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!
Friday, of course, is FOOTBALL!! Deer River looking to go to 3-0 has a road game against 7AAA Esko. Esko comes in at 0-2 but losses have been to Cloquet and MLWR, which means the Warriors have their hands full. The Thunderhawks have their home opener and the road doesn’t get easier for Grand Rapids with the 2-0 Morehead Spuds coming to town. The Spuds have wins over St. Cloud Apollo and Alexendria.
Deer River Head Coach Brent Schimek talking about Esko.
Grand Rapids Head Coach Greg Spahn looking forward to Morehead.
Both the Greenway Raiders and the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks have had a lot of success early in the volleyball season. The Raiders with 6 seniors on the roster and coming off a good 2013 season that saw the Raiders advancing to the Section semifinals, have started the season 9-0. Biggest win so far for the Raiders a 3-1 win over Hermantown on Monday the 8th. Seri Geisler has led the offense and Jordan Ranta setting it all up. This is a busy week for the Raiders with a home match Thursday against the Cloquet Lumberjacks and then hosting their own tournament on Saturday.
The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks are coming off of a 29-4 record in 2013 and a state tournament run. With a young team this year their only two losses this year have come in tournament play in Coon Rapids. Last week the Thunderhawks with a big 3-0 win over Cloquet and in the game pictured above a road 3-0 win over Hibbing. Grand Rapids has only two seniors on the roster this year and the underclassman have been huge including junior Taylor Fideldy and sophomore Ali Geislinger.
It will be an exciting year for both teams – check the schedule and get out to see some fun volleyball. If you can only make one game make it the Grand Rapids – Greenway clash on October 9th in Coleraine!
Taconite shut the door early on Deer River, capturing a 10-4 victory on Friday.
With five runs in the first three innings, Taconite left no doubt about the eventual outcome.
An RBI single by Jaden Erkkila during the second inning fueled Taconite’s offense early.
Erkkila racked up four RBIs on four hits for Taconite. Kole Kalisch had a strong day at the dish as well. He connected for a deep home run to left in the win.
Jeff Korpi baffled Deer River, striking out six batters. Korpi allowed no earned runs, four hits and five walks over five innings to pick up the win.
Erkkila pitched two innings and allowed three runs, no earned runs, in closing out the game for Taconite.
Jeffrey Moore couldn’t get it done on the bump for Deer River, taking a loss. He allowed nine runs in five innings, walked one and struck out none.
Taconite matched its one-run fourth inning with one more in the sixth. In the fourth, Taconite scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike LaDoux, bringing home Taylor Lantz.
Taconite built upon its lead with three runs in the fifth. A hit into a fielder’s choice scored Kole Kalisch to get Taconite on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Erkkila’s single, plating John Labine.
The Taconite American Legion baseball team began a busy week with a convincing 9-5 victory over Deer River in Marble on Monday but suffered a tough 3-2 defeat to Ely on Tuesday night in Ely.
It was a well-pitched game between Taconite’s John Labine and Ely’s Will Gustafson. Gustafson earned the win allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out four while walking two in the game. Labine was the tough luck loser on the mound. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out four while walking three.
Taconite fell behind in the third inning when Ely scratched across a run. Taconite rallied back for a run in the fifth when Kole Kalisch reached which allowed Pat Shea to score. However, Ely answered with single runs in the fifth and the sixth to take the lead.
A dropped fly ball in the seventh allowed Joe LaDoux to score for Taconite to make it 3-2, however, a line drive to left ended the contest and Ely picked up its second win over Taconite during the season.
The loss moves Taconite to 9-7 overall on the season and they are back in action tonight with a trip to Esko.