SPORTS FEEVER – April 30, 2020

We are over five weeks into the stay at home order and cancelation of sports as we know it.  I have had several people ask how I am doing –

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Anyway,

We have been playing old games on KROX the past three weeks and they have been a hit.  For the first two weeks we averaged around 1,000 people listening online each night.  The biggest crowd was the 1980 football broadcast.  The next biggest crowd was the 1995 State Baseball championship game.   We have had people from Florida, Texas, California, New York, Montana and as far away as Euclid and Gentilly listening online.  It has been so much fun listening to the old broadcasts.  My favorite was the 1980 football game.  I loved hearing Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Famer Jerry Dahlberg‘s voice again.  Jerry was like a Grandpa to me and it was pretty neat to hear him again.  It was also special hearing Don Mulvaney‘s voice again.  Another person that was like a Grandpa to me.  His voice was awesome and it was neat to hear his voice on the commercials.   Listening to the 95 baseball championship was special because they were all friends of mine.

I love listening to all of them because the teams we cover haven’t lost a game in three weeks!!!!

We have had a lot of positive feedback from people that have listened.  But an email from Terry and Mary Jo Schmitz takes the cake –

My husband and I listened attentively last evening to your broadcast at 7PM of the 2002 RLF/Fosston game.  Our son, Simon Schmitz, passed away nearly 10 years ago.  This game marked one of his all-time proud moments as the tackle for the Eagles.  It gave us heartfelt moments listening to his name be announced in the game.  Thank you for the broadcast.  It brought back so many memories of our dear son.
Respectfully, Terry and Mary Jo Schmitz

It is emails like the one above that brings tears to my eyes.  To know that we were able to touch somebody like that is about as special as it can get.  Our condolences go out to the Schmitz family.   The emotions, while listening to the game, had to be all over the place.  I am glad we were able to broadcast the game for you and all the Red Lake Falls fans.  We received the tapes from coach Brian Remick and you can tell they were recorded at home over the radio and that makes it even cooler!!!

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I did a story highlighting the career of one of the most successful, if not the most successful, athlete in Crookston High School history.  Katherine Geist has competed in five state cross country meets and three state track meets.  She missed three state meets because of injury and COVID-19.  To find out more about Katherine and to hear the interview, click the link below –
https://www.kroxam.com/2020/04/29/geist-competed-in-8-state-meets-missed-out-on-11-because-of-injury-and-covid-19/

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Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors Meeting Synopsis

Friday, April 24, 2020

Executive Committee report

  • Approved a waiver for additional games for the Pine City girls hockey program
  • Discussed and supported a decision to suspend the Associate Director hiring process
  • Discussed upcoming Board events and possible alternatives given the uncertainties of the situation
  • Approved the League granting permission of the writing of a book authored by staff member John Millea

Action Items

  • 9ASpring Sports and Activities

Approved by roll call vote a motion to affirm the board’s declaration on April 23 to cancel all spring activities for the 2019-2020 school year*

  • 9B: Representative Assembly Date

Approved by roll call vote a motion to table the setting of a date for the Representative Assembly meeting*

  • 9C: Future Tournament Dates

Approved by roll call vote a motion to approve state tournament dates for the 2020-2021 school year*

  • 9D: Future Meeting Dates

Approved by roll call vote a motion to approve future meeting dates for the 2020-2021 school year*

  • 9E: Activity Advisory Committee Process

Approved by roll call vote a motion to approve the Activity Advisory Committee Process*

  • 9F: July 31, 2019 Annual Report

Approved by roll call vote a motion to approve the annual financial report, ending July 31, 2019*

Discussion Items

  • 10A: Representative Assembly Amendments

Bylaw 503 — Badminton, Girls

Increasing the number of contest dates from 16 to 18 to provide schools additional opportunities to have student-athletes increase the number of matches

Bylaw 510 — Gymnastics, Girls:

Conference or division champions may schedule a 17th event to determine an inter-conference or intra-conference champion similar to many other team sports

Bylaw 520 — Volleyball, Boys

Adding boys volleyball as a League activity, effective spring of 2022

Bylaw 110 — Consecutive semesters of eligibility

Legal Counsel provided an amended version of the bylaw which would adjust the time period of an application for additional semesters, provide greater clarity of requirements and apply the same proof standard as other eligibility bylaws

