Also featured: boys' basketball record as it relates to points, girls' hockey stat leaders.

Boys’ Hockey
6-14-1, 4-7 Section 8A

    The most pivotal game in deciding whether or not the Pirates will play a home playoff game will take place today, February 8. Crookston takes on Lake of the Woods (8-14, 5-6 Section 8A) on the road, and a win will practically ensure a home game in the tournament.

    Should the Pirates beat the Bears, their section records will be identical at 5-7, and Crookston will own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

    To get home ice for the quarterfinals, a team must be seeded in the top four. East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls and Warroad will earn the top three. This leaves Crookston, Lake of the Woods, Detroit Lakes (14-5-2, 3-4 Section 8A) and Kittson County Central (13-6, 5-4 Section 8A) fighting for that fourth seed.

    The Pirates already beat Kittson and split with Detroit Lakes. Lake of the Woods beat Detroit Lakes in their only matchup, and a Crookston win over Lake of the Woods could be used as an argument to edge Detroit Lakes for the four spot.

    Assuming Crookston downs Lake of the Woods, the Pirates will still need to beat Red Lake Falls (5-8, 2-6 Section 8A) in the penultimate game of the regular season.

Girls’ Basketball
11-9, 5-6 Section 8AA

    Crookston has only won one game in the last month, but it is no time to panic. Every team slumps, and it does not help when facing an excruciating schedule.

    In the Pirates’ last eight games of which they hold a record of 1-7, their opponents combine for a record of 116-38. Four of them currently have two or less losses.

    Four of these teams also sit in the top 20 of their respective class’ QRF ranking: Class A - Ada-Borup (No. 12), Pelican Rapids (No. 2); Class AA - Roseau (No. 12); Class AAA - Hibbing (No. 16).

    It is not like the Pirates are getting blown out in these games. In their seven losses, the average margin of defeat is 8.5 points. The largest was 16 to Hibbing and the lowest was two to East Grand Forks. The Pirates even led Roseau in regulation and took them to overtime before falling short 84-78.

Wrestling
11-4, 4-2 Section 8A

    The regular season came to a close on February 2, and the Pirates will next wrestle at the Section 8A Team Tournament on Saturday, February 16.

    In the past two weeks, two Pirates reached significant win numbers. Lukas Meier (Sr.) tallied his 100th career win and Nolan Dans (So.) recorded his 50th.

    Meier sits at 15-5 on the year and is 7-0 in matches decided by fall. Dans owns a record of 17-15 overall and 3-2 in decisions.

Boys’ Basketball
6-12, 4-8 Section 8AA

    The Pirates struggle to find consistency. On one night, they will score in the 80s and then 40s in another. Depending on how many points Crookston scores, here are the respective records.

40s: 1-2
50s: 1-6
60s: 2-3
70s: 1-0
80s: 1-1

Girls’ Hockey
4-18-1, 2-6 Section 8A

    The regular season came to an end, and now, Crookston will head to Detroit Lakes for the quarterfinals of the Section 8A Tournament.

    Although the last two seasons present nearly identical records, Crookston showed improvement from the 2017-2018 slate.

2017-2018 Season (26 games)

Goals Scored: 38
Goals Allowed: 159

2018-2019 Season (23 Games)

Goals Scored: 40
Goals Allowed: 114

2018-2019 Stat Leaders

Goals
Cat Tiedemann - 14
Nora Peterson - 8
Aleah Bienek - 4

Assists
Nora Peterson - 7
Cat Tiedemann - 5
Breck Fugleberg - 4

Save Percentage
Grace Koshney - .860

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