TUESDAY - MAY 17,  2016


The Crookston Pirates baseball team has been off for 10 days and will bring a rested squad that is 7-7 on the year to Warroad to play a regular season doubleheader against a Section 8AA opponent. Warroad is 9-4 and have won six in a row including a 10-0 win over International Falls yesterday. Warroad is currently seeded third in the north half of Section 8AA while the Pirates are fourth so a sweep would not only help the Pirates goal of being in the top four to get a first round home game but would also enable them to move up on Warroad, Roseau and East Grand Forks who are ahead of them in the Section seeds as of right now. Game time to start the doubleheader is 4:00 PM and both games will be on KROX RADIO starting at 3:30 PM and also the internet by going to the ON THE AIR link at the top of this page.

6 7


1 0 2 0 4 0 0 7 8 1
Warroad 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 8 4


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Wardner - Crookston 7.0 8 6 6 7 7
Logan Wilmer - Warroad 7.0 8 7 3 4 9

For Crookston

Cody Wardner - 2-4, double, rbi
Dante Noris - 2-3, 2 stolen bases, 3 runs
Blake Kawelewski - 2-4, rbi

For Warroad
Logan Wallace - 2-4, rbi
Phillip Ness - 1-4,  2 rbi



6 7 8 9


2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 9 1
Warroad 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 6 9 5


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Chris Wavra - Crox 8.2 9 6 0 0 11
Logan Wallace - Warroad 6.0 7 3 3 2 8
Beau Wilmer - Warroad 3.0 2 2 0 1 4

For Crookston

Chris Wavra  2-5, double
Tanner Reinhart   2-5
Ethan Stroot   2-2, 2 rbi
Cody Wardner  1-4, double, 2 rbi

For Warroad
Logan Wallace   2-5, double, home run, 3 runs, rbi
Nick Streiff   2-4, 3 rbi  (game winning rbi's)



The Crookston Pirate softball team was hurt by 14 errors in a double header as the Northern Freeze (a co-op of Marshall County Central (Newfolden), Tri-County (Karlstad) and Stephen-Argyle) won both games 11-5 and 18-2 in a Section 8AA matchup  on senior night at the Donnie Lauf Memorial/Crookston American Legion Softball field in Crookston.  The Pirates have two seniors on the team, Tori Demarais and Nicole Goosen.

The two teams exchanged runs in the first inning for a 1-1 tie.  Nobody scored in the second inning, but the Northern Freeze scored three runs in the third inning on two singles, a triple and a pass ball for a 4-1 lead.  Crookston responded with four runs in the third inning when the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch, Jaeden Lizakowski walked and Macy Strem doubled to score two runs, Amanda Trandem reached on an error to score another run and later she stole home to give the Pirates a 5-4 lead.  “Macy’s double sparked us a little bit,” said Pirate Coach Lariviere. “Macy hit the ball well today and her double was a good start to the day.”
The Freeze tied the game with a run in the fifth and took a 6-5 lead with another run in the sixth inning.  In the top of the seventh inning, the Freeze had two outs and started a rally with a singled, walk, error, a triple, a single, double and a single for an 11-5 lead.  Crookston went down in order 1, 2, 3 in the bottom of the seventh and the Freeze won 11-5.  “We couldn’t get the outs when we needed them, especially in the seventh inning and all five runs in the inning were scored with two outs,” said Coach Lariviere. “We didn’t hit the ball as well as we had in the past games.  Macy had a solid pitching game and went the distance which was good to see, but errors hurt us.”


Northern Freeze 1 0 3 0 1 1 5 11 12 2
CROOKSTON 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 5 4 5


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Macy Strem - Crox 7.0 12 11 2 6 4
Jules Efta - NF 7.0 4 5 3 3 13

For Crookston

Macy Strem - 2-4, 2 rbi's, run
Brooke Cymbaluk - 1-2
Tori Demarais - 1-3, run

For Northern Freeze
Jules Efta - 3-5, 2 rbi's, run
Shelby Wagner - 2-3, run, rbi
Autumn Thompson - 2-4, 2 rbi's, run, walk
Kelsey Lingren - 2-4, run, walk


The Northern Freeze took advantage of an error and scored a run in the first inning.  In the bottom of the inning, Crookston answered when Macy Strem walked and advanced to third base on two ground outs and scored on an error to tie the game at 1-1.
The Freeze broke the game open with 10 runs in the second inning with three walks, two hit batters, two singles and a double for an 11-1 lead. “It was a little bit of everything in the inning.”  Crookston answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning when a Pirate reached on an error and Kaitlyn Thingelstad singled, Macy Strem singled to score two runs and another run scored on an error.
The Freeze added two runs after they reached on a hit batter and an error for a 13-4 lead after three innings.  The Freeze were looking to win by the 10 run rule after they scored three runs in the fifth inning after three walks and a single for a 16-4 lead.  Crookston responded nicely with six runs in the bottom of the inning when Crookston took advantage of four walks, a double by Amanda Trandem, and a single apiece from Macy Strem and Brooke Cymbaluk and the Pirates trailed 16-10.
Crookston tried to keep the rally going, but fell short in an 18-12 loss.  “Macy Strem led off for us and she hit the ball well today and she seems to like her new spot in the line up,” said Coach Lariviere. “We put some girls in different positions and the girls did a good job of playing wherever they are asked and Macy had a good relief pitching performance and hit the ball well.”
Crookston drops to 2-17 on the year and will travel to Badger-Greenbush-Middle River on Friday to wrap up the regular season.
The Northern Freeze improve to 5-11 on the year.


Northern Freeze 1 10 2 0 3 1 1 18 9 5
CROOKSTON 1 3 0 0 6 2 0 12 9 9


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Kaitlyn Thingelstad - Crox 1.0 1 7 5 3 0
Jasmin Hanson - Crox 2.0 3 6 2 2 0
Macy Strem - Crox 4.0 5 5 3 2 0
Kelsey Lindgren - NF 4.2 7 10 6 11 1
Jules Efta - NF 2.1 2 2 1 1 2

For Crookston

Macy Strem - 3-4, 4 runs, 2 rbi's
Amanda Trandem - 3-4, run, 3 rbi's
Brooke Cymbaluk - 2-3, run, rbi, 2 walks

For Northern Freeze

Savannah Riopelle - 3-4, 3 rbi's, run, walk
Brooke Clausen - 2-4, 2 rbi's, run



The #5 ranked Crookston Pirate boys Tennis team used 19 different players on the day and beat Park Rapids 7-0 in the first match and beat East Grand Forks 5-2 in two Section 8A matches in a triangular in Crookston.  With the two wins, Crookston wraps up a perfect 16-0 regular season record and will get ready to host the Section 8A Boys Tennis Tournament where the Pirates will be the #1 seed and the defending section champions.

Crookston used Ian Johnson at first singles and he won 6-0, 6-1 and Jordan Bengston, Logan Prudhomme and Blake Fee won their singles matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores to sweep the singles.  In doubles the matches were closer as Park Rapids loaded up their doubles, but the Pirates picked up wins from Mitchell Olson and Jake Widseth at first doubles by a 6-3, 6-2 score, Quentyn Haglund and Tom Cymbaluk won their second doubles match 6-0, 6-4 and at third doubles Cam Niemela and Kazmir Adams won a marathon match of over two hours.  "It was nice to see some of the younger kids play because they will have to step up and play for us next year.  It was nice to see what they can do and they played well against another varsity team," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Park Rapids went with a strong doubles line up and it was good to have Mitchell and Jake play Park Rapids' top two singles players and they were pushed at first doubles and that was good for them.  Overall it was a great day with the weather and on the court the boys competed and played hard."

CROOKSTON- 7 Park Rapids- 0 Winner Result
Ian Johnson Zach Nelson Crox 6-0, 6-1
Jordan Bengston Matt Bruce Crox 6-0, 6-0
Logan Prudhomme Ashton Clark Crox 6-0, 6-0
Blake Fee Peter Van Batavia Crox 6-0, 6-0
Mitchell Olson
Jake Widseth
Marcus McKeever
Bobby Bruce
Crox 6-3, 6-2
Quentyn Haglund
Tom Cymbaluk
Nick Porozinski
Connor Shaw
Crox 6-0, 6-4
Cam Niemela
Kazmir Adams
Nolan Booge
Evan Booge
Crox 7-6 (9-7), 7-5

 Logan Prudhomme with a forehand return vs Park Rapids


Crookston won two singles and all three doubles matches to beat the East Grand Forks Green Wave 5-2 in the final match of the regular season. 
Andy Gregg won his second singles match 6-2, 6-0 and Matt Garmen shut out his opponent at third singles.  In doubles, Jordan Bengston and Elijah Phaiah won their first doubles match in straight sets, Jake Roesch and Ian Johnson won a first set tie breaker and cruised in the second set and the third doubles team of Eric Sullivan and Tim Cymbaluk coasted to a victory.  "I thought East Grand Forks came out and played pretty well today and you could tell by some of the set scores that there were some competitive matches out there," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Bobby (Tiedemann) was up 5-2 in his first set and might have started looking ahead a little bit and when you are playing a really good player like Zach Straw you can't look ahead and have to stay focused.  Bobby wasn't happy with the loss and took it to heart so that might be a good thing too."
Crookston ends the regular season with a 16-0 record and will host the Section 8A Boys Tennis Tournament starting Monday, May 23.  "We all know that the record means nothing if you don't continue on so our goal is to keep working hard and hopefully we can take some more big jumps in our game and it will be nice to be at home for the section tournament," said Coach Geffre.


