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Mallards Announce 2013-14 Promotional Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 30 September 2013 15:09

MOLINE, Ill. (September 25, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards today announced their 2013-14 promotional schedule, a slate headlined by the return of $1 Beer/$1 Dog Fridays presented by 97X and MetroLINK, a pair
of Genesis game worn jersey auctions, the introduction of Winning Wednesdays presented by T.G.I. Friday’s, a Terry Ruskowski bobblehead giveaway and a special appearance by Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man.  The Mallards, in conjunction with the iWireless Center, today further announced the introduction of an array of iWireless Center concession offerings new for the 2013-14 season detailed in the attached document.

Each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games will again this season be $1 Beer/$1 Dog Fridays presented by 97X and MetroLINK.  The return of this popular promotion provides fans with the chance to purchase $1 beer and $1 hot dogs during each of those Friday evening contests, starting with the Mallards’ November 1 match-up with the St. Charles Chill.

Winning Wednesdays presented by T.G.I. Friday’s will no doubt also prove exceedingly popular.  If the Mallards win a Wednesday night home game, all fans attending that contest will receive a free ticket to the next Wednesday home game.  Another Wednesday victory in succession would mean all in attendance again win free tickets for yet another Wednesday tilt.  It would be possible, if the Mallards were to go 7-0 at home on Wednesdays, for fans who attended the first of the seven Wednesday contests- January 8 against the Brampton Beast- to receive free tickets for each of the following six.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase $2 hot dogs and beer during each of those Wednesday evening games.  After each Wednesday game, fans are encouraged to join the Mallards for a post-game party at T.G.I. Friday’s adjacent to the iWireless Center.

The Mallards once again will team with Genesis Health System for a pair of game worn jersey auctions to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation.  On Saturday, January 11, the Mallards will celebrate their affiliation with the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild by wearing special limited addition jerseys modeled on those worn by the Wild in the Mallards’ meeting with the Arizona Sundogs.  Those one-of-a-kind jerseys will go up for bid in a live auction immediately following that game.  A second game-worn jersey auction will follow on March 8 when the Mallards again host Arizona.  Auction winners will not be the only fans leaving the iWireless Center with Mallards jerseys after those two games.  The first 1,000 fans 12 and under to arrive on January 11 will receive free Mallards youth replica jerseys courtesy of the Scott County Family Y and Two Rivers YMCA.  The first 1,000 children 12 and under through the gates on March 8 will also receive free youth replica jerseys.

Bobblehead Night, a traditional Mallard favorite, returns when the Mallards tussle with the Rapid City Rush on Saturday, February 15.  The first 1,000 fans through the doors for that game will receive free Terry Ruskowski bobbleheads.  Ruskowski, who is entering his second season as the Mallards’ coach, is not only one of the winningest bench bosses in Central Hockey League history but also skated in 999 career games while captaining four teams- including the Chicago Blackhawks- over a 15-year playing career in the NHL and World Hockey Association.

One duck dynasty will collide with another when, courtesy of Genesis Health System, Mountain Man- otherwise known as Tim Guraedy- of A&E’s hugely popular reality series Duck Dynasty, comes to the Quad Cities for the Mallards’ battle with the Beast on Saturday, March 1.

The Mallards will also host a series of promotions to benefit those in need.  On Saturday, November 2, when the Mallards take on Brampton, the club will partner with Operation Christmas Child.  Fans who bring new school supplies, children’s clothing, small toys and wrapped hard candy to that game will receive a discount on their tickets.  The items donated will be distributed by Operation Christmas Child to children in need around the world.

The Mallards will recognize those who have served in the armed forces with Military Appreciation Night when the team plays its last home game before Veterans’ Day on Saturday, November 9 against the Denver Cutthroats.  All current and former members of the military and their families will be able to purchase tickets to that game for just $5.

One of hockey’s unique traditions, the Teddy Bear Toss, will make its annual return to the iWireless Center on Saturday, November 30 when the Mallards do battle with the Tulsa Oilers.  Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed animals to that game and throw them on the ice immediately after the Mallards’ first goal.  Those teddy bears will then be donated to children in need in the Quad Cities area just in time for the holidays.

The Mallards will again join in the spirit of the holiday season by accepting Toys for Tots donations at their games against Brampton on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8.  Fans will receive $3 off a ticket to either of those games for each new toy they donate at the iWireless Center.

