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Grand Rapids Swimming continues to roll

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.

By |September 17th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Sports Issue Fun

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

Thunderhawk Football

Make sure you get out and support your local high school teams – you’ll enjoy it and they’ll love you for it!

By |September 15th, 2014|Sports|Comments Off|

Time for Football

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.

By |September 11th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Volleyball Teams Have Early Success








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!

By |September 10th, 2014|Sports|Comments Off|

Taconite ends regular season with win

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.

By |July 21st, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Taconite drops one-run decision

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.

By |July 9th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Taconite returns to win column

The Taconite American Legion Baseball team returned to the win column with a convincing 10-1 victory over Esko in Marble on Tuesday afternoon.

Taconite raced ahead in the first with a lone run and tacked on four more in the second before adding two more in the third, a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth for the 10-1 win.

Kadin Kalisch was the beneficiary of the run support on the mound. He allowed only one hit in four innings of work. He walked six and struck out three in the win. Tyler Peterson pitched three innings of relief to get the save. He allowed one run on two hits while walking four and striking out three.

Pat Shea finished with three hits and scored two runs in the game. Kole Kalisch added three hits while Kadin Kalisch finished with three hits and drove home two runs. Joe LaDoux had a hit and drove in three runs in the game. Peterson had a hit and drove in a run as well in the victory.

Taconite sits at 8-6 overall on the season and returned to action on Monday when they squared off with Deer River.

By |July 1st, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids wins Bash rematch with Taconite

The fifth annual Bash, formerly known as Bisch Bash, took place on Saturday at Portage Park in Cohasset and one of the main events of the day featured Taconite squaring off with Grand Rapids in American Legion Baseball action.

Taconite was hoping to make it two straight Bash victories over Grand Rapids after last year’s 1-0 victory over Grand Rapids. In that game, Jordan Peratalo pitched a complete-game shutout and Bazil Zuehlke delivered a solo home run.

The table was set for another close game on Saturday, after Grand Rapids defeated Taconite, 11-3, earlier in the week. Neither team could get much going offensively against pitcher’s Jeff Korpi (Taconite) and Tanner Shepard (Grand Rapids).

Grand Rapids eventually broke through in the fourth inning with runners on first and third and two out. Ethan Rajala took off for second trying to get into a run down to allow Nick Johnson to score. However, Korpi’s throw to second was errant which allowed Johnson to score the game’s first run.

Taconite had several opportunities to either tie the game or take the lead in the lead. In the fifth inning, Kole Kalisch singled with two outs. Kadin Kalisch followed with a line drive that hit off the fence in left and put runners on second and third. However, Shepard worked his way out of trouble by inducing a fly ball.

That was the story of the game for Taconite. Taconite stranded nine runners in scoring position and left runners on second and third, three times in the game.

However, Taconite eventually broke through in the seventh inning to tie the game at one. Kole Kalisch doubled to right-centerfield to start the rally. With Kole Kalisch attempting to steal third, Kadin Kalisch hit a […]

By |June 30th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids takes down Taconite

Grand Rapids returned home in a big way in picking up an 11-3 victory over Taconite on Tuesday evening at Legion Field in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids scored three in the first inning and added four in the second to break the game open early. Grand Rapids eventually thwarted a bases loaded rally for Taconite in the fourth. Taconite scored two runs, however, a strike three call with the bases full ended the inning.

Taconite added another run in the fifth inning but Grand Rapids added two more runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away en route to the victory.

Gunnar Harris finished with four hits and drove in four runs for Grand Rapids. Kenn Hasbargen drove home three runs while John Baker plated two in the contest. Noah Johnson finished with three hits as well.

John Baker picked up the win. He pitched a third of an inning of relief, escaping a bases loaded jam in the fourth. Hasbargen started on the mound and pitched three and two-thirds allowing two runs on only one hit. He struck out one while walking five batters.

Jaden Erkilla was saddled with the loss for Taconite. He allowed nine runs, six earned, in five innings of work. He walked three and struck one. Erkilla had two hits and drove in a run for Taconite while John Labine, Kole Kalisch and Kadin Kalisch had hits as well.


By |June 25th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Taconite sweeps North Shore

The Taconite American Legion baseball team returned to its home diamond on Monday afternoon to take on North Shore in a pair of District 8 contests. Taconite rolled to a double header sweep, knocking off North Shore, 4-0, and 15-0.

In game one, Tyler Peterson was in command. The right hander struck out 14 batters while picking up the complete game shutout. He allowed only three hits in picking up his second win of the summer.

Kole Kalisch finished with two hits and a run batted in for Taconite in the win. Tyler Peterson drove home two runs while Taylor Lantz drove in a run as well in the win.

Taconite jumped ahead early and often in game two. Taconite scored seven runs in the first and added six more in the second en route to the 15-0 win. Justin Guyer, John Labine, Mike LaDoux and Nick Shea recorded two hits each. Lantz drove in two runs while Guyer, Kole Kalisch, Peterson, Sam LaDoux, Mike LaDoux, Shea and Jeff Korpi each plated a run in the win.

Jeff Korpi earned the win on the mound. He allowed only one hit in three innings of work. He struck out three and walked two batters. Sam LaDoux closed out the game pitching the final two innings. He allowed three hits while striking out two.

Taconite sits at 7-3 overall on the season and will take on Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. tonight at Legion field in Grand Rapids.

By |June 24th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|