CROOKSTON-5 East Grand Forks-2 Winner Result
Bobby Tiedemann Zach Straw EGF 7-5, 6-0
Andy Gregg Ben Kern Crox 6-2, 6-0
Matt Garmen Parker Anderson Crox 6-0, 6-0
Harrison Bjorgo Blake Felch EGF 6-4, 6-3
Jordan Bengston
Elijah Phaiah
Hunter Olson
Tyler Shaver
Crox 6-1, 6-2
Jake Roesch
Ian Johnson
Gunnar Welsh
Jarod Reak
Crox 7-6 (7-1), 6-0
Eric Sullivan
Tim Cymbaluk
Tucker Brown
Isaiah Nelson
Crox 6-2, 6-0

  Kazmir Adams with a return      Cam Niemela with a return




MONDAY -  MAY  16, 2016


The Crookston High School Athletic Department has hired Josh Hardy as the Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey Head Coach, taking over for Joel Gasper who resigned due to work and family.  Hardy has been an assistant for the past three years and is has been the Dean of Students at Crookston High School for the past two years.  He graduated high school from International Falls and attended Bemidji State University where he earned his degree.  He was head boys and girls track coach at Climax-Fisher and was a coach for the Section 8 Great 8 this spring. 
“I am excited to get started,” said Hardy. “Joel has been the architect the past couple of years and we are going to keep building on what we’ve started and I am excited to get going.” 
Since Hardy has been an assistant coach for three years it should be an easy transition with minor changes. “We will start looking for an assistant and I am happy Sam Melbye is going to be staying on as an assistant and things should pretty much be status quo,” said Hardy. “We might change a few things here and there, for the most part everything will pretty much be the same.  We are going to decide on what we do with what we have (skill wise) and what we did this year with Bobby (Tiedemann), Doug (Larson) and Harry (Bjorgo) and the rest of the seniors and what we do next year will be a little different, but for all intensive purposes most of it will stay the same.”
The Pirates graduated a large and talented group of seniors this year, but they feel they will have more depth next season. “We developed a lot of depth this year with injuries and other reasons with our third line of Drew Dragseth and Tanner Reinhart and we have some nice kids from the Bantam team that made a run at regions this year,” said Hardy. “We are going to be deeper and will play our third line a lot more next year because of the talent that we develop.”
Summer plans for the Pirate hockey players includes some much needed time off. “We will do some dryland training and things like that and we will have our summer tournament in June with a little bit of ice time,” said Hardy.  “By the end of June I want the kids to get off the ice.  They need a break and we want them to play golf, baseball, and whatever.  I think it is good to be a multi-sport athlete and do other things and in the fall we will have guys on the football team.”




The #5 ranked Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team swept the Bemidji Lumberjacks 7-0 in a match played in Bemidji.  The two coaches talked about what kind of lineups they should use to get a good workout for all the players and the two teams loaded up their top singles players to form the first doubles team and moved up the rest of the players and it produced some good tennis matches.  "Bemidji said they were going to play their one and two singles at first doubles so we decided to line up Bobby and Andy with theirs," said Pirate Boys Tennis Coach Mike Geffre. "We lined the rest up and let them play and had some close matches and had some long matches and we had a lot of hitting back and forth and that is what we wanted to see."
Matt Garmen played at first singles and won a close match.  Ian Johnson, who usually plays doubles, won his second singles match in convincing fashion while Elijah Phaiah won a hard fought match at third singles and Jordan Bengston won a tight fourth singles match to sweep the singles.
In doubles, Bobby Tiedemann and Andy Gregg won their first doubles match by a 6-1, 7-5 score and Nick Garmen and Jake Roesch won their first set 7-5 and cruised to a 6-0 win in the second set to win their second doubles match.  The third doubles team of Jake Widseth and Mitchel Olson won a tight third doubles match to complete the doubles sweep for the 7-0 victory.  "Bobby and Andy came out really fast and really played well and all the kids performed well and got a good workout," said Coach Geffre.
Crookston improves to 14-0 on the year and will host East Grand Forks and Park Rapids on Tuesday.  "We are going to play a lot of kids tomorrow, about 19 kids in the two matches," said Coach Geffre. 
Crookston won the J.V. matches 5-4

CROOKSTON-7 Bemidji-0 Winner Result
Matt Garmen Alessandro Bo Crox 6-4, 6-3
Ian Johnson Andrew Hokanson Crox 6-1, 6-2
Elijah Phaiah Cody Hendricks Crox 7-5, 6-4
Jordan Bengston Nick Palmer Crox 6-3, 6-3
Bobby Tiedemann
Andy Gregg
Noah Holter
Spencer Konecne
Crox 6-1, 7-5
Nick Garmen
Jake Roesch
Joey Ritorto
Caleb Hess
Crox 7-5, 6-0
Jake Widseth
Mitchel Olson
Luke Hess
Nick Schultz
Crox 6-4, 6-4



The Crookston Pirates Boy's Golf team won their fourth straight meet by shooting a 306 to beat runner-up Mahnomen-Waubun by 19 strokes at the Fosston Invitational at the Bemidji Town and Country Golf Club.  Crookston had three of the top four scores and the medalist with Isaac Westlake shooting a 71 (one under par).  "The score was the number one piece.  Mahnomen-Waubun is a pretty good team and Fosston has the capabilities to play well and our goal was to get under 310 and we did that playing smarter today," said Pirate Coach Steve Kofoed. "The weather was a little more favorable than it was last week.  Isaac golfed well and was around par all day and it was a good score and I was happy to see he shaved about 11 strokes off from his round last Monday.  It was his first time with a sub-par round in a contest this year with his previous best of 74."
The Pirates continue to play solid golf and have been turning in better scores each round. "The guys golfed smarter today and we put ourselves in a better position to get a par or birdie," said Coach Kofoed. "Doug started on the 18th hole and he had a double bogey and he recovered and putted well today and was 10 strokes better than last Wednesday.  Brock Heppner put together another good round and if we count an 80 as our fourth score we are going to be in good shape.   Dane's round was good and he bounced back after a tough round on Friday so that was good to see.  Zach had a good round if you take away one hole where he shot a nine after losing his ball twice and Charles struggled putting today, but was hitting the ball well so it was a pretty good day for the guys."
Crookston will be off until Friday when they go to the pre-section meet at Park Rapids' Headwaters Golf Course, the course that will host the Sub-section Golf tournament.

Team Totals Pirate Results  
1. Crookston 306 Isaac Westlake 71
2. Mahnomen/Waubun 325 Dane Anderson 77
3. Fosston 338 Doug Larson 78
4. Bemidji 344 Brock Heppner 80
5. Fertile-Beltrami 348 Zach Markovich 84
6. West Marshall 355 Charles Eickhof 88
7. Badger-Greenbush-MR 364    
8. Kittson County Central 369 Top Individuals  
9. Northern Freeze 417 1.Isaac Westlake - Crox 71
10. Lake of the Woods 418 2. Blake Kahlbaugh - MW 72
11. Norman County 450 3. Dane Anderson - Crox 77
12. Red Lake 554 4. Doug Larson - Crox 78

SATURDAY  -  MAY 14, 2016


The Crookston Pirates were supposed to play the second round of the two day Virginia Invitational at the Quarry Course at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota, but a measurable amount of snow and cold temperatures forced the course to push back the first round of golf to 1:00 p.m. and that wouldn't allow enough time for the 25 teams to play the 18 hole course before dark and it was decided the first day results were final.  Crookston was the invite champs with the 323, five strokes better than St. Francis.  "The guys were disappointed (they wouldn't be able to play today), but happy to win," said Pirate Coach Steve Kofoed. "We will hang around and try to play."
Crookston will have a team going to Bemidji for the Fosston Invite on Monday.

Team Day 1 Pirate Results Day 1
1. Crookston 323 Isaac Westlake 74
2. St. Francis 328 Brock Heppner 81
3. Centennial 330 Ethan Magsam 84
4. Forest Lake 331 Ben Trostad 84
5. Duluth East 333 Doug Larson 94
6. Hermantown 334 Dane Anderson 96
7. International Falls 340    
8. Duluth Marshall 341 Top Individuals  
9. Eveleth-Gilbert 342 1. Alex Rogan - Centennial 72
10. Greenway 343 2. Brady Arzdorf - St. Francis 73
11. East Ridge (withdrew) 343 3. Isaac Westlake - Crox 74
12. Virginia 353 4. Eric Cann - IFalls 76
13. Cannon Falls 354 5. Ben Schwartz - Centennial 76
14. Crosby-Ironton 357    
15. Cloquet 362    
25 Teams competing      




The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team sent a second group of six to play in the Roseau Invitational at the Oak Crest Golf Course in Roseau and won the meet with a 314, three strokes better than Thief River Falls.  Michael Johnson of Thief River Falls was the medalist with a 74 and Charles Eickhof and Zach Markovich had the second best individual scores with 77's.  When the guys teed off this morning it was in the low 30's and only got into the 40's throughout their round, but it didn't phase the Pirate golfers as they shot a solid round for the win. "The guys were dressed for the weather so it didn't affect their play too much," said Pirate Assistant Coach Vance Harren. "The boys did a real good job and turned in some good scores and for the most part they were happy with their rounds today."
The Pirates wrap up a busy weekend and some of them will head to the Bemidji Town and Country Club in Bemidji as part of the Fosston Invite.

Team Total   Pirate Results  
1. Crookston 314   Charles Eickhof 77
2. Thief River Falls 317   Zach Markovich 77
3. East Grand Forks 326   Trey Christopherson 79
4. Roseau Green 332   Parker Nicholls 81
5. Badger-Greenbush-MR 363   Ethan Christopherson 84
6. Kittson County Central 369   Cam Harren 108

7. Warroad

    Roseau White 372  

Top Individuals

      1. Michael Johnson-TRF 74
      2. Charles Eickhof - Crox 77
      3. Zach Markovich - Crox 77


FRIDAY - MAY 13,  2016


The top six golfers for the Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team so far this season turned in an outstanding round of 323, five strokes better than St. Francis to lead after the first day of the Virginia Invitational played at the Quarry Course at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota.  The Quarry is considered to be one of the top 25 golf courses in the United States!  Last year, Crookston's Isaac Westlake won medalist honors and after shooting a 74 today, he is two strokes behind Alex Rogan of Centennial for medalist honors going into the second day of the tournament. 
Crookston freshman, Brock Heppner shot a solid 81 and Ethan Magsam and Ben Trostad, two sophomores shot 84's to give the Pirates their 323 on a very difficult course. "The guys really played well considering the weather, the darkness at the end and how tough the course is," said Pirate Boys Golf Coach Steve Kofoed. "It helped that some of the guys were here last year and know the course, but the top four golfed a good round and actually Ben and Ethan were running to their ball on the seventh and eighth hole to find their ball and try to finish their rounds as quick as possible because it was getting dark.  With 25 teams on an 18 hole golf course and snow off and on all afternoon it caused for some longer play, but we did a pretty good job today."  When the last Pirates finished their rounds, the players said it was 33 degrees!
Crookston is scheduled to start the second round at 10:00 a.m., but that could be pushed back because of frost overnight in Northeast Minnesota.

Team Total   Pirate Results Day 1 Day 2 Total
1. Crookston 323   Isaac Westlake 74    
2. St. Francis 328   Brock Heppner 81    
3. Centennial 330   Ethan Magsam 84    
4. Forest Lake 331   Ben Trostad 84    
5. Duluth East 333   Doug Larson 94    
6. Hermantown 334   Dane Anderson 96    
7. International Falls 340          
8. Duluth Marshall 341   Top Individuals      
9. Eveleth-Gilbert 342   1. Alex Rogan - Cent 72    
10. Greenway 343   2. Brady Arzdorf - SF 73    
11. East Ridge (withdrew) 343   3. Isaac Westlake - Crox 74    
12. Virginia 353   4. Eric Cann - IFalls 76    
13. Cannon Falls 354   5. Ben Schwartz - Cent 76    
14. Crosby-Ironton 357          
15. Cloquet 362          
25 Teams competing            




The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team that traveled to Thief River Falls this morning got nine holes in before snow started to accumulate and shortened the 18 hole invite to nine holes and Crookston won the meet with a 23 over par, edging East Grand Forks and Roseau by five strokes. The scoring was unique because the golfers didn't play the same holes. "They took the amount over par each player was on the first nine holes they played," said Pirate Boys Assistant Golf Coach Wes Hanson.   Crookston's Ethan Christopherson was tied for the top score and won a scorecard tie-breaker to earn the medalist honors. "It was good to see the guys golfing well even in poor weather," said Pirate Head Coach Steve Kofoed. "They were playing in snow and to have Ethan shoot three over after nine holes is a great round and it looks like the others golfed well too, which is good to see."
The Pirate J.V. team finished second out of four teams with Cam Herran leading the way with a nine over par after nine holes.

