4. United North Central
5. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
6. Roseau
7. Crookston
8. Red Lake Country Central
9. Mahnomen/Waubun
10. Fertile-Beltrami

FOR THE TOURNAMENT BRACKET CLICK HERE
 

The Section 8AA Wrestling tournament seeds were announced on Monday morning with Perham receiving the top seed and Detroit Lakes the second seed.  The play-in matches will start at 11:00 a.m. at the Ralph Englestad Arena in Thief River Falls.  The seeds and brackets are below -

Team seeds-
1. Perham
2. Detroit Lakes
3. Bemidji
4. Thief River Falls
5. Ottertail Central
6. Bertha Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie
7. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus
8. Sauk Centre/Melrose
9. Fosston/Bagley
10. Morris/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta (MAHACA)
11. United Clay Becker
12. Fergus Falls

FOR THE TOURNAMENT BRACKET CLICK HERE

 

 

CROOKSTON SIXTH GRADE GIRLS CYBA TEAM WIN THE ADA-BORUP TOURNAMENT

The Crookston sixth grade girls CYBA basketball team won all three of their games to win the Ada-Borup tournament on Saturday.
In the first round, Crookston beat Ada-Borup 11-6
In the second round, Crookston beat Valley City 26-18
In the championship, Crookston beat Win-E-Mac 28-14

The sixth grade girls are 6-0 in tournaments this year.  Members of the team are Jocelyn Midboe, Ella Kiel, Macy Fee, Megan Haugen, Jada Buchanan, Abby Borowicz, Emma Gunderson and Halle Bruggeman.  The team is coach by Garrett Borowicz.


The Crookston Sixth Grade Girls Basketball team with their first place medals




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