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BANDITS FANS CAN PUT NAMES ON JERSEYS FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:44
Deadline April 23 to submit signatures; pink jersey auction proceeds will go to Genesis Center for Breast Health

DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 10, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits fans were the first in the country to be able to purchase photos on the back of player jerseys for professional sports jersey auction for charity, and this season they will have another unique opportunity to support a cause while honoring loved ones. Through April 23, fans can purchase space for a signature or name to appear on pink jerseys the team will wear for its first-ever pink jersey auction on Breast Cancer Awareness Night presented by Genesis Health Systems and the Quad-City Times on Friday, June 13.

“The entire region has made River Bandits jersey auctions hugely successful events to benefit Quad Cities-area charities, and this summer's Breast Cancer Awareness Night and jersey auction is another fantastic opportunity for Quad Citians to make a big impact right here in our community,” said team owner Dave Heller. “With the support of our great fans, the pink jerseys will be a memorable tribute to all the women and their families who have bravely battled breast cancer, as well as a strong sign of unwavering support for those who continue to battle breast cancer.”

Fans can purchase space for the signature or name of a loved one who is battling or has battled breast cancer. The signatures and names will be placed on the River Bandits players' pink jerseys that will be worn Friday, June 13, for Breast Cancer Awareness Night presented by Genesis Health Systems and the Quad-City Times. After the game, the jerseys will be auctioned off, with all the proceeds benefitting the Genesis Center for Breast Health. Each signature or name space is available for purchase at $25 each, with every single dollar raised going to the Genesis Center for Breast Health. More information is available by calling Alexandria Sheffler at (563) 333-2741. The deadline to purchase the signature spaces is April 23.

“We are grateful to the Quad Cities community that makes all of these local charity events possible, and we are thrilled to partner with Genesis Health Systems and the Quad-City Times for Breast Cancer Awareness Night,” said General Manager Andrew Chesser. “The pink jersey auction will benefit a great cause and raise awareness for women and their families whom we are humbled to support with this night at Modern Woodmen Park.”

This year will also mark the fourth annual Camo Jersey Auction presented by the Iowa Army National Guard on May 24, as well as the third annual photo jersey auction Friday, Aug. 8, on Autism Awareness Night presented by KWQC and the Quad Cities Autism Center. The River Bandits were the first U.S. professional sports team to auction photo jerseys for local cancer charities in 2012, and the 2013 Autism Awareness Photo Jersey Auction earned a Golden Bobblehead Award from Minor League Baseball for the Best Charity Promotion in the nation.

UP NEXT: The second annual River Bandits Race to Home 5K and Kids Fun Run presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics is Saturday at 8 a.m. Thursday is the last day to register using the link at www.riverbandits.com. All proceeds benefit the Bandit Scholars Program. To order any of the 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 110 feet over the playing field, is opening in May, along with a carousel, a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded 300-foot long zip line, and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. The team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.

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MALLARDS DROP RUSH 5-1, GRAB SERIES LEAD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:27
MOLINE, Ill. (April 9, 2014) – Thomas Frazee scored twice and added an assist as the host Quad City Mallards ripped off five unanswered goals on the way to a 5-1 win over the Rapid City Rush Wednesday night and a two games to one lead in the best-of-seven opening round of the Central Hockey League President’s Cup playoffs.

The Mallards rebounded to take a 2-1 lead with a pair of first period goals after Rapid City’s Sean Erickson opened the scoring from the right wing boards at 7:37 of the first.  Frazee’s blast from the right wing circle deadlocked the contest at 15:28.  The Mallards moved in front with just 18 seconds left in the period when Jeff Lee jammed in a point blank power play goal.

After a scoreless second period, the Mallards pulled away with three goals in the third.  Mike Stinziani widened the gap to 3-1 on a breakaway at 11:18.  Frazee’s empty net goal put the contest beyond the Rush’s reach with just one minute and 15 seconds left.  Jordan Mayer capped off the victory by scoring another breakaway goal with only 38 seconds remaining.