Team Total   Pirate Results  
1. Crookston +23   Ethan Christopherson +3
2. East Grand Forks +28   Charles Eickhof +6
   Roseau +28   Trey Christopherson +6
4. Thief River Falls +34   Zach Markovich +8
5. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River +45   Parker Nicholls +8
      Jack Ricord +12
Top Varsity Individuals        
1. Ethan Christopherson - Crox +3  

Pirate J.V. Scores

2. Nate Deziel - EGF +3   Cam Harren +9
3. Michael Johnson  - TRF +3   Quinn Westlake +12
      Easton Tangquist +13
      Lucas Andringa +14
      Caden Bruley +31
      Michael Durbin +48


THURSDAY  -  MAY 12, 2016


They might be the third seed for the Northern Sun Conference Tournament, but the St. Cloud State Huskies who are the number one seeded team in the NCAA Division II Region showed their muscle banging out 21 hits with three home runs to defeat the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) 17-3 in the opening game of the Northern Sun Conference Tournament in St. Cloud.
It looked like St. Cloud State was going to get it going early in the first inning when they started out with two sharp singles and then a line drive that was nabbed by Ryan Haggstrom (Sr-Apple Valley, Mn) who went high to grab the drive and turn it into a double play at first base and no runs scored.
The Huskies did score in the second inning when Zak Hoffman blasted a two run homer and three more runs would score to give St. Cloud State a 5-0 lead.
Reese Gregory who was robbed in the first inning by Haggstrom's catch hit a cookie over the center field fence to drive in two and St. Cloud State ended with an eight run inning and an 8-0 lead.
UMC was trailing 10-0 when UMC would finally get on the board in the fourth inning when Reed Hjelle (Fresh-East Grand Forks, Mn) led off with a triple and scored on Ethan Mushitz (Soph-East Grand Forks, Mn) doubled him in but a couple strike outs got St. Cloud State out of the inning still leading 10-1.
St. Cloud State had their third home run of the game when Brandon Arnold had a solo shot in the fifth and then Huskies took charge with three more in the sixth inning and seventh innings to take a 17-1 lead.

UMC did score twice in the eighth inning when Hjelle singled in both Haggstrom and Dalton Parks (Sr-West Valley City, Utah) to make it 17-3 but that would be all the scoring as St. Cloud State wins convincingly to improve to 39-8 on the season.
UMC falls to 25-20 and will met Northern State in a loser out game and the story to that game is below.


Kenny Perez puts the ball in play and Ethan Mushitz throws to first base for an out
                              (Pictures for KROX by Shawn Smith)

6 7 8 9


0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 7 5
St. Cloud State 0 8 2 0 1 3 3 0 X 17 21 1


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Nolan Wahlberg - UMC 2.0 14 10 10 0 0
Colt Trebesch -UMC 3.0 5 3 2 1 1
Aaron Hollcraft - UMC 2.0 2 3 0 1 0
Wyatt Huso -UMC 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Bolder - SCSU 3.0 1 0 0 1 5
Dominic Austing -SCSU 3.0 4 1 1 0 3
Tyler Gentz -SCSU 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Matt Butler -SCSU 1.0 2 2 2 0 0
Ryan Diers - SCSU 1.0 0 0 0 0 2

Ryan Haggstrom rounds third base and scores
            (Pictures for KROX by Shawn Smith)


Reed Hjelle   2-4, triple, 2 rbi
Ryan Haggstrom  1-4, double, run
Ethan Mushitz    1-4, double, rbi


The UMC Golden Eagles were right there! Trailing 8-6 with two outs, two runners on base and the go ahead run at the plate, but Northern State got the third out and ended the storybook season for The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team as they fell the Wolves in a loser out game in the Northern Sun Conference Tournament played in St. Cloud.
Northern State took an early lead with a run in the first inning on three singles and a 1-0 lead. The Golden Eagles starting pitcher Jarad Nelson (Sr-Karlstad, Mn) hit two batters to start the second inning and after a walk to load the bases with two outs, but worked out of the jam with a ground out.
UMC tied the game in the second inning when Reed Hjelle (Fresh-East Grand Forks, Mn) went long ball and his seventh home run of the season.
Northern State would come right back with three runs in the third with a couple singles and the big hit was a double by Kolin Kubitz to make it 4-1.
UMC would have their second home run of the game when Kenny Perez (Sr-Orlando, Fla) smacked a long one over the center field fence for his 11th home run of the season and UMC trailed 4-2.  The Golden Eagles got within one playing small ball in the bottom of the fifth inning when Riley Thompson (Soph-Owatonna, Mn) singled to start the inning, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and would go to third on a wild pitch and eventually score on Jason Angelo's (Soph-Manteca, Ca) sacrifice fly and now the Golden Eagles trailed 4-3.
Northern State would score three big runs in the sixth inning with Lucas Lorenz huge two run homer and now it was 7-3 after five and a half innings of play.
In the bottom of the sixth UMC answered big time with three runs after a couple walks, Thompson drove in a run with a single as did Angelo who drove in two more and UMC now trailed 7-6 going into the seventh inning.
Northern State's Preston Brown greeted UMC reliever Luke Thoma (Sr-Little Falls, Mn) with a blast to make it an 8-6 lead. UMC did have runners at the corners in the bottom of the seventh but a strikeout ended that threat.

After UMC reliever Zach Seipel (Fresh-Eagan, Mn) retired Northern State in order in the top of the ninth, the Golden Eagles needed a couple runs to keep the season alive.
Haggstrom led off the ninth with a walk. After a strikeout and a pop out, UMC was down to their last out when Mushitz got on by an error and UMC had runners on first and third and two out. Northern State's closer Luke Chevalier then got a ground out to end the game and also the UMC season. The Golden Eagles were led by Hjelle with two hits and scored a couple runs and Thompson was 2-3.  
UMC's season ends at 25-21 and ended a season that surprised everyone except maybe the Golden Eagles players themselves. It was their first trip to the Northern Sun Conference Baseball Tournament since 2001. They had the most wins in program history (25) and the most conference victories in program history (18).

UMC's has 12 seniors, Haggstrom, Colton Haight (Rogers, Mn), Colt Trebesch (Glencoe, Mn), Trevor Buttermore (North St. Paul, Mn), Marcus Campbell (St. Croix Falls, Wi), Nelson, Nolan Wahlberg (Blaine, Mn), Timothy Scott Jr. (Macon, Ga.), Dalton Parks (West Valley City, Utah), Perez, Thomas Kinsella (North Branch, Mn) and Thoma.
UMC had several players end their careers in the top five of several categories with Haggstrom the all-time leader in hits, runs scored, RBI's, doubles, triples and total bases. Haight set the record for walks and hit batsmen. Perez set the mark for home runs. Wahlberg set the mark for wins, Buttermore set the record for strikeouts, innings pitched and games started.
Northern State is now 22-23 on the season and will play the loser of tomorrow mornings game between Minnesota-Duluth and Concordia-St. Paul.

  Riley Thompson with one of his two hits       Thomas Kinsella with a catch
                                    (Pictures for KROX by Shawn Smith)

6 7 8 9

Northern State

1 0 3 0 0 3 1 0 0 8 11 1
UMC 0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 6 7 0

        Coach Steve Gust talks with the infielders on the mound         Jarad Nelson with a pitch in his last game
                                                       (Pictures for KROX by Shawn Smith)

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Colton Boucher -NSU 5.1 3 5 5 3 4
Dillon Lee -NSU 0.2 2 1 1 1 0
Marcus Manderbach -NSU 2.0 2 0 0 0 3
Luke Chevalier -NSU 1.0 0 0 0 1 1
Jarad Nelson - UMC 6.0 9 7 7 1 1
Luke Thoma - UMC 1.0 1 1 1 0 0
Cody Pamperin - UMC 1.0 1 0 0 1 0
Zach Seipel -UMC 1.0 0 0 0 0 1

Reed Hjelle  2-4, Home Run, 2 runs, rbi
Riley Thompson  2-3, 2 runs
Kenny Perez   1-5, Home Run



The Crookston Pirates scored 13 runs on the day but it wouldn't be enough as they dropped two games to the Roseau Rams 11-1 and 21-12 in a pair of games played in Roseau.

The first game started well for the Pirates when Jaeden Lizakowski led off with a double, went to third on a ground out and then scored on a passed ball and the Pirates led 1-0 and held that lead into the bottom of the second  when the Rams exploded for four runs, three more in the third and then would score four more in the bottom of the fifth to end the game because of the 10 run rule 11-1. Crookston only had one other hit in the game on a Jasmin Hanson single as the Rams Jennica Johnson pitched a two hitter and the one run she gave up was unearned while walking one and striking out five to pick up the win. "Their pitcher had pretty good velocity as you can see giving up only two hits in the game," said Crookston head coach Katie Lariviere, "she threw fast and was pretty accurate. When we did make some good contact it was right at them, which is how things are going right now."  The Pirates Hanson pitched a scoreless first inning and then was relieved by Macy Strem who suffered the loss.  The Rams belted out 12 hits, three by Hanson Nelson.


