A full slate of games on MN HS Football week 2. On KOZY we will carry the Grand Rapids – GNK football game live from Dixon – Barle field in Coleraine. Should be a fun one with the renewal of the neighborly rivalry. Both teams coming in 0-1. On KMFY it will be Deer River in their home opener vs Barnum. Deer River is 1-0 after a week one win over Int’l Falls and Barnum a Monday loss the MLWR. Other area games see Bigfork at Hill City, Hibbing going to Int’l Falls, Duluth Denfeld at Aitkin, Chisholm going to E/G, and Floodwood heading to Northland. For the most complete rundown of MN High School Football listen to KOZY after the game for Ryan Phelps with scores and highlights right through 11:00 pm.
Sports other than football are also ready to get underway. Practices have been going since the 17th. Grand Rapids Volleyball opens the season at home vs Duluth East on Friday and will play in Deer River on Monday the 31st, you can hear Grand Rapids/Deer River Volleyball on 1320 KOZY. GRG Lightning Tennis hosting Thief River Falls, Cambridge-Isanti, and Eveleth Gilbert on Wednesday the 26th. Cross Country teams are practicing and start the varsity season September 3rd in Virginia.
Football season kicked off on Saturday with a full slate of games. Grand Rapids losing a heartbreaker to North Branch by a score of 21-20 as a missed extra point was the difference. GNK a 28-6 loss to Proctor. Deer River a 42-13 win over International Falls in a game shortened by about 6 minutes due to lightning in the area. This Friday, Grand Rapids heads to GNK and Deer River hosts Barnum.
High School Football gets underway this Saturday with a full slate of games. Deer River travels to International Falls, Grand Rapids hosts North Branch, GNK heads to Proctor, Nevis at Bigfork, Northland at McGregor, and Hill City goes to Cromwell. A lot of changes in MN High School football including stricter limits on practice time and live contact in practice, an earlier start to the season, no pre-season scrimmage, and district scheduling. It will be an exciting season. On Saturday you can hear Grand Rapids football starting at 2:45 on KOZY and Deer River Football starts at 6:40 on KMFY.
Grand Rapids completed an undefeated run through the VFW state tournament on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Maple Grove.
Starting Pitcher: Drew Sjostrand 7 IP, 1 run, 7 hits, 3 K’s and 3 BB
Winning Pitcher: Lane Gerber 3 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 K’s and 1 BB
*Gabe Holum 2 hits, 1 run
*Evan Mischke 2 hits
*Mike Heitkamp RBI 2B
*Drew Sjostrand RBI 1B
In the bottome of the 10th inning; Zach Stejskal with a lead off single, Gabe Holum bunt single, Evan Mischke bunt single and Drew Sjostrand game winning RBI single that scored Zach Stejskal with the game winning run to give Grand Rapids Post 1720 their first VFW Baseball State Championship!!
KOZY will be broadcasting 5 Grand Rapids Volleyball games this Fall in addition to all 8 Grand Rapids Football games. Volleyball games on our broadcast schedule are:
08/31 vs Deer River
09/21 @ Mesabi East
10/06 vs Virginia
10/08 vs Greenway
10/12 @ Bemidji
Grand Rapids completed an undefeated run in the Sub-state 10 tournament on Sunday in Hibbing. In the championship game on Sunday – Grand Rapids 12 Hibbing 5
Nick Johnson started and went the first 4 innings – Kyle Stram the win in relief with 5 innings pitched, 2 runs on 3 hits.
Tanner Shepherd 3-5 – a double – 3 rbi’s
Mike Heitkamp 2-3 3 RBI’s – 2 runs scored.
Grand Rapids had 12 runs, 12 hits, 10 lob
Hibbbing had 5 runs, 4 hits, 9 lob
GR now 27-5 will play Eden Prairie in Eden Prairie at 9:30 am on Friday in the MN State Legion Tournament.
Grand Rapids American Legion baseball with 2 wins at the sub-state 10 tourney in Hibbing on Wednesday. 7-2 over Hermantown and 14-2 in 7 innings over Hibbing. Gunnar Harris the WP in game 1 and Nick Johnson in game 2. Mike Hietkamp 6-8 with 3 doubles in the two games. Kenn Hasbargen a 3 run HR. Grand Rapids will play West Duluth Thursday evening at 7:00 pm in Hibbing in a winner’s bracket game.
Eighth District Division II American Legion playoffs starting Tuesday. Esko over Deer River 8-7 and International Falls defeating Taconite 6-3. Winner’s bracket games on Friday – Ely vs Moose Lake and International Falls vs Esko. Elimination games – Taconite vs Deer River and Two Harbors vs Brookston.
American Legion Sub-state 10 playoffs start on Wednesday. Grand Rapids the #1 seed and play #8 Hermantown at 1 pm in Hibbing. Other Sub-state 10 games Cloquet vs West Duluth and Virginia vs Proctor in Nashwauk. Hibbing vs Duluth Lakeview in Hibbing.
VFW District 8 Tournament in Duluth starting Friday. Grand Rapids the #1 team from the North taking on Cloquet at 10:30. West Duluth vs Deer River at 1 pm. All games at Wade Stadium in Duluth.
Grand Rapids American Legion Baseball a win over Virginia on Tuesday.
Grand Rapids 14
Virginia 3 (5 innings)
WP- Tanner Shepard 1 scoreless inning pitched.
Tanner Shepard 3-3, 1 RBI, 4 runs
Nick Johnson 3-4, 2 rbi
Noah Johnson 2-2
Grand Rapids scored: 7 in 1st, 1 in 2nd, 2 in 4th, 4 in 5th
Virginia scored 1 in 3rd and 2 in 5th.
Grand Rapids is now 16-2 on the season and will play Deer River Wednesday night at 7:30 in Grand Rapids.