The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team got behind early in the first and second set and it proved to be too much as the high flying Sacred Heart Eagles won 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-14) on Parent’s night in a match played at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
Sacred Heart, who is one of the top teams in Section 8A, jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the match with four kills by their outstanding 5’7 freshman, Ivy Edwards.  Crookston scored their first point when Sacred Heart served into the net, but Sacred Heart answered with five straight points including three straight service aces by Ivy Edwards for a 14-1 Eagle lead.  The Pirates started to pick up their play and trailed 18-5 when Amanda Trandem had a kill and Sacred Heart had three hitting errors and Crookston was within an 18-9 deficit.  The Pirates kept battling and got within a three point (20-17) deficit.  Sacred Heart built the lead before Trandem had a kill and Kylie Solheim had an ace to bring Crookston within three points (24-21) again, but the Eagles Jessica Remer had a big kill to win the first set 25-21.  “We had a hard time starting tonight,” said Pirate Coach Ashley Stopa. “I was impressed with our mental toughness once we were down and turning it around and battling back.”
In the second set, Sacred Heart jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind Hannah Hollcraft’s serves, including an ace and a few points later Remer had back-to-back kills and all of a sudden Sacred Hearth led 10-1.  Crookston tried to mount a comeback, but Sacred Heart would come up with a big kill or defensive play each time and cruised to a 25-14 victory for a 2-0 lead.  “We were a little sluggish to start again,” said Coach Stopa. “We started to play better and started to get some better blocking, but we were too far behind.”
In the third set, the teams were tied at 1, 2 and 3.  Sacred Heart hit a serve out of bounds and Crookston took their first lead of the night at 4-3 and Jenna Porter added a big kill to give the Pirates a 5-3 lead.  The lead was short lived as Crookston served out of bounds, Sacred Heart’s Molly Hanson served an ace, Crookston passed the ball into the net, Hanson had another ace and Crookston was called for hitting the net and the Eagles led 8-5.  Sacred Heart outscored Crookston 17-9 the rest of the way to win 25-14 and they won the match 3-0.  “It is tiring and hard after you lose the first two sets and we started better in the third set, but we couldn’t keep it going,” said Coach Stopa. “We have to start better and with better starts we would have been right in there tonight.  I am very proud how the girls have matured with their mental toughness.”
Crookston drops to 2-2 on the year and will travel to Twin Valley on Monday to play Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal.  Sacred Heart improves to 3-1 on the season.
J.V. – Crookston won 2-0        C Squad – Crookston won 2-0


  1 2 3
Sacred Heart 25 25 25
CROOKSTON 21 14 14

For Crookston 

Kills - Jenna Porter - 4, Rachel Hefta - 4
Blocks - Katelyn Wagner - 2
Assists - Macy Strem - 7, Heather Chaput
Digs - Teagen Carlstrom - 9, Jenna Porter- 8  
Aces - Kylie Solhiem 2, Macy Strem -2

For Sacred Heart

Kills - Jessica Remer - 11, Maddie Mitzel- 9, Ivy Edwards - 8
Blocks - Katelyn Rudolph - 2
Assists - Molly Hanson - 22
Digs - Anya Edwards - 7 
Aces - Molly Hanson - 6, Ivy Edwards - 4



The Crookston Pirates Girl's Tennis team lost their first four duals of the season and since then they have won four of five duals and will take that 4-5 record to East Grand Forks to play the Green Wave in a match between two rivals and two Section 8A opponents.  Match time is 4:00 PM.



East Grand Forks- 2



#1 Singles

Ally Tiedemann Emma Dietrich Crox 7-5, 2-6, 6-2


Amy Follette Jenna Dietrich Crox 6-2, 6-2


Elise Tangquist Bailey McMahon Crox 6-0, 6-2


Catherine Tiedemann Maggie Dietrech EGF 6-4, 6-4

#1 Doubles

Kendall Wahouske
Jaden Lizakowski
Tessa Birkholz
Kayla Partlow
Crox 6-1, 6-0


Nissa Brekken
Megan Flateland
Geena Boyum
Delaney Aaker
Crox 6-4, 6-2


Elyssa Christensen
Hannah Street
Grace Coulter
Thea Haaven-Farstadd
EGF 6-4, 3-6,7-6 (7-3)




The Crookston Pirates Girl’s Soccer team welcomed the Bemidji High School Lumberjacks to the Crookston High School Soccer Fields and saw one of the top offensive attacks in the area show why. Bemidji’s Lindsey Hildenbrand notched a hat trick and the Lumberjacks got goals from six different players in the 9-0 win.
Play was back and forth in the opening 10 minutes as Crookston was able to string together passes and tally three shots on goal. “We were aggressive and aware of our surroundings in the early stages,” Crookston Head Coach Sarah Reese said. “We knew Bemidji was a good team coming in and that we were going to have to be on our game against them. We started to get a bit sloppy and didn’t take care of the ball and that’s where the game started to turn.” Bemidji’s Emma Dean was able to break the deadlock in the 11th minute when she beat Crookston keeper Brita Fagerlund to make it 1-0. The score stayed that way until the 30th minute when the Lumberjacks used a cross from Lindsey Hildenbrand to the middle of the field and Kinley Pretegard one-timed it in for the goal. “They started to create momentum and we ended up on our heels,” Reese explained. “Bemidji also was crisp in their passing and continuously put themselves in good positions to score.” Bemidji’s Annah Schussman added a goal in the final minute of the half and the Lumberjacks led 3-0 at the break.
Whatever Bemidji had for a halftime boost or snack worked, because they absolutely dominated the second half of play, racking up 14 shots on goal and holding Crookston without a shot. “We weren’t very patient with the ball tonight and it really showed,” Coach Reese stated. “I think that comes with confidence and the players need to remember to take time to see what’s available. Sometimes we don’t take that extra time to assess the field and make the right decision.” The Lumberjacks scored four goals in a 17 minute stretch to push the lead to 7-0. “There was a combination of Bemidji really showing their offensive skill and us having some breakdowns defensively,” Reese explained. “We started subbing more in the second half to try and find a spark and that came back to bite us a bit. That, combined with mental breakdowns, really led to that flurry.” After a Lydia Bitter goal made it 8-0, Hildenbrand finished off her hat trick with an absolute snipe from the left side on a sharp angle to push the lead to 9-0. Brita Fagerlund was busy all night in net for the Pirates, making 17 saves in the loss.
The Pirates showed some flashes offensively but again struggled to put together a full 80 minutes of soccer, something that you see a lot with a younger team with players in roles they may not be used to. “Our first game was great,” Coach Reese noted. “Since our first game, there have been portions of other games that have been great and portions where we’ve been off a step.”
Crookston is now 1-3 on the season and will be right back at it when they travel to Walker on Saturday morning to face Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. With the win, Bemidji stays undefeated on the season with a 4-0-1 record.

