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River Bandits Game Notes 4-26-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 29 April 2013 14:15

BANDITS TOSS FIRST SHUTOUT OF 2013: River Bandits right-hander Vincent Velasquez matched a career high with eight strikeouts in five shutout frames to extend his scoreless streak to 14 innings and win his third straight start in a 4-0 home victory over Lansing.

Left-hander Joe Bircher followed Velasquez with four scoreless innings to complete the first Quad Cities shutout since a 2-0 win Aug. 23 against Kane County.

Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez had two singles, two stolen bases, and two runs, and right fielder Terrell Joyce swatted his first Midwest League home run.

River Bandits Game Notes 4-23-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:22
RIVER BANDITS HOST LUGNUTS IN 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH: The River Bandits are welcoming the Lansing Lugnuts, the Class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, back to Modern Woodmen Park for the first time since Quad Cities completed a sweep of the Lugnuts in the best-of-five 2011 Midwest League Championship Series. Current St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal pitched six innings to win the clinching game, which earned the Quad Cities franchise its fifth Midwest League title. In a three-game series at Lansing last season, the Lugnuts took two of three games.

EASTERN DIVISION MATCHUPS: Quad Cities is playing the first of eight three-game series against Eastern Division opponents. Four Eastern Division teams will host the River Bandtis, and the other four will visit Modern Woodmen Park. Last season the River Bandits, as the affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, lost two of three games to seven of eight Eastern Division teams, with the exception a two-out-of-three home series win over the Lake County Captains.

QUAD CITIES WINS SERIES OVER DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: With a powerful offensive attack Sunday and Monday nights, the River Bandits took the first two games of a series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, who rallied to win the Tuesday matinee and avoid a three-game sweep at home. On Sunday, shortstop Carlos Correa blasted a solo home run as the second batter of the game and added a second homer in the eighth inning, and first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki added his second home run of the season in a 12-5 road rout. On Monday night, with the bases empty and two outs in the top of the 11th inning, the River Bandits drew three straight walks against right-hander Martin Viramontes, and left fielder Jordan Scott hit a bases-loaded RBI single to break a 2-2 tie. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez followed with a three-run triple to lift the visitors to a 7-2 victory. On Tuesday, Wisconsin scored five runs in the sixth inning and three in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and win a 9-1 finale.

Lt. Gov. Simon to kick off Special Olympics Spring games PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:12

CARBONDALE – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will launch the opening ceremonies for the 2013 Special Olympics Spring Games in Carbondale on Friday. More than 500 athletes will compete in track and field events with an additional 600-plus family members and volunteers cheering on the participants.

Athletes who win a gold medal at the area-level Games qualify to compete in the Special Olympics State Summer Games at Illinois State University in June. More than 3,500 athletes are expected to compete in the Summer Games. 

“These athletes have put forth a great deal of time and energy to prepare for the Spring Games, and I look forward to celebrating their accomplishments and cheering them on with their family and friends,” Simon said. 

DATE: Friday, April 26

TIME: 9:15 a.m.

PLACE: Carbondale Community High School football field, 1301 E. Walnut, Carbondale


Team Runablaze Iowa - Mile to Marathon News and training with Reis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cal Murdock   
Friday, 26 April 2013 08:56
Kristy Harken wins Grand Blue Mile and Ellen takes on more training miles

Des Moines - April 25, 2013

Learn more about the team, visit the web site that includes the resume of the team athletes and past running highlights.  1300 of the best Iowa runners, race directors, coaches, volunteers & fans receive this e-mail.

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Red Flannel, Loop the Lake, Market to Market, Hy Vee road races, Dam to Dam, Marathon to Marathon, Clive Running Festival, Sturgis Falls, Fifth Season, Midnight Madness, Park to Park, Capital Pursuit, IMT Des Moines Marathon and Living History Farms.

And now for the "News" . . .
Nathan Hopp was 2nd at the 1st Marion Rotary Marathon (Apr. 21) in 2:36:49.  Allie Jagielo was 2nd in the Half-Marathon in 1:31:51.  Allie explains, "Since I haven't raced since last June I was happy to establish a starting point as I get back to racing."  The course for the full and half was hilly and it was a windy day.

