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Grand Rapids hires new hockey coach

Chris Marinucci has been hired as the new head coach of the Grand Rapids hockey program. News release from ISD 318 —

Chris Marinucci has been selected as the new Head Hockey Coach for Grand Rapids High School. Marinucci has been the Assistant Coach since 2015.

“We’re very excited to have Chris be the Head Coach running our Boys Hockey Program,” said Activities Director Anne Campbell. He’s been a player here, an assistant coach here, and has had a great playing career not only at GRHS but through college and professionally. We’re looking forward to Chris continuing the rich tradition of Grand Rapids Hockey.”

Marinucci played for GRHS as a student before moving on to college and eventually professional hockey. While at UMD, he was the 1994 Hobey Baker Award Winner, an award given to the NCAA player who best “exhibits strength of character both on and off the ice.” Marinucci was also named the USA Hockey Player of the Year, as well as being a member of the 1997 USA World Championship Team.

“I’ve been with the team for two years. I think the program is on the right track, and I’m excited to be the head coach and continue that growth,” said Marinucci.


Marinucci will be a guest on The Sports Issue Saturday morning at 8:30 on KOZY.

By |June 30th, 2017|Sports|Comments Off on Grand Rapids hires new hockey coach|

Trent Klatt resignation

Grand Rapids former head coach Trent Klatt talking with Joe Gigliotti and discussing his reasons for his departure from the Grand Rapids hockey program.


By |June 8th, 2017|Sports|Comments Off on Trent Klatt resignation|

Thunderhawk Hockey headed to STATE

The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks headed back to the state hockey tournament after a 2 OT – 3-2 victory over the Duluth East Greyhounds. Blake McLaughlin in the first period, Michael Heitkamp in the 2nd, and Mr. Hockey finalist Micah Miller the game winner in double OT. The call of the game-winning goal.

and some audio from happy Thunderhawks after the game.

AA State tournament Thursday through Saturday March 9-11.

By |March 3rd, 2017|Sports|Comments Off on Thunderhawk Hockey headed to STATE|

Nordic Ski Team at State

Grand Rapids boys Nordic Ski team winning the Section 7 title and heading to the State meet on Thursday the 16th. Emma Stertz qualifying individually on the girls side. A quick interview with boys captain Alex Kelling and Emma Stertz before the state meet.


By |February 16th, 2017|Sports|Comments Off on Nordic Ski Team at State|

Grand Rapids basketball rolls over Virginia

The Grand Rapids Thunderhawk boys’ basketball team in fine form on Tuesday night in Virginia. The Thunderhawks rolled over previously undefeated Virgina 75-43. The Thunderhawks lead 42-21 at halftime and soon stretched the lead to 30 in the 2nd half. Jake Skelly 21 points and Brock Schrom with 12 for Grand Rapids. The Thunderhawks head to Bemidji on Thursday in a game that we will broadcast on AM 1320 KOZY.

By |February 1st, 2017|Sports|Comments Off on Grand Rapids basketball rolls over Virginia|

Tuesday Basketball Clash

The 17-6 Grand Rapids Thunderhawk basketball team is on the road taking on 17-0 Virginia Blue Devils. The Thunderhawks have won 7 of their last 8 games, and are currently ranked 1st in 7 AAA and coming off a 107-74 win over Hermantown. Pre-game on KOZY will be 7:00.

By |January 31st, 2017|Sports|Comments Off on Tuesday Basketball Clash|

Natalie Bebeau gets 1,000 points

Natalie Bebeau senior post player with the Deer River Warriors getting to 1,000 points on Monday. After the game Gerard Valley had a chance to talk with Natalie.

By |December 20th, 2016|Sports|Comments Off on Natalie Bebeau gets 1,000 points|

Talkin’ Twins

It has been a long year for the Twins but all season long Kris Atteberry has kept us up to date with Talkin Twins brought to you by Cole Hardware. Here’s Kris with a season retrospective.

By |September 28th, 2016|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Talkin’ Twins|

Fall Sports underway

High School football kicking off Labor Day weekend across the area. The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks a 14-0 win over North Branch. Gavin Kuschel and Ethan Rebel with TD runs. Post-game interview with Brody Holm and Rebel.

Deer River a 48-18 win over Int’l Falls.

GNK losing to Proctor 17-14 on a last minute TD and 2 pt conversion.

Grand Rapids VB starting the season 2-1, GNK starts the season 2-0.

By |September 6th, 2016|Sports|Comments Off on Fall Sports underway|

Grand Rapids VFW on to Districts

Grand Rapids VFW baseball going 3-1 in North Sub-district play and will be the #3 seed at districts this weekend in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids a loss to Greenway and a win over Eveleth on Sunday. Monday, wins over Cook County and Greenway.  Summaries from Monday games.

GR Grey 20 Cook County 0  five innings

WP: Isaac Gustafson 5 IP, 4 H, 4K, 1BB
Mike Heitkamp 3 hits 4 RBI
Collin Dibb 2 hits 2 RBI
Beau Winkler 2 hits 3 RBI
Isaac Gustafson 2 hits 2 RBI
Luke Kinnunen 2 hits

GR Grey 12 Greenway 2  five innings

WP: Luke Kinnunen 5 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 5 BB
Evan Mischke 2 hits 5 RBI which included a bases loaded clearing triple
Mike Heitkamp 2 hits 2 RBI
Brooks Bachmann 2 hits

Record: 22-7

By |July 26th, 2016|Sports|Comments Off on Grand Rapids VFW on to Districts|