CROOKSTON 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
Roseau 0 4 3 0 4 11 12 2


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Jasmin Hanson - Crox 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Macy Strem - Crox 3.1 12 11 8 3 2
Jennica Johnson - Roseau 5.0 2 1 0 1 5

For Crookston

Jaeden Lizakowski   1-3, double, run
Jasmin Hanson   1-2

For Roseau

Hannah Nelson   3-4, run, rbi
Jenna Baumgartner    2-3, double, 2 runs, 2 rbi
Bailey Bjerk   2-3    2 runs, 2 rbi

The second game was a slugfest and it started with Roseau scoring a first inning run but the Pirates came back with three runs in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead. Crookston scored two more in the third to grab a 5-1 lead and they way they were pounding the ball, things looked good. "We had talked between games about how we had to get better at bats if we wanted to win the second game," said Crookston coach Lariviere, "it was good to see us come out strong like we did." Disaster struck when Roseau exploded for 12 runs in the bottom of the third including a home run by Kate Wensloff and Roseau led 13-5. Both teams scored four runs in the fourth inning including a Jaeden Lizakowski home run but the Pirates were down 17-9 and in danger of getting 10 run ruled again. "We just can't stay away from that big inning giving up a lot of runs," said Lariviere, "we would get two outs and have something happen which enabled them to keep the inning going and add some more runs." The Pirates scored three in the fifth inning and were within 17-12, but Roseau put it away for good with four more in the sixth and swept the doubleheader with a 21-12 win. Crookston 's leading hitter Amanda Trandem went 4-5 in the game with a double while Brooke Cymbaluk, Lizakowski and Nicole Goosen had three hits each as the Pirates outhit Roseau 19-16 in the game. "We really did hit the ball well and it was good to see it throughout the lineup," said Lariviere, "Jaeden getting that home run right over the center field fence which was about 215 feet away and carried it with room to spare." Errors were costly for both teams as Hanson pitched the entire way for the Pirates and of the 21 runs she gave up only six were earned! "Same thing, we'd get two outs and make an error and not only scored some runs but kept things going for them and then they would string together a couple hits and pulled away." 
Crookston falls to 2-15 on the season and their losing streak extends to 11 games. The Pirates will host the Northern Freeze on Tuesday in another doubleheader. "The way we played in the second game shows that our girls don't give up," said coach Lariviere, "we just have to keep going at it and one of these games we will have everthing clicking and I hope it happens because these girls deserve it."
Roseau improves to 6-8 on the year.

CROOKSTON 0 3 2 4 3 0 0 12 19 5
Roseau 1 0 12 4 0 4 X 21 16 4


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Jasmin Hanson - Crookston 6.0 16 21 6 4 2
Madi Lee - Roseau 4.0 14 9 8 1 5
Jennica Johnson - Roseau 3.0 5 3 1 2 3

For Crookston

Amanda Trandem   4-5, double, 3 runs, rbi
Brooke Cymbaluk   3-4
Jaeden Lizakowski   3-5, Home Run, 2 runs, 3 rbi
Nicole Goosen   3-5, 1 run, 1 rbi
Macy Strem   2-5, double, 3 runs, 2 rbi
Jasmin Hanson   2-4, 2 rbi

For Roseau
Kate Wensloff   3-4, Home Run, 4 runs, 3 rbi
Hannah Nelson  3-5, double, 3 runs
Lauren Johnson   2-4, 4 runs
Emily Sorenson   2-5
Sadie Peterson  2-4

WEDNESDAY  -  MAY 11, 2016


Due to rain in St. Cloud, the first round games have been POSTPONED until tomorrow. The tournament has been pushed back one day.  The same schedule for today will be used on Thursday.

The University of Minnesota Crookston has had quite the turnaround this season under second year head coach Steve Gust. The Golden Eagles were 14-36 a year ago which wasn't quite where coach Gust wanted to be but it was a vast improvement from the year before when UMC was 1-47! This year UMC raised eyebrows again in the Northern Sun Conference going 25-19 on the season and garnering one of the top eight spots to qualify for the Northern Sun Conference Tournament that starts today in St. Cloud. The Golden Eagles, who are the number six team in the tournament draws the host team, St. Cloud State who are the number three seed. The first round game will be at 3:00 PM and it will be on KROX RADIO starting at 2:30 PM and also on the internet by going to the ON THE AIR link at the top of this page. UMC has not played St. Cloud State during the regular season so this will be their first meeting between the two and the Huskies come into the tournament with a 38-8 record. This is a double elimination tournament and the winner moves on to a winners bracket game at NOON tomorrow against either Augustana University of Northern State while the loser will have to play again tonight at 7:00 PM against the loser of Augustana/Northern State. The tournament runs through Saturday.




The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team shot a 311 today at Fertile's Sandhill Golf Course and then Oak Knolls in Red Lake Falls in the Fertile-Beltrami/Red Lake Falls Invitational which was good for second place as Mahnomen-Waubun shot a blistering 308 to capture the title. Crookston head coach Steve Kofoed said before knowing the team results,  "We should be right up there with that score of 311. I would be surprised if it's not first or second with Mahnomen in there." Crookston was led by two seniors that shot two over par for the day in Dane Anderson and Doug Larson. "They both played well and at this time of year you want to be consistent and that is what they want to do this busy week."  Crookston will be at Thief River Falls and Roseau Invitational's on Friday and Saturday and another Pirate team will be at a Virginia, Minnesota Invitational on Friday and Saturday. "We finished with about a half hour of rain in Fertile and then it was sprinkling when we started in Red Lake Falls but quit and didn't have anything the rest of the way. We played decent but we got ourselves into the penalty world on both courses. We'd get three out of bounds and take seven penalty shots which is frustrating for our players. Zach (Markovich) was in a tough group and I'm not sure if anyone in his group broke 100, which is not an excuse but Zach rebounded nicely in Red Lake Falls with par golf." The total team scores and top golfers should be tabulated later this afternoon and when we have them we will put them up.

Team Total   Pirate Results Fertile RLF Total
1. Mahnomen 308   Dane Anderson 39 35 74
2. Crookston 311   Doug Larson 38 36 74
3. Bagley 320   Zach Markovich 45 36 81
4. East Grand Forks 327   Ethan Magsam 42 40 82
5. Fertile-Beltrami 332   Trey Christopherson 43 42 85
6. Fosston 337   Jack Ricord 46 41 87
7. Park Christian 341          
9. Thief River Falls 372   1. Blake Kahlbaugh - MW     72
10. Fertile-Beltrami JV 403   2. Dane Anderson - Crox     74
11. Norman County 425   3. Doug Larson - Crox     74
12. Red Lake County 525   4. Grant Kaste - FB     76
      5. Dalton Brovold - Bag     77





The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team who are coming off a win on their own course on Monday will play East Grand Forks and since it's just the two teams, they've decided to play a fun meet at the Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks. They will each have teams of two competing against each other playing the first three holes as a scramble, the next three they will play an alternate shot and the final three holes with be a best ball format. Crookston's Ally Tiedemann and Maddie Nicholls combined for a round of 40 which took medalist honors. "It was fun to get out and play a relaxed meet with all of our girls," said Crookston assistant coach Kristi Griffin, "the weather wasn't took bad so it made for a great afternoon. Several of our new girls had never played a scramble so it was a good experience for them. We have a great relationship with East Grand Forks and the girls have gotten to know each other over the years so it was fun for everyone."
Crookston is off until next Wednesday when they will participate at the Fosston Invitational which will be played on the Bemidji Town and Country Course which is also the site for the Section 8AA Meet. Coach Griffin didn't get the scores from East Grand Forks but she said the two girls playing with Ally and Maddie shot a 44 for second place.

Team Total   Pirate Results Total
      Ally Tiedeman
Maddie Nicholls
      Elise Tangquist
Emily Ricord
      Dani Boyle
Hannah Street
Crookston JV        
Elysa Christenson
Elise Erdman (Medalists)
Catherine Tiedemann
Joslynn Leach
Chloe Brule
Sophia Rezac
57   Ally Tiedemann - Crookston
Maddie Nicholls
Jasmine Haglund
Linnea French

TUESDAY  -  MAY 10, 2016


Red Lake Falls scored six times to start the game and then added seven in the sixth inning to defeat the Crookston Pirates 16-6 in a girls fast pitch softball game at the Donnie Lauf Memorial/Crookston American Legion Softball Field in Crookston.
Red Lake Falls, now 10-3 on the season came in with a big Section win over Sacred Heart last week and winning four of their last five games used some wildness by Crookston starting pitcher Kaitlyn Thingelstad who walked four batters mixed in with four Red Lake Falls hits and some wild pitches to take the 6-0 lead batting 11 players. "We were patience at the plate mixing in some nice hits," said Red Lake Falls head coach Ben Hanson, "it was nice to see the bottom of our batting order get some nice at bats and hits early too."  Crookston scored a run in the first inning when Macy Strem laced a two out double and then scored on an Amanda Trandem single and it was 6-1. Strem came in to pitch in the second inning and gave up a couple runs  in the second giving up four walks trying to find her control and the Eagles had a 6-2 lead.
Crookston would start whittling away at the Red Lake Falls lead with a couple in the third inning with Tori Demarais and Strem getting back to back doubles and then a couple Red Lake Falls errors allowed Strem to score to make it 9-4 after three innings. Neither team scored in the fourth inning and Crookston added another run in the fifth when Brooke Cymbaluk had a double and went to third on a throw to the wrong base by an Eagle's outfielder. Cymbaluk would score on a Nicole Goosen ground out and Crookston was within four runs as they trailed 9-5 after five innings. "Macy really did a good job of settling down on the mound and shut them down for a couple innings to give us a chance," said Crookston head coach Katie Lariviere, "we had some good at bats making contact, fouling off balls and maybe wearing down their pitcher a bit. We really hit some shots today." Crookston ended up with seven doubles in the game including three from Strem.  Strem's last at bat in the sixth inning was off the straight away centerfield fence about half way up and hit on a line.
In the sixth inning Red Lake Falls started teeing off a bit on Strem, "I think Macy started getting tired in that sixth," said coach Lariviere, "they were hitting some line drives."  Red Lake Falls had six singles with Malanna Boutain driving in two as did Hope Cardinal and pinch hitter Brooke Knott. "It was good to see some of our hitters who have maybe struggled a bit this year get some solid hits," said Eagles head coach Hanson, "that bodes well for us if we can get our whole lineup contributing."
Crookston has lost nine in a row and are now 2-13 on the season and will play a doubleheader in Roseau against a Section 8AA opponent Rams. "The girls are frustrated with the losses," said coach Lariviere, "but they are battling hard and certainly don't give up as you seen here today. We are doing all right offensively and I don't think we are that far away from putting something together."
Red Lake Falls improves to 10-3 and will be at the Northern Freeze on Friday. "We have the Freeze in the Section 8A on Friday and then a tournament in Greenbush on Saturday where we start with a good Fargo Davies team," said Red Lake Falls coach Hanson, "so it's some good competition and then the following week we have Warroad and Roseau and then it's tournament time."


