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Honors Awarded in English Society Horse Show at Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:45

DES MOINES, IA (08/22/2014)(readMedia)-- The English Society Horse Show took place August 12 and 13 in the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Complete results below:

Five-Gaited Open

1) Keith Equestrian Center, Marengo

Five-Gaited Iowa Owned

1) Keith Equestrian Center, Marengo

Five-Gaited Stake

1) Keith Equestrian Center, Marengo

Three-Gaited Open

1) Oak Creek Farm, Kenyon, Minn.

Three-Gaited Iowa Owned

1) Leann Delange, Indianola

Three-Gaited Stake

1) Leann Delange, Indianola

Three-Gaited Pleasure – 17 & Under

1) Riley Corell, Winterset

Three-Gaited Pleasure – 18 & Over

1) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

2) Dawn Striegel, North English

3) Gretchen Stanislav, Urbandale

4) Keith Equestrian Center, Ottumwa

Three-Gaited Pleasure Stake

1) Riley Corell, Winterset

2) Dawn Striegel, North English

3) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

4) Gretchen Stanislav, Urbandale

Pleasure Model

1) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

2) Simat Whipp, Clarinda

Five-Gaited Pleasure Horse

1) Green Wood Stables, Prole

2) Deanne Mundt, Urbandale

Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Stake

1) Deanne Mundt, Urbandale

Country Pleasure English – 17 & Under

1) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

2) Green Wood Stables, Prole

3) Emmerson Burson, Nowalk

Country Pleasure English – 18 & Over

1) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

2) Keith Equestrian Center, Ottumwa

3) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

4) Beth Hageboeck, Norwalk

5) Sara Eaton, Des Moines

6) Delaney Morrison, Norwalk

Country Pleasure English Stake

1) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

2) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

3) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

4) Keith Equestrian Center, Ottumwa

5) Sara Eaton, Des Moines

6) Ashley Ackerson, Indianola

Country Pleasure Western – 17 & Under

1) Jordan DeRoos, Urbandale

Country Pleasure Western – 18 & Over

1) Kim Herron, DeSoto

2) Diane Steffen, Hudson

3) Kristine Nizzi, Granger

Country Pleasure Western Stake

1) Jordan DeRoos, Urbandale

2) Kim Herron, DeSoto

3) Kristine Nizzi, Granger

4) Diane Steffen, Hudson

Country Pleasure Model

1) Kristine Nizzi, Granger

Fine Harness Iowa Owned

1) Julie Phillips, West Des Moines

2) Merle and Mary Hoff, Indianola

Fine Harness Open

1) Julie Phillips, West Des Moines

2) Merle and Mary Hoff, Indianola

Fine Harness Stake

1) Julie Phillips, West Des Moines

2) Merle and Mary Hoff, Indianola

Park Pleasure

1) Sally Graf, Clive

2) Adrian Deines, Davenport

Park Pleasure Stake

1) Sally Graf, Clive

2) Adrian Deines, Davenport

Park Open

1) Green Wood Stables, Altoona

2) Mary O'Keefe, Cumming

3) Cindy or Samantha Thomas, Pella

Park Stake

1) Green Wood Stables, Altoona

2) Mary O'Keefe, Cumming

3) Cindy or Samantha Thomas, Pella

Saddle Seat Equitation – 17 & Under

1) Tancy Colburn Becker, Sac City

2) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

3) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

Saddle Seat Equitation Stake

1) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

2) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

3) Tancy Colburn Becker, Sac City

Hackney Pony Single

1) Heavenly Acres, Dysart

Hackney Pony Single Stake

1) Heavenly Acres, Dysart

Hackney Harness Pony Single

1) Melvin Jennings, Mitchellville

Hackney Harness Pony Single Stake

1) Melvin Jennings, Mitchellville

Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving

1) Heavenly Acres, Dysart

2) Judith McDonough, Douds

3) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

4) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Stake

1) Heavenly Acres, Dysart

2) Judith McDonough, Douds

3) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

4) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

Roadster Pony Single - Open

1) Melvin Jennings, Mitchellville

2) Judith McDonough, Douds

Roadster Pony Single - Amateur

1) Melvin Jennings, Mitchellville

2) Rob, Melissa and Hope Hatchitt, Cumming

3) Judith McDonough, Douds

Roadster Pony Stake

1) Melvin Jennings, Mitchellville

2) Rob, Melissa and Hope Hatchitt, Cumming

3) Judith McDonough, Douds

Morgan Gelding at Halter

1) Mary and Lyle Borg, Pella

