Since we are still early in the football and volleyball season, we will give it a few weeks before we break down the area sections. One thing that makes the job of covering High School sports in northwest Minnesota is you never know what you are going to see.
But you will have two or three-hour drives to think about it! We knew going into the game it would probably be a lopsided game. Cass Lake-Bena only had 15 players on the roster, but they wanted to play the game. It went as expected and the game was at halftime in favor of Polk County West.
They decided to play a two minute third quarter before going to a running-time fourth quarter. They got back to the line of scrimmage faster than Polk County West on every single play.
They kept their chins up and finished the game playing as hard as they did on the first play. I have never been so impressed with a team in that situation. Coach Ruud and the Panthers only have one senior and one junior.
I hope they can build the numbers and the program and I will be cheering for them every game for the next several years.
Hats off to the Cass Lake-Bena football program, you are doing things the right way and good luck the rest of the season. For UMC, owning anything is a bit …….
There is hope because most NSIC schools have quit doing it.
I am not the intended audience, or at least I hope not. MSU-Moorhead was picked to finish 10th. By the end of the season, both teams exceeded expectations.
Head coach Mark Dufner is recruiting student-athletes that the Crookston community can be proud of, and having traveled with the team over the past two years, they represent not only the football team but the University of Minnesota Crookston extremely well across the NSIC. They have an uphill battle in attracting talent to Crookston from limited scholarship funds, a rural location compared to the majority of the conference, and a desperate need for a turf playing surface.
With all that being said, the program is in a good place for further investment so that the program is given the chance to compete with teams beyond Minot State. This is not an overnight transformation, but the program is trending upwards even if it may not result in more wins this season.
MSU-Moorhead is coming off of a program defining season. Any offense is only as good as its offensive line, but if pass protection and run-blocking is average this year, UMC has enough speed at its skill positions to stretch a defense from sideline to sideline.
The Golden Eagles biggest offensive question mark is at running back where the Golden Eagles are replacing their top two backs from last season. Any drive that extends over five minutes is a success, whether it leads to points or not for the Golden Eagles.
MSU-Moorhead has an extremely balanced offense. Minnesota Crookston has to be better at fitting gap assignments this year upfront to prevent the plus yards runs that plagued the team last season.
The defensive line stayed in Crookston and put in the work over the summer to be a strength for this program. The offense staying on the field for longer periods of time should benefit a defense that was on the field too much one season ago. UMC has to find a way to keep it competitive.
On Saturday the matches will begin at a. Detroit Lakes and Osakis vs. Crookston 2nd round: Alexandria vs.
Crookston and Osakis vs. Detroit Lakes 3rd round: Alexandria vs. Osakis and Crookston vs. Park Rapids will instantly become one of the top teams in the section in both boys and girls next year.
It also looks like Bigfork and Trek North will be in the section too. That will make 22 teams.
It was first announced that Olszewski was released. About four hours later, the Patriots traded cornerback Keion Crossen to the Texans. That opened up a spot on the roster and Olszewski made the Patriots opening day roster!! Olszewski, supposedly, was digging ditches when he was invited to Patriots camp and now he will have a pretty good chance at winning a Super Bowl ring.
Zylstra is a New London-Spicer grad.
Congratulations to Noah on a pretty memorable first reception. The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to the people of Minnesota who have made significant contributions to promote high school basketball in the state via their achievements and service.
Tim Anderson began his coaching career at Elmore HS; returning to his alma mater as the Head Boys Basketball coach following his college graduation. After one year at Elmore, he moved to Minnesota Lake where he served as an assistant coach for 8 years Minnesota Lake joined Maple River in During his tenure as an assistant coach, the Eagles earned a State Tournament title in followed by a State Tournament berth in Tim assumed the lead reins of the Maple River program in During the course of his 14 seasons at the helm of the program he led the Eagles to ten Valley Conference crowns, and Section titles with State Tournament Appearances in , state runner-up, and state third place.
In , he accepted the position of Head Boys coach at Mankato Loyola where he coached for six years followed by a one year stint at Mankato West.
He finished his career with an overall mark of Under his tutelage and leadership, the Fridley hoopsters have earned multiple conference titles and won Section championships with State Tournament berths in and Coach MacDonald has been recognized by his peers with multiple Conference Coach of the Year honors and being named Section Coach of the Year four times.
He is a member of the wins club and enters the season with an overall record of as a head coach. In addition to coaching basketball, Coach MacDonald also coached track for 15 years at Fridley, including 10 years as the Head Coach.