Three Pirates try to stop the ball on a kick     Jayden Allrich kicks the ball upfield
                      (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



2nd Final
Bemidji 3 6 9

Lexus Cormican fights for the ball with a Bemidji Lumberjack player

           (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

11:00 - Bemidji- Emma Dean
30:00 - Bemidji - Kinley Pretegard (Lindsey Hildenbrand)
39:00 - Bemidji - Annah Schussman
41:00 - Bemidji- Alyse Stone
49:00 - Bemidji- Lindsey Hildenbrand
55:00 - Bemidji- Rachel Holm
58:00 - Bemidji- Lindsey Hildenbrand
64:00 - Bemidji- Lydia Bitter
78:00 - Bemidji- Lindsey Hildenbrand 

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Laura Bieberdorf - Bemidji 3 0 3
Brita Fagerlund- Crookston 9 8 17



After a tough, double-overtime loss against Detroit Lakes on Tuesday night, the task didn’t get any easier for the Crookston Pirates Boy’s Soccer team as they traveled to Fergus Falls to take on the Hillcrest Academy Comets. The Comets scored early and often as they sent the Pirates to their fifth straight loss, 8-1, in a Section 8A battle.   “Hillcrest is a very good team, although they lost a bit from splitting with Pelican Rapids,” said Pirate Coach Don Cox. “Their passing is very solid and they have a lot of weapons.” The Comets wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as Yung Joo Yoo scored the first of his three goals of the game at the three minute mark. Yoo added another tally nine minutes later then Abdony Sokiri scored two minutes later to push the Comet lead to 3-0. “When a team gets down early, it really takes the wind out of their sales,” Cox stated. “The guys have to decide how to respond to the adversity and sometimes that’s tough with a young team. In situations like this our guys have to grow up on the fly.” Yoo’s third goal at the 25 minute mark made it 4-0 then Sokiri scored his second goal to give the Comets a 5-0 lead at halftime.

 After Hillcrest’s Sokiri completed a hat trick of his own in the 57th minute, Crookston got on the board thanks to some nice passing. Eric Delorme found some space and sent a pass right to the spikes of Mason LaPlante who gathered it and fired the ball into the goal to make it 6-1. That was all Crookston could muster offensively, however, as Hillcrest added two late goals and won by an 8-1 final.  “We’ve realized that the majority of teams we play are going to be a bit bigger and stronger than us,” Coach Cox explained. “We don’t have a ton of size so we need to continue to get better at our conditioning and get stronger as the season goes on.”
The Pirates fall to 1-5 and will travel to Walker on Saturday to take on Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at 1:00 p.m. Hillcrest Lutheran has now won three in a row and are 3-1 on the season.



2nd Final
Hillcrest Academy 5 3 8

3:00 - Hillcrest Academy -Yung Joo Yoo
12:00 -Hillcrest Academy - Yung Joo Yoo
14:00 - Hillcrest Academy - Abdony Sokiri
25:00 - Hillcrest Academy  - Yung Joo Yoo
27:00 - Hillcrest Academy - Abdony Sokiri  (Tommy Thompson)
57:00 - Hillcrest Academy - Abdony Sokiri (Nick Foss)
57:00  -Crookston- Mason LaPlante (Eric Delorme)
67:00 - Hillcrest Academy - Hee Tae Nam  (Harvard Wilkse)
71:00 - Hillcrest Academy - Mathias Skjelde

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Bobby Schultz Hillcrest Academy 2 3 5
Logan Wardner -Crookston 16 3 19




The latest Minnesota High School sports polls have been released and KROX has highlighted each of the polls.

The first Minnesota High School Football polls are out and there are several teams ranked in the top 10 from northwest Minnesota. 

Class 6A – the top team is Totino-Grace.
Class 5A – the top team is St. Michael-Albertville, Moorhead received votes.
Class 4A – the top team is South St. Paul.  Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls received votes.
Class 3A – Pierz is the top team.  The Crookston Pirate opponent next Friday, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton is ranked third.  Pequot Lakes is ranked ninth.
Class 2A – Caledonia is the top team.  The Crookston Pirate opponent on Friday, Barnesville, is ranked fourth and Bagley, Hawley and United North Central all received votes.
Class 1A – Minneota is the top team.  Fosston and Polk County West received votes.
Nine man – Grand Meadow is the top team.  Waubun is ranked fourth, Stephen-Argyle is ranked fifth and Kelliher-Northome, Clearbrook-Gonvick, Ada-Borup, and Goodridge-Grygla received votes.

In Girls tennis – The Blake School is ranked #1 in Class A.  No Section 8 teams are ranked, but Izabella Edin of Staples-Motley is ranked second individually.

In Minnesota High School Volleyball -
Bethlehem Academy is the top team in Class A.  Kittson County Central is ranked seventh.
In Class AA – Kenyon-Wanamingo is the top team and Roseau is ranked eighth.
In Class AAA – Eagan is the unanimous top team with all 20 first place votes.

Soccer -
In Class A Girls Soccer, Totino-Grace is the top ranked team, nobody from Section 8 is ranked.
In Class A Boys Soccer, Orono is the top ranked team, nobody from Section 8 is ranked.

For the complete Minnesota High School sports polls click on Minnesota High School Polls to the left or click here.





The Crookston Pirates won the first set easily, but had two hard fought wins in the second and third set to beat the Red Lake Falls Eagles 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-22) at the Robert Matzke Gymnasium in Red Lake Falls.
Crookston won the first set after jumping out to a 4-0 lead with a Red Lake Falls hitting error, a Jenna Porter Kill and back-to-back aces for Macy Strem.  Crookston continued to build on their lead with everybody getting in on the offense with kills by Amanda Trandem, Heather Chaput, Kennedy Cwikla, Katelyn Wagner, and Porter on the way to a 25-12 victory for a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, there were 13 ties and several lead changes as Crookston held on for a 25-23 victory.  The Pirates started the second set with back to back Strem aces for a quick 2-0 lead.  The set was tied at 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 23.  With the set tied at 23-23, Porter blasted an attack for a kill and Rachel Hefta added a kill for a 25-23 victory for a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, Red Lake Falls took their biggest lead of the match with a 3-0 start.  Crookston bounced back with three straight points and took their first lead of the set when Porter and Hefta had back to back kills for a 5-4 lead.  Porter added an ace and the Pirates had a block/kill for a 7-4 lead.  Crookston continued to build the lead up to 15-8.  Crookston kept the lead around five to six points for a while before RLF went on a run to get within in 21-20 deficit after a Makenzie Williams kill.  The next RLF serve went out of bounds, but Crookston was in the net so the Pirate lead was 22-21.  RLF tied the set with a big kill by Emma Duden, but Crookston’s Cwikla, who was red hot in the third set, had a big kill and the Eagles hit into the net and the pirates led 24-22.  Crookston was serving for match point and after RLF hit the ball back to the Pirates side Porter blasted an attack off a blocker out of bounds to give the Pirates a 25-22 victory and a 3-0 match victory.
Crookston improves to 2-1 on the season and will host Sacred Heart on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  You can hear the match on KROX Radio with a pre-match show at 7:00 p.m.
Red Lake Falls drops to 0-3 on the year and travels to Warren-Alvarado-Oslo on Thursday.
J.V. - RLF won 2-1      C Squad - RLF won 2-1

Macy Strem with a set and Kennedy Cwikla with an attack and Jenna Porter with another attack

  1 2 3
CROOKSTON 25 25 25
Red Lake Falls 12 23 22

     Red Lake Falls' Shy Ann Larson with a dig in the third set

For Crookston 

Kills - Jenna Porter - 7, Rachel Hefta - 6, Kennedy Cwikla - 5, Amanda Trandem - 5
Blocks - Rachel Hefta - 1
Assists - Macy Strem - 28
Digs - Teagan Carlstrom - 18, Jenna Porter - 9
Aces - Macy Strem - 5, Jenna Porter - 3