Two weeks later, the Mallards will team with Great Clips to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.  Great Clips stylists will provide haircuts for fans attending the Saturday, December 21 match-up between the Mallards and Chill throughout that game.  All proceeds from the cost of those haircuts will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.  Also on December 21, the Mallards will help fans prepare for the onset of winter by giving away Mallards knit caps to the first 1,000 patrons to enter the iWireless Center.

On Saturday, March 1, Cobham Mission Systems will present Blades For Grades when the Mallards square off with Brampton.  Local elementary and middle school honor roll students will be rewarded for their achievements by receiving free tickets to that game courtesy of Cobham Mission Systems.

The Mallards will conclude the campaign on a high.  The second to last home date of the regular season- Saturday, March 22- is John Deere Community Night.  Courtesy of John Deere, fans will be able to purchase tickets to the Mallards’ clash with the Missouri Mavericks at a significant discount.  On Sunday, March 30, the Mallards will close out the season- again against Missouri- by offering their thanks to the fans of the Quad Cities on Fan Appreciation Night.   The March 30 game, like the Mallards’ other Sunday game- December 8 against Brampton- will also see all fans in attendance receive a voucher good for a free bag of popcorn.

Further promotions for the 2013-14 season will be announced in the weeks to come; the promotional schedule is subject to change.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night, October 19.  Mallards 2013-14 season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are now on sale.  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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Date

Time

Opponent

Promotion

Sat., Oct. 19

7:05 p.m.

Rapid City

Opening Night! $10 Tickets available at Mallards Preseason Party

Sat., Oct. 26

7:05 p.m.

St. Charles

Scout Night

Fri., Nov. 1

7:05 p.m.

St. Charles

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Sat., Nov. 2

7:05 p.m.

Brampton

Operation Christmas Child: save on tickets with donation

Fri., Nov. 8

7:05 p.m.

Denver

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Sat., Nov. 9

7:05 p.m.

Denver

Military Appreciation Night

Fri., Nov. 29

7:05 p.m.

St. Charles

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Sat., Nov. 30

7:05 p.m.

Tulsa

Teddy Bear Toss

Fri., Dec. 6

7:05 p.m.

Brampton

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Sat., Dec. 7

7:05 p.m.

Brampton

Toys for Tots: save on tickets with toy donation

Sun., Dec. 8

4:05 p.m.

Brampton

Toys for Tots: save on tickets with toy donation; Free Popcorn

Sat., Dec. 21

7:05 p.m.

St. Charles

Great Clips/Ronald McDonald House: haircuts to benefit RMH; Mallard knit cap giveaway

Fri., Jan. 3

7:05 p.m.

St. Charles

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Wed., Jan. 8

7:05 p.m.

Brampton

Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s; Postgame Party at Friday’s; $2 Beer/$2 Dogs

Fri., Jan. 10

7:05 p.m.

Wichita

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Sat., Jan. 11

7:05 p.m.

Arizona

Genesis Jersey Auction; Youth Jersey Giveaway/Scott County YMCA & Two Rivers YMCA

Fri., Jan. 31

7:05 p.m.

Tulsa

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Wed., Feb. 5

7:05 p.m.

Allen

Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s; Postgame Party at Friday’s; $2 Beer/$2 Dogs

Fri., Feb. 7

7:05 p.m.

Allen

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Sat., Feb. 8

7:05 p.m.

St. Charles

February Fun

Fri., Feb. 14

7:05 p.m.

Rapid City

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Sat., Feb. 15

7:05 p.m.

Rapid City

Terry Ruskowski Bobblehead Night

Wed., Feb. 19

7:05 p.m.

Missouri

Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s; Postgame Party at Friday’s; $2 Beer/$2 Dogs

Wed., Feb. 26

7:05 p.m.

Missouri

Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s; Postgame Party at Friday’s; $2 Beer/$2 Dogs

Fri., Feb. 28

7:05 p.m.

Brampton

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Sat., Mar. 1

7:05 p.m.

Brampton

Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man/Genesis Health System; Blades for Grades/Cobham Mission Systems

Wed., Mar. 5

7:05 p.m.

Missouri

Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s; Postgame Party at Friday’s; $2 Beer/$2 Dogs

Fri., Mar. 7

7:05 p.m.