2) Mary and Lyle Borg, Pella

3) Judy Gauger, Marengo

Grand Champion Morgan: Mary and Lyle Borg, Pella

Reserve Grand Champion Morgan: Mary and Lyle Borg, Pella

Morgan Open Pleasure Driving

1) Mary and Lyle Borg, Pella

2) Judy Gauger, Marengo

3) Kenneth Ranney, Nora Springs

Morgan English Pleasure

1) Judy Gauger, Marengo

2) Melvin Jennings, Mitchellville

Morgan Western Pleasure

1) Mary and Lyle Borg, Pella

2) Judy Gauger, Marengo

3) Kenneth Ranney, Nora Springs

Morgan Registered Hunter Pleasure

1) Kenneth Ranney, Nora Springs

Arabian Halter

1) Sharon Gleich, Urbandale

2) Dream Catchers Farm, Inc., Redfield

3) Kelly Snyder, Grimes

4) Natalie Clement, Altoona

5) Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

6) Heide Green, Des Moines

Arabian/Half Arabian Hunter Pleasure - Open

1) Sharon Gleich, Urbandale

2) Jessica Ackerson, Indianola

3) Natalie Chere Patterson, Norwalk

4) Heide Green, Des Moines

5) Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

6) Rusty Anvil Ranch, Springville

Half Arabian Halter

1) Ashley Ackerson, Indianola

2) Jessica Ackerson, Indianola

Arabian/Half Arabian Western Pleasure – 17 & Under

1) Emmerson Burson, Nowalk

2) Natalie Chere Patterson, Norwalk

3) Sydney Etten, Hazleton

4) Jessica Ackerson, Indianola

Arabian/Half Arabian Western Pleasure – 18 & Over

1) Jessica Ackerson, Indianola

2) Heide Green, Des Moines

3) Sydney Etten, Hazleton

4) Rusty Anvil Ranch, Springville

5) Sapphire Ribbons, Kensett

Arabian/Half Arabian Country English Pleasure - Open

1) Ashley Ackerson, Indianola

2) Kelly Snyder, Grimes

3) Emmerson Burson, Nowalk

4) Natalie Clement, Altoona

5) Dream Catchers Farm, Inc., Redfield

6) Rachel Feikma, Norwalk

Arabian/Half Arabian Native Costume - Open

1) Erin Runde, Kensett

2) Rusty Anvil Ranch, Springville

3) Kristine Nizzi, Granger

4) Rusty Anvil Ranch, Springville

5) Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

6) Dream Catchers Farm, Inc., Redfield

Arabian/Half Arabian Western Pleasure Stake

1) Emmerson Burson, Nowalk

2) Natalie Chere Patterson, Norwalk

3) Heide Green, Des Moines

4) Rusty Anvil Ranch, Springville

5) Sydney Etten, Hazleton

Open Western Pleasure – 17 & Under

1) Emmerson Burson, Nowalk

2) Natalie Chere Patterson, Norwalk

3) Sydney Etten, Hazleton

4) Jordan DeRoos, Urbandale

Open Eng/Hunt Seat Walk-Trot Pleasure – 17 & Under

1) Kelly Snyder, Grimes

2) Keith Equestrian Center, Ottumwa

Open Hunt Seat

1) Simat Whipp, Clarinda

2) Heartland Stable, Grimes

3) Caroline Anderson, Ottumwa

4) Heartland Stables, Granger

5) Beth Doggett, Ottumwa

6) Jessica Ackerson, Indianola

Open Country English Pleasure

1) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

2) Beth Hageboeck, Norwalk

3) Sapphire Ribbons, Kensett

4) Green Wood Stables, Norwalk

5) Delaney Morrison, Norwalk

6) Kelly Snyder, Grimes

Open Western Pleasure – 18 & Over

1) Diane Steffen, Hudson

2) Natalie Chere Patterson, Norwalk

3) Jessica Ackerson, Indianola

4) Tancy Colburn Becker, Sac City

5) Heide Green, Des Moines

6) Sydney Etten, Hazleton

Open Novice English Pleasure

1) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

2) Keith Equestrian Center, Ottumwa

3) Dawn Striegel, North English

4) Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

5) Green Wood Stables, Norwalk

6) Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

Open Lead Line – 6 & Under

1tie) Mary and Lyle Borg, Pella

1tie) Sharon Gleich, Urbandale

1tie) Mary and Lyle Borg, Pella

1tie) Erin Runde, Kensett

1tie) Kim Herron, DeSoto

1tie) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

1tie) Mary and Lyle Borg, Pella

1tie) Judy Gauger, Marengo

Open Western Walk-Trot – 17 & Under

1) Jessica Ackerson, Indianola

2) Erin Runde, Kensett

Open Walk-Trot Western Pleasure – Adult

1) Heartland Stable, Grimes

2) Rusty Anvil Ranch, Springville

Open Pleasure Driving

1) Heartland Stable, Grimes

2) Mary O'Keefe, Cumming

3) Erin Runde, Kensett

Open English Pleasure

1) Deanne Mundt, Urbandale

2) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

3) Wendy Finch-Levis, West Des Moines

4) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

5) Keith Equestrian Center, Ottumwa

6) Kelly Snyder, Grimes

Open English Pleasure Stake

1) Renae Van Zomeren, Leighton

2) Deanne Mundt, Urbandale

3) Kelly Snyder, Grimes

4) Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

5) Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

6) Sapphire Ribbons, Kensett