Emma Boll eyes down the ball on a swing  Brooke Cymbaluk throws to first base

Red Lake Falls 6 2 1 0 0 7 16 13 3
CROOKSTON 1 1 2 0 1 1 6 10 3


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Hope Cardinal - RLF    (WP) 6.0 10 6 3 0 3
Kaitlyn Thingelstad -Crox   (LP) 1.0 4 6 5 4 2
Macy Strem - Crookston 5.0 9 10 9 7 3

Malanna Boutain with one of her two hits in the game

For Crookston

Macy Strem   3-4, 3 doubles (ties a school record for doubles in a game), 2 rbi, 2 runs
Amanda Trandem   2-4, rbi
Brooke Cymbaluk   1-4, double
Kaitlyn Thingelstad  1-3, double
Jaeden Lizakowski  1-3, double
Tori Demarais   1-4, double

For Red Lake Falls
Kelsey Landman   3-3, 2 runs, rbi
Cassidy Lemonds  2-4, 2 runs, rbi
Malanna Boutain  2-4, 3 runs, 3 rbi, double
Kelly Shultz  1-4, 3 runs, 2 rbi
Abby Huot  1-3, 2 runs, triple, 2 rbi
Hope Cardinal   1-1, run, 2 rbi
Brooke Knott   1-1, 2 rbi



Crookston is ranked fifth in the latest Minnesota State Class A boys tennis coaches poll and even though they had one of their top players sick and juggled their lineup a bit they dominated five wins to defeat Moorhead 5-2 in a dual match in Moorhead.
Crookston's Andy Gregg stayed home ill and Crookston head coach Mike Geffre moved Jake Widseth up to two singles and switched some of the other order and thought it went well. "Even though he lost a two singles it was good to have Jake (Widseth) be pushed and he played pretty well. The same with Mitchell (Olson) at fourth singles had a good match losing only three games." 
Crookston won all the doubles with the Garmen brothers, Matt and Nick playing together for the first time on the varsity. "We don't know who is doing what in the Section Individuals yet," said coach Geffre. "So we tried some things and Matt and Nick played well and even if it's not this year you look down the road to next year that they would play together in the Sections, so this was a good introduction." Crookston's Bobby Tiedemann was recently ranked 10th in the State Class A Individual rankings and he went out and lost only one game in a two set win at number one singles. "In all our wins we were dominant," said Geffre. "We only lost eight games in the five wins which we two set wins so that was nice."
Crookston is now 13-0 in duals with three left. Does being undefeated bring any pressures to his team? "The kids don't talk about nor do the coaches," said coach Geffre, "I really don't think they care. They only thing they care about is winning the Section 8A Team title and going to state as a team. That is their goal and they are really focused on that."
Crookston will host Perham on Friday afternoon and it's not quite sure yet whether it will be just a JV match or a varsity match. Crookston will have three varsity matches left after that with Bemidji, East Grand Forks and Park Rapids. "We will go at Bemidji straight up and see what happens," said Geffre. "If Zach Straw is still out with an injury when we host East Grand Forks and Park Rapids in our tri-angular then we might just play all 17 of our players that day."

CROOKSTON-5 Moorhead-2 Winner Result
Bobby Tiedemann Eyan Anderson Crox 6-0, 6-1
Jake Widseth Brycen Lunak Moor 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Harrison Bjorgo Luke Olson Moor 6-2, 6-2
Mitchell Olson Griffin Krabbenhoft Crox 6-2, 6-1
Matt Garmen
Nick Garmen
Blake Filpi
Ives Hilges
Crox 6-2, 6-2
Jordan Bengtson
Elijah Phaiah
Levi Nelson
Connor Filpi
Crox 6-0, 6-0
Jacob Roesch
Ian Johnson
Dash Hilgers
Mike Thibert
Crox 6-0, 6-0




The Crookston Pirate Girls Track team had five first place finishes and finished second place out of 16 teams, 11 points behind Park Rapids and the Pirate Boys had one first place finish on their way to a fourth place finish out of 15 teams at the Section 8A True Team track meet in Warren.   Park Rapids won the girls division by 11 points over Crookston.  Crookston had the lead going into the final event, but Park Rapids scored 58 points with a third and fifth place finish in the pole vault while Crookston finished eighth and 13th for a total of 44.5 points and Park Rapids pulled out the victory in the last event.  On the boys side, Norman County took the lead about halfway through the meet and never looked back as they beat the runner-up Roseau Rams by 45 points.

The Pirate girls team had five first place finishes with Marietta Geist winning the one and two mile races, Katherine Geist won the 800 meters and finished second in the one mile run while the 4x200 relay team of Teagan Carlstrom, Brooke Bergeron, Esperanza Rodriguez and Bailey Folkers finished first and Aleece Durbin won the long jump and finished second in the 100 meters and 300 hurdles.  "It was a fun day, a cold day, but a fun day and we put our best foot forward and Park Rapids is a very good team," said Pirate Girls Track Coach Amy Boll. "We had Marietta and Katherine Geist, Aleece Durbin, Teagan Carlstrom all do great today and I could go on and on and on about all the kids and the effort they put out there today.  Our 4x400 relay team did a good job to beat Park Rapids in the last race, but it came down to the pole vault and we came up short.  I am proud of the girls and how they competed."

The Pirate Boys team had two first place finishes with the 4x200 relay of Patrick Deng, Kade Salentine, Elias Walski, and Mason Wang and the 4x800 relay of Colton Weiland, Jaden Lubarski, Lukas Meier, and Anthony Borges.  Elias Walski also had three second place finishes in the 400, 200 and long jump to lead the Pirates.  "A fourth place finish wasn't to bad for us considering we were short in a couple areas and that is the way it goes and my guys gave it a heckuva shot today," said Pirate boys Coach Wayne Folkers. "Elias Walski had a great meet with a first place and three second places.  That is a great meet and Jaden Lubarski ran a good meet and is doing better and better every meet and is a part of the 4x800 relay team that set a personal best time by five seconds.  We had a really good day and keep turning in good times even in the cold windy weather."

    Patrick Deng with one of his jumps in the high jump        Brooke Bergeron clears a hurdle in the 300 hurdles

Girls Teams Points   Boys Teams Points
1. Park Rapids 906   1. Norman County 816
2. Crookston 895.5   2. Roseau 771
3.West Marshall 853   3. Park Rapids 704
4. International Falls 847   4. Crookston 703.5
5. Roseau 699.5   5. Walker-H-A 639.5
6. Norman County 607   6. International Falls 591
7. Warroad 536   7. West Marshall 547
8. Red Lake County 528   8.Mahnomen/Waubun 540
9. Kittson County Central 509   9. Northome/Kelliher 440
10. Northome/Kelliher 344.5   10. Warroad 378
16 teams     15 teams competing  

     Katherine Geist in the 800     Anthony Borges in the 4x800     Luisa Bernia in the 800


Pirates (Top 4 placers) Event Result Place
Teagan Carlstrom, Brooke Bergeron,
Esperanza Rodriguez, Bailey Folkers
4x200 relay 1:56.65 1st
Patrick Deng, Kade Salentine,
Elias Walski, Mason Wang
4x200 relay 1:36.03 1st
Colton Weiland, Jaden Lubarski,
Lukas Meier, Anthony Borges
4x800 relay 8:53.97 1st
Marietta Geist 1600 meters 5:31.46 1st
Katherine Geist 800 meters 2:32.02 1st
Aleece Durbin Long jump 15-07.5 1st
Marietta Geist 3200 meters 11.59.24 1st
Aleece Durbin 100 meters 12.97 2nd
Katherine Geist 1600 meters 5:34.81 2nd
Aleece Durbin 300 hurdles 50.37 2nd
Elias Walski 400 meters 53.02 2nd
Jaden Lubarski 800 meters 2:12.30 2nd
Elias Walski Long jump 19-09.5 2nd
Elias Walski 200 meters 23.72 2nd
Mason Wang 200 meters 23.75 3rd
Harley Barlow Pole Vault 35-10 3rd
Alyssa Valdez-Peck High Jump 4-06 4th
Jenna Porter, Hannah Emanuel,
Luisa Bernia, Emma Borowicz
4x800 relay 10:41.31 4th
Emma Borowicz 400 meters 63.51 4th
Mason Wang 100 meters 11.73 4th
Patrick Deng 300 hurdles 43.06 4th

Lukas Meier tries to clear the pole in the pole vault


MONDAY - MAY 9, 2016


The Crookston Pirate Softball team had two pitchers throw a no hitter, but they walked 15 batters and hit six more and the Thief River Falls Prowlers had 15 different players bat in the game and used two pitchers on their way to an 11-5 victory in a game played in Thief River Falls.
In the top of the first inning, Alexa Rogalla came out firing strikes for the Prowlers as she struck out all three Pirates batters.  In the bottom of the first inning, the Pirate pitching did just the opposite as 11 of the first 12 batters reached on a walk, hit batter or error and Thief River Falls took a 7-0 lead after one inning of play.  "That was a tough way to start and we had a couple errors and with the cross wind it was tough for us to get the ball across the plate," said Pirate Coach Katie Lariviere.
In the second inning, Thief River Falls had bases loaded but the Pirates got out of the inning with a ground out.  The Prowlers bounced back in the third inning when the lead off batter was hit by a pitch and after a pop out to the catcher, another Prowler was hit by a pitch and the following batter walked to load the bases.  The next two batters walked to score two runs and Thief River Falls had a 9-0 lead and they started putting in some subs.  As Thief River Falls started making some substitutions the Pirates took advantage.  Jaeden Lizakowski walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second, stole third and scored on a ground out to bring the Pirates within a 9-1 deficit.
Thief River Falls didn’t score in the fourth or fifth inning and after a Prowler pitching change and scored two runs in the sixth inning.  Tori Demarais led off with a single and after an out Amanda Trandem singled and the two would score on an error and ground out to bring the Pirates within a 9-3 deficit.   Thief River Falls answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take an 11-3 lead.
In the top of the seventh inning, Kaitlyn Thingelstad was hit by a pitch and Tori Demarais singled and the two would come around to score, but that is all they would score and Thief River Falls held on for an 11-5 victory without a hit in the game.  "I was happy with how the girls never gave up after getting down early," said Coach Lariviere. "The girls had good at bats and we were finally able to string some hits and took advantage of some errors.  It was good to see after a rough start."
Crookston drops to 2-12 on the year and will host Red Lake Falls on Tuesday and you can hear the game on KROX Radio.
Thief River Falls improves to 7-6 on the year.

