SPORTS FEEVER – February 11, 2021

Welcome to the subzero version of the Sports Feever column.  We had another week of sports and as most teams are at the halfway point of their season with a month, or less remaining in the regular season.  Teams, for the most part, have been getting all their games in and COVID-19 numbers continue to drop slowly and that is good news.

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The Crookston High School Hall of Fame is taking nominations until March 1, 2021.

The purpose of the Crookston High School Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor special achievement by individuals who have exemplified, developed, encouraged and fostered positive traits and attributes to enhance the stature of Crookston High School and School District #593’s extracurricular activities and their important role in developing life long skills.

Four categories have been established from which nominees will come from:
– Distinguished Crookston High School Alumni
– Faculty Staff and Administration
– Fine Arts
– Athletics

Membership is reserved for a candidate who has met the following qualifications:

  • Has graduated from Crookston High School ten (10) years prior to nomination and/or

  • Has served the School District in a capacity that considerable contributed to the well being of the district and it’s students and/or

  • Has demonstrated how contributions to and success in our society in chosen field reflects the quality and stature of the School District and/or

  • Has unselfishly supported the School District in ways that considerably contributed to the well being of the district and its students and staff.

Nomination

Anyone may nominate an individual to the Crookston High School Pirate Hall of Fame.  CLICK HERE for the nomination form.

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We have received the Section 8AA and 8A Boys and Girls Basketball tournament dates.  The dates are as of Wednesday, February 10.  With everything in the last year, we know things can change, but the plans as of today are below.  Remember the dates could possibly change and times are still to be determined (but plan on 7 p.m. as the universal start time for most games)

The SECTION 8AA BOYS BASKETBALL tournament will look like this in 2021.
Play-in games – Monday, March 15 ( #8 hosts #9 in both sub-sections)
First-round – Thursday, March 18 (at high seeds)
Quarterfinals – Saturday, March 20 (at high seeds)
Semi-finals – Wednesday, March 24 (at high seeds)
Championship – Friday, March 26 (location TBD)

Click here to view the 8AA Boys Basketball bracket –

The SECTION 8AA GIRLS BASKETBALL tournament dates are as follows –
Play-in games – Monday, March 15 ( #8 hosts #9 in both sub-sections)
First-round – Wednesday, March 17 (at high seeds)
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 19 (at high seeds)
Semi-finals – Tuesday, March 23 (at high seeds)
Championship – Thursday, March 25 (location TBD)

Click here to view the 8AA Girls Basketball bracket –

The SECTION 8A BOYS BASKETBALL tournament dates are as follows –
Pigtail   –   Monday, March 15  (at high seeds)
Play-in   –   Thursday, March 18 (at high seeds)
QF         –   Saturday, March 20 (at high seeds)
SF         –    Tuesday, March 23 (at high seeds)
Championship   –   Thursday, March 25 (Ralph Englestad Arena)

The SECTION 8A GIRLS BASKETBALL tournament dates are as follows –
Pigtail   –   Tuesday, March 16 (at high seeds)
Play-in   –   Friday, March 19 (at high seeds)
QF        –    Saturday, March 20 (at high seeds)
SF         –   Tuesday, March 23 (at high seeds)
Championship   –   Friday, March 26 (Ralph Englestad Arena)

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We have also received the Section 8A Boys and Girls Hockey tournament schedule –

The SECTION 8A GIRLS HOCKEY tournament schedule –
Quarter-Final – Saturday, March 13 at High Seed
Semi-Final – Tuesday, March 16 at High Seed
Championship – Thursday, March 18 at High Seed

The SECTION 8A BOYS HOCKEY tournament schedule
Play-In – Thursday, March 18 at High Seed
Quarter-Final, Saturday, March 20 at High Seed
Semi-Final -Tuesday, March 23 at High Seed
Championship – Thursday, March 25 at High Seed

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We have received the Section 8A and 8AA Wrestling tournament schedules –

The SECTION 8A WRESTLING tournament schedule

Team
Quarter-Finals – Monday, March 8 at High Seed (#9 vs #8 at #1 site)
Semi-finals – Thursday, March 11 at High Seed
March 13 – State prelim/super-regional at a location to be determined

Individual
Tuesday, March 16 at  Crookston High School
Saturday, March 20 – State prelim/super-regional at a location to be determined

We will have the specifics of the state prelim/super-regional wrestling tournaments next week after Region 8A Secretary Jim Weinzierl is able to inform schools and coaches of the latest that came out Wednesday afternoon.
We will have what section they are paired with for the prelims/super-regional and how the tournament will work in next week’s column.

