The first week of practice of Minnesota State High School League sports is a little over a week away and a lot of schools are having their parent meetings and captains practices and everything else.  For most schools, they will start practice on Monday, August 13.

We know of one team in the area, Mahnomen-Waubun, will have zero week and start practice on Monday!  There are a few other teams that will start on Monday.


There have been some changes for the District football schedules.   Crookston is seemingly getting screwed in their schedule once again.  I already think District scheduling is stupid and it shows the MSHSL has no clue and would rather keep the schools that treasure conferences over sections happy.

All the MSHSL had to do was have all the teams in a section play each other once and that would leave one game with a “rival” and the schedule is complete.

In 2019, Crookston loses Staples-Motley (which is fine), but they replace the Cardinals with Pillager!!!  The Minnesota State High School league is so worried about travel….they obviously don’t look at maps.
Crookston also loses Pelican Rapids and Frazee and adds West Central Area and Ottertail Central.  Both games added to the schedule will add travel costs to Crookston.  Frazee and Pelican Rapids are moving to Class A, instead of AA so that is the main reason for the change.

Crookston and Thief River Falls both requested to play each other, but for some reason, they weren’t scheduled to play each other for at least two more years.  So two teams that are rivals in pretty much every sport, can’t play each other in football because the District football schedulers won’t let them.  Instead, Crookston will play Pillager, West Central Area, and Ottertail Central.  Wow!!!

I think the Pillager, WCA and OTC games will be pretty good competitive games most years, but it the three can’t be excited about having to come to Crookston each year.  Heck, we don’t even have an Arby’s anymore after it closed last week.

Crookston at Staples-Motley – 155 vs Crookston at Pillager – 171 miles
Crookston at Frazee – 102 miles vs Crookston at OTC (Battle Lake) – 134 miles
Crookston at Pelican Rapids – 101 miles vs Crookston at Barrett – 141

So Crookston will have to travel 78 more miles every two years. Not a big deal, but not instead of traveling an hour and a half to Frazee and Pelican Rapids, it is now two hours, a lot more than traveling 40 minutes to Thief River Falls to play another rival.

Midwest District – Class AAAA, AAA and AA teams.

Detroit Lakes
East Grand Forks
Fergus Falls
Ottertail Central Bulldogs
Park Rapids Area
Pequot Lakes
Staples Motley
Thief River Falls
United North Central Warriors
West Central Area/Ashby Knights

The District 9-man West District will have some interesting teams added in.   Fertile-Beltrami, Northern Freeze, and Warren-Alvarado-Oslo!

District 9man West

Hancock High School
Kittson County Central
NCE/UH Titans
Northern Freeze
Park Christian
Stephen-Argyle Central
Verndale High School
Wheaton Herman Norcross


In the Northwest District, they have some pretty solid programs.  You have perennial power, Mahnomen-Waubun in the first year of their football coop, Ada-Borup/NCW in their second year of the coop and teams that will always be solid with Bagley, Frazee, Pelican Rapids, Polk County West, Red Lake County, and Warroad.

Northwest District
Ada-Borup/Norman County West

Cass Lake-Bena
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy
Lake Park-Audubon
New York Mills
Pelican Rapids
Pine River-Backus
Polk County West
Red Lake County Rebels
Red Lake
Wadena-Deer Creek
Warroad High School


We have the updated Crookston High School Fall sports schedules.  You can click on the following link to check them out –


The Northwest Sub State Division II American Legion Baseball tournament

The Stephen-Argyle American Legion Baseball team is advancing to the Division II state tournament this weekend in Pelican Rapids.

Stephen-Argyle won the Northwest Sub-state tournament in Red Lake Falls last weekend when they beat Warroad in a winner take all by a 10-2 score.  Stephen-Argyle has five super-seniors and they only have 10 players, but it is a perfect example of quality over quantity.

Stephen-Argyle will take on Springfield at 10:00 AM on Friday morning and KROX will have the game on KROX Radio.  You can hear the game on 1260AM/105.7FM, online at, on the KROX app, or on Alexa by saying – “Alexa, listen to KROX – Crookston.”

If Stephen-Argyle wins, they will play at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evening against the winner of New London and La Crescent.  If Stephen-Argyle loses, they play the loser of the same two teams previously mentioned at 9:00 AM on Saturday.

The four teams in the bottom of the bracket are Sauk Centre, Wadena, Le Seuer and the host Pelican Rapids.

We will have all the Stephen-Argyle games on KROX.


The Birchmont Golf Tournament was held last week and Nick Bergan, a Crookston High School grad, finished runner-up in the Executive Championship.

