THURSDAY - AUGUST 11, 2016 

UMC MEN'S GOLF TEAM EARNS AN ACADEMIC AWARD FOR THEIR 3.19 GPA

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team was one of 42 NCAA Division II squads to earn the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-Academic Team Award for maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
To be eligible for the GCAA All-Academic Team honor a college or university must submit the cumulative GPA's for each player on its official squad list for the academic year. A record 210 teams submitted GPA's of 3.00 or higher to earn All-Academic Team recognition.
The University of Minnesota Crookston posted a 3.19 cumulative GPA as a team for the 2015-16 season.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 10,  2016

UMC VOLLEYBALL PICKED TO FINISH 14TH IN THE NSIC PRE-SEASON COACHES POLL

For the 13th consecutive season the Concordia University, St. Paul Golden Bears have been picked by the league coaches in the NSIC Preseason Volleyball Poll. The Golden Bears, which won the NSIC regular season and the NSIC Tournament last season, received 13 first place votes to tally 219 points.
Southwest Minnesota State was picked second as the Mustangs received 194 points and a first place vote. Minnesota Duluth was picked third in the poll as they had 185 points. Winona State was fourth with 174 points while Wayne State, a national semifinalist last season, was picked fifth and received a pair of first place nods.
The preseason player of the year is Concordia-St. Paul's Riley Hanson (Sr. Nevis).


UMC finished 15th last season going 4-16 in the NSIC and 8-20 overall and are looking for big improvement this year with five starters returning. The Golden Eagles are led by setter Sierra Trost (Sr. Ham Lake), who enters her fourth year as a starter. Trost averaged 8.41 assists per set and 2.48 digs per set as a junior. She is joined by returning starters Maggie Perrel (Jr. New Germany), Kelci Green (Jr. Anoka), Kaycie Hagen (Jr. Savage) and Casey Cashman (Sr. Ashland, Wis). The Golden Eagles also return Kali Erickson (Sr. Fargo), Kassi Green (Jr. Anoka) and Becca Vandenheuvel (Jr. Cannon Falls), who have a lot of experience.

On the attack, UMC is led by returnee Perrel, who averaged 2.86 kills and 2.34 digs per set last season. Defensively, Kelci Green leads the charge after averaging 1.13 blocks per set last season, while Casey Cashman averaged 3.23 digs per set from her libero position.

The 2016 NSIC Volleyball season will begin with non-conference matches on Thursday, September 1 while the NSIC schedule begins Thursday, September 15. The 2016 NSIC regular season champion will be determined by the 20-game conference schedule. The top eight teams will play in the single elimination NSIC Volleyball tournament starting November 16. Quarterfinals will be hosted on campus by the top four seeds while the semifinals and championship will be hosted by the highest remaining seed following the first round of play.
 

NSIC Volleyball coaches poll Points
1. Concordia-St. Paul (13) 219
2. Southwest Minnesota State (1) 194
3. Minnesota Duluth 185
4. Winona State 174
5. Wayne State (2) 171
6. Augustana 169
7. Northern State 148
8. Minnesota State 137
9. Sioux Falls 105
10. MSU Moorhead 101
11. Upper Iowa 73
12. University of Mary 65
      St. Cloud State 65
14. Minnesota Crookston 60
15. Minot State 29
16. Bemidji State 25
first place votes in ( )  

 


 

LONGTIME CROOKSTON PIRATE ASSISTANT TENNIS COACH LEE MEIER NAMED UMC TENNIS COACH

The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department announced the hiring of Lee Meier as head women’s tennis coach. “We are very excited to announce Lee Meier as our head tennis coach at Minnesota Crookston,” said Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. “Lee brings to UMC a wealth of knowledge about tennis and also has a deep connection with the tennis community around the area through his connections with the high school and Crookston Tennis Association. We can’t wait for Lee to get started and continue to build our Golden Eagle tennis program.”
Meier has been a big part of the Crookston tennis community for nearly 20 years, serving as Assistant Boy’s Tennis Coach at Crookston High School and also serving as co-founder and former chairman of the Crookston Tennis Association.
"I have a passion for tennis and am very excited for the opportunity to work with the women's tennis team at UMC," Meier said. "I have been blessed with the opportunity to be involved with tennis for most of my life. My philosophy of coaching is to instill sportsmanship, integrity, and develop future citizens that will have a positive impact on society. I am excited to build upon what has been done with the Golden Eagles in the past as we continue to develop quality student-athletes on and off the tennis court."

