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IOWA FARM BUREAU, U OF I ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE OCTOBER 26 ANF GAME DAY ACTIVITIES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Wheeler   
Monday, 21 October 2013 13:12

Former Hawkeye/NFL Stars On Hand to Celebrate Iowa’s Farmers

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – October 21, 2013 – Since teaming up to raise awareness of the food and energy options that today’s farmers provide through the America Needs Farmers (ANF) campaign, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and the University of Iowa (U of I) Athletics Department have contributed more than $60,000 to the Iowa Food Bank Association through donations and sales of ANF merchandise. The third annual ANF Game Day will be celebrated at Kinnick Stadium October 26 against Northwestern.

During ANF Game Day, the U of I will enshrine former Hawkeye and Detroit Lions player, Jared DeVries, on the Wall of Honor in the ANF Plaza.  The ANF Plaza, located on the northwest side of Kinnick Stadium, will feature DeVries as its second inductee into the ANF Wall of Honor, joining former Hawkeye and Kansas City Chiefs player, Casey Wiegmann. “Jared is a great role model for other student athletes with a tremendous work ethic and a reputation for always striving to be his best,” said Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz.  The ANF Wall of Honor recognizes former U of I student football athletes who exemplify the tenacity, work ethic and character of the Iowa farmer, qualities that have helped Iowa remain the leading agriculture state in the nation.

A key feature of the IFBF’s Legends Tent at Krause Family Plaza will be an autograph session featuring former Hawkeye/NFL players including: Aaron Kampman, Robert Gallery, Brad Banks, and Jared DeVries.  Former Hawkeye and current Minnesota Vikings player Chad Greenway also joined the ANF team this year, but his NFL schedule won’t allow him to join his former Hawkeye teammates on ANF Game Day.  “The importance of farmers is never going to go away.  The foundation of human nature is farming: being able to produce something from the land, being able to feed your family, feed your community, and feed the world,” said Greenway.  “It’s the backbone of America.  It’s what we’re all about.  It’s the fabric of our being.”

Iowa Hawkeyes fans and Iowa farmers agree that having NFL and Hawkeyes legends join the ANF team is a game-changer when it comes to sharing agriculture’s message.  “We are honored to have these former Hawkeye greats support our cause,” said Craig Hill, president of the IFBF.  “We understand that consumers today are interested in knowing more about their food and how it’s grown or raised.  The ANF initiative is an opportunity to reach new audiences about today’s farming and these players help us achieve that.  There may be fewer of us than when Coach Fry launched ANF during the 1985 Farm Crisis, but we are also more diverse and face new challenges meeting consumer demands.”

In partnership with U of I Athletics and Hy-Vee, IFBF has organized the ANF Great Grocery Giveaway which invites Iowans to meet today’s farmers through video tours of their farms, and register for a chance to win $5,000 in free groceries.  “There’s a great story to tell and we invite you to visit www.americaneedsfarmers.org to learn more about your food and energy and the farm families who produce it, while having the opportunity to win free groceries for a year,” said Hill.

In addition to the autograph session, the IFBF Legends Tent will also feature games like Tailgate Toss and Hi-Striker where visitors can interact with Iowa farmers and earn a chance to win ANF prizes, or participate in a drawing for autographed ANF items.  The tent will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with the autograph session running from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

On ANF Game Day, ANF ‘Farm Strong’ merchandise will be available at Herky’s Locker Room locations around the stadium. A portion of proceeds from the sale of ANF ‘Farm Strong’ merchandise goes to support the Iowa Food Banks.

ANF was first launched in 1985 during the height of the Farm Crisis by legendary Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry, who wanted to show an increasingly urban nation why agriculture matters.  For more information about the Iowa Farm Bureau/U of I ANF partnership, click on www.americaneedsfarmers.org. To learn more about the growing number of Iowans in need and how you can connect with your local food pantries, click on http://iowafba.org/.

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About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online Newsroom page at www.iowafarmbureau.com.

