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BANDITS FALL SILENT TO END LOSS TO COUGARS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:44

Quad Cities has one hit among its final 20 batters to lose second straight game at Kane County

GENEVA, Ill. (August 14, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits took a 3-2 lead Wednesday night on a third-inning single by third baseman J.D. Davis, but they had just one baserunner for the rest of the game, and the Kane County Cougars scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 6-3 lead that remained until the end of a second straight win at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

Kane County (31-20 second half, 76-45 overall) won its sixth straight game against Quad Cities (25-26, 60-60) after the Western Division rivals split their first 10 games. In a rematch of the Opening Day pitching matchup at Modern Woodmen Park April 3, Cougars right-hander Paul Blackburn and River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman (5-8) combined to allow all the game's runs. After the third inning, pitchers for both teams combined to allow four singles without a walk or runner in scoring position with 12 strikeouts.

Blackburn allowed a leadoff single to center fielder James Ramsay, who matched a season high with a hit in his seventh straight game and was the only River Bandit with two hits Wednesday. Ramsay stole second base, but Blackburn retired three straight to end the inning.

In the bottom of the first inning, Cougars second baseman Daniel Lockhart hit a one-out triple to right-center field, and catcher Ben Carhart hit Thurman's next pitch down the right-field line for an opposite-field, two-run home run – his fifth of the season – and a 2-0 Cougars lead.

Quad Cities scored its three runs and had all but two of its hits in the third inning. Catcher Brett Booth hit Blackburn's first pitch of the inning over the left-center field fence for his fifth home run. Ramsay hit a one-out single and stole second base for the second time and his 26th steal of the season – the most by a Quad Cities player since Dan Nelson's 27 in 2006. First baseaman Chase McDonald drew a two-out walk, and designated hitter A.J. Reed hit a game-tying single to right field that sent McDonald to third base. Davis' single extended his own six-game hitting streak, sent Reed to third base and scored McDonald for a 3-2 Quad Cities lead. Blackburn got left fielder Ryan Bottger on a groundout and retired four straight batters to finish four innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts. It was Blackburn's shortest outing since June 4.

With his team's only lead of the game, Thurman began the bottom of the third inning by walking center fielder Trey Martin, striking out left fielder Shawon Dunston Jr., walking Carhart and striking out Carhart. With two outs, designated hitter Victor Caratini lined a game-tying single to right field. Thurman went to a 3-2 count before walking first baseman Jacob Rogers, and also went to 3-2 against third baseman Jeimer Candelario before a walk that forced home the go-ahead run. Right-hander Keegan Yuhl entered to allow a two-run bloop single to right field by right fielder Jeffrey Baez to make it 6-3. Thurman was charged with six earned runs on three hits and four walks – matching a season high – with four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings – his shortest outing since May 1.

After allowing Baez's hit, Yuhl retired the next nine batters and 10 of 11 to finish a career-high 3 1/3 innings, allowing two singles with three strikeouts. Left-hander Chris Cotton allowed one single with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Meanwhile, Cougars left-hander Michael Heesch (3-1) worked three perfect innings, and right-hander Francisco Carrillo went two scoreless innings for his second save.

Quad Cities concludes its series against Kane County at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. River Bandits right-hander Troy Scribner (0-1) is scheduled to face Cougars right-hander Duane Underwood (5-4).

UP NEXT: A Fireworks Friday kicks off the next homestand, with a 7 p.m. game on City of Davenport Night and Global Cultural Night presented by Tyson Fresh Meats. When gates open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the first 1,500 fans receive a Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead courtesy of DHCU and FOX18. Sunday's 1:15 p.m. game is a Celebration and Appreciation of Senator Tom Harkin for 40 years of service with a bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans when gates open at noon. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership recently made one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 105 feet over the playing field, opened May 24, and Space Camp opened June 20; the newly expanded 300-foot long zip line has also reopened. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. Last season, the team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, 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 and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair VIII PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:41

Quilters Sew Their Way to the Top in Iowa State Fair Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2014)(readMedia)-- Vicki Swensen of Nevada earned Best of Show honors in the Quilting division of the Fabric and Threads contest judged prior to the start of the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Debra A. Kimball of Clive claimed the Sweepstakes award.