Bylaw 403 — Cooperative Sponsorship of Activities

The Ad Hoc Committee created by the Board of Directors provided an amended version of the Cooperative Sponsorship Bylaw which clearly identifies the purpose of cooperative sponsorships, identifies the geographic location of a team, better defines the appeal process for cooperative sponsorships and clarifies that notice to other schools of dissolution must be in writing

  • 10B: Finance

Officials Registration — The League has a one-year agreement with an option for a second with Arbiter Sports

Activity Registration for Member Schools — League Staff shared information with the board on spring registration fees

  • 10C: Winter Activity Proposals

Wrestling — The Wrestling Advisory Committee is proposing:

Expanding tournament roster sizes from 19 to 21 participants

Expanding the state tournament to a full consolation round for individuals

Allowing a wrestler to compete at the junior varsity and varsity levels at the same event and have it count as only one of the 16 available contests

  • 10D: Tournaments

Consolation and Third Place — League Staff will continue to examine models of state tournament formats and share financial impact information with the board related to these competitions in numerous tournaments

Committee Reports

Eligibility Committee

In consideration of policies and guidelines that directly impact students and coaches based on the cancellation of the spring season the Board approved a number of Board Policy Exceptions to League Bylaws due to the COVID-19 emergency:

  • The board approved by roll call vote to apply local school distance learning rules to Bylaw 102 (Attendance); Bylaw 104 (Enrollment); Bylaw 106 (Graduates); Bylaw 108 (Scholastic Eligibility) and have League staff address Bylaw 111 (Transfer and Residence) situations*
  • The board approved by roll call vote to adjust the summer waiver period. The no-contact period for coaches and participants within the summer waiver period is shortened from seven days to three days, now July 3-5. The summer waiver period was extended one week to run from June 1 through Aug. 7*
  • The board approved by roll call vote to authorize the Eligibility Committee to create and pass a platform that defines the contact that coaches of spring activities may have with participants. The Eligibility Committee will meet Monday, April 27.
  • The board did consider Bylaw 205 (Chemical Eligibility) and did not authorize any change in language or in application of the penalties

Marketing and Communications Committee

  • The League and leaders from the Minnesota Broadcasters Association are exploring collaborative efforts
  • League Staff reported that most sponsors are maintaining their current sponsorship levels
  • Renewals with Wells Fargo and M Health continue
  • The League is exploring a partnership with the Minnesota Vikings

Informational

  • Board officer candidates: Blaine Novak, president; Tom Jerome, vice president; Troy Stein and John Vraa, treasurer. Voting for the three positions will take place at the June 1 meeting.
  • The next board meeting is scheduled for June 1, 2020

*Roll call votes were used on all action items due to virtual meeting protocol

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Last week I had some info on UMC and the City of Crookston negotiating an arena lease contract. I state the Blue Line Club knew nothing about UMC inquiring about selling beer/concessions.
The BLC president didn’t know about it and the Executive Director said she was contacted by UMC and they were going to meet but never got to meet because of the pandemic. This was said in the email to me, “I wish I knew something about it.”
So that wasn’t good when you consider the Blue Line Club OWNS all the equipment and rights to concessions in the arena and would have to sign off on somebody selling anything at the arena.
The Crookston City Council knew nothing about the negotiations. How is that possible? This is not UMC’s fault. The city council members are the only ones that vote, so to have them not involved in the process is foolish at least. Two councilmen (Kresl and Vedbraaten) ethically won’t be able to vote on the subject because they work for UMC so it is imperative the council is all on the same page.
It sounds like the council and Blue Line Club is now included in what is going on after my email and column (the only purpose of my email and bringing it public after finding out the council and BLC knew nothing about this).
I keep saying the following phrase to my kids, myself and others – if you do things the right way, you never have anything to worry about!!!   All of our public entities need to remember this.  If you just worry about your self and don’t go through processes the right way, you will pay for it one way or the other.

It sounds like UMC is looking to pay $50,000 for the year and they only want a one year lease at this point because they aren’t sure how this will go, which is 100 percent understandable and the smart way to go about something new. It is going to be really hard to find kids willing to pay $25,000 to go to school and also pay to play club hockey too. To top things off, COVID-19 pandemic comes along and who knows if there will be a season? If kids will want to play club hockey after all of this? Nobody knows what to expect at this point.

UMC is also looking at adding lockers and putting a logo in the UMC locker room. From what I hear UMC would foot the bill (just like Crookston Pirate hockey did for their locker rooms). They will also have a UMC logo on the ice (not on center ice).

