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Concordia St. Paul scored four first half goals to defeat the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagles 5-0 in  a Northern Sun Conference match this afternoon in Crookston.

Concordia-St. Paul wasted little time as Sara Sather scored just 5:12 into the contest to give the the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead. The Bears senior, Hillary Johnson put on a show scoring the next four goals including an unassisted goal and one off a penalty kick.
UMC's Leyla Castillo (Fresh-Miami, Fla.) and Anna Ogaard (Fresh-Maple Grove) combined for five saves for the Golden Eagles, who are now 4-10-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the NSIC. Concordia-St. Paul  improve to 3-9-2 overall and 1-2-0 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles will host Bemidji State University next Sunday.

BOX SCORE 1st H 2nd H


Concordia-St. Paul 4 1 5
UMC 0 0 0


CSP -  Sara Sather  (Taylor Campione)    5:12
CSP -  Hillary Johnson  (Nikki Hertel)   26:09
CSP -  Hillary Johnson  (Kari Janes)   35:25
CSP -  Hillary Johnson    43:46
CSP -  Hillary Johnson   69:23



The Upper Iowa Peacocks used six interceptions, four by Dominique Jackson, including a 100 yard interception return for a touchdown to defeat the UMC Golden Eagles 50-21 in a Northern Sun Conference game in Crookston.
Upper Iowa had an impressive opening possession, driving 87 yards on 12 plays and using over six minutes of the clock, and Kevin Linnell threw a 21 yard strike to wide-out Aaron McFarland to give the Peacocks an early 7-0 win against the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagles.
UMC had their best drive of the first half going late in the first quarter, getting deep into Upper Iowa territory, but penalties took them out of range and forced the Golden Eagles into a punt, which pinned the Peacocks at their 16 yard line.  Upper Iowa's offense would have another ball control drive, moving it 84 yards on seven plays, which a couple big runs, including one for over 35 yards by T.C. Hicks to set up Linnell for another touchdown passing play, this time an 18 yard play action pass to Kyle Hosch to make it 13-0 early into the second quarter.
In a big turn of events late in the second quarter, the Golden Eagles marched the ball down the field, with Josh Kreutner (Sr-Revillo, S.D.) throwing a touchdown pass, but it was called back because of a UMC holding penalty. Kreutner would try another pass in the end zone, but this time it was picked off by Dominique Jackson, his second of the half, at the UMC goal line and Jackson raced 100 yards for another Peacock score to put Upper Iowa up 20-0, with just over four minutes to go in the first half. "You are not going to win many games turning the ball over like we did," said UMC head coach Shannon Stassen, "It was a double edge thing for us. We get a touchdown called back on a penalty and they come right back and score. It takes the starch out of you."
Despite the disappointment of the interception and trailing by 20 points, UMC's offense didn't flinch as Kreutner continued to look impressive in his first start since the opening game of the season, and the senior found 6'6 wide receiver, Jake Freeman (Jr-Cambridge), who showed good vertical snagging a 20 yard pass to put the Golden Eagles on the scoreboard with just over two minutes to go in the first half.  The two teams exchanged interceptions in the last minute of the first half, and Kreutner has been picked off three times in the first 30 minutes.
The second half, the Peacocks leading rusher, T. C. Hicks was used as the workhorse on a drive, which he finished off with a 28 yard run and Upper Iowa opened up a 27-7 lead. UMC, as they have the entire game, came right back with a 60 yard drive, and Kreutner, who led the Golden Eagles in rushing, threw his second touchdown pass of the game, when he hit running back, Eric John (Soph-North Miami, Fla) on a crossing pattern in the end zone to close Upper Iowa's lead 27-14.
The UMC Golden Eagles defense continued to have trouble containing the Peacocks running back Hicks, as he busted off a 54 yard run to set up another Upper Iowa score, as quarterback Linnell went in from the one foot line to give Upper Iowa a 34-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. The UMC quarterback, Kreutner would take things upon himself in the next series, as the senior continued to have his biggest offensive game of his career, amassing near 400 yards of total offense, spearheading a 60 drive, where he carried seven times and finished it off with a two yard run to pull the Golden Eagles within 12 points with 10 minutes to go in the game. UMC's defense would proceed to stop Upper Iowa and force them into a punt, but UMC was unable to move the ball on the next possession and were forced to punt deep in their own zone, and Upper Iowa would have the ball at the Golden Eagles 30 yard line with just over five minutes to go in the game. On the first play, Hicks found an open seam and raced for the 30 yard score and the Peacocks put it away.
UMC's Kreutner had to leave the game with an injury, which appeared to be the same shoulder that he injured in the first game of the season, and it was learned after the game Kreutner will be out the rest of the year. The Golden Eagles David White (Jr-Detroit) entered the game and on his first pass, it was picked off by Jackson, for his third interception of the game and almost returned it for his second score, but was pushed out of bounds at the UMC two yard line. On the next UMC possession, Upper Iowa would pick off another White pass, the Peacocks fifth interception, and Travis Grace scored from nine yards out to make the final score 50-21. "We had a pretty good effort," said Stassen, "give Upper Iowa credit, they responded and made more plays then we did.  We played hard, but obviously too many turnovers."
Upper Iowa, now 2-4 on the season wins their first conference game and are 1-3 in the NSIC, while UMC is winless in four conference tries, and are 1-4 overall.  UMC will be at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. next Saturday. Mary upset Bemidji State 10-7 this afternoon. "There is a lot of parity in this conference," said Stassen, "unfortunately we are on the short end of that."