Additional results below:

TEAM OR GROUP

Hand Appliqué (300+ inches)

1) Mary V. Shotwell, Des Moines

2) Julie Hanel, Ankeny

Pieced from a Traditional Pattern (300+ inches)

1) Wayne Bradfield, Ottumwa

2) Diane Lehman, Badger

3) Kelli Belden, Madrid

4) Marilyn Sudduth, Mount Ayr

Honorable Mention) Erin Zehm, Ames

Honorable Mention) Barbara Aldeman, North Liberty

Honorable Mention) Connie Hansen, Audubon

Pieced, Any Other Pattern (300+ inches)

1) Vicki Swensen, Nevada

2) Mary Thompson, Williamsburg

3) Gail Maddy, Albia

4) Diane Lehman, Badger

Honorable Mention) Tamara Watts-McPhail, Ankeny

Honorable Mention) Paula Ray, Jewell

Honorable Mention) Karla Pickhinke, Storm Lake

Honorable Mention) Patricia Gragg, Moravia

Mixed Technique (300+ inches)

1) Joan Kerns, Edgewood

2) Debra A. Kimball, Clive

3) Dee Van Zee, Otley

4) Bonnabelle Rayner, Lone Tree

Honorable Mention) Mary V. Shotwell, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Lynn Johnson, West Des Moines

Hand Appliqué (¬<300 inches)

1) Debra A. Kimball, Clive

2) Leigh Lussie, Windsor Heights

3) Erin Zehm, Ames

4) Linda Arndt, West Des Moines

Machine Appliqué (¬¬<300 inches)

1) Doloris Culpepper, Des Moines

2) Mary V. Shotwell, Des Moines

3) Diana Brown, Indianola

4) Margaret Simons, Des Moines

Pieced (<300 inches)

1) Sheryl Phipps, Story City

2) Janet Westberg, Harvey

3) Margaret Beal, Adel

4) Laurie Tufford, Nevada

Honorable Mention) Dana Neumann, Ankeny

Honorable Mention) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

Mixed Technique (<300 inches)

