This past school year was one for the Crookston community to remember. High school sports matter to a large group of people here in town, and this article will look back on a majority of this past season’s sports and take us through the names that helped with that.

    This past school year was one for the Crookston community to remember. High school sports matter to a large group of people here in town, and this article will look back on a majority of this past season’s sports and take us through the names that helped with that.

    Fall sports; Pirate Football ended their season with a (2-7) record. Cade Salentine(junior) and Chris Wavra(senior) were lead scorers this past season. Although the team had a decent amount of seniors there are certainly underclassmen in the mix to look forward to next season. Such as Jaden Lubarski(sophomore).

    Pirate Volleyball ended their season with a (10-17) record. Seniors Kennedy Cwikla and Jenna Porter were leaders in kills and will definitely be missed. A majority of the varsity team was seniors so this upcoming year you will notice a big change in the lineup. Look out for names like Aleece Durbin(junior) and Brelee Jobe(junior) to take the lead in kills.

    Girls Tennis had an impressive season this year, junior doubles partners Ally Tiedemann and Amy Follete placed 4th at state and will for sure be coming back next year for more. Boys Soccer ended their season with a final record of (6-11). Seniors Jacob Owens and Thomas Cymbaluk will surely be missed by the team, but the boys do have freshmen Isaiah Barlow and Sam Overgaard ready to take their places.     

    The Girls Soccer team ended this season with (2-14-1). Losses of seniors such as Brita Fagerlund, Anna Miller and Jayden Allrich will take a toll on the small team but watch out for Kylee Meier(freshman) and Hannah Emanuel(sophomore) to take lead roles.

    Girls Swimming may have the smallest team of all the fall sports, but they are not to be ignored, advancing to state in three events. Junior Kate MacGregor swam the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, she was also a part of the 400 free relay which also consisted of Merran Dingmann(junior), Thea Oman(sophomore) and Elizabeth Erdman(freshman). All of these are names to watch for next season.

    Winter sports; Boys Basketball ended their season impressively with a final record of (18-11) and made it to semifinals. The boys may also, arguably, take the biggest hit from graduating seniors, Matt Garmen, Blake Kawlewski, and Chris Wavra just to name a few of the lead scorers that will be deeply missed by the team. Next season I’d look out for the names Nick Garmen(freshman), Jaden Lubarski(sophomore) and Todd Boerger(junior) to put up the most points.

    Girls Basketball ended their season (7-20) and lost in the first round of playoffs. Losing seniors Jenna Porter and Kennedy Cwikla will be hard to handle for the team, but the team may still surprise everyone.  Emma Borowicz(8th grader) and Bailey Folkers(junior)  are definitely leaders to watch for in the upcoming season.   

     Wrestling sent three outstanding athletes to state this year, Preston Desrosier(senior), Colton Weiland(junior) and Jake Wagner(junior). Although losing Preston may impact the team next season, our boys still have options.

    Boys Hockey finished with (11-16) they are another team being hit by the loss of a large number of qualified seniors graduating.  Players like Dane Anderson and Zach Markovich. It’s not all over though, Ben Andringa(freshman) and Joey Doda(freshman) seem ready to take their places.     

    Girls Hockey had a (3-21-2) season.  The numbers for girls playing hockey at Crookston High School are in a decline. After this season's seniors graduate, the team will be left with one lone upperclassmen, Brelee Jobe(junior). That is not to count the girls out, just wait for younger players such as Catherine Tiedemann(8th Grader) and Makenzie Epema(8th grader) to come up.

    The Treasurettes Dance Team (placed 6th at sections) has definitely seen a lack of involvement over the past few years.  They will not be losing any seniors, but the three juniors who are in charge Merran Dingmann, Kate MacGregor, and Katelyn Wagner are hoping for more participation from the younger classes so that the team can continue to improve.

    Spring sports are still underway and gearing up for the end of their seasons. Best of luck to all involved and I can’t wait to see what next year will actually bring.

    Wagner is enrolled in Kristi Swanson’s Communications and Broadcasting course at CHS.