In 2015 and 2016, Meier helped the Crookston High School boy’s tennis team earn the Section 8-A Championship. The Pirates would also send the doubles pair of Bobby Tiedemann and Andy Gregg on to the State Tournament last season. The Crookston High School team would make it to the first round of the state tournament. The previous season, Meier helped the Pirates advance to the semi-finals of the state tennis tournament. Throughout his time with the Pirates, he has been instrumental in helping teams and players advance to section and state tournaments. 
In addition to his work at Crookston High School, Meier has helped build the tennis community in Crookston through his work with the Crookston Tennis Association. Appointed as the first chair of the group in 2001, Meier has helped to foster a love for tennis to all ages, races and socioeconomic groups around the Crookston area. 

Over the last four years, Meier has conducted weekly tennis drills for adults in order to promote an appreciation of the game.

Meier also works as the Executive Director of the Northwest Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. He has served in this role since 1987. In this role, he operates Housing, Community and Economic Development programs in 11 counties in Northwest Minnesota.
Meier is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor of science in health service management. He also holds his Minnesota Real Estate License. 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY - AUGUST 8,  2016

CROOKSTON LIONS JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Crookston Lions Club held their annual junior golf tournament on Monday at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston.  The winners in each age group are below-

15-17 Year olds
Boys -                                        Girls
1st - Trey Christopherson        1st - Joslynn Leach
2nd - Cameron Harren

13-14 Boys
1st - Grant Wilson
2nd - Grant Skalunsky
3rd - Mason Snowman

11-12 Boys
1st - Hampton Skalunsky
2nd - Zach Johnson

9-10 year olds
Boys                                 Girls
1st - Hunter Nicholas      1st - Addison Fee
2nd - Sam Widseth          2nd - Kylie Clauson
3rd - Isaac Ramirez         3rd - Allyson Wagner


15-17 year olds - Josslyn Leach, Trey Christopherson, Cameron Harden


 13-14 year olds-  Mason Snowman, Grant Skalunsky, and Grant Wilson with their awards


11-12 year olds - Hampton Skalunsky and Zach Johnson with their awards


9-10 year olds
David Threatt, Sam Widseth, Hunter Nicholas, and Isaac Ramirez


9-11 girls - Addison Fee, Kylie Clauson, and Allyson Wagner

 

 

 

SATURDAY/SUNDAY - AUGUST 6/7,  2016

CROOKSTON REDS ONE WIN AWAY FROM FIRST STATE TOURNEY SINCE 1999

The Crookston Reds came into the Region 10C Amateur Baseball tournament as the bottom seed from the Norman-Polk League and after a first round loss they bounced back to win their next two elimination games and are now a win away from advancing to the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball tournament for the first time since 1999. 
Crookston lost to Roseau 4-1 on Saturday in the first round of the region tournament and beat Warroad 6-1 and Ada 9-4 on Sunday and will take on Roseau at Noon on Saturday, August 13 at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.   
 

GAME ONE vs Roseau

The Reds first game of the tournament was Saturday afternoon against the Roseau Royals.  The game was a pitchers dual through the first five innings with each team having two hits apiece.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Roseau had back to back walks and a hit batter to load the bases and Wyatt Peppel singled to score a run for a 1-0 lead.  In the eighth inning, Roseau had four hits, a walk and took advantage of an error to score three runs for a 4-0 lead. 
Crookston finally got on the board in the top of the ninth inning.  There were two outs and Jonny Olson reached on a fielders choice and Cody Magsam singled to score Olson, but that would be it for the Reds in a 4-1 loss in the first round of the Region 10C tournament at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.


