High School football and volleyball seasons wrap up this week and we’ll be heading for more playoffs. Final football games are this Wednesday and we’ll have Deer River @ Two Harbors for you on KMFY and Grand Rapids hosting Brainerd on KOZY. The GNK Titans finish out the regular season hosting International Falls at Dixon-Barle Field. Volleyball finishes up Tuesday with the IRC championship game which will likely be a re-match between Grand Rapids and Greenway at Grand Rapids. We will have all the action live on KMFY if you can’t make it to the gym. Football playoffs start on Tuesday the 21st with Volleyball playoffs on Wednesday the 22nd. Rest assured we’ll have tons of playoff action for you on KMFY and KOZY in the coming few weeks.
Homecoming for 3 local schools today. Grand Rapids, Deer River, and Greenway all with homecoming football games and it’s a tough weather night and a tough football night for all three teams.
The Thunderhawks take on the the 2-3 Alexandria Cardinals who are coming off a 34-31 win over Willmar and have a 2 game winning streak.
The Warriors have the privilege of playing the MLWR Rebels who have lost 1 regular season game since 2006.
The GNK Titans get the one team that has beaten the Rebels in the regular season since 2006, the Hermantown Hawks.
What is the power of homecoming? We won’t know until the night is over but we’re all counting on it! Warrior football with Tom Downing and Dan Persons on 96.9 KMFY and Thunderhawk football on 1320 KOZY with Jason Merritt and Sheldon Willis, both games starting at 7:00 pm.
In a game broadcast Tuesday night on 96.9 KMFY, the Greenway Raiders with a 3-0 win over the Virginia Blue Devils. Seri Gesler with 11 kills, Sophie Rajala with 9, 35 set assists for Jordan Ranta, and 4 blocks for Kara Mandich. The Raiders are 17-1 and host Duluth Denfeld on Thursday.
The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks get to 15-2 on the year with a 3-1 win over Deer River Tuesday. The Thunderhawks head to Int’l Falls on Thursday.
Hill City still just one loss on the year as they defeat Nashwauk/Keewatin 3-0 in Nashwauk. Hill City will host Bigfork on Tuesday the 7th.
The next volleyball broadcast will be Virginia at Grand Rapids on Tuesday the 7th and we will also broadcast Grand Rapids / Greenway from Coleraine on October 9th. Both volleyball game broadcasts will be carried on 96.9 KMFY.
Volleyball broadcast tonight. The 16-1 Greenway Raiders hosting the Virginia Blue Devils. The Raiders are looking to hold off the Hermantown Hawks for the #1 seed in 7AA North. The Blue Devils right now sit in the #3 slot behind Greenway and Hermantown and ahead of International Falls. The Raiders are a senior dominated team led by outside hitter Seri Geisler and setter Jordan Ranta. The Blue Devils have an experienced roster as well and get significant contributions from freshmeen Lexi Ahrens and junior Autem Seabrook. 6:45 pre-game and 7:00 1st serve on 96.9 KFMY.
The Sports Issue – yes, once a week we get to spend 2 hours on the radio talking about local sports! Well, sometimes a little Gophers, Twins, and Vikings talk will sneak in but we try our best to keep it LOCAL. The week we’ll have Itasca CC football, Grand Rapids Swimming, and Greenway Raider Volleyball live in the studio, and you never know when more guests may show up. Joe Gigliotti, Dan Persons, and Sheldon Willis 8-10 AM on 1320 AM KOZY.
First QRF rankings out on Tuesday 9/23. If you’re wondering why this is important, it’s because many sections and sports use the QRF to determine seedings. QRF is the brainchild of Ryan Weinzierl of Minnesota Scores dot net and has been used for a number years by the State High School League. In football – Deer River currently 3rd behind Braham and East Central. In 7AAA GNK is 4th behind Two Harbors, Esko, and Proctor. 7AAAA – Grand Rapids 4th behind Cloquet, Princeton, and Hermantown, 7AA Volleyball has Greenway in 1st in the north and Cloquet in the south. What does it all mean. Well, not a lot right now because there are a lot of games yet to play, but right now; Deer River, GNK, and Grand Rapids would all get home football playoff games and Greenway would not face Cloquet (their lone loss of the year) until the section finals. So — let the QRF watching begin!
GNK Titan Cross Country teams in Milaca on Saturday for the Milaca Mega Meet at the Stones Throw Golf Course. The Mega Meet lives up to it’s name with Boys and Girls races for 7th through 10th grade and Varsity races in A, AA, AAA, and AAAA. The Titans running in the AA bracket and Ellyssa Peterson coming in 4th place. Coach Will Florasheim said it was another day of improvements overall with Ellyssa beating one state ranked runner and nearly beating another. The GNK girls ended in 14th place overall -
4 Ellyssa Peterson, 10 15:26.0
65 Carlee Plackner, 7 17:44.0
73 Aislynn Petrich, 8 17:58.0
84 Karley Akkanen, 12 18:20.2
108 Alexis Zimmer, 8 19:48.1
112 Haven Fillbrandt, 10 20:50.4
113 Emily Havens, 9 20:55.6
Total Time = 1:29:16.3 Total Places = 334
The boys finishing in 22nd place with Dylan Clark the top finisher.
46 Dylan Carlson, 10 18:13.7
70 Noah Axley-Cuellar, 9 18:40.0
126 Titan Zuehlke, 10 […]
The Sports Issue, 2 hours of live local sports talk every Saturday morning on KOZY from 8-10 AM. One of the goals of The Sports Issue is to give in-depth coverage to local teams. This Saturday between 9 and 10 we will be talking to athletes and coaches from the Grand Rapids Thunderhawk Volleyball and Cross Country teams and the Deer River Warrior football team. From 8 to 9 AM, Joe Gigliotti, Dan Persons, and myself (Sheldon Willis) will talk local sports, re-cap high school football from Friday night, and talk Gophers, Vikings, and Twins. Make sure you tune in for The Sports Issue on KOZY this (and every) Saturday from 8-10.
Grand Rapids Thunderhawks swim team followed a big win at an invitational in Hibbing with a dominating win over the Bluejackets on Tuesday in the pool at Elkington school. The Thunderhawks with 11 1st place finishes in 12 events including double 1st place finishes for Katie Welshinger in the 200 and 500 freestyle and Annalie Marinucci in the 50 and 100 freestyle. The only event going to Hibbing was the 100 breaststroke where Grand Rapids took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Final team score was Rapids 117 – Hibbing 69. Grand Rapids also won the JV meet 107-77. Next up for Grand Rapids swimming is a home dual meet vs Cloquet on September 23rd.
The Sports Issue is aired every Saturday from 8-10 on KOZY and it’s a great place to hear about local sports teams and results. Last Saturday GNK Cross Country, Grand Rapids Girls’ Soccer, and Grand Rapids Football were represented in the 9 o’clock hour. It was a great time talking sports with local coaches and athletes. Rather than me trying to re-cap, I’ll just give you the audio from those interviews and if you see Will Florasheim’s red hair and white legs running anywhere in the area make sure you wave!!
GNK Cross Country
Grand Rapids Girls’ Soccer
Make sure you get out and support your local high school teams – you’ll enjoy it and they’ll love you for it!