Arizona

$1 Beer/$1 Dog Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Sat., Mar. 8

7:05 p.m.

Arizona

Genesis Jersey Auction; Youth Jersey Giveaway

Wed., Mar. 12

7:05 p.m.

Denver

Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s; Postgame Party at Friday’s; $2 Beer/$2 Dogs

Wed., Mar. 19

7:05 p.m.

St. Charles

Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s; Postgame Party at Friday’s; $2 Beer/$2 Dogs

Sat., Mar. 22

7:05 p.m.

Missouri

John Deere Community Night

Sun., Mar., 30

4:05 p.m.

Missouri

Fan Appreciation Night; Free Popcorn

 
Mallards Preseason Party Wednesday Features Live Music from Caught in the Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 23 September 2013 15:19

Event Kicks off Opening Night Ticket Sales, $10 Seats Available

Coach Terry Ruskowski, Owner Jordan Melville to Meet Fans

MOLINE, Ill. (September 23, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards will host a preseason party this Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. outside the i wireless Center that will feature live music from Quad Cities area band Caught in the Act.

Caught in the Act’s performance is just one of the highlights of the preseason party, which will also see the kickoff of individual ticket sales for the Mallards’ October 19 season opener.  In addition, fans attending the party will have the chance to meet Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski and Jordan Melville, director of QCM Holdings, the Mallards’ ownership group.

One of the area’s most popular cover bands, Caught in the Act performs songs that are known and loved from classic rock and pop to new wave.  The band is composed of Nicole Caras (lead vocals), Jerry Freese (guitar and vocals), Gene Taets (bass, keyboard and vocals) and Sam Mesick (drums).

Single game tickets for not only the Mallards’ opener against the Rapid City Rush but also for all Mallards 2013-14  home games will go on sale for the first time at the i wireless Center box office at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Fans attending the pregame party will have the exclusive chance to purchase opening night lower bowl tickets for the discounted price of just $10.  The party- admission to which is free- will also offer fans the first chance to purchase Mallards merchandise newly arrived for 2013-14 season.

Ruskowski and Melville will offer their remarks on the upcoming season at the preseason party and will be joined by Mallard captain Darren McMillan in meeting and greeting the fans of the Quad Cities.  The party will also see a notable debut as the Mallards’ new Ice Girls make their first appearance.

Fans will have the opportunity, courtesy of i wireless Center concessionaire Levy Restaurants, to enjoy, free of charge, samples of an array of food offerings new for the 2013-14 season and cold beverages from an outdoor beer tent.  There will also be a variety of other food and beverage items available.

Among the prizes to be raffled off are a pair of Mallards season tickets, tickets to Sheryl Crow’s October 17 i wireless Center concert and seats for other upcoming i wireless Center events along with autographed Mallards memorabilia.  Younger Mallards fans attending the party will have the chance to enjoy a variety of games and activities.

The 2013-14 season will be the Mallards’ seventeenth- and their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  Season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are now on sale.  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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RIVER BANDITS ANNOUNCE 2014 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 20 September 2013 15:34
Quad Cities will play a home game on 13 weekends, including the season-opening series April 3-6

DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 19, 2013) The 2013 Midwest League Champion Quad Cities River Bandits will open defense of their title on the same field where they won it all, as Modern Woodmen Park will host the 2014 home opener Thursday, April 3, against the Kane County Cougars. The team announced on Thursday its 140-game schedule, including 70 home dates and times, for the 2014 season.

The Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros will play a four-game Opening Weekend series April 3-6 at Modern Woodmen Park, voted the Best Minor League Ballpark in a nationwide vote at 10Best.com and USA TODAY. The very next weekend, the ballpark will host the second annual Bandits Race to Home 5K and Kids Fun Run presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics to benefit the Bandit Scholars Program at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12. The River Bandits will go on to play a home game on 13 weekends throughout the season.

“After two championships in three years, our fans can look forward to another season of first-rate baseball and affordable, family-friendly entertainment,” said team co-owner Dave Heller. “With the Ferris Wheel opening in May and new improvements throughout the ballpark, exciting new promotions, great entertainment and must-see attractions, we are determined to make 2014 the best year ever at the Best Minor League Ballpark in the country!”