1) Bonnabelle Rayner, Lone Tree

2) Debra A. Kimball, Clive

3) Diana Brown, Indianola

4) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

Honorable Mention) Margaret Beal, Adel

Honorable Mention) Karla Pickhinke, Storm Lake

Honorable Mention) Judie Herzog, Fairfield

COMBINATION

First Quilt

1) Anne Stoner, Logan

2) None Awarded

3) None Awarded

4) Kristal Beyer, Sully

Honorable Mention) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

Memory Quilt

1) Gretta Wilkinson, Johnston

2) Valerie Funk, Osceola

3) Michelle And Tim Juhl, Greene

4) Becky Larson, Ankeny

Honorable Mention) Betty Westercamp, Grinnell

Embroidered by Hand

1) Janet Strouse, Storm Lake

2) Anita Gogerty, Norwalk

3) Renee McPhee, Grimes

4) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

Embroidered by Machine

1) None Awarded

2) None Awarded

3) Junellyn Ellis, Tracy

4) Susan Body, Polk City

Honorable Mention) Pam Nelson, Ankeny

Whole Cloth

1) None Awarded

2) Martha Klatt, Adel

3) None Awarded

4) Michelle and Tim Juhl, Greene

Honorable Mention) Carol Kemme, Long Grove

Found & Finished

1) Linda Fritchen, Sigourney

2) Martha Klatt, Adel

3) Gretta Wilkinson, Johnston

4) Anita Gogerty, Norwalk

T-shirt

1) Diane Lehman, Badger

2) Leann Baumhover, Storm Lake

3) Becky Larson, Ankeny

4) Sheryl DeMouth, Johnston

Honorable Mention) Theresa Proctor, Pocahontas

Honorable Mention) Joann Olson, Ankeny

Art/Innovative

1) Kathy Lindquist, Panora

2) Becky Larson, Ankeny

3) Connie Remetch, Des Moines

4) Delores Dorland, Missouri Valley

Honorable Mention) Bonnabelle Rayner, Lone Tree

Modern

1) Janeen Pearson, Altoona

2) Martha Klatt, Adel

3) Linda McGhee, Mitchellville

4) Diane Lehman, Badger

Honorable Mention) Katheryn Russi, Johnston

Honorable Mention) Jennifer Bernard, Webster City

Appliqué Crib Quilt

1) Katheryn Russi, Johnston

2) Diana Brown, Indianola

Pieced Crib Quilt

1) None Awarded

2) None Awarded

3) Tamara Watts-McPhail, Ankeny

Honorable Mention) Debbie Wordehoff, Cedar Rapids

Honorable Mention) Joyce Brown, West Des Moines

Mixed Technique Crib Quilt

1) Linda Weber, Johnston

2) Becky Larson, Ankeny

3) Erin Zehm, Ames

Honorable Mention) Vicki Swensen, Nevada

Honorable Mention) Fern Stewart, West Des Moines

Appliqué Small Quilt

1) None Awarded

2) Mary V. Shotwell, Des Moines

3) Karen Thompson, Pleasantville

Honorable Mention) Diana Weirich, Des Moines

Pieced Small Quilt

1) None Awarded

2) Kelli Belden, Madrid

3) None Awarded

4) Renee McPhee, Grimes

Honorable Mention) Nancy Kiley, Perry

Honorable Mention) Aileen Taylor, Pella

Appliqué Miniature Quilt

1) Leigh Lussie, Windsor Heights

2) Erin Zehm, Ames

3) Diana Weirich, Des Moines

4) Julie McNair, Conrad

Pieced Miniature Quilt

1) Linda McGhee, Mitchellville

2) Carol Moellers, Greene

3) Karla Pickhinke, Storm Lake

4) Margaret Karr, Knoxville

Honorable Mention) Rebecca Roush, Cedar Rapids

INDIVIDUAL

Hand or Machine Appliqué (300+ inches)

1) Lucille Keeling, Cedar Falls

2) Delores Dorland, Missouri Valley

3) Erma Moore, Oskaloosa

Pieced from a Traditional Pattern (300+ inches)

1) Karen Thompson, Pleasantville

2) Joni Bruner, Marshalltown

3) Kerrie Rosheim, Ames

Pieced (300+ inches)

1) Joni Bruner, Marshalltown

2) Mary Holubar, Solon

3) Abbie Allen, Grimes

Honorable Mention) Vicki Swensen, Nevada

Mixed Technique (300+ inches)

1) Susan Collier, Grimes

2) Peggy Vespestad, Maxwell

Honorable Mention) Pamela Poppe, Des Moines

Hand or Machine Appliqué (-300 inches)

1) Martha Henrichs, Des Moines

2) Patty Barrett, Clive

3) Becky Larson, Ankeny

Honorable Mention) Erma Moore, Oskaloosa

Honorable Mention) Susan Collier, Grimes

Pieced (144-300 inches)

1) Janet Rabe, Ottumwa

2) Joni Bruner, Marshalltown

3) Susan Body, Polk City

Honorable Mention) Anita Gogerty, Norwalk

Honorable Mention) Ellen Kelly Smith, Des Moines

Pieced (<144 inches)

1) Diana Weirich, Des Moines

2) Teri Dorn, Ames

3) Liz Meimann, Nevada

Honorable Mention) Gayle Kauzlarich, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Betty Whitson, Ottumwa

Mixed Technique (144-300 inches)

1) Patty Barrett, Clive

2) Bonnabelle Rayner, Lone Tree

3) Barbara Zelhart, Albia

4) Joan Kerns, Edgewood

Honorable Mention) Sharon Meisenheimer, Johnston

Honorable Mention) Julie McNair, Conrad

Mixed Technique (<144 inches)