Open Pleasure Driving Stake

1) Wendy Finch-Levis, West Des Moines

2) Mary O'Keefe, Cumming

Open Hunt Seat Stake

1) Sharon Gleich, Urbandale

2) Heartland Stables, Granger

3) Simat Whipp, Clarinda

4) Heartland Stable, Grimes

5) Jessica Ackerson, Indianola

6) Kristine Nizzi, Granger

"Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair. The 2014 Fair ended August 17. The 2015 Iowa State Fair is set August 13-23. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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Volunteers Needed for NAFA Masters Fastpitch Tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Merritt   
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:03

First, I want to thank all of the volunteers who helped out with the first two NAFA tournaments -- the success of these events was due to all of our great volunteer support!

For anyone that was unavailable for the first two tournaments, we are still in need for the upcoming NAFA Masters tournament.  The Masters will take place September 5-7 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline (5920 52nd Ave., Moline, IL).

Click the REGISTER button to sign-up to volunteer.

Benefits of volunteering:

  • FREE Volunteer T-Shirt
  • FREE Tournament Entry
  • Lunch voucher
  • Involvement in a fastpitch tournament with elite players from around the world

If you have questions, please contact Ryan Merritt at (309) 736-6825.

Thank you in advance for your help!

 
BANDITS HOMER TWICE TO WIN 2ND STRAIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:56
J.D. Davis and James Ramsay each go deep to bring Quad Cities within three games of last playoff spot

DAVENPORT, Iowa (August 21, 2014) – Quad Cities third baseman J.D. Davis hit a two-run, fifth-inning home run, and right fielder James Ramsay had a sixth-inning, go-ahead RBI single and a ninth-inning solo home run in a 5-2 River Bandits win over the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field Thursday night.

Quad Cities (28-31 second half, 63-65 overall) did not have a baserunner through the first four innings and was outhit, 11-8, but won its fourth straight game at Pohlman Field and for the 13th time in 17 games against Beloit (20-38, 50-78), which committed three errors.

While Snappers right-hander Hunter Adkins set down the first 12 batters of the game, River Bandits right-hander Michael Feliz kept the home team scoreless until the third inning. Snappers catcher Josh Ludy led off the third inning with a double to right-center field, and center fielder B.J. Boyd hit a two-out RBI double to give his team a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Feliz allowed a leadoff single by left fielder Ryan Mathews. Designated hitter Phil Pohl hit a one-out double down the third-base line to put runners at second and third bases. Right fielder Justin Higley tapped a ground ball in front of home plate and reached first base on an infield single to load the bases. Ludy then hit a fly ball toward the right-field, where Ramsay caught it and made a one-hop throw to catcher Brian Holberton, who tagged out Mathews for an inning-ending double play. Ramsay's third outfield assist in two games kept the deficit to 1-0, although Feliz yielded six hits in the first four innings.

Adkins' perfect string snapped when River Bandits first baseman A.J. Reed led off the fifth inning with a ground-ball single to right field. Davis hit the next pitch over the left-center field fence for a 2-1 lead. With two outs, shortstop Dayne Parker reached on a fielding error by shortstop Branden Cogswell, and Ramsay drew the first walk against Adkins, who was removed from the game after 4 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits with three strikeouts. Right-hander Sam Roberts (0-4) got the inning's final out.

With his only lead of the game, Feliz allowed a fifth-inning, leadoff single by Cogswell and a walk to second baseman Melvin Mercedes. Boyd put a bunt along the third-base line, but Feliz bobbled the ball, allowing Boyd to reach and load the bases with no outs. Snappers third baseman Matt Chapman grounded to Parker, who began a double play for the first two outs while the tying run scored. Feliz struck out Mathews to finish five innings, allowing two runs – one earned – on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts. After Feliz, right-hander Frederick Tiburcio (3-3) worked around two hits and an error for 2 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out four batters without a walk.

