Grand Rapids Thunderhawks moved to 2-0 on Saturday with a 6-3 win over Forest Lake. Playing without Connor Larocque, Jonah Bischoff, and Jake Dunnell the Thunderhawks fell behind 2-0 before Mitchell Mattson ignited a 5 goal outburst with the first of his 3 goals of the night. John Stampohar with a goal and two assists, Eric Soderberg and Brendan Mark with single goals. The Thunderhawks have their home opener Tuesday against Virginia. We will carry the game on 1320 KOZY starting with pre-game coverage shortly after 7:0o.
Taylor Kane, Maddie Keute, Sydney Mattson, and Morgan Justus on national letter of intent signing day. Taylor Kane to play basketball at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD; Maddie Keute to play volleyball at University of Minnesota – Mankato; Sydney Mattson to play volleyball at the University of North Dakota, and Morgan Justus diving at the University of Minnesota. Congratulations to all and here are a few pictures (mostly to prove I would go bankrupt as a photo-journalist).
And a few more pictures from a better photographer!
GRG Lightning hockey opened the season with a 3-0 win over Bemidji on Tuesday. After a scoreless first period, the Lightning struck for 2 goals, Jordan McLaughlin with the first and Madison Illikainen the 2nd. Maddie Peart an insurance goal in the 3rd. Shannon Hart the shutout with 19 saves. 3 stars: 1 – Shannon Hart, 2 – Jordan McLaughlin, 3 – Madison Illikainen. The Lightning are in action Friday night against Roseville and Saturday afternoon at 2 pm against Irondale, both games in Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids rolled to their fifth straight section title in girls’ swimming Saturday afternoon at Elkington Middle School.
1. Grand Rapids 514
2. Hibbing 318
3. Mesabi East 279
4. Two Harbors 275
5. International Falls 231
6. Duluth Denfeld 131
State Qualifiers for the Thunderhawks –
Medley Relay – 1st place; Maddie Bernard 1st, Annalie Marinucci 2nd in the 200 IM; Bailey Kinnunen – 2nd 50 free; Morgan Justus 1st, Amanda Hernesman 2nd in diving; Annalie Marinucci 1st, Kate Bustrom 2nd 100 butterfly; Maddie Bernard 1st – 100 free; 200 free relay 1st; Katie Welshinger 2nd – 100 backstroke; 400 free relay 1st.
Reports aired throughout the day on 1320 KOZY – here they are if you missed any of them.
Katie Welshinger, Kate Bustrom, Maddie Bernard, Annalie Marinucci, Jessica Schneider, Gracie Kangas-Olson, Bailey Kinnunen
Amanda Hernesman, Morgan Justus, Kate Bustrom, Shelby Purdum
Marley Schrom, Kelly Rostie
7A swim prelims on Thursday at Elkington Middle School. Here are the four reports that we aired last night in case you missed them. We will have four more reports on Saturday afternoon following the Gopher FB game.
Report 1 – with head coach Jerry Casey
Report 2 – with Marly Schrom, Katie Welshinger, Bailey Seifert, and Lindsey Rhode
Report 3 – with Annalie Marinucci and Tessa Wiens
Report 4 – with Kate Bustrom, Shelby Purdum, Annika Viren, Bianka Busching, and Abby Bauman
Section 7A swim meet is here. This year the meet is in Grand Rapids on Thursday and Saturday. Make sure you stay tuned to AM 1320 KOZY because we’ll have reports both days. Thursday’s prelims start at 5:00 pm and I’ll check in before the Wild game at around 6:00, between periods, and after the game to keep you updated on how Thunderhawk swimmers are doing. On Saturday we’ll start after the Gophers and Iowa as we follow the progress of the Section finals. Hear from the swimmers and results as Grand Rapids looks to defend it’s Section 7A title.
Two local teams are still playing in volleyball playoffs.
The Greenway Raiders a 3-0 win over Int’l Falls on Friday and they will take on the Mora Mustangs on Tuesday the 28th at Duluth Denfeld. Game is scheduled for 7:00 pm and you can hear all the action on AM 1320 KOZY.
The Hill City Hornets are still playing in the 7A bracket. The Hornets play Carlton Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm at the Grand Rapids Gym. Listen to Gerard Valley and Jim Lamke with the call on 96.9 KMFY.
An exciting first day of playoff football action on Tuesday evening. The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks with their first win since 2012, 35-6 over Hibbing. Eric Soderberg 266 yards and 4 TD’s in the win. The Thunderhawks head to Public School Stadium in Duluth to take on the undefeated and #1 seed Cloquet Lumberjacks. The game will be broadcast on 1320 – KOZY.
An epic (and I don’t use the term lightly) 6 OT game in Coleraine as the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers finally prevailed over GNK 64-62 as they stopped a GNK 2 point conversion attempt in the 6th OT. Way too much to write about so just listen to the Tom Downing re-cap.
Tom Downing re-cap of GNK / Dul. Marshall
Some other area scores – Bigfork 50 – MIB 28; Floodwood 39 – Silver Bay 6, Cromwell 29 Hill City 16; Waubun 54 – Northland 14; NorthWoods 46 – NE Range 16; Ely 42 – Chisholm 20; Ev/Gil 35 – H/F 7.
Saturday broadcast schedule – Grand Rapids vs Cloquet at 2 pm on KOZY and Deer River vs East Central at 2 pm on KMFY.
Playoffs in full swing this week as football, volleyball and cross-country take center stage. Monday there are a number of VB play-in games taking place in 7A. Tuesday sees football quarterfinals across the board as we will carry Grand Rapids @ Hibbing on 1320 KOZY and Dul. Marshall @ GNK on 96.9 KMFY. Wednesday is first round volleyball action and you can see Greenway (#1 seed in 7AA) in action at home against Two Harbors and the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks hosting Duluth Denfeld. Thursday is cross-country sections 7A will run in Cloquet and 7AA in Princeton. Friday is more volleyball and we’ll have games for you on KOZY and KMFY. Saturday will be more football and we’ll have that on tap for you as well on KOZY and KMFY. We know that Deer River will play at 2 pm on Saturday at home against the winner of East Central and Ogilvie. Deer River getting a bye, by virtue of a number 2 seed in 7A. Stay tuned to KOZY/KMFY and we’ll make sure you’re up to date on high school playoffs!!
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.