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MODERN WOODMEN PARK TO HOST 2015 DAVENPORT LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION FEB. 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:52
DAVENPORT, Iowa (Feb. 10, 2015) - For the seventh consecutive year, the Quad Cities River Bandits will host Davenport Little League baseball and softball registration indoors at Modern Woodmen Park. On Saturday, Feb. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Little Leaguers from throughout the Davenport area will visit the ballpark to register for their upcoming season.
By centralizing the registration at Modern Woodmen Park, this event incorporates all the Davenport Little Leagues, regardless of age or level, into one central location and has greatly assisted organizers in streamlining the registration process the last six years.
“We again welcome these young athletes and their families to the Modern Woodmen Park experience, which is all about families creating memories that last a lifetime,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “Kids and parents alike love incorporating Modern Woodmen Park and professional baseball into the Davenport Little Leagues, and we are thrilled to continue our support of the Little League programs and youth sports in the Quad Cities.”
All the local leagues – including the North, Northwest, East, Southeast, West Softball, West Emeis, East Softball, Pony, Colt and Challenger Leagues – will hold registration on Feb. 21. Registration is required even if the child has previously played. At least one parent or legal guardian must be present with proof of residence and an original or state-certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, which will be returned at the registration. Also, the leagues require a completed registration form, medical release form, and the fee for registration.
For children ages 14 and under attending the Little League registration, the River Bandits will also offer an exclusive, one-day special on 2014 Kids Club memberships. Normally $30 per child 14 and under, a Kids Club membership will be $25 at Modern Woodmen Park on Saturday, Feb. 21, only. A Kids Club Membership includes a free bleacher ticket good for all River Bandits 2015 regular season home games, a membership card, a drawstring backpack, a 10 percent discount off purchases in the team store, an email newsletter with exclusive special offers and much more.
The River Bandits will also have information about ticket plans and group outings at the ballpark this season. Families and individuals may also purchase or renew their season ticket packages for the 2015 season.
“As a community-based venue, Modern Woodmen Park is ideal for kicking off the Little League year,” said River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser. “Kids will once again register at a professional ballpark within the same week the pros are reporting for spring training!”
Questions about the Feb. 21 registration can be directed to Denise Clark in the River Bandits front office at 563-324-3000.

 
MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: FEBRUARY 9, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 13:57

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, February 11, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline
Missouri Mavericks vs. Quad City Mallards

Friday, February 13, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline
Tulsa Oilers vs. Quad City Mallards

Saturday, February 14, 7:35 p.m.
BOK Center, Tulsa
Quad City Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers

 

LAST WEEK
Tuesday, February 3
Quad City 3 Missouri 1

Friday, February 6
Wichita 2 Quad City 1

Saturday, February 7
Quad City 6 Wichita 2

Sunday, February 8
Missouri 3 Quad City 0

 

Quad City
22-17-6, 50 points
2nd place, Central Division
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Missouri
18-21-4, 40 points
6th place, Central Division
Coach: Richard Matvichuk

Tulsa
21-21-6, 46 points
4th place, Central Division
Coach: Bruce Ramsay

QUACK TRACKS
Second
The Mallards are in sole possession of second place in the ECHL’s Central Division.  The Mallards snapped a second place deadlock with Wichita by defeating the Thunder 6-2 last Saturday- one night after a 2-1 loss to Wichita left them tied with the Thunder.  With yesterday’s loss to Missouri the Mallards missed an opportunity to open up a four point lead in the battle for second.

Busy
The Mallards went 2-2-0 last week, splitting two games against both Wichita and Missouri.  The Mallards went 1-2-0 over the weekend while playing three games in three nights for the fourth time this season.

Undermanned
The Mallards have been undermanned for their last six games, starting with a January 30 win in Wichita, a contest they finished with just 13 skaters after injuries to Paxton Leroux and Logan Nelson and a game misconduct assessed to Darren McMillan.  The Mallards dressed just 15 skaters (instead of the standard 16) for each of the four games that followed before being reduced to 14 skaters yesterday after an injury to Antti Pusa Saturday night.

You Again
The Mallards and Mavericks Wednesday night will meet for the third time in nine days.  Last Saturday’s game was the fourth in 11 days between the Mallards and Thunder.

