SPORTS FEEVER by Chris Payment of KROX Radio –

Crookston Faculty District residents……Be sure to vote Sure on February 14 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church from 7:00 a.m. to eight:00 p.m.  In case you can’t vote on the 14th, cease by the Crookston Faculty District workplace and request an absentee poll.  Additionally, when you have children in school that also think about Crookston dwelling, have them fill out the absentee poll if they’ll’t make it to city on the 14th.  We want to ensure we get this handed to point out the youngsters and group we care, and we wish to flip Crookston right into a progressive group, a forward-thinking group, and present we’ve got some sensible and educated individuals on the town that get it.  Sufficient of the loser mentality of voting no on issues that assist children and the group.


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I obtained this e-mail from an East Grand Forks mum or dad after final week’s lady’s basketball recreation. All the time good to listen to optimistic feedback.

Simply wished to let you know the way a lot your broadcasts are appreciated. I’m an EGF mum or dad, and final Thursday, with the blustery climate, some dad and mom/grandparents/followers didn’t make the drive. I heard from many how good it was that the sport was streamed and referred to as by you, and what a pleasant job you probably did. Crookston is fortunate to have you ever!

I additionally obtained an e-mail from the North Dakota Sports activities Author of the 12 months, Tom Miller.

I attempted to ship my authentic e-mail to, however the inbox should be full.
Simply wished to say thanks for the shoutout in Sports activities Feever.
Sports activities Feever is required weekly studying in my e-book. No one is aware of their stuff within the area such as you. Thanks for doing it.

– Tom

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Now it’s time for the “world-famous” Chris Payment’s high 3.

Perham seems to have a lock on the highest seed, however the subsequent 10 to 13 groups are nonetheless up within the air as each recreation the remainder of the season goes to be massive for seeding functions.

  • Perham (17-1 on the 12 months and 11-0 in Part play)
  • Thief River Falls (14-4 general and 7-3 in Part play, together with a ten level win over Pelican Rapids)
  • Crookston (11-6 general and 8-3 in Part play)
  • On the surface trying in – Pelican Rapids, Hawley, Barnesville  (the one three which have a .500 or profitable part report)

    1. Badger/Greenbush-Center River 
    (14-3 general 9-1 within the part)
    2. Kelliher/Northome (13-2 general and 8-0 within the part)
    3. Fertile-Beltrami (16-3 general and 14-3 within the part)
    Simply out of the highest 3 – Fosston, Goodridge/Grygla.

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    Not a lot has modified on this weeks high 3.

  • Perham (15-1 general and 8-1 within the part, however nonetheless the very best defensive crew with the hardest schedule)
  • Thief River Falls (14-2 general and 10-0 within the part.  They is likely to be the hardest matchup for Perham)
  • Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (14-3 general and 9-1 within the part)
    Simply lacking the highest 3 – Pelican Rapids, Barnesville
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    That is by far the hardest high 3 this week.  It’s actually a high 6 so that’s what I’m doing – sure I’m taking the straightforward method!
    1. Sacred Coronary heart (15-2 general with a giant win at Nevis and so they hold getting higher every week! They’re 14-1 within the part and have received 9 in a row in opposition to respectable competitors.)
    2. Cass Lake-Bena (15-1 general and 5-0 within the part.  They’re at all times a tricky crew to beat, particularly on the large ground)
    3. Ada-Borup-West (15-2 general and 6-1 within the part)
    4. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (15-2 general and 10-2 within the part)
    5. Fosston (13-3 general and 8-1 within the part. They’re nonetheless searching for extra consistency)
    T6. Fertile-Beltrami (13-5 general and 11-3 within the part) and Northern Freeze (10-6 general and 8-5 within the part.  The Freeze are going to be a tricky crew to beat within the playoffs and are able to a run.)