1) Kerrie Rosheim, Ames

2) Judy Diapico, Altoona

3) Martha Klatt, Adel

4) Carolyn Link, Maxwell

OTHER

Home Accessories, Pieced

1) Debra A. Kimball, Clive

2) Martha Klatt, Adel

3) Janet Westberg, Harvey

Home Accessories, Appliqué

1) Sherrie Davis, Pleasant Hill

2) Jan Jome, Ogden

Honorable Mention) Tamara Watts-McPhail, Ankeny

Honorable Mention) Sherry Von Fumetti, Johnston

Pillow

1) Lynn Koester, Ankeny

2) Veronica Koh Eischeid, Des Moines

3) Anita Gogerty, Norwalk

Honorable Mention) Kenda Headley, Ankeny

Bag / Tote

1) Catherine Russell, Underwood

2) Patricia Gragg, Moravia

3) Leann Baumhover, Storm Lake

Quilt Block

1) Julie McMichael, Truro

2) Denise Conoan, Winterset

3) Linda Fritchen, Sigourney

4) Katheryn Russi, Johnston

Honorable Mention) Christina Yana, Miles

Fabric and Threads exhibits are on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the second floor of the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building sponsored by Principal Financial Group.

Brooklyn Woman Wins Esteemed Prize in Iowa State Fair Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2014)(readMedia)-- Lillian Davidson of Brooklyn was awarded the prestigious Ruth Van Den Baard Award in the Senior Citizens division of the Fabric and Threads contest judged prior to the start of the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

The Ruth Van Den Baard Award is given to exhibitors who are at least 80 years of age when the item they submitted was completed. Exhibitors may enter any item using any technique eligible in the Fabric and Threads Department.

Complete results below:

Crochet - Afghan

1) Anna Mae Oline, Des Moines

2) Barbara DeWit, Tracy

3) Sue McKinley, Ankeny

Crochet - Baby Afghan

1) Shirley J. Leonard, West Des Moines

2) Judy Larsen, Ankeny

3) Barbara DeWit, Tracy

Crochet - Doily

1) Kathryn Hollingsworth, Pleasantville

2) Barbara DeWit, Tracy

3) Delores McClugage, Ankeny

Knit Baby Afghan

1) Judith Lewison, Marshalltown

Knit Sweater

1) Judith Hainaut, Des Moines

2) Evelyn Mintzer, West Des Moines

3) Donna Grote, Council Bluffs

4) Eleanor Verwers, Altoona

Honorable Mention) Betty Jo Staudt, Marble Rock

Honorable Mention) Shirley J. Leonard, West Des Moines

Knit Shawl

1) Linda Shelley, Des Moines

2) Janet Luing, Panora

Tatted Item

1) Serena Linn, Des Moines

2) None Awarded

3) Louise Whitlow, Johnston

Honorable Mention) Esther Miller, Des Moines

Embroidered Towel - Hand Embroidery

1) Diane Olson Sanders, Ellsworth

2) Betty Jo Staudt, Marble Rock

3) Wilma Brouwer, Pella

4) Lois Aldridge, Kellogg

Honorable Mention) Norma J. Hill, Des Moines

Machine Embroidered Item

1) Norene Bruxvoort, Leighton

2) Diane Lehman, Badger

3) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

4) Mary Dustin, Albia

Honorable Mention) Dorothy Cowlen, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Lois Friday, Iowa City

Embroidered Pillowcases

1) Betty Jo Staudt, Marble Rock

2) Kathryn Hollingsworth, Pleasantville

3) Linda Town, Wellsburg

4) Lois Aldridge, Kellogg

Honorable Mention) Norma J. Hill, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Marcella R. Huff, West Des Moines

