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Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Tips PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy Sapp   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:56

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Tips presents free, seasonal how-to advice from Larry Whiteley, host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio show. Each weekly tip offers practical advice to improve your skills.

Tips offered for February include:

Fish Windy Banks for Bass
In early spring, windy banks are bass fishing hotspots because they hold the warmest water and baitfish. Slow trolling a spinnerbait or crankbait through baitfish hangouts can be your all-access pass to the best bass fishing on the lake.

Create a Pre-Fishing Trip Checklist
Hassle free fishing trips are possible when you have a plan. Avoid everything from leaky waders to boat trailer tire problems by making a check list of everything you need to do before you hit the water.

Prep for Turkey Season by Practicing Your Shooting While Sitting
Turkey hunters who practice their shooting from a seated position can ramp up their success rates. Put the odds in your favor by stepping off distances and finding maximum range markers before sitting so you know for sure when that gobbler is in range.

Gear You Need for Walleye Fishing
You don’t need your doctorate in walleyeology to buy fishing gear. You can catch a lot of ‘eyes with this no brainer rod, reel and fishing line combo.  

Working a Wobbler-Style Lure
Largemouth and smallmouth bass love wobbler-style lures such as jitterbugs and crazy crawlers. A steady retrieve parallel to weedy shorelines is all you need to drive bass crazy.

Visit http://www.basspro.com/ and click on 1Source New & Tips.

 
Mavs Hold Off Mallards 2-1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 26 January 2015 16:34

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (January 24, 2015) – Josh Brittain and Jack Downing scored third period goals and Mike Clemente made 26 saves as the host Missouri Mavericks (15-19-4) survived a late scare to hold off the Quad City Mallards (18-14-6) 2-1 Saturday night.

Brittain broke a scoreless deadlock from the doorstep just 39 seconds into the third.  Downing swooped into the right wing circle to double the Maverick lead at 8:10.  

The Mallards were on the power play when Joe Perry cut the gap to 2-1 by burying a rebound with 5:37 remaining.  The Mallards twice came within inches of tying the game in the final seconds while up 6-on-4 after going on the power play and pulling goaltender Parker Milner (29 saves).  Missouri first escaped when the Mavs' Jared Brown swept the puck away from the goal line with the net gaping; with just 7 seconds left Nicholas Rioux fired the Mallards' final chance off the crossbar.

The Mallards return to action at home next Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder.  Fans can get four tickets to Mallards Wednesday night home games for just $20.  After each Wednesday night home tilt, fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday's in Moline for a postgame party.

Tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including next Wednesday's contest- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.

 
MALLARDS SIGN DEFENSEMAN SCHNEIDER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 26 January 2015 09:21

MOLINE, Ill. (January 23, 2015) – The Quad City Mallards have signed defenseman Bennett Schneider, the Mallards announced today.

Schneider, 25, played 28 games in the Southern Professional Hockey League for the Pensacola Ice Flyers and Mississippi Surge last season after starting the 2013-14 campaign at Hamilton College.  The 6’ 3”, 205-pound Fort Meyers, Florida native played seven games for Hamilton before turning professional with the Ice Flyers, for whom he collected four assists in 26 games.  Schneider then moved on to skate for the Surge in a pair of games at the end of the season.

Schneider recorded six assists while playing a total of 73 games over three plus seasons at Hamilton.  As a freshman Schneider helped the Continentals to the 2010-11 New England Small College Athletic Conference regular season title.  Schneider was a college teammate of Mallards forward Evan Haney.

Before heading to Hamilton, Schneider played three seasons in the junior ranks, taking the ice for the North American Hockey League’s Southern Minnesota Express and Motor City Machine and the Eastern Junior Hockey League’s New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs.

 
5 Reasons Kids Should Play Organized Sports PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:56
Entrepreneurs & Former Pro Athlete Explain Life-long Lessons Learned in Youth Competition

In the past 30 years, obesity has more than doubled in young children and quadrupled in adolescents, potentially leading to a host of chronic diseases later in life, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Conversely, the CDC reports that regular physical activity provides a long list of physical benefits for children, but that’s not all. Daily exercise also promotes mental and emotional well-being that includes self-esteem.

“By now, I don’t think anyone is surprised that regular exercise is good for children and inactivity is places them at risk for illnesses later in life, but when you take a moment to consider the data in-depth for children who exercise and play organized sports, the details of a child’s future come to life,” says Danyel Surrency Jones, president of Power To Give and co-founder of Powerhandz Inc., (powerhandz.com), a company specializing in athletic training products to improve performance in baseball, basketball and football.

Danyel and her business partner and husband, Darnell Jones, a former professional basketball player who also co-founded Powerhandz, want kids in their community and beyond to benefit from the values learned from youth sports. That’s why they created the Power To Give program, which promotes positive development.

“We believe in the power of sports to change a kid’s life for the better,” says Darnell, who lists five significant benefits of youth sports.

•  Cultivates a positive attitude: Sports are demanding. Come game time, a young athlete wouldn’t last long with a negative mindset. “Practice is no cakewalk either,” Darnell says. “As adults, we understand the need to hype ourselves before hitting the gym. The rewarding feeling we get walking out from the gym is similar to what young people feel after a game or tough practice.”

•  Offers a sense of accomplishment, confidence and self-esteem: As the CDC noted, simply being physically active builds self-esteem. We are physical beings who are not meant to sit in front of a videogame for several consecutive hours. “Again, if you’re a physically active adult, you feel that sense of accomplishment in outdoing your last performance at the gym,” Danyel says. “Kids feel a similar way learning new skills and succeeding in a game, except more so.”

•  Builds better peer relationships: Kids want to fit in, but it’s not always easy. Organized sports hurdles the high wall of social awkwardness so many children feel. Team sports such as baseball, basketball and football demand participants to work together for a common goal, which is a valuable lesson some adults still haven’t learned while interacting at work.

•  More restraint in avoiding risky behavior: Ideally, parents can get their children engaged – in anything that’s productive, really. Bored or disengaged children have a way of getting into trouble. A student is less likely to misbehave in class or break the law if it means getting kicked off the team of a sport they love.

•  Greater family attachment and frequent interactions with parents: Famous athletes say it all the time, “Thanks Mom. Thanks for driving me to and from practice, and thanks for showing up at the games.” And that doesn’t even count helping a child with actual practice – playing catch, squaring off one-on-one, etc.

About Danyel Surrency Jones and Darnell Jones

Danyel Surrency Jones is COO and Co-Founder of Powerhandz Inc., (powerhandz.com), which specializes in performance-enhancing training products for athletes. Danyel is a business leader who led sales and marketing departments for over 17 years, sat on non-for-profit boards and invested in early stage companies. Darnell Jones is an entrepreneur and investor, athlete and sales professional. Before cofounding Powerhandz, he was a team captain and academic all-conference basketball player at Mesa State College before he went on to play for the Utah Eagles of the former Continental Basketball Association. Danyel and Darnell created the Power To Give- Building Character Through Athletics, which help fund athletic programs in financially challenged communities.

 
Bandits and Genesis Community Day and Job Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by River Bandits   
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:53
The Quad Cities River Bandits and Genesis Health System are inviting the Quad Cities community to join their team to protect the community from seasonal influenza, and to build a lineup that will make another memorable season for guests at Modern Woodmen Park. Community Day on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 31, will include 500 free vaccinations to protect against seasonal influenza, the River Bandits' annual job fair, and auditions for national anthem singers and talent performers. More »

 
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