So that is what I have at this time. The one thing that is an all-around Crookston problem is the lack of cooperation and openness between our government and public entities. The one thing that has been nice – the arrival of Superintendent Jeremy Olson at the Crookston School District, transparency, and cooperation has been big since he has come to town. Hopefully, other entities in town will learn from Mr. Olson and take note of how successful he and the district have been since his arrival!

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We received the following emails –

-What has happened to communication? The city, school district, blue line club, and UMC need to get into a room and thoroughly discuss the items of concern. That’s not hard to accomplish. Everybody wants to do what’s the best for Crookston Athletics so MEET and resolve the concerns. I don’t why that can’t be done Thanks!

-It has been tough to get behind UMC.  They got rid of Bill (Tyrell), they cut hockey, they cut football and it seems to be one thing after another out there.  I want to be a fan, but it is very rare something positive happens.  They brought back hockey, but club hockey isn’t the same.

-UMC needs to be more competitive.  I know they try to reach out to the community, but I remember the good old Junior College days when you knew all the staff.  I don’t know many of the employees out there anymore.

-Just win baby!  Just look at Pirate teams.  When they win you have big crowds, when they are losing the crowds are a lot smaller.  Look at what Steve Gust has done with baseball.  He is involved in the baseball association in town and you see him in the community.  I didn’t follow the program other than scores before he took over.  Now I try to get to as many home games as possible and he has a lot of local kids which makes it even better.  I like Dan (Weisse) too.  You see him around town and he is involved in the youth basketball program and he has made the program more competitive.

-Cutting football will help the “perception” of the athletic program now.  It was one of the better moves they have made since moving D-2.

-What exactly is club hockey?

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I will answer the last email “What exactly is club hockey?”   Club Hockey is basically school-sponsored intramurals.  The players have to pay some kind of money to play.  It depends on the sport and school because each school is different.  An example – My daughter’s boyfriend plays Club Volleyball at Minnesota Duluth.  They traveled to the Cities, Moorhead/Fargo, Wisconsin, and all over to compete in tournaments.  They made the National Tournament again this year and they had to pay their way to the tournaments.  They held fundraisers that helped fund their team.  They were a very good team and beat the likes of the Gophers, and other Division 1 schools.  The University chipped in some money for different things, but the athletes paid for a lot of things, including travel because they loved competing and playing volleyball.

Hockey is a little better organized, but there will be some games that will be ugly, and some games that will be sharp, well-played games.  It will be the way it is until they figure out what programs you don’t want to play and which programs you will want to play more.  Last time UMC had a “club hockey” team it was a little bit of a joke, to be blunt.  This time it will be a little more serious.

It gives kids who love the game another chance to play hockey in an organized and competitive nature while getting a degree.  It is a good thing when you do it right and this time UMC is doing it the right way.  If they get enough players is the only remaining question.

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We asked several questions of the University of Minnesota Crookston and Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause responded with answers.

With the spring senior athletes that come back, can they continue to receive their scholarship?  Do the exemption returning athletes scholarships count against the NSIC limit?

As far as senior spring sport returners we currently have 7 potential baseball players, 1 potential softball player, and 1 potential women’s golfer.  The aid would not count toward team equivalency limits, per NCAA Policy below:

Actions Approved by the Division II Administrative Committee Related to Regulations and Policies Impacted by COVID-19 Updated: April 22, 2020……

Financial aid equivalency limits: Issued a blanket waiver to allow student-athletes who would have used their fourth season of competition or exhausted their 10-semester/15- quarter period of eligibility during the spring 2020 term to receive athletics aid for the 2020-21 academic year without counting toward team equivalency limits (i.e., treat these student-athletes as if they are receiving exhausted eligibility athletics aid). This relief only applies if the student-athlete remains at their original institution. If the student-athlete transfers, the athletics aid received at the new institution would count toward team equivalency limits. 

 

It is reported that UMC saved about $90,000 by not having spring sports this year.  How will that be used in the future?

The $90,000 in savings – is projected – it isn’t a final number. It’s a rough estimate of unspent funds due to the cancelation of the spring travel season.  These may need to be used to cover deficits within another sport or another unit.  It hasn’t even yet been determined that these funds will remain within the Athletic Department. We will do a thorough evaluation of all of the athletic teams’ budgets prior to the end of the year and at that point in time make a decision about these funds, if available.  There are too many unknowns at this time to even comment on any potential savings from FY20 and how they will be used in FY21.

 

I saw the Minnesota State schools are going to have a huge budget deficit this year.  Minnesota State Moorhead is going to be running a deficit and cutting majors.    How is UMC shaping up in the overall budget?

