SPORTS FEEVER – June 3, 2021

It is playoff time with Section baseball and Softball in the second round of play today.  The Section 8AA golf tournament is set for Monday and Tuesday, while Section 8A crowned its champions already.  The sub-section track meets are Thursday (today) and one of the oddest things of the spring is the Section 8A track and field meet will be on Tuesday, June 8 because let’s have Section golf, section baseball, section softball, chess, marbles, tiddly winks and everything else on the same day….because….why not.  Nothing on Wednesday which is baffling to me.  But I am just a media guy complaining and nobody cares about us because we are the only media entity that covers all of the following in-person – Sub-section and Section 8AA golf, Section 8A track, Section 8AA and 8a Baseball and Softball, Section 8A tennis, and everything else.

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The Crookston High School Weight Room hours are listed below.  This year they have special times just for girls.

Monday – Friday at CHS
Boys – 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. with Mr. Rooney
Co-ed – 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. with Mr. Lubarski
Co-ed – 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. with Mr. Lubarski

Monday – Friday at the Crookston Sports Center (arena)
Girls – 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. with Ms. Meyer

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at CHS
Girls – 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. with Ms. Meyer

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Crookston High School Athletic Summer opportunities 2021

Boys basketball:
Grades 7-12 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00-9:30 pm CHS gym
Grades 2-6 – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday  7:30-9:00 am CHS gym

Girls Basketball: Grades 7-12  Mon/Tues  2:00-4:30pm, Wed 5:45-7:30am, Thurs 6:30-9:30am
Grades 2-6  Monday, Tuesday and, Wednesday  7:30-9:00 am CHS gym

Boys soccer: Grade 7-12, Monday and Thursday 7:00-8:00pm  Meet at Soccer fields

Boys Hockey:
Bantam and High School  – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday  June 9-July 31  6:30-8:00 am at the CSC

Football:  Meet at the Blue shed behind Crookston High School
June 14, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29,  30,    6:30-8:00pm
July 1, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29   6:30-8:00pm

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Pirate Hoops Summer Skills and Drills 2021

For Crookston Pirate Basketball players (girls and boys) grades 2-6 (next year’s grade)

Where: CHS gym

When: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays

Time:  Next year’s   2nd -6th graders at  7:30-9:00 am (M, T, W)

Cost:   2nd -6th graders is $25

Attend all or as many as you are able to.  Family max=$75

(Make checks to Pirate Basketball)

Send to:
Pirate  Hoops
Crookston High School   Attn: Greg Garmen
402 Fisher Ave.
Crookston, MN 56716


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School attended(circle):    CHS    HES    Cathedral    Our Saviors       Home School

I understand that Crookston High School and the Summer Basketball Academy staff will not be held responsible for injuries of loss of personal property while the above athlete is attending the academy.  I authorize the directors to secure any emergency treatment deemed necessary.  The staff will not be held responsible for payment for this emergency treatment.  Any hospital or doctor fees that are a result of injury will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian.  I also acknowledge that the above athlete is physically ready for the activity of the basketball academy.

Signature of parent/guardian_________________________________________

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Join the Crookston Pirate Volleyball players and coaches will be hosting camps for first through sixth graders the next two weeks for a fun-filled time learning new skills and fundamentals.

*Girls entering 1st-3rd grade in the fall of 2021   Monday-Wed June 7-9 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
*Girls entering 4th-6th grade in fall 2021  Monday-Wed June 14-16 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Where: CHS
Cost: $30.00 (makes checks payable to Crookston JO Volleyball)

**Follow us on Facebook for updates: @CrookstonPirateVolleyball

Mail form to:
Brandi Nesseth at 26364 213th Ave. SW Crookston, MN 56716

Deadline to sign-up is Thursday June 4.


Player Name_______________________________________


Cash or Check_______

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The final day of the Section 8A Boys Golf Tournament was held Tuesday and Wednesday at Bemidji Town and Country Club and the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons won the team championship and will advance to the state tournament. The Falcons are coached by Keith Pederson.
Fertile-Beltrami’s team is made up of Rylin Petry (11), Ethan Finseth (10), Masen Nowacki (9), Derek Sorenson (9), Caiden Swenby (9), and Daniel Ivanov (9). 

The Section 8A Girls Golf Tournament was also held and the Badger/Greenbush-Middle River Gators won the championship and will advance to state.

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41 Minnesotans were selected in the 2021 USHL Phase II Draft, including several players from northwest Minnesota.

Thor Byfuglien of Roseau was picked by Chicago in the 10th round with the 150th pick.

Max Strand of Roseau was picked by Sioux City in the 12th round with the 175th pick.

