Cheers to Crookston sports teams’ current winter sports record and Jeers to the destruction of our rivers

Cheers to Crookston sports teams’ current winter sports record

    Crookston sports teams are doing some winning. Between the Crookston Pirates and the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles, seven sports amassed a record of 18-12-1.

    For head-to-head sports, the Pirates offer wrestling, boys’ and girl’s basketball and boys’ and girls’ hockey in the winter while UMC includes men’s and women’s basketball.

    In this young season, the top two records in Crookston, thus far, come from the Golden Eagles women’s basketball team and the Pirates girls’ basketball team.

    In seven games, the Golden Eagles own a record of 6-1 and defeated Bemidji State in their first NSIC conference game of the season on December 1. The Pirates have only played three games, but were victorious in all three outscoring their opponents by an average 29 points. In 2017-2018, these Golden Eagles and Pirates teams went 8-19 and 13-14 respectively.

    Also on the upswing, the UMC men’s basketball team currently sits at 6-3 after a record of 10-19 last season. To round out the teams in the first few weeks of their seasons: Pirates boys’ basketball (1-1), Pirates wrestling (1-1), Pirates girls’ hockey (1-3-1) and Pirates boys’ hockey (0-3).

    Last winter, the seven sports combined for a record of 77-104. Although the 2018-2019 season is only about 17 percent of the way through, the improvement from where they were at this point last year should not go unrecognized.

    The Pirates and Golden Eagles will have the chance to build on their records this weekend when there will be a total of 10 head-to-head games and one wrestling tournament. Nine of these events take place in Crookston.

                                                                   - Nolan Beilstein, Sports Editor

Jeers to the destruction of our rivers

    Located in the center of the Red River Watershed in Northwest Minnesota, the Sand Hill River Watershed is one of the 10 major watershed in the Red River Basin.

    The Sand Hill River Watershed has fallen victim to several resource problems, such as poor wind and water erosion management, lack of nutrient management, weak wetland management, Bad surface water quality, and a dwindling wildlife habitat.

    There are sections of river that are farmed up to the bank, there are areas of barbed wire livestock fencing in the river and on the banks. Excessive amounts of tree snags and other debris clutter the water surface, and the edges of the river.

    With all of the issues, the Sand Hill River is still known for its kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.          

    The watershed needs help. If you find yourself around the river wanting to assist with one of these problems, contact the Watershed District located in Fertile. Join a clean up effort, save our watersheds. Don’t stand witness to the destruction of the rivers.

                                                                    - Anna Huck, Student Writer