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    Some issues by no means change in Part 8A hockey – 

  • Warroad (19-0 general and I’m saying the very best highschool hockey crew within the state.  They’re 3-0 in part play.
  • East Grand Forks (12-7 general and 3-0 in part play.  Clearly, they haven’t performed Warroad but as a result of they play on February 6 at EGF and February 7 at Warroad!!!
  • Thief River Falls (9-10-1 general and 4-2-1 within the part.  They’ve a tie early within the season with Detroit Lakes)
  • Simply outdoors the highest 3 – Detroit Lakes (14-4-1 general and 5-2-1 within the part)

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    I nonetheless suppose Part 8A wrestling seems like this.
    1. Frazee
    2. UNC
    3. Fosston-Bagley
    4. Crookston (misplaced to FosB by three in the one twin they’ve)
    5. BGMR
    6. Barnesville
    7. Mahnomen-Waubun
    8. Fertile-Beltrami

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    Fertile-Beltrami Ladies Basketball’s Josie Iverson scored the 1,000th level of her profession by making a free throw final week!  Josie and the Falcons are enjoying some nice basketball and appear to maintain getting higher because the season progresses.  Congratulations to Josie!!Image by Linda Widrig of the Fertile Journal

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    Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Owen Leach grabbed the 1,000th rebound of his profession final week.  He holds the college report for rebounds.   Leach additionally scored 2,309 profession factors as of final weekend.  That can also be a DGF faculty report.  Congrats to Owen on his record-breaking profession.  Leach has dedicated to play basketball on the College of Minnesota Duluth subsequent 12 months.

    Owen Leach – Image courtesy of DGF Faculty District

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    Fosston Excessive Faculty’s Cullen Norland, a multi-sport athlete has introduced he has signed to play baseball at Concordia Faculty in Moorhead subsequent 12 months.

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    Minnesota State Mankato Maverick affiliate head coach Todd Knott was named the recipient American Hockey Coaches Affiliation Terry Flanagan Award because the nation’s high assistant coach the affiliation introduced on Wednesday.

    Knott, who joined the Minnesota State males’s hockey program an assistant coach in June of 2009, was promoted to affiliate head coach in the summertime of 2018. Throughout his time with Minnesota State, Knott has been a member of teaching staffs which have led the Mavericks to seven NCAA Division I match appearances, six Western Collegiate Hockey Affiliation regular-season championships, three WCHA postseason championships, a CCHA common season and match title and two appearances within the NCAA Frozen 4 (2021, 22).

    Considered one of many high expertise evaluators and recruiters in males’s school hockey, a complete of 13 former Mavericks have debuted within the Nationwide Hockey League throughout Knott’s time with Minnesota State. And as a member of Mike Hastings‘ teaching employees, Knott has helped lead Minnesota State to the nation’s greatest report over the course of the final ten seasons with a 292-107-96 win-loss mark.
    Born and raised in Crimson Lake Falls, MN, Knott performed within the USHL with Lincoln in 1998-99 and was a ahead for Bemidji State from 1999-2002, the place he tallied 14-9-23 in 72 video games for the Beavers. Knott earned a level in bodily training from BSU in 2002.

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    The Division II soccer signing day was Wednesday, and some space gamers signed with Bemidji State, Minnesota State Moorhead, and Northern State.  They’re listed under –

    Bemidji State Soccer signed the next space gamers

    Ridge Flatness, 6-0/185, LB, Blackduck (MN)
    Flatness helped Blackduck win eight video games for probably the most profitable season in over twenty years this previous 12 months. The crew superior to the part championship recreation for simply the second time since 1998. Throughout his senior season, Flatness tallied 105.5 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 4 compelled fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He additionally averaged 14 yards per rush and 7 yards per catch on his technique to recording 10 complete touchdowns.

    Ethan Biehn, 5-10/170, WR, Bemidji (MN)
    Biehn will keep dwelling to compete for the Beavers after enjoying his prep profession in Bemidji. He earned a number of accolades all through his profession together with two-time All-District, Offensive MVP with 1,137 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns throughout his senior season. Educational All-State and was a captain. Along with his soccer honors, Biehn additionally collected the Golden Cleat Award in baseball and was a captain for each the baseball and basketball groups. One in all his greatest sports activities recollections got here enjoying beneath the Friday night time lights within the part championship recreation. Biehn was robust within the classroom being named to the Nationwide Honor Society, Educational Pin Achiever and four-year tutorial letterwinner. His brother, Isaiah, at present competes for the BSU baseball program. His dad, Duane, transferred to BSU to play baseball.

    Eli Pfeiffer, 6-1/200, FB/LS, Walker (MN)
    Pfeiffer earned a large number of honors from his senior 12 months together with, Minnesota State Excessive Faculty League All-Part Participant, Northwest All-District and earned an educational award for holding an over 3.5 GPA.  Pfeiffer opened his prep profession robust choosing up seven wins and advancing to the second spherical of the playoffs. Walker received six-straight video games at one level that season. Pfeiffer helped Walker shut this previous season robust with three wins over their ultimate 5 video games.


