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BANDITS POWER TO WIN, THEN RATTLERS WALK OFF PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:15
Quad Cities completes Sunday's game with 7-4 win; loses seven-inning game, 4-3, despite three homers

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (June 2, 2014) – Quad Cities catcher Brett Booth hit a ninth-inning, go-ahead home run to help his team to a 7-4 win to complete a suspended game Monday afternoon, and the River Bandits hit three more home runs in the game that followed, but Wisconsin Timber Rattlers second baseman Francisco Castillo hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in his team's 4-3, seven-inning victory in front of 4,071 at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Holding a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when play resumed from Sunday's suspended game, Quad Cities (30-27) added a run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by third baseman Tyler White. Right-hander Adrian Houser (4-1) held the 4-2 lead until the bottom of the eighth, when he hit designated hitter Clint Coulter with a pitch and allowed a one-out double to first baseman Taylor Brennan. Castillo then grounded a single between first baseman Jon Kemmer and second baseman Chan-Jong Moon to score both runs and tie the game, 4-4.

In the ninth inning against right-hander Harvey Martin (2-4), Booth led off by driving a 1-1 pitch over the left-field fence for his first Midwest League home run and the third of the game that spanned two days. With one out, right fielder Ronnie Mitchell reached on an infield single and went to second base when left fielder Tanner Mathis singled to center field. But center fielder Johnny Davis' throw to the infield got away, allowing Mitchell to reach third base, and Brennan's throw toward third base was also wild, allowing Mitchell to score and Mathis to reach third base. Designated hitter Chase McDonald then celebrated his 22nd birthday by singling home Mathis for a 7-4 lead.

After Houser allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth, right-hander Andrew Walter came in to strike out the next three batters for his fifth save. It gave Quad Cities a six-game winning streak to match its season high and move a season-best four games above .500.

In a seven-inning series finale, River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman struck out five of the first seven batters of the game, and he got support in the second inning from Mitchell's leadoff home run – his seventh in the last 13 games – off right-hander Preston Gainey.

Wisconsin (26-31) tied the game in the third inning. Left fielder Omar Garcia hit a leadoff double, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on a passed ball by catcher Jake Rodriguez. It was the only run against Thurman, who allowed four hits and struck out four in four innings.

In the top of the fourth inning, White smashed a 3-1 pitch from Gainey over the left-field fence for a 2-1 Quad Cities lead. Gainey's next pitch struck Mitchell squarely in the back, and home plate umpire Mike Savakinas ejected Gainey, who had allowed five hits and no walks with two strikeouts in three-plus innings. Left-hander Trevor Seidenberger took over, and he pitched the final four innings, yielding a sixth-inning home run by White, who joined Thomas Lindauer as the only River Bandits with a two-homer game this season.

River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (2-3) began the fifth inning with a 2-1 lead but allowed three straight one-out singles and a gamke-tying, bases-loaded walk. Coulter grounded into a fielder's choice to give his team a 3-2 lead that lasted until White's game-tying home run. In a 3-3, seventh-inning tie, Lee allowed a one-out walk to Coulter and single by Brennan. With runners at first and third bases, Castillo flied to center fielder Brett Phillips, who spun and threw high to home, as Coulter scored for Quad Cities' fourth walk-off loss this season.

Following its final first-half off day Tuesday, Quad Cities opens a three-game series in Burlington at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (5-2) is scheduled to start against Bees right-hander Victor Alcantara (2-3).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park at 6 p.m. Saturday with a Craig Biggio Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Prairie Farms and FOX18 for the first 1,500 fans. To order any of the River Bandits 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, opened May 24, followed by 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. 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.

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PV Trap Team succeeds at state PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Cournoyer   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 12:46

Pleasant Valley Trap Team Succeeds at State Competitions

 

The Iowa High School and Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) State Trap Championships took place on May 30th – June 1st, at the Iowa State Trapshooting Association (ISTA) Homegrounds in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

In its first year of competition, the Pleasant Valley Trap Team sent 15 Student athletes from Pleasant Valley Junior High and Pleasant Valley High School who participated along with over 1400 others from across the state of Iowa.

Results are as follows:

  • Iowa High School State Trap Championship, May 30th – PV Squad 1 consisting of Kyle Berst, John Jones, Tommy Cassatt, Roland Bettis-Vicary, Sam Bailey placed 81st (out of 232 teams) with a score of 419. Brenden Robinson shot 25 straight for the first time this season. Megan Wirtjes and Seth Moffitt also stepped up and shot personal best scores.

  • SCTP Trap Championships – High School, June 1st: Squad 1 consisting of Brenden Robinson, John Jones, Roland Bettis-Vicary, Tommy Cassatt, Sam Bailey took 3rd Place in the State for the Junior Varsity division with a score of 450. Brenden Robinson shot 25 straight AGAIN! Megan Wirtjes tied for 7th for the JV girls with a score of 84/100. Tommy Cassatt tied for 19th with a score of 94/100. (Imagine being in 19th place and only missing 6 out of 100 birds! Tough competition...) Seth Moffitt stepped up again and got an 81.