The Mallards host game four Friday night at 7:05 p.m and game five Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m.  Should a sixth game be required, the series will shift back to Rapid City next Tuesday.  If the series goes to a seventh game, the Rush would host the deciding contest next Wednesday.

This Friday evening brings not only game four between the Mallards and Rush but also the return of the Mallards’ popular $1 Dog/$1 Dollar Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands from the time doors open at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  $1 hot dogs will be available throughout the game.

Tickets for Mallards home playoff games can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  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 in the midst of their seventeenth season 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 iWireless 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.net.  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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LUGNUTS OVERTAKE RIVER BANDITS AGAIN, 6-4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:26

Tyler White drives in all four Quad Cities runs, but team leaves 12 runners on in second straight loss

LANSING, Mich. (April 9, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits took a 2-0, first-inning lead, but the host Lansing Lugnuts answered with five runs over the first three innings and held on for a 6-4 victory and second straight win over the visitors at Cooley Law School Stadium Wednesday night.

Lugnuts right-hander Alberto Tirado retired the first two batters of the game before River Bandits shortstop Jack Mayfield singled to center field. Designated hitter Conrad Gregor drew a walk, and third baseman Tyler White grounded a double down the third-base line that scored Mayfield and Gregor for a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first inning, River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (1-1) allowed a leadoff single by second baseman Dickie Joe Thon and hit right fielder Carlos Ramirez with one out. Third baseman Mitch Nay drove a double to right-center field to score two runs and tie the game. After Gustave struck out two batters to end the first, he ran into more trouble with two outs in the second. Lugnuts left fielder Derrick Loveless reached on a bunt single and went to second on a wild pitch. Thon hit a single to right field that gave Lansing a 3-2 lead, and center fielder D.J. Davis doubled to center field to bring in Thon and make it 4-2. In the third inning, Nay hit a leadoff single and scored when catcher Jorge Saez hit an RBI double to right-center field for a 5-2 Lugnuts lead. Gustave departed after 2 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.

Lansing (3-3) removed Tirado after the first inning and put in left-hander Griffin Murphy (1-0), who struck out five of the first six batters he faced. Murphy allowed only a one-out single in the fourth inning while tossing three shutout innings.

After Murphy, Lugnuts left-hander Jairo Labourt started the fifth inning and allowed a walk to right fielder Brett Phillips and single by Mayfield. With two outs, White flied a double into right-center field to score two runs and cut the deficit to 5-4. White's pair of two-run doubles accounted for all the runs for Quad Cities (2-4). Labourt worked around two walks in the sixth and a walk and hit batter in the seventh to complete three innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits and four walks while striking out four batters.

The River Bandits used right-hander Zach Morton for 1 1/3 innings, in which he recorded all four outs on strikeouts, before turning to left-hander Kent Emanuel as the second half of the starting tandem. Emanuel started the fifth inning and allowed a one-out double by Lugnuts shortstop Dawel Lugo and RBI single by designated hitter Matt Dean for a 6-4 deficit. Emanuel then retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced to complete four innings, in which he allowed one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts. Quad Cities pitchers struck out 11 batters without walking any.

The River Bandits left 12 runners on base, including runners at first and second base in the seventh against Labourt, and the bases loaded in the eighth against left-hander Scott Silverstein, who pitched the final two scoreless innings for his first save.

 
BANDITS RACE TO HOME 5K PRESENTED BY PALMER CHIROPRACTIC CLINICS IS SATURDAY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:14

All proceeds of second annual event will benefit Bandit Scholars Program

DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 9, 2014) – The second annual Bandits Race to Home 5K presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics, a one-of-a-kind run, walk and Fun Run event, is set for Saturday at 8 a.m. The Quad Cities River Bandits announced details Tuesday for the unique race and community gathering that gives all proceeds to the non-profit Bandit Scholars Program, which funds two college scholarships each year for Quad Cities youth and is administered by the Community Foundation.