    Minnesota State Moorhead has signed the next space gamers –

    Dallen Ernst, DL (Breckenridge, Minn. – Breckenridge Excessive Faculty) 
    Tallied 21 tackles, 32 assisted tackles, two compelled fumbles and two sacks as a senior…offense rushed for 283 yards per recreation the place he was a member of the offensive line…All-State tutorial, All-Part, All-District, MVP of the offensive line and crew captain as a senior. Son of Julie and Clayton Ernst. Undecided main.

    Anthony Sykora, DB (Hoffman, Minn. – West Central-Ashby Excessive Faculty) 
    Had senior marks of 175 carries, 1395 yards, 14 touchdowns…Added 655 passing yards and 9 touchdowns…Additionally made 42 catches for 210 Yards and three touchdowns…Was named an all-state performer as a senior…A 3-time all-district participant as properly. Son of Joan and Lee Sykora. Majoring in training.

    Derek Tibbetts, LB (Hawley, Minn. – Hawley Excessive Faculty) 
    7.3 Yards per carry in 18 varsity video games performed/began…4 dashing TD in a single recreation…9.5 tackles in single recreation…46 solo tackles…two-Time all-section participant…convention honorable point out twice. Son of Crystal and T.J. Tibbetts. Undecided main 


    Northern State Soccer signed the next space gamers –

    Gaabi Boucha – Warroad, Minn. / Warroad HS
    Gaabi Boucha is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker out of Warroad Excessive Faculty. He was a 3-year starter and senior crew captain for the Warriors beneath the path of head coach Gabe Richerds. As a operating again for WHS, Boucha recorded 1,071 dashing yards his senior season. As well as, he was a 2-time all-conference choice. He’s the son of Tara Boucha.

    Logan Okstad – Grand Forks, N.D. / Crimson River HS
    Logan Okstad is a 5-foot-7, 185-pound operating again out of Crimson River Excessive Faculty. He was a 2-year starter and senior crew captain for the Tough Riders beneath the path of head coach Vyrn Muir. As a senior, Okstad recorded over 1000 all-purpose yards, 484 yards dashing, 112 yards receiving, and 408 yards on kick returns. He averaged 6.8 yards per dashing with 4 dashing touchdowns and added two receiving scores. Crimson River received back-to-back EDC Championships and superior to the state semifinals in 2022. He’s the son of Mindy Johnston and Jason Okstad.

    Nolan Pieper – Grand Forks, N.D. / Crimson River HS
    Nolan Pieper is a 6-foot-2, 255-pound offensive lineman out of Crimson River Excessive Faculty. He was a 3-year starter for the Tough Riders beneath the path of head coach Vyrn Muir. Pieper earned EDC All-Convention accolades within the fall of 2022 and was a nominee for the North Dakota Shrine Bowl. Crimson River went 8-3 on the 12 months and superior to the state semifinals. He’s the son of Mike and Jennifer Pieper.

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    We have now up to date the Boys and Ladies Hockey, Boys and Ladies Basketball, and Wrestling rankings.  To see them click on on the hyperlink under –

    Minnesota High School Rankings

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    The 2023 East Grand Forks Sports activities Boosters Youth Basketball match shall be held March 10-12.  The registration hyperlink is up and prepared.  Go to and click on on the Youth Basketball Tourney tab to get your crew registered.

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    The Crookston Pirate Winter Sports activities schedule has been up to date once more.  To see the most recent schedules, click on under.


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

    Emma Osborn is a freshman enjoying basketball at Northland Technical and Neighborhood Faculty in Thief River Falls.

    Jacey Larson is a freshman enjoying hockey at Dakota Faculty at Bottineau.

    Olivia Huck is a freshman enjoying soccer at Minnesota State Moorhead.

    Brooks Butt is a freshman enjoying soccer on the College of Jamestown.

    Aleah Bienek is a freshman enjoying hockey at Trine College in Indiana.

    Elise Tangquist is the Assistant Woman’s Volleyball and Assistant Woman’s Golf Coach this 12 months at Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove.

    Kaleb Thingelstad is a sophomore enjoying golf at Dakota Weslyan.

    Joslynn Leach is a sophomore enjoying golf at Concordia Faculty in Moorhead.  The Cobbers wrapped up the Fall season.

    Brady Butt is a Junior enjoying soccer on the College of Jamestown.

    Ty Hamre is enjoying soccer at Bemidji State College.