  • SCTP Trap Championships – Intermediate/ Junior High, June 1st: The Pleasant Valley Junior High Intermediate-Advanced shooters consisting of Braxton Childers, Brent Alman, Ethan Hornbuckle, Max O’Brien, Arthur Braden stepped up and took 2nd Place  (in the state) with a score of 437 for the squad. Brent Alman was in 8th place with a score of 94. Ethan Hornbuckle took 11th place with a score of 92. Cameron Johns and Nate Pilger also participated and had personal best scores.

    In the season-long league competition for the state of Iowa, Brent Alman took 1st place,  Arthur Braden took 2nd place, Braxton Childers took 4th place after a shoot-off and Max O’Brien took 7th place after a shoot-off.

Coaches are head coach Mr. Shannon Martin and Assistant Coaches Marcia Auliff, Chris Cournoyer, Darin Oberhart, Brian Alman, Tom Corchado, Jeff Christner, Damien Dassie, Bryan Murphy, and Rodney Childers.

The Pleasant Valley Trap Shooting team formed in the Fall of 2013 when student Megan Wirtjes applied to the school to start the club after noticing that PV students that wanted to participate had to go to Davenport or North Scott to be on a team. The purpose is to give the students at Pleasant Valley another extra-curricular activity and represent their school in a positive manner.

Trap shooting is a fast growing sport that not only gives kids a fun time and another sport to compete in, it teaches the kids a lot about ethics and the great responsibility that comes with handling a firearm. It is an Olympic Sport and a life-long sport that can be shared across generations.

Pleasant Valley School Board member and Assistant Coach, Chris Cournoyer sees it as “another hook” to get kids involved in school activities and feel like they are part of the PV community. Cournoyer said, “In addition to learning gun safety and shooting skills, trap shooting involves focus, patience, teamwork, perseverance and a working knowledge of physics and math to hit a moving target. Its harder than it looks and I’m so proud of these kids and the coaches that put in the countless hours to achieve this level of success in the first year of competition. Our team has a very bright future.”

For more information about our team, visit www.pvtrapteam.org

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MITCHELL NAMED MIDWEST LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 02 June 2014 15:43
Outfielder homered in four straight games to become second River Bandit to win honor this season

DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 2, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits outfielder Ronnie Mitchell has been named the Midwest League Player of the Week for his performance during the week of May 26-June 1, which included him being the first Quad Cities player since at least 1998 to homer in four straight games.

Mitchell, 22, is the second River Bandit to win Midwest League Player of the Week honors this season, joining shortstop Thomas Lindauer, who won the award for April 21-27 to become the first River Bandit named Player of the Week since Anthony Garcia won the honor for June 18-24, 2012.

In six completed games, Mitchell went a combined 9-for-22 with a double, four home runs, 12 RBIs, five runs scored, and two stolen bases. He began the week with five straight games with multiple RBIs, and matched a career high with four RBIs Friday against Beloit.

Mitchell began his home run streak with a two-run, go-ahead home run in the seventh inning Tuesday at Burlington. It put the River Bandits ahead 10-9, the score by which they won to begin a current five-game winning streak. On Wednesday, Mitchell added a solo home run in the seventh inning of a 9-5 win over Beloit. The Snappers held a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning Thursday, until Mitchell launched his third straight seventh-inning home run for a 2-1 lead and eventual win. On Friday, Mitchell hit his first career grand slam in the first inning to push the River Bandits' lead to 5-0 in what became a 7-3 win.

Mitchell, a native of Port Arthur, Texas, was selected by the Houston Astros out of Dallas Baptist University in the 38th round of the 2013 draft. In his first professional season, he hit .256 with two home runs and 30 RBIs in 59 games with short-season Class-A Tri-City.

This season, Mitchell joined the River Bandits from extended spring training May 1 and has played in 28 games as a left fielder and right fielder. His seven home runs lead the team this season, and his 22 RBIs were the most by a River Bandit in May. He initially set his career high with four RBIs May 22 against Cedar Rapids, before matching it Friday against Beloit. Since May 21, Mitchell has batted .361 (13-for-36) with six home runs, 18 RBIs and an .888 slugging percentage. Quad Cities has gone 8-3 in that 11-game stretch.

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park at 6 p.m. Saturday with a Craig Biggio Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Prairie Farms and FOX18 for the first 1,500 fans. To order any of the River Bandits 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, opened May 24, followed by 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. 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.

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World Famous Trapper Johnny Thorpe to Be At National Trappers Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Steinmetz   
Monday, 02 June 2014 15:38

The National Trappers Association is pleased to announce that Trapping Hall of Famer, Johnny Thorpe will be on hand to present a demonstration at the upcoming convention. This “living legend” has been at it for over 65 years. Johnny was inducted into the National Trappers Hall of Fame in 1996. He started writing trapping articles for major outdoor publications in 1956 and continues to do so to this day. Johnny lives in New York and has run long-lines in New Mexico, California and Arizona.