Trifecta
Last Tuesday’s win over Missouri was the Mallards’ third victory in a row.  Last Friday’s loss to Wichita kept the Mallards from winning four straight for the first time since the final four games of last season.

Blanked
The Mallards yesterday were shut out for the third time this season. 

Blitzed
The Mallards allowed three goals in the first five minutes, 21 seconds of yesterday’s loss to the Mavericks.  Parker Milner replaced Evan Mosher after the third Maverick goal and made 18 saves while keeping Missouri off the scoreboard over the final 54 minutes, 39 seconds of the game.

Stingy

Yesterday’s Maverick blitz ended a run that had seen the Mallards surrender two goals or fewer in five straight games.  Despite yesterday’s fireworks, the Mallards remain tied for third in the ECHL in goals against per game (2.6).

Red Light District
Yesterday’s shutout came the day after the Mallards established a team single game high for 2015 by scoring six times against Wichita.  The Mallards Saturday night also came within one goal of matching the team season high for goals.  The Mallards are tied for twelfth in the ECHL in goals per game (3.0).

Doing Time
The Mallards and Thunder last Saturday combined to set Mallard season highs for most penalty minutes in one game (136) and in one period (114 in the third).

Hot Ticket
A total of 11,237 fans- 5,812 Friday night and 5,425 Saturday evening- watch the Mallards’ games against the Thunder last weekend, the best combined attendance for Mallard home games on consecutive nights this season.

Special Teams
The Mallards have survived 24 of their foes’ last 26 power plays and now rank fourth in the ECHL in penalty killing (85.8 percent).  The Mallards have gone 8-for-30 on the power play over their last seven games to climb into a tie for fourteenth in the league in power play efficiency (17.5 percent).

No Ordinary Joe
Joe Perry last Friday made his American Hockey League debut and picked up his first AHL point- an assist- in the Iowa Wild’s 5-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs after being called up by Iowa last Thursday.

Firsts
Anthony Collins, who was acquired last Tuesday in a trade with South Carolina, last Friday against Wichita made his Mallard debut and picked up his first point- an assist- for the club.  Collins scored his first Mallard goal one night later against the Thunder.

Super Mario
Mario Lamoureux has 13 points (three goals and ten assists) in his last 11 games.  Lamoureux is tied for seventh in the ECHL in assists (31).

Foxy
Justin Fox’s five-game point scoring streak (3-2-5) ended yesterday.

Rookie Roll
Todd Fiddler, who matched a team season high and set a personal career high by collecting three points (one goal and two assists) last Saturday against Wichita, has notched five points (two goals and three assists) in his last five games.

Between the Pipes
Milner have given up just four goals while going 3-0-0 in his last four games (1.02, .962).  Milner is tied for second in the ECHL in save percentage (.926) and ranks third in goals against average (2.18).  Mosher is tied for tenth in save percentage (.914).

Milestones
McMillan reached 198 career points with an assist in last Saturday’s win over Wichita…Kevin Baker has 297 career assists…Matt Duffy has 98 career assists.

Head to Head
The Mallards have gone 2-4-2 against the Mavs this year and 0-1-1 at home against Missouri.  All-time, the Mallards have posted a 18-23-3 overall record against the Mavericks and have gone 7-10-1 on home ice…The Mallards have won two of their three meetings with the Oilers this season.  The Mallards won the lone prior match-up between the two clubs at the iWireless Center 4-3 in a shootout on November 19.  The Mallards and Oilers have split a pair of games in Tulsa.  All-time the Mallards have gone 10-8-0 against the Oilers: 7-2-0 at home and 3-6-0 on the road.

Ins and Outs
Five Mallard forwards have been sidelined by upper body injuries: Evan Haney (out eight games), Johnny Rogic (seven games) Paxton Leroux (five games), Logan Nelson (five games) and Antti Pusa (one game)…Joe Perry signed a professional tryout agreement with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild last Thursday…The Mallards last Tuesday acquired forward Anthony Collins from the South Carolina Stingrays in exchange for future considerations.

UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, February 11, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks

4 Tickets for $20; T.G.I. Friday’s Postgame Party
Fans can get four tickets for just $20 for each Wednesday home game.  After each Wednesday home tilt fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s on River Drive in Moline for a postgame party.