Needlepoint Item - Plastic Canvas

1) Colette Wortman, Urbandale

2) Marie Stuber, Des Moines

Needlepoint Item - No Plastic Canvas

1) Berniece Quint, Cedar Rapids

2) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids

3) Glenda Millard, Des Moines

Cross Stitched Item

1) Betty Jo Staudt, Marble Rock

2) Linda Town, Wellsburg

Counted Cross Stitch

1) Robert Malake, Davenport

2) Lois Avitt, Des Moines

3) Mary P. Sullivan, West Des Moines

4) Karen Cody, Colo

Honorable Mention) Lillian Davidson, Brooklyn

Honorable Mention) Susan Andrew, Carlisle

Honorable Mention) Mary Jo Wolf, Cedar Rapids

Honorable Mention) Verrill Dayton, Ankeny

Hardanger Embroidery

1) Doris Evans, Pella

Pieced Wall Quilt

1) Wayne Bradfield, Ottumwa

2) Connie Remetch, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Nancy DeLay, Indianola

Mixed Technique Wall Quilt

1) Becky Larson, Ankeny

2) Sharon Meisenheimer, Johnston

3) Delores Dorland, Missouri Valley

4) Marge Bledsoe, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Bonnabelle Rayner, Lone Tree

Pieced Quilt - Individual or Team

1) Suzanne Halley, Marion

2) Diane Lehman, Badger

3) Marla Reedholm, Ames

4) Wayne Bradfield, Ottumwa

Honorable Mention) Janet Westberg, Harvey

Honorable Mention) Nancy DeLay, Indianola

Honorable Mention) Ellen Kelly Smith, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Vicki Swensen, Nevada

Appliqué Quilt - Individual or Team

1) Leigh Lussie, Windsor Heights

2) Jan Jome, Ogden

3) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

Honorable Mention) Linda Arndt, West Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Mary Martin, Clive

Scrap Quilt - Individual or Team

1) Nancy DeLay, Indianola

2) Diane Lehman, Badger

3) Sheryl Harvey, Van Meter

Honorable Mention) Karen McBeth, Oskaloosa

Any Item - Ruth Van Den Baard Award

1) Lillian Davidson, Brooklyn

2) Jackie Trevillyan, Winterset

3) Margaret Beal, Adel

4) Berniece Schumacher, Readlyn

Honorable Mention) Esther Miller, Des Moines

Fabric and Threads exhibits are on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building sponsored by Principal Financial Group.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

 
News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair VI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:11

Talented Sprouts Surprise Crowd in Iowa State Fair Talent Search

DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2014)(readMedia)-- Six talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley's 55th annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 14, Friday, August 15, or Saturday, August 16.

The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the acts are:

Eli Smith, 11, Cedar Falls, Piano

Morgan Schroeder, 10, Burlington, Katie Stephens, 10 Burlington, Jazz/Acro Dance

Allison Koch, 12, Grimes, Vocal

Addie Sopha, 13, Cresco, Josie Sopha, 11, Cresco, Ella Sopha, 9, Cresco, Gwen Sopha, 8, Cresco, Vocal

Taylor Knaack, 12, Correctionville, Emma DeStigter, 11, Moville, Tap Dance

Zach Hein, 12, Walcott, Fiddle

Bill Riley, Jr. is once again hosting the competition. Two Sprout acts will be crowned champions every day of the semi-finals. The six winning acts will perform in the talent-packed championship set for Sunday, August 17, at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.

Each of the six Sprout Champions will receive a prize of $250 after the Championship Show. More than $18,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined. This year's contest is sponsored by Hy-Vee.

Outhouse Team Earns Number-One Spot in Iowa State Fair Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2014)(readMedia)-- The Afton Care Center Dribblers/Iowa Select Farms won the 11th annual Outhouse Races Tuesday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Team Jason Winther, Jordan Winther, Jamie Peterson, and Misty Gettler were awarded $300 in cash for besting their competition in style and speed.

DMACC team members Keith Wersinger, Matt Walsh, Jay Tiefentahler, Dale Chell and Melody Riley took second place and earned $200. The team has competed every year of the competition.