For Red Lake Falls

Kills - Emma Duden - 7, Josie Huot - 4
Blocks - Megan LaCrosse - 1
Assists - Megan LaCrosse - 6, Madison Desrosier - 6
Digs - Megan LaCrosse - 4 
Aces - Makenzie Williams - 2



The Crookston Pirates Girl’s Soccer team played well in spurts, but couldn’t overcome a halftime deficit as they fell to the Fergus Falls Otters, 4-1. Tuesday’s game at the Crookston High School Soccer Fields was originally scheduled for last week but lightning stopped the game.
Both offenses were stagnant in the early going with the majority of play focused in the middle of the field. Fergus Falls started to increase the pressure and it paid off at the 14 minute mark. Otters forward Emma Daniels took a crossing pass and one-timed it just inside the left post. The Pirates looked a bit confused on the play and shaky defense proved to be costly 13 minutes later as Fergus Falls’ Sophie Rausch got to a rebound and knocked it in the net to make it 2-0.
The second half started with the coaching staff shuffling the lineup a bit and it seemed to give the Pirates a little more spark offensively. Despite coming out of the half with more pressure on offense, the Crookston defense continued to make some mistakes. “The girls said it about themselves at half that they weren’t as mentally prepared as they should have been,” Crookston Head Coach Sarah Reese said. “That resulted in the players being off a step and not as aggressive as they should be.” They could have easily been trailing by more but Fergus Falls hit the post on one chance then completely sailed it over a wide open net on another. The Otters pushed their lead to 3-0 on a goal by Mady Eklund. The goal was another crazy one as the Otters’ corner kick went to the middle, then a player kicked it off the post before Eklund finished it off.
The Pirates continued to show fight in the latter stages of the second half and got on the scoreboard thanks to the right foot of Hannah Emanuel. The sophomore took a free kick on the right wing and sent a beautiful shot past the outstretched hands of the Otter goalkeeper. The goal cut the Fergus Falls lead to 3-1. “Hannah’s goal was just a textbook free kick,” Reese stated. “It created some mental momentum and some momentum on the field. The girls were more aggressive and started doing the little things better.” Despite better play, the Pirates couldn’t find the back of the net after the Emanuel goal and Grace Metcalf added a goal with six minutes left in the game to seal the 4-1 victory.
Brita Fagerlund made nine saves for the Pirates while Fergus Falls goalkeeper Katie Minge had five. “We are improving each game and each practice,” Reese said of her squad. “We’ve been moving some players to see how they do. We’ve had to deal with some injuries and players being gone so it’s forced players to play multiple positions.”
Crookston is now 1-2 on the young season and will remain at home to face Bemidji on Thursday. Fergus Falls improves to 2-1-1 with the win.  

Hannah Emanuel kicks the ball perfectly for the only Crookston goal (Video by proud papa, Dave Emanuel)



2nd Final
Fergus Falls 2 2 4

Brinna Egeland beats a Fergus Falls player to the ball (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

14:08 - Fergus Falls  - Emma Daniels
27:20 - Fergus Falls - Sophie Rausch
52:30- Fergus Falls - Mady Eklund
70:00 - Crookston - Hannah Emanuel
74:00 Fergus Falls - Grace Metcalf

Kylee Meier shows off her flexibility with this kick (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Katie Minge - Fergus Falls 2 3 5
Brita Fagerlund - Crookston 7 2 9



It was a tough night for the Crookston Pirates Boy’s Soccer team as they took on an aggressive Detroit Lakes Lakers and lost 3-2 in overtime in a Section 8A game played in Detroit Lakes. “We played better than we played in our previous few games,” Crookston Head Coach Don Cox noted. “With that sad, we did make some mistakes at critical times. Some of that came from the players being a bit frustrated because of how physical the game was getting.”
Both teams traded goals in the first half.  Detroit Lakes scored in the 29th minute to take a 1-0 lead only to have Crookston's Luis Argueta answer two minutes later to tie the game at 1-1 with nine minutes left in the first half.  “Our offense is pretty balanced,” Coach Cox said. “There are a number of guys who can attack at the top and have the ability to put the ball in the net. We still have a lot to work on but the offense is getting better.”  Neither team scored in the final nine minutes and took a 1-1 tie into halftime.
Neither team was able to score in the first 30 minutes of the second half until Crookston’s Jake Anderson continued his hot start as he was able to get deep in the box and kick the ball in the net after a nice pass from Ben Brantner to give Crookston a 2-1 lead with eight minutes left in the game. “Both of our goals came off of assists, which was great to see,” Cox said. “Our defensemen and midfielders did a great job moving the ball up to the attackers who got themselves in good position.”  It comes as no surprise to anybody that follows Pirate and Detroit Lakes soccer that the Lakers were able to score a goal with about three minutes left in regulation to tie the game at 3-3 for another close game between the two teams.  Nobody scored in the final three minutes to force overtime. 
In overtime you have two five minute periods and Detroit Lakes scored with two minutes left when the Pirates were down a player after one of the Pirate captains was given two yellow cards and Detroit Lakes took advantage and got a high ball out towards the net and the Pirate goalie jumped and the ball went over his fingertips into the net for a 3-2 lead.  There were two minutes left and Crookston had a couple of good runs, but couldn't convert the runs into scoring opportunities and Detroit Lakes won 3-2.
Despite now having a 1-4 record, the Pirates are continuing to show improvement as the season goes along. “Things, like conditioning, are improving,” Cox mentioned. “Our passing still needs some work as well but you can really see a visible improvement in that part of the game.”
As mentioned before, the Pirates are now 1-4 on the year and will travel to Fergus Falls on Thursday for a tilt against Hillcrest Academy. The win helped Detroit Lakes break a three game losing streak. The Lakers improve to 2-3 on the season. 
J.V. - Detroit Lakes won 7-1



2nd OT 2OT Final
CROOKSTON 1 1 0 0 2
Detroit Lakes 1 1 1 0 3

29th minute - DL - Ben Roth (Wyatt McKonkey)
31st minute - Crox - Luis Argueta (Alex Lafrance)
72nd minute - Crox - Jake Anderson (Ben Brantner)
77th minute - DL - Ben Roth
88th minute - DL - Jackson Carlbloom

Saves 1st 2nd OT 2OT Total
Zack Leeb - Detroit Lakes 5 6 0 0 11
Logan Wardner - Crox 10 3 X X 13
Alex Lafrance - Crox X X 3 3 6



The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team had a tough three rounds and placed seventh out of seven teams at the Augustana “Battle At The Falls” yesterday and today at the Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort in Larchwood, Iowa. The Golden Eagles were led by Ben Koisti (So., Lake Norden, S.D.), who shot a 234 for the tournament with rounds of 79, 77 and 78, good for 22nd place individually.

Ben Lord (Fr., Brunswick, Maine) shot a 246 for 34th place,  Ricky Phillips (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.) shot a 248 for 38th place, Casey Swanson (So., East Grand Forks) shot a 249 for 39th place, Ethan Johnson (So., Roseau) shot a 252 for 43rd place, Eric Gullicks (Jr., Finley, N.D.) shot a 254 for 46th place, T’mone Kleindl (Jr., Graceville) shot a 259 for 47th, Reed Bohm (Sr., St. Hilaire) and Brandon Brown (So., Stanchfield) shot 263's for a tie at 48th place.  There were 49 golfers.  