Jake Freeman leaps over a Peacock defender for a 20 yard touchdown reception
                (Picture by Jeff Chandler of the UMC Athletic Department)


Game Stats 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Upper Iowa 7 12 7 24 50
UMC 0 7 7 7 21


    The UMC defense swarms to the ball - Picture by Chris Awender

1st Quarter
6:57 -  UIU  -  Aaron McFarland 21 yard pass from Kevin Linnell  (Mike Sharp kick)

2nd Quarter
1:33 -  UIU -   Kyle Hosch 18 yard pass from Kevin Linnell  (kick blocked)
10:42 - UIU -  Dominique Jackson 100 yard interception return  (pass failed)
12:43 - UMC -  Jake Freeman 20 yard pass from Josh Kreutner  (Stan Shurson kick)

3rd Quarter
4:21 -   UIU  -   T.C. Hicks 28 yard run  (Mike Sharp kick)
7:26 -   UMC -  Eric John 15 yard pass from Josh Kreutner  (Stan Shurson kick)

4th Quarter
1:46 -   UIU -   Kevin Linnell  1 yard run   (Mike Sharp kick)
4:53 -   UMC -  Josh Kreutner 2 yard run  (Stan Shurson kick)
10:02 - UIU -   T.C. Hicks 30 yard run   (Mike Sharp kick)
13:09 - UIU -   Mike Sharp 34 yard field goal
13:52 - UIU -   Travis Grace 9 yard run  (Mike Sharp)

Eric John tries to find a hole in the Upper Iowa defense - Picture by Chris Awender




Tim Larson scored on a penalty kick with four minutes to go in the first half, and it would be all the Hibbing Bluejackets would need in a 2-0 win over the home standing Crookston Pirates.  After a scoreless first 35 minutes, Larson was battling Mariano Portillo close to the six yard box, and the official ruled Mariano leaned over Larson and drew the foul and allowed the Bluejackets the free kick and Larson made sure and Hibbing led 1-0 at the half.
An insurance marker was scored by Hibbing 11 minutes into the second half, when a cross over from near the corner made it's way in the front of the net, and Chris Potocnik was able to knock it in on the near post, as Pirate goalkeeper, Jarrett Butenhoff was at the far post. "We had quite a few chances today," said Crookston head coach Dox Cox, "but we were putting everything wide or high.  Alex Navarro came in one on one with the goalie and kicked it wide."  Hibbing who defeated East Grand Forks last night, were substituting a lot of players, trying to keep everyone fresh, "Which was good for them," said Cox, "We are having a psychological block on the offensive side right now.  Our players are having a hard time reacting to not having Luke (Normandin) in the lineup. We have to just keep trying to get our offense going again."  Normandin, who is one of the leading scorers for the Pirates has been out of the lineup for a couple weeks with a leg injury and it's not known if he will be able to return this season.  Crookston is now 8-9 on the year and will be at Bemidji on Monday afternoon at 5:00 PM, which will conclude their regular season, and the Section 8A playoffs will start on Thursday.  Crookston is 8-9 on the year because Minot had to forfeit some of their matches this year and the Crookston match was one of them so the Pirates loss to Minot is now a forfeit win.

Pirate goaltender Jarrett Butenhoff dives for the ball - Picture by Chris Awender


  1st H 2nd H


Hibbing 1 1 2


    Mariano Portillo battles for the loose ball
              (Picture by Chris Awender)

Hibbing - Tim Larson  (penalty kick)   36th minute
Hibbing -  Chris Potocnik   51st minute


Crookston - Jarrett Butenhoff -  2

Hibbing - Sam Newman -  4



The Crookston Pirates captain, Marlee Wheelhouse scored on a penalty kick with a minute to go in overtime to give the Pirates a 2-1 win over the visiting Hibbing Bluejackets. After a scoreless first half, the Pirates struck first 11 minutes into the second stanza, when Hollie Luckow's corner kick was directed in by Tori Rhode and Crookston was on the board. "That was a huge goal for us, particularly after a scoreless first half," said Crookston head coach Sarah Reese, "We were doing all the little things well in the first half, passing, trapping and making good decisions, but we weren't shooting, which is what we talked about at halftime. Even if you don't think it's a good shot, go ahead and put it toward their goal, and we did that with Tori's goal." Hibbing would get an equalizer with just under three minutes to go in regulation and the teams headed for overtime. After playing nine minutes of scoreless extra time, Hibbing was carded for a hand ball (playing the ball with the hand) and that gave Crookston a penalty shot, and coach Reese picked Wheelhouse. "Marlee went in the upper left corner with the shot and beat their goalie," said Reese. After taking the lead, the Pirates were able to run off the remaining minute to pick up their fifth win of the season. "It was a total team effort this afternoon," said Reese, "everyone contributed to the win, which is how we want to be playing at this time of year."  Crookston will take their 5-10-1 record to East Grand Forks on Monday.  The Green Wave have beaten the Pirates twice thus far in the season, 2-0 and 1-0. "They are going to be the number one seed in the north half," said Reese, talking about East Grand Forks, "and we want to continue to keep improving to get ready for the playoffs that start Thursday."
JV -  Crookston won  2-1

  1st H 2nd H OT


Hibbing 0 1 0 1

Crox -  Tori Rhode  (Hollie Luckow)    51st minute
Hibbing -  No names were available -  77th minute
Crox -  Marlee Wheelhouse -  89th minute


