Pirates of the Week: April 29-May 5
Baseball: junior Brooks Butt
Coach Mitch Bakken: "Brooks is having a great start to his junior season. He has played well offensively, defensively, and on the mound. He's had a couple multi-RBI games and just came off a fantastic start earning a 4-2 victory over Hillsboro/Central Valley. He's been a very productive three-hitter for us, and we look to him to continue his great at-bats and help us put runs on the board."
Softball: senior Kenze Epema
Coach Sunny Bowman: "Kenze is a senior captain. Kenze is a leader on and off the field, and has been doing very well on both sides of the ball. Kenze is a versatile defender playing three different positions this past week — second base, third base, and left field — and she has been hitting the ball very well for us and doing her job to move runners around. She’s aggressive at the plate and battles at every at-bat, and when she gets on base her speed is dangerous."
Boys' golf: senior Jaxon Wang
Coach Steve Kofoed: "Jaxon has started to find his game in the last week. Jaxon posted a season low in Fergus Falls last Friday, shooting an 86. On Tuesday, he fired a 94 on a cold and windy day in EGF. If the Pirates are going to play deep into the postseason, Jaxon is going to be a key factor!"
Girls' golf: senior Sophia Rezac
Coach Jeff Perreault: "Sophia shot 99 at both the Bemidji and Roseau invites, which is a tie for her career-best score. Her positive attitude and organizational skills are huge assets for her role as a team captain."
Boys' tennis: junior George French and sophomore Xander Kuchan
Playing at No. 3 doubles, French and Kuchan went 2-1 in Crookston’s matches against Minnewaska Area, Benson and Moorhead, winning two matches in straight sets and helping the Pirates to their first win of the year.
Note: French and Kuchan were selected by sports editor Jacob Shames
Boys' track and field: senior Cameron Weiland
Coach Wayne Folkers: "Cameron Weiland is a senior. He runs distance for us. He has been in our program since he was a seventh-grader. He's always steady for our team and is a good role model for our younger runners."
Girls' track and field: junior Hayden Winjum
Coach Amy Boll: "Hayden is a junior on the girls' track team. She has been on the varsity since she was in seventh grade. Hayden is a young lady that is very versatile. She runs the 200 meters, 400 meters 4x200 meters, 4x400 meters, long jump, triple jump and high jump. She is a huge part of the success of the girls' track team. This year she has had some outstanding performances. Keep working hard. Great job Hayden!"
The Times welcomes your feedback. You can send any comments or questions to our office at (218) 281-2730 or sports editor Jacob Shames at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow along on Twitter @crookstonsports and @Jacob_Shames for all the latest stories and live game updates.