Championship flight –
Area kids –
Nate Deziel (EGF) lost to Andrew Israelson (Staples) 2 and 1 and lost to Tyler Hill (Virginia) in the consolation round

Letter B flight-
Brady Heppner (Crookston) lost to Keaton Gilbertson (Grand Forks) 4-3 and lost to Keaton Lausch (Fargo) 6-4

Executive Championship Flight –
Nick Bergan (CHS grad and Defending champ) beat Michael Lossi (Whitefish Bay, Wis) 8-6, beat Derrick Johnson (Grand Forks) 2-1, beat Brad Anderson (Staples) 2-1 in semi-finals and lost to Joe Burgess (Woodbury) in the championship

Junior Championship Flight-
Trey Christopherson (Crookston) lost to Logan Hamak (Sartell) 2 up


The University of Minnesota Crookston has been busy offering scholarships to soon to be seniors in high school   Some names of interest are below –

Jenson Beachy has received his first scholarship offer from UMC football.

Josh Jeziorski has been offered a scholarship from UMC Men’s Basketball.

Quintin Winterfeldt, a 6’5 guard/forward, who played at Fond du Lac last season but has transferred to Waupun, Wisconsin this coming school year, has been offered a scholarship from UMC.  He was offered on Tuesday on a visit to campus.  On Wednesday, he was at Bemidji State elite camp.


Beachy will be tough for UMC to haul in, but possibly playing two sports (not sure if that is an option) might be attractive.  Who knows, but Beachy has made the circuit at MSU-Moorhead, NDSU, and many other camps.  If he has a good senior season, he will be getting many offers.


University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle student-athletes are arriving on campus this week and will start practice soon.  I have asked the three fall sports coaches for their first week practice itinerary and roster.  I only received something from Football and Volleyball.   They are below-

UMC FOOTBALL – Coach Mark Dufner (2nd year)


, August 4
10-12 – Dorm Check-in/Equipment Rookies
1-4 – Concussion Test/Equipment Rookies
5:00 – Dinner
6:30 – Housing Meeting
7:00 – Team Meeting
7:30 – Special Teams Meeting
8:00 – Unit Meeting


:00 a.m. – Breakfast
7:45 a.m. – Unit Meeting
8:30 a.m. – Special Teams Meeting
9:30 a.m. – Team Meeting
11:00 a.m. – Lunch
5:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Team Meeting
7:30 p.m. – Special Teams Meeting
8:00 p.m. – Unit Meeting

Monday through Saturday

:00 a.m. – Breakfast
7:45 a.m. – Unit Meeting
8:30 a.m. – Special Teams Meeting
9:30 a.m. – Walk Thru
11:00 a.m. – Lunch
1:30-3:30 p.m. – Practice
3:30 p.m. – Weights
5:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Team Meeting
7:30 p.m. – Special Teams Meeting
8:00 p.m. – Unit Meeting

The UMC FOOTBALL Roster as of July 31.

