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2013-2014 Swimming Lessons at Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:06
It’s time for American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim classes at Camp Courageous. Lessons are held Monday to Friday after school beginning December 2, 2013.

Transportation is provided to and from Monticello schools at the end of the school day (approximately 3:20 pm – 4:15 pm). Each session includes 8 – 10 lessons. Cost is $50 per child per session ($45 without transportation).

Level 1: Water Exploration – Children learn basics of swimming: bobbing, floating in prone & supine positions, gliding in prone & supine position flutter kick in prone & supine positions, front crawl, basic safety rules, & jumping in.
Level 2: Primary Skills – Children should already be able to: float on front & back and put head under water. Children will work on: floating, gliding, flutter kick, front crawl, back crawl, turning over from front to back and back to front, retrieving object, and jumping into deep water.
Level 3: Stroke Readiness – Children should already be able to: swim front & back crawl. Children will work on: gliding, front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, retrieving object, treading water, jumping into deep water, kneeling dive, and compact dive.
Level 4: Stroke Development – Children should already be able to: swim front & back crawl 10 yards, elementary backstroke, and dive in kneeling and compact position. Children will work on: deep water bobbing, rotary breathing, front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, scissors kick & side stroke, whip kick & breaststroke, intro to turning at wall, treading water with modified scissors, breaststroke, rotary kicks, and diving in stride & standing positions.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement -Children should already be able to: swim front & back crawl 25 yards, elementary backstroke 10 yards, scissors kick, whip kick, treading water, & diving. Children will work on: alternate breathing, stride jump, long shallow dive, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, side stroke, breaststroke, dolphin kick & butterfly, open turn on front & back, feet-first surface dive, & treading water.
Level 6: Children should already be able to: swim front & back crawl 50 yds, elementary backstroke 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, butterfly 25 yards, side stroke 10 yards, tread water 3 minutes, & dive. Children will work on: All six strokes, front and back crawl flip turn, breast stroke turn, breaststroke speed turn and pullout, butterfly turn, side stroke turn, pike & tuck surface dive, tread water 5 minutes, & basic water rescue.

After-School Sessions:
Session 1: 12/2/13 - 12/13/13 - Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4
Session 2: 1/13 - 1/24 - Levels 2 and 3
Session 3: 1/27 - 2/7 - Levels 1, 3, and 4
Session 4: 2/10 - 2/21 - Levels 2 and 5
Session 5: 2/24 - 3/7 - Levels 1 and 6

Later Time Classes: Camp DOES NOT provide transportation for the following lessons. Later Time Classes are held 5:00-5:45. Each session includes 8-10 lessons. Cost $45 each.

Later-Time Sessions:
Session 6: 12/2/13 - 12/13/13 - Levels 1, 2, and 3
Session 7: 1/27 - 2/7 - Levels 2, 4, and 5.

Parent & Child Aquatic: For ages 6 months to about 3 years. Designed to give young children a head start on swimming. Great for children to get comfortable in the water and begin to work on basic skills while interacting with instructor and other children in a fun and safe environment. NOTE: A parent (or adult) must accompany the child in the water. Swim diapers are required. Camp DOES NOT provide transportation for these lessons. Cost is $25 per child.
Session 8: Saturdays 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22; 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Preschool Aquatics: For children about ages 3 – 5. Designed to orient preschool-age children to the aquatic environment and to begin working on basic aquatic skills such as: enter & exit the water, blow bubbles through mouth & nose, go under water, bobbing, front & back glides, retrieve submerged objects and learn how to stay safe in the water. Children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper. Camp DOES NOT provide transportation for these lessons. Cost is $35 per child.
Session 9: 1/27 — 2/7 (M, W, & F) 11 am — 11:45 am
Session 10: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 (Saturdays) 8:30 a.m.-- 9:15 a.m.
Session 11: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 (Saturdays) 9:15 a.m.-- 10:00 a.m.