Third place and $100 in cash went to The Real Deal team members Hannah, Abbi, Brittany and Amanda also won Best Outhouse. Best costume went to Urgent Business team members Steve Larson, Joyce Moreland, Corey Oelberg and Laurie McClannahan.

Teams, composed of three pushers and one driver, construct their own outhouses. During the race, teams push the outhouses to a toilet where the drivers must clean off the toilet seat without using their hands. Then the drivers search for a corn cob buried in a cattle trough, change a roll of toilet paper and return to the outhouses where the teams push them back to the starting point.

Monster Men and Women Compete in Iowa State Fair Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2014)(readMedia)-- Strong-armed men and women competed in five different weight classes in the Monster Arm Wrestling Tournament held Sunday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

First, second and third-place trophies were awarded in each class.

Complete results below:

MEN'S RIGHT

Flyweight

1) Kiefer Willis, Greenview, Ill.

2) Dustin Ohmstede, Newton

3) Jermaine Day, Des Moines

Lightweight

1) Jake Reed, Bussey

2) Todd Bolar, Marshalltown

3) Lavern Yoder, Zearing

Middleweight

1) JD Brittain, West Des Moines

2) Bobby Chance, Cambridge

3) Jake Willis, Des Moines

Heavyweight

1) Brian Willett, Muscatine

2) Branden Smith, Coon Rapids

3) Patrick Brown, Melcher-Dallas

Super Heavyweight

1) Brian Willett, Muscatine

2) Steven Aikin, Rhodes

3) Patrick Brown, Melcher-Dallas

MEN'S LEFT

Flyweight

1) Trent Todd, Washta

2) Dustin Olmstede, Newton

3) Mitch Todd, Papillion, Neb.

Lightweight

1) Jake Reed, Bussey

2) Mory Lassa, Fort Dodge

Middleweight

1) JD Brittain, West Des Moines

2) Bobby Chance, Cambridge

Heavyweight

1) Rob VanDerMolen, Des Moines

2) JD Brittain, West Des Moines

3) Jake Reed, Bussey

WOMEN'S RIGHT

Flyweight

1) Kelsey Reed, Mingo

2) Kara Rempe, Sioux City

Lightweight

1) Shawna Hartley, Nevada

2) Tiffany Davison, Middletown, Ill.

Middleweight

1) Heather Edwards, Washington

2) Kaylan Simmons, Casey

3) Riley Anderson, Kamrar

The contest was part of "Rural Americana Olde Tyme Competitions" in Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall. A first prize of $5 and ribbons were awarded to each class.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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10th annual Adaptive Sports and Recreation Clinic in Des Moines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joyce Ellens   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:53

Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo for Iowans with a spinal cord injury

URBANDALE, Iowa – The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iowa will hold its annual Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo on Saturday, August 16 at Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside. This year marks the tenth year the SCIA has given Iowans with spinal cord injuries a chance to break boundaries by doing things they may not have thought were possible.

“Watching someone ride a bike or paddle a kayak for the first time in years, decades for some, is so incredible,” said Angie Plager, SCIA president. “For a moment, those of us with spinal cord injuries are able to forget about our chair or our crutches and SCIA is so happy to be able to offer moments like that to Iowans every year.”

The Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo is a free, one-day event offering those with spinal cord injuries specialized equipment to participate in activities like hand cycling, kayaking, power soccer, bowling, and basketball. In addition, they get to meet other Iowans with spinal cord injuries fostering bonds between people who understand what it’s like to live with a spinal cord injury.

“Planning for the next year starts right after the event ends,” said Plager. “We’ve worked hard to improve the event every year. This year we added archery, bocce ball, a rock climbing wall and fishing.”

Beyond adaptive sports, the Expo also features information and resources for people with spinal cord injury/disease/disorder.

For more information about the Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo, visit our Facebook page, email us, or call (515) 309-0727.