Crookston - Kristen Remick-  9

Hibbing - 11 saves



The Crookston Pirate volleyball team played four matches in about five hours and lost their first three, before beating Fosston two games to none for 11th place in the Perham Yellowjacket Invitational.  It was a best of three game tournament, with a cap of playing up to 27 points, and you didn't have to win by two, which happened in the first game for Crookston, losing 27-26 to Hawley, and then the Nuggets won the match 25-21.
Crookston continued in their pool play against the Bemidji Lumberjacks, and the Jacks breezed to a 25-14 win in the first game, but Crookston probably played their best game, taking Bemidji 25-17 in the second game to force a game three, but Bemidji prevailed 15-8. In the Bemidji match, the Lumberjacks outstanding player, Courtney Bitter, set a new Minnesota State volleyball record with her 112th service ace of the season.  Bitter, who transferred from Lake of the Woods, when her mother took the head volleyball coaching position at Bemidji State, is the cousin of Crookston Pirate setter, Lindsay Morgan.
Crookston was then paired up with East Grand Forks, who also lost their two pool games, and the two teams split the first two games, with the Green Wave winning 15-9 in the third, and sent the Pirates to the eleventh place game against the Fosston Greyhounds, and Crookston rallied in the first game to win 25-23 and then had little trouble winning the match 25-13 in the second game. "We were very inconsistent on the day," said Crookston head coach Lon Boike, "We would play well for five minutes and then just as rapidly, would not play well for five minutes. It was frustrating really."  Crookston's Macy Hanson had a combine 42 attacks/blocks in the four matches, while Morgan had 32 assists and four service aces herself on the afternoon. "In the Hawley match we had a chance to win the first game and didn't," said Boike, "then the same with Bemidji, we really responded in the second game, but Bemidji went after us in game three and deserved the win. In the East Grand  Forks match we played like we did in Crookston against them earlier this year, good at times and then that inconsistency again.  After we lost in the third game to EGF, we were slow coming out against Fosston and really had to rally to win game one, and after we did that we had little trouble in the second game. We have to get more consistent and it's like pulling teeth for us sometimes to score points."
Crookston will host Ada-Borup, who are ranked fifth in the Minnesota State Class A polls, on Tuesday night.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, ranked #2 in the state won the championship over the host team Perham.
Bemidji took third place over Roseau
Climax-Fisher beat Hawley for fifth place
Melrose over Underwood for 7th
Thief River Falls beat East Grand Forks for 9th

GAME #1 1 2
Hawley 27 25



GAME #2 1 2 3
Bemidji 25 17 15


GAME #3 1 2 3
East Grand Forks 25 21 15



GAME #4 1 2
Fosston 23 13


For Crookston total stats for the four matches:

Kills/Blocks: Macy Hanson-42, Allison Schumacher-24
Assists: Lindsay Morgan-32, Danielle Hanson-29
Digs: Allison Schumacher-34, Macy Hanson-26
Aces:  Lindsey Roy-5, Lindsay Morgan-4



The University of Minnesota, Crookston women’s volleyball team hosted the eighth ranked team in NCAA D-II volleyball, the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston. The Golden Eagles dropped game one 30-22, but came out and won the second game in a nail biter 31-29. UMC could not hold off the Mustangs firepower and lost the next two games by the same score of 30-19. SMSU used consistent attacking and out-killed UMC 65-43 in the match.

  Defensively, UMC played very well at the net out blocking SWMS 14-5 in the match with Amber Meyer (Fr., MH, Paxton, Neb.) leading the way with five blocks.  The NSIC pre-season player of the year Erin Contons, (Sr. Apple Valley) led the Mustangs with 16 kills and 23 digs.  UMC head Coach Lee Anderson talking about the match said, "The two 30-19 scores really isn't indicative on how close the games really were.  They were a lot closer than that.  Any time you can take a game from the 8th ranked team in the nation that isn't bad.  We played better tonight than we did last night and we played better last night than we did the previous week so we that is good."
The University of Minnesota, Crookston now has a team record of 4-16, and is 2-8 in the NSIC. The Mustangs are now 18-4 on the season, and an impressive 9-1 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles will play next against Northern State at home on October 12. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Heather Foreman digs out a Mustang serve as Jaclyn Slepicka looks on

Game Stats 1 2 3 3
SW MN State 30 29 30 30
UMC 22 31 19 19


     Lisa Steinbrecher with one of her two digs on the evening


For UMC:

Kills:  Heather Foreman - 12,  Katie Bonine-11
Assists:  Cassie Yates - 20,  Megan Derouard - 11
Digs:  Jaclyn Slipicka - 19, Katie Bonine - 15, Heather Foreman - 14, Megan Derouard - 11
Aces:  Cassie Yates - 3, Katie Bonine - 2
Blocks:  Amber Meyer - 5, Allison Zajicek - 4, Theresa Crance - 3


The UMC Golden Eagles women's soccer team won their second Northern Sun Conference match, and second in a row, as they shutout Minnesota State-Moorhead 3-0 in a match in Crookston.  Megan Gibeault, a Golden Eagle freshman from Green Bay, WI., who was second on the team in goals scored, has taken the scoring lead for the Golden Eagles, scoring all three goals to lead UMC to their second conference win. Gibeault scored early in the first half, putting in a pass from Kelsey Palmer (Fresh-Crookston), and as it turned out, it would be the only marker UMC would need, but Gibeault wasn't done, as she converted a corner kick from Kiely Bladow (Sr-Monument, CO.) and the two finished it off with another goal with a couple minutes left in the contest.  UMC reversed an earlier score, in a 2-1 loss at Moorhead, in a non-conference game, but with this game a counter in, UMC is now 2-1 in the Northern Sun Conference and 4-9 overall.
Minnesota State-Moorhead is 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles will host Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM.