“Johnny Thorpe”; trapper, gold miner, wood carver, artifact collector and adventurer is one the last of the true mountain men. He will be sharing his tips, techniques and stories at the convention. This 80 year old, who started trapping professionally at age 15, will bring a wealth of knowledge to share. It also should be noted that he is a direct descendant of Jim Thorpe famous Olympic athlete. “All will enjoy his presence and demonstrations,” stated Jim Fornetti, longtime member of U.P. Trappers. Johnny Thorpe will be one of many well-renown trappers and outdoor experts giving presentations hourly during the event. Veteran and novice trappers will enjoy learning tips, ideas and techniques from these pro’s which will help to increase one’s capture rate.

Over 6,000 people are expected to attend the largest outdoor event ever held in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Trappers from all over the U.S. and Canada will attend; many will make this annual convention a family vacation. There are many ladies and children’s activities planned throughout the event. There will be ten buildings filled with inside vendors and most likely over 200 outside tailgate vendors selling all kinds of goods. Many bargains will be available and buyers will save as there are no shipping charges.

On Saturday night, the band Runaway Train will be on stage performing their great mix of bluegrass, classic rock, and both modern and classic country music. NAFA’s Wild Fur Shipper’s Council will present two Fur Fashion Shows, which are sure to be hits. They will show off the beauty of garments created from wild fur and emphasize fur as a “green,” renewable resource, which it is.

The 2014 Convention hosted by NTA, CVB and UPTA is open to the general public and will be at the UP State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, MI for four big days, July 24-27, 2014. Hours are, Thursday through Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm EDT and Sunday 8:00 am to noon. Admission is $10.00 for all four days, kids under 12 are free.

For further information on this great event, contact Tamara Masterson (248)568-5804; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also visit www.convention.uptrappers.com or www.nationaltrappers.com

 
Paralympic Games Gold Medalist to Discuss “Creating Positive Outcomes” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Monday, 02 June 2014 15:36
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – Always a hockey fanatic, Andrew “Andy” Yohe of Bettendorf, Iowa, was a roller hockey player for the Bettendorf Young Guns before losing both legs in 1994. He was run over while trying to jump onto a train. But he did not allow the accident to prevent him from continuing with his athletic career. Andy became an ice sled hockey player and went on to serve as captain of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Andy has an indomitable spirit, as well as a vital message to share with the public. He will give a presentation called “Creating Positive Outcomes” at a Think Tank session to be held 6 to 8 p.m. June 26, at Rivermont Collegiate, 1821 Sunset Dr., Bettendorf. Cost of the session is $20 ($10 for students 18 and younger) and includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The Think Tank is a division of Results Marketing in Bettendorf.

“The Think Tank provides a forum for the Quad-City area’s most compelling thinkers and doers,” said Todd Ashby, Managing Partner of Results Marketing. “We are pleased to have Andy as a presenter and believe that attendees will find his presentation both inspiring and informative.” Results Marketing is also the creator of the Idea Lab, a progressive discussion group, and is the hosting sponsor of Leadercast in the Quad-Cities area.
“To receive positive outcomes, you must first be positive,” said Andy. “This may sound simple, but you must focus and make an effort to be positive in all aspects of your life. Make sure to talk about things you like, and why your day is going good. Compliment someone or tell them, ‘Good job.’” His presentation will stress the need to “Evaluate, Educate, Adapt, and Believe” in life. According to Andy, these abilities are “the reason humans are so amazing.”
A Winning Attitude
After his accident, Andy got back into hockey when he joined the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Blackhawks. His winning attitude prevailed when he set the club’s record for points in a season by a rookie. Andy was a member of Team USA in 2006 and helped the team win a bronze medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
Excited to compete again four years later, Andy helped the U.S. capture the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. After the Vancouver Games, Andy took a three-season hiatus to begin a family with his wife Katie. Andy returned to the game as the oldest member and team captain of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.
Andy manages a prosthetic and orthotic facility and currently resides in Bettendorf with Katie, three-year-old daughter Abby, and newborn son Levi. He is a 2009 graduate of Ashford University with a degree in Business Administration.
The Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event, involving athletes with a range of physical challenges. The Paralympics have grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 to become one of today’s largest international sporting events. Paralympians strive for equal treatment with non-disabled Olympic athletes. The Paralympic Games are organized in parallel with the Olympic Games.
To find out more about the event or to register, call Les Flesher of Results Marketing at 563-322-2065 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " target="_blank"'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy19771 = 'Les' + '@'; addy19771 = addy19771 + 'resultsimc' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text19771 = ' '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text19771 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To register online, visit  http://www.eventbee.com/v/. You can also follow the Think Tank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThinkTankQC.
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