University of Manitoba won the tournament with a team score of 884, beating out St. Cloud State University by 20 strokes. Concordia University St. Paul’s Noah Rasinski won the tournament with a one-under-par score of 2015 to best Josh Neufeld and Devon Schade of Manitoba by three strokes.

The UMC men’s golf team will return to action at the Tracy Lane Memorial Hosted by Bemidji State University September 11-12. 


 Team Scores  Total   Par 
 1. Manitoba  300  287  297  884   +20
 2. St. Cloud State   307  294  303  904   +40
 3. Augustana (SD)   303  306  305  914   +50
 4. Concordia University St. Paul   317  305  292  914   +50
 5. Viterbo University   311  311  294  916   +52
 6. Sioux Falls   306  306  305  917   +53
 7. Minnesota Crookston   332  329  325  986   +122




       Mark Lyczewski (right) congratulates Scott Sanders on the win

It was an all Crookston match up in the championship match of the 89th Ernotte Hiller/Red River Valley Labor Day Golf tournament at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston with Scott Sanders beating his good friend Mark Lycewski 2-1.  Sanders who won his first championship in 2011, won his second championship while Lyczewski, who is a three time champ (2004, 2008, 2015) finished runner-up for the first time.
Lyczewski led 1-up after the first nine holes of the championship and built his lead to 2-up after 10 holes.  Sanders made his run by winning the 12th, 13th and 14th holes to lead 1-up.  Lyczewski won the 15th hole to even it up before Sanders won the 16th and 17th hole to win 2-1.  "It feels real good.  To beat Mark, a good friend, is awesome," said Sanders. "It was tough to beat a friend and would have been nice to see him win two in a row, but I wanted to get my second is one of those things.  My golfing was a little sketchy today, but when I got the birdie on the 16th hole and took the lead that settle me down a little bit.  It feels great."
In the championship flight consolation championship match, Wade Hanson played a great round and beat Curtis Regan 7-6 to win the consolation championship.
Co Medalists in the qualifying round were Kim Larson and James Mathews with 76’s.

Scott Sanders chips onto the 4th green   Mark Lyczewski chips onto the 17th green

The semi-final and championship results are below -

Championship Flight -
Championship Bracket Semifinals -
 Mark Lyczewski beat Brad Heck 5-3 and Scott Sanders beat Nick Bergan 2-up
Championship - Scott Sanders beat Mark Lyczewski 2-1

Championship Consolation flight-  Curtis Regan beat Seth Hanson and Wade Hanson beat Kim Larson 6-5 
Consolation championship - Wade Hanson beat Curtis Regan 7-6

Wade Hanson with a putt    Curtis Regan hits from the 11th fairway 

Hiller Flight
Championship semifinals- 
 Dane Anderson beat Tom Johnson 5-4 and Trey Christopherson beat Darin Millar 4-up
Championship - Dane Anderson beat Trey Christopherson 5-4

Consolation championship semi's -  
Zach Strommen beat Dale Gonzorowski (WD) and Dan Anderson beat Koby Kuenzel 1-up
Championship - Zach Strommen beat Dan Anderson 3-up

Minakwa Flight
Championship semi's:
  Charles Eickhof beat Mike Marti 2-1 and Eddie Walker beat Brandon Hillman (WD)
Championship - Charles Eickhof beat Eddie Walker 3-1

Consolation Championship semi's:  Ian Schaefer beat Brad Brekken 8-7 and Ty Goshen beat Jim Mahowald 2-1
Championship - Ian Schaefer beat Ty Goshen 5-3

1st Flight
Championship semi's:
  Jack Lindgren beat Barry Bergan 2-up and Craig Stahlecker beat Mark Myrold 1-up
Championship - Jack Lindgren beat Craig Stahlecker 3-2

Consolation semi's:  Terry Modahl beat Mark Steinke (WD)  and Dale Stoe beat Steve Brekken 3-1
Championship - Dale Stoe beat Terry Modahl 2-up

2nd Flight
Championship semi's: 
 Sam Melbye beat Jay Ricord 2-1 and Mike Madigan beat Kelly Madigan 2-up
Championship - Sam Melbye beat Mike Madigan 2-1

Consolation semi's:  Trent Fischer beat Travis Nicholas 5-4  and Dave Strommen beat Chad Ricord 1-up
Championship - Dave Strommen beat Trent Fischer 2-1

3rd Flight
Finals Championship:
  Mike Proulx beat Kevin Brekken 4-3
Finals Conso:  Jim Steinke beat Dennis Regan





The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team battled #20 ranked California State University Bernardino (CSB) but fell short 3-1 at the Ferris State Invitational in Big Rapids, Michigan.
UMC started the match by winning a hard fought 25-23 first set.  In the set there were five lead changes and 12 ties.  The last tie came at 21-21 before the Golden Eagle took advantage of an attack error by CSB, which was followed by a Kelci Green (Jr. Anoka) kill for a 23-21 lead.  CSB had a kill to cut the UMC lead down to one point before Kali Erickson had a kill to give UMC a 24-22 lead with a serve for set point.  CSB answered with a kill and couldn't get the serve across and UMC won 25-23 for a 1-0 match lead. 
In the second set, UMC jumped to to a 5-1 lead only to have CSB answer with a 8-1 run for a 9-6 lead.  CSB continued to pull away and had to fend off a furious Golden Eagle rally to hold on for a 25-22 victory to tie the match at 1-1.
In the third set CSB jumped out to a 12-4 lead and never looked back on their way to a 25-13 victory for a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth set, CSB jumped out to a 6-2 lead and continued to hold a decent lead at 18-12.  UMC batted back with a handful of kills and a couple CSB hitting errors to get within a 20-19 deficit.  UMC's offense fell apart at the end with three attack errors in the last six points and CSB won the set 25-20 for a 3-1 match victory.  "Cal State is a very good team and we have to figure out how to maintain the high level like we had early.  I thought we were much better this morning than we were yesterday," said Coach Lee Anderson in a post match interview with UMC SID Shawn Smith.
UMC drops to 1-2 on the year.  CSB improves to 2-1 with their loss to #10 ranked Minnesota Duluth by a 3-0 score on Friday.

Kassi Green on the serve receive in the Cal State Bernardino match

Box Score 1 2 3 4
UMC 25 22 13 20
Cal State Bernardino 23 25 25 25

Kills - Maggie Perrel - 13, Kali Erickson - 11, Kassi Green - 10
Blocks - Kaitlin Sikkink - 2
Assists - Sierra Trost - 34
Digs -  Ali Scheuler - 20, Sierra Trost - 15
Aces -  Kassi Green - 2, Sierra Trost - 2

In the second match of the day, the UMC Golden Eagles continued their solid play and swept West Virginia State 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 26-24) to finish the Ferris State tournament splitting the four matches with two wins and two losses.
In the first set, the teams were tied at 10 apiece before UMC took advantage of six West Virginia State hitting errors over eight points and took a 17-11 lead.   The Golden Eagles coasted the rest o the way and won 25-19.
In the second set, there was three ties early and the two teams would keep within a couple of points until UMC pulled away late for another 25-19 victory for a 2-0 lead.
In the third set, UMC trailed 16-11 after several hitting errors.  The Golden Eagles settled down and battled back to tie the set at 23-23.  West Virginia State scored the next point to take a 25-24 lead, only to have UMC's Maggie Perrel (Jr. New Germany) take over with three straight kills to give the Golden Eagles a 26-24 win and a 3-0 match victory.
UMC improves to 2-2 on the year and will travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to play four matches in the University of Sioux Falls tournament.