BOX SCORE 1st H 2nd H


Mn State-Moorhead 0 0 0
UMC 1 2 3

15:46 UMC -  Megan Gibeault  (Kelsey Palmer)
68:10 UMC -  Megan Gibeault  (Kiely Bladow)               
87:44 UMC -   Megan Gibeault (Kiely Bladow)


UMC - Leyla Castillo - 8
MSUM - Andrea Pearson - 4


The Crookston Pirate girl's swimming team finished 13th in the University of North Dakota High School Invitational meet today.  Minot, N.D. won the meet with 331 points, Marshall, Mn was second with 280.  The Pirates had 36 points.



The Crookston Pirate senior running back Josh Thomas ran for 255 yards and three touchdowns, while junior wide receiver/defensive back, Cody Holtman caught a touchdown pass, ran a kickoff back for a touchdown and had two interceptions in the game, as both led the Pirates to a 48-27 win over the visiting Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) Wolverines.
Crookston started quickly with a short field on their first possession, and Holtman caught a 10 yard touchdown pass from Ethan Hulst just three minutes into the game to give the Pirates an early lead 7-0. “That was something we told our kids,” said Crookston head coach Chris Trostad, “we knew that Wadena, even with their record, had played teams pretty tough in the early part of the game, and we wanted to get to them early, and we did that on the first series.”
After a Holtman interception on the next Wadena series, which was a diving grab at midfield, gave Crookston the ball in excellent field position again at the WDC 47 yard line. “that is fun, making the interception,” said Holtman, “it was being in the right spot and good timing.” The Crookston offense would respond to the interception with their best drive of the game, going 47 yards on nine plays, which took five minutes, when Thomas went in from three yards out to give Crookston a 14-0 lead.  WDC would answer in the form of Matt Stone, who ran back a kickoff 93 yards to cut the Pirate lead in half 14-7.  Crookston would start their next drive at their own 44 yard line, after a 34 yard Holtman kickoff return.  The Pirates would need only five plays, with a couple Thomas runs, and the senior finished it off with an 11 yard run with 45 seconds to go in the first quarter and Crookston had a 21-7 lead. “We told our players that we wanted to score on our first three possessions in the game, and hold Wadena on their first three possessions, and other than their kickoff return, I thought we did that in the first quarter,” said Trostad.
Wadena-Deer Creek used ball control and a couple nice drives that accounted for points, but also kept the ball away from the potent Crookston offense. WDC had an 11 play, 72 yard drive with Stone going in from 11 yards and with 6:15 to go in the first half, the Wolverines were within 21-14, and had some momentum going, but it was short lived as Holtman broke their hearts with an 82 yard kickoff return to put the Pirates right back up at 28-14. “I caught the ball and then had great blocking with about a 10 yard hole to go through,” said Holtman, “all I had to do was go through it and was able to go all the way.”  WDC would take the ensuing kickoff and march down the field, only to have a pass picked off in the end zone by Michael Schoeneberger to squelch the Wolverine threat.  As dominant as Crookston was in the first quarter, 138 yards offense to 12 for WDC, the Wolverines did the same in the second quarter, out gaining the Pirates 132 to 39 in total yards. “We had a lot of missed tackles tonight,” said Trostad, “we had a number of players with their feet together and not breaking down and making tackles, which is something we will be working on in practice.”
Crookston would start the second half, like they did the first half, using over four minutes of the clock on a 71 yard drive and Hulst hitting Matt Wavra for a five yard touchdown pass and half way through the third quarter, Crookston led 35-14.  The next possession for the Pirates was all Thomas, as the speedster found a seam and just blew by the Wadena secondary on a 61 yard touchdown run, for his third rushing score of the game. “Taylor Terpstra was playing some fullback for us tonight,” said Thomas, “and I just followed him and was able to get open and score, but Terpstra did a good job.”
WDC scored quickly on their next series, as the Wolverine senior quarterback hit a couple big passes, including a 14 yard scoring strike to Stone and WDC was keeping around, trailing 41-21 going into the fourth quarter.  The two teams traded touchdown, as Crookston’s Hulst hooked up for the second time with Wavra, who made a nifty catch in the end zone on a six yard pass and the Pirates were back up 48-21.  The reserves played the last seven minutes of the game and Wadena freshmen quarterback, Colter Pettit finished off the scoring with 25 seconds to go on a 16 yard run.
Crookston had near 400 yards total offense, 304 of it by Thomas, who rushed for 255 yards and caught a pass for 49 yards and was tackled at the one foot line. “The o-line was amazing tonight,” said Thomas, “I have to be a little more patient, but I was pretty excited tonight, because I got the ball a lot, and I just wanted to get up the field and get the yards, but I still have to be more patient and let things set up, but it was pretty good tonight."
Crookston improves to 3-3 on the season and will have a key Section 8AAA game at Roseau on Friday night.  The Rams are now 4-2 on the year, after taking care of Pequot Lakes tonight 37-6. “We are a lot alike, Roseau and us,” said Trostad, “We both can score some points and have some pretty good skilled people. It could very well come down to who will play the best defense.”
Wadena-Deer Creek is now 1-5 on the season.

