SPORTS FEEVER – April 9, 2020

We have solidified our sports broadcast schedule next week!

We are going to carry the following games –
Monday, April 13 – 1995 State Baseball Semi-final– Crookston vs Luverne
Tuesday, April 14 – 1995 State Baseball Championship – Crookston vs Brooklyn Center – 10 inning game (One of the best State Baseball championship games ever.  The 1995 Baseball team has been inducted into the Crookston High School Hall of Fame)
Wednesday, April 15 – 2003 Section 8AAA Football Championship game – Crookston vs East Grand Forks.  (This was in the thick of some of the best Crookston vs EGF football games that have ever been played with talent galore on both sides!!!   The championship thriller in 2003 came down to the last minute of the game at the Alerus Center on October 31.)
Thursday, April 16 – 2006 Section 8AA Girls Basketball Championship game – Crookston vs Barnesville (Crookston was led by head Coach Eric Schmidt who is now an Assistant Football Coach at Fresno State – Crookston had one player play at Iowa, two played at Bemidji State and one played at University of Mary.)

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We received the bad news from Governor Tim Walz with the extension of the Stay At Home extension through May 4.   The good news is Minnesota’s predicted COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to go down because of the stay at home order.  So hopefully, when May 4 rolls around we can get high school sports underway and get a week of practice in with two or three weeks of games.
If there is sports or not, I don’t think is as important to the kids as getting back to school.  I have talked to my kids and they miss school.  They miss their classmates, their friends and the structure we call school.  We have quickly realized how important school is in society.  The most important part of school for a growing number of kids is the Food Service.  We have realized that in Crookston and many other towns that have a growing number of free and reduced meal roster.  Crookston was serving over 300 meals a day while school is in distance learning.  300 meals!!!!!   Some of the kids are students at Fisher and Climax/Shelly schools too, but it tells you how important the Food Service programs are at our schools.  As a parent doing some grocery shopping for a family with five people at home and three kids home all day, I have realized how good of a deal the school breakfast and lunches are!!!

I won’t complain when we get the letter in the mail that the kids need more money in the account anymore!

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The Crookston Pirate Softball team put a collage together and it is pictured below.  Area teams, coaches, parents, and players….if you have something (pictures, videos, etc) that you have put together of your team, seniors, or whatever, send them to me at, or send them to my phone at 218-280-4021.  We would like to honor all the area student-athletes over the next month!

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Wimbledon has reportedly paid $2 million a year for pandemic insurance for the last 17 years (Total: $34 Million)
For this year’s cancellation as a result of the Coronavirus, Wimbledon will reportedly receive $141 million from the policy.

That is why you have insurance!

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Several school districts from Northwest Minnesota will participate in the “Be the Light” campaign tonight and some will continue for weeks to come.

Ada-Borup will light up Tony Sipe Field April 6 starting at 8:20 p.m. for 20 minutes.

Bagley will turn on the lights at the Bagley Athletic Complex at 8:20 p.m. for 20 minutes.

Crookston will light up Jim Karn Baseball Field at 8:20 p.m. for 20 minutes.

East Grand Forks Senior High will turn on the lights at the football field at 8:40 p.m. for 20 minutes.

Fertile-Beltrami will turn on the lights at the football field at 8:20 PM for 20 minutes. They are asking people to turn on their porch lights to show the students we are thinking of them during this time.

Fosston High School will light up Thompson Field April 6 at 8:20 p.m. for 20 minutes.

Pelican Rapids will light up Chauncey Martin Field Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. for 20 minutes.

Red Lake County Central/Red Lake Falls will have lights on at the Oklee Field from 8:00-8:20 on Mondays and Dreschel Field in Red Lake Falls from 8:30-9:00 on Mondays.

Roseau High School will turn on the lights at Halvorson Field every Monday night at 8:46 p.m. for 20 minutes.

Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks doesn’t have a field with lights, but will have an online synchronized rosary prayer led by coaches from 8:00 to 8:20 p.m. on Mondays.

Stephen-Argyle will light up Jay Sorenson Memorial Field in Argyle at 8:00 p.m. for 20 minutes.

Thief River Falls will light up the tennis courts from 8:20 to 9:20 every Monday night.

Warren-Alvarado-Oslo will turn on the football field’s lights from 8:40-9:20 PM on Monday nights.

Warroad will turn on the lights at the football field Monday nights from 9:00 to 9:20 p.m.

Waubun will turn on the lights at Waubun Stadium at 8:00 p.m. for 20 minutes.

Win-E-Mac School District will light up the lights at the football field at 8:20 p.m. for 20 minutes.

Governor Tim Walz told student-athletes that they are heroes –

“What you are doing matters. Your sacrifice is keeping people safe…Someday when you have children of your own, you’ll tell them about this moment in history and what you and your neighbors did to help.”

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The Division II Administrative Committee specified the first permissible date that institutions can issue athletic aid agreements (as we like to call scholarships) is April 15. The committee also confirmed that institutional camps and clinics are not permitted during the dead period scheduled through at least May 31.