    Paul Bittner is enjoying skilled hockey in Norway.

    Kate MacGregor is senior swimming at Minnesota State Moorhead.

    Aleece Durbin is a Junior on the College of North Dakota Ladies’s Monitor and Discipline crew.

    Nick Garmen is a junior enjoying tennis on the College of Minnesota Morris.

    Elizabeth Erdman is a coach for the Moorhead Crimson Dragon swim crew.

    Crookston Faculty District Coaches –
    Ben Parkin
    is the pinnacle Pirate Baseball Coach.
    Emily Meyer 
    is the Pirate head ladies’ hockey coach and softball assistant coach.
    Lacia Hanson is the Junior Excessive softball coach.
    Jeremy Lubinski
     is a Pirate eighth Grade Soccer coach.
    Amy Boll 
    is the pinnacle Pirate Ladies Monitor head coach
    Sarah Reese 
    is the Pirate Head Ladies’ Soccer coach
    Cody Brekken
     is the Crookston Neighborhood Pool Supervisor
    Marley Melbye is the Head Ladies’ Swimming coach
    Brock Hanson
     is a Pirate Baseball volunteer assistant coach.
    Ben Halos is a Pirate Baseball assistant coach.
    Alex LaFrance 
    is a Pirate Baseball volunteer assistant coach.
    Jeff Perreault 
    is the Pirate Ladies Golf head coach
    Wes Hanson is the Pirate Wrestling Head Coach and assistant boys golf coach
    Kevin Weber is a Pirate Boys Basketball volunteer assistant coach
    Connor Morgan is the Pirate Boys Hockey assistant coach
    Sam Melbye is the Pirate Boys J.V. Hockey coach
    Chris Dufault is a youth wrestling Coach
    Colton Weiland is an assistant wrestling coach

    Non-Crookston Excessive Faculty teaching/Admin/and so on –

    Austin Sommerfeld is an Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communication on the Faculty of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

    Collin Reynolds is the pinnacle baseball coach for the College of Colorado Buffalo Membership Baseball crew.

    Trent Stahlecker is a Faculty Safety Specialist & he works for the Brevard Public Faculties, Florida.

    Cody Weiland is an assistant wrestling coach at Proctor/Hermantown.

    Josh Edlund is the pinnacle soccer coach and phy ed trainer at Flandreau, South Dakota.

    Allison Lindsey Axness is Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach at Champlin Park

    Jeff Olson is the Head Wrestling Coach and Head Baseball coach at Delano.

    Jake Olson is an Assistant Soccer Coach and Head Boys’ Tennis coach at Delano.

    Katy Westrom is the Head Woman’s Tennis Coach and Head Boys’ Tennis coach at Monticello Excessive Faculty.

    Matt Harris is an Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Saguaro Excessive Faculty in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Marty Bratrud is the Superintendent and Excessive Faculty Principal at Westhope Excessive Faculty.

    Gordie Haug is an assistant soccer coach on the College of Wyoming.

    Mike Hastings is the Minnesota State Mankato Males’s head Hockey coach.

    Mike Biermaier is the Athletic Director at Grand Forks Faculties.

    Stephanie (Lindsay) Perreault works with the North Dakota State stats crew for Bison soccer, volleyball, and basketball within the winter. Stephanie’s husband, Ryan, is the assistant director for Bison media relations.

    Jason Bushie is the hockey athletic coach at Colorado Faculty.

    Chris Myrold is the Director and Health at Mission Ranch and Health in Camel, California.

    Kyle Buchmeier
     is a Tennis Professional on the Reed-Sweatt Household Tennis Heart in Minneapolis

    Ben Andringa is serving our nation with the Military and is deployed to Iraq for 9 months.

    Jarrett Butenhoff is serving our nation with the U.S. Navy.

    Joshua Butenhoff is serving our nation on a Submarine with the Pacific Fleet with the US Navy.

    Peter Cournia is a 2002 Crookston Excessive Faculty Graduate and a grad of West Level and at present serving within the U.S. Military.

    Erik Ellingson is serving our nation with the U.S. Air Pressure at Minot.

    Philip Kujawa, class of 2004, from Crookston Excessive Faculty.  He’s an Military recruiter in Rochester.

    Rob Sobolik is the Common Supervisor of the Fargodome

    That’s it for this week.  Thanks for the feedback, and when you have something so as to add or share, please e-mail or name.  Thanks for studying and listening to KROX RADIO and


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