Josh Thomas breaks a tackle on one of his big runs (He had 255 yards rushing)


  1 2 3 4 FINAL
Wadena-Deer Creek 7 7 7 6 27
CROOKSTON 21  7  13 7 48


 Matt Wavra hauls in a five yard touchdown pass, his first of two TD's

1st Quarter
2:51 -Crox -Cody Holtman 10 yard pass from Ethan Hulst  (Bobby Gutierrez kick)
8:21 -Crox -Josh Thomas 3 yard run  (Bobby Gutierrez kick)
8:36 -WDC - Matt Stone 93 yard kick off return  (Alex Barbato kick)
11:15 -Crox -Josh Thomas 11 yard run  (Bobby Gutierrez kick)

2nd Quarter
5:45 -WDC - Matt Stone 11 yard run  (Alex Barbato kick)
5:59 -Crox -Cody Holtman 82 yard kick off return  (Bobby Gutierrez kick)

3rd Quarter
4:18 -Crox -Mat Wavra 5 yard pass from Ethan Hulst  (Bobby Gutierrez kick)
6:16 -Crox -Josh Thomas 61 yard run  (kick failed)
7:19 -WDC - Riley Snyder 14 yard pass from Matt Lepper  (Alex Barbato kick)

4th Quarter

1:19 -Crox -Mat Wavra 6 yard pass from Ethan Hulst  (Bobby Gutierrez kick)
11:35 -WDC - Colter Pettit 16 yard run  (run failed)


  Brody Davidson (left) and Isaac Edlund rush the QB


First Downs 17 14
Rushing-Yards 39-283 33-144
Passing 9-19-0 10-25-3
Passing Yards 111 172
Total Yards 394 316
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-45 2-10
Punts-Yards Ave. 3-33.7 3-37.3


Cody Holtman (16) scores on an 82 yard kickoff return TD


CROOKSTON          Wadena-Deer Creek
Josh Thomas                  26-255 Matt Lepper                7-55
Cody Holtman                 1-10 Colter Pettit                 3-23
Ryan Erickson                 1-6 Matt Stone                  4-18
Mark Bittner                    3-5 Max LaBarre               2-15
Ethan Hulst                      4-4 Riley Snyder                 9-15
Victor Martinez               1-4 Jacob Wegscheid         2-14
Isaac Edlund                   2-0 Isaiah Toedter              2-12
Taylor Terpstra               1- (-1) Tate Kelderman           1-0
  Alex Barbato                1- (-4)
  Josh Sherman               2- (-4)


Ethan Hulst           9-16-0    111 yds Matt Lepper                 10-25-3    172 yds
Mark Bittner         0-3-0          0 yds  


Baba Maiga                      3-27 Riley Snyder        3-34
Matt Wavra                      2-11 Matt Stone          3-62
Lucas Biermaier                1-8 Donny Tabery     3-53
Cody Holtman                  1-10 Max LaBarre      1-23
Alan Mart                         1-6  
Josh Thomas                     1-49  


Jordan Brekken and Matt Derosier upend the running back


The Golden Eagle Women’s Volleyball team kicked off the Homecoming weekend tonight against the Wildcats of Wayne State College in a well fought defensive match in Lysaker Gymnasium. The University of Minnesota, Crookston lost in three sets tonight by scores of 26-30, 16-30, and 27-30. Service errors did not help the Golden Eagles, as the team committed seven service errors in the first two games and 10 overall on the night. Heather Foreman (Jr., OH, Brandon, Manitoba) led the Golden Eagles with10 kills, two service aces, and 12 digs. Theresa Crance (Sr., MH, Timber Lake, S.D.) continued her consistent attacking with nine kills and a .304 attack percentage. Allison Zajicek (Jr., OH, Beatrice, Neb.) had a great defensive night with one block solo and four assisted blocks, in addition to her three kills. Katie Bonine (Fr., OH, Cottage Grove, Minn.) had nine kills, three service aces and two block assists in the match. Megan Derouard (Sr., DS/S, Kenora, Ontario) and Cassie Yates (Jr., S, Buffalo, Minn.) split the duty at setter tonight, with 20 and 17 assists respectively. For the Wildcats, Emily Schroeder had 15 kills, two service aces, and four blocks assisted. Jennifer Hefner also had 15 kills on the night, with two digs, and four blocks assisted.

Tonight’s loss brings the Golden Eagles to 4-15 on the season and 2-7 in NSIC play. The Wildcats improve to 12-9 overall and 5-4 in NSIC play. The Golden Eagles take on the #8 ranked Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs tomorrow evening at 5:00 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium.