        Scotty Mortenson slides intro third base against Ada on Sunday

GAME ONE

1
2
3
4
5
6 7 8 9
Runs
Hits
Errors

CROOKSTON

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1
Roseau 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 - 4 7 1


 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft - Crox (LP) 8 7 4 3 4 3
Matt Howell - Ros (WP) 7.1 5 0 0 3 6
Aaron Dostal - Ros (S) 1.2 2 1 1 1 3


For Crookston
Cody Magsam - 2-3, rbi, walk
Justin Johnson - 2-4, walk, stolen base

 

 

GAME TWO vs Warroad


The Crookston Reds scored four runs in the fourth inning and held on for a 6-1 win over the Warroad Muskies in a loser out game. 
Crookston didn't have a hit in the first three innings before they exploded for five hits and four runs in the fourth inning.  Matt Morin singled with one out to start the inning, Aaron Hollcraft singled and Cody Magsam walked to load the bases.  Lars Brevik singled and scored Morin and Hollcraft was thrown out at home for the second out.  Scott Mortenson singled to score a run, Jonny Olson singled in another run and Mortenson scored on a wild pitch for a 4-0 lead.
The Reds were retired in order in the next three innings before they added two insurance runs in the eighth inning.  Justin Johnson led off the inning with a walk, Noah Zimmerman singled and Morin reached on an error to load the bases.  Hollcraft reached on a fielders choice and a run scored on the play and Magsam grounded out and another run scored for a 6-0 lead after eight innings.
Warroad tried a later ninth inning rally with a lead off single, a walk, hit batter and a wild pitch to score a run, but that is all they would get and Crookston held on for a 6-1 victory to keep the season alive.


                          Seth Desrosier with a single in the Ada game on Sunday night

GAME TWO

1
2
3
4
5
6 7 8 9
Runs
Hits
Errors

Warroad

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 1
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 - 6 6 3


 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Matt Morin - Crox (WP) 8 5 0 0 1 2
Joe Kvidt - Crox 1 1 1 0 2 1
Logan Wallace - War (LP) 8 6 6 5 3 4


For Crookston

Scotty Mortenson - 2-3, run, rbi
Jonny Olson - 1-3, rbi

 

 

 

 

GAME THREE vs Ada


In the second straight loser out game, Crookston faced off with their rival, the Ada Athletics.  The Reds couldn't have started the game any better when Noah Zimmerman singled and scored on an error for a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning.  In the bottom of the first inning, the Reds' Lars Brevik and the defense behind him retired Ada with three ground outs.  In the second inning, Crookston exploded for eight runs on eight hits.  Scotty Mortenson singled, Seth Desrosier reached on a fielder's choice and after the second out of the inning the Reds Justin Johnson walked to load the bases.  Noah Zimmerman walked for an rbi, Matt Morin singled in two runs, Aaron Hollcraft tripled to score two runs, Cody Magsam singled to score a run, and Lars Brevik doubled to score a run and Crookston led 9-0. 
Ada scored two runs in the sixth inning and added two more runs in the eighth to get within a 9-4 deficit.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Ada had a lead off double before the Reds retired the next three batters for a 9-4 victory. 
Crookston improves to 10-14 on the year and will play Roseau at Noon on Saturday, August 13 at Jim Karn Field in Crookston in the Region 10C tournament.  The winner will advance to state and play Bemidji in the championship, the losers season comes to an end.