Box Score 1 2 3
UMC 25 25 26
West Virginia State 19 19 24

Kills - Maggie Perrel - 15, Callie Schapekahm - 8
Blocks - Alyssa Muelken - 2, Sabrina Leuer - 1
Assists - Sierra Trost - 24
Digs - Sierra Trost - 8, Maggie Perrel 7 
Aces - Casey Cashman - 3, Sierra Trost - 2 




The Bemidji State University Beavers took advantage of their scoring opportunities and cruised to a 5-1 victory over the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Women's Soccer team in the Northern Sun Conference opener for both teams in Bemidji.
Bemidji State put pressure on UMC from the start and scored on their second shot of the game 97 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead.  Bemidji State scored another goal a few minutes later and took a 2-0 lead.  UMC scored on their first shot of the game when Kallie Gau found the back of the net and the Golden Eagles trailed 2-1 halfway through the first half.  Nobody scored the rest of the half and Bemidji State led 2-1.
In the second half, UMC had a strong wind (25 to 30 mph) at their back, but it didn't help as Bemidji State scored three second half goals and coasted to a 5-1 victory.
UMC drops to 1-1 on the year and 0-1 in the NSIC.  Bemidji State improves to 1-0 and 1-0 in the NSIC.

Hannah Riveland tries to beat a Bemidji State player to the ball



2nd Final
UMC 1 0 1
Bemidji State 2 3 5

Kayla Strangeland plays the ball with her body




The Crookston Pirate Girls tennis team started the season with some tough competition and some tough dual losses and they have steadily improved over the past two weeks and that was evident today when they beat Moorhead 6-1 in a dual played in Moorhead. 
Crookston swept the singles, winning two of the matches in straight sets and the other two in three sets.  "It was good to see Amy (Follette) and Nissa (Brekken) win their match after losing their first set," said Pirate Coach Mike Geffre. "Amy got off to a bit of a slow start and battled back.  It is nice to see what Amy and Nissa did because some times kids will lose that first set and say oh crap, this isn't worth it, but the girls battle back and played hard and that was good to see."
The first and second doubles teams both won in straight sets and the third doubles team lost a hard fought three set match.  "I think all three of the three setters lasted about two hours and it was good to see the third doubles team play hard and they played well," said Coach Geffre. "We keep improving and that is good.  Sometimes you see kids take two steps forward and one step back, but not these girls.  They keep improving every day and they keep moving forward." 
Crookston improves to 4-5 in duals and will travel to East Grand Forks on Thursday.



Moorhead- 1



#1 Singles

Amy Follette Brenna Mjoeness Crox 4-6, 6-2, 6-3


Kendall Wahouske Isabelle Rockstad Crox 6-2, 6-1


Elise Tangquist Annika Sethre-Hoffstad Crox 6-0, 6-4


Nissa Brekken Cassie Jensen Crox 6-7 (7-2), 6-3, 6-4

#1 Doubles

Ally Tiedemann
Jaeden Lizakowski
Claire Rix
Sydney Mjoen
Crox 7-5, 6-0


Megan Flateland
Catherine Tiedemann
Brianna Jensen
Rachel Craig
Crox 6-1, 6-2


Hannah Street
Emily Barrus
Azylen Lunak
Ava Kistner
MHD 1-6, 6-2, 6-3




The Crookston Pirate Boys Soccer team gave up goals early in each half and couldn't recover as Grand Forks Central cruised to a 5-1 victory in a game played at the Crookston High School Soccer Field. 
Grand Forks Central scored a goal 3:17 into the game and added another goal six minutes later for a quick 2-0 lead.  Crookston responded 19 seconds later when Mason LaPlante was taken down by a Central player and was awarded a penalty kick.  Mason kicked the ball past the Central goaltender and brought Crookston within a 2-1 deficit just over 10 minutes into the game.  Neither team scored the rest of the half and Grand Forks Central led 2-1.  "Grand Forks Central was going into the wind and they were getting shots from point blank," said Pirate Coach Don Cox.  "We scored on the penalty kick when they knocked Mason down and he put it in the back of the net.  Other than that we never really had any solid offense in the first half as we are still struggling with that."
Grand Forks Central scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half and had a 5-1 lead and nobody scored the rest of the way as Central cruised to a 5-1 victory.  "They shot all their shots from in close and we had a hard time keeping them away," said Coach Cox. "We were getting frustrated and had a hard time today."
Crookston is 1-2 on the season and will have a quarter of their regular season schedule complete before the first day of school next Tuesday.

Josiah Wagner kicks the ball past a Knight defender



2nd Final
Grand Forks Central 2 3 5

Jake Anderson kicks the ball on a penalty kick

3:17 - GFC - Sylver Osodo
9:51 - GFC - Brandon Kuntz
10:10 - Crox - Mason Laplante (PK)
42:14 - GFC - Landon Kraft
48:43 - GFC - Alan Carlson
49:40 - GFC - Alan Carlson

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Jackson Carr- GFC 3 3 6
Logan Wardner -Crookston 2 2 4




The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagle Volleyball team opened up the season today with a 3-0 loss (25-12, 25-17, 25-22) to Grand Valley State (Michigan) and a 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-23) victory over Lake Superior State in the first day of the Ferris State tournament in Big Rapids, Michigan. 

In the first match of the season, the Golden Eagles ran into a Grand Valley State team that has four players that advanced to the NCAA Division II final four two years ago.
UMC started slow with a 25-12 loss in the first set, but the Golden Eagles got stronger as the match progressed.  In the second set, UMC lost 25-17 and in the third set the Golden Eagles were battling, but fell short 25-22.  Sierra Trost led the way with 16 assists, 11 digs and a service ace.
UMC will take on Lake Superior State, who lost to Winona State 3-0 in their first match of the day, at 2:30 this afternoon.  UMC will play two more matches on Saturday.

Box Score 1 2 3
UMC 12 17 22
Grand Valley State 25 25 25

Kills - Maggie Perrel - 6, Kassi Green - 5, Kelci Green - 5
Blocks - Kelci Green - 2
Assists - Sierra Trost - 16
Digs - Sierra Trost - 11, Kaycie Hagen - 10
Aces - Kelci Green, Sierra Trost and Maggie Perrel - 1 each

The UMC Golden Eagle Volleyball team bounced back in a big way to beat Lake Superior State 3-0 (25-15, 25-23)  In the first set it was tight early and UMC led 13-10 before the Golden Eagles went on a 7-2 run to open up a 20-12 lead and cruised the rest of the way for a 25-15 first set victory.  In the second set, UMC took a 15-10 lead and didn't look back on their way to a 25-15 win for a 2-0 match lead. The third set was a tight one as UMC held on for a 25-23 victory to win the match 3-0.