Box Score 1 2 3
Wayne State 30 30 30
UMC 26 16 27


For UMC:

Kills: Heather Foreman-10, Katie Bonine-9, Theresa Crance-9
Assists: Megan Derouard-20, Cassie Yates-17
Digs: Heather Foreman-12, Katie Bonine-11, Megan Derouard-11, Jaclyn Slepicka-10
Aces: Katie Bonine-3, Heather Foreman-2
Blocks: Allison Zajicek-1



The Crookston Pirate girl's tennis team, who finished the regular season with a 12-3 dual mark, were picked as the number one seed in the North of Section 8A for the Section Team Tournament that starts on Monday.
1.  Crookston
2.  Thief River Falls

3.  East Grand Forks
4.  Roseau

The North Section 8A Team Tournament will be on Monday, October 8th at East Grand Forks and Grand Forks sites.
10:00 AM -  CROOKSTON  will play  Roseau  at  the EGF Senior High School courts
10:00 AM -  TRF  vs  EGF  at the Register Courts near  the Century School Grand Forks
12:30 PM or 1:00 PM -  the winners play at the Register Courts
The Register Courts at Century School are located off 17th Street in Grand Forks. You go on Columbia Road and turn on 17th Street and go west until you run into it.)
The winner of the North will play the winner of the South for the Section 8A Title on October 16th at 6:30 PM at the Grand Forks Tennis Center.

The South team tournament will be played at Perham, with Park Rapids the top seed, followed by Perham and New York Mills.


East Grand Forks scored two goals in the first three and a half minutes of the match, and John Grabanski scored three goals as the Green Wave defeated the Crookston Pirates 6-1 in a match up of two Section 8A teams.
Crookston had defeated the Green Wave early this season 7-3 in East Grand Forks, but the Green Wave were able to turn it around on the road.  Crookston head coach Don Cox said, "Our first half was very slow and lethargic and it took us most of it to build up some steam.  We played a much better second half and had half a dozen good opportunities in front of their net, but just not get enough on it to put the ball in to the net.  We are still smarting from some injuries that have rocked us back on our heels here at the end of regular season.  Javier and Mariano Portillo are only about 80% healed and some of the respiratory illnesses we've had are still hanging around.  It would have been nice to have this series of unfortunate incidents come at the beginning instead of now, but oh well - the kids that are filling in are playing the best they can - the Pirates are still hanging in there and we will play out the season with class, just like we have done all season." Crookston is now 7-9 on the season and will host Hibbing on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM.

Emilio Gutierrez gets the ball knocked away by the EGF goaltender



  1st H 2nd H


East Grand Forks 4 2 6


   Alex Navarro fights off an EGF player as he chases the ball

EGF -  Jake Greenwood (Jeff Thorfinnson)   1:15
EGF -  Thorfinnson (Michael Lukkason)  3:36
EGF -  John Grabanski  (Greenwood)   17:48
Crox -  Javier Portillo  (Jake Thompson)  28:05
EGF -   Thorfinnson   (Lukkason)   35:35
EGF -   Grabanski  (Thorfinsson)  44:00
EGF -   Grabanski  (Lukkason)  77:08


Crookston - Jarrett Butenhoff -  7

EGF -  Nathan Carlson -  8






The Crookston Pirate girls soccer team was looking to win their third match in a row, but fell short as they lost to Minnewaska Area 3-1 in a Section 8A match-up at Lincoln Field in Crookston.  Minnewaska Area scored seven minutes into the match to take an early 1-0 lead.  The final thirty three minutes of the first half would be a defensive battle as neither team would have a high percentage shot the rest of the half.   In the second half Minnewaska Area struck first again as they scored 15 minutes into the half and added another goal 13 minutes later to give the Lakers a 3-0 lead.  Crookston finally found the back of the net with eight minutes to go when Erika Wheelhouse took a pass from her sister, Marlee, and snuck it past the Laker goaltender to avoid the shutout.  Pirate coach Sarah Reese talking about the loss said, "Today we played a good game, we played an aggressive game.  We were just a step off and that made all the difference in the world and Minnewaska played well.  We missed a few key opportunities and they got a few breaks and that was the difference right there."  Coach Reese thought her team finished the match on a good note, adding, "In the first 70 minutes our momentum was a little bit less than what we expect of ourselves.  In the last ten minutes we came back and picked it up and got a goal which was good."  The Pirates drop to 4-10-1 on the year.  

  Brooke Morris stops the ball and holds off a Laker defender


  1st H 2nd H


Minnewaska Area 1 2 3


Kalie Persson hits the breaks as Marlee Wheelhouse and Tori Rhode look on



Min - 7th minute
Min - 55th minute
Min - 68the minute
Crox -  Erika Wheelhouse (Marlee Wheelhouse) 72nd minute


Crookston - Kristen Remick - 9 saves

Minnewaska - 2 saves





The Crookston Pirates lost the first game to Red Lake County Central 17-25, but the Pirates rebounded by winning three games in a row to claim a 3-1 win in a match played in Plummer to improve to 9-3 on the season.
Game one was close for a short period of time, with the Pirates trailing 5-6, but the Mustangs would win eight of the next 10 points to take a sizeable lead and cruised to the 25-17 lead.  “It was pretty tough at first,” said Crookston setter, Nellie Hanson, “we didn’t really get it together, as we didn’t have our normal lineup.”
The second game, Hanson would break open a 14-6 lead with five straight serving points and Crookston would win easily 25-13 to tie it at one game apiece. “We had our starting lineup back in the second game,” said Nellie, “Brea (Aamoth) was back after her back injury, and Allie (Schumacher) was in the lineup too, so really helped to get the starting six back together.”
The momentum continued in game three, as Hanson again, along with setting partner Lindsay Morgan were serving well and Crookston jumped out to a 13-8 lead, but RLCC would close it to 15-17, before the Pirates Macy Hanson proved to be too much at the net, as she was blasting away and led Crookston to a 25-16 win in game three.
Red Lake County Central, who needed a win, would take an early 4-1 lead, but Crookston scored nine points in a row, behind the serving of Morgan and Nellie Hanson, and the front row play of Macy Hanson and Aamoth and the blocking of Shelby Folkers, which seemed to frustrate the young Mustangs and Crookston rolled to a 25-17 win and the match.
“We didn’t start out passing well in the first game,” said Crookston head coach Lon Boike, “and it shouldn’t matter who the personnel is in the game, we just didn’t pass well.  They girl’s were disappointed they didn’t play well in the first game and we put Brea in, and because she hadn’t played for a week, we didn’t know how she would do, and we knew Allie would be fine when she got in there, and things started to click pretty well the rest of the night.”
With the win, Crookston is now 9-3 on the season and will be at the Perham Tournament on Saturday, and in their pool will be Hawley and Bemidji.  They play both of those teams, and then will play two more after the pool play.
Red Lake County Central is now 15-13 on the season.
JV -  Crookston won 2-0
Freshmen -  RLCC won 2-1