     Lars Brevik with a pitch vs Ada     Cody Magsam tries to turn a double play

GAME THREE

1
2
3
4
5
6 7 8 9
Runs
Hits
Errors

CROOKSTON

1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 14 1
Ada 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 10 3


 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Lars Brevik - Crox (WP) 9 10 4 4 2 3
Blake Fetting - Ada (LP) 1.2 8 9 7 2 0
Aaron Cook - Ada 7.1 6 0 0 0 1


For Crookston

Matt Morin - 3-5, 2 rbi, run
Cody Magsam - 3-5, run
Lars Brevik - 3-5, rbi
Scotty Mortenson - 2-5, run

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 3,  2016

UMC FOOTBALL PICKED TO FINISH LAST IN THE NSIC COACHES PRE-SEASON POLL

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle football team was picked to finish last place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference pre-season coaches poll released Wednesday morning.  UMC was 1-10 last year and beat Minot State 45-13 in the second to last game of the year for their lone victory. 
UMC  has 12 starters from last years team. Offensively, the Golden Eagles are led by three All-NSIC picks from 2015. All-NSIC North Second Team pick Dre Person (Sr., RB, Detroit, Mich.) returns after rushing for 767 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. Fellow All-NSIC North Second Team selection Adam Connette (Jr., WR, Corona, Calif.) also returns. Connette is on pace to break every receiving record at UMC after 671 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore. UMC also returns All-NSIC Honorable Mention pick Noah Lee (R-So., OL, Vadnais Heights) on the offensive line.
Defensively, UMC also returns six starters on the defensive side of the ball. The Golden Eagles return a lot of experience in the secondary led by Jake Newman (Jr., DB, White Bear Lake), who had 58 tackles last season with three interceptions. Dion Wallisch (R-So., DB, Oakdale) also returns after a strong freshman year, as does 
Ali Alkhatib (R-So., DB, Rosemount). UMC also returns Bubba Cook (So., DL, Surprise, Ariz.) on the defensive line. Cook had 40 tackles and five tackles for loss as a freshman. 

Minnesota State University, Mankato was selected by the league coaches as the overall and south division preseason favorite in the NSIC for 2016.  The Mavericks received 11 first place votes and amassed 216 points, 18 points ahead of Augustana (198) and 22 points ahead of Minnesota Duluth (194), which garnered a first place vote and was the coaches’ top choice in the north division. Sioux Falls was picked fourth overall (192) and received two first place votes. Northern State and SMSU also received first place nods in the preseason poll.
UMC's first football game will be on Thursday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Winona State.

Overall Points   North Division Points
1. Minnesota State  (11) 216   1 Minnesota Duluth (6) 47
2. Augustana  198   2. Bemidji State (1) 42
3. Minnesota Duluth (1) 194   3. Northern State (1)  35
4. Sioux Falls (2) 192   4. St. Cloud State 31
5. Bemidji State   153   5. MSU Moorhead 28
6. Northern State (1) 143   6. Minot State 19
7. SMSU (1)  140   7. University of Mary 12
8. Winona State  139   8. Minnesota Crookston 10
9. St. Cloud State  132   South Division Points
10. MSU Moorhead 97   1. Minnesota State (6) 47
11. Upper Iowa  88   2. Augustana  40
12. Wayne State  71       Sioux Falls (1) 40
13. Concordia-St. Paul 52   4. SMSU (1) 30
14. Minot State  44   5. Winona State 27
15. University of Mary 40   6. Upper Iowa 18
16. Minnesota Crookston 21   7. Wayne State 14
first place votes in ( )     8. Concordia-St. Paul 8

 

 

 

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS FORD WINS THE TUESDAY NIGHT MEN'S SOFTBALL LEAGUE

Christian Brothers Ford won the Crookston Park and Rec Tuesday night Men's Softball League Championship on Tuesday night.  Christian Brothers Ford and Lean Packaging/One N' Only were tied for first place at the end of the regular season, but Christian Brothers Ford won the tournament and were crowned league champions.