Landon Parker of East Grand Forks was picked by Cedar Rapids in the 12th round with the 182nd pick

Kellen Murphy of Roseau was picked by Madison in the 14th round with the 211th pick

Calvin Hanson of Hallock (NorthStar Christian Academy Knights 18U) was picked by Cedar Rapids in the 14th round with the 212th pick.

Erick Comstock of Warroad was picked by Green Bay in the 15th round with the 223 pick

Zak Kennet of Red Lake Falls was picked by Des Moines in the 16th round with the 233 pick

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The Minnesota State High School League discussed the state tournament format for the following sports for 2021-2022.

  • Cross Country
    With the addition of a third class, consideration will be to have six races at St. Olaf College on Saturday, Nov. 6 or perhaps move one class to Friday afternoon.
  • Soccer
    With the addition of a third class, third-place games are not planned to be played at U.S. Bank Stadium. Options will be considered to hold those games in another venue or forego third-place games.
  • Volleyball
    With the addition of a fourth class of volleyball, additional options will be considered at the Xcel Energy Center as well as other venues in considering consolation rounds.
  • Track and Field
    With a third class approved, options will be considered, including adding another day to the competition and/or a second venue. Major considerations include the schedule and the number of days required of many officials.

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University of Minnesota Crookston baseball player Brock Reller (Sr., OF, Grand Forks, N.D.) was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Division II All-Central Region

Second Team. Reller has earned two all-region accolades during the 2021 season. Reller was named to the D2CAA All-Central Region team last month. Reller joins Reed Hjelle (2018) and Kenny Perez (2016) as Golden Eagles to earn multiple all-region honors in a single season.

Reller was an All-NSIC First Team selection for the Golden Eagles. He hit .338 as a senior with a .448 on-base percentage and a .803 slugging percentage. Reller had 17 home runs on the season which led UMC and the NSIC.  Reller added 39 runs scored, seven doubles, and four triples. He is UMC’s all-time career home run leader and single-season home run leader.

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The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team announced the signing of Zen Goodridge (F/C, 6-7 235, Orlando, Fla./Bethune-Cookman University). Goodridge is a Division I transfer from Bethune-Cookman University of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Goodridge was a member of the team at Bethune-Cookman University, a Division I program located in Daytona Beach, Florida, for two seasons. In 2019-20, Goodridge played in 12 games and averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game.
Goodridge attended Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas during the 2018-19 season but he redshirted. As a freshman, he competed for Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. Goodridge averaged five points and five rebounds for Rend Lake College.
He attended Central Florida Christian Academy for high school. He averaged seven points and eight rebounds per game as a senior. Goodridge helped his high school to the regional semifinals as a junior and a state runner-up finish during his senior season.

“Zen really shores up our interior play,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “We wanted to address our deficiencies and I believe we have done that with adding Nathaniel Powell, with Hunter Lyman being a year older and gaining experience, and now having Zen join our program. Zen will give resistance in the post defensively, he is a good rebounder, and is a team first guy. He has good feet and really runs the floor hard. He has a physicality about him, something we have been missing in the post in the past. In getting to know Zen and talking to his former coaches, it is apparent that he is a culture builder. I am looking forward to working with Zen and welcome him to the Golden Eagle basketball family.”

He is the son of Therol and Christine James-McKenzie. He plans to major in business at UMC.

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The UMC Teambackers will host the Mark Olsonawski Endowed Scholarship Golf Tournament, June 10 at Two Rivers Golf Course, Hallock. All net proceeds from the tournament will benefit scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The event is 18 holes of four-man Texas Scramble Tournament format. Registration is at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

The Mark Olsonawski Scholarship is awarded to a UMC student participating in ACHA hockey from northwest Minnesota or northeast North Dakota region. To date, more than $24,000 has been awarded from the endowment. Mark Olsonawski is a 1999 graduate of UMC in plant industries management. He was named All-American in football in 1998 and held career records for rushing yards, career receptions, and touchdowns. Olsonawski was also a standout on the UMC Hockey team from 1995-1999. He currently works and lives in Moorhead.

Golfers are encouraged to participate in the upcoming UMC Teambacker Golf Classic presented by Altru Health System to be held Friday, July 16 at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston. To sign up for the Classic, visit or contact Derek Martin for more information regarding either golf tournament at

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

Paul Bittner is playing professional hockey in Sweden for Vasby IK of the HockeyAllsvenskan league.  He will be returning to Sweden in the fall.

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

Ben Trostad is playing Club Hockey 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.

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

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.
Lacia Hanson is the Junior High softball 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 a Pirate Baseball volunteer assistant coach.
Ben Halos is a Pirate Baseball assistant coach.
Alex LaFrance 
is a 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.

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 an Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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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