Number Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Academic Yr. Hometown Previous School
1 Rod Stewart WR 5″11 196 SR Fort Worth, Texas North Crowley HS
2 Javon Chapell DB 5″8 162 JR Ocala, Florida Fon Du Lac CC
3 Anfernee Cooper DB 5″10 185 R-SO Fort Worth, Texas North Crowley HS
4 Gregory Arrell WR 6″2 194 FR Minneapolis, Minn Osseo HS
5 Jalin Scott QB 6″3 190 JR Houston, Texas LA Harbor College
6 LaDerek McCray LB 5″10 182 R-JR McComb, Miss. Southwest Mississippi CC
7 Ali Alkhatib LB 5″9 200 R-SR Rosemount, Minn Rosemount HS
8 Lincoln Tappe WR 5″8 175 SR Aiea, Hawai’i Aiea HS
9 Reyes Lara III QB 5″9 216 R-FR Surprise, Ariz. Valley Vista HS
10 Terrance Nicholson DB 5″10 175 FR Minneapolis, Minn. Robbinsdale Cooper HS
11 Eli Solberg WR 6″1 180 FR Rogers, Minn. Rogers HS
12 Elijah Todd RB 6″0 230 JR Toledo, Ohio Dakota College at Bottineau
13 Joey Sanchez DB 5″10 181 FR Mesa, Ariz. Red Mountain HS
14 Jeremy Neuman QB 6″0 201 R-SO Andover, Minn. Andover HS
15 Shonte Smith WR 5″8 175 JR Pacoima, Calif. Los Angeles Valley College
16 Tristan Robbins QB 5″11 175 FR Muskegon, Mich. Mona Shores HS
17 Jake Larkin DB 5″11 187 R-SO Kensington, Minn. West Central Area HS
18 Derek Hartswigen WR 5″10 175 FR Covington, Wash. Kentwood HS
19 Jonattan Mudd WR 6″1 195 JR Gardena, Calif. LA Harbor College
20 Austin Steele LB 5″8 209 R-FR La Crosse, Wis. La Crosse Central HS
21 Vasti St. Louis DB 6″0 195 JR Miami, Fla. Laney College
22 Kevin Evans RB 5″10 204 SR Groveland, Fla. Northland C.T.C
23 Treyton Hought LB 5″8 199 R-SO Breckenridge, Minn. Breckenridge HS
24 Eli Horn LB 5″8 200 FR Pillager, Minn. Pillager HS
25 Will Cole DB 5″11 166 SR Compton, Calif. St. John Bosco HS
26 Sam Bissen LB 6″0 204 FR Stillwater, Minn. St. Croix Prep Acadamy
27 Colin Suitter DB 6″1 195 FR Big Lake, Minn. Big Lake HS
28 Boyce Harr RB 5″7 211 R-FR Spearfish, S.D. Spearfish HS
29 Blake Farder RB 5″9 175 FR Angus, Minn. East Grand Forks HS
30 Johnson Fallah DB 6″0 164 FR Brooklyn Park, Minn. Osseo HS
31 Austin Brown DL 6″0 235 R-JR Moreno Valley, Calif. Riverside CC
32 Emmitt Stevens LB 5″9 202 R-SO Albert Lea, Minn. Albert Lea HS
33 Kwesi Littlejohn DB 5″9 161 FR Kannapolis, N.C. Cox Hill HS
34 Sennen Roserie DL 6″3 245 JR St. Petersburg, Fla Mesabi Range CC
35 Kyler Banks DB 5″11 166 R-SO Cannon Falls, Minn. Cannon Falls HS
36 Samuel Browne WR 6″1 165 FR Coon Rapids, Minn. Blaine HS
37 Stephen Day K/P 6″0 186 R-SR Eveleth, Minn. Eveleth-Gilbert HS
40 Trevor Long Jr. DB 5″10 187 R-JR Brooklyn Park, Minn. Champlin Park HS
41 Sam Olson LB 6″0 212 FR Fargo, N.D. Oak Grove HS
42 Austin Erdmann LB 6″0 225 FR Little Falls, Minn. Little Falls HS
43 LaZavion McCray DB 6″2 185 FR McComb, Miss. McComb HS
44 Zach Greenberg LS 5″10 225 SR Winnipeg, Manitoba Grant Park HS
45 Dylan Wheeler DL 6″2 220 FR Arlington, Texas James W. Martin HS
46 Wyatt Shedrick III WR 5″9 150 FR Scottsdale, Ariz. Saguaro HS
47 Jake Newman DB/K 6″0 204 R-SR White Bear Lake, Minn. White Bear Lake HS
48 Julian Jackson LB 5″11 215 R-SO Tampa, Fla. Bethune-Cookman University
49 Olufemi Obaweya LB 5″10 205 R-SR Brooklyn, N.Y. Cheyney University
50 Taavan Mielke LB 5″8 185 FR Big Lake, Minn. Big Lake HS
51 Malic Selimi OL 6″2 270 R-SO Oak Creek, Wis. Oak Creek HS
52 Zach Gutterud LB 5″9 184 R-FR Grand Forks, N.D. Red River HS
53 Tyler Surma OL 5″11 258 R-SO Oak Creek, Wis. Oak Creek HS
54 Will Cross LB 5″10 207 R-JR Turtle Lake, Wis. Turtle Lake HS
55 Brent Reed Jr. DL 5″10 274 R-SO Arlington, Texas Kennedale HS
57 Adam Farag DL 6″2 260 FR Windom, Minn. Windom HS
58 Jordan Frieberg DL 6″1 247 R-FR Surprise, Ariz. Willow-Canyon HS
59 Stephan Reed LS 5″11 215 R-SO Brooklyn Park, Minn. Osseo HS
60 Logan Mulder DL 5″8 205 FR Alice, N.D. Enderlin HS
62 Elizsha Bear-Encinas OL 6″0 279 R-FR Casa Grande, Ariz. Vista Grande Hs
63 Justin Parisot OL 5″11 275 FR Kirkland, Ill Hiawatha HS
65 Josh Kauck OL 6″2 264 R-FR Coon Rapids, Minn. Coon Rapids HS
66 Randy Larson OL 6″2 270 FR Ogilvie, Minn. Ogilvie HS
67 Blake Snyder DL 5″11 240 FR Cokato, Minn. Dassel-Cokato HS
68 Joe Warner OL 6″1 290 JR St. Louis Park, Minn. Northland C.T.C
69 Noah Lee OL 6″2 274 R-SR Vadnais Heights, Minn. White Bear Lake HS
70 Jonah Maxey OL 6″0 310 FR Sioux City, Iowa Bishop Heelan Catholic HS
71 Ryan Ratcliff OL 6″2 290 JR Bloomer, Wis. Bloomer HS
72 Jonah Niere OL 6″4 288 R-SO Woodbury, Minn. Woodbury HS
73 Tyler Wilcox OL 6″2 240 FR Pillager, Minn. Pillager HS
74 Brendon Harris OL 6″3 380 SO Milwaukee, Wis. Rufus King HS
75 Tyler Kropuenske OL 6″4 248 R-FR Baileys Harbor, Wis. Gibralter HS
76 Logan Mereau OL 6″2 350 R-JR Lake Nebagoman, Wis. Northwestern HS
77 Josh Lanasa OL 6″4 270 SO Soo Hill, Mich. Eden Prairie HS
78 Ahmad Queider OL 6″1 300 JR Mableton, Ga. Mesabi Range CC
79 Jadyn Swenson OL 6″4 270 FR Hallock, Minn. Kittson County Central HS
80 Jared McLemore K 5″10 160 FR Lucas, Texas Lovejoy HS
81 Jared Boone WR 5″11 164 FR Winnipeg, Manitoba Grant Park HS
82 Mohamed Mahmoud TE 6″1 212 FR Eagan, Minn. Eastview HS
83 Andy Groebner WR 6″0 182 FR Andover, Minn. Andover HS
84 Jacob Zwieg WR 6″0 185 R-FR New Brighton, Minn. Irondale HS
85 Tanner Foss WR 6″2 180 FR Greenbush, Minn. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River HS
86 Richard Cobble TE 6″4 242 R-JR Bemidji, Minn. Bemidji HS
87 Nathan McRoberts P 6″4 253 FR Kabetogoma, Minn. International Falls HS
88 Devante Nutall DL 6″2 267 R-JR Plymouth, Minn. Wayzata HS
89 Reece Walno TE 6″1 236 R-FR Spearfish, S.D. Spearfish HS
90 Jerrod Miller DL 5″11 278 R-SR Chicago, Ill. Rochester C.T.C.
91 Logan Huso DL 6″2 227 JR Eagan, Minn. Eagan HS
92 Anthony Putz DL 6″0 258 FR Kasota, Minn. St. Peter HS
93 Skyler Quinn DL 6″2 219 R-SO Evansville, Minn. Evansville HS
94 Seth Maxey DL 6″4 206 FR Sioux City, Iowa Sioux City East HS
95 Ben Branscom DL 6″0 235 R-SO Woodbury, Minn. Woodbury HS