Back Row (L-R): Jamison St. Germain, Ryan St. Germain, Taylor Sannes, Derek Christianson, Alex Wentzel, Jedd Sylvester, and Jake Rarick

Front: Nic Thompson, Mike St. Germain, and Markie Broden  (Picture submitted Taylor Sannes)

 

 

TUESDAY - AUGUST 2,  2016

CROOKSTON GOLFERS COMPETE IN BIRCHMONT GOLF TOURNAMENT IN BEMIDJI

The Birchmont Golf Tournament was held at Bemidji Town and Country Club last weekend and some Crookston golfers competed and played well.  The Crookston results are below-

In the Men's Championship -
Isaac Westlake lost in the first round to Bemidji's Justin Johnson 1up.  In the consolation Isaac lost to Conner Bjugstad of San Antonio, Texas and was eliminated.

Vice President's Flight-
Dane Anderson lost to Skylar Belgarde of Grand Forks 2-1.  In the second round, Dane lost to Matthew Gregg of Bemidji 4-3 and was eliminated.

Letter A Flight-
Brady Heppner beat Kyle Wagner of St. Francis in 26 holes!  In the second round he lost to Jeff Stadheim of Mason City, Iowa 5-3.

Junior Championship-
Brock Heppner beat Anna Tolette in 19 holes.  He lost to Bryce Bye of Fargo.  In the consoaltion bracket Brock beat Dyson Thacker of Fergus Falls and in the consolation championship he be Bryce Golden of Bemidji.

Junior 2nd Flight -
Charles Eickhof lost to Keaton Gilbertson 5-4.  In the consolation, Charles beat Joey Kennelly of Grand Forks 3-2 and in the consolation championship he beat Zach Hinschberger of Grand Forks.

Junior 3rd Flight -
Ethan Christopherson lost to Tyler Schacher of Hawley 3-1.  In the consolation bracket, Ethan beat Colton Mitchell of Cass Lake 1up and lost to Croix Golden of Bemidji in the consolation championship

 


 

MONDAY - AUGUST 1,  2016

LITHIA FORD/ABRAMS FARM SERVICE/MUGOOS WIN THE MONDAY NIGHT MENS SOFTBALL LEAGUE

The Lithia Ford/Abrams Farm Service/Mugoos softball team beat Michelob Golden Light 21-18 in the Crookston Park and Rec Monday night men's softball league on Monday night. 


Back row - Matt Hann, Nick Bergan, Collin Erdman, Ryan Melsa, Jake Abrams, Rainer Simmons, Jeremy Yeager
Front row - Curt Anderson, Wade Demarais, Wally Bakken, Ryan Edevold, Chris Demarais


 

NOAH INSURANCE WINS THE CROOKSTON PARK AND REC SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

The Crookston Park and Rec Women's Sand Volleyball finished their season at the Crookston Sports Center Monday evening with eight teams competing.  The regular season and playoff champions was Noah Insurance.    


Noah Insurance was the regular season and tournament champions (Picture by Sandy Desrosier)

Season Play:
1st:  Noah Insurance
2nd:  Crookston Eye Clinic
3rd:  LMN Contracting

Playoff Tournament:
1st: Noah Insurance
2nd:  SWAT
3rd: Crookston Eye Clinic


SWAT finished second place in the tournament (Picture by Sandy Desrosier)


The Crookston Eye Clinic finished third place in the tournament (Picture by Sandy Desrosier)

 

 

 

FRIDAY - JULY 29,  2016

CONCORDIA WRESTLERS PUT ON WRESTLING CAMP IN CROOKSTON


Joe Heinz and Adam Pressler were the technicians for Day 1 of the Cobber Camp. (Picture by Dan Halland)


 

 

THURSDAY - JULY 28,  2016

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL PAC MEETING WILL BE AUGUST 1, CAPTAINS PRACTICES WILL START SOON

The Crookston High School fall sports PAC (parent/athlete/coach) meeting will be Monday August 1 at 7:00pm in the Crookston High School auditorium.
The meeting is for all students planning on playing a fall sport.
Also, a reminder that registration is online and can be found at crookstonactivities.com and is now open for registration.

 

 

The Crookston Pirate Girls Soccer team senior/captains practice (which is optional and highly encouraged) starts Monday, August 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the Crookston High School soccer fields.  The practices are for girls in grades 7-12.