Box Score 1 2 3
UMC 25 25 25
Lake Superior State 15 13 23

Kills - Maggie Perrel - 9, Kassi Green - 6, Sabrina Leuer - 6, Kelci Green - 4
Blocks - Kassi Green - 3, Callie Schapenkahm - 3
Assists - Sierra Trost - 24
Digs -  Kassi Green - 9, Ali Scheuler - 8, Kaycie Hagen - 7,  Maggie Perrel - 6
Aces -  Kassi Green - 7, Callie Schapenkahm - 4





The Crookston Pirate Football team during the starting line ups  (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

On a picturesque Thursday night, the Crookston Pirates and East Grand Forks Green Wave gave a capacity crowd quite a show. The rivals battled all the way to the end and it was the Green Wave taking down the Pirates by a 14-6 final. The game marked the first football game on East Grand Forks High School’s beautiful brand new artificial turf.

Both teams were able to score on their first possession, but they did so in very different fashions. East Grand Forks started with the football and drove 68 yards on 14 plays, all runs, and capped it off with a Nick Derrick three yard touchdown run. The Green Wave chewed nearly eight minutes off the clock on the drive.  "We were trying to tackle too high," said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. "You're not going to tackle them, especially the Selk kid, he is to strong." The Pirates responded, and responded in a big way moments later. Junior Cade Salentine, took the ensuing kickoff, got some great blocking and cut to the left sideline and was off to the races. Salentine’s 93 yard kickoff return got the Pirates on the board. "We answered in a big way," said Coach Butt. "Cade did a great job and came right at our sideline and you could see it opening.  The kids did a great job of blocking and I was proud of the guys for the blocking on the return."  The extra point was blocked and EGF took a 7-6 lead in the first quarter.
After the Pirate defense turned the Green Wave over on downs, their offense gave it right back after a fumble on the the option pitch. East Grand Forks used the short field to their advantage, going 31 yards in five plays and scoring on an Ethan Trebil 13 yard run to take a 14-6 lead. The drive carried into the second quarter as EGF completely dominated the time of possession early. Crookston had the ball for just 23 seconds of the first quarter.  "To me the telling tale of the game was we put ourselves in a bad situation in the first quarter," said Coach Butt. "We couldn't get off the field and get our special teams and had first game jitters.  They are things we can correct, which is the good news."

The second quarter featured four possessions total, two for each team. After EGF scored to open the quarter, Crookston turned it over on downs, East Grand Forks punted then the Pirates put together one of their best drives of the game. After not attempting a pass in the first quarter, Pirate Head Coach Scott Butt had his team start to attack through the air. Chris Wavra completed five passes on the drive, including connections of 27 yards to Zach Markovich and 33 yards to Matt Garmen. Unfortunately for the Pirates, they were forced to use two timeouts early and simply ran out of time as the teams headed to the locker room at half with the Green Wave holding a 14-6 lead.  "We gave ourselves some chances to get off the field and it seemed like the kids were trying to do too much," said Coach Butt.  "As the half moved along we did a better job of slowing things down.  We did a good job of responding and couldn't get it in the end zone and that is kind of the object of the game."

Crookston opened up the second half with the ball but couldn’t muster anything on their opening drive as they went three-and-out. East Grand Forks went back to the ground on their next possession but coughed the pigskin up when Jake Wagner jumped on the ball to give Crookston the ball back. The Pirates looked like they were going to capitalize as they converted two third downs and moved the ball to the Green Wave three yard line. Crookston’s Cade Salentine took the handoff and got hit hard on the left side and lost the football, East Grand Forks pounced on it and the Crookston threat was extinguished.  "Cade was working hard trying to get into the endzone and the ball popped loose," said Coach Butt. "One thing Cade will not do is give up, and he was stretching trying to get into the end zone and he was hit.  Nobody feels worse than he does and if it wasn't for Cade we wouldn't have scored tonight, so he shouldn't feel bad." The rest of the third quarter included an EGF punt and a CHS turnover on downs so the quarter ended with neither team finding the end zone.

Crookston’s drive carried over into the fourth quarter before they turned it over on downs. The Green Wave used their ball control offense to run a 16 play drive that took nine minutes off the clock and more importantly forced the Pirates to burn their timeouts. East Grand Forks wasn’t able to score on the drive but forced Crookston to start from their own three yard line with 1:34 left and no timeouts to work with. Chris Wavra and the Pirates went to the air and senior Blake Kawleski became Wavra’s favorite target. Consecutive completions gave Crookston second down from their own 49 yard line with 18 seconds to go. After a Wavra incompletion, the game came down to a fourth down all-or-nothing play. The Pirates tried a double pass but East Grand Forks defensive back Aaron Havis had it read perfectly as he intercepted it to seal the 14-6 win as the clock ran out.  "You have to give East Grand Forks credit, they took our veer away and I thought we countered with some other stuff, but not enough obviously," said Coach Butt. "I thought Chris Wavra did a great job tonight and had some nice completions and really had a nice game for us.  We were so close tonight and we let some little things get to us tonight and we gave ourselves a chance to win the game and we just couldn't convert.  We saw some good things tonight and some things we need to improve on."

Leading the way for the Pirates was running back Cade Salentine. The junior rushed 13 times for 66 yards and was responsible for the Pirates’ only points with his 93 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. After a rough start, quarterback Chris Wavra was able to get in a bit of a rhythm through the air, completing 10-of-19 passes for 109 yards. Blake Kawleski was Wavra’s favorite target on the night, catching four passes for 40 yards. East Grand Forks, who only passed the ball twice all game, was led by Ethan Trebil’s 14 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Dylan Selk’s 16 carries for 59 yards. As a team, the Green Wave racked up 232 yards on the ground and notched 16 first downs.  "They are a good team and they are going to have a good year," said EGF Coach Ryan Kasowski.  "With Wavra and Salentine they are a dangerous team and we beat a very good team tonight. They are going to get some wins this year."

The Pirates fall to 0-1 on the season and will have their home opener next Friday against a very tough Barnesville Trojans team. That game can be heard on KROX AM 1260, FM 105.7, and the KROX mobile app. With the win, the Green Wave are 1-0 and will travel to Perham next week to take on the Yellowjackets. 


Chris Wavra breaks a tackle on one of his carries (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)




2nd 3rd 4th


CROOKSTON 6 0 0 0 6
East Grand Forks 7 7 0 0 14

              Luke Froeber looks to make a tackle                   Cade Salentine tries to break a tackle on a run
                                             (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

1st Quarter
4:48 - EGF - Nick Derrick 3 yard run (Dylan Selk kick)
4:33 - Crox - Cade Salentine 93 yard kick off return (kick failed)

2nd Quarter
10:03 - EGF - Ethan Trebil 13 yard rush (Dylan Selk kick)

3rd Quarter
No Scoring

4th Quarter
No Scoring

Colton Weiland with a tackle from behind (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

All stats are compiled by KROX Radio -

First Downs 7 16
Rushing-Yards 23 - 81 49 -218
Passing 10 -19 - 1 1 - 2 - 0
Passing Yards 109 13
Total Yards 190 231
Fumbles-Lost 2 - 2 1 - 1
Penalties-Yards 3 - 25 8 - 60
Punts-Yards Ave. 1 - 30 2 - 39


Crookston EGF
Cade Salentine    13 - 66 yds Dylan Selk    16 - 63 yds
Chris Wavra      8 - 6 Ethan Trebil    14 - 91
Jaden Lubarski   2 - 9 Nick Derrick   8 - 25
  Maguire Stanislawski  5 -14
  Jackson Galstad    6 -25


Chris Wavra    10-19-1   109 yards

Dylan Selk   1-2-0   13 yards




Blake Kawlewski   4-40 Nick Derrick  1-13
Jaden Lubarski  3 - 10  
Zach Markovich  2 - 26  
Matt Garmen  1 -33  

The Pirate celebrate Cade Salentines 93 yard kickoff return for a TD
             (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)


The beautiful turf field at the East Grand Forks High School.  The turf was installed this summer and it was the first football game played on the field.
                                                                               (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)



The Winona State University offense proved to be too much for the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) football team as they dropped their season opener 68-0 at Altra Credit Union Stadium in Winona. The Warriors had 513 yards of offense including 304 on the ground and 209 through the air. On the other side of the ball, UMC was limited to just 91 yards of offense.