Friday, February 13, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers

$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK
Fans again this season can enjoy $1 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during all Friday home games.  97X will follow in the spirit of the evening by presenting hot dog-themed intermission entertainment.  The Mallards have once again partnered with Metro to provide transit service between Augustana College and downtown Moline during all Friday home games.  Students can catch the Route 10 on campus via 7th Avenue to and from the games, with the Route 10 dropping students off near campus or at the District after games.  Students can then hop on the Route 53 from the District back to Augustana until 3 a.m.  As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare.  Fans can visit www.gogreenmetro.com or www.facebook.com/53and59 for more information.  

Rooster’s Sports Bar & Grill
For Friday home games the Mallards have joined with Rooster’s Sports Bar & Grill in Rock Island to offer fans the chance to get a lower level ticket to the Mallards’ game along with an appetizer and drink at Rooster’s and a Metro bus ride to the game from Rooster’s and back for just $20.  For more information fans can contact Rooster’s at 309-283-7005.

Sport Clips Coupons
Fans will receive haircut coupons from Sport Clips when departing the iWireless Center after Friday night’s game.

ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance.  Mallards games broadcast on AM 1230 also stream live online at www.wfxn.net.  A limited number of Mallards games will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football.  ECHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts and free audio webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.net.

TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available.  Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about tickets.  Single game tickets are also available at the iWireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free.  The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

Group Tickets
Groups of at least ten receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of group benefits.  Mallards group tickets are a great fit for youth organizations, friends, co-workers, family groups, religious groups, school functions and business events.  For more group ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.

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News from the Mallards' Nest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 13:42

Mavs Blank Mallards 3-0

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (February 8, 2015) – The host Missouri Mavericks (18-21-4) blitzed the Quad City Mallards (22-17-6) for three early goals- the first two from Jared Brown- and Mike Clemente went on to make 27 saves as the Mavericks blanked the second place Mallards 3-0 Sunday.

Brown scored his first goal on a breakaway just a minute and 40 seconds into the first period and doubled the Missouri lead by finishing off a 2-on-1 rush at 4:25.  Just 56 seconds later the Mavericks' Andrew Courtney scored from the high slot.  Parker Milner replaced Mallard starting goaltender Evan Mosher after the third Missouri goal.

Clemente was at his busiest in the third period when made 11 saves to preserve the shutout.

Mallards Pull Away, Down Wichita 6-2

MOLINE, Ill. (February 7, 2015) – Nick Grasso scored twice and Todd Fiddler provided a goal and two assists as the host Quad City Mallards (22-16-6) defeated the Wichita Thunder (21-18-6) 6-2 Friday night. With the win the Mallards broke a tie with Wichita and took over sole possession of second place in the ECHL's Central Division.

The Mallards took control of the game by scoring three times in the second period.  Matt Duffy's power play one timer kicked off the Quad City onslaught at 7:05 of the second.  Anthony Collins doubled the Mallard lead from the doorstep at 13:38.  With just over a minute and a half left in the period, Grasoo widened the gap to 3-0 with a wrist shot from the right wing circle.

The Mallards outscored the Thunder 3-2 in a penalty filled third period.  Fiddler pounced on a rebound to score the fourth Mallard goal exactly four minutes into the third.  R.G. Flath's tip-in got Wichita on the scoreboard for the first time at 6:08 of the final frame.  The Mallards were up two men when Kevin Baker made it 5-1 from close range 13:31.  Duval scored the second Thunder goal by burying Mike Wilson's cross-ice pass from the right wing circle at the 17:08 mark, but Grasso's empty net goal would cap off the Mallard victory with just 55 seconds remaining.

Mallards’ Perry Called Up by Iowa Wild

MOLINE, Ill. (February 6, 2015) – Quad City Mallards forward Joe Perry has been signed to a professional tryout agreement by the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Mallards announced today.

Perry, 25, is tied for eighth in the ECHL in goals (20).  The 6’ 2”, 215-pound Nanaimo, British Columbia native is tied for second among ECHL rookies in goal-scoring and is tied for fifth among rookies in points (36).  Perry, who has played in each of the Mallards’ first 42 games, also boasts the team’s second best plus/minus rating (+8).  Perry’s is the tenth AHL call-up for a Mallard this season.

Perry first joined the Mallards last March and made his professional debut in the Central Hockey League President’s Cup playoffs.  He skated in the first two games of the Mallards’ opening round series against the Rapid City Rush before injury ended his season.