UMC VOLLEYBALL – Coach Sarah Rauen (2nd year)

The Golden Eagle Volleyball team will be young with one senior!  The good news is they have some very good young talent and it will be a fun team to watch this fall with the possibility of playing some #1 ranked teams at home with Concordia-St. Paul and Southwest Minnesota State coming to town this fall!
The volleyball first week of practice schedule is below and you will notice they will take in the Crookston Party on the patio!  Nice to see the athletes getting out and about!

Sat 8/4
Move In Day

Sun 8/5
Compliance Meetings

Mon 8/6
8-11am: Team practice & Film
2-5pm: Team practice & weights
6-8pm: Crookston Party on the Patio

Tues 8/7
8-11am: Team practice
2-5pm: Team practice

Wed 8/8
Team activity
2-5pm: Team practice & weights

Thurs 8/9
8-11am: Team practice
4:30-6:30pm: Team practice

Fri 8/10
8-11am: Team practice & film
2-5pm: Team practice & weights

Sat 8/11
Scrimmage at Mayville State

Minnesota Crookston Volleyball Roster – 2018
# First Last Position Height Year Hometown
2 Lauren Ulibarri DS 5’5″ Jr Flagstaff, AZ
3 Katie Lienemann DS 5’6″ So Rosemount, MN
4 Melissa Rodriguez MH 6’0″ Jr Sarchi, Costa Rica
5 Callie Schapekahm MH 6’0″ Sr Eagan, MN
6 Natalie Koke S 5’8″ Fr Caledonia, WI
8 Kaitlin Sikkink MH 5’10” R-Jr St. Charles, MN
10 Alyssa Thomas OH 5’11” R-So Marion, IA
11 Hannah Stark OH 5’10” Fr Esko, MN
12 Porsha Porath OH 6’1″ Fr Windom, MN
15 Lauren Wallace OH 6’2″ R-Fr Bloomington, MN
16 Deaira Gresham OH 5’10” So Maplewood, MN
17 Sabrina Leuer OH 5’11” R-Jr Hamel, MN
19 Ali Schueler DS 5’6″ R-Jr Howards Grove, MN
20 Sydney Kruisselbrink S 5’9″ So Rochester, MN



According to a Fargo Forum article and Associated Press story, Sanford is making a push for Augustana to move to NCAA Division 1 and join the Summit League!   Multiple reports have said Sanford’s, Kelby Krabbenhoft, is behind the push.  In Sioux Falls, if Sanford says jump, everybody that raises money responds with “how high.”  It sounds like a decision will be made by Christmas and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the chances are good for the Vikings to make the move.

