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Hurn to play football at Crookston

By Staff | Feb 7, 2011

Family members were in attendance Wednesday when Dalton Hurn signed to play football at the University of Minnesota-Crookston next year. Left to right are Carson, Elaine, Dalton and Dan Hurn.

The list of Buccaneer athletes signing this year with NCAA Division I or II colleges continues.

Last Wednesday, Buccaneer football standout Dalton Hurn signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Minnesota-Crookston this coming fall.

Hurn was signed to be a defensive back for the Golden Eagles.

“I pretty much made up my mind to go to Crookston over the New Year’s weekend,” Hurn says. “I had visited the school over the Thanksgiving break.”

Hurn had also looked at Augustana, Mankato, Waldorf, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Winona State.

“Crookston is doing some new things with their football program that impressed me,” Hurn says. “They are trying to build up the program, and compete in the NSIC.”

That includes hiring an all new coaching staff, including Chuck Moller as the new head coach. Moller was hired last Dec. 13, and has been a coach in Arizona, at Stanford and Oklahoma State.

“Crookston also had just the major I was looking for,” he adds with a smile. Hurn is going to pursue a degree in golf and turf management with another major in horticulture. Crookston is the only college in Minnesota to offer a four-year-degree program in golf and turf management.

“I was pretty excited when I learned they offered an internship last year with the Boston Red Sox,” he says. “I would love to work at a ball field.”

Right now, Hurn wants to do more on a baseball field than tend the turf. He plans on being a two-sport athlete at Crookston, and play baseball as well as football.

“I love baseball, because you can play it as an individual player,” he explains. “Whereas football is such a total team sport.”

Hurn was a 5-foot-9, 155 pound defensive back and wide receiver for the Buccaneers.

“Dalton is just an excellent, excellent cover man,” BEA football coach Randy Kuechenmeister says. “He has good feet, and works very hard.”

He also is a smart player, according to his coach.

“Dalton always studied and knew all of our coverages,” the coach says. “He was the player who called the defensive plays, sort of our quarterback on defense.”

Kuechenmeister says he expects Hurn to have a bright, positive future.

BEA High School Principal Jack Eustice agrees.

“I always liked his hustle and commitment,” Eustice says of Hurn. “His passion for the game is going to take him a long ways.”

Hurn’s parents, Dave and Elaine Hurn, of Winnebago, and his two younger brothers, Carson and Ethan, are also all excited about the choice.

Crookston is located just 20 miles from Grand Forks, N.D., and Elaine Hurn is originally from Rollette, N.D.

“We know the area fairly well,” Elaine Hurn says. “We go right by it on our trips to North Dakota.”

She says she was hoping her son would just play baseball.

“She hates watching me play football,” Dalton says of his mom. “She has always thought I would get hurt.”

Elaine Hurn says she worries because her son is not the biggest player on the field.

“Some of the other players are much, much bigger,” she says. “As a mom I worry.”

Coach Kuechenmeister isn’t worried, however.

“Dalton loves the game,” he says. “He will do just fine.”