CROOKSTON 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 5 7 4
Thief River Falls 7 0 2 0 0 2 X 11 0 3


Pitching IP H R ER BB HBP SO
Kaitlyn Thingelstad-Crox 2.1 0 9 4 10 5 4
Macy Strem - Crox 3.2 0 2 0 5 1 5
Alexa Rogalla - TRF 4.0 0 1 0 1 0 8
Gillian Trudeau - TRF 3.0 7 4 2 0 3 2

For Crookston

Tori Demarais - 2-3, run, rbi
Nicole Goosen - 2-4, rbi

For Thief River Falls
Nobody had a hit for Thief River Falls



The #5 Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team is switched the line up around and cruised to a 7-0 victory over Section 8A rival East Grand Forks in a dual played in East Grand Forks and at Riverside Tennis courts in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  The new state tennis polls were released Monday morning and Crookston moved up to the fifth ranked team in the state and Bobby Tiedemann is ranked 10th individually in Class A.  Bobby was looking to today's match because East Grand Forks has the sixth ranked individual, Zach Straw, but he wasn't able to play because of an injury so Crookston Coach Mike Geffre elected to sit Bobby and let the others get a work out and after the matches were over a former Pirate, Travis Vatthauer, played Bobby to get him a workout too.  "We knew East Grand Forks wasn't going to use Straw so we used a little bit of a different line up and moved everybody up so they could get pushed," said Coach Geffre. "It got the guys out of their comfort zone.  It was a good day and any time you can win 7-0 it is a good thing."
Crookston improves to 12-0 in duals on the year and will travel to Moorhead on Tuesday.
J.V. - Crookston won 8-0

Ian Johnson with a return and Jake Roesch with a forehand return at their matches at Riverside courts in Grand Forks

CROOKSTON-7 East Grand Forks-0 Winner Result
Andy Gregg Ben Kern Crox 6-2, 6-3
Matt Garmen Gunner Welsh Crox 6-0, 6-1
Jake Roesch Parker Anderson Crox 6-3, 6-2
Ian Johnson Blake Felch Crox 6-3, 6-2
Elijah Phaiah 
Jordan Bengston
Hunter Holson
Aaron Havis
Crox 6-2 , 6-3
Mitchell Olson
Jake Widseth 
Tyler Schauer
Jarod Reak
Crox 6-1, 6-1
Nick Garmen 
Harrison Bjorgo
Tucker Brown
Dylan Egeland
Crox 6-1, 6-1





The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf didn't turn in one of their better scores of the season, but finished fourth place out of 15 teams at the Bemidji Invitational at the Town and Country Golf Course in Bemidji.  Bemidji won their own invite by shooting a 317, one stroke better than Staples-Motley and Detroit Lakes.  The highlight of the day was Parker Nicholls hitting a hole in one on the par three 165 yard seventh hole for his first ever hole in one.  "I was going to hit a nine iron and walked up to the tee and got scared of the wind so I went back to my bag and grabbed my eight iron.  It was probably one of my most pure strokes that I have had," said Nicholls. "I actually saw it land on the front of the green and turned around and started walking to my bag and Coach Kofoed told me it went in.  It is pretty cool and I got it with a yellow ball so that was pretty cool too. Aside from me shooting an 87 it feels pretty good."  Nicholls isn't a stranger to great shots, he also has a double eagle on the eighth hole at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston. "I told him he is probably one of the few 18 year olds that has a hole in one and a double eagle," said Pirate Boys Golf Coach Steve Kofoed. "That was the first hole in one by one of my players in all my years coaching.  That was fun to see and it has been a few years since I have seen one."

Crookston was led by two sophomores, Ethan Magsam and Ben Trostad who shot a 78 and 80 respectively. "It was good to see Ethan and Ben shoot well today and they turned in good rounds for only their second or third time on the course," said Coach Kofoed. "Ethan played well and finished with an eight on his last hole and Ben had trouble with a green and otherwise had a good round."  The rest of the Pirates were between 82 and 88 and Coach Kofoed said they will have to improve on their scores come section time. "The wind was a big factor in the scores today and our flat stick (putter) let us down a little bit today. We easily had 15 or 16 strokes that were easy clean-ups," said Coach Steve Kofoed. "The one take away is that we didn't fight and claw around the course like we need to today and when we are golfing in the section meet on this same course we will need to shoot better."
Crookston will play in the Red Lake Falls/Fertile Invite with nine holes at each course on Wednesday.

Parker Nicholls with his hole in one (Picture by Coach Steve Kofoed)


Team Total   Pirate Results Total
1. Bemidji 317   Ethan Magsam 78
2. Staples-Motley 318   Ben Trostad 80
    Detroit Lakes 318   Isaac Westake 82
4. Crookston 327   Ethan Christopherson 87
5. EGF 329   Parker Nicholls 87
6.Mahnomen/Waubun 331   Doug Larson 88
7.Greenway 333      
8. Fergus Falls 336   TOP INDIVIDUALS  
9. Moorhead 343   1. Andrew Israelson - SM 74
10. Roseau 346   2. Blake Kahlbaugh - MW 75
15 Teams competed     3. Bauer Brown - EGF 76





The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team shot a 374 to win the Crookston Invitational by 28 strokes over runner up East Grand Forks at the Minakwa Golf Club in Crookston. Crookston's Ally Tiedemann was the medalist with an 83, six strokes better than her teammate Maddie Nicholls.  The day started well, but the wind picked up through the morning and into the early afternoon to cause the scores to go up a little higher than normal, but overall the golfers enjoyed a good day on the course. "The scores were okay.  The day started off as a great day and as the day moved along the wind picked up with the smaller greens that are really fast because it is so dry it brought some of the scores up, but it was sunny and warm and we will take that any day," said Pirate Girls Golf Coach Jeff Perreault. "Ally and Maddie were pleased with their score and golfed well.  They had some penalty issues on a few holes, but overall we were happy with their scores and Elise Tangquist turned in a solid round with a 98 and that was a good round."
Crookston will play at the East Grand Forks triangular on Wednesday morning at the Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks.

Emily Ricord chips onto the fourth green  Dani Boyle chips onto the green


Team Total   Pirate Varsity Results Total
1. Crookston 374   Ally Tiedemann 83
2. East Grand Forks 402   Maddie Nicholls 89
3. Roseau 406   Elise Tangquist 98
4. Crookston J.V. 458   Joslynn Leach 104
      Emily Ricord 111
TOP INDIVIDUALS     Dani Boyle 113
1. Ally Tiedemann - Crox 83      
2. Maddie Nicholls - Crox 89      
3. Nicole Schlenk - EGF 94      


SUNDAY - MAY 8,  2016


The 2016 NSIC Baseball Tournament bracket is set as regular season play concluded on Saturday. The top eight teams in the final regular season standings will participate in the double-elimination tournament, which will be held May 11-14 at Joe Faber and Dick Putz Fields in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Minnesota Duluth earned the number one seed after winning the NSIC Regular Season Championship with a league record of 29-7. This marks the Bulldogs fourth NSIC Baseball Regular Season Title and its first since 1999.

Wednesday, May 11

Faber Field

#8 Sioux Falls vs. #1 Minnesota Duluth

11 a.m.

Dick Putz

#5 Concordia-St. Paul vs. #4 Minnesota State Mankato

11 a.m.

Faber Field

#7 Northern State vs. #2 Augustana

3 p.m.

Dick Putz

#6 Minnesota Crookston vs. #3 St. Cloud State

3 p.m.

The full schedule is available at www.NorthernSun.org/NSICBase

The winner of the NSIC Baseball Tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Tournament. The NCAA Central Region is made up of 41 teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (15), the Mid-America Athletic Association (MIAA) (14) and the Great American Conference (GAC) (12). Automatic bids are awarded to the tournament champions from each conference with the final five spots awarded on an at-large basis. In all, eight teams will advance to the NCAA Central Region Tournament played on May 19-23 at a site to be determined.



SATURDAY - MAY 7,  2016


The Crookston Pirates committed five errors in the game, but were able to get timely hits and made some big plays to beat the Mahnomen/Waubun Cougars 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh inning in a Section 8AA game played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.
In the first inning, Mahnomen/Waubun singled, walked and reached on an error and two runs scored for a 2-0 lead.  Crookston responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning when Dante Norris was hit by a pitch, Chris Wavra had a beautiful bunt down the third baseline for a hit and after a pop out in the infield a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third.  Tanner Reinhart hit a dribbler back to the pitcher and Norris was thrown out at home for the second out of the inning.  With runners at first and second, Blake Kawlewski hit a dribbler down the third baseline and the pitcher fielded the ball and threw to first, but the throw was off the mark and a run scored.  Another run scored on wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2.  A couple pitches later another run scored on a wild pitch and Crookston took a 3-2 lead.
In the third inning, Mahnomen/Waubun scored two runs on an error to take a 4-3 lead, but the Pirate pitcher Chris Wavra struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning.  Mahnomen/Waubun added another run in the fourth inning when they had two singles and a hit batter to load the bases.  The next batter walked to score a run and the Cougars led 5-3.  Crookston responded with a run in the bottom of the inning when Tim Parr and Ryan Swenson walked and Norris hit a solid single to center to score a run and bring the Pirates within a 5-4 deficit.
Crookston answered with another run in the fifth inning when Ethan Stroot tripled and Reinhart singled to score Stroot to tie the game at 5-5.
Crookston kept the offense going in the sixth inning when Norris tripled and scored on a wild pitch, Wavra walked and scored on a Stroot double for a 7-5 lead.
Mahnomen/Waubun started the seventh inning with back to back singles and after an error the runners were at first and third base.  A wild pitch allowed a run to score and a sacrifice fly to center field allowed another run to score to tie the game at 7-7.  Crookston had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning and they did just that.  Drew Dragseth hit line drive to right-center field for a hit and Tim Parr laid down a perfect bunt down the first base line and when the pitcher fielded the ball he threw the ball to first, past the first baseman into right field and Dragseth came into score the winning run for an 8-7 victory.  "Chris Wavra started slow on the mound, but really got stronger as the game went along and that was great to see," said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. "Tim Parr had a great day at the plate and defensively and tied a state record with three putouts in one inning and gave us a big spark and Dante Norris and Ethan Stroot hit the ball well for us to get us going in the late innings.  It was a good win for us against a section opponent and hopefully it will give us a spark the rest of the way."
Crookston improves 7-7 on the year. 

     Chris Wavra with one of his pitches                       Tim Parr fields the ball and fires to first base

Mahnomen 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 7 9 2
CROOKSTON 3 0 0 1 1 2 1 8 10 5

 Dante Norris slides into home to score the first run of the sixth inning

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Chris Wavra - Crox 7.0 9 7 5 4 8
Jayden Heisler - MW 3.1 3 4 2 3 3
Justin Bellefenille - MW 2.2 7 4 3 2 3

For Crookston

Dante Norris - 2-3, rbi, run
Ethan Stroot - 2-4, triple, double, run, rbi
Tim Parr - 1-1, 3 walks, run

Justin Bellefenille - 2-3, 2 runs, walk
Peyton Severson - 2-4, run, rbi





The #6 ranked Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team won six of their seven first round matches and finished second place, three points behind #3 ranked St. Peter in the Art Nelson Invitational Tournament in Pine City.
Crookston didn't have a champion, but they had four second places with Matt Garmen at third singles, Elijah Phaiah and Jake Roesch at first doubles, Nick Garmen and Ian Johnson at second doubles and the third doubles team of Mitchell Olson and Jake Widseth.  Crookston only won one of the five matches played against St. Peter.  "We were looking at matches and we lost at third doubles to St. Peter in the championship match 9-7 in the third set and if we would have won that match we would have been the champions, but St. Peter is very good and their third ranking in state is legit," said Pirate Boys Tennis Coach Mike Geffre. "We had a great day of tennis against some very good competition and we have some very tired guys.  Our doubles teams played some great tennis and we ran into some very good teams in the championship matches and now we get ready to work on a lot of things to get us ready for the section tournament."
Crookston will travel to East Grand Forks for a section 8AA matchup on Monday.