 
Mallards Drop Opener to Rapid City 6-4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 21 October 2013 12:35

MOLINE, Ill. (October 19, 2013) – Ryan Palmer broke a 4-4 tie with just over four minutes left in the third period and the Rapid City Rush, who got a 40-save effort from Tim Boron and a goal and two assists from Tristin Llewellyn, went on to defeat the host Quad City Mallards 6-4 Saturday evening and in the process spoil the Mallards’ season opener.

 

Palmer’s shot from the point put the Rush up 5-4 and set the stage for Scott Brannon’s game-clinching empty net goal in the final minute.  Brannon’s was the fourth Rapid City goal of the third period.  The Rush overturned a 3-2 deficit earlier in the third with consecutive goals from Konrad Reeder- a tip-in at 4:36- and Jared Brown- a long-range blast at 8:28.  The 4-3 lead given to the Rush by Brown lasted only 17 seconds before the Mallards’ Mike Stinziani pounced on a rebound to equalize.

 

It was the Mallards who twice grabbed the lead in the first 40 minutes.  The Mallards responded after letting a 2-0 advantage slip away in the second period when Jim McKenzie stuffed in his second goal of the night to break a 2-2 tie at 15:54 of the middle frame.  The Rush had briefly tied the game thanks to back-to-back goals from Eric Giosa and Llewellyn.  Giosa got Rapid City on the scoreboard for the first time by burying a rebound at 9:58; Llewllyn’s breakaway goal knotted the score at 13:42.

 

The Mallards had jumped in front early when McKenzie’s drive from the right wing circle gave Quad City a 1-0 lead at 5:14 of the first period.  Gabriel Levesque doubled the advantage with a wrist shot from the slot at 15:55 of the first.

The Mallards return to action next Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. on home ice against the St. Charles Chill.  Tickets for next Saturday’s game and all other Mallards regular season home games are now on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com, through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000 or at the iWireless Center ticket office.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

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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Rookie of the Year Hellyer Rejoins Mallards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:34

MOLINE, Ill. (October 16, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have re-signed 2012-13 Central Hockey League Rookie of the Year Mike Hellyer and have waived forward Tyler Melancon, the Mallards announced today.                                                                       
“We’re very happy to have Mike back.  He’s a guy we’re able to count on in every situation,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “He does a lot offensively but he’s also someone we count on defensively so he’s going to play a very important role for us this season.”

Hellyer, a 27-year old forward, rejoins the Mallards after participating in training camp with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors.  Hellyer last season led CHL rookies in points (61), assists (38) and plus/minus rating (+15) and finished third among first year players in goals (23).  The 5’ 9”, 170-pound Brandon, Manitoba, native ranked second on the Mallards in points and assists and third in goals.  Hellyer was also named to the 2012-13 CHL All-Rookie Team.

A lower body injury suffered in the Mallards’ playoff opener against the Fort Worth Brahmas last spring ended Hellyer’s season slightly prematurely, but he has since made a full recovery.

Hellyer broke into professional hockey at the tail end of last of the 2011-12 season.  He played three regular season games that spring for both the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL and the CHL’s Brahmas.  Hellyer went on to score three goals and pick up three assists in a dozen playoff games during the Brahmas’ run to the Berry Conference finals.

Hellyer turned pro after spending five seasons at the University of Manitoba.  Last year he scored four times and collected 16 points in 25 games while captaining Manitoba to the Canada West University Athletic Association regular season title.  Over the course of his university career, Hellyer scored 36 times and produced 98 points in 135 games.  He served as team captain each of his final two years with Bisons.  Before matriculating, Hellyer skated for four seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the major junior Western Hockey League.  He notched 54 goals and 143 points in 262 career WHL games and acted as the Raiders’ captain in 2006-07.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.  A pregame Fan Fest outside the iWireless Center will precede the opener from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  The Fan Fest will feature live music- including plenty of classic covers- from the Loan

Sharks, food and beverage stands, a beer tent, the arrival of the Mallards’ new Ice Girls and Mo Mallard, the team’s perennially popular mascot.  In addition, Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski will stop by to deliver his season-opening welcome to fans on hand.  There will also be ample entertainment for younger fans, including a bounce house and a petting zoo.