  1 2 3 4
CROOKSTON 17 25 25 25
RLCC 25 13 16 17


For Crookston:

Kills/Blocks: Macy Hanson-12, Brea Aamoth-9, Shelby Folkers-6
Assists: Lindsay Morgan-21, Nellie Hanson-12
Digs: Macy Hanson-15, Lindsey Roy-7, Ashly Meyer-5
Aces: Macy Hanson- 2





When is only two wins in a loss reason a reason to feel pretty good? When those two wins come against the Bemidji Lumberjacks, that’s when!!! The Bemidji Lumberjacks are undefeated this season in one of their best seasons in Bemidji history and they have been just clobbering the competition, including a 7-0 whitewash over Alexandria on Saturday. The Lumberjacks have been so dominate that they beat Crookston 7-0 earlier this year in a dual, and Bemidji destroyed the field in the Crookston Pirate Booster Tournament, by winning all four singles and all three doubles matches.  Today, the Pirates and Lumberjacks hooked up inside at the Grand Forks Tennis Center, and the Pirates were able to win two matches, albeit in three sets, when Hayley Myrold won at number two singles in a 10-6 third set tie-breaker, and the number one doubles team of Alisyn and Rachel Buchmeier won in a 10-5 third set tie-break. “Hayley played very well today,” said Crookston head coach Mike Geffre, “the girl she played, Jamie Hoffman is in the same grade as Hayley, so they’ve not only played each other in high school, but during summer tournaments as well, and Hayley had not beaten her in their last seven meetings, so it was a nice win for her.  This was one of the better matches that the Buchmeier twins have played this year as well, in winning their doubles match.  They played very solid today and it should be a confidence win for them.”
In the other five matches, Bemidji was on their game, winning all in two sets, “They are a very good team,” said Geffre, “they have no weaknesses and should do well at State in Class AA.  It was a good way for us to end the regular season and get us ready for the Section Tournament.”
Crookston should be the number seed in the North Half of the Section 8A Team Tournament which starts on Monday at East Grand Forks.

Singles CROOKSTON-2 Bemidji-5 Scores Winner
#1 Molly Simmons Nicole Christiansen 6-4, 6-2 BHS
#2 Hayley Myrold Jamie Hoffman 1-6, 6-1(10-6) Crox
#3 Andrea Lariviere Rachel Smith 6-2, 6-0 BHS
#4 Sarah Derosier Brittany Thompson 6-3, 6-1 BHS
#1 Alisyn Buchmeier
Rachel Buchmeier
Kelli Christiansen
Rachel Imsande
7-6(7-5), 2-6(10-5) Crox
#2 Sarah Cooley
Danielle Persson
Tessa Comstock
Suzann Nordquist
6-2, 6-0 BHS
#3 Brittny Boetcher
Birgetta Martin
Megan Huesby
Cortne Solberg
6-1, 6-0 BHS




The Crookston Pirates had seven first place and five second place finishes but Fosston-Bagley would finish strong late in the meet to defeat Crookston 94-82 in a dual at the Crookston Pool. Ana Koch and Abbie Anderson each had three first place finishes including the 200 Medley Relay. "The girls had a really great start," said Crookston head coach Ken Stromberg, "our 200 medley relay had a first place finish and when they have a good finish it always seems to give us a good start." The Pirates had a two point lead after the first event but trailed until the 100 Butterfly when Abbie Anderson and Anna Mae Tollefson had first and second place finishes respectively, but Fosston-Bagley would slowly pull away to win the dual. "Ana (Koch) and Abbie (Anderson) had their normal soild starts for us but I though Anna Mae Tollefson, Kaytelyn Porter, Sarah and Kelsey Kaml all brought the team up a level and we couldn't do it without them." Crookston goes to Grand Forks Saturday morning for the U-N-D High at 9:00 am.