St John’s Preschool Aquatics: Camp also offers lessons to children at St John’s Day Care with camp providing transportation. Cost is $40 per child.
using the camp’s online request system on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8 AM or after. Optional: register by leaving a message for Carol Melton @
Session 13: April 11 - 13, 2014 Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Session 14: May 9 - 11, 2014 Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Lifeguard or CPR/FPR Recertification: For individuals who need to renew their certification(s) All water and land skills will be tested & written tests will be administered Cost $75 ($50 CPR/FPR).
Session 15: April 13, 2014 Sunday 10am-5pm
Session 16: May 11, 2014 Sunday 10am-5pm

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MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: OCTOBER 21, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 21 October 2013 14:09

THIS WEEK
Saturday, October 26, 7:05 p.m.

i wireless Center, Moline

St. Charles Chill vs. Quad City Mallards

Sunday, October 27, 4:05 p.m.
The Family Arena, St. Charles
Quad City Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill

Quad City

0-1-0 (0 points)
10th place

Coach: Terry Ruskowski

St. Charles
0-0-1 (1 point)
tied 8th place
Coach: Jamie Rivers

QUACK TRACKS

Opener

In the wake of last Saturday’s defeat, the Mallards have gone 2-3-0 in season openers and 0-5-0 in home openers since returning for the 2009-10 season.  The Mallards last won a home opener on October 22, 2005, when, while competing in the United Hockey League, they defeated the Motor City Mechanics 4-3.

Home Sweet Home

This Saturday’s game is the second in a stretch that will see the Mallards play six of their first seven at home.  The Mallards last season went 20-10-3 at home.  Last Saturday’s defeat was the Mallards’ first regular season setback on home ice since a 3-2 loss to the Rush on February 19, after which the Mallards won their final eight regular season home games of the 2012-13 campaign.

On the Road

The Mallards next Sunday will play their first away game of the season.  The Mallards last year went 14-16-3 on the road.

Debuts
Jim McKenzie scored twice- including the Mallards’ first goal of the season- in his Quad City debut last Saturday and is now tied for the early league lead in goals.   Gabriel Levesque also scored in what was his Mallard debut.  Tyler Yaworski last Saturday picked up an assist while making his professional debut while Jeff Lee and Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel each notched their first Mallards points (an assist apiece).

Between the Pipes

Rookie Ty Rimmer made 29 saves last Saturday while suffering the loss in his Central Hockey League debut.

Welcome Back
Defenseman Darren McMillan last Saturday became the only player to skate for the Mallards in each of the five seasons since the team returned to the ice (after the Quad City Flames competed in the American Hockey League in 2007-08 and 2008-09) for the 2009-10 season.

Even Steven

All ten goals in last Saturday’s game were scored at even strength.  The Mallards went 0-for-4 on the power play while killing off both Rush man advantages.

Shoot on Sight

Over the opening weekend of the CHL season, only the Denver Cutthroats last Friday against Tulsa took more shots (45) than the 44 the Mallards hurled at the Rapid City net last Saturday evening.  McKenzie led the Mallards with seven shots on goal.

Familiar Faces

Anthony Perdicaro, who played for the Mallards last year, joined the Chill just before the start of this season and made his St. Charles debut last Saturday in the Chill’s opening night 3-2 shootout loss to Missouri…Three- Eric Giosa, Jared Brown and Ryan Palmer- of the four former Mallards on the Rush roster scored against their old team last Saturday.  The fourth- Bob Preece- engaged in a third period fight with former teammate Matt Boyd...Former Rush forward Lee registered an assist last Saturday in his first game against his old club.

Milestones

McKenzie’s first goal last Saturday was his one hundred fiftieth career point …Matt Duffy has notched 93 career points…Gabriel Levesque has played 92 career games…McMillan has collected 91 career CHL assists…Nicholas Rioux has registered 48 career points.

Head-to-Head

The Mallards and the expansion Chill this Saturday meet for the first time.  That tilt is the first of three straight for the Mallards against St. Charles.  After visiting the Family Arena next Sunday, the Mallards will return home to clash with the Chill on Friday, November 1.  The two clubs will get together a total of 14 times this season.

Ins and Outs

The Mallards last Tuesday re-signed forward Mike Hellyer.

NEXT HOME GAME

Saturday, October 26, 7:05 p.m. - Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill
The Mallards and Chill meet for the first time in the Mallards’ second home game of the season.

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- including Sunday’s contest- will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football.  Free audio webcasts of games that do not air on AM 1230 are available at myqcmallards.com.  CHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.com.