Crookston Pirate Girls Swim team captain’s practice begins Monday, August 1 from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. at the UMC track for dry land workouts.  If you have any questions, call or text Merran at 218-280-4328.

 

If you have captains practice information you would like to get on KROX email chrisjfee@yahoo.com.

 


 

TUESDAY - JULY 26,  2016

KROX CATCHES UP WITH PAUL BITTNER AS HE GETS READY FOR BLUEJACKET TRAINING CAMP IN SEPTEMBER

Paul Bittner has had an interesting and challenging year the past year after being drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 38th pick in the 2015 NHL draft in Sunrise, Florida.  Since he was drafted Paul has had hip surgery and hernia surgery and in between the surgeries he found out he was invited to the World Junior camp, watched his brothers win a National Championship in Division III Men’s Hockey, he saw his oldest brother get married and played with the Columbus Blue Jackets minor league team, Lake Erie Monsters, that won the AHL championship.  “It has definitely been an emotional roller coaster for me this year,” said Bittner. “I went up to Lake Placid to watch Mark and Ryan win the national championship so that was an up while I was down, which was nice.  Since the draft and on it has been a crazy year.”
Paul has been in Crookston and he stopped by the KROX studios to talk with Chris Fee about the peaks and valleys and everything in between this past year and what is coming up in a question and answer form below – (To hear the full interview listen to KROX's Valley Talk at 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27.)


Chris -  We are little over a year from when you were drafted, does it feel like it has been a year?
Paul – This year went by so fast with everything that happened.  It was  a cool experience to have all of you guys down there.  Now it will be a totally different mindset going into camp where before I was happy to be there and knew I was going to be going back.  Now I have to get my ass in gear and go and battle those guys in the NHL for a position on the team and I am excited for the challenge.

Chris – You found out that you needed hip surgery and that you were invited to the World Juniors camp at about the same time?  How hard was it for you?
Paul – It was definitely a killer.  When I got the call that I was going to play on the world junior team, I was actually getting on a flight to Nashville for my surgery so once the doctor said it is a 50/50 toss up to try to rehab and go that way or do surgery I asked what about playing, juniors is coming up and the night before the surgery was a whirlwind for me.  I talked to my dad for about an hour to hour and a half talking about it and that was a cool moment for sure.

Chris – How hard of a decision was it to pick surgery?
Paul - It was real hard.  I knew it was my last chance to play on the world junior team and I damn near cried because I wanted to play so bad and play in Finland, so it was tough. 
If I would have put off surgery I don’t know what would have happened.  I had five hernias fixed in May after my hip surgery.  It was definitely the right decision to have surgery.  The doctor told me he was glad I had surgery because it was worse than they thought so I was happy I did it, but bittersweet at the time.

Chris – After the surgeries I am sure healing up and getting healthy has been the main priority?
Paul – The whole month of June I was rehabbing in Columbus so it was nice to get away from there and get home for a month.  Pretty much the whole month of June was rehabbing after surgery on May 26, just rehabbing and getting stronger and stronger in the core and the hips and everything like that and now in July I have no restrictions in the gym and on the ice so that is pretty good.  No pain for the first time in nine months so that is good.  It has been a good time to spend with family and friends, that is for sure.

Chris – How important was it to be back home and around mom and dad after the surgeries?
Paul – Being home and around mom definitely helped out because I couldn’t even tie my shoes, I wasn’t cleared to do that so it was nice to have her around to help out.  It was nice to be home that month in January and get back to Cleveland and play a few games and it was good to be home.  Dad was helping me out and said I was fine and asked if I could do some yard work (said with a big smile) and he has been putting me to work every now and then and it has been a lot of fun.

Chris - I am sure being home with your parents this winter and summer has been nice, especially after not being able to see them very much the past few years. What was it like?
Paul -  It has been nice after all the downs I have had and support me through a tough time like this season has been so it has been really good for me to bounce some ideas off them, it has been really nice.