The unique route of the five-kilometer run and walk will begin at Modern Woodmen Park at 8 a.m., cross the Centennial Bridge into Rock Island, Ill., and the Rock Island Arsenal Bridge back into Davenport before ending at home plate inside Modern Woodmen Park. A Fun Run for children 12 years and younger, with River Bandits mascot Rascal, will also take place at approximately 9:15 a.m. Every 5K registration includes a T-shirt, and every participant in the 5K and Fun Run will receive two free tickets to the River Bandits game of their choice during the month of April. Registration is available at www.riverbandits.com/5K, through Thursday, April 10.

"With outstanding participation last spring, the people of the Quad Cities made the first Bandits Race to Home 5K the perfect start to the River Bandits season and a fantastic event to benefit our non-profit Bandit Scholars Program," said team owner Dave Heller. "For the same affordable price in the 2014 race, Quad Cities runners and walkers will again enjoy a unique race experience and a free River Bandits game while supporting the Bandit Scholars Program that pays the entire cost of tuition for two Quad Cities area students to go to college."

The 5K registration fee of $27 includes a T-shirt and a ticket to a 2014 River Bandits game. Fun Run registration for children ages 12 and younger is $17, or $22 with a T-shirt. All proceeds benefit the non-profit Bandit Scholars Program, which annually awards the Keith Lucier Memorial Scholarship and the Bandit Scholarship. Each scholarship pays the entire first-year college tuition for two Quad Cities-area students.

Packet pick-up will be available at Modern Woodmen Park from on Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, as well as before the race Saturday, April 12, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Individual prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers, as well as to the top three males and females in each age group, each of the 13 age groups - 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60-plus.

A post-race party with results announcements and awards will include free adjustments from Palmer Chiropractic Clinics. Participants will receive two complimentary post-race beverages, as well as complimentary snacks. Non-participants may make a donation to the Bandit Scholars Program to enjoy the post-race snacks and beverages.

Any questions about the race can be directed to Alexandria Sheffler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

UP NEXT: The second annual River Bandits Race to Home 5K and Kids Fun Run presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics is Saturday at 8 a.m. Thursday is the last day to register using the link at www.riverbandits.com. All proceeds benefit the Bandit Scholars Program. To order any of the 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 110 feet over the playing field, is opening in May, along with a carousel, a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded 300-foot long zip line, and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. The team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.

*****

 
More Than a Trappers Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Steinmetz   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:40

The U.P. Trappers Association is hosting the 55th Annual National Trappers Association Convention and Outdoor Show July 24 – 27 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, Michigan.

This impressive National Convention has only been in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula once before – and that was 41 years ago!

Many family-friendly events are planned to enhance the convention experience.  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Pocket Park will be open for kids to enjoy supervised activities such as fishing, target practice.  The MDNR will also have a Portable Laser Shooting Range set up with computerized games of skill.

The Award winning Growing U.P. Foresters Exhibit will be open for all to enjoy and learn about paper-making, the forest products industry, and the great outdoors.

Evoking the feel of a by-gone era, U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Village will be open to visitors for an interactive learning experience.  Local artisans will be on hand to demonstrate traditional handicrafts such as glass blowing, knitting, spinning, weaving, quilting, pottery and woodcarving.  Many of these goods are available to purchase.  The Village also features a blacksmith shop, granary, barber shop, general store, cook shack and ice cream parlor.

Other planned activities include two wild-fur fashion shows (with top professional models), a Saturday night dance, a fund-raising auction, trapping and calling demos, trap setting contests, women’s skillet toss, and hundreds of vendors selling trapping supplies, gadgets, crafts and antiques. For the ATV enthusiast a huge Polaris ATV display and Michigan’s only ATV practical skills track facility will be open for demo use as well as student training. Bus tours to some of the beautiful wonders of the Upper Peninsula such as Fayette State Park, Big Springs, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as well, as a “wine & dine” tour to a couple of the area’s fine wineries, will be available to the general public (for a registration fee).

This huge national show is open to the general public and provides an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the world of trapping and all that the great outdoors has to offer.  Admission is only $10 for all four days with 12 and under admitted free!  Where else can you get so much for so little?  For further information or vendor inquiries contact Tamara Masterson/Convention Coordinator at 248-568-5804, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or for more details visit www.uptrappers.com or www.nationaltrappers.com

 
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