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There is a slight possibility of NHL games (regular season and playoffs) being played at the Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks if the NHL resumes the season this year.  According to SportsNet (out of Canada) –

“The NHL and NHLPA are beginning to spitball scenarios as to where remaining 2019-20 regular-season/playoff games could be held. One location that’s been mentioned: North Dakota.”

The bad news, crowds likely wouldn’t be allowed to attend the games.

Grand Forks is an attractive place to play the game due to the lack of population.

We will see what happens!

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The Gopher Men’s Basketball team got big news this week as 7-foot 240 pound Liam Robbins will transfer from Drake and will have two years of eligibility left.  Robbins is from Iowa and he has an uncle on the Gopher Men’s Basketball coaching staff.  It is a huge addition (no pun attended) after Daniel Oturu said he was entering the NBA draft after two years with the Gophers and will likely be a first-round draft pick.

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Concordia Athletic Director Rachel Bergeson announced that Tyler Bormann has been hired as the new head coach for the Cobber men’s basketball program. Bormann becomes the 12th head coach in the history of the program since men’s basketball started at Concordia in 1923.

Bormann, who is a 2006 graduate of Concordia, comes to the college after spending four seasons as the head coach at Moorhead High School. Bormann led the Spuds to 20-win seasons in 2019 and 2020 which was the first time in school history the boys’ basketball team had won at least 20 games in back-to-back seasons. Before his time at Moorhead, Bormann was the head coach at Breckenridge High School for four seasons where he helped lead the Cowboys to their first Minnesota State High School Tournament berth in 36 years. He was also named the Section 8AA Coach of the Year in 2015.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to take over the Concordia men’s basketball program,” Bormann commented. “It’s a program that means a lot to many and it is a program that I am really excited to come in to and, hopefully, infuse some energy in to.”

Bormann started his coaching career path in the college game. He was a graduate assistant at Augustana University (S.D.) for two seasons and then became the top assistant at Lakeland College in Wisconsin in 2008. Bormann returned to the area when he was hired as the lead assistant coach at the University of Jamestown in the summer of 2011. He helped coach the Jimmies for one season and was then offered the head coaching position at Breckenridge.

In addition to his head coaching responsibilities, Bormann was involved in other aspects of the Moorhead educational community. He was the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at Moorhead HS since 2016 and also oversaw a comprehensive city-wide youth program that included over 350 boys from grades K-12.

“I feel that a lot of experiences that I have had, have led me to be ready for this position and ready for this opportunity, “Bormann said. “I tend to live my life with a great energy. I really want to bring a positive energy to every daily interaction. I want our student/athletes to know with a great deal of enthusiasm a lot can be accomplished.”

Bormann earned his bachelor of arts degree in Biology Education from Concordia in 2006. He went on to gain his master’s degree in Education from Augustana University (S.D.) in 2008.

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

Paul Bittner is playing for the Cleveland Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Bluejacket.

Brady Heppner, is playing hockey for the Roanoke Raildogs in the SPHL.

Aleece Durbin, is a Sophomore on the University of North Dakota Women’s Track and Field team.

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

Ben Trostad is a sophomore member of the University of Minnesota Crookston golf team.

Isaac Westlake, is a Senior on the Winona State Warrior Men’s Golf team.

Elise Tangquist, is a Junior golfer for the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.

Mason LaPlante, a freshman, is playing soccer at the University of Jamestown.

Rachel Hefta, a freshman, is playing volleyball at Hastings College in Nebraska.

Cade Salentine is a redshirt Freshman playing football at the University of North Dakota

Nick Garmen, is a freshman playing basketball and tennis at the University of Minnesota Morris.

Thea Oman, a freshman, is swimming at St. Ben’s.

Crookston School District Coaches –
Jeremy Lubinski
 is a Pirate 8th Grade Football coach.
Amy Boll 
is the head Pirate Girls Track head coach and assistant volleyball coach
Sarah Reese 
is the Pirate Head Girls Soccer coach
Cody Brekken
 is the Head Pirate Girls and Boys Tennis coach and Crookston Community Pool Supervisor
Marley Melbye is the Head Girls Swimming coach
Mitch Bakken is the head Pirate Baseball coach.
Brock Hanson
 is the Pirate Baseball volunteer assistant coach.
Jeff Perreault 
is the Pirate Girls Golf head coach
Wes Hanson is the Pirate Wrestling Head Coach and assistant boys golf 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 a youth wrestling Coach
Blake Fee is an assistant wrestling coach
Colton Weiland is an assistant wrestling coach

Non-Crookston High School coaching –

Cody Weiland is an assistant wrestling coach at Proctor/Hermantown

Kaylee Desrosier is a softball coach for Fargo Davies Middle School.

Justin Johnson is an assistant softball coach at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

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 Head Baseball coach at Delano.

Jake Olson is an Assistant Football Coach and Head Boys Tennis coach at Delano.

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

Katy Westrom, is Head Girls Tennis Coach and Head Boys Tennis 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

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.

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 at Minot.

Philip Kujawa class of 2004 from Crookston High School.  He is an Army recruiter in Rochester.

Scott Riopelle is head of Crookston Parks and Recreation

Rob Sobolik is the General Manager of the Fargodome

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