In the sixth inning, River Bandits designated hitter Ryan Bottger reached on an error by Mercedes and went to second base on a sacrifice by catcher Brian Holberton. Parker's bunt single put runners at the first and third bases. Ramsay then lined the go-ahead single to left field, and after a groundout and walk loaded the bases, second baseman Marc Wik hit a high chopper against right-hander Joel Seddon behind the pitchers' mound for an infield RBI single to give Quad Cities a 4-2 lead. Both runs were unearned against Roberts. Seddon worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings, before right-hander Tyler Vail yielded Ramsay's second home run of the season – both in the last 13 days against Beloit – in the ninth inning. River Bandits left-hander Chris Cotton worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his third Midwest League save.

Now three games behind Wisconsin and one behind Peoria for the Western Division's final playoff spot, Quad Cities continues its series in Beloit at 7 p.m. Friday. River Bandits right-hander Kevin Comer (1-4) is scheduled to face Snappers right-hander Kyle Finnegan (6-8).

UP NEXT: The season's final homestand opens with MidAmerican Energy Day and Family Sunday presented by KWQC and B100 at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 24. Pregame autographs are at 12:30 p.m., Bark in the Park means dogs are welcome to the Modern Woodmen Berm, and Kids Run the Bases after the game. The River Bandits are then home through Aug. 29. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.

 
RAMSAY, SCRIBNER HELP BANDITS POP KERNELS 5-2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Kornberg   
Friday, 22 August 2014 09:01

Quad Cities wins on road against Western Division opponent for first time since July 11

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (August 20, 2014) – James Ramsay had two hits and two runs scored while Troy Scribner tossed four scoreless innings to close things out after a three-run sixth inning vaulted the Quad Cities River Bandits by the Cedar Rapids Kernels 5-2 at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

After Cedar Rapids (67-61, 35-22) tied the game at two in the bottom of the fifth, Quad Cities (62-65, 27-31) responded immediately off of Kernels reliever Hudson Boyd (4-3). The right-hander issued a leadoff walk to Ryan Bottger, who advanced to second on a 3U fielder’s choice off the bat of Brian Holberton. Dayne Parker followed with a double down the left field line to bring in Bottger and put Quad Cities up 3-2. James Ramsay then blooped a ball into the outfield that Kernels left fielder J.D. Williams overran for an error, putting runners on second and third. Boyd walked Bobby Boyd before serving up a two-run single to Jose Fernandez, who was 2-for-5, to give the River Bandits a 5-2 advantage.

Scribner came into the game in the bottom of the sixth for Quad Cities starter Chris Lee (7-6), who earned the win by allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits in five innings. He walked two and fanned one. Scribner struck out at least one batter in every inning, including three in the seventh, and retired the last eight Kernels to come to the plate to earn his first career save. In total, the right-hander punched out eight against two walks with a hit in four innings.

Quad Cities got on the board first for the second straight night when Bottger, who was 2-for-4 with a walk, led off the second with a single to center. He moved to second base on an errant pickoff throw by Cedar Rapids starter Stephen Gonsalves, who gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits with seven punchouts and two walks in five innings for a no-decision. Gonsalves got Holberton to pop out to short and Parker to strike out, but then Ramsay singled home Bottger to make it 1-0. The Bandits right fielder then stole second and scored when Bobby Boyd looped a single to center to make things 2-0.

Ramsay finished 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. He also registered two outfield assists, becoming the first River Bandit to accomplish the feat since Brett Phillips did so against Burlington on May 21st in a 12-4 loss that was actually completed on May 25 due to a suspended game.

The River Bandits beat a Western Division opponent on the road for the first time since a 10-5 victory July 11th at Wisconsin, snapping Cedar Rapids’ season-best eight-game winning streak.

Quad Cities begins a three-game set a Beloit tomorrow at 7 p.m. with Michael Feliz (8-4, 3.80 ERA) set to start against the Snappers’ Hunter Adkins (1-4, 4.32).

 
Hometown Teams "Pre-Season" Kicks Off with an Aug. 23 Youth Football Clinic PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:05

Rock Island, IL - A special Hometown Teams "pre-season" event on Saturday will offer kids a chance to learn football skills from the Quad City Wolfpack - on the spot where the National Football League played its first game.

Program  partners Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department and Quad City Wolfpack will present the youth football clinic and football skills activity from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm this Saturday in the outfield of the Douglas Park ball diamond. Players will work with children ages 5 to 14  on basic skills, football drills, and help them  through an NFL combine course. The event is for both boys and girls and is free. No registration is required. For more information, call Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department at 309-732-7275.

Hometown Teams opens on Saturday, September 13, along with local exhibits and programs that mark, among other local sports milestones, the role of the Rock Island Independents in the beginnings of the NFL. Douglas Park was the home of the Rock Island Independents pro football team until 1925. Exhibits are on view from Sept. 13 to Oct. 25 at the Rock Island Main Library.

Details on exhibits and free Hometown Teams programs available at www.rockislandlibrary.org or 

 
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