Reasons why they will –
1. Facilities are top notch and they wouldn’t have to change anything about any of them to make the move.  Maybe add more seating for football, but there is plenty of room at their football-only stadium.
2. Money – They have no problem raising money in the booming Sioux Falls metro area.  They have major companies and a lot of people that are willing to donate and moving to D-1 would help the process of raising money.
3. Compete – They would be able to compete right away in pretty much every sport.
4. University of Sioux Falls – When USF joined the NSIC, Augie wasn’t happy with the second school in town joining the conference.  There have been rumblings of the move since USF joined the conference.
5. Coaches – Augustana has D-1 caliber coaches and several have coached at the D-1 level.
6. AD – The new AD is from Michigan State.  He knows D1 and similar to NDSU back in the day when they made the move, Augie made a hire with a move up in mind.

Reasons why Augie will stay –
1. They will be a top team in every sport, every year in the NSIC
2. Not sure of any others…..besides they don’t like change.

What will happen?  Stay tuned.  Things will be interesting if Augie moves up!


Six of the 29 players on the final roster for Team USA Men’s Hockey in the 2019 World Juniors are Minnesotans.  The team will be coached by Crookston’s own Mike Hastings, who now coaches the Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks.  The team roster is listed below –


30 Kyle Keyser 6-2 (188) 179 (81) 03/08/1999 L Coral Springs, Fla. Oshawa Generals (OHL) BOS (Free Agent, Signed)
1 Spencer Knight 6-3 (191) 194 (88) 04/19/2001 L Darien, Conn. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) 2019 Draft Eligible
35 Keith Petruzzelli 6-5 (195) 178 (81) 02/09/1999 L Wilbraham, Mass. Quinnipiac University (ECAC Hockey) DET (’17, 3rd rd., 88th overall)
31 Cayden Primeau 6-3 (191) 181 (82) 08/11/1999 L Voorhees, N.J. Northeastern University (HEA) MTL (’17, 7th rd. 199th overall)


3 Matt Anderson 6-0 (183) 190 (86) 1999-04-11 L Shakopee, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) 2019 Draft Eligible
5 Mikey Anderson 6-0 (183) 198 (90) 1999-05-25 L Roseville, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) LAK (’17, 4th rd., 103rd overall)
24 Quinn Hughes 5-10 (179) 174 (79) 1999-10-14 L Orlando, Fla. University of Michigan (Big Ten) VAN (’18, 1st rd., 7th overall)
6 Joey Keane 6-0 (183) 185 (84) 1999-07-02 R Chicago, Ill. Barrie Colts (OHL) NYR (’18, 3rd rd., 88th overall)
11 Phil Kemp 6-3 (191) 199 (90) 1999-02-12 R Greenwich, Conn. Yale University (ECAC Hockey) EDM (’17, 7th rd., 208th overall)
2 Ben Mirageas 6-1 (185) 181 (82) 1999-05-08 L Newburyport, Mass. Providence College (HEA) NYI (’17, 3rd rd., 77th overall)
8 Dylan Samberg 6-4 (193) 215 (97) 1999-01-24 L Hermantown, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) WPG (’17, 2nd rd., 43rd overall)
4 Mattias Samuelsson 6-4 (193) 217 (98) 2000-03-14 L Voorhees, N.J. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) BUF (’18, 2nd rd., 32nd overall)
9 Reilly Walsh 5-11 (180) 181 (82) 1999-04-21 R North Falmouth, Mass. Harvard University (ECAC Hockey) NJD (’17, 3rd rd., 81st overall)


25 Evan Barratt 6-0 (183) 187 (85) 1999-02-18 L Bristol, Penn. Penn State University (Big Ten) CHI (’17, 3rd rd., 90th overall)
21 Noah Cates 6-1 (185) 165 (75) 1999-02-05 L Stillwater, Minn. Omaha Lancers (USHL) PHI (’17, 5th rd., 137th overall)
13 Sasha Chmelevski 6-0 (183) 183 (83) 1999-06-09 R Northville, Mich. Ottawa 67’s (OHL) SJS (’17, 6th rd., 185th overall)
30 Logan Cockerill 5-9 (175) 165 (75) 1999-03-03 L Brighton, Mich. Boston University (HEA) NYI (’17, 7th rd., 201st overall)
26 Paul Cotter 6-0 (183) 185 (84) 1999-11-16 L Canton, Mich. Lincoln Stars (USHL) VGK (’18, 4th rd., 115th overall)
17 Sean Dhooghe 5-3 (160) 147 (67) 1999-03-09 R Aurora, Ill. University of Wisconsin (Big Ten) 2019 Draft Eligible
16 Jack Drury 5-11 (180) 179 (81) 2000-02-03 L Winnetka, Ill. Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) CAR (’18, 2nd rd., 42nd overall)
20 Joel Farabee 6-0 (183) 168 (76) 2000-02-25 L Cicero, NY. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) PHI (’18, 1st rd., 14th overall)
19 Jack Hughes 5-10 (178) 166 (75) 2001-05-14 L Orlando, Fla. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) 2019 Draft Eligible
10 Grant Mismash 6-0 (183) 185 (84) 1999-02-19 L Edina, Minn. University of North Dakota (NCHC) NSH (’17, 2nd rd., 61st overall)
23 Josh Norris 6-1 (185) 194 (88) 1999-05-05 L Oxford, Mich. University of Michigan (Big Ten) SJS (’17, 1st rd., 19th overall)
22 Jay O’Brien 6-0 (183) 175 (79) 1999-11-04 R Hingham, Mass. Thayer Academy (USHS) PHI (’18, 1st rd., 19th overall)
14 Ryan Poehling 6-2 (188) 193 (87) 1999-01-03 L Lakeville, Minn. St. Cloud State University (NCHC) MTL (’17, 1st rd., 25th overall)
15 Jason Robertson 6-2 (188) 192 (87) 1999-07-22 L Northville, Mich. Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) DAL (’17, 2nd rd., 39th overall)
7 Brady Tkachuk 6-3 (191) 196 (89) 1999-09-16 L St. Louis, Mo. Boston University (HEA) OTT (’18, 1st rd., 4th overall)
18 Oliver Wahlstrom 6-1 (185) 207 (94) 2000-06-13 R Quincy, Mass. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) NYI (’18, 1st rd., 11th overall)


