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.
Homecoming for 3 local schools today. Grand Rapids, Deer River, and Greenway all with homecoming football games and it’s a tough weather night and a tough football night for all three teams.
The Thunderhawks take on the the 2-3 Alexandria Cardinals who are coming off a 34-31 win over Willmar and have a 2 game winning streak.
The Warriors have the privilege of playing the MLWR Rebels who have lost 1 regular season game since 2006.
The GNK Titans get the one team that has beaten the Rebels in the regular season since 2006, the Hermantown Hawks.
What is the power of homecoming? We won’t know until the night is over but we’re all counting on it! Warrior football with Tom Downing and Dan Persons on 96.9 KMFY and Thunderhawk football on 1320 KOZY with Jason Merritt and Sheldon Willis, both games starting at 7:00 pm.
In a game broadcast Tuesday night on 96.9 KMFY, the Greenway Raiders with a 3-0 win over the Virginia Blue Devils. Seri Gesler with 11 kills, Sophie Rajala with 9, 35 set assists for Jordan Ranta, and 4 blocks for Kara Mandich. The Raiders are 17-1 and host Duluth Denfeld on Thursday.
The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks get to 15-2 on the year with a 3-1 win over Deer River Tuesday. The Thunderhawks head to Int’l Falls on Thursday.
Hill City still just one loss on the year as they defeat Nashwauk/Keewatin 3-0 in Nashwauk. Hill City will host Bigfork on Tuesday the 7th.
The next volleyball broadcast will be Virginia at Grand Rapids on Tuesday the 7th and we will also broadcast Grand Rapids / Greenway from Coleraine on October 9th. Both volleyball game broadcasts will be carried on 96.9 KMFY.
Volleyball broadcast tonight. The 16-1 Greenway Raiders hosting the Virginia Blue Devils. The Raiders are looking to hold off the Hermantown Hawks for the #1 seed in 7AA North. The Blue Devils right now sit in the #3 slot behind Greenway and Hermantown and ahead of International Falls. The Raiders are a senior dominated team led by outside hitter Seri Geisler and setter Jordan Ranta. The Blue Devils have an experienced roster as well and get significant contributions from freshmeen Lexi Ahrens and junior Autem Seabrook. 6:45 pre-game and 7:00 1st serve on 96.9 KFMY.
The Sports Issue – yes, once a week we get to spend 2 hours on the radio talking about local sports! Well, sometimes a little Gophers, Twins, and Vikings talk will sneak in but we try our best to keep it LOCAL. The week we’ll have Itasca CC football, Grand Rapids Swimming, and Greenway Raider Volleyball live in the studio, and you never know when more guests may show up. Joe Gigliotti, Dan Persons, and Sheldon Willis 8-10 AM on 1320 AM KOZY.
First QRF rankings out on Tuesday 9/23. If you’re wondering why this is important, it’s because many sections and sports use the QRF to determine seedings. QRF is the brainchild of Ryan Weinzierl of Minnesota Scores dot net and has been used for a number years by the State High School League. In football – Deer River currently 3rd behind Braham and East Central. In 7AAA GNK is 4th behind Two Harbors, Esko, and Proctor. 7AAAA – Grand Rapids 4th behind Cloquet, Princeton, and Hermantown, 7AA Volleyball has Greenway in 1st in the north and Cloquet in the south. What does it all mean. Well, not a lot right now because there are a lot of games yet to play, but right now; Deer River, GNK, and Grand Rapids would all get home football playoff games and Greenway would not face Cloquet (their lone loss of the year) until the section finals. So — let the QRF watching begin!