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The Minnesota Mr. Basketball committee has announced the watch list for the 2021 Mr. Basketball award.  I think it is safe to say everybody is fighting to be a finalist as Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy has to be the hands-down favorite.  After all, he is the top-ranked player in the country, the second in as many years for Minnesota High School basketball (Paige Bueckers of Hopkins and now UCONN was the #1 ranked player last year).

Some area players on the 53 player list are –
Finn Diggins (Perham)
Dominic Aguilar (Fergus Falls)
Chance Fazio (Fergus Falls)
Delwyn Holthusen (Red Lake)
Sam Votava (East Grand Forks)

The top 10 will be announced at the end of the regular season.  The Final Five will be announced following section tournaments, and Mr. Basketball will be announced after the state tournament.

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MILESTONES

Crookston Wrestler Zach Brown won the 150th match of his career.

Crookston Wrestler Ethan Boll won the 100th match of his career.

Crookston Wrestler Nolan Dans won the 100th match of his career.

Crookston Wrestler Carter Coauette won the 50th match of his career.

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JOKES

I Nearly Became A Doctor!!!

When I was young I decided I wanted to be a doctor, so I took the entrance exam to go to Medical School.
One of the questions asked was to rearrange the letters PNEIS into the name of an important human body part which is most useful when erect.

Those who answered spine are doctors today.

The rest of us are sending jokes via email.

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Two medical students were walking along the street when they saw an old man walking with his legs spread apart. He was stiff-legged and walking slowly. One student said to his friend: “I’m sure that poor old man has Peltry Syndrome. Those people walk just like that.”

The other student says:  “No, I don’t think so. The old man surely has Zovitzki Syndrome. He walks slowly and his legs are apart, just as we learned in class.”

Since they couldn’t agree they decided to ask the old man. They approached him.  And one of the students said to him, “We’re medical students and couldn’t help but notice the way you walk. We couldn’t agree on the Syndrome you might have….Could you tell us what it is?”

The old man (a retired M.D.) said, “I’ll tell you, but first you tell me what you two fine medical students think.”

The 1st student said, “I think it’s Peltry Syndrome.”
The old man said, “You thought – but you are wrong.”

The 2nd student said, “I think it’s Zovitzki Syndrome.”
The old man said, “You thought – but you are wrong.”

So they asked him, “Well, old-timer, what do you have?”

The old man said, “Well, I thought it was GAS – but I was wrong, too!”

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Ever since I was a child, I’d always had a fear of someone under my bed at night.
So I went to a Psychiatrist and told him:
“I’ve got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there’s somebody under it. I’m scared. I think I’m going crazy”
“Just put yourself in my hands for one year,” said the Psychiatrist.
“Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.”
“How much do you charge?”
“One hundred fifty dollars per visit,” replied the Doctor.
“I’ll sleep on it,” I said.
Six months later the Doctor met me on the street.
“Why didn’t you come to see me about those fears you were having?” he asked.
“Well, $150 a visit, three times a week for a year, is $23,400.00. A bartender cured me for $10.00.
I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought a new pickup truck.”
“Is that so? With a bit of an attitude the Psychiatrist said, “and how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?”
“He told me to cut the legs off the bed. Ain’t nobody under there now.”
It’s always better to get a second opinion!!!

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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 professional hockey in Sweden for Vasby IK of the HockeyAllsvenskan league.

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

Ben Trostad is playing Club Hockey and Men’s Golf at UMC.

Ty Hamre is playing Club Hockey at UMC.

Brandon Boetcher is playing Club Hockey at UMC.

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

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

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

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

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

Nick Garmen is a sophomore, playing tennis 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
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