Opening night festivities will continue after the Mallards’ match-up with Rapid City with a post-game party at Rascals.  Mallards players will join fans at Rascals, which is located at 1414 15th Street in Moline.

Opening night tickets cover admission to both the Mallards’ battle with the Rush and the Fan Fest.  Fans can enjoy savings off the regular ticket price by purchasing a four-pack of lower level seats for opening night for just $44.  $44 four-packs can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office or by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364.

All other tickets for the season opener and all other Mallards regular season home games are also now on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com, through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000 or at the iWireless Center ticket office.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

Mallards season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are also still available.  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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On Sale Friday-World's Toughest Rodeo! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Walding   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:07
Tickets On Sale THIS FRIDAY for
the World's Toughest Rodeo
at the iWireless Center January 24 & 25!

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED AT WORLD'S TOUGHEST RODEO!


 

Moline, IL - its Bulls... It's Broncs and it's a whole lot more for 2014 as the World's Toughest Rodeo National Tour returns to Moline's iWireless Center January 24 and 25, 2014. Fans definitely expect to see the world's best bucking horses and bulls and double tough cowboys with nerves of steel. But right when you think you've seen it all...expect the unexpected as Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey comes to town to thrill the fans in a way only the famous Whiplash can in his first appearance at the iWireless Center. Or cowboys and ostriches... who knew??? World's Toughest Rodeo turns up the heat with the all new ostrich races nightly.

 

The World's Toughest Rodeo features the fan's favorite events: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding with the top two competing a second time in the thrilling Winner Takes All...Showdown Round. The Midwest's fastest cowgirls will also compete in the Women's Barrel Racing. Along with intense competition, fans will witness Mutton Bustin for the little buckaroos as well as world-class specialty entertainment making this an event guaranteed to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

 

The cement ends and the wild west begins each night as fans are invited to come down in the dirt on the arena floor for the Free Preshow. The Free Preshow is fun for all ages and a FANtastic opportunity to Go Out West for the Night. Only at the World's Toughest Rodeo Preshow can fans meet the cowboys and entertainers, get autographs and photos, have free pony rides, sit on Midnight the bull in the bucking chutes, and even get up close and personal with the World's Toughest Rodeo animal superstars as our staff hosts a behind the chutes tour. It's cowboy tailgating right in the rodeo arena, more fun and FREE for all ages.

 

The World's Toughest Rodeo rides into the iWireless Center, January 24th and 25th. The Free Pre-Show begins each night at 6:00pm and the action starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the arena box office.

 

For more information about the World's Toughest Rodeo visit www.wtrodeo.com or contact Marla Morehead at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call at 563-652-3326.

 
Unique Homecoming Celebration Highlights Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:06

What: Rivermont Collegiate Homecoming

When: Thursday, 10/17 – Pep Rally, 3:00 p.m. – Rivermont Varsity Volleyball vs. Mercer County JV, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Rivermont Collegiate Gym – 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf

Rivermont’s 2013 Homecoming festivities will celebrate the female Varsity Volleyball team!  Though many high school homecomings celebrate football, we’re shaking up tradition!

Rivermont is celebrating Spirit Week all week, with Thursday being Lion Pride Day.  Expect a sea of RED!  A Pep Rally will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday in the Rivermont gym and the Varsity Volleyball team will take on Mercer County JV at 6:00 p.m.

The Rivermont Varsity Volleyball team won the Unity Christian JV Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, 9/28, coming away with the best overall record (5-1) in the 4 team round robin tournament.  The team will compete at the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) tournament, with their first game to be played Tuesday, 10/22 against Calamus-Wheatland.

 
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