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News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:16
WHO: A six-person crew from Chance Rides, the Ferris wheel manufacturer based in Wichita, Kan., will be working at Modern Woodmen Park. River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser and River Bandits Assistant General Manager of Amusements Mike Clark will both be available for interviews.
WHAT: Phase Two of installation for the Ferris Wheel that will tower 110 feet above the Modern Woodmen Park playing field. Another River Bandits logo sign will be mounted on the LeClaire Park side of the wheel. In addition, the electrical cabinet will be installed behind the scoreboard, and the wheel's spokes will be spread out into a complete circle.
WHERE: Installation will happen behind the left field berm (east end) Modern Woodmen Park. This area may be more visible from east of the stadium in LeClaire Park.
WHEN (*Weather permitting*): Tuesday, April 15, and Wednesday, April 16.
WHY: The Ferris wheel will highlight an amusement lineup to include a carousel, a new ride called a "Drop and Twist,” an expanded 300-foot long zip line, an auto-belay rock climbing wall, and many other new games and attractions planned for Modern Woodmen Park.

News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 14 April 2014 15:12
Quad Cities and West Michigan will play free doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with gates opening at 4:30 p.m.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 14, 2014) – Monday night's game between the Quad Cities River Bandits and West Michigan Whitecaps at Modern Woodmen Park has been postponed due to snow and cold weather. The game will be made up in a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Gates will open with free admission at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and any individual tickets for Monday's game may be exchanged at the box office for any remaining 2014 home game.
The free-admission Quad Cities Community Appreciation Night on Tuesday will now feature two free baseball games. When the gates open at 4:30 p.m., everyone can walk into Modern Woodmen Park for free. All regular individual (non-season ticket) seating is first-come, first-served. Tuesday night is also presented by WOC and Q106.5.
Quad Cities (5-5) and West Michigan (6-4) are scheduled to play a pair of seven-inning games Tuesday. It will be the third doubleheader of the season for the River Bandits, and the first of the season for the Whitecaps. Game 1 will feature River Bandits left-hander Kent Emanuel (0-0) against Whitecaps right-hander Jeff Thompson (0-0). Game 2 will is scheduled to have River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (1-1) against Whitecaps left-hander Kevin Ziomek (0-1).
UP NEXT: Everyone is invited for free to the 5:30 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday on Quad Cities Community Appreciation Night at Modern Woodmen Park. To order any of the 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.

News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:53
Quad Cities tags Great Lakes, 11-0, in Game 1, before home team walks off, 5-4, in nine-inning Game 2

MIDLAND, Mich. (April 13, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits posted their largest shutout win in six seasons with an 11-0, seven-inning triumph over the Great Lakes Loons in Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon, but Loons catcher Kyle Farmer delivered a ninth-inning, walk-off single for a 5-4 Loons win in Game 2 and split at Dow Diamond.

In the first game, Quad Cities right-hander Andrew Thurman (1-1) tossed five shutout innings while scattering four hits and striking out five batters. In one stretch, he retired 10 consecutive batters between allowing two singles in the first inning and two more in the fifth.

The River Bandits (5-5) began their Game 1 rout in the second inning against Loons right-hander Luis Chirinos (1-1). First baseman Conrad Gregor hit a leadoff single, third baseman Tyler White walked, and catcher Brian Holberton hit an RBI single down the first-base line. Designated hitter Tanner Mathis chopped an infield RBI single to shortstop and later scored on a wild pickoff by Chirinos.

The visitors' 3-0 lead stood until the fourth inning. Singles by second baseman Chan-Jong Moon and center fielder Brett Phillips around an error by Loons second baseman Brandon Trinkwon loaded the bases before shortstop Jack Mayfield hit a sacrifice fly. Gregor added a two-run double, and White's RBI double made it 7-0. In the sixth, Ramsay hit a sacrifice fly off right-hander Francisco Villa to make it 8-0.