     Abbie Anderson dives in on the final leg of the 200 medley relay



1st Ana Koch, Kelsey Kaml,
Anna Mae Tollefson, Abbie Anderson
200 Medley Relay 2:19.61
1st Sarah Kaml Diving 130.10
1st Abbie Anderson 100 Butterfly 1:19.54
1st Ana Koch 500 Free 6:25.89
1st Ana Koch 100 Backstroke 1:17.44
1st Kelsey Kaml 100 Breaststroke 1:31.47
1st Abbie Anderson 50 Free 30.46
2nd Kaytelyn Porter 200 Free 2:38.82
2nd Kelsey Kaml 200 IM 3:04.09
2nd Anna Mae Tollefson 100 Butterfly 1:22.34
2nd Stephanie Genereux, Kelsey Kaml,
Kaytelyn Porter, Abbie Anderson
200 Free Relay 2:10.52
2nd Anna Mae Tollefson 100 Backstroke 1:22.24
3rd Stephanie Genereux, Anna Mae Tollefson,
Kaytelyn Porter, Ana Koch
400 Free Relay 4:52.07
3rd Kaytelyn Porter 500 Free 7:13.47
3rd Stephanie Genereux 100 Free 1:11.75
4th Nicole Plante 200 IM 3:13.47
4th Morgan Welter, Jasmyne Cardinal,
Nicole Plante, Sarah Kaml
200 Medley Relay 2:47.40
4th Stephanie Genereux 50 Free 33.18
4th Jasmyne Cardinal, Nicole Plante, 
Morgan Welter, Sarah Kaml
200 Free Relay 2:32.32
5th Morgan Welter 200 IM 3:16.33
5th Nicole Plante 100 Freestyle 1:20.23
5th Sarah Kaml 100 Breaststroke 1:40.80
5th Jasmyne Cardinal 200 Free 3:10.81
6th Ashley Mills 200 Free 3:25.32
6th Ashley Mills 50 Free 41.62
6th Jasmyne Cardinal 500 Free 8:21.53
6th Morgan Welter 100 Backstroke 1:30.62


         Kaytelyn Porter takes a quick breath in the 500 freestyle






Concordia-St.Paul came into their match with the UMC Golden Eagle volleyball team ranked fourth in the nation in the NCAA D-II and showed why as they beat UMC 3-0 in an NSIC conference match.  In the match the Golden Bears set a school three game match record with 15 aces on the evening.  The Golden Bears as a team had a match attack percentage of .456 to UMC’s .043 attack percentage. Concordia- St. Paul’s Maria Steinhagen led all attackers with 13 kills (.647 attack percentage). Theresa Crance (Sr., MH, Timber Lake, S.D.) led the Golden Eagles with nine kills (.364 attack percentage).
The Golden Eagles are now 4-14 overall on the season and 2-6 in the NSIC. Concordia- St. Paul improves to 18-2 on the season and 8-1 in conference play. UMC returns home to Lysaker Gymnasium this weekend for homecoming. The team hosts Wayne State College on Friday and Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday.


UMC 14 17 11
Concordia-St. Paul 30 30 30


For UMC:

Kills:  Theresa Crance-9
Assists: Cassie Yates-21
Digs: Jaclyn Slepicka-9
Aces: Cassie Yates and Ashley Allen with one apiece
Blocks:  Theresa Crance-1, Katie Bonine - 1






The Crookston Pirate girl's soccer team came out strong against Bemidji after having just under a week off. The Pirates struck first when Erika Wheelhouse scored on a Hollie Luckow assisted to give the Pirates the first goal just 17 minutes into the game and the Pirates would take a 1-0 lead into the half. "We came out really strong against Bemidji and we continued running the 4-3-3 formation for the second straight game and thought the girls did a great job adjusting to it once again," said Crookston head coach Sarah Reese. Marlee Wheelhouse started off the scoring 12 minutes into the second half when she scored on a Kalie Persson pass to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead. Marlee would score 16 minutes later on a penalty kick and the Pirates would go on to win 3-0. Crookston again would avenged another loss from earlier in the year as Bemidji beat Crookston back on September 6th by a score of 4-1. "We played a great game today, the girls played with a great intensity level," said Reese, "Erika (Wheelhouse) who played a few different positions did a good job and Marlee (Wheelhouse) and Kalie (Persson) did a great job for us but it was an all around effort by all the girls to get us the win. We did a great job of passing, we played aggressive, and the girls did a great job of controlling the ball. It was a really fun match to watch as it was played at a high tempo and the girls did everything asked of them." Kristen Remick made 2 saves for Crookston who is now 4-9-1 on the season and will host Minnewaska Area Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 pm, while Bemidji falls to 4-7-2. 
JV -  Bemidji won  3-1

  Holly Luckow rubs a Bemidji player off the ball


  1st H 2nd H


Bemidji 0 0 0


Erika Wheelhouse receives a pass from a teammate at midfield


Crox -  Erika Wheelhouse  (Hollie Luckow)   17th minute
Crox -  Marlee Wheelhouse  (Kalie Persson)   52nd minute
Crox -  Marlee Wheelhouse  (Penalty kick)   68th minute

Crookston -  Kristen Remick -  2 saves
Bemidji- 6 saves





St. Cloud State shot ten strokes better than any other team on the second day of the Winona State meet to take first place. The UMC Golden Eagles took fifth shooting a 607, 42 strokes behind St. Cloud. Jake Sanders led the Golden Eagles shooting a 143 which was also eighth overall. Adam Winans of Upper Iowa was the Top Individual with a 137.


Place Team Score
1 St. Cloud St.  565
2 Winona St. 569
3 Bemidji St. 575
4 Upper Iowa 589
5 UMC 607
6 Concordia- St. Paul  610







Nebraska-Omaha shot six strokes better on the second day than the University of North Dakota as the went on to win the UND meet at King's Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks.  UMC finished ninth 149 strokes behind Nebraska-Omaha, the Golden Eagles were led by Brittany Poule who shot a 178 which was 47th overall. Anglea Klindtsworth of Manitoba and Sara Wolfe of Omaha tied for top score with a 153.




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