The Golden Eagle defense would come up with a big play on the first drive of the game. After the Warriors had moved the ball down to the UMC 31, Bubba Cook (So., Surprise, Ariz.) and Logan Huso (Fr., Eagan) teamed up with a big sack on third down and Winona State would throw an incompletion on fourth down to give the Golden Eagles the ball.

UMC moved the ball down the field led by a 19-yard pass from Cole to Rod Stewart (So., Fort Worth, Texas). However, Winona State would stop the Golden Eagles at the Warrior 26. Mike Maw’s (Sr., White Bear Lake) 43-yard field goal attempt was blocked and the Golden Eagles offense came up empty.

On the next Winona State drive they marched the ball into the endzone and missed the extra point for a 6-0 lead.

After a quick stop, Winona State would get the ball back. This time on a 39 yard pass and after a missed two point conversion the Warriors led 12-0.

The Warriors would score quickly on their next drive as they put it in the end zone on their first play of the drive with a 52-yard pass to make it 19-0.

Winona State started the second quarter with another score with a pass from nine yards out to make it 26-0.

A fumble deep in the end zone recovered by UMC in the end zone would give Winona State a safety to extend the Warrior lead to 28-0.

Winona State would get the ball back after the free kick and scored again to make it 35-0.

The Warriors would put the lead out to 42-0 later in the second quarter on a seven yard run.

UMC was limited to just 39 yards of offense in the first half, compared to 389 yards of offense for the Warriors.

In the second half, Winona State would get two more quick points as the second half opened. After a defensive stop, a snap over the head of UMC punter Stephen Day (R-So., Eveleth) would go out of the back of the end zone to extend the Warrior lead to 44-0.
Winona State scored another touchdown from three yards out on their next possession for a 51-0 lead.  After they stopped UMC’s offense once again, the Warriors returned a punt 82 yards for a 58-0.

The Golden Eagles would come away with a big play in the second half as Alkhatib would strip the ball from Patrick Baumann, which would be recovered by Garrett Mead (R-Fr., DL, Santee, Calif.) at the UMC 43. UMC would move the ball down to the Winona State 23 but would come up just short on fourth down.

The Warriors would add a 39 yard touchdown for a 65-0 lead and added a 25 yard field goal to take a 68-0 lead.

Winona State limited the effectiveness of UMC’s top two players with their two 2015 All-NSIC North Second Team picks, Andre Person (Sr., Detroit, Mich.) and Adam Connette (Jr., Corona, Calif.) combining for just 39 yards of offense. Person had 16 carries for 33 yards, while Connette had just two catches for six.

Nathan Cole (Sr., Aliso Viejo, Calif.) would go 12-of-21 for 77 yards at quarterback for the Golden Eagles.

The Winona State offense was led by a three-pronged attack. Quarterback Jack Nelson would go 12-of-17 for 209 yards and three touchdowns. His top target was Cameron Johnson, who had a big day with six grabs for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Paul Preston also had a big day for the Warriors with 13 touches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
UMC falls to 0-1 on the year and will have their home opener on Saturday, September 10 when they host Concordia-St. Paul and Coach Shannon Currier, a former UMC Golden Eagle Coach) at 1:00 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field.  Winona State improves to 1-0 on the year. 


Box Score


2nd 3rd 4th


UMC 0 0 0 0 0
Winona State 19 23 16 10 68

1st Quarter
5:51 - WSU - Paul Preston 1 yard run (kick failed)
1:42 - WSU - Paul Preston 39 yard rusn (pass failed)
0:56 - WSU - Jack Nelson 52 yard pass to Cameron Johnson (Carter McCauley kick good)

2nd Quarter
11:11 - WSU - Jack Nelson 9 yard pass to Nick Margiotta (Carter McCauley kick good)
8:40 - WSU - Jack Nelson 37 yard pass to Cameron Johnson (Carter McCauley kick good)
3:12 - WSU - Eric Birth 7 yard run (Carter McCauley kick good)

3rd Quarter
13:36 - WSU -  Safety
10:17 - WSU - Eric Birth 3 yard run (Carter McCauley Kick good)

4th Quarter
7:20 - WSU - Patrick Bauman 39 yard Rush (Carter McCauley Kick good)
2:56 - WSU - Carter McCauley 25 yard field goal



The Crookston Pirate Volleyball team won the first set, lost the second, but bounced back to win the next two matches for a 3-1 victory over the Mahnomen Indians in a match played at the Crookston High School Gym. Crookston won 25-11, 16-25, 25-14, 25-14 in their first victory of the young season.  Crookston was led by Macy Strem with 14 digs and seven service aces.  Strem has been impressive serving the ball so far this year with 15 aces in the first two matches.  Teagan Carlstrom had another solid game at the libero position with 14 digs.  Kennedy Cwikla led the Pirates with eight kills on the evening.
Crookston improves to 1-1 on the year and will travel to Red Lake Falls on Tuesday.
J.V. - Crookston won 2-0    C Squad - Crookston won 2-0

  1 2 3 4
Mahnomen 11 25 14 14
CROOKSTON 25 16 25 25

For Crookston 

Kills - Kennedy Cwikla - 8
Blocks - Amanda Trandem - 1, Macy Strem - 1,  Katelyn Wagner - 1
Assists - Macy Strem - 27
Digs -Macy Strem - 14, Teagen Carlstrom - 14 
Aces - Macy Strem - 7

For Mahnomen

Kills - Maggie Hedstrom - 9, Lindsey Thompson - 3 
Blocks - Lindsey Thompson - 2
Assists - Sydney Clark - 11
Digs - Lindsey Swiers - 13 
Aces - Lindsey Thompson  - 2 



The Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmers won nine of the 11 events, but due to lack of numbers with nine girls out they finished second out of the three teams in the Crookston Triangular at the Crookston Community Pool. Thief River Falls won the event with 207 points while Crookston was second with 153 and Fosston-Bagley was third with 143 points.  "It came down to numbers tonight," said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. "We only have nine girls and Thief River Falls had more numbers to get more points."
Crookston Merran Dingmann, Kate MacGregor, and Thea Oman won all four events they swam and Elizabeth Erdman won three and finished second in the fourth to lead the Pirates.  The Pirate 400 meter freestyle relay won the race by over 30 seconds with a time of 4:28.38 and Fosston-Bagley was second with a time of 5:00.15 for an impressive finish for the Pirates.  "We were winning the races by large margins and that is what the points don't represent, how much we were winning each race by," said Coach Melbye. "We won nine of the 11 events and had some great swims.  We swam strong right out of the gate and our relays were strong and we looked good off of our starts and had solid exchanges."
Crookston will have two weeks off before their next meet when the host the Crookston Invitational on Thursday, September 15.  "We will take Monday off and then work on endurance over those two weeks," said Coach Melbye.  "We need to work on endurance and the two weeks will be a good time to work on that and other improvements we need to make."