We will be close to meeting our tuition revenue estimates and we are on track to meet our FY20 budget projections. Our enrollment was looking strong, prior to Covid-19, and we are hopeful for flat enrollment in Fall 2020. We are currently working through many budget planning scenarios and it’s too early to comment on our budget for FY2021.  As we have taken aggressive steps over the past year and a half to review and streamline our academic programs and, as noted previously, we are on track to meet our FY20 budget projections.  Thus, we are positioned as well as possible for the coming year, and we currently have no plans to cut academic programs.

 

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This is why you should support UMC teams.  They have great people as their head coaches.  There isn’t one bad person in the group.  They are recruiting great kids, outstanding student-athletes, and have a new culture on campus.  It is noticeable if you are around these young men and women and that is because the coaches and Athletic Director Steph Helgeson have worked hard at trying to turn this thing around and we are excited about what things could look like in the next five-plus years.

I jog through campus almost every day as part of the six-mile route I get in and I saw the baseball bleachers are done and it looks A LOT nicer than I thought it would.  A great addition for the fans.  The renovations to Lysaker Gym last year were very nice and the new floor looks like it will be sharp.  They will have new branding, and they will have some extra money to put into the athletic teams after the cutting of football.  I haven’t said this many times while talking about UMC athletics, but it is pretty exciting times right now and the future is looking bright!

We highlight some of the teams that have done extremely well in the classroom and we asked the coaches what they are doing during the pandemic.

UMC VOLLEYBALL –  A 3.72 GPA and we had 6 players with a 4.0, and 11 above a 3.5. We are proud of how hard our team works on the court and in the classroom, they are very active in talking to their professors and doing homework on the road.

We asked Coach Sarah Rauen what they are doing during the pandemic –
During the COVID-19 crisis we are having different types of Zoom meetings each week with our team – team meetings, academic meetings, leadership meetings. These have helped us keep in touch and see each other so that has helped a lot. We are trying to be as creative as possible for workouts and volleyball, we have been sharing ideas and finding fun workout videos and volleyball videos to try out. This has definitely been a challenging time, and we are trying to take it as a challenge to adapt and we can’t wait to get back on campus whenever it is safe to do so!

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UMC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – 3.64 GPA  10 players on NSIC All-conference academics team.  Steph McWilliams named to Myles Brand All-Academic Award.

Coach Mike Roysland fills us in on what they are doing during the pandemic –

The team is doing well.  They are anxious to get into the gym and eager to get better.  We touch base on a weekly basis online.  Everyone is coming back and they seem to keep getting closer as a team through all of this.  The girls know they need to get better and we were fortunate to be ahead of schedule coming back from spring break and we had all our exit interviews complete.  We had a plan in place before anything was shut down and I hope that helps us.  I think we could have a good year next year and the way we were playing at the end of the year, beating St. Cloud State who went on to win the NSIC tourney gave the girls a lot of confidence for next year.

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UMC SOFTBALL –  3.48 Fall Team GPA.

Coach Travis Owen fills us in on what they are doing during the pandemic –

We have been doing a lot on zoom.  The NCAA has allowed both “virtual coaching” and “virtual recruiting meetings” so we’ve been talking a lot with recruits and narrowing some down that we may look to add for this upcoming season.  Of course that’s in conjunction with lots of calls, texts, to junior college and club coaches.  We also had a team session where we reviewed some fundamental parts of hitting and pitching, dissecting some video.  We figured it would be nice to get everyone’s minds off of the routine of being stuck inside with limited access to softball.  Of course around this time we normally would have been wrapping up our season.  Our two assistant coaches have been doing a great job during this as well.  Meghan Boston has built some photos for our twitter and instagram accounts and has been posting them as a brief Q&A write-up for each our players, including incomers for next year.  And Justin Johnson has been helping a ton with recruiting.  We’re hoping to add at least catcher/utility and another pitcher for fall 2020.  It has certainly been a new challenge as far as recruiting goes though, during this time.

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UMC BASEBALL –  A 3.44 GPA. Thirty-five of our student-athletes had GPA’s greater than 3.0 and not one had a GPA under 2.5.