Just before arriving in the Quad Cites last spring, Perry led Division III powerhouse St. Norbert College to its third national title in his four years as a Green Knight.  He was named to the American Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-American first team after finishing last season tied for first in the nation with 24 goals and totaling 37 points in 32 games.  Perry earned 2014 NCAA tournament Most Valuable Player honors by scoring five goals and adding two assists in three tournament games.  He scored 50 times and recorded 106 points in 115 career collegiate games.

Thunder Edges Mallards 2-1

MOLINE, Ill. (February 6, 2015) – Ian Lowe and Jared Walker both scored and Tim Boron made 18 saves as the Wichita Thunder (21-17-6) defeated the host Quad City Mallards (21-16-6) 2-1 Friday night.  With the win, the Thunder moved into a tie with the Mallards for second place in the ECHL's Central Division.

Wichita was on the power play when Lowe scored the game's first goal from the doorstep at 6:05 of the second period.

Walker backhanded a rebound past Mallard goaltender Evan Mosher- who took the loss despite making 34 saves- to double the Thunder lead at 5:46 of the third period.

At 9:07 of the third, Justin Fox's wrist shot from the top of the right wing circle cut the gap to 2-1, but the Mallards were unable to produce a late equalizer.

 
Geneseo Park District - New Outdoor Pool Fundraising Efforts is Beginning to Make Waves PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wyant   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 11:29

GENESEO FOUNDATION IS MAKING A SPLASH IN THE COMMUNITY

The Geneseo Foundation continues to have a positive impact on the lives of the citizens in Geneseo and the surrounding areas by being the first to support the Geneseo Park District’s plan to build a new Outdoor Pool facility. The Foundation has pledged a matching grant of $400,000. This is a $1 for $1 matching grant on individual donations of $9,999 and under, effectively doubling contributor’s donations, up to $400,000.

“The Geneseo Park District is very grateful for this early and generous matching grant from the Geneseo Foundation. Their support of the Outdoor Pool project is an indication of the Foundation’s on‐going commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community. The mission of the Geneseo Foundation aligns with the mission of the Geneseo Park District and we are very grateful for the visionary grant from the Geneseo Foundation. It is fitting that the Foundation has selected to name the new Bathhouse with their gift, as the 62 year old structure represents the legacy of outdoor aquatics that our community has enjoyed for decades.” Molly Hamer, Geneseo Park District Executive Director.

The $400,000 grant will name the new Bathhouse which will be located on the east side of the property. The Bathhouse will include admissions area, locker‐rooms, a family changing room, natural light and ventilation, recycled content items, concession stand featuring enhanced menu and a year round community room for rentals, parties and meetings.

The Geneseo Foundation was established in 1961 and is based on very simple principles:

For assisting charitable, benevolent, civic or educational institutions, whether support is in whole or in part, by private donations or by taxation.

For the care of the sick, aged, handicapped, orphaned and helpless, and the care of needy men, women, and children.

For promoting scientific or medical research for the advancement of human knowledge and the alleviation of human suffering, or the suffering of animals.

For such other civic or charitable purposes as the Board of Managers of The Geneseo Foundation may select from time to time, after determining that such purposes are within its province.

By establishing these principles, Mr. Dedrick was able to assure growth and vitality for future generations.
Upon his direction, Mr. George Dedrick clearly expressed his wishes for the fund to be called The Geneseo Foundation. Some often refer to the Foundation as the “Dedrick Fund”, a name which the unassuming Mr. Dedrick would have refused to accept. His wish to name it the Geneseo Foundation clearly put the emphasis right where he wanted, on Geneseo and not on himself.

For more information visit www.GeneseoFoundation.org or www.GeneseoParkDistrict.org

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Have Rascal deliver your Valentines in the Quad Cities Feb. 11-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by River Bandits   
Monday, 09 February 2015 11:30
With another baseball spring training just a few short weeks away, Rascal the River Bandit, the friendliest raccoon in baseball, is warming up for his annual set of Valentine deliveries to spread joy around the Quad Cities. For the sixth year in a row, the River Bandits mascot will once again deliver Valentines for the first 25 people to order one of Rascal's Sweetheart Special packages that celebrate Valentine's Day the River Bandits way. More »

 
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