The Pacesetter Basketball Sweet 16 tournament will be held this Saturday and Sunday in St. Joseph.

On the boys side, Perham is the only team from the area and they will play Hopkins in the first round.

On the girls side, Pelican Rapids will be the only area team playing and they will take on Stillwater in the first round.


The Minnesota Vikings will host three separate high school football events during the 2018 season at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in collaboration with the individual schools, the Minnesota State High School League and the Vikings.

The newly-constructed TCO Performance Center and TCO Stadium will be utilized to continue the club’s commitment to youth football programming to showcase and grow the game at the high school level. The facility will give high school players a unique opportunity to compete on the same fields as their NFL counterparts. The events will include a regular-season game on September 28 between Farmington and Eagan (home team), a regular-season game on October 12 between Lakeville North and Prior Lake (home team) and TCO will serve as an MSHSL Playoff host site for the state quarterfinals on November 9 and 10 for 3 games.

“High school football is a unifying and long-standing tradition across our country,” Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said. “We are honored to host high school football games at our new TCO Performance Center facility. The lessons and values learned playing high school football extend well beyond the playing field. The game of football creates bonds and relationships that last a lifetime.”

“The opportunity to share our new facility with the community and with the high school sports teams was always an emphasis of the design of TCO Performance Center from the beginning,” Minnesota Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren said. “The chance to connect with fans, parents and players at the high school level is an important part of our ongoing youth football events and we will proudly share our field with Minnesota high school teams.”

Friday, September 28 – Farmington vs. Eagan (home) at 7:30
Friday, October 12 – Lakeville North vs. Prior Lake (home) at 7:30
Friday-Saturday, November 9-10 – MSHSL Quarterfinal Playoffs



Here is a story about a kid named Clark Kent, a 10-year-old boy that beat Michael Phelps youth 100 meter butterfly record set in 1995.  Seriously, his name is Clark Kent.

Clark Kent may be Superman, but a 10-year-old boy who shares his name has the powers of Aquaman.
At the Far West International Swimming Championship Sunday, Clark Kent Apuada placed first in all seven events he swam in. But in the 100 meter butterfly, he broke a record set by Olympian Michael Phelps at the same meet back in 1995. “Most people just call me Clark, but now, when I beat Michael Phelps’ record, they start calling me Superman,” he said. “I thought to myself yeah if I had positive thoughts, positive things would happen.”
“It’s the coolest thing in the world because that’s all he talked about,” said Travis Rianda, Apuada’s swim coach. “It wasn’t like, ‘I want to be better than Michael Phelps,’ or anything like that. His first goals were, ‘I want to be a scientist, an Olympic gold medalist for the United States and I want to be a black belt.’ He’s on track for all three of those.”
In addition to breaking Phelps’ record by 1.1 seconds, Apuada also won six other races at the meet. Technically, Apuada can’t qualify for the Olympics just yet, but the Olympics is his ultimate goal. Michael Phelps himself has already noticed his talent.
Apuada has only been swimming competitively for four years, but with sky-high dreams and a name to match, he just may be a real-life superhero.



Villa St. Vincent’s Foundation is sponsoring its sixth Annual Glow Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 8 at the Minakwa Golf Course.  Registration is at 3:30 with a prompt 4:00 shot gun start.  9 holes of golf will be played in the day light; with the last 9 holes played in the dusk/dark.  Registration is limited to 18 teams.  All proceeds will be applied to the purchase of updated and safer furniture for resident/tenant lounges, libraries and lobbies.  For more information to register a team or sponsorship, please contact Cindy Hulst, Foundation Development Director.  281-9713.  Email:


The 14th Annual Crookston Blue Line Club Golf Scramble will be held August 17 at Minakwa Golf Course.
There will be five-person teams with registration at 8:00 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.
Team sponsorship is $350 and individual entry is $70.  With the entry fee you receive lunch, a t-shirt and prizes.  For more information, contact Kristy Swanson at 218-470-0423 or email  Or visit


The Crookston Pirate Booster Club is gearing up for its annual membership drive. PIRATE BOOSTERS exists to support Crookston High boys’ and girls’ athletic programs.
The PIRATE BOOSTERS provide financial assistance which allows student athletes to obtain equipment, uniforms, warm-ups and facilities enhancements. Your annual investment will help the athletic needs of the Crookston High School student athletes.