In the seventh, Mathis and left fielder Jon Kemmer hit consecutive two-out doubles, Moon singled for his third hit, and Ramsay and Phillips each hit RBI singles for an 11-0 margin. Eight players combined for 14 hits, with Moon's three hits a game high. Right-hander Tyler Brunnemann pitched two shutout innings to complete Quad Cities' largest shutout win since an 18-0 win over Dayton Aug. 1, 2008.

In Game 2, Great Lakes (5-5) took a second-inning lead against left-hander Chris Lee. Designated hitter Joey Curletta doubled and scored on second baseman Jesmuel Valentin's two-out RBI double. But Phillips hit a third-inning, three-run triple for a 3-1 Quad Cities lead.

The Loons tied the game in the third after a walk, hit batter and error by Elkins at second preceded Curletta's two-run single to right field. In the fifth, the Loons retook the lead when left fielder Jacob Scavuzzo hit a one-out single, moved to third base on a single by Farmer, and scored when Morales missed catching a third strike on first baseman Paul Hoenecke.

In the next half-inning, however, Quad Cities tied the game after White hit a leadoff double, and Gregor lined a two-out RBI single. But after Gregor's Game 2-tying single, the Loons kept Quad Cities from moving a runner past first base.

Quad Cities right-hander Zach Morton stranded the go-ahead run in the sixth and seventh innings while completing 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Right-hander Patrick Christensen started the ninth and allowed a one-out walk to center fielder Malcolm Holland. Scavuzzo hit a chopper that Elkins failed to field at third base, and with runners at first and third, Farmer hit an 0-2 pitch past the drawn-in infield for the win.

The River Bandits open a six-game homestand against Eastern Division opponents Monday at 7 p.m. against the West Michigan Whitecaps. River Bandits left-hander Kent Emanuel (0-0) is scheduled to face Whitecaps right-hander Jeff Thompson (0-0).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits open a six-game homestand with Markdown Monday presented by 97X for the 7 p.m. game April 14 against the West Michigan Whitecaps. Fans can purchase $2 bleacher and berm tickets, as well as $2 beer, soda, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos. Tickets are available online at 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.


News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:52
MOLINE, Ill. (April 12, 2014) – Gergo Nagy and Justin Fox provided a goal and an assist apiece as the host Quad City Mallards defeated the Rapid City Rush 3-1 Saturday night to take a three games to two lead in the best-of-seven opening round of the Central Hockey League President’s Cup playoffs and move within one win of advancing to the CHL semi-finals.

Nagy finished off a give-and-go with Fox to give the Mallards a 1-0 lead at 6:06 of the first period.  The advantage doubled at 10:26 of the first when Fox drove a power play goal home from the top of the left wing circle.

The Rush cut the gap to 2-1 at 5:28 of the third period when Kevin Harvey pounced on a loose puck in the slot only for the Mallards to move back in front by a pair when Vladimir Nikiforov buried Jeff Lee’s centering pass just 39 seconds later.

The series will shift to Rapid City on Tuesday for game six.  If a seventh game is required, the Rush would host the deciding contest on Wednesday.

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  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at


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News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:38
More than 600 participants get unique experience of finishing at home plate inside Modern Woodmen Park

DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 12, 2014) – More than 600 runners and walkers competed in the second annual Bandits Race to Home 5K and Fun Run presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics and finishing inside Modern Woodmen Park on Saturday morning, helping raise more than $13,000 toward the Bandit Scholars Program.

Participation doubled from the inaugural race of 2013, and funds raised increased by 160% for the 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.

“We want to thank the people of the Quad Cities for embracing the annual Bandits Race to Home 5K with outstanding participation and support of the Bandit Scholars Program,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “All of the participants, volunteers, staff and spectators made this year's Bandits Race to Home 5K a memorable and unique community event to celebrate the Quad Cities and the start of another fun-filled season at Modern Woodmen Park!”

The fastest male and female finishers in each of the 10 age groups – 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60-plus – were awarded trophies courtesy of Crown Trophy, while the second and third place finishers received medals. Additionally, the top three male and female runners were awarded with trophies.

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