Coach Steve Gust fills us in with what his program is doing during the pandemic –

We have been staying in contact with all of our student-athletes. With the NCAA granting all players another year of eligibility, we have been meeting with our guys to come up with an academic plan so they can finish their respective eligibility if that’s what they choose. It becomes tricky because we have a pretty high 4-year graduation rate which means most of our guys need to add a major or minor so they can finish their collegian playing careers. It would be nice to have some graduate programs to offer our students. I know our administrators are working on adding some potential advanced degrees for the future. As it sits now, at least seven of our seniors will be returning and all other of our rostered players have committed to coming back. We just signed one this week and have offers out to three others that we consider “difference-makers.” With the 10 we signed earlier, our incoming recruiting class will be nearly finished if we can sign the last few. Our 2021 recruiting class will be a focal point this summer.

Since everybody’s circumstances are the same, I am hoping our guys are doing things to separate themselves from others whether it would be physically, mentally, intellectually, etc. It’s difficult for some of these guys because there aren’t many gyms, fields or anything else open. We welcome the day when things get back to normal. In the meantime, we are just trying to find ways to better our players and program.

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The Concordia Cobber Women’s Basketball team handed out the team awards and two area girls received awards.

Sophomore Autumn Thompson earned the team’s Most Valuable Player award. The sophomore averaged 13.3 points per game, and led the Cobbers in assists and 3-point percentage. She also made a splash in the conference statistics by leading the MIAC in minutes played and finished third overall in 3-point percentage. Thompson also made 68 shots from outside the arc which was only three shy of the school record for 3-pointers made in a season. Thompson earned MIAC All-Conference First Team honors for the first time in her career.

Junior captain Elizabeth Birkemeyer was given the Cobber Award. The award is given to the player that embodies the Cobber spirit and mission of the institution. Birkemeyer led the Cobbers in rebounding for the year – averaging 5.8 rebounds per game. She finished 10th in the MIAC in defensive rebounding.

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Haley Mack a former East Grand Forks and Bemidji State girls hockey player was drafted in the fourth round and 23rd overall draft pick by the Minnesota WhiteCaps on Wednesday.

Former Thief River Falls girls hockey player and Golden Gopher player Patti Marshall was also drafted by the Whitecaps with the 11th overall pick.

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Thief River Falls’ Grant Hartmann has signed to play baseball at Bemidji State next year.

Thief River Falls’ Khloe Lund has signed to play hockey at Bemidji State next year for the best in the business, Jim Scanlan!

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In the Association’s continuing efforts to support college athletes, the NCAA’s top governing board voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.

The Board of Governors’ action directs each of the NCAA’s three divisions to immediately consider updates to relevant bylaws and policies for the 21st century, said Michael V. Drake, chair of the board and president of The Ohio State University.

“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” Drake said. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”

Specifically, the board said modernization should occur within the following principles and guidelines:

  • Assure student-athletes are treated similarly to non-athlete students unless a compelling reason exists to differentiate.
  • Maintain the priorities of education and the collegiate experience to provide opportunities for student-athlete success.
  • Ensure rules are transparent, focused and enforceable and facilitate fair and balanced competition.
  • Make clear the distinction between collegiate and professional opportunities.
  • Make clear that compensation for athletics performance or participation is impermissible.
  • Reaffirm that student-athletes are students first and not employees of the university.
  • Enhance principles of diversity, inclusion and gender equity.
  • Protect the recruiting environment and prohibit inducements to select, remain at, or transfer to a specific institution.

The board’s action was based on comprehensive recommendations from the NCAA Board of Governors Federal and State Legislation Working Group, which includes presidents, commissioners, athletics directors, administrators and student-athletes. The group gathered input over the past several months from numerous stakeholders, including current and former student-athletes, coaches, presidents, faculty and commissioners across all three divisions. The board also directed continued and productive engagement with legislators.

The working group will continue to gather feedback through April on how best to respond to the state and federal legislative environment and to refine its recommendations on the principles and regulatory framework. The board asked each division to create any new rules beginning immediately, but no later than January 2021.

“As a national governing body, the NCAA is uniquely positioned to modify its rules to ensure fairness and a level playing field for student-athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “The board’s action today creates a path to enhance opportunities for student-athletes while ensuring they compete against students and not professionals.”

 

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced earlier this month the decision by its Council of Presidents (COP) to unanimously co-sponsor the NAIA’s proposed name, image and likeness legislation. The proposed legislation, which would allow student-athletes to be compensated for appearances or advertisements that affiliate them with his or her sport or school, already had the backing for a full membership vote prior to its recent endorsement by the Council of Presidents.