With your contribution of $100.00 or more, you will have your name placed on the PIRATE BOOSTERS sustaining membership board which is located in the CHS Commons. In addition, your name will be placed in all printed programs for CHS athletic events.
The Contribution levels are broken down as follows:
$100.00-$249.00 – Blue Club Member
$250.00-$499.00 – Gold Club Member and will receive recognition as an event sponsor during the 2018-2019 academic year.
$500.00-$999.00 – Pirate Club Member and will receive recognition as a multiple event sponsor during the academic year 2018-2019.
$1,000.00 or more – Captain’s Club Member and will receive special recognition throughout the entire 2018-2019 academic year.

Although giving levels have been established, any contribution to PIRATE BOOSTERS will be greatly appreciated.

As a part of your annual membership, you are assured CHS athletic team members will not solicit you or your business with smaller fundraisers. You will have a choice to approach a specific team if you desire to provide additional support. If you are interested in joining PIRATE BOOSTERS, please make your check payable to PIRATE BOOSTERS by April 30, 2018. You may bring your donation to Greg Garmen at Crookston High School or Charles Reynolds at Fitzgerald, Reynolds, Harbott, Knutson & Larson, PLLP.  If you would prefer to have your donation picked up, please contact Greg Garmen or Charles Reynolds. You can send a check to Crookston Pirate Boosters – 402 Fisher Avenue, Crookston MN 56716.

The Crookston High School Athletic Department student athletes and coaches and the entire PIRATE BOOSTER CLUB appreciate your generous support.


There has been a lot of interest from people after we posted this so we will post it again.  If you have any info on Pirate sports records or want to help tracking them down read below!

Crookston High School, namely Ed Nelson, has been working on getting all the records for the Pirate Sports teams updated and it has been a process.  Ed is looking for any records, stats, state participants, etc from the following sports.

Boys Tennis
Girls Tennis
Girls Soccer

If you have Crookston Times articles with information, yearbooks with team and/or individual records, scrapbooks, or anything with any information that you might think would be of interest to Ed email him at

With that said we have links to the Crookston Pirate records pages for the following sports.  If you see something that is incomplete, or maybe an updated record let Ed know at the above email address.  I have listed the team and click on the team to see their records.

Here is an update on the various sports covered by the website as of December 1, 2016

Sports that are done and will not change without additional information:

Boys’ Basketball
Girls’ Basketball
Boys’ Golf
Girls’ Golf
Boys’ Soccer (Poor or no records were kept over the years.)
Girls’ Soccer
Boys’ Track & Field
Girls’ Track & Field
Girls’ Hockey will be complete by the end of 2016 and join the above.  I am currently looking for “Team:  Game” and “Player: Game” records for the first 5 years of the program.

Sports being worked on:
Baseball (Justin Johnson is doing the research and has completed the last 16 years)
Boys’ & Girls’ Tennis (Mike Geffre has the information and is scanning everything.  When he is done, the records will be posted.)

Sports not yet started:
Football (I will be starting Football this winter.)
Boys’ Hockey (Frank Fee has agreed to research the records.)

Fall Sports –
Boys Soccer       Girls Swimming      Girls Soccer      Volleyball

Incomplete records     Girls Tennis         Football

Winter Sports –
Boys Basketball           Girls Basketball          Boys Hockey         Girls Hockey         Wrestling

Spring Sports-
Softball            Boys Track        Girls Track         Boys Golf         Girls Golf      –

Incomplete records  Boys Tennis         Baseball

Sports that are no longer offered-
Boys Swimming           Girls Cross Country           Boys Cross Country


JOKES (Do you have any good jokes – email them to and I will put them in the feever

On a golf tour in Ireland, Tiger Woods drives his BMW into a petrol station in a remote part of the Irish countryside.
The pump attendant, obviously knows nothing about golf, greets him in a typical Irish manner completely unaware of who the golfing pro is. “Top of the mornin’ to yer, sir” says the attendant.
Tiger nods a quick “hello” and bends forward to pick up the nozzle.
As he does so, two tees fall out of his shirt pocket onto the ground.
“What are those?, asks the attendant.
“They’re called tees” replies Tiger.
“Well, what on the god’s earth are dey for?” inquires the Irishman.
“They’re for resting my balls on when I’m driving”, says Tiger.
“Fookin Jaysus”, says the Irishman, “BMW thinks of everything!”