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 both season and single game tickets.  Single game tickets are also available at the i wireless 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 can receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of other great 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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IOWA FARM BUREAU, U OF I ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE OCTOBER 26 ANF GAME DAY ACTIVITIES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Wheeler   
Monday, 21 October 2013 13:12

Former Hawkeye/NFL Stars On Hand to Celebrate Iowa’s Farmers

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – October 21, 2013 – Since teaming up to raise awareness of the food and energy options that today’s farmers provide through the America Needs Farmers (ANF) campaign, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and the University of Iowa (U of I) Athletics Department have contributed more than $60,000 to the Iowa Food Bank Association through donations and sales of ANF merchandise. The third annual ANF Game Day will be celebrated at Kinnick Stadium October 26 against Northwestern.

During ANF Game Day, the U of I will enshrine former Hawkeye and Detroit Lions player, Jared DeVries, on the Wall of Honor in the ANF Plaza.  The ANF Plaza, located on the northwest side of Kinnick Stadium, will feature DeVries as its second inductee into the ANF Wall of Honor, joining former Hawkeye and Kansas City Chiefs player, Casey Wiegmann. “Jared is a great role model for other student athletes with a tremendous work ethic and a reputation for always striving to be his best,” said Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz.  The ANF Wall of Honor recognizes former U of I student football athletes who exemplify the tenacity, work ethic and character of the Iowa farmer, qualities that have helped Iowa remain the leading agriculture state in the nation.

A key feature of the IFBF’s Legends Tent at Krause Family Plaza will be an autograph session featuring former Hawkeye/NFL players including: Aaron Kampman, Robert Gallery, Brad Banks, and Jared DeVries.  Former Hawkeye and current Minnesota Vikings player Chad Greenway also joined the ANF team this year, but his NFL schedule won’t allow him to join his former Hawkeye teammates on ANF Game Day.  “The importance of farmers is never going to go away.  The foundation of human nature is farming: being able to produce something from the land, being able to feed your family, feed your community, and feed the world,” said Greenway.  “It’s the backbone of America.  It’s what we’re all about.  It’s the fabric of our being.”

Iowa Hawkeyes fans and Iowa farmers agree that having NFL and Hawkeyes legends join the ANF team is a game-changer when it comes to sharing agriculture’s message.  “We are honored to have these former Hawkeye greats support our cause,” said Craig Hill, president of the IFBF.  “We understand that consumers today are interested in knowing more about their food and how it’s grown or raised.  The ANF initiative is an opportunity to reach new audiences about today’s farming and these players help us achieve that.  There may be fewer of us than when Coach Fry launched ANF during the 1985 Farm Crisis, but we are also more diverse and face new challenges meeting consumer demands.”

In partnership with U of I Athletics and Hy-Vee, IFBF has organized the ANF Great Grocery Giveaway which invites Iowans to meet today’s farmers through video tours of their farms, and register for a chance to win $5,000 in free groceries.  “There’s a great story to tell and we invite you to visit www.americaneedsfarmers.org to learn more about your food and energy and the farm families who produce it, while having the opportunity to win free groceries for a year,” said Hill.

In addition to the autograph session, the IFBF Legends Tent will also feature games like Tailgate Toss and Hi-Striker where visitors can interact with Iowa farmers and earn a chance to win ANF prizes, or participate in a drawing for autographed ANF items.  The tent will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with the autograph session running from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

On ANF Game Day, ANF ‘Farm Strong’ merchandise will be available at Herky’s Locker Room locations around the stadium. A portion of proceeds from the sale of ANF ‘Farm Strong’ merchandise goes to support the Iowa Food Banks.

ANF was first launched in 1985 during the height of the Farm Crisis by legendary Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry, who wanted to show an increasingly urban nation why agriculture matters.  For more information about the Iowa Farm Bureau/U of I ANF partnership, click on www.americaneedsfarmers.org. To learn more about the growing number of Iowans in need and how you can connect with your local food pantries, click on http://iowafba.org/.

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About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online Newsroom page at www.iowafarmbureau.com.

 
Mallards Drop Opener to Rapid City 6-4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 21 October 2013 12:35

MOLINE, Ill. (October 19, 2013) – Ryan Palmer broke a 4-4 tie with just over four minutes left in the third period and the Rapid City Rush, who got a 40-save effort from Tim Boron and a goal and two assists from Tristin Llewellyn, went on to defeat the host Quad City Mallards 6-4 Saturday evening and in the process spoil the Mallards’ season opener.

 

Palmer’s shot from the point put the Rush up 5-4 and set the stage for Scott Brannon’s game-clinching empty net goal in the final minute.  Brannon’s was the fourth Rapid City goal of the third period.  The Rush overturned a 3-2 deficit earlier in the third with consecutive goals from Konrad Reeder- a tip-in at 4:36- and Jared Brown- a long-range blast at 8:28.  The 4-3 lead given to the Rush by Brown lasted only 17 seconds before the Mallards’ Mike Stinziani pounced on a rebound to equalize.