 
BANDITS COLLAPSE AS COUGARS WIN WITH 4-RUN 9TH PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:51
Quad Cities falls four games behind Cedar Rapids, stays three behind Wisconsin in second-half race

GENEVA, Ill. (August 12, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits held a 3-0 lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning, but two errors, a home run, an infield popup, wild pitch, two walks and ultimately a walk-off single to left-center field by Kane County Cougars shortstop Daniel Lockhart led to the home team's four-run ninth inning and 4-3 win at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Tuesday night.

After River Bandits right-handers Kevin Comer and Adrian Houser each pitched four shutout innings, right-hander Frederick Tiburcio started the ninth inning with a 3-0 lead. Cougars catcher Victor Caratini led off by grounding a ball to first baseman Chase McDonald, who threw to Tiburcio covering first base, but the pitcher dropped the ball for an error. Tiburcio fell to a 3-1 count against first baseman Jacob Rogers, who drove a two-run home run to right field – his Kane County-leading 14th home run – to cut Quad Cities' lead to 3-2.

With no outs, the bases empty and a one-run lead, Tiburcio got designated hitter Cael Brockmeyer to hit a popup near second base, but the ball dropped behind second baseman Marc Wik for a base hit that put the tying run at first base. After Carlos Penalver pinch ran for Brockmeyer, third baseman Jeimer Candelario lofted a fly ball to right-center field, where center fielder James Ramsay and right fielder Ryan Bottger converged, and Bottger was charged with the inning's second error when the ball dropped, placing runners at first and second bases. Second baseman Chesny Young then sacrificed the tying and winning runs into scoring position with a bunt that rolled up the first-base line to Wik with his foot on first base to record the inning's first out.

Tiburcio threw a wild pitch on his first pitch to right fielder Jeffrey Baez that got past catcher Brian Holberton to the backstop, allowing Penalver to score the tying run and Candelario to reach third base. In a 3-3 tie, Tiburcio intentionally walked Baez and center fielder Trey Martin to load the bases. With the infield in, Tiburcio struck out left fielder Shawon Dunston Jr. In a 1-1 count, Lockhart hit a fly ball toward left-center field that dropped between Ramsay and left fielder Bobby Boyd, scoring Candelario for a 4-3 Cougars win. It was Quad Cities' fifth walk-off loss of the season and first since June 2 at Wisconsin.

Cougars right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng retired the first eight River Bandits and did not allow a hit through 4 1/3 innings. Bottger's fifth-inning single was his team's first hit, but he was thrown out at second base trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt. In the sixth inning, shortstop Thomas Lindauer hit a leadoff single to left field, advanced to second base on Boyd's sacrifice, to third base on a wild pitch and scored the game's first run on Wik's sacrifice fly. Ramsay hit a two-out double down the first-base line and Tseng loaded the bases with walks to McDonald and designated hitter A.J. Reed. Right-hander Michael Wagner walked third baseman J.D. Davis to bring in the second run. Tseng allowed two earned runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Wagner also allowed a run in the eighth inning, when he issued a two-out walk to McDonald, and Reed and Davis each singled for a 3-0 lead.

Comer scattered a hit in each of the first four innings, twice stranding a runner at third base and matching Tseng for the first four innings. Houser began the fifth inning in a scoreless game and allowed lone hits in the fifth and seventh innings to toss four shutout innings. He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced. Kane County did not have a hit with a runner in scoring position until Lockhart's walk-off single.

Quad Cities (25-25 second half, 60-59 overall) continues its series against Kane County (30-20, 75-45) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman (5-7) is scheduled to face Cougars right-hander Paul Blackburn (9-4).

UP NEXT: A Fireworks Friday kicks off the next homestand, with a 7 p.m. game on City of Davenport Night and Global Cultural Night presented by Tyson Fresh Meats. When gates open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the first 1,500 fans receive a Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead courtesy of DHCU and FOX18. Sunday's 1:15 p.m. game is a Celebration and Appreciation of Senator Tom Harkin for 40 years of service with a bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans when gates open at noon. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.

 
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