While vacationing in France, Chuck Norris went out for a casual bike ride and accidentally won the Tour de France.


Micheal Jordan to Chuck Norris:
I can spin a ball on my finger for over two hours.
Can you?
Chuck Norris: (laughs) How do you think the earth spins?
Chuck Norris once went sky diving, he did not use a parachute.
The spot he landed on is now known as the Grand Canyon.


How are former Crookston Pirates athletes doing in college or elsewhere?

Crookston School District Coaches –
Mitch Bakken
is the head Pirate Baseball Coach.
Justin Johnson is the Pirate Junior Varsity Baseball Coach.
Brock Hanson is the Pirate Baseball volunteer assistant coach.
Cody Brekken
is the Pirate Boys Tennis coach and Crookston Community Pool Supervisor
Tyler Brekken is the junior high Pirate Softball coach
Jeff Perreault
is the Pirate Girls Golf head coach
Jaclyn Martin is the Pirate Girls Hockey Head Coach and assistant girls golf coach
Wes Hanson is the Pirate Wrestling Head Coach and assistant boys golf coach
Amy Boll
is the Pirate Girls Track head coach and assistant volleyball coach

Wade Hanson is the 8th grade boys basketball coach
Travis Ross is the 7th grade boys basketball coach
Kevin Weber is a Pirate Boys Basketball volunteer assistant coach
Connor Morgan is the Pirate Boys Hockey assistant coach
Sam Melbye is the Pirate Boys J.V. Hockey coach
Chris Dufault is an Assistant Wrestling Coach
Nate Merten is an Assistant Wrestling Coach

Brita Fagerlund, is a Freshman on the University of Jamestown Jimmy Women’s Track team.

Aaron Hollcraft, is a junior playing basketball and baseball for the UMC Golden Eagles.

Amanda Trandem, is a Freshman on the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Softball team.

Bobby Tiedemann, is a Sophomore on the St. Mary’s University Men’s Tennis team in Winona.

Cody Wardner, is playing Junior Hockey for the Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers in the C1HL league.

Paul Bittner, is playing for the Cleveland Monsters (AHL – minor league affiliate of Columbus).

Isaac Westlake, a sophomore playing golf for the Winona State Warriors.

Ryan Bittner, is a junior playing hockey for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Brady Heppner, is a sophomore playing hockey at St. Johns University in Collegeville.

Haley Roed, a sophomore on the Minnesota State Moorhead Women’s Swim team.

Marietta Geist, a sophomore on the Carleton College Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Marietta suffered an injury and hopes to compete in the indoor track season.

Luke Edlund, is a junior linebacker on the Crown College football team.  Crown is done until next fall.

Elise Tangquist, is a freshman golfer for the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Northwestern will be off until the spring.

Josh Edlund,  is an assistant football coach and phy ed teacher at Flandreau, South Dakota.

Allison Lindsey Axness is Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach in Champlin Park

Jeff Olson is Head Wrestling coach and Assistant Baseball coach at Delano.

Jake Olson is Head Boys Tennis coach at Delano.

Todd Kreibich, is the Coach and General Manager for the Minnesota Iron Rangers Junior Hockey team our of Hoyt Lakes.

Carmen (Kreibich) Johnson, is Head Volleyball coach at Little Falls High School.

Katy Westrom, is Freshman Girls Basketball coach at Monticello High School.

Matt Harris, is a Director of Athletics at the British International School of Houston.

Marty Bratrud is the Superintendent and High School Principal at Westhope High School.

Gordie Haug is an assistant football coach at the University of Wyoming

Mike Hastings is the Minnesota State Mankato Men’s head Hockey coach

Mike Biermaier is the Athletic Director at Thief River Falls High School

Stephanie (Lindsay) Perreault works with the North Dakota State stats crew for Bison football and volleyball and basketball in the winter. Stephanie’s husband, Ryan, is the assistant director for the Bison media relations

Jason Bushie is the hockey athletic trainer at Colorado College

Chris Myrold is a Tennis Pro on Nevis Island in the West Indies

Kyle Buchmeier
 is a Tennis Pro at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis

Erika Wheelhouse
 is serving in the Peace Corp in the Philippines.

Jarrett Butenhoff is serving our country with the U.S. Navy

Joshua Butenhoff is serving our country on a Submarine with the Pacific Fleet with the US Navy.

Alan Mart, 2009 Crookston High School graduate, is currently serving his country for the US Army as a Cavalry Scout in Afghanistan.

Peter Cournia is a 2002 Crookston High School Graduate and also a grad of West Point and is currently is serving in the U.S. Army.

Erik Ellingson is serving our country with the U.S. Air Force Iraq

Philip Kujawa class of 2004 from Crookston Central is stationed at Hohnfels in Germany for the next 2 or 3 years.

Scott Riopelle is head of Crookston Parks and Recreation

Rob Sobolik is the General Manager of the Fargodome