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Victory Day at Noble Hall Field

Victory day another big success at Grand Rapids on Saturday. 27 young people making up the Victory Day roster participating in introductions, drills, and scoring a touchdown with the Thunderhawk football team. The Sports Issue was there live and had a chance to talk with some of the cheerleaders and the football team.


By |September 21st, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on Victory Day at Noble Hall Field|

Grand Rapids throws a scare into Hermantown

The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks soccer team met the undefeated Hermantown Hawks on Tuesday at Noble Hall Field in Grand Rapids and gave the Hawks all they could handle.


Hermantown a goal at 8 minutes and 24 minutes for a 1-0 lead and a 2-0 lead at half. The Hawks another goal at 52 minutes for a 3-0 lead before Grand Rapids made it interesting with goals at 76 minutes and with 45 seconds left losing 3-2.

Hermantown was led by #14 Sijilfredo (Seehee) Gonzalez who attempted 13 shots on goal and assisted on two of the three Hermantown goals, each scored by three different players.

GR was led by Brett Rodenberg who had a goal and an assist, with Logan Woock (rhymes with look) getting a goal with an assist from Matt Damiani.

Joe Burt kept the game close with 19 saves and the defense also blocked 8 shots, while the Hermantown keeper Devin Lenz had just three saves.


The GR fans were awesome!  Everytime a GR player made a sweet move, the GR fans roared!  We believe that’s when the game turned around and most of the pressure was on the Hermantown defense.  A big confidence builder for the GR soccer team because everyone thought they would lose by 5 or more.

Next game Thursday at home vs. Superior.


By |September 17th, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on Grand Rapids throws a scare into Hermantown|

Victory Day in Grand Rapids

September 19th is Victory Day in Grand Rapids!

Victory Day is an event where students of all abilities experience the game of football and have

the opportunity to score a touchdown complete with fans, cheerleaders, and the Grand Rapids


Last year, 17 kids were able to experience the magic of Victory Day as they ran drills, caught

passes, and celebrated in the end zone, all the while cheered on by the community. And, this

year’s event promises to be even larger.

Everyone is a winner at Victory Day. It also shows students the difference they can make for the

lives of other people in the community. “It’s so much fun to have our players see the impact they

have and to give back to some of these kids who aren’t able to experience football,” says Coach

Greg Spahn. “It is also a great way to reach out and get ALL students involved.”

Last year, participants of Victory Day were recognized as the Old Dutch Team of the Week and

as Cure Pity Heroes. The event was also named #1 of the top ten moments in 2014-2015 by the

Minnesota State High School League.

GRHS Football Player Levi How summed up last year’s event perfectly, “I love it. If there’s one

kid smiling today, it makes the whole day worth it.”

KOZY will be there broadcasting live from 8 to 10 AM on The Sports Issue.

By |September 15th, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on Victory Day in Grand Rapids|

Football update

Friday, it’s a BIG game at Deer River. The Warriors take on the Braham Bombers, both teams have been very impressive with 3-0 records coming in. Could this be a preview of a future 7A championship game??  Grand Rapids is in Cloquet to take on the Lumberjacks. Grand Rapids has won 2 in a row and last week was an impressive 19-14 win over a quality Proctor team. Deer River football will be carried on 96.9 KMFY and Grand Rapids on 1320 KOZY.

By |September 9th, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on Football update|

Football Friday

Area football teams in action tonight. Grand Rapids hosting the Proctor Rails. The Thunderhawks coming off of a 33-8 win over the GNK Titans last week and looking for another regular season win. Jason Merritt and Dan Persons will have the call on 1320 KOZY.

The undefeated Deer River Warriors taking on the undefeated Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars in 7A action. The Warriors have over 40 points in each of their first games and the Jaguars have only allowed 6 points total on the season so something certainly will give tonight. Here the call on 96.9 KMFY starting with pre-game coverage at 6:45.

By |September 4th, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on Football Friday|

A Full day of sports

Thursday is a full day of sports on KOZY and KMFY. The Twins, in the thick of the playoff race, take on the Chicago White Sox at 12:10 on KOZY. This evening on KOZY the Gophers open the football season against TCU, Kick-off scheduled for 8 pm. On KMFY, the Vikings finishing up pre-season action at Tennessee. Kick-off from Nashville at 7 pm.

By |September 3rd, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on A Full day of sports|

Football Friday

Grand Rapids wins the jug with a 33-8 victory over G-N-K at Dixon Barle field. Grand Rapids scoring on their opening drive and then a back-breaker in the 2nd quarter with a 4th down conversion for a 57 yard TD pass, Soderberg to John Baker. Soderberg and teammate Joe Riley after the game.

Grand Rapids hosting Proctor and G-N-K heading to Duluth to take on the Dul Marshal Hilltoppers this Friday.

Deer River is now 2-0 with a 49-8 win over Barnum. Deer River will head to Hinckley-Finlayson on Friday.

By |August 31st, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on Football Friday|

Football Friday

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.

By |August 28th, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on Football Friday|

High School Sports getting started

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.

By |August 25th, 2015|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on High School Sports getting started|

Football season underway

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.

By |August 24th, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on Football season underway|