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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.

 
Mallards Sign Rugged Forward Lane PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 16 September 2013 14:16

MOLINE, Ill. (September 16, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed forward Jordan Lane, the Mallards announced today.

“We needed a big, physical presence on our team and Jordan can provide that,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “I actually first talked to Jordan last year but he decided he needed to work on his conditioning.  Two years ago, when he reported to camp [with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals] he thought he was in good condition but now we know he’s in great condition.  Jordan knows what he has to do to help the team.  He’s going to make the rest of our guys feel like they’re three inches taller and he can play in front of the net.”

Lane, a 6’ 8”, 240-pound 24-year old, last season scored two goals and added two assists while collecting 110 penalty minutes in 19 games with Portage College in Lac La Biche, Alberta.

Lane played two seasons of professional hockey before joining the Voyageurs.  The native of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, scored three times and piled up 132 minutes in penalties in 61 games as a rookie with the Central Hockey League’s Evansville Icemen in 2010-11.  The following season, Lane notched a goal and an assist along with 53 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Jackals.

Lane turned pro after five years of junior hockey, a stint that included a season- 2008-09- in the major junior ranks with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  He also suited up for the Princeton Posse of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the Dauphin Kings and Neepawa Natives of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

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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HADER DAZZLES, BANDITS SWEEP HAWKS FOR TITLE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 16 September 2013 13:58

Tony Kemp has three hits, and Rio Ruiz hits third postseason homer in 4-2 clincher over South Bend

DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 14, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits left-hander Josh Hader struck out eight South Bend Silver Hawks in seven shutout innings, and his teammates built an early 4-0 lead that held for a 4-2 win and three-game sweep of the 2013 Midwest League Championship Series in front of 3,607 at Modern Woodmen Park Saturday night.

In the first year of a new affiliation with the Houston Astros, the River Bandits won the sixth title in Quad Cities franchise history and second in three seasons. Including the playoffs, Quad Cities won its final eight series, 18 of its final 21 games and 20 of its last 24.

One week after pitching a career-high seven innings and yielding just one run in his playoff debut, Hader (2-0) went the same distance but allowed only one baserunner past first. He erased a second-inning single with a double play, stranded singles in the fourth and sixth innings, and left his only walk on base in the seventh. The eight strikeouts were his most as a pitcher in the Houston Astros system.

For a third straight game against South Bend, the River Bandits scored first. Second baseman Tony Kemp, who had a game-high three hits and league-best 12 in eight postseason games, led off with a single to left field. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez put down a sacrifice bunt, but right-hander Aaron Blair (2-1) threw past first base, allowing Kemp to score and Hernandez to reach third base. Left fielder Danry Vasquez singled down the first-base line to knock in Hernandez to make it 2-0.

In the second inning, third baseman Rio Ruiz hit Blair's first pitch out to left field for his third postseason home run – one in each series-clinching game against Cedar Rapids, Beloit and South Bend. Right fielder Jordan Scott added a single to right field, and Kemp drove him in with a double to left-center field, extending the lead to 4-0. Blair then set down eight straight, including five on strikeouts, until Kemp hit a one-out single in the fifth. Blair lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing all four runs – three earned – on six hits with seven strikeouts.

After Hader struck out at least one batter in each of his seven innings except the sixth, left-hander Mitchell Lambson started the eighth inning and struck out the first two batters he faced. Lambson issued a walk before a fielder's choice groundout ended the inning. The Silver Hawks bullpen allowed three walks but pitched 3 1/3 hitless innings.

In the ninth inning, right-hander Andrew Walter allowed a one-out single by third baseman Brandon Drury, and first baseman Rudy Flores hit a two-run home run down the right-field line – the first runs against Walter in the Midwest League and the first Silver Hawks runs in 23 innings. After second baseman Fidel Pena drew a walk, Walter got designated hitter Roidany Aguila to pop out to catcher Roberto Pena, and right fielder Mike Lang flied to center fielder Teoscar Hernandez for the final out of the Midwest League season.

Saturday's victory means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Sunday, Sept. 15. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits' victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Sunday, Sept. 15.

UP NEXT: Stay tuned to www.riverbandits.com for the 2014 schedule announcement. For 2014 season tickets, contact the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. 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 just 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 affiliates to win their league championships.

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