         The Pirate Boys tennis team, coaches and managers at Pine City

1. St. Peter - 27
2. Crookston - 24
3. Thief River Falls - 22
     Litchfield - 22
5. Hibbing - 18
6. Pine City - 14
7. Mounds Park Academy - 10
8.  Waseca - 3


CROOKSTON Opponents Place
Bobby Tiedemann beat Parker Law (MPA) 6-2, 6-3
lost to Zeke Haugen (SP) 6-2, 6-2
beat Ethan Johnson (TRF) 7-5, 6-1
Andy Gregg beat Matt Wedin (Litch) 6-1, 6-4
lost to Rafat Solaiman (SP) 6-1, 6-3
lost to Stan Francois (TRF) 6-7, 6-4, 7-5
Matt Garmen beat Drew Elofson (SP) 6-2, 7-6
beat Jared Peterson (Litch) 6-1, 6-3
lost to Jake Jolowsky (Hib) 6-0, 6-4
Jordan Bengtson lost to Parker Sell (PC) 0-6, 6-1, 7-3
beat Karan Jain (MPA) 6-2, 6-3
beat Nate Stark (Hib) 7-5, 6-2
Elijah Phaiah 
Jake Roesch
beat Alex Ebnet/Tom Donelan (Was) 6-1, 6-2
beat Aaron Brown/Luke Steele (PC) 5-7, 6-3, 7-4
lost to Josh Prahl/Joey More (Litch) 6-0, 6-2
Nick Garmen 
Ian Johnson
beat Michael Sullivan/Carter Anderson (Hib) 6-4, 5-7, 7-0
beat Jon Madsen/Zach Kaiser (Litch) 7-6, 7-6
lost to Hutton/Onkka (TRF) 6-4, 6-2
Jake Widseth 
Mitchell Olson
beat Janish/Zaviska (TRF) 6-1, 6-4
beat Alex Laven/Peyton Smetana (MPA) 6-0, 6-0
lost to Joe Siebels/Aaron Leeb (SP) 2-6, 6-4, 9-7
Harrison Bjorgo
Tim Cymbaluk
beat Jordan Carew/Justice Hueicke (Litch) no score available
lost to Will Miller/Bailey More (SP) 4-6, 7-6, 7-2
beat Twamley/Terrell (TRF) 6-2, 6-2







The Northern State Wolves needed to win at least one, but likely two games to make the playoffs and they beat the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team handedly by 14-1 and 15-2 scores in the regular season finale in Crookston.


GAME ONE- Box Score

In the first inning Northern State scored a run on an rbi double to take a 1-0 lead.  UMC answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when Ryan Haggstrom (Sr. Apple Valley) walked, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a Kenny Perez (Sr. Orlando, Fl) single to tie the game.
In the fourth inning, Northern State hit a two run home run and added another run an error for a 4-1 lead.  The Wolves added two more runs in the fifth inning on a single, fielder’s choice and a double for a 6-1 lead.
Northern State broke the game open in the sixth inning when they had an rbi double, a two run home run, a two rbi double.  The Wolves weren’t done as they added two rbi singles for a 13-1 lead.  Northern State added another run in the seventh inning on an rbi triple for a 14-1 lead.  UMC wasn’t able to score a run in the bottom of the inning and Northern State won 14-1.

GAME TWO- Box Score
Neither team scored until the third inning when Northern State exploded for seven runs in the inning.  The inning started with a lead off solo homerun and after an out and a double the Golden Eagle defense committed an error which was followed by a double, single and a two run home run and all of a sudden the Wolves led 7-0.
UMC answered in the bottom of the fourth inning when Kenny Perez hit a solo home run.  It didn’t take long for Northern State to answer when they scored a run on a double in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead.
Northern State scored two more runs on three hits in the sixth inning to take a 10-1 lead and added a bases loaded walk, a bases clearing double and an error to score five runs in the seventh inning for a 15-1 lead.
UMC needed to score at least five runs to keep the game going and only scored one run and Northern State picked up a big 15-2 win.  With the wins, Northern State made the playoffs.
UMC ends the regular season by losing four of their last six games and will be the sixth seed in the Northern Sun Conference Tournament on Wednesday.  UMC will take on the third seeded St. Cloud State Huskies at 3:00 p.m. at Dick Putz Field in the first round of the NSIC tournament.  KROX Radio will be carrying all the playoff games on the radio.  The Golden Eagles end the regular season at 18-11 in the NSIC, a school record, and 25-19 overall, also a school record. 
Northern State improves to 14-16 in the NSIC and 21-22 overall and will be the seventh seed in the NSIC playoffs.  The two teams could meet in the second round of the playoffs if both teams win or both teams lose their first round game.




It was a big day at the University of Minnesota Crookston with graduation and the Golden Eagle Baseball team was playing as the graduation ceremony was starting.  The UMC Baseball team had five players that were graduating this spring and they couldn’t make the ceremony because of their final regular season baseball games of the season across the campus at the UMC Baseball diamond.  One player, Nolan Wahlberg pitched on Friday so he was able to take place in the graduation ceremony.  During the second game of the day, Trevor Buttermore (North St. Paul), Marcus Campbell (St. Croix Falls, Wis.), Ryan Haggstrom (Apple Valley), Colton Haight (Rogers), Luke Thoma (Little Falls) and Nolan Wahlberg (Blaine) all were announced as graduates of the University of Minnesota Crookston and received their diploma from UMC Chancellor Fred Wood on the diamond.

Steph Helgeson, Marcus Campbell, Ryan Haggstrom, Colton Haight, Luke Thoma, Trevor Buttermore, Nolan Wahlberg and Chancellor Fred Wood (Picture by UMC Athletics)



FRIDAY  -  MAY  6, 2016


The Red Lake County Rebel Baseball team started the season with a 4-1 record and the fourth win was coach Chris Nelson’s 299th career victory.  Red Lake County lost the next seven games, but the Rebels broke the streak on Friday night when they beat the Crookston Pirates 14-4 to give Coach Nelson his 300th career victory in the first game of the Jim Karn Memorial Classic at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.  “We lost seven in a row and the milestone for me is winning one in a row and getting off the little kick we were on,” said Coach Nelson. “I really don’t know what to say.  Anybody that knows me knows that if you coach long enough you are bound to get there.  We have had some great players and guys that buy in and do it right.  We have had some good success over the past decade and have kids do it the right way.”

The game started on a good note for Crookston as Tanner Reinhart, the Pirate pitcher, retired the first three batters he faced.  In the bottom of the inning, Crookston’s Dante Norris walked and Chris Wavra singled to put runners at the corners with nobody out.  Wavra stole second base and on the throw to second, Norris stole home to score the first run of the game.  Blake Kawlewski singled to score Wavra and after the next two batters were retired, Drew Dragseth singled to right field to score another run for a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning things fell apart for the Pirates as Josh Casavan reached on an error, stole second and scored on an error.  Mason Hanson singled and scored on a wild pitch and all of a sudden the Pirate pitching had control problems.  The next three Red Lake County batters walked, Taylor Kenfield reached on a fielder’s choice as the Pirates got the out at home for the second out of the inning.  Drake Englestad was hit by a pitch to tie the game at 3-3.  Bailey Schmitz and Casavan both walked to score two runs and another run scored on a throwing error to give the Rebels a 6-3 lead. 
Red Lake County scored six more runs on a two our rally with a fielder’s choice, an error, single, walk, hit batter and a two rbi double by Talon Porter, and another error for a 12-3 lead. “It comes down to giving yourself a chance and we have been thinking so much at the plate and weren’t reacting at all and to see a few good swings was good,” said Rebel Coach Nelson.  “We had the positivity talk today and told them we can’t be negative and I think this game is a step in the right direction.  We had better swings as the game went along and Brandon Klipping had a great game at third base and he has the best hands and makes the plays and he was a great plus for us defensively.”  Crookston answered in the bottom of the fourth inning with a couple of walks and an rbi single for Jackson Seibel and the Pirates trailed 12-4.
Red Lake County started the top of the fifth inning with back to back singles by Casavan and Chase Schmitz to score a run and the second run scored on a ground out for a 14-4 Rebel lead. 
In the bottom of the fifth inning Crookston’s Ethan Stroot was hit by a pitch, but they weren’t able to get anything else and Red Lake County won 14-4 in five innings.  “It was a tough game. I like that scoreboard but in games like this it is tough to look up and be reminded of all those mistakes,” said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. “They had 12 runs on two hits at one point and we told the guys we were disappointed with how they came out and they need to come out and play with some pride and excitement.  Red Lake County came out with some fire and energy and we didn’t.  We don’t have a lot of the rah rah guys and we understand that, but we need guys chatting and talking.”
Crookston drops to 6-7 on the year and will host Mahnomen/Waubun on Saturday afternoon.  Red Lake County improves to 5-8 on the year and will take on Barnesville at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday in Crookston.

      Blake Kawlewski eyes down the ball as he swings in one of his at bats

Red Lake County 0 6 0 6 2 14 5 0
CROOKSTON 3 0 0 1 0 4 5 8

Drew Dragseth gets a single to right   Ryan Swenson with good eyes at the plate


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Chase Schmitz- RLCC 4 5 4 4 1 1
Drake Engelstad - RLCC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tanner Reinhart-Crookston 3 1 6 4 5 1
Tim Parr -Crookston .2 2 6 0 1 0
Jackson Seibel - Crookston 1.1 2 2 1 0 1

For Crookston

Tim Parr - 1-1
Jackson Siebel - 1-1
Drew Dragseth - 1-2, rbi, walk

For Red Lake County
Mason Hanson - 2-3, 2 runs, walk
Talon Porter - 1-3, 2 rbi's, 2 runs
Josh Casavan - 1-3, 3 runs rbi, walk



The #6 ranked Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team won some tough doubles matches and cruised in three singles matches for to beat Pine City 6-1 in a dual in Pine City.  The only loss came at fourth singles where Jordan Bengston played well and lost in three sets.  The two teams also played a fourth doubles match and Harrison Bjorgo and Tim Cymbaluk won in two sets to give the Pirates a actual 7-1 team victory.  "Pine City has a nice team and I don't know if they loaded up the doubles, but the first, second and third singles were done quick, but the rest of the matches were good ones," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Jordan ran into a kid that put a lot of balls on the court and it was a good match for him to play.  Overall we played pretty well against a quality team."
Crookston improves to 11-0 in duals and will compete in the annual Pine City Invitational tomorrow with some top ranked teams in the state.  "The guys are excited to play some very good competition tomorrow," said Coach Geffre. "We know the matches will be tough and it looks like the weather should be good with a forecast in the 70's and not as much wind as back home."