Chris - While you are home and you stop by the arena and have little kids coming up asking for pictures and autographs, what is that like?
Paul – It is a pretty surreal feeling going to the rink in the town that I grew up playing hockey and kids are asking for things like that because I was once one of those kids dreaming of meeting someone playing in the NHL or even making it there.  It is a pretty cool experience coming home, it really hits you deep in the heart asking for autographs, it is pretty cool.

Chris – It seems like Columbus has a wealth of good young talent, that has to make it tough going into camp.
Paul – To see what they have done with all the young guys playing and battling hard.  We are skilled, but we are a very hard working team and I am guessing there will be some moves with Oliver (Bjorkstrand) and others right there. It will be exciting to see how the first half of the season goes. 

Chris – How cool was it watching Mark and Ryan win a national championship?
Paul – It brings a tear to my eyes because I didn’t tell Mark that I was coming up and I wanted to surprise him and texted Ryan to not tell Mark that I was coming.  They ended up winning it while I was there and Mark saw me and said “Oh my God” and started to tear up a bit and so did I and that was a pretty cool moment to share with him.  That was pretty cool. 

Chris – Training camp will start in September, how much of an advantage was being at last years camp?
Paul – I expect camp to be different this year.  I am going to have to battle harder, play harder, but now I know the guys and know what to expect. It will be good, exciting and hard.  It will be a grind, it will be hard.  I am not sure if I am able to spill the beans on what we are doing, but it will be really hard. 

Chris – What kind of training have you been able to do with all the injuries and surgeries this past year?
Paul – I have been given the all clear and have some modifications with some of the exercises and I can’t put as much stress on the hips or abs and try to keep that load light.  Other than that, I have been able to run and squat and that has been great.   We do more functional movement workouts now and maintaining during the season and even during the summer I do a lot of functional movements to keep everything loose.  We don’t do a lot of bench, but a lot of core and legs to be explosive and a lot of jumping. 

Chris – When you were drafted, the Blue Jackets wanted you to put some weight on.  How is that going?
Paul – I am getting there pretty good.  While I was rehabbing, skating and lifting in Cleveland I was at eight percent body fat and 222 pounds, right where I wanted to be for next season.  Then I had the surgery again and I went back down and now I am back to 10 percent body fat and 218 pounds.  I am really happy with that right now.  I want to get to 222 to 225 pounds and eight to 10 percent body fat.
 

Chris – What do you do the rest of the summer until camp?
Paul – I have been working out at Exos in Grand Forks with a guy from Boston that runs the gym there.  On August 5, I have to head to Columbus so I can be there by August 8 and camp starts in September.

 

 

 

 

UMC VOLLEYBALL RECEIVES TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD FOR 2015-2016 SEASON

 

The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team was one of 119 NCAA Division II teams to receive the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 season.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
“The AVCA Team Academic Award is something that we have been striving toward since our first season at UMC,” said Head Coach Lee Anderson. “Achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better is very challenging and we are so proud of our team for all of the hard work that they have done this past academic year (and in their previous years at UMC). We have been very close to reaching this goal in the past couple of years and it’s very gratifying to finally reach this goal.”
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 475 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 762.

“Congratulations to the coaches and institutions that won the 2016 AVCA Team Academic Award,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “It is no accident that a volleyball coaches association recognizes academic excellence as a team, rather than an individual, achievement. Players influence each other, both in execution on the court and discipline in the classroom.”

The AVCA announced that 762 team in total earned the AVCA Team Academic Award, breaking the previous year’s total of 757 to set an all-time high. Prior to 2015-2016, only 26 teams had attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning their respective collegiate national championship in the same academic year. This year, the AVCA is proud to recognize three programs that excelled in the classroom and on the court: Wheeling Jesuit University (NCAA Division II), California Lutheran University (NCAA Division III) and Columbia College (NAIA). 