The River Bandits will play weekday home games at 7:00 p.m., with the exception of 11:00 a.m. start times on three Tuesdays – April 29, May 6 and May 20. This season, all Saturday home games will start at 6:00 p.m. instead of the usual 7:00 p.m. start so younger fans can enjoy every minute of the action. Sunday home games will start at 1:15 p.m. the first half of the season (April 6, June 8 and June 15), and at the end of the season (Aug. 17 and Aug. 24). Sunday games will start at 5:00 p.m. June 22, July 6, July 20 and Aug. 10.

The River Bandits will play a home game on 13 weekends throughout the season, including the Fourth of July weekend, Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6, as well as Memorial Day weekend games Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24. The team is home for Mother's Day weekend games Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, and a three-day Father's Day weekend series Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15. The River Bandits play their regular season home finale Friday, Aug. 29, of Labor Day weekend.

The River Bandits have eight different homestands of six games or more, including two season-long seven-game homestands; one comes Aug. 4-10 and the other June 13-22, sandwiched around the three-day break for the Midwest League All-Star Game, set for Tuesday, June 17, in Comstock Park, Mich. A season-long 10-game road stretch takes place June 24-July 3.

Quad Cities will have a rematch of the 2013 Midwest League Championship Series against the South Bend Silver Hawks April 17-19 at Modern Woodmen Park. Other Eastern Division teams making visits to Modern Woodmen Park include the West Michigan Whitecaps (April 14-16), the Fort Wayne TinCaps (July 16-18) and the Lake County Captains (July 19-21). Every Western Division team will play at least six games at Modern Woodmen Park in 2014.

A full schedule of home and road games for 2014 is available at www.riverbandits.com. Ticket plans for the 2014 season are now on sale.

UP NEXT: Now is the time to lock in your season ticket plan for the 2014 season! Call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 or visit www.riverbandits.com to download the season ticket order form. 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: 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 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team unveiled a new 300-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 championships.

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Mallards Land Nikiforov PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:29

MOLINE, Ill. (September 17, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed forward Vladimir Nikiforov, the Mallards announced today.

“Vladimir is a quick, crafty guy who is a proven goal scorer and playmaker,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “I saw him play in this league two years ago and he was the best player on the ice, so we’re looking for a lot of productivity from him.”

Nikiforov, 25, spent last season in Russia, where he scored ten goals and totaled 17 points in 45 games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Major Hockey League.

The 5’ 7”, 160-pound Nikiforov last played in North America in 2011-12 for the Bloomington Blaze.  Nikiforov scored 21 goals and recorded 51 points in 51 games with the Blaze after starting that campaign with the Federal Hockey League’s Brooklyn Aviators, for whom he ripped off nine goals and piled up 20 points in ten games.

Over his first five years in professional hockey, Nikiforov has produced 71 goals and 184 points in 266 career games.  While the Hauppage, New York, native spent the bulk of his first three seasons in the ECHL, he also skated in 19 American Hockey League games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as a rookie in 2008-09.  Nikiforov played most of his first two years with the Utah Grizzlies before suiting up for three different ECHL clubs- the Florida Everblades, Bakersfield Condors and Reading Royals- in 2010-11.

Nikiforov played three seasons in the major junior Ontario Hockey League with the Barrie Colts and Sarnia Sting before turning pro.  In 2006-07, he helped the Colts to a first place finish in the OHL’s Eastern Conference.  In all, Nikiforov registered 63 goals and 173 points in 179 OHL games.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night, October 19.  Mallards 2013-14 season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are now on sale.  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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Pete Kaufmann Named to Wisconsin Lutheran College Men's Golf Team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Curtis Wech   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:26

MILWAUKEE, WI (09/17/2013)(readMedia)-- Pete Kaufmann, of Davenport, IA, a sophomore, is a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's golf team.

The Warriors finished third in the Northern Athletics Conference Championships in 2012-2013, the best finish for the program since 2006-2007. Head coach Adam Volbrecht, a former golfer at WLC, is back for his sixth season as head coach after being honored as the NAC Co-Coach of the Year last season. All-NAC Freshman of the Year Sean Esenberg returns for the Warriors along with fellow All-NAC selection Jake Gaudynski. Seven letterwinners return from last season's team.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent Christian college in Milwaukee that is recognized for its academic excellence and Christian leadership tenets. To learn more, please visit wlc.edu.

 
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