CROOKSTON- 6 Pine City- 1 Winner Result
Bobby Tiedemann Aaron Brown Crox 6-0, 6-0
Andy Gregg John Blake Crox 6-3, 6-0
Matt Garmen Andrew Clementson Crox 6-3, 6-2
Jordan Bengtson Parker Sell PC 3 sets
Elijah Phaiah 
Jake Roesch
Luke Steele
Brant Berube
Crox 7-5, 6-1
Nick Garmen 
Ian Johnson
Jonah Bergstrom
Jared Kotek
Crox 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4)
Jake Widseth 
Mitchell Olson
Beau Steele
Dustin Bergstrom
Crox 6-3, 6-4
Harrison Bjorgo
Tim Cymbaluk
Logan Johnson
Jacob Lindblom
Crox 6-2, 7-5





The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team continued their fantastic golf as they shot a 301 to win the Park Rapids Invitational by beating runner-up Mahnomen/Waubun by 11 strokes at the Headwaters Golf Course near Park Rapids. The meet was important for the guys to play the course because the Headwaters Golf Course is the site of the North Sub-Section 8AA meet to be held in June.  Crookston was led by Parker Nicholls, who shot a personal best 74 and tied for the second best score of the day, three strokes off medalist honors.  All six Pirate golfers turned in sub-80 scores for the first time this year.  "We had two guys, Isaac (Westlake) and Parker, who had never played the course before so they were happy with how they played.  Parker had one of those days where he didn't hit the ball well, but was able to score well and that is great to see.  It is nice to have our sixth guy shoot a 74 and if he keeps doing that we will be in good shape," said Pirate Boys Golf Coach Steve Kofoed.  "We left some strokes out there and obviously had some good shots today. All the guys performed well, we didn't make a lot of putts, but we were hitting the greens and had some easy par putts."
Crookston will be at the Bemidji Invitational on Monday at the Town and Country Club course, the site of the Section 8AA tournament in June.

We will have complete team results later today.

Team Total   Pirate Results Total
1. Crookston 301   Parker Nicholls 74
2. Mahnomen/Waubun 312   Isaac Westlake 75
3. Fergus Falls 317   Dane Anderson 75
4. Detroit Lakes 324   Ethan Magsam 77
5. East Grand Forks 328   Ethan Christopherson 78
6.Thief River Falls 329   Ben Trostad 78
7. Pequot Lakes 335      
    Pine River/Backus 335   TOP INDIVIDUALS  
9. Bagley 336   1. Isaac Cihak - DL 71
10. United North Central 338   2. Luke Wurdock - UNC 74
11. Barnesville 340   3. Blake Kahlbaugh - MW 74
12. Fosston 341   4. Brady Liebl - MW 74
16 teams competed     5. Parker Nicholls - Crox 74





The Crookston Pirate Girls Golf team continues to golf well and shot a 366 to win the Prowler Invitational by beat the host Thief River Falls by seven strokes at Thief River Falls Golf Club.  "It was definitely a good day for the Pirates," said Pirate Girls Golf Coach Jeff Perreault. "Thief River Falls has never been a friendly course for the Pirates, especially on the back nine so it was good to see the girls golf well and anytime you win an event it is a good day."
Crookston not only won the team portion, but they also had the top two individual scores with Maddie Nicholls shooting one of her better high school career rounds with an 83, goof for medalist honors. "I think Maddie's best round has been an 81 so she was right there today and the conditions weren't favorable for great scores so that shows you she was playing well," said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault. "We have been looking for her to get in the low 80 range and she did that today so that was great."  Ally Tiedemann had the second best score with an 85.  Emily Ricord turned in her best career round with a 96 as she continues to improve her game. "Emily had her best score by a stroke and hopefully we can keep shaving a little more each week.  I know she has it in her to get down to the low 90's," said Coach Perreault. "She will continue to work hard and keep getting better as we try to get the team score below 350.
Crookston will host the Crookston Invitational on Monday with East Grand Forks, Roseau and Crookston competing.

Ally Tiedemann with a putt and Emily Ricord with a shot from the fairway

Team Total   Pirate Results Total
1. Crookston 366   Maddie Nicholls 83
2. Thief River Falls 373   Ally Tiedemann 85
3. Fosston 379   Emily Ricord 96
4. East Grand Forks 391   Elise Tangquist 102
5. Roseau 411   Dani Boyle 106
6. Bemidji J.V. 499   Joslynn Leach 106
      1. Maddie Nicholls - Crox 83
      2. Ally Tiedemann - Crox 85
      3. Bailee Kolden - TRF 89




The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team lost the first game of a double header 16-12, but bounced back to beat the Northern State Wolves 9-6 on a Reed Hjelle (Fresh. East Grand Forks) three run home runin the bottom of the eighth inning to earn a split in a Northern Sun Conference double header in Crookston.  With the split, UMC has assured themselves of getting the third, fourth, fifth or sixth seed in the NSIC playoffs next week in St. Cloud.


Zach Seipel with a pitch in relief in game two   Reed Hjelle trots home on a three run home run
                              (Pictures by UMC Athletics)


GAME ONE - Box Score
Northern State jumped on UMC right away by scoring two runs in the first inning.  Northern State led off with a walk, a double and a hit batter to load the bases.  The Wolves scored their runs on a fielders choice and a single for a 2-0 lead.  UMC answered with three runs in the bottom of the first inning when Jason Angelo (Soph. Manteca, Cal) walked, Colton Haight (Sr. Rogers) was hit by a pitch and Ryan Haggstrom (Sr. Apple Valley) hit a three run home run to give the Golden Eagles a 3-2 lead.
The lead didn’t last long as Northern State continued to hit the Golden Eagle pitching and started off the second inning with five straight singles to score three runs to take a 5-3 lead.  After a couple outs and a walk, Northern state had their sixth single of the game to score two more runs for a 7-3 lead.  In the bottom of the third inning, UMC responded with a lead off solo home run by Kenny Perez (Sr. Orlando, Fl) to get within a 7-4 deficit.
Northern State added to their lead in the fourth inning with an rbi triple followed by a bunt single to score another run for a 9-4 lead.  The game was far from over as UMC kept the offense going when Haight hit a two run home run and a couple batters later, Reed Hjelle hit a two run home run to bring UMC within a 9-8 deficit. 
Northern State added another run in the fifth inning on an rbi single for a 10-8 lead.  UMC, as they have done all season long, battled back to tie the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring a run on a pass ball and another run scored when Hjelle walked with bases loaded to tie the game at 10-10 after five innings.
Northern State scored a run in the sixth inning on a solo home run to regain the lead at 11-10.  In the top of the seventh inning the Wolves loaded the bases and had a sacrifice fly to score a run and had a two run home run to finish the scoring for a 16-10 lead.  UMC needed to score at least six runs in the seventh inning and had a great start with a two run home run by Haight, his second of the game, and the Golden Eagles trailed 16-12, but Northern State shut the door on the comeback getting three outs for the 16-12 victory to win game one of the double header.

GAME TWO - Box Score
UMC wanted to get a split to wrap up the double header and had a good start when Angelo doubled and Haggstrom singled to score the first run of the game.
Northern State answered with a two run home run in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead.  Nobody scored again until the fifth inning when Northern State hit another two run home run and added two more runs on a double for a 6-1 lead.  UMC answered in a big way in the bottom of the fifth inning when the inning started with a walk, Thomas Kinsella and Zach Frazier had back to back singles to load the bases.  Dalton Parks reached on a fielder’s choice, Angelo had a bunt single to score a run and Haight doubled to score two runs.  The Golden Eagles tied the game when Haggstrom reached on an error and two more runs scored to tie the game at 6-6.
UMC’s Hjelle blasted a three run home run in the eighth inning for a 9-6 lead and Zach Seipel (Fresh. Eagan) retired all three batters he faced in the ninth inning to pick up a save in a 9-6 Golden Eagle victory.
UMC improves to 18-9 in the NSIC and 25-17 overall while Northern State is 12-16 in the NSIC and 19-22 overall.  The two teams will wrap up the regular season with two games on Saturday.








The University of Minnesota Crookston had 25 student-athletes named 2016 NSIC Spring All-Academic as announced by the conference office Wednesday.
The Golden Eagles were led by nine UMC softball players named All-Academic, which included all seven seniors - Victoria Bayliss (So., West Bloomfield, Mich.), Kaylin Beatty (Sr., Andover), Bailey Braatz (Jr., RHP, Buffalo), Jordyn Derflinger (Sr., Henderson, Nev.), Allison Foley (Sr., Lockport, Ill.), Ashley Hoyle (Sr., Blaine), Alexis Khoshaba (Sr., Richmond, British Columbia), Kristi Larson (Sr., New Ulm) and Brooke Timmins (Sr., Magnolia, Texas).
The Golden Eagle baseball team was represented by eight student athletes: Mitchell Bornhauser (So., Northfield), Trevor Buttermore (Sr., North St. Paul), Marcus Campbell (Sr., St. Croix Falls, Wis.), Colton Haight (Sr., Rogers), Wyatt Huso (R-So., Eagan), Ethan Mushitz (So., East Grand Forks), Dalton Parks (Sr., West Valley City, Utah) and Nolan Wahlberg (Sr., Blaine).
Seth Heppner (Sr., Crookston) earned recognition from the UMC men’s golf team.
The UMC women’s golf squad was represented by Baillee Hauser (Jr., Raymond), Ashlee Humble (So., Rosemount), Rikki Roscoe (Sr., Big Stone City, S.D.) and Katie Sheetz (Sr., Grand Rapids).
For the UMC women’s tennis team Catherine Brown (Sr., Powell Butte, Ore.), Nikki Dogan (So., Grand Forks) and Whitney Erickson (So., Spring Valley) earned recognition.



University of Minnesota Crookston tennis player Catherine Brown (Sr., Powell Butte, Ore.) was named to the 2016 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Honorable Mention team. Brown becomes the first-ever UMC women’s tennis player to earn placement on the All-Conference teams.
Brown had a strong senior season for Coach Ryan McGuigan and the Golden Eagles. She went 7-8 in singles during the 2016 campaign, including a pair of wins over Bemidji State, a win over Winona State, Minnesota Duluth and Southwest Minnesota State. In doubles, Brown went 3-12 with Whitney Erickson at the No. 1 slot.
Brown set a school record with 26 singles wins in her time in the Maroon and Gold. The animal science major was also great in the classroom, earning NSIC All-Academic honors three times.
Augustana University’s Kornelia Staniszewska earned NISC Player of the Year and NSIC Freshman of the Year. Viking senior Jessa Richards was named NSIC Senior of the Year, while Augustana’s Marc Kurtz earned NSIC Coach of the Year accolades. 



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