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The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team announced the signing of Silas Xia (G, 5-11 170, Guangzhou, China/Santa Ana College), and Chandler Reeck (G, 6-1 180, Edina, Minn./Edina H.S.) as the ninth and 10th signings for the 2020-21 season.

Chandler Reeck, G, 6-1 180, Edina, Minn./Edina H.S.
Reeck averaged 6.5 points, 4.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game in 18 games played as a senior for Edina H.S. in Edina, Minn. He had 10 points against Osseo H.S., and Wayzata H.S. Reeck played for a squad that went 18-8 during the regular season during his junior season. He averaged 2.6 points per game during his junior slate, appearing in 11 games during the regular season. Reeck had varsity letters in basketball and football. He was the Edina Star of the Week after his 17-point performance in the win over Chanhassen H.S., which also included six assists, five rebounds, and two steals. Reeck was 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. He had 13 first-half points including 3 three-pointers to build a 20-point lead at half vs. sixth-ranked Chaska H.S. He finished with 16 points, four three-pointers, five assists, four rebounds, and one steal.
He is the son of Chris and Jennifer Reeck. His sister Haley Reeck is a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, and a three-time All-State player who is verbally committed to play Division I Lacrosse for the University of Louisville. His late step-grandfather Sherwyn Thorson was a two-sport All-American at the University of Iowa. He won the 1962 NCAA Wrestling National Championship at heavyweight and placed second in 1960. In addition, Thorson played football for the Hawkeyes. He went on to play in the Canadian Football League and won a Grey Cup in 1962 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, under legendary Head Coach Bud Grant. Reeck has endured 21 months of injuries and rehab since November of 2016.

Silas Xia (G, 5-11 170, Guangzhou, Utah/Santa Ana College)
Xia appeared in 10 games during the 2019-20 season for Santa Ana College. He notched 0.7 points and 0.4 rebounds per game. He had previously played for Impact Academy and prior to that competed for St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., where he was coached by Minnesota Crookston Assistant Coach Krayton Nash. Xia had three points in a win over Orange Coast College. He had an assist versus Saddleback College. He had 10 points for Impact Academy against College of Southern Idaho during the 2016-17 season. At St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, Xia averaged 12 points and two assists per game. He played club basketball back in China. In junior college, he was an Academic All-Orange Empire Conference selection. He has also been named Academic Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
His father is George Xia and mother is Miranda Zhang. His uncle Qiang played semi-professional basketball in China. One of his uncles runs one of the largest sports agency groups in China, where he has worked alongside former NBA player Yao Ming as a sports agent.

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The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s tennis program announced the addition of Tasha Achermann (5-7, Motley, Minn./Staples-Motley H.S.) and Michelle Swyter (5-3, Perham, Minn./South Dakota State University) as signees for the Golden Eagles.

Tasha Achermann (5-7, Motley, Minn./Staples-Motley H.S.)
Achermann was an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection at Staples-Motley H.S. She has been a member of the Academic Honors Dean’s List. As a senior, she teamed with Rose Han to make the Class A Minnesota State Tournament for doubles. She was a high school teammate of former Golden Eagle Ashley Smith.
She was born May 17, 2002. Achermann plans to major in exercise science and wellness at Minnesota Crookston. She is the daughter of Kathy Achermann. Achermann earned the Academic All-State Award.

Michelle Swyter (5-3, Perham, Minn./South Dakota State University)
Swyter did not play tennis in her first year of college at South Dakota State University. She was the girl’s tennis and girl’s softball captain at Perham High School in Perham, Minn. Swyter was named Mid-State All-Conference for tennis. She was a part of the No. 16 ranked doubles duo with Elle Birkeland as a sophomore in 2016. He helped the Perham/New York Mills High School tennis team to a perfect conference season as a junior in 2017.
Swyter was the FFA President and earned the Agriculture Accomplishment Award. She earned the Limitless Leader award. Swyter was born Jan. 4, 2001. She is the daughter of Jon and Karen Swyter. Swyter plans to major in wildlife management at Minnesota Crookston. She is a member of National Honor Society. Swyter great up on a farm and enjoys the outdoors. She has three siblings Levi, Emily and Anna.

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JOKES

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How are former Crookston Pirates athletes doing in college or elsewhere?
****LET ME KNOW OF OTHERS TO ADD TO THE LIST email me at  chrisjfee@yahoo.com

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

That’s it for this week.  Thanks for the comments and if you have anything to add or share, please e-mail chrisjfee@yahoo.com or call.  Thanks for reading and listening to KROX RADIO and kroxam.com