SPORTS FEEVER – October 15, 2020

Well…..right when you think 2020 can’t get any worse, it goes and totally redeems itself.

We were beyond saddened to find out Park Rapids’ John Schumacher had passed away.
John was one of the nicest, most genuine people I have met.   John would always go out of his way to make sure he would come by the gym, football field, rink, tennis courts, or wherever we were covering a game, just to say hi to me or Frank.  There was a level of mutual respect between us and it was honestly one of the reasons why I always looked forward to going to Park Rapids.   I am not good at things like this, but John was salt of the earth, he epitomized high school athletics and what they are about. He coached football, basketball, gymnastics, track.  He was Activities Director for over 30 years.

I didn’t have much time to get comments from anybody as I got back to Crookston around 10:30, but I pulled some comments from Twitter below –

John Millea (of the Minnesota State High School League)
A tremendously sad loss for all of us involved in Minnesota high school activities. John Schumacher, teacher, coach and activities director at Park Rapids for 31 years, died this evening. Schu was diagnosed with throat cancer 10 years ago and lived every day to the fullest.

Aaron Morris 
I had the opportunity to have him as an AD, coach with him, coach by him and be taught by him. He was a great man and mentor. I will never forget what he has done for me! “Living the Dream”

Jared Matson
Schu was one of the veteran ADs that took me under his wing when I came to C-I as a new AD. I am forever grateful for the advice he shared and guidance he offered. No matter the odds, his attitude and spirit never wavered. That is what I will remember most.

Mike Peterson (Perham)
ad day in Minnesota High School Sports as we lost a MN Sports Legend John Schumacher tonight. John was committed to his family, players and MN Coaches. We all aspire to be as decent a man as John Schumacher is. Godspeed Schu  We already miss you!

Terry Sadler (Warroad)
R.I.P. Big Schu.  Thanks for showing so many of us how to be #LivingTheDream

Aaron Cook
Saddened to hear of the loss of @BigSchu14 truly one of the best around. Enjoyed spending time with him and getting to know him through the AD conference. He was one of the first on the field to congratulate me after our section fb title last season.

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We also found out on Tuesday that long-time Chisholm boys basketball coach Bob McDonald had passed away from Covid-19 at the age of 87.  He is a legend and was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2014.  He coached 59 years, compiling a record of 1,012 wins and 428 losses.  His teams were famous for having short hair, wearing high socks, and they played the game the right way.

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The Minnesota State High School League will announce the Football and Volleyball playoff plans on October 23.  We aren’t exactly sure what they will do, but speculation has football having the top four teams competing in a semi-final and championship.  Stay tuned!

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Congratulations to the Thief River Falls Prowlers on winning the Section 8A Girls Tennis Championship.  They beat Perham 6-1.  Also Congratulations to the Roseau Rams for winning the Consolation championship!

Crookston’s season came to an end last Thursday when they lost 4-3 to Perham. Crookston was the #1 seed and only graduate two (Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz).  The good news for Crookston…everybody else is coming back and Emma Borowicz wasn’t able to play this year.  The future is bright for Pirate Girls tennis and they have A LOT of good young players and should be the favorite along with Thief River Falls next year.

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The Section 8A Boys Cross Country meet was held this week and Perham and East Grand Forks were the top two teams.

Perham 50
EGF 87
Park Rapids 136
Nevis 137
Frazee 159
DGF 164
Roseau 199
Warroad 226
Bagley/Fosston 243
Thief River Falls 252
Hawley 258
Pelican Rapids 287
Lake Park-Audubon 314
Ada-Borup/West 320
Wadena-Deer Creek 321
Lake of the Woods 495
Red Lake County 520
West Marshall 548
New York Mills 566

The individual champion was East Grand Forks’ Tyson Mahar.  Mahar edged a Perham kid by less than a second with a time of 16:26.9.

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The Section 8A Girls Cross Country meet was also held this week and Perham and Hawley were the top two teams.

Perham 56
Hawley 69
Lake Park Audubon 101
Wadena-Deer Creek 108
East Grand Forks 136
Warroad 167
United North Central 216
Pelican Rapids 263
Frazee 266
Thief River Falls 275
Nevis 297
Roseau 318
Ada-Borup/West 328
Red Lake County 406

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced host cities for their 2023-2026 Division I and Division II Championships on Wednesday. Sioux Falls has been selected to host the following NCAA Championship events during that span:

  • 2024 Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

  • 2024 Division II Women’s Volleyball Championship – Sanford Pentagon

  • 2026 Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

  • 2026 DII Wrestling Championship – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

The Sioux Falls Sports Authority submitted bids to the NCAA earlier this year and will host the awarded championship events in collaboration with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (volleyball, wrestling) and the University of Nebraska Omaha (hockey). The bidding process began last August, and final submissions were due to the NCAA in early February.

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Question – How did you meet your husband?
Answer – I am a pharmacist.  He came into buy condoms and asked for XXXXL.  Only after we got married did I realize he stutters.

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Yesterday I saw a guy spill all his Scrabble letters on the road. I asked him, “What’s the word on the street?”

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Once my dog ate all the Scrabble tiles. For days he kept leaving little messages around the house.

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Why don’t scientists trust atoms?
Because they make up everything.

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Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards?
He was just going through a stage.

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

Brady Butt is a freshman playing football at the University of Jamestown.

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 Junior on the University of North Dakota Women’s Track and Field team.

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

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

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

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

Rachel Hefta, a Sophmore, 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 sophomore playing basketball and tennis at the University of Minnesota Morris.

Caden Osborn, is a freshman playing basketball at the University of Minnesota Morris.

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

Crookston School District Coaches –
Emily Meyer is a girls hockey and softball assistant coach.
Carrie Clauson 
is a Junior High girls tennis coach.
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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