Team Results-
1. Thief River Falls - 207
2. CROOKSTON - 153
3. Fosston-Bagley - 143

Pirate top finishes Event Time Place
Merran Dingman, Elizabeth Erdman,
Kate MacGregor, Thea Oman
200 Meter Medley Relay 2:14.86 1st
Kate MacGregor 100 Meter Backstroke 1:11.72 1st
Thea Oman 200 Meter Freestyle 2:26.90 1st
Merran Dingmann 200 Meter IM 2:41.11 1st
Kate MacGregor 50 Meter Freestyle 29.85 1st
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Meter Butterfly 1:17.03 1st
Thea Oman 100 Meter Freestyle 1:07.07 1st
Merran Dingmann 400 Meter Freestyle 5:08.14 1st
Thea Oman, Merran Dingmann,
Elizabeth Erdman, Kate MacGregor
400 Meter Free Relay 4:28.38 1st
Madison Hoiland 100 Meter Freestyle 1:11.33 2nd
Elizabeth Erdman 100 Meter Breaststroke 1:27.41 2nd
Muira MacRae, Victoria Proulx,
Sarah Ryan, Madison Hoiland 
200 Meter Freestyle Relay 2:22.28 3rd
Muira MacRae, Makenna Hall,
Madison Hoiland, Sarah Ryan
200 Meter Medley Relay 2:42.23 4th
Muira MacRae 200 Meter IM 3:40.06 6th
Victoria Proulx 100 Meter Butterfly 2:00.0 6th
Madison Hoiland 100 Meter Breaststroke 1:32.96 6th
Makenna Hall 200 Meter Freestyle 3:00.69 7th
Muira MacRae 400 Meter Freestyle 6:36.14 7th
Sarah Ryan 100 Meter Backstroke 1:4093 7th
Makenna Hall 100 Meter Breaststroke 1:44.88 7th



The Crookston Pirate Boy’s Soccer team couldn’t get their offense going against a very physical Jamestown (N.D.) Blue Jays squad as the Pirates dropped a 2-0 decision on the road on Thursday night.
“Jamestown played a very physical game,” Crookston Head Coach Don Cox told KROX. “Some things maybe should have been called but the physicality really affected what we were trying to do offensively.” The Blue Jays wasted no time getting on the board as Braden Sherfy took a pass from Luca Flann just outside the 18 yard box and booted one just under the crossbar. The goal just six minutes in gave Jamestown a 1-0 lead. “We gave up a goal like that in our last game and it just can’t happen,” Coach Cox noted. “That is definitely an area we need to work on as the season goes on.”
The Blue Jays pushed their lead to 2-0 nine minutes later, this time via a corner kick. The kick went into the interior of the Crookston box and Jamestown’s Austin Shafer got inside position between the Pirate defense and the goal and was able to get it past Pirate goalkeeper Logan Wardner. Crookston’s defense tightened up after that and Jamestown held the 2-0 lead after the match’s first 40 minutes.
Crookston played much better in the second half, mainly because of the play of Wardner in between the pipes. The goalkeeper made eight of his 16 saves in the second half and continued to impress in his first season as a starter at the varsity level. “Our guys played much better in the second half,” Cox said. “They were breaking up Jamestown’s passing patterns and forcing them to pass backwards. We also put more pressure on them offensively as we cleaned up our through balls.” Despite the improved play in the second half, the Pirates couldn’t find the scoreboard and fell by the 2-0 final.
“We learned lessons tonight,” Cox explained, “especially making sure we keep people away from our keeper. Another lesson we learned is to be more aggressive in stepping to the ball. We also learned that our conditioning needs to improve. The guys looked pretty drained with about five minutes left in the match. Once our conditioning gets to where it needs to be, we’ll be able to close out games better.”
The Pirates are now 1-2 on the season and will have a quick turnaround as they host Grand Forks Central (N.D.) on Friday at the Crookston High School Soccer Field at 4:00 p.m. Jamestown improves to 2-3-1 with the win. 



2nd Final
Jamestown 1 1 2

6:00 - Braden Sherfy (Luca Flann)
15:00- #3 (Austin Shafer)  

Saves 1st 2nd Total
Adam Reiten  - Jamestown 2 2 4
Logan Wardner -Crookston 8 8 16



The 2016 UMC athletic season officially kicked of today as the Golden Eagle soccer team took to the pitch with a nonconference game at Minnesota State University Moorhead. In what seems to be the typical UMC game, the Golden Eagle defense was the key in the 1-0 overtime victory as UMC limited the Dragons to three total shots, one of which made it onto the net.

Neither team was able to score in regulation where UMC outshot MSUM 9-3. The Golden Eagles did have solid opportunities as Abi Aswege (Fr, West Bend, Wisc.) got three shots off, one of which was robbed off a header and Nicole Corbin (Jr, Ramsey) blasted a great shot that was saved by Dragon keeper, Reagan VonBerge (Yorba Linda, Calif.). The game’s only goal came in the 97th minute of play as frosh Lindsey Daml (North Pole, Alaska) scored her first collegiate marker, early in the overtime period. Daml’s game winner was off a shot from the top of the box that went across to the top corner.

Senior goalkeeper, Lexie Gauger (Green Bay, Wis.) earned the shutout where she only made one save that came in the first half.   "I thought we played well enough to win before overtime today.  Anytime we can out shoot an opponent 12-3 and out corner them 12-3, we should be sitting pretty," said UMC Coach Joe Alianniello.  "We had some good ideas going forward and were fairly sound defensively.  We will need to show a lot more urgency and desire in the final 3rd moving forward.  We will get back to training tomorrow and get ready for our big conference opener with Bemidji on Saturday."

The Golden Eagles will hit the road again on Saturday when they travel to Bemidji State University for a conference match that is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm. The NSIC game will be the first game of the season for BSU who finished last year at 11-7-1, 8-6-1 in the NSIC.



2nd OT 1 Final
UMC 0 0 1 1
MSU-Moorhead 0 0 0 0

96:58 - UMC- Dami Lindsey

Saves 1st 2nd OT Total
Lexie Gauger - UMC 1 0 0 1
Reagan VonBerge- MSU-Moorhead 1 3 1 5



Crookston Pirate Cross Country runners, Katherine Geist and Emily Gillette, started the season with solid performances at the Thief River Falls Cross Country Invitational.
Geist finished second place with a time of 19:41. 
Jerze Finstad from TRF was the individual champion with a time of 19:09.   "After the race she said she needed to go run off the extra energy she had from the race," said East Grand Forks Cross Country coach Kristy Aune.  "Last year she ran a 20:19 so her off season training and hard work ethic shows." 
Gillette finished second place in the junior varsity meet with a time of 24.42.  "Emily was thrilled with her time of 24:42 which was only one second off of the best time she has ever run for the 3.1 mile race," said Coach Aune.  

The performers from the Thief River Falls Cross Country meet.  Katherine Giest was second place and is second from the left (Picture by Coach Aune.)

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