 

 

MONDAY - JULY 25,  2016

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL PAC MEETING TO BE HELD AUGUST 1

The Crookston High School fall sports PAC (parent/athlete/coach) meeting will be Monday August 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School auditorium.
The meeting is for all students planning on playing a fall sport.

Also, a reminder that registration is online and can be found at crookstonactivities.com and is now open for registration.

 

 

 

 

CROOKSTON HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER TEAM TO HAVE TEAM MEETING JULY 27

 

CHS Boys Soccer Team will host the annual team information meeting on July 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crookston High School Commons. Returning players, parents and any interested boys in grades 7 to 12th and their parents will receive a wealth of information about the upcoming season and meet the coaches and captains for the 2016 team.

 

 

 

CROOKSTON PARK AND REC TAKE A KID FISHING DAY IS FRIDAY

The 12th Annual Take a Kid Fishing Day is Friday, July 29.  Boys and Girls ages 9 - 15 years old will be going to the Polk County Park on Maple Lake.  The bus leaves the Crookston Sports Center at 11:00 a.m. and returns to the CSC at about 7:00 p.m.  Along with a day of  fishing, each participant gets lunch and a door-prize.  No fishing equipment is necessary, but if you have your own, please bring it.   The event is free, but registration with P&R is required along with a signed permission slip. Register at P&R in City Hall or on-line at www.crookston.mn.us  Call 218-281-1242 for more information. Take a Kid Fishing is Co-sponsored by MN Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #8, Crookston Local Law Enforcement, Crookston Fire Department, Harlan's Boats R-US, and B & E Meats.

 

 

 

SUNDAY - JULY 24,  2016

CROOKSTON REDS SWEEP WARROAD IN A DOUBLE HEADER

The Crookston Reds swept the Warroad Muskies 2-0 and 5-1 in a double header played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.

In the first game, Lars Brevik pitched seven solid innings and only allowed four hits to lead the Reds.  Offensively, Crookston scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning when Josh Edlund and Matt Morin had back-to-back doubles for a 1-0 lead.   The Reds added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Morin was hit by a pitch, Seth Desrosier walked and Noah Zimmerman singled to score a run for a 2-0 lead.
Brevik retired Warroad in 1-2-3 fashion in the seventh inning to earn the complete game shutout victory.

 

 
1
2
3
4
5
6 7
Runs
Hits
Errors

Warroad

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 1 0 1 - 4 8 2


 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Lars Brevik - Crox (WP) 7 4 0 0 0 4


For Crookston
Josh Edlund - 2-3, run
Noah Zimmerman - 2-4
Matt Morin - 1-2, rbi, run


GAME TWO-
In the second game of the double header, Crookston scored five runs in the first three innings and that would be good enough in a 5-1 victory to complete the sweep.
In the bottom of the first inning, Crookston's Noah Zimmerman singled, Aaron Hollcraft reached on a fielders choice, Lars Brevik and Matt Morin walked to load the bases.  Zimmerman scored on a wild pitch and Johny Olson hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score another run for a quick 2-0 lead.
In the second inning, Justin Johnson walked, Zimmerman singled and Hollcraft reached on an error that allowed a run to score for a 3-0 lead.
The Reds added two more runs in the fourth inning when Johnson walked, Zimmerman reached on an error and Hollcraft singled in two runs for a 5-0 lead. 
Warroad tried to mount a rally in the sixth inning with two doubles to score a run to get within a 5-1 deficit.  In the seventh inning Warroad was retired in 1-2-3 fashion and the Reds held on for the 5-1 victory to complete the sweep.
Crookston improves to 8-9 on the year and will host Roseau on Saturday, July 30.

 

GAME TWO

1
2
3
4
5
6 7
Runs
Hits
Errors

Warroad

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 2
CROOKSTON 2 1 2 0 0 0 - 5 3 1


 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Matt Morin - Crox (WP) 7 6 1 1 1 5


For Crookston
Noah Zimmerman - 2-4, 2 runs
Justin Johnson - 0-1, 3 walks, 2 runs
Matt Morin - 0-1, 2 walks

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