 

It was the Mallards who twice grabbed the lead in the first 40 minutes.  The Mallards responded after letting a 2-0 advantage slip away in the second period when Jim McKenzie stuffed in his second goal of the night to break a 2-2 tie at 15:54 of the middle frame.  The Rush had briefly tied the game thanks to back-to-back goals from Eric Giosa and Llewellyn.  Giosa got Rapid City on the scoreboard for the first time by burying a rebound at 9:58; Llewllyn’s breakaway goal knotted the score at 13:42.

 

The Mallards had jumped in front early when McKenzie’s drive from the right wing circle gave Quad City a 1-0 lead at 5:14 of the first period.  Gabriel Levesque doubled the advantage with a wrist shot from the slot at 15:55 of the first.

The Mallards return to action next Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. on home ice against the St. Charles Chill.  Tickets for next Saturday’s game and all other Mallards regular season home games are now on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com, through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000 or at the iWireless Center ticket office.  The ticket 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.

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are approaching their seventeenth season and their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The i wireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to www.myqcmallards.com.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards

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Rookie of the Year Hellyer Rejoins Mallards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:34

MOLINE, Ill. (October 16, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have re-signed 2012-13 Central Hockey League Rookie of the Year Mike Hellyer and have waived forward Tyler Melancon, the Mallards announced today.                                                                       
“We’re very happy to have Mike back.  He’s a guy we’re able to count on in every situation,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “He does a lot offensively but he’s also someone we count on defensively so he’s going to play a very important role for us this season.”

Hellyer, a 27-year old forward, rejoins the Mallards after participating in training camp with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors.  Hellyer last season led CHL rookies in points (61), assists (38) and plus/minus rating (+15) and finished third among first year players in goals (23).  The 5’ 9”, 170-pound Brandon, Manitoba, native ranked second on the Mallards in points and assists and third in goals.  Hellyer was also named to the 2012-13 CHL All-Rookie Team.

A lower body injury suffered in the Mallards’ playoff opener against the Fort Worth Brahmas last spring ended Hellyer’s season slightly prematurely, but he has since made a full recovery.

Hellyer broke into professional hockey at the tail end of last of the 2011-12 season.  He played three regular season games that spring for both the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL and the CHL’s Brahmas.  Hellyer went on to score three goals and pick up three assists in a dozen playoff games during the Brahmas’ run to the Berry Conference finals.

Hellyer turned pro after spending five seasons at the University of Manitoba.  Last year he scored four times and collected 16 points in 25 games while captaining Manitoba to the Canada West University Athletic Association regular season title.  Over the course of his university career, Hellyer scored 36 times and produced 98 points in 135 games.  He served as team captain each of his final two years with Bisons.  Before matriculating, Hellyer skated for four seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the major junior Western Hockey League.  He notched 54 goals and 143 points in 262 career WHL games and acted as the Raiders’ captain in 2006-07.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.  A pregame Fan Fest outside the iWireless Center will precede the opener from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  The Fan Fest will feature live music- including plenty of classic covers- from the Loan

Sharks, food and beverage stands, a beer tent, the arrival of the Mallards’ new Ice Girls and Mo Mallard, the team’s perennially popular mascot.  In addition, Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski will stop by to deliver his season-opening welcome to fans on hand.  There will also be ample entertainment for younger fans, including a bounce house and a petting zoo.

Opening night festivities will continue after the Mallards’ match-up with Rapid City with a post-game party at Rascals.  Mallards players will join fans at Rascals, which is located at 1414 15th Street in Moline.

Opening night tickets cover admission to both the Mallards’ battle with the Rush and the Fan Fest.  Fans can enjoy savings off the regular ticket price by purchasing a four-pack of lower level seats for opening night for just $44.  $44 four-packs can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office or by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364.

All other tickets for the season opener and all other Mallards regular season home games are also now on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com, through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000 or at the iWireless Center ticket office.  The ticket 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.

Mallards season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are also still available.  The Mallards offer ticket packages to meet any budget and season ticket holders also receive a host of additional benefits, including a unique season ticket holder Mallards jersey.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are approaching their seventeenth season and their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The i wireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to www.myqcmallards.com.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards

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