Kristy Harken easily won the competitive division of the Grand Blue Mile (Des Moines, Apr. 23) in 5:18.  She lead from start to finish.  Casey Owens ran 5:37 and master runner Christine Price 5:54.  In the men's competitive division Mason Frank was 4th in 4:35, Martin Popp ran 4:42 and Joe Aulwes 4:49.  The 4th running of the race endured unseasonable 35 degree, cloudy and windy weather.
David Sevcik won the NICRA Half-Marathon national championship (Apr. 6).  David Robertson was credited, who is the father of team mate Chris Robertson.
Boston Marathon is in the news!  Few remember 30 years ago when Greg Meyer led a 1-2-3-4 sweep for the Americans at the Boston Marathon with his 2:09:01.  Meyer was the last USA man to win there.  Ron Tabb, Benji Durden, and Ed Mendoza completed the USA top four with 2:09:32, 2:09:58, and 2:10:07 respectively.  Joan (Samuelson) Benoit ran away from the women's field with her 2:22:43.
At the London Marathon, after a moment of silence to honor Boston, the men flew through the 10K mark in 28:56, a 2:02 flat pace.  They slowed as 3 ran in the 2:06s.
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Ellen Ries steps up her miles for longer races.
Currently I am training for the 1/2 marathon distance, preparing with longer workouts and shorter 5k and 10k races.  I give a lot of the credit to my coach, Antonio Vega, of Zoom Performance.  Without his guidance I would likely still be bouncing around, not able to make a decision about the future of my running career.  The transition to post collegiate running was often challenging, as the idea of significantly increasing my mileage was terrifying, given the fact high mileage usually ended up in injury in previous seasons.  
My mileage averages between 53-58 miles/week, about 10-15 miles higher than my average in college.  Usually I have a longer workout, either a tempo or longer intervals, and a track workout to focus on quick turnover.  My long run ranges from 15-17 miles, often with pick-ups or uptempo miles.  I am doing most of my training alone at this time, only because my race/training/life schedule does not match up with friends/training partner's schedules.  Hopefully this will change sometime soon.  Training is more fun when you have someone to suffer through hard workouts with :)
I have learned it is best for me to take one workout at a time.  If I start looking too far into my training schedule I psych myself out.  I take that "one at a time" mentality into each workout, as well.  If I focus on hitting the time of each interval or each mile of a tempo, it usually ends up being a more successful workout than if I think about the daunting thought of the workout as a whole.
As a dietitian, I would be remiss to leave out the importance of sports nutrition in my training.  I am in NO WAY perfect when it comes to making optimal nutritional choices, but I have learned that nutrient quality and timing play an important role in staying healthy and being able to perform my best.
Other top Runablaze Iowa athletes will be featured in this series in upcoming e-mails.


About Runablaze Iowa
Runablaze Iowa athletes are based throughout Iowa.  Formed in 2006, the purpose of the team is to improve post-collegiate Iowa distance running. Major Iowa running specialty stores, Iowa races and Iowa runners at those races support Runablaze Iowa.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 14:35

Team will treat Quad Cities residents to a free game at Modern Woodmen Park Monday, April 29

DAVENPORT, Iowa (APRIL 23, 2013) – In recognition and support of the entire Quad Cities community during the challenging flood along the Mississippi River, the Quad Cities River Bandits will host “Beat the Flood Day”, by opening Modern Woodmen Park Monday, April 29, for a free baseball game, when the River Bandits hosts the Great Lakes Loons at 11 a.m.


The flood protection at the ballpark will allow the River Bandits to keep their entire six-game home stand at Modern Woodmen Park, beginning Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. On Monday, when the team is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start, the River Bandits will open the doors of Modern Woodmen Park at 9:30 a.m., and admission is free for all in attendance.


“The Quad Cities community goes through so much to ‘Beat the Flood’ and the outstanding work by the City of Davenport is the reason the River Bandits can still play baseball at Modern Woodmen Park, so we want to show our appreciation by treating everyone to a free game,” said team owner Dave Heller. “As an organization deeply committed to this community, the River Bandits’ ‘Beat the Flood Day’ recognizes and rewards the people of the Quad Cities for their courageous efforts and their unsinkable spirit.”


Modern Woodmen Park is flood-protected by walls put in place by the City of Davenport. Fans should check for updates about accessing the ballpark. Parking is available in the Florian Keen parking lot north of the ballpark, which is accessible via Western Avenue.


“With the flood protection of Modern Woodmen Park, the Quad Cities community has ensured baseball will continue, and we are so grateful to be able to play,” said River Bandits General Manager Harold Craw. “With ‘Beat the Flood Day’ on Monday, the River Bandits will share baseball for free with the community that has made it possible.”


The River Bandits are scheduled for 7 p.m. home games Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27, and Tuesday, April 30. Sunday’s game has a 2 p.m. start time, and Monday’s is at 11 a.m. Gates will open 90 minutes before first pitch each day. Further information is available by calling 563-324-3000 or at


UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park for a six-game home stand beginning Thursday, April 25, with Manti Te’o Night and a Thirst-Day with $2 drink specials presented by Rock 104-9, the Quad Cities’ CW, and the River Cities’ Reader. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at 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 began the season with a great start, and they sit in second place in the Midwest League's Western Division. Meanwhile, the team's 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 the ballpark, along with a new dual zip line, a carousel, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, new bounce houses and many other fun attractions. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans will see last year's No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa. The Astros will also make the very first selection in the major league draft on June 6 and could have another top pick end up